As fans, we often get fairly cocky about our knowledge of the sport. We make sweeping generalizations about a manager and a decision based upon our own store of experience, often criticizing moves as being clearly wrong. However, in actuallity, baseball is a complex sport that often presents multiple reasonable courses of action. Yet we...
When Alex Rodriguez went deep in the 7th inning of last night’s game, most Yankees fans were already planning the next two innings. Coke for Ellsbury, then Hughes to finish the 8th, and Mariano for the 9th. When Coke was left in to face a righty in Pedroia, then a switch hitter in Martinez, and...
Many pundits and have declared the AL East race to be over. The Yankees have opened up a 6.5 game lead on Boston, while putting 8 games between themselves and Tampa Bay. While it does seem at this point that the Yankees have all but sewn up the division, I would like to be a...
After an always exciting, often euphoric weekend, I have so many thoughts jumbling around my head that it has taken a while for me to distill them into some reasonable, conveyable thoughts. There are two in particular that I would like to share about the greatness of baseball.
1) I was at the game last night,...
Smoltz, a lion of a man if there every was one, has looked awful. Not just bad, flat out awful. He’s 42 and coming back from a shoulder surgery that wasn’t his first. He, by all accounts, is the most competitive guy in the game, and that’s more than respectable. His legacy in the game is secure, no matter what has happened, or will happen, this season. But what would some general manager, scout, manager, or pitching coach see in his 2009 game to warrant a coveted 25 man roster spot? Just extra arms for when rosters expand?
- 8.32 ERA
- 57 ERA+
- 1.70 WHIP
- 8 HR allowed in 40 IP
- 13.3 Hits/9IP
Players don’t hang around and worry how we, the fans, will view their legacy. They hang around for one of any of these reasons (feel free to add your own):
- Love of the game (“They’ll have to rip the jersey from my back“)
- Fear of leaving the game (“It’s all I know“)
- Love of competition (“Love being one of the boys“)
- The paycheck (“It’s about the money, stupid“)
I don’t care if Smoltzie wants to play until he’s 50.…
Coke: Coke coughed up the lead in the eighth inning. He gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits in one inning of work. His ERA now hovers just below 5.
Melky: The Melkman was the lone hitless Yankee starter, his post-cycle slide continues
RISP: Both teams had chances to score early in the game, but couldn’t capitalize. The Bombers were 1-8 with runners in scoring position.
Pettitte: Another solid performance by a starter in pinstripes. He didn’t always have his best stuff, but it was good enough. He went seven innings, giving up five hits, no runs and striking out four.
Damon/Teixeira: Their back-to-back shots gave the Yankees the lead and probably took some (not all) of the heat off of Girardi for the Phil Coke decision. This is the sixth time this season that Damon and Teix have sent back-to-back jacks into the stands.
Posada: He went 2-4 with a run and a double.…
Scranton defeats Lehigh Valley, 6-1
- Jason Hirsh put together a strong outing, giving up a run on 6 hits and a walk in 6 innings, with 2 strikkeouts.
- Damaso Marte walked 1 in a shutout inning of relief.
- Mark Melancon gave up 2 hits in 1 inning of work.
- Jon Albaladejo pitched a perfect 9th.
- Kevin Russo was 3 for...
A series of tweets from ESPN’s Sports Guy (and vocal Red Sox fan) Bill Simmons. Enjoy:
10:41 PM: Welcome to the Red Sox, Victor Martinez! I’d like to thank NYY for inexplicably pitching Phil Coke for this entire inning.
10:48 PM: Note to America: Meet the Boston Red Sox closer from 2011 through 2015 (and hopefully...