Series Preview: Yankees vs. Rays IV

The two best teams in baseball are back at it two weeks after the Yankees (65-36, 1st place in the AL East, 2 games up) took two of three (including an emotional win in the first game back at the Stadium after The Boss’s and Bob Shepard’s passings) from the Rays (63-38, 2nd place in the AL East, 2 GB) as they play a three-game set in Tampa Bay beginning tonight. The teams have split the eight games they’ve played thus far, no surprise given how evenly both sides match up. Tampa Bay comes into the series like a house Continue reading Series Preview: Yankees vs. Rays IV

Seven-run seventh propels Yanks to 11-4 thrashing of Indians

The Yankees pounded the Tribe 11-4 last night, taking three of four from a rather hapless Cleveland team. Despite the final score, this was a tense game until the top of the sixth. Dustin Moseley — spot starting for the injured Andy Pettitte after Sergio Mitre showed he wasn’t up to the task five days ago — was fantastic, throwing six innings of four-hit, one-run ball. Moseley got into some trouble in the first, but once he settled down it was fairly smooth sailing. Between Moseley’s effectiveness as well as the fact that starter Mitch Talbot had to come out Continue reading Seven-run seventh propels Yanks to 11-4 thrashing of Indians

After the laughing stops: Chan Ho’s new low

At the very end of the CLE-NYY laugher last night, we were treated to some things we don’t usually see and some, unfortunately, we have seen too many times.

First, the Indians waived the white flag after a 7-run 7th and a 2-run 8th from the Yanks by tossing thirdbaseman Andy Marte in as a relief pitcher in the top of the ninth inning. Lo and behold, Marte proved to be the best Indians’ reliever last night, going three-up/three-down, including a comical strike out by Nick Swisher.

“I now have a new most embarrassing moment,” Swisher said. “I just have to wear it. I was looking for the breaking ball and he gassed me.”

Trying to out-do Cleveland’s unintentional comedy, Girardi put PH Marcus Thames in at third base. Thames actually made a nice sliding pick-up on a grounder but heaved the ball so far over/wide of first base that even Chuck Knoblauch and Keith Olbermann’s mom would have laughed. Being up by nine runs at that time allowed myself, and others, to enjoy the chuckle. At least for a moment.

That’s when Chan Ho hit his new low.

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Game 101: Yankees 11, Indians 4

A game that started as a close pitcher’s duel quickly ended as a blow-out as the Yankee offense put together a huge seventh inning.  Dustin Moseley’s first start in pinstripes went smoothly and everything on the offensive side was clicking as the Yankees picked up the series win with an 11-4 victory.

Trevor Crowe started the game for the Indians with a double to right.  Moseley then hit Asdrubal Cabrera with a pitch.  Shin-Soo Choo grounded into a force out at third, but Carlos Santana walked to load the bases.  Austin Kearns hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Cabrera, but Moseley battled back and struck out Matt LaPorta to get out of trouble, with the Indians taking an early 1-0 lead.

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Baseball Needs No Savior

Earlier today, Jason from It Is About the Money, Stupid posted an article about whether Albert Pujols would be baseball’s savior, “the one who restores our interest in home run milestones”.  He quotes liberally from Roy Johnson of ESPN NY.  Johnson assumes the familiar “let me tell you how it is” tone and states categorically that fans don’t care about Alex Rodriguez’s home run.  But Johnson takes it a step further, writing: In one sense, we fans are a scorned love. Our hearts were broken and we’re just not going to let ourselves go there again, at least not anytime Continue reading Baseball Needs No Savior

Hoping for the best

just hoping nothing happens Later today, Dustin Moseley will make his first start in a Yankee uniform. He’s pitched in four games for the Yankees to the tune of a 4.22 ERA. He’s showed okay control with a 3.4 BB/9 but his K/9 is under 5 and his H/9 is also very low, coming in below 6, which is obviously something he can’t keep up. His FIP in this small sample is also 5.73 with an xFIP of 4.70. Of course, these numbers have come in 10.2 innings so they mean next to nothing. All I’m asking for tonight, Dustin, Continue reading Hoping for the best

The Yankees and the home-road split

Most of the Yankee fans I know have had the same, lone (whiny, and I include myself here too) complaint about the 2010 team: the offense just hasn’t clicked the way we’d hoped it would. Yankee detractors can make the solid argument that Yankee fans are insane because the Yankees have the best offense in baseball, which is a fair point. But the counter-point this Yankee fan would make is that Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson have all had subpar offensive seasons. Imagine what the team could do if all its offensive gears were well oiled! Continue reading The Yankees and the home-road split

In which Matt Gets a Twitter

So I finally bit the bullet last night and signed up for a Twitter account. As is my nature, this made me start thinking about things. The following is nothing that hasn’t been said before, but I want to rehash it because of the time of year. Twitter, blogs, and the like have completely changed the way we can follow baseball and I absolutely love every second of it. My father and his friends may get nostalgic for the days of yore when the newspapers had a monopoly over the coverage of baseball, but I can’t think of any other Continue reading In which Matt Gets a Twitter

Pujols = Savior?

With ARod about to hit #600 and only Manny and Jim Thome in sniffing distance of #600, Roy S. Johnson wonders if Pujols will be our savior, the one who restores our interest in home run milestones:

So far (so far) the St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols seems unaffected by anything that’s come before to erode our passion for the home run. He swings with grace and power and seems to have been carved for the sole purpose of making us dig the long ball again.

He has 389 of them in his career; and at just 30 years old, he still yanks them out at a prodigious clip. […]

Sure, he’ll still be about 200 home runs behind A-Rod and 362 shy of Bonds. But write it down. We just might be ready to care again. Maybe.

As with guys like Junior, or Jeter, or Chipper, or McGriff… we only hope (and pray, if that’s your thing) that these guys are clean. But we don’t know and might never know. We all hope and believe that Albert Pujols is spotless. I believe he is. He’d make a worthy all time HR leader. We just have to hope like heck that he’s spotless. But if not…?

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