Results tagged ‘ Chien-Ming Wang ’

Division Leader to Also-Ran in 8.2 Seconds…

 

I leave for a few days, and the world falls apart…

 

 

The Yankees are losing to the Washington Nationals tonight, 3-0, in the 8th inning.  If they lose the game, the Nationals will win the series, 2 games to 1.  Aren’t the Nationals supposed to be the baseball’s worst team?  I was worried about the series going in, because I know that this series had disaster spelled all over it.

 

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As if that wasn’t bad enough, there was more news awaiting me…

Jonathan Papelbon told Jody McDonald and Bert Blyleven on Sirius XM Radio that he’d consider joining the Yankees when his contract with the Red Sox is up.  Umm, thanks but no thanks…

 

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The Yankees are apparently one of several teams that will be taking a look at pitcher Pedro Martinez.  The Cubs, Rays and Angels will also be watching Pedro pitch in the Dominican Republic tomorrow.  Note to Yankees:  Look but don’t touch!

 

 

GM Brian Cashman indicates that he does not expect the team to any major moves prior to the trading deadline this year.  He likes the team he has assembled, and wants to see what how it does once the injured guys (Jose Molina, Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte) return.  I don’t know what Cash calls it, but I’d call it third place.  Meanwhile, the Rays look to improve and the Red Sox have John Smoltz ready to go on June 25th and of course you know that Theo won’t stand pat.  This might be the part of the marathon where the elite runners begin to make separation from the rest of the pack.  I can only hope that Cash is playing with his poker face…

 

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Chien-Ming Wang is going to remain in the rotation.  I guess the Yankees want to be assured of a loss every fifth day…

 

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Alex Rodriguez is 8 for 51 in the month of June.  Even Big Papi is looking much better than A-Rod right now…

 

David Ortiz had to laugh after getting fooled by a pitch in the fourth.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

 

I am not ready to break out the ‘Joe’s gotta go!’ card, but at what point does pitching coach Dave Eiland begin to take some responsibility for the woes of the pitching staff?

 

 

 

Oh well, hopefully, my perspective will improve tomorrow and the Yankees will return to their winning ways…

 

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I spent the last couple of days in Denver, and had a great time!   It was strictly a business trip, but Colorado is always a fun place to be.  I lived there a few years ago, so it was great to be back in the Mile High City.  If visiting (and you are a meat eater), you’ve got to try The Fork in the foothills of Morrison, CO.  I had William Bent’s Buffalo Tenderloin Filet Mignon and it was one of the most tender steaks that I’ve had in recent years.  Very flavorful!  I didn’t know about The Fork when I lived in Denver but wish I had.

 

 

–Scott 

Why Can’t the Yankees Beat Boston?…

 

The Boston Red Sox clearly have the psychological advantage over the New York Yankees…

 

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As Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is 95% mental.  The other half is physical”.

 

 

With last night’s 6-5 loss, the Yankees are now 0-7 in the season series with the Red Sox (0-8 if you go back to last season).  Alex Rodriguez can relate, given that he is 0-for-7 in the latest series.

 

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Chien-Ming Wang looks completely lost.  It is becoming very painful to watch his struggles in meaningful games.  What’s the answer?  Back to the bullpen?  An extended summer vacation in Taiwan with plans to return for spring training in 2010?  I don’t know, but the Yankees simply cannot afford to leave him in the starting rotation.  It’s a very disappointing situation, and remain hopeful that Wang will return to the pitcher that he once was…

 

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I felt that the Yankees could have won last night’s game.  The back-to-back home runs by Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira against Ramon Ramirez seemed to give the team new life, but they were unable able to capitalize. 

 


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The game saw both good and bad from Nick Swisher.  Poor base running in the second inning allowed Nick Swisher to be doubled off first base, which possibly prevented the Yankees from adding another run after Jorge Posada’s homer.  He also misplayed a fly ball in the bottom of the inning that appeared he had a great jump on, allowing the Red Sox to score a run.  He did make a spectacular diving catch in the seventh inning to take away a hit from Mike Lowell.

 

New York Yankees' Nick Swisher arrives at first on a bunt single as Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis takes the throw without his foot on th

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Congratulations to Julia, of Julia’s Rants, for yet another victory in our lopsided 2009 wagers that seem to be all-Julia.  I am now 0-for-3 on the season.  I guess there’s a Jason Bay in my future after all…unfortunately.

 

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Bill Simmons/Boston Globe

 

If the Yankees expect to contend for the AL East Championship, they need to figure out how to beat Boston.  A strong pitching performance today by CC Sabathia would be a great start in the right direction.  Feel free to mix in a timely hit or two from Alex Rodriguez…

 

 

In the MLB Draft, the Yankees selected first baseman Luke Murton.  Murton’s brother, Matt, is an outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, but was originally drafted by the Red Sox.  Nothing like bringing the rivalry into the family…

 

 

–Scott

 

What Was That?…

 

Okay, that was really ugly…

 

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Saturday’s 9-7 loss to the Rays was ugly, I am not quite sure what you’d call last night’s 7-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. 

 


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Advantage Julia

 

A.J. Burnett was a disappointment, giving up 5 runs, 3 earned, and 5 walks in less than 3 innings of work.  I guess he has to wear a Jays uniform to be effective at Fenway Park because it certainly doesn’t work in a Yankees jersey…

 

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The Yankees and the Red Sox are once again tied at the top of the AL East Standings with records of 34-24.

 

 

The Yankees need to put this one behind them, and come out today with a new and fresh attitude.  They are better than their 0-for-6 record against the Sox indicates, and hopefully, good things are in store for Chien-Ming Wang and the Yankees tonight.

 

 

I won’t lose the faith, and I am certainly not ready to be sized for a Jason Bay t-shirt.

 


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The Yankees chose center fielder Slade Heathcott, an 18 year old high school player from Texarkana, Texas.  Slade definitely has a name fit for a Texan, and hopefully a swing fit for Yankee Stadium.  There’s only one serious flaw in Slade’s game…he’s a Red Sox fan…but I think we’ll  be able to cure that ailment.

 

 

With their second pick, the Yankees selected another 18-year old high school player in defensive-minded catcher John Murphy from Bradenton, Florida.

 

 

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Can’t say that I care for the batting helmet…  ;) 

The Vikings have supposedly “temporarily suspended” their pursuit of QB Brett Favre.  The deadline imposed by head coach Brad Childress was a poor idea if the team legitimately wanted Favre, so supposedly the ‘cooling off’ period will allow Favre additional time to decide if his shoulder is up to the challenge of another season.  All things considered, Brett, stay home…

 

 

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for their 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals to force Game 7.  The team with home ice has won every game of this series, and unfortunately, Game 7 is in Detroit.  Nevertheless, if there’s anyone who can perform the impossible, it’s Sidney Crosby.  Hopefully, they’ll be hoisting the Stanley Cup in the streets of Pittsburgh.  Good luck to the Pens!

 

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What?  The Lakers lost?  What’s up with that…

 

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Have a great day!

GO YANKEES!

–Scott 

 

A Less Than Perfect Day…

 

It wasn’t a perfect, but all things considered, it could have been worse…

 

The Yankees beat the Texas Rangers, 8-6, while the Boston Red Sox won in Detroit against the Tigers, 6-3.  So, the two teams remain deadlocked atop the AL East Standings.

 

cat n dog.JPGThe Yankees survived a less than stellar return to the starting rotation by Chien-Ming Wang. 

 

 

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a Johnny Damon home run to right.

Wang looked good for the first couple of innings, but the trouble began in the 3rd.  Chris Davis started the inning with a ground rule double.  He advanced to third on a sacrifice by Taylor Teagarden.  After an by Elvis Andrus, Davis scored on a wild pitch when Wang slipped.  The next batters, Ian Kinsler and Michael Young, reached base on a walk and an infield single, respectively.  That brought Hank Blalock to the plate who hit a single to left, scoring Kinsler and Young.  Nelson Cruz struck out to end the inning, but the Rangers resumed their offensive strike in the 4th.

David Murphy singled, and was followed by Marlon Byrd who doubled, advancing Murphy to third.  Chris Davis doubled to right to score the two runners ahead of him.  Wang was then able to retire the next three batters to end the inning, but the Rangers had increased their lead to 4-1. 

 

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In the 5th, Wang was able to induce the first two batters to hit into ground outs, but the third batter, Nelson Cruz, unloaded a homer to center and Wang’s day was done.  He was relieved by Alfredo Aceves, He walked two batters, and an error allowed the lead runner to third.  But Chris Davis popped out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the 5th, the Yankee bats came alive against Rangers pitcher Brandon McCarthy.  Francisco Cervelli and Ramiro Pena both singled, and Johnny Damon walked to load the bases.  Nick Swisher walked, which scored Cervelli.   Mark Teixeira, continuing his offensive surge which began in May, doubled to left with a shot near line past charging third baseman Michael Young, scoring all three base runners to tie the score at 5.  Alex Rodriguez singled, scoring Teixeira, and the Yankees had re-captured the lead. 

The next inning, Aceves was able to retire the first two batters without much difficulty, but then allowed a home run to left by Ian Kinsler.  Once again, the game was tied.  It stayed that way until the bottom of the 8th.  With C.J. Wilson on the mound for the Rangers, the first batter, Robinson Cano walked.  Hideki Matsui flied out, which brought Melky Cabrera to the plate.  Granted, it was a bit early for the “Walk Off” king, but Cabrera ignored that it wasn’t the 9th inning and launched a Wilson offering to left, giving the Yankees an 8-6 lead.

 

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“What can you say?  He’s always coming through for us,” Mark Teixeira said after the game about Cabrera.

Mariano Rivera came on in the 9th to close out the game.  He made it interesting with two hits, and had runners at second and third when he induced David Murphy to pop out to end the game.  Bent, but not broken and the Yankees had the win and Rivera had earned his 12th save.  David Robertson, 1-0, was the winner after throwing just one pitch (a fly out to retire the Rangers in the 8th).  For a change, the Yankee bullpen was able to rescue the starting pitcher, and  the Yankees were able to win the series against the Rangers, two games to one.  It was disappointing to see the underwhelming performance by Wang, but all things considered, I’ll take the victory. 

I was disappointed to hear that Wang’s next start will be against the Boston Red Sox.  I am sure that their hitters started salivating when they heard the news.  The bad news was further compounded by the fact that A.J. Burnett was suspended for six games for his retaliatory pitch thrown near the head of Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz in the game where Vicente Padilla plunked Mark Teixeira twice.  I was surprised that Vicente Padilla was only fined for his actions.  Burnett has appealed the suspension.

I wonder if Julia would give me a three run handicap for our wager on the Yankees-Red Sox series next week?  Probably not.  She’s definitely living the good life, but hopefully there will be a few storm clouds on her Red Sox horizon…

 

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Congratulations to…

Randy Johnson of my favorite National League team, the San Francisco Giants.  He because the sixth left hander and 24th major league player to win 300 games.  Johnson, 300-164, won on his first attempt at the milestone, and saved us the agony of watching the media follow him from city to city in his quest for 300 wins.  It was a good win for the Giants and a great performance by the Big Unit.

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers, who thoroughly dominated the Orlando Magic, 100-75, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

 

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The Pittsburgh Penguins, who even the Stanley Cup Finals at 2 games, with a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

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Perhaps yesterday really was the perfect day… 

Have a fantastic Friday!

–Scott 

And Then They Were Tied…

So much for sole possession of first place…

The Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, 4-2.  Andy Pettitte gave up 4 runs in the first two innings, and the Yanks were never able to recover.

 

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After knocking in a run in the first inning, Alex Rodriguez did his best impression of the 2009 version of Big Papi as he stranded five runners on base.

 

 

 

The Yankees had every opportunity for late inning heroics, but it was a night of no magic or miracle comebacks.  Meanwhile, in Detroit, Josh Beckett and the Red Sox had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning, and ultimately won the game, 10-5.  So, this morning finds the Yankees and Red Sox perched atop the AL East Standings together.  Can they co-exist together?

 

 

Umm, probably not…

Julia has asked me to step aside, however, I’ll be the rude host and block her path!  Hopefully, the Yankees can rebound today when Chien-Ming Wang faces Brandon McCarthy in the final game of the three game series with the Texas Rangers.  Will we see the 2006-07 version of Wang, or will the April 2009 version make its ugly reappearance?  I am obviously praying for the former.  Phil Hughes should be available for long relief should Wang falter…and of course the ever reliable Alfredo Aceves.

 

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In Detroit, Tim Wakefield pitches against the Tigers’ Dontrelle Willis.  Wake has been the source of consistency for the Red Sox this season, so it will be a challenge for the Yanks to maintain a share of first place.  But, c’mon, an unhappy Julia is a great thing…at least when it comes to baseball!  So, hopefully today will see a Yankees win and a Red Sox loss.  The perfect day!

 

 

Have a great day!  Well, everyone except Red Sox fans…  ;)

 

–Scott

   

The Joba Rules Continue…

 

Add  it to the list…

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1.    Joba does not like bees.

2.  Joba does not like state troopers when he’s been drinking.

3.    Joba does not like spring training.

4.  Joba does not like being mocked.

5.    Joba does not like the first inning.

 

and now,

 

6.    Joba does not like rain delays…

 

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Not much to talk about last night’s 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, which didn’t get started until after a rain delay of 2 hours and 24 minutes.  A rainout would have been more productive.  The Yankees missed a golden opportunity to move into a first place tie with the Boston Red Sox, who had lost to the Twins earlier in the evening.

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I have Rangers first baseman Chris Davis on my fantasy team (I know, I’m sorry too).  I have been actively seeking a better option, but nothing has presented itself.  Of course, all he needed was Yankee pitching as he struck for two home runs during last night’s game.  It’s amazing what the Yankee bullpen can do for one’s batting average…unfortunately.

 

 Chris Davis (left) returns to a happy Texas Rangers dugout after the first of his two home runs on Tuesday.

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The Yankees had tied the game at 3, but the Rangers pulled away in the 7th and 8th innings.  They did have a chance in the 7th inning but Nick Swisher hit into an inning ending double play with the bases loaded.  Swisher’s been a fun guy to have in the clubhouse, but he is rapidly becoming a roster liability. 

 

 

Phil Coke is starting to look very hittable (he gave up the second home run to Chris Davis in the 8th inning), but of course, that can be said of any member of the Yankee bullpen.

 

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In other Yankee notes, Melky Cabrera left in the first inning with a strained right shoulder after he crashed into the center field fence.  Initial tests were negative, but he’s out for 5-7 games.

 

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The Yankees recalled reliever David Robertson (sorry Edwar!) to replace Brian Bruney on the roster.

 

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I am not sure what to make of the Chien-Ming Wang situation.  He seems to be rotting on the bench, and I don’t know why.  Any other starter would have been returned to the starting rotation when he was ready.  Wang was the #2 starter coming out of spring training, and was the recognized ace during his 19 win seasons of 2006 and 2007.  If he isn’t ready to start, he should have been left in the minor leagues for some additional rehab starts.  As an outsider looking in, the situation does seem to be somewhat disrespectful to Wang.  I know that Phil Hughes is pitching well, but he needs to wait his turn.

 

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Sounds like Jorge Posada could be ready to return to the team by this weekend.  It will be nice to have his bat in the lineup again, even if he supplants Hideki Matsui at DH.

 

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When a negative becomes a positive…

Whenever the Yankees lose, the first thing I do is check to see what the Boston Red Sox did.  C’mon Julia, you know you do the same thing when the Sox lose!  In an ideal situation, everyone in the AL East would lose.  But with the Toronto Blue Jays playing the Baltimore Orioles, somebody had to win.  So, in that scenario, best case would be for the cellar dweller to win.  That’s exactly what happened as everyone lost except the O’s.  Somehow, in May, those losses don’t hurt as much as they do when everyone else wins.

 

 

 

Best case scenario, of course, the Yankees win and everybody else loses.  I am cool with that…

 

 

The Yankees are now 26-20, one game behind the Red Sox.  The view from the rear is not quite as distant as one would lead you to believe…

 

 

He batted where?

The Red Sox lineup looked somewhat unusual last night during Boston’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

 

Boston Red Sox

Hitters

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

LOB

AVG

J Ellsbury CF

5

2

2

0

0

0

2

.303

D Pedroia 2B

4

0

2

1

0

1

1

.341

J Drew RF

3

0

0

0

1

0

2

.263

K Youkilis 3B

4

0

1

0

0

3

3

.379

J Bay LF

4

0

0

0

0

2

3

.282

D Ortiz DH

3

0

1

0

1

1

0

.197

J Varitek C

4

0

1

0

0

1

3

.238

J Bailey 1B

4

0

0

0

0

1

4

.185

J Lugo SS

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

.271

Totals

35

2

9

1

2

9

 

When is the last time that David Ortiz batted as low as 6th in the order?  It was on May 11, 2004:

 

Boston Red Sox

Hitters

  AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

LOB

AVG

J Damon CF

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

.272

M Bellhorn 2B

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

.229

K Millar DH

4

0

0

0

0

1

2

.287

M Ramirez LF

3

0

0

0

1

1

1

.360

J Varitek C

2

0

0

0

1

1

1

.314

D Ortiz 1B

4

1

3

1

0

0

1

.269

   C Crespo PR-SS

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.163

B Mueller 3B

4

1

2

1

0

0

3

.242

G Kapler RF

4

2

3

1

0

0

0

.247

P Reese SS

3

0

0

0

0

0

4

.247

   a-B Daubach PH

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.241

   b-D McCarty PH-1B

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

.233

Totals

33

5

10

5

3

3

13

 

Of course, Boston won that game (5-3 over CC Sabathia and the Cleveland Indians).  Julia might argue that 2004 was the year the Curse was eliminated, but could this be the beginning of the end for Ortiz?  Julia, you might have bigger problems than re-signing Jason Bay.  On the bright side (for Julia), it doesn’t appear that Julio Lugo is in tonight’s starting line-up.  However, now batting sixth…David Ortiz!

 

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A Night to Forget (at Yankee Stadium)…

All good things must come to an end…

 

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The Yankees’ 9-game winning streak was brought to an end by the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium last night, as (surprise) the Phillies rode four home runs to a 7-3 victory.

 

Carlos Ruiz follows through on a two-run homer during the second inning against the New York Yankees on Friday. The Phils snapped the Yanks´ winning streak. (AP)

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When Jimmy Rollins homered off A.J. Burnett to lead off the game, I knew it was probably going to be a tough night.  The next two batters, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez, got on base with a HBP and single, respectively.  Ibanez’ single advanced Utley to third with no outs.  It looked like the Phillies were going to have a big first inning, but then A.J. struck out Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, and induced a groundout by Shane Victorino to end the inning.  At that point, I had hope that A.J. was going to turn it around and shut the Phils down.  Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as later innings saw home runs by Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibanez.

 

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Ibanez has been a great replacement for the departed Pat Burrell, now with the Tampa Bay Rays.  I knew that Ibanez could hit when he was in Seattle, but he’s surprised me with his power so far this year (16 home runs).  He was an excellent free agent signing by the Phillies.

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Chien-Ming Wang, called up to work out of the pen instead of remaining in Scranton/Wilkes Barre for one more minor league start, pitched the final 3 innings.  He gave up six hits and two runs, including the Ibanez homer (which was absolutely crushed).  I guess if there’s a bright side, Wang did lower his ERA from 34.50 to 25.00…

 

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The Yankees did hit three home runs themselves (Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Mark Teixeira).  Unfortunately, they were the non-threatening solo variety (no men on base).

 

 

Brett Myers (4-2) was the winner, while Burnett (2-2) took the loss.  The Yankees remain in third place, a game behind the Red Sox and 1 ½ games behind the Jays as both of these teams lost too.  Right, Julia? 

I was fortunate that Johan Santana was on the mound for the Mets in their victory over the Red Sox.  The game marked the return of Daisuke Matsuzaka from the DL.  I have Dice-K on my fantasy baseball team.  He was a recent “free agent” pick-up (which still amazes me) when the owner who drafted him cut him when he placed on the DL.  Too bad Theo doesn’t make moves like that…

Julia, I couldn’t but help to notice a couple of linescores.

David Ortiz

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

LOB

AVG

4

0

0

0

0

3

4

.205

 

Ouch!  He kept swinging but there was nothing but air…

Jason Bay

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

LOB

AVG

3

0

0

0

1

1

3

.295

 

Okay, not as bad as Big Papi, but it was an “off night” for the ‘Yankees’!  ;)

Hey Jason, this is for you!  We’re getting your new home ready at 161st and River…

 

OFF-TOPIC:  THE GREAT LEBRON JAMES

 

Well, maybe it’s not off-topic.  He is a Yankees fan after all…

 

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Last night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic was tremendous.  The Cavs had blown a 23-point lead, and the Magic were up by two points with, oh, about a second left in the game.  How can you not love LeBron?  While I  think that Kobe Bryant is one OF the game’s best, LeBron is THE best…

  

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The next Michael Jordan?  Heck, he’s the next LeBron James…

–Scott

All Expense Paid Trip to Tampa…

He’s got to go…

 

My patience for Chien-Ming Wang to find himself effectively ended today. The Indians defeated the Yankees 22-4 in what should stand as the worst beating at the new Stadium for quite some time (or let’s hope so).

 

 

I don’t want to see Wang pitch in New York again if this is what we have to look forward to. I realize that he can’t be sent down (out of options and would have to have at least five years of service to agree to go down which he does not have).  He should be sent to the Yankees facility in Tampa for an extended spring training (if that’s possible) to work on re-establishing himself as a major league pitcher because right now he’s not one.  

 

Wang’s ERA now stands at 34.50…

In Pete Abraham’s LoHud Blog this morning, he said that if Wang threw three complete game shutouts, his ERA would still be over 4. No telling how many complete game shutouts it would take now.

Over the past few years, the Yankees have thrown up a few of these clunkers but this is on the heels of the Tampa debacle last Monday. Of course, the common denominator is Wang.

 

The Indians scored 14 runs in the second inning. Wang’s pitching line reads 11/3 innings, 8 hits and 8 runs. Anthony Claggett, called up from AAA Scranton earlier today (Juan Miranda was sent down), gave up 9 hits and 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings. Claggett now lays claim to the worst ERA on the staff at 43.20. Looking at the ERA’s of all the NY pitchers that appeared in the game is frightening. Edwar Ramirez, who gave up 4 runs in 2 innings, stands at 8.44. Jose Veras, who gave up 1 run in 3 innings, is at 8.53, and Damaso Marte, 1 run in 1 inning, is at 21.00.

 

 

I know that the Yankees have been hit hard by injuries, but I’d have to believe that Joe Girardi’s seat just got a little hotter.

Clearly, New York needs to get Wang away from the magnifying glass so that he can work on correcting himself and getting back to the pitcher we saw early last season before the foot injury in Houston.

I am ready for Phil Hughes to make his 2009 debut at the new Stadium. Phil is 2-0 in two games (11 2/3 innings) with a 2.31 ERA for AAA Scranton.

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I am sure that Julia is enjoying her day…

OTHER NOTES

There are a few pitchers on other teams that I like to follow. Some of my favorites are Jon Lester, Scott Kazmir, Clayton Kershaw, and Ubaldo Jimenez to name a few. Another one is Tim Lincecum. Unfortunately, Lincecum received a no-decision today despite 13 strikeouts and no runs in 8 innings (he gave up 5 hits). The Giants lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a 9th inning two-run double by Chris Young. Speaking of the D-Backs and Giants, Sunday’s pitching match-up is Max Scherzer against Randy Johnson. It should be interesting to see how the Unit performs against his former team…

Phillies fans said goodbye to legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas today at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. It was a beautiful day (warm with lots of sun), so it is a fitting farewell for a man who will never be forgotten…

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Well, as I so often say early this baseball season, tomorrow is a new day!  Have a great night!

 

–Scott

The Monday Night Massacre…

Somehow I knew that tonight spelled disaster with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays’ Scott Kazmir. Wang hasn’t been right for some time, and I was fearful that he’d crater in tonight’s performance…and he did…and then some…

This might be the worst Yankees performance that I’ve ever seen…well, Game 6 of the 2001 World Series was pretty bad, but still… Wang gave up a total of eight runs in one inning plus, and has a lofty ERA of 28.93.

I wonder if Brett Tomko would have given up that grand slam to Carlos Pena? Hey, it’s easy to second guess when you’re a fan!

The final score was Rays 15, Yankees 5.  The 9th inning included a pitching stint by Nick Swisher, who had one of the better pitching lines of the night.

The Yankees played like little leaguers…

So, how much longer until A-Rod is ready to return? They really need to do something about third base. Cody Ransom is not the answer. Try Ramiro Pena, try Justin Leone, try Eric Duncan, try the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but Ransom’s got to go…

What can you say with a game like this? It is miserable to watch, and of course, you want to say that hopefully they’ll learn something from this impending defeat. But what? It’s a loss, and there is nothing they can do about it. The Yanks fell to 3-4, but at least Boston lost too.  I don’t get mad with these types of games. The Yanks are notorious for throwing up a few clunkers each year, and this is just one of those times.  You just turn around and walk away…

On the bright side, tomorrow is a new day…and A.J. Burnett will be on the mound!

DISASTERS HAPPEN IN 3′S

They always say that disasters happen in 3′s…

First, we lost promising Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.

AP

Now, two more legendary figures in Major League Baseball have passed away.

Shortly after lunch, word came that long-time Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas had died. He was in Washington preparing for the Phillies game against the Nationals and he collapsed in the broadcast booth. He taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

George Widman/AP

Harry the K was also well known for his voiceover work with NFL Films. The name may be unfamiliar to some, but the voice was known by all. Sadly and much too soon, he’s “outta here!”

 

Courtesy YouTube by Lahawk

For those who can remember 1976, who can forget the legendary antics of Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. With the curly blonde hair poking out of the Tigers hat, it became a familiar scene to see Fidrych talking to the baseball and the various other antics that he performed leading up to his pitches. None of it was contrived, and it was completely his free spirit.

Unfortunately, an accident at his Northborough, Massachusetts farm prematurely ended Fidrych’s life today. Shoulder and knee injuries prevented what could have been a great career, but for 1976, there were not many better players than Fidrych. He went 19-9 with 2.34 ERA, and had 24 complete games. That was a special season and he was so fun to watch. You didn’t have to be a fan of the Tigers to appreciate Fidrych.

The past week has been difficult, and we’ve lost three outstanding men that can never be replaced. They will all be missed…

A-ROD’S BACK ON THE FIELD

Alex Rodriguez reported to the Yankees minor league complex and participated in a 48 minute workout. He is looking to begin minor league rehab games in 7 to 10 days, and is taking one day at a time.

 

Alex Rodriguez works out after hip surgery
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If I had hip surgery five weeks ago, I’d probably be in a little worse shape than A-Rod.

I am sure that his superior physical conditioning has aided his recovery. Hopefully, there will be no setbacks as Alex’s continues his march for the Bronx.

Mark Teixeira was also at the minor league complex receiving treatment for his sore left wrist. He had a MRI which revealed no major issues. He thinks it would be a disappointment if he’s not back on the field Tuesday night.

NOTES

  • The Associated Press is reporting that former Yankees pitcher David Wells has signed a multi-year deal to be an analyst for TBS. C’mon, David, tell us what’s really on your mind!
  • Manny Ramirez is saying that he wants to play for the Cleveland Indians once more before he calls it a career? I bet that really endears him to the Dodger fans that have so fully embraced him despite his history in Boston. Nope, I’m not going to say it but I guess you could say that it is expected behavior.
  • The speculation of Pedro Martinez to the Los Angeles Angels makes sense. When I heard earlier that he was going to sign with Baltimore, it seemed very foolish if true. Fortunately, it was not. Pedro has the luxury of picking his spot (to a degree) and he still has what it takes to help a contender. No, the years as an ace are long gone, but he’s still a competitor who knows how to win.
  • Regardless of what he said about his hometown of Woodland, CA, Dustin Pedroia is not a jerk. Of course, I may feel differently after the Yankees play the Red Sox later this month. But for now, Pedroia doesn’t deserve death threats or the criticism that he’s received.
  • Julia, to answer your question, Wally has been wondering what the odor is above his head! Hmmm, he had better get used to it!

Goodnight, Everyone!

-Scott

We Lost?…

The Yankees lost…

24 hours in a day, minute by minute life happens.  There are so many events that define our day, and determine whether we are happy or sad.  So many memories that are created…some we will forget within days, others will last a lifetime.  But at this moment, I can only think of one thing, ‘we lost to Baltimore?’. 

 

It seems that some teams have other team’s number, and in recent years, the O’s have owned the Yankees.  I am not going to go into the stats of actual wins and losses, but I can tell you that the Yankees do not have a great record against the Orioles.  I remember when it was always the Seattle Mariners.  In the last couple of years, the Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) and the Orioles have been the Yankees’ Achilles heel.

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Every team seems to have its thorn that it cannot overcome.  Julia of Julia’s Rants mentioned to me that the Toronto Blue Jays play the Red Sox very tough.  Who is the thorn in your team’s side?  It is a good question, and certainly one that will go a long way towards determining the outcome of your team’s season.  In the end, pennants are often won by only a few games.  A few more wins here and there can make all the difference in the world.  An inability to beat a certain team can lead to post-season heartbreak.

Both my team and Jenn’s team need to rebound from the opening day losses, and look to even their records in their second games.  Of course, I do feel a little better about having Chien-Ming Wang on the mound as opposed to 40-something Jamie Moyer.  Sorry Jenn!  But hopefully, we’ll both soon see W’s…

BOSTON RECAP

Again, I want to thank Julia for being such a gracious host. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Boston, and I found it to be such an exciting and vibrant city.  Before I left today, I went to the gym to get in my run for the day, and of course, there was a woman nearby in a pink Red Sox hat.  I can never stray too far from Julia’s influence.  Too funny!

 

Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe

If any of you ever have the chance to go to Boston, I highly recommend it.  My desire to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park remains unfulfilled so I know that I’ll be back…

MLB EXTRA INNINGS

I purchased my subscription to MLB Extra Innings tonight, so I am all set for the 2009 season.  I was so starved for some baseball that I listened to the New York Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on the way home from Boston.  The Mets?  I hate the freakin’ Mets!  But it’s baseball, so you gotta love it!

I almost succumbed to Mark’s message for MLB.tv and perhaps I still will, but for now, I am looking forward to baseball on the BIG screen…

FINALLY…

I do want to wish good luck to my friend Erin’s Minnesota Twins.  It is always a great story when the Twins win, and they certainly have done well bringing up promising young talent.  I have Joe Mauer on one of my primary fantasy baseball teams, so I am hoping for a speedy recovery.  Of course, in the meantime, his replacement is Hip-Hip-Hor-Hey, Jorge Posada, so I am cool with that…

And for Canuck, I am hopeful for a great Scott Kazmir season!  The Rays!  Not so much…

AP

Tuesday, I will be a Red Sox fan for a day.  I owe that much to Julia.  So, I will suspend my ‘Tek Hatin’ Ways until Wednesday.  In the meantime, I guess I need to buy a number 33 Red Sox jersey!  LOL!

Goodnight, all!

–Scott

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