I told ya they’d win!

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Okay, let’s take a deep breath. We’ve seen this happen before. The Yanks put up an impressive win following a disappointing loss (i.e., the double header in Chicago) and we think it’s the start of a run, only to be disappointed a few days later. No, I’m not trying to take the wind out of everyone’s sails. It was a damn good win last night, the kind the Yanks should be having all freakin’ season. And who knows, maybe they do turn this ship around, sweep the Red Sox, and continue on a path of prosperity.

As we all saw, it began with Tyler Clippard. I’ll be honest: I hadn’t seen much of him beyond a handful of video clips before this start. He looked okay in those videos, but for the most part I agreed with Mike: he’s not blowing anyone away up there, and when you have a righty like that, his long-term success is almost a crapshoot. Yes, it’s possible, but when so many similar guys fail, it has to raise a red flag.

Joe Morgan seemed fixated on one aspect of Clippard’s delivery (and, of course, the most obvious one): that he falls off to both sides of the mound. Joe further observed that he fell off to one side for the two-seamer and the curve (or was it the two-seamer and the change?) and the other side for the four-seamer and the change (or the curve). Did anyone else make that observation? And, if he does go a certain way for each pitch, will that tip off batters once they get used to him? Further, can he mix it up later in a game so that he catches guys trying to guess? Those are all questions that will be answered in his next few starts.

I do have to say, though, that I’m glad we have him in the rotation over Rasner. We’re much better off with Clippard, a promising 22-year-old, than Rasner, a 26-year-old who is a known quantity at this point. Rasner may find some success as a spot starter, but he always leaves you feeling uneasy out there. Even when he shut out Seattle, it wasn’t like he was demonstrably dominant.

So where exactly does this leave the rotation? Wang, Mussina, and Pettitte are lined up for the Red Sox series this week, which is mercifully followed by an off-day. Then you run into a quandary. You have six games, followed by an off-day, and then a 10-day stretch kicked off with a trip to Fenway. Rocket is also due back in that time — presumably May 28th against the Blue Jays (he pitched Friday, so he’ll pitch Wednesday, which puts him on turn for Monday). Let’s just say that’s the case.

If you’re the braintrust of the Yankees, who do you throw on Friday: Clippard or DeSalvo? If it’s me, I’m taking Clippard. He threw strikes early in the count, something DeSalvo struggled with, especially in his start against the ChiSox. He also defeated a team stronger than the Mariners. So that’s Clippard Friday, Wang Saturday, Mussina Sunday — and then Pettitte and Rocker Monday and Tuesday (in whichever order; Pettitte seemingly does better on normal rest). With the off-day on Thursday, that means DeSalvo’s services will no longer be needed — in the rotation at least.

The pertinent question here: ship DeSalvo back to AAA and call up Britton? Or just stick Matty in the bullpen? Honestly, I’d go with the former. As much as I think DeSalvo can help this bullpen, Britton more than deserves a shot. You have another week until you need to make the roster move to activate Clemens (which means we’ll be seeing the last of Colter Bean or Jeff Kennard on the 40-man roster), so you might as well audition some bullpen help.

All the sudden, things are starting to look brighter. Hell, I just rambled about the next few games rather than the one we just won — which I think is a good thing. No need to reflect on what’s been done. Just go out and win, baby!

Other Good Signs
The entire starting lineup — including Clippard — reached base safely. Mientkiewicz was the only one without a hit, but he drew a walk (and was hit by a pitch, but that was negated by a bullshit call). We hit three freakin’ home runs, which is a nice way to break out of a drought — and six doubles on top of that. Twelve hits total, nine of which were for extra bases. That’s what I like to see.

For all the crap we give Torre about his bullpen management, leaving Proctor in for two innings was one of his best moves of the season. There’s just no need to go to another guy at that point. Let Scotty get in his two innings and give him the day off against the Sawks, who normally slaughter him (7.45 ERA vs. the Sox since the beginning of 2006). And then Mo scraped some rust off (that’s what we’re calling that home run, scraping off rust) in preparation for the series.

Wakefield vs. Wang tonight. Let’s bust up this knuckleballing douche.

Last 7 Days
Posada: 476/542/1000
Matsui: 346/370/577
Phelps: 333/333/667
Jeter: 304/407/609
Abreu: 286/375/476
Cano: 261/261/478
Damon: 235/316/294
Alex: 208/296/458
Melky: 167/231/500
Giambi: 125/364/125
Minky: 111/273/222

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Where do they find these stats?
Is that right, fatass?
  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Since Morgan talked about it all damn game (seriously, I thought the telecast was called “Sunday Night Baseball,” not “Old Black Baseball Players Never Shut the Hell Up”), I started to pay attention to Clip’s fall-off towards first/third tendencies in the 3rd inning.

    When he throws his curve, he falls off towards first exclusively. It’s almost as if he’s pulling him through his delivery more to make sure he gets the pitch over.

    When he throws his change, he falls off towards third exclusively. It’s like he’s cutting his delivery short to make the sure the changeup is actually a changeup instead of a flat heater.

    He falls off to both first and third when throwing his fastball, and I couldn’t find any sort of pattern (ie after falling off to third with a change he tries to correct himself by falling off towards first with his heat, etc). It’s gotta be one of 2 things:

    1) he’s completely aware tof the different follow throughs of his offspeed stuff, and learned to throw his fastball both ways to keep hitters off balance, or

    2) he’s got no friggin’ idea he’s doing it.

    I’m guessing it the former, but that’s some dangerous territory. He’s gotta watch himself with that. The second time through the league could be rough if he doesn’t adjust.

  • Yankee Fan in Chicago

    You’d think tho that the Mets would have the game on in the clubhouse, and would’ve seen Morgan discussing the followthrow.

    Tho perhaps they’re like me and can’t stand Morgan and so watch on mute.

    But then even I put the sound on to find out wha the hell Morgan was talking about when they kept showing the clips of Clip’s followthrough.

  • yankz

    Wouldn’t it be disadvantageous to try to pick up a tip? If you’re looking at the pitcher, you’re not looking at the ball, which is already close to the plate when the pitcher lands.

  • RobinCT

    I was wondering the same thing… if you’re watching him land, you’re not watching the ball. I don’t know if it’s really possible for the hitters to use this against Clippard. Obviously, I hope that’s the case.

  • KAnst

    I agree with the last two, by the time he follows through the ball is on you. Falling off one way or another wont really help you guess the pitch that much since it happens after he releases the ball

  • Sherard

    I agree. It’s one thing to look for arm angle, but it’s another thing entirely to try and watch the pitcher’s follow through.

  • Pettitte’s stare

    Morgan was an idiot in last nights game. Clippard’s follow through isn’t a tell at all. If you are waiting to see which was his follow through is you will never catch up to a fastball or pick up the rotation on a curve ball to see if it is going to be a strike or not. Morgan needs to stop making idiotic analysis.

  • claybeez

    “Old Black Baseball Players Never Shut the Hell Up”

    Was his race essential to your statement? As long as you throw “White” around whenever you’re speaking about caucasian blabbermouths I have no problem.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben

    As long as you throw “White” around whenever you’re speaking about caucasian blabbermouths I have no problem.

    Tim McCarver: Annoying White cracker who never shuts up.

  • Barry

    I’d keep Desalvo in the pen, Britton is honestly awful, and hes in worse shape than a “good for” him shape of david wells in his prime

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    @claybeez

    It was a joke from Family Guy.

  • claybeez

    Cool. Didn’t know. Not one of my shows.