Jun
15

Game 70: One more for the road

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After Mike Mussina’s victory last night, the Yanks find themselves at 36-33, three games over .500 for the first time since last September. They’re also once again ahead of their 2007 pace when they were 35-34 through 69 games, 10 games out of first and six out of the Wild Card.

Today, they’ll go for their fifth win in six road games, and an another solid outing from Chien-Ming Wang would do wonders for this team. Last week in Oakland, Wang won for the first time since the start of May and looked much better than he had recently. Check out his front shoulder and the movement on his sinker early on. If that all looks good, the Yanks should be set.

The Astros are countering with Roy Oswalt, their ace in name only. For years, Oswalt has been one of the premier pitchers in the National League, but he has struggled mightily this year. He’s 5-6 with a 5.06 ERA, a mark nearly two runs higher than his career ERA. He’s allowed 15 more hits than innings pitched this year and has already surrendered 17 long balls.

On the offensive side of things, Melky Cabrera is making his 2008 right field debut. He’s played 13 games there throughout his big league career. The slumping Bobby Abreu — 4 for his last 18 — gets the day off.

Game time is 2:05 p.m.

Damon CF
Jeter SS
Matsui LF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Cabrera RF
Wang P

Game Notes: PeteAbe notes that the last six Yankee games have all been under the three-hour mark. This is the first time in recent memory I can recall that happening.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Dan

    wow, arod crushed that ball. Bourn had him played perfectly

  • A.D.

    Nice DP, nice to see vintage Wang

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Looks like we’re getting vintage Oswalt too.

      • A.D.

        Yeah, not what I was hoping for

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oi, that changeup to Cano was filthy. No fault of Robbie’s right there, Oswalt threw a great pitch.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    You have to score this run. You just have to.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    striking out theside. ouch babe.

  • keith

    Can’t blame Cano, but Melky got clowned.

  • Jersey

    I’m sorry to say that after Posada walked and I realized we had Melky, Robbie and Wang coming up, I had a strong suspicion were not going to score.

  • Jersey

    Nice inning for the Wangster.

  • A.D.

    I mean he’s called that a ball several times already

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wearin’ him out. Looks like the Yankees of old.

    • NYFan50

      You beat me to that comment by 3 seconds.

  • NYFan50

    Oswalt at 66 pitches and he hasn’t even finished the 3rd.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I know Cano drove in two with that single, but come one man, he just walked three straight batters and YOU SWUNG AT THE FIRST PITCH!!!

    • Ivan

      better lucky than good

    • Jersey

      Haha, thinking the same thing. You KNEW he was coming out swinging.

    • Steve S

      Its not as if he has been missing by a mile and its clear that they are picking up on his breaking stuff and laying off because he cant throw it for a strike. Plus they do say when a guy has walked in a run he is likely to start the next guy with a get me over strike and knowing Oswalt’s control I dont think its that awful. And lets be honest waiting for Robbie to take pitches is not a reality, he has spent the first three years of his career hacking and has .315 average. Im skeptical whether he could really change now.

  • A.D.

    Def should be able to knock Oswalt out early and get to the pen

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike A. you think Posada a HOFer?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I say no. I think another 2 or 3 good years, say .275-.375.475, and he’d be a candidate.

      • Chip

        Hopefully he gives us 4 more years of that kind of production :)

      • Ivan

        I hope you are taking in account that he’s a catcher and has been one of the best catchers in baseball history inconcern with OBP and BB’s.

        I use to think he wasn’t but more and more, I shading towards that.

  • Jersey

    Meanwhile, Wang is at 27 pitches after two. Let’s hope he can maintain his pitch economy.

  • Jersey

    Hey, do we know why Berkman isn’t in the lineup today? Count your blessings…

  • Ivan

    It’s funny whe Pettitte was saying happy father’s day and saying thanks for this and that, I was thinking in the back of my mind like imagine pettitte said thanks dad for giving me those steriods.

  • Ivan

    Come on wang, can’t give up a hit to the pitcher.

    Oh by the way, does cano has range for days.

  • Joe

    Any Yankees draftees in the college world series today?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nay. The only two are Bleich and Rye, and they’re both off today.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Wow, upset city this year. Florida State lost, Miami lost, Rice is getting creamed by Fresno State…

    • A.D.

      Rice is getting murdered

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Darin Erstad has a made a career out of getting hits like that.

  • Ivan

    Great Play by A-Rod.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow, what a play by A-Rod.

  • Chip

    Wang is really throwing that slider a lot to the righties today. I wonder if he just really has a feel for it today or the sinker isn’t sinking like he wants. That will be moot though if we can pull it together against Oswalt here and knock him out early

  • Manimal

    Wow, it helps having 5 tools

  • A.D.

    Hell of a play by A-Rod, Kay went a little overboard on the commentary into the commerical

    • Manimal

      kay goes overboard alot.

  • Manimal

    Wang is pretty tall, you dont notice when hes on a mound but next to the catcher and ump hes pretty tall.

    • A.D.

      he’s 6’3”

  • Manimal

    the reds suck they are losing 9-0, good thing we are playing them.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I sure hope we get a crack at Homer Bailey. He must be hurt, he was only throwing 89-90 today and his curve was big and loopy. He usually throws 95-97 without breaking a sweat.

      • Ivan

        Either two things has happen, either he’s hurt or they made a slight change in his mechanics.

        Chances are he’s gonna pitch against the yankees because unless they skip him or send him down he’s slated to start against the yanks.

  • Ivan

    Mike mussina second most wins in baseball since 01. surprise.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    “Bourne was all over him like a cheap suit.” You gotta love Kenny Singleton.

  • Joe

    I’m hesitant to say it, but given the way Wang has pitched the last two games, Do we have the makings of a decent roation? Wang, Mussina, Chamberlin, Pettite, and Rasner (or Hughes/Kennedy)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Way to jinx it. Jerk.

      (I’m kidding. Sort of)

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    What’s the use. Let Cano swing at everything. They’ll start dropping in eventually.

  • A.D.

    Yikes, Wang on the basepaths

  • Ivan

    Fucking NL.

  • Joe

    what the hell was Wang doing?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck fuck.

  • Matt

    This is just great

  • Number 27

    FUUUUUUCCCCCKKKK

  • Ivan

    Bitch ass NL

  • Joe

    OOOOOHHHH SHHHHIIIITTTTT!!!!

  • pete

    why would anyone actually want this?

  • Jersey

    Stupid fucking NL. Who the hell wants to watch a pitcher bat, seriously.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    good god… let’s hope it’s nothing too serious. he could have sprained something.

  • Joe

    So I’m gonna attempt to make some fun of this situation. Say Wang can’t make his next start, who does? Karstens, McCutchen, Igawa, Giese, someone else?

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      Karstens maybe?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      IPK should be ready soon. They can’t even take advantage of the off day to finagle the rotation a bit. I’m assuming Giese will start one of the doubleheader games against the Mets.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    11-0 isn’t supposed to feel bad…

  • pete

    well the hitters are certainly pissed about this.
    none of this would have happened if wang had just been able to get a sac bunt down

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    WTF? Why doesn’t Girardi bring in Giese? He hasn’t pitched in 7 games…

    • keith

      They must really not like Ohlendorf.

      • Joe

        Maybe they figure Giese just found a spot in the rotation, though it seems like he could get some work in after not having pitched in so long

    • keith

      Man, I guess they don’t think much of him after all.

  • RichYF

    What the hell happened?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Wang pulled up lame and limped off the field after scoring from second on a single. Looks like a hammy or quad.

  • Joe

    Pete Abe is saying its his foot

  • Newman

    Right foot injury – hopefully just a sprain?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Michael Kay just did not say it’s “Abercrombie and Switch.” We deserve better as Yankees’ fans.

  • RichYF

    American League teams that have pitchers that aren’t used to hitting should just go 8-1 and take the out. What the hell does it matter? If they need the #9 hitter then fine pinch hit. Otherwise just take the out. Not like Wang is going to hit anyway. Let Moose or Joba or whoever wants to hit hit, but if they’re not used to it don’t waste time. Sigh.

  • Nefarious jackson

    A-Jax three homers in 3 days…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    WTF? Why not Giese?

    • Joe

      Or Hawkins, didn’t Ramirez pitch yesterday?

    • Manimal

      Giese is too good for a 11-0 game. Let Olhendorf get his era down.

      • Joe

        Everytime Olhendorf pitches more than one he struggles

  • Matthew

    Melky and Kennedy for CC!!!!!

  • Manimal

    I just had an idea. Would Kei Igawa make sense for a start vs the reds? First of all they suck(when volquez doesnt start) and a mediocre start would bring up his trade value drastically.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’d prefer if they keep Kei Igawa as far away from a ML mound as possible. I’d rather take my chances with Giese.

      • Manimal

        have giese come in if igawa begins to suck.

    • A.D.

      Igawa shouldn’t be starting, and probably in reality teams won’t take one start as him turning a corner

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Some instant analysis for you on Wang.

    • Joe

      I’m gonna try to say this with a straightface (keep in mind I think you guys do a wonderful job) are you joking? “Not conditioned to run the bases” Everyone is conditioned to run the bases it’s part of passing gym classes that you can run a mile. The fattest of fat people can fun the 90 feet to each base. If he can’t he doesn’t deserve to be called an athlete.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        It’s a different beast during a game when the adrenaline takes over and one is sprinting around the bases. Sure, someone can 90 feet a time, but it’s a different kind of running. That’s why teams in practice do base-running drills. It’s not just for conditioning, but it’s for learning how to run the bases.

        • Joe

          Ben, I hear what your saying, but for the love of God is this what our society has deterioarated into? Where an athlete, which that man is, can’t run without getting injured. It’s a fluke nothing more, nothing less.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I agreed with you. ML baseball players should be able to run the bases with no problem. This was just a freak thing. It happens.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          I also don’t mean “conditioned” in the “in shape” sense of the word. They don’t train to run the bases with the same intensity as NL pitchers do.

          But yes, freak things happen too.

  • Newman

    PeteAbe is speculating, and he emphasized it was merely speculation that it’s an achilles tendon injury. That would be season ending, right?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Yes. That one’s got a 4-6 month recovery period.

      • Newman

        Mother fucker.

    • A.D.

      Well of course it would be the nature, it also means the Yankees would be lying that Wang has a foot injury, as achilles shouldn’t be considered in that.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Hava Moeller!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Did Robinson Cano really just draw a 4 pitch walk with the bases loaded? Wow.

    • Manimal

      You dont see that everyday kids.

    • keith

      Then Melky swung at the first pitch after 8 straight balls.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Now that you can see everyday.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Am I the only one that wishes some of these runs could be saved and stretched into another game?

    • Manimal

      The more the merrier. Before this game their run differential was -1, now its +12(so far)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’ll take them all. Hopefully the keep up the hot hitting against San Diego.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I can see the headlines now, “Unlucky 13 Sets Wang on DL”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I don’t think it is right to necessarily blame Inter-league play for CMW’s injury. I mean come on, Brian Bruney ripped his foot to shreds just trying to cover first base. How many times did Randy Johnson and Kyle Farnsworth tweak their respective backs just trying to cover first base? Freak injuries happen, it sucks yes but injuries just happen.

    • Newman

      Agree totally with you man, I understand Ben’s point but what can you do? Wang could’ve shredded his foot covering first base next game or doing his pregame running routines. Just bc it happened on the basepaths doesn’t mean that interleague play is to blame.

      • A.D.

        We all are going to over react because we’re yankee fans and its out player, if this happened to Josh Beckett we would have just said “sucks” and not ripped into interleague for it

  • mustang

    I saw what happen to Wang at the gym any word on the injury I got nothing from the radio. I just LOVE the NL.

    Wanted to see how fast batting practice I mean IPK name came up.
    Good old Mike.
    LOL

    • Jon

      Would you rather Igawa’s name came up?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Well what did you expect? Kei Igawa? Jeff Karstens?

      • mustang

        NO.
        Giese and maybe McCutchen.
        I have a soft spot for McCutchen, but like you guys always say here they should give those young guys a chance.

        By the way Happy father’s Day, Mike.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    i don’t understand PA’s injury assessment. why jump to such a random, worst case scenario? the same thing happened to albert pujols the other day when he ran out of the box, but he’ll be missing about 3 weeks, not 3 months (he’s not a pitcher, but still).

    • Joe

      he was speculating for shits and giggles

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    What are the odds that Girardi uses Giese in the 9th inning? 50-1? 100-1?

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      should have took that bet lol.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    It’s time for Johnny Damon to start getting some All-Star Game love.

  • Manimal

    Best Case Scenario: Rolled ankle
    Worst Case:Structural Damage to his ankle/foot(Achilles tendon tear/foot ligament damage)

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    best case scenario: cramp
    worst case scenario: kei igawa

    • Manimal

      ha well said.

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        lol, yea, two extremes.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Dan Giese, finally.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Was there really an issue with how he managed the pen, especially with the day off tomorrow?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I thought so, especially since it looks like Giese may have to start one of the doubleheader games vs the Mets on Friday, and might even have to hold down a rotation spot.

        He was wasting away out there, he needed work.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    This game has made me so happy and so sad.