Jul
31

Game 108: Those dreaded Angels

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In all the hoopla surrounding the trade deadline, it’s easy to forget that the Yanks play a game tonight. We’re too busy celebrating the departure of Manny from the Red Sox or the arrival of Pudge to focus on the game, but it’s a doozy tonight.

For the first time this season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim arrive in New York. The Angels have long been a thorn in the Yanks’ side. The Yanks were just 55-61 against them during Joe Torre’s tenure. So I’m hoping they can get off on the right foot with Joe Girardi at the helm.

This, however, will be no small task. The Angels currently sport a 67-40 record, tops in the Majors by three games. They swept the Red Sox in Fenway Park this week, and the games weren’t really close. And, oh yeah, they also landed Mark Teixeira in a trade with the Braves. They are clearly the AL frontrunners right now, and this four-game set this weekend will impact the Yanks’ playoff hopes.

For the Yanks, Andy Pettitte takes the mound. The Angels are 19-7 against lefties this year. Gulp. The Angels counter with Jon Garland, 3-5 with a 4.26 ERA in his career against the Yanks. Starting this series — and Pudge’s Yankee career — out with a win would be huge for the Yanks.

Damon DH
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
A-Rod 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Nady LF
I-Rod C
Cabrera CF

Game Notes: Pudge will wear number 12. Andy Phillips, Clay Bellinger and Tony Womack plan to complain about that. I wonder if any other team has two numbers with the same last name wearing consecutive numbers on their backs. Someone get the Elias Sports Bureau on the phone….Edwar Ramirez is facing a three-game suspension for throwing at Kevin Millar. He’ll appeal. Daniel Cabrera received a six-game time-out for throwing at A-Rod.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Mike W.

    I like the look of the lineup with the new additions…

    • TurnTwo

      agreed. the new additions help balance and lengthen the lineup again.

      i’m kind of surprised Nady didnt slot right up in between Giambi and Cano, but cant really complain.

  • steve

    agreed on the lineup … melky batting 9 … where he belongs

    • Mike W.

      He belongs batting 9 in AAAA but that is an argument for a different thread…lol

    • Pete

      I agree, the new lineup looks sharp but don’t hate on the melkman.

      This site just had one of their guys call the yankees the winners at the trade deadline:
      http://droppedthirdstrike.type.....dline.html

  • zs190

    Yeah, lineup definitely looks a lot better now that we replaced Gardner with Nady and Molina with Pudge.

    Our lineup looks good, and Andy has been pitching well.

    Hopefully we get a good game and maybe get a much needed road win.

    • http://allfourbases.blogspot.com/ Ryan

      It’s hard to get a road win at home

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

    I-Rod looks so jumpy back there.

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

    If Victor Zambrano contributes even one win to the Yankees, Mets’ fans are going to want to break something.

    • TurnTwo

      and i’m ok with that.

  • McCaff

    Victor Zambrano is so much better than Scott Kazmir….

    Ha

  • batty

    I don’t understand why we traded AG – he’s fast, great defensively though a work in progress. I’d rather see him in there as a late inning replacement vs Boot-it Betemit.

    • TurnTwo

      i read before, i think in the other thread, about needing the 40 man roster space, and that made sense to me.

    • Joey H

      look at the guys numbers we got for him. hes 23 and has a 1 era in AA

  • Ivan

    That was uneventful inning.

  • TurnTwo

    Heather looks like she’s ready to have some fun, no?

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

      Heh, I was thinking the same thing.

      Hey baby, are your parents retarded? ‘Cause you seem like a pretty special girl.

      • TurnTwo

        ha, god thats awful.

  • gxpanos

    Jesus, Bobby. You weren’t even near the wall.

  • Julien

    bobby, bobby, bobby… :|

  • Greg

    andy is not locating not good against a lineup like the angels have

  • Jake H

    Doesn’t seem to have his normal command.

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

    So is anyone having issues getting the site to load with Firefox?

    • TurnTwo

      using IE.

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

        Same here, but only because the site isn’t loading with Firefox.

        • TurnTwo

          honestly, ive heard of firefox, but have no clue what it is… and its not like im computer illiterate or something.

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

            Firefox.com

            It’s another browser, much gooder than IE.

            • TurnTwo

              techie question… it seems like when i come to the site, and i guess there is prob fairly heavy traffic, when i type in the comments box, there is a fairly significant delay in how quickly i type, and how slow the text shows up in the comment box.

              is that IE? is that the server?

              it an be a little frustrating, but maybe its just me.

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

                That’s IE. Works fine with Firefox.

                • TurnTwo

                  ok, dl’d firefox… you better be right or its on RAB’s ass!

    • Julien

      Using Firefox 3.0.1 and it’s loading fine

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

        Damn yo, I’m still on 2.0.0.16. I just checked for updates and came up empty…

        • Julien

          Yeah, I think the “check for updates” function doesn’t automatically tell you to get Firefox 3, but you can get it here http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

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

            Oooooo fancy. I updated to 3.0.1, but the site still won’t load. Thanks for the heads up though.

  • TurnTwo

    great f’n pickoff. ill ditto paulie in the booth… ive never seen that work before.

  • Jake H

    Andy’s used that move before this season. He picked Reyes of the Met’s off

  • Greg

    The mobile version of this site is awesome. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have witty RAB commentaries while out with the in laws

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

      Internet cards, FTW! Seriosuly, a lot of the time I’m never home around game time so if it wasn’t for this I wouldn’t have access to MLB.TV or RAB.

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

    How is Jon Garland for a comp to Ian Kennedy?

    • TurnTwo

      isnt Garland a FA after this season? he could be IPK before IPK is ready!

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

        Well, Garland’s already got the David Faustino beard working, so I’m guessing he’s all set to sign with the Red Sox this winter.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Mike: You’re welcome. My comedy wellspring giveth.

    • zs190

      the Angels have a great bullpen too. Scott Shields, Jose Arredondo, KRod, very tough to beat. =(

  • E-ROC

    The strike thrower that is Garland…

  • TurnTwo

    a situation of subtraction by subtraction? um…

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

      Don’t ask. Just be glad Manny’s in the NL.

      • TurnTwo

        couldnt be happier.

        question… dont you think the Pirates couldve gotten more if they packaged Jack Wilson with Manny to LA? werent the Dodgers looking for a SS?

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

          I don’t know, I thought the Pirates got a pretty decent haul considering. Bryan Morris is pretty good pitching prospect (Z-Mac caliber), and LaRoche is a stud. Moss and Hansen aren’t much more than servicable, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Moss turns into the next David Murphy with regular at-bats.

          I think the Sox gave up too much for Bay. It seems like the other teams knew they were desperate to get rid of Manny, so they took them to the cleaners.

  • Dave P.

    Alright Sidney, the joke is up. Whadya do with Andy?

  • Steve

    Yeah, don’t think Bay will strike the fear into the Yanks (especially Moose) that Manny did. Have a feeling Ortiz will start walking a lot more. It’s been a good week, even with the Orioles series mixed in.

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

      Yeah no kidding. Oh hi David Ortiz, have fun getting nothing to hit.

      • A.D.

        wonder if they’ll go Ortiz/Bay /Drew or Ortiz/Drew/Bay

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

    Nady has an alright arm.

    • TurnTwo

      he’ll look great in RF next season.

  • http://allfourbases.blogspot.com/ Ryan

    come on pudge

  • TurnTwo

    who knew Teixeira could steal a base?

    • TurnTwo

      and he can keep on running…

  • Joey H

    FUCK!

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

    Yeah, you knew that was coming. Andy’s game just did not have a good feel from the first inning on.

    • Joey H

      its funny how you can tell with ALL of his starts. when he has a fast first inning its just going to be easy for him

  • Jake H

    No command = hit hard

  • Greg

    Andy just doesn’t have it going tonight

    • TurnTwo

      dont worry, we’ve got Sidney going tomorrow.

  • A.D.

    not good

  • batty

    This is going to be a really long four game series…

  • Jake H

    Come on Cano you should make that play

  • Joey H

    looking like its gonna be a night for danny boy geise?

    • batty

      He pitched last night so he wouldn’t be able to go that long.

      • batty

        Sorry, yesterday afternoon (and I was there!)

        • Joey H

          yeah i was there too and from what i remember it was a pretty fast 9th inning

  • Ivan

    Pettitte command is off completely. Just stop the bleeding.

  • A.D.

    looks like Britton could get some immediate action

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

    Why is “forcing the action” looked upon as a good thing? Someone on the internet had a theory (can’t remember who), they said that the reason “baseball people” are so fond of bunts, hit-and-run plays, squeezes and such is the fact that those are things in baseball that you can control. So when people see it they get excited because baseball is largely a game that you can not necessarily control.

    • A.D.

      i really just think of it as a strategy for a fast team that doesn’t walk or have much pop, basically the opposite of monyball

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

      Hit & running and all that stuff has it’s place. You’re going to need to be able to do that kind of stuff to beat good pitching in the playoffs. Now, building an entire offense based on that smallball philosophy? Eek.

  • A.D.

    This is like Andy against KC

  • Ivan

    Boy Pettitte really doesn’t have it.

  • Joe

    UMmmmm….

  • McCaff

    i blame farnsworth

  • Joey H

    two things i think this can be put on. pudge. and the weather. i think pudge and andy couldnt get on the same page early on in the game, and if andy is like me the hot weather really pissed him off , so i guess hes just a bit off tonight because of those two reasons

    • TurnTwo

      i wont blame pudge for Andy not having his control. just one of those games.

      • A.D.

        Yeah its not like pettite got hit around on strange pitch choices, he wasn’t throwing strikes

      • Joey H

        no i know you cant be perfect every time. but im positive that them not getting into an early rhythm which is VERY important for andy to do contributed to his lack of success this evening

        • TurnTwo

          it comes down to andy executing the pitch. he hasnt done that, and he’s gotten hit hard.

          • Joey H

            yeah and i think we are giving andy a bit too much credit, this is a very veryyy pesky team with some powerthreats

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

    I really hate fans sometimes.

    • Joey H

      yeah i mean thats some shit for them to boo him.

  • Ivan

    Pettitte control was just bad and never seem confortable. Maybe not being acclimated to Pudge was a factor. I will say this, when Pettitte throws a stinker like this, he usually comes back hard.

    • Joey H

      yeah well when you have ponson and rasner pitching against the team with the best record in baseball, you kinda need andy to win this one, just a tad bit.

  • A.D.

    forcing the action

    Making Garland work…defensively

  • A.D.

    well we can only hope for the famed 2nd time around to do something

  • Ivan

    Well Garland isn’t great, so your gonna get ya share of hits.

  • A.D.

    Really suprised TB didn’t make a move today

    • Joey H

      yeah and im really happy they didnt. that team as is will not finish in the top two in the al east.

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

      I’m shocked Minaya didn’t make a move. Yeah he inquired on Ayala, but so what. (Anyone surprised he looked into one of his guys from the Nats again?)

      They need an OF, a SP, and a RP or two, but instead … Fernando Tatis!

      • A.D.

        Apparently they looked into Pavano

      • TurnTwo

        yeah, i cant imagine Minaya is happy with his full roster going forward.

        the one thing he can take comfort in is the fact that neither the Phillies nor the Marlins made any upgrades either.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        As long as Minaya’s not fired in the offseason, I’ll be more shocked if Manny’s not a Met next year.

        Which is 1000% fine with me.

  • A.D.

    AG got traded, interesting

  • Charles

    Hoping for a comeback.

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

      I will be hoping for a comeback as I watch “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” on my PS3, not really in the mood to sit through a blowout tonight.

      • Charles

        Hey, I’ve watched that. Really good movie.

      • TurnTwo

        i just watched the Royal Tennebaums for the first time. strange humor, very dry, but great movie.

        also saw “The Devil Came on Horseback” which was a documentary on the crisis in Darfur. very informative.

  • A.D.

    Kontos’s line today might be why pitt wanted him

    8in 1H 0BB 13K

    • A.D.

      check that 1 BB

    • TurnTwo

      well they couldve still had him, right? they chose Karstens instead.

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

    Hot hot hot Bobby.

  • Charles

    Bobby HR!

  • Charles

    Nice double for A-Rod.

  • McCaff

    Vlad is one ugly person.

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

      He’s got like, 9 kids by 9 different women. And during the offseason he lives with his mom.

      • TurnTwo

        what a life.

        • Steve

          That’s why Vladdy rhymes with Daddy

      • Joe

        You think that’s impressive, check out this list
        http://100percentinjuryrate.bl.....these.html

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

          Mess had a bastard? No shit.

  • Charles

    Z-Mac thru 6. 6ip, 1h, 0r, 0er, 2bb, 5ks.

    • Charles

      Now, 7ip,1h,2bb,7ks.

    • TurnTwo

      where did he come from? what year was he drafted? HS or college kid?

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

        3rd rounder of that redic 2006 draft. HS kid out of Illinois. Dad’s a cross-checker for the D-Backs.

      • A.D.

        ’06 HS, 3rd round

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

    Nice job by Pettitte gutting out a few more innings to save the pen.

  • Joe

    that double play hurts really badly now

  • Charles

    Ugh, I just hate it when a batter GIDP and then the next batter gets a hit.

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

    Man, the Angels are really good. Like REALLY good. Very good pitching (Garland’s their #5), a diverse offense that can beat you on the bases or over the fence, and that defense catches everything put in play.

    And as I write that, the Yankees hit back-to-back triples.

  • TurnTwo

    we should be excited for back to back triples right?

    if they can get this to 3 runs with 4 innings to go, thats not bad.

  • TurnTwo

    btw, when i look at the minor league scoreboards, and i see Igawa throw like 6 innings of 1 run ball, am i the only one who gets really, really angry?

    • A.D.

      They say Japan is like AAA/AAAA

      all makes sense

    • LiveFromNewYork

      he can’t handle the big stage. No surprise there.

  • A.D.

    Z-Mac, Kontos, Igawa, Braboy…god starts by the farm

  • A.D.

    Loosing 4 out of 5 with Ponson going tomorrow…yikes

    • TurnTwo

      or, you could say they’ve won 9 of the last 13, right? thats a winning percentage of nearly .700!

      • A.D.

        You could, and we could say that the last time Ponson gave up 7 runs he came back with a 1 & 3 run outing

        • TurnTwo

          now i’m pumped for Friday’s game!

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

    Ladies and gents, we have a Chris Britton signing.

  • Joe

    It’s hard to not be envious of this Angels team.

    • TurnTwo

      my uncle has season tickets out there about 15 rows up from the IF/OF grass on the 3B side. very envious of that.

      • Joe

        I saw a couple of games there last year. One was the game where they got pounded for 23 runs, it was pretty ugly.

  • Charles

    I know the minors focuses more on development but a look at the records of Yankee affiliates shows:

    SWB – 68-45
    Trenton – 66-44
    Tampa – 54-52
    Charleston – 63-44
    SI Yanks – 25-17
    GCL Yanks – 17-19

    Aside from the GCL Yanks, all have winning records. It’s really great to impart a winning attitude into all those youngsters.

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

      The DSL Nationals(1) are 42-8, and have outscored their opponents 336-133.

      Yikes.

      • A.D.

        Thats redic

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Wow.

        Those guys are all gonna be really good 7 years from now, as members of the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Braves, Cubs, Astros, Blue Jays, Angels, White Sox, Mets, and Cardinals.

  • A.D.

    Gotta love Britton’s gut

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

      He looks like a Bleacher Creature.

  • Charles

    Wow! Is that Chris Britton pitching?

    • Charles

      And as I write that, he gives up a homer. Sigh. The Angels are SCARY good.

  • zzzzz

    oh vlad.

    • TurnTwo

      just think, he could be in the last year of his contract with the yankees this year, right?

      sigh, again.

  • Joey

    ouch, just came home and it doesn’t look too good at the moment

    • Joe

      Well, if you discount the trio of 3-run homeruns then it’s been alright

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

        Seriously, it’s just been 3 bad pitches. ;)

        • Joe

          An optimist could reasonablly suggest that were doing really well, with the excpeption of those 3 pitches. As a matter of fact, that is what I’m going with. Try and hit our fat man again Angels!

  • A.D.

    We can now only hope the yanks score some runs in the 8th or 9th so that they can win tomorrow

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

    Why can’t Cano catch anything lately?

  • Joe

    Man, Hudson and Mulder really have had a rough go since leaving Oakland

    • A.D.

      Hudson? Aside from TJS as of this week he’s been just fine as a Brave…Zito on the other hand

      • Joe

        I meant to include Zito as well, but I think Zitos downfall could be seen, though I don’t think it could have been anticipated to be this bad

      • TurnTwo

        before the whole TJ thing, i actually thought he was a pretty good trade option for the Braves if they were sellers at the deadline. oh well.

  • A.D.

    Any word on Alby’s health?

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

      Nada.

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

    X(BH) Nady in the house. He’s been mashin’ yo.

    • TurnTwo

      my apologies… gotta remember to use proper terminology.

  • A.D.

    X(BH) strikes again

    • TurnTwo

      not for nothing, but at what point do you think about moving X(BH) (and maybe Cano) in the lineup and drop Abreu and Giambi?

      • A.D.

        I’ve been a huge advocate of Cano in the 5 hole, obv hes not the .500 hot now, but I think a lot of protection for him would serve well.

        The put X in the 5 against the lefty lester.

  • TurnTwo

    XMAN!

  • A.D.

    no high socks for pudge tonight? Though thats what he was wearing in detroit

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

    Man, Vlad is barely mobile out there. He looks like a giraffe running.

    • TurnTwo

      ha! omg, this image is priceless.

  • Stewman23

    who’s this guy batting 9th for us?!

  • A.D.

    why pudge why

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

    Good grief. Safe by a mile.

  • A.D.

    Significantly safe

  • TurnTwo

    wow, that Pudge call wasnt close.

  • Steve

    Still shouldn’t have gone, down 7

    • TurnTwo

      disagree. stay aggressive.

      • Steve

        But if he gets there safe (which he did) it’s 10-4. Even though the call was horrible, he still was called out, and instead of 1st and 3rd, one out, it’s man on 1st with two outs, down 7. Can’t give away any outs. Just like Melky shouldn’t have gone to 3rd on his triple.

        • TurnTwo

          but it was an educated, fairly safe gamble. he was safe. wasnt pudge’s fault the ump blew that call.

      • Joe

        It’s not as if the Yankees really have anything to lose, at least this game isn’t close, that would hurt a whole lot more if it was.

        • Steve

          While it certainly would hurt more in a close game, it’s still the wrong baseball play.

  • Dave P.

    how the fuck does he miss that call? as if the angels needed any help.

  • A.D.

    I’ll take not getting a call tonight if we get it a day to win

  • Jake H

    Home plate umpire has sucked all night long.

  • PsiFighter37

    Thanks for killing the rally, umps.

  • Joe

    Wow that’s are really bad call

  • McCaff

    this is ugly

  • batty

    ..AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnddddddddd that’s all folks. Have a good one, this is a bit too depressing to watch. Going to throw on What Dreams May Come to lift the ole spirits.

    • TurnTwo

      i’m going thru the live morning view sessions clips from incubus on youtube to pass the time.

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

        Did you know they named that album after the street they live on? I dated a girl from the LA area several years ago, and one day we were going to the beach in Malibu and there it was, Morning View Drive.

        Quick google search confirmed it.

        • TurnTwo

          knew they were from the area, had no clue about the name of the album.

          good stuff, man.

        • TurnTwo

          incubus was one of the better bands i saw live, in smaller venues back in the day, because the vocals always sounded as good live as they did on the album.

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

            Yeah, I saw them a few years ago in Scranton. Great show.

      • TurnTwo

        ok, now on to system of a down live clips.

  • Joe

    Why is Britton still pitching? Ramirez is about to be suspended for 3 games and threw one pitch the other day? Get him some work before he sits

    • TurnTwo

      Britton isnt long for the bullpen with Bruney about ready to go. use Britton tonight, and Edwar is ok thru the weekend, and by the time you use him, he sits early next week when Bruney comes up.

      • Joe

        I was more implying it seems like they don’t want to give the guy a chance to succeed. HIs numbers aren’t terrible, what did this guy do that they refuse give him a shot?

        • TurnTwo

          who Edwar? i would think Girardi has shown he isnt afraid to give him work, or put him in increasingly important situations.

          i think they just figured save the other arms in the pen for games that matter over the weekend.

          • Joe

            Given his impending conviction in the case of long skinny guy with loose control vs. fat guy who always seems to hit the Yankees, seems like he could use a few innings before he gets spanked.

  • Marc

    What is the problem with Pudge wearing #12?

  • Joey

    like I said, I missed most of the game, but how has Tex looked? Making a good impression for his potential team next year (by beating up on them)?

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

    Uh oh, something ugly is going on in Minny. Turn on BBTN (ESPN2)

    • Joe

      What?

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

        Bad call (Denard Span was HBP, but they said he swung and called it a strike), Gardenhire came out to argue and was tossed. The fans started throwing stuff on the field, Ozzie pulled his team off the field, and on the way back to the dugout he got in a rather heated argument with some guy behind the dugout. The umps had to go into the stands to separate them.

        • Joe

          Silly, silly Ozzie.

          • Joe

            Ozzie and the fan were trying to figure out why they traded for Griffey, I hear you Ozzie, I don’t get it either and I would be pissed

        • Steve

          They ought to be throwing stuff on the field and rioting until Liriano comes up to replace innings (and donuts) eating Livan.

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

            Livan’s allowed 199 hits in 139.2 IP. He’s not even eating that many innings these days either.

    • NYFan50

      What happened?

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

    Wow, are they seriously playing this song during the Web Gems of the Month? They have no clue what it’s about…

    • TurnTwo

      what song was it?

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

        Bro Hymn by Pennywise. They wrote that song because one of their original band members committed suicide after battling depression and alcoholism for years.

        Not exactly Web Gem material, if you know what I mean.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gbVgHA4R0o

  • Old Ranger

    Tampa and LAA win ball games the way NYY did in ’96 thru 2000. Very good defence, pitching and hitting. By hitting, I don’t mean the HR ball, I mean everyone hitting .280 to .317 and RISP.
    No big star, just everyone being good at their job. How many times have you heard; Speed kills…well how many times must we get beaten (by LAA/TB) like a redheaded stepchild before it gets through to the Yanks and fans. You live by the big bat…you die by the faster bat!
    We now are getting the pitching in order. I think this winter we need to get some (one/two) younger ball players that can play like TBs’ OF. We don’t need guys that hit 30/40 HR’s/BA.260. We need guys that hit .290/.320 and RISP hitters…guys that have speed and good defence. Radical I know but, get rid of Matsui, Bobby, Jason and replace them with very good all round ball players. We would still have A-Rod, Jeter, Jorge, Nage…so, even if they dig into the AAA teams around MLB, there has to be 2-3 guys we could use. Hell, we started this year out with two rookie starting pitches, didn’t pan out…didn’t kill us either, did it? 27/08?