RAB’s 2009 Subway Series Preview

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Yankees and MetsThe 13th Annual Subway Series kicks off tonight, as the second place Mets come to the Bronx to take on the second place Yankees. The Yanks are 37-29 all-time against their crosstown rivals in interleague play, 20-13 at home. This year they bring a 34-26 season record into the series while the Mets come in at 31-27. Each team comes in limping, as the Yanks were just swept in heartbreaking fashion up in Fenway, while the Mets just lost two extra inning games at home to the Phillies.

In honor of this year’s renewal of the Subway Series, let’s take a look at how each squad compares to each other on a position by position basis.

Starting Pitchers this Weekend

Friday: Joba Chamberlain vs. Livan Hernandez
These two are sporting identical WHIPs (1.40) and similar ERA’s (3.79 vs. 3.88), but the difference is that Joba is still cutting his teeth at this level while Livan is enjoying his best year since 2004. Throw in Joba’s ability to actually strike guys out (8.3 K/9 vs. Livan’s 5.5), and I think we have a winner. Advantage: Yanks

Saturday: Andy Pettitte vs. TBA
With John Maine hitting the DL, the Mets aren’t sure who will start tomorrow. It could be prospect Jon Niese (6.57 ERA in 5 career starts), AAA starter Nelson Figueroa (5.15 ERA in 40 career starts), or swingman Fernando Nieve out of the pen (4.20 ERA in 11 career starts). Whoever they decide to throw out there will be inferior to Pettitte, despite his highwire act. Advantage: Yanks

Sunday: AJ Burnett vs. Johan Santana
Santana’s last five starts: 4.64 ERA, .848 OPS against. Burnett’s last five starts: 4.13 ERA, .839 OPS against. Just sayin’. Advantage: Mets

Everyday Lineup

Catcher: Jorge Posada vs. Omir Santos
Ex-Yankee farmhand Santos did a tremendous job filling in while the Mets’ other catchers were injured, and has yet to relinquish the starting job. Despite that, he’s got a .298 OBP and a 90 OPS+ Posada’s sitting at .380 and 151, respectively. Advantage: Yankees

First Base: Mark Teixera vs. Fernando Tatis
The Mets ran into some bad luck, as Carlos Delgado went down with hip surgery after putting up a .914 OPS in 26 games. After a brilliant comeback last season, Tatis has filled in for Delgado with a .732 OPS, 2 homers, 9 XBH and 12 RBI this year. Texiera has a .745 SLG with 4 homers, 11 XBH and 13 RBI. In his last 12 games. Next. Advantage: Yanks

Second Base: Robinson Cano vs. Luis Castillo
The poster child for ill-advised contracts, Castillo is actually having himself a nice season right in line with his career averages. Of course that constitutes a 91 OPS+ and a -10.7 UZR/150 at the keystone corner. Robbie Cano is also having a year in line with his career averages, putting up a 107 OPS+ with a 1.3 UZR/150. It would be nice if he weren’t hitting fifth, though. Advantage: Yanks

Shortstop: Derek Jeter vs. Alex Cora
Cora’s .286 AVG and .385 OBP are right there with Jeter’s .298 and .370 marks, but The Cap’n has more than a 50 point advantage in slugging. Jeter’s also got him beat on defense, with a 6.4 UZR/150 compared to Cora’s -35.7. I know Alex Cora wins games, but dude, it’s Derek Jeter. Maybe if Jose Reyes was heathy, this would be a different story. Advantage: Yanks

Third Base: Alex Rodriguez vs. David Wright
Finally, we have ourselves a bit of a competition. Wright leads the lead in AVG (.362) and OBP (.458), and his .984 OPS is top ten in the NL. He’s also sixth in the bigs with 17 steals. Show off. A-Rod‘s been back from his hip injury for over a month now, and even though he hasn’t yet hit his stride, he’s still fashioned a .393 OBP and a .458 SLG. We know A-Rod will be great soon enough, but Wright is great right now. Advantage: Mets

Left Field: Johnny Damon vs. Danny Murphy/Fernando Martinez
The Metsies generally run old buddy Gary Sheffield out to left, but since the series will be played in the Bronx, I imagine he’ll be serving as DH. The Murphtinez Monster has managed a .234-.317-.341 line this year with Murphy doing most of the heavy lifting. Damon’s hit .286-.361-.537 and is in the midst of the best offensive season of his career. Neither contingent has been anything special defensively in 2009, so let’s call that part a draw. Advantage: Yanks

Center Field: Melky Cabrera vs. Carlos Beltran
Melky’s riding his now annual post-April swoon, while Beltran is simply one of the greatest players in the game today, regardless of what Steve Phillips thinks. .341-.431-.561 with Gold Glove defense in center? I’ll take two. Advantage: Mets

Right Field: Nick Swisher vs. Ryan Church
Boneheaded plays aside, Swisher has been tremendously productive at the plate this year, posting a .394 OBP with a .538 SLG. Church has been hampered by injuries as usual, but has a 1.103 OPS in an extremely small sample size since returning. Church is better than he’s been, Swisher isn’t as good as he’s been, but both are quality players. Let’s call this one … Advantage: Push

Designated Hitter: Hideki Matsui vs. Gary Sheffield
Matsui’s one of those guys that just when you think he’s dead, he goes on a tear. He’s hit .260-.350-.475 compared to Sheff’s .250-.380-.427 output, so they’re right in line with each other. Luckily for Godzilla, defense doesn’t count at DH. Advantage: Push

Reserves

Bench: Frankie Cervelli, Angel Berroa, Ramiro Pena, Brett Gardner vs. Brian Schneider, Wilson ValdezDanny Murphy/Fernando Martinez, Jeremy Reed
The nature of the beast calls for the Mets to have a more usable bench than the Yanks, although Gardner’s proven to be somewhat useful as a reserve. But still … Advantage: Mets

Setup Crew: Al Aceves, Phil Coke, Phil Hughes, David Robertson, Brett Tomko, Jose Veras vs. Pedro Feliciano, Sean Green, Fernando Nieve, Bobby Parnell, Brian Stokes, Ken Takahashi
It’s pretty cool how the two pens are constructed in basically the same way, with a young phenom (Hughes & Parnell), veteran swingman (Tomko & Stokes), kinda low leverage but sometimes high leverage middle guy (Robertson & Green), pitchability multi-inning guy (Aceves & Takahashi), hard throwing wildcard (Veras & Nieve) and, of course, the LOOGY (Coke & Feliciano). The Mets’ non-closer bullpen ERA is 3.44, but the Yanks’ is 4.87. Just imagine if JJ Putz wasn’t so craptactular/hurt. Advantage: Mets

Closer: Mariano Rivera vs. Francisco Rodriguez
K-Rod’s been everything the Mets could have hoped for and more, nailing down every save and pitching to a 0.61 ERA. Mo’s struggles have been well documented, but he’s still the man and gets the job done. Call me biased, but I’m not willing to declare Mo dead yet. I’m not going any lower than … Advantage: Push

* * *

So I have the final tally at seven for the Yanks, five for the Mets, and three draws. Given all the Mets’ injuries this year, I don’t think there’s any question that the Yankees are the best team in town right now. Everything lines up nicely for them, so hopefully they can pull out a pair of wins, assuming Santana is an automatic loss.

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  • Texeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)/Letsgoyankees-It depends on the blog

    Good detailed post.

  • e mills

    It may just be the pessimist in me, but going against a pitcher on Saturday, who the Yankees will inevitably have little history against, while the Yankees will be going with Andy, who’s back may or may not be hurt, can hardly be an advantage. Just kidding, the Yankees will sweep. I think they should win 12-14 of their next 16 games

  • A.D.

    I could go for a nice Yankees & Phillies sweep this weekend. Everybody wins.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Everybody important, at least.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Shouldn’t the Mets 1B situation include Danny Murphy too?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    The sweep will be hard because od Johan but we should get at least 2 out of 3

    • Jake K.

      You never know. CC versus Penny looked like a sure thing too. Maybe we’ll pull an upset of our own.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah true. Hopefully Burnett rebounds and throws a good game.

        • Jake K.

          He definitely has the ability. It seems like he’s due for a dominating start.

          • Zach

            He’s facing a lineup that consists of Santos, Tatis/Murphy, Castillo, Cora, & Martinez, im sorry but i expect a huge game out of him

  • Chris

    I don’t want to get my hopes up, but Johan’s given up 2.2 HR/9 in his last 5 starts. When I translate that to facing the Yankees lineup in the new Stadium, I come up with a case of whiplash for Santana.

    • Matty Ice

      I agree Chris. Johan gives up the solo shots, and the Yankees are fantastic at hitting HR’s with no one on base. I say we tag him for 3.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        And, as much as it pains me to say it, A.J. Burnett is becoming the rich man’s Oliver Perez. Seeing as how he shit the bed a few days ago, he’ll probably pitch a three hit CG shutout here against the Mets… and then give up 6 runs in Florida next week.

        • Mike Pop

          Watch yourself, tommie.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I did say “rich man’s”.

        • Jake K.

          Oliver Perez…shudder.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      I hope you’re right.

      What scares me is that guys seem to “wake up” against the Yanks. Ortiz and Penny spring to mind. Let’s hope Santana doesn’t suddenly remember how not to give up HRs.

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

    I like the post, but do you really give Wright the advantage? He hasn’t shown any power to speak of this year. Also, Swisher > Church because Swisher can actually hit lefties.

    • Bo

      hes been a great singles hitter. not what you want from your #5 guy.

    • Zach

      Wright is hitting .130 points higher then Alex.

    • Glen L

      Dude, Wright is slugging .526 this year … not exactly a light weight … also already is 2.7 WAR with a .430 wOBA

      (A-rod slugging .495 this year with a .393 wOBA)

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Ryan Church couldn’t sniff Nick Swisher’s jockstrap.

    (Probably because Swisher goes commando, but you know what I mean.)

    • Evan

      They both know how to drop fly balls…ZING!

      But seriously, this is true, Swisher probably does go commando.

  • Mike Pop

    I hate the Mets because of ignorant Mets fans.

    Man, I didn’t know Johan was “struggling” as of late like that. Solid for the Yankees.

    Wait? Steve Philips dislikes Beltran?

    • JGS

      is that really a surprise? I can’t take Steve Phillips seriously about anything. Whenever he evaluates a player all that goes through my head is “you traded Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano”

      • Chris

        Phillips didn’t make that trade.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
          • JGS

            wow…apologies to Steve Phillips, I should have done my homework on that one

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Eh, it happens frequently, I’m sure Phillips personally gets confused for Duquette all the time.

              In a related story, Demi Delia once confused me with Andy Phillips.

              • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                IETC

    • http://www.twitter.com/TheManchine Bruno

      Steve Philips dislikes Beltran?

      Does this surprise you? He also thought his team was better off without A-Rod and that Joba should be in the ‘pen.

    • Zach

      Phillips thinks Beltran is the one who needs to be traded

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Steve Phillips dislikes intelligence.

      • Mike Pop

        Well, despite that he’s kind of an idiot. He didn’t do to bad of a job as a GM. I love how people always get the Kazmir trade mixed up with him as above. Just funny.

        • Chris

          It is interesting that the Mets have made the post season 3 times in the last 20 years, and 2 of them were while Phillips was the GM (including their only world series appearance).

      • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

        If you let Steve Phillips make the personnel decisions for a team, and you let a monkey make the personnel decisions for another team, the monkey’s team would do better in the standings.

        Why am I so sure? Because even a monkey knows that the Mets should keep Beltran and that Joba belongs in the rotation.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Mike Pop makes a good point, though. We crack on Phillips, but compared to his successor and predecessor with the Mets, Steve Phillips looks like a freakin’ genius.

          • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

            Fair point.

            When I pick on Phillips, I am definitely talking about the stream of ridiculous statements that come from his mouth on ESPN. I’m really not judging his time as GM with the Mets.

            • Chris

              I wonder about all these commentators that spew stupid garbage. Do they really believe this stuff, or are they just trying to get people riled up? I think with the case of Francessa, there is clearly and element of getting people riled up (he probably believes it, but wouldn’t make a big deal out of it if it didn’t get him more listeners). With Phillips, I’m not as sure.

              • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

                I think most of the guys who worked in baseball, like Phillips and Joe Morgan, believe the crap they say.

                • Mike Pop

                  Joe Morgan truly believes diversity is an old, old wooden ship used during the Civil War era.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Mark: Joe, as of right now who is the AL MVP?

                  Joe Morgan: That’s difficult to answer because the season is not over,

                  Ken Tremendous: The question was “as of right now.”

                  Theoretical Joe Morgan: Right, and it’s hard to answer because of what will happen in the future.

                  KT: But…the question is: right now, who’s the MVP. Like, now. At this moment.

                  TJM: But I can’t answer that, because I can’t tell the future.

                  KT: Hang on. Let me try something. What time is it.

                  TJM: No way to tell.

                  KT: Because you don’t know what time it will be in the future?

                  TJM: Correct.

                  KT: Fair enough.

    • Jake K.

      Well, to be fair, we saw plenty of ignorant Yankee fans come out of the woodwork on this very blog the past few days.

    • A.D.

      Steve Phillips mind:

      9 Alex Coras >>>>>> 9 Carlos Beltrans.

      If you have 9 players that “win games” you have to win, if you have 9 guys that just put up great numbers then you have nothing.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I hate the Mets because of ignorant Mets fans.

      To be fair, doesn’t that apply to, well, every team?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Nah. Ignorant Royals fans aren’t obnoxious, they’re just funny to listen to. Since they’re utterly irrelevant, their ignorance has an endearing, childlike innocence to it that’s kinda cute.

        /backhand compliment’d

      • Mike Pop

        Heh, you’re right. I work at a bar/restaraunt. Talk to all the regulars all the time who happen to be Mets fans and a couple of the bartenders too. Just ridiculous the things they say. But, you’re correct. The ignorance and hate on both the Yankees and lack of knowledge about baseball applies to every teams fans.

        Like for example – Phil Hughes will be a great starting pitcher someday but Joba won’t cause he can’t get out of the 6th inning.

        I love that logic.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          I can top that:

          A Met fan friend of mine picks the Yanks to go 85-77 almost every year.

          He predicted this year that Jeter’s numbers would be .280, 8 HRs (at the end, not now). He said that Hughes is a major bust (not so far, but he is a bust, period). He said, and this is a quote, “No Yankee player is in the top 10 in the league at his position.” He dismissed Tex as a defense-only first baseman who only hits for half the year. He said that A Rod is the worst defensive third baseman he’s ever seen, and the Jeter/A Rod left side of the infield is the worst defensive left side of the infield of all time. He said that Sabbathia isn’t a top-tier pitcher, and that he is nowhere near the level of Santana, Halladay, Oswalt, Webb, or Peavy. He predicts every year that Melky will be out of baseball in two years, and that he isn’t even good enough to be a fourth outfielder in the majors (I’m no Melky fan and even I disagree with that one).

          And this is a guy who follows baseball closer than 99 percent of fans I know.

          To me, he is the typical Met fan.

          • A.D.

            Last Met fan I had a baseball discussion with was both a B-Jobber, and under the belief that Nate McClouth is a great defensive player.

            • Mike Pop

              The biggest worry of my Mets’ fans friends is:

              Who is going to replace Mo when he retires.

              Just awesome.

            • Jamal G.

              Uh, Mike Francesa is a Yankees fan.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                No. Mike Francesa is a fan of Diet Coke, big sandwiches, yelling at people, screaming at people, hourlong discussions on television ratings of various sporting events happening on the same weekend, hourlong discussions on thoroughbread horse racing, hanging up on people who disagree with him, hanging up on people who point out the internal contradictions and flawed logic in his statements, using young ace pitchers in horrendously retarded ways, and Brandon Inge.

                With all that on his plate, he doesn’t have time to be a fan of the Yankees as well.

                • JP

                  ietc

      • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

        Yes, but not equally.

        In my completely anecdotal, non-scientific experiences (and yes, I take the Port Washington LIRR line and have to deal with the hordes of Met fans on game nights), Met fans tend to be more exaggeratedly ignorant and obnoxious than the fans of many other MLB teams.

        And yes, I’m fully aware that Met fans would say that about us. Only, they would be wrong …

  • Zach

    I wish CC and Santana were matching up, hopefully they’ll face each other at Citi

  • Jamal G.

    After a brilliant comeback last season, Tatis has filled in for Delgado with a .732 OPS, 2 homers, 9 XBH and 12 RBI this year. Texiera has a .745 SLG with 4 homers, 11 XBH and 13 RBI. In his last 12 games. Next.

    Heh, pwnd.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yes, but, has Mark Teixeira ever hit two grand slams in the same inning? I think not.

      Fernando Tatis >>>>>>>> Mark “One Homer per Inning” Teixeira

      • Jamal G.

        No, but he did stay at three different Holiday Inn Expresses over his stay in Boston.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          That was just to throw his wife off the scent.

          • Jamal G.

            You’re right, naked, gay Chinese men that have been locked in the trunk of a car for 12 hours sure do develop one foul stench.

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

              IETE

              (I enjoyed this exchange)

  • JohnnyC

    Apropos of nothing, it’s Daniel not Danny Murphy. He’s not related to the late, lamented Bob Murphy. Back with the happy recap.

  • Axl

    All of our players matched up infinitely better than the Red Sox players but they smeared our face in pigshit the past 3 days…

    This stuff doesn’t always mean that much

    • JohnnyC

      That’s not entirely true. Nick Green did rate a huge edge over Jeter.

    • Jamal G.

      Since when does losing two games by one run each equate to one’s face being smeared “in pighsit”?

      • Axl

        lol. They’ve been embarrassing us as a team for a while now. Ever since they came back from 3 games down and won the ALCS in 04. Whether it be beating up on our closer like mad, coming back from 6 runs down, beating us in the first series against each other in our new home, etc.

      • JP

        Maybe it’s too strong an image. But you can’t tell me anything positive about the last 8 games against Boston. Like it or not, they own the Yankees right now. Let’s hope the deed is transfered, so to speak, when the playoffs come around.

        • jsbrendog

          seriously, everyone who whines about this needs to let it go. for christ sakes WHO CARRES?? 102 games left.

          and as for you declarative statement that theres nothing positive i call shenanigans. There is AROD being clutch and coming up with a huge hit to take the lead with 2 outs and runners on 1st and third in a tie game in the rivals house while getting chanted derisively about steroids and facing the other teams top or second best late inning reliever. that is SUPER positive.

          i stand by my statement that the yankees will be in first place after this stretch against the mets nats fish mets. AND they will NOT go winless against the red sox. who cares for god sakes. its like a bunch of kids whining about not getting the green megaman so they cant combine the red yellow green and blue megamen to create super ultra awesome mega man.

          2 games out of first place. after not having arod for over a month, no wang all year, no opening day rf for msot of the yr, no top lefty all yr, no 8th inning guy most of th year, posada on the dl for 3 weeks when we had cervelli and kevin cash playing and we are 2 games out of first palce. for god sakes!!

          \rant

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Dude, I hear where you’re coming from, but you’re taking it a bit too far. Of course people care that the Yanks are 0-8 against the Sox this year. If the Yanks were 8-0 against the Sox we’d all be dancing in the street. It’s not unreasonable to be annoyed/pissed with the Yankees being 0-8 against their historical and current rival. Let people whine for a few days, they’ll get over it once the Yankees catch/pass the Sox in the standings.

          • JP

            Who’s whining? I’m not whining. I’m relating what I see.

            ARod is supposed to come up big for us. So is our ace pitcher. That’s why they are paid what they’re paid. Why I say nothing good his happening is that we have one guy come up big, each night, in losing efforts, while they have 3 or 4 guys come up big, and they win. Our ace has a great night, and we lose to their 4th/5th starter. You can sugar coat it all you want, it’s not good.

            Whining would be saying “why do the Red Sox find guys like Papelbon and all we can come up with is Edwar Ramirez? It’s not fair!”

            No. I agree with you. Our team, on paper, is on a par with the Red Sox, perhaps better. The fact that we’re 0-8 in this context is not good, to me, in any way.

            I agree with you that we will be on top of the division in the end. But that doesn’t mean I can’t complain now. Isn’t that what blogs are for?

            • jsbrendog

              youve been whining in every post youve made for the past 3 days dude.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Here’s something positive about the last three games against Boston:

          NYY Bullpen (not including Hughes): 8 innings pitched, 2 runs allowed
          BOS Bullpen: 9 innings pitched, 5 runs allowed

    • A.D.

      Not really:

      Youk – Tex: I’d say Yanks, but I’m biased and its damn close
      Pedroia – Cano: Sox
      Green – Jeter: Yanks
      Lowell – A-Rod: Yanks
      Bay – Damon: Sox
      CF: Yanks…kind of
      RF: Yanks
      DH: Push
      Catcher : Yanks

      Pitching:
      Burnett Beckett: Sox
      Wang Wake: Sox
      CC Penny: Yanks
      Bullpen: Sox
      Closer: Wash

      So thats 7-5 Yanks, with Sox have 2 of the 3 pitching matchups.

      • Chris

        Damon WAR: 1.7
        Bay WAR: 1.6

        I don’t think people are giving Damon credit for the year that he’s having.

      • Axl

        A lot of your analysis is based on thought AFTER the series we’re talking about. Which isn’t exactly accurate.
        Everybody sucked…so it’s much easier to analyze and say that “X” is better than “Y” after seeing the outcome already.

  • JP

    Watch out for Livan. Like McCartney said, I gotta feeling. Especially the way Penny hypnotized the Yankees.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Penny was throwing in the mid-90s. The next time Livan throws that hard will be the first time. Anyway, the current Yankee lineup has a .427/.477/.740 line against Livan. A-Rod’s 10 for 16 with 3 HR against him. I like that.

      • JP

        You always know the numbers, Ben, and the fact that Penny throws 94-95 didn’t escape me. But how many times do the Yankees face someone with a 6.5-8 ERA and get one run in 6 innings?

        I just gotta feeling.

        The last 5 years, the Yankees have been streaky. Good streaky, meaning their valleys aren’t as low as some teams’, but still very streaky. I just worry about them struggling against Boston, and bringing that downward trend into a game against a very shrewd, smart pitcher.

        • jsbrendog

          when we beat livan i will tell you that your feelings are wrong.

          • JP

            I hope you have that opportunity.

        • ChrisS

          Once I finish my reports for the summer, I’m going to take some time to prove or disprove this streaky/inconsistent theory that people like to bandy about.

          My hypothesis going into said project is that streakiness and consistency is, statistically, a bunch of shit and that all teams are streaky and inconsistent.

          • JP

            I would love to see you destroy the theory. I sense it’s just a fan’s innate insecurity and pessimism, but I’d like to see it “in writing,” so to speak.

      • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        I agree. I think Livan gets tattooed like A.J.’s arms.

  • Jill Santana

    Three things: JP, everyone on the team is supposed to deliver, not just A-Rod. Second, why is Joe continuing to put Cano behind A-Rod? I think Posada should be there. Cano is good, but he does not put fear pitchers so A-rod will continue to be pitched around and walked. I also wish there was some more stability in the line-up after the first four.

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