The f!&*ing Mariners beat the Rangers tonight 9-4. So heading into a huge four-game set with the Tigers, the Yankees find themselves two behind Seattle for the Wild Card and three out on the loss side. The Yanks simply cannot afford to lose games anymore. Do or die. · (5) ·
Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Rochester)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 5, 1 K – had been 10 for his last 18
Eric Duncan & Alberto Gonzalez: both 2 for 5 – Duncan doubles twice, drove a run in & K’ed
Jose Cruz Jr., Angel Chavez & Bronson Sardinha: all 1 for 4 – Cruz & Sardinha each drove in a run…Chavez K’ed twice
Kevin Thompson: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 CS – picked off first
Wil Nieves: 2 for 4, 2 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB - 2 triples??? no way
Jeff Karstens: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3-10 GB/FB – 60 of 84 pitches were strikes (71.4%)
Ross Ohlendorf: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-1 GB/FB – next year baby, I’m expecting bigs things outta you
Jose Veras: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
If you’re 12 years old, in the Little League World Series, and are being interviewed by Erin Andrews, how the fuck do you stop yourself from popping a boner in your baseball pants? Couldn’t leave you guys hangin’ · (15) ·
Lemme start off with a little story…
As I’m at the game last night watching Joba take his warm-ups, the guy sitting next to me (young guy, probably 21 or 22, resident Angels’ fan rockin’ a Chuck Finley jersey) turns to his friend and says “Joe-buh Chamberlain? Who’s this fucking clown? We’ll be back in this game in no time.” I cracked a little smile, looked at the guy and said “Man, you have no fucking idea what you’re in for.” Five minutes later, he was singing a much different tune.
Random thoughts after seeing him pitch:
- Holy crap.
- You can file Willits’ hit under the “nice piece of hitting” category, because that pitch was nearly at his shoestrings. Even so, it was little nubber back up the middle, far from a hard hit line drive. Oh, and can Reggie Willits & Howie Kendrick switch names already and restore order back to the universe?
- Dude, he schooled Vlad on 3 pitches. Like really schooled him. Had him way out in front of a first pitch slider, blew 100 mph heat (drew lots of ooohs & aaaahs) that Vlad barely fouled off (if he centered that pitch though, man, that ball would have landed in Encino), then finished him off with a devilish slider. Ridiculous.
- I still like Phil Hughes more, but Joba’s got the clear edge in EORP (Excitement Over Replacement Player). It’s going to completely nuts in a few years when those two hit their prime.
Joba’s now thrown 102 pitches in the bigs, 68 for strikes (66.67%). The opposition is hitting a flaccid .115-.179-.115-.294 off him. I want you take a second and get a good look at Joba’s career K/BB ratio at the bottom of the Joba Watch (that K/BB ratio includes everything, Hawaii last winter, Futures Game, bigs, minors, everything). I mean take a reaaaaal good look at it and understand how completely sick that is.
Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled day off.
Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to Bowie in 10 innings. This was the completion of the suspended game from Tuesday.)
Reggie Corona: 1 for 5
Colin Curtis: 2 for 5, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 0 for 5, 1 K
Mike Kinkade: 3 for 3, 1 HR, 2 BB — .353/.433/.510 since joining the Yanks
Matt Carson: 1 for 5, 1 HR — 3-run blast
Alan Horne: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K — daaaaaamn. Maybe not wholly impressive, but 9 strikeouts is still stellar
Scott Patterson: 2 IP, 1 H, zeroes, 5 K — Scranton?
Charlie Manning: 2 IP, 2 H, zeroes, 2 K
Steve Jackson: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — walk-off homer to the first hitter in the 10th
I solemnly swear to utter only good words about Mike Mussina in this post.
After 24 hours of bashing the man, I need to make it up to him. For all the grief I’ve given Mussina today here and here, Mussina deserves recognition and praise for the 209 starts he’s made for the Yankees. In that process, he’s won 100 regular season games and has lost just 62. He’s also thrown some very memorable playoff games as well.
So in recognition of a pitcher who’s been a steady presence on the Yankees since 2001, let’s look at Mike Mussina’s five best games in pinstripes.