While those driving to the new Yankee Stadium will get slapped with a $25 parking fee, the parking saga doesn’t end there. Last week, during a hearing on the parking structures planned for the new stadium, the Bronx Borough President, in an exceedingly rare move, issued a formal protest to the city’s Industrial Development Agency. For more on the parking subsidy issue, check out Streetsblog’s coverage of the debate. Yet again, a sports team is getting a mighty good chunk of taxpayer subsidies for a new sports stadium. · (7) ·
Double-A Trenton was off today, and will kick off their best-of-five series against Akron for the Eastern League Championship on Tuesday. It’ll be an interesting series; Trenton’s pitching staff overwhelmed the EL this summer, but Akron’s trio of Chuck Lofgren, Jeremy Sowers (yes that Jeremy Sowers) & Bobby Brownlie (yes that Bobby Brownlie) can shut down anyone at any time (plus they have a rehabbing Adam Miller in the ‘pen). Akron also has a couple guys on their team named Rodney Choy Foo & Cirilo Cumberbatch, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could bet against names like those.
So I missed a few minutes of the game, and Alex Rodriguez already has home run number 52. Why the Royals are still pitching to him is beyond me.
So says Peter Abraham. More on this tomorrow, but I’m not a very big fan of this news, obviously. Patellar tendinitis doesn’t heal in one day.
The game thread is kinda lifeless tonight (Holy Shit-Rod!), so I figured I’d get this posted. It is the playoffs after all.
What kinda fallout would there be if Dice-K pulled this shit in pinstripes? Lupica’s brain would explode.
Go read the first question of this week’s Ask BA.
Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Richmond) Richmond wins the best-of-five series 3-1…Scranton’s year is over, so the Yanks are calling up Jeff Karstens, Mighty Matt, Sean Henn, The Ghost of Kei Igawa, Bronson Sardinha & Ross Ohlendorf according to Chad Jennings…only Ohlie’s call-up requires a 40-man move (outside of sticking Andrew Brackman on the 60-day DL, I don’t see any reasonable 40-man move that can be made)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 5, 1 E (fielding)
Jose Cruz Jr.: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 K – left 3 runners on base
Angel Chavez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - .291-.336-.433-.769…very nice year
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 K – grounded out to third to end the game, and Scranton’s season (I don’t mean to dump on the kid, there’s enough people already doing that)
Jeff Karstens: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HB – when you’re facing elimination, what more could you possibly ask from your starter?
Ben Kozlowski: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – after a great year, he just couldn’t get it done in this one
Ross Ohlendorf: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB – allowed the winning run in the top of the 9th on a sac fly
Could A-Rod hit home run number 50 tonight? Could the Yanks beat under-the-radar rookie Brian Bannister tonight? Can Andy Pettitte pitch deep enough into the game with a big enough lead for the Yanks to ignore the fact that they have no set-up guy tonight with Joba and Farns needing rest and Vizcaino on the shelf?
Stay tuned for answers to these and other thrilling questions.
Lineup in number form:
Triple-A Scranton (6-4 loss to Richmond) Scranton is down 2-1 in the best-of-five series…Jeff Karstens goes tomorrow with the season on the line
Brett Gardner: 1 for 4, 3 K – threw a runner out at home
Andy Cannizaro: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – left after getting hit by a pitch on his elbow
Jose Cruz Jr.: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Angel Chavez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Mike Kinkade & Eric Duncan: both 1 for 4 – Kinkade threw a runner out at 3B from LF…Duncan doubled…Chad Jennings says that Duncan has been one of the team’s best hitters in the clutch
Raul Chavez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Francia: 2 for 4, 1 K, 2 CS – what good is going 2 for 4 if you get thrown out on the bases twice?
Might Matt: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K – great start in a big game
Sean Henn: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – fucks it up, as usual
TJ Beam: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – allowed an inherited runner to score
Colter Bean: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Charlie Manning: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
It’s been a busy couple of hours, so a few posts may have been buried. Make sure you check out the story of Troy Glaus receiving steroid shipmens and of outrageous prices for parking at the new Stadium. If you want some positive thoughts before the game, check out some words of encouragement for Andrew Brackman and the continued attendance growth at the Stadium. With 2008 being its last year, you can be sure it will only go up.
That said, here is tonight’s lineup:
Pete Abraham notes that Royals starter Gil Meche has an ERA over 8.00 in two starts against the Yankees this year.
Ron Villone, sadly, has been activated from the DL. I understand that Joba is young and inexperienced, and thus the Yankees want to keep him under close watch. But I just don’t get why Ron Villone is allowed to come into games with runners on base and Joba isn’t. It goes against logic, really. That rule will hopefully be lifted later in the season, when the playoff field starts to unfold more and we know exactly what we’re playing for (and against whom we’re playing it).
Recently DFA’d Kevin Thompson has been traded to the A’s for cash considerations. He could get some playing time there this month, as the A’s are riddled with injuries.
Should the AL Wild Card end in a tie between the Yankees and either the Tigers or Mariners, the Yanks would host the tie-breaking game. There were a bunch of other coin-flips held today. This was clearly the only one of interest.
Melky is hitting .256/.301/.295 since August 15. His approach has looked terrible lately, kinda like it did back in April. He’s swinging at the first pitch far too often, and is hitting weak choppers and infield pops at a rate you’d expect from a September call-up.
Here’s the pre-game question: If Melky continues to slide, do you play Minky at first, Giambi at DH, Damon in center, and Matsui in left later this month and, God willing, in the playoffs?