On Monday night, we held our collective breaths when A-Rod went down. We exhaled on Tuesday when he was in the starting lineup. But mired in an 0-for-19 slump and feeling the effects of his tweaked hamstring, A-Rod is not in the lineup for today’s day game. There is no word on his condition beyond this. We’ll have more when it becomes available. Hideki is taking over the clean-up duties today. · (0) ·
An abbreviated report on last night’s action…
- Chris Britton gave up 3 ER in 1 inning of work. His ERA has gone from sub-1.00 to 2.77 in the last month or so.
- Brett Smith threw a no-hitter for Trenton, but you can stick an asterick on it; the game was called after 5 innings due to rain. He also walked an ungodly 7 batters.
- Seth Fortenberry took another 0-fer and is now 3 for his last 30. Josue Calzado went 3 for 4 with a bomb.
- Dellin Betances went 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 6 K. It seems like everyone was walking alot of guys last night, so you can probably attribute that to the crappy weather on the East Coast.
- Ross Ohlendorf went 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K in his 3rd rehab start with the GCL Yanks.
I like sleep. Sleep is good.
Apologies for the slow day on RAB. We weren’t around our computers on the Fourth, and you shouldn’t have been either. But the Yanks played. And lost. Once again, the team’s pitchers weren’t handled properly by Torre, and the offense couldn’t, unsurprisingly, put much together against Johan Santana. Meanwhile, the Red Sox won, and the Yanks fell to 12 out. It would be great to reel off 4 more wins before the All Star Break. The Red Sox fans Detroit this weekend, and maybe the Yanks could gain a couple of games before a much-needed vacation. If they don’t, it’s going to be a very long climb during the second half. · (2) ·
There’s a devilish little rumor running around the interweb saying that the Yanks have signed 10th round pick Carmen Angelini (late sandwich/early second rounder based on talent), but MLB is forcing them to delay the announcement because the signing bonus far exceeds slot recommendations (this is very typical).
I have no confirmation of this whatsoever, and I’m actually kinda hoping someone out there knows what’s up.
Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Ottawa, walk-off style)
Juan Francia: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – if it’s possible to quietly hit .356, he’s doin’ it…
Kevin Reese: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4, 1 K – in other news, well…um…Andy Phillips is actually starting to hit the ball
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 1 E (throwing)
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Tyler Clippard: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3-13 GB/FB – eh, I guess it’s improvement
Ben Kozlowski: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – after being the team’s horse the first half of the year, he got in “only” 10.1Â IP in June
Yanks Fan vs. Sox Fan posted some pictures comparing Yankee Stadium circa 1955 to the Yanks’Â current digs. I know Ben is with me on this (not so sure about Joe), but I’d much prefer if they just fixed up the existing Stadium instead of building a whole new one; there’s just too much history to get rid of the place. · (6) ·
D’oh. Too late.
Anyway, the boys looked good last night. Even in the innings where they weren’t scoring, they were hammering the ball, racking up 12 hits and a few long fly balls. Hell, the only out Abreu made last night was a fly ball to the wall. No, I will not change my stance on him because of one game. But I sure as hell appreciated that upper deck blast. Cano looked sharp, too, hitting the ball very hard on the only out he made in the game. He drew a walk, too, which is just mind boggling.
The story of the game, though, was Roger. That’s the guy we’re paying $28 million. Eight innings, one run, two hits (both to lead off innings), four strikeouts, one walk. That’s it. The walk, unfortunately, eventually led to the only run of the game, but hey, we’ll take it. He threw 67 of his 97 pitches for strikes, which puts a huge smile on my face. Check out his previous game:
June 9 vs. PIT (W): 108-69 (64%)
June 15 vs. NYM (L): 108-67 (62%)
June 21 @ COL (L): 90-55 (61%)
June 27 @ BAL (L) 93-55 (59%)
July 2 vs. MIN (W) 97-67 (69%)
Does this mean that Clemens will continue to throw a ton of strikes? Well, that’s how he’s advertised himself. Everyone has said that once Rocket finds his pinpoint control, you’ll see the difference. Well, we saw pinpoint control last night, and we saw a difference. Count my as psyched to see him next time out.
And really, there’s not much else to tell. The Yanks left 12 men on base, seven of which were in scoring position with two outs (and four of those were Matsui’s fault). A team like this is going to leave a ton of men on base, so that’s not a huge issue. It is, however, horribly frustrating when they score two runs and leave those 12 men on base.
Carlos Silva vs. CMW tonight. He hasn’t been horrible this season, but he did get hit hard by the Blue Jays last time out. Let’s win this one for Alex!
As I watched A-Rod limp off the field this evening, my thoughts echoed that word written on the back of Cynthia Rodriguez’s shirt and so tastelessly bleeped out by the New York Post. “F—!” I thought with dashes taken up the spaces usually filled by a U, C and K.
And then I blamed C-Rod. You see, baseball karma is a powerful force. She wore a t-shirt to the Stadium that is expressly forbidden by Stadium rules. She, the wife of baseball’s $250 million superstar, flaunted the rules. She tempted Fate, and Fate came back to kick her husband in the ass. Or, as with so many other Yankees this season, the hamstring.
Next, I blamed Justin Morneau. Get out of the way, Justin. First, this guy undeservedly stole the MVP from Derek Jeter. Now, his fielders’ ineptness and his inability to stay out of the way led to an injury to the one guy the Yankees can’t lose.
Then, I sighed resignedly and started praying. The Yanks have announced that Alex Rodriguez has a strained hamstring. They aren’t saying tight or tweaked or anything else that would indicate a less severe injury. They are saying “strain,” and hamstring strains usually lead to DL stints. If the Yanks lost A-Rod, his 28 HR, 80 RBI and .671 SLG for an extended period of time, they would be dead in the water. I don’t need to break out the sabermetrics to show you just how important Alex Rodriguez is to the future success of the Yankees; anyone who watches games on a daily basis already understands that.
So with doom and gloom settling in, we just have to wait. Negative Nancy over here is warning us that the upper part of A-Rod’s hamstring suffered the brunt of the pull. That could be Very Bad. But at the same time, A-Rod is, in the finest sense of a timeless baseball clichÃ©, a competitor. He won’t be content missing games, missing the All Star Game, sitting around like a lump for the Yankees’ most important month of a bad season. He’ll want to come back quickly; he’ll want to DH if possible.
But right now, we just don’t know. We’ll know more tomorrow after an examination. So we wait with fingers crossed and breath baited. The waiting is the hardest part.