May
19

Down on the Farm

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Andy Pettitte‘s 9 starts leads the Yanks this year. Do you know who has made the second most starts? Answer at the bottom…

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Richmond)
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 SB
Andy Phillips: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – he’s raking this year, what would the Yanks lose by giving a shot at the bigs again?
Eric Duncan: 0 for 2, 3 BB
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – 3 for his last 15 with no XBH…
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Angel Chavez: 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B – 3rd multi-hit game in his last 6 contests…
Omir Santos: 2 for 4
Chase Wright: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP – 8-13 K/BB ratio in Triple-A…
Chris Britton: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – ERA creeps above 1.00 for the first time this year (1.08)…
Jim Brower: .1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – came in and threw 2 pitches to bail out Britton…

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  • Indefensible defense
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    Johnny Damon dropped a ball over the wall for a two-run home run. Capping off a three-error day, Robinson Cano threw a ball off of his own leg. While only one of the Mets’ ten runs was unearned, teams that play such a sloppy defense aren’t going to win games. I wonder if someone other than Jorge Posada will step up to lead this team. I wonder if Joe Torre has ever heard of a late-inning defensive replacement. Why else is Miguel Cairo on this team? · (10) ·

  • Down and down they go
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    In the “Can You Believe It?” Department, Darrell Rasner took a ball off of his index finger in the first inning today, and well, it broke. Rasner now will be out until the All Star break or so, according to reports. He joins Jeff Karstens, Phil Hughes, Carl Pavano, Mike Mussina and Chien Ming Wang on the list of Yankee pitchers who have been or currently are on the DL. Who put the curse on this team? · (4) ·

There sure are a lot of folks in the Yankee organization, and these folks are want to talk to Joel Sherman about Joe Torre’s job.

In a short piece today for The Post, Sherman heres from a whole bunch of anonymous folks about whether or not Torre was fired, will be fired or should be fired. Here’s what the folks said:

Torre would have been fired already this season a) if a worthy heir were available or b) if Torre had not been such a valuable prop in the seduction of Roger Clemens, a lure beyond the pro-rated $28 million to convince The Rocket back to pinstripes. Clemens told Yankee management he was expecting to come back to play for Torre, not Don Mattingly, not Larry Bowa, not Joe Girardi.

Perhaps those two factors are season-long salvations for Torre. Some people in the Yankee organization will tell you the Torre crisis has passed, that George Steinbrenner‘s tepid statement of support on April 30 provided season-long amnesty. But you also will find folks in the organization who are not quite so sure about that.

So now, this whole Roger Clemens thing is coming back to kill the Yankees. They are paying a pro-rated $28 million for an old pitcher with rumors of a PED past growing louder and louder. He will give them six innings tops and may or may not be the pitcher this team needs. He can’t play right field; he can’t produce the offense they need.

And with Clemens on the team, Joe Torre stays. And right now, the consensus seems to be soundly against Joe Torre.

The Yankees could still come back. It’s improbable but not impossible. All of our complaining could be for naught. But for now, Roger Clemens and Joe Torre are just more nails in the coffin of a frustrating season.

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May
19

September 22, 1995

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As Steve Lombardi noted, the game ended early enough for him to catch NUMB3RS. For me, it ended early to go out, have some beers and come back before it got too late. So here are my half-sober ramblings on tonight’s loss.

First, the Yanks are now ten games out for the first time since September 22, 1995. I was 12 then, and I don’t remember seeing that 10 in the GB column. These are dark days for the Yanks, and they now find themselves 6.5 games behind Detroit for that Wild Card spot. It is only May, but still.

Johnny Damon: What are you doing? Seriously. Top of the first, just stay at first base. That singlehandedly killed the Yanks. Instead of having two on and no one out, the Yanks were down an out on a base hit. This guy has gotta go on the DL if he’s hurting that badly. He was out by ten feet at second base.

Bobby Abreu: Quality at-bat there off the bench. Way to, once again, take a called third strike. I hope that doesn’t earn him a spot in the lineup later today against Tom Glavine.

Alex Rodriguez: 4 for 37 translates to a .108 batting average. He’s got 1 HR in his last 78 at bats. That hot start seems like another season right now.

Andy Pettite: Should be 6-1. Tonight, his one bad pitch — a high, 88-mph fastball on what should have been a bunt — killed him. It’s the same old story.

With Tom Glavine vs. Darrell Rasner and then John Maine facing off against Tyler Clippard, things are looking bleak for the Yankees. This was their best game to win, and they lost it.

Maybe Green Day was talking about this baseball season when they said wake me up when September ends.

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With the circus surrounding Roger Clemens’ debut tonight, I was looking most forward too taking advantage of the TV broadcast to catch a look at guys like Jose Tabata, Colin Curtis, Frankie Cervelli and Juan Miranda. However, I turned on ESPN2 only to find out they aren’t going to show Tampa hitting, and instead will show a bunch of bumbling morons talking out of their ass.

Errrrrg. So I headed over to milb.com - which is a wonderfully fantastic site that is way better than anything ESPN could ever put together – paid my $3.95 for a nightly pass to milb.tv, and watched the game. Roger threw 30-40 pitches in the bullpen after he came out of the game, and I caught a glimpse of the ghost of Kei Igawa sitting in the ‘pen.

Here’s my notes on the kids:

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  • The slow ride from Shea
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    Well, in case you live in a hole in the ground, the Subway Series starts tonight. Since it’s baseball and the subway, I have to do some cross-promotional posting. I wrote today on my subway blog about the painful 7 ride home from Shea Stadium. It’s a local ride while the express tracks sit largely unused, taunting the tired masses on the way from Shea back to Manhattan. Short story: It would be easy to run express service. Long story: Well, go click that link. · (0) ·

A couple of months ago I posted a review of the PS2 version of The Show, in which I advised you to wait until you can go get a used copy for $15. That most certainly does not hold true for the PS3 version.

The gameplay is nearly identical to the PS2 version, the one major difference is that you can use the SixAxis motion sensing feature of the controller to make diving catches, run over the catcher, and slide into the bases. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, because the game play is the best out there next to EA’s NCAA Baseball series in my opinion.

The graphics though, holy cow are they phenomenal. They added something like 3,500 new animations, including massive upgrades to the crowd, stadiums, and even the environment outside the stadiums. In addition to the basic player specific batting stances, there are now player specific swings. Wanna take that big long healthy cut with A-Rod? You can do it. Maybe you just wanna inside-out a pitch to the opposite field with Jeter; that’s in their too.

There’s new slide animations as well, including what I call “The David Ortiz Special,” which is when a guy catches a spike a few feet before reaching the base, and then tumbles head over heels before falling a yard short of the base. Take out slides are a bit more violent, and pop-up slides actually look like…well…pop-up slides.

There’s also host of tiny little details that have been upgraded as well, including: real 1st and 3rd base coaches (gone are the generic #77 & #81 coaches, in come the real guys, like Larry Bowa and Tony Pena), players letting go of their bats and they helicopter into the stands, A-Rod rockin’ the high socks, oh, and and after the first baseman makes a put out and throws the ball to the shortstop, he’ll actually catch it (this irked me to no end in the PS2 version).

If you’re a stickler about rosters (and who isn’t), then I’ve got good news. The default rosters are current as of Opening Day, so guys like Josh “Mike you’re an idiot, why would the Yankees want to pick this guy off waivers (a few years ago), he’s toast” Hamilton, Elijah Dukes, Alex Gordon and Joe freakin’ Smith are in the game, plus Jon Papelbon is a closer, Braden Looper a starter, and Junior Griffey a right fielder. But, if you go and download the roster updates (if you’re like me and don’t have online capabilities with your PS3, go here for instructions on how to download the updates to your computer and tranfer the files to your PS3 – it’s a piece of cake), the rosters are current as of a couple days ago. That means you get to use Phil Hughes (custom windup), Mighty Matt DeSalvo, Chase Wright, Brandon Wood, Tim Lincecum, Andy LaRoche, Brett Myers as a closer, Freddy Sanchez as a second baseman…the list goes on and on. Alas, Roger Clemens and Ron Villone aren’t in the update because they hadn’t appeared in an MLB game before the update was released.

Overall, I give it a very solid 9 out of 10. I don’t like the fictious player contracts/salaries, and I do have some qualms about some of the player rankings (David Ross the best player on the Reds? Anibal Sanchez the best on the Fish? Come on now), but the combination of gameplay and graphics is nearly impossible to beat. $65 is a bit stiff, but if you love baseball games, it’s well worth it.

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