From the Daily News: “I’ve been here for five years and we don’t need to worry about nobody right now. Everybody needs to worry about us.” -David Ortiz If that’s not a bulletin board quote, I don’t know what is. But wait, there’s more. From The Boston Globe: “…the Red Sox pretty much have cemented themselves in a position where I don’t think they can be caught.” -John Smoltz Gee, sounds like Smoltzy is starting to sound like CHB. Hat tip (begrudgingly so) to The Joy of Sox. · (8) ·
Okay, let’s take a deep breath. We’ve seen this happen before. The Yanks put up an impressive win following a disappointing loss (i.e., the double header in Chicago) and we think it’s the start of a run, only to be disappointed a few days later. No, I’m not trying to take the wind out of everyone’s sails. It was a damn good win last night, the kind the Yanks should be having all freakin’ season. And who knows, maybe they do turn this ship around, sweep the Red Sox, and continue on a path of prosperity.
As we all saw, it began with Tyler Clippard. I’ll be honest: I hadn’t seen much of him beyond a handful of video clips before this start. He looked okay in those videos, but for the most part I agreed with Mike: he’s not blowing anyone away up there, and when you have a righty like that, his long-term success is almost a crapshoot. Yes, it’s possible, but when so many similar guys fail, it has to raise a red flag.
Joe Morgan seemed fixated on one aspect of Clippard’s delivery (and, of course, the most obvious one): that he falls off to both sides of the mound. Joe further observed that he fell off to one side for the two-seamer and the curve (or was it the two-seamer and the change?) and the other side for the four-seamer and the change (or the curve). Did anyone else make that observation? And, if he does go a certain way for each pitch, will that tip off batters once they get used to him? Further, can he mix it up later in a game so that he catches guys trying to guess? Those are all questions that will be answered in his next few starts.
I do have to say, though, that I’m glad we have him in the rotation over Rasner. We’re much better off with Clippard, a promising 22-year-old, than Rasner, a 26-year-old who is a known quantity at this point. Rasner may find some success as a spot starter, but he always leaves you feeling uneasy out there. Even when he shut out Seattle, it wasn’t like he was demonstrably dominant.
Oh boy, the Yankee Clippard goes tonight. Hope the bullpen is ready…Â
Triple-A Scranton (13-4 win over Richmond)
Kevin Thompson: 4 for 6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB
Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
An-dee Phil-lips!: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – 4 for his last 9 with 2 doubles, a homer and 4 RBIs…
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS – 4 for his last 9
Angel Chavez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI
Raul Chavez: 2 for 5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI – seriously, he couldn’t be any wrose than Nieves? right?
Sean Henn: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Colter Bean: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 HB – 9 H and 11 K in last 11.2 IP...
Even though the Yanks lost yesterday, there were signs that things are coming back around. If the Yanks can finally pull the bats out of their slump, this team can surely go on a tear. Yeah, you can call he a homer, you can say I’m delusional. To those, I say: fuck you. I don’t watch baseball so I can mope about my team. I watch baseball because there’s only one rule: until you’re mathematically eliminated, anything can happen.
Good Sign No. 1: They scored runs in more than one inning
Usually the Yanks are good for one big inning, and do little the rest of the game. Last night, they scored runs in five different innings. And really, that’s all you can ask for. Seven runs usually gets the job done.
Good Sign No. 2: Everyone hit
One through eight, everyone in the Yankees starting lineup got at least one hit. Everyone from four through eight had both a run scored and an RBI. Only Matsui went without both.
Good Sign No. 3: Only four strikeouts — and one was Viz
Yes, both Alex and Abreu avoided the big K.
Good Sign No. 4: Cano?
He was 1 for 3 Friday and 2 for 5 with a homer yesterday. If his bat is coming back around, it will be a huge boost to the offense.
Good Sigh No. 5: An A-Bomb from A-Rod
That home run was a freakn’ rope. Even when he was hitting ball to the warning track during his hitting drought, they were fly balls, This was the kind of hit we haven’t seen off the bat of Alex in quite a while.
Sure, there’s plenty of bad to take from the game: Farnsworth isn’t pitching well at all, nor is Vizcaino. But the offense didn’t look nearly as flat as it has for the past week or so, and you know it’s going to come around at some point. Why not now?
Clippard vs. Maine tonight. Yeah, Maine may have a disgusting ERA (2.15), but he’s the kind of guy the Yanks should beat up on. He’s allowed 27 walks in 50 1/3 innings (even without a calculator you can see that’s over 4.50 BB/9), and is throwing first pitch strikes only 53% of the time. I think we’re taking this one.
Last 7 Days
Andy Pettitte‘s 9 starts leads theÂ 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 inÂ and threw 2 pitchesÂ to bail out Britton…
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) ·
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.