Here we go…
The World Series hits the home stretch with a return to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. Perhaps this is the way it was meant to be. A championship in front of the home crowd instead of a slew of Phillie Phanatics…
It was a gamble to pitch A.J. Burnett on short rest. CC Sabathia was one thing, but A.J. has proven this season that he is not CC. A.J. relies too much on the perfection of his pitches, so when he’s off, he is really off…
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The result was a hole that the Yankees couldn’t dig out of, although to their defense, they tried. I really thought they had a chance in the 9th inning of Game 5 until Derek Jeter hit into the double play.
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In the end, the two home runs by Chase Utley were simply too much. So, the Phillies emerged with the 8-6 victory to cut the Yankees’ Series lead to 3 games to 2.
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The Yankees are gambling in Game 6 with Andy Pettitte on short rest. With Andy, you are most likely not going to get a stellar performance. It will either be an average performance with no more than 3 or 4 runs to keep the Yankees in the game, OR it will be a disaster like Game 6 of the 2001 World Series when Andy lost to the D-Backs, 15-2. I was at the game, and accidentally dropped a beer in disgust (sorry to those of you who were around me!).
The Yankees need to go into the game with Plan A and Plan B. Plan B should be to have Chad Gaudin ready to go in case Pettitte doesn’t have it. I’d hate to be three or four innings in and down 7-0. If it’s obvious that Andy doesn’t have it, manager Joe Girardi should be quick to make a change. This is where a solid pitching acquisition at the trading deadline would have been huge. Not that I think the Rays would have been agreeable to trading within the division, but having a Scott Kazmir at this point would probably be much preferable to pitching Andy on short rest. Nevertheless, this is the hand that we have been dealt so it is up to the Yankees to make the most of it.
If Ryan Howard comes around, this Series is going to get ugly in a hurry. They’ve got to continue to keep him off the bases, and they need to figure out how to stop Chutley. They also need to keep the game close until they can get into the Phillies bullpen which is clearly a weakness. This has been the season of walk-off’s for the Yankees so it’s time to finish the season with one…
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Before the series is over, I do want to say that baseball is not the same without Harry Kalas. The long-time Phillies announcer passed away earlier this season, and he is missed. It is very unfortunate that he was unable to experience the back-to-back World Series for the Phillies. Here is a quote from Wikipedia:
“Swing … and a long drive, and this ball is … outta here! Home run <insert player’s name here>.”
I have been a fan of the University of Iowa since I was, as the saying goes, “knee-high to a grasshopper”. Kalas was a 1959 graduate. So, win or lose (hopefully lose!), this one’s for Harry…
Nine games and counting…
From upcoming movie, “9” (produced by Tim Burton), 9/09/09
The Yankees’ winning streak now stands at 9 games, and thanks to the Red Sox sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, the team is now just 1 ½ games behind the Jays (a game behind the Sox).
The game started badly when Joba Chamberlain departed the game in the first inning after getting hit by a ball to the right knee. But the Yankees scored 6 runs in the first two innings, and held on for a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (completing a three game sweep of the pesky O’s).
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Tests ran on Chamberlain’s knee during the game proved negative, which was good news.
The man of the hour was Robinson Cano, who batted 2nd and was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. He hit a two-run home run in the 2nd inning off the O’s Adam Eaton.
Mark Teixeira has pulled his season batting average up to .250 after flirting with life below the Mendoza line.
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It was a great win. It’s unfortunate that they could not gain any ground on the Red Sox, but of course, they pulled closer to the top due to the aforementioned Sox sweep of the Jays.
The Yanks will try to extend the winning streak to 10 games tonight against the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. It’s very unfortunate that the game will lack the voice of the legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who passed away earlier this season. It would have been nice to hear him call the games at the new Yankee Stadium…
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The latest leaders lists are up (for the period of April 15th through May 18th), and I’d like to thank everyone for my placement at #18.
In recognition of the ranking, I dedicate this post to the many faces of Johnny Damon…
Nathaniel Welch (from movie, “Fever Pitch” with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore)
Have a very safe and very enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend, Everyone!
He’s got to go…
My patience for Chien-Ming Wang to find himself effectively ended today. The Indians defeated the Yankees 22-4 in what should stand as the worst beating at the new Stadium for quite some time (or let’s hope so).
I don’t want to see Wang pitch in New York again if this is what we have to look forward to. I realize that he can’t be sent down (out of options and would have to have at least five years of service to agree to go down which he does not have). He should be sent to the Yankees facility in Tampa for an extended spring training (if that’s possible) to work on re-establishing himself as a major league pitcher because right now he’s not one.
Wang’s ERA now stands at 34.50…
In Pete Abraham’s LoHud Blog this morning, he said that if Wang threw three complete game shutouts, his ERA would still be over 4. No telling how many complete game shutouts it would take now.
Over the past few years, the Yankees have thrown up a few of these clunkers but this is on the heels of the Tampa debacle last Monday. Of course, the common denominator is Wang.
The Indians scored 14 runs in the second inning. Wang’s pitching line reads 11/3 innings, 8 hits and 8 runs. Anthony Claggett, called up from AAA Scranton earlier today (Juan Miranda was sent down), gave up 9 hits and 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings. Claggett now lays claim to the worst ERA on the staff at 43.20. Looking at the ERA’s of all the NY pitchers that appeared in the game is frightening. Edwar Ramirez, who gave up 4 runs in 2 innings, stands at 8.44. Jose Veras, who gave up 1 run in 3 innings, is at 8.53, and Damaso Marte, 1 run in 1 inning, is at 21.00.
I know that the Yankees have been hit hard by injuries, but I’d have to believe that Joe Girardi’s seat just got a little hotter.
Clearly, New York needs to get Wang away from the magnifying glass so that he can work on correcting himself and getting back to the pitcher we saw early last season before the foot injury in Houston.
I am ready for Phil Hughes to make his 2009 debut at the new Stadium. Phil is 2-0 in two games (11 2/3 innings) with a 2.31 ERA for AAA Scranton.
I am sure that Julia is enjoying her day…
There are a few pitchers on other teams that I like to follow. Some of my favorites are Jon Lester, Scott Kazmir, Clayton Kershaw, and Ubaldo Jimenez to name a few. Another one is Tim Lincecum. Unfortunately, Lincecum received a no-decision today despite 13 strikeouts and no runs in 8 innings (he gave up 5 hits). The Giants lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a 9th inning two-run double by Chris Young. Speaking of the D-Backs and Giants, Sunday’s pitching match-up is Max Scherzer against Randy Johnson. It should be interesting to see how the Unit performs against his former team…
Phillies fans said goodbye to legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas today at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. It was a beautiful day (warm with lots of sun), so it is a fitting farewell for a man who will never be forgotten…
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Well, as I so often say early this baseball season, tomorrow is a new day! Have a great night!
Somehow I knew that tonight spelled disaster with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays’ Scott Kazmir. Wang hasn’t been right for some time, and I was fearful that he’d crater in tonight’s performance…and he did…and then some…
This might be the worst Yankees performance that I’ve ever seen…well, Game 6 of the 2001 World Series was pretty bad, but still… Wang gave up a total of eight runs in one inning plus, and has a lofty ERA of 28.93.
I wonder if Brett Tomko would have given up that grand slam to Carlos Pena? Hey, it’s easy to second guess when you’re a fan!
The final score was Rays 15, Yankees 5. The 9th inning included a pitching stint by Nick Swisher, who had one of the better pitching lines of the night.
The Yankees played like little leaguers…
So, how much longer until A-Rod is ready to return? They really need to do something about third base. Cody Ransom is not the answer. Try Ramiro Pena, try Justin Leone, try Eric Duncan, try the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but Ransom’s got to go…
What can you say with a game like this? It is miserable to watch, and of course, you want to say that hopefully they’ll learn something from this impending defeat. But what? It’s a loss, and there is nothing they can do about it. The Yanks fell to 3-4, but at least Boston lost too. I don’t get mad with these types of games. The Yanks are notorious for throwing up a few clunkers each year, and this is just one of those times. You just turn around and walk away…
On the bright side, tomorrow is a new day…and A.J. Burnett will be on the mound!
DISASTERS HAPPEN IN 3’S
They always say that disasters happen in 3’s…
First, we lost promising Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.
Now, two more legendary figures in Major League Baseball have passed away.
Shortly after lunch, word came that long-time Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas had died. He was in Washington preparing for the Phillies game against the Nationals and he collapsed in the broadcast booth. He taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Harry the K was also well known for his voiceover work with NFL Films. The name may be unfamiliar to some, but the voice was known by all. Sadly and much too soon, he’s “outta here!”…
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For those who can remember 1976, who can forget the legendary antics of Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. With the curly blonde hair poking out of the Tigers hat, it became a familiar scene to see Fidrych talking to the baseball and the various other antics that he performed leading up to his pitches. None of it was contrived, and it was completely his free spirit.
Unfortunately, an accident at his Northborough, Massachusetts farm prematurely ended Fidrych’s life today. Shoulder and knee injuries prevented what could have been a great career, but for 1976, there were not many better players than Fidrych. He went 19-9 with 2.34 ERA, and had 24 complete games. That was a special season and he was so fun to watch. You didn’t have to be a fan of the Tigers to appreciate Fidrych.
The past week has been difficult, and we’ve lost three outstanding men that can never be replaced. They will all be missed…
A-ROD’S BACK ON THE FIELD
Alex Rodriguez reported to the Yankees minor league complex and participated in a 48 minute workout. He is looking to begin minor league rehab games in 7 to 10 days, and is taking one day at a time.
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If I had hip surgery five weeks ago, I’d probably be in a little worse shape than A-Rod.
I am sure that his superior physical conditioning has aided his recovery. Hopefully, there will be no setbacks as Alex’s continues his march for the Bronx.
Mark Teixeira was also at the minor league complex receiving treatment for his sore left wrist. He had a MRI which revealed no major issues. He thinks it would be a disappointment if he’s not back on the field Tuesday night.
- The Associated Press is reporting that former Yankees pitcher David Wells has signed a multi-year deal to be an analyst for TBS. C’mon, David, tell us what’s really on your mind!
- Manny Ramirez is saying that he wants to play for the Cleveland Indians once more before he calls it a career? I bet that really endears him to the Dodger fans that have so fully embraced him despite his history in Boston. Nope, I’m not going to say it but I guess you could say that it is expected behavior.
- The speculation of Pedro Martinez to the Los Angeles Angels makes sense. When I heard earlier that he was going to sign with Baltimore, it seemed very foolish if true. Fortunately, it was not. Pedro has the luxury of picking his spot (to a degree) and he still has what it takes to help a contender. No, the years as an ace are long gone, but he’s still a competitor who knows how to win.
- Regardless of what he said about his hometown of Woodland, CA, Dustin Pedroia is not a jerk. Of course, I may feel differently after the Yankees play the Red Sox later this month. But for now, Pedroia doesn’t deserve death threats or the criticism that he’s received.
- Julia, to answer your question, Wally has been wondering what the odor is above his head! Hmmm, he had better get used to it!