– *WHY SEARCH?*
Why are Yankee fans so concerned with a vacant left field? Nobody wants to see Damon walk, but from a budget standpoint, it appears our former outfielder will be playing with a different club in the 2010 season. How do I feel about this? It would be disappointing to lose Damon after losing Melky to Atlanta, but we already have a solution! Why are we doubting the abilities of Brett Gardner? It’s rediculous. Gardner may be a “young gun,” but I can highlite quite a few reasons he deserves our confidence:
+ Last year was Gardner’s first full season. The Yankees went on to win the World Series. How can we downplay the impact Gardner had in numerous games?
+ Gardner wrapped up the ’09 season batting .270. This should be the focal point of those who fear his bat is a weakness. Gardner’s on the RISE, not decline. His batting average is increasing.
+ Speed, athleticism… To consider Gardner a ‘pinch runner’ and little more is obsurd.
– *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*
Ok, here’s the scoop. Mitre had a miserable day on the mound, allowing 4 homeruns and 7 earned runs before getting the boot. By the 6th, it was already evident that New York was looking at a loss… (Toronto scored in 6 seperate innings, 3 of them multi-runs.) A terrible day indeed, but thank god I didn’t change the channel before it came to an end…
The story begins with a sloppy pitch from Mark Melancon. Aaron Hill catches a wild throw to the back, and as usual, takes his base without any indication of a serious injury. No big deal. Jorge steps up to the plate when the Yankees are up again, and Jesse Carlson, (called in to relieve Halladay,) intentionally tosses one behind Posada’s back to avenge his fellow Blue Jay. Now things are getting heated! Jorge then proceeds to mouth a couple unpleasant things in Carlson’s direction, and ends up getting walked to put the dispute on hold.
From here, Brett Gardner smacks a double to right field, which in turn brings Posada home to score a run. On his way to the plate, Carlson decides it would be a good idea to smack Jorge with his glove out of frusteration, and the next thing you know: IT’S ON!
Yankees lose 10-4… but what a game!
BRETT GARDNER: 2 for 4, 2 RBI’s
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.285|
|Matsui, H, DH||4||0||2||1||1||1||2||.277|
|a-Cabrera, Me, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Mitre (L, 3-3)||5.0||8||7||7||1||2||4||7.63|
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
Alfredo Aceves (5-1) vs. Francisco Liriano (4-8)
*You read correctly, Ace is in the place tomarrow folks. (It’s about time this guy gets a shot at starting…) His ERA has been microscopic the entire season, and ‘reliable’ is an understatement. I personally think he should of been penciled-in over Wang a while ago – we’ll see if my ‘foot’s in my mouth’ when tomarrow’s game ends… Doubt it.
– *MAN… BOSTON WON’T LOSE!*
The Yankees inched past the Twins 4-3 today, but despite our 6 game win streak… the Red Sox can’t seem to lose! We’ve been “1 game behind” for days now, and it’s painful to see us play so well – but maintain second in the AL east…
A.J. Burnett “earned his money” tonight, going 6.1 innings – and allowing only 2 earned runs. This means that Burnett, Sabathia, and Pettitte have breached the 8 win mark – and are showing no signs of ‘winding down’ any time soon. I don’t care what anybody says – I’d rather have our rotation begin the season shakey, picking up the slack when it’s neccessary – as opposed to beginning the season on fire, and fizzling out down the stretch. (*Cough* – Greinke…) Losses are losses, but sitting a single game behind Boston leaves no room for error. Beckett’s an excellent pitcher… Wakefield has 11 wins at this point… They’re an incredible team. You’re either on the same level, or you’re not… I know we have what it takes to shut ’em down, and when the next series rolls around – we’re out for blood. You’ll see…
Brett Gardner had a 2 run single last night. I’m 99% sure he’ll be crowned rookie of the year this season – and that’s all that needs to be written regarding the matter. Look at the man’s stats… he’s leading rookies in every catagory at this point.
Here’s a look at what else went down:
JETER: 2 for 5, 1 run
POSADA: 2 for 3, 1 run
CANO: 1 for 3, 1 run
GARDNER: 1 for 4, 2 RBI
BURNETT: 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 K’s
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
CC Sabathia (6-4) vs. Mike Pelfrey (5-2)
MY PREDICTION: (4:54 EST) Yankees 6, Mets 4
PREDICTION RECORD: 5-2
– *BATS GET SWINGING*
It’s about time, right? We knew it would come around. A-Rod finally parked the ball that tied him with Reggie Jackson for 11th on the all-time homerun list. (Not to mention, overcame his slump and went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI’s…) Damon came up huge, Jeter came up huge, and it was an all-around encouraging game for Yankee fans to tune into. Here’s why:
JETER: 4 for 5, 4 runs
DAMON: 3 for 4, 4 RBI’s
RODRIGUEZ: 3 for 5, 2 runs, 4 RBI’s
GARDNER: 2 for 6, 1 run
RANSOM: 2 for 5, 2 runs, 2 RBI’s
And yes, you read correctly. Cody Ransom’s back, and he played exceptional. I think it’s all too appearant that he was on a mission this time around, and took advantage of his come-back by doing a little bit of everything. (Hits, runs, batting guys in…) – He showed us what he’s capable of, and our hitting had Lowe on the bench by the 4th. Didn’t see that one coming…
The only disappointments tonight were Pettitte and Teixeira. Teixeira went 0-5, and it was sad to see him slump in a game where the entire lineup was productive. (Note: Swisher didn’t do so hot either.) In Pettitte’s case, he kicked off the game great… At one point, the score was 8-1 and things were looking like an open-and-shut win… Than it happened. A hit here, a hit there, and the Braves actually climbed back into position to overcome the deficit. – Pettitte was yanked, our relief held it down – and long story short, we held on to that lead. (Thank god.) If we keep batting like this, the Mets are in for a heck of a series.
– *AND YANKEE NATION’S EMBARRASSED*
*Here’s a loss I didn’t predict. On a rainy day here in New York, the Yankees managed to lose the second consecutive game against the Nationals. Not only did we lose last night… but we were shutout! In what seemed to be a golden opportunity to ‘inch’ back toward first, (see the Red Sox loss…) – Joba went 6 innings and let up three. Can’t be disgusted with that… because it wasn’t an awful day on the mound. It was another awful day at the plate!
– Outside of Cano and Swisher, the majority of our lineup couldn’t get it together. If you missed it, here’s the low-down on what was worth seeing:
CANO: 2 for 4
SWISHER: 2 for 4
GARDNER: 1 for 3
*And that does it. We finished with 8 total hits, and to make a bad day even worse: Gardner collided with the center-field wall and left the game early! If you catch a clip of this, it honestly looked pretty painful. When I saw the impact he made with the wall, I knew off-the-bat that he was down for the count. Let’s send our prayers out to Brett for a safe return… because blows like that can lead to permanent injuries sometimes. Baseball aside, I was just glad to see the man sit up and hop on to the cart. He complained after the game of a “headache.”
– *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*
– Andy’s on the mound against the Marlins Sean West, (2-1.) I don’t forsee a loss to Florida after our last two fiascos… but with the way we’ve been swinging the bats – who knows. Pettitte’s been pretty solid this season, (in comparison to our other disappointments,) – and he’s coming into this one a cool 6-3. If he can stretch his pitch-count into the 8th, (and we start making some contact again…) – we should be fine. I’m going with the win.
MY PREDICTION: (3:12am EST) Yankees 5, Marlins 3
PREDICTION RECORD: 2-1
+ AN OFF DAY FOR ALL
*That pretty much sums up today’s loss to Texas: an off-day for everybody. (Well, with the exception of Nick Swisher and Jorge…) It was a fluke. Let’s brake down where the Yanks went wrong on Wednesday…
Jeter: 0 for 4, 2 K’s
Damon: 0 for 3
Cano: 0 for 4
Matsui: 0 for 4
Pettitte: 5 innings pitched, 4 runs
*Exactly. When our MVPs play this horrific, how can you not expect a loss? Let’s give NY some credit though… This is the first hiccup in quite a while, and it’s not like we were blown out the water. Losing 4 to 2 isn’t the definition of ‘getting smoked.’ We lost – and that’s bound to happen here and there. POINT BLANK: We need to get it together before this happens again. Once in a while is understandable, but the “0 for’s” feel all too familiar…
NOTE: Teixeira sat out with a bruised ankle. Said he ‘wanted to give his leg a day off’… *Scratching my head* – I wonder how he bruised his leg? LoL – (See yesterdays blog.)
+ WANG TO START
Need a reason to watch tomarrows matchup against the Rangers? How about Chien-Ming Wang making his first start in forever, and Phil Hughes heading back to the bullpen. This is logical on Girardi’s part, considering Wang is an ace who’s bound to get his fire back – and Hughes has had numerous inconsistant outings. (8 innings, 0 runs one game… Run after run the next…) – Let’s hope Wang gets that “sinker to sink,” – and all of the other cliches we’ve heard along the way. What do I think?
– I think Wang is human. I think that baseball is like any sport, and the stats written on a piece of paper can never predict what you’ll do in your next game. For the same reason Rivera gives up the occasional homerun – YOU’RE NEVER 100% FOREVER. Even Grienke eventually let up more than one run for the Royals… ‘Nuff said. Catch you tomarrow.