Babe Ruth, April 1917*:
5-0, 45 IP, 29 H, 15 ER, 13 BB, 25 K, 3.00 ERA, 0.933 WHIP
Pedro Martinez, April 2000:
5-0, 35.1 IP, 22 H, 5 ER, 8 BB, 50 K, 1.27 ERA, 0.849 WHIP
Josh Beckett, April 2007:
5-0, 32.2 IP, 27 H, 9 ER, 7 BB, 28 K, 2.48 ERA, 1.041 WHIP
* Accuracy heavily dependent on my ability to correctly interpret digital reproductions of 90-year-old box scores.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 79 comments
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The Phil Hughes Era officially begins tonight at Yankee Stadium. It’s an occasion Bomber fans have been anticipating for some time, and though it’s come a bit earlier than expected, its arrival is exciting nonetheless. Phil Hughes is the brightest prospect the Yanks have had in more than a decade, and he comes at a time when more and more attention is paid to rising stars. (Derek Jeter, for instance, arrived to far less fanfare.)
There’s good cause for the excitement: Hughes, in his short minor league career, has dominated at every level, and he has the "Big League body" that scouts adore. Last summer, between high A and AA, Hughes threw 116 innings, k’ed 138, bb’ed 32, had an era of 2.16, and allowed a meager ,179 batting average against. He was roughed up in spring training this year, and had a tough second outing in AAA, but in his third and final appearance in the minors he pitched 6 innings, allowed 2 hits, and k’ed 10 with 0 walks.
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 79 comments
at 6:46 pm in
While all eyes will be in the Bronx on
Brien Taylor Phil Hughes, another fireballer takes the hill down in Baltimore. As we know, Josh Beckett and Phil Hughes had/have similar minor league numbers. It might take five years, but we imagine the Yankees’ youngster will be considered something of a success if, in the coming half-decade, he can close out a World Series, be traded for someone as valuable as Hanley Ramirez, and then begin a season 4-0 for a first place team. That would put him a year ahead of Beckett, who we hope tonight continues his ascendance to the position of "ace" on this year’s Red Sox squad. Comment about the game here.
Lineups below the fold.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 213 comments
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Aha! We know now why Gary Thorne accused Schill of fabricating the bloody sock. We searched the internet for a little while and discovered a limited-release DVD, featuring our hero himself. Cover shot after the jump.
by Humor · 3 comments
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"What? Are you kidding me? He’s [expletive] lying. A straight lie," Mirabelli said. "I never said that. I know it was blood. Everybody knows it was blood."
Sounds like Gary Thorne might be a closet (and still bitter) Yankee fan. ;-)
by General Red Sox,General Yankees · 49 comments
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"I want to stay in New York, no matter what," Rodriguez said in the Yankees’ third-base dugout before Tuesday night’s game at Tampa Bay.
"I love New York. It’s the greatest place for me to play."
He’s opting out. Guaranteed. If he wanted to, he could easily have said "I’m not opting out. I will NOT opt out. I am staying in New York". The Yankees better start saving their pennies.
by General Yankees · 23 comments
at 10:07 pm in
The Boston Red Sox sit atop the AL East and hold the best record in the league with a staff ERA (3.40) second only to Oakland (3.10) in the AL. The Sox roll into Baltimore for two games, coming off a disappointing short series against Toronto at Fenway, whereas the Orioles just lost two at home to the aforementioned Athletics. It’s Schilling (2-1, 3.81, 20k, 5bb, 3HR) on the mound tonight at Camden Yards, coming off what was statistically a mediocre no decision but was in reality a decent start last Friday against New York, save the exploits of one player. The Orioles, trailing Boston by a game and a half, counter with Daniel Cabrera (1-1, 4.10, 26K, 7BB, 0HR), who drew no decisions in his last two outings.
Amalie Benjamin reports that Crisp and Pedroia are out of the lineup: Crisp due to continued discomfort from his strained oblique, and Pedroia due to the fact that Álex Cora is 9-16 off of Cabrera. Lineups in the extended, comment away.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 176 comments
at 6:18 pm in
The Yanks return to the Stadium tonight after a terribly ugly road trip during which they dropped 3 straight to arch-foe Boston and then another pair to the lamentable Devil Rays, in the process securing for themselves sole possession of the AL East cellar. All five games were “winnable”—that is, the Yanks were not blown out, and had opportunities, had they cashed in, to take every game. Well, they didn’t, so that’s that. Tonight the Blue Jays, fresh off a 2-game sweep of those same Sox, come to town, and put A.J. Burnett on the hill. He’s given the Yanks fits in the past with his hard stuff. He faces
bullpen stalwart staff anchor Andy Pettitte, who stands as the lone—lone—Yankee moundman to live up to expectations thus far. Grind on, Yankees, grind on. The rest of us can comment here.
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 31 comments
at 5:00 pm in
Last night, Ken Griffey Jr. hit career home run no. 564, vaulting him past Reginald Martinez Jackson into soul possession of the tenth spot in the all time list. The blow was a 2-run shot off of Kip Wells, of the Cards, and it came after Junior had been sidelined for 4 days with diverticulitis. Yes, diverticulitis. The man has had his share of health issues over the years. Over on his blog, Jason Kottke projects that, without all the lost time to his various ailments, Griffey would now be at 717 homers—and, presumably, still going strong. As Jason writes, “woulda, shoulda, coulda.” Nevermind the totals, watching a healthy Griffey in his prime was a true pleasure. There remains no more aesthetically pleasing swing in the game. Textbook.
by History · 7 comments
at 3:02 pm in
Has depression set in, or are you still in April, which is where I think I am, and Kübler-Ross has no bearing? Yes, the 8-11 Yankees are in last place in the AL East and are suffering a five-game slide, and no, ARod didn’t almost single-handedly win for the Yanks last night; as a matter of fact, he’s no longer up to something. However, 1) It’s April, 2) They’re only four back, and 3) It’s April. Or maybe I am in denial? No, I’m pretty certain it’s just April. Damn straight. It’s only fricking April.
by General Yankees · 5 comments
at 2:38 pm in
Today work required that I begin my day quite a bit earlier than normal, which on top of last night’s debacle in Tampa Bay was enough to make for a rugged start. What’s worse, it appears that being in fifth place means that the first “Yankee” news item in one of my Yankee news aggregators was a piece involving Griffey passing Reggie, and Boomer out-dueling the Unit. That’s right, last place means that the lead news involving the Yankees doesn’t involve any active Yankee one bit.
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 26 comments
at 7:00 am in
New York’s big news heading into tonight’s game in Tampa Bay is the return of Chien-Ming Wang to the active roster and getting his first start of the year as the Yanks attempt to split the short series with the Rays. Along with last night’s return of Hideki Matsui and the announcement of the forthcoming arrival of prospect Phil Hughes, the Yankees have been living in interesting times and hopefully will see some stability and durability return to the rotation. The SatanFish send Scott Kazmir (1-1, 5.25) to the mound; Kazmir took the loss on opening day at The Stadium. New York has a half-game lead over the TB and with their fourth straight loss last night are now four games behind the Red Sox. All eyes will be on Álex Rodríguez, whose heroics were wasted last night but still makes an ugly game worth watching just to see what kind of Magic he will work next, be it glove or bat. Here’s hoping that the Yanks celebrate a victory while Arod crushes whatever record Elias Sports Bureau says he breaks next. Lineups in the extended, comment away.
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 74 comments
at 6:40 pm in
Last week the Sox escaped with a victory in a game started by Roy Halladay and Julian Tavarez. Tonight the same two pitchers take the mound at Fenway Park, and the Sox are going to need to get Julian some run support and then help from the pen. Tavarez hasn’t yet shown the ability in 2007 to go deep into a ballgame without springing a gasoline leak and tossing the opposition a match. This feels a tall task considering the futility we witnessed last night, when the top five hitters in the Sox’ lineup plodded through a Yankees-induced hangover at a 2-23 clip. That has to change for the team to consistently succeed. Though a victory would be a pleasant surprise based on the pitching matchup, Julian Tavarez couldn’t be a better choice for a wild and crazy kickstart to the night. Discuss it all here.
Lineups (Hinske in for Youk, with Wily Mo still inhabiting Coco’s spot) after the jump.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 123 comments
at 4:16 pm in
The Yanks are still losing, but at least we have a few things to keep us interested. The Phil Hughes Era begins on Thursday (on that, see the thread below and our poll at the bottom of the left column). A story of equal magnitude (perhaps greater, perhaps lesser—depends on your perspective, I suppose): Alex Rodriguez’s conttinued assault on the April record book. Two homers last night. He’s putting on one heck of an exhibition. Wow.
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 48 comments
at 11:16 am in
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.—Joseph Campbell
This quotation is the epigraph to David Halberstam’s magisterial “Summer of ’49,” surely one of the most influential books in the baseball literary canon. The passage evokes the stature and power of Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams—the book’s chief protagonists—but it just as well describes Halberstam, who was killed today in an automobile accident in California. Few writers can be credited with shaping political events. Halberstam did that; first as a Pulitzer-winning journalist, and then with his two books on the Vietnam War, “The Making of a Quagmire” and “The Best and the Brightest.” Those books made plain to the American public the fiasco of a failed war. A spate of books in the same vein have followed recently, on a different war and a different set of misguided intellectuals. If his Vietnam work secured Halberstam his place in history, for baseball fans he will always be best remembered for “Summer of ’49,” which tracks a nail-biting, wire-to-wire pennant race between baseball’s two great rivals. It is a beautiful book, an elegaic and sympathetic portrait of the Yankees and the Red Sox and one extraordinary summer. Any number of books have since followed its format—Halberstam himself copied it with “October ’64″—but it remains the gold standard. If this site had a patron saint, it would be Halberstam. He will be missed.
by Books,History · 10 comments
at 8:46 pm in
I just heard it on Mike and the Mad Dog. The Yanks are calling up Phil Franchise. His major league debut will be this Thursday.
I expect nothing less than for him to turn around this season.
Update: Pete Abraham confirms that Torre told reporters he’s set to pitch against the Jays on Thursday.
Another update: We have set up, on the left side of the page, a first-ever YFSF poll about this move. What do you guys think? Please vote. Just scroll down a bit and you’ll find it on the left, right under the archives.
by General Baseball · 94 comments
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