The Red Sox swept the Jays in the recent series at Fenway, outscoring Toronto 15-5. Boston sends Jon Lester to the bump this afternoon at the hands of said same blue birds at the Rogers Centre. Recently reactivated rookie Ricky Romero (say that fast…) tries to bounce back from his last outing, a dismal return to action against the O’s after healing a strained oblique. Lineups follow, comment away.
Sunday, May 31st, 2009
Cleveland sports fans are reeling from last night's events. Lebron's greatness wasn't enough. To add insult to injury, CC Sabathia dominated his former team in his return to Cleveland. And just for extra measure, their beloved Indians have Carl Pavano pitching the first game of the post-basketball season.
The Yanks go for the sweep with the Franchise at the mound. Go Yanks!
Saturday, May 30th, 2009
Friday, May 29th, 2009
Signed in November 1794 and negotiated principally by future Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay, the eponymous Jay Treaty temporarily averted war between the United States and Great Britain. It also split American politics so severely it led to the creation of an opposition political party (of which Barack Obama is now the figurehead) headed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who were vocally pro-French and saw the treaty as a design by George Washington, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton to re-subjugate America under monarchical rule. Ultimately, the treaty expired in 10 years, and efforts — spearheaded by Jefferson, ironically — to renew it collapsed, leading to war in 1812.
What does this have to do with tonight's series-opening game between the first-place Red Sox and the refreshingly third-place Blue Jays? Well, nothing actually.
The Blue Jays enter the game having lost nine straight, the first three of which came against these very Red Sox. Tonight, Tim Wakefield takes the hill, and he's been alternating quality and non-quality starts for a month now. The good news is he's due for quality tonight. And unsurprisingly, Wake has received a decision in all but one of his starts thus far.
If you're around on a Friday evening, here's your place to comment away!
Now that we have discussed our particular flavors of vodka (in what I found to be a very refreshing conversation, but the way) after a day off, it’s time to get back to enjoying some baseball action as the Yankees go to the Jake, and place Pettitte against the Cleveland nine. The Bombers’ bats battle Cliff Lee.
As your attorney, I advise you not to look back at the April series without a potent potion close at hand. Comment away…
(Dumbo, Brooklyn, 5.29.09)
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
It says something about the Yankees that Derek Jeter's resurgence has barely registered in the media. The fielding is what it is, but after a 3 for 3 night with 2 walks, he's at a fairly robust .297/.372/.474 for the year, and this after a weak start hampered by some aches and pains. Same old Captain. And now the Yanks are back in first place, albeit tied. (Not entirely unrelated, even if it isn't the primary factor.) Also resurgent: Chien-Ming Wang, who actually looked sharp in 2 innings last night, allowing no runs, no walks, and striking out 2. He's shaved 18 points off his era in his last two outings. He's down to 20.45. Next stop, 15.00! Onward, Warriors!
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Well, the Sox aren't very good away from the Fens. Tonight, though, they can actually win a series on the road if they beat the Twins. That would be nice. Though we're a little disheartened that the moniker "potential stopper" now refers to anyone who pitches the day after Jon Lester. Tonight that role is bestowed upon Daisuke Matsuzaka, who takes the hill.
Times' food critic Frank Bruni hits both New York ballparks, rates the chow, and emerges pretty unsatisfied. Though it sounds like the eats are a mixed bag, Danny Meyer seems to at least prove that mass quantity food can be served with excellent attention to quality (Shake Shack, duh), though Bruni takes him to task for the predictable thirty minute wait. Frank should know that's only five minutes longer than we waited at Yankee Stadium on Day 2 for a bleepin' Nathan's hot dog, so this blogger isn't inclined to pin this only on this one proprietor.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Why do they call him the Bullet-Dodger?
‘Cause he dodges bullets, Avi.
Actually, Joba didn’t quite dodge the bullet, but the Yankees seem to have dodged the worst of the repercussions after he got drilled by Adam Jones in his last start. Joba is on the bump tonight against Texas, who send Kevin Millwood in Arlington.
Lineups follow, comment away.