Dayton Moore:1, Snarky Baseball Bloggers: 0: Royals-Yanks gamer VII

When the Royals signed Gil Meche to a five year $55 million deal in the off-season, many pundits declared it an act of lunacy on the part of new GM Dayton Moore. But so far, it’s looking pretty good. Meche’s ERA is in Chien-Ming Wang territory at 3.70. In another words, he’s pitching like a front-line starter, and at $11 million, that’s quite a bargain. There are four more years left on this contract and so it’s premature to pass judgment on the the deal yet, but Moore is looking good for the moment.

And yet, the Yanks have had a way recently of ruining pitcher’s season numbers in short order. For instance, Zach Greinke, who had been doing very well in middle-relief for the last two months, failed to get any of the Yanks out he faced during an inning that reminded me of a one-sided little league game. Earlier in the game, Kyle Davies quickly learned about the difference between the NL East and the AL East.  The offense is a juggernaut right now. The Yanks have now scored seven runs or more in eight straight games. It is probably no coincidence that the city has been in the middle of an excruciating heat wave for the good part of that streak. The Yanks seem to be the definition of a warm-weather hitting team. Robinson Cano and Hideki Matsui have been especially ridiculous as the temperature has risen. Therefore, I suggest while the new stadium is still in its early construction stage, a slight modification in the architectural plans. The Yanks need to build a retractable roof so that on cold days (i.e. less than 90 degrees), the roof can be closed, and the radiators turned up. In those conditions, Yanks fans won’t have to worry about slow starts to seasons.

It’s only supposed to go up to 84 degrees today, so the Yanks the are not hitting in ideal conditions. Mike Mussina, who has been inconsistent all season, is on the mound. The Royals have the better starter going. All signs point to a Yanks loss. But there’s always hope that the impossible will occur. The Yanks just might be able to sweep the Royals! Comment here on all the action.

31 comments… add one
  • 3 pitches, 2 outs for Mussina.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • Teahen singles one up the middle.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • Hmmm, you like Meche, clearly, but what about that kid Beckett, Nick? Is he in Wang/front-line starter territory?
    I think Beckett’s signed for less than Meche, even!

    SF August 5, 2007, 1:13 pm
  • Jeter displaying that legendary range at short makes a nice diving stop and forces the runner at second. Nice inning by Mussina.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • crow…mmm

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:16 pm
  • Diving stop for Jeter, fielded squarely between the legs by most others.

    SF August 5, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • Meche sporting the gross chin beard. Please ban them, baseball!
    Nice catch by Gaithright as he tumbles into the stands.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • Meche looking absolutely Beckettian in that scoreless inning. No runs after one. Whose pitching out there? Josh and Chien-Ming?

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • Mussina’s curve is looking good in the early going.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • believe me, i’d rather hear anyone over mr. kay, but leiter (?) just referred to hughes start yesterday as “a good one”. the kool aid must be pretty good right now.

    sf rod August 5, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • Cano is a walk machine.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • Betemit looks like a good hitter from the left side.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Melky just looks more and more impressive each day. Nice bit of hitting to put the Yanks ahead 1-0.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • Meche walks in a run. Yanks up 2-0, and Abreu up with the bases loaded, 2 outs.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Abreu lines a single to center scoring 2 more runs. 4-0! And Meche’s Wangian ERA rises to the more pedestrian sphere of #3 starters.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:50 pm
  • Pete Abe said it yesterday, but do the Yanks seriously consider picking up Abreu’s expensive option? He’s turning it around, and his numbers are looking respectable at this point.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • Hideki continues to rake.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 2:09 pm
  • might wanna let abreu hit the free agent market. i can’t imagine that teams are gonna throw a lot of a cash at a .280, power depleted guy, who can no longer field his position. it might save the yanks a couple bucks over the extension value. the phillies really overvalued him.

    sf rod August 5, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • the old man on yes let us know that was hideki’s 100th homerun of the year. that’s gotta be a record or something.

    sf rod August 5, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • the one draw is that by keeping Abreu at albeit a very expensive contract, you’re not forced to sign an outfield free agent over a long-term deal. He’d been on the Yanks for one more year, kind of a stop-gap until someone develops in the minors or the Yanks can find appealing options on the trade or free-agency market. Hunter and Jones are going to be very expensive.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • i guess he most likely isn’t willing to accept a 1 year deal at this point in his career. so maybe the extension makes sense for the short term. you’d have to move the guy to the DH though.

    sf rod August 5, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • kind of a stop-gap until someone develops in the minors
    Who would this be? The Yankees may need TWO outfielders next year and the year after that, too, if Damon continues to slide, Matsui starts aging. Abreu makes sense for a year, but the Yankees aren’t filling from within, unless Tabata morphs into Miguel Cabrera overnight.
    Any interest in Wily Mo?

    SF August 5, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • In other words, the Yankees will be OF free agent players in the next year or two, guaranteed, for more than one position, conceivably.

    SF August 5, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • it might be the OF free agent market or the trade market. But I do agree generally with your point. The Yanks, having only developed Melky as an outfielder, are dependent on these expensive options.
    Wily Mo is intruiging, but the Sox and Yanks will not make a deal for the next ten years at least.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 2:31 pm
  • Scary moment as Jeter is hit by a pitch on the wrist/hand.

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Yankees win. Sox take a 2-0 lead in the first. How about a Sox thread?

    pale blue eyes August 5, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Still no Sox thread?

    z118 August 5, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • SF, Paul and Josh can’t agree among themselves who will be allowed to put up the thread?

    pale blue eyes August 5, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • Sox thread is up now. Sorry folks.

    attackgerbil August 5, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • Can we rename this thread “Annoyed Sox fans who think Gil Meche Sucks and is Overpaid: 1, Nick: 0”?

    SF August 5, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • I’d like to name it “Nick’s Use of the Reverse Jinx: 1; Gil Meche: 0”

    Nick-YF August 5, 2007, 9:50 pm

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