Don’t Ask “What Next?”: Tigers-Yanks Gamer III

Strained obliques. Strained relations. Strained lineups. Broken ribs. Broken feet. Sparse rosters. Sparse run production. And every six hours it is some new bad news that contradicts or exacerbates the last bad news. It’s tough to take an honest look at the Yankees current state of affairs and come away optimistic, at least for the short term. The vaunted offense is hitting .211/.286/.336 over the last seven days. .235/.310/.381 over the last 14. As a team.

Ian Kennedy starts tonight, and I cherry-picked one stat that’s a plus: he has allowed only one home run in his 19 innings. Never mind it took him five games to get to 19 innings. Nate Robertson is winless and has been thoroughly touchable this season so far, with 35 hits and 22 runs, 4 off the long ball, in his 28+ innings. I’m not saying that the Yankees are due for a blowout, because by way of the jinx that could mean a knee or elbow as much as it could their run production for a game, but a thorough top-to-bottom thrashing of Detroit would feel mighty fine right now.

Lineups to follow, comment away.

C. Granderson, CF
P. Polanco, 2B
G. Sheffield, DH
M. Ordonez, RF
M. Cabrera, 1B
C. Guillen, 3B
J. Jones, LF
B. Inge, C
R. Santiago, SS

J. Damon, LF
D. Jeter, SS
B. Abreu, RF
S. Duncan, 1B
H. Matsui, DH
M. Cabrera, CF
M. Ensberg, 3B
R. Cano, 2B
C. Moeller, C

19 comments… add one
  • i said this awhile ago on another thread or 2, but we yf’s may need to be prepared for a “throw-away” season…it’s just a shame that hughes development is going to be derailed…oh well…press on…

    dc May 1, 2008, 6:08 pm
  • pfft. Are you serious dc? You guys were further out last season and STILL made on helluva run and got into the playoffs. I didnt get the panic last year and I dont this year. As I said then… you’re the Yankees. You’re the serial killey who, no matter how many shotgun blasts to the face they take, the moment the hero thinks the killer is slain, a flash of lightnign illuminates them standing behind the hero, knife raised.

    Dionysus May 1, 2008, 6:14 pm
  • Ian Kennedy starts tonight, and I cherry-picked one stat that’s a plus: he has allowed only one home run in his 19 innings. Never mind it took him five games to get to 19 innings.
    This cracked me up. Maybe it’s because it is a joke in the same spirit as my Julio Lugo dig yesterday, but still, very funny to me.

    SF May 1, 2008, 6:19 pm
  • Oh my God, Phil Hughes has a stress fracture on one of his ribs. He’s going to be out AT LEAST until July. Looks like Darell Rasner will get a lot of time in the majors now.
    Supposedly he broke it while coughing last week. Jeez, horrible news for the Yankees. I feel the same way as dc, things right now are a lot worse than last year, not in terms of W-L record but just the overall health of the team.

    Atheose May 1, 2008, 6:28 pm
  • The difference is that last year, the Yankees were losing, but they were hitting. 2007 game log.

    attackgerbil May 1, 2008, 6:48 pm
  • And before anybody says the pitching is better this year than last (stats wise, it is in a 1-1 comparoo), league ERA is down 1/2 run this year.

    attackgerbil May 1, 2008, 6:50 pm
  • The long-term success of the team is a lot more worrisome (for YF’s, at least) this year. Last year things weren’t clicking, but they eventually did. This year ARod, Posada and now Hughes are on the DL, and the replacement players for all three aren’t likely to come anywhere near contributing as much (except for maybe Hughes, who left a lot to be desired at his spot in the rotation).
    The Schadenfreude hasn’t sunk in yet for me; I’m almost too shocked to feel happy right now at the Yankees slide towards mediocrity.

    Atheose May 1, 2008, 7:01 pm
  • I agree with the gerb. The Yankees are in much worse shape, right now, than the Yankees were last year. Their starting pitching is similar, and their offense is worse. Long-term, season-wise? I really don’t think you can say for sure. Obviously, I would sign up for 94 wins and the wild card right now. But that, again, was buoyed by the offense. The pitching was in fact worse in the second half of last year than it was in the first half. I guess you could say that the Yankees will hit – eventually, and that will even things out. I think the long-term (season-wise) pitching situation for the Yankees this year is much brighter than it was last year.
    Their bullpen, however, is in fantastic shape, despite the pitching woes. With the exception of perhaps Ohlendorf (although there is an argument that pitching a lot, occasionally, is much better than pitching a little, a lot), no one has been over- or under- worked. Okay, maybe Britton has been underworked. But I look forward to seeing bullpen folks stepping up and contributing in big ways to tight Yankee wins. I mean. I hope they are wins.

    AndrewYF May 1, 2008, 7:12 pm
  • IPK with 1-2-3 first inning.

    Nick -YF May 1, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • > still, very funny to me.
    I felt the same way, except I couldn’t laugh.

    attackgerbil May 1, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • > yf’s may need to be prepared for a “throw-away” season
    May be. Maybe. But I’m inclined to agree with you, dc.

    attackgerbil May 1, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • Is it me or does IPK look a lot like Bobby Kennedy?

    Atheose May 1, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • hi dio…all i meant by a throwaway season is that it is possible that we might not recover as easily from our early season struggles with 3 young [basically, if not actually, rookie] pitchers…i’m thrilled with joba so far, but this is the major leagues, and teams may figure him out at some point…hughes setback hurts his development, and kennedy, let’s face it hasn’t been effective [again tonight as i type this]…they can’t afford to fall too far behind in the standings…i’m ok with wang, but pettite and moose, while i appreciate them, won’t be enough without some help…yes atheose, things are worse than last year…

    dc May 1, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • OMG! A hit with a runner in scoring position (not even during the first inning)! Way to go Shelly!

    Zooboy May 1, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    dc May 1, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • This is brutal. This season is by no means lost but it is going to take something (trade?) or someone (youngster coming out of nowhere ala Joba) that we can’t even imagine to break out of this. This team is a shadow of the team that made the run last year…I just hope this isn’t the beginning of a slide into an 80’s-like run of dispair. You know Hank is stewing about Hughes and Kennedy…Cashman will surely be toast if this continues. I hope Girardi isn’t on the same train out of the Bronx…

    krueg May 1, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • > I hope Girardi isn’t on the same train out of the Bronx…
    Even if he were, he would say that as of right now, he was staying. Then he would volunteer that he might be leaving, but by bus. Then the bus he was supposed to be on would be announced to have burned up in a fire last Wednesday but he just now learned about it so he’s catching the ferry. Except you can’t take the ferry to The Great American Ballpark where Dusty’s job awaits him.
    Kidding aside, the fact that the Yankees are actually only two games under .500 surprises me. Last April ARod was the hero. This year, there’s little doubt that it’s Wang with an assist to Abreu: 10/26 with RISP.. .385/.448/.692 (!)

    attackgerbil May 2, 2008, 10:32 am
  • Nice AG…
    Don’t forget about Melky! Damon has been better at the plate but he and Abreu look like liabilites in the outfield. Gardner and Jackson need to develop quickly for next year…outfield of Melky, Jackson and Gardner wouldn’t let too many doubles and triples get by them I would think…

    krueg May 2, 2008, 11:09 am
  • You’re right, krueg, Melky deserves propers too.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2008, 11:13 am

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