Going the Melky Way

YF was most pleased to be in attendance for a great night in the Bronx. Could we have asked for more? A solid outing from the Moose, a homer from our hero, the continued resurgence of Giambi, the stirring debut of Melky Cabrera, even a hit for Tino. Most memorable was the play of A-Rod. The big opposite-field bomb in the first, a series of fine defensive plays, and perhaps most impressively some heady play on the bases that got him from first to third on a single up the middle, and then, with Giambi up, a darting lead off third that clearly rattled Millwood and drew a wild pitch that brought him home. Our only concern was for Flash, who left abruptly after two Ks in the 8th. We wish him well.

Go Yanks. That Sox lead shrinks by the day.

14 comments… add one
  • Actually, Millwood caught his spikes on the mound on that pitch. Still, good stuff all around.

    Cliff July 8, 2005, 2:26 am
  • Gordon said to have pains in his shoulder, and an MRI is scheduled for tomorrow (well today now). All that is from the 20/20 update on WFAN. Man, if the Yanks lose Gordon for any amount of time it’s really going to hurt that bullpen.

    Brad-SF July 8, 2005, 3:02 am
  • The Yanks hit gold with Cano an Wang, but aren’t they pushing their luck with a Double A .267 hitter and a gaggle of Columbus relievers? Bubba was a great minor league hitter for the Dodgers.
    I believe they can overcome the Sox in the short run. The real question is who can find the consistency to win a decent number of games by the end of the season.

    john yf July 8, 2005, 7:20 am
  • As for Millwood catching his spikes; i’d really have to wonder if it was A-Rod that created the distraction that led to that. After all, how many times did he catch his spikes? On the previous pitch, with the Cleveland shift for Giambi leaving no fielder close to third, he had ventured nearly halfway to the plate. That must have been in Millwood’s mind, and perhaps that is why he got his spikes tangled.
    As for Melky, he showed decent plate discipline and a decent bit of speed out there in center. Last year he was the Yanks top power hitter on the farm, and he’d been raking in Columbus. So we’re going to cut him a little slack and hope for the best.

    YF July 8, 2005, 9:17 am
  • Re Gordon, not that I’d wish physical suffering on anyone, but I have to say, it wouldn’t pain me so much to see him sit. Even given the Yanks’ dearth of relief pitching. To me, Flash is our Armando Benitez–he cranks during the year in low pressure games against mediocre hitters, racks up gaudy stats, convinces Joe that he’s as reliable as rain, and then we get into a must-out situation in October and Big Papi tees off, drilling a pitch off Gordon that has yet to land. Flash has yet to get a huge out for us. He has, however, vomited from anxiety in the bullpen before coming into a playoff game. I put him in the same category as Brownie when it comes to pressure situations. Maybe if he goes on the DL for a length of time, it’ll force the Yanks to figure out a new setup guy for Mo?

    Spidey July 8, 2005, 9:54 am
  • 4 hrs for the Giambino in 8 ab, after 2 in 148. Has he finally put the post-steroid problems behind him? We didn’t need a $20 million, low average, low power, high on base hitter, but if the MVP Giambi is back the combo of Derek, A-Rod, Sheff, Matsui, Jorgie, the Giambino and even Cano is a great offense. Bernie and Jorgie have some big hits left in them. Tino needs some ab, but let’s put Bernie at DH most of the time.

    john yf July 8, 2005, 9:58 am
  • Flash was 9 and 4 with a 2.21 era last year. Joe knows what he’s doing.
    Joe’s given the guys like Scott Proctor a lot of rope. So far, they’ve hung themselves. Sturtze, Flash and Mo are the best we’ve got. At this point, the Sox can only dream about being that good in the pen. We were very lucky when we had Mo, Stanton, Nellie and Mendoza.

    john yf July 8, 2005, 10:08 am
  • Spidey: TGo’s cranking during the year is a large part of what gets the Yanks to the playoffs. If he’s not around, that’s a big problem.
    As for “choking.” Did he choke, or was he just out of gas? And how much playa hatin’ can we do level when the entire team faltered? And Papi was just unbelievable, so give the man his due.
    “Choking” is often just poorly timed bad performance. Lots of players have butterflies. And Brownie has pitched well in the WS, like it or not.

    YF July 8, 2005, 10:28 am
  • I’d love to believe that Giambi is back to his old self, but how many here really believe that? Could this not just be a hot streak, like the one Tino had early in the season? I still have a nagging concern that, frankly, Jason’s done.

    Sam July 8, 2005, 10:54 am
  • Hey, YF, no argument: the whole team crumbled last year, and Flash’s performance during the year has been key to getting us to the playoffs. But that’s my point. He’s just one of these guys who’s lights out when it’s BAU and who wilts under the spotlight of the playoffs. Over 17.3 career postseason IP, his line is as follows: 20H, 8BB, 15ER. That’s a 7.79 ERA. That includes time with both the BoSox and Yanks. Is that not an indication of Benitezitis? I don’t hate the guy, I just think that the Bronx is maybe the worst place for him, given that the only thing that matters around here is the postseason. Granted, this year, even making the postseason is in question, but let’s just put it this way–Grahme Lloyd came up bigger than Flash ever has.
    And as for Brownie, did he did pitch well in the WS? With the Marlins and Pads, he was 0-3 in 4 starts, 25.3IP, 29H, 17ER, 11BB, 6.04ERA. True, he had some stellar NLCS games, but that was many years and back spasms ago, and besides, it’s his ALCS performance that sticks in the craw.

    Spidey July 8, 2005, 12:22 pm
  • Spidey: 17.3 innings is not a good sample. And the point that has been made on most of the sabermetrically inclined sites is that by the time he reached the playoffs, he had been so overpitched by Torre that he was completely out of gas. I have a real hard time putting that on Gordon (not that I’m a huge Gordon fan, because I’m not). There’s reasonable question as to whether he was put in a position where he could be successful. That may sound like BS to hardcore Steinbrennerian football types, who think “winners” should just be able to gut through difficult times, but for those of us who like to take a more reality-based, holistic approach, it is that attitude that is the true exemplar of what Professor Frankfurt has so carefully identified as BULLSHIT.

    YF July 8, 2005, 1:45 pm
  • What was his postseason as a Yank? Forgeddabout da Sox.

    john yf July 8, 2005, 4:21 pm
  • The numbers hurt, don’t they, YF. Here are some more: in 1998, Gordon pitched 79.3 regular season innings for the Sox, 2.72ERA. In the playoffs that season, 0-1 in two games, 9.00ERA. The next year, he pitched all of 17.7 innings before throwing up another 9.00ERA in four postseason appearances. And let’s not forget that for the first nine years of his career, Gordon was a friggin’ starter and used to logging more than twice as many innings as he does now. Plus, if 16 postseason appearances aren’t a large enough sample size, what is? Look, I’m not speculating when it comes to noting Flash’s postseason jitters. He’s admitted it himself. This has nothing to do with trying to impose a “winners win, and losers lose” attitude. But the reality is that Flash had plenty of opportunity to be successful last year, and it wasn’t a dead arm that was the problem.

    Spidey July 8, 2005, 7:33 pm
  • “Small sample size”. The sad song of someone with, say, a very small sample size.
    You can do better, YF.

    SF July 8, 2005, 8:58 pm

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