Meek God (zilla): Yanks-Tigers Gamer IV

Matsui

Modest is a far more appropriate word, but it don’t rhyme. Arguably the most valuable offensive player for the Bombers this year, the humble hitter pictured above is near the league lead in batting average and leads in on-base percentage; he has been up to something for 17 games now. Matsui takes that something-something and a .458/.480/.500 line over the last week into Comerica Park where his historical numbers certainly won’t be confused with Ambrosia.

The Tigers send everyone’s favorite one-time Yank — Kenny Rogers — to the craps rail to kick off the weekend set. The Gambler has been struggling this year though he was respectable in his last two outings, which include a six-inning, two run outing at the Stadium. The Yankees counter with their own long-odds gamble, Kei Igawa, who was 3-3 in seven starts, allowing 17 earned in 39.2 innings pitched while walking 12 and striking out 40 in between hanging out at the Scranton Job Fair. “I fell into the sand trap.”

It’s Mrs. Gerbil’s day weekend, and my third-grade understanding of Hallmark tells me that moms are supposed to get exactly what they want all weekend long, which happens to be the last time the Bombers and Tigers see each other this season. I hate to disappoint that die-hard Cats fan but I hope she’ll be satisfied by a box of Russell Stover’s in lieu of a win or three.

Lineups to follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
M. Cabrera cf .272
D. Jeter ss .298
B. Abreu rf .299
H. Matsui lf .345
S. Duncan 1b .192
J. Giambi dh .163
W. Betemit 3b .200
R. Cano 2b .172
C. Moeller c .286
K. Igawa NA
 
Detroit
I. Rodriguez c .252
P. Polanco 2b .272
C. Guillen 3b .313
M. Ordonez rf .304
M. Cabrera 1b .252
G. Sheffield lf .202
E. Renteria ss .280
M. Thames dh .261
R. Raburn cf .238
K. Rogers 6.27
12 comments… add one
  • Igawa gets beat around in the first and manages to escape only giving up 1 run. This does not bode well for this game though.

    Sam-YF May 9, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • wow i cant believe im watching this game still, the combination of Igawa’s pitching and Betemit’s terrrible defense is really too much to handle.

    Sam-YF May 9, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • thus ends kei experiment 2.0

    attackgerbil May 9, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • why two kei, as it were

    attackgerbil May 9, 2008, 8:30 pm
  • sweet. Pudge slides past third and gets gunned trying to tag. Good relay by bobby, heads-up tag by Wilson.

    attackgerbil May 9, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Even though Igawa was an obvious dud early last season, I guess it’s good to double–tripl–quadru–quintup–sext–septuple check.

    J (yf) May 9, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • After checking the Sox score (ugh!) I’m happy to see that Igawa is still Igawa.

    Atheose May 9, 2008, 11:50 pm
  • Is Carl Pavano still with the Yanks? He might get a chance in the rotation later.

    SoxFan May 10, 2008, 4:29 am
  • David Wells time…he can’t be any worse than Hughes, IPK and Igawa.

    krueg May 10, 2008, 10:41 am
  • “David Wells time…he can’t be any worse than Hughes, IPK and Igawa.”
    Yes he can!
    Seriously, the yankees are gonna get their rotation in order, im not sure how but something will click. Im fairly sure that it wont involve Igawa though.

    Sam-YF May 10, 2008, 11:00 am
  • There’s no way in hell Wells would sign with the Yankees now that there’s a ban on junk food. Girardi really shot himself in the foot there.
    How is it possible to be so dominant in AAA but so horrible in the show? Maybe he gets nervous playing in front of so many people?

    Atheose May 10, 2008, 11:13 am
  • Um…he just sucks. period. he funny thing is he still thinks he pitched “good” yesterday, unless the interpreter was making stuff up! 3 IP, 11 hits, 6 runs…yeah, i’m pretty sure I could go out there and do that? If not Wells (just grasping at straws guys) how about that softball pitcher…the good-looking blonde? Maybe give her a tryout?
    p.s. I HATE SATURDAY BLACKOUTS!!!! SCREW YOU FOX!!!

    krueg May 10, 2008, 1:36 pm

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