Currently acting as the Sox’ guardians, the Angels look to make it two in a row against the Bombers. Comment here.
Sorry SF, I was writing a post and was just about to submit when I saw you already took care of it. Thanks, I’m working away from town today and it seems all the Yankee fans are busy summering wherever they do such things, at least for the last day or two.
Here’s the only part of my post not made redundant by your expeditious manner.
Jaret Wright has been pitching rather well as of late and gets the ball for New York as Kelvin Escobar takes the mound for LAAofA.
J. Damon cf
D. Jeter ss
B. Abreu rf
J. Giambi 1b
J. Posada c
R. Cano 2b
B. Williams dh
M. Cabrera lf
Top of first, Rivera singles to right scoring Figgins. Abreu throws Guerrero out at third. One-zip Halos. I think I will go back to work now. Ugh.
Escobar’s got nothing today. 5-1 Yanks.
Gerbil, take a coffee break.
Damon makes a terrific reaching catch on a hard-hit Figgins drive.
And a 4-6-3 DP, courtesy of Izturis.
Wow, in the Chicago-Detroit game, Mark Buehrle strikes out *seven* of the first nine batters he faces.
Wow, in the Chicago-Detroit game, Mark Buehrle strikes out *seven* of the first nine batters he faces. Just saying.
A-Rod drills a double into the gap in right-center.
Damn, no one’s watching this? Still 5-1 Yanks in the bottom of the fifth. Wright’s having a good day.
Torre says Jaret has the “heart of a lion.” Aww.
Hard running by Melky and now Jeter has saved the Yanks from double plays today. The bad news is we’re still hitting into (what should be) DPs.
A-Rod up with 1 down, Jeter on third & Abreu on first.
A-Rod hits into a 5-4-3 DP. Out come the boos.
Can’t watch here on the west coast.. The Gerbil has been outFOXed by Mr. Murdoch.
ARod with a fielding error in the top of the 6th. Tough day for Alex.
Posada picks off Vladdy (who already made a baserunning mistake in the first) to end a two-baserunner threat.
Armchair strategy question, for all who’re interested:
The Yanks have been hitting into a whole lot of DPs lately. Two in this game (A-Rod, Posada, plus two DPs-that-shoulda-been, beaten out by Melky & Jeter), and a bunch during the Chicago series. Meanwhile, today, Posada struck out with two on, and it inadvertently set up a three-run Cano blast.
So, with a runner on first and either one or no outs, should a Yankee batter in a 2-strike hole–particularly one facing a sinkerballer–take rather than swing, in order to guard against an inning/rally-killing double play? This is totally anecdotal, but it sure seems like the Yanks are hitting well with two outs. Is the prospect of the bigger RBI situation worth a probable out?
Kendrick scores on a Molina fly to Abreu. 5-2.
Interesting question, YF in DC. My first thought is that putting a ball in play creates many more possible outcomes than taking a pitch that the batter thinks is in the zone. The double play is the least attractive of those outcomes, but if you look at the number of DPs in a typical game, it accounts for a significantly lower number of total outs compare to strikeouts.
“Easy” dps are anything but easy. A lot has to come together to make it work out. Of course, facing a low ball pitcher means more ground balls, and one or two slow runners make a difference as well, but I think that the job of the hitter is to put the ball in the field and force the fielders to make the play.
I have no numbers to back up anything I just said outside of my cursory knowledge of box score DPs and Ks.
Bootcheck (great name) pitching. Jeet up. Two down, Melky on third.
Jeet strikes out. Ah well.
Gerbil, you’re unquestionably right about the vastly greater possible outcomes of a ball in play relative to a taken pitch. I just throw out the question considering that it seems like the Yankees are hitting into way more than the typical numbers of DPs in recent games. I’m not sure whether taking is the right call — nor whether any of my impressions are backed up statistically.
A-Rod gloves a smoked Cabrera shot and throws him out. The cheers are clearly sarcastic. Yet Alex has a double today and scored a run. What a bunch of A-Holes in the stands today.
And now Alex doubles. Again.
Andy Phillips (PHing for Jorgie) walks with one out. A-Rod still on 2nd.
YF in DC: no doubt, many “fans” are actually “pricks.” Did Posada get any boos yet today?
My fault–Jorgie up now.
I don’t think Posada deserves boos. On the contrary, he deserves support, but he has had a rotten couple of days at the plate yet no one rides him in the obscene manner they do ARod.
Robi–who’s an amazing 9 for 19 since returning from the DL–strikes out.
Jorgie flew out with two on and one out. No one booed. Gerbil, your point is very well taken.
Damon jumps to make the first out on a Juan Rivera flyout. (The jump was to prevent a misplay.)
Foolish Pride! Mo can’t hold onto a tapper up the middle, but a charging Jeter scoops and throws out Curtis Pride.
Pride with a comebacker to Mo.
Kendrick pops out to Robi. Game.
Oooh.. thanks for the update. Gamechannel scored it differently. Pride is not a speedster but that must have been a good play from Jeets.
Okay Baltimore, we need you to help us out here.
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