On The Road Again: Yanks-Jays Gamer II

I just can’t wait to get on the road again…  Maybe it is a good time to get out of Dodge, what with the sweep at the Stadium including a gut-wrenching failed comeback attempt in the third game against the Angels, a change of scenery may do some good.  The Bombers kick off their longest road trip of the season with a trip to Canadia and a three-game set with the Jays at the SkyDome.  Toronto is a half-game better than the Yanks, and won the first meeting between the teams on April 26th in the Bronx as A. J. Burnett held the Yanks to four hits and combined with Accardo and Downs, each hitless in relief, to blank the Yanks, while Phil Hughes gave up four runs in his debut before the Yanks went on to lose 6-0.  There is not much to feel good about in Yankee land today, as New York sits six games below .500 and 12.5 behind in the AL East.  When talking points start devolving to, "hey at least we swept the Tribe", or "hey, remember how we kicked the tar out of the Rangers…that was cool," things are grim indeed, and it’s a tough lump to swallow when realizing that things very may well get worse before they get better.  Even after getting trounced by the Angels, the Yanks are still one game under .500 at home, but are 9-14 on the road (though they have outscored their opponents 114-96 in away games).

Matt DeSalvo was dismal in relief of Tyler Clippard Friday, failing to record an out while giving up two hits and two walks in the top of the fifth against the Angels.  Today, he gets a shot at redemption in his first start since losing to the White Sox on May 17th where he gave up four runs in 3 and a third innings.  Dustin McGowan is on the bump for the Jays.  In the mean time, Roger Clemens gets a start for Scranton today as the Rocket throws what everybody assumes will be his final tune-up in the minors, against Toledo.  Updated with the lineups in the extended. Here’s your place to comment on this evening’s affair.

New York Yankees
J. Damon cf .272
D. Jeter ss .352
H. Matsui dh .279
A. Rodriguez 3b .299
J. Posada c .372
R. Cano 2b .260
B. Abreu rf .233
M. Cabrera lf .219
D. Mientkiewicz 1b .230
 
M. DeSalvo 5.29
 
Toronto Blue Jays
A. Rios rf .303
L. Overbay 1b .261
V. Wells cf .266
T. Glaus 3b .267
F. Thomas dh .226
A. Hill 2b .270
A. Lind lf .226
J. Phillips c .256
R. Clayton ss .248
 
D. McGowan 7.17
21 comments… add one
  • OK, so I spent a long time in a car today and resorted to sports radio. On WFAN, there was some talk about what happens if in early July the Yankees are still 10-12 games behind. Do the Yankees consider trading anyone in order to get talent for the future? Is it possible that the Yankees could be in the position to be selling as opposed to buying?
    This is a premature question, for sure (I personally think the Yankees will come back in the standings, though I’d be happy to be wrong), but it’s certainly an interesting one.

    SF May 28, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • I’m not sure how premature that question is. It might become very mature by mid June depending on what happens on this trip. They’ve got Pittsburgh at the tail end, a match-up one would like to think should to be good for a few wins. However, one must consider the Yankees have winning records against only three teams: Cleveland (3-0), Texas (5-1), and the Twins (2-1), and there’s little evidence as of late that encourages me to be optimistic that the Yanks will come out of this trip in better shape than they are currently.
    The one thing that you could cling to earlier this year was that even though the pitching as a whole ranged from one or two bright spots (Pettitte and, um, Pettitte) to mediocre to terrifyingly bad, at least New York were scoring at a pace that put it amongst the best offenses. However, the rotation is still a wildly unknown quantity whose upside is probably marginally above league-average at best, and the Yanks have been outscored 64-73 since May 10th, the last time the team was 500. It is just more painfully obvious how pedestrian (or worse) much of the lineup was/is and how well ARod’s god-like April put a coat of paint on a clunker, but you can only buff a brick so much.

    attackgerbil May 28, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • If the Yanks are in the tank and you think A-Rod is opting out, do you ship him to Anaheim for prospects?

    SF May 28, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • I don’t see how he’s trade-able. Alex does have a blanket no-trade clause and if you believe him, he said he would enforce it, but let’s assume he would agree to a trade given the appropriate incentive, which in a script would look something like this:
    Dr. Boras, on video from his secret lair, pinky at corner of mouth: “One FAJILLION dollars”
    The Yanks would have to pay a chunk of that for sure. What would LAA be willing to give up? Kotchman, Figgins/Izturis (neither of whom I want), a reliever and a starter not named Lackey, Escobar, or Colon? Frankly, ARod is just too heavy. It also seems like it would have to be a multi-team deal to jockey enough talent around to make it worth doing for either team.

    attackgerbil May 28, 2007, 6:56 pm
  • Well, let’s say Arte Moreno thinks “we’re contending. We are kind of hoping that A-Rod opts out after this year anyhow, so why not take him off the market pre-emptively, negotiate a sign and trade with the Yankees right now since a) they know he’s sick of New York, b) he’s opting out and c) they are 56 games behind first.”
    Now, I don’t think this will happen, but I can foresee a scenario where trading A-Rod to the Angels isn’t that crazy an idea.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Crickets here in the Yanks thread.
    No score through one.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • C’mon Abreu.

    walein May 28, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Abreu gets a two out single in the 2nd. Can Melky begin the string of two out hits that will send D. McGowan home crying?

    walein May 28, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Like you, I don’t see it as a crazy concept. The Angels need help at 3rd. New York stands to get nothing after the season if/when ARod walks; it’s certainly in the Yankees interest to try and leverage something, that is to say if they have any leverage.. LAA is one of a handful of teams that is in the conversation regarding having the bank to do this deal. Yeah, it’s an interesting thought. ARod/Vlad hitting in tandem should be illegal on general principle; what a scary thought.
    re: *crickets* – yeah, I’m cooking for 6 (and a 1/3) tonight while tending to the young-en.

    attackgerbil May 28, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • 2-2 count to Melky.

    walein May 28, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Cabrera pulls the walk. 1st and second. Johnny “My body Hhurts” Damon up to bat.

    walein May 28, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Oops…forgot about Minky.

    walein May 28, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • What would the Angels be willing to give up? Signing ARod will cost a TON of dough, as the only way he’s waiving his no-trade is with a renegotiated deal. If I’m the Angels, I don’t want to give up too much just for the right to negotiate with a player, particularly if that player stays in the AL.
    Conversely, for the Yanks, how much are you going to get for a guy who’s going to cost his new team even more than you’re paying now?

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • I think Lee has started all four batters with straight fastballs.
    Manny flies out on the second pitch, relatively deep but too high, caught by Trot.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Sorry, wrong thread.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • > Sorry, wrong thread.
    Don’t worry. It’s eminently more interesting than watching NY giving it up to Toronto while not being able to put up a run against a guy with a hockey-stick ERA.

    attackgerbil May 28, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • this team is just not good.

    leaderjeter May 28, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • I am disgusted.

    leaderjeter May 28, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • You know, I think I’m handling this disaster of a season pretty well, all things considered.
    But no one should have to watch Vizcaino, Ron Villone, AND Mike Myers, all in one game. That’s just below the belt.

    Emma May 28, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Classic game. I’m going to go take up drinking again.

    walein May 28, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • This game thread just about sums up the Yankee season. Only 20+ posts on this game compared to over 200+ posts on the Red Sox game.

    yf2k May 29, 2007, 5:35 am

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