Pitch Fast, Matlock’s On At Eight: Yanks-ChiSox Gamer VII

Forty-year-old Curt Schilling set the standard for geriatric pitchers with his one-hit shutout today, which was a one LugE and one ninth-inning, two-out single by Stewart away from perfection. We’ll see what thirty-eight-year-old and recently-awful Mike Mussina brings to the mound today for the Yanks when he battles our old friend — thirty-six-year-old (yeah, right…) Jose Contreras as the Yanks look to make it three in a row against the ChiSox. Old guys rule. Comment away.

New York Yankees
J. Damon dh .264
M. Cabrera cf .250
B. Abreu rf .252
A. Rodriguez 3b .303
H. Matsui lf .283
R. Cano 2b .271
J. Phelps 1b .279
M. Cairo ss .250
W. Nieves c .094
M. Mussina sp 6.25
Chicago White Sox
J. Owens cf .192
T. Iguchi 2b .249
J. Thome dh .280
P. Konerko 1b .232
A.J. Pierzynski c .246
J. Fields 3b .000
R. Mackowiak lf .242
A. Cintron ss .212
L. Terrero rf .250
J. Contreras sp 4.29
51 comments… add one
  • Mussina’s last four starts:
    23.1 innings, 32 hits, 19 runs, 4 home runs, 6 walks, 10 Ks, 4 Yankee losses.

    attackgerbil June 7, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • On the bright side – currently Mussina has a no hitter of his own going.

    jp-sf June 7, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Moose’s velocity is for shit, and the control of his breaking stuff has been mediocre those past four starts. If he is going to give the Yankee’s a fighting chance either his control has to improve to pinpoint, or he needs to gain about 3 to 4 mph on his fastball. The former is the most realistic option so let’s just hope it’s on tonite.

    bloodyank78 June 7, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • To boot this lineup is not anything to write home about. Cairo and Nieves in the same lineup? Awesome.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Dont coutn yourselves out John, didn’t NEives have 2 RBIs and 2 hits the last time he played?
    I’ve beenb sayign it all season. THis learly lead isn’t buryign the Yanks.. its giving us a teeny bit of breathign room we’ll definatly need when they come roaring to life – and here they are.
    I fear them. ALways will. Thank god for Interleague play.

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Well here’s your boy Dionysus…..Ahhh a nubber to short. 6-3.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • John, you’re right about this lineup. With Jeter and Posada sitting, outside of ARod it’s looking positively B-League. Contreras etal will not throw anything to Alex tonight.

    attackgerbil June 7, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Though it will be nice if the ChiSox keep giving us extra chances with shoddy defense…

    attackgerbil June 7, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • AG, so far this game is like watching paint dry but that’s a good thing for Moose!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • OK here’s our chance….Please Hit-deki not a DP, I know you are good at that, you are the best at the 4-6-3 DP, but not right now.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • I have never seen one player hit into soooo many DP’s as Hideki Matsui has. It’s really nuts. Good thing Cintron throws like a 3rd grader.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • How about the enitre Red Sox team the past 4 games, John? DP City. Made me sick
    Speakign of sick.. I looekd again at the Battign Averages on the ChiSox lineup. No one above 300 and only ONE player abvout .250? Ozzie is rantign about the bullpen.. but seriouslly… that’s not a major league offense. Wow.

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Mussina pitches out of a Jim Thome on second base situation. Striking Konerko out not once but twice (Moose got pinched on the 2-2 pitch in my opinion), and then getting AJ to line out.

    walein June 7, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • It’s hard to tell if Mussina looks good or if the White Sox are just hitting that badly these days. Maybe a little of both.

    walein June 7, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • The White Sox have the plate discipline of Rush Limbaugh at a Vicodin factory.

    SF June 7, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • I’m watching this game on WGN out in San Francisco. The brutal part of watching any White Sox game, regardless of who they’re playing, is that the announcers are possibly the single worst crew of homers I’ve ever heard.
    They make John Sterling sound like Edward R Murrow.
    Bada Boom!

    walein June 7, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • After Will (The Truth) Nieves singles, Johnny takes the first pitch into center field for an east fly-out.

    walein June 7, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Hawk Harrelson is the dregs of baseball announcing, Walein. The worst I have probably ever heard.

    SF June 7, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Watching them for the first time a couple of weeks ago I was sort of blown away as they cheered homeruns and made excuses for just about every bone-head play. The broadcast gets a little tough as well…just watched them do an entire inning where they talked about some Chicago personality doing a COORS commercial…and they showed it on the big screen while playing the actual game on the small screen!

    walein June 7, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Hawk’s telling me how Rob Mackowiak is on the rise with his .240 average.
    “You know, Rob said it took him 3 weeks to get his swing back last time”
    “Yeah…once you lose that swing it’s very hard to get it back”
    Rob Mackowiak is now 0-2. On the rise.

    walein June 7, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • I’ll take that over the Phillies announcvers, walein. They just sound BORED. Seriously. I watched, out of boredom, a game.. and I kid you not some Phillies batter hti a grand slam and the announcer said “its a grand slam” like one would say “its a stick on the ground”. It was like listenign to those really BAD documentaries.

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • hehe.
    Mussina comes out and left handed specialist (?) Myers comes in to face AJinski.

    walein June 7, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • I know it’s been talked about but Myers BAA left handers this year is .333 while his BAA against right handers is .170.
    AJ deposits a single into right and Thome comes home to tie it up.

    walein June 7, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • I really think a good broadcastign team is crucial to a successful sports franchise. If you don’t have the raw money/history/fame of the Yankees or the just ravenous “Our Entire City Lives for Baseball” of the Red Sox (though they got money/history as well) you need somethign to draw a fanbase and one of the best ways to draw new fans to a team and moreso the game of baseball itself, is havign really good announcers.
    To me good announcers must be passioante about their team – even more important than knwoign stats and factoids – while avoiding to oft overused “homer” trap. They defiantly should NEVER be boring (liek the Phillies announcers) or just kinda dumb (ChiSox/Joe Morgan), but they need to be passioante. They should be excited about their team because that will make others excited.
    The Mets Radio team is a good example. I listend to them call one of the games against the Yanks and MAN were they pumped. You could FEEL the excitement of the game every time anythign short of routine happened. They clearly loved their team, but avoiding beign ‘homers’ as well. Really made an impression on me.
    Just sayin’ sicne we were talkign abotu announcers

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Josh Fields strikes out, but had a fairly decent at bat. At le ast he worked the count full.. better than most ChiSox batters.
    DP here leaves the ChiSox gettign only one and me very very angry at there level of suck.
    Have I mentioned I hate everything about the ChiSox? From their history (Black Sox) to thgeir announcers (see evceryone elses posts) to Ozzie (worst manager in baseball, a bigoted crude jack***) to, worst of all, being just a boring team this year. Borign teams are bad for baseball.. especially teams that could easily be big market team (come on.. Chicago is a sports town). WHile Baseball is experiencing a rise in popularity it still pales, saddly, to Football and Basketball.. despite it beign far superior in every way. Heck, at least it beats out Hockey (the redheaded step child of American sports) and AMERICAN soccer (which is just stillborn).
    As I type all this, man I’m chatty today, the ChiSox fail to do jack ending the inning on a first pitch swinging fly out.
    They suck. If they were facing NAYONE but the Yanks, I’d be glad

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Wow. COntreras afraid to throw anythign near Jeter.
    God they suck.

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Mets have had a really good radio broadcast for a while.
    Whatever’s going on here in Chi town is insanity.

    walein June 7, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Man oh man, bunting is a lost art these days.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Handles Damon. ow we want melky magic.

    walein June 7, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Passed ball, ok come on Leche!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • How does Alex Cintron have a job? He is the worst SS defensively I have seen in a long time, Ay yay yay.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • ABREU with the clutch gapper

    flarez June 7, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Oh Bobby good to have you back! 3-1 good guys.

    Anonymous June 7, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Me, Sorry.
    Here he comes Captain 4-6-3.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • OK bases loaded, 3-1, 1 Out.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Wel.. Chicagop could score 3 in 2 innings.
    Bwahahahahahaha.. I crack me up

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Man I just want this game to end so I can go back to rooting against both the ChiSox and the Yanks without any conflict.

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • I really hate Kyle Farnsworth.

    the shantee June 7, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Damn, Mo’s in to get 5 outs.. There go my ChiSox come back illusions.

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • I ahve never seen a bullpen this pathetic

    Dionysus June 7, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Why is Mo still in this game?

    Steve A June 7, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • A-Rod’s numbers in the ninth inning this year:
    .529 (9-17), 6 HR, 16 RBI, 4 BB, 0 K
    Fear him.

    AndrewYF June 8, 2007, 2:27 am
  • Fear him or put one in his ear. Seriously, when Papi or Manny is in a groove like ARod is, they get knocked down. What does it take? If I were pitching, the first 2 pitches ARod would see from me would be right around his chin. Let’s see if he goes diving out over the plate after that.

    jp-sf June 8, 2007, 10:37 am
  • jp:
    this is silly. I watched the first part of the game on Wednesday and there was a pitch sent right at Papi’s chest. He got out of the way. He hit a homer yesterday. It doesn’t work quite as directly as you imply it should. Ortiz FEASTS on inside fastballs, so throwing inside and making a mistake (not every pitcher can pinpoint their location perfectly, right?) can be deadly. Same with A-Rod – his GS last night was, if I saw it right, on an inside pitch. Not super inside, but inside nonetheless. Maybe the pitcher was trying to come inside perhaps 6″ more than he did and missed his spot. The idea that you can put one in their ear and these playerw will become lapdogs is completely flawed.

    SF June 8, 2007, 10:42 am
  • Not true in all cases, SF. Remembering back to the 2004 playoffs, Matsui was KILLING us. Absolutely torching us. Pedro comes up and in, planting Gardzirra directly on his rear. Matsui isn’t the same at the plate after that. It works.
    Ask any pitching coach – up and in, low and away will get you outs 85% of the time. However, 5 straight 94 mph fastballs on the outer half of the plate (like Abreu saw in the 8th last night) will make the hitter successful 85% of the time.
    Funny aside to the ARod HR last night – when the White Sox brought in Bukvich, I thought the Yank announcers called him “Punk Bitch.” I turned to the ol’ girlfriend and asked if that’s what they said. After ARod hit the slam, she turned and said, “punk bitch, indeed.” Maybe you had to be there, but it was funny…

    jp-sf June 8, 2007, 10:53 am
  • Funny. YFs say Ortiz and Manny don’t get pitched inside enough when they’re at the plate. I’d say thats true, mostly because both are very good at ripping inside fastballs. So I’m not sure your hypothesis (that they get knocked down when they’re hot) holds up, JP, particularly when you look at the league’s HBP leaders.

    Paul SF June 8, 2007, 10:58 am
  • Tell me that pitchers throw inside as a matter of routine today…please. They don’t. One of the reasons is that at the high school and college level, hitters use alloys and metal, which allows them to MISHIT inside pitches about 400′. They learn early on that if you come inside and miss, that ball ends up in the stands more often than not.
    Can the same be said for the pitchers pre-1975?? No. Gibson used to come inside as a matter of routine. So did Koufax. So did Ryan. So did every pitcher that was ever worth a damn. Why do you think people make a big deal about pitchers like Pedro that throw inside today? That’s because very few pitchers do it now.

    jp-sf June 8, 2007, 11:04 am
  • Ya, in that 2004 playoffs, also, every Yankee stopped hitting, and I’m sure they didn’t go inside on everybody..
    I don’t know what you’re trying to say/prove. But in either case, it’s nothing new, so congrats.

    Lar June 8, 2007, 12:24 pm
  • I will say that ARod is certainly dispelling the “King of the HR up 4 or down 4” notion this year.

    jp-sf June 8, 2007, 12:27 pm
  • I’m not sure what your point is about pitching inside, JP. I agree hardly anyone does it anymore, and those who do are labeled headhunters. But you said this after first saying that when Ortiz or Manny get on a hot streak, they get knocked down. I don’t think this is true because both are very good at hitting inside fastballs, and I’ve heard many complaints from YFs about the fact that Ortiz particularly doesn’t get knocked down. At any rate, if a hitter is good enough, knocking him down will do little, which is probably why it’s fallen out of practice.

    Paul SF June 8, 2007, 12:53 pm
  • On the contrary, I think the reason it’s fallen out of practice is because of the likeliness that the pitcher and manager will get ejected. Seriously, today’s game has turned into a pussified version of what it once was. I would wager that anyone you can think of that pitches inside regularly has more success at the major league level than those who don’t.

    jp-sf June 8, 2007, 1:32 pm

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