Punching Bags: Rangers-Yanks Gamer V

If there’s one team the Yanks own it’s the Rangers. They haven’t lost in Arlington since 1983, and in NY they don’t do much worse. Tonight, they continue in their quest for a season-sweep, and do so with Moose, who is already 2-0 against them, on the hill. He faces Robinson Tejeda, who lost to the Yanks last Thursday. The Bombers will be shorthanded, however. Jason Giambi is sidelined with “bone spurs” and Jorge is resting. Which comes first, a Wil Nieves hit or a Ranger victory against NY? It might be a while before you see either. Or they could come tonight. Comment on all the action right here.

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  • Wait, seriously? The Yankees have never lost in Texas since the early 80’s? Jesus.

    Devine May 9, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • Hey, we’ll take whatever we can get.
    Check out:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi
    The Yanks should have a record of 18-13. So probably a little unlucky (and untimely non-hitting). Despite beating up on the Rangers, their SOS is 0.515, which is 5th highest at this point.
    Obviously, we’re giving up a lot of runs, but we’ve been winning (yes, against Texas and Seattle..) without much help from ARod this time around, so if we can maintain the RS and cut down the RA, maybe we can catch up.
    The Sox is playing exactly what their expected record is..

    Lar May 9, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • Where my YF’s at?
    Moose pitches a 1-2-3 1st on 15 pitches.
    Bottom of the first, Damon singles, Abreu doubles him home, 1-0. Wild pitch and a single by Jeter makes it 2-0. Jeter steals, ARod walks with 1B open. Matsui doubles in Jeter, ARod stops at 3rd.
    21 pitches later, Cano is up with 2 on, 3 in, 3-0 Yanks, no outs. Hopefully the Yanks finish the job!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Cano grounds out, ARod scores, Matsui to 3rd. 4-0. Melky’s up – another ground out, and we have a comfy 5-0 lead. Let’s go!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Melky putting together a good at-bat, Tejada’s throwing strikes, but Melky’s staying alive, fouling off a lot of pitches.
    However, he grounds out on the 7th pitch, but Matsui doesn’t score. Too bad.
    C’mon Doug!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Bah…they should’ve at least had one more. Oh well, 4-0 after 1 is nothing to sneeze at….

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • DMien cannot get Matsui in. Hopefully Moose will make it moot, but the Yanks score 4, leaving Matsui stranded on third (with less than two outs).
    After 1, it’s 4-0 Yanks. Moose at 15 pitches, 10 for strikes, Tejada at 36 pitches, only 23 are strikes (and a lot of them to Melky)..
    Melky had a good at bat, though it wasn’t a good out. Ah well.

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • ym – easily agreed. My first (personal) rule is “Don’t get greedy”, but let’s be fair here, we’ve lost bigger leads this season. Also, I don’t know if there’s a pitch limit on Moose, but if there is, at least the bullpen will get some stress-free innings, even if they have to pitch. Those are easier, right?

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Just got the kid to bed, so here i am for a lovely night of baseball, and here we are, already up 4 with Moose cruising. For a few moments at least, life is very good indeed.

    YF May 9, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • I don’t like Pythagorean winning percentage. It might be a good estimate long-term, maybe over more like 500 games, but short-term it doesn’t take into account those 8-1 blowouts that can really screw with the expected winning percentage early on.
    The only correction I see happening comes from having 3 healthy solid-to-great starters all in a row, with even more help coming down the line. The Yankees will be a scary, scary team from June on.

    Andrew May 9, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • YF – indeed! Especially since it’s not Igawa on the mound..
    Would be nicer if the Sox didn’t score everytime I look up!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Kinsler’s hanging tough. Making Moose earned this one – 9 pitch at bat. And now we’re off to the both of the 2nd.

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Heh. It’s never easier with this team…
    At least Moose looking good so far. YES is clocking him at 88-90 some, which is great for him. Makes the changeup that much better.

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • *both = bottom. Somehow my fingers forgot two letters.
    Captcha is really annoying. Yuck.

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Andrew – it’s true – it’s too volatile on small sample sizes.
    The Yanks are also a bit behind on 1-run games, which means they’re a bit on the unlucky side too. *Cough* Seattle *Cough*.
    Ya, you could’ve said Beltre would’ve tied the game, but I say that Beltre wouldn’t have been up! ;)

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • For a few moments at least, life is very good indeed.
    Then he saw the standings…
    ;-)

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Wil Nieves, out on a grounder to third. Solid contact, but right to Blaylock.

    YF May 9, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Does this mean Texas has the “Curse of ARod”? =)

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • At this point I’m not really even worried about the standings. I’d like to see the Yanks play decent baseball for a month. Then I’ll worry about the standings.
    Stewart just loses a foul pop from Damon.

    YF May 9, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Abreu down, and the Yanks are out 1-2-3 in the 2nd.

    YF May 9, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Abreu sends it deep, but not deep enough. I’m digging Abreu’s eye again.
    After 2 “quick” innings, it’s still 4-0 Yanks, Moose at 32 pitches, Tejada at 50.

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • I was just kidding, YF. Hence the winkie thing. Standings are pretty damn irrelevant right now, of course.

    SF May 9, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Wilkerson hits a hr. 4-1.

    Lar May 9, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Dinger for Wilkerson in front of the–what?–Grolsch ad on the bleacher retaining wall. Grolsch? I love Dutch beer, but that seems a bit wrong. Rheingold? Bud??
    Cruz follows with a 2b.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • cruz with a double – moose don’t fail me now
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Uh oh. Cruz doubles. C’mon, it’s the bottom of the order, treat it as such!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Dutch beer? BLECH. I have a friend who sells Heineken all their hops, and he says they are total a-holes, which is what their beer apparently tastes like.

    SF May 9, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • I understand that SF, I was just pointing out that, given their recent troubles, I’m more interested in seeing the Yanks play decent ball than scoreboard-watching. Not that I don’t do it. Indeed, given the records in the AL central, it seems like it might be awfully difficult for the AL East to get the wc. Early tho.
    Walk from Moose and he’s not happy about it. Ball though. Walk the 9 hitter? Not so good.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Did anyone notice how every time Kay starts blabbing about something he immediately jinxes it? Seriously, never seems to fail.
    Aaaand the wheels are poised to come off. Jeez.

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Lofton bunt puts 2 runners in scoring position with 1 down. Thanks for the out!

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • 2 & 3, 1 out. Tighten up moose!
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • whew, could have been much worse
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Young an easy 4-3 out but Cruz scores. Tex follows with a liner tracked down by Matsui in shallow left. Moose does fine to get out of that up 4-2. Now time to get ’em back with the heart of the order up in the bottom half of the inning.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • I don’t agree about the wc, yf. 4 good teams there will beat each other up all season long. With the jays, rays and orioles looking weak, we look to have the edge
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Derek fouls a few directly back to the screen, and works back from 0-2 to draw a walk. Classic Jeter. Alex up with a man on.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • How come the Yankee gamers are so quiet lately? Is it a function of the Yanks being lousy this season or what?

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • A-Rod dinged.
    We’ll see, about that WC Andrews. I hope you’re right.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Matsui first pitch swinging lofts and easy fly to the infield on an inside fastball. Just missed it but that accomplished nothing. Falls to Cano to get things done here.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • And a terrible swing from Cano to pop to third on a fastball high and inside and nowhere near the strike zone. .
    Melky follows that with a third straight pop.
    Yankee batting order hardly the stuff of dominance tonight.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Ya, sometimes life just happens. Heh.
    I’m hoping the Yanks will take advantage of this one a little more. 1st and 2nd and nobody out, and we popped out twice.
    Let’s go Melkman!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • we won’t see about it. the saux will :)
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Ya, 2 good non-DP groundballs would’ve padded it a little. Now it’s still 4-2. Got to take advantage of that situation more!
    I wonder if Proctor will come in and protect ARod a little. Even up the score. Would be amusing, since he’s still on appeal, after all..

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • I have a bad feeling about this…

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Quick outs from Sosa and Blalock.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Melkster tracks down the Kinsler drive to left center. His hitting isn’t there, but solid defense helps.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Moose gets a 1-2-3, 61 pitches through 4.

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Minky leads off the Yankee 4th with an opposite field double that bounces into the stands.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Bunt here is logical, but maybe Joe tries to get Nieves a hit and let’s him hit.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • No dice for Wil. Even on 2-0, Joe has him lay it down for the sac. A nice bunt moves Minky to 3rd for JD with 1 down.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • A walk for JD, and that brings up the 1 guy the Yanks want to see in this situation.
    Gripes here from the Rangers.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Excuse me. Abreu in the 2 slot tonite. Jeter on deck. Abreu quickly up 3-0.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • YF – I thought you were being sacastic. =P
    I like Abreu’s approach tonight thus far though. Anything not a DP and that’s all we need..

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • A productive out would be nice here…

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Abreu shallow pop to Wilkerson in left fails to bring home the run. 2 nice pitches on the outer half from Tejeda to get back to 3-2.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Fine, I might’ve left out a few other possiblities. C’mon Abreu. Grumbles.
    Let’s go Jeter!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • beautiful, cap. mr clutch.
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Jeter clutch again. Thank you!
    Jeter is thus far having a better season than last year. Too bad this year, he probably won’t get MVP considerations..

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Arrgh.

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • And of course Jeter comes through. MVP? Yeah. MVP. Lined single to left plates 2 with 2 outs after Damon’s steal of 2nd. Captain Clutch has just been phenomenal this year, but he and Alex can’t do everything. Or maybe they can.
    6-2.
    PS: shove that BABIP where the sun don’t shine!

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Tejada out of the game after 91 pitches. CJ Wilson now comes in. 3.2 innings, 6 runs did him in.

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Alex pops to Kinsler and the inning ends. Jeter saves the team there, 6-2 Yanks after 4.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Pssh, more meaningless RBIs by the captain. Stats padder!
    ;)

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • how’s the dark side doing tonight?
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Matsuzaka giving his usual emotional rollercoaster to SFs, hehe. Actually doesn’t look as bad as his other starts, numbers-wise.
    When/if he cuts his walk rate, watch out!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Moose is qualified! 1-2-3 in the 5th.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • please god, give me IF.
    thanks, lar
    Moose rolling…
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Moose with a relatively easy 1-2-3, 74 pitches after 5.
    Going to be gone for (most of) the night, gooo Yankees!

    Lar May 9, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • K for Matsui.

    YF May 9, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Rolling up the chuck waggon here. Watching, but not blogging for the next inning or 2.

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • What “roller coaster”? Daisuke had one scary inning, the last one, with the heart of the order. 3 hits, 3 walks, 7 ks through 5. So far, he’s been excellent. Still time for that one bad inning, of course.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • and the interloper returns :)
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Oh, come on, Andrews, someone asked how the dark side was doing, and I thought I’d respond to what was certainly a highly suspect assessment of Matsuzaka’s effort tonight!
    Just doing my best Lord Vader.

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • (and how can I interlope at my own site!?)

    SF May 9, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Getting back to matters at hand, Wil Nieves gets a hit, AND STILL MANAGES TO GET OUT, attempting to stretch it into a double. He hasn’t been on the pads for so long, you can’t blame him too much for pushing it. Back in the Yankee dugout, lots of good natured laughs at his expense, and then plenty of congratulations and back slapping and ribbing upon his return. You could just here someone telling him “You’ll get ’em next week!” Let’s hope it’s not next year….

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Poor Wil Nieves. That had me on the floor. As did the shot of Jeter ducking his head, laughing.

    yankeesnj May 9, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Bruney in for the Yanks now, 1 out, 1 on for Kinsler.

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Kinsler walks, Myers in for Wilkerson, he pops, and, of course, Scott Proctor comes in for Cruz. Because it wouldn’t be a Yankee game without a Proctor appearance.

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Proctor blows away Cruz.
    Looks like an exemplary outing from Matsuzaka in Toronto. 7 ip, 5h, 1r, 8ks, 3 bbs. Although 2 of those ks were Sal “The Plumber” Fasano, who lost his job to Wil Nieves, so, you know….still impressive outing though.

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Jeter grounds to short. Hard to believe he ever makes out, at this point.

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • And Alex follows it with a liner to right, caught by Cruz on the run to his left. A rifle shot from Alex.
    Matsui grounds out 4-3 to close the 7th

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Back for a bit.. wow, looks like Torre is bringing the whole posse. Moose is probably on a pitch count.. should’ve been able to come out for the 7th, no?

    Lar May 9, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • a quickie 8th for Farns. 1-2-3!

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • I think that was a 1-3-4 inning YF.
    Once again though…Torre uses four relievers instead of 1 or 2.

    walein May 9, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Man. Cano wicked comebacker lands right in Benoit’s glove. Dumb luck. That was heading for center on the exress.

    YF May 9, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • “If Tony La Russa wins a World Series by using 19 relievers, so can I!”

    Lar May 9, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Benoit blanks the Yanks in the 8th, despite a Minky single. Nieves ks to end it.

    YF May 9, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Gun to your head who would you have hit with 2 outs, bottom of the 9th game 7 of WS:
    A- Will Nieves
    B- Andy Stankawicz (Sp?)
    C- Bobby Meacham
    D- Wayne Tolleson

    Triskaidekaphobia May 9, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Sosa leadoff single to right off Mo.

    YF May 9, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • E. Alvaro Espinoza!

    YF May 9, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Blalock down. Kinsler ks.

    YF May 9, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Matsui comes in and just avoids DJ on the little Texas Leaguer from Wilkerson. Very near a catastrophic collission, but no, it’s an out and the Yanks win. Start spreadin’ the news.

    YF May 9, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Wooo, .500 at last!!!! Next stop, World Series?

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • why does nieves set up so early? seems like that makes it easy for the hitter to cheat…
    mo just doesn’t look right – sure hope it’s just a blip.
    on the bright side, SP looks more like what we expect peseason.
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • I think Mo will be fine. He looked much better tonight, better location, and his velocity was 92-94. Just needs work to get his act together.

    yankeemonkey May 9, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Derek now at 364/435/465.

    YF May 9, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Man, I hadn’t seen Murcer in the broadcast booth until tonight…he looks so different minus hair. I certainly hope all of his medical issues are getting better – I really like his folksy style in the announce booth.

    yankeesnj May 9, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • “expect peseason.”
    should read “expected preseason”
    1 glass too many, I guess…
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 10, 2007, 8:11 am
  • i watched a little of dmat’s pitching last night, and he looked good to me…bummer…so far the sox are getting both good pitching and solid offense, but i’d give the nod to the pitching…i don’t know the stats, but they give up zilch…every time i check their games, they’re ahead 5-1 or something like that…they got it all together…
    that near collision by jeter and matsui may be a good omen…the way things were going a couple of weeks ago, they would have slammed into each other and both would be on the disabled list for 2 months…

    dc May 10, 2007, 8:39 am
  • andrews, about mo, he’s been saying that he feels fine, and he just needs to get some steadier work…he’s had more consecutive “days off” this year than he normally gets, so he’s not sharp…i also read somewhere [ny daily news probably] that a scout said he seems to be leaving some of his pitches a little up and out over the plate…less effective location for the cutter apparently, and could be a product of the lack of work…let’s hope so…

    dc May 10, 2007, 8:44 am
  • the cutter, to me, looks inconsistent; doesn’t always have good movement…
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 10, 2007, 9:55 am

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