Snakes On A D Train: DBacks-Yanks Gamer I

I have had it with these mother-#!$(*&) snakes on this mother-#!$(*&) train!Kicking the soft underbelly of the National League over the weekend was a boost to the spirits, but now the Yankees will face a much more potent test from the senior circuit as Cy Young-winner Brandon Webb (6-3, 92 I, 3.13 ERA, 1.261 WHIP) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (37-27, 1st place NL West) battle with the Bombers tonight at The Stadium.   It’s sinkerball city as the Yankees, who look to reach .500 for the first time since May 9th, entrust their fortunes to Chien-Ming Wang (5-4, 62.7 I, 3.73 ERA, 1.229 WHIP).  Wang threw the first and only complete game of the season by a Yankee pitcher so far in his last start, a one-run, five-hit, four-k, one-walk gem against the White Sox.  The snakes are 10-3 in games that Webb has started, and he’s won his last three starts, striking out an average of slightly better than one batter per inning while allowing only two runs over those 22 innings.

Bobby Abreu has 19 hits and 10 walks in 48 plate appearances since June 1st.
Lineups:

Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, cf .216/.303/.344
Stephen Drew, ss .240/.302/.346
Orlando Hudson, 2b .291/.372/.462
Eric Byrnes, lf .319/.379/.518
Chad Tracy, dh .299/.384/.486
Tony Clark, 1b .226/.287/.500
Mark Reynolds, 3b .318/.379/.576
Carlos Quentin, rf .217/.305/.375
Chris Snyder, c .216/.303/.344
Brandon Webb, rhp 6-3, 3.13
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, dh .264/.358/.363
Derek Jeter, ss .329/.407/.451
Bobby Abreu, rf .272/.364/.370
Alex Rodriguez, 3b .304/.407/.674
Jorge Posada, c .358/.413/.567
Hideki Matsui, lf .282/.364/.459
Robinson Cano, 2b .269/.308/.419
Melky Cabrrera, cf .257/.319/.363
Miguel Cairo, 1b .225/.273/.250
Chien-Ming Wang, rhp 5-4, 3.73
105 comments… add one
  • Yikes, it’s like the Dbacks have Lugo-Coco hitting 1-2…

    jp-sf June 12, 2007, 5:47 pm
  • I know Miggy’s made a few impressive plays in the field, and, yeah, a couple of hits, but i don’t know how this team can live with .225/.273/.250 at first base. Cash has to be able to do better than that.

    YF June 12, 2007, 6:06 pm
  • Except Young and Drew actually get on base more than 30 percent of the time…

    Paul SF June 12, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • snakes hate rain.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • looks like at least another hour of rain on the radar.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Boy this team is going to be good for a long time to come.
    As for the Yankees, let’s keep it going boys. It’s going to be a tough week!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • I was referring to the D’Backs. Sorry. Quentin, Young, Drew, Reynolds, Jackson, that’s a pretty impressive core group all kids!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • I agree with you John, the DBacks look tough in a bunch of different ways. A resurgent Randy really pisses me off too, for no particularly rational reason. At least he helped out with the Sox.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • John, you’re right about the D-Backs. They’re just such a well-run organization right now and there’s a lot in the pipeline. Kind of wished we got more for the Big Unit at this point.

    Nick-YF June 12, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Ugh, it is _pouring_ in the city. Rivers flowing down streets, literally.

    Anonymous June 12, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Stopped raining here in Jersey.
    I can’t stand Big Unit, I am going to the game tomorrow night and hoped he would be on the hill. I had my THANKS FOR NOTHING UNIT sign all set to go. Come to find out he didn’t even make the trip to NY, shocker. Only Kevin Brown could get me more angry in his return. Uggh those two make my blood boil.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Kevin Brown = He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Ugh.
    I think rain might be slowing up here (upper east side)…hopefully game start is not far behind!

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Whee, baseball about to commence!!

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Tarp’s off. Game on. Johnny got a hair cut. Looks like a Jake Ryan, Sixteen Candles sort of ‘do. And that’s your report from this week’s edition of 80’s TigerBeat.
    I’m so bored.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Not on dad duty tonight, Gerb?

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Wang starts with a fastball strike.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Not at the moment. This is one of two nights a week where I’m sort of free, as much as you can be as a pop.
    Young singles to right. I really thought Wang had his number in that AB.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • DBacks make me nervous. Maybe I’m still traumatized over ’01…

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Me too, YM. Me too. Mother-@&%*$)# snakes.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Uh oh.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • A generous plate on the 1-0 yields a wide strike to Hudson after a pop to right from Drew (Stephen, not Slug). Wang’s holding Young close to the sack. A foul makes it 1-2. The next pitch is chopped foul behind first. Another 1-2: inside. Deuces: Young is running; Hudson grounds it up the third base line and Young is on third after the single. Trouble early.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Sorry, but the D’backs road unis look like they all work table service at a rib-joint chain. I like mine Memphis style, please.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • I want my diamondback diamondback diamondback….ribs.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Mmm. Ribs.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • All hail Wormkiller Wang!!

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • After a pop behind the plate to put away Byrnes, Wang finally finds the groundball he’s been looking for as Tracy grounds out 4-3 to end the top of one. No score. *whew*

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Where all the YFs at? Jumping off the bandwagon already?

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Damon groundball.. he’s on first after the E4 (throw).

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Gamers have been lonely lately, YM. Unfortunately, I’ve got to go soon.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • I am sure everyone will come back once the Yankees are in sniffing distance.
    We deserted our game threads last September. Lost causes aren’t fun to liveblog. Luckily for YFs, the Yankees fell miles behind early enough to come back.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Webb is coming inside on Jeter, setting him up for the sinker. The 3-0 is called a strike. Looked borderline in low. The 3-1 is grounded to left for a single; Drew was moving towards second as Damon was running, otherwise DP; Damon’s on third for Abreu with no outs.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • BOBBY!!!

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Bobby takes the first pitch for a strike on the inside high corner, and then launches the next pitch into the right-field seats to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Wow.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Webb pwns ARod for the first out.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • You’re probably right, SF. But the Sox gamers have been quieter than usual too….maybe the nice weather is driving folks away from computers? The horror…

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Jorge grounds out 53 on a high throw from Reynolds that Clark brings back down.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Tony Clark looks like the sort of guy you could vote for.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • VERY wide plate to ring up Matsui looking. Don’t like that call much. No sir.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • End of 1: Snakes 0, Jacksons 3.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Lucky for the Snakes that Tony is so tall…That throw would’ve headed into the 10th row otherwise.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Sorry fellas I am back, I didn’t fall off the bandwagon.
    Wang needs to be conservative with the pitches this inning.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • ym: yes, he’s had to field a couple of really awkward throws already.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • YF’s, any interest in Dunn for 1B? Apparently he’s on the market and has played a little 1B in the past. (Not a fan myself, but wanted to see what you guys thought)

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Gameday says it was a strike, Gerb. As long as our guy gets the same K-zone, it’s OK by me.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • John, well that’s good. Now you won’t have to turn in your secret decoder ring.
    Wang gives up a single to Reynolds, who strokes one to center on a 1-2. Speaking of conservative, he’s been getting ahead on batters and then giving up singles when ahead. I’m worried.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • His pitch selection with 2 strikes needs to improve, you are 100% right AG.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • No score after 2, but man, Wang’s pitch count is soaring. He’s gotta settle down, otherwise he’s not long for this game. I’m also worried about the Yankee offense – after the Abreu HR, they’ve gone down on something like 12 pitches.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Melky tries to bonk himself with an awkward bat toss. Funny.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Trisk, I’m not a huge fan of Dunn but he sure beats having Cairo out there every day. Depends on what the asking price is, I guess.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Justin Verlander with a no-no into the 7th in Detroit.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Where is O’Neill these two are killing me!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • I’m also worried about the Yankee offense – after the Abreu HR, they’ve gone down on something like 12 pitches.
    Take what you can get. You could be watching the Sox’ offense…

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • I’m a Leiter fan myself, but yeah Kay+Flaherty=painful. I miss Jim Kaat.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Michael Kay could force a 27 year old into retirement, he’s so painful.

    SF June 12, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • I think the Reds GM is Wayne Krivsky right? After all those awful trades he has made, we should low ball him and see what happens. I know they want pitching. Maybe Matt DeSalvo and Chase Wright for Dunn. That deal I would sign up for! LOL.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Tru dat, SF. Wake looks awesome though.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Flash is too dry for me. I don’t mind Kay. I like Leiter and O’Neill.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Regarding Dunn: He’s durable, he’s relatively agile, strikeout king, he knocks the snot out of the ball. Interesting idea. I would have to look up some stuff.
    Wow: _great_ stab by Miggy.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Wow, nice snag by Cairo.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Honestly (and I’m in the minority on this, I know) I kinda liked Minky at 1B…and yes, I know he’s a sucky hitter. I can’t help it!

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • As long as they keep winning YM I wouldn’t care if Posh Spice or Sporty Spice were our 1st baseman!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • John: you don’t mind Kay? OMF WTF. sorry. I just watched a tmobile ad and was in that mindset after your post. :) IF he had insight, I *might* get over the fact he has one of the most grating voices I’ve heard, _ever_ on play-by-play.
    I do like Leiter and O’Neill.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Well, you are in a minority of at least two, YM, because I loved the way Doug covered his corner, and I can specifically remember three plays where he saved an error with his (legit) golden glove. Maybe it’s because I feel deprived of watching a *real* fielder play the bag at first for so long regarding the Yanks.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Singleton, O’Neill, Leiter. I would take tht every night. But if Kay has to be in the threesome or twosome, then so be it. He is annoying, but there are worse. (See Joe Morgan, Tim McCarver, Joe Buck and Jon Miller)

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • You and me, Gerb. We should start a Dougie M. fanclub or something.
    Tie game in Boston. Me likey. 1-2-3 inning for Webb. Me no likey.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • But Miller is the only one you named out of those four that calls the game instead of providing commentary.
    Miggy fields an off throw from Jeter on a routine grounder and saves an E6 with a sweep tag. Doug who? Miggy hits better, as hard as that is to believe. gerbil shifts his mindset.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • The best game to watch for me was against the O’s when Singleton somehow ended up having to do the game by himself. Makes me dream of VIn Scully.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Whoa, what a moonshot by Tracy. Solo job, thankfully.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • I just get the feeling from Miller that he is high and mighty. I remember he used to call him Ruuu-Ben Sierra, used to drive me crazy. Maybe I have the issue, LOL.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 12, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • > Vin Scully
    I imagine a day when the Yanks fork dollars to draw Costas to do play by play. I still have a dream.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Okay, gotta ride my bike. Enjoy the game folks.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • I like Miller, but the way he over-dramatizes every play is sort of annoying.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Have fun, Gerb!

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Verlander facing Hardy with two down in the ninth.
    First pitch is a strike.
    Second pitch is a strike, foul ball.
    Third pitch is fouled off.
    Fourth pitch is hit to Ordonez, NONO for Verlander!!!

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Verlander no-hits the Brew Crew. Niiiiice.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • SF: jinx!

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • That should disprove the jinx. I alerted our readership to the no-hitter (and called it a “no-no”) in the seventh.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • I think the jinx only works if it involves a team you root for/against.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Yes, but I was rooting for the Tigers. They are the first line of defense against the Yankees.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Or, rather, the second line of defense.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Good point, SF…Good point. Although I’d say they’re more like 3rd line of defense, second being the (Hell’s) Angels, of course.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Come on, guy with a girl’s name for a last name…

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • CMW definitely settled down after the rough early innings. Unfortunately, so has Webb.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • This is so annoying, why couldn’t you guys just keep sucking? I mean, I know it was a tall order, a little too much to expect considering the roster you have, but still, it would have been nice.

    LocklandSF June 12, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Hahahaha. There’s still plenty of time in this game. Like, for example, ARod getting picked off. Blargh.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Time for a Wang special (DP, nothing dirty).

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • I miss Tony Clark…
    ;-)

    LocklandSF June 12, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Why does Snyder get first base on that HBP? He made NO effort to get out of the way, in fact, it seemed the opposite. This is undercalled, as far as I am concerned.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Solid play by Jeter (somehow turned “outstanding” by Michael Kay) saves a run and a bigger rally. Tough break for Young.

    SF June 12, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • No DP, but Wang gets out of it with a couple of lazy flyballs and a line drive caught by DJ, sandwiched around a single and a HBP. And sure, it was a nice leap-n’-grab by Jeter, but outstanding? I think not.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • SF,
    The only time I remember it being called recently was when Minky almost lost a kneecap and didn’t get the HBP even though he made more of an effort than Snyder, for sure – was it in a Sox game?

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • SF: TOTALLY agree. And to expand on that, I truly, madly, deeply miss the days when a brush-back was considered a potent part of a pitcher’s arsenal, not an invitation to riot. It sometimes makes me angry, and occasionally makes me furious that the inside pitch has been gradually removed from the game. I like to look at that HBP like I did when Don Baylor would crowd and take one off the arm regularly without complaint, and I really enjoy reminiscing Pedro buzzing guys and genuinely installing FEAR, but I look at what happened to the Cubs with Ted Lilly and that PATHETIC ejection when he hit Renteria on the hands on Sunday and despair. http://www.firejimwolf.com; I should snag that URL

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Wow, what a fantastic play by Hudson…and awful baserunning by the Yankees, but Matsui scores to make it 4-1.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Gerb, may I suggest snagging http://www.firebudselig.com and going from there?…

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Oh dear God. It’s Farnsworth in for Wang.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Farns gives up a double on a really tough pitch to hit, low away.

    attackgerbil June 12, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Like I was saying…

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Farns’ velocity is down this year. I wonder why? And it’s not like he’s got better command now….in fact it’s worse. I hope Cashman can unload him at the deadline.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Whew. Abreu took a weird route to Clark’s flyball, but it’s good for the 3rd out. Farns strands 2.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Yanks go quietly in their half of the 8th. On to the 9th and Mo.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Ah, yet another flashback to the DBacks pulling it out against Mariano in ’01. Must they keep replaying it?

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Wheeee, .500 at last!!! Welcome to mediocrity, folks! Now, let’s just pretend the first third of the season never happened and put the pedal to the metal.

    yankeemonkey June 12, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • sf, that was better than a “solid” play by jeter…kay didn’t oversell it…you’re flashing your jeter-hate again…
    any list of nominees for bad announcers have to include dandy don orsillo, and tom caron [really not an announcer, i think he’s referred to as a “studio host”]…geez, between caron’s shameless homerism and orsillo’s giddy school-girl giggling, they are unwatchable…thank God for remy….

    dc June 12, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • .500 indeed. and upward.

    YF June 12, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • Eh, it was hit right at Jeter. That’s a play he SHOULD make.
    Lucky for Wang all those hard-hit balls were hard-hit right at guys.

    AndrewYF June 12, 2007, 11:28 pm

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