Stop the Bleeding: Jays-Yanks Gamer I

The Yanks return to the Stadium tonight after a terribly ugly road trip during which they dropped 3 straight to arch-foe Boston and then another pair to the lamentable Devil Rays, in the process securing for themselves sole possession of the AL East cellar. All five games were “winnable”—that is, the Yanks were not blown out, and had opportunities, had they cashed in, to take every game. Well, they didn’t, so that’s that. Tonight the Blue Jays, fresh off a 2-game sweep of those same Sox, come to town, and put A.J. Burnett on the hill. He’s given the Yanks fits in the past with his hard stuff. He faces bullpen stalwart staff anchor Andy Pettitte, who stands as the lone—lone—Yankee moundman to live up to expectations thus far. Grind on, Yankees, grind on. The rest of us can comment here.

31 comments… add one
  • I wasn’t aware there were expectations for the pack of minor leaguers the Yanks have been using.

    Kazz April 25, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • Though obviously small sample point, Wang gave us a chance to win last night. And he looks like himself.. gave up a bit of hits, but no walks. Let’s hope we get the good old Wang..

    Lar April 25, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • I think we will Lar, my point was that it was “expected” that he’d have been around a bit more often already. But yes, his start yesterday was promising. Let’s just not talk about Ikemay Eyersmay.

    YF April 25, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Lineup via Peter Abraham:
    Damon CF
    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    Rodriguez 3B
    Giambi DH
    Matsui LF
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Mientkiewicz 1B
    At some point Joe is going to consider putting Phelps in against RHP. Isn’t he?

    SeanJ April 25, 2007, 5:39 pm
  • “Winnable” is a two-way street. I’ll agree that the first one was winnable by the Yanks, but really, the Sox were just as culpable in keeping Games 2 and 3 close. In Game 2, Beckett settled down and the Sox wasted chances that would have blown the game open. And Game 3 should have been a blowout from the start. When you think about eight walks and eight (non-homer) hits, and the fact that only two of those baserunners scored. Blech. It’s not surprising the Sox’ offense has since done so poorly. They weren’t doing a great job of it late in the Yankee series either.

    Paul SF April 25, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • Blah Blah Blah Paul. Whatever. The Yanks were winning in all 3 games. Obviously the Sox had agency in the games. Go nitpick in the Sox thread.

    YF April 25, 2007, 5:51 pm
  • I agree. Of the 11 yank loses there have been 5 1-run loses and 5 2-run loses. The sole other game being the Kyle Farmsworth implosion in the 8th inning.
    When you have so many close, “winnable” games it shows that either your team is getting close to putting it together and winning those games or is falling apart due to consistent problems manifesting themselves. I think its the former and the return of Wang and Mussina will help a lot. Here’s hoping.

    SeanJ April 25, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • They weren’t doing a great job of it at any point during the Yankee series, except the end of game 1 against Mo and company. Like I said right after the sweep…21 runs when you’re putting guys on base at a .460+ clip doesn’t seem too great. I mean teams like NY that average what, 7 runs per game (conservatively) over the course of a season still don’t break the .400 mark as a team. My only question would whether this lack of “clutch” is a team-issue or simply a product of bad luck…I’m gonna go with the luck, but I imagine there’s a case to be made going the other way, too.
    There is no Sox thread yet. ;)

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 5:54 pm
  • “I mean teams like NY that average what, 7 runs per game (conservatively) over the course of a season still don’t break the .400 mark as a team.”
    Did I say 7? I meant 5 (conservatively). 7 a game is…a bit high.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 5:55 pm
  • Raining in NYC now. Cant decide if i should drag my ass up the stadium and sit in the rain. Kinda hard to motivate with the play of the last week.

    sam YF April 25, 2007, 6:02 pm
  • I hear you, Sam. My buddy and I have tickets, too, but it looks like it’s going to get unpleasant out there…
    As for the Sox series, I have to say I’m with Paul on that – the first game was the only truly blown game for the Yanks. They COULD have one the other two, but they SHOULD have won game 1, no excuses.

    Sam April 25, 2007, 6:08 pm
  • “Let’s hope we get the good old Wang..”
    Both the Sox and DRays gave you the good old Wang….

    jp - SF April 25, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • Rain sucks.

    SeanJ April 25, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • Rained out. Nice. Hughes tomorrow, Pettitte for Friday?

    sam YF April 25, 2007, 6:25 pm
  • “Both the Sox and DRays gave you the good old Wang….”
    JP’s insightful comment of the day. Thanks for all you add to this site.

    sam YF April 25, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • No Sam, I won’t make out with you…I only hit from the right side…

    jp - SF April 25, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • Pete confirms Pettitte for Friday. This rainout is actually very good timing for the Yankees, Sox get to face not one, but two major-league caliber pitchers now. Although if the Sox game is rained out tonight, I don’t think we’ll get to see Tavarez.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 6:40 pm
  • Also this gives much needed rest to the pen. This plays nicely for us. Here to hoping they get the game in Boston in.

    sam YF April 25, 2007, 6:43 pm
  • Did they say when they will replay it?

    Lar April 25, 2007, 6:58 pm
  • “And Game 3 should have been a blowout from the start”
    when your starter gives up 8 h 6 ER and 1 BB in 7 IP that’s a real stretch…

    Andrews April 25, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Well, I always feel like rain outs change momentum. I have no evidence to back that feeling up other then the fact that that is what always seems to happen (for example last years ALDS). So hopefully this is a good thing because if the Yanks have any mommentum right now it could definitely use a change.

    SeanJ April 25, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • I agree guys – this is good for the Yanks. Hope Pettitte is sharp with the extra rest…

    Andrews April 25, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Just joining the action… Looks like Curt has been throwing a gem until the past couple of batters (1st and 2nd, 2 outs, Roberts up).
    And two more Ks from WMP? Incredible. He’s got something like 12 in 24 at bats now.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Aww, heck, wrong thread. Sorry.

    Hudson April 25, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • This is the state of the Yankees’ season: rainouts are being cheered as well as heralded as possible momentum-shifters.
    How sad.

    SF April 25, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • …I thought the same thing though SF, this was fantastic news for NY. Of course, I always thought these games vs Boston meant SO much more to SF’s then YF’s…heh.

    desturbd1 April 25, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Please SF. There is no way to look at this other than a good thing for the yankees. Even if they won the last 5 games a day off here would have been good if they had used their pen so much and had two crappy starters lined up for this weekend.
    That said, bunching games up later in the year could hurt.

    sam YF April 25, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Ah, let em enjoy their power trip, sam. Lord only knows luck will turn on them soon enough. Remember when every single thing went their way last season? Culminating in walkoff hit after walkoff hit after dominating pitching performance after a shaky Jon Lester performance where he walked the bases full but still got David Wright to choke…not once but twice? Remember the, what was it, 11 game winning streak against AAAA?
    Man. I forgot how much they blew after that.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 12:25 am
  • Not lookign forward to facing Pettite (Stupid rain). Maybe it’ll rain tommorrow for the Sox game and we’ll push Beckett intot he series instead of Tavarez.
    I have tickets to tommorrows game, yet I’m hoping it gets rained otu to increase our odds against the Yanks? Man, Im desperate.

    Dionysus April 26, 2007, 12:29 am
  • Okay, so he didn’t get Wright twice, just once. But he loaded the bases twice and the Mets just completely layed down. I remember listening to that game, I got so pissed at how fricking lucky they were getting all season. But they got their comeuppance, oh yes.

    Andrew April 26, 2007, 12:36 am
  • “How sad.”
    Make hay while the sun shines SF(s)!
    With the age and/or injury history of Schilling, Wakefield and Beckett, you know full well that you aren’t immune to these same problems…

    Andrews April 26, 2007, 1:29 pm

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