Sweep Dreams: Rangers-Yanks Gamer VI

The Yanks are 18-2 against the Rangers over a twenty-game span. This statistic suggests the Bombers match up well with Texas. It’d be interesting to figure out what exactly, if anything, it is about the Rangers that makes them so appealing to play. The Yanks don’t own a team quite like they own Texas. Is the Texas pitching staff especially ill-equipped to deal with the patient and powerful Bomber line-up? Is the Rangers line-up been filled with hitters who have particular problems with the type of pitches thrown by New York hurlers? It’s hard to say. The Yanks have been the better team by a good margin during this span. Maybe it’s a simple as that. A better team beats a worse team, and sometimes the time they happen to meet (one team is just heating up, one team is cooling down) widens the existing gap even further. In any case, the Yanks seem primed for a sweep of the Rangers. Chien-Ming Wang, who was near perfect in his last start, takes the mound against struggling former ChiSox prospect Brandon McCarthy. It’s there for the taking. Make it happen, Bombers! This is your game thread for today’s action. Comment away…

The line-ups, courtesy of Lohud, are after the break:

Damon CF
Abreu RF
Jeter SS
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Mientkiewicz 1B
Cabrera LF
Wang RHP

Lofton CF
Wilkerson LF
Teixeira 1B
Sosa DH
Blalock 3B
Kinsler 2B
Kata SS
Cruz RF
Laird C
McCarthy RHP

97 comments… add one
  • We need to play the Rangers in the ALDS again.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 12:36 pm
  • Hey, when the game starts could one of my brethren be a saint and drop an update once in a while? I’m on an iMac from like 1982, so none of the internet trackers run well. Gracias!

    tom yf May 10, 2007, 1:06 pm
  • Sosa singled in Lofton, who walked and stole second. 1-0 Rangers, two on, two out in the first.

    SF May 10, 2007, 1:20 pm
  • Wang is in slight trouble. Gave up a single to Lofton, who stole second. Two easy groundouts later, Sosa hits a single, and Blalock follows.
    Kinsler is currently in a 7 pitch at bat – with 5 fouls.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Kinsler battling, fouling off evertyhing. Seventh pitch coming, count of 0-2. Kinsler fould off the seventh pitch. Eighth pitch coming, and Kinsler strikes out. 23 pitches for Wang in the first, only one runs scores though. Yanks coming up.

    SF May 10, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • Struck him out on the 8th pitch. Wang with 23 pitches through 1 – very high counts for him. Hopefully he’ll settle down a bit.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • Bottom second, Yanks coming up, still 1-0 Rangers.

    SF May 10, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Thanks y’all!

    tom yf May 10, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • Posada doubles with two out, Cano up.

    SF May 10, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • I have this “work” thing, so not too active here.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • Cano flies out. End of 2, it’s 1-0. Brandon at only 28 pitches.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • Wilkerson grounds out, Teixeria hits a double, Sosa’s single only gets him to third. Blalock grounds into DP to get out of the inning.
    Wang at 47 pitches after 3 – high for him.
    Doug Mien waste no time getting a pop up. Melky sends a 3-1 to right center to tie the game at 1!
    And now Damon’s at bat.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • JD Drew and Bobby Abreu have had very similar years, statistically speaking.

    SF May 10, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Miggy! 1-1.

    YF May 10, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • tom- you got oregon trail on that mac relic?

    sf rod May 10, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • I think you mean Melky, YF.

    SF May 10, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • What is this “work” you’re referring to, Lar? Surely nothing is more important than the Yankees?
    Anyway, I’m supposed to be working but I’ve got the worst writer’s block. Help!!

    yankeemonkey May 10, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • 1-2-3 for Wang – 57 pitches after 4. Let’s go Yankees!

    Lar May 10, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • =) It’s one thing to read the updates (with a TV next to me), and it’s another to actively blog about it.. =P

    Lar May 10, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • DJ = CS

    sf rod May 10, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Jeter’s been bad on the bases this year…Kay and co are claiming he was safe, but it didn’t look it on the replay. Bang-bang either way.
    Overall, Yankees have given away an awful lot of outs on the CS this season. Ridiculous.

    yankeemonkey May 10, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • Derek Jeter = Chris Stynes?

    SF May 10, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • Caught Stealing. At the end of 4th, McCar is at 70 pitches. Still tied 1-1.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 2:27 pm
  • Derek Jeter = Crazy Stupid (to get caught)

    yankeemonkey May 10, 2007, 2:27 pm
  • The Yankees are 19 for 28 on attempted steals this year.

    SF May 10, 2007, 2:27 pm
  • Laird leads the inning off with a triple. Bah, bottom of the lineup!

    Lar May 10, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • Lofton grounds out, but not deep enough for Laird to score. One out.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • sf rod, unfortunately I don’t. I dream all day of caulking the wagon, fording the river, and then curing Zeke of his typhoid.

    tom yf May 10, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • The Sox, who are still branded as a station-to-station ballclub (at least if you watch MLBtv and listen to broadcasters from outside Boston), are 20 for 24 stealing this year. They are 10th overall in MLB in steals.

    SF May 10, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • What just happened? “Wilkerson reaches on a fielder’s choice, Laird scores, Wilkerson to second.” Whaaaa?

    yankeemonkey May 10, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • DJ = Carmen Sandiego

    sf rod May 10, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • I’m amazed it’s only 4-1, should be at least 6-1, Wang has been getting some very needed ground balls.

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • YM: I am guessing that Rodriguez tried to throw Laird out at home, hence the FC, and Wilkerson went all the way to second on the play. At least that’s all I can think of when I read that description.

    SF May 10, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • They got him on a rundown, but they screwed it up, and let him score. The amount of time obviously allowed Wilkerson go all the way to second.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • are yf’s starting to get worried about a sophmore slump from cano? for the month of may he’s struck out 9 times in 31 AB’s.

    sf rod May 10, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • Every time I look up and see 4-1, I swear I just keep automatically assuming the Yankees are ahead. My brain will not process them losing to the Rangers, apparently.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Rangers don’t score in the 6th, still up 4-1 as they go to the Yankee half of the 6th. Plenty of baseball yet to play.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • My brain will not process them losing to the Rangers, apparently.
    They won’t lose to the Rangers, don’t get too hopeful.

    SF May 10, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Grumbles.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 2:55 pm
  • No, no, SF. It was clearly meant as a transient state of being. “The Rangers are winning” vs. “the Rangers will win”.
    I, too, doubt the stability of this lead.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 2:55 pm
  • Yanks put two on. Jeter doubles, A-Rod walks. Matsui up.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • Her comes the Ranger crumble.

    SF May 10, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • A good 8 pitch walk by ARod – 104 pitches for McCarthy and he’s gone. Frank Francisco comes in to pitch to Matsui. Finally we might have an opportunity!

    Lar May 10, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • Matsui flies out. Red hot Posada is at the plate.. a double would be sweet right here..

    Lar May 10, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • Posada pops out, threat gone, at least for this inning. Through 6, it’s 4-1 Rangers.

    SF May 10, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Yankee comeback will have to wait at least one more inning.

    Devine May 10, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Bah, Posada pops out on the first pitch. Where’s the patience?

    Lar May 10, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • that dude Laird looks like a pschopath in his photo..

    Ric May 10, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • Is Torre going to the bullpen?

    walein May 10, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • Maybe Wang is taking one for the team. I hope the Yanks score like, 9 runs though. I mean, why haven’t they already?

    Lar May 10, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • Vizcaino can’t close the door, and closes Wang’s book at 7 ER. Ouch. A gnuine question: Is something wrong with Wang? He had the near-perfecto, but otherwise hasn’t looked very good.
    I know the snark in me wants to say he’s just regressing to the mean, but this seems way beyond that.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • Brad might have something to say about Wang…

    SF May 10, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • MVPiewicz!

    attackgerbil May 10, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Well, he was still throwing a lot of strikes, so my guess is either they’re adjusting to his sinker well, or there might still be some movement missing. Let’s hope it’s “Spring Training” for him as he works out the kinks.
    Scratched out a run, but unforunately it won’t be enough. 2 more innings to make up 5 runs. If it’s any team, it’ll be the Yanks. But still..

    Lar May 10, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • Vizcaino can’t find the zone. Walks Kata, 3-0 to Cruz.

    Paul SF May 10, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • Toronto’s BJ Ryan now oout for the year, torn ulnar colateral nerve.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 10, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • Brad might have something to say about Wang…
    Nope. I’ve said all along that he would return to the average ground ball pitcher that he is. He’s good to be sure, but not last year numbers good. It’s not a knock at him at all, and I’d love to have him on the Red Sox…as the fourth or fifth starter.

    Brad May 10, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • Well, he was still throwing a lot of strikes, so my guess is either they’re adjusting to his sinker well
    Well, with the exception of a couple MPH on it, it’s the same as every other sinker in the game. Sometimes, it will work in his favor, and sometimes it wont. You know, averages. He is a better fielding Jake Westbrook (I feel), and either he’s going to get guys to hit balls at people or not. When a pitcher can’t strike guys out, he’s going to have some rough outings when balls hit holes.
    Not that such a summary can’t be applied to everyone, but when a pitcher is able to strike out eight or so guys a game, that just reduces the chances of those balls being in play or those guys being on base. Again, not breaking news.

    Brad May 10, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • heh…
    maybe I did have something to say afterall, SF!
    I’m like Curt Schilling. I say I have nothing to say before I write a book on the subject! ha.

    Brad May 10, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • Ugh. Get this atrocity over so they can catch a plane to Seattle.

    attackgerbil May 10, 2007, 4:05 pm

    suzyn waldman May 10, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • Seattle again? Man, what a break.

    Brad May 10, 2007, 4:07 pm
  • Holy feck. Way to end the drought, Rangers. Proctor gives up a granny to Diaz. 14-1, Senators.

    attackgerbil May 10, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Well, this just turned in to a good old fashioned ass kicking. I wouldn’t worry about it too much YFs, I mean, Texas isn’t nearly as bad as you made them look the last two days.

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Wow, there’s a chance after this game that the Rangers will have outscored us in the season series.

    Nick-YF May 10, 2007, 4:12 pm
  • Well, the game’s FUBAR’ed. But the Yanks can still come back. All they need to do is score 6 runs an inning. I mean, that’s pretty much what the Rangers did last inning..

    Lar May 10, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • C’mon, 12-run game, let’s rally here

    Jordan Meisner May 10, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • ARod always a rally killer after Jeter singles.

    Lar May 10, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Suzyn would be well within her rights to go nuts if Walter Johnson, who died in ’46, was STANDING in Steinbrenner’s box and it wasn’t a Weekend at Bernie’s type thing.

    QuoSF May 10, 2007, 4:21 pm

    suzyn waldman May 10, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Funny story, game 3 of the 2004 ALCS, Red Sox down by 11 bottom of 9th, Fenway is EMPTY, I’m standing front row right by on deck area, Fenway is also silent. OC is warming up on deck and I’m screaming at the top of my lungs, “COME ON OC, WE ONLY NEED 11, JUST 11, ONLY 11!!!!!!!”
    He was laughing at me, looking right at me, he says, “alright man, alright, but I’m only good for one!”

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Okay. Myers is a team guy, doesn’t mind coming in in a mop-up role, and Henn got shelled. I understand all these things. But didn’t Henn come up through the system as a starter? Shouldn’t he be able to throw another 20 and save another arm from coming into a 14-2 game? Am I being unreasonable, YFs?

    QuoSF May 10, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • Heh. Nice story Lockland. There was a lot to like about OC already, but those kind of stories just cement it.

    QuoSF May 10, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • that was for you bill.

    sf rod May 10, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Sorry, the Pro was on deck, OC was in the hole.

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • LOL, Lockland
    Quo, Mike Myers’s motion puts very little stress on his throwing arm, kind of like a knuckleballer, I guess. He can throw pretty much every day and it doesn’t matter.

    Jordan Meisner May 10, 2007, 4:30 pm
  • I know that, JM, but little stress is still some stress. Just felt unneccessary, not sure how much confidence Henn has left to protect, and letting him try to get another 3 outs might’ve been good for him.

    QuoSF May 10, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • How weird to see Gagne reduced to this role.

    stuck working May 10, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • CMON MELKY, WE ONLY NEED 12, JUST 12, ONLY 12!!!!!

    Jordan Meisner May 10, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • To this day I imagine OC and the Pro walking down the tunnel towards the clubhouse after the game and him saying, “Did you see that crazy motherf*%$r yelling WE ONLY NEED 11?”

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • the punching bag punched back.

    sf rod May 10, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • Well this game sucked. I really expected the Yankees to complete the sweep today, get over .500 and never look back. Oh well, another day and another game tomorrow.

    Jordan Meisner May 10, 2007, 4:41 pm
  • I don’t think Gagne got “reduced” to this role – he just got off the DL, so probably just give him some work. He looked great, and he’s usually great when he’s not on the DL..

    Lar May 10, 2007, 4:42 pm
  • I am very pissed off. I was working from home today, so I was all looking forward to having this game on TV in the background. Not only didn’t I get any work done, but these bastards completely ruined my day. Thanks for nothin’, Vizcaino!

    yankeemonkey May 10, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • So…
    How is Rajah’s 6.0IP/G supposed to save this staff again?

    Nate=Soxfan May 10, 2007, 4:49 pm
  • YM: Vizcaino?! Wang put them in the 5 run hole to begin with!

    SF May 10, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • How is Rajah’s 6.0IP/G supposed to save this staff again?
    I think you’re being generous.

    Brad May 10, 2007, 5:09 pm
  • I don’t care. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all Vizcaino’s fault. For all I know, he put something in Wang’s water today just so he could get in a game.
    …What? I didn’t say it had to be a logical explanation, did I?

    rabid (yankee) monkey May 10, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Gotta agree with YM. If Beckett started the game and gave up several over 6, with the Sox having trouble scoring, and then say, Romero comes in and gives up a couple more, I’d find myself inexplicably more pissed at Romero, even though he was just adding his shovel to an already deep hole.

    QuoSF May 10, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • OK, I’m a dork. Why is “Pro” Mueller’s nickname? Didn’t Mueller bat ahead of OC?

    rootbeerfloat May 10, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • Huh. Didn’t even know the Yanks played a day game…got roped into going shopping with my friends and then ended up helping one of them move out of her dorm…
    Not a bad thing to come back to, though…but somehow with Roy Halladay on the hill, I don’t feel particularly confident that Boston will make it 7.
    Mueller went by a couple of nicknames in Boston…”The Pro” because he was seen as unselfish and professional, and Billy Ballgame for similar reasons / paying homage to Williams. Definitely one of my favorite Sox…I heard he started working with the Dodgers’ FO after he retired last year, anyone know what he’s up to?

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • rbf- bill was a pro’s pro as they say. always moving runners over and doing the little things. a real team guy. he hit in the 8th spot alot in front of guy’s like pokey.

    sf rod May 10, 2007, 5:46 pm
  • d1: I wanted to say it had something to do with scouting, whether advance scouting or amateur. If it’s amateur, and you believe in the idea of a “mental makeup” for a player, (hyperbole) would there be anyone better?
    Then again, I might be making all that up in my head.

    QuoSF May 10, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • Of course we shouldn’t lose sight of the truly important things: Dougie M. extended his hitting streak!!! Someone get Joe D. and/or ESPN on the phone…

    rabid (yankee) monkey May 10, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • Rootbeer, exactly what the other guys said, he was just a true professional, went out every day and did his job, kept his mouth shut, didn’t complain, nice guy, wasn’t really a clubhouse guy though, he would be in and out of the clubhouse in a few minutes after the game, kept to him self. Will always be one of my all time favorites. I think he’s some sort of special assistant to the GM, or something.

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 6:14 pm
  • Didn’t Mueller drive in that run after The Stolen Base ™? He seems like an OK guy, but he’s dead to me.

    yankeemonkey May 10, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • Didn’t Mueller drive in that run after The Stolen Base
    Indeed he did, ym. You may also remember him from the July 24 “Brawl Game” where he hit a walkoff hr off Mo.
    Fond memories…

    Nate=Soxfan May 10, 2007, 6:50 pm

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