The A-Rod Show: Tribe-Yanks Gamer II

Forget the tabloid storylines, the clutchness questions, the contractual issues. Acknowledge this: watching Alex Rodriguez hit a baseball has been a crazy fun privilege over the first weeks of the season. The man is locked in, on fire, raking—choose your cliche, invent a new one, whatever, they all apply. Last night, he jacked homer no. 8 off Jake Westbrook. It came on a 2-2 pitch, with Bobby Abreu on second. Alex had just swung through a high fastball; Westbrook followed that pitch with a low curve that sat out over the plate and was promptly crushed into the net over the leftfield wall. Speeding up Alex’s bat with a hanging curve was one of Westbrook’s many gross errors on a night the Yanks clobbered him and the Indians. Let’s hope they do that again tonight, when Jeffrey Sowers takes the hill. Kei Igawa goes for the Yanks. Hopefully the lefty can neutralize the Tribe’s big bats, and avoid walking too many batters. Comment here on the action.

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  • I think you mean *Jeremy* Sowers?
    Lineups as per Peter Abraham:
    Johnny Damon CF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Bobby Abreu RF
    Alex Rodriguez 3B
    Jason Giambi DH
    Jorge Posada C
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Josh Phelps 1B
    Melky Cabrera LF
    LHP Kei Igawa (0-0, 7.84)
    Grady Sizemore CF
    Jason Michaels RF
    Travis Hafner DH
    Ryan Garko 1B
    Casey Blake 3B
    Jhonny Peralta SS
    David Dellucci LF
    Josh Barfield 2B
    Kelly Shoppach C
    LHP Jeremy Sowers (0-0, 2.08)

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 5:48 pm
  • Hopefully, we’ll eat him up. Though by odds, we’ll probably get owned.. c’mon ARod!

    Anonymous April 18, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • You YF’s should feel a certain kinship with the young Sowers; he’s like a left-handed Chien-Ming Wang. Over his first 100 ML innings, he’s posted a 3.46 K/9, and a mediocre 1.56 K/BB. Wang’s at 3.31 K/9 and a 1.46 K/BB, and his BAA stands about .030 higher then the Indians lefty. It’s actually kind of weird how similar they’ve been thus far.
    That said, THT is down right now and I don’t know how their GB % compare; but FWIW, Wang’s HR/9 is only .57, while Sowers is a tick above 1.

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • And that, the lack of homeruns given up, is a HUGE difference.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 6:41 pm
  • based on BP’s stats, Wang’s GB rate was 64% last season while Sowers was at 49% in his brief time pitching in 2006.

    Nick-YF April 18, 2007, 6:43 pm
  • i’ll take ian kinsler for $390,000 a year.

    sf rod April 18, 2007, 6:45 pm
  • Who’s up for a YFSF field trip to Fenway to watch Chase Vs. Daisuke on Sunday?

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • Sounds nice, Trisk. Unfortunately I’ll be chilling in Madrid so I can’t make it, woe is me. But the DVR will be set!

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • i’m definitely down for a field trip from boston to ny.
    here comes alex, jeter and damon on two and three. kill it!

    jonny YF April 18, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Reading the game on Gamechannel right now. Nice double by the Captain; second of the year!

    attackgerbil April 18, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • I just got off the phone with my buddy,,,He has Sox tickets for Saturday, due to the rainout he gets Beckett instead of Daisuke….needless to say he is a little upset.
    YM NICE! Have a blast, I hear it’s awesome over there.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Thanks Trisk. Very much looking forward to finally going on vacation…
    ARod sucks. Trade him. Boooooooo!!!

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • man, my thread is empty…
    you guys mind if I hang here for a bit?

    Brad April 18, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • All threads are empty lately :( *sniff wipe tear*

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • okay, igawa. i see yah, buddy

    jonny YF April 18, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Join in jerk, it’s just me and YM.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • LOL! Trisk is hostile.
    Well, looks like Igawa may have learned how to throw strikes…Progress!

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Jerk.!?!
    Nevermind! I’m taking my ball and going home!
    you’re just mad at my Mariano tribute on our fantasy page, Trisk!

    Brad April 18, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Ohka dominating up North, of course!

    Brad April 18, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • It’s all love Brad, LOL.
    Phelps just came out to BON JOVI, trade him NOW!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • What, A-Rod hasn’t hit a homerun yet?

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • I just want people to out to songs that don’t send the right message:
    Giambi coming out to “Comfortably Numb”–Pink Floyd
    Johnny Damon coming out to “Touch the Hem of His garment”–Sam Cooke
    Posada coming out to “Martha”–Tom Waits

    walein April 18, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • ARod hasn’t hit a HR yet. He’s totally not clutch.

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Ack, a double to the #9 hitter. Sizemore’s really underrated, if you ask me..

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • That pitch to Sizemore was awful!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • VMart is sitting out again? Obviously it helps the Yanks, but I have him on my fantasy!
    And before I can finish that, the guy is tied. And a _very_ dangerous batter up..

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Come on 6-4-3!!!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Igawa seriously needs to finish off batters. 0-2 on both batters, he hits the first and RBI single to the second.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • A GIDP would be handy here.. c’mon Igawa!

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Oooooh here comes the meltdown!

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Andrew – at least he’s getting ahead of them.. 0-2 on Haf too..

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • The wheels are falling off here…

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Woops. Another failure on 0-2.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • “Singled to shortstop” Wha…?

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Of course, these “half-victories” only work if they add up to a victory!

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • hahah, nice play. can we get this guy a glove that fits?

    jonny YF April 18, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Got lucky out of a jam there with Garko finally hitting into that DP. Let’s see if the Yanks can strike back (and if Igawa can carry the DP into some momentum..)

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • I’m just following along on Gamechannel, what was the Haf single? Of the “past-the-diving-Jeter” variety?

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • No it was too deep in the hole….

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Even with Haf running? That dude’s not exactly Jose Reyes out there…

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Is this Juan Pierre or Bobby Abreu???

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Jeter!

    YF April 18, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • 2 nights in a row Abreu weakly bunts foul, then base hit single….Someone have a talk with this guy!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Phil Hughes’ start at AAA: 6 innings, 2 hits, 0 BB, 10, count em, 10 Ks. Start the Hughes watch, he has a history of adjusting after two starts in a new level and never slowing down.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Alex, groovin’ on the pads. Giambi sez, “Take that Allen Barra.”

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Awesome. I still think he doesn’t get called up until midseason at least, unless the rotation collapses spectacularly.

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • MK had a good point today Hughes is not on the 40 man roster, so if he comes up someone from the 40 man has to get dropped so right now he is a last resort. I didn’t realize he wasn’t on the 40. But Chase Wright is….Hmmm.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Josh Barfield definitely does not field like his papa.

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Why can’t they dump Colter Bean? What’s the point of that guy clogging up the roster when it’s obvious they’ll never give him a chance?

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Robi follows up the middle. 4-2.
    I can’t see them bringing up Hughes ALREADY. Things aint that dire.
    Phelps! Another single! 5-2.
    Keep that line movin’. Looks like last night except singles instead of dingers.

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • They can “dump” anyone, but it won’t be until they have to.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Melky seems lost.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Singles will do just as well as long as they keep ’em coming. Not to go all Joe Morgan, but I sometimes prefer a bunch of singles to longball, just cuz it’s like a slow death to the pitcher…

    Anonymous April 18, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Damon! 6-2.
    Take all we can get.
    Sowers to the Showers. (Sorry.)

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Nice! Another starter chased early in the game.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • About time…he was getting singled to death.

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • C’mon Captain!

    Lar April 18, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • I understand there’s been some carping about Jeter’s offense this year. At .333/.410, I’m not really feeling the critics. He’s not a home run guy. He’ll get his share, though, before all is done, to be sure.

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Awww…Jeter ends the carnage

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • i don’t think we have to be worried about jeter for a long, long time.

    jonny YF April 18, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Ya, I was hoping we could tack on a few.. ah well!

    Lar April 18, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Nice slider Kei! K!

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • And now a bb.
    Looks like Totonto can’t figure out Wakefield.
    Line out. 2 down.

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Okay, now isn’t the time to be walking dudes..
    Also, where’s ARod? 0-2? That guy sucks!

    Lar April 18, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • But Barfield sure flies out like his dad. Actually, Igawa left that one up there in the zone. Better hitter might park that one. As it is, a lazy fly, and this has to be rated as a fine outing by Igawa. Really throwing strikes here, and working with a nice pace.

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Boy am I glad I benched Sowers tonight…

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Bobby!

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Nice to see Bobby running.. would be nice to give the pitching all the help they can get!

    Lar April 18, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Awww, swung at a 3-1 pitch.. ah well.

    Lar April 18, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Man. Igawa just k’d Shoppach twice.

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Easy inning for Kei. He’s absolutely cruising. Throwing strikes. Working quickly. He looks—dare I say?—great.
    I dare.

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • DP for Iggy! He’s thru 6!

    YF April 18, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Single for Cap. Here comes Abreu, he bloops out to left.
    Here comes a hitless Alex…..

    YF April 18, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • ALEX ALEX ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The onslaught does not stop.
    Just like last night, a low curve exits the stadium, rapidement.

    YF April 18, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Homer 9 on April 18. Phenomenal.
    It’s gotta be the socks.

    YF April 18, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • It certainly is the A-Rod show.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • And with that, YF’s title of the gamer is justified!

    Nick-YF April 18, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Boo. Stat-padder! Boooooo!

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Back-to-back!

    Jordan Meisner April 18, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Giambi follows! Crushed to right on a low ball over the middle. 9-2.
    “How you like me now, Barra?!”

    YF April 18, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Alex, in case anyone’s forgotten, has now hit safely in every game this year. Gonna need a calculator for his counting stats, and a supercomputer for his metrics.

    YF April 18, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Giambi is right on track. He is now on pace to hit 37 home runs and drive in 125 runs.
    A-Rod’s pace? 112 HR’s, 287 RBI’s. LOL.

    Jordan Meisner April 18, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • The Proctologist on now for Igawa, faces Peralta.

    YF April 18, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • A bit of trouble for Proctor there, but works through it nicely for two quick outs to end things. Rolling.
    Hey, this A-Rod guy is pretty good. Bet he gets paid a ton.

    YF April 18, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Looks like Igawa-san will equal my win total. But I still cost twice as much yen!

    Daisuke April 18, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Another meaningless home run for ARod. This guy sucks.

    Lar April 18, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • A line single for the melkster, and Kevin Thompson enters the contest. Welcome Kevin!

    YF April 18, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • ARod gets the rest of the night off. Psh, can’t even play the full 9 innings!
    Okay, that’s enough with the silliness ;)

    Lar April 18, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Darn, I was hoping we would get to see Alex have one more plate appearance. It’s such a pleasure to watch him hit right now.

    Jordan Meisner April 18, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Ovah. Back above .500. Sox throw Tavarez at Halladay tomorrow. Fausto (12.46 era) Carmona and Rasner at the stadium.
    Have a good night!

    YF April 18, 2007, 10:05 pm

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