The Future Is Now: Yanks-M’s Gamer II

The Yanks get a pass for last night’s loss. After the draining weekend and then a flight across the continent, we fans could hardly expect a monster effort, especially against a team coming home after an 11-game road trip, those games all losses. Rookie Jeff Karstens put up a game effort for the Bombers, getting past a rough few innings, and for a while it looked like dingers from Bobby Abreu—who’s going to make us all forget Paul O’Neill at ths rate, nevermind Gary Sheffield—and Alex would hold up. Alas, Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexbomb had other ideas. So no win for the rook. Tonight the Yanks put up Chien-Ming Wang, who has looked less than his dominant self in recent outings. (Over at Bronx Banter, Cliff Corcoran speculates that the inning load—he is already well over his career high—is getting to him.) He faces King Felix Hernandez, who looked to all the world like the second coming of Roger Clemens when the M’s brought him up last year. In his one appearance against the Yanks, he was brilliant in a 2-0 loss to Randy Johnson, who was slightly brillianter (new word!). The King hasn’t quite been so dominant in his sophmore season, but the raw materials remain, as does the vicious strikeout rate—and he’s the same age as Philip Hughes, who’s still in AA. So. If Wang and the King are on their respective games, we could have a real gem. If not, well, let’s hope for the best. And comment on it here.

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  • Moose and his achy groin went on DL today, with Brian Bruney getting the call as the replacement arm. Hopefully nothing physically wrong with Arod:
    Johnny Damon CF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Bobby Abreu RF
    Jason Giambi DH
    Jorge Posada C
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Melky Cabrera LF
    Craig Wilson 1B
    Nick Green 3B

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Peter Abraham has an Arod update: throat infection.

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Once again, anyone who talks shit on Arod should soak in Nick Green at 3B, and think about that being the status quo for awhile. Don’t get me wrong, Green can flash the leather, but.. you guys get my drift.

    bloodyank78 August 23, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Bobby Abreu singles with 2 outs. What more to say?

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Are you saying A Rod is better than Nick Green? That’s crazy talk BY. Green has an Intangible Quotient of 84.
    Abreu continues to reach safely all of the time.

    walein August 23, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Giambi walks. What else? 2-out rally? Let’s go!

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Jorge walks. King having trouble locating the curve. Bounced one about 3 feet in front of the plate in that sequence.

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Cano chases a high fastball to go 1-2, then looks at one JUST inside for 2-2, before chopping a low slider up the middle for 2 runs. We’ll take.

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Cano gets the run in.

    walein August 23, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Melky grounds out to end it, after about 30 pitches for King. Top of the Yankee order the wrong place to be when you lose your feel for the strike zone. Yanks grab a couple outta not much.

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Cabrera kills the rally. Oh well, 2-0 lead is good.

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • I’ve never seen a batter make an appeal on a check swing. Is that even legal? That should be an automatic out, seriously.
    Wang uses up his one K for the game on Beltre…

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • A coupla ground balls and a k: vintage Wang in the first. Inning overload? Naaaaaa.

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Heh. We shall see…
    Question: wasn’t Craig Wilson brought in as an improvement over Andy Phillips? Now, considering what Yanks gave up for him and Andy’s injury, I’m not complaining too much. But…is he really an improvement over Andy?
    Nick the Stick with a single!

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • Nick Green on base! I blinked and missed how it happened.

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • The much ballyhooed Wilson can play both corner outfield spots though too, correct? So he effectively replaces both Andy and Bubba on the roster.

    YFinBeantown August 23, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • YM: Yes, he is an improvement over Andy. See Steve Goldman’s analysis on how he should be used over on YES’s Pinstripe Bible/Blog for the details.
    Damon! 1st and 2nd.

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Johnny rockin’ the pornstache!

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Ack. Jeets goes into the 6-4-3. So much for the rally.

    YF August 23, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Well, as far as I understood Wilson is very good against lefties and very bad against righties; also prone to strikeout. Correct?
    Cap’n, my cap’n. Very clutch DP.

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Sox came out swinging against Halos….Sadly, I find it very hard to root for the Angels no matter who they play.

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • According to the YES booth, Torre says Matsui will be back in LF whenever he returns. I hope Melky enjoyed his time here. Also, Torre sucks.

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • another groundball out for Wang.

    YFinBeantown August 23, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Wow, 2 K’s for Wang in one inning. That’s gotta be a record of some sort, ain’t it?

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • Cano walks, Melky singles, Wilson strikes out (again!), Green singles.
    Johnny single drives in Cano and Melky, Johnny to second on the error. 4-0 Yanks.
    Green out at the plate on a Jeter FC.

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • And 2 more runs on the Giambi hit down the line. 6-0.

    YF August 23, 2006, 11:13 pm
  • Jorge drives in Jeter….7-0.

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 11:15 pm
  • Just checking in and whadda ya know?! The lineup roughed up King Felix! Sweet.

    bloodyank78 August 23, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • Go away, BY, you’re jinxing them ;-)
    4 Ks for the Wangster tonight…career high?

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 11:26 pm
  • 54 pitches for CMW after 4 innings. The entire bullpen must be off somewhere sacrificing chickens.

    yankeemonkey August 23, 2006, 11:27 pm
  • Great sign from Wang. Lead off single followed by a GIDP.

    walein August 23, 2006, 11:41 pm
  • I think that was a 5 pitch inning from Wang. He might want to negociate a high pitch per dollar rate in a couple of years. Something like every inning completed with less than 10 pitches thrown=some cash incentive.

    walein August 23, 2006, 11:43 pm
  • Jeter grounds out. Abreu takes a full count to a walk. Giambi up against the relentlessly bad Pineiro.

    walein August 23, 2006, 11:47 pm
  • Abreu to second on passed ball. Have a feeling that Giambi may be getting a free pass to first base.

    walein August 23, 2006, 11:48 pm
  • Giambi…..wait for it…..wait for it….walks .

    walein August 23, 2006, 11:49 pm
  • oh well. Posada struck out and then Cano grounded out to first. Time to do some dishes!

    walein August 23, 2006, 11:53 pm
  • Man, after that 5 game marathon, every other game seems so slow and boring and……at least we’re winning!

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:04 am
  • Hmm…Nick Green trying to imitate Arod in all ways possible, isn’t he? At least an error when you’re 7 up isn’t quite as painful.

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:10 am
  • ???????!!!!!
    Someone needs to foul a ball off that ump’s face. Jesus.

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:12 am
  • Walein, if you’re still there; I meant the exact opposite. I was trying to emphasize how essential Arod is to the Yankee formula and was hoping that Arod haters realize that it is key that Arod is playing on a regular basis.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:13 am
  • Ump. Must. Die. 7-0 turns into 7-2 and still 2 out with 2 on. Grrr.

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:15 am
  • Yanks get their revenge (and the runs) right back.

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:25 am
  • Anyone notice that Wilson almost always swings at breaking balls away.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:27 am
  • Like just now, you mean? Apparently that’s the book on him…

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:28 am
  • See what I mean!!!!!

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:28 am
  • That’s infuriating as a fan. Everytime that guy whiffs its on the same pitch.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:30 am
  • Yup, Nicky definitely doing a great imitation of Arod, striking out with the bases loaded…..
    (I kid)

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:31 am
  • Shouldn’t Donny be doing something about that?

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:31 am
  • They better get Ichiro’s punk ass out now.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:35 am
  • Got him!

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:36 am
  • Yeah YM, Donnie and Nick need to spend some “alone time”. YES, Myers K’s Suzuki.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:36 am
  • Who pitches the 9th? Dotel?

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:38 am
  • Not Nick….Craig. Nicky just can’t hit, that’s been well established. Mr. Wilson insists _he’s_ a real major league player, however.

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:38 am
  • Hey, Myers pitches an entire 123 inning, with 2 righty batters no less! Will wonders never cease?

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:43 am
  • The deal w/Wilson mainly, is that he straight mashes southpaws. Still, he should not K so much against rightys, its annoying.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:43 am
  • W/a 9-2 lead, I’d hope Joe would leave him in for the entire inning.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:45 am
  • Beantown is doing its best to make it interesting in Anaheim.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:46 am
  • You’d hope he would, but with Joe you never know. I’m hoping for Dotel in the 9th. Please oh please, no Proctor!

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:48 am
  • Ahh, its Octavio, nice.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 12:54 am
  • Apparently Mr. Dotel can only get his first man out….

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 12:57 am
  • OVAH!!! Dotel looked good eh, YM?

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 1:00 am
  • Yes…yes, he did. Great game for the Yanks!

    yankeemonkey August 24, 2006, 1:01 am

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