Time Warp: Yanks-Padres Gamer I

The Yankees welcome the San Diego Padres into the 21st century that is known as the American League tonight.  One wonders if the Pads will ride into town in horse-drawn carriages.

With the minor hiccup of losing their # 1 starter for pretty much the rest of the year, the Yankees return from their West Coast & Southern swing undoubtedly trending up.  Since A-Rod’s return on May 20, the Yankees are 17-9 (with A-Rod batting .366 in that stretch).  In the 9 games Posada has played in since his June 5 return, they are 6-3 with Posada batting .364 and an OBP of .548.

And interleague play is always welcome in the Bronx.  As they get ready for almost 2 weeks more of interleague fun, the Yankees have the best interleague record in the majors (116-81).  Besides, who doesn’t want to see Trevor Hoffman and Mariano exchanging recipes?

The Yanks face Randy Wolf tonight, who has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 5 consecutive starts.  In his last three starts he has thrown 20.0 innings and allowed just 1 ER/game.  But he hasn’t faced a Yankee line-up that is firing on all cylinders and, in an encouraging sign for NY’s mostly-lefty lineup, opposing lefties are hitting .316 off Wolf this year and he’s sporting a road ERA of 5.31.

Meanwhile, after a brief shaky stretch that included a horrifying 10 ER game two starts ago, Pettitte takes the mound coming off his best start of the season (8.0 IP vs. Oakland, 5 H, 1 ER) and vying for sole possession of 3rd place in all time wins as a Yankee pitcher.

Turn off those gaslamps, park your new-fangled bicycles, and get over to the Bronx for some good old-fashioned fun.  (Some day maybe someone will invent a way to follow these games without having to actually be there.)

Comment away…

14 comments… add one
  • What no credit for that A-Rod stat!? And where are all the folks saying the problem was the pitching? ;)
    Losing Wang sucks, but this team was supposed to mash. If they do that, they’ll be in the race. The pitching will be decent enough #1-4 (unless there’s another injury).
    Speaking of which…

    A YF June 17, 2008, 7:35 pm
  • This is how I like my games.. no tension, Yanks up by too much for even Farnsworth to blow, and just chilling.

    Lar June 17, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • Go yankees.
    Just adding a post for Paul so we have as many as the Lakers thread.

    Sam-YF June 17, 2008, 9:29 pm
  • My original post was wrong – Pettitte moved into sole possession of FOURTH (not third) place in all time Yankee wins.
    Fun couple days watching the Yanks.
    By the way, A YF, the pitching for the Yanks on this mini-run has been just as impressive as the hitting. Our last 6 wins we’ve given up 1, 1, 1, 4, 0, and 0 runs.
    And I think most YFs learned from the past 6 years just how far great hitting and mediocre pitching gets you come October.

    IronHorse (yf) June 17, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • I know, I know. I was just poking (a bit).

    A YF June 18, 2008, 7:32 am
  • It’s true, but I think right now, getting there is good enough. Well, for now. =)

    Lar June 18, 2008, 9:38 am
  • If Rasner throws a good game tonight…I will feel much better. Things have been good lately but we have a long way to go. It’s really comforting to see the bats coming alive. ARod looks like a BEAST! How about the Jeter-jumpthrow play he made??? Here’s to hoping they keep it up…we’re only 4 games back of the BoSox in the loss column.

    krueg June 18, 2008, 10:43 am
  • Giambi is the real Beast. And I love the Goomba ‘stache. A-Rod is pretty good too.
    For Rasner, it helps pitching to the worst offense in baseball. Keep your fingers crossed, but Peavey is not the same pitcher away from Petco.

    A YF June 18, 2008, 10:59 am
  • Peavy is still a beast – the home/away split is half because Petco is.. well, Petco, but he’s still the reigning Cy Young.
    That said, the Yanks are on as a roll as can be.

    Lar June 18, 2008, 11:05 am
  • I don’t know. Peavey could be the CY because of Petco. Career ERA jumps from 2.83 to 3.79. This year it’s 1.26 at home and 5.40 on the road.

    A YF June 18, 2008, 11:10 am
  • Yeah…Thong Stache has really stepped up too. He needs to, this is his audition to keep his career going somewhere else next season!

    krueg June 18, 2008, 11:18 am
  • In my opinion, the most overlooked Yankee bat every single year during this championship-draught era is Hideki.
    He’s hitting .321 right now, which is well above his normal average, but he has always been a guy I am happy to see come up when the game is on the line. This year even moreso as his clutch stats are sweet: .339 with RISP, .387 in “late & close” situations including .380 when the game is tied and .405 when the Yanks are within one run.
    Love Godzilla at the plate.

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2008, 12:06 pm
  • Very true, it’s easy to forget about Matsui. But this year it’s mostly been luck with him – career .310 BABIP vs .341 BABIP in 08. Do the math and that explains the 30 point jump in AVG and OBP from his career averages. More worrisome is that his HRs are turning into doubles. Don’t get me wrong though – I’m glad to have him on my team.

    A YF June 18, 2008, 12:22 pm
  • Good stat A YF. Interesting. Let’s just hope he keeps hitting ’em where they ain’t for a while longer…

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2008, 12:46 pm

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