Wha Happen?? O’s-Yanks Gamer XII

Daniel Cabrera turned into a pitcher the Yankees have never seen before, resulting in only two Yankees getting a hit.  There were scoring opportunites as Cabrera walked six batters, including Melky twice (who played some great center field, but saw his hit streak end) but the Yankees could not convert.  Robi Cano committed a costly error.  Karstens and Brower were awful, and Villone didn’t help much either.  Ick.  Let’s just forget about that game (possibly their worst of the year) and move on to today.

It’s Phil Hughes facing Erik Bedard on a getaway game for Baltimore.  Detroit’s in town tomorrow night.  Let’s get this train back on the tracks, starting right now.  Lineups follow, comment away.

 Baltimore
B. Roberts 2b .317
C. Patterson cf .268
N. Markakis rf .297
M. Tejada ss .299
K. Millar dh .274
A. Huff 1b .263
M. Mora 3b .276
P. Bako c .221
T. Redman lf .400
 
NY Yankees
M. Cabrera cf .300
W. Betemit 2b .273
D. Jeter ss .327
A. Rodriguez 3b .301
H. Matsui lf .298
J. Posada dh .337
A. Phillips 1b .278
S. Duncan rf .297
J. Molina c .233
145 comments… add one
  • I was at last night’s abomination. Ugh. At least I was able to honor Scooter by leaving early to beat the traffic.
    Also, it’s not entirely true that Yankees had never seen that side of Daniel Cabrera before. He pitched a gem at the Stadium last year, no-hitting the Yanks up until 2 outs in the 9th. Robi Cano broke it up with a clean single. So yeah, he’s definitely capable. Still embarrassing though.

    yankeemonkey August 15, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • Interesting lineup from Torre to rest some regulars and get some righty bats in there against the tough lefty. hope it works.
    clean first for hughes. dj on with a hbp w/ 2 out for the yanks in the bottom of the inning.

    YF August 15, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Great reference from A Might Wind AG!

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Thanks, nice catch, Lockland. :)

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • I celebrate Christopher Guest’s entire body of work, the man is a genius in my book.
    “You can’t really dust for vomit.”

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • I agree about his work. It’s a Zen thing, like how many babies fit in a tire.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • Lost my cellphone, so spent most of the morning figuring out what to do instead of checking here.
    Guest is awesome.. I loved Best of Show.
    In any case, Hughes walks 2 in the second, but does K’s 3. But that brings his pitch count to 35.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 1:45 pm
  • You’ve started a Christopher Guest movie quote-off in my office, everyone is in stitches.
    Ok, back to my game thread.

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 1:45 pm
  • The Yanks do nothing with their inning.
    Bedard at 30 pitches.
    Hughes gets two outs before Patterson ruins the no hitter (heh) with a line drive single.
    Hughes is throwing a lot of pitches.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • The O’s created a run again with the speedy Patterson stealing second right before Markakis singles him in. 1-0 O’s.
    I’ll say it again though, Hughes is throwing a lot of pitches – already 55 pitches, and only 31 strikes – lack of control there.

    Anonymous August 15, 2007, 1:57 pm
  • Tejada flies out to end the inning. 1-0 O’s and Hughes is at 56 pitches.

    Anonymous August 15, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • Both anons are me.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • Bedard shows why he’s leading the league in K’s by striking out Molina.
    Comes back 3-0 to make it 3-2 before walking Melky on 7 pitches. Nice patience from the 22 year old.
    Let’s Bet-on-it!

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • I didn’t see the HBP by Jeter – was it payback or just a missed pitch?

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • Betemit strikes out on 5 pitches. Bedard is nasty.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • Jeter strikes out on 6 pitches. Wow.
    Got his pitch count up though – 53 pitches through 3.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • Jeebus. Being no-hit AGAIN?!

    yankeemonkey August 15, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • Millar pops out, Huff singles, Mora singles, and Bako strikes out.
    A wild pitch moves 2 runners into scoring position.
    Redman singles to drive in two before Roberts flies out.
    This #9 guy is giving us trouble all series!
    Hughes now at 79 pitches after 4.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:26 pm
  • ARod leads off the inning with a single to break the no hitter.. =P

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • And then swipes second. Nice theft. Unfortunately, Matsui grounds back to Bedard and ARod has to hold.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:31 pm
  • ARod flashing that 40-40 speed and steals second. Okay, that was only his 15 stolen base.
    Matsui grounds out to the pitcher, and unforunately does not get enough to move ARod to third. One out.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:31 pm
  • Jorge dinks one back to Bedard that pushes ARRod over to first. Posada was running at top speed and almost beat it out; they only had him by three strides.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • Posada grounds out to pitcher as well, but this time softly enough for ARod to go to third.
    If ARod was at third, I don’t think he would’ve scored though, so maybe it’s moot.
    Here comes the recently slumping Philips.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • ag – nice to have you back? No kids today? ;P

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Phillips grounds out to end the inning. He’s 3 for his last 26. Ooof.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • And Andy doesn’t do anything with it. ARod stranded.
    Bedard at 70 pitches.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Sold him to the gypsies for a caravan.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Corey Patterson singles to lead off the O’s 5th.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Patterson singles to lead off the inning. Will probably go insane on the base paths..

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • CP swipes second on a breaking pitch.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • OOF! Jeter should have had that grounder. I think Hughes deflected it so itmight not be an E..

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • Tejada flies out, but not deep enough even for the speedy Patterson to score.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • Nope, it’s an E-DJ. Shallow fly to left and the runners hold. Okay, turn the DP and get out of this.
    Uh-oh. Jeter is favoring his right ankle, and the trainer is out to check on him.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • Millar looks absolutely RIDICULOUS with those glasses and funky eye black. Did he just get back from glaucoma surgery? Is he channeling Alice Cooper?

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Hughes at 90 pitches after a foul from Kevin “School’s Out For Summer” Millar makes it 0-2.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • Markakis stole second to kill the DP chances.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Well, the groundball DP anyhow, as it’s a DP as Patterson is gunned out at home by Duncan. Wow.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • Nick swipes second. Shelley with the GUN! Patterson out at home by a mile tagging on a fly to right by Kevin “Welcome To My Nightmare” Millar.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • Wow, they just replayed that throw. Wow.
    Wow.
    Umm… wow.
    Now he rips a single to left to leadoff of the Yankee fifth.
    Bobby who?

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Hughes at 94 pitches and probably done for the day – 5 IP, 6 hits, 2 walks, 4 K’s, 3 runs, 2 earned. Not bad, not great.
    Shelley promptly singles to lead off the inning.

    Anonymous August 15, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Duncan does his best Ty Cobb.
    Shelley, you can’t make it that obvious you are trying to kill Tejada, as much as I appreciate the effort.
    He’s gonna get plunked the next at bat.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:55 pm
  • Duncan out on interference at second, Molina at first with the FC. Now a DP from my young hero ends the inning.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • Welcome back Sean Henn. First appearance since August 2nd.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • Henn effective in the O’s 6th; Huff grounds out 4-3, Mora flies out to 8, Bako grounds out 6-3 all on short counts. NICE.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • I’m pretty sure I read it on waswatching, but Wilson Betemit really reminds me of Tony Gwynn appearance-wise.
    That 2-1 was low away, but called for a strike.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Bedard rings Betemit up on a sick slider.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • Payton reached on an infield single to ARod, then Markakis singled to center. Edwar Ramirez relieves Henn (glad to see Ramirez back), and Tejada flies out to center.
    Bedard is still in there at 106 pitches in the Yankee seventh. We need baserunners, boys.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • Duncan rung up looking on a pitch a half-foot off the plate. Bedard has the ump in his pocket on that outside corner to righties.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Ramirez K’s Kevin “Blue Turk” Millar, then completely embarrasses Aubrey Huff for another K.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Mora grounds out 6-3 to end the O’s 8th. Nice work from Ramirez. Okay boys. How about now?

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • How long has it since we scored?

    Anonymous August 15, 2007, 3:50 pm
  • Wez me.
    Melky not getting it going.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 3:50 pm
  • Pinchhitting Cano singles the other way with the meat of the lineup up. This might be the inning to do it!

    Lar August 15, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • The worst case scenario plays out as the captain grounds into a double play. Bah.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • The Yankees have three out left to avoid something that hasn’t happened in eight years. The last time they were shut out over consecutive games was May 12th/13th 1999, when David Cone lost 0-1 to the Angels, and Hideki Irabu lost the next game 0-2.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • Boy oh boy the offense is struggling today. Bedard was excellent though…

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • Core Patterson lays down a perfect bunt on Ramirez to no man’s land between the pitcher and third.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • Anyone else listen to the game on radio today? Funny moment…
    Sterling says If I were the Yankees I would sign Molina to a long term deal, he’s the best backup catcher we have has since Girardi.
    Suzyn says well they have bigger issues first like signing Posada, River and Alex.
    Sterling then says with a tremendous amount of confidence as if it were a done deal…Well of course, but that’s a given signing those 3, they have to sign those 3.
    Sometimes his passion gets in the way of his thinking straight.
    I wish I had that same confidence Mr. Sterling.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • I have no idea why Sterling is so confident that we are getting any of those three back, and I fear.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Agreed AG, I think 2 of the 3 return…

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • And ARod comes to bat against Danys Baez. I had better start really appreciating these ABs from Alex while I can.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • ARod delivers his third single of the game. He’s 3-3 with a walk. Pay The Man.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Man oh man he is so good in the 9th…Nice hit Alex.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Godzilla grounds one up the middle. First and second with nobody out.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Ok Ok here we go…Let’s go Jorge…Hip Hip…

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Matsui singles, ARod to second. Can the Yanks make something out of this?

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Jorge up. That first pitch was INSIDE. Gah. This ump is on my last nerve.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Baez is way high, way away on the next two pitches to even the count. Walker up in the pen. Way outside again. It’s full to Jorge.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:07 pm
  • That was ball 4.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:07 pm
  • C’mon Jorge! Struck out. Bah.
    Here’s Philips, hopefully to extend the inning just a little bit.

    Anonymous August 15, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Posada chases the high cheese to go down swinging. One away to Abreu, pinching for Phillips, which means Walker will come on to face Bobby.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • And by Philips, I meant Abreu.
    Ya, it was probably ball 4, but you have to swing at that, too bad he didn’t get a piece of it..

    Anonymous August 15, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Baez does come out. Walker comes in.

    Anonymous August 15, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Reveal yourself mystery man…

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • All the anons are me. Let’s go Bobby!

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Full count to Bobby. Let’s roll!

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • Bobby also swung at a ball 4. Grrrrr.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • Wow, that 2-2 looked like a strike. Bobby grounds the payoff to first, advancing the runners. Two away. Let’s avoid sordid history, Shelley.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • Yeah, the grounder he pulled was inside.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • Moves the runners over, but neither of the runners are important except for the batter.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • SHELLEY DUNCAN!!!!!!!!

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Dunk-a-ROOOOOOOOO!!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Oh. My. God.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • SHELLEY!! SHELLEY!! SHELLEY!! Don’t break anybody’s arms in the dugout please. but SHELLEY!!!

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Slam DUNC!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Wow, that was so effing awesome.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Does that deserve a curtain call all great lords or baseball class and etiquette?

    Woosta YF August 15, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Slam Dunc… Love it.
    Now Molina on base with a single to right.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Is this curtain call good enough?

    Anonymous August 15, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • WOW! I just arrived in San Francisco, got on my computer and this is what I’m greeted with! Perfect

    Nick-YF August 15, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • That was me again. This thing is hating me today.
    Woosta read my mind, haha.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Two out dinger, on verge of being shut out to tie the game, yeah, tip your cap, Shell.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Seriously he is going to cripple someone with those forearm shivers!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 15, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Bradford comes in to pitch to Melky. Joba should be available today, and probably Mo if it comes to that.
    Wow just wow.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • Little known fact: Duncan is an understudy for Lennie in an “Of Mice And Men” summer stock production in Poughkeepsie.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • Jesus, Duncan is a monster, amazing.
    These are two crazy EXCITING games.

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • Lightning in a bottle indeed.
    Let’s go Melky!

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Melky almost doubles to the corner, but it’s just foul. Would have been game. Now he fans and we are going to free baseball, ladies and gentlemens.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Lockland – tell me about it, I would tune to the Sox game, except for the obvious reason.
    Damn, Melky just struck out.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Reyes (the Tampa Bay closer) is pissing me off. =) He already blew one!

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • Agreed Lockland, tracking the Sox game as well. Great comeback. That was a _sweet_ double by Lugo.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • Abreu in right as Duncan moves to first as we head to 10. Joe brings on Mo. I like it.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Joba is stretching in the pen.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • Markakis doubles to lead off the O’s 10th.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Does Melky have a gun or what? That throw to Cano was a frozen rope.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • This would be an awful way to lose it. Let’s strand the runner!

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Tejada doubles in Markakis. Oof.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:30 pm
  • Well, back to back doubles against Mo and now it’s a 4-3 game. Bah.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Millar grounds out, but to third base, so Tejada stays at second.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Nice scoop by Duncan on the slow rolling 6-3 by Kevin “Hands Of Death” Millar. One away, runner held.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • Oh no, Mo.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • Huff takes Rivera out to right, O’s lead 6-3.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Well, this sucks.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Will the Yanks pick up Mo this time?

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Meanwhile, Manny is facing Reyes with runners on 1st and second, 0-2 count, two away, and fans on the high cheese. SatanFish win, 6-5.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • Well, Manny strikes out to end that game. We’ll see if we can pick up a game off them, and need Seattle to lose a few more games..

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • Mora grounds out, two outs.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • What Happen to Mo!!!??? Yikes. Time to begin the Joba Closer Era?

    YF August 15, 2007, 4:38 pm
  • Well, the inning is over, but the damage was brutal.
    It’s Cano, Jeter, and ARod in the Yankee 10th.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:38 pm
  • > Time to begin the Joba Closer Era
    I know you don’t mean that.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:38 pm
  • If Bedard had a competent bullpen this would be win # 15 or 16 and he’d be the overwhelming Cy favorite

    Jill August 15, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • This is quite disheartening.
    But, it’s not over..

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:40 pm
  • Are the O’s the new Angels for the Yanks? Can’t seem to beat this team.

    YF August 15, 2007, 4:40 pm
  • Robi flies out to left for the first out.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:41 pm
  • The only question is, if you get two men on again, how are you going to get the bat to Duncan?

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 4:41 pm
  • > Cy favorite
    Jill, he still is a very legit contender for that accolade, especially because he has such a crappy pen.
    > Are the O’s the new Angels
    The problem is we haven’t really figured out the old Angels!

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:42 pm
  • Cano flies out for one out.
    Jeter strikes out.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:42 pm
  • ARod up. Need to get on base.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • At least you guys have an excuse if it doesn’t pan out, you were facing a very good starting pitcher today, so the game was going to be tough no matter what.
    We, however, don’t have the same excuse.

    LocklandSF August 15, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • ARod singles again to bring up Matsui. The tying run is on deck.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:44 pm
  • ARod 4-4 with a bullet to Mora that Alex beats out. Nice stab. ARod is way fast for such a tall guy.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:44 pm
  • Oh he is definitely a contender. He is 1st in BAA, K/9, H/9, and of course SO. Just that the casual fan/voter is impressed by the W. If he can continue to close the ERA gap on Haren, I think he will win.
    Mora has been a vacuum at 3rd lately. Nice play even though he couldn’t get him.

    Jill August 15, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • Can’t argue against bringing in Mo today. Sometimes it just doesn’t pan out.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • Matsui down 0-2 quickly, then hits a dink back to the pitcher to end the game. Blast it all anyway.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • And Matsui ends the game. Tough loss.

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • > Just that the casual fan/voter is impressed by the W
    I see your point; it seems to me that the baseball writers association doesn’t eff up the CY too badly, usually.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Gosh, I wish that Duncan Dunker was a walk-off.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Ya, or that Melky’s was just fair. Or that Mo didn’t give up 3 runs so we have more baseball!

    Lar August 15, 2007, 4:50 pm
  • And for those of you that didn’t see it, Duncan made a PRO 1st base scoop on the pressed throw from ARod off of the slow grounder by Millar.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • Yeah, Melky missed that by two feet for the ball game. Tough one.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • Duncan/Cabrera/Cano = infectious energy that completely wrapped me up in this game. And ARod.. oh please pay him.

    attackgerbil August 15, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • dddddaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmiiiiiiiiiittttttttt

    dc August 15, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Looking past the tease that was today’s late innings, bullpen questions are primary on my mind:
    1) Is this the real Edwar? He looked almost as good as in his first game (unreal appearance as that was) and not at all the way he did in his second (terrible outing).
    2) If this is not the real Edwar, are there any other options for our bullpen (is Kennedy even under consideration??)?
    Vizcaino plus a conservatively-used-Chamberlain plus Rivera are not enough. We need one more consistently strong man in the bullpen and it doesn’t seem like anyone fitting that bill will come off waivers.
    As great as the last few weeks’ run has been, everyone re-learns every year that pitching is all-important in big-pressure games so it is our bullpen that I am obsessing about right now.
    And I don’t buy Torre’s “I prefer not to have set roles for guys”. This is what you say when you don’t want to say “I don’t trust Farnsworth at all and am undecided on Villone”. He certainly did not mind “set rolls” when we had Wetteland/Rivera or when we had Stanton/Nelson/Rivera.

    IronHorse - yf August 16, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Stupid Baltimore. This was the first series the Yankees lost since Oakland before the All-Star break (and yes, I’m counting the previous series vs. Baltimore as a split).
    Like the guy over at Replacement Level said, it’s not surprising the Yankees lost these last two games, given Jeff Karstens started one for the Yankees and Erik Bedard started the next one for Baltimore. While there’s no shame in getting shut out by (arguably) the best pitcher in the AL not named Johan, there is shame in getting shut out by Daniel Cabrera, especially when he walked six guys and had no control at all. But the Yankees all year (and last year too) seem to be befuddled by Baltimore starters, so I really hope no one’s hitting the ‘panic’ bell yet about the offense. Also: yesterday was as a ‘house money’ lineup as you’ll see from this team. Betemit at second, Duncan at DH and Molina at catcher is pretty much the three worst hitters on the team playing in the starting lineup. And it’s still pretty darn good.
    I’m not worried at all about playing Detroit. Like Cleveland, they’ve been playing like crap for a while now, and the only really scary pitcher the Yankees face is Verlander tomorrow, and he has the flu. Bonderman isn’t fooling anyone these days, and Robertson and Durbin are worse than average pitchers this year. Yankees should take 3 out of 4, and I don’t think that’s unreasonable or hubris-y at all.
    I fully expect the Yankees to drop 2 games out of 3 to the Angels, who are a RIDICULOUS 40-17 at home, and pitching Escobar, Lackey and Weaver. Wow. Those three games will likely be the toughest three games the Yankees will play all year. But instead of dreading them, I can’t wait.

    AndrewYF August 16, 2007, 8:59 am

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