What Happened To The Offense? Subway Gamer III

I’m happy to report that YF’s keynote address at the Saber conference went great. Of course, the same can’t be said about yesterday’s game. The Big Unit reverted to "Bad Randy" form while the offense continued its recent of run of futility. Not to make excuses but there’s a chance that the Hideki/Sheffield injuries actually are big reasons for these recent problems. It’s just a theory. Anyway, the poor performance has everyone in Yankees land wondering: Will Cashman continue to let Torre play a Melky/Damon/Bernie outfield? Or is there a trade on the horizon? We’ll see soon enough.

Tonight the Yanks take on their cross-town rivals. Whoever wins will be kings of the city unless the Yankees win. I’m pretty sure the NY tabloids have a story and are sticking with it. Comment away!

Sorry to put this up during the Sox game. I’m heading out of the house and won’t be in front of the computer until later.

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  • I am looking forward to the game today, partially because it is the only game I will have been able to see in the past three days. Unfortunately, I do not think I will get to see the whole thing.
    NYM lineup:
    J. Reyes ss
    P. Lo Duca c
    C. Beltran cf
    C. Delgado dh
    D. Wright 3b
    C. Floyd lf
    J. Valentin 2b
    J. Franco 1b *
    X. Nady rf
    * How cool is it if you were born during the Eisenhower administration and still are playing major-league baseball?
    NYY lineup:
    J. Damon cf
    D. Jeter ss
    J. Giambi dh
    A. Rodriguez 3b
    J. Posada c
    B. Williams rf
    A. Phillips 1b
    M. Cabrera lf
    N. Green 2b
    Green, acquired from Tampa, was called up from Columbus on the 27th, where he was primarily playing short. We saw him on June 10th when he came in to play short in the eigth when Bernie hit for Cairo in a losing effort against the Athletics. He didn’t have a plate appearance that game. He played against the Yankees when on the TB roster earlier in the season.
    Green has appeared in 205 ML games, starting in 167 of them for ATL and TB. He’s got a .243 avg and .314 obp for his career.
    Green is versatile, if not stellar, defensively. He hsa played 2B, 3B, SS, and RF at the major league level, but most of his starts have been at 2B. He appeared in 91 games at 2B for Tampa in 2005 with 4 errors in 340 chances, to go along with 75 games, 8 errors in 348 chances for Atlanta in 2004.
    As good as Melky’s catch was to rob Ramirez, I would agree with the earlier posts in Coco’s grand larceny against Wright was better, and the best catch of the year. Until yesterday. If you didn’t see it yet, witness Gary Matthews Jr.thread killer.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 6:51 pm
  • So, off topic, but I am really pissed off right now. Ozzie Guillen passed up Schilling AND Mussina, among other guys, to have Mark Buehrle on the All-Star team. The numbers don’t even compare. Oh, and Mark Redman is on the staff as well. Yes, you read that right. I’m just pissed off that Schill didn’t make it.
    Red Sox All-Stars:
    Loretta (Starter)
    Ortiz (Starter)
    Manny (Starter)
    Pap
    Yankees All-Stars:
    Jeter (Starter)
    A-Rod (Starter)
    Cano
    Rivera
    White Sox All-Stars:
    Konerko
    Thome
    Dye
    Buerhle
    Contreras
    Jenks
    Obviously you can’t take everyone, but come on. This is ridiculous. Manny probably won’t play, and Cano is injured, so each team is down to three players. Some of the selections are bullshit. I’m just really pissed about Schilling, but really, the Yanks should have Mussina and probably Giambi in there. It just makes me mad. We really needed two White Sox first basemen.

    Laura July 2, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Laura, I agree that Schilling should be on that roster. Interestingly, Ozzie didn’t take Freddy Garcia who is his team’s wins leader. I am guessing Garcia probably would be the next starter in the rotation after the break, so Ozzie’s resting him. I also think that Justin Verlander deserves the start more than his jerk teammate Kenny Rogers, and more than Mussina.
    Ozzie had to take at least one player from each team, so Mark Redman (effing ugh) from KC and Scott Kazmir (somewhat above average) from TB, effectively cutting Schill and a bunch of other more deserving pitchers. Schilling is a better sound bite, so I would probably rather see him at the mostly meaningless game. Plus it’s less rest for a sox ;) .
    As far as the non-pitching positions, A-Rod/I-Rod do not deserve to start over Troy Glaus/Joe Mauer (who is all-world), but that’s the voter’s fault, not Ozzie’s, but Glaus and Mauer are reservists at least.
    Giambi probably does deserve to be there, but I will say is that it looks more or less like what Torre did when he stacked what seemed like too many Yankees reserves on a couple of the teams he managed. At least Konerko and Thome are both really, really good.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • edit: strike “the start”; should have read Verlander deserves to be chosen more…

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • True, AG, and there are a ton of guys who do deserve to be there, but I figured i’d mention the guys from our teams, since this is YF/SF. I, of course, am a Sox fan, so I think the ommission of Schilling is the most heinous, but you’re right about Verlander, and Liriano deserves to be there as well. As for Garcia, his ERA is crap, it’s over 4 I think. I also think that Swisher should be at the game, as should Dan Haren, who has had a great season. The every-team-has-a-player thing sucks, but there must have been a better option than Redman. What about Reggie Sanders? He’s decent. Or maybe Grudzielanek. I could live with that. But Redman? Urgh. I also agree with you 100% on catcher and third, and I’ll add that Lopez has had a better season than Loretta, although Lo certainly does deserve to be in there. I could go on about the NL, but I’m still getting over how pissed I am about the AL. Oh, and one last thing. Did you notice that Pierzynski is on the final vote ballot? He doesn’t deserve to be in the company of Verlander, Liriano, Hafner, and Ramon Hernandez, although I’m not really sure how he slipped in there either.

    Laura July 2, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • using simple statistical annalysis the best third basemen are in order. Lowell, Crede, A Rod, Glaus. Yet Glaus and A Rod go.

    TJ July 2, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Laura, good point about Garcia. I didn’t realize his ERA was that high. I’d take Loretta in a heartbeat over anyone not named Cano. Good heads-up on Pierzynski; I didn’t know that. He’s got a good average, and he certainly makes headlines.
    And speaking of catchers, I am positive that the biggest slight of the game is Kenji Johjima not making the roster.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • And when I say “biggest slight”, I mean that I am very, very surprised he didn’t run away with the balloting, not that Guillen should have taken two reserve catchers.
    ARod’s in on popular vote, so not much to say there. I’d be hard pressed to take Lowell over Glaus. Mike’s a great 3B, but Glaus’ power numbers put him over the top.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • just cause u can hit a homerun doesnt make u the best at ur position. Glaus is batting .252 actually noone besides Lowell and Crede are even batting .280

    TJ July 2, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Game on. Wright strands Beltran to end the first with a K.
    TJ, that’s true, hitting dingers doesn’t make you the best, but neither does hitting the ball 15 times in 50 at bats instead of 12, especially if you are less likely to drive in a run in those extra 3 hits out of 50 bats.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Jeter with an infield hit; tough throw.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Giambi walks to bring up ARod. First and second with one away.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Giambi has a brain fart and the inning ends as ARod flies out to the track. Jeter tags and goes to second, Giambi doesn’t get back to the bag and is tagged out. UGH.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Cliff Floyd singles past Green into right center to get on board to lead off the second.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Floyd takes second on the WP.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Mets score a run as Valentin singles to right past Green. Bernie two-hops the throw home.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Valentin gets too aggressive. Nick green makes a perfect throw on the double by Franco. Damon relayed to Green in shallow right and Green threw a perfect throw home. Valentin was dogging it; it looked like he didn’t think there would be a throw. Nice job.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Off to a BBQ. Go Yankees.

    attackgerbil July 2, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • A-Rod!!!!!

    Sam July 2, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Green first Yankee hit is a home run. Way to go Nick. Unbelievable. 11 batters in the inning. I love Willie but what was he thinking? He must still think he is a Yankee – or he knows we need the game more than the Mets do.

    bronxborn July 2, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • Ortiz over Giambi is the real insult in this whole thing. Has the guy even played a American League game at first base this year?

    NYYFan in Newburgh July 2, 2006, 11:16 pm
  • Ortiz = Clutch
    Giambi = Steroids!

    TJ July 2, 2006, 11:56 pm
  • A-Rod = Deserved a Curtain Call!

    Sam July 3, 2006, 9:02 am

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