The Yanks go for four in a row. An aside: Anyone else notice that Jason Giambi is the best AL hitter this side of Jim Thome? Anyway, the game begins soon, and this is your chance to discuss it.
Crawford works a walk. Not a good beginning
Crawford steals second. Good for my fantasy team, bad for the Yanks. Therefore, bad for baseball.
Wang comes back with a k
He gets Gomes to ground out to short. 2 away
crap. Wigginton singles to right, Crawford scores
Lee lines out to left. Inning over. See the Sox are losing because of a Peralta 3-run homer. Good for baseball, bad for my fantasy team. Peralta’s riding my bench while Carlos Guillen plays. Thanks, Jhonny.
Dude, you gotta quit this fantasy stuff. Next thing we know you’ll be holed up in a tenement in the Tenderloin, just begging some tranny for action. It’s dangerous.
Johnny D walks to lead off the game. After him, the flood.
I know. It’s ruining my life. This might be the season where I call it quits.
Jeter strikes out swinging and Damon steals second.
have to get back to work, but Sheff flies out to deep center, Damon to third, 2 outs and A-Rod is up.
A-Rod k’s. He seems to be doing that a lot so far this season.
Regarding the Yankee lineup:
Wang is a groundball pitcher, so using Bubba in the OF makes sense. Damon DHs and Giambi plays first. I like that move.
you can’t sit Giambi now for any game. On again with a walk.
Just caught up with the feed. Looks like TB is taking advantage of Wang’s slow delivery. Is he even making an effort to hold runners to the bag this game? He seems oblivious to basernners a lot of the time. In has last start, a runner stole third before he even let go of the ball.
YF checking in. Down 2 in the 3rd. Can’t you people keep things down without me?!
Since when did Ty Wiggington become Ty Cobb. Oy.
That was a decent piece of hitting. He shouldn’t have been able to pull that pitch.
Grounder to Cano for the escape. Now time for a little catch-up.
Oh Nick, I know you can’t sit Giambi. I guess I should shut up. Bernie hasn’t played for a few games. He’ll be in the lineup for all of May to make up for it…
YF – regarding your aside about Giambi, he’s doing great, but what about Jeter, who seemed more often than not to be a slow starter? He’s got a very respectable (and probably unmaintainable) line so far this year.
Crosby with a good eye. I like it.
That was Nick-YF’s aside. But whaddaya mean, AG?—you don’t think Jeets is gonna hit 390 for the season with a 1200 OPS?
Damon K. No advance. That hurts.
In Cleveland, another run for the Tribe on a passed ball. How many runs has the Wake/Bard combo handed over this year? I seem to recall a number.
Sorry Nick.. didn’t read the start of the thread closely enough. I’m generally an optimist about things, and I certainly hope he could do well. I just remember so many years where he would have a poor April/May/Junes and then have incredible July through Septembers to get his numbers to his career averages. I guess my point is that if he is playing this well this early and can maintain, yessir, I like it.
I was just about to ask about Josh Paul’s arm, if anyone knew if it was any good since he has been a journeyman most of his career. The only thing I remember about him is the Pierzynski fiasco from the game against the Angels.
Then he almost sails the ball into center trying to get Crosby and my question is answered.
ARod buckles on the 12-6 curve. Tough pitch.
A-Rod k’ing A LOT with runners on thus far. K’ing a lot, generally. I believe that last was #22. Ugly
Sports overload tonight. Yanks/DRays, Jersey/Rangers, Flyers/Sabers (damnit, Forsberg just scored to put the Philadelphia up 3-1) Pistons/Bucks, and Carolina Montreal. No Sox game on in a Red Sox bar. Bizarre.
But I guess, come to think of it, when you’re hitting behind Damon, Jeets, and Sheff, there are pretty much always going to be men on base when you get out. So, hmm.
It’s funny you say that YF, re: ARod K total because I was thinking the same thing, that he was striking out a lot with runners on. I checked his career stats, and it hapens he is slightly off his normal pace. I didn’t look up the situational to see if you and my impression is correct about runners on.
Career: 6283 abs, 1279 k = 4.89 strikeouts per at bat
Season: 70 abs, 16k (including tonight) = 4.38 strikeouts per at bat
Jeez. Happy Birthday Joey. And they almost got the DP.
Happy Birthday Joey.
Jorge almost gets one. So close
(normal pace for Ks in overall, that is)
Robbie hits a ball with eyes in the hole between first and second to keep his streak going. What is that, 13 games now?
Bubba taketh, and Bubba giveth away….
Thanks for the stat work AG.
Arroyo pitched an eight-inning one hitter for the Reds tonight. He’s 3 and 0 with a 3.04 era, 22ks, 5 bbs, and a whip a whisker above 1.0
Anyone else glad he is in the National League and that Boston saw fit to toss him?
Whoops. Those stats on Arroyo were bad; they didn’t include today’s game. He’s 4-0 and his ERA dropped to 2.34 after todays game. Plus, Bronson knows that chicks dig the long ball.
Damon infield single. Sweet.
Damon beats the pitcher to first on the 2-1 when the McClung doesn’t step on the bag.. about 5 inches short on his stride. Great having that speed in the leadoff.
SB! COME ON YANKS!!!
McClung buzzes Jeter, Damon steals second. Great jump, throw was a off a bit left and hopped a few feet infront of the bag but Green almost set the tag.
Re: Bronson. I’m on record as saying it was good trade for Boston. Bronson’s surprised me with his early season performance.
Jeets sends one for a ride, but moves Damon. Need to get that run in.
Jeter lifts it to straightaway center and moves Damon to third on the tag. Nice swing.
not watching, but it seems like they’re just missing on a lot of these outs. Am I right?
Sheffield KILLS it!
Sheffield needs to get pissed off. He plays like 3x better when he’s angry. Please throw one high and tight.
I wish i saw that!
And Sheff passes Yaz! Take that Boston!!!
Nick, most of the outs have been rather standard, but Jeter’s sacrifice was a nice hit, deep out in center. Aggressive running by JD all through this inning got him to third, but Sheff just totalled that ball.
And A-Rod walks. When do they pull McClung?
McClung-Giambi. This is really a good matchup for the Yanks.
ARod gets a pass, and Jason swings big on the 1-1 but fouls it off.
Giambi hits one two miles in the air, but it ends up just a pop-out to right.
Stealing on a 2-0 count…
A-Rod steals. Not crazy about that. Too dangerous, physically, nevermind the out potential.
In Cleveland, Aaron Effin Boone with the rbi 5-1 Tribe. Is Wake cooked?
ARod swipes third. Not as good of a jump. If Paul’s throw had been on line, it would have got Alex. This one was in about head high and 3 feet to the outside of the tag. He’s got a curve on his throw. Yanks should continue to exploit him tonight. It’s working.
Another long tall out to end the inning.
Crosby does a fairly decent Damon impression and makes a (non-necessary, semi) leaping catch, bouncing off the wall in right center, looking semi dazed, almost losing his footing after careening off the pads.
Back to offense!
Actually, he did lose his footing and took a tumble. He seems to be fine though.
Travis Harper is in for TB.
Cano with another single to start the inning. Robbie, you rule.
Cano with a leadoff single!
Wiggington is playing in at third as Crosby shows bunt.
Crosby bunts up first , perfectly executed, and TB gets confused as to who should field the ball. Lee looks like he had a total brain fart.
Time to score some runs.
NO!!!!! NOT THE DAMN BUNT. GRRR.
Damon bunts up third to advance the runners. That ball would have gone foul if J Paul didnt’ field it.
Why play small in the 6th with your top hitters up?
Jeter, one out, infield playing in.
2) Josh Paul’s arm looks shaky
How the f^ck did THAT happen?!?
Well that bunt sure did work out, now didn’t it?
NO!!! Jeter hits a roller up third, Crosby and Damon both get caught in run downs! ARRRGH! YOU WERE RIGHT YF!
Should have read Cano and Crosby. But still. ARRRGH!
What the hell just happened? Sigh.
Jeter hit the ball to the one place that could do the most damage; quick roller to third, freezing out both runners, TB executes the rundown between third and home perfectly. Crosby should have retreated to second, but was hanging too far off the bag once they caught Cano.
Guidry visits the mound after Cano gives up a BB. Looks like he’s stalling for time; there are two throwers up in the pen.
Cano is pitching?!
Pitchout! They guessed the steal was on and Jorge throws a strike to get Gathright the would-be thief. Beautiful baseball.
Oops.. Thanks, SF. I really should attach a standard disclaimer to my posts to explain my seemingly random typing where I substitute nouns for verbs, adverbs for expletives, and Canos for Wangs.
By the way, how were the ribs?
Sheff almost swings out of his shoes on a pitch that was hung out over the plate. He’s got a great line against Harper. Then Harper drills him in the shoulder on a buzz pitch that got away.
Did you save me any ribs? Gosh, I like ribs. Where’s my confounded Ribs?
Chicken fried steak tonight. No ribs. Really, really good. Much, much better than Josh Bard.
Do we really need Sheff running with A-Rod up?!
Nice hustle A-Rod. No DP.
Where’s that confounded rib would have fit the lyric better. ARod almost hits into the DP but beats it out. Runner on 1st, one out to Godzilla.
If he steals on a 2-0 count again…
Whoops. Giambi. Okay. That’s enough of the obvious mistakes. I would like to move to the more subtle ones now.
When did Giambi start getting the Bonds treatment?
I really, really, love chicken fried steak. I have had to ration myself to once a month, because this place near my hose does such a good job on it I was going there a couple times a week for a stretch. My girl was sure I was going to be able to sell my arteries for scrap rebar.
hose=house. Like Doug McKenzie said, “Preview is for sucks.”
And five bucks to the first Strange Brew fan that is going to tell me it was Bob McKenzie, not Doug, that offered jailhouse lawyer advice.
Farnsworth is in for Cano^h^h^h^hWang.
Farnsworth is bringing it 98,99, taking Posada’s mitt off. Does anybody wonder if they signed Farnsworth just to be able to lay an open field tackle on Varitek?
HAH. Varitek would destroy Farnsworth. Funny that you think that though.
Well, In the Farns’ defense, if Varitek happens to attack him, he won’t be in full gear…
You think that Varitek having his mask on was the reason he made a-rod into a trembling puddle of fear in 2004?
Crosby bunt. Now a hit from Damon or Jeets and then Mo to close this thing out. That would be good times.
Farnsworth is 6’4″, 240, and was a standout football player. Did you see the hit he layed on Paul Wilson? Farnsworth is a certified bad-ass, Cub era pukka shell necklace or no.
More base running debacles. That has become a recurring theme this year for the Yanks on the basepaths.
I have a late tee time for nine holes. Have a great night folks. Thanks for the fun.
I’m definitely takin’ Farns in a cage match with Tek, and no disrespect meant. Farns looks just a few pins short of a full rack. Varitek is no dummy. Gotta give nutso an advantage over rational in a brawl.
AG spends more time on the links than Tiger.
Here’s a Big Moment in a-rod’s Clutch Career. Let’s see if he can try to get the monkey off his back.
(Sorry, the Sox game was depressing, so I’m watching where the action is.)
More stranded runners. How many is that? Jeez. Awful baserunning plus no timely hits/luck make for a frustrating evening. And L&O is a rerun.
Why is Farns out after–what?–12 pitches? I”m all for brining in Mo in a tie, but shouldn’t Farns be able to go two after such an easy 8th?
Oh, weird, my GameCast thought a-rod was batting third. My (our) bad.
A-Rod out 4-3. He just does not look comfortable at the plate. And he’s still putting up reasonable numbers, so just wait…..
If Giambi walks, does Philips PR?
And another baserunner blown.
DP, man. You guys are looking like the Sox here. Matsui’s a strange candidate for the role of Willie Harris or Bathroom Break, but still . . .
17 baserunners for the Yanks tonight. 2 runs. crazy.
Great. And now friggin Gathright on a grounder up the middle. Like a leadoff double.
Jesus. Let him make the out!
I guess this point isn’t applicable in this inning’s case, but I always wonder what players say to each other when one strands a bunch of them, or really stinks it up and kills a rally. Do they apologize? Do they pick each other up and say that it’s no problem? In the Sox’s case – do they, too, call a-gon “Bathroom Break”?
That’s what those Sounds of the Game things should pick up.
Well that was super bad. They let them bunt the ball, and they’ve already got an out here. Bad.
Awful. Looks like Mo’s gonna take the L here. But I’m blaming Joe for his ridiculous 1-run strategies, all those goddamn bunts, which contributed to the men LOB. And why can’t Farns throw 20 effing pitches?
Blooper. A bit of good fortune. Would be nice to get out of this with only 1 run on the ledger. Maybe that’d be salvagable.
So much for that. 4-2.
Posada, Cano, and one assumes Bernie gonna have to pull this shit out of the can.
Papelbon > Rivera in ’06.
Another runner! If only there was someone with some speed to run.
This is how the sox losses have felt the past few days . . .
Miceli is a puzzle — two Ks, two walks. I don’t know why he’d prefer to challenge Jeter than Damon.
Major clutch situation for Sheffield.
Thank you, Rays!
I honestly thought the Incredible Hulk was going to club one there. Night!
Man, you’d think Sox fans (like myself) were obsessed with the Yankees or something…
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