Yanks-Tigers I Postmortem: Randified

We were all waiting for the real Randy to show up. Today he did. Perhaps the extra-big ballpark helped. Perhaps a less-than-dominant offense from the Tigers helped. Maybe he had an abnormally good BABIP. Whatever. The Unit had a no-no through 5, and went 6 allowing only 2 hits and 0 runs while striking out 4 on route to his 7th win. Yes, as bad as he’s been, he’s got 7 wins and it’s still May. So we’re gonna go to sleep happy tonight, and we’re gonna pray that Derek’s sore wrist is a minor injury and nothing more. God help us if it’s not.

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  • Many people have said that Randy would improve as the weather warms up. Today, he was sizzling in 92 degree heat. If there is something to the theory that Randy pitches well in hot weather, it’s going to be a great summer.
    The problem, of course, is that the biggest games come not in the summer but during the fall classic. October in the Bronx isn’t Arizona August. I hope Randy’s figured it out, but if his success is tied to warm weather pitching, it’s going to be a miserable fall.

    Brutal Hugger May 29, 2006, 6:42 pm
  • Randy dominating a team that is clearly playing above it’s ability is hardly the measuring stick of success. I still have visions of the elder statesman giving up hit after hit in the ever important games to come. Those hitters which have seen the Unit are sure to not sleep on a mediocre slider and half-hearted heater. Trouble will most certainly follow any start the Yankees are depending on a guy who is throwing that crap.

    Brad May 29, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • Hey Brad,
    I don’t know if you did or did not, but I watched the Unit pitch today. He pitched smart and when his slider needed to break sharp it broke sharp. He made Magglio Ordonez look like a fool in an AB w/runners in scoring position, and otherwise gave the best team in baseball a headache in trying to hit him. Your little piss ant rant was weak and don’t forget the Elder Statesman was the winning pitcher in Fenway last Thursday. So don’t take your frustration with a 7-6 loss to the Jays out on a stuggling Yank pitcher’s good outing. Go over to Yale and hit the cages or do some other constructive shit then piss on our good day.

    bloodyank78 May 30, 2006, 12:27 am
  • Correction: “winning pitcher in Fenway last Wednesday”

    bloodyank78 May 30, 2006, 12:58 am
  • BY78 – Johnson pitched very well, point taken, but I think even you would agree that his start against Boston last Wednesday was not very good, win or not. Yesterday’s start has to be very encouraging for Yankees fans in that it was everything that giving up 5 runs in five innings to Boston was not.
    Funny how the tables turned on Boston. Started the season with seven starting pitchers. Now we’re down to about three. Yeesh…

    mattymatty May 30, 2006, 11:51 am
  • I’d agree w/you MattyMatty, his start in Boston was not good. Innings 3,4, and 5 in Fenway showed hope though, and he K’d 8 depsite getting ripped for 5. He’s showing a slow return to his mechanics and I believe he is starting to realize that he can’t force feed his fastball to batters like he used to. RJ also used a nice splitter yesterday that he has rarely employed this season. Albeit it’s nothing like that nasty one Schilling throws it’s a start. My main beef w/Brad’s post is that it basically called RJ’s outing “fluke” w/ out really saying why. It just sounded like he was pissed off.

    bloodyank78 May 30, 2006, 12:24 pm
  • The Yankees played a solid game yesterday. They showed great pitching from RJ and the pen, opportunistic hitting (no dingers), and solid fielding and managing.
    The Tigers played a good game for the most part. Shelton’s error that allowed Giambi on board in the 4th was erased when ARod hit into a 543 dp. Bonderman hung in there through 7 and a third and normally, I would expect that the very good Tiger lineup (3-6 of their order compares well against any other team in the leagues) to find a few more holes, but they just couldn’t put anything together with men on board.
    Brad, I would like to address your post in two parts.
    First, the Tigers:
    Is it possible to “play above one’s ability”? I think of that phrase the same way I do of “giving 110%”; I don’t know if it means anything. Perhaps the Tigers have consitently performed close to their potential. One can not argue with the result: just shy of the 1/3rd mark of the regular season, they possess the best record in all of baseball by two games.
    If you are saying that the Tigers as an organization over the past few years have not that they can maintain that level of collaberative performance for a significant duration, I would agree. The difference this year, in my opinion, is Jim Leyland. He’s a _really_ good manager and is one of the most intense competitors in baseball.
    Secondly, RJ’s performance:
    Throwing a two-hitter through six innings against major league hitting, regardless of one’s opinion of the caliber of the opponent’s roster, is a good day for any pitcher. No, it’s not rare; two other teams (Padres, Indians) were two-hit yesterday. But I would think you would agree it is a high-quality start.
    I’ve been pretty hard on Randy this year for his sub-optimal performances, probably unfairly so since he is now 7-4. I’ve also been hard on Torre for leaving him in their too long. No complaints about Monday; it’s great to see a good start, but I agree that his frequently mediocre pitching in several of the games prior to yesterday causes this Yankee fan to have more consternation than comfort when he gets the ball.
    With an outing like Monday, my consternation begins to lessen somewhat, and I will be very happy to have my concerns and complaints proven wrong in his next start, which probably is next Saturday in Baltimore.
    Pardon me if you did watch his performance against the Tigers, but I would tell you he looked very sharp. When he missed his marks, he didn’t leave it hanging out over the middle setting the table for a batter’s feast as he has for most of the season. The hit that Pudge got off him was golfed from low and away; Pudge had no business hitting that ball and it was an impressive piece of batwork. The other hit was Carlos Guillen’s leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh, right after which Torre pulled him and employed the tandem of Villone and Farnsworth who retired all nine batters they faced.
    All in all, a quality outing all around by NY. Can Johnson Maintain? We shall see. At least for one game, he fixed what wasn’t working earlier and looked the part of a premiere pitcher.
    Side note: Jeter’s right-hand injury sustained sliding into second in the top of the fifth has been called a “minor sprain”; he is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 2:13 pm

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