Alex to NY: How Do You Like Me Now?!


NY to Alex: A Whole Damn Lot!

Bravo on another extraordinary, undeniably clutch performance in what is turning into one of the great runs in the history of New York baseball. On to Boston!

65 comments… add one
  • I think a blind nun could have gone yard with that Borowski meatball… Kudos, Mr. April!

    mp April 19, 2007, 5:56 pm
  • Serious question: If A-Rod’s hot streak ends in Boston, how do the NY Media / BDD-types (in NY, I mean) handle it?
    Full disclosure: I’m scared of him right now, more then any other Yankee, and find the possibility of him continuing something resembling his current tear in Boston to be just as plausible as him crashing back down to earth in a 3/15 nightmare. Granted, all three pitchers he’ll be facing have been better then any starting pitcher the Yanks have faced thus far…but even so, he scares me. On the plus side…law of averages is against him. :)

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 6:02 pm
  • Running the bases with bat in hand AND staring directly at the photographer. Showboat much?

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 6:03 pm
  • You get to showboat as much as you want if you keep on hitting game winners! =)

    Lar April 19, 2007, 6:10 pm
  • I don’t think we have the moral high ground there, Tyrel. I love Manny, but he definitely was showboating on his game-tying homer today.
    That 9th inning was incomprehensible (6 runs, all with 2 outs!), and A-Rod is on an unbelievable tear. Will the friggin’ fans give him a break for a bit now?

    Devine April 19, 2007, 6:12 pm
  • The Yanks have a bit of momentum going on now. Boston should be very scared, especially if they can’t win the series with Schilling, Beckett and Dice-K against Pettitte, Karstens and Chase Wright. It should be exciting, as the Yankee bats are on fire now.

    Eric April 19, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • hahah…this is all so amazing. post all the Mr. April stuff you want. don’t care. amazing, simply amazing.

    m.g. yanks fan April 19, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • but boston’s pitching is on fire, and that usually wins. i’m hoping for a solitary win.

    tom yf April 19, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • Excuse me, d1? I’m gonna hazard a guess that Kazmir, Harden and Haren are quite above the Boston caliber pitching. And Bedard is right up there as well. The Yankees have faced some pretty darn good pitching so far. You don’t get a pass on this one.

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 6:25 pm
  • I meant beat/hit effectively…hehe. Yeah, forgot about Kazmir and Haren; honest mistake. Regardless…partof my point still stands; Beckett, Schilling, (besides his first start) and Matsuzaka have been three of the best pitchers in the AL to this point. Granted, it can be argued that part of that was due to the quality of their opponents…

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 6:46 pm
  • “I don’t think we have the moral high ground there…”
    I was just kidding around. Everyone showboats on walk offs, I know this. I do think staring at the camera is a bit much, but then again I really don’t like that guy so I get tweeked by little things.
    As far as us being a little scared, Eric, you might’ve noticed the Sox have got a little momentum going too. 7 of 9, I believe. And Manny finally seems to be coming out of hibernation.

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • He was looking in at the yankee dugout, which is along the first base side, and next to the photogrphers’ pit. One thing I have noticed about A-Rod is that the first thing he does when he hits a game winner, or another big HR is look at his team mates in the dugout.

    jj April 19, 2007, 6:55 pm
  • And yes, I was digging a little; that f*cking walkoff really pissed me off.
    On an unrelated note…Sox deal somebody named Scott Shoemaker to the Rangers for LHP Daniel Haigwood. Rotoworld describes it as a nice deal for Boston, and says Haigwood has a “mediocre fastball, but quality changeup and curve,” and could make it as a fourth or fifth at some point. Good move for Boston; can’t go wrong dealing a non-prospect for a little more pitching depth.

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 6:56 pm
  • It was an amazing moment for sure, and I hated every minute of it! Alex finally showing why he’s paid like he is… He earned the right to pose today, for sure, but I don’t need to see any of that this weekend, thanks. Can’t wait to see the first face off between him and Dice-K on Sunday night.

    ToddSF April 19, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Speaking of showboating and watching HRs, did Manny make it on the team flight today or is he still standing at home watching his?

    sam YF April 19, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • I’m gonna hazard a guess that Kazmir, Harden and Haren are quite above the Boston caliber pitching.
    Scott Kazmir: 4 games, 1-1, 5.25 ERA, 1.417 WHIP
    Danny Haren: 4 games, 1-2, 1.44 ERA, 1.040 WHIP
    Rich Harden: 3 games, 1-1, 1.42 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
    Curt Schilling: 3 games, 2-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.053 WHIP
    Josh Beckett: 3 games, 3-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.833 WHIP
    Daisuke Matsuzaka: 3 games, 1-2, 2.70 ERA, 1.100 WHIP
    Your guess would be wrong.

    Paul SF April 19, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • JJ – how convenient, putting the photographers right next to the dugout to cover for Arod’s mugging…
    ; )

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Paul SF, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad (and he could have said King Felix).
    What is it about Beckett that makes him do so well with sabremetricians? Haren and Harden have slightly better eras, Beckett has a much better whip.

    john April 19, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • And in other news, this from Rotoworld:
    “Humberto Sanchez underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
    The Yankees kept calling Sanchez’s problem inflammation, but it’s no surprise it turned out to be far more serious, especially on the heels of some similar troubles last year in the Tigers organization. The missed season only makes it more likely that his future is in the bullpen, not in the rotation.”
    And John, what? Who could have said Felix? The Yankees haven’t faced him…and they didn’t really hit Harden, he hurt himself…

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Should we talk about the last place teams the sox “big 3” put those numbers up against or should we just leave this conversation at A-rod has been remarkable no matter who has been pitching against him and the sox pitching has been great no matter what teams they have played?

    sam YF April 19, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • or should we watch a-rod put dents in the monster tomorrow? :-)

    john April 19, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Let me first say that I am not trying to take away from A-Rod’s incredible accomplishments thus far. He’s a great ballplayer, likely the greatest all-around player of our generation. I can’t believe I actually feel a little bit happy that he’s doing this, if nothing else to put to rest those stupid Yankee Stadium boobirds.
    That said, it’s interesting to note the current ERAs of the pitchers A-Rod has hit his home runs against. Only two or three could be considered respectable. At this stage of the season, none is very good. Now, great hitters — and great teams — must take advantage of crappy pitchers/teams. That’s the whole point — hold your own against the good ones, beat up on the bad ones. That was a hallmark of the late-90s Yankee dynasty.
    Juan Salas — 4.50
    Steve Trachsel — 5.19
    Chris Ray — 4.15
    Erik Bedard — 5.40
    Sidney Ponson — 8.18
    Boof Bonser — 6.89
    Joe Blanton — 4.00
    Jake Westbrook — 12.08
    Tom Mastny — 3.18
    Joe Borowski — 13.50
    I say this partly to rebut Eric’s comment — The Yanks have a bit of momentum going on now. Boston should be very scared … — and partly because it’s instructive.
    Only one pitcher against whom A-Rod has homered this year has an ERA below 4.00. All three Red Sox starters have ERAs below 3.00, and two have ERAs below 2.00. The Red Sox’ closer has an ERA below 1.00. In fact the Red Sox have just three relievers with ERAs above 4.00, and two of those pitched today.
    Since starting the season 2-3, the entire Red Sox pitching staff in nine games has a 1.91 ERA, with Joel Pineiro, Mike Timlin and Kyle Snyder the lone members of the pen to give up any runs (one apiece).
    So while it’s great for the Yankees that A-Rod is hot, I for one will be interested to see how he, and the rest of his squad, does against the AL’S best pitching staff. Likewise, I’ll be interested in how these hot pitchers will fare against the AL’s best offense.

    Paul SF April 19, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Even if ARod pulls a 3-15 this weekend, without him right now the Yanks are in deep trouble without him putting up these monster numbers. Kudos to him.

    Rob April 19, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • How many of those pitchers ERAs are so high because of the hurting put on them by ARod and the Yankees?

    Michael April 19, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • “Only one pitcher against whom A-Rod has homered this year has an ERA below 4.00.”
    Paul, I’m too lazy to look it up and do the math, but from the numbers it seems that Blanton, Ray and possibly Salas would have ERAs under 4 but for Arod’s homer. I don’t find it surprising that pitchers who have faced Arod and the rest of the Yanks have high ERAs. Nor do I find it surprising that teams that face the Sox seem to score very little. This weekend will be fun. As will next weekend.
    As a side note (and no, this isn’t a snarky comment n the meaninglessness of the Yanks recents wins), I can’t help but feel that the Indians are terribly overrated. They seemed to be a fashionable pre-season pick by all those Neyer/Stark, but their pitching is shite (freaking Borowski?), and beyond Hafner, Sizemore, and Martinez they’ve got no real bats. Am I missing something?

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • i appreciate the caveat of “Since starting the season 2-3″…i’m still scared of romero after the texas sized swing-a-thon he gave up.

    sf rod April 19, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Stats can be fun as they can be used to make any point…
    Matzusaka, Schilling, and Beckett have made 9 starts:
    3 vs. KC
    2 vs. each Tex, LAA, Sea,
    1 vs Tor
    Team batting avg. for these teams this year:
    KC – .228 27th in MLB
    Tex – .221 29th
    LAA – .247 17th
    Sea – .252 13th
    Tor – .275 3rd
    So thus the ‘amazing’ pitching could be accounted for by the fact they have been pitching against anemic offenses. They have really only faced one good offense so really the same caveats about A-Rod can be made about them too.

    sam YF April 19, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Man oh man, what an AHHHMAZZZING day. Sad part about it is I had to sell my tickets for today’s game due to having my own game. Unfortunate for me.
    Anyway throw out whatever stats you want, having a pissing contest, see who has the bigger wand….today belongs to the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez.
    Good news is I heard Manny has his average above .200 and hit his first dinger today. Sweet!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 19, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Trisk is right. Today is A-Rod’s day.

    Nick-YF April 19, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • sam- did sox pitching have anything to do with those batting averages? couldn’t resist. inflated ERA’s = yankee bats is to dismal team BA = sox pitching.
    this weekend will be fun. i wonder which side will have the better excuses come monday?

    sf rod April 19, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Why? Because he hit a home run? I fail to see how this is A-Rod’s day for anyone other than the New York Yankees and their fans.
    I did mean to mention, and forgot, that of course giving up home runs to A-Rod should be considered when looking at those high ERAs. But it is silly to say that those pitchers have high ERAs solely “because they’ve faced A-Rod and the Yankees.” Other than Erik Bedard, is a single one of those pitchers in any way considered to be quality? No.
    Of course, ditto can be said — and has been said — about the quality of the Sox’ opposition’s lineups. So, this weekend, we shall see…

    Paul SF April 19, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Er, Paul, seriously, what are you basing the “these starters are better than these ones on”? Are you basing it solely on this year? Because then Ramon Ortiz, career 94 OPS+, would have most everyone beat…and I definitely wouldn’t place him 10 feet near the pitchers I mentioned.
    My guess would be right, man. The Boston Three can hang out with those guys, but saying that the Yankees haven’t seen any pitchers like them this season is more than a bit silly.
    And guess what, guy? Chris Ray is a great closer, and in fact, the only runs he’s given up so far are against A-Rod.
    And, dude? Seriously? Are you saying his other home runs don’t count (or aren’t, what was it? RESPECTABLE?) because they weren’t against good pitchers? How many times has Manny and Ortiz not homer against worse pitchers than A-Rod has faced? I hope you don’t think your points are actually defensible, or are only saying it for irony’s sake (like saying Boston hasn’t faced a *real* team yet).

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • this is the biggest story in baseball today, Paul. ESPN led off Sports Center. Your Yankee hatred might blind you to the facts, but this is A-Rod’s day. Enjoy!

    Nick-YF April 19, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Rod of course the deflated batting avg. were influenced by the sox pitching but as has been argued above same can be said about the pitchers A-rod hit dingers off. The point of my post was about how stats can be used to paint pretty much any picture one wants to. It should be pretty clear to all that A-Rod has gotten off to an amazing start and the Sox pitching has as well. This weekend they will face each other. If the Sox pitching has 3 bad starts it wont mean that the pitching is toast for the year and if A-rod thows up a few 0fers it doesnt mean that he wont hit again this year.

    sam YF April 19, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • For the record, I was mostly just f*cking around, embittered by Eric Wedge’s complete incompetence, though I am legitimately curious about the reaction from the Masses should A-Rod be anything less then stellar and should, God forbid, the Yanks fail to take the series. That said, going by reputation alone, Bedard and Ray really are the only above-average pitchers on that list. What’s it mean? Nothing; there are plenty of guys on his team (and on Boston) who haven’t done anything close to what he has to mediocre pitching, and having seen most of his HR’s, he’s been in a zone where he’d hit anyone. (That said…Borowski and Ray threw two HORRIBLE pitches. Hehe.)
    Look, YF’s are deluding themselves if they think the next three games are anything but the roughest run of pitching they’ve faced thus far. By the same token, and I said this in my first post, we SF’s are scared of what A-Rod’s been doing in this, his contract year. ;) Good hitters hit bad pitchers; A-Rod’s been all about that. Thing is, Boston’s not starting any bad pitchers; even the bullpen’s been great thus far. It’ll be a fun weekend.

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Happy Julian Tavarez Day, Sox fans!!!
    May we all bow our head in acknowledging the slightly insane 30-something Dominican dude who, despite long odds against him, beared down and gritted out a win against the best pitcher in the AL not named Santana.
    Today is truly Julian’s day.

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • I am not going to argue with you Paul, but be a baseball fan for a second here. What this man is doing is absolutely amazing. Not because he is a Yankee, that just makes it better for me/us, but because it’s a great “baseball” story.
    Watching the replay on YES…2 outs JP just went yard….I wonder what happens next?

    Triskaidekaphobia April 19, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • “this is the biggest story in baseball today, Paul. ESPN led off Sports Center.”
    Funny, and here I thought ESPN had SUCH an INCREDIBLE Red Sox bias. :-) When Travis Hafner hits a walkoff, he doesn’t get the ESPNEWS bar to himself like that. Heh…

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Sarcasm is sometimes a mask for fear Tyrel…Poor guy.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 19, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • I agree with you d1, the Yankees face guys like Kazmir or Harden, but then they face nobodies. They’ll face guys like Kazmir and Harden three times in a row. These games will be tough for sure, and Boston has a distinct advantage in pitching in games 2 and 3. That said, I fully expect the Yankees to win game 1. That one, I think, they have the advantage. They’d better win tomorrow.

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Out of curiosity…why do the Yanks have an advantage tomorrow? I’m not saying Boston does; truthfully, I think it’s too close to call one way or the other.

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Wow, who cares WHOSE DAY THIS IS!? Let the YFs enjoy this, for heck’s sake. The day is 2.5 hours from being over and tomorrow it’s back to square one for both the Sox and Yanks. The Yanks are doing great considering their staff and the A-Rod hotness is probably the best story of the entire year in all of baseball (until Lester comes back and kicks ass, of course!) while the Sox’ staff is doing fantastically well, starting to quiet the skeptics who said it was all KC. What more could we ask for going into an APRIL series?!

    SF April 19, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • “who cares WHOSE DAY THIS IS!?”
    No need to yell, dude, just having a goof, and thought it was a good time to throw out there how great Julian was today. Which he was, overcoming “low expectations” and all.

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Well right now, I’d put Pettitte and Schilling on even ground, wouldn’t you?
    Factor in that the Yankee offense is, really, a head and a foot above the Boston offense, and I think you get a distinct advantage. Also, I would take the Yankee bullpen over the Sox right now, even after today’s implosion, just due to pure depth and quality.
    That said, I would say that the matchups of Karstens vs. Beckett and Wright vs. Matsuzaka more than make up for Boston’s deficits.

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • “Well right now, I’d put Pettitte and Schilling on even ground, wouldn’t you?”

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • The pettiness of this is mindboggling. Harping on stength of schedule, after this many series, is nonsensical. And please do keep in mind that Alex is hitting 351/418/955, and he’s been mashing the ball off of just about everyone he’s faced, so isolating the relative quality of the pitchers who’ve allowed the hr’s is pretty well ridiculous. Just appreciate it.
    This week he faces Schilling (who’s always handled him well), Beckett (who’s handled him well in a small sample) and Matsuzaka (who I would describe as extremely vulnerable, given his apparent tendency to work offspeed pitches in the lower half of the strike zone–Alex has been crushing those.) Piniero has always done well against him. So has Wake.
    Alex’s vulnerability is the fastball, high. But it’s been a very, very small window lately—no matter who’s on the hill.
    I find it ironic that SFs here are pressing this whole “opposition” issue after a minor comment about Matsuzaka’s first start against the Royals set off a fury. This seems to be a continuation of that specious attack. Enough already. The Sox are pitching well. Alex is ripping. Should be fun to watch.

    YF April 19, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Why not, Tyrel?

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Triskaidekaphobia April 19, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Scott Kazmir: 4 games, 1-1, 5.25 ERA, 1.417 WHIP
    Danny Haren: 4 games, 1-2, 1.44 ERA, 1.040 WHIP
    Rich Harden: 3 games, 1-1, 1.42 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
    Thats because Arods been killing them. No dents in the monster, in the street.

    Anonymous April 19, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Seen it. Deadspin is starting to really piss me off of late; the anti-New England bias is just ridiculous. They post just about every video they can find of anyone from Boston making an a** of himself, followed by roughly 300 comments about how awful all NE sports fans are. Repetitive and idiotic.
    If I posted a video of some f*ckbag Southerner screaming racial epithets at a football game, followed by an “All Southerners are racists” diatribe…I’m pretty sure I’d catch some flack, right? But it’s OK to say that all Boston sports fans are beligerant, drunken as*holes and essentially the worst human beings on the planet because…?

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • *belligerent. Ugh…

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • I think Curt’s better than Andy. Right now the Yanks’ lineup is better than the Sox’, which might put the two on evenish ground tomorrow. I like Andy, but overall I think Curt’s the better pitcher. Just my opinion.

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • D1 Wow…who peed in your wheaties?
    A- I didn’t listen to the sound. So if there are rude comments made I apologize for posting, I simply thought the back and forth was funny.
    B- Anytime fans fight and throw beer and nobody gets hurt = funny.
    C- Get some sleep your cranky.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 19, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Don’t be the first person to throw beer at a person over a baseball shouting match and expect to retain the moral high ground. If my girlfriend did that I would be ashamed.

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • I wonder what the dude said to make the Sox chick dump a beer on him. It had clearly escalated enough to making it worth filming PRIOR to the beer throwing incident. Maybe the dude had it coming.

    Tyrel SF April 19, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • I keep watching the clip, it’s just so awesome.
    “I get the most pleasure out of trying to hit Bowa on the head as hard as I can,” Rodriguez said.
    Ouch! I bet A-Rod can hit pretty hard. I bet Bowa doesn’t care.

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 11:25 pm

  • D1 Wow…who peed in your wheaties?
    A- I didn’t listen to the sound. So if there are rude comments made I apologize for posting, I simply thought the back and forth was funny.
    B- Anytime fans fight and throw beer and nobody gets hurt = funny.
    C- Get some sleep your cranky.”
    No no, don’t get me wrong, I like a good video of a guy (or in this case, fat chick) making an ass of himself in public. The comments I referred to were just on Deadspin, specifically. I just have a problem with the whole, “Every Red Sox fan on the planet is a douchebag, here’s the video to prove it” crap on that particular website.

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Aw, YF, stop blanketly accusing SFs of doing what you are saying they are doing. It cuts both ways, even within this thread, regarding the “opposition”.
    You and I agree, as I said in my above comment: can’t we all just enjoy the fact that are teams are doing pretty well at what they do well and are heading into what should be a really fun series?!

    SF April 20, 2007, 4:40 am
  • Please. I know I didn’t go searching out the quality of Ortiz’s opposition when he was hitting all those walk-offs last year.
    But we do agree. Enough said.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:33 am
  • To reiterate, I checked out the ERAs just to make the point that those expecting A-Rod to chew up the Sox’ pitchers, which was intimated in at least one comment here, should remember that none of the pitchers against whom A-Rod has hit home runs are of the same quality as most of the Sox’ starters and relievers. He’s a Hall of Famer and is certainly capable of eating up the Sox’ pitchers, so it’s not a matter of trying to discredit his success thus far. It’s just noting that the Sox are a lot better than most — JUST LIKE (as I said) the Yanks’ are a lot better than the offenses those pitchers have faced thus far.

    Paul SF April 20, 2007, 9:49 am
  • PS: Chris Ray is significantly better than all of the Sox relievers save Papelbon. And I’m willing to say that Bedard ranks right up there with Beckett, Schilling, and Matsuzaka.
    A-Rod is on fire right now, and hitting everything. I can only hope that blow-em-away Beckett thinks he can beat A-Rod with a straight up 97-mph fastball.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 10:25 am
  • Same old taunts, different season, Andrew. But we’ll see.

    Paul SF April 20, 2007, 10:59 am
  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think I heard an announcer say that yesterday was the first day Papelbon pitched two days in a row. What will Sox fans be saying if Papelbon can’t be used in a key situation this weekend and Timlin blows it, or if (OMG!) A-Rod hits a walk off against Paps.
    Francona’s head on a platter?

    john April 20, 2007, 11:51 am
  • Right, I’m sure Francona will get fired / turned-on-by-the-fans for having Papelbon unavailable tonight after two big road wins in Toronto. And if A-Rod hits him, everyone will DEFINITELY say, “That only happened because he pitched two days in a row in Canada.”
    You can’t be serious…

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 11:54 am
  • I guess you’re saying that because Boston fans never blame the manager.

    john April 20, 2007, 1:19 pm

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