Back To Business: Yanks-SatanFish Gamer V

The New York Yankees started their season with a victory against Tampa Bay on April 2nd.  Since then, the SatanFish have been victorious three times in a row in the season series, a humbling thought considering they are the owners of the worst record in the Major Leagues.  As play resumes post-break, Andy Pettitte will mind the bump as he tries to shake himself out of a slump, having allowed 36 hits and 23 runs in his last last 20 1/3 innings including one horrific start against Oakland July first where he didn’t make it past the second inning.  The Yankees have won once in his last four starts, that being his last outing when the Yankees out-slugged the Angels 14-9 to hide a dismal eight-run, five-inning effort.

James Shields gets the ball for Tampa Bay and has emerged as that team’s best starter; at 7-4, he is their only starter with a winning record and ERA below league average.   The SatanFish have lost 13 of their previous 14 games with their last victory thrown by Shields against the Royals a week ago when he went 7 2/3, allowing four runs on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks.  The Bombers have yet to face Shields this year.

The Yankees put together a couple of impressive offensive displays against the talented Angels prior to the break.  Time to see if they can keep their mojo as play resumes and the Yankees kick off their second half with four games at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.  Lineups are in the extended; comment away.

New York Yankees
J. Damon dh .245/.339/.344
M. Cabrera cf .275/.331/.385
D. Jeter ss .336/.408/.463
A. Rodriguez 3b .317/.413/.665
H. Matsui lf .274/.358/.464
J. Posada c .326/.399/.505
B. Abreu rf .264/.352/.373
R. Cano 2b .274/.314/.427
A. Phillips 1b .316/.381/.474
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
A. Iwamura 3b .292/.379/.436
C. Crawford lf .285/.336/.445
B. Harris ss .310/.365/.463
C. Pena 1b .287/.395/.609
D. Young cf .278/.308/.412
T. Wigginton dh .269/.318/.441
J. Gomes rf .278/.351/.534
D. Navarro c .177/.238/.254
J. Wilson 2b .267/.297/.350
7 comments… add one
  • What’s up with Captain Double Play lately? It seems like he’s done that a lot all year.

    yankeesnj July 12, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • ynj- i believe it’s #36 on the list.

    sf rod July 12, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • The Cap’n didn’t hit into a DP that AB! Three HRs – sweet inning! Wish I could watch it…I’m stuck at work with Gameday.

    nettles-yf July 12, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • not sure if double figure double-plays is a record, or how it compares to other players with a similar number of AB’s, but it’s not good either way…
    thanks for the jim turner link sfrod…i actually found it sorta funny…a bit of a stretch to get to 100, but he had about 10 good ones…jeter-hate lives on, but there’s no obsession…

    dc July 13, 2007, 8:06 am
  • “…jeter-hate lives on, but there’s no obsession…”

    Andrews July 13, 2007, 10:23 am
  • Posted by, of all people, Blue Jays fans…

    SF July 13, 2007, 11:34 am
  • I couldn’t comment on the game while watching it last night due to Daddy duty, but I hope people saw that perfect bunt laid down by Melky. Sure he got caught stealing five seconds later, but man was that a sweet bunt. Of course the first thing that popped into my head was why didn’t they do that last week in the 13th inning of the Angels game..

    attackgerbil July 13, 2007, 12:53 pm

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