Bad Moose On The Rise: Yanks-Tribe Gamer IV

The Yankees will go home late tonight to face the Tigers tomorrow, with last night’s fantastic performance by Wang and the relief staff timed perfectly to preempt an excellent outing by C.C. Sabathia, only to be pre-preempted by Posada’s shoulder injury. In the mean time, the sans-Posada Yanks look to earn a split in Cleveland. Mike Mussina ignored Hank’s suggestion about being moyer like Moyer and turned in his best outing of the season last time on the bump. Tonight, he looks to continue his resurgence while the Tribe sends rookie (just slid under the bar with 49.3 innings in the bigs last year) Aaron Laffey to the mound at chilly, dreary Progressively Jakey Progressive Field.

Lineups follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
M. Cabrera cf .291
D. Jeter ss .280
B. Abreu rf .281
A. Rodriguez dh .292
J. Giambi 1b .177
H. Matsui lf .321
M. Ensberg 3b .257
R. Cano 2b .158
J. Molina c .267
M. Mussina 4.94
D. Dellucci lf .275
J. Carroll 2b .250
T. Hafner dh .226
V. Martinez c .366
J. Peralta ss .247
R. Garko 1b .238
C. Blake 3b .219
F. Gutierrez cf .227
J. Michaels rf .173
A. Laffey NA
24 comments… add one
  • a-rod can’t cash in with a runner on 3rd and one out. pop out to first in foul ground. brings his BA w/ RISP down to around .100 for the season.
    mussina is throwing strikes.

    sf rod April 28, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • Yeah, Moose ain’t nibbling around the strikezone tonight. Wonder how long it can last.

    Atheose April 28, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • Giambi and Cano are disappointing this season. Cano needs to get on the A-Rod/Cabrera workout plan and start hitting some balls.
    I’m upset about Posada; after such a smash season last year I’d hate to have him go out on a low point with an injury. Let’s get him to 90%, throw him back to 1st base and buy Fosano from AAA Braves. That solves our catcher and Giambi problems in one swoop.

    Josh April 28, 2008, 8:02 pm
  • Then all you need to do is listen to IH and send Moose to the “bad” veterinarian!

    Atheose April 28, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • Moose’s finesse is looking real good right now. I must admit that I’m impressed.

    Atheose April 28, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • And right as I say that Victor Martinez hits a ball to right field.

    Atheose April 28, 2008, 8:15 pm
  • HOLY SHIT Barry Zito is being moved to the bullpen! omg omg omg.

    Atheose April 28, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • if there’s a strategy smaller than “small-ball”, the yanks are using it to perfection tonight…sheesh

    dc April 28, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Yanks haven’t had a lot of lucky innings this year, but they sure had one there, and a nice job by Albaladejo in the bottom half of the inning. Go Yanks.

    YF April 28, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • WHOA! Hang a star on that one. Michaels robs the captain with the full layout grab.

    YF April 28, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • “…Yanks haven’t had a lot of lucky innings this year…”
    yep, i agree yf…i’ll stick with insisting that i really don’t believe in luck, but the freakish and bizarre occurrences that frequent some baseball games surely have avoided being in the yankees favor this year until tonight…

    dc April 28, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • Michael Kay insists that if Giambi bunts he can have a double, but that’s categorically false. Yes, the left side is pretty clear, and a food bunt is an easy single, but even a speedster couldn’t pull a double out of that alignment. The third baseman or catcher gets to the ball at the same time the runner hits first base, and second is covered. It’s bullcrap. Out of politeness Cone doesn’t embarass him with the facts. Cone, to his credit, generally changes the subject when Kay gets going on one of his “riffs.”
    Meanwhile, rbi into the rf gap for Matsui.

    YF April 28, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • Excuse me. Good bunt. I don’t know what a food bunt is, but if they had one Giambi might be more inclined. Yum. Also, the pitcher, catcher, or 3b, would all have fielding opportunities on the would-be Giambi bunt.
    Seeing as Giambi already has a high walk rate, why give up the home run threat for the CHANCE that he can execute a bunt. Get over it Kay.

    YF April 28, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • Just a joy watching Mo close it out there. Looking as good or even better than ever. Throwing strikes. Great movement on the pitches. Total command. Just pure pleasure.

    YF April 28, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • fist pump
    yep, right again yf…about the bunt…the only way any player bunts for a double is if it’s a hard bunt and the ball rolls past the 3baseman down the left field line…not sure if that’s still considered a “bunt” despite the stance of the batter and the bat position…

    dc April 28, 2008, 11:50 pm
  • The bullpen has really impressed me this year so far…with all the problems with the offense, you really can’t fault the bullpen as in years past. hell, even farnsy is looking pretty good right now. Traber is a HUGE upgrade over knuckle-dragging Myers and sorry-ass Villone! If Hawkins can step up his game a little, and he has looked better lately too then we should be in good shape for the season, barring injuries…
    Don’t even get me started on ARod…he is trying to hard! I know it sounds like an oversimplification but isn’t that exactly what it looks like? Whenever he is swinging through the breaking balls consistantly, you know he isn’t comfortable. I really hope he can get it going before the Bronx faithful really start giving it to him again.
    Moose, what can I say, he has looked pretty good! Two wins in a row? Kennedy and Hughes still worry me…I’m anxious to see Phil and IPK pitch against a very good Tigres lineup this week.
    Let’s Go Yankees!!!
    p.s Go Habs! I hate the Cryers…

    krueg April 29, 2008, 9:45 am
  • I was pleased with the bullpen and I like Mussina’s newly developed “craftiness” (I know how much we all love that term around here), BUT…
    5 IP and then burning through the bullpen does not a good start make in my opinion. We won and that’s all that matters, and Mussina deserves some slack for having gone much deeper in his last start, but I can’t get too excited about his start.

    IronHorse (yf) April 29, 2008, 10:00 am
  • By the way yfs, at what point does Gene Monahan deserve to get some questions thrown his way re: players coming back too soon from injuries only to then miss out on more games than they originally would have?
    The Posada thing could have a very damaging impact on the season if he ends up needing surgery because he came back too soon. During his time off he was apparently throwing daily to see when he could come back in – not exactly shutting it down. Now A-Rod’s quad, which, if you listened to A-Rod last night after the game, will almost certainly keep him out for more than just the one game that Girardi said he’d miss.
    And we had similar issues in the last several years. Last year it cost the strength and conditioning coach Marty Miller his job, but the buck doesn’t stop with that person – it stops with the head trainer.
    Players have to play injured – understood – but certain injuries (leg muscles being at the top of my list for any position player other than 1B) have to heal.
    Girardi hasn’t managed an older team and he also needs to adjust. I was surprised that he was so adamant about A-Rod missing just a game and then A-Rod saying it would likely be longer. Usually the manager would be the overly-cautious one and the player the overly-eager one.
    Granted, maybe I’m over-reacting. But if we lose Posada for more than a month and A-Rod for more than 3-4 games right now AFTER their initial injuries were supposedly treated, and after last year’s rash of muscle-related injuries led to a junior staffer being fired, it’s legitimate to ask the head trainer if he is doing his job well.

    IronHorse (yf) April 29, 2008, 10:02 am
  • IH- I was under the impression that Jorge was looked at by team doctors and the venerable Dr. Andrews and they said there was no damage and he should just rest. He didn’t rest???

    krueg April 29, 2008, 10:08 am
  • Krueg – In his post-game interview last night Posada said he had been throwing during his time off to see when he could come back (perhaps understandably since he never went to the DL and they were trying to get him back in ASAP) but that now it was clear he’d have to shut it down. I’ll try to find the quote. If anyone else watched the YES post-game correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty certain this is what he said.
    I’m aware that questioing Monahan is almost a bigger deal than questioning Torre in the last few years. The guy has been head trainer for almost my entire life (literally took the position in 1973 one year after I was born!) and was in the organization for almost a decade before that. But because I felt this way last year and didn’t say anything, I am jumping on him this year, even if it is admittedly a little early to do so.

    IronHorse (yf) April 29, 2008, 10:23 am
  • Well, Gene can only operate on what the players tell him. So if they’re not being entirely truthful (or are being in denial), there’s not much Monahan can do. He’s not a doctor.

    yankeemonkey April 29, 2008, 10:47 am
  • Well, without simply parroting his points I have to agree with IH, and have been thinking along the same lines lately. I wonder if Jorge would have re-aggravated his shoulder injury if he had DH’ed without throwing for a couple of weeks. Ditto for A-Rod’s quad. I would rather shut him down for 10 days or so if that’s what it takes than to have this nagging his and eroding his production throughout the entire season.
    And Monahan may not be a doctor, but the Yanks as an organization don’t simply rely on the players word. Aside from time-tested methods like “noticing” a player’s injury (like when a trainer or coach sees something mechanically and stops the game to check on a player), they have MRI’s, strength tests, etc. I don’t know that Monahan is the one necessarily to blame for stuff like this, but keeping players is a big part of any organization, and something that they sink untold millions into every year.

    Mark (YF) April 29, 2008, 11:59 am
  • That should have been “keeping players healthy is a big part of any organization”

    Mark (YF) April 29, 2008, 12:00 pm
  • The Yankees were what, 3-1 without ARod in the lineup…sit him down until he is 100%. We’ll be fine without him for awhile in May…

    krueg April 29, 2008, 12:26 pm

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