Feeding Time


The Amur Tiger, pictured above at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, pounces from its sunbed to feast. Just off screen are the remnants of the Yankee pitching staff that served as the amuses bouche, entrees, and desserts for panthera tigris altaica. I have been on an exodus from tracking baseball in any great detail due to geography and familial commitments as opposed to any sort of self-imposed sabbatical or general malaise fostered by uninspired Yankee baseball. In fact, I really am looking forward to the series at the Stadium starting tonight, though I will be unable to actually watch games until tomorrow. Obviously, this is redundant material for those of you that would or could not look away from the train wreck of the past two weeks, but I needed to do some catching up before jumping back into the mosh pit.

The pitching lines in that span show what a schizophrenic beast the Yankees rotation has become as of late, from the inspired work of Pettitte, Wang, Clemens, Chamberlain and Farnsworth(!), to the mediocre/dismal/horrific starts and relief posted by the rest of the staff, no matter which way you add up the numbers, it looks bad, with only the big three arms keeping the ERA down around six and a half. Following their four-game win streak that ended in Baltimore in the second game of the last series of Baltimore, from August 14th to August 28th over 117 innings, Yankee hurlers have been lit up to the tune of 138 hits and 91 runs, along with 51 walks and 15 dingers, which works out to opposing batters hitting at a .291/.363/.470 clip, and the most important statistic, a 5-8 record.

How about the Yankee hitters? A quick look at the last ten games for each of the following Yankee batsmen shows that right when they really neeeded to be firing on all cylindars, we’re back into a team whose battery looks akin to mid May.

Damon: 12/38, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, .316/.366/.553
Abreu: 14/36, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, .389/.463/.583
Cabrera: 9/37, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, .243/.282.297
Cano: 9/38, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, .237/.293/.316
Giambi: 7/31, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, .226/.250/.548
Jeter: 8/39, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, .205/.295/.231
Matsui: 13/38, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, .342/.400/.447
Posada: 10/39, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, .256/.341/.487
Rodriguez: 12/37, 1 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, .324/.432/.676
Betemit: 3/27, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, .111/.172/.259
Phillips: 9/28, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, .321/.345/.357

I did a similar, in-depth study of the Red Sox bats and arms, and reached the following, highly scientifc evaluation: they are rilly rilly good.

As the vacation comes to a conclusion, it is obvious that my friends who were happily married in the Adirondacks a few days ago did me a sincere favor in their sooth scheduling so many months ago. Now back to the grind; see you all later as the Rivalry, somewhat sapped but not completely drained of its potential for post-season implication, resumes.

9 comments… add one
  • YFs have been whining about the “unfair” schedule, to which I say, boo-hoo-hoo… Everyone has rough scheduling patches over a season, and that evens out over 162 games.
    However, per the post above, I’d say Yankee fans should consider themselves darned lucky that their three best arms lined up for this three-game series.
    (The Sox also have their top three going, but arguably Wakefield is Boston’s most reliable guy right now… Should be a great three days of baseball.)

    Hudson August 28, 2007, 11:51 am
  • Haven’t seen much whining on this site re: schedules Hudson.
    On the arms for this series, I would have prefered the same six with different pairings: Schilling-Clemens (old-timers game); Beckett-Pettite (best of each right now); Wang-Matsuzaka (first pitch to be tossed at the UN), but regardless, the matchups are still exciting and it should be an entertaining series. Looking forward to spending the Beckett-Clemens game with the bleacher creatures in RF. We’ll try to keep our “whining” to a minimum as we berate Boston players and fans alike.

    IronHorse (yf) August 28, 2007, 12:18 pm
  • “We’ll try to keep our “whining” to a minimum as we berate Boston players and fans alike.”
    just try not to get too caught up in the “why are you gay” chants ;)

    Ric August 28, 2007, 12:21 pm
  • Touche Ric – for the record, have never participated in that particular chant and don’t find it all that funny. But my family would be embarassed by some of the things I’ve yelled at players…Trot Nixon was a favorite and non-RS Milton Bradley, only because the latter regularly engages the crowd, flips us off, etc. His thermostat is set on permanent-seeth.

    IronHorse (yf) August 28, 2007, 12:31 pm
  • ive never yelled anything vile at a game- however, 2 seasons ago my roomate won tix from the howie carr show and so we had 1st row field tix by the visitors on deck circle.. we got drunk and so i was more vocal than ususal- its alot better when you know the players hear you… there was nothing more fun than loudly asking pudge rodriguez if he remembers when he used to be good and having him glare at me from 3 feet away.

    Ric August 28, 2007, 12:37 pm
  • “there was nothing more fun than loudly asking pudge rodriguez if he remembers when he used to be good”
    That is pretty darn good Ric, especially for a Sox fan. It made me laugh.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 28, 2007, 12:43 pm
  • A couple days after one of the games where Manny forgot how many outs there were I was in the third row off 1st base at Camden Yards for a RS game and he got a leadoff single. As he was taking his lead off first I screamed “Manny, quick, how many outs?!” and “2-outs Manny – run on contact!”. To his credit he just turned toward me and smiled and gave me the two-finger point acknowledgement.

    IronHorse (yf) August 28, 2007, 12:45 pm
  • At the Red Sox – Devil Rays series in Tampa in July I made a sign that said:
    “Julian Tavarez:
    And took it down to where the Sox were stretching during batting practice, and held it up. Tavarez wasn’t out there at the time but Youk saw my sign, and he went down into the dugout and pulled Jools out to show him. Tavarez had a good laugh and autographed the sign… but then the Tampa Bay security guard took the sign away, calling it “profane”. So sad.

    Atheose August 28, 2007, 1:08 pm
  • years ago, i lived literally across the street from a A padres affiliate. we never yelled anything at the players, they were just kids.
    …we reserved the abuse for the umpires. a couple of them in particular. they looked really young, too. so whenever they blew a call (or sometimes if there was a close play during a blowout or something) we’d heckle with lines about how they had to return their mom’s car by 10 PM, or ask if an adult had to hold their hand when they crossed the field…
    juvenile. i know. but if there was ever a call that was actually questioned by a manager, we’d ride the managers and tell ’em to leave the poor kids alone. we had their backs.

    Yankee Fan In Boston August 28, 2007, 1:49 pm

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