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Friday Megagamer: Sox/Yanks Dual Thread

The holiday weekend commences. Lots of baseball. Comment about it here.

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You know, I wonder if the “Tim Wakefield is done” idea is a little premature. He had a terrible record last year, but looking at the graphs on Fangraphs it doesn’t look like any of his stats are or were out of line with previous years. His K/9 took a hit, and has been trending down for years; his BB/9 is similarly trending down. Otherwise, everything else looks pretty reasonable; his LOB% went way down, and maybe he just got unlucky with hits with RISP? I’m not much of a sabermetrician, but I don’t see much in the numbers, other than W/L, that is strongly indicative of the drastic decline that seemed to happen. If, in fact, he’s the same .500 pitcher that he’s been throughout his career, I’d be happy to see him remain the 5th starter for the season.

Yankee mini-gamer to go with SF’s top post:
Michael Pineda from the D.R. is (allegedly) 22 years old, 6 foot 5 or 7 inches depending on who you ask, throws serious regular moving heat and has a triple digit reserve. He also has been hitting his spots because he has chosen to not walk anyone, and rarely lets people make solid contact. He is probably the best pitcher you haven’t seen yet this year. He’s on the mound at Safeco while the Yanks send AJ. Comment away.

Wild AJ tonight – all Ks and BBs. Well, actually, he has gotten one groundout (Ichiro’s leadoff AB of th enight). Otherwise, 4 BBs, 4 Ks, and 50 pitches after two innings.
Meanwhile, Pineda has walked 5 in 2.0 IP after only walking 3 in his last 4 games.
This game will take 4.5 hours at least.

Now Pineda is getting ahead of the Yanks’ hitters. Mainly with serious heat. Horrible BABIP luck for Cano. Blistering line-out instead of the RBI double it looked like off the bat.
1 hit for either team in this game – Teix’s solo HR. Otherwise, tons and tons of pitches.

Jorge grows roots watching 3 strikes go by. 2 quick outs for Pineda. And then Swisher robbed of a HR with a superb highlight catch by Gutierrez. That was just an exceptional phenomenal catch. Damn. Poor Swish can’t get a break at the plate.

I don’t know krueg. Teix hit a rope that would have cored Granderson easy – it just went straight into a mitt. And Swisher crushed that ball. It was just a ridiculous athletic catch by Gutierrez.

Tei and Granderson are both seriously hot right now. Granderson has been all year, Teix was for the first couple weeks and has turned it on again in the past week. Come on A-Rod.

I would have been willing to bet that at least one run scored tonight on a wild pitch. Except I would have expected it to come from AJ. 2-0 good guys. Teix on 2nd and Pineda at 91 pitches.

Ichiro remains the most entertaining offensive player to watch in this league. No he isn’t the intimidator at the plate that Pujols, Bautista, etc. are. But he is a freaking artist with the bat. Add his speed and fielding ability, including arm, and he’s just awesomely amazing.

Responding to a much earlier point (sorry to interrupt, YFs)…I don’t think at all it’s that Wakefield is done, I think he’s just going to be hurt more often and longer as he, you know, gets older (the past few years bear that out, I think). Whether he’s league average or somewhat worse than that, he’s probably due for a back injury in late June if he has to pitch in the rotation that long.

With King Felix tomorrow it sure would be nice to get this first one. Pineda out of the game to start the 6th. This kid’s got a 0.95 ERA and 18K:5BB in 17 games. Interesting.

My grandparents best friend was the umpire in the final scene of the Natural…which was filmed in Buffalo.
(in the spirit of cheesy baseball movies)

D*&n. Hard hit ball but right at 3B. 2 outs. Jeter the last hope. They’ve dropped the first game of their last 3 series. And Jeter is trying to bunt his way on. Sad. Sad. Sad.

I’m -still- trying to recover from the Bruins game, that damned game basically has the adrenalin going. And… egh. League looked brutally bad before, here he just looks like a groundball machine.

Game. That pick-off on Nunez hurt so bad. It nont only cut down the tying run in that inning but also ensured Granderson wouldn’t come up in the 9th without someone getting on. I do want to know why Girardi pulled AJ that early. He had struggled but was certainly a better alternative at only 91 pitches than Boone/Ayala/whoever.

Look. We suck right now. Period.
Cut Posada, bench Swisher for good and make some moves. That is the only way.
We’ve been treading water all season but we’re getting tired and we’re starting to sink. This team will drown without some help.
Ichiro. A new DH and a starter. Bring it.

Personally, I don’t mind if the Yankees trade for those guys, as a Sox fan, but at some point, don’t you have to stop trading away the young talent, bite the bullet, and just build with youth instead of trading them away to continue to stick fingers in a leaky dam?

No. I would say that the way the Yankees have been doing things have been working pretty well overall, wouldn’t you?
Plus, you don’t have to give away the farm. The Yankees don’t build from within anymore than the Sox do. Some homegrown, some FA’s and some trades…BOTH teams do this.

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