Go Ahead, You Can Take It: M’s-Yanks Gamer III

Another beautiful spring day, albeit one a bit cooler than the previous. Darrell Rasner on the hill for the Yanks, and his battery mate is Wil 0-for-2007 Nieves. Also, Miggy in for Cano and Phelps gets the start at first. Jarrod Washburn (2-2, 2.88) on the hill for the M’s. He’s pitching well—he is on pace to record more ground ball outs than fly outs this season, which would be a career first for him, and he has allowed only 4 homers in 5 starts. This is a winning formula (see Wang, C. M.). But he has had trouble with Alex (12 for 36, 5 hr), who was hit on the elbow in yesterday’s affair. Cairo is 4 for 8, which might explain his presence in the lineup, though, yeah, small sample. Comment on all the action right here….

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  • 2 quick outs and then a single to left for vidro. A solid start for Rasner. Let’s see if he can close out the inning.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • Fly ball from Ibanez to Damon in center ends it. Solid contact, but an out. Quick first inning for Rasner.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • Damon easy grounder to first. 1 quick out.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:16 pm
  • Jeter pulls an inside fastball into the lf corner for a standup 2b.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • Abreu ground 4-3 but advances Jeter to 3rd for Alex.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:19 pm
  • Alex with a TOWERING pop to short center, Ichiro looked like had some problem with the sun, but puts it away to end the inning.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • 3 pitch k of sexson on the hook on the inside, perhaps off the plate, this following a pair of fastballs.
    Guillen follows with a first pitch 4-3 grounder.
    Chance for a real quick inning here.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • Johjima swings through a hi away fastball for another 3 pitch k. 3 outs, 7 pitches.
    iggy’s job in severe jeopardy.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:26 pm
  • Hard to imagine this is the same team that pounded the crap out of Igawa, Bean, and Vizcaino two days ago. At least, so far.

    desturbd1 May 6, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • no business doing for Giambi or Matsui.
    Phelps on.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • And a basket catch by beltre 55 feet from the plate is the end of Phelps.
    1-2-3 go the Yanks. Would be nice if they’d help out the kid.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • Betancourt pops out to 2nd on a 1-1 fastball.
    Loving Rasner here. Working fast. Throwing strikes.
    2 quick strikes to Bloomquist, and why not….

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • 4 pitches and Bloomquist is gone.
    Ichiro first pitch swinging. Everyone getting a strike in their first pitch…
    and an easy grounder to Phelps on pitch 4 for Ichiro. 11 pitch inning.
    Rasner just burning up the strike zone with fastballs and curves.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Ughh. Rasner trying to turn into this year’s Aaron Small…

    desturbd1 May 6, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Washburn matching Rasner. Quick pop to 2nd from Miggy.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • Nieves flies to right center, Ichiro gets there with ease after initially coming in. Nice play.
    Nieves still 0-for-’07. (28 ab’s thus far)

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • Damon slapper the other way past Betancourt for a single to left. On comes Derek.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • BB for Derek, the Yankee offense thus far.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • Abreu easy tapper, for the 6-4 fc.
    This is the Washburn they paid all that dough for. Looking better than ever.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • Beltre rips one out to center, but Damon tracks it. 1 down quick.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • vidro at’em ball to Jeter. A lot of contact going right into Yankee gloves.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:50 pm
  • Ibanez hits one hard through the middle, rasner tips it and jeter makes a nice play to nail the runner at first. 1-2-3 for rasner, but all 3 balls clipped pretty good, and looked like he was having trouble keeping his curve down in the zone there. still, 4 innings, 1 hit, no runs, he’s throwing that fastball for strikes. on pace for–what?–a 75 pitch complete game? can’t compain about that.
    Yanks have had enough bad luck with their rookie starters, if they’re getting a few breaks here, they sure deserve ’em.
    Now for some runs!
    Alas, Alex leads off the 4th with a k on a nasty sinking change on the outside low.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • Washburn is really dealing.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • Giambi grounds easily to Bloomquist. Looking awful ginger as he “ran” that one out. Guess he’s still not nearly 100 percent.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:57 pm
  • Washburn dominating the Yanks, gets the swinging k from Matsui.

    YF May 6, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Rasner puts on Sexson. Doesn’t even show him the curve, which got him looking in the 2nd. Not sure i get the pitch selection there.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Rasner lookng a little mortal to Sexson. Two crushed fouls and wildness, leading to a walk. Looking forward to the Ponson-Schilling game to start…where’s the gamer?

    desturbd1 May 6, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Guillen frozen on the inside fastball. K.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • So if Rasner pitches 7 strong innings today, does Igawa go down to make room for DeSalvo?

    Andrew May 6, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • Johjima pops the curve in foul territory to Nieves. Nice come back after the walk to Sexson here to lead things off. Can he finish it?

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • Not quite yet. Betancourt takes a fastball on the ground up the middle Sexson stops at 2nd. Bloomquist up, and quickly down 0-1.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • Wow, I’m confused. Rasner looks brilliant out there, but the more realistic side of me wants to say that it’s just the Seattle offense that sucks. Then again, that’s the same offense that scored 15 runs against us in the first game of the series. But of course, that could just mean that Kei Igawa is a complete mess and needs to get out of this league. Then again, I would also consider myself in the minority pro-Igawa camp because I believe he can work out some of the kinks and perform closer to how statistical projections forecasted he would. So yeah, I’m confused. Any thoughts?

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • Ks Bloomquist! Threat over.
    Okay, K’ing Willie Bloomquist not the hardest thing in the world, but you can only get the guys out you’re presented with. Nice job from Rasner. Time for the Yanks to get things going on offense.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • Lucky little Texas Leaguer for Phelps to lead off the 5th for the Yanks. A bit of luck, now make ’em pay!

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:13 pm
  • K I’ll just say that Tito’s doing what he can to make sure you guys pick up a game with a win tonight. Lugo and Manny get the day off, Crisp-Cora batting first and second respectively. F*cking stupid, I despise a small-ball lineup.

    desturbd1 May 6, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • My thoughts are that the M’s are not a great offense, Rasner is throwing strikes which puts him in a good position to do well, and he’s getting help with some balls that are going into Yankee gloves. The big run game was some lousy pitching–lots of walks–and some good hitting. Small sample size distorting matters in both directions.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:17 pm
  • Nieves easy fly to right on 3-1. Still 0fer.
    Kay: “You can’t find a nicer guy.” Ouch. How about a guy who can hit?

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • Nieves and Miggy now a combined 0-30 in 2007. Wowowowow.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • Ortiz thrown out at the plate again. Time to f*cking fire the 3B coach; running on Hunter with Sidney f*cking Ponson on the mound?

    desturbd1 May 6, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Damon walks. Jeter up with 2 on. Can the Yanks score this inning despite Miggy and Nieves? Like holding 2 arms behind their backs….

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • YF, Sterling was gushing over how Nieves is such a great guy, too. LOL.
    WAY TO GO JETER! Yanks take the lead!

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • Derek is such a great hitter, the guy is so fun to watch.

    bloodyank78 May 6, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • YES!!!!!!!!! Jeter rbi single to center plates Phelps!!!!
    Phelps levels the crap out of Johjima.
    Jeter just phenomenal the last couple of weeks.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • This would be a fantastic time for Abreu to get an extra-base hit and bust out of his slump in a big way.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • LOL, Suzyn Waldman is accusing Phelps of unncessarily “attacking Johjima”. AHAHAHAHA, this is the most hilarious semi-argument/awkward interaction between Waldman and Sterling.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • Bobby w/the 2 out ribbie!!

    bloodyank78 May 6, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • Dirty play by Phelps on Johjima, shows the replay. It was ugly in real time. After the head shot at Ichiro in game 1, this could get ugly tomorrow or later this afternoon.
    (also, alex hit by accident.)
    Abreu plates Damon!!!!! Solid single to left. 2 on for Alex!!!!!

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • Alex ground out ends it. Great 2 out rally. Nice that they give Rasner a shot for a deserved win, though Washburn has also been exceptional. Anytime you can score 2 in an inning in which Nieves and Miggy hit, that’s the chips. Dirty play by Phelps tho.
    There’s been some discussion about Jeter having an abnormally high BABIP and getting lucky on his hits. I dont know. He’s just ripping the ball lately. I’m not buying.
    Back to Rasner. Fun game this far.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • Ichiro and Beltre, 2 quick outs. Rasner continues to burn through the Seattle lineup, throwing strikes. Hard to see the Yanks sending him down after this.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • Vidro liner to center.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • YF, take a look at this chart:
    Jeter has always had an “abnormally high” BABIP because he has the uncanny ability to beat out infield groundballs for hits and to perfectly place line drives into right-center. I think it has much less to do with luck than most people think.
    Also, something that doesn’t show up in the stats that empirical observations would lead me to believe is significant is how often Jeter reaches on errors. He puts so much pressure on fielders with his speed that he can forces them into mistakes that they wouldn’t normally make.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Just saw the replay of the Phelps hit…wtf was that?
    It would be one thing if the Seattle staff had thrown at Jeter’s head…
    Johjima hit ONE homerun. Maybe he’s talking up a storm behind that plate?

    walein May 6, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Was Phelps’s play that bad? I’m listening to the radio and it Sterling doesn’t seem to think that it was dirty.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • Ibanez walks. Rasner looking a bit tired, up in the zone with his fastball.
    And now Rasner departs, Proctor in to face Sexson.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • P Abrahams over at Lohus is saying that Rasner’s getting optioned back to AAA regardless of what he does today.

    walein May 6, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • I thought the BABIP argument is only for pitchers – that the pitchers have no control over that. I’m not sure if that’s true with hitters (though you can feel free to prove me wrong!)
    Just checking in, what happened with Phelps?

    Lar May 6, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Rasner was at like 70 pitches. Could he be tired or could it be the “third time thru the lineup?”

    walein May 6, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Sterling is wrong. Phelps went way out of his way to deck Johjima. Ugly play.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Phelps leveled Johjima and Johjima was behind the plate and on the first base side, not even remotely blocking the base. It was the kind of thing that makes you think that there HAS to be a rule that doesn’t allow that kind of blatant cheap shot taking.

    walein May 6, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Other way around, Lar. Low BABIP for pitchers often indicates that guys aren’t getting solid contact. Of course, you have to look at other stuff, like HR/rate and LD%, to see if somebody’s just getting lucky.
    For BABIP, .300 is the starting point and big variations are often attributable to luck. That said, some hitters, like Jeter, show an ability to be consistantly above .300. Jeter’s career average is in the .360 range, making the last two seasons of around .400 a bit less surprising. When I brought up BABIP with regard to Jeter I hadn’t looked at his career…just 2004, 05, and 06. I still find it strange that his GB% is so high, though.

    desturbd1 May 6, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • And Rasner out after 80 pitches? What’s up?

    Lar May 6, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • He was at 81 pitches, he was up in the zone with his fastball, and in his last time facing him, Sexson put one into the upper deck about 8 rows foul before walking. So I think Joe thought he was spent and no reason to let him go at a guy with that kind of power. Certainly questionable, but understandable.
    Proctor retires Sexson easily to end the threat, so it’s moot now.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • I have to say. I understand that Rasner might have been pretty much done for the day but can’t he still pitch to Sexson? Sexson is American league equivalent of facing Andy Pettitte in the batters box (with some more power obviously).

    walein May 6, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • 2 quick outs here for the Yanks.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • If Washburn retires Matsui, Phelps is up with no one on and two out. Does he get drilled?

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • He should get drilled.
    Why no Sox thread? Pedroia’s starting to find his groove, me thinks.

    Tyrel SF May 6, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • Well, Matsui reached, but first was open, and sure enough Phelps gets plunked. Now the Yankees will make them pay with the fearsome tag-team combo that is Miguel Cairo and Wil Nieves.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:48 pm
  • Matsui gets 2 bases on an error by ibanez on the fly. Sexson coming off 39 and 34 dinger seasons. Not Pettitte-like.
    Phelps gets pegged with the open base. Deserved it.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:48 pm
  • I predict the Nieves extra base hit coming up.

    walein May 6, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Cairo loads ’em for Nieves on a blooper over Bloomquist.
    We’ll take it!

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Yeah, Abraham predicted a Nieves extra-base hit before the game, and he tends to be pretty prophetic on his calls.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • Washburn departs. Really an outstanding performance for him. Yanks dinged him on some cheapies, and the bases are loaded now on an error, a retribution hbp, and a bloop.
    He doesn’t deserve an L but i sure hope he gets one.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • Nieves easy grounder to Sexson, who fumbles it but gets the out. Run scores tho. 3-0. Yanks score AGAIN in a Miggy/Nieves inning.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Rietsma Ks Damon. End of that.

    YF May 6, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Ahh I got to the fight a little late…did Farnsy try to bodyslam anyone??

    desturbd1 May 6, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • Well this is cute.
    Sterling has now used the phrase “macho nonsense” to describe the clearing of the benches about ten times. I can’t say I disagree with him.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • BRAWL. Sort of.
    Proctor throws behind Betancourt, who waves the bat at him. Proctor ejected. Benches and bullpens empty.
    Not sure what the screw Proctor is doing out there. Proctor gonna get himself a suspension—so maybe he’ll actually get his arm rested for a day.
    Horseshit plays by Igawa and the Phelps started this. Can’t blame the M’s for getting a bit pissy at this point.

    YF May 6, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • I know Phelps deserved it, but good on Proctor, you stick up for your guys, wrong or right.

    bloodyank78 May 6, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • What’d Igawa do to help start this?

    desturbd1 May 6, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • He threw at Ichiro’s head.

    bloodyank78 May 6, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • that’s ridiculous by. the teams were even after the dirty phelps play. phelps didn’t need “protecting.” all proctor did was get himself and torre ejected with no one up in the pen, and rile up seattle.
    and now betancourt walks, courtesy of the extra ball.
    an unambiguously stupid play by proctor.
    bloomquist ends it, tho.

    YF May 6, 2007, 3:07 pm

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 3:10 pm
    I’m listening to the game (TV down), and Susan just kept on screaming. I thought iw as a commerical! Holy smokes!

    Lar May 6, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • ROCKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Triskaidekaphobia May 6, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • did you guy’s just sign clemens.

    sf rod May 6, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • Error and probably a double (depending on scoring) and the Yanks up 4-0!

    Lar May 6, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • Clemens is in the owner’s box and officially back with the Yankees.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 3:13 pm
    Meanwhile, aother sun ball drop by Ibanez scores Jeter.

    YF May 6, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Matsui makes it 5-0.

    Lar May 6, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • Meanwhile, Yanks continue to tack on. 5-0 now.

    YF May 6, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • Holy crap, think about this:
    1. Roger Clemens
    2. Chien-Ming Wang
    3. Andy Pettitte
    4. Mike Mussina
    5. Phil Hughes
    Things are starting to look up.

    Jordan Meisner May 6, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • From our perspective it was a dumb move, but from the Yankees players’ perspective (not all of them, but I bet a good amount), it was the right thing. The meathead, “fu** him up” mentality that a lot of players have is not a logical thought process, but it’s there and that’s a reality.

    bloodyank78 May 6, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Great play from Minky ends the 8th.
    Just want to hear more about Clemens at this point. Sox have to be a bit concerned now. Yankee rotation is going to be vicious after the break.

    YF May 6, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • Just speculating here, but it appeared Phelps realized trucking Johjima was the wrong thing to do, he was shaking his head and stuff on the way back to the dugout. Then when he got beaned, he put his head down and took his base. Proctor was just being a cowboy, not cool.

    tom yf May 6, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • quick thoughts:
    1. kay says, “almost papal-like, clemens doing his own anoucement.” you disgust me kay.
    2. remy says, “roger has never strayed away from money.” except for that last time.
    3. kobe just got dropped from the astros farm system.

    sf rod May 6, 2007, 3:34 pm
  • Yanks win. 5-0. BIG day in the Bronx, to make the score an afterthought.

    YF May 6, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • sf rod, you always crack me up…here’s my version:
    1. it was more “regal”, ala the queen or evita
    2. remy’s cranky because he has to work for a living with that goof orsilly
    3. yanks’ll pick him up

    dc May 6, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Today was like Christmas.
    Not only did we summarily kick Seattle to the curb, like the pissant team that it is.
    But to top it off…we got the Rocket, who made a surprise appearance during the game to announce that HE’S BAAAAACK.
    It’s a great day to be a Yankee.

    yf2k May 6, 2007, 4:14 pm

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