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Panic? What panic? Let’s just say the Yanks first 20 games had something of a Billy Joel-behind-the-wheel feel to them: a wreck, but everyone’s okay and ready to move on. Tonight’s 10-8 come-from-behinder was certainly a step in the right direction. Moose looks better with every start. A-Rod is back to being A-Rod. Derek is poised to break out. On the other hand, Bernie’s deficiency in center has never been more glaring. Ouch. Kenny Lofton, get well soon.

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  • A Yank comeback generated by bloops, dorks, and seeing-eye hits, with the exception of Sierra’s double. We’ll take it. Defensive woes continue but a great comeback.

    JCL (YF) April 28, 2004, 8:10 am
  • I didn’t see the game, but just an old-school perusal of the box score sheds some light – 16 hits allowed by Yankees pitcher, a required 6 run 8th to come back, 2 errors, and 10 runs needed to win. A win, for sure, but still not quality baseball in any sense of the term.
    As for Moose getting better with every start, it was hard for him to get worse. The numbers ain’t pretty, even last night’s. I know they may all be line drives in the box, so let me know if every hit off Moose was a Texas Leaguer, if he didn’t deserve the 6.00 ERA he had last night.

    SF April 28, 2004, 10:13 am
  • And the chutzpah of “Derek is poised to break out”? No shit – he didn’t get a hit last night, again, he’s 0 for his last 28. So of course he’s “poised to break out”. So is Pokey Reese.

    SF April 28, 2004, 10:15 am
  • Chavez’s solo homer off Moose was the only well-hit ball Oakland had last night. Plus the scorekeeper was in a fog, giving hits when errors were appropriate. Miguel Cairo bothed a double-play ball that started a 3-run Oakland rally; it was ruled a hit.

    JCL (YF) April 28, 2004, 12:57 pm
  • In addition, though the velocity wasn’t up, Mussina’s curveball was pretty darn wicked.
    As for Derek, the comparison with Pokey is a nonstarter. Jeets is a career .300 hitter who was points from last year’s batting title. Last night, he had solid contact and looked good at the plate. Pokey Reese is—as SF has pointed out—a Triple-A hitter. He’s poised to bat .225. And at this rate, when Nomar returns, Bellhorn will have his job.

    YF April 28, 2004, 1:41 pm
  • I was just trying to point out that identifying Jeter as “poised to break out” is not analysis, it’s dumb fact. OF COURSE HE’S GOING TO BREAK OUT! Anyhow, Pokey Reese is hitting 50 points below his career average, so I might disagree with your dismissal of my post. That’s not saying he’s a good hitter, of course, just that he is off his 8-year career production by almost 25%, which is not a standard deviation.
    Regarding your last point, there’s just no way he’s not at second base when Nomar comes back – they didn’t get him to sit on the bench with the glove he has. He’s a vastly superior fielder, and they won’t need his (lack of) offense when both Trot and Nomie are in the lineup. My guess is there isn’t even a minute of debate over this at the club. And there’s no debate for me – in my opinion he’s the second baseman, without a doubt. He may be spelled by Bellhorn more often if Bellhorn is productive, but Pokey’s at the top of the depth chart.

    SF April 28, 2004, 2:23 pm
  • The point was that Derek had good at bats. That’s analysis. As for Bellhorn, I’m guessing Bill James is going to be crunching the numbers on this one, and if he finds Bellhorn 200 points of obp over Pokey—with power to boot—the decision on who starts is going to be a lot less obvious than you suggest. Especially if Nomar’s hitting hasn’t improved since the postseason. Bellhorn’s hardly a defensive liability on the level of Todd Walker.

    YF April 28, 2004, 2:40 pm
  • Derek had very good at bats. The only thing Pokey can break out are tweezers for future bench splinters.

    JCL (YF) April 28, 2004, 4:17 pm

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