Return of the Admiral: A’s-Yanks Gamer II

Erstwhile Yankee southpaw Brad Halsey, off to a fine start at 2-0, 2.28 (only 1 dinger in 23.2 innings) brings his junk to the stadium to face the depleted Bomb Squad, who put Jaret Wright (0-2, 5.63) on the hill. Wright was decent in his last outing, but it was against a crappy Tampa lineup, so don’t get too crazy. Anyway, here’s your thread for comment on all the day’s action. Post away.

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  • Sheff Crosby Cabrera Williams should have had it…

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:12 pm
  • I said it before the season and have thought about it for a while – I still see no reason for this big love affair with the A’s. Completely unimposing as a team.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:15 pm
  • Cy Wright!

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:19 pm
  • And Johnny strolls into 1st with the infield hit. Halsey out to sea?

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:22 pm
  • Can’t blame Oakland there. That was a K.

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:24 pm
  • K.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:25 pm
  • Could Halsey work slower? Yeesh.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:28 pm
  • And here comes A-Rod. Two on.

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:30 pm
  • Nice at-bat from Giambi.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:30 pm
  • Just looking at A-Rod you can tell he’s a fraidy cat. FRAIDY CAT FRAIDY CAT!!!!

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:31 pm
  • Hmm. Michael Kay says A-Rod leads the AL with 10 go-ahead rbi. Clutch?

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:31 pm
  • No. Why ask?

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:32 pm
  • Yeah, the A’s are going to win the World Series. Sure…

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:32 pm
  • 11 go ahead rbi. Not afraid.

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:32 pm
  • You could see that one on the first pitch: Halsey’s fastball has just no movement on it at all. If he has modestly bad control or the batter isn’t remotely fooled then he’s screwed, particularly against a guy like A-Rod.
    YF – how long until Steinbrenner takes credit for the A-Rod surge?

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:34 pm
  • Now you get to see what us Sox fans went through for the first 30 games after Crisp got hurt, with the 6-7-8-9 spots in the lineup basically being black holes.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • Cano excepted, of course.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • Halsey is making Matt Clement look stable.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:36 pm
  • I know we’re going to be seeing a lot about how A-Rod has “answered his critics.” But it’s bullshit. A-Rod critics are meatheads. The clutch thing is bullshit. He may have had a crappy day when RJ was ALREADY getting bombed, but the guy is winning ballgames daily, and the track record–regular season, postseason–is nothing but great. So, yeah, he slumps. Could all just acknowledge his greatness and move on?

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:38 pm
  • Has he done it when it matters, in October?
    I think that arguing that A-Rod isn’t “clutch” during the regular season is pretty stupid, as you say. The postseason is another story, with different criteria of course.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • SF: to answer your question, if Stein hasn’t taken credit ALREADY i’d be shocked. But I didn’t see today’s Post….

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • SF: A-Rod’s postseason OPS is over 1.000. So you take that and do with it what you want. You wanna grade on one series where he may not have had the clutch hit? I’ll say sample size. Who’s the greatest postseason player ever, at least in our imagination? Reggie? Did he dominate every series? No. Jeter? No.

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • Right – that’s why I say the criteria is different. Postseason clutchness is a totally different phenomenon, imho.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • Or let me ask this. You’re going into the World Series. You can have either an in-his-prime Scott Brosius or an in-his-prime A-Rod at 3rd. Who do you take? This, in case you’re wondering, is a total no-brainer.

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • Kay says “knocked down by Rodriguez”, which is an accurate but not really telling description of that last play. E-5.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • No-brainer, obviously. I am not taking any other position. The way people judge “clutchness”, particularly in the post-season, is not statistical, which is all you are leaning on. Timing is everything, you must know.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:50 pm
  • The A’s suck. There, I said it. Even with Harden healthy, how could anybody pick this team to win the championship. Are you kidding me?

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:51 pm
  • The A’s suck? Jaret Wright aint no great shakes either.

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:53 pm
  • Guidry: Remember the mantra Jared?
    Wright: I’m not Jared Wright. I’m not jared wright…
    Guidry: See you next inning.

    walein May 13, 2006, 1:53 pm
  • No, he’s not, but the A’s don’t send out Damon, Jeter, Giambi, Rodriguez, Cano, and Posada either.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:55 pm
  • That’s a tough call on the high curve…Thought that was a strike.

    walein May 13, 2006, 1:55 pm
  • Jeets, showing his range up the middle!

    YF May 13, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • Kay:
    “they just got Scutaro”.
    Right – only by two steps and a slide. Jeez, what a clown.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • I am going out – I will not sitinside on this glorious day watching Billy Beane’s crap take on the enemy. Just not happening.

    SF May 13, 2006, 1:58 pm
  • Gator in Wright’s face! Go Gator!

    YF May 13, 2006, 2:00 pm
  • Gator: Remember! YOuARE NOT JARED WRIGHT!

    walein May 13, 2006, 2:02 pm
  • Alright. I’m gonna go enjoy a little sun, too.

    YF May 13, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • Me too. Let’s go Yankees!

    walein May 13, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • Just thought I’d chime in and say the Sox game has already been cancelled, although they were not supposed to play until 7. But whatever. Go A’s!!

    Laura May 13, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • Back from the great outdoors (allergies!). A lovely day. And still lovely in the Bronx. 4-2 Yanks up in the bottom of the 7th. Go team!

    YF May 13, 2006, 3:41 pm
  • Wright and Sturtze both pitch in this game….and the Yanks are still winning? Now that’s a good day.

    YF May 13, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • Nice catch by Crosby on the run.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 3:47 pm
  • Proctor with a full count walk to Kendall. Scutaro follows with a hard single to right. Guidry out to check up on Proctor. I’m getting a bad feeling about this.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • Proctor up quick 0-2 on Ellis. Comeone, Scott. Put him away

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • That’s 2 batters in a row he has not gone high inside fastball with 2 strikes. COME ON. THEY’LL SWING RIGHT THROUGH.

    YF May 13, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • THANK YOU!!!

    YF May 13, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • Pop up straight behind home plate. End of the inning as Stinnett makes the catch. Whew.
    Wonder if we see Rivera in the ninth. That would be four days in a row.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • They’re saying Farns is designated closer today. Hold onto your seat.

    YF May 13, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • Cano grounds out weakly to second. I would certainly not mind a run or two here.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Street has no problemwith Phillips.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • Andy Phillips really not helping himself with the 0-4 day.

    YF May 13, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • Stinnett pops out to the catcher up the third base line. Here comes the Farnsinator.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • Farns about ready for a tour of the doghouse.

    YF May 13, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Farnsworth walks Swhisher. The one strike was straight. Every other pitch was off, and the 4th was wild. Aaron Small is warming up.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • Jeter bobbles the play at short. The ball rolls into center. First and third, no outs on what should have been a DP.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Crap.

    YF May 13, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Chavez is 0-4 on the day. He swings on a pitch in the dirt to even the count 2-2.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • Full count: Chavez pops out to Cano just off the apron. HUGE out.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • Crosby is behind 0-2; gets rung up looking. Payton is in with two outs, first and third.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • I’m surprised the A’s haven’t tested Stinnett’s arm in this situation. Payton singles to left to score a run. First and second, two away.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Dan Johnson is up with the winning run on first. He swings at the first fastball, looks at the second on the outside corner to go down 0-2. Ball one is outside. The 1-2 pitch is grounded to Cano, who throws to Phillips to end the game. Yanks 4, A’s 3. Nice game. Scary ending.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • 21 and 13, with two quality pitching performances in the last two days. Remember Douglas Adams: Don’t Panic.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:16 pm

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