SP + DJ = V

It’s a pretty simple equation. Solid Pitching plus Derek Jeter equals Victory. The Yanks have been following the formula of late, and they’ve returned to .500—which, by the way, is Jeter’s batting average over the last five games. Finally, the team appears to be playing the kind of baseball we’ve been expecting. Even Wil Nieves is hitting! Also, it seems that Roger is aiming to make his 2007 debut in Boston in the the first week of June. So he has it both ways—doesn’t he always?—a return to the Yankees and to Fenway at once. Love him or hate him, and we’ll see how he pitches, but about this there can be no debate: thus far he get’s an A+ for drama.

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  • Was there any doubt two weeks ago, when we saw that the Yanks were blessed with a beautiful 13 game streak of Texas and Seattle, that five hundred was on the way?

    Brad May 10, 2007, 8:52 am
  • In a word, Yes. With a rotation that included Igawa, Rasner, and DeSalvo, and Moose returning from the DL, we Yanks fans did not know what to expect. Texas and Seattle, while not world beaters, are hardly pushovers (though the Yanks do own the Rangers).
    Wish I had mentioned in the post above how impressive Moose was again last night. He was throwing strikes, and once more keeping the opposition off balance. Fun to watch, and quite effective. Looking forward to more of that.

    YF May 10, 2007, 8:57 am
  • Couldn’t agree more YF, that first game of Roger’s at Fenway is going to be like Braveheart, Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, The Godfather, Blade Runner and Shawshank Redemption all rolled in to one.
    Of course, his line is going to be something like this…
    4IP, 10H, 8ER, 2K, 2BB

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 9:26 am
  • Lockland – I don’t mind, as long as the Yanks can pump out 12 ER, 15 hits ;)

    Lar May 10, 2007, 9:51 am
  • Lar, I was actually going to say something along the lines of, “I just hope that’s enough.”

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 9:56 am
  • I can see it now… Cy Young vs Dai Young…

    Anonymous May 10, 2007, 9:59 am
  • or maybe Cy Old vs Dai Young…

    Anonymous May 10, 2007, 10:00 am
  • Hopefully it’s only the Good Dai Young, for us SFs sake.

    SF May 10, 2007, 10:02 am
  • Hum, I thought the Yankee brass would want Clemens to make his Yankee redebut at Yankee stadium. For, you know, the fans.
    Hah. Guess Rawge ain’t interested in the fans. Fine by me.

    Andrew May 10, 2007, 10:32 am
  • >Guess Rawge ain’t interested in the fans.
    Nah, just money and the spotlight!…;-). Those early June games won’t come soon enough for me.
    Of course, I got tickets for the next three games following that series in Oakland, and hope the Sox don’t suffer from “Rocket Letdown”…heh.

    ToddSF May 10, 2007, 10:36 am
  • I think the Yanks want Roger to pitch ASAFP. I doubt they’ll have trouble selling tix for his first game at the Stadium.

    YF May 10, 2007, 10:37 am
  • I’m not sure what to think of Clemens. On the one hand, all this self-created drama points to a man whose ego is larger than a dictator’s, and I tend to like players who are quieter and go about their business. On the other hand, he’s the greatest pitcher perhaps ever, and with that title comes the right to make grand gestures. When I was in little league I certainly created similar narratives about myself, about how one day I would change the course of a pennant race or hit the big hit. It’s a cliche, but I’m sure that a number of the posters here did similar things. So can I really be that angry or scornful of Clemens for having the same child-like fantasy? He can still throw 95 at the age of 45. His illusions were never bursted. Myself, I never was able to reach 70 on the gun. I knew it would be a long life of toil and vicarious triumph and suffering.

    Nick-YF May 10, 2007, 10:46 am
  • “Myself, I never was able to reach 70 on the gun. I knew it would be a long life of toil and vicarious triumph and suffering.”
    You could’ve learned to throw a knuckleball…

    Tyrel SF May 10, 2007, 11:24 am
  • He can still throw 95 at the age of 45
    Really? Baseball tonight showed him hovering around 90 or 91 for most of the second half of his season last year.
    If he consistently gets into the mid-nineties in late July, I’ll be impressed.

    Brad May 10, 2007, 11:28 am
  • I can throw 70, but it’s kilometers an hour.

    SF May 10, 2007, 11:29 am
  • I’m pretty sure Brad’s right; in fact I think that’s why Clemens added the splitter so late in his career. He might be able to touch the mid-90’s when he reaches back but I don’t think he can do it consistantly. Of course, we’ve all seen what Schilling can do as an old fastball/splitter guy, and Roger’s the more accomplished pitcher. It’ll be interesting…

    desturbd1 May 10, 2007, 11:35 am
  • Fine, he can still hit 92-93 on the gun. Still an impressive feat at his age. Plus, at the age of 44 he was capable of pitching to an extremely low ERA against major league hitters. Again, pretty impressive.

    Nick-YF May 10, 2007, 11:36 am
  • There is a chance that he won’t be good at all, it’s SLIM chance, but a chance none of the less.

    LocklandSF May 10, 2007, 11:41 am
  • SF on a roll today!

    tom yf May 10, 2007, 12:25 pm

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