What, Me Worry? It’s All O-Kei: Yanks-A’s Gamer I

Bad puns aside, now is the time to look for the good stuff as the Yankees count four pitchers on the DL in Wang, Karstens, Sanchez and Veras, and two teetering on the edge in Moose and Pavano. Kei Igawa gets the ball for the Yanks tonight, hoping to bounce back from a dismal major-league debut. Oakland sends one of the AL’s best in Dan Haren. Don’t be surprised if you see Gator loosening in the pen. The good stuff? Álex. Jetes. Johnny. Jorge. Robi. Did I mention Álex? It’s the Bizarro version of Paul’s Sox/Angels Gamer. Lineup in the extended, comment away.

New York
J. Damon cf .444
D. Jeter ss .353
B. Abreu rf .281
A. Rodriguez 3b .355
J. Giambi dh .167
J. Posada c .323
R. Cano 2b .286
D. Mientkiewicz 1b .158
M. Cabrera lf .179

Oakland
M. Ellis 2b .219
N. Swisher cf .267
B. Kielty lf .273
M. Piazza dh .350
E. Chavez 3b .275
B. Crosby ss .190
T. Walker 1b .250
J. Kendall c .154
T. Buck rf .261

67 comments… add one
  • Isn’t it pronounced “Kee”?

    SF April 13, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Kei Igawa’s mug on YES makes him look 7 years old.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Kei Igawa’s mug *anywhere* gives me nightmares.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Color this SF excited to watch Igawa pitch. Not that I want him to do well (I don’t), but I am sincerely curious to see what he’s got.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • No Michael Kay tonight. Hallelujah!!

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Home plate ump establishes that a ball on the inside corner to a lefty will not be called a strike. The 0-1 pitch to Damon sure looked good, but called a ball. Let’s see how consistent this guy is.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • SF, Kei is pronounced Kay. One of my friends has the same name. She says it’s a unisex name like Pat or Leslie.

    Nick-YF April 13, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • JD caught looking…

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Got it. I read somewhere early in Spring Training that it was pronounced “Kee”. That must have been wrong.
    Well O-Kei then.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • No Michael Kei tonight!!!!

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • And arigato for that.
    2 quick outs for Haren. Hope the Yanks didn’t leave the big bats back east.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Good at-bat from Abreu, working the count from behind then absolutely pounding a ball to deep center for a double.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Abreu creams one to dead center for a 2-out double.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Haren approaching A-Rod very carefully.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Abreu is such a good hitter. He rarely seems overmatched.

    Nick-YF April 13, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Intentional unintentional walk there.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Seems like he didn’t want anything to do with Alex there…Giambi should really start hitting, otherwise ARod will never see a strike!

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Or maybe not – Haren a little wild now.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Wild pitch puts the runners on 2nd/3rd.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Boo. Let a golden opportunity slip.
    Shouldn’t Friday the 13th be Jason’s time?

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Giambi lofts one lazily to left, leaves two leaning.
    A’s coming to bat.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Meanwhile in Minny, Santana is in danger of losing his first home game in something like TWO YEARS. Unreal.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • The A’s are rather a hirsute bunch, aren’t they…

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Igawa gets squeezed, then walks Swisher. I thought Swisher should have been rung up on 2-2.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Igawa has a nice curveball when he snaps it off right, but he looks like a simple two-pitch pitcher to me, fastball/curveball. Does he have a third pitch, YFs?

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Another walk, this time to Piazza.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • His changeup is supposed to be his best pitch, I think.
    Piazza walks on 4 pitches. C’mon!

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • I guess he does have a third pitch. Igawa threw three changeups to Piazza, all terrible. Up in the zone, but they were too up for Piazza to do anything.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Chavez pops to third, good escape by Kei.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • And a harmless pop-up to end the inning…Phew.
    I have a feeling watching Kei will be like watching Jaret Wright last year. Definitely not O-Kei.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Nice simul-posting, SF.
    Looks like we are the only people awake to watch this, huh…West Coast road games suck.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • It’s totally unfair to say this, having seen all of one inning of Igawa and only about 10 of Daisuke, but he and Matsuzaka look like they are in two different leagues, pitching-wise.
    Again, before the dogs jump on me, I know that this is a hideously premature statement based on 11 innings of observation, so not exactly wise on my part.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • I know YF is suffering from some sort of post-apocalyptic, gut-wrenching cold, so I don’t think we’ll hear much from him tonight. Me, I’m in it for about another inning or two max…

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Yikes. Haren is dealing right now, strikes out the side. This could turn ugly…
    Re: Igawa vs DM. I don’t think it’s fair to compare them at all…Of course they’re in different leagues, no one ever said Igawa was anywhere near as good as DM. At least no one in their right mind, that is.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Strong inning from Haren.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Agreed, YM, on all fronts. I think the comparison is inevitable because they are both Japanese and both were posted this offseason, but it’s probably unnecessary.
    Igawa looks much better this inning, so far. Better control.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • How juiced is the YES radar gun? It’s clocking Igawa at 91-92…

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • A nice easy inning for Kei. He IS looking much better now. Nerves in the 1st, maybe?

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Or, he’s inconsistent!

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • That’s unpossible, SF!

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Jeebus. An easy grounder to the pitcher turns into a 2 base error.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Awful play by Haren, awful footwork by the first baseman on a bad throw. The ball rattles around foul territory like at a high school ballfield that goes on forever, Cabrera ends up at third.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Scored a base hit and an error on the pitcher. Can’t believe they gave Melky a hit on that. Johnny Sexy Calves works a 7 pitch walk: 2 on with no outs for the Captain.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • And the DRays do snap Santana’s home win streak. Now if only they had someone to follow Kazmir in that rotation….

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Yeah, no way that was a hit. Probably a three-base error.
    With that, I am hitting the sack. Sorry, YM.

    SF April 13, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • ‘night, SF. I probably will follow suit in an inning or so…

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • And Haren has lost the strike zone. 2 straight walks load the bases with no outs.

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • A sac fly from Abreu plates the Yanks’ first run. ARod with a deep fly out, Damon tags and goes to 3rd. C’mon, Giambino!

    yankeemonkey April 13, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Where’d everyone go?

    rootbeerfloat April 13, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • I’m hosting a BBQ and not watching the game. I hope it’s going well. All I see on the net is Farns pitching to Swisher with the Yanks up by one. Gotta go. *pain*

    attackgerbil April 14, 2007, 12:27 am
  • Didn’t go soon enough to not see Farns give up a dinger to Swisher. PAIN. FEAR. LOATHING.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2007, 12:28 am
  • As a Yankees Fan, Some of A’s Fans has no class. They’re shouting “Yankees Suck” I guess they copy from Redsox Fans.. Copycats..

    Hared-Yf April 14, 2007, 1:02 am
  • I blame Doug Mienkwietcz . Thanks for nothing.. Advice to Doug , Please Go back being a janitor instead of baseball player.

    jt April 14, 2007, 1:26 am
  • I blame Kyle Farnsworth. Blows leads even when he’s not a setup man.

    Andrew April 14, 2007, 1:53 am
  • Fuck. IBB. You have to.

    Andrew April 14, 2007, 1:58 am
  • Well, that works too.

    Andrew April 14, 2007, 1:58 am
  • Why am I not in bed yet.. the Red Sox game is long over, after all..?
    A’s #9 hitter wallops a 1-out triple. Maybe the Yanks go to Mo?

    Dionysus April 14, 2007, 1:59 am
  • Your right Andrew.. they neede dto Intet him.. to hopefully line up a DP.
    Swisher up now, so still trouble.. hopefully he can just hit a fly to sac in the runner and I can go to bed happy.

    Dionysus April 14, 2007, 2:00 am
  • Oooooor they walk Swisher too.
    Actually not a bad plan. It doesnt matter how many runs they score, because one is all they need.. so why not load the bases to get to a htiter you have the best chance of getting out?

    Dionysus April 14, 2007, 2:01 am
  • Mr Keilty swings and is 0-2. Come on man, end this game.
    THANK YOU!

    Dionysus April 14, 2007, 2:02 am
  • Can’t believe I actually stayed up to watch this train wreck. The least they could’ve done is lose in the 9th and save me 2 hours of sleep time! Grr.

    yankeemonkey April 14, 2007, 2:06 am
  • The A’s win! Thaaaaaaaa A’s win!
    The vaunted Yanks bullpen gives up the tying and winning runs. Not that the Sox’ pen has been great, but this does make two blown leads now, doesn’t it?

    Paul SF April 14, 2007, 2:09 am
  • Thanks to Mr. Farnsworth for both of those blown leads. Fuckin’ A.

    yankeemonkey April 14, 2007, 2:12 am
  • The Yankees are now below .500. Is it time to push the panic button yet?

    SoxFan April 14, 2007, 5:42 am
  • Actually, to be hones, the Yanks bullpen (with the exception of Farnsworth, a reincarnation of an EZ brother), isnt really bad. They have a lower ERA than the Sox do. Although they have blown more leads (the sox haven’t blown any), its hard to compare.
    The Yankee bullpen has tossed a ton more innings than the Boston pen. Last night htey threw 5 2/3. Two days before, they had to toss 8. Then there’s the first five starts when they had to toss 4+ in all outings. The Yankees may have a good pen, but if their startes don’t regularly go deep into games, any bullpen – no matter the caliber – will give up leads just from law of averages… and, worse, they will get worn down.

    Dionysus April 14, 2007, 8:20 am
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