Will The Fake Aaron Small Please Stand Up?: Yanks-Tigers II

The Yanks and their fans probably should have expected Aaron Small’s 2006. The reality of his career matched much closer with what he’s done this year than with how he pitched in 2005. This is not a criticism of Cashman’s decision to re-up the journeyman in the hopes that somehow last year wasn’t a fluke. It was worth the gamble; heck, he deserved some type of compensation for helping the Bombers win the East again. But, reality seems to have set in. Small has been awful (even worse than Matt Clement), and it appears that his magic has left him. This is to say that I have very little confidence going into tonight’s match-up against the Tigers (at least in the run prevention side of things), and the Yanks need to seriously consider alternatives to Small from here on out. He is not useful as a fifth starter and he’s not valuable as a long-relief man. Might that crappy farm system hold better options for the spot Aaron Small currently fills? I once heard rumor of a young man named Matt Smith…In any case, the Tigers are countering with a young pitcher themselves, who’s filling in for the injured Mike Maroth (again, heed the wisdom of your peers, Mr. Cashman). Roman Colon, the Matt Smith of the Tigers, takes the mound against our heroes from the Bronx. Again, the odds are against them, but these Yanks have a way of surprising even the most jaded of followers. Let’s hope they do it again. Comment away!

167 comments… add one
  • So I’m guessing Darrell Rasner is insurance in case Small gets the hook early? Or do we have to suffer more of Mr. Lisa Guerrero?

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 6:38 pm
  • But, YM, Scott’s blue eyes fill the seats. He’s worth the contract for that reason alone.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • Stop it, Nick. You’re making me all hot and bothered :D

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 6:43 pm
  • (I think this is a good time to point out that I’m female…..)

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 6:43 pm
  • by the way, I posted this before I saw they called up Rasner. It’d be nice if he was making the start and not Small.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 6:48 pm
  • Melky!

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:07 pm
  • Damon sits as Melky starts off the game

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:07 pm
  • a triple for Melky!!!

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • Jeter k’s

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • any word on why Sheff and Damon are both sitting?

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • Giambi k’s and Melky’s triple could go to waste.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Damon – foot.
    Sheff – sore wrist.
    In the meantime, Giambi Ks, ARod grounds out. Melky’s triple wasted.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • crapola

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Granderson with a lead-off single to right. Not a good start.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • I hope Torre has him on a VERY short leash. Rasner should have started to begin with.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • ugh. another single. Runners on 1st and 2nd, no out.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • bases load, 0 outs. It’s about as bad as it gets…

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • Magglio Ordonez fouls out to first. 1 away

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Guillen lines out to Jeter, 2 away. Still no runs.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Chris Shelton=ugliest player in baseball. He’s no Scott Erickson.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • OMG. He got out of it.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Aaron Small battles back! No runs after loading the bases with no outs. Wow!

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • No small feat.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Meantime Jays go back-to-back off Beckett.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Jorge leads off with a single. He’s been looking so good this year…

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Cano follows with a single. He’s been mostly singles this year. It’d be nice if he started getting a few more extra-base hits. Can’t complain right now.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Old Man Bernie pops out and doesn’t advance the runners.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • TLong won’t give up! Gets a single and the bases are loaded. Will the Yanks score first?

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • note to Andy: If you get a hit here, Torre will play you more…

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Andy Phillips makes his case, a 2-run single!!!

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Melky!!!

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • The phenom is half the way to a cycle, as he drives in a run with a double.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • Jeter grounds out but another run comes in. 4-0.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Ugh. Giambi is really slumping these days, isn’t he? Oh well, 3-0 is not to be sneezed at.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • oops, 4-0.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Small made short work of Monroe. 3 pitches, 3 strikes.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Seven pitch walk to Thames.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Inge flies out, Granderson k’s swinging to end the inning. Very good.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Maybe the (somewhat) big lead will settle down Small?

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Darn it. Stuck at work, can’t watch the game live. ARod leads with a double, Posada advances him to third on the 4-3.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Bernie!!!

    YF May 30, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Bernie comes through! 5-0.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • That is pretty good, YM. Seems like he’s been reading the comments of some of our SFs. (And YFs, for that matter.)

    YF May 30, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Pudge creams one. Even Comerica can’t help with that one.

    YF May 30, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Small rings up Shelton to end the 3rd.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • C’mon Jason! Some insurance please.

    walein May 30, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Struck out looking.

    walein May 30, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • And they leave ’em loaded. Hope it doesn’t come back to haunt us later.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Has Aaron Small found that vial of pixie dust from last season? Let’s hope so…

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • rock’em sock’em bernie. 2/3.

    YF May 30, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • TLong double. 2nd/3rd!

    YF May 30, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • AP with another RBI.

    YF May 30, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Small was Granderson on 5 pitches (and coulda been 4). Short leash, Joe. Short.

    YF May 30, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Mr. Lisa Guerrero sighting. Darn you, Derek!

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • [Potential DP grounder turns into 4 runs scored and still only 2 out]

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • And here’s Mr. Lisa. No sign of Cult Jam Force.
    Do we really have him AND TLong in this game? For 200 million?

    YF May 30, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Melky has a nice arm.

    Bozo May 30, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • And they escape with the lead, 6-5. Looks like a few more runs might be required for the W here.

    YF May 30, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • ugh.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Giambi Ks. The Rodney ‘fro is total genius. Best since Oscar Gamble. Major style points.

    YF May 30, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • The Farns in for the 8th. A lotta heat in this game.

    YF May 30, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Crap. Leadoff walk.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Farns w/ the 4 pitch walk. A hanging slider and then 3 fastballs out of the zone. And now a grounder past Jeets. Ugh.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • And Farns walks Thames on an outside fastball. Why he didn’t continue to go up the ladder is beyond me.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • F*** Bases loaded, no outs. Pitching change?

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Yanks look like they get the double play…Only get 1. Awful.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Farns keeps yanking his fastball to the left side of the plate. Let’s call it a mechanical problem–not getting over the top. He’s killing himself. And the Yanks.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Granderson Ks on a ball right down the middle. Good things happen when you throw strikes.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • And Polanco Ks on a nice slider. But after a pair of walks and a single blow the game.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Think losing TGo hasn’t hurt?
    Gordon: 23 ip, 14h, 8 bb, 31k, 1.57 era
    Farnsworth: 24 ip, 23h, 15bb, 29k, 4.50 era

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • All in all minimal damage considering. But…damn.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Flash s*cked big time in every post season appearance. He might be better than Farnsworth but he’s no great shakes either.

    Bozo May 30, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • YF, don’t forget he went to NL. Probably contributed somewhat to his stats. But Farns has been so inconsistent, it’s maddening.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Damon pinches for Giambi, Cano hits into the FC, advances to 2nd on the wild throw. Bernie walked to get to TLong. Sheff???

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Gordon was overused by Torre. And you can’t get to the postseason giving away wins on a consistent basis. As for the NL, yeah it’s slightly easier, but the strike zone is the strike zone, so that doesn’t explain the walks. And it’s not like Gordon is facing a bunch of pitchers. When he’s in, he’s looking at ph’s.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • NOOOOO! Bang bang at home. Cano had to go. Looks like he was just out. DAMN.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • just arriving in front of the computer. I see that Farns blew it. I guess I wrong to be enthusiastic about his signing.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Why couldn’t that have gone 2 inches further.

    Bozo May 30, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Also true. I think Farns problem is mental. He can’t throw a strike to save his life, then goes and Ks a bunch of people in a row. I don’t know what it is – Torre in his head, who knows. Maybe he needs to visit with ARod’s mental strength coach :D

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Just got out of work. Did Cano get jobbed on that call at home? FSN Detroit showed an angle that looked like he was just out.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Replays show the ump made the right call. Barely.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Nice play by A-rod. I mean A-Rod sucks he only got one out on that.

    Bozo May 30, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Arod with a good play to get Rodriguez on a slow roller. Looks like Pudge might have strained something legging that out.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • And NOW Joe brings in Mo. If he had started the 8th, this thing is basically over at this point.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Can you really kill Joe for not bringing in Mo at the beginning of the 8th? Farnsworth was signed for the 8th.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Cano misses a roller from Ordonez that I think he should have been able to play. The pitch was away, and Ordonez went with it.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Mags puts one past Cano. Cano just can’t catch a break here. Get’s pegged on the relay in the 8th. Gets caught at the plate. Can’t get to the grounder. Snakebit.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Mo in for Farns. Let’s get it to extras! I have faith in Melky…he’s HR shy of a cycle, I believe.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Nifty one six three DP to end the inning. That was fast.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • For everyone who was wondering, looks like Mo is back to his usual Mo-ness.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • there’s hope. Melky’s coming to bat!

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Aaaaand he gets them on 4 pitches!

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • was that really only a 4 pitch inning?

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Nick-YF. I know that’s why they got the Farns. So I’m not going to fault Torre there. But it looks like Farns just doesn’t have it together enough either mentally or physically to get through on a consistent basis. It’s frustrating.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • in case anyone was wondering: Vernon Wells owns the Sox. Another homer.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Yes, YF, that was definitely an archetypical Mo inning. Rodriguez is still catching, even though he looked a bit game coming off the diamond after that 5-3 groundout last inning.
    Jones (3.12) is in for Detroit sporting a Gossage special ‘stache.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Phillips misses badly on a 12-6 curve.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Gossage stache, El Duque hook. Man was that thing slow.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Melky rips a grounder but it’s straight at Guillen. Inning over.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • well that was fast

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • YF: yeah, he’s got a great break on that pitch. It buckled Melky on the first pitch of his at bat as well.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Rivera is working against Santiago. 1-1 is a comebacker that Rivera tosses to Phillips for the first out. Rivera is working quickly. Monroe comes up.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Up on Monroe 0-2 on two pitches. Pitch three breaks off the plate fora ball. The one two blows Monroe away as he chases a cutter tailing outside.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Thames is in with two outs. Two balls fed from Rivera. Thames is way behind the 2-0 and 2-1 cut fastballs, swinging at vapor. 2-2 count: Strike three swining on another cutter that Thames was no where near. Mo looks fantastic.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • A clean 10th for Mo. You can only live so long in a road game in extras. Time to put a few on the board.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • The legend in action!

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Tigers go down 1,2,3. Does Mo come out if Yanks take the lead? He’s still only thrown 16 pitches.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • YF – agreed. Come on, NY. Get a run over.
    Jeter leads off with a chopper at short fielded for the first out.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • YM, I doubt they will pull him. He’s rested and sharp as a razor. Meanwhile, Giambi is fouling balls off up both lines against the shift.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Giambi!!!

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • GIAMBINO!!!!!

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • Giambi Redeemed!

    Bozo May 30, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • YES!!!!!!!!!

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • Home run on a hung curve to right. ARod steps in.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • Giambi!!!

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • You gotta believe Mo’s coming back out.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • He really HGHed that one over. C’mon Tigers, make RSN’s night not too terrible . . .

    rk May 30, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • ARod is behind 1-2. A ball, then ARod hits it up the middle on the ground for a single.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • Stinnett steps in and shows bunt, which I do not understand at all.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • Please Joe, please don’t take Mo out!

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • Jones is missing low and away. He might be a bit rattled. There’s no reason not to challenge Stinnett here.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • Life is so much better with a lead and the Gerbil on play-by-play.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • Top 11, one out, ARod on first, two-one to Stinnett: low and away. Ball three. Jones is not happy with himself right now. Cano is on deck.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • Stinnett drills one opposite field. Dare I say that was a nice piece of hitting? ‘Twas, “twas.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • Gerbil = good luck charm?

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • Thanks, YF. :)
    Stinnett singles to left. Nice eye, Kelly.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • Cano! Read the sign! Hot ‘N Ready!!!!

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • Don’t jinx me/it YM. :)
    Another first pitch ball to Cano. Tigers are calling to the pen to see how close someone is to ready..
    Cano grounds into the FC as Polanco pulled Guillen off the bag to prevent the DP. Should have been end of the inning.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • Bernie!!! Ordonez almost w/ the miracle grab. Insurance for Mo. We’ll take it.

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • Spurling (9.5 IP) is up in the pen for les Tigres. Williams ropes one to RF that Magglio tries to stab backwards over his head and misses! Run scores, 8-6 NY.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:56 pm

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:57 pm
  • Terrence Long, which I learned today is a mole planted by RSN from PaulSF, is up to try to deflect this newfound uncertainty regarding his moral fortitude. He walks as Jones didn’t get the memo.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 10:57 pm
  • Thanks!

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • Thanks!

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • The FC on Cano is payback for the non-DP that Jeter made the error on :)

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • Hit here and that’s it for Mo. Action in the Yankee pen, one wonders? Villone?

    YF May 30, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • Bases loaded to Andy Phillips, with yet another opportunity to prove his worth to NY. He swings (hard, nice cut) at the first pitch but is in front of it and pulls it foul.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:00 pm
  • Spurling is pitcher #8 for the Tigers, if you’re wondering.

    YF May 30, 2006, 11:01 pm
  • Andy!!!!

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 11:02 pm
  • Another nice cut, still ahead of the pitch, and he fouls it into the blue-nose seats above the tarp up first. Wake up, you privileged bastages! He takes a pitch for a ball. The 1-2: Hit hard at Inge, who deflects it but really didn’t have a play. Run scores on what should be a single from Phillips. Bases still loaded.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:02 pm
  • AP 2-run single! That it for Mo?
    And Melkster with a hit. Dulce du Leche!

    YF May 30, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • Melky! Single to left scores two more! First and third, two outs.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • Hmmm, maybe Torre should keep Cabrera in leadoff spot?

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 11:03 pm

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • Jeter takes a hard cut after looking at a ball and misses. 1 and 1. YF: Yes, I think they should pull Mo here.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:04 pm
  • Jeets Ks. But who comes out to pitch with the game wide open?

    YF May 30, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • Jeter can’t turn on a fastball. His swings looked a little awkward; I wonder if his wrist is bothering him?

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • I say you go with Villone.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • YM: Cabrera doesn’t steal, but I like the line of thought. See what he does when hehas a chance to produce early when Damon needs to be spelled.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • Nope, Mo’s back in.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • Mo in, No Mo tomorrow.

    Bozo May 30, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • Egads. Still Mo. Not crazy about this at all.

    YF May 30, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • I don’t get why you keep Mo in here.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 11:08 pm
  • Mo stays in. He still looks awesome, up 0-2 right away. Stinnett sets up high for ball one, then Inge grounds out 6-3 for one away on a two hopper, which it looked like Mo completely set up.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:08 pm
  • Villone went 2 yesterday, maybe that’s why? Who else is in the pen besides Villone and Myers?

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 11:08 pm
  • YM, I guess that must be the reason. Isn’t Rassner up?

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • Up 0-2 on two fouls from Grunderson who is looking to the sky for assistance. the 0-2 is called strike three, and Grunderson Grumbles Grudgingly. I guess they left Mo in because he is basically unhittable right now.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • Nick, yeah he is, but of course Joe won’t trust him in this situation. Aaaand it’s over! Mo was fantastic.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • Mo’s in a zone I guess. Let him be.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • Second pitch ground out, 4-3 to end the game from Polanco. What was that, 17 pitches from Rivera? Stunning 9-out close.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • 9 outs in 17 pitches. I have to say that again, just because it sounds so awesome for me to read that stat.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • Mo was unbelievable today.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 11:12 pm
  • I am positively giddy over that close from Mo, and the re-taking of the lead from the Yanks bats (Giambi say: “Slump THIS mofos!”), but what a performance from Rivera.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:13 pm
  • Pardon me if I wax poetic, but if one is lucky, there is someone to watch once in awhile that transcends the superlatives that get thrown around in baseball all too frequently. Mariano Rivera does it consistently and for many years. Watch, and enjoy.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:18 pm
  • What a performance from Melky! 4 hits, 1 bb and 2 rbi. Not bad for a kid.

    Joe May 30, 2006, 11:22 pm
  • Joe: true that. Melky performed so well today. Too bad the Yankees didn’t bring him out of their deplete farm system. Oh, wait…

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:25 pm

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