Yanks-Tigers Game IV Post-Mortem

Last night’s loss was bad enough. Torre managed poorly, Wang was terrible, Farnsworth blew the save, and Terrence Long lived up to advanced billing. But the really bad news is, of course, injury-related. These are the 2006 Yankees, after all. First, Gary Sheffield is back on the DL, and he might need surgery. And if that’s not scary enough, Mariano Rivera was scratched from last night’s game due to back spasms he suffered while tying his shoe. The question is obvious. Is Mariano really an octogenarian pretending to be the best reliever ever? The latest I’ve heard is that he’s out for the weekend. Let’s hope that’s it. Because what do the Yanks do without Mo? We’re seeing that Kyle might not make a reliable back-up, which brings us to last night:

  • On the plus side of things, Melky Cabrera made a leaping catch at the wall. He continues to add to his legend daily. "Yankeemonkey" and I are accepting donations to set up a shrine to him outside of Yankees Stadium.
  • Darrel Rasner’s debut with the big club was nice. Joe, why remove him from the game when you did?
  • Terrence Long should have been pinch-hit for in his first at bat.
  • Kyle Farnsworth obviously did not have it. There’s a guy in the bullpen with a low ERA who’s pitched very well in limited opportunities. Surprisingly, his name is not Mariano Rivera. He’s also not Scott Proctor. Who am I talking about? And why didn’t Joe bring him in when Kyle put a second guy on base?
  • Should Yankees fans be happy that the Bombers took 3 out of 4 from the team with the best record in the league? I think so. Let’s chill then. It’s not all bad (at least until the next big injury).
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  • How long before Captain Turtleneck decides that Mariano is washed up and orders Brian Cashman to make a deal for Danny Almonte?

    MJL in L.A. June 2, 2006, 1:14 pm
  • uhm . . . if letting 2 of 3 inherited runners is your idea of a ‘nice debut,’ then I hope all your flotsam in the minor leagues does the same thing when the get the call.

    uhm June 2, 2006, 1:20 pm
  • uhm…he gave up a hit to Magglio Ordonez with the bases load; the first batter he faced. You might recognize Magglio Ordonez as the clean-up hitter for Detroit. He’s good. After that, he got everyone he faced, throwing 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes. Not on the Dave Pauley- Lenny Dinardo level, but getting there.

    Nick-YF June 2, 2006, 1:26 pm
  • Nick, I was thinking something a bit more grand for the Melkster. How about (the soon-to-be-built) Yankee Stadium, The House that Melky Built? Has a nice ring to it…
    Uhm, Rasner did fine considering the situation. Would it have been better for him to give up a GS? What baffles me (beside TLong’s continued presence on this team) is why Torre didn’t put him in to start the inning. It was obvious Wang was losing it. At least once he walked the leadoff guy, he should’ve been yanked.
    It’s almost comical with the rash of injuries Yanks have had. I don’t think Mariano’s problem is because of that 3IP stint as some people were saying; he only threw ~25 pitches, which is less than The Farns did last night. IIRC, he’s had back spasms before. Let’s hope it’ll pass. As evidenced by last night, Mo is the ONLY person this team can’t do without.

    yankeemonkey June 2, 2006, 1:52 pm
  • · Plus: Miguel Cairo played short very well.
    · Plus: Proctor pitched well in his stint.
    · Minus: Myers’ failure to do the one thing he is on the team to do: dispatch lefties. It happened that Granderson’s double did not cost the Yankees, except perhaps a few more outs from Rasner since that’s whom he replaced, followed immediately by Proctor who k’d Thames to end the inning.

    attackgerbil June 2, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • P.S. Now we’re going to see whether this “best record in the league” was a fluke or the real deal. Tiggers have a tough stretch…and they haven’t been all that impressive. Obviously Yankees played them well, but still…That being said, I’ll be the biggest Tiger fan for the next few days :D

    yankeemonkey June 2, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • On the plus side Giambi had his second straight game of productive at bats. Hopefully, he’s getting abck on track after about a month of piss-poor hitting; and with Hideki and Sheffield not coming back this season (most likely) we’ll need giambi to be more of a 300 hitter than the 250-260 hitter he’s been the past few years with us.

    walein June 2, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • Also, there’s something exciting about the Yankees being a much more mortal team than they’ve been the past few years. Being forced to use their young players on an everyday basis is also re-freshing.

    walein June 2, 2006, 2:06 pm
  • In all honesty, run production is not the main problem. It’s pitching. Whenever the team scores 5+ runs, it should be enough to win. So while Giambino needs to produce (and ARod and everyone else), I’m more worried about run prevention rather than production.
    Walein: so true! It’s great watching the kids play. Maybe Cashman can unearth a few more from the farm to stick in the ‘pen?

    yankeemonkey June 2, 2006, 2:27 pm
  • YM/Walein: This may be a bit off topic, but since the topic of youth was brought up, the Daily News has an interesting story on Francisco Pena and Preston Mattingly (sons of Tony and Don respectively), both of whom are being scouted by the Yankees among other teams.

    attackgerbil June 2, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • Ooh! Ooh! Is it Ron Villone?!
    Seriously, he’s got a hot hand, he hasn’t crapped the bed as far as I can remember, and yet he pitches in blowouts while Scott Erickson is seeing action in close games. I really don’t understand it.

    yankeesnj June 2, 2006, 2:56 pm
  • I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yanks go after this year’s Huston Street to shore up that ‘pen, maybe late this year, but certainly next, because Mo isn’t getting any younger and I trust Farns about as far as I can throw him.

    Nate June 2, 2006, 3:02 pm
  • i know that the injurys are somewhat unrelated, but are yankee fans still confident in sheffs decision to make a quick return from the DL last week? we had a pretty good debate on this topic with most people siding on the idea that sheff was sucking it up for the team. in a lot of respects, as a sox fan, i would like to see him return this year. i was counting on a big blow up in the club house the likes of only a team player like contract hungry sheff could create this year.

    sf rod June 2, 2006, 5:24 pm
  • That’s more Schilling’s territory SF Rod.

    walein June 2, 2006, 6:54 pm

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