• April 16th @ The Twins

    Posted by on April 16th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    I was nervous for Wang at the start of this game. Something about his sharp ground-ball ratio and the Twins’ turf was concerning me. But, Chien-Ming figured out a way around that – with a career high 8 whiffs. Great timing too – the Yankees are now just two games behind from having the best record in the AL (wink, wink).

    Still, if you were to listen to the last seven Mets fans that I’ve run into this season, it doesn’t matter what the Yankees do – since they’ve all told me that the Mets are going to win it all this year.

    And, I would guess that Boston fans probably feel the same way about the Sox so far this year.

    The more that I think about the Mets and the Red Sox, the more that I have to consider that the Yankees have faced some tough pitchers in 9 of their first 12 games. And, all of those tough games have been on the road. Yes, they have not faired well against those tough pitchers. But, when you look at some teams that are doing very well at this point in the season, you have to consider the teams that they’ve faced, and where, as well.

    If the Yankees win two in Toronto, and sit at 8-6, heading into a nice long homestand, I like their chances (now) to be sitting pretty on May 1st.

    On the flip side, if the Yankees are not, say, 14-9 on May 1st, then I suppose the Mets and Red Sox fans might be right.

    Comments on April 16th @ The Twins

    1. Raf
      April 17th, 2006 | 9:35 am

      It’s a long way to october

    2. baileywalk
      April 17th, 2006 | 9:39 am

      Giambi so far this year:

      .344 BA, .543 OBP, .781 SLG, 11 RBI, 4 HR, 12 BB, 7 K.

      Sheffield so far this year:

      .288 BA, .309 OBP, .538 SLG, 11 RBI, 3 HR, 2 BB, 8 K.

      Would Torre wake the hell up, stop being so scared of Sheff and his eventual tirade, and move Giambi to the three hole? I know people say Sheff never struggles and that he needs to get his swing in order, but he’s been very inconsistent, and looking at his strikeouts-to-walks, I’d say he’s struggling. Giambi, on the other hand, is on fire. His OBP is over .500. Over 200 points higher than Sheffield’s. Giambi is getting on base more and hitting for more power — why is he batting fifth? Put Giambi third, A-Rod fourth, Sheffield fifth, and Matsui sixth. You get the hot guy in the three hole and break up the lefties. I seriously think they’re not doing this because Sheff would be pissed off. And that’s pitiful.

    3. JohnnyC
      April 17th, 2006 | 5:22 pm

      baileywalk, I’m not sure that’s the reason. Cashman was rather cool to Sheff during Spring Training when he asked for an extension and I’m not sure he’s Torre’s favorite guy either. I just think Torre believes Sheffield is his best option in the 3 hole. He is notoriously mercurial in his “logic.” Loved to alternate lefty/righty, but now doesn’t think it’s an issue. Prefers hard throwers out of the pen (pace Colter Bean) but won’t tolerate the higher walk rate that naturally comes with that (hence too many pitching to contact types pitching to too much contact). His early dismissal of Farnsworth is just another example of this. His treatment of Phillips again shows he’s a self-contradictory wonder: hates strikeouts and promotes smallball but then, if you watch closely, he never puts on plays, bunts, or runs when the team is behind (????). Cairo stealing against KC with a 5 run lead is Torre shooting fish in a barrel. It took Zimmer to give him the steel to be offensively aggressive. But Zim’s long gone.

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