• April 21st vs. The Orioles

    Posted by on April 21st, 2006 · Comments (13)

    When I was in grammar school, they used to have “Book Fairs” each year. It was like a “Bake Sale” or “Plant Sale” – something they, or the PTA, did to raise some cash. At the Book Fair, the students could buy books – and they were new (although I have no idea where the school got them).

    Anyway, back when I was in the 5th grade (in 1972), I bought a book at the school Book Fair that was very important to me (at the time). I probably read the thing (at least) 50 times after I bought it. And, I still have it – I guess that I’ve kept it, all these years, just for old-times sake. Here it is:

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    Maybe I should make a copy of the book and sent it to Joe Torre?

    In any event, here’s one takeaway from tonight’s game: When your pitcher has the bases loaded, and there are 2 outs, and there’s a full count on the batter, don’t let your pitcher throw from a full wind-up.

    Comments on April 21st vs. The Orioles

    1. baileywalk
      April 22nd, 2006 | 9:30 am

      You’re right, and Torre should have been long gone, the guy makes a flawed team even more flawed, BUT…

      That was possibly the worst strike-three call — considering the situation — I’ve ever seen. It was a ballsy pitch from Ray (who’s a great pitcher), but it was clearly outside, and Hernandez knew it, which is why he jerked his hand so far in. If the catcher has to move his glove that much, it’s not a strike. I can’t think of a worse way to end that game: on a missed strike call.

      Also, A-Rod is just unbelievable. How many times have we seen him come up in an important situation and get blown away by a high fastball? A-Rod is one of the best hitters in the game, BUT THE GUY CANNOT HIT THE HIGH FASTBALL. Never. Ever. He CAN’T do it. It’s amazing he’s as good as he is with such a hole in his swing.

    2. Raf
      April 22nd, 2006 | 10:46 am

      In any event, here’s one takeaway from tonight’s game: When your pitcher has the bases loaded, and there are 2 outs, and there’s a full count on the batter, don’t let your pitcher throw from a full wind-up.
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      When your pitcher has the bases loaded, and there are 2 outs, and there’s a full count on the batter, and you have a 97mph fastball, don’t let your pitcher throw a slider. no, wait…

      Pitchers throw from a full windup with the bases loaded because they don’t have to worry about baserunners taking a base.

    3. baileywalk
      April 22nd, 2006 | 10:51 am

      Pitchers — especially ones who take a good fifteen seconds to throw the ball — shouldn’t go into the full windup with the bases loaded and two outs because two runners can score on an infield hit.

    4. April 22nd, 2006 | 11:17 am

      The full wind-up with the bags juiced is not a problem – until (Raf) there are two outs AND A FULL COUNT. That was the issue. The runners can then take-off at will, as Roberts did. It’s a small wrinkle in a game that can lead to an extra run – and in this case, that extra run was the ballgame.

    5. JohnnyC
      April 22nd, 2006 | 12:02 pm

      “When your pitcher has the bases loaded, and there are 2 outs, and there’s a full count on the batter, and you have a 97mph fastball, don’t let your pitcher throw a slider.”

      Mel lives on not only in our memories but in the continuing reality which is more dumb-ass pitch calling in Yankees-land. You know, Mel DID tell Gooden and Darling to stop striking out so many batters. Is there any way Cash can make Kerrigan unofficial pitching coach? Soon?

    6. JohnnyC
      April 22nd, 2006 | 12:14 pm

      BTW, this is one of the several reasons Randy Jonson doesn’t like pitching to Jorge Posada. His head is never in the game (the wind-up issue probably eluded him) and he continues to “snatch” strikes away from his pitchers…unlike Hernandez who has learned to “frame” strikes for incompetent home plate umpires like last night’s. Movement inward to the zone leads these idiot umpires to call strikes, movement away from the zone makes them call balls…regardless of the actual position of the pitch. sort of the Heisenberg Principle of ball-strike calling.

    7. Raf
      April 22nd, 2006 | 12:23 pm

      Two outs, bases loaded, full count, you concentrate on the hitter. Just like you go for the sure out at first. Wang got the ground ball, he did his job.

      And who’s to say Roberts doesn’t score if Wang holds him on?

      There were (and are) plenty of small wrinkles in a game that causes a team to lose it. ARod’s K, Matsui’s K, Jeter’s bad throw, Millar’s single, etc, etc, etc.

    8. Raf
      April 22nd, 2006 | 12:27 pm

      “When your pitcher has the bases loaded, and there are 2 outs, and there’s a full count on the batter, and you have a 97mph fastball, don’t let your pitcher throw a slider.”

      Mel lives on not only in our memories but in the continuing reality which is more dumb-ass pitch calling in Yankees-land. You know, Mel DID tell Gooden and Darling to stop striking out so many batters. Is there any way Cash can make Kerrigan unofficial pitching coach? Soon?
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      Actually, I was referencing Ray K’ing Matsui on a 3-2 slider to end the game.

      That part was tongue-in-cheek :)

    9. JohnnyC
      April 22nd, 2006 | 12:51 pm

      “And who’s to say Roberts doesn’t score if Wang holds him on?”

      Because he rounded third base before Wang’s arm was even moving toward the plate.

      “Jeter’s bad throw”

      He was out. Would he have been more out if it was a better throw? And, by the way, Jeter might have had an easier play at third…if Wang had pitched from the stretch. But, as we know, Roberts was already halfway home.

    10. JeremyM
      April 22nd, 2006 | 7:24 pm

      I know it’s early, but so far Jeter is having a fantastic season. I wonder if he’s more comfortable in the number 2 slot? Crunching the numbers very informally, his batting average, well, averaged about .331 for the 4 years Knoblauch was here and it was .306 in the 4 years that he’s been gone. Could be one of those weird phenomenona, like Giambi batting better when he plays the field. Hopefully he can keep it up.

    11. Raf
      April 22nd, 2006 | 9:35 pm

      He was out. Would he have been more out if it was a better throw? And, by the way, Jeter might have had an easier play at third…if Wang had pitched from the stretch. But, as we know, Roberts was already halfway home.
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      I saw he was safe, you saw he was safe, Phillips thought he was safe, the whole stadium thought he was safe… Everyone except the umpire. Same with the 3-2 slider that was caught in the RH batter’s box, then jerked over to the outside corner. Everyone thought it to be a ball except the umpire.

      Why are we griping about Wang pitching from a full windup? He got the ground ball, Jeter made the play. Everything worked out the way it was supposed to, except with the umpire.

    12. April 22nd, 2006 | 10:26 pm

      I’m not shocked about Jeter at all Jeremy – in fact, I predicted it.

    13. April 22nd, 2006 | 11:50 pm

      Definitely a good side effect of bringing Damon on board then. Although I do have a hard time shaking the memory of Jeter taking Rick Reed deep in the 2000 World Series on the 1st pitch of the game….

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