• April 28th vs. The Blue Jays

    Posted by on April 28th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    When the Yankees won last Tuesday, I wrote:

    …tonight was a page from the recent Yankees-great-teams text book. Get an early lead, have your starting pitcher maintain that margin, and then tack on runs until the game is far in your favor.

    Well, tonight, the Yankees were beat with a page from their own book. Luckily, no one has runaway with the A.L. East, and, despite a record of 11-10, New York is only one game out of first place.

    In a way, you can say that it’s now a 141 game season (instead of 162). And, if the Yankees win the remaining games in this series, and then go out and have a big May and June, then no one will care about the 11-10 start.

    Really, the sun doesn’t shine on the same dog’s butt everyday. I truly feel that tonight was just one of those nights. You’re going to win at least 60 games each baseball season and you’re going to lose around 60 games each baseball season – and it’s those remaining 40 games that make or break you. This evening was probably just one of those 60 games that you’re going to lose, no matter what.

    I expect the Yankees to rub some dirt on it, walk it off, and get ready to keep playing. It also helps to have Johnson and Mussina on the hill for the next two games.

    Comments on April 28th vs. The Blue Jays

    1. Jen
      April 29th, 2006 | 2:07 am

      If you’re gonna lose, might as well lose to their best pitcher.

    2. baileywalk
      April 29th, 2006 | 9:30 am

      The frustrating thing about last night is that Wright actually pitched well. He had a shaky first inning, but then settled down and matched Halladay (who was a bit wild, but got out of every jam he put himself in).

      The funny thing about last night is that the three pitchers used were the three pitchers that shouldn’t be on this team. I personally think that Wright, Proctor and Sturtze should be replaced with Small, Dotel and Cox (or T.J. Beam, who is tearing up AA; his ERA is under 1). I can tolerate Proctor (that curveball was a mistake pitch — a terrible and stupid one — but he can get outs and he’s somewhat valuable). But I don’t think Wright is going to work out here and I never want to see Sturtze in another game unless the Yankees are up by six (at least). This guy is DONE. I’m sick of seeing this guy come in and serve up the long ball. What purpose does he have any more other than to pad other hitters’ stats? It’s a routine: he comes in, gives up a homer, shakes his head in disbelief, Torre pats him on the butt and then makes excuses for him. Listen, we all know Tanyon is a good guy, but he’s DONE as a pitcher. It’s time for Torre to figure this out and stop putting him in any important situation. Even last night was too important for him. Before he blew up the game, the Yankees were only down by three (at least that gave them the possibility).

      I really just don’t understand what Torre is doing with Sturtze. It’s clear his arm is not one hundred percent and it’s clear he’s working through things — so why does he have to work through things in these types of situations? Let him work through his problems with some wiggle room.

      If the Yankees are lucky, Sturtze will have a run-in with a can opener and be out about a month. Then they can forget about him and move on. Small needs to be the fifth starter. Then Dotel will come back and they can promote Cox or Beam.

    3. April 29th, 2006 | 10:30 am

      If anyone is interested, I put together a page that has Yankees new feeds from all the media outlets and blogs on one page:

      http://www.dcdeal.com/yankees

    4. April 29th, 2006 | 12:41 pm

      As far as Sturtze, those pictures of Torre that Heredia had find their way around.

      Here’s a funny link of A-Rod to get over the game: http://www.collegehumor.com/movies/1686007/

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