• May 5th @ The Rangers

    Posted by on May 5th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    Holy Fratzog Ammunition Batman!

    Yes, tonight, the Yankees dodged a bullet.

    Just like Torre reportedly told Randy Johnson after yesterday’s game, I will say it as well tonight: You should never feel bad about a game that you won.

    I just hope that Aaron Small is OK. He looked catatonic sitting in the dugout after he came out of the game.

    Comments on May 5th @ The Rangers

    1. baileywalk
      May 6th, 2006 | 12:12 am

      Damn, Steve, you got this up quick. There’s nothing quite like Torre being Torre, huh?

      I say the “feel good because it’s a win” thing is bullshit. Apparently the Rangers were taking the Yankees and their pitching lightly before they got to town. Moose schooled them… and then they scored six runs in the eighth. D’oh!

      The bottom line for me is that Torre is an absolute moron who manages randomly and this team has to win DESPITE him. He doesn’t help — he’s like a tide they fight against.

      Moose has never looked better. He’s locked in. His control is impeccable. He’s cruising. He’s only thrown 85 pitches! So he gives up a hit and of course Torre jogs in and takes him out so Small can get some work. BRILLIANT move. Small proceeds to get kicked around and the next thing you know Mo’s in the game.

      That was one of the absolute worst moves I’ve ever seen Torre make. 1) Moose is cruising and should be allowed to finished the eighth; and 2) this is a good offense in a hitters’ park and they can easily put together some runs. It was just one of those stupid decisions that you knew would backfire. Now Mo probably isn’t available for tonight’s game.

      How many more games will Clueless Joe try to lose for this team this year?

    2. Yu Hsing Chen
      May 6th, 2006 | 2:05 am

      Ack, with hindsight i think the decisions weren’t all that bad but it was just one freakish inning where we saw everything off the bat finding holes and our pitchers not finding the plate enough.

      The decision to bring in Small is still far more logical than say… bringing in Sturtze to face Johnny Gomes in a tied game.. results none withstanding anyway.. (Gomes elevate that pitch a couple of feet more and it was gone)

      In the end, a freakish win is still better than a very well played loss XD..

    3. RICH
      May 6th, 2006 | 5:46 am

      I suppose baileywalk and I come at this from different sides, I don’t usually fault Torre for too many things though I don’t think he’s infallible :-)

      I have no problem with him removing Mussina when he did though I wouldn’t had minded him finishing the 8th either.

      If the bullpen can’t protect a 7 run lead with 2 innings left then your pitchers better have a lot of complete games.

      I saw it as an opportunity to get some work for Small and it blew up. All things being equal, suppose Mussina got through the 8th and this stuff occurred in the 9th what would have been different?

    4. baileywalk
      May 6th, 2006 | 9:38 am

      It wouldn’t have been nearly as big of a deal in the ninth because it’s a lot easier getting three outs instead of six.

      I’ll admit it was a pretty freakish inning — Farns walked a guy after unfurling a FILTHY pitch and Mo hit someone (you don’t see that very often) — but this is the wrong team and the wrong park to just pack it in with a seven-run lead.

      I don’t think taking out Moose is a justifiable move, but Small SHOULD be able to get some outs there. He looked pretty awful — everything was right over the plate. I think Farnsworth and especially Mo got rushed into the game.

      Though Mo has been giving up a lot of hits this year, and though Farns has walked guys in critical situations, I still have faith in them. Despite what we saw last night.

    5. JohnnyC
      May 6th, 2006 | 6:52 pm

      bailey, my brother, we’re on the same wavelength. The most salient point is that a 7 run lead with six outs to go in this ballpark with this good a hitting team can’t be taken for granted…as with so many things Torre seems to do (Spring Training for one thing). Ironically, Torre is heard several times a year intoning with solemnity the bromide about “never having a big enough lead in Fenway.” I’m sure he believes it too as well he should. But ARod didn’t lead the league in homers all three years he played in Texas for nothing. Nor has Michael Young led the league in hits (winning the batting title in 2005)3 of the last 5 seasons for nothing. I’m sure Torre’s waiting for more “information” on that.

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