• The Key For Yanks Today Vs. Matsuzaka?

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2007 · Comments (4)

    If they get someone on base, they better take advantage of it…

    from the Boston Herald

    After Toronto beat Dice-K, 2-1, last Tuesday at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays strongly hinted that Matsuzaka is most vulnerable when pitching out of the stretch. If nothing else, numbers confirm that his command isn’t as perfect out of the shortened delivery. With the bases empty this season, he has struck out 19 and walked none in 51 batters faced. When a runner reaches first, however, Matsuzaka has walked five and struck out four in 24 plate appearances.

    Then again, this assumes that the Yankees can get some guys on in the first place tonight.

    Comments on The Key For Yanks Today Vs. Matsuzaka?

    1. baileywalk
      April 22nd, 2007 | 11:40 am

      Hope that was sarcasm.

      You were the guy beating up on Mats on a daily basis.

      Even with Posada and Matsui out, I think A-Rod, Jeter, Giambi, Abreu and Cano will manage a few hits. Maybe Minky will even try to stop hitting 420-foot home runs and find a hole with a ground ball.

    2. JeremyM
      April 22nd, 2007 | 2:25 pm

      I don’t know why Minky is taking such a beating, his average is higher than the guy that ended last season at first base:)

    3. singledd
      April 22nd, 2007 | 4:27 pm

      Why can’t Phelps play 1st? If Nieves is injured, he can move behind the plate, and Minky to first. Am I wrong?

      It’s not worth much, but Minky has been hitting the ball better in the last 3 or 4 games.

    4. JeremyM
      April 23rd, 2007 | 12:00 am

      Well, that sucked, but I think I feel as good as possible about the team considering they were just swept by the Red Sox. They bashed Matsuzaka around pretty good, and came one bad Proctor appearance away from winning a game where they started a AA pitcher and were without Posada and Matsui. It’s too bad Matsuzaka gets credit for the win with that line, but that’s baseball.

      One question I do have is that Pettitte gets pulled on Friday after 100 pitches, seemingly due to his health, yet he’s had two relief appearances already?

      Any chance Phelps can catch regularly enough to remove Nieves from the roster? Good to see some creativity from Torre tonight. Nieves needs to hurry up and get a hit as a Yankee, because I don’t think he’ll get many more chances.

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