• September 3rd vs. The Mariners

    Posted by on September 3rd, 2007 · Comments (5)

    King Felix Hernandez of Seattle went seven against the Yankees in this game and allowed just one earned run.

    Here’s a list of all starters, this season to date, to face the Yankees and who went at least 6 innings and gave up 2 ER or less, before King Felix today:

    A.J. Burnett
    Andy Sonnanstine
    Brian Burres
    Chad Gaudin
    Curt Schilling
    Daniel Cabrera
    Dustin McGowan (twice)
    Edwin Jackson
    Erik Bedard (twice)
    Fausto Carmona
    Horacio Ramirez
    Jarrod Washburn
    Jeff Francis
    Jeremy Guthrie (twice)
    Joe Kennedy
    Johan Santana
    John Danks
    John Lackey (twice)
    Jon Garland (twice)
    Jose Contreras
    Josh Fogg
    Justin Verlander
    Kelvim Escobar
    Miguel Batista
    Mike Wood
    Oliver Perez (twice)
    Ramon Ortiz
    Rich Harden
    Roy Halladay
    Scott Kazmir (twice)
    Shaun Marcum

    Here’s a list of all starters, this season to date, to face the Yankees and who went 5 innings or less and who gave up 3 ER or more:

    Andrew Miller
    Bartolo Colon
    Boof Bonser
    Cha Seung Baek
    Chad Durbin
    Curt Schilling
    Danny Haren
    Doug Davis
    Edwin Jackson
    Ervin Santana
    Gil Meche
    J.P. Howell
    Jake Westbrook
    James Shields
    Jered Weaver
    Jeremy Guthrie
    Jeremy Sowers
    Jesse Litsch (twice)
    John Danks
    John Maine
    Jon Garland
    Jose Contreras
    Josh Towers
    Julian Tavarez
    Kameron Loe
    Kevin Slowey
    Kyle Davies
    Livan Hernandez
    Matt Cain
    Miguel Batista
    Mike Wood
    Odalis Perez
    Orlando Hernandez
    Paul Byrd
    Robinson Tejeda
    Scott Elarton
    Scott Kazmir
    Shawn Chacon
    Tim Wakefield (twice)
    Tom Glavine

    I have no idea what any of this means. But, it seemed to make more sense to share this now than to talk about this game today.

    Cross your fingers on that MRI exam for Rocket’s right elbow. Pettitte, Wang, Mussina, Hughes and Kennedy might not be enough of a rotation to win the Wildcard. The Yankees will need to go close to 17-7 in their remaining games to win the ‘card. That’s going to be tough to do when you have two rookies and Moose starting 60% of your games.

    Comments on September 3rd vs. The Mariners

    1. MJ
      September 3rd, 2007 | 7:17 pm

      Time for Cash to find a Shawn Chacon/Aaron Small type miracle in his bag of tricks. If I have to see Mussina pitching once more this year, I’ll have a coronary. Just shut that sad sack down and give him the winter to figure out how to come back next year as a crafty junkballer.

    2. brockdc
      September 3rd, 2007 | 8:27 pm

      Does this year’s team have a slogan – you know, like Pride, Power, Pinstripes, etc.? If not, this year’s slogan should be

      The 2007 New York Yankees: Sunk Costs.

    3. Joel
      September 3rd, 2007 | 9:19 pm

      King Felix was very solid today. He’s a #1 guy. You just tip your hat to a performance like that.

      The offense will reawaken. They’ll grind it out. Wang and Pettitte are strong. The others will be serviceable–meaning they’ll pitch to a 4.50 ERA.

      And remember, to get to 93 wins, Seattle has to go 19-7 and Detroit has to go 20-5.

      No reason for panic. We still have the inside track.

    4. JeremyM
      September 3rd, 2007 | 11:54 pm

      Man, I hope they turn it around, especially for next weekend. We’re driving down to KC for my “bachelor party,” so to speak–I’m not a stripper guy so baseball will have to do:) It sucks that I won’t get to see Clemens one more time, apparently, but what can you do? KC has been playing some good ball too, so it could be a tough weekend-it looks like they’ll face Meche, potential ROY Bannister, and a resurgent Greinke.

      As far as the playoffs, the only thing I want is for them to get their ticket punched. The playoffs really seem to be a crapshoot when there isn’t one dominant team (and even if there is), and while there are some good clubs, I don’t think anyone fits that bill. Hopefully having Eiland around can help some of the pitchers because as much as I respect Guidry, it seems pretty obvious that he’s worthless as a pitching coach. I know Kerrigan’s around too, but it seems Mo has had more coaching success stories the last couple of years than either of those guys.

      As far as your post Steve, it does seem like if the hitters don’t jump on a guy early, they’re not good at adjusting their gameplan. It seems like they’re told a guy throws strikes and has good control, and when he’s wild, they still stand up there and hack. When a guy that’s normally wild throws strikes, it seems like you see a lot of Ks looking. I dunno.

    5. JohnnyC
      September 4th, 2007 | 9:41 am

      Jeremy, it’s been a problem for years now. There is no consistency to their ability to adjust mid-game. It’s fine when a Bedard or a Santana limits you to 1 or less through 7…good pitching will stop good hitting, as they say. But, to allow pitchers like the Tampa Bay duo to stymie you simply because they pitched away from the scouting report (pitching backwards so to speak)is inexcusable. Do we ever sit on a breaking pitch? We’re always locked on stun, dead red. That’s coaching and advance scouting. If other teams can detect a pattern with our pitchers, why can’t we do the same. Which brings me to Guidry…he confirms the principle that great players do not make for great coaches/managers. Mattingly is the other sterling example on the staff. Which is sad because they both deserve the utmost respect from Yankees fans for what they did on the field. It’s just too obvious they don’t know what they’re doing as coaches. No shame in that, just another mis-step(s)on the part of management.

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