• April 4th vs. The Rays

    Posted by on April 4th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    The Yankees lose this game, 13-4. And, their record on the season is now 2-2. To date, including this game, the Yankees have allowed 22 runs this season and they have scored 12 runs.

    So, look at the bright side, the Yankees are out-playing Pythagorean Winning Percentage so far this year, right?

    Ian Kennedy had no command this evening. And, we got to see what can happen to him when he cannot locate his pitches. Not pretty, huh?

    You probably have to go back to Darrell Rasner’s start of September 28, 2006 to find a game where a Yankees starter pitched at Yankees Stadium as poorly as Kennedy did this evening. (I was there that night – and it was not a fun evening in the Bronx either – like this game.)

    Speaking of flashbacks, 24 years ago, almost to the day, the Yankees had another game like this one at the start of their season. It was April 5, 1984. Check out the boxscore for that game – where the Royals beat the Yanks, 15-4. Omar Moreno, Toby Harrah, Tim Foli, Shane Rawley, and Bob Shirley all played for the Yankees. If that’s not interesting enough, note that Don Mattingly came into that game, late, as a caddy for Lou Piniella. And, actually, that’s what Mattingly did in the Yankees first four games that season – meaning he was a late innings sub. In Game 5 of 1984, Mattingly became a full-time player and went on to lead the league in batting that season.

    Three years ago, I shared that, back in 1984 and 1985, I kept a game log of sorts, for every Yankee game. Just a few notes per day, etc. Just now, for the heck of it, I went back to those notebooks to see what I wrote about that Yankees-Royals game (in 1984). Here it is:

    – @ K.C., Lost 15-4
    – Shirley gave up 3 run HR to Balboni on an 0-2, 2 out pitch.
    – Rijo looked good for 5 inn.
    – Harrah dove for a ground ball when down 14-0.

    Why do I share all this? I dunno…beats talking about the rotten game in the Bronx tonight…no?

    Comments on April 4th vs. The Rays

    1. Andrew
      April 4th, 2008 | 11:08 pm

      A very good start by Hughes, and he’s guaranteed, by you, to flame out by age 30. But an abysmal start by Kennedy and you spend one sentence on him.

      Please, just admit, in full disclosure, that you have an unnatural and clearly insane bias against certain members of the Yankees, specifically Hughes, Rodriguez, and Cashman. At least you’ll be being honest, with us and with yourself.

    2. April 4th, 2008 | 11:27 pm

      Doug Eddings’ strike zone didn’t help either.

    3. Rich
      April 5th, 2008 | 12:02 am

      But for Navarro’s injury (and of course, Hawkins’s disgraceful outing), the Yankees would have won in a walkaway.

    4. baileywalk
      April 5th, 2008 | 12:19 am

      Obviously it’s too early to make any definitive statements, but I don’t understand why they would employ Hawkins and have him take the spot of a kid.

      I don’t have any worries about Kennedy — it’s early, he had no control, etc. He’ll be better.

      I’m just kind of scratching my head here, though, wondering where the doom and gloom about Kennedy is from Steve. I mean, clearly this start shows that he doesn’t have the control to be a major-league starting pitcher, he’s TOTALLY overrated as almost EVERY pitching prospect is, and with his fastball a weak 87 mph, he’ll be in the 84 range before he’s 28!

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