• May 9th @ The Tigers

    Posted by on May 9th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Well, if we were not sure, at least now we know…it’s May 2008 and not May 1980, and, Shelley Duncan is not Rick Cerone. (Follow the link and see the play-by-play for the 5th and 7th innings if you don’t remember Cerone burning the Tigers, and Sparky Anderson, twice in the same game back in May of 1980.)

    You know how Accuweather.com has the “RealFeel Temperature”? To me, this game, heading into the 9th inning (and before the Yankees failed comeback) had a “RealFeel” Score of 15-1…even though the actual score, at that time, was 6-3. Really, until the last frame, even though the score was close, it didn’t feel close at all. Anyone else feel that way too?

    And, by the way, listening to Al, Kenny, and Michael do the game on My9…fellas, please, stop playing the “Missing A-Rod and Posada” card so much as an excuse for the Yankees performance. It’s truly starting to get weak. There are still, usually, around six “All-Stars” in the Yankees line-up even without Rodriguez and Posada. That should be enough carry your weight – even against the good teams.

    No, I haven’t forgotten about Kei Igawa. Sure, maybe, if Clete Boyer or Graig Nettles were playing third base this evening – and they were in their prime – then, perhaps, Igawa would have been a tad luckier in terms of the final ugly numbers (for him). But, in any event, it sure as heck looked the the same old Kei Igawa on the hill today – right down to the terrible body language once he started to get waxed.

    Igawa has got to be the biggest pile of money, at $46 million, that Cashman has ever thrown out the window on pitching. Yeah, Brian tossed $40 million for Carl Pavano, I know…but, at the least, Pavano had a few decent games pitched…whereas Igawa is an absolute human batting tee.

    On the bright side, while the Mets were rained out today, there will be a double-header at Shea tomorrow (with the make-up game for today). Imagine having to watch Igawa, and this bummer of a Yankees loss, and also finding out, thanks to the rain in NYC, that you now had to face Johan Santana when the Mets series comes up? See…it could have been worse today in Yankeeland.

    Comments on May 9th @ The Tigers

    1. Rich
      May 9th, 2008 | 11:11 pm

      I don’t understand the use of the word excuse. How many teams can lose two major bats (one that is arguably the best in MLB), especially when Cano and Giambi have given the team nothing, and Jeter’s OPS is in the .700 range?

      Excuse implies giving a pass. I don’t think anyone is doing that, but it is a reason for the team’s underperformance, especially tonight, when Betemit was pitiful at 3B, his defense (if you want to call it that) costing several runs.

      On the bright side, it looks like Cano is coming around, maybe Giambi is as well.

    2. baileywalk
      May 9th, 2008 | 11:30 pm

      Kei Igawa still sucks? There’s a big shock. He makes little money salary-wise — the Yankees need to explore a trade, sending him to a pitching-starved NL team. He might actually survive as a fifth starter there. He cannot stay in the rotation. It is pure pain watching him pitch.

      Ian Kennedy should be back in no time.

      Putting a POS like Igawa in the rotation will not help this team win consistently, which it has been unable to do all year.

      Didn’t listen to the post-game to hear what happened to Big Jon, but once again it was a good effort from the ‘pen.

    3. May 10th, 2008 | 1:54 am

      We might as well have left Igawa in for the entire game and saved some arms. Albaladejo wouldn’t be hurt right now if not for the waste of money who started the game…

    4. Raf
      May 10th, 2008 | 10:20 am

      They didn’t need Clete Boyer, Graig Nettles, or Brooks Robinson last night. A decent 3b’er would do. We can agree that it was a terrible start last night, but the defense didn’t help. Even Girardi said as much during his postgame interview.

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