• June 3rd vs. The Blue Jays

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2008 · Comments (5)

    Let’s look at the good stuff from this game:

    1. Jason Giambi got a hit by placing a ground ball against the shift (used for him) – right where the shortstop should have been positioned.
    2. Bobby Abreu made a catch in the outfield with his back against the wall.
    3. Robinson Cano had some At Bats where he did not swing at the first pitch.

    It’s so true…at Yankee Stadium…in every game, you have a chance to see something that you may never see again at a ballpark.

    Speaking of “seeing,” what a shame it was that no one was there, in the 9th, to see Derek Jeter tie Mickey Mantle for # 3 on the all-time Yankees hit list. Hopefully Jeter will single his first time up tomorrow, while the fans are still in the park, and he’ll get an ovation from a full house.

    Now, to the serious stuff. This contest was just another game in the recent string of games where the Yankees pitchers could not keep a close game close. Will this stop soon? Probably not.

    By the way, this game was just the 11th time, since 1956, where the Yankees pitchers allowed 10+ BB and 10+ hits, in the same game at Yankee Stadium, where the contest was played in 9 innings or less. (Click here to see the other ten games.)

    Hey, in case you haven’t noticed, the Yankees, this season, are 22-30 when playing teams not called the Seattle Mariners. Perhaps it’s time to consider the notion that this team is not good?

    Lastly, Joba. Tonight may not have been the worst thing in the world for him. If Chamberlain had gone five innings this evening, on 62 pitches, and thrown all goose eggs, it may have placed that expectation bar even higher (than it already is) for him. However, with his actual results from today, there’s really no place to go but up (now). I think we’ll see more from him in his next start.

    Comments on June 3rd vs. The Blue Jays

    1. MJ
      June 4th, 2008 | 8:50 am

      Hey, in case you haven’t noticed, the Yankees, this season, are 22-30 when playing teams not called the Seattle Mariners. Perhaps it’s time to consider the notion that this team is not good?
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      I’d agree with that. For whatever reason, the same offense that scored 960+ runs last year can’t hit at all this year. Jeter, Cano, Melky, and the backup catchers are just painful to watch right now.

    2. Raf
      June 4th, 2008 | 12:00 pm

      The catchers will be back where they belong when Posada comes back. Not sure what to do about Melky, Jeter & Cano.

      So I guess ARod isn’t “mentoring” Cano & Melky this year? ;)

    3. baileywalk
      June 4th, 2008 | 12:22 pm

      The Yankees have handled their young pitchers perfectly… until last night. You can’t ask anyone — young or old — to “start” a game with a 65-pitch pitch count. It’s pointless. You could see the results coming from a mile away. Even if he didn’t have that long inning he was probably only going to go four innings. They obviously should have had Giese start and Joba piggy-back one last time. He could have gotten his four innings/65 pitches in and then been ready to start next time with an 80-pitch limit, which is much more reasonable. Basically the Yankees robbed him of really being able to start the game, despite knowing it was going to be a zoo and a media event and the results would be talked about endlessly. Not that it matters, but last night’s game gives dumbasses like M&MD fodder for a week.

      Anyway, outside of when he first came back to the team after his injury, A-Rod is looking a lot like the frustrating A-Rod of 2006 when he couldn’t hit anything hard.

    4. MJ
      June 4th, 2008 | 1:57 pm

      The Yankees have handled their young pitchers perfectly… until last night. You can’t ask anyone — young or old — to “start” a game with a 65-pitch pitch count.
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      Agree completely. That’s what happens when the owner dictates policy instead of the baseball people. I’d also like to add that Girardi has underwhelmed me to this point. Firing him isn’t the answer but he and his coaches seem overmatched at this point.

    5. Patrick
      June 5th, 2008 | 12:34 pm

      “what a shame it was that no one was there, in the 9th, to see Derek Jeter tie Mickey Mantle for # 3″

      I was there Steve! :)

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