• June 18th vs. The Padres

    Posted by on June 19th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Baseball is a funny game, eh?

    If you would have told me back in March that the Yankees would be hosting the Padres in June and that it would be Jake Peavy for San Diego against Darrell Rasner for New York, I would have marked that one down as a potential “L” (for the Yankees) in a heartbeat.

    Rasner was not sharp in this one. But, I liked his comments in the YES post-game interview. He shared that his mechanics were out of whack and that the number of pitches which he threw in the 3rd inning was unacceptable. He also credited Dave Eiland and Jorge Posada for getting him through his five innings and helping him battle his issues with his mechanics. Rasner gets it and is saying all the right things. Always nice to see that.

    What’s up with the National League? Yes, the Yankees are feasting against them. I think it has something to do with these teams having so many young guys. I noticed it with some of the Astros pitchers when the Yankees played in Houston. And, last night, when I saw the face of the Padres catcher, Luke Carlin, I thought “What is he, twelve?”

    Another big night for A-Rod in this one. The Yankees are 19-9 since Alex has come off the disabled list (on May 20th). I’ll have more on that one later today.

    Some post-game video interviews, via SNY’s Geico SportsNite:

    Comments on June 18th vs. The Padres

    1. gphunt
      June 19th, 2008 | 8:09 am

      Rasner’s comments are nice to hear. Better than Igawa who thought he pitched pretty well after his 3 inning shellacking.

      You have to hand it to Posada. As much as he’s been labelled as mediocre on defense, he sure does know how to handle his staff. I’d like to see what the pitching staff’s numbers are before and after Po. Pettitte and Wang had really picked it up.

      From what I can gather listening to Wang about his turnaround (before injury) he said Po just yells at him to pound the strikezone and let his natural sink do the work. Seems the same kind of information he was givining Rasner as well.

    2. baileywalk
      June 19th, 2008 | 9:15 am

      It has nothing to do with age. It’s about talent. The Astros have Tejada, Berkman, Wiggington, Oswalt, Ausmus, Lee — not exactly a youth movement over there. Padres are just a putrid offensive team with a pretty good bullpen and a decent starting staff. The Yankees got somehow lucky, getting Peavy in only his second start back from the DL. He certainly wasn’t at his best last night. Personally, I think Peavy is the best pitcher in either league, and it’s not even close. It’s been interesting watching the disparity in the gun readings between YES and the Stadium: YES had him at 89-92; the Stadium had him at 93-95. I guess that’s another example of why gun readings are meaningless.

    3. MJ
      June 19th, 2008 | 4:10 pm

      It’s been interesting watching the disparity in the gun readings between YES and the Stadium: YES had him at 89-92; the Stadium had him at 93-95. I guess that’s another example of why gun readings are meaningless.
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      To highlight that point, I add that I was at the game last night and the Stadium gun had Farnsworth at between 98-101 in the 8th inning. 101?! No way.

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