• July 18th vs. The A’s

    Posted by on July 18th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    A good win – despite Bobby Meacham’s attempts to put two of the Yankees marquee players on the disabled list. Someone needs to shut Meacham’s windmill act down before it’s too late.

    Then again, when you get seven walks in a game, like the Yankees had in this one, and, when you hit 2 homers in the same game, like the Yankees did tonight, you’re usually going to win.

    In fact, since 2000, there have only been 9 regular season games where the Yankees had “7+ BB AND 2+ HR” in a game and they lost. That’s nine times in just about nine years.

    Hey, how about Mike Mussina? Moose sure is making it an interesting question in terms of what to do with him after this season – sign him or let him walk. Very interesting…indeed.

    And, congrats to Richie Sexson. This evening, he became the only non-pitcher 80 inches or taller to ever come to bat in a Yankees uniform. Prior to this, Tony Clark was the tallest non-pitcher to bat for the Yankees…at 79 inches tall. The tallest Yankee, ever, to bat in a game? That would be Randy Johnson at 82 inches tall.

    Comments on July 18th vs. The A’s

    1. yankees76
      July 19th, 2008 | 4:01 am

      Even if Moose trails off a bit in the second half, I think you give him a one year contract with a team option for a second year. If he wins 16+ games this year, you have to consider setting benchmarks that allow the second year option to vest automatically with performance. If he wins 18+ games this year, I think you have to give him a two-year contract, if he wants it. After last year, it wasn’t clear that he would *want* to pitch in 2009, but now I think it’s pretty clear he’ll want to come back, absent a significant injury or a substantial regression in the second half.

      And, in terms of fanboy peripherals that would matter more if you signed players with your heart, instead of your head … if he pitches decently in 2009, 300 wins becomes reasonably possible to achieve in 2010. And, if he gets his 300th win, he’ll likely go into the HoF as a Yankee, since he’ll have pitched more games and collected more wins (including his 300th) in a Yankee uniform.

    2. DJ21996
      July 19th, 2008 | 7:59 am

      Moose has done more this year than I thought he would do in a full year….AT BEST!!

      But if he wants to [itch next season, then I’d let him pitch some place else and take the draft picks.

    3. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 19th, 2008 | 8:29 am

      A two year deal, based on flawed stats like wins, is ludicrous. You don’t think the league will adjust again to the “new” Moose?

    4. July 19th, 2008 | 8:55 am

      But, the big stats this year for Moose are BB/K ratio and HR/IP ratio. That’s why he’s pitching well. The question is…can he keep those ratios up after this season.

    5. Nick-YF
      July 19th, 2008 | 9:51 am

      Didn’t he say this was his last season in that new book?

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