• August 1st vs. The Angels

    Posted by on August 1st, 2008 · Comments (23)

    We were out tonight. But, I got to see some of the first three innings of this one where we were…and I was somewhat suprised that Sir Sidney was doing well there…but, I also thought it was just a matter of time…

    In the time it took for us to get home, I missed watching the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. And, I didn’t have it on the car radio either. When we got into the house, and I turned on the T.V., it was the seventh-inning stretch and “God Bless America” was being sung.

    You can only try to imagine my shock when I soon found out that it was zip-zip, heading into the bottom of the seventh, with Ponson going seven scoreless for the Yanks.

    How many times, in the last nine days, did I complain about Sidney Ponson being a lousy pitcher? Well, there was this time, and the time after that, and the next time after that, and then there was today

    Yikes!

    Man, you can just never tell in baseball…

    Like, this whole Mariano thing too…

    Sign me up now on that one. At first, I wasn’t giving this “He can’t pitch this season in non-save situations” theory much credit…but…now…well…I’m starting to believe!

    Killer loss for the Yankees tonight. This one just stings. Sure, the Angels are really good. But, if you’re the Yankees, coming off four losses in five games, fighting for your life in the standings, with the calendar ticking away, and you get this kind of effort from Sidney Ponson, you just cannot lose this game. Yes, Ervin Santana was awesome too. But, you just have to find a way to score one run…in some way or form.

    And, terrible job by the My9/YES booth in the bottom of the ninth – giving A-Rod a huge pass for going down looking…claiming that it was just unfair for K-Rod to throw a three-two change on the outer-black for the strikeout; and, giving Giambi credit for “just missing” on his flyball to center (for the second out of the inning).

    Guys, know what? The two “big guns” (A-Rod and Giambi) just flat-out failed there. Granted, it’s K-Rod, etc. But, just leave it at them not coming through…and don’t insult us by painting this picture of how A-Rod was in a situation where no one could ever do well and that Giambi was an inch away from being a hero. It’s all about the bottom-line. And, bottom-line, once again, Alex and Jason could not come up with a big hit in a spot where it was really needed. End of story.

    Comments on August 1st vs. The Angels

    1. Raf
      August 1st, 2008 | 11:10 pm

      That was a hell of a pitch Francisco threw 3-2. The only changeup he threw in that AB. As for Giambi, he did get a good swing on the pitch. He just missed it.

      Gotta tip your hat.

    2. JeremyM
      August 1st, 2008 | 11:18 pm

      From now on, when the Yanks play the Angels, I’m moving on from baseball during that time. My God.

    3. JeremyM
      August 1st, 2008 | 11:21 pm

      And to make things worse, Jason Bay wins the Sox game with a triple.

    4. ken
      August 1st, 2008 | 11:22 pm

      I logged on to post about non-production by Arod and Giambino. Looks like Steve beat me to it. And not just in the 9th inning. Without better clutch hitting by these two guys the team goes nowhere.

      Seems to me that Arod and Giambi are leaving too many RISP.

    5. ken
      August 1st, 2008 | 11:23 pm

      PS. And is it just me, or does it seem that Arod is always swinging for the fences when an RBI single would be enough?

    6. August 1st, 2008 | 11:40 pm

      It’s not just you Ken.

      When A-Rod whiffed in the 9th of this game:

      http://sny.stats.com/mlb/gameview.asp?gamecode=280729110

      Paul O’Neill said the same thing – that Alex was trying too hard, swinging for the fences, when a single would do just fine.

    7. Don
      August 2nd, 2008 | 2:13 am

      A-Freud. He needs a lifetime on a couch. Nine more years to go.

    8. DJ21996
      August 2nd, 2008 | 9:04 am

      I cant get on Alex for that. Imagine a batter’s surprise if Mariano threw a 3-2 curveball or something like that in a big spot.

      The change up was the last thing anyone was thinking about there and the pitcher beat the hitter.

    9. August 2nd, 2008 | 9:17 am

      Then, the answer there is simple. Do something with the bat BEFORE allowing the count to go 3-2 where you can then be set up with “the last thing anyone was thinking about there.”

    10. Raf
      August 2nd, 2008 | 9:32 am

      Then, the answer there is simple. Do something with the bat BEFORE allowing the count to go 3-2 where you can then be set up with “the last thing anyone was thinking about there.”
      ——————-
      Eh?

      Did you even see the AB?

    11. August 2nd, 2008 | 9:44 am

      Sure, I did.

    12. Raf
      August 2nd, 2008 | 9:46 am

      How many times, in the last nine days, did I complain about Sidney Ponson being a lousy pitcher? Well, there was this time, and the time after that, and the next time after that, and then there was today…
      ——————-
      Last night’s outing doesn’t change the fact that he’s a lousy pitcher. Of all the lousy starts he had, it was only a matter of time before he had a good one.

    13. Raf
      August 2nd, 2008 | 9:53 am

      Sure, I did.
      —————–
      Then tell me what could’ve been done with the bat. To that point, two swinging strikes were gotten with sliders that were out of the zone. Francisco tried to get him out on another slider that Rodriguez didn’t bit on. To that point in the AB, he saw nothing but fastballs and sliders. Now who would expect a changeup on the outside corner? And who would be looking changeup on 3-2 with a guy known for his fastball?

    14. August 2nd, 2008 | 10:17 am

      ~~two swinging strikes were gotten with sliders that were out of the zone~~

      So, if the greatest player in the game had managed to take one of those who pitches, would he then have walked in the AB and not went down looking?

    15. August 2nd, 2008 | 10:20 am

      ~~And who would be looking changeup on 3-2 with a guy known for his fastball?~~

      Add on, FWIW, I was watching a game recently – ESPN I think? – where the Angels were playing and the announcers were going on about K-Rod…how he became unhittable this year once he developed a change-up this spring…

      …so, the knowledge was out there. Don’t the Yankees have scouting reports? If I knew that K-Rod had a change, from watching ESPN, should Alex have known that it’s now an out-pitch for K-Rod?

    16. Raf
      August 2nd, 2008 | 11:11 am

      So, if the greatest player in the game had managed to take one of those who pitches, would he then have walked in the AB and not went down looking?
      —————
      Who knows. He could’ve grounded out, he could’ve struck out swinging, he could’ve lined one off the pitcher, he could’ve hit one out. Any number of possibilities could’ve happened. Hell, given umpiring this year, it’s possibile that one of those sliders taken could’ve been called a strike.

    17. Raf
      August 2nd, 2008 | 11:19 am

      Scouting report or not, no one’s going to sit changeup on a pitcher with a 95 mph fastball. Even more so on 3-2.

    18. August 2nd, 2008 | 11:50 am

      Using that logic, every batter who’s ever faced a hard thrower who also has a change, would be caught looking on a 3-2 pitch…every batter in the history of baseball who’s ever been 3-2 in that spot…right?

      But, we know that’s not true.

      Hey, at the least, be in 2-strike mode. Protect the plate. Foul it off. Is that too much to ask from the greatest player in the game today?

    19. DJ21996
      August 2nd, 2008 | 12:15 pm

      Steve sometimes you just get beaten.
      The pitcher has the advantage about 70% of the time and someone like K-Rod has the advantage 82% of the time ( BAA of .181 ).

    20. August 2nd, 2008 | 12:17 pm

      But, that’s facing all batters. If K-Rod faced the greatest player in the game, all the time, would his numbers be the same?

    21. Raf
      August 2nd, 2008 | 12:51 pm

      Hey, at the least, be in 2-strike mode. Protect the plate. Foul it off. Is that too much to ask from the greatest player in the game today?
      ————
      He saw slider outside. The same pitch he swung through for strikes 1 & 2, and took for ball 3. He let it pass. It was a changeup that caught the outside corner. It just happened to be the only pitch thrown for a strike, it happened to be the only changeup he threw in the ab. If you’ve seen fastballs and sliders through the whole at-bat, you’re not going to look changeup. C’mon, you’ve played. You’ve caught. I’ve pitched. No way are you going to look for a pitchers 3rd best pitch on 3-2.

      If you can’t admit that it was a hell of a pitch in that situation, then we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    22. ken
      August 2nd, 2008 | 3:40 pm

      You guys are making too much of one at bat. The bigger issue over the last few weeks is that the big ‘RBI guys’ (Arod and Giambi) have not produced. It’s costing us games and why we’re dropping in the standings.

    23. Raf
      August 2nd, 2008 | 5:16 pm

      Richie Sexson -1
      Xavier Nady -1
      Derek Jeter -5
      Wilson Betemit -6
      Robinson Cano -13
      Jose Molina -16
      Melky Cabrera -16

      3 of your starters have a negative RCAA (4 if you want to count Molina), two of them in double digits (3 if you want to count Molina).

      Alex Rodriguez 38
      Jason Giambi 21

      Those guys aren’t the problem.

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