• April 15th @ The Rays

    Posted by on April 15th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Derek Jeter, this season, to date, when batting with runners in scoring position, has a BA/OBA/SLG line of .556/.600/1.222 – yes, that’s a slugging percentage of one-thousand-two-hundred and twenty-two. Granted, this is over just 10 PA in 9 games. Still, so far, Jeter is batting like an MVP when the ducks are on the pond. Funny, huh, considering he’s the Yankees lead-off hitter the season.

    It was nice to see the “old” Yankees like Pettitte, Jeter and Rivera shine today. And, it’s cool to see Robinson Cano and Brian Bruney make positive contributions as well.

    But, more importantly, if anything, the last two games have sent a message to the Tampa Bay Rays: It’s not 2008 anymore…

    Maybe that 15-5 beating on Monday got the Yankees a little fired up for these last two games? In any event, a great way to end a long road trip and the perfect mood-setter for the trip back to the Bronx this evening to open the new Stadium tomorrow.

    By the way: Jason Giambi would have never turned that 5-3-6 DP in the bottom of the third today. Was that a thing of beauty, or what?

    Comments on April 15th @ The Rays

    1. Evan3457
      April 16th, 2009 | 12:20 am

      I’d like to think the Yanks are capable of beating the Rays 2 of 3 without taking a 15-5 beating first.

      It’s the optimist in me.

    2. clintfsu813
      April 16th, 2009 | 7:28 am

      That 15-5 beating was humbling. Especially being there. After we won the 2nd game, I got so much trashtalk…for us winning. The success of 2008 has really changed the Rays fan base. The only person they booed was Jeter by the way….Jeter! Extremely classless bunch of fans.

    3. butchie22
      April 16th, 2009 | 8:38 am

      Get rid of Jeter, Swisher is God, make Pena shortstop right now! Everyone knows that St Derek has no range, Bill James told me that. That miraculous DP in the third was purely a statistical deviant from the norm, any player according to the Egghead Nation could have tagged out a player like that.The early demise of Jeter has been greatly exaggerated….to say the very least.

      Clint, Jeter probably takes it as a badge of honor getting trashed by the opposite team. It doesn’t seem to hurt his confidence at all. It’s early, but Jeter has veritably become Captain Clutch(though one can make an argument that he always has been that way without a shadow of a doubt). There’s still life in that old boy after all.

    4. MJ
      April 16th, 2009 | 2:51 pm

      By the way: Jason Giambi would have never turned that 5-3-6 DP in the bottom of the third today. Was that a thing of beauty, or what?
      Absolutely gorgeous! I grew to like the Giambino but I love Teixeira already. The Yanks haven’t had a real 1B since Tino (v1, not v2 which showed up in 2005).

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