• July 1st vs. The Mariners

    Posted by on July 1st, 2009 · Comments (18)

    Who says Andy Pettitte can’t pitch well in the new Yankee Stadium?

    This game was an absolute work of art for #46. And, is A-Rod swinging a hot bat, or what?

    Here’s the deal: The Yankees record at this moment is 45-32 which means they are 13 games over .500 on the season.

    But, the Yankees have now won 7 games in a row (from June 24th through July 1st). And, don’t forget that the Yankees won 9 games in a row from May 13th through May 21st. Add that seven and nine – and it gives you a 16-0 mark from these two winning streaks.

    What does this mean? To me, it says that outside of two really hot weeks (5/13 through 5/21 and 6/24 through 7/1) the Yankees have gone 29-32 this season. Crazy, huh? Your team plays for three months and it’s 17 days out of that time that makes your record appear as good as it does (in the end). It’s as if those “bad” two-and-a-half months never happened.

    Well, if the Yankees manage to pull this off, and make the post-season this year, let’s hope they get hot again in October…like they were for a week in May and a week in June.

    Comments on July 1st vs. The Mariners

    1. Pat F
      July 2nd, 2009 | 6:30 am

      i wonder how teams’ records look when you take out their winning streaks. universally, probably not very good. if a team is 20 over but you take out five 4 game winning streaks, they are .500.

      if i take out the yankees’ 5 game losing streak between may 3-7 against laa, boston, and tampa, and the 3 game losing streak between june 20-23 against flordia and atlanta, the yankees are 45-22. crazy, huh? you play for 3 months and it’s 9 days out of that time that make your record look as bad as it does.

      maximizing winning streaks and minimizing losing streaks is what seasons are made of. winning 9 and 7 in a row is something most teams can’t do, and is no better or worse than getting to upper .500′s winning pct. than consistently alternating between winning 6 out of 10 and 5 out of 10.

    2. Pat F
      July 2nd, 2009 | 6:32 am

      *45-24. apologies.

    3. Corey
      July 2nd, 2009 | 9:38 am

      that was the best curve ball pettite’s had since i can remember. Especially one that was a first pitch to junior. That had me buckeling and I was sitting down on my couch.

    4. MJ
      July 2nd, 2009 | 9:45 am

      I missed the game and only saw the score on my blackberry after it was finished. How’d we win? Anything cool happen during the game?

      I’m pissed that the O’s followed up their awesome comeback win with a pathetic collapse yesterday. It would’ve been nice to be only 1.5 back of the Sawx…

    5. Corey
      July 2nd, 2009 | 10:06 am

      MJ wrote:

      Anything cool happen during the game?

      melky hit an absolute bomb over the left field foul pole that they had to review…and a-rod’s homer to center was crushed and into monument park…junior hit a classic yankee stadium III homer right over the porch…

      other then that, they had hughes warm up in the pen twice(!) without bringing him in, and in the post game girardi talked about how he was gonna bring him in for 1 batter (but used aceves instead).

      during the post game interview with pettite they had a cool stat…the yankees havnt been losing in a game since girardi got ejected in atlanta

    6. clintfsu813
      July 2nd, 2009 | 10:25 am

      I believe I also read that Pettite and RJ are tied for most wins this decade. Think it was in the Daily News.

    7. Corey
      July 2nd, 2009 | 10:26 am

      oh and, the 1st run andy gave up was a gift on a double play (that should have ended the inning) that couldnt get turned due to a mess up so really without a bit of bad luck (the kid’s homer wouldn’t have gone out anywhere else), pettitte throws a scoreless gem last night

    8. MJ
      July 2nd, 2009 | 10:36 am

      Pettite and RJ are tied for most wins this decade.
      ———–
      That’s pretty neat. Pettitte had two lost seasons out of his three in Houston so imagine if he’d been healthy and putting up his usual 15 wins. He’d have dusted RJ…

    9. MJ
      July 2nd, 2009 | 10:37 am

      Corey wrote:

      MJ wrote:
      Anything cool happen during the game?
      melky hit an absolute bomb over the left field foul pole that they had to review…and a-rod’s homer to center was crushed and into monument park…junior hit a classic yankee stadium III homer right over the porch…
      other then that, they had hughes warm up in the pen twice(!) without bringing him in, and in the post game girardi talked about how he was gonna bring him in for 1 batter (but used aceves instead).
      during the post game interview with pettite they had a cool stat…the yankees havnt been losing in a game since girardi got ejected in atlanta

      Girardi seems to be getting dumber over time. By next year he’ll be as much of a dope with bullpen management as the old nose-picker himself.

    10. Pat F
      July 2nd, 2009 | 10:44 am

      girardi’s bullpen management, stellar last year, has been perplexing in 09 to say the least. it seems like aceves, coke, hughes, robertson, and hopefully bruney are going to be reliable pieces, so hopefully he can get into a rhythm with this group from which he has quite a few options to choose from.

    11. Corey
      July 2nd, 2009 | 11:09 am

      1 more cool thing, the ab b4 junior hit the homer off pettitte, Junior hit a flyball to medium range-deep center (well before the warning track still tho) and he thought he hit it out and started his classic junior walk after hitting a no doubter. I thought it was hilarious, but it must be frustrating for a guy like him to be getting old…I’m sure 5, 10 years ago he puts more muscle into it and its out. It’s kind of sad in a way to see him in his current state, lookin fat and old and out of shape

    12. YankCrank
      July 2nd, 2009 | 11:44 am

      It’s kind of sad in a way to see him in his current state, lookin fat and old and out of shape
      ——

      I think he’s overweight because he needs to be careful how much he actually uses his legs these days. Extra running or exercise and he may just blow out another knee.

    13. MJ
      July 2nd, 2009 | 11:54 am

      started his classic junior walk after hitting a no doubter
      ——–
      I always hated that $hit. Nothing annoys me more than when batters pose in the batter’s box and admire the flight path of their ball. Hit it then start running the bases. Griffey and Manny have perfected that level of arrogance into an art form.

    14. Corey
      July 2nd, 2009 | 11:55 am

      @ MJ:
      to be fair, a-rod does it as much as they do

    15. MJ
      July 2nd, 2009 | 12:02 pm

      I think he’s overweight because he needs to be careful how much he actually uses his legs these days. Extra running or exercise and he may just blow out another knee.
      ———-
      True, although from what I recall reading at the start of this decade, Junior was never a big workout freak. He was a naturally athletic guy with a good metabolism and that part of his injury trouble came when he started aging and wasn’t into the off-season workout routine that his peers were into.

      The blessing and the curse of it is that while he probably didn’t keep himself in good enough shape to extend his career, it also more or less means that he stayed away from the temptation to use PED’s since he was never in the gym.

    16. MJ
      July 2nd, 2009 | 12:03 pm

      Corey wrote:

      @ MJ:
      to be fair, a-rod does it as much as they do

      He’s done it on occasion, yes, but not on every homer. Manny does it more or less every time he hits anything in the air and Griffey did it nearly as often.

    17. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 2nd, 2009 | 3:55 pm

      Just be ready for some of those in the coming years, as A-Bombs start falling short.

    18. MJ
      July 2nd, 2009 | 4:16 pm

      OnceIWasAYankeeFan wrote:

      Just be ready for some of those in the coming years, as A-Bombs start falling short.

      Happens to everyone, as Red Sox fans know with Big Papi.

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