• August 19th @ The A’s

    Posted by on August 20th, 2009 · Comments (8)

    This was a close one.

    The Yankees have now played 60 games this season where the margin of victory was two runs or less and New York is 39-21 in those games…best mark in the A.L. for this slice…with only the Tigers being close to them. That’s a lot of close games. Not sure what that means…if it means the Yankees are lucky, good, or some combination of the two?

    Unrelated, anyone else not like the look on Chad Gaudin’s face when Joe Girardi came to the mound to take him out of this game?

    Comments on August 19th @ The A’s

    1. August 20th, 2009 | 1:15 am

      I believe his exact words were “F*** me.”

    2. Pat F
      August 20th, 2009 | 1:49 am

      at the very least a combination of the two. you don’t luck into getting the good pitching to hold leads/ties late in games, nor do you luck into all those walkoff/game tying hits booming all over the place, especially out of the park. while i have no doubt the yankees have caught some breaks to get to that mark in close games, a lot if not most of it has been them getting it done in a big way in the biggest spots.

      i noticed guadin’s face too. i can’t stand when guys show up the manager on the mound, but i don’t think that’s what guadin was doing here (though i obviously have no idea). seemed like he just wanted to see it through and try to get a win in his first start as a yankee, and you want to see that kind of competitiveness. i’d be concerned if a pitcher just wanted to give the ball up in that spot, and it’s good to see gaudin is not that kind of guy.

    3. MJ
      August 20th, 2009 | 8:53 am

      Unrelated, anyone else not like the look on Chad Gaudin’s face when Joe Girardi came to the mound to take him out of this game?
      Yes, but did you also see Girardi and Gaudin talking in the dugout after the half-inning, with Girardi’s arm around Gaudin’s shoulder and Gaudin’s arm around Girardi’s waist. It looked to me like Girardi had no problem with Gaudin’s reaction and they got on the same page. No harm, no foul, no story to report.

    4. Molon Labe
      August 20th, 2009 | 9:04 am

      Gutsy effort, Chad. But, in the immortal words of the late Fordham Flash, HOFer Frankie Frisch: “Oh, ‘dem bases on balls!”

      After issuing five (5) free passes in only 4-1/3 innings of work, all while sitting on a narrow lead, it was time for you to relinquish the ball to pitchers who are (somewhat) better acquainted with that 17″ wide STRIKE ZONE. Face it, your last four “pitches” (to Ellis) weren’t even close….

      After suffering through years of inopportune control issues by the likes of Scott (“deer in the headlights”) Proctor & Kyle Farnsworth, I have more patience for Aceves surrendering the long ball than your leadoff walks.

      BTW — There must be something seriously awry in Aceves’ “sore shoulder.” He just hasn’t been right for three weeks, and his last two outings were downright brutal….

    5. Corey
      August 20th, 2009 | 9:26 am

      i was pretty impressed with Gaudin, I honestly didn’t expect him to give that much…his stuff looked pretty good too. I think I could live with him in the 5 hole for the rest of the year (and he’ll only get what 1 start? 2 tops? before the rosters expand and then the fact that he can only go 5 won’t matter anymore)

    6. Tresh Fan
      August 20th, 2009 | 9:57 am

      Gaudin didn’t look all that bad; but remember, these were the the Oakland Athletics.
      BTW, has anyone else noticed just how far Nomar Garciaparra (.679 OPS) has fallen?

    7. Corey
      August 20th, 2009 | 10:06 am

      @ Tresh Fan:
      yea, I know…I say impressed, but you have to remember how low i set the bar for this dude haha. When I’m impressed by 4.1 IP and 5 BB, then you know exactly how low it was.

    8. nettles
      August 20th, 2009 | 1:54 pm

      Look at it this way, Gaudin didn’t hurt us and left the rubber game of the series with us still in a position to win a game that by all rights, we should win. Which we did. I was pleased to see his response, both to being removed (competitive) and in discussing it with Joe (understanding).

      Between Chad’s performance last night, and Mitre’s in Seattle last Saturday, we’ve gotten all we could ask for from these guys. A win’s a win, no matter how ugly.

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