Tuesday, May 31, 2005
The Bombers came off a 15-2 stand in which the only team with a record over .500 whom the they beat on that stretch was the Mets. Against the two AL East teams they're battling with for the division the Yanks are 5-10 this season (4-5 vs. the Red Sox, 1-5 vs. the Orioles). Tonight in KC the Royals have settled on a new manager in the form of the golden haired (well maybe grey now) Buddy Bell. Let's hope the momentum doesn't swing in the Royals direction with a new skipper and Kevin Brown on the mound. Bell played a significant part in Yankee history. He made Graig Nettles expendable in 1973 allowing the Indians to send him to the Bronx. TRIVIA: Who did the Yankees send to Cleveland for Nettles and catcher Jerry Moses? Answer tomorrow.
Monday, May 30, 2005
Unfortunately now we have a travel day when we should be watching the Yankees sweep or split a double dip while having some fine barbecue.
The Double Header that doesn't include the word split admission has went the way of the day World Series game. Hey baseball we're the fans, time to give something back. Give the games back to the kids. Today's kids are tomorrows dads and they will keep you alive.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
BOS: Wells (2-4, 6.81 ERA)
Watch The Yankees/Boston Sunday Night on ESPN with your Bomber Buddies. Join the Live Chat on during the ESPN broadcast and cheer, jeer, moan and groan along with the BTB Family.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Gary Sheffield's homer landed in the upper deck in left, and Robinson Cano planted a shot of his own into the bleachers in right. The Yankees threw out two runners at the plate in the top of the sixth to keep the game within reach.
Cano is spotlighted in today's Daily Snooze. Snoozeday rightly gives a bit of credit to Jorge Posada for finally blocking the plate. In the battle of third base coach round one goes to Luis Sojo who outdueled former Yankee and current Bosox coach Dale Sveum last night as the News points out. John Olerud is back in the show as the Boston Globe reports.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Forget the Mets and Yankees. Forget the Cubbies and Chisox. Forget the Canadians and Leafs. There is only one rivalry in sports and it is happening tonight in the Bronx. The Boston Red Sox are in town and bringing their "a" game to the cathedral. What the "a" stands for is anyone's guess.
Johnny Damon sees the writing on the wall as he is trying to pump up his injury plagued team even before they set foot in the city that never sleeps. David Wells is back and pitching more like Ed Whittson. Curt Schilling admits now that "maybe" he tried to come back too soon. The difference now is that the Yankees are playing like Yankees and the Sox are having their troubles. But with these two teams that can all change nightly.
Mike Lupica of the Daily Snooze reports that the Red Sox are aware of the Yanks' upward climb. The Orioles won again last night and completed a sweep of the Mariners, that pushed the Red Sox to five games out while the Yankees are now in a second-place tie with the Blue Jays .
The series begins tonight and it is on ESPN (YES in NY, and NESN in New England), the pitching matchup for game one will be knuckler Tim Wakefield (4-3, 4.24 ERA) vs. Randy Johnson (4-3, 3.94 ERA). Lets go Yankees. Lets hope for some good baseball.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
The Yankees try for the sweep tonight as Jeremy Bonderman opposes Kevin (I am throwing good, they just found holes) Brown at 7 PM tonight. Of course Boston comes in for the weekend.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Paul Quantrill did what should have been done a long time ago. He finally retailiated for a Yankee getting hit by an opposing pitcher. He did something that Mike Mussina would never do because it would change his routine. He did something that Mariano Rivera should never do because he comes in a save situation. With two outs and the Yankees sitting on a 11-0 lead Quantrill pitched behind the light hitting Jason Smith and was immediately warned by the umpire. On the very next pitch he hit the shortstop in the back and was ejected instantly along with Joe Torre. That brought the Tigers out of their dugout, and Paul uncharacteristically egged them on, gesturing for them to come out for a fight.
Now I don't want to see anyone get hit in the head but the only thing I can fault Quantrill with is that he didn't hit Dmitri Young or Pudge Rodriguez. No offense to Smith but he is not Alex Rodriguez. "Q" was retailiating the hit of the Yankees star 3B Alex Rodriguez. Alex had homered twice off starter Wilfredo Ledezma, giving him 4 home runs in the four hits he has off of Ledezma. The pitcher must have had enough and hit A-Rod in the beefy part of the thigh taking the All Star out of the game. What sense does that make? You can't get him out so you hit him. It time for more pitchers to follow suit. There would be no better time to start than this weekend. The starters have to brush David Ortiz off the plate. Who better to start than the Big Unit?
Buddy Groom came into the game after the Quantrill ejection with 2 runners on, former Bomber Marcus Thames greeted him a three-run homer. That was Thames 5th homer in 7 hits. Robinson Cano hit his career debut homer into the right-field upper deck off Doug Creek in the bottom half. And Jorge Posada homered from both sides of the plate last night as well including his first right handed homer of the season.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Detroit's season series win over New York last year was its first against the Yankees since 2000. ... SS Guillen leads the Tigers with a .375 average, but is 4-for-20 (.200) with no extra-base hits against Mussina. ... LF White is 3-for-6 with a HR against Mussina, his former teammate. Yankees - 3B Rodriguez has two at-bats against Ledezma and has homered both times. ... OF Matsui is 8-for-19 (.421) with five RBIs and five runs in his last four games. ... 2B Womack is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with six runs in the previous four games.
The real rivalry starts this Friday and David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox come into town.
Monday, May 23, 2005
It was rivalry weekend for MLB. The Yankees/Mets, Chisox/Cubs, Braves/Bosox, Twins/Brewers ... huh???? The Mets and Yankees had some real sloppy games this weekend. Players injured stuff I didn't even know existed. The Mets sounded like a geometry class as Carlos Beltran injured his quad and Kaz Matsui injured his tangent. Derek Jeter injured his elbow ( I heard of that) and missed Sundays game along with Jorge Posada (sore shoulder) and Gary Sheffield (sore hand).
Robinson Cano only picked up one hit this weekend. BTW, Cano's childhood hero was none other than his teammate Bernie Williams.
My Inside Sources...
Have reported that Pedro Martinez did not actually have a cortisone shot this weekend. It was all a ploy to keep him from pitching in the cool damp weather Friday night. He sure pitched well Sunday and his post game press conference he was an ideal citizen once again.
DID YOU KNOW?
That Carl Pavano was traded for both Pedro Martinez and Cliff Floyd ?
After the next turn through the rotation, Joe Torre again plan to pass over Chien-Ming Wang due to an off day to keep Randy Johnson on four days' rest. Wang will pitch Wednesday against Detroit because Yankees manager Torre wants the Big Unit to start Friday's series opener against Boston. He'll be followed by Carl Pavano and Mike Mussina
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Will there be more hit batmens today. Normally with Pedro on the mound you could bet on it. Now Petey has to bat himself, it will be interesting to see if he changes his style. Ofcourse Martinez has been a model citizen with the Mets. As they use to say in Brooklyn "Wait Til Next Year".
After yesterday's humiliating 7-1 loss It will be Carl Pavano who is coming off a complete game shutout again the above mentioned Martinez.
Following the game on YES is the premiere of Center Stage with George Steinbrenner , there will be an encore tonight ay 9PM. Check your local listings.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Kevin Brown pitched himself in and out of trouble for his third consecutive victory while Yankee Killer Victor Zambrano took the loss. Mariano Rivera got the save in the 5-2 Yankee Victory.
Ruben Sierra was activated after spending the past month on the disabled list with a torn biceps muscle before straining his rib cage during rehab. To make room, Andy Phillips, who's batting .156 (5-for-32) and who hasn't batted since May 7, was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. ... Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed a New York Post report that he is interested in staying with the organization. The Post reported that Cashman has had discussions with general partner Steve Swindall in lieu of speculation that Cashman would take a similar position with Philadelphia or Washington after his contract expires Nov. 1 ...Carl Pavano will still start Sunday on regular rest despite throwing 133 pitches Tuesday night in his complete-game shutout. Rookie Chien-Ming Wang would have replaced Pavano if he required more rest. Instead, the Yankees will have Pavano's success against the Mets (3-0, 2..83 ERA in five starts with the Marlins) in their corner. Pedro Martinez will be on the mound for the Mets after gettinf a cortisone shot for a hip problem.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
I for one feel we don't need to play the Mets every year. There is just too much of that pseudo pressure. And you can't tell me the 2000 World Series wouldn't have been much more interesting and exciting if we didn't play the Mets six times already that year.
Friday's Matchup pairs Victor Zambranno against Kevin Brown. Could be interesting if Zambranno continues his Yankee killing ways and Brown has a another gasp of life in his arm. Saturday will feature Randy Johnson who has had his problems with the Mets in the past. Sunday's matinee features Carl Pavano against Pedro Martinez. This will be the first time Pedro bats against the Yankees. Will Petey hit any Yankees and will Carl retaliate? Stay tuned!!!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
In the rest of the game Carl Pavano pitched a complete game five-hit shut out, and the Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners, 6-0, at Safeco Field for their 10th consecutive victory. Bernie Williams should be the everyday switch hitting DH. Bernie won't complain, that is just the class guy he is. He is much more of a benefit and threat than Giambi. Bernie knows how to win.
Kudos to Tino Martinez for winning AL Player of the week last week. Mike "Moose" Mussina will take on M's soft-throwing ace Jamie Moyer tonight, all before an unbalanced pitching matchup after the travel day as Kevin Brown takes on Pedro Martinez to kick off the Subway Series. I wonder if they will beef up the Subway (sandwich) commercials for the weekend being that Willie and Joe are featured in them??
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Tanyon Sturtze was lights out in relief of Wang as Tom "Flash" Gordon and Mariano Rivera each pitched a perfect frame to cement Wang's second career (and season) win.
The bad part of the game is that Jason Giambi had another single giving him 3 singles and a double in his psuedo hit streak. This may be a false sense of security for Jason and the Yankees. Just don't be so fast to believe that Jason isn't finished. Heck the last thing we need is an $80 Million singles hitter. The worse part if you do the math is that it keeps Bernie out of the line up. While Bernie is a laibility in the field, no matter how you cut it Giambi should be benched and Bernie should DH. Bernie needs to march into Joe Torre's office and demand to be played!
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Jason Giambi's bat has come alive in Oakland as well he has three hits in three games including t he GWRBI Sunday in Oakland. Let's hope he closes his mouth now and carries it over to Seattle tomorrow. Bernie Williams is expected to be back in the line up Monday or Tuesday, Joe Torre has said Bernie has been cleared to play defense in CF as well.
A NEW PLATEAU
Joe Torre has become the 13th manager to collect his 1800th wind with the Yankees 6-4 victory over the Oakland A's on Sunday. Robinson Cano went 4 for 5 in the winning cause.
Tino Martinez went deep twice giving him 8 Home Runs in his last 8 games.
I don't want to hear anyone putting down New York fans. Following a night where a fan in Oakland threw a beer on Jason Giambi, the fourth inning turned into a circus. Several fans jumped on and off the field to play a game of tag with the Oakland security. Now these fans need to be made example of. They need to be arrested and become known offenders. They need to be banned from the ballpark. Are they waiting for someone to get hurt before they do something? Even the Raider fans stay in the stands. Oakland needs to beef up security ASAP.
Rueben Sierra (strained rib cage) is expected to begin playing in rehab games tomorrow. The switch-hitting DH could rejoin the Yanks next weekend during the Subway Series at Shea. ... Jaret Wright (inflamed shoulder) will go through two weeks of rehab exercises at the Yanks complex in Tampa, at which point team doctors will decide when he can begin throwing.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Friday, May 13, 2005
Jason you refuse to go the opposite way even though Donnie Mattingly has worked with you on it over and over again. Time to rethink your philosophy if you want to continue your career. That shift has caused serious injuries to twio players so far. One was your teammate Derek Jeter and the other was the Chicago Cub 2B who tripped over Kerry Wood two years ago. The Giambi shift puts players out of position and that causes havoc.
Sure Ted Williams never went against his shift but Jason, you are not Ted Williams, right now you are not Jason Giambi and may never be again.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
A Happy 80th Birthday is in store for the incredible Yogi Berra. Happy Birthday Yogi.
Well after the off day it is off to the West Coast for our first visit of the year.