Thursday, May 15, 2008

Yankees Manage to Win Despite Their Best Efforts

The Good

Is anyone not surprised by Mussina? Just a couple weeks ago, everyone wanted him out of the rotation. Last night he threw 6.1 innings with 4 strikeouts and 1 run. He only threw 87 pitches which tells me he could have finished his inning, but with such a close game it was probably better to pull him out in position to win. Ohelndorf wasn't sharp, but got the double play he needed with a gangster play by Jeter. Chamberlain recorded 3 strikeouts and a walk in his inning of work, and Rivera closed the game recording his 11th save of the season. The offense wasn't particularly good, but Cano did have a 4 hit game.

The Bad

The Yankee offense has not broken out of its malaise. We won but we will lose more games with 2 runs than we'll win. This offense needs a shot in the arm, and I don't mean steroids...that goes somewhere else.

The Ugly

How about the offense? I know I mentioned them in the bad, but that's how horrible this offense has been. I know the Rays have improved, but Shields and Garza aren't Cy Young contenders. Today we face the ace of their staff, and this offense needs to show up.

Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's homerun club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the homeruns hit and the money donated throughout the season. No homeruns last night. A shame really:

Melky Cabrera 6hr = $6.00
Alex Rodriguez 4hr = $4.00
Hideki Matsui 5 hr = $5.00
Bobby Abreu 4hr = $4.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 7hr = $7.00
Johnny Damon 5hr = $5.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 4hr = $4.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 1hr = $1.00
Derek Jeter 1hr = $1.00
Total = $40.00

If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.


Roberto E. Alejandro said...

did anyone else note the restrained Joba? He didn't fist pump when he closed out the eight in a close game. It was weird, to be honest, and frankly the look on his face indicated that he wasn't having as much fun as usual. I don't know if he purposely held back the fist pump, and I've come out against the fist pump so I can continue to hate Papelbon for his celebrations in a principled manner, but I don't want the kid to look like I just ran over his puppy every time he records another scoreless inning. Another aspect of the fist pump which hasn't been discussed is what happens when he becomes a starter. Fist pumps in big situations? End of every inning? Anyway, my point is I'd rather he fist pump then strike a guy out and look like someone better run out some prozac to him.

TribeGirl said...

See??? You ruined it for him. I think an apology is in order.