Thursday, May 8, 2008

Yankees Offense Reappears If Only to Avoid a Sweep

The Good

4 homeruns! That's right. The Yankees hit 4 homeruns today making up for the lack of all offensive output in the previous two games. It helped that they were up against a soft tosser. Mussina gave up 3 runs in 5 innings to get the win. Ohlendorf pitched a good 2 innings of relief, giving up 1 hit and no runs. The Chamberlain-Rivera Express delivered two days after faulting. Rivera has yet to give up an earned run this season. He will eventually but this is pretty amazing. Cano's bat woke up a little being one of the Yankees to hit a homerun and also hit a double. Even Betemit hit a homerun, his first of the season.

The Bad

Abreu, Cabrera, and Molina weren't invited to the hits party. Maybe next time guys.

The Ugly

Mussina's fastball. The hits that scored runs off Mussina were all on fastballs. According to gameday, all three hits in the 5th were off fastballs. The 3 outs were on a curveball, changeup, and splitter. At least that's what gameday is saying. I know the disparity between his fastball and breaking pitches is supposed to make it look faster, but eventually you gotta concede that you have a fastball that is thrown at the speed of breaking pitches, and breaking pitches thrown at the speed of knuckleballs.

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. 4 homeruns means a good day for the Children's Health Fund. Damon, Giambi, Cano, and Betemit all cracked one out for the cause. Don't look now, but Cano is gaining in the C&C homerun chase:

Melky Cabrera 6hr = $6.00
Alex Rodriguez 4hr = $4.00
Hideki Matsui 3 hr = $3.00
Bobby Abreu 4hr = $4.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 6hr = $6.00
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
Total = $36.00

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.


TribeGirl said...

Well, the Yankees avoided the Tribe sweep, but we took the season series 4-3. Looking forward to meeting up in the post season! If we had to lose today, I was glad to see Cano and Giambi get some hits!

Now, back to Yankee blogging. I watch EVERY game faithfully, and is it just me, or does Bobby Abreu suck as a right fielder? Maybe I'm just spoiled by Guit on the Tribe or some other RF I follow, but it's May, and for a month now, I think he's consistently lazy and sucky defensively. Am I just out in RF on this? Thoughts????

Fernando Alejandro said...

The thing with Abreu is that you only really notice how deficient he is as a right fielder when he's not batting well. He has one asset, and that's his arm. Otherwise he seems unwilling to dive, crash into padded walls, or do anything difficult in the outfield.

I need to find that post we did about Abreu's refusal to go all out in outfield.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

Abreu is not a great outfielder. Not for lack of ability, he just won't go all out on balls. Some people make excuses and say that's how he stays healthy but it's the type of thing that can hurt you in a game.

Unknown said...

i have this theory, "good players do not dive." you didn't see ricky henderson dive... it was because he was able to calculate whether or not he could catch the ball in probably 1/100 sec or less. but ordinary people kept complaining that he didn't try. you do not see Ichiro dive a lot. he also knows it. no wonder they have attitude. it is true that ordinary people do not understand genius. they cannot. but of course not all players are genius. i do not believe that abreu is a member of this genius outfielder club.. so it is legitimate to say.. he does not try. but look at david wright. he dives whatever. it is a total performance. and people like it.