Thursday, August 7, 2008

Jeter Knifeless Leg Bounces Back

The Good

Sydney Ponson pitched a quality 6.1 innings of 3 run ball to secure a win for the Yankees. That's two good starts in a row for those tracking Sydney Ponson's career closely. He was followed by a chain of Ramirez-Marte-Veras-Rivera who pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Mariano closed the game with a 1 inning 2 strikeout performance. Marte only recorded one out, but it was against Josh Hamilton. I think that if used properly, Marte could be a huge asset to the Yankees. He can get lefty's out, and he's good for one inning at a time. More than an inning, and you're really pushing the man.

4 Yankees had multi-hit games including the Yankee captain Derek Jeter. It was reported here yesterday morning that Jeter had discovered a knife en lodged in his leg and had removed it Tuesday evening. As a result he expected his production to increase. One day back from the self-performed surgery, and Jeter had a walk, a single, a double, and 2 RBI's. Expect much more of that from him. Damon, Abreu, and Molina were the others with multiple hits. Molina wasn't even expecting to play yesterday, so much props to him.

The Bad

Everyone in the lineup had a hit yesterday except for Alex Rodriguez. For the month of August, Alex is batting .143. On a day when even Wilson Betemit has a hit, you gotta find a way to get on base. That's all I'm saying.

The Ugly

The collision with pudge looked pretty bad, but Murphy looked to get the worse part of that. At first look it appears that their knees bang together, and Pudge's shin guard protected his knee somewhat. On second look, it looks like Murphy gets kneed in the crotch right after their knees bang together. Altogether, I think Murphy took the worse part of that.

Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run 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 home runs hit and the money donated throughout the season. Jason Giambi showed his enthusiasm for children's health by hitting his 22nd homer of the season.

Melky Cabrera 8hr = $8.00
Alex Rodriguez 24hr = $24.00
Hideki Matsui 7 hr = $7.00
Bobby Abreu 15hr = $15.00
Jorge Posada 3hr = $3.00
Jason Giambi 22hr = $22.00
Johnny Damon 7hr = $7.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 10hr = $10.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 5hr = $5.00
Derek Jeter 6hr = $6.00
Shelley Duncan 1hr = $1.00
Xavier Nady 4hr = $4.00
Jose Molina 1 hr = $1.00
Ivan Rodriguez 1hr = $1.00
Richie Sexson 1hr = $1.00
Total = $116.00

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.


bigjf said...

Say what you will, but Betemit has a good bat for a bench player. Pinch hitting and playing irregularly is a tough job, but he's done well at it.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Betemit strikes out too much for a bench player. He needs to make more contact. When he touches a ball it goes a long way, but he misses more than he connects. Literally. He has 35 hits to 41 strikeouts. That right there should be a new stat. It may already be, but if not I'm calling it now. It'll be Jeter's Gangster+ or JG+ for short. Hits/Strikeouts. Jeter's JG+ is 2.08, that's 2 hits for every strikeout. Come to think of it, it has to be a stat. We're going to make a big. Compare Jeter's JG+ of 2.08 to Betemit's 0.85. Not very gangster.