Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Yankees Win Bittersweet

The Good

Mussina pitched 7 innings of 3 run ball last night, while the offense went on to have 16 hits including 3-hit games by both Damon and Jeter. Damon, A-Rod and Nady all hit homeruns. Veras and Ramirez combined for 3 innings of no-hit ball.

The Bad

Damaso Marte and Mariano Rivera gave up Moose's lead and extended the game into extra innings. We won in the 12th in dramatic fashion, but it still makes you wonder what's wrong with our closer. He gave up a homerun blowing his first save of the season. I know we can't expect him to be perfect, but his recent outings have been awful. Marte is just a disaster.

The Ugly

The game was bittersweet because although the Yankees won, they didn't preserve the win for Mussina. This should have been Moose's 16th win and would have put him in very good shape to get to 20. He can definitely still get there, but the Yankees need to back him better than this.

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. Damon, A-Rod and Nady all hit homeruns last night.

Melky Cabrera 8hr = $8.00
Alex Rodriguez 27hr = $27.00
Hideki Matsui 7 hr = $7.00
Bobby Abreu 15hr = $15.00
Jorge Posada 3hr = $3.00
Jason Giambi 23hr = $23.00
Johnny Damon 8hr = $8.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 10hr = $10.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 5hr = $5.00
Derek Jeter 7hr = $7.00
Shelley Duncan 1hr = $1.00
Xavier Nady 6hr = $6.00
Jose Molina 1 hr = $1.00
Ivan Rodriguez 1hr = $1.00
Richie Sexson 1hr = $1.00
Total = $124.00

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...

It's also bittersweet because Boston managed to win that damn game, and it's tough to carry on when Hank the mouthpiece basically declares the season over and goes into off-season mode. So now this team needs to somehow pull off a miracle and prove the owner wrong. Great...

Fernando Alejandro said...

I haven't gone into off season mode yet, but the situation does look bleek, and I'm just not seeing the magic in this team. Maybe it really was Torre keeping them in contention all these years. But really, I don't think Girardi's doing anything wrong. I guess I just don't know what to think about this team. The whole 11th place in hitting with RISP in the AL is concerning. I want them to give Yankee stadium a better closing than this, but we'll just have to hope for the miraculous and see if it comes.

raven said...

When the Yankees hitters can't stop swinging at balls way out of the strike zone, there's no doubt Girardi has done something wrong.
And what's wrong with Cano? He seems to have claimed the title of the most sloppy defender in the world.