Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nick the Swish Strikes Again

The Good

An exceptional pitching performance by Joba Chamberlain who went 7 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 6. Phil Coke pitched a scoreless 7, and has effectively dropped his ERA into the respectable zone. Nick the Swish went 2-5 with 2 homeruns. Matsui went 1-2 with 3 walks and drove in 3 runs. The fleet-footed Posada stole a base.

The Bad

Team captain Derek Jeter went 0-5 and botched a play in the field that was ruled a hit. Don't you ever do it again!

The Ugly

Mariano Rivera came into the game and gave up a 3-run homerun off the first batter he faced. Mariano rarely gives up homeruns, and he's given up two in his last two appearances. It has been 5 days since he last pitched but I'm hoping this is a trend that ends now.

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. Nick the Swish showed his deep concern for children's health by hitting two homeruns, one from each side of the plate.

Jorge Posada 3hr = $3.00
Hideki Matsui 2hr = $2.00
Derek Jeter 4hr = $4.00
Mark Teixeira 3hr = $3.00
Nick Swisher 7hr = $7.00
Robinson Cano 5hr = $5.00
Johnny Damon 3hr = $3.00
Melky Cabrera 4hr = $4.00
Jose Molina 1hr = $1.00
Total = $32.00

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.


Quinn said...

i know this is from the last post. but personally i dont think grenkie could survive in NY. he had a mental breakdown in kc of all places...

Fernando Alejandro said...

I don't know if he could survive in New York, but it does seem like the breakdown was do to his anxiety problems, which have since been addressed. We'll have to see how he pitches when he comes to New York this year. Either way, the Royals will not be letting him go.

Quinn said...

oh i know, but it was anixety and the pressures that he put on himself at kc.. sorry for the delay in posts it been a few months.. school is nuts lately. but anyway. im liking what i see from the young guns, lets see what melancon can do against the big bats of the angels lineup.

She-Fan said...

Mo needs more work. Even he gets rusty. He didn't pitch much in spring training, so Girardi should have brought him in at the beginning of the ninth, even though it was a non-save situation, and given him time to warm up.

Fernando Alejandro said...

I agree Jane, that's why I'm not really worried about it. If he goes back out there and gets hit hard again, then I may start to wonder.

Quinn, no worries! School has a way of doing that. I'm liking Melancon, but I need to give him more time and make sure that he can be consistant. A consistant reliever is very hard to find and when you do find one, you make them a closer.

TribeGirl said...

Hey guys - got a question. I haven't been able to watch the games every night so far - that has to wait until summer (damn priorites!!) Anyway, is Mo his old self this year, or is he getting old? I get the stats and all, but I miss the live pitching, the velocity, the close calls, and the lovely Michael Kay and whomever is in the booth with him giving me my invaluable information as an out of towner watching on my overpriced MLB package. So I'm turning to my gangster brothers in arms for the real deal with him so far...

Fred Trigger said...

I havent seen a lot of him, but from what I saw in the Red Sox game, he looked fine. He just made one bad pitch to Bay over the plate, and Bay made him pay. Although, it looked like he was throwing his cutter around 92-93 instead of 95-96. But that was just one game. What do you think, guys? Is that about right? Not to mention the small sample size thing. I think the panamainian destructicon never ages.

Roberto Alejandro said...

you're right Fred, Mo doesn't age. he's a robot. and agreed, one bad pitch to bay. Mo is fine, he's just made a few bad pitches, partly due to underuse.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Yeah, Mo has actually looked really good up until the last two outings. The first, against Boston, was just a bad pitch, the second was probably the result of not pitching for 5 days. The only concern I have is that when he misses, he's giving up homers, which is rare for him even in his off years (if you can really call them that). He gave up 4 homeruns all last year, and the same in 2007. So to give up two in back-to-back outings catches your attention. But I think its a fluke. He's struck out 13 in 9.2 innings this season and has yet to allow a walk.

Quinn said...

mo blows atleast one save a year to the sox. id rather it be now than in october.