Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Ringers Sucked Yesterday

The Good

Jeter showed what he could do out of the leadoff spot with 3 hits, and Damon showed some power out of the 2 spot, with 2 hits including a triple. Matsui and Posada both homered yesterday showing what time on the DL can do for your power stroke. Swisher hit a pinch hit double. His first hit as a Yankee.

The Bad

The Yankees left 11 runners on base, including Damon at 3rd after he hit his triple, and Pena at third after he came in to run for Swisher. Marky T went 0-4 and was flat in the clutch. He honestly looked overwhelmed by all the booing he got. Damon should have caught Izturis' homerun, but what can you do.

The Ugly

Seeing the Yankee offense falter with runners in scoring position invoked memories of last years offensive malaise, but 5 runs are normally enough to win a game. Yesterdays loss is the fault of the pitchers. Sabathia was awful, going 4.1 innings with 5 walks, no strikeouts and 6 runs. Coke pitched well until he went out for the 8th inning and gave up a homerun to Cesar Izturis. Bruney took his cue from Sabathia and decided to avoid the strikezone like the plague. Sabathia and Marky T, the two ringers, sucked, but it is just the first game. Sabathia is a slow starter, and in his last tune up start of spring training he went 3.2 innings allowing 2 runs. We may have to watch a couple more starts like this before we see the Sabathia we paid $161 million for.

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. Yesterday, the post-surgery Posada and Matsui hit homeruns to put the Yankees closer to tieing the game before the bullpen gave it all back. They are now on pace to hit 162 homeruns this season.

Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Hideki Matsui 1hr = $1.00
Total = $2.00

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.


cheshirecat9 said...

It was upsetting seeing so many men left on base. However the 1998 Yankees also lost their opener so I am trying not to be too upset. This season I am trying not to take loses so personally and remember "it is just a game." So far it isn't working. Here's hoping Wang's sinker is sinking tomorrow.
By the way, I really enjoy your game recaps. Despite yesterday I still think there will be lots of goods and fewer uglies.

Roberto Alejandro said...

As I always tell young children just learning the game, "this game is life. losing is not an option. winning is everything, it's more important than breathing. if you lose, you better not be breathing, because there is no excuse." I hope you find some comfort from these words.

Fernando Alejandro said...

At first I was kind of upset about the offensive blunders, but I had to take step back and realize that you're not going to drive every runner on base home, and scoring 5 runs in a game should be enough to win. I think the offense will be fine, but the pitching has to do better.

I'm glad you liked the game review. Here's hoping for more goods than uglies!

cheshirecat9 said...

Roberto you have eased my soul with your wise words. It has put me in the right mindset for not only the rest of the season, but for the rest of my life.

Roberto Alejandro said...

Your welcome Ches, just glad I could help.

TribeGirl said...

Hey guys!! Just a reminder about CC. He was so awful last April I actually dropped him from my fantasy baseball teams and couldn't wait for Cleveland to trade him. Well, look what happened in May and the rest of the season.....He is notorious for staring off lousy, so I just wanted to remind everybody. Cliff Lee also had a crappy game yesterday too.

anonymous number two ant) said...

All in all, I'd rather the Yankees win.

Fred Trigger said...

all in all, i'd prefer they didnt. To be honest, I'm more scared of the rays then I am the yankees, even though beckett mowed them down today.

Raven King said...

Let's pray really hard that our Ace Wangdalf the White breaks the Curse of the Torn Butt and turns everything back to normal.
And Red Sox sucks.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Haha nice picture, Raven.

Tribegirl, its funny because as he was pitching awfully, I remembered that you told us a while ago that he was a notoriously slow starter. Hopefully we won't get too much more of this.

Oh Trigg, things are just getting started. By July I think you'll no who the team to fear will be.......Baltimore.