Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Yanks Take Series from the Indians

The Good

Back to back home runs from A-Rod and Cano. A-Rod's was a grand slam of course, so he wins. Pettitte has his seventh win of the season and is currently on pace to win 54 games. Impressive.

The Bad

Did you see what the Padres did to the Mets? Even I felt kind of bad. Not so much for the Mets, but you know when someone falls down, and you start laughing, and pointing, and telling other people around you so they laugh and point too, but then you feel kind of bad for taking so much pleasure in somebody else's misfortune. That kind of bad.

The Ugly

So I'm over at Yankees.mlb.com and I see that Javy is set to pitch next, and somehow he has three wins. When did he win a third game? There was that first game early on that he didn't deserve to win but he won anyway. Then he had two good starts in a row, against Detroit and the Mets, but he only won one of those. So when did he win a third? Are his bullpen's now counting as victories?

The Sibling Rivalry

A-Rod took Cano and Melky under his wing when they both became regulars back in 2006. They were all very close. But recently Cano has grown mad with power. My sources tell me that he actually forced the Cabrera trade, telling Cashman he didn't care how poorly Javy might perform in the AL East. His home run yesterday was a warning that A-Rod better not take another grand slam opportunity away from him, unless he wants to play in Atlanta too.

Regardless of the intrigue, those two home runs earned the children $4 more. Consider donating to the children too, and entering the raffle, or Cano will have YOU shipped of to Atlanta. Food for thought.

Posada 6hr = $12
Granderson 2hr = $4
Cano 11hr = $22
Swisher 9hr = $18
Jeter 5hr = $10
Johnson 2hr = $4
Rodriguez 7hr = $14
Teixeira 8hr = $16
Thames 2hr = $4
Gardner 2hr = $4
Winn 1hr = $2
Miranda 2hr = $4
Total = $114


Rich Mahogany said...

I'd say this post is gold, but they're all gold. I consider this one exceptionally shiny, however.

I recall Javy vulturing a win by entering a game in late relief (aka a Jeff Nelson Special).

I find it remarkable that so many people dogged ARod for being unclutch for much of his career, and yet he has 20 grand slams is just 3 back from the all-time lead. Then again, there are some strange goings-on in the all-time grand slam list - like the fact that Robin Ventura has 18 grand slams, more than Ruth and Aaron. Bonds has just 11 grand slams.

The article about the Mets' epic loss is also gold. It's an especially sad loss for them considering that Mets fans were hailing Takahashi as the savior of their rotation. My favorite parts from the article:

"Those were the only two balls the Padres hit exceptionally hard, but they were enough to chase Takahashi from the game and begin a parade of inept relief pitchers."

"Perez was asked to warm up twice before the sixth inning when it appeared things were spinning out of control, but both times the Mets rallied to close a widening deficit. So Perez was told to sit back down. In essence, the score had become too close for him to pitch. It was not until the sixth, when this calamitous game reached an almost comedic level, that Manuel finally called for Perez."

"Manuel then added in a more serious tone, “You know, if a player stays here, you do everything you can to help him.” There was little anyone could do Monday to help Perez, or any of the other Mets pitchers for that matter."

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

You're right about the relief appearance. Thank you.

The Mets are such an anomalous sort of train wreck this season. Every time they seem to have some silver lining they just go on another skid. At this point, they might as well find out if David Wright can pitch, in the rotation or relief.

Rich Mahogany said...

Mets fans keep anointing players who will save them. First it was Ike Davis Can Save Us, now it's Takahashi. Both are decent players but neither can turn a season around.

Perez has really screwed them because he won't accept an assignment to the minors. So instead of getting work in AAA and having any hope of fixing his problems, he is taking up a roster spot and only pitching in garbage time. The Mets will probably have to do a reverse GMJ trade and give him away while eating almost all of his salary.

If I were a Mets fan, the worst part would be that just about all of these problems were forseeable. Minaya ignored the rotation rather than sign guys like Garland and Davis, gave Perez a contract he didn't deserve, spent too much on Bay, made the execrable Francoeur a starting OF, and that's just off the top of my head. It seemed obvious that this was a team that could implode.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

you're right about that. I remember that last winter there was so much incredulity as to why Minaya didn't make a harder push for Lackey or even a Halladay deal. Even some of the second tier starters or the rehab jobs would've made sense, just something to suggest you're aware that a key, if not the key, component of winning is adequate pitching. I don't know what he was thinking.

Dylan Murphy said...

The Mets game was like that kid in school who always does things that are so dumb and embarassing, you feel embarassed as well. That always happens to me when I watch Larry David on Curb. It's so bad I usually have to change the channel every time. But unlike the Mets, I keep watching Larry David.

lady gaganonymous said...

This post, and these comments, make me laugh so hard. The Mets this season are just an amazing clusterfuck. They go 5-1 against the Yankees and Phillies, then suck against the friggin' Brewers. Look at the difference between their home record and their road record. I know most teams do better at home, but that's INSANE!

Mets really should have gone harder after Lackey. Or Piniero. Or SOMEONE. LOLPerez.

Javy got a win in relief in the game where Thames hit his walk-off against Papelbon.

cheshirecat9 said...

I'm glad I visited here today. I am going to the game tonight and saw Vazquez had three wins and couldn't for the life of me figure out how he had three wins. How many relief appearances ahs he had? I know he came out of the pen against Boston and got Youkalis to strike out, was that his victory?

I feel bad for Mets fans. I have a good friend who has been a Met fan all his life and he doesn't even bother to get excited about anything they do anymore because he knows they are just going to suck it up again.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

I think Vazquez has only had the one relief appearance between when he pitched well in Detroit and then against the Mets. And yeah, I belief he came in to face one batter and ended up with the win.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

Did anybody else like those white, memorial day commemorative hats from yesterday? I'm not saying it's a good looking hat, but for some reason, I liked it.

Rich Mahogany said...

I think you liked the white hats because they were so much better than the awful ketchup red hats.

Rob B said...

"I think you liked the white hats because they were so much better than the awful ketchup red hats."

Even the idea of the Yankees wearing red caps causes me to spend an hour or two in the fetal position. After they actually wore red caps, my wife had to hide all the rope. Yankees in red? Heresy!

And I thought the white caps just plain looked weird.

lady gaganonymous said...

The Memorial Day hats this year are TOTALLY adorable in person. I got one on Sunday at the game so my face/scalp wouldn't fry and I'm very happy. They looked pretty good with the pinstripes too, I think. And as you said - they are not red!!!!

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

A lot of anti-communist sentiment here. Interesting.