Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekend in Anaheim

The Good

We ended with a win, barely, but a win nonetheless. Granderson hit his 39th homerun, and Montero also added a jack over the weekend. Sabathia had a rough time, but ended with 6 innings and 1 run. Colon pitched one of his best games of the season with 7 innings of 1 run ball, and that one run was unearned.

The Bad

Despite the pitching performances of Sabathia and Colon, the Yankee offense could not remember how a bat worked. They pulled out the instructions that came in the bat box, but they were written in Chinese. After trying to decipher the text for the first couple days, they realized that the instructions were not written in Chinese, but were simply upside down. The instructions were simple: "Swing bat and connect with ball". The Yankees tried this approach last night and came out with a win.

The Ugly

It seemed like in a manner of moments, we saw every catcher in the Yankees organization. Cervelli had concussion like symptoms, and took to the DL, then Martin hurt his thumb, and was day-to-day, leaving Posada to catch on Saturday. Sunday it was Montero, followed by Romine, who had just taken a taxi from Scranton to Anaheim, stopping only to help damsel's in distress as is his character.

Yankee Bats Go Quiet, but the Children Still Are Provided For

Despite the generally lackluster hitting over the weekend, Montero and Granderson made sure the children would not suffer with solo homeruns. That's $4 for the Children's Health Fund.

Mark Teixeira 36hr = $72
Curtis Granderson 39hr = $78
Russell Martin 17hr = $34
Alex Rodriguez 15hr = $30
Jorge Posada 12hr = $24
Robinson Cano 24hr = $48
Andruw Jones 11hr = $22
Brett Gardner 6hr = $12
Nick Swisher 22hr = $44
Derek Jeter 5hr = $10
Francisco Cervelli 3hr = $6
Eduardo Nunez 4hr = $8
Ramiro Pena 1hr = $2
Eric Chavez 1hr = $2
Jesus Montero 3hr = $6
Total = $404


Rich Mahogany said...

Conventional wisdom on Scioscia is he's one of the best managers around and a master of fundamentals. One of baseball's fundamentals is that when the opposing team uses a catcher who is 40 years old, hasn't caught all year and wasn't very good at throwing runners out anyway, you should run wild on him. The Angels attempted one stolen base on Posada. Hmmmm.

Watching the Rays creep up on the Red Sox is fascinating and makes me very happy that we are in first place.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Yes but the conventional wisdom on Posada is that he targets and systematically murders baseball players when 2 or more bases are stolen on him. Its how he's adjusted to the decreased reflexes behind the plate. Having this knowledge, Scioscia made the wise choice of only stealing one base on him.

I didn't realize the Rays were so close until you mentioned it. I wrote them off a few weeks back. Go Rays!

Rob B said...

If I'm not mistaken, that one player who attempted to steal was thrown out. Have you players murdered AND run the risk of having them thrown out? Scioscia made the right call, me thinks.