Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ibanez Joins Fight Against Father Time

The Good

Raul Ibanez had a 12th inning double that scored the go-ahead run. Because the Baltimore Orioles had lost all hope, they just forfeited making Ibanez's double a walk-off. According to Elias this is the first walk-off win by a visiting team in the modern era of baseball. Ibanez ended the night going 2-3 with a stolen base after replacing Andruw Jones.

Although the game came down to a dramatic at-bat by Ibanez, the bulk of the credit has to go to our bullpen. 6 releivers combined to go 7.1 innings in relief of Freddy, and both Wade and new comer David Phelps pitched 2.1 innings with 4 strikeouts a piece. Mariano got his first save of the season, and Clay Rapada brought his ERA down to a respectable 10.80.

Lastly, Jeter went 2-6 with a homerun. It may be a little early, but I'm smelling an MVP. Cano went 3-6 but could only muster a paltry pair of doubles.

The Bad

An 0-5 night for A-Rod and an 0-4 night for Granderson got the powerful duo at .158 and .150 respectively. Talks of them being sent to the minors have started.

The Ugly

Garcia went 4.2 innings allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, but what was really ugly is that his 5 wild pitches is one more than he had all of last season. His control of his splitfinger fastball came into question, but Garcia quickly put down that notion.

"No, my split was top notch yesterday, I was just trying a new pitch called a knuckle fastball. Its like a fastball, in that I throw it as fast as I can, but its like a knuckleball in that I don't know where its going. I'm still working on it."

Kids Love Homeruns

Because homeruns means health. Derek Jeter hit a homerun adding 2 more dollars to the Children's Health Fund coffers.

Raul Ibanez 1hr = $2
Nick Swisher 1hr = $2
Andruw Jones 1hr = $2
Derek Jeter 1hr = $2

Total 4hr = $8

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