Saturday, April 18, 2009

What's wrong with Wang?

The Indians hit him like he's a batting practice pitcher. The ball has no movement on it, and batters seem to just tee off on him.

His ERA is in the 30+ range, and he looks kind of confused. I know he starts slowly, but this is ridiculous. He is looking terrible, and the Stadium crowds are not happy. Phil Hughes is 2-0 in Scranton, and we can only wonder how soon until Wang gets sent down to straighten out.

I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he has some lingering injury, or something related to missing most of last year.

One positive note: Nick Swisher is fast becoming a fan favorite. He plays aggressively, and may just become a big star in the Yankee galaxy. He reminds me of Boomer Wells, who was a big favorite of the Bleacher Creatures.

Go Yankees

Friday, April 17, 2009

Opening Day Pain

Yesterday, the day started out well enough with some nice opening day ceremonies, and the first at bat, and Jeter had the Babe's bat at home plate. As a joke he picked it up and pretended to get in the batter's box.
The bat was then sent to the dugout, and so many Yankees swung it like little awestruck kids. The bat then was packed up and sent back to Cooperstown.

The game, what can be said when my team gets spanked 10-2?

CC pitched well, but the pitch count got high and he left in the 6th. He held the Indians to 1 run, and the 'pen, for the second time in the last week, fell apart.

Posada hit the first HR in the new Stadium, and damon got the first hit (a single in the first)

Joba is on the mound today.

One nice thing before the game today, on YES, they did a tribute to Bob Shepherd, long time Yankee announcer. His first game was April 17th, 1951, and they had him recreate the lineup announcement.

And, what a lineup!

Loaded with HoF teammates Rizzuto, Mantle, DiMaggio, and Berra. That's something that isn't seen today.

Go Yankees

Monday, April 13, 2009

Weekend Update

Yankees lost the final game against the Royals, but there was some good news.

The starting pitching continues to be excellent. CC pitched great on Saturday, mixing a 93-95 MPH fastball with some very effective off speed pitches.
I can't imagine trying to adjust to pitches that varied by as much as 15 or 20 MPH. Talk about killing a batter's timing.
And yesterday, Joba was bringing it at about that same speed range. He is pacing himself. When he relieved, he would hit close to 100 MPH, but as a starter, he has toned it down so he could last a bit longer. Yesterday he went 6 innings, and struck out 5. He held the Royals to 4 hits and only 1 earned run.

With the Master's on this weekend, I missed most of the games, and only caught a few innings of each, but with that over, I'll be back in my seat tonight.

Wang is starting tonight at the Trop against the Rays. Gametime is 7 on YES.

Go Yankees

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