April 12, 2006

Yankees roll on

Posted in Baseball at 3:42 pm by antonello

The Bombers have kicked some offensive butt the last two days. The pitching has been more suspect. Are Wang and Chacon returning to real form or is this an aberration? Wang I think suffers from porous Yankee defense. I am more suspicious of Chacon, and he didn't do much to alleive of my concerns: 7 hits, 5 ER over 6 innings. On the good side, he seems to be striking out some more people than he did last year.

Some random notes:

  • Giambino creates the strangest lines ever. As of this morning's game, .211 BA / .500 OBP / .368 SLG / .868 OPS. He hit a couple of doubles today so his average will go up. Still a freaky dude. Maybe his eyes are taking steroids without telling him.
  • Jeter garnered praise about everything for his game-winning HR yesterday A round-up:
    • "He always had a flair for the dramatic," Bernie Williams said. "I would be surprised if he doesn't do anything." (AP)
    • "It seems when something needs to happen, he seems to be at the start of it or the end of it," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. (AP)
    • "I've seen it for years," Rivera said. "That doesn't surprise me at all." (AP)
    • "I jumped high out of the dugout," Damon said. "The guy knows how to play." (AP)
    • "I have been redeemed." A-Rod said, "My sins have been forgiven." (NYT)
    • "Damn in if Jeter didn't discover cold fusion when he won that game! He can do anything!" Abraham Lincoln (Tribune)
  • I like Jeter a lot, and he won the game. Yay! But here's a thought experiment: if A-Rod hit that HR what would the reaction be? A round-up:
    • A-Rod won the game, but it was against the Royals. He still doesn't have what it takes to win against a real team.
    • The Yankees should have been winning anyway
    • A-Rod saves his home runs for games that don't matter
    • A-Rod killed a pony
    • A-Rod broke up the Beatles
    • A-Rod refused to sign the Oslo Peace Accords

    Afterword: Larry Mahnken, like Mark Schmitt, got there first.

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