Archive for August 10th, 2008

Sunday, August 10th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

Not only did the Yankees lose yet again to the Angels for the fifth time in seven games, they were also out coached.

With the game tied 3 to 3 in the bottom of the 9th inning, Joe Girardi decided to use Damaso Marte for a 2nd inning of work. While I would not have a problem with this against a tough lefty who might have lead off the inning, this was simply not the case. Instead, the Angels were due up the ever dangerous Howie Kendrick, Gary Matthews Jr., who is hitting .226 and Mike Napoli who is hitting .224.

Somehow Marte, who is a lefty specialist or at most a one inning type of guy in the 7th or 8 inning, quickly turned into a two inning reliever. While Marte is easily capable of recording three additional outs, especially against the bottom third of the Angels lineup, this was not the right managerial decision when you have your closer, who has not pitched …

Mets Leapfrog Fish: Mets-Marlins Series Recap

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets were in third place on Friday, and looking for revenge against the Marlins after their series loss in Florida. When the weekend ended they found themselves in second place after taking two out of three against the Fish. The Mets are now 7-5 against Florida, with six games remaing versus their division rival.

Friday, Mets 3-0: Aaron Heilman Is Rollie Fingers

Aaron Heilman came into the game in the eighth inning and picked up an old-fashioned two-inning save (not even Billy Wagner can do that). Six batters up, six batters down. Where the heck has that been? I think I even saw traces of a handlebar mustache as he walked off the field after the game. The first seven innings belonged to Oliver Perez. He loaded the bases in the second inning, but MacGyvered his way out of the jam, and pretty much cruised the rest of the way. The wacky lefty threw 120 pitches (why can’t Johan Santana do that?) in seven innings, struck out …

Quite Frankly: Yankees Need A Little Rocky Balboa In Them

Yankees Rumors & News

Now what I saw yesterday was just downright terrible. The combination of Edwar Ramirez, David Robertson and Jose Veras did their best Kyle Farnsworth impression. They blew a 3-1 lead and, most importantly, they blew a solid performance by Dan Giese. That’s something the Yanks can not afford to do given their situation. With 45 games to go, the Yanks must close out the games their starters put them in a position to win.

During their 8-game winning streak a few weeks ago, everything was firing on all cylinders. The arms, the bats, the bullpen, the defense, the clutch-hitting. Now, the Yanks have lost 9 of 14 and are really pushing towards the possibilty of missing the postseason. While everyone, myself included, waits for the Rays to fall on their face, it doesn’t appear that’s going to happen any time soon. Time is running out. The past few seasons, this is usually the time the Yankees go and make up their ground and win the games …

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