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April 22, 2005

April 22nd vs. The Rangers

When it was announced that Channel 9 would carry Yankee games this year, I thought it would be creepy to watch them there - since WOR was a Mets station for most of my life. Actually, it was no different from watching on YES. Cool.

Speaking of cool, it would have been fun tonight to see Sheffield face Cordero with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th representing the winning run. Triple-digits heater against one of the best fastball hitters in the league. Oh, so, close. Shoot, that's baseball.

Part of me wants to give Kevin Brown some credit for tonight. He could have went mushroom cloud right there in the first when Texas started Charlie Browning him on the hill. That would have been a killer for the pen. It takes weeks, sometimes, for a pen to recover from that. Instead of pulling his usual Dr. Dr. Zachary Smith routine (You know, I have a delicate back, my dear), Brown was able to hang in there for six. That's a good thing. On the other hand, the last time that Kevin was able to make 5 or more starts in a month for NY, and have an ERA under 4.05 for that month, was April 2004. I'm starting to think if it's Brown, we have to flush it down.

Isn't it time to start thinking about letting Roy White coach 3rd and put Sojo at 1st? Louie's baserunning style as a player was pretty much run until you're tagged out. He's coaching the same way. White was a good baserunner - and smart. Maybe it's time for a switch?

When we traded for A-Rod, he was supposed to hit for us the way Manny hits for the Sox. Instead of Manny, it looks like we got the second coming of Danny Tartabull. If anyone wants to say "Com'on, A-Rod had a good season last year. Better than you think" - to that, I say, check A-Rod's 2004 vs. Tartabull's 1993. It's about the same. When it comes to being an effective batter, right now, Alex can't carry Manny's bottle of Prozac.

On the bright side tonight, the Red Sox lost. Eduardo Perez taketh away and he giveth. It only seems fair.

Lastly, a thank you to David Pinto for a mention today over at Baseball Musings. Very kind and always appreciated!

Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 22, 2005 11:14 PM