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July 04, 2005

July 4th vs. The Orioles

Happy big seven-five George!

Big Stein must be feeling pretty good about today's "birthday" win. For sure, he probably would have been happy with a nice and tidy 6-zip shutout victory. But, I doubt that will bring any cause for him to want to return a beautiful seven-run 8th, come from behind win, with a nice big bow on it?

The Yankees showed a lot of spirit today. It would have been very easy to lay down and submit after blowing a one-run lead with 8 outs to go - not to mention having a 6-nothing lead after two and letting that melt away. Instead, with just 5 outs left to their offensive chest today, they came back to tie, then go ahead, and then blow out the game for the "W."

Still, perhaps hidden to some, in the thrill of the big inning today, is the fact that the Yankees current holes in their starting rotation and middle relief came very close to costing them a game today. As much as I wish that it could happen, the Yankees are not going to score 13 runs every game. Clearly, pitching is still an issue in Yankeeland.

In any event, the team needs wins and they got one today. Bottom line, that's all that matters. Yanks have now won 5 of their last 7 and it might have been 6 of 7 if not for a questionable RP selection on evening of June 28th.

The next several games will be worth watching.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 4, 2005 07:34 PM


This win has just been made sweeter with the Red Sox bullpen imploding in Texas. 42-39 and we're only 4 out, how's that for being fortunate!

This team desperately needs one more middle reliever. A real major leaguer would do. Does anyone know the status of Ramiro Mendoza? If he's even 75 percent of what he was, that would be just fine.

If Mendoza is not available, hopefully this is the kind of player that we could get for Tony Womack.

Posted by: Joel at July 5, 2005 12:35 AM

and oh by the way....another game picked up on the two teams ahead of us.

bad pitching, spot starters, overall bad clutch hitting equals.....

4 games back.

It was a fun game to watch though

The Giambi nay-sayers have been quiet lately. I'm still sticking to my comments months ago about how Giambi still has game and he is slowly turning the ship around.

The Yanks are 5-1 in games Giambi has homered in.

His average on 5/9 was .195- since that date he has hit .300 (34 hits in 113 AB's) and his avg is nearing .260

Are second half numbers of .285-10-40 in the cards for Giambi- with a OBP of around .400? That would make him around .275-17-70 for the season...not Giambi #'s by a mile.... but decent given his start and good for a 7th place hitter.

on the YES broadcast, they said to save time they should just start Giambi with a 3-2 count since it always ends up there and more often than not, he will walk or strikeout...I thought that was funny.

Posted by: Phil at July 5, 2005 12:43 AM

You forgot to mention a birthday victory for Jonathan Bradford Sterling as well....

Posted by: Don at July 5, 2005 01:12 AM

I'd like to think this stress will battle test the team for the playoffs, i.e., Must win game? we've had 15-20 must win games this season.....

Posted by: Jason O. at July 5, 2005 09:51 AM

To Joel's point, I'll add: And Schilling gets beat up in AAA.

A good day, all around!

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 5, 2005 10:00 AM

yeah 15-20 must win games....but we lost almost half of them!

Posted by: phil at July 5, 2005 10:01 AM

Yanks are leading the AL in RSAA

Posted by: Raf at July 5, 2005 10:13 AM

Do you mean RCAA?

Posted by: steve lombardi at July 5, 2005 10:32 AM

I'm pretty sure that's what he meant. They're 1st in RCAA, about 12th or 13th in RSAA.

Posted by: hopbitters at July 5, 2005 10:40 AM

I was not thrilled with Joe's pitching selections after Procter. How about using Gordon in the 7th? Almost became a replay of the infamous Stanton game. Now's the time for the Yanks to make their move - the O's are fading, the Sox faltering.

Posted by: Josh at July 5, 2005 12:21 PM

LOL, phil

Posted by: Jason O. at July 5, 2005 02:49 PM

Ya, that's what I meant, RCAA...

That may not last too long; rumors are they're interested in Brett Boone.

Posted by: Raf at July 6, 2005 01:17 PM