April 15, 2007
April 15th @ The A's
Well, it wasn't a special day for every #42 today.
I have to confess that, when I saw Marco Scutaro come up as the potential winning run in the 9th, I started to get a bad feeling about this game. Scutaro has a history in these spots. But, once the count got to 0-2, and given there were two outs, I started feeling a little better about the Yankees chances. And, then, boom, it happened.
You can tag this one on Mo. But, you also have to give Jeter something too. If he can catch a ground ball, maybe the A's don't plate two runs in the first inning? And, give Rico Bergman something too - for that baserunning mistake in the 6th - becoming the third out of the inning at the plate when A-Rod is up with runners at first and third. (Yes, he got a good break. And, yes, A-Rod was waving him on. And, yes, Kendall got a good bounce. But, like the YES booth said, you only go in that spot if you know you can do it standing up.)
I feel for Pettitte today. He gave the team exactly what was needed. He should have gotten a win today.
In what may be even bigger news today, Mussina and Pavano go on the Disabled List. I think Mussina will be back before Pavano - just a hunch. And, who will come up to take Pavano's turn on Tuesday?
It's not Phil Hughes. And, it's not Tyler Clippard or Ross Ohlendorf. Heck, it's not even Matt DeSalvo or Steven Jackson. It's going to be Chase Wright - who has pitched just two games above A-ball in his entire life (to date).
The Cleveland Indians (who the Yankees will play next) presently lead the league in OBA (.367). This is not exactly a sweet situation to throw Chase Wright into - worse when you factor in the forecasted weather conditions for next Tuesday.
Wright might surprise on Tuesday. But, then again, the Yankees next game could just be another one of what's turning out to be a string of bad games this April.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 15, 2007 07:51 PM
The Yankees would probably rather use Clippard or Ohlendorf, but Wright in on the 40-man.
Chase is a good pitcher. I wouldn't worry about his control -- he only has one walk in fourteen innings in Trenton. And he looked great against a Tigers team about to break camp.
Wright had a slow start to his career. I think the Yankees expect him to move quickly -- I'm sure they envisioned him in AAA at some point this year. Wright is a lefty with decent velocity who pounds the zone, so I expect he'll do okay. As long as Torre doesn't panic every time he puts a man on, I think Wright will surprise a few folks.
So, to follow up on an earlier post, Steve, any idea who might be pitching in the Red Sox series? :)
It just gets more interesting everyday. Let's hope the weather holds during the Indians series.
People on other boards are going nuts with ideas like this team is terrible and Mo is old and Jeter should DH, but that's nonsense. Where were the Yanks this time last April?
If Mo makes that pitch, we've got a 4-2 road trip and had a great week. He doesn't so we're 3-3 and it's time to panic. I don't get it. It can't be like this for Mets fans, can it?
did anyone catch rodriguez making a duragatory comment after speaking with mattingly?
Posted by: Corey at April 15, 2007 09:52 PM
the yankees need to spend more time on fielding during pratice
yankees fielding is at an all time low
A-Rod curses like a truck driver who's been up for 36 hours straight.
What did he say?
any idea who might be pitching in the Red Sox series
Pettitte gets Friday.
And some combination of Wright (on short rest), Karstens, Igawa (on short rest), Wang (coming back without a second rehab), or another minor leaguer (Tyler Clippard is set for a Sunday start on regular rest) will take the other two.
There is hope: we started Ponson at Fenway last year and actually won the game (thanks to the offense).
Just my $.02 but the "Rico Bergman" thing has got to go.