Rangers 2 Yankees 1: No Offense Again

Again tonight, the Yanks’ offense let down, failing to support Mussina’s excellent start. The only run came on a gigantic four-inning blast from A-Rod, whose mammoth homer reached the left-field bleachers. Giambi was stranded after a two-out triple, his first since almost exactly six years ago. Yet the Yanks got little at all mustered. The #1-3 hitters went 0-11 tonight, while #7-9 hitters went 1-9. Mussina was again impressive, going 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, walking 2, allowing 2 runs earned, and fanning 8 and lowering his ERA to 3.87 on 103 pitches/68 strikes.  Wasted opportunity to win a close game, and the Yankees drop to 14-10 in one-run games.

Tampa Bay beat Boston 5-4, dropping the Yanks back another game to Tampa.

Published in: on June 30, 2008 at 9:23 pm  Comments (11)  

Rangers @ Yankees: Today’s Lineup

As per Pete Abraham, the Yankees’ lineup:

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Posada DH
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Mussina (10-5, 3.93 ERA) gets Scott Feldman (1-3, 4.60 ERA) tonight at 7:05 ET. Though I’m posting late in the day, the Yankees called up Brett Gardner from SWB and inserted him right away in the lead-off spot. I like the move quite a bit. Gardner is very fast, has 11 doubles, 10 triples, 3 homers, and 29 RBIs with a .287 average in SWB. He also led the team with 59 runs, 68 walks, and 34 stolen bases (out of 42). He shouldn’t be allowed to rust on the bench, but should play in multiple situations (starting, pinch-running, spelling others) and should play especially if and when he contributes. I also like that he starts, and has a chance to show what he can do on base, against a righty. I’ll be in and out during the game. Enjoy.

Published in: on June 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm  Comments (2)  

HDLR 6/29/08: Yankees @ Mets; YFCR Appearance Tonight

Hi everyone and welcome to the Heartland Digital Living Room, where the hot dogs, chicken wings, and bratwursts are always fresh, the beverages are always cold, and the chin-wagging is always lively. Today, the Yankees go for the sweep of the Shea phase of the series, with Rasner (4-5, 4.50 ERA) facing lefty Oliver Perez (5-5, 5.29 ERA). More good pitching, like the last two games, would go a long way to achieving that. I’m opening things up early so I can go for a run and clean up before the game. Also, I’ll be on Yankee Fan Club Radio tonight, with the show starting at 6 p.m. EDT. Drop by and listen to Ty, Uncle Joe, and Tony. Also, come on in the HDLR, grab a cold one and a digital leather recliner, and enjoy the game. Let’s Go, Yankees!

1st: Top–Yankees go 1-2-3 on only nine pitches; eight in the Yanks lineup can or do hit righty, including Jorge at first and Betemit at second. Bottom–Rasner works around the lead-off hit from Reyes and the two-out walk to Beltran, jamming Delgado on an 0-1 fastball to get a shallow F8. Rasner through the first at 17 pitches.

2nd: Top–Yankees go 1-2-3. Mets score one, off three hits, a walk, and a sac, but Rasner got through on 26 pitches, and got Wright to ground into a 5U to end the threat, 1-0 Mets.

3rd: Top–Yankees go 1-2-3 yet again. Delgado smashes a 3-2 hanging slider off the scoreboard, 2-0 Mets, but he avoids trouble after a Church bloop and an IBB to fan Perez. Thank goodness for facing the pitcher, if only in that instance. The Yankees have mustered nothing at all on offense. That needs to change with JD, Jeter, and A-Rod.

4th: Top–Jeter’s one-out single and move to second on a wild pitch goes wasted, A-Rod fanned in a terrific, nine-pitch at-bat, Jorge’s weak 4-3 ends the threat. Bottom–Rasner looks better, working around a single to get Wright and fan Beltran on a fastball up. Rasner at 87 pitches.

5th: Top–Yankees go 1-2-3 yet again, though Betemit hit the ball hard twice. Bottom–Rasner is improving, throwing only 14 pitches and working around a hit, finishing the 5th with 101 pitches/14 in the inning. The Yankees need offense now.

6th: Top–Moeller gave a pitch a ride, to the wall in left pinch-hitting for Rasner. JD singled but Jeter swung at the first pitch, again, three outs. Bottom–David Robertson is in for his first major-league appearance, fans Perez in a long at-bat, allows a single to Reyes, Castillo’s single past A-Rod down the line made it first and second, wild pitch gave them second and third, and Wright’s sac fly to right made it 3-0. Beltran down on an F8. Robertson had to throw 25 pitches in what was probably a nervous first time pitching. Runs now.

Yanks can’t cash in on what few chances they have down the stretch, lose 3-1.  Kudos to Betemit for one of the longest home runs I’ve ever see in (and out of) Shea.  But he was caught looking to end the game in the ninth, and the Yanks mustered little off Perez.  Thanks to Joe, Mike, and Vanessa for coming by the HDLR.  I have to split and get some dinner going before YFCR.  Rasner was fairly good if inefficient, Robertson had a rough first but better second inning pitched.  But no offense.

Published in: on June 29, 2008 at 10:36 am  Comments (128)  

Mid-Year Grades

Since the Yankees have reached the 81-game mark, achieving a 44-37 record despite significant injuries and some positively mediocre play especially in the first two months, it is a good time to perform some mid-year evaluations for the team. Below are my grades with brief summations, based not only on their body of work but also on what one can reasonably expect from such players.

Catcher: JorgeA-. It’s hard for me to give him a lesser grade simply because the one big flaw in his first half, his difficulty in throwing out runners (25 of 31 stolen bases off Posada) has been the direct result of a serious shoulder injury. Otherwise, if one were to extrapolate (and yes, I will do that despite what a couple/one stupid knucklehead at Bombers Beat thinks) his numbers thus far after 118 at-bats to roughly 500 for a full year for Jorge, he’d have fewer homers, but would have over 80 RBIs, over 40 doubles, and his .297 AVG and .378 OBP are very good in their own right. I’m also not evaluating him based only on his 2007, but his career, in which 2007 clearly stands out. Molina–B+. While his bat has been more down than up (.230), this grade is primarily because of his stellar defense, nabbing 18 of 43 trying to steal (42%). Moeller–B+. Moeller filled in and contributed some timely RBIs and a .258 AVG, while also throwing out 7 of 19 runners. Who expected anything from Moeller, or that the Yankees and we as fans would actually be hoping this guy cleared waivers when both Jorge and Molina were hurt?

1B: Giambi–A-. Despite a terrible start, Giambi has picked it up dramatically, upping his average 113 points since May 4, banging the huge pinch-hit, game-winning homer off BJ Ryan June 5, leading the team with 17 homers, and steadily maintaining a high OBP (.398 now) even when his average was in the gutter. It’s only not an A because of the early woes, and Giambi’s inability to use all fields, reflecting his devolving into a one-trick low average pony. Ensberg–F. Batting .203 in limited duty, he never contributed and wasn’t a great glove either. We hardly knew ye, Morgan. Duncan–F. Also in limited duty, Duncan in essence revealed why he’s been a career minor-leaguer–too few hits, low average, 3 errors at first in 16 games. We rooted for the kid, but he didn’t cut it.

2B: Cano–C+. Cano’s defense saves him, only 6 errors and a .985% fielding all while struggling badly at the plate for nearly the entire first half, and after such a great Spring Training. Too few walks, poor plate approaches, haste, lunging and being out on his front foot, chasing low pitches, weak ground outs, .244 average, .282 OBP from only 14 walks. Pick it up, Robbie.

3B: A-Rod–A. One concern I had was whether or not A-Rod would follow the every other year pattern he had in the first four years–good not great, great, good with struggles, great. This year, around his injury, he’s been great again (.327 AVG, .410 OBP, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs, .602 SLG, 10 SBs only 6 errors at third) and returned from his injury hot.

SS: Jeter–B-. By the barest of margins, Jeter avoids the C range for a couple reasons. His recently ended 15-game hitting streak raised his average 14 points, he’s playing a solid short (lost range, sure, but he’s only committed 6 errors and has one of his better fielding percentages at .979), and not to be overlooked, Jeter started the year very well and probably would have better numbers if others ahead of him, such as JD, hadn’t had miserable starts. But that only goes so far when his walks are way down, his average is 36 points below his career average, he’s only stolen five bases, he only has four homers and 22 XBH out of 84 hits, and he leads the team having grounded into 10 DPs. He needs a big second half for the team, but also to quell some chatter about to what degree he’s declining.

IF: Betemit–B-. Nice productivity at times, still way too many Ks, iffy defense but thrust into playing some first. Decent bench productivity, but at what point will he be judged as unrealized potential? Not far away, I suspect. AG–B-. The disgraced former attorney general hardly plays, so I’m willing to give his low average somewhat a pass simply because he’s up for his excellent defense, which he’s contributed (one E while playing third). He needs more work and plate appearances to be properly evaluated.

OF: JD–A. After a wretched start, he’s picked it up and helped carry the team in June. From May 18, JD has raised his average 67 points, piling up hits in the last month. His OBP is high (.387), he leads the team with 20 doubles, and his setting the table has done much to rejuvenate the offense of late. Melky–B-. Also verging on a C grade, Melky is saved a bit by his excellent arm and defense, and that his career numbers somewhat mitigate how high we as fans can evaluate him. But batting .249 is batting .249. He should be running more (6 stolen bases). He doesn’t walk nearly enough and is woefully impatient at all the worst times. He still slides head-first. Abreu–A-. He’s been a bit streaky, his K’s are up a bit, his walks are down, and the average is down a bit. But Abreu has been very good, leading the team with 53 RBIs, his 10 homers have been important, he’s taking the ball the other way, he’s stolen 11 bases, and he still has a terrific arm despite showing some patented wall shyness this season. The Yankees should strongly consider a brief two-year additional stint with Abreu, especially considering how well he fits into their offensive approach. Matsui–A-. Though limited in the outfield even before his knees have acted up, Matsui’s bat has been really big the first half before the knee injury. Though his homers have been down (7), his high OBP of .404 attests to his patience. In somewhat diminished duty through splitting time with JD and Giambi, Matsui has fanned less and maintained a great average, .323. He’ll be missed.


Wang–A-. He had a very good first half, with only a brief rocky patch bringing up his ERA over 4. His homers allowed is low (4), his walks were up a bit, but at 8-2 the staff ace. The Yanks will miss him tremendously, and hopefully he can return in September with a fairly fresh–and not too rusty–arm.

Pettite–A-. An ERA below 4, 9-5, he’s been great in four straight after getting shellacked by KC, had the rough patch in late April and early May. Yet he’s given about what we hoped while keeping his walks down.

Mussina–A. Believers like Jimmy and j-Boogie are to be credited for keeping it all crossed for a guy giving a 10-5, 3.93 ERA first half thus far–all from someone deemed by me and others as over the hill. He’s re-invented himself very well and creatively, throwing more slowly. I’m proud to say I saw his April 23 game against the White Sox, when his turnaround began this year. The Yanks would be sunk without him.

Rasner–B. 4-5, 4.50 ERA is about what I would have expected, give or take a decision here and a bit off the ERA there. Beaten up of late, he’s been mostly solid and helped make up for poor work from Hughes and Kennedy. Unless he falls apart or trades bring proven better starters, he stays in the rotation.

Hughes and Kennedy–Both F. No one expected such poor work from either–or both–of them, and that was with lots of patience from the team, me, and others. Not a win between them (0-7 combined), 7.41 ERA for Kennedy, 9.00 for Hughes, 25 BBs in 37 2/3 IP and two starts going six full innings in eight starts for Kennedy, 13 BBs in 22 IP and two starts our of six into the sixth inning for Hughes. I know they’re kids, but their stints thus far were horrible.

Joba–A. Great in the bullpen, great as a starter, and moved into the rotation fortuitously as Wang got hurt. A stud.

Giese–B+. 1-3, 3.50 ERA, and needs more work to be properly evaluated. Yet Giese has given the Yanks fairly steady if brief work, at least as good as what I expected.

Ponson–Incomplete. So far, so very good. But I won’t and can’t give a realistic grade based on one start for a second-stinter.

Igawa–F. Trade him and cut bait. Igawa sucks, especially for the $46 million in posting fee and salary.

Mariano–A+. The greatest relief pitcher in the history of the game has actually been even greater than usual. 2-2, 0.74 ERA, 22 saves/22 chances, 17 hits and 3 BBs in 36 1/3 IP (0.55 WHIP), 42 Ks (1.16 K/9 IP). C’MON!

Nuke–B. If I expected more, his grade would be lower. Thankfully I don’t, and he’s been pretty par for the Nuke course. More often than not, he provides scoreless if somewhat adventurous innings. 10 homers is an eye-opener even for Nuke. Some holds, but do we really trust him as the eight-inning guy?

Ohlendorf–D. Poor numbers, but not helped by being shuffled between short and long-man roles. Should get another chance somewhere down the road.

Hawkins–D. Nice guy, nice teammate, but poor 2008 for the Yanks. He wasn’t a high-profile, big-money signing. But he’s been better in recent years than 1-1, 6.03 ERA with lots of walks and getting pounded.

Edwar–B+. Rough lately after initial good work. Too many walks (12) in 25 innings, but no worse than Nuke.

Bruney–A. He was cruising until he got hurt, and his return would give the bullpen a big lift. 1-0, 1.59 ERA, 12 Ks in 11 2/3 IP.

Veras–A-. Still has Nuke-like hiccups, but is 2-0, 2.96 ERA, 22 K’s in 24 1/3 IP, and has given the Yanks a fairly good option for middle relief. Still needs more time to develop, but better than I expected.

Traber–F. Was the only lefty reliever in the pen and couldn’t stick.

Britton–A-/Incomplete. He deserved a fuller look, 0-0, 1.29 ERA in 4 appearances. Why he didn’t get one remains a mystery.

Albaladejo–B/Incomplete. This is basically an incomplete, but based on his limited work, he was pretty good and showed promise, as well as the ability to do short and long work.

Patterson–Incomplete. I can’t give a reasonable assessment on one appearance.

Published in: on June 29, 2008 at 10:16 am  Comments (1)  

Yankees Gain Game in AL East

How big is it that the Yankees beat Johan Santana and the Mets today? Boston lost 11-10 to Houston, and Damn Tampa fell to the Pirates, 4-3, in 13 innings.  The Yanks are now again 5 behind Boston and four in the loss column, and 4 1/2 behind Damn Tampa.  Big, big victory today.

Published in: on June 28, 2008 at 11:15 pm  Comments (1)  

Yankees 3 Mets 2: Pettite and Bullpen Sharp; Just Enough Offense

For the second straight game, the Yankees got clutch pitching to shut down the Mets and take a close one, 3-2. Pettite was very good through six, coming out for the sixth after a 53-minute rain delay and ultimately out-dueling Santana. Veras, Nuke, and Mariano shut the door by combining for three innings of one-hit, three strikeout ball with Mariano earning his 22nd save of the year and 465th of his illustrious career.

The Mets struck first when Ramon Castro blasted a deep homer to center in the bottom of the second, 1-0 Mets. The first three innings were really tight, with Santana fanning the side in the second, and allowing only one base runner through the first three. Pettite hung tough and got help from Melky’s great catch in center off Wright, and the Yankees’ patience paid off in the top of the fourth. Jeter and Abreu worked back-to-back walks to lead off, A-Rod singled to left to load the bases, Giambi’s slow 6-3 scored Jeter, 1-0, and Jorge’s sac fly to center made it 2-0. Cano singled, but Melky forced Cano at second. But Pettite held the lead thereafter, getting ex-Yankee Andy Phillips to ground into a 6-6-3 DP to end the fourth. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Reyes singled and Easley walked, but with Wright up Pettite whirled and picked a frozen Reyes off second to end the threat. That was pick-off artistry.

The Yankees added on a run in the sixth when A-Rod walked, advanced to second on Santana’s balk, Giambi K’d, Jorge received an intentional pass, and Cano singled to center to score A-Rod, 3-1, nice clutch hitting from Cano. Much to my chagrin, Melky swung at the first pitch with his F7 ending the inning, but it stood up for the Yanks after a brief rain delay. Wright led off with a homer on a slightly hanging cutter, 3-2 Yanks. But Pettite fanned Beltran and got Delgado and Tatis to ground out. Veras entered and was good, Nuke pitched the eighth and was better, fanning Beltran to end the frame. But Mariano, the greatest relief pitcher of all time, made the ninth look easy, earning the save on only 12 pitches, fanning two.

Cano was 2-4 with his 33rd RBI, batting .244 now. Giambi’s RBI groundout was his 46th RBI. Jorge’s sac fly was his 20th RBI. A-Rod was 1-3, batting .327, with his 10th stolen base and his 44th run in 60 games. Abreu was 1-3 with a run and is hitting .286. The Yankees’ #1-4 hitters each had a walk. The Yankees left eight on, four in scoring position, but did just enough in a well-pitched game.

I remember thinking before the game, as I grabbed a cold Foster’s motor oil can, that there might be five runs scored in all today. That was so, thankfully in the Yanks’ favor. The Yanks win the Shea part of the series, and the win caps their first half at 44-37, ahead of last year and not too shabby in spite of a lot of injuries and inconsistency. Pettite improves to 9-5 with a 3.98 ERA

I’ll post mid-year grades before tomorrow afternoon’s game, an HDLR event, and before tomorrow night’s YFCR appearance. Veras’s ERA is 2.96, Nuke’s ERA is at 4.00, and Mariano is down to 0.74. The Yankees are 14-6 in the last 20 games. Keep up the good work, guys.

Published in: on June 28, 2008 at 8:33 pm  Comments (3)  

Yankees Call Up Robertson

There must be rejoicing at The Sommer Frieze, for the Yankees have called up David Robertson, who has dominated this year at AA Trenton and AAA SWB. Not someone with a gun of a fastball, Robertson is characterized as 88-91 with the fastball, with a sharp curve, a ground-ball pitcher but clearly capable of the K. In Scranton, Robertson was 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 33 IP, fanning 48, and with a low 1.03 WHIP in 20 appearances. Adding a guy with the potential to go more than one inning and be effective would be a huge addition to the bullpen right now, since Ohlendorf cannot, Igawa cannot be trusted, Bruney isn’t quite back yet, and Edwar has been very shaky. Let’s see if he can be that guy. I just love that he’s getting a chance. Let’s hope it’s more than what Britton got.

In negative news, Matsui had his knee drained again, and the DL might not suffice to heal him.  The Yankees are talking surgery as worst-case scenario, not a good sign even if it’s only mentioned and only down the road as an alternative.  Expect to see more of Christian until JD is fully healthy, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gardner get a crack as the physical cracks form and spiderweb.

Published in: on June 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm  Comments (4)  

Split: Twin-Bill Routs; Shea Shutout

I ended up climbing into my son’s bed last night to help him get to sleep, and the next thing I know it’s one in the morning, so I went to sleep and figured I’d contribute the wrap this morning when I was more lucid.  I also won’t spend an inordinate amount of time on the first-game 15-6 blowout loss, which can be briefly summarized as follows: Giese, Edwar, Ohlendorf and Hawkins were all terrible; Wright, Beltran, and Delgado drove in all 15 runs, with Delgado himself having 9 RBIs; and the Yankees left 14 on base, 7 in scoring position.  It was a disgraceful showing in every facet.

The nightcap, however, was much more palatable for the HDLR, with various luminaries among the readers gracing the HDLR’s red carpet to see Sir Sidney Ponson shed the “Stinking” moniker I inserted between his first and last names by pitching a six-inning gem.  While working out of trouble and stranding seven in the first three innings, Ponson sharpened up his act, getting a double play to end the third and escape the bases-loaded jam.  He then cruised through the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, with Molina helping the cause with a terrific peg to catch Reyes stealing second in the fourth.  Ponson worked a 1-2-3 fifth and sixth, allowing five hits, four walks, no runs, and fanning four in six on 96 pitches/56 strikes, throwing good heat if erratically early on.  Despite some rough patches, the Yankees got three shutout innings of relief from Nuke, Veras, and–yes–the Kei-Man in the ninth, who also got a double-play ball to end the game.

On the other hand, the Yanks worked Pedro over, opening up and soon enough widening a lead into a blowout with two runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth each, and adding three more in the seventh.  In the fourth, Abreu worked a walk and stole second, A-Rod walked–both he and Abreu walked on full counts–Giambi singled to right to load the bases, Cano’s weak tapper for a 1-3 acted as a swinging squeeze play, 1-0 Yanks and, after Melky got the free pass, Molina’s grounder to Wright led to a force at third but couldn’t get Molina at first, 2-0 Yankees.  In the fifth, JD singled, Jeter worked on another 3-2 count, and Abreu drove in JD with a single to right, 3-0 Yanks.  During A-Rod’s K, Abreu stole second, Giambi walked, and Cano’s medium-range F7 near the stands was good enough to act as a sac fly and score Jeter, 4-0.  They chased Pedro in the sixth, with Grady Manuel leaving him in too long during a two-out rally.  Molina started off hit by the first pitch of the inning, Ponson bunted him to second, JD’s 3-1 moved him to third, and Jeter cranked a double off the center-field wall on the fly, scoring Molina 5-0.  After Schowenweis entered for Pedro, Abreu doubled to left, taking the pitch away to score Jeter, 6-0.  They piled on in the seventh, making it an official rout though not satisfying Mike, who called for at least a double-digit spread in addition to Mets blood and their eternal shame.  Cano led off the seventh with a long homer to center off Schoenweis, 7-0, Melky popped out, Molina singled, Betemit pinch-hit for Ponson and singled, JD walked to load the bases, and Jeter’s 6-3 scored Molina, 8-0.  Abreu’s single to right made it 9-0.

Kudos to the bullpen for preserving the shutout, despite some unnecessary dramatics especially from Veras and Igawa.  But bigger congrats to the offense for rolling on the Mets, and to Ponson for settling in and pitching a much-needed if unanticipated (except for Leo) gem.  Abreu was 4-4 with 3 RBIs (53 now), hitting .285.  Cano was 1-4 but drove in 3 (32 RBIs now) and had the big blast off lefty Schoenweis and is hitting .241. Jeter was 1-4, driving in 2 (35 on the year) and hitting .285.  Molina was 2-3 with an RBI, upping his average to .225.  Ponson gave the Yanks a good start and, with the offense, rolling, helped bury the Mets.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a very fun and lively HDLR.  We’ll do it again soon, perhaps Sunday, when I’ll also appear on Yankee Fan Club Radio in the evening.  Pettite (8-5, 4.04 ERA) faces Santana (7-6 , 2.93 ERA) in a battle of good lefties this afternoon at 3:55 EDT.

Published in: on June 28, 2008 at 9:58 am  Leave a Comment  

HDLR 6/27/08: Yankees @ Mets

Hi everyone and welcome to the Heartland Digital Living Room where the hot dogs, chicken wings, and tonight bratwurst are always fresh, the beverages are always cold, and the chatter is always fast and furious. Tonight, the Yankees try to make amends for the 15-6 pasting they absorbed at home this afternoon at the hands of the Mets, and rebound by taking the first scheduled game of the series. Sidney Stinking Ponson (4-1, 3.88 ERA for Texas) leads the charge into Queens against Pedro Martinez. Hopefully the pitching can drastically improve in the nightcap over the dreadful outing Giese, Edwar, Ohlendorf, and Hawkins put on earlier. Come on in, grab a digital leather recliner and a coldie, and enjoy the game. As per Pete Abraham, the lineups are below. Also as per Abraham, Matsui has been placed on the DL for his knee, and Kei Igawa (Ugh!) has been recalled. Nothing good about those transactions.

Let’s Go, Yankees!

YANKEES (42-36)
Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Betemit 1B
Christian LF
Giese RHP

METS (38-39)
Reyes SS
Castillo 2B
Wright 3B
Beltran CF
Delgado DH
Nixon RF
Anderson LF
Tatis 1B
Schneider C
Pelfrey RHP

Published in: on June 27, 2008 at 6:46 pm  Comments (323)  

Rainout on Getaway Night + HDLR Tonight

With the Yankees ahead 3-1 in the top of the third, the rains came, came again, and washed out the nighttime getaway game for the Yanks before today’s make-up double-header against the Mets that will in part kick off their three-game series. Although it was nice all day, and the Yanks rarely play day getaway games, they had to be scheduled with yet another night game to end a series. It’s all about the advertising and gate bucks, although one suspects that a day game with the Yanks would be a big draw in the summer. Absolute crap. The game will now be made up Thursday, July 10–more inconveniences, coming additionally from interleague play.  If nothing else, the rain-out came with no attempts to restart the game, ensuring that today’s double-header, and not last night’s game even beforehand, will tax the bullpen.

I’ll open up the HDLR for tonight’s game, which will be at the Shea Toilet at 8:10 ET. Hope to see everyone then.

Published in: on June 27, 2008 at 8:26 am  Comments (2)