Monday, April 04, 2011
WE KNEW THEY WOULDN'T GO UNDEFEATED
***...BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN COOL***
The Yanks problems were all on the pitchers mound. Chamberlain threw hard but seemed to be pitching in bad luck. As far Colon, well, I guess it's tougher to pitch against major leaguers than a bunch of minor leaguers trying to win jobs. For all the worry about AJ Burnett, Hughes is more of a mystery. In the 1st two innings, I only saw 2 pitches that were over 89 miles an hour. The "engaging" Yankee broadcasters noticed it, too.
The offense was pretty good the whole series, hitting 9 home runs in 3 games. The one question mark is still Cap'n Jeter. For all the talk about his 'new' swing, he is still hitting nothing but ground balls. I'm not Kevin Long, but it seems to me that he drops his front shoulder, giving him a downward swing. We'll be watching.
The Yanks will take on Minnesota, who comes to town for a four-game set today. Can someone please explain to me why 13 of the Yanks first 16 games are at home, and the other three are in Boston? Trying to take advantage of that fine northeast spring weather, no doubt. I don't know about NYC, but it's cold, windy and rainy in upstate New York.
***AROUND THE LEAGUE***
Boston is now 0-3, but no one is panicking in beantown. I think Francona is the best manager in baseball, but why is Carl Crawford batting 7th? Did Terry lose track of him?
The Indians pulled off a triple play this weekend, one of the real oddities in baseball. No one ever mentions it, but in most cases, the triple play is possible because one or more baserunners make a mistake.
Resident genius, Jim Leland of the Tigers, refuses to call any of his pitchers, mop-up men, preferring the term, middle reliever. Saturday he brought in 'middle reliever' Brad Thomas, who proceeded to earn the title, mop-up man. Maybe we need a new name, Jim, like 'batting practice pitcher.
They may not be talented, but they are interesting. All three Seattle outfielders lost fly balls in the sun yesterday, which may be some kind of Major League record. In their defense though, how often have they even seen that big yellow ball we call the sun?
Brian Cashman says that new Yankee reliever, Pedro Feliciano, was "abused" by the Mets organization. Pedro is currently on the 15-day DL with a strained rotor cuff. Mets pitching coach, Dan Warthen, denies it of course, saying, "They knew how often he had pitched when they signed him." Doesn't mean he wasn't abused, Dan. Warthen also said that he never refused to pitch. Right, refusing to pitch is a good way to keep your job. Look at what Joe Torre did to Scott Proctor. Granted, Scott used to wear a disguise in the bullpen, but Torre always found him and he never refused the ball, either.
Congratulations to the Notre Dame ladies BB team, but it would have been fun to watch two Connecticut teams play for the championship on successive nights. On the other hand, the NCAA broadcasting staff would have been absolutely giddy, reminding us of it every two minutes. Brad Dickson's take on the game: "There is going to be unprecedented security at the NCAA championship game. And that's just to keep Christina Aguilera from singing the national anthem."
What good is a blog if you can't make fun of the Cubs? Extracted from Dwight Perry's column: New Cubs manager Mike Quade got booed when he came out to remove opening-day starter Ryan Dempster during a 6-3 loss to the lowly Pirates. "For those of you keeping score at home," wrote Barry Rozner of suburban Chicago's Daily Herald, "the honeymoon lasted 1 hour, 57 minutes."
Posted by Zola at 7:58 AM