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Game 48: Angels at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 27, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here is the lineup:

Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Matsui LF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi DH
Cano 2B
Abreu RF
Mientkiewicz 1B
Nieves C
Mussina RHP

Pregame chatter: Wow, Game 48. The season is 30 percent over already. … The Angels are pitching RHP John Lackey (7-3, 2.38). … Mussina has been dreadful in his last two starts (12 innings, 18 hits, 12 earned runs) and clearly needs some kind of redemption today. This is the final game of the “Dirty Dozen” against the White Sox, Mets, Red Sox and Angels. The Yankees are 4-7.

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think anybody is getting fired, if only because there is nobody to replace them. What is the point of making Don Mattingly the manager now and handing him this mess?

In terms of Brian Cashman, his main assistant is Jean Afterman, who handles contracts and relations in Asia. The only other member of the baseball operations staff with a bio in the media guide is Mark Newman, who runs the minor league operations.

There is nobody within the team’s structure who is remotely qualified to be the GM outside of Gene Michael, who turns 69 on Saturday.

I think Torre stays as manager, retires at the end of the season and is replaced by Don Mattingly. It’s harder to say what happens with Cashman. He may not want to stay in a situation where he has limited power.

It’s quite a mess, obviously.

But how much can you blame the manager and GM? Of the 25 players on the roster right now, how many would you say have performed at or above expectations? Rodriguez, Jeter, Posada, Pettitte, Bruney, maybe Proctor and Matsui to some degree.

Beyond that, every other player has underperformed. In several cases, dramatically so. Damon, Abreu, Cano, Cabrera, Mussina, Rivera, Wang, Farnsworth, Vizcaino, etc.

It’s hard to hold Cashman or Torre responsible for that.

Anyway, enjoy the game. Sorry for the lack of posts this weekend but I am not covering the Angels series with the long road trip coming up.

Update 2:56 p.m.: Interesting point made by Suzyn Waldman on WCBS a few innings ago. Torre took the lineup card out to home plate today and did not shake hands with Jeff Nelson. Obviously Torre was making a point about the call Nelson blew on Saturday.

Some fans seem to think that the Yankees would benefit if Torre gets thrown out of a game, which is just silly. Veteran players don’t get excited over such things. But Torre made his point today in a subtle fashion, which is what he does.

Update 2:56 p.m.: Since he came off the DL, here is Musssina’s pitch-count progression: 64, 85, 86, 99. He was at 95 today. Mussina rarely throws more than 100.

His innings progression: 5, 6, 5.1, 6.2 and 6.1 today. Was Torre wrong to hook him? Hard to say. It’s close. I would have let him face one more batter. That said, Scott Proctor can’t pitch like that.

Update 4:20 p.m.: Nice at-bat by Jeter to finish the game, especially against a guy like Francisco Rodriguez. You can’t say they quit.

I don’t know what he answer is. I don’t believe firing Torre is going to make Abreu, Cano and other underachievers play better. Don Mattingly is not a rah-rah guy. He is less demonstrative that Torre.

And say what you will about the bullpen but Proctor had not pitched since Friday and had not allowed a run in 10 consecutive appearances. He was rested and has been dominant lately. Not good, dominant. He had allowed six hits and two walks in his last 10.2 innings while striking out nine. How was Torre supposed to know he would blow up?




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