Here is the lineup:
Wang RHP (14-6, 4.10)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing RHP Jeremy Bonderman (10-6, 4.65). … The clubhouse opened to the media at 3:30 p.m., as usual. The only player there was Kyle Farnsworth. Eleven other players arrived on the bus at 4:37 p.m. Neither team is taking BP today, as you might expect.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: The Yankees just closed the clubhouse so Joe Torre could hold a team meeting. Undoubtedly the message will be that there are only 33 games left and they can’t let their momentum slip away. Good teams have to overcome a night like last night.
With Mussina facing Verlander on Monday, these next two games are huge for the Yankees. A 3-4 road trip to Anaheim and Detroit is acceptable. A 2-5 or 1-6 trip would be a problem.
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Could the White Sox be a bigger bunch of dogs? Today would be their 12th loss in the last 14 games. Since the All-Star break last season, the White Sox are 89-114.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Sorry for the lack updates, I feel like I’m treading water as I write. My brain, what there is of it, is stuck in neutral. One Red Bull was not enough.
I did get a call from my niece, who is attending a Disney Channel concert and is quite excited because Aly and A.J. were going to be there along with Corbin from High School Musical. If you know a 7-year-old girl, you’d understand why that is important. The kid leads quite a life, I have to say. She found it amusing that I was at a baseball game until 3:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, Joe Torre said that he doesn’t quite understand why Joba Chamberlain needs a day of rest when he throws only 10 pitches as he did last night. It’s something “we’re talking about,” he said.
Roger Clemens had a blister on his right foot, which could have accounted for his poor showing last night.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang, the ace of the Yankees, is pitching that way tonight. He has scattered five singles in seven innings, struck out six and walked one. He hasn’t been brilliant, but he has been plenty good on a night when the Yankees needed it. Torre should send him out there for the 8th.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: With this long half-inning, I would think Wang is done. I saw somebody commented that, “the jury is still out on him.”
Really? With a win tonight he will he 34-12 with a 3.79 ERA and 377.1 innings pitched in the last two seasons. What is it you want him to do? The only other pitcher with those numbers is Johan Santana.