Here is the lineup:
Wang RHP (16-6, 3.79)
Pregame chatter: Yankees are facing LHP Horacio Ramirez (8-4, 6.55). … Yanks have lost 3 of 4, 8 of 14 and 11 of 20. … Damon and Giambi are getting a day off against the lefty as they are slumping (see previous post). … Andy Phillips had his surgery today.
The Yanks took their team photo today. Carl Pavano couldn’t make it. The Yankees also had shots taken of Jeter, Posada, Rivera and Pettitte together. I guess that was the “true Yankees” photograph.
UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.: Here is some audio from today …
and Joe Torre:
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: That’s Chien-Ming Wang at his best right there. Nine pitches, six strikes, three grounders to second. CMW shut the Mariners down back on May 5 (8 2 1 1 0 4) and he looks primed to do it again.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Nice at-bat by Wilson Betemit, who broke an 0-for-16 skid.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Larry David and Jeff Garlin of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” are here and in a suite. That is the funniest show on TV in my opinion.
I wonder if he took the HOV lane?
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: CMW has gotten nine groundball outs already. When he faces teams that don’t see him often, his sinker is a killer.
Meanwhile, if it wasn’t for A-Rpd, you could make a heck of a case for Jorge Posada as the MVP of the team.
At the moment, he is hitting .334 with 17 homers and 79 RBI and he’s the catcher. He has 53 extra-base hits. What a year.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: From where I sit in the press box, I’m a little on the first base side of the plate and looking right at the left-field foul pole. From my vantage point, that home run by A-Rod looked like something out of The Natural. A majestic arc that finished with the ball about 10 rows into the upper deck. That ball, as the players like to say, stayed hit.
46 jacks and 131 RBI with 23 games left. Just crazy.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang has started 10 games after a loss this season. He is 7-2 in those games with wins in the last five. He also came into this game 5-0, 2.78 in five starts against Seattle in his career.
There’s no such thing as a lock in baseball. But this was pretty close. He’s only at 84 pitches, so they could run him out there for the complete game and save the bullpen for the next two games when Hughes and Kennedy start.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: No idea what happened with Wang there, I’ll find out later. He finished with 17 groundball outs out of his 22 outs.
Meanwhile, isn’t it weird how the Yankees seem to get hot (or cold) as a group when it comes to hitting?
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: I don’t hide the fact that I find most of the criticism of Joe Torre to be unfounded. But why he would use Luis Vizcaino in an 11-1 game is beyond me. It’s like he picks one guy every year and decides to use him as often as possible.
With the rosters expanded, they could use most anybody in an 11-1 game. It makes no sense.