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Game 44: Mets at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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YANKEES
Damon LF
Abreu RF
Jeter SS
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Gonzalez 3B
Molina C
Wang RHP

METS
Reyes SS
Anderson LF
Wright 3B
Beltran CF
Church RF
Alou DH
Delgado 1B
Schneider C
Castillo 2B
Perez LHP

Oliver Perez (3-3, 4.61) vs. the Yankees hitters

Chien-Ming Wang (6-1, 2.90) vs. the Mets hitters.

Notes: Wang struck out a career-high 10 against the Mets last June 17. … The Yankees have scored 10 runs in their last five games and hit .211 (35 of 166). … Cano has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games at 15 of 41 (.366). … Matsui is 3 of his last 25 with one RBI. … Joba Chamberlain has allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in his last six innings.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Just talked to Jorge Posada. He caught Ian Kennedy in the bullpen today, the first time he has done that since going on the DL. He said his sore shoulder is feeling better. He’s also into a throwing program. Today he made 20 throws from 75 feet and 20 more from 90 feet.

He hopes to start a rehab assignment a week from tomorrow or a week from Tuesday, somewhere in that time frame.

Posada is a real no-excuses, bottom-line kind of guy. I asked him about the team needing him back and he said that they should be scoring runs even with he and A-Rod out. “We still have a good lineup,” he said.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Might be time for a pop-up drill for the Attorney General. He gets an error for prolonging the at-bat.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: The Wanger is burying the Mets with that sinker. Nine up, nine down, seven grounders.

Forget to mention this before but Jeff Karstens is pitching for Scranton tomorrow.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: This is an Andy Pettitte special by CMW. He was dominating for three innings then suddenly lost it. 3-0 must look like Mt. Everest with Oliver Perez throwing a no-hitter.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Wang isn’t pitching well at all in this inning. But the defense has been awful. Gonzalez has to make that play on David Wright and Giambi obviously made a bad throw. By rights they should be out of the inning.

UPDATE, 9;22 p.m.: I really like Jose Reyes. But that’s a terrible at-bat. Wang walks the No. 9 hitter to load the bases and you swing at the first pitch?

4-0 Mets. Might as well be 40-0 the way the Yankees are playing. They have scored 10 runs in their last 54 innings.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Hey, it’s Hideki Matsui. Godzilla just snapped a 3 for 26 skid with a two-run homer to right. Maybe the Yankees have a little life after all. It is Oliver Perez, after all.

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: They’re 0 for 6 with RISP. 12 of 70 over the last six games.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have totally botched the whole “Yankee Stadium Countdown” thing. The had some guy introduced as the “Yankees’ No. 1 fan from Rochester” pull the lever tonight. Nice job, Yankees-Mets on ESPN Sunday night and they’re pulling people out of the stands.

The promotion is totally disorganized. They just get whoever happens to be around. There are so many ways they could have done it right, too.

UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Joe Girardi is obviously not getting fired. But clearly his tenure has hit some rocks. The Yankees are en route to their eighth loss in 11 games (five out six) and they have scored 12 runs in their last 59 innings.

You can’t pin this all on A-Rod and Posada being out. The Yankees aren’t playing with much passion and really haven’t all season except for a game here or there.

UPDATE, 11:05 p.m.: Two runs on three hits against Oliver Perez and a couple of second-tier relievers. The Yankees didn’t get a hit after the sixth inning.

Back later with some reaction.

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