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Game 69: Yankees at Astros

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 14, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Gonzalez 2B
Mussina RHP

ASTROS (33-35)
Pence RF
Matsui 2B
Tejada SS
Berkman 1B
Lee LF
Wigginton 3B
Bourn CF
Ausmus C
Rodriguez LHP

Mike Mussina (9-4, 3.82) vs. the Houston hitters.

Wandy Rodriguez (2-2, 1.99) vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: Robinson Cano (see previous post) is getting a day off. … Melky Cabrera is 1 for his last 21 and is hitting .197 against lefties. … Matsui is hitting .342 against lefties but draws the short straw in the NL park. … The Yankees have not been three games over .500 since the end of last season. … The bullpen has a 1.40 ERA over the last 10 games (25.2 innings, 4 ERs). … Jose Veras has not allowed a run in his last seven innings. … LaTroy Hawkins, Ross Ohlendorf and Edwar Ramirez have each appeared once in the last eight days.

Back later with some updates. Watch ESPN, Jeremy Bleich is shutting out Florida State. Damon Oppenheimer knew what he was doing with that pick, seems like.

UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.: Jorge Posada is fine and will catch tomorrow. Molina has worked well with Mussina lately and Posada called that nice game Wang pitched in Oakland. … Kevin Long (audio coming later) gave a nice breakdown of Cano. Basically, his swing has become too complicated and the moving parts are leading to his hitting off his front foot. You can’t generate any power that way.

UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: In case you missed it, the Red Sox game on July 6 will be at 8:05 p.m. (ESPN) as will the game on July 27.

UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: I’m digging the high socks on Damon. Makes him look faster. … Meanwhile I’m writing the lineup into my scorebook and I still can’t get over Cabrera hitting sixth. $210 million doesn’t buy what it used to. … Meanwhile, Full Service (the band with Tyler Kepner’s brothers) were really good during BP. They’re sort of a GNR with some reggae touches. They’re good, check them out if you’re in the Austin area.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: A-Rod owes that guy in the stands a few bucks … Melky, of course, rips an RBI double. Shows what I know. … Get the feeling it’s not ending 3-2? More offense in two innings tonight than in nine yesterday.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: The Moose can hit a little. Maybe he can tie it.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Mussina hasn’t had a hit with a runner in scoring position all season. Stick to pitching. Well, 3-2. He needs a few good innings here.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Intentional walk for A-Rod (as the Yankee fans here boo). See what the Big G has to say about that.

UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: How in the world do you walk Cabrera (hitting right-handed, no less) on four pitches with the bases loaded?

Now it’s 5-3 Yankees. That’s what you get for intentionally walking somebody with two outs and your team up by a run in the third inning. Thanks for the three runs, Cecil Cooper.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Another fine job by the Moose so far. He has allowed only two hits since the home run.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Interesting move by Girardi, taking out Mussina after 90 pitches. He had only 89 in his last start.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: I booted that with Melky. He’s 2 for 2 with two walks and has two RBI. Guess he’s a perfect sixth hitter.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Big hit for Cano, who’s 2 for 3 as a pinch hitter with two RBI this season.

UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: As many people tell me, I am no baseball expert. But why in the world would Jeter try to bunt with a fast runner (Damon) on second in the ninth inning with a two-run lead? He has the most hits in team history outside of Ruth and Gehrig and he’s trying to bunt? He deserved to strike out. That’s just a dumb play.

UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: That was Wilson Betemit’s first hit with RISP since April 8. What a rocket.

How are those intentional walks working out for Cecil Cooper? Not well.

UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Another day of rest for Mo. That bodes well for tomorrow.

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