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Game 82: Yankees at Mets

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (44-37)
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Rodriguez 3B
Posada 1B
Betemit 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Christian RF
Rasner RHP

METS (39-41)
Reyes SS
Castillo 2B
Wright 3B
Beltran CF
Delgado 1B
Church RF
Chavez LF
Schneider C
Perez LHP

Darrell Rasner (4-5, 4.50) against the Mets hitters.

Oliver Perez (5-5, 5.29) vs. the Yankees hitters.

Notes: Interesting lineup, huh? It’s the “Right-handed hitters are at .281 against Oliver Perez” lineup. Lefties are at .167. … The Yankees are trying to get to eight games over .500 for the first time this season. … Yanks are 2-3 against the Mets, getting outscored 23-36.

This is what it looks like for the Boston series, by the way:

Thursday: Andy Pettitte vs. Jon Lester

Friday: Darrell Rasner vs. Josh Beckett

Saturday: Mike Mussina vs. Justin Masterson

Sunday: Joba Chamberlain vs. Tim Wakefield

UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: The Mets DL’d Trot Nixon (yeah, a groin pull, that’s it) and activated Ryan Church.

Not much to report from the Yankees side this morning.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: How’s the Perez Lineup working out? He has a perfect game and has whiffed five. So far not so good.

But Girardi’s logic is sound given Perez’s splits. Plus Giambi, Abreu and Cano need days off with what is coming up.

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: How times did Michael Kay say “perfect game?” 1,000? Of course Jeter breaks it up.

Meanwhile it’s about to start raining. Of course.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Welcome to the majors, David Robertson. Your job is to try and keep at 2-0.

UPDATE, 3;11 p.m.: Memo to Dave, it shouldn’t take nine pitches to whiff Ollie Perez.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Not a memorable debut for Robertson. Meanwhile why is Justin Christian throwing to the plate with Jose Reyes running? Keep Castillo at second. Robertson looked nervous out there, which is understandable. Little surprised to see him in a close game right away.

UPDATE, 3;26 p.m.: Just received an e-mail from somebody suggesting that the Yankees sign Barry Bonds to DH because Hideki Matsui is out. It’s an interesting concept.

But Bonds hasn’t faced a major-league pitcher since Sept. 26, 2007. That’s more than nine months ago. He’s also turns 44 only July 24.

His OBP of .480 last season can’t be taken too seriously because of all the intentional walks (46) he received. Plus were there probably an additional 40 walks that might has well been intentional. The San Francisco lineup was so terrible that nobody threw Bonds a strike. That’s not happening with the Yankees.

He’s a one-trick pony if he’s anything. He can hit home runs. But after nine months off, how long would it take for him to get his timing and eye back? Talked to an advance scout of an NL team today who said Bonds would need the equivalent of spring training, maybe a little less.

So let’s say four weeks if he signs tomorrow. That’s Aug. 1 Matsui should be back by then.

Beyond that, do the Yankees really need a left-handed hitter who can’t run or play the field? They have a few of those already.

Bonds also brings all manner of off-field issues. He’s under federal indictment, for starters. His presence also brings the national media descending down on the Yankees and their manager. Bonds is also a notoriously terrible teammate. It’s hard enough to avoid the distractions of New York. You want to throw Bonds in the cauldron?

Also, only a fool would figure Bonds wasn’t on some sort of performance enhancing drug(s), be it steroids, HGH or whatever new designer drug was out there. Let’s assume that he stopped using given his lack of employment. What kind of player would Bonds be without the juice at his age? Nobody knows.

It’s one of those sports-talk radio sort of things. Hey, let’s sign Bonds! There is no risk involved financially, for sure. But the reward seems minimal. In April? Sure. In July? That ship has sailed.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: That Billy Wagner comes out to Enter Sandman is a travesty. If this were wrestling, Mo would sneak up behind up him and crack a folding chair over his head. Then when David Wright tried to retaliate, Kyle Farnsworth would put him in the Cobra Clutch.

3-1 is a whole lot different than 2-1. But maybe the Yankees have a shot. They’ve hit Wagner before.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: A-Rod got what he wanted and just missed it. 2-1 really looks a lot different than 3-1 now.

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