Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Teix KO'd In Top Of The 1st

Jon Lester kneecapped Teix in his first at-bat a few minutes ago.  All indications are it looks pretty serious, as Teix was writhing in pain after taking a pitch right off the right kneecap, and he hardly put any weight on his right leg at all as he was helped off the field.  Surprisingly, Jorge was brought in to pinch run for him, but I don't think we'll be seeing Teix for the next couple days at least.

Update coming later when it's available.  For now I will just say that's bush by Lester.  Whether it got away or not, there's no reason for that to happen in the 1st inning of a game.  That's retaliation-worthy as far as I'm concerned and the umps better allow the Yankees to exact their pound of flesh, preferably later in the game when Joba or D-Rob or somebody with a little heat on the fastball is in the game and not Freddy and his BP fastball.

** UPDATE- 8:18PM- X-rays were negative and the official word is that Teix has a knee contusion.  He'll be re-evaluated tomorrow but it looks like our worst fears won't be realized with this one.  Still, Lester can S a D. **

Yanks-Sawx Round 3- Something Has To Give

(Calm down, Youk.  You're fine.)

Both of the Yankees-Fraud Sawx series this season have gone negatively for the Yankees.  They lost 2 out of 3 in Bahhston earlier in the year and were rudely treated to their first sweep at the New Stadium in mid-May.  Since that disastrous 3-day period, both teams have been on a tear and this time the Sawx come back into town sitting just a game behind the Bombers for the AL East lead.

Both teams have been driven by a particular part of the roster lately, one coming as no surprise for one team and one a bit of a surprise for the other.  As friend of AB4AR Larry Koestler pointed out this morning on TYA, the Sawx have been mashing the shit out of the ball for the last 2 weeks to the tune of a .367 team wOBA.  After 2 months, the lineup is finally starting to live up to the hype and there are probably still pitchers having nightmares about their most recent outing against Boston.  Now, this is not to say that I'm lightening up on my anti-Frad Sawck stance.  They still suck.  Unfortunately, their offensive performance of late has not.

On the Yankee side of things, pitching has been the name of the game of late.  In the same 2-week span, the Yankee pitching staff has put together an AL best 2.91 ERA and 3.33 FIP.  CC has been a beastly man amongst boys, Colon continues to pitch well, A.J. has been serviceable, and somehow Freddy Garcia is still getting positive results with everything but the kitchen sink.  And to top it all off, the bullpen trio of Mo-Joba-D-Rob has held up their end of the bargain by putting zeroes up on the board.  If you would have taken a poll of Yankee fans on Opening Day and asked if a rotation that included Colon and Garcia would be part of an AL-leading anything over a 2-week span, I don't think you would have had many votes in the "Yes" column, but it's the truth.  While the offense still hasn't quite found its stride, the pitching staff has carried the team through this most recent stretch of success.

So starting tonight we've got the Sawx lineup against the Yankee rotation.  Which group will continue their hot streak and which will have their momentum halted?  And more importantly, how many times will I curse myself for moving out to WI, giving up the YES Network, and not having an ISP that allows me to get MLB broadcast package on my computer?

P.S.- Truth be told, I could give a shit if the Yankee starters get shelled in all 3 games.  It'd just be nice to see the boys take 2 of 3 and win a series to increase the division lead.

Yankees Draft Dante Bichette

How does that taste, all you Yankee haters who thought the Yankees were screwed picking 51st while the rest of their division had half the picks before them?  A little Dante Bichette right in your eye!  This guy was the MAN back in the day.  I remember playing RBI Baseball '94 on my Game Gear growing up and straight dominating the world with him and Andres Galarraga on the Rockies.  Dude could rake.  40 homers, 128 RBI, and a .413 wOBA in '95, 31, 141, .380 in '96.  That's some solid production any way you cut it.  Sure, the guy is probably older than dirt now and I have no clue how he managed to re-attain his amateur status for this draft, but that's beside the point.  The Yankees added a Major League caliber power hitter with the 51st pick in the draft.  Dante Freakin' Bichette, baby!

Wait, what?  It's not him?  Kid?  What are you talking about?  Dante Bichette JR.???  He has a kid?  After all the 'roids he did?  No way.  Is his kid any good?  Is that a good pick?

People don't seem to think so.

Oh.  Well that kinda sucks.  Now I just feel like an idiot.