Tagged: Breaking Benjamin

Should I Be Surprised?

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I’m not sure if I should. I mean, come on. We’ve gotten late hits in games so many times in the past, it’s ridiculous. Tex just added to the list of late inning go ahead hits. We’ve got to be the most clutch team in the game right now, no questions asked. We lead the MLB in walk offs and comeback wins. If it’s late and close, somebody will come through. Teixeira came through tonight. Before, it’s been Matsui, Posada, Cano, Rodriguez, Jeter, Damon, you name him, he’s come through in a big situation. Hell, Ramiro Pena’s first career RBI came against the Angels in late innings with the bases loaded. If I’ve got a really good pitcher on the mound who’s setting down the Yankees, I leave him in for as long as I possibly can. He’ll go 12 for me. 150 pitches? I could care less, man. I don’t take the chance of bringing in another pitcher who may or may not put out a terrific outing. The New York Yankees always come through in the clutch. Always. And don’t you forget it.

As for the game in Texas, I shall speak no more. I like Frank Francisco. In fact, I think he’s on my fantasy team. Therefore, I will not say anything more about that game.

 

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And it seems as though, for the first time ever, the Yanks are not on FOX on a Saturday. And you should know how I think about that. Thank God. If I had to listen to Tim McCarver’s clueless rambling about Derek Jeter’s Godliness… if I had to listen to McCarver stumble and mumble and repeat himself constantly on a point that we really already knew anyway, but he just feels so glad that he’s right that he’ll try and constantly mention it so that we don’t forget his rightness… for another damn Sunday, I think I’d crack the wall open. And it’s not just McCarver, either. It’s FOX’s damn inability to give you a nice ballgame without screwing up the volume so that you have to mute it on commercials and then put it up to freaking 40 during game time. They have an extremely shoddy audio crew, and that’s being kind.

But thank God that the game is at 10. I usually prefer 7, but 10 is late enough so that I can enjoy my Saturday without feeling pressured to watch the game.

As for the Song of the Day, well, it’s Breaking Benjamin weekend, Break My Fall was yesterday, today it’s one of the tracks from their 2006 album “Phobia”, ladies and gentlemen, Dance with the Devil.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

A Good Ol’ Fashioned Whoopin’.

As Bob Dylan so eloquently put it in Like A Rolling Stone:

“How does it feel?”

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It was a terrific game, wasn’t it?

Cano came through with the bases fulla Yankees and broke out of his RISP slump, CC Sabathia dominated the Twins, and everything else was perfect, too. I have no regrets about this 10-2 ballgame.

Tonight’s ballgame looks like it’ll be equally fun, considering we’re facing Glen Perkins, a soft tossing lefty who has always struggled against the Bombers, and we’ve got the red hot AJ Burnett on the mound. In his last outing, he won against the Blue Jays, going 7 innings and K’ing 7 while only giving up two runs.

In the previous outing, he destroyed the Mets, allowing only 1 hit on no runs and striking out 10 hitters in seven innings of work. Needless to say, he got the victory in that ballgame, too.

So look for a win in that game, and hopefully Boston will be able to lose a game. That way, we will be in a tie for first place with the Sox, which would be pure awesomeness in a bucket.

By the way, before I go, allow me to discuss the decision by the Yankees to make Alfredo Aceves the starting pitcher who will replace Chien-Ming Wang while he’s trying to recover from his most recent disabled list stint.

There are two sides to this decision. First off, you could be against it because Alfredo Aceves has been so unbelievably great out of the ‘pen, and you don’t want to take a good, effective arm out of the bullpen, and I think I’m on that side. You know, we have such good chemistry and effectiveness in that bullpen that it’s a little dangerous to mess with it. Plus, we have starting pitchers in the minor leagues: Sergio Mitre, George Kontos(although he’s on the 7 day DL), Ivan Nova… On the other hand, people in favor of this say that Aceves was great in his starts last year and that this way, we could bring Albaladejo back into the bullpen and have Aceves, who was a longman in the pen anyway, start games. I hear that. I’m not saying this isn’t going to work, and I’m not saying that I mind the Yankees making this move, I just would prefer the former argument.

Song of the Day is Away by Breaking Benjamin.

That’s it for today.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ, the Kid From New York

 

 

 

The Best 5 Starting Pitchers of 2009: And My Addiction

Hi!

So today is a day off for about freaking everybody, so what a fantastic oppurtunity to recap the season’s best 5 starting pitchers thus far? This is something I’ve kind of wanted to do for a while. so now I got the oppurtunity. I already gave my thoughts on yesterday’s game, so there’s no need to discuss that now.

But before I get to what would be the year’s best starting rotation in the MLB, I have to tell you, I am addicted to something. No, it’s not the addiction to baseball that I’ve had since ’07. In fact, it’s the addiction to a musical artist that I get about every now and then. It seems like I’m always addicted to a band or artist or rapper every day. Well, right now– and I’ve had this addiction for a few weeks now– I am addicted to Breaking Benjamin.

There’s only one or two song by these guys that I don’t like. I have their 2006, most recent album, Phobia, and I have 3 songs from Saturate and only one song from We Are Not Alone. I love Ben Burnley, their lead singer, I love their music, they’re a fantastic band. Not really the kind of band Julia would like, but still.

I’ll leave 3 Breaking Benjamin songs you should check out at the bottom.

Onto the matter at hand; ladies and gentlemen, the best 5 starting pitchers based on 2009 statistics. Obviously these numbers will go down and we’ll see things even out as the season advances, I’m just going to show you who’s been the best so far. Let’s be clear on that. This is not the best in the game, this is the best in 2009.

5. Matt Cain (SFG): 9-1, 2.39 ERA, 86.2 INN, 68 SO 

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Matt Cain has been dominant all year, save for a few rusty outings. He’s put up a 2.39 to go along with his 9-1 record in 86.2 innings. He’s been perhaps the biggest reason that the Giants have been 34-28 this season, as he’s truly been one of the best pitchers in the game this season.

4. Dan Haren (ARZ) 5-4, 2.20 ERA, 94 INN, 90 SO, 13 BB

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Daniel John Haren has been known for his strong fastball, his great splitter, and his solid command. This year, although he’s been unable to get solid run support, he has lived up to his great reputation and pitched like an ace, even in the abscence of sinker balling ace Brandon Webb. Haren is really one of the guys you can point to when people want to use record as a highly important stat in comparing players; sometimes your team just can’t back you up.

3. Jered Weaver (LAA) 7-2, 2.08 ERA, 90.2 INN, 74 SO, 1.00 WHIP 

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Here you have another guy who the baseball world hasn’t really payed attention to, but Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has really been sick this season. You can see the numbers up there, and you can check out his other numbers this season. He doesn’t have fantastic stuff, but he locates and he makes his pitches and he’s able to retire hitters without a 100 mph heater or a gigantic breaking ball.

2. Roy Halladay (TOR) 10-1, 2.53 ERA, 103 INN, 88 SO, 12 BB

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Do I really have to explain this one?

1. Zack Greinke, 8-2, 1.72 ERA, 94.1 INN, 97 SO, 5 CG, 0.99 WHIP

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If you don’t agree that Zack Greinke has clearly been the best pitcher this season, you’re too blinded by the bias that you have for Roy Halladay. I don’t care what his record is– 8-2 is actually really good when you’re not comparing it to other guys– when you look at that ERA and all those other numbers, Greinke is definitely dominating most of his opponents, and he has since the beginning of the year.

Alright, so here are some Breaking Benjamin songs before I go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC-jnqGH-sI – Break My Fall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IvhNqA9BVk – Polyamorous

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKKpd5piitc – Until the End

Listen and enjoy, rock fans…

Stay positive, Yankee fans…

-EJ the Kid From New York 

 

The Taste of First Place

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Does first place ever taste bitter?

Sour, maybe?

It doesn’t seem like it ever does. For the first time ever, Joe Girardi’s Yankees are in first place in the AL East standings, and it’s a compelling feeling. It’s not a sweet, calming feeling; rather, it’s the feeling of domination over the other teams in the standings. For a while, the Red Sox have been dominating the American League East, and the Blue Jays were leading in it earlier this year, they were running 100 mph before slamming themselves into a wall. So now check out the white hot Yankees, all of a suddden they’re head honcho. Bow down to the kings!

We’ve got pitching, hitting, defense and we do everything we need to to win. We are the 2009 Yankees, and as you can tell, we feel pretty confident right now.

But wouldn’t you feel the same if your ballclub was so darn good? And don’t deny it, we are fabulous.

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…I don’t know what else to talk about. Ooo, Phobia by Breaking Benjamin‘s a fantastic album and if you are a modern rock fan, you should undoubtably buy that album. I bought it off iTunes a few days ago, and it’s unbelievable. I listen to it whenever I get the chance to get a hold of my iPod, it’s so terrific, words cannot describe how I feel about this album. Have I emphasized my point enough? It’s amazing. Get it. Now!

Stay positive, Yankee fans!

-EJ the Kid From New York