Tagged: Wang

Yankees @ Braves: 6/23/09

Step right in, the water’s fine.

         

                                                                                           

       Chien-Ming Wang                                                                     Tommy Hanson

  0-5, 12.30 ERA, 2.43 WHIP                                              2-0, 4.08 ERA, 1.58 WHIP

Thanks for coming to talk about the Braves-Yankees game guys, feel free to talk about the game. I’ll post info on the game until the first pitch a few moments after 7:00 EST. Here I’ll also post the highlights of the game as they happen, and you can discuss them down there in the comments section. This is the first game hosting of the 2009 season, so here’s to a good one!

5:51 PM EST: I’m sure many of you know this, but for those that don’t, Mark Teixeira is now the leading vote-getter at the first base position for the ’09 AL All Star team. It was probably thanks to my extra 22 or 23 votes yesterday. Woooo!

6:23 PM EST: Lineups!

Yankees:

1. Derek Jeter – SS – .301 AVG

2. Nick Swisher – RF – .245 AVG

3. Mark Teixeira – 1B – .286

4. Alex Rodriguez – 3B – .213

5. Robinson Cano – 2B – .305

6. Jorge Posada – C – .280

7. Melky Cabrera – LF – .282

8. Brett Gardner – CF – .284

9. Chien-Ming Wang – P – .000 (Career)

Braves:

1. Nate McClouth – CF – .264 (8 for last 21)

2. Yunel Escobar – SS – .292

3. Chipper Jones – 3B – .299

4. Brian McCann – C – .318

5. Garret Anderson – LF – .285

6. Casey Kotchman – 1B – .264

7. Jeff Francouer – RF – .249

8. Kelly Johnson – 2B – .225

9. Tommy Hanson – P – .200

6:56 PM EST: By the way, the song of the day is Simple Design by Breaking Benjamin.

7:06 PM EST: Chien Ming Wang has only made one career start against the Braves. His line:

8.0 INNINGS 7 Hits 2 RUNS  2 ER 1 BB  2 K No decision

7:11 PM EST: Derek Jeter grounds out to third for the first out, a two pitch out. 0-0

7:15 PM EST: Yankees go down in order, 1-2-3 in the first inning off Tommy Hanson. Braves coming to bat against Wang. 0-0.

7:21 PM EST: 3 ground balls, 3 outs for Wang, great inning. Nice to see that outta the sinker baller. 0-0

7:38 PM EST: Yankees work the bases loaded with 2 outs, but are unable to score as Chien-Ming Wang chops back to the mound. Well, he hit the ball, that’s something right? 0-0 

7:48 PM EST: Crazy play there, Chien-Ming Wang and Mark Teixeira converge, Wang makes the catch on a chopper, Cano barely gets to first and Wang flips it to ‘im for the last out. So he escapes a jam in an odd fashion. 0-0

8:00 PM EST: Cano pops out on the first pitch, a fastball well below the knees. Congratulations Cano, you are indeed more impatient than I am. 0-0

8:11 PM EST: Brian McCann drives in a run with a line drive double to deep left center. Had Posada not called one of the dumbest pitches ever, I wouldn’t be telling you this. 1-0 ATL

8:13 PM EST: It escalates. Garret Anderson hurts the Bombers once again with a two run double into the right center field gap. Two well hit doubles. Kotchman softly lines out to end the inning. 3-0 ATL

8:28 PM EST: Swisher finds the perfect way to anger me greatly by grounding out with the bases loaded on the first pitch. 3-0 ATL

9:05 PM EST: Sweet Jesus, Jeter with a double play in a key situation. But I already said “Jeter”, so you knew that part. This guy will be the death of me… 3-0 ATL

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That Was a Pretty Good Game, Huh?

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Seriously, we dominated the Marlins.

Although it was only 5-1, as Michael Kay said numerous times during the broadcast, it really felt like a blowout. That’s because of the 5 runs that we scored came in the first 3 innings, and we just cruuuised along afterwards as Andy Pettitte completely dominated. Seriously, he’s been beast on the road but he’s been very disappointing at home. Hopefully he can get that worked out.

Not only that, but the Braves completely clobbered the Red Sox by a score of 8-2. Thank you, Kenshin Kawakami! The Bombers are only two games behind now.

Not to mention our lead in the Wild Card. I think it’s a one game lead over the Angels, but I’m not completely sure. It doesn’t show the WC on the MLB.com standings.

It’ll be Burnett vs. Johnson tonight, so that’ll be interesting to see. Both guys have great fastballs and solid breaking balls. Burnett is coming off one of his best starts as a Yankee thus far, 7 shutout innings against the rival Mets. Ahh, that was a fantastic game.

So, time for some hard hitting analysis! Woo.

Now, Josh Johnson has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this season, as he’s shown command of all his great pitches. So, how can the Yankees get a good amount of runs on the board against Josh Johnson?

Well, it’s about as simple as be patient. Like most pitchers, if you work the plate appearance into a hittable count, you have a great shot to get a hit. Wow, that’s amazing!

The truth is, Josh Johnson has been a very, very good pitcher for a while now and it’s going to be quite difficult for the Yankees to get anything done today. The probability is that we’re going to lose, but I thought we were gonna lose last night and I was pretty wrong on that.

The Song of the Day for Saturday, June 20th is NJ Leigon Iced Tea – A Day To Remember.

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Oh, and by the way, I will be hosting Tuesday’s Yankees-Braves ballgame, so make sure you come down and talk about the game with me and probably a couple other people. It’ll be a good game; Chien-Ming Wang vs. Tommy Hanson.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

R.I.P. Nick Adenhart

Last night, 22-year old right handed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart pitched 6 scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics. That would turn out to be the last time Adenhart would ever pitch.

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Adenhart, former top can’t-miss pitching prospect for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, would later lose his life along with two others in a tragic car crash in California last night. With a sharp curveball and a good fastball, along with solid poise, it seemed that the Halos had a real future ace in their midst. However, that would sadly never come to be.

This has to be one of the biggest tragedies in 2009. Such great talent. What a shame.

The Yankees lost last night, a terrific…ly awful start by Chien-Ming Wang, however the Yanks are leading 3-2 as I speak in the top of the fifth inning today.

Hang in there, Angel fans.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Not the Most Fun Opening Day…

                                       Unless, of course, you’re an Orioles fan.

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Losing on Opening Day stinks. Losing a game 10-5 stinks. Losing a game where your ace stunk and didn’t have good stuff at all also stinks. Put it all together, and you have one of the more depressing games in recent memory. Hey, how often is a game like today going to happen anyways?

…I’ll cross my fingers. Let’s go Wang, Yanks try again against Baltimore tonight.

Stay positive, Yankee fans!
-EJ the Kid From New York

P.S. Yes, the Giants will win the NL West. Don’t pretend like they won’t, Neal.

Another blowout, a classic comeback, the importance of .500, and hot streak analysis!

Welcome to today’s enormous and jampacked edition of The Squad! Today I’ll be discussing the last two games, the importance of the 25-25 .500 record to the Yanks, and I’ll just break down the recent hot streak for the Bronx Bombers. Once again, welcome to The Squad.

Saturday’s Beatdown

For the second game in a row, the Yankees bombed the Mariners’ pitching. The Yanks struck first, scoring 4 runs in the 2nd inning off of Silva. The four-run rally was fueled by Jason Giambi’s 3-run blast into left-center. Although the M’s scored 4 more the next half-inning off our Moose, we came back with a run of our own in the bottom of the 3rd, and… we would never look back from there. Michael Kay had another “See Ya!” oppurtunity as Bobby Abreu had a 2-run homer to left field, and we once again had a blowout against the struggling Seattle Mariners, 12-6.

Today’s Comeback

Today, Sunday the 25th, was not a laugher like the previous two. Chien-Ming Wang pitched on an extra day’s rest and did not have his good sinking fastball, surrendering 5 earned runs in 6.1 innings. Jose Vidro had a big 2-run single for Seattle in the top of the 7th, and at the time it seemed like that was it for the Pinstripers. But that was not the case. Bottom of the 8th, we score 4 runs off JJ Putz, the Mariners closer, fueled by Matsui’s infield single/throwing error by Putz. Jose Molina had an RBI double to give us the lead, Mariano came in the 9th, and it was all over. Raul Ibanez chased one up and in and just like that, it was over. We finally got a comeback victory in late innings.

The Importance of .500 for the New York Yankees

Well, .500 doesn’t seem all that good. All it means is you’re a mediocre team, right? Not exactly.

The Yankees were 20-25 before this recent 5-game winning streak and if you can add, that means, yes, we are 25-25, and we are .500. This is important; the Yankees were slumping badly. The baseball world had seen us in a pretty negative light, thinking this was going to be our bad season. But this 5-game winning streak has turned some heads. All of a sudden, we’ve become a decent team, and us Yankee fans know this squad has the potential to be way more than decent. With the Mets slumping notably and facing all sorts of controversy and injury problems, we’ve all of a sudden become the team to watch in New York. I might be overthinking this part a bit, but still.

Another thing: this is a huge morale booster for the club. We were, of course, undergoing well-documented struggles. With Alex back and the lefties swinging the bat well, everybody is smiling, from the fans, to the players, to the front office. If you feel optimistic and positive, it’s like almost everything goes your way. If these Yanks can avoid further injuries, when Posada comes back, this is going to be an incredibly formidable team. This is a team that has a good chance of making it to the playoffs. The Indians, the Mariners and the Tigers, who were widespread thought of as contenders in their respective leagues, have struggled and underachieved these first few months. If the Bombers can continue their hot streak, they’ll have the consideration for the playoffs.

The Hot Streak

Speaking of that hot streak for the Yanks, what’s helping us win games? Well, it’s pretty simple.

First off, we spoke about the attitude. If the Yankees win, let’s say, 2 wins in a row, the momentum starts to build. The optimism starts to grow. And all that positive attitude, as I said earlier, helps get wins because everything starts to go your way. If you’ve ever watched The Secret, you know what I’m talking ’bout.

Now, let’s talk more baseball. As the YES Network broke down in the preview just before the game, Michael Kay and Ken Singleton discussed how the lefty hitters are really starting to swing the stick well. Most of this is because of A-Rod’s return; not only does it bring a more positive attitude, it also separates the left-handed hitters in the lineup, and now we have an imposing hitter so the hitters around him get better pitches to hit. Our offense has been redhot as of late.

Finally, the bullpen’s been better. Particularly Edwar Ramirez. The stick and his changeup have been solid. He has yet to give up an earned run this season, and he got the win today, pitching 1 2/3. Mo’s always been solid, Veras has been pretty good, Joba’s been great in his stints(of curse he’s becoming a starter), and Hawkins hasn’t been all bad of late. People said our bullpen was going to stink, and save some times, it hasn’t been all bad.

Final Thoughts

Keep cheering, Yankee fans! Things have been looking up as of late. Pray that the offense can continue and that the pitching will be solid.

But most importantly, pray Jeter starts to hit more.

Sincerely, huge Yanks fan,

-EJ/Kid From New York