At 5/27/07 10:28 AM, Coop83 wrote:
I'm confident that the Yanks can make strides back towards you, but the main question at the moment is how?
Strides? As in, oh, I dunno, NOT BEING BEHIND THE THREE WORST TEAMS IN THE DIVISION!?! I mean...BALTIMORE. Come on. Come on. They don't even have any pitching! Oooh, Steve Trachsel & Erik Bedard, oooh, I'm shaking in my boots over here.
And wtf, Toronto. TORONTO. The team with no closer, no ace, and a borderline below-average rotation is kicking us around. Dustin McGowan setting a career-high in Ks last night? Perhaps fluky, perhaps just the fact that our power hitters are complete tools and will swing away at anything that comes toward the plate (Giambi/A-Rod) or will stand there like an iceman and expect to walk every time up (Abreu).
Seriously, I could throw 30-mile-an-hour softball lobs at Abreu, and he still wouldn't budge from that stance with the ridiculous "hay guyz i has a bat & $16 million dollarz lol" grin on his smug face. Ugh.
How can we overcome this without help from the Red Sox? We can't but you guys can sure help us ;)
Because the bullpen with guys throwing their best stuff (Okajima wut?), a lights-out closer who can take over the game (Papelbon who? wut?), and a guy who will return to leaving hitters with a .120 or so average the first time around once Jon Lester gets back into the rotation (Julian Tavarez where? who? wut?) will suddenly and inexplicably falter, and at the same time, the bullpen consisting of a guy who couldn't make it in a division considered the weakest in baseball for most of his time there (Vizcaino), a submariner who would have more success selling Rogaine then throwing at major-league hitters at this point in his career (Mike Myers), a guy who can't throw anymore at all and is only in the league now because he's a lefty (Ron Villone), and a guy who's getting paid $5.25 million to throw really fast and look intimidating on the mound, but can't get an out, has an ERA of nearly 6.00, and has walked more than he's struck out (Farnsworth). Oh, and who can forget our future bullpen staple, the most expensive Single-A pitcher in the history of the game, Kei Igawa ($46 million?! Why, we'll take it! What a steal, great job there Cashman!)
And would you believe we're paying our bullpen $21.25 million to play this bad?
Someone, for the good of the fans, bring back Gene Michael.
Don Mattingly will become our manager because he's willing to take it in the ass from Steinbrenner, to be as frank as possible. It's quite obvious that Joe Girardi would be the FAR superior choice, but because he's able to undermine owners by showing them bluntly what they're doing wrong (Jeffery Loria, I'm talking to you, dickweed), he won't get hired, because Big Stein wants the final word, .
At 5/26/07 07:33 PM, seventy-one wrote:
Wilson Betemit and other crapzorbs/busts at the plate.
How is Betemit crappy or a bust? I mean, he gets only sporadic playing time, so you can't expect amazing stuff from him all the time when he barely gets in games...
Meanwhile, guys like Wilson Valdez, James Loney, and Larry Bigbie are wallowing in AAA Las Vegas. These are guys who it at, or near .400 with their stint with the Dodgers this year, whether at Spring Training or during the season. Wilson Betemit has only been good off the bench.
Juan Pierre has been a bust (you could bring up Loney, Bigbie or Kemp to back him up).
lmfao, you expected Juan Pierre to be good?
By all accounts, Juan Pierre is the epitome of, at best, an average, mediocre ballplayer. He's not suited for the leadoff spot AT ALL. This is a guy with a .256 career EqA, and a guy that has about 270 walks in 4300 career plate appearances. Just because he can run shouldn't negate the fact that its damn near impossible to expect him to get on often. My favorite line of how Pierre plays has to come from FJM:
In 180 AB he has walked 8 times and has a .307 OBP, good for a rock-liquid 140th in MLB. And he's a leadoff/2-hole hitter. He is one of the worst people in the league at not making outs, and the Dodgers give him the maximum possible number of out-making opportunities a player can have. Trying to score runs with Juan Pierre as your leadoff hitter is like trying to suture a wound in a moving car. You might still be successful -- but why make it so hard on yourself?
Juan Pierre: slightly below average in all phases of the game.
At 5/29/07 05:48 AM, Dream-of-Duke wrote:
Now we are leading them by 13.6 games. I have a feeling that Torrie's days as NYY's manager will soon come to a miserable end. :P :D
Before I rant, let me say this: Torre's*
Anyway, I really detest it when you use NYY instead of Yankees. Can you not spell Yankees or something? Would you prefer me to spell it out for you?
Seriously, I don't think it's that much to ask that you don't abbreviate with NYY every. freaking. time.