August 3, 2007

BURSTING IN AIR:

A BIG INNING, A BIGGER LOSS (MICHAEL MORRISSEY, August 3, 2007, NY Post)

Clemens had his worst inning at Yankee Stadium in 20 years, allowing nine hits and eight runs in the second inning of a 13-9 loss to the White Sox. [...]

Five of Clemens' runs were unearned after Robinson Cano botched a potential double-play ball, and Melky Cabrera couldn't track down a Dye RBI double at the beginning of the rally. But there's no escaping the fact Clemens was chucking batting practice, and he was "disappointed."


Given the sorry state of their major league staff, and the damage Joe Torre has already done to some of their minor league arms, it probably made sense for the Yankees to dump money on a Roger who didn't even win much in the NL Central, but if you are going to pitch him you need to back him with a great defense, not an awful one, like the Yankees field.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2007 1:41 PM
Comments

How can you dis the NL Central like that? Remind me again who the defending world champions are?

Posted by: Brandon at August 3, 2007 2:10 PM

In Clemens defense, while he was with the Astros they averaged about .5 runs a game with him on the mound. His ERA was below 3.00 and he still couldn't win.

Posted by: Bartman at August 3, 2007 5:21 PM

Of course, as oj knows, going into the game Rocket's era was lower than that of all Sawx starters not named Beckett, and indeed I suspect that Roger's era is probably better than Beckett's over the 2 months Roger's been pitching.

Indeed, even with yesterday's game added in, Clemen's era is virtually the same as Lester's and Fatso's, and better than Wake.

So . . . Clemens, our # 4 starter, would be your # 2.

Which is why the Nation's sphincters are clenching so tight.

I've got an idea for y'all. Latin American soccer splits the season into 2, apertura and clausura, and crowns a champion for each.

This is the perfect solution for the Sawx and their fans. Evey year when they're in 1st at the all-star break there can be a little trophy presentation and the Sawx can be apertura champions. The the big boys can play.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 3, 2007 9:05 PM

Clemens signed with NY because the Sox wouldn't let him pitch until August. They don't need him.

Posted by: oj at August 3, 2007 9:13 PM

The Astros didn't score runs for Clemens.

He could have had at least one more Cy Young if they had managed any run production.

He appears to be done now, though, which makes Tim Purpura's moves leading to this season look not quite as bad (although still bad enough).

Posted by: kevin whited at August 3, 2007 9:22 PM

Meanwhile tonight, Lester's put 10 runners on through a mere 4 ip, 9 hits and 2 walks, giving up 4 runs, on 89 pitches. Typical.

For those keeping score at home, this is the lefty, out of the trio of young lefthanders in the Sawx system, whom they decided to keep. Dinardo, who's been lights out for Oakland this year, the Sawx released, and Gabbard, who's pitched much better in the bigs than Lester, they traded for 2 months of nothing. Who evaluates pitching talent for the Sawx anyway?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 3, 2007 10:48 PM

Evey year when they're in 1st at the all-star break there can be a little trophy presentation and the Sawx can be apertura champions..

Even better is that with that system the Sawx can then find ways to blow a big lead over the Damnyankees twice in the same year!

And tonight, HoRam did his best to give the game to the Sawx,but their offense just coun't find it in themselves to take advantage of his generosity.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 4, 2007 12:55 AM

You don't keep guys who've had a nice month--you keep guys who'll have nice careers. DiNardo's 37-28 K to BB ratio is a recipe for AAA and something you can only sustain even short-term pitching at the Coliseum.

Posted by: oj at August 4, 2007 6:10 AM

The reason they didn't score runs is the reasn he gave up few--it's a bad division.

Posted by: oj at August 4, 2007 6:11 AM

You guys are stuck in Xeno's Pennant Race. The red hot Yankees' win makes them 6-4 in their last ten, while the choking Red Sox are just 6-4 in their last ten. At this rate the Yankees catch them....

Posted by: oj at August 4, 2007 6:23 AM

At this rate the Yankees catch them...in the postseason. As I type the Yanks are 1 1/2 out of the wild card. Their run diff is spectacularly good compared to Seattle and Detroit, the two teams they're barely trailing. (Their run diff is the best in baseball. Their luck is the worst.)

Sure, anything could happen. The Sox still have a pretty good lead, so I think they'll hold onto the division. But the Yanks are looking like the wild card faves. And in the postseason anybody can win. Last year a thoroughly average St. Louis team got hot for a few weeks and won the Series.

Posted by: Casey Abell at August 4, 2007 10:56 PM

It has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with a good offense but only three major league pitchers on the staff.

Posted by: oj at August 5, 2007 7:10 AM
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