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AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:09 am
 
AL East Week Three:   Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays surge to dig out of early holes, Yankees slug.  Orioles and Jays slide.

Red Sox sweep the LA Angels in 1st west coast trip, pitching & bats wake up.  Rays get even.  Is the Division back to being normal?
Sox fans complain about schedule?  Sour grapes - it's early.  Welcome back to the pack.
Sox fans jab Mariano Rivera?   Look at the calendar, beantowners:  April is over soon.

Yankees are slugging .503, 111 points above the league.

New York Yankees  (9-5) --> (12-6)    wk = 3-1
Tampa Bay Rays     (6-9) -->  (11-11)  wk = 5-2
Boston Red Sox      (4-10) --> (10-11)  wk = 6-1
Toronto Blue Jays      (7-8) --> (9-12)    wk = 2-4
Baltimore Orioles       (6-8) --> (8-12)    wk = 2-4




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Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:41 pm
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

Showalter shot the first cannonball over the bow this spring. How will the respond to catty Buck and the ?

Hopefully, it's feistier than how they have responded to Joe Maddon and the Rays since Coco Crisp fired them up.
 
A short time before 9/28/09, before the Coco Crisp fight with , there was a Coco Crisp incident at second-base. Joe Maddon was caught on camera, after the second-base incident, mouthing the words while shaking his head, "We'll take care of it, we'll take care of it", and he has. Since around that time, Joe Maddon and his have taken Terry Francona and the Red Sox behind the woodshed and whooped their azz. 

It's gonna suck if Buck calls Joe for directions to the woodshed. Like Scott said "...get our butts beat..... It's not fun."

Lester will stop the two game skid tonight!



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 3:45 pm
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

It's the rubber match between the White Sox and Yankees, kind of.
White Sox going for a 3-1 series win, Yankees going for a split.

C.C. should out duel the Jeykl and Hyde Edwin Jackson tonight.
Right hander Jackson could battle, like the White Sox have this series.

This will be a failed opportunity if the Yankees lose this game. The
White Sox came into Yankee Stadium on the tail-end of an eleven game
road trip, imagine that. They had lost ten of their previous eleven games.

Do the White Sox get healty at he Yankees expense. They have to hit
C.C. to do it. Yankees win, YANKEES WIN!!! a face saving game. 



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:14 pm
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

Predicted long ago the Sox would reach .500  May, 2nd. They must beat future Yankee King Felix to do it. 

 




Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:35 am
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

Beckett's nose out of joint - threatens chin music:

"Beckett, who hadn’t given up back-to-back homers since last Sept. 24 at Yankee Stadium, seemed to suggest Scott could face retribution when he tersely answered a question about Scott’s bat flip. “Those things have a way of working themselves out,’’ Beckett said."
Yet another example of fine whine by a headcase.



Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 8:26 am
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

Wednesday night in the East:

Bartolo Colon tosses an 8 inning gem, Mo returns to normal, Cano slugs.  All's right with the world (though the bats could wake up some).

Josh Beckett chased, Youk takes him off the hook with a timely blast, the Bard loses control,  "To be or not to be, that is a question?" - call Rosencranz and Guldenstern.

Rays of hope continue to shine, Jays fall to Texas.

Gonna be a long season.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:06 pm
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

The whole team seemed listless, missing plays in the field and looking lost at the plate - at home, too much cushy living.



The team schedules! Yankee fans always see TrueGrit bitching about the schedule.

I wish I could do this with all the teams but there's not enough time, I do it with the and the only.

Their schedules are like spreadsheets to me, I mine them for the fine gold as it flows through the sluice box.

You go through a lot of dirt to find a nugget, like this one.

The Yankees flew to Toronto April, 19th, after 6 games, then one day off, all at home.
Toronto played their 10th road game in a row, an early game at Boston April, 18th, then flew home for their
game with the Yankees the next day, without any time off. I can look at me schedule and read that like a spread sheet.

If I gambled, bet on the games, I would have had my hard earned gold on this game, on the Yankees.

Going into the 9th, my gold looked golden, like "I'm going to double-up, SWEET", a two-onuce nugget becomes
a four-ounce nugget. Presto, with-in moments, my money was gone. What? Don't need to tell Yankee fans how that
happened, but it did!

One of these days, I'll show you one of my nuggets from the Red Sox sluice box.

This is no bull sheet, the Yankee sluice box is full of nuggets up through July, 10th, I'm serious.




Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:14 am
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

Tuesday, April 26:

Dept. of He-Ain't-Worth-the-Money Dept.:  I'm growing to hate this guy

Blowing a fine starting job by Nova, with a one run lead...  Soriano hit Carlos Quentin with a one-out pitch in the eighth and Konerko sent his 371st career home run rocketing to left.  "Bad month," Soriano said. "I'll take it and come back next month."  (You'll take it?  you chump!)

Soriano signed a $35 million, three-year contract to be the bullpen bridge (bridge to nowhere)  But the right-hander has a 7.84 ERA in 11 appearances and was booed Tuesday night by the crowd of 40,785. He has given up nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings after yielding only 12 all last season.

2 in a row.   A pattern.  Bad sign.  The whole team seemed listless, missing plays in the field and looking lost at the plate - at home, too much cushy living.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 4:57 pm
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

I'll buy that, the Yankees didn't ask MLB to wrap the first Boston series of the year between 13 home games, but it was a nice gift.

They missed a great opportunity, they could have knocked the Sox down for an 'ohmg and nine' count. They let them up off the canvas when they only won one of three.

The Yankee schedule stays advantage Yankees until June 22nd, then the worm then turns! June, 22nd is second base, we'll know then if their double was off the wall or if they just barely beat the tag.

Matz, aka Dice-K, was rocked, both physically and mentally, against the Rays. Don't know how he turned it around. For him, I'm gald he did. Boston is the only team he'll ever play for. He'll head home to Japan if Boston gives up on him. Fans give him less credit than his numbers deserve. The whole Dice-K saga is a story in-itself.

Hughes, I wish the youngster good health, hope he doesn't need surgery. The situation is ala Cashman, his mind is wrapped around a saviour solution, one that only Cashman could magically pull-off. George kept Cashman around for a reason, he's the best! Pity the young 'Brenner's if they think they can do it without Cashman.

Curious to follow the release of  "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter Journey", could be interesting for the classy Jeter. If it gets rough, his 3,000th hit should calm things down.  



Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:51 pm
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

MLB boldly favored NY's schedule...

Maybe MLB did, but I don't think the Yanks put the fix in.   Also, what looks like an edge on paper beforehand often is reversed based on ups and downs as we go along - who's hurt, who's hot, weather, etc.  Sox when clicking, or Sox when in a funk.  I'm glad they are back to some version I recognize, since the games are fun that way.

I do worry we will all just beat the hell out of each other.  Nice genetic engineering job you all did on Dice-K.  Got a referral for Hughes?



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:18 pm
 

AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

It's not complaining when it's a fact.

Looking ahead, the Yankees will pay for their 19H-8A schedule in April come August,
when the schedule reverses itself, 9H-20A.

MLB boldly favored NY's schedule for the first NY/Bos series of the year. Boston comes back to Boston from Clev after their first six games are on the road. NY goes to Bos from NY after 7 home games start their season. Why set Boston up like that? The Yankees are good, they don't need that type of favored help. From this Boston fan's viewpoint, yeah, it was obvious.

The Yankees are the best front running team in MLB. With five more home games left on their 19H-8A April schedule, they could be 10 games over .500 by the start of May. With a tough road schedule later, they may need every one of those 10 games. 

Thanks for the "Welcome Back, StatGuy", "Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back". We'll know if we really are back May 2nd, after the Baltimore and Seattle series. Maddon and the Rays have stuck their nose into the classroom also. The Blue Jays and the Orioles are tardy for the moment. Both teams could win a series about the time you believe they've gone home sick.


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