-Wang’s appearance last night was somewhat mixed, but we saw some hopeful signs. His 2-seamer had a nice sink to it and his velocity was good at 92-94 MPH. But his control was horrendous. He was all over the place for the first few batters, then settled in and kept the ball down for a while, only to lose it again. If he can’t get the ball down, he’s not much use to us. Sinkerballers get clobbered when they’re up in the zone. But that’s probably the easiest thing to correct, velocity and stuff are much bigger concerns, and those were good. Wang’s returning to form is HUGE with the way this new ballpark is playing. When Wang is right, he doesn’t give up any HRs.
-Uhhhhh. . . . I have nothing to add to this. Other than my typical surprise that rich, famous Baseball players don’t score better looking women.
-SI has a nice photo collection of some of the greatest moments in Interleague play, and great moments in Baseball usually involve the Yankees. Coney’s perfect game, Clemens-Piazza, a weird no hitter by the Astros and Clemens’ 300th win. Check it out.
-With Bruney still experiencing pain/discomfort in his elbow, you have to move on at this point. You can’t expect to get anything out of him anymore for this season. I don’t care if his MRI is clean, there are things that MRIs miss that often lead to surgery. Right now, our bullpen is Mo, Aceves, Coke, Tomko and Veras with Wang as the long man until he gets things together. Still hopeful that Melancon will have a big impact at some point as well.
-A 9 game winning streak in Posada’s absence just goes to show how the core of this team has changed. Last year, many pundits said Posada’s injury was more than that team could withstand, and was the difference between them making the playoffs or not. He was essential to that team. Now, they not only dont miss him but even thrive in his absence. It goes to show that this team is not about the old guard of Jeter-Posada-Pettitte-Mo as much as prior seasons. A new core is being built around Tex, CC, Cano, Joba and yes, A-Rod has proved to be essential to this team.
-A fun story for a holiday weekend. Home Run Derby has it, a collection some of the funnier sign baseballs and the stories behind them. Check it out. BTW-Please don’t give Pete Rose any of your money. He’s just going to blow it in some Vegas casino.
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