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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

Jun 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

Chad Billingsley, Aaron Miles

Dodgers 9, Reds 6: Chad Billingsley — altogether now — helped his own cause by hitting  a homer, a double and driving in three.  I was watching the game when he hit the homer. I couldn’t see the beginning of his sentence, but Reds’ starter Travis Wood quite clearly mouthed the words “… homer to the motherf***ing pitcher,” as Billingsley rounded the bases. I was watching the game with my kids and they asked me why I was laughing. I said “no reason.”

Cardinals 3, Cubs 2: Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to say, but nothin comes out when they move they lips, just a buncha gibberish, and muthaf***as act like they forgot about El Hombre.

Nationals 9, Diamondbacks 4: A wild one, including multiple hit-batsmen and multiple pitcher/manager ejections. A big blown lead for the Nats in the ninth, made up for by a bases loaded walk/grand slam rally in the 11th. If two teams I don’t care a lick about want to hold my interest for a few innings, this is a great way to do it.

Giants 2, Rockies 1: Once over the line maybe you can pick cotton in the fall. Maybe you can go on relief. Why don’t you go on west to California? There’s work there, and it never gets cold. Why, you can reach out anywhere and pick a starting pitcher, right off the tree. Like Ryan Vogelsong (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7K).

Twins 6, Royals 0: Brian Duensing (8 IP, 6 H, 0 ER) helps the Royals continue to slide down the list of highest scoring teams in the American League.  A couple weeks ago they were second. Now they’re sixth and dropping. As for the Twins, before the game Gleeman tweeted this, and I agreed with him: “For a full season I think today’s Twins lineup could rank as high as third or fourth among International League teams in scoring.”  And then they scored six, including three RBI for Jason Repko.

Tigers 7, White Sox 3: Actually, the Tigers may have passed up the Royals on the AL offensive list after this game, putting Detroit in sixth place and Kansas City in seventh. As I’m typing this Baseball-Reference hasn’t refreshed to reflect Sunday’s games, so let’s revisit later this morning.  Ryan Raburn with a grand slam.

Phillies 7, Pirates 3: Philly salvages one in Pittsburgh and breaks a four-game losing streak. Leave it to Doc, I guess (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). And Ryan Howard, who drove in three.

Red Sox 6, Athletics 3: Carl Crawford with a three-run homer, Adrian Gonzalez with a two-run homer and, in his return, John Lackey was as effective as he’s been able to muster this year, pitching into the sixth inning. Just like they drew it up over the past couple of winters.

Brewers 6, Marlins 5: Football is called a game of inches, but sometimes the slightest margins mean everything in baseball too. Three straight one-run wins for Milwaukee in Miami. Florida has stranded runners all over the place this series, and they still have one more game to go on the wraparound today.

Blue Jays 7, Orioles 4: Jo-Jo Reyes just knows how to win. The fact that Adam Lind was 4 for 4 with two homers helped him win, of course.

Rangers 2, Indians 0: C.J. Wilson shut the Tribe down into the eighth inning and the pen finished the job, as the Rangers swept the Indians in a four-game series. Detroit is only 2.5 games back now. The fairytale is almost over.

Yankees 5, Angels 3: Two homers for Mark Teixeira, including a two-run shot that put the Yankees ahead for good. After dropping the first two in Seattle last week, the Yankees finish their west coast swing 6-3. Not too shabby.

Mariners 9, Rays 6: Miguel Olivo with a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth. Did you know that he is the most indispensable Mariner?  Greg Halman got his first major league action of the year and went 3 for 4 with two runs batted in.

Padres 7, Astros 2: The Padres take three of four from the Astros in the battle of the “mehs.”  Although maybe San Diego shouldn’t be considered too “meh.” They’ve won eight of 11.

Mets 6, Braves 4: R.A. Dickey had it goin’ on (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) and no one save Brian McCann had a clue what to do with his fluttery wonderfulness (Diory Hernandez‘s pinch hit homer came against the pen). Odd game for me, because there aren’t many ballplayers I like to see do well more than Dickey, and that even extends to when he pitches against my favorite team. By the fourth or fifth inning I got disgusted with the Braves and just started pulling for Dickey. Yeah, fan infidelity and all that, but it’s a long season and stuff like that happens from time to time. It’s no different than being married for 16 years and taking an occasional furtive glance at a nice looking brunette that just happens to walk by.  Not that I know anything about that.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 5:49 AM

    The Yankees won and are now tied with the Indians for the best record in the AL. The Yankees started this road trip just percentage points ahead of the 2nd place Red Sox. I think the general feeling on this site was that the Yankees because they had played so many more games then their competitors was that their Win/Loss record was misleading. Well we now know that wasn’t/isn’t the case. They have now played the exact same number of home games as the Red Sox and return home with a 1 game lead after going 6-3 on the road trip. Also of note is Tex hit his 17 & 18 home runs of the season on Sunday he had not hit his 18th home run in 2010 until July 17, 2010 two plus months later. Not to shabby for a guy that traditionally gets out of the gate slowly. Those are the facts.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:37 AM

      That’s funny. Say something positive about the Yankees the team you support and make a general comment that some other posters may have been wrong in their previous assessment of how the Yankees had been playing and get 13 thumbs down. And all those thumbs down when only 2 other posters have commented on the board. Now if I were suspicious by nature, which I’m not I might think there are some very jealous fans roaming this site. That might be the conclusion I would draw if I had a suspicious nature.

      • Lukehart80 - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:45 AM

        My thumbs down to your initial comment was for your hypothesizing that people here were doubting the Yankees. Your team is never an underdog, your team is never the little engine that could.

        It’s pathetic when Yankees’ fans (and/or Yankees’ players, since they’re prone to it too) try to play that card.

      • easports82 - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:00 AM

        Yankees are the little engine that could… spend $200 million dollars a year on payroll.

        And it’s June. Fans of teams that are expected to be playing in October (I’m throwing Philly and Red Sox fans in on this) shouldn’t be so excited about playing well 2 months in and telling everyone they were wrong to question the team. There’s other stories in baseball than what happens in the north-east corridor that could use some attention. Diamondbacks playing strong. Texas holding on to first after loosing the middle of their lineup for 6 weeks.

        East-coast inferiority complexes are old news and very boring.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:32 AM

        To Lukehart80 – I didn’t “hypothesize” fans did voice the concern that once the Yankees got on the road for an extended trip they would no longer occupy 1st place. I didn’t make that up. As for your comment about the Yankees being an “underdog”. I made no such comment in my original post. Again I merely pointed out the Yankees had a successful road trip and those fans that doubted they would were wrong. How you get “underdog” from my comment I’ll never know. In fact you should have gotten the complete opposite impression.

        To easports82 – A couple of comments. First, just because it’s June and fans expect certain teams to perform shouldn’t mean that I can’t be happy when my team does? That makes no sense. Second, as for other stories in baseball aside from the Yankees, Red Sox and Philadelphia I never said there wasn’t. But I have to be honest, I don’t think it’s a Yankees fans place to talk up other teams. That’s for the fans of those teams. Lastly, it seems to me that it’s not the fans of east coast teams that have inferiority complexes. It’s those fans that harp on team payrolls and that use the “injury bug” as an excuse for a teams performance. That’s just my opinion.

        BTW, I fully expect to receive the requisite number of thumbs down to this post.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:03 AM

        “Underdog” is more than you said, but not more than many Yankee fans have attempted over the last couple years. If there’s even the slightest doubt that the Yankees are The Perfect Team, many Yankee fans use that in an attempt to make themselves feel that they are not, in fact, rooting for The House. It’s an understandable desire, preferring to think of your team as having to struggle uphill despite doubters. But it’s also a sort of ridiculous distortion of reality. That’s why many fans are thumbs-downing your post: the tone of “oh, poor Yankees, having to deal with doubters!”

        As to the idea that New York’s recent successful West Coast swing “proved” those wrong that said, a couple months ago, that the Yankees’ big lead in the East could evaporate once they start playing more road games, one has little to do with the other. Myself and several others hypothesized that that might be the case over a month ago. And, sure enough, with a lot of home games, the Red Sox went on a tear, just as the Yankees had in their home-heavy portion of the schedule, and instead of being consistently 3-5 GB, Boston’s now 1 GB. The fact that the Yankees’ most recent west coast trip resulted in them picking up a game on the Sox is commendable, but doesn’t disprove that the Yankees, like any team, benefit when they have a lot of home games, and were, specifically, benefitting from a home-heavy early schedule.

        This doesn’t mean that the Yankees were a mirage, or that we’re “doubting” the Yankees; just that the Yankees probably weren’t a 4-5-game-better team, since you had to adjust for the schedule. And we were right about that. Doesn’t mean they’re not still a truly excellent team so far this year, just that they’ve edged the Sox, not crushed them.

        Boston will play NY tomorrow night, at which point both teams will have had an equal differential between their home and road games (4 more home than road for both). Should be fun!

        P.S. July 17th is ONE month plus from now, not TWO months plus. Still impressively better numbers for Tex than his usual slow start, though, obviously.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM

        Ari – you continue to try and make my comments into a referendum on how well the Red Sox are playing. My comments here and the Yankees performance during this road trip have absolutely nothing to do with the Red Sox or how they played. Let me say that one more time. Since apparently you can’t seem to get that point. My comments here and the Yankees performance during this road trip have absolutely nothing to do with the Red Sox or how they played.
        My initial comment could not have been any clearer. For you or any other poster to make it into a competition between the Yankees and another specific team is just not true. The Yankees left on a road trip approximately 11 days ago that many fans had their doubts that they would do well on. They return having gone 6-3 doing better then many of those fans anticipated.
        Like I’ve said before. Twist it, cut it, dice it any way you want the simple truth is fans doubted the Yankees performance because they had not spent a prolonged trip on the road and had in some cases played more home games then other team. This recent road trip to the west coast and the Yankees success 6-3 against those teams very best pitchers has proven them wrong. It’s that plain, it’s that simple. It’s as clear as the nose on yours or anyone else is face.
        Ari, one final comment to address your point and I quote “Yankees, like any team, benefit when they have a lot of home games, and were, specifically, benefitting from a home-heavy early schedule.” The Yankees as of today are 17-13 at home a winning percentage of .567 and 16-11 away a winning percentage of .593. How has a heavy home schedule early benefited the Yankees this year? The facts would seem to indicate otherwise. Over time I’m sure you are correct for most teams there is a “home field” advantage but that’s over the course of the entire season. It certainly has not been the case with the Yankees this early in 2011 as the numbers above prove.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:45 AM

        Ari – BTW, I didn’t label the Yankees “underdogs”. That honor goes to the media and “so called” experts who clearly gave the advantage in the AL East the the American League to your Red Sox. So if you have a problem with the Yankees being called/declared “underdogs” I suggest you take it up the the “experts”.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

        1. Please find me the people who argued that the Yankees would not do well on this road trip. Please find me the people who said, at the start of this road trip, that the Red Sox would gain on them. Perhaps I have missed these comments; it’s entirely possible. All the comments I’ve seen, including my own, were from a long while ago, when the Sox were 4 GB. They weren’t about the Yankees on their own, as you seem to think, but were about the the fact that the Yankees had played a home-heavy schedule at that point, and thus they probably weren’t as far ahead of the Red Sox as they appeared, when you took context into account. Sure enough, Boston caught up most of the way when they played their own home-heavy schedule.

        It’s nice that the Yankees played a very good road trip. The only thing that disproves is anyone who said they would not have a very good road trip. Making it into an argument against people who said weeks ago that the Yankees weren’t as far ahead as they appeared is what is known as a “straw man.”

        2. If you think that the Yankees’ home/road splits mean they have had no home field advantage, I’d read a statistics book. Their likelihood of winning a game goes up at home, but it is not the only thing changing game to game.

        3. I noted that you had not said they were an underdog. Others made that leap. See what I wrote above. Also, it’s not just “experts” that tried to pin the underdog label on the Yankees, but many fans as well.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        ufy- I think you’re being judged a little too harshly here. I recall just what you recall about the Yankees comments, but note that today’s comments about the Yankees never really being an underdog also have validity. I got a bit of the same thing when I was complaining about the A’s ownership the other day. Somebody felt I had “no right to complain” because the A’s playoff drought has only been 5 years. Like that was in any way relevant to their current, immediate, and forseeable suckitude.

        So buck up! As a Yankee fan, I know you’re tough enough to take it. Remember, when you put the “NY” hat on, the rest of the world will come after you. Unlike when you put the “A’s” hat on, and the rest of the world thinks it stands for “Atlanta’s”.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        To APBA: Thank you, and I appreciate the moral support. Never fear, as a Yankees fan for over 50 years. I have grown accustomed to the naysayers. I have a very thick skin when it comes to that.

        To Ari: Since you have access to the same posts/comments here that I do I have no intention of during your work for you. Be my guest and look for them yourselves. The only question I have is would or could you be objective enough to admit you were wrong, I have my doubts. I see you can’t seem to let go of the fact that my post today had nothing what so ever to do with the Red Sox. And yet again you mis-characterize one of my comments this time on “home field” advantage. I said previously teams do have home field advantage over the course of the season. But so far this season that has not been the case with the Yankees as their home and away records indicate. This is really becoming tiresome with you putting your own spin on my comments or misstating my posts completely. Perhaps, if you stopped seeing the bogeyman behind every Yankee fans post especially mine you might learn to appreciate your own teams success more, rather then trying to draw a favorable comparison to the Yankees. Ari, we will never see eye to eye whether that’s because of our biases or because one or both of us is to head strong to admit when we are wrong. Whatever the reason it is what it is. That’s just my opinion.
        Like I just said this has become tiresome. I hope you enjoy the series starting on Tuesday. This is my last post on this topic I have said all I intend or need to say.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      I think it’s funny that people are saying it’s only two months into the season and Yankees fans shouldn’t get too excited. If the Yankees were playing badly, these same people would be posting the “I told you so” comments so fast that it would all melt together in a giant blur of Yankee-hating negtativity.

      • rebarratige - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        Either that, or they would be discussing the performance of any of the other 29 teams in Major League Baseball. Because, you know, they play games too sometimes.

        Baseball fandom is not merely the possession of some special love or hate for the Yankees.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        Either that, or they would be discussing the performance of any of the other 29 teams in Major League Baseball. Because, you know, they play games too sometimes.

        You would think, but I’m not sure if enough people know that sometimes.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    There can be only one record…to rule them all…and the Phillies have it.

    I figured I would jump in early this fine Monday morning to try to calm down my fellow Phillies fans, some of whom will surely want to jump off the Ben Franklin Bridge(or at least, the Burlington-Bristol Bridge) this morning. Before you post, take a look at the MLB standings please. Yes, as bad as they did on the road trip, they still have the best record in baseball. As disappointing as Friday night was, when they finally had the gang all back together for 12 innings and couldn’t muster more than a run, they have the best record in baseball. As horrible as it was that only 3 pitches later, they would lose Rollins(on a fluke foul ball off his knee…not anything to do with his age) and once again not be able to put out the everyday lineup they were supposed to have. They have the best record in baseball. And the offense stinks right now…it really does.

    And yet, they have the best record in baseball…..my precious.

    • Brian - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:08 AM

      ugh

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM

        ugh me? No ugh you.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:08 AM

      Phillies will be fine. I think they are simmering right below the surface waiting to explode. As you said, best record in baseball and they really haven’t played all that well.

      • cintiphil - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM

        Unless they get Lee back on track, and Utley starts hitting a little more, and they get a consistent effort out of center field, they will still struggle for the balance of the year (Just like the Reds). Theyu have a great firstbaseman, but he can’t do it alone. He will hit a snag somewhere in the season. Who will pick him up? That is where Werth came in previously.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        Well the Reds don’t have Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels so I think Phillies offense has a bit more leeway. Werth played decently for the Phillies last year, but he was culpable for a significant portion of the teams offensive struggles during the middle of the season. He got off to a great start then started believing his own hype and struggled mightily. There was a ridiculous amount of times when he came up with men on base only for him to fail. I think he went through an 0-30 something stretch with 2 out and runners in scoring position. I’m not sure why you are saying a consistent effort out of center field. Of all the outfield spots, Victorino has been pretty consistent this season (except when he was injured of course). In fact most of your post is kind of nonsense. Makes me think you are just trying to wind people up.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM

      I’d venture to say the BB bridge would be more fun, than it would be fatal to jump from. I guess depending on who you are and all. It’s more dangerous to drive over I think.

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:42 AM

        Neither bridge. The water is full of Pfiesteria, a dinoflagellate with a life cycle that makes Lenny Dykstra’s and Eric Show’s look like Prince William’s. Plus, the organism is fueled mainly by chickenshit runoff from Delaware. There’s an “ugh” for you. If you want to drown yourselves, use a freshwater pond or swimming pool where the worst that can happen is leeches or chlorine. But you’ll miss the World Series if you do.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        Well lucky for us we don’t need to worry about the Chicken feces runoff since we’re upstream from that non taxing state. What we need to take issue with is actually the mountains of garbage buried along side of the river on the Pennsylvania side of things leaching huge amounts of mercury and whatever else people throw into the garbage cans without thought. Pennsylvania, (yes I am now addressing an actual state) must you bury garbage right on the river, where many townships still retrieve a portion of drinking water? You are a huge state Pennsy, go bury that crap over by Ohio or something will you?

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    National League teams have announced they would prefer the Dodgers use a DiatcH, at least when Kershaw and Billingsley pitch.

    • losburrosinblue - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      After last night, Billingsley’s got a higher average than the entire team except Ethier and Kemp…

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Now that Lind is off the DL, and is hitting behind Bautista it will be more difficult for teams to pitch around Bautista. Lawrie should be called up from the minors in the next couple of weeks giving the Jays another potent bat in the lineup. This team should score a lot of runs during the rest of the season.

    • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      pc; And when Lawrie IS called up, what then? They team is stacked with hitting as it is now. Encarnacion made a serious case to remain in the line up. Juan Rivera has been starting to hit like a guy with a .280 average, and, of course Molina has been he’s just sluggin it. Too many good players for too few spots.

      I think send Nix; who frankly has done nix, to AAA, & re-call Thames who hits WAY better than Nix, and call up Lawrie then.
      In terms of roster spots, I do believe a pitcher needs to go. I nominate Dotel. He can be trade bait. Bet the Yankees would take him for cash.

      Then you have a team with offense up and down the lineup and a better bench, that can hit, with Molina, Thames, Rivera, & McDonald (when he gets healthy). All are back ups for some key spots.

      Rotate Encarnacion, Lind, & Rivera through DH and 1st base, with every attempt made to keep Lind in the most games. Whichever is hotter of Encarnacion and Rivera gets to be DH. If Lawrie does nothing then Encarnacion gets 3rd. Perhaps his offense will offset his lousy D?

  5. easports82 - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    I threw-up a little when I read Kelly’s article about Olivo, but he was pretty clutch this weekend. Article is still wrong.

    6 straight series wins for the M’s. Never thought they’d be playing meaningful baseball in June.

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    That Ramos character for the Nationals was a disgrace. No reason to cadillac it around the bases like that. The only thing that does is exacerbate an already volatile situation.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:05 AM

      Yeah. I saw the highlights. What a crazy game. I suspect that the next time the D-backs play the Nats that Willie Ramos will be getting a ball to the head.

      Running around the bases like a punk after a homerun is never good.

      • rebarratige - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        “I suspect that the next time the D-backs play the Nats that Willie Ramos will be getting a ball to the head.”

        Eh, who does that anymore? Revenge head-hunting is inexcusable. If they want to be childish and take huge risks for petty reasons, they can plunk him in the back or pitch behind him.

        Anyway, the Nats-Dbacks game was ridiculous. I was listening when Marquis gave Upton his second HBP and Marquis and Riggleman were ejected. Given what had happened up to that point, I didn’t expect to sympathize with Marquis so much. But he was struggling with his control (he had walked the previous batter on four pitches), and lost his grip on a pitch. It happens. Upton was the go-ahead run. No way he would do that on purpose.

  7. halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Nothing to worry about, Phillies fans. Yesterday’s 7 run explosion has cured all the offensive woes of the year. They will average 10 runs a game from now till the end of the season and they will win 98% of their remaining games. All will be fine.

    Nothing to worry about here.

    I wish I could believe what I just wrote.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:04 AM

      I’m going to be positive today; Dom Brown has really been swinging the bat well since he was recalled. He looks a bit awkward up there at times, but the ball just jumps off his bat. He stays on the off speed stuff better then I thought he would. I believe it is time to start throwing in him against most lefty starters. No reason not to play him against Ted Lilly tonight.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:09 AM

        Dom Brown has to be the everyday right fielder, period. We need to see what the kid can do. We know already what we have with Ben Francisco (basically a pile of sh*t).

        Yeah, Brown’s swing is really ugly. I suspect he compensates for the unusual stance and swing just by shear bat speed, which he has. But, it’s an ugly, long swing.

        Play the kid everyday and see what we have, Charlie!

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM

        The Domo-nator is hitting his stride and once they let him play more than 3 or 4 games in a row, he will get a rhythm that will allow him to feel comfortable. I am praying Uncle Cholly puts him in tonight against Lilly.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:14 AM

        Yeah, you wouldn’t teach your kid that swing. He seems to get off balance sometimes too. Even so, he has been hitting rockets since he arrived. Even during the tough start, he was hitting rockets…just right at people. I thought Francisco would be better then this but I was wrong. He is not good. I can live with not good, but he just plain agitates me. He opens up and tries to pull everything. Then he gets a pitch that is begging to be lined into the gap and he watches it go by. Mayberry isn’t much better but at least he can play the field. By the way, he was optioned back to the Iron Pigs with Gload coming off paternity leave. And fat Mike Zakurski was sent back down with Herndon rejoining the club.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:19 AM

        Doctor,

        Cliff Lee needs to have a great start tonight. He can ill-afford to have another sh*tty outing. Gotta start earning that paycheck.

        We need to have a week in which we get all of our (4) aces wins. They need to start pitching with confidence again. And that happens if the offense decides to give them run support for a change.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:25 AM

        Yeah, Gload and his paternity leave…Lol!! This paternity leave thing is a joke. You see the kid and you tell your wife that you need to go back to work. You don’t take a 3 day leave from the team. Gload really should be on the DL, anyways. He’s hurt and can’t even run.

        I agree. Mayberry Jr. should have never been sent down. Cy Baez should be dumped. I’m OK with carrying 11 pitchers.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM

        Indeed. Lee has been disappointing so far. He seems to just lose if for an inning a game. I don’t know if it is lack of concentration or he is pressing or what. You are right about the offense, though. Run support would do the staff wonders. It will happen. Utley is bound to go off soon. His timing has been slightly off since his return, but I think he is getting closer. Howard is also bound to go through a hot spell. I know he is hitting below .250 but he hasn’t been swinging the bat that badly. He just hits into that damn shift all the time. If he could only shoot the ball through the left side, but I have long given up on that. It is just frustrating watching him try to hit the ball through a glut of fielders.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:35 AM

        DL won’t help Gload is the problem. I posted before, I think they should release him. He is a singles hitter who can only hit…not run, not field, nothing. It really puts them short handed. Who do you think goes when Lidge comes back? One would assume that Worley or Blanton will be back in the rotation, with Kendrick as the long man sending down Herndon. So, that only leaves Baez, Stutes, and Romero has the options. I don’t see Charlie wanting to let go of Stutes. He trusts him and has pitched well.

      • bleedgreen - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:47 AM

        Utley hasn’t been Utley, but he HAS been producing in the field and at the plate. He’s getting hits and making good plays defensively. If he can bat 275 from now until August, and then turn it on, then thats good for the team. Ibanez has been hitting, Polly has been hitting, even Rollins has been hitting. Dom Brown, except for a few inches either way, would have had 6 RBI’s yesterday. Howard launched that sac fly that, in just about any other park, would have been a grand slam. Even at Citi Field last week, Utley and Ibanez both hit balls that in any other park would have been homers. They’re hitting OK, they’re just getting unlucky with WHERE they’re hitting them.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM

        Doctor, you are correct. Gload is a singles hitter. But when healthy, he’s one of the best pinch hitters in baseball. His only job is to pinch hit and spell Ryan Howard from an occasional start at 1st (which Charlie refuses to do. I’ve said time and time again you have to give Howard an occasional day off). I definitely do not want the Phillies to release Gload. Put him on the DL and try to get him healthy. He can help the team.

        If it were up to me, Romero and Baez would be put on a boat and left out in the middle of the Pacific ocean, Viking funeral style. I can’t watch them pitch anymore.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:47 AM

        Romero isn’t nearly as bad as Charlie makes him. He is a Lefty specialist IMO and if used as such would be pretty darned good. Looking at the differences between him pitching against Right handed and Left handed batters you can deduce that he is to be used with any expected efficiency against lefties only. He throws way too many balls out of the zone to RH bats. Not talking Romero up or Charlie down here at all, just stating something kind of obvious here. Romero is a good LOOGY, and that’s it. Stutes has been really good, He’s going to remain where he’s “NEEDED” (to fill in for Baez who mostly gives up hits too frequently).

  8. yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    …….And we now return you to the Yankees portion of our program….,.
    A 6-3 record from a West Coast trip is always great for the Universe. This brings about a good feeling with Tex hitting his stride and Swish coming around. Now a bigger test comes on a 10 game homestand with the Red Sox, Rangers and Indians. Sox games are meaningless, over the course of the season, it always ends up a split, when it happens is inconsequential. Rangers are a true test with Hamilton and Cruz back. (Note to Girardi: NO SMALL BALL, see previous memos.) Indians can be a four game feast. 7-3 is a nice goal for the optimists among us.
    And here’s the time that I really hate interleague. Fifteen games that offer no pertinent competition that will decide the AL outcome. Sure, they count, but BORING, the Major League equivalent of “Gotta make the doughnuts”.
    UYF, I concur with your observations above. I lament that MLB.com changed it’s screens this year so that I could prove that we are doing better than most springs. Our biggest challenge is the next ten games because, until after the All Star Game, which apparently we will attend en masse and further tire ourselves, will secure our first half.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      My friend, try out this link. I think it’s what you are looking for.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings/_/date/20110606

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM

        That’s exactly what I wanted. Thanks.
        Also, I regret that I have but one vote to give to your posts.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

        yankeesfanlen – Glad I could help. No problem with the vote. I would hate to think the “election was rigged”.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:34 AM

        Hey, uyf, now that you’ve thrown down the gauntlet, I’ve got an idea for a post to see if I can get the most thumbs down. I’ll wait for the power report to spring it.

  9. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    We now interpolate the Feesh part of the program. I was visiting my grandchildren in Richmond andonly got the scores and recaps but, hey, did I call this last week or what? I had enormous doubts about this team’s ability – and eagerness – to contend this year. They’ve stranded so many runners in scoring position lately that they’re beginning to look like the unnamed English boy’s academy from Lord of the Flies with Hanley’s spine playing Piggy’s glasses. It’s only June 6 but you have got to believe that Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua are trying to come up with a pitch to the Giants to take John (Mendoza Line) Buck and that ridiculous Tennis Court Oath contract off his hands. Rotsa ruck, Scroogie. They’re another week of despair away from going to a Santera to see if they can get the curse removed from Hanley’s amulet – but after signing all those inflated paychecks for Buck, one wonders if Scrooge will feel like springing for the price of the goats.

    • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM

      You know Gator, I feel sort of responsible for Buck. I said he’d be good; hit well and solid catching. Instead he’s reverted to the guy he was before he spent a season with the Jays. If I had to guess I’d say he misses the Jay’s hitting coach, Dwayne Murphy. That guy worked a miracle with Bautista and has the likes of Patterson, Molina, Escobar and McDonald out hitting their previous season’s average. Don’t even get me started on Adam Lind; MADE that dude, if you ask me.

      What can I say, but see if the Yankees will take him? They enjoy catchers and are incredibly faithful to even aged, underperforming guys who whine a lot. They can afford the contract, won’t even miss it; can take it out of Hal’s cigarette money.

      You got any pull with The Universe? Maybe we could ask Len to put in a good word?

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        I wouldn’t ask Len to clean up a mess like this. That sort of work is for guys like Chili Palmer.

        I thought at the time that the deal they gave Buck was insane and so inscribed right here on Circling the Bases. Multiple times. This after they wouldn’t cough up a few million more for Dan Uggla – which we saw coming from way back, of course. They could have spread that money around and gotten themselves a real third baseman.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      Well, thanks cur, but we only take our own homegrown washed up catchers. I guess we gave Martin the “horse whisperer” test to see if he could spring around and catch AJ.

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        I think, in terms of AJ Burnett and other reclamation projects, Russel Martin has been the best signing the Yankees have made that don’t include guys named ‘Sabbathia’. In fact, getting Martin has pretty much rescued the Universe from destruction this season. Russ and The Universe can easily carry Buck. Hell, the kid could teach him a thing or 2 behind the plate. Martin (the Canadian, beaver loving boy) has made the likes of Garcia, Burnett, Nova and Colon actually a pretty good rotation (to Pluto with stem cells, I say! Colon is better not only because of arm strength; it’s the solid catching and game calling that Martin has provided).

        As the Jay’s have shown, you can hit a gajillion homers but you don’t go to the post season with out solid catching and pitching. The big D. Just check out the Phillies; they are demonstrating how its done. Just about 0 offense but they still lead the division quite handily.

      • spudchukar - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        Cur, I have been contemplating the whole “Beaver Boy” thing this weekend, and then I got a revelation. If you adopt the Spanish pronunciation of Bieber, you get Biever. Now I get it. He is the Latin incarnation of your nation’s namesake.

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Spuddy; thanks man! I’m going to be ripping that “Bieber/Biever” thing off as soon as I get a chance. However I think if you’re spending weekends contemplating the whole ‘beaver boy’ thing then you might want to get out doors a bit more. A little healthy exercise, maybe a nice meal at a restaurant and a movie and you’ll be good to go.

      • spudchukar - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:06 PM

        Cur, Dude, it is still snowing here in Central Idaho, I am 10 lbs. overweight, and rather than a movie I took in 4, one-act plays on the absurdity of the Teatre d’ Absurde last night, and worst of all the Cards are off today. More time for contemplation.

  10. yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    BTW, the Tigers aren’t really tearin’up the pea patch, but are playing very respectable ball with a two win advatage over the Indians vs. AL Central. Hope they’ll continue down in Arlington to tire out the Rangers before said team gets here.

  11. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Rays are falling behind the Sox and Yanks pretty fast , going to be hard for them to keep up , Blue Jays look pretty good this year as well .

    • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      The Razed have had their month in the artificial sun. The losses they sustained during the offseason, and the incipient depression that sets in when you play in that hideous giant gunite cyst mercifully positioned at the far margin of civilization where only the aged need tor regard it through their cataracts called the Tropicana Dump, are all finally catching up with them. I had hoped for better. At this point, they might as well pack up and play out their season over at the Disney World baseball complex where they’ll draw better, and leave that paen to architectural execrability to the feral monitor lizards.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:33 PM

        You are right on target re: the Rays. Just go play at Disney. Pay the rent on the Trop. They’d still come out ahead, probably way ahead. They pack the place whenever they do play there.

  12. spudchukar - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    First off Yankee fans, I would hesitate to go “orgasmic”, over a 6-3 road trip against 3 mediocre, at best, West Coast teams all struggling to reach the .500 mark. Aren’t you doubting yourselves when your sights are set this low? Plus after a 9-game road trip out of the metropolis, a return to gotham and 10 more home games puts you right back atop the majors in home games played.

    Currently, you are on pace to win 94 games. After this home stand the tough part of your schedule begins. Outside of a 11 game home stand at the end of July, your competition gets serious, and once August arrives the schedule is brutal. My point is if you play just as well through August as you have up til now, 90 wins will not happen, unless you have a fabulous September.

    As Spring Training was coming to an end and we were all prognosticating about various scenarios I predicted that no team in the AL East would win 90 games, and the Wild Card would come from somewhere else. I stand by that claim.

    • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      Bestial orgasms burn high-voltage holes in the brain

      ….Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney III, 13th Earl of Gurney

    • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      spudchukar, my friend. It’s always nice to be able to point out what I perceive as false assumptions on your part. First, your comment about mediocre teams. Those 3 mediocre teams as you affectionately call them sport some of the best pitchers in the ML’s and the Yankees faced most if not all of them on this trip. You may or may not realize this but right now there are 9 teams in the AL “struggling to reach” or stay at or near .500. So I guess your comment would also have to apply to the other 5 AL teams that aren’t struggling as well because unless they are playing each other they all have played in the recent past “teams struggling to stay at or near .500″. Second, as for your comment and I quote “After this home stand the tough part of your schedule begins. Outside of a 11 game home stand at the end of July, your competition gets serious,…” I guess these next 10 games against the AL teams with the best records don’t count as a tough part of the schedule. Third, since the Yankees are tied with the Indians for the best record in the AL and you have calculated the Yankees to “be on track” for 94 games. I can only assume that the other teams are “on track” for something less then 94 wins. Fourth. as for home versus away games. I’m sure you are aware that with 15 teams in the AL give or take at any one time approximately 1/2 play at home and 1/2 play away. It is impossible for all of them to play on the road or home at the same time. So yes there will be times when the Yankees have played more home games then away games just as there will be for every ML team.
      I’ve said this once before every team plays 81 home games and 81 away games and every team tries their hardest to win everyone single one of them. When a team plays them is immaterial in my view because it all comes out in the wash at the end of the season. Does the Yankees schedule get tough later on in the season? Sure. But I would also contend that it gets even tougher for the teams that the Yankees are playing. So your comment can be taken or interpreted either way. That’s just my opinion. Good luck to the Cardinals.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:11 PM

        oops. Point 4 should be 14 teams not 15. I guess my fingers are just a bit to fat.

      • spudchukar - Jun 6, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        UYF, My Chum, no matter how you spin in Oakland, LA, at Anaheim(or whatever), and Seattle are mediocre. You might make the case that Seattle is on a roll, but then you lost 2 of 3 there. Neither the Angels or A’s qualify as a quality team, period. Craig has them listed at #17 and #23, and they are trending downward. No doubt there is a great deal of parity throughout both leagues which I believe I for one foresaw.

        The 94 win plateau, is calculated using your relatively easy first half schedule. My doubts remain as to playing at that level once the difficult part of your schedule arises. The reason I mentioned the current 10 game home stand, was to dispel any notion that in the near future the Yanks will have anything close to a similar number of home/away games. You are correct to point out that the upcoming competition is tough, but the Indians are not the same team that they were in April/May. Then it is off to the sorry Cubs and sinking Reds before a return home to face the Rockies and Brewers.

        I guess my point was I would be leary of championing the Yanks record at this point. Wherever they end up at the end of June, may in fact be their high water mark, which might, but not necessarily be enough to get them into post-season play.

        Thanks for kind words about the Cards, and I hope you beat the piss out of the Red Sox.

  13. tomemos - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    AZ-Nationals game also featured a pretty big blown call at first base in the top of the 11th.

  14. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Spudchukar , i also remember you bragging about how the rays would win the division , doesn’t look like that will happen , although it very well could happen , just doesn’t look like it , i do agree with you that the yankees schedule is BRUTAL after july .

    • spudchukar - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      Bragged, is a little heavy. I picked them to win 89 games and the AL crown by 1 game. Yeah, they have slumped a little over the past 10 days, but the Yanks, Red Sox and Jays have all had their ups and downs too. They were counted out early, and rebounded nicely. A little too early to be tombstone hunting.

  15. simon94022 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Through 8 starts and 54 innings, Ryan Vogelsong has put up Halliday numbers. Bruce Bochy says they’re sticking with him after Zito comes back, and there’s even talk that he’ll be an All Star. Absolutely stunning for a guy who hadn’t pitched in MLB since 2006.

    But the Giants are going to have a problem on their hands with Zito thanks to the contract Peter Magowan negotiated. Even as a supposedly “league average” starter, Zito’s not good enough for the rotation. His work habits apparently make it impossible to use him in long relief. He is untradeabe because of the $40 million left on his contract, and because he can veto any trade. What do you do with him when his rehab is done in a couple weeks?

    • spudchukar - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      The Yanks are looking for a Lefty Starter, and I hear they got some bucks.

  16. APBA Guy - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    We need to mention that the Red Sox positively demolished the A’s Big 3, which I am renaming the PeeWee 3, in much the same way the Yankees did immediately beforehand. Having just been eviscerated by both teams I feel it’s my duty to compare the two teams, briefly.

    Right now, the Yankees have an edge in staring pitching depth and in the bullpen. The Boston rotation looks shaky behind Beckett, especially Lester, who was fighting location in Spring and is doing so again now. While I don’t believe-does anybody?-that NY’s oldsters can hold it together all year, for now, they are delivering professional performances.

    Likewise, NY’s bullpen is better right now. 7,8, and 9th innings are relatively secure, especially 9, when compared to the Sox. Pap’s meltdown Saturday is something you’ll never see from Mariano. Of course, there is THE FAT TOAD factor, but at 2.86, only Len can quibble and be excused, as he will no doubt trot out xFIP to show that the TOAD’s genius is really an illusion.

    Offense: I give a sliver of an edge to Boston. Crawford is coming around now and he gives that team such a depth of attack that I see a slight advantage to Boston at this moment. Of course, nobody has power like the Yankees, especially in their park which is where this week’s series will be played.

    Defense I think is a wash. The outfield is about the same, unless Cameron is in right. He’s at this point better than Drew out there, and thus better than Swish. The infield is also about the same, quality on the right side, some questions on the left. C is a wash.

    So I’d give the Yankees a little edge this week with the series in their park and based on the way the two teams are playing at this moment.

    Oh, and the A’s looked dull and lifeless in losing to Boston yesterday. On to Baltimore, where that 90 degree plus humidity is just the thing to put spring in their step.

    Finally, Beane DFA’d Andy LaRoche to make room for Adam Rosales. When Rosales gets another 12 month long injury this move will allow them to call up one of their #1 picks from AAA. That’s the kind of GM thinking the A’s need now, marginal moves around the 25th guy. Be happy in 4th place, A’s fans.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Thanks, APBA, that gives us some perspective since only the A’s have seen the current Yanks and Sox recently.As I’ve often mentioned, the Red Sox are a wash, the season always ends up at 9-9 like that year the Sox won the first 9, the Yanks the later 9.
      I think Swish is now ready to neutralize Crawford in the OF in offense, and Tex the same with Gonzalez.
      Sorry, I can’t trot out xFIP, I’m not that clever. I’ll just say that he kept me in rapt attention for 1 2/3 innings yesterday and somehow saved himself by kinda seeing where the batters were and throwing in that general direction. A bullseye on Cervelli’s chest might have sped things along. That wild look in his eyes must even scare AJ in the clubhouse.
      After this upcoming homestand and the drama it will produce, the 15 game ennui of interleague play will indeed be a let down.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:18 PM

        The sad thing about Joba is he has a terrific arm, but he seems to be the embodiment of Nuke Laloosh: “Million dollar arm, 10 cent head”. I’ve watched him for the past 3 years doing exactly the same thing: just throw it up there, hope for the best. No command, no game plan. Throwing, not pitching.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        BTW, how was attendance during the Sox series? Yanks seemed to pack them in. Thought it was a hoot when Torii Hunter went arse-over-teakettle trying for that HR from Cano while being knee-deep in Yankees fans in Anaheim.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        As a Yankers hater, I have to say this about Joba…he was absolutely unhittable his first year up. If it weren’t for the bugs, he would have shut the Indians down and who knows what would have happened in that series. Instead, he had a couple walks and a wild pitch and his career hasn’t been the same since.

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