Sunday, April 29, 2007

Somebody Clone Doug Mientkiewicz

You know things aren't good when you pull up and the tagline reads "Mientkiewicz leading offense vs. Sox." When Doug Mientkiewicz is responsible for pretty much your entire run production, you're in trouble.
I don't think anyone could have scripted this game. Mientkiewicz hits a 3-run homer. Julian Tavarez shuts down the Yankee offense. Chien-Ming Wang gives up 2 dingers. Alex Cora goes yard and just misses having a 2-homer day. Definitely a weird game.
Wang had a good outing. I do question why Torre pulled him after 6 as he was only at 84 pitches. He definitely could have thrown 1 more, even with a split nail. But instead he gets the hook and Proctor makes it a 2-run game, and then Henn makes things even worse giving up a 2-run shot to ManRam. Torre has made some questionable moves this year and few seem to work out. There's a lot of talk in the Bronx that Torre's job is on the line. While I really hope Torre makes it through the season, it might not hurt to shake things up a little bit. It should be an interesting off day.
It would have been nice to see Alex break the HR and RBI record for April, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. He will without a doubt be the Player of the Month. What he did this month was absolutely remarkable. He's going to make this a fun season to watch. I just hope he didn't shoot his load way too early.
I can't believe I'm going to say this but congratulations to Bobby Abreu for finally doing what he gets paid to do. I'm sure Bobby won't be sad to put April behind him. And am I the only one that thought he could have caught Cora's triple? That ball looked pretty catchable, but it's easy for me to say that sitting on my couch.
The Yankees end April 9-14, losers of 7 of their last 8, 6.5 games behind the Red Sox. It wasn't the start to the season we expected. It's hard to believe the Yankees have the 2nd worst record in the American League, barely ahead of the Kansas City Royals. If the Colorado Rockies win today, the Yankees will be the 3rd worst team in all of baseball. Nobody saw that coming. It's hard to believe, it really is. The Yankees are a much better team than their record indicates. It's going to be a great story come October when they win their 10th straight division title. This team will win its fair share of ball games. If anybody thinks they'll continue to play this poorly, you're in for quite the surprise.
Things can only go up from here.