This guy works extremely hard. He loves the game. He respects the game. He plays the game right. He Is a hall of famer for sure. He is loved by so many fans around the MLB communnity. He’s Mariano Rivera, and he is the newest member of the 500 saves club.
The game was on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball last night and I was pumped that I would be able to watch the Yanks again; they were on Saturday Night Baseball on MLB Network the night before. So I was sitting in front of the t.v. and I watched as the Yankees looked really good again. I was thinking that there is no way we won’t sweep them. I was in that kind of mindset. It was great. Chien Ming Wang didn’t suck… that’s good. Maybe he’ll start to get it going. Now the offense wasn’t all that great. That’s my one concern from last night’s game. We only had four hits over the course of the game. None of them were homers but we did get a lot of help from the Mets pitching who walked eleven guys overall. That helped us a ton. We had the win going into the ninth in which Mo got an extra run to work with. He was actually at the plate and was walked by K-Rod with the bases loaded to bring in a run. That was Rivera’s first career RBI. Well, that’s all for last night’s game. It was good. We got the sweep and it looks like we’re back on track headed back into the American League. Let’s keep it up, huh guys.
So back to Mo. He was STELLAR! As he has done many times in the past, he came in to finish the eighth inning and then went on to finish the game in the ninth. He struck out two and didn’t give up anything at all as he cruised to his 500th career save. He is now in the company of Trevor Hoffman who is the only other guy to have reached 500 saves. This save puts him in that hall of fame by me. But my vote isn’t legit so hopefully the legitimate voters see things the same way I do. He is a hall of famer no doubt.
Congrats to Mo on his milestone and congrats to the Yanks on their sweep of the Mets. We absolutely dominated the Mets during interleague play. Especially the last four games. We have been STELLAR.
Well, until next time… hasta luego.
The Yankees-Red Sox series is pretty much the only thing on my mind among everything else baseball. Obviously it is because I am a Yankee fan and we are in the middle of a season series with our rivals. It’s great. I’m sure every other Yankee fan blogger out there is talking about the same things I am. It’s just how things go. If your team is in a rivalry series, you are going to write about it. So here we go.
Chien Ming Wang did exactly what I assumed he would do when he took the bump last night. He sucked. He was the second Yankee pitcher in a row to be chased before the third inning. Tuesday night, it was AJ, and last night, Wang was chased as well. In Wang’s 2.2 innings pitched, he gave up four runs on six hits and three walks. He gave up one homer to Mike Lowell. Bottom line… he was aweful.
On the other side of things, the Red Sox sent Tim Wakefield to the mound, who has been having a very good season. At 7-3 before the game, he showed how good of a season he has been having. He went 6 innings only giving up 8 hits, three runs, and had two strikeouts. I wish those were the kind of stats we could have from the Yanks pitching. But yeah right. Wang was terrible.
As far as the offense goes, they were fine. They did score last night which made me happy. They only scored five runs so they didn’t do that great. They are definitely capable of more than that. The pitching is what ruined it for us. They were unable to hold the Red Sox offense to a few runs or fewer. They gave up too many early runs and we were out of it by the time we made our comeback. We only lost by one run but hey… you can’t always expect a comeback from the offense. It’s a two way road. The offense does their job and the pitching staff does their job. That’s how it rolls.
We had our big offensive performers last night as did the Red Sox. For us it was obviously Mark Teixeira… when has it not in the recent past. He went 4-5 with a homer and two runs. Johnny Damon hit a homer as his only hit on the night, but at least that’s something. Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui also had good nights at the plate. Matsui went 2-3 with a run scored and Posada went 2-5 with run scored and an RBI. Robby Cano also pitched in with a RBI despite going hitless for the game.
The pitching… well they were so bad I’m not going to talk about them any more. Except Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves. Kudos to you guys. But Wang and Hughes. You guys sucked. A thumbs down from Simon for you guys.
So I’m really disappointed about how we haven’t been able to get a win against the Red Sox yet this season. If we could get one win, that would STELLAR. So far, it hasn’t looked good so I am not expecting anything good from the Yanks in game three of the series. We do have CC going to the mound for us. He is going against Brad Penny who hasn’t been very consistent this season. He has been alright but maybe we can get something from him. But again, I’m not expecting anything good today.
So we start up interleague action again after the series with the Red Sox. We head back home to host our cross town National League rivals. The Mets. They are having a decent season so far and can’t be underestimated. Johan Santana has been lights out this season. Too bad he hasn’t gotten a ton of run support. But he’s great. We play him and the Mets for three. Then we have a day off before facing the Nats at home for three. We go right into a three game series with the Marlins after the Nats’ series. Then we have the Braves for three after a day off following the Marlins series. We finish everything off against the Mets again in Citi Field. So that’s the near future. Maybe we can get some wins against our interleague opponents because we obviously can’t get any against the stupid Red Sox.
Go Yanks. Maybe we’ll get a win. Possibly. Actually, probably not. I’m being really pessimistic right now aren’t I.