A-Rod, a “True Yankee” at Last?

Last night, Alex Rogriguez homered for his third straight game, putting his season total to 5; tops in the MLB.

A-Rod after his 5th homerun in the sixth inning off Sidney Ponson

A-Rod’s homer made him the first player ever in team history to hit 5 homeruns in the first six games.

Most homeruns in Yankees history through the first six games:

2007 Alex Rogriguez 5
1961 Mickey Mantle 4
1957 Moose Skowron 4
1956 Mickey Mantle 4
1932 Babe Ruth 4

Six games into A-Rod’s 4th season with the Yankees, I think its safe to say A-rod has finally earned his stripes.


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Pav Finally Gets the Job Done

In the warm confines of the 72 degree Metrodome, five games into the season, the 2007 Yankees starting pitching finally heated up.

Yankees Starter Carl Pavano

For the first time since May 22nd, 2005, starting pitcher, Carl Pavano regestered a win as the Yankees smacked the Twins 8-2.

“Some days it feels like yesterday, and some days it feels like a lifetime,ā€ Pavano said. ā€œIā€™m glad to have all that behind me and move forward.ā€

Not only did Pavano get the win, but he pitched like the pitcher the Yankees envisioned when they signed him to a $40 million deal back in 2004. Allowing two runs, six hits, and no walks, Pavano lasted until the 7th inning giving the Yankees bullpen some much needed rest.

In Pavano’s brief Yankees career, up to last nights victory, Pav had only pitched 7 innings five times in eighteen starts, making last nights victory a great performance to build on. It’s quite clear that last night was a big night not only for Pavano, but for the entire Yankees starting staff as Pav set the bar for Yankees starter expectations.

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A-Rod: “It’s something about New York, that I love it here”

After A-Rod’s game winning grand slam the world got to see perhaps the happiest man on the face of the earth.

Team mates celebrate A-Rod's game winning grand slam

So happy that after the game A-Rod said “It’s something about New York, that I love it here.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, now playing for the Yankees, number 13, Alex Rogriguez, number 13.

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Matsui Hits 15 Day DL, Yanks Call Up Thompson

For only the second time of his career, Hidek Matsui will be back on the DL for his second straight season after straining his left hamstring April 7th versus the Baltimore Orioles.

Matsui Back on the DL

The Yanks are calling up 27 year old outfielder Kevin Thompson and plan to have Johnny Damon ready for the upcoming series against the Twins.

All Praise to Cashman that he didn’t trade Melky Cabrera to the Pirates for RP Mike Gonzalez. Look, our outfield is in need of Cabrera, our bullpen is superb, and Cashman is proving to us again that he really knows what hes doing.

Yankees Current OF:

LF- Cabrera CF- Damon RF- Abreu Backup- Thompson

Ahhh man, if the Yanks could bring back Bernie…

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Thank God for Relief Pitching

Too Familiar of a sight already for the 2007 Yanks

Yankees starting pitching is really suffering hardcore these days but thank God for that bullpen…

Take a look at these numbers through 5 games:

Yankees Starters:

  • 21 2/3 Innings
  • 36 Hits
  • 24 Earned Runs
  • 9.97 ERA
  • 13 Walks
  • 12 K’s

Yankees Relief Pitching:

  • 23 1/3 Innings
  • 11 Hits
  • 3 Earned Runs
  • 1.16 ERA
  • 10 Walks
  • 16 K’s

It’s a good thing the bullpen has been so stellar otherwise the Yankees would be in dead last place. Currently, Yankees pitching is tied for 9th with the Chicago White Sox in the AL with an ERA of 5.50

Right now the team desperatley needs to find a solution to the starting pitching because as Joe Torre said after Sunday’s game, “We need the starters to give us six innings. We know we are a better team than we’ve shown.”

Already the bullpen is being overworked and its only April 8th. Because of so much relief appearance, Starting Pitcher, Andy Pettite had to pitch in relief for only the second time since 1998. Pettite, who volunteered to pitch in relief for Sunday’s game after throwing only 83 pitches 2 days earlier vs Tampa Bay, struck out 1, walked 1, as he pitched a hitless 6th inning.

How about this game plan?

Make Yankees starters last up to the 4th inning and then on off days have the starters join the bullpen so the team has a wide variety of alternate pitchers to relieve the relief pitchers who will pitch the majority of the game anyway!

I mean, the Astros pitched a no-hitter to the Yankees back on July 11th, 2003, using 6 different relief pitchers, the concept must work right?

Maybe for short-term…. But for the long term? Doubt it kid.

Look at that Yankees bullpen era, it’s a 1.16 in 23 1/3 innings. Just imagine if it was May 1st and the Yankees Bullpen had the same numbers?

That would mean the Yankees had some deece starters. And with some average to above average starting pitching on this team I bet the 07 Yanks could even compete with the 98 Yanks record of 125 wins.

And lets not forget, the 98 Yanks starting the season 1-4 with similar pitching problems.

Final thought:

Hurry up Phil Hughes and come back Clemens, please save this pitching staff….

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Tough Start for Igawa

“Please don’t compare me to Matsuzaka,” said Igawa after the game through an interpreter,”but as a Japanese, I have to do my job.”Igawa Walking Back to the Dugout After a Poor 2nd Inning

Well my friend, I dont think anyone will try to make that comparison anytime soon.

Kei Igawa didn’t have a pretty debut for the Yankees but luckly A-Rod showed up to play, hitting a grand slam in the 9th inning to win the game for the Yankes 7-6.

Igawa’s Line: 5 innings, 8 hits, 7 runs, and an ERA of 12.60

Well at least he’s consistent with the rest of the Yankees starting pitching…

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Money It’s Gotta be the Socks!!

A-Rod Post Game Winning Grand Slam

This season, unlike last, A-Rod has been something of a savior to the Yankees offense leaving many amazed by his stats this season:


AVG .381 | HR 4 | RBI 11 | OBP .458 | SLG 1.095

At this same time in 2006:

AVG .250 | HR 1| RBI 5 | OBP .348 | SLG .400

My explanation? Take a look at his high socks…It’s gotta be the socks!

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