Wang in the Win-dy city

There was a funny moment last night in the Yankees clubhouse, when Chien-Ming Wang was conducting his postgame interview session with reporters. Wang is lockering next to Joba Chamberlain here in Chicago, and Chamberlain literally climbed inside his locker while Wang spoke, staring over Wang’s shoulder, making faces and doing almost anything he could to try and distract Wang. It didn’t work and Wang got through his interview fine.

Later, the conversation turned to how Wang is now the quickest pitcher to reach 50 career wins since Dwight Gooden did it with the Mets. Wang said he didn’t know who Gooden was, listening attentively as someone recounted Gooden’s early days with the Mets and later his no-hitter for the Yankees.

Then, someone dropped the name ‘Doc Gooden.’ Now, that guy, Wang knew.

“He does know!” Chamberlain yelled, calling back all of the reporters who had left the conversation.

The Yankees were pretty giddy all around last night. Jason Giambi was asked something about seeing his batting average on the scoreboard and Derek Jeter started hollering, “Don’t do it, Jason, don’t look at it! Just don’t look!”

Funny what winning can do. The Moose is on the loose tonight, with first pitch at 8:11 p.m. ET. Here’s a great stat courtesy of SNY.tv’s Michael Salfino (full article here):

“Mussina has generated swinging strikes 11 times this year on 319 pitches. That’s five percent of strikes. At his peak, his rate was over three times that and it was 13 percent as recently as 2006. Last year, it was nine percent.”

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Igawa seems the most likely option. Kennedy is in serious danger of never regaining his confidence. Glewis, you may be right its too early to trade a starter, msn has it twisted, a free agent is more likely, although those options are limited.

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Like I said, no team is going to trade a starting pitcher at this time of season, that makes no sense at all. Kennedy isn’t going anywhere the Yanks have no one to take his spot in the rotation.

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I read my post again, no where did I suggest Kennedy would be traded. I don’t believe that. The trade would be for a veteran at the back end of the rotation. Kennedy would be in Scranton.

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Kennedy is headed to triple A, not another team. A trade was suggested by msn to bring in a starter not give one a way.

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Mussina seemingly right under the pump ( Australian expression ) don’t know what it is in American but certainly unde pressure pitches 7 4 hits 2 runs both home runs though, all up pretty solid . I sadly had this pencilled against Vasquez who was 4-0 before tonight. Traber 1 run, Hawkins another unfortunate effort, then wham bam in comes THE MAN in the seventh with runners on and then again turn out the lights game over for his sixth save from six, impressive.

3 days to go to arrival on Sunday New York but again whose counting.

Aussie Bryan

Sad to see the White Sox commentator almost in tears or was it the sound of the rain.

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Didn’t say there was going to be a trade, I’m just responding to bpark’s post that said that this team would try to trade Kennedy after bringing up Igawa. No way is that going to happen, at least not in the foreseeable future.

Again Mussina is no innings eater, tonight was an exception to the rule, for the most part he will struggle to pitch 6 innings as he has this season. The only pitchers that can be counted on to go more than six is Wang and Pettitte. N one else.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 23, 2008

Buffalo (Indians) 5
Scranton/WB 6
W: E. Ramirez (1-0, 0.00); L: R. Santos (1-2, 5.40)
HR: SWB: S. Duncan (5), B. Gardner (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_23_bufaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 8
Binghamton (Mets) 5
W: M. Gardner (2-1, 2.84); L: E. Brito (0-1, 9.00); SV: D. Robertson (2)
HR: TRE: C. Ehlers (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_23_treaax_binaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Fort Myers (Twins) 8
Tampa 1
W: A. Burnett (1-1, 3.05); L: I. Nova (0-4, 5.23)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_23_ftmafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 4
Savannah (Mets) 0
W: Z. McAllister (2-1, 1.13); L: A. Calero (0-3, 3.54); SV: C. Heyer (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_23_crdafx_savafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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people rip moose on this blog but when he pitches well there is not a peep from anyone, give the man creadit for today with 7 innings and 2 er…thats the innings eater we need

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Agreed, where did you hear about a Kennedy trade? They committed to having the Big Three in pinstripes and I doubt that they’ll let a few bad outings change their mind. We all said through thick and thin we’d rather have the kids and this is the thin, I don’t want to see him traded, and I’m sure nobody else does. I’d rather Kennedy over anybody we’d get for him most likely.

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No one is interested in making any major trades this time of season so Kennedy isn’t going anywhere. I seriously doubt it will be Kennedy’s last outing since the Yanks won’t be able to trade anyone, and Igawa has been nothing but garbage at the major league level. Rasner is having a great season in the minors, but he is more like Igawa in that he will only be a good pitcher in the minors but self-destruct in the majors. He’s shown no ability in his career to think otherwise, he got lit up in ST by lineups not made up of ML talent.

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Aussie Brian I can’t agree with you more about the lameness of the Chi Sox announcers. Not only were they as boring as watching paint dry but they thought Giambi’s lead off homer was a two run dinger. The only problem I have with MLB TV is you have to listen to home team broadcasts. I now dislike those Sox announcers more than Remmy and Co. on NESN who do the other Sox.

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Aussie Bryan, Welcome to America!!

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Friday is huge, baring a miracle, it could Kennedy’s last outing. My guess is Igawa would get a shot while they try to swing a trade. David Wells’s agent has been trying to generate interest, not gonna happen, Cashman doesn’t care for him. Clemens would need to play for 500,000 but I doubt Hank would be interested. So, expect a trade.

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Lol @ Wang knowing Doc Gooden but not Gooden.

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Bryan, maybe you can persuade Giambi to enter the homerun contest, it could get him swinging the bat well. Hopefully it won’t be a steroid nightmare for mlb.

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The Yankees rotation would only be reordered by an injury or if there were several days between games.

Basically with Pettitte pitching at five, he is basically pitching at 1 once they shuffle a day, the current rotation starting with Pettitte is at 1:

Pettitte
Wang
Mussina
Hughes
Kennedy (not for much longer)

This would not have happen if Pettitte had been activated a day early.

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Aussie Bryan,
I saw that Chicago commentator on Mike and the Mad Dog a few years ago and I remember him saying that he’d take Joe Crede over Arod any day of the year. I can understand someone saying they’d take so-and-so over Arod in the bottom of the 9th inning, game 7, blah, blah, but any day of the year? Let’s see…

Joe Crede: .260 BA, .306 OBP, .449 SLG, 113 HR, 386 RBI

Arod: .306 BA, .389 OBP, .578 SLG, 522 HR, 1541 RBI

Oh, not to mention Arod has 266 stolen bases to Crede’s 4 (yes, 4).

Crede over Arod any day of the year? I’ll give you Crede, heh.

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Have fun at the games Aussie Bryan!

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Is there a more biased commentary than the one from Chicago on MLB. He is so bad it is humerous. His call of Hee Gone irritates me no end. His commentary of hits by The Yankees is as flat as a piece of paper so non plussed. ” Oh it is over the fence you almost hear the tears. Every fly ball hit by the Sox was accompanied by go, go fly fly only to see Melky Abreau or Damon almost maling coffee waiting for the ball to drop into their gloves.
Iam though concerned with Mussina again going today, maybe today is his day.
What if anything can be done to change the order of the rotation now, how can he go back to 5 or at the least 4.

Sorry just emphasising my lack of knowledge

Aussie Bryan

3 days to go before arrival in NEW YORK but heck I am not counting. Nonsense I am 56 and it is though I have the same feelings I had on Christmas Eve 50 years ago the excitement is undescribable.

Aussie Bryan soon to be behind home plate for 9 bloody games.

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I still put Pettitte up against Becket in the playoff not Wang. Meaning Pettitte is our #1 in playoff games of magnitude.

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Despite the records, Mussina is a better pitcher than Vazquez.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 22, 2008

Buffalo (Indians)
Scranton/WB 7PM
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Trenton 6:35PM
Binghamton (Mets)
Fort Myers (Twins)
Tampa 7PM
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Charleston 7PM
Savannah (Mets)
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 22, 2008

Buffalo (Indians) 4
Scranton/WB 2
W: B. Slocum (2-1, 4.08); L: J. Marquez (1-3, 8.24); SV: R. Bauer (3)
HR: BUF: A. Herr (4), B. Snyder (4). SWB: N. Green (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_22_bufaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 8
Binghamton (Mets) 3 (13)
W: E. Wordekemper (1-1, 4.15); L: E. Kunz (1-1, 5.19)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_22_treaax_binaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 4
Clearwater (Phillies) 3 (11)
W: J. Valdez (2-0, 0.00); L: B. Schlitter (0-2, 5.19); SV: J. Hovis (2)
HR: TAM: E. Gonzalez 2 (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_22_tbyafa_clrafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 6
Savannah (Mets) 3
W: C. Vacek (2-0, 1.00); L: J. Holdzkom (0-1, 7.11); SV: J. Ortiz (6)
HR: CHA: J. Montero (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_22_crdafx_savafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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It’s good to see the clubhouse is loose. It helps. Not that they should forget that it’s their “job” but to the extent that they don’t dwell on the negatives, that’s important.

Wang is a gamer. He may not have the overpowering stuff, but he makes the best of his repetoire. I was hoping he’d have a good outting against the Sox after seeing them the previous and that didn’t work out so well… But I also didn’t think Wang’er had his better sinker that night. He has to pitch up some otherwise that sinker won’t seem as inviting… so as long as he can spot that high-ball a lil more on the corners and not groove them he should continue to be our Ace and rightfully so, his results speak for themselves.

Pettitte is also not a prototypical Ace either but he is definitely an EZ 2, and he’s been our Stopper for years. He’s also a gamer, I love his grit, you can tell when he’s not spotting well or has his better stuff… very crafty.

I hope the youngin’s have been taking notes… :)

Come on Bombers, let’s take this series outright tonight and look forward to a possible sweep tomorrow!

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