6/27 – Yankees at Mets

YANKEES (41-32)
Gardner CF
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Cabrera LF
Pena SS
A.J. Burnett RHP (5-4, 4.24)

METS (37-35)
Cora SS
A. Reyes 2B
Wright 3B
Church RF
Sheffield LF
Murphy 1B
Reed CF
Schneider C
Tim Redding RHP (1-2, 6.08)

FROM THE CLUBHOUSE

The nasty flu bug continues to infiltrate the Yankees, as Johnny Damon was kept up all night with a cough. Derek Jeter told Joe Girardi that he is feeling better and would be ready to play on Saturday (shocker!) but the Yankees are playing it safe and limiting both players to pinch-hitting duties. Mark Teixeira said he is also among those feeling under the weather.

One good part about this new Citi Field could be the center-field food areas. I can honestly say those Blue Smoke offerings were the best barbecue ribs I’ve ever had in a Major League stadium. Not coincidentally, that was also the first time I’ve ordered barbecue ribs in a ballpark.

I wanted to reserve judgment on Day 1, so here we are on Day 2. My initial scouting report on this place is that, sure, it’s an upgrade over Shea Stadium. That’s what Jeter said yesterday and he’s right: look, Shea was one of the worst facilities in the Major Leagues circa 2008. But there is something very generic about this new place — if you air-lifted it and dropped it in, say, San Diego, I’d believe the Padres could have played here.

There’s a lack of ‘feel’ to the building. The Mets’ colors are orange and blue, yet the seats are green and the outfield walls are black. I understand the fascination with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Jackie Robinson rotunda, but why are the security guards wearing Phillies maroon?

Beyond that, it’s almost as though the Mets wanted to ignore their history at Shea Stadium – or at least put it on the back burner – and say that a new era is beginning now. They used to proudly display the achievements of ’69, ’73, ’86, ’99 and ’00 on the right-field wall, and that is barely acknowledged anywhere here.

That’s in stark contrast to the Yankees, who obviously went to great lengths to try and bring all of their tradition across the street. Of course, the Mets’ fortunes haven’t gone all that well since Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, so maybe that was intentional. Nobody asked, but there’s my impressions of the building

IN-GAME UPDATES ON TWITTER @BRYANHOCH

FROM THE GAME NOTES
Tonight the Yankees will play the second game of a three-game series at the Mets, after winning 9-1 in their first-ever visit to Citi Field on Friday…have won three consecutive games and are 4-3 on their current nine-game road trip (2-1 at Atlanta from 6/22-24 and 1-2 from 6/19-21 at Florida)…is the 14th of 15 straight Interleague games for the Yankees (are 7-6 thus far)…concluded a 3-3 Interleague homestand on 6/18, going 2-1 vs. the Mets (6/12-14), and 1-2 vs. Washington (6/16-18)…the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 4.0 games for first place in the American League East…are tied with Detroit (also 41-32) for the third-best record in the Majors (Los Angeles-NL, 48-26 and Boston, 45-28)…the Yankees have won 26 of their last 41 games, including a season-high nine-game winning streak (5/13-21) to start the stretch…are 15-10 in their last 25 road games (since 4/28).

RUNAWAY: Including the inning of Joe Girardi’s ejection on 6/24 at Atlanta, the Yankees have scored 28 runs in their last 21 frames…prior to the ejection, scored just 18 runs in 67 innings following their 15-0 win on 6/14 vs. the Mets…their 13 runs scored over a 1-5 stretch from 6/16-23 matched their lowest output over a six-game period since 5/13-20/08 when they also scored 13 runs and went 1-5.

LEAVING IT OUT ON THE FIELD: The Yankees have left exactly 14 men on base in each of their last two games on Friday at the Mets and Thursday at Atlanta (both victories)…marks the first time since 6/1-2/97 that the club left 14-for-more runners on in consecutive games, when they also won both contests.

PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2,623 career hits accumulated by SS Derek Jeter prior to turning 35 on Friday were 65 more than all-time hit leader Pete Rose (2,558H) had on the morning of his 35th birthday.

DEEP THOUGHTS: 3B Alex Rodriguez hit his 564th career home run on Friday at the Mets’ Citi Field, surpassing Yankees Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson (563) for sole possession of 11th place on Baseball’s all-time home run list…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, though Rodriguez did not make his Major League debut until 1994 (seven years after Jackson’s final season in 1987), there are five pitchers who allowed home runs to both players: Tom Candiotti, Roger Clemens, David Cone, Doug Drabek and Jimmy Key…Rodriguez is 10th on the Yankee’ all-time home run list with 219HR, and Jackson is 29th with 144HR…next up on Baseball’s all-time list is Rafael Palmeiro (569HR).

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
MON – JUN – 29 – – –
TUE – JUN – 30 – vs Mariners  – 7:05 PM – YES
WED – JUL – 1 – vs Mariners  – 7:05 PM – YES
THU – JUL – 2 – vs Mariners  – 7:05 PM – YES
FRI – JUL – 3 – vs Blue Jays  – 1:05 PM – YES
SAT – JUL – 4 – vs Blue Jays  – 1:05 PM – YES
SUN – JUL – 5 – vs Blue Jays  – 1:05 PM – YES

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 27, 2009

Scranton/WB 5
Rochester (Twins) 6
W: Lahey (1-0, 8.18); L: Claggett (3-4, 2.68)
HR: ROC: Huber, Ju (10), Plouffe (6), Valencia (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_27_swbaaa_rocaaa_1
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Reading (Phillies) 2
Trenton 8
W: Schmidt (6-1, 1.48); L: Walls (0-1, 9.00)
HR: TRN: Vazquez, J (10).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_26_reaaax_treaax_1
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Reading (Phillies) 7 (7)
Trenton 2
W: Worley (5-4, 3.63); L: Johnson, Ja (0-1, 10.80)
HR: REA: Slayden (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_27_reaaax_treaax_1
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Saint Lucie (Mets) POSTPONED
Tampa
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Charleston 4
Savannah (Mets) 3
W: Nolte (1-0, 3.24); L: Allen, K (5-3, 4.26); SV: Ortiz, J (1)
HR: CSC: Joseph (1). SAV: Gronauer (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_27_crdafx_savafx_1
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Hudson Valley (Rays) 5
Staten Island 8
W: Marte, R (1-0, 2.08); L: Colome (1-1, 3.72)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_27_hvrasx_staasx_1
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GCL Yankees
GCL Phillies POSTPONED
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 28, 2009

Scranton/WB
Rochester (Twins) 6:05 PM
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Reading (Phillies) 6:05 PM
Trenton
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Saint Lucie (Mets) 1:00 PM
Tampa
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Charleston
Savannah (Mets) 2:00 PM
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Aberdeen (Orioles) 4:00 PM
Staten Island
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You know what Wang needs? For ME to show up: he’s NEVER lost a game when I’m in the house! Ha! Good luck to us all, Sunday night.

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mantle,
I have to agree 100% GO WANG!! Throw a GOOD game Tomorrow ( today) win one for the FANS!!!!

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“Playing like they did tonight Girardi does NOT have to think to much and wins will come VERY EASY!!”

Actually Todd, you and I are in complete agreement on this one. After all, a no-brainer is a no-brainer. It’s when real strategy comes into play that the debate over Girardi takes hold. Anyway…good game. C’mon Wang!

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But ANYWAY Great Game Tonight Maybe they can keep it up for a couple of more series?
Playing like they did tonight Girardi does NOT have to think to much and wins will come VERY EASY!!

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michaelvt,
WELL EXCUUUSEE ME IDIOT!! Sorry if I just don’t SUK their *SS Like you.. Negative Yes Thanks to The Mental Midget Girardi!! He just DOES NOT DESERVE to be a major league MANAGER–NOPE!!! Thats the reason I gave up my season tickets to see these OVER PAID, UNDER ACHEIVING bunch of Friggin MORONS play ball!!! Shame! But thats how I feel I guess you will just have to CHEER them on even though they MOSTLY play with the FIRE OF FRIGGIN T-BALLERS!!!
WELL I should NOT critize T-BALLERS that way!!
Also A-ROID, YUP A-ROID lost all respect for this UNDER ACHEIVING player with the needle sticking out of his *SS, What a Friggin JOKE!!!
Hard to really cheer them on ALL THE TIME-BUT dump Girardi Skin A-ROID alive in Center field and I will NOT be NEGATIVE anymore, THEN you will NOT have to WHINE anymore!!!

OK!!

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Good game for the yanks but they gotta do something with matsui he is HORRIBLE!!

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Nice game, 1-hit shutout! This the real Yanks we’re seeing! Now we got four game winning streak going, keep it up! And hope that Wang pitches a strong game tomorrow like what Sabathia and AJ did.

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4 in a row; gotta love it. My fingers are crossed so hard for Wang tomorrow, I might hurt myself.

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Yeah, that was pretty sweet: 7 IN, 0 R, 1 H, 10 SO.

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I’ve been watching this blog for awhile, and decided I couldn’t take it any more. Todd: you are the most negative Yankee fan I have ever encountered. It’s boring, and just not woth it for the rest of us..

The Yankees are a ton more fun to watch and follow this year than in most of the previous few years. Joba, CC, AJ, Hughes and Petite are all doing fine. The bullpen is finally coming together. You take Wangs ERA out of the stats, and the team ranks well.

They have the 2nd best record in the American League, and the third in all of baseball.

Give them a break…

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I’ve been watching this blog for awhile, and decided I couldn’t take it any more. Todd: you are the most negative Yankee fan I have ever encountered. It’s boring, and just not woth it for the rest of us..

The Yankees are a ton more fun to watch and follow this year than in most of the previous few years. Joba, CC, AJ, Hughes and Petite are all doing fine. The bullpen is finally coming together. You take Wangs ERA out of the stats, and the team ranks well.

They have the 2nd best record in the American League, and the third in all of baseball.

Give them a break…

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BURNETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hip Hip BURNETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Finally Posada Froggin hits a BALL!!!!

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Melky!

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Nice one, Todd. Ha!

Btw, w/4 innings pitched, is it too early to bring it up; would we be jinxing it?

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mantle,
You mean you did NOT know Redding was up for a Cy-YOUNG award this year too????

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Man, with a pitcher of Redding’s caliber, the Yanks should be up 5-0. They’re making him look good.

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Swish!

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I understand wanting to pay tribute to the teams whose fans the Mets inherited, but a few of my Met-fans buddies are kinda upset at that whole aspect of Sub-prime, um, Citi Field. Btw, the brick backstop is so generic; and the ugly outfield wall reminds me of the old Riverfront Stadium…

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NOT ENOUGH mens bath rooms either, ALWAYS LINES!!!!

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Bryan,
You are right about the feel of Citi Park, Big and does NOT remind you of the METS at all!!! If you were NOT watching the team on the field you could be ANYWHERE!!

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Man thats weird I was answering mantle and my reply was put above his???

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OK, is there ANY CURE for the lowly RISP production? Seriously. Is it a lack of focus? Mechanics? What?! Jeez…

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Maybe all the above!!!

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Really with a LINE UP like this I am suprised we are NOT at the BOTTOM of the East!!
Friggin Scary?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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