Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Michael Kay and Skip Bayless: SHUT UP!

Please, please, pretty please with a cherry on top, stop talking about how the mighty Ichiro could hit 30 or 40 home runs in a season if he so felt like it! That doesn't make any sense, a home run is the best thing you can do when you are at bat, and this guy has the ability to and chooses not to? Bullshit. If it were the bottom of the 9th inning of a game with the Mariners down a run with men on base, why wouldn't he hit a home run? He'd rather hit a single? THE GUY CAN NOT HOMER AT WILL. PERIOD. END OF STORY.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Clueless Joe strikes again

Can ANYONE figure out exactly why Pettitte was left in the game for the 7th, when he was clearly tired? If Joe's going to let the players decide when they play, we might as well not have a manager at all.

That said, this series should have never happened as it did. Losing 2 out of 3 to one of the worst teams in baseball should not happen, particularly not in a pennant race in September. No excuse for the disgusting display of baseball which took place this weekend. The combination of poor starting pitching on Friday, poor hitting on Friday and Sunday and more management on Sunday should never happen, regardless of if we're playing Tampa Bay or Boston. It is ridiculous.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Ian Kennedy's Report Card

Ian Kennedy pitched a great game today in his debut for the Yankees posting a line of 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks and one HR. Here are my grades on his performance

Control: While the 2 BB seem a little high for someone that is a control pitcher, Kennedy did a good job of locating his pitches and keeping the ball away from the middle of the plate. He lived up to his hype on this account, any pitch in any count. Besides giving up the HR to Upton(who is having a great season) he did a good job of commanding his pitches. B

Stuff: Kennedy has better stuff than I expected. His fastball seemed to have good movement and his slider seemed to be a bit better than "average." His curve had good late break and his change-up was as good as proclaimed, a true Plus pitch A

Poise: Not only Kennedy throw the ball well but he kept his cool on the mound. Getting into jams didn't seem to phase him much and he seemed pretty relaxed for his major league debut at Yankee Stadium A+

Overall: Kennedy had a great start to his ML career today. He kept a pretty good offense in check and kept the Yankees in the game, something that Mike Mussina couldn't do. Other than the HR to Upton I couldn't ask for much more from a 22 year old in his first year of professional baseball. A