October 03, 2002

Managerial Notes from Last ...

Managerial Notes from Last Night's Game: Everybody loves to talk about Mike Scioscia's pitching changes in the 8th inning of baseball games, but what about Joe Torre bringing El Duque out to face Garrett Anderson with a one-run lead and only six outs left? Hernandez gets hammered by lefties, Anderson is swinging very well, the right-field fence is close, and the Yankees are known for having an excellent left-handed relief pitcher for precisely that situation -- Mike Stanton. Who could then be followed by Steve Karsay, and Mariano Rivera. This, by far, seems to me the most boneheaded managerial decision of the series, worse even than Scioscia's inexplicable refusal to bring Adam Kennedy into the game as soon as Andy Pettitte was lifted (Kennedy hits left-handed, lefties crush El Duque, and Kennedy is a far superior second baseman than the tight Benji Gil, who almost blew the game for us). Though the worst decision of all, as I predicted before the series, may prove to have been starting Roger Clemens at Yankee Stadium for games One and Five.

The Yankees are vulnerable. They don't play very good defense. And a mess of Angels are swinging the bat well. We've got a shot.

Posted by at October 3, 2002 04:55 PM
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Thanks for turning me on to them. I'm really enjoying this, even if I don't know who any of the players are...

Posted by: Martin at October 3, 2002 05:20 PM

Martin -- Aren't they a hoot? And now we get to unleash the Rally Monkey....

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 3, 2002 05:44 PM

Beware the power of the Rally Monkey!

Posted by: In Arguendo at October 3, 2002 07:28 PM

I couldn't believe it when I turned around and saw E.D. pitching.

Gil is (sadly for you) the Rangers' Revenge on Salmon. Good luck with all that.

Dunno about Clemens. He's one of those guys. But he's aged, so maybe ain't no more.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at October 3, 2002 10:40 PM

Scott -- I like Clemens just fine, but A) he can get a bit nervous in Game 1 situtations, especially at home, B) pitching him in Yankee Stadium allows us to play hot-hitting Brad Fullmer and Adam Kennedy, both of whom can turn on mid-90s stuff right down the line in a park with a short porch; C) he is easy to run on, the Angels have five starters who will steal, and Scioscia loves aggressive baserunning in tight situations. I would have gone either Pettitte or Wells in Game 1, the other in Game 2. No reason to let Kennedy or Fullmer hit in Yankee Stadium, except off of lefty starters, or as a pinch-hitter.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 3, 2002 11:01 PM

1. I think managers know their players inside and out better than we do and certainly ED was looking super til suddenly.....

2. The Angels haven't exactly laid down for the Yankees this season, in fact I think they lost only one more than they won.

3. When you have a center fielder who cannot throw the ball at ALL, it's good for one run per game and at least two bases.

4. And I think Clemens, like both Schilling and The Unit are getting....like OLD.

Posted by: Howard Veit at October 3, 2002 11:53 PM

Rivera's got a bad shoulder. He only pitched 10 innings after the All-Star break. Not that he can't still get guys out in the 9th inning but the Yankees have to protect him. Hernandez retired 12-13 before he got to Anderson.

Go Angels!

Posted by: Jack Tanner at October 4, 2002 04:13 AM

8-for-20 with two-strikes through two games is staggering... Howard is dead on about that sack of crap hanging off of Bernie's shoulder and Juan Rivera makes him look like Clemente... How often do Appier and Scioscia fight over the last bowl of mayo?

And I might add that Matt and his dad were kind enough to introduce me to Edison Field last weekend and let me tell you, the secret weapon nobody is talking about is the "thunder stick." Two and one-half feet long, about three inches in diameter, inflatable plastic. Seemingly innocuous. You blow 'em, bang 'em together and they make a bass-heavy ping (if that makes sense), kind of like a pile driver in the distance. But then you get 20-30,000 ennui-saddle Southern Californians doing it unison... Good Christ. There is nothing worse. Not the tomahawk chop, the wave, the homer hankie, 50,000 yankee fans shouting 19!18! The only thing that comes close is when Seattle and New York spent the summer trying to break each others record for "most people doing the Macarena together."

Posted by: Scott Ross at October 4, 2002 06:48 AM

The 19!18! chant is so funny. I was at a Yanks@Mets game this year, Mets fans (I'm one, but not one of these types) were chanting "Yankees Suck," as per usual.

The comeback?

"19!18!"

Do they even know what it means anymore?

Posted by: Dan Lewis at October 4, 2002 08:34 AM

Yeah, it always gets me how managers refuse to use their big gun relievers when they into a tight spot in the 7th or 8th inning with runners on base, as though there's something written in the contract about all the damn saves have to go to the top guy. This is the playoffs for God's sake! Percival also seemed a little peeved. Said he was more than willing to go 2 or even 3 innings. Seems like neither manager has lived up to their reps so far. Does Lackey pitch Sunday? How about for the Yanks? Wells and who else? Weaver pitched Wednesday. Who's that leave for Sunday?

Posted by: Lloyd at October 4, 2002 12:02 PM

I'd throw Lackey, but Scioscia said he'll go Wash & Appier on three days' rest.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 4, 2002 03:28 PM
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ppier and Scioscia fight over the last bowl of mayo?

And I might add that Matt and his dad were kind enough to introduce me to Edison Field last weekend and let me tell you, the secret weapon nobody is talking about is the "thunder stick." Two and one-half feet long, about three inches in diameter, inflatable plastic. Seemingly innocuous. You blow 'em, bang 'em together and they make a bass-heavy ping (if that makes sense), kind of like a pile driver in the distance. But then you get 20-30,000 ennui-saddle Southern Californians doing it unison... Good Christ. There is nothing worse. Not the tomahawk chop, the wave, the homer hankie, 50,000 yankee fans shouting 19!18! The only thing that comes close is when Seattle and New York spent the summer trying to break each others record for "most people doing the Macarena together."48 AM

The 19!18! chant is so funny. I was at a Yanks@Mets game this year, Mets fans (I'm one, but not one of these types) were chanting "Yankees Suck," as per usual.

The comeback?

"19!18!"

Do they even know what it means anymore?

Posted by: Dan Lewis at October 4, 2002 08:34 AM

Yeah, it always gets me how managers refuse to use their big gun relievers when they into a tight spot in the 7th or 8th inning with runners on base, as though there's something written in the contract about all the damn saves have to go to the top guy. This is the playoffs for God's sake! Percival also seemed a little peeved. Said he was more than willing to go 2 or even 3 innings. Seems like neither manager has lived up to their reps so far. Does Lackey pitch Sunday? How about for the Yanks? Wells and who else? Weaver pitched Wednesday. Who's that leave for Sunday?

Posted by: Lloyd at October 4, 2002 12:02 PM

I'd throw Lackey, but Scioscia said he'll go Wash & Appier on three days' rest.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 4, 2002 03:28 PM
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