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"Larry, can you be any more of a Yankee apologist?.... Just look past your Yankee myopia and try some objectivity." - Bernal Diaz
"Mr. Mahnken is enlightened." - cordially, as always,
"Wow, Larry. You've produced 25% of the comments on this thread and
said nothing meaningful. That's impressive, even for you." - Anonymous
"After reading all your postings and daily weblog...I believe you have truly become the Phil Pepe of this generation. Now this is not necessarily a good thing." - Repoz
"you blog sucks, it reeds as it was written by the queer son of mike lupica and roids clemens. i could write a better column by letting a monkey fuk a typewriter. i dont need no 181 million dollar team to write a blog fukkk the spankeees" - yan
"i think his followers have a different sexual preference than most men" - bob
"Boring and predictable." - No Guru No Method
"Are you the biggest idiot ever?" - Randal
"I'm not qualified to write for online media, let alone mainstream
media." - Larry Mahnken
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September 8, 2004
by Larry Mahnken
At some point this month, the Yankees will have immunized us to their being behind in a game early. They give up a couple of runs in the first inning, and you won't really worry, because they're still likely to win.
This season, the Yankees have scored the first run of the game 62 times, and they've won all but 16 of those games. However, they've given up the first run 76 of their games, and impressively, won 40 of those games. When they score the first run, they're the '98 Yankees, but when they give up the first run, they're still more than breaking even, and that's pretty impressive.
Last night, they did it again, giving up two runs right away in the first inning on a soft home run by Rocco Baldelli. But after that, Jon Lieber was as good as he's been in any game this season, and the Yankees rolled to victory, 11-2. If they keep winning games like that -- although it ain't gonna be easy when they're not playing the D-Rays -- then that 2½ game lead ain't gonna look that bad. It would be nice if some team could bring their A-game against the Red Sox one of these days, though. I guess, however, if there's a choice between the Red Sox being unbeatable now and losing in the playoffs or vice-versa, I'll take the former.
Now the Yankees are getting good pitching, but they need their lineup to start clicking again. A-Rod has been spectacular in the last couple of weeks -- he has a 1.181 OPS since the ninth inning of the first game in Toronto, and a 1.276 OPS with RISP since then. Jeter's hitting better, Cairo's hitting better, but Kenny Lofton, Hideki Matsui and Ruben Sierra are ice-cold and negating all that goodness. They need the hot guys to stay hot and the cold guys to play better. They've got a few weeks to get that working, and if their pitching keeps up what they've done this past week, then we're in business. --posted at 12:00 PM by Larry Mahnken / |