Sunday, June 21, 2009

Struggling with Interleague Play

The Yanks are probably wishing right now that interleague play didn't exist. They are about to embark on another road trip against another National League team in which they will be playing in some extreme heat. The forecast for Tuesday is for sun with temperatures that could reach a high of 91. The remaining games on Wednesday and Thursday call for temperatures that could hit up to 93 degree. I guess it is a good thing they are playing games at night, to which the temperature should be relatively cooler; at least cooler than 93 degrees.

Some notes:
  • The Yankees are 4 games behind Boston. The Blue Jays are 5 games behind Boston, placing them only 1 game behind the Yankees. It is remarkable how much this team continues to battle through injuries and remain part of the competition. The hit of losing Halladay could loom large if he is unable to return to the rotation soon.
  • Melky Cabrera may have a "good" arm as some say, but his good arm has very little accuracy. I can recall many instances from this season in which his throw has been terrible and far away from where it was supposed to be thrown. The throw to home today was a perfect example and it came back to hurt the team.
  • Alfredo Aceves has looked great so far this year. Brett Tomko on the other hand has struggled. He gave up 3ER in 2 innings which led him to receiving his second loss for the reason.
  • CC was taken out in the second inning. Lets hope this injury isn't serious enough for him to miss his start.
Around the League
  • The Phillies have lost 6 straight and are still 2 games ahead of the Mets
  • The Dodgers (45-24) have the best record in baseball. Joe Torre must be loving his move out west.
  • When will Roy Halladay be back?
  • David Wright is hitting .344. Insane.
  • Matt Cain is having a great season too, having won 9 games with an ERA of 2.28.
  • What is wrong with Vernon Wells? He appears to have forgotten how to hit after signing that huge contract with the Jays.. Time to wake up, Vernon. Rios at least is starting to shape up.
  • Carl Crawford has 37 stolen bases so far. Hes such an amazing ball player.
  • Anything else going on that's notable?


Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

I can't wait for Interleague play to be over. I hate the National League.

Also: I believe in Vernon Wells.

Al Leiter's Bullpen Catcher said...

Eye- I believe in him too, but what in the world is going on with him?

He is much better than he has been playing for the past few years.

I have to say I am looking forward to the Phillies-Jays series. I wish I could head to Toronto that weekend.

The Commish! said...

Interleague play needs to be abolished!

And A-rod really needs to quit staying out all night partying with Kate Hudson.

Kyle said...

Yankees have played poorly lately. They are lucky to still be leading the wild card.

I think Halladay is supposed to be coming off the DL on June 28th. Hopefully there are no setbacks.

I agree with you on Melky. He is touted as a really good OFer, but the problem is that sometimes he makes bad throws. Sometimes, he will take bad routes. Still, he's MUCH better than Johnny Damon in the OF.

I thought Girardi took out Aceves too soon on Sunday. Of course, it is hard to win any games when your starting pitcher is taken out in the 2nd inning. Still, I thought we could have got another inning or 2 out of Aceves.

I can't complain too much about interleague play since the Yankees have been the best team record wise over the course of interleague play, but last year with Wang getting hurt and this year with the lousy play has not been good to watch.