Results for tag: Kevin Russo
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 28, 2010 at 11:58:14 AM

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING: THE CULT OF THE VETERAN
Here’s a trivia question for you: Who was the Yankees’ opening day designated hitter in 1977? Here are some hints: It wasn’t Reggie Jackson; he played right field. It wasn’t Roy White; he played left. It wasn’t Lou Piniella; he didn’t play. Ready? It was Jimmy Wynn -- the Toy Cannon. He went 2-for-3 with a home run, too, the only run the Yankees would need in a 3-0 win over the Brewers.

Jimmy Wynn was 35 then. He was a heck of a player, though it’s sometimes hard to see that because he played in the 1960s and 70s, a time when offense was at a low ebb. In 1969, he hit .269/.436/.507 with 33 home runs and 148 walks. That’s roughly equivalent to hitting .305 with 40 home runs last year. He was

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 27, 2010 at 04:57:54 PM

WHAT PAUL REVERE SAID, SORT OF: THE RED SOX ARE COMING

On April 19, the Red Sox having lost their fifth straight game, had a record of 4-9. Since then, they’ve gone 23-12 (.657). In that time, they’ve hit and scored 5.8 runs a game, while allowing 4.8 runs a game. Let’s not let those numbers alone, but place them in the context of the AL East (see table at bottom):

we’re seeing the AL East turn into what we thought it would be all winter long -- a fight between three terrific teams (parenthetically, David Ortiz in May: .368/.421/.809, nine home runs. Holy Turnaround, Batman!), with the added, unexpected twist that the Blue Jays have also played terrifically well. This is in large part due to unexpectedly good offensive performances from players like John Buck, Jose

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 13, 2010 at 06:30:26 PM

WHADDYA EXPECT?
Sure, Justin Verlander is an excellent pitcher, but as CC Sabathia showed today, excellent pitchers can be beaten. It helps if you face that pitcher with a real lineup, but the Yankees were about a third short of one today with Juan Miranda, Randy Winn, and Greg Golson at the bottom of the order. This trio of light hitters stranded nine baserunners today, contributing to a 1-3 finish for the Yankees in their long series at Detroit.

At the risk of repeating yesterday’s entry, it’s quite confusing as to why the Yankees are prepared to tolerate their current roster when they have alternatives beyond Golson, a pinch-runner/defensive substitute, Winn, a player who needs to hit .300 to be productive and won’t, and the ageless Miranda, who just might -- maybe

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