My Friday Picks

Here are my picks for tomorrows games:

Yankees over Red Sox
Philadelphia over Florida
New York Mets over Washington
Texas over Baltimore
Minnesota over Cleveland
Cincinnati over Atlanta
Kansas City over Detroit
Milwaukee over Houston
Chicago White Sox over Toronto
Chicago Cubs over St. Louis
LA Dodgers over Colorado
San Francisco over Arizona
Seattle over LA Angels
Pittsburgh over San Diego
Tampa Bay over Oakland

Go Yankees!


“The Melkman Delivers!”

As John Sterling loves to say, “The Melkman delivers again!”  That is what happened today as Melky Cabrera hit a walk-off, two run shot in the bottom of the 14th to win the game 9-7.  It was Melky’s second homer of the game.  He has 4 on the year.  Melky went deep from both sides of the plate today, an impressive feat.  But, this game got off to a rocky start for the Yanks.

Kurt Suzuki hit a 3 run homer in the 2nd.  It was reviewed, but the ball did clear the fence.  Oakland led 3-0.  CC Sabathia was in trouble.  In the bottom of the frame, the Yanks got 2 runs back, as Matsui and Cabrera went back-to-back.  The game was back and forth from there, with Jeter hitting a bomb to dead center.  The A’s tied it at 7 in the 7th on a Matt Holliday single.  The Yanks loaded them up in the bottom frame, but failed to score.

In the 14th, Nick Swisher led off with a walk.  Former Yankee Dan Giese was pitching.  Next, Matsui flew out.  Then, Cabrera drilled a pitch deep into the right field seats, and “New York, New York” blared in throughout the stadium.  Jose Veras got the win, with Giese taking the loss.  The Yankees swept the 2 game series, the postponed game will be made up in July when Oakland visits again.

NOTES: The Yankees improved to 10-6 with the win, Oakland dropped to 5-10… Chien-Ming Wang will be sent down to Tampa soon.  He will obviously be skipped in Boston, as a result.  He will try to regain his stuff in extended spring training… This was the first sweep by the Yankees at the new stadium…  Tomorrow is an off day, the Yanks take on Boston over the weekend, at Fenway.  Joba Chamberlain (0-0) will go against Jon Lester (1-2)… Gametime is 7:10PM…

Game Postponed, NHL Playoffs Continue

Today’s Yankee game against Oakland was postponed because of rain.  It will be made up another day. 

The Yankees won yesterday, 7-3.  We split the 4 game series against Cleveland.  AJ Burnett didn’t pitch as well as usual, but he was good enough to keep the Yanks in the game, which he did.  The Yankees coudldn’t hit Pavano for some reason, but they attacked the Tribe bullpen.  Jorge Posada hit a pinch-hit 2 run homer, and Cody Ransom had a clutch 3 run double to put the game away.  Mo closed it out in the 9th.  The Yankees improved to 7-6, the Indians dropped to 4-9.

The NHL Playoffs continue.  My Devils took a 2-1 lead in their first-round series against Carolina.  Travis Zajac scored in OT to lead New Jersey to a 3-2 win in Game 3 in Raleigh.  Zach Parise and Brian Rolston scored for NJ as well.  The Sharks continued to struggle in the playoffs, dropping a 3-2 game at home to the Ducks.  Anaheim leads that series 2-0.  The Sharks would be a major disappointment if they don’t win this series.  The Rangers look to go up 3-0 on the Caps tonight.  Playing at the Garden, I think they have a strong chance to sweep the series.  Boston looks to go up 3-0 on Montreal tonight, with Chicago looking to do the same against Calgary.  Vancouver leads St. Louis, 3-0, Detroit leads Columbus 2-0, and Pittsburgh leads Philly, 2-1.  Go Devils!


I am utterly speechless at the moment.  I cannot believe we lost 22 to 4!  After yeasterday’s 6-5 win, I thought we were back on track.  I guess we are not.

When you give up 14 runs in one running, you know there is something wrong with your team.  This bullpen is arguably worse than the Mets’ pen last year.  This pen is always blowing leads, or, making close games out of reach.  Marte sucks, Veras sucks, that no name rookie, Clagget? sucks.  The whole team needs help.  Wang must go NOW!!!  He has a 35.00 ERA after 3 STARTS!!!!!!  That is terrible.  He is just lobbing batting practice out there.  Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam for crying out loud!!  It was the 7th inning Thursday, and 9 runs is bad.  But 14 runs in the 2nd today, that is awful.  This is a disgrace to the Yankee organization.  I don’t see how you can’t even be COMPETATIVE in a game.  This is awful, and changes must be made NOW.

NOTES: The Yankees dropped to 6-6, Cleveland improved to 4-8… Burnett (2-0), our stopper, goes tomorrow against former Yank great Carl Pavano (0-2).  Go Yanks!!

Bullpen Blows Up

The pen blew up today. 

In our home opener, Sabathia pitched pretty well, 5.2 innings of 1 run ball.  The walks probably did him in.  Overall, he looked pretty good.  He took a no decision, as the Indians beat the Yankees, 10-2.  Cliff Lee got the win for Cleveland.  He pitched well, too.  The Yankees could barely get anything going.  Posada went yard for the Yanks first regular season HR, tying it up at 1.  But, the bullpen imploded in the 7th.  The Tribe crossed the plate 9 times, the big blow a grand slam by Sizemore.  Jose Veras took the loss.  Veras has been awful, posting a 13.50 ERA so far.  The only reliable guy we have is Mo.  The pen is our latest wekness.  We have to fix it fast.  The offense also must find consistency.  It has been pretty inconsistent so far this year.  We need to get on track tomorrow.

Go Yankees!

source: yahoo! sports

# 31 Ian Kennedy

Most of you are probably wondering why I am posting about Ian Kennedy.  Kennedy has been pretty awful in his time in New York.  but, since I am # 31 on the latest Leaders List, I will dedicate this post to Ian Kennedy, even if he is in AAA.

Ian Kennedy was born on December 19, 1984 in Huntington Beach, CA.  He is 6′ 0″ and weighs 190 pounds.  He throws a fastball, changeup, slider and knuclke curve.

Kennedy attended La Quinta HS in Westminster, CA.  In his junior year, he has an 0.38 ERA with 13 wins and 168 K’s.  He also batted .373 with 7 HRs and 31 RBIs.  He was Garden Grove player of the year.

In college, Kennedy pitched for USC, where Mickey Mantle attended college as well.  In 2005, his senior year, he was nakmed a pre-season All-American.  He recorede 158 K’s in his senior year, fourth in school history.

Kennedy had lots of success in the minors.  He quickly made it to AAA Scranton, where he went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA.

In the Majors, it has been mostly a struggle for Kennedy.  He won his MLB debut on September 1, 2007 against TB.  He allowed 3 runs, 1 earned, in 7 innings.  He had 6 strikeouts.  Kennedy struggled in 2008.  In one start against the Angels, after being recalled from Scranton, he allowed 5 runs in 2 innings.  Soon after, he was optioned back to Scranton.  He hasn’t been good since.  He did not impress in camp, and he is in Scranton now.  Kennedy is married to his college sweet heart, Allison Jaskowiak.  I hope Ian Kennedy figures it out soon.  He has a ton of talent and potential, and I would hate to see it go to waste.