Thursday, April 3, 2008

Liveblog: Blue Jays vs. Yankees

The pitching matchup is a good one; Phil Hughes vs. Dustin McGowan- should be exciting.

Here's the Yanks lineup from Pete Abe:
Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jose Molina C
Melky Cabrera CF

1st Inning: Hughes looked nasty, making quick work of the Jays' hitters, striking out two and inducing a grounder. McGowan looked equally nasty, posting a similar line.
Win Expectancy after 1: 53.3% in favor of the Yankees. This is imply due to home field advantage.

2nd Inning: Hughes and McGowan continued to pitch well, win expectancy is the same.

3rd Inning: Hughes is at 29 pitches through three while McGowan is at 46. That is really the only advantage the Yankees have over the Jays at this point. Jeter grounded into an inning ending DP to let D-Mac off the hook.
WE: 52.5% in favor of the Yanks.

4th Inning: Hughes first hit came off the bat of Scrappy Eckstein falling in front of Matsui, then bouncing past him for a double. Really not well hit, just well placed. Eck scored on a Rios single, who then advanced to third on what should have been a caught stealing, but Cano missed the ball. Hughes then recovered to make Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas look silly, buckling their knees with curveballs and painting with fastballs. On his third strike to Frank Thomas, Frank and home plate ump Bill Miller disagreed, and Thomas was tossed. McGowan prevented the Yankees from scoring again. He has now thrown 59 pitches through five to Hughes' 55.
WE: 37.1%

5th: Hughes allowed another run on a couple of dinky hits, one by Mr. Scrappy himself. He is pitching very well, just does not have great luck or a great defense behind him. The Yankees better start hitting though.
This is probably it for the liveblog.