Showing posts with label New Yankee Stadium. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Yankee Stadium. Show all posts

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Pitching Plan

This was not the way things were supposed to work out fo rthe Yankees. The new additions of Burnett and Sabathia were supposed to flank the returning dual aces of Wang and Joba to form an unbeatable rotation. Add in the depth of guys like Kennedy, Coke, Hughes, Pettitte, and Aceves and you had arguably the best rotation in baseball.

Instead they've ended up with one of the highest team ERA's in baseball and have become increasingly reliant on a bullpen ranging from mediocore to bad. Mostly bad. Of the four "aces" the Yankees had only C.C. has delivered in any sense of the word. Burnett and Joba have been dissapointingly mediocore and nobody can seem to figure out what's wrong with Wang. Meanwhile, Pettitte appears to running on fumes, Kennedy is hurt, and Hughes, Coke, and Aceves have become the only trustworthy relievers the Yankees have.

So why the sudden turn of events? The Yankees power pitchers are nibbling at the strikezone. Other than C.C., all of the Yankees pitchers have unusually high walk rates. Pettitte's is the highest of his career, Burnett is rivaling and sometimes even topping his earliest years when he was a young flamethrower for the Marlins, Joba has added over a full BB/9 over last year, and I'm not even going to mention Wang's numbers until next year if I can help it. Burnett has the highest BB/9 among qualifying pitchers in the AL. However, if Joba or Wang qualified then both of them would be ahead of him. Pettitte is also among league leaders which is especially bad news for him.

My theory is that pitchers are afraid of the ballpark. They see the ridiculous home run totals and are afraid of giving them up, so they do their best Mike Mussina impression and nibble. For Burnett and Joba who are capable of throwing mid 90's fastballs this is one of the worst mistakes they could make. Burnett and Joba just need to relax and do what they do best. Sure, they'll give up some homers but the other guy will to. When you walk in a run with the bases loaded though, that pisses me off. If they can get Wang right, he'll be fine. Obviously, its tough to hit a groundball home run. The only guy that I see no solution for is Andy Pettitte. If he throws strikes, guys are going to crush his 88 mph fastball and throwing balls is, generally speaking, a bad idea. If the other three guys are on track though then they should be able to keep him away from the stadium. I don't really think that the Yankees pitching woes are a result of a lack of talent so much as a poor approach. I think with some work, Dave Eiland and Joe Girardi can turn this stadium into an advantage.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yankees Overtake Rangers in the Bronx

This was Wang's best start of the season; he gave up 5 runs. However they are going to keep the Wanger in the rotation, he will face the Sox on Thursday. Wang said: “I can do better”, I sure do hope so. You can't just keep switching the rotation around so hopefully this will get things back to normal. So with Wang back in the rotation we have to make room so we are sending Hughes to the pen.

Joe had this to say:
"I thought he pitched better than his numbers indicated, I'm not making excuses, I was happy with what I saw. I know people are going to say, 'Oh boy, he gave up five runs."

As you can see the Yankees mounted a great comeback.

Melky's two-run home run in the eighth inning, his fifth go-ahead hit in the eighth inning or later this season, gave the Yankees their sixth win in their last eight games.

I was at this game, by the way. Very exciting..

A cool fact: A home run has been hit in all 26 games at the New Stadium

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Memories

Going to my first game at the new stadium today felt very much like my first game at the old one. I'm older and I know much more about the game now but it felt very much the same. Part of it was because I went with my mom (seeing as I she lets me live in her basement, it seemed only fair) and some of the rest of my family that went with me to my first game but it was mostly the feeling of awe at my surroundings.

For the first time, their was no giant bat or stands selling jerseys. Their were certainly some feelings of nostalgia as we walked past the old, condemned stadium as well. However, it was impossible to feel all that sad when the new stadium came into view. Walking into the "Great Hall" was simply mind-blowing. The massive pictures of great Yankees players and moments are just great tributes to their history and the spaciousness of it all is very welcome. Monument park was unfortunately closed two hours before the game so we couldn't get it, so we went straight to our seats after a quick trip to the (miraculously clean) bathroom.

We then proceded to watch eight of the worst innings of baseball I have even seen in person. It started out perfectly fine. Andy Pettitte held the other team scoreless for the first two innings before taking a hit in the third. Raul Ibanez absolutely crushed a ball to dead center to give the Phillies a run and a 1-0 lead. It would last though. Robinson Cano, who had a great game, led off the Yankees half of the third with a leadoff double (or error, depending on what team you root for) and scored with some small ball. Melky bunted him over to third and Nick Swisher got the RBI with a sharp groundout to the shortstop.

Both pitchers kept the opposition quiet for the next few innings, aided by a sliding catch in foul territory by Mark Teixeira. Then came the 5th and John Mayberry. Pettitte had been struggling with his control all afternoon and started off the inning with back to back walks before giving up a three run homer to a rookie making his ML debut named John Mayberry, of course inciting a mass orgasm amongst the Phillies fans arou
nd me. One, slightly drunk fan directly in front of me just kept repeating Mayberry's name. From here on out things were pretty dismal. Pettitte battled through seven innings without giving up any more runs and was followed by nearly perfect performances by Phil Coke (1 and 2/3 innings) and Jose Veras (1/3 of an inning). However, the only run they got was a solo shot by Jeter in the 6th. The only other time they came close to scoring was in the 8th when Brett Gardner got a pinch-hit double with one out. Even then, Matsui and Jeter followed up with back to back strike outs to blow the big chance. What was really incredible was how they failed to capitalize on Charlie Manuel removing dominant starter, J. A. Happ after only about 75 pitches.

By the time the ninth rolled around the stadium was pretty quiet. The fans woke up in a hurry though. Damon led off with a huge walk and took second while Mark Teixeira struck out. Then came who else but A-Rod. I have to admit that I didn't harbor much hope for him when they got two strikes on him and nodded in agreement when my dear mother felt a need to say, "He's so bad in the clutch." A couple pitches later he ties the game up against Brad Lidge with an opposite field home-run, hit the way only Alex can. The cheers and clapping went on long after Alex crossed home plate. The Yankees didn't waste any time winning it either. Robinson Cano quickly followed him up with a base hit and a rare steal of second which proved to be of the utmost importance. Melky Cabrera then laced a single to right centerfield and Cano ran on home drawing a late throw. It wasn't long before he got the now traditional pie in the face. Not a bad introduction to the new stadium at all.

On the way out we ran into a friend who used to sit near our old seats in years past. We also saw that Freddy (of the spoon and pan) had made the trip across the street and that today was his 84th birthday. On the way to the car, I couldn't resist taking a peek through the fence encircling The House That Ruth Built. However, their's no arguing that the new stadium is beautiful and makes powerful tributes to the Yankees proud past. Today gave me confidence that Mystique and Aura have moved across the street and that we to can make a new home for ourselves in this baseball nirvana.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

It's Good to be Home

So far it looks like the Yankees are adjusting well to their new home. Their home record is 6-2 compared to the 7-8 away record. Driving in 48 and jacking 15 home runs, the Yankees are embracing their new home. So far we have taken 2 from the dreaded Angles who seem to be a lot weaker without Vlad in the lineup. With 2 of the four game series still left to play, a sweep would be a great boost before the series against Boston. As long as the Yankees keep winning the fans will grow to love the new home as well.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My Stadium Experience

After attending yesterday's game there were many aspects of the Stadium that amazed me and some things that needed fixing. Here is a quick pro and con list:
  • The Stadium is simply beautiful; no more are the eyesores of chipped paint or dripping water
  • The food choices are immense. Now when you go to the ballpark you can have garlic fries, sushi, steak the list goes on.
  • The screen is freaking HUGE! Full HD is so much better.
  • Reminder of the Old Stadium. The New Stadium, as advertised, gives the feel of the old stadium with a modern upgrade.
  • Self ticket scanners=faster ticket lines.
  • More bathrooms with more room
  • Tons of info on the numerous screens. An improved Visitor Score board.
  • The sound is no longer coming from a huge speaker in center field. The speakers sounded great (though way too loud)
  • Cupholders galore!
  • Gatorade is now served, which I enjoyed.
  • I was sitting in the Grandstand and the sound system was way too loud. A little adjusting will get this fixed.
  • Grandstand seats need to be a little higher.
  • Auto flushing toilets would be nice.
  • Smaller urinals and no barriers.
  • Pepsi is served over Coke.
  • A more defined balls and strikes scoreboard would be nice.
As you can see my con list is pretty slim and most can be easily combated. Overall the stadium is going to be a great place to watch the game for years to come. Here are some pictures from my day at the park (click on full post for all photos).

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Odds and Ends

  • A-Rod has been placed on the DL.
  • Ramiro Pena beat out Berrora for the utility infielder spot.
  • Stadium Insider gives a great review of the New Stadium (I will post my thoughts later tonight).
  • To amend the obstructed views in the bleachers the Yankees have added some TVs (right).

Opening Night (sort of)

I`m going to make this brief but I have to say I was pretty impressed with the new stadium, the space of the great hall was especially interesting.

The game was, of course, a sideshow. It was good to see the Yankees win though. Cano got the first win, Wang pitched reasonably well, and Jonathan Albaladejo got the first save. Just one more game and then the real Opening Day.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Workout Day

The stadium gates were opened today so the fans could watch the Yankee's workout day. Below we have provided a slew of photos courtesy of this Flickr user. Jeter was the first to knock one over the wall and the crowd loved it. Here is a great quote from the Captain:
"I think everyone was excited to be out there and amazed at how big the stadium is, Everyone is going to enjoy it -- from the coaches, the players and even more importantly, the fans."

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Stadium Photo Update

Here are a ton sweet shots of the New Stadium

Images from Yankees Rule

The new stadium is looking very nice. After looking at all these photos it feels like I have already been there.

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