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Friday, June 06, 2003
 
SERIES RECAP: CINCINNATI REDS
The Yankees exploded for 10 runs and 16 hits (10 2B and 2 HR) to avoid being swept by the Cincinnati Reds in their first interleague series of the season. It would have been the first road sweep this season.

It was an odd series. While the Reds outplayed the Yanks in the first two games, the Yanks were in position to win both, which means the Yanks were close to sweeping the series. But the first two games typify what has been wrong with the Yanks during this losing stretch.

In Game 1 a Soriano error and two Pettitte wild pitches led to three Reds’ runs, which tied the game. Although the Reds played well in the game, the Yanks gave lost because of small mental lapses and poor execution in critical situations. Game 2 turned on an apparent missed called on a steal of second. In the 5th inning, two outs, Adam Dunn attempted to steal second. It was a close play, but he appeared out on the Derek Jeter tag, inning over. However, Dunn was called safe and Sean Casey hit the next pitch out of the park. Then, Ken Griffey, Jr. hit a home run in the next at bat. Reds were up 4-2. As upsetting as the missed call was, more upsetting was the Yanks’ reaction. They were clearly deflated and didn’t put up much of a fight the rest of the way. Too often during this stretch the Yanks have been beating themselves and not getting good breaks. The Yanks could have swept the series, but instead came away with just one win.

The Yankees recaptured their Division lead over the Sox with Thursday’s win. They opened up their interleague schedule with a record of 1-2.

HITTING
The Yankees out hit and outscored the Reds during the series.
TeamRHRBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Yanks1541224.262.336.486.822
Reds125631.235.292.408.700


But these numbers are extremely misleading, because most of the Yankee offense came in Game 3. The Reds pitching, the worst in the NL, handled the Yanks pretty handily through the first two games.

Yankee Offense
GamesRXBHAVGOBPSLGOPS
1-254.185.263.308.572
31012.381.447.7621.209


Jason Giambi appears to be back as he had a wonderful series.
AVGOBPSLGOPSNotes
.333.5381.0001.5382 HR, 4 BB, 3 RBI, 5 R


Hideki Matsui struggled in the first two games, but responded to his demotion in the lineup by going 4-5, with 3 2B, HR, and 3 RBI in Game 3. Meanwhile, Alfonso Soriano had another nice series offensively.
AVGOBPSLGOPSNotes
.385.385.9231.3084 2B, HR, 3 RBI
.357.357.6431.000 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R


Jorge Posada had an interesting series. He only went 1-8 during the series, but posted a .462 OBP, because of 5 BB.

Jason LaRue led the Reds’ offensively and posted the best numbers in a series this year against the Yankees. His numbers were downright unbelievable.
AVGOBPSLGOPSNotes
.600.6671.4002.0672 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R


He absolutely killed Yankee pitching during the series. In addition to LaRue, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Sean Casey also hit well during the series.
AVGOBPSLGOPSNotes
.429.429.8571.286HR, 2R
.273.333.545.879HR, 2 RBI, 3 R


Amazingly, the Yankee pitchers had the same number of hits as their pinch hitters, 1.

PITCHING
The Yankees got decent pitching during the series. Among the starters, only Mussina struggled, going just 5.1 allowing 8 H, 6 ER, and 3 HR. Jose Contreras won his second career start allowing just 5 H, 2 ER, HR in 7 IP. It was nice to see Contreras put up those kinds of numbers considering he didn’t have his best stuff. He worked out of a few jams, including a bases loaded-no out situation in the first inning.

Meanwhile, the bullpen was marvelous again with Sterling Hitchcock leading the way with 2 IP and no hits or runs allowed.
NameIPHRERBBSOERAAVGOBPSLGOPS
Starters19.11811105224.66.243.309.459.768
Relievers6.1511191.42.208.240.408.701


Jimmy Haynes and Paul Wilson pitched well for the Reds, while Danny Graves was terrible. Among the relievers, only Joey Hamilton struggled. Gabe White pitched 2.1 innings without allowing a hit, while Chris Reitsma went 2 innings without a hit.
NameIPHRERBBSOERAAVGOBPSLGOPS
Starters162011119106.19.303.387.545.932
Relievers118443143.27.195.250.390.640


DEFENSE
The Yanks made 3 errors during the series, leading to 1 unearned run, Andy Pettitte’s throwing error in Game 1. The Reds came into the series with the worst defense in the NL. However, they only committed one error in the series and it didn’t hurt them. Further, they made many wonderful plays in each game. Both Austin Kearns and Ken Griffey, Jr. threw a runner out.

BASERUNNING
Both teams each had 3 SB for the series without being caught. Soriano had 2 steals and Jeter 1 for the Yanks, while Kearns, Dunn, and Boone each had 1 steal for the Reds. Each of the Yanks steals came against Frank Heredia and Jason LaRue. Suprisingly, Mike Mussina gave up all 3 SB for the Yanks (Posada catching), he hadn’t allowed a swipe all season.

FINAL THOUGHTS
It was a tough series for the Yanks. They probably should have won at least one of the first two games. Instead, they dropped both, but fought back big time in Game 3.

The Cubs are up next on the Yanks’ their interleague schedule. Hopefully, the hitting momentum from Game 3 will carry over to the Cubs series. The Cubs feature three wonderful young pitchers and the Yanks will need all the help they can get.



 
SERIES PREVIEW: CHICAGO CUBS
The Yankees continue their interleague schedule with a 3-game series against the Chicago Cubs. It’s the first time the Yanks have played the Cubs since the swept them in the 1938 World Series.

The Cubs enter the series with a record of 32-26 and sit atop the Central Division. However, the Cubbies have scuffled lately, going just 5-5 over their last 10 games. This series will wrap up a 12-game home stand for them, in which they have gone 4-5. They opened their interleague schedule against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, winning the series 2-1.

HITTING
The Cubs hitting is just average in the NL. They are currently ninth in league hitting. And when I mean ninth, I mean ninth.

Cubs Rank
Average – 9th
OBP – 8th
SLG – 9th
OPS – 9th
H – 9th
SO – 9th
HR – 9th
R – 9th

The consistency is amazing.

TEAM













AVG OBP SLG OPS
.257 .333 .407 .740

Despite missing time on the DL, Sammy Sosa is tops on the team with a .903 OPS, but Corey Patterson leads the team in AVG, HR and RBI, R, and SB.







































NAME AVG OBP SLG OPS COMMENTS
S. Sosa .282 .410 .493 .903
C. Patterson .318 .341 .555 .895 11 HR, 42 RBI, 35 R, and 10 SB leads team
H. Choi .240 .391 .504 .895 29 BB leads team
M. Alou .289 .357 .436 .793


PITCHING
The real strength of the Cubs’ team is pitching, and they field some of the best young arms as their starters with Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, and Carlos Zambrano. But the relief pitching is excellent too, placing the Cubs second in the league in pitching.

























IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
520 3.63 7.62 3.72 8.76 0.76




































































Catagory No. LG Rank
Hits allowed 440 2
ER allowed 210 3
BB 215 9
SO 506 1
HR allowed 44 3
WHIP 1.26 2
Opponent’s OPS .655 2


This doesn’t bode well for a Yankee offense that is struggling right now to face this talented staff. To make matters worse for the Yanks, they will face the Cubs’ best 3 starters during the series. Here are their league ranks for the important pitching categories.

LEAGUE RANK



















































NAME IP ERA H K K/BB HR
K. Wood 13 12 8 1 14 tied 5
M. Prior 4 7 29 2 5 tied 3
C. Zambrano 21 5 10 13 31 tied 2



DEFENSE
The Cubs defense has been below average. They have committed 45 errors and sport a .980 fielding percentage. But their errors have been costly, allowing 30 unearned runs to score, most in the NL.











































CATEGORY No. LG RANK
Errors 45 14
F PCT .980 13 tied
RF 37.68 11
ZF .853 10


INJURIES
No major injuries to report.

Probable Pitching Match Ups

Game 1










































NAME W-L IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
D. Wells 7-2 78 3.35 9.23 .035 4.85 0.81
C. Zambrano 5-4 73.2 2.69 7.09 3.91 7.70 0.37


Game 2










































NAME W-L IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
R. Clemens 6-3 76.1 3.89 9.08 2.71 9.67 0.83
K. Wood 4-4 77.1 3.14 6.63 4.31 11.64 0.70


Game 3









































NAME W-L IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
A. Pettitte 5-5 72.2 4.71 10.20 2.35 7.55 0.87
M. Prior 6-2 84.2 2.76 7.55 2.34 9.35 0.43


PROJECTED LINEUP

v. RHP and v. LHP

































































NAME OPS
M. Grudzielanek 2B .723 possibly M. Bellhorn 3B
A. Gonzalez SS .705
C. Patterson CF .895
S. Sosa RF .903
M. Alou LF .793
H. Choi 1B .895
R. Martinez 2B/3B .739
D. Miller/P. Bako C .687/.606


DOES SOSA MEAN “CORK” IN SPANISH?
I haven’t been nearly as fascinated with Sammy and his corked bat as most, but I have a thought that I haven’t heard yet. How many bats has Sammy broken over the last five years? Were any of them corked? Obviously not. Why would Sammy knowingly hit with a corked bat in this era when bats break all the time? I don’t think a reasonable person would take that chance, because you would likely be caught at some point.

I’m not sure I believe Sammy’s explanation. I can’t quite figure out why he would have a special bat for batting practice. Although I wonder if he used a corked bat in the All-Star home run hitting contests. Regardless, I believe he did hit all of those home runs with legit bats.



Thursday, June 05, 2003
 














 
MAY DAYS – PART TWO

Injuries
The Yanks were definitely plagued by injuries during the month of May, having only one game all month in which all of their major players were in the same game.

Derek Jeter – missed the first half of the month with a shoulder injury
Nick Johnson – went on the 15-day DL on the 17th.
Bernie Williams – went down with a knee injury on the 22nd.
Jason Giambi – battled blurry vision with staph infections in both eyes and his knee was causing problems.

Hitting
Yankee hitters slumped most of the month.

Team Hitting Statistics for May

Name IP
Clemens 78.2


























AB HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
958 32 123 .246 .323 .402 .725


Due to injuries and platooning at third base, five Yankee hitters had enough PA to qualify, Giambi, Posada, Soriano, Mondesi, and Matsui (Ventura misses by 1 PA).

NAME AB HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
Giambi 96 6 18 .250 .362 .479 .841
Posada 83 5 14 .229 .356 .470 .826
Soriano 118 7 14 .229 .285 .466 .751
Mondesi 105 2 13 .257 .322 .410 .731
Matsui 119 1 12 .261 .294 .361 .655

Ventura played consistently well while platooning, while Zeile struggled in the platoon role and when he played everyday.

NAME AB HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
Ventura 70 3 10 .300 .424 .457 .881
Zeile 72 3 10 .222 .278 .375 .653

Johnson played well before getting injured, Jeter played well in his return from the DL, and Bernie’s knee clearly bothered him before he succumbed to it.

NAME AB HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
Johnson 33 1 6 .303 .400 .455 .855
Jeter 75 2 10 .307 .342 .467 .808
Williams 71 1 8 .197 .313 .254 .567

Overall for the month, the role players really struggled at the plate.

NAME AB HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
Almonte 17 0 3 .353 .421 .471 .892
Wilson 19 1 2 .211 .211 .368 .579
J. Rivera 31 0 1 .226 .250 .290 .540
Trammell 27 0 1 .148 .281 .185 .466
Gipson 9 0 1 .222 .222 .222 .444
Flaherty 13 0 0 .077 .077 .077 .154

Pitching
Just as the Yankee hitters slumped all month, so did their pitching counterparts.

Team Pitching Statistics in May
IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 AVG OBP SLG OPS
261.2 4.54 9.84 2.58 6.64 .76 .276 .324 .410 .735

Yankee starters fell back to earth after the hot 17-3 April start, managing just a 10-14 mark for May.

Starting Pitching Statistics
W-L IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 AVG OBP SLG OPS
10-14 187 4.57 10.16 2.02 6.88 .91 .281 .320 .417 .738

Individual Starting Pitcher Statistics for May
NAME W-L IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 OOPS
Mussina 2-3 42 3.43 7.50 1.29 8.36 1.07 .589
Clemens 2-2 30.1 5.04 10.38 3.26 10.98 .59 .707
Wells 3-3 33.1 4.32 11.34 .54 4.59 .54 .757
Weaver 1-2 38 5.45 11.37 3.32 4.74 .95 .855
Pettitte 1-4 36.1 5.70 12.14 1.98 5.94 1.49 .843
Contreras 1-0 7 0.00 2.57 1.29 7.71 0.00 .255

Meanwhile, the Yankee relievers improved slightly in the month of May.

Relief Pitching Statistics
W-L-S IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 AVG OBP SLG OPS
1-3-3 74.2 4.46 9.04 3.98 6.03 .36 .262 .334 .392 .726

Hitchcock, Rivera, and Anderson led the staff, Osuna was decent coming back from the DL, and Acevedo and Contreras were bombed all month long.

Individual Relief Pitcher Statistics
NAME W-L-S IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 OOPS
Hitchcock 0-0-0 13.1 2.03 8.10 3.38 7.43 .68 .651
Rivera 1-0-4 9.1 2.89 9.64 .96 5.79 .96 .658
Osuna 0-0-0 9.2 2.79 11.17 3.72 6.52 0.00 .881
Anderson 0-0-0 5.2 1.59 4.76 7.94 0.00 0.00 .478
Hammond 0-0-0 12 3.75 9.75 .75 5.25 .75 .691
Reyes 0-0-0 5.2 3.18 7.94 6.35 6.35 0.00 .638
Contreras 0-1-0 6.1 7.11 4.26 5.68 9.95 0.00 .555
Acevedo 0-2-0 12.2 8.53 10.66 5.68 5.68 0.00 .868

Defense
The Yankees committed 17 errors during the month of May.

Type Errors
Bobble 8
Throw 4
GB 2
FB 2
Catch 1

Almonte tied for the most errors during the month (with Soriano), but his errors led to the most unearned runs scoring.

NAME ERRORS UNEARNED RUNS
Almonte 3 4
Soriano 3 2
Zeile 3 2
Jeter 2 1
Posada 2 1
Ventura 1 2
Matsui 1 1
Williams 1 0
J. Rivera 1 0

The Yanks turned 15 double plays for the month.

NAME DP
Soriano 10
Johnson 7
Jeter 5
Zeile 4
Giambi 3
Almonte 3
Matsui 1
Ventura 1
Posada 1
Wells 1
Contreras 1

There were 3 outfield assists for the month, 2 from Matsui and 1 from Mondesi.

Base Running

3 Yankees combined to steal 17 bases while only getting caught once and picked off twice.

NAME SB CS PO
Soriano 8 1 1
Mondesi 7 0 0
Gipson 2 0 1

Base Running Defense
The Yanks allowed 12 stolen bases while catching 7 and picking off 1 runner.

Catchers SB CS PO
Posada 12 7 1

Pitchers SB CS PO
Clemens 5 0 0
Mussina 0 4 0
Hitchcock 2 0 0
Wells 2 0 0
Osuna 1 0 0
Anderson 1 0 0
Contreras 1 0 0
Rivera 0 0 1

They also had 3 passed balls and 9 wild pitches for the month.

NAME PB WP
Posada 3 0
Avevedo 0 1
Hamilton 0 1
Clemens 0 1
Hitchcock 0 1
Wells 0 1
Weaver 0 1
Pettitte 0 1
Anderson 0 1
Contreras 0 1

Monthly Awards

I’ll pick Robin Ventura for best position player for the month. He hit well and played good defense.

I would pick Jose Contreras for best starter, but he only had one start and his relief pitching for the month was terrible. So, I’ll go with Mussina, it’s not great but he was the best.

I’ll go with Sterling Hitchcock for best relief pitcher for the month.

Hopefully, next month will be better. It almost can’t get worse.


THE DREAM TEAM
I just finished reading Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Lineups and it got me to thinking of creating my ideal lineup. If I could pick any player from any team at any time (and not worry about payroll), what would my lineup card look like? Keep in mind, this isn’t my list of who I think is the best player at each position. Instead, I tried to create a balanced lineup and thought about offense, defense, and fan appeal, i.e. selling tickets.

Rickey Henderson – LF
Four words… greatest leadoff hitter ever. Sure Bonds is better, but I’ll sacrifice the power for now.

Ty Cobb – CF
Sure Mays and Mantle are better (and DiMaggio isn’t far behind). But I’m looking for the bat control. Just think about the hit and run possibilities with Henderson. Plus, I like speed at the top of the order. Right now I have over 2000 steals in the top two spots. Also, every team needs a little feistiness and Cobb gives you that. And finally, according to Win Shares, he’s the greatest defensive CF ever.

Babe Ruth – RF
I gave serious consideration to Hank Aaron, but come on, Ruth was the greatest hitter of all time. Sure, I’m giving up forty-one HRs, but you’ve got to sell tickets. And nobody sold more tickets than Ruth. And hey, you never know when you’ll need a spot starter too.

Honus Wagner – SS
It’s not really a contest here, only A-Rod presents a challenge. But I’ll take the defense and speed, and oh yeah, The Flying Dutchman was a better hitter too.

Josh Gibson – C
Probably would be considered the greatest hitting catcher ever if allowed to play.

Lou Gehrig – 1B
Hit more career grand slams than anyone else in history. And with this lineup, he’d have a lot of opportunity. Plus, only three other first-sackers rate above him in defense.

Mike Schmidt – 3B
Great stick, great glove. It’s a shame he’s hitting so low in the order.

Edgar Martinez – DH
That’s right my DH has to hit 8th. But honestly, where would you put him?

Joe Morgan – 2B
Great glove and would be a great sparkplug at the bottom of the order.

Walter Johnson – Starting Pitcher 1
Greatest pitcher of all time.

Lefty Grove – Starting Pitcher 2
Greatest southpaw of all time.

Roger Clemens – Starting Pitcher 3
Greatest post-WWII pitcher.

Satchel Paige – Starting Pitcher 4
Great pitcher and he’ll sell some tickets too.

Hoyt Wilhelm – Setup
First relief pitcher in the Hall.

Mariano Rivera – Closer
Future Hall of Famer and did it all with one pitch.

Bobby Cox – Manager
There are a lot of contenders here. But Cox, in my opinion, is seriously under-rated. He might not win much in October but he wins every other month.




Wednesday, June 04, 2003
 
MAY DAYS – PART ONE

It was quite simply a miserable month for the Yankees. Bad hitting, bad pitching, untimely bad defense, and injuries all contributed to the Yankees posting a 11-17 record in the month of May.

Opposing Teams’ Record
The Records of the Opposing Teams the Yanks played in May (through May 31)

W-L PCT
194-185 .512

Records Excluding Games v. Yankees
W-L PCT
173-162 .516

May W-L PCT
Actual 11-17 .393
Pythagorean 13-15 .463
Difference -2

Home W-L PCT
Actual 5-12 .294
Pythagorean 6-11 .340
Difference -1

Road W-L PCT
Actual 6-5 .545
Pythagorean 7-4 .640
Difference -1

Division Records W-L PCT
v. East 4-6 .400
v. Central 1-1 .500
v. West 6-10 .375


Game Situations W-L PCT
1 R Games 2-0 1.000
2 or 3 R Games 3-10 .231
4+ R Games 6-7 .462
Shutouts 1-1 .500
Extra Innings 0-2 .000


Series Record Sweeps
W-L W-L
4-5 0-2

A’s – Loss
Mariners – Win
A’s – Loss
Angels – Loss
Rangers – Loss (sweep)
Red Sox – Win
Blue Jays – Loss (sweep)
Red Sox – Win
Tigers – Win

RUNS
TYPE G RS RA RS/G RA/G
May 28 130 140 4.64 5.00
Home 17 66 92 3.88 5.41
Road 11 64 48 5.82 4.36
v. East 10 49 55 4.90 5.50
v. Central 2 8 4 4.00 2.00
v. West 16 73 81 4.56 5.06

Scoring by Inning
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Yanks 20- 11 -20 -15 - 18 - 7 - 13 - 18 - 8 - 0 - 0 - 0
Opps 12- 17 -13 - 22 - 8 - 13 - 17 - 21 - 12 - 2 - 0 - 3


Place in Standings
DATE POS/G
May 1-23 1st — 3 games
May 23-29 2nd – Red Sox, 2.5 games
May 30 1st
May 31 1st – 1.5 games

Tomorrow I’ll show individual player results for the month of May.


LOOKING TO JUNE
The following are the records for the teams that the Yanks will face this June.

(records through June 2)
W-L PCT
Reds 27-29 .482
Cubs 30-25 .545
Astros 30-27 .526
Cardinals 28-27 .509
Devil Rays 21-34 .382
Mets 26-30 .464
Orioles 28-27 .509
Total 190-199 .488

LEADERS v. FEEDERS
The Yanks have played better against the division leaders than against the bottom feeders.

Yanks’ Record v. Division Leaders
W-L PCT
Twins 7-0 1.000
Mariners 4-2 .666
Red Sox 4-2 .666 (2nd in East, was in 1st place in May)
Total 15-4 .789

Yanks’ Record v. Division Bottom Feeders
W-L PCT
Devil Rays 3-2 .600
Tigers 2-1 .667
Rangers 2-4 .333
Total 7-7 .500




Tuesday, June 03, 2003
 
SERIES PREVIEW: CINCINNATI REDS
The Yankees begin interleague play today in Cincinnati. I’m not a big fan of interleague play, for one reason, because it creates an unbalanced schedule. For example, here are the records for each AL East team's interleague opponent.

Records through June 1st.

Team W-L W%
Yanks 141-138 .505
Red Sox 161-176 .478
Blue Jays 142-136 .511
Orioles 178-157 .531
Devil Rays 174-163 .516

This suggests that the Sox have an advantage.

Anyway, the Yanks open up against the Reds in a three-game series. Since, we can’t do any comparisons, I’ll just discuss the Reds team in general.

The Reds are 27-29 and 3-7 in their last ten games. They just ended a six-game road trip, going 3-3, and begin a six-game home stand against the Yanks and Blue Jays.


HITTING
The Reds win games with their bats. They are currently fourth in the NL in runs scored with 279. They don’t lead the league in any category, but they are second in the league in home runs, with 81. Adam Dunn leads the league in HR with 18.

TEAM
AVG OBP SLG OPS
.247 .326 .429 .755

Jose Guillen and Austin Kearns lead Reds’ attack.

NAME AVG OBP SLG OPS
Guillen .336 .366 .628 .993 – 10 HR
Kearns .294 .401 .533 .934 – 13 HR
Dunn .213 .324 .546 .870 – 18 HR
A. Boone .255 .338 .514 .852 – 13 HR
Casey .298 .359 .428 .787 – 6 HR

PITCHING
Unfortunately for the Reds, their pitching is the second worse in the league; only the Padres have given up more earned runs, and no one has given up as many runs. Their ERA is second worse at 5.73 and they’ve given up more home runs than any other team, 80.

IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
501 5.73 10.22 4.24 5.44 1.44

The Reds have lacked consistency from their starters. Eight pitchers have started so far this year for the Reds, with Danny Graves and Paul Wilson leading the team in starts. Their ERA is 4.79 and 4.80 ERA respectively. And that’s the best of their starters.

Some of the Reds’ best pitching comes out of their bullpen.


NAME W-L IP ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
G. White 3-0 26 2.42 8.31 4.24 5.44 1.44
K. Mercker 0-0 21 2.57 7.29 6.00 8.57 0.86
F. Heredia 2-0 30 3.00 7.80 3.90 3.90 1.20
S. Williamson 3-2 23 3.52 6.65 5.48 10.96 1.17

They give up a ton of walks and home runs, but they still remain effective.

DEFENSE
As woeful as the Red’s pitching has been, their defense has been worse. They rank dead last in defense in the NL. They have committed a league-leading 59 errors, and are last in fielding percentage, with .973. The 40 errors have led to 29 unearned runs.

INJURIES
The Reds have been decimated by injuries all year.

J. Rijo 15-day DL elbow
R. Dempster 15-day DL
R. Frel 15-day DL strained hamstring
B. Larkin 15-day DL strained right calf
P. Harnisch 15-day DL hamstring
L. Prokopec 60-day DL shoulder
R. Branyan 15-day DL shoulder

Probable Pitching Match Ups
Game 1
Andy Pettitte, 5-5, 4.93
Jimmy Haynes, 0-4, 10.72

Game 2
Mike Mussina, 7-3, 2.62
Paul Wilson, 2-4, 4.80

Game 3
Jose Contreras, 2-1, 5.40
Danny Graves, 3-4, 4.79


PROJECTED LINEUP
F. Lopez SS .627
J. Guillen LF .993
K. Griffey Jr. CF 1.014
A. Kearns RF .934
A. Boone, 3B .852
A. Dunn, DH .870
S. Casey 1B .787
J. LaRue C .794
J. Castro 2B .684



Monday, June 02, 2003
 
GOOD NEWS! BAD NEWS!
The Yankees won a marathon rubber game yesterday, 10-9 in 17 innings, to win 2 of 3 games from the Tigers and win their second consecutive series. Unfortunately, Roger Clemens failed for the second time to win his 300th game, when the bullpen blew a 2-run lead in the 7th inning. Because of the 17-inning affair yesterday, it’s as though they Yanks and Tigers played a four-game series; David Wells threw 5.2 innings, meaning he will miss his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Reds.

The Yankees extended their lead over the Sox to 1½ games, with the surging Blue Jays trailing by only 2 games. During the series, the Yanks closed out a miserable May in which they went 11-17. They are 1-0 so far in June. The Yanks are now 9-1 against AL Central teams, and also improved their road record to a league best 20-8.

HITTING
The Tigers actually out hit the Yankees during the series (30-27), but the Yanks scored more runs (18-13), hit more home runs (7-2), and drew more walks (17-4). The Pinstripes also had a better OPS for the series.

Team AVG OBP SLG OPS
Yanks .214 .308 .421 .728
Tigers .233 .270 .326 .596

The major difference between the two offenses was the home runs and walks.

Jason Giambi, Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Todd Zeile had a good series offensively.

NAME AVG OBP SLG OPS
Giambi .364 .462 .909 1.371 – 2 HR, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 3 R
Posada .417 .563 .667 1.229 – HR, 4 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
Jeter .250 .294 .625 .919 – HR, 5 RBI,
Zeile .250 .357 .500 .857 – HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 R

These four players were responsible for the following:

Runs – scored 10 of the 18 runs
Hits – hit 16 of the 27 hits
RBI – knocked in 11 of the 17 RBI
BB – drew 9 of the 17 walks
HR – hit 5 of the 7 home runs

The rest of the team was pretty awful:

AVG OBP SLG OPS
.147 .229 .253 .482

Giambi is definitely showing signs that he is breaking out of his early slump. In the last 10 games, Giambi is hitting:

AVG OBP SLG OPS
.314 .467 .571 1.038 – 10 BB

The Tigers only had two hitters above 700 OPS for the series.

NAME AVG OBP SLG OPS
D. Young .462 .563 .846 1.409 – HR, 3B, 2 RBI, 4 R
E. Munson .500 .533 .643 1.176 – 2 2B, 2 RBI, R

Overall, I’d say that the Yanks were below average offensively during the series. The Tigers’ pitching isn’t bad, but the Yanks failed to hit up and down the lineup, with four hitters responsible for the brunt of the attack.

PITCHING
The Yanks’ starters definitely outperformed the Tigers’.

Yanks
IP AVG OBP SLG OPS ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
20 .241 .279 .367 .646 3.15 8.60 1.40 6.3 .09

Tigers
IP AVG OBP SLG OPS ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
16 .266 .356 .469 .825 6.19 9.60 5.10 7.90 1.7

Although, only Contreras pitched well. Weaver gave up 10 hits to the worst offense in the league. Clemens pitched well, except for one inning.

Both bullpens pitched well throughout the series. At one point in game three both bullpens combined to pitch nine scoreless innings. Even though the Yanks bullpen blew Clemens chance for 300, they did pitch well for the series.

Yanks Bullpen
IP AVG OBP SLG OPS ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
14 .220 .236 .260 .496 2.57 7.07 .64 7.07 .00

David Wells made his first relief appearance in three years, and pitched well, allowing just one run and three hits in 5.2 innings.

However, the Tigers’ bullpen was even better.

Tigers’ Bullpen
IP AVG OBP SLG OPS ERA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9
19 .161 .257 .371 .628 1.89 4.74 3.79 3.32 1.89

They were susceptible to the long ball, giving up 4 HR, but they were still quite effective. Steve Sparks was the tough luck pitcher. He really had a great series despite getting stuck with the loss on game three. He pitched in two games, 11.1 innings and a 2.38 ERA. The Yanks just hit .189 off of him.

DEFENSE
The Yanks played sloppy defense through the whole series. They committed 6 errors, at least one in each game, and a whopping 4 in game three that cost Clemens any chance of securing his 300 win. Two of the five runs scored in the 5th inning were unearned. Both Jeter and Soriano threw balls away.

It wasn’t pretty but the Yanks did win the series this weekend. It was the first time they won a weekend series, since they took 2 of 3 from the Rangers on 4/25-27. No, Clemens didn’t get 300, but this time they did win the game. Starting pitching wasn’t great, Weaver is still off, but Contreras was brilliant. Giambi appears to be back. But unfortunately, most of the team is still struggling.

The weekend was filled with good news and bad news. But ultimately, they won more games than lost and regained the lead in the East. It wasn’t perfect, but I’ll take it.