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September 27, 2006
BASEBALL: 100 Runs, Like Clockwork

The top 4 hitters in the Yankee batting order sure know how to score runs - look at their collective record of 100-run seasons:

Damon: 9 in a row
Jeter: 10 of the last 11
Abreu: 6 of the last 8, will be 7 if he scores 4 more runs*
A-Rod: 11 in a row

* - And the other one was a 99-run season

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:23 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (15) | TrackBack (0)

First question Willie will get postgame: "Is Pedro a lock to start in the Playoffs?" Truth, no, not if we are playing to win anyway. Can't see Pedro giving us more than Maine in the playoffs. There's been no progress from his initial start. Bottom line is mets need to think about a petey-less rotation. It's a fact. He's Lima since he came back. We will not have him to lean on, so it's time for the bats with hats to get hot.

Posted by: abe at September 27, 2006 8:35 PM

Is it panic time yet? Answer: YES!!!!!

Posted by: Al at September 27, 2006 9:09 PM

I'm not panicking.

I'll panic only when I have no nails left to chew & the liquor cabinet's empty.

I still have one toenail & the dregs of a 16 year-old, plastic bottle of vodka.

Posted by: Mike at September 27, 2006 10:30 PM

Oh, it's panic time. This team has been awful no matter who has been on the mound. Hopefully some professional pride will kick in before it's too late...I mean, what will it take for them to feel shame? A 25-0 loss? Time's a wastin'...

Posted by: drano at September 27, 2006 11:09 PM

It's panic time IF you think the Mets cannot win a series without Pedro. I don't like the blowouts, but they are happening in games that do not matter. I am not worried about the lineup/defense etc. Can we win throwing El Duque, Glavine, Trax, and Maine? If the first round opponent is the Cards, answer is yes. If not it gets dicey fast.

Posted by: abe at September 28, 2006 8:45 AM

I am not worried about the lineup

I am.

Unless Beltran & Wright start hitting, this is gonna get ugly real fast next week.

Posted by: Mike at September 28, 2006 8:55 AM

"Unless Beltran & Wright start hitting, this is gonna get ugly real fast next week." Agreed, and I expect them both to hit well.

Posted by: abe at September 28, 2006 10:29 AM

The way the Yankees' pitching staff looks, they are going to need 100 runs in the post season to win the world series. Same for the Mets. Does anyone have a good pitching staff anymore?

Posted by: steve at September 28, 2006 11:52 AM

Please. The Mets would KILL to have a starter as good as Wang or Mussina right now. I know, I know, short series, anything can happen, blah, blah, blah. We should just hand the Series trophy to the Yankees now so we don't have to go through the pain of actually watching it.

Posted by: Al at September 28, 2006 1:07 PM

Kill, no. I'd love to have Wang, and Mussina would bump Trax, but that ain't saying much. Short series nothing, Yanks rotation is playoff weak, period. Just not as weak as the one Willie will trot out.

Posted by: abe at September 28, 2006 1:15 PM

Hmmmm, starting pitching. Important. Probably the second most important part of playoff baseball. I would never have said that until I saw Atlanta's run. I now think a bullpen is the most important part.

As for starting pitching, I always wondered why Pedro was such a lock as starter no. 1. Now before you all flame me, I agree, he is among the greatest pitchers ever, but in the playoffs, well, except for those 5 innings against the Indians in '99, when was he the playoff superstart El Ducque is? Or Gibson or Koufax, who are the pitchers he is, and should be compared to, since his career is on that level? The Braves staff was the best I ever saw, and look where it got them. Once you turn the ball over, and you almost always do, it doesn't matter if Walter Johnson started, he's not there anymore.

The Mets have to start hitting again, but looked at objectively, Hernandez, Glavine and (gulp) Trachsel can hold down almost any fort until you get to the bullpen, and the Mets' pen is truly spectacular. And for that matter, Trax has always been at hsi best when the pressure was on him the most.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at September 28, 2006 2:13 PM

I agree, Daryl. This guy has a nice take on the Mets into the playoffs.

Posted by: abe at September 28, 2006 2:48 PM

Why stop with those guys? Giambi's in the 90s as well this season and has topped 100 four other times. (Looking byond the current season, Bernie Williams has 8 100-plus seasons, even Matsui had scored over a hundred the last two years, and so has Sheffield)

In 2005 they also had four hitters score over 100 and in 2004 they had five.

That's why there is some truth to what Ortiz said. Jeter is smack in the middle of an epic lineup. This season the Sox have one hitter besides Ortiz with in triple digits – Youkilis with exactly 100. No one else is even close: three hitters are in the 70s then we're talking 50s and 40s...

Posted by: Mr Furious at September 28, 2006 3:33 PM

In other words, the Yankees "adversity" of losing two players like Sheffiled and Matsui, they have Abreu and Giambi stepping in to score 100 times.

Posted by: Mr Furious at September 28, 2006 3:35 PM

steve: no, I don't think anyone does have a good pitching staff anymore. Sorry to be so literal, but you're right. Predicting playoff winners in the NFL in the salry cap age has changed from identifying the best team to identifying the least-flawed team. Baseball is kind of like that right now as far as pitching goes. Detroit may actually be 3 starters deep, as well as Oakland, but they're pretty much it, and as a Yankee fan, I'm not worried about either team. The Yankees kill the As in the playoffs, and took 5 of 6 (if I remember correctly) from Detroit this year. Plus, Detroit is young and inexperienced, and one of their starters is Kenny Rogers.

Daryl: IMHO, you're 100% on the mark about the bullpen. Atlanta's failure to win more than 1 WS in 14 straight playoff appearances, especially in the '90s, can be attributed almost entirely to their shakey pen, and that's the one area where I have to fault Shuerholtz (sp.), who I otherwise regard as the best GM in the game. Still, I think you do have to have at least reasonable starting pitching to get to the pen, and the Mets have that.

That said, the Mets starters, like the Yankees', are all capable of getting blown out in the early innings. That's really why, more than anything else, I do not regard either team as the locks to win their leagues that so many others do.

Posted by: Thom at September 28, 2006 4:36 PM
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