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May 3, 2007
BASEBALL: Yankee Go Home

Four words, chilling in combination for any Yankee fan: Carl Pavano. Dr. Andrews. James Andrews should immediately cue the Emperor's March when mentioned.

I know a bunch of teams have been buffeted with injuries this season - the Blue Jays (Ryan, Glaus, Reed Johnson) and A's (Dan Johnson, Swisher, Harden, Bradley, Kielty) probably worst of all, but the Hated Yankees' ill luck with the pitching staff is approaching 1987 Mets territory, especially since (like the 87 Mets) they are still hitting the ball well with a strong, healthy offense yet losing early ground to their arch-rivals.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:24 AM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (13) | TrackBack (0)

Just breaks my heart. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of guys. I just feel sorry for Torre.

Posted by: maddirishman at May 3, 2007 10:43 AM

The Yankees have had a run of bad luck with injuries this year, but I can't include Pavano in that. Saying that his recent injury was due to bad luck would be like saying losing Steve Howe to his eighth drug suspension was bad luck. And I am a Yankee fan.

Posted by: WD at May 3, 2007 12:03 PM

Cashman fired the Trainer.

Posted by: abe at May 3, 2007 1:21 PM

I would love to see Chan Ho dealing in Yankee Stadium wearing the black and white pinstripes. Call Omar up and tell him to ring up Cashman.

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Posted by: Steve at May 3, 2007 9:09 PM

I hate to say it as a Yankee fan from CT, but Pavano needs Sigmund Freud more than James Andrews.

He's goona get his picture into Webster's next to the word "slacker"

Posted by: Ironman at May 3, 2007 9:40 PM

I think the best case scenario for the Yankees is that Dr. Andrews can find some tangible damage, and they can collect insurance (if the Yankees bother with insurance, that is). If they are at the mercy of Pavano's threshold of pain, things aren't ever going to go well.

Posted by: Jerry at May 3, 2007 10:58 PM

The Angels started the year minus Bartolo Colon, Jered Weaver, Dallas McPherson, Chone Figgins, Juan Rivera, and acquired injuries (long-term injuries, too) to Howie Kendrick. Further, they just put Maicer Izturis on the DL and might put Garret Anderson there if he can't go for the weekend series against the Chisox. (Whether that's a positive development vis-a-vis Reggie Willits' playing time is left as an exercise for the reader.) But that, too, is a lot, and yet the Angels lead the AL West.

Depth is important; the Halos were able to inject Joe Saunders and Dustin Moseley for Colon and Weaver, Izturis took the place (until recently) of Figgins and McPherson, and Erick Aybar has been nicely spelling Kendrick at second base (though without his power). Reggie Willits is playing all over the outfield, and even batting second and third until he cools down. Billy Beane's farm system isn't what it used to be, and despite the appreciable progress the Yanks have made lately, a lot of their depth is still years away.

Posted by: Rob McMillin at May 4, 2007 3:48 AM

NOTHING compares to '87. No way.

(And thank you for bringing up that painful memory.)

Posted by: Mike at May 4, 2007 7:23 AM

This is off-topic, but the Daily News apparently needs to play catch-up with last night's game.

Apparently this recap was written before the 9th inning:

And this is the corrected version:

Posted by: Phil at May 4, 2007 9:03 AM

Rob - Sorry, meant to mention the Angels there too.

Posted by: The Crank at May 4, 2007 9:18 AM

On the one hand it makes sense, but on the other hand, this isn't the type of record you'd expect to see set these days - when Matt DeSalvo starts on Monday, the Yankees will be the first team to use 10 different starting pitchers in their first 30 games. (And 6 of them will have been rookies, although that includes Igawa, which is a bit of a cheat.)

Posted by: Devin McCullen at May 4, 2007 9:44 AM

Yanks signed Clemens.

Posted by: abe at May 6, 2007 4:11 PM
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