Saturday, July 19, 2008

Torre and the Dodgers enjoying the view from up top

As he sun tans in 80 degree weather, shops with his lap dog on Rodeo Drive, and takes meetings to sell a screen play, Joe Torre now has his Los Angeles Dodgers in first place in the NL West, and the struggling 3rd place Yankees are a million miles away. Yes, it’s true the NL West is somewhere between triple A and Division 1, but has the under .500 Dodgers sit in first place that is just fine for the NY transplant. But with one half of the season to go can the winner of the west still end the season with a respectable record and/or make some noise in the playoffs? Well, this isn’t like the NFL or NBA where if you play in a tough division you might be worn down come playoff time so the answer is probably no. Just the same it won’t go over will in the Big Apple if Joe is in Blue and their still playing even in September and the pinstripes are watching.

17 comments:

tim107 said...

All I know is the Yankees better sign Sabathia or Sheets and try to get Teixeira. Good thing is there all be free agents so you don't have to make any trades. Its Hanks chance to show that he can fill his dads shoes this offseason. Giambi is probably done and Ponson and Rasner ain't gonna cut it next year. If the Yankees don't make the playoffs this year then they will sign 1 if not 2 of the 3 players. As for Posada why not call up Cervelli. Hes supposed to be the next Posada isn't he? Hopefully Hughes and Kennedy can turn it around next year.

johnathanh said...

Everyone relax, every team deals with injuries and the Yanks do have a great track record for tearing it up in the summer months. They will get hughes back eventually, and the rest of the team will kick it in gear. Red Sox have their own injury issues and Tampa WILL fade the entire second half.......again, relax!

twanz said...

This is the end of the Yanks..I think that they have too many injuries and not enough good pitching to make it to the playoffs for the 14th consecutive year. They need to do something quick or this season is going to go down the tubes!

yanks4evr said...

Torre left because he couldn't handle the heat of New York. There's no pressure to coach in LA because they haven't won anything in two decades! Anything would be better than what they have done! Joe is going to go out there and look like a savior. The bottom line is they still SUCK! If the Dodgers played in the AL they would be in last place! Even if they do win the division they will get beat in the first round so enjoy your vacation Joe!

Anonymous said...

It looks like the Red Sox offense is sputtering..Especially Lowell.

Lowell spoiled us last year with a career high .324 BA. This year, he is hitting .282 which is actually a tad higher than his .280 career average. His HR and RBI totals (13 and 58) project to 23 and 95 for the year...again right at his career averages but below the 120 RBI he had last year. We can't expect a career year every year from him!

The biggest problem I see with our offense is getting clutch hits on the road. At home, we have scored 274 runs on 462 hits. On the road, we have only scored 233 runs on 507 hits! We need more patience at the plate when we are on the road...particularly with RISP.

Momandapplepie said...

Listen up Sox fans. In 2007, we averaged 5.35 rpg. In 2008, we are averaging 5.03 - .32 less per game. In 2007, we gave up 4.06 rpg. In 2008, we have given up 4.16 rpg - .10 more. Accordingly, the .42 deterioration in run differential is 75% due to hitting and only 25% due to pitching. I know it seems like our BP has sucked this year but statistically, the pitching has not been much different from last year.

We are 57-43 after 100 games with 53 of them having been on the road. In 2007, we were 61-39 after 100 games but only 47 of them were on the road. I submit to you that the 4 game drop in our record this year is due to having played 6 more away games.

Why does it seem like we are struggling? Because the Rays, who were 38-59 after 97 games in 2007, are 57-40 this year! Note: the Yankees are pretty much the same - 53-45 this year and 52-46 last year.

The point I am making is that the Red Sox are not that far off from where we were record-wise last year. When road games even up, I think we will overtake the Rays. If we do not, it will not be because we sucked this year. It will be because the Rays, or Yankees, had a great year and just won more games.

There is over 2 months of baseball and 60+ games to play. Papi's return on Friday makes us whole again and will surely give the team a boost. I still believe in our guys and that we will win the AL East.

GO SOX!

pbarrybc said...

listen to u oldtimegreats..... bashing the sox pen...i know they have been bad, but they can turn it around....masterson is going to help, he is definetly not a poor mans manny delcarmen, their two totally, totally different pitchers, that is way off base.... justin is going to help, no doubt, and the sox are going to get an arm at the deadline to improve the pen..... their is time to turn this around.... okie has looked better as of late, and their was a time when delcarmen and hansen werent giving up anything, the season is filled with ups and downs....but i agree the bullpen needs help and needs it fast....b ut dont give up on these guys yet.

Lauren said...

look its pretty ovious the yanks are going to the playoffs even if they have a lot of injuries the are still the best team ever

metsfan68 said...

Reality check for Phillies fans. The Mets starting staff is better. Next, Check the schedule. The Phillies have a tougher road to travel, literally speaking. They get to go to California in August. The Mets? Longest they'll have to go is to St. Louis or Houston. The only thing to derail the Mets right now is injury...and if you're waiting for another collapse...keep waiting, this Mets team has passed the gut check.

blankfrank said...

I'm a Mets fan who lives in the Northwest so I get to rarely see them. I hope the Mets fans are now behind Carlos Delgado ~ his bat has really helped them the last month. This was a critical series for them with the Mets now 5-2 against the Phillies in their last two meetings. Two more tough series against the Cards & the Marlins but it looks like the team is believing in themselves once again. Go Mets!

adanphilly said...

Mets fans should be happy about winning this series. The phillies just are not playing to their potential right now just like the mets werent for the better part of the season. I think that the phillies got lucky the other night when they won that game as much as i hate to say that. I love the phillies but i am getting restless with management and the lack of commitment to win now. They will waste this group of talent if they dont do what needs to be done and thats get pitching and a right handed hitter that can hit for average. They want to keep the prospects they have for the future but with prospects you never know when they are gonna be ready or if they ever will be. This NL east race is gonna be tight all the way to the end but i still think that the phillies will win it. I know you mets fans dont think so but i believe that the phillies will play better down the stretch and the mets will fold a little down the stretch. Not because they arent good but just because they wont stay this hot through out the second half and because the phillies will get hot soon. Get ready to have your nerves got through hell until the last week. I know mine will thats for sure. Go phillies!

rmack said...

as a Yankees fan you have to consider the fact that the wild card really isn't going to get it done this season, as we all know that leaves us in LA for the division series. Yeah the playoffs are the playoffs, but when winning the division is the difference between the Angels and White Sox in the first round, its huge"

While I don't disagree with you, I will say that in these 5 game series's, the best team doesn't always come out on top. Pettitte is always a playoff horse, and Mussina is a Cy Young candidate this year. Mix that in with what Joba is capable of, and it's not a gimme for the Angels of LA in Orange County CA

bucknel said...

You got to admit it's just nice to see the yankees get themselves into contention at a reasonable point in the season this year, as opposed to last year when all we had to get excited about was 5 games back going into the last series of the season as fenway"

I think it's amazing that the Yanks have been able to make a run, not only with the injuries to position players but with the need to reshuffle the entire pitching staff... Right now, Girardi and Eiland look like DaVinci and Einstein with regard to their handling of the pitchers, young and old...

Incidentally, about last night and the choice of Ponson... I think it was a good choice that didn't work out... The hope was at best 5-6 innings ... you knew there was going to be a parade of Sox on base but Ponson has a decent sinker and can usually wriggle his way out of trouble with a few double plays... that's what I was hoping for... 5-6 IP and maybe 3-5 runs... In retrospect, it seems that wouldn;t have been enough anyway but still...

ontario said...

After that the Yankees blew that Tigers series last year in the end of August Early September blowing the Seattle series I thought their playoff run was in jeopardy and the wildcard was going to the Tigers. But the Tigers utterly collapsed in September as did the Mets in the National League.

happyincincy said...

Over the next 56 games Manny and Papi will pound the crap out of the ball and we will be back in the playoffs. I, for one, just laugh at this stuff and move on. Theo knows that only a team like the Yankees would be foolish enough to sign him to a 4 year, $100M contract (look at what they signed 36 year old Posada to, and he is not in the same league as Manny).

Anonymous said...

1)Red Sox are a team in in discord/bad karma
2) Red Sox are a team in decline (exemplified by the decline in Veritek)
3) Yankees are a hot team, with great chemistry
4) Yankees are a team on the rise, this year and many to come

scottlasvegas said...

WATCHING THE GAME YESTERDAY I REALIZED THAT NEITHER TEAM IS IN THE ANGELS LEAGUE AS FAR AS TALENT

THIS SERIES IS OVERRATED JUST LIKE THE TEAMS

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