2006 年 09 月 17 日 發表留言
WANG’S THE ONE
RIGHTY SHOULD OPEN PLAYOFFS
September 16, 2006 — IT was raining hard enough in the pregame yesterday for Joe Torre to abandon his familiar perch in the home dugout and instead chat with the media in the corridor outside the Yankees’ clubhouse.
For nearly 13 minutes, Torre talked about injuries, seeing Hideki Matsui play left field, and the current benefits of having Sal Fasano catch Jaret Wright. The Red Sox were down the hall, and Torre hardly mentioned them. What a powerful statement – and non-statement – about where we are now. It is mid-September and, really, all that matters for the Yanks is October.
A month ago that would have been impossible to believe. But the Yanks stormed into Fenway in mid-August, swept five games, and reduced this current series to what feels like the most meaningless Red Sox-Yankees matchup since Dooley Womack was trying to retire Joe Foy (ask your fathers).
That has permitted Torre to treat the rest of the schedule as a testing ground for the playoffs, to gather the final crumbs in shaping his roster, lineup and pitching staff. Torre and pitching coach Ron Guidry each said they would not establish a postseason rotation until they know their first-round opponent.
But why wait until the Tigers, Twins and White Sox sort themselves out? To me, the only interest left in Red Sox-Yankees is this: Due to a rainout yesterday, the teams will play doubleheaders today and tomorrow. If the Yanks sweep today and win tomorrow’s opener, they will clinch the AL East. At that point, the Yanks could celebrate between games, permitting Torre to deliver a salvo against an entity he hates, ESPN, by either starting a drunk team or a club full of Andy Cannizaros and Kevin Thompsons in the nightcap for the network’s prime-time game.
For now, Torre is planning to go with Chien-Ming Wang followed by Randy Johnson in today’s doubleheader and Jaret Wright followed by Mike Mussina tomorrow. Those are the four guys who should comprise the Division Series rotation, and here is the order they should pitch and why:
WANG IN GAME 1 -He has pitched much better at home than on the road, and whoever starts the opener would, if necessary, also start a decisive Game 5 at Yankee Stadium. A few weeks back there was concern about Wang far exceeding his highest inning total ever. He has tempered those frets by pitching well recently and actually now projects as the Yankees starter most capable of handling a heavy workload. If his signature hard sinker is on, it does not matter if a team sees him twice in a series. There is little adjustment that could be made to that pitch.
JOHNSON IN GAME 2 -He actually has performed better on the road. Still, there are benefits to pitching a lefty at the Stadium. Also, as he showed again in last year’s Division Series, there are advantages to having Johnson available in relief in the postseason. If he starts in Game 2, he could be available out of the pen in Games 4 or 5.
MUSSINA IN GAME 3 – Torre always has thought this is the most important game in a series, more so if the game is on the road, which it would be here. Torre would want his pitcher most likely not to be impacted by that kind of outside distraction, and that probably is Mussina.
WRIGHT IN GAME 4 – Cory Lidle has tendinitis in his pitching hand, which Torre said has robbed some effectiveness from the righty’s splitter. Wright has pitched better recently teamed with Fasano, peppering the strike zone more. This might be a close call, but the nod goes to Wright because his stuff is better, he has more postseason experience than Lidle (including starting a World Series Game 7), and when a decision is close, loyalty should matter. Wright has been part of the team all year, caused no problems when he was bounced in and out of the rotation and – unlike, say, Carl Pavano – has gained clubhouse-wide respect for working through myriad injuries. There is some enticement when it comes to rookies Jeff Karstens and Darrell Rasner, but way too much mystery to trust them in October over Wright.
一個月前根本不可能相信的事。但洋基在8月中旬猛攻入芬威球場，橫掃5場比賽，把目前系列賽降低到感覺像是自從Dooley Womack正試圖使Joe Foy出局以來最無意義的基襪對戰。（問你們的父親）—-我也不知，有人能答嗎？
但為何要等到老虎、雙城、和白襪他們自己挑出呢？對我，紅襪洋基系列賽唯一有興趣的是：由於昨天因雨延期，二隊今天和明天將打雙重賽，如果洋基今天橫掃和贏明天第一場，他們將最終贏得美聯東區王座。在那觀點上，洋基可能在比賽之間慶祝，容許Torre經由啟用一個醉酒的球隊或充滿Andy Cannizaros 和 Kevin Thompsons類的人，在睡前對他討厭的ESPN網路精華時間的比賽送上喝采。
Lidle在他投球的手肌腱發炎，Torre說它使這位右投手的指叉球喪失某些效果。Wright最近和Fasano搭配投的較好，擲在好球帶較多。這可能是一個比分接近的判決，但要由Wright來投，因為他的球質較好，他比Lidle有較多的季後賽經驗(包括先發世界大賽第7場比賽)，而且當結果很接近時，忠誠應該是重點。Wright整年都是這個球隊的成員，當他進進出出先發都沒產生問題，不像Pavano，Wright經歷無數的受傷已經得到球隊的敬重。當涉及Karstens 和 Rasner時是有一些引誘性，但太過難以理解以致無法在10月越過Wright去信賴他們。