Battered Yanks seek win vs. Richmond

halladay250_051309.jpgOK, NOW THAT WE’VE GOT HALLADAY OUT OF THE WAY …
Roy Halladay has made 31 career starts against the Yankees in his career, or about one full season’s worth. With last night’s victory, his record against them improved to 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA. In 216 1/3 career innings, he’s allowed 190 hits, walked 47, and struck out 167. He’s thrown five complete games and hurled two shutouts. Halladay’s three best teams are the Tigers, Orioles and Yankees. One of these things is not like the other.

For the Yankees, losing to Halladay was the closest thing to an inevitability in this series. Now they have to face Scott Richmond, a 29-year-old righty with 11 career appearances under his belt. Though he is 4-1 with a 3.29 ERA, he’s also had a great deal of luck so far. He’s a fly-ball pitcher who has already allowed a fair number of home runs. Combine that with an unimpressive walk rate and mix thoroughly, and the recipe should produce some crooked numbers. It hasn’t so far, because despite the walks, Richmond has held opposing batters to a .222 average — this despite another unimpressive stat, his rate of line drives allowed. I know this is a bit stat-heady, but stick with me for a moment: Line drives are hits the vast majority of the time. A high number of balls in play against Richmond are line drives, ergo there should be a high number of hits to go with them. In Richmond’s case, there aren’t. Opposing batters are hitting just .245 on balls in play, a rate that’s way, way below average — the league average on balls in play is .305. That suggests that Richmond has had a great deal of good luck so far, with balls practically taking sharp turns and honing their way into fielders’ mitts.

If this suggests to you that the Yankees could rampage around the Rogers Centre tonight, you’re right, but only sort of. With the Yankees order being so dramatically depleted — tonight’s order has Robby Cano batting fifth, Melky Cabrera batting sixth, Brett Gardner seventh, Ramiro Pena eighth, and Frankie Cervelli ninth — they may not have the firepower to rampage over a mound of Jell-O. Oh, those injuries, oh, that lack of second-line talent. This has been a recurrent theme since 2000, a direct contributor (to borrow a title from Buster Olney) to the last night of the Yankee dynasty, and a major issue in most seasons since. With the June draft almost upon us, it might be worth asking if anything in the Yankees’ player procurement and development philosophy has changed given these problems, but this isn’t really the draft to be asking about, given that they vented their picks on free-agent compensation.

Oh well. The more things change the more they stay the same. Perhaps no one drafting in the 900 picks ahead of the Yankees will want to meet Stephen Strasburg’s price of $50 gabooblebillion and he’ll fall out of the first 17 rounds to whenever the Yankees finally get to pick … Nah, won’t happen. Still, at this stage the Yankees could do just as well with a bunch of league-average outfielders. That seems almost like a bigger dream than projecting a Strasburgian Icarus act on draft day.  

… Later on. In the meantime, a transcript of yesterday’s chat is available in the lobby. 


  1. yankeexx

    Injuries suck but whatcha going to do about it right! It is what it is. Still cheering..Go Yankees!

  2. iamanycguy

    Good attitude. This bad luck can’t last forever. The new guys and the pen need to step up to keep us afloat until everybody comes back healthy.

  3. andreap

    Cheering for our favorite baseball team is a great way to relax in the middle of this economic crisis. However, there are instances that sport isn?t as fun as it is supposed to be. Manny Ramirez seems to have controversy follow him wherever he goes. He angered and alienated fans in Boston (despite helping them to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007) and was traded in 2008 to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Well, now he’ll be sitting out for a third of a season, as he has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, netting a 50 game suspension. He won’t need payday loans, but he’s the latest addition to a list of big names in Major League Baseball to take steroids. Oddly enough, the kind he took is used to treat female infertility. His agent had no comment, but many would get out credit cards to see Manny Ramirez suspended indefinitely.

  4. letsgoyankees

    I think things are better than they seem.

    We beat Richmond. We win the series, we’re back on track and prove we can beat good teams.


    Remind me Steve, how many zeros are there in gabooblebillion?

    And in regards to Strasburg, have there been any studies on how many pitchers drafted out of college avoid injury? Normally I’m in favor of playing draft picks, which I feel are very under valued commodities, but paying that amount of money to a college pitcher, whether he is some genetic combination of Walter Johnson and Steve Carlton or me (I’m not very good), strikes me as a dangerous type of roulette.

  6. acepoint01

    Point of Fact – Yankees have a first round pick. I think #20 or something bc they couldn’t sign one of their picks last year.

    Bottom of the lineup looked pretty good. Pena is a real professional hitter (hits to the situation) and has a sick glove. Get him some at-bats…If matty isn’t ready today, and Jeter is, then A-Rod should DH and Pena should be at third for a day to make sure Alex doesn’t hurt himself

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