1. mattymatty2000@hotmail.com

    Looked like you were playing a pretty deep right field, Steven. But seriously, great job.

    Question though: Mainstream media types don’t all think alike, so why would you assume that “bloggers” do? (I put “bloggers” in quotes because at this point it’s a silly idea, because just about everyone including newspaper reporters, and ballplayers has a blog.) Anyway, I thought it an odd question.

  2. myle

    At the risk of sounding surprised, I found you to be both telegenic and articulate. REALLY nice job Steven, I hope we see you on the air more often.

    So Wang didn’t win, but he had a respectable outing. As you said in an earlier column, the Nats have bats. Unfortunately their pitching overachieved big time, otherwise Wang’s pitching might have been enough to win. It may sound sentimental, but you have to look at last night’s outing as a confidence builder for Wang, and let him take on the Braves.

  3. ken.perschke@gmail.com

    I hate to break up the blind panic, but I ran some quick numbers to see if what I thought I saw during the series with the Nationals was true. I was right – the Nationals pitchers were as bad as advertised, they just got exceptionally lucky for 26 innings. The Yankees put 83 balls in play over three games, and only 17 of those landed for hits for a .205 BABIP. They drew 11 walks (3.8BB/9IP) ad struck out only 9 times (3.1K/9IP).

    To sum up – pretty much anything can happen in a 3 game sample, even a great offense getting shut down by a historically bad pitching staff.

  4. elfmanlives@hotmail.com

    I just had to listen to a certain ESPN radio guy go on and on about how the current Yankees have no identity and the first thing he thought of when he thought of the 90s Yankees was “clutch.” He brought up the following names: Scott Brosius, Tino Martinez, and Bernie Williams. Let’s compare their clutch numbers to their modern day counterparts:
    2out/RISP – .244/.329/.396
    Late & Close – .253/.335/.430
    2out/RISP – .272/.404/.484
    Late & Close – .278/.377/.534
    2out/RISP – .258/.380/.492
    Late & Close – .272/.359/.465
    2out/RISP – .294/.430/.645
    Late & Close – .284/.379/.559
    2out/RISP – .274/.392/.443
    Late & Close – .286/.382/.472
    2out/RISP – .231/.306/.325
    Late & Close – .313/.385/.399

    Now I’m not sitting here trying to tell you that the Yankees today are more clutch than they used to be, but what I will tell you is that being “clutch” is so misleading. Pitching isn’t. The Yankees pitching whether it’s the starters or the bullpen is SO inferior to those teams that it puts pressure on all the other aspects of a team. If a team hits .250 in clutch spots when their pitchers are only giving up 3-4 runs that’s great. When they hit .250 while their pitchers give up 6-7 runs then that’s rough. I won’t make excuses for this past series because that was just inexcusable hitting overall, but I still think the pitching is what needs to improve for this team to go on a run.

  5. sadaharuo

    Just a quick FYI:
    Mike Francesa just said that Cano is a better hitter than Posada.
    So we’ve still got some work to do.

  6. wombatpete@iname.com

    I’m sorry, guys, you’ve obviously missed the handbook. This is a list of comments to a blog. Where do you get off including bits of relatively intelligent, well-considered analysis, let alone backed up by research?

    Desist, before it’s too late and you’ve ruined the reputation of comment-posters everywhere!

    Mr. Goldman, I must say (in the same facetious vein) that you should talk to the yes wardrobe/make-up crew. Honestly, did you look like a representative of the stat-head community? Standing in the outfield in your fine suit and powerful, tough-guy pose? Seriously, though – it was great, your best TV performance (to my knowledge) to date!

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