Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned.

On most teams the set up man has become more valuable, on others not so valuable.

Something to keep in mind — it’s raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls.

What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.

So by guessing right you might have guessed wrong.

Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.

As a new day begins in New York, the sun sets in Hawaii.

If football is a game of inches then baseball is a game of inch.

If that ball had more elevation, it would have been a home run.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, what is a fielder’s choice? An acquaintance?

It’s better to have a fast runner on base than a slow one.

One thing about ground balls. They don’t go out of the ball park.

The reason we call that pitch up and in is because the arms are attached to the shoulder.

He wears his hat like a left hander!

Any ball that goes down is much heavier than any ball that stays on the same plane.

The blood on his sock looks exactly like Oklahoma!

You don't want to use too many statistics. The ones that apply to a July or August game won't be relevant on Saturday.

American McCarver

Jorge Posada, Winding Down

Last night. The Yankees are down 4-2 against the Rays in the top of the 8th. Left-hander Cesar Ramos is on the mound. Robinson Cano leads off with a broken-bat bloop single to center. Nick Swisher follows with a walk. Due up next: Jorge Posada. 16-year veteran. Five-time All-Star. Four-time World Series champion.

Now, though, he’s a designated hitter with an OPS of just .695 and only 29 RBIs in mid-July. A 39-year-old batting .224, and more to the point, hitting just .120 against lefties this season. A slow runner who increasingly hits ground balls.

And so instead of walking from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box, he gets called back to the dugout, to watch Andruw Jones pinch-hit for him.

Posada’s face says it all.


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