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by user Pean
In real baseball news
Mike Mussina pitched another excellent game for the New York Yankees, coming out of the game in the 8th inning with an at-the-time comfortable 8-1 lead. However, the Yanks bullpen almost gave away the game, letting The Texas Rangers climb all the way back to 8-7. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who entered the game in the 8th, was able to settle down after allowing a few hits to nail down the save. The win was Mussina's 229th career victory.
After Moose left the game with a runner on and no outs, the Yankees bullpen allowed 5 ER, 6 Hits, a Walk and a hit batsmen.
Texas starter Vicente Padilla was tagged with the loss, struggling with control walking 5 batters, allowing 6 hits and 7 ER in 3 and 2/3 innings.
In fake baseball news
Now I have been doing fantasy baseball for about 8 years, but a Yanks fan for as long as I can remember. For some reason, I never seem to have any Yanks on my fantasy teams. One theory, is that I try to avoid "picking with my heart" (like a Giants fan picking Shockey in the 2nd round of a fantasy football draft), and I overcompensate. At the end of the draft, I realize I have no Yankees. No big deal -- I follow the team just as usual (except for the occasional "My ace pitcher is facing my favorite team" fantasy condundrum -- I think a whole article can be devoted to this). Anyway, this season I decide to take Mo Rivera pretty early as my top closer, and take a chance on Moose in the later rounds. So, every 5th day, I have a chance to get the 'ol "win and a save" in the same game, yet also the disastrous "your closer blowing your starters win" game (plus, in my league we do Saves minus Blown saves -- so, blown saves are pretty much a kick in your fantasy nuts). Add in the fact that the Yankees are my favorite team, multiply both scenarios by a hundred.
So tonight I turn on the Texas-New York game, and the Yankees are cruising with an 8-1 lead in the 5th inning. Here are my fantasy baseball crazed thoughts (I hope some of you can relate -- if not, please organize an intervention on my behalf).
Warning: Before continuing, Fantasy Baseball Discretion Is Advised
Yankees up 8-1 in the 5th: "Ok, Moose seems to be cruising again. I see I already got a win out of Schilling, this should be 2 Wins Tonight for the "No Talent Ass Clowns"! Man, I should've put in Baez instead of Otsuka -- I can only get 1 save out of this game. Oh well, its 8-1 and I should get the win from Mussina...looks like no saves for me tonight.
Moose comes out of the game in the 8th after a leadoff single: "Ok its 8-1. I would gladly trade in that ER right now if it led to a Rivera save. Even if this runner scores, Moose can only get charged for 2 ER in 7 INN. 4 more Texas runs and its a save sitch. Texas is good, but its still 8-1. The Yanks pen has been solid so far."
Blalock singles to right: "Urgh. 8-6 Yanks. It's OK. Not Rivera's ER at least".
Kevin Mench up now: "I can see him getting fatter. Crappy single to left center!! No!!!! 8-7 Yanks. I am now one more hit away from the dreaded "BLOWN SAVE" (by the way, I had Francisco Cordero on my team for the month of April).
Wilkerson up with men on first and second, and an 0-2 count: "Ok, he's leading the universe in K's, so I think I'm good here. Rivera hit him in the elbow! Noooo! Bases loaded AGAIN"
Bernie grounds into double play in the top of the 9th: "No closer-insurance runs. ugh"
Matthews Jr singles in the 9th with 1 out: "If he steals second, one hit blows everything"
Michael Young up: "Ground ball to deep short...Jeter makes an excellent grab to his right, makes a crazy throw to Cano across his body as he drifts into the outfield....OUT AT 2nd! What a freaking amazing play! And everyone says Jeter is an average SS".
Teixeira Up: "Texas' best hitter vs. our best pitcher. Bring. It. On. Lined out to right! Yankees win. W for Moose, SV for Rivera. Go fantasy team! Go Yankees!"
I think its now clear why I never drafted Yankee players. Its almost like not dipping your pen in the company ink. My name is David, and I am a fantasy baseball-a-holic. I apoligize if this article is asinine, unfunny, boring and incoherent. It's Cinco De Mayo, so technically a Corona wrote this.
Fri 05/05/06, 8:48 pm EST