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May 5, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Weaver’s last stand?

Well, that Jeff Weaver outing came apart in a hurry in the sixth. Weaver ran into some serious control problems that frame, hitting Hideki Matsui with the bases loaded to bring in a run. But the moment that really did him in was walking Melky Cabrera with two out to force another run home in what turned a 3-0 game into a 4-0 affair. Derek Jeter then doubled to left to bring home to more, knock Weaver from the game, and give New York a 6-0 lead.
My take on Weaver is that he earned himself another start with this outing. Yes, he came apart in the end, but he pitched well enough to win for five innings at Yankee Stadium. That’s better than what Horacio Ramirez did in Boston the other night, or what Cha Seung Baek did here on Friday night. He kept his team in the game. Unfortunately, the way Chien Ming Wang is pitching today, it won’t matter.
By the way, Wang just brought the house down by fanning Raul Ibanez to end the seventh. He is six outs away from a perfect game.
WEAVER LOOKING STRONG
A solid opening four innings by Jeff Weaver, allowing just a run on a sacrifice fly after the Yankees used some luck to load the bases with nobody out in the third inning. Only 66 pitches through four innings by Weaver, quite a difference from his previous outings. It should get him through at least six innings, which the team badly needs with Julio Mateo still dealing with today’s assault investigation and the team playing with only a 24-man roster and 11 pitchers.
The bad news for Seattle is that Yankee starter Chien-Ming Wang has a perfect game going through five. So, it’s 1-0 for the Yankees.
Weaver has done a good job of mixing in pitches, changing speeds and keeping the Yanks off-balance. They aren’t setting up and teeing-off the way they did against Cha Seung Baek the other night — and the way the Royals did against Weaver last weekend.
FELIX OUT LONGER
Jeff Weaver faced the minimum three batters in that first inning today, giving up a hit but getting a 3-6-3 double-play grounder to erase it. He’s caught a break in that New York Yankees leadoff man Johnny Damon is sitting out today’s game after hurting his leg late in last night’s slugfest.
Seattle is going without Jose Vidro and Adrian Beltre, both being given a rest. The Julio Mateo situation has left Seattle awfully short in the bullpen, so Weaver needs to help out. I was so wrapped up in getting details on Mateo that I fogot to mention: Felix Hernandez has been pushed back another week. He and the team both agreed it was for the best. He simply isn’t ready to start right now, given the time he’s been off. He threw a 52-pitch bullpen session yesterday and now will be given a simulated game on Tuesday in Detroit, another bullpen session on Thursday and then is to start on May 15 against the Angels in Seattle. For those keeping track, it will be three days shy of a full month of inactivity for Hernandez.
Here are the lineups:
NEW YORK
CF Melky Cabrera
SS Derek Jeter
RF Bobby Abreu
3B Alex Rodriguez
DH Jason Giambi
LF Hideki Matsui
C Jorge Posada
2B Robinson Cano
1B Doug Mienkiewicz
RHP — Chien Ming Wang
SEATTLE
CF Ichiro
3B Willie Bloomquist
LF Raul Ibanez
DH Richie Sexson
1B Ben Broussard
RF Jose Guillen
C Kenji Johjima
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Jose Lopez

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