Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Tonight: The Old Vet vs. The New Kid

If you can get to a television at 10:30 this evening, make sure to watch the Yank'ums take on the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Tonight's match-up features the Old Vet versus the New Kid, the All-Star flame-thrower on his way out against the Rising Star on his way up, the got-nothing-left Lefty taking on the this-kid's-all-right Righty. I love these kinds of match-ups.

If you haven't heard of the M's Felix Hernandez, he's the 19-year-old fireballer that the minor leagues can't hold. Believe it or not, he's still two years away from the legal drinking age but the M's haven't even rushed him to the big leagues. He's ready. His stats say he's ready. Just look at this pitching line for the season:

2-1, 5 starts, 36 innings pitched, 38 Ks, only 23 hits and 5 walks, only 7 earned runs. More than a strikeout per inning, an ERA less than 2, a WHIP below 1.

Have I mentioned he's 19? With the Unit coming off one of his best starts as a Yankee and returning to the city where he burst onto the scene, this one's gearing up to be one of the best match-ups of the year (and how about NL Cy Young candidates Carpenter and Clemens going head-to-head on Saturday?).

ESPN2 nationally or YES in NYC. Tune in, Slackers.


At 4:21 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

Hey Felix, which way to the career-ruining cocaine addiction?

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I see Felix throwing a no-hitter with the SF Giants in 2017.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger ethan said...

dude i hope you're right about it being on the deuce. on's scoreboard it doesn't have it listed.

as for the matchup itself, you know the unit is gonna have himself worked into a rage pregame with all the new vs. old hype. felix will probably smoke a j at around 1pm while rj bangs his drums and beats up water coolers right up until he heads to the bullpen. if he gets upstaged by a youngin, media beward postgame.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I could have sworn I saw that, Ethan. Hope so, it would be ludicrous speed if they didn't air this game.

At 2:31 AM, Anonymous HANDSTAND said...

Baseball doesn't get much better than tonight. The veteran taking a no-hitter into the 6th.....the phenom lasting 8 innings, but making two bad pitches that resulted in solo home I love beisbol.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Unbelievable stuff,'re right, it really doesn't get any better than that. Nothing like a match-up that brings the heat.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger ethan said...

the unit was dominating, but felix basically pitched better. facing a far superior lineup, he went deeper into the game and was more efficient with his pitch count. sadly, because the m's appear to be going no where fast (the youth movement could take a while), felix could be toiling in relative obscurity (a la ben sheets - until the brew crew make a wild card run next year), never taking much of a main stage until he's in his mid twenties.


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