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"Clarice, doesn't this random scattering of sites seem desperately random - like the elaborations of a bad liar? Ta, Hannibal Lecter."

The sites Hannibal refers to...does he mean where Buffalo Bill deposits his prey, or the no-rhyme-or-reason performances of our pitching staff outside of CC/AJ/Andy?

Last time Sergio Mitre pitched, he naturally threw a no-hitter into the 7th, and only was taken out after a line drive nailed him in the forearm. The Yankees are 5-2 in games started by Sergio Mitre (3-1, 5.65 ERA). Am I watching the same games as everyone else? I sometimes think I'm watching the wrong season after I hear these most basic of stats.

Actually, the 5.65 ERA I believe. And the fact that he pitched a one-hitter last week but STILL has that? Ouch. It just goes to show you what kind of defense shows up for these substandard pitchers.

ARod and Posada will probably get some rest for this game, who both inexplicably struggle severely against the 5-9/5.17 ERA Tallet, neither of them batting remotely above .200. (ARod 1-15 against him? You know what's funny. That's a lot worse than his playoff performance and with the same sample size. But no one would ever assign a modicum of importance to a statistic evaluating his BA against a batter in 15 ABs.)

Then there's the most sensical thing Girardi's subscribed to this year:

"It was a real important game for us to win because you don't want losing streaks to become two," Girardi said. "You want to stop if after one and get on another roll."

You really can't underestimate the importance of getting on another roll. I'm not even kidding.

StreakMost Peninsula is the Secret in baseball.

My dad's preview of the game:

"Who's pitching?"
"Oh. I don't like him. Who's pitching for the bad guys?"
"Ooooh. Tallet! Ok, I predict Jeter goes 2-for-4."
"That's not a prediction, he does that every other game
"Oh. Ok then I don't know."
"It's the 137th game, if that helps."
"Oh! Ok, well then I predict the Yankees socre 12 runs."

That's how Pollinas manhandle logic.

Let's go, Yanks. 9.5 lead would be even better than 8.5.


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