Game 153: Funny, it doesn’t feel like Game 153

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Before we start, the Yanks have announced that IPK will be scratched from his Saturday start due to an upper back strain. Everyone slides back. You can never have enough pitching. Hat tip to anaconda.

The Yanks are rollin’, but things aren’t going to get any easier over the next four days. The Blue Jays are throwing four guys at us that we haven’t exactly hit well this season.

Tonight’s starter, Roy Halladay, in 14 innings has allowed 5 runs (3 home runs), walked 4 and struck out 14.

Tomorrow’s starter, Shaun Marcum, in 16.1 innings has allowed 11 runs (2 homers), walked nine and struck out 12. Okay, so maybe we’ve hit him well on the whole. I just can’t forget that May 29th start where he held us to two hits and no runs over six innings. Then again, he walked three that night, and we were playing remarkably shitty ball, so hopefully that doesn’t carry over.

Sunday’s starter, Dustin McGowan, in 19.2 innings has allowed 8 runs (1 homer), walked 7 and struck out 16. However, he did allow four runs over five innings back on September 12, so he’s not invincible.

Finally, Monday’s starter, A.J. Burnett, has been a royal pain in the ass. In 15 innings, he’s allowed just one run (on a solo shot to Johnny Damon), walked 6 and struck out 13.

However, the Blue Jays’ offense isn’t in good shape. Vernon Wells and Troy Glaus, in theory their two best hitters, are done for the year. Lyle Overbay hasn’t started since September 14, after getting screws removed from his wrists. However, he has played in the 8th or 9th for defensive purposes pretty much every game since. Basically, Frank Thomas, Matt Stairs, and Alex Rios are the only players left with remotely respectable numbers. Aaron Hill is okay, but he’s still below league average. Russ Adams has fared well lately, but we know how streaks tend to even themselves out.

Remember, you can still vote in the caption contest. It seems voting has slowed in the past few days. Thankfully, Dane Cook is still in the lead.

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

And on the mound, No. 40, Chien Ming Wang.

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  • Mike R.

    Thanks for the love Joseph, but unless Torre in an unexpected move put Lou Gehrig in the game to pitch tonight I think you have a typo with the pitchers number.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Didn’t you hear about our guest start tonight? Chien-Ming Gehrig.

      It’s fixed. Of course, Mike points this out to me and doesn’t change it himself.

  • Mike R.

    IF I had admin rights I would fix it. Hell I would probaly post a thought or two. :)

  • Mike R.

    By the way I just read that Buster Olney thinks Gehrig is a perfect fit for the rotation.

  • Stylez

    Ecks is a really great scrappy guy that gives heart to the Cardinal organization. he’s played good also aside from some games that he’s missed this year so I wouldn’t understand why they would let him go but Renteria is having his best season as a pro aside from 2003 with the cards. Renteria’s glove is horrible. I would go the cheaper route with Ecks and I heard somewhere that La russa is as good as gone after season

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’d rather let a cardboard cutout of David Eckstein play shortstop than the real David Eckstein. Grit and scrappiness is nice and all, but an 88 career OPS+ is just not acceptable.

  • jamie

    Does anyone else agree that its a good thing that AROD is having a miny slump now? He’s such a streaky hitter and I’m praying that this recent skid will set him up for a monster October.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Gotta love it when 2 groundball pitchers have their A game working. This game’ll be over by 8:30 EST.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Old man Joba’s in the hizzy.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    49 pitches for Halladay through 5.1 innings? That’s not good. No, that’s not good at all.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That’s good. That’s very good in fact. Way to go Robbie.

    Time for Babe Mientkiewicz to do his thang.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Ack.

  • batty

    I get the idea of trying to sneak in a run, but Posada running? Meh. Especially when they start to get hits off of him, think they’re picking the wrong day to force a running game.

  • Greg G.

    Man, Halladay’s tough. Is he even breaking a sweat at this point?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      According to Buster Olney, breaking a sweat would be a good fit for Halladay.

      • Greg G.

        I thought Olney said that Halladay would be a good fit for breaking a sweat.

  • Greg G.

    Argh…not good.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Nice 1-6 double play by Mink & Jeter.

    (don’t ask me, Mike Kay said it)

  • cjc

    apparently the Yankees hate shitty TV(damn you homeboys in space) and therefore refuse to win anytime they are scheduled for Fri night on MY9

    and Villone is warming AWESOME

  • Greg G.

    It’s not good when as a fan you’re hoping the opposing pitcher pops a blister or something. While sitting in the dugout.

  • Mike44

    Huh, we’re struggling against a good strikeout pitcher. Where have I seen this before? Oh right, against every good strikeout pitch we face.

    Cant wait for Carmona/Sabathia/Lackey/Escobar. Truly thrilling offense.

    • Greg G.

      Which, of course, explains why we have 2 K’s on the night. I think we’re just struggling against a really good pitcher who happens to own the Yanks.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I wouldn’t call Halladay a strikeout pitcher, his 5.55 Kper9 is 55th amongst qualified starters, somehow behind Jamie Moyer.

      When he’s on, like he is tonight, he’s a groundball machine.

  • cjc

    slump buster

  • Buster O.

    I think a two run home run would be a good fit here.

    • Greg G.

      Olney…is that you? Cool!

    • Greg G.

      I think you’d be a great fit for this comment section!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It’s nice to see that Buster Olney thinks that Buster Olney would be a good fit for RAB’s comments section.

  • batty

    We should have had 3 runs by now. I don’t think it’s been pitching more than we ran ourselves out of chances.

  • Greg G.

    C’mon Halladay…miss your spot just once!

  • Mike44

    Fine, I’ll addend:

    Huh, we’re struggling against an ABOVE AVERAGE pitcher. Where have I seen this before? Oh right, against every ABOVER AVERAGE pitcher we face.

    Cant wait for Carmona/Sabathia/Lackey/Escobar. Truly thrilling offense.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Roy Halliday is one of the top pitchers in the AL. Sometimes, great pitching can utterly shut down great offenses, and that’s what we’re seeing here. It sucks, but what can you do, other than tip your cap to Roy and go get ‘em tomorrow. The Yanks aren’t going to go 10-0 to end the season (or 14-0 for that matter). Win tomorrow now.

      Or today. We’ve still got one inning left.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Did Mike Kay just say that Jose Veras has a shot at the postseason roster? Great googelly moogelly.

    • batty

      lol

  • cjc

    whewww thank god I was worried there for a minute that Rios might go hitless against the yankees

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that the Yanks will get the tying run to the plate in this game.

    • batty

      Booyah!

    • Mike R.

      You’re crazy!! The tying run! That’s just crazy talk I tell you, and Buster Olney told me an I told you so comment would be a good fit on this board.

  • Mike R.

    Halladay should be out of the game by 1:00 pm tomorrow right? I sure hope so.

  • Brian

    While I appreciate the body of work the Jays have done over the course of this week, will somebody tell them they can’t make the playoffs anymore? Buster O.?
    “It’s not really a great situation when a team that can’t make the playoffs tries to pretend they can by beating teams in contention. I’ve seen it happen before; they just don’t make it. The numbers don’t ever line up–no matter how many wins they pile up after being eliminated.”

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh crap, Ronnie Villone just had a 1-2-3 inning. That means he’s back in the Circle of Trust™.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Does anyone really think that Derek Jeter drives a blazing copper Ford Edge?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Johnny D!

  • Brian

    He kind of was out, like Moose, but you’re never really out. Even if you have 6-7-8 inning. Proctor will probably get the nod across the field someday when we play LA; he’ll start twitching uncontrollably in the opposite dugout.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Wait what, Mike? Of course Jeter drives that crappy car. Commercials don’t lie.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It was on TV, therefore it must be true!

  • Brian

    tying run at the plate! wow.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      What did I say like, 8 comments ago? :)

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Well, that was almost a clutch DP by Groundball-deki.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Can I get a Hip Hip!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Come on people, don’t leave me hangin’ here!

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Fine, I’ll do it myself…

        Jorge!

  • Brian

    i’m on the west coast, and you’re really making me feel like this one was played three hours previously; the open-ended result just leaves me hanging. seriously, what’s next?

  • batty

    This game is making me naseous. Was supposed to leave about 40 mins ago!

  • Brian

    omg; is torre calling the jays bullpen, because i swore only he would allow someone to stick it out like this…

  • Brian

    oh, right. i guess the jays took that as a personal insult.

  • Brian

    weird how i feel like on a night like tonight, maybe even tampa can stroke a couple balls in the ninth….

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    !!!!!

  • batty

    Yeah Cano!!!

  • batty

    Tied!!! Holy Crap!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Um, so WOW!!!

  • cjc

    tonight the my9 curse goes down

  • Brian

    mound visit time=changing my pants time

    perfect

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    WOOOOOOOOOO I love baseball in September like this.

  • Greg G.

    Wow…whenever I doubt them, this team just keeps reeling me in!

  • Pete

    AHHHHHHHH!!!!! I am overdosing on my crazy pillssss!!!!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Melky’s really struggling these days. His OBP is now below .335 and he’s topping everything.

    • batty

      I agree – that first hack was really a waste. Good thing is we’re back at the top of the order.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Shoulda pinch hit Shelley there if you ask me. Or even Betemit. Dude’s got 15 hits with the Yanks…and 20 RBI!

      • batty

        Shelley and Wiiiiiilllllsooooooooooon need more at bats, think they’re both a bit rusty from biodegrating on the bench.

  • Brian

    s’ok.
    halladay’s been equalyzzzzzddd

    i don’t know what that means exactly, but the wang arm of the law don’t uh….
    go yanks

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Buster Olney felt a 9th inning comeback was a good fit for the Yanks tonight.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Off topic, but 110 pitches for Doc tonight, 82 strikes. Wowza.

  • Brian

    BO thought Halladay was a good fit for the pine.

    I agree. Totally. That is some seriously lucky pine.

  • Batty

    Great outing for Mo – needed that after the last few outings.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    3 run HR by Ortiz to make it 7-1 Sox. That’s clutch baby, 3 run homer with the team already up by 3. In no way is that tacking on runs vs an inferior pitching staff. All clutch.

    • Batty

      Damn – looks like both games may finish at the same time anyway.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Someone’s on the field. I hope the AP takes a good photo so we can have another contest and pick five comments you all hate for a vote.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Buster Olney thinks sarcasm was a good fit for that comment.

    • Mike R.

      I hope the guy resembles a very unfunny “comedian”.

  • Buster O.

    I think a walk-off slump busting A-Bomb would be an appropriate fit here.

  • Brian

    How many innings would we have to go before Joba gets in? Into the 12th?

    • Batty

      There ya go

  • Brian

    Another way of phrasing that last question is: Funny, it doesn’t feel like game 153 anymore.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Dang. Well-hit ball and nothing to show for it.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Why no Mo for 2?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Harlan Chamberlain kicks ass.

  • Batty

    Come on Joba – smoke ‘em!

  • Brian

    oh crap! i didn’t realize detwah won tonight!
    just kidding…well, they did, but

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Way to show off that 5 inch vertical Giambi!

  • Batty

    Nailed him!

  • Batty

    I was actually a bit worried that that would be the single/scored run that he hasn’t had happen yet. Apparently not for another day!

  • Mike R.

    Is it too early to start a Joba ROY ’08 campaign? I have some ideas for posters.

  • Batty

    Go go Godzilla!

    • Batty

      Damn you!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Terrible 3-1 swing by Matsui. His mechanics are well out-of-whack.

  • Batty

    Damn, almost.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Yawn, 3-pitch strikeout to start the inning for Joba. That’s 3 straight K.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Make that 4 straight.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Holy crap, Humberto Sanchez is in the dugout!

    • NYFan50

      And we may need him to pitch before long, tonight.

  • Alex W.

    JO-BA! JO-BA! JO-BA!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Did channel 9 run out of commercials?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Lord knows the YES Network wouldn’t have.

  • Mike R.

    Insert Mike A. Hateful Melky comment here.

    • Batty

      That was a good at bat for him.

  • Batty

    Nobody beats the Viz.

    • Mike R.

      Nobody!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Okay, the comeback was nice. Now win already.

    Mighty Matt after the Viz? They’re gonna cut him this offseason, I’d like to see him in a Yankee uniform at least one more time.

  • Brian

    the bright side of games like this is we are in game 1 of the series, not headed off to the next tomorrow and both teams can be tired….

  • Brian

    but then again a wise man, presumably buster olney, once said:
    better to be tired and happy than tired and pissed.

  • Brian

    Farnsworth after Mr. Vizzles, I think. This could be like one of those chance where we see Torre’s trust factor lined up: Mo, Chamberlain, Viz, then who?

    • Batty

      Bruney/Britton maybe? Would he really trust him to close out a game anymore?

      • Batty

        Bruney it is!

  • Brian

    one of those chance? no idea what the fingers meant.

  • Batty

    Here we go, El Capatain! Single, single and we go for beers.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Captain Clutch!

  • Brian

    going back to desalvo, really? cut? i know there’s like 9 guys vying for AAA spots, but is he at the top of the likely gone list of those? i get why, but what else could they do?

    and what the shit is joe kennedy doing pitching for the jays
    i missed that

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Mike Kay just said “If you’re just getting in from a night on the town…”, it’s what, 11:30 EST?

    Buster Olney says Mike Kay is a good fit for 1932.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Let’s go Mo(lina)!

  • Mike R.

    Can someone please tell me why it is we are not carrying a third catcher?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I don’t know. Even if it has to be Nieves, so be it. Not having a 3rd catcher in September is pretty inexcusable, especially with dead weight like Sean Henn & Brian Bruney taking up 40-man roster spots.

  • cjc

    time for molina to shoot the gap here

  • cjc

    miss big Will do you

    • Mike R.

      I miss anyone who is not a defensive liability behind the plate that will allow us to pinch hit for Molina in a spot like that. Shelley or Betemit could have done a better job in that AB.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    That was a half-assed AB by Molina. He goes to the Robbie Cano School of Swinging at Everything. Alas.

  • cjc

    ugh Bruney try not to walk everyone

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Ah crap, Bruney. This guy can’t buy a strike.

  • cjc

    Greg Zaun thats a disgrace

  • Batty

    Fuck!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Ohlendorf anyone? The guy does have the second highest Kper9 in all of the land,

    And of course Bruney gives up a bomb.

  • cjc

    MY9 strikes again

    I hate to say it but I would rather see Farnsworth over Bruney

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Get this fucker off the team. Ross Ohlendorf is a much better choice. Or Villone. Bullshit bullpen managing for a change.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Greg Zaun hitting a homer off Brian Bruney isn’t Joe Torre’s fault, it’s Bruney’s.

      The game had entered the realm where all the relievers left were basically of the same quality. If any one of ‘em had come in and gave up that shot, then it still woulda been Torre’s fault somehow.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I’m guessing Jason Frasor will come in and try to nail down the save…

  • Batty

    If we can limit to 1 I have a feeling they’ll get a fire under them and score it up. Ha – they just said the same thing :)

  • Brian

    why hasn’t brune-take-a-knee been pulled yet?
    all right, well there’s a strikeout

  • cjc

    strikes out the side but gets hammered by greg fucking zaun what a joke

  • NYFan50

    Buster Olney thinks a game tying home run would be a good fit here.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Mike: How abou Ohlendorf?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Eh, not much of an upgrade at this point. And besides, you can’t assume that Ohlie woulda put up a zero if he was brought in instead of Bruney.

  • Mike R.

    Call me crazy but I have a feeling we will bring the tying run to the plate.

  • cjc

    and michael kay wins the award for the most enthusiastic call of a foul ball ever

    • Mike R.

      I guess you’ve never heard John sterling scream “It is high. It is FAR. IT IISSS…foul”

      • Batty

        Even better: It is high, ne-it is far, ne-it is….caught!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I felt the breeze on that one here on the West Side of Manhattan.

  • cjc

    where was all this fight from toronto oh i dont the rest of the season

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Well, at least Torre pinch hit for Melky.

  • Mike R.

    If we tie it here we could have a chance at 200 comments. I think that would be a RAB record.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      We’re already in uncharted waters for comments here at RAB. This is our most ever.

      But it was in an extra innings games, so stick an asterisk on it.

  • Brian

    i think it’s high time i punched josh towers teeth in if we lose this. we never really got any revenge on him, but then again he’s sort of a league-wide fool now

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I guess, Mike. Bruney and Henn are the last two I would ever use in this pen right now.

  • cjc

    wow terrible job

  • http://SportingGurus.com Adam

    Little low, eh ump?

  • Brian

    sweet shelley, forsaken

  • Batty

    BS last call.

  • cjc

    not to mention in the other fucking batters box

    bruney sucks

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    What a way to go: an outside low pitch and a bad call. I gotta take a breather before I write up this crappy game.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That was either a bad call, or the most beautifully placed fastball I’ve ever seen.

    Oh well, this one’s over. No point in looking back and getting upset over it. Tomorrow’s game is only 13 hours & 10 minutes away.

  • Batty

    Well, thanks y’ll and goodnight.

  • cjc

    and MY9 strikes again if only they could have held out a few more minutes than it would have been Sat. but alas 0 for fri night continues

  • Mac

    Man, this freaking sucks. I am stuck in a freaking dinner at Gramercy Tavern and then in a freaking play and I get out, see the games still going, cab it home, just to see bruney let up a homer to freaking zaun.

    Bummer is an understatement.

    Bruney freaking sucks.

  • dan

    I saw Mike already made the comment about comments reaching uncharted waters…. but if Buster Olney’s numbers are correct, then there were only 119 “non-Mike” comments.

  • mg

    ugh. So glad I stayed till the last pitch. I had that bad feeling as soon as I saw Bruney warming. I found myself actually wishing it was Farnsworthless warming up. This is one of those losses that hurts for a few days. All our best relievers got used but no W. What a tough night.

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