Game Thread: An ALDS rematch with a glimpse of ’09


The Yanks face off against the Indians today in Tampa. Hopefully, midges won’t attack the field.

On the mound, the Yanks’ ace Chien-Ming Wang hopes for another solid start while the Indians are countering with C.C. Sabathia. If this sounds familiar, well, just think back to October. And think ahead to 2009 because I fully expect the Yanks to put on the full-court press for Sabathia come the off-season.

The game is on YES and You an follow along here via Gameday. As the lineups show, the Yanks are going with something of a mixed squad today.

Cabrera CF
Lane LF
Ensberg DH
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Duncan RF
Cano 2B
Betemit SS
Molina C


Categories : Game Threads


  1. Ben K. says:

    Ok. When did Time Warner move the YES Network to channel 53 and were they going to tell us? I had a mini-heart attack when I put on Ch. 30 only to find something other than YES there.

  2. LiveFromNewYork says:

    I need Michael Kay to shut up.

  3. Ben K. says:

    Whatever the Indians are doing against Wang sure is working. And the Yanks announcers are really railing on him today, it seems.

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      Ben, I think they’re right that he needs another pitch.

      • Ben K. says:

        Oh, they’re definitely right, but that was about a half an inning of utterly slamming him. He has managed to pitch pretty well over the last two seasons. Things could get dicey if the league is catching up to him though.

        • LiveFromNewYork says:

          yeah, Kay also has a tendency to repeat himself even from season to season. He said something yesterday and I finished the sentence for him. I knew exactly what he was going to say.

  4. LiveFromNewYork says:

    I like how happy Shelley gets after he smacks it out.

  5. Ivan says:

    CMW yes needs another pitch especially to counteract against lefties, but nevertheless, the guy is very good pitcher and shows flashes of k’s guys.

    To me CMW is one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball in my opinion.

  6. Jamal G. says:

    I have to ask because I’ve been wondering it myself, is their any sense in re-signing Jason Giambi after this season? Forget the money/years for a second, just as an onn the field issue does it make sense for the Yanks to keep Giambi? Obviosuly if Tex is available then this is just a moot issue but as a fall back plan if we don’t get Tex or he doesn’t hit the market somehow, who do we really have as an everyday 1B option? Can a trio of Shelley Duncan, Juan Miranda, and Eric Duncan (yes I am still a believer) produce an average year of production from 1B in 2009?

    I personally have an open mind to the issue but it all depends on the “BIG G’s” durability and ability to play an average at best 1B this season.

    • Rich says:

      Giambi has a $22 million option for 2009 with a $5 million buyout.

      He’s going to get bought out unless he is willing to renegotiate in a major way.

  7. pete says:

    Wang = 6 Ks through 4 innings jeez

  8. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Seems like Girardi wants everyone to be aggressive on the bases but I don’t see Molina or Posada being very effective. I think Jose just got lucky there.

  9. Jamal G. says:

    Straight Nasty by Sizemore.

  10. pete says:

    make that 7 Ks through 5.1

  11. Joe says:

    I have to ask, why are there so many people that still think Eric Duncan will be even a decent player? He hasn’t just been bad over the last 5 years, he has been terrible. If the best season of your career is hitting .235 19 HR 136k’s and you still have people backing you up, you must be one hell of a nice guy. Or a former first round pick that people hate giving up on.

    I understand he has been young for his league, but a 1st baseman hitting .240 with 11 homers as a 22 year old in AAA can’t be spun to show anything other than what he is…mediocre at BEST in the minors.

    • Jamal G. says:

      You underestimate the detriment the Yankees did to his development by rushing him through the system. The reason you hear so much that he was young for his league is because they’re putting out a disclaimer with his stats that 1. He was young for his league and that matters a lot 2. The Yanks messed up and rushed him.

      You are correct in your point that people don’t want to give up on him especially when he was picked in front of guys like Saltalamacchia and Papelbon.

  12. Jamal G. says:

    Fireman Scott is at it again!

  13. LiveFromNewYork says:

    More good stuff from Patterson.

  14. Mike A. says:

    Patterson better make this team. What more could they want from him?

  15. Brian says:

    o my everlovin Patterson
    Scott, is great

  16. usty says:

    HAHA…Michael Kay, “I never understood pink cowboy hats on men.” Then the head turns and what’s clearly a woman turns her head toward the camera. Followed by 5 seconds of silence by Kay/Flaherty. HAHA

  17. Jamal G. says:

    Did Michael Kay just say that Boston’s trip FROM Japan to the WEST COAST will be 6 hours SHORTER than if they were going from Japan to the EAST COAST?

    Unless the Earth re-organized itself in the 6 hours of sleep I got last night then what in God’s name is he talking about?

  18. Joe says:

    Couple things…Patterson HAS to make this team. He just has to, he is EXACTLY the guy they have been lacking.

    Also, I completely understand that they have rushed Duncan and it may have hurt destroyed him. IF they hadn’t, he might be great. IF he was playing with people his own age it might have helped. IF the Yankees had been more careful with him…IF grasshoppers had machine guns, birds wouldn’t f*** with them. You can always IF things to death, but the point is he’s 22 or 23 now and has never even had an AVERAGE year power wise OR average wise. I just think it’s time to completely leave him out of the discussion until he forces his way back into it. This about it this way…as the same age, Scott Patterson was graduating from West Virginia State only to go undrafted and face 5 years of independant ball before someone realized…wow…this guy is pretty good. You don’t get chances because you MIGHT be good, you get chances because you earn them.

  19. Jamal G. says:

    I completely understand the negativity towards Duncan, and quite frankly he deserves it because he hasn’t produced. However having saying that, you can not give up on a 22 or 23 year old 1st RD. pick. He is not 26 or 27, hell he isn’t even 25 yet. In that logic is why I still have faith in the kid. But his performances thus far do not warrant a complete argument in his favor.

    I don’t have faith in him like I do in Christian Garcia but I’m still not ready to just give up on him either.

  20. Mike A. says:

    wtf it looked like Castro was safe? Oh well.

  21. JCP says:

    amazing pay by Gonzalez. fun to watch

  22. Rich says:

    Bowa would have sent him.

  23. Rich says:

    Comeback win!

  24. JCP says:

    I don’t see the Yankees shelling out the years for Sabathia. I think that at the end, the contract was the limiting factor with Johan, because I’d be really surprised if the Yankees couldn’t match the Mets package of talent without significant sacrifice of their top tier young talent.

    • Jamal G. says:

      When Cashman was on with the two idiots, M&MD, he said the two offers were 1. Hughes & Melky + 2 prospects or 2. Wang, Kennedy, & Melky + 1 prospect. I think it was much more than the contract that killed that Santana deal.

      • RollignWave says:

        Wang + Kennedy would have been an utter disastor. people dont’ even realize how close Wang’s production is to Santana over the last 2 season is. the difference between those two is very very marginal espically given the run support. and considering that they probalby needs to sign a Kyle Lohse (puke) if they traded IPK. anyone that pulled THAT deal would be moronic beyond believe.

  25. RobertGKramer says:

    If E. Duncan can just stay healthy this year, it will be a big plus for him. Maybe he can be a late bloomer like the unrelated S. Duncan!

  26. RobertGKramer says:

    Nice to see the Yank’s B. Castro demonstrate the correct way to make a play at the plate against Cleveland’s Haad. Someone should send that video to the Rays for Maddon to show all of his players, coaches, and whatever Zimmer is.

    If Maddon had not “justified” the home plate collision and instead issued some sort of apology, there would not have been any retaliation.

  27. Hollaforskolla says:

    N.Y.C.C. apparently said NY is just “alright”

    I think this is just a PR statement…who doesn’t love NY

  28. Barry says:

    Patterson looked pretty nasty today

    • Joe says:

      Patterson has looked nasty since the day he decided to come out of the bullpen a couple years ago. I really think they need him on the team this year.

  29. pete says:

    patterson = okajima
    like seriously wow. i am telling you by 2009 this bullpen’s gonna be better than solid. veras is nasty too, and some day edwar will learn how to throw strikes.

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