Apr
20

Game 20: Pitching and offense wanted

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There’s not much to say about today’s game. If the Yanks’ bats don’t show up, they’re in danger of getting swept in Baltimore by the Orioles and will have a very long off-day tomorrow. If the Yankee starting pitching doesn’t show up, things could start to look even worse.

Per Ed Price, since Pettitte’s outing against Tampa Bay last week, the Yanks’ starters have been downright horrible. They’ve managed to throw just 15 innings over a span of four games while giving up 22 runs on 29 hits and 10 walks. That, Price tells us, is good for a 13.20 ERA. Somehow, the Yanks even managed to win one of those games.

So today, the Yanks will face off against Steve Trachsel, and I have to believe this could be one for Bombers. In Trachsel’s three starts this year, he’s thrown 14.1 innings, giving up a hit per inning and walking nine while striking out four. The Human Rain Delay has always managed to pitch fairly well against the Yanks though.

Offensively, Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi and Chad Moeller are back in the lineup while Jorge Posada and Jose Molina find themselves back on the bench for the day. If the Blue Jays were wise enough to bench — and subsequently release — Frank Thomas, the Yankees should seriously consider benching Giambi. He’s not helping anyone right now.

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Giambi 1B
Cabrera CF
Moeller C

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Wow, that’s crazy. I can’t believe they released Frank Thomas this fucking early. Did they not recall the slow start he had in Oakland in 2006? I read reports about him rushing his stance a bit to cheat on pitches (so that would lead me to assume he lost a bit more on his bat speed) but God Damn, to release him when he’s being paid $8M this year? I guess that’s why they released him, couldn’t trade a struggling DH who’s making $8M and with just 304 more PAs would be guaranteed a 10M option next year. The report did ay Adam Lind was tearing it up at AAA so I’m sure that made the decision all that much easier. But still, I never would have thought it would’ve come to this so early. Wow.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Well this is going to give ammunition to all your premature Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi haters. You can hate them all you want because they are struggling, but be careful for what you wish for in Brett Gardner and Shelley Duncan as big league regulars, you will be unpleasantly surprised.

  • mehmattski

    Hey, Shelley Duncan has been murdering AAA pitchers since he was sent down. Steve Traschel is kind of a AAA pitcher. I have no doubts he could do better than Giambi. Thomas can join Giambi, Bonds, Ortiz and Mike Piazza on the Three True Outcomes team. Come see “athletes” walk, strikeout, and homer! Well, four true outcomes if you count “Hitting Into the Shift.”

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

      Shelley Duncan has been murdering AAA pitchers his whole life.

      • mehmattski

        And so you don’t think he could beat up on the Steve Traschels and Andy Sonnastines and Kenny Rogerses and Brian Bannisters and Jarrod Washburns of the league? Giambi has shown us absolutely nothing over the first three weeks of the season, no ability to hit against even the most borderline major league pitchers. In 2006 he was good, in 2007 he was average, now he is a below average hitter. Shelly Duncan can be average. What’s the hold up, exactly?

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      If you think David Ortiz, Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi are finished as hitters, then…just wow…

      • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

        Just Giambi.

      • mehmattski

        Your facetious-detection program must be broken. Ortiz will probably bounce back. Bonds could probably hit .250/.400/.500 in the AL if you gave him like 350 at bats. Even Frank Thomas had a solid year last year.

        What, exactly, about Jason Giambi’s stat line, including 2008 and all of 2007, inspires confidence that he will bounce back?

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

          Not a thing.

          • Joey

            It is his contract year, I’m sure thats worth something

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

      You’re talking about the Bonds who hit .276 with a .480 OBP and a .565 SLG just last season. If Jason Giambi could do that, he’d be an MVP candidate. I fail to see what the problem with that sort of production is.

      • TurnTwo

        so would you throw a $5 million deal with incentives at Bonds to DH right now, and cut Giambi? gotta admit, while i would never do it, its tempting (even though youd still have Damon and Matsui to DH/play LF).

  • bostonsucks@life

    And I miss my 1st game of the season cause I have a damn softball game. Wtf. Well lets hope we can win this one.

  • TurnTwo

    A-f’n-men to this Giambi mess.

    Toronto should be applauded for the way they handled Thomas… look, you arent producing, so we’re ticked, so we’re going to bench you, which will tick you off… lets just agree that moving on is the best thing for you and the team, and be done with it.

    the only problem is that the yankees owe Giambi about what, like $10 million more… so you can understand how hard it is to just throw that cash away, but he’s clogging up the roster for a guy at this point who has shown he can only hit mistake pitches, period.

    • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

      We’re throwing it away anyway with the way Giambi’s (not)hitting. At least get some production for the $20m and let Molina C with Posada at 1B and Shelley off the bench.

      • TurnTwo

        exactly.

  • TurnTwo

    and IMO, it doesnt help the young pitchers’ confidence when they know that when they take the mound right now, they are going to get exactly 2-3 runs of support, MAYBE.

    they feel like they have to be perfect with their pitches, because there is no room for error… then they walk a batter, or groove a pitch that gets smacked, and now the offense presses because they now have to score runs to get the team back into the game…

    its a vicious cycle right now. once the offense gets going, i really think you’ll see some more confidence from the young guys, and better results bc they wont feel they have to be so perfect and fine with their pitches.

    • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      well said…and definitely the other way around in that when the pitchers give up runs early and a deficit builds, the hitters become less patient and don’t work counts….

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    I’m only 80 miles south of B’more and its been raining cats and dogs for the last 12 hours or so…I’m surprised it’s not raining there but Pete Abe said it is overcast so who knows what will happen…

  • Manimal

    Its not so much that hes not helping, its that he is hurting the team.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Bringing up Giamb’s 2007 season is actually proving my argument. You try being a major league hitter with plantar fasciitis and see how well that works out. Look at his 2006 and 2005 seasons when he was healthy. He started out slow as shit in 2005 to the point where he was nearing a return to the minors, but he bounced back that year and continued to rake in 2006. He started out great last year continuing the progress but then fell to a major injury and now he has to work to get back that groove. In his healthy seasons he has never produced an OBP of under .412, come the fuck on people, give the man longer than April 20th.

  • Ivan

    I,ll give Giambi time. I am on Jamal side here. Yes he has struggled, but when he’s healthy, he’s gonna produce hits. Remember he still walking at a solid rate. He’s just not in a groove.

    I think we are being a little unfair to Giambi here.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Interesting note about “Major League” the movie, Charlie Sheen’s heater actually topped out at 85 MPH during shooting, he was a HS pitcher (Thank You Wiki, LoL).

    Seriously though, is there any better sound than hearing James Gammon’s (Manager of Indians) voice – as cigarette and cigar roasted as it sounds – saying “Forget the curveball Ricky, give ‘em the heater”. I swear, that character had to have been modeled off of Jimmy Leyland.

  • http://justinyates.wordpress.com Yankee Psycho-fan-t

    Are you fucking kidding me? Giambi is still in the line-up? He’s an offensive black-hole right now. Sit him, let him see that if he doesn’t focus and produce he doesn’t play. Light a fire under him because he looks like shit. Put someone in who will at least grab a base-hit here and there because there swing hasn’t mutated into a pull-happy, homerun swing with more loop than a roller-coaster and more holes than George Bush’s foreign policy. STOP PLAYING EXPENSIVE SHIT JUST BECAUSE ITS EXPENSIVE!

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Stop overreacting because a player is not raking on April 20th, just one-ninth into the season.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I hate Chip Caray, ever since he kept saying that “…And the Yankees who led the WORLD in HRs this season continue to struggle…” line about eight damn times he has just pissed me off. Hey asshole, they were tied for fourth in the Major Leagues, a full 30 jacks behind the leading Milwaukee Brewers.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Jeter has been absolutely raking since his return. Weren’t some of you talking a little shit during his slow start?

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    LoL, why did Steve Trachsel have to walk halfway to HP to receive the throw from the Catcher?

  • Joe

    Interesting Stat from Buster Olney, the percentage of major league starters lasting 6 innings or less is at a record level

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      There were also 121 players on the DL as of last week and that was a high in recent years. Jon Heyman (who yes, is an idiot) said that some GMs have speculated it’s a result of the tougher drug testing. I wouldn’t disagree with that theory at all. Maybe it’s the same thing with the shorter outings, guys just don’t have the same arm strength as before because they can’t train as much/hard as they used too.

      • Joe

        Since 1968 the number of starts lasting 6 or more innings has dropped by almost 45%.

        • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

          Oh if you look at it that way then my reasons would be the advancement of the bullpen.

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

    This offense is pathetic. Trachsel had just four strike outs all season until this inning.

  • Pedro

    Our lineup should be Jeter leading off, then Molina, Moeller and everyone else.

  • Pedro

    At least Pettitte looks good so far.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I still say Bobby Abreu is the best lead off hitter we have on this team. Then again the way Cano is singing the bat there really is no one to effectively replace him as the #3 hitter.

    Unless you move A-Rod, Matsui and Posada up a spot to 3-4-5 and have Cano, Giambi and Damon go 6-7-8 with Melky rounding out the order. That’s not an ideal lineup either with the current struggles of the new 6-7-8 hitters but down the road it might be the most effective.

  • Pedro

    Man this bad luck is just ridiculous. Hard hit balls right at defenders.

  • gxpanos

    Pacman can really run down those balls in the centerfield. Hopefully he doesn’t make it rain though; I don’t want to waste Andy on a rain-out.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    “GUTS!” “GUTS!”…God Damn Chris Russo.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    OMG, that certain Baltimore fan did sell their soul to the devil. That’s the FOURTH beaner that’s been caught in this series. Back-to-back by Abreu and A-Rod with the bases loaded in Game 1 and now this with Matsui and Cano.

  • Pedro

    Look at that, another one, this is ridiculous.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Oh, if anyone is interested Alan Horne’s father is giving updates on his son’s recovery down in Tampa here on these forums.

    http://forums.nyyfans.com/show.....038;page=2

  • Pedro

    Giambi is pathetic. He took a couple of 86mph FB on the outter part of the plate because he can’t go the other way with it.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      So Abreu takes some pitches on the outside corner and he is just patient, maybe it wasn’t the pitch he was looking for but let Giambi do it and it’s because he’s a piece of shit, washed up hitter.

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

    It’s not bad luck, Adam Jones is an outstanding defensive outfielder. It is what it is.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Pettitte is nasty today. Come on offense, can’t waist this start here.

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

    Derek Jeter’s got an edge … with a cool panoramic vista sunroof.

  • Ivan

    Well, can we score some runs off steve trachsel

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Is Trachsel just having one of those good days or are we just having another off day? Doubling your K total of the season in just 2.2 innings?

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

      Steve Trachsel? He hasn’t a good day in 4 years.

  • Joe

    With the way the Yankees have been starting the past few years, I’m starting to think there may not be a point in watching baseball games staring the yankees until mid-may at the earliest.

  • Batty

    All that running in spring training is really paying off.

    Is it me or are runners getting killed trying to steal this year?

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Anybody other than Jose Reyes, Carl Crawford and Joey Gathright would have had trouble beating that throw. Stop putting all the blame on the Yanks, give some credit to the opposition.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      And they are 70% (7-for-10) coming into today’s game, so they aren’t getting killed. They aren’t Lupin III either but they aren’t being killed.

      • Batty

        Cool – I actually wasn’t sure if they were or not (hence ‘is it me’ :) ).

      • Batty

        And I’m listening to the game so I can’t see how it looks – only through the calming voice of John Sterling.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I remember Guillermo Quiroz with the Blue Jays, was his problems always offensive?

  • Pedro

    Damon is really useless, he can’t even steal bases anymore.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Seriously, whadafuxup with this doom and gloom mentality on EVERY single thing that doesn’t go in our favor?

      • Pedro

        Seriously why do you have to defend everything they do. You know sometime you gotta accept we’re not doing that good and some of our parts will have to replaced. Not everybody is gonna come around and start hitting again. Maybe, just maybe, Damon is really old and won’t be as good as he used to be.

  • kingshaffy

    Steve “the dominator” Traschel owns us. Pathetic. You know your offense sucks when Traschel is working quickly.

  • Joe

    Those of you not stimulated enough by the Yankees, can turn down the volume and listen to the Charlestown game on the computer . Heridia is pitching and the offense is great.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Jairo Heredia is my #1 prospect to watch this year so I’m definitely in. And it’s 0-0 in the 4th, if you’re not stimulated then that’s on you. ;)

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Damn media player is acting retarded, talking about signing up for some subscription even though to listen to minor league games all you have to do is have a free account. Funny ting is they don’t even give me anything to subscribe to, it’s just a blank page telling me to subscribe to the options below.

  • Batty

    On Giambi – it’s not working right now. Shelly came in last year and hit some really timely shots in addition to being patient at the plate. I’d take his bat in the lineup right now – I think Shelly could out-produce Giambi this year if he gets the chance.

  • Joey

    at least with Giambi it is his walk year. If nothing else that has to provide some motivation, right?

    • Joe

      Yeah, it’s kind of a walk year as in take this 5 million dollars and do not play for us.

  • Ivan

    Is that indicator that the yankees are gonna be okay? I mean you really think that Traschel is gonna pitch better than Phil Hughes? or Traschel or even Burres is gonna shut down the yanks like they did so far?

    It just shows you it’s April an it’s obviously early.

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

    Holy crap, a run!

    • Pedro

      Who would have thought?! Now if only Giambi could hit a double going the other way.

      • Joey

        is that what those look like? I forgot it’s been so long

    • Joe

      Is that what you call that, I’ve heard of them, but I get forgetful

      • Joe

        If I recall when you do that a few times in a row they call it a rally

  • Joey

    chances Abreu is back with us next year, anyone? Gotta love his patience/eye at the plate although he’s allergic to walls in the outfield

    • Joe

      He’ll be back, they aren’t going to rush Jackson or Tabata, and they can’t take all the power out of the outfield, by bringing up Gardener.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Very good chance, Action Jackson will not be ready full-time in 2009 to push Melky to a corner OF spot so I see no reason in to bringing him back. However he might not sign a 1-year deal with a club option for a second year.

      I wish he would sign some really short term deal and we can deal Damon and put Abreu in the lead off spot with Cano replacing him at #3.

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        *”…no reason in not bringing him back.”

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

      I say let him walk, take the comp picks, and sign Juan Rivera as a 2yr stop gap. Then again, I have an inexplicable man-crush on Rivera.

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        As you should. He would be a Type A so who knows, maybe some average to above average squad sees him as the missing link and we get a 2nd pick in the Top 30.

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

          I can see Omar Minaya stumbling all over himself to sign Abreu.

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

    Holy crap, another run!

    • Joey

      GODZILLA!

  • Pedro

    Poor Cano, robbed twice now.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    A BB by Giambi, God, what an asshole he is. How dare he kill a two-out rally like that.

    • Joey

      just be grateful for once he’s on base

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        You people should be grateful that Cashman and Girardi have an actual memory.

  • Pedro

    That wasn’t a strike.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Melky Cabrera has been just amazing this year, amazing.

    *OK, he K’ed but he has worked count after count.

  • Pedro

    Crazy hack there Melky.

  • Ivan

    That is why I still think Giambi is gonna help this team. He still walks at a good rate. When a guy hasa good eye at the plate, he’s bound to find a pitch to handle and hit better in longer stretches.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      That’s all I’m saying. When he has been healthy he is a consistent (fuck you Joe Morgan) power threat and no matter how much you hate the dude, you can’t begin to argue that. He was absolutely raking to start the 2007 season before being hit with the plantar fasciitis, give the man time. How long did it take Bobby Abreu, Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon to start hitting? Give him time, to say DFA him and all this other crap on 4/20 is just non-sensical.

      I will basically guarantee you that JP Riccardi would have made the biggest mistake as GM of the Blue Jays since not drafting Troy Tulowitzki by releasing the Big Hurt. OK, maybe not the second biggest because I don’t pay much attention to that franchise but still, it will prove to be an error.

      • Joey

        yea fuck you joe morgan

  • Mike P

    Any one think the kids could learn from pettite. He doesn’t have Hughes’ fastball or curve, doesn’t have Kennedy’s change… But he just pounds the strike zone. Gotta love Andy Pettite, never beats himself.

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

      Pounding the zone and pitching to contact is the difference between veterans and rookies. Simple as that.

  • Pedro

    How many pitches for Pettitte? And Trachsel?

    • ceciguante

      pettitte with an amazingly economical 34 entering the 5th. trachsel has thrown about 75 through 5.

    • Joey

      Gameday has Pettite at 37 and Trachsel at 73

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      34 coming into this inning for Pettitte and 73 for Trachsel.

      • Pedro

        Economical! Thanks

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Russel Martin just raked one. Is it safe to say he is the best overall Catcher in the game right now?

    • Joey

      I would guess yea, but I kinda have a man crush on McCann and I’m sure I’m forgetting others. When Posada’s healthy, his skills combined with leadership I’d say he has to be up there

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        I hate shit like that, I really do.

        • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

          LoL, sorry, not in reply to you. Meant that for the “base hit” by jay Payton.

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

      I’d day Martin is the best all-around catcher in the bigs. V-Mart is the best hitting catcher, though.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Is there anyway to find out if Chad Moeller agreed to an option year in his deal with the Yanks?

    • Joey

      I’m looking around, but not sure where to go. If I see anything I’ll post it

  • Pedro

    Fucking lucky O’s. There goes the perfection.

  • Realist

    Wow 50 some odd pitches into the 5th inning! Hughes and Kennedy could learn a thing or two from Mr. Pettitte!

    Glad he’s back!

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I swear, they should call that Punk Ass Indifference. Like Defensive Indifference for guys who advance to second but are not given credit for a SB because the defense didn’t cover. Weak ass “hits” like that shouldn’t count as hits.

    OK, I’m just messing around but it bugs me when guys lose no-nos or perfectos with plays like that.

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

      At least it wasn’t a bunt.

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        I wonder if the asshole who has the audacity to bunt in the 7-8-9 innings of a no-no when the game is out of reach would be plunked the very next game? I can’t imagine he wouldn’t be criticized by his peers, media and fans for doing that….if the game was out of reach.

  • ceciguante

    what a BS hit by payton — swinging bunt. i can’t stand that guy. shows u how much luck has to do with winning in baseball.

    btw, can everyone just stop having “man-crushes”? you guys sound confused. do you like his game, or his frame? there is a difference. :)

    • Joey

      In this case game *wink wink

      lol, j/k

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    OK, I’m almost glad they got a real hit there. Instead of that display of Bitchassness by Jay Payton.

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

    Genuine gemstone jewelry. Say that 3 times fast.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Are you really that bored?

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

        It was just on the commercial, I didn’t make it up. And yes, I am really that bored.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    God Damn, Kevin Millwood still sits 94-96 MPH!? Isn’t he a Free Agent this year?

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

      I don’t think Millwood has ever sat 95-96, he’s always been a low-90s sinker-slider workhorse guy, very similar to Derek Lowe. Could be wrong though.

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        According to Gameday that’s how he’s dealing versus Beantown today. I trust Gameday more than any TV telecast but I’m sure they’re not perfect either.

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

    Crap. Flex those thighs A-Rod, you’ll be fine!

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Great, just fucking great. This better not be anything.

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

    Man, they better get some off Trachsel now, cause Sarfate will make them look silly.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Can you give us a little info on him?

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

        Throws serious gas, 97-99 with a hard slider. If he stays on top of the slider, he’s not far off from Joba.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Where are those people who wanted Matsui out the door during the off season? Actually welcoming rumors about a deal to San Francisco? Those cries were even worse than than the Giambi ones because he hit 25 HRs with 100+ RBIs last year. Every season the mad has been healthy he has knocked in 100 RBIs yet people still want to deal him because he went through a couple slumps.

    • r.w.g.

      Amen.

      The only way you deal Matsui to SF is if Cain or Lincecum was coming back our way. Godzilla isn’t a great fielder anymore, but his arm is still better than Damon’s and he can hit better than Damon, Cabrera, and Duncan.

      The only reason his name could be mentioned in trade talks is he was the only one performing enough to warrant interest from other teams.

      From my perspective though, the only place Godzilla belongs is batting behind A-Rod in EVERY single game. He’ll clean those bases up.

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

    Little too quick Big G. Smoke one off the scoreboard.

  • gxpanos

    GIAMBINO!

    oh…wait…

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I can just hear you people, I literally am sitting in my Brooklyn apartment and I just hear the foam coming out of your mouths ready to bash him.

  • Joey

    worthless

  • Joe

    For anyone in the bay area. I found a great New Yorker’s bar in San Francisco. It’s called Aces, they show all the Yankees games and it’s filled with New Yorkers, good drinks too

  • Yankee1010

    Giamfuckface. Honestly, what must he do to be released? Kill somebody? Killing the offense, defense and rallies isn’t sufficing.

  • Realist

    Giambi should NOT be starting , playing , or even given the dignity of riding the pine! Rally killing POS!

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    LoL, Communion must have been a pain in the ass today.

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

      Do you think the Pope came out to Enter Sandman?

      • Joe

        I believe it was master of puppets. Zing!!!

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

          Heh, well played.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Can not blame Jeter for that one, I play 2B, that has to be an 11 on a 1-10 scale of difficulty for infielders.

  • gxpanos

    GIAMBINO!

    hitting AND fielding!

    oh…wait…

    /DFA

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Shelley Duncan is not a good defensive 1B by any stretch of the word so relax yourselves.

    • Yankee1010

      Are you serious? I’m not sure I’ve seen a 1B as bad as Giambi. He’d probably be better off kicking the ball than trying to throw it.

      Hopefully, Giambi will be injured severely enough that playing him isn’t a possibility.

  • http://deleted Randy

    are we still gonna defend giambi? if you’re not hitting you gotta make the plays. that is the second time he has made a bad throw on a pick off this season. awful.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Cano wasn’t hitting and he made his team leading 4th error yesterday, fuck him, he’s worthless then. I mean if your not playing your best baseball on April 20th, you’re a worthless asshole.

      • Yankee1010

        You don’t think there’s a difference between the 25 year-old Cano and the 37 year-old, post-steroid, defenseless piece of shit Giambi? Really? Come on now. And Cano has made plenty of nice plays in the field.

        Giambi simply is not hitting any balls hard off people other than Timlin.

  • Yankee1010

    Really though, what fucking point does Giambi serve? Give him the concrete shoes treatment.

  • Realist

    Girardi needs to handle this nonsense immeadiately!

    Giambi should not be on this team!

    Hughes and Kennedy better learn from Pettitte or go back down!

    Joba is being wasted!

  • http://deleted Randy

    i’m not gonna talk about his hitting. he has hit the ball hard on numerous occasions and its been at people. i think he is going to be productive. but you have GOT to make those plays especially when you’re in a slump. no excuse for that.

    • Yankee1010

      No he hasn’t. He has hit Timlin hard and that’s it. Timlin is quite possibly the only player more finished than Giambi. He can’t do shit for the Yanks. He’s batting about .100. The fat fuck insists on hitting grounder after grounder into the shift because “he’s a power hitting lefty.” There’s no defending him. He’s a selfish prick.

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        Yeah what a selfish prick for getting into great shape for the start of the season. He’s in a slump so that means he doesn’t care about the team at all. Fucking asshole that Giambi. How dare he get older and lose some power to LCF so he became more pull-happy.

        You remind me of this FJM post.

        http://www.firejoemorgan.com/s.....%20soriano

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      You’re absolutely right, there is no excuse for a horrible as throw like that. But to say you want him off the team based on his play when it’s April 20th makes zero sense, especially when you know what he’s capable of when healthy and the alternative is basically Giambi-lite minus the amazing OBP skills.

      • Yankee1010

        Do you really think this is because of his production up to April 20th? When he’s healthy? That post-steroid fat fuck isn’t exactly the picture of health the last 5 years. I guess you’re looking for the Giambi with a .789 OPS last year and awful defense? That’s what everyone wants? The guy who can’t hit a fastball?

        The Giambi of the early 2000s is long gone. The sooner everyone gets over that, the better.

        • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

          How many times outside of his rookie year has he played in under 139 Games? And how many times has he posted an *OPS+ of under 148 as a New York Yankee (that’s also to you Jon Heyman, you tool, for calling him one of the Top 3 worst signings in Free Agent history)?

          http://www.baseball-reference......ja01.shtml

          Come on guy, be reasonable at least.

  • NYFan50

    I’m not on the lynch Giambi bandwagon, but I wouldn’t mind having Shelley in the lineup right now.

  • gxpanos

    what the fuck would we do without andy?

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    I vaguely remember there being a prevailing thought before the season that if the Yankees made it through this consecutive game stretch wih a .500 record they would be in good shape….anybody know what they’re record would be if they hold on here?

  • http://deleted Randy

    great job andy!

  • Joey

    Andy!!!

  • http://deleted Randy

    yo! i have never seen that smoking commercial before. that shit is crazy. you dial the phone too hard and you lose a finger! that shit is crazy. so crazy that i’m repeating myself on a message board.

  • RustyJohn

    Dude, I love Andy Pettite- Girardi should duct tape Hughes and Kennedy to chairs and drug them like Malcolm McDowell in Clockwork Orange.

  • http://fitnesse.co.uk UKYankee

    Just horrible defense….again!
    The kids have had this….as well as no offense all season so far.
    I’ve a feeling Franchise and IPK would be putching a little more confidently if the veteran offense were scoring 6 a game without missing double plays and a couple of errors.
    Big G can’t even elevevate a Trachsel fastball….he’s no right to waste any ML ABs these days

  • gxpanos

    Haha, “There it goes! Sssss….OFF THE WALL!”

    Givin’ it the ol’ Sterling treatment.

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

    Great job on the call Kay. “There it goes, seey…off the wall”

  • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-rays Eric SanInocencio

    Nice, Bradford’s warming up and they are playing Blue Oyster Cult. Every time I hear that song the rest of my life I will see Will Ferrell and hear Walken saying “more cowbell, baby”.

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

    Johnny D!

  • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-rays Eric SanInocencio

    That a boy Johnny. That ball was crushed.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Michael Kay: That delivery is so tough, you can’t hit HRs of of him.

    Michael kay after the second pitch: Two-Run HR by Johnny Damon…

  • Joey

    I don’ know what I’m smokin but its some good shit if I see Damon hitting HRs!

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I love Adam Jones, that son of a bitch.

  • RustyJohn

    I think we should have a line-up that just consists of back-up catchers, they seem to be the only ones hitting.

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

    I told you Adam Jones was an outstanding defensive outfielder.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    welcome to the Adam Jones clinic. :(

  • gxpanos

    Pacman just eats those little white balls up.

  • RustyJohn

    Yes, us Seattle area residents enjoy watching another great Bavasi trade- Jones tracking down balls in the outfield while Bedard is on the DL.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    damn Robbie swipe that tag a lil slower why don’t ya…

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    A-Rod still trying to be like Jeter lol…strained quad…

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Lmao, was that Rafael Palmeiro behind the tarp?

  • Joe

    Pete Abe just said Rodriguez has a strined Hamstring and is day to day.

    • Joe

      sorry, quad. This season just keeps getting better and better

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

      Strained quad, not hamstring. A-Rod is day-to-day.

      Hopefully, his wife will give birth soon so he can get better while missing the time he would have missed anyway.

  • RustyJohn

    What’s A-Rod’s injury, have they disclosed it yet?

    • RustyJohn

      I am sofa king we Todd did

  • ceciguante

    so kay says arod has a strained right quad? what, the quad is the muscle of choice to injure this year? hamstrings must be very 2007.

    in other news, i like seeing wakefield get smacked around in fenway. ’tis a good day so far.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Just realized how far up this is, so in response to a commenter saying that Giambi has “not been the picture of health these last 5 seasons” and “…hoping for .789 OPS” I say this:

    How many times outside of his rookie year has he played in under 139 Games? A benign tumor (2004) and plantar fasciitis (2007) aren’t exactly Pavano-esque “dead legs”. And how many times has he posted an *OPS+ of under 148 as a New York Yankee (that’s also to you Jon Heyman, you tool, for calling him one of the Top 3 worst signings in Free Agent history)?

    http://www.baseball-reference……ja01.shtml

    Come on guy, be reasonable at least.

  • RustyJohn

    Andy, working out of trouble…..

  • Realist

    How could anyone defend Giambi?

    Youth is totally wasted on the young………….

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      God Damn Texas’ bullpen. 5-0 lead now it’s 5-5 with runners on the corners and 2 out in the bottom of the 8th.

      • Realist

        ??????????????????????

  • RustyJohn

    Andy is a friggin’ rock star- him and Wang have balls of steel

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    If not for Mariano not pitching in the last four games, I would say let Pettitte go the distance.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Tune to ABC for a second, Yankee Stadium looks amazing.

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

    Hey hey hey, it’s Fat Albers!

  • Joey

    let Andy pitch the 8th and bring in Mo for the 9th

  • Pedro

    Why not Andy for the 8th? Joba pitched yesterday.

  • RustyJohn

    Why did they bring Joba in again? Is Girardi turning into “role” guy? “Joba’s role is the 8th inning, who gives a shit if my starter was lights out today.”

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    off day tomorrow and every one else 7-8 games so far joba has 5…

  • Joey

    rain, rain, go away…

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    God Damn Texas’ bullpen. 5-0 lead now it’s 5-5 with runners on the corners and 2 out in the bottom of the 8th.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    and andy just made it out of the 7th no need to push it…

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Have to remember his innings are structured. he needs to get a certain amount of innings as a reliver before he is transitioned into the rotation come late June/early July.

    That week of innings he just missed needs to be accounted for.

  • RustyJohn

    Um, but my point is your starter has been hella (damn, I said hella) effective and he gets yanked at 89 pitches? Plus, with it raining you bring in a guy who now can’t finish the inning so you’ll have to use another pitcher plus Mo (unless Mo pitches two innings) instead of leaving your starter in to try to finish up the 8th?

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

    Russell Martin just jumped over an 8′ high net trying to catch a foul popup behind the plate. Insane.

    Joe Beimel has pitched in 11 of the Dodgers 18 games.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    If you let David Eckstein hit a three-run HR off of you (Nate Robertson), you fail at life.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    i dont hve a problem bringing in Joba bc off day tomorrow and he has the least innings of any pitcher. however, not when there’s sure to be a rain delay (of course, those ‘imminent’ rain delays sometimes dont happen).

    • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

      oh yeah, and CJ Wilson, you’re the asshole of the day.

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

    To the PS3! Someone yell if the game starts, please.

  • RustyJohn

    To the Mariner game- moving from the East Coast to the West Coast sucks balls sometimes…like when you have to watch Miguel Batista.

  • E-ROC

    I guess the Blue Jays decided that Matt Stairs, given his track record, deserves more PT than Frank Thomas.

    I wonder if the Yanks would sign him. They’d certainly have to get rid of Giambi.

    • Joey

      no way we’d sign him, we’ve already got our defensively inept, vastly overpaid “big” man

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

    Game’s back on without Joba. They’re going with Bruney because of the 30-minute rain delay.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Mark Teixeria just RAKED one. Please, oh please be a Yankee by this time next year.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    Pete Abe –
    “UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Brian Bruney warming up for the Yankees. Guess that is it for Joba.”

    and here comes Joba’s first ER of the year.

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

      That’s not really fair to Bruney. He’s been pretty good this year, and any pitcher would be hard-pressed to get out of a first-and-third, no-out situation without giving up any runs.

      • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

        i humbly apologize for offending you and/or Brian Bruney. i didn’t realize he was above an off-hand joke.

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

          Hah. I don’t mind the off-hand joke. I just think we’re seeing a different Brian Bruney this year than the one we’re used to from past seasons.

  • mustang

    Have the kids been taking notes ? LOL
    What’s wrong with A-Rod ?

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

      Strained quad. He’s day-to-day.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Bruney is really stating his case for that set-up role this summer.

  • mustang

    Aren’t we all. LOL
    Thank you.

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

    Alright. Looks like your live comment preview is back up and running, folks. We fixed it.

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

    I hope Sherrill gets a three-game suspension for that one.

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

    So does George Sherrill get suspended now? Damon hit a HR earlier in the game.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Johnny Damon has been just great this past week.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Derek Jeter looks like he’s ready to build on that MVP-caliber 2006 campaign. If I am not mistaken he now leads the team in RBIs.

  • Joey

    Oh Cap’n my Cap’n

  • E-ROC

    I hate the cold. It’s causing all these injuries.

  • Joey

    Do we bring Mo in with this rain? I’m guessing we’ll leave Bruney

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Morgan just wanted to get the hell outta there and i don’t blame him…

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Just call off the fucking game already.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    i know they hate to have back to back delays but its freaking pouring out there…ok there we go common sense finally prevails..

  • Joey

    I’m guessing Mo will get his work in if this lasts for a bit, Girardi wouldn’t bring Bruney back in after this

  • Mike P

    Game over guys. Mo gave up a hit and K’d Adam Jones. Giambi made a fantastic diving catch into the stands on a pop-up to end the game… just kidding.

  • Kevin23

    Giambi sucks. Has sucked for a LONG while now. Bench his ass. There is absolutely no good reason to keep him in the line-up. And his numbers with the A’s shouldn’t even count anymore. They just aren’t representative of his abilities anymore. I’m getting sick of seeing the comparisons between him at 1st and him at DH, the career stats with bases loaded, etc. He’s nowhere near the player he was then. Not even close. Sorry Jamal.

  • Yankee1010

    I can’t believe there are people backing Giambi. I can’t believe people think he’ll be healthy. Citing pre-steroid numbers is ridiculous. It’s very simple – Giambi sucks. He has sucked for a while. He’s old, slow, swinging in water, and a selfish prick. Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

    People realize that his numbers from earlier in his career were, ahem, aided, right?

  • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

    We need some Slam Duncan, ASAP.

  • E-ROC

    I wonder if the Yanks would release Giambi like the Blue Jays did with Frank Thomas.

    • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

      We can only hope…but I doubt it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    The latest season jason Giambi could have used steroids was was 2003. I take sports medicine, and the benign tumor is a symptom of steroid withdrawal (although uncommon it is associated with it). He suffered this in 2004 meaning he stopped taking the steroids towards the latter part of the 2002 year or very early 2003. So to say his last two healthy and very productive years were as a result of steroids or his past results with Oakland is just plain wrong and unsupported.

    Jason Giambi had a vital line of .322/.404/.517/.921 through the beginning of the 2007 season. He suffered the injury to his foot which he played through (foolishly IMO because he ended up ripping up his foot with extra playing) and his line suffered dramatically to the tune of .177/.350/.323/.673in May where he subsequently went on the DL and did not make his return until August. His August vital line of .240/.255/.560/.815 while not impressive due to the low OBP for anybody, less an OBP machine such as Jason Giambi, his slugging was still well above average and obviously his bat proved very productive.

    In 2006 and 2005 I need to go to the numbers because you all know he raked in those years. Including 2005 when he struggled much like he did now until June of that year when he posted an OPS of .906 and the very next month posted a cartoonish 1.498 OPS and did not dip below .931 for any month during the rest of the season.

    The man is in a slump. Derek Jeter started the year in a slump, he broke out of it. Johnny Damon started in a slump, he seems to be on the verge of completely breaking out of it. Robinson Cano has been in a slump much to the level of Jason Giambi and he raked today. Bobby Abreu was in a slump much like Jason Giambi last season and he broke out of it. Robinson Cano was in a slump last season for months and he broke out of it. The Yankees were 14.5 games behind the division leading Red Sox in May of last season ad they finished just 2.0 games back in the division as the wild card winner.

    How many more examples do you people need that begs you to preach patience? I have thrown number after number after number at you guys for the last two days on why Jason Giambi should not be given up on, should not be disregarded and concluded to be “done”. Yet all I here from your side is that he isn’t hitting through 20 games and he plays bad defense. I also hear cries for Shelley Duncan who slugged over .500 just ONCE in his 7-year minor-league career as a 28 year old. Shelley Duncan is not a 1B. Shelley Duncan does not have the OBP skills of Jason Giambi. Shelley fucking Duncan is not a better option at 1B in the lineup and on the field this season than Jason Giambi for the New York Yankees.

    • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

      How many more examples do you people need that begs you to preach patience? I have thrown number after number after number at you guys for the last two days on why Jason Giambi should not be given up on, should not be disregarded and concluded to be “done”. Yet all I here from your side is that he isn’t hitting through 20 games and he plays bad defense. I also hear cries for Shelley Duncan who slugged over .500 just ONCE in his 7-year minor-league career as a 28 year old. Shelley Duncan is not a 1B. Shelley Duncan does not have the OBP skills of Jason Giambi. Shelley fucking Duncan is not a better option at 1B in the lineup and on the field this season than Jason Giambi for the New York Yankees.

      Shelly is red-hot. No, he doesn’t have the OBP skills. But Giambi looks like absolute garbage right now. And we need someone who can hit, not just get on base…which Giambi doesn’t seem to be doing anyways.

      I don’t see the harm in benching Giambi for a few games – ala “mental health” for Ortiz – and bringing in the hot bat at first. Who knows? Maybe Giambi, in spite of hitting better when he is in the field, is just plain run down (in April no less) from playing everyday?

      Still, I will rejoice when Giambi is off of this team, whether from being cut, or having his contract expire. Preferably, the former.

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        I have no problems with Giambi taking a bit of a break and giving Shelley some playing time. I don’t feel Jason Giambi’s body can hold up to being a full-time player anymore. HOWEVER, that does not mean that Shelley Duncan’s talent is that of a full-time player also. He needs to be used enough where he can stay in a groove but not be over exposed and his weaknesses as a baseball player become a detriment to the team. That’s the difficulty of managing, balancing these things.

        I am not arguing against Jason Giambi taking some games off, I am arguing against those that feel he is completely washed up and serves no value to the big league club. I am arguing against those that feel Shelley Duncan is of more value to the 2008 New York Yankees than Jason Giambi. Other than a minute (at best) small 20 game sample size, there is nothing you can use to justifiably support the idea that Shelley Duncan is of more value to the 2008 Yankees than Jason Giambi , or that Jason Giambi is completely done as a major league hitter.

        • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

          HOWEVER, that does not mean that Shelley Duncan’s talent is that of a full-time player also. He needs to be used enough where he can stay in a groove but not be over exposed and his weaknesses as a baseball player become a detriment to the team. That’s the difficulty of managing, balancing these things.

          But Giambi’s weaknesses as a baseball player have been repeatedly exposed, and are already a detriment to the team.

          I don’t understand your crystal ball with Duncan. No, his red-hot bat doesn’t mean he has the talent to be a full-time player, but we’ve never given him a chance to be more than a spot starter at first, DH, or the outfield. Give Duncan a chance to play everyday first base for this team.

          He can’t be any worse than Giambi is right now. And if he doesn’t work out, who knows, by that time, maybe Giambi will have juiced again regained his form and worked another miraculous recovery.

          • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

            Edit: For some reason, the strikethrough code doesn’t work? It shows up in the preview. Maybe I’ll try XHTML code instead.

            He can’t be any worse than Giambi is right now. And if he doesn’t work out, who knows, by that time, maybe Giambi will have juiced again regained his form and worked another miraculous recovery.

    • TurnTwo

      the only thing i can reasonably assume at this point is that somehow, Jamal must be related to Jason Giambi…

      just think… he’s got like 12 BBs this season, and his OBP is still under .300. he also has as many Ks as he does BBs.

      he doesnt run well, doesnt have any range defensively, cant throw accurately, and has 2 hits against pitchers not named Mike Timlin in like 45 ABs.

      but just wait; he’s in for a biiiiiig season!

    • Yankee1010

      This appears to be a San Diego/whale’s vagina moment. There is absolutely no way that anyone watching Giambi these days (aside from the Timilin at-bats) could think that he’s anything but a complete detriment. Cite the past all you want. That’s great. Giambi is 37 and trying to play with a giant fork sticking out of his back.

  • TurnTwo

    btw, guys… it took me like 15 minutes to type out a post… not sure if it was related to the addition of the preview screen or not, but very frustrating.

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

      Dunno, this one went up fine.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I shutter to think what some have you would have done with David Ortiz had you been in Terry Francona’s shoes.

    • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

      I don’t think comparing David Ortiz and Jason Giambi is even remotely fair. Ortiz is one of the most clutch homerun hitters in the AL, and has been for the last few years. Giambi is a mostly washed up power hitter who doesn’t strike fear into anyone these days. Do you seriously think that anyone in their right mind would put those two on the same level?

  • r.w.g.

    I’ve got to back Jamal on this one. I don’t like how inflexible Giambi makes the roster, but I want him hitting in that lineup.

    Even 2004, when he was affected by the tumor, he came back late in the year and in the playoffs and jacked a few homers as one of the only guys who went down fighting against the Sox that year.

    His average in 2005 was pretty much where it is now. Do you guys not remember how hot he got? It was nothing but home runs and walks. He was taking EVERYBODY deep. And he was looking beastly in 2007 until he went down.

    This is how his slump started in 2005. He was hitting the ball hard, taking walks, looking good.. but not getting hits. He got himself into a batting average hole and started pressing, and then he was in a slump. He’s in the last year of his contract.. we’re paying him anyway. If he’s still hitting like this in July, release him or trade him if you can.

    Shelley deserves the chance to steal some ABs, but Giambi hits GOOD pitching when he’s going, so you’ve got to give him every opportunity.

    • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

      but Giambi hits GOOD pitching when he’s going, so you’ve got to give him every opportunity.

      [/2005]

      That was so three years ago. I don’t want Giambi of ’08.

    • Dave P.

      Actually, Giambi was left off the playoff roster in 2004.

      • r.w.g.

        I’m mixing up memories from 2003 it seems.

        He didn’t look great today, that’s for sure.

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

    Here’s the telling Jason Giambi stat of the day.
    Giambi against Mike Timlin: 3 for 3 with 2 HR
    Giambi against everyone else: 2 for 43 with a great big nothing.

    Jamal, I’d be more inclined to agree with you if we weren’t talking about someone who’s 37 and at the end of a lot of injury-prone years. Players his age generally do not improve.

  • Kevin23

    Jamal,

    Your stats are cherry picked.He’s sucked since donning a Yankee uniform. I have been a huge A’s fan my whole life, even before watching the Yankees. Giambi was my favorite player for all the years he was on the A’s. He was a different player then. When he came to NY, he has NEVER been the same. Not even close. Cherry pick all the monthly numbers if you like, but it won’t change the fact that he has not even been good enough to poke the ball the other way for a hit against the extreme zone for the last 5 years. That is just pathetic.

    I’ll repeat myself so it is clear. Aside from a few meaningless home runs off mistake pitches and clogging up the bases with a walk here and there, he has absolutely nothing to offer that isn’t more than made up for by his detriments. He scares no one. There is a reason that Clark, Tino, Doug, etc. all made the line-up as 1st basemen during the Giambi era … because Giambi is a liability. And quoting his April 2005 line isn’t going to change that one bit.

  • Kevin23

    “His average in 2005 was pretty much where it is now. Do you guys not remember how hot he got? It was nothing but home runs and walks. He was taking EVERYBODY deep. And he was looking beastly in 2007 until he went down.”

    LOL. If THAT is your idea of “hot” production worthy of $120M over 7 years, then please, for the love of Budha, stay away from the front office! Scary.