Apr
24

Game 23: We could use a little Franchise

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Every five or six days, for better or worse, it will be a big start for Phil Hughes. While that might be unfair, it’s reality. With every poor start, the detractors grow in numbers and increase in rabidity. Phil can’t make them go away with a quality outing, but he can certainly piss on their fire.

As noted earlier, Johnny Damon has something of a hot streak brewing, as he’s 7 for his last 14, with a pair of doubles and a pair of dingers. The guy hitting behind him has six fewer hits in his last 14 at bats. But if they get going at the same time, whoo-boy, we’re in for an offensive explosion — not that we’ve been lacking over the past three games.

After a stellar night, Jorge sits. It seems like a good idea at this point to give him some rest. You don’t want to risk anything with his shoulder. So Hava Molina gets the start behind the dish. One has to wonder how much longer Chad Moeller will hang around, especially since the Yanks face two lefties this weekend. Shelley Duncan could prove useful.

A-Rod is with the team. Not sure what his status is, though. Maybe he could pinch hit?

Your lineup:

1. Johnny Damon, DH
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Hideki Matsui, LF
5. Morgan Ensberg, 3B
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Jason Giambi, 1B
8. Melky Cabrera, CF
9. Jose Molina, C

And on the mound, number thirty-four, Phil Hughes

Categories : Game Threads
  • Number 27

    6+ 2ER from the franchise tonight.

  • mustang

    “Every five or six days, for better or worse, it will be a big start for Phil Hughes. While that might be unfair, it’s reality.”
    Agree. I’m in harmony with RAB today. LOL
    Adding to the pressure the fact that the old guy who many consider the weak link of this rotation just pitched 7 innings of 2 run ball.
    Good Luck, Phil.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Looks like it will be rained out.

    • Manimal

      NOOOOOOOOOOO, really!?

  • Manimal

    Good to see Ensburg and Molina, possibly by tomorrow Moeller will be sent down for Duncan by tomorrow. Anyone else think it is a serious possibility that if we really need a catcher(like an emergency), Girardi is in good enough shape to play for a few days

  • mustang

    Does anyone know if they have a return trip to Chicago this year?

    • steve (different one)

      doesn’t look like it. which is crazy.

  • Giselle

    dang. i have nothing against molina, actually i love how he belts doubles all the time… but i feel like hughes just pitches better with posada catching him. i was kinda hoping posada would be out there today.

  • E-ROC

    “Operation Shutdown” will be in progress tonight for the Franchise. Can’t wait to see it.

  • RustyJohn

    I heard Moeller (or Mohler- unsure of spelling) was out of options? Is that correct? And why is Molina catching if Jorge was hitting the crap out of the ball last night?

    • Giselle

      apparently he has a routine day off. he’s had plenty of days off this past week! get back to work, jorge!

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Girardi said that was the plan to bring Jorge back from his injury…to have his catch for 2 days and then rest him completely. He said they weren’t going to risk a re-injury because he was hot last night.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    As PeteAbe pointed out, theres no return to Chicago after this, so they will be trying to get this game in.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    yeah Moeller is out of options…granted it was small sample but the way he hit and caught he probably won’t clear waivers which sucks…jorge caught 2 nights in a row they don’t want to push it i’m sure….

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

      I’m fairly certain Moeller will clear waivers. If Humberto Quintero can (looks like twice in a month), Moeller can.

      • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        Oh ok. Well then lets dfa him and get Shelley up for the indians.

  • steve (different one)

    when Molina catches, Jorge should play 1B.

    • RustyJohn

      But then the Yankees would not be able to take advantage of Giambi’s Olerud-like glovework….

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

    Hey, if the game gets rained out at least we get too see LeBron James bitchslap the Wizards into an 0-3 hole…and prove he is the 2008 NBA MVP.

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      no. that would be chris paul (MVP)

    • Newman

      Ha, that’s a joke. Both Kobe and CP3 are much more deserving of MVP

    • Ivan

      Seriously, is beating the Wizards that big of a deal. A team that if they were in the western conference wouldn’t make the playoffs. Did you saw what paul did? Did you saw what Kobe did? I like LeBron but it does help when you play in the leastern conference.

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

      Dude, I hate basketball, but even I know Chris Paul’s the MVP.

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

        One question, name me two players you would want on your squad from Cleveland’s roster other than LBJ. I defy you to do so. Now, try and do the same with New Orleans and Los Angeles.

        The argument for Kobe is just wrong. He (LeBron) statistically OWNED Kobe this season and did it with a much less talented roster. No argument for Kobe over Paul and James, none. Chris Paul however is the argument. Although LeBron still had success with what less than Paul had (but to a much lesser degree than the talent gap between Cavs and Lakers’ roster), Paul is no doubt deserving of the MVP. However, what LeBron had to do with that “NBA team” in Cleveland is just frustrating, he got them home court in the 1st. RD with Zydrunas Illgauskas (14.1) and Daniel Gibson (10.9) as his leading scorers (no one else averaged double-digit PPG). Come on, I love Chris Paul but what LeBron James did statistically and team wise, he is the 2008 (and 2007 IMO) NBA MVP.

  • RustyJohn

    Any word on where Mr. Betemit will end up after his nasty bout of pink eye is cured?

    • Mike P

      He’ll leave the peep show.

  • GoYankees

    45+ minute delay expected

  • Newman

    9:30 start time, as per PeteAbe

  • joba

    how about masterson

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

      How about him. Pitched well today.

  • Giselle

    i was just listening on the radio broadcast on mlb.tv (since the video only has a useless “Rain Delay” graphic) and they said the game is supposed to start in 45 minutes. looks like they will be getting this game in no matter what.

  • E-ROC

    Is it still raining heavily?

  • GoYankees
    • mustang

      Damn your good.
      Can you show me close up of the ball park ? LOL

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        gee that looks worse than when andy garcia had his siamese twin on his shoulder (family guy)

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

          Hey bitch wanna suck on my tooth? Hehe.

    • E-ROC

      Thanx homie.

  • GoYankees

    Nope, that’s the only trick I know.

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

    PeteAbe says they’re pulling the tarp off the field.

  • mustang

    This sucks I was hoping to see a little bit of the game on T.V. Now I get to enjoy Susan and John on the way to work. I hate them.

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

    One question, do any of you guys have an answer on what the hell has happened to Scott Shields? Was it just overuse & abuse? Seriosuly, what the hell has happened to him?

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

      Shields has been outstanding this year, minus a little hiccup today.

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

        Ok, that answers that. Thanks.

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

    94 MPH by Phil Hughes on his first two heaters????? It can’t be! His mechanics are all wrong and he needs more seasoning in the minors dammit!

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

    Helluva scoop kid.

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

    Anybody else thinks that Michael Kay has been salivating to say that “Cabrera, Cabrera” line?

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

    Not to be nitpicking or anything, but I almost swear to it that this is the first complete inning of 2008 that Phil Hughes did not throw three straight fastballs to one single hitter. Also nice to see a couple changeups early in the game.

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

    Have to appreciate the 23 pitches over two innings thus far.

    BTW, the guy over at WasWatching, does he have an official reason on why he hates Phil Hughes? Steve Lombardi I believe is his name.

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

    I don’t know about you guys but I still wonder if it’s a dream that Phil Hughes is actually here. Like he really made it through all the trade proposals, he really lived up to the hype in his minor league career, he really has made it to the Bronx. Still feels like a dream to me.

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

    He needs to control his emotionalism on the mound?

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

    Anyone besides me would have called for a bunt there by Molina? I know it’s only the 3rd, but Molina has just gotten back to playing and you can’t expect him to rake like he was while he was a regular. Minor issue, if one at all.

    • Mike R.

      Damn you rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Manimal

    WOW, I was watching th Giants Super bowl dvd, I heard 930 start, at 9:22 I put it back to directtv and its bases loaded in the 3rd AND no runs from hughes. Ill assume he hasnt pitched 2 innings with 8 ER

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I could watch that over and over again. I’ve watched all the Super Bowl highlight videos on You Tube. Some are really good.

      • Manimal

        Yeah dude this was the first year I really got into NFL, rooted for the Giants all 20 games.

        • Manimal

          What I meant was I always watched in the past but I finally went X-core from Draft to Bowl

          • LiveFromNewYork

            I’ve been a Jints fan a long time. But this year was extra sweet. The whole 19-0 hype.

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

      LoL, I was wondering if people knew the game was on. Kind of odd that Mike and I were only ones commenting.

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

    Look at that agility by the Big G. :)

  • Manimal

    WOW, Giambi showing some speed. However I think Shelley duncan would have KILLED pierzinski.

  • Mike R.

    Ozzie Guillen has 0 respect for Morgan Ensberg. Like none. Zip. Zero. Nada…

    • Manimal

      damn you beat me too it.

  • Manimal

    Bobby’s 1000th RBI, congrats to him.

    Why is Guillen pitching to Ensburg, second or third time he IBB’d the guy before him.

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

    I read that Jesus Montero also made a nice play on a bunt last night in addition to his foiling two steal attempts.

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

    I understand the reality that the NFL is to the USA as futbol is to the world and that’s why ESPN covers the draft ad nauseam, but it kind of sucks that no one other than Brian Kenney on SportsCenter can tell you who the #2 pick in the 2007 MLB draft was.

    • Manimal

      The team that drafted him forgot by now.

    • Mike R.

      Brian Kenney is the man

  • Rich M.

    the Indians should be dead tired for tomorrows game. they are still playing the first game of a double header.

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

      Holy crap.

  • Manimal

    Ok, seriously Fuentes looks like a perfect fit for the yanks and he keeps on pitching amazingly. Of course I’m skeptical of the switch from NL to AL, but he could still be very effective.

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

      He has become the closer for the Rockies, you think we have any chance of getting him?

  • Ivan

    So how about them Cavs Jamal?

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

      Yeah, they suck. LeBron is still MVP though. :P

      • Ivan

        and your wrong about that too, Paul or Kobe.

  • BigBlueAL

    anyone heard of when game might re-start??? watchin on the package so cant get updates from YES, and Baseball Tonight showed highlights but didnt say when/if game will re-start.

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

      No idea. No way Hughes comes back out, so it’s Rock ‘n Rohlendorf time.

      • gxpanos

        goddamn nature. franchise was throwing pretty well.

  • Mike R.

    Tarp is off and Ohlendorf is coming in according to Peteabe.

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

    Game’s back. Yay.

  • BigBlueAL

    really sucks for Hughes

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

    Per BBTN, they are just about ready to start.

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

      Lmao, I’m pretty late.

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

    Wonder how come Joe G. didn’t follow the KC plan for tonight’s game.

  • Number 27

    6+ 2ER for franchise… take it to the bank!

    well at least we don’t have to hear about how shitty phil is for a week.

    new prediction: sick outing next time for franchise due to extra rest from only pitching 2 innings tonight.

  • Ivan

    Just when Hughes was getting it started in concern of him pitching well, he gets knocked out by the rain delay. Now watch him give up mad runs against the Tigers and people get all over him.

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

    Heh, this is likely to be the only time you can turn on the TV to find Ohlendorf pitching in the 3rd inning of a game Phil Hughes started, and NOT have it be a terrible thing.

    • Ivan

      Hey Mike A,

      What you thought of Phil Hughes despite the brief outing? He looked good to me and his fastball according to gameday was consistently hitting 94 and even hit 95.

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

        He looked good, wasn’t nibbling, went right after guys. The fastballs he threw to get the first to strikes on Thome in the first were filthy, both at the knees on the black. Can’t do anything with that pitch.

  • planet

    brian kenny is a genius. love kellerman and kenny show on 1050

  • BigBlueAL

    how bout Indians usin BOTH Carmona and Cliff Lee tonight, i assume knockin both out of Yankees series unless one of them comes back on 3 days rest on Monday, and with Westbrook on the DL, only Sabathia and Byrd r regular starters available for series vs Yanks, leavin 2 games where Indians will have to use god knows who.

    • Manimal

      SHIT, why is Ohlie still in there, split Kennedy and Hughes to today/tomorrow, have IPK pitch a little today in relief then tomorrow have Hughes start for a couple more innings and then have IPK in relief again.

  • Manimal

    Did he take enough warm ups?! God damn!

  • Adam

    Big Blue AL, I know Jeremy Sowers is scheduled for Saturday.

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

      They could call up Adam Miller, who would have his regular four days rest for Monday’s series finale after pitching yesterday against Scranton.

    • BigBlueAL

      i just saw that, Byrd-Sowers-CC first 3 games, so i guess thanks to this doubleheader they will need someone to fill-in on Monday

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

    I’m literally gushing over Melky’s play thus far.

    • Manimal

      Its ok to cry sometimes. :P

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Literally?? comon.

  • Clayton

    I’m watching on mlb.tv and the Chicago announcers just said that Hughes wasn’t strong enough to come back out unlike Floyd.

    • http://monastarios@yahoo.ca b/c

      Thats Hawk Harrelson, unless i miss my guess, just forget everything he says.

  • Number 27

    Hey, what’s the deal with leaving Floyd in? Isn’t he of somewhat similar status to Phil (though obviously someone more progressed in his development)? Is it smart to leave anyone in after a 45 minute rain delay? What do you guys think?

    • Clayton

      Its idiotic. It was something that people bad-mouthed Girardi about after he was hired because he did it once in Florida.

  • Manimal

    WOAH ENSBURG! Arod wouldnt have done that.

  • Ivan

    Boy those chicago guys are just funny.

    On a side note, The Rockets/Jazz game just started, folks hide the women and children it’s not going to be pretty.

  • Manimal

    Wow, Cabrera had about 3 times to steal off of Ohlendorf and he didn’t do anything.

  • E-ROC

    The Yanks may want to get a long reliever.

  • E-ROC

    I wish for no more rain delays.

  • BigBlueAL

    wish the game got rained out

  • Manimal

    SHIT, I blink and its 3-3.

    • Mike R.

      DON’T BLINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Well this just isn’t fair, great start by Phil Hughes gets rained out and now our boy Ohly is in some trouble.

    • Newman

      great start? come on man, he pitched well for 2 innings, relax

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

        LoL, I meant start literally. As in great start to his start.

  • E-ROC

    I wonder if Abooboo would’ve gotten to that ball if he turned and ran to the wall first. Then locate ball.

  • E-ROC

    Just get an out. Probably should’ve just tagged third.

    • E-ROC

      Nevermind; watching the wrong game.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    good god, this has turned

  • BigBlueAL

    this could get real ugly

  • E-ROC

    Abooboo could’ve had that one, too!

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

    Combined with the rain delay, there is no way this long half inning can be good for Gavin Flyd so let’s hope it stays at a 2-run deficit.

    • Manimal

      BB already.

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

    Rain, please come back sometime before the 5th.

  • gxpanos

    booooooooo ohly.

    still love ‘im though.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    johnny gettin em off to a good start here….and on to second

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

    Just read a post by Alan Horne’s father over at nyyfans.com and this is what he had to say:

    “Talked with Alan today. Looks like right now they plan on him throwing at 60′ on Friday and seeing what kind of reaction his arm gives them to work with. Not alot, but that’s the lastest.”

  • Manimal

    HAHA, walks damon on 4 pitches and then he forgets Damon is on first. Way to go floyd.

  • E-ROC

    How long before Floyd’s arm falls off?

  • Mike R.

    I say Matsui gets a walk if Abreu doesn’t get on base. Call it a hunch. ;)

    • Mike R.

      Guess not. :S

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    not really taking advantage of (what amounted to) a leadoff double there

  • E-ROC

    ugh, opponents are hitting .357 against LaTroy

  • E-ROC

    Good play by Cano.

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

    Why did commercials just make me miss the 1st out in this half inning?

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Girardi should just pull a Torre and go to sleep now. He can’t be wanting to stay awake for this.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    good play? great play.

    a slow night web gem for sure….

    oh come on LT

    • E-ROC

      My bad. Cano made it look so easy.

      • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

        but that Ensberg play might take away some thunder

  • LiveFromNewYork

    See what I mean?

  • E-ROC

    Sighs.

  • Mac

    Awesome job, hawkins.

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

    Hooray for my fantasy team. Boo for Hawkins.

  • Pedro

    Singles and doubles don’t do it anymore for hawkins. Only HRs now.

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

    Through no fault of his own, Phil Hughes manages to tax the bullpen again. ;)

    The kid can’t catch a break!

  • E-ROC

    LOL @ Giambi’s range.

  • Newman

    Where are all the Latroy backers that were running rampant on this site last week?

    • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

      we have quickly departed for DFA village

  • BigBlueAL

    tuff series for Hank to watch if he really wants to accelerate Joba leavin the pen to start, cause honest to GOD, w/o Joba in the bullpen, Mo is gonna be havin to save ALOT of games comin into the 8th inning like last night, if we can keep a lead til then…….

  • Joey

    Hey all, just got back from the Rays-Jays game in Disney. WTF is goin on? Just read over at LoHud that there was a rain delay. Without having to read the 150 comments here, can anyone summarize the night for me?

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

      Phil looked very good, rains came, Ohlendorf came in and was good the first inning but crap the second.

      Abreu ripped a 2-run double that missed being a homer by inches.

    • Joey

      just saw the box score, seems Ohlie had a bit of a tough outing

    • BigBlueAL

      Ohlie pitched like crap, Ensberg aint ARod at the plate or on the field, Hawkins still sucks…….

  • BigBlueAL

    Cano has to be back hittin 9th again until he starts hittin again

  • E-ROC

    Cabrera is a pretty good hitter, lol.

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

    MELKY CABRERA, OMG, I’m dumbfounded. :)

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    MELK!!

    Dont change the channel just yet.

  • BigBlueAL

    MELKY!!!!! the real reason we didnt trade for Johan!!!!! jk

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

    Who is that guy and what has he done with Melky Cabrera?

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

      I think that’s the guy who is standing in CF before every game in the Bronx and flipping a big bird to some here at RAB. :P

      • BigBlueAL

        i also LOVE IT when he catches the 3rd out of an inning on the road and pretends to throw the ball to the crowd, but fakes it and runs in with the ball!!!!!! anyone else notice that!!!!!

        • Joey

          lol no, but if he really does that then I have no choice but to love him that much more

          • BigBlueAL

            i swear to GOD ive seen him do it a few times, laugh my ass off all the time!!!

            • giselle

              i HAVE seen him do that!! its hilarious cause he runs away laughing his ass off…. love it.

    • b/c

      Thats Melky Cabrera and he gone and developed. What a concept.

  • Xavier

    THE next bernie!!

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

    This outing for Hawkins was a perfect microcosm of his season thus far.

  • E-ROC

    Ugh, Jeter.

  • E-ROC

    So…when will the Yanks get a legit long reliever?

    • Mike R.

      As soon as they call Rasner up. Any day now.

  • BigBlueAL

    shit, bringin in a RHP to face Ensberg, we’re fucked…..

  • E-ROC

    Ensberg just can’t buy a lefty.

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

    Is A-Rod available to pinch hit? We do have Gonzalez ready to pinch run if he gets on and take over at 3B.

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

      Ok, guess he is not ready to PH.

  • Mike R.

    Every time Melky comes through big I want announcers to say “And THAT’S why the Yankees didn’t trade for Santana!!”

    Is that too much to ask. :)

  • Mike R.

    Why not pinch hit Posada there and have Gonzalez play 3rd?

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

      Interesting, that did not even occur to me. I think that would have been the right move but it’s a moot point now.

      Loving the patience Mr. Cano.

    • Mike R.

      That’s why!! I say we make Ensburg team captain just we can call him Capt. Morgan. All in favor?

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

    That 2-2 pitch definitely made up for the 0-1 pitch.

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

    An RBI single, by Morgan Ensberg. Booya.

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

    Thank You Mr. Ensberg.

  • E-ROC

    Damn the lefties. Morgan can hit righties!

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

    A four pitch walk to Cano with men in scoring position? That takes talent.

    • giselle

      i was just gonna say that! how often do you see a 4-pitch walk to cano in general?

  • Joey

    Is Ozzie going to explode soon?

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

    Lmao at a ChiSox fan saying “Throw strikes Linebrink, you putz!”.

  • Mike R.

    Ensburg singles off of a RHP, Cano takes a walk. Now if Giambi can hit a triple this night will be complete.

    • giselle

      nah i’d say an inside-the-park homerun from giambi would make the night complete.

  • Joey

    Can we consider that Giambi not pulling the ball?

  • BigBlueAL

    rekindle the release Giambi chants…

  • BigBlueAL

    hold ur breath, Farnsworth is in…

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

    Ok, now I see why Ensberg wasn’t PH for. More than likely his spot will come up again and Gonzalez would not be an ideal option batting behind Matsui.

  • Pedro

    Oh dear Lord, here comes the evil. Please God let us survive this inning.

  • RustyJohn

    Ugh….let me first begin by reminding everyone that Windows Vista sucks balls as my slow ass computer struggles to move along…let me then follow with a prayer for Farnsworth….Dear Lord, please don’t let Farnsworth fuck up.

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

    I thought the worst guy on a little league team was the LF.

  • RustyJohn

    So much for a 1-2-3 inning….

  • E-ROC

    Great job by Cabrera to cut that ball off and keep Swisher’s hit at a single.

  • Mike R.

    What is it with all these players missing games with pulled groins? I would pull my groin all the time when I was a teenager and it didn’t slow me down. AmI right fellas!?!? Am I right?

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

      Hsssssss…Hssssss…

      :)

    • RustyJohn

      It didn’t slow me down, but I went blind

      • Mike R.

        LMAO! Is RustyJohn short for RustyJohnson?

        • RustyJohn

          Yes, after I went blind I stopped using it in the hopes I would regain my sight. It atrophied and rusted, like an old warship in port. I also need to scrape barnacles of off it which is why my other name is Barnacle Unit.

          • Mike R.

            You are hilarious! LOL

    • BigBlueAL

      i was slow as hell, so u couldnt tell the difference with me running full-speed or with a pulled groin….

      • BigBlueAL

        sorry i thought u meant u know pullin ur groin playin baseball, not other stuff :)

  • RustyJohn

    I take back all the bad things I said about Jorge not being in the line-up

  • Joey

    nice throw name-that-Molina

    • BigBlueAL

      is it Yadier???? no sorry, we were lookin for Jose!!! LOVE it when they play Name-that-Molina on BTN!!!!

  • eddy b

    Farnsworth sorta in love with his slider tonight. Also, tonight, the filthy-nasty-ness that is Timmy Lincecum. 6 IP 0 R, 9 K’s

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

      Chris Young pitched better.

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

        At least until Aurilia hit that homer…

        • eddy b

          but still, you’re right .. Young was outstanding even with the HR

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

      I also like how Bruce Bochy refuses to bat his best hitter higher than 5th. Hilarious.

  • E-ROC

    Dear God, is Farns injured?? Looks like he hurt his groin on the follow-through.

    • Mike R.

      Please reference comment #71122. Thank you. :)

  • Mike R.

    1-2-3 even with the single! NICE!

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

    Smoke a 2-R HR against a RHP and in the very next PA you attempt a bunt single against a LHP. Now that’s versatility.

  • Number 27

    I can’t watch the game. anyone know if joba is available/ warming up in the pen?

    • Number 27

      never mind.

      • Manimal

        Your welcome LOL.

    • E-ROC

      He’s pitching right now.

  • Manimal

    Not to jump the gun, but if Joba makes the HOF, does his name go on the Plaque as Justin “Joba” Chamberlain.

    • BigBlueAL

      u REALLY r jumping the gun

      • Manimal

        Well me and my dad are arguing, he says it isn’t a baseball nickname so it would just be Joba Chamberlain.

        • BigBlueAL

          lol….i gotta watch a game with ur dad!!!!!

    • eddy b

      … not to jump the gun …

    • Joey

      didn’t he legally change it to Joba?

    • Mike R.

      To answer your question. No. He legally changed his name to Joba a while back. Not that you are jumping the gun mind you.

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

    Mariano Rivera only threw 17 pitches in his 5 outs yesterday, he can go one inning.

  • RustyJohn

    Those sliders are so sick

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

    Stupid Yankees. Don’t they understand people have to work tomorrow?

    • RustyJohn

      Hahahahaha- the joys of living on the west coast

    • Joey

      And the joys of having finals the week and having the last one Monday (so basically I have tomorrow off)

  • eddy b

    ohhhhhhhhhh my god

  • E-ROC

    What’s wrong with the damn mound?!

  • Casper

    Joba hopping off the mound = Nightmare fuel.

  • eddy b

    ok so apparently he’s a-ok haha

  • BigBlueAL

    they r wastin Joba in the bullpen!!!!! lol

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

      You really want to be showboating after what Tim Lincecum did tonight?

  • E-ROC

    i live in mountain time zone. I’m an Idahoian now. Yeah!!

    • RustyJohn

      Where in ID? I used to live iN Spokane, WA

      • E-ROC

        Mountain Home AFB

        • Mike R.

          Air Force! My brother is a Captain at Wright/Patt in Dayton OH.

          • E-ROC

            cool beans! I’m about to start serving the gov’t again. my wife is still serving. that’s why we’re here.

  • Joey

    gas

  • RustyJohn

    I was just about to say how I would love to see Joba work in a change every once in a while and then he blows him away with that shit- shows you how smart i am

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

    I don’t know about you guys but a pitcher showing zero emotion after striking me out late in the game is worse than him pumping his fists. He just walks off the mound like he’s saying “Look bitch, you not even worth my time.” and that just hurts, LoL.

    • E-ROC

      “Look bitch, you not even worth my time.” and that just hurts, LoL.

      LMAO!!

    • Joey

      except for Mo, who is like “been here, done that, why are you wasting my time? just go back to the dugout and sit down”

  • Mike R.

    I have a three week old baby. I’m not sleeping anyway. ;)

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

      Congrats.

      • Mike R.

        Thank you! It’s been a blast so far. :D

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

          Be honest, some nights do you just pretend your in a deep sleep so your wife can take care of the newborn in the middle of the night? :)

          • Mike R.

            LOL. You are wise beyond your years Jamal.

    • Joey

      yea, congrats!

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

    Look at that asshole in the stands who just swatted the ball away, what a dick, Lmao.

  • RustyJohn

    I have faith in Godzilla- 2 run homer baby

  • eddy b

    he and bobby look really uncomfortable with logan

  • Pedro

    Comon Hideki!!

  • eddy b

    ok so sort of retracted

  • Mike R.

    Now you pinch hit with Posada.

  • eddy b

    bobby jenks and reed johnson are the posterboys of chin-hair absurdity

    • RustyJohn

      Do you like guys with goatees think they are bad asses or something? that’s like so 90s

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

      Scott Spezio’s was just creepy.

      • RustyJohn

        I wish the moustache would make a comeback- I think the Killers were trying to do that

  • RustyJohn

    I have faith in Ensberg, 3 run homer baby…lol

  • Pedro

    Can we get Alex up there to bat?

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

    Good call Mike R.

  • BigBlueAL

    WOW, high strike there

  • E-ROC

    Damn

  • Mike R.

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Manimal

    Ensburg with a hot bat… Posada off the bench vs a pitcher with Heat…

    Girardi wants this to got to extras doest he.

    • eddy b

      i really agree with this. it’s obviously easier to say this now but morgan just hit a heater off the righty linebrink. Also if Andy Pettitte doesn’t go 8 tomorrow (and i know this is premature) …

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

    $10 say the guys in the booth for Chicago had a louder reaction than Bobby Jenks did on that double play.

    • BigBlueAL

      THANK GOD the package has the YES broadcast

  • Pedro

    Damnit Posada. We really need A-Rod.

  • Casper

    I just flipped over to Baseball Tonight. They showed Jayson Werth hit a homer today, and then they showed his mom in the crowd cheering for him. She was pretty good-looking. Orestes Destrada is like “whoah… uh… she’s young looking.”

    Ok back to the game, sorry.

    • BigBlueAL

      it was even funnier in the 10 pm edition, they were goin nuts sayin she couldnt be his mom, and then apparently they got confirmation it was and they said “we better chane topics” i was laughin my ass off!!!!

    • RustyJohn

      How does Orestes Destrade have a job as an analyst? Was Bret Barberie not available?

      • BigBlueAL

        i still cant believe Harold Reynolds kept his job as long as he did, and to think it took a sexual harrasment suite to let him go

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

          Wait. You can’t believe that a good analyst got to keep his job? And you do know that ESPN agreed to settle Reynolds’ lawsuit against them, leaving many to believe that he wasn’t exactly guilty of all that he was accused of doing?

  • BigBlueAL

    YES should really not even bother showing the MPH of the pitches, their gun is SO SLOW its ridiculous, Joba hasnt thrown harder than 91 the whole time!!!! most of his fastballs have been in the 80’s!!!!

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

    I love the fact that he is frequenting the hammer but if I am not mistaken he has yet to deliver a changeup this season.

    • Pedro

      It’s his fourth pitch. Better save it for the second half of the season

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

        Yes but if he doesn’t use it in the game it might stunt the development of the pitch.

  • Joey

    these idiots for the ChiSox broadcast are screaming at the ball “STRETCH, STRETCH!!!” God I miss Michael Kay or Joe Morgan… someone kill me please, didn’t think I’d ever say that

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

    Lmao, I remember that. God Damn did Michael Barret deck the shit out of AJ.

    • RustyJohn

      Yup, AJ is such a cock- one of the top 25 worst trades in MLB history has to be AJ for nathan, liriano, bonser

  • BigBlueAL

    stop throwin all these freakin sliders!!!!

  • Manimal

    proof that joba is not ready for a starting role. his Curve is hittable.

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

      Every pitch he throws is supposed to be perfect?

      • Manimal

        nope, but when 2 curve balls lead to 2 balls deep it is going to get hit. Ask Mike Mussina.

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

      I enjoy how you are attempting to draw this conclusion from one bad outing when Joba’s breaking pitch wasn’t at its best. Every pitcher will have bad days now and then.

      Proof that Joba is ready for a starting role: His career numbers up through last August. No problems with the curve then.

  • E-ROC

    F*ck!

  • BigBlueAL

    GOD DAMNIT!!!! WHY SO MANY FUCKIN HANGING SLIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      Love the enthusiasm but they don’t play Game 2 of the ALCS on April 24th. ;)

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

    Stupid rain delays.

  • Mike R.

    FUCK FUCK FUCK DOUBLE FUCK!!!! DAMN RAIN!!!!!!!

  • Joey

    fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

  • Pedro

    Lose to Joe Crede, sucks. We had our chance and Posada blew it. Well we’ll win it tomorrow.

  • Joey

    Okay, so Joba’s not infallible… yet. He just had a big scare with his dad and we can put this is the “learning curve” column. Plus, as Manimal says, he’s destined for the hall anyway

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

    LoL, everyone seems a bit on edge.

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

    If Joba were starting, he wouldn’t be blowing games in the 9th.

  • RustyJohn

    From wikipedia

    In 2006, Pierzynski was named one of the five American League players in the All-Star Final Vote. Soon afterwards the Chicago White Sox organization began an election campaign using the slogan “Punch A.J.” Pierzynski received 3.6 million votes, the most votes in the American League, subsequently sending him to his second All-Star appearance. The “Punch A.J.” campaign was inspired by an incident on May 20, 2006 between Pierzynski and Chicago Cubs Catcher Michael Barrett. After a fly ball out, Pierzynski tagged up at 3rd and tried to score on the throw. After a collision at home, where Pierzynski knocked Barrett from his feet, Barrett grabbed Pierzynski and punched him. A bench clearing brawl ensued, and Pierzynski, Barrett, White Sox outfielder Brian Anderson and Cubs first baseman John Mabry were ejected.

    A May 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated featured a survey taken among 470 baseball players about what player they would most like to see get beaned. Pierzynski received eighteen percent of the vote, higher than any other player. Forty-two percent of those surveyed in the AL Central Division (which the White Sox play in) voted for Pierzynski.

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

      It still makes me happy that Curt Schilling was voted as the most hated player amongst his peers. I believe it was SI who did the poll, or it might have been the Sporting News.

  • BigBlueAL

    Giambi blew it in the 7th

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

      LaTroy blew it when he gave up that home run to Thome.

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

    The Yankees are weird, ever since April 4th they’ve Lost 2, Won 2, Lost 2, Won 2, Lost 2, Won 3, Lost 3, Won 3 and just lost tonight.

  • Manimal

    JOBA CANNOT LOSE, EVER! WHAT IS THIS!

  • eddy b

    tough loss i think. i question the 0-2 pitch with molina set up way outside. what does that pitch set up?

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

    that 1-2 fastball to quentin in the 9th should’ve been strike 3. he hit a double later in the ab (and then scored). despite that, joba was not good in his 2nd inning. 2 hits and 1 warning track fly.

    posada’s gdp didn’t help, neither did giambi in the 7th, and neither did the rain delay that killed Hughes’ outing. a lot went against us tonight.

  • BigBlueAL

    fuckin Michael Kay jinxed it when he said they maybe should be thinkin of intentionally walkin Crede

  • RustyJohn

    Dude, it is like Ivan Drago getting cut in Rocky 4- “He’s not a machine, he’s a man!”

  • It’sMeSNITCHES!!!

    1st base was open, Crede should have been walked.

  • BigBlueAL

    Pettitte better go 8 tomorrow and take the game straight to Mo considerin how taxed our bullpen will be

    • RustyJohn

      They need to put Bruney on the DL- get Rasner up

  • BigBlueAL

    i wouldnt be shocked to see Ohlie get sent down for a fresh arm, if not Moeller

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

    121 pitches in 6.1 innings on Tim Lincecum’s not yet 24, 5’11” 170lb. frame. What is Bruce Bochy thinking?

  • BigBlueAL

    i get nostalgic thinkin of the 1998 bullpen. 2 lefties who u know actually got lefties out (Stanton and Lloyd) a nasty RHP (Nelson) and the best long man around (Mendoza) not to mention of course Mo closin. now its just Joba and Mo and HOPE for good outings from the rest, freakin frustratin. of course, back then we had 4 really, really, really good starters who would actually pitch 7 innings regularly, and even the Fat Toad (Irabu) would give us a great outing here and there. aaaah my teenage years, those were the good ol’ days :)

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

      “…really good starters who would actually pitch 7 innings regularly…” And that my good Yankee friend is why Joba Chamberlain needs to be in the rotation. People seem to disregard the notion that starting pitching improves a bullpen. It really helps the bullpen if they do not have to pitch 4-5 innings 60% of the time through a rotation order.

      • BigBlueAL

        i agree, BUT the problem is, the rest of the bullpen is so suspect, they cant in good conscience move him into the rotation THIS season. but definately, for the 2009 season 100% agreed he should be a starter, im on board with that totally. BUT movin him into the rotation in the middle of this season i think is RIDICULOUS. u gonna send Joba to AAA for a month, when in reality to build up his innings ur gonna need MORE than a month for him to get 5 to 6 starts at the minimum, and then u have to move someone out of the rotation, and hopefully by then nobody in the rotation will be struggling. but mainly, the bullpen CANT excel w/o Joba THIS season, period.

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

          “…they cant in good conscience move him into the rotation THIS season. but definately, for the 2009 season 100% agreed he should be a starter…” That is quite impossible. He has a cap of presumably 150 innings this year which would allow him to go 180 innings in 2009 and be fully unleashed (I drool at the thought) in 2010 when he will be prepared to go 200+ innings. If he is limited to the bullpen this season he will accumulate anywhere near 150 innings thus stunting his development as a starting pitcher. If he pitches 100 innings (basically irresponsibly abused) out of the bullpen this season after pitching 116+ innings last season, he will be in the same boat and be capped in that 140-150 innings range in 2009.

          There is no way a pitcher can be in the rotation for a full six month season with his innings cap in the 140-150 range. It’s mathematically impossible.

          • BigBlueAL

            i didnt mean because of overabusing him, i mean because for this season his best role is CLEARLY in the bullpen, and when u read all the comments from most of the players, if he gets moved from the bullpen for no reason (no injuries, no real spot in the rotation thanks hopefully to Moose, Phil and Ian pitchin well from here on out) there might be alot of resentment of the players. Joel Sherman has written about this in the Post, and he said what i feel, if u were gonna have him as a starter, do it from beginnin of season, not durin the middle of it UNLESS injuries/ineffectiveness from the rotation necessitates it. and unfortunately, the horrible pitching from most of the rest of the bullpen minus Bruney is reason to keep Joba in the pen.

      • Number 27

        amen.

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

    Wow, BBTN was great tonight. Orestes Estrada brought up jayson Wrth’s mother again and he said “It’s a nice moment for the family, I wish I could see more of them [her] again”. Lmao.

    • BigBlueAL

      im tellin u, it was even funnier in the 10 pm edition!!! LMAO

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

        Yeah, I had it on but wasn’t paying attention. LoL, wish I had been.

    • BigBlueAL

      also, when Destrade joined in with the “Say Hello to my Little Friend” HR call, i was pissin in my pants!!!

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

        Roflmao.

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

    on the bright side, perhaps farnsworth will go on the DL.

    as for walking Crede, i understand not doing it. if ramirez doesnt GIDP, then joba has to face good hitters in nick swisher or cabrera.

  • Manimal

    Turning point was letting Ohlendorf cough up 5 runs.