Apr
26

Game 25: A new look; a new roster

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The Yanks wrapped up their weekend roster moves this afternoon and now find themselves with a righty-heavy bullpen. Billy Traber, after proving that a lefty can’t always get out other lefties, finds himself heading from Cleveland to Scranton, and Shelley Duncan makes his triumphant return to the Bronx.

For the Yanks, the bullpen now contains a bunch of hard-throwing righties and LaTroy Hawkins. While a few folks will be dismayed at the Yanks’ seemingly non-traditional approach to the bullpen — Where’s the lefty? Where’s the long man? — as long as these guys throw strikes they can get out lefties and righties. Plus, they’ve managed to survive without a strike-throwing lefty, and they haven’t really been burned by the lefties. It’s no different today than it was yesterday.

The Yanks, meanwhile, face back-to-back lefties, and I guess today’s the off-day for the lefty hitters. While C.C. Sabathia and his Cy Young Award go tomorrow, Jeremy Sowers will be making his 2008 debut against the Bombers. Bobby Abreu, Robbie Cano, Hideki Matsui and the switch-hitting Jorge Posada all find themselves on the bench today.

Damon LF
Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Rodriguez DH
Giambi 1B
Duncan RF
Ensberg 3B
Molina C
Gonzalez 2B

Kennedy P

Categories : Game Threads
  • Jake T

    Sorry, but the Yankees website doesn’t have the updated roster, what is the new pen?

    • zack

      Mo, Joba, Hawkins, Ohlendorf, Alby, Britton, and Farnsworth (injured?)

  • zack

    Maybe it really was the manager last year that forced all those annoying moves, b/c this year I’ve been pretty darn pleased with all of the roster moves. Sending down Traber (if Farns isn’t going to the DL) was definitely the right move as he simply was not getting the job done and not an innings eater. Plus, that leaves Britton and a relatively fresh Joba, Mo, and Hawkins (meh). Ohlie could probably use one more day off, but Britton should be good for at least 2. The problem of course being if Kennedy gets bombed early. But that would be a problem no matter what.

    I suppose if Kennedy gets shellacked, we might see Britton sent down for Rasner after the game?

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

      If Kennedy gets shellacked, they’re not sending down someone else to take the blame. They may consider sending down Kennedy and bringing up Rasner though.

      • Zack

        True, but they haven’t shown much faith in Britton in the past. Hopefully that is changing, but I’m not so sure they would demote Kennedy just yet, unless of course he shows a total regression today…

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

      Rasner’s starting for Scranton today, so unless they yank him from the start between not and first pitch (6 or 7 tonight, I forget), he won’t do the Yanks any good over the next 4 days.

  • Joey

    Cap’n in the 3 hole? Just may be crazy enough to work…

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

      Derek’s had 552 career plate appearances out of the three hole. He’s hit .334/.408/.449 as the three hitter. Definitely could work.

      • Joey

        Hopefully it’ll help him bust out of his little slump

    • GoYankees

      Cabrera hitting 2nd is a better idea anyway. He is as close to a 2-man as the Yanks can do.
      Giambi is hitting 5 again? Maybe he is not cooked after all? ;)
      Lack of a long man in the pen is still a big problem. If there is a need, like there was a couple of games ago with the rain delay, several arms become useless for the next couple of days, and there are no arms left for a lefty-righty 7th inning combo. Therefore, goodbye, Billy.

      • GoYankees

        Changed my mind, AG is better hitting 2nd.

  • Joe

    Let’s just hope Kennedy starts turning it around, because that’s definitely not the best offense the Yankees can put out on the field…

  • mike b

    for the love of god, what does edwar have to do? am i taking crazy pills here?

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

      I’m going to go with develop another pitch so that he doesn’t end up giving up 19 runs in 21 innings at the big league level as he did last year. The 2 hits and 1 walk with 13 strike outs over 9 MiLB innings this year is encouraging, but the Yanks probably know something that we don’t if they haven’t called him up yet.

      • mike b.

        i guess… but given that he was so dominant last year in the minors, this spring against major leaguers, and this year in the minors i think its easier to call a couple of bad games after too much rest last year the outlier.

        • LiveFromNewYork

          I think he needs to gain weight. And I’m not kidding. He needs to look a bit more not like Urkle.

  • nick

    or it could be that they sent him down less than ten days ago. they also had sent alby down less than ten days ago, but they could recall one of them due to the bruney injury. alby is more highly thought of than edwar, so he got the call.

    • mike b.

      yeah, i just don’t understand this concept of how a player is “thought of”. Edwar comes in and strikes out practically everyone he faces, every time he is used.

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

        Except for the 19 earned runs he gave up last season in 21 innings. That’s not an insignificant part of the Yanks’ considerations.

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

    Ver-non Ghol-ston, clap, clap, clap clap clap, Ver-non Ghol-ston, clap, clap, clap clap clap…

    • E-ROC

      I hope Gholston works out for ya’ll but I would be worried. Don’t put too much expectations on him. Might not meet them.

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

      dammit. i wanted mcfadden. gholston’s overrated, but here’s to hoping he’s shawne merriman

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

    Holy crap, does Kevin Long have braces? It looked like he did when he was reading the lineup.

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

      I was just about to ask the same question. I think so.

  • E-ROC

    My Ravens just traded out of the 8th spot with the Jaguars. I was hoping they’d draft Leodis McKelvin. They better get it right or I’ll be pissed.

  • E-ROC

    Damon missed a gift.

  • E-ROC

    It didn’t take long for Tim McCarver and Joe Buck to talk about Hank’s comments.

  • Simon B.

    Uh, LaTroy Hawkins averages 95 MPH on his fastball.

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

      You missed my point. It’s not that he doesn’t throw hard; it’s that I don’t like LaTroy Hawkins on the Yankees.

      • Simon B.

        Evidently. Care to explain it?

      • Simon B.

        I didn’t know Admins could edit comments.

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

          Edit and delete, but we only edit our own comments and only if we hit Add Comment too early :)

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

    This guys are talking out of their asses about Joba right now.

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

      Don’t they all talk out of their asses about Joba? He can’t throw 100 over 6 innings, he can over 30 pitches. Well duh, but he can throw 94-96 for 6 innings, and that’s plenty.

    • E-ROC

      Might be putting it mildly.

  • E-ROC

    Giambi with range!!

  • E-ROC

    Kennedy has some kick to his fastball.

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

    Well since my Giants don’t pick until the latter part of the draft, all my attention is on MLB. Even though knowing me I would give a hell if Giants were 1st pick, baseball always rules over. :)

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

    Per PeteAbe

    UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: Joba has a hamstring problem, the result of slipping off the mound in Chicago on Thursday night. He was not available yesterday. Joe Girardi said the injury doe not impact how he will be used. Whether that is true or not, I have no idea. It has become fairly evident in a short time that Girardi will play loose with the truth about injuries. He said that Bruney’s MRI showed no structural damage. Well, execept for the fractured ligament that will require surgery and keep him out for the season.

    That worries me, I thought Joba looked like he lost something in that game, but I figured it was the second inning of work. Stupid fucking rain, stupid fucking grounds crew, the White Sox are worthless.

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

      You know with the week he missed on the bereavement list and the possibility of a per longed break due to the hamstring, the timetable on Joba’s transition might have to be moved up a bit. This is all just me thinking out loud but if he does go on the 15-day DL, we might see the process start maybe even a month earlier.

      :) :) :) :)

      BTW, what do you guys think the Yankees will do? Start him with three inning stints in the Majors then progressively increase the workload with a long man piggy backing his starts or stretch him out down on the farm?

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

        I dunno, I’d rather they just sent him to minors to stretch him out. Let him get into a pregame warmup routine, and have some certainty as to when he’s pitching. I don’t like the idea of stretching him out in the bigs.

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

    So bunch of foul balls leads to a two out BB and then another display of bitchassness by the Tribe with that “hit”. I hate the Indians.

  • http://nyyu.blogspot.com Mike @ NYYU

    Glad to see Traber sent out, hopefully Hawkins is next.

  • E-ROC

    Good play by Cano as Ensberg’s throw was hella high.

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

      Gonzalez. Cano’s sitting today.

      • E-ROC

        I meant Gonzalez. Flipping back and forth between the draft and the game.

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

    Jeremy Sowers, you fail.

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

    So 11 picks in the NFL draft and just two are offensive players. Of those two players, one is a skill position (Matt Ryan-ATL, QB). Defense does win championships.

    • E-ROC

      And a QB that can make plays wins championships.

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

        Unstoppable. Eli Manning is.

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

    Brian Burress owned the White Sox today, guess our offense wasn’t bad after all. :)

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

    Er, did someone just miss a sign there?

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

    I love the call, force things to happen and making Jose Molina attempt to put the ball in play since he’s beens scuffling a bit coming back from hamstring injury.

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

      Hit and runs are a great way to get guys out of a slump. Get them to stop thinking and just focus on getting the bat on the ball.

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

    Seeing that play by Derek Jeter, did anyone see that play by Rafael Furcal last night? He ranged to the grass behind the Third Basemen and fired throwing out Troy Tulowitzki at 1B. Nasty.

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

    Tim McCarver sounded like he was about to climax when he said “…And once again the American league is being dominated by the Red Sox…”.

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

    This isn’t right, both BBs have been after elongated ABs that included foul ball after foul ball.

  • E-ROC

    C’mon IPK.

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

    Hey, if Jair Jurrjens can rebound after that meltdown last night so can our own Ian Patrick Kennedy. Come on man, get it together.

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

      Word, Jair fell off a cliff last night, but rebounded very well.

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

        LoL, he fell off a cliff and into the pits of Hell before he got back on track last night.

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

    And you Tim McCarver are both a tool and an idiot.

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

    This is nothing but a bunch of bitchassness by the Indians. I really am starting to hate them.

  • E-ROC

    another friggin’ bloop single. tough break.

  • http://www.magicball.net Double-J

    Man, c’mon IPK. What the hell is your problem? He looks like he needs a trip back down to the minors to get his head straightened out and get his confidence back up.

  • E-ROC

    57 pitches so far for IPK.

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

    Nothing like a slice of Junior’s Cheesecak to get my mind off a tough luck start by IPK.

  • Mitch

    How IPK is still on the big league roster is a mystery to me. He might be good one day but that day is definitely not today. He needs a trip back to the minors pronto. How $man can put together a 200 mil team with 2 reliable starters boggles the mind. I understand this is a rebuilding year and all but this is kind of pathetic.

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

      You make it sound as though Cashman started at $0 in October and built it back up. The payroll is so high because of bad contracts — Giambi’s, for one — that Steinbrenner signed long ago.

      The reason why Kennedy is struggling so much, in part, is because New Yorkers are so hard on him. Give the kids some time.

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

    I swear, if Erik Hosmer doesn’t fall to us the Yankees better take Kyle Long. LHP who throw 96 MPH aren’t too common.

  • http://nyyu.blogspot.com Mike @ NYYU

    Another rookie pitcher man handling the Yankees. Things never change.

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

    Mike, are the Indians going to go the Chad Billingsley/Joba Chamberlain route and start Adam Miller in the Major League bullpen or are they just going to leave him as a starter?

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

      They gave him a shot to win a bullpen gig in ST, but he got hurt. They’d love to break him in as a reliever, and I’m sure he’ll get a chance at some point this year. He was Joba before there was Joba, everyone forgot how great this guy was because of all the injuries.

  • xkevinx

    By BenK: “The reason why Kennedy is struggling so much, in part, is because New Yorkers are so hard on him. Give the kids some time.”

    Worst IPK apologist statement ever. Are you kidding? Its the fans fault he can’t make it out of the 3rd inning? Its the fans fault he has walked 17 in 17 innings? Its the fans fault his BAA is .340? Four of his five starts have been on the road. He was never projected as anything more than a 4th or 5th starter, and he is clearly not ready for that, though he may be some day. He has quite possibly been the worst pitcher in the American League thus far. Rasner or Igawa could not be worse.

  • http://fitnesse.co.uk UKYankee

    IPK looks scared! he’s so afraid to throw strike…he’s also getting terrible luck…if he was pitching for the Sox, he’d have won a couple of games so far because they’d have outslugged his poor pitching…he’s gotten no run support at all this season….Franchise hasn’t had much either. they seem to save the good hitting for Wanger

    • xkevinx

      He should be scared – his stuff is completely hittable. Especially when every strike is belt high and over the middle of the plate

      • http://www.magicball.net Double-J

        If he would actually throw strikes and trust his stuff, rather than try to be fancy and paint the corners, he might actually be better off. He seems to be getting a lot of popups to the infield when he actually puts the ball in the strike zone.

  • Pedro

    I know it’s a small sample size but kennedy is walking a batter per inning this season. That, my friends, is Igawa bad.

  • E-ROC

    We need to score this inning. Let’s go Duncan.

  • Pedro

    Giambi with a clutch pop out. Hey, he went the other way!

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

      Duncan with a clutch fly out.

      • http://www.magicball.net Double-J

        It’s early. Maybe he’s a slow starter. :-p

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

          I wasn’t being serious. Just showing how ridiculous of a comment that was.

  • E-ROC

    Duncan should’ve went with pitch; instead of pulling it.

    • Pedro

      He’s Giambi from the right side without the good eye. He can’t go the other way.

  • E-ROC

    Good job of Joe Buck reminding Girardi of his first test this week from Hank. A-hole.

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

    Nice rebound thus far for IPK, hopefully he can record six more outs and it would be a quality start.

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

      No no no, that’s not possible. The tabloids won’t allow it.

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

        Lmao, I’ve always imagined the Yankees beating the Red Sox in the regular season finale which would oust Boston from the post season and either Karl Ravech or Peter Gammons saying about the Yanks “…still fucking suck” under their breath after giving the game highlights.

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

    Damn, Johnny Damon has broken out of his slump with some God Damn authority.

  • Jake T

    I really like Gonzalez in the majors.
    He is reliable, he will always make the play in the field, and he has showed that he can play small ball by laying down a few sac bunts.

  • E-ROC

    DAMMIT!! Nothing is bouncing the Yanks’ way.

  • Jake T

    shown*

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

    Melky’s clutch.

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

      All the positivity by the RABers has taken away his drive, start hating again dammit.

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

    Nice play by Cap’n Morgan.

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

    According to Gameday, IPK has flashed a plus curveball today. 17″ break on a couple of them thrown today, did not know he had it in him. Also has shown a splitter.

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

    Nice job by IPK. He had the one bad inning, but any team would take 5 IP, 3 R from their rookie starter against the In’jins.

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

    This is most likely IPK’s last inning due to the 105 pitches he has thrown thus far. Can’t be real disappointed with the outing. Two of the three walks came after per longed ABs. The BB to Halfner was an 8 pitch AB that included 3 foul balls and a 9 pitch BB to Casey Blake that included another 3 foul balls. He also got victimized by some bitchassness with a couple bloop singles.

    Not a bad outing at all.

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

    Steelers just drafted Rashad Mendenhall, I guess Willie Parker’s injury may not allow him to return to 100%. I know the two pronged rushing game is the way to go but if you have a #1 like Willie Parker, no way you use your #1 pick on another RB if everything is good with Parker.

    • Ivan

      Well the Steelers are a cheap organization, and they probably feel that if Parker is a FA, then Mendenhall can take over.

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

      I liked the pick. Pittsburgh football is run run run, never a bad thing to have two good backs. They rode Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker to the SB a few years back.

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

        Fair point but at that time neither was a #1 back. I don’t see the wisdom in using a #1 pick on a RB when they are basically the relief pitchers of the NFL when you have a #1 back who is healthy. Obviously if Parker is not 100% then it’s a good pick.

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

    Erick Wedge is a smart man, knowing how hot Hideki Matsui is, he does not want to see him up with a couple runners on.

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

      Girardi is not a smart man. He let the position and the ease of a defensive substitution dictate who he used as a pinch hitter.

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

        My sentiments exactly, if he knew he was going to PH Posada he should have done so 1 batter earlier. I understand he may not want to use Matsui this early but what about Abreu? PH Abreu for Ensberg and then just take out Duncan defensively for Cano.

  • Ivan

    Ian Kennedy pitch alright, and finish pretty strong at the end. That second inning really screwed him up but he bounce back pretty well.

  • E-ROC

    Let’s go Yanks. Have Cano pinch hit?

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

      With Abreu, Matsui and Posada all having better swings at this point? Cano would come in for defense in the next half inning, switching Alberto Gonzalez to 3B. Or Gonzo could be PH for as well and Arod would move to 3B as we lose the DH.

  • Manimal

    Yeah, PH cano, put Agonz at third and Cano at second.

  • Manimal

    COME ON cano, you cant let that go.

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

    Same pitch that was Strike 3 on Cano, asshole ump.

    • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      it was actually a little higher lol.

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

    Fuck Yes!

  • Manimal

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    hip, hip, jorge!..and now here’s Hawkins to give it right back lol….

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

    Why Hawkins? What’s wrong with Britton? I thought getting rid of Torre was supposed to fix this shit.

    Fuck.

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

    Five more picks till my Jints!

  • E-ROC

    Latroy “bleeping” Hawkins does what he does best.

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

    LoL, anybody thinks that they are doing this on purpose to get some warmup tosses out of the bullpen?

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

    Padres with 7 runs of offense….at PETCO??

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

    Come on Big G, what were you doing charging that bunt?

    Ha, dumb ass Tribe.

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

      That’s crap, it’s a Foul Ball!

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

    LoL, when the Yankees get lucky the fucking get LUCKY!!

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    ok so maybe some of that talk about Gonzalez’ defense is justified? lol…..

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

    Johnny Damon is just nasty right now.

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

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, was another great Melky Cabrera at-bat.

    • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      that was horrible wasn’t it?

    • claybeez

      Yeah, that’s really how he’s looked all season. Geez! You guys can explain away everything Hughes and IPK, but rail on Leche for one bad AB.

      • Jon

        Torre and Girardi aren’t the only ones guilty of playing favorites it seems.

        • claybeez

          RAB is lactose intolerant.

    • DeMarcus

      fuck you Mike A

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Is there any reason to do the Game Day type graphics when you’re watching the actual players and can see who is at what base? STOOPID.

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

    I would guess Daisuke Matsuzaka.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Alex says screw it…I’ll just stay up here all day.

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

    Really Tim McCarver!? “A-Rodish”?!

    • Mike P

      That’s Erotic with a weird accent.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    At least he made him work.

  • claybeez

    Another A-Rodish AB.

    ;)

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

    Damn you Jensen Lewis.

    Let’s Go Giants!!!

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

      Nice pick by Gang Green moving up to get TE/WR Dustin Keller. Damn, they’ve really loaded up this off season.

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

        “…The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants select Kenny Phillips…”

        I love that quote Mr. Commissioner.

        • LiveFromNewYork

          They unfurled this bad ass banner on Giants Stadium that says that. The Jets are going to love rolling in there.

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

      Nice pick by G-Men. Goodell (sp?) obviously wants to get on the good side of NY fans by sucking up to the SB Champs.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    this game should be like 10-3…first and second less than 2 outs like 15 times this game…

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

    Girardi’s an idiot. Why is Hawkins still in this game? The only reason they got out of the last inning is because Alberto made a great play.

  • Mike P

    Why are they pitching Hawkins in a meaningful inning?

  • E-ROC

    Where’s Britton?

    • Mike P

      In Europe?

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

    Eat it! JoPo, great throw.

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

    Hey, I wouldn’t have pitched Hawkins in either inning also but, two scoreless are two scoreless.

    • Mike P

      They were still Hawkinsish. The opposite of Arodish for a pitcher.

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

        Lmao.

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

    Hey Mike, who are the guys that ESPN uses to cover the MLB Draft? Please don’t tell me it’s the BBTN idiots.

    Do any respectable baseball publications host a televised show on the MLB Draft?

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

      Last year ESPN had the usual cast cover it: Ravech hosted, Phillips and Gammons “analyzed.” Keith Law and Jim Callis (of BA) were on via satellite every so often. BA used to do a live radio show during the draft, but no more.

      That’s only TV / radio coverage of the MLB draft I know about, aside from MLB’s audio feed.

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

        Well I guess it wouldn’t be bad hearing them talk about the draft. I mean how hard can it be with the resources that ESPN has to have some in-depth reports on these guys.

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

          Hah, you obviously still hope for the best from ESPN I see.

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

            LoL, I felt dirty as I hit the “Add Comment” tab.

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

    This ump has called that pitch strike, ball and strike. Make up your mind asshole.

    Really Tim McCarver!? “Mariano Duncan”!? I don’t care if he corected himself, he’s still an idiot.

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

    I know two seamers usually take a bit off on the heater but Kyle has thrown two to Victor Martinez and they’ve been 90MPH. His elbow must definitely be an issue. Then again his two four-seamers to Martinez have been 93 and 95 MPH.

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

    LoL at Erick Wedge “…Not even FUCKING CLOSE!”.

  • Ivan

    that sucked…for the indians

  • Mike P

    Wow terrible call.

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

    Is it safe to say that Farnsworth’s two biggest isues are Fastball command and Slider control? Or is it just mainly mental?

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Problem 1: can’t pitch
      Problem 2: can’t pitch

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

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

    That’s no fun.

  • Ivan

    Jeter just strikeout.

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

    Ryan Howard just hit a 2-R HR in his return to the lineup. Damn, if he gets going along with the current hot streaks of Chase Utley and Pat Burrell, God Damn.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I could hit a 2 run homerun in the National League.

  • Mike P

    Fuck the Yankees have had so many chances to win. I actually think they’ll lose this inning especially if Farnsworthless pitches.

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

    Putting on my 39 OHLENDORF shirt for good luck…

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

      Taking off my 39 OHLENDORF shirt because it’s obviously bad luck…

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

    Did John Buck just make it seem like Joba Chamberlain isn’t in the game because he gave up the winning run in Chicago?

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

      Yes sir, yes he did.

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

    “I guess if you can misremember you can misstep.” God McCarver’s an idiot.

  • BigBlueAL

    2nd guessing just in case he loses the game this inning, WHY is Ohlendorf pitchin?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? 50 something pitches on Thursday, and u bring him in the bottom of the 9th in a tie game???????? Joba threw less than that on Thursday, and Britton is available also.

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

      But Girardi is not Joe Torre, therefore his stupid bullpen mistakes are forgiven.

      • BigBlueAL

        HELL NO!!! Honestly, this month has been HORRIBLE by Girardi. i thought we would be gettin a major upgrade with in-game managin with the change of managers, but so far ive been dead wrong with that assumption.

    • steve (different one)

      Britton warmed up 2-3 times in the first 2-3 innings. he’s cooked.

      Joba is likely unavailable b/c of the hamstring.

  • steve (different one)

    unbelievable.

    here’s the game.

    thanks Jeter.

  • mike

    there must be Brittonitis on the management of this team.

    • steve (different one)

      not at all. you only warm up a guy a certain # of times if you don’t bring him in.

  • mike

    and can we come to grips that Ollie cannot take the heat at this time, and perhaps should go back to AAA and bring up Mr. Changeup?

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

    Come on dammit, if our captain can do it, so can their captain. Double-Play!

  • mike

    he hasnt thrown a strike in 10 mins/

  • mike

    eleven minutes…..

  • BigBlueAL

    Girardi fuckin sucks

    • steve (different one)

      that game is on ONE person: Derek Jeter.

      it should have been Mariano sealing up a 4-3 win.

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

        It should have been Mo in the 9th even if it was tied. NoMaas would have given him a “Torre Loss” for that last year, let’s see what they have to say about Girardi.

        • steve (different one)

          oh, i agree. i would have brought Mo into the tied game. didn’t mean to imply otherwise.

          i bet NoMaas calls out Girardi tomorrow. that exact situation is a huge pet peeve of theirs.

      • BigBlueAL

        please, the whole fuckin team cant hit for shit with runners on, its pathetic. and then u have a manager who couldnt manage a team against the AI in MLB 08 th Show and win.

      • Jon

        What did you honestly expect him to do? He scalded that ball but it just happened to be right at somebody. This game falls on the entire offense. Girardi’s bullpen moves were questionable but they managed to get the job done until the last inning.

  • mike

    the Indians must have won the pennant…act like you have been there fellas – u are .500

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

      It’s a walk-off W. How would you expect them to act?

      • mike

        a walk off with the whole team flying out of the dougout ?? – i half expected Delucci to do a roll-over like ONeill did all those times over the pile

    • Mike P

      That is big in Cleveland.

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

    Big positives I have to say would be IPK’s rebound and good, somewhat shaky outings from LaTroy Hawkins and Kyle Farnsworth.

    The trend continues, Yankees complete the circle again by losing their 3rd straight after being on a 3 game W streak.

    • mike

      Worthless hangs those two sliders to anyone else in the lineup than he did and Im eating dinner an hour ago – but results do matter

    • BigBlueAL

      Jamal, ur my boy and all, but if u consider today a big positive with regards to Kennedy’s start, ur really reaching. the fact that he could only go 5 innings cause he is scared as shit of throwing strikes screwed the bullpen over again.

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

        One inning where he suffered a bloop single, sac bunt, sac fly and a 9 pitch BB. You really want to blast him for that?

        • BigBlueAL

          i didnt blast him, but 4 bb in 5 innings is inexcusable because again his pitch count was ridiculous by the 5th inning. i just said to consider his start today a big positive is too much.

          • steve (different one)

            the walks HAVE to come down. but 3 of the 4 hits he gave up were flares/infield hits.

            i’d call it a positive step. not a big positive, but he kept them in it when he could have folded in the 2nd inning.

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

        I think any team would take 5 IP, 3 R from their rookie starter against the Indians any day of the week.

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

        Also, I said his rebound was the big positive, he allowed only 1 runner to reach base in those three innings after the 2nd inning debacle.

        • Mike P

          It’s a step forward. But it’s still an below average outing how ever you positivise it, to speak as McCarver.

  • mike

    it would help if any of the pitchers can throw a strike one, or if Melky realized last year he coluld not bunt and practiced a bit in the spring…..or if Jeter could hit a frigging fly ball ever???

  • Ivan

    This game was lose because of this offense. Over and over the pitching was holding down the offense of the indians and this yankee offense was just down right terrible on RISP.

  • Ivan

    Girardi can’t hit for this team. And also can we stop the love affair with Ollie now?

  • Mike P

    3 runs in 7 innings of Sowers and Lewis, with a righty loaded lineup to bood. How crap is that?

    Murderer’s row my ass. The hitters were always a bit streaky but this year’s unbelievable. They’re hitting so bad with RBI opportunities. The Yanks are worth every bit of their losing record.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    HA

  • claybeez

    Really uncalled for.

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

    Wait, so Manny Ramirez gets pitched too with first base open, but not Asdrubal Cabrera and his .209 BA?