Game Five: The lefty returns


The Yanks are mired in something of an offensive slump to start the season. As a team, the Bombers are hitting .227 with a .285 OBP and a .378 slugging percentage. For all the talk about their offensive, they’ve plated just 12 runs over the first four games.

The bats, of course, will wake up, and today’s game may be just what the doctor ordered. Facing the Yankees today will be the righthander Edwin Jackson. For years, Jackson has been hyped as the Next Big Thing. He started out with the Dodgers and made his Major League debut a few months later. But control — and Big League succes — have so far eluded Jackson. Over five seasons and 272.2 innings, he has an ERA of 5.64 and a WHIP of 1.71.

The Yanks haven’t shown their trademark patience at the plate yet. They’ve drawn just eight walks as a team. With Jackson on the mound, the Yanks’ bats may get the reprieve they so need after facing Toronto’s own big three starting pitchers and a surprisingly effective Andy Sonnanstine last night.

On the hill for the Yanks will be Andy Pettitte, making his 2008 season debut. No, my April Fools joke did not come true. He isn’t missing time due to his back right now, and he won’t be replaced by Kei Igawa. Against Tampa last year, Pettitte was 0-2 in four starts with a 5.32 ERA. Hopefully, he’ll find success this season. In all likelihood, Jonathan Albaladejo will be sent back to AAA to make room for Pettitte, and I am not a fan of that move.

The lineups:

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

Pettitte LHP

Iwamura 2B
Crawford LF
Pena 1B
Upton CF
Gomes RF
Aybar 3B
Bartlett SS
Riggans C
Johnson DH

Jackson RHP

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Mike A. says:

    I have to say, Michael Kay is dressed to impress.

  2. Ben K. says:

    There’s one walk. I like that.

  3. RichYF says:

    Jeter looked silly there.

  4. Ben K. says:

    Ah, Jonny Gomes gets the Kangaroo Court fine for that one.

  5. RichYF says:

    Boy is his face red…

  6. Jake S says:

    Laughing out loud at Jonny Gomes.

    Ben, can one of you guys do a post about Giuseppe Franco? It won’t make him go away, but it would make me feel better.

  7. Ben K. says:

    Today is not one of Jonny Gomes’ better days on the field.

  8. RichYF says:

    Wow, that’ll make you appreciate Abreu’s “defense”

  9. Mike A. says:

    Jonny being Jonny.

  10. Jake S says:

    Not a great day for Jonny Gomes.

  11. RichYF says:

    I guess we’ll chalk that up to excellent pitches again…

  12. Ron says:

    Jeter must have been out with the ladies last night. He’s looked horrible in both at bats today.

  13. Ben K. says:

    Baseball lip reading is great. Johnny Damon’s arm, not so much.

  14. RichYF says:

    Hahahaha, I’ll never miss that throwing arm. It’s like he’s playing in the Sunday Softball League

  15. Ben K. says:

    And these unearned runs will kill ya.

    • RichYF says:

      Yeah but the offense isn’t doing much to help. I’m not seeing the patience that we should be expecting. Jackson looks very prone to mistake pitches when he’s behind in the count. *Some* players don’t seem to grasp this concept. *Some* players look worse than they should against this mediocre pitching costing us some runs…

  16. RichYF says:

    Wow, that was awful.

  17. Brasilian Yankee says:

    This offense is horrible. You have a guys who can’t throw strikes consistently and yet they are swinging at everything.

    • RichYF says:

      I think they’re just a little over-anxious right now. Hopefully a week or so of games will settle them down.

  18. Ben K. says:

    Maxoderm commercials? Really?

  19. Brasilian Yankee says:

    That pickoff move is really sexy!

  20. iYankees says:

    Anyone else think Matsui should be hitting fifth?

  21. Brasilian Yankee says:

    Anyone else think Damon sucks?

    • BobMikki says:

      I hate Johnny Damon, besides Pavano , he is the worst signing the Yankees have made this decade. I think after the emergence of Melky the Yanks should’ve just cut there losses and released or traded Damon.

  22. RichYF says:

    Dear Mr. Jeter,

    Please do something useful to make up for your uselessness thus far today

    Your favorite fan

  23. Brasilian Yankee says:

    I wonder when is this offense going to come out of hibernation.
    If they can’t do it against Edwin Freakin’ Jackson, we migth be in for a looong season.

    • BobMikki says:

      This is the Yanks new M.O. for the first month of the season they struggle offensively , and then they suddenly click in May, and become a prolific offense.

  24. Manimal says:

    My dream line up

    B Gardner LF
    D Jeter SS
    B Abreu RF
    A Rodriguez 3B
    J Posada C
    H Matsui DH
    Duncan 1B
    Cano 2B
    M Cabrera CF

  25. Brasilian Yankee says:

    We are playing like the Rays and they are playing like the Yanks.

  26. ansky says:

    ugh..more come from behind action

  27. Brasilian Yankee says:

    I don’t know what you guys see in Duncan. Yeah, he’ll one out every now and then, but he’s not good at the field, he’s not gonna hit for average and more often than not he will strikeout or simply pop up because of his long swing.

  28. BobMikki says:

    Uhh… wtf , how are we losing to the Rays the bottom four of there lineup, and there pitcher are all career minor league scrubs.

  29. Brasilian Yankee says:

    Giambi hurt or we’ve just given up?

  30. Jamal G. says:

    I liked what I saw from Pettitte. Command did desert him in a couple innings and the HR by Gomes obviously are low points but other than that he looked good.

  31. Jamal G. says:

    Every time I hear someone talk about David price it just makes be giddy knowing that there was a debate (before the health issues) on who had a higher ceiling, Price or Yanks #1 pick, Andrew Brackman.

  32. Jamal G. says:

    Bruney is straight owning Mofos.

  33. Alan says:

    I’ve got to say, I’m pretty impressed with Bruney so far. Its early in the season, but he’s shown marked improvement.

  34. Mike A. says:

    Bruney was great last April too.

  35. Jamal G. says:

    Boston bullpen getting owned, 6 runs in the 6th and the Jays lead 10-2. Buchholz struck out 7 over 5 and allowed 3 ER.

  36. Manimal says:

    Yeah bruney has impressed me unlike Farnsworth. Why is it that Farnsworth is kept when Albie is clearly better.

  37. Ivan says:

    Hey I,ve always likd and supported Bruney. Even when he sucked, I liked him more than Farnsworth, because his fastball has life life through the zone and has that extra at the end. I said it before and I said again, if his command is solid and has a reliable secondary pitch he could be a devastating arm comming out of the pen.

  38. Jamal G. says:

    This impatience is kind of annoying me.

  39. Jamal G. says:

    It’s the same story with Farns. If he could stop falling behind the count he can use that slider effectively. Also he said that he will use his 2-seam more this year, let’s see.

  40. Jamal G. says:

    Elevation Holmes. Cmon Ohley, drive that sinker down.

  41. pete says:

    i hate the rays and our offense right now. and life
    losing sucks

  42. Jamal G. says:

    I actually am real happy about what I’ve seen from the Yankees this year. Going in we were all paying attention to the bullpen. What we’ve seen has been great multiple outings by the recently optioned Jonathan Albaladejo, Bian Bruney, Ross Ohlendorf, and Billy Traber. Phil Hughes was great and so was Wang. Mussina and Pettitte looked good with some mistakes sprinkled in. Lastly Kennedy was not hit overly hard just struggled horrendously with his control which should not be an issue over the course of the season.

    The offense will be the offense, so I am not worried one iota about that. Only thing I want to keep my eye on is the effectiveness of Hawkins/Farns.

  43. Jamal G. says:

    Also our middle relief looks strong thus far, with obviously the back end doing its thing. So far the Tigers and Red Sox middle relief (hell the whole staff for the Tigers other than Verlander and a good start by Rogers) have looked horrendous.

  44. Ivan says:

    Hey Detroit is 0-4 and Boston hasn’t been playing great either so, it happens.

  45. Brasilian Yankee says:

    Cano really looks lost, he didn’t come close to getting a hit.

  46. Jamal G. says:

    A BB and a hit would be so excellent right now.

  47. Brasilian Yankee says:

    Whaaat is wrong with this ump?? That’s not a strike

  48. Brasilian Yankee says:

    Comon Duncan, take on for the team, leave your body there.

  49. Jamal G. says:

    I swear, Carlos Pena must flinch over at 1B whenever Duncan takes that long ass swing.

  50. Brasilian Yankee says:

    There it is, that big ugly swing. I honestly don’t see anything in Duncan that can help this club.

    • zack says:

      Nothing? Really? can’t help the club at all because your expert batting eye notices he has a “big ugly swing?” Always great to see how many professional scouts and coaches post at RAB

      • Kw says:

        that’s a silly comment. think of it this way:

        Shelley’s past history of minor league at bats suggests that he’s mostly an all or nothing at all type of hitter. He has mammoth power and had good success last year in AAA and in his callup. But, he’s old for a prospect, which suggests that his skills have taken this long to be considered major league worthy. His average was not high, we’ve seen his defense at first is really nothing stellar, and ensberg is a better hitter now and in the past (with success at the MLB level). And yes, his swing is long. So let me ask you, does YOUR expert batting eye tell you he has something to contribute this year? I always thought he was the odd man out. If anything, he’s on the team as the backup OF in case one of Abreu/Matsui/Damon get hurt. And even then he’s more like a 5th outfielder.

  51. Mike A. says:

    Michael Kay, you are not allowed to try to be funny anymore.

  52. CB says:

    Not a big deal in the scope of the game but i don’t like them warming up Joba and getting him loose on the off chance they take a lead down that much.

    Warming up over and over is one of the reasons why reliever’s flame out so quickly. We often focus on how many appearances and innings a reliever puts in but a lot of the stress on their arms comes from loosening up and then not getting into the game.

    Joba’s innings limit is one thing – and its’s easy to observe, measure and keep track of.

    But if they’re going to get him loose while they’re down in the game 6-3 (tying run at the plate or not) then they’re going to put a significant amount of additional stress on his arm over and above the actual innings he throws.

    • RichYF says:

      I actually agree. At this stage in his career, if Mo warms up he comes in to the game. I think the same should go for Joba. If he warms up, it counts against him pitching for the day. So he can pitch say the next day but not “two in a row” because it’d really be three in a row. Let’s see how they handle it. I’m sure nothing will be done, but it’d be nice to pay attention that that kind of stuff.

    • Mike A. says:

      Well, you certainly have to consider how much he threw in the ‘pen. If it’s just a few tosses, then it’s no big deal. If he’s fully warmed up, then yeah, it’s an issue, albeit a minor one.

  53. Flynnie says:

    Another season, another slow start. This is getting silly. Pitching has been all over the place and the bats are dead. Is it too much to ask to have a decent start one year?

  54. Jamal G. says:

    We’re 2-3 man, this isn’t the NFL, a start can not be determined until 20 games or so.

  55. mustang says:

    Cano looked more then lost and that first strike to Mastui in the 8th was a total joke.

    Well so much for a cake walk for the Red Sox or Yanks in the east.
    Ladies and Gentleman we have ourselves a division.

  56. Brasilian Yankee says:

    Another thing that has been horrible so far this season is the umpiring.
    For all 5 games we haven’t had an umpire with a consistent strike zone, the zones were all over the place in every single game.

  57. mustang says:

    I second that.. the umpiring has just been bad.

  58. mustang says:

    But the bull pen minus the Cashman twins (Hawkins and Farnsworth) has been great and that always a good sign.

  59. Mike A. says:

    It’s 5 games. You can’t draw any real conclusions from that.

  60. mustang says:

    Yes, I know but if guys can king three minor leaguers the “Big Three”. I can draw
    some conclusions from 5 games. Our take a big gamble and say the Cashman twins (Hawkins and Farnsworth) will suck the rest of the season. I could be wrong… want bet ? LOL

  61. Whitey14 says:

    Jonny Gomes must have dropped by RAB during a bathroom break. I find it funny that some of you were crapping on him and then he whacked a dinger, but nobody acknowledged it. I’m not saying he’s good or anything ignorant like that, but he did make some of you sound silly for speaking to soon.

    • Yankee Fan in NY says:

      How exactly did we do that? We were criticizing his baserunning and his fielding, both of which looked pretty terrible early on. No one said anything about his hitting.

      Don’t you have something better to do on a Saturday night than troll Yankee blogs anyway?

      • Whitey14 says:

        I meant the comments like “could not happen to a more deserving guy”. I just find it funny that he took offense to your Red Ass duncan going out of his way to try and hurt an innocent infielder and all of sudden he’s a bad guy and the enemy of yankee fans everywhere. It was okay for your guy to be a douchebag, but not Gomes. That’s decidely different than the conversations over the past week where many of the commenters here decided that since they like jabba’s fist pump, they’ll no longer criticize Papelbon’s because they realize it would make them hypocrites. I guess the same doesn’t ring true for the Gomes/duncan situation,but then again, that one was a bit more heated so maybe they’re not quite the same.
        I just found it funny that he was getting criticized and then he hit the home run to help win the game, Poetic Justice for him I guess.

  62. mustang says:

    No he doesn’t..LOL
    Good one Yankee Fan in NY…LOL

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