• Manimal

    Jesus, the whole wesbite went down for a little bit.

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

      Three times tonight in fact.

      • Manimal

        I counted two but that last one was LONG.

  • Pedro

    It was really slow. Now it seems to be back to normal.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    you can’t really blame girardi for anything that’s going on. the team is just not hitting collectively. everytime the yankees have a guy in scoring position, it seems like damon, cano and giambi are always the guys up at the plate.

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

      You can blame him for some things but not everything.

      The Yanks are going to lose two games they could have won in Boston without seeing their two best relievers get into the game. It’s the same mistake Torre made over and over again. I guess it makes sense too because Girardi is after all a Torre disciple.

      • Ivan

        Girardi has had a rough series but I am not gonna make a big deal out of it.

    • Pedro

      But he sure could have used Ensberg or the bunt with Damon up..

    • BigBlueAL

      but thats when the moves a manager makes become that much more important. yeah, when the Yanks r hitting as usual, u or me could manage the team by just sitting back and watchin them mash away. but that isnt happenin at the moment, and these last 2 games vs the Red Sox could almost be put entirely on Girardi’s shoulders. hey, Torre at the end started getting ALOT of heat for the moves he made, especially his in-game moves, so im not gonna give Girardi a pass………

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        i don’t know how you can say that this game’s loss is on girardi’s shoulders. that just doesn’t make any sense. why? because he didn’t bunt damon to move the runners? that doesn’t guarantee anything. the only thing i didn’t get was putting betemit in over molina and letting posada catch. if he wanted to do that, he should have brought in chamberlain, who could have kept people off the bags. that’s probably all i would blame him for, but that’s only 1 run that you can definitely argue was caused by his managerial decision.

    • Manimal

      I agree.

  • Manimal

    Anyways we need a miracle to win this…

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

    Farns is officially the last option in the pen.

    • Pedro

      He shouldn’t be an option at all

    • Manimal

      Away, at home its Latroy

  • Whitey14

    Mike, Joe, Ben, that’s a credit to your fine website….and these two teams playing the longest friggin’ games….

    • Manimal

      seriously I need to getup at 6.

      Arod is an idiot. Hes back to is 06 form.

  • doty

    girardi is killing us! damon has to bunt in that situation put the tying run in scoring position, with 2 cracks at tying the game. then he takes out molina and puts posada behind the plate who has not caught in a week!

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    I think it’s BS that people are mad at Girardi for electing to swing away with Johnny Damon. How can you justify doing that when you have Cano in such a dreadful slump AND going against a LHP? I don’t get bunting in that situation, your unnecessarily giving up an out. The payoff of having him bunt is not great enough over letting him swing to call for the bunt there.

    • BigBlueAL

      because u still have an inning to go (9th) and the infield wouldve played back and given up a run, which wouldve happened since Cano grounded out to 2nd, and STILL Abreu wouldve been up with the tieing run at 3rd.

    • Pedro

      I know that Damon had some walks today and all, but even when gets a hit it seems like it’s a blooper. His bat looks real bad this year, so yeah I do think he should have bunted.
      Besides, with runners on 2nd and 3rd Cano would have gotten some good pitches because they wouldn’t wanna get to Abreu, who’s been hot this year.

  • Pedro

    Don’t look now but we have ourselves ’06 A-Rod.

    • Manimal

      LOL We said the same thing at midnight… wierd.

  • BigBlueAL

    i think ARod should just go to his wife until she has the baby startin tomorrow, cause right now he cant hit a watermelon (maybe he could take Cano with him). honestly, maybe he is a bit distracted with the impending birth????????

  • Manimal

    Does anyone else think this year is a lost cause, we just aren’t a good team but next year will be amazing.

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

      Oh come on. It’s the 13th game of the year. Little early to call it a lost cause, no?

      • Manimal

        Joe Girardi has NOT lived up to his expectation. His small ball baseball has been thrown out the window because in the end the yankees are over rated over payed veterans that don’t roll that way. Didn’t Girardi say he will pick the roster on skill not age. Well as of the first game of the season Gardner>Damon and Shelley>Giambi.

    • Whitey14

      I hope, but I sincerely doubt it. They started very slow last year also and ended up just fine.
      Both teams have better days ahead.

  • Joey

    well A-Rod, you continue your brilliance

  • Joe

    The reality is Cashman needs to suck it up and release Farnsworth. There is absolutely no reason he should still be in the pen. Cashman gets a pass on some of his moves, but not this one.

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

      If the Yanks are going to pay Farnsworth $5 million to hurt the team in the pen, they can pay him $5 million to pitch somewhere else too. I agree.

      • Joe

        The sad part is that we hang onto him for some reason, but if we eat that contract, some one will take him in a trade. How about Detroit?

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        detroit needs arms. send him that way.

      • RustyJohn

        Being a left coastie (and as I referenced in a previous post), Seattle’s pen sucks ass since the Bedard trade and Bavasi is the stupidest GM on the planet- they need to dump Farnsworth off on them (he can meet up with Stottelmeyer) and call up Britton.

    • Manimal

      and Giambi. and Damon.

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

    just me, or were these called strikes balls earlier?

    • Manimal

      Thanks to Cano, this ump just wants to get the fuck home.

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

      I thought that as well. Maybe the ump just wants to go home like everyone else.

  • Ivan

    Hey the way the Yankees are playing, 6-7 doesn’t look so bad. Bats stink, Hughes and Kennedy have not pitch well and we some injuries, and despite that we are 6-7.

  • doty

    why the hell is farnsworthless on the team we know he sucks! bring up britton, or patterson or albajedo!

  • Ivan

    So the Tigers and Sox should give up the season too uh after 12/13 games into the season?

    • Manimal

      They show signs of life and smart baseball. Nothing from the yankees.

      • Jon

        I really, really hope that you’re joking.

  • Joey

    we know eventually A-Rod will start swinging, and I’m almost that confident in Cano, so at the moment no, 6-7 doesn’t look TOO bad, but the way we’ve been playing that Girardi fire everyone was talking about when he was hired would be nice, and I just haven’t seen it

  • doty

    we are stuck with A-BUM FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS! LOL!

    • Joey

      as T.O.’s publicist would say, “he has 275 million reasons to hit right now”

  • Joey

    god I want to go burn down fenway, but I’d just be doing those assholes a favor they’re too chicken to do

  • BigBlueAL

    whoever says this is gonna be a long season after only 13 games is i think bein a bit ridiculous. BUT just because its this early in the season, we still have a right to question ALOT of Girardi’s moves so far, which quite honestly have been pretty bad so far….

  • Pedro

    Another day, another horrible game.
    Well, we’ll win tomorrow, I’m sure! Who’s pitching tomorrow?

  • Joe

    There is still not reason to panic, this is a good team with options. Hughes and Kennedy will get it together. The bats did the same thing at the beginning of last year. We are positioning ourselves much better than last year. This is who the Red Sox are, though. Hughes will come along and the bats will wake up and the sox will have little room for improvement.

    • Pedro

      Ortiz hitting under .100 is not normal, but yeah I get your point.

    • Manimal

      Sox do have room for improvement. Papi’s avg will shoot up and Beckett will be back to his ace form.

      • pete

        i agree on ortiz, but beckett is the most overrated pitcher in baseball. a stud in the postseason, don’t get me wrong, but how, after one wang-esque year, is he considered a shutdown ace now, when wang isn’t? Sure wang’s postseasons haven’t been great, but an ace doesn’t have a full year of 5+ era after his first season or two. period. He improved a lot last year, sure, but he’s got to do something like that at least twice more before i can call him an ace. i’d expect something along the lines of 17-9, 3.75, 185 this year.

  • BigBlueAL

    let me add fuel to the fire, Buchholz looked ALOT better than Hughes!!!!!!! honestly i hope Buchholz sucks and i assume Hughes and Kennedy will pitch ALOT better, but u have to admit, Buchholz did pitch ALOT better than Hughes this weekend, granted he too was a bit wild and we let him off the hook as we did to Dice-K (who btw, i havent seen anything from this and last season. he is a decent pitcher but thats it, and if he is the best Japan has to offer, maybe we r over-rating the talent overthere. btw, Saito has been by far the best pitcher from Japan that ive seen, Dodgers-era Nomo notwithstanding)

    • Joey

      we’re Yankees fans, our whole purpose in life is to rave about our prospects and put others down. The reason we get so excited about the big 3 though is because they actually show real potential, especially Hughes and Joba. Our farm system under Cash and Oppy has grown more important and more impressive which has only stoked the flames

      • BigBlueAL

        especially since we havent had prospects to brag about recently…..btw, Melky delivered again BOTH offensively and defensively!!!!!!! new t-shirts should save, Big 3 PLUS Melk-Man were saved!!!!!

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

      Buchholz is 2 years older than Hughes, that’s certainly a factor.

    • Chris

      Keep in mind that Buchholz is two years older than Hughes.

      At some point, you can’t keep saying the opposing pitcher was just a great pitcher, and you have to blame the offense. Tonight it was Dice-k, yesterday Becket, before that Buchholz, Grienke and Bannister. Trust me, there aren’t that many aces floating around out there.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    dice-k is good, but he’s a nibbler. when he lets it fly he’s damn near unhittable.

    • Whitey14

      That’s why he frustrates so many of us in Red Sox Nation. Against Detroit on Tuesday he was phenomenal, last night he went back to nibbling. Christ, he should be fat now with all the nibbling he’s done.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/11036-Ryan_Barry barry

    We need to dumb Betemit, Shelley has definitely got to be brought back up soon we might as well let him get some at-bats. I like Alberto Gonzalez hes a real grinder at the plate. And every SWB game I’ve been to Lane and Gardner have done extremely well. Some things will have to be changed.

    • http://bleacherreport.com/users/11036-Ryan_Barry barry

      dump* Betemit

  • Batty

    OH CRAP!! Molina was pitch run for because he pulled his hamstring :( :( :(

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

      Source?

    • dan

      maybe he’s just slow

  • Batty

    Susan Whoa-man in the post show.

  • BigBlueAL

    WOW, and if Posada has to catch against the Rays and all those base-stealers, its gonna be a tough 2 game-series for the pitching staff……..

  • YES

    This team needs fixed. It’s the same cast of characters from the past 3 and in some cases (Giambi, Mussina, Matsui) 7 years that this team hasn’t won anything. They’ll probably make the playoffs but will they do anything when they get there?
    Too many DH’s. Guys like Damon look shot. That’s smart of him not to bunt with two on and 0 outs swinging a cold bat against a lefty. Very smart. This is the same freaking team as last year. Who did squat the first 2 months of the season. Granted they had a great second half but once again failed in the playoffs.
    The make-up of this team needs to change.

    I don’t know what Cashmen is doing with Farnsworth. There are better options on the farm. It’ not going to hurt to DFA Farnsworth. He’s taking up a roster spot when you can actually get someone better then him.

    • Batty

      Farnsworth: Yeah, but he didn’t lose the game. I’m just curious how much faith Girardi has in him now…

      Giambi needs a kick in the pants, threaten to send him down again – that worked a few years ago. The way the minor leaguers are hitting that threat would not be so hollow this time around.

    • CB

      Don’t group Matsui with the other struggling, aging veterans. Matsui is hitting .350 and he’s been there best offensive player this season.

  • doty

    maybe girardi should be the back up cather he would a better job catching then coaching

  • RustyJohn

    Would love to see Farnsworth traded or released- think about how good the pen has been so far with the exceptions of him and Hawkins for the first few games. Also, they need to juggle the rotation and split up Hughes, Mussina and Kennedy- it is going to kill the pen.

    So far I think Girardi has done a pretty good job managing the pen (would like to see him use Joba more, but other than that he is spreading the work around pretty well).

    The offense- damn, who’d have thought the offense would suck so much so far- and these injuries are really f’ing everything up- the two positions we couldn’t lose- why couldn’t Giambi and Damon get injured instead?

  • RustyJohn

    Who lost the game tonight? Phil Hughes and the middle of the line-up- can we get a hit with runners on?

  • YES

    I just don’t like the make-up of this team. This team is no better then it was the last few years. They bought everyone back. Nothings change, particularly on offense. It’s an older team on offense. If anything everyone is going to take a step back from what they did last year. Arods still should put up 40 hr’s 100+ rbi, Posada is not going to hit 340 again, Abreu will give the same kind of production, Cano we all thought would get off to a great start………..not the case, Damon has taken a step back, At some point Giambi is going on the DL. He never stays healthy. I’m sorry I’m not seeing a lot of positives.

    • http://bleacherreport.com/users/11036-Ryan_Barry barry

      Don’t gauge anything on these last 13 games its nothing. Older line-up? Veteran maybe, I don’t really consider Jeter and Arod to be old as of yet, Melky and Cano are young. Damon is getting older but once he picks up no one will remember how old he is. You’re getting down on a slow start where each game has been played in less than favorable baseball conditions, playing in the cold just plain sucks it makes bating a hell of a lot harder and I think that shows. These are the growing pains but the future is only brighter.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    God Dammit.

    Per PeteAbe:

    The Yankees need a catcher. Jose Molina strained his left hamstring in the fourth inning, which is why he had to leave the game in the eighth.

    “He sucked it up for us,” manager Joe Girardi said.

    It’s uncertain what the corresponding move will be to create a roster spot, but the Yankees will be adding a catcher tomorrow. It will likely be veteran Chad Moeller.

    Jorge Posada (right shoulder) said he is not ready to catch tomorrow. He was instructed not to throw tonight in the inning he caught and Boston stole two bases. Imagine what Tampa Bay would do tomorrow.

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

    i cant believe how quick people are to dismiss the entire season after 13 games! was anyone watching last season?

    btw, Molina did pull his hammy. call up Jesus!

  • matt K

    Yes its time to call up jesus.!! haha

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  • Anthony

    I was at the game tonite and I can tell you it was cold. Yanks seem to be getting shitty weather everywhere we go. Between the rain and cold weather, I take the 6-7 record. Trust the kids, they will live up to the hype and please, for God’s sake, don’t ever use Farnsworth again. Get someone from AAA up here ASAP.
    P.S: Keep Damon away from center. His arm, or lack thereof, is killing us

  • pete

    i agree that matsuzaka can be dominant when he pounds the zone, but last night can hardly be called nibbling. Hughes nibbled. Dice K was just plain old wild – you could tell out of the hand. The biggest difference between their performances last night was actually manny, youkilis (i hate that man), Cano, A-rod, and Giambi. Hughes, i would venture, actually pitched better than Daisuke, just didn’t get the results.