Game 33: To sweep, or not to sweep


Joe and Ben are both at the game today, so I’m your host for the afternoon. They’ll get to see the triumphant return of Darrell Rasner, one of the more underappreciated arms in the organization. He’s not flashy and he doesn’t have the overpowering stuff, but he throws strikes and keeps the ball in the park, which is more than say, Bronson Arroyo is doing these days.

Rasner will face perennial punching bag Carlos Silva as the Yanks shoot for their first sweep of a three game series this year. Hopefully facing Silva allows them to keep distancing themselves from that frustrating “score some runs early then go into hibernation” routine.

To make room for Rasner, Brian Bruney was shifted to the 60-day DL (to clear a 40-man spot) and IPK was demoted to Triple-A Scranton (to clear a 25-man spot). IPK’s elgible to be called back up on May 14th, four days after the next time the Yanks will need a fifth starter. So unless someone gets injured between now and then, it’ll probably be Kei Igawa or Steven White on the 10th in Detroit. The Yanks’ patience lasts only 6 games, I see. 

Can you hear all the Dodgers’ fans crying bloody murder over Chad Billingsley’s poor start? I sure can’t.

The lineup:

The team’s leader in slugging percentage, LF
Jessica Alba’s baby daddy, SS
The offensive MVP, RF
Godzilla, DH
Thank goodness there’s only 1 year left on his deal, 1B
The guy who kidnapped Melky Cabrera and is playing his place, CF
He won’t hit .150-.213-.230 all year, right?, 2B
The guy that’s hit exactly 36 HR since hitting 36 HR in 2005, 3B
Chad “is this what we’ve come to” Moeller, C

Notes: Looks like Latrell Spreewell needed that money to feed his family after all.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. You sure are having fun with this Mike aren’t you? :)

  2. Joey says:

    oh please, in MLB 08 the show I struck out Ichiro 3x’s in a game, so for Rasner this should be nothing! (on a side note the Yanks traded IPK for Omar Vizquel… wtf?)

  3. dan says:

    What happened to the DotF last night?

  4. Jamal G. says:

    I just did my fantasy draft on The Show (wanted to re-do last one since they added Evan Longoria and updated Justin Upton’s ratings) and I love my “Yankees” squad.

    1.Hanley Ramirez (3B)
    2.Howie Kendrick (1B)
    3.Chase Utley (2B)
    4.Josh Hamilton (LF)
    5.B.J. Upton (CF)
    6.Daric Barton (DH)
    7.Brian McCann (C)
    8.Yunel Escobar (SS)
    9.Delmon Young (RF)

    Joba Chamberlain
    Dustin McGowan
    Chad Billingsley
    Johnny Cueto
    Ervin Santana

  5. Link says:

    how dare Rasner wear Jeff Johnson’s number?

    • Steve S says:

      And whats weird is he looks just like Scott Kaminecki. Perhaps after the fans boo, he can switch to Wade Taylor’s former number or Domingo Jean’s I can forgive him.

  6. Jamal G. says:

    Darrel Rasner works fast, I like.

    BTW Mike, can you give us a little scouting report on Rasner?

  7. Link says:

    I love how I pay $159 (well $80 – I work for Comcast) and don’t get to see the game yesterday….damn Beltre killed it.

  8. eli says:

    Love that it seems that Jeter is finding his stroke. That will go a long way to getting the offense on track and get some runners on for Abreu to knock in.

  9. eli says:

    whats the story regarding the discrepencies surrounding ipk getting sent down? I remember reading that they were probably going to send him down because they didn’t need a 5th starter for awhile. Now I see this:

    Makes it sound like Kennedy didn’t expect it and that it was more of a demotion then a chance to work things out while yanks have break in the schedule.
    Any insight?

  10. Mike R. says:

    2 IP, 18 pitches and that’s giving up 2 runs. This game should be over by 2:30. :|

  11. Jamal G. says:


  12. Chip says:


  13. iYankees says:

    Melky is the man. He can definitely be an AS this year.

  14. eli says:

    I feel that. Imagine if he can keep up with these power numbers and keep the average up. Damn! If only he can rub off some of his enthusiasm on Robbie…ha he jsut nailed that while I was writing this!

  15. Chip says:


  16. eli says:

    Abreu Robbie and Melky wilding in the dugout! RAB needs a spanish lipreader for some real inside info on the yankee love

  17. Jamal G. says:

    No hating on Melky but Ben and Joe are at the game so it works just as well, LoL.

  18. Mike R. says:

    THAT’S why we didn’t trade for Santana! Keep the Melk in NY!

  19. Jamal G. says:

    You know what sucks about that half-inning, if anything, Jason Giambi had a great fucking AB by smashing a ball to LF but went mainly unrewarded due to a beautiful catch by Raul Ibanez.

    It is encouraging though, let’s see if Giambi and Robinson Cano can build off of their respective ABs this past half-inning.

  20. Mike R. says:

    Today’s trivia:

    Total number of games where Hughes and Kennedy received run support of 6+?


    • Realist says:

      Kennedy 0 2 8.37
      Hughes 0 4 9.00

      6 or 7 runs still wouldn’t have helped them in most cases…..

      • Mike R. says:

        Your argument has so many holes I don’t know where to begin.

        1- ERA isn’t a measure of the amount of runs they gave up per game.
        2- The final scores in the games Hughes started were:
        3-2 W, 2-5 L,5-8 L, 2-8 L, 6-7 L, 4-6 L

        3- The final scores in the games Kennedy started were:
        4-13 W, 0-4 L, 8-7 W, 0-6 L, 3-4 L, 4-8 L

        4-Leads change bullpen management

        In essence at the very least if Kennedy and Hughes received 6 + runs in run support it would have changed the result of 4 or 5 games.

        • Realist says:

          Lol, ERA is an average over 9 innings…

          9 innings!

          Neither has made it out of 6 in a game , which makes your argument even less worthy.

          I am a huge supporter of both but also being REALISTIC , I see how NY NOT scoring over 6 runs in their starts has nothing to do with their respective troubles.

          • Realist says:

            You are also showing games where they weren’t able to collect the win as they didn’t reach the minimum innings pitched.

            Talk about holes?

            • pettitte's stare says:

              the reason run support helps is because all of sudden there is less pressure. You can pitch more how you want and not worry that a single pitch can change the outcome of the game. Staking any pitcher to a 3+ run advantage automatically reduces their stress and lets them pitch a different game. This would be especially important for young starters who have already had unbelievable pressure placed on them.

              • Realist says:

                You can’t expect to take the mound with a 3 run lead every time….in fact they both had that and failed to hold it on more than one occassion.

                It can be argued all day but the truth is neither one pitched well enough to stay in the majors…if some of you want to blame the offense for not scoring an average of 10 runs a game , then have at it….it is an excuse not reality.

                I want them both to succeede but neither helped their cause and to blame the offense is a cop out. Anyone who has watched baseball more than 10 years can attest to that.

  21. Jamal G. says:

    Jose Tabata is 1-for-1 thus far after going 2-for-4 with a RBI yesterday. BTW, Anthony Clagget, the forgotten prospect in the Gary Sheffield deal, was promoted to Trenton late this week and K’ed two in his first and only inning and of work thus far as a Trenton Thunder.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Also stole a base. It’s sad that people were actually either stupid enough or short-sighted enough to write the kid off after a bad couple moments. Now I’m not saying he’s cemented his status as a guaranteed future star but to have written him off was just dumb.

      • Realist says:

        Sometimes we all need a fire lit under our asses…………maybe this is what he needed? I sure hope so as he seems to have all the physical attributes needed to succede(sp?).

        • Jamal G. says:

          Very true. More good news, this time on the defensive side ,he was part of a 9-6-3 DP that doubled off the runner at 1B.

          • Realist says:

            “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

            Some logic from the great Yogi….and so correct ;-)

  22. Realist says:

    Melkey has been on fire so far this year! I have always liked him but felt his ceiling(sp?) was low………….glad I was wrong so far :-)

  23. pete says:

    cano is still popping up to shallow left and center wayy too much though
    just to be a negative nancy

  24. dan says:

    Melky has more home runs than Travis Hafner and Carlos Beltran combined.

  25. Jamal G. says:

    Johnny Damon’s range FTW!

  26. Number 27 says:

    haha what are the rules on adding rasner to the ‘big three’. in all serious though, nice game by rasner today.

  27. Chucky says:

    What does Dotf stand for?

  28. Joe says:

    I’m just Gameday-ing this one, but why pull Rasner at 76 pitches when he’s absolutely cruising? It’s not like the ‘pen has been overworked lately, or anything…

  29. Mike P says:

    Can someone explain why Ohlendorf is in the game?? To get work? Makes no sense to me Rasner could of gone 8 at this rate.

    • dan says:

      I was just talking about that…. he threw 76 pitches over 6, why can’t he go one more? Girardi can’t complain about overusing the bullpen if he’s only gonna let his starters go 76 pitches (and Mussina 84 in his last start)

    • Mike A. says:

      Clueless Joe strikes again.

      • steve (different one) says:

        this is just silly.

        sometimes you just want your pitcher to end on a high note.

        i know we try to be super-analytical on this site, myself as much as anyone, but there is a “feel” aspect to the game as well, even if it can’t be quantified.

        there is an off-day tomorrow. Ohlendorf hadn’t pitched since the first Detroit game. if he doesn’t pitch today, he has 6 off-days.

        they have about 9 relievers up.

        this is hardly worth calling Girardi “clueless’.

  30. Joey says:

    damn, just got back from lunch and they pulled Rasner after (what looks to be from the box score) a really good game. I wanted to see him pitch

  31. Joe says:

    I figure they don’t want to push what Rasner accomplished today. If he comes back out and struggles, gives up a few runs, I think you lose a little bit of the moral victory of having a young pitcher do well.

  32. Realist says:;c_id=nyy

    Kennedy to AAA

    It was spoke of earlier in this and another thread…official now , I guess?

  33. Jamal G. says:

    I agree with the move to go to the bullpen. You have nine relievers on the squad, you need to get these guys regular work unless they suffer Edwar syndrome where they don’t pitch for three weeks and get sent out there to get shelled.

  34. Jamal G. says:

    Lmao, Melky is hilarious. He just pops up in the post-game with DJ and Jim Jones and starts grinning like an ass, too funny.

  35. Realist says:

    The first of many more sweeps , this year…………..I hope!

    Nice work Ras!

  36. mustang says:

    Just got back from the game. Nice to see that our farm system can produce a starting pitcher that can go 6 innings.
    For those of arguing about run support Rasner was down 2-0 early. He kept his head in the game and most important threw STRIKES. When he had 1st and 3rd with one out he got out of it. If it was Hughes or Kennedy that would of been a 3 run or more.
    No fanfare, T- shirts or hallmark names just a good pitcher throwing strikes and pitching to the scoreboard.
    Yankees are measure by wins not by potential.

    • yankeemonkey says:

      Rasner is 27 and was picked up on waivers from Washington. He’s OK, but hardly a top prospect. And Seattle can’t hit to save their lives, so it’s really hard to evaluate truly how good he was/will be.

      Hughes is 21. IPK is 22(?). What is your problem, why are you completely unwilling to cut them some slack??? Mike A. is right, Chad Billingsley hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire and you don’t hear anyone writing him off, do you?

      • Chucky says:

        IPK is 23

      • mustang says:

        First, I don’t need to cut them slack you guys do enough of that everything from the weather to run support. If you read some of my comments here I have tried to look at some of their positives, but their negatives keep biting me in the ass.
        It’s not on me that the Yankees decide to put the weight of this season on 2 rookies. However, as a paying customer I do have the right to complain about it.
        By the way that 27-year-old pick- up from Washington and Mr. Billingsley have both manage to do something that has escaped Hughes and Kennedy.
        THEY WON A GAME !!!!!!!!!

        • Steve S says:

          Mustang, Im with you on a lot of things but you are really beating a dead horse with these kids. You live and you learn they may not have been ready in April but hopefully they take this whole experience and grow from it. There is no doubt that they need these kids to succeed by the end of the year in order to go somewhere in the playoffs. Right now they are one for three with these kids, its called playing the odds. The reason I agreed with staying out of Santana wasnt because I had delusions that all three would be good, but its better to have more spots at the table then put all your chips in one spot. Its fine to try it but it hasnt been working as of late. This was one of the risks they knew they were going up against. But in the end this team looks pretty good and there is still four months left in the season for Hughes and Kennedy to contribute.

          • mustang says:

            I think Hughes definitely well contribute this season. I’m not too sure about Kennedy.
            Wow…. Who would think a month ago that the Yankees rotation would be Wang, Pettitte, Mussina, Rasner and Igawa on May 5th?
            Baseball is a strange game.

  37. matt says:

    Anyone know who might becoming up to take IPK’s spot ???

  38. Brett says:

    I agree, cut the kids some slack, they are going to be stars. Rasner did a nice job today, but Seattle’s offense is terrible.

  39. Realist says:

    Who has wrote them off????????????

    Quit making excuses for their failures this season………………so far!

    Neither one is worthy of a MLB roster , as of yet, and will be given every chance to make their potential come true.

    The trouble is short sighted “fans” seem to think everything else is the cause for their lack of effectiveness. God forbid it is their fault! Hell , they can’t go 4 fucking innings…that is a JOKE!

    I see idiots bitching about using the pen too much but when these two pitched anywhere from 4 to more innings were needed to pick up their slack!

    I know alot of you just started liking the Yanks in ’98 or so but believe me….there are others who actually watched them much earlier and know that they are hurting the team NOT helping. Until they can , they don’t deserve to pitch every 5 days.

    • yankeemonkey says:

      No one is saying they deserve a roster spot right now, there’s no need to get so worked up about it. IPK got sent down, deservedly so. Hughes was probably well on his way there as well before he got hurt.

      Of course the question is how long has he been hurt and might it have contributed to his being awful? I guess we’ll find out once he comes off the DL.

      I also don’t see what the ’98 Yankees have anything to do with the subject at hand.

      • Realist says:

        It’s relevant to those who have seen nothing but Yankee success…those who know nothing of history prior to ’96 or ’98. Some actually were Met’s fans who migrated…others spoiled children who don’t know how to handle “non success”………….capece?

        I also am not “worked up”……………just truthful and realistic.

        • JT says:


        • mustang says:

          Thank you so much.
          THANK YOU
          I second that Amen.

        • mustang says:

          The 1998 guys are ok with losing a year or two to develop. Winning allows you that comfort.
          I was the same back in 1981, but a 15-year draught took care of that.

          • yankeemonkey says:

            No, actually the true 1998 guys are the ones who scream about winning NOW!!!!111!!!one People who think rationally understand that sometimes you need a little patience. Seems like it’s you who can’t handle non-success.

            There is absolutely nothing wrong with retooling and rebuilding a team in order to make them successful for the next decade once again; even a team like the Yankees needs to do that sometimes. Wasn’t that the problem with the 80s teams, that they kept getting rid of prospects in favor of old overpaid over-the-hill veterans? Is that what you want to happen now?

            Yes, Hughes and Kennedy have been awful. No one is saying they haven’t. And they are rightly out of the rotation. They will get better, or they won’t be called back up to the bigs. What would you propose instead? A 5-year deal for Kyle Lohse? Rasner can hold down the fort for a little while, and if IPK and Hughes continue to suck, a move will be made. But screaming bloody murder *a month* into the season is ridiculous. If you expected 2 rookies to transition to the bigs seamlessly , that’s also ridiculous. The RAB guys have posted some horrendous rookie stats for a bunch of pitchers who ended up being pretty darn good.

            As for winning a game, that’s just a stupid argument. Kennedy was in line to win in his second start (against the Rays, 6 IP, 3 ER) until the bullpen blew the lead. Phil Hughes went 6, giving up 2 ER against Toronto in his first start of the year, and it wasn’t his fault he didn’t get the W as the offense was terrible.

            • yankeemonkey says:

              Holy carp, did I just write all that? Oy….

              • mustang says:

                Yes, you did. LOL
                For 100th time I have nothing against the young movement. I lived the 1980′s I understand. However the way this was implemented was wrong. They should of let them come along one at time.
                Cashman once said with the expectations of a team like the Yankees if he could develop one rookie starter a year at any position that would be good.
                I never understood the need to push these guys in here so fast with their age and IP limitations. Doesn’t now having fail cause more of delay in their development?

  40. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Does anyone know anything about Brian Baisley? He is currently the third string catcher in Charleston, but all that guy does is hit. Is he regarded as any kind of prospect? Anyone know what kind of defensive catcher he is?
    If he is as good as his statistics show, then we have some kind of three-headed beast of a catcher in South Carolina.

    • Joe says:

      Looks like he’s 25 and in Low-A ball; not exactly “prospect” status. His absurd SLG% is also probably due to the fact that I think he has something like 20 ABs this year.

      Not looking to rain on anyone’s parade, just don’t want people going nuts when there’s no need.

      Montero broke out of his little slump in a pretty big way today, though: 2-5, HR, 4 RBI. Don’t know if it was a GS yet… anyone?

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

        Yeah, I can calculate a birthday and read a batting average. I was wondering more about his defensive prowess (or lack thereof). He just hasn’t hit this year, but he also hit last year, and he hit in college.

  41. ray sam says:

    I just dont think it is a good idea to have two rookie pitchers at one time especially on a team like yankees that wanta to win every year.

  42. Chip says:

    I love how Ohlendorf was used tonight. I’d like to see him come in more often when he knows he just has to work the one inning

  43. Bonos says:

    Montero had a 2 run home run.

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