Game 34: The glorious return of Wilson Betemit


Wilson Betemit has finally recovered from the world’s worst case of conjunctivitis. Twenty-two days after landing on the DL due to a bad bout of pink eye, Betemit has been activated, and he draws the start at third base tonight.

Prior to his stint on the DL, Betemit had been swinging like a blind man. On the season, he is 2 for 13 with 1 RBI and 7 strike outs. He will assume backup infield duties, splitting time with Morgan Ensberg at third while A-Rod is out and potentially Alberto Gonzalez if the Former Attorney General isn’t sent down. Gonzalez, the Yanks’ young defensive whiz, has been sent back to Scranton.

I have to believe that the Yanks may try to move Betemit at some point this season. They could get back some pretty decent returns and seem to have better fielding options in the system. If Betemit hits, he is a valuable asset to the team; if he doesn, his value comes via a trade.

On the pitching front, Andy Pettitte takes the mound in search of a win. His last two starts have been rather uninspiring. He’s thrown 11 innings, surrendering nine earned runs on 15 hits — four of which were of the home run variety — while striking out six and walking four. A strong start would do the Yankee rotation wonders, and with a rested bullpen, Pettitte really just needs to get through five or six today.

The Yankees will face Fausto Carmona for the first time since the ALDS when Carmona thoroughly shut down the Yanks. On the surface, Carmona has pretty good numbers; he’s 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA. But — and this is a big but — he’s allowed 34 hits and 26 walks while striking out just 13 in 34.2 innings. A pitcher cannot succeed for long with a 1.73 WHIP. Will the hot Yankee offense finally break Carmona?

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Cabrera CF
Cano 2B
Betemit 3B
Molina C

Pettitte P

Game Notes: Get ready for some more A-Rod fun. It seems that like most human males, A-Rod couldn’t stomach watching his wife give birth and has thus earned the nickname Faint-Rod. The AP — the nation’s most respected newswire service — determined that this story was somehow news. What a disgrace.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Mike A. says:

    Fitting typo, Cano’s been hitting like he’s away on vacation.

  2. Mike P says:

    Shows A-Rod doesn’t have the guts to be a WS champon…

  3. Mike P says:

    I noticed All-Star balloting is under way, on May 6th. Ballots are also being cast for the presidential elections, to give republicans the chance to vote a bazillion times.

  4. JRVJ says:

    I’m actually in favor of AG going back to AAA so he can get some regular work in.

    In 2 weeks time, I hope to have AG back and Wilson traded, DFAed or “injured again” (the Yanks will probably send down a reliever when A-Rod is back).

    As to A-Rod, there was this funny exchange over at BTF about it (kudos to Craig Calcaterra):

    “Alex: You can’t tell that story on YES! I’ll be a laughingstock.

    Cynthia: You schtupped a manly-looking exotic dancer.

    Alex: Please at least try to be accurate, dear.”

  5. Nefarious jackson says:

    IPK thru 2 innings 0H 2K’s 20 pitches, 14 strikes

  6. Mike A. says:

    Grand Slam Giambi. I’m calling it right now.

  7. gxpanos says:

    DP giambi. I’m calling it.


  8. Nefarious jackson says:

    Giambi, speed Demon!

  9. gxpanos says:

    i’ll take it, i guess.

  10. Mike A. says:

    Figures that Melky was the one to end the rally ;)

  11. Mike P says:

    HR melky I’m calling it since we’re doing that now

  12. Newman says:

    Melky come on man, the guy cannot even sniff the strike zone, why bail him out by swinging first pitch?

  13. Nefarious jackson says:

    IPK thru 3, no hits, no walks, 1 HB

  14. Manimal says:

    2 IP, 0H, 0 ER, 0BB, 1HBP 21 strikes, 11 balls for Kennedy

  15. Nefarious jackson says:

    32 pitches, 21 strikes

  16. Nefarious jackson says:

    i let you take it the rest of the night manimal

  17. Manimal says:

    seriously, why is Giambi’s foot always NEVER on the bag at first and then he has to find it.

  18. Manimal says:

    4 IP, 0H, 0 ER, 3K, 0BB, 1HBP 31 strikes, 17 balls for Kennedy

  19. Manimal says:

    WOW, Molina has a GUN, nicest play by a catcher that I’ve seen in a while.

  20. Manimal says:

    HAHAHAHHAHA That Garko dive was the biggest own ever.

  21. Nefarious jackson says:

    IPK- wow!

  22. Manimal says:

    5 IP, 0H, 0 ER, 4K, 0BB, 1HBP 41 strikes, 19 balls for Kennedy

  23. dan says:

    Isn’t this game thread supposed to be chronicling the glorious return of Wilson Betemit?

  24. Link says:

    was Michael Kay drinking before the game? He’s made like 10 word errors in the 15 min I’ve been watching the game….

  25. Link says:

    IPK must be mad lol…that’s how you do it though….

  26. Manimal says:

    What the hell! I go to american Idol to see David Cook and I come back and its 2-1. WTF.

  27. Manimal says:

    6 IP, 1H, 0 ER, 5K, 0BB, 1HBP 48 strikes, 24 balls for Kennedy

    There goes the Perfect game.

  28. Joseph P. says:

    I don’t mean to alarm you, but Giambi just doubled to left center.

  29. Manimal says:

    Look at Giambi hitting the ball the OTHER way. You don’t see that very often kids.

  30. dan says:

    Who’s that stud in the #14 jersey?

  31. Manimal says:

    Why did the website just die all of a sudden?
    7 IP, 1H, 0 ER, 7K, 0BB, 1HBP 55 strikes, 28 balls for Kennedy

    • Mike P says:

      They should put him in the bullpen and Joba in the rotation. With those pitch totals, Kennedy can relieve for 5 innings every three days!

  32. mustang says:

    Like to see that from Kennedy. If you think they were wrong show them why.

  33. Mike P says:

    Man, Andy don’t walk the slumping 9 hitter. Not so easily.

  34. claybeez says:

    Mike, Is Miranda too far down on the depth chart – Betemit, Giambi, Shelley, Ensberg, Eric Duncan? – to see time in the bigs this year?

    Thoughts on McCutchen after another impressive start.

  35. Mike P says:

    Bad slide from abreu, but he was actually safe.

  36. Manimal says:

    Thats it for Kennedy.

    7.1 IP, 1H, 0 ER, 8K, 0BB, 1HBP 58 strikes, 31 balls for Kennedy

  37. Mike P says:

    Fact of the day:

    Kennedy MLB: 42.2 IP 28R

    Kennedy MiLB: 153.2 IP 31R

    AAAA Pitcher anyone?

    • mustang says:

      Too early in his career to make that call.

    • Ivan says:

      your joking right?

    • Mike A. says:

      Well that didn’t take long. I figured we were clear of it at least until tomorrow morning.

    • Chip says:

      Another pointless fact of the day:

      Hughes MLB: 95IP 58ER

      Hughes MiLB: 275IP 64ER

      How about we apply some reason to this? Obviously pitchers need to adjust when they make the big leagues. Pitchers who dominate like that at a young age will almost always have at least some success in the majors

    • Mike P says:

      Sorry guys, just beating people to the quote. Playing devil’s advocate, of course I don’t think he’s a AAAA pitcher.

  38. Micky7 Old Ranger says:

    I would like to see what Mike has to say. He is on the ball with his projections.

    Miranda is a good bat, not so good 1st baseman. Right now I would think of Eric Duncan before him. Eric has grown up a bit this year (he is only 22/23, I think) and his production shows it. I saw him play last week (I think, maybe the week before) his approach seems to be better with much more confidence. 27/08.

  39. Chip says:

    I’m somewhat nervous about this Farnsworth idea

  40. mustang says:

    Their pushing the Farnsworth thing.

  41. Charles says:

    serious heat from Farnsy!

  42. Chip says:

    Wow, Farnsworth must be on A-Rod’s diet too

  43. mustang says:

    I was wrong….. Go Farnsworth.
    Can’t believe I’m saying that. LOL

  44. Mike A. says:

    Farnsworth has thrown five 1-2-3 innings. Joba’s throw four. That stat would be much cooler if Joba didn’t miss all that time to be with the old man.

  45. Chip says:

    I feel better now

  46. Chip says:

    And drops the curve on the first pitch for a strike, that’s just mean

  47. Mike A. says:

    Well that blows.

  48. Chip says:

    The apocalypse is upon us

  49. Manimal says:

    Thats not cool Joba. Untill your a starter just fastballs and sliders.

  50. Mike A. says:

    Send him to Scranton!

  51. Manimal says:

    As of right now, Farnsworth has the same ERA as Joba.

  52. kay needs to stop talking.

  53. Mike P says:

    Yeah, clearly should have let Farnsworth stay in the game. I mean go to the most explosive reliever in the game, Clueless Joe!

    Seriously though, that was sweet hitting.

  54. Chip says:

    Would a double by Molina be too much to ask for right now?

  55. Chip says:

    O well, I guess Betemit and Molina both getting hits was too much to ask. Hopefully they trot Joba out there again to get some confidence

  56. NYFan50 says:

    FWIW, you all might want to check out the ChiSox/Twins game right now.

    • Mike A. says:

      Hopefully we get a bloop-bloop-blast on 3 pitches in the bottom of the 9th so I can check out the end of that game.

      • Mike A. says:

        Sucks for Floyd.

        • NYFan50 says:

          Yea, that pretty much eats it. Every time a pitcher loses it in the 9th I think back to the game Moose pitched in Fenway, losing the perfecto with 2 out and 2 strikes on Everett.

          • Mike A. says:

            Moose has been that close to a perfecto TWICE in his career (did it once with the O’s). If he makes those last two pitches, we go from talking about a borderline HOFer to the only guy who’s ever thrown 2 perfect games and a surefire HOFer.

  57. A.D. says:

    Going to be a very bitter loss, 4 in a row, with Giambi getting a big hit, and the minors pitching well would have been so much more to build on.

  58. Travis G. says:

    kay was killing joba for using his breaking pitches yet it was the fb that got hit.

    the pitch to dellucci wasnt that bad, it just shoulda been lower and more inside. barring a comeback, will be joba’s 2nd loss already.

  59. A.D. says:

    Back to .500, and 5.5 out of first, going to be a hell of a duel tomorrow (though hopefully Lee just gets rocked)

  60. pete says:

    it’s such a valuable asset to have a guy like that in a bullpen who can give your team an opportunity for a karma-increasing, late-inning comeback. unfortunately, much like the whole 1-2 punch scenario, it just doesn’t work out enough for the value to truly pay off. Rotation nay-sayers be damned! (yeah i know he’s got innings limits and can’t be moved yet, i just hate idiots who think he belongs in the bullpen)

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      Absolutely agree.

    • ceciguante says:

      disagree. if this game showed anything, it’s that the 8th inning has the potential to be more important because of the tremendous psychological/emotional effects of being near unbeatable in (or blowing) games like this. and this comes from someone who agrees (barely) with the idea of trying joba as a starter.

      i was checking joba’s numbers earlier today, and recalled that he only threw about 88 pro innings (all starts) before making the big club. what’s more, he wasn’t as dominant in those minor league starts as he has been in MLB as a reliever (until today). i just don’t know that anyone can fairly expect him to be a 3.0 or a 3.5 or a 4.0 ERA pitcher as a MLB starter. he has demonstrated that he can be a killer in the 8th, though. i know this topic has been beaten to death here, but to call anyone who disagrees with the joba=starter argument an idiot — after the game we just saw — makes you sound foolish. theirs is a good argument, too.

      • Travis G. says:

        no, he wasn’t as good a starter as reliever, but the same goes for EVERY pitcher. imagine santana, sabathia (whoever) as a closer. they could probably add 3 mph to their fb, and get by with just 2 pitches. the reason Mo can get by with 1.5 pitches is he only goes 1-2 innings.

  61. RollingWave says:

    man, Floyd’s really breaking out this year… guess it was a bit premature to write him off. and if you seen him pitch in Philly and what he’s doing now you have to feel good about IPK and Hughes’ chances.

    and if Floyd and Danks can maintain this, I think i seriously underestimated the White Sox in the pre season

  62. ceciguante says:

    this game was just brutal. it looks as if the yanks are intent on falling 10+ back so they can give us coronaries again all summer waiting for them to run down boston. i thought they might’ve learned their lesson last year, but they just make an art out of coming up small when it counts. .500 again is really maddening.

    the yanks need to hang with boston until a-rod comes back. to outpitch carmona through the 7th and find a way to lose…wow. if a loss can ever be worse than one game, this seems like it. 4.5 back, and the yanks mettle will really be tested tomorrow.

    let’s go wang! we need ya…

  63. Micky7 Old Ranger says:

    Realistically I think the game was saved (before Joba lost it) by Farnsy. I know that’s a bad word, but truth is truth. If Joba/Mo get their job done…Farnsy got Andy out of a jam in the 7th…therefore the 7th was the important inning, as it is in more games then one would like to admit.
    I am not a Farnsy fan (by a long shot) but he has been good this year. Also, I like the fact of Joba as a starter. He is going to have growing pains, as most young kids do. Agreed, 3.50 or there abouts is asking a bit to much, as a starter. 27/08.

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