May
06

Game 34: The glorious return of Wilson Betemit

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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
  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

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

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

      Har. That has since been fixed. :)

  • Mike P

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

  • Mike P

    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.

  • JRVJ

    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.”

  • Nefarious jackson

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

    • Manimal

      you beat me too it.

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

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

    • Manimal

      GIDP, Im calling it now. I do all the other times and he keeps on doing it.

      • Manimal

        meh close enough.

  • gxpanos

    DP giambi. I’m calling it.

    (PROVE ME WRONG! PLEASE!)

  • Nefarious jackson

    Giambi, speed Demon!

  • gxpanos

    i’ll take it, i guess.

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

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

  • Mike P

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

    • Mike P

      Call it transantlantic lag

  • Newman

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

  • Nefarious jackson

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

  • Manimal

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

    • Manimal

      3IP*

  • Nefarious jackson

    32 pitches, 21 strikes

  • Nefarious jackson

    i let you take it the rest of the night manimal

    • Manimal

      Thanks chief.

  • Manimal

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

  • Manimal

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

  • Manimal

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

    • giselle

      yea!! that throw was ridiculous

  • Manimal

    HAHAHAHHAHA That Garko dive was the biggest own ever.

  • Nefarious jackson

    IPK- wow!

  • Manimal

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

  • dan

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

    • Manimal

      Glorious return of Who?

    • Nefarious jackson

      you’re right dan, why would any yankee fans give a shit about how IPK is pitching … WTF?????

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

        Chillax man, he was kidding.

      • dan

        jesus. I’ll sit in a corner by myself and not speak for the rest of the night.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

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

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

      I was gonna call the game with David Cone, but then I got high.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

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

    • Manimal

      Why would he be mad, this must be a confidence booster for him.

      • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        no i mean mad about the demotion so he’s pitching well…yeah definite confidence booster…

        • Manimal

          OH OH, right. Gotcha.

      • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        mad about the demotion i mean…the game is definitely a confidence booster…

  • Manimal

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

  • Manimal

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

    There goes the Perfect game.

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

      The hit batter ended the the perfect game in the 3rd. He just lost the no-no. Technicalities, I know, but I’m a dick like that.

      • Nefarious jackson

        yes, you are a dick like that, no one will argue with you

      • Manimal

        Right, I forgot about the HBP.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

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

  • Manimal

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

  • dan

    Who’s that stud in the #14 jersey?

  • Manimal

    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

      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!

  • mustang

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

  • Mike P

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

  • claybeez

    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.

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

      Miranda’s already on the 40-man, so he’s got a leg up on most guys. But I think the pecking order is 1) Giambi, 2) Ensberg, 3) Betemit, 4) Shelley, 5) Miranda.

      McCutchen continues to be outstanding. Shouldn’t be in Double-A much longer, not at his age.

      • Manimal

        How old is he?

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

          25, 26 in September.

        • mustang

          26

      • claybeez

        Are you still inclined to think McCutchenis a back-of-the-rotation innings eater type? Anything you’ve seen this season to change that opinion?

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

          Nah, same guy really. Don’t think that a back-end innings eater is a bad thing either. He’s got some value and there’s 29 other teams that would love to have a pitching prospect like him.

          • claybeez

            ty

    • mustang

      Do you have a line on my boy “Danimal” McCutchen ?

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

        7.1-4-1-1-2-4

        • mustang

          Wouldn’t they have a spot for him now in AAA with the two guys that came up ?
          If we might be starting the AAA shuttle wouldn’t it came sense to bring him to AAA level ?

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

            IPK essentially took Rasner’s spot, and Alan Horne will be back to fill Igawa’s spot eventually.

      • Manimal

        7.1 IP 4 H 1ER 2BB 4K 1HR 2.15ERA

      • claybeez

        7.1 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 4 1HR

        11/7 GO/FO

  • Mike P

    Bad slide from abreu, but he was actually safe.

  • Manimal

    Thats it for Kennedy.

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

    • Mike P

      Doesn’t do his career minor league stats too much harm.

    • Chip

      Hopefully we can get him going like that in the majors

  • Mike P

    Fact of the day:

    Kennedy MLB: 42.2 IP 28R

    Kennedy MiLB: 153.2 IP 31R

    AAAA Pitcher anyone?

    • mustang

      Too early in his career to make that call.

    • Ivan

      your joking right?

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

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

    • Chip

      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

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

  • Micky7 Old Ranger

    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.

  • Chip

    I’m somewhat nervous about this Farnsworth idea

  • mustang

    Their pushing the Farnsworth thing.

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

    Farnsworth!

  • Charles

    serious heat from Farnsy!

  • Chip

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

  • mustang

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

    • Chip

      I completely agree, I couldn’t look at gameday until that inning was over

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

    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.

  • Chip

    I feel better now

  • Chip

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

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

    Well that blows.

  • Chip

    The apocalypse is upon us

  • Manimal

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

    • Glen L

      That’s ridiculous he’s gotta make sure he’s keeping his other pitches sharp

      • Manimal

        He will have time for that on the side and in Scranton. NOT now.

        • Glen L

          his curve grades as a plus pitch … why would you not want him to throw it?? … had his fastball gotten crush would you advise him to stop throwing that?

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

          He had a bad night. It’s bound to happen from time to time.

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

    Send him to Scranton!

  • Manimal

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

  • http://www.ilikemygirls.com Seven Costanza

    kay needs to stop talking.

  • Mike P

    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.

  • Chip

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

  • Chip

    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

  • NYFan50

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

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

      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.

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

        Sucks for Floyd.

        • NYFan50

          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.

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

            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.

            • NYFan50

              Yep. It’s amazing the difference just a couple of pitches can make.

  • A.D.

    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.

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

    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.

  • A.D.

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

  • pete

    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

      Absolutely agree.

    • ceciguante

      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.

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

        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.

  • RollingWave

    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

  • ceciguante

    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…

  • Micky7 Old Ranger

    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.