Game 40: Hunting for .500. Again.

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If it seems like we’re writing about the Yanks’ quest for .500 every other day, that’s because we are. The Yanks — 5-5 over their last 10 — have been hovering around the .500 mark since the start of May, and they’re at again, hunting for a win to bring them to 20-20. It seems like one should be forthcoming, but you know the old saying about counting chickens before they hatch.

For the Yankees, their ace takes the mound. Chien-Ming Wang is 6-1 this year with a 3.12 ERA. He has struck out 36 in 52 IP and opponents are hitting just .233 off Wang. Last time around in the Bronx against Tampa, Wang threw six scoreless innings, giving up just four hits en route to win.

The Rays counter with Edwin Jackson. The righty, once a highly touted prospect, has shown signs of putting it all together this year. He’s only 2-3 but with a 4.03 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .241 off of Jackson, but he’s walked 20 in 42.1 innings. Last time around against the Yanks in Tampa, he lasted just five innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits and four walks. I’d take that again.

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

Wang P

Game Notes: Melky Cabrera is 3 for his last 19 and is hitting just .205/.244/.359 in May…Robinson Cano has hit in seven straight games. He is 9 for 25 during that span and has seen his average climb by .040…Mark Melancon has been promoted to AA, J.B. Cox is now in Scranton and Alan Horne is nearing a return. Chad Jennings has the news and a mea culpa of sorts.

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  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    It would be so nice if everyone would be hot or at least reasonably productive at the same time. Cano and Giambi seem to be finally putiing it together now Cabrera and a few others are cooling off…

  • Mark B

    It would be nice if everyone would be hot….at the same time. 142-20 would be nice as well….let’s be a bit more realistic, Link!

    • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      I am being realistic it is possible for everyone to hit at the same time that’s how teams go on 6 and 8 or 10 game win streaks…you need offense to have some period of consistant performance to overcome a subpar start that you will have from time to time from your starter…

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    do the Rays not have a local broadcast? lol…I get the YES broadcast even though Yanks or on the road, not that I’m complaining especially since Kay is on vacation thank God….

    • Casper

      DeWayne Staats would certainly like to inform you that the Rays do, in fact, have a local broadcast.

      • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        LOL. thanks.

  • huuz

    check out mlb.com

    “After dropping three games to the Twins, the Sox turn to reigning AL Cy Young winner Josh Beckett.”

    idiots.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    What a great play by the Desperate Husband, wow.

  • marc

    wow mlb.coms main page has a picture of beckett and the caption is “reigning AL Cy Young Award Winner” … hmmph… i thought it was CC… not in the eyes of mlb i guess

    • pete

      well i guess somebody finally got it right

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

    Dioner Navarro is starting to bug me.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    The thread is live tonight! lol…Navarro..ugh..I wish all ex-Yankees would suck when they play us…makes me feel better….

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Is it just me or does Iwamura look like the guy from The Transporter with the bad hair?

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

    I guess Cy Jackson is pitching tonight.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    The “reigning AL Cy Young” just gave up a three-run shot to Luke Scott, BAL leads 5-3 in the Bot of the 3rd.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Oh and JD Drew left with an injury.

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

        Who could have foreseen this unfortunate occurance.

        • A.D.

          At least the yankees didn’t throw money at Drew

  • Yankee1010

    This place is more dead than Molina’s legs.

    • Yankee1010

      Of course, I write that and all of a sudden my computer decides that now it’s actually going to show the posts from the last hour.

  • Yankee1010

    Watching the production that the Yanks have gotten from 3B and C with A-Rod and Posada out, you have to admire the sheer idiocy of a guy like Steve Lombardi who says, “they’re .500 with him and .500 without him – what’s the difference?”

  • cjc

    they are basically unwatchable now this team is so boring

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      1-0 Where my ace is on his game is not boring IMO. I like pitching.

  • A.D.

    Yanks offense needs to wake up

  • Nefarious jackson

    who the fuck is Steve Lombardi anyway?

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

      Are you asking this literally as in “who is he?” or “who invested any authority into him?”

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

        He writes another Yankee blog and does not like Brian Cashman much.

  • A.D.

    Looks like Cano doesn’t need Bowa to field well after all

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Looks like vintage Cy Wang tonight, in five innings he has struck out just two with an 11-2 groundout-flyout ratio.

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

    It’s time to call-up Montero. This team needs someone not afraid to make hard contact.

    • Jake

      I know you’re kidding, but it would at least be interesting (if disastrous), which is more than this team can offer right now.

      • A.D.

        Worse case he goes 0-4, chances are whoever he’s replacing probably would anyways

  • Nefarious jackson

    literally who is he? his name keeps getting brought up & I never heard of the guy other than being brought up as someone who hates cashman

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      http://waswatching.com/

      He’s the author.

    • rafael

      He has a website that used to be interesting.

      That’s about it.

      • Nefarious jackson

        Gotcha, thanks Jam & raf

    • Yankee1010

      He’s an enemy of logic and reason.

  • A.D.

    So anyone think Cox, Melancon & Robertson moving up the ladder is signaling Joba to the rotation by the break this year?

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Yessir.

      • A.D.

        After all any debate with the value of Joba in the pen vs rotation gets thrown out if they arent getting leads to the 8th

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

      I don’t think the moves are related at all. I think it’s just a matter of Cash putting his team in a position to have the best combination of players possible. It just so happens that that mix involves Joba in the rotation and Cox/Melancon in the pen.

  • A.D.

    Wow Hinske what an idiot, who hands an XBH to a team not hitting

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      An idiot. :P

      • A.D.

        Looks like the yanks will squander the oppertunity anyways

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    How’s that for boring, most exciting play in baseball other than the inside-the-parker.

  • Charles

    Eww. That’s just sucks Bobby.

  • A.D.

    Absolutly pathetic, handed a triple and can’t get it in

  • Yankee1010

    This team is allergic to situational hitting. Let’s just hope nobody runs away with it before A-Rod and Posada get back. I know the team looks horrible, but they looked even worse last year. It’s not like anyone’s running away with it this year.

  • Ivan

    Hey I gotta be fair that was more good pitching by jackson. He really exucute his pitches well.

    • Yankee1010

      Abreu also looks completely lost tonight.

    • Charles

      Yes,credit I think should also be given to Jackson. We’re wasting yet another quality start from Wang.

      • Yankee1010

        Yes, Jackson handled the situation pretty well, but Abreu might as well not even bring a bat to the plate tonight. Or if he’s going to bring it to the plate, keep it on his shoulder. His hacks look like those or Rudy Stein.

  • Charles

    man on 3rd and one out and we can’t even get the runner home?that’s just pointless..

  • cjc

    when abreau has bad numbers against a pither he jut looks beaten before he even gets in the box

    • Yankee1010

      Yeppers. He takes that weak hack that I’m sure everyone is sick of seeing. It’s kind of like him approching a wall.

  • Ivan

    But hey the Rays have won 10 straight games at home.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      That’s all I’m saying. We’ve run into two talented power pitchers who are on their game in Matt Garza and Edwin Jackson, let’s not place everything on the Yankees here. They looked good in Detroit but good pitching is good pitching, it’ll kick your ass no matter who is penciled in 1-9.

      • Yankee1010

        I agree to some degree, but it can’t be denied that the Yanks look like they’re hitting the snooze button these past few days.

        • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

          I see what you mean but I never liked that characterization because I’ve always thought how is a team is supposed to look lively when they are being beat by good pitching.

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

            How many mediocre pitchers have the Yanks turned into “good” pitchers this year though? It’s getting a bit ridiculous.

            • Charles

              Right, Garza and Jackson aren’t even Tampa’s best pitchers. It scares me to think how the Yanks would perform in the next two games against “better” pitchers in Shields and Kazmir.

          • Yankee1010

            I agree that good pitchers can shut down good hitters, but it’s not like Cy Young and Walter Johnson were the starters the last 2 nights. Granted, Garza and Jackson have potential. But as of now, the Yanks have yet to score a single run against them. And they’ve had chances tonight.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Damn, when the Big G gets hot he just hits everything on a rope.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I am still a big opponent of the Lastings Milledge for Ryan Church and Bran Schneider deal but damn Church is raking right now. After a HR, 2B and 3 RBIs tonight he has 8 HRs and 29 RBIs for the season.

    Still a dumb deal IMO.

  • pete

    first off – jackson is pitching great, give some credit. But jesus christ! runner on 3rd no out HAS TO SCORE. Unless 2 guys miss 3 straight bunt attempts and the next guy gets out, there is no reason for him not to score. I thought girardi would be more prone to bunting than torre but apparently not. I understand that it’s “not that easy,” but these are major league athletes, and bunting is something you can truly practice. Safety squeeze is just about the most underused play in baseball in my opinion.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Runner on 3rd with ONE out and your #3 & #4 hitters coming up, there is no way you bunt.

      • A.D.

        I agree, Abreu has to get it to the OF, but would have been cool to see the squeeze

  • A.D.

    Why is Shelly PH? he hasn’t hit anything this season, and you’re bringing in him cold for AG who’s been solid at the plate?

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      not only that, it’s a righty v. righty matchup.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    97 MPH Fastball on the outside black, I defy anyone to get good wood on that, if any.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    JB Cox is making his Triple-A debut tonight.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Kevin Whelan also made his 2008 debut, pitching two scoreless innings for Double-A Trenton, nice.

      BTW, anyone surprised they started him out at Trenton?

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

        Whelan’s in Tampa.

      • Yankee1010

        Whelan relieved for Tampa tonight.

      • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

        Whoops, thanks, completely switched up he and Anthony Claggett.

  • Yankee1010

    Yay, Yankee offense.

  • claybeez

    OK. Who’s this guy and what has he done with Molina’s body double?

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

      We were seeing the body double before. This is Jose Molina.

      • claybeez

        I know. “This Guy” = The Real Jose

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

    That was one of Joba’s worst innings in the Bigs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    HIT-DEKI!!!!!!!

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

    Wow. A run!!

  • nmc

    MATSUII!I!I!I!I!I!!!!1 11one

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Damn, if only Alberto Gonzalez had not of started tonight. Goof job Big G.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    John Gibbons did lit last night, using BJ Ryan in a tied game on the road in the 9th inning. Why is that startegy so taboo in baseball? I’m a Kyle Farnsworth fan but I just feel the risk outweighs the reward by saving your closer in a late game, tied on the road.

  • Casper

    There is an usher in the stands behind the plate ringing a bell. He’s like 80 years old. Welcome to Tampa.

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

      And he drives home with his turn signal on the whole way too.

      • Casper

        What’s the deal with the bells? If I remember correctly, they ring cow-bells at Sacramento Kings games because Sacramento is in cow-country. Is there a thriving cattle industry in Tampa? I’d freak out if I had to listen to that all season.

        • A.D.

          It’s annoying just hearing it on TV. People have made a big deal about the Joba fist pump, how about the annoying TB bells

  • http://www.myspace.com/urnyctransformed Brad

    Why oh why oh why is Kyle Farnsworth in a tie game situation. I know he’s improved, but this is close to the highest leverage situation possible in a baseball game. USE RIVERA!

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

      Hey, four up, three down, and we had to 10th. Works for me even if I did suffer a mini-heart attack right there.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        what about Joba for 2?

    • Ivan

      Hey Farnsworth hard to believe has pitch well and Girardi wants use to use him in situations like this to instill confidence in him. Hey he wasn’t great but he got out of the inning.

      • A.D.

        Plus Farns, bottom of the order, Rivera top of the order

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    It’s funny how you almost never hear a peep out of the NY media who called BS when Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland said they can get something more out of KyleFarnsworth than in previous seasons. When he struggled to start this season they were all smirking and taking little cheap shots, but now where are they when it’s time to give credit?

    • A.D.

      True, gotta give Farns credit, he’s pitching well means the yankees can either trade him, or he’ll def keep his B free agent status

  • Yankee1010

    My name is Jose Molina. I hit weak balls to infielders and run backwards to first base.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    You see, Joe Girardi learns from his mistakes. You put in Rivera here, good call. I am a bit surprised he did not let Joba go two.

    • Count Zero

      Amen. At least I can take solace in the fact that he wasn’t afraid to use Mo in a tie game. I just hope he keeps doing it in future games regardless of the outcome of this one…

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

      I’m more than a bit surprised. They must stretch out Joba a bit. It’s a waste of that resource, and it will stunt his development.

  • Charles

    Enter Sandman!

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Red Sox fall 5-4 to BAL, drop their fourth in five games.

  • Yankee1010

    Mo getting squeezed. Nice to see for the future Hall of Famer.

  • A.D.

    Whelan & Cox both threw scoreless outings

  • BigBlueAL

    i know this is a bit late to post about, but i saw someone on ESPNews talkin about this today. he said instead of Goose talkin about Joba fist-pumping, he should be wandering why Joba doesnt pitch 2 to 3 innings at a time. if he is gonna be a starter soon, it is a decent way of extending him.

    Cashman always cites Johan and Billingsly as examples of their plan for Joba, but both of those guys were used as long/middle men who pitched multiple innings at a time. i thought it was a good point to think about, and tonight was another example of this non-usage.

    BTW, this offense is bordering on pathetic/embarrassing status.

    • A.D.

      Probably just cause Joba didn’t pitch that well in the 8th

  • Yankee1010

    Thanks, Blue.

  • pete

    fuck you giambi

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      What did he do?

  • Ivan

    Yo I was watching baseball Tonight and they were talking about celebration and when does it crosses the line. They were showing players celebrating and I saw Soriano and I was like wow. Did you guys saw how Soriano celebrated? That was cleary bad. He carries the bat and does back jogging. It was OD.

  • A.D.

    Molina is worthless in tonights game

    • Yankee1010

      Has been for a while. Posada can’t come back quickly enough. Hey, he’s an awesome backup catcher. He’s a backup for a reason.

      • A.D.

        Hope we see Moeller tomorrow

  • pete

    and you molina

  • Yankee1010

    Did I miss the F’in TPS report that said Gomes turned into Rickey F’in Henderson?

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Fuck Jose Molina, you have to make that throw.

  • Ivan

    O well nobody’s perfect. Even though the game winning hit was bitch ass hit that just found a hole.

  • Casper

    Before “Shout” came on… Did anyone else think they heard the beginning of “New York, New York?”

  • Newman

    Jamal, go ahead and spin this positive – 2 runs in 20 innings. Great all around job by the Yankee bats…I’m sure everyone will be in attendance when Matt Garza, Edwin Jackson, and JP Howell are inducted into the Hall.

  • Ivan

    Hey calm down people. The Rays are one of the hottest teams in baseball and are going against a short handed and cold team in concern with the Yanks. I am not saying they are suppose to win but this is there best chance to beat the yanks this time of the year.

    See me in July or August and I garantee you this is not gonna happen trust me.

  • A.D.

    Poor play offensively by the Yankes so far this series, facing good pitching or not

  • BigBlueAL

    this is the most fucking pathetic Yankees team ive seen since the early 90’s. but hey, they r doing better than they were at the same time last season, so apparently everything is good. of course, by the time Arod comes back next week, they will probably be 21-29, so hey the great plan that worked last season is gonna happen again this season!!!!

    i know thats what everyone will say, so go ahead and hold on to that point. difference was the Yankees were actually very unlucky to be 21-29 last season, where as this season, we actually deserve to be under .500 (run differential). but hey, Girardi will bring a different energy and attention to detail than Torre did, so the same bad start as last season wasnt gonna happen again.

    BTW, yes im FRUSTRATED as hell and being a bit sarcastic, but we r staring a 4-game sweep at the freakin 1st place Rays right in the face, and that im sorry is pathetic no matter how u spin it. hopefully ARod does return next week as our schedule gets ALOT easier over the next couple of weeks and they start making a run, but in the meantime, this week is shaping out to be a disaster.

  • Jake

    This team right now is so pathetic. I’ve never seen a Yankee team have no heart at all. Abreau is irritating me beyond belief. Can get Jeter in, he pulls the ball as he has been doing a ton get’s in a run and with Matsui’s HR that wins the game. Of course he doesn’t.

    Anyone else think that Girardi doesn’t know how to manage? I wanted him over everyone else because I thought he would bring a more aggressive baseball and it seems that isn’t the case at all. Damon does try to steal in the first inning. Why isn’t Cano bunting with 2 on and no out? Cano right now is hitting .190 and we let him swing away, gets the force out and then a double play on the next one.

    This team is making me not want to watch Yankee baseball.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Robinson Cano has been one of the top hitters on this team since May.

      If a 2-1 loss in May to a streaking Tampa Bay Rays squad makes you not want to watch Yankees baseball then that’s on you.

      • BigBlueAL

        i love Cano as much as u do (the other day at a local card show i bought his Bowman rookie card and a 2007 autograph card of his!!!!) but i think his point is, which i agree, is that Girardi was supposed to be different than Torre in terms of actually managing a game and making things happen when ur offense is struggling, something Torre the last couple of seasons stopped doin as he just sat on his hands waiting for something to happen.

        Girardi is doin the same thing, even though all he stressed durin Spring Training and at the beginning of the season was how this team has to do more of the little things to win games and not rely entirely on the offense pummeling other teams, but that hasnt happened at all. although one thing i totally disagree with Jake is i DEFINITELY will NEVER stop watching Yankees baseball, no matter how bad things may get.

  • Yankee1010

    I’m as pissed as anyone about htis team. There are a nuch of guys who look like they could give 2 *^&$%. At least some of them will be Type A free agents.

    I think we can all step back form the ledge and realize that this team was in a worse position last year. And they’re getting A-Rod and Posada back in the next month. Yeah, it would be nice if someone stuck a “caring” prod up Abreu’s &^$, but it will not matter to him. He’s a pretty boy who is going to look absolutely awful at times, but will hopefully get the Yanks a 1st round pick and a sandwich pick in next year’s draft. The Yanks may also get a RF who isn’t afraid to get past first base with a wall.