Game 44: The last A-Rod-less day

The Pettitte fulcrum
Christian & Gardner > Ortiz & Manny

It’s cloudy and cool in New York. While this afternoon’s rain storms have let up for a bit, showers are supposed to return this evening, but the House that Ruth Built will host a baseball game tonight as the New York teams wrap up round two of the six-round Subway Series. (Shameless plug alert.)

For the Yankees, today is thankfully the last day of the A-Rod Disabled List stint. If his value to the team isn’t apparent after this terrible stretch of baseball, then you haven’t been paying much attention. Right now, I’d have to believe that Morgan Ensberg may be witnessing his last game in a Yankee uniform. His stint in New York was a good idea; it just hasn’t panned out, and Alberto Gonzalez is a much better fit for this team going forward than Ensberg is.

The Yanks, oh so terrible against lefties, face yet another southpaw tonight as Oliver Perez takes the mound of the Mets. As a team, the Yanks have never really hit Perez, and on the season, they are hitting .232/.303/.333 against lefties. As Ed Price relates, the Yanks are 1-6 vs. lefty starters since A-Rod hit the DL. Chien-Ming Wang better bring his A game to the Bronx tonight.

Game time is 8:05, and we’re stuck with the All Star broadcasting team of Joe Morgan and Jon Miller.

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

Wang P

Game Notes: A-Rod went 5 for 15 in an extended spring training game today. One of those hits was a grand slam, and for some reason, I’m reminded of one of the best Bugs Bunny cartoons.

The Pettitte fulcrum
Christian & Gardner > Ortiz & Manny
  • dan

    How do you hit a grand slam in a game with no fielders and no other runners?

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

      You’re gonna have to ask Kat O’Brien about that one. She reported it.

  • A.D.

    I certainly hope they DFA Ensberg, it was an attept, he’ll get is million bucks for not doing anything, and they can move on. Ensberg isn’t hitting, isn’t hitting lefties, and doesn’t really have any range…so no redeeming value.

    Ripping up a simulated game seems a bit much, but hopefully he’ll come off the DL swigning like Soriano has been

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That commercial with Shaq as the jockey is hysterical.

  • Kelvin

    Hmmm..why don’t the Yanks sign this Bugs guy…he is like, a super utility guy, heck, he can even pitch! haha..LoL :)

    …and Edwar’s change up makes an appearance at 3:20. haha.. I am so childish..haha..

  • Chris

    Can someone please stop these theme songs! It was cute the first time, but if they do it for every inning I think I’ll shoot myself.

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

      Plus, they have the words wrong. It’s “Beat the Mets.” I don’t know where they’ve come up with this “Meet the Mets” song.

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

    I hate Joe Morgan. He’s so dumb.

  • Kelvin

    That is Jeter’s first SB? I know that they are not running that much, but not ‘this’ much.

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

    Jon Miller expects to see Carlos Beltran with more home runs because he “usually hits 35-40 home runs a year.”

    Fact: Carlos Beltran has hit 35-40 home runs twice in his career.

  • Seth G.

    Did Joe Morgan really just try to say that the reason its harder to play the infield is because you use smaller gloves? Sounds like jeter should just buy a bigger glove then joe!

    • dan

      little known fact: Joe Morgan used a trapping net instead of a glove from 1973 to 1977. After winning 5 gold gloves in that span, MLB ruled that the use of a trapping net on the field of play was illegal. (Rule 709.1.F)

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

    I hate Peter Gammons. He didn’t even do anything tonight, his voice just inspires hate.

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

    Mike just called Billy Wanger “a hick with bluetooth.” I love it.

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

    CMW has delivered 26 pitches through three frames as Oliver Perez has thrown 37 pitches through two frames. I know Robinson Cano is aggressive but he can’t be swinging at the first pitch after a lead-off BB to Jason Giambi.

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

      Agreed. I saw the same thing. After that walk, Cano has to take a strike. I know he’s been tearing it up lately, but he needs to show some more patience.

  • Pettitte’s stare

    why do we have ensberg and Duncan on the team if we wont put righties into face a left handed pitcher?

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

      Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu have been hitting. Shelley Duncan and Morgan Ensberg have been putrid at the plate. Alberto Gonzalez gives you better speed and defense along with some versatility at the bottom of the order with the ability to bunt. I agree with those two not starting, RH or not, they just aren’t hitting.

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

    The New York Yankees are a team for the people! What other team you know spends $208M in payroll compared to $188M earned at the gates?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/05/17/2008-05-17_secret_papers_show_how_bombers_became_ri.html

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

    Jose Reyes is displaying some bush tactics after that 2B.

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

      Please keep this up, Jamal. It worked.

      Although Wang threw behind Reyes. I don’t think that was the best approach to that rundown.

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

        Just because Joe Morgan is saying the same thing I have to disagree by default. I feel dirty if I agree with that man on anything baseball related.

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

    Owned.

    That “Let’s Go Mets!” chant is so annoying, WTF is that “WOOH” shit at the end?

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

    Damn Big G, got to make the sure out there.

    *Fuck that, Joe Morgan is saying the same thing, good play Giambi. Jeter should have kept his foot on the bag. Dammit Jeter.

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

    Hmm. That was a home run. Bad luck for the Mets.

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

      they don’t need it…

  • Jake

    Man I am tired of everyone at 3rd base. Gonzalez should have gotten to that grounder then Giambi doesn’t have to throw to 2nd which he is the worst at in the major’s of doing. No runs, instead shotty D just put that game out of reach since no one wants to hit a pitch or work a count.

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

    Lmao at HP Umpire Billy Davidson saying “Hey Willie, SHUTUP!”.

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

    lol, what was joe morgan’s point about instant replay?

    • Seth G.

      haha, something along the lines of…we need instant replay but not at a time of the game like this cause then we would review every play. Im pretty sure that play is exactly why you would want replay

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

        This is why I hate Joe Morgan. He’s just a flat-out idiot.

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

    this is a nightmare.

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

    Ok, so the Jason Giambi play did not cost us any runs by itself if you believe in the pre-determined outcome…sit down Mr. Kay…sigh.

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

    I’m not going to call you an idiot Joe Morgan, I’m going to call you an empty skull.

  • Joey

    Jeter hits the leadoff single, would somebody else please do something now?

    • Joey

      That works. :-D Godzilla!

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

      Happy?

      • Joey

        Kinda, for me to be fully happy Gammons would announce his immediate retirement, Morgan would suddenly lose his ability to speak, and the Yankees would end up winning 14-4 tonight. Then I would be happy. For today anyway.

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

          You greedy bastard, how dare you ask for all that!

          • Joey

            talk about ultimate fantasy, huh. Now just add a few beautiful women and an endless fountain of [add your favorite alcoholic beverage here], and I think I’ll be set for a long long time

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You fucking retards, the foul line is not perpendicular to the wall. There’s a reason the white line and the foul pole are not directly next to each other.

    I hate Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.

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

      LoL, I noticed that bad TV announcing seems to bring out the worst in you and Ben.

    • Joey

      When you say “I miss Michael Kay” and mean it I’ll believe you :-)

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Perez is unraveling, time to take advantage. Just so we can never hear the end of that homerun/non-homerun play.

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

    That was a clutch pop out with a runner on third by Melky. Way to let Perez off the hook.

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

      Actually, I think that was an A-Gon pop up. Oops.

      • Jon

        Little to excited to jump on your whipping boy?

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    *sighs*

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

    Jon Miller: The AL has big and burly guys as the DH.

    LoL, wasn’t there a period of like two weeks or so last season where Reggie Willits was the DH for the Los Angeles Angeles of the West Coast Bordering On The Pacific Ocean In North America In These United States Of America?

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

    WTF, did I enter a time machine? A Jose Molina 2B? Is this April?

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

    A Jorge Posada update per PeteAbe:

    “Just talked to Jorge Posada. He caught Ian Kennedy in the bullpen today, the first time he has done that since going on the DL. He said his sore shoulder is feeling better. He’s also into a throwing program. Today he made 20 throws from 75 feet and 20 more from 90 feet.

    He hopes to start a rehab assignment a week from tomorrow or a week from Tuesday, somewhere in that time frame.

    Posada is a real no-excuses, bottom-line kind of guy. I asked him about the team needing him back and he said that they should be scoring runs even with he and A-Rod out. “We still have a good lineup,” he said.”

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

    I think Oliver Perez has been hanging around the wrong crowd, seems like a little something is on his bottom lip. Gross.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    I’m mad at the ‘Humpty Dance’ being Jeter’s song.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    If that was A-Rod…tie ballgame.

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

    Good to see the top of the order getting in a runner from 2nd with no outs there.

  • Joey

    that was foul too!!! I swear by the fat asshole sitting next to the foul pole everybody’s interviewing!

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    I went to the bathroom and now it’s 5-2. wtf?

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

      Ryan Church.

      • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        That’s lovely.

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

    CMW can still go seven here, 84 pitches through six.

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

    Peter Gammons just said the Steinbrenners could sell the Yanks for a million dollars. I think we could raise enough on RAB to buy the team. Who’s with me?

    • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      I’m in!

    • Joey

      count me in

      • Joey

        Can I be appointed to the position “Hank”?

        • Whitey14

          If that were so, I’d raise the million myself and drive the franchise into the ground for the foreseeable future. Oh if it was only that easy ;-)

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

    Joe Morgan just said “The Yankees felt that Phillip Hughes and Ian Kennedy were better than Johan Santana”. No you fucking idiot, no.

    Oh and Peter Gammons, Brian Cashman is not looking at the Boston Red Sox and saying “I need to change by organizational philosophy because of what those guys are doing in Beantown”.

    Fuck ESPN, seriously fuck them.

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

      It’s pretty awful really. I’m through debating them point by point, but this is embarrassingly bad baseball coverage.

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

      Oh and Peter Gammons, Brian Cashman is not looking at the Boston Red Sox and saying “I need to change by organizational philosophy because of what those guys are doing in Beantown”.

      Yeah seriously. The youth movement has been in place for 3 years now.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    OMG Espn just used Generation Trey…

  • Dave P..

    Fuck yeah!!!

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

    Joe Morgan: Chien-Ming Wang as a sinker-ball pitcher struggled tonight when he got the ball up, but was successful when kept his pitches down.

    That’s top-notch ESPN analysis there Joe. You Fuck.

    • Whitey14

      That’s nothing different than you get on other networks either though. They cater to the fan that has sixth grade level intelligence…because sadly, that’s all many people in this country do have.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    lol….

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

    Ever since Havoc I can never look at Anne Hathaway the same way again. I’m not too sure if that’s a bad thing either. :)

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

      You saw the whole thing? The good scenes are all online, you know!

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

        LoL, I never heard about it until the first time I saw it so I was not expecting the chic from The Princess Diaries to be doing such things.

        BTW, her friend is a true “gamer”.

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

          I have no idea what the hell you two are talking about, but I’m intrigued. To google!

          • Whitey14

            They’re not wrong…she’s smokin’ !

  • pete

    big innings have killed the yanks in this series

  • pete

    if a-rod had made that kind of contact, it would have gone over the bullpen

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

    Nice to see Wang start the 8th. I swear I just saw Taylor Hicks behind the Mets’ dugout.

  • A.D.

    By the fact that Joe Morgan thinks the yankees should have traded for Santana means that it wouldn’t have panned out.

    And wow this offense is pathetic, arod better come back raking

  • A.D.

    That David Wright fist pump was bush league

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

    David Wright, you are an asshole. How dare you display such emotion in a May baseball game.

    Joe Morgan fails at intellectual thought.

    • dan

      I noticed the same thing. He did a jump and fist pump after scoring on a sac fly to take a 4 run lead. It’s not even a close game!

      Think that gets any coverage? (my answer: no)

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

    Bobby Abreu has had some bad throws this year, whadafuxup?

  • pete

    wow abreu sucks at throwing – thats twice now

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    well this is quite a spectacle now.

    11-2? Has there been a forfeit lately in the MLB?

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

    So assuming there is no comeback here, the Yankees will have lost five of their last six, perfect time to see the Baltimore Orioles and Mike Greenberg’s AL representative in the World Series, the Seattle Mariners.

    Again, I’m not worried but I understand the frustration.

    This better be an anomaly for this bullpen, we need them.

    • A.D.

      See if Ensberg gets DFAed as a “shake-up”

  • A.D.

    Wow, essentially just another pathetic display by the Yanks

    and while Abreu has solid batting stats it looks Abreu might make it an easy decision for the yanks to not resign him

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

    LoL, Mike has disappeared these last 20 minutes since looking into Havoc. I guess he liked what he saw :D.

    • dan

      I searched for it too, but I don’t see what you’re referring to

      • A.D.

        then you didn’t look hard enough

        • dan

          “anne hathaway havoc” I clicked the first result… is it something else?

          And RAB has been awfully quiet the last few minutes…. just sayin’

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

            If you do that search without safe search on in Google, you’ll find it.

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

      Heh, I’m still here. Googled “havoc anne hathaway,” looked through the first few results, then added it to my Netflix queue. ;)

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

        Bijou Phillips (Blonde friend) FTW.

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

          That’s the chick from Hostel, right?

          • A.D.

            yup

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

              Eh, Hathaway’s hotter.

              • dan

                I agree…. but replace either with jessica alba and we have a good movie

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

                Sorry, Bijou Phillips scene FTW.

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

                  The Katie Holmes scene from The Gift is pretty sweet too, although that movie’s years old by now.

      • A.D.

        suprised you can’t watch it streaming on Netflix given the straight to DVD release

  • Joey

    well at least A-Rod will be back Tuesday (the glass is 1/10 full)

  • dan

    found it– I was looking on youtube before, that’s why I couldnt get it. I expected more, but that girl is damn fine

  • http://ibleedblueandwhite.blogspot.com Jamie

    Is there anyway I can just become a Low – A Charleston fan for the summer?

    • dan

      yea, but you have to change your name to Jesus

  • mustang

    I just got back from the game and I’m not going to say much because I’m so angry with this team right now.
    All I have to say is that things need to change. I don’t care what the changes are, but something needs to be done.
    That had to be the worst game I have seen live since the Red Sox game seven.

  • Joltin’ Joe

    then again we did start off 42-42 last year and still won 94, with a mediocre pitching staff even when healthy.

  • Joltin’ Joe

    42-43 my bad

    • mustang

      This team has shown me nothing that tells me that they can do that again.
      NOTHING.