Game 54: Handy Dome Hijinx


The Yanks are coming into this weekend’s wrap-around set at the Twins hot, having won 6 of their last 8 games. Despite that, I’m going to preview the series with one little question: Delmon Young has zero homers this year, how much you wanna bet that he hits at least one this series?

Thaaaaaaaa Yankees’ lineup:

1. Jeter, SS
2. Abreu, RF
3. A-Rod, 3B
4. Matsui, LF
5. Giambi, DH
6. Duncan, 1B
7. Cano, 2B
8. Molina, C
9. Melky, CF
SP – Mikey Moose

Notes: Joba’s starting on Tuesday … Jorge continues to make progress in his rehab … the air conditioner in my office is broke, and it feels like a sauna in here … did you know that Melky has a 4-yr old son named Melky Jr?

Categories : Game Threads


  1. George says:

    I bet you one million Turkish Lira that he will not

  2. Joey says:

    Pete: “UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: They just opened the gates to the fans at the Metrodome. There are 75 fans behind the Yankees dugout and seven behind Minnesota’s.”

    shocker, lol

  3. Realist says:

    Lol, Melky Jr…………the name lives on ;-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Will says:

    Okay, I have to ask, because I’ve been trying to find out forever. Does anybody know if “Melky” is short for a longer, even cooler name? “Melchiades,” perhaps?

  5. Manimal says:

    I never knew about melky jr

  6. batty says:

    Wow there are some young fathers on that team!

  7. Joey says:

    It’s okay, they make $10 bajillion a year, so they can support a family (I find it kinda funny Joba and Melk-man have kids but old man Jetes doesn’t)

  8. Jamal G. says:

    I don’t know how many of you guys get into anime and such, but Death Note is a great show. I saw a couple episodes on Adult Swim and I instantly fell for it.

    Check out some episodes on (Don’t worry it’s legal).

  9. Joey says:

    Any quick scouting reports on this Perkins guy? All I know is what they just told me- 4 starts, 4 quality outings. Not too bad. Anybody know anything else?

    • Jamal G. says:

      Throws a Fastball, Curveball and Changeup. Fastball ranges from low-90s to mid-90s with good command. His Changeup is his #2 pitch and he uses it well in conjunction with his heater. He throws a hard hammer Curveball and a loopy slower Curveball, the slower one he uses as an out pitch. One thing about Perkins, he has plus control which makes his good stuff just that much better. And he’s a southpaw, which always helps.

    • was a top prospect but injuries have dampened his appeal

  10. Mike A. says:

    Word on the street is Gerrit Cole was all decked out in Yankee gear at school today…

  11. Mike A. says:

    Carlos Gomez has some flair Michael Kay says. What’s the minimum requirement, 15 pieces of flair? Well Brian, for example, has 37 pieces of flair.

  12. Joey says:

    And we’re back with the slow-slower-slowest pitcher… The Moose!

  13. Yankee1010 says:

    Hey, nice to see the defense showing up tonight. At least Moose is pitching and that won’t affect him.

  14. mustang says:

    What was that you said the other day about defensive at 1st.
    Andy Phillips where are you?

  15. cjc says:

    my god duncan is just an absolute butcher now that there is an error moose should give up about 13 this inning

  16. Jamal G. says:

    Seeing-eye grounders suck.

  17. Joey says:

    This umpire has absolutely no low strike zone (at least he’s being somewhat consistent about it)

  18. Will says:

    screw the defense right now

  19. BigBlueAL says:

    Artificial turf, the Yankees horrible defense, a non-K pitcher in Moose equals long night……

  20. Yankee1010 says:

    Couldn’t see this happening. Thanks defense. Thanks Mussina for not being able to get past these things.

  21. Joey says:

    classic moose… if there is an error behind him he seems to give up and say fuck it

  22. Yankee1010 says:

    Do people really think that errors behind him don’t affect him? You’ve been watching Moose pitch for the Yanks since 2001, right?

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Are you serious???? Errors affect all pitchers who rely on their defense as much as a pitcher like Moose does now. But no, back from 2001-2004 when Moose was a Top 10 K pitcher who could pitch around crappy defense by getting K;s when he needed it no it didnt affect him.

      • Yankee1010 says:

        Dead serious. Welcome to watching the Yanks. I’m not going to argue with you, but you’re simply wrong. I’m not going to sit around here and deal with this ignorance.

        • BigBlueAL says:

          Ignorance is accusing a picher of givin up and not givin a fuck after someone makes an error and he gives up a few runs after.

  23. Mike A. says:

    Heh, Chris Duncan got sent to AAA.

  24. Joey says:

    36 pitches… so if Girardi take him out after 80 like usual he can pitch another inning or so!

  25. Jamal G. says:

    Derek Jeter and this first pitch swinging is kind of annoying me.

  26. Charles says:

    What the fuck is wrong with Jeter?? Always swinging at the first pitch.. Damn..

  27. BigBlueAL says:

    Holy Shit!!! Clay Aiken is gonna be a dad!!!

  28. Charles says:

    Hey guys it seems like Moose would like to pitch more after his contract with the Yankees is up. Is there any way the Yanks could offer him arbitration and we get compensation for it?

  29. Mike A. says:

    Do I really need to do DotF for you people? I’m in no mood…

  30. Jamal G. says:

    Bobby Abreu making me look good for advocating his move into the lead-off spot :)

  31. BigBlueAL says:

    Jesus Christ ARod is hitting some fuckin liners.

  32. BigBlueAL says:

    Ugh, dont they know Cuddyer has a chooch. Actually its a good play to try to get to 2nd with 2 outs.

  33. Jamal G. says:

    Josh Beckett is nasty, on pitch #113 on the night (6th inning BTW) he threw a 96-MPH Two-Seam Fastball.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Then followed that up with a 97-MPH Two-Seamer!

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Your boy Kershaw struggled vs Mets tonight, although i saw a curve he threw Delgado that was hilarious how badly Delgado buckled on it.

        • Mike A. says:

          He threw a curve at the knees on the outside corner to Wright earlier in the game, and it still buckled his knees.

        • Jamal G. says:

          Yeah but I bet you Dodgers fans aren’t bitching and harping on why the Dodgers didn’t include him in a package for Johan Santana or Miguel Cabrera.

          He also threw two nasty hamers to Jose Reyes in his first AB and Carlos Beltran in his 2nd AB. He did not have good control when he upped the Fastball to 95-96MPH. That got him in trouble as he kept dealing 92-MPH heat up in the zone.

          BTW, what has gotten into Luis Castillo?

          • BigBlueAL says:

            Thats because Kershaw is like Joba, you dont trade talent like that. IPK on the other hand…………Sorry, couldnt let that chance go :)

            • Jamal G. says:

              I get what you’re saying but I don’t think it’s fair to only put IPK’s name out there in an argument for trading Johan Santana. The Kennedy deal would also have included CMW, Melky Cabrera and another Low-A prospect.

              • BigBlueAL says:

                Damn it, i put a smiley face at the end to show i was just messing around!!! Although that is my only beef with alot of people in this blog with regards to IPK, he shouldnt be treated/judged the same way as Joba or even Hughes. His stuff to me is average at best so therefore i dont necessarily believe in him and am as excited about him anywhere near i am with the other 2 members of the “Big 3″.

  34. Mike A. says:

    Did Kay just say “that was over-Lamb chop”? How did this man win an Emmy…

  35. Mike A. says:

    Do it for Melky Jr!

  36. Jamal G. says:

    Got to love the fight-back of the Yankees.

  37. BigBlueAL says:

    Melky was safe, even Twins announcer said it after viewing replay. BUT as a fellow umpire, if a balls beats you by that much, your gonna be out.

    • Jamal G. says:

      What’s your breaking point as an umpire? I know every umpire has one thing that they will absolutely not tolerate any arguing about.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        It really is the strike zone. I am ALOT more tolerant on plays on the bases or tag plays at the plate for instance. But strike zone really does annoy me. Especially when you dont hear a peep for 4 innings and then all of a sudden, one pitch the coach doesnt like and he starts yapping. A plate umpire you figure with over 200 total pitches in a game, minus pitches that are swung at still has to call balls and strikes on a minimum of at least 100 pitches. I make a few what you might consider “bad” calls out of 100, and your gonna get on my case??? Bases is different cause sometimes you may only have 1 close call, so fine i understand if you might get on my case on a close call. But not the strike zone.

        • Jamal G. says:

          You know I never looked at it that way. Wow man, I now feel bad for all the shit I used to say in my head about HP umps, LoL.

          • BigBlueAL says:

            Also, especially when i do games at my local park for the 13-14 yo, the score dictates ALOT. Shit, if its a blowout, you damn right my strike zone is expanding!!!!! Same on the bases, if your team is winning by alot, anything close your gonna be out!! Good thing is most of the coaches at that level understand that, hell sometimes they encourage it!!

            • Jamal G. says:

              Ever tried or wanted to become a big league ump?

              • BigBlueAL says:

                You know how IMPOSSIBLE that is???? Just to go to one of the big league schools will cost you 5 grand for the i think it is a week, maybe 2 week, course. and in the end, they only choose up to 20 umps just to become members of the professional umpires union, which just means you will be sent to the minors with NO guarantee of ever making it to the majors, let alone a higher level of the minors. I like how i do it, go to a bunch of different parks and leagues, get paid cash straight up. You’d be surprised how much money i get this way.

  38. Jamal G. says:

    Wow, this is like the games against the Mariners last year all over again. Although you really can’t blame the 2B umpire on those calls, the guy should really stop assuming (if in fact that is what he’s doing).

  39. Manimal says:

    Interesting how the more I watch Umpires the more I want instant replay or atleast some for of challenging system. Imagine Joe Girardi Throwing a red hankie and kicking it around in the dirt.

  40. Jamal G. says:

    Joaquin Arias isn’t exactly raking in Triple-A Oklahoma (Texas) with a .295/.321/.365 vital line and a pretty bad 26:5 K:BB. He does have 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts so I was wondering, when is Michael Young’s contract up? When it’s up, does Arias profile as a Major League starting Short Stop?

  41. Jamal G. says:

    Eric Duncan is 3-for-4 thus far with 2R, 2B, HR, and 3RBI. That teasing SOB.

    • Jamal G. says:

      BTW, Jose Tabata was not disciplined with any DNPs (as of yet) as he played in tonight’s 2-1 L to the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins). He went 1-for-4 with a Run scored.

      Alfredo Aceves had a another strong outing with 7IP, 9H, 2R/ER, 5K. He did not allow a run till the 3rd inning tonight which capped his 19 inning scoreless streak to start his Double-A career.

  42. Jamal G. says:

    Damn, A-Rod has looked great since that second game in Baltimore with that hot shot to Brian Roberts.

  43. Jamal G. says:

    You know how you know you suck, when you get PH for in the 5th inning…and you’re not a pitcher.

  44. BigBlueAL says:

    Fuckin waste of an inning, shouldve scored at least one more run if not more.

  45. Joey says:

    I’m getting really sick of all this Manny 500 hr coverage. Its getting pretty bad now (although nowhere near the “is Brett Favre going to retire” shit of the past 3-4 years)

    • Chris says:

      it was the same thing when AROD was going for 500. It was really big for the first few days, then died off when people realized you don’t hit a home run every day…

  46. steve (different one) says:

    Moose really showed how much he didn’t care by putting up 4 zeroes after that disastrous first.

    what a quitter

    • Jon says:

      Same thing with Abreu. If that bum really cared about winning he’d have hit two home runs. It’s clear he’s not interested in what’s going on in the game.

  47. mustang says:

    Moose is the man after that 1st inning to make it to the 5th and be in line for the win.
    I guess he is raising his trade value.
    MOOOOOSE !!!!!!!!

  48. Mike A. says:

    This 8pm start is really throwing me off. It’s the 6th inning, I feel like it should be only 9, not 10.

  49. Joey says:

    The Twins announcers are still bitching over that 1st pitch to A-Rod in the 1st that looked like a strike that was called a ball… let it go guys, he was out anyway

    • BigBlueAL says:

      And predicting Cuddyer was gonna hit a HR last inning. I mean i understand Blyleven is rooting for the Twins, but damn.

      • Joey says:

        at least they’re not as bad as (was it the ChiSox announcers?)

        • BigBlueAL says:

          Oh My God Hawk Harrelson. Anytime a Sox hitter hits a deep flyball, “Cmon stretch, stretch, get outa here” and if it does go “You can put it on the board, YYYYEEEEESSSS!!” Oh, and when a Sox pitcher strikes someone out, “Be gone”.

  50. mustang says:

    They are pushing it now with Moose

  51. steve (different one) says:

    wow, great gamble by Girardi.

    now you only need 6 non-Mo outs.

  52. mustang says:

    Does anyone have any fucking questons.
    Who is the man?

  53. BigBlueAL says:

    Shit, didnt want ARod gettin hit by the pitch.

  54. steve (different one) says:

    i like the guy who left in a huff b/c no one would agree that Moose stops trying after his fieders make errors.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      For real, he called me ignorant for not agreeing with him that since 2001 when Moose has pitched for the Yankees he always quits when they make errors behind him.

      • whozat says:

        That’s because it’s ridiculous to say that he gives up. He might get mad and pitch badly, or lose focus and leave pitches up…but to say that he stops caring is just ridiculous.

        Frankly, I think it’s impressive that he came back and threw six tonight. I wish Veras was stepping up right now.

        • Joey says:

          You guys can’t get rid of me that easily ;-) But seriously, that inning Moose seemed to give up after the error, or as you put it “lose focus” for a bit, but he did come back with a vengeance the rest of his outing

          • BigBlueAL says:

            Well, i wasnt talkin about you, i was talkin about someone else (1010 i think) since he called me ignorant for not agreeing with him since apparently i didnt watch Yankees games and noticed.

            • Joey says:

              lol, I know, I was just kiddin around because I was one of those above that said Moose quit, even though I realize now a better phrase would have been “lost focus” for the inning

  55. BigBlueAL says:

    WTF just happened???? If that wasnt a hit-and-run, which i dont think it was cause Matsui wasnt going, then WHY is Betemit swinging at a 1-0 pitch with ARod running?????

    • steve (different one) says:

      Kay said he was stealing third. unlucky i guess.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Thats my point about Betemit, he is an idiot for swinging away then considering he didnt have 2 strikes on him.

        • whozat says:

          I thought he did a good job smacking that pitch the other way, frankly. It just happened to go right at someone.

          • BigBlueAL says:

            That wouldve been fine in a hit-and-run situation. But if it was a straight steal, and in the replay ARod had a huge jump since a lefty was on the mound, if anything you do a quick fake bunt or something to let ARod steal, something i remember Sheffield doing alot when someone stole 3rd while he was hitting.

  56. Jamal G. says:

    Got to love that 8:1 K:BB and sub-1.00 WHIP for Jose Veras.

  57. Jamal G. says:

    Is it a psychological thing for pitching coaches to place their hand on their pitches as comfort during mound visits? I noticed Rick Peterson of the Mets does the same with a hand on his pitcher’s shoulder.

  58. BigBlueAL says:

    So why start the inning with Veras and not Ramirez????? Assuming Farsny is pitching the 8th, why wait for someone to get on, even risked having 2 guys on, before bringing in Edwar???? Makes no sense.

    • Jamal G. says:

      To tell you the truth I think it’s a great theory to use Edwar Ramirez as the “lefty reliever” in the bullpen.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Fuck dat, use him the entire 7th inning i meant. Unless he was facing Maur-Mourneau no matter what, 7th or 8th, then i guess i understand.

      • Joey says:

        I’m guessing after Krazy Kyle screws up a few 8th innings, Girardi will go to Edwar, even though I like him better as the “whenever we need him” guy, in the 6th-8th

  59. steve (different one) says:

    Girardi is holding auditions. Jose Veras come on down.

    i like what he did. let Veras go after the righties, Edwar for the lefties.

    • Jamal G. says:

      As do I, we’ll see how this plays out as it could be a big factor down the line with the eventual call-up of J.B. Cox who more than likely will get his fair shot at the 7th inning if Jose Veras continues to struggle and Ross Ohlendorf is continually used as the de facto long man.

      • steve (different one) says:

        i think Ohlendorf needs to be sent down for one of the AAA starters.

        Joba probably isn’t going to go more than 4 innings on Tuesday and they can’t keep going to Ohlendorf for 2-3 innings.

  60. BigBlueAL says:

    Look, Farnsworth to face Mourneau. WHY not let Ramirez face him??? And since he isnt, why have Veras start the 7th and not Edwar if you werent holding him to face the lefties no matter what???

  61. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Are you fing kidding me????

  62. BigBlueAL says:

    And you guys rip Torre’s bullpen management.

    • Joey says:

      seriously, this is the one area I thought Girardi would improve most, but he’s been disappointing in this area so far (for all the known reasons which I don’t feel like repeating)

      • Chris says:

        I think he’s been quite good…. unlike Torre, he’s balanced the workload across all of the relievers (well, except for Chris Britton). We won’t see the benefit of this until later in the year when all of the relievers are still effective, and we’re not worried about Proctor’s arm falling off.

  63. Chris says:

    This reminds me some of Wettland… if he came in with a 2 run lead you were guaranteed he’d give up a solo home run.

  64. Will says:

    making farnsworth the 8th inning go to guy would be a terrible mistake and i hope they dont stick with it

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Like i said in my post defending Torre in the post about him. What is that saying “You cant make chicken soup out of chicken shit” Thats been the set-up options since 2006.

    • steve (different one) says:

      if he keeps giving up taters, they won’t.

      just tell yourself this is only until July/August, when hopefully one of Cox, Melancon, or Robertson might help the big club

  65. steve (different one) says:

    Girardi is still light years ahead of Torre when it comes to the bullpen.

  66. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, if anything this proves how nasty Kyle Farnsworth is. Instead of protecting a 2-Run lead he was like fuck that, I’m going to show you how nasty I am and protect a 1-Run lead with no outs. Clutch.

  67. Mike A. says:

    Kyle Farnsworth is singlehandedly trying to improve the Yankees’ record in 1 run games.

  68. Jamal G. says:

    No hits to show for it but at least Wilson Betemit has had two hard hit balls in his three ABs this game.

  69. Jamal G. says:

    Two of those pitches were borderline, odd for the ump not to give them to an established All-Star, future HOFer like Mariano Rivera.

  70. BigBlueAL says:

    Oh my God, Mo just walked the last batter.

  71. steve (different one) says:

    sit down rookie

  72. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Mo did not like those calls. He doesn’t normally show his hand, but he thinks the ump sucks.

  73. Mike A. says:

    Mo is awesome. You know what this means:

  74. BigBlueAL says:

    Mo is a GOD.

  75. steve (different one) says:

    i am no farns fan, but he did do the heavy lifting. he had the 4-5-6-7 hitters.

    mo got 8-9-1 and a PHer

  76. mustang says:

    Mo is….I don’t have the words.

  77. LiveFromNewYork says:


  78. mustang says:

    Moose “eeks” out his TEAM LEADING 8th win you know he would make a great long man.

  79. Joey says:

    I have to play Sinatra’s NY NY now, it wouldn’t be a complete Yanks win without it ;-)

    • BigBlueAL says:

      I actually have that song in my IPod, along with the CD made after the 1996 championship. Plus the Talkin Baseball version of the Subway Series. gotta love LimeWire.

  80. mustang says:

    Moose has just tied Saunders and Dice-K for the lead in wins in the AL.
    You just can’t make this shit up.

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