Game 55: Ending May on a good note


The Yanks came into May after a sub-par April. They were 14-15 to start the month and were facing questions about the team. Phil Hughes had gone down; A-Rod had gone down; Jorge Posada had gone down. Things were not looking good.

With all of that baggage, May was a bit of a rocky month for the Yankees, and as recently as nine days ago, the Yanks were facing a very bad month. They were 20-25, and the season was on the precipice of slipping away. But the tide has seemingly turned, and the Yanks find themselves 7-2 over their last nine games.

So here we are on the last day of May, and the Yanks are looking to improve on their April record. They sit at 27-27 and, obviously, need a win tonight to move over .500 for the first time since the end of play on May 5.

The man on the mound is the one you want pitching in search of that win. Chien-Ming Wang, 6-2 with a 3.82 ERA, gets the ball today. He is winless since May 2 and could really use a solid start today. In his career on artificial turf, Wang is 7-3 with a 4.52 ERA. He’s allowed 90 hits in 75.2 innings, a product of his extreme ground ball tendencies. Opponents slug .059 higher off Wang on turf than on grass.

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

Wang P

Game Notes: I hate Saturday evening games. They should be outlawed. What’s wrong with playing a regular afternoon game?…The Yanks will call up a long reliever on Tuesday to shadow Joba’s first few starts. As PeteAbe speculates, Jeff Karstens will probably get the call because he’s on the 40-man roster and is a better option than Kei Igawa.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. whozat says:

    I really hope it’s Giese. It’s not like Karstens actually did that great in the spring, or has done that great since. But, I have this weird feeling that Girardi wanted Karstens as his long man all along for some reason, and now that he can have him, he wants him. Despite the fact that Rasner could have helped A LOT as the long man early on, and Giese is pitching WAY better than Karstens right now.

    I’m kind of hoping that that whole idea of good performance earning you a shot will actually turn out to have been more than lip service.

    Can’t they pass Igawa through waivers to get him off the 40-man? If no one takes him, they assign his contract to AAA. If someone does, the claimant assumes his whole contract. And that’s not so bad.

  2. mehmattski says:

    Hey, at least with a Saturday evening game, the rest of the country can actually watch the game with either or Extra Innings, packages for which we paid $150.

  3. Jamal G. says:

    Johnathan Broxton put me in a bad mood.

  4. ansky says:

    “What’s wrong with playing a regular afternoon game?”

    Living in Charleston for the Riverdogs keeps me from catching virtually any saturday game(on extra innings) so im fine with a Saturday night game once and a while. At least i can DVR it and watch it later.

  5. Mike A. says:

    The Boof, the Boof, the Boof is on fire.


  6. Brett says:

    I’d be amazingly impressed if any one claimed Kei, mostly based on financial reasons. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if he was one of those guys that sucked in NY and was great elsewhere.

  7. A.D. says:

    Wang needs to tighten up and stop bleeding runs

  8. Jamal G. says:

    Francisco Liriano is pitching against our own Triple-A Yankees. In 5IP thus far he has 5K, 3H, 1BB and 1ER.

  9. nmc says:

    Wang needs to get the ball down. Everything up in the damn zone…

  10. Jamal G. says:

    Silly little Lamb.

  11. Jamal G. says:

    What do you guys think of the Yankees’ Mock Draft on John Sickel’s

    28) NY Yankees: Zach Collier, OF, California HS
    44) Yankees: Anthony Ferrara, LHP, Florida HS
    75) Yankees: Ricky Oropesa, 1B, California HS
    106) Yankees: Ryan Westmoreland, P-OF, Rhode Island HS
    140) Yankees: Keith Landers, LHP, Massachusetts HS
    170) Yankees: Danny Ortiz, OF, Puerto Rico HS

    • Keith Collins and I did the draft, if I may say, and we drafted the best young talent we could that was till there.

      • Jamal G. says:

        You guys confused me a bit, you said that you would have taken Allan Dykstra if he was available but he was available when you guys were up picking in the first and supplemental rounds and you passed on him twice.

        • what happened was that Keith’s computer was acting up and he told me to make the pick. we were just talking about Ferrara so in a dumb mistake I typed in Ferrara instead of Dykstra. I soon realized the error so I tried to correct but it was too late; the dreaded Sox took Dykstra with the next pick. But I’m alright with that, because I’m very high on Oropesa.

    • Mike A. says:

      I’m going to talk about it tomorrow, and also post who I would have taken at each spot (I stopped paying attention after the 3rd round though).

  12. whozat says:

    I can’t believe he’s walked Casilla three times. That’s just horrible. The guy’s a slap hitting middle infielder, and he’s afraid to come at him? And it’s not like he’s got a great eye or anything.

  13. Jamal G. says: has free, live look-ins of Manny’s ABs. He’s up right now.

  14. Will says:

    I’m sick of that Ford Edge commercial.

    Jeter? He has as edge.

  15. Jamal G. says:

    Lmao, was Jose Veras about to do some Kung-Fu on a foul ball?

  16. Jamal G. says:

    Jose Molina sure has a flare for the dramatic doesn’t he?

  17. ansky says:

    oh its so fun watching Giambi hustle.

  18. Jamal G. says:

    The way the Yankees have been playing really make that Game 2 loss in Baltimore hurt that much more.

    • mustang says:

      You called 21 or 22 wins in the 35 games between the two subways series I’m thinking 24 or 25 they are on a roll.

  19. mustang says:

    I criticize Cashman for lots of moves, but the Molina pick was great.

  20. Mike A. says:

    Poor Jesse Crain. He’s a shell of his former self post-shoulder surgery.

  21. Jamal G. says:

    People always moan and cry about the Yankees being an old team but I have to ask, how many teams in MLB have the 1-4 hitters in their lineup with the potential of stealing 20+ bases?

    • Realist says:

      Good point and I believe that is an awesome weapon… the ability to hit and run…Both ways, which they all also posses :-)

  22. Jamal G. says:

    Manny Ramirez is up again, has the free look-in.

  23. mustang says:

    I had to go and open my big fucking mouth.

  24. ansky says:

    looks must be deceiving b/c that looked pretty routine.

  25. mustang says:

    To Manny, but he still doesn’t play the game right.

  26. Byebye scoreless streak.

  27. doty says:

    put joba back in the bullpen now!!!!

  28. Mike A. says:

    Britton? Helllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    This is getting ridiculous.

  29. nmc says:

    Fire Brian Cashman!!111!11 one

  30. Mike A. says:

    Veras just owned Gomez.

  31. Jamal G. says:

    Carlos Gomez got owned so bad in that AB.

  32. Jamal G. says:

    Wilkins De La Rosa got his nine outs on six ground-outs and three strikeouts in a scoreless outing. Nice.

  33. Nefarious jackson says:


  34. Jamal G. says:

    Gutsy call by Joe Mauer to go to the Slider after Joe Nathan spiked the last two.

  35. Mike A. says:

    I love it. Farnsworth vs the 3-4-5 hitters when a homer loses you the game…

  36. Babe's Ghost says:

    KKKK Kyle!

  37. Nefarious jackson says:

    krazy kyle K’s

  38. Jamal G. says:

    Kyle Farnsworth was 96-97MPH that whole inning outside of the first Fastball to Joe Mauer (94-MPH), who says his stuff can’t go back-to-back days?

  39. Jamal G. says:

    There’s nothing like taking the first two games in a four game series, come on!

  40. Mike A. says:

    Chris Britton? Hello? Will he ever fucking pitch???

  41. Jamal G. says:

    That’s a great AB by Alex Rodriguez there, extra-innings game and you’re down 0-2 in the count but you still work a walk.

  42. Mike A. says:

    Oh come the fuck on A-Rod. You’re close enough at second. Shit.

  43. Jamal G. says:

    Dennys Reyes looks like one of the jolliest fat men I’ve ever seen.

  44. Babe's Ghost says:

    How is it that everyone and their brother seems to have a lefty to throw at us? Not just relievers but starters too. Granted we’ve got Andy and some guys who get lefties out… but I find it kind of mystifying…

    Also we’re really missing Po’s bat to discourage them from piling on lefties and just pitching around Arod.

  45. Mike A. says:

    If they leave Ohlie in for more than one inning, this game is a lost cause.

    Free Chris Britton!

    (and why would you ever throw anything near the strike zone to Delmon Young, he man swings at everything)

  46. Mike A. says:

    Holy Schnikees. Thank goodness for the Hefty Monster in RF.

  47. Mike A. says:

    WTF?!?!?! Intentionally walking Nick fucking Punto!!! His career OPS+ is 70!!! WTF???? We don’t walk Manny in a big spot, but Nick Punto, yeah, let’s not pitch to him.

  48. Jamal G. says:

    I guess Joe G. must be thinking he wants that Sinker diving down-and-in to the RHB which would jam him instead of having the Switch hitting Nick Punto being able to extend his arms against the Sinker diving away.

  49. NYFan50 says:

    What is wrong with Chris Britton that he’s never allowed to pitch? There must be something. Right?

  50. Jamal G. says:

    That was a great point by John Flaherty, Carlos Gomez has look like a punk bitch against the Slider tonight.

  51. Mike A. says:

    How come whenever I try to do that to a bat, I end up on the floor in pain?

  52. Jamal G. says:

    Why not leave Dennys Reyes into face Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano?

  53. does girardi not understand that ohlendorf is now a 1 INNING GUY???

  54. whozat says:

    Wait…he DIDN’T offer?


    So, apparently Karstens left the game with groin tightness…so, PLEASE let it be Giese and not Igawa. They have guys they can put on teh 60-day.

    and WHY won’t they throw strikes to this guy? WHY?!?!

  55. Link says:

    apparently Girardi didn’t notice Ohlie just got out of that last inning. Or that Ohlie has sucked beyond his first inning all year.

  56. someone tell me that casilla bastard won’t walk four times…

  57. whozat says:

    Yah…I’m pretty sure I feel better about Britton than Ollie’s 2nd inning.

  58. this is where not having a LOOGY hurts…

  59. Travis G. says:

    i’m watching on Gameday. are they even trying?

    Melky singles (nice!), damon cant lay down a fucking bunt and GDPs!

    Arod walks, steals 2nd (nice!) and gets greedy trying to steal 3rd with our best hitter up. wtf?

    and ohlie is clearly out of his element going more than one inning.

  60. Ivan says:

    I live with ollie pitching one more inning. Anything over that to me is not good

  61. Mike A. says:

    Joe Girardi is clueless, I swear. His bullpen usage is minimally better than Torre’s, almost negligibly.

  62. next time Cashman is on Kay’s radio show, Kay should ask him why Britton doesn’t pitch. I mean this is a fucking crime here.

    • Jeremy says:

      Kay is an organization man. Maybe those jerkoffs at MMD should ask or Peter Abraham. No one asks. Kay isn’t going to ask.

      • whozat says:

        MMD always say they’re going to take Cash or Girardi to task…and then they lob softballs and ask questions that everyone knows the answer to (“Joba? To the rotation? Really Cash? But the 8th is so important!”)

        I hate that. I mean…you know that all Girardi will say is “well, we feel that Hawkins has that late inning experience, gives us the best chance to win.” Or some similar non-answer. But at least ask the question.

  63. Link says:

    well this one will be over soon..

  64. where did his splitter from last year go? and his sinker?

  65. Jeremy says:

    I do not get the Britton thing. I do not get why no one is asking about it. Pete Abe eludes to it but never asks. What the F is going on with Chris Britton?

    I think Girardi is, overall, a thinking manager but sometimes it’s like WTF was that?

  66. Link says:

    is it just me or whenever they show Girardi in these late game situations where the bullpen is giving up the game he just has this ‘I don’t give a f ‘ look on his face?

    • Jeremy says:

      I think it’s you…I think he clamps down his jaw or something so he doesn’t throw something.

      Torre used to sleep so just being awake is a vast improvement.

  67. Mike A. says:

    Way to load the gun Melk. Nice job tracking down that ball and getting himself in a position to throw.

  68. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, not for nothing but if we get out of this inning, that play by Melky Cabrera will be one of the main factors. Good shit.

  69. phew. I can see Cuddy giving us a DP. Inning over yet?

  70. Mike A. says:

    Is Ohlendorf growing a mustache too? This team is going to be spending their off-the-field time at the local disco pretty soon.

  71. Jeremy says:

    Not for nothing but I was driving home listening to Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum on the radio and I heard Wang’s struggles and then they were doing a commercial in the middle of an at-bat. I thought to myself, “This night cannot end well.” I should have stayed out where I was.

  72. Link says:

    well alrighty then. lol…no complaints if Ohlie proves me wrong…

  73. Jamal G. says:

    Look at Ross Ohlendorf hitting 97-MPH on pitch #37. Nice Slider Ohly.

  74. Jeremy says:

    is it time for breakfast?

  75. how ’bout a fastball high and away (in the zone)?

  76. Mike A. says:

    This is some good shit from Ohlendorf. He’s not giving in, and he’s going right at them with his best stuff. Hit it if you can.

  77. Jamal G. says:

    I want to see Mariano Rivera, we have toed the line long enough without our best pitcher in these extra-innings. If Chris Britton or LaTroy Hawkins give it up later on, so be it.

  78. Link says:

    The Twins have a funny commercial with Delmon Young consulting Oliva, Killebrew and Carew for hitting advice….cute

  79. Jeremy says:

    how are the twinkies doing on relievers?

  80. Mike A. says:

    Heh, as Ohlendorf was walking off the field, he pounded his fist into his glove and yelled “That’s how we roll at Princeton, WHAT!”

    Not really, but that would be awesome.

  81. Jamal G. says:

    LaTroy hawkins, please don’t give it up in the 12th. Yankees, please score a run so we don’t have to see Hawkins.

  82. Link says:

    Is it just me or does Melky have one of the ugliest swings lol…

  83. A.D. says:

    Why is Hawkins warming up over Britton?

  84. Mike A. says:

    Why? Why why why why why does every damn Yankee manager steadfastly refuse to let Chris Britton pitch in a game? Why?

  85. Jamal G. says:

    Alright Mofos, lets get something going!

  86. Ivan says:

    With Damon on first if I was the yankees I would try to let Damon steal a base or do a hit and run here.

  87. BigBlueAL says:

    Its not as much as Why not Britton, its more like Why the fuck Hawkins!!!!!!

  88. Jamal G. says:

    If Mariano isn’t warming up right now then he must be unavailable tonight, damn.

  89. Link says:

    It’s only Hawkins, Briiton and Rivera left in the bullpen from what I can tell the Twins are down to the end of their available relievers…

  90. My guess is that it’s his weight (275). He’s the 4th heaviest player in baseball, and the 3 ahead of him (Sabathia, Broxon, and Jenks) are way better than he is. So I guess they’re saying condition or we don’t play you. And so it is.

    Watch as Britton goes down tomorrow for Giese.

    • Jeremy says:

      That actually makes sense. Bruney slimmed down (damn I wish he would come back). I hope the time off doesn’t make him balloon again.

      If it’s really his weight then he needs to shape up. Damn.

    • whozat says:

      Then leave him at AAA. Bring up someone you WILL play.

      He’ll go down for the long man, I’m sure of it.

      Is Joe praying with the ump?

    • Mike A. says:

      What was Billy Beane’s line in Moneyball, we’re not selling swimsuits here?

    • A.D. says:

      I mean I get that, but the main thing is effectiveness and winning games, heavy or not Britton is effective

  91. Ivan says:

    Lets Go

  92. Jamal G. says:

    Any thoughts on why Joe Mauer and the Twins like to call multiple pitching signs with a runner on First Base?

  93. Link says:

    Captain Clutch!

  94. BigBlueAL says:

    Praise the Lord!!!!

  95. A.D. says:

    Yes we will see Rivera instead of Hawkins

  96. Link says:

    and there we go! nice job Bobby!

  97. Mike A. says:

    There ya go, money in the bank. Get the Sandman up, then I can start drinkin’ til I can’t feel feelings anymore.

  98. Ivan says:

    Abreu with the clutch hit. Now Hawkins sit ya ass down.

  99. Link says:

    wow that was a nice catch…

  100. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, 18-1, OWNED!

  101. whozat says:

    Matsui’s average is higher than Jeter’s OBP. Melky’s too.

  102. gxpanos says:

    michael kay…seriously now, with the randy moss crap. it’s getting to the point where he’s gonna start making kids NOT yankee fans.

  103. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, how in the fuck did the HP ump call that 2-1 pitch a Ball after calling that 2-0 pitch a Strike? Payback much?

  104. Link says:

    Bass pitched 2 innings last night so we’ll see if we can break this thing open…

  105. Mike A. says:

    Jay Bruce went 3 for 5 with a walk-off homer today. Holy crap.

  106. BigBlueAL says:

    Damn it.

  107. Link says:

    Lamb thought that was strike 3 lol.

  108. Jamal G. says:

    BigBlue, you can’t tell me this HP ump doesn’t deserve a kick in the ass.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      i dont like to rip on umpires, but damn that pitch to Lamb was strike 3!!!!!!

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Actually, i read your comment about that pitch to Matsui, and yeah normally, ESPECIALLY with the 13-14 yo and high-school kids cause their location is off alot, when you throw the complete opposite of where the catcher is setup, it really is hard to call the pitch a strike. BUT when you hit the mitt perfect like that pitch to Lamb, i ring em up all day!!!!

  109. BigBlueAL says:

    Just noticed, Betemit defensive replacement at 1b. Think this will become a pattern now??

  110. Link says:

    nice defensive substitution! Yankees win…thhhheeee Yannkkees win

  111. Mike A. says:

    Great win. Losing sucks, but losing in extra innings sucks even more.

  112. A.D. says:

    Nice catch.

    Got to see what Ohlendorf can be capable of (with the breaking ptiches and Ks, not the rickity parts)

  113. gxpanos says:


  114. Ivan says:

    This was a really good win.

  115. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, I swore I just heard Bobby Abreu say “Cono” (pronounced Con-Yo), that means fuck in Spanish :P

  116. Jeremy says:

    Betemit played some nasty defense. like that stuff.

  117. Mike A. says:

    Ross Ohlendorf, Player of the Game? Noice.

  118. BigBlueAL says:

    WOW. Just heard this on ESPN, only players of 500 hr club with a higher career avg than Manny r Ruth, Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx. Shit.

  119. Aaron(From Albany) says:


    and “Mike A.” -im confused, are you a Yankee fan? It seems like u dont watch the game and all u do is bitch and complain on this blog?

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      I’m not in love with Britton but I wonder why he doesn’t get to pitch when he’s here. I think it’s because he’s a big fatty. GI Joe doesn’t like big fatties.

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