Game 57: Breaking even

Sandman named Player of the Week
Tampa's pen blows it in glorious fashion

The .500 refrain is getting old. Let’s just start a winning streak and break this stranglehold on that .500 plateau. The Yanks are 28-28 on the season and 3-3 on their current mini-road trip. They face Roy Halladay tomorrow, and a win today would be fantastic.

Other than that now-daily refrain, there’s not much to say. Andy Pettitte, coming off a strong start, faces Livan Hernandez who’s been better than expected for the Twins this year. Livan faced the Yanks last year and got lit up. A repeat of that performance would be great.

Expect a lot of roster moves this week and a win tonight. I hope. Game starts at 7 p.m. Apparently, the Twins can’t start two consecutive games at the same time.

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

Pettitte P

Sandman named Player of the Week
Tampa's pen blows it in glorious fashion
  • batty

    And now taking the mound for the Yankees, the great oak Andy Pettitte!

  • E-ROC

    Does anyone think Matsui will end the season in the top 5 for the AL Batting Title?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      It’ll be interesting, he is prone to going on one of those per longed slumps but if he can avoid going on that more than just once, I would have to say yes.

    • batty

      No, he’s streaky.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I love Alex Rodriguez.

  • E-ROC

    Who was that?! Oh, it was A-Rod!! 2-0 Yanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    One thing that does suck, Livan Hernandez faced seven Yankee batters in the 1st inning but threw only 16 pitches. Granted they scored two runs on four hits so there’s no room for any complaints.

  • E-ROC

    This just in: Chase Utley is a good baseball player. Just hit his 21st birthday.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Is it safe to say he is the Alex Rodriguez of Short-Stops when A-Rod was a SS? Or does Jeff Kent still hold that title?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Sorry, meant to say is Chase Utley to Second Base as Alex Rodriguez was to Short-Stop?

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

          Utley’s kinda old man. Gonna be 30 in December. A-Rod was doing what he did at a much younger age in much tougher hitter’s park.

          • http://deleted Randy

            a much tougher park? he started out in the kingdome and then went to texas.

        • E-ROC

          I think Jeff Kent is a better comparison. A-Rod was putting up Chase Utley numbers when he was 20 years old; not at thirty.

    • whozat

      Did you mean homer? Or are you posting from the year 2000?

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

    Looks like Jason Lane opted to become a free agent. Today was the deadline, he either had to be in the bigs or he could opt out, and he’s not in SWB’s lineup. Woulda be a helluva coincidence if it was just a day off.

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

      Nevermind, Chad Jennings says he’s with a team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Why does John Flaherty keep acting like Joba Chamberlain has never started a game in his pro career? I like the guy but he’s sounding like an idiot.

  • Joey

    Alright, tough question: Who would you rather listen to for 3 hours commenting on your Yankee game:

    a. Joe Morgan
    b. Steve Phillips

    I pity all of you that will make the decision, so I may add a choice c. Death (don’t choose that one, call the suicide hotline and tell them you’re listening to Morgan or Phillips. I’m sure they have a lot of people with that problem too)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      I’d rather listen to Steve Phillips, ignorant baseball analysis just entertains me to no end, especially when one is arrogant at doing so. Why do you think I listen to Mike and the Mad Dog? Joe Morgan is just senile.

    • E-ROC

      Steve Phillips. I think Steve Phillips is tolerable. Joe Morgan lives me scratching my head and ultimately muting the TV. Plus, ESPN usually pairs Steve Phillips with Orel Hershiser or Rick Succliffe(spelling?). At least they aren’t doing the broadcast together.

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

      Phillips. Morgan leaves you scratching your head, Phillips leaves you laughing at his idiocy.

    • A.D.

      Phillips as people has noted at least it’s funny, Morgan would probably make me suicidal

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Jesus Montero and Justin Snyder among four Charleston RiverDog players to be playing in the South Atlantic League All-Star game on June 17th. Charleston’s Manager, Torre Tyson, was named to the All-Star coaching staff.

    http://www.riverdogs.com/news/headlines/index.html?article_id=1473

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

      Jon Ortiz and Jason Stephens were also selected to the team. I’m zure McAllister would have made it too if he hadn’t been promoted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Diablo, Carlos Gomez is fast as hell.

  • Captain Wiley

    Casilla=Elsbury=Gardner?

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

      Uh, no. Not exactly.

    • whozat

      Casilla’s a slap-hitting infielder, his SLG this year notwithstanding. And not that great a hitter for average in his career either. Gardner’s Ellsbury without the ability to drive the ball.

  • Joey

    Was it just me or did Cano look like he gave up on that run back and was shocked when he wasn’t out?

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

    Anyone here know what trade the Twins got Alexi Casilla in? Don’t cheat…

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

      No one?

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

        wild guess–Romero trade?

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

          Well done. Straight up, one for one, Romero to the Halos for Casilla.

  • pete

    why does girardi hate to bunt the ball? it really isn’t that difficult to execute a safety squeeze from the left side of the plate – casilla just did it for the twins

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

      I dunno, but he’s been maddeningly conservative. Very few steal attempts, hit and runs, stuff like that. Can’t always sit back and wait for a walk, bloop and blast.

      • whozat

        Haven’t they stolen a bunch of bases in the last few games? And haven’t they hit-and-run a couple times today already?

  • http://deleted Randy

    i swear to god i’m going to kill my friend. he’s on the rays wagon big time and thinks they’re gonna win 86 games. now he’s bombarding me with texts about their series with the sox.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Tampa Rays

      brought to you with Yankee dollars.

  • billyball

    Giambi is pure hell on 1stbase. Its tough to watch his stone hands and feet. Not to say he should have had the errant throw, but a more athletic 1st baseman could have knocked that ball down. On the next play stonehands drops the throw. He gives his infielders no confidence and when you have Arod and Jeter making wild throws you need a guy that can catch the ball. We need better D and more speed. The national league style was suppose to follow Girardi, instead we continue to watch this base to base team that waits for the big hits and they don’t come in the playoffs against a team with decent pitching. Same ole junk, tough to watch!

    • http://deleted Randy

      calm down homeboy.

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

    Carlos Gomez really needs to switch to decaf. Dude has two speeds, fast, and a million miles and hour.

  • billyball

    Listen Randi with an “I”, I feel like venting, I’m sorry if I offended you mam but this is Yankee baseball, not Sunday school.

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

      Chill out. And don’t make any personal attacks or call a fellow commentor names. This is Yankee baseball, not third grade.

    • http://deleted Randy

      we have an internet thug on here. gotta love em.

    • JeffG

      Billy Giambi is good at picking errant throws… sure he doesn’t cover alot but that is what we have right now. The guy has been providing offense lately – enjoy it.

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

    Kevin Mulvey is not in the low minors Michael Kay. Try Triple-A, where he finished 2007. Dumbass.

  • BigBlueAL

    This lineup at times is so fuckin pathetic its ridiculous.

  • E-ROC

    Steve Phillips is talking about draft. ESPN showed what grades the Twins gave to Mauer before they drafted him. They will continue talking about the draft after the break, in case no one was watching it on ESPN.

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

    I can’t wait to watch Michael Kay interview Snoop Dogg. I might have to live-blog that one.

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

      Fo shizzle.

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

      lol the whitest guy alive with the blackest guy alive. not that there’s anything wrong with that :)

      and ok I may be exaggerating but still…

  • billyball

    michael K is annoying but he sure is better than Suzann Waldman. She is by far the worst. We need David Justice and David Cone on the radio. now that would be entertaining.

  • billyball

    Big blue, I soo agree with you. It is soo hard to watch!

    • BigBlueAL

      Its not hard to watch, its frustrating as hell that Livan has pitched 5 innings and allowed just 2 runs when every inning almost the Yankees have had runners on left and right. The double plays and horrible hitting with runners on is the frustrating part.

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

        the man is all smoke and mirrors.

        • BigBlueAL

          his mirrors are cracking severely now finally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    LoL, Michael Kay sounds pissed as hell that Robinson Cano keeps swinging at the first pitch.

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

      as he well should be.

    • BigBlueAL

      Can you blame him. Its not that he necessarily swings at the 1st pitch, its the pitch he swings at that’s the problem. After a leadoff single, 1st pitch he swings at low and away and almost hits into DP. In the 1st inning with 2 on and 2 out, on a 1-0 count, again pitch low and away and he pops up to left. I LOVE Cano like you do, so im not hating on him, but his approach is maddening to watch at times, especially now in his 4th season already.

  • E-ROC

    When in the hell did Moeller get that type of power? Only a double though. Damn ground rule double doesn’t allow Cano to score.

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

      he almost hit two in a game against Baltimore–he hit one but the wind swallowed the next one. lol shit happens man…

  • E-ROC

    nice broken bat RBI single by Cabrera.

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

    The ‘staches are a sign of team unity I take it.

    • BigBlueAL

      The guys on ESPN said Giambi was trying to get more guys to grow mustaches, but from what ive seen only Damon has followed in his footsteps.

    • A.D.

      Cano need to rock the stash, its working for Damon & Giambi

  • bostonsucks@life

    Off topic and I know none of the kids have pitched since nam’ , but where we at with the Posada Foundation ?

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

      a somewhat negative Nancy add-on is what happens if people don’t pay their pledges?

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

        If people don’t pay their pledges, I’m going to call them out on the site and then ban their IP.

        Just joshin’, but I’d be disappointed if someone reneges.

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

      I last updated the spreadsheet on Friday. We’re up to $390-something. Not bad, but not as good as we all hoped. Better than nothing though.

  • billyball

    Randy, I apologze for the offensive comments and for being an internet thug as you so chillingly labeled me! It’s just this whole exchange occurred right after you posted that you were gonna kill your friend because he was a rays fan, and immediately after you called me a homeboy and put me in my place by telling me to chill. Soon thereafter I was scolded by Mike A the proctor of the class for calling you RandI instead of Randy, lol. Wow, I’m speechless but it’s so damm funny and entertaining, even though the Yankee game is not at this point. Come on boys lets score some runs. Bring up Gardner already. Get rid of Latroy. Lets make a run at this dam thing!

    • http://deleted Randy

      i’m confused. did you actually think i was gonna kill my friend or something? so because i said that you felt compelled to call me out? that’s interesting. i didn’t say he was a fan. he’s just drinking the kool aid. i’m happy you’re entertained billyball.

  • A.D.

    Melky’s arm saved a run there if Pettite can get out of this

  • A.D.

    COME ON Jeter, he’s gotta hold onto that

  • http://deleted Randy

    why is jeter off the bag?

  • E-ROC

    Did Abreu misread that ball?

  • http://deleted Randy

    chalk that up to cap’n jetes.

  • BigBlueAL

    If we lose this game, it will be a pathetic loss.

  • bostonsucks@life

    Andy phillips is up for the reds against the phils… and a bloop single

  • JeffG

    Proof of a pitcher without a clue 2-0 to Young and allows a hit – c’mon Andy.
    Should have thrown that way low cutter inside.

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

      Did you just call Andy Pettitte a pitcher without a clue? Wow. That’s harsh.

      And the count was 0-2.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Yeah, I’ve noticed the crowd has been a bit harsh tonight. Wonder what’s up?

        • Yankee1010

          I think it’s probably a combination of sleepwalking through yesterday’s game and an allergic reaction to the little things tonight.

          I’m not worried about them in the grand scheme of things though.

      • JeffG

        Delmond Young – Andy is a smart pitcher but Delmond is an easy out – free swinging kid… 0 -2 on him should mean out.
        Don’t mean to get down…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Good job by Andy Pettitte to get out of that inning with the tie score still intact.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Dennys Reyes is the jolliest fellow I’ve seen in my life.

    • E-ROC

      lol.

  • BigBlueAL

    Twins go from a fat pitcher to an even fatter pitcher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Alex Rodriguez has been lining the ball all over the Metrodome this series, damn good to see.

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

      yea but that was also the fattest pitch I’ve seen a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Nice article on Scott Patterson and his MLB debut. He says his April struggles were due to basically a dead arm period due to his work in the Venezuelan Winter Leagues.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080602&content_id=2823741&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy

  • billyball

    Randi, I never called you out, lol. You would know if I did. I was venting and you had to make the point to tell me to calm down right after you stated you were gonna kill your friend the Rays fan. By the way the authorities have been notified and they should be ringing your bell in 5 minutes. Make it 10. Hold on 1 sec. Where is Mike A.? I am offended by these rants from Randi. Can you please correct homegirl. Listen, I was venting that this team is too much like last years team, base to base waiting for the big hit. No speed, avg at best D. We need to make a few changes, call up Gardner, infuse some energy into this lineup. By the way all those folks who didn’t want to trade Cano straight up for Santana, how does the trade look now? Than you see this kid Casilla with speed and more range, 2 necessities for a 2nd bagger and you wonder why everyone was sooo high on Cano. I still think he will be an all star but I rather have a Pedroia right now than Cano and I am no Red Suck fan!

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

      Both of you stop. Right now. If either of you makes another comment about this, you will be banned. That’s not an idle threat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    When Vernon Wells returns to CF for Toronto, who will be the starting LF for the Blue Jays? Will it be Kevin Mench or Brad Wilkerson (I’m assuming platoon) and how does Wilkerson’s arm rate?

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

      If I remember it’s sub-par.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    If A-Rod’s left foot got down then he was safe, if not he was out.

    • Joey

      It doesn’t look like it, but I’ll take it. Umpires are human, they make mistakes, and this time it went in the Yanks favor. It all evens out in the end

  • BigBlueAL

    Great Call!!!

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

    Well, that was one pathetic AB by Chad Moeller.

    • Joey

      Thank God (or Mo to Al) that Jorge will be back soon, but for a backup’s backup I can’t complain, especially after his other AB, and yesterday he didn’t do too bad either

      • BigBlueAL

        LOL. Actually i think Moeller has done a better job, at least offensively, than Molina has done so far. Although Molina defensively is clearly better, although even yesterday Moeller threw out Gomez stealing.

        • Joey

          For some reason every time I think of Molina I think of pre-DL when he was hitting very well. The worst part is I don’t know why… lol. As I said, praise Jebus that Posada will be back soon :-)

  • BigBlueAL

    Typical Yankees offense, 1st and 3rd 0 outs, and they BARELY scratch out 1 freakin run. Unbelievable that we only have 5 runs so far in this game.

  • E-ROC

    Does anyone have a prediction about Joba’s first MLB start?

    • Joey

      I hope I’m wrong, but I see him struggling with keeping his PC reasonably down the first game

      • BigBlueAL

        Problem is he is facing Halladay, so for sure, even if he goes 5 innings, dont expect a win from Joba in his 1st start.

    • Joey

      I’m actually almost as excited to see Giese pitch after Joba

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

      27 pitches, 27 groundballs, 27 fist pumps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Have to think Edwar Ramirez will be piggy-backing this 7th inning for Andy Pettitte with the LHBs Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau due up third and fourth, respectively.

  • E-ROC

    I can’t believe Moeller left that bat on his shoulders. Where’s JD CLosser?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Wait, so Mr. Gomez’s intensity has to be “appreciated” but intensity by Joba Chamberlain after he actually does something positive is deemed bush league?

    Ugh.

  • BigBlueAL

    I cant believe this.

  • Joey

    Damn you Joe Mauer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    This is a very peculiar game.

    • BigBlueAL

      Unfortunately, its a typical Yankees game this season.

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

        make that last four seasons

        • BigBlueAL

          I actually thought in 06 we were going to steamroll everybody in the playoffs. But yes, 05, 07 and 08 very typical.

  • http://deleted Randy

    fucking ken singleton!

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

    Congrats Joe Mauer that’s your first HR of the year…at another time would be better please!

  • billyball

    Sorry Ben, no more comments from me! I have to say this is one frustrating team to watch. They are battling with the twins. The twinkies for goodness sake! Cano is doing nothing again, they may have to bench him and get his head right. Andy stayed in the game too long but can’t blame Joe for that. The Red Sox keep rolling with good pitching, good defense and timely hitting. Remind you of a team we once new?

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

      These aren’t your father’s Twins. They’re second in the Central.

  • E-ROC

    I predict a homerun by Jeter and all will be well.

    • Joey

      A single trying to stretch to a double. But I think I’ll give it to you

  • JeffG

    ALL SENIOR CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE LIFE ALERT… that is the only commercial I like diring yankee games.

    • Joey

      Joe Morgan and Peter Gammons would have to turn on their hearing aides to catch that one, so it’s kind of a pointless commercial ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Bases loaded, nobody out in B’More with Kevin Millar up against Hideki Okajima. O’s down 3-2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    God Dammit, nice throw Mr. Cuddyer.

  • BigBlueAL

    This just keeps getting more and more ridiculous.

  • E-ROC

    Dammit!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    How come when the Twins hit the ball off the baggy the ball drops straight down? Ugh.

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

      Clearly they inflate and deflate the baggy based upon who’s at bat ;)

    • A.D.

      Abreu didn’t play it well at all

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

    Did you know that Livan’s WHIP this game was 2.33, and he (only) gave up 5 runs!

  • BigBlueAL

    Not to be too dramatic, but if we lose this game, with the Blue Jays coming to NY and their pitching, this could get ugly (granted, at least we dont face Burnett or Marcum). This is a game the Yankees can not and should not lose.

    • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

      cuddyer just made it too dramatic.

  • BigBlueAL

    Good job Giambi getting Cano hurt on the play.

  • E-ROC

    Why didn’t Abreu jump?? Sarcastically speaking.

    Giambi’s throw was ridiculously terrible.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    ugh…now delmon shows up for the season?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Bases clearing 2B by Adam Jones, O’s lead BoSawx 6-3 in Bot 8th.

  • Smitt Dog

    Sweet thanks Farnsworthless

  • BigBlueAL

    The pitching this series has been fuckin pathetic, except for of course Mo, but what else is new.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Mike Mussina? 5IP, 2H after that defensively marred 1st inning.

      • BigBlueAL

        Since that was the best start by our starters this series, it proves my point.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          6IP, 2ER is a pretty damn good start. That line would be the best in a lot of series.

          • BigBlueAL

            It was still 4 runs overall. Let me re-phrase it then, the DEFENSE and Pitching this series has been pathetic.

  • NYFan50

    I don’t understand how Girardi can have so much faith in Farnsworth when EVERYONE ELSE can see how unreliable he is.

    • BigBlueAL

      Unfortunately, he has no choice.

      • NYFan50

        There’s a whole lot of other relievers in the pen I would trust more than him.

        • BigBlueAL

          True, but he has no choice in terms of he has to rely on Farnsworth for the most part, he cant just stop using him because the rest of the pen is garbage, Edwar not withstanding (and obviously GOD himself).

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    wow I really didnt see this coming.

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

    I mean, Edwar Ramirez?

  • Joey

    Ouch. Ryan Malone (Pitt Penguins) just hit with a 90+ mph slap shot (undeflected) right in the face. Got right up, skated to the bench. You think Blackburn was tough last night you should see the replay of this one (and I’m not saying Blackburn’s not tough, and I agree hockey is different, just saying)

  • allosiah

    Fuck Farnsworth!!!!!!

  • E-ROC

    I think this is the last time Girardi uses Farnsdearth in critical situations.

    • Dave P.

      Normally I’d be killing Farnsworth right now……. But this is on Andy. He was given two 2-run leads and coughed them both up.

      • Joey

        D didn’t help him much too

      • BigBlueAL

        And on the offense for not scoring more runs than they should have.

    • Haggs

      Yeah, because Girardi has so many better options in the reject pile that currently makes up the bullpen besides Mo.

      Veras
      Ramirez
      Patterson
      Britton
      Farnsworth
      Hawkins
      Ohlendorf

      Yeesh.

      • Joey

        The day Girardi uses Britton over Farnsworthless is the day I stop caring about the Yanks (i.e. never)

      • E-ROC

        I would rather see Ramirez, Britton, or Ohlendorf fail than to see that theme with Farnsdearth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Another couple of hits and a 2B for Eric Duncan tonight.

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

    I mean like FUCK IT KYLE!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    People will say that this game proves the point that Joba Chamberlain should be in the bullpen but I think it also proves the point that the starter is more important. A good start by Andy Pettitte and the Twins aren’t able to come back three separate times. A good start by Pettitte and the one run given up in the 8th inning is moot with the Yankee offense producing five runs.

    • Joey

      people will use any chance to say Joba should be in the pen, but I think we’ve established many times those people are wrong and we should be excited for Joba tomorrow (I’m sure he is)

    • Haggs

      Yahoos will say that.

      It proves that you should have more than one reliever in your bullpen, and it proves the people running this team could not have handled this transition worse.

      They claim to have a plan. The plan gives them 2 months of baseball to find someone to handle Joba’s job (not as dominantly as Joba, but not unreliable).

      Time comes for Joba to leave and they give the ball to Kyle fuckin Farnsworth. Everyone (except Girardi and Cashman) who has ever watched a Yankee game knows that Farnsworth is not capable of handling this role, yet they give him the ball anyway and hope for the best. It’s almost like the day to move Joba snuck up on them.

      They should have been auditioning kids for this role while the Joba safety net was still in place.

      STUPID.

  • E-ROC

    Blown save for Joe Nathan, hopefully.

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

    How typical of Matsui, GIDP when we least need it. How ’bout a homer, ‘stache man?

  • BigBlueAL

    This game is a PERFECT example of why these Yankees are in 4th place. And not looking like that will be changing anytime soon.

  • Joey

    Well at least we have Joba to look forward to tomorrow :-D

    • BigBlueAL

      For 4-5 innings, then the bullpen. And we get to see this great offense vs Roy Halladay. :(

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

        well we have a negative Nancy here with us, don’t we :(- ?

        • BigBlueAL

          LOL

      • A.D.

        Unless he’s redic economical…Maddux threw a complete game in 86 pitches before, so means Joba could go 7

        One can hope

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Ah wells, tough loss but it’s Joba time tomorrow! BTW, why did I get the sense that some of you guys treated this game like it was something crucial?

    • Rich

      It’s not crucial, it’s a pattern of futility and bad baseball.

    • BigBlueAL

      Because EVERY game is a critical.

      • BigBlueAL

        Sorry, that came out wrong. Every game is just as important as the other. The games this early are just as important as the games in August and September.

  • Rich

    This team needs a shakeup of some sort. It’s not going to get better on its own.

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

    Damn you Pettitte, damn you Farnsworth, damn you Matsui. This is a game we should’ve won, and we didn’t.

    “There’s a lady who’s sure
    all that glitters is gold
    and she’s buying her stairway
    to HELL”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.
    • Rich

      I want the Sox to suck, but not to get injured.

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

      Not necessarily to imply anything, but steroids are often the cause for ligament damage, particularly in the feet (and plantar fasciitis), elbows, and wrist. He had to get better magically at 27 somehow?

      • BigBlueAL

        I dont like getting happy for injuries on other teams. But the only saving grace so far this season is the reality that the Red Sox now might struggle just to win 90 games, and assuming the Rays come down to Earth, and the rest of the AL keeps playing like crap, the Yankees might only need 90 wins or so (hell, the 2000 champs won 87) to make the playoffs. Right now thats the best thing you can say about this season so far from the Yankees perspective.

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

          I hope you’re not implying I’m happy about this injury…I’m ELATED.

          In all seriousness though I don’t like wishing bad on others. :)

      • Joey

        Spread it to the presses: DAVID ORTIZ TOOK STERIODS!!! (kidding btw) Don’t know anything medical, but I wouldn’t overlook it. Has MLB’s steriod testing been lax enough for people to get away with it now (I’m not talking about HGH btw)

  • CB

    It’s really hard to believe that after all that talk about roles on the team depending on performance and results Girardi is insisting on using Farnsworth in high leverage situations.

    He has the highest home run rate in all of baseball.

    There’s no reason he should be pitching over Edwar at this point. Kyle is a “veteran” and throws 95. That’s what it gets down to. Same old story.

    Until Girardi stops insisting that there is a “new Kyle” he’s going to continue to hurt this team in big spots.

    • BigBlueAL

      And you guys rip Torre for his bullpen management. NO MANAGER can manage an effective bullpen with the crap the Yankees have there aside from Mo.

    • Will

      Agreed–not sure why Edwar wasn’t the clearly better choice in that situation (unless he was unavailable for some reason). Ben, maybe this is something you could address in your postgame? (Pleeeeeeease?)

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

        Oh, that was the plan, Will. That’s the plan.

        • Will

          Much appreciated–too many times, it seems, you’ve had to get our collective frustrations out in a postgame, but this one hurt especially bad.

      • BigBlueAL

        I like Edwar, but the reality is he blew the lead on Saturday by givin up a HR to Cuddyer. His numbers have been great, but again, its easy putting up those numbers in basically mop-up time.

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

          That was the first and only run he’s given up all season. Even if those appearances have come in relatively low-leverage appearances, he’s striking out a batter an inning, and the least they could go is give him a shot. Realistically, he can’t be much worse than Farnsworth.

          • BigBlueAL

            Oh I agree totally.

  • billyball

    where shall we start with this loss. Let’s break it down and build it right up. The defense was shaky once again thus prolonging innings. The offense was predictable, base to base with no big hit. The relief pitching or shall I say Farnsworth was Farnsworthless-like. This is a tough team to watch.

  • billyball

    Rich, you said it best, this team needs changes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    LoL, Julio Franco is a terrible analyst, Karl Ravech is basically pushing him to talk. What the hell was ESPN thinking hiring him?

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

      when did ESPN ever think (recently)?

    • Will

      Awww, Jamal, the guy hit a home run at age 107! Just relish the fact that we can still see him on national TV and don’t sweat his somewhat Cro-Magnon Man tendencies on-air ;)

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

      It could be worse people. Check out Oliver Perez’s gem tonight.

  • dan

    What else does Girardi need to see to give Edwar a shot at the 8th? As soon as that peice of shit Farnsworthless gave off the leadoff double I wanted to turn off the game, but for some reason I kept watching and my remote paid the price.

    • BigBlueAL

      Ive destroyed my fair share of remote controls over the year.

      • BigBlueAL

        sorry, meant over the years.

  • Manimal

    Has to be replaced= Damon, Hawkins, Back end of bullpen
    Good replacements=Marte, Fuentes, Holliday

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

      Oh sure, why not just get Todd Helton for 1B too? You know, I think Chase Utley would be a good fit. Maybe we can get them to throw in Cole Hamels.

      • Manimal

        I wasnt joking lol, Holliday is reportedly on the market, why not try to go after him, send them some of our pitching prospects that we have way to much of and Fuentes+Marte is old news.

      • Will

        No way on Helton–Edwar might get lost in the goatee one day in the clubhouse. Before you know it, Helton has to shave it off, and Ramirez goes out with the bathwater.

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

      With whom would you replace Johnny Damon? He’s putting up numbers better than his career averages right now and losing his bat would hurt.

      • Manimal

        More than often he starts innings with easy groundballs/strikeouts and kills rally’s that yankees really need.

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

          More often than not, every Major League Baseball player makes an out.

          Damon’s hitting .293 with an OBP over .360 and a SLG over .470. It’s hard to argue with that, and those aren’t easily replaceable numbers.

        • BigBlueAL

          Damon is the least of the Yankees problems right now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      What did Johnny Damon do besides being one of the most powerful lead-off hitters in the AL with an *OPS+ of 129?

      • Manimal

        He’s lefty. And we need to reduce the amount of lefties, nd quite frankly he looks the worst vs LHP(in my eyes, I dont have any stats)

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

          The stats are the ones I’m giving you write in front of your eyes. It would be a mistake to jettison Damon, and the Yanks just aren’t doing that.

          • Manimal

            stats vs. lefties. Find it.

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

              You won’t like this answer.

              Damon’s platoon splits in 2008:

              vs RHP .278 .349 .466
              vs LHP .313 .387 .493

              • Manimal

                ouch, turns out Im totally wrong. whoops.

            • Manimal

              I dont know where to look, sorry that sounded forceful didnt mean to.

              • A.D.

                For your future benefit baseball-reference.com has pretty much every stat you will ever need

        • Sam P.

          Robbie hasn’t exactly lit up the lefties either …

          Just saying …

          • Manimal

            True but hes a second half player. Give em time.

    • Sam P.

      You don’t think Damon’s come around a bit lately?

      Great points from everyone about Farnsworth. Was following online via Gameday. I can’t believe how the wheels just sort of came off for Andy once he got multiple leads late in the game … but Farnsworth was TOTALLY expected. Give Edwar a shot at the 8th. He’s got a LONG way to go before he’s blown as many games / leads as old reliable has …

      How Girardi and Cashman don’t see this is beyond me. But what will be great is when the Yanks could have used a few of those games moved over to the W column when late September rolls around. Ugh.

  • Brett

    Farnsworth is the most reliable guy we have out there. You know he is going to give up a run. At least the rest will have a good game now and again. This game was ridiculous.

  • McCaff

    I just tried to trade kyle Farnsworth to my little brothers little league team for a juice box and a twinkie, but they declined it because it would make their team weaker.

    • BigBlueAL

      Shouldve asked for a bag of Doritos.

  • JeffG

    Hate to be hard but my guess is that Joba is going to have to learn to be a starting pitcher in the Majors like the other kids on the t-shirt… Not big three yet.
    If he beats Halladay tomorrow it will be a small miracle… either case I’ll be watching from the stands.

    On the up side I can’t wait for Posada to get back… think about when the Redsox
    lost Tek… 2005 season gone. Part of our season has been floating but we still have time. This game could have been very different with Jorge. A lot of games could have been – not only from a hitting standpoint.

    Push to the All-star game lets go!

  • BigBlueAL

    Oliver Perez getting lit up in the 1st inning vs the Giants.

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

      Right now, that’s an understatement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    All that goodwill from the Mets’ four-game series win over the Dodgers has just evaporated one out into the bottom half of the first inning. The Giants lead 4-0.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      6-0 Giants. Tomorrow will be a fun day for the media. Yankees give up the go-ahead run in the 8th inning and the Mets get blown out after a great weekend.

      • Sam P.

        Mad Dog will defend Perez, but lambaste Farnsworth to no end!

  • JeffG

    One of my other feelings on this game is that the Yanks are missing an approach to the game when it comes to hitting… Last year it seemed that the Indians had our number. The bats knew what ot do with our pitches. Wang low out of the zone… lay off etc. Matsui ball outside… you know its comming… go the other way. Can long prep these guys or something?

    • BigBlueAL

      He prepped them pretty good last season. I do agree their approach this season has looked desperate at times, but when you consider losing ARod for over 20 games and Posada for basically the whole season, cant really complain too much. Although the offense tonight was pathetic, if you can say that about an offense that scored 5 runs on 15 hits.

      • JeffG

        With the talent on our ball club I have no belief that Long is prepping them in any spectacular way.
        I definately consider A-Rod and Posada being out… but shit I’d like to know the stats for Rod with a guy on third like tonight, 1 out and not converting… I know I’ve heard that his numbers are not that bad but considering his talent???
        Anyways, Jorge will be in this week and do think that will make a huge difference… if even just for the pitching staff.

  • A.D.

    People need to relax with the Marte & Holliday talk, both are talented players, but the Yanks need to find out what they have with some of these young players. Obviosuly the right deal comes along go for it.

    Its not a time to panick and do something rash, maybe if the team makes something happen by the trade deadline, but right now thyre not really in a playoff race, theyre trying to play well enough to be in it, which they probably will do, but until then, chill

  • Manimal

    wheres the dotf? I was hoping to get it before I go to bed, I guess Ill just go check it out on milb.com

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

      It will be up momentarily. Mike was waiting for the Tampa game to end. It went into extras.