Game 57: Just another night game in June

What can you do in 65 pitches?
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I was under the impression that tonight’s Yankees-Blue Jays game was some sort of momentous game. But when I went to look at MLB.com, ESPN.com and all the New York news outlets, I couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary about today. It is yet another game in which the Yankees will aim to finish the day at .500. That’s getting old.

In real news, today’s a big day in Yankeeland for the 65-70 pitches that Joba throws will forever set the course of the universe. Will Hillary Clinton drop out of the Democratic race for president this week? Will gas prices continue to rise throughout the summer? Will the new Coen Brothers movie be as funny as it looks? All of these questions — and more — will be answered after Joba throws the Most Important 65 Pitches Ever Thrown.

Okay, okay. So maybe it’s not that big a deal. Maybe that is just step one in what is bound to be a process, but that’s the same as expecting Yankee fans to one day accept the fact that no team will go 162-0, that A-Rod won’t hit 1.000 with a 4.000 slugging and that no pitcher — outside of Mariano Rivera — is going to be perfect every time out.

For tonight, expect about four or five innings. Expect some Blue Jays hitters to be more patient than usual. Expect to see how Joba adjusts to pitching a game instead of pitching on adrenaline. Expect to see some secondary pitches. And expect — as Mike does — no less than two fist-pumps. Anything else would just be disappointing.

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B – His OPS of .910. Who saw that coming?
Cano 2B – Just take some pitches. Jeez.
Molina C
Cabrera CF

Number 62, Joba Chamberlain P

Game Notes: Dan Giese is up to fill in that long reliever role. A confused Chris Britton doesn’t understand why Scott Patterson is heading back to Scranton this time around.

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

    Hillary all the way baby! (Though I would vote for Obama if it came down to it)

  • mustang

    Obama in 08.
    Do we really want to start this here.
    LOL

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

      lol. he’s unelectable. but both are better than McCain–can we agree there?

      • mustang

        Yes.
        Way to hot of a topic I’m going to do something I rarely do here and let it go just veto that’s the most important thing.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Finally, a voice of reason amidst the din of idiocracy! Thank you, Ben K!

    2009 expectations:
    Joba: 33-0, 0.00 ERA, 543 K
    Phil: 33-0 0.00 ERA, 541 K
    IPK: 32-0-1, 0.49 ERA, 401 K
    CMW: 36-0, -2.00 ERA, 10 K, 5 perfect games
    C.C. Sabathia: 50-0, 829 K, 7 home runs hit
    J.B. Cox: 0.00 ERA, 162 holds
    Mo Rivera: 162 saves, 28 four-strikeout innings
    ARod: 74 homers, .407 BA, 193 RBI, 57 game hitting streak
    Jeter: no errors
    Yanks: 163-0-1 (extra two wins given for style points)

    • Ivan

      you also forgot they sweep the WS, each game was a shutout.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        I’m anticipating all four WS games will be split squad exhibitions featuring our 40 man plus a few quality youngsters from our system, as the NL team will likely surrender (and fold).

        I’m also open to a scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns, however.

    • Mike P

      Can’t have have perfect games if Cox and Rivera get 162 holds and 162 saves. But otherwise, quite reasonable.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        We’re the Yankees. Fuck mathematical constraints.

  • Ivan

    Well this is it. The most overhyped debut for a starter ever. I hope Joba does great. I am expecting 4IP 2r’s and 5k’s. Is it me or Im I the only person who misses Phil Hughes right now?

    In other News, Homer Bailey will make his 08 deubt against the phils. Wish him the best and I still think he will be the best pitcher of the three young guys (Bailey, Cueto and Volquez)

    Lets sit back and enjoy the game.

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

      He better do good, I have too much faith in him for him to disappoint me. Yes, his career is about me.

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

    By the way its Game 57, not 58

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

      I mean other way around :)

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

    LoL, Mike has spawned a new word, Jobanian, instant rival to “Jeterian”.

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

    So, uhh, when the fuck is this game going to start already!?

  • Joey

    Harlan in tha HOUSE!

    • Joey

      anyone want to set an over/under on the times the camera will be on him in the stands? I’m going 8 1/2. Bets?

      • Joey

        thats 1 already

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

        Over. If I win, nobody is allowed to shit on Jason Giambi when he goes into a slump.

  • bostonsucks@life

    This is like christmas when I was 10 I’m that excited,
    Comeon JOBA shut shit down.

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

    Why are people in middle America only allowed to have these “American success stories”? What about us quiet, serene folk in New Jack City?

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

    99-MPH on that foul tip, MIERDA!

    • Manimal

      he swung his helmet off.

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

    Alright. Made it home from the gym just in time for that first pitch.

    That was an awfully close 2-2 pitch.

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

      And an awfully close 3-2 pitch.

    • Manimal

      I agree, why have the umps been so homosexual the past 4 games or so.

      • pete

        c’mon now, this is no place for that

  • Joey

    This is killing me. On MLB.tv the sound and picture are off, so I’m hearing the whack of the bat before Joba even lets go of the ball

    • Manimal

      lol happens to me all the time, I cant ignore it either its annoying.

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

    Too many pitches…

    • mustang

      Lots of pressure he will be fine.

  • Manimal

    K.

  • Ivan

    I think after the first inning he will be okay

  • Manimal

    WOW, who would have guessed a balk.

    • Sam P.

      Sterling just glossed over it on the audio.

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

      I still don’t see where the balk was on that replay.

      • Manimal

        Nobody does.

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

    We can’t get back Jorge Posada soon enough. I’m so over Jose Molina.

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

    That Two-Seam had a 6″ break, nasty.

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

    Bah. Cheap run. Walk, balk, PB, out. Why can’t that happen to the Yankees ever?

  • Joey

    hang on to a freakin ball Molina

  • Chip

    Well the first run scored against him while a starter definitely wasn’t pretty

  • Matt

    Way to go Molina, couldn’t handle that foul tip and can’t catch that fastball. COME BACK JORGE

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

    This has to be the flimsiest offensive attack I have ever seen in my life.

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

    I’m unenthused by this umpire as well.

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    Molina is not that bad but I am sick of seeing him behind the plate.

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

      No. Molina is that bad. He’s hitting .218/.230/.318 with an OPS+ of 50. He’s got a VORP of -5.8. There’s no guarantee that he’ll be the backup catcher if Jorge comes back healthy.

  • bostonsucks@life

    He needs to relax he’s aiming not pitching

  • Matt

    This home ump is blind

  • E-ROC

    The umpire is terribly atrocious.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    not in front of a TV, “watching” the game on ESPN GameCast… they had ball 4 to Stairs labeled as being literally right over the middle of the plate, just above the belt. Did Joba get squeezed?

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

    I don’t like going with a breaking ball 2-2 there after he’s had control issues.

  • E-ROC

    I’m watching on gameday. That pitch wasn’t a strike?

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

    We get it Michael Kay, he’s on a pitch count.

  • Matt

    99 MPH, wow

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

    He looks pissed now.

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

    He’s going to get through three, but I would not be totally shocked if he got through four innings tonight. It would mean the Blue Jays hitters are idiots if Joba was able to pitch four innings but I would not be shocked.

  • Manimal

    hes pissed. I blame Most of it on the ump and some on Molina. Announcing that Joba is going to throw 70 pitches Toronto is obviously taking pitches and Molina is not making Joba attack the strike zone. If they hit a 99mph fastball good for them.

  • dan

    I guess Mike lost his little bet

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

    he really needs to chill out–easy for me to say, though

  • Matt

    They have a point. The Jays know that Joba is on a strict pitch count limit. AND NICE HUSTLE DAMON!

  • Manimal

    Damon dives like hes in a pool, its pretty funny.

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

    Manimal, apologize to Sir Johnny Damon ;)

    • Manimal

      lol I still dont like how many lefties we have and he is the weakest of them. I don’t have anything against him its just that hes expendable.

  • bostonsucks@life

    Now lets score after the leadoff triple

  • Mike P

    Take him out of the game and get his 70 pitches with a bullpen session. Ohlendorf can pitch five innings!

    • Ivan

      ummmm no.

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

    We should really trade Johnny Damon. He’s terrible. Right, Manimal? :)

    • Manimal

      Alright guys, no need to rub it in every time Damon gets on base. Look at what I said to Jamal for an explanation.

  • Chip

    Well according to gameday, which is the be all and end all of pitch trackers, this ump blows!

  • Chip

    Wow at least the offense learned to pick a guy up

  • Ivan

    Personally I not going to read to much into this start. He has very few pitches to work with, and it’s his starting debut. Personally I think he will be okay.

  • Chip

    O yeah and if the second pitch to Jeter was a strike, then Joba hasn’t thrown a ball yet, this is BS

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

    Way to go Derek!!! Good job getting that run in! He’s really having that MVP-type season everyone predicted in Spring Training.

    • Chip

      It’s a good thing A-Rod is payed to hit and not scout players huh?

  • mustang

    All I saw was a nervous kid and that’s fine he will calm down in the 2nd.

  • Matt

    How much did the Jays pay this ump tonight?

    • Matt

      Haha, maybe the used the money they saved on Frank Thomas.

    • Manimal

      seriously, this ump obviously takes the Buccholz side of the argument.

  • pete

    jeter sucks

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    damn 74 comments in the 1st inning? is tonight’s game special or something? ;)

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

    The Yankees suck. This is pathetic. Now they need a two-out hit.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      seriously… Joba’s going up against freaking Halladay and he had a tough first frame. Maybe we want to try a suicide squeeze or something?

  • bostonsucks@life

    What the fuck ? Seriously offense get your lives together, tuck you labias in

    • Matt

      Haha, that comment made me laugh my ass off

  • Chip

    O no, it’s going to be another one of those games isn’t it?

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

    If they don’t get this run in, then this team has bigger problems than Joba throwing 38 pitches in the first.

    • Manimal

      I agree but Matsui just shut us up

  • pete

    wow for like the 588647734855th time we are going to strand a runner that’s supposed to be a guarunteed run

  • Chip

    A-rod got off the hook there. Hopefully Matsui can keep it up and drive one in here

  • Matt

    Thank you Godzilla

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

    Thank you Hit-Deki.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Godzilla!

  • George Kaplan

    Thank god leadoff triples are a common occurrence, because otherwise this would be an embarrassing way to squander an opportunity to get some confidence back for Joba….and try to win the game.

  • Joey

    Thank you Matsui. Finally someone doing what they’re payed to do

  • Matt

    The power of the STACHE

  • Manimal

    Opposite field, what?

  • Chip

    As a fan who wanted us to trade Matsui for either Cain or Lincecum, I’d like to go ahead and apologize to you all :)

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

      Uh, I’d still trade him for Cain or Lincecum. An RBI single in the first inning off Halladay won’t change my mind. ;)

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

      You nuts!? I would do that trade in a heartbeat.

      • Joey

        I love me Godzilla as much as any Yankee fan, but for Cain or Lincecum? I’d do that so quick before the drugs SF’s GM is on wore off

      • Chip

        Hahaha yeah I know, I would too but it’s nice having somebody consistently playing well

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      As a fan who saw Hideki walk around like Bela Lugosi during the spring and contemplated giving him away for Jonathan Sanchez, I want to humbly kneel on the ground and beg for shame. Hideki, please cleanse me of my disloyalty by kicking me in the solarplexus.

    • A.D.

      Except that wasn’t a deal, it was Rios for Lincecum, then people talked about Matsui to the Giants but theres no way it would be for Lincecum

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

    Look at that. Joba’s in line for the win.

  • bostonsucks@life

    OP FIELD holy hell….. thata boy 25

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

    Jason Giambi knows how to rock out with his **** out.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    ok today is really the 666 day lol I just saw a pig fly outside my window Giambi just hit away from the shift!

    • Joey

      I think the sun just exploded

  • Joey

    That first pitch to Giambi was low you moron

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

    I’m glad Cano swung. I’m not sure what would have happened had Cano actually taken a fucking pitch.

  • George Kaplan

    Way to pick the kid up….
    That has to help him.

  • Manimal

    Last 5 at bats Cano must have had about 7 pitches throw.

  • Joey

    First pitch swinging. Can anyone guess who I’m talking about?

  • Chip

    TAKE A PITCH CANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bostonsucks@life

    OP FIELD holy hell….. thata boy 25
    Cano sucks. Take a pitch assbag.I seriously want to throw a brick through my tv everytime he’s up

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

    has anyone realized that Halladay is a shell of his former self?

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

      Yes, maybe all those complete games and myriad of innings has taken its toll.

      This HP ump is a prick.

    • Sam P.

      Hasn’t he thrown a bunch of CGs already this year?

    • Joey

      everybody has bad stretches (the Wangers in one now), I’d doubt it’s anything the Jays should worry about.

    • Ivan

      Hey look I think he’s a tad overrated but he’s still very good. The guy coming into the game had an ERA under 3.

  • Manimal

    they know what the stakes are in this game I think they want Joba to succeed as much as he does.

    What did I say about Joba attacking the strike zone. hes already 0-2

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

    Lmao, funniest AB right here ever. David Eckstein against a pitcher who throws harder than Eckstein weighs.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    John Hart: Hey, I got a good idea… why don’t we trade Alfonso Soriano for Brad Wilkerson?

    Tom Hicks: Brad Wilkerson’s available? THAT GUY IS AWESOME!!!!! Make that happen YESTERDAY, Hartie!

    • Will

      Not gonna lie, I REALLY like that Tom Hicks impression.

  • mac

    Joba’s a freakin’ stud.

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

    That’s 2 on the HC count.

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    Cano’s at bats stink, he should spend a few days on the bench until he gets his head back in the game.

  • Joey

    Jamal, just keeping track of the Harlen appearances, I believe that was 2. Are we counting the interview in the bottom half?

    • Joey

      I’m getting to it a little slower that you are, I’m watching one MLB.tv with the 3 1/2 hour delay, jeesh…

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

      Yessir.

  • mustang

    Told you kid is a winner.

  • bostonsucks@life

    Great inning Joba, kay offically just made it in my top 10 people I’d punch in the face given the oppurtunity. Thanks matt glad I could make ya laugh

  • Chip

    Well at this rate he’s done after three, good thing they had the foresight to bring up Giese

  • Manimal

    I think it is pretty clear that Cano’s At bats aren’t really at bats, they are “1 pitch attempts”

  • Chip

    We should tell both Melky and Cano that if they swing at the first pitch once in the next two weeks, they will be immediately pulled

  • Manimal

    Harlan looks to be in good health, good for him.

  • Joey

    Harlan is awesome

  • Ivan

    you gotta love Damon.

  • E-ROC

    Who is this Johnny Damon guy?

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

    Is there a more powerful lead-off hitter in the AL other than Johnny Damon? I think Ian Kinsler is the lead-off hitter in Texas so if he is, discount him.

    • A.D.

      Grady Sizemore has a lot of pop

  • Manimal

    I should criticize Damon more often.

    • Joey

      Please start criticizing Jeter, Cano, Melky, Molina, Pettite, Wang, LaTroy, Ohlie, etc… right now. Lets see if it works

      • Manimal

        Maybe I should do a guest column just criticizing everyone. Just for superstition.

  • Chip

    Wow I just watched the replay of the Giambi at-bat and if he can start doing that a little bit and make teams play him straight up, he’s going to have a monster year!

  • George Kaplan

    Yeah, gameday had a great one, he clearly did it un-purpose.

  • George Kaplan

    Then again, if the shift is making a guy like giambi try to hit a single every time, then i think teams will probably consider it a success.

    • Chip

      If he tries to hit a single every time and only succeeds half of the time, teams probably won’t consider it much of a success. Besides, he only has to do it now and then to make them defend against it.

      • George Kaplan

        true, my point was just that it would effectively take the power out of his bat.
        You’re right though, nobody is willing to knowingly surrender hits…even if they are singles.

  • blah

    Anybody know why Tabata was taken out of the game?

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

      Could be injury but I doubt anyone would know why at this point.

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

      Hit by a pitch.

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

    Holy shit. Bobby just caught one off the wall.

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

    Dale Abreu!

  • mvg

    did abreu actually make a catch going backwards. is it a full moon out or something?

  • mustang

    Holy Shit !!!!!!
    Abreu
    The world is coming to a end.

  • Joey

    Did Abreu actually touch the wall?

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

    Joba Chamberlain looks like he wants to eat the young of that HP umpire.

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

    Is there a better commercial on TV than that Avis one right now?

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

      The tuxedo commercial with the kid trying to squeeze his prom dates’ boob is pretty funny.

  • Manimal

    I always thought it was like “Geese”, not “G-ice”

  • Joe

    Does anyone else thnk it’s a bad idea to have Giese as the long reliver, It seems that it might be bad to have Giese make his season debut to fill in a bunch of innings?

  • Chip

    Whoa, that was a quick pull. Not exactly the start I had in mind for tonight but somewhat ok none the less

  • Mike P

    Wow the Yanks really thought this one through. 62 pitches? Why bother starting him.

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

    Jose Molina’s really making an effort to stick with the team. A PB, a terrible throw, a pathetic strike out. Hard to believe Chad Moeller’s going to emerge as the better choice behind the plate when Jorge’s back.

    • A.D.

      I’d rather have Moeller with the way the 2 have played this season

  • Joey

    I’m happy with it, wish Girardi would have left him in 1 more batter to get to around 70, but no complaints about Joba other than keeping the PC down. My complaints would be more umpire central.

    And Jamal, I believe we’re at 4 counting the interview

  • E-ROC

    Great game from Molina today.

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

    Two RBI ground-outs and both runners advanced to 3B on an Error and Passed Ball by one Jose Molina.

  • Chip

    The Jays have 2 runs on 1 hit thus far. Why doesn’t this happen to us?

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

    LoL, who would’ve thunk that the San Francisco Giants would have one of the most powerful 3-4 combos in the Major Leagues with Aaron Rowand and Bengie Molina? The Center Fielder and Catcher for the Giants have a combined 1.830 OPS.

    • Chip

      That has about as much chance to last as Chipper hitting .400.

      Another single through the shift Giambi!!

  • Manimal

    how was that a earned run for joba? Molina thew the ball in center field.

    • Chip

      He didn’t score on the error

    • LC

      It wasn’t an earned run.

      • Chip

        Nevermind, I was wrong. I’m so used to the good old out of town scoring

  • Manimal

    let me guess, first pitch. Whats new.

  • Chip

    Cano just took ball one, did hell just freeze over?

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

      No. Because then he swung at three really bad pitches. But at least he had a five-pitch AB.

      • Chip

        Little steps my friend

      • Sam P.

        I myself was extremely surprised to see the MLB gameday show the first pitch was a ball. Then there was a pitch that was substantially inside and it simply listed “Swinging Strike”. So, I guess that Hell has un-frozen. Haha.

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

    Well, that was an unfortunate bounce.

  • david

    leiter just said that melky has as strong an arm as any outfielder in the american league…..

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

      Now that’s just not true. Above average yes, but it’s not even the best OF arm playing in this game.

      • A.D.

        Yeah Rios, Markakis, Vlad, Torii Hunter, Dye, Ichiro are guys off the top of my head that I know have better arms

  • Joey

    block the plate you pussy (sorry, kinda mad at Molina recently)

  • Chip

    Hopefully we can show some tape of that sac fly to the Yankee hitters and tell them that it’s ok to drive a runner in from third with less than 2 outs

  • Chris

    Joba reminded me of Phil Hughes tonight… a lot of good pitches, but tries to nibble and make the perfect strikeout pitch when he got to two strikes.

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

      Except Joba wasn’t doing that at all. He was getting squeezed by Ed Hickox; he missed with some breaking pitches. It wasn’t an issue of nibbling. He just didn’t have the command, and when he did, he wasn’t getting a few calls.

      • Chris

        Exactly… he kept throwing breaking balls out of the zone or trying to make the perfect pitch with a fastball, and just missing. (obviously, the small strike zone didn’t help). To me, that’s nibbling. He was trying to make the perfect pitch instead of just throwing strikes. It’s like he’s afraid to let the batter hit the ball.

        • whozat

          That’s not what Ben said at all. He said Joba wasn’t putting the ball where he wanted to. Not that he was trying to pick off the corners and missing, he just wasn’t commanding his stuff like we’ve seen him do normally. And, when he’d miss his spot but still throw a strike…he wouldn’t get that call either.

  • Chip

    And that’s 102 pitches thrown by the Yankees already, aren’t we supposed to do this to the other team?

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

    Outside of Aaron Laffey and the Indians, these have to be three of the most hard luck runs allowed I’ve ever seen.

  • Chip

    Whoa, Melky just took the first pitch too, do you think they’re reading this blog between innings?

    Cycle for Damon tonight?

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

    God, I love having MLB/MiLB.TV.

  • Chip

    Well Giese hasn’t been pretty but he’s been effective

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

    Might the Yankees attempt a stolen base here? The time is right.

    • Chip

      Good call Ben. I love the hit and run

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

    Al Leiter just admitted David Eckstein has no talent…………………………..FINALLY!!!!!!

    • Joey

      Kay earlier in the game said he had “no skills” but had won 2 WS

      • Chris

        He also suggested that he was responsible for those World Series wins, despite having no skills.

    • dan

      he’s already called Matt Stairs, David Eckstein, and Scott Rolen “gritty” tonight… how many gritty guys do the Blue Jays have?

  • billybob

    Kevin Whelan walked 5 in 1.1 innings for Tampa. WOW!

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

    5BBs in an 1.1IP for Kevin Whelan tonight, yuck.

  • Chip

    Thank you Molina!

  • giselle

    Your RAB day at the park is gonna be on Joba’s next start. lucky!

    • Chris

      Maybe he’ll go 3 innings!

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

      We’re having an RAB day at the park?

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

    You don’t have to be all big and strong to play in the bigs. But it helps.

  • Joey

    Michael Kay, giving advice to short kids who obviously have absolutely no self esteem because they’re short little shrimpy bastards

  • Sal

    Sorry late but just wanted to say what I said during the first inning. Holy hell we have Buckner, the worst umpire in the game at first, West who hates Cano remember 2005 playoffs at 2nd, and Hitchcock who doesn’t know where the plate is.

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

    I have to say, Mr. Giese did a heck of a job tonight.

    • Sal

      Agreed. Let’s just hope the offense realizes that we can actually steal this game now.

    • Joey

      Yea, I believe “effective” is the correct word

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

    Big G took that one like a champ, and then asked for seconds.

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

    I’m voting Jose Molina for Chevy Player of the Game.

    • Joey

      with the game he’s having, how can it be anyone else?

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

    Molina kills rallies on both sides of the ball.

    • Ivan

      I think you guys are little bit hard on Molina. He’s a great backup not a starter. I think once Posada come back Molina will play much better with limited playing time.

  • E-ROC

    Can’t buy a base hit. How sad is that? Good Lord!

  • Chip

    Hey at least he’s effective at what he does

  • Chip

    I think Giese just earned an extended stay in the bigs

    • Joey

      he’d need to follow Joba his next 1 or 2 (maybe 3) starts anyway, unless they called up another long man, which I would doubt they would’ve done anyway

  • A.D.

    With Giambi on they should have had Cano or Molina bunt

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

    The crowd at the Stadium has sure fallen asleep.

  • A.D.

    Should have kept Giese in

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

    I’m a big proponent of this idea to use Edwar Ramirez as the bullpen weapon versus opposing LHBs. I wish he would’ve been used against Joe mauer last night instead of a tiring Andy Pettitte but last night is over.

  • A.D.

    looks like Edwar is going to shit the bed tonight

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

    I’d love Girardi explain why he removed Dan Giese at 65 pitches. Giese is a starter; he could have gone more.

  • Chip

    Scott Proctor flashback

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

    I didn’t realize Hideki Okajima was pitching on the Yanks tonight.

  • Chip

    And there she goes!

  • Brian

    The Big League team is a piece of garbage not worht watching. Guys, keep focusing on the minors and the draft.

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

      Then don’t watch.

    • Joey

      Its 1 game buddy

      • Chip

        I agree that it’s only one game but it’s getting to be such a common theme that it’s hard to watch when they always get pitchers on the ropes but can never get the key hit. It’s just plain painful to watch. I’m not saying all is lost but it’s frustrating as a fan to watch them struggle so much and in such an ugly way

  • E-ROC

    Given how terrible the offense has been, this game is unofficially over.

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

    Girardi’s shown a propensity for making calls to the bullpen just for the sake of making moves. Giese was pitching fine.

    • A.D.

      Its they have so many guys out there they need work, except Britton, so Girardi feels the need

  • Chip

    Well now they’ll score another 3 or 4 runs with Hawkins in there

  • E-ROC

    This should be fun to watch with Hawkins in the game.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    It is very distressing. Along with the Britton question they should ask him the Hawkins question. WHY NOT and WHY????

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

    Heh, has anyone checked out Chris Britton’s wikipedia page recently?

    • Manimal

      hahahahahahaha, did the whole brittongate thing start here?

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

        But of course.

  • Manimal

    Joba in the ‘Pen people should be in full force tomorrow.

  • E-ROC

    I wonder who Girardi will bring in next.

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

      I’ll tell you who it won’t be. Chris Britton.

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

        I think Chris Griffin would pitch before Chris Britton.

  • Clemson Rob

    Hell, I would trade Hawkins for Hideki Irabu right now

    • E-ROC

      What about Hawkins for Igawa? Or are we not the ledge yet?

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

    Girardi with all this matchup and lineup shit is like this kid I know–he’s a wannabe nerd but not smart enough

  • Rich

    Cash really needs to introduce Britton to Girardi as part of plan to rebuild the pen on the fly.

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

    this Tallet dude has thrown 15 straight fastballs–ever heard of an offspeed/breaking pitch?

  • E-ROC

    Can’t even manufacture a run.

  • Chris

    Do you think Britton will pitch the 9th? This seems like the perfect situation – down by 6 runs, no chance to do any extraordinary…

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

    BRITTON!!!!

  • E-ROC

    LOL, Girardi actually brought in Britton. Uh oh, Britton gave up a single; back to the doghouse he goes.

  • Joey

    who is this guy? I heard of a rumor of a “big” ghost, but no “big” reliever…

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

    Is it the gun or has Britton gone from 89-91 down to 86-87? Cause that would explain why he’s not pitching.

    • Rich

      It’s not like Veras’s 95 got many outs tonight.

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

        agreed, but Veras has no secondary stuff to speak of. Britton’s curveball is solid and he has a decent change. But you really shouldn’t be pitching unless you’re a junkballer/specialist/something else if you’re 86-87 in the bullpen

        • Rich

          All I’m saying is they should give him a chance to fail.

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

          Uh, Veras has a pretty good slider.

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

    Heh, Chris Britton just yelled “get in my belly!!!” after striking out Eckstein.

    • Mike

      That is the funniest thing I’ve heard all week! (granted it’s only Tues, but thanks for the laugh)…

    • JeffG

      Yeah!

  • Joey

    I’m shocked Girardi would let Britton into the dugout

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

      “What the, where did this bleacher creature come from?”

  • Rich

    That’s was probably Britton’s last outing until he is sent down when Posada is activated. Our pen is just so deep and talented to keep him.

    • A.D.

      The could shock the world and DFA Hawkins…but yeah most likely

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

    That’s the first time I see a Pf(x) of 1 before

  • E-ROC

    Maybe we will make a comeback.

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

    do I smell a rally?

  • Joey

    tied with Mickey freakin Mantle. Not a bad name to be associated with, huh. Congrats cap’n

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  • JeffG

    I’d like to be positive so here we go… Joba had control problems -and we know he doesn’t have control problems. Lets stretch him out and see. Nerves gone our boy has it.