Jun
11

Game 66: How about two over .500?

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If the Yanks are going to get to that magical two-games-over-.500 mark tonight, they have their work cut out for ‘em.

Three weeks ago, Justin Duchscherer was a David Ortiz single away from throwing a perfect game against the Red Sox. This year, he’s throwing to a 2.32 ERA, and opponents are hitting just 212/.280/.285 against him. Darrell Rasner better bring his A game, and whoever’s due to pitch the ninth in a save situation better be on the ball too.

We’ve got another late start and another late finish. Enjoy.

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

Rasner P

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

    Heh, Jonathan Papelbon had to come into a game the Red Sox led 6-1 in the 9th for a save situation (hH did nail down the save). Objects in your rear view mirror are closer than they appear Red Sox Nation.

    • Wally Pipp

      I hate him, but the recent article on Deadspin is hysterical.

  • A.D.

    Garcia & Cox on the DL…sadness in the minors

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

      Depending on what the injuries are to there is room for relief. Knowing the Yankees we will never find out.

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

      Source on the Garcia injury?

      • A.D.

        milb.com roster listing

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

          Ok cool, thanks.

  • pete

    haha the oakland announcers just said bobby abreu has always had one of the nicest swings in baseball
    he looks like a ballerina most of the time
    karishnikov would have loved that hit

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

    Uncle Charlie sure showed up tonight, nasty.

  • JeffG

    Deuschmaster looks nasty… looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us.

  • Wally Pipp

    Keep drinking, Jeremy.

  • E-ROC

    That Giambi guy is having a solid year.

    • Joey

      who woulda thought? Gotta give Jamal cred

    • nmc

      Anyone think he’s a legit MVP candidate? Him and that Jariano Smivera guy…

      • Chip

        He’d have to hit a ton of homeruns or put up rediculous RBI numbers because he’s a first baseman who doesn’t run well (or at all really) and doesn’t hit for average

    • Chip

      That’d the starting all-star first baseman Giambi thank you very much. Seriously, Youk is beating him when the game is in New York? Come on Yankee fans!

  • Wally Pipp

    Any guesses on how the Mets will lose tonight?

    • Joey

      doesn’t matter its all Willy’s fault!

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

      Something tells me they pull this one out.

    • Joey

      Okay, I’ll actually guess–ugly error leads to depressing loss (have they had one of those yet?)

      • Wally Pipp

        Stephen Drew is going to go yard.

    • Chip

      I’ll go with double by connor jackson

      • Chip

        I was close, it was double play I was looking for

  • Kelvin

    that rasner guy is something huh?

  • Chip

    Rasner with 3 K’s through 2 and workin on a no-hitter! Gotta jinx it while he’s still got it goin :)

    • A.D.

      you certainly jinxed it

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

    Curt Schilling is such a dick.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....o_yankees/

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

      Kudos to Kobe’s response.

      • A.D.

        Didn’t Schilling call out Scott Williamson on his injury when he ended up having nerve damage?

        I don’t understand why Schilling just can’t stop being an ass, I mean has Kobe ever commented on baseball let alone Schilling, if he’s going to make dick comments at least stick to your sport

  • A.D.

    Need to get some runs, probably can’t lean on Mo tonight

    • Sam

      I know we absolutely cannot bring in Mo tonight for a 5th straight day, so who comes in out of the pen in a save situation? No one really inspires that much confidence because they’ve all been really inconsistent

      • A.D.

        I’d rather not think about it

        • Chip

          As long as Edwar comes in instead of Farns for the ninth, I’m happy

  • Chip

    Double play Jeter up to bat!

    • Joey

      Respect the Cap’n! lol

  • A.D.

    No DP Abreu

  • Wally Pipp

    Send Jeter, stay out of the double play.

  • Luthien

    I could be completely wrong and probably am, but wasn’t Duchscherer a reliever at some point?

    • Sam

      You’re right, he was at one point

  • Chip

    He’s really getting that high curve called. It’d definitely a strike but you don’t see it called much anymore

  • Chip

    Two guys watching strike three with a man on third? That’s rough

  • BigBlueAL

    Clutch Yankees hitting comes thru again.

    • Chip

      Followed by clutch Yankees defense

  • Wally Pipp

    Sweet Jesus, that was atrocious

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    That’s range you don’t see from your average second baseman.

  • Joey

    beautiful Robbie

  • Chip

    You’re not supposed to bunt when a pitcher has a no-no going! :)

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

    Jason Giambi giveth and he taketh away.

    • Luthien

      lol. was just gonna say the same exact thing

  • A.D.

    ugh

  • Jake H

    I’m sorry but A rod doesn’t have his head in the game. No way that should have been a hit. Guy had shown but the pitch before. Also 2 guys on and he doesn’t even swing at hanging curve

  • Chip

    I can already feel .500 calling again

  • BigBlueAL

    So the Yankees miss a chance to extend their lead, then the other team immediately turns around and scores some runs to take the lead, where have i seen this before…..

  • Chip

    I think Rasner lost his mojo

  • eddyb

    John Sterling: “You know, if you play .500 ball, you know what that tells you? You’re a .500 team.”

  • A.D.

    man Rasner just keeps getting hit

  • Chip

    And there’s another one

  • Dave P.

    Ahhhhh John Sterling…..Captain of the S.S. Obvious for 20 years now.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    …dare I say we’re witnessing a BABIP regression?

  • Chip

    Gameday won’t let me see Giambi’s HR but it has video of RBI singles? That upsets me

  • Joey

    come on Raz

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

    LoL, this Yankee staff sure doesn’t like pitching around spotty defense.

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

    Beltran just walked off

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

      I knew they were going to win. LoL, the radio announcer said “The Mets win the game again!” Again!? What world is he living in? LoL.

  • Chip

    This is getting bad, he’s just lobbing em over the plate now

    • BigBlueAL

      Thats what he always does.

      • Chip

        The first two innings he was hitting corners, now even the outs are coming right down the middle

        • BigBlueAL

          I meant the lobbing of the ball part, obviously he has very good location most of the time.

  • BigBlueAL

    Will the real Darrell Rasner please stand up.

  • Luthien

    Plz tell me they aren’t gonna use Ross O as the long man again…..

  • JeffG

    118 pitches… could be haunting us.

  • Chip

    Well guys, it’s been real, it’s been fun, but it hasn’t been really fun tonight so I’m going to quit before I break something. I should have known that 2 games about .500 was too much to ask, hope things turn around

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

    Tim Lincecum and Ubaldo Jimenez were pitching a beauty against each other at Coors Field. Jimenez is out of the now after his seven innings. Each of them were 95-MPH+ after 100+ pitches, nasty.

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

    You gotta love Cure Insurance.

  • A.D.

    Well bats better pick it up after that debacle of an inning

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

    Alfonso Soriano, a long favorite of mine, is out for six weeks at least with a broken finger after being hit by a pitch in tonight’s game versus the Atlanta Braves.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    Fantasy owners cringe in unison.

    • A.D.

      Just when the Cubs were poised to run away

  • A.D.

    Looks like it going to be one of those games….making it easy for me to choose bed

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

    Man, Ohlie looks terrible with that ‘stache. Haha.

  • Newman

    Is Giese relegated to Joba’s caddy? Why not go with him here, he’s only succeeded…are they saving him for Joba on Friday?

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

      Using Giese is too out-of-the box for Girardi. Joba’s lined up for 90 pitches, Ohlendorf could have been his caddy Friday.

      Ohlie hadn’t pitched in a while though.

      • Newman

        Yea that’s what I meant – with Joba on such a high pitch count you could’ve just used the bullpen as you normally would’ve, or used Ohlie then. Guess Joe G didn’t agree

    • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness

      I was wondering the very same thing. Even if they’re treating him like a starter, wouldn’t today be his throw day? If so, maybe he can give them an inning or so. I just don’t want Girardi to keep riding Ohlendorf beyond one more inning. He has been pretty lousy in multiple inning appearances. The offense needs to work the pitch count against Duchscherer. With Santiago Casilla and Joey Devine both on the DL, the Oakland bullpen isn’t nearly as good as their season stats would indicate.

  • BillyBall

    I have to agree with an earlier post. A-Rod’s head is not in the game. You can blame Rasner, you can blame Posada catching Rasner and messing up a good thing, but I choose A-Rod. First he strikes out with runners on the corners, it happens but he looked completely fooled. Than he is playing in after another Giambi or shall we say Yankee 1st baseman error, and there is A-Rod flat foot as the hitter squares up to bunt, I’m not saying he would have got him but damm, the replay shows that he was flat footed and he may not even been looking up. Lastly, he has no range to his right, time and time he makes weak attempts at balls down the line. He is above avg to his left but not to his right. He should hug the line cause he never makes that play. Getting back to Giambi, he is having a very good year with the stick, but boy he is awful defensively, and I’ve been saying this all year, either make him full time DH and trade Matsui or Damon, or get a back up 1st baseman with a great glove to come in late in the game. Pathetic. Roller Coaster season.

    p.s. I think we will eventually get over the hump, it may take a few moves or call ups, but it will happen.

    • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness

      You know a late inning defensive replacement for Giambi wouldn’t have helped in this game right? I wish Betemit or Duncan were better defensively but how many games have the Yankees lost this season due to shoddy first base defense in a situation where a defensive caddy would have been used? One? Zero?

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

      It is called the hot corner for a reason. There is not enough reaction time to make an adequate move as a Third Basemen when a RHB pulls a ball down the LF foul line.

      I am just floored that you are seriously “blaming” A-Rod for what has transpired thus far.

  • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness

    I blame A-Rod for Ohlendorf’s mustache and control problems. Get your head in the game Alex!

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

    Eh, games like this happen.

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

      Yankee fans feel their team are above such games. I am so not joking, I really think most of us feel that way.

  • Simon B.

    You see, even though Ohlendorf only got one out last inning, this is technically the second inning in which he’s participating, so that’s why he’s bad.

    Not because he’s not ready for the majors, no! He would be great as a one-inning guy, even though he has a 5+ ERA in his first inning.

  • E-ROC

    This is getting ugly; like Sam Cassell or Tyrone Hill ugly. Yikes!

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

    For all the talk about Ros Ohlendorf being much better as a one inning reliever the numbers really don’t supports that. In nine one inning or less appearances this season he has allowed six Earned Runs.

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

      Yeah, that’s why we’ve never really posted about that.

      Ohlendorf’s not sharp tonight because he hasn’t pitched in a week. That’s no way to keep the bullpen sharp.

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

        That was my thinking as well (his non usage recently) but I read a couple complaints about him being a better one inning reliever.

        Oh BTW, do you have a response to the answer I gave to your question?

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

          Nothing in particular. You raised some good points. I was just tossing it out there to discuss. At some point, the Yanks have to consider trading some prospects. It just depends, as I said, who for what and when. I don’t have those answers either right now.

    • Sal

      Ehh didn’t 4 of those runs come in that Mets debacle?

    • Todd

      I agree completely. I feel like I am the only one who thinks that this guy simply sucks. He is definitely a favorite among guys on the board though. I often wonder how Veras would be perceived if he went to an Ivy league school. All I know is that Ohlie gets hit hard and often and fans seem to blame it on how he is being used.

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

        For the record, my love for Ohlendorf has nothing to due with his education.

        • Todd

          Why is he a favorite then? And if it is his stuff, are you equally excited about guys like Veras? Also, exactly when has he ever gotten outs consistently for us to believe that he will suddenly be good. Farnsy shows us that velocity means little.

          BTW Mike, I do not mean to pick on you. I have just been on one for a while because people on this board seem to root against guys like Hawkins and worship similiar scrubs like Ohly.

  • Newman

    After being so tired at work today from staying up for the entirety of last night’s game, I’d like to thank the Yanks for thinking of my sleeping needs when taking the field tonight. Goodnight all

  • E-ROC

    1-2-3 inning for Farnsdearth!!!!

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