Game 78: Another day, another lefty


The Yanks face off against lefty Zach Duke tonight. Duke had a strong start to his career in 2005 — one of my buddies did a nice write-up of him during his rookie campaign. After pitching 215 innings of league average ball in 2006, he struggled mightily in 2007, and missed July, August, and half of September. At 92 innings this year, it seems that Duke has found himself again, pitching to a 3.91 ERA, though that 1.48 WHIP could come around to haunt him down the road.

What can I say about the Yanks, other than they need to win tonight? They did score two in the ninth last night, so I guess we get to put the ol’ theory to the test tonight. Fate will be in the hands of Joba Chamberlain, who has pitched rather well since making the conversion to a starter.

Questions for tonight:
Will Derek Jeter avoid grounding into a double play if presented with the opportunity?
Will Melky draw a couple more walks in the leadoff spot?
Will we be able to string together a few hits, rather than leaving our men on base?
Will A-Rod come back with a vengeance after taking an 0 for 5 last night?

If the answers to those four are all yes, we might be onto something.

Your lineup:

1. Melky Cabrera, CF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Justin Christian, LF — felt good to type that
9. Joba Chamberlain, P

I guess there doesn’t need to be a pitching announcement…damn NL.

Notes: per Ed Price, Ian Kennedy will throw a rehab start for Tampa on Saturday. Phil Hughes played catch for the first time since suffering his broken rib. Price says we’re still six weeks away. I’d believe it.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Manimal says:

    assuming the stress fractured rib happened before the season I am excited for Phil Hughes to come back but IPK just blows, I hope he re establishes himself at A ball.

  2. Bruno says:


  3. Manimal says:

    Did Michael Kay really just make a Ketchup Joke…

    • Jamal G. says:

      I have this theory, you should be surprised by the good in people (hey, I live in NYC). When dealing with Michael Kay, you should be surprised never, don’t ever be fucking shocked by what that man says.

      • Manimal says:

        haha. Yo jamal that was me that sent a facebook friend request yesturday, just making sure you knew it was me.

  4. Manimal says:

    Am I the only one here? Bases Juiced for the juicer.

  5. Jamal G. says:

    Lucky is better than good sometimes, I’ll take it.

  6. Manimal says:


  7. Rich says:

    Stellar play by Wilson.

  8. Joey says:

    beautiful play by Bucs SS there

  9. Bill N. says:

    Nice play by wilson….
    Lets go JOBA

  10. Manimal says:

    Anyone else notice that the yanks are a tad more intense today? Either Girardi whooped their asses straight or Joba is just that good of a pitcher

  11. Jamal G. says:

    Here’s a video and some pics of the All-Star game Statues of Liberty:


  12. Chip says:

    Hmmmm, I doubt the change would be out so soon, I think that pitch to Morgan was a slider.

    • Joey says:

      Is that Captain Morgan, the captain of this sinking ship?

    • Jamal G. says:

      It could be their game-plan. Maybe JoPo feels that is a better pitch against Nyjer Morgan or maybe the Changeup was working great in the bullpen during warm- ups.

      • Chip says:

        Very possible but Gameday had them at 10 inches of break where I don’t think most changeups break that much. I could be very wrong though

  13. Jamal G. says:

    Two Changeups for Chamberlain already.

  14. Chip says:

    Now this is the way to start a game, get 2 early and then Joba works a squeaky clean first

  15. Bill N. says:

    Off topic but I was offered J.Peavy and Jose Reyes for Chad Billinglsey, Troy Tulo, and J. Bay, what do you guys think I asked for another outfielder , just to even the trade out.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Depending on your team. If you get league average production from your OF group then you do it because only Hanley Ramirez is a more productive offensive SS. Troy Tulowitzki just got back from a nasty leg injury and was already slumping so you don’t know how that will affect his swing so deal him any chance you get. Jake Peavy is Jake Peavy. I’d do it if your OF is league average or better.

    • Mike A. says:

      I’d do that shit. If you can get another outfielder, more power too you. Just make sure he’s not on the Mets.

  16. Mike A. says:

    Hey look, Andy Phillips is back in New York. Too bad he’s stuck with the Mets.

  17. Chip says:

    Homerun right here baby

  18. Chip says:

    GO JOBA!!!!

  19. Joey says:

    get a pinch runner in there, we can’t afford to lose Joba!

  20. E-ROC says:

    Joba draws a walk. Take notes Cabrera.

  21. Mike A. says:

    I love it. Scranton’s already takin’ it to T-Clip.

  22. Mike A. says:

    I love how the Pirates are batting their best player fifth.

  23. Bill N. says:

    Thanks fellas just needed some input. Jamal my outfield is average as long as nady comes back. Its a fn NL only league some old high school buddies asked me to be a part of cause some dude dropped out so I took over his team…… off to cbssportsline

  24. A.D. says:

    Does christian have a good throwing arm?

  25. A.D. says:


  26. A.D. says:

    Man figure hold him to clear the pitcher, but probably one of the better throws i’ve seen Abreu make

  27. A.D. says:

    Ensberg ended up with the Indians

  28. Todd S. says:

    Watching Joba bat is more fun that watching an R-rated movie.


  29. Mike A. says:

    Am I the only one that thinks Ken Singleton laughs like Dr. Hibbert?

    • Captain Wiley says:

      Thanks Mike, now I have his giggle stuck in my head for the rest of the night.

      McCutchen pitching well so far….. through 3. 1H, 1BB, 1K.

  30. A.D. says:

    Bumping that RISP avg up to over .150!

  31. Yankee1010 says:

    Does anyone think that they’re playing Gardner in LF tonight just in case Damon’s injury is worse than they’re letting on?

  32. Yankee1010 says:

    You have to love the consistency of Cano. Why take a pitch when you can swing at the 1st one and hit a weak grounder to 2b? Cano and Melky can take some lessons from the Yanks’ pitchers when it comes to taking some damn pitches.

  33. Jamal G. says:

    Nyjer Morgan tries to bunt and Joba Chamberlain with that brushback Fastball says “Get that punk shit outta my face”.

  34. Jamal G. says:

    Trivia: Which three active pitchers have the most wins against the Boston Red Sox?
    Hint: Two are southpaws.

  35. A.D. says:

    Wow is it just me or does it seem like PNC Field is real quiet

  36. jsbrendog says:

    mets sign andy phillips to split time with delgado at first.

    saw this on mlbtraderumors.com.

    good luck to andy (other than this weekend against the yankees of course)

    I always liked phillips

  37. A.D. says:

    Christian showing some bunting skills

  38. Jamal G. says:

    So much for Derek Jee-tah not being able to get the ball out of the infield.

  39. Yankee1010 says:

    Jeter has had some good swings so far tonight. Hopefully, he’s back to stay.

  40. Jersey says:

    Raises his June OPS to .846. What I like to see, Capitan.

  41. Yankee1010 says:

    This guy Joba seems like he can really pitch. The Yanks would be much better served saving him for the 8th inning every couple of days.

  42. Mike A. says:

    This “Joba as a starter” thing just might work, huh?

    • Joey says:

      Nah, too small a sample size!

    • Yankee1010 says:

      Yeah, but just imagine how valuable he would be pitching the 8th. I mean, a few innings a week in really important situations. What? You mean he could shut down opponents from the start and do that for many more innings? Oh, that seems like a good idea.

  43. Bill N. says:

    Jamal & Mike A, its not big bounty but I got Brian Giles in trade good enough ?

    • Jamal G. says:

      A park-adjusted 130 OPS+ in a NL only league is beautiful (especially when his home park is Petco). Good job.

    • Mike A. says:

      So Giles-Peavy-Reyes for Bay-Billingsley-Tulo?

      That’s a great trade. You got the two best players in the deal. Giles will hit for avg and score a bunch of runs, but won’t hit for much power. No big deal though. Hopefully Peavy stays healthy. You’ve got the SB category in the bag now.

  44. Jamal G. says:

    Lmao @ Kenny Singleton just sighing when Michael Kay mentioned Dontrelle Willlis’ mechanics, can you blame him?

  45. Ivan says:

    Joba is really pitching well.

    PS: I be watching the NBA Draft tomorrow, I hope you guys watch as well.

  46. Mike A. says:

    Man. That ballpark is just awesome. I was there in 2002, but it was the offseason, so we just ate at the restaurant in LF.

  47. Yankee1010 says:

    It sure looks like it hit the bat.

  48. George Kaplan says:

    Im watching the Fresno State game and wow..Pittsburgh got the real deal with Wilson. absolutely NAILS the corners

  49. George Kaplan says:

    Erin is also in top form…and telling a story that boils down to Terry Pendleton calling her last night to “just talk”. What a dawg.

  50. A.D. says:

    Trenton is beating down Erie

  51. Jamal G. says:

    Fresno State is just 12 outs away from a College World Series title, wow.

  52. A.D. says:

    Abreu heating up

  53. Jamal G. says:

    Bobby’s back baby (Heh, see what I did there?)!

  54. E-ROC says:

    Payback is a b!tch!

  55. Chris says:

    I don’t want to scare anyone, but who’s going to pitch the 8th inning tonight? With Joba starting now, there’s a big hole in the 8th inning that someone needs to fill.

  56. Mike A. says:

    Sean Burnett is warming up? Wow. He’s another Mike A. prospect crush HOFer.

  57. Mike A. says:

    6-0 Fresno State with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th. Wowza.

  58. Joey says:

    Anybody been watching Joba’s fastball velocity the last inning or so, actually seems like it’s finally slowing down a bit, correct me if I’m wrong

  59. Jamal G. says:

    Anybody else think that even though he is the Yankees’ television broadcaster and has his own radio show and talk show, he still gets owned by his siblings (if he has any) or owned at family gatherings?

    • Mike A. says:

      He’s the guy who comes to the family reunion with the bitchy girlfriend each year.

      “Hey mom, this is Clarice.”
      “Mom? Grow a pair you fucking sissy.”
      “Haha, isn’t she just fortutitous?”
      “Where’s dinner? I’m fucking starving”

  60. A.D. says:

    97 to finish, damn

  61. Mike A. says:

    7 shutout innings for Joba. 97mph on his 98th pitch. He’s more valuable as a setup man.

  62. George Kaplan says:

    6. But I wholeheartedly agree.

  63. Jersey says:

    Also belatedly glad to see that Cano made me eat my words from before. Serves me right.

  64. Jamal G. says:

    God damn, could you imagine this team if we had Wang going with the way Pettitte, Joba and Mosse are going…oh wait you can, we had a seven game winning streak. Ugh.

  65. Mike A. says:

    Niiiiiice. Love that they left Joba out there.

  66. Chip says:

    Was Joba in the on deck circle when Christian hit into the DP?

  67. Chip says:

    Joba must know he’s coming out and just letting her fly

  68. Chip says:

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Douggie!

  69. Mike A. says:

    That last pitch registered 97, and he’s got to be around 105 pitches by now.

  70. Jamal G. says:

    Joba Chamberlain’s last four Fastballs registered at 99, 97, 94, and 98-MPH, respectively (before Dougie AB).

  71. Jamal G. says:

    Julio Lugo? I thought it was Mike Lowell that ran into Dougie.

  72. Chip says:

    Nice, pulls the string on 3-2, why did you have to ruin that Douggie?

  73. Mike A. says:

    Joba Chamberlain. Good at pitching.

  74. Rich says:

    Joba is definitely stretched out now…

  75. Chip says:

    There’s no complaining from this guy, that was a great game pitched by Joba. Hopefully Ross doesn’t come in a give these runs up

  76. A.D. says:

    Nice job by Joba, finished with 96 on that base hit

  77. Rich says:

    Ohlendorf is basically a one out pitcher.

  78. Chip says:

    Talk about the right situation for Ohlie, just come in a go after guys rather than saving your strength

  79. Yankee1010 says:

    Yeah, Joba pitched a pretty sweet 6 2/3, but who are they going to find to pitch the 8th?

  80. Yankee1010 says:

    Yeah, Joba pitched a pretty sweet 6 2/3, but who are they going to find to pitch the 8th?

  81. Baseballnation says:

    As good as Andy/Moose/Joba look right now it’s extra painful to think what could be with Wang healthy…and now the number 4 and 5 spots become revolving doors…Kennedy will get a couple of AAA starts as precaution before making another big league start and Hughes is out six more weeks…

    Imagine this story- Carl Pavano is on schedule to be healthy say mid august…say he comes back pulls a Joba and becomes a set up sensation aiding the team into the playoffs…A guy can dream right…………

  82. Chip says:

    Well so much for watching pitches, 2 pitches, 2 singles

  83. A.D. says:

    Melk has shown some more patience out of the lead-off spot than the 9 hole these games

    • Chip says:

      That’s true, hopefully he keeps it up when Johnny comes back. Maybe he’s one of those guys who’s “just more comfortable” at the top of the order

      • A.D. says:

        Career splits shows that Melky walks twice as much per game out of the leadoff vs 9 hole.

        His AVG & Slugging are better from the 9 hole; obp better in the leadoff none are all that different, 20 pts tops

  84. Baseballnation says:

    I’m sick of the Melky project…time to go Gardner!

  85. Rich says:

    Gonzo hasn’t been particularly lucky with BABIP (.231), but he has hit some shots, relatively speaking.

  86. A.D. says:

    Probably a 1-0 pitchers duel tomorrow

  87. A.D. says:

    Ohille line drive?

  88. Mike A. says:

    Gordon Beckham just homered in what could be his final college at-bat.

  89. Chip says:

    So Betemit is now playing third?

  90. Jamal G. says:

    Upper deck and Monument Park BP-HRs for Ross Ohlendorf?! Seeing as how he’s a RHB that upper deck shot is impressive.

  91. George Kaplan says:

    Too early to trade for Justin Wilson? I’m thinking Melky.

    • Yankee1010 says:

      They’ve let Wilson throw 128 pitches. I know college pitchers are often abused, but a look at Rice pitchers would be helpful before yearning for pitchers who throw so many pitches.

      • Chip says:

        Why would they care? It’s not like they’re saving him for next season, this is it for him as far as they’re concerned, they don’t owe the Pirates anything

        • Yankee1010 says:

          I didn’t say they cared. But wanting guys who are abused like that in college is a dangerous proposition. I’m pretty sure the trade proposal was tongue-in-cheek, but history is littered with pitchers who were abused in college and are ruined because of it.

          By the way, hopefully, Cano is back.

  92. Mike A. says:

    They’re goin’ to the 9th in Omaha…

  93. Rich says:

    Russ likes low leverage.

  94. Chip says:

    I think Girardi misses getting to screw with lineups so much as a NL manager

  95. George Kaplan says:

    Has anyone noticed that Joba looks like twenty pounds lighter in his MLB picture?

  96. Yankee1010 says:

    Detwiler is having a bit of a game.

  97. A.D. says:

    Damn Cano, swinging the bat in Pitt

  98. A.D. says:

    Sounds like they should DL matsui, let him rest up, maybe he’ll need a scope

    • Yankee1010 says:

      It doesn’t sound good. If it’s that noticeable just while he’s wakling, it sounds like he could use a DL stint.

  99. Mike A. says:

    Bottom of the 9th in Omaha…

  100. George Kaplan says:

    Haha, It would end the steroid problem.

  101. Brian (not Dennehy) says:

    What are the odds that Rasner pitches three more starts before the A-S-break?

    29th Mets
    4th Red Sox
    9th Rays

    Depending on the better of Giese/Ponson, I assume that pitcher twirls (heh heh, twirls) the 2nd against the Rangers. But how immune is Rasner to that? Not very, I would guess. I suppose it hinges on the next start. If he pitches poorly against the Mets, they could go with Giese AND Ponson or Karstens.
    If he pitches well that game, I bet he’ll carry the spot until the break.

  102. George Kaplan says:

    His helmet looks like Trot Nixon’s

  103. George Kaplan says:

    Holy crap I thought that was getting up the middle.

  104. Mike A. says:

    Get yer dogpiles ready…

  105. A.D. says:

    Burke thought he had it

  106. Joey says:

    Has anyone seen any fist pumps (you know, that immature, classless, childish act) from Joba lately?

  107. George Kaplan says:

    HAHA! Detwiler put the ball in his back pocket. That is hilarious

  108. A.D. says:

    Congrats Fresno state

  109. A.D. says:

    I’d like to clobber Erin Andrews…

  110. Baseballnation says:

    …I love lamp!

  111. Stephen says:

    Just think, Joba could have wasted away in bullpen while Kei Igawa pitched horribly. The 8th inning role is much more important than a good starter.

    Also, on his show today and even during the YES broadcast tonight, Michael Kay was going on about the need for Joba to get a win. I could care less if we gets the ‘win’ as long as he pitches well and the Yankees win. Why do people still consider a pitcher’s won-loss record as a good way to judge a pitcher?

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