Game 78: Another day, another lefty

A lesson in Proctor-ology
Curtis & Suttle heating up

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.

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A lesson in Proctor-ology
Curtis & Suttle heating up
  • Manimal

    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.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    JOBA FOR PRESIDENT!

    • Manimal

      Thats the name of my yahoo fantasy team haha

  • Manimal

    Did Michael Kay really just make a Ketchup Joke…

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

      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

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

  • Manimal

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

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

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

  • Manimal

    HOLY SHIT THAT WAS INSANE.

  • Rich

    Stellar play by Wilson.

  • Joey

    beautiful play by Bucs SS there

  • Bill N.

    Nice play by wilson….
    Lets go JOBA

  • Manimal

    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

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

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

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/...../index.jsp

  • Chip

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

    • Joey

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

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

      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

        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

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

    Two Changeups for Chamberlain already.

  • Chip

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

  • Bill N.

    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.

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

      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.

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

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

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

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

  • Chip

    Homerun right here baby

  • Chip

    GO JOBA!!!!

    • Chip

      And I don’t care that it wasn’t ball 4, he still had a pretty grind it out at-bat for a pitcher

  • Joey

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

  • E-ROC

    Joba draws a walk. Take notes Cabrera.

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

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

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

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

  • Bill N.

    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

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

      Nady ain’t come back. He’s a notorious first half player, trade him as soon as he gets healthy.

  • A.D.

    Does christian have a good throwing arm?

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

      It’s adequate.

    • Old Ranger

      Actually, his arm is good…not as good as Melky or Bobby, but much better then the other LF we have. He has thrown out a few in AAA, and yes…it is better then Bretts. 27/08?

  • A.D.

    NAILED

  • A.D.

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

  • A.D.

    Ensberg ended up with the Indians

  • Todd S.

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

    http://thedaveburbarevolution.blogspot.com/

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

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

    • Captain Wiley

      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.

  • A.D.

    Bumping that RISP avg up to over .150!

  • Yankee1010

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

    • A.D.

      They move him around to different of spots in general

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

      He’s been in CF and LF the whole season or most of it.

      • Yankee1010

        Yeah, but he’s been playing mostly CF lately. I know he can play both, but there were rumors of plantar fasciatis (sp?) for Damon today.

  • Yankee1010

    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.

    • A.D.

      Its as if he turns it off and on, you’ll see him swing quick and dribble one in the inf and then he’ll really work the count the next time up….and one thinks just do that every time

    • Jersey

      When do we start calling him Robbie Cannot?

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

        When Michael Kay takes over our brains.

        • Joey

          is that why you have the tinfoil hat on Jamal?

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

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

    • A.D.

      nyjer really worked that one

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

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

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

      I’ll post answer at 8:08.

    • Jersey

      Buerhle
      Pettitte

      Blanking on who could be third…?

      • Jersey

        Mussina

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

        Mussina
        Pettitte
        Randy Johnson

        Moose has 19 with Pettitte and the Big Unit with 18 and 16, respectively (don’t quote me on the Pettitte and Johnson totals though).

        • Jersey

          Huh, that’s weird. I forgot Unit was even in the AL pre-Yankees.

        • A.D.

          Damn I was thinking Washburn instead of the unit

  • A.D.

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

  • jsbrendog

    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

    • Joey

      damn they’ll finally have some production at 1st now…

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

        LoL, you’re mean.

  • A.D.

    Christian showing some bunting skills

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

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

    • Joey

      especially with 2 out, since when do we get runners in then?

    • Haggs

      He should have taken a strike.

  • Yankee1010

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

  • Jersey

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

  • Yankee1010

    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.

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

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

    • Joey

      Nah, too small a sample size!

    • Yankee1010

      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.

  • Bill N.

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

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

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

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

      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.

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

        Of course, if you didn;t make the trade you could say “hopefully Billingsley stays healthy.” It’s what pitchers do, they get hurt.

      • A.D.

        Plus some chance Giles gets moved to a team where he can show power

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

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

    • Ivan

      I just wish one day Cone or Singletonn, just tell Kay Shut the F up, when he says something stupid.

    • A.D.

      I don’t think Willis has pitched since being sent down

  • Ivan

    Joba is really pitching well.

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

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

      Jermaine O’Neal just got traded.

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

        A healthy and motivated Jermaine O’Neal coupled with Chris Bosh is fucking nasty, Celtics better watch that ass in that Atlantic Division later this year.

        • Joey

          Chris Bosh looks like Timon from the Lion King

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

          I’ll take your word for it. The extent of my NBA knowledge is “LeBron James is good, the Knicks are not.”

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

            “LeBron James is [the MVP, fuck Kobe] good…”

            That’s better. ;)

        • Ivan

          Yeah he might help, who he got traded for?

    • A.D.

      Taking Mayo 2nd would probably be a mistake

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

    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.

    • mustang

      Anything that you guess visitng ?

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

        The place in the stadium was just an Outback Steakhouse. Been to one, been to ‘em all.

        It was a long time ago, so I forget the name of the place, but there’s a burger shop in the Strip District somewhere that puts the fries on the burger. Phenomenal, and not just because of the gimmick.

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

          That is not a gimmick, that owns.

        • Casper

          Primanti Bros. They put fries on all the sandwiches, and cole slaw. They have Primanti in PNC Park.

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

            That’s it. Thanks for reminding me of the name.

          • mustang

            Thank you I’m trying to line up somethings to do if the game gets rain out.
            Thanks for any suggestion.

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

            Yeah, I remember my idiot roommate (at the time) taking a bite out of his sandwich, then saying “there’s some slaw on my sammich.”

        • mustang

          Do you have any idea how far the Strip District burger shop might be from the stadium?
          Thank you for the information.

          • Casper

            See above… they have a shop in the stadium, you can just get it there. if you have time check out the restaurant in the city though, it’s fun.

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

            It’s walking distance I think. Right over the Clemente Bridge somewhere. Google the name and you’ll find it.

  • Yankee1010

    It sure looks like it hit the bat.

  • George Kaplan

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

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

      Yeah, Wilson’s been unbelievable. On 3 days rest no less.

  • George Kaplan

    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.

  • A.D.

    Trenton is beating down Erie

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

    TJ!

    • George Kaplan

      Ouch.

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

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

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

    Robbie knew it.

  • A.D.

    Abreu heating up

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

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

  • E-ROC

    Payback is a b!tch!

  • Chris

    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.

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

      It’s 8-0. Let Justin Christian pitch the 8th.

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

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

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

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

  • Joey

    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

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

      98-MPH on that first pitch to Jason Michaels.

    • Joey

      alright, that last one was 96, but I thought I was seeing 91-93…

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

      With another 98-MPH to finish off the AB.

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

    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?

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

      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”

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

        That fortuitous line had me dying.

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

        Kay’s Uncle: Damn, what’s up with Oliver Perez this year? He’s real up and down.

        Michael Kay: Yeah, he’s like the little girl with…

        Kay’s Uncle: You shut your fucking mouth!

  • A.D.

    97 to finish, damn

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

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

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

      LoL at Chris Russo “What are the Yankees going to do when JAHBA is throwing 92-MPH in the fifth inning?”

      • Stephen

        It’s a good rule of thumb that the truth is the exact opposite of what Chris Russo believes.

    • Joey

      6 IP unless MLB.tv is really that slow, which I wouldn’t doubt

    • A.D.

      Plus the BB! But without a doubt, top line starter beats top line reliever

    • Jersey

      Only six shutout innings. DEFINITELY better off in the bullpen.

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

        D’oh. My bad. I’ll still take it.

  • George Kaplan

    6. But I wholeheartedly agree.

  • Jersey

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

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

    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.

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

    Niiiiiice. Love that they left Joba out there.

    • George Kaplan

      You just love it because your & inning comment could make sense.

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

        Damn. You figured me out.

        • George Kaplan

          Shit, I may have jinxed it.

    • Brian (not Dennehy)

      I wish he didn’t pitch the 7th. I like him getting through it and all, but it’s 8-0. If it were 4-1, sure. But I say cap him at 6 unless he’s at 80 pitches or something. I don’t want them to shortchange him down the stretch if it looks like we can make the playoffs.

  • Chip

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

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

      Dunno.

  • Chip

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

  • Chip

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Douggie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • A.D.

      It was

  • Chip

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

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

    Joba Chamberlain. Good at pitching.

  • Rich

    Joba is definitely stretched out now…

  • Chip

    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

  • A.D.

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

  • Rich

    Ohlendorf is basically a one out pitcher.

  • Chip

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

  • Yankee1010

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

  • Yankee1010

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

  • Baseballnation

    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…………

  • Chip

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

  • A.D.

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

    • Chip

      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.

        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

  • Baseballnation

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

  • Rich

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

  • A.D.

    Probably a 1-0 pitchers duel tomorrow

  • A.D.

    Ohille line drive?

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

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

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

      Better finish than Mr. St. Clair.

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

        Like many young pitchers, Cole St. Clair arrived at Rice as a power pitcher, but left as a finesse pitcher.

  • Chip

    So Betemit is now playing third?

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

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

  • George Kaplan

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

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

      + IPK

      • George Kaplan

        Touche (didn’t misstype “douche”, just can’t find that accent mark over the e)

    • Yankee1010

      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

        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

          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.

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

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

    • Chip

      Can you imagine what a hero that pitcher is going to be back in Fresno?

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

        He is going to get soooooooo much ass.

  • Rich

    Russ likes low leverage.

  • Chip

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

  • George Kaplan

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

  • Yankee1010

    Detwiler is having a bit of a game.

  • A.D.

    Damn Cano, swinging the bat in Pitt

  • A.D.

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

    • Yankee1010

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

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

    Bottom of the 9th in Omaha…

    • George Kaplan

      I love college baseball.

      • Chip

        Yeah, can you imagine the offense in the majors with metal bats?

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

        Ditto. Georgia’s not going down without a fight.

        • A.D.

          Rally just took a big blow

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

            Hah. Jumped the gun on the first pump.

  • George Kaplan

    Haha, It would end the steroid problem.

  • Brian (not Dennehy)

    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.

    • A.D.

      probably also depends on Aceves, though he probably could be considered until after the break earliest

    • Brian (not Dennehy)

      Chavez!

  • George Kaplan

    His helmet looks like Trot Nixon’s

  • George Kaplan

    Holy crap I thought that was getting up the middle.

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

    Get yer dogpiles ready…

    • Joey

      set… GO

  • A.D.

    Burke thought he had it

  • Joey

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

    • A.D.

      last start he had one

  • George Kaplan

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

  • A.D.

    Congrats Fresno state

  • A.D.

    I’d like to clobber Erin Andrews…

  • Baseballnation

    …I love lamp!

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

      I heard their menstruation attracts bears.

  • Stephen

    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?