Jun
30

Game 83: Happy Gardner Day

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So we’re just a little excited about the debut of Brett Gardner. While no reasonable person thinks he’ll be the savior to the season, it’s always nice when a prospect, who is performing well, gets a promotion. And at the same time, he’s out there auditioning. We’re well aware of Melky’s poor May (.234/.270/.319) and poorer June (.212/.297/.263). Now he knows that his job is not guaranteed.

To make room for Gardner in the leadoff spot, Justin Christian was option to AAA, and Johnny Damon gets the night off. No word as I type this on the 40-man roster move, but one has to figure it’s either Wang or Hughes being moved to the 60-day DL. Update: Steward was designated. To jump off on a tangent:

Eventually, a number of players are going to have to be removed from the 60-day DL. Humberto Sanchez has started rehabbing in games, meaning he’s on a clock. Brian Bruney starts throwing in games this week or next, meaning he’ll have a limited time to be moved back to the active roster. With J.B. Cox a likely addition to the team later on this year, and with Scott Strickland pushing a promotion, they’ll have to find yet another 40-man spot. While Chad Moeller and Chris Stewart are likely casualties, the Yanks will need a few more spots. My short list:

LaTroy Hawkins
Shelley Duncan
Chase Wright
Kei Igawa
Sidney Ponson
Billy Traber

With Moeller and Stewart, that’s eight guys the Yanks could cut and I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. Anyone else you guys would consider? I thought about adding Jeff Marquez, but I’d clearly rather keep him, and with eight guys on the list figured it was enough.

Back to Gardner, here are some interesting numbers, courtesy of our own Mike A.:

  • He’s been on base 26 times in his last 10 games — 11 hits and 15 walks — with 9 stolen bases.
  • His .412 OBP is second in the International League, trailing only a 35-year-old Andy Tracy by .001.
  • In the 80 games he’s appeared for the SWB Yanks — including games where he entered late with a pinch hitting appearance — he has failed to reach base in five games. One of those was an 0 for 1 game as a pinch hitter. Is that freakin’ insane or what?

So, clearly, if he doesn’t go 4 for 4 with three stolen bases and an inside the park job, his debut will be a complete failure.

Your lineup:

1. Brett Gardner, LF — felt sooooo awesome to type that
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Jorge Posada, DH
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Melky Cabrera, CF
9. Jose Molina, C

And on the mount, number thirty-five, Mike Mussina.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Nick

    2 Catchers?

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

      Posada’s DHing.

  • TheLastClown

    Ah to be the first commentator….although someone will probably have posted by the time I’m done typing.

    Posada I assume is DHing, unless it’s set up for him to catch the ball & hand it to Molina to throw, sorry, I know it was an innocuous typo but I couldn’t resist.

    I agree mostly with your list of expendables, but I think Ponson should be given his chance to fail. I think he will, for the record, but I also think we could realistically squeeze a few more decent starts out of him. Maybe not line him up against the Sox or another dangerous team, but still.

  • E-ROC

    I’m geeked for this game.

  • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steven S

    No way they DFA Wright. He’s a lefty. That would leave Traber, de la Rosa, and Dunn as the only lefties in A ball and up. Plus, he was doing very well before his injury.

    • Matt G.

      Phil Coke

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

        Kroenke, Soto, Igawa.

        • Old Ranger

          Thank you for beating me to the punch. But your right, so be it. 27/08?

  • Bill N.

    So just when manny fucks up there is now threats on the latino and black players (as per espn.) on the sox…. always the victims these poor red sox

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    What number is Gardner wearing? 21, I hope…

    • mustang

      How dare you ?
      LOL

    • Manimal

      11.

  • monkeypants

    There is no way they DFA Moeller. I mean, his 5 plate appearances in June are irreplaceable, and now they have DFA’d Stewart. Really, how could any team play with fewer than 3 catchers on the active roster, Now, if only they would add that 13th pitcher in the BP, the roster would be perfect.

  • E-ROC

    Could use Jeff Karstens’s spot to make room on the 40 man roster.

  • dan

    So that could mean Hawkins stays on the team for a few more weeks.

  • mustang

    You guys are funny. You even have the old man pumped up it’s a good way to start this hard two week run.
    Just for fun Gardner’s line 2 for 4 with 2 stolen bases.

    • dan

      How’s he gonna steal two bases if his two hits are both inside-the-park homers?

      • TheLastClown

        Isn’t it obvious? He’ll limit himself to two triples, and get two steals of home.

        Just to be frank, lets not get upset if he takes an 0-fer, I know everybody’s high on him but realistically, how good of a hitter is he really? By MLB standards?

        Hopefully he’ll light up Texas’ sub-par pitching, but lets see how he does against the Boston rotation

        • Ben B.

          Well, he’s essentially facing a AAA pitching staff in his first series, so maybe he’ll really shine.

        • mustang

          Now that a switch I’m usually the one shooting down high expectations.

      • Ben B.

        Dan’s right. Hard to get a SB if you keep driving yourself in.

  • Manimal

    I’m so pumped, I’ve followed Brett for a while going through the Minor’s, I think this is the first player I’ve seen called up where I remember him in A, AA and AAA. Its a pretty cool feeling.

  • TheLastClown

    Geez…take a look at what Melancon’s doing in AA, hasn’t he at the very least earned a spot in S/WB? Can someone tell me the logic for keeping him @ AA?

    • Manimal

      Hes young, and he is still rehabbing the arm. Why move him when he is still very young.

      • TheLastClown

        Kennedy & Joba were young, and they shot through the system.

        Breaking in as a reliever isn’t as harsh as being a starter, being relied on for 1-2 innings as opposed to 5-7 doesn’t put as much of an expectation. Of course there are points to the opposite….high pressure late inning situations, etc…

        But I wasn’t saying bring to the Bronx, just Scranton, see how he does. Let him challenge AAA hitters & see whats up? Just a thought

        • TheLastClown

          Plus he’s older than Joba

          • LiveFromNewYork

            REHABBING. Joba was not rehabbing.

        • Manimal

          Joba and Kennedy didnt have Tommy John.

    • cult of basebaal

      they’re also keeping him there to work on pitches other than his fastball (per cashman)

  • TheLastClown

    What do you guys think about Damon & Abreu’s fate post-08?

    Any chance we could see Gardner LF, A-Jax CF, and Melky RF in the next couple years?

    Maybe Johnny or Bobby stays & is in that mix? Or is it inevitable that Melky or Gardner gets traded?

    • Manimal

      Maybe, I’d like Gardner A jax and abreu better. what if Tabata starts to be who we thought he was.

  • dkidd

    have a feeling the yankee outfield is gonna be busy tonight. the rangers line-up is absurd

  • RichYF

    Man every time I hear about Josh Hamilton I cringe. He’s such a beast. I remember Mike fawning over him.

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

    I really hope we get a chance to see Hamilton uncork a throw from the outfield tonight. You think Melky’s got a great arm…

    • Manimal

      Gardner will be on third by the time he throws the ball in.

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

    Thank God for MLB.TV, get to keep an eye on the Tampa Bay game.

    • Manimal

      MLB extra innings is better but once MLB at bat is available to download for Ipod Touch then I will use my Ipod to watch games.

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

        I like MLB.TV better because I can watch multiple games at once.

        • Manimal

          MLB extra innings has a game mix channel where you can see up to 8 games at once.

          • Manimal

            but I see your point. Its not an issue for me. With Direct TV(boston) YES is 622 and NESN is 623.

  • Manimal

    Wow. Stache power at first.

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

    Half of a barber shop quartet? Ugh…

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

    He was out.

    • Manimal

      seriously.

  • Manimal

    Giambi didnt stretch enough.

  • RichYF

    Too much ‘stache.

    Wow Moose is getting the low strike call. Not getting corners, but he’ll figure out how to make it work.

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

    Mike, did we pass on Josh Hamilton in the Rule V draft or was he already gone by our selection?

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

      Gone, he went 3rd overall. Oakland took Ryan Goleski first, Royals took Soria second, Cubs took Hamilton third and immediately traded him to the Reds for $100,000 in a worked out, pre-draft deal. Reds made the pre-draft deal because they were worried Florida was going to take him at #9.

      The Rays stuck Hamilton on waivers a few years back, the Yanks (and every other team) could have had him then for free.

      • jm

        hard to pick-up a guy while he’s in the midst of a deep addiction to heroin, along with 4 suicide attempts … its amazing how far he’s come … biggest come-back player in HISTORY

  • RichYF

    Ouch, Moose is getting squeezed on the corners. Those pitches are right at the glove…

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

    Oh yeah. Put a pot of coffee on boys, this one’s got 4 hours written all over it.

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

    First pitch by Justin Masterson, B.J. Upton says “This ain’t no Eastern League little bitch”.

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

      Bossman Jr. is leading off? Willy Aybar is batting 3rd?!?

  • Manimal

    Didnt Bradley get that hit that blew moose’s no-no in the bottom of the 9th, 2 outs?

    • Casper

      Think you’re thinking of Jurassic Carl.

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

        LoL, why’d they call him that?

        • Manimal

          He denied the existance of Dinosaurs.

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

            Lmao, some poster at NoMass has an avatar with a picture of a t-shirt that shows comets falling from the sky (and A-Rod’s head is one of the comets) in a forest of dinosaurs with the title reading “IT’S A-ROD’S FAULT”. LoL.

      • Manimal

        Yeah your right, Carl everett.

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

      Carl Everett, he of the 2008 Long Island Ducks.

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

        Carl Everett, first round pick (10th overall) of the Yankees in 1990. Only player they passed on that had a better career than Everett is Moose.

  • dkidd

    was david murphy traded by the red sox?

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

      Along with Kason Gabbard and Engel Beltre.

  • Mikey

    After watching the Yanks all weekend I wish this was the ESPN Monday night game. Guess I’ll have to follow on the internet

    • Manimal

      Rays-sox is more important and will get better ratings.

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

        Rays-Sox is Wednesday, Mets-Cards is tonight.

  • RichYF

    BRETT GARDNER: ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE HALL OF FAME BABYYY

  • Manimal

    I blinked and Gardner was under the ball. I swear to god.

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

    Gardner looks good in the ‘Stripes.

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

    He’s already seen more pitches than Melky will his first 3 at-bats.

    • Manimal

      Even in slow mo that was damn fast.

      • Manimal

        crap didnt mean to reply to your comment sorry mike.

  • Manimal

    Hes built like Knowblauch(sp?) My dad just called him a lefty pedroia.

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

    I have to admit, Melky Cabrera would have swung on that 2-2 pitch.

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

    Schnikees. That boy can run.

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

    Wow, that’s some speed baby!

  • Casper

    He’s a bum! (jk, did he at least hit it well?)

    • Manimal

      his plate discipline is amazing but he was almost safe at first on a routine ground ball to first.

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

      Rolled over on it, routine grounder to first. He was out by less than half a step.

  • Joey

    damn, if we can get Gardner on base I think Girardi could have a lot of fun, I’m not used to seeing this speed in pinstripes

    • Manimal

      at that speed you cant see the pinstripes.

      • Joey

        true, it was just a blur and then the “daaaaaaaaammmmnnnnnnn…………”

  • A.D.

    After that scouting report were destined to be shut down

  • Manimal

    god damn it bobby.

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

    LoL, I know that feeling by Abreu. Sometimes you just run in quicksand, that’s how it looked right there. Like he just could not get the wheels going.

    • Manimal

      Yeah i know what your saying, the strides just dont feel right and you realize your barely running.

  • A.D.

    I know that Texas hasn’t thrown anyone out, but Abreu still needs to get an actual jump

  • A.D.

    Nice bounce back for Moose

  • E-ROC

    Mike Mussina is pretty good.

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

    If the surprise is an appearance by Bobby Murcer (which I am sure it is), why does he always seem to do a return during a Texas game? Is he from there?

    Nice job by A-Rod working a BB after 0-2 count.

    • Manimal

      Yeah i hope it is. I think its just his accent.

    • Old Ranger

      Bobby is out of OK, just like Mickey was. 27/08?

  • Manimal

    WOW, Arod made Abreu look like he was running with a piano on his back.

  • Manimal

    Jamal I forgot to tell you I beat MGS4 today, what an amazing game.

    • Manimal

      it was you that I was talking to about mgs4 right?

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

        Yeah, best game ever. Better than Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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

    I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Scott Feldman picked up the save in that 30-3 game last year.

    • Manimal

      I remember that someone did get the save but I’m not sure if it was him or not.

    • Dave P.

      Is he related to Corey?

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        You know, there’s a kid that plays tennis in Roanoke named Dotain Haim… I think the Rangers should sign him.

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

    Ajax with a jack. Gonna be a good night.

    • Manimal

      Yeah something just feels special tonight.

  • Manimal

    Melky REALLY wants to go down do AAA doesnt he.

  • A.D.

    Feldman reminds me of the Pseudo Jerry episode of Seinfeld

    • A.D.

      Check that Bizarro Jerry

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

    I have to admit, I never thought Jamie Shields would develop into the kind of pitcher he is today. He’s outstanding.

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

      Why is that? Is it just the development of his Changeup, the development of the Curveball or great command? Did he have all of that before or did he improve on one or more?

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

        He was 90-91 with a mediocre change and mediocrerer curve back in the day. Command was good, durability was excellent. His changeup developed to the point that is has to be the considered the best by a RHSP in the game, but he really knows how to pitch. Fearless too.

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

    Oh man, Jim Kaat? This night is all sorts of awesome.

    • Manimal

      except the yankees are still tied 0-0

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

      He does a game here or there on TBS, he’s great. Imagine a booth of Bob Lorenz, Ken Singleton and Jim Kaat. Awesome.

      • A.D.

        Or imagine the opposite of that in Mc Carver, Joe Morgan, and Steve Phillips

        …yikes

        I do miss Kaat

    • Jon

      Agreed, I really miss his presence in the booth. He was great.

  • Manimal

    SHIT I bet my brother a dollar it was Murcer.

    • A.D.

      There was a story that Murcer is/just was in the hospital for treatment in Oklahoma, so it wouldn’t be him

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

    If Josh Hamilton had of connected on that swing…

  • A.D.

    Damnit

  • Manimal

    God damn it abreu.(again)

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

    These past two half innings proved the beauty of baseball. Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera all had admirable At-Bats with a couple runners on base and were not able to get a base hit. Mike Mussina then comes in on Josh Hamilton with a damn good pitch and he fists it into the outfield for a bloop RBI-1B. Got to love it.

    • Manimal

      if your a rangers fan…

  • gxpanos

    You guys hear that? Kenny said David Price struck out the side in ONE INNING! Boy, the kid’s good.

  • Smitt Dog

    I reallly like Gardners game. Taking pitches just makes the game more bearable to watch…

  • Joey

    Right down the middle Brett… come on man

  • A.D.

    Hope the offense hasn’t decided to take the night off

  • dkidd

    espn scoreboard is stuck. where else can i watch on-line?

    • Joey

      MLB Gameday?

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

      mlb.com

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

    Juan Gonzalez has to be one of the answers for the trivia question. Not sure of the other.

    • Dave P.

      what was the question?

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

        What 2 Rangers have won the batting title.

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

          I guessed Michael Young, yay me!

  • E-ROC

    It’s fun watching the Cardinals abuse John Lame.

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

      It was interesting to say the least hearing a couple Mets friends of mine saying that the Mets are the better team because they won four fucking games.

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

    Second straight Monument Park HR for Alex Rodriguez, oh is he on or what?!

    • Ivan

      I knew was strong but ever since he became a yankee I was blown away by how strong he is.

  • E-ROC

    The Mets are just dumping a pile of sh!t in the field. Three errors through 4 innings.

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

    I better see me some Max Ramirez before this series is over.

    Come on Robbie, two out RBI here!

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

    If you take into account the difference in Plate Appearances Jorge Posada is basically the second best offensive Catcher in the American League behind Joe Mauer this year (could make an argument for Rod Barajas).

  • A.D.

    Price would be a redic set-up guy down the stretch

    • Joey

      And Kershaw, Cole, etc… they should all be 8th inning guys. And maybe one day when they grow up they can be closers!

      • Joey

        But seriously, I don’t care where Price is, I don’t want him facing us

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

          My sentiments exactly.

      • A.D.

        I don’t believe I said Price shouldn’t start, it would be the same as Joba last year, only has so many innings left so how can he contribute to the big league club, but if the Rays are rolling in 2 months then Price could really lock down their pen especially if he only has 30 or 40 innings left on what they want him to throw

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

          He was just poking fun at the idiots who said Joba Chamberlain should be in the bullpen.

        • Joey

          I know, just kidding :-) The people that read RAB love making fun of people that want Joba in the pen :-) BTW, anyone watch the Yanks game on TBS yesterday? Whoever those announcers were, they were in love with themselves talking about how Joba should be in the pen, it was pathetic. I was screaming at my TV I was so mad

          • Joey

            wow, didn’t realize I used 2 smiley faces there… I’m embarrassed… lol

            • A.D.

              Yeah, I realized that right after the 2nd post, my bad.

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

              Two emoticons followed up by an lol? Oof…

              • Joey

                not a good day for me, huh?

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

    Great, if what Kenny says is true about David price’s call-up to Tampa’s pen then we better watch our ass, we have six games against the Rays in the final month (three @ TB and three @ home).

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

    Unbelievable job by Moose being able to navigate those hectic waters of Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley with a runner in scoring position. If I was Bradley I would be pissed as all hell at those last two strike three calls.

    • Chip

      If I were anybody in this game I’d be upset about the inconsistent strike zone

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

    I wonder if Melky was being passive aggressive towards Gardner on that fly ball. The ball was literally in LF.

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

    Brett Gardner, you officially have the green light.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    He moved to Brooklyn as a baby. Well he didn’t move. His parents moved him.

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

      I was going to say. They really grew up young back then huh?

  • A.D.

    Showing the speed, but an actual hit would have been nice

    • Chip

      I was hoping he’d bunt for a base hit there

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

    Any doubt what’s coming next?

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

    He would have beat that if the throw was on target, nice.

  • A.D.

    1st career SB

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Gardner!!!!

  • Chip

    On the pitchout!

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

    LoL, who’s going to get a ball out of the infield first, Brett Gardner or Derek Jeter?

  • A.D.

    Seriously Feldman is shutting us down…come on

  • E-ROC

    Feldman is Cy Young.

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

    Is Mike Mussina actually getting better this season or is it just the approach of the Texas Rangers?

    • mustang

      The Texas Rangers are MLB rank 1st in RUNS,2nd in batting Avg,and 5th in HR.
      Moose is getting better !!!!!!!

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

    Come on, let’s get a couple runs. Moose deserves his league leading eleventh victory.

    • TheLastClown

      You said it. He’s pitching with every brain cell he’s got.

      A-rod maybe trying to hit the ball too hard?

  • E-ROC

    Tie it up A-Rod!

  • Manimal

    Jesus i went to make a bon fire and do some smores. They yankees can only score one run against this whimp?

    • dan

      Of all the “I missed it, what happened?” comments I’ve seen, that is certainly a first.

  • E-ROC

    *Sighs*

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

    The Giambino!

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

    Nice triple by the Big G. Now we can strand him at third.

  • Manimal

    Giambi triple! Hurry buy some lotto tickets, this doesnt happen often.

  • A.D.

    WOW didn’t think i’d ever see a Giambi 3B

  • dan

    I didn’t see… how did Gardner get on base? error?

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

      Beat out a DP.

    • A.D.

      fielders choice, beat out what would have been a DP

    • TheLastClown

      Fielder’s choice

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

      What the box score doesn’t tell you is that he beat it out doing a backwards crab walk. He’s THAT fast.

      • dan

        There must be some kind of error in the box score then, mine is saying he helped an old lady across the street before making his way down to first.

  • TheLastClown

    WOW!! First time fo everything…

  • A.D.

    Well they knocked out the Cy Young candidate

  • Manimal

    thats number 9 of his life.

  • Manimal

    Hip Hip Jorge!!!!!!!

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

    Frank Francisco has better control when he throws chairs instead of baseballs. Zing!

  • McCaff

    damn jorge damn

  • A.D.

    Well done Posada

  • mustang

    Here comes the fucking bull pen.

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

      LoL, the end of the inning notwithstanding you got all heated over one single?

      • mustang

        We got lucky buddy. What can I say I’m into the game.

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

    Hava Molina! That was big.

  • A.D.

    How poor is the Yankees team avg for RISP? Something like .240s?

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

    Good shit Edwar, hopefully he can have a bounce back month in July.

    • Manimal

      yeah you would think he would do better when the only thing he has to do is keep the change up low.

  • E-ROC

    C’Mon offense!!

  • TheLastClown

    Anyone else ever wish someone else could sing this song?

    • Smitt Dog

      Like maybe Doctor Ronan Tynan possibly?

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

        It would be a disservice to the game if Tynan wasn’t around to sing at the All-Star Game.

        • Smitt Dog

          He’s singing at the Stadium on the 4th against the Sox apparently.

          Meanwhile, I just looked him up, were you aware he’s had both his legs amputated? News to me…

  • dkidd

    boy oh boy do the mets stink

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

      Ain’t that the truth.

  • dkidd

    ron villone just blew away jose reyes

  • Ivan

    Cabrera is really ticking me off.

  • E-ROC

    a Ron Villone sighting. I didn’t know he was still in the league.

  • A.D.

    Offense is aweful

  • Manimal

    rays got bases loaded 1 out

  • A.D.

    By the way some intern at ESPN must have screwed up & gotten fired since the Red Sox aren’t the Monday night game

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

    I like the move by Joe Girardi of not putting in the HR prone Kyle Farnsworth here against Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley.

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

      If the Yanks were leading 2-1, Farnsworth would have been pitching this inning, homer prone or not. I can almost guarantee it.

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

    Mark Mulder is currently warming up in the Cards’ bullpen, welcome back guy.

  • kunaldo

    how do we not score runs against the effin rangers? seriously, screw the press issues, the “cancerous clubhouse presence”, and whatever collusion crap is going on, and sign barry bonds…i mean how can a .480 obp hurt this team?

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

    That was a strike ump.

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

    Holy shit, right in the junk.

  • mustang

    The lead of the New York Yankees is now being played by the Bad News Bears.

  • A.D.

    Wow right on the cup

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

    IBB Bradley.

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

    For the love of God walk Bradley.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Well, I’ve seen enough. DFA Gardner, this kid fucking sucks.

  • Manimal

    i hope your kidding.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Of course I’m kidding.

  • Manimal

    Slippery bat there Milton?

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

    Milton Bradley is PISSED.

    • Manimal

      His anger manager needs to do a little bit more work.

  • A.D.

    Interesting bat throw

    Love the drunk guy holding up the 4 fingers behind the Rangers dugout

    • Manimal

      did you see the guy behind home plate staring at arod in the ninth with his hands around his neck like he was choking

    • Manimal

      wtf happened?

  • McCaff

    milton bradley is throwing lumber around like its his job

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      He needs to go to the Roger Clemens School of Bat Throwing… that wasn’t near anybody!

      • McCaff

        eh wasnt sharp enough, roger only likes it when it can peirce the skin

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

    Gotta make sure you get Byrd here. Chris Davis will make them pay big time.

  • Ivan

    Interesting move by Girardi.

  • A.D.

    .067 with 2 out & RISP, Yanks need to pick this guy up, fits the team dynamic

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

    To quote Kay, “that was UUUUUUUUUUGE!!!!”

    • E-ROC

      He says it without an “h?”

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

        Yes, he really does.

  • Ivan

    whew that was close.

  • McCaff

    haha cotten eye joe in the backround

  • christopher

    forget about trading for anyone – this team has too many holes in it – what good is another starter or reliever when this iss poor offense cant score more than 2 runs in a game\

    they should be looking to unload one of the 8 lefty DHs on this team first so that they can totally remake this roster net offsason

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

      Blah blah blah.

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

    Idiots. Guardado never had shoulder trouble, it was all elbow.

  • A.D.

    Gardner needs to get this table set

    • A.D.

      or Damon

  • Manimal

    this is where lead off hitters need to show that they can get on base. Lets see how Gardner adjusts.

    • Manimal

      OH COME ON JOE LET THE KID HIT.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      He adjusted into Johnny Damon. That’s a good move, he’s a good hitter. This Gardner kid is pretty smart!

  • Chip

    Don’t take him out!

  • McCaff

    boooo put in brett

  • Manimal

    oh come on gardner wouldve done better

  • A.D.

    I understand that Damon is hitting .318 but why the hell take Gardner out, save him for PH for Melky or Molina in the 9th (or 8th)

  • Rich

    That was a curious move by Girardi, who could have PH Damon for the anemic Melky.

  • Manimal

    Yankees look at good pitches and then are behind in the count and strike out god damn it

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    We’re 2-34 when trailing after 7 innings? That’s bad.

    We should take A-Rod out of the starting lineup and turn him into an 8th inning pinch-hitting specialist, so we can be sure that he’ll have a chance to bat in the critical 8th inning.

  • Flynn

    Hell of a game by Jeter. What a terrible F’in AB.
    The Offense is a joke.

  • Manimal

    shit here comes the sox

  • Newman

    Sawx just came back on Percival

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

      To be fair they had an RBI-2B off a high fly ball that hit the catwalk.

  • Rich

    As inconsistent as this offense is, it’s hard to justify trading for Sabathia.

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

    Troy Percival pulled his hamstring trying to back up third base on a fly-out. Wow. Tampa leads 5-4 in the top of the ninth with two outs and Brandon Moss on third base. Joe Maddon is basically dragging Percival off the field.

    • Manimal

      he was begging to stay in the game Maddon just yelled at him no.

  • E-ROC

    A-Rod ties it, then Giambi wins it.

    • Chip

      I’m game for that

  • Newman

    Why is Giese in?

    • Chip

      Why not?

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        yeah, why not? Pettitte/Mussina/Joba/Ponson/Rasner are all in front of him, he’s not guaranteed a rotation spot…

        • Rich

          The offense is awful too often.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos

            … first the Sabathia comment, then this.

            Do you know what the difference is between the words “offense” and “pitching”?

            • Rich

              This comment wasn’t intended to be in response to your post, but huh?

              The offense is so inconsistent that it makes no sense to mortgage the future for Sabathia.

              Is that clear enough, genius?

  • Rich

    Jeez.

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

    Only guys to have an XBH for the Yanks are coming up.

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

    Tampa wins it. J.P. Howell came in for the injured Troy Percival.

  • A.D.

    Ponson obv won the next start, pretty much no way Posada does something clutch here

  • Flynn

    An absolutely BOOOOOOO worthy “effort”.

    I hope they enjoyed the day off. Disgusting.

    What the fuck is Wilson wearing around his neck? If it had a tiki on it he’d be Greg Brady.

  • Dave P.

    fucking pathetic. utterly pathetic.

  • A.D.

    Congrats to the offense for being terrible yet again

  • E-ROC

    Same sh!t different game.

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

    Hey, offense is struggling but at least we can be very happy that our above average pitching staff (ranked 6th in the AL in FIP with 3.95 coming into tonight’s game) is actually getting better by holding down this rampant Texas offense to two runs. Also they have allowed just seven runs in the past four games (since that 15-run outburst in Game 1 of the double dip on Friday).

  • fresh

    scott feldman are you kidding me?? hey guys any chance jeter might be on the downside?

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

      Don’t start this shit again.

      • fresh

        at what point do those continued groundballs become the result of maybe a slowing bat? 4 homeruns? i know hes not a homerun hitter but 4? i maybe a bit overzelous about this point lol im frustrated after the loss

    • A.D.

      Just because he went 0-4 doesn’t mean that his ability is diminshing

    • Rich

      Jeter in June (before tonight):

      .304 .383 .441 .824

      So your point is…

      • fresh

        lol i know im sorry guys im just frustated about losing to scott feldman.

  • E-ROC

    Hopefully, the Yanks can win the series.

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

    Joba tomorrow.

    Anyone wanna bet who will hit a ball out of the infield first, Gardner or Jeter?

    • A.D.

      Gardner, lead off single to start tomorrow

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

        Inside-the-park homer on the groundball to third.

      • E-ROC

        I think it’ll be Jeter who drives home Damon on a double. Gardner will probably bat lower in the order while taking Cabrera’s spot..

  • A.D.

    At least Hacker and McCutchen pitched well today

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

      Jairo outpitched both of ‘em.

      • A.D.

        Yes he did nice 2 hitter

  • E-ROC

    At least we had a chance to see Gardner play. Hopefully, he gets the start tomorrow.

    • A.D.

      My guess is yes, either Damon DH or Melky sits

  • Steve

    Awful

    Disgusting

    Pathetic

    And you known what’s worse? We would have won this game if not for that so and so Ben K. THAT’S RIGHT, I SAID IT! SOMEBODY HAD TO!! IT’S ALL HIS FAULT AND HE KNOWS IT!!!!

    • A.D.

      Who?

      • Steve

        I have to blame someone. I’ve been blaming Jeter, Cano and Melky for the past 2 months, and I’m getting tired of it. Now its Ben K’s turn.

        I say we DFA Ben K. See if someone from Sawx Blog claims him.

  • Steve

    (In my best “Jerome from Manhattan voice”) ahem . . . .

    “I WANT CC SABATHIA ON THIS TEAM AND I WANT IT RIGHT NOW!!! CASHMAN SHOULD BE FIRED IF HE DOESN’T GET US SABATHIA!!!! IF HE DOESN’T GET C.C. . . . . . . I’M NOT GONNA WATCH THIS TEAM NO MORE!!!!!”

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

    Junior Griffey with a walk-off…

  • A.D.

    Think ESPN is going to create Rays nation?

    I wouldn’t be suprised

  • fresh

    by the way was it me or was this the worst strikezone in the history of strikezones?

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

      I didn’t think it was that bad. Of course there were some iffy ones but I didn’t have a huge issue with it. Milton Bradley definitely got screwed.

    • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

      definitely a fucked up zone. the K on gardner was clearly high. the strike on abreu in the 8th was clearly outside. the first pitch veras threw (that got molina) was right down the pipe, but called a ball bc it confused the ump. how stupid are these guys? i cant wait until shit like the catcher dropping a pitch doesn’t affect the call (e.g. computerized k-zones).

      Jeter’s the goat: 0-4, 3 weak groundouts, 1 k. ugh. a horrible fucking game.

      these are the goddam Rangers, not the ’70 Orioles.

  • A.D.

    Rays go after K-Rod to make a statement this offseason?

    Percival can’t close forever and Wheeler & Balfour don’t think so

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

      I’m not sure they’d spend that kind of money. K-Rod’s in line for like, 5 yrs & $75M. Ridiculous, I know.

      I think their closer of the future is Jeff Niemann. If they put him in relief he’ll be back to throwing 96-98 from his monster 6’9″, 300 lb frame. Plus he’s a great competitor, so it’s not like he’ll wilt under the pressure.

      • A.D.

        He could be a Gagne case, where hes a 4 or 5 starter but a good closer, makes sense and realistically Niemann is benhind a lot of quality arms in the long run

  • christopher

    another stunning performance from cashman’s boys

    we need george back to counteblace cashman – while i appreciate what he has done for the farm sysytem, there comes a point when you need someone balancing him out.

    this offseason they better spend every penny on young stars – sabathia, sheets, and texiera – they can certainly affored it and with the new revenue they can afford another 30 million n good role players e players. put a great team together ionce more before ARRod, marianos, and jeters best seasons are behind them.

    a rotaion of sabathia, sheets joba, wang and hughes wuld look great net year, but i am sure the team will spend very little and keep that payroll p that payroll at about 17 million – siging too many free agents would make cashman’s plan from building form within not look so impressive.

    10 games out by the trade deadine nd damon and matsui (if healthy ) and maybe giambi need to be shopped. mussina too if he agrees to a trade – he goes to ttthe NL West and and he can be a lock for 300 wins

    • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

      it seems you actually had a problem with the PITCHING tonight. wtf?

      • christopher

        no problem with the pitching tonight – its the pitching overall. do you tust ussina in the playoffs or rasner or even hughes – dont even think kennedy.

        this team is too flawed to make the layoffs and if by somem iracle they do it will be another 1st oud embarassent especially since the team’s offens, once its stegnth, has become a joke.

        there are not enouh trades that can be ade to make this team a WS contender. i would like the team to become sellers and maybe get some guys to help fo the next or 4 yeas while we still have AOD in his \pime.

        next offseason they need to beak the bank – not just for sabathia but forathia but for sheets as well. use the payers with value now (offense only because they cant play defense) coupled with some mino league pitching to bring insome young bats. if the bewers lose out on big pitchers could they be interested in a Mussina, Kennedy, Hone for Lapota. a long shot i know, but that is the type of deal i am thinhinking. my big fear though is that ashman takes his net logical step on builing fom within and decides to go into next year with a 140 million dolla payroll instead of 200 so he can pove he can win without “buying w chmpio

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  • jm

    good luck Brett Gardner .. may you go 6-6 with 12 sb’s tommorrow