Game 106: Two straight losses means a new game thread host

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Glad to be back, people, after an extended absence from the game threads. Mike’s luck has seemingly run out. Since my hatred for the Orioles extends nearly as deep as it does for the Red Sox, I figure I’ll try my hand tonight. Hopefully, this brings good things. If not, Ben will be on deck for tomorrow.

(And they say baseball players are superstitious…)

The big news today is the Mark Teixeira trade. The Braves grab Casey Kotchman, who was pulled from the field prior to the Angels game in Fenway tonight. AA pitcher Stephen Marek is the other part of the Braves’s haul. The bad news for the Yanks: The Angels come into town for four this weekend, and we play them six times after that. They’re scary good right now, easily the best team in the AL, both in terms of talent and results.

A sentence you never thought you’d hear, courtesy of Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune: “The Twins are competing with the Tigers for LaTroy Hawkins.” Any return on him is a coup.

Dan Cabrera hits the hill for the Orioles. Last time we met, on May 20, he ended the game with a 3.48 ERA. That’s nearly a run and a half higher right now. His last outing was a five-inning, seven-run meltdown against the Blue Jays. Cabrera holds a career 4.62 ERA vs. the Yankees over 85.2 innings.

D-Ras takes the mound for us. Hopefully the Moeller Magic works again tonight.

Your lineup:

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, DH
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
8. Melky Cabrera, CF
9. Chad Moeller, C

And on the mound, number 43, Darrell Rasner

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  • UNION YES.

    we’ve got two third basemen and two CF in the lineup tonight..

    • Anthony

      A-Rod is DHing and Damon is in LF.

    • Manimal

      3 Third basemen if you count moeller going in yesturday, and Betemit and Arod.

    • Manimal

      oh you meant typo’s. sorry i thought you meant players that play the position.

  • Manimal

    Angels will be a good test. 2/4 and Ill consider it a great weekend.

    • Anthony

      Considering we got Ponson and Raz starting two of the four, I’d unfortunately agree with that.

    • mustang

      Agree I will take that right now.

  • Jake

    Why no X?

  • Manimal

    Seriously Girardi? Nady finally got the first hit(and HR) so he has that behind him its all buisness from now on and you take him out? smooth.

    • mustang

      Agree.

  • Jake

    Also Angels just traded for Tex.

    • Jake

      Oh just saw you added that. Feel free to deal my comment.

      • Jake

        delete*

  • E-ROC

    “Dan Cabrera hits the hill for the Orioles,” and Derek Jeter.

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

    This Angels/Braves deal is a bit odd to me. Steven Marek is a converted reliever who has a near 4.00-B/9 and a 1.28-WHIP at the age of 24, which is old for his level, Double-A. And he’s not a LHP like I’ve read in other places.

    Can someone give me a read on his stuff, having trouble finding anything.

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

      I guess Braves’ GM, Frank Wren, values Casey Kotchman’s three remaining years until free agency (where he should be entering his prime) over the two draft picks he would receive.

    • zs190

      He has 57K in 46 IP so the K/BB ratio isn’t all that bad, though, you kind of cherry picked some numbers there. Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein said that he’s apparently a big guy with good velocity and misses bats(and is projected to miss bats at big league level) so probably a Jose Veras kind of guy. It’s alright, not a great deal but not that bad either, I think.

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

        I don’t know, in a deal for Mark Teixeira I would like to see better than a 2.71-K/BB from a 24-year-old in Double-A.

        • zs190

          Well, the biggest part of the trade is Kotchman, above average 1B that’s cost controlled for 3 years. They are looking to contend next year with Hudson, Smoltz, Chipper, and others healthy next season so this seems like it would be better than 2 picks.

          As far as I know, the only other offer out there is Chad Tracy + B prospect and Tracy has some injury risk so I think they took the safer choice.

          The upside for this deal is minor, but they probably took the best offer out there.

        • mustang

          Jamal I’m sorry, but your getting a guy who is batting .287/12/54/.327/.448 and you control for 3 years and a minor league pitcher for a guy who you can’t afford and might walk alway in the winter.
          This was a great deal for the Braves.

          • mustang

            Over the two draft picks.

          • Steve

            The best way to look at this trade as the difference between Kotchman and Texiera. Tex is a much better player, but Kotchman is a good player as well. The difference between the two is not huge. Its not like they had some scrub hitting .220 with a .250 OBP and no power. The difference between Kotchman and Tex is about .100 points of OPS which translates into one extra base produced every 10 ABs (roughly 2 games) or one about more run every 8 games. Not huge.

            They’re 19th in Baseball in runs scored. One player can’t change them all that much. Especially when the guy he’s replacing was a pretty good player to begin with.

            I agree that nobody has a better starting rotation, but many teams (including most of the playoff contenders) still have a better lineup even after this deal. They might have moved ahead of the Rays, but the Rays can’t hit much (20th Runs scored) either.

    • Jake

      This is according to BA:

      Background: The Angels inked Marek in May 2005 for an $800,000 bonus as a draft-and-follow. A reliever at San Jacinto (Texas) JC, he became a starter in pro ball and led the Midwest League with a 1.96 ERA in his first full season. He stayed in extended spring training when camp broke last year, but finished strong with four earned runs allowed in his final four starts in high Class A.

      Strengths: Marek comes after hitters with a powerful three-pitch mix. His fastball ranges from 88-94 mph. His 74-77 mph curveball has 11-to-5 shape and grades as a second plus pitch thanks to his knack for locating it. He made improvements to his changeup, which has hard, late sink at times and helped him limit lefthanders to a .183 average in 2007.

      Weaknesses: Marek’s mechanics are a work in progress. He doesn’t repeat his release point, and when his arm slot gets too high, he loses life on his fastball, especially when he misses up in the zone. He pitches in the middle of the zone too frequently. Angels coaches say his focus is also an area they’d like to see improve.

      The Future: Provided he stays healthy, Marek profiles as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. He’ll spend 2008 in the Double-A Arkansas rotation.

  • parms

    With Cabrera’s dismal numbers, how bout we give Gardner a shot here in there in center? I still think he deserves a roster spot over Christian. If anything he’s a better option as a pinch runner.

    The Nady thing is definitely puzzling. It’s not like there’s a history between Cabrera and him. X has never registered an at-bat against him.

  • Ivan

    Daniel Cabrera scares me right. He’s either REALLY, REALLY good or REALLY, REALLY bad especially against us.

    • zs190

      I live in Maryland and occasionally see some Orioles games on local station, he’s like that against anybody. He’s pretty much a right handed and bigger version of Oliver Perez basically. Great stuff, iffy control, can either be dominating when he has his stuff going or be horrendously wild.

      • E-ROC

        What part of Maryland? I’m from Baltimore City.

        • zs190

          Montgomery County

  • Ivan

    Riverdogs game is in a rain delay.

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

      Ugh. Thank God for MiLB.com, get to listen to the game at least.

  • billybob

    Porcello for Latroy? Me likes the sounds of that. And for those who can’t grasp internet sarcasm, I’m not being serious.

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

      Fuck…Dave…Dombrowski.

  • Ivan

    You the O’s have a legit good offense.

    • Manimal

      They keep it simple, aim for the gaps and a single is as valuable as a homerun.

  • Newman

    Typical Rasner

  • Manimal

    Dejavu all over again

  • Jake H

    Why can’t any of our pitchers lately get out of the first inning?

  • zs190

    We can’t get some upgrades fast enough…

  • Manimal

    is his problem the stretch? with bases loaded he should go from the wind up.

    • Newman

      I’m pretty sure his problem is that he’s not a major league baseball player

  • Jake H

    I’m getting really tired of Jeter

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

    Oh come on Derek. You’re better than this.

    • Ivan

      It’s A-Rod’s fault.

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

    I can’t believe I’m looking at Carl Pavano’s name in a box score…

    • TheLastClown

      What game is it in?

  • Jake H

    How many times does Jeter swing at the first pitch?

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

    Jorge Cantu just recorded his 27th Double of the year, who saw this coming?

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

      He’s probably got more doubles than walks. He’s not up there to work the count, that’s for sure.

  • Jake

    Jeter has not looked very Jeterian this season. It’s disheartening to say the least.

  • Ivan

    Man Giambi has been awful in RISP this year.

  • Manimal

    seriously, where the hell is Nady. Sit Damon if you Put arod at DH since they will both get rest and Damon can rest his arm.

  • Jake H

    Jeter is going to have to become more selective as his skill lessen. Giambi needs to be dropped in the lineup.

    • parms

      giambi needs to bring out the thong for another game

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

    How about signing Juan Rivera and putting Xavier Nady at 1B next year to replace Jason Giambi (if he doesn’t want to sign a 1-year pact)?

    *That environmental commercial has to be the cheapest, funniest commercial I’ve seen in some time. “Making the coupons, yeah, making the coupons!”

    • parms

      what about Jorge at 1B? doesn’t have to do much throwing from there

      • Chris

        His arm should be fine next year, so throwing shouldn’t be a problem.

        • parms

          hes still a below average catcher defensively though, why not fill the first baseman hole with him and go after a catcher/keep molina

  • E-ROC

    IPK can’t get here any sooner.

    • Ivan

      Big day for the yankee minor leagues. Kennedy is pitching today.

    • mustang

      oh God

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

    Clay Buchholz > Joba Chamberlain…HA!

    • Ivan

      who said that.

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

        Hatin’ ass bitches said that.

        • TheLastClown

          Damn HABs!

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

            Take away the no-no, and Buchholz has a 1.72 WHIP & 5.20 ERA as a big leaguer.

    • TheLastClown

      Are you listening to the delusion patrol?

  • Jake H

    I’m so tired of guys swinging at the first pitch.

    • Joey H

      vintage posada. now we get to see it less with him opting for the surgery THANK GOD

  • Ivan

    Man adam Jones looks smooth at CF.

  • Jake H

    Jim Callis said it along with Will Lingo from BA

    • TheLastClown

      The Bucholz/Joba comparison?

      • Joey H

        there is a such comparison? lol

  • TheLastClown

    2-0 Angels :)

  • Joey H

    yea chad didnt look like a total jackass stuttering with the ball lol

  • Ivan

    Wow the Riverdogs broadcaster, said if Montero played in any other park probably could of had 15-20 HR’s.

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

      Not bs’ing, that is a pitcher’s park. Not sure of the exact Park Factor.

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

      I doubt that, it’s like 305 down the RF there.

  • Joey H

    why not play nady today? put damon in center for crying out loud. its not such a big deal. i cant remember the last time melky had a day off. i get hes young but c’mon its like having a new toy as a kid you wanna keep playing with it.

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

    Clay Buchholz is failing.

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

      And Lackey isn’t.

    • TheLastClown

      Sweet….Boston getting J-lackked…

  • Jake H

    Ya Jim Callis and Will Lingo ranked Buchholz as the better pitcher and prospect.

    • Ivan

      Well that’s there opinion but right now it’s clearly Joba.

      • TheLastClown

        But Joba never threw a no-hitter! Clearly since Clay’s thrown one he’s far superior

  • TheLastClown

    Please let Johnny steal…I can’t watch another GIDP

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

    Guys, stop thinking negative thoughts. I know what you guys are thinking with Jeter up in this situation.

    • TheLastClown

      and you’re not?

  • Ivan

    Hit and run with Jeter here please.

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

    I know that vendor, see him all the time up in TR.

  • Ivan

    Nothing you can do Abreu.

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

    I think we are entering a new age of broadcasting. A Florida Marlins’ fan sent an e-mail to the broadcasters in Florida’s booth saying that using the Fielding% stat to rate Dan Uggla’s defense was stupid, and to “check their facts”. So not only did the broadcasters show the e-mail on air, they also put up a graphic of the top N.L. Second Basemen in the Range Factor stat. The broadcasters then admitted how that is “pretty good” (Uggla ranks third) and also said “I know the Fielding% is not a tell-all stat, look at Steve Garvey, he never made an Error but had no range.”

    I think this is what the guys at FireJoeMorgan would call “white-hot porn”.

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

    Take Giambi. Take take take take take. No way Cabrera throws 3 strikes before he throws 4 balls.

  • E-ROC

    C’mon Giambi!

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

    Look at that, 4 K’s thru 2 for Pavano.

  • Ivan

    Lets Go Giambi.

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

    Yeah, John Lackey is really, really not failing.

  • Jake H

    I can’t wait for Giambi to be gone.

  • Joey H

    dont you think its fucking ridiculous that a second baseman can play in short rightcenter?

  • E-ROC

    Sheesh….

  • Ivan

    Fucking Shift.

  • Ivan

    Hughes a scoreless inning.

  • b/c

    Hughes hitting 93 down in Charleston.

    FB is popping.

    He gets a GB then a single then a GB than a pop single.

    • Ivan

      Not bad.

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

    Fuck that guy.

  • Jake H

    I hate Millar

    • parms

      he as 6 of his 16 home runs against the yankees… can we just walk him next time?

    • Ivan

      dude is not even that nice but kills us.

  • b/c

    Almonte triple one hopped off the fence in RC to break a 1 for 34 slump.

  • E-ROC

    Depressing…. :(

  • zzzzz

    so….we need to send a messege to this millar guy. think joba will peg him? haha.

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

    Wow, Carl Pavano, Phil Hughes, and Wilkins De La Rosa? That’s just not fair.

    • Ivan

      I betcha when when the minor league hitters saw Hughes, they were like Not Him Again.

  • TheLastClown

    Pavano 2IP 1H 0R 1/4 BB/K

  • b/c

    Krum double to give the Dogs the lead.

  • TheLastClown

    Horses for courses? Anyone?

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

    When Jason Varitek (LoL), Alex Cora, and Jacoby Ellsbury are hitting in a lineup consecutively, that makes the “something special” so unfair.

  • parms

    i’ll take 2 runs every 4 innings our of rasner every start, keeps us in the game. now lets get some runs

  • Ivan

    Come on Toronto, score some fucking runs man.

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

    John Lackey has a pretty low WHIP tonight.

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

      Too bad that Nancy Drew character got plunked.

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

        Did he break his hymen?

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

          It grazed is foot, just as bad for Ms. Drew.

  • Jake H

    This team is so frustrating

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

    Guys, you can listen for free to any Minor League game at MiLB.com. Just register for free and all the games come with free audio. Click the audio thing under the line-score and just follow the steps.

  • BigBlueAL

    Should we really be excited that the Angels so far are dominating the Red Sox considering they come to NY for 4 games this week, with Texiera, and not having to face Joba but they do have to face whoever will be the Yankees 4th and 5th starters this weekend. Oh and if the Yankees lose this game it would be pretty pathetic….

    • TheLastClown

      Considering they’re not division rivals, and a loss for Boston is a plus for us…yes

    • A.D.

      If they can get the wins out of their system, wear themselves out with the So, fall to us

  • parms

    i am soooo sick of melky

  • Ivan

    Boy those RD anouncer sure love Hughes.

  • TheLastClown

    Will we see IPK Friday?

    • A.D.

      Angels might not be a bad team for him to start with

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

        Seriously, the only guy on that team willing to work the count is the guy they just traded for.

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

    Hughes getting the opponent to GIDP, nice.

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

      Hughes had a very quick second inning, any chance he makes an appearance in the third inning?

      • A.D.

        isnt he suppost to pitch 2 innings and is pitching the 3rd & 4th?

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

          Whoops. Meant he had a very quick second inning of work, any chance he pitches a third inning.

          Thinking about it now, most likely it’s a hell no.

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

        Hells no. The Yankees shut the kid down for the rest of the season in 2004 because he stubbed his toe, you think they’ll send him out there beyond what was prescribed in his first start back from injury?

        • Chris

          What was his line tonight?

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

            Eh, so I was wrong.

  • Ivan

    Hughes pitches two scoreless innings. Shit One more inning.

  • BigBlueAL

    SHIT!!!! I have Lackey benched this week!!!! Before you ask, historically he is horrible vs the Red Sox, especially at Fenway. Of course the fact he faces the Yankees this Sunday shouldve made me start him since that should be an easy win for him….

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

      I would’ve benched his ass too.

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

    Phil Hughes, Austin Romine, and Jesus Montero (DH) were all playing in the same game today, nice. Abe Almonte as well.

  • A.D.

    Just looking at the charelston game did anyone notice Everth Cabrera already has 61 steals, in 99 games???

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

      Holy schnikees.

  • TheLastClown

    Nice pickoff of the outside corner Rasberry

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

    If Boston does not break this “special” thing up for John Lackey, Kevin Youkilis will be breaking some mirrors tonight…by actually touching them this time.

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

      I see what you did there. Took me a minute, but I’m picking up what you’re putting down now. Nice.

  • A.D.

    Wake-up Of-fense

  • Jake H

    Why can’t we hit the O’s?

    • A.D.

      What I find odd is when the O’s were good in 96 & 97 we seemed to have less trouble against them

      Wow, that was 10 years ago, yikes

      • TheLastClown

        They used to beat the hell out of us.

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

    I think it is really time to flip-flop Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano in this lineup.

    • A.D.

      definitly

  • Ivan

    Hughes is coming back.

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

    Phil Hughes is starting his third inning. Wow. Absolutely just one batter (he’s at 14-pitches, should stop at 20).

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

      Ok, Hughes is not pitching to just one batter. Also, he is throwing his Slider!

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

    It’s either doubles or double plays for the Cap’n.

  • A.D.

    ugh

  • Ivan

    Fuck man.

  • TheLastClown

    Fairchild’s really giving that high-inside strike on the lefties. Looks way out of the zone to me….@ least he’s being doing it consistently

    • TheLastClown

      *been doing it*

  • BigBlueAL

    Here is a scary thought, that 8 game winning streak was sort of a fluke and the real Yankees, the one we have seen the entire season, is back.

    • Ivan

      Your optimist.

      • BigBlueAL

        lol. Actually the people who are usually pessimistic I havent seen them posting tonight so I figured let me try. I can go both ways. Wait a minute that didnt sound right……..

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

    I despise Kevin Millar.

    • TheLastClown

      as do I, always have….good thing he was erased on the DP

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

    What gives you more of a heart attack, Wilson Betemit attempting to field a ball or Jason Giambi getting ready to throw a ball?

  • Ivan

    Hughes Fastball seems good.

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

    Hughes completes three scoreless innings.

    • TheLastClown

      beautiful

  • A.D.

    SO unclutch

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

    Another unclutch homer by A-Rod. It would have counted more if it came in the 9th.

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

    Not clutch enough, A-Rod didn’t give the Yankees a lead. Also, the sixth inning? Pray tell.

  • TheLastClown

    A-Rod :)

  • Ivan

    A-Rod=Modern Day Mickey Mantle.

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

    Abe Almonte has his second 3B, hopefully his slump his long gone.

  • Jake H

    Rasner gives the Yanks a quality start.

  • http://allfourbases.blogspot.com/ Ryan

    was Giambi just giving the middle finger?

  • beezr

    Finger malfunction.

  • Ivan

    Cano Pulled a Derek Jeter.

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

    Is Tito Francona a Yankee spy? Runners on first and third, one out, down 4-0, and he brings in Craig Hansen? Thank you, kind sir.

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

      Obviously, two runs score. Chone Figgins was tagged out trying to pull something out of MLB 08: The Show by scoring from second on a throw to first base that the runner beat out.

  • TheLastClown

    The J-Lack *special* has another run…5-0

    • TheLastClown

      now 6

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

    Craig Hansen sucks.

    • Ivan

      Far cry when he was billed as the next great reliever.

  • RustyJohn

    Why are they sending Rasner out for the 7th?

  • Ivan

    Well, you goota like this boston game, Lackey is throwing a no-no, Buchholz gets rough up and craig “the gasoline” Hansen is getting smacked around. Good.

  • BigBlueAL

    Wow Vlad Guerrerro looks like a 50 yo playin RF. I say the Angels should rest him all 4 games this weekend in NY….

    • parms

      i agree, they shouldnt DH him either, just give him the days off

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com H-Man

    Have any of you taken notice of Corban Joseph in the GCL? Check out his last 10 games. Pretty impressive for a High School kid.

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

      More than half his hits have gone for extra bases.

  • TheLastClown

    Good play from Figgins….loooong trow with his back foot in foul territory across the diamond to get Manny

    • TheLastClown

      81 pitches 56 strikes through 7 for Lackey

  • RustyJohn

    FYI- Ohlendorf in his Indianapolis debut so far- 6 IP, 4 ER.

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

    Who’s more valuable to the New York Yankees, Jason Varitek or either one of Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez? I’m serious, is Varitek’s suckitude more valuable to the Yanks than the awesomeness of Mariano and A-Rod?

    LoL, Kellerman posed this question around the All-Star break and it has me laughing ’till this day.

    • A.D.

      When they play boston its may be Teks sukitude

    • BigBlueAL

      I detect a bit of a man-crush on Max Kellerman by Jamal….BTW, Around the Horn hasnt been the same w/o him!!! (although Tony Reali is pretty good as host)

      • Joey H

        yeah really… just a tad bit

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

    Marte please.

  • BigBlueAL

    Great call leaving Rasner out there to start the 7th.

  • Manimal

    Rasner did what he could. Offense is to blame so far.

  • Jake H

    Bad decision by Girardi

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

    Nick Markakis, booo!

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

    Geez, remind me again why we HAD to have Marte???

    ;)

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

    If Michael Kay doesn’t shut the fuck up…

  • Ivan

    Kennedy 5.0 3 1 1 3 4 0.

  • TheLastClown

    Heart just stopped…..

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

    Marte. Fails.

  • A.D.

    Such for Marte cleaning up

  • RustyJohn

    Why they sent Rasner out there for the 7th at 100 pitches is beyond me. Only used Giese on Sunday, yes I know they used 4 or 5 guys yesterday, but come on…

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

    Edwar Ramirez would have struck him out and that K would have scored the Yankees two runs.

  • Manimal

    Put it molina, Moeller has no idea wtf hes doing with Marte

    • RustyJohn

      No habla?

  • E-ROC

    Gotta be optimistic, gotta be optimistic, gotta be optimistic…ah..nevermind.

  • Ivan

    I give Great. Just Great.

  • Ivan

    Great. Just Great.

  • Ivan

    Great. Just Great.

  • Joey H

    did you see the look on girardi’s face and did you hear the fans? marte better get his head out of his ass or else he wont last long here

  • A.D.

    8 game winning streaks are less sweet when you loose 3 in a row

    • TheLastClown

      They’ve got 9 outs to score 5. Don’t count it over yet

      • A.D.

        it win win, if they come back i’m happy, if they don’t i’m correct

        hopefully they prove my comment wrong

  • Joe

    Mevlin Mora likes to hit with Runners in scoring position? We could use a guy like that

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

    Those Beantowners have resulted to breaking bats in the direction of John Lackey, how gritty.

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

      ESPN will probably show the 9th. Figures, yet another Sox game on ESPN.

  • Manimal

    wtf happened?

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

    Cops?

    • TheLastClown

      what do you mean?

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

        All the cheering, thought maybe someone was getting chased by the cops.

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

    What the hell was everyone cheering about?

    • Manimal

      seriously, and even Moeller and the umpire was looking

  • A.D.

    IPK, moving closer to the bigs?

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    Sorry in advance for beaming but i just got to interview Hughes after his start and he couldnt be a nicer guy in person.

    Following the “if you have nothing nice to say, dont say anything” motto…i wont speak of Carl

    • Manimal

      Did hughes say anythng intriguing?

      • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

        He said he felt fine with his command. Havent seen the velocity numbers yet.

        They both could be sticking around for another start. Phil was very excited to be back in Charleston and was hopeful to make another start here, Pavano didnt seem to be offering anything in the way of insight.

        Reg-gie was here for support. Signed pretty much everything anyone threw at him.

  • BigBlueAL

    8 game winnin streak followed by a 3 game gettin your ass-whooped back to reality streak. Somebody had to say it, so I figured Id be the first to jump on the over-reaction train….

    • TheLastClown

      No offense meant to you, but I hope they shut you up in the next three innings :)

      • BigBlueAL

        Nothing would make me happier :-)

    • Joe

      You whine a lot.

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

    Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Kevin Youkilis are the last three chances for the Bostonians.

    • A.D.

      the 2008 all grit team

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

        No, not Ellsbury. He waxes his eyebrows. That’s the ultimate anti-grit.

  • Ivan

    Maybe, just maybe, this is a good omen that they will play well against the Angels right?

  • Steve

    So if Lackey gets it in Boston, would all of the credit go to his catcher? I mean, all of the credit always goes to Varitek for no-no’s, and since it’s in Boston, you never know. Go Mathis!!

    • A.D.

      No it would be for Tek, he’d be the only catcher to be a part of 5 no hitters caught 4, played in another

      • Manimal

        0’fer in the other.

      • Steve

        There’s already a rumor going around that Varitek is actually calling the pitches for Lackey, so he may in fact get credit for the 5th. That’s why he’s got the C on his chest.

    • TheLastClown

      K for Ellsbury…..

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

    Boston’s pen is so bad that Papelbon is pitching in a game the Sox are losing by 6 runs.

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

      Hasn’t pitched since July 23rd, understandable. But your point is well taken, their bullpen blows.

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

    Aaron Heilman in a one run game…comical.

  • Manimal

    Yankees can EASILY come back.

  • A.D.

    Nice start by Hacker tonight

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

    ESPN’s got the end of the Sox game.

  • Manimal

    Giambi is supposed to bat vs a lefty, do you keep him in, put in Sexson or Nady.

    • A.D.

      Nady, especially over Sexson. Nady has been redic in the few at bats hes been a pinch hitter

  • Manimal

    Fucking pedroia

  • UNION YES.

    damn it. please throw at youkilis

  • TheLastClown

    Bitchface Pedroia breaks it up……sad day in Lackey-town

  • BigBlueAL

    RAB favorite Dustin Pedroia breaks up No-No with 1 out in the 9th. All grit right there….

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

    Fuck Dustin Pedroia.

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

    Fuck you Pedroia. No one likes you.

  • Joe

    Damn you Pedroia

  • Manimal

    Fucking Youkilis

  • Ivan

    So much for the no-no.

  • Joe

    Damn your Kevin Youkilis

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

      WTF happened to that kid!!!! LMFAO

  • Joe

    so the no-no is done. two run shot by yuck after a dustin p hit… rough 9th for lackey

  • A.D.

    Thats pure grit, imagine if Casey Blake got an at-bat, probably would have hit a grand slam with no one on

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

      :D

  • Manimal

    Have you noticed how bad Pedroia is balding. its kinda pathetic

    • A.D.

      Brett Gardner is rocking the same “hair”

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

      He’s short. He’s white. He’s got a beard. He’s balding. He’s got a minimal amount of talent.

      That’s the 5 tools of grit right there.

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

        The hahht Mike! The HAHHT!

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

          Oooooo good one. I was having trouble thinking of the 5th tool.

      • Steve

        Is there more tools? Because Eckstein doesn’t have the beard, and is the grittiest player of all time. Maybe he’s higher, because as much as I hate to say it, he has less talent than Pedroia

      • Ivan

        Love that one.

  • Manimal

    I want to see what lacky will say about his start on his blog. anyone else whos interested its yardbarker.com

  • A.D.

    At least we don’t loose ground, and hopefully the Angles are wearing themselves out

  • Manimal

    Whats the odds Markakis will be in pinstripes, when is he a free agent?

  • A.D.

    There is NO reason Cabrera should be thrown out there

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

    Lmao, did Dave Trembley just say “What the shit?!”

  • BigBlueAL

    I know everyone here is excited by the weekend preview the Angels are putting on the Red Sox, but Tampa just won and will now be 4 up on the Yanks. I dont give a shit about Boston, lets actually you know try to win the division like the Yanks did from 1998-2006. I dont wanna become a team who just settles for the WC (which will lead to a 1st round meeting in Anaheim).

    • BigBlueAL

      Someone rip me and call me an idiot!! I mightve spoke to soon about bein 4 back of Tampa…..

  • Manimal

    MLB has to protect the better players. Its all Bud Selig’s fault.

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

    With nobody out, one runner on, and the Mets up 2-1 in the eighth inning, Carlos De;gado attempts a SAC bunt. Later in the same AB, Delgado jacks a two-run dinger. Bunts are stupid and whoever called for that bunt there with Delgado (who has a total of ZERO SAC bunts in his career) is a moron.

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

    Gregg Zaun would welcome a trade. GM J.P. Ricciardi responded by saying “someone has to want you.”

    Za-Zing!

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

      Who the fuck does that prick think he is?

    • Ivan

      Wow that’s a diss.

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

    Awesomeness, let’s go Yanks.

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

    Uh oh, you know what time it is.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=-7l250E5uM4

  • A.D.

    Double play?

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

    Alex Rodriguez, best fucking player ever!

    • Manimal

      Seriously. I understand hes has amazing talent but hes a smart baseball player too.

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

        And he works his ass off.

  • Manimal

    Arod>Meachem

  • BigBlueAL

    Wow the players have finally realized lets not bother listening to Meacham anymore.

  • A.D.

    much rather see nady here

  • BigBlueAL

    Who pinch-hits for Moeller??

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

    Pinch-hit Nady for Melky or do you save him for Moeller?

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

      Get X in there.

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

        Don’t save him for the opportunity that may never come.

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

    Melky’s going to fuck this up. You know it, I know it, and Melky knows it.

    • Manimal

      When cano hits, melky hits. Its weird.

    • Joe

      one fucking pitch?

  • Manimal

    Xman to the rescue.

  • E-ROC

    WTF Melky?! Work the count at least…

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

      Hard-hit liner, no complaints.

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

    I’m sitting on my couch, and that pitch buckled my knees.

  • A.D.

    ugh, going to come up short

  • Manimal

    Anyone wish Hank-stein would hire Cano’s dad permanently

  • Ivan

    Good Pitch.

  • Manimal

    When has betemit participated in a *possitive way* to a rally. Exactly.

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

      When with two outs in the bottom of the ninth he lined a game-tying RBI-1B to plate Robinson Cano, Yanks eventually beat the A’s in extras.

      This thing with MO is weird.

      • BigBlueAL

        I think Betemit also hit a big HR during a Spring Training game this season….

  • Joe

    So what was that ruckus earlier?

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

    PeteAbe said Brian Roberts and A-Rod had an “animated discussion at second base”, hmm.

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

    Michael Kay, shut ya mouth.

  • BigBlueAL

    That wouldve been a perfect time for a LH to pinch-hit (tough task for Nady off the bench against a pretty dominant RH reliever). And No I dont mean Brett Gardner….

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

    Aubrey Huff is having a monster season, and no one knows about it.

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

      That’s what I keep saying, why are there no rumors about him being moved?

  • A.D.

    really need to stop bringing mo into non sve situations

  • BigBlueAL

    Huff owns Mo doesnt he?? He hit a HR in extra-innings last season vs Mo right?? I didnt notice if they put Huff’s stats vs Mo durin the broadcast.

    • BigBlueAL

      WOW. Huff is now 8 for 18 vs Mo with 2 doubles and 2 hr’s.

  • E-ROC

    Closers are creatures of habits…..

  • Joe

    Is mariano ever successful when he’s not protecting a lead

  • Newman

    I’m going to spin a little optimism here. Assuming we lose this game, if Joba can get us a win tomorrow, that’s 9-3 after the ASB. I’ll take that everyday. Who’s with me?! Come on now

    • Joe

      Your reaching, but I’ll give it to you.

    • BigBlueAL

      Ive been whining all night since nobody else surprisingly seems to be doing. Honestly of course if the Yanks win tomorrow (if, they BETTER win tomorrow) 9-3 since the ASB is great considering a mini-slump after such a great stretch was inevitable. But my worry is the 4 games vs the Angels…

    • Manimal

      Anyone else think the number 2 on his back isn’t just for looks, but the fact that he can get two outs with one swing.

  • TheLastClown

    Single…Single…Walk…..Tie game?

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

    Jeter, don’t you dare…

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

      …Vintage Jeter.

  • Ivan

    GIDP Jeter coming up.

    • TheLastClown

      NOW is the time for that positivity!!!!!!

  • A.D.

    I mean I’d take Sherrils stuff over Todd Jones’s every day of the week or Percival’s at this point

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

      Sherrill’s pretty damn good. You won’t win a championship with him closing games, but he’d be an excellent late inning matchup guy.

  • Ivan

    Good a walk.

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

    First pitch swinging by Bobby Abreu?!?!?! Nice.

  • TheLastClown

    IBB Arod?

    • TheLastClown

      it would’ve been nice

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

    An unlcutch trip over the baseball by A-Rod.

  • BigBlueAL

    Shit the Yanks better somehow tie this game before it gets to Betemit-Melky-Molina.

  • Manimal

    watch that run Mariano gave up matter in the end.

  • A.D.

    I don’t get the Rays lack of making a move so far, if I were them I’d look to move Hellickson cause of his redic year ppl are real high on him, and with Kazmir, Sheilds, Garza, Price, and Davis, tough for him to break in.

    The could probably get Street for a Hellickson package, suddenly that pen is a bit tougher

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

    Mierda!

  • BigBlueAL

    Go ahead, somebody say it….

  • Manimal

    Why are they hacking. Why. It wont work. Singles people, singles.

  • A.D.

    That actually was un-clutch

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

    Jason Giambi, luckiest SOB ever.

  • Manimal

    TIE GAME.. oh wait.

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

    Boy that homer Mo gave up sure looms large now, huh?

  • A.D.

    Really wish Huff hadn’t hit that HR

  • BigBlueAL

    That fuckin Huff homerun….

  • TheLastClown

    Now that Mo HR looms large….lets go Robbie!!!!

  • BigBlueAL

    Hope Christian doesnt fall again.

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

    “The Yanks are showing some guts and grits…” says Kay.

  • Manimal

    HE DOESNT TRIP

  • A.D.

    heart stopped for a sec there

    go for 3rd?

  • BigBlueAL

    This ump has got to be kidding me.

  • Manimal

    God damn it. My least favorite yankee ever.

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

    Where’s Dick Lock???

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

    Hmmm, no Richie Sexson? Someone’s getting DFA’d soon.

  • A.D.

    Lord betemit

  • Joe

    Dear God not Betemit

  • BigBlueAL

    Great day to DH ARod and start Betemit at 3b making it almost impossible to pinch-hit for him.

  • UNION YES.

    ugh

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

    Mariano, what is up with you and non-save situations?

  • E-ROC

    Damn!

  • BigBlueAL

    Fuck it someone has to say it, ARod killed that inning!!!! Plus the ump calling that high strike on Cano basically killing his at-bat….

    • A.D.

      Pretty much, I’d say Cano K really killed the inning

  • Manimal

    We should have a vote. Who is your most hated yankee on the 25 man roster right now.

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

      Sidney Ponson.

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

        To clarify, I don’t hate any of ’em honestly, Ponson is just the guy I would most want to see off the big league squad.

        • Newman

          Is he really gonna start vs. the Angels Friday??

      • A.D.

        I like it, but I think IPK may replace him soon

      • BigBlueAL

        I cant just name one. I remember back in the good old days of 1998 when every single person on the 25-man roster was actually good and useful. Nowadays its really only a 20 man roster of useful players at best. I know the bench is basically meaningless when you have 500 million invested in your starting lineup, but it does help to you know have a bench with players who could play a bit.

    • Manimal

      Wilson “I grimace when I foul a ball off” Betemit

  • A.D.

    the lineup should be:
    Damon
    Jeter
    Abreu
    A-Rod
    Cano
    G/X
    G/X
    Melk
    Catcher

  • A.D.

    Yanks are going to need a big remainder of the week to make up for the beginning

    • BigBlueAL

      Good luck with that considering the opponent the final 4 games this week.

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

    Yikes, TJ for Hudson. It just keeps getting worse for Atlanta.

    • A.D.

      odd since he said he could make his next start

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

        It just scrolled across the little ticker on BBTN.

    • BigBlueAL

      Its official now?? Shit that sucks for the Braves. At least Hampton could give him advice on what to do with all that free time now….

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

      Damn, that does suck. His injuries in 2004 (Oakland) and 2005 (Atlanta), anything forearm or elbow related?

      • BigBlueAL

        Wasnt one of them a hip injury, or maybe a hamstring dont remember any arm injuries i dont think.

    • Manimal

      Makes you wonder why Chipper is staying there.

  • Newman

    Win tomorrow and take 3/4 this weekend. It’s possible…as long as Sid doesn’t pitch Friday night

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

      Unless Jarrod Washburn is coming in, no one else is available to pitch that is a better replacement for Sir Sidney.

      • Newman

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I just don’t get how they can really trot him out there. Who are the Angels throwing at us? I know Weaver and Lackey are Saturday, Sunday. How bout Thurs/Fri?

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

          Ervin Santana and Jon Garland, not sure of the order though. Joe Saunders is pitching tomorrow so he is out for the series. Damn, they have a deep ass rotation.

        • A.D.

          Garland & Santana, though MLB.com has blank and Garland

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

          Thursday: Garland-Pettitte
          Friday: Magic Santana-Ponson/Washburn
          Saturday: Weaver-Moose
          Sunday: Lackey-Rasner

          • BigBlueAL

            WOW that Sunday matchup looks great.

          • Newman

            Thanks fellas. Win tomorrow by Joba and we’re 9 of our last 12 going into the Angels series. Not so bad, right? (Sorry I keep looking for more positive outlooks to keep me from being pissed)

          • A.D.

            Or they could do something nuts like starting Moose on short rest & bring IPK up for sat

            OR

            Bring up Aceves tomorrow, push back Joba, and push out Ponson

            both unlikely to happen, just thinking outside the box

      • A.D.

        yeah its aquistion or rolling the dice on Aceves in the bigs

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

      thats awesome

  • Joey H

    THIS IS RATED r for explicit language and the truth.
    IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED BY PROFANITY DO NOT READ.
    WELL IF THIS COCKSUCKER THAT WEARS NUMBER 13 ON THE YANKEES WOULD NT MIND GETTING A HIT, EVEN A BLOOP HIT IN A TIGHT SITUATION WTH MEN ON BASE WHERE HE CAN WIN THE GAME FOR HIS TEAM NONE THE LESS I WOULD SELL MY HOUSE, CAR AUCTION OFF ALL MY POSSESSIONS. HE IS A TOTAL CHOKE, WORSE THAN HIM AND MADONNA EHEM.. AND WHEN THE PLAYOFFS COME AROUND HE WILL BE BATTING .167 WITH 2 RBI TOPS. AND IT MAKES ME SICK. HIM AND HIS MEANINGLESS HOMERUNS. ive really had it with this guy. and i dont look foward to going to this game tomorrow

    • BigBlueAL

      WOW. And someone said that I whine alot…

      • Joey H

        how about you shut your mouth. its called being pissed off not whining ever hear of a rant?

        • Newman

          8-3 since the break. Look big picture – only 2 back of the WC and 4 of the division with 2 months to play. Take a breather

          • Joey H

            newman. thanks for the positive outlook. making the playoffs isnt a question in my mind. im confident with this team that we are puttoing out there every night WILL get us there but its a matter of these games here and there getting 6 runs made up . rasner can be an awful pitcher . he will be a good number 5 with chad. when he puts up these good games we NEED to jump on them casue it can be feast or famine with rasner. but thanks for the positive out look pal.

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

              Why are you blaming A-Rod? If anyone’s to blame for this one it’s Marte, or even Mo.

              • BigBlueAL

                Be careful, he might tell you to shut your mouth….

              • Joey H

                listen mike. by the time arod was at the plate, it didnt matter what marte did

            • Newman

              Baseball is a 162 game season. Not everything goes the way you expect it or the way that YOU think it should go. If you’re so frustrated with the team and A-Rod, of all people, when they’re going through a rough streak, go find another team to root for, “PAL”

              • BigBlueAL

                You wanna be my tag-team partner against this clown????

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

          Is it really that serious?

          • Joey H

            jamal. i dont care if you dont like me. i respect your knowledge on here , its cool to learn a thing or two from you but lets be honese it isnt absolutely disappointing to see your clean up hiter that gets paid 27.5 MILLION a year to do something MANY would do for free CHOKE time and time again?

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

              This whole clutch argument is ridiculous. Why aren’t you saying something about his homer earlier in the game? Does that not count? This whole concept of clutch is a bunch of ESPN bullshit.

              If you don’t like A-Rod, then go watch the A’s run Jack Hannahan out there every day.

              • Joey H

                how can you make a aimless statement like that, do you not live in NY? do you not see the papers bashing arod time after time when he fails? it has NOTHING to do wth ESpN who are a bunch of pricks anyway. he chokes almost every time, sure he hit a homerun to cut the lead in half but the fact at hand is when there are runners on in a situation where we can pull ahead he sucks

        • BigBlueAL

          Your funny. Good thing you didnt say that to my face in person….

          • BigBlueAL

            Jamal, you got my back right!!!!

          • Joey H

            …. yeah a good thing for you… how about you just be a damned fan and share the frustration of a close loss

            • BigBlueAL

              I told you someone already said during the game that I whine too much…

              • Joey H

                Al, no hard feelings, my point is this dick arod can NEVER come through in the clutch. hes get nothing but meaningless hits

                • BigBlueAL

                  Its cool. I obviously disagree with you on your Arod point but I feel your frustration about the loss…

                • Joey H

                  k dude its all cool. believe me, i feel that the day will come that he just absolutely goes on a tear on the postseason and gives tim mccarver a heart attack lmao