Game 87: Just freaking win

The three-catcher situation
The Yankees suck

1. Damon, LF
2. Jeter, SS
3. Abreu, RF
4. A-Rod, 3B
5. Giambi, 1B
6. Posada, DH
7. Cano, 2B
8. Melky, CF
9. Molina, C

Notes: Billy Traber’s back, and although no corresponding move have been made, it seems that LaTroy Hawkins’ time is finally up … blogging will be light today around these parts, enjoy the holiday.

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The three-catcher situation
The Yankees suck
  • monkeypants

    Guess again. According to Pete Abe, Hawkins lives to see another day. It’s AG with a bus ticket to Scranton.

    • B

      Hopefully Damon wasn’t hurt too bad on that play. Wow that was lucky that the ball didn’t roll the other way for HR!!

  • dan

    There really should be a scheduled day off for all of baseball today… I’m sure the players would all rather be doing something else than playing a game.

  • dkidd

    possibly stupid stat question: what is “ops +123″ and era +98″?

  • Four Train

    OPS plus (expressed as “OPS + #”) and ERA plus (same type of expression) are recently developed stats that track a player/pitcher’s OPS/ERA in comparison to league average. These stats are generated basically by taking the OPS/ERA, applying multipliers for things like ballpark adjustments, and normalizing the stat by a factor of 100. It’s useful, and, hence, kind of cool because, under the analysis, 100 is the average OPS/ERA and each player can very easily be measured in comparision.

    A 120 ERA plus, means that a pitcher has an ERA 120% of the average ML pitcher, including park adjustments – i.e., he’s above average. A 93 OPS + means that a hitter is 93% as productive as the average ML hitter. That’s about where Jeter is this year. The stat is a shorthand way of showing you how productive/unproductive a player/pitcher has been and is a very in-depth analysis at the same time. Those be some smart cats.

    • dkidd

      thanks. excellent explanation

  • B

    Glad to see Molina behind the plate today, now maybe we can throw some runners out! Is Gardner not playing because Beckett is on the mound??

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

      Or maybe because Melky Cabrera had two hard hit line drives yesterday?

  • Steve

    If Rasner gives up 2 runs in the first inning (as he has so many times) and Beckett is getting his curveball over for strikes, you can turn off the TV and start grilling some burgers. No point ruining your day off

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Bold prediction:

    We touch up Beckett for 5 runs, they touch up Rasner for 6, both bullpens implode, Mo gives up the tying run today and we win in extras, 12-11.

    Then, Moose and Joba shut down the Sox for the rest of the weekend and we take all three… but the Rays only drop one to the Royals (Greinke) and the gap remains at 7 back going into the 2-gamer.

  • E-ROC

    Hasn’t Traber proven that he sucks terribly??!! Why have him return to the majors?

    • batty

      Joe likes his underachievers.

    • A.D.

      So that eveyone that believes in the fallacy that you need a LHP in your bullpen can be proven wrong, by bringing in a lefty that isn’t good

  • A.D.

    Pedroia didn’t even try to get out of the way of that one

    • E-ROC

      His grit showed there.

  • dkidd

    just turned on the game. what’s up with the weird yankees hats?

    • A.D.

      4th of July special

  • A.D.

    Nice work by Rasner to get out of trouble

  • A.D.

    Varitek is a little too 4th of Julyed out

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

      Translation: He looks like he’s ready to break out to “Y-M-C-A!”

  • Eric

    Enough with Hawkins already. What is he doing in the majors? He made things a whole lot worse last nite. Get him out of here! Bring back Patterson!

    • batty

      What did he make worse? He was sent into a blow out – it was already 6-0.

    • A.D.

      Hawkins is fine as a mop-up man, the key was not pitching him in games where there is any pressure

  • A.D.

    Man never gets clutch hits….oh wait

  • batty

    Good meeting yesterday apparently.

  • A.D.

    NICE

  • A.D.

    Thought Damon would get that ball

  • A.D.

    Lugo, doing his best Jeter impression

  • BigBlueAL

    Wow tough-guy Varitek sizing up ARod for doing nothing to him!!!!

  • Joey

    Is there such thing as a quick inning with Rasner on the mound?

  • BigBlueAL

    Get Mo up in the bullpen….

  • Manimal

    So Mr. Umpire, I can expect you in the Red sox showers after the game right? Afterall, you do want to SUCK HIS DICK.

    • BigBlueAL

      Tell us how you really feel about the home-plate umpire….

      • Manimal

        Seriously though whats up with Manny’s strikezone.

  • Manimal

    Thats the weirdest thing Ive seen in my life. I really dont know what to say.

  • Manimal

    Atta boy Gahdnah’

  • batty

    Here comes Gardner.

  • BigBlueAL

    No amount of yelling and motivation in the world by Girardi can help a piece of shit pitcher like Rasner pitch a good game against a team like the Red Sox.

  • Manimal

    How the hell did it get stuck at the top of the wall! It wouldve been interesting to see what the umpires would have done if it stayed at the top of the wall.

    • Whitey14

      I think it would have been reduced to a ground rule double…

  • zzzzz

    did that really just happen?

    i hate youkillis.

  • E-ROC

    What happened to Damon?

  • dkidd

    following the game on-line. did damon get hurt? what was up with the triple?

    • BigBlueAL

      Damon hurt himself crashing into the wall.

    • Manimal

      The ball bounced off his glove, he crashed into the wall and the ball got stuck ontop of the wall then SOMEHOW rolled back into play.

  • BigBlueAL

    Wow Gardner got absolutely toyed with by Beckett there.

    • Chris

      Too bad he’s not playing CF full time.

      • BigBlueAL

        Please. Gardner sucks worse than Melky.

        • Stephen

          i think Chris may have been sarcastic there

  • A.D.

    Rasner owns the bottom thrid of this order

  • A.D.

    Jesus, suprised Ellsbury doesn’t do that every time

  • A.D.

    With Matsui out & the 3 catchers they might as well be playing Molina & Moeller behind the plate and split Posada and Giambi at 1B/DH

  • A.D.

    Giambi has to be a league leader in foul HR

  • Joey

    Awesome AB by Giambino there

  • McCaff

    Is anyone else hopeing Beckett just fails miserabely at everything he does?

    • Joey

      Along with Schilling, Varitek, etc… yes

  • McCaff

    YAY MELKY GOT ON BASE!

  • batty

    Update on Damon from PA:

    * * * * * * * * * JOHNNY DAMON UPDATE * * * * * * * * * * *

    X-rays on Damon’s left shoulder were negative. The Yankees are saying he has a contusion. He will be further evaluated tomorrow, an examination that will include an MRI.

    It sounds as though they are worried about a separation.

  • McCaff

    The indians DFA’d Borowski… do we go after him? In 18 games played he was 1-3 with a 7.56 era and 9k’s. HmMmM

  • batty

    ….AAAAAaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddddd that’s game.

  • Flynn

    Fuck you Rasner.

  • A.D.

    Game is probably over…and Rasner is pitching himself right out of the bigs….do we see Karstens soon?

    • mustang

      Karstens….wow.
      That’s the best Baseball America 3rd rank minor league pitching system can give us.

      • A.D.

        Well when Horne, Hughes, IPK are all hurt and most of rest of the pitching is AA or lower, than yes

        • Chris

          don’t forget Aceves

          • A.D.

            true Aceves is hurt too, as is Brackman, who if he never needed surgery could have been a fast riser this year. Marquez isn’t having that great of a year, and is also hurt. Right now our AAA pitching staff is somewhat odd:

            Karstens
            Igawa
            Ohlendorf
            McCutchen
            IPK

            Karstens is obv one of those guys whos a decent spot/starter reserve, Igawa is essentially a lost cause, Ohlendorf isn’t going to be a starter, and then McCutchen and IPK are pospects. With Aceves and Marquez, 2 prospects on the DL, and Jason Jones ready to move up at AA

            So Igawa and Ohlendorf are potentially clogging spots for other pitchers

            • mustang

              Oh well I guess this what people wanted. Now we can sit around waiting for Joba to pitch and the rest of time watch their ass get handed to them.
              Hoping that by 2013 the kids work out.
              What a fucking joke?

        • mustang

          Holy shit does anyone know what kind of medical coverage the Yankees have their deductible might equal their payroll.
          LOL

          • A.D.

            hopefully they dont self insure!

  • mustang

    Saw that coming a mile away. I just hope they don’t get swept.

  • McCaff

    Donde esta el Mexican Gangster?

    • BigBlueAL

      I dont even think he has pitched at AAA yet cause of a minor injury if im not mistaken.

    • A.D.

      Sore groin, has yet to start for AAA, they originally said it was just a precaution DL stint, but he still hasn’t pitched and they said the same thing about Marquez, and he hasn’t pitched in awhile

      • Chris

        Hmmm… he get’s engaged one day and comes up with a sore groin right after that….

    • mustang

      Is anyone not injured down there ?
      LOL

      • McCaff

        Horne is injured too, correct?

        • mustang

          Yes

      • A.D.

        Igawa’s healthy! The man just won’t get hurt

  • A.D.

    Thankfully Lugo is still terrible

  • BigBlueAL

    Beckett must be laughing his ass off on the inside after the 2 ab’s Gardner had against him.

  • A.D.

    Of course BG couldn’t come up and put a few good games together right off the bat

    • BigBlueAL

      Honestly I dont want him to suck, but you had all these freakin idiots thinking Gardner was this great player and please. Did you see those 2 ab’s vs Beckett??? Now I know Beckett is probably the best pitcher in the AL, but just look at those swings Gardner took. So far he hasnt come close to hitting a decent ball to the outfield. He is a glorified pinchrunner/defensive specialist 4th/5th OFer at best which is what every national publication/analyst says about him except for most of the people on this site who thinks he is better than Joacby Ellsbury when please he couldnt hold Ellsbury’s jock. Melky is stinking up the joint but please dont compare the two talent wise and honestly Gardner would be lucky as hell to hit as good as Melky has hit in the major leagues so far in his career.

      • NYFan50

        He’s not going to be a superstar but if you compare his minor league numbers to Ellsbury they are nearly identical.

      • mustang

        Can we give it a little more then a week.

      • A.D.

        I mean i don’t think BG is the non hitter that hes shown so far, and his numbers are very similar to Ellsbury, he presumably could be a solid of with plenty of speed, that isn’t a superstar but does a good job.

        He’s struggled and adjusted at every level of his career, no reason to think this would be any different, and they do need to light something under Melky, hes been in a redic slump, no matter how good you think Melky will be, he’s definitly better than he’s been playing

  • A.D.

    Well looks like the talk last night lasted about 1 inning

    • BigBlueAL

      Rasner vs Beckett today. No speech in the world last night wouldve helped in today’s game.

      • mustang

        What speech did they use at the Alamo that might work.
        LOL

  • Whitey14

    God that man can sing….I hope the Red sox buy him when he becomes a free agent ;-)

  • Jake H

    Anyone think that Dan McCutchen gets called up and Rasner sent down?

    • BigBlueAL

      Problem is BOTH Ponson and Rasner need to be pulled from the rotation. I assume Karstens is next in line.

      • mustang

        Well we do have Hughes and IPK, oh! sorry forgot.
        LOL

  • McCaff

    I hate the views YES are using today.

    • BigBlueAL

      I assume you mean the behind the home-plate umpire’s ass view.

      • McCaff

        yeah indeed

  • McCaff

    YES is using?

  • BigBlueAL

    WOW Molina worked a walk!! This could be the inning….

    • BigBlueAL

      Nevermind.

  • McCaff

    COME ON BRETT!

  • Joey

    Turning around to yell at the umpire? Don’t expect to get anything close there captain America…

    • Whitey14

      I don’t know, he got a pretty questionable strike one call….wouldn’t you say?

      • Whitey14

        On a-rod, that is…

        • Joey

          Yea, umpires have no backbone!

  • Jake H

    Guys just can’t hit with runners in scoring position

  • Sam P.

    Runner at 3rd, less than two outs? Didn’t think that Bobby would bring that run in … ugh.

    This is tough to take, over and over and over and over again.

  • batty

    Futhermocker!

  • BigBlueAL

    That my friends is your 2008 NY Yankees in a nutshell.

  • claybeez

    Same old, same old.

  • Jake H

    I agree there. Does anyone think that Kevin Long’s job might be in jeopardy?

    • Whitey14

      It ought to be…the Sox once fired Jimmy Rice after his teams were consistently in the top 3 in the league hitting wise…

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

      Brian Cashman just recently gave Kevin Long a vote of confidence. And what the hell do you expect a hitting coach to do to fix a team’s woes w/RISP? The man coached an offense that scored 868 runs last year but now he’s shit? Or are you not going to give him credit for 2007 but slam him for the situational hitting this season?

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

        Sorry, *968 runs.

      • mustang

        Can someone be accountable for something here? I’m not saying your wrong, but right now the SS Yankees is taking in a lot of water and it’s not the GM’s fault or the batting coach or the manager. You can’t fire all 25 players.

  • BigBlueAL

    All is not lost, the Knicks signed Chris Duhon today!! PG of the future!!

    • mustang

      I heard that he can play D that would nice for change.

      • BigBlueAL

        Can play D and shoot the 3pter but he really is just a solid backup pg. Im probably in the minority who doesnt want to see Marbury waived and wants to see how Marbury plays next season if given the chance.

  • BigBlueAL

    Not to further complain, but look at that bottom of the 8th. Giambi has a great ab and draws a walk on a full-count. Then Posada works the count 3-1, swings at a fastball up and away and pops up to CF. New pitcher comes in and immediately gets Cano to hit into a DP. Sigh….

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

    Fuck it, if this isn’t a dominant bullpen I don’t know what is.

    • Simon B.

      Oh, but don’t you know? Edwar sucks because hitters have figured him out and “sit on his changeup” whatever that means. Sure is easy to sit on a pitch you can’t tell is coming until it’s too late and moves like a screwball.

      How does he get by on a such a bad fastball? 91-92 sure isn’t above league average or anything like that!

    • BigBlueAL

      You were watching highlights of the 1998 Yankees???? LOL

  • Whitey14

    Tough call, looked like a catch to me on NESN, was there a better view on YES?

    • BigBlueAL

      Same thing on YES, it was definitely a catch.

  • Whitey14

    Thank God that’s over with!

    See you tomorrow guys ;-)

  • BigBlueAL

    Well at least Tampa Bay is coming back down to Earth, they are only winning 7-0 in the 5th inning today vs the Royals.

  • Manimal

    Anyone else sick and tired of the warning track power that the yankees have in key situations?

  • BillyBall

    The Rasner and Ponson experiment must soon come to an end. If not immediately for at least one of them, than by the All Star break. What are our options? None right now, but I would try a Karstens or McCutcheon, our second line of defense!

    Lets also please make a move and trade Abreau for a Right Handed Hitting RF that can play defense. Any one have an idea of a decent Right Handed bat?

  • BillyBall

    Hows about Mike Cameron on Milwaukee. Think we can do one for one Abreau for Cameron deal. Put him in center and move Melky over to right. Abreau is a better offensive player but too streaky. We add the defense and a RH bat! Just a suggestion too pass time on this aggravating fucking night!

  • BillyBall

    Than we trade the Melk Man and a few prospects such as Horne and Marquez for Suzuki and put Suzuki in right. Now that would be a great outfield. Damon, Cameron, and Ichiro. Great defense and good offense. Have Gardner be the 4th outfielder. The Seattle times has suggested trading Ichiro to rebuild the team. C’mon people,this could work. Our lineup would be:

    Ichiro
    Damon
    Jeter
    Arod
    Giambi
    Matsui
    Posada
    Cano
    Cameron

    Than we bring up this kid Aceves and Karsten after the break until the Wang and Hughes comes back and when they do our rotation looks like such:

    Wang
    Petite
    Joba
    Moose
    Hughes/Aceves/IPK/Horne (one of the 4)

    Our Bullpen will look as such after we relieve Hawkins of his duties:

    Mariano
    Farnsworth
    Veras
    Geise
    Robertson
    Ramirez
    Karstens or Rasner

    we still need that lefty, but this should do for now!

    Our Bench will look as such:

    Gonzalez
    Molina
    Gardner
    Betemit (though I would love to return him to sender, perhaps get another RH bat that can hit and spot start for catcher and 1st base) Too bad Piazza’s career ended, if we could add a bat like his off the bench, wow! The possibilities!

  • Baseballnation

    Suzuki– 20 mill singles hitter?? And Cameron who’s not what he used to be in cf

    How bout this– Trade Abreu and Veras (yes we love him but he’s replaceable and also highest value in pen aside from Rivera) for Prospects. Does that mean us being sellers? Indeed, and only because I think Abreu is at his peak value right now since I believe he is in the decline and because I think the yankees can only hope to catch the wild card this year.