Aug
05

Game 113: ZOMG A LEFTY!!11!11!

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Why is Jason Giambi sitting tonight? Why? Why why why why why? Texas starter Matt Harrison is a lefty, that’s why. Never freaking mind that Giambi has .919 OPS against LHP in a not insignificant sampling of 112 plate appearances this year (.895 OPS vs RHP), or that he went 3 for 4 with a homer yesterday, or that big league lefties are hitting (this is too good) .500-.563-.923 against Harrison in his young career. Erg.

David Robertson, get ready, you’re the next contestant on “Let’s See If You Can Magically Pitch Out Of Self-Induced Trouble Despite Being Left In The Game For Far Too Long.” The previous two participants – Edwar Ramirez & Damaso Marte – had to settle for consolation prizes: a four-slot toaster, and a parrot that can’t talk. Good luck!

1. Damon, LF
2. Jeter, SS
3. Abreu, RF
4. A-Rod, 3B
5. X(BH) Nady, DH
6. Cano, 2B
7. Dick Lock Sexy Sexson, 1B – you gotta earn that nickname
8. Molina, C
9. Christian, CF – two straight starts huh? interesting…

And on the mound, Andy “sure, you can” Pettitte.

Notes: Joba’s MRI is heading to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, which sounds really bad, but anyone with half a brain understands that something like this gets second, third, and fourth opinions, plus the last pitch he threw yesterday registered 96, something you can’t do with a major shoulder issue … this is a few days old, but the guys at Baseball America broke down the trade deadline action podcast style, don’t miss it, really really good stuff … despite all the doom & gloom lately, the Yanks are only 2.5 GB of a playoff spot, they’re just a good weekend away from leading the Wildcard …

Categories : Game Threads
  • Chris

    Explain the (BH) next to nadys name for me plzz…

  • TurnTwo

    (X)tra (B)ase-(H)its

  • Ivan

    Now I am a little bit nervous about Joba. At first I was like being pretty optimistic and how the feedback was positive news

    But he goes to visit Dr. James Andrews. I understand this takes 3 or 4 maybe 5 opinions but visiting James Andrews is usually not good news.

    Hopefully it’s the yanks being really, really cautious and meeting the best of the best which is usually Dr. James Andrews.

    Have one question, did James Andrews perform the first TJS?

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

      Wiki says it was Dr. Frank Jobe, whoever the hell that is.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_John_surgery

      • Ivan

        Is it safe to say that Joba might not comeback this season?

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

          No, he might not. But what do we know? A whole lotta nothing. The Yanks will do whatever is in the best interests of Joba.

          • Chris

            Technically they will do what is in the best interest of the Yankees. In this case, that probably overlaps, but as we saw with the Boston/Schilling situation that’s not always the case.

        • TurnTwo

          there really is no basis for the speculation, but in my personal opinion, i think you are close enough to the end of the season where if he’s going to miss two or three weeks, do you really expect to see him rehab and make two starts the last 2 weeks of the season?

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

        Frank Jobe is partners with another famed TJS surgeon, Dr. Lewis Yocum.

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

    That heckler in Tampa is really getting on Kelly Shoppach.

    • TurnTwo

      that guy shouldnt be allowed to get in.

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

    Wow, Jose Vidro was finally DFA’ed.

    • Joe

      Was it Vidro they were trying to pawn off on the Yankees (or what was rumored)?

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

        Yeah, I believe so.

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

      wow everybody knows you hate melky.

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

      You know how you know when a blog’s readers really suck? When you laugh at one comment then in the ensuing two comments your head hurts from reading sheer stupidity.

  • andrew

    has melky lost his starting job?
    fine with me…

    • TurnTwo

      i dont think so.

      to me, Christian is a great bench player. he’s not a starter, either.

      its amazing… $200 million, and we’re stuck juggling 3 different 4th OFers to patrol CF in the Bronx.

      • cult of basebaal

        i dunno, red sox spend a lot of money … and they’ve got 2 crap CF’s as well.

        • TurnTwo

          not $200 million.

  • Ivan

    Yo what the fuck has gotten into Brandon Laird?

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

      Our prospects tend to go on a little tear whenever Mike says something even remotely negative about them (see: De La Rosa, Wilkins; Jackson, Austin).

      • Kyle D.

        Keep calling A-Jax uninspiring. I’m happy with the results.

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

        You know who sucks? Phil Hughes. And that Ian Kennedy fellow won’t be any more than a 5th starter … on a AA team.

        ;)

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

      Schnikees. I told you the dude can rake.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2007/.....aird-1817/

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

        Was I the only one a bit surprised that in a game where the River Dogs get sixteen knocks, Jesus Montero gets only one?

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

          Well what can I say, when Montero doesn’t hit, it takes 8 guys to pick up the slack.

        • Ivan

          Yea but it was a two run double.

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

    Anybody think with a couple more weeks of sucky Richie Sexson and Juan Miranda raking, that we will see a Miranda appearance in the Bronx?

    Maybe what can bring Miranda up are the continued struggles of Melky Cabrera. Then you can move both Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady into the outfield with Jason Giambi and Juan Miranda as the 1B/DH tandem.

    • TurnTwo

      maybe as a part of Sept callups… idk, something tells me the Yankees arent taking Miranda seriously. at least not yet. maybe they prove me wrong, though…

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

      Miranda’s already on the 40 man, might as well call him up. Sexson’s been beyond useless.

    • Kyle D.

      Isn’t Miranda’s defense at 1B even worse that Giambi’s? As in he has little to no range, but can’t even pick it? At least thats what I’ve heard. The nice thing is that Sexson can double as a late inning defensive replacement (except hes not hitting lefties like they picked him up to do, so thats about all he is right now).

      I hope the Yankees just come to their senses and bat Giambi against lefties so this isn’t an issue.

    • Joe

      Though it’s a small sample size, Sexson is actually doing worse with the Yankees, than the Mariners

      • TurnTwo

        and does this really surprise anyone??

    • Kyle D.

      Juan Miranda is batting .220 against lefties this year. When exactly would we be using him?

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

        Against RHP? Like I said, bench Melky, put Damon or Nady in CF (other goes in LF), put Giambi at 1B, and Miranda at DH.

        • Kyle D.

          Ah, the bench Melky approach. That changes everything (for the better).

    • A.D.

      People didn’t like this idea when I proposed it on dotf yesterday

      I am for it

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

    Outside of Jason Heyward and Michael Stanton, is there a better overall positional prospect than Jesus Montero in the Sally?

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

      No, and Montero > Stanton. Nick Noonan is a stud, he’d be the 4th member of that group. Villalona and Kalish deserve a mention.

    • Ivan

      Freddie Freeman has produce very well. He has been terrific.

      Overall, it’s not crazy to say but with the Bat, Montero might have the best upside. Although I take Heyward over him.

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

        Yeah, makes that whole Jordan Schaffer ordeal quite meaningless, no?

  • giselle

    mike you missed “one” in the game thread title. it should be:

    Game 113: ZOMG A LEFTY!!11!11!one!1!!

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

      Or

      Game 113: ZOMG A LEFTY!!11!11!eleven!1!!

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      LOL.

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

    Mike, are you as miffed on the Rob Scahill non-offer as NoMass’ draft guru, Lane Meyer?

    http://www.nomaas.org/draft/?p=109

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

      Definitely not. Low-90′s two-seamer, low-80′s slider, developing change, no command? Yawn me. Great value at the 48th pick, but guys like that literally grow on trees, right along the 5 in La Jolla.

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

    I had no idea Harrison threw this hard.

  • Joe

    Cervilli seems to have found his way to AA

  • TurnTwo

    wow, looked like that Abreu drive was held up from the wind, no?

  • Pedro

    Wasn’t that guy supposed to throw in the 88-91mph range?

  • Ivan

    Yo andy Pettitte ERA is pretty solid for a guy who has two games where he gave up 10 Earn Runs.

  • Pedro

    Thought Pettitte got squeezed there.

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

    Fuck this hick state.

    • TurnTwo

      ha!

  • Joey H

    doctor andy is the best in the business. you can take this news one of two ways. 1, they know hes okay and just want to MAKE SURE HES FINEEE. and 2, he is pretty bad or something minor and want to see to a further extent if hes that bad or not. with me im going with the second one. and thats too god damn bad. we are looking at “27/09″

    • A.D.

      Id take it as a double check, nothing major, just want to make sure cause they want to be careful, probably was going to andrews no matter what, even if nothing came up with the MRI, I think they did the same thing with Jorge

      • Joey H

        well doublechecking … how? positive or negative sense?

  • Ivan

    Yo was that a legit HR or was that help with the Hot air and that Jet Stream?

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

      Was that Mark Feinsand to the right of Joe Girardi?

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

        Looked like him.

  • TurnTwo

    hmpf. not quite the start i was hoping for.

  • E-ROC

    This sucks.

  • Joey H

    ok two things, andy pettite sucks. umps love to squeeze him. and why the FUCK is giambi sitting after that night last night? dont give me some heat excuse

    • Joe

      How old are you and how many times have you seen Andy Pettite pitch?

      • Joey H

        plenty of times within the last 7 days to know he is struggling and not living up to his reputation of a second half pitcher.

        • Steve H

          Yeah, what a sample size. Take the 7 days over the 15 years.

          • Joey H

            ok thats nice. hes a different pitcher now and since hes been back than before he left.

            • Steve H

              So what about his previous 5 starts? He’s had a TON of good 7 day spans this year as well as this bad one.

              • TurnTwo

                dont argue… just ignore until he ends up at LoHud.

                • cult of basebaal

                  yes, yes … don’t feed teh joey

                • Joey H

                  i take things for face value. pettite can be as good as he wants in july. now is august. we need him to step up. and hes not doing it thus far. my take, his slow start and now slump is a direct result of his lack of time to train during the offseason

              • Joey H

                ok so, what yo uare telling me. is a defined stopper. in andy pettite. can throw 5 good starts, and when we just had a huge blow to our rotation will go out there, and get bombed? c’monnnn mannn. thinkkk thinkkkk.

                • Newman

                  You’re such a goddam fool. Please go away

  • giselle

    look at that, a power lefty homers against a lefty pitcher. i hope girardi is taking notes.

  • A.D.

    By the way all those Richie Sexson defensive replacement people, his ZR is worse than Giambi & Betemit…so no value there

    • Pedro

      Just shows how good our manager is. Richie Sexson over Giambi when there’s no defensive gain and certainly no coming close in terms of offense.

  • Kyle D.

    Does anybody else want Igawa to get rocked continually at AAA so theres NO way he slots into the rotation? He’s already got 4BB in 4IP.

    • Joey H

      you just had to mention his name didnt you.

      • Kyle D.

        See, if Isiah Thomas were still around we could probably trade Richie Sexson to him for a future first round draft pick and cash. Then take some other 6-8 guy and teach him HOW TO HIT THE GODDAMNED BASEBALL, ARGH.

    • Steve H

      I want him to get rocked in AAA, go to AA and get rocked there, then A, then Rookie ball. Then I hope they send him back to college, then high school and see him get rocked at every level. I have never seen a guy look so sad, un-confident, pathetic, weak, etc, etc, etc on the mound.

      • Joey H

        im sure if you are his age they would want you to speak english in college.

        • Steve H

          Yeah, usually for the athletes they’d overlook that, but only the good ones.

  • steve

    ugh i can’t take this rangers broadcasts … they just interviewed three clowns in the stands.

    i’m not joking

    i’m sorry if anyones parents are clowns, but why anyone would go down that career path i will never know.

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

    Josh Beckett is failing again.

    • Steve H

      Looking a lot like 2006 for Beckett this year, without the run support. And without Manny, it’s not coming anytime soon.

    • Joey H

      hes back to 06 form. ive been saying this all season. especially when that back acted up.

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

    Getting into scoring position in the first inning is so meaningless.

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

    Stupid hicks.

  • Joey H

    i can be way wrong but does it look like sexon uses a tee ball bat? or is it just how tall he is. if so i suggest he trys to see if any of alfonso’s bats are still laying around after all these years. and wow hes a real cocksucker . as i type this he hit into that DP

  • Kyle D.

    Posted in wrong thread:

    See, if Isiah Thomas were still around we could probably trade Richie Sexson to him for a future first round draft pick and cash. Then take some other 6-8 guy and teach him HOW TO HIT THE GODDAMNED BASEBALL, ARGH.

    • Joey H

      how about we resurect the storied baseball career of MJ michael jordan? maybe he can bring some of his rings, we can use a few of those too

  • Ivan

    Come on Pettitte.

  • Manimal

    Why do yankee pitchers do that. Because you don’t get calls on the corners doesn’t mean you need to throw it down the middle. This is the best offense in the league. You make your own breaks and I still stand by my words when I declaired this season over.

    • A.D.

      bit dramatic that the season is over, I get the pessimism, but we still have 6 games against the Sox & Rays, so we can even take care of our own business.

      • Manimal

        They might make the Playoff but they are not a world series caliber team. There are wayyyyyy better teams than them.

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

          Certainly, but there were way better teams than the 2006 Cards, or the 2002 Halos, or the 1996 Yankees. Just get in, then figure it out from there.

          • Manimal

            I never said they couldn’t win it. They just aren’t at the same level as the Angels, Sox(both) and Cubs are.

            • Ivan

              Hey in a short series anything can happen, plus, it’s not the Red Sox are great.

          • Ivan

            Better than the first two teams but not the 96 Yanks.

  • A.D.

    charleston already up 7-0 damn

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

      You know things are going well when Angelini jacks one.

    • Charles

      That team is very talented. 3 run HR from LAird and Angelini.

    • Charles

      Ugh GIDP Jeter at it again.

  • Pedro

    What a terrible job Pettitte has done for this team when they’ve need him the most.

  • Ivan

    Gotta make that play Cano.

    • Manimal

      bad hop off the lip of the grass. Happens.

  • Ivan

    Iight, Yanks can certainly comeback.

    • Manimal

      against someone with a 7.something era? Doubt it.

      • cult of basebaal

        especially not an U.R.P.

    • Pedro

      They certainly can, but then you remember the first 112 games of the season and how bad the offense has been, especially when they are down early, and things don’t look very promising.

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

      if it’s one thing this team has proven is that it has balls. The series’ splits against Boston and the Halos proved that much, especially the Sunday game.

      • Ivan

        Balls of steel.

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

    How about that Danny Haren contract? Talk about team friendly. Now they just have to hope he stays healthy.

  • A.D.

    Cervelli has quite the average at AA right now

    • Manimal

      It was a shame what happened to him at the beginning of the season

  • Ivan

    Seem the national league has figured out Volquez a little bit.

    • TurnTwo

      or Dusty Baker has destroyed him in record time. i’d bet on the latter.

      • Dave P.

        haha. Dusty Baker. Baseball’s version of the homewrecker.

  • A.D.

    talk about hitting them where they are so far tonoght

  • Ivan

    Not great omen when Molina and Sexson suck and hit bullets but nothing to show for it.

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

    They Mets are getting one hit by my boy Chris Young.

    • TurnTwo

      that makes me smile.

    • TurnTwo

      ok, seriously, is Tatis being tested under the same steroid policy as every other MLB player?

  • Manimal

    Man, J Christ has balls.

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

    Double steal?

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

      Fo shizzle, especially with the RHB at the plate.

  • Ivan

    4-6-3 Jeter at the plate.

    • Ivan

      AKA 5-3 Jeter now.

  • Pedro

    Double steal, please.

  • Manimal

    Jeter doing what he does best.

  • Mike Pop

    Jeter is soooo bad guys

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

    Is anyone surprised? Seriously.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    well, i didnt see that DP coming

  • Pedro

    The Yankees are a joke.

    • Manimal

      But no ones laughing.

    • Chucky

      Dude a week ago the yankees could do no wrong, but lose one game, and go down early in the next, and suddenly we are a joke. Learn to be a fan or leave

      • Manimal

        Good teams beat good teams AND bad teams.

        • Ivan

          Dude the red sox just lost to the royals, and are a terrible road team.

          • Manimal

            but they will still find a way to get home field advantage. And the Sox are managed properly.

            • Ivan

              really?

      • Steve H

        Yeah, calling them a joke is pointless. If you’d have told me in April that Darrell Rasner, Dan Giese, and Sidney Ponson had made several starts each, Wang would be done for the year, Kennedy and Hughes were winless between them, Posada would be done for the year, A-Rod would miss time, Cano would suck for 1/2 year and they are STILL in contention for both the WC and Division, I would be THRILLED with this team. I mean, what am I missing?

        • Joe

          Kei Igawa made a few starts

          • Steve H

            Exactly. I knew there was more to pile on.

        • Dave P.

          Seriously. I’m with you on this one.

  • Ivan

    A clutch DP by Jeter.

    • Joe

      Check out the list of guys who have grounded into the most double plays
      1. Cal Ripken+ 350 R
      2. Hank Aaron+ 328 R
      3. Carl Yastrzemski+* 323 L
      4. Dave Winfield+ 319 R
      5. Eddie Murray+# 316 B
      Good group Jeter will be joining

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

    How the fuck is Fernando Tatis doing this?

    • TurnTwo

      hmm, smoke and mirrors?

      perhaps he’s Barry Bonds, but wearing a Fernando Tatis mask?

  • Chucky

    I’m sick of this fair weather shit, getting on a player during a slump is one thing, but don’t turn on the team after one loss.

    • Mike Pop

      i agree it does get ridic……i think we are in alot of trouble but we might be able to pull something off and be right there in the end of september..we got alot of time left

      • Steve H

        Agreed, I’ll bust on Jeter’s dp’s, Abreus defense and baserunning in good fun, but come on, this team as it sits now, is performing better than you could ask. With the riff-raff they have put on the mound this year, they shouldn’t be battling for the playoffs, and they are. Give Girardi a ton of credit for it too. And cash with the recent moves.

  • Charles

    Nice outing for Betances so far.

    • Mike Pop

      hows he doing ???

    • Charles

      And for Ivan Nova too.

  • cult of basebaal

    nice to see joey joe joe doing his best to enable jeter to set new personal bests in killing rallies by grounding into double plays …

    nice of jeter to make adjustments and stop drilling low pitches into the ground with runners on …

    gah.

    • Chucky

      yea i mean we might as well just bench him! he is so not an everyday player anymore, what is joe thinking?

      fucking idiot

      • Steve H

        Just DFA him and bring in Vidro, he’d play a better short than Jeter too, and he’s a switch hitter.

        kidding, clearly

      • cult of basebaal

        ummm, you wanna clarify that?

        • cult of basebaal

          that was for chucky’s comment, not steve’s.

  • Manimal

    Seriously, who didn’t own a pair of superman Pajamas.

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

    Gotta be Pudge, right? Juan Gone wasn’t there long enough.

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

      Question, please.

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

        Most hits in Ranger’s history.

      • Manimal

        Who holds the record for most hits in a rangers uniform.

    • Manimal

      I’d say Michael Young, but I’m usually wayyy wrong.

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

        Watch, it’ll be Rusty Greer.

        • Steve H

          Good call. As I remember, he was a free swinger, and before the injuries took their toll had some 200 hit seasons. Though Young has a bunch in a row, I think you’ve got a good shot with Greer

  • Ivan

    Man tomorrow’s game might start the football season folks.

    • Chucky

      seriously, 2.5 games back and you think we are out of it? im done with this for tonight you people are making me sick! i have never seen such a shitty group of fans, might be time to find a new game blog cause this is pathetic

      • Steve H

        I heard the Giants had a bad scrimmage today, must be Basketball season tomorrow.

        • Newman

          And the Knicks are the Knicks, so should we start the countdown to next spring training?

      • Ivan

        You don’t get it.

        See what I mean’t was that with Ponson and some crappy ranger pitching, it could be 14-13. A football score and the football season is beginning.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    The last Angels game was one of the best games I’ve ever seen and even if they had a bunch of unearned runs,it ws fun. If Joba had been Joba and carried us into the 7th last night, it would be different. We can’t afford another pitcher to go down…but esp not the future ace. I think we’re all just cranky right now. I know I was cranky for quite a few days after CMW went down.

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

    Matt Harrison is just asking to get lit up.

    • Newman

      And we’re saying, no thanks, stay inflammable

  • Mike Pop

    mike young

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

    How many Yankee fans you think said “Fucking A-Rod” or “Typical A-Rod”, but stayed quite as hell when Jeter did it?

    • Newman

      Unfortunately it seems that the Jeter haters have come out in full force as well

  • Ivan

    A-rod doing his best Jeter impersanation.

  • Charles

    Damn,double plays to kill rallies..Pathetic.

  • Hybrid Moments

    Really random comment but Sexson playing tonight is fucking terrible.

  • Stewman23

    Does anybody see the harm in flipping Damon and Jeter..I’m sure it’s already been brought up in here, but I don’t always get a chance to follow the threads

  • Manimal

    If my math is right, Pudge has 1540, so young is out of the question

    • Manimal

      yeah its wrong, skipped a season.

  • A.D.

    given the pitching has been a little iffy lately (and if Joba misses time more so) they should consider bringing up miranda and going offensive in CF

  • Charles

    Betances so far: 5.2ip,3h,0r,0er,1bb,5ks. Man,if he keeps holding those walks down, watch out.

    • Charles

      And Ivan Nova:6ip,5h,1r,1er,0bb,5ks. Gave up a solo shot.

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

    Ugh, stop it with bringing the IF in.

  • Mike Pop

    we can hit this guy and this bullpen…. its bound to happen just needs to happen soon enough

    • TurnTwo

      no we cant… double wammy– lefty pitcher, and a rookie most of our hitters have never faced before.

  • Ivan

    this game is bugging me.

    • Manimal

      This season is bugging me

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

      The Tuesday and Friday games from last week aggravated me to a degree. This game not so much, this fucking ballpark in July and August makes you leave all expectation at the door.

  • Ivan

    wow a hitter doing worst than Melky.

    • Manimal

      You don’t see that every day. Quick! Make a wish!

  • Newman

    Anyone think there’s a chance that Joba’s injury really took the sails out of this team for the moment? Is such a residual effect possible? Or is it more just the overall inconsistent play we’ve seen all year?

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

      It’s this piece o’ shit state.

      • Manimal

        You really hate texas dont you.

        • TurnTwo

          name me one good reason not to… besides the gals over at U of T/Austin.

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

          I have family down there so I can’t hate it that much, but when I visited when I was younger I just remember the unbearable heat. The word scorching was invented for Texas heat.

    • Charles

      As a whole, I think injuries have derailed this team the most. They go on a tear and then someone goes down (see: Wang and now Joba).

  • Ivan

    Well look on the bright side, at we don’t have Michael Kay wine and bitch about the Yanks struggles.

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

    Not as nice as Alexi Ramirez, but it will do.

    • Manimal

      I was JUST going to say that lol.

  • A.D.

    Nice little play

  • Hybrid Moments

    Pettitte certainly picks great instances to suck.

    • cult of basebaal

      so does this offense.

    • Joe

      He doesn’t actually pick them, as a religious man, the Lord works through him, so blame God.

      • TurnTwo

        id love to see him point up to the sky after his next walk.

      • cult of basebaal

        so … you’re blaming Mo???

        them might be fightin’ words, sir!

        • Joe

          Not blaming Mo, he’s a different kind of Diety

    • Newman

      Are you fucking serious man? What the hell is wrong with everyone? Have you watched Andy Pettitte at all during his Yankee career? This comment is assanine

      • Steve H

        What do you mean, he sucks in the playoffs too, he’s got 7 playoff losses. (IGNORE THE 18 WINS)

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

    Fausto Carmona threw more balls than strikes tonight. Yikes.

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

      If Andy Marte can show he has a pulse in that wood bat the Tribe can take the lead.

    • Ivan

      Not surprising, considering his BB rate is dreadful.

    • Steve H

      Ponson was 50/50 against the Angels. Talk about a fluke. He’s gonna get crushed in Texas (but the O will pick him up, they owe him that) But actually, if everyone else struggles in the Texas heat, will Ponson even be able to climb the dugout steps?

      • TurnTwo

        a Sidney Ponson ‘fat’ joke? never heard that before. good stuff.

        • Steve H

          Sorry, it wasn’t meant to be a fat joke. We all know he’s just “big boned”

      • Chris

        but if all the good players suck, then maybe the sucky players get good. Perhaps Ponson will be great. And maybe Melky should have started.

  • Mike Pop

    leave it to the yankees to make the rangers pitching look good

  • Pedro

    Somebody forgot to tell our players we are facing a 7+ ERA pitcher.

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

    B.J. Upton can really, really cover some ground. He just glides out there.

  • Ivan

    The yankees are making him look like Santana.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Joe G def needs to put Jeter in the leadoff spot. Or 9th.

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

    Check out David Cone droppin’ George Kontos’ and Phil Coke’s names.

    • A.D.

      must not take the Joe Morgan philosphy on reading about prospects

  • Newman

    Mike, you calling the ol’ tying run will come to the plate deal tonight?

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

    Just seen “The Ruins” today, wow. Can’t top “Hostile” in that genre but it is a damn good number two.

  • Stephen

    Why is A-Rod getting a Yankeeography already? He’s a great player, and probably will deserve one, and yes he’s won 2 MVP awards, but c’mon, he’s been with the team for 5 years and the Yankees haven’t advanced past the ALCS with him. I’m not saying it’s his fault, but shouldn’t a player achieve some sort of glory before he gets a Yankeeography?

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

      “…sort of glory…”? Like winning two MVP awards in his first four years as a Yankee? Like having one of the best offensive seasons in the history of professional baseball?

      I see what you mean about the October stuff, but come on, the man has had his glory in quite the short time as a Bronx Bomber.

      • Stephen

        Did I mention the MVPs? Yea I did. Did I blame him for the Yankees postseason failures? No I did not. He is probably my 2nd favorite Yankee after JOBA (because he is so good, I like good players, period). I just think it’s a tad bit premature to give a Yankeeography midway through his 5th season, while he’s still on the team.

    • Ivan

      He’s gonna be here for the next 10 years.

    • Joe

      Yeah, he’s put up with a bunch of bullshit people not appreciating him for a long time

    • A.D.

      Gotta sell DVDs

  • A.D.

    man wish we had already signed Bliech already, some of these 2008 draft picks have already been promoted, would be fun to follow

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

    A Catcher sliding into first base, ha!

  • Ivan

    Top 6 inning we have the top order coming up, third time through the order, lets see if the yanks pimp slap this dude.

    Laird just stole Melky’s move.

  • Newman

    When did we trade Melky to Texas?

    • Steve H

      That ball was hit too hard to come off Melky’s bat.

  • Ivan

    Lets Go.

  • Newman

    Let’s get a rally goin here

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Didn’t we used to own the Rangers?

    • Steve H

      Yeah, strangely when they were good too.

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

    Fuck, let’s get this thing going.

  • Manimal

    Nice triple by Johnny

    • TurnTwo

      watch Jeter hit a line drive to the 3B, who steps on the bag to double up Damon…

  • Ivan

    That’s what the fuck Im talking about.

  • A.D.

    if Jeter finds a way to gidp, i’ll give him props

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

    Jeter, there’s no way you can GIDP. Please, just get your ass on-base.

  • Flynn

    P-fucking-thetic. This guy had an ERA of 237.5 entering the game. Naturally he shuts us down. An 0-2 start on a make or break trip would be tought. The bats need to wake up and Andy needs to pull his head from his arse.

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      I believe Andy has settled in nicely. He’s good for one more inning I’d say.

  • Charles

    Yeah,maybe the Yanks should have something like a ‘rally mustache’.

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

    A rally killing sac fly by the Cap’n. Way to keep it movin’.

    • Ivan

      word but hey we got a run.

  • Ivan

    I thought jeter hit that ball better.

  • Joe

    Alright, it’s a start

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

    The Tribe has runners on the corners, nobody out, down by one in the seventh. We really need Tampa to lose, if a comeback is not in the cards for us, dropping seven back in the loss column would not be ideal to say the least.

    • Steve H

      Hope they get a bunch, their pen is pretty bad these days.

      • Ivan

        Balfour is good.

        • Steve H

          Sorry, I mean cleveland’s pen is bad, so I hope they give their own pen a big lead.

    • Ivan

      Good.

    • Jake K.

      In response to your earlier comment (I’m just arriving), read the Ruins. It is SO much scarier than the movie. Creepiest book I’ve ever read.

    • TurnTwo

      really? are we still looking at the division?

      im focused on the WC.

      2.5 is a lot easier to reach than 5.5.

      hope the saux lose, not the rays. lets get real here.

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

        Keep all avenues open.

      • Steve H

        Unless they are playing each other, why don’t we hope they both lose?

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

        Don’t worry about either. One game at the time.All they can do right now is win today.

        • TurnTwo

          win 2 out of 3, or 66% of their remaining games, and they end up with 93 wins.

          anything less, and you really have to wonder if they’ve got a serious chance.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    These Rangers announcers are something special.

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

    Aaron Heilman comes in for the 9th with a 4 run lead, and he promptly walks the first hitter on 4 pitches…

    • A.D.

      vintage Heilman

  • Charles

    How in the world is this Matt Harrison guy doing this to the Yanks?

  • A.D.

    chipping away

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

    Wow, Ken Singleton played baseball in Texas during the 1960′s? That must have sucked beyond belief.

  • Newman

    Rays are about to get out of their jam unscathed

  • Manimal

    Seriously, who is Byrd? I haven’t heard of him ever.

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

      You’ve never heard of Marlon Byrd?

      • Manimal

        Can’t say I have.

        • Steve H

          Big time prospect once upon a time. Never developed as hope though.

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

            Traded straight up for Endy Chavez at one point.

  • Ivan

    Fuck Cleveland.

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

      Seriously.

    • bklynJT

      Umm… more like Fuck Us… if we can’t even beat a crappy rookie pitcher, we shouldn’t expect anyone else to help us out.

  • Mike Pop

    what do you guys think we have to play like 700 ball the rest of the way to make the playoffs ???

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

      If the Yanks lose this game and play .700 ball the rest of the season, they’ll finish the year 95-67. That should definitely get them in the playoffs.

      • NYFan50

        That, or maybe something more realistic like rubbing a lot of lamps and hoping they find a magic one.

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

      34-17 to win 95-games.

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

        Sorry, 33-17 to win 94-games.

    • Flynn

      I’ve seen absolutely nothing over the first 112 games that tells me this team can play .700 ball. I can’t even see .600 ball considering the home/road splits.

  • Manimal

    That Cutter literally cut a sliver off his bat off.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    *sigh* 8 in a row then drop 7 of 10 to negate the gains…

    • A.D.

      pretty much

  • Ivan

    This game is really ticking me the fuck off.

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

    Oh my God, the Mets’ bullpen is fucking atrocious.

    • bklynJT

      omg the yankees are atrocious.

      • Ivan

        Mets play in a bitch ass league. The Phillies and Marlins are not better than the Sox or Rays.

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

    Oh my goodness do the Mets suck.

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

      Barely squeaked out that win.

    • bklynJT

      They do suck, but right now, so do our Yankees….

  • Ivan

    Where the fuck are those pitches.

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

    You know, intentionally walking Chris Davis does not help my fantasy team.

    • A.D.

      ditto, if only obp was a category

    • cult of basebaal

      it appears that intentionally walking chris davis did much of anything for your real team, either …

  • bklynJT

    That intentional walk looks great now…DAMN IT

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

    The Yanks have played like they are itching to get blown out tonight, but the Rangers have kept them relatively alive.

    • BigBlueAL

      The Yankees are playing like a team that got a punch to the stomach last night and havent recovered yet.

  • E-ROC

    The Yankees will call up Ian Kennedy to start Saturday in place of Joba Chamberlain, sources told Suzyn Waldman of WCBS.

    Kennedy would likely have a chance of sticking in the rotation once Chamberlain returns, but he’ll have to perform well. AL-only leaguers won’t want him active right away.

    Rotoworld

    • A.D.

      i’ll take it, prefer that than going back to Rasner

  • bklynJT

    Can you smell a grand slam?

  • Jake H

    I swear this team looks either great or terrrible

  • A.D.

    well at least the dp is back in order

  • Pedro

    This team is definately a joke, just a bad one.

  • Ivan

    This is just great.

  • BigBlueAL

    Love all you youngsters who are becoming to realize the reality that the Yankees will most likely not make the playoffs this season. Believe it or not there was a time when this did happen, I aint that old but do remember them sucking until I reached high-school, and while I am as frustrated as all you guys (just go back and read some of my comments) this latest injury to Joba has pretty much cemented that this is a bad-luck season where it most likely isnt meant to be….

    • Ivan

      quitter.

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

        We are making the playoffs. And that’s that.

      • BigBlueAL

        its not quitting, its facing reality and not going crazy over the fact that god-forbid the Yankees miss the playoffs this season with almost half their freakin roster injured….

  • Mike Pop

    this sucks right now

  • Ivan

    Fuck the mets.

  • Mike Pop

    we could still make playoffs big blue al

    • BigBlueAL

      Yes we can, but not making it isnt the end of the world for the simple fact that injuries have killed this team. Now not having Joba and Wang, forget it no team can lose their best 2 pitchers plus their starting catcher and DH plus lose their best player (ARod) for over 20 games earlier in the season…

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

    Evan Longoria hit three Home Runs in one AB. Two foul, one for real.

  • Manimal

    I like a pitcher that isn’t afraid to challenge hitters. Shows some balls.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Robertson has balls of steel.

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

    Ok, so maybe D-Rob can be trusted in a spot like last night. I’m sure Joe G. has taken notice.

    • Steve H

      Another bright spot in what apparently is the worst team/season in Yankee history judging by some of these posts.

  • Jake H

    Good job D Rob!

  • Mike Pop

    we need a roy halladay

  • Ivan

    David Robertson just show me something man.

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

    UUUUUUUUUGE strikeouts by D-Rob.

  • A.D.

    Robertson getting out of it, maybe that will ignite something offensively

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

    Why are they playing the FOX sports jingle in the stadium?

    • Ivan

      I said that yesterday.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I love this guy.

  • Ivan

    Yo this pitcher is getting mad lucky. that’s like our third hit ball that struck hard.

  • Ivan

    Get some fuckin runs.

  • BigBlueAL

    Holy Shit 2 walks for Cano tonight!!!

  • Todd

    All the reports on Robertson that I remember were that he had a very strong curveball and an average fastball. I see the complete opposite. A very strong FB spotted well and an ordinary CB.

    • Todd

      Wow. I take back the comment about his “ordinary CB.” Wow!

  • Ivan

    Just PH sexson.

  • Newman

    Why is Sexson hitting here? I’m sorry I don’t give a shit about his nonsense small sample size stats against lefties, he’s HORRENDOUS. Let Giambi play

    • Joe

      I can’t agree more

  • Ivan

    bullshit ass call.

  • Steve H

    Should have taken one for the team

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

    Sexson, you doofy mother fucker, that pitch was a foot outside.

  • Ivan

    Take the walk sexson.

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

    It’s about time Sexson did something. Big opportunity now.

  • Newman

    I cannot believe my eyes, Sexson with a XBH!

  • Steve H

    And we’ll all shut up now

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

    Two rockets and a walk in this inning, time for the bullpen.

  • Ivan

    Lets be honest we all thought sexson would strikeout.

    • Newman

      No way, I told you he’d double – just check my post a few comments above

      • Steve H

        Don’t sell yourself short. You even called that it would be a laser high off the center field wall, or something like that.

  • Mike Pop

    damn man jus a lil harder

    • Steve H

      At least he got to 2nd, didn’t stare at it. Stayed out of the DP, and we can score 2 on a single. Manny would have been thrown out on that, at 1st.

  • Ivan

    I assume I-Rod would come to PH.

    • Ivan

      guess not.

  • BigBlueAL

    Melky apparently is on deck to pinch-hit!!!!

    • Joe

      Bull Shit, wow Giambis got a .206 average with runners in scoring position.

  • Newman

    How is Melky on deck?!?!?!!??!?!?!?!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME GIRARDI

    • Newman

      WHERE IS PUDGE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    • Steve H

      I was hoping he was just filling in for the bat-boy, not actually getting ready to “hit”

    • cult of basebaal

      he’s been having “a lot of good at bats recently” dontcha know?

      • Steve H

        Because he hasn’t impaled himself with the bat yet?

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

    Wilson Betemit PH’s for Justin Christian? With this piece of shit ballpark and Josh Rupe being a RHP, I’d say hell yes.

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

    Why is Melky pinch hitting?

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      This is a sub-optimal use of personnel.

    • NYFan50

      Does it matter which of our players grounds into a DP?

  • Ivan

    Please not him.

  • Newman

    Is this some kind of a joke, Girardi? I’m sorry, I cannot get over this

  • Mike Pop

    melky ?!?!?!?!?!?

  • BigBlueAL

    Shit why pinch-run for Giambi!!! Now Sexson or Betemit will have to play 1b rest of game and we no longer have Giambi’s bat!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    anybody else rather see Christian here?

  • Ivan

    Noooooo.

  • E-ROC

    God, no; Melky is pinch hitting.

  • Mike Pop

    i cant beleive that

  • MJM

    What?!? How does it make sense to run for giambi with pudge and hit melky? why not hit pudge and pr with melky?

  • BigBlueAL

    You guys wanted Torre gone….

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

    Why don’t you just put a fucking bow on it too, Girardi?

  • bklynJT

    Ok, can we put Melky on waivers already…
    CANT EVEN GET ONE RUN HOME YOU A_HOLE

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

    LoL, as I was about to hit “Add comment” for this: “Melky will do something great.”, he pops up.

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      oh ye of too great faith…

  • Ivan

    Why Girardi?

  • Jake H

    Did anyone actually think Melky would come through?

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      not me.

      • MELKY’S MOTHER

        Me neither

        • giselle

          hahah

  • Newman

    This game is falling on Girardi’s shoulders. I don’t care how Andy pitched or what the offense did the rest of the game, he just singlehandedly squandered a golden fucking opportunity

    • bklynJT

      Please let’s not take any blame away from Andy. When we need him to step up the most, he throws up another donut

      • Newman

        How old are you? 15? Do you remember Andy Pettitte during any of the playoff runs in his first go around with the Yanks? Do you remember how good he was in Game 2s of series because he was the ultimate stopper? Shut your damn mouth and gain some perspective

  • NYFan50

    It’s ok, Damon will come through.

  • Chofo

    Bad move by Girardi. If you are going to pinhrun do it with Melky and bring Pudge to Pinch hit, not the other way around

    • MJM

      Exactly…that was done completely backwards.

  • Joe

    That was the most insane baseball move I have ever seen, I can not believe he pinch hit Melky Cabrera

  • Ivan

    Good A-Bat Damon.

  • Newman

    Is anyone else shellshocked at how a major league manager can be so dumb?

  • BigBlueAL

    Funny Pete Abe line: “I’m not following this. Pudge is the pinch runner and Melky is the pinch hitter?”

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

    Dude, he pinch RAN Pudge and pinch HIT Melky. Isn’t that the definition of ass backwards?

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      not to excuse it but he apparently just put in the ppl that were going to take over at those respective positions…

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

        Yeah, but he can still PR Melk and PH Pudge and have them go out to the correct positions.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I half expect to see scientists in the stands for Yankee games so they can see a black hole here on earth with their very own eyes.

    Maybe Joe Girardi got a tip that some were in Arlington today, and decided to do them a favor?

  • bklynJT

    Is there any doubt that Jeter will ground to SS?

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    LOL…Andy Hawkins??…ah him and Tim “19 losses” Leary…those were the days…

    • BigBlueAL

      Hawkins did almost throw a “real” no-hitter.

  • Mike Pop

    cap’n clutch !!!

  • A.D.

    DONT SWING

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    At least it wasn’t a grounder, right?

  • Ivan

    Come on.

  • Joe

    Someone needs to Nancy Kerrigan Melky Cabrera’s ass, or Knee

  • MJM

    Fuck!!!

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

    Heh, I told my girlfriend that the Yanks would send the leading run to the plate. I hope this inning was just a precursor of things to come.

  • NYFan50

    FUN FACT!

    Melky’s .636 OPS places him just behind batting greats Juan Pierre, Chris Denorfia and Carlos Gomez. And hey, it IS 6 points better than Bronson Arroyo.

    • MJM

      I happen to live in Cincy and get to see Bronson every fifth day…dude can rake…

      • Steve H

        Wish we only saw Melky every 5th day.

  • Mike Pop

    man o man he finally hit it well and kins was there

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      a low liner right to the second baseman is well?

  • Ivan

    That has been 4 or 5 hits that have been hit hard that produce nothing.

  • Jake H

    Guy can’t throw a strike and jeter swings at something low that might have been a ball.

    • Ivan

      Hey I wanted him to walk but that pitch was right there in his place away where he likes it that way and he hit a bullet and it was at somebody

      • A.D.

        you take the walk, guarenteed run, and you have big bats behind you

  • giselle

    damn that ian kinsler. he robbed nady of hit to start the inning, too.

  • Ivan

    Nasty Curve.

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

    I know what Girardi wanted to do, but this was too important of a situation to worry about that. He wanted to get Ivan Rodriguez in the lineup ahead of Melky Cabrera and save Wilson Betemit to PH for Richie Sexson later on. But damn, I don’t like managing for the future like that. The benefits of making the “right now” move outweighs the risk of having Melky hit in front of I-Rod and any match-up issues with Wilson Betemit.

    • A.D.

      especially bases loaded

  • Newman

    Can anyone think of a worse managing move ever in their lives? Granted I’m only 23 years old, but that was easily the most bone-headed move I’ve ever witnessed

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

      It wasn’t bone-headed, just overdone. Joe Girardi does have a penchant for thinking out his moves to every last detail and I credit him for that. Sometimes they will work out, sometimes they won’t.

      We have yet to see the final effect of his decisions though. Like I said, the reason for PR I-Rod and PH Cabrera was to get I-Rod ahead of Melky in the lineup.

      • Newman

        Jamal, I’m sorry. I understand you point fully, but when you have the bases loaded and 1 out and you’re down 4 runs, you do not pinch hit with the worst everyday player in baseball who has been in such an incredible rut that he’s been benched his last 2 games. That is inexcusable. Like you said yourself, you cannot playfor the future when you’re down 4 fucking runs

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

          You’re right. I disagree with the move but I definitely understand it. I also definitely disagree that is was a dumb decision.

          It’s like the Moose and Manny ordeal. He didn’t want to IBB Manny so as not to face Kevin Youkilis, he of the great batting eye, with the bases loaded. I understood that move but I am still on the fence with that move.

      • Joe

        I hear what your saying, but either way its Melky were talking about

    • Steve H

      Umm, how about not putting in Dave Stapleton as a defensive replacement for Bill Buckner, as McNamara had done all playoffs long. Tiny bit more riding on that one.

      • Newman

        Fair enough, but that was more of a non-move by a manager. Girardi just willingly put the bat in a .230 avg, sub .300 obp hitter’s hands over a guy hitting .350 for the past 2 months (Pudge) and a guy with legitimate power (Betemit)

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      um yeah I can think of a couple…

  • Manimal

    There is not one doubt in my mind Nady will hit a 3 run home run to tie this game.

  • Joe

    It’s incredible how quickly a fan base turns on a player. Not saying he doesn’t deserve it. Just an observation.

    • A.D.

      on melky? Guy hasn’t hit since April/early may, its taken awhile to completly turn

  • giselle

    how come gardner gets a chance to make a bunch of outs before the yanks send him down, yet christian, who already got a hit in this game, is promptly removed when there are risp? not to rag on gardner, but christian should at least get the same shot. i trust him more than melky, anyway.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Wow Robertson sure can get out of jams…too bad bases loaded with 2 outs in the ninth doesnt constitute a jam.

    • BigBlueAL

      He sure can create jams too….

      • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        noted. lol. but he would have struck out byrd last night.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    ok now its time to get a new arm in there…ok good lol

  • Ivan

    Should of not walked Byrd D-Rob.

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

    Well at least Girardi’s not a total fucking nitwit. He finally figured out when it’s time to take a reliever out.

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

      I think this is being overblown. The move has not fully played itself out yet. Again, I disagree with his decision but I don’t feel it was terrible or “dumb”.

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

        Dude, he sent the WORST HITTER IN BASEBALL since April up their with the bases loaded, while the guy hitting .343 over the last 2 months, who is also a slow ass catcher, goes out to pinch freaking run. That’s got to be the most boneheaded move I’ve seen in a long, long time.

        Torre would have been castrated for that.

        • Newman

          Thank you Mike. Glad I’m not just losing my mind on my own over here

    • Newman

      But then brings in a guy who can’t get it done

  • BigBlueAL

    Joe Girardi=Isiah Thomas!!!!!

    • Steve H

      That’s just wrong

      • BigBlueAL

        LOL

    • Ivan

      Thomas ruin franchises.

    • Joe

      Dude, that’s pretty harsh

  • A.D.

    cant believe jeter didnt take the walk

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

    Well look at that, Davis got those RBI for my fantasy team after all.

  • Ivan

    Don’t like this matchup. and what do you know.

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

    Hey, wait a cotton pickin’ minute, this bullpen is suppose to be the shit.

    • Newman

      Take out “the” and you’ve accurately summed up our bullpen right now

    • Steve H

      Drop the “the” and you have it.

      • Newman

        Amen Steve

    • BigBlueAL

      Its called back to reality. Or actually its called the starting pitching is back to reality, forcing the bullpen to pitch a shitload of innings again….

      • Joe

        You whine a lot.

        Do you actually take any joy from watching baseball? It seems like all you do is look for the next screw up.

        • BigBlueAL

          WTF you have people calling the bullpen shit. All Im sayin is lately they have been getting ripped at the same time that the starting pitching has pitched equally as bad barely getting deep into games anymore forcing the bullpen to pitch way more innings than before. Its not whining. Now saying Girardi=Isiah Thomas as I did was called making a fuckin joke not whining…

          • Joe

            Geez, relax man.

            • BigBlueAL

              LOL trust me im relaxed. No damage done.

      • Steve H

        Lot to be said for that, which is why, Pre-Joba injury, I would have rather seen Giese stay in the pen, save some innings for everyone else, and bring up Kennedy for Ras’ spot. All for naught now though.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    and there we go….good night all i have work early in the morning.

  • giselle

    there’s that bases-clearing double we were looking for a few min ago!

  • Manimal

    Well this game is over. ill se you guys tomorrow when we get slaughtered by a good offense and a pitcher with a ERA of more than 10.

  • E-ROC

    Should I laugh or cry? :(

  • A.D.

    Looosing ground

  • Pedro

    I wonder what goes on Joe G.’s head when he brings Melky in the game to PH with the bases loaded and the game (season, possibly) on the line.

    • Manimal

      like I said before. Seasons over.

      • Newman

        Then why are you watching anymore? Go prepare for football season

      • Steve H

        Going too far. The rays have 12 games vs. us and Boston in Sept. Are they ready for that? And someone has to lose all six the sox and rays play together. We’ll have our opportunity, just need everything to fall in place before then with Joba/Kennedy, etc.

      • Joe

        But you’ve proven yourself to be less than intelligent before so why should anyone listen to you?

        • BigBlueAL

          Hey Joe tell him he whines alot!!!

  • Newman

    If Abreu gets on this inning, we should pinch hit Betemit for A-Rod, and bring in Veras from the bullpen to pinch run for Abreu. Who’s with me? Doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility for Joe G

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

    On a positive note, I was able to acquire Clayton Kershaw straight up for Eric Chavez in my The Show franchise. Got four no-hit innings out of him before J.D. Drew led off with a 2B in the fifth and the Red Sox put up a five spot in the inning.

    • Steve H

      Well now I’ve completely forgotten about tonight’s L. Thanks for the good news!

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

      I lost Manny Parra to injury in his second start, just about season ending. My rotation is Young-Wolf-Maddux-DeSalvo-Stauffer. Ugliness after Young. Peavy’s done for the year too.

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

        No Mark Prior?

        • Steve H

          Didn’t trade Wolf to the Astro’s? Are they not marching towards the playoffs in your league either.

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

          Prior’s getting pounded in AAA. So is Glendon Rusch and Wil Ledezma.

    • Joe

      I’ve dedicated my rotation to pitching complete games each time

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

    A-Rod is going to knock somebody the fuck out.

  • E-ROC

    C’mon X-Man

  • Ivan

    Get em next time.

  • A.D.

    Abreu, correct idea

  • Joe

    Go get ‘em Alex

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

    For as dim as things look, remember that we will be just three back in the loss column if we can’t make a comeback tonight.

    • Newman

      Love the optimism (not at all being sarcastic). People forget how quickly things can change in a baseball season

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

        I’m still furious over that stupid fucking Pudge-Melky incident. Completely dumbfounded.

        • Newman

          Preaching to the choir my friend

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

        Exactly. I don’t see how people can be complaining, we made up 12.5-games last year in the standings. TWELVE-AND-HALF!

    • Steve H

      I’ll get off the ledge now. You are 100% right, 3 games to make, with 49 to go, and we face the team(s) we need to beat several times each. Far from over.

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

    Anyone think Bruney will be left in to “let one slip”?

  • Ivan

    Not smart hitting by Xavier.

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

    Oh my goodness.

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

    Fuck you Brian Bruney.

  • Manimal

    Are you shitting me? Mike does he deserve the DLS back?

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    DICK LOCK SEXY! DICK LOCK SEXY!

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

    Just imagine if Melky didn’t pop out with the bases loaded last inning.

    • Joe

      Or the bullpen didn’t blow the game.

  • BigBlueAL

    Oh My GOD. First Cano draws his 3rd walk of the game, and now Sexson hits a Grand Slam. Ive seen it all now…..

    • Steve H

      Full moon tonight?

  • Steve H

    hmmmm. me thinks we have a game here

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

    Don’t ever doubt the 2008 Yankees, don’t ever. This team has fucking balls.

    • Steve H

      And despite all the Girardi bashing, give him some credit for that. He has brought some balls to this team.

    • BigBlueAL

      What they need now is a fucking manager. HA HA HA….

      • Steve H

        I’m a big Girardi fan, but that’s fucking hilarious!

  • Newman

    Well hello there, we have a ballgame

  • NYFan50

    I guess Girardi made a good call earlier not pinch hitting for the giant.

  • Joe

    Edited by RAB: Please don’t do that again, it effs up the site template.

    • BigBlueAL

      Thats one long dick…..

      • BigBlueAL

        Great now my response doesnt make sense.

        • giselle

          diiiiiiiiiiick. there you go, al.

    • Joe

      I noticed, sorry about that. A little to enthsiastic

      • Steve H

        As long as you only do that when Sexon hitss a GS to make it a close game again, I’m sure it’ll be fine, as you will never, ever do it again.

  • MJM

    So we got a ballgame again!

  • Manimal

    Thats what torre did right, he always knew that theres a possibility that the yankees offense can come back. Its these games that make the managers look like retards.

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

    You see, Pudge would have hit into an inning ending DP, not allowing Johnny Damon to be walked with the bases juiced. ;)

  • A.D.

    looks like pudge in front of melk wont matter

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

    Hey, top of the order coming up against “Everyday Eddie”. We put a scare into him last night.

  • Ivan

    come on melky.

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

    Come on dammit, just keep it going.

  • A.D.

    taking one for the team

  • BigBlueAL

    I think Farnsy just gave up a HR in the 8th inning to blow the lead vs the White Sox.

  • Ivan

    The only way melky gets on base.

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

    Melky Cabrera narrowly avoids making his 331st out of the year. That’s 12 games and 2.1 innings worth.

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

    I hate Marlyn Byrd.

  • Ivan

    That close.

  • Manimal

    Melky would swing at a pitch that hits his foot

  • E-ROC

    C’Mon Yanks. Win this damn game!

  • Mike Pop

    damon =[

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

    Oh Mike, what happened with Mark Prior? You dealt him away?

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

      Getting killed in AAA. So is Rusch and Ledezma. Trust me, I have to best available options in there. I don’t even have enough payroll to sign a Jeff Weaver or David Wells.

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

        Yeah, I’m scouring my roster to see who’s contract is up. Huston Street has three years at a very affordable price so he’s staying. Teams don’t seem to want Frank Thomas though, power hitting DH, can’t see why not. I mean, never mind his age. ;)

        Justin Duchscherer will be my top chip, hopefully the market is better for him come the trade deadline.

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

          Peavy, Young, Khalil, Bard, Maddux, Parra and Bell are all FA after the season. In a word: fucked. I’ll be able to afford Khalil and Parra, but that’s probably it.

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

            Sell, sell, sell. How you look in the standings?

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

              I’m past the deadline. 2 games up in a winnable, but tight division, I think the 4th place team is 3.5 GB. Can’t fall back on the WC because the Mets and Phils are so far out ahead of everyone else.

  • Ivan

    Who pitches the 9th?

    • Manimal

      Who else but GOD

  • NYFan50

    Mike A: Suggestion: Make the board software here show no more than 100 (?) posts by default…basically hiding the older posts. Game threads like this are getting so big that the pages take a long time to load. Everyone would be better off if the old posts were hidden, maybe viewable only by clicking a link to open the entire thing.

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

      Aight, we’ll look into it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • MJM

    Oh…I thought he had enough of it…damn! Okay, we’ver got the middle of the lineup due up in the ninth, let’s hold them and take another shot at this.

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

    Why does Ron Washington have Ian Kinsler leading off?

    • A.D.

      who else would you? on this team

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

    Owned.

  • Ivan

    NASTY.

  • MJM

    Seems about right…wish he got him more flush.

    • Steve H

      That never would have happened if Torre was still managing.

  • Mike Pop

    im nervous but excited at the same time

    • Manimal

      I’ve gotten used to it.

  • Newman

    Hahhaha Mariano, I love David Cone

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

    Heh, Xavier Nady might be another big name tonight.

  • NYFan50

    Yanks are going to win this game.

  • BigBlueAL

    Here we go….

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

    Damn, take one for the team dude.

  • Ivan

    wow.

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

    Keep watching Bobby, maybe it’ll hit itself.

  • MJM

    that’s a tough pitch to take…

  • giselle

    now its up to alex and xavier

  • Ivan

    just missed it.

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

    Ouch babe.

  • Manimal

    nice cup check for Laird

  • A.D.

    OUCH

  • BigBlueAL

    That got him right in the nuts…

  • giselle

    injury delay?! who’s injured?

    • A.D.

      catchers nuts, he shook it off

  • Ivan

    figures.

  • A.D.

    fitting ending

  • Newman

    A-Rod, you wanna maybe run out of the box and not watch the ball roll fair?

  • Manimal

    50% of the people here couldv’e done a better job than girardi today.

  • BigBlueAL

    WOW. A guy (a lefty no less) throwing fucking burgers and ARod does that.

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

    If this country is ever invaded, I hope it starts in Texas.

  • dave

    how about that celebration by guardado?

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

      Bush league. His team is 12 GB.

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

        Nah man, when the tying run is at the plate in consecutive AB’s in Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez and you get out of it, that’s some shit right there. I had no problem with it. Then again, I never have an issue with celebrations.

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

          I was joking.

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

            Heh, not even Rick Ankiel could have gotten that more over my head.

        • ceciguante

          agreed. you get outta that jam with a DP off of arod’s bat, you should celebrate every time. it’s absurd to say that it’s bush league if you’re happy to win, unless you’re in the playoff hunt…as if eddie should be shrug and not care?

  • Stephen

    You certainly are maddening A-Rod. He’s great, but he needs to not hit into a DP there.

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

      I don’t care, I would want him up time and time again. Everybody else can take their gritty, clutch, minimum wage guys. I’ll take A-Rod each and every time.

      • Lanny

        When was the last big hit A-Rod has had past the 7th inning in 2008?

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

          Yes, because we all know if you haven’t done it in awhile in baseball, you will never do it again.

  • Ivan

    A-Rod swung at two bad breaking balls.

    • Ivan

      The guy couldn’t throw his breaking pitches over and you swung at two bad bad breaking balls.

  • BigBlueAL

    These Yankees are like the girls at my high-school were, a fuckin tease….

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

      Maybe for you! Heh.

      • BigBlueAL

        LMFAO!!

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

          Seriously guy, did you got to school in NYC? Junior High School for the win!

          • BigBlueAL

            Nah in Miami. Plus I was joking!!!!!

  • MJM

    a-rod really didn’t get out of the box all that well on that one…slight hesitation was all it took…damn this one hurts

  • Ivan

    I HATE: MELKY, GIRARDI, AROD, JETER-2008. Together, all these guys blew this game big time. i won’t blame bruney because they brought him up way too early. he hadn’t shown enough progress in the minors in my opinion.

    • Newman

      You hate A-Rod and Jeter, yet call yourself a Yankee fan. You’ve really got some credibility

  • Lanny

    We are 4 games out of the WC but honestly. DOes anyone expect a Joba-less team to catch Boston?

    Season looks shots to me.

    • Batty

      Twins thought the same way but they’re still going for it. Who knows – IPK could pull out the stops and pitch like he did around this time last year. Maybe Hughes too.

      I’d bet $4 on it happening….but they’ve done it before with less.

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

      Yes, I expect them to catch Boston. I really don’t think Boston is making the playoffs this season. Call me crazy, call me a hater, just don’t see it.

      • ceciguante

        i know the whole feel around a team can change inside of a week, but i can’t say i share your optimism right now. boston has been more consistent than the yanks have been, their fundamental numbers have been better all year, and they’re healthier. i continue to see the yanks put on the schizophrenic show they’ve been staging since 2004. two steps forward…one step back…repeat…

        i want the yanks to knock boston out of it as much as anyone, but i don’t see how our rotation (even assuming joba misses only one start) is going to run down a team whose 3 starter — john lester — is arguably better than any pitcher in our rotation. explain that one to me again?

        not to mention that the yanks flat out stink when it counts (RISP).

        • Lanny

          Boston has

          Beckett-Dice K-Lester

          We got

          Mussina-Andy

          That is why we won’t catch them.

  • fresh

    i dont want to hear any arguments alex will always fail in the big spot!

    • Ivan

      He is a big-time flake and choke artist. I will never expect him to do anything but what he did tonight. The 25% of the time that he does succeed will be a pleasant surprise.

  • Pedro

    A-Rod had 3 FB’s right down the middle, all in the 86-88mph range, with little movement. And he couldn’t do anyting with those pitches, what a surprise!!

  • Lanny

    A-Rod isn’t Manny or Ortiz. We all know that. We’ve all seen it.

    Maybe he should sign 1 yr contracts so he plays better every year.

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