Game 115: Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing

Pettitte may miss next start
The Phil Hughes Rehab Tour hits Scranton

Bravo to Joe Girardi for the lineup the past few days. Melky’s been a drain on the offense, and I’ve said on more than one occasion that I think Wilson Betemit can be a productive (i.e. at least average) player if given regular at-bats. Last week I proposed a lineup scenario to Joe in which Betemit, A-Rod, Jeter and Cano played every day, taking turns at DH to keep everyone fresh, and it looks this may be the case, even temporarily.

This is the A-lineup right now, the best they can trot out there as long as Matsui’s hurt.

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

And on the mound, the man with the third most wins in baseball, Mike Mussina.

Notes: Andy Pettitte might miss his start Sunday … Phil Hughes is scheduled to throw 60-65 pitches for Triple-A Scranton tonight … Bobby wants to come back next year … blogging HOFer Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog interviewed Giuseppe Franco

Pettitte may miss next start
The Phil Hughes Rehab Tour hits Scranton
  • Manimal

    Hahahahah I was reading the Notes wicked seriously to catch up on something I missed and then I see an Interview with Giuseppe “I dun no anything about it” Franco. I think I memorized that commercial.

  • TheLastClown

    Hughes induces the double play, then the flyout

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

    Four pitch walk by Hughes to lead off the inning but he got the following hitter to GIDP (no, Derek Jeter was not in a Pawtucket uniform). The next batter he started off with a Fastball at the knees, a Curveball at the knees (that thing is gorgeous) and got him to fly-out to Matt Carson in center field for the final out.

    A lot of first pitch strikes from Hughes, good velocity, and good command of the hook.

  • Ivan

    So far on the radio, he’s pitching good. Nice pop on the FB and commanding it well and good secondary pitches. like the groundball outs as well.

    • Joey H

      where do u listen to this on the radio ivan?

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

        milb.com has the audio

  • kunaldo

    what is hughes’ velocity at? can’t see it on gameday….

    here’s a good question, who goes down if/when matsui comes back….i gotta say, i like christian here….bye bye melky?

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

      According to Chad Jennings, the velocity of the heater has been sitting 93-95MPH (Yes, he is sitting 93-95, not just hitting it).

    • steve (different one)

      i don’t think matsui will be back by 9/1, so it’s probably a non-issue

      • kunaldo

        good point…although in todays lineup, put jeter back at short, and matsui as DH…i think we’ll score a lot of runs…then again, we should be scoring a lot as it is….

        • Joey H

          couldnt of said the last line better myself.

  • yanks99

    Does it seem like a legitimate 95? That’d be awsome…or is it 95 the way he was hitting triple digits in charleston?

    • Ivan

      seems legit hopefully.

    • Chip

      The Yankees organization was saying 93-95 after his last start so I assume it’s legit. I don’t care about the difference between 90 and 95 as long as he gets his natural movement back on it

      • TheLastClown

        And location…even 91=92 located on the corners is filthy mixed with his breaking balls

    • Steve H

      If it’s like Charleston, wouldn’t we be concerned that he has lost 5 mph from his last start? Topping out at 95 makes sense, I would guess consistently around 93.

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

    Hughes is really jamming up these RHB, I wonder if he is using that Two-Seamer more.

    • TheLastClown

      Last batter grounded out to 3rd, right…so the 2seamer could be moving away from lefties as well

  • yanks99

    1 hit through three….nice

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

      Also, that one hit was an infield single due to defensive positioning. The Third Baseman was rightly playing way off the line with two out and nobody on, ball rolled down the LF line, and Eric Duncan fired over to first to no avail.

  • steve

    what is this? i have mlb.tv but i don’t get milb.tv for free …….. weak sauce.

  • Batty

    Betemit at short eh? And everyone’s down on Jeter for defense – this should be very interesting…

  • yanks99

    American Idle’s allowed one hit through 2 in Trenton…is this rotation gonna be Moose, Hughes, Ponson, Kennedy, Pavano…

    • Joey H

      i can live with that cause clearly, rasner and giese arent in your plans, maybe add joba? subtract one by minus-merit?

  • Batty

    Question – are you guys watching Milb.tv? It said it was blacked out for anyone in NY…Their black out shit is so fustrating – just simulcast the commercials and open it up.

  • Joey H

    props on the title, totally appropriate. and im really liking betemit. im not so impressed with his fielding. i think he just has alot of pressure on him, but i cant complain about his production at the plate. nice to have that switch hitting threat to balance out our lineups

  • Chip

    Maybe I’ll just turn into a Scranton fan, their pitchers don’t ever get hurt….

    • kunaldo

      and they’re just awesome in general…arent they in first?

    • barry

      the seats are nice and cheap too, beer is still sorta pricey but the stadium makes a mean bloomin’ onion.

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

    Strong start but a shaky finish to Hughes’ fourth inning. He got a ground-out and a broken bat pop-out to start the inning but issued a five pitch walk and a RBI-2B. He ended the inning on another ground-out.

    Don’t worry about the two walks through four innings, both times he just lost his control, it wasn’t like he was nibbling.

    • Ivan

      How his stuff so far as the game progress?

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

        Good, Curveball is OUTSTANDING. He’s sprinkling in a Changeup here and there but mainly heaters.

  • Nady Nation

    And the Jeter haters are hushed

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

    Too bad that homer is worth only 0.5 runs because it came in the first inning. If only it was the 9th inning, it would have been worth 3 runs. Stupid “unclutch homer” rule.

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

      LOL.

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

    Karstens takes perfect game into 8th against D-Backs and RJ, Jeter launches a HR….apocalypse soon to commence….

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

    Yay Cap’n!

    Heh, talk about multi-tasking. Watching the Giants’ pre-season opener on T.V. and the two baseball games (Yanks and SWB Yanks) on the laptop.

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

      good grief lol…it’s hard enough for me to watch the one game on tv and comment here….

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

        Heh, seriously. I usually abandon commenting and lose track of the game when I’m writing up DotF. I can’t tell you how many times this year I’ve finished DotF, then looked up at the game and said “wtf, how the hell did the score go from 2-0 to 6-5?”

    • Nady Nation

      Man, are preseason football games the biggest cocktease in sports or what?

    • Joey

      and the Little League World Series stuff is starting also, game on ESPN2 tonight. See the next Jeter or Moose (or Brett Marshall!!)

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

    Wow, talk about a nugget of information. According the SWB announcers, Phil Hughes is the first Yankee pitcher drafted in the first round of the MLB draft to pitch at the big league level for the Yanks since 1965.

    • Ivan

      In alot ways, Phil hughes change the culture of the Yankee farmsystem.

    • Chip

      I have a feeling it won’t be another 40 years between Hughes in the next one though. You have to think that Cole/Brackman will at least make a bullpen

      • Joey

        Future aces! (I know, I know, prospects rarely pan out, but I’ll stay optimistic about those 2)

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

        It wasn’t even a full year between Hughes and the next one, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy made their debuts in 2007.

      • kunaldo

        don’t forget marshall….sounds like he has sick stuff

        • Joey

          Not 1st rounder (!!)

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

      first one to pitch FOR the Yankees…Milton was a first rounder but debuted with the Twins…

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

    Hey Mike, do you honestly see Pavano getting a chance to start and audition for a contract with another team for next year?

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

      Man, I have NO idea. My opinion changes by the day. One day I think they’ll actually let him pitch in a game, others I think they’ll just DFA him after Sept 1st (so he won’t be eligible for anyone’s postseason roster) for the 40-man spot.

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

        I hear you, taking all things into consideration…if they still have injury issues by the time he’s ready I think not pitching him if he’s good to go and pitching well in the minors it would be a situation of cutting off your nose to spite your face somewhat…I def hate Pavano but hey we’ve had worse flops…I’m just old enough to remember Mike Witt (traded for Winfield straight up!) and Pascual Perez lol who made maybe 15 starts between the 2 of them over 3-4 seasons…

  • Chip

    I’m amused watching Moose on Gameday. It can’t distinguish between the fastball/changeup/slider so it just randomly goes between the three.

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

    Phil Hughes is out, ground-ball single was the result of the last batter he faced. He struck-out the previous hitter before the two out knock.

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

      Phil Coke is relieving the “Phranchise”.

    • Nady Nation

      Any sliders tonight?

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

        Yes, he struck-out Catcher George Kattaras on a nice 88-MPH Slider in the first inning.

        • Nady Nation

          Beautiful

    • Chip

      All in all it looks like a terrific outing!

    • Ivan

      What he struck out the last batter with? And how was the FB .

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

        Fastball was great, seemed to have some good movement on it (due to the nature of the GB rate against RHB). I have no idea what the last K came on, when I walked back into my room I heard the announcer say the batter went down swinging, but the announcer did not elaborate.

  • Steve H

    Andy Pettitte contradicted a Daily News report by telling the New York Post that he’ll be fine to make his next start.
    A source told the Daily News that Pettitte has arm stiffness. “I am fine. [Missing a start] is news to me,” he said. “I feel great. No one has ever discussed missing a start with me. I am pitching. I have not discussed missing a start with anybody.”

  • Chip

    The Moose is loose! OK so it’s just a double play but at least we have their power hitters leading off next inning

  • Nady Nation

    X gave it to em

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

    BTW, just as a little bonus, Phil Coke K’ed a LHB to get out of a two on, two out jam.

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

    That’s a classic Phil Hughes start right there. Strikeouts and grounders.

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

      Yeah, three balls were hit into the air. A medium fly-out to Matt Carson in center, a broken bat pop-fly to Chris Basak at second base, and a ringing double into the right-center gap.

    • Ivan

      Yea like the good ol days. I got a question

      were you the guys that started the blog In George We Trust?

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

        That was me, solo act. Joe’s old blog is here:

        http://sportingbrews.blogspot.com/

        Ben was at Off the Facade, which morphed into The Bronx Block after he left.

        • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          weren’t you at TBB at one point too?

  • Kevin

    Phil Hughes’ line (according to gameday):
    4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 9-3 GB/FB
    *68 pitches (40 strikes)

    • Kevin

      Pavano’s line:
      3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4-3 GB/FB

  • Ivan

    Hey Jamal was the velocity on his secondary pitches?

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

      One Slider was at 88-MPH, everything else, I have no idea.

      • Ivan

        Thanks.

  • steve

    random question for all you seinfeld fans out there …. the rangers pitchers last name was bothering me … feldman … feldman, where have i heard that from ? …. remember the bizarro episode of seinfeld, was the bizarro newman’s last name feldman ? ha

    • Realist

      Yes

    • Nady Nation

      Yes, it was bizarro Kramer’s name. Fantastic episode btw

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Yeah… I don’t think there was a “bizarro Newman,” was there?

        • Nady Nation

          There was, I can’t remember his name though. I remember him coming into bizarro Jerry’s apartment and they all greeted him warmly, then bizarro Jerry asked him to catch a ballgame

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            right, right!

            • Steve H

              A little late, but the bizarro Newman was Fargas.

      • Realist

        Doh, your right it was Kramers’ “double”……the actor also did some NBA commercials….

    • Joey

      Nice call

      • steve

        ahhh bizarro kramer …. that was it .

        Vargas was bizarro newman.

        • Realist

          Yep

        • Joey

          Kevin (Jerry), Gene (George), Feldman (Kramer) and Vargas (Newman)

          • Nady Nation

            Good call. Best show of all-time IMO

            • Joey

              Absolutely

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

              No, it’s The Wire.

  • Xavier

    Who would bring back next year Moose or Pettite?,…at the beginning of the year the answer was hands down pettite,…but now i really don’t know

    • Joe B.

      I think Pettitte is definitely back on a one-year deal. If they can get Moose on a one-year deal with a team option, I’d do that too.

      Can never have enough pitching depth.

  • Chip

    Moose!!

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

    Oh my God, Lucky Number Slevin. Trust me, if you loved The Usual Suspects or Momento, you’ll go crazy for Lucky Number Slevin.

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

      Memento was the bomb. Never saw LHS.

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

        The guy who played Lenny was also in another favorite of mine, L.A. Confidential.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I disagree, it’s a very good game, but i think Donkey Kong is the best game ever.

      I thought Slevin was entertaining, but many rungs below films like Usual Suspects and Memento.

      • steve

        donkey kong sucks

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          You know something? You suck!

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

        Yeah, you’re right, I was talking more about the plot. If you like those action flicks with great story twists then you’ll get into Lucky Number Slevin.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          i hear you

  • Xavier

    you would give him a two year contract?,..i think that is what it would take

  • Ivan

    Man A-Rod really need to step his game if the yanks have any chance of coming back.

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

    That was A-Rod’s fourth GIDP of this series, he had four for the entire season coming into this series.

    • Nady Nation

      Crazy how his slump comes in this ballpark, of all places

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

        Not even a slump, that last one was a rocket, just happened to be right at Michael Young.

        • Nady Nation

          If 0-12 isn’t considered a slump, I have no idea what is

          • mustang

            Didn’t you 0-12 is not a slump for the best player ever.

            • mustang

              Did’t you know….

    • Xavier

      i know he hit a hr but i’m more worried about Jeter

      • mustang

        No need to worry about Jeter he is a proven winner.

    • Chip

      Yeah he must be taking lessons from Jeter

  • mustang

    He will get better you guys expect too much out of the guy.

    • Realist

      Lmao!

  • Joey

    For anyone who is interested in the LLWS, Richmond, TX and Lake Charles, LA are playing on ESPN2 now (SW Regional Final)

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

      They’re using instant replay in the LLWS this year.

      • Joey

        They don’t test on animals before little kids?

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

    I wonder, does baseball have the dumbest scribes in all of America? I watch the NFL pre-season and you never hear of anyone (not even on ESPN) making anything out of the numbers or the W-L record during pre-season. In baseball however, you always have a couple dumb asses making some note of how this starter had an ERA north of 7.00, this power hitter failed to get one Homer Run, and on and on.

    So really, does our sort house the dumbest writers and broadcasters in all of American sports?

    • Realist

      Baseball is the only sport which each field of play is different, outfield ofcourse and foul territory….where the strike zone differs from ump to ump and where being 3 out of 10 is very good……

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

    Heh, you know that Mohegan Sun commercial where the couple walks in the door and starts singing? At the end of the commercial, when they’re on the table singing and shit, check out their drinks. They should be splashing around and shit based on how they’re moving, but nope, they’re fake. Ah Hollywood.

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

      Someone is having a very fulfilling night… :P

  • Mike Pop

    ok guys dont worry im here now

  • Ivan

    Does Murphy have makeup on?

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

      What do you expect? He grew up in the Red Sox system.

      • Joey H

        maybe now arod can lend him his lipstick

    • steve

      not that theres anything wrong with that

  • Mike Pop

    We need more runs / I cant trust Moose tonight

  • Joey H

    so boys, how long till we see hughes and pavano. i know hughes before pavano, but they are both pitching well, im sure better than expected. so 2 weeks? EH? maybe 1 or 2 more starts? for hughes that is

  • Mike Pop

    I dont like this series coming up against the angels

  • Manimal

    Did you guys know that the emergency catcher now-a-days is Justin Christian? Kid can do everything. It used to be Shelly, Correct?

  • Ivan

    Moosehas been alright so far.

  • Mike Pop

    I hope Hughes can be as dominant as Joba. That means we will really have a staff to be reckoned with

  • Mike Pop

    King Felix on the hill tonight against Tampa ?? Can we pick a game up

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

      With that offense…

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

        Maybe Felix can hit a grand slam like he did off Johan Santana.

        • Mike Pop

          I dont know Felix is a top 5 pitcher in baseball.. He can shut the rays down and maybe putz can hold it

  • Manimal

    Did they fire Meachem!?!?!?!? Finally!?!?!?

    • Batty

      No, PA says his daughter is getting married.

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

      No, his daughter, Ally, is getting married tonight.

      • Manimal

        Eh, who cares. A day without Meachem is a good day.

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

    Johnny DAMON!!!

  • Manimal

    Look at Betemit showing complete lack of hustling and then 2 minutes later hustling.

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

      Conserving energey.

    • Nady Nation

      Lack of hustle? He clearly fouled the ball off his foot

  • Mike Pop

    Go Johnny !

  • Ivan

    Damon putting in work.

    • Batty

      Damon wants his old job back ;)

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

    Dammit! That Brackman kid on the Oneonta Tigers got me again!

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

        Do you know the story behind that and what happened recently? Its pretty funny. A Zune fanboy that got a Zune tattoo and just recently announced that he hates the Zune now and hes stuck with the damn tattoo.

  • Ivan

    I got one. who would ya take King Felix or J. Upton?

    The most talented position player Vs. the pitcher with the best stuff in my opinion.

    Me, in a 162 game season gotta go J-Up, but in a short series I’ll take King Felix in a heartbeat.

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

      I’ll take Justin Upton. I will never take a huge pitching prospect over a huge positional prospect, just not worth as much.

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

      You know what’s messed up? Felix Hernandez just turned 22 this season.

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

        He’s going to be in his age 25 season in his final year of arbitration. I don’t give a fuck who we have in our rotation, I want him.

        • Joey

          Joba, Felix, Brackman, Cole, Hughes. Yea sounds good to me :-D

          • Ivan

            not bad.

          • steve

            i thought kennedy is suppose to be a #3 starter ?

            • radnom

              Yeah well Wang is a solid #1 starter and he didn’t even make that rotation apparently.

      • Ivan

        with already 4 seasons under his belt.

    • Manimal

      I pick Joba over both.

  • Mike Pop

    ooooo

  • Mike Pop

    Id have to take Felix because its cliche but pitching wins and him hes real real young still and he does have amazing stuff

  • Mike Pop

    Who would you rather have on the yankees Tim Lincecum or Jay Bruce

    • Joey

      Timmy!!!! One of my favorite players to watch

    • Charles

      Lincecum!

    • Ivan

      Gotta go lincecum.

    • Manimal

      Average pitcher has a stride of 80% of their height. His stride is 150% of his height. CRAZY.

      • Manimal

        by his I mean Lincecum.

  • Ivan

    iight how about Matt Cain Vs. Chad Billingsley.

    I’ll pick Matt Cain.

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

      Good one. Over the long haul I’ll take Billingsley, but peak years gimme Cain.

  • Mike Pop

    Billingsley no question

  • Mike Pop

    Votto or Chris Davis lol i can go all day with this

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

      Davis, rather easily. And I’m a huge Votto fan. CD can just flat rake.

  • Chip

    Geez, a 17 year old just pitched 5 shutout innings with 9 k’s for the GCL team. I’m impressed

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

      If only GCL stats meant something.

      • Chip

        Isn’t just being in the GCL at 17 say something?

    • Manimal

      Im 16, holy shit.

  • Charles

    How bout this one, Clayton Kershaw or David Price?

    • Manimal

      Price, he can bring the heat AND the hook. Kershaw is just hook.

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

        Kershaw sits at 94-95MPH.

        • Manimal

          Price is upper 90’s , right?

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

            Yep.

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

      David Price, he’s the Justin Upton of pitching prospects.

    • Ivan

      I was gotta type that, I will pick Price.

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

      That’s tough. I’ll go Kershaw, simply because he’s almost 3 years younger.

    • Joey

      Damn. Whoever you don’t pick I’ll take and be very very very very happy…

  • Mike Pop

    Would you trade A rod/kennedy/Kontos for Votto Volquez Cueto Bruce Encarnacion

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

      I say … no.

  • Manimal

    Longoria or Bruce

    • Ivan

      Longoria.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      That’s a tough one. I love Jay Bruce, absolutely love him, but if he moves to a corner, Longoria will probably be more valuable defensively, while putting up similar offensive numbers.

      So Longoria.

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

      Longoria, in a landslide.

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

      Longoria, no question.

    • Joey

      Longoria

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      this season, Longoria. career, Bruce.

  • Mike Pop

    Kershaw i like alot

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

    ive been away…who’s in the yes booth as a guest?

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

      Some guy Singleton played with. Never heard of him. Sounds like he was O’s closer back in Singy’s day.

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

        oh ok thanks…im just happy no Kay lol

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

    Fifth inning, only resulted in one out, that defensive gem was meaningless.

  • Mike Pop

    LOngoria

  • mustang

    Great Play !!!

    • Manimal

      I love seeing more than one of Arod’s 5 tools in one play.

      • mustang

        Tell him he needs to use the hitting tool it’s getting rusty.

  • Ivan

    Here’s another one, Johnny Cueto or Phil Hughes?

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

      Hughes.

    • Joey

      If healthy, Hughes

    • Mike Pop

      Hughes baby !

    • Ivan

      Cueto’s nice no doubt, but I’ll pick Hughes.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I take Hughes over just about everyone not named Lincecum, Price, Joba, or Gallardo.

    • Manimal

      Savior Nady.

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

    You know you’re the shit when you have Michael Young off balance and lounging at an 89-MPH Fastball.

    • Babe’s Ghost

      That is a wiley veteran at work!

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

    How about this, out of High School, Phil Hughes or Gerrit Cole?

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

      Hughes, easily.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Hughes. High school pitchers that polished just don’t come around every year.

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

    For you old school mofos out there: Prior then or Mauer now?

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

      Joe Mauer, that offensive value he brings at Catcher is way too rare.

      What was your take back then?

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        The prevailing opinion at the time was that the Twins made a huge mistake by taking Mauer over Prior, and that they did it because they didn’t want to meet Prior’s contract demands. Funny how things turn out, though.

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

        Prior, he was the perfect pitcher. That collision on the bases with Marcus Giles was the beginning of the end.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Dude, I lived in Chicago from ’02-’05, Prior was really something to behold. I freaking hated the Cubs while I was living out there (their fans are like warmer, fuzzier BoSox fans), but I loved Prior. Ugh and I remember one time when he came back and started a season healthy, must have been Spring 2005, and I was watching on tv in a bar while having lunch when he got hurt again. Felt sick watching it. What a run of shitty luck for that guy.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Oh and does anyone else remember mumbling to themselves under their breath every time Prior had a good start in 2003 that “the Yankees fucking drafted that guy, goddamit?” lol God that used to frustrate the hell out of me.

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

            Oh yes.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      This is tough. Prior then was really, REALLY good. Like, Brien Taylor good, but out of college.

      Actually…Prior was pretty much what Joba Chamberlain has been for the last year, just without the injury risk.

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Call me a sucker, but Prior then. The dude was gonna be the shit every year, and for a few years, he was. Then this flying animal from space named Dusty Baker happened…

      Mauer as a catcher, with all this power or not, was never going to fully reach his offensive potential due to the wear and tear of backstops, meaning his career as would likely effectively be older at ~36. A pitcher who isn’t injury prone and has “perfect” mechanics could easily pitch at that age at a high level.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      You mean Prior circa 2003? I’m surprised at myself for saying this, since I usually side with the position player… But I’d go Prior. Mauer is very good, and he plays a premium defensive position well, but Prior really did look like one of those “once in a generation” talents in 2003. Hindsight is 20/20, Twins still made the wrong call (at the time).

  • Ivan

    Now it gets interesting last one:

    Clay buchholz or Phil Hughes?

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

      Buchholz. He comes a free laptop!

      • Joey

        Zing! Lol

    • Mike Pop

      i love hughes potential.. i really have to say hughes even tho clay is a stud

    • Charles

      Hughes hands down.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Hughes. Further along than Buccholz was at his age with similar stuff but more polish.

  • Charles

    Hey this Mike Mussina kid is pretty good huh?

  • Joey

    I haven’t really seen any meaningful video on Cole, but from what I’ve heard here, Cole seems slightly better out of HS

    • Joey

      sorry, meant to post that to Jamal’s Q, but I may have read this shit in some whacked out newspaper article also, I’ll just say IDK

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

      Better stuff, but Hughes was more polished and a better pitcher.

      • Ivan

        Hughes, because I think he has the better FB with Vel and movement and commands it better. Buchholz has the advantage with the array of secondary pitches.

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

    A-Rod is going to rake in Anaheim, “You can put it on the BOOAARRRRRRDDDDD…”

    • Manimal

      YESSSSSSSSS!

    • mustang

      One thing I can say you are a true fan I have to give you credit for standing by your man.

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

    Based on your Cole/Hughes pick, I want to know, what do you value most for a pitching prospect (like the top three things), Mike?

    • Manimal

      Speed differencial in his pitches, mental toughness, accuracy. Those are mine.

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

        Mine are movement, location, location, location, location…

        • Manimal

          is location and accuracy the same thing?

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

            Yeah, location, accuracy, command, all the same ish.

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

              Location (aka control) and command are different. Control is the ability to throw strikes. Command is the ability to put the ball where you want it, and to get there how you want it (break of the pitch).

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

      1.Command
      2. Life (fancy term for explosiveness & movement)
      3. Velocity

      In that order.

      • Ivan

        That’s why you love Phil Hughes uh?

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

          In a word, fuck yes.

  • Mike Pop

    I might be crazy but id take lester over buchholz

  • Joey

    Joba or King Felix? (or are we all too biased?)

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

      King Felix, easily for me.

      • Mike Pop

        why is it king felix so easily ???

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

          Better stuff, less health concerns.

          • Ivan

            Well Felix has been on the DL a couple times in his career. Not to mention scouts say that felix mechanics aren’t great.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I mildly fear the innings that are already on Felix’s arm. I think that makes the injury-risk a wash. I just don’t think I can pick between the two when it comes to stuff, though…

    • Ivan

      Felix, has the type of stuff to put of pedroesque seasons.

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

      Joba, but it’s close.

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

    Fried Ice Cream Blast? What the fuck is Sonic selling these days?

    • Manimal

      Sounds better than tha Baconator Frosty I heard about from here, mightve been mike’s cousin or something.

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

        My brother. And he misread the box, it was Baconator / Shake. He overlooked the /.

        • Manimal

          oh lol. Atleast I remembered it was you.

  • Mike Pop

    byrd is starting to piss me off

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

    Marlon Byrd is a piece of shit.

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

    Marlon Byrd wtf???

  • Manimal

    Bases loaded, 2 outs, bottom 9. Woul dyou rather have Melky or Veritek batting

    • Joey

      Melky, no question

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

      Melky Cabrera, Varitek has some semblance of plate discipline.

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

    Usually double plays like that happen to the Yankees. Nice change.

  • Ivan

    That’s why moose has 6 Gold Gloves.

  • Manimal

    1-5-6-4 double play.

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

    hey the Rangers ran the bases like the Yankees there lol…

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

    Stupid hick bastards. Since when did Emil Brown start teaching the Rangers how to run the bases (if we lose out to the Red Sox by a game, I’m going to wish horrible things upon Emil Brown)?

  • Mike Pop

    Will Melky ever be good

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

      But he’s teh awesome!

  • Charles

    Here’s another one. Brackman or Cole?

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

      B-Rack.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        You’re going to have to get a graphic of Brack from Space Ghost and use it instead of a picture of Brackman if/when you do the Brackman Watch.

    • Manimal

      Cole is young but Brackman’s coming off of injury. Tough to tell.

    • Ivan

      that’s tough, I’ll go Brackman.

  • Manimal

    Top or Bottom :D

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

      Both! Not at the same time, of course. ;)

    • Chip

      Behind :)

  • Mike Pop

    Manny homered again haha

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

    The Rangers’ sideline reporter was interviewing two sets of Ian Kinsler fanatics. One was a group of three dudes in body and face paint, the other was three chics in pink bras, mini-short pants, and body paint on their yummy tummies.

    The reporter’s inner thoughts: “…” No, no witty joke, he was thinking he wants to bang each and every one of those girls.

  • Mike Pop

    Molina u bastard

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

    wow.

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

    Nick play by Davis.

  • Manimal

    Whats up with the fox music at random times. Its pissing me off.

  • Ivan

    Nice Bunt Molina.

  • Ivan

    You think the rangers are saying hey lets walk Damon and bring DPJ up?

  • Mike Pop

    thats kinda disgusting

  • Jake H

    Typical

  • Ivan

    Jeter: I could of done that Damon.

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

    Danny Almonte is currently playing at a JuCo, any chance he gets drafted in the future? Does he have a real ceiling as a pitcher?

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

      No, he sucks.

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

        LOL. But remember what hand he throws with…

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

    Everyday Eddie warming in the bullpen…

  • Manimal

    Anyone else notice moose has stretched out his outings more and more as the season goes on.

  • dkidd

    nice game by betemit

  • Charles

    The Moose continues to impress.

  • Ivan

    Mooooooooseee!

  • mustang

    3500 innings and pitching 7 innings of shut out ball in that Texas heat going for his 15th win when his team needs it the most.

    NO WORDS

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      little dramatic, no? not like the guy pitched on a bloody, stapled-together ankle.

      • mustang

        Now that’s funny good one.

    • mustang

      Oh he is 39…someone needs to take notes.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    I think Scott Feldman’s got a real shot at winning the YES Network’s Chevy Player of the Game tonight.

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

    Yusi Petit threw 46 pitches in the first inning today, but is only down 1-0.

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

    One of the funniest FJM articles ever, IMO:

    http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2008/08/analysis.html

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

      I bought a Fremulon Insurance shirt. Can’t wait for it to come.

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

        Ha! Those things are awesome.

    • Joey

      LOL, awesome, they do an awesome job over there

    • Chip

      I laughed so hard while reading that

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

      thanks Jamal that was hilarious…

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

    Infield in on A-Rod? After the rockets he’s hit tonight? Scary.

    • Chip

      It’d be scary had he put it in play

    • mustang

      I can’t I just can’t it’s way too easy.
      LOL

  • Nady Nation

    Still not a slump Jamal?

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

      Horrible series, he was raking the ball in the Angels series, hit into some hard outs in this series as well. I’m calling it a bad series, for now.

      • Nady Nation

        I’m not anti A-Rod at all, but come on man, he’s 0-14! That’s a slump, you don’t have to defend him til his death on everything

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

          Again, I’m saying he’s had a terrible series. He’s 0-for-14 in this series. I’m not calling it a full blown slump because sometimes guys just have a bad series, if it continues in LA then that’s something totally different.

      • mustang

        No. Stick to your guns Jamal would of been a great Yankees fan in the 80’s when they sucked.
        The man is loyal and that’s fucking cool.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    speechless

  • fresh

    hes terrible! lol sarcasm….sorta!

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

    God Damn, let’s just get our boy out of Texas. Just one of those series.

  • mustang

    I guess he forgot his pen and paper no worries he hit in Anaheim.

  • Nady Nation

    Anyone else not exactly 100% confident with Bruney on here? Has Girardi lost faith in Marte already?

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

    Ugh, Girardi’s turning into Tony LaRussa right before our eyes…

    • Nady Nation

      Is he really gonna use 3 pitchers for one inning?

  • CJ

    The obsessive lefty/righty matchup thing really bugs.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Anyone else think this saffron risotto/’99 Bourdeaux guy from the Continental Airlines commercial is hysterical?

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Silence. Whatever, he’s funny, you’re all wrong.

  • Mike Pop

    that was a big run that we left on base befor

  • Ivan

    The Rangers’ telecast said that Arod is 13 for 35 with men on 3rd and less than 2 ou ts. WTF?? That is the kind of little things that people have to do to win!! this is where they miss Matsui. He’s a 75% guy in this category I think.

  • dkidd

    prediction: a-rod will slump for another week and then go CRAZY for the rest of season…

    • Ivan

      We need him to snap out of it this weekend. If we don’t score we’re screwed.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Ummmm… You know… Kinda, like, always screwed if we don’t score, right?

        • Ivan

          Are you the ind of person that needs everything spelled out for you? I of course meant that we need to score in bunches. The rotation is going to be weak this weekend.

  • Jake H

    In big situations a rod wants it so bad he swings at things he shouldn’t

  • Mike Pop

    cano bout to go deep

    • Chip

      Deep in the count that is

  • Mike Pop

    i love it my dad pulling in 80k a year is driving an edge and im suppose to beleive jeter a 17 mill a year guy is driving an edge

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

      and he prob has 50 mil liquid in the bank right now lol…

      • Mike Pop

        hahaha

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

    Ball girl’s kinda cute.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Was waiting for the ball girl remarks to start lol

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

        Heh, she looked a little too young to me though.

    • Joey

      kinda

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

      Way too fat.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        lol harsh, dude.

      • Joey

        cute face, body is a bit chunky

  • dkidd

    cano’s best at-bat all year

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

    That’s a dinger in the Bronx.

  • Joey

    Mike Pop almost called it–close

  • Mike Pop

    jesus christ i am so tired of not getting men in when they are in scoring position with less than 2 outs

  • Chip

    And then gest thrown out at third

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Dude. WTF? That can’t be the right ruling on that play, can it?

  • dkidd

    what was betemit thinking?

    • Chip

      Or lack of thinking

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

      Thought it was a pop-up. Lucky he did, because if he kept running to second, it would have been an easy GIDP.

  • Mike Pop

    who would trade cano for greinke ??

    • Joey

      not me

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Steve Phillips?

    • Steve H

      In a few years, Grienke would be our #5. And he already almost left baseball, partly because of the pressure. Want that mindset in the Bronx?

      • Mike Pop

        i think hed be better than a 5 but i would not make the trade.. i was just wondering what you guys thought of it // Greinke has filthy stuff but Cano is the future

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

    odd play…nice job by Singleton explaining it..

  • Mike Pop

    votto would have made that play right

  • Mike Pop

    Please Jeter just this once Please

    • Chip

      Eh, I’m not concerned, we got mo coming up

  • dkidd

    for a second i thought betemit was doing some genius thing of not running so that he could stay at first instead of slow-footed molina

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

    oh Captain my Captain…

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

      damn Jetes be careful..nice hit…

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

    A Jets player is getting taken off the field on a stretcher, I hate seeing that shit. I still remember a Detroit Lion offensive lineman being taken off the field on a stretcher during a Thanksgiving Day game. It was in the late 1990’s, he’s still paralyzed.

    They said the player’s name is A.J. Cavel (sp?)

    • Joey

      And Everett (Bills) last year was pretty scary. Not sure who Cavel is though, hopefully he’s okay

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

      Oh, it’s A.J. Schabel, an Offensive Tackle/Special Teams guy.

      • Joey

        What happened? I’m in FL, don’t have the game and probably won’t see a replay until SC later tonight

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

          I didn’t see it either, just glanced at my T.V. and so the dude down and immobile. They took him off the field on a stretcher, I’m assuming it was just one of those special teams plays where bodies are flying and sometimes a neck or back gets in the way.

  • Mike Pop

    Arg

    • Chip

      He just wanted to get Mo the save without hurtin Bobby’s batting average

  • Marshal Brett Marshall

    That play by Betemit was crazy right!! That was so awesome how it led to an insurance run in the top of the 9th inning!!! If I was pitching and that happened I’d be like “I’m going to pump fastballs at 97 miles per hour and win this game for the Yankees now!!! And if the Yankees need me to hit I’ll do that too!!! YAY!

    • Chip

      I would have just told the baseball to go faster!! I’m just so excited!! You guys can make fun of me all you wantbecause the Yankees just gave me like a million dollars!!

      • Marshal Brett Marshall

        You’re trying to talk like Brett Marshall but there’s only one Brett Marshall!!! If there were more than one Brett Marshall a ginormous tear in the space-time continuum would occur and all would be lost, baby!!! I bet Mariano is going to dig teaming up with the Marshal on shut-out dubbyas for the Yankees in a few years!!!

      • Marshal Brett Marshall

        MY BAD!!! THE MARSHAL ONLY SPEAKS IN ALL-CAPS, BROSEPH!!! THE MARSHAL JUST GOT SO CAUGHT UP IN THE BIG YANKEE DUBYA THAT HE FORGOT HIS TYPING-INTENSITY MOMENTARILY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wally Pipp

    I was hoping for jeter to start a run down, little league style and get damon to score from first…wishful thinking.

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

    Can Eric Gagne’s 2003 season ever be topped?

    • Nady Nation

      Maybe if God decides to take steroids

  • mustang

    No worries when it comes to the Captain just hope he not hurt like that would actually keep him out of a game this time of year.

  • Steve H

    The Boston Globe is reporting that the commissioner’s office is investigating the circumstances of Manny Ramirez’s departure the Red Sox.
    A source with direct knowledge of the inquiry told the Globe that Bud Selig directed MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred to contact all parties for an explanation of how things unfolded around last week’s trading deadline. According to the source, Manfred has yet to report back to the commissioner. The reason behind the investigation, according to the report, is that some believe Ramirez was playing at less than full effort at the end of his tenure in Boston. Of course, all Manny did in July was hit a mere .347/.473/.587 in 22 games.

    Just when I think I can’t hate the Sox more. They leak crap like this to trash former players. They are classless. I’m sure they were the ones that asked MLB for this investigation. Just look at the last line. Must be nice to tank your way to a .347/.473/.587 line.

    • mustang

      How the hell are they going to prove that he was playing at less than full effort especially with the numbers you just posted?
      Sounds like sour grapes they are looking at what he is doing in LA and saying what the fucked did we do.

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

    I don’t mind it bec it keeps the save in order…

  • CJ

    One more…

  • Wally Pipp

    In Seattle, King Felix uncorks a wild pitch allowing the Rays to go up 1-0. With Seattle’s offense, that is all she wrote.

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

    Good win.

  • zzzzz

    damn, sandman is filthy.

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

    Easiest game this season?

    • Joey

      The pitchers certainly made it look so

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

    Nice clean win. Textbook.

    IPK tomorrow.

  • dkidd

    loved the yankees energy tonight! playing like a team in a pennant race

  • Manimal

    whats mariano’s chance of getting the cy young. He hasn’t done anything wrong.

    • Joey

      needs to get that ERA down for a reliever to be considered

      • Manimal

        if you call 1.50 a high ERA your crazy

        • Joey

          not high, but for a reliever to get the Cy Young, then yes he could bring it down

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

      They’ll give it to K-Rod first. Saves are teh awesome.

      • mustang

        Unfortunately I agree.

  • Steve H

    I really hope Moose gets to 20 wins. He belongs in the Hall anyway, winning 260+ games while pitching in the AL East his whole career, but a 20 win season would cement it. If Moose and Glavine had traded spots 20 years ago, and Moose pitched in the NL, for contending teams, is there any doubt he’d have 300?

  • Wally Pipp

    IPK could be HBK…Phil is next.

  • Manimal

    Im working 315 to 9 tomorrow, I wont be able to see the game(first one I can’t see all year) I hope IPK doesn’t fuck up.

    • Joey

      Ye of little faith

      • mustang

        You blame him. I hope the kid does well they really need him after this week something has to go right.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Doesn’t the game start at like 9 tomorrow (West Coast game)?

      • Joey

        10:05pm

      • Manimal

        my brother said it was 4? If hes lieing im gonna shoot him.

        • Steve H

          You might miss a lot more games if you go through with that.

        • Marshal Brett Marshall

          Speak with your words, not with your fists.

        • Marshal Brett Marshall

          I MEAN NO, YOU SHOULDN’T SHOOT HIM, BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT DEPUTIZED WITH A GOD-GIVEN RIFLE FOR A RIGHT ARM LIKE THE MARSHAL!! SOME OTHER PUNK FORGOT TO PUT HIS NAME BACK INTO THE “NAME” FIELD AND COMMENTED AS THE MARSHAL INSTEAD AND HE’S GOING TO GET A DOSE OF MARSHAL-LAW NOW FOR HIS TRANSGRESSION!!!

        • Manimal

          guys calm down.

          • Marshal Brett Marshall

            THAT’S CALLED SARCASM BRO AND IT JUST HIT YOU LIKE 97 MILES PER HOUR OF MARSHALL POWER!! I DON’T KNOW HOW TO CALM DOWN I’M DIALED UP TO A VOLUME OF 11!!!!one-thousand one-hundred eleven point one one!!!

  • Mike Pop

    ichiro will go deep mark my words

  • Mike Pop

    ipk will go 6 innings 2 runs

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Lane Meyer interviewed Oppenheimer, check it out if you haven’t seen it yet: http://www.nomaas.org/draft/

  • stuart

    Moose team MVP.. WHo would have thought that before the seson??

    Guys how did Hughes look tonight anyone see him in person?

    Melncon looks like another normal night for him in the minors..

    Arod with men at 3 with 1 out. 41% OUCH… Call it what you want that is REAL bad….

  • http://bobbya godfather

    i’d give bobby a two and go to three in a heartbeat; the soul of the order…and in a league with the dh, it extends his value…about arod and dps…the ball has to go someplace…henry a hit into a tad as did many….it’s when arod hacks at balls that could pass for pickoffs that i get pissed…that fifth tool needs honing, madonna