Game 128: Moose hunting for 17th W

Inside Yankee Stadium on a tour
Scranton walks-off with a playoff spot

Mike Mussina has won 17 games for the Yankees three times during his career, most recently in 2003. Tonight, with Moose due for one more start this month, he’ll go for win number 17 of the season. For all the ups and downs the Yanks have lived through this year, getting Moose 20 wins would be some story.

Behind him, the Yanks will toss out this lineup:

Damon CF
Jeter SS – One hit shy of 2500 for his career.
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Nady LF
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Molina C

The Yanks this year are just 5-7 against the Orioles, and Moose is 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA against his former team. Both the Yanks and Mussina really need this one tonight. Game time’s at 7:05 p.m.

Fantasy Football Note: For those of you interested, Mike is organizing a RAB Fantasy Football league. Spots are still available. Click here for the details. The league is full, sorry.

Inside Yankee Stadium on a tour
Scranton walks-off with a playoff spot
  • Slugger27

    LETS GO YANKS!!!!

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

    Moose’s last two starts against Baltimore have not been pretty…

    • Steve H

      He’s due……?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Just like the Washington Generals.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          btw, during the game intro I noticed the street between the stadium and the warehouse is Eutaw Street. I had no idea, always thought it was Utah Street.

          Perhaps we should rename ours Rhivuhre Avenue.

  • Peedlum

    Random sort of political factoid: The Yankees have won 19 world championships when a Democrat is in the White House (Last one was in 2000) and 7 When a Republican is in the White House (Last one 50 years ago in 1958).

    Don’t know what that means, but it seems like a fairly large sample size. A lot larger than the Red Sux sample size, I might add. (4-3 Republican to Democrat for the Sux).

    • Jack

      Nader ’08! Let’s see what happens then.

    • Steve

      Can Obama pitch?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Can Hillary bitch?

        Sorry, that one was too obvious.

        • Steve H

          haha

  • Steve

    Giambi still batting 5th.

    Lovely.

  • Nady Nation

    5 of 6 starts tonight, as I predicted after last night’s game

  • Jack

    Attaboy, Johnny.

  • Nady Nation

    Congrats Captain

  • Steve

    Congrats Derek! 25K!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      That would be a lot of hits ;)

      • Jack

        I could do it.

      • Steve

        Hahahah! Ooops! Let me amend that to 2.5K!

  • Nady Nation

    Lets go, let’s jump on this kid

    • Nady Nation

      …or not

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Alright, time for some RISP PA’s for ARod and Giambi!

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      FUCK!

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      GOD DAMN YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!

  • mustang

    “THE BLACK HOLE” strikes again.

    • Jack
      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Touche…

        The Dominican-American and Honkie Holes strike again.

        • mustang

          FUNNY !!!

      • mustang

        Are you kidding? that’s the funniest thing I have ever been called. If you only knew my nationality.

        “A BLACK HOLE is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing, not even light, can escape its pull after having fallen past its event horizon.”
        THAT’S WHAT I MEANT.

        Sorry if i offended anyone , but lets try and take things a little less seriously.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          I don’t think he was taking it seriously, mustang.

          As for your nationality, I’m going to guess Appaloosian. Or possibly Clydesdale.

          • mustang

            Nope.
            I’m Klingon.

            • mustang

              Sorry if offended any Trekees.
              LOL

  • Nady Nation

    Boy, if that doesn’t sum up our season, I have no idea what does.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Well, while ARod and Giambi may still be sucking it up, at least Derek Jeter’s still got an Edge.

    • Steve

      The one with the cool panoramic vista roof?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        No, the one with the voice-activated Sync Bluetooth system.

    • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

      Haha, the edge commercials are so bad.

  • Steve

    Men on base, A-Rod makes 2 outs and Giambi makes one more.

    Story of our season.

    BTW-Yes, I had this post written the minute Jason came up to the plate. I’ve seen this before once or twice.

  • mustang

    The A-Rod Hotel runners check in, but they don’t check out.
    LOL

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    Why is Giambi still batting 5th? He had his best month in March and ever since his numbers have dropped with each month. He’s not even hitting .200 right now, and we don’t have time to wait for this clown to get it together.

    • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

      lol at March, I meant May

    • Manimal

      I still think Nady is #5.screw R-L-R it doesn’t matter.

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        Yea seriously. WTF does Nady have to do. With each month that Giambi has gotten worse, A-Rod has pretty much gotten worse. Giambi offers nothing and A-Rod isn’t getting any protection.

      • Steve

        How about Masui?

        Or maybe even a dog’s ass? Maybe its time we put a dogs ass up in the #5 spot. Could it be any worse?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          TImes like that, I miss Bob Sheppard.

          “First base, number K9, A Dog’s Ass…”

          • Steve

            YES!!!

    • mustang

      The same reason A-Rod is batting 4th they are the runner producing wonder twins.

      Seriously have the same question about the both of them.

      • Steve

        He’s trying to get him going. You know, its still early. No need to panic.

        • mustang

          PANIC!
          PANIC!

          LOL

  • bill

    That inning should have been so much bigger. Anyway, Sunday should be an easy win cuz the Orioles cant win on Sunday

    • Manimal

      They did the past two I think.

      • bill

        We still should win. Who’s starting for the O’s on Sunday?

  • Ivan

    Nasty curve.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    that’s nasty.

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

    Melvin Mora has 25 RBI in his last 12 games? I think RBI is a pretty dumb stat, but damn yo.

    • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

      He’s hitting everything. He had 26 RBI last month and has 30 this month (and is hitting .455). Meanwhile, A-Rod has what, 12 RBI this month (and 5 in one game against the Royals?).

    • Manimal

      Whats his BA w/ risp. I think its safe to say that its better than Arod’s

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        .377

        *sigh*

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        .377/.424/.577

  • Manimal

    Mike, am I in the Fantasy football league? I emailed you 45 minutes prior to when it was closed but I haven’t gotten an email back.

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

      Yes, I just emailed you back.

  • Ivan

    Damn the O’s are ripping the ball.

  • bill

    I hate this umpiring crew. West and Buckner always want face time

  • Ivan

    Gotta catch that Cano.

  • Manimal

    Cano has amazing range but he can’t dive. Its really lame.

  • bill

    Oh come on! Cano should make that play. I feel he doesnt always give effort defensively. Pedroia would make that play

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Peter Gammons, is that you?

      • bill

        How does that sound like Gammons?

        • Steve H

          Throwing undeserved praise that the Red Sox=Sounds like Gammons

          • bill

            Oh shut up, Pedroia makes that play

    • Steve H

      Oh come on, Cano should have had it, but Pedroia doesn’t have close to the range Cano does. Because Cano has more range, he dives LESS. Pedroia wouldn’t have even been there to dive at it.

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        Pedroia dives on balls.

        A lot.

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

          Heh.

      • bill

        I see Pedroia make that play whenever the Sox play the Yanks. Someone has to get into Cano’s face. That ball bounced almost as much as the Figgins ball

  • bill

    Our defense sucks

    • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

      Jeter wouldn’t have gotten him out anyway. He would have just ate it instead of throwing it.

      • bill

        I know, I was also talking about the outfield. The reason we’re tied for fewest errors in the league is cuz we dont get to alot of balls

    • Manimal

      You mean the defense with the least amount of errors in the league?

      • bill

        Its hard to make an error on a ball you dont get to

  • Manimal

    thank god Matsui’s back. Atleast we have a little bit of plate discipline.

  • Slugger27

    redeem yourself cano

  • bill

    If Cano’s not gonna hit, he has to give effort defensively. He drives me crazy

  • dkidd

    if theo called cashman tomorrow and said “pedroia for cano, straight up” he might actually hesitate for a second before hanging up the phone

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

      I wonder how Pedroia would do if you put him in a different lineup and took him out of that Little League field.

      • Steve

        I wonder how he would do if he wasn’t a midget.

      • Ivan

        wow are you saying that Pedrioa benefits from Fenway Confines.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      He’d only be hesitating to make sure his voice recorder was picking up the conversation, so he could laugh at it again later.

  • Joe

    Marquez seems to have found his way to double A

    • Steve

      Marquez and Horne. Oh, how the not-so mighty have fallen.

      • Joe

        If you want to lament a bit more check out Baseball America’s prospect hot sheet, Number 3 inparticular

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

          It was a good week, no biggie. Check out number five.

          • Joe

            Agreed, but I’d like to hope that he is getting his season together. Very happy with number 5 who conveniently doubled in his first at bat

        • Steve

          Ugh. I can’t even say “It’s in rookie-A ball” anymore.

          To be fair, you would have never seen him demoted like that with the Yanks and it might be what got him going again. Granted, it was only a few games but between that and the trade he certainly received his wake up call.

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

    Molina’s pissed.

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

    Michael Kay has some serious connections.

    “I was talking to a ML scout the other day, I won’t say who it was, but he said the Yanks need to start winning some game.”

    Hardcore inside info right there. Stuff like that renders blogs useless.

    • Ivan

      Earth shattering.

    • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

      Haha.

      Hey, JD Drew has a herniated disc. And I thought the Yankees were the only ones being “decimated by injuries”…

    • Steve

      Thats nothing. I was talking to an MLB executive the other day and he said “Scuse me, I gotta take a leak.”

      • dkidd

        i was talking to a famous renaissance astronomer the other day, i won’t say who it was, but he said the earth is round and revolves around the sun

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          nice.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    FUCK

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

    I really hope that “cute little thing” strikes Millar out tonight. On three pitches. And Millar lets go of his bat on the third strikes and it helicopters into the stands. And he corkscrews himself into the ground like a cartoon. And the pitch hits him right in the junk.

    • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

      The funny thing is that Edwar has good numbers against him.

    • Slugger27

      i wouldnt pull millar out of a burning car… i hope he has an inner thigh rash that no lotion will cure, and a headache or something

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        that thigh rash thing was random and peculiar, lol. it’s ok though.

        • Slugger27

          i was just trying to think of things i absolutely hate… thats near the top… and i forgot razorburn… i just fuckin hate millar

          • Jack

            Wait a minute. Razorburn where?

    • Steve

      I hope the strikeout happens on a change up that Edwar bounces in the dirt, that comes up and hits sweetie pie in the ballsack. And then his wife (who wants kids) divorces him, runs off with the gardener and takes half his loot.

  • Slugger27

    damn, swung at ball 4

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

    Oof, rough night for St. Phil.

    • Ivan

      Yea he got smacked around a bit.

    • Steve

      Again?

      What’s their excuse this time? He ate some bad chicken?

  • Ivan

    Hey who are biggers idiots, the Lohud ones or the ones at NYYFans.com?

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

      LoHud. By far.

      • Ivan

        Are they that bad?

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

          Brutal. Common sense and any form of rational thought are non-existent.

          • Steve

            Well . . . . the host of the show draws a certain audience . . . . .

    • Slugger27

      yall should check out the on the yankees beat blog… they seem to be intelligent fans

  • dkidd

    what was phil’s line?

    • Ivan

      so far:

      2IP, 5H, 4Earnruns, 0BB and 3K’s

      • Steve

        I’m sure he’s just working on his change up, delivery and trying not to break any bones.

        You know, I have a funny feeling 10 years from now we’ll all be looking at the Cashman ‘rebuild the farm’ era and be saying stuff like “Pitchers who you draft that are hurt tend to stay hurt.” About A LOT of these guys.

        Hope I’m wrong.

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

      2-5-4-4-0-3

      Still in there as far as I know.

    • Joe

      it aint done yet

  • Slugger27

    hey mike… random question… u think the yankees would actually offer giambi arbitration… he probably realizes he wont get a multiyear deal anywhere, seems pretty risky to me, that is if they want to get rid of him

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

      No way. First off, they’d have to buy out his option for $5M. Then if he accepts, the most they can cut his pay is 20%, which puts him in line for at least a $17.6M salary next year. So the buyout plus his salary means he’d get $22.6M if he accepts, more than his option is worth.

      It’s not worth the risk, the value of draft picks has been a bit blown out of proportion. If he’s only a Type-B, it’s even more of a no-brainer to not offer.

      • Slugger27

        thanks… good info, i didnt know that 20% rule… i hear the draft class is weak anyway so maybe the draft pick thing means a little less this offseason, i can see it for abreu though, i doubt theyd even mind him accepting

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

          Definitely offer to Abreu, Pettitte and Moose. If any of them accept, there are worse things in the world then having those guys on a 1 yr deal at a similar to salary to what they’re making this year.

  • Ivan

    Hit a Homer A-Rod.

    • Ivan

      next time.

  • mustang

    Yankees baseball I LOVE IT !!!!

  • Ivan

    Boy the yanks are making Liz look like Pedro in his prime.

  • dkidd

    night after night, this is painful to watch

    • mustang

      Makes you want to go out and kick your dog.

      • mustang

        Oh! My God sorry PETA or if i offended any dog lovers.
        LOL

  • steve

    ugh. i dont understand why bobby was moving on that pitch

  • dkidd

    if nothing else, can we please make a decent effort to get moose 3 more wins this year?

  • dkidd

    or 4. you know, 3 or 4, no real difference

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

    Michael Kay is going to ruin the Smile of the Game for all of us by calling out the producer for never showing a guy. Jerk.

  • bill

    Why does Phil Hughes suck all of a sudden?

    • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

      Hughes has a tired arm. He said it himself after he got rocked in his last start. He’s just going to have to push through it.

      • Gary

        tired arm? He has rested it all season…think Warren Spahn ever told anyone he had a tired arm???? Wuss…

  • steve

    at least according to chad jennings hughes isn’t getting rocked, sounds like some bad defense behind him and a few bloop hits. but like he said, its still 4 runs

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

      That’s good to hear. But it won’t stop the naysayers.

      • Ivan

        Nah, Kay is one of his biggest haters.

      • Steve

        NAY!

        NAYYYYYY!!!!

        NAY NAY NAY!

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

    Nick Markakis = the most under-rated player in the game. 12th best OPS in the league.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      He’s only underrated because the Western world doesn’t know the Baltimore Orioles still exist.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    ^He’s fucking awesome. He’s always one of my picks in fantasy because he’s so damn underrated and nobody picks him early.

  • Ivan

    Come on.

  • Slugger27

    markakis has to be one of the most underrated players in the game, dudes just solid…

    • Slugger27

      ha mike… didnt see u typed that, in that case… i second ur opinion

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    He’s from NY too, I believe.

  • bill

    Do we really have to know how Michael Kay sleeps at night?

  • Ivan

    markakis is a bad boy.

  • bill

    Mike A: will De La Rosa be in AA next year? He’s nasty

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

      Not to start the year. He’ll only make about 5 starts with Tampa this season, not counting playoffs.

      He’ll get to AA eventually.

      • Steve

        Good. My dream 09 Tampa rotation is still in place

        Andrew Brackman
        Zach McCallister
        Dellin Betances
        Wilkins DelaRosa
        Jeremy Bleich

  • Ivan

    DP please.

  • dkidd

    haven’t seem him play, is jed lowrie for real?

    • Slugger27

      i dont think so… not that great an arm and i hear has bad plate discipline… but then again i thought buchholz was gonna be the next oswalt so who knows

      • Ivan

        I,ve always here his plate disipline is very good.

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

      He’s good, but not that good. Another benefiting from the lineup and ballpark.

    • Ivan

      he’s iight. A solid player but nothing special although you would think he was the way he was overrated.

  • Steve

    Ed Rapuano should have caught that. What an ass.

  • Ivan

    How many hitters in the sox lineup benefit from that ballpark? About 4?

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

      All of them. Mike Lowell is the president of the Fenway Benefitters Association.

      • Ivan

        Even Ortiz? I always thought he benefited from manny.

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

          Actually no, not Ortiz. There must be something else injecting some juice into his bat.

        • Steve

          Except that every time Manny was hurt, Ortiz hit the crap out of the ball.

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

    That was terrible.

    • Yankee1010

      Sadly, it’s just not that surprising anymore. This team semingly tries to play awful baseball. And they’re succeeding.

  • Ivan

    Shut up Kay.

  • Nady Nation

    Great slide Giambi. Meanwhile Shawn Marcum has completely lost the plate in Toronto vs. the Sawx. Ugh

  • Joe

    Why? Why? Why?

  • Slugger27

    mike lowell does… that guys a bigger pull hitter than anyone in the league… and dear god giambi how slow are you

  • dkidd

    silver lining: the sox win and we hold onto third place for another day

  • Wolf Williams

    Where is Pena in that mix…. “Jason! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” Aren’t base coaches paid to think ahead and prevent those kinds of things?

    Do the Yankees have to take a look at Pena, Meacham, and Long after this season?

    • Nady Nation

      Are you being serious right now? Blaming the first base coach? Come on already, that’s just desperate

      • Wolf Williams

        Not really, because I know Giambi was going there no matter what, but I guess my broader point is that what are coaches here for? All these base running mistakes, shitty hitting…. if the coaches are never going to be held accountable, then why not just hire any schmuck to coach? Why have a coach at the base if he never has a role in what happens out there?

        I’m not being desperate… I think all hope is gone. I’m watching out of blind loyalty.

  • Slugger27

    do u think the yanks could score runs off their own kei igawa?? i mean somethin has to give… who would succeed?

    • dkidd

      this offense facing igawa would be like crossing the beams in ghostbusters

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

        Comment of the day. Well done.

    • Wolf Williams

      Good point…. Maybe the Yankees can trade their bad starters to their opponents before every game…. “Here, now make sure this guy pitches. He’s so ready!!!”

    • Slugger27

      i suppose the baseball gods would rain the game out

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

    Alan Horne … don’t look, it’s so ugly, you might turn to stone.

    • Ivan

      Jesus Christ.

    • bill

      Do you think he can rebound and have a nice season next year? If he stays healthy?

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

        Alan Horne and healthy are two terms that have coincided exactly once in the last 6 years. I’ve just about lost all faith.

    • Joe

      But he’s just working on stuff before he gets to the majors right?

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

        Horne? Nope. The wheels didn’t just fall off the bus, the axles are lying in the road.

        • Joe

          Are you sure that thing is a bus?

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

            It was at one point.

  • Ivan

    Great down 3-1

  • Peedlum

    3-1 in the 4th feels insurmountable with this offense.

    • Peedlum

      uhhh, then again, maybe not.

  • bill

    This is pathetic. This team never takes advantage of losses by teams ahead of them. Nice play by Moose, but still, we gotta win this game. Radhames Liz, 7 ERA? Come on

  • mustang

    I remember in the middle of those championship years saying to myself it’s going to suck when this all comes to a end.
    I was right!

  • Nady Nation

    I know it’s only the 5th inning, but it really feels like we lost this game in the 1st when we completely squandered an opportunity to blow it open immediately. And as I’m typing this, Cano launches a bomb. I’ll take it

    • Steve H

      More of that, it seemed to work

  • Wolf Williams

    The reverse jinx by Michael Kay… Keep talking, fat boy!

  • Ivan

    Cano crush that mothafucker.

  • bill

    Please keep talking Michael Kay! That was a bomb

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

    This game is over. How can the Yankees come back from this?

    Season. Over.

    • Nady Nation

      How many days til pitchers and catchers report?

    • Steve

      I’ll tell you how! With some big clutch hits form their #8 and #9 hitters! Thats production you can count on!

  • Nady Nation

    Singy’s gettin loose! Keep talkin Michael!

  • Ivan

    Kay……Dont’ shut the fuck up.

  • Wolf Williams

    Kay is never allowed to say anything positive again…. Should be part of his next contract.

  • bill

    Did I just see Molina go yard?

    • Steve H

      Full moon tonight?

  • Steve

    I love Kenny Singleton. Maybe my favorite broadcaster.

    • Wolf Williams

      I agree…. as much as I hated him 30 years ago, I love him now.

      • Steve

        Forget about those Baltimore years. He’s a kid from Mount Vernon.

  • mustang

    Yes!! They have gone back at least for a inning.

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

    So I guess the Sarfate the Starter experiment came to a crashing halt.

    • Steve

      If you rearrange the letters in “Safarte” you can get “Startef”, which is close enough in my book.

      • Steve

        Maybe someone misspelled his name, and thats how he ended up in the rotation.

    • Ivan

      Hughes is getting rocked.

      • Steve

        NAY!

        NAY!

        • mustang

          I just saw the line.
          LOL

          • Steve

            I’m going to keep using that one till I get banned.

  • Wolf Williams

    Anyone else hate watching Millar play, like there is just something arrogant about his on-field demeanor? There is no player I detest watching more, except maybe Beckett.

    • Steve H

      At least Beckett is good, so it’s slightly more tolerable. I hate Papelbon as much, with the “stare”. Imagine if he went 7 innings, that’d be so f’ing obnoxious.

      • Wolf Williams

        Papelbon…. good call. I’m usually sick in my stomach by the time he gets to the hill, since we’re probably losing by then, so I can’t even watch him, but you’re right.

  • mustang

    A- Rod homer right now.

    • Steve H

      Why not, he can’t hit into a DP

      • mustang

        He tried to.

    • mustang

      I’m still calling it.

  • Wolf Williams

    Damn, that line drive was smoked by Abreu…. wow…..

  • Slugger27

    blue jays hangin tough

  • steve

    i’m following hughes on gameday … 3 innings pitched 6 strikes out but 7 runs.

    eek

    • steve

      make that 8

      • Ivan

        every pitch hughes threw they swung and got basehits.

    • bill

      I would make Hughes throw a splitter. One of my favorite pitches ever

      • Steve H

        If only it were that easy

      • Steve

        I’ve thought the same thing. It would fit nicely with his delivery and repertoire, but you have to have nice big hands to throw a good split.

        Its funny, nobody seems to be throwing splits anymore, and everyone has a curveball lately. Its just one of those things, pitches seem to go in and out of vogue.

  • bill

    Should the Yanks re-sign Abreu? Maybe

    • Ben C

      should the yanks DFA arod? maybe

    • Steve

      Depends on how many years he wants. 1-2 years OK, 2+ no thanks. If he gets 3 years on the open market, you let him go,

      He hasn’t been one of our problems this year, but he looks like he’s on the downside. Walk rates have been dropping for 2 seasons.

    • Slugger27

      arb or sign yes… its not as if the system is exploding with position talent

      • Steve

        Well, you have Nady to take his place next year, so its a legit question.

        Nady COULD play LF as well, so you could resign Abreu if its a short term and possibly deal Damon in the off season to fill a need, like a CF. Which we don’t have for at least a year or two, unless you want Melky/Gardner there next year.

        Personally, I think its a tough call. Both are productive, both have shortcomings. If there’s a deal out there for Damon, I lean slightly in that direction. Jeter leads off next year.

  • Wolf Williams

    Can anyone safely argue that Abreu has been part of our problems at the plate? He’s had down stretches, but he hasn’t been the problem.

  • bill

    A-Rod not even hustling! Bum!

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike would ya be worried a bit with Hughes? even though he had a bad outing im still not worried.

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

      Nah, not worried at all.

    • steve

      its got to be a dead arm period.

      the only thing i’m worried about is his innings total, it was basically a wast of a year for his development. i can’t see him pitching in winter league so basically next year he’ll be on a short leash again. luckily he’s only 22

      • Steve

        I think its a dead rib period.

    • Manimal

      He was sick and still adjusting to the new glasses. Give him one more start then worry.

  • mustang

    A-Rod is like death right now nothing is going his way.

  • dkidd

    could anything happen in the next few weeks to make the brothers steinbrenner change their minds about extending cashman’s contract?

    • mustang

      NO, NO, NO.
      Cashman did everything he could to make this team better at the trading deadline.
      This is all on the players.

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

        and the coaching staff

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

          And the Canadians. Bastards.

          • Jack

            Yeah. Who do they they are? It’s not like they’re even a real country.

  • D.B.

    Daddy is here!

  • dkidd

    torre just stuck with maddux too long

    • steve

      he should have brought proctor in.

      oh wait. he is having elbow surgery. ;)

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

        He brought Sturtze in instead. No joke.

        • Manimal

          Sturtze grew up from up the street of my friends grandma’s house. Confusing but its true. Only like 10 minute drive from my house.

        • steve

          ZING !!!

          oh wait. you WERE serious.

        • Steve H

          Wow. I had no idea he was still playing/alive. He must be a masochist if he signed with the Dodgers after they got Torre. Either that or Torre’s the only guy in baseball who will give him a job.

    • Steve

      Let me guess. Scott Proctor.

      • Steve

        Damn! Beat me to it!

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

    Who the hell is Brian Matoos? I know Brian Matusz, but not Brian Matoos.

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

    Wow. That was one hell of a play by Bobby.

    • BigBlueAL

      Followed by a horrible play….

    • Manimal

      Im still in shock. he caught a ball NEAR THE WALL. Would you look at that.

  • Steve H

    Need to get some runs in the 7th, I’d guess this’ll be Moose’s last inning. Would like to at least give him a chance at the W

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

    Here is the daily dumb managerial move, leaving Moose in.

    • Steve H

      Lost season, trying to get him to 20?

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

        The season’s not lost. It may look like it, but it most certainly is not.

        • Steve H

          I appreciate the optimism, but we behind not only the Sox, but the 2nd place team in the central. Whoever that may be, it’ll be tough to jump them both. But then again, maybe Pavano’s ready to earn the 1st of those 40 million dollars…….nah

      • Nady Nation

        Gotta be. Girardi is definitely thinking that since he’s already thrown in the towel on the season, in a 1 run game in the 6th, you might as well try to get your pitcher 20 wins.

    • Ivan

      it worked.

  • Ivan

    that was a strike.

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

    That’s awesome, the fans cheered when Mo’s kid ran out on the field.

    • Jack

      Any chance the kid’s name is Jesus?

      • BigBlueAL

        LMFAO!! It would only be too perfect….

    • Manimal

      man, imagine if he learned his daddy’s Cutter.

  • BigBlueAL

    Mo’s kid moved pretty quick to get that paper bag off the field, maybe he can play in the outfield for the Yankees….

  • Ivan

    when will people learn not to run on Molina.

  • BigBlueAL

    Jesus Christ the Orioles keep bringing in young relievers with horrible numbers, so for sure the Yankees aint coming back….

  • Nady Nation

    And Molina’s still in this game because….

    • Ivan

      because pudge has been sucking lately.

      • Nady Nation

        How bout Betemit then, and then put Pudge in. Pudge sucking still has more of a chance of getting on base than Molina. If not, then it was a worthless trade

        • BigBlueAL

          Girardi is saving Pudge to pinch-run later in the game.

          • Nady Nation

            Haha, shit I completely forgot about that. Great point

        • Jack Cook

          Yeah, that guy just a hit a homerun and threw out a runner to end the inning. DFA him immediately.

          • Nady Nation

            Uh, what are you talking about. I’m talking about pinch hitting for a .220 hitter in the 7th inning of a game when you’re down 1 run. But thanks for your lame attempt at sarcasm

            • Jack Cook

              You are welcome. Actually I reread your post about Betemit hitting and Pudge coming in after. yeah that would be alright. I guess I just can’t get too excited about the pinch hitting options as being that much better than Molina. All the “dynasty” teams had decent sluggers and/or former All-Stars available as pinch hitters. Now we have defensive replacement slash pinch-running outfielders and utility infielders.

        • Ivan

          it was a little bit early for that anyway.

  • Joe

    Austin Jackson removed in the sixth for a pinch hitter, Probabaly nothing, but ouch

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

      He had yesterday off. He’s probably nursing something. If it was anything serious, you know they’d shut him right down.

  • BigBlueAL

    Im serious, look at the combined ERA’s of the 3 pitchers the O’s have used so far and the Yankees have only 3 runs so far thru 7 innings. If this is not an example of this entire season in a nutshell I dont know what is. Any Yankees team since 1993 wouldve scored at least 8 runs so far against a trio as horrible as what the Orioles have used so far tonight.

  • Joey H

    did anyone elses MY 9 black out?

  • Slugger27

    wahts ajax’s speed compared to regular ml outfielders? normal? above average?

    • BigBlueAL

      Didnt he make a web gem during Spring Training that had Reggie Jackson drooling over him??

      • Steve

        Reggie liked the way he struck out every 5 minutes. Chip off the old block.

        • Steve

          and his last name, of course.

      • Ivan

        yea he said he was a better athlete than Tomilson.

    • Steve

      He has above average speed for a small forward, average for a point guard.

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

      He’s fast, not Gardner fast, but faster than Melky.

      • Steve H

        Just to be safe, please never put AJax and Melky in the same sentence again, don’t want any of Melky to rub off on him.

    • Jack

      19 steals in 127 games, for what it’s worth.

  • Joey H

    any scoring since the 3-4 o’s? my tv is fucked up

    • Joe

      Nope

    • Steve

      There’s nothing wrong with your TV, the Yanks just don’t score runs anymore.

      • Joey H

        no its blacked out.

  • Ivan

    We gotta score this inning no?

    • Jack

      Yeah, probably.

    • Joe

      No, there is another inning after this, but if your impatient and want to avoid that whole weird Rivera picthing in a tie game thing, then yeah this is the inning

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

    Kam Mickolio is awesome. I hope to see him pitch. He’s basically Justin Masterson except a year older and without the Red Sox hype.

  • Nady Nation

    OK, now just keep Abreu out of scoring position and we should be alright

  • Slugger27

    dudes a machine

  • Ivan

    Gotta like Abreu. People love to bash the guy.

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

    Unclutch.

    • Steve H

      Bad baseball by A-Rod, should have just moved the runner over.

    • Jack

      Yeah, I know. He’s making $28m and can’t even hit it out. DFA the loser.

      • Steve

        Yeah that brings him up to. . . what, .239 with RISP?

  • Nady Nation

    Juuuuust missed

  • Steve

    2nd and 3rd nobody out.

    We’re doomed.

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

    Oof, Abreu was out.

  • Slugger27

    LOT of yanks fans at this game… listen to the crowd

  • Joey H

    whatever happened to that kid jason anderson i think he was a lefty pitcher for us a few years back.. very short stint

  • Nady Nation

    Unbelievable

    • Steve

      “Unbelievable”?

      How many times a year do you need to see the same thing to start believing it?

  • Ivan

    Not surprise Giambi didn’t get the run in.

  • Ben C

    the stache! clutch!

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

    I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I’d be all about a sac fly right here. Mickolio’s nasty.

    • BigBlueAL

      I thought they would walk Nady and have Walker face Matsui-Cano, especially with the way Matsui is running a definite DP candidate.

    • Jack

      It’d be even better now.

  • Wolf Williams

    Fuck Giambi… The most overrated player of the last 10 years.

    • Nady Nation

      Mmmmmm, hyperboles

  • Joey H

    whats the score guys? my TV is fucked up

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

      4-4 now, runs scored on a wild pitch.

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

        5-4 now, Nady singled.

    • Joe

      4-4

      • Joey H

        now i see 5-4 on game day. thanks fellas. how does it go again? X gonna give it to ya’ .. WHAT WHAT! lol

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

    Woo hoo. Who needs hits with RISP?

    • Steve

      Hahahahah!

      baseball is a funny game, sometimes you score despite your best efforts.

  • Ivan

    Thanx Ken.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    Fucking embarrassing. Giambi sucks.

    • Ivan

      calm down dude.

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        That wasn’t anger, it was disgust.

        At least with X’s RBI, Girardi’s wheels will start turning a bit and maybe he’ll let Nady hit behind A-Rod, finally.

        • Joey H

          or wiat for matsui to get going, when healthy, thats one of the best RBI men in the league.

  • guapadedoo

    keep putting that waste of space 5th joe

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

      Right, cause you want the guys who get on base the most to hit lower in the order. That’s the secret to scoring more runs.

      • BigBlueAL

        Plus if im not mistaken he doesnt ground into many dp’s so really he isnt that big of a rally-killer.

      • guapadedoo

        So I guess your doing jumping jacks everytime he does absolutely nothing with men on base

        • Jack

          That response really makes no sense.

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

            Me: “I like sushi, it tastes good.”
            Him: “I guess you love it whenever a starving child in Africa eats a poisonous blowfish then.”

            That’s basically what that amounted to.

            • Jack

              You forgot the grammatical errors.

      • Steve

        He doesn’t get on base when there are RISP. Look up his clutch stats.

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

          .352 OBP with RISP.

          • Steve

            Fine, lets look at all his RISP #s

            BA .205 OBP .352 SLG .321 OPS .673

            Because you want your #5 hitter to draw walks, not drive in runners on base.

            • Jack

              If he’s on base, then he didn’t make an out. I’m OK with that.

              • Steve

                If his OPS is .673, he’s not a MLB starter.

                Again, its the 5 hole were talking about. Where you put one of your second best run producer. He doesn’t produce runs, despite a gazillion opportunities to do so. It makes no sense.

      • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        Giambi’s OBP has declined with every month.

        • Steve

          I understand you can ride out the highs and lows with a player, but he needs to be out of the 5 hole given the problems we’ve had with RISP this season. He simply doesn’t generate runs.

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

    XXXXXXXXXXXX-MAAAAAAAAN

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

    The untier unties it.

  • Ivan

    X-MAN.

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

    unrelated, but how does Willie Harris have 12 home runs?

    • Ivan

      from the nats?

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

        yeah

    • Steve H

      He had 7 in his previous 1200+ ab’s. Something a little fishy about that one.

  • Jack

    Nady for MVP. There, I said it.

  • Ivan

    IPK or Masterson?

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

      Masterson if he’s a starter, IPK if Masterson stays in the pen.

      • Steve H

        Don’t think Masterson will get lefties out enough to be a starter, but no doubt he’ll be a very good middle/setup man for years. If IPK falters as a starter, he won’t make it as a reliever. That being said, I’ll take IPK.

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

      Masterson. More stuff, an out pitch (sinker) and has already had somewhat prolonged big league success

  • guapadedoo

    big hit from the guy that should be batting 5th

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

    Jeff Marquez about to get saddled with a complete game loss.

    • Jack

      How’s his line look?

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

        Nevermind, the milb.com box score was messed up. Marquez only went 6.

    • Steve H

      Certainly would have taken that from Hughes.

  • Joey H

    so far matsui is the only one “not in the party” .. credited to ken singleton. 0-2 2 BB

    • Ivan

      like the walks.

      • Joey H

        did you not see me say2 bb?

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

    The Mets bullpen is so terrible that they had to make Johan Santana stay for 121 pitches over 7 innings just to not blow the game…unbelievable

  • BigBlueAL

    That Molina was embarrassing.

  • Joe

    Isn’t that a dropped third strike?

  • Ivan

    Only Molina would k on a pitch that hits him….alright him and melky.

  • Manimal

    why is there 3 umpires? i didnt hear.

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

      Dunno, one the umps was limping in the O’s dugout. He’s fine, there’s 4 umps on the field now.

  • guapadedoo

    yanks pick up marte’s option?

    • BigBlueAL

      If they do, it wont be based on his stats with the Yankees this season.

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

      Absolutely. Marte on a 1-yr $6M deal is way better than the alternatives.

      • Jack

        Just out of curiosity, what are the alternatives right now?

        • Steve H

          Billy Traber is one

          • Jack

            Ugh.

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

          Via Cot’s, the FA LOOGY’s this year are:

          Affedlt, Beimel, Eyre, Fossum, Fuentes, Fultz, Hendrickson, Kline, Martin, Ohman, Oliver, Parrish, D. Reyes, Shouse, and Stanton.

          Fuentes is only desirable option, and you won’t get him for $6M per.

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

          no one, really. phil coke next year, at best.

      • Steve

        6 sounds a little pricey for a lefty specialist.

        How about extending Marte to 2 for 10 or 3 for 13?

        • Steve H

          He’s more than just a lefty specialist though. He can get righties out on a regular basis too (not that he’s shown it). He’s not Mike Myers. And I’d rather have him on a 1 year deal than give him anything long term, even if it’s for more $ per.

          • Jack

            I like Mike Myers, although that might have something to do with him also going to Iowa State.

            • Joe

              Yeah, but he killed all those people and he wears that creepy mask

              • Jack

                That’s a solid point.

  • Ivan

    First ya saw jesus, now you wll see his father God himself.

    • Jack

      Look away. The brilliance may blind you.

      • Ivan

        if it blind me then I don’t wanna see.

  • Steve

    Anyone else see that shot of Girardi in the dugout? He had about 3 huge bottles of “ROLAIDS” behind him on a shelf.

    • BigBlueAL

      He along with the majority of Yankees fans….

  • Ivan

    Great night by Abreu.

    • Steve H

      5 singles and no steals???? I’m just bitter, have him on my fantasy team and currently tied in steals this week.

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

    Hey look, it’s Indians’ closer of the future, Fernando Cabrera.

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

      hey isn’t that the guy who blew like an inf. amt. of saves and went like 1-10 in 2005?

      • guapadedoo

        No, that was fausto carmona and it was 06

  • Ivan

    Hit a Homer A-Rod.

    Good enough.

  • guapadedoo

    i know this is non related but scranton just pulled off a hell of a comeback

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

      That they did.

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

        And Patterson coughs it up…

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

    how unclutch…

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

    CODY RANSOM!

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

    Ransom = ’08 Shelley

    • bklynJT

      Hopefully more like Shane Spencer of yesteryear.

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

      couldn’t agree more. they’re almost the same type of player, minus the forearm murders…

  • guapadedoo

    hey hey

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

    Oh my goodness gracious. Matt DeSalvo allowed 9 baserunners in 1 inning tonight.

    • Steve

      “Oh my goodness gracious”

      Suzyn?

  • giselle

    nice cody! and x-man!

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

    again, XXXXXXXXXXXX-MAAAAAAAAN

  • Wolf Williams

    Like I said about Giambi…. overrated. Adios, muchacho.

    • Steve H

      Who is rating Giambi so highly?

      • Steve

        His spot in the lineup (#5) is the place where you put one of your best run producers, and he hasn’t been that in years.

  • Mike Pop

    this is fly right now// love it when yanks do this

  • Ivan

    They are kill em out there, needing first Aid

  • Jack

    How awesome must Ransom feel right now? 2 HR’s in 2 career AB’s.

    • bklynJT

      He was in the majors before with other teams.

      • Jack

        I guess that makes me an idiot. Carry on.

    • Steve

      He played with San Fran a few years.

  • bklynJT

    Ransom is 2 for 2 with 2 hrs with the Yankees…. More likely than not, the more he plays the faster the league will start to figure him out, but the question needs to be asked… how much longer does giambi have at first if he continues to play like shit…?

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

      Please tell me you are not seriously thinking about benching a guy with an 135-OPS+. Please, please tell me that.

      • Steve

        Don’t bench him, but move him down to #7. His RISP #s are hideous, and thats been this team’s biggest problem all year. You can’t hit him 5th.

        BA.205 OBP.352 SLG.321 OPS.673

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/bsplit.cgi?n1=giambja01&year=2008

        • Steve H

          With the way this team has hit with RISP this year, they’ll all be hitting #7!!

          • Steve

            Actually, do yourself a favor and go through the starter’s splits. Their not as bad as you’d think. Most are actually pretty good.

            Damon, Jeter, Abreu, Nady, Cano all have good #s with RISP. Its (you guessed it) the #4 and #5 who have been killing us all year, especially given the guys who bat in front of them. You can’t have 2 outs back to back like that in your lineup.

            To be fair, A-Rod has been so so in clutch spots (.239). Below his lofty standards, but somewhat decent. Giambi has been putrid. Together, they have been killing us all year. You have to split them up. I’d put Matsui there (.338 w/RISP) myself and maintain the R-L-R stuff.

        • bklynJT

          He was great in May and June, but sucks as of late. The Yanks can’t keep giving him these chances to redeem himself when they are struggling to catch up to the wild card.

          And his OPS+ numbers are way down in the last 2 months.

      • bklynJT

        Didn’t I preface this with.. “continues to play like shit”, and we all can’t deny the issues that Giambi has been having as of late. That great OPS+ was a product of his May and June.

        Giambi has been hitting like crap in July and August he is sporting roughly a .770 ops, after a monstrous May and June (1.05 ops). He also has a .212 ba and .673 ops (including May and June) with runners in scoring position.

        I know that in all likelyhood Girardi won’t bench Giambi, but if the lineup isn’t getting the job done, why not think about changing things up.

        • Steve H

          For Cody Ransom though? Seriously?

          • bklynJT

            Well, yeah I admit that is a stretch. But I wouldn’t mind changing the dynamic of the team, unfortunately the Yankees are what they are… An old veteran team that mainly moves from base to base, scoring big runs off hrs. How many more games would we have won if we could of scored some damn runs off outs ???

    • Steve H

      Giambi has an .888 ops, do you really think Cody Ransom can match that? It’s 2 at bats!!!

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

    Oh I get it, Tragic Number. You so funny Michael Kay.

  • Steve

    Hey, nobody listens to me. I’ve been telling everyone we should put a dog’s ass in the #5 spot.

    Couldn’t be any worse.

    • Jack

      How would it hold the bat?

      • Steve

        Don’t ask.

  • Steve

    Playoff chances on life support lasts for another day. . . .

  • Gary

    When was William Shatner named the skipper of the Baltimore Orioles????

    • Steve

      Can Dave Trembley sing?

      “It was a very good year . . . “

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

    I’ve watched only two innings tonight and I already saw Carl Pavano laughing, smiling, and enjoying himself in the dugout. It’s funny, Peter Abraham, Joel Sherman, and others will have you believe that Pavano is a cancer in the clubhouse and that nobody wants him there. As I expected from the first time someone wrote those words, seems like a whole lot of bullshit.

    Just because Mike Mussina made one comment? God Damn mainstream media.

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

      Just so you know, the first 7 innings he stole candy from children in the stands and burned crosses on the field.

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

        Can’t wait for the PeteAbe update where he details how A-Rod orchestrated the whole thing.

      • Steve H

        That’s actually more believable than when you said Torre put Sturtze in the game, and that turned out to be true. So did they get film of Pavano’s acts?

    • Jack

      Now they’ll probably say that he’s not focusing on the game hard enough.

    • Old Ranger

      Does anyone expect anything else from the media? Mike is a stand-up guy, he will not make any waves in the club house. Besides, if Pavano helps the team get to the play-offs, it’s money in his pocket.
      Some may not like him or some of the things that happened to him…but hay, that’s life. One down 34 to go. 27/08??

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

    the due on my9 has a heavy brooklyn accent

    • Steve

      Thats Russ Salzberg, who might have had the worst show in WFAN history.

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

    dude*

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

    Okay, that Scranton game is getting redic.

    • Jack

      What’s going on?

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

        They came back from a 6 run deficit, blew the save in the 9th, and just walked off with a win.

      • guapadedoo

        hey mike what do we make of hughes’ line tonight? he was terrible or was it the supposed bug?

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

          I think the bug was just a bunch of BS. He’s just struggling now, it happens.

  • bill

    I like this Ransom guy. He could be a solid bench player for the Yanks

    • Steve H

      Not to rain on the Ransom parade, but he’s 32 years old with 5 career home runs, and a .241/.335/.390 line. Unless he’s friendly with Radomski and McNamee, I don’t think we should pin any hopes on him.

      • Steve

        Yeah, but ride him as a late inning replacement until the league figures him out. Can’t hurt.

        • Steve

          BTW-Once around the league for him takes us (hopefully) to October.

        • Steve H

          This ain’t his 1st rodeo, he’s been figured out already. Don’t think we can ride him based on 2 ab’s. In 4000 minor league ab’s he’s at .242/.322/.426

      • Baseballnation

        Amen lol. People relax…..Org guy.

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

          If he was 0-2 with a K and a GIDP in those at-bats, they would be singing a much different tune.

          Small sample size FTL.

          • Jack

            Modammit, people. I finally make it to the punchbowl, and there’s a turd in it.

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

              Hah, Modammit. Took me a sec, but I gotcha now.

          • Steve H

            Not only a small sample size, but the 2nd smallest sample size possible. Unless you want to include the rest of his sucky career, but that wouldn’t help the Cody-backers argument

            • Steve

              . . . and even bad players have hot streaks. Its fucking late August, you can ride a hot hand for a while. Everything isn’t sabermetrics, you can use some common sense once in a while.

              Anyway, I’m only talking about using him as a late inning def replacement anyway. You don’t want Giambi’s glove out there in a close game.

              • Steve H

                How can you call it a hot hand. It’s 2 at bats!! Varitek had 2 hits tonight, he still sucks, will suck tomorrow, and is not a hot hand. Neither is Ransom