Andy not so dandy as Yanks drop another

Game 146: A day game on the west coast? Madness!
Scranton walks off with a Game 2 win

After starting out with three wins on the road this month, the Yanks have lost five of their last seven. This afternoon, the team managed to plate just two runs off Dustin Moseley and his 7.90 ERA. They couldn’t capitalize on a few ninth-inning base runners and played terrible defense en route to a 4-2 loss.

While we could blame Bobby Abreu’s poor fielding and Xavier Nady‘s bad throwing for this one, let’s look at Andy Pettitte. Following a July 26th win over Boston, Pettitte sat at 12-7 with a 3.76 ERA. Now, he’s 13-13 with a 4.52 ERA. It’s been a long downward spiral.

Over his last nine starts, Pettitte has thrown 54 innings. He’s given up 40 runs, 39 of them earned, on 74 hits on 18 walks and 44 strike outs. Pettitte is 1-6 with a 6.67 ERA and has many Yankee fans and team officials wondering if he should return next year. We know he wants to come back, but how would Pettitte fit into the Yanks’ plans? As long as the team doesn’t consider him more than a fourth or third starter at best, having a lefty in the rotation would help the team. He has to produce though, and right now, he just isn’t where he needs to be.

More optimistically, Joba Chamberlain finally made an appearance in a game today. He threw two innings and was utterly filthy. His fastball sat in the mid-90s and his breaking balls were nearly untouchable. He gave up a harmless double, struck out three Angels and zipped through two innings on just 17 pitches. While the fourth-place Yanks once again failed to show up for this game, we can breath a sign of relief as Joba looked awfully similar to the Joba we know and love.

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Game 146: A day game on the west coast? Madness!
Scranton walks off with a Game 2 win
  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    The Yankees should make an all out effort to get CC and another starter (AJ’ Sheets…) Wang is then slotted as 3 and hopefully Joba in the 4 hole. Andy should only be asked back at a deeply reduced price (6 or 7 million tops).

    • Chuck M.

      I certainly don’t think Sheets is the answer. The only person in baseball that gets hurt more often is Rich Harden. AJ Burnett isn’t the answer, either – he’s going to cost a lot of money for a lot of years of Pavano-like injuries and Rasner-like production. I’d rather take my changes with Hughes, Kennedy, Aceves & Coke.

  • nick blasioli

    mr pettite needs to become a reliever…i think it would be an addition to his future in baseball….

    • jose

      hmm i was thinking this too…the only problem is that i would hate to pay over 10 million for just a reliever, however if he signs for cheap he may fit nicely in the pen

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

      I don’t think he can help this team in the ‘pen.

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

        Two words: Center Field.

        BAM! THAT JUST HAPPENED!

  • pat

    who told you i love joba? Listen we were really drunk. it was just one time he said nobody would find out…. SHUT UP

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

      It was only once and you needed the money, we all know the story…

      • Jack

        Hey, gotta pay for college somehow.

        • JohnnyC

          Methinks it was the Joba impersonator. You got punked.

  • Manimal

    PED and clemens aside, he just isn’t the same pitcher. maybe he should pitch more like moyer. Oh I went there.

    • Joe

      Moyer should open up his own baseball camp for old, over the hill pitchers. Hank can be the spokesman, and Mussina can explain how he found success again by throwing all his experience out the window and pitching like Moyer

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

        Two words: Tom Emanski.

        OOOOH, I’M HOT!!!!

  • Manimal

    Pitching dual in PNC. i love how they played New York New York after yesturday’s walkoff win.

    • Manimal

      shelly really went down hill.

  • http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02_01/burressDM0402_468x305.jpg Nady Nation

    I know this team is fatally flawed, but to me, the season was over when our boneheaded owner basically said we’re too injured to do anything this year and we’ll get ‘em next year. He completely gave the team a free pass to go through the motions through the rest of the year, which by all accords they have. I’m not saying they should’ve been “grittier” or “better gamers”, but even the most positive of fans (which I have been for a majority of the season) can’t deny how lifeless the team has looked for over a month. Yet another case, and to me the worst case of all, of Hankenstein failing to shut his fat yap.

    • BigBlueAL

      Well I wouldnt go that far. But I do think that the whole season the only person who has held themselves accountable has been Brian Cashman. To me the coaching staff and the players have gotten a major free pass.

      George at least twice in each of the past 3 years (2005-2007) has come out and said its up to Torre and the coaches to fix this. Even with all the injuries they had the past 3 seasons it was NEVER used as an excuse. This year after every game when the offense sucked it was Girardi praising the other pitcher and saying that happens in baseball.

      Whatever hey this season is a lost one and has been for a couple of weeks. Ill say this though, if this team is anywhere near this same spot next year, somebody better get fired!!!!

    • JG

      Outside the couple of weeks surrounding the all star game the team has looked flat all year… I don’t mean to defend Hank but it’s not like the Yanks are doing anything different.
      The bigger thing Hank has got to watch is pronouncing the Yankee need to overhaul this team. It does nothing for our bargaining power to look desperate.

  • Manimal

    an old friend hits a HR against Trenton, Akron leads 6-4

    • yankeemonkey

      And starring as the Christmas Tree: Chris Garcia.

  • yankeefan91

    the scarnton game is a preety good game if ya wanna see it

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....#038;_mp=1

  • Manimal

    Melancon!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Manimal

      nasty change ups.

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

        He was disgusting tonight. Couldn’t touch him.

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

          Two words: Hammer Time.

          AAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWW DAYUM, SON!!!!!!

    • Manimal

      5 pitches, 5 strikes, 1 inning. Nasty.

      • Manimal

        Now I know why he always throws more than one inning.

        • Old Ranger

          I thought you had seen him pitch before? If not, sorry…I wish you had. When I last saw him (a few weeks ago) I couldn’t believe it. He is a strike throwing machine…with nasty stuff, as you said. I think some had him on the “to watch list”, in the spring. Good to see a guy come alive like that…next year, Yanks PB?

  • Jack

    Please tell me someone else saw that dude in the stands in Scranton.

    • Manimal

      wow, 15 K’s in a game for the scranton pitching staff. not bad.

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

    From PeteAbe: “The Yankees haven’t quite shut it down but they certainly aren’t a very scrappy team these days.”

    I don’t know where to begin.

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

      I mean that about the scrappy part, mind you

    • Old Ranger

      Easy…….The End!

  • yankeefan91

    so wats the score in the thunder game

    • yankeemonkey

      6-6 last I checked.

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

      6-6 in the 8th

  • ben

    is the swb still scoreless?

    • Jack

      Yes. Bottom 11.

      • Jack

        Now going to the 12th.

  • yankeefan91

    wow this scarnton game is long ive been watching since the six and it look like they been playing forever does somebody noe if the thunder game is televised

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

      Only locally I think. Not online that I know of.

  • Ivan

    SWB has had some tremendous playoff games.

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

      There past few games have been way more exciting than anything we’ve seen out of the big boy squad this year.

      • Ivan

        No question.

  • yankeemonkey

    Holy crap, how awful is the Mets’ bullpen? Giving up two moonshots to Cristian Guzman should be grounds for immediate exile to AAA.

  • yankeefan91

    thankz mike

    mike i have one question yesterday i ask u if u see the yankees would add an arm and u said a veteran can a veteran like smoltz b a possibility if hes healthy would he setup for mo

    • yankeemonkey

      Why would you do that when you have Melancon?

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

      Sure, but will he be healthy? Big question mark.

  • Ivan

    Maybe this sound crazy but can Melancon be a ROY canidate?

    • Jack

      Why not?

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

      Meh, unlikely. ROY’s are rarely pitchers, and even more rarely relief pitchers. Not enough opportunities to shine.

  • yankeefan91

    melacon is gonna be great but with smoltz if healthy is a very affective pitcher
    so mike kan they go for a juan cruz or a brandon lyon i think hes a free agent

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

      No on Cruz, all he does is throw hard. I bet AZ resigns Lyon, they need him more than the Yanks do.

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

    Peter Gammons just said Dustin Pedroia has “ten ground-balls in his five years as a pro”, what the fuck does that mean?

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

      It’s typical Gammons BS. He means he’s missed 10 GB’s defensively.

      I also enjoy the story about how Pedroia’s “more XBH than K every year” has gradually gone back from his freshman year of college to high school to junior high.

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

        Peter Gammons is senile. I think it was Adam Foster of Project Prospect who said “He’s too old for T.V.” (was referencing Gammons’ appearance in ESPN’s coverage of the MLB Draft), and damn, was he right.

    • Ivan

      Sometimes I think he’s on the sox payroll.

    • Jack

      Did someone say Peter Gammons?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzAR2Z52rNM

  • Ivan

    There been talks that if Hughes doesn’t get to pitch, he’ll pitch the “Brickyard showdown”

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

      Yep. With the way it’s going, he may have to start tomorrow because they’re going to need to use Igawa in relief.

      • Jack

        . . . need to use Igawa . . .

        Oh dear God in heaven. That may be the saddest thing I have ever heard.

  • yankeemonkey

    Oh my god. Scranton grounds crew is doing the YMCA.

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

      How many times must this god-forsaken shark be jumped?

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

    Ah, after much debate, I think we’ve found our winner for the dumbest LoHud comment of the day:

    “FrankSJU September 10th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    If the team is playing unmotivated baseball where is the fire breathing manager we were supposed to be picking up? Oh yeah he’s here, barely.

    It was a bad hire from the beginning. With 1 year under his belt and he couldnt handle that sizzling South Florida media pressure. He either extremely over manages or under manages. He has never met middle ground. Keeping him on board is pointless. I know— rash decision, the old Yankees, blah blah blah. The best thing that could happen to this franchise is for Hank and Hal to admit a mistake and dump him.”

    • Ivan

      He’s probably in the A-Rod and Cano bashing club too.

    • yankeemonkey

      Every time I venture into the LoHud comments section, I die a little inside. A more remarkable accumulation of idiocy might be tough to find.

      • steve (different one)

        Abe:

        UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Here’s an easy prediction for you: A-Rod will lead the AL in homers. Carlos Quentin has 36 and is out for the season. Miguel Cabrera and Alex have 33 and Jermaine Dye 32. Alex has 16 pressure-free games left, 10 at home. He’ll crush the ball. Bet he hits 37 or 38.

        wow Pete, so what you are saying is that after A-Rod hit 33 HRs in his first 125 games (1 HR every 3.8 games) you are saying A-Rod, without the pressure, will hit 4 or 5 more in 16 games??

        wow, that is some in depth analysis.

        with the pressure off, A-Rod will hit HRs at exactly the same pace he has all season.

        thanks Pete!

  • yankeefan91

    i have to go a scranton game one day i cant wait for the new stadium to open

  • Manimal

    nice bunt by jchrist.

  • Ivan

    Don’t ya love hearing the loud clapping in the background.

    Minorleague baseball at it’s finest.

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

    Wow, how did the Boston Red Sox of 2008 and 2007 ever lose a game? Listening to this ESPN broadcast you would think they are the only team withbaseball players, and everyone else were fielding a bunch of crack-headed pimps.

    • Ivan

      watching a baseball game on ESPN with the Sox playing has become more of a dick swallowing/balls washing of the team. Especially when they play the yanks.

      • JohnnyC

        And Rick Sutcliffe is the guy in the booth with the bar of soap, towel, and drool cup.

  • Ivan

    SWB wins 1-0. What a game.

  • Manimal

    akron’s walking away with this one, 10-6

  • yankeefan91

    yes scranton wins

  • Jack

    THE YANKEES WIN THE PENNANT! THE YANKEES WIN THE PENN – Wait. It’s only the second game? Dammit.

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

    Bern Baby Bern!

  • Manimal

    Bernie!!

  • yankeemonkey

    Yanks win!!!!

  • yankeefan91

    wow scranton game more exiting the yankee game

  • Yankees=warriors

    OMG, the Scranton Yanksees are really the best!!!

  • Manimal

    Well, I finally saw Melancon, I will sleep a happy man.

  • Manimal

    In an honest match up, who would win a best of 5 series, the NY yankees or scranton Yankees. I’d say NYY in 5.

  • Patrick T

    NYY would win, but Scranton might have better pitching. :)

    • Jack

      No. Hughes and Kennedy are busts, remember?

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

    Something about seeing Jacoby Ellsbury with a .324-OBP makes rich with glee. Best young CF in the game by 2009 for the dramatic loss.

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

      Nice job, Ellsbury, just keep on failing.

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

        I knew that was coming.

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

        Anticipating failure is just that much more funnier.

      • Ivan

        Seriously, that was one of the best fail pics.

  • Ivan

    Man Ellsbury is overrated. Even his D isn’t that hot. To think that people like Callis took Ellsbury over A-Jax.

    • JohnnyC

      Jim Callis hates the Yankees. It’s a fact. And I’m O.K. with it. When Pedroia’s playing utility infielder on a NL team in a few years, he’ll conveniently forget his “expert” analysis.

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

        Okay, let’s not go overboard. We all detest David Faustino, and with good reason, but he’s not THAT bad…

  • Joe

    What the hell happened with Trenton?

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

      Kevin Whelan happened.

      • Joe

        Apparently, Jesus, isn’t he up for a 40 man this year. Sorry Kevin, no King Cobra for you

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

      Comeback time.

      • yankeemonkey

        Too little, too late.

  • Ivan

    No Sutcliffe, the sox bullpen sucks.

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

    Oh wow, so the Red Sox ownership are for the people, according to ESPN, because they put their revenue back into the team. The Yankees do it, their a villainous group of child-laboring assholes.

    • Ivan

      OMG. Stop it, fucking stop it.

      “How many owners, would fly their draft pick on their private jet to sign him because he wanted to win”.

      Why don’t you kiss the owner Gammons.

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

        The funny thing is, I heard they weren’t even that far apart (think it was less than $1M). So they can waste all that time on a private jet but can’t spend the extra cash to ink a talent like Alex Meyer. I just love how Gammons conveniently forgot to mention that the Red Sox didn’t even sign Meyer.

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

    Peter Gammons is talking about Alex Meyer, he didn’t sign, fuck you Gammons, fuck you.

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

    David Ortiz just sac bunted.

    • yankeemonkey

      WTF??? On purpose?!

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

        No, he was actually reaching for his back pocket for the emergency syringe of horse testosterone he keeps handy to give himself a refresher boost mid-game, and he accidentally turned the bat into a square position where the pitch hit it by mistake.

        Total coincidence.

  • Jack

    Peter Gammons?

    Peter Gammons!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzAR2Z52rNM

  • Ivan

    They gonna suck off the play by Ortiz now.

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

    When David Ortiz bunts, pitchers everywhere give thanks to every God known to man. However, idiots will call that a baseball play.

    • Ivan

      But when A-Rod does it, it’s an awful play and showing why he’s not a winner.

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

      Jamal, David Ortiz, just like Alex Cora and Justin Masterson, wins games (TM) (R).

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

    Holy fuck. Trenton’s coming back.

    • Joe

      What are you talking about the games over?

      • Joe

        MILB had tha game over at 6-10

    • yankeemonkey

      So close, yet so far….

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

    What a useful bunt that proved to be, fucking idiots.

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

    I have never wanted JP Howell to succeed more than I do right now.

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

      JP Hizzle in the house. Bringin’ some of that Longhorn filth.

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

    Jason Bay: Not Xavier Nady

  • Ivan

    Howell has some nasty offspeed pitches.

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

    Ah, failure is bliss.

  • Ivan

    woom, woom, woom Cora.

  • Ivan

    I wanna hear more Peter Gammons just to hear more ridiculous shit he’s gonna say.

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

    I have no problem with the rosters expanding in September. If a pennant race is decided by the 32nd guy on the team, then the team that lost doesn’t deserve to win.

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

      Seriously. Is it baseball’s fault that the Mets’ utter lack of a bullpen forces them to use seven relievers in a game against the 2008 Washington Nationals?

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

    Come on Dioner.

    • yankeemonkey

      Rays have been taking pointers from NYY on hitting w/RISP, it seems.

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

    Mike, is Seneca Wallace going to be changed to a QB-WR in time for the Week 2 games?

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

      I dunno. Does Yahoo do that automatically, or do I have to do it?

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

        If Yahoo does it, he probably has to play a game at that position first.

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

          Eh, fuck it. I dropped a secondary DEF to get him, not like it’s going to affect me that I got him a week early.

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

            I need to find a new QB. Something tells me Chad Pennington won’t cut it while VY deals with his issues.

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

    Mike Timlin: FAIL!!!!1!11!1!1!1!!!11111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!11

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

        I actually remember that one. True classic.

        • Ivan

          That one is hilarious. Serioulsy, imagine that really happen.

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

    Way to go C-Pena.

  • Yankees=warriors

    Timlin is really our favorite, isn’t he?

  • http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02_01/burressDM0402_468x305.jpg Nady Nation

    Timlin baseball

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

    I’m sure Percival will make it interesting.

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

      See?

      Man have we been spoiled.

      • Joe

        Fiddlesticks!

  • Joe

    I don’t get it there are only a few people left in the stands, where are the Fenway Faithful? They never give up hope! They are fans of Americas team!

  • Ivan

    Wow Percival kinda sucks. Hard to believe.

  • Ivan

    Nothing to worry Hammel.

  • Yankees=warriors

    The Rays of old?

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

      Nope. The Sox of old.

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

    Hah. Jason Bay swings at more sliders off the plate than Afonso Soriano.

  • Yankees=warriors

    Well, congrats to them~

  • Axl

    I love Pettitte but we need to be more business like and stop giving these guys hefty long term contract because of what they’ve done in the past. Pettitte isn’t the same…he used to be mediocre in the 1st half and dominant in the 2nd…now he’s flip flopping…and soon will be just plain old mediocre…
    I say we go for CC Sabathia…and then sign Derek Lowe. Rotation of Sabathia, Wang, Joba, Lowe, and then Hughes or Mussina?

    We need a CF too…Damon in left, Nady in right maybe? If Abreu leaves….who in CF?? Melky needs to never see the Majors again.

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

      “stop giving these guys hefty long term contract because of what they’ve done in the past.”

      and then, less than 50 FUCKING WORDS LATER…

      “I say we go for CC Sabathia…and then sign Derek Lowe…”

      Where’s the Dread Pirate Roberts to tell this guy he’s got a dizzying intellect when you need him?