Sep
24

Game 158: Hughes FTW

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It’s been a while since Phil Hughes knocked down a W in the Majors. In fact, his last Big League win came on September. 27, 2007 when he and the Yanks downed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-1. Tonight, in his final start of the year, Hughes will aim for his first win of the season.

Of course, it won’t come easy. Hughes is going up against Yankee-killer A.J. Burnett. On the season, Burnett is 18-10 with a 4.18 ERA, but against the Yanks, he’s 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 30.1 innings. In a way, this is an important start for Burnett because, with an opt-out clause, he can become a free agent this year. The Yanks are sure to be potential suitors for the power-throwing right hander who has just reached a career high in innings pitched.

But Burnett may not be all that the Yanks have seen this year. He’s long struggled with his health, and against teams that aren’t the Yankees, he’s 15-9 with a 4.64 ERA in 180.2 innings this year. Those are fine numbers, but they’re hardly worth the money and years Burnett will be seeking on the open market. Caveat emptor.

The Yanks aren’t doing much to help out Hughes earn that win. They’re tossing out the Spring Training lineup. That’s what happens when the team gets eliminated from the playoffs.

Gardner CF
Cano 2B
Abreu RF
Nady LF
Giambi DH
Betemit 3B
Ransom SS
Miranda 1B
Moeller C

Hughes P

Notes: Word out of Yankee camp is that Andy Pettitte will not make his final start of the season on Saturday. In his stead, the team will throw Sidney Ponson. Couldn’t they have found someone else to make that start? Phil Coke? Ian Kennedy? Joba Chamberlain? The Yanks have practically guaranteed no reason to watch Saturday’s game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://evizions.com eVizions

    Wow, does that lineup suck. Anyone think we’ll score more than 2 runs?

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

      I think they can squeeze 4 at best

  • Ivan

    Yea with a lineup like that and Burnett pitching, I think Hughes might have to get his next victory next season.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    It pains me that people are seriously considering an A.J. Burnett signing for the Yankees.

    This guy is not durable. He will be 32-years-old at the start of Spring Training in 2009 and has only pitched in excess of 180 innings thrice in his career. He has started 30 or games only twice in his career. His Major League career started in 1999.

    His 1.35 WHIP this season ranks as the second most since his 2003 campaign with Florida (1.57). His 2.62 K/BB this year has not been that low since he posted a 2.51 mark back in 2005 (Marlins).

    A.J. Burnett is a great middle-of-the rotation starter, but not at the cost of Type-A draft compensation and the valid concerns one should have about his durability.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      *Sorry, I read his career marks wrong. His 1.35 WHIP ranks as the worst since his 2003 season, not his second worst.

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

        where have you been lately?

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          We started filming that NYU student film I got cast in, schedule has been a tad hectic this past week.

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

            Cool

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

            “NYU student film”

            heh heh… yeah, I got you…
            (wink wink)

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Heh, I’m completely lost.

              • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                Oh, I get you now. ;)

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

                  Dude, NFSW!

                • radnom

                  This raises several questions….

                  1. You work in an office at 8:30 p.m.?

                  2. You thought clicking something that ended in porn.jpg would definitely be SFW?

                  hahaha

    • Ivan

      Im not an AJ Burnett fan either and he is overrated. Nevertheless I wouldn’t be surprise if he is on the yankee team. Sabathia is not a lock being a yankee and Sheets as much as I like him might be more risky than AJ.

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

        Peter Angelos says hello.

  • Barry

    Even though it’s not their best lineup there are plenty of teams playing worse lineups everyday.

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

    Dumbass LoHuder of the Day:

    “And I’m just stunned that Andy the gamer isn’t insisting on taking the ball. What, no glory left in it for him? He was okay to play all of the last games but not this one?”

  • David Brown

    I cannot blame the Yankees for sending out a spring training lineup, nor for starting Ponson in Boston. There is only ONE game that really matters, and that is the Mussina game in Boston. As for Burnett, I think he will be staying in Toronto (From everything I read, his wife likes it there). I just read a very interesting piece at http://www.foxsports.com. The topic is will Arod finish his career in the Bronx. They don’t seem to think so,. nor do the people who voted in a poll about it. My opinion is he will. Comments?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I don’t really give a shit where he finishes his career. I just want his significantly above-average years to be spent in the Bronx. If he ever deteriorates to the point of a twenty-five-homeruns-designated-hitter type, then I’d join the rest of the idiots who want him off the team yesteryear.

    • Ivan

      I can’t wait when A-Rod has that WS ring and people start eating crow like a mothafucker.

  • Ivan

    O yeah I just saw that movie American Gangster last week. I thought it was terrific and the scene where Denzel blow that dude’s head off in broad daylight in front the crowd was just crazy.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      You now seeing American gangster is not a shameful as Mike not seeing the Usual Suspects until a few weeks ago, but still.

      Oh, I saw Righteous Kill, kind of a disappointment to me. I loved the acting (especially by Carla Gugino, you may remember her from Entourage, she plays Vince’s former agent, Amanda), but I saw the twist coming from three miles away.

      In fact, the twist was so obvious that the movie should have been called:

      Righteous Kill: The Kansas City Shuffle.

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

        Mike just saw Usual Suspects a few weeks ago?

        What rock has he been under?

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

      why don’t we just call him a cholo instead (I kid)

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

        FYI him being Aceves

  • Ivan

    Speaking of movies, did anybody see the trailer for the Movie Max Payne?

    Yo that movie looks really good. Besides, I love video game alot as well.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Yeah, that, Watchmen and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are the ones I’m really looking forward to seeing.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

        You should read Watchmen first. There is no possible way they can make the movie anywhere close to the comic.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Yeah, a couple of my comic-book friends always give me shit because I’m so interested in movies like 300, Watchmen, and Sin City, but I never read any of the graphic novels.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

            Not graphic novels. Comics. Graphic novels is just a glitzy marketing phrase (or so say Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, etc.)

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Oh, I thought there really was a difference. So there really is no difference between those thicker comics than the slimmer ones?

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

                In content, yes. In medium, no.

                Most of the thicker comics you were were normal-length issues originally. Watchmen is a series of 32-page comics, for instance.

        • Accent Shallow

          The movie is gonna make me so mad. Oh well, I’ll always have the comic book!

          (Here’s hoping the movie’s good)

  • Pedro

    That right there is exactly why we need to ship Betemit’s ass as fast as we can. A backup infielder who can’t play any position in the infield.

  • Jake H

    I agree. That was terrible defense right there.

  • Ivan

    I thought Rios had that one.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Shouldn’t the market value for Mark Teixeira be closer to Alfonso Soriano’s 8/136 than the 10/200 that’s being floated around?

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

      If you’re Tex’s agent, wouldn’t you ask for the moon?

      You never get what you don’t ask for.

    • Chris

      It probably is. Boras loves to throw huge numbers out there to make a splash.

    • RobC

      Tex is a .300 hitter with some pop in the bat who plays great defense and is under 30 y/o.
      How many players like that are available?

  • Ivan

    Hey where’s Mike at?

  • Ivan

    draw an x on Sheets who is basically the same pitcher like Burnett.

  • Ivan

    Yo could they stop showing the scores for Bos and TB. I really don’t care now that the yanks have basically nothing to play for.

  • Ivan

    Nice A-bat by Ransom.

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

    “Watching” on Gamecast… Handsome Cody Ransom’s headshot looks like he’s 16, not 32.

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

      And Juan Miranda looks like a chunky Jaleel White.

      • Ivan

        lol.

  • Rob D.

    Uber-lurker and infrequent poster here, but I need to say…that pitch is why is still believe in Phil.

  • Jake H

    Nice 2nd inning.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Hello, Phil Hughes. Been a while.

  • Ivan

    Wow Hughes just bitch smacked Snider with them curveballs.

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

      Too bad he only throws 91 MPH fastballs. This guy sucks chunks. Trade/DFA him immediately.

      • A.D.

        maybe Boof Bosner is available

        • Rob D.

          Well, he would greatly increase our comical name rating.

      • Rob D.

        Haha…I’ve had that stupid argument way too many times to count the last year.

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

    ouch babe

  • Infamous

    nasty curve

  • Accent Shallow

    That bender . . . Jesus God, baseballs should not move like that.

  • scottnar

    I know it’s early but the kid looks good. that curveball is nasty. i think all the phil haters want him to fail, they are just waiting for a blowup inning to come and post i told you he doesn’t have major league stuff

    • A.D.

      we know Phil can pitch in sept….its the rest of the months the jury is still out!

    • Ivan

      Lanny is comming soon. Just wait.

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

        MORE THAN ELLEVEN PITCHES THRU TWO INNINGS WTF THIS GUY SUCKS!!!

        No stuff, he’s a bum, SHOULDA TRADED FOR KING FELIXX!!!

        Sincerely,
        Lanny

        • Accent Shallow

          I was under the impression that the Yankees offered him more cash than the Mariners.

          Not much you can do there, huh?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    That’s the reason I don’t believe in sac-bunts with batters as fast as Brett Gardner. The likelihood for a DP is quite improbable. Also, if he does ground-out, he could just as easily steal second base with no issue.

  • Ivan

    Thanx Scoturo.

  • Rob D.

    Why would you throw that ball?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Just ridiculous.

      • Rob D.

        That was the worst kind of stupid…that’s the kind of play my Little Leaguers make.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    LoL @ A.J. Burnett’s reaction to Marco Scutaro: “Really, fuck-head?”

  • Ivan

    Yankees making AJ look good again.

    • Ivan

      Good Nady. That was good hitting there too.

  • http://www.pinstripeprospectus.com Austin

    Nady for clean-up.

  • Accent Shallow

    X gonna give it to ya. X gonna give it to ya.

  • Rob D.

    That wasn’t a bad pitch at all…good hitting by Nady.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

    “Couldn’t they have found someone else to make that start? Joba Chamberlain?”

    That would make too much sense…..

    • Chip

      I’d rather give IPK a chance to look good rather than trot Ponson out there. In fact, I’d cut Ponson right now just to tell the world, “yes we do know he sucks”

  • http://www.pinstripeprospectus.com Austin

    Jesus, Hughes has some nasty stuff.

  • Ivan

    Nice Job Phil.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Chase Utley just hit HR #33, awesomeness.

  • Accent Shallow

    Base hits against Burnett? Figures that the B team can do it. Ugh.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Pedro was so right, Wilson Betemit has no place on a contender as a bench player.

    • Manimal

      I still don’t like him. I think its that grimace after every swing. It makes him look like he did something wrong ever swing.

      • A.D.

        the grimace is so goddamn annoying when he strikes out, and almost comical when he’s getting a hit

    • Pedro

      Please don’t tell me you think he’s valuable because of that last double. What about the fact he can’t play D for shit, in any IF position? Or the fact that he has a sub .290 OBP for the season?? He’s no good, and the stats back that up.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Like Mike said before, name me three better backup infielders in the A.L.

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

          Forget the AL, in the bigs.

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

            Alex Cora, Jed Lowrie, and Justin Masterson (if he played shortstop, which he totally could if he wanted to.)

            For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons, ESPN.

            • Steve H

              hahahaha

  • Manimal

    Look at gardner and his .208 avg.

  • Manimal

    Leiter/schilling is the answer.

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

      Huh, that’s funny… what was the question? I’m curious, since I just name dropped Schilling and Leiter as examples of pitchers who struggled through multiple years of injuries before getting and staying healthy (in reference to Pavano)…

  • A.D.

    MIRANDA pretty much the definition of clutch

  • Ivan

    Congrads Miranda.

  • Harry G

    7 retired in a row by the Phranchise. He looks really good but where’s the heat? I remember John & Suzyn raving about him throwin 94-95 or even 96 at his no-hitter turned disaster last season in Texas… Tonight everything’s 90 or 91. Was the gun in Arlington messed up? Or have Phil’s mechanics changeed a bit as a result of his injuries?

    • http://www.pinstripeprospectus.com Austin

      Well you gotta take into consideration hes been out most of the season. Even with those minor league starts his arm just might not be at full strength.

    • Manimal

      Everything was hot that day(including the gun) He tops out at 94-95 when hes really pushing it. But the couple of MPH doesnt matter when you have a amazing change and curve like him

    • A.D.

      prob a mech change where he gets better movement taking some off, but honestly who knows, there have been may a post debating this topic

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Every Fastball has had 5-6 inches of break, it looks like he is just throwing his Two-Seam Fastball, which explains the 89-91 MPH readings.

  • Manimal

    Grats to Miranda.

  • A.D.

    Gardner is OPSing .867 with RISP….until that at-bat

    • Manimal

      what is it now

      • A.D.

        ballpark, around .800, I was looking at baseball reference, which doesn’t update that quick

        • Manimal

          gotcha.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Fucking Carlos Delgado.

    What the fuck is wrong with Carlos Zambrano? I thought he got over that emotional BS.

  • A.D.

    hook is working tonight

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Phil Hughes’ Curveball is sadistic. His last two hammers have broke 18″ a piece.

    • Ivan

      Word.

  • Manimal

    Phil Hughes has the arm, has the pitches, has the location, and he certainly carries himself well, he just needs a good game plan and so far today, hes been working quickly and dominantly. Nice.

    • A.D.

      and the eyesight, with those specs

  • Ivan

    Phil doing his thang.

  • Manimal

    Anyne else think that because abreu is playing, that means hes not coming back next year?

    • Accent Shallow

      They haven’t really given Abreu much time off this year. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

      • Manimal

        153 out of 158 games played so far. Your joking right?

        • Accent Shallow

          Given him 5 games off so far this year. That’s a lot?

  • Accent Shallow

    Burnett really seems to be getting the high strike.

  • Ivan

    AL East best division in the MLB bar none.

  • Chip

    Well so much for nibbling around the strike zone, 40 strikes against 16 balls so far. That’s just domination

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

    It just hit me that the bombers are 9-1 over their past 10.

    • Chip

      Amazing what having another two healthy starters (Hughes and Pavano) will do for the consistency isn’t it?

      • Manimal

        Did you just say Pavano was healthy. Ohhh you did.

        • A.D.

          knock on woo….actually who cares at this point….unless the option is picked up, then knock on wood

  • Mac

    Man.

    If only Hughes (and Joba and Wang) had been healthy all year…

  • Ivan

    When will people understand that Hughes had one bad month in April pitching inly 22IP.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      When stupidity ceases to exist?

    • Manimal

      I think we established Hughes was better that CC was that month.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, but he was awful that month. Other than his first start (also against Toronto) he was getting smacked around, couldn’t find the plate with a road map, not getting Ks.

      Honestly, I was relieved to hear he had a busted rib, because he was so bad I would have started to worry about his future had he been healthy.

      Good to see he’s back.

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

    I would’ve gone with the curve to get the K, but ok…

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Third time through the order, Hughes mixing in his Changeup.

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

    69 pitches through 5…damn

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

    Phil Hughes is a bust.

    • Steve

      If he had a bust, I just might marry him.

  • E-ROC

    Fastball, cut fastball, curve, slider, change…..am I missing something? Wow!

    • Ivan

      He doesn’t throw the Slider anymore. He replace it with the Cut-Fastball.

      • E-ROC

        Oh ok. Gameday is saying that he was throwing sliders against Inglett in the 5th inning?

  • Steve

    Don’t look now, but Hughes has out pitched Burnett all night.

    Whats the old saying . . sometimes the best moves . . . . . how does that one go again?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      “Some times the best moves are used to ridicule the fucking morons that inhabit our great sport.”

      Yeah, something like that.

  • Accent Shallow

    Baseclogger does his thing.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    LoL @ the Mets’ chances in October with Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and whoever can stand on a mound.

    • Steve

      and they’re pitching their arms off trying to get there, which is really smart with a 24 year old and a guy you just signed for 124 million.

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

        Good thing they gave Minaya that extension. Now he can see how that Luis Castillo contract works out.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          And you have the nerve to say my dig at Joe’s fantasy team was low? ;)

        • A.D.

          4 years, before the season is over….just unnecessary, dont think the phones are going to ring off the hook for him

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

    OMG Betemit is like so unvaluable!!1111!!! Ugh!1111!!!!11!

    • Ivan

      He was 2 for 2 before the DP.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Apparently even more overt sarcasm is necessary, Pablo.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.
    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Took Oli 105 pitches to get 13 outs, yet someone’s going to give him $60M this winter.

      • Ivan

        There always idiots out there.

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

          Hopefully not us.

          Reason #1 to retain Brian Cashman: No WAY does he buy the Oliver Perez Spin Machine bullshit.

  • Chip

    At what point to we come up with a nickname for the physics-defying event known as Phil Hughes’ curveball? I’m all for The Elbow of God (Mo)

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I like describing his Curveball as sadistic. Just sounds bad-ass.

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

        It doesn’t buckle knees, it breaks hips.

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

          “Ridiculous Downside”.

      • Chip

        Like it has an evil mind of it’s own

    • A.D.

      could be the hook of god…..or the sledge (hammer)

      • Steve

        How about “More curve than Vida Guerra’s ass”

    • Accent Shallow

      Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here, guys.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Tread carefully.

  • Ivan

    I didn’t know Hughes could pitch well.

    • Steve

      As we all know, minor league stats simply don’t translate.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    There’s a vacuum out in center, Vernon Wells. Don’t you know that?

    • Steve

      Brett Gardner makes shit happen.

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

    “It’s odd a guy named Miranda would bat left”

    ***30 seconds of crickets***

    “Wanna explain that one, Michael?”

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      His humor is just above our heads. Did you know he went to Fordham?

      • Steve

        The fact that he doesn’t have any kids gives me hope for the gene pool.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          I don’t know why, but I think it’s so weird that Kay, Waldman and Sterling are all single. Isn’t there just something awkward about that?

          • Steve

            Frightening as what I’m about to say is, Sterling is married with kids. Triplets, I believe.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              my bad

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

        LOL

    • Steve

      “Hey, is his sister Carmen?”

      ***30 seconds of crickets***

      “You know, the one with the hats”

      ***60 seconds of crickets***

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

      Did he explain it?

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

        Miranda rights, like when you get arrested. You have the right to remain silent…

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Heh, seemed like you just got angrier having to type that garbage.

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

      … Because, as I’m sure you all know, Miranda derives from the ancient Sanskrit word Mor-Hu-Ahn-Dah, which of course means “He who hefts the club to strike at the Wooly Mammoth with his Right Hand”.

      So, Miranda being a lefty is full of delicious irony.

      For CenterStage, I’m Michael Kay, YES.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Why the fuck is Carlos Zambrano hitting ninth when he’s in the lineup?

    **Michael Kay: “Interesting that a guy named Miranda bats left-handed.”

    Al leiter: “Can you explain that one?”

    MK: “Miranda rights…”

    AL: “Yeah, I know what they are…”

    MK: “Well, if you have to explain it, it loses all it’s humor.”

    AL: “Yeah, but…[it wasn't fucking funny, fucking douchebag]“

  • Ivan

    I would love to see Kay doing jokes at the Apollo Threathe.

    • A.D.

      yikes on the mental thought

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

      “Hi fans, welcome to amateur night at the Apollo Theatre, I’m Michael Kay. Can anyone here tell me the 3 things you can’t give a black person?”

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Angry patron: “Mutha fucka, you breathe you die.”

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

          Live from the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, it’s Krusty’s Komedy Klassics!

      • Jack

        Hey Mike, what’s the difference between a black man and a park bench?

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

          I know the answer to that, but I won’t say it here.

          • Jack

            Smart man.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          This response is almost as awkward and bad as random calling Ben’s mom a MILF.

          • Jack

            No, someone giving the punchline would’ve been akward.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              True.

              That random thing was pretty fucking bad. That’s one of those things where you are literally stopped in your tracks in embarrassing laughter and shock at what you just read.

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

            that was realy awkward. I still shudder from that.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    It’s amazing that Alex Rodriguez is suffering through a pretty decent slump right now, but still leads the A.L. in VORP.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Oh fuck you, you old washed-up prick.

  • Yankees=warriors

    It just occurred to me…did the Yankees have a rookie hazing day this year, or did I just miss it?

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

    Hanger.

    • Chip

      Still moved 18″ according to Gameday, looks like he just guessed right and it was a bit up

  • Accent Shallow

    Suboptimal.

  • Ivan

    Dammit

  • Ivan

    Looks like Rolen was looking for the Curveball.

  • scottnar

    hopefully they can get him a run. he’s pitched so well tonight it’d be a shame to not get one victory on the year

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      This game is example #098765432134567890**keyboard crashes** why the W-L stat is “teh epic stupid!!11!1!!”

      • scottnar

        good for his pysche

  • Chip

    I’d like to see him come out for the 8th, he’s only at 92 pitches and the curve is still biting

  • Steve

    Who would you say is Hughes best MLB comp?

    I’ve always thought he reminded me most of John Lackey.

    • Chip

      Dare I compare him to Barry Zito? It’s tough I know because he sucks so badly now (and he’s left-handed) but I think that shows both his ceiling and floor. And yes, Hughes has MUCH more movement and location than Zito but that big curveball just reminds me of him

    • Accent Shallow

      Mussina. Low to mid-90s fastball, nasty curve.

      • Steve

        Excellent control as well. Just like Moose, sometimes too good.

        But Moose always threw so many types of pitches, that one doesn’t quite work for me.

        • Accent Shallow

          If he can get his change to be as high-quality a pitch as the curve, I’d say Mussina would be dead on. You’re right though, I forgot about that.

  • Patrick T

    I would too, but there’s no chance.

  • Jack

    Didn’t someone say “Call me when he goes seven” in his last game thread?

  • Hitman

    Hughes’s fastball goes down 2 mph every season. In 2006 it was 94, in 2007 it was 92, in 2008 it’s 90 mph.

    • Steve

      You do realize he throws a 2-seamer and 4-seamer, dont you?

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

        I think Hitman’s head just exploded after learning that knowledge.

      • Hitman

        His 2 seamer sure looks pretty straight then. Is he saving his 4 seamer for a rainy day cause literally every fastball was clocked at 90 mph tonight.

  • Patrick T

    I can’t fathom why Burnett’s still out there. Do they realize how fragile he is?

    • greg

      his last start as a Blue Jay… not their problem anymore

    • A.D.

      they figure hes gone after this year anyways, CC syndrome

  • Ivan

    Burnett should give the yanks some money for making him a rich man after the 08 season.

    • Chip

      They might give him that money :)

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

        I think your smiley face was supposed to be a frowning face.

  • scottnar

    why are we so fixated on how fast his fastball is. farnsworth throws the ball 99 MPH. is he an effective MLB pitcher? location location location

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

      Because it’s the easy thing to nitpick. If he was throwing 94, they’d pick on his changeup. If he had a good change, they’d be bitching about his pickoff move. It’ll never end.

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

        Personally, I hate the way that Phil Hughes isn’t Chinese.

      • scottnar

        ridiculous

    • Hitman

      Yeah because we all know how successful guys are when they throw 90 mph in the american league.

  • Ivan

    Wow Hughes coming back.

  • A.D.

    alright 8th inning

  • Patrick T

    Wow. Hughes still out there.

  • Baseballnation

    Its obviously 90 because the guy missed…. Oh yea thats right the whole season. Blame hi for not having arm stregnth or top stamina yet? Here’s this, I promise it won’t be 88 next year or 86 for that matter next year after next. Happy? It’s amazing how fantastic Burnett is against the yankees riht… Iswear it’s a mindset the yankees have against power pitchers that’s so maddening.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      They’ve had some consistent success against Josh Beckett. He of fourth fastest Fastball in the Majors (94.3) this year.

  • Ivan

    Great Job Phil.

  • Patrick T

    8 pitch inning. I think I’m in love.

  • Bryan

    This is exactly what Hughes needs to do next season, just buckle down and throw, hes got the stuff, he just needs to attack batters.

    • Steve

      Its the glasses. That was the answer to everything.

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

        It worked for Rick Vaughn.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Rick Vaughn threw harder than 91-MPH, who cares is it was fictional, he’s got more talent than the guy who wasn’t dealt for Johan Santana.

          • Steve H

            That’s why he was in the pen in the playoffs. Just like Joba, they moved their best pitcher to the pen. Makes sense, right?

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Nice.

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

              Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

  • Mike Pop

    Burnett will be pitching for the yanks next year

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

        Sounds good to me. I only want AJ if its the consolation prize for CC.

        It happens to be a well known baseball fact that you can’t have more than one pitcher who goes by his initials in your starting rotation. Bad karma.

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

          We also need a guy named Whitey, Lefty, Sparky, or the Duke (or some Spanish translation of one of those names) on our staff.

          HUGE karma points there.

          • Steve

            I like the way you think, kiddo.

            We have Aceves, and I think his nickname is El Paton (Big feet). Thats a start.

      • Accent Shallow

        Just get him out of the AL East, for crying out loud.

        Also, tell the Jays to trade Halladay to the NL, please.

      • Mike Pop

        ya okay dude he wants to be on a contender.. and once he is 14 and 3 for us next year with a month to go you’ll be saying wow im wrong

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

          If AJ Burnett is 14-3 with a month to go next year, I will buy you and a guest dinner at the eatery of your choosing. No joke, I give you my word.

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

          And I contrast your claim with this:
          1) Baltimore ain’t that bad, they can be a contender with some decent additions (like Burnett). The Markakis/Jones/Huff/Roberts/Mora and Cabrera/Guthrie/Liz/Sherrill cores are solid.
          2) Burnett has a home in the Washington D.C. area, and he’s spoken about moving closer to home.
          3) Peter Angelos is going to have a ton of money he’s going to want to spend, and he’d love to sign a “Yankee-killer” to a fat contract. He’ll outbid us, if we put in a bid (which we shouldn’t.)

          • Steve

            I think BALT was 3rd or 4th this year in Runs scored.

            Very under rated lineup.

  • Steve H

    Who else thinks Lanny has been lurking all night, waiting for Phil to fail so he could post. He must be livid with how well he’s pitching, what a Yankee fan?

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

    Alright, now lets get a run and get this kid an 8-inning win full of dominance.

  • Ivan

    Where are you Lanny. Where the fuck are ya. When Hughes sucked, we were here. Now when Hughes pitches great, your no where to be found. COWARD!!!

    • Geno

      There are so many Lannys though…

      • Steve H

        Agreed, though Lanny is #1 at making no fucking sense when it comes to Hughes. Of all the shit you can/want to say about Hughes, when Lanny said Hughes’ stuff was just average, he showed his total lack of baseball sense.

    • mustang

      I’m not Lanny, but I have been at times on Hughes’ case and he is pitching well. BUT, and you knew one was coming, it’s a meaningless game in Sept. If He did this in April we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.
      Lets put this in the right context.

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

        If he did this in April, you’d just be saying it was meaningless game at the start of the year, let’s see him do it down the stretch in September.

        ;)

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

          Yeah. Let’s see him do this shit in March during the World Baseball Classic, where the games mean EVERYTHING.

          • mustang

            You know what I mean.

        • Steve H

          And if it was June, it’d be a meaningless game in the middle of the season, not an important month like April where you need to get off to a good start, or September where you need a strong finish. The guy is still a kid, and has pitched less than 40 innings this year. For anyone to call him a bust is ridiculous. Someone PLEASE go look up what Halladay did in 67 innings as a 23 year old (with 150+ ML innings already under his belt). Too bad the Jays didn’t label him a bust and send him our way. He pitched much, much worse than Hughes, how’d he turn out?

          • mustang

            I NEVER said to give up on the kid, but when he sucked he sucked. And making ridiculous excuses (weather, umpire, etc.) is as ridiculous as calling him a bust.

            • Steve H

              When he sucked, he sucked, agreed. You don’t fall into the crowd that said to give up on him, but there are plenty out there (though not tonight). 99% of all pitchers, ever, have periods of sucking when they are young. Joba hasn’t yet and may fall into that 1%, but who knows, he still could. Halladay had 150+ innings under his belt, yet at 23, had a whip over 2, and an ERA over 10.

              • mustang

                “but there are plenty out there (though not tonight)”
                Your right and that’s one of the reasons I checked in because I have been very hard on Hughes.
                I agree that young pitchers need to develop I just thought that two of them at the same time was too much.

                • mustang

                  Actually three if you count Joba.

        • mustang

          Mike A. I would not because I saw the kid do it in the playoffs, which carries a lot of weight with me. But one good start the day after they get erased does not make up for a failed 2008. Still it does give us some hope for 2009

  • Manimal

    Twice his yearly average of IP in a game for sure. 9th inning? Why not, unless hes seriously fatigue just toss him out their first base runner and take him out.

    • Patrick T

      No way Girardi takes that risk after the shit that happened to him in Florida.

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

      If we get the lead, put Joba in there to ice it out. No reason to screw with his confidence by risking a fatigue-induced hit.

  • Ivan

    Wow Betemit.

  • scottnar

    great AB betamit, he’s awful

  • A.D.

    jesus Damon

  • Ivan

    Danm I thought he made it.

  • Patrick T

    Ugh.

  • scottnar

    they should give that assist to the pitcher, zaughn took about 4 seconds to get rid of that

  • Manimal

    this inning is so typical 08 yankees

  • Patrick T

    Ah well. Great start for the Phranchise nonetheless.

    • Steve H

      Yeah, we’re out of the playoffs anyway. Much happier to see 8 inn/2 er and the no decision, than 6 inn/3 er and the win. Very promising night regardless of the outcome.

  • Ivan

    So Hughes goes winless. Well at least he lowered the ERA.

    • mustang

      Sorry again he pitched great.

      • Ivan

        I was saying that not to diss the guy.

  • Manimal

    Veras is in. Yankees lose. See you guys tomorrow.

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

    Jose Veras is Girardi’s Scott Proctor.

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

    do they want to fucking lose this game or what?

    • Pedro

      Does it matter anymore? If Girardi wanted to win, he would have pinch hit A-Rod for Betemit.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    It’s funny how two really nice years got Vernon Wells a 7/126 deal.

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

      And that the Jays will get about two good years out of those seven.

      Perfect symmetry.

    • Steve

      Remember that when PITT is asking the moon for McLouth this off season.

      He’s had one good year, this one.

      • Steve H

        And it’s really only half a good year. Second half he’s at .278/.366/.448 with a 90 ops+. So he’s been below average. No thanks.

  • Ivan

    Check this out, Hughes threw 100 pitches, 71 of them were strikes wow.

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

      and no walks

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

        I hope you’re watching, Ian. Trust your shit.

        Don’t remember who on ESPN said it, but they actually dropped a old baseball saw that makes a little sense: You can’t strike a guy out on Strike 1.

        Make your pitches, challenge the hitters, throw strikes. If they hit some, they hit some; that’s what you’ve got a defense for. Stop trying to throw three straight out pitches, just get ahead and then make them chase your pitch.

  • Pedro

    It was great to watch Hughes dominate tonight. We really needed our young pitchers to come through, to help support this youth movement. Now if only we could start Kennedy on saturday and have him toss 6 strong innings, that would be great.

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

    Juan Miranda in the house.

    • Pedro

      Against a lefty!! If he could do that consistently (hit LH pitchers)…

  • scottnar

    totally off topic but are the Mets planning any kind of ceremony sunday when the doors at shea close?

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

      To celebrate what history? When the Beatles played?

      • scottnar

        ha ha, thought maybe they would hand out 8-balls to fans over 18 to commemorate the ’86 team

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

          It would be fitting. Hah. That musta been a fun clubhouse.

          • scottnar

            totally, all hanging out all the time together partying

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

        They’re gonna highlight the top 25 moments in Shea Stadium history. 5 of them are music concerts and 12 of them are from the ’74 and ’75 Yankee home games.

        There’s also a nice Anthony Young 27 straight losses retrospective.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I bet you they don’t sellout the entire weekend.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I don’t know which made me feel worse about the human race: Yankees’ fans saying that Joe Girardi needs to play the “kid” Cody Ransom, or Mets’ fans advocating the more playing time for Argenis Reyes.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      It would probably have to be the dumb Yankees’ fans, at least Luis Castillo has 17-SB and a .356-OBP.

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

      Luis Castillo=Argenis Reyes?

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

        let’s make that Castillo > A. Reyes

    • Accent Shallow

      At least his name sounds like “Our heinous Reyes”, which is pretty effin’ hilarious.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I really hate sac-bunts with a guy that has Gardner’s speed. But runners on first and second with nobody out and this late in the game, I can understand it.

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

    Brett Gardner makes shit happen.

  • A.D.

    BG is now Kays fav player

  • Ivan

    Cano go win this one.

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

    Cano took that one like a man.

  • A.D.

    clutch HBP

  • Ivan

    Hit a GS Abreu.

    • Ivan

      Thank you.

      • scottnar

        great call

  • Patrick T

    Cito must be asleep, yeah?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Former Yankee, Alfonso Soriano, with the go-head RBI-2B.

    • Ivan

      To think the yanks might have more wins than the Mets. But were the demise franchise and flux.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wooooooooo Bobby!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Ay Boo-Boo!

  • A.D.

    that’ll get the run in

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    The Candy Eater! Nice work.

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

    Bobby with a walk-off-walk right here.

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

      Or that. That’s good too…

  • Steve

    EL COMO DULCE!!!!!

  • Patrick T

    Sexy. Gaston is the Art Shell of baseball.

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

      Sadly, Willie Randolph was the Art Shell of baseball.

      Or possibly Mike Hargrove.

      • Patrick T

        Cito was Art Shelling it up while Willie was still playing.

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

          1992 and 1993 say hello.

          • Patrick T

            I could have won with that lineup.

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

              I have no way of knowing that. I do know that Cito Gaston did win those titles, and I know that the Blue Jays were good when he was there, sucked after he left, and instantly started winning again this year when he returned.

              Cito Gaston is far from the worst MLB manager. Art Shell, on the other hand, ran the Raiders for a year while he was legally dead.

    • A.D.

      Joe Gibbs of baseball perhaps

      • scottnar

        um doesn’t gibbs have 3 titles?

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

          And a NASCAR team. Anyone know what NASCAR stands for?

          • Manimal

            North American Sports car association of racing? Lucky guess.

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

            Not A Sport, Cars Aren’t Relevant.

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

            No one? Fine, I’ll tell you.

            Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks

  • Accent Shallow

    Don’t the Jays have something like 4 lefties in the pen? Why leave this guy in?

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

    woah.

  • Pedro

    Good for Bobby.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Stat-padder.

    • Jack

      Can’t be clutch, it wasn’t in innings 7-9.

  • scottnar

    just saw a promo on SNY, hernandez, strawman, and darling in a forum talking about their memories…the name of the segment is shea goodbye. seriously did the producers stay up all night thinking of that one

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

    Humberto for the 10th?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Probably Bruney, he was warming up next to Jose Veras, no?

    • Patrick T

      Maybe Girardi will use Mo for the 5th game in a row. Channeling his inner Torre.

  • Ivan

    Abreu=Most underrated Yankee.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      He’s not a winning player. That’s why the Phillies have been the pinnacle of success since he left.

  • Steve

    Ponson as the closer. . . . .

    You know, its only a 4 run lead.

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

    Ponson? Really? What the mother fuck is going wrong here?

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

      going on*

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

    Sidney Ponson? I guess they’re trying to get Mo a save opportunity or something.

  • A.D.

    Ponson shutting the door

  • Accent Shallow

    Ponson in to test the theory that any pitcher can get 3 outs with a 4 run lead.

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

      Sidney Ponson = LaTroy Hawkins.

  • A.D.

    X getting some 1b

  • scottnar

    WTF, why are we stilling this f’ing guy pitch?! like mike said why not humberto?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      They want him to get some in-game work in to prepare for his start on Saturday. He hasn’t pitched in a game in awhile.

      • scottnar

        i understand but who cares, screw this guy

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          I understand you as well, but you don’t want to send the guy out there to get embarrassed.

          • scottnar

            yeah I guess, i just don’t want to see him anymore

  • Ivan

    Ponson closing it out. Now I know how the Mets feel.

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

    Ponson channeling his inner Mike Richter.

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

    I once went to a Yankee game with David Eckstein as the DH.

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

      for Toronto

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

        I can only assume the Jays won that game, as they pleased the baseball gods for putting a man so gritty and gutty into the DH spot that it counteracted the inherent unamerican communistic abomination that the DH is.

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

          They actually did–it was Halladay v. Pettitte

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Dream is still alive, 90+ wins!

  • Jack

    This just shows how worthless the Met’s pen is. Even Sidney Motherfucking Ponson can get three outs.

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

    David Wright is so clutch.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Ivan has made this point a couple times and he couldn’t be more right, A-Rod’s season has just masked the funk that David Wright has had in the same situations.

  • Manimal

    Bring-him-back.

  • Ivan

    Yankees win, THAAAAAAAAAA Yankees WIN!!!!!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Mets had first-and-third-with-nobody-out and still couldn’t get the tying run across.

    Their failures bring be infinite joy.

  • A.D.

    Basically with that outing Ponson would jump to the go-to guy in the mets pen

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

    Jose Veras, TD vulture.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Heh, I remember fantasy owners wanting to kill Tom Coughlin for that in Brandon Jacobs’ rookie and sophomore years.

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

        Mendenhall’s getting the start at a crucial time. Just about my entire team has a bye this week.

  • Steve H

    Just to get everyone fired up about clutchness/grittiness/sucking the Red Sox ballsness, I wanted to point out Pedroia’s .231 average with RISP and 2 outs. If that’s A-Rod, Peter Gammons calls him a loser and tries fucking his wife, if it’s Pedroia, it’s swept under the rug by the worldwide leader. God forbid they point out a stat that doesn’t reflect well on the gritty leader of THEIR team.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Congrats SWB Yankees! Nice win tonite.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Grit wins out all the time.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Kosuke Fukudome is all sorts of suck.

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

      If Carlos Delgado wins the MVP…

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        …Albert Pujols should demand a trade if Brett Wallace and Colby Rasmus don’t pan out.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Somehow that sounded witty and not dumb at the initial thought…

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

    Haha, Delgado held up at third. You know this will end well.

  • Mike Pop

    If mets dont score

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

      This will be rather hilarious.

    • Steve H

      In a way I want the Mets to make the playoffs, so the heartache is that much worse when their bullpen blows it. It’ll piss off their fans so much more, it might be worth it.

      • Jack

        Steve, you sick, twisted son of a bitch.

        I Like it.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Come on, Shark!

  • Jack
    • Jack

      For the record, I put that link up before the Hughes entry.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Who the fuck walks Endy Chavez? That L/R match-up shit is infuriatingly stupid at times.

    • Ivan

      Agreed, bad move by lou putting that much pressure on the kid in a bases loaded situation.

  • Ivan

    Fuck Jeff.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      No, fuck Pinella for making him IBB Endy Chavez, he of the .308-OBP and 71-OPS+.

      • Ivan

        Word. I just said that outta of fustration.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Wow, a guy who throws upwards of 98-MPH got a LHB to ground-out. Isn’t it shocking, Lou Pinella?

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Mets announcers calling this game like it’s the 10th inning and Ray Knight’s on second…

  • Ivan

    Fukudome sucks on offense and defense.

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

      Fukudome is my homey.

  • Ivan

    Wright SO CLUTCH!!!

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

    David Wright is clutch. Clutchity clutch clutch clutch.

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    WTF is Piniella doing? Is Delgado a big threat to steal?

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

      Force at any base.

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        I realize that but they did just walk in the tying run last inning…

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Yes, but last time they walked Endy fucking Chavez to load the bases.

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

    The Brewers have 4 runs on 2 hits tonight.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    LoL @ the gritty white guys failing in the clutch.

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

    The only way the Mets are going to score here is via a balk. Something that requires no effort on their part.

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    WOW.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Fucking awesome.

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

      Un-BE-lievable.

  • Ivan

    Shows ya how weak the NL is. Mets suck in RISP, there in the race, Yanks sucked in RISP, were done.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      No, just shows you how you do with RISP is so pointless. The Rays suck in that situation as well, look they are doing.

      • Ivan

        True.

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike, what ya think of the Max Payne movie?

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

      Haven’t seen it, dunno anything about it. Sorry.

      I just saw Heat last weekend. Awesome flick.

      • Ivan

        Here’s the trailer.

        http://www.maxpaynethemovie.com/

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

          I’m not going to lie, I hate Mark Wahlberg. I’ve enjoyed only two of his movies: the Departed and Boogie Nights, and the latter was mostly because of Heather Graham’s boobs.

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

    D-Lee end the mets lives please.

    • Ivan

      Thank you Lee, Thank you.

  • Mike Pop

    lmao how did mets not score

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Derek Lee, I love you.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Curb Your Enthusiasm, one of the most underrated shows in history.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I agree it’s awesome, but it’s not underrated. It’s not as big as it used to be, but it used to be really really popular.

  • Ivan

    RAMIREZ111

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    The Mets’ bullpen is the greatest show on Earth.

    • Joey

      when you’re not a mets fan, lol. awesome

  • Ivan

    WFAN is gonna be really entertaining tonight and tomorrow after this lost by the mets.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    You know the difference between Eric Gagne (2007) and Luis Ayala (2008), people knew Ayala would be this bad.

    • Mike Pop

      Lol dude

  • dkidd

    omar minaya gets 4 more years after wrecking the farm system to put together that team?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Oh man, Curb Your Enthusiasm is great. Larry David’s father is telling him is mom died and the funeral occurred but nobody told him because his mother told people – on her death bed – not to spoil his trip in New York, where he is acting in a Martin Scorcese film.

    Unbelievable.

    • Robbby

      Bro the Ski Lift episode is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Curb is without doubt one of the best shows.

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

    Keith Hernandez came away from the blow for a second to give us this gem: “it seems like every time the Mets lose, it’s a heartbreaking loss.”

    So true.

  • donttradecano

    craig carton was planning a yanks funeral on wfan…maybe he should plan a mets funeral too

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      You know the difference between he and Chris Russo? He thinks he should be taken seriously.

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

    Oh this is great. The headline of the game recap of the Rays-O’s game at ESPN reads:

    “Title-minded Rays rally for win, but so do Red Sox”

    WTF do the Sox have to do with that game?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/scoreboard

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Did you see the the cluster-fuck of a headline they had this morning?

      Rays sell out first two home games of NLDS

      • donttradecano

        joe morgan must be writing the headlines now

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

        ESPN’s had a typo in the photo caption on the front of their NHL Draft Page since June.

        The Blackhawks are standing beind their pick of Kyle Beach.

        http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/.....ldraft2008

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Larry David just used his mother’s death as a persuasive tool to get his exhausted wife to sleep with him.

    Oh. My. Fucking. God.

    • pat

      DUDE friends is 10x better than curb will ever be

      • pat

        ok i was just joking

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

          No you weren’t. ;)

          • pat

            i even had a funny response when people jumped on my case but now nobody will ever get to see it. :(

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              let’s have it anyway

              • pat

                i was hoping people would get all pissed off and stuff so i could say

                ROFLTYITIWSWISTFIBTCYE

                rolling on the floor laughing that you idiots thought i was serious when i said that friends is a better show than curb your enthusiasm.

                it was funny in my head… which is probably where it should have stayed.

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

                  …yup.

    • Geno

      All-time favorite Curb episode is when Larry goes into the city to buy weed for his dad’s glaucoma. Absolutely hilarious.