Saturday Night Open Thread: Yanks lose to Atlanta

He's tough, he's a hockey player
Bernie: A-Rod's injury a 'blessing in disguise'

Chien-Ming Wang threw three strong innings this afternoon, but a silent Yankee offense came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 game against Atlanta.

Wang, making his second start after missing half of 2008 with a Lisfranc injury, went three innings and used just 33 pitches. Twenty-seven of those went for strikes, and his one mistake with a high change-up that Casey Kotchman deposited into the right field seats. Wang, as I detailed on RAB’s twitter account during the game, made a few nice plays in the field and had his splitter and sinker working. For an early March outing, it was a good one.

Brett Tomko followed Wang, and while he walked away with the loss, Tomko continued to make his case for a spot in the Yankee bullpen. He threw three innings, giving up a run on three hits while striking out three. Phil Coke allowed a run before giving way to three pitchers who probably won’t see action in the Bronx this year.

Offensively, the Yanks mustered just six hits against the Braves and struck out eight times. It was an unimpressive showing by the depleted Yankee lineup.

In WBC action, Team USA eked out a win against Canada. In a thrilling game, the Americans secured 6-5 win after JJ Putz threw like a Mets reliever and nearly gave away the game. Derek Jeter had a pair of hits; Chipper Jones went 0 for 4 with three strike outs and left five runners on base; and after rooting for Kevin Youkilis to deliver, I felt the need to shower. The Dominicans fell to the Netherlands in a shocker, and Japan, the defending champs, advanced to the second round. As of this writing, Panama is losing to Puerto Rico, and Italy and Venezuela play at 8 p.m.

Anyway, you know the rules: Here’s your open thread. Play nice.

He's tough, he's a hockey player
Bernie: A-Rod's injury a 'blessing in disguise'
  • anonymous

    I cant believe they walked Bernie.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So after two days where we were told to go beat each other up, tonight we’ve got to play nice?

    In other news, TO makes the AFC East fans everywhere groan, the Devils were undone by the worst team in the league (w. T. F.) and Syracuse actually managed to beat a Big East team!

    Crazy day.

    • Mike Pop

      Love that signing for Buffalo. One year deal, give them some PR to know that there is a team in Buffalo and gives them an explosive threat across from Evans. Probably not good enough to compete in that division but Jauron needs to make the playoffs or he is gone.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Ugh, I’d just rather him out of my division! Of course, I’m a Jets fan and anything that makes my divisional opponents look better…bleh.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Jets need a veteran QB. You go into the season with Clemens/Ratliff you’re asking for trouble. Everybody isn’t Joe Flacco.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            Oh I know.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Clemens, Ratliff, and Ainge were all successful college QB’s with good grades and big arms. I’m sure one of them would at least be passable.

            I wouldn’t mind adding Byron Leftwich, though.

            And I know TO on the Bills should scare me, but it kinda doesn’t.

            • Mike Pop

              With your defense, you will be okay with a passable QB.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                This guy knows what I’m talking about.

                • Mike Pop

                  Hey man, we are football buddies as well as RAB buddies.

              • andrew

                I agree, but I think without Coles, it will be a little harder for those guys to succeed. I’m a Giants fan, but I’m not a Jets hater, I think it’s a lot more fun when both the area teams are competitive because it creates a lot of excitement in NY. I don’t think their current QB situation is good enough for them to make the playoffs. Adding Leftwich could do the trick though

  • anonymous

    Does anyone know when Phil Hughes’s next spring training start is?

    • jonathan c.

      I imagine they’ll be sending him to the minor league camp soon to get the rotation in order.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Not sure he’ll get one. The starters will be taking their regular turns from here on out, so the guys who don’t figure in to the rotation will either be working out of the bullpen or head to AAA camp whenever they open.

      Hughes and IPK had a chance to get some Febuary starts because this is an extended ST due to the WBC. Were into March now, so its time for everyone to get ready for Opening Day.

  • touchtoneterriost

    The Dominicans say if they had Pujos,A-Rod and Vlad they would be better but Vlad and A-Rod suck in the post-season and in the clutch.The Domincan team is like the Yankees alot of big names but not enough role players or clutch players.If they had Manny they would have won today and in 2006.

    Think if the Puerto Rican team had World Series MVP Lowell and Jorge Posada.THe Puerto Rican team has the best clutch team.Peroid.

    • http://www.styleforum.net Jeremy Brown

      was this a serious comment?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Can you PLEASE tell me what the hell “touchtoneterriost” means? It’s driving me crazy.

      • Mike Pop
        • Mike Pop

          Use google, dumbass!

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Yes, but Mike, he’s Touch Tone “Terriost”. Not “Terrorist”.

            T-E-R-R-I-O-S-T.

            Has he been spelling it intentionally wrong all this time for some comedic/artistic reason, or does he just not know how to spell his own name?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    For anyone panicking over the potential loss of Alex, this THT article is a must read.

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/what-would-we-do-baby-without-us/

    Still gotta play the games, peeps.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Honestly, superstisious as I am, I think A-Rod does us more harm with his wearing #13 than anything else…

      • RobC

        you mean like those 13 stars on the original flag?

  • AMS223

    So how bout Pudge today….4-4 2 Hrs 4 RBI 3 Runs

    • Mike Pop

      I know people think he’s done but I tend to disagree. I still think he can be a solid regular, only problem is all he calls are fastballs.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “I still think he can be a solid regular, only problem is all he calls are fastballs”

        That’s kinda like saying “She’s a real cute girl and I think I love her, only problem is she’s got a penis.”

        • Mike Pop

          Not really, because her having a penis is alot worse than Pudge calling fastballs.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            After all the steroids he took, I’m not sure Pudge has a penis anymore.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          There are so many things I could do with that statement, it’s not fair that I can’t choose what.

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

          Eh, not really. You can always shake off a fastball.

          (booya)

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Would it kill him to set a target? Is he really that worried about hitters taking a peek?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    BTW, in case anyone missed it from the customized jerseys post:

    http://tinyurl.com/bhanmv

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I’m bored and I don’t feel like doing my thesis even though I need to.

    • Mike Pop

      Story of my life when it comes to schoolwork.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Do my thesis for me?

        • Mike Pop

          It will be written at a 12th grade level.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            Man, those were the days…

            • Mike Pop

              Yep, they were.

  • andrew

    Anyone else find it funny/ironic that both Hawkins and Ponson picked up W’s today in the WBC? That would’ve been nice last year…

    • Mike Pop

      Where and when does Ponson pitch this year?

      • Thomas

        Girardi kept complimenting Ponson during his in-game interview about his work in the WBC and on the Yanks last year. It made me very nervous.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          I wasn’t the only one?

      • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        On the Yankees, when Sabathia, Burnett, CMW, Pettitte, and Joba all get hurt.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Few teams know how to frustrate like the NY Knicks.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Someone’s never watched the New York Jets…

    • Thomas

      Sadly it could be worse:
      http://tinyurl.com/d8nkg2

    • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

      This is just the beginning of the Post-IT/Marbury-era. Next year will be MUCH better after D’Antoni takes FULL affect.

      • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

        And DW improves the roster properly, and Will The Thrill develops further.

        • andrew

          Chandler’s sooo inconsistent, when he’s on, he’s very good, but when he has an off night, he’s not worth having on the floor. He has to reach that point where even on his bad nights, he’s still useful. Another year of experience will hopefully do the trick.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So, since I’m bored, how old is everyone here?/What year in school?/What’s the first Yankee team you remember?

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      25, 1st year law school, 1992 Yankees.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        I cant believe that i am one of the older ones here. Married, a kid, law school, remember 1992? I’m practically my dad.

    • andrew

      19, freshman at college, ’96 world series

    • Joey

      20, second year in college (University of Central Florida), want to say the ’92 or ’93 team, not 100% sure

    • UWS

      29, PhD, 1995 Yankees.

      Boy, I just shattered a lot of fantasies, haven’t I?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Nope, you enhanced a lot of fantasies.

        Smart chicks rock.

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

      20 in a couple hours; ’01 Fall Classic, but didn’t attempt to watch every game until the start of the 2003 season.

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        good point, I started watching every game 2 years ago when we got MLB extra innings for the first time.

      • Joey

        Happy (almost?) birthday bro, what you doing here, you should be out getting fucked up! lol

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      17/Junior year of highschool/2000 yanks

    • Paulie

      14/Freshman in H.S./I would have to say I started watching every game in 2005.

      Young, ain’t I?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Just a bit.

    • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

      27, finishing my Bachelor’s degree Monday (last class ends Monday at least), and I’ve been following the Yanks regularly since the early to mid 90s.

      I don’t get to watch a ton of games since I live just outside of Boston and don’t get YES. But, I follow along as best I can.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      22/Graduated from CCNY (B.A.)/ First remember the ’96 Yanks but didn’t start watching them everyday on TV until ’02 though I’ve watched them on occasion in between.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      29, BA, 1989. :(

  • Miles Roche

    1st year undergrad, 23, 2002 Yankees.

  • Mike Pop

    Someone just see John Kruk?

    “Joba in the rotation doesn’t do them any good”. Then he went on to say how the role has not been determined yet and they need a future closer.

    John-you are really an ass.

  • http://rsaM301522 raysam

    yanks should hve signed manny

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You’re right.

      We also should have signed Carlos Beltran in 2004, Vlad Guerrero in 2003, Ichiro in 2001, Randy Johnson in 1999, Greg Maddux and Barry Bonds in 1993, Jack Morris in 1991, Roberto Clemente as an amateur free agent in 1952, Ted Williams in 1936, and Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown in 1903.

      Cashman, and all those GM’s who came before him, are all idiots.