Game 13: Yanks hope to turn the tables

Meet two-thirds of RAB at The Stadium today
Game 13 spillover

Carl Pavano hasn’t been quite as bad as Chien-Ming Wang this season, but he hasn’t exactly helped the Indians in his two starts. After allowing nine runs in one inning on April 9, he came back on Tuesday with a six-inning, four-run performance, lowering his ERA from 81.00 to 16.71. The Yanks hope to do to Pavano what the Indians did to Wang yesterday and send his ERA over the 30.00 mark. They’ll have A.J. Burnett, by far their best pitcher to this point (though it’s just two starts), hopefully keeping them in the game.

The last time Carl Pavano faced the Yankees was with the Expos in 2000. He allowed five runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. That means next to nothing right now — not only was it nine years ago, but there are only two current Yankees who were in that lineup. Jeter went 1 for 5 and Posada went 1 for 2 with two walks and two RBI — though the two RBI came on a home run hit off reliever Mike Johnson; the runner on base was Pavano’s. Pavano also pitched for the Expos against the Yankees in 1998, allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings. Luis Sojo played short that game and Joe Girardi caught, so zero current Yankees were in that lineup.

A.J. Burnett has started five games against the Indians in his career, pitching 30 innings to a 7.20 ERA. That’s about the last thing the Yanks need. Worst of all, Burnett struck out only 22 in 30 innings, far off his career mark. He also walked 18, never a good number with 30 innings pitched. His last outing against them came in the first game of a double header last May 12, wherein he pitched 7.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out seven to three walks. That’s not a stellar start, but the Yanks would certainly take it today, especially the 7.2 innings part.

To ensure there are enough arms in the pen, the Yanks have called up Steven Jackson to replace Anthony Claggett. It looks like Edwar Ramirez (58 pitches) and Jose Veras (just 43 in 3 IP) won’t be available today, and Damaso Marte (23 pitches) will only be used in a dire circumstance. That means Jackson, Coke, Albaladejo, Bruney, and of course Mo should be available for an inning or more. Again, all we can do is hope that it doesn’t come to that.

Girardi has shuffled the order again today, though I still don’t get the Gardner leading off thing. He has speed, but he’s having a hard time getting on base this year. Matsui returns to DH, giving Jorge a full day off.

Lineup:

1. Brett Gardner, CF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Johnny Damon, LF
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Hideki Matsui, DH
8. Cody Ransom, 3B
9. Jose Molina, C

And on the mound, number thirty-four, A.J. Burnett

Meet two-thirds of RAB at The Stadium today
Game 13 spillover
  • donttradecano

    whats the point of suspendng beckett if hes not going to miss a start?

    • Steve H

      That’s always how it works when they suspend starters.

      • Craig

        I always wanted baseball to grow a pair and either make it you could not appeal the suspention or if you do and lose the appeal it would double the amount of games you were originally suspended for.

  • Lily

    girardi drives me crazy with his inconsistent line-ups!!! gardner leadoff? he can run but problem with that is he isn’t getting on base to do that. posada somewhat had the day off yesterday and i know their being cautious but right now we’re having problems scoring runs and molina defends great just doesn’t hit.

    anyways not confident in todays game burnett’s numbers against the indians are REALLY BAD! and i wouldn’t be surprised if pavano pitches well against us, why not everything has gone bad for the yankees these days.

    hope we get clutch pitching and hitting , we’re going to need it!

    • steve (different one)

      Girardi’s lineups have been fine.

      Posada is going to be rested aggressively. sorry, that’s just the way it’s going to be early on.

      they need to see what Matsui can give them. if Matsui can’t do anything early, expect to see Posada take over today at DH.

    • Steve H
  • steve (different one)

    he pitched 7.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out seven to three walks. That’s not a stellar start, but the Yanks would certainly take it today, especially the 7.2 innings part.

    that’s a pretty tough standard for “stellar”, no?

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

      As it should be. 7.2 IP, 3 ER is a solid start, even a good start. Not stellar, though.

  • E-ROC

    Brett Gardner being at the top of the order may have something to do with who’s pitching. Carl Pavano isn’t a power pitcher so maybe, just maybe, Gardner can get some things done against. That is the best idea I could come up with.

    I would rather see Ramiro Pena instead of Cody Ransom.

  • Manimal

    Interesting Line up.

  • http://m.facebook.com/profile.php?r1fb85138&refid=7 Jamal G

    Thought you guys would like to know that Carl Pavano was roundly booed during pre-game intros and his trek from the visitor’s bullpen to the visitor’s dugout.

  • southernyankeefan

    i saw a picture online that had a shot of the stadium on opening day and when Pavano was introduced. There was a caption under his name that said “crowd boos”. Is this true?

  • Tripp

    Why do I keep reading that the Yankees are being cautious with Posada?

    Did he give them something to worry about, or is Girardi still concerned with his shoulder?

    • steve (different one)

      no, there is nothing new. but they should absolutely be easing him into catching everyday after his surgery.

      WANG has been the problem with this team. not the batting order. not giving Posada a little more rest. it’s Wang.

  • southernyankeefan

    a ball hit to right in the air that didn’t go out?

  • cult of basebaal

    Carl Pavano has a backpfeifengesicht.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Dudes, this pic is awesome

    http://tinyurl.com/cotm6w

    • 27 this year

      that is so creepy

  • cult of basebaal

    man, that’s a sad commentary, Mr. Grittner.

    punched out by Pavano.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Carl Pavano might be another in the long line of mediocre pitchers who dominate the yankees offense. I hope not, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Joe D,

    Wang is not the only problem with the Yankees. The lack of ingenuity in solving the third base hole was/is one (Dallas McPherson or Mike Lamb would have been clearly superior options over Cody Frickin’ Ransom.) Jose Molina is another — awful, awful player who somehow remains employed by the Yankees after his 2008 disaster. No inventiveness in solving this problem in the offseason, either. Both represent the Yankees’ chronic allergy to adequately addressing “small stuff” problems that continue to bite them in the ass.

    I’m not one of the “sky is falling” people, but Wang is certainly not the only problem needing to be solved.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Jose Molina is perhaps the best back up catcher in MLB. In addition, he is the perfect compliment to Posada. He is not part of the problem.

      • Joe D.

        Sharply disagree here. Posada is one of the Yankees’ most important hitters, and is not guaranteed to be healthy all season. If Posada is to miss any stretch of time, Molina is horribly inadequate at the plate. Last season, he hit .216/.263/.313…that’s sub-sub-Rey Ordonez territory.

        Molina as a pure one game a week backup catcher to a very healthy and dependable starter wouldn’t be as much of a problem.

        Molina as backup to Posada is a massive problem. Evidence: last season.

        • Steve H

          Last season Molina was the starter. He’s a phenomenal backup. He’s the best defensive catcher in baseball. If he has to start 100 games, it’s a problem, but to question why he remains employed is utter nonsense. He remains employed because he is a great backup.

          • Joe D.

            With Posada as the starter, the Yanks need a backup who won’t kill them if pressed into regular duty. His defense comes nowhere near making up for his awful, awful bat.

            It’s not just 100 games…if he has to start 30-40 games, it’s a problem.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

          De-fense?

          Dudes don’t contest Molina’s arm, period. A near-50% CS rate will do that.

  • Drew

    Just got the game on, why the heck is Gardner leading off?

  • mko

    Can we please tear down this home run derby exhibition place? I wanna see baseball, not a slugfest.

  • Drew

    Good thing YES has the wrong amount of outs on the TV! wtf

  • cult of basebaal

    aaargh.

    None of the MLB.tv audio feeds is synched with the video.

    grrr.

  • Joe D,

    Drew, Gardner is leading off because he led the league in Scrappiness Quotient last season. And scouts say his sticktoitiveness is off the charts.

    • cult of basebaal

      don’t forget, he’s got more grit than sandpaper.

    • Drew

      Ahh, see that’s what I thought.

  • yankeeswisdom

    the way things have gone i wont b surprised if Pavano pitches a 1 hit shutout

    • Brazilian Yankee

      I kinda expect Pavano to pitch great, that’s just the way our offense rolls

    • 27 this year

      I see a perfect game.

  • 27 this year

    looks like the Yankees are going to lose to a mediocre pitcher, what’s new. In the regular season they can’t hit these guys but do decent against good pitchers and come teh playoffs, the opposite is true but the problem is, everyone is a good pitcher. I hate watching this.

    • Steve H

      It’s 1-0 after 2 innings, AJ vs. Pavano, and you’re writing this off as a loss. What a fan.

  • 27 this year

    Cano is really being selective these days. A completely different hitter.

  • BigBlueAL

    Pavano is toying with the Yankees so far, fuckin beautiful.

  • Jake H

    I see Pavano dominating us today.

  • 27 this year

    I just looked at the batting averages for the Indians lineup and they are all over .250. The lowest is DeRosa at .250 and he raised it 70 points in this fuckin series alone. Wow did the Yanks make the Indians look good.

  • yankeeswisdom

    this is ridiculous, had CMW and the bullpen had their act together the first two weeks or so- the way we envisioned, we would have had a strong lead in the east. I hate looking up to bottom feeders (O’s and Jays)

  • Jersey

    Keep the faith. Pavano could have a catastrophic injury at any given moment.

    • 27 this year

      yea, maybe a squirrel will attack him. That would worth the 2500 bucks for the good seats.

    • yankeeswisdom

      burnetts slowly but steadily becomming my fav yankee

      • 27 this year

        honestly, at the moment, he is the only bright spot for the Yankees.

        • Jersey

          Pettitte?

        • Steve H

          Cano? Swisher? Bruney? Mo?

          Give it a rest.

          • Lanny

            steve h is apparently the moral arbiter of this blog

            • Steve H

              You got it.

  • southernyankeefan

    nice tex

  • E-ROC

    Wow! Great play by Tex.

  • Jake H

    Wow that was an awesome stab.

    • BigBlueAL

      Routine play for Giambi.

      • 27 this year

        yea, the stache catches anything and everything.

  • southernyankeefan

    I hope someone gets a hit this inning. but looking at the bottom of the line up the odds are in pavano’s favor.

  • 27 this year

    at the moment, Pavano’s ERA is 13.00. Unlucky for him!!!!!!!!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    That’s bad old matsui there, pulling that outside pitch and grounding out weakly to 2nd.

  • 27 this year

    ok, now his era went down after Matsui grounded out. Damn, I thought as superstitious as he is, something would surely happen. Someone sneak in a black cat to the game, quick!

  • southernyankeefan

    This is fucking awful so far the hitters are making pavano look like a good pitcher. and molina just bluffed a bunt. that is funny.

    • 27 this year

      Molina could beat it out easy.

  • BigBlueAL

    How many pitches has Pavano thrown so far thru his 3 perfect innings??? 10???

  • yankeeswisdom

    random thought: i think im more worried about another team in the east becoming the 09 version of the Rays than boston or tampa running with the division

    • Joe D.

      You really needn’t worry about the Jays or Orioles. Neither has nearly enough to hang with the Rays, Yanks, and Sox.

      • yankeeswisdom

        Yea I really hope so.

    • CT Yankee

      Baltimore lacks the pitching and Toronto is just not that good.

  • 27 this year

    damn!!!!!!!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Pavano has a PERFECT GAME going!
    I feel sick.

    • southernyankeefan

      yes this is heartwrenching.

    • yankeeswisdom

      i used to love it when opposing pitchers were intimidated by our lineup and just loose their game when they came into the bronx

      • Lanny

        that hasnt happened in years

  • Tony

    Get ready for 2nd time around the lineup in 4th against pavano. This game is FAR from over

    • Steve H

      Thanks for bringing some sanity to the table. I feel like I’m at Lohud so far today.

  • Steve H

    Just a little tidbit to the majority of you posting above.

    Baseball is a 9 inning game.

    • southernyankeefan

      yes i know but after yesterday i really wanted to see pavano get smacked around.

      • Lanny

        9 innings?? really??

        why cant people get frustrated in the early goings? is that really a problem for u?

        • Steve H

          There are comments up there declaring this game a loss after 2 innings. It’s Lohudian.

          • Joey H

            I swear. What happened to RAB? The constructive criticisms and intelligent conversations. I find my self having obscene arguments with 14 year olds with horrible grammar. It’s a joke.

            • miketotheg

              there’s nothing wrong with getting emotional even infantile about the game. there’s always an old maid with a bucket of cold water lurking about.

              i’m waiting for a comebacker to pavano.

      • yankeeswisdom

        yea i wanted a 2 inning performance with 9 ER.

    • BigBlueAL

      I think everyone here still assumes the Yankees will win but was just hoping, as I was, that they would beat the crap out of Pavano early, especially after yesterday’s nightmare. Not expecting 3 perfect innings from Pavano to start the game.

  • Flynn

    Matsui, Ransom, and Molina would be the most pathetic 7, 8, 9 hitters in the fucking Sally League. Matsui needs to be put on the DL, he is about as useful as a dick on a hen

    • Lanny

      matsui looks finished. those are 3 automatic outs

    • Jersey

      I’m just checking the box score sporadically as I work on a paper – was that another RF wind job?

      • Jersey

        Oops, wrong reply.

      • southernyankeefan

        no down the left feild line.

    • Joey H

      Your words are a bit strong but your point is valid. It’s like a national league bottom of the order.

      • Joe D.

        I *wish* we had a pitcher batting ninth today.

  • Ahinds

    ransom has looked smoothed today.

  • southernyankeefan

    FUCK ME RUNNING that sucks

  • Alex S

    are you kidding me?? that was in on his hands

  • Brazilian Yankee

    This game sucks.

  • BklynJT

    I hate this ballpark….

  • Drew

    Baby steps. Let see if we can break up this perfect game.

  • yankeeswisdom

    alright. heres to the top of the order coming through.

  • Jersey

    I’m just checking the box score sporadically as I work on a paper – was that another RF wind job?

    • Drew

      nope. left field smash

  • Will (the other one)

    Yikes. You’d think for all that money, those mob contractors could’ve at least done something to figure out those wind tunnel patterns…

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Where did the Yankee fans go? The past 20 comments have been nothing but complaining…

    • Steve H

      IETC

  • Joey H

    Is it too late to go back next door? Maybe they can move the fences 15 feet back and then they can go back. But look, the outfield walls are short too.

  • DCR

    I really hate watching Brett Gardner play baseball.

    • Joey H

      Why? I find him absolutely exciting. He runs out ground balls hard. Plays a good center field. Don’t blame your frustrations on Brett.

      • keith

        what? really? he runs hard??

        • Joey H

          Yeah people are just looking to bitch about anything at this point. I’ve loved this site; the work the three amigos put in can not be topped but the commenters on here are going to drive me away. I’ve said this countless times: It’s like a Lohud spillover

          • keith

            No, the “Lohud spillover” effect would be the people like yourself who commend terrible ballplayers for “running out ground balls”. Gardner is terrible.

            • Joey H

              I’m quite sure I have been on this site twice as long as you junior. The kid runs out ground balls, plays a good center field and is hitting better than expected. Not everyone can be a power house. So please.

              • keith

                I’ve been reading this site since ST of ’07. Shut up. You make ridiculous arguments, backed up by absolutely nothing. Shut up.

                If a 58OPS+ (with shitty defense so far) is better than expected, we’re all doomed.

                • Joey H

                  Listen you nit wit. My ridiculous arguments? We are all doomed? That speaks for itself. Coming from a hitter who is our nine hitter, below average hitting and good defense is expectable. We aren’t expecting this guy to be the next Grady Sizemore. So just please. Telling me to shut of doesn’t hurt my feelings or make your argument any stronger. It just makes you look like a classless buffoon.

                • keith

                  I see you have a problem with comprehension.

                  You: Brett Gardner is doing what we expected. It’s ok!!

                  Me: He’s playing bad defense with an OPS+ of 58. 58! If that’s what’s expected of him, this team is screwed.

                  Now, he hasn’t been the biggest thing wrong with this team through 12 games. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s been atrocious.

                • Joey H

                  No my problem is that you can’t understand this is what he is expected to do. He isn’t Cody god damned Ransom who is hitting less than .. (I can’t even think of anything witty at this point). Brett’s job was to come in. Hit between .250-260 with 30 SB and play above average defense. But apparently you want to make this like a video game where there is an All Star at every single position and saying we are doomed. But don’t worry, it’s just my terrible comprehension.

      • BigBlueAL

        Plays a good CF???? Have you not been watching him this season???? For all his speed his range is terrible.

        • Drew

          He really hasn’t been Melkyesque out there. Not terribel though.

        • Joey H

          His range is not what I would consider to be terrible. For the small sample size that we have seen of balls hit to center since they all get vacuumed to right he isn’t bad.

        • Steve H

          Little bit of a small sample size don’t you think? Last year, in a larger sample size, his range was outstanding.

        • miketotheg

          i like gardners at bats, but i do think his range is less than exciting. i know i’m going to get pounced on for this one, but melky would climb walls to rob manny home runs. i thought that was awesome. i don’t think gardners defense is anywhere near awesome.

  • Joey H

    Kay made sure he jinxed that one.

  • cult of basebaal

    more pushups, slappy.

  • Jersey

    You know, they really need innings out of Burnett, and despite the score he’s only at 60 pitches through four. If he can keep it together, we’re looking at 6+, maybe 7+. That’s big for the bullpen.

  • Drew

    Perfect game over!! woohooo!!!

  • claybeez

    Brett Gardner’s uppercut swing is the most infuriating part of my day – every day.

    • Joey H

      Uppercut? The guy is a slap hitter.

      • Joe D.

        That’s the problem. :)

        • Joey H

          Well what do you want me to tell you. The guy is hitting .280. That is more than we expected. I’ve heard .250-.260 would be a blessing. Leave the kid alone he is doing his job.

          • Drew

            Where exactly did you find .280? Thats a few days old, he’s under .240.

            • Joey H

              GameDay had him at .281 or what ever it was. They changed it.

          • keith

            holy shit.

            coming into today here is his line:

            .244 .295 .317 .613 58OPS+

            • BigBlueAL

              But he is a grinder!!!

              • Spaceman.Spiff

                I really hope we expected at least a little more out of him.

  • Joey H

    Yeah fuck you Sizemore. Can’t always dive and put leather on it.

  • yankeeswisdom

    yes captn clutch breaks up the potential no-no (altho is the 4th) and savess us more potential humiliation

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    I am really not into this season so far. I think a lot of it has to do with this unsettling feeling that every time I turn on the game, nothing looks as it should.

    Oh, and the fact that we’re getting murdered every other day doesn’t help either…

    • Joey H

      Out of curiosity how long have you been a Yankee fan? Slow Aprils are something you should be accustomed to by now.

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        Since 1982. Hence my attachment to the old park.

        Slow Aprils don’t bother me, but c’mon now – 22-4? 10-2? 15-5? It’s a little unsettling apart from the usual losses, no?

        • Joey H

          No I get your motivation behind saying it but to basically give up which it seems to look like you are doing would be ridiculous. and PUSH THE FENCES BACK! Besides, they are going to win the WS anyway.

  • Joey H

    Well Michael.. what did he say… I swear I’ve always defended Kay but I’m getting fed up with his shit

    • Drew

      Lol it takes him 4 damn mimutes to give the quote.

    • CT Yankee

      “We have six losses on the year right now and he’s got three of them,” Damon said. “And in all three of those games, we’ve been blown out and we’ve had to go to our bullpen. So maybe our bullpen’s not sharp the following days. So I don’t know what more to say, but hopefully he can figure it out because it’d be tough to keep on going like this.”

      New York Rag

  • Jersey

    With that, Pavano’s fragile confidence is shattered and the floodgates open…?

  • John Duci

    AJ threw strike 3 to Choo, the empire doesnt ring him up and the next batter hits a 2-run bomb. Shit like that always happens to the yanks.

  • Drew

    Alright! way to go tex. I wish Al was up now.

  • southernyankeefan

    i feel better now.

  • Drew

    So if Pavano can’t get righties out this year. Why not try to turn our switch hitters around.

    • mko

      I don’t think that would work – they’re not used to facing them from the other side…

      • Drew

        Yea probably.

  • Jersey

    Randomly: I miss the big guy. I can’t wait until we swap our worst hitter for our best at 3B.

    • Joey H

      And for all these assholes who thought A-Rod’s absence was a good thing. Silence the critics. I love it.

      • Jersey

        Eh. Stupid people say stupid things. Just doing their thing.

        • Joey H

          Yeah such as Gardner plays “Terrible defense” and because of his sub par hitting we are “Doomed” It’s a joke. I think I’ve seen enough.

      • Tony

        How does this make sense? Cody Ransom isn’t, and would never be the Yankees’ regular third baseman.

        • yankeeswisdom

          i remember last year A-rod was out for about 20 games or so and as soon as he was back we went like 21-11 or something.. my info is probably all wrong but the point is he makes a difference

  • Tony

    Chipping away with the run we just scored. If AJ can keep it at 3-1 we are ok

  • Drew

    Yikes, that one scared me.

  • Drew

    Look at all of those empty seats..

  • Tony

    What’s AJ pitch count at??

    • Drew

      77

    • Jersey

      Approaching 80.

  • Tony

    Any way he goes 7?

    • Drew

      Just needs an easy inning in the 6th, then he can.

      • Jersey

        If he can make it through the 6th with <20 pitches, figure he comes out for the 7th and they take it batter by batter.

  • Drew

    I hope what Kenny just said doesn’t end up being true. I can’t stand pitcher-catcher tandems.

  • Joey H

    I’m curious as to just what is causing this park to be a launching pad. The dimensions are the same.

    • BigBlueAL

      The Indians hitters.

    • Drew

      Poor pitching.

      • Joey H

        No but it’s a jet stream out there. I don’t think the poor pitching is totally to blame for this.. I don’t even know what to call it at this point.

        • claybeez

          The OF wall is straight from point to point not curved reducing the distance. The wall is also shorter in some or most places. There’s also the possibility that the open design allows for more wind aided hits.

          • Joey H

            Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

  • Jersey

    Let’s go Carl. Your world is about to rattle to pieces and you know it! I think you’re getting The Fear!

    • Drew

      We should have had Bernie sing take me out to the ball game today. Carl would’ve shat his pants.

    • Jersey

      Carl, you’re not listening.

  • Drew

    Okay, so Matsui is throwing out so many clunkers thus far! Let him get AB’s in Scranton!

  • Jake H

    I’m loving the effort today.

  • BigBlueAL

    Pavano is fucking cruising. 66 pitches thru 5 innings and he has allowed only 2 baserunners.

    • Flynn

      Not too hard when you only have to face 5 ML quality hitters in the lineup

  • Joey H

    Burnett has pitched outstanding today. There was one inning he should have been out of with that inside pitch for called strike three but it didn’t go his way, leading to the HR.

  • Ahinds

    wow!

  • BigBlueAL

    Nice DP turned there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    DP!!

    Cano’s glove is HERE.

    • claybeez

      Outstanding play!

  • mko

    WOW!
    What a double play…incredible by all three of them, especially Robbie.

  • tim

    C’mon guys. Lets not waste this good start by A.J. What are we, the Mets with Santana on the mound?

  • BigBlueAL

    Molina the rally starter!!

  • Drew

    Woohoo! A base hit!

  • yankeeswisdom

    i also like molina..by far the best backup

  • Ahinds

    rally caps on bitches

  • Drew

    Alright Grit!

  • Joey H

    THATS RIGHT GARDY SHOW THESE LOHUD IDIOTS!

  • yankeeswisdom

    kk time to put on the rally caps

  • BigBlueAL

    Oh boy Jeter up. I dont want him to bunt, but GIDP keeps ringing in my head….

    • Jersey

      There you go.

  • Ahinds

    you cant bunt jeter, right? but can u hit and run with molia at 2nd?

  • claybeez

    Now, that’s a slap hit swing. Like to see more of it.

  • Drew

    WHats happ’n Cap’n?

  • BigBlueAL

    Of course!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    Jeter! YOU ASS!

  • Drew

    Lol, SO that’s why Jetes isn’t in the 2 hole this year?

    • Joey H

      Doesn’t matter much past the first inning.

      • Drew

        Except that the guy in front of you has a high OBP with a low slugging %.

        • Joey H

          What I’m saying is the lead off hitter doesn’t mean much after he LEADS OFF the first inning. After that he’s just in the mix with the rest of them.

  • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

    I am shocked, SHOCKED that Jeter just gidp.

  • Joey H

    Here we go. 3R HR TEX!

    • Joey H

      Check that, Grand slam Swisher. Ohhh yeah. It’s gonna happen.

  • miketotheg

    come oooooooon TEX!

  • Joey H

    I absolutely just figured out why the Yankees have .. well sucked so far. It’s because of A-Rod. Because when he comes back, they will go in a 12 game winning streak including 2 shutouts from Sabathia and 1 from Burnett. The offense will average 7RPG and he will claim that he is the “straw that stirs the drink.”

  • Jersey

    Just gimme a base hit.

  • Drew

    Great AB!

  • Joe D.

    We want Swisher!

  • miketotheg

    NOOOOOOO leave him in!!!

  • yankeeswisdom

    cmonn swish

  • BigBlueAL

    WOW they are leaving Pavano in there.

  • Drew

    Don’t show me Canos career BAses loaded #’s!

    • Drew

      Whoops I’m ahead of myself.

  • Jersey

    I’ll take the walk too. Let’s go Swisharino!

  • Joey H

    I mean after starting up this mess they have to let Carl give up the big blow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    I’d like to see Swish draw a walk right here.

  • BigBlueAL

    Amazing. 3 K’s for Swisher vs Pavano. Amazing.

  • Drew

    Thanks Derek.

  • Jersey

    NOOOOO

    That’s three K’s for Swisher. Ugh.

  • Joey H

    Carl owns Swisher. There have been a few big spots this year Swisher failed in. … Just sayin’

  • BigBlueAL

    Pavano should walk off the field sticking his middle finger up at everybody and laughing his ass off.

  • Joe D.

    Stick his ass back in the bullpen where it belongs.

    Nah, I kid. Still love the Swish. I know K’ing against Pavano three times is all part of Swisher’s bigger plan, Mo willing.

  • mustang

    now we can see a little of why Swisher is not a everyday player.

    • Jack

      Except that he is.

      • mustang

        For now, but people who are find with nady going down because they expect Swisher to continue what he has been doing are in for a rude waking.
        He is a nice spark plug off the bench and a nice change a pace every once in a while, but everyday I don’t know.

        • Jersey

          You have no idea who Nick Swisher is, do you?

          • mustang

            How long is this guy going to live of 2006?

            • Steve H

              You have it all wrong. He’s only had 1 bad year, not one good year. That and he can play 3 positions well, and can handle CF, while being a switch hitter with no drastic platoon split. Again, he’s had one bad year.

              • mustang

                Ok let see how it plays out.
                I hope your right.

    • Jersey

      Stop it.

    • Steve H

      hahahahahaha. nice one. you are joking, right?

      • Drew

        He’s fo real. If Swish would’ve been a part time player he’d hit .470 with 35 Hr’s and 140 RBI.

    • Steve H

      Reggie Jackson had the most 4k games in MLB history. Also on the list, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Jim Thome, Andres Gallaraga, Jay Buhner. Were they everyday players?

      • mustang

        Your not comparing those guys to Swisher?
        Are you joking?

        • Drew

          Your the one that is the joker. The man has been on base in every game.

          • Drew

            You’re*

          • mustang

            12 GAMES
            12 GAMES
            12 GAMES

            That’s 150 games left.

            • Steve H

              Yet you’ll focus on his 2008 season and ignore his 2005-2007?

        • Steve H

          You’re justification for Swisher being a part time player was based on his 3k day. If he’s not an everyday player based on that, than those guys shouldn’t have been either, right?

      • Drew

        On top of that, Alex is no stranger to the Golden Sombrero. Besides, Swish can still get a hit today, the game isn’t over.

        • mustang

          Guys I’m not saying I don’t like the guy but I think a lot of people are getting carry away of 12 games.
          We will be seeing a lot of Swisher now lets see how things play out.

    • Steve H

      Oh, and Swish has been in the majors for 4 years, and has been a full time player for all 4. So who decided that he’s no longer an everyday player?

      • mustang

        Like I said we will let Swisher decide on the field.
        Again I hope you guys are right meanwhile the Yankees are coming back.

  • southernyankeefan

    this is fucking awful. that was the most uncluth half inning ever.

  • miketotheg

    brutal

  • Ahinds

    where was the 3rd pitch?

  • cuponoodles

    Just got home and checked the score.

    Touche, Carl Pavano. You lured us to sleep with your 9+ ERA, didn’t you?

  • Drew

    If we pull him now I’ll cry.

  • Tom Zig

    Apparently the cool thing to do for Yankee starters is to walk batters.

    16 walks by Yankee starting pitchers this series

    • Tom Zig

      Correction make that 17…not including the walks from the bullpen.

  • miketotheg

    this is babe ruth’s revenge. joel sherman is going to have a FIELD DAY with this one.

    first 2004 now this. next sheffield is going to come back with back to back grand slams or something crazy.

    • Memo

      Sherman is too bust writing stupid articles about A-Rod like he did for today’s column.

  • Drew

    Great!! um, so now coke or Albie comes in with the bases chucked.

  • southernyankeefan

    AJ got hosed on that call that was strike 3

  • Joey H

    Let’s see who Joe brings into serve up the Grand Slam. Sorry but I would keep him in there.

    • Drew

      Me too, and why we have coke and Albie wamring is pointless, its the seventh with one away, why not have either Marte or Bruney or Veras up.

    • BigBlueAL

      He has thrown over 110 pitches and has walked 3 guys in the inning, 7 overall. He shouldnt have been left in to face Sizemore if Girardi had any faith in his lefty relievers.

      • Joey H

        Yeah Al thats a great idea. Bring in your taxed relievers. I’m just saying, I trust AJ to rare back for something extra to get them out opposed to the bullpen.

        • BigBlueAL

          Well thats the problem, bullpen may be taxed but you cant let your starters throw this many pitches in April.

          • Joey H

            It’s beating a dead horse. Everyone has thrown too many pitches in April so far.

            • Steve H

              I’d rather risk a reliever’s health than AJ though.

  • Tony

    So they’re going to bring in a reliever with the bases loaded and one out? Me no like.

  • BigBlueAL

    So who the fuck does Girardi bring in now??? If its not Bruney, we are screwed.

  • cuponoodles

    Ball 2 against Sizemore was literally right down the middle, according to Gameday.

  • BigBlueAL

    Well Albie show us you deserve an important spot in the pen.

  • jonathan

    So alittle fan confidence poll after we got man handled by the “POWERHOUSE” Indians at home. And took the loss against the “FANTASTIC” Carl Pavano, so where are you at?

    So I am sitting at about a: 1 (about to trade in my yankee cap)

    • Jersey

      Please do.

      • Steve H

        IETC.

    • Pel

      -5 (up from -10 cause ransom got the force @ home)

    • Drew

      Been at 9 since the winter.

  • Drew

    Thank you Mo

  • Joey H

    One thing Cody does good is throwing to the plate.

  • Joe D.

    You are all lucky to have seen Cody Ransom’s career highlight right there. Hope you were recording that sucker.

  • cuponoodles

    Wow this umpire sucks.

    • Ahinds

      me thinks he’s actually the crew chief, and he does suck

  • Drew

    Joe G can thank his lucky stars on that one! And I will too!

  • Jersey

    Gameday’s pitch visualizations get worse every year. Ball 1 = right down the plate. Strike 1 = 6 inches outside

    • mko

      Gameday is probably accurate…

  • dkidd

    johnny alphabet! lets get some runs!

    we play today, we win today

  • BigBlueAL

    Great job Albie!!!! Now lets win this fucking game.

  • Joe D.

    Way to go, Aladeblahblah!

    • BigBlueAL

      So thats how you spell his name!! LMFAO

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    Dear Jon Albaladejo,

    You are awesome.

    Sincerely, Doug

  • Jersey

    NICE work from Albie!! Whew.

  • Tom Zig

    When is our offense going to wake up?

  • yankeeswisdom

    great toronto wins again, and bostons been winning too…

  • cuponoodles

    I am viciously confident that if we tie this game this inning we will win

    • yankeeswisdom

      yea ur right… cmon matsui..two run jack

  • Drew

    :) I love robbie!!

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      Maybe it was just Pavano we couldn’t hit today. I hope we take the lead or tie this inning. But then the bottom of our lineup would have to make something happen. Just don’t waste a man on second with no outs, please.

  • Drew

    Bunt!!

  • cuponoodles

    Long ball from Matsui

  • Jersey

    ROBBIE! Woot!

  • Drew

    Yay!! Who the hell said bunt.. Idiot.

    • Jersey

      I don’t know but that guy should be BANNED

      (polishes pitchfork)

  • Kyle

    Way to stay on that one Matsu…drive it up the middle

  • BigBlueAL

    Pinch-hit Posada for Ransom?? Most likely have Ransom bunt and pinch-hit Posada for Molina.

  • Drew

    Now do we pinch hit Miranda for Ransom and Jorge for Molina?

    • Brooklyn Ed

      if you didn’t know, Miranda went back to AAA.

      • Drew

        Oh my bad, thanks I didn’t read that.

  • Drew

    Idiotic.

  • BigBlueAL

    Jesus Christ Ransom cant even freakin bunt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    God, Ransom even sucks at bunting.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      not everyone could bunt. geesh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      To be fair, I have reconsidered this statement, as Ransom would have had to lay down the Platonic ideal of a bunt in order for Matsui to get to 2nd in time.

  • dkidd

    no pinch runner for matsui?

    • BigBlueAL

      Thats what happens when you carry 13 pitchers and only 12 players. Only position player left are Melky and Pena and you dont want either of them playing DH since you want them for their defense.

      • Drew

        When you sub for a DH you forfeit your DH. Hence, your pitcher takes that slot in the order.

  • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

    That’s not on Ransom. I mean yeah a better bunt helps, but if you want to get the runner to 2nd you pinch run. No reason to leave Matsui in there to fail at running.

  • cuponoodles

    Worthless. Honestly, I feel that I would be more productive than Cody Ransom, in all seriousness.

  • Tony

    They just didn’t want Matsui clogging the bases

  • Jersey

    I REALLY miss Alex. He definitely would have gotten that bunt down!

  • Drew

    HIP HIP!!!

  • miketotheg

    POOOOOOSAAAADDDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • BigBlueAL

    Jeffrey Mair is back in the RF stands!!!!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Posada is freaking awesome!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    HIP HIP (DO IT!!!!!)

    SUCK IT HATERS

  • Muel

    terrible managing. if you’re not even gonna bring in melky to run, why have matsui on 2nd? he would need an xbh to score. then if you even do get the bunt down and melky/matsui to second, you’re taking the bat out of posada’s hands. good thing ransom screwed up…jorge delivers instead of being walked.

    • Drew

      Because subbing for a DH means your pitcher has to hit.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        No, you can sub for the DH as long as the subbed player stays at th DH spot.

        • Drew

          Really, Are you sure?

        • Muel

          thank you

      • mko

        That’s not true. Only if the DH stays in the game to play a defensive position does the pitcher have to hit.

        • Drew

          True spaceman said that, my mistake.

  • Steve H

    HIP HIP!!!

  • yankeeswisdom

    YEAAA JORGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • dkidd

    jorge goes wind

  • Drew

    Buy that man a beer!!

  • Jersey

    Jorge says YES

  • dkidd

    replay?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      Is this going to be overturned? I have a sinking feeling it might.

  • BigBlueAL

    If they reverse this call, Im going to throw up….

  • dkidd

    home run. no doubt

  • Christopher

    If this one comes back what happens? Double for Posada, Ransom on third?

  • yankeeswisdom

    im watching on gameday. can ne1 tell me what theyr replaying.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      Posada hit one into the first row of the RF stands, Trever Crowe made a great leap for it and his glove went in between the outstretched arms of a fan trying to catch the ball. The ball bounced out of the stands back onto the field.

    • manimal

      Posada hit a questionable HR, but every camera angle is a bad angle and its hard to tell.

      • CT Yankee

        Why do I think we will be seeing this happen again

  • cuponoodles

    Girardi looks good for the first time this season…

  • manimal

    That was a HR, hit off the arms of the fan. Great try by Crowe.

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    whats the point of replay if you cant review fair or foul as singleton just said?

    Selig FTL.

    • mko

      They can review fair or foul on home run calls, I think you understood it wrong.

  • BigBlueAL

    That ball was clearly over the fence, cant reverse that call.

  • Tony

    The ball never actually got out of the park

    • manimal

      Hit the fan in the arms, if he caught it right it wouldn’t even be a question.

    • mko

      It think it was on top of the wall, that’s out of the park right?

      • Tony

        I might be wrong, but I don’t think hitting the top of the wall is a homer. Also, that fan interfered with Crowe and the ball never entered the stands.

        In any event, I’ll take it.

        • mko

          I think you’re right about the top of the wall.
          But he “interfered” in the stands and not on the field, so bad luck for the Indians?

  • Drew

    Replays should not be for judgement calls

  • miketotheg

    manager fight! manager fight!!! deathmatcch!!!!

  • southernyankeefan

    i may be biased but that was a home run.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    home run call? certainly looks like it.

  • BigBlueAL

    Girardi is just standing there chilling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    IT’S A HOME RUN!!!

    CELEBRATION BITCHES

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      lol that RF fan is messaging his peeps

    • manimal

      HIP HIP…

  • Joe D.

    I love my Yankees, but that is an atrocious call. Cleveland fans have every reason to be royally pissed off right now.

    • Drew

      What are you, a commie?!

    • mko

      Why?
      The ball would have been out (I think) and the fan touched it (without overreaching) – home run. Doesn’t matter if it bounces back on the field.

      • Joe D.

        Heheheh, not a commie, I promise. And I’m plenty happy that the Yankees get a home run out of it. I thought it was clear, however, that the fan made contact with Crowe’s glove within the field of play. That is to say, the fan’s glove went past the wall and hit Crowe’s.

        Mind you, I’m not complaining.

        In fact, I think it’s only fair given what the Yankees got out of Pavano the last four years. That son of a bitch ain’t getting the win now.

        • mko

          I think that camera angle from the side showed that the guy touched the ball in the stands, not reaching over the field. But that’s just me ;)
          But no point in arguing about it anymore.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      The TBS guys made a pretty convincing argument in the Indians’ favor, but my overwhelming Yankee bias outweighs my sense of fair play.

      I don’t think Trevor Crowe jumped high enough to get his glove on the ball, but that fan definitely trapped his arm, keeping him from moving his glove to the left.

      If that dude kept his hands to himself, my guess is that the closest Crowe gets to the ball is that it bounces off the top of his glove. Definitely went a little too high and too far for him to catch it.

      • Jersey

        On the other hand, even if Crowe doesn’t catch it there’s a chance it ricochets off his glove back into play, rather than leaving the park.

  • miketotheg

    the best part – posada HATED pavano and posada took away pavano’s W!!!

  • yankeeswisdom

    call stands… btw i thnk deki is sort of getting his groove back. a couple of walks openning day, double yesterday, rbi single today. and good call on jorge- i thnk todays the first time girardi has impressed me this season.

  • yankeeswisdom

    in the name of MO, whos pitching the 8th? bruney?

    • mko

      Probably.

    • Jersey

      I would assume. Bruney didn’t pitch yesterday, right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      Brian Bruney, #38 RHP
      Out pitch: FRICCN SHARKS WITH FRICCEN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Everyone hates to face: FRICCN SHARKS WITH FRICCEN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

        …except Nick Swisher.

      • dkidd

        according to the YES gun, it’s a salmon wearing a flashlight

        • Spaceman.Spiff

          ICWUDT

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

          +1

  • Drew

    Good AB by Gritner.

  • mko

    When is YES going to throw away their stupid radar gun? Or fire the guy that is responsible for setting it up?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

    lol @ TBS announcers. Bitter much?

    • BigBlueAL

      Who is calling the game for TBS????

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

        Chip Caray and I think Ron Darling.

  • Drew

    Bruney>>>>> The Babe

  • Steve H

    Really coulda used Joba there in the 8th.

  • yankeeswisdom

    everytime we have a one run lead in the 8th i always hold my breath….GOOD JOB BRUNEY

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Jobber would have done that in 4 pitches.

    • Jersey

      Two pitches.

      • Mac

        0 pitches. He would have intimidated them into striking themselves out — Papelbon style.

  • Rich

    It’s a lot tougher to make the Joba to the pen argument when Bruney keeps getting outs.

    • Steve H

      And because it’s a bad argument.

      • Joe D.

        It is not a bad argument. 80 innings of Joba is clearly superior to 160 innings of Joba. Duh.

  • cuponoodles

    Hmm…I think at this point it’s safe to say Bruney’s beaten out Marte for the 8th inning job.

  • Willy

    No we need to keep making the argument because then Bruney busts his ass and does this in the 8th.

  • BigBlueAL

    Saito just got the save for the Red Sox, who have now won 4 in a row.

    • dkidd

      not a pretty save

      • BigBlueAL

        Nope. But give Francona his props, he stuck to his guns with giving Papelbon the day off and still got the win.

  • jeff

    Austin Jackson bring him up

    • Jack

      No.

  • Bryan

    I think that Swisher is coming back down to earth

  • Drew

    But TEH SWISH can’t play everyday!

  • jeff

    swish just hit it

  • BigBlueAL

    WOW no respect for Matsui. Plus big-time respect for Robbie.

  • Christopher

    If I was Cano I’d have a cheeky swing at one of those, just to wind the Indians up.

  • Drew

    Matsui eats pieces of shit like Betancourt for breakfast.

    • BigBlueAL

      Matsui eats pieces of shit for breakfast????