Game 15: Lefty v Lefty Part Deux


Following last night’s lefty vs lefty matchup, we get another one this afternoon. CC Sabathia will be making his fourth start for the Yanks and second at home, but the A’s have kinda owned CC throughout his career. He’s 3-7 lifetime against Oaktown with a  6.12 ERA & 1.63 WHIP in a not small sample of 85.1 IP. On the bright side he’s pretty much pwned the current A’s hitters.

Sabathia will be opposed by rookie Brett Anderson, the best lefty pitching prospect in the game not named Price. The A’s acquired him in the Danny Haren deal, and he’s very similar to a young Andy Pettitte in that he’s a four pitch guy with outstanding command. He’ll be making his third career start and his first on the road. Welcome to the bigs, kid.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but when I’ve done the game thread this year, the Yanks are 0-3 and have been outscored 27-12. Let’s hope they buck that trend today. Here’s the starting nine:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Posada, C - I could be wrong, but this is his first time he’s catching a day game after a night game this season
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Matsui, DH
Melky, CF
Ransom, 3B

And on the mound, number fifty-two, CC Sabathia.

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  1. Muel says:

    They’ve been 0-3 after your thread? I’d say they’re due to help you out.

  2. Mike: How many game threads have you done during CMW starts?

  3. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    The Axisa of Evil

  4. jon says:

    mlb.com headlines are great

    Sabathia seeks first win while wearing pinstripes

    apparently CC is so large he needs 2 wins for to get a real victory

  5. Granted, I’ve missed the better part of a week, but has anyone else noticed that Matsui doesn’t look quite so helpless at the plate?

    • KW says:

      I think it’s to be expected – the man did miss just about a year (except for about one month in between where he struggled mightily), and it takes a little time to get back into it. Especially with knee issues, hitting is a lot about confidence, and in his case, the confidence to properly utilize the lower half of his body. I just hope his knees don’t creek up any more than they already have, between him and Nady’s elbow, they’ll probably need as much health in between them for the DH spot as possible.

    • steve (different one) says:

      no no, he should have been cut after 5 games.

    • Chris says:

      He had his knee drained a couple of days ago, and has been playing well since then.

  6. No So Angry Axl says:

    Finally they pulled Swisher out of that cleanup spot…sheesh. Posada has been consistent all year so far…Swisher was always going to be a streaky guy…had to end sometime.

    The Yankees aren’t very successful against soft tossing lefties…and when you add in the fact that we’ve never faced this kid…that doesn’t help either. Our statistical history against new young pitchers we haven’t faced before isn’t great. Although, Eveland I dont think we’ve faced so who knows…but this kid is suppose to be far better.

    Sabathia is due for a decent start. He’s done one real bad one…then one good one…then one mediocre one (that could go either way). The A’s haven’t been hitting that well so hopefully the key is to do the same thing Andy did last night and DON’T WALK ANYBODY!!! I don’t care as much about the K’s if we’re getting outs. Just don’t give free passes to people. Especially to a team who hasn’t been hitting well.

    If we can do that…we’ll be in good shape. We just need to figure this Anderson character out in the process…

  7. Cano moving up to #5… daddy likes.

    Also, let’s see if this is the beginning of more PT for Melky.

    • Not So Angry Axl says:

      At this point who’s bat do you like better in the line up? Gardner or Melky? Setting speed and other attributes aside.

      • Meh, too soon to give up on either of them, I suppose (unless one of them can be traded for Mike Cameron.)

        But you can’t deny that Melky’s been hitting the ball better and Gardner’s scuffling. I guess I’d still let both of them play, split it up pretty 50-50 until somebody really establishes himself.

      • Traded to Philly says:

        This season:

        Gardner (14 G, 49 AB):
        BA: .245
        OBP: .288
        SLG: .306
        OPS: .595
        ISO: .061
        SO/BB: 10/3

        Cabrera (13 G, 18 AB including the 2nd inning HR):
        BA: .333
        OBP: .400
        SLG: .833
        OPS: 1.233
        ISO: .500
        SO/BB: 1/2

        Obviously, Melky’s numbers are a lot better right now, but that may just be because he has 31 fewer ABs.

    • andrew says:

      I believe Cano was 5th last night as well. I’m excited for ARod to come back, our lineup will begin to look scary again with Cano 6th and Swisher 7th.

  8. NC Saint says:

    Is there any evidence to suggest that career performance against a particular team is meaningful? I assume not, but I’m not just being snarky, I’d like to know, because that would be very counterintuitive.

    You guys also bring up match-up type stats a lot in these game previews. One sees that all the time on tv, but I wouldn’t expect you guys to buy into any of it. Do you, or do you just include it out of convention?

  9. Not So Angry Axl says:

    Wakefield is perfect through 1…

    • jon says:

      and yook smashed another HR

      it would be scary if manny was still in that lineup

      • Not So Angry Axl says:

        Yeah, I’m definitely glad he’s out of it. Youkillis is hitting everything in site for some reason. Nobody else is really hitting and they’re still winning games…granted the majority of them against the Orioles who they’ve owned since the Carter Administration…but still. Youkillis has to slow down at some point here. It’s too bad that he’s a cry baby and he premature ejaculates (i have a story) or else he’d be a decent all around player…

        • It’s too bad that he’s a cry baby and he premature ejaculates (i have a story) or else he’d be a decent all around player…

          I am truly and honestly torn about whether or not I want to hear that story. Half of me thinks it would be hilarious and I would laugh my ass off, half of me thinks it would be super disturbing and the story would haunt my nightmares.

          • Not So Angry Axl says:

            Girl from my town dated him a few times when he was first called up to the Red Sox a few years back. She said he was ridiculously nervous and awkward…and she said he premature ejaculated after their first kiss. Needless to say, they no longer see each other.

      • Not So Angry Axl says:

        I got nervous for a second and saw the 2-0…I have Liriano pitching today…but I guess it’s tonight. Phew.

  10. Christopher says:

    I’m glad to see Melky get the start just to change things up a little, he’s hitting .294/.368/.647. Then again he’s only had 19 at-bats.

  11. Christopher says:

    Is it just me who has worked out the YES opening credits riff on guitar lol.

  12. Brooklyn Ed says:

    dudes, check out the new roster pages over MLB. its awesome!

  13. Not So Angry Axl says:

    Nick Green just homered for the Red Sox. 4-0 already. So stupid. Nick Green homers but Gardner/Ransom/etc can’t.

    • Meh, Ransom was hitting freaking grand slams last year. It happens, it won’t last.

      Give Green another few weeks and watch him burn up on re-entry.

    • jon says:

      he had a throwing error if it makes you feel better

    • zack says:

      The Sox are just correcting to their ability. They are neither as bad as they started nor this good. Especially considering what they are actually throwing out there.

      Just makes it worse that the Yankees are struggling early yet again…

      • steve (different one) says:

        are they “struggling”? they are 8-6. if they win today, they are on pace for 97 wins.

        sure, we’d like them to be 10-4, but 50% of their losses can be pinned on ONE player.

        it’s not like previous Aprils when the entire team has come out sluggish and slow.

        • Chris says:

          10-4 would still be struggling. They should be 14-0!

        • zack says:

          You think they aren’t struggling? Saying they are on pace for 97 wins when they are two games over .500 is kind of silly. This team SHOULD be 10-4, not “it would be nice.”

          • andrew says:

            I’d take 97 wins. It’s hard to be much more than 2 games over .500 at this point. Only a few teams are there, and most are predicting they fall back to earth. I’m fine with us being where we expected (minus CMW)

          • Saying they are on pace for 97 wins when they are two games over .500 is kind of silly.

            Well, he actually said we’d be on pace for 97 wins if we win today, which would be three games over .500 (9-6), and seeing how 97 wins is 32 games over .500 and we’ve currently only played about a tenth of the season, if we go 9-6 ten times, that’s 30 games over .500.

            So… I don’t get how the statement is that bad of a statement. If we win today, that means we’ve been winning 60% of our games. A 60% winning percentage is damn good… and we’ve been winning 60% of our games despite the fact that one of our starters has looked like an utter trainwreck and that we’ll either fix that or replace him in short order.

  14. zack says:

    Man, those seats behind HP are EMPTY!

  15. zack says:

    I like how Giambi gets applause from the fans, but Arod gets booed while still on the Yanks…

  16. Moshe Mandel says:

    You gotta love technology- taking notes in class and watching the game at the same time.

  17. Ted says:

    Why no Joba today? Why not pitch him today and then go Sabathia, Burnett and Petitte in Boston

  18. You know, as a lead off guy, Jeter doesn’t get on base all that often…

  19. Eric says:

    This guy really pounds the strike zone huh

  20. Mike Pop says:

    Come on, Cano. What ya swinging at?

  21. Jasper says:

    I hate free passes, especially leadoff free passes. Find the zone CC, work ahead.

  22. A.D. says:

    Suzuki is the Yankee killer

  23. Jamal G. says:

    What a fucking idiot.

  24. Chip says:

    CC still seems a bit off with that fastball

  25. Not So Angry Axl says:

    3 2-run home runs for the Sox…meanwhile Sabathia has 2 on and nobody out against the A’s??

  26. southernyankeefan says:


  27. Drew says:

    What an idiot.

  28. Russell NY says:

    homerun – 3 nothing oakland

  29. steve (different one) says:

    what happened?

  30. zack says:

    Ahh, WTF. Like I said, struggling…

  31. Mike Axisa says:

    That was gone anyway. No need to review.

  32. Jasper says:

    Well… Lets hope for more rain.

  33. Not So Angry Axl says:

    Sabathia in April = Useless

  34. Not So Angry Axl says:

    Well, looks like the Red Sox are going to pull ahead of us for the first time this season…

  35. Mike Pop says:

    Damn you, Kurt, you freakin’ homewrecker.

  36. Getting Angry Axl says:

    Also, check out the name change…

  37. E-ROC says:

    That’s a homerun, unfortunately.

  38. pat says:

    Those cocksuckers.

  39. Drew says:

    Imagine paying 2500 per seat to sit in the rain. HAHA

  40. jonathan says:

    Ahhh nothing like the security of a staff ace pitching on a wed afternoon.

  41. Matt-Pitt says:

    Leadoff walks always seem to hurt, huh? Alright CC, get outta this inning. Our offense needs to pick him up.

  42. Holy crap guys, it’s the second inning!

    • Russell NY says:

      Rebecca – you visit here too? :)

      How is the rain affecting CC’s pitching? I don’t get why you don’t just throw pitches right down the middle instead of walking the leadoff guy. It ALWAYS comes to bite us.

    • Matt-Pitt says:

      Don’t you know when the Yanks don’t have the lead in the early stages of a ballgame, that its over?

      CC does have no control and is leaving his breaking stuff over the plate. Doesn’t mean he can’t figure it out this game though.

  43. Getting Angry Axl says:

    It seems like we either win games…or we get absolutely massacred. No normal losses yet…when we’ve lost it’s been by the team scoring around 10 runs or more. The average of runs our opponent scores in our losses compared the amount we score in them would be interesting to know…

  44. Kid Moe says:

    Finally, gameday audio for iphone came back.

    • Kid Moe says:

      Ugh, its out again. Anyone having similar problems or even regular gameday audio problems?

  45. Getting Angry Axl says:

    What did I say before the game? I’d be happy if he didn’t walk anybody. He’s pitched 1.1 innings and already walked 2. 1 already came around to score. RRRrrrrrrr

  46. Chip says:

    Man, where would we be without Pettite?

  47. Drew says:

    Can’t believe we lost today.. Wait, oh shit there’s 7 and a half innings left

    • Russell NY says:

      “Can’t believe we lost today.. Wait, oh shit there’s 7 and a half innings left”

      I can’t believe it either. There’s always tomorrow.

      In all seriousness though we will probably score 2 runs then the game will get rained out in the 6th and we lose lol

  48. Jamal G. says:

    Bandbox, obviously.

  49. Mike Axisa says:

    Bandbox. Matsui’s toast.

  50. Drew says:


  51. See, now it’s only a two run game!

  52. A.D. says:

    Coors Field East.

    ….someone is getting warm

  53. southernyankeefan says:

    That was hot

  54. Matt-Pitt says:

    There is one run back… Nice shot Matsui. Nice to see him back on track these past few games.

  55. A.D. says:


  56. Chip says:

    Wow, that’s a great two-pitch swing

  57. handtius says:

    back to back! belly to belly…yum

  58. Mike Axisa says:

    Bandbox. Melky’s useless.

  59. Drew says:

    I told you Melky’s the man!

  60. John K. says:

    Ooooooooooh no… They say he’s got to go…
    Oh no Godzilla!

  61. Will says:

    Were they legit or wind induced?

  62. Matt-Pitt says:

    Melk Man taking advantage of the start, nice shot kidd.

  63. Drew says:

    So COdy shows bunt…

  64. Yankeegirl49 says:

    Must be the wind!

  65. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, wanna talk about an oxymoron? How about witnessing back-to-back homers then seeing Cody Ransom come to the plate.

  66. southernyankeefan says:

    both of those were gone in any stadium

  67. And in other news, Ransom still sucks.

  68. Mike Axisa says:

    Nothing like a Cody Ransom at-bat to bring back a pitcher’s confidence after giving up back-to-back jacks.

    • Chip says:

      Seriously, Pena CAN’T be worse than this. Maybe he’ll at least survive to see the 4th pitch in an at-bat

  69. Chip says:

    2009 Cody Ransom = 2008 Melky Cabrera

    Hopefully, Pena starts getting more starts soon

  70. zzzzzz says:

    the melk man just delivered…right handed?

  71. Chris says:

    Melky is such a c@cktease.

    He did this last year and then fell off a cliff…

  72. Nady Nation says:

    For those of us at work, were those legit shots?

  73. Moshe Mandel says:

    But…but…Axl said the game was over, so I turned it off!

  74. Mike Axisa says:

    Well, it’s a good thing for Landon Powell that he can hit.

  75. Russell NY says:

    Fielding error. Lets get one over before its called in the 6th

  76. Not So Angry Again Axl says:

    Cody “The Buzzkiller” Ransom

  77. Mike says:

    I’ve come to the following conclusion….either:

    (A.) Ransom is dating a family member of Girardi.
    (B.) Ransom has compromising photos of Girardi.

    In all seriousness though, why the FUCK is he still playing on a daily basis? It’s comical.

  78. Matsui and Melky, bravo.


  79. Matt-Pitt says:

    How is the weather looking in NY? I go to college in Pitt and it is clear here. If it is clear in Pitt, I am usually positive that it is clear anywhere.

  80. Moshe Mandel says:

    You know what strikes me as strange? The Yankees saw enough in Ramiro Pena to take him over Berroa and put him on the 40-man for the foreseeable future, but they apparently do not believe that he can hit better than .156 we are getting from Cody.

    • Mike says:

      and they found it necessary to cease his development by gluing him to the bench. no experience above AA and everyone speaks so highly of his glove, but lets bring up to the majors and not play him

  81. Matt-Pitt says:

    And lets hope for a nice shut down inning for CC here. Get our offense back up quickly and keep the bats going.

  82. Not So Angry Again Axl says:

    Over/Under on walks this inning? Runs scored?

  83. John says:

    A-rod gets standing ovation in his first at-bat back….and booed in the second

  84. …It’s like the curse of the pop up!

  85. Stryker says:

    lol damon.

  86. Mike says:

    Nice job, Damon

  87. Drew says:

    No Johnny no

  88. Chip says:

    I think it’s about Pena time

  89. Drew says:

    Ha COdy jumps so damn high.

  90. Mike Axisa says:

    Ransom saved a run right there. But he still sucks.

    Love the vertical though.

  91. Not So Angry Again Axl says:

    But the UZR on Damon says he’s the 2nd best!!! The world is coming to an end! Dogs and Cats living together…MASS HYSTERIA!!

  92. John says:

    how did he committ that error?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Damon or Jeter?

      Damon dropped a pop up after calling off Jeter.

      Jeter through the ball home to get the lead runner, but no one was there. No one even close, really

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice one by the Cap’n.

  94. Jamal G. says:

    The Yankees are annoying me today.

  95. Mike says:

    Good throw Jeter. How about checking to make sure someone is within 50 yards next time

  96. BigBlueAL says:

    This is ridiculous.

  97. jsbrendog says:


  98. Matt-Pitt says:

    Error comes back to haunt us.

  99. Jamal G. says:

    If the Yanks lose this game then Giradi better lay a People’s Elbow on one of these assholes.

  100. Eric says:

    Well at least they finally got Kurt Suzuki out. That’s a positive right?

  101. Question: While Posada should stay at home, should not CC have been backing up at home once Posada went to first? Or is there simply too much risk of injury?

  102. jsbrendog says:

    when can we officially start getting worried about cc? 55 pitches for 3 inn??

  103. Joe R says:

    This shit is bananas. Bee na nanananas

  104. Moshe Mandel says:

    Jeter obviously didnt know how many outs there were, right?

  105. southernyankeefan says:

    that was a HUYA Jeter

  106. What went wrong:

    1. Derek didn’t just complete the double play. That would have ended the inning.

    2. Where is Jorge going? He has to stay at the plate.

    That’s fucking ugly, ugly baseball.

  107. Not So Angry Again Axl says:

    Let’s see Sabathia either walks people in an inning…OR if he doesn’t, somebody else on the team makes sure to get some opposing batters some free passes their way…Interesting…hey, it works at least…

  108. Jamal G. says:

    Why the hell is a grown man wearing a Superman shirt?

  109. Not So Angry Again Axl says:

    Let the slumpy at-bats begin!

  110. Jamal G. says:

    Mmmmm, I likeh teh offense.

  111. Mike Axisa says:

    Now they’re in business.

  112. Not So Angry Again Axl says:

    Tie it up Jorge! Hit a rope in the bandbox!

  113. Chip says:

    Here we go, Cano time

  114. Matt-Pitt says:

    Here we go boys. Lets take the lead this inning.

  115. steve (different one) says:

    one thing this team has done this year is come back. they’ve done it about 5 times (hasn’t always ended in a W).

    you guys don’t have to freak out in the 2nd inning.

  116. A.D. says:

    Productive out, I’ll take it.

  117. Mike Axisa says:

    A hit would have been nice, but that works.

  118. Jamal G. says:

    The fuck, Swish? All these baserunning outs are kinda lame.

  119. A.D. says:

    Bah, guys getting gunned down at 2nd

  120. Yah Swisher!

    Boo getting thrown out, but hey, tied game!

    Is it me or does this team show a hella lot of fight that it didn’t last year?

  121. Mike Axisa says:

    WTF. That’s twice in the last two games someone’s been thrown out at second.

  122. pat says:

    I like the baserunning aggression as well.

  123. Ozzie Guillen is rolling over in his grave.

  124. Mike Axisa says:

    Anderson looking like a rook, forgot to cover first there.

  125. Mark Ellis’s ESPN headshot makes him look like a male Stepford Wife.


  126. Jamal G. says:

    CC’s velocity is increasing this inning.

  127. Russell NY says:

    Could we be seeing another no-walk inning like the first?

  128. handtius says:

    new thread? i’m getting a little bogged down.

  129. Not So Angry Again Axl says:

    Remember when Bobby Crosby used to be picked to be the MVP of the league? Those weren’t the days…

  130. You know, the first time Leiter was in the booth I didn’t like him much, but he’s grown on me, a lot.