Game 18: In which the Yanks try to avoid being swept

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Pettitte vs MannyThe first two games of this series hardly went according to plan for the Yanks. Joba Chamberlain battled his control, Mariano Rivera blew the save in the ninth and the team went on to lose in extras during game one. AJ Burnett came out of the gate yesterday like his hair was on fire, but he couldn’t hold a six run lead the and Yanks suffered another loss in one the ugliest games I’ve ever seen. Today, the Yanks turn to their grizzled vet to stop the bleeding.

Andy Pettitte has surprisingly been the team’s best starter in the early going, going at least seven innings while allowing no more than three runs in all three of his starts this year. However since returning to the Yanks in 2007, Pettitte’s been far from good against the Red Sox. In nine starts (and one relief appearance) , Pettitte is 3-3 with a 5.80 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Vintage Pettitte would be a welcome sight tonight.

A loss is a loss is a loss, but losses to the Red Sox always get portrayed as if the world is about to end. It’s just April people, and the Yanks were right there with them in the late innings of both games, and that’s without their best player, one of their top three pitches, best non-Mo reliever, and an everyday corner outfielder. They’ll be just fine.

The lineup:

Gardner, CF – seriously, I’ve had enough … Mike Cameron please
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
Swisher, LF
Cano, 2B – twelve game hit streak
Posada, C
Matsui, DH
Melky, RF
Berroa, 3B

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte.

Notes: Johnny Damon is out with a sore everything after running into the Monstah yesterday … Boston called up Mike Bowden (their best pitching prospect) and will have him piggyback with Justin Masterson tonight because their pen is taxed … despite all the work, the Yanks’ pen is in good shape, with Mark Melancon, David Robertson, Steven Jackson, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez and Mariano Rivera all available tonight … the game is on ESPN tonight, so Joe Morgan, Jon Miller and Steve Phillips will be in the booth while Peter Gammons works the sidelines … oh joy.

Photo Credit: Charles Krupa, AP

The Robinson Cano Appreciation thread
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  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I love the fact that the worst hitter bats first.

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

      But Andy, he steals bases.

      • A.D.

        HE MAKES THINGS HAPPEN!!!

        Caps were necessary

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Cody Ransom is not leading off, Andy. Jeez.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Cody Ransom actually had a hitting streak.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          Of what? One?

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            I think 6.

            • Brooklyn Ed

              this is why injuries sucks.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

            Well, damn. Would you look at that? Prior to his injury, Ransom had a six-game streak of getting one hit per game. He was hitting .300/.333/.550 over that stretch.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              See? I’m not a just another wise cracking, pretty face. I’ve got knowledgeness.

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

      Would you rather have Berroa or Molina bat first?

      It can be arranged, I’m sure.

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

        Actually, yes, I would rather have Berroa or Molina bat first.

        • B.George

          I would rather Pettite bat first and put Matsui in the outfield with no legs then have Gardner play.

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

    I really, really love the SAP button.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Señoras y Señores, bienvenidos a Neuva York Yankees beisbol!

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

      Hola fans, yo soy Michael Kay.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Señoras quiero mostrar mi pene, su muy grande.

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

          *es muy grande. but IRETC.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            I could play with this thing all night

            http://www.spanishdict.com/translation

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

              you’re on fire.

  • Jake H

    Hopefully Gardner has a big game to gain some confidence. His swing looks like it did last year and he isn’t using his legs like he was in spring training.

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

    Gardner, CF – seriously, I’ve had enough … Mike Cameron please

    Please! And I’m starting to think that Gardner is a glorified version of Bubba Crosby…

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

      Bubba Crosby could swing with one arm and have more power than Gardner. At least Bubba had a little juice in his bat.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        He had an upper-decker game winner a few years ago, right?

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

          You’re 2-for-2. May be you should bat lead-off.

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

            Maybe*

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              I honestly couldnt do much worse.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Oh Mike Cameron. Please be in pinstripes soon.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I also would love to see a Yankee outfielder actually make a catch and then crash into the wall or make a catch against the wall or catch a ball near a wall. I see other teams do it, so I know it can be done

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

    Well, at least o one will ever ask if Brett Gardner juiced!

    The power of positive thinking!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Cano
    Tex
    Posada
    Matsui
    Melky
    Berroa
    Gardner

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

      That is quite the black hole at the bottom of the line up.

      But I would do that, too.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Better than a black hole in the leadoff spot.

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

    I love how Pedroia was only being classy because his earpiece told him to so…

    And Dave Winfield clearly isn’t comfortable next to Pedroia.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Are you comfortable next to people half your size?

      • Steve H

        IETC

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

          +1

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

        I think the more appropriate question is: “Are you comfortable next to one of the most douche-y Red Sox as a former Yankees player?”

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I love Dave, and I’m glad to see him back involved with the game. But this ESPN gig is a work in progress. He hasn’t looked comfortable doing anything.

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

      Well he does smell like cabbage after all.

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

        Ooh. Clever.

      • Whitey14

        It is possible he’s just an overgrown Cabbage Patch Kid ;-)

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    What is the media’s obsession w/short players? Pedroia hits the ball over the fence w/power because he uses his legs in his swing. Brett Gardner: pay the fuck attention.

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

      Gardner swings the way I used to: lunging at the pitch. Ever since I changed my swing, I’ve actually hit the ball…hey, maybe it’ll work for him.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        I tell kids I work with all the time–good pitching and good hitting come from your legs, not your arms.

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

          Lol now I have to apply that to my throwing mechanics…

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

            Leg drive, Pablo. Success on the mound is all about leg drive.

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

              By leg drive do you mean getting a bigger stride or something related?

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                I mean the drive you get with your back foot off of the rubber.

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

                  oh lol thanks for the tip.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                  Lol no problem.

                  I’m a left-fielder in softball now, so I know all about pitching.

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

    You could do a poll: of the following, who would you rather bat leadoff?

    Gardner
    Ransom
    Molina
    Melky
    Ramiro Peña

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      You forgot Option #6-Kill yourself now and avoid the rush.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        #7: Touch yourself and go to bed.

        • Steve H

          We have a winner!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Please, keep talking aobut how well the Sox hit Pettitte when the Yankees have tagged Masterson to the tune of an .813 OPS in 5 games against him.

    • Steve H

      And about Masterson struggles against lefties, and we have 7 in the lineup. 6 if you discount Gritner, which you are free to do.

  • GG

    I love that picture, despite how many times Manny took us deep when he was a sock(and an ind). That must be one of the scariest sights in the game for a pitcher. Him just chillin there with the bat on the shoulder “you know i’m takin you deep right?”

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

    Fucking Carolina

    [/off topic]

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Did Gammons REALLY just say that Cano could be a 35-40 homer guy?! Did I hear that right?!

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

    Wow, Gammons just said Cano is emerging as a “.300, 35-40 homer star.” I’ll be shocked if he ever hits that many homers, but I am digging the new Robbie.

    • B.George

      Im predicting .320-25HR-102RBI

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        I say .300/.340/.480, 20 HR.

        • Steve H

          Thanks for the important stats.

    • JobaJr

      I’m very satisfied with the way Cano has played so far.

  • B.George

    Can Dustin Pedroia get on rollercoasters yet?

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Geez, Damon is such an idiot. Out of the lineup from running into the wall repeatedly yesterday. Hand, hip, knee and shoulder are all sore.

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

      I wouldn’t call him an idiot; at least he tried to play defense.

      Bobby Abreu, on the other hand…

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I mean it in the affectionate, Red Sox-y way.

  • Tripp

    Can Kruk be anymore subjective?

    He just said “let me tell you why I’m happy about this series and not because the Red Sox have won both games, but….”

    I mean seriously.

    • B.George

      Tell Kruk to eat a salad that fat piece of shit

    • A.D.

      Kruk said something actually not retarded earlier, when asked the question: “Is this a must win game for the Yankees”. I completely expected a “yes” from the Krukster, but he actually said “No” and just that obviously they want to win, will take it seriously, but banged up and such.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    oh look its the 3 stooges. they are actually wearing same suits with 3 different ugly colors.

  • Brandon M.

    I.Hate.ESPN Baseball.

  • JobaJr

    “Uhhhhh, I got a chill down my spine just thinking about it.”

    • Brooklyn Ed

      failed.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Here we goooo….

    Les do it up, biig babaaayy!!

  • JobaJr

    Justin Masterbates is gonna shit the bed tonight.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      OK, lets add that one to the list:
      -Big Sloppy
      -Kevin Puke-lis
      -Dustin Pedophilia
      -Justin Masterbates

      • B.George

        Jacoby Dingleberry

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Now that’s just childish. Kevin Puke-lis is a good solid piece of comedy, but Jacoby Dingleberry crosses the line of good taste, my friend.

          OK, so the new list is:

          -Big Sloppy
          -Kevin Puke-lis
          -Dustin Pedophilia
          -Justin Masterbates
          -Jacoby Dingleberry
          -Jonathan Papel-bum

          • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

            I like them all except pedophilia.

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Hey, I didn’t make them up. Just repeating the ones I’ve heard. You have something better, go for it.

          • JobaJr

            Good list. And nice DP turned.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Don’t forget my favorite: Papelfuck.

      • Whitey14

        Yes, let’s.

        Along with:
        A-Roid
        Jouiba
        Burnoutte
        Safathia

        Sorry Steve, couldn’t resist ;-)

        • B.George

          Jason Gay….too easy……JD Poo

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

            Burn

          • Whitey14

            Damn, you guys have been giving this more thought than I have. I’ll quit while I’m waaaaay behind.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Hahahahahaha!!

            JD Poo!!! That’s a new one!

            -Big Sloppy
            -Kevin Puke-lis
            -Dustin Pedophilia
            -Justin Masterbates
            -Jacoby Dingleberry
            -Jonathan Papel-bum
            -JD Poo

  • John

    Jeter+
    Damon+
    Teixeira+
    A-rod+
    Posada+
    Swisher+
    Cano+
    Matsui+
    Cameron+
    = Dream Lineup

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

      = Dream Lineup which is possible for the Yankees to have today.

      Fixed. A Dream Lineup has got to include Ruth.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Lets all agree – no responding to Axl tonight?

    • A.D.

      Hopefully he went with his plan for someone to call him when the team “cared” and wasn’t “a joke” and thus will not be around.

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

    Holy fuck Roslton, SHOOT the puck!

    [the off topic will stop, I promise]

  • B.George

    How does Steve Phillips have a job in baseball after doing one of the worse trades in baseball history????

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      He got them Reyes and Wright, no?

      And it was Duquette that traded Kaz.

    • A.D.

      If you’re referring to the Kazmir trade, that wasn’t him

      • B.George

        oo i thought it was cause he was on Kellerman show about a year ago and Kellerman was trashing him……still hate him lol

    • JobaJr

      Mo Vaughn hahahaha.

  • JobaJr

    Gardener should bunt.

  • A.D.

    Same on Damon being out given that lefties is Masterson’s weakness.

  • Drew

    Let’s play some ball!

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  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Masterson should be a starter or reliever?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Well, if he can straighten out his problems vs. LHH (.760 OPS), then he should start.

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

      Starter–I think he can add a pitch to get lefties out, and then he’d be a fringe 2/great 3, which is more valuable than a middle reliever/set-up man.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        It’s also more valuable than a closer. Joe Blanton had a higher WAR than Brad Lidge last year. Fact.

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

          Damn.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      i found it funny how no one is giving the “Joba debate” to Masterson.

      • A.D.

        doesn’t have that type of ceiling at either role.

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

      Relieve until he gets a third pitch to battle lefties.

      • Whitey14

        My thoughts exactly Mike. He really needs one more pitch. I love his movement on the ball and he has great poise. Even the games he’s had trouble, he doesn’t seem to get rattled.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          Speaking of this, I was watching the Phils/Marlins game on TBS today, right? Skip Cary starts talking about how he spoke to Derek Lowe who thinks that teams should experiment w/putting their SP prospects into the 8th and 9th at times so they can experience pitching w/the game on the line. I threw up in my mouth a bit.

    • another steve

      obviously only one inning in baseball is important. the eighth.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Over/Under on Brett Gardner batted balls leaving the infield today: 1.5. I’m taking the under.

  • John

    I’d like to take blame for the last 2 losses.

    In the 1st game, I left after we took the 4-0 lead and we lost it.

    In the 2nd game, I left after the 6-0 lead and we lost it. I came back when we were down 9-8 and as soon as I turn on the TV, we took a 10-9 lead. Then, I left to play some basketball and we lost it again.

    • John

      *4-2 lead

    • A.D.

      Yankees should pay you to watch games apparently.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    If any Sox fan tells you he or she wanted a Youk/Lowell combination over a Youk/Tex combination is a dirty liar.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      Agreed.

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

    That was ugly.

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

    Gardner did a really nice job setting the table that inning.

  • V

    Well. THAT was certainly promising. :snort:

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

    Did ESPN even mention the fact that the Yankees made him a better offer? All I heard was that the Red Sox gave a very high offer and he turned it down.

  • Reggie C.

    promising

  • Alex S

    didnt the sox basically screw mark teixeira when he entered the draft after H.S.?

    • A.D.

      Essentially.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      pretty much yeah. Boston “lied” to every team that he wasn’t going to sign with neither of them once he get drafted.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        If all the teams who spread false rumors on draft day were to be excluded, then we might as well call off the draft.

        To be fair to the BoSox, that was in 2000, and was a different GM (Dan Duquette) and ownership (Yawkey Trust). Henry bought the team in 2002.

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

      No, not at all. He fell because he wanted a lot of money, and the Sox took a flier late. They made him a great offer, but he turned it down because he wanted more and ended up in school.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Please shut up about the midget’s rookie year.

    so sick of it.

    • Reggie C.

      would you like ’em to sing the midget’s MVP season?

      • Brooklyn Ed

        how about just shut up about the midget at all? i would take that.

  • V

    How do these absolute morons have jobs in broadcasting?

    • Brazilian Yankee

      I get the brazilian broadcast, and amazingly it’s better than miller and morgan.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I can’t even understand Portugese, but I would rather hear that broadcast instead.

  • JobaJr

    God does Pettitte have a great move.

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

    The umpire is calling a pretty wide strike zone.

  • Jake H

    I love seeing Ortiz struggle!

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

    That was fun.

  • V

    The ghost of David Ortiz, thank goodness. Vintage Ortiz, and that’s over the wall.

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

    The Good: inning ending DP
    The Bad: Ortiz hit the ball hard

    • John

      luck

    • V

      He hit it ‘hard’, in the sense that Gardner can hit it ‘hard’. He didn’t hit it power slugger hard, however.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Nice play.

    The announcers weren’t too excited. The Pedroia flyball was more exciting to them.

  • Alex S

    sweet DP

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      That’s what she said.

      • Alex S

        DP?

        • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos
          • V

            Beat to the punch, lol.

          • Alex S

            lmao

        • V

          Try the urban dictionary…

        • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.
          • V

            :shakes head:

            :rofl:

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

            You’re so late. ;)

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

            Curse you Pablo Zevallos…

            • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

              ….if that is your real name!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    do rookie relievers gets considered for ROTY? just curious.

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

      Yep. Street won it a few years ago.

    • JobaJr

      Of course.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Why is everyone surprised that Swisher is hitting well? He’s a good hitter.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      But teh Avg!!!

  • BklynJT

    Good to see that Masterson throws harder than Joba….

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

    Man Swisher is PO’d.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Is Masterson really that good?

    • V

      Of course. Red Sox prospects are always good immediately.

      Blegh.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      Is it really only 5 batters?

      • Brazilian Yankee

        He’s been hitting 96 with a lot of movement…I don’t remember him throwing that hard or with that much movement, that’s why I asked..

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

      Good enough to retire five batters in a row? Yes, I’d hope so.

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

      Is Masterson really that good? Are the Yankees that bad?

      Axl’d

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        IETC

    • GG

      its partly the Tek’ker, hes an allstar catcher

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        If only I could’ve had Jason Varitek as my catcher in high school, I could’ve thrown a few no-hitters in a row and gotten scouted…

  • Brooklyn Ed

    holy crap, Cano with a 1000 OPS? awesome.

  • V

    ‘Usually’ he’s batting .150 right about now.

    I guess ‘usually’ means once.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    WTF just happened?

  • John

    Still liked that AB by Swish though

  • giselle

    whoaaa joba-porcello on wed night? im intrigued. i’ve yet to see porcello pitch.

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

      Joba-Porcello? I’m very aroused.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Heh. I caught that.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Ditto.

        I actually briefly spoke to a scout from the Tigers about Porcello today, and one from the Rays about the Beckhams.

        • V

          And?

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

            The Tigers scout thinks Porcello can be a Josh Beckett type pitcher and the Rays scout thinks both Beckhams may have to move off of SS.

            • V

              Beckett I could see, but with more groundouts.

      • giselle

        hahah. me too… game thread for wed night: “An Arousing Pitching Matchup”

    • V

      He’s good. It’ll take him two to four years to become an ‘ace’, but he definitely comes as advertised.

      He’s on one of my keeper teams :grin:

      • V

        Good small discussion of Porcello here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=8784

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

        He’s good. It’ll take him two to four years to become an ‘ace’ closer, but he definitely comes as advertised.

        • V

          I hope that’s a B-Jobber joke.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Noooo!!!

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

    That ball looked like it was gonna go foul…and then it never did.

    Ayayay Steve Phillips, it’s only the 2nd inning.

  • Alex S

    sick of the Joba to the bullpen talk

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Ugh.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Who had a B-Jobber reference at 8:28?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      Heh, I love how they bring it up. 2nd inning, the game doesn’t even call for it…AT ALL.

  • Quikksand

    Salvage this series Yankees!

  • Jake H

    Wow took them 29 minutes to bring up Joba to the pen.

  • JobaJr
  • Greg

    Here’s the Joba bullshit..

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Joba’s velocity is a little down but he’s keeping the difference between it and his changeup at the same level it was last year (11.5 or so) so I’m not awfully concerned about it. As the season goes, I’m sure he’ll be throwing teh gas again.

    • Reggie C.

      thank you drew

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Que?

      • Drew

        You’re welcome?

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    NIck Swisher doesn’t always drink beer, but when he does, he prefers a Dos Equis.

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

      I C Whut U Did Thar!

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

      He once had an awkward moment, just to see what it felt like.

      • Alex S

        stay thirsty my friends

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    You know what sucks? Morgan was an awesome player, fuckin’ fantastic. But he sucks as an announcer. A lot.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    The ump takes forever to call a strike…

  • JobaJr

    Joe Morgan is comparing Kevin Youk-I-Pis to Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron.

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

    You know, that would have been a really good play by Berroa had he made it.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Jason Bay – Yankee killer/Red Sox Legend.

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

    Tough play, Berroa almost had it. A-Rod wouldn’t have turned that.

    • giselle

      when’s alex coming back?

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

      Eh, certainly not with his hip condition, but maybe otherwise.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    You know, if current players aren’t old enough to have seen you play when they were kids, then you should stop being a color man.

  • Reggie C.

    at least we know Berroa’s still breathing out there at 3B. way to go granny!

  • V

    Jason Bay needs to go back to Canada. Prick.

    Lol.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    so if Melancon dominates the majors like he did in the minors, hopefully he gets considered for a ROTY award. the Yanks been long overdue for a ROTY.

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

      He won’t dominate the majors like he did the minors. No one ever does.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        Street and Soria did in their rookie year. just saying.

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

      Don’t worry. 2010: Year of Ajax

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        2011: Year of Odysseus.

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

    Clumsy catch by Tex there.

  • desus

    Over/under on the length of this game? 4+?

    • V

      God I hope not. I have to get up at 5 am for work tomorrow, lol.

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

      Over.

    • giselle

      its sunday night, please no more than 4 hours…

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        If it’s 4 hours plus of non-stop Yankees kicking ass, I’ll enjoy. Even with these announcers.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    How many more times do you think they’ll mention Friday night?

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

      Until their arousal wears off.

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

    Why the fuck are they talking about basektball??

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    I hate ESPN so much.

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

      Honestly, I could be watching Remy and Orsillo right now and I wouldn’t notice a difference.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Not it wasn’t that (and I honestly don’t mind those two, unless the game gets close). It was the minute and a half devoted to the NBA during Yankees/Sox.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Heh.

    NBA playoff minute.

  • desus

    Wow he just gizzeed when he said “Grand Slam”. Nice, Espn.

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

    My Mo, just shut up. Non-stop talking from these clowns.

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

      They have no clue on when to shut up and let the game talk for itself for a few seconds. Even Kay knows when to do that.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        I’m waiting for them to talk about their plans for vacation. At least it’s not McCarver. “That’s a classic” line from yesterday just ended the game for me.

  • Chris K

    The “C” on Varitek’s jersey is detestable. How can the captain be a catcher that they gave a sympathy contract to?

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

      I still don’t understand why he didn’t accept arbitration.

    • giselle

      he’s an all star!!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Oh man, I thought that was trouble.

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

    Varitek starting swinging in the first inning to catch up to that pitch.

  • V

    Omg, I caught my breath on that.

  • Alex S

    do the yanks have any chance at mauer in 2010?

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

      I’d want no part of him until I see two healthy seasons from him. His bat is useless outside of catcher.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        …seriously? A .317/.399/.457 line fits just about anywhere as far as I’m concerned.

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

        .320-.400-.450 plays lots and lots of places.

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

          I should have rephrased that to mean that he is of no use to the Yankees if he can’t play catcher (seeing as 3rd and 1st will be occupied for a long time), and one of the vets will move to DH.

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

      I think if they sign Holliday, than no.

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

      They’re stacked at catcher in the minors. I don’t see it.

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

        I’d sign him. It’s extremely unlikely anyone they have in the minors turns into Joe Mauer.

        • V

          I wouldn’t touch him – back injuries at 26 screams ‘stay away’ to me.

          Let the Red Sox sign him to a long term deal.

          Montero’s obviously got a ceiling higher than Mauer, but I won’t even go there unless he shows defensive improvements this season.

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

            Wasn’t it a kidney issue?

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

      Hey, Gardner actually has sacrifice-fly power.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Melky is going to hit the ball hard.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      Andy just curious, where in Daytona you in? I used to live there a decade ago for 2 years. I went to Creek High.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I live at Indigo Lakes. About a 3 wood from the track. I went to Mainland. Alma mater of Vince Carter, Denzel Washington and The Lone Ranger.

        • Brooklyn Ed

          ahhh so you were one of the rivals back then. lol

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Spruce Creek would have to win once in a while to be considered a rival. Unless you count weightlifting as a sport.

            • Brooklyn Ed

              lol burn. what weird you were in?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      or…

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

    Hey look! A base hit!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    a looky, a hit.

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

    Yea, Matsui broke up the perfect game.

  • Moshe Mandel

    The Red Sox radio broadcast has a lot more crowd noise (to make it sound louder) than the Yankees radio broadcast. Is that SOP or just sad?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      I’m going with….sad.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    oh look, another hit.

    Berrora should bunt.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      ..and he listens.

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

    Hey look Melky had a single!

  • Chris K

    Good piece of hitting?

  • BigBlueAL

    Sac bunting to setup Brett Gardner. Wow.

  • Chris K

    Come on Brett, take one for the team!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Now we have 2 in scoring position for our slugger B. Gardner.

  • YankMan

    There you go Berroa. Nice job.

  • Joey

    Did Morgan just connect Lowell’s hip surgery and the ball hitting the edge of the grass and staying down?

    • Chris K

      As only he can. Thanks Joe.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    I have Greinke on my fantasy!

    Woot – woot!

    • Steve H

      Luke?

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Heh. I hope he is as good as his brother.

        Ray Allen! Pierce missed the FT at the end, I couldn’t believe it maynne!

    • V

      Me too… (I draft high K upside guys in middle rounds, concentrate on offense in the early rounds) but I’m not sure why this is important?

  • Greg

    I think Joe Morgan was a great player, but how good was he really? I read some article recently that listed him as a given as one of the top players of all-time. It was like Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Mickey mantle, Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan.. seriously.

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

    I have a man crush on Zach Greinke and I am a woman.

    • Joey

      I’m torn between saying:

      Thats pretty impressive
      or
      You should get that checked out

      So I’ll just throw both out there

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Nope, not an offensive juggernaut. 99 runs in 17 games. 5.8 runs per game. Not good at all.

    • Steve H

      Why waste a good comment by introducing facts?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      4th in average, 3rd in OBP, 4th in SLG.

  • Moshe Mandel

    tSterling just said Matsui runs “okay.” That’s pretty generous.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Brett sac fly? wow…

  • Drew

    Gardner smashed that one!!1!

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

    Hey, Gardner did something!

  • southernyankeefan

    gardner gets it done.

    • BklynJT

      If Gardner didn’t get the sac, everyone would be all over Girardi for the sac bunt. Since it all worked out, nothing is said. Just goes to show the 2nd guessing mentality that we all take towards criticizing Girardi’s decisions.

      • Drew

        I don’t mind a bunt. Usually though, we can’t get them down.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        I’ll take the run, obviously, but sac bunting to get to Brett Gardner is not something that’s going to work out often. An automatic out, sac bunt, is not a good thing.

  • Chris K

    GRITTY!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Gardner just said fuck you in the ear to Morgan and Miller.

    (Yes, I know. He still sucks

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

    Nice play, Lowell.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    hehe, Lowell with an error?

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

    Man, gotta make them pay for that. Drive ’em in Tex.

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

      Or swing at the first pitch.

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

    Ayayay, Teixeira, the first pitch?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Dammit, that looked so much better than it was.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    I actually thought it was over the fence.

  • Moshe Mandel

    Teixeira…bust.
    Sabathia…bust.
    Burnett….bust.
    Marte……bust.
    Swisher….we will see.
    Sanchez….bust.

    Fire Cash!!! Hire Krivsky!!!
    /
    Lombardi’d

  • Matt-Pitt

    Would’ve been nice for Tex to see a pitch there. Least we drew first blood. I can’t wait till he picks it up, we need him to start hitting. The walks are always nice, of course, but it would be great if he could start hitting with RISP. He’ll pick it up.

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

      We’ve drawn first blood each game…that’s not necessarily a good thing.

  • Alex S

    “the fans here love their sausages”

  • giselle

    fans at fenway park love 9 inch sausages. so many jokes, so little time.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I kind of like the way you say that giselle.

      • giselle

        but you didn’t hear me say it, andy.

  • southernyankeefan

    A Rod hurry up.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Pena should be playing everyday.

  • V

    Eh, Tex = first pitch doesn’t worry me at all. He’s a patient hitter who saw something he thought he could drive, and just missed it.

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

    Balls are taking weird hopes over at third tonight.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    Ya, cause that’s a fair comparison, Philips.

    • V

      Julio Lugo = ARod, right?

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Yep.

  • V

    I’ve got a 9 inch sausage….

    In my pants.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Okay, Todd.

      • V

        I had like 10 rows of spaces in there, but it didn’t work.

  • V

    Oh, wow, Pedroia’s up, and we just happen to have this Pedroia = God montage ready.

    Think we’ll see one of those puppies for a Yankee tonight?

  • BigBlueAL

    Anytime I see Pettitte fielding comebackers/bunts, I always think back to the 6th inning of Game 5 of the 1996 WS.

  • Reggie C.

    the pedroia love just doesnt stop ..

    • Brazilian Yankee

      He’s the new Babe.

  • BigBlueAL

    Damn Ellsbury got NO jump and still stole the base easily.

  • Drew

    Hmm, so they didn’t look for tools, yet they ended up with the biggest tool evah.

  • Moshe Mandel

    Could we get a new thread? this is really slow.

  • V

    Can this myth that Pettitte = great at holding runners end already?

    He’s got a great pickoff move, but he’s slow enough to the plate, that it doesn’t matter when you have a GOOD basestealer.

  • V

    Man, we need ARod back…

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Can’t Arod just rehab in NY?

  • BigBlueAL

    Is the 3rd inning too early for a defensive replacement????

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

    What is with this orgy over Pedroia…

    And wow, Angel Berroa does not belong at third.

  • Reggie C.

    teix shouldve gloved it.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Where are you, Alex?!

    Berroa really does suck.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      It wasn’t that bad of a throw.

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

    Hit Tex in a bad spot, right in the mitt.

    • BigBlueAL

      LMFAO

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    gay.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Sweet fucking christ why can’t Yankees pitchers hold a goddamn lead?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      Ya man. Seems like everytime they have a lead, they give it right back up quick.

    • Nady Nation

      You’re blaming Pettitte for that run? Seriously?

  • V

    Thanks Angel.

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

    That lead lasted real long.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    They should put that earned run on Berroa.

  • JT

    Considering the fact that Berroa hasn’t shown any real ability to hit what’s the drawback of just playing Pena?
    Huge gain in the fielding department and can’t get much worse at the plate.

  • Matt-Pitt

    2Es in one inning… I still think Pena should be there. Better glove and if Berroa is out there to bunt with runnners on, I think Pena MIGHT be able to handle that.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Pena should be playing everyday!

  • V

    The aversion to playing Pena really does surprise me.

  • Jake H

    I would rather have Pena there then Mr. Roookie of the year.

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

    How many MVP’s do you know that can’t get picked off to end the inning?

  • Alex S
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    He is so scrappy.

  • JobaJr

    How many times have they shown the berroa replay?

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    That’s just dandy, Andy.

  • Drew

    haha I loved Cano’s little tap on pedroias back

  • Tom Zig

    Pedroia has been making some bonehead plays recently.