Game 19: Winning is the best recovery

Doctor's Note: Bruney, A-Rod, Wang
Game 19 Spillover Thread

How sweet would a win be right now? Seriously. At the very least it might back a few fans off the ledge. At best it sparks a little winning streak that carries the team through next week (and ergo the Sox when they come into town).

This is a pretty big start for CC Sabathia. Not only are the Yanks coming off a horrible sweep, but he’s coming off a couple of poor outings. It was at this time last year, in his fifth start, that he righted himself. Let’s hope for a repeat performance.

Being a former AL Central mainstay, Sabathia has racked up a considerable track record against the Tigers. In 161 career innings he’s pitched to a 4.70 ERA, striking out 128 to 47 walks. However, those numbers include his early career when he simply wasn’t the pitcher he is today. Unfortunately, his only start against them last year came in his fourth game, so we know he threw a stinker. He didn’t fare well against them in 2007 either, tossing to a 5.29 ERA over 32.1 innings. The five homers he surrendered certainly pushed up that number, as his K/BB was solid at 26:5. Clearly, though, he’s going to have to reverse his history against the Tigers tonight.

The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound tonight. He’s done little to alleviate the concerns he raised last year. In one-third inning less than 2007, Verlander struck out 20 fewer and walked 20 more. That’s definitely not a good sign for a guy who made a 56-inning jump between 2005 and 2006. In 21 innings over four starts this year he’s pitched to a 9.00 ERA, striking out 25 to 9 walks. Dave Cameron says not to worry, that Verlander’s fastball is back and so should his performance. Of course, the start after he wrote that, Verlander got bombed for 7 runs in 5 innings against the Angels.

Despite having been in the league for the past three+ years, Verlander has started just four times against the Yankees for a total of 19 innings. Yes, that’s a horribly low number of innings, resulting from the spanking the Yanks have administered. Verlander has allowed 14 earned runs in those appearances for an ERA of 6.63. However, there are also three unearned runs in there, making the damage even worse. He’s struck out 14 to 9 walks, another good sign for the Yanks. In his one start last year the Yanks absolutely thrashed him, scoring eight runs, five earned, in 1.2 innings. Boy, could we use that tonight or what?

Oh, and is if Girardi were tempting us, Jose Molina starts behind the dish tonight. Will that be what brings CC around?

Lineup:

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

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

Doctor's Note: Bruney, A-Rod, Wang
Game 19 Spillover Thread
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Two things.

    1) Go to espn.com and Press these buttons and then keep on pressing enter

    Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Enter

    2) I did this on LoHud but I feel it may be forever lost to posterity there:

    Is this a bullpen before me?
    The reliever towards the mound?
    Come, let me root for thee!
    Thy has no outs and yet I see thee still
    Art thou not, fatal fastball
    Sensible to Veras as to Mo?
    Or art thou but a bullpen of the mind?
    A hypothetical concept
    Proceding from the pitch-count oppress’d starters?
    I see thee yet, in form as palpable
    As the sweat on my nervous brow.
    Thou marshall’st me to my cardiologist;
    And such a doctor I cannot afford to use.
    Mine starters are made the fools o’ the other teammates,
    Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still,
    And on thy brow and elsewhere gouts of sweat,
    Which was not so before. There’s no such thing:
    It is the baseball business which informs
    Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the old forgotten lead
    the Yankees seem dead, and nightmares of sweeps abuse
    My once pleasant dreams; Red Sox celebrate
    Pale Marte’s offerings, and wither’d Andy,
    Alarum’d by his sentinel, Posada,
    Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his inability to call a good game.
    With Ellsbury’s ravishing strides, towards his design
    Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
    Hear not the bullpen’s steps, which way they walk, for fear
    Thy very stones prate of a lead now lost,
    And take the present horror from the time,
    Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, it lives:
    Pitches to the heat of bats too cold breath gives.

    Hear it not, Yankees, for it is a knell
    Whether to summon thee to October, or to golf.

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

      Not to downplay your poem, but that is the 99 lives code for Contra. I did it on ESPN and it did nothing.

      • AndrewYF

        You weren’t using an NES controller.

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

        Ah, it was working for everyone else I showed it to!

        Man, NES was almost before my time. Still have Duck Hunt somewhere though.

        • AndrewYF

          What did it do?

        • Joey

          Worked for me. What is it, some sort of conspiracy to take down ESPN and BBTN trampling their website with ponies?

          • AndrewYF

            I want to see the ponies.

            • Joey

              Do what she said. Go to ESPN and hit

              Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Enter

              and then keep hitting enter

              • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

                I must be missing something

                • andrew

                  espn.com removed it

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

          It worked for me. LMAO

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Dude. Blingee Ponies.

      • putt

        Ah, Contra. To this day it is the one and only adventure game I’ve ever been able to beat…of course without that code I was helpless.

      • Steve H

        Only 30 lives.

    • Joey

      I didn’t actually think it would do anything. WTF is it anyway? Lots and lots of ponies

    • andrew

      How the heck did you figure that espn.com thing out?
      Is it always like that?

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

        Secret between you and me?

        I totally write the code for ESPN.com…

        [Side note: I wonder how much that job pays…]

    • AndrewYF

      I saw the ponies. There were rainbows and unicorns too. You’ve got to use a web browser that doesn’t insta-search when you type in letters, like IE, and unlike Firefox.

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

        Works fine with my Firefox.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      I use firefox and it showed only one unicorn on the right side for me.

      • andrew

        The more you hit enter, the more you get.

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

          I see. Did it change the font with the others, too? With me, even the color of the headlines switched to pink. Weird.

      • Drew

        you sound disappointed

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

          Yeah, I was a little bit. But everything is fine now.

    • Accent Shallow

      A Shakespeare send up? Way to raise the level of discourse.

      Bravo.

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

        *bows* I aim to please.

    • Drew

      Wow, wtf is that? Espn is super fruity.

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

      I like it.

      I’m about to start a paper on John Keats, incl. “Ode on Melancholy.” Maybe I’ll write a poem called “Ode to Melanconly” about his first start.

  • Bryan

    Thank Mo Berroa isnt starting at third

    • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

      Yes…if one thing came out of this Boston trip, hopefully that’s it. Berroa has no business playing 3rd base.
      With what happened in the rest of the game, it kind of got glossed over but is anyone concerned about Jaba?
      3rd-ly….Alex is needed, but that’s because we haven’t found anyone who can play defense and hit .250 yet. He’s still a cancer….

      …and the new stadium still blows.

      -Scott

      • Accent Shallow

        Yeah, it was really embarrassing how the Sox came into the nice new stadium, didn’t get booed, and then proceeded to beat the Yankees all over the yard . . .

        Oh wait, this series was at Fenway. Huh.

      • andrew

        Joba gave up 1 run through 5 innings. I’ll take it.

        sarcasm>
        And you are totally right, ARod makes everyone around him worse, he has caused the Yankees immeasurable suffering during his tenure with the team and I think they should cut him and reap the benefits of an ARod-less team. /sarcasm>

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

        No one ever said “let’s replace A-Rod with a utility infielder.”

        Ugh.

  • Joey

    Rebecca = ring leader of ponygate, conspiracy to kill ESPN with sparkly ponies

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

      Normally i would change my name to reflect that but I hear RAB frowns on that sort of thing.

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

        None of that LoHud “name – stupid message” shit. Sorry. Your name and/or a nickname works just fine. You can express your ideas within the body of the comment.

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

          Like I said, I heard RAB frowns on that sort of thing ~_^

          (If you ever want me to get rid of ‘Optimist Prime, just say so…)

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    Joe. Please ask Mike to step away from the keyboard. No more Axisa game threads or spillovers. Thank you.

  • manimal

    I feel like there are atleast 25 individuals here at RAB that are more capable of managing the yankees than Joe Girardi.

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

      *totally not one of them*

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        Me neither.

    • Steve H

      You’re completely wrong. There isn’t a single person here more capable, I just hope you’re kidding.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, if I managed the Yankees, I’d do things like ask Sabathia to play CF when he’s not pitching, have Melky play 3B, have Damon pitch, solely for comedy’s sake. So no, I wouldn’t be better than Girardi.

      Seriously though, what’s your beef? Bullpen management?

      • Lanny

        Can anyone here do worse than him?

        Doubtful. Only took 18 games to play the superior 3b. And all his mixing matching pen crap really is going well.

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

    Hey! There’s no Kay!

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

      I love Singleton. One of my faves in the booth.

  • Raf

    dang quick inning. time to do work CC.

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

    Wow, that was a blink-and-you-miss-it inning if there was one

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

    Well that was a quick inning.

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    nice first.

    btw go to ESPN.com and hit: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, then start hitting enter

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

      I said that. Read the first comment =D

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        missed that my apologies.

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

          Haha, don’t worry about it. I’m too amused =D

          • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

            seriously though WTF? is it a virus?

            • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

              espn caught on

  • Drew

    what did he throw like 2 pitches that inning? damn

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Joyce is going to lose his voice by the third inning.

  • Accent Shallow

    Way to make Verlander work, guys.

  • southernyankeefan

    man i thought tex crushed it.

  • Yankee1010

    I think Damon should try kicking it into the infield for a bit. It can’t be worse than him throwing it.

    • southernyankeefan

      you dont like watching him toss rainbows?

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        If I want to watch rainbows i go to espn.com and press up, up, down…

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

    That run’s on pastadivingJeter.

  • Christopher

    Did Damon just wince when he through that ball in?

  • Drew

    I can’t believe Jorge is blowing this game with his pitch calling. Oh wait…

  • Accent Shallow

    So that’s the end of the inning with anyone else at short.

  • Accent Shallow

    So if Sabathia is anything like Wang, this should be a good game.

    Sidenote: well aware how little they have in common.

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

    “pastadivingJeter” makes me really, really hungry, but I’m trying to save my food in case this swine flu thing reaches such proportions as that I need to be quarantined…

    (What? don’t look at me like that! I swear I’m not a freak!)

  • Lanny

    Have you seen a worse bottom 3rd of a Yankee order in 15 years?

  • Raf

    great piece of hitting by Cano.

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

    Robinson Canó might be the only one on the Yanks right now that actually wants to win…

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

      Man, this is kind of embarassing.

  • Accent Shallow

    I am enjoying Good Robbie, although I’d like to see him walk more.

    • Drew

      what are you nuts?

      • Accent Shallow

        Robbie post-BAL series:

        .344/.368/.578

        Pretty awesome, but you can’t count on him hitting .344 the rest of the way.

        • V

          As long as they’re giving him pitches to hit, he should hit them. If they pitch around him, he should take walks. He shouldn’t NOT hit a pitch so he can walk, instead.

          • Accent Shallow

            Clearly.

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

    Back to Gameday for me.

    Wow, I just saw the highlight of Cabrera’s RBI single. What I wouldn’t do for a goddamn shortstop with range. I know Jeter’s been doing well on D so far this season but I expect it to not hold up. At all.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      download tvants and watch the game on espn taiwan

  • M.D.

    swish is killing me

  • Raf

    man who told Verlander from his first two seasons to show up tonight.

  • Drew

    Damn that pitch was sick

  • Accent Shallow

    At least Melky didn’t fan on the pitch at his eyes.

    • southernyankeefan

      i was thinking the exact same thing.

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

    Gotta get back on track, Swish.

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

    Oh Melky.

  • AJ

    I thought Verlander’s been struggling this season. By the looks of the first two innings, this might be a tough night for the Yankee hitters.

    • Accent Shallow

      It’s sure seemed like facing this offense the past few seasons is the cure for what ails struggling pitchers.

  • southernyankeefan

    Verlander looks nasty.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Honestly: Why does this HP umpire have to scream on every strike?

    • southernyankeefan

      ha i love the emphatic strike calls.

  • V

    Wow. Past-a-diving Jeter count goes up by 1, and the ‘good pitcher with a bad start to the season figures it out against the Yankees’ count goes up by 1. I hate baseball. Lol.

  • M.D.

    why do pitchers always have their good stuff against the yankees?

  • Accent Shallow

    Thought that was gone. Whew.

  • V

    Wow. That was inside, and he almost got HR #8. He REALLY didn’t like playing catcher, lol.

  • V

    DO NOT PITCH HIM INSIDE.

  • Yankee1010

    CC is looking great so far.

  • Raf

    i think its time to go away on Inge.

  • AJ

    Wow. Two straight deep ones from Inge, and each one getting closer to doubling the Tigers lead. Anyone for a pitch out of the zone and offspeed?

    • Yankee1010

      The pitch selection must have been Jorge’s fault.

      • Drew

        That’s what I was thinking, only Jorge calls 5 of the same pitches in a row.

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

        IETC.

  • Accent Shallow

    How about something low and away from Inge? Yikes.

  • Matt M.

    hurray for not having berroa in the lineup!

  • Drew

    wow, Pena to Cano looked sweet.

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

    Way to be, Raburn.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Berroa couldn’t turn that DP.

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

    We have to face the Angels after this? It’s too early in the season for this!

  • Yankee1010

    Interesting strike 3 call considering that it would have hit a righty batter.

  • Raf

    wide zone. very wide.

  • 65hughes

    thats not a k

  • V

    Everyone knows that rookies get strike zones 10 inches wider than non-rookies.

    I HATE UMPIRES.

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      I cant stand the whole the rookies dont get the close calls and cant argue. Ridiculous to me.

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

    That pitch to Pena looked off the plate via gameday.

    • Yankee1010

      It (just as the first strike to Damon) was well off the plate.

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

        Well, the first pitch that was called a ball looked liek a strike.

  • SF Yanks

    Holy outside strike batman.

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

    Pitch F/x had that ball a good three inches outside. What a joke.

    • Lanny

      and the fx is 100% correct?

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

        As opposed to what, your eyes? I’ll stick with PitchFX, thank you.

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

    It’s like Jeter read the post I wrote last night, or something.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wonderful slide by Molina, hope he didn’t hurt himself doing that.

  • http://161ststreet.wordpress.com Chris A

    Since everything from Verlander seems to be a first pitch strike why don’t the Yankees swing at the first pitch until Verlander stops throwing first pitch strikes.

  • http://twitter.com/perminioneto Permínio Neto

    I just can’t believe it, Verlander was all over the place on his last start, I had him on my fantasy team and traded him ’cause I thought he wasn’t going to put it together, at least not that soon. Now he is looking extremely nasty, it’s against the Yankees, and I’m short on pitching. I think that’s worst case scenario for me.

    • Accent Shallow

      And this is why you play fantasy baseball, rather than work as a GM or manager.

      • http://twitter.com/perminioneto Permínio Neto

        Hey, I got Longoria on that trade, I’m not that crazy to give up Verlander for nothing.

        • Lanny

          and the only thing worse than hearing about someones fantasy team is hearing about their poker games

          • http://twitter.com/perminioneto Permínio Neto

            So I’m glad I’m not saying anything. Anyway, I was just whining at how good Verlander is looking so far and that he had to turn the page against the Yankees. And then I got a free shot. Two, actually.

          • andrew

            People have posted on here about fantasy leagues all the time. 40 RAB members are in 2 different RAB fantasy leagues, if you don’t want to read about fantasy baseball, move on.

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

    You know, these stop smoking commercials almost make me want to start, just to spite them.

    Almost.

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

      I like the cut of your jib.

      BTW-Does anyone know what the heck ‘jib’ means?

      • Accent Shallow

        It’s a type of sail. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jib

        • Accent Shallow

          A better explanation is here:

          http://tinyurl.com/ccbbaj

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

            OK, let me rephrase that.

            Rebecca, I like your moxy.

            Anyone kno. . . .ah, forget it.

  • Matt M.

    OK OK OK we get it…smoking is bad. everyone knows it by now…its no secret.

    please, im yearning for the days of guisseppe franco

    • Lanny

      lol

  • Praveen

    Just for people who doesn’t think that ESPN is red sox bais. Just look at their poll question on the homepage.

    • Accent Shallow

      Wait, what?

  • Drew

    Singleton calls such a good game.

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

      Agreed, he is awesome to listen too.

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

        Love Singleton. Much less apt to leap to stupid, knee jerk conclusions than a certain other lead broadcaster we have. Yes, the one with the radio show.

    • V

      DEFINITELY agreed.

      Cone is MUCH better than he was when he first started. I don’t like Kay or Flaherty at all.

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

        Eh, after listening saturday and sunday, I’ll take Kay anytime.

        • V

          Well, Kay > Red Sox announcers.

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

        For some reason, I cant stand Flaherty. He’s way too uptight, and has zero sense of humor.

        OK, that’s two reasons.

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

      I love Kenny S. Underrated announcer, even more underrated ball-player.

  • V

    Is the contra code still working on espn.com?

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

      No.

      • V

        Blegh, just when I went to show it to my wife, rofl.

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

          So wait, exactly what did it do?

          • Drew

            Fuckin unicorns and shit brah.

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

              Ietc.

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

    Hey, there’s nick Swisher!

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

      …I’m an idiot.

  • Drew

    Yall still want Posada to DH and Matsui to ride the bench? Dude’s on fiya.

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

    Godzilla hitting well lately..

    Les go Cano!

  • Yankee1010

    The strike zone appears to be batter’s box to batter’s box right now.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    Why are the hitters being passive today? It seems like he is 0-2 every count. SWING I SAY! SWING!

    • andrew

      That can happen when the opposing pitcher is throwing 80% strikes.

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        Hence my point. SWING AWAY. It didn’t require reading between the lines.

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

    I wish I was rich enough to give $2 million free advertising…

  • AJ

    Look, it’s a situation the Yankees have excelled in – getting hits with runners in scoring position.

    • AJ

      There’s one unproductive out.

      • Drew

        Dude since when are 8 pitch AB’s a bad thing?

        • andrew

          When there are runners on base that could be driven in or moved over

          • Drew

            It could also be a 1 pitch out. If your gonna get on someone, don’t get on Cano for a great AB, I mean it’s a joke.

      • Yankee1010

        Considering strike 1 was about 6 inches outside and he worked it to 3-2 and just got under a pitch, I’m not unhappy with that at-bat.

    • AJ

      And there’s another one.

    • AJ

      Strike three at the eyes, and once again, the Yanks come up empty with runners in scoring position.

  • V

    Good at bat by Cano, he just got under it.

  • Drew

    Great AB by robby, just missed that one.

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Nobody else has mentioned this that I’ve seen, but even with Melky’s hot start, his BABIP is only .250

  • southernyankeefan

    man swisher is struggling.

    • Lanny

      Strugglin? The guy hit 200 last yr. This might be who he is

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

    Swisher, my man. Take it easy, you’re better than that.

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

    This team is making my head hurt. A lot.

  • Drew

    Shades of that playoff game vs. Verlander haunt me…

  • kSturnz

    had a feeling that verlander would be on his game tonight…

    • TC

      46 pitches through 4 innings, 32-14 Strike/Ball ratio…CC looks great so far

  • Drew

    Melky got an out in his first AB but his approach looks good tonight.

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

      ….

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

    Head, meet desk.

  • southernyankeefan

    Melky looooooooooooooooooooves to swing at that pitch like a fat kid loves cake.

    • Drew

      A lot of people swing at that, it rides up and in. 98 mph aint easy to hit when u break off a nasty hook the pitch before.

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

      Okay 50.

  • Drew

    People can talk shit about Melk if they want, but Verlander is nasty as hell.

  • putt

    Why does he Melky continue to swing at nip-high fastballs?

  • Raf

    well Verlander is on tonight. CC has to keep it close.

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

    Verlander’s last nine heaters that inning were all 98-99 MPH; awesome.

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      .. Yeah for him.

  • Lanny

    Can we finally close the door on the Melky/Gardner crapfest in CF?

    What will it take to get a real CF in here?

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

      Joba for Sizemore.

      • RichYF

        Joba doesn’t even get Sizemore’s jock at this point.

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

          Sigh. We can dream, right?

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

          I figured 8th inning set up guy is more important. Ya know, Perez – Betancourt – Joba – Wood. 5 inning games.

          He could also take over for Wood after Wood retires or moves on. A good closer is a hard thing to find, ya know.

          That’s what John Kruk said.

          CC – you da man, yo!

          • RichYF

            Hey, I’m convinced. Tell Shapiro what’s up. Make sure you have Kruk on the other line for confirmation. I think this deal is going to get done.

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

        I would do many things to Mark Shaprio to get him to do that trade.

        • Lanny

          Sizemore would fit in well in the Yankee tradition of great CF’s.

          • Accent Shallow

            One problem: all the great Yankees CFs have come up through the farm system. Getting one who has MLB history with another team would be a major break with tradition, and would damage the Yankee mystique.

            (Am 100% not serious)

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

          Name a few things you would do?

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

            Ask your mother.

  • Drew

    Yall are hilarious with your Melky hate. He saw 8 pitches, he put together a good AB and got out by a great pitch.

    • Lanny

      melky sucks. face the facts. he shouldnt be starting on a 90 win team

      • Lanny

        if he didnt have such a unique first name no one would give a crap about him and he’d fade into obscurity

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Seriously? There are a lot of things to say about Melky, but the uniqueness of his name is not one of them.

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

            Melky Mesa says hello.

      • Drew

        Ramiro Pena should?

        • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

          No, its because Ramiro Pena rolls off the tongue nicely. (SEE ABOVE)

          • Drew

            heh.. ietc

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

      We aren’t hating him for the AB. We dislike him because he just really isn’t very good. I hope he proves us all wrong.

      Note: I don’t dislike him, I just wish he was a better player ;)

    • putt

      he’ll chase that pitch at 92 mph as well…it’s not just that he’s gearing up for the 99 mph heat that’s making him swing there.

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    3 straight, CC looks pretty good tonight.

  • Alex S

    awesome inning by CC

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

    Kick-ass inning for CC.

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

      That’s the CC we all know.

      Speaking of Grady….

  • http://twitter.com/perminioneto Permínio Neto

    Now that is Carsten Charles Sabathia.

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      Well April is nearing an end after all. It couldn’t come any sooner.

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

    HOLY GRADY SIZEMORE, Batman!

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

      What happened? I switched to NESN too late.

      • andrew

        Incredible diving catch in the RC gap

  • Drew

    Youk got nuked! lol sick catch by Grady.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Well, at least CC is doing great tonight.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    Ha, the last thing this team would need is a 1-0 loss after this weekend..

    • Drew

      Ha for real, but we’ll score. I’m confident.

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

      It’s the fifth inning.

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        Speaking in hypotheticals. I’m not exactly one of these anti-optimists on here. Just commenting on how dominant Verlander looks.

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

    Just got home, and read the fan confidence poll.

    So, so disappointed in all of you.

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      Well after all, they should have won 2/3.

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

      Dude, I’m at 80%!

      Just like my test scores..

      • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

        Same here, I started at 8 and continue at 8.

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

          I fail to see what has changed about this team since Spring Training. It’s not like we lost Alex, Wang and Bruney for the year.

          I’m holding steady at 90% and it won’t change until the All-Star break or we get hit with 3-4 colossal injuries.

          • andrew

            true, but with ARod, and an avg Wang ;), we may have been 11-7 or 12-6 right now. Those 2 or 3 games may cost us the division or the wild card. It’s not the end of the world but I can understand dropping a point on the confidence scale as a result.

  • Accent Shallow

    What a bender that is.

    • Accent Shallow

      And Pena follows that up by lining the fastball into right. Not bad.

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

    Ramiro “the glove” Pena.

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

    Hey! Ramiro Peña!

  • AJ

    Runners in scoring position – only one out this time. Let’s see if the Yanks will get a hit here.

    • AJ

      Sorry, there were two outs there. Didn’t matter, because once again the Yankees go down with a runner in scoring position.

      How many pitches does Verlander have through five innings? I feel like both pitchers can throw complete games, and CC will be the tough luck loser.

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

        5th inning. Shit can unravel quick.

  • Drew

    Wait, so Damon sucks? or good pitch?

    • southernyankeefan

      Damon has earned some leeway because he doesnt strike out on that pitch consistently.

      • Drew

        ahhahaha, so it wasn’t a good pitch. Get real, 98 mph rising heat is tough for anyone to hit and it’s very tempting to swing at.

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

          Even teh Dustin Pedroia has troubles.

    • putt

      We get it, it’s a nasty pitch, but Damon doesn’t chase that same pitch location anywhere near as often as Melky does.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    So yeah.. their bullpen sucks, right?

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

    Make sure you get a good look at Verlander tonight. That’s what Joba can become.

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

      Um, why aim to be that when he can be like Joel Zumaya, Mike? Get a grip.

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

        Him and Verlander are very comparable pitchers?

    • Accent Shallow

      A talented pitcher with terrible facial hair?

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      I’m tired of the word “can.” Let it happen. Just let it happen. There are so many “cans” out there. It’ll cease the Joba to the pen or in the rotation debate. I’m surprisingly enough somewhere in the middle now.

      • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

        And yes, I understand these things don’t happen over night.

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

          So, why are you somewhere in the middle?

          • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

            It’s a combination of things I don’t feel like debating anymore. I’m going to let nature take it’s course and keep my mouth shut and hope he’s the next Roger Clemens.

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

              Without the… you know, testicles being rubbed down.

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

              Joba wants to start, period.

              • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

                And I want to be Donald Trump. Things don’t always work out the way we “want.”

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

                  You want to make him to do something he doesn’t want to do? That’s a recipe for success.

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

    Verlander is freakin’ bringing it tonight.

    And they’re talking about Ellsbury’s steal of home on NESN. Time to change the channel.

    • AJ

      It is the New England Sports Network. They’ll talk about Ellsbury steal like it’s Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl.

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

        They will talk about it during a Pats game at some point this year.

        • A.D.

          It will be: halftime presented by Ellsbury stealing home

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

            I can see it now. New England small car dealerships. “These prices are a steal” – shows clip of him taking home.

          • putt

            They’ll have him sprint out of the tunnel and trip, I mean slide, head first into a makeshift homeplate.

  • Accent Shallow

    Man, I do not miss Bobby Abreu.

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

    Look at that, a RF not afraid of the wall. It’s the simple things that make life so great.

  • AJ

    A right fielder that’s not worried about crashing into the wall to make a play? Thank God!

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

    Holy crap. Did Swisher rob Laird of a homer?

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      A Laird double.

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

        Ah, okay. A little red-dot on Gameday is far less exciting than the real thing, haha.

        • http://twitter.com/perminioneto Permínio Neto

          Man, believe me, I now how it feels. Btw, why are you following the game on Gameday?

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

            I’m at school and UConn’s cable package doesn’t carry YES even though all the surrounding areas get it. I’d watch on MLB.TV but my billing address is in YES territory so, no Yankees on TV for me unless it’s NESN, FOX, My9, or Sunday Night Baseball.

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

    Hava Molina!

  • A.D.

    CC doing his best Pettitte.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    I think this may be the best ball/strike calling umpire all year.

  • In-Between Axl

    Now that the pitching is good…it’s only right that our hitting isn’t there…LOL this team is a lost cause…this can’t be all coincidence all the time. It was like this all last year to. When we pitched well we couldn’t hit…when we could hit…our pitching was bad…when the starters pitched well…the bullpen fell apart…when the bullpen was good…the starters weren’t that good…

    It’s like a bad roller coaster ride with these guys…JUST FUCKING STOP IT!!! I WANNA GET OFF!!!

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

      Can you just keep one name?

    • dudes

      just jump.

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

      So jump off.

    • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

      Didn’t they ban you? I’m starting a petition. How many signatures will I have?

      • In-Between Axl

        Yeah. A website that bans people for having their own opinions. Hey, when are you all going to drink the kool-aid???

        • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

          It’s the nature of your opinions. And oh by the way,
          http://yankees.lhblogs.com/

          • In-Between Axl

            And who rates the “nature” of my opinions? YOU??? I can only imagine what some of you are like in the real world at your jobs…if somebody disagrees with you or says something in a “different nature”…you immediately gang up on him and kick and scream that it’s not fair. I back them up with facts and stats. I’m not just throwing grass in the air. They are literally either hitting well and pitching bad…or pitching well and not hitting. It’s not a coincidence…it’s so perfectly orchestrated that it’s almost as if they’re doing it on purpose. Are they? Probably not…but it sure seems like it. That’s all.

            • andrew

              Did i miss the facts and stats there?

              It’s just your tone sometimes. You could probably say the same things you say now in a different manner and nobody would have an issue

            • Drew

              I wish you were throwing grass in the air. It’d be far less annoying.

            • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

              I have yet to see you cite a single stat. It’s mostly been a bitching state of obscurity. I think most would agree with me.

  • Drew

    lol did anyone see those guys in the front row pass that beer? It reminded me of that Heineken commercial.

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

    I like this version of CC the best.

  • A.D.

    Bats need to get it going.

  • Drew

    Where do we sign a petition to have to register for RAB?

    • andrew

      I’d be down…

    • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

      I don’t think they need a petition, if the big 3 decide it’s best they should just go ahead and do it, I really think it will solve a lot of the problems around here.

      • andrew

        Yea, it would probably limit commenters to the people who are around here often, and I don’t think that’s such a bad thing.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    That was out if the bat didn’t break.

  • A.D.

    Verlander just owning the Yanks.

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

      No, no, no. It’s the Yankees – they are a lost cause. It’s either one or the other, pitching or hitting. Never both.

      • In-Between Axl

        See I said this same thing and people got mad and starting throwing tantrums…interesting…

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

          You have to agree to drink the kool-aid brother.

          • In-Between Axl

            Apparently…

        • andrew

          yea, it might be the fact that you’ve been doing it for weeks now, so any little thing you say will tick people off. Because Pop doesn’t say stuff like that every post he makes, it’s not that annoying

          • In-Between Axl

            Ah I see, so somebody who is a flip flopper and doesn’t really take a stand…that’s what everybody wants here. If somebody has their mind made up…and people don’t agree with it. That’s bad. I think I’m getting it now. It’s a bit ridiculous…but I think I’m getting it…

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

              Once again, I was poking fun at your comment. I don’t believe what I said above at all.

            • andrew

              There’s a difference between having your mind made up/taking a stand for it and being narrow minded though… it’s the kind of attitude that you have in the above post that turns people off to what you say.

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

            Well, I was poking fun at Axl’s comment above that.

            Damn, Maggs hr. Hurts.

  • Dave

    Ugh this asshole Verlander is DIRTY

  • http://twitter.com/perminioneto Permínio Neto

    Is it me or Teixeira is breaking too many bats?

    • andrew

      Yea, in this economy, what is he thinking up there?!

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

    At this rate, both these guys are gonna pitch CGs.

    • Rey22

      Nah, Verlander’s pitch count is already like at 90. I think we can get to their bullpen.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Cano seems to hit everything hard or just miss it. Not everything is gonna fall in. Hold em’ down CC. Our offense will get it together sometime this game… I hope.

  • AJ

    Anyone for betting on the over/under of the time of the game? Two and a half hours, and I’ll take the under on that estimate.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    How many pitches for Verlander?

    • Matt-Pitt

      90

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

    I know what’s wrong with the Yankees.

    They have Swine Flu.

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

      Too soon?

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

        As long as no one’s died from it, it’s Kosher to me.

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

          149+

  • Lanny

    Nothing cures a crap pitcher like facing the AAA Yankees. Scranton has a better lineup right now than this crap.

    200 mil and he can’t put together a decent bench, depth or a few relievers who can be trusted.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, Justin Verlander, he’s an awful pitcher with terrible stuff . . . wait.

      Come off the ledge.

    • southernyankeefan

      Negative town is over at lohud.

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

      Not including tonight, the Yankees have scored 100 runs in 18 games. That’s an average of 5.55555555555555555555 a game. That’s good. That’s really good.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    This game has moved remarkably fast.

    • andrew

      Yes, and I don’t really mind. Besides the fact that they are losing.

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

    Wow, Damon looks really hurt.

  • Dave

    That is unfortuneate

    • southernyankeefan

      it just got a lot more unfortunate really fast.

  • AJ

    That might be the insurance run the Tigers need. With the Yankees offense being anemic at best, that could prove to be insurmountable.

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

    That hurts. Hopefully they can rough up Verlander a bit and get into that bullpen.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Good thing Verlander is at 90 and their bullpen isn’t that good. Long as we can just keep it at 2, we should be alright.

  • Dave

    Hey did you guys hear? Speed kills.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nevermind…

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

    Ugh.

  • Mike HC

    Damn

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    One Hundred sixty one million dollars.

  • AJ

    Wow. What a dumb luck home run. Swisher was almost there. It seems like the Tigers are getting the breaks in the game tonight.

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

      Like a one second gust of 5 mph wind would have turned that homer into an out.

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

    Motherfucker. We weren’t gonna score one run…ayayay.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    The way Verlander is pitching, that might be the ballgame.

  • Dave

    The yankees make me a saaad panda

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

      Yes, in April and October they get me very upset.

  • The Evil Empire (We have a calf-pen)

    I jumped, this is an automated message. R.I.P to myself

  • Andrew

    This team is an abomination. What’s the excuse today Dominated by a subpar pitcher who has been smacked around by everyone and their mothers for the past year and a half. Sabathia blows it in a big spot, again. Terrible hitting with RISP, again. But don’t worry guys, once we get A-Rod back this team will take off!!!!!!!!!!!111111 #27 I BELIEVE!!!

  • jonathan

    GAME OVER AND THE YANKEES OFFICIALLY SUCK!!!

  • http://www.nowlive.com/desktop/default.aspx?id=100330797 Joey H

    So this series against the Halo’s should be an easy sweep… Right?

  • AJ

    CC’s got 75 pitches through 5 2/3, and he hasn’t looked bad tonight. A couple of balls found some gaps, and Ordonez somehow got that ball over the wall. It’s unfortunate that, as its looking, he’ll have to take the loss in this game. It’s been a great start for him. But, the offense left their bats on the field Saturday in Boston.

  • Dave

    At least the pen should get a night off….

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    w/e man. Game isn’t over.

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

      I <3 you now, Mr. Rodriguez.

  • Mike HC

    The Yankee team has started slow for the past couple of years. Plus, A-Rod is hurt, CC never pitches well in April and the Yanks have played 12(13 counting today) games on the road and only 6 at home. There is going to be a long win streak in the near future.

  • Dave

    Maybe Verlander loses control here…..

  • The Evil Empire needs to stop playing little leaguers at CF

    Confidence just decreased from 8 to 6

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

      I can’t wait to they get ridiculously hot in May, June, and July and you’re right here cheering them on, saying how you love this team and love watching games. Same goes for you, Axl.

  • AJ

    Man, Swisher is just in a funk right now.

  • southernyankeefan

    I miss the outs from swisher when he was at least hitting the ball hard.

  • Lanny

    There’s that ace again. Good thing Sabathia is the highest paid player in the game. He’s come to play in Apri so far when they needed him. Santana he is not.

  • AJ

    So if the game stays the same, you think the New York beat writers will want to interview Verlander more than any other Yankee after the game?