Game 21: Phenom vs. Phenom

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Game 21 Spillover Thread

Joba FigureAs if Phil Hughes‘ glorious comeback last night wasn’t enough, we’ve got ourselves a top shelf pitching matchup tonight: Joba Chamberlain vs. Rick Porcello.

Joba hasn’t been as explosive as expected, but he’s hardly been terrible, putting up a 3.94 ERA in 16 IP over three starts. Still just 23 years old, we all have to temper our expectations a bit and remember that he’s still just a boy amongst men in the AL East. Patience my friends, patience.

Speaking of boys amongst men, how about this Rick Porcello character? Just 20 frickin’ years old, the kid straight outta Jersey has been pretty much everything the Tigers could have asked him to be at this point. He’s got a 4.50 ERA in 18 IP covering three starts. He didn’t receive a deal worth potentially as much as $11.1M as a high schooler in 2007 for nothing, but it’s still staggering how quickly he reached the majors.

The starting nine:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Matsui, DH – .393-.414-.643 in his last 6 games
Cano, 2B – .387-.375-.645 in his last 6 games
Posada, C – looks like the hammy’s healthy
Swisher, RF
Melky, CF
Pena, 3B

And on the mound, the Nightmare from Nebraska, Joba Chamberlain.

Don’t forget to vote in this week’s Fan Confidence Poll if you haven’t already. I see many fans have lost the faith following last weekend’s beatdown in Beantown.

Photo Credit: Entertainment Earth

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Game 21 Spillover Thread
  • Jake K

    I’m less concerned about the results than Joba’s stuff tonight. I can’t shake my worry that he’s carrying an injury.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

    so i guess gardner has officially lost his job….?

    • Mark

      I hope not! Brett brings some things to the game that Melky simply can’t. Speed is one of them but since the CF is the “captain of the outfield”, I’ve yet to see Melky make smart moves and direct the flow of the game nicely… ever. While Gardner’s no miracle, he’s better (overall, and in the long run) over Melky, the only thing is that Girardi is placing the hot bats into the lineup and Melky has been hitting a little better than Gardner recently, but I think they’re essentially about the same (hitting wise, maybe Melky has a little more pop, but less discipline etc.) Hopefully Gardner plays tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that and so on.

      • Drew

        Melky can also hit major league pitching. How in God’s green earth is Gardner better than Melky? What planet do you hail from?

        • JT

          I actually don’t think it is an open and shut case, yes Cabrera hits faaaaaar better, but Gardner is faster, a better fielder and sees more pitches.
          I know you can’t steal first base, but I think that writing Gardner off this early would be a mistake.

          • Lanny

            its gone. they gave him a whole 10 games.

          • Drew

            Better fielder? You’ve watched this year, right?

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

    how can cano’s avg be higher than his obp?

    man i love the look of 5 switch hitters in one lineup…. we gotta be the only team that can do that

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

      He don’t walk a lot

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

      Sac flies. They count as a plate appearance, but not an at-bat.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

        u just blew my mind

    • Drew

      Uhh? It’s not.

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

    I wouldn’t worry about Joba being hurt quite yet; it’s still early and he’s done his pitching in cold weather cities, which doesn’t exactly help arm strength.

    Man, would kill to have Porcello as a Yankee thought.

    It’s the Jersey thing.

    New Jersey: Only the strong survive!

    • pat

      New Jersey: Our Girls Aren’t Trash… Trash Gets Picked Up!

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

        Alas, from personal experience this seems to be the case.

        • pat

          OHHHHH stop don’t get all sad. I remember from my days of goading you and UWS into relations u had a BF. The weather’s starting to get nice, love will be in the air, even in the cesspools of Jersey my dear.

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

            I hear if you sleep around, that helps too.

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

              Alas, I don’t have a boyfriend any more. Haven’t since late January.

  • CP3

    JOBA TO THE BULLPEN!!! No really, what do we do with joba after he reaches his innings cap?

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

      Probably just execute him. He’d be pretty worthless at that point.

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

    Two questions: Is “Porcello” pronounced POR-CELL-O or POR-CHELL-O? Is it MUH-LAN-SIN or MUH-LAHN-SIN?

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

      Just like it’s spelled, POR-CELL-O.

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

        Good ole’ Jersey Italian.

        He’s destined for greatness.

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

        And what about Melancon? I keep hearing people pronounce it with a “LAN” and others with a “LAHN”.

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

          I’ve heard it come out of his own mouth as LAN.

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

            Mycolonhurts?

  • Giuseppe Franco

    I’m quite concerned that the Yankee hierarchy will make the stupid decision to put Joba in the pen at some point this season long before he’s near his 150 IP and he’ll remain there for the next decade.

    I think it will be a decision they will eventually regret (for every reason sane people believe he should be in the rotation) – but a really sick feeling in my stomach is starting to believe that we may see that happen.

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

      Hey man, the power of positive thinking!

      You say “joba will stay a starter” enough times and it’ll stick.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Quote the contrary. They don’t believe him to be a reliever, the need for him being a starter is needed more than ever.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Quite*

      • Giuseppe Franco

        That’s not quite true. Cashman and Girardi believe his future is as a starter.

        But we don’t know how many people in that front office who have the opposing point of view and are prone to panic when things aren’t all hunky dory.

        I’ve always been ambivalent about Cashman – I neither like him nor hate him.

        But all of that will change if they move Joba from the rotation because ultimately he has the final call on that decision since it would essentially be a long term one.

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

          Ya, if Joba goes to the pen. My fan confidence poll would go down a whole point or two.

  • andrew

    I think this lineup may be the best we have at this point, and it should be the one we trot out there as much as we can over the next few days (barring Matui and Posada’s health). Add Arod into this lineup and it will really be a great group.

  • Will

    So after Hughes yesterday, if Joba pitches poor tonight, everyone writes him off as an 8th inning guy. But if he’s solid tonight, then what?

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

      Everyone writes him off as an 8th inning guy.

      • Will

        And then what do they say about Wang?

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

          He’s just another asian dude who could only last 2 years in the bigs.

          Edited by RAB: Easy with the racial slurs

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

            I’m not racist, I’m just saying that’s what they would say.

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

              I know, but we have to be careful. Someone will get pissed off, it’s inevitable.

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

                My bad yo.

                • pat

                  I’m predicting bad things tonight for the young Porcello. Welcome to the bigs, punk.

                • pat

                  wrong spot

      • LiveFromNewYork

        HA!

        Even though it’s not funny.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Joba could pitch every game left in the season as a perfect game and people would want him in the bullpen. B-Jobbers will always exist.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        I find it amazing that there are few starting pitchers in the bigs, even mediocre ones, whose careers are seen as disposable as someone as talented as Joba’s is.

        • LiveFromNewYork

          Bad grammar / syntax. Messy but you know what I mean.

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

          It’s just ridiculous. Joba could have a good start, they say it’s only 1 start. But then after last night, how many things have you read/heard saying Phil in the rotation and Joba to the pen. They just contradict themselves, it’s crazy stupid.

          • LiveFromNewYork

            The Yankees have to shut down the debate. They have to say something like even if he goes back because of his innings limit, he is NOT staying in the pen.

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

    Okay, Joba. Time to shine baby.

    7 innings of 2 run ball. 8 k’s!

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

    Fuck the Tigers, Porcello was so close to the Yanks!!

    Arg!

  • LiveFromNewYork

    In case things go wrong tonight we could try to avoid writing off the season? That would be nice.

    ~ Pollyanna reporting for duty

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

    man it looks like it’s freezing in Detroit

  • manimal

    Seriously, Porcello should be in AA.

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

    Love how YES and ESPN are totally not in sync

    • manimal

      which is ahead?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Yeah let’s watch the Yankee hating ESPN bastards over David Cone + Ken Singleton – Michael Kay.

  • pat

    I’m predicting bad things tonight for the young Porcello. Welcome to the bigs, punk.

  • manimal

    I agree, he needs to throw 95.

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

    Helluva play by Inge right there.

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

    Johnny Hustle.

  • manimal

    LOL, embarrassing.

  • Nady Nation

    Time to bust out, Teix

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

    That is some kind of filthy two-seamer. Wow.

  • manimal

    I’m gonna call it.

    Tex misses a HR by a foot again.

  • dkidd

    porcello’s ball moves like crazy

    we play today, we win today

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Give

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

    The fuck? Miguel Cabrera can’t play defense.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Give Teix a break.

  • manimal

    Just wait until the bullpen comes in hehehe

  • manimal

    WHAT THE FUCK! That was awesome! How did Cano do that?

    • southernyankeefan

      yeah that was pretty cool looking.

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

        What ee do?

        • manimal

          You know that thing people do with poker chips, they like flip it up and down their hand?

          Well Cano was doing that, WITH HIS BAT. ESPN had it.

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

      ?

      • southernyankeefan

        He was spinning the bat like a basketball on top of his fingers.

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

          You’re watchin ESPN?

          • southernyankeefan

            yep

  • Drew

    Joe with 2 lefties in a row in the heart of our lineup, interesting move..

    • manimal

      They are the hottest bats.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      8 lefites in a row!

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

    What the hell?

  • manimal

    Fuck that.

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

    Holy Defense, Detroit.

    Took at least one run from us there

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

    Did David Cone just say give him a chance?

    Psshhh, if he didn’t throw a no-no yet he isn’t cut to be a sp.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    Apparently you cant achieve success in major league baseball if you don’t consistently throw 95.

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

      Even Mussina and Maddux know that!

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

        Why do the ESPN guys keep harping on this, he just said, “A one, two, three inning for Chamberlain. More importantly, 95 on the radar gun.”

        Is this a fast pitch competition? I thought the idea for a pitcher was to get outs.

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

          Have they pointed out Porcello’s velo yet? He’s sitting low-90’s, not 95.

          • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

            I believe there might be a little bit of a double standard going on tonight.

          • Nady Nation

            He has no business in the 8th inning then.

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

          Look, velocity’s clearly not the be-all-end-all… But Joba’s been throwing a few MPH slower since late last season. It’s a little disconcerting and I’d love to see him back in the mid 90s as a starter.

          Don’t jump to conclusions and lump me in with people who think a pitcher can’t be successful unless he throws 95+, that’s not what I’m saying here.

          • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

            I was saying anything about you, Rick Sutcliffe won’t stop talking about it.

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

              Well yeah, clearly you weren’t saying anything about me. I’m just saying… I don’t think it’s crazy to be watching Joba’s velocity.

        • whozat

          Well…I can see the rationale of “He used to throw 97 MPH fastballs out of the pen. Now he’s throwing 92…that’s a BIG dropoff, and he had the shoulder injury…maybe he’s hurt?”

          That’s not what the ESPN guys are thinking, but that makes some sense. I mean, even as a starter, it’s valuable to be able to reach back for that 97MPH heat a couple of times a game — as long as you can control it. If Joba can’t physically do that anymore, that’s something important to know as you try to project his value going forward.

          • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

            I understand and agree with that point of view. If his decreasing velocity is potentially because of an injury it’s a concern. I’m more just annoying with ESPN, because that’s not what they’re implying.

          • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

            agreed. I’m more worried about his mechanics, then an injuries though. You can loose a lot of velo when your mechanics are out o’ wack. I just want him to be in the best position to succeed, which is in the starting rotation and healthy and straightened out.

    • manimal

      Seriously though, he needs to throw faster. Its almost like he is uncomfortable throwing 92 and he loses accuracy. He shouldn’t dial up to 99 but he shouldn’t be around 92.

      • Nady Nation

        Gameday had the 2 pitches of Magglio’s at-bat at 95 and 94.

  • whozat

    According to Gameday, Joba’s getting jobbed on some of these calls. Does that jive with what you guys are seeing? Was it happening to Porcello too?

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

      I didn’t see any call that seemed to agregious

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

    Joba was 92-95 that inning; can people shut the hell up now?

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

    Forgive me if someone already noted this, my computer’s running a little slow so I’m not refreshing too often… But Joba’s last 2 pitches that inning were at 95 then 94, according to MLB Gameday. He was around 91-92 until Maggs’ AB.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    last batter of the inning he was up around 94,95 on gameday. I have to admit, I was getting worried something was wrong, like his mechanics were off or something. hopefully Joba comes out of his shell and goes on a tear.

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

    I go Newcombe.

    • Jake

      No love for Al??? haha

  • UpstateYanker

    What are the Porcello rules?

  • dkidd

    it’s nice not having to listen to michael kay

    • Joey

      I’d much rather Kay than these idiots on ESPN

      • dkidd

        agreed. sutcliffe makes me want to kill someone

        i meant singleton and cone

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

    Heh, Yovanni Gallardo literally did it all for the Brewers today. Well, not the 9th but you know what I mean.

    • andrew

      I saw that, pretty impressive day…

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

    Hot damn, 8 LHB inthe lineup.

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

      Holy fuck. I didn’t even notice that!

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

    Where the fuckity fuck did this defensive first baseman come from?

    • dkidd

      dominican republic?

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

        Venezuela.

    • whozat

      You are cursing up a STORM today, kiddo!

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

        Dude, for me this is nothing.

        You should see my Livejournal sometime. Especially last night. I got into a fight with my dad.

  • JT

    Nice play there by Miggy…For a load and a half he is damn athletic.

  • whozat

    Porcello only throws 91. They should trade him now while he still has value, get a reliever or a UT guy.

  • southernyankeefan

    Porcello 35 pitches through 2. i like where this is going the sooner the tigers bullpen comes in the better.

    • whozat

      Ya, I would have liked it more if Pena had taken a couple more pitches. I mean…it’s not like he’s going to get a hit.

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

    NESN broadcasters Dan Orsillo and Jerry Remy talking about the 2007 ALCS:

    Remy: “I actually liked Carmona’s arm better than Sabathia’s; I thought he had better stuff.”

    Orsillo: “[Silence].”

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

      Carmona did pitch better in the 07 postseason.

      but Sabathia is a better pitcher over the long term.

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

      Carmona was brilliant in 2007, but he’s no CC. Talk to me when he puts two good season together back-to-back, nevermind seven.

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

        The game he pitched against Pettitte. Amazing.

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

        You’re right, Carmona is a power sinkerballer like Wang with better secondary stuff. Power lefties with CC’s size and durability are exceedingly rare. But CC hasn’t had 7 good seasons, more like 3-4 with 4 average ones in the middle. He had a bumpy start to his career, like many good pitchers do.

  • southernyankeefan

    come on jeter.

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

    Cap’n.

  • Joey

    Pastadiving… oh wait, he didn’t dive, just completely fucked it up. Come on cap’n

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    Is it just me or is jobas velocity up?

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

      Just you. He needs to be in the bullen to hit 95 and over.
      -John Kruk

    • whozat

      Mostly just you. Though gameday identifies these all as 2-seamers. Then again, it thought EVERY fastball yesterday was a 2-seamer. I saw some 4-seamers today, with Porcello, though.

  • southernyankeefan

    Im convinced everyone at ESPN is a BJobber.

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

      Actually, I know for a fact Joe Morgan isn’t. He’s said several times that Jobe should remain a starter until he proves he can’t do it.

      Go figure.

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

      They all took an oath.

    • Joey

      Not sure what Keith Law thinks, but he’s too smart to be lumped in with the rest of them, I’d venture to guess anyway

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

        KLaw’s definitely not a B-Jobber.

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

          Neyer is disappointingly on the fence about it.

        • Joey

          I figured, couldn’t remember though

  • Jake

    Johnny on the spot.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    now Damon playing defense too? wtf.

    • whozat

      What? Damon was the best defensive LFer not named Carl Crawford in the bigs last year.

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

      It’s a vast right wing conspiracy

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    Well he did hit 95MPH

    • whozat

      Yeah, once.

  • pat

    I kinda have a feeling inge is gonna take joba deep.

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

    Dude, he was out!

  • Ivan

    Joba Velo looks good.

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

    Woot Woot!

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

    Haha Cone totally called that!

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    oh so nice.

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

    Love those strike ’em out, throw ’em out DPs.

    • whozat

      what?

      Gameday has the inning continuing…

      • whozat

        oh. Now they ceased fucking up.

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

        Inning’s over. Joba K’ed the guy looking and Posada threw Miggy out trying to steal second.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    strike and throw them out.

  • dkidd

    cabrera looks like a bloated diego luna

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

      He loves the arepas. But then again, who doesn’t?

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

        He’s a high priest. Look at his wiki page.

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

    Wow, couldn’t see that coming, huh?

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

    Quicksand, Miguel. Miguel, Quicksand.

  • Joey

    Strike ’em out throw ’em out DP and as I type that ESPN guy says the exact same thing, so I refuse to post it. Lets go with nice job Joba

    • Joey

      ah, strikethrough fail

      test

      • Joey

        wtf

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

          It’s [strike]text[/strike]

          • Joey

            I was just doing [S] and [/S] and it looked fine on the preview. Thanks though

  • Drew

    Coney called that shit.

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

    Lester is getting bitch-slapped.

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

      Verducci’s year after list strikes again.

      Hopefully.

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

    Well he idolized him, now he’s just another victim.

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    Hey guys. I’m sorta new around here .Can someone tell me what a “Bjobber” is?

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

      Someone who wants Joba to the bullpen.

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

      Someone who wants Joba in the pen.

    • Joey

      RABs fun little term for someone that wants Joba in the bullpen. Note the sexual innuendo, took some (looks at Jamal) wayyyyy too long to get it

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

        Ya, you want a cleveland steamer?

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

      Bjobber = wants Joba in the bullpen

    • southernyankeefan

      Do you want Joba in the pen?
      If you answer yes to this question then you my friend are a BJobber.

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

    So how long till this Morristown kid starts to fall apart? Place your bets.

    • DP

      2025

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

        I was hoping more this… GAME.

  • southernyankeefan

    Fuck. would have liked to seen porcello throw some more pitches that inning.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    You know, Porcello is pretty nasty. And the Tigers bullpen is really terrible. Soooooo…

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Same plan as last night, Work the pitcher and go to the bullpen.

  • OrangeCountyYanker

    Do the Tigers have the Porcello rules?

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

    Uh, why do you have to be 21+ to get a $2 gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts?

    • Jake

      Caffeine’s a drug

      • pat

        Caffeine’s a helluva drug

        /Rick James’d

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

          What did the five fingers say to the face?

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

      Maybe they sell alcoholic coffee?

      [I don’t drink coffee, I wouldn’t know]

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

        They sell alcoholic everything.

    • Joey

      The put crack cocaine in their drinks, which is how they compete with Starbucks who put straight up heroin

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

    Man, Gallardo laid the smack down today. On the mound and at the dish.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=290429108

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

    Aysh, Joba, please let’s not walk people

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

    C’mon Joba, bear down now.

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

    Up and straight as a laser.

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

    JEEEZ! Investigate tehhh umpire!!1!1!!!

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

      Even Granderson knew that wasn’t a strike. Irony if you will..

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

    That pitch was closer than the pitch Jeter got rung up on.

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

    I no like this.

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

    Man Joba’s got little command tonight. It’s making me really nervous.

  • Jake

    Seems like Joba’s getting squeezed tonight.

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

    GIDP. That’s what saved Jabber last time.

  • Drew

    Why didn’t Melky throw towards home?

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

      Maybe to keep the runners where they were.

  • manimal

    Shouldve thrown home.

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

      Nah, then you’re stuck with second and third instead of first and second, and the run probably scores anyway.

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        objective is to keep the force in that situation

  • Infamous

    Wow Im watching gameday and the game and Joba is getting extremely squeezed by this ump. Such BS

    • Lanny

      Is this an every night complaint?

      they cant throw strikes. its not getting squeezed

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        i think its safe to say gameday isnt wront EVERY single night.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        swish will give us something to smile about.

  • Ivan

    Bear down Joba.

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

    It’s really, really tempting to blame the umpire.

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

    Miggy Cabrera with the bases loaded =/= good.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    hmm Joba, wth?

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

    Ugh.

  • pat

    Fucking porcello gets that pitch. Fuck this, we need robots to call strikes.

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

    Damn, walking a batter to get to Cabrera is NOT a good sign.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    This scares me

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

    I know it doesn’t help that he’s getting squeezed but it doesn’t look like he has much confidence in his stuff.

    • Drew

      I’m sure Joba is “confident” bro.

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

        He may be. It’s a matter of whether he trusts his stuff. However, I do take that back after that curve ball.

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

    Holy schnikees. Joba got away with a major hanger.

  • Lanny

    His stuff isn’t the same as last yr and his location has been terrible in every start.

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

      He never had great control. Anyone who’s followed him since the draft knows that.

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

      It’s common for power pitchers to not have the best control. That’s why they are not control pitchers, they are power pitchers.

  • dkidd

    hung one. lucky

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

    Somebody tell Joba its the 8th inning!!!!

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    atleast two of those pitches to magglio were strikes.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Seriously every ump we faced against is pulling a Tim Donaghy on us.

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

      You are absolutely correct.

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

    Booya.

  • Jake

    exhale….

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

    Lvoe that pitch.

  • southernyankeefan

    PHEW.

  • Bob Stone

    Great pitch Joba!!!

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

    Some would argue that that inning should have been a lot worse.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    That was pretty filthy

  • Brooklyn Ed

    wheww.

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

    That was his third pitch, you B-Jobbing sons of bitches.

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

      Hahahahaahhah!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ B-Jobber

      HEY STOOPID! THAT WAS LIKE HIS 12TH PITCH THAT INNINNG! YOU OBVIOUSLY KN OW NOTHING ABOUT TEH BASBALL

  • Christopher

    Was Posada having a word at the end of the inning about the umps inconsistent strike zone.

  • bobtaco

    Bueno.

  • Jake K

    Haven’t seen too many swinging strikes from Joba tonight.

  • dkidd

    we’re winning this game

  • southernyankeefan

    WOW ESPN has joba at 43 pitches 19 for strikes that is not a good ratio.

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

      He always got by on stuff more than control, but those numbers need to get better.

  • Bob Stone

    Pitch Count after three innings (PC/ST):

    Joba – 43/19
    Porcello – 43/25

    Which bullpen comes into the game first?

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

    Well. That inning could have been A LOT worse. What’s TEHH Jobber’s highest pitch count this year? My guess is 98 or 99. I could be wrong.

    • southernyankeefan

      threw 93 against cleveland.

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

        I thought in an earlier start he went 99 through 6.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      thought you were planning on doing a chat for the league?

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

        Too tired. No RSVP’s. Maybe next week.

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

    You know, with the vastly improved plate discipline from Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera (not to mention Ramiro Pena having patience at the plate), this entire lineup is void of a hack-at-anything hitter.

  • dkidd

    it’s about to be 2-1

  • pat

    BAh, robbie killed that.

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

    That trivia question is hard. Looked it up, no idea who that guy was haha.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      was it Will Ledezma ?

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

        Nope.

  • Yankee1010

    Cano doesn’t make soft outs. That pitch would have went through the wall if it wasn’t caught.

  • Joey

    Gameday doesn’t seem right, Porcellos pitches are being caught an inch above the ground and Gameday shows they’re an inch below the strike zone.

    • Joey

      Everything on Gameday seems lower on TV, even that 3rd pitch to Posada looked right on the bottom corner, on Gameday it had it mid way up the plate

    • Nady Nation

      The first strike to Jorge almost hit the ground. Brutal call

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

    Is it me or does Joba not get that call?

  • Yankee1010

    I just started watching – has Porcello been getting the call below the knees the whole game?

    • Joey

      nah, but he does get it once and awhile which Joba doesn’t at all

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

    “MATSTEWY IS STILL GOING…”

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

    Hah. Hit and run with Matsui on first and Posada at the plate.

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

      And then Posada stole second. Awesome.

      • Raf

        out of control. haha

  • A.D.

    WOW When was the last time that happened.

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

    Nice job, Leyland.

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

      I think he’s drunk.

      He is good buddies with Tony LaRussa.

  • southernyankeefan

    Posada with a SB i like it.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Posada with blazing speed.

  • Christopher

    Stolen base for Posada?

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

    Yikes. When Posada steals a base on you, you know you’re too slow to the plate.

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

    Did Jorge Posada seriously just steal a base? o-o

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

      Watch, if he gets to third he’s going to steal home .

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

    Run Jorgey! Run! I can use some SB’s for my fantasy team. Since Upton doesn’t want to get on base lately.

  • Accent Shallow

    With Nick Swisher batting, Jorge Posada (1) steals 2nd base.

    WHAT? I’m assuming the ball got away from Laird, no?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      No throw. Bad pitch int he dirt.

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

      Swisher doesn’t get cheated on his swings. I’d like to see a smoother swing. Cut back on some swinging strikes and falling to 1 knee

  • dkidd

    matsui and posada can change a game with their speed

  • RunnerS122

    Matsui legs out a triple
    Molina hits a grand slam
    Posada steals second

    Definitely thinking the apocalypse is coming

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

    Don’t walk Swish, Melky will fuck this rally up.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      How about a HR?

    • Drew

      Like yesterday? C’mon man.

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

    Awesome.

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

    Nick Swisher.

  • Drew

    haha.

  • Joey

    SWISHER BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jake

    Nick Swisher = Son of Mo

  • southernyankeefan

    Swisher is back!!!!!!!

  • A.D.

    that will get the runs home

  • Christopher

    Swisher’s back!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Swisher is freaking awesome!!

  • Bob Stone

    YEAH Swish!!!

  • CP3

    the swish-norris

  • Will

    That was almost a check-swing home run.

  • Nady Nation

    Swishhhhh

  • Accent Shallow

    In play, run(s).

    Love it!

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

    Swisher is the MAN!

  • manimal

    Hell yeah.

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

    THE SWISHER PICKER-UPPER!

  • Klemy

    SWISH!!!!!!!

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

    Hey, just like last night… I show up, and good things start happening.

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

    Swisher is my homey.

  • southernyankeefan

    “activity in the bullpen.”

    that is the best thing ive heard from the espn crew tonight.

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

      Heh.

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

    Wait, Gameday says Posada stole second?

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

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

      He pissed on his feet tonight.

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

    Quote of the night from above:

    “Matsui legs out a triple
    Molina hits a grand slam
    Posada steals second

    Definitely thinking the apocalypse is coming”

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Gawker calls it the aporkalypse.

    • southernyankeefan

      yes i enjoyed that one too.

  • Drew

    Eh. Jeter, wtf

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

    And the wheels are off the bus for young Mr. Porcello.

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

    Porcello.

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

      should be in the minors still no?

      I can’t believe I hit add comment before I even wrote more than is name. Heh.

  • Jake

    BULLPEN TIME!

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Porcello is destined for the closer’s role.

  • Joey

    And Jeter’s hustle gets the Yanks another run (with Damon’s hit)

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

    New thread?

  • A.D.

    Annnd out in the 4th, maybe they should have let him pitch at AA & AAA first.

  • Christopher

    Jim Leyland is way past the age where men should stop wearing sports apparel.

  • Ace

    Just heard John Sterling’s home run call for Nick Swisher for the 1st time…

    “And that’s why he’s Jolly ole Saint Nick!”

    What is his call for Teixeira?

  • Raf

    quick hook for Porcello.

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

    I am trying to not get excited about facing Detroit’s bullpen for 4.1 innings, but it’s really, really hard.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    THANK MO our phenom lasted longer than their phenom.