Game 22: Start of a streak?

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Game 22 Spillover Thread

Bobby Abreu with the AngelsThe Bombers are coming off two big wins in Detroit and two impressive starting pitching performances, but their bane comes marching in to the New Stadium tonight for a four game series. The Angels have beat the Yanks down the last few years, but the Halos are decimated by injuries and the unfortunate passing of Nick Adenhart. Young Anthony Ortega is making his second career start tonight, having allowed five runs in five innings against the Mariners last Saturday.

A nice little side story to tonight’s game is Bobby Abreu’s return to the Bronx. Bobby put up two-and-a-half productive years with the Yanks, and has been just as productive with Anaheim. He’s hitting .368-.430-.434 and is third in the AL with eight steals. (Who saw that coming?) Bobby has yet to hit a homer this year, but I’m guessing he’ll finish this four game set with at least one. I’ll give him a nice hand from my seat in the bleachers, but first plate appearance only. After that, I’m going for blood.

The lineup:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Matsui, DH
Cano, 2B
Posada, C
Swisher, RF
Melky, CF
Pena, 3B

And on the mound, number thirty-four, AJ Burnett.

Credit: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

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Game 22 Spillover Thread
  • Drew

    I know a lot of people rag on Bobby, rightfully so, I wish he was still a Yankee though. Especially for 5 mil.

    • andrew

      Agreed. What a bargain the Angels got. I know he plays terrible defense, but I still liked him for his consistency and plate discipline.

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

        Meh.

        The BA is sky high, but he’s currently OPS+’ing 121. Last year, his OPS+ was… 120.

        And last year’s OPS+ of 120 was still fairly worthless, as all the offense he produced (+22.4 wRAA) he gave back on the other end with his horrid range (-25.6 UZR).

        I’ll still pass. You’re a great hitter, Bobby, but since we still have Hideki entrenched at DH, I’m glad you’re not on my team anymore.

  • Drew

    Over/Under, 30 Hr’s for Swish?
    I say over, especially if he has a hot hitting Cano behind him when Al comes back.

    • Rich

      I’ll say over, although I think he’ll hit between 28-32.

      I expect Cano to move up in the lineup as the season wears on.

      • Drew

        I think with Swish’s OBP, he’ll stay in front of Robbie.

  • Tony

    Why applaud Abreu? He decayed for 3 years here and they didn’t do anything of consequence. When he stops hitting .370 his OBP will be way down too, because that plate discipline continues to erode.

    And finally, he would have nowhere to play here.

    • Tony

      To clarify, I’m not saying boo him… but it’s not exactly Bernie Williams returning.

      • dudes

        he was a nice player that contributed well. he never really did anything wrong and seemed to have a positive effect on young players.

        no it’s not tino returning–i.e. no standing ovation for bobby. light applause…why not?

    • pat

      And finally, he would have nowhere to play here.

      Nowhere does Mike say he wishes Abreu was on this team. The dude was a productive hitter and all around nice guy for a couple years, why wouldn’t the fans at least give him a round of applause before his first at-bat?

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

        Agreed. I don’t want Abreu on the 2009 Yankees. Doesn’t mean I can’t show appreciation for the good things he did while he was here (even if they were outweighed by bad things.)

        It’s called courtesy.

    • Drew

      Good player and a seemingly great guy. Why not give him a big ovation?

    • Rich

      His OPS+ was 138 in 2006 (partial season), 114 in 2007, and 120 in 2008. So while he has declined from the 140-150 OPS+ guy he was 5+ years ago, to say that he is decaying is a little strong.

      The reason they didn’t do anything of consequence is that their pitching wasn’t that good in the postseason.

      Actually, according to Bill James, players tend to have better strikezone judgment as they age, but because his SLG has declined, pitchers probably throw him more strikes.

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

      Abreu was always a class act, and was more than willing to return to the Yanks, who declined to offer him a contract.

      I’m glad the Yanks passed, I think he’s a major regression candidate sometime soon, but I still wish him well and would cheer if I was at tonight’s game.

      • Tom Zig

        Better to let them go a year early than a year too late

        • Drew

          Even to a one year deal? That doesn’t make much sense.

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

            Yes, even to a one year deal, if we have nowhere to play him.

            He’s clearly behind Swisher and Nady and Damon, and probably tied with Matsui, but all those players have contracts.

            • Drew

              I disagree, Nady? He’s not a proven AL hitter and while Bobby’s wall defense wasn’t good, his overall defense + arm wasn’t bad. I wanted us to trade Nady and sign Bobby, when he went for 5 mil, I was pissed.

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

                Nady’s a righty, Bobby’s a lefty. We have too many lefty hitters as it is.

                Plus, Nady’s below average defense limits the value of his offensive production, but Bobby’s traveshamockery of a trainwreck defense negates his offensive production entirely.

                Nady >>>>>>>>>>> Bobby

                Not worth it.

  • Matt-Pitt

    I’m calling Tex’s breaking out party this game. Nice time to do it. Finish off April on a positive note to lead into a more positive May.

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

    Has anyone else thought about the fact that when A-Rod returns, one of Hideki Matsui/Jorge Posada or Robinson Canó will likely be batting seventh and Swisher 8th?

    That’s kind of amazing.

    ***

    Any of you guys play Pandemic? It’s the most addicting thing ever, but @#$@#$ Madagascar won’t close it’s ports. Anyway I’m still on page 13 and definitley still fucked.

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

      I think you have to keep Swish and Jorge in front of Cano. Get good OBP guys in front of him so he can drive them in.

      • Drew

        Swish definitely, Jorge should be behind him tho, he’s way too slow.

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

          So you’d have Jorge bat seventh?

          Jorge could be a clean up guy or 5 guy on a lot of teams (which is kind of the point here)

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

            Jorge could be a clean up guy or 5 guy on a lot of teams

            Nah. But I think the sixth spot is good for him in this lineup because he would break up the lefties. (Although I would rather put him in the seventh spot.) Behold:

            Jeter SS
            Damon LF
            Tex 1B
            “A-Boob” 3B
            Matsui DH
            Posada
            Cano 2B
            Swisher RF
            Melky CF

            • Drew

              Having speed at the bottom is pointless with Matsui and Jorge in front of them.
              Jete
              Damon
              Teix
              Al
              Swish(while he’s over 380 obp)
              Rob
              Jorge
              Matsui
              Melk

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

              Still, the way Canó’s been hitting, to hit him seventh…

              And Swisher 8th with that .obp?!

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

                Bill Mueller won the batting title hitting out of the #8 hole for the Sox, and Cano nearly accomplished the same feat in 2006.

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

                  Where did we rank offensively in 06?

    • Tom Zig

      That’s an awesome game. Only won it once.

    • Stephen

      damn it, now I have another excuse not to write my paper

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

        I still have 7 more pages to write. You?

        • Tom Zig

          What is your paper on?

          • Stephen

            About 10 or so pages on the Afghan insurgency and strategies for counterinsurgency. Y’all?

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

            Judaism and natural law. I completley blew TSJC’s mind when I c/ped a paragraph for him.

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

              I was speechless. I was without speech.

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

          I’ve got about 5 pages of Canterbury writing to do.

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

    Ben, to answer your earlier thread I agree that small samples can be useful, and in some instances should trump all prior stats. For example, lets say Player X has recently sustained a knee injury, and as a result is a bit late on inside fastballs, particularly from same handed pitchers. Player X might have great career Righty-Righty platoon splits, but right now he couldn’t hit a hard throwing Righty if his life depended on it. People who only look at stats would completely miss this.

    Advance scouting is all about using very small samples to get and idea of where a player is at any given point in time. Every team understands its value, but unfortunately many fans dont. And yes, you have to use your eyes and watch the games to pick these things up. That’s not to say teams/fans shouldn’t use statistical analysis, they should do both. Its not an either/or situation the way many fans on both sides of this divide seem to think.

  • ARX

    One of only 2 matchups in sports that makes me literally cringe and ‘brace for the worst’ whenever I see it on the upcoming schedule. Could really use a strong one from AJ to set the tone.

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

      What’s the other?

      • ARX

        Jets-Patriots :(

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

          You and me both, kid.

          That collapse last season, oy vey.

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

            Meh, I feel better about Jets-Pats going forward, now that we have an offensive line again, a real attacking defense, and no longer have Chad Pennington in our employ.

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

      I felt that way when Torre was the manager, Scioscia really used to embarrass him and managed circles around him, usually with inferior talent. But I’m willing to give Girardi a fresh start, and think things will get better as Girardi gets more of his types of players on this team. Last year, he inherited an aging, flawed Torre team with no pitching. Lets see what happens this year.

  • pat

    People said a black man would be elected President when pigs fly. SWINE FLU BITCHESSS

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

      Pat, you’re a degenerate fucko :)

      • pat

        True statement.

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

      that ain’t original.

      GAH WHY AM I STILL ON PAGE 13?!?!

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

        13 of how many?

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

          20.

          I’m nearly on 14 though.

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

            Dayum. I’m on page 1 of a 3-5 pg paper due tonight, and I’m kinda f*cked myself. When is yours due?

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

              Tomorrow, 1 PM. I’ve done 7 pages in a night, before, and started that one at midnight…so I’m not that worried. I’m firmly within the doable-in-a-night territory.

            • Thomas

              My group (4 people including myself) just turned in our senior design report, about 150 pages.

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

                That’s insane. What was it about?

                • Thomas

                  It was the design of an offshore oil terminal.

                • pat

                  OMG Matsui’s so finished why did teh blockhead girardi start him?

                • pat

                  Ugh wrong spot, idiot.

            • Drew

              I got a 7 page research paper due tomorrow at midnight and a 4-5 pg paper due tomorrow at 2. Working on the 2 o clock one now. The end of the semester sucks.

              • andrew

                12 page research paper tomorrow at midnight. yes, the end of the semester certainly does suck.

      • Thomas
  • Drew

    Who wants to see some homeruns!?

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

      ME ME ME!!!

  • dkidd

    we play today, we win today

    hoping the wind is not too crazy tonight

  • Matt-Pitt

    Thought that inside pitch was a strike..

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

    God damn the seats behind home are EMPTAYYY

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Jeter said he didn’t realize it until he read about it. Not the brightest bulb that cap’n.

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

        Too bad. The people with the most money should pay the most regardless of whether they are part of the team or not.

  • southernyankeefan

    So i see the price drop didnt sell too many extra seats.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Well… Not exactly a good way to start the game….

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

    Aysh. This could be painful And with Kay and Flaherty in the booth…

    Can we go back to Detroit?

  • Andrew

    Every seat behind home plate is empty…. embarrassing.

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

    How much movement would you say Burnett has on his fastball?

  • dkidd

    not just home plate. half the stadium is empty

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

      I’ll be there Saturday.

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

        I just got tickets for Saturday.

        309 Row 7

        You?

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

          Not sure. Definitely field level. See you there.

  • Matt-Pitt

    That is not a good 2 strike pitch…

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

    Woo hoo Bobby. Fantasy points for me on a travel day!

  • E-ROC

    I have strong dislike for Chone Figgins.

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

      I love Chone Figgins.

      I don’t love that he plays for the Angels.

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

    That was quick.

    I just realized that Burnett looks a little stoned in his profile pic.

  • I-MAC

    Molina should be catching tonight. He calls a far better game than Posada and is superior defensively. Plus, AJ all but said it was poor pitch selection that led to his bad outing last time out. This is a poor managerial decision by Girardi.

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

      Take that to LoHud.

    • pat

      Posada only hits 375x better than molina. Other than that, horrible, horrible managerial decision.

    • Drew

      Yeah, last time I checked, veteran pitchers throw what they want. If they don’t get a chemistry now, they never will. And actually he did say it was poor pitch selection on his part, not “all but.”

      • andrew

        There are other veteran pitchers who trust the catcher in essentially every situation though.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I think Jose is a better catcher for AJ but Jorge’s bat is needed in the lineup. Girardi doesn’t have a choice. He’s not going to sit a hot Matsui to DH Posada.

  • Andrew

    So… thus far, is it safe to say, the stadium has been a major disappointment? Noise? Non-existent. Capacity crowds? Nope. Excessive amounts of HR’s, at levels never seen? Check.

    Jesus.

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

      I don’t get the noise issue. It seemed fine to me when Joel Osteen had his event there.

    • pat

      There’s been a grand total of 6 home games. Three of which the temp was about 40 and it was windy and rainy.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Could’ve been worse

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

      Could’ve been better.

      Love,
      The MSM

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

    You hear the roll call for Bobby?

    • LiveFromNewYork

      The creatures loved Bobby.

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

    Hey so, um, let’s tag Ortega okay guys?

    And that first called strike to Damon was way outside.

  • putt

    Anybody else hate how Kay always says, “So-and-so (usually Matsui) tries to pull an outside pitch and grounds weakly….” It comes across very smarmy.

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

      EVERYTHING Kay says comes across as smarmy.

      • putt

        touche

  • Brooklyn Ed

    dudes, Damon had been swinging at balls. where’s the patience?

  • Drew

    Teix!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Teix. awesome?

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

    I like the arm-side run on Ortega’s fastball. What does BA project him as? Eyeballing it, he looks like a future #4.

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

      “Ortega won just 18 games in his first four pro seasons before earning 14 victories in 2008, when the Angels named him their minor league pitcher of the year. He cemented his breakthrough season by winning five of his six AAA starts. Ortega took off once he started doing a better job of pitching down in the zone and generating more groundouts. His best pitch is his fastball, which ranges from 90-95 mph. He has enhanced his fastball with improved feel for his changeup. His curveball is an average pitch. He does a good job of throwing strikes and keeping his pitch counts down, which allowed him to work at least six innings in 20 of his 28 starts last season. Ortega doesn’t have an out pitch, so he has to be pinpoint with his location. He doesn’t beat himself with walks but he’s hittable because he’s always around the zone. Limke many young pitchers, he can do a better job of repeating his pitches. He must work on his focus and avoid the mental lapses that plague him at times. While he doesn’t have a high ceiling, Ortega could become a No 4 starter in the majors. If the Angels don’t resign Jon Garland or add a veteran to replace him, Ortega will compete for the final spot…”

      BA prospect handbook 2009 p 230

      I now have carpel tunnel.

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

        I now have carpel tunnel.

        Use it to get out of writing your paper?

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

          Tempting, but I already used my aunt’s death on all my other papers…

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

        Damn, I’m good.

        Thanks for the report!

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

    Damn, Matsui’s got LEGS.

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

      and he knows how to use them.

  • southernyankeefan

    Fuck yeah shit tits!!!

  • Matt-Pitt

    Niceeee

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Matsui reeks of awesomeness.

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

    Booyakasha.

  • dkidd

    matsui’s got a lot of porn left in his briefcase

    • pat

      icwudt,ietc.

  • pat

    OMG Matsui’s so finished why did teh blockhead girardi start him?

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

    Here we go again…

  • Matt-Pitt

    That lead lasted long…

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

      dude, we never had a lead.

      • Matt-Pitt

        Good point, that was my fault.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    I seriously hope Youkilis miss the Boston series.

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

    A.J. you’re hurting my feelings.

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

    Good for my fantasy team, bad for the Yankees.

  • southernyankeefan

    Man AJ is not looking to great so far hopefully he can get it together.

  • Sal

    the place is a band box

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

      Could be, but can’t judge it on that home run. That was pretty deep.

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

    Man Burnett does not look very good :/

    What happened, AJ?

  • dkidd

    any chance aj is tipping his pitches? even the outs have been hit hard

    • pete

      no, but a-rod is

  • Matt-Pitt

    When you walk Kendrick, something is wrong.

  • Chip

    This is going to be a long game for Posada

  • Joey

    Just got home, whats up with AJ?

  • I-MAC

    Pat – This is a game where you start your best defensive catcher. The angels are a running team and Molina has the much better arm. Posada is already calling a horrible game. AJ hates pitching to this guy. He all but said so after the boston game. What’s that…. 2 stolen bases already for the angels?

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

      You do realize that it’s part of the pitchers’ responsibility to hold runners on, right? It’s not just the catcher.

      Both Jorge and Matsui are hitting well and should remain in the lineup until one of them stops doing so, and that means no Molina for the time being.

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

      Oy, use the threaded comments. Makes it easier to follow =)

    • Drew

      If Aj hates pitching to our catcher he should stfu. Why the hell would even say that?

    • pat

      How can you possibly know Posada is calling a terrible game? Because Burnett is getting hit around? Abreu stole on a pitch that was low and outside, nobody was gonna throw him out there. Posada is the starting catcher, he and Burnett need to get on the same page.

  • dkidd

    angel’s only squeeze when they feel like handing a playoff series to the red sox

  • Ivan

    Gotta get Aybar here.

  • dkidd

    aj: why do you suck?
    jorge: why do YOU suck?

  • dkidd

    wind, meet swisher

  • Ivan

    Wow, Aybar with a little power, breaks bat and the ball still went to the warning track yikes.

  • Accent Shallow

    I hate this team of banjo-hitting waterbugs.

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

    Damn, Nick Swisher’s not a lump in the outfield.

    Burnett’s getting hit HARD. Can’t imagine he’s long for the game if he keeps this up.

    Then again, with the bullpen…

  • Blackdragon905

    Wow the bat completely shattered and the ball still made it to the warning track lol.

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

    Nice pitch there. Hopefully he settles down a bit. Makes me look bad with starts like this.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    dude seriously, where’s the patience?

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

    Damn you, gameday. Why do I have to pay for video highlights now?

  • Kelvz

    Heh, maybe this is like the opposite of the Boston game for AJ. Starts shaky but ends up strong.

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

    WOW this umpire is giving Ortega A LOT of room off the outside corner to LHH.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hey, Melky does something useful!

    • Drew

      What else is new…?

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

    Melky, you tease.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    at least, Melky is still keeping the fire hot.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Didn’t Mussina insist on Jose catching him? Maybe AJ/Jorge just aren’t a good match.

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

    Kay, please don’t compare Lowell to Alex.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      that sounded like board scratching to my ears. bummer.

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

      I’m assuming it was about the hip surgery. Wouldn’t Chase Utley be a better comp?

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

    Leche, Leche!

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

    Way to go, Melky.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Pena should had put a little more power to that swing.

  • pat

    If Arod’s not running the bases, sliding, fielding or facing any real pitching I can’t see how he’ll be back in a week.

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

      Agreed. He’s going to need at least 2 I would think.

    • Drew

      he did slide today.

      • pat

        Where’d you hear that?

        • Drew

          I think on the pregame. They said he slid on mats. I don’t know exactly what that means but he did slide on something.

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

    Attention:

    Please stop with these smoking commercials. Please.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Really. No one who smokes thinks that any of that extreme stuff is going to happen to them and anyone who doesn’t smoke does not want to hear it.

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

        I think it’s useful for young kids who may get tempted into smoking, and it could serve as a deterrent to them. While there will always be people who smoke, having fewer is better.

        • Drew

          I’ll handle my little bro. I don’t need to see that shit during baseball.

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

            Drew = head hall monitor.

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

            Haha. But they need to reach out to kids, and kids watch baseball, so the message will hit home there.

  • Accent Shallow

    I really, really hate the Angels. Four game sweep plz.

  • Drew

    Yeah let’s talk about Ellsbury stealing home. WTF is wrong with these people? Do we really want to see this. Assholes.

  • Drew

    Jorge called some good pitches that inning. LOL

  • Accent Shallow

    Let’s hit this scrub hard, please.

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

    Nice easy inning, A.J. Keep it up, dude.

  • Kelvz

    Well there you go AJ. Hope he can keep that up.

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

    Man, the Angels have been around a lot longer than I realized.

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

    Goodbye!!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Damon reeks of awesomeness. :D

  • pat

    Bandbox.

    • TC

      Jetstreams

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

        Steroids.

  • Slu

    Guess he feels OK!

  • Kelvz

    Damon!! Yeah!

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

    Wooooo!

  • dkidd

    come on tex

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

    Take advantage of teh bandbox!

  • Ivan

    The way the ball is flying in right field, I might wanna take a few swings right now especially if the pitcher is Igawa.

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

      Heh. Igawa would K you 1, 2, 3.

      • Ivan

        But I’ll be batting form the right side.

        • pat

          Professional pitcher > Ivan

          • TC

            Abreu strikes again

            • TC

              Reply fail

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

          Haha.

          You should of said, The way the ball is flying in right field, I might wanna take a few swings right now especially if the pitcher is Mike Pop.

  • dkidd

    longoria clears the bases against beckett

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

      Woot Woot! Fantasy points baby. I have both him and Pujols. My friends are idiots.

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

        I have Pujols and Utley on one team.

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

          Let me add Manny to make my trifecta better than yours.

          • pat

            Mike Pop’s trifecta brings all the boys to the yard.

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

            Yeah, I have Manny on that team, too.

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

              Damnit Matt.

              My others are Cano, Hardy, Russell Martin, Carl Crawford, Elijah Dukes, Adam Jones, and Stephen Drew on the DL.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Hanley and Pujols on my team.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Yep, his knees are okay now.

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

    Dude, when did Matsui get a leg transplant?

  • Ivan

    Hey Romine hit his 1st hr of the season.

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

    Anyone want to go to tomorrow’s game? I have an extra ticket, section 210.

    The Big 3(Mike/Ben/Joe), TSJC, Rebecca, Mike Pop, Pat, Matt or anyone else I missed, consider this an invite.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      ahhh damn, work gets in the way once again. head meets desk.

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

        If any of you guys can meet me at the stadium, its yours. If not, I’ll give them away to a customer tomorrow.

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

      I feel special!

      Thanks for the invite man, but I wouldn’t be able to make it.

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

        That’s cool, some other time.

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

      Just got a ticket for Saturday…have two classes tomorrow so can’t really go, alas, but appreciate the invite!

      Another time, sure!

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

        Not to mention she’s afraid of this happening:

        http://tinyurl.com/ck37ch

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

        Don’t worry, I have the full season. This will happen again, and probably soon. I always have extra April and May games, June-September usually get snapped up.

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

      :( Still up at school.

      Anyone else going to the game May 16?

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

        No, but am going may 22 and june 7. And saturday.

        As long as no one dies again.

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

          I think it’s time to put an end to all the death talk.

          I don’t want to sound like an asshole and in no way am trying to make your loss not seem important, but it seems like every post I read of yours makes reference to it. If this offends you, I am truly sorry. Just my opinion.

    • pat

      Ugh I gotta get up mad early saturday morning or I would take u up on that, thanks though.

  • dkidd

    someone tell napoli the point of a beard is to HIDE your triple chin

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

      . . . or lack of a chin.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hearing Kay call this came is like coming back from vacation. Ugh.

  • Stryker

    his name is jesse barfield. (trivia answer)

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

      U mad?

      (for some reason, that’s been on my mind lately and you’re the only one here who’d get it)

      • Stryker

        hahahaha nice. that phrase isn’t used as much over there anymore.

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

          That’s unfortunate, really. Every time I hear that or hear “Oh peace, (name)” I think of mikeford. I wonder what ever happened to that crazy fucker.

  • Drew

    Kay sounded disappointed that was foul.

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

    How was that throw not in time?

    • Brooklyn Ed

      beats me, I thought he was out for sure.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Posada is not having a great time.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      game*

  • dkidd

    pena >>>>> berransom

  • Ivan

    Angels baseball=Stupid aggression no?

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

      Can be, if you make them pay for it.

    • Accent Shallow

      All I know is that it’s completely infuriating with Posada catching.

  • pat

    Holy shit there was nobody in right field HAHA.

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

    Ugh, I’m still on page 14…

    I have completley BS’d for nine pages now…

    • dkidd

      remember david cone. some days he had nothing, but he would figure out a way to win

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

        Oh, I know. I’ve just never tried 20 pages in two days before.

  • Drew

    Pena is fast. He needs to go to the minors and learn how to steal.

    • dkidd

      someone in the stands yelled “wall” and bobby flinched

  • pat

    ABREUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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

    The Cap’n!!!!

    Lol @ Abreu!

  • Drew

    YAY!!!

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

    Ah, good ol’ Bobby Abreu.

    • kSturnz

      he does have a sweet swing, though.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Jeter reeks of freaking awesomeness! :D

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

    How awesome is it to have a 3B with legs?

    Nice clutch from the cap’n.

  • Nady Nation

    Oooooooooohh Bobby

  • Ivan

    Hey Abreu still sucks at RF.

  • Blackdragon905

    the captain!

  • Stryker

    CAPTAIN CLUTCH!

  • Tom Zig

    Bobby Abreu fielding fail

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

    J-E-E-T JEET JEET JEET.

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

      JSKEET JSKEET JSKEET

      Fixed.

  • Drew

    Michael Kay sucks.

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

      “Ball hit deep”!!!

      Come on, Kay.

  • Steve in MN

    good ol Jete

  • dkidd

    and beckett is getting knocked around. first place is 6 days away

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

    I’m enjoying the fact that Jon Lester and Josh Beckett have been getting tattooed in each of their past two starts.

    Greatest pitching staff in history, right?

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

      Send ’em to the ‘pen.

    • dkidd

      and smoltz was just shut down for a week

    • Accent Shallow

      Eh, I don’t worry about the Sox unless they’re playing the Yankees.

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

        I’m always keepin’ an eye on those fuckers.

  • Darth Stein

    Now that is the Abreu I remember!

  • Drew

    Damon Damon Damon…

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

    I would love Chone Figgins as a utility player.

    Too bad it won’t happen.

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

    Aye, AJ, this is not cool.

  • kunaldo

    damn it burnett!!!

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

    Allan James, you are killing me.

  • dkidd

    i would love figgins to go to the national league where he belongs

  • 27 this year

    burnett can’t hold a lead.

  • Accent Shallow

    Sit down Figgins!

    • Will

      I could have used the fantasy steal.
      Whatever lol.

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

    Heh, they were playing the intro song to Smallville (“… somebody save me…”) in the Trop when Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell went out to talk to Josh Beckett.

  • Ivan

    Nice!!!

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    It must be Jorge’s fault that he set up middle-in and the pitch was outside. That awful Posada game calling.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

    Are both him and Beckett trying to out due each others crappiness?

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

      Wouldn’t be the first time.

      • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

        I know. The Yankees need to un sync both of them so they pitch on the same day.

  • Slu

    They are going to take the lead right back.

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    For anyone who is watching the game on Mlb.com’s gameday, I would strongly suggest you use, ESPN’s gamecast. I like it much better it shows you the balls path, where the players like to hit it, what part of the plate they like it on, the predicted winner, and some other junk. I just felt like saying this because gameday decided to take away the cool stuff.

    • Drew

      They don’t do velocity and pitch though..

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

        Oh, I didn’t even notice that, I guess it’s because I’m actually watching the game also.

        • Drew

          Yeah, I usually have Gameday on because YES can’t afford a good gun nor a K-Zone.

  • Ivan

    I got a question, Who do u have more confidence of bouncing back this season?

    CMW or Dice-K?

    • Slu

      Can I cheat and say I think they will both bounce back?

      • Ivan

        I guess.

    • Steve O.

      That’s a good question.

      While neither Wang’s nor Matsuzaka’s peripherals are all that great, I would give the edge to CMW. Dice-K walks far too many, but with a good strikeout rate and CMW doesn’t walk many and has a low K rate. Oh yeah, and CMW is a sinkerballer and when he gets that pitch going, he’ll be lights out.

  • Jake K

    I think I finally understand the Burnett contract. He somehow manages to look good while giving up a run an inning.

    • Darth Stein

      Not from where I am sitting.

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

        Type of pitcher A.J. is. Can look amazing one night, and horrible his next time out.

  • Ivan

    Great job by the sixers against the howardless magics.

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

    Hey Artist formerly known as The Steve, did you give that ticket for tomorrow away yet?

    I’m game…

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

      Nope, its all yours. Can you meet me at the stadium?

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

        Yes indeedy. I work three blocks from there. What time?

        All my info is here, btw (via Facebook)
        http://ow.ly/4COK

  • Accent Shallow

    So that was a stellar inning.

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

    Abreu’s hair is wild.

  • kSturnz

    would the yanks have let Bobby grow that mullet?

  • Ivan

    No Flarity, Burnett is not throwing a slider u idiot. It’s a curveball.

  • Drew

    Damn, Swisher is the man.

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

    Ya. Abreu would of done that.

  • dkidd

    abreu would’ve had that

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

    Man I love watching Swisher.

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

    Damn, that replay was pretty funny.

  • Accent Shallow

    Why would you send the catcher with Kendrick up?

  • dkidd

    way to take the bat out of kendrick’s hands, mike

  • 27 this year

    Posada is actually doing decent at throwing runners out. Considering his arm, he has held his own and isn’t a liability in that way to such a degree. Obviously Molina is better at that but Posada is not doing bad.

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

    The Angels are fucking stupid.

  • Ivan

    Angels are good for 3 dumb plays per game.