Game 5: Girardi keeps balancing the lineup

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Game Five Spillover Thread

In Spring Training, Joe Girardi said that he’d find enough at bats for Nick Swisher, who lost the right field competition — though it wasn’t really a competition — to Xavier Nady. Swish sat on the bench for the opener and Game 2, but came on strong in Games 3 and 4. To make sure that Swish continues to get at bats, especially while he’s hot, Girardi has slotted him in left field for Johnny Damon tonight.

This is the kind of balance Girardi will have to find all season. Sometimes he’ll have to go with the hot hand, but if everyone’s hitting it’s going to be a tough balance. The early indication, though, is that he knows what he’s going to do. That’s all we can ask for at this point.

Here’s the big question: if Hideki puts up another 0-for today, does he get another day off tomorrow? He has just one hit and no walks in 10 plate appearances, and that he’s hitting in the middle of the order doesn’t help his case. HIs at bats haven’t looked particularly good either, as he’s trying to pull a lot of outside pitches and has been stepping in the bucket with a frequency you’d like not to see in a major leaguer. It’s early, and I have complete faith that Hideki will come around and help the lineup. For the time being, though, it might be better to stick with the guys who are hitting, which includes Nick Swisher.

Brett Gardner gets the start again tonight, which is slightly surprising at first glance. Girardi stressed that Melky Cabrera didn’t lose the center field battle, and with a lefty on the mound it would seem a prime opportunity to get him at bats. Yet Melky is demonstrably worse as a righty hitter — .648 OPS over his career vs .725 as lefty. One has to wonder, then, how Girardi will work him into the lineup…if he does at all.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, LF Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B Nick Swisher, 1B
4. Hideki Matsui, DH
5. Jorge Posada, C
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Xavier Nady, RF
8. Cody Ransom, 3B
9. Brett Gardner, CF

And on the mound, No. 52, Carsten Charles Sabathia

Late Update by Mike: Kat O’Brien is reported that Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup with a sore left wrist. Swisher slides in at first and Damon will man left after all. It’s probably just a precaution, he’s been driving the ball pretty well the last few days.

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Game Five Spillover Thread
  • Spaceman.Spiff

    I would’ve liked to see Jeter-Cano-Swisher-Tex if Tex were healthy and Damon was sitting but this works too.

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

      I’d have no problem with that lineup.

    • Drew

      I’d slot Cano behind Tex because of OBP. But right now it doesn’t matter with the way Cano is playing.

  • Drew

    Papelbonbon up on the ropes!

    • Chip

      Please let him blow this. Just the put down that teams needs right now

  • El Generalissimo

    Not good if Tex is out a few days the lineup gets shorter and shorter… AROD WHERE ARE YOU!?

  • zack

    How did Rivera not bunt there: no outs, down by 1, bottom of the 9th, runner on 2nd. Ugh

    • zack

      And with the bottom of the order coming up too. Now, of course, the runner hasn’t moved and they are down to their last out. Inexcusable.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

        Not to mention how analysts love to talk about how Mike Soscia’s “small ball” tactics.

    • Drew

      Surprising with Sciosca.

      • zack

        Exactly! Even more head asploading…

  • LosingOurHeads

    Good to see Girardi is comfortable with this balancing act.

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

    Everyone on LoHud is ready to jump off a bridge. It makes my head hurt.

    • zack

      For what reason, b/c of Tex?

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

        Yeah.

        I understand it could be serious, but why freak when you don’t know yet?

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

          WHY THE FUCK IS THIS BURRITO TAKING THIS LONG TO COOK IN THIS MICROWAVE?!?!?!?!?!?!???!?!?!?!?!

        • zack

          Well, they ARE lohud posters

          • Soylent Green is Sheeple

            exctly.

            if you look under rocks, expect to see bugs fucking.

            don’t wanna see bugs fucking?

            don’t look under rocks.

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

              IETC

    • Drew

      Let ’em maybe Fat Abert will follow.

    • Pel

      Aside from A-Rod’s injury, people forget that this lineup was our opening day lineup prior to Cashman swooping in on Teixeira.

  • pat

    This is why Angels fans are pussies. If this was Yankee Stadium the place would be absolutely rocking right now.

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

      Are you talking about the Angels fans or the Sox fans? I’m not sure this is a road game for Boston…

      • pat

        well then they’re pussies for not selling out a game against the sox.

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

          Meh, getting mad at Angelenos for not caring about sports is like getting mad a the mentally impaired for being mentally impaired.

          They’re left coasters, they’re detached aloof bastards. What are you gonna do.

    • manimal

      because its partially sox fans

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

      This is why Angels fans Californians are pussies. If this was Yankee Stadium the place would be absolutely rocking right now.

      Fixed.

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

    Should the Angels pinch run for Napoli now?

  • Steve O.

    There’s nothing more that I hate to see than that douchebag Papelbon celebrate.

    Here’s to hoping he doesn’t.

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

      Come on, HK-47!

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

        With every pitch, this swings more in Howie’s favor.

        • Steve O.

          I’m mildly surprised Kendrick flew out. I thought he was going to come up with some of that Angel magic.

          I read a piece about the similarities of Kendrick and Cano earlier in the season from ESPN. They thought Kendrick was more likely to bounceback because he’s bouncing back from an injury rather than Cano, who has to bounce back from “sucking.” Different animals.

          Cano is going to own Kendrick this season, and in their respective careers.

  • manimal

    Pap blows saves in bunches, so even if he doesnt blow it today he will suck the next couple appearences

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    How has he not thrown a slider yet to Kendrick?

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

      nevermind

  • Drew

    “Great confrontation here” does he mean AB? lol

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

    How many pitches can you foul back, Howie Kendrick?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Bah. Stupid Papelbon.

  • pat

    Damn, too bad, he hit that pretty well.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      Rivera should had bunt. if they were facing the Yanks, Mike would had Rivera bunt. WTH!!!!

  • zack

    Ugh, what a wasted 9th inning, thanks for blowing your own rally Angels…

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

    Hah! That Imus commercial was pretty funny even I think that guy is gross.

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

    NO!!!!!

  • Mike

    “The New York Times says that Troy Glaus told investigators he injected himself once every four days with the steroids nandrolone and testosterone starting in November 2003 and continuing for three months.”

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

      Yeah. I saw that earlier today. Raise if your hand if you’re surprised.

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

        *keeps hand planted at side*

      • Mike

        *looks around*

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

        It will be fun to see how little outrage there is about this compared to the ARod fiasco.

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

        Did Troy Glaus ever play for the Yankees? No? Then, I don’t give a crap and won’t have anything to say on the matter.

        Sincerely,
        Jayson Stark

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The Lakeland Flying Tigers have a pitcher named Furbush.

    I’m so juvenile.

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

      Is his first name Harold?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Charles. But I like Charlie, Charlie Furbush P.I.

  • pat

    Ah yes, a crappy journeyman lefty. I SMELL SHUTOUT!!

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

    Ooh, I picked the right moment to flip the channel.

    Jeter still doesn’t look very good at the plate, btw.

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

    So Kay just said Teixeira couldn’t hit right-handed. He took four swings and shut it down. That’s a bit more serious-sounding that just a sore wrist.

    • Soylent Green is Sheeple

      any info on how he hurt it?

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

        No idea.

        • zack

          God damn, what the hell, Tex never gets hurt…

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Spanking it for his birthday.

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

      He did say Teix is available to play defense late.

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

        And could hit from the left side.

  • Drew

    Anyone catch the ’96 home opener on YES today? It was funny seeing A young Damon and Jetes on the same field.

  • UWS

    Wait, Andy Pettitte “really used to throw hard”? When?

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

      When he was on HGH. Where were you?

  • pat

    I really didn’t know that swisher was such a round-o. I always thought he was more svelte.

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

      He’s not trying to sell swimsuits.

      • pat

        In my mind he is, Michael.

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

      Swisher and Teixeira both seem much pudgier than how they actually play. It’s kinda wierd.

      And, it’s funny when Jorge stands next to Molina, because you forget how small Jorge really is. He’s not a big guy.

  • Drew

    I <3 Swish, this years Abreu + power + defense – some hits.

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

    I heart Nick Swisher.

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

    Matsui just looks flat awful at the plate right now.

    • Thomas

      It’s painful to watch.

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

    Get. Matsui. Out. of. the. Cleanup. Spot.

    I’m not even advocating benching him. Just…not hitting him fourth right now!

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

      At least that hit was solid (according to GameCast).

  • Soylent Green is Sheeple

    damn, thought that might drop

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

    Good uniforms:

    Yankees
    Royals
    Cubs
    Orioles
    Phillies
    Nationals (as long as you exclude the ridiculous alternate unis)
    Tigers
    A’s
    Dodgers
    Reds (even though they’ve done some off the wall shit, I like the current unis, even the alternates)
    Rays (last year’s redesign was a PHENOMENAL improvement, those old duds were bottom-10 of all time)

    Bad uniforms:

    Padres (ugh)
    Blue Jays
    New Blue Sox grays
    Braves (Home whites are fine; roads and alternates suck)
    Indians
    Astros
    D-Bags
    Rangers
    Mets
    Rockies

    (Pirates would have made the list, but they apparently wisely scrapped those ghastly red vest alternates.)

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

      Really? I think the Mets have a damn fine uni. Ditto the Padres.

      • Steve O.

        “Really? I think the Mets have a damn fine uni. Ditto the Padres.”

        Go back to San Diego! Damn San Diego homer!

        Peter Gammons:Boston Redsox:: Mike Axisa: San Diego Padres

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

        I’m mainly complaining about the Mets not being able to choose between pinstripes or no pinstripes, and the black alternates.

        Black alternate uniforms are never a good idea. Horrid.

        If they could pick stripes or no and ditch the black, I’d move them off the bad list onto the good ones.

        But the Padres? Really?

        The Padres are disgusting. There is no excuse for this, EVER.

        http://www.sportslogos.net/images/logos/54/73/full/4189.gif

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

          That takes me to a forbidden page.

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

            Here, try this one from Wikipedia.

            The home whites are benign. The road greys golds are disgusting, and the alternate gold-on-navy sucks too.

        • Steve O.

          Mike is the San Diego equivalent of Peter Gammons.

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

            I hear Cesar Carrillo has been throwing better than he ever has this year. One front office person told me he wouldn’t be shocked if he was in the Pads rotation after the break and won 15 games.

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

              You forgot:

              For Diamond Cutters, I’m Mike Axisa, ESPN.

            • Steve O.

              IETC.

        • Thomas

          For good measure: http://tiny.cc/2jbJO

          and basketball: http://tiny.cc/A7l2l

    • Thomas

      The real question is which is worse the Padres camo or the Padres yellow?

      http://tiny.cc/e8hyh

      http://tiny.cc/MOm72

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

        I can almost forgive them for the camos, because it’s for a good reason and it’s only a couple of times a year. Almost.

        I can’t forgive a team for wearing a urine-colored jersey. Inexcusable.

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

          The yellow jerseys are from the 70’s or some shit.

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

            No, I’m talking about the current “sand” colored jerseys from the link above.

            But you raise a good point: The Padres have ALWAYS looked horribly ugly. If not for the existence of the pre-1990’s White Sox, they’d be the ugliest team in MLB history.

  • Drew

    Hip Hip!

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

    Posada has a bad shoulder?

    Since when?

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

    Signing Willie Bloomquist made sense… why, again?

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

    Willie Bloomquist is an igniter.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Posada strikes again!! :D

  • zack

    I love that gameday is telling me that Jorge Posada “loves to face” the changeup (really, the change? does he sit on it or something?), and pretty much every ML hitter hates the slider.

    • zack

      And right as I type that, he doubles on a changeup!

    • Joey

      it’s early in the season, I have a feeling it compiles stats as it goes, so it’ll probably be much more accurate later in the season. He probably hit a few change-ups so it assumes he likes it the best

  • Soylent Green is Sheeple

    c’mon RIPPER!

  • Joey

    I heart Posada. Great fantasy backup while Mauer’s on the DL

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

    JoPo!

  • Chip

    I missed Posada a lot

  • Wolf Williams

    Speaking of ‘available to play defense,’ did anyone catch Girardi on Francesa on Friday afternoon? Francesa asked Joe G. about why the team kept Pena as the 25th player. Girardi said the expected, but then said, “He can play defense late. We were able to give Jeter two innings off (in Baltimore on Thursday).”

    Interesting that he mentioned Jeter and ‘rest’ in the same breath as mentioning Pena and “play defense late.” The coded message: We’ve reached the point where Jeter is officially a liability in a close game after the 7th inning.

    The movement of Jeter off of short is underway.

    (I’m ducking my head in preparation for vehement disagreement here…..)

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

      That, by the way, is a shot at Jeter.

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

        Ha, I just realized that that meme hasn’t been in much use lately.

    • pat

      Haha, I don’t think we’re gonna be seeing young Ramiro coming in to play defense on any close games unfortunately. Blowouts, sure but I don’t see Girardi doin that to jeter.

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

      No, no, no. Keep your head high. Intelligent folks like you are Anyone is welcome here.

    • Chip

      I agree that it’s an important step to start that way but I’d be shocked if he put Pena in a 9th inning with the Yankees up by 1 against the Red Sox

    • A.D.

      I hope thats the case, but i’m not sure it will be that easy. We will see giving Jeter 2 innings off in a blow out isn’t new. We’ll see if he goes out in the 8th at Fenway

  • Steve O.

    Clutchiness:Jorge Posada::Gritiness:Dustin Pedroia

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

    Dammit Cano. I’m trying to beat “NY Highlanders,” and YOU’RE NOT HELPING THE FUCKING CAUSE.

  • pat

    I wouldnt mind having coco crisp on our team.

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

      Me neither.

  • Chip

    Is it just me or does this ump have a tiny strikezone? I mean it’s going great thus far but I’m a bit concerned if CC can’t throw his fastballs for strikes again

    • Chip

      And the first fastball thrown right down the middle is called a ball, this could be a long game

  • Klemy

    I love the intensity Swisher has. That man is in to the game.

    • Ahinds

      could it be the coke?

  • Drew

    2nd pitch for CC. 60 mph. nice damn gun. wtf

    • Mike

      lol i was just going to say that. 2 pitches later was 95.

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

    Yeah … so CC looks fine.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    CC k’s his first batter.

  • Accent Shallow

    Sit down, Chocolatey Breakfast Cereal!

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

      ICWUDT.

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

    CC with his first strikeout of the year!

  • Wolf Williams

    One batter, Baltimore almost forgotten….

  • Chip

    That’s a horrible lead-off at-bat. It’s one thing to take some pitches but he didn’t swing at any of them and he probably could have gotten a hit on four out of five of them

  • Mike

    If he threw a no-no today the media would still downplay it. If he gets rocked he’s a bust and they have to throw that pricetag in there, but it doesn’t work the other way.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    It really bothers me the way Kay says DeJesus.

    Side Note: The Orioles are bringing it to the Rays again in the first. Break em up

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

      Don’t say you weren’t warned.

  • A.D.

    DeJesus scouting report: “clutch”

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

    David DeJesus looks like he’s 11 years old.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Yeah, so I’m predicting 10Ks for CC tonight.

  • Drew

    CC’s so-so start go byebye

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

    What a difference a start makes!

  • Mike

    TEH CC!!!11!!1!

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

    CC looking sharp.

    BTW-I soooo have the hots for the Hillside Honda babe.

  • Chip

    WOW! 12 pitches, 11 fastballs and two strikeouts. He’s going to tear through them the second time around when he decides to actually throw a slider

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Just filthy.

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

        Orioles ability to hit good pitching >>>>>>>>> Royals ability to hit good pitching

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          Well, and CC didn’t have anything that day.

  • Soylent Green is Sheeple

    what a bust.

    only 2 strikeouts in that inning.

  • John

    Si Si CC!!!

  • Expired Milk

    Fastball is sitting 93-96
    Breaking pitches are hitting the spot.
    I like it I really like it.

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

    ZOMG teh heating pad!!1! I don’t like change!11!

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

      His midsection seems pretty well insulated to me.

      Just sayin. . .

  • Wolf Williams

    Will CC wear an ice pack under his shirt in July, or just eat a gallon of ice cream between innings?

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

      Oh come on. He’s a professional athlete being paid milions of dollars to keep himself in top notch shape. Of course he isn’t eatint ice cream between innings. It’s fat free frozen yogurt.

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

        It’s fat free frozen yogurt.

        That’s not what these test results say.

        • Drew

          Giuliani does have high cholesterol..

        • pat

          CC tested positive for Turkey Hill before the game.

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

            He got it in the Dominican over the counter. It’s called “Heladi”.

            • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

              Troy Glaus did.

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

        Girardi banned ice cream from the clubhouse, so they pull the labels off the Haagen-Daz and switch them with TCBY ones.

  • dkidd

    that hillside honda ad is creepy. it’s obvious those two are related i.e. the niece and nephew of the owner

    • Alex S

      lmao

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

    Heh. I actually have pretty scary burn marks on my abdomen and upper thighs from falling asleep with a heating pad…they’re not as bad as they were, but they’re still pretty, uh, noticeable.

    • Alex S

      that happened to me except i put a handwarmer in my pants….lol

  • Accent Shallow

    X-Ransom-Gardner. Ugh.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Man, just did Brett dirty.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    JUAN GONE!

  • Drew

    Wow, the bottom of our lineup is atrocious. Brett Gardner better get his ish together or Hellooooo Melkman.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      I see Swish or Damon there IF it gets to that point.

      • Drew

        Melker was hot in ST though. Brett was too but the difference between he and Melk is that Melk has actually hit major-leaguers before.

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          Ya, but…..we know how he is.

          Why did Bloomquist dive for that?

  • Steve O.

    Fact: The bottom of the lineup is less potent than a manwhore.

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

    Best quote of the night re teixeira”

    “Is there anything that guys do with their left hand that makes them happy for their birthday? Something that flexes your wrist in a consistent motion?

    Can’t think of anything.” From LoHud.

    • Drew

      Pete Abe probably knows all too well about that.

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        Awww, that’s not nice.

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

    3 Ks already….

  • Alex S

    CC you later

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

    CC’s pants are extremely baggy.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      His style, yo!

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

        They did mention in the opener he requested a jersey with sleeves a few inches longer than normal.

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          Ya, he’s always pulling his sleeve up. After every pitch.

  • dkidd

    david cone is awesome

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    There goes the perfect game….bust!

    • Steve O.

      Let’s not jump the gun Mike. He still can redeem himself here with a no hitter.

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

    Via Twitter, Will Carroll says an injection could be possible for Teixeira if the wrist doesn’t clear up. That’s not really a diagnosis as much as it is a statement of fact. Don’t let that color your view of it.

    • Rich

      The catchall tendinitis diagnosis.

  • Chazzy

    This ump is in squeeze mode.

    • Chip

      At least he’s screwing both pitchers equally

      /rimshot

  • dkidd

    how smooth is cano?

    • Drew

      Smooth as silk baby.

  • Rich

    I love pitchers who can induce GBs.

  • CP3

    I smell no hitter!

  • Wolf Williams

    A solid DP is still as sweet to look at as anything on the field. Football has nothing on the double play.

    • Drew

      What about… Interception return, fumble, fumble recovery by the offensive team!

      • Wolf Williams

        You may have a point…. I also forgot about the occasional head coach punching an opposing player, a la Woody Hayes. Kinda hard to top that…..

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          You’re alright Wolf, you’re alright!

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

    pitcher’s best friend.

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

      If a double play is a pitcher’s best friend than what is a triple play?
      Friend with benefits?

  • Alex S

    jeets

  • Rich

    Jeter back to hitting LDs.

  • Accent Shallow

    Why is Willie Bloomquist in RF? Yikes.

    • Accent Shallow

      I would like to note that I posted this pre-Swisher triple. I am a horse.

  • Drew

    haha, Carter swing a big bat too.

  • Rich

    Take that, Joel Sherman…

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

    “Joba drove here from Nebraska”

    . . . . . . . . .

    • Drew

      lol they actually said “he drove over from Nebraska.” speaking of Carter.

    • Mike

      yes I asked two questions from that little segment….why is he driving and since when does he have a kid

      • Drew

        Didn’t any of you watch his JOba’s Center Stage!?

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          Heh, some fans they are… We are true Yankees’ fans.

        • VO

          It was YESterdays

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

      What? He probably did. KC and Lincoln are like 3 hours apart.

      Go home and see the fam. You’re not working until Sunday anyway.

      • Mike

        Part of the DUI sentence was license suspension I thought

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

          Shit, he can pop for a cab.

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

          Maybe he didn’t do the actual driving?

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

    Jeter got wheels.

    Yeah, I know. That’s a shot at Jeter.

  • Rich

    Kay is too into productive outs.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    Ground balls to the right side with a runner on second makes me happy

  • Mike

    Wait what….since when does Joba have a kid?

    • Rich

      It seems like about three or so years ago based on looking at the kid.

      • Mike

        hm did not know that.

  • Chip

    Wow, Yankees playing a bit of small-ball. Now let’s hope Swisher can come through

  • Alex S

    SWISH!

  • pat

    brian cashman.

    • VO

      He is a genius right about now.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Swisher is awesome!!!

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

    SWISH!

    Wow has this guy impressed or what?

  • Drew

    Swisher>>>>The Mick

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      WOAH!

      Calm down, Drew!!

      Old Ranger will slap you with the belt, you’re lucky.

      • Drew

        haha

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

    Hah. Willie Bloomquist.

  • Rich

    Swish!

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

    Willie Bloomquist = epic fail.

  • Jonathan

    swisher > nady

  • BigBlueAL

    Im still regretting not going to the Marlins-Mets game tonight, post-game concert featured Flo Rida!!!!

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

    Swish!

  • Rich

    Awesome, Mat.

  • Wolf Williams

    I watch Swisher go for a triple and I think, ‘Ron Cey.’

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

      The Penguin.

  • Mike

    I love swisher.

  • Christopher

    Urgh, Matsui looks awful at the plate.

  • Mike

    And then there’s Matsui …

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

    Nick Swisher: 11 plate appearances, 5 extra base hits

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Wilson Betemit: 5 AB’s, 1 2B, and 2 K’s.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Forget the bottom of the lineup, our cleanup hitter has been horrible.

    • Drew

      Yea b4 when I saw the lineup I questioned it but had hoped I’d be proven wrong.

  • Rich

    Po knows SLG.

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

    Jorge Posada is awesome.

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

    HIP HIP

    • Mike

      ….

    • Jonathan

      JORGE!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Posada on the other hand… great!

  • Accent Shallow

    It’s so nice to see this team hitting a soft-tossing lefty, as opposed to the results of the past few seasons.

  • Wolf Williams

    Are we seeing the return of 2007, near-MVP Posada?

  • VO

    I LOVE SWISHER, Posada aint to bad himself.

  • ShawnT

    Matsui really blows!!!!
    How long till giardi puts posada and cano ahead of him
    this fels like a joe torre trust the veteran move

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

      WHY THE FUCK IS MY BURRITO TAKING THIS LONG TO COOK IN THIS MICROWAVE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!

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

    Posada: Shoulder surgery? What’s that?

    • Rich

      It’s performance enhancing.

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

      He’s hitting fine, but his his slider has totally lost its bite.

  • Chip

    So, who was complaining about this lineup being too short with no A-Rod or Tex

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      …it’s Horacio Ramirez.

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

      Wait until the 7-8-9 hitters come up to bat.

      • Chip

        Yeah, that’s a black hole right now. You think Ransom and Nady could at least try to take a few pitches and wear him down for the rest of the guys?

  • BigBlueAL

    Biggest reason no playoffs in 2008, no Posada.

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

      That, and the fact we had a garbage rotation.

      The more I think about it, the more I’m amazed Girardi got 89 wins out of that group.

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        I blame A-Rod for no playoffs.

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

          That’s a shot at Jeter.

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

        Joe Torre would have won 170 games, minimum.

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

    JoPo!!

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

      That will never catch on, no matter how many times you say it.

  • Wolf Williams

    Do you think Matsui looks awful and Teixeira hurt his wrist because they stayed up all night watching some of Matsui’s ‘collection?’

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

      With Matsui’s “wife”?

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

      That allusion was made higher up.

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

      You are on some kind of roll tonight.

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

      That, and when you’re helping out the guy next to you, your wrist is at a bad angle. Which makes it susceptible to injury.

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

        Did you see Will Ferrell’s “You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night With George W. Bush”?

        If you did, I have two words for you:

        Western Grip.

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        You’ll be here all week, I presume?

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

          Yes, and you can rent me out for children’s parties. Toss in an extra $50 if you want me to bring Pat.

          • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

            Impressive. I’ll put it on my calendar.

  • Chip

    So, this might be the most inconsistent strike zone I’ve ever seen.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Im going to buy my Swisher jersey tomorrow! Maybe Ill see if they will take My matsui one as a trade in :)

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

      Yes, he looks bad, but everybody is writing Hideki off way too soon here. (Nady too.)

      It’s game #5.

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        Agreed. But this is coming from the guy who wanted to dump Matsui for a bag of balls ;) .

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

          Me too.

          (Although, I only wanted to dump him for a bag of balls in order to replace him with Manny. That changes the equation a bit.)

          Hideki’s like Frankenstein’s monster… he’s hard to kill. Walks funny, too.

          He’ll be OPSing .790 in no time.

          • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

            Yea, I wanted to dump him for either him or Dunn. But, was never going to happen, Cashmoney isn’t that good.

      • Drew

        I was impressed with Mozilla’s power in ST and in the first game. But he’s looked awfully bad since.

    • Drew

      The greatest part of nameless backs.. no need to retire them.

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

        Yup. My Cano doubles as a Tino or a Ruben.

        (No, it does not double as a Kevin Maas.)

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

    No hitter broken up! CC is a bust!

  • pat

    CC’s hat doesn’t have enough gangster lean.

  • BigBlueAL

    Amazing I live in Miami yet cant see the Marlins-Mets game because it isnt on local TV.

  • Chip

    There goes the no no

  • Rich

    Dealin’

  • Drew

    CCya later coco

  • pat

    HAh crisp was walking to the dugout before the ump even signaled.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    96mph FB on the outside corner for strike 3. Beautiful.

  • Joey

    Frozen Four National Championship on ESPN for anyone who cares about hockey. Pretty good game so far

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

      Yankee game in April >>>>>> NCAA hockey championship.

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

        Watching paint dry >>>>>> NCAA hockey championship

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

            Your league’s signature TV deal was on the Outdoor Life Network.

            Hockey: Less Relevant than Southerners Driving Around in Circles

            • Joey

              Like any good hockey fan/player/coach/ref/etc I will take the high road and blame it all on Gary Bettman.

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

                Fair enough.

    • BigBlueAL

      For some reason I get the NHL package since it is in the same channels as the MLB package which I ordered so it was cool to see the Rangers beat the Flyers the other night and clinch a playoff spot. Lundqvist was outstanding.

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

    Oh, Ben’s gonna just LOVE this story.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/11/nyregion/11stadium.html?ref=baseball

    Let me guess. You’re working on it for the 10PM post.

  • Drew

    C’mon Ransom! I’m confident.

  • Christopher

    Nady remembers it’s a contract year.

  • John

    Nady joining in on the fun

  • Accent Shallow

    Cody fails to hold that for Ransom?

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Oh Cody……..

  • Rich

    Kay’s fair/foul perception is in mid-season form.

  • Thomas

    Conedlestick Park, so sad.

  • BigBlueAL

    If anyone cares, the answer to the trivia question is Gary Gaetti.

    • pat

      Damn you Al

    • John

      what is the question

      • BigBlueAL

        First batter David Cone faced when he made his ML debut.

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

        If the answer is Gary Gaetti, it must have been a dumb question.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Why would you ruin it for us?

      • BigBlueAL

        We always debate the answer to the YES trivia!! Sorry for spoiling it then :-)

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

          WOOO-HOOOO!!!! Al wins . . . . something.

          THe respect of all at RAB, which is priceless.

          • BigBlueAL

            Im speechless. :-)

  • pat

    My guess for the trivia question is Randy Bush.

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

      Put me down for Matt Bush.

      • pat

        Matt who?

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

          MATT F$%&#NG BUSH!!! DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!?!?!?!?!??!

          • pat

            Oh, Matt Bush of westchester county right?

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

              F#$&%NG EAST COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              (thanks for the double set-up, buddy.)

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Matt FUCKING Bush.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I’m feeling a HR for BG.

    • Accent Shallow

      Inside the park, of course, right?

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

      I love your enthusiasm.

    • John

      im feeling a K

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      HR clearly means GIDP.

  • Drew

    What the hell has happened, I thought Brett liked to walk!

    • Accent Shallow

      4 games!

      • Drew

        This is the fifth! 0 walks! ahhhhh ZOMG!!1!!1

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

      Didn’t want Jeter to GIDP instead

  • Rich

    He was safe.

    • Rich

      or not

    • Thomas

      He was out, barely.

  • Drew

    Brett=No Grit

    • whozat

      More importantly, Brett=no walks.

      He’s not going to hit enough to be useful without walking.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Matsui, Ransom and Gardner, who’s worse right now?

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

      Matsui.

      Adding zero defensive value FTL.

    • Drew

      Ransom is a backup, so it’s between the other two.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      The Mets’ 2-5?

      http://instantrimshot.com/

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        Pitchers.

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

    The bottom of the Yanks lineups sucks as much as the middle of Royals lineup.

  • Wolf Williams

    You get the feeling, watching the bottom of this lineup, that it’s a NL West batting order. That could have been the Padres batting to end that half-inning….

    • Rich

      Right now, it’s three batters who hit like pitchers.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    For whoever was poking fun at Kay about Fordham yesterday, that just made it funnier.

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

      I go to Fordham right now!

  • Chazzy

    What is with Gardners lower half?? Squash the bug ffs this isn’t golf, he’s just flatfooted in there lifting his back toe up.

  • Wolf Williams

    I think CC just ran out of breath chasing that grounder.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      These jokes are going to get so old, so quick.

      • Drew

        And he’s actually quite athletic for a big dude.

  • BigBlueAL

    Tomorrow could be ugly with assuming Molina playing for Posada along with whichever scrub plays 3b and CF. Plus Gil Meche is pitching who is actually a pretty good pitcher.

    • John

      thats why the plan was to win the 1st 2

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

        And have Joba throw a no-hitter.

    • Drew

      Pitching and defense wins broski. We have a middle of a lineup to provide the runs.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Swisher is a “servicable” OF and “underrated” 1B.

    UZR/150 in RF: 9.4
    UZR/150 in LF: 6.7
    UZR/150 at 1B: -3.5

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

      Sounds like those adjectives are in the wrong order.

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

    Oh good grief, did Kay just do a mid-inning, on-air advertisement? Ugh.

    • pat

      Dude those k cups are actually pretty sweet.

    • BigBlueAL

      I didnt know WB Mason sold coffee. Actually it used to drive me nuts seeing the WB Mason sign on the Green Monster and at Yankee Stadium cause I had no idea what the hell they were. There isnt no WB Mason down here in Miami.

    • whozat

      I suspect that they sponsored strikeouts.

      Boo.

    • Thomas

      I would have hated the ad less if he got rid of the horrible “K” lead in.

  • BigBlueAL

    CC da man!!

  • Rich

    As advertised.

  • Nathan

    So, odds on CC going complete game vs. 8 innings?

  • Tom Zig

    Did #9 on the Royals try to trick Cano into chasing him into a run down between 1st and 2nd?