Game 6: Playing time for everyone

Understanding why Hughes is Scranton's fourth starter
Game Six Spillover Thread

If the Yanks aren’t going to give Melky Cabrera playing time, why carry him on the roster? He’s not the pinch running type, he can’t lay down a bunt, and there aren’t many scenarios, thankfully, where he’ll be the best bat off the bench. His purpose right now is Gardner insurance, but if Gritt proves he’s dependable Melky could find his ticket out of town. There are just other guys in the system who can provide more value in the 25th roster spot — Miranda for a big-bat lefty, John Rodriguez for an outfielder with some power…something along those lines.

For the time being he’ll stick around, so it’s good that Girardi has found time to start him. We’ve never been high on Melky here at RAB, but there’s a difference between not liking what you see from a player and not wanting him to succeed. We want Melky to hit and prove he’s capable of being a 4th outfielder/fringe starter. Here’s to hoping he makes his case today.

Bad news on Teixeira. He was originally posted in the lineup playing first base, but was scratched pretty shortly afterward. PeteAbe reports that he’s in a brace, and that the Yanks will go heavy on treatment today and have him checked out tomorrow in Tampa. This is not good news for the Yanks lineup.

Hideki Matsui, who was supposed to get the day off, slides in at DH, Swisher moves to first base, and Nady, who was the DH, heads out to right. Even with Tex, this was not an ideal lineup against an opposing team’s ace. It looks like the Yanks are content with winning the series.

In happier news, happy Joba day. Hopefully this turns into as big an event for Yanks fans as Felix day is for Mariners fans. There’s nothing quite as exciting as having a young, flame-throwing potential ace on the mound every five days.

Important Note: We’ve added a new policy to our commenting guidelines:

9. Don’t tell us that you were “first” to post in a thread. We don’t care. This is a one-strike offense. You do this, you get banned.

There will be none of that tomfoolery in the comments.

Lineup:

1. Gritt Girtner, CF
2. Cap’n Jetes, SS
3. Swisher for MVP, 1B
4. Godzilla, DH
5. Xavier Nady VI, RF
6. Rod Carew, 2B
7. Hacky McHeadfirstslide, LF
8. Handsome Cody Ransom, 3B
9. Hava Molina, C

And on the mound, number sixty-two, Joba Chamberlain.

Update by Ben (1:27 p.m.): Bryan Hoch asked Teixeira about the injury last night. The Yanks’ first baseman says he may have hurt it diving in Baltimore on Wednesday. If so, that’s more indicative of a jammed or sprained wrist than tendinitis. I’m trying not to get too concerned about this, but wrist injuries can linger and sap power hitters of their strength. We’ll keep an eye on this.

Understanding why Hughes is Scranton's fourth starter
Game Six Spillover Thread
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    I can’t get over the people freaking out about the line up today.

    1) People need rest

    2) The weather forecast looks awful

    Ergo: Rest people when weather is awful! You don’t risk playing them in increased injury risk conditions or in a possible rain-shortened game.

    Ayayay.

    The concern over Teixeira’s legitimate. We’ll have to see how it plays out.

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      You’re the first to post, who’s freaking out?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        The entirety of the LoHuddian universe, and my brother

        • http://statspeak.net dan

          Ah, LoHud. I should have known. Happy Birthday.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

            Thanks Yous!

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      Happy Birfday!

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        Thanks!

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

      Happy birthday.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        Thank you!

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      My bad, didn’t see the lineup was posted in another thread.

    • VO

      Happy Birthday

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        Gracias!

    • UWS

      Happy Birfday!

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        Thanks! Let’s Go Devils!

    • Joey

      Happy birfday lady!

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        Dankeschen

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

      Happy Birthday, yo.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        Yo Yo Ma

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

      Happy Bir”f”day!

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        Merci!

  • Steve B Ball

    I HAVE BEEN SAYING IT FOR DAYS……… GARDNER HAS TO GO,
    HIS IDEA OF POWER IS A POP UP TO SHORT RIGHT FIELD!!!

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      Days? That’s something everybody knew his entire career, yet we’ve mostly all wanted him up in the majors. There are other things he can do well.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        But he isn’t doing them at the moment.

    • UWS

      WHY ARE YOU YELLING?

    • andrew

      So? Who said you need power to be a successful player? Power is just one component of a player. if Gardner plays good defense, gets on base a decent amount, and steals some bases, I wouldn’t care if he went his whole career without a HR, he’d still be a solid CF.

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

      http://tinyurl.com/c8gdkx

      See? I like yelling too.

      • Joey

        IETC&ICWUDT (yes at the same time, I’m multi-talented, like a swiss army knife)

  • Kevin

    I understand the need to rest players but why must Damon sit today? On a day when Posada legitamitely needs a day off and Tex is out hurt? Seems to me like Damon should play today and then sit tomorrow when Posada is back in the lineup and also the Yanks will be playing on turf.

    What I’d have done is play Melky over Gardiner today, then give Melky another start tomorrow for Damon. That way todays lineup isnt so anemic, Damon misses a day on turf, and Melky gets to play 2 days in a row which could get him more ABs.

    I like that Girardi rests guys more than Torre did, I just hate the way he does it. Last year he seemed to give no thought to how hot a player was when choosing when to give a day off. In this case he should sit Damon tomorrow for 2 reasons, the first is that a day off on turf would likely help him more and secondly to avoid having 4 spots in the lineup today filled with poor hitters.

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

      Damon was supposed to get a day off yesterday, but was re-added when Tex got scratched. I suppose Girardi wants to stick somewhat with the plan.

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

        Especially seeing as how this is the sixth game of the damn season. Why even think about pushing it with Damon, Matsui or Posada before the season is even a week-and-a-half old?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      I think Damon is being rested today because he was supposed to sit yesterday.

      Anyway, if the game’s a wash the whole thing is moot.

      • Kevin

        Im saying its not that imperative that Damon sits yesterday or today. If he cant handle playing 5 days in a row, we are in trouble. If Tex were in the lineup Id have no issue with it because we could just easily play Swisher in LF and Tex at 1b. In fact it would have made alot more sense to sit Damon yesterday when Posada was still in the lineup.

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

    hacky mcheadfirstslide… lmao

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

    why not put melky in right field and nady in left? melky has the better arm

    only thing i can think of is nady is our normal RFer, so maybe girardi wants to keep him in that position as much as possible since thats where he will play most of his innings

    still, it seems melky is better suited for RF rather than LF

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Looks like Phil has a problem with the control bug today.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      I was about to post that, too. He seems to be unable to put the batters away.

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

        Except for the two strikeouts that followed the two walks ;)

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

          That’s fine, the inning could have gotten ugly. But a K on a 11 pitches is not that great.

          Nothing to be concerned about, though.

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

      There have only been 2 batters…

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Just a little 30 pitch inning.

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

          Buchholz has 68 through three frames.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        Thompson walks on 6 pitchesVelandia walks on 6 pitches
        Donald Ks on 11 pitches

        = not pretty

  • SS

    Joba like it’s hot.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Holy crap we’re a reactionary bunch today, aren’t we?

    Now I’ve had both my brother and one of my best friends complaining about the line up!

    Ayayaay

    • NaOH

      If you’re in need of additional languages to thank people for birthday salutations, the Indonesian for “Thank you” is terima kasih (tuh-ree-muh kah-see) or as it’s often shortened when speaking, ma-kasih. As an added bonus, Indonesian and Malaysian are basically the same, so you can use this in two countries.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        May come in handy! Terima kasih!

        • NaOH

          Sama Sama (You’re Welcome. Literally, Same Same, as in, Right back at you.)

  • dkidd

    if you want to laugh, check out who sponsors the johan santana page on baseball reference

    • Joey

      lol, thank you

  • daneptizl

    Good job doing that about ‘first’ comments. Great decision.

    • Joey

      Truthfully I haven’t really seen people do it here to begin with, very rarely anyway. Guess you take care of the problem before it becomes a problem.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    LOL @ Swish’s opening statement.

  • mustang

    “9. Don’t tell us that you were “first” to post in a thread. We don’t care. This is a one-strike offense. You do this, you get banned.”

    I don’t get it? what does it matter if your first to post in a thread? I’m not trying to be a smart ass just making sure I’m not missing something. Don’t want to do something wrong by mistake.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      Some people find it annoying.

      I don’t, but this ain’t my blog.

      • mustang

        What i mean is why would I even care if I’m first or not. I just don’t see the need for anyone to point that out. Am I missing something?

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

      No, he means that tools that say “FIRST!!!!!111!” when they are the first ones to post.

    • Expired Milk

      You must not comment on sites much. They are plagued with morons that write “first” like its some kind of accomplishment.

      • mustang

        I’m here a lot. I guess that it passed right by me I’m kind of glad it did. It’s so stupid that I didn’t understand the need for the rule i thought it might be something else.

  • Elle

    I’ve been joining the freak out, but yeah, I guess when people need rest, they need rest.

    Love the line-up you guys posted. Now have the Hava Nagila going through my head.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      Hava nagila
      Hava nagila
      ve’sne’mekha
      Hava narunana
      Hava narunana
      Hava narunana
      ve’sne’mekha
      u-ru
      u-ru a-khim
      u’rakhim ve’snemekha….

  • Reggie C.

    No alex gordon in the lineup today. royals lineup primed to get shutout.

  • dkidd

    nice alternate unis

  • UWS

    Anyone watching Mets-Marlins?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      I think all the Royals unis are really classy.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        That was supposed to go above.

        But yeah, I’m paying attention.

  • dkidd

    josh johnson looking good

  • dkidd

    nice at-bat

  • alex

    Mr. Slappy!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Gritty Gutty Brett Gardner!

    • dkidd

      happy grit-day

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        =D Todah!

  • Tarik

    It’s interesting to see that when Meche signed his 5/55MM contract everybody booed it. And now he’s the Royals’ Ace. He’s really excelled with KC.

    • Alex

      Yea at first I thought it was a horrendous deal.

  • The Evil Empire

    Did he just say the whole bitch light up?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Nick Swisher made an out? What new horror is this?!?!

  • Reggie C.

    just rolled over on that pitch

  • UWS

    F*king Castillo breaks up the no-no. Damnit.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      f-ck him, seriously, what sort of business does he have doing that?

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

    Awesomeness.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Holy crap I may be in love with Gardner right now. Only not really, but that speed. Man the speed.

  • Alex

    In standing up on that?!?!

  • Reggie C.

    gardner is the man

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    I love speed

  • Ahinds

    most exciting ting all year,

  • Reggie C.

    RBI for meche

  • Expired Milk

    Thats why speed is so important in a lineup.

    • whozat

      It’s less important than the ability to get on base or drive the ball, but it’s nice to have.

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

    Small ball. OMG small ball!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      …Normally when a guy says that, he doesn’t say so with so much…uh…exciitement in his voice.

    • UWS

      John Sterling just climaxed, I’m sure.

  • dkidd

    no mo no-no

  • Reggie C.

    time for nady to steal some of swisher’s thunder

  • The Evil Empire

    It’s so weird when your lineup doesn’t include the number 3 & 4 hitter.

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

    Michael Kay’s inning recap was so dumb.

    “He went to first, he moved to second, he moved to third, he scored.”

    That’s usually how it works, Michael.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      Well, you know sometimes, you can run it in reverse.

      right?

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

      C’mon Ben, it actually wasn’t that bad.

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    gardner is fastttt

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

    Austin Jackson up with the bases juiced against former Oriole Rodrigo Lopez.

  • Reggie C.

    never heard of the royals 6 or 7 hitters.

  • dkidd

    89MPH?

    • Chip

      Results buddy, he’s up to 94 now

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

      Pitch f/x has him at 91-94.

  • dkidd

    sick slider

  • Alex

    that was a WICKED pitch.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Joba B Good

  • Alex

    Aviles’s stance has annoyed the hell out of me this series.

    • southernyankeefan

      ha me too. He looks really odd out there

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

        Like Craig Counsell’s.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Joba’s kid is so cute!

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    nice work Joba

  • Ahinds

    86mph slider? last year that was coming in at 92, i think he need TJ to get back to 101, really …

  • Chip

    10 pitches, I’m loving it!

  • Alex

    did anyone see Daniel Murphy’s error?

    • UWS

      Yeah. It was hilarious and cringe-worthy simultaneously.

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

      Yes. I laughed.

      (I assume you’re talking about the easy fly ball that he dropped which led to two runs, not sure if he committed a second.)

  • Eirias

    What happened with A-Jax and the bases loaded? Gameday isn’t updating for me.

  • Raf

    i thought the velocity complainers would take longer to start posting.

  • dkidd

    is there a plan for keeping joba to 150 innings? how many starts does he figure to make?

  • Reggie C.

    Why has phil phranchise been taken out the game after 2 innings?

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

      He hasn’t, the box score is screwed up. Happens all the time.

    • Arman Tamarian

      He’s not, box score has him stil pitching at 2 and 2/3rds innings

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Was that really a strike?

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

      No. Terrible call.

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

        Doesn’t matter, that pitch was too close to take.

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

      Happy birfday.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    …when’s the last time Canó took six straight pitches?

    • dkidd

      the 12th of never

    • Joey

      dunno but even with the K I’m loving the new approach

  • Alex

    Melky taking pitches as well?? What is this world coming to?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      Well, Melky did make an out, so I guess it’s not quite the apocalypse…

      • Joey

        And then Meche throws 3 straight strikes to Ransom saying “you couldn’t hit me if you tried anyway, bye bye”

  • Chip

    Cano and Melky just combined to see 11 pitches. This ain’t 2008 that’s for sure

  • Raf

    Ransom was completely out of place in that AB. getting cringe worthy watching some of his ABs.

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

      Seriously, he was completely overmatched by Meche.

      • Raf

        shouldnt have even swung at the 3rd strike lol

  • Ahinds
  • Chip

    Hope Joba keeps this up. I have a feeling Melky/Ransom/Molina isn’t going to give us anything. At least they watched a few pitches though!

    • Reggie C.

      its started raining.

  • Mike

    Ransom is atrocious. You’d get the same production out of an orange cone.

    • whozat

      DMacP just signed a minor league deal with the Giants; one would think he’d have preferred an MLB job for the next four-six weeks, but…

      • Expired Milk

        Cash never made a run at him. He publicly? stated that the Yankees were going to pass

        • whozat

          I know, it was an odd choice, I felt. I mean…if you hear that he’s going to sign a minor-league deal with the Giants…why not make a run at him? I guess 40-man roster concerns…

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

        Even Ray Durham would be an improvement, no?

        • whozat

          One would think so. It’s not like Ransom’s defense is helping them win games either.

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

    Heh, that Scranton game must be wild. Austin Jackson singled with the bases juiced and two out, but the runner at third was thrown out at home.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      ….

    • Alex

      ?

  • Joey

    Mike, Ransom line may have to be adjusted from .100 to .050 if he keeps it up

  • UWS

    YES needs a new gun. 63mph? Come on!

  • dkidd

    keith hernandez on josh johnson’s fastball: “gas attack!”

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

      Josh Johnson is so awesome though.

  • Mike

    Joba would be so much better in the bullpen. Why hasn’t anyone ever considered that???!11!!

  • Expired Milk

    Mark Teahen
    88.9 FB
    93.0 FB
    80.7 Change
    84.2 Slider

    His velocity is right where it should be.

    • whozat

      Joba’s using a 2-seamer sometimes these days, yeah?

  • Alex

    heyy a nice changeup!

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

    Luis Castillo is a joke of a professional baseball player.

    • Alex

      rather him than Ransom atm.

    • dkidd

      great contract, omar

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Wow, he looks GOOD

  • Chip

    Wow 23 pitches through 2, gotta love this more efficient Joba

    • whozat

      It’s also got a bit to do with the Royals, who are NOT a team that takes a lot of pitches…but he does look very good today. I feel like I’m seeing fewer of those FBs that he wastes up high sometimes.

  • Mike

    Am I the only one who finds it odd/stupid that they would open the new stadium on a Thursday afternoon?

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

      It’s not up to them, the schedule makers decide who payers where and when.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      No because it’s a four game series.

  • southernyankeefan

    did anybody else here that molina was in better shape this year? cuz he still looks a little portly to me.

    • whozat

      Where’d you hear that?

  • dkidd

    rain out = wasted joba innings

  • Raf

    wow anyone see that last strikeout from Santana?

  • Ahinds

    Johan just made some dude throw his bat, he has 12 k’s

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      and he’s *losing*

      • mustang

        Happy birthday btw !!!!!!

      • Reggie C.

        blame daniel murphy for that

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

      Josh Johnson is a man. He’s 40.

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

        ietc

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

        80 pitches threw 7 innings. Yikes.

      • Eirias

        He’s throwing 96 in the 8th.

    • Crab Dribble Ointment

      That reminds me of the time in the Mets series 2(?) years ago where Wang struck Jose Reyes out on 3 pitches. The 3rd making Reyes actually fall over he swung and missed so hard.

  • Tom Zig

    Is there something wrong with Cano? He isn’t being as patient as he was 2 games ago. Everyone goes through slumps, I just hope he doesn’t start his now.

    • whozat

      What are you talking about? The guy who took 6 straight pitches isn’t being patient??

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        I assume this is a joke @ poster above whozat

        • whozat

          Well, if it was a joke, I will admit that I don’t get it :-)

    • Chip

      He watched 6 pitches go by last at-bat, how much more patient can he be? I suppose he could take a pillow and nap up there but that’d be rediculous

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

      … Uh, did you not see his last AB where he didn’t take a single swing and struck out looking on a 3-2, borderline strike?

  • Tom Zig

    Oh and nice addition to the commenting guidelines, people pull that shit at FanNation and it gets wildly annoying, just like everything else that goes on over there.

  • Chip

    Hopefully, we can get through the fifth and Joba can get the complete game “shutout”

    • Raf

      yeah hopefully they dont run into a long delay

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    2: Phil Coke

    I like my drugs!

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

    Lol @ the “security guard” in the Mets/Marlins game.

    • Raf

      ripping him in the booth lol

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

        Ya, haha. They were like “fired” and “that’s just terrible, how do you hire a guy like that”.

  • Chip

    Wow, Joba just relying on that two seamer today. I’m actually enjoying this quite a bit

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      Well, I *was* enjoying it…

  • Chip

    Damn, o well

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

    Drat. To the 8th!

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    damn it joba

  • Ahinds

    hang-ger

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

    Ugh, to the 8th.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    oops

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

    A home run? That’s it. Move him to the pen.

  • Chip

    The perfect game, no hitter and shutout gone in one swing

  • whozat

    ooh…eh, well, it happens. Calm down, Joba. Don’t get geeked up and start leaving the ball up…

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

      Damn, just did.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Say goodbye to perfecto, no-hitter and shutout.

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

    In reality, a power pitcher is going to give up home runs. Hard swings + hard-thrown baseballs generally lead to home runs. The best of them though limit the damage to solo shots.

  • tim randle

    beat joba pitch ever…was it the day he unveiled his curve to the world and made…pedroia?…fall down?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Joba getting hit hard this inning

  • Expired Milk

    Damn Joba three straight well hit balls lol

  • Reggie C.

    gardner wasn’t gonna get to that. coco showed some real power there.

  • Raf

    leaving the ball up this inning

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

    Come on Joba!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    The great ones limit the damage.

  • dkidd

    terrible throw by jeter on the triple

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

      That’s an unnecessary shot at Jeter. They weren’t going to get Crisp at third anyway.

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

    Oof, that was a nasty curve to Swish.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    That was a nasty hook

  • Reggie C.

    meche is limiting the 1 run damage.

    • Reggie C.

      meche is rolling. nady had no chance.

  • Chip

    Meche is just good, wow

    • Tom Zig

      Is it Meche being awesome or is it that we have our (d) line up in? Or is it a combination?

      • Chip

        Both, this guy has sick stuff when he’s on

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

    Kevin Appier?

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

      Lol, I thought Cone was too obvious.

  • Expired Milk

    Swisher checking is there is a hole in his bat. Welcome back to earth Swish.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Meche is pretty darn good.

    Though I’d sell body parts at this point to drop Matsui lower in the order.

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

    It’s raining pretty hard. they’re going to can this one soon.

  • dkidd

    i don’t know what Civony is, but it’s by far my favorite ad sponsor

  • Raf

    that hook from Meche is nasty today

  • dkidd

    i love that michael kay has no idea how much john flaherty hates him

  • Chip

    Well, at least his PC is up. Won’t be making it longer than 6 and then we can feast on the bullpen

    • Tom Zig

      It is a rarity to see Farnsworth be dominant two outings in a row. Please send him in with the game on the line.

  • tim randle

    swisher struck out. i knew he’d suck.

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

      Chill out. It’s out to strikeout when a guy is throwing like Meche is. You can’t get on base every time.

      • tim randle

        (insert ‘i’m not a regular so you can’t tell when i’m being sarcastic’ text here)

        :)

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

          Oh, my bad.

  • Chip

    Man, looking at the radar, this is gonna get worse before it gets better

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Ayayay Joba, they’re called strikes ^_~

  • tim randle

    …am i the only one that sees the little bugs all around joba’s head?

    • Tom Zig

      They are called rain drops

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

        I think that was a midge joke.

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

    Oh man, Joba struggling a bit.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Joba’s lost the zone :/

  • Raf

    Josh Johnson was a missed strike call away from a 3 hit shutout

  • Chip

    Bad time for that one, the strikeout or DP would be helpful here

  • Alex

    B-Jobbers rejoice.

  • dkidd

    mike jacobs: worst facial hair ever

  • tim randle

    are we asking Mo for the rain to stop or fall harder?

  • Expired Milk

    Oh man that last Jacobs swing make me cringe.

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

    Joba’s command of his slider isn’t there. Instead of fouling it off or grounding out, he should have them swing-and-miss at it. I think it’s a point to work on between starts.

  • Drew

    Good throw by Nady.

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

    Josh Johnson is a pimp.

    • Raf

      hit 98 according to the SNY radar to Delgado with 2 outs in the 9th. nasty.

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

    Also, all these 2-seamers are annoying the f*ck out of me.

  • Tom Zig

    This Pena character looks like a big dude, but probably would lose to Molina in a foot race

  • Chip

    Important out there, now we’re just a ground ball away from getting out of this

  • Chip

    Dropping the hammer for a called strike one, I love it

  • Expired Milk

    Lets see if he learned something from AJ

  • Raf

    wicked slider

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    …dear John Flaherty:

    Joba has no command of the slider…why would your recommend throwing it?

    That rain’s coming down pretty hard now

  • Chip

    Wow, the curve on a 3-2 count with runners on? Ballsy

  • Chip

    Now I’m just confused, I think Gameday need to figure out a curve from a slider

  • Expired Milk

    What in the fukk? Right between the wickets.

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

    The Astros are getting one-hit by Kyle freaking Lohse through five innings.

  • Ahinds

    LOL

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    damn

  • Matt

    That is not a single, take that ER off of chamberlain

  • southernyankeefan

    what happened there

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

    Oy. They really needed Swisher to stay at first there, and Cano should have had the glove down.

    Also, how could that be a hit + RBI? That’s really generous home town scoring.

    • Jake H

      KC’s official is terrible. That rbi double that they gave to Jacobs in the first game was terrible also.

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

    The B-Jobbers are at it again. Secretly giving that a single and a rbi so Joba’s ERA goes up.

  • Jake H

    That is some bs. KC official scorers blow

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

    I’m watching on gameday. Can someone please explain what happened on that play?

    • Drew

      Swish ranges to his right. under Swishers glove under cano’s glove.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

      grounder slips under Swisher’s glove and Cano’s. Swisher was out of position.

    • dkidd

      i don’t know, but the benny hill theme music should have been playing

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

      Ground ball toward second base. Swisher ranged way too far over to his right…and missed the ball. Cano, backing up, didn’t have his glove down, and the ball ended up in right field. The scorer called it a hit even though it should have been marked an error

      Now John Buck just hit an RBI single, and Joba’s ERA will go up.

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

        Thanks everyone. *sigh*

  • Chip

    Aaaaaand rain delay?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    This game is so gonna get called after five.

    Some birthday present.

  • Tom Zig

    Really Jeter? You couldn’t get to that?

  • Sam
    • Tom Zig

      haha that was good.

  • Alex

    It’s time to call this game.

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

    Screw you, Jeter, I’m not giving you the benefit of the doubt that the infield slowed you down.

  • McCaff

    I blame Arod

  • Chip

    The dam is breaking here

  • Expired Milk

    Past a falling Jeter

  • Drew

    C’mon people, Jetes cletes slipped. It’s been raining on the infield dirst for a while this half inning.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    They’re gonna make the Yankees play the fifth, and then call it, aren’t they?

    • Chip

      Yep, no way Cano/Ransom/Melky/Molina score two runs. I hate these cheap games

      • Chip

        Actually, the radar makes it seem that it might almost be over

    • Alex

      yes.

  • Chip

    Wow, that was a long and agonizing inning

  • Drew

    On the good side. Ajax and Miranda are still killing Minor League pitching.

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

    Hey! Swisher got a GB!