Game 7: Moving down Matsui

How far down the generational line will the Yanks honor Ruth?
Game Seven Spillover Thread

As the uproar over yesterday’s performance starts to calm down, another issue comes to the forefront. Mark Teixeira will not be in the Yankees lineup for the third straight game. The Yankees continue to claim that it’s just soreness, but one can’t help but be at least a little worried at this point. Thankfully, his MRI has come back negative and there’s hope that he’ll play tomorrow. Then again, they said that on Friday, so there’s no reason to believe it right now.

Even without the team’s two best hitters, the lineup doesn’t look all that bad tonight. There isn’t a major power threat in there, but it’s pretty solid one through seven. The last two spots are going to be black holes for the time being, at least until A-Rod gets back and bumps Ransom out and everyone else down a spot. Perhaps that will even spur some production from Gardner. For now, though, the Yanks will have to settle for seven solid hitters and no real superstar.

I’m a bit surprised that Girardi didn’t move Cano up in the order. Matsui’s down batting seventh, but Cano remains in the sixth spot. Sliding Cano into the cleanup spot would not only take advantage of his hot bat, but it would set the order nicely: R, L, S, L, S, R, L, R, S. Melky, despite his two double plays yesterday, gets the start in center. With Kazmir on the mound it seems like a good a day as any to sit Gardner, though I suspect he’d fare no worse than Melky despite the platoon advantage.

On the pitching side, Chien-Ming Wang looks to rebound from his shaky start to 2009. In 13 appearances against the Rays in his career, Wang has held them to a .255/.303/.350 line, going 7-4 with a 3.35 ERA. In two stars last year Wang pitched 13 innings and allowed just one run. That’s the kind of performance the Yanks are going to need out of him tonight. He’s opposed by Scott Kazmir, who has a 2.51 career ERA against the Yanks in 68 innings. Last year he held the Yanks to two runs in 17 innings over three appearances. Maybe we’ll get an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel tonight.

We end today’s game thread on a sad note. Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas passed away while preparing for his job today. What a way to go. He was 73. Even those not in the Philadelphia area probably know Kalas’s voice. He did the voiceovers for NFL Films and the Campbell’s Chunky Soup commercials. RIP, Harry. Broadcasting just lost a great talent.

And as if that’s not sad enough Mark Fydrich was found dead at his home today. He was 53. Many of us are too young to remember The Bird, who retired from baseball in 1980 at age 25. He made his mark on the league by pitching 250 innings of 2.34 ERA ball at age 21 in 1976. Alas, he managed just 27 starts for the rest of his career. Fydrich will always have a special place in my heart; I did a biography report on him in the first grade…I believe my parents still have a photo of me in my homemade Tigers jersey.

The lineup:

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

And on the mound, number forty, Chien-Ming Wang.

How far down the generational line will the Yanks honor Ruth?
Game Seven Spillover Thread
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    Kalas would do the, um, play-by-play on the Puppy Bowl too. That always tickled my funny bone.

    RIP Harry the K. Philly lost an icon today.

  • El Generalissimo

    I want Ajax to stay in AAA for at least 60% of the year, he clearly needs to work on his plate discipline and rushing him would be akin to a knee jerk reaction of bringing Hughes up after 2 AAA starts. With that said, how much long of him destroying AAA will it take he is now batting .500, and with Gardner not playing particularly well in the field or at the plate… it isnt long before everyone starts with the bring Ajax up theme.

    I would like to know other’s take on this… because I hope the Yanks dont rush him. Our offense without Tex and Arod has been doing the job– so I dont think there is a reason to make a change.

    Also, I realize its so early in the season I am just posing the question…

    • gxpanos

      C’mon, take a deep breath. It’s not out of the ordinary to hit .500 like FOUR GAMES into the season. They should leave him down there 100% of the year, except for maybe a cup of coffee. Would he really be THAT much better than Gardner in the bigs at this point? Let’s not rush, or have unrealistic expectations for AJax.

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

    Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle for the Dodgers in their home opener

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

      …and it’s only the sixth inning

      • VO

        Twice in 1 game? Im happy he is on all 3 of my fantasy teams!

  • gxpanos

    It’s surprising that Wanger’s numbers are that good against the Rays, with many of them coming on turf, especially last year. Nice to see. I hope he figures it out tonight.

  • r.w.g.

    Just leave Cano where he is. He is more comfortable in that part of the line-up. Have you learned nothing from watching him through the years? He is a great, great hitter.. but he obviously does not want to be the top dog on the team yet and he likes batting sixth (I’m pretty sure he’s even said as much).

    Don’t move him. Don’t ask for him to be moved. Don’t wonder about it. Just leave him alone and let him hit and maybe he’ll actually have the season he’s supposed to.

    • whozat

      “He is a great, great hitter.. but he obviously does not want to be the top dog on the team yet and he likes batting sixth (I’m pretty sure he’s even said as much).”

      If he is a great, great hitter, then he will hit whether he’s 3rd, 4th, or 6th. If his terrible start in 2007 was due to being moved up in the order, and he could not recover despite being moved back down in pretty short order, then he is a headcase of the highest magnitude.

  • UWS

    The choice of intro music in the Mets’ opening ceremony is somewhat puzzling.

  • Ben B.

    Joe, shouldn’t it be “And on the mound, number forty, Chien-Ming Wang, number forty”?

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

      Sheppard I am not.

  • Chip

    How long before Ransom gets a sit in favor of Pena? Gardner, Damon, Posada, Swisher, Tex, and Matsui have all sat out at least one game yet Ransom just keeps going.

  • Chip

    So how long of a leash does Coke have before Robertson replaces him? The guy just plain dominates. He threw 3 innings today of one-hit ball with 7 K’s and doesn’t require a 40-man move

  • Mark B

    Philly, you lost a good man, great father and husband and an incredible broadcaster….RIP, Harry Kalas – you were and will always be one of the best!

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

    the sign they just flashed at the trop has Gardner starting over Cabrera…who’s wrong? Us or them?

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

      All the beat writers have Melky in.

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

        Ok, apologies for the fuss

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

          The way Kay is fawning over the Rays you’dda thought he was a homer for the Rays.

      • Chip

        Gameday has Melky in the lineup

  • Yankeegirl49

    I loved seeing Fidrych as a kid…he was so much fun to watch!
    Im gonna miss Kalas on the NFL highlights more than anything.
    RIP and thoughts go out to both of their families.

  • Alex S

    surrealistic? i never heard that before lol

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

    Of course the Mets would give up a homer to the first batter in Citi Field’s history.

    • UWS

      On the third friggin’ pitch, no less!

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

      Oh man that is brilliant

    • Yankeegirl49

      Gotta love it!

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

      Only the Mets.

  • UWS

    Who had Jody Gerut in the “first homerun in CitiField history” pool?

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

      Heh, I guess Mike had the wrong center fielder leading off with a dinger in the Opening Game of the wrong New York stadium.

  • Rich

    I’m not worried about Tex. Tendinitis can be painful, but it’s still completely treatable.

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

    Man, CitiField is GIGANTIC. I can not get over how tall the walls are and how huge the gaps are.

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

      It’s supposed to be a pitcher’s park.

    • UWS

      And they STILL managed to give up a homer!

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

        Dude, it’s the METS.

  • GG

    So no word on if Tex would be able to pinch hit tonight or not?

  • Rich

    Given Nady’s L/R splits (.051 OPS advantage v. L), this would be a good game for him to breakout.

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

    Who should I listen to, the Rays or Yankees radio announcers?

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

      I’ve never had a problem with the Rays guys.

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

    Jeter’s 1-for-his-last-18 and hitting leadoff? Ayayay.

    • Sam

      Send him down

      • VO

        Trade him with Melky and Kennedy for Varitek he wins ball games.

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

    The Mets got Carlos Zambrano for Kazmir? Kay’s in mid-season form.

    • Rich

      He corrected himself. Someone must have emailed him.

  • Accent Shallow

    Here’s hoping Kazmir throws 120 pitches in 5 innings tonight.

    • Sam

      Here’s hoping we knock him out of the game before 5

  • Rich

    The YES gun is useless.

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

    Keep throwin’ those pitches, Kazmir.

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

    Even when Swisher makes an out he looks good doing so

  • Chip

    Even Swisher’s outs are impressive

  • Mike

    Here we go…. we always know what we’re going to get out of Wang right away.

  • Chris K

    Kazmir has to work on his velocity, 50 mph fastballs aren’t gonna cut it.

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

      Bust.

    • Accent Shallow

      Am I misremembering, or did he used to throw 95+ on a consistent basis?

  • Accent Shallow

    Yikes, I’d rather have Iwamura leading off than Upton.

  • Moshe Mandel

    I had forgotten how annoying those cowbells were. Maddening.

    • Chris K

      Needs a lot less cowbell, like, none.

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

      I NEED MORE COWBELL!

  • Jake H

    We need a good first inning.

    • Chip

      Not gonna happen considering this ump has no low strikezone

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

    Lovely Wang. Exactly how you want to start a game -_-

    • Accent Shallow

      Argh.

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

    This is going to be a very long night.

  • Rich

    Yeah Carl, he was throwing at you. Sheesh.

  • Mike

    Looks like i’m going to have no problem turning on 24 at 9:00.

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

      House still loses to baseball. Thank god for Ninja Video.

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

    Not throwing anything close to strikes.

  • Jake H

    Eiland got CC to get some adjustments but not wang.

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

    Wang looks like shit. Everything’s up.

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Emphasis on “EVERYTHING

    • Raf

      4 batters in and its easy to see he doesnt have it. nothing low at all.

  • Rich

    Whoa.

  • Chip

    He’s getting lucky they aren’t destroying those high sinkers

  • Rich

    Pena called time and Wang didn’t throw at his head. What’s up with that?

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

    Ugh.

  • Rich

    IBB?

  • Chip

    Wonderful

  • Rich

    Portly ump won’t cut Wang a break.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Trade Wang for Peavy!!?!?!INTEROBANG

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Awesome!

  • Drew

    okay.. wang wtf

  • Jake H

    F that ump.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    rays get on base = rays score

  • Mike

    Wang fuckin sucks. Thank God he isn’t our #1 anymore.

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

    A day like today is where you really miss having a long reliever. I’m not even sure he’s gonna make it out of the second at this rate.

  • dkidd

    once shea closed, burrell was like “see you later national league”

  • Christopher

    Does Wang have any options left?

    • Moshe Mandel

      Seriously?

  • Dave

    Good thing we won yesterday….

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Pat Burrell kills both NY teams, not just the Mets apparently.

    Wang…wtf.

  • Rich

    He really is effectively the #5 starter right now.

  • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

    ZOMG WANG SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX TRAE HIM FOR PEENUTSSSSS!!!11

    gb2Lohud imo.

    Also, Wanger is throwing BP right now.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    High sinkers, middle of the plate… not the best way to get major league hitters out.

  • Drew

    I coulda hit that one….

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

    When did Kei Igawa start wearing #40?

    • VO

      ICWUDT

  • Yankeegirl49

    This sucks!

  • Matt M.

    another disadvantage to micromanaging the bullpen last night– this game will eat up the bullpen again tonight.

    • Drew

      This is bad

  • Mike

    Another run and its over. This joke of a lineup isn’t scoring more than 4 runs.

    • Chip

      I’ve seen stranger things happen

  • dkidd

    they’re already booing at citifield

    • Alex S

      why?

      • Chip

        2 outs and the pitcher up leads to the Pads scoring three runs

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        The Mets play there…?

  • Flynn

    CMW again showing his #4 starter stuff

  • E-ROC

    Wang’s stuff is too strong again?

    • Rich

      The YES gun is unreliable, but when that used to happen, he was throwing at 95-96.

    • Chip

      He should run a mile before every start

  • VO

    That was a strike

  • desus

    28 pitches already? Sweet Mo help us.

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

    Do any of you guys think perhaps Wang altered his delivery while rehabbing from the foot injury?

    You don’t just all of a sudden start to leave sinkers up.

    • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

      strange things are afoot at the circle K

  • John

    His velocity is down according to gameday

  • Jake H

    Why the hell hasn’t Eiland gone out there?

    • Mike

      I think he did

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      He already did, I believe. At least, John Sterling said so.

  • Rich

    That might be Navarro’s first INF hit…EVER.

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

    Robbie saved a run there.

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

      But with Navarro running he could have planted and thrown.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Wang’s just gonna have to take this one on the chin.

    • John

      or on the forehead

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

    Holy crap, he’s not gonna make it out of the first, is he?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Wang’s first start, they blamed the poor results on some mechanical flaw, wasn’t it? Can anybody tell me if he’s having the same problem or is it a completely diffenret thing.

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

      I was at a seder his first start, but right now he looks incredibly awkward on the mound.

  • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

    Let’s get it alllllll out now.

    What I don’t understand is how can technology improve so much but the radar guns are absolutely useless now. It’s like they’ve gotten worse over time rather than better…

  • dkidd

    good thing we have tomko as a long man. oh, wait…

    • Mark B

      we were on the same wavelength…

    • Mike

      atleast we won yesterday and will still be over .500 with a loss today. oh wait

  • Mark B

    Games like this would make it nice to have a long man like Tomko available if needed early on…

  • Flynn

    2 starts, 2 games where you don’t give your squad a chance. I’m glad they didn’t give him a long term deal- you need to make adjustments in game, he can’t (apparently can’t make between game adjustments either).
    Fuck

    • Rich

      He’ll eventually pitch well, and when his value is up, you explore a trade.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    1 out. hahahahahhahaha

  • Jake H

    What is the record for # of pitches in an inning?

  • Alex S

    we’re fucked

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    How many of Girardi’s decisions have backfired. I can count atleast 4.

    • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

      In this game alone.

      Pitch #2, #18, #25, and #32. All Girardi’s fault.

    • Joop

      What in the hell does this have to do with Girardi’s decisions.

  • Christopher

    How many innings could Albaladejo?

    • Christopher

      go? lol

      • Flynn

        2 tops.. The pen will be shot after tonight because CMW is a chump

  • Yankeegirl49

    That last pitch looked like a beer league softball pitch.

  • Drew

    ayayaya. this is bad

  • Rich

    We accept the gift, Gross.

  • Mike

    get this cocksucker out of the game

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

    Tell Hughes to line up his future starts with Wang, not Joba.

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

    Gift out.

  • Stryker

    here’s where i wish we had a long man in the ‘pen. what the FUCK wang?! two starts in a row..

  • dkidd

    nice clean inning

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Thank Mo they gave us an out.

  • Moshe Mandel

    It is amazing how quickly people forget how good Wang has been as a Yankee. Does he have any options? Trade him? 4th starter stuff? Ridiculous.

    • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

      You didn’t get the memo: the season’s over!

      TRAED WONG!1

    • Chip

      I agree, if he settles down and can get through 5 and not allow more than one more run then we have a shot of winning this.

    • A.D.

      ZOMG why didn’t they trade him for teh SANTANA, CASH IS WORST GM EVER I want Dayton Moore !!!!!!11111!!!

      • A.D.

        In all seriousness, its annoying that he’s struggling early, but one can imagine that a sinker ball pitcher could have some issues coming back from a crazy foot injury.

        • Rich

          There are plenty of good reasons to have a plan to trade him. It has nothing to do with a bad start.

    • Rich

      It’s not about forgetting anything. It’s about understanding that he may not be an outlier forever, that they have several cheaper rotation options that could be blocked, and that at some point he will require a long term commitment.

      There’s a plan, not panic at all.

      • Moshe Mandel

        Why exactly would he stop being an outlier? It does not take four years to learn a pitcher. In regard to rotation options that could be blocked, I would never trade established major league talent assuming that minor leaguers will succeed.

        • Rich

          Because there are very few pitchers in MLB history that continue to be a top of the rotation starter with such a low K rates.

          That’s your choice, but if CC, AJ, Joba, and Hughes are in the rotation, that leaves one spot for Kennedy, Brackman, McAllister, Aceves, Bleich, Kontos, etc.

          With their dearth of young position players and position prospects, trading Wang at the right time (it may be after this season), could be a great way to fill that void.

          • Moshe Mandel

            Yeah, but those pitchers cratered much sooner. Most statheads have finally conceded that Wang is an outlier and he is not going away.

            • Rich

              My reading of the consensus is contra, but beyond that, there is the question of filling needs by trading from strength and making a tough call on a long term contractual commitment.

              Again, it’s a cold-hearted business decision, not one made at time when his mechanics are a mess.

              • Moshe Mandel

                Really? You’ve seen something in the last year or so about Wang not being able to keep it up? Because I have not.

  • A.D.

    Heh 140+ comments after 1 inning

  • Chip

    Finally, a groundout

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

    Oh l-rd have mercy on our soul, the inning is over.

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

      . . . and all probability so is the game with Kazmir going. His ERA vs the Yanks is in the mid 2’s over the past 3 years. He doesn’t go long, but usually gives up very little.

  • Drew

    he gt a grounder.. maybe he’ll get sme more

  • nathan

    Well, TB is not the doormat team anymore and they have some real good players… these sort of games are to be expected, time for the hitters to get warmed up today

  • Alex S

    how many pitches did wang throw?

    • Chip

      42

      • Alex S

        damn…..

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

          Why, you looking to keep him in the game after that monstrosity he just pitched?

          • Alex S

            just curious

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        He was just celebrating Jackie Robinson Day early.

  • Mike

    Atleast Wang showed a lot of emotion that inning and looked upset with himself…..

  • E-ROC

    2 outs!

  • Brendan

    I’m glad Wang is scheduled to pitch Friday when I go to the game…

    • A.D.

      ?

      Joba would be pitching Friday

  • John

    we need a miracle now to win…we need Melky/Ransom to get lucky.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Only 4 down, facing Kazmir… It kinda feels out of reach.

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

    Let’s play a game

    How do you piece together the bullpen for the rest of this game? Only Albie, Ramirez and Mo didn’t pitch yesterday.

    • A.D.

      Well given Veras threw 5 pitches I imagine he’s available:

      Wang gets you to 5, Alby 2, Edwar 1…since we’re soo pessimistic we probably loose so no 9th.

  • Joop

    I can’t wait to read some of the comments today.

  • John

    Hopefully we hit better than .236 with RISP

  • Rich

    RUFKM

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

    ….I hate BJ Upton. I thought that was gone.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      He’s right up there with Brian Roberts.. always killing us.

  • Alex S

    motherfucker…..i thought that was a hr

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

    I can’t even be upset, I’m just glad I witnessed that play live.

    • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

      I peed myself a little, that was amazing.

  • Mike

    Atleast the bullpen or girardi can’t blow this game. it’s always good to spread around the fuckups.

  • dkidd

    wow

  • Drew

    see gardner, thats how u are not afraid of the wall

  • Accent Shallow

    Way to pick up Wang that inning, offense.

  • Mike

    Sweet! Let’s get Wang back out there!

  • John

    Nice quick inning…

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

    Kay totally oversold that. Very nice, but not an eye popping catch.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Hell of a catch

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    http://winexp.walkoffbalk.com/expectancy/search

    We still have a 7.5% chance of winning this one! Don’t give up hope!

  • Christopher

    Just out of interest, what’s the ruling if that fly-ball to Upton would have hit the wall first and then bounced into his glove (without hitting the floor).

    • Chip

      The wall is the same thing as the ground, it’d be a live ball

    • Mike

      Doesn’t matter if it didn’t hit the ground, still hit something else first. Wouldn’t be a catch.

    • Drew

      hit

  • http://deleted RollingWave

    Jesus christ, get it together Wang

  • Brazilian Yankee

    That catch right there just showed me this is not our day.

    • Yankeegirl49

      My thoughts exactly.

  • C.Panella

    This is borderline enbarassing no?

    • Chip

      Dude, we’re down 4-0 not 14-0. I mean if Swisher comes up and hits a three-run homer, we’re only down a run.

    • A.D.

      no

      • A.D.

        well i should amend that, maybe for wang

      • C.Panella

        LOL i know if i was wang right now id be embarassed

  • Flynn

    way to step uo O, 6 up 6 down. Gutless

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

    And it starts again. Should I turn on House now?

  • SWB

    Does anyones Extra Innings Free Preview Still work?

    • Alex S

      nope shut off tdy

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

    Gary Matthews play > The Catch.

  • C.Panella

    With no Tex arod and basically no wang ive lost a huge amount of confidence in this team

    • Chip

      Dude, 7 games that’s all we’ve played. Tex plays tomorrow and A-Rod comes back on May 1st. We got great starts by CC, Pettite, AJ and Joba this week. Keep that up and it doesn’t matter how well Wang does

  • Mike

    Hey Wang is consistent though, that has to count for something right?

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

    …did I say I hate BJ upton?

  • A.D.

    Man the KC Royals spending just boggles my mind:

    Guillen: 12M
    Farns: 4.25M
    Mahay: 4M
    Cruz: 2.25M (probably worth the money, but not really integral the missing piece)

    So we’re looking at 20.5M wrapped up in 3 relievers and a not so hot RF, and this isn’t really “hindsight always being 20/20” since many of these signings were iffy when they were signed. But with that money they could have gone after any FA they wanted this year, even be in the Holliday sweepstakes next year, or gotten some solid buys this year…such a waste.

  • D-Roc

    Ok so how about a long reliever on this team?

  • dkidd

    tampa makes other teams look old

    where are the amphetamines when you need them?

    • Alex S

      swisher took them all

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

    Eh, screw this, I’m watching the rest of this game on MLB.TV. I’m not wasting the precious pixels of my HDTV on this crap.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Two pitch outs with a man on third???

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

    I hate a lot of things that managers do, but pitching out on the first pitch is the WORST.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Will Posada throw somebody out this season?

    • A.D.

      he already has.

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

    This is disgusting.

  • Mike

    Hit a fuckin grandslam so I can turn the game and not waste anymore time on this team

  • Moshe Mandel

    If Joba was a reliever, the Yankees could focus on getting to the 8th inning at this point.
    /Kruk’d

  • dkidd

    there’s a cat on citifield!!!!

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

      Please tell me its a black cat.

  • Drew

    okay. Routine Triple play

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    What a stupid risk by Reyes on that play. You’re down 3 early in the game–you need baserunners, not stupid “hustle” plays.

    And that cat looked like a skinnier version of my cat.

    • Chip

      I liked it, he was safe if he could hold onto the bag

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        It’s not worth the risk considering they’re down 3 and need runners.

  • Alex S

    longoria. grand slam. i’m calling it

    • Yankeegirl49

      one batter too early

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

    On the bright side, if Longoria goes yard my fantasy team jumps for joy.

    • Alex S

      if kazmir throws a CG shutout, then so does mine

      • Yankeegirl49

        And THIS is why I cannot do fantasy baseball!

        • Chip

          Yeah, it gets me thinking badly about the Yankees too sometimes which is why I can’t do it

        • A.D.

          if you really can’t stand having to have players succeed against the Yanks, then just do an NL only league

    • A.D.

      cosign

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      not when you have wang and longoria on your team

  • Chip

    Triple play, triple play

    • Drew

      u know it.

      • Alex S

        damn pirates

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Brett Tomko says Hi.

    • A.D.

      he’s not even a long reliever anymore, shutting the door for SWB!

  • Drew

    WTF!! that was a K

  • Stryker

    bases loaded and no outs. greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttt

  • Chip

    HE’S THINKIN WITH HIS DIPSTICK!!!

  • C.Panella

    Every Single pitch wang is throwing is up and mashable

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

    For the love of all that’s holy GET HIM OUT OF THERE

  • Jake H

    This guys zone is terrible.

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

    Thank you Joe.

  • Drew

    Didn’t see this start coming.

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

    Anyone have some early calculations on Wang’s ERA? I know the base runners are his, but just wondering.

    • Will

      23.14

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Via Gameday: 23.14 w/o any other runners scoring.

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

        Muchas Gracias. Now with the grand slam?

  • Alex S

    at least that wasnt carl pavano bad

  • D-Roc

    Wow can anyone say Phil Hughes? I’d take Kennedy over Wang right now, fuck id take igawa

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

      Wow, can anyone say the second fucking start of the season compared to roughly three seasons worth of positive results?

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

      I’d take Kennedy over Wang right now, fuck id take igawa

      You know damn well that you wouldn’t.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Where’s the quick hook Girardi is known for?!

  • Chip

    Shit, took over 60 pitches to get three outs. I’d imagine a reliever might get called up after this game but I’m not sure who. Robertson pitched three innings today and he’s probably the only 40 man guy I’d want up right now

    • A.D.

      Claggett

  • A.D.

    Plus: You get to meet and talk to Erin Andrews

    Downside: everyone looks like you as the douche that spent 7k+ on seats to one game owned by one of the more infamous characters right now.

    • Joey

      And what makes it that much worse are they’re METS tickets

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

    Yeah John, the Yanks have certainly made a statement.

  • Rich

    OK, I’m out.

  • Accent Shallow

    Here’s hoping Wang’s next start is merely bad, rather than cataclysmically awful.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Orel Hershieser: B-Jobbing moron.

    • A.D.

      Was he the one that just said their hurting his career for the teams “needs”

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        He said they’re putting Joba’s career ahead of the team’s needs, which is very stupid, considering the Yankee pen was strong last year and has been, aside from two innings this season. No one at ESPN is required to do any research, apparently.

  • C.Panella

    LOL at least now i can turn this game off

  • Alex S

    yerrrrr i’m out to play some call of duty

  • dkidd

    changing of the guard moment

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

    Well this is not going well.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    LOL someone asked for the grand slam. You got it =/

    • Alex S

      ehh i call longoria hitting it

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

    Well, in the words of my sage brother,

    “at least they cleared the bases”

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

    OK, that makes it easy. Anyone have Wang’s ERA for me?

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      28.93

    • Chip

      28.93

      Look at it this way, can’t get much worse!

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

      Kay just gave it.

      ERA-28.93

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

      28.91 ERA

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    Screw this game!

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    For those of you curious, House is pretty interesting.

    • dkidd

      can hugh laurie give us a few innings tonight?

  • Accent Shallow

    Was just about to ask how many runs will score before three outs are recorded. Ick.

  • Chip

    OK now I’m calling this game. Might as well put Ramiro Pena on the mound and save the bullpen

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    I just threw up a little bit

  • Joop

    Hey Mike, you got your wish. Please leave.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Christ alfuckingmighty. Time to play MLB ’09 and close gameday.

  • Stryker

    just……….wow.

  • Ben C

    wang’s era today = 72.00

  • whitty

    Game, blouses.

    Rough outing for Wang — whatever the issue is, it needs to be corrected and soon. Nip this in the bud before it becomes habit-forming.

  • Eirias

    Boom. Headshot.

    • whitty

      Feels like the Yankees are playing some FPS and the Rays are using some crazy wall-hack.

  • A.D.

    Short the Taiwanese stock exchange tomorrow?

    • A.D.

      check that it should already be open.

  • dkidd

    the steroid era is over. it’s a young man’s game again

  • Tripp

    Robertson today at AAA 3 innings 7 Ks.

  • Alex S

    maybe ramiro pena gets some playing time now???

  • Accent Shallow

    That was a solid hook right there from Albaladejo.

  • Smitt Dog

    How stupid does Burrell feel now?

  • Chip

    So, take out Jeter now and consider this a game of rest for him?

  • Drew

    All A rods fault..lol

  • Brazilian Yankee

    We got an out!!!!!!

  • http://thebronxbombersblog.com Vin R.

    FIRE ISAIAH

  • Chip

    Too bad we don’t have Joba around to pitch the 8th

  • E-ROC

    lol, at least Alby threw a strike.

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

    At this point i’m just interested in seeing who gets the Yankees’ first hit.

  • A.D.

    A-Rod cancer in the dugout !!!!111!!!

  • E-ROC

    1 out.

  • Dave M

    Just turned the game on 9-0. Wang is out. WTF!!!!!!! I guess there’s no point in watching this mess.