Series Preview: Yankees (1-2) at Royals (2-1)

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After a rough start to the season, the Yanks picked up their first victory on Thursday and hope to ride that into their first series win of the season this weekend in Kansas City. They’ll see the season debuts of Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlian, and CC Sabathia gets a chance for redemption on Saturday.

The Royals are rolling after their first series with the White Sox. If not for a poor decision to let Kyle Farnsworth face Jim Thome, the Royals could have swept the defending AL Central champs, but they’ll take two out of three any day. Their starting pitching was stellar, allowing just one run over 20 innings while amassing 21 strikeouts and issuing four walks. Shaky youngster Kyle Davies impressed in his start yesterday, going 7 innings while allowing no runs on 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8.

The offense, while racking up just six runs during the series, hasn’t been too hot. New leadoff hitter Coco Crisp has two doubles and a homer — and the homer won the game in the top of the 9th yesterday. Alex Gordon recorded the first Royals run of the year with a homer on Tuesday, but that’s one of just two hits he has on the season. It’s still early, of course, and some of these guys could pick up the pace. Yet it’s not promising that the team has zero hits from first base so far this season, and that Jose Guillen, surprise surprise, has more strikeouts than hits.

The Yanks starting pitching struggled in the first two games, but Burnett rebounded with a solid outing yesterday. The bullpen has been a bright spot, as it’s had basically one bad inning — the eighth on Opening Day — but has dominated in the past two games, allowing no runs in relief of Wang and Burnett. Pettitte could make it all right by going deep this evening and giving most of the bullpen a day off. That’s one of the strengths of the rotation: a bunch of guys who, when they are on, can go deep into games. The one exception, Joba Chamberlain, is surrounded by workhorses Sabathia and Wang.

On the offensive side of the ball there wasn’t much to complain about. The exception, perhaps, is the number of men they left on base, but that’s going to happen when you put a lot of guys on base in general. The Yanks put 45 runners on base in the first three games and scored 21 runs, so that’s not a terrible ratio by any means. Just imagine this lineup once A-Rod makes his triumphant return.

Here are the pitching match-ups for the series. All games are on YES and CBS 880 AM.

Friday, 4:10 p.m.
LHP Andy Pettitte vs. RHP Sidney Ponson

After getting bounced from the rotation late last year, Ponson went unnoticed for most of the winter until he turned in a decent WBC performance for the Netherlands. Kansas City then signed him to a minor league deal, and he won the fourth rotation spot out of camp. Hopefully the Yanks offense can repeat the last time they faced Ponson.

Saturday, 7:10
LHP CC Sabathia vs. LHP Horacio Ramirez

Nothing has been more frustrating over the past few years than the Yanks’ flailing efforts against soft-tossing, mediocre lefties. Over five appearances against the Yanks in his career Ramirez has held them to a .739 OPS, among his best against any team. They fared a bit better off him last year, when he faced them twice in relief appearances. The totals: 1 IP, 3ER, 0 K. He faced the Yanks as a starter twice with Seattle in 2007, going 6.1 innings of one-run ball the first time, but getting smacked around for four runs, three earned, in 5.2 innings the second go-round.

Sunday, 2:10
RHP Joba Chamberlain vs. RHP Gil Meche

As mentioned above, Meche had an impressive start to the season, allowing one run through seven innings of work, striking out six and walking none. He was in line for the victory until Kyle Farnsworth blew it in the eighth. He’ll get another chance at his first win against Joba, who gets his first start of the season. In 13 games lifetime against the Yanks, Meche has held them to a .734 OPS. In one start last year he went six innings, allowing one run and striking out eight. The Yanks are hoping for a result closer to 2007, where they mashed Meche for 13 runs over 17.1 innings, with just six strikeouts.

Keys to the series

The key to any series is scoring more runs than you allow. It’s a revelation, I know, but that seems to be the way you win baseball games. Specifically, the Yanks will have to tee off on the ass-end of the Royals rotation and pick up those first two games. There’s no reason that Pettitte should lose to Ponson, and even less reason (yes, less than none) that CC should lose to Horacio freaking Ramirez. Meche is a dicier proposition, but if the Yanks head into the game already up 2-0, it might make things a bit easier.

One thing I’d like to see in the series: Ramiro Pena get a start at third. The best time would have been tonight, though, since Cody Ransom’s strength is against lefties. There’s always Sunday.

Tonight’s lineup:

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

Keeping up with the Royals:

I often talk about keeping up on all 30 MLB teams with an RSS reader. For the Royals, I mostly read beat writer Sam Mellinger’s blog and his newspaper, the Kansas City Star. If any Royals fans are reading and write a blog which is updated at least once daily, email me and I’ll check it out: josephp at riveravebles dot com.

RAB Live Chat
Game 4 spillover thread
  • OldYanksFan

    Our ARod-less hitting has been pretty good…. Cano and Po been real bright spots. But if you look at our RISP, especial if you exclude some of the positive piling-on RISP from last night, it’s downright dreadful…. well below a BA of .200. Once again, a solo HR is more apt to happen then getting a guy in from third with less then 2 out (NO outs in some cases).

    Let’s hope this is just small sample size and goes away.

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

      We have yet to score less than five runs a game. If you score 5 runs a game every game and have something vaguely resembling starting pitching and an effective bullpen, you’re not going to lose a lot of games.

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

      Cano and Po been real bright spots.

      + Swisher and Tex.

      (Yes, the good game 3 outweighs the bad games 1 and 2 for Tex.)

    • pat

      But if you look at our RISP, especial if you exclude some of the positive piling-on RISP from last night, it’s downright dreadful….

      If you choose to look at a portion of any data set that is not favorable it is always going to look unfavorable.

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

    Sidney Ponson, we meet again.

    Also, just as an FYI: The Royals have placed Jose Guillen on the DL with a groin strain. I’m always happy not to face someone who hits well against the Yanks.

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

      That José Guillen contract sure looks real good now, doesn’t it?

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        still better than the mo vaughn contract

        • A.D.

          Or the Russ Ortiz contract

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

            Or the Kenji Johjima contract.

            • A.D.

              Albert Belle

              • pat

                Alex Rodriguez

                • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

                  Kei Igawa

                • A.D.

                  Dontrelle Willis & Nate Robertson

                • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

                  Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez

                • btour99

                  Barry Zito

                • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

                  CC Sabathia

                • btour99

                  Even after 24 hours, it still feels great to look at Pavano’s line from yesterday.

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

                  Best thread ever?

                • Thomas

                  Darren Dreifort, Carlos Silva

                • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

                  Miguel Tejada, Eric Byrnes

                • Drew

                  Washburn, recent Shef deal

                • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

                  Jeremy Bonderman, Juilio Lugo, Jason Varitek

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

    How the Royals are paying 71M for that pathetic roster boggles my mind.

    Especially since it doesn’t even include a contract extension for Grienke yet.

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      i told you their going to win that divison

      • pat

        These two things are not related.

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

        This is sarcasm, right?

        • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

          nope

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

            Um… yeah, then you totally lost me.

            Me: This team is paying buttloads of money for a bunch of pretty crappy players, and they have significant future financial obligations that they’re going to have to take care of sometime soon.
            You: Told you they were freaking awesome.
            Me: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

            • pat

              Did I catch a niner in there? Are you talking on a walkie talkie?

            • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

              the nope was sarcasm

              since i regret i actually picking the royals to win the divison.

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

                Ah, okay.

    • A.D.

      I saw it explained somewhere else, where they summed it up to the Royals have spread their budget out to have okay salaries for a bunch of mediocre players, where if they had just gone with team controlled/league min guys, they they actually could have spent that money on a few players that are actually good & help the team win.

    • Thomas

      The Royal’s payroll should be like $40 million ($10 million for Meche and $30 million for the rest).

      I guess that is why you don’t pay $4 million to all your relievers.

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

        Or carry 6 first basemen.

        • A.D.

          if only they could trade for Nick Johnson

          • Thomas

            They’d never want Nick Johnson. His OBP is above .300.

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

    Looks like it’s freezing in KC

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

    For anyone that thinks the screen at the new YS is too big, check this out

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/files/2009/04/photo12.jpg

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

      That looks ridiculous

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        probably isnt even HD

    • A.D.

      Kauffman stadium has lost teh mystique with that screen!!!!1111!!!!

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

        “Welcome to the New K.”

        Instead of actually signing good players, we blew our wad on this huge screen to make it easier for you to watch the crappy ones we already had.

  • John

    ESPN says the game is being delayed due to ceremonies.

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      ceremonies for what?

      • pat

        opening day

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

          Get used to it.

          We’re also in the Rays home opener on Monday.

          4 opening days for the Yanks this year.

    • AJ

      Screw the ceremonies – let’s get to the game!

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

      Yeah my brother just asked me about that.

      I think I should post in the game threads here. They seem rational.

  • southernyankeefan

    if the yankees get shutdown by ponson i might lose it

    • btour99

      Ponson might lose it too.

  • John

    A-rod is probably dying to play in this game…it seems like he always kills the Royals.

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

      Didn’t he always have like ridiculous 2 hr games against the Royals?

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

        What an unclutchy assburglar.

      • John

        it seemed like it, and as commented by southernyankeefan, I think he had that one game where he hit 2 HRs in the same inning and he was hurt a bit too. The 2nd HR was in the upper deck in left field and Jeter had this funny look of disbelief on his face after it.

  • southernyankeefan

    i think he hit 2 hrs in the same inning against the royals

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

      I know he did that against the Mariners. I love it when Yankees do that. So much fun.

      • John

        yeah…good times

  • John

    Since I’ve been on RAB like 7 months and started commenting like 6 months ago after the season was over…Are Series Previews the game threads?

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

      Only when they say “game thread”

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

      Series Preview threads are the Game Threads for the first game of the series. We’re trying something new.

      • John

        gotcha

  • Drew

    Fashion tip: Kay, avoid the Blazing Copper/Neon Pumpkin Tie.

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

      I wonder if his Blazing Copper tie has a panoramic Vista moonroof on it.

      • Drew

        I doubt it

  • AJ

    What could the Royals possibly be doing for nearly 20 minutes? The only thing they can celebrate is not finishing in the cellar last year.

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

      They were pretty damned good in the 80s…

      • AJ

        So their slogan for 2009 is:

        The Kansas City Royals – Celebrating 20 years of futility!

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      and George Brett

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

      They’re probably lathering up their bats with pine tar.

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

    For as much as I clown on the Royals, I do love their uniforms.

    The home whites, the road grays, and even the baby blues. Love them all.

    Just no more of that ridiculous black, please. Thanks, guys.

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      i like those fountains and waterfalls too.

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

        They got rid of the fountains.

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

          Huh? I’m looking at them on TV right now!

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

            The big ones.

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

              Oh, right.

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

        Yeah, Kaufmann’s pretty awesome.

        I always thought they should have ran that grandstand all the way around the foul poles, though. It still weird to not see stadium when you look down the lines, feels a little amateurish.

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

    Man, I love MLB.TV. Listening to Harry Kalas (you recognize him from those NFL Films presentations) broadcast Phillies games is amazing; that man’s voice is majestic.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      You’re an old soul Jamal.

    • dkidd

      i grew up in philadelphia. listened to him and richie ashburn call the 1980 phils-astros playoff. great great announcer.

  • btour99

    KC fans have to be told what to do with their hats and where to place their hands during our national anthem?

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

      Isn’t it customary for the PA to say that at any and every event?

  • btour99

    Dudes got lungs!!

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

    Holy crap that guy is amazing

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

    That saxophonist >>>>>>>>> Mariah Carey

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

      IA

    • whozat

      Circular breathing FTW. You kinda puff up your cheeks and throat with air that you can push through the sax while you inhale more air through your nose. Repeat ad infinitum. It’s hard!

      Shitty AB there, cap.

  • pat

    pretty sick on the sax

  • Batty

    Anyone else having issues with Gameday? Keep getting scripting errors in both Firefox and IE.

    Man I wish the Yanks would have people play – we have some of the best musicians in the world, you don’t think a few of them would like to open up the game?

    • John

      yea I got an unresponsive script message too and im using Firefox

  • southernyankeefan

    Can we start the game alredy??

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Anthony Kim had 10 birdies today at Augusta. That’s sick……..sorry, I’m stuck at work.

    • southernyankeefan

      11 set the record

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Nasty

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

    Sidney Ponson makes any uniform look disgusting.

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

    Big numbers for Jeter…and a weak grounder. It’s almost poetic.

  • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

    If the Yanks make Ponson look like a Cy winner……

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

      Don’t worry, at the very least he won’t pitch a no-hitter. So however bad it might be, it could be worse.

      • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

        This is true. Thanks for the silver lining.

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

          They don’t call me Optimist Prime for nothing!

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

            She also can turn into a truck.

            It’s a cute, feminine truck, though.

            • Thomas

              Its similar to the Canyonero F-Series.

          • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

            And I just realized that it wasn’t Optimus Prime.

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

      Nope. I predict Ponson doesn’t make it through the 4th.

      Big game today.

  • southernyankeefan

    JOHN DAMON!!

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

    Heady play, Tex. Nice.

    • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

      When did heady become a word?

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

        Origin:
        1350–1400; ME hevedy, hedy. See head, -y

        Apparently, about 600 years ago.

        http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/heady

        • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

          Not the answer I expected.

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

            Me neither.

            I would have guessed 1700’s, tops.

      • pat

        Probably since the invention of beer.

  • pat

    Nice play tex

  • btour99

    Ponson’s “injury scare” is just an extension of the opening day ceremonies.

  • Drew

    HIP HIP

    • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

      Worst chant ever.

      • Drew

        I like it.

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

    Now see, it won’t even be a shut out!

    • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

      I’m watching Gameday, I’m a little behind. I just found that out now. Sweet.

  • LC

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://planetross.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/toys-021.jpg&imgrefurl=http://planetross.wordpress.com/2008/05/page/2/&h=3336&w=3000&sz=1373&tbnid=CRF5Fg5vBll5MM::&tbnh=150&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dthat%2Bwas%2Beasy&usg=__7_xVBgliKA_3OhscHBz0Z8B3-qo=&ei=B7HfSbeXL8vMlQffsuHgDg&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=4&ct=image

    • LC

      that was easy..2 run lead

  • Mike

    Just what the Doctor ordered…

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

    Funny, I always thought acquiring players was supposed to improve one’s club. Mike Jacobs has proven otherwise.

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

      Starting Jacobs over any of the other 1B’s on their roster makes monumentally less sense than starting Nady over Swisher.

  • ShawnT

    How long till matsui is out of the clean up spot?

    • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

      May 17.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    I know that was hit hard, but get in front of the ball Jacobs.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

      Man, the Royals can really pick it

  • dkidd

    he even freezes better than giambi!

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

    Whaddya know, Canó’s on fire.

  • pat

    Haha ponson is now a threat to his teammates.

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

    HAHAHAHAHAHA, this game is so over already.

    Sidney Ponson FTL.

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

    Defense matters. That’s two routine plays they botched.

    • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

      It’s the Royals.

    • dkidd

      hey, the royals needed a 1B with a .300 OBP. they we’re willing to sacrifice some defense

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        and hell hit 20 hrs

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

      HORRAY MIKE JACOBS!

  • btour99

    Melky would’ve crushed that 2-2 pitch off the face of the New K’s new screen.

    • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

      Yea, and he would have given it back by running in on a fly ball to the warning track.

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        im confused what does melky have to do with swisher

        • btour99

          You don’t see resemblances between the two?

          They are both Outfielders.
          They both play for the Yankees.
          They both have 7 letters in their last name.
          Cabrera has a secretary named Swisher.
          Swisher has a secretary named Cabrera.

          Do I need to continue?

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

            IETC

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

    That Firestone commercial was horrible.

    • btour99

      Yeah that one is horrible, but the one on the boat in a storm isn’t bad.

    • dkidd

      beats that male enhancement ad that looks like it was shot on someone’s phone

  • LC

    cano has a 15 game hitting streak dating back to last year. pretty impressive

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

      Call me when it’s at 55 =P

      • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

        Call me when it’s at 16.

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

    HOLY JETERIAN CATCH CANÓ!

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

    Andy looks like he’s just slinging it up there. He’s almost sidearming it.

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

      True, but there are two outs right now…

      He could throw it underhand for all I care, just as long as he got outs. Though I have to said, I’d love to see an eephus pitch.

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

    That was a very “crisp” defensive play there, Robbie.

  • Expired Milk

    Isn’t it awesome that we will probably get a better year out of Pettitte for 1/3 of the money we paid him last year. I’m starting to love our rotation more and more.

  • southernyankeefan

    nice robbie

  • The Evil Empire

    Is he dancing? What a funny stance.

    • dkidd

      he’s stirring the pot of love

  • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

    Five o clock bell. See ya.

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

    Anyone else noticing that Andy Pettitte looks really fluid with his delivery? Don’t quote me on this, but I think I remember reading that his delivery was a little stiff down the stretch last year.

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

      HgH.

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

      He had a bum shoulder last year.

  • dkidd

    how bummed is dejesus he wasnt traded to the yanks

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

    I love me some Alex Gordon.

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

      You must hate you some Cody Ransom…

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

      Gordon’s and Joba’s highschools were archrivals.

  • southernyankeefan

    cody got robbed

  • Brooklyn Ed

    so Ransom got robbed of a hit TWICE. at least once in each series.

  • alex

    ewwww that was an UGLY swing

  • pat

    fugly swing gardy

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    That was a pretty feeble effort by Gardner

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

    Wow, Jeter not looking like he’s owned Ponson.

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

    Cole Hamels is getting pimp-smakced.

  • dkidd

    the size of his head is anything but feeble

    • alex

      surprised it doesnt affect aerodynamics while he’s running.

  • southernyankeefan

    geez where dit this ponson come from

    • whozat

      OMG! He gave up a rocket to a replacement level 3B, K’ed a possibly-worse-than-replacement-level CFer, and then Jeter who clearly hasn’t had a good AB yet today.

      • southernyankeefan

        yeah but i was hoping for a perfomance like the first inning

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

    Damn, Adam Lind with 3 HR’s and 9 RBI already; who has him in our RAB league?

  • btour99

    Walk to Butler.

    Perfect game is gone, but no-no is still intact.

    • btour99

      Oh god, what have I done!?!?

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    The key to any series is scoring more runs than you allow.

    Better hope the YES execs are reading today.

    “This is the content we’re paying for? We can get that from Kim Jones and Jim Kaat fer crissakes!”

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      *aren’t

  • Drew

    Gardner is really looking bad at the plate early on this year.
    That’s alright Swish! You’re till the man.

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

    Oof.

    • mustang

      Swisher superior D at work there.

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

        Yeah, that one was brutal. Good thing Nady hasn’t made any misplays in RF yet–

        AAAAAAAAWWWW, TOO SOOOOOOOON???????

        • mustang

          agree.

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

    Once again, defense matters

  • dkidd

    yo la tengo!

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

    Is it me or are the commercial breaks between innings much shorter this year?

    • Drew

      They are just sucking us in.. lol Eventually they will get longer and longer.

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

    Somebody doctored that video – what the fuck is Jeter doing ranging to his left and actually fielding the ball?

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

    Heh, awesome Royals move:

    March 27, 1997: Traded Keith Lockhart and Michael Tucker to the Atlanta Braves for Jamie Walker and Jermaine Dye.

    Crappy Royals move:
    July 25, 2001: Traded Jermaine Dye to the Colorado Rockies (in a three way deal) for Neifi Perez.

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

    Gayest. Thing. Ever.

    http://beardoftruth.com/

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

      “I’m pretty sure I made Joba Chamberlain pee once.”

      No, you didn’t.

    • Thomas

      Wow that was gayer than TSJC’s “banhammer” pic yesterday.

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

        Heh.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

      Is it my Yankee bias that makes me find that so unfunny or is that just not funny? I’m thinking the second one.

    • pat

      Well considering yankee fans went apeshit for giambi’s mustache its not too terrible.

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

        I don’t recall any Yankee fans making animated website tributes to Giambi’s mustache.

        Especially animated website tributes where animated Giambi has beads of sweat running down the side of his face for no explicable reason.

      • Thomas

        Well, Giambi’s stache growing corresponded with him hitting well and made him look like a porn star. Youk has already had this beard and porn stache > thick goatee.

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

    So did the Yankees just say “hey, two runs, that’s all we need” and decide not to hit any more? This is Sidney Ponson people!!

    • mustang

      Give it another inning or two Ponson’s wheels can come off real fast.

    • mustang

      Like I was saying…

  • alex

    which is the better name, coco crisp or boof bonser?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    I think it’s time to knock Sidney Fatty around..

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    Pettitte is looking good today. Let’s get a big inning off of Ponson …he is ready to get lit up any inning

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

    Robbie Cano, MVP.

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    Cano!

  • Drew

    Cano>>>>>>>>Melvin Crousette

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

      BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!

      Also, C-R-O-U-S-S-E-T-T. He’s a Dominican force of nature, not a French pastry.

  • mustang

    This is the best I have ever seen Cano.

  • Drew

    haha/. bye bye nady

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

    So Swish made up for that defensive misplay.

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

    Swisher taketh, and giveth away

    • pat

      oo props for beaitng jamal, muahaha

      • pat

        *beating

        spelling FTL

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

    Cano and Swisher… Mmmmmmmmmmm.

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

    Nick Swisher taketh and Nick Swisher giveth.

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

      copycat

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

        Best form of flattery, no?

  • southernyankeefan

    is anybody else watching on mlb tv and having problems

    • mustang

      LMAO….. well said

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    Get Farnsworth up!

  • YankeeScribe

    Cano is on Fire! I love Swisher’s at-bats with RISP!

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

      Cano is on Fire! I love Swisher’s at-bats with RISP!

      That was enough.

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    Swisher should have went to third there….cmon

  • dkidd

    david cone is a great announcer

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

    Epic FAIL.

  • Drew

    haha

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

    Eek, got away on that one Swish.

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

      Actually, no nevermind. I didn’t realize that ball was caught on the fly, I thought it was a grounder and they were trying to nab Swish off second.

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

    You gotta reach base somehow…

  • alex

    HAHA

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    Gardner should bunt here

  • dkidd

    royals baseball

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Why bunt here?

  • mustang

    Ok I miss A-Rod.. that’s right I said it.

  • dkidd

    i love all the excitement over the fact we just gave up an out

  • pat

    good thing gardy got thrown out because it keeps captain doubleplay at bay

  • southernyankeefan

    swish almost pulled a nady on the bases

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

    Cody Ransom is an asshole.

    • dkidd

      IETC

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

    I was worried for a seck Jeter wasn’t going to come through.

    Bad baserunning from Ransom.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    Maybe some baserunning practice tomorrow morning

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

      Not that they actually do things like that

  • Sam

    And that’s why you’re the royals

    http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1779099

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

      “Simply complete the test at your leisure, and mail it in… just like the Royals do every year after the All-Star break.”

    • Thomas

      That’s great.

  • alex

    that’s why we bunt.

    • mustang

      that’s why

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Perhaps Joe Girardi should give Cody a little basic baseball lesson.

  • southernyankeefan

    yeah that was a HUYA by ransom

  • K.B.D.

    Mel Gibson: GIVE ME BACK MY BASERUNNER IN SCORING POSITION!

    • pat

      haha or simply put “RISP”

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

    Pettitte is FEELING IT!

    • mustang

      Not bad for an over hill broken down pitcher.
      Not saying you said that, but some people here did.

      • mustang

        over the hill

  • pat

    I frickin love that avis commercial.

    • Drew

      Ha me too. I’m wicked psyched to be here.

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

    4th and 5th starters Joba and Andy >>>>> 4th and 5th starters Wakefield and Penny

    • Sam

      Isn’t Smoltz was in there somewhere? Not that it makes any difference in that inequality

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

        4-5-6 starters Joba, Andy, and Hughes >>>>>>>> 4-5-6 starters Wakefield, Penny, and Smoltz

        • Sam

          The ever-elusive 6th starter should make its debut in major league baseball by May 15th

          • pat

            Do you mean Phil Hughes is gonna make a start for the Yankees by May 15th?

            • Sam

              No it was a bad joke going back to Mike’s assessment of Melancon in DOTF today

              • pat

                Heh, thats actually what I thought u were going for but I wasn’t sure.

    • K.B.D.

      That’s a bold, bold statement there.

      As Steve Phillips would argue, Joba is automatically a worse starter than an injured Penny because Joba is a reliever.

  • K.B.D.

    They are going opposite field in the air a bunch. Weakly though.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Yes just showed a Quit Smoking commercial.

    Except for you Andy Pettitte! You keep sa-moking!!!

  • Drew

    i <3 Tex

  • alex

    He’s kinda slow.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

      He’s got a step or too on Giambi though

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

        two

      • alex

        Sydney Ponson probably has a step or two on Giambi. I’m so happy i dont have to see him chugging around the bases anymore

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

    Mark’s warming nicely…

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

    Yay: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090410&content_id=4209814&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy

    BTW, if you’re not following MLB.com’s Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch, do so.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Yeah, thanks, completely forgot to mention the Twitter part.

    • John

      was about to report that but I figured Mike was going to have a post on it later…great news though and im still hoping for a late April return

    • Drew

      That was bullshit. At the same time, how the hell do you take a pitch that close, mainly Matsui’s. Get the guy in or over.

  • YankeeScribe

    No slow April for Tex this season!

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

    Is it me or should Matsui not be in the clean up spot?

    • K.B.D.

      It is you and your correct assessment of the situation.

    • YankeeScribe

      I feel the same. He should be on the bench but I guess they’re starting him out of respect. I’d rather see both Nady and Swisher in the lineup like yesterday…

      • Drew

        No way. Matsui over Nady all day. He should be in the 6/7 hole though.

    • John

      he shouldn’t

  • ShawnT

    Matsui blows!!!!!!!!!!!!…….
    put Cano in the clean up spot

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

    The last two called balls to Posada was a called strike to Matsui; stupid ump.

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

    Wow, he called that pitch balls one and two before.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Eric

    This umpire is getting a little crazy with the strike zone

  • Matt K

    Question. Is the advertisement behind the plate digital or is it really there in KC. It doesn’t look digital. I would be surprised if there was an MSG ad in KC.

  • btour99

    The strike zone is anywhere over the plate, or either batter’s box at the New K.

  • Sam

    Why not move Cano to 3rd and Tex to cleanup until Arod comes back?

    • alex

      I agree.

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

      Meh, leave Tex 3rd.

      1-Jeter
      2-Damon
      3-Tex
      4-Cano
      5-Posada
      6-Matsui
      7-Swisher
      8-Ransom
      9-Gardner

      • Drew

        he said when alex comes back

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

          No, he didn’t.

          • Drew

            mah bad. I misread it.

      • Sam

        Yeah that does a better job of keeping the lefties apart at the top part of the lineup

  • ShawnT

    Will the real cleanup hitter (cano) please stand up!!!!

    • El Generalissimo

      While I agree, I hesitate to touch cano, he is white hot, just leave him be for now.

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

    A 4-pitch walk for Cano.

    I am so pleased.

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

      Seriously, outside of Joba Chamberlain’s starts, Robbie Cano’s plate appearances were the thing I was most looking forward to this season.

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

    When did Canó get is fourth walk last year? August 14th?

  • dkidd

    i look forward to cano at-bats

  • John

    4 walks in 4 days and no Ks and a 15 game hitting streak…

  • Drew

    Someone swing the fucking bat.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    I could get strikeouts with a strikezone that big.

  • John

    Cano didn’t get his 4th walk until the 22nd game last year.

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

      Dang

  • southernyankeefan

    WTF is up with all the strikeouts from ponson

  • Drew

    He’s afraid of the wall. Second time he’s done that. He did it in B-more and that play led to a huge inning.

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

    Mike Jacobs is awesome.

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

      … at… making flatbread pizza.

      I’m gonna assume there’s gotta be some sort of qualifier there. That’s my best guess.

      • dkidd

        awesome at not getting on base 71% of the time

      • Sam

        Awesome at ensuring the Royals don’t score

  • dkidd

    i love cone advising youngsters to smash their pinkies

  • pat

    Nice Mordecai Three Finger Brown reference coney.

  • Drew

    Pettitte looking solid. Our offense has been awfully lucky. Hopefully we get the dreaded risp #’s up..

  • LC

    Wouldn’t it be great to see Pettitte go 7 innings? Rest the bullpen a little bit before Joba’s outing

    • alex

      isn’t CC going tomorrow?

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

        Yes indeedy.

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

    Andy Pettitte is a gamer.

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

      (head explodes)

      • Sam

        It’s not like he said he leads the league in grit

  • El Generalissimo

    Cody Ransom is worse then anyone predicted, at this rate he will start tomorrow, Pena on Sunday and hopefully forever after that. Arod back, ransom DFA

    • Sam

      That’s too bad. I had him penciled in as the Lou Gherig to Arod’s Wally Pipp in March

  • pat

    Ponson has always been the type of guy to have fun and punch Aruban judges in the face.

    • btour99

      truth!!

  • dkidd

    gardner gets the head out and bust right away…on jackson’s granny!!!

    • pat

      haha

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

    Wow, Jeter does not look good today, at all.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Ponson survived 6 innings… wow
    At least we’re winning.

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

      Prediction fail: Me

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

    The fact that Izod is the official clothing line of IndyCar does not make me want to wear Izod nor watch IndyCar.

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

      Heh, Izod.

  • dkidd

    talk about misbranding. not a lot of izod shirts at the daytona 500

    • pat

      not a lot of izod shirts at the daytona 500

      • Drew

        ietc

      • dkidd

        better

  • dkidd

    ponson and rasner started 35 games last year. amazing we won as many games as we did

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

    Farnsworth is warming up. Awesome.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Tex is going to take him deep.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        check that, Swisher will. he’s 3/4 off him.

  • Sam

    Should have had him there

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

    I swear, Lou Pinella “demoting” Carlos Marmol out of the closer’s role is probably the best thing that could’ve happened to that bullpen.

  • dkidd

    andy pettitte: #4 starter

  • alex

    FARNSY

  • John

    Wild prediction: Farnsy throws a perfect inning

    • alex

      almost there

    • Sam

      Good call

  • Sam

    Farnsy needs to get smacked around a little

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

    Kyle. It’s been too long.

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

      That’s what SHE said!

      Literally.

  • Matt

    yea, now we get to hit farnsy just like every other team has!!!

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

    Figures.

  • btour99

    Did I hear Michael Kay correctly? Did the Royals really drop $215M on the upgrade at the New K?

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

      Yes

  • alex

    wow. a good inning.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Brian Cashman has just been seduced.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Farnsy K’ing the side. That was sad.

  • alex

    I hate that KC logo on the mound.

    • mko

      Why?

  • btour99

    Ummmm, was Andy just talking to the ball?

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

    Four Ks in a row…

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Yanks’ hitter can’t wait to get the heck out of there.

    • Joey

      it’s KC, can you blame them? Oh wait, they have a few more days left

  • nolan

    swisher is kind of a portly fellow hunh? He’s pretty fast for having such a stocky build…

  • LC

    harden struck out ten today in 6 innings with 1 ER.

    here’s to him staying healthy

    • btour99

      I’ll drink to that. I’ve got him on my fantasy squad too.

  • southernyankeefan

    wow how lucky was that deflection

  • alex

    Good Mo! he is SO amazing with his command.

  • mustang

    Good game by Mr. Andy “X factors don’t mean shit” Pettitte and the first small step to that nice warm crow meal.

    One win down and 16 more to go.