Game 26: Roster moves and injury updates

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Game 26 Spillover Thread

With the Joba Chamberlain/Josh Beckett match-up fast approaching, the Yankees are gearing up for their fifth contest against the Red Sox this season. At 0-4 against their rivals, the Yanks could really use a win.

They’ll try to earn that W under the shadow of injuries. Earlier today, the Yanks placed Jorge Posada on the DL. In his stead, the team has recalled Francisco Cervelli, the only other catcher on the 40-man roster, to the majors. Cervelli had not been hitting too well in AA, and his arrival in the Bronx leaves the Yanks’ bench very short on both hitters and depth. The three of us are surprised that Juan Miranda wasn’t summoned to the Bigs as well.

Posada’s absence will not be brief. Peter Abraham noted that Jorge has a Grade 2 strain. The Yanks are hoping to get Posada back within three weeks, but that’s beyond optimistic. I think we’re looking at an early June return for Jorge.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are hearing good news on Alex Rodriguez. The rehabbing third baseman hit two home runs in an Extended Spring Training game today and played seven innings in the field. The Yankees will not be sending A-Rod on any Minor League assignment, and the rumblings of a Friday activation date are growing louder. The Yanks need him now.

On the pitching front, Chien-Ming Wang is set for a Thursday start at EST. The Yanks have yet to announce his rehab plans, but Will Carroll recently reported that Wang will make at least two Minor League starts when the Yanks feel he is ready. Brian Bruney’s return is up in the air as well. While the Yankees originally said he would be back after the minimum 15 days, GAK III spoke with Bruney, and the Yanks’ erstwhile setup man said he won’t be back so soon. (And, yes, I think to a King post. He actually did some good work on that one.)

Anyway, it’s wet and cold and will be raining on and off for much of the evening. Sounds like a great night for a game. When Josh and Joba last faced off, the results were spectacular.

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Pena 3B
Molina C

Chamberlain P

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Game 26 Spillover Thread
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    “the Yanks could really a win. ”

    the Yankes could really use a win.

    Fixed.

    • Arin

      “within three walks”?

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

        Cut Ben some slack, he’s in the middle of finals.

        • Stephen

          No excuses. Play like a champion.

          haha

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          So am I.

          • Stephen

            we all are :(

  • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch
  • JobaWockeeZ

    So will the game be delayed/canceled?

  • some call me…tim

    Arod to teh 8th!!1!

    Figured I’d get that out of the way.

    Now that that’s overwith, Arod to DH? Arod asap?

    We gotta plug Jorgie’s hole (dont say it), and Arod hitting dingers when they don’t count sure sounds like a good start…

    Why isnt Pena our regular 3B right now?

    • Lanny

      Because Matsui is on fire right now and we need both bats.

      • some call me…tim

        …which is why he was DH last night?

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

          Lester = death to lefties.

          • some call me…tim

            There we go.

            Thanks Matt.

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

              No prob.

              .695 OPSA lefties (.301 OBP, .395 SLG).

        • JobaWockeeZ

          And it’s called rest so he doesn’t get injured…

  • MattG

    I am disappointed Francisco wasn’t thrust into the fire. Joba and he were teammates in Tampa, so he’s probably caught him before. That’d be how I’d ease him in.

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

    Joel Sherman during the pre-game press conference today: “[Yankees manager] Joe [Girardi], can you tell us any area you think your team is better than the Red Sox?”

    What the fuck kind of question is that? This guy is such a damn weasel.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      I loved Girardi’s answer where he was basically like “uh, no.”

      • some call me…tim

        our DL is better than your DL?

        • Alex

          I know it was a good 3-1 breaking ball for a strike, but can someone please tell Joba he’s a power pitcher and he should still get his fastball up at times!

          • Alex

            oops didnt mean to put that there

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    UPDATE, 6:48 p.m.: Via Chad Jennings, word is that the Yankees have re-signed RHP Humberto Sanchez. Makes sense. He’ll be rehabbing (as always) in Tampa and they’ll what they can get out of him. At least he’s not taking up space on the 40-man roster.”

    From Pete Abe

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

      Woo! I always liked him.

  • Drew

    Looks like there is some rain about an hour out. Hopefully we play through it so we don’t lose Joba and are forced to use our pen for too many innings.
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/events/sports/map/interactive/USNY0172?from=36hr_topnav_sports&animation=true

    • Alex

      I love pretending to be a meteorologist and looking at these like I know what I’m doing.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      They called Trenton’s game.

      Radar’s finicky though. Systems in May move a lot slower than they do in July and August.

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

        Someones should look for a potential job in the weather business?

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          Someone had seriously considered it before failing math x_x

  • Jake H

    Let’s hope for some Yankee domination.

  • Frank

    Here we go ladies and gents! Gotta get this W. Hopefully the dominant Beckett doesn’t decide to show up today.

    Also, why would we want Miranda to be called up? His numbers have been going downhill lately while Mr. Shelley Duncan continues to mash. Seems like we would need an extra OF as well more than a backup first baseman.

    • Frank

      Forgot to mention…. I want to see Melancon pitch in this game. Unless Joba pitches a CG, I want to see him get some action.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Probably a 40 man issue

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

      LH PH for Molina and Frankie C? And Shelley’s no longer on the 40 man. They’re not gonna DFA someone for Shelly’s sake.

      • Frank

        Gotcha. Thanks guys.

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

    Phew, Montero’s back in the lineup.

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

      Mosanna in the highest.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      *cue CALL UP MONTERO chants*

    • Stephen

      Thank Mo

  • Frank

    Meanwhile on ESPN… Dustin Pedrioa is on E60 for some strange reason. I know he won the MVP…last season…

    Chances the mention his brother’s pedophelia?? I’d say 0%.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Dude, why even bring it up? It’s an absolute tragedy, and it is hitting way below the belt.

      • Frank

        Because I guarantee it would be brought up if it was a brother of a Yankees player, DUDE. It would be all over the media. You sure do love to be disagreeable.

    • Chris

      If it were Joba, half the questions would be about his mother’s arrest.

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

    Let’s go, Joba!

    I’m watching this game on mute. I think it’ll help me keep my sanity.

    • Frank

      Michael Kay will be saying “an inauspicious beginning for the Yankees” any second now.

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

        I’m watching on NESN.

  • Stephen

    First 4 fastballs- 89, 89, 90, 89 (on gameday)

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

      Is this going to be an every start thing for the rest of the year? It’s kind of annoying.

      (not picking on you, just saying in general)

      • Stephen

        yea, sorry, just would like to see his velocity a little higher

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    Is it me or does that pick-off move Joba has look awsome?

    • some call me…tim

      I’d prefer not to see it at all :)

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Ugh. I hate Ellsbury…

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

    C’mon Joba, challenge them. You can get them out even when you miss your spot.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Come on Joba, the strike zone is your friend.

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

    Wow Jeter. Just wow. That was…Wow.

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

      I died a little inside watching that.

    • Reggie C.

      that’s the extent of your negativity?

      wow..

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

        Most of it was verbalized pre-typing.

    • some call me…tim

      you can’t make comments like that knowing some of us are at work…without even having gameday on!!!

    • Chris

      That play didn’t bother me too much. He was playing way over towards second to hold Ellsbury on.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    motherfucker.

  • Frank

    Thank Mo he’s getting that call on the inside.

  • Rene

    joba is only throwing at 90mph!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      You watching the YES gun? If so I can only LOL at your overreaction.

      • Nick

        Yea the yes gun sucks, mlb.com has his fastest at 91.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Holy fuck Joba get a damn out.

  • Jake H

    Wow stupid ass pitch selection.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Only Posada selects bad pitches.

  • Reggie C.

    Ortiz remembers what’s its like to be productive. And of course … its on us.

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

    Christ.

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

    Fuck my life.

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

    K. I’m just gonna go study.

  • Reggie C.

    Hahaha …

    aw man. this is gonna be a fun comeback win?! Right guys!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Just throe at Bays head next time and get him on base. Better than all these HR’s…

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Holy fuck is he hurt or something?

    This is Wangnerian.

    • Chris

      First inning was 3 ground ball singles, a line drive single and a HR on a fastball down the middle of the plate. It’s just some bad luck and bad command.

  • Drew

    Michael Kay, why do you sound so elated?

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

      I know, he was a little too stoked about that.

  • Blackdragon905

    I’m just gonna say it: FUCK YOU JASON BAY, YOU MOTHER FUCKER!!!!!!!!!

  • Frank

    Holy Shit. Well that was a lovely game.

  • Will

    oh shit, this is going to be a long night.

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

    Alright I understand Joba is pacing himself with the velocity but for fuck’s sake he has to dial it up past 91 at some point here.

  • Rene

    this is painfulll!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    All three homers to Bay this year have been mistakes belt high out of the plate.

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

    i just wanna see strike 1 on a hitter… any hitter

    i think hes 1-5 now

  • Frank

    I remember when we used to beat the Red Sox. I was about 10 lbs lighter. The economy was booming. Those were the days.

    • some call me…tim

      …and you knew who you were then…
      …girls were girls and men were men…

  • V

    I want Jason Bay to get one in the ribs everytime he’s up.

  • Jake H

    Where is the velocity?

  • BigBlueAL

    Cant say Im disappointed that I have a game to go ump now. Mike say what you will about Joba’s velocity, but if you dont think its something to be brought up, you are fooling yourself. He threw all freakin 2-seamers to the powerful Ellsbury of all hitter to start the game and almost got killed by a linedrive. After just throwing junk to the next 2 batters he throws a fastball to Bay that is fuckin crushed.

    Anyway hope if I get back before game is over the Yanks are back in it….

    • Drew

      Try not to blow any calls, chief.

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

      I start umping in a week. I’m excited. Cash fuckin’ money.

  • Drew

    What the hell is going on here?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    So I’m going to turn the channel. Someone tell me when they have an out.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Oh. There we go.

    • Drew

      got one!

  • Johnny

    LOL… And people payed $2000+ to go to this game. BwaBwaBwaaaaahhahahahahahaha!!! Posada HURT. Lovely. What a great season.

  • Reggie C.

    Somebody get Joba a counselor … his head isn’t in the game.

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

    Joba’s got nothing tonight.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    does this seem natural to you all? all of our pitchers struggling with control in the beginning of May?

    this is what happens when you hand the keys to the car to someone like Dave Eiland. someone find me a pitching coach who’s actually done something in the majors to coach an actual major league pitching staff.

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

      Being a successful pitcher =/= being a good pitching coach.

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

      Jorge, Eiland and Girardi led the team to thier best ERA since 03 with waiver pick-ups. Jeez, man. I don’t think it is Eiland’s fault when CC and A.J. struggle They know how to pitch.

    • Accent Shallow

      Whenever anyone mentions something along the lines of “Why is this guy coaching? He’s never done anything,” I feel I should bring up this Steve Carlton anecdote:

      Someone asks him how to throw his slider. Lefty picks up a baseball, and says “You hold it like this, then you throw the shit out of it.”

      Sometimes the most talented players are lousy coaches because so few other players have their ability.

  • Alex S

    THROW THE HEAT!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    WOW. Did Wang put on a Joba suit and head to the mound tonight?

  • Frank

    People might even want to put him in the bullpen now….

    • some call me…tim

      Joba to teh SWB!@!!1!

  • NYFan50

    6 batters, one out. Jeez. This is going to be a long game.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Cue in the B-Jobbers.

  • Rene

    89mph fastball!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joba isnt Joba Anymore!!!!!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Based on what? 20 pitches. That isn’t a SSS at all.

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

      I know this post is sarcastic but if Joba’s gonna be throwing it over the plate, he’s gotta dial it up. 91-93 is fine on the corners but if it’s over the plate it’s gonna be fucking crushed.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Holy fuck did we need that.

  • Andrew

    I thought our staff sucked because Posada wasn’t a good pitch caller, per RAB?

  • Drew

    Beckett is pitching, we got this.

  • Jake H

    They need to plunk Bay once a game so he doesn’t just dive towards the ball.

  • D-Roc

    89mph fastballs from joba???

    • Rene

      he lost 10 mph!!!!!!!!!!!
      I dont think the bulpen can help him

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

      He was 91-93 later on, chillax.

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

    Why do the Red Sox turn into murderer’s row against the Yankees lately?

    Hopefully Beckett keeps up his shittiness.

    Yankees!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Because every team tries twice as hard to beat us. I would not be surprised if Beckett pulls a miracle and pitches a perfect game.

  • Will

    23 pitches. Great.

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

    Good thing the Yanks smoke Beckett.

  • JobaJr

    FAB-U-LOUS.

  • Drew

    Is it me or was Joba a little unlucky that inning? Grounder off his foot, one went right past Jete’s glove, Lowell’s grounder throuh the hole.

    • Rene

      its just you, joba is throwing 89 MPH Fastballs with no control!!!!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Dude it’s been 23 pitches. Relax. Because I’m starting to lose patience. Man where is Lanny when you need him?

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

      Shush, get out of here with your rationalizations.

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

        CONSPIRACIES I TELL YA!!!!

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

      Jeet’s play was the worst. The absolute worst.

  • dkidd

    empty seats behind home are incredibly depressing

    lets win anyway!

    • Drew

      Actually there’s more people there than usual.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    I would so love it if Joba plunked Bay the next time he came to the plate…

  • Frank

    In all fairness, the gangster was throwing 85-88mph fastballs by hitters last night. Velocity is the least of Joba’s worries. You can throw 90, 91, but not belt high middle of the plate.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      +1

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, but it’s tough to get people out at 90 MPH when you’re used to throwing 95.

      • Chris

        No it’s not. It’s tough to get people out when you throw 90mph fastballs down the middle. It’s also tough to get people out when you throw 95mph fastballs down the middle.

        • Accent Shallow

          If Joba’s velocity is down from last year, it’s a bad thing unless it’s due to him pitching smarter, throwing a 2-seamer, etc. Not sure how this is up for debate.

          What is up for debate is how big a deal that drop in velocity is. Personally, I’m not panicking yet, it’s early, he’ll build his arm strength up.

    • Jake K.

      That’s only true if Joba has made a conscious decision to take 9 mph off his fastball. My guess is he’s carrying an injury, whether he knows it yet or not.

  • DreDog

    WTF!?!?! I just got home from work and Joba can hit 90 mph and it’s 4 – zilch?!?!?!?!

  • Blackdragon905

    The scouting reports are horrible. I don’t understand why we throw lowell so many fastballs. He is a fastball hitter! Ortiz just sits inside. IF you are gonna go inside, then go with a good fastball inside. That’s all we throw to him. Bay, Youkilis, and Pedroia all wait for a fastball on the outside corner. I don’t understand why we don’t mix up our pitchers more.

  • Reggie C.

    Joba somehow threw only 23 pitches. He’s got to settle in and maybe he can salvage this start.

    C’mon DJ. Get on base…

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m really hoping Joba’s lack of velocity is due to it being early in the year/the weather.

    • Frank

      He was hitting 96 last start and some starts previous to that. He’s trying to conserve energy ala Burnett. He may have to go back to what works for him though. He’s on an innings limit anyway. Let it fly a bit.

  • JobaJr

    4 Run Comeback! Here we go!

  • Johnny

    So… Where is this “best pitching staff since 2000”???

    I can’t wait till they show up… I hope I haven’t died from liver failure by then so I can enjoy it.

  • Andrew

    The point was that Joba can make mistakes on location when he dials it up to 97-98, and still get outs. 90-91…not so much. Velocity is damn important.

  • Mike B

    Itr wasn’t so much pitch selection. Joba missed his spots and left them belt high. Also, he’s not finishing his pitches. It looks like he’s not getting as much forward extension and doesn’t follow through as much as he could. Beckett’s follow through gets his torso almost parallel to the ground. He’s got velocity and he’s throwing strikes. Joba wasn’t doing that in the first inning.

    • Johnny

      REAAALLLLY… And here I was just thinking he sucks tonight.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I think his detailed explanation is better than your “he sucks.” Fail insult is fail.

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

    Wow, last night’s victory for the Mets was the first time they won a game at Turner Field trailing by at least three runs since 7/13/97.

  • Reggie C.

    Montero is DH’ing tonight. Looks like the leg injury isn’t a big deal.

  • Frank

    Boy Hughes and Joba sure picked a nice time to struggle. Sometimes the pitching matchups just don’t work in your favor.

    We should be better off getting Burnett and Pettitte vs Sonnanstine and Niemann.

    • Reggie C.

      No doubt Frank.

      Maybe we should just avoid the RS altogether. Those damn stat padders!

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

    If Cano started off as his usual self, this team would of been baaaaaaaaddd.

    • Johnny

      Instead this is team is rocketing towards meeeeeediocrityyyyy.

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

      Seriously. He and Swish have carried the team.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Humbug.

  • Blackdragon905

    When was the last time we got a hit with RISP against Boston? I’m serious.

    • some call me…tim

      Elias says 1937.

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

      Well. WE, here at RAB never have. But the Yanks, I would imagine the last series.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    As soon as a runner gets in scoring position the Yankees forget how to hit, it’s amazing.

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

      Regardless of where the runners are, it’s much harder to score with two outs. Chill.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Is it just me or did YES put a commercial break during V-Tek’s AB?

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

    Oh peace, Captain.

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

    WTF? Joba looks much better this inning. Just one batter, but still.

    • Yankee1010

      MUCH better. It’s almost as if he came out and said, enough with this dialed down BS. I’m just going to air it out. His stuff was filthy.

  • Evan

    He looked like he could fit right in our lineup.

  • Rene

    dialed it up to 92mph, now if we can get 7 mph more!!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s not going to pitch 99 MPH every fastball. Seriously you see 99 MPH and its the only thing you want. Maybe his control would suck more if he did that every fastball.

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

      No one throws 99 as a starter. No one.

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

        Justin Verlander says hi.

        … And for musltiple innings as well.

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

          Okay, one pitcher. In all of baseball.

          • Drew

            Strasburg!

      • Jake K.

        Sure. But there’s a huge difference between 89 and 99. Not saying velocity is the only issue here, but let’s not pretend Joba is a finesse pitcher.

      • Frank

        Besides THE Justin Verlander!

      • JobaJr

        Stephen Strasburg…

      • Accent Shallow

        7/25/2008: average fastball velocity: 95.5. Max: 99.6.

        Next game (7/30 in Baltimore). Average of 94.9, max of 99.4.

        Sure, he’s not gonna sit 99. But 94-96 seems reasonable, no?

        I fully expect him to be up there when we get to June-July.

  • Drew

    ZOMG! TEH 94MPH! HE CAN PITCH AGAIN!

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

    Heh, Joba didn’t throw one strike that whole AB to Varitek.

    • Alex

      making up for yesterday.

  • Frank

    Gotta be this aggessive with the top the the Sox order as well.

  • Rene

    if he can just do this vs the big hitters!!

  • Frank

    Naaasty changeup…I think Jober gets it together in this game.

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

    Fantastic inning. Hits please.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Much nicer inning.

  • Rene

    93 MPH consitent!!!!

    • Rene

      He Still needs to be up at least at 96 MPH

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Velocity isn’t everything. I’d sacrifice a few MPH for better control.

        • V

          I’d still like to see a single 96-98 flashed every once inawhile (once an inning?), so hitters know it could be coming.

        • Jake K.

          It’s not like Joba was wild when he was throwing smoke the last two years. His BB/9 has gone up as his strike outs (and velocity) has gone down.

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

        What about 95? Not good enough?

  • some call me…tim

    This is going to be one of those ‘if hadn’t given up four in the first inning we would have won by 3’ games isnt it?

    • Frank

      LOL. Probably.

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

    Completely overmatched Varitek, Green and Ellsbury that inning.

    Ah young pitchers.

    • Reggie C.

      Ah … bottom of the lineup.

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

        Yep. Reggie. That was all the Red Sox failing and had nothing to do with Joba throwing well. You’re right.

        “We. Can’t. Beat. Them.”

        • Reggie C.

          Its still 4-0 right? And we havent beaten them once …. so …

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

            Yep. 4 or 5 games. Two of which the Yankees win 97% of the time.

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

        Work with me man, I’m looking for positives.

  • Drew

    Leche el fuego.

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

      Milk the fire?

      • Drew

        No Habla. Work with me man.

  • Dave M

    I’m just sitting here listening to the NESN guys talk about how Joba belongs in the pen. Over and over again. Since the pregame show.

    • Frank

      They REALLY want to see the Yankees do what’s best for the team.

    • John K.

      The NESN guys are terrible, especially Eckersly. He doesn’t even pretend to be unbiased.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Totally honest here, I was VERY impressed by that AB for Melky.

    Pity he’ll probably die on the basepath with the BLACK HOLE OF DOOM at the bottom of the line up

  • Frank

    Let’s be aggressive on the bases here…

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

      It would be nice if someone could get ahead in the count so they could hit and run.

      • Frank

        I love Pena… but he’s so overmatched against most big league pitchers. Can’t hate on the guy… he looks like he could be my little cousin or something.

  • dkidd

    how soon before yes shows another jason bay home run montage? i really can’t get enough of seeing that one against mo

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

      I want to see them all again. Just so much fun to see.

      • Evan

        Maybe before his next at bat, they can do a montage of all the HRs he hit on us this year, faded from one to another. Then they finish with Kay’s nuts on the screen. That would be the capper…

        • Frank

          IETC

    • Drew

      I’m surprised we haven’t seen the steal of home yet.

    • Frank

      Cued up and ready to go for his next AB. Wait for it….

  • Evan

    At what point do changes need to be made? I don’t mean anything particular, just a general question. We are staying status quo and it’s just not clicking.

    • Alex…*tries to think of better name*

      Trade Melky for Brian McCann and Ian Kennedy for Grady Sizemore and we’re good!

    • Andrew

      Judging by what we’ve seen from in-season moves for the past few years – what makes you think this front office would make the moves that need to be? They’d probably go out and trade for Sheffield. Or Bartolo Colon.

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

        Yea. The Abreu and Swisher trades were horrible.

        • Drew

          And we attempted to fix our catching problem with Pudge.

      • Accent Shallow

        Seriously, what are the bad in-season moves here?

        Nady/Marte looks lousy since they didn’t make the playoffs, but the only guy I’m worried coming back to haunt us is Tabata.

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

          But teh Olhendorf pitched a complete game!

          But seriously, I always like Ross. Tabata obviously wanted a change of scenery. I would still love to have him but you can’t get the best of both worlds. Unless you’re Nick Swisher.

  • some call me…tim

    with all the ‘hit your weight’ talk about backup catchers, i was wondering how many non-pitchers on the active roster are hitting their weight…turns out only Tex and Berroa, but there are lots of weight-based liars on this team…or TV adds more than 10 pounds!

    • Alex…*tries to think of better name*

      Cody Ransom must have been one skinny dude.

  • Andrew

    ^ Just be thankful you’re not stuck with NESN.

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

      Reply button works. Not just there for show.

      • Andrew

        Thanks, boss. Off yourself.

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

          Heh. I guess what you’re trying to tell me is that my pistol isn’t just there for show.

          That’s what…..

    • Dave M

      I am :-(

  • Rene

    back to 91mph!!!

  • Reggie C.

    eww.. is he hurt? or was that frustration?

    • Reggie C.

      that took a “MVP” bounce in Pedroia’s favor.

  • Andrew

    Damn. Pedroia with a very undeserving 2-2.

  • Evan

    Ugh. Thems’ is the breaks…

  • Accent Shallow

    What a BS hit. DP ball to make up for it, plz.

  • Drew

    Unlucky again, hopefully he picks himself up.

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

    How did Joba not make that play? To the 8th!1!!!

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

      How did Joba not make that play? To the 8th!1!!!

      This front office is embarrasing.

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

        IRETC.

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

          Heh. Honestly, that is fast becoming my favorite RAB line.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        That’s a shot at Jeter!

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

    Siiiiiiiiick pitch to retire Ortiz.

  • Accent Shallow

    Was that a change?

    • Frank

      His change is sick tonight. But he belongs in TEH PeN!11!!

  • Evan

    We need to crack away, Joba can really bear down here and get an inning ending DP, we come back and put up a crooked number. We can get back in this thing! CMON! LET’S GO YANKEES!!!

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

    Ortiz almost threw his back out on the change.

  • A.D.

    Nice change.

  • Frank

    Bay Watch.

    I can die now.

  • Reggie C.

    I don’t like saying it: DRILL HIM. In b/w the numbers favorably…

    • Frank

      But he’s Canadian…. Canadians are too nice…

  • Drew

    past 5 pitches, CHange, Curve, curve, Slider, slider. Now do you B-Jobbers see why he’s a starter?

    • Frank

      They really don’t. What worries me is the BJobber crowd is starting to gain steam.

  • Yankee1010

    It’s amazing how many more calls than Hughes Joba is getting tonight. His stuff has been nasty these last 2 innings.

    • A.D.

      Prob just different ump strike zone.

      • Yankee1010

        Yeah, I know. That was my point. It makes you wonder how Hughes would have done with this strike zone.

  • Evan

    Joba, with not his best FB, is really working the hitters. I’ve never seen him throw more breaking pitches before. He must really have little faith in his heater tonight.

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

    Filthy. Joba looks like a totally different pitcher now. He just has to learn to be that focused all game, not just when you’re up/down 4+ runs.

    • Evan

      That is Dave Eiland’s job. Keep him focused.

  • dkidd

    no more fastballs for bay or lowell

  • A.D.

    Sox got Hanley & Sanchez

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

      Who’d they say? I thought they screwed it up.

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

    Hooray for Joba.

  • Drew

    Pena’s gun is legit.

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

    Wow. Pena looked like he just flicked his wrist and that ball got to first in a hurry. Nice gun, kid.

    • A.D.

      And right on target, basically the opposite of Berroa defensively.

    • Frank

      I’d love to see him as the future Yankee SS. He’s the perfect example of why I want steroids in baseball. Put this kid on a nice little steroid regimen on and off for about 2 years…. put about 20 lbs on him…. all of a sudden he can hit for power. Then you’ve got an all-star calibur SS right there!

      Kidding of course!

  • Evan

    Throwing strikes, wow. Haven’t seen a starter do that in a few days.

    • Alex…*tries to think of better name*

      I miss Mussina!

  • Blackdragon905

    There we go…we throw some pitches to the outside corner to ortiz, he strikes out. We throw off speed pitches to bay, he can’t touch them. That’s what the yanks need to do better against the sox. Mix up the pitches a lot more. Also hit with risp too, that would greatly help.

  • Evan

    Reggie Jackson.

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

      The Yanks really have their heads up their asses when it comes to PR. They make it hard to root for the team at times.

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

      So ridic. He’s a true Yankee.

  • Will

    I honestly have no idea… what kind of future does Pena have with the organization? I know no one wants to think about it, but if he improves his bat, would he be a viable replacement for Jeter in a few years?

    • Drew

      If he improves his bat and we can’t get HanRam/Hardy, definitely.

  • Rene

    last 11 pitches -5 curveballs, 3 changeups, 2 sliders, 1 FASTBALL!!!!!!!!
    This Is not Joba, But it works

    • Accent Shallow

      Sure it is. One of the things we’ve most looked forward to about Joba as a starter is complementing that electric fastball with his developing secondary pitches.

      (To be fair, I can’t imagine his slider developing much more. Nasty)

  • Accent Shallow

    I just heard Ken Singleton say: “He can do it all. Hit for average, hit for power . . .”

    I’m assuming he’s not talking about Molina.

  • A.D.

    So really no reliever sent down today?

  • Drew

    Ohh, Molina, you are so slow.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    So, what are the probabilities Jeter GIDPs here?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Or not =)

  • dkidd

    dropberry

    • Will

      thats one for the “not top ten plays of the week”

  • Evan

    LET’S GO YANKEES!

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    A Jeterian swing….

  • dkidd

    it will take a triple to score molina from 2nd

    • Accent Shallow

      That’s one way to do it, no?

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

      Or that. ;)

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

      Or a home run.

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

    JOHNNY DAMON!!!

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

    Yay!!!!!

  • A.D.

    BOOM

  • Accent Shallow

    Johnny D is en fuego!

  • Drew

    JD is a fucking monster.

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

    Awwwww yeah.

  • Evan

    YEA BABY! A JOHNNY ROCKET!

  • dkidd

    or that

  • TC

    Johnny loves that porch!

  • Reggie C.

    thank you JD.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    DAMON!!!!!

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    There we go, I smell a win.

  • Yankee1010

    What percentage of the population could beat Molina in a 50 yard dash? 99%?

    What percentage of the regular population, running backward, could beat Molina running forward? 50%?

    And there we go, Damon. Right back in it.

  • Alex…*tries to think of better name*

    YES!! but for some reason i remembered a certain grand slam.. a few years ago ugh

  • Evan

    They are just throwing Tex breaking balls.

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

      That’ll stop when A-Rod comes back.

  • Steve Phillips

    Back to Back again?

  • Frank

    Teixeira’s going to have to hit a curveball for a basehit one of these days. Otherwise he’s in trouble. Who is he Cody Ransom?

    • Evan

      I think they have thrown him 1 fastball tonight.

    • Alex…*tries to think of better name*

      O, mo help us.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    GO JOHNNY GO =D

  • C.Panella

    Im sorry but Tex is absolutly LOST up there…kinda getting annoying

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Man i really thought last night would get Tex going.

  • Reggie C.

    was that 3 pitches…

    again. THANK YOU JD.

  • TC

    I would have swung at that pitch too

  • Rene

    trade tex for MANNY!!!!!!!!!

    • Alex…*tries to think of better name*

      haha..?

      • Will

        no.

        • Alex…*tries to think of better name*

          o..ok.. wow.

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

      Can we trade you for a replacement level commenter?

      • Rene

        it was just a joke

  • Will

    If I recall correctly, most of Damon’s HR have been to that middle deck, so they’re pretty legit, no wimpy fly balls just making it over.

    • Frank

      Definitely hammering the ball. All legit.

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

    Christ, Kay. You love the Sox.

  • Alex S

    woah relax kay

  • Evan

    Kay needs to get off the Red Sox nuts.

    • Will

      He must have mistaken himself for Gammons.

      Or ESPN.

      • Drew

        He is ESPN.

  • Sad Panda

    Is Damon the last free agent signing the yankees have made that performed up as expected out of the gate?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    If Lowell makes that play, A-Rod *certainly* makes that play….

  • A.D.

    Lowell is a goddamn vacuum at 3rd.

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