Game 32: A weak lineup vs. a strong pitcher

Lonn Trost opens mouth, inserts foot
Game 32 Spillover Thread

The Yankees are facing Roy Halladay today, and on a good day, that’s a tough proposition. Today, though, is seemingly not a very good day for the Yankees. Derek Jeter is out with what is being called a pulled oblique; Kevin Cash is taking his first Yankee swings today; and Brett Gardner is in the lineup for Nick Swisher. Ouch.

Outside of the weak Yankee lineup, the pitching match-up has provided fodder for thought. A.J. Burnett is making his first start in Toronto since opting out of his contract last winter, and he’s facing his ground ball-tossing mentor Halladay. Burnett is off to a rocky start with the Yanks. He may be 2-0 but his 5.26 ERA is none too impressive. Since winning his first two outings, he’s gone 0-0 with a 6.66 ERA. How devilish.

Roy Halladay is doing what Roy Halladay does best. He has a league-leading six wins and a 3.29 ERA. He’s allowed just one walk per start and has a 2.36 ground out-to-fly out ratio. That’s a flat-out Wangian number right there.

The Blue Jays meanwhile are in first place atop the AL East, and this is their first game against an intra-division rival. Joe profiled the Blue Jays earlier today.

Gardner CF
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Cabrera RF
Cash C
Pena SS

Burnett P

Injury Notes: Ian Kennedy had his aneurysm surgery today. He will take six-to-eight weeks off before throwing…Brian Bruney threw with no problems yesterday. He will toss from a mound tomorrow and could be off on a rehab assignment within a week…Chien-Ming Wang is pitching tonight for Scranton. You can follow the action and watch the game via MiLB.com. While the Yankees would love to get him back into the rotation, Brian Cashman has said that Wang will not be rushed. The Yanks want him strong, healthy and effective before activating him.

Lonn Trost opens mouth, inserts foot
Game 32 Spillover Thread
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    So who wants to bet the Yankees go and score ten runs today?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      if u spot me 8, ill gladly take that bet

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

    i dont have issue with gardner in over swisher… swisher has struggled mightily against halladay, gardner has 3 hits in 7 at bats, and on that turf gardner is more valuable defensively

    that said, i dont understand not playing cervelli… i realize hes never been one to hit much, but neither has cash, and its not as if cash hits left-handed

    also, anyone know anything on the jeter injury?

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

      Yanks say they believe Jeter can play tomorrow and that he felt something on Saturday. The Yanks are becoming a case study in age-related injuries.

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

        BP called it.

        Again.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Weak lineup… This would be the type of game too where AJ puts it together, has his solid outing and we can’t score runs for him. Hoping the bottom of the order proves us wrong on that one.

    Truth though, this is a game that doesn’t matter as much as the one in Scranton today. I’ll most likely be following Wang’s start more than anything. Still hope we can squeak a win out today against Halladay.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      agree with scranton… im just as interested in that game as the yanks game if not more-so

      heres to 14 scoreless innings between aj and cmw :)

      • Corey Nord-Podberesky

        why stop at 14……. i say 18 scoreless innings

    • Some call me…tim

      You guys no faith in any of our hitters?!

      At either level?!

      :(

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

    Doc is going to breeze right through that 8-9-1 setup. The bottom/top of the lineup will add like, two innings to Halladay’s night.

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

      I say Gardy gets on base twice tonight against Doc.

      • Accent Shallow

        An HBP and a dropped third strike?

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

          Heh, I didn’t say safely.

  • e-mills

    Just hunch…AJ throws a good game and good production comes from the Yankees 2-7 hitters

  • ARX

    Do we ever miss Halladay when we play the Jays? For all the randomness of the schedule it seems like we always get him recently.

    • Accent Shallow

      They try and line him up to face the Yankees. Why not have your best pitcher against the divisional rivals?

      • Branden

        That doesn’t make any sense at all. Halladay is the number one in that rotation, and as such takes the ball every fifth day starting from the season opener. The only strategy inherent in this is that he’ll likely pitch against other number one arms. Of course, with off days, rainouts and injuries, this really only works for the first few weeks of any season. Believe it or not, nobody in Toronto actually cares what happens in New York. The Yankees mean about as much as Texas to the team’s schedule at this point. On the bright side, you can still see some quality baseball if you head over to CitiField.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          No, he has a 15-5 record vs the Yanks in recent years. It makes all the sense in the world to pitch him against the Yanks every chance you get. Even more so with them being a division rival, as previously stated.

          • Branden

            Still working on his regular scheduling, pitching every fifth day…

            Do you think it might have something to do with the fact that both teams are in the AL East, and therefore play one another 18 times a year? I assure you that nothing changes in the Jays’ lineup when the super scary Yankees come to town. Halladay pitches just as much against the O’s.

            Furthermore, he has those same numbers against everybody, mostly because he’s the best pitcher in baseball (and has been for the last half dozen years). By your logic, the team would then throw him out there at the beginning of every series of the entire season, thereby taking advantage of his outstanding career record. I know that he puts up a ton of innings, but even Doc doesn’t make 60 starts a year.

            • andrew

              True, but he pitched against the yankees in all six series last year, that is very rare/unlucky, considering the odds.

  • Accent Shallow

    Boy, it sure is depressing to have the house money lineup facing the opposing ace.

    At least someone interesting in pitching in Scranton tonight. Seems that entire rotation is retreads, with the only exception being George Kontos.

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    Why isn’t Swisher in?

    • Accent Shallow

      Maybe get him some time off, due to that HBP? Seems an odd time to do it, especially against Halladay.

      • cult of basebaal

        Since the HBP, Swisher’s 3 of 23 with 12 strikeouts.

        Could be the elbow’s still bothering him a bit.

      • whozat

        Bad numbers against Halladay, and this way he gets two full days off after a day game, plus until like…4PM tomorrow? I guess?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      5 ks in 12 at bats vs halladay… gardner covers more ground in the OF which is very important in toronto

      i would imagine swisher will certainly pinch hit for cash late in the game

  • cult of basebaal

    this lineup looks like it’s going to be NSFW.

    not.safe.for.watching.

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

      No shot for winning?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        No Swisher for Whiffing?

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

    Is anyone else’s My9 HD feed acting up?

    • Mike HC

      yea, a little bit

      • jeremy51

        mine too

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

      Yeah, it’s not even giving me HD.

      • Mike HC

        They are not giving me HD either.

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

          It is now.

          • Mike HC

            Yea, I’m getting HD, but there is still some problems with the audio and video

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

              Oh, I’m listening to music on the laptop. Paramore >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Michael Kay.

              • Accent Shallow

                This game is Singleton and Leiter.

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

                  Nice, album just finished playing too.

    • Bob Stone

      Yes – Getting digital breakup

  • Mike HC

    Maybe some of this bad luck has run out. It could be time for the Yanks to win a game we are not supposed to win on paper. We have sure lost enough that we should have won on paper.

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

    Am I the only one that hasn’t given up on any possibility of winning here?

    I know it’s beyond unlikely, but stranger things have happened, no?

    • thurdonpaul

      im with you, definitely we can win tonight !!

  • dkidd

    if the yankees consistently struggle against journeyman starters, it follows that they will win tonight

    blue jays regression begins now!

  • Matt-Pitt

    Damon looked really safe to me.

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

    Oy Damon you idiot.

    At least we won’t get no hit.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He was close and he’d be on scoring position. It’s not really that idiotic.

  • Alex S

    what the shit? i’m not getting HD

    • Alex S

      just got the HD feed

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

    Nice agressive play by Damon with Doc on the mound. Too bad Snider’s got a gun.

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

    1-2-3 first for Wang.
    I’m in a study group meeting, and I have two Gameday windows going. Win.

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

      5 pitches too.

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

        Groundballs?

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

          Two.

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

            I can’t tell if this a joke or if it is serious.

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

              Serious, 2-1 GB/FB in the first.

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

                I thought it might have been some sick joke.

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

      No love for MLB.TV?

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

        Can’t study with a group and watch on MLB.tv at the same time.

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

    Well that was a quick inning.

  • Accent Shallow

    I swear, does Tex do anything with the ball other than pop it up?

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

    Bah, he was safe.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Teix, take a pitch man. At least make him work a LITTLE bit. Not like you are killing the ball right now too.

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

    6 pitches? Thats it?

  • dkidd

    does chad jennings ever live blog from scranton?

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

      Yeah, once in a while.

  • Accent Shallow

    I suppose congratulations are in order, Mr. Burnett, for not allowing Scutaro to reach.

  • Charlie

    Take a pitch tex.he usually takes three strikes right down the middle. why not take one there

  • dkidd

    cito gaston scares me

    • Accent Shallow

      Is it the mustache?

      • dkidd

        he looks like a velociraptor

        • Alex S

          i used to be scared shitless watching jurrasic park as a kid

  • Charlie

    Burnetts throwin pretty friggin hard

  • pat

    No Kay, DELIGHTFUL.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wait, the Yankees are allowed to retire Rios?

    When did this rule change?

    • Mike HC

      You didn’t hear Al Leiter. It is because Rios has not put all his tools together yet.

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

      When the Yankees got some real pitchers.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice inning, AJ. Lets work Halladay at least a little here.

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

      Or you know, not.

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

    Man Toronto fans are rough.

    STILL the Ha game?

    • Nady Nation

      I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’s steroid related.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Usually, its a good sign when fans in the opposing ballparks hate you. But Alex managed to even screw that up. As great a player as he is, he is equally bad at PR.

  • Charlie

    I can’t believe i was rootin for gardner in spring training. hes completely useless. todd linden or jrod should be up here

    • Thomas

      J-Rod can’t play center, so Gardner is probably more worthwhile to the team than J-Rod is. I’m not sure I can same the same about Linden though.

      • cult of basebaal

        Linden’s got 11 games in CF this year.

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

    Anyone’s audio on the HD feed ahead of the picture (i.e. glove popping before pitch reaches glove)?

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

      Same here.

    • Nick L

      yea

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

    2 perfect IP, 15 pitches, 3-2 GB/FB for Wang.

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      a perfect game for wang today :)

    • Mike HC

      Do you know how fast he is throwing?

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

        Jennings says the Stadium gun has him at 93.

        • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

          How’s the sinker looking?

    • thurdonpaul

      nice

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Hughes might not make his next start.

        Unless of course, they put him in the 8th inning where all good pitchers belong.

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

    Right now Halladay 5/1 GB/FO

  • nathan

    This game is ending before 9 pm. Over/Under on the Doc throwing 9 innings

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

      8.2

    • Iowa Yank

      9 innings

    • Nick L

      this is a quick game, i wouldnt doubt Aj and Doc both throwing 9

    • cult of basebaal

      better question is what’s the over/under on total # of GBs Doc will have:

      i’ll go with 15

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    I think it’s pretty clear whats going on right now. The teams made plans to go see Star Trek after game together but they could only get tickets to the 9:30 showing.

  • manimal

    What is wang’s velocity?

    • Jersey

      The MILB gameday doesn’t display speed, so if anyone else has this info, feel free to share!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      93.

  • jeremy51

    Off-Topic here, but did anyone hear Steve Phillips call Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youklis “flawless players” today on the Michael Show?

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

      Has he never seen the commercial for the Show where Pedroia can’t hit the high hard one?

    • nathan

      I change station or mute my TV once i see Steve P… unless i feel the need for comic relief

      • jeremy51

        Sorry that should have been the “Michael Kay Show”

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Pedroia is flawless, once you get past the fact that he’s a midget.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

    How long can Cashman let this team stay the way it is? We need some reinforcements. I’m not asking for a huge deal but a little help from outside the organization to help out the bullpen (Middle Relievers) and some bench depth. And I know Mike Cameron is a name commonly brought up. Lets keep in mind he strikes out more than he walks by a large margin.

    • Nick L

      any suggestions of whom you want

      • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

        Not sure at this point. But it’s obvious something need to be done. I look at it this way, Posada got hurt. The team was A-Rod-less for a month. Bruney has been out for a while CMW was terrible. This team a week ago was as bad as it might be this year. However when everyone comes back and the team is at full strength the team still has a fair amount of weaknesses. There is no excuse for a team with a $200m + Payroll to have a bad bench. None.

        • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Yeah, but if/when Nady comes back and Posada is back in the lineup, the bench gets a HUGE upgrade, doesn’t it?

          • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

            Not at all. Well saying not at all isn’t fair. But Nady can’t play the field. So we have two hurt OF’s who can only DH. So HUGE? Nope.

            • andrew

              Nady will be one of the best pinch hitters coming off the bench in the league, not many teams will have guys of that caliber to bring in late in them game.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                June 1st we make a huge blockbuster deal. One of the biggest of all time.

                We get Chien Ming Wang, Jorge Posada, Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney and we give up nothing.

                • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  (Golf clap.)

            • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Well, we don’t know whether Nady will be able to field or not. Probably not I guess, but we don’t know that.

              So the bench, with Nady and Posada back, is what, Nady/Matsui, Pena, Molina/Posada, Gardner(/Linden?)?

              I think they’d always have a decent bat on the bench to pinch-hit, they have their utility infielder with Pena, and if Gardner’s there you’ve got some speed (Pena can run, too). And they could also go with one more position player and one less bullpen arm, too.

              It’s a bench, it’s never going to have great players on it. As far as benches go, I think that bench would be pretty decent. You may not call it a “huge” improvement, but that’s immaterial.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                If Saito can PITCH with that blood therapy, Nady can’t throw the ball in from Left once or twice a game?

              • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

                I’m sure there will be plenty of precautions with Nady. It’s a good point in the comment above. I just really hope it all works out. Every game is important in this division. Game 1 is as important as 162.

        • Charlie

          I would give linden a shot, get rid of Tomko(never shoulda brought him up), bring up melancon and/or robertson. Also once arod shows hes ok DFA Berroa and bring up Miranda.

          • cult of basebaal

            +1

        • Steve O.

          Eh, you can live with a bad bench, a bad starting nine and pitching staff, not so much. There aren’t many good players on the bench, and when they are good, they start.

          • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

            You can live with a bad bench? Really? I had no idea. When the team is getting up there in age, guys are going to need day’s off. Or for the hell of it, what if a core veteran goes down? They need to have a more adequate temporary replacement than what this team has.

            • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              “You can live with a bad bench? Really? I had no idea.”

              You know it’s possible to make a point without the sarcasm, right? You might even come off like less of a jerk if you try it. Oops! Apparently I was wrong, sarcasm rears its ugly head.

              • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

                The Congressman always playing the morality police. I love it.

                • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I look at it as a little advice. Nobody was giving you snarky responses, no need to be so sarcastic in response to them. The only benefit is you amuse yourself and annoy the people who chose to respond to your comment/question.

        • andrew

          Well, when everyone is healthy, the Yankees will have a bench of Nady, Pena, Gardner and Molina. One speed demon pinch runner and defensive replacement in the outfield (for swish or nady), a great defensive catcher, a great utility infielder, and a big bat… cant ask for much more than that.

          • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

            Okay. That’s the optimistic’s way of looking at it. Now, How about the bullpen?

            • andrew

              Yea, I’m sure i was probably being overly optimistic, but when you have Molina, Nady, Pena and Gardner on your bench… you pretty much have all the basic needs covered… infield and outfield defense, speed, and a bat. Not a great bench, but a good one.

              The bullpen has other issues, i was not as comfortable as most people were coming into the season… hopefully they can figure something out eventually. I have no suggestions for them as of now.

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

              Bruney and Marte are back by June 1st, and I still think Melancon will be huge for us later this year.

              • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

                I really hope so. I just don’t like counting my chickens before they hatch(Melancon) if you get what I mean.

  • Alex S

    imagine where the Jays would be if they still had AJ

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      First-First place?

  • Thomas

    Actually, lacrosse is Canada’s national sport, Ken Singleton.

    Damnit A-Rod.

    • Thomas

      Nevermind, apparently Canada has an official winter (hockey) and summer sport (lacrosse).

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

    Would like to see a little more command here.

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

      Command =/= AJ’s game.

  • Jersey

    Hold it together, AJ! Don’t freak out!!

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

    Are Toronto fans really cheering a fly-out that advanced the runner on second to third with two outs? Fucking Canada.

    • Jersey

      Maybe in Canada, that counts as an assist.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      They like the little ball to go with their . . . well, you figure it out.

  • Rene

    he is bringing heat 97mph!!!!!!

  • dkidd

    pena! very comfortable with him at ss

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

    Slick hands by Pena.

  • pat

    Who else got that feeling in the pit of their stomach they get when they know an easy groundball is about to go pastadivingjeter?

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

    Canadians are weird, mind. They still think it’s acceptable to root for the Leafs.

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

    Booo Kevin Cash for wearing Shelley’s number!!!

  • dkidd

    welcome to the big leagues, cash

  • Raf

    is that 25 pitches through 3 innings for Halladay? damn.

  • Jersey

    Wang perfect through three in Scranton, with 3 Ks.

    • Jersey

      3:3 GB:FB

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

    This game will be over by 8:30.

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

      Yeah, but we can’t even blame the offense, Doc is pounding the zone constantly.

      *Alley-oop…

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

        Doc is pounding the zone constantly.

        That’s what SHE said!

        (Couldn’t leave you hanging.)

  • cjc

    over under Halladay’s pc tonight 90

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    6 balls in 3 innings. This guy is good.

  • nathan

    Living in the west coast…. at this rate the game might b over by the time i reach home… LOL…

    when did we become Automatic Out Machines…

    • Drew

      When the best pitcher in baseball is pitching.

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    the bottom of the lineup is just brutal

  • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

    My guess is CMW gets another start in the minors. His velocity is still at 90.

  • cjc

    25 pitches in 3 innings he’s just amazing

  • Mike HC

    Obviously Damon is the only one with a hit so far … but we will get to him the second time around the order. Right???

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    I think that report on Wang’s velocity may have been off. Jennings is saying he’s been between 90-92 so far, with one 93 (but he doesn’t seem to have much faith in the gun tonight).

  • Drew

    Oh no! AJ’s necklace broke!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Wow this game is going preety quick.

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      Preety preeety quick if I don’t say so myself.

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

    It’s a shame that Sidney Ponson has pitched in more playoff games than Halladay.

    • nathan

      That is jaw-dropping… he shud do a KG and leave Jays…

    • Thomas

      It’s a shame that Sidney Ponson has pitched in more playoff games than Halladay.

      Fixed.

    • Raf

      Cashman should offer IPK and Melky for him. that always works in my dreams lol.

  • nathan

    Is Swisher hurt or is it the turf..

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

      Bad numbers against Halladay.

      • nathan

        Oh !! I wud still rather him than Gardy… heres hoping Gardy gets a bunt single and starts a rally

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        That figures, there’s no point in taking pitches against him.

  • Drew

    His curveball is sick as shit tonight

  • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

    AJ is throwing a little too hard.

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      I noticed that 97mph.

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

    I’m not sure how that was on time but I’ll take it.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Nice play by kevin cash.

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

    Nice job, Melky Scutaro.

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

    Thanks for sliding into first Scutaro. No brains, all grit.

    • Drew

      I tend to like the slide. It’s hard to land on the closest part of the bag when your running full speed.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        But it’s slower.

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

        But whatever you gain by touching the closest part of the bag is lost by slowing down to slide.

        • andrew

          Running and touching front of base > running and touching back of base > sliding

        • Drew

          True, I just don’t think it’s as cut and dry as some make it out to be. If a guys natural instinct is to dive then there’s a reason. He feels that will get him there quicker.

          • andrew

            Feeling isn’t the same as doing. There’s a reason Usain Bolt didn’t dive across the finish live.

            • Drew

              True but crossing a line with any part of your body is different than stepping on a bag.

      • andrew

        No evidence to back this up, but im fairly certain its faster to run to first. the dive slows you down.

        • Drew

          That’s what the analysts say. Hey, ask the player, you think a player will say I dive to get there slower? I don’t understand why guys like Leiter continually bash the dive. He’s never done it..

          • andrew

            Well of course a player isn’t going to say he does it to get there slower, but that doesn’t mean he is correct. He may think sliding gets him there faster, but he can be wrong. For example, Jeff Francouer’s response to why OBP isn’t important is because “if it’s important, why don’t they show it on the scoreboard?” These guys have been doing things the way they want to all their lives, and it is hard to show them otherwise.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

    Ha. Was it Jamal G. who said when we signed Cash after we got Tex
    “Ha we took your first basemen of the future and your shitty back up catcher as well?”

    • Alex S

      have the yanks ever lost a significant player to the sox?

      • Jersey

        Ramiro Mendoza?

        • Bob Stone

          David Cone – after he was pretty well finished

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

        Damon. And some Ruth guy.

        • Jersey

          I think you’re confused.

          • Jersey

            ….or am I confused?

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

              Nope, you’re all good.

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

            Wow, I’m an idiot. My bad.

            Reading FAIL.

      • Bob Stone

        Elston Howard

      • Bob Stone

        Danny Cater was traded to the BoSox for Sparky Lyle in 1972

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

      I remember the comment but not who said it. I’ll take the credit, though.

    • Drew

      We ALMOST lost Flaherty. Man, that woulda sucked.

  • dkidd

    1 run will win this game

  • Charlie

    BJ’s hit total = 0

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    burnett is dealing!…lets give him some support

  • Alex S

    really tired of gardener’s slap hitting crap. dude cant hit a line drive. he does not belong the a major league roster

    • Charlie

      i couldn’t agree more

  • cjc

    so not to be too obvious or anything but Gardner is garbage

  • Mike HC

    It seems as if all the players who are considered “gritty,” are white. Am I missing something? Everyone calls Boston a gritty team and is it any coincidence that they are all basically white. It is like the NFL Draft … where all the white guys have a high football IQ and good football pedigree and the black guys are freakish athletes. I don’t think this way, but it is funny how certain labels seem to stick with certain races, regardless of if they make any sense.

    • Alex S

      black/ latino players are exciting and athletc

      white players are gritty and gamers

    • cjc

      gritty is just a word used to hype up a below avg player

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      You are right on with that. Ramiro Pena should be described as gritty, but he never will.

      • Mike HC

        Yea, exactly. Pena is just considered not that good, but if he was white, he would be a gritty gamer a la David Eckstein

    • andrew

      Of course, there’s always the exception to the rule, but Matt Jones was a white “freakish athlete” coming out of Arkansas a few years ago

      • Mike HC

        very true … always are exceptions … Ozzie Guillen and Orlando Cabrera were/are considered gritty and gamers

  • cjc

    so I think Damon just saw more pitches in that ab than the rest of the team combined

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

    We might not have another baserunner the rest of this game.

  • Alex S

    why is it that only lefty-handed power hitters get the shift but right-handed power hitters dont?

    • Evan

      Because the 1st baseman is not going to play where the 2B is. It would take too long to run over to first.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      The natural swing of a lefty is more pull oriented. Plus with a lefty shift the third baseman plays in the area of the shortstop. You can’t pull the first baseman that far off the bag for a righty shift so the second baseman can’t shift over as far.

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

      I’ve seen it, but it’s rare. Tampa played the shift on Pedroia last weekend.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    11 pitch inning. Halladay is definitely tiring.

  • dkidd

    wow

  • Raf

    those last two pitches to Tex were nasty.

  • Evan

    Tex saw 3 pitches. That’s pretty good. He followed that last one all the way into the mitt.

    • thurdonpaul

      lol, yep he did

  • nathan

    Off game Q: Does your Yankee moment has to come at home in the ninth inning only… Just wondering if Tex hits game winning HR in the top of the eighth of a 1-0 win will it count :-)

  • Jersey

    Halladay is averaging 9 pitches an inning. It’s amazing watching this guy work, even if it’s against the Yanks.

    • nathan

      I would rather him save this for the Sox series..

    • Evan

      That is why he throws 9 complete games every year. Guy just deals, throws strikes and lets the defense do the work.

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

    Right on cue with the no-hitter jinx My9. Bravo.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Dammit Ken singleton jinx it we would of had a no hitter tonight but u can thank ken.

    • YankeeHal

      Wong has pitched 4 shutout innings for S/WB. In the top of the fourth, he got hit in a leg by smash back to the box. but he stayed in the game and got the last out of the inning. Appears to be OK.

    • Nick L

      anyone hear Michael Kay flipping out on a caller during his radio show about jinxing a no hitter, its hilarious.

      • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

        Kay is a contradicting bastard. He gets all on someone’s case for doing something but he’ll go and do it and expect no criticisms. Guy is a grade A dick.

        • Nick L

          well someone was telling him he jinxed wangs no hitter last year, and Kay flips out on him and starts making comparisons to nazis and slaves, its a bit rediculous.

          • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

            I’m glad I missed it. The guy is totally arrogant. And ignorant for that matter.

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

    What the hell is it with the no hitter jinx? Grar.

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    oh great…leadoff double

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

    Careful with your oblique, Vernon.

  • Mike Pop

    Ugh, come on A.J.

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

    Uh oh.

  • http://theyankeeblog.com Shamik

    we need a double play here

  • JobaWockeeZ

    If the man one second scores, YES should take the earned run.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

    Watching Doc throw baseballs is like watching anyone else throw whiffleballs.

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

    Please don’t walk the bases loaded with 0 out AJ.

  • Evan

    We basically have 8 more outs that can score runs. 8, 9 and 1 are not going to get much going. Hopefully they can put up some tough at-bats. Get Halladay out by the 7th?

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

    Oh fuck.

  • Evan

    Yikes.

  • Mike Pop

    Motherfu****

  • Charlie

    What the fuck AJ

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Come on burnett strike out the side.

  • Jersey

    Oooohhh shit

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Ladies and Gents, this is the game right here.

  • Charlie

    at least throw a strike to lind. if he bombed one, it’ll help my fantasy team

    • Alex S

      no one cares about your fantasy team. we want the yanks to win

  • Evan

    AJ has nasty stuff tonight. I think he can work out of this. 1 ER here would be excellent.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Come again ?

  • manimal

    Where is Eiland? I fucking hate him, he never goes out when a pitcher is losing command

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      Terrible pitching coach. I’m not too sure while he is still around. Louisiana lightning should be in here. Wasn’t the whole purpose of Eiland being here for IPK and Hughes?

      • Jersey

        I was getting nostalgic for Stottlemyre the other day.

        • Mike Pop

          Get outta here. What is Eiland going to go out there and tell A.J., Allan knows what he has to do.

          Terrible pitching coach – not true.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Oh please, he added nothing. He had a great staff and stayed out of the way. When things went bad, he had no answers.

          Mel’s main qualification was being being buddies with Torre.

        • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

          Now that’s a good pitching coach. He knows pitching. Simply put.

    • manimal

      Oh there he is, After the double. Fucking idiot.

      • Jersey

        LOL

    • Charlie

      kevin long sucks too. Im not totally blaming them, but i’d fire both of them

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        If I were boss of all the fans, I’d fire you. Or even worse, demote you to Mets fandom.

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

    Perfect opportunity for a changeup, no?

  • Evan

    And that’s the game.

  • Mike HC

    not good

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

    So I hate to be a pessimist, but that’s probably the game.

  • Mike Pop

    Buried.

  • YankeeHal

    Wong back out for the 5th — 1 hit shutout so far. Got hit in the ankle by a batted ball last inning, but must be OK. Outstanding so far…scheduled for about 100 pitches.

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      WANG.

    • Drew

      Wong? Really?

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

    You can’t be throwing Rolen breaking balls, he can’t catch up to quality fastballs anymore.

    • Mike HC

      It was also odd that A-Rod was not playing closer to the line if Burnett was going to throw off speed, thus the chances of him pulling it are greater.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

    I hope that wasn’t Pete Abe posting a comment about the game thread at LoHud over at Jennings’ blog.

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      CMW got hit by a come backer but went out for the next inning.

  • Charlie

    aj is starting to piss me off. It seems like he always starts out on fire, but then gets into a little trouble and lets the game get out of hand. Throw some f***in strikes and maybe this wont happen!!!!

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      STRIKES!!1!1!1. He just lost his composure. He was absolutely over throwing this whole game trying to prove something.

    • Drew

      lol. Yeah, I hate when starters start out on fire then give up two runs..

      • Charlie

        2 runs??/

  • Brazilian Yankee

    It doesn’t matter how great your stuff is if you can’t locate it. Burnett is very frustrating to watch.

    • Drew

      Damn, some people here are brutal.

  • Nick L

    what is it with pass balls with runners on third this year?

  • cjc

    and thats why aj has never been as good as he should be too many walks

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Never has been good? Yeah that’s why we got him. Because he sucks.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Reading fail. Sorry dude. Ignore that.

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

    Cash, you worthless shit.

  • Drew

    CASH= SUCK

  • Nick L

    come on Cash, cervelli would have caught it

  • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

    Did he touch the plate anyway?

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      Yep. With his hand.

  • jeremy51

    Cash needs to handle that throw. Could have been a huge momentum shift right there.

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      It was going to be a bang bang play anyway. It short hopped him. These things happen.

  • manimal

    Did I mention that I hate Kevin Cash?

  • Mike HC

    that was an unbelievable throw, but too bad cash could not handle it

  • Brooklyn Ed

    so why did Cashman signed Cash? he’s not good defensively. forget his bat.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    We gonna score three runs against Halladay?

  • Bob Stone

    Cash should have turned his glove – then he might have caught it – Great throw by Melky wasted

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

    Ah, nice job screwing up Melky’s brilliant double play, Cash.

    Woulda been out by a mile.

  • Nick L

    nice curve

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    I’m a Cervelli fan myself

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

    Dude, guys, there’s a reason Cash is the FOURTH string catcher.

    Against, say 90% of other pitches three runs is not a huge deal.