Game 36: Playing the hot hands

Positive news on Bruney, Posada
Game 36 Spillover Thread

Last night’s win was all about the Yankee youngsters and the outfield. Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner were instrumental in delivering the team one of its more thrilling wins of the season.

It is not surprising then that both of them are in the lineup today. Brett is going to man center field while Melky will try his hand in right. Nick Swisher is at first, and after a little incident with Carlos Gomez last night, Mark Teixeira will DH.

This is a move that makes a lot of sense. Melky, of course, has earned his playing time. Through 33 games and 104 plate appearances, he is hitting .330/.394/.511 and is showing more patience at the plate. Gardner has also seemingly turned a corner. After starting off the season at .220/.254/.271 and earning himself a spot on the bench, Gardner is 7 for 19 this month. His season numbers — .256/.330/.423 — are approachable respectability.

And then there is Nick Swisher. After a hot, hot start to the season, Swisher has stopped hitting. On the month, he is 4 for 36 with 17 strike outs. He now has eight more strike outs than hits. Ouch.

So now, Joe Girardi can start taking advantage of the depth that remains while the Yanks’ injured players work their ways back to the team. He should make sure the hot bats get into the lineup and can give Swisher a day off or two while deploying him as a potential pinch hitter late in the game. I’d prefer to see Cano hitting fifth and Swisher below him, but today, Girardi has flipped it for the 1:05 start.

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira DH
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher 1B
Cano 2B
Cabrera RF
Gardner CF
Cervelli C

And pitching, number 62, Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.89).

Positive news on Bruney, Posada
Game 36 Spillover Thread
  • Mike Pop

    Ben, what’s your record with game threads?

  • Mike Pop

    Come on weather, hold up!

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    I don’t know who else watched the pre-game show, but they said the Yankees are having Joba throw somewhat of a simulated inning in the bullpen to get him warm to help with his recent 1st inning troubles.

    I hope it works and I hope he does well. But I disagree with this approach. I think once you take that approach, you make it more of an issue than it needs to be. After two consecutive bad 1st innings, Joba’s obviously aware of the situation. But I don’t think you have to put it inside his head even more by changing his routine. It could affect him mentally.

    He’s never had these troubles in the past. It was only two games. I think you need to let him do his thing and not let it get to him too much mentally. I think a change would be more appropriate if this had been a more continual problem or if he suffered through some similar outings last season. Again, if it works, it works, and I hope he has a solid outing.

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

      I agree.

      I’d rather have him work through whatever issues he’s having during the game, rather than add to his pregame ritual. But, who knows, maybe it works and has no ill effects.

      • JackC

        The only caveat to that is that Joba has supposedly talked about a fair amount, which means the the horse s out of the barn in terms of not making it a thing for him. Perhaps it’s best to nip it in the bud. Well that’s it, I’m out of cliches for the moment.

    • thurdonpaul

      i agree also, and i wonder, wouldnt the extra throwing reduce his pitch count ?

  • Matt M.

    hahaha….gomez isnt in the game cuz joba would plunk him

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    2 pitches and joba looks sharp. am i being overly optimistic?

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      he’s already up to 95

  • Mike Pop

    I like it.

    • Mike Pop

      I like it alot.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        Do you like it?

        • Mike Pop

          Love it.

          • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

            sweet.

  • Zack

    Joba’s looking great.

    Paul O’Neil laughed at that strike 3! haha

  • Matt-Pitt

    Joba looking sharp man. I like it.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    un deux trois!!!

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice change to get Mauer to roll over on.

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

    I guess that first inning simulation worked, huh?

  • dkidd

    this is going to be a nice homestand. the tide has turned!

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      agree

  • Mike Pop

    Heh. Cone said “pretty damn good one”.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    We’ve killed this guy in the past. Lets hope he stays true to form.

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, Abreu literally almost killed him.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        oh yeah…ew, didn’t want to picture that.

    • another steve

      but if we killed him then we couldn’t win via the walk off

  • Matt-Pitt

    Damon getting that questionable inside stike call on him again.

  • Mike Pop

    Awesome.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      first time caught…and it cost us a run.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Not really. Jeter would have gone to 3rd, I doubt he’d try to go home.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          I don’t know, that was up there for a while…plus it’s an out that if a-rod was up with one out, i bet he drives it in with a sac-fly. but doesn’t matter, we move on. get em next inning.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Ehh he could have made it but at least Teix is starting to hit the ball. That’s a good plus. Im sure we’re going to score sooner or later.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Ehhh, should’ve been a run. Least Teix is turning it on. C’mon A-Rod, drive him in.

  • Mike Pop

    Gosh darnit, Jeter getting caught is big.

    Teix looking good.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Good signs lately for Tex.

    • Mike Pop

      Don’t get me wrong, Teix is good but I’d rather have Mike Lowell.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        I don’t.

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

        The Grit factor>>>>>>>>>then the skill factor

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          The Old factor>>>>>>>>>>then the skill factor

      • RichYF

        /sarcasm?

        • Mike Pop

          Yes. /Steve Philips-esque

          • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

            do not udder that name.

  • pc69

    Didn’t score but not a bad inning. Was that really booing I just heard for Alex? If so, pathetic.

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, I was thinking the same.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Drop a 3-2 curve and buckle him.

  • Mike Pop

    Candians own the Yankees.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      Canadia don’t own nobody. them and there moose hunting and hockey

      • Mike Pop

        Hey handitus, do you like fishsticks?

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          Why’s everyone calling me a gay fish! i’m not a gay fish, i’m not!

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    So now it’s the second inning???

  • Zack

    So simulated inning help the 1st inning, what do you do fix the 2nd inning?

  • Matt-Pitt

    Come on DP ball

  • Matt-Pitt

    Alright, now a dp ball.

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

    Jamal, to continue our bullpen convo from the last thread here:

    You said:
    “I think it pales in comparison to the fact that not only is Edwar Ramirez a better pitcher than Brett Tomko, but the former showed you the ability last week to perform as a pseudo long-man, which is the only tangible advantage you assumed Tomko gave you over Ramirez.”

    I think one of the assumptions we keep making that’s interfering with our evaluation of the pen is the Tomko “longman” concept. I don’t think the team ever intended to use him in a longman role. He made 10 appearances in Scranton as the closer, never throwing more than 2 innings.

    Tomko is a situational reliever, just like the rest of the guys. I don’t think the “longman” thing factors into the decisionmaking process at all.

    That being said, I still think they demote Edwar here and see what Tomko can really do, at least for a few weeks. Maybe he really did catch lightning in a bottle, who knows. Edwar’s easily recalled if/when Tomko bails out and cut loose.

  • pc69

    Imagine what kind of year ARod will have after another month of playing time. MVP?

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Cano’s already been caught once gliding over that bag… I think it was late last season. He was lucky that wasn’t called.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Wally would’ve called that

  • Zack

    Sweetest double play ever

    • Mike Pop

      I wish you abbreviated double play and made it dp.

      Could of made a snarky lil remark.

      • Zack

        yeah i caught myself before i pushed add comment and changed it

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

          And when it’s all over, say, “Oooooh, what a lovely tea party.”

  • Mike Pop

    Heh. Thanks, Twinkies.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I hope the run doesn’t count.

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

    Ummm… yeah. Missed that one a bit, Brett.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    What a clusterfuck…. WTF?

  • Matt-Pitt

    Does the run count? Shit, heads up play by the Cap’n.

    • another steve

      stuck at work with no gameday or anything. what happened?

      • Matt-Pitt

        1st and 3rd, 1 out. Buscher hit a fly ball to Gardner, Morneau tagged but the runner was off on the pitch. The ump said he didn’t touch second on his way back to 1st so they appealed and they called him out. Run scores on a sac fly though since the out was recorded after Morneau had touched home.

      • Luthien

        Likewise, what happened? Am blacked out even though I’m in Iowa and no one shows Twins games around here.

  • Matt-Pitt

    So the run does count… Thats weak. Lets get it back.

  • Mike Pop

    Ya, what was Brett thinking there.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Swish is really struggling

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah we should give him the day off. Maybe the elbow hurts more than we think.

      • Matt-Pitt

        I think so. Player like Swish should play out of his slump though. I don’t disagree that he should be playing, I just don’t think he should be hitting so high in the order.

  • Mike Pop

    I want to go fishing with Sabathia, Bruney, and Swisher.

  • Mike Pop

    Heh, Joba making him look silly with that pitch.

  • Matt M.

    wow… you could hear joba scream that swear word

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

    Can’t really be mad a Joba for that Punto hit. It was a hard pitch to get the bat on but he managed to keep it fair. Kudos.

    Also, JETER TO HIS LEFT?!?!??!??!!

  • Matt-Pitt

    He was clearly safe, hah.

  • Zack

    I guess the umps are making up for that strike zone last night

  • pc69

    What a terrible play by the slow, no range to his left, over aged, worst fielding SS.

    Steve Phillips and ESPN, SUCK IT, BITCHES.

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

      Derek Jeter’s 2009 UZR of -1.2 currently places him as the 14th best defensive shortstop in baseball.

      Better than Cesar Izturis, Rafael Furcal, Jose Reyes, Yunel Escobar, Khalil Greene (-5.2) and Yuniesky Betancourt (-6.4).

      Marco Scutaro is the best, and Hanley Ramirez (MULTIPLE INTERROBANGS?!?!!?!) is second at +3.3.

      • Zack

        wait for it: “but it’s a small sample size”

  • V

    You have two outs. Ignore the runner, and get the batter out.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice inning, Joba. Lets get put some on the boarddd.

    • Matt-Pitt

      Lets put some on the boarddd*

      • Mike Pop

        Put it on the board!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!

  • Mike Pop

    Cisco!

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Stay hot Johnny.

  • Mike Pop

    Mets looking for a 1b. Wonder if Cashman will call them and ask them if they are interested in Miranda…

    • Zack

      and get what in return?

      • Mike Pop

        Johan.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          No, that’s not enough. Throw in that young center fielder they got in the minors too.

          • Mike Pop

            But seriously, I don’t know if it would be worth it to trade him or what the Yankees could get in return.

            Don’t know too much bout their system. Obviously, you wouldn’t be able to pry Niese away.

  • Zack

    “they all have flaws, they all have things that help them”

    thanks for that info michael kay

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      That’s venturing into Joe Morgan territory right there.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    large strike zone just for johnny?

  • Mike Pop

    Yaaa BOYYY!!!!!!

  • Zack

    SEEE YAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt-Pitt

    Heeee isss HEATINGGG UPPP

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    TEIXEIRA!!! I KNEW I SHOULD ROCK MY TEX SHIRT TODAY!

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

    Meaningless – it’s in the first three innings.

  • J

    Man… Tex has such a beautiful swing

  • V

    Sweet.

    That wasn’t to the warning track!

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      The the waring track and beyond.

  • John

    TEX!

  • pc69

    TEX is heating up.

    That same guy the losers last night booed and some in here questioned him being a gold glove, along with Michelle Kay (he no longer has male parts so he can’t be Michael).

    • Zack

      Yes and fans also booed our 2x MVP, our captain, and the greatest closer of all time. so does anything surprise you?

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        This air growing in funny places. I’m freaking out!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I don’t think we can call them fans. Perhaps bandwagoners that expect a HR on every AB or a K for each batter faced.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          when’s this guy a free agent? go on and get ’em.

          • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

            sorry. didn’t mean to reply here

            • Mike Pop

              You’re such a freakin’ jerk.

              • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                I hate you.

  • J

    Does Johnny Damon warrant a 4 year contract? I think he can give the Yankees good production for the next 2 years… he’s never really been an injured player before his tenure with the Yankees. I think he’ll be able to play just as long as Kenny Lofton with more power production and less speed. If he can take a contract with incentives in the last years of his career, I think 4/32 and 4/40 w/ incentives for ABs, milestones, etc… is a fair deal for a proven team player and winner.

    Besides, Ken Singleton has the most awesome way of saying Johnny Damon when he comes to bat.

    • Zack

      Was that a joke?

      Abreu had to accept a 1yr/$5m offer, why are you giving Damon 4years?

    • Mike Pop

      Does Johnny Damon warrant a 4 year contract?

      No, not at all.

      Way too many years. 2 guaranteed at most.

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

      I love Johnny Damon.

      That being said, I’d rather demote Joba and put Kei Igawa in the rotation than give Johnny a 4 year contract.

      (Okay, maybe not. But you get my point.)

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      no, short term with option years. You don’t want to pay for the declining years.

  • dkidd

    didn’t someone on here predict that alex would hit a home run in his first game and then go 2 for his next 50?

  • Matt-Pitt

    Chris Duffy is the trivia answer, I think. I was actually at that game.

    • Mike Pop

      Yep, for the Pirates.

      Damn you, Mauer!

      • Matt-Pitt

        Yeaaa, that was the Jeter squib walk off with the bases loaded. AP was pitching and Melky just completely misplayed the ball, but the it was a rocket line drive right at him.

  • Zack

    Crap

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

    Joe Mauer is good at baseball.

    • Zack

      *when healthy

  • Matt-Pitt

    Mauer is killing the ball right now. Since when does dude rocket homers? He is a great hitter though.

  • J

    dang. Mauer’s gonna be doing that for the Red Sox soon…

    • Mike Pop

      No.

      • J

        Yes.

        • V

          No.

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

            No. He’s going to be doing that for the Twins his entire life. They’re going to make a Mount Rushmore of Twins players someday, and it’s going to be Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, Joe Mauer from the front and Joe Mauer from the side.

        • Zack

          But small market teams dont trade or sign free agents to big deals

        • Mike Pop

          Mauer is going to sign with the Twins long term.

          • J

            mauer may be the hometown kid, but if i were him i’d still test free agency to see what’s out there. he can really be a HOF type catcher. The Red Sox are going to be without Varitek soon and really need a catcher. Kottares isn’t going to do it.

            You’re naive enough to even think that someone wouldn’t even try the waters because once he does, the Red Sox are going to give him 7/160. Minnesota can’t touch that number.

            • J

              actually he’s only 27. He’d probably get 8-10 years.

            • Mike Pop

              I just don’t think he is going to risk it. If Twins offer 100-130 extension, why would he turn that down. He’s loved the Twins, he does get injured, and if it happens bad in his contract year he could get screwed.

              What would stop the Yankees from giving him that kind of money either? He is an elite player, if Montero/Romine don’t work out by 2010-2011. Yanks would be in on him. Mets too.

              Mauer would be a bidding war because he is, indeed that good. Not to mention young.

              But if I had to bet on it, I say Mauer doesn’t even make it to FA. I mean the Twins just gave Nathan a 47 million dollar deal. Mauer is much more valuable then that. They have money, they offerd Johan 120 I believe before they had to trade him.

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

              I don’t think either Mike or I are being naive. I think Mauer may well go to free agency. And yes, the Sox will probably offer him a huge deal, I just think the Twins will be much more aggressive than you think and will come close enough to matching it that he stays in Minny.

              I think both the Cardinals and Twins are small market teams, but they’ve done a good job of not overextending themselves financially with the rest of their players in a concerted effort to retain enough cash to match the offers to Pujols and Mauer, and I think they both end up staying put.

              JMHO

  • dkidd

    if mauer stays healthy, he’s the mvp this year

    • Mike Pop

      Twas my prediction in the RAB predictions thread.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      you could say the same for a-rod.

    • Zack

      can you win MVP if you only play 120 games?

      • Mike Pop

        Palmeiro won the gold glove by playing 28 games at 1st, I think.

        • Zack

          Gold glove is a little different then MVP

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

            Not that much different.

            • Zack

              I disagree but doesnt matter.

  • V

    Mauer and Morneau are pissing me off.

    • Mike Pop

      The Twins are really, really good at developing their own players. For all the love the Sox get, the Twins don’t get nearly enough attention. I believe their whole rotation is homegrown or dealt for(Liriano), but man. They are such a good organization for developing talent.

      Might be the best.

      • V

        Well, Mauer was a first overall pick. I wouldn’t really say that anybody can claim to have ‘developed’ him.

        • Zack

          There’s alot of #1 picks who dont work out though

          • V

            Usually pitchers, no? It also depends on the draft.

            For example, the Rays don’t really deserve credit for Longoria. The Nationals won’t deserve credit if Strasburg is successful. Etc.

            Tim Beckham last year is someone who will need actual work to develop.

        • Mike Pop

          Okay, then leave him out of the equation.

          Morneau
          Kubel
          Liriano
          Baker
          Blackburn
          Slowey
          Perkins
          Span
          Nathan
          Neshek
          Garza – R.I.P.

          • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

            Nathan was a trade.

            • Mike Pop

              Ya, my bad. Thought he was younger when they got him and had to develop him.

              • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                Oh, I thought he had already pitched for the Giants…could be wrong.

                • Mike Pop

                  Na, he did. You were right, that’s what I get for not doing any research on it before I post.

  • V

    Ugh, I hate it when he walks somebody on a pitch that isn’t anywhere close.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      yeah, pitching is so easy. no pitch should ever get away. joba’s a jerk.

      • V

        :snort:

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          Burp

  • Matt-Pitt

    I hate facing those 2 guys man. C’mon Joba, bear down. Need DP ball here.

  • zs190

    Is Mauer a catcher going forward though? That bat plays anywhere, but if he’s not a catcher, he’s obviously a lot less valuable.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      He is a catcher. He’s been in the majors for some time now. I don’t think he’s going anywhere else.

      • zs190

        He’s had knee issues already I thought, and there is a lot of question about his durability playing catcher long term.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          I think they’ll keep him there. Unless he just can’t handle it back there and is injured every year for long periods of time, i don’t see him moving.

      • V

        Back issues, knee issues, tallest catcher in baseball today.

        He’s also young (26). I don’t see him staying behind the plate past 30.

    • Zack

      he’s also elite defender,
      but he keeps getting injuries, lost his speed, doesnt have 20hr power. People say 20m/year player, but max he’s only playing 145 games when healthy behind the plate, but if he has to move to DH/1B then it’s not worth it

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        Don’t most starting catchers play 120-145 games a year? Not many catchers can do the 162 game straight deal.

        • Zack

          that’s my point. 20m and already you’re not getting a full season, plus by the time he’s a free agent and 5-7yr deal that’s going to be alot of innings on his already injured back/knees

          • V

            Exactly. I’d love it if the Sox got him on a 7 year deal or the like, as by the time that deal’s done, he’d be a pure DH.

            • Zack

              a pure DH hitting 12HRs a year

              • Mike Pop

                Eh, 300/400/450 plays about anywhere though, no?

                • Zack

                  not for 20m

                • Mike Pop

                  If he stays at C for 140 games a year during that whole contract and gives you that kind of production together with his defensive skills. That is well worth 20 mill in my opinion. But, I would be hesitant to go more than 6 years when talking bout that kind of money per year.

                • Zack

                  But he’s not going to give you that performance into his mid-30s, he’s 26 and already had health issues.

            • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

              I still think he could be a really good first baseman. I don’t think he would end up a DH. He’s a good athlete.

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

                Morneau seems entrenched at 1B, though.

                Ironically, LF would make a lot of sense. Mauer’s always been a great athlete, he might be able to pull it off.

          • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

            Oh, I wasn’t arguing he should make 20mill, I was just saying I believe he’ll be a catcher. No catcher is worth that.

  • J

    Nice K by Joba. Kubel’s been hitting everything

  • NHYankee62

    This is where Joba really needs to adjust… trust your stuff.. throw strikes… get ahead.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Love Paul O’Neil cutting Kay off when he was about to talk about the Joba debate.

    Shut.The.Fuck.Up.Kay.

    • Mike Pop

      Heh. That was pretty funny.

    • NHYankee62

      Since i live in NH, I don’t get to listen to the Kay radio show (just occasionally on tv when I’m not fastforwarding in between pitches).

      Does Kay think Joba should be in the pen?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Kay wants him in the rotation I think.

  • JackC

    People who should know say Cervelli will never be a hitter and I believe them, but man it’s fun to watch him catch. Just the way he frames the pitches.

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

    Nice job settling down and getting out of that inning.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice if they can get a quick inning from Joba here.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Need a quick inning here. Can’t put men on base with Mauer, Morneau looming.

  • EvoLuTioN

    According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates have acquired minor league right-hander Eric Hacker from the Yankees. It’s not clear who, or what, the Yanks were given in return.

    • Mike Pop

      Has to be Tabata.

      • EvoLuTioN

        lol we wish

    • V

      Do they want Steven Jackson and Anthony Claggett also? Heh.

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

      Tabata.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        and?

        • EvoLuTioN

          and? we should be ecstatic if we got tabata for hacker

          • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

            ever heard of sarcasm?

        • Mike Pop

          We throw in IPK and get Andrew McCutchen back as well.

          • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

            Thank you, sarcasm found.

        • E-ROC

          Andrew McCutchen.

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

            Pedro Alvarez.

            • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

              more sarcasm…loving it. we’re all so funny.

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

                Eric hacker for the rights to Andy Van Slyke into perpetuity.

                • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                  World Series, here we come!

  • e mills

    Why does YES have to have the worst radar gun ever?!?!

    • Zack

      dont like the 93mph curveball?

    • V

      It boggles the mind. With their money, they should have top of the line ______ (insert anything).

      I’d love a real radar gun, a K-zone, the Mets’ pitch tracker thingy, etc.

  • pc69

    Joba at 82 pitches, very economical for him. that is a good sign.

    Just don’t let anyone on ESPN see the radar gun or the “he is not a starter” will never go away. Argument is tired.

    • Zack

      “Argument is tired” but it sells papers and gives ratings to TV/Radio, and thats all they care about

  • NHYankee62

    That settles it:

    Brainaic reporter Andrew McCarron on the radio just said that this will probably be “life with Joba” as in always throwing alot of pitches.

    Could be worse, they could be talking to perennial D-bad Joel Sherman

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Because all 23-year-old pitchers in their second year in the league learn how to be economical right away. CGs are par for the course. It’s the first thing they learn.

      • V

        Rofl!!

        While I WOULD like to see a lower WHIP (specifically, BB/9), he’s been EXCELLENT for a 23 year old in his first full year starting in the majors.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Damnit, lost him. Would’ve just challenged him with a fastball. C’mon Joba.

  • NHYankee62

    Too bad that piece of shit from last night is not still the ump… that would’ve been a strike,

  • V

    This is a big pitch. Can’t let Mauer hit with two on.

    • V

      Sweet. Here it is, just try and hit it.

  • NHYankee62

    Way to go Jobber

  • Matt-Pitt

    Alright Joba, way to work out of it. Tack on some more and run him out for the 6th.

  • pc69

    He had Harris so clusterfucked. Nice pitching Joba.

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

    Great job by Span there – the Twins saw just four pitches prior to his PA.

  • Mike Pop

    Son of a gun. Take some pitches.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Why would you swing, Cap’n? Blackburn only threw 4 pitches to Gardner and Cervilli… You gotta at least make him throw you a strike when he falls behind 2-0.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    This is what showed up in my reader:

    MLB Rumors:

    According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic, the Yankees have acquired minor league reliever Eric Hacker from the Yankees.

    • John

      so no one benefitted or got hurt from the trade?

  • Matt-Pitt

    2 back to back 90 curves… Joba throwing heat. Lets see the 150 fastball.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Leadoff walks kill, Joba. Come on man.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Huge out. Come on DP ball… Need one a game.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Throw that fucking CHANGE!!! Thank God!

  • pc69

    90 mph change up. Awesome!

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

    UUUUUGE out there of Morneau.

  • Mike Pop

    Oh man, squeezed on that pitch. He was pissed.

  • Matt-Pitt

    How was that not a strike???

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

    I gotta say, I think pinstripes on road gray uniforms look horrid.

    Or maybe it’s just the combination of gray with blue pinstripes and red block numerals. Too busy.

    Maybe it’s just my yankee bias. I like the Twins home whites with pinstripes, but their road grays are crappy, IMO.

    • Mike Pop

      Bill Heywood could pull it off.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      agreed. it gets muddy and the red is just annoying.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Joba’s feeling it now.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Big time reply fail. My bad.

    • JackC

      I’m normally not a fan of those solid dark jersey tops but the alternate uni for the Twins is a much better road outfit

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

    Heh, not everyone is afraid to throw to second. #jonlester

  • Mike Pop

    Who comes out for the 7th?

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      CC

  • Matt-Pitt

    There you go, Joba. Threw a lot of pitches but did the job. Come on offense, tack on a few more.

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

    Joba was 97 MPH on pitches 106 and 107. What’s that about him not being able to keep his stuff deep in games again?