May
17

Game 37: Win today, win the series

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It’s tough to beat the rush of the last two games, but a win today would be enough excitement in itself. The Yankees are looking to take the third of this four-game set, giving them a third-straight series victory. It seems the team has responded to a recent bout of ugliness with a winning streak of sorts, and there’s nothing better than a series win to keep that moving.

Taking the mound will be A.J. Burnett, who gave the Yanks length in his last appearance, though his performance wasn’t exactly what the team needed. He gave up five runs through 7.2 IP, though he didn’t give up the final two until the eighth. Seven innings, three runs would be just fine today, but with Cano out of the lineup and Swisher mired in a serious slump, they could use a good one out of A.J. to seal the series.

The Twins will send out 25-year-old Kevin Slowey to stanch the bleeding. His holds a 5-1 record, mainly because the Twins were able to overcome two outings in which he allowed five runs. He’s had three such appearances this year, the other resulting in a no-decision. He pitched well his last time out against Detroit, allowing just one run over six innings. Not your typical strikeout pitcher, Slowey compensates with impeccable control. He’s walked just four in 40.1 innings this year and allowed just 1.35 per nine innings in 2008. The Yanks might not be able to wait him out as they do many other pitchers.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Melky Cabrera, CF
8. Ramiro Pena, 2B
9. Kevin Cash, C

And on the mound, number thirty-four, A.J. Burnett

Categories : Game Threads
  • Joe R

    Hope to keep the streak going. Kinda sucks we only gained like 1 game on Toronto in it tho.

    • steve (different one)

      how many did they gain on Boston? i have to think that’s gotta be more important. as solid as Toronto may be, i don’t see them hanging around much past the all-star break.

      • V

        Not to mention, the wild card will be coming from the East, so you want to be one of the top two in the division.

  • V

    Slowey is the type of pitcher that can give the Yankees fits. Have to stay patient when he pitches out of the strike zone, but he will NOT walk you, so you have to swing at SOMETHING.

  • Mike Pop

    Let’s go A.J.!

    Hey, anyone going to the game vs Baltimore on Thursday?

    • Yankeegirl49

      I am.

      • Mike Pop

        Heh, you’re at every game.

        • Yankeegirl49

          Not every, but a lot. Im going Mon, Wed & Thurs this week.

          • Mike Pop

            I’ll be the guy who runs on the field in the 8th inning.

            • Yankeegirl49

              Cool!!

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      I am. Where are you guys sitting?

      • Mike Pop

        My buddy tells me Section 205.

        • donttradecano

          im 237

          • Mike Pop

            I’ll be wearing an A-Rod jersey.

            Look for me ;)

            • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

              i walk over to that section at some point im sure

    • Nady Nation

      Yup. First game with the bleacher creatures too.

      • LiveFromNY

        You’ll never forget a game with the creatures though the Red Sox or Mets games are the best.

        • Nady Nation

          Should’ve been more specific. First game w/the creatures this season. It’s always a blast out there.

  • Capital T

    Anything wrong with Cano or just a day off?

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      Probably just a day off. Hes played every game so far.

  • Alex S

    watching Fever Pitch…….have no idea why

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

      I’m with you, I always seem to sit and watch it every time it’s on.

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

    ZOMG teh empty seats!1!111!!!

  • MelkmanforMVP

    Nice start for AJ.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Really AJ? Just walk Tolbert infront of Mauer and Morneau?

  • MelkmanforMVP

    And there he walks Tolbert. Ugh.

  • Mike Pop

    Ugh, come on Burnett, strike this guy out. Get out of the inning.

  • Matt-Pitt

    That looked like a strike to me.

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

    I’m perfectly okay with that walk to Morneau.

    • cjc

      gee why he only has 3 HR this series guy can mash

  • cjc

    walk machine

  • Matt-Pitt

    AJ walking everyone again… He needs to pound the zone (don’t give me a thats what she said).

    • Mike Pop

      Rather walk Justin than let him do some damage.

      That’s what she….

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

      um, that’s what he said.

  • Reggie C.

    Ump doesn’t believe in corner pitch strikes …

  • cjc

    so the YES gun is awesome

  • cjc

    NICE

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice play, Pena. AJ needs to have some quick innings and start throwing strikes.

  • gxpanos

    Ha. Remember when Wilson Betemit was the utility guy?

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

      Yeah, it was when the Yankees arguably had the most prolific utility infielder in the AL. ;)

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

        Yeah, it was when the Yankees arguably had the most prolific offensive utility infielder in the AL. ;)

        • gxpanos

          I’d much rather have Pena’s glove than Betemit’s K’s and occasional HR’s.

          Do you remember how bad Betemit was when he played ANY infield position?

          • gxpanos

            And .289 OBP.

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

            No, I think you’re selective memory is just choosing to point out that horrid game in Detroit and a couple others.

            He wasn’t great with the glove, but he damn sure wasn’t as bad as perceived.

            • gxpanos

              Would you seriously take Betemit over Pena? I really don’t think Betemit’s pop makes up for the disparity in defense between the two.

              Betemit K’d in almost 30% of his PA’s last year. Again: OBP’d 289. Pena could probably beat that over the same number of PA’s. And Betemit’s strength, pop, is not the most important thing I want in a utility infielder.

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

                Honestly, that’s a good question. If you’re taking everything into account (contracts; service time; option years) then yes, Pena > Betemit; however, I’m not sold on Pena’s bat in any sense of the phrase, so I’d probably take Betemit’s power and acceptable defense in the infield over Pena’s speed and superb defense, but unproven stick.

                • gxpanos

                  Then we’ll agree to disagree.

                  I still think Betemit means “a whale’s vagina.”

    • MelkmanforMVP

      Don’t forget the super-utility player Miguel Cairo..

  • Mike Pop

    Nice play by the glove.

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

    that was nice.

  • gxpanos

    Wow. 337 BAA and only 4 walks? Yanks better swing away.

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

    What was that? Slowey shook off every pitch in his arsenal.

  • Mike Pop

    Heh. Awesome inning.

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

      at least we saw a lot of pitches. 9.

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

        A.J. scoffs at that with his six-pitch second inning.

  • Matt-Pitt

    That was weak. Come on AJ, hold em’ down. You are due for a solid outing.

  • Eirias

    At least it wasn’t an Immaculate Inning.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Very nice inning, AJ.

  • Mike Pop

    Woot woot!

  • gxpanos

    Coney keeps saying AJ’s a two-pitch pitcher; that seems to me to be really disingenuous. I’ve seen at least two different FB’s and and two different curves.

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

      Nah, Burnett’s predominantly a two-pitch guy. He throws the occasional changeup (6% over the course of his career he throws a changeup over the course of a game), but he’s mainly a fastball-curveball guy.

      • Mike Pop

        Was it you, Jamal, who wrote his pitch repertoire section on Wikipedia?

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

          Nah, I’m too lazy to do some shit like that. If I’m not getting graded, I’m not doing it!

      • gxpanos

        Fair enough. I’m keeping up the Betemit argument above, though.

  • steve (different one)

    nice inning for AJ there.

  • Mike Pop

    Kay is ridonkulous with this bunting.

  • Matt-Pitt

    If some of you don’t know, this game is on TBS also, at least in Pitt it is. So if you don’t feel like listening to the YES feed, I would switch over.

    • Mike Pop

      Blacked out in NY.

      • Matt-Pitt

        Makes sense.

  • steve (different one)

    was Kay a b-jobber?

    • bizarrojamie

      He still brings it up on every one of Joba’s starts.

      • Mike Pop

        I think he just loves the idea of the “debate”?

  • LiveFromNY

    I like to turn off the sound and just follow along here. If Kay calls Mourneau and Mauer the M&M boys one more time I will reach through the television and strangle him. There were only one M&M boys and there will only be one M&M boys.

    • Mike Pop

      You have that kind of power?

  • V

    Slowey. Throws. Strikes.

    Why are you guys staring at pitches?

  • cjc

    do you think maybe swish could get a day off

    • Matt-Pitt

      I think they said he will on tuesday. He really looks like he could use one.

    • steve (different one)

      he was given a day off a few days ago but Matsui had to come out of the game.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Man, Swish is just struggling. Hope he turns it on soon. Come on AJ, just like last inning.

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

    Yanks have to start swinging earlier in the count. Slowey’s strike one, strike two on everyone.

    • V

      Exactly.

      I hate to say it, but this is the PERFECT pitcher for Cano to face, lol.

  • John

    how fast does slowey throw?

    • Matt-Pitt

      Sits in the 88-91 range on his fastball. Locates it extremely well though.

      • steve (different one)

        so, it’s kindof slowey for a fastball?

    • cjc

      high 80’s

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      I guess you could say it’s a little bit SLOWey, amirite guys?

      Guys?

      • Mike Pop

        Hehe.

        • steve (different one)

          oh, when DOUG says it, it’s mildly funny?

          • Mike Pop

            I just like how he brought the second “Guys?” into it.

            But, no. Yours was solid too.

            • Mike Pop

              Also, by solid I mean corny as hell.

            • V

              “Yours was solid too.”

              TWSS.

  • cjc

    boy Johnny can make it interesting

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice catch, Johnny.

    Punto had a really nice at bat there, nice to see AJ win that battle to leadoff the inning.

  • John

    i wonder if aceves will be unavailable today?

    • Matt-Pitt

      Why? He is a guy who can be stretched out and only threw 10 pitches yesterday.

      • John

        oh yea, he went only 1 inning yesterday…duh!

    • cjc

      still not sure how they are going to use him so far he has shown to be one of the more reliable guys you would think they need to strongly consider using him in a short relief role and having Tomko as the long guy

  • Matt-Pitt

    Another nice inning, AJ.

  • steve (different one)

    filthy

  • Mike Pop

    That’s my boy.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    AJ looks like a man on a mission.

    • Mike Pop

      The Final Frontier.

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

      yeah, he told me he wants to fly to the moon.

    • Matt-Pitt

      Unfortunately, so does Slowey.

  • steve (different one)

    O’Neill dissing Cone right now…

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      What did he say?

      • steve (different one)

        he was saying Wells was the best pitcher in the league in 1998…with Cone, who won 20 games, sitting right there.

        i was just joking around though.

  • Mike Pop

    Heh. Wells is so chill.

  • EvoLuTioN

    Can’t watch the game but from gameday it seems like Wang is dealing

  • Matt-Pitt

    Slowey has 30 pitches through 3… Awesomeness. Seems like the only way we can make him work is if we get hits. 2nd time through the order should accomplish that.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    30 pitches in 3 innings? Wow, we really are gonna see the middle relief today. A baserunner would be nice.

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

    No mo’ no-no.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Maybe we can concentrate on just winning this game now.

  • kSturnz

    nice, a changeup registered as a fastball at 88 with 8″ break

  • Matt-Pitt

    Come on DP ball.

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

      your welcome!

  • cjc

    bad job by melky dang

  • V

    1) Latroy Hawkins

    2) Derek Jeter

    3) Posada (I guess DL = ‘active’).

  • steve (different one)

    damn that ball ate Melky up

  • Matt-Pitt

    You gotta charge that ball Melky, not sit back. Morneau read Melky perfectly and he just fell asleep. Really need a DP ball now.

    • Matt-Pitt

      BOOM, that just happened.

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

    Fucking awesome.

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

    Nice turn by Pena.

  • Mike Pop

    Uuuge.

  • V

    Ramiro Pena is awesome.

  • steve (different one)

    wow, i forgot there was 1 out already. nice DP there.

  • steve (different one)

    why is the cabbie in this commercial driving with his eyes closed?

    • cjc

      why is that commercial on so damn much now its just very very annoying so much so that I can’t even remeber what its for

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

      because he’s blind asshole. way to be considerate. If you see a person in a wheel chair, you don’t ask why he’s not walking. jeeze.

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

        IETC.

        • steve (different one)

          well played

  • cjc

    alright second time throught the order lets go boys

  • Nady Nation

    Wang through 4 innings: 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7-4 GB-FB ratio on just 38 pitches. Seems like he could be here for the Phils series.

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

      nice

      • steve (different one)

        this is good to hear

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Linden and Shelley also homered already. Please tell me again why Berroa is on the roster and non eof these two.

      • steve (different one)

        maybe b/c as soon as A-Rod came back, Jeter strained his oblique?

        it’s a long season. i guarantee one of those guys will be up in a few weeks.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Way to hustle, Cap’n.

    • Matt-Pitt

      He looked out on the replay but I’ll take the call.

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

    Heh, no one likes a Busch.

  • cjc

    he’s no crede

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    That was obviously his gritty half that got him that hit.

  • steve (different one)

    he was out. i’ll take it though.

  • cjc

    ha hit and run and he throws his worst pitch of the game I think we may have causght a break with that call

  • Nady Nation

    Ugh.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Alright, Teix. Just a sac fly, but I’ll take more.

  • Mike Pop

    Ugh, I hate the bunting.

    • steve (different one)

      i’m ok with trying to bunt for a hit. that wasn’t a straight sacrifice.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Usually I do too, but that was not a sacrifice. He was bunting for a hit. I think he would have been served pushing it toward third, however.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Girardi just punched Joba. LMAO

  • gxpanos

    OH MY GOD JOHNNY. Really? You’re the best hitter on the team right now!

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

    Here you go, free out. Don’t mention it, it’s my pleasure.

    Sincerely,
    Joe G.

    • cjc

      I don’t think that came from the bench

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Huh? that was probably not called from the bench. He clearly tried to bunt for a hit.

    • steve (different one)

      come on.

      you guys can tell the difference b/w a drag bunt to 1B and a straight sacrifice.

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

        My bad, I was only half watching.

        • steve (different one)

          you are forgiven.

  • Stryker

    so what’s everyone’s thoughts on ramiro pena and francisco cervelli now that they’ve been up for a while? i personally like the guy and think he should stick around. slick defensive player who has shown he can keep up in the majors. from what i say he AND cervelli haven’t looked over matched, which is nice.

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

      Let’s wait to see what happens the second time through the league. Cervelli’s been up what, two weeks? That’s not a while.

    • steve (different one)

      i think Pena is here to stay.

      seems like the yankees are set at UTI for a while.

      • V

        Agreed. Perfect skill set for a UTI guy – solid to spectacular defense at SS/2B/3B, and decent contact skills. As long as he can stay > .250/.300, I’ll be happy.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Ahhh, c’mon Teix… Thats too close to take man, especially in that situation. You gotta at least foul that off.

    • V

      Agreed.

      I hate this ‘patience’, especially with a guy like Slowey pitching. He ain’t walking you, so you have to swing the fucking bat.

      I’d love to have Cano in the lineup against this guy.

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

    That fourth pitch was not a strike, but that Strike Three was a damn good pitch.

    • Matt-Pitt

      I agree.

  • V

    Way to go Teixeira.

    Did their scouting reports NOT say that THIS GUY THROWS STRIKES?

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Well, according to Gameday, the last two pitches were balls. So I wonder if the scouting report said that Slowey throws pitches that are balls, but umpires call strikes. If so, Tex wasnt paying attention.

      • V

        They were too close to take, especially with 2 strikes on ya.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Ok, that’s different than what you just said, however.

  • cjc

    hey a pop up for old times sake

  • Matt-Pitt

    What a waste. Alright, AJ. Keep doing what you do.

  • kSturnz

    They are straight up getting cheated out there. swing the bats. we are missing robi, jaja

  • LiveFromNY

    I thought the Steins made a complaint about the officiating. Perhaps that just pissed off the umps even more.

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

    Come on, Gomez, bunt; you know you wanna.

  • thisisthedavid

    Just because the ump doesnt call the middle of the plate curve that touches the bottom of the zone, doesnt mean you should throw another curve middle of the plate thigh high. SMH we need more pitching minds on the team.

  • Nady Nation

    Just caught this on Rotoworld. Pretty funny stuff:

    The Rays listed two third basemen on their lineup card on Sunday, causing them to lose their designated hitter.
    The plan was for Evan Longoria to DH and bat third on Sunday, but he was listed at third, along with Ben Zobrist. Since he didn’t take a position in the top of the first, the Rays have now had to go to starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine as their No. 3 hitter.

    • thisisthedavid

      LMFAOOO thats just inexcusable

    • Mike Pop

      that’s just silly.

    • steve (different one)

      could you imagine if Girardi did that?

      • Mike Pop

        The media would have his balls in a glass jar.

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

      Hah.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Maddon is a genius!!!!!!! he is showing his team they can win with a pitcher batting third!!!! He is almost as good as Tito!!!

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    This ump has a very wide zone, both ways. It is amazing the amount of impact a particular umpire can have on a game.

    • steve (different one)

      the umpiring has been awful all series.

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

        the impings been bad all year. If a game is going right, you don’t notice the ump. I’ve been noticing the umps a lot this year.

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

          ha “imping” (umping)

  • steve (different one)

    bad AJ!

    • kSturnz

      bad kitty

  • Mike Pop

    Come on, A.J. 0-2 and you walk him, ugh.

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

    C’mn AJ, put him away.

  • Matt-Pitt

    This is Tolbert, AJ. Just throw the fastball and get the at bat over with.

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

    I like this AJ. (minus the walks)

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

      (and the hits)

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Fearless prediction- Nick Swisher will do something other than strikeout. I know, I know, taking a huge leap there.

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

      Nice.

    • Matt-Pitt

      Make more predictions.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Nope. Gonna retire as Moshe-damus right now, batting 1.000.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Yay me.

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

      good job. predict something else

    • cjc

      and the power ball numbers please

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

    Unless CMW is using his four-seamer more, he still seems to be throwing a fair share of pitches across the letters.

  • steve (different one)

    so the super-duper fundamentally perfectly well-managed Twins bat their worst hitter 2nd?

    it’s crap like that that reminds me that people are waaaaay too hard on Girardi.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Wang is at 59 pitches after 6. Too bad it’s a DH so they only play 7 per game. Would be fun if they would let him start the second game but he will probably pitch some more in the pen.

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

      They might let him start game two. It’s a pretty quick turn around in the minors, 30 mins or so.

  • V

    Man, the Nationals rival the Yankees when it comes to being STUPID with injuries. Elijah Dukes has been battling a hamstring strain, so he plays today and reaggravates it on a double.

    S-M-R-T! S-M-R-T!

  • Matt-Pitt

    We know this guy pounds the zone, why are we watching strike 3? Granted, it was a great pitch but Teix got the same one thrown to him. Gotta make the adjustment.

  • cjc

    fuck can we swing please god damn this guy throws strikes and is obviously getting that called 3rd strike on the 2 seamer in to lefties jesus christ make a god damn adjutment

    (sorry had to rant)

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

    Slowey is owning that inside pitch.

    • V

      And our hitters refuse to adjust.

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

        that pitch to matsui looked like it was going to hit him. that’s kind of hard to adjust to.

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

    Bad hack, Melk.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Melky couldn’t do much about that. Great sequence and first time I think he has thrown that changeup all game.

  • John

    at least Melky swung at every pitch in that AB

  • Mike Pop

    That just made leche look silly.

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

    my brain hurts watching slowey pitch.

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

      Really? I’m enjoying this. Love me a good pitcher’s duel.

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

        i enjoy pitching duels, but not when we’re getting 2 hit and it’s by a guy throwing 88. I know velocity isn’t everything, but it just hurts my brain.

  • steve (different one)

    matsui’s hair is a little long for the yankees…

  • cjc

    this is painful

    • John

      TWSS

      • cjc

        hehe

  • Mike Pop

    This Slowey kid is pretty good.

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

    This M&M Boys crap has really run it’s course already.

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

      but it fits, so they won’t let it go. pain will just be a part of life now.

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

        No one can come up with an original nickname anymore. Everything is just a recreation of an old nickname. At least change it to the M&M Twins, since they, you know, play for the Twins.

        • Jose

          No modern 3 and 4 should ever be compared to that 1961 combo. I’m just gonna start calling CC the “Chairman of the Board”.

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

          I agree. As they say in the art world, everything’s already been done, nothing is original, it’s about putting a twist on it. Same could be said here. I rather them call them the “twin killers”.

    • cjc

      he feels clever so its far from over

    • Mike Pop

      Often duplicated, never replicated.

  • cjc

    the bottom looks awful swinging at junk and the top looks awful watching strikes

    they have to get him eventually his stuff just isn’t good enough for this

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

      Command + Movement > Velocity.

      • cjc

        there has been alot of stuff in the middle of the plate waiting to be hit his era isn’t over4.5 because he’s awesome

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

          Any pitcher can come out and have a great performance. Cliff Lee throwing 88-91. same style pitcher and owned the league last year.

          • steve (different one)

            Moose won 20 with a 73 MPH fastball last year

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

              73 is pushing it. he’s no knuckleballer.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    So close. Damn.

  • V

    Nice try Ramiro.

  • Matt-Pitt

    I hate facing these 2 guys. C’mon, AJ.

  • EvoLuTioN

    Wang:

    6 IP sofar
    2 hits
    0 runs
    0BB
    1K

    59 pitches-41 strikes
    11 ground outs/6 fly outs

    • Capital T

      only 1 K? How is his velocity?

      • EvoLuTioN

        not sure, milb gameday doesn’t show it. But wang isn’t really a strikeout pitcher. The main thing is no walks and getting those grounders

  • cjc

    in the park nice

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

    Eat it, you Canuck.

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

      Go back to Canadia!

  • Matt-Pitt

    Big out. DP ball and get outta this inning quickly.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Seriously? An M & M boys montage? So YES is playing along with Kay. Ugh.

    • cjc

      and Cone said it too this is spreading worse than swine flu someone must stop Kay and now

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

      It’s like the Jason Bay Montage.

      • Mike Pop

        The 4 homers too.

    • Mike Pop

      He did not create it, they’ve been called that before Kay has said this.

      Ya, it’s dumb, but Kay didn’t create it.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Didn’t say he created it. He is using it like it is something that your typical fan would know about or something, which it clearly is not.

        • Mike Pop

          Ya, I was just pointing it out.

          But, you’re right.

    • LiveFromNY

      The real M&Ms are rolling over in their graves.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Yes, Coney, I saw AJ exhale. Then he inhaled. It’s called breathing.

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

      seriously? That bothers you?

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Just making a little joke- did we really see AJ exhale or relax? He said it as if he knew what AJ was thinking.

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

          he was a pitcher.

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

            And if he would have said it in the context of “Pitchers tend to relax in these situation” instead of “AJ exhaled after Mourneau” I would not have said anything. As it was, it was just a throwaway line.

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

              I just think he was using his knowledge as a pitcher and the situation to fill us in on his thoughts, without explaining it.

  • Matt-Pitt

    There you go, AJ. Put some on the boardd offense.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      I think reversed that you.

  • cjc

    at this rate Wang is going to have to throw in the BP after his start

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

      he’ll start the second came of the double header.

      • EvoLuTioN

        are you serious? rofl

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

          no

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      As I said earlier: It would be cool if they would let him start game two.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Come on, Angelini, botch a groundball so we can win this game!

  • Capital T

    One more inning for AJ and then trouble. Who is available today: Tomko, Alb, Veras.

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

      Edwar, Mo. Maybe Aceves. I think the only one that’s not available is Coke, and that’s because Girardi said he wasn’t available.

      • Capital T

        Mo’s available after 2 innings yesterday ?

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

          29 pitches, not terrible, especially since he didn’t pitch the day before. If push comes to shove, I bet he’s out there.

  • John

    How has Cash lasted so long, although for short stints at a time, so long?

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    That was a great pitch.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Cash, word? Dude is pounding the zone and you just stand there with the bat on your shoulder? Least foul it off or something.

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

      Easier said than done.

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

        No!

      • Matt-Pitt

        I understand that but they have seen Slowey around the plate all day. At this point, you have to be up at the plate with a fairly aggressive mind set.

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

    Ah, look at those three aces right there.

    • Mike Pop

      Is pretty cool.

  • BigBlueAL

    YES with a Phil Hughes to the bullpen debate.

  • cjc

    hey when you swing at a ball in the mddle of the plate you get a hit crazy just crazy who would expect that

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

      Hey, when you are up against a major-league caliber pitcher with impeccable command and moving fastballs, you don’t always get the results you want. It’s crazy, but sometimes the Yankees aren’t the ones who should be blamed, but the good performance of their opposition. ;)

  • Tony

    The whole “put stud SP prospects into the bullpen” thing isn’t any more intelligent when it’s Hughes. Fire Kay.

  • kSturnz

    has tex went the other way with a pitch this season?

    • Matt-Pitt

      I can recall two times. His first homerun of the season, against the O’s where he went left center. His double off Sherill where he put one in the right center gap.

  • BigBlueAL

    This is a pitcher who coming into the game opponents were hitting .337, yet he looks like Greg Maddux so far today. Cant say I didnt see this coming!! At least AJ has matched him so far.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    I hate when fast guys reach. The game just slows down- looking over, throwing over, etc.

  • daveg

    I’ve only got GameDay. Did Gomez run into Tex as he was rounding first?

    • Mike Pop

      Heh.

  • another steve

    leaving work now, should make it home just in time for the walk off.

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

      Nice.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Just focus on the hitter, please.

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

    A.J., I know Gomez represents the go-ahead run, but you have one down with Punto, Span and Tolbert coming up next; focus on the at-bat, please.

  • dkidd

    is wang pitching yet?

  • BigBlueAL

    How the fuck do you walk Nick freakin Punto.

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

      Gomez got in hes head. sad, but true.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    That was awful. AJ totally was focused on Gomez. Walked freaking Nick Punto.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Just walked Punto? Walking all the wrong people today, except Morneau’s. Come on AJ, work out of this.

  • Mike Pop

    Why are you walking Punto, stop being so silly.

    • Mike Pop

      Had some ridic late movement there.

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

    Great pitch by AJ.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Wow, that was some pitch.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Great pitch, AJ.

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

    nice pitch.

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

    Sit down, puta.

  • Nady Nation

    Disgusting 2-seamer.

  • Alex S

    WOW that pitch to span was nasty!

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

    That inside fastball is ridiculous. fuck…

  • Matt-Pitt

    Damnit… Of all people… Tolbert gets the big hit.

  • Alex S

    shit….yanks better score now

  • Mike Pop

    Fuck.

  • BigBlueAL

    Matt Tolbert is clutch.

  • Reggie C.

    AJ stayed toooo long in that inside corner. 3 pitches in a row? predictable result.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Nah, he just missed the spot.

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

      nah, it floated back to the middle.

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

    Fucking Melky, stupid throw home with Gomez running. Now the runner is in scoring position with Mauer up.

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

      Nevermind, I’m an idiot.

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

        You just hate melk

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      I have no idea what you are talking about.

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

        I forgot there was a runner on first already, I thought Tolbert went to the second on the throw.

      • Chris V.

        haha the hatred for melky continues

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

      they’ have runners on 1 st and 2nd. they would have been in scoring position anyway….now they move up. Damn it Cash.

  • John

    .162 Tolbert?

  • cjc

    Cash sucks

    • Mike Pop

      He can’t handle the stuff.

      • cjc

        no kidding

  • cjc

    seriously wtf

  • Matt-Pitt

    You gotta be freakin’ kidding me… Trying to backhand it. You can’t do that with a man on third, Cash.

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

      Yeah, that’s fucking retardaded!!! stupid Cash. GET RID O HIM!

  • Reggie C.

    Warm up Veras …

    Sit Alba…

    • Matt-Pitt

      Be nice if both were sitting down.

  • Tony

    Why is Cash catching today, again?

  • Charlie

    It’s the same fuckin story with A.J. every time out there. He starts out absolutely dominating hitters but then falls apart in the 6th or 7th

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

      2 runs! 2 fucking runs is bad! they can’t just throw shut outs all the fucking time. if he had some run support, this wouldn’t be an issue.

      • Charlie

        I know that this game is the offense’s fault and he got no run support. But i’ve seen this same show from him quite a few times now.

    • Matt-Pitt

      The walk to Punto was the back breaker. You just can’t walk a number 9 hitter who really can’t hit much anyway.

    • Mike Pop

      Dude, Cash killed him this inning.

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

    That walk to Morneau isn’t inexcusable.