May
18

Game 38: Going for the sweep

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Tonight the Yankees find them in a position many fans would have thought impossible just two weeks ago: to sweep a four-game series. There’s no need to chronicle how the Yanks got to this point. Suffice it to say that I hope they can find another way to win tonight. Walk-offs are great, but the emotional burden leading up to it is sometimes too much.

The matchup this evening feature a pair of lefties, Andy Pettitte and Glen Perkins. The Twins’ lefty has made three starts against the Yankees in his career, all of which came last year. He threw 18 innings total, allowing 10 runs and 22 hits while walking six. These numbers might come as a surprise to those who tend to remember only the latest performance. On August 11 Perkins fired eight scoreless frames in a 4-0 Twins victory. Yet most people forget that the Yanks bombed him for five runs in six innings on July 23, and rocked him for 10 hits and five runs in four innings on May 30. For what it’s worth, Perkins hasn’t allowed fewer than four earned runs in an appearance since April 19.

There are a few pregame notes to cover before the lineups. First, the Pirates have raided the Yanks farm system again, this time claiming Steven Jackson off waivers. That gives the Pirates five former Yankee farmhands on their 40-man roster: Jackson, Eric Hacker, Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Jose Tabata. They also have Dan McCutchen floating around in their system.

The good news is that Brian Bruney will come off the disabled list tomorrow and retake his 8th inning role. Hopefully he can jump right back into it, as the Yanks could use the bullpen help. Mike thinks they’ll DFA Angel Berroa as a corresponding move, but that would bring the team back to the ridiculous 13-man staff. With the starters pitching well and with Aceves in the bullpen, this seems horribly unnecessary. My hope is that they’ll option Edwar so he can get some regular innings in Scranton.

Also, Brett Gardner is day to day as a result of, what else, his dive into home — and into Joe Mauer. Gardner woke up a bit sore this morning, and an MRI revealed a contusion on his right rotator cuff. Presumably he’s still available to pinch run this evening.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte.

If live-blogging’s your bag, you can check out regular commenter Bryan V’s blog. If it’s not, well, there’s always the game thread right here. I hear it’s pretty good.

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308 Comments

  1. I’m feeling the sweep.

  2. I’m too superstitious for the S-word.

    In other MLB news, Rickie Weeks is out for the season with a wrist injury and Delgado’s getting surgery for a bone spur and torn hip labrum a la A-Rod.

  3. enk says:

    Interesting strategy for the Yanks — going with two 2B’s tonight — but I guess it worked for the Rays yesterday.

  4. Alex S says:

    2 2b? ohhhh i hope we dont have a rays moment

  5. Mike Pop says:

    Heh, anyone just see this – Monday Night Raw and Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals are both scheduled for the same time, same day at the Pepsi Center.

    Pretty funny stuff.

  6. Charlie says:

    It kinda sucks that we lost steven jackson, he never even got a chance in our bullpen

    • whozat says:

      Yeah, that kinda bit, I will admit. Like…I’d much rather have DFA’d Veras and tried to trade him and given Jackson more of a shot. We KNOW what Veras’ shtick is…Jackson could maybe throw some strikes.

  7. Jake H says:

    I’m hoping for the sweep and domination!

  8. Mike Pop says:

    Do the Yankees get anything in return for Jackson?

  9. No Michael Kay tonight on YES.

    • The Artist says:

      No Peter Abraham either. Mandatory week off due to Newspaper cutbacks.

      I heard Pete on WFAN this weekend, he sounded really good on the air. Much better than his earlier appearances where he sounded more uncomfortable. He could either host a show or be half of a team if the newspaper folds.

  10. E-ROC says:

    Looks like Chris Berman will be in the booth with Orel Hershiser. That. Sucks.

  11. Jason Kubel looks like The Departed era Leo Dicaprio.

  12. Charlie says:

    think maybe cashman is leaving edwar/veras/tomko on the roster to see if they could have a couple good outings and up their trade value?

  13. Jason Giambi does not make that play.

  14. Tex with the streeeeeeeeeetch.

  15. Mike Pop says:

    Lucky, Gomez wasn’t running.

  16. Charlie says:

    that’s not a good start when joe mauer is up next

  17. Come on Andy, you’re better than this.

  18. Jake H says:

    Melky’s throws have been terrible lately.

  19. Mike Pop says:

    Damn man.

  20. Charlie says:

    shit that’s a quick lead for the twinkies

  21. Drew says:

    Melky’s gun was a tad askew. Damnit Andy

  22. E-ROC says:

    Was Delmon Young traded or injured?

  23. DreDog says:

    I feel a strong outing from Andy. He throws a 3-hit 8 inning game. He gets pulled for the 9th only because we score 11 runs in the bottom of the 8th.

  24. Don’t know if Tex should’ve cut that one off. The throw was off the mark but it might’ve gotten Harris.

  25. Would you rather have Melky hit and not field well or field well and not hit?

  26. Mike Pop says:

    M&M Melter is right.

  27. Mike Axisa says:

    Four batters, four hard hit balls off Pettitte.

  28. Charlie says:

    he looks a little wild today, and that’s never a good sign with a 36 year old Andy Petitte

  29. Drew says:

    Sweet Andy, hell of a 1st inning.

  30. ansky says:

    gotta pin this down and get to Perkins. Maybe Andy needs a Joba-esque pregame routine

  31. Mike Pop says:

    Heh, that guy stole the ball from the little kid.

  32. Cor Shep says:

    Haha ESPN just said Kubel had an OBP of .927….

  33. E-ROC says:

    At least Pettitte is throwing strikes.

  34. Jamal G. says:

    Eh, a bloop double and a couple hard-hit singles by two of the best hitters in the AL at their respective positions, I ain’t bitchin’.

  35. Mike Pop says:

    Jeter going to hit .300 this year?

  36. I think the Yankees are a little too in love with the walk off.

  37. John says:

    jeter’s hitting to the left now and ranges to his left, what’s up with him?

  38. Mike Pop says:

    Alright. I like it.

    Do it up, Teix.

  39. Charlie says:

    we gotta get a run here

  40. Good call by Singleton on the balk.

  41. Mike Pelfrey, is that you?

  42. Jamie says:

    runners best friend

  43. Charlie says:

    NIce

  44. Drew says:

    It’s great having a broadcaster that actually pays attention

  45. Mike Axisa says:

    This team has haht.

  46. Jake H says:

    I like Mark.

  47. Jamal G. says:

    Was anyone watching last night’s games between the Mets and Giants? I heard Mike Pelfrey had like three frickin’ balks.

    MARK TEI-XEI-RA!!!

  48. Jamie says:

    seeeeeeeeeeeee yaaa

  49. Drew says:

    Wow. Tex message to left!

  50. Cor Shep says:

    BACK BACK BACK

  51. John K. says:

    Mark “Yellow Rose of” Teixeira?

    Teix did not like that nickname and took it out on Perkins.

  52. Alex S says:

    Tex baby!

  53. Mike Pop says:

    This team is so silly!

  54. Charlie says:

    Hell yea

  55. E-ROC says:

    Back! Back! Back! Gone! -Chris Berman

  56. Ivan says:

    Tex is officially back folks.

  57. ALEX MOTHER FUCKING RODRIGUEZ.

  58. Drew says:

    That’s my shit

  59. e millw says:

    :0)

  60. Jamal G. says:

    First of many. First of many.

  61. Dude I could so get used to this.

  62. Tank the Frank (formerly just "Frank") says:

    What a BOOOOMB!

  63. E-ROC says:

    This is fun to watch.

  64. Jamie says:

    its good to know that whenever tex, arod or damon hit a ball somewhat in the air its a home run at the new stadium

  65. Ivan says:

    A-Rod for MVP!!!!

  66. Infamous says:

    I was so going to call back to back homeruns, but i didnt want to jinx it.

  67. Mike Axisa says:

    Why didn’t he bunt? Selfish prick.

  68. Charlie says:

    OH baby, im liking this tex-arod 1-2 punch!!1

  69. Mike Pop says:

    Too. Easy.

  70. Alex S says:

    back to back! i love it!

  71. boychick says:

    i love this.

  72. Infamous says:

    Take the M&M bitches

  73. But…A ROD IS TEH TEAM CANCER!111!!!1

  74. Mike Pop says:

    He used steroids. -1.

  75. VO says:

    Alex Rodriguez David Ortiz
    3 0

  76. Charlie says:

    we’re rocking this guy

  77. Mike Pop says:

    Damnit Swish!

  78. Jake H says:

    Swish just got jammed.

  79. Daaaaaaammit. Swish needed that. :(

  80. Holy fuck that was nearly three in a row

  81. Zack says:

    Come on Swisher, join the party

  82. Jamal G. says:

    Nick Swisher sucks. Boooo!

    /jones’n for back-to-back-to-back dingers

  83. Jamal G. says:

    Jeter and ARod talking? But… but… they hate each other!11!

  84. Charlie says:

    great inning

  85. Infamous says:

    And the melk man delivers!!!!

  86. Ivan says:

    Melky is doing his thang rite now.

  87. AndrewYF says:

    Perkins was pitching pretty well for me. I started him because I start all my starters all the time. And to think, I just claimed first place in the RAB Fantasy League!

  88. How the heck did this guy shut us out last year?

  89. Charlie says:

    HOLY SHIT WE’RE FUCKIN ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!11

  90. pat says:

    Was that Melky Cabrera going with a pitch? Be still my heart.

  91. JobaWockeez says:

    WOW! We’re hitting in RISP, hitting them HR’s, I don’t care if Pettitte pitches bad we have a great offense today.

  92. Jamal G. says:

    You know what I like about this inning? You know damn well that Ron Gardenhire gave his team the ‘rah-rah’ speech, and they got all fired up after scoring a couple early runs. This multiple-run response by the Yankees just crushes their God damn spirits and I fucking love it.

  93. Doug says:

    R.A. Dickey!!

    The KNUCKLEBALLA is warming up!

  94. Jamal G. says:

    Heads-up play by Leche.

  95. I have no problem with what Gardner did yesterday because it took a great play from Mauer to get him out, it’s not like he was out by a lot.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I thought it was an unnecessary risk. I appreciate the aggressive play, but you have to pick your spots a little more carefully.

    • Charlie says:

      You’d be singin a different tune if we lost that game..

    • GG says:

      but dont you like the odds of getting him in from third with one out and Robbie coming up??? I don’t think it matters what we think, b/c it appeared not to be a coach’s call, but rather Gardner’s decision made in the heat of extra innings.

    • whozat says:

      I have a problem with it, because Brett Gardner can score on a pop up into the shallow OF. The play just wasn’t smart baseball. If Cash was up next, sure. But it was Cano and Jeter coming up next…you gotta believe that Robbie can slap it into left deep enough that Span can’t throw you out…that guy’s arm sucks. And, if not, then Jeter can take a shot.

      All it required was for Mauer to look towards third, see Gardner coming around, and not throw. Hell, he didn’t even do that…he thought about throwing, then chose not to, and THEN saw Gardner coming around and tagged him out.

      • slap it into left deep enough that Span can’t throw you out…that guy’s arm sucks

        Well, if he throws Frankie out instead, it’s still 2 outs, man on third. Cano would’ve needed a hit to score BG.

        • Mike Pop says:

          Ya, but Frankie wasn’t getting thrown out. That is why Mauer turned back, he knew he wasn’t getting Cisco.

          I don’t mind the risk at all though.

        • whozat says:

          Yeah…but he got to the ball too late to try to throw Cervelli out.

          If you’re suggesting that Gardner decided he was going for home without knowing where the ball was, that’s worse. If he’s going to ignore the signs from the 3B coach, he’d better know where the ball is.

    • Chef says:

      I’m with Matt on this one… Playing aggressive by definition means you backfire sometimes.

      He did “pick his spot”… And it didn’t work out. I’m fine with it.

  96. e millw says:

    I’d like to see the 20 something runs the Yankees need to have more runs for than runs against

  97. AndrewYF says:

    Okay, take out Perkins. My fantasy team can take 5 runs in 0.1 innings, but I don’t know about double digits.

  98. Charlie says:

    cervelli is licking his lips looking at that 88 mph “fastball”

  99. AndrewYF says:

    What’s awesome also is that the Yankees get to start at the top of the lineup again next inning.

  100. A.D. says:

    Bizzaro hit

  101. pat says:

    OMG that was like a fucking pinball machine.

  102. Doug says:

    Ramiro PEÑA!

    YES! HORNBERGER!

  103. Mike Pop says:

    Heh, on fire.

  104. Tank the Frank (formerly just "Frank") says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  105. Jamal G. says:

    Glen Perkins: “Fuck my life.”

  106. Chef says:

    LOLOL!!!

    If I’m a Twins fan, my keyboard is in pieces…

  107. Doug says:

    Look at Perkins. Just play the sad Charlie Brown music over that scene of him walking back to the dugout, Arrested Development-style.

  108. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s been a while since we’ve seen A-Rod hit two homers in one inning. We’re due.

    • I was at Shea when he had the 10 RBI game vs. the Angels. One of my friends I was with (also a Yankee fan) were more intent on watching the scoreboard for what A-Rod was doing than the Pedro/Smoltz matchup on the field.

  109. pat says:

    Is this what stat heads call a progression to mean?

  110. pat says:

    RA dickey;stepping into the path of a runaway freight train.

  111. Mike Axisa says:

    Fun fact: RA Dickey doesn’t had a UCL in his elbow.

  112. Alex S says:

    pour it on!

  113. I like this two-hits-in-one-inning thing.

  114. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Damon coming up to “Handlebars” by the Flobots. Money song.

  115. Tank the Frank (formerly just "Frank") says:

    Yes….by all means bring in a knuckleballer! This is so cool.

  116. Doug says:

    “We’ve replaced the starting pitcher with a RA Dickey, a knuckleball specialist. Let’s see if Joe Mauer notices.”

  117. Charlie says:

    it really bothers me that on gameday when you click on the pitcher’s name it shows opponents batting stats rather than innings pitched and k’s

  118. thurdonpaul says:

    wow, that was an enjoyable half inning :)

  119. The Artist says:

    Can we play the Twins at home for the rest of the year?

    They should be renamed “The Washington Generals” when they play us.

    Extra points to anyone who gets that reference.

  120. Nice range, Robbie.

  121. Charlie says:

    You can’t hit carlos gomez… he can’t hit the ball and he’s fast as hell

  122. A.D. says:

    Goddamn Punto

  123. Mike Axisa says:

    Heh, Gardenhire is going to try and smallball his way back from a four-run deficit.

  124. Doug says:

    Cano! He’s with leather!

  125. A.D. says:

    Nice backhand flip

  126. e mills says:

    Cano diving??? I like it

  127. Mike Pop says:

    Is Andy trying to pitch to the score? Like good pitchers do….

  128. Jamal G. says:

    Delmon Young, Kenny, Delmon Young.

  129. A.D. says:

    Ahh ’07 defensive Robbie

  130. pat says:

    Cervelli looks like he wants to fight carlos gomez.

  131. Drew says:

    I love how he now accentuates the “Harris” now. Kenny is the man.

  132. Tank the Frank (formerly just "Frank") says:

    This is where Andy misses Jorge. He’d like to have Po put the signs down and just cruise.

  133. I fucking love that Robinson Cano is always smiling.

  134. Jamal G. says:

    Mike, I don’t think they’ll DFA Angel Berroa for situations just like today: when ARod DH’s, they want to be able to PH for Ramiro Pena.

  135. Tank the Frank (formerly just "Frank") says:

    Oh look at that young Mo!! He needs to be enshrined with a statue in front of the stadium.

  136. Man stupid knuckleballer.

    I miss Perkins =P

  137. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, I’m loving that .200 IsoD from ARod.

  138. Mike Pop says:

    Man, YES loves Mauer & Morneau being the M&M boys.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just "Frank") says:

      They LOVE nicknames way too much.

      Generation Tre, and they had a nickname for Cano & Cabrera but I forget what it was.

  139. Swish has a .174 BABIP in May.

  140. Axl says:

    Think we’ll ever break “Cy” Dickey? lol

    • whozat says:

      It’s been TWO whole innings!!! Unacceptable! For $200 million, they should be able to score at will on any pitcher not named Johan Santana…him, they should have traded for no matter what it took.

  141. Mike Pop says:

    McMahon’s statement is great.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_.....or_game_4/

  142. Axl says:

    Mauer have a better chance joining the Red Sox or Yankees do you think? Or maybe re-signing?

    • Mike Pop says:

      60% – re-signing
      25% – Red Sox
      15% – Yankees

    • Ivan says:

      I’ll think he resign with the Twins if not, then I can certainly see him going to the Sox.

    • JobaWockeez says:

      Higher chance he’ll stay with the Twins.
      If not more chance on the Red Sox because they’ll full out get him though it isn’t a scret.
      Unless they prevail in getting Victor Martinez from the Indians and right now they are talking about it. Very unlikely it happens however.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      Kansas City.

    • whozat says:

      I’m hoping he stays with the Twins.

  143. Jamal G. says:

    *61 was an awesome movie. Does anyone have any baseball movie recommendations? Preferably Yankees related?

  144. A.D. says:

    I will be happy for Morneau to get out of here.

  145. Ivan says:

    So I guess Rickie Weeks will neva have that breakout year that fans like us thought he might have uh.

  146. Doug says:

    I’m a little late on this, but here’s my contribution to the Jorge “Baseball = SERIOUS BUSINESS” theme.

    I give you: http://i40.tinypic.com/ra41fs.jpg

  147. BronxBomber44 says:

    Mauer has never hit more than 13 HR’s in a season, only more than 10 once… and they just compared him to Mantle/Maris. Come on Kenny, you aren’t Kay.

    • Axl says:

      Doesn’t matter, he’ll join the Red Sox and hit 50+…just what happens…

    • Drew says:

      lol. Except the minor detail in which Kenny said they aren’t quite the M&M boys. An understatement, but what do you want him to say? These two ain’t got shit on Mick and Rog!

  148. Quikksand says:

    What a game so far

    • Doug says:

      A 6-2 lead after the first, and we get to watch a knuckleballer on national television.

      Today is a special day.

  149. Jamal G. says:

    Shit, I forgot 24 is showing it’s 2-hour season finale. Should I wait ’till tomorrow to watch it on Hulu, or watch it tonight even though I missed 1/8 of it?

  150. Chris B says:

    Does anyone know who the people they keep showing over the left field wall are?

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