Game 47: A.J. for the series win

Jeter leads the way in early All Star voting
Game 47 Spillover Thread

The last thing the Yankees want after ending their nine-game winning streak is to lose two straight series. They had a chance to take the second game last night, but once again failed with runners in scoring position. Tonight they’ll have to prove that it was just a blip on the radar. A win before an off-day would be great, especially considering they’re headed to last-place Cleveland over the weekend for a four-game set.

Standing in their way is a form of kryptonite: a young lefty they’ve yet to see. This isn’t the typical mediocre variety which normally gives the Yanks fits. Instead, it’s the Rangers’ No. 2 prospect heading into the season. Derek Holland will make the second start of his major league career tonight. He fared decently in his starting debut against Houston over the weekend, allowing three runs while striking out four and walking none in 5.2 innings. He had some ups and downs pitching in relief prior to that.

Taking the hill for the Yanks is A.J. Burnett, who was roughed up in his last outing against the Phillies. After the game, Dave Eiland talked about how close A.J. is to dominating, and that he tends to get lazy with pitches here and there, which lead to big hits. The number of the Phillies’ home runs speaks to that. He’ll have to maintain his focus tonight, as the Yanks need him to come through in a big way.

Ideally the Yanks offense can stake them to a comfortable lead, allowing Chien-Ming Wang to get some garbage time work out of the pen. As mentioned before, it’s not going to be easy getting him innings, making the Yanks’ decision to activate him last week seem worse and worse.

Regarding the lineup, I will say this: The Kevin Cash lunacy must stop. Why does this guy start every third day? He’s terrible. He was the fourth option at catcher. He’s horribly, just horrible at throwing out runners, he’s not deft on defense in general, and aside from his three-hit day Monday he’s positively putrid behind the plate. Cervelli’s a young dude. He can handle catching four, five, even six days in a row. Please, will someone who is in the clubhouse please, please ask Girardi about this?

Quick injury hits: Melky’s headed back to NY for further tests. The initial diagnosis is that he’s out 5-7 days. Any longer and they could pull from Scranton. Since they have to add someone to the 40-man in any case, I wonder if they even consider Jackson…Dr. Andrews found nothing on Bruney, which can only be good news. He’ll begin a rehab program at some point, though it’s unknown how quickly they’ll start working him back…Looks like Jorge will be ready for Friday. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

Lineup:

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

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

Oh, and remember when I said that Jason from IIATMS was going to go places? It’s begun.

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Jeter leads the way in early All Star voting
Game 47 Spillover Thread
  • John

    Let’s win this!

  • Drew

    Decent news on the Melky front. 5-7 days.

    • putt

      that could’ve been worse.

      Altho it’s a bit funny sitting at home worrying about when Melky’s gonna get back into the lineup. I’m not sure what that says about the OF situation… I don’t wanna sound like I’m hating, he’s been raking this year.

    • John

      from Pete Caldera: If Ahmad prescribes more than a week’s rest, the Yanks will place Melky on the DL and promote another OF. If it’s just 5-7 days, they’ll stick with what they’ve got – with Angel Berroa and Ramiro Pena as back-ups. They’re taking fly balls as we speak during BP.

      is this supposed to be a joke?

      • putt

        Yikes.

      • Accent Shallow

        Certainly seems that way. Ick. Swisher sure could have used a day or two off, but you can’t bench him for Pena or Berroa.

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

      Pffft, that means three weeks. You know the Yanks.

      • Chris

        Everyone scoffed at the 3 week prediction for Posada, but if he’s activated on Friday that would be 3 weeks + 3 days.

  • yankeegirl49

    When Cash played during the last homestand and I was at the game, I said to a friend “I bet I could manage to hit 0.66″ She told me that I probably could but couldnt throw runners out like him. Then I watched him and realized I could.

    • 27 this year

      0.66 is not a bat BA. I think you meant .066 :)

  • putt

    Como estan beetches? Let’s hope AJ comes out throwing aspirins… I’m not in love with the 7-9 spots in the lineup tonight.

    What’s the word on how long Melky will sit out?

  • John

    BTW, I am really curious to see how Bruney recovers. I think I have a very similar injury to him. My elbow hurts anytime I throw or lift weights (though now it only hurts when I do curls or drop weights). It has been three months now and it has not healed completely, though it feels better. However, I have not treated it much or gotten it checked out due to the fear of it being serious.

    The problem is that it’s in both arms, though I can barely feel in the left arm now. I just woke up one day and it started hurting.

    • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H

      dude, I’m no doctor, but you may want to get that checked out.

      • John

        That’s what everyone else has told me LOL…but it’s slowly improving. Like Bruney, the more I throw the better it feels.

    • JGS

      well, if you haven’t gotten it checked out you might have structural damage that he doesn’t

      I’m just relieved that he isn’t out for the season–that’s usually what happens when someone goes to see Dr. Andrews

    • http://www.freewebs.com/ps3tf2/ Double-J

      Carl Pavano?

  • Zack

    I expect a big game out of AJ tonight

  • BigBlueAL

    Well Posada will be activated for Friday. Thank MO!!!!

  • Chris

    Completely agree with this Cash garbage. What is he doing in the lineup? He is an automatic out and doesn’t know how to catch. From behind the plate he stabs at the pitches with the glove and frames nothing. He makes it harder for the pitcher to throw strikes and doesn’t even come close to throwing anyone out. Please make it stop.

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

      I know, but the pitchers probably have some say in who they feel comfortable with. You might have noticed Hughes and Cash have been paired up consistently, that’s not an accident.

      Girardi’s a former catcher (and a good one) I’ll defer to his judgment on this.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Well can’t wait until Jorge comes back so Cervelli could be a good back up until Molina comes back.

    • Chris

      I would hope that’s what they do and possibly carry Cervelli as a third catcher even when Molina comes back since I’m sure we’ll be seeing Posada at DH a good amount. Although with the current construction of the bench I wouldn’t be surprised if they sent down Cervelli and kept Cash which would be along the same lines as having Berroa on the roster and no power threat coming off the bench. They shouldn’t worry about losing Cash if they try to send him down. They could find someone off the scrap heap that could do the same job.

  • Bryan

    I wholeheartedly agree you you Joe, WTF is up with Cash playing AT ALL? Cervelli is young, a good defender, and is not an automatic out. Plus he seems to call a good game and have the ability to calm down pitchers.

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

      Maybe Girardi or the pitchers involved don’t love his game calling. You have to do whatever will make the pitcher perform best, that will impact a game more than if your #9 hitter gets a hit or two.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H

    It’s time for AJ to step up and be the stopper he was in April and carry it through.

  • Mike Jones

    Ummm, will Pena really be a CF’er as a backup to Gardy?

    • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H

      Jeter to Center, Pena to short………….oh snap!

      • Bryan

        Thats a shot at Jeter!

      • Drew

        Oh no you Diin’t

      • UWS

        Jeter should shag some balls in the OF just to fuck with people. “Psych, bitches!”

        • John

          Haha that would be awesome

    • JobaWockeeZ

      This would have never been a problem if Cashman was smart and gotten us a bench!1!

      • My Name Ain’t Kelvin

        But he did got us a be…oh wait.

        • Chris

          Are you really complaining that there isn’t a quality 4th string catcher or 6th OF?

          • My Name Ain’t Kelvin

            Sarcasm to a sarcastic remark. Sorry, my bad. :D

            • Chris

              I was hoping, but you know stupidity has no bounds on the internet…

    • John

      and Berroa too!

  • pat

    Haha lou pinella was laughing when Zambrano got thrown out.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Didn’t you say, Joe, that Girardi likes to play the pitchers with the catchers that they like? I dont like it, and you are right that Cash stinks, but that seems like a decent reason.

    • Chris

      Only problem with that is even though A.J. might like him, he hasn’t had a win since April. That’s when a manager should put his foot down and play the best players.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      It sounds like a decent reason, and as outsiders it’s not one we can really question. I just hope it’s based in reality, unlike many other baseball manager habits.

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

        I’m sure he and/or Eiland talk to the pitchers about these things.

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    It’s funny to see Andruw Jones batting cleanup for Texas w/ previous success against AJ . Tonight should be intresting

  • Drew

    ManBan good, Bleich bad. He got blowed up today.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Off topic but does Cliff Lee for Felix Hernandez seem like a fair trade in fantasy?

    • Chris

      I would never do it, I just can’t believe Cliff Lee has two good years in him.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        But I’m getting King Felx so I should go through with it?

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

          Go for it, sell high on Lee. I’ve been trying to flip Greinke for Pujols, but to no avail.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Funny that you bring up Greinke because I might get CC and Magglio for him and Wandy Rodriguez. I don’t knwo what to do on that one.

            And thanks for the advice, I think King Felix is a steal.

            • Chris

              I didn’t realize you were getting Felix, I would do it before he pulls it back.

  • Chris

    So if somehow Melky hits the DL does AJax get the call? Also if Swisher continues to hit about as well as Cash does AJax come up to play center and Melky to right? At least then there would be a good arm in right which Swisher doesn’t have.

    • Drew

      nope

    • JobaWockeeZ

      They are not going to rush AJax up here.

    • John

      Swish has a pretty good arm

  • carl

    Because Kevin Cash didn’t do a good job with a Phil lol

  • pat

    I’m feeling good about our offense vs this kid.

  • Accent Shallow

    Derek Holland is going to be the first pitcher in MLB history to record a shutout before reaching puberty. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

    • Bryan

      I would hope he reached puberty, hes only 22.

      • pat

        That was the joke.

  • Drew

    Don’t embarrass me today AJ, I’ve got some friends in the stands.

  • Mark B

    Girardi has to see something in Cash that we all don’t see….love for him to explain why he is benching the future as well as far defensive and offensive catcher in Cervelli….

    • Mark B

      far “better” defensive and offensive….my bad!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Way to go, Jeets.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Gotta put a better swing on that thing, Johnny.

    Cam someone explain why they boo Tex?

    • Mark B

      No idea other than he’s yet another former Ranger to leave Arlington for greener pastures elsewhere….

      • Chris

        He was traded, he had no say in leaving.

        • Zack

          he wouldnt sign the contract extension

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

      They’re Texans, you’re asking them to do too much thinking.

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

        Good article about that.

        http://www.star-telegram.com/s.....94620.html

        An old Baseball line on judging trades is to wait a few years, and ask yourself if you would do the trade again in reverse. In the case of Mark Teixeira and the Texas Rangers, that question is easy. There’s no way on Earth the Rangers would now trade the players they got for Tex two years ago.

        Great, great deal for them.

  • A.D.

    BOOM

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

    Awesome.

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

    Worst…contract…ever…

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

    Say hello to Tex, meat.

  • Bryan

    I totally called that one, I thought to myself, “wouldnt be great for tex to hit a HR right now”

    • pat

      I don’t think it counts if you call it to yourself.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Great swing by Tex.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wooo. That was nice.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Teix FTW!

  • John

    was just about to ask if Tex will homer today but he answered it himself

  • Ivan

    Tex is one of my fav players.

  • John

    Tex better be an All-star starter!

  • pat

    Nolan Ryan **might** get into the hall

  • e mills

    o Robbie…

  • Ivan

    Like Mark Jackson said, “Ya betta than that Cano”

  • Longo

    the french refer to that shot as “le crushed”

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I swear, no one on earth looks worse during a swing and miss than Matsui.

    • John

      Swish?

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Not nearly as bad. Matsui’s tendency to step in the bucket and pull his head out by about 254453 feet just makes it look gross.

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

    Ugly, just ugly Matsui.

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

      There’s already talk about DHing Posada AND Nady, you wonder what they’re going to do with Matsui.

      He’s not trade able with that contract, but he’s not playable the way he’s swinging the bat right now.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Well, the contract is expiring and I’m sure if the Yankees picked up some of it someone might take him? I don’t know.

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

          If we pick up 100%, we might get a decent prospect. Might as well keep him, I just don’t know where or when he’ll play.

  • Drew

    That was an embarrassing end to that AB.

  • Accent Shallow

    Clearly Holland has a bright future as a LOOGY — retired each lefty he faced, and allowed each righty to reach.

  • BigBlueAL

    Looks like the Lefties are gonna have a hard time vs this kid.

  • Drew

    How funny was that baby throwin up on Nolan Ryan’s lap? I was laughing…

    • Bryan

      Classic, classic TV

  • BigBlueAL

    Man I wish I was the Dos Equis guy….

  • Chris

    Salty’s name is way too long.

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

      You think his name is bad, he married a girl who’s last name is “Antidisestablishmentarianism”

      Just imagine the hyphenation. If she played a sport, her jersey would look like alphabet soup.

  • e mills

    Will Cano ever win a gold glove?

    • pat

      He has the talent, whether or not he’s always paying attention is another thing.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Probably not, but the Gold Glove is a stupid award anyway.

      • A.D.

        Fangraphs should give out a UZR award.

      • Chris

        David Wright has won it two years in a row. Enough said.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Rafael Palmiero played 5 games in the field one year and won it.

  • Ivan

    Come on Burnett.

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

    Half-assed tag attempt by Jeter. Intangible.

    • Drew

      I think the throw was about two feet too short. Jete caught it on the ground, it’s not like he should have played it on a hop.

  • Chris

    of course he couldn’t throw him out and end the inning.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I thought that was a pretty decent throw. Jeter just didn’t tag in time.

      • Chris V.

        decent throw? Michael young looked like he was running in quick sand and Cash couldnt throw him out.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          It was accurate, and if Jeter tagged faster he might have been out.

        • Zack

          it was also a curveball

  • BigBlueAL

    Jose Molina could steal 2nd base on Kevin Cash.

  • Ivan

    Andruw and part time player in the same sentence, hard to believe.

    • Drew

      SGNJ

  • Chris V.

    What exactly is Cash supposed to do well as a Catcher? Wearing the little helmet once the mask is off? Is it friday yet?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      That wasn’t his fault. Jeter didn’t make a good tag and Young made a good slide.

    • BigBlueAL

      Even come Friday Cash could stay up and Cervelli sent down unfortunately.

      • Chris

        I might shed a tear if and when that happens.

      • Chris V.

        I hope not. There have to catchers as good as him just sitting around watching mlb.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          He’s the 4th string catcher. I do not know what you are expecting but he isn’t going to be Joe Mauer.

  • BigBlueAL

    Jones had no chance that at-bat.

  • John

    nice AB by Jones

  • Tom Zig

    That commercial is inappropriate

    • Drew

      Nick Swisher is inappropriate.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    12:40 on Sunday? WTF, Cleveland?

  • pat

    Kid took a softball off the dome and had to get his dome wolverin’ed.
    Yuck- http://cache.gawker.com/assets.....urgery.jpg

    • pat

      dome.

    • Drew

      No disclaimer? That shit was fuckin nasty

    • John

      damnit pat i was eating!!!

      • pat

        Hahah, sorry guys. Shit’s pretty brutal.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    1. Awful segue by Flaherty there.
    2. Dammit, Swish! That–getting under the ball–seems to be his biggest problem.

  • Ivan

    U know the Rangers even though their pitching has improve, are last in the AL in K’s.

    • Zack

      K’s arent everything, in that park they need groundball pitchers

  • Accent Shallow

    So, Nick, what’s the deal?

  • Mark B

    Never thought I would be counting down the days until Xavier’s supposed return! Swish is looking just terrible right now….not good

    • Chris V.

      yeh at least nady is consistently average. with swish its all or nothing.

      • Mark B

        Billy Beane and Kenny Williams both silently applaud at that comment…

  • Chris V.

    Holland looks good.

  • yankees=warriors

    Even Swisher’s ABs look bad…

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

    Perfect pitch by Holland to K Gardner. Mid-90’s head in on the hands of a same-sided batter? Bravo.

    • pat

      please, I do that in teh Show like all the time.

      • BigBlueAL

        Anytime I throw a fast-ball in the Show it is smoked. Especially against users. I’ll kill a pitcher like Beckett but struggle like crazy vs Barry Zito and El Duque.

        • pat

          weird.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Kevin Cash with a -10 IsoD. Love it.

    But, wow, nice placement on that ball.

  • Chris

    Holy crap!

  • Drew

    Who said they didn’t want Cash in the lineup!? lol

  • pat

    Cash makin 90% of us look like assholes.

    • Chris V.

      Man Banuelos was born in 1991. Thats ridiculous. although 5’11 150 is tiny.

      • Chris V.

        don’t know why that posted here haha. Cash still sucks but hes got grit

      • Drew

        ManBan did good today. Not sure why u posted this here tho..

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

    Heh, Kevin Cash is like, “fuck you RAB.”

    • BigBlueAL

      Following in Melky’s foot-steps.

      • Drew

        Melky only read my posts so it was all good.

  • BigBlueAL

    Kevin Cash is a beast!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    And Cash said suck it.

  • Tom Zig

    Well at least Cash isn’t the automatic out I thought he would be. He is doing better than the 3 batters in front of him.

  • Accent Shallow

    So far, the only right-handed hitter Holland has retired is the horribly slumping Nick Swisher. (Yeesh, how long before Swish loses that epithet?)

    • Accent Shallow

      And Jeter doubles off the wall. That’s right, it’s so nice I’m replying to myself.

    • BigBlueAL

      Yeah and all the left-handed hitters he has dominated. You could see he has good stuff but Jeter, Tex and Arod arent impressed so far.

      • Ed

        And Cash.

      • Accent Shallow

        You’re right. I wouldn’t have been too upset if they were struggling against him, because the stuff does look good. This is even better, though.

    • Accent Shallow

      Add to this: A-Rod on a rocket.

  • Chris V.

    what is Holland’s ceiling supposed to be? #2 starter?

    • pat

      Are you implying he won’t reach that ceiling becaused he has given up three runs so far?

      • Chris V.

        no i think he looks real good for a 22 year old. I just thought he wasnt as highly regarded as some of these young pitchers, porcello, cahill anderson etc that are in the majors this year.

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

      I think he’s got the potential to be a #1.

      • Chris V.

        Yeh him and perez could be a nice 1,2 punch. Does Nolan make the rookies go complete games too?

        • Chris V.

          Feliz not perez

        • Accent Shallow

          Neither Feliz or Holland have a complete game in their MiL careers. I’m sure they’ve been pushed/worked a bit harder than similar prospects, though.

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

      Huge ceiling! He could be an 8th inning shut down reliever!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    And Kevin Cash scored a run. Let the haters be silent.

  • yankees=warriors

    Nice, more run support for AJ.

  • Mark B

    El Capitan!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Two out rally, ftw!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Not a good game for Johnny thus far.

  • Dave

    Man I’m gonna miss Melky. I know “small sample size” blah blah, but with all the walk offs and stuff, he quickly played his way back into being a favorite

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Passport holder night? Seriously?

    • BigBlueAL

      LMFAO I said the same thing the other night when I saw that promotion.

    • pat

      its a secret way to root out the illegals.

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

        . . . . Illegals don’t have passports.

        That’s. . . why . . they’re . . . ILLEGAL!

        • pat

          Exactly Steve. You deport the people that don’t have passports, unless they’re white.

          /thats how we do in texas

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

            Ooooh . . . . . Subterfuge. I like it.

            But do me a favor, deport those white people down there too. I’m sick of those assholes.

  • Drew

    I remember a time when we could matchup against a starting pitcher..

    • Dave

      For real, you know what surprised me today? Frank Cattalanato was in the Brewers minor league system until a few days ago. Couldnt he be a serious legit addition to any MLB bench? WTF was he doing in the minors?

      • Accent Shallow

        He’s 35, bet the bat is slowing down. And he’s even more helpless against his same-handed pitchers than most platoon players.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Derek Jeter’s 2000th hit was the weakest 2,000th hit ever.

  • YankeeScribe

    The aging Yanks haven’t made an error since May 14th…

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Aging? We got significantly younger compared to last year.

    • Chris

      Average age of the 8 starters on the field 5 starting pitchers and back end of the pen is younger than the same on the red sox. Had to look it up when Francesa went on a rant about how much older the Yankees were. 30.6 to 30.4 I believe it was or something like that. Anyone else here that? It was about 2 or 3 weeks ago.

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

        I saw that one, it really aggravated me.

        • Chris

          Yeah he just loves to go on rants on what he thinks is right, of course there will be no follow up and backing up what he says with actual facts. I would try and call in but then he’ll just start yelling over me talking about how you can’t count guys like Wakefield and Lowell for whatever reason.

      • pat

        Aging was meant ironically, I think.

        • YankeeScribe

          We have a winner!

    • John

      isn’t everyteam “aging”?

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

      If you mean aging in the sense of getting older, then sure, every team is “aging”, amirite guys?

      Guys?

  • Drew

    27 pitches, 3 outs. C’mon AJ it’s time for a double play.

  • BigBlueAL

    C’mon man fuck dont walk the lead-off hitter when you are already staked to a 3-run lead.

    • Bryan

      It looks like he as no idea where the pitches are going.

  • BigBlueAL

    Throw Strikes damnit!! Great now Sutcliffe is saying Wang has to be back in the rotation and Joba to the bullpen.

    • Drew

      u sound surprised…

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

      Let me guess. Sutcliffe is drunk. Again.

  • Tampa Yankee

    F’n B-Jobbers on ESPN are killing me!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Mike Francesa annoys me more with his B-Jobber-ness.
      ESPN usually doesn’t know what their talking about when it comes to the Yankees eg Steve Phillips.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Steve “I-Think-Carlos-Beltran-Is-Part-Of-The-Problem-For-The-Mets” Phillips doesn’t know anything about any team.

        Speaking of bullpen stuff, I was reading the Daily News with breakfast today and was reading a Flip Bondy column. He said taht aside from Johan, K-Rod is the most important piece for the Mets. I stopped reading right then and there.

  • e mills

    lol Big Sloppy couldn’t catch 3 straight Slowey 89mph fastballs

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

    How nice is it to have Ken Singleton as the lead announcer?

    He’s so good, he almost makes Flaherty seem to have a personality, and that’s no small feat.

    • yankees=warriors

      I like Ken too.
      He’s so good at commentating you can’t believe he was once a ball player, and a good one at that!

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        I say it all the time: underrated player and underrated announcer.

        • Accent Shallow

          Definitely a member of the Hall of Very Good as a player. 132 OPS+ for his career!

      • Mark B

        Peter Angelos and the Orioles’s loss is our gain. Kenny is the man…

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

          He’s a local who grew up as a Yankee fan, that’s good enough for me.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    A.J. Burnett is unimpressed by Chris Davis’s power.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hey, it’s the real Chris Davis!

  • A.D.

    Ahhh the other side of Chris Davis

  • Ivan

    Chris Davis had no chance….none.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Chris Davis: future TTO king?

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

    Oh snap. Generous call.

  • Chris

    How rediculous is that name on the back of the jersey? Hilarious.

    • Accent Shallow

      Should he make like Ichiro! And have “Jarrod”? “Salty”? “S-Dawg”? How about “Guy who is perennially mentioned in trade deals although he’s already been dealt once and hasn’t really proved himself in the majors”?

  • pc69

    man AJ is frustrating. Just has filthy stuff. He needs to use this game to get it going.

  • Conan the Barack O’Brian

    off topic, but would the Yanks have taken Porcello over Brackman had he not been taken two picks (or so) before? I remember drooling at the chance to take Porcello, but then he was taken, and then there was the bit about a Brackman Plan going in, so I never really knew if we would have…

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

      Yes, absolutely.

    • pat

      I think it’s safe to say we would have taken porcello.

    • Dave

      Oh yea: local kid, #1 stuff. Stupid Tigers.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I called a friend who was a Tigers fan after they drafted Porcello and cursed very loudly at him for an extended period of time.

      And, yes, I think they would’ve taken Porcello over Brackman.

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

      I would think so, much safer pick. Plus, much closer to the bigs than Brackman.

    • My Name Ain’t Kelvin

      I do think they would have picked Porcello if he was available.

  • John

    offense needs to keep scoring, Wang may get some innings today at AJ’s current pace

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yes agreed. Wang needs his innings.

  • My Name Ain’t Kelvin

    I do wish that one day I could watch a Yankee Game at the NYS.
    AJ’s doing great, except for the high pitch count, IMO.

    • pat

      where you from?

      • My Name Ain’t Kelvin

        Philippines. So far away.

        • pat

          Haha yeah just a little bit.

          • My Name Ain’t Kelvin

            I think there are some more Filipino posters here at RAB. The Yanks are pretty popular back here, baseball, not that much.

  • handtius

    Anyone else just love that sketchers commercial? Makes me sizzle in the pants.

    • Accent Shallow

      Just like to state that there is nothing good about those shoes. Worst shit.

  • Drew

    Teix got his order of coke in today.. lol dang his eyes were scary

  • pat

    hah awesome facial closeup.

  • yankees=warriors

    LOL, Tex’s look is priceless!

  • pc69

    While the Yankees will win tonight and take 1st place, 1 win against Boston would have helped, 2 wins would have Boston in second. And they say April/May doesn’t matter.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      None of us said April/May doesn’t matter.

  • Bryan

    oooooof, so close.

  • yankees=warriors

    Robbie, patience, patience…

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

    OK, someone explain this to me. Why is everyone so worried about Wang getting innings? Are you guys B-Jobbers who see that as moving one step closer to realizing your Bullpen dreams? Do you just not trust Phil Hughes as much as I do?

    The guy has an ERA of 25.00, why does anyone want to see him in a game so badly?

    • Drew

      Seriously? You don’t know the value of Chien Ming?

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

        A healthy Wang, yes. But we haven’t seen that pitcher in a year. And IIRC, he wasn’t great before he got hurt last year either, if ever.

        Wang eats up a ton of innings when he’s on, and gets a ton of decisions as a result. But he is not and never has been a dominant pitcher, the kind we can’t live without. We already have 3 innings eaters on this staff, I’m just not dying to have him come back with the way he’s pitched this year.

        • Zack

          He’s not dominate because he doesnt strike a bunch of guys out? What is ‘better’ 10 strikeouts in 5 innings or 4 k’s in 7 innings?

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

            None of his peripherals scream “Great pitcher” at you, because he’s not. On about 27 other teams, he’d be a nice pitcher with a slightly above .500 record.

            Again, the innings would mean more if we didn’t have CC, Andy and AJ. So he’s not essential like he used to be.

        • Drew

          Phil is great, but there is still things he can work on in AAA. A potential 20 game winner every year is extremely valuable to any staff.
          I don’t understand your stance here. Should we leave him in the pen and let him toil in the wind with a couple innings here and there?

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

            No, we should find an injury and send him to Tampa. I’d rather have Phil out there right now than a Wang that I have no idea where he is. That’s just begging to lose games.

      • Drew

        BTW, he has an ERA of 4.09. But hey, if you want to base his career on 9 innings in 2009 be my guest.

        • Accent Shallow

          Wang’s career ERA heading into this year was 3.79. He’s a very valuable pitcher when he’s right, and while he does get a lot of wins, I feel he’s overlooked a bit because he doesn’t have that big K-rate. He can be a damn effective pitcher without that.

    • Arman Tamzarian

      Have you watched CMW in the last 3 years?

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

        Did you watch him this year?

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I think the more accurate Wang would be pre-2009 and not 2009. Seriously he came off an injury and he still needs to pitch more and more to come back to form. No one is going to trust him starting. So if we put a huge lead we’ll put him in. And I don’t know what you mean by “not dominant.” He doesn’t have to K every batter he faces. He’s been great by groundballing every hitter.

        • Arman Tamzarian

          I’m not sure if your trying to be edgy or radical, but your just coming across as idiotic. If you just started watching Yankees games, which may in fact be the case, then you wouldn’t know that Wang has been pretty valuable over the past couple of years and can reestablish that value with innings.

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

            I’ve been watching this team since before you were born. You obviously don’t have the capacity to have a debate without resorting to insults, so I’ll be ignoring all of your future replies.

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

      Because an effective CMW is a huge, huge addition to the team. Simple as that.

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

        That also sends either Joba to the bullpen or Hughes to AAA. With what you’ve seen out of Wang since 08, is he that big of an upgrade over Phil Hughes? I would argue Hughes has a much better upside, and he’s realizing it.

        • Drew

          How many games do you want a guy to win before he gets some deserved credibility? Chien Ming deserves the benefit of the doubt here. There’s no saying Phil Hughes will ever win 19 games. In both of his 2 full seasons Chiener has won 19 games.

    • pat

      People want to see him get his shit together. Sitting in the bullpen doesn’t accomplish that. I think since he’s now stuck at the mlb level people really want us to start blowing these bitches out so he can get some low leverage work in.

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

        I know, but he was never a dominant pitcher and on this team, he might even be a step down if Hughes is putting his shit together, which I believe he is.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Because he needs innings to being a productive starter again. He should be in AAA but now he’s up here doing mop up duty. No one said anything about Phil Hughes being terrible, but I want dominant Wang back. And the Yankees aren’t going to let him do that by starting, he’ll need to earn his way back.

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

        Yeah, we all know that blew up in their face. I still think they had to do it given the state of their bullpen the day they did it, but now they might want to ‘find’ another injury and DL him again.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I would rather see him is AAA too doing another rehab stint. But I’m pretty sure ESPN is going to go ape shit on it and say we’re abusing the DL system. Unfortunately I think Wang is here to stay.

    • yankees=warriors

      That’s why the current situation is so tough.
      We’re afraid he’ll blow up games if he comes out of the pen, but if he doesn’t, he’ll only get worst.

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

        Which sounds like a great reason to send him to Tampa with an ‘injury’. That’s what you do with guys like him.

    • Accent Shallow

      I gotta think you’re playing Devil’s Advocate here. A healthy, effective Wang gives this team a major thrust in the right direction.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        Please tell me you used Wang and thrust in the same sentence on purpose….

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

          He’s not dicking around.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            ietc

        • Accent Shallow

          Unfortunately, I put more effort into making a dick joke than making a salient point.

          • pat

            Luckily this is the type of website where a dick joke is appreciated more than a salient point.

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

          IETC

  • Chris

    Nice quick inning, he needed that.

  • pc69

    AJ is locked in now. Get some more runs boys.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Brett and Yount. I was there.

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

    Ooo good trivia tonight. George Brett was inducted around then, no?

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

    I’m enjoying seeing Jason bay regressing back to his career averages.

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

      .195-.298-.463 in his last 11 games coming in to tonight.

  • http://Archimboldi Joe Robbins

    I feel older than my years when I look at Rangers GM Jon Daniels. He looks even younger than 31.

    • Accent Shallow

      Hey, I just finished Nazi Literature in the Americas. Thumbs up.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    good to see that from swish.

  • pat

    Hey I remember when he used to do that.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Great to see Nick actually hit one hard!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Good swing, Swish. More line drives, plz.

  • pat

    CASH WHY ARE YOU IN TEH MLB YOU SUCK

    • JobaWockeeZ

      youre a 4th string catcher but tis teh yankees so u shud be bettr than joe mauer!!!!

      • pat

        200 mil shud buy betr bakupz!!!

        ok im done.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          that takes skillz

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Cashman sucks!!1 theo epsetin is sooo much bettr! he knwos wut depth and a bench iz unlike teh cashman.

          Yep that was fun.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I really want Singleton to take a shot at Jim Rice right here. I don’t know why, but I do.

    • Drew

      Cuz Jim Rice is a tool.

  • pat

    When it gets hotter that bitch is gooooone.

  • Drew

    My fingers are crossed but with 57 pitches thus far. I don’t think we need to hang out with our Wang out tonight.

  • Chris

    what is with the outfielders and bobbling the ball lately?

  • Doctor J

    Did Gardner just roll that ball to second or was that his real throwing arm??

  • Tom Zig

    Does Gardner have a bad throwing arm? Or did he just shank that one

    • yankees=warriors

      His arm is not one of his assets, but I think he didn’t get a good grip when he threw that one.

    • A.D.

      Combo

    • pat

      It looks like he just shanked that one. His arm isn’t that bad.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I love having an outfield with 2 guys that throw terribly. I know the range that they have is more valuable than if they were slow with good arms, but still I love seeing throws from medium/shallow center bounce twice before getting to 2nd.

    • Tom Zig

      Perhaps Holliday can have an awful year this year and we can get him for LF next year on the cheap…

      /pipedream

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        As much as I enjoy slow, good throwing outfielders, I’m pretty sure I would be more infuriated by his inability to hit below 20,000 feet.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Really happy to see AJ using that changeup today. I’m I the only one who feels he doesn’t use it enough? Its not like he throws it below average.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      The lack of control drives me crazy. I don’t care what he throws, if he would just throw it for more strikes! So if he can get the changeup over, then please throw the bastard more.

      • Matt-Pitt

        I’m with you. I’m a big big fan of pitchers attacking hitters and making them earn it.

  • Accent Shallow

    I really do not like David Murphy.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Guys, I think Gardner just held on to it a bit too long. It seemed like he thought he had a play when he started throwing then realized he didn’t by the time he let go and it bounced.

    Calm.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      I know he choked it, but he still doesn’t have a good arm.

  • Drew

    Don’t go offspeed here plzzzz

  • yankees=warriors

    Did AJ walk this many batters last year?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      AJ usually walks batters so it really is no surprise.

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

    Kris Davis really is an all or nothing at all kind of guy.