May
27

Game 47: A.J. for the series win

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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.

Categories : Game Threads

324 Comments

  1. John says:

    Let’s win this!

  2. Drew says:

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

    • putt says:

      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 says:

      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?

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • Chris says:

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

  3. yankeegirl49 says:

    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.

  4. putt says:

    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?

  5. John says:

    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.

    • Matt H says:

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

      • John says:

        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 says:

      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

  6. Zack says:

    I expect a big game out of AJ tonight

  7. BigBlueAL says:

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

  8. Chris says:

    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.

    • The Artist says:

      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.

  9. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

    • Chris says:

      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.

  10. Bryan says:

    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.

    • The Artist says:

      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.

  11. Matt H says:

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

  12. Mike Jones says:

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

  13. pat says:

    Haha lou pinella was laughing when Zambrano got thrown out.

  14. Moshe Mandel says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • 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.

  15. Mr. Rodriguez says:

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

  16. Drew says:

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

  17. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

    • Chris says:

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

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

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

        • Mike Axisa says:

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

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            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.

  18. Chris says:

    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.

  19. carl says:

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

  20. pat says:

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

  21. Accent Shallow says:

    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.

  22. Drew says:

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

  23. Mark B says:

    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….

  24. Way to go, Jeets.

  25. Gotta put a better swing on that thing, Johnny.

    Cam someone explain why they boo Tex?

  26. A.D. says:

    BOOM

  27. Worst…contract…ever…

  28. Jamal G. says:

    Say hello to Tex, meat.

  29. Bryan says:

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

  30. Great swing by Tex.

  31. Accent Shallow says:

    Wooo. That was nice.

  32. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Teix FTW!

  33. John says:

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

  34. Ivan says:

    Tex is one of my fav players.

  35. John says:

    Tex better be an All-star starter!

  36. pat says:

    Nolan Ryan **might** get into the hall

  37. e mills says:

    o Robbie…

  38. Ivan says:

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

  39. Longo says:

    the french refer to that shot as “le crushed”

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

  41. Mike Axisa says:

    Ugly, just ugly Matsui.

    • The Artist says:

      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.

  42. Drew says:

    That was an embarrassing end to that AB.

  43. Accent Shallow says:

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

  44. BigBlueAL says:

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

  45. Drew says:

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

  46. BigBlueAL says:

    Man I wish I was the Dos Equis guy….

  47. Chris says:

    Salty’s name is way too long.

    • The Artist says:

      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.

  48. e mills says:

    Will Cano ever win a gold glove?

  49. Ivan says:

    Come on Burnett.

  50. Mike Axisa says:

    Half-assed tag attempt by Jeter. Intangible.

    • Drew says:

      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.

  51. Chris says:

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

  52. BigBlueAL says:

    Jose Molina could steal 2nd base on Kevin Cash.

  53. Ivan says:

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

  54. Chris V. says:

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

  55. BigBlueAL says:

    Jones had no chance that at-bat.

  56. John says:

    nice AB by Jones

  57. Tom Zig says:

    That commercial is inappropriate

  58. 12:40 on Sunday? WTF, Cleveland?

  59. pat says:

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

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

  61. Ivan says:

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

  62. Accent Shallow says:

    So, Nick, what’s the deal?

  63. Mark B says:

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

  64. Chris V. says:

    Holland looks good.

  65. yankees=warriors says:

    Even Swisher’s ABs look bad…

  66. Mike Axisa says:

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

  67. Kevin Cash with a -10 IsoD. Love it.

    But, wow, nice placement on that ball.

  68. Chris says:

    Holy crap!

  69. Drew says:

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

  70. pat says:

    Cash makin 90% of us look like assholes.

  71. Mike Axisa says:

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

  72. BigBlueAL says:

    Kevin Cash is a beast!!

  73. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And Cash said suck it.

  74. Tom Zig says:

    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.

  75. Accent Shallow says:

    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 says:

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

    • BigBlueAL says:

      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.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Add to this: A-Rod on a rocket.

  76. Chris V. says:

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

  77. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  78. yankees=warriors says:

    Nice, more run support for AJ.

  79. Mark B says:

    El Capitan!

  80. Two out rally, ftw!

  81. Not a good game for Johnny thus far.

  82. Dave says:

    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

  83. Passport holder night? Seriously?

  84. Drew says:

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

    • Dave says:

      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 says:

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

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

  86. YankeeScribe says:

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

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Aging? We got significantly younger compared to last year.

    • Chris says:

      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.

      • VO says:

        I saw that one, it really aggravated me.

        • Chris says:

          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 says:

        Aging was meant ironically, I think.

    • John says:

      isn’t everyteam “aging”?

    • Doug says:

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

      Guys?

  87. Drew says:

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

  88. BigBlueAL says:

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

  89. BigBlueAL says:

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

  90. Tampa Yankee says:

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

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      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.

      • 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.

  91. e mills says:

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

  92. The Artist says:

    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.

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

  94. Accent Shallow says:

    Hey, it’s the real Chris Davis!

  95. A.D. says:

    Ahhh the other side of Chris Davis

  96. Ivan says:

    Chris Davis had no chance….none.

  97. Chris Davis: future TTO king?

  98. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh snap. Generous call.

  99. Chris says:

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

    • Accent Shallow says:

      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”?

  100. pc69 says:

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

  101. Conan the Barack O'Brian says:

    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…

  102. John says:

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

  103. My Name Ain't Kelvin says:

    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.

  104. handtius says:

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

    • Accent Shallow says:

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

  105. Drew says:

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

  106. pat says:

    hah awesome facial closeup.

  107. yankees=warriors says:

    LOL, Tex’s look is priceless!

  108. pc69 says:

    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.

  109. Bryan says:

    oooooof, so close.

  110. yankees=warriors says:

    Robbie, patience, patience…

  111. The Artist says:

    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 says:

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

      • The Artist says:

        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 says:

          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?

          • The Artist says:

            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 says:

          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?

          • The Artist says:

            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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      Have you watched CMW in the last 3 years?

      • The Artist says:

        Did you watch him this year?

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          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 says:

          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.

          • The Artist says:

            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.

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • The Artist says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      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.

      • The Artist says:

        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 says:

      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.

      • The Artist says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      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.

    • Accent Shallow says:

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

  112. Chris says:

    Nice quick inning, he needed that.

  113. pc69 says:

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

  114. Brett and Yount. I was there.

  115. Mike Axisa says:

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

  116. Jamal G. says:

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

  117. Joe Robbins says:

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

  118. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    good to see that from swish.

  119. pat says:

    Hey I remember when he used to do that.

  120. Mattingly's Love Child says:

    Great to see Nick actually hit one hard!

  121. Good swing, Swish. More line drives, plz.

  122. pat says:

    CASH WHY ARE YOU IN TEH MLB YOU SUCK

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

  124. pat says:

    When it gets hotter that bitch is gooooone.

  125. Drew says:

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

  126. Chris says:

    what is with the outfielders and bobbling the ball lately?

  127. Doctor J says:

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

  128. Tom Zig says:

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

  129. Mattingly's Love Child says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  130. Matt-Pitt says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  131. Accent Shallow says:

    I really do not like David Murphy.

  132. 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.

  133. Drew says:

    Don’t go offspeed here plzzzz

  134. yankees=warriors says:

    Did AJ walk this many batters last year?

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