Game 48: Hip Hip, Cleveland!

2009 Draft: Q&A with Jim Callis
Game 48 Spillover Thread

The Yanks have won 12 of their last 15, and things continue to look up as they head into Cleveland to play the last place Indians. The perennial trendy pick, Cleveland’s been doomed by the American League’s worst pitching staff, which sports a 5.41 ERA. They just ripped off four straight wins against the defending AL Champs and are sending the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner to mound tonight, so they probably feel pretty good about themselves right now.

Thankfully, the Yankees are getting a boost of their own in the form of Jorge Posada, who is returning from his hamstring injury tonight. In case you missed it earlier, the Yanks designated Kevin Cash for assignment to make room on the roster for Georgie. In all likelihood Cash will clear waivers and return to Triple-A, assumed he doesn’t opt to become a free agent. The Yanks also have an empty 40-man roster spot to play with, so they could call up an outfielder if Melky’s injury is worse than originally thought.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Posada, C
Matsui, DH
Swisher, RF
Gardner, CF

And on the mound, the grizzled vet Andy Pettitte.

Note: In case ou’re interested, Stephen Strasburg takes on Virginia tonight on ESPNU. Game starts … now!

Update (6:57pm): Bryan Hoch says they rolled the tarp out and the game will not start on time. Consider it a blessing and flip over to check out some Strasburg action.

2009 Draft: Q&A with Jim Callis
Game 48 Spillover Thread
  • Bob Stone

    I’m looking for the Yanks to win at least 3 of 4 with tonight’s game the least likely win.

  • Matt-Pitt

    I like the matchups for the rest of the series after this one. If they can pull off a win tonight, they have to feel good about the rest of the series going forward.

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

      If they win tonight, the Yanks may not lose again.

      Ever.

  • Rich M

    According to Pete Abe Cash was optioned to scranton. Is that possible? Would he have options left?

    • steve (different one)

      it’s possible. it’s also kindof funny if he does considering all the hand-wringing we’ve spent thinking through this decision.

      if he has an option, there was no decision. it’s a no brainer.

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

      Cash sent Cash to the minors, and received no cash in return.

  • Charlie

    Alright I’m getting really confused.. Here at RAB it says that Kevin Cash was DFA’d, at lohud it says cash was optioned to Scranton, and on Rotoworld.com it says that Frankie Cervelli was optioned. Who is right???????

    • Bob Stone

      YES pregame says Cash was optioned to Scanton

  • EvoLuTioN

    Cash was optioned to scranton.

    Cervelli is still here and will likely catch Sabathia tmrw.

    Fuck rain delays

    • Bob Stone

      Bummer

  • Kilgore Trout

    Random question: If you sit in the Delta Sky Suite do you get to eat as much as you want for free in the lounge behind the seats?

    • Matt-Pitt

      Nope. Still gotta pay. And pay a little more actually. Spent a lot of money up there, hah.

      • Kilgore Trout

        Thanks Matt. Free ticket, heard the food might be free. I’ll bring my own sandwich like I always do.

  • e mills

    dealayed…..NOOOOO!

    • e mills

      delayed*

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

    Vote for Manny peeps

    http://voteformanny.blogspot.com/

    If for no other reason than to tick off Joe Torre.

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

      I always remebered Manny skipping all star games so does it really matter?

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

        That’s not the point, silly.

        • Zack

          No I understand the point, but it’d be worse if he was actually going to show up and everything

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

      Oh my goodness that’s phenomenal.

      • John

        HAHA!!!

        Let’s vote Longoria, maybe he’s goes on a Hamilton-esque slump for the 2nd half or even worse, a Abreu-like one.

        • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          AMAZING. I’m voting for Papi vs. Manny.

          • Zack

            Ichiro will get in cause all of Japan will vote for him

        • Alex S

          jeter is pulling the ball a lot lately no?

    • thurdonpaul

      lmao,thats a good one

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

    Tony Gwynn’s looking a little … thick these days.

    • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ee/Verdi_palermo_bust_200805.jpg TheLastClown

      Looks like there’s a window between 8:45 & 11ish

      http://www.weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/USOH0195

      • TheLastClown

        Reply comment placement fail.

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

      If they ever do another “Star Wars” movies, they have the next Jobba the Hut right there.

  • John

    The midges are back!

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/assets_c/2009/05/Picture%20189-thumb-500×666-1197021.jpg

    Girardi said: “I think it’s Joba’s cologne,”

  • e mills

    at least Andy’s on the mound and not Joba, the seemingly flappable if there is a rain delay, Chamberlain

  • Alex S

    what channel is ESPNU?

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

      It’s on ESPN Classic now, the early game on ESPNU is going long. Channel 171 for me, Time Warner.

      • daneptizl

        Damnit, I missed two innings.

  • John

    Got this from Marc Carig…

    When it comes to facing a pitcher for the second time in the same game, Tex and Swish are one of the best.

    Nick Swisher
    1st: .138/.318/.322
    2nd: 421/.455/.868

    Mark Teixeira
    1st: 219/.336/.521
    2nd: .421/.511/.684

    http://blog.stats.com/2009/05/mets_beltran_a_tougher_out_aft.html

  • V

    “Rich: Which players stand to get “out of the box” type deals and why?

    Jim: Strasburg, obviously, because of his immense talent. The top college pitchers usually get major league deals with a $3 million bonus and a $5 million total guarantee, so that’s may be what Missouri’s Kyle Gibson and North Carolina’s Alex White are looking for. Then again, they haven’t lit scouts up down the stretch, so they may be more apt to sign for slot. I bet Ackley will seek a big league contract as well. The three top talents who could fall the most in the first round because of asking price are Tate, who has the leverage of a football scholarship from North Carolina, Turner and Klein HS (Spring, Texas) lefthander Matthew Purke. The numbers we’re hearing on those guys are $6 million for Tate, $7 million for Turner and $5 million for Purke. There also are starting to be rumblings that the other elite high school lefty, Tyler Matzek of Capistrano Valley HS (Mission Viejo, Calif.), may not be an easy sign either. There’s no number on him yet but teams are thinking he may prove costly.”

    http://baseballanalysts.com/archives/2009/05/qa_with_basebal.php

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

      Someone will fall to us, it happens every year.

  • pc69

    Ortiz up with bases loaded, hit it to dead center, caught at the wall. Jason Bay hitting in front of Ortiz doesn’t help.

  • Luthien

    Watchin on mlb.tv, any idea of how long the delay is?

    • TheLastClown

      Weather’s due to clear up around 8:45. I’m thinking we’ll see first pitch around then.

  • TheLastClown

    Ouch for Strasburg.

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

      Put him in the bullpen!

    • John

      what happened?

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

        Taken deep. Allowed 3 straight hits now.

        • John

          BUST! yes, already

        • TheLastClown

          Well, extrapolating from this inning, this kid’s ceiling is a WHIP of 3.00, and a 9.00 ERA.

          Forget the bullpen, send him to plumbing school!

          • Zack

            WHIP 3.00?? ASTROCIOUS!!

            • Zack

              ATROCIOUS*

            • whozat

              I like “Astrocious” better.

              “As seemingly-willfully terrible as ONLY the Houston Astros can be!”

              See also: “Piraterrible” and “Nationearthshakingly horrendous”

              • V

                ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!

        • Zack

          He’s doing it on purpose cause he doesnt want Washington to draft him

        • John

          how fast is he throwing?

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

            94-97, mostly 97.

            • Accent Shallow

              So he’s not sitting 102 with a slider at 94? Huh.

          • zs190

            ESPN has him at 93-98 on the fastball, curveball around 77-80, there might have been a couple changeups and sliders, the slider seemed to be in the low 80’s, the changeup(I’m not really sure it is a changeup) was 88-90.

            • John

              I read that he can throw his slider in for 94, so it shouldn’t be that low, rihgt?

              • zs190

                He really has not thrown much sliders at all. He’s been heavily fastball/curveball. Mostly 95 on fastball and high 70’s on curveball.

              • zs190

                Maybe ESPN’s radar is wrong but most of his fastballs are 93-95, he had a couple 97 mph fastballs and one 98 mph(the one that he gave up homer on). He throws a lot of curveballs and it looked like a very good pitch to an untrained eye.

      • C

        Strasburg allowed a solo HR then consecutive singles with 1 out in the first

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

    Great way to kill time during a rain delay, the top 10 meltdowns of all time.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4214848

    The more Carlos Perez swings that bat, the funnier it gets.

    • Bob Stone

      That was funny! Thank you.

    • thurdonpaul

      that was good, but , i still say george brett should have stayed out, that pine tar bat was bullshit

  • pc69

    why can’t Boston lose 10 in a row?

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

    Montero topped this weeks BA Hot Sheet.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2009/268202.html

    His splits hitting as a Catcher/DH are fairly pronounced, something to keep an eye on this year. If it keeps up, it makes the case even stronger to move him to LF.

    • daneptizl

      Abreu in OF > Montero in OF.

      • Zack

        Matsui in OF > Montero in OF ?

        • daneptizl

          It’ll be close. Watching Matsui would be painful, while watching Montero would be funny.

  • John

    Wieters is hitting 7th! Gay

    • John

      whoops my bad, forgot about not saying the G word on RAB

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

        Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

        • John

          well, Ben warned me once

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

            Not a big ‘Seinfeld’ guy, huh?

            • John

              Kinda

  • V

    How’d you like to be the guy that HRed off Strasburg. Talk about a boost to your draft stock.

    • John

      I doubt it would do much

      • V

        True, but it’s gotta be a great feeling.

        • Jay

          I made him in MLB 09….Put him on the Nats and have taken him deep tons of times…

  • carl

    College baseball is boring. I would hate to be a scout.

    • Zack

      the metal bats make me lose interest

  • The Evil Empire

    What channel is ESPNU on io?

    • V

      Game on ESPN Classic right now. What service do you have?

  • John

    Wieters is coming to bat this inning…you can watch for free from Orioles.com

  • Dave

    Strausberg is teh bust

  • MattG

    What player is the most un-acquirable in the Majors? Hanley? Longoria? Lincecum? Felix?

    • V

      Longoria, I’d presume. That contract is SO cheap.

  • V

    Wieter’s first AB with 2 on no out.

    • V

      Flyout to right and Mora caught trying to take third.

    • John

      and he flies out to right

  • e mills

    Weiters = bust

  • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

    jeez, its like I have ESP. yesterday i wrote about Mike Schmidt and today is the 20th anny of his retirement and today i write about rain delays and boom, the yanks are in one.

    tomorrow article, yankees will go on a 25 game win streak.

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Nice job on the new blog, hoss! Just checked it out for the first time. It’s kinda purty.

      • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

        thank you sir. i figured since everyone has one i might as well join the club. one day maybe ill actually have people read it like RAB. lol

        if you build teh awesome, they will come.

  • Dave

    That top 10 meltdowns is actually really entertaining, definitely agree with the #1 choice

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

      Who would ever think to turn a rosin bag into a grenade. That’s just quality entertainment right there.

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

      Nice find. Did you see Girardi’s quote today?

      From LoHud:

      The Yankees have not discussed Joba in the bullpen. Great line from Girardi: “The good thing about the presidential debates is that they end. … This one doesn’t.”

      • Greg G.

        I did see that, too. Awesome.

        My favorite is from Cashman: “Stop, he’s a starter.”

        • Zack

          They have to hire Drew Rosenhaus. ‘Next Question’

      • Zack

        I can’t wait for Cash or Joe to just blow up at the media one day when they ask a Joba-bullpen question.

        • Greg G.

          I don’t know if Cashman still goes on Mike Francesca’s show anymore, but those interviews are always, um, “lively”.

          I suspect Francesca doesn’t like Cashman all that much for how the Yanks treated Bernie at the end of his tenure, and he’s completely unable to hide his dislike. Meanwhile, Cashman is always forceful and doesn’t back down. It’s usually quite entertaining.

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

            Rarely. He’s on ESPN every 5 minutes, and he obviously is ‘busy’ when Mike calls.

            It shows in Mike’s commentary, which is horrendously off base most of the time. He hasn’t had an inside source on the Yanks since Torre left.

            • Zack

              It may be rarely, but he never was a ‘regular guest’ I just remember him popping in during the offseason or trade deadline if they signed/traded for anyone

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

    Read this article and pleasure yourself like I just did: http://tinyurl.com/kqoyol

    Some quotes:

    Some have argued there’s an adrenaline rush that Chamberlain has coming out the bullpen, an argument Cashman brought up, then dismissed.

    “That’s all crap,” he said. “Wake up and smell the coffee. If he’s on national television on ESPN and throws 91 on the 22nd pitch, why would you think if he comes in in the eighth inning protecting a 4-3 lead [he’d throw 96]? Stop, he’s a starter.

    Cashman was as resolute as ever that Chamberlain’s not going to the bullpen. “It’s not even an option,” he said.

    • Greg G.

      Woo-hoo…I beat Jamal by one minute! ;-)

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

        I’ll catch you soon…

        • Greg G.

          Probably before the rain delay is over.

  • pc69

    Ha ha… Wakefield looks like he is 5 months pregnant.

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

      He and Manny must share a doctor.

      • pc69

        That is a GREAT call. Very nice!

  • John

    From PeteAbe: Tonight would be the first time the Yankees have Posada, Matsui and Rodriguez in the lineup together since last June 22.

    • Zack

      Glad to see he watches the YES pregame show too

      • John

        well, he did say he got it from Kim Jones but I read this like last night or a while back today from somewhere else, just dont remember where.

    • John

      If posada is batting well, imagine how much better our lineup is going to be and now we have Tex too!

  • e mills

    any word on a start time yet?

    • zs190

      8:30, according to PeteAbe

      • e mills

        thanks

  • pc69

    8:30 eastern

  • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

    Watching this Yankeeography reminds me.. I live close to Whitey Ford and went Trick-or-Treating at his house 5 or 10 years ago. He gave me cracker jacks and I still have them. I was in such awe that I didn’t even say thank you. I got cracker jacks from one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. Just thought I’d share.

    • e mills

      Burnett’s home in MD is about 15 minutues from mine, but trick-or-treating in the boonies would be no fun

  • Ivan

    Great, now Omir Santos is now labeled “a winning player”

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

      Keep playing him, we’ll see how long that lasts.

  • HoosFan

    Wish I had ESPNU, I’d love to see Strasburg pitch. That being said, I hope the Cavs rock him. Go Hoos!

    • Bob Stone

      It was switched to ESPN Classic – You probably get that channel. I have it on HD Channel 265 on Comcast in CT.

    • zs190

      You know what, I’ve been watching and he really hasn’t been that impressive.

  • pc69

    Listening to the Blue Jays feed and it is comforting to know that YES does not possess the dumbest announcers. There must be a union of them that failed at Fox and ESPN but found regional work. It always seems to be the analyst type – McCarver, Sutcliffe, Morgan, Phillips, etc. Do they have to pass a dumb shit test or something/

    • Bob Stone

      I saw a lot of Yankee games on In-Demand last year. I often got the local regional carrier on away games and most of the announcing crews were just horrible.

      • adeel

        i second that… I am soooo glad that mlb.com now has both home and away teams broadcasts…. on demand was painful.

  • Jay

    I’d love to see 3 in the top half here….

  • pc69

    Ha they just justified Ortiz’s demise to injuries.

  • Accent Shallow

    Good start, Cap’n.

  • pc69

    Ok boys, time to kick the shit out of Cliff “one year wonder” Lee.

    • V

      You do realize that Lee was good in 2005 and 2006, right? 2007 is the ugly duckling, not 2008.

      http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/370395

      • pc69

        Yes, I know. He has a good track record. It was just a statement in support of the Yankees. Am I allowed or in violation of RAB rules?

        • V

          :yawn:

          You can make statements in support of the Yankees without looking like an ignorant jackass by pretending all of the Yankees’ opponents are scrubs.

          • pc69

            So the phrase “one year wonder” qualifies as an ignorant jackass? Hello pot, my name is kettle.

            Dude, you are a piece of work. Is the holier than thou loft because of a broom stick in your ass or are you just a condescending ass by nature? Either way, do me a favor and ignore my posts if I offend.

            And since you are so high and mighty, I would expect something more than a yawn as a response.

            • V

              Someone needs some therapy.

  • John

    so that’s 12 straight games with a hit for Jeter now

  • Jay

    Question: @ yankee stadium is that a jack??

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

    I don’t think the boos A-Rod’s gotten on the road have been any worse than what he’s gotten in the past.

    • V

      Agreed.

    • Accent Shallow

      Clearly audible “STEROIDS” chant. On that at-bat.

  • boobie

    Is Tex’s undershirt on backwards?

  • Drew

    Chance for Robbie to work on his bases loaded avg.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Make em’ pay early, Robby.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Make em’ pay early, Robby.

  • John

    Selfish OBP padder

  • Accent Shallow

    Dear Robbie,

    Please don’t GIDP, K, or hit a shallow fly ball.

    I remain your most humble servant, etc etc

  • Matt-Pitt

    Swung at 2 balls… Walks A-Rod on 5… Should have at least taken a stike.

    • Matt-Pitt

      Thats why it pays to at least see some pitches… Awful at bat. Pick him up, Posada.

  • Dave

    Looks like 2008 Robinson Cano has made a (hopefully) brief appearance

  • Drew

    Robbie absolutely sucks with the bases loaded…

    • Accent Shallow

      Wonder what’s the deal with that. SSS? Pressing? Pitchers attack him differently?

      • Drew

        I’d say he presses, but who knows..

        • V

          That’s my guess. But he really didn’t have a clue against Lee in that AB. Ditto with Damon.

    • Tom Zig

      yeah that’s so weird…why is that?

    • Pasqua

      Cano: .281 with bases loaded (2006-2008).

      Not amazing, but far from sucking.

  • V

    It doesn’t look like the lefties are seeing the ball off of Lee at all.

  • Drew

    Good AB by JoPo

  • V

    Oof. Good pitch.

  • Accent Shallow

    Argh.

  • pc69

    0-2 RISP. Hope it is not a sign.

  • Matt-Pitt

    I hope its not one of those nights where they get men on base every inning and do nothing with it. Bright side, Lee threw a lot of pitches, gotta make him work hard all game.

    • Brendan

      Also, Toronto just took a 5-2 lead over the Red Sux.

  • Bob Stone

    Blue Jays just went ahead of the BoSox 5-2

  • Dave

    Fuck, that was a shot to really put a hurt on him. Lee doesn’t look sharp, hopefully that continues and we didn’t totally piss a crucial opportunity there.

    • Dave

      *piss away

  • John

    well, we made him use 25 pitches

  • Zack

    first inning fist pump by Shoppach

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

    Beautiful pitching by Lee there. He avoided Alex, and went after Cano and Posada. I was waiting for that curve/change away to Posada.

    • Accent Shallow

      I figured he’d throw a breaking ball in. Posada doesn’t seem to hit breaking stuff from LHP very well.

  • Bob Stone

    Blue Jays 6-2 over the Sox

  • John

    Lee to teh 8th!!!! He’s so inefficient!

  • Ivan

    Wow Grady only hitting less than .230 and less than a .320 OBP%.

    • Zack

      he has an elbow issue, say he could be DLed if it doesnt improve because Hafner is coming off DL soon

  • Jake

    What’s the word on the Indians pen this year?

    • Ivan

      Perez just came back from AAA, after having an ERA near 14.00.

    • zs190

      Horrendous so far, they are so desperate that they signed Luis Vizcaino.

    • John

      4.98 ERA

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice inning, AP.

  • Ivan

    Lol Joba giving Jay-Z an pound.

  • Accent Shallow

    Gardner, what’s with you and not sucking? I like it.

    • John

      He’s tired of all that sucking, now he just wants to hit it hard

  • John

    Grit

  • Accent Shallow

    Even better that Gardner is the 9th hitter, so we have Jeter up next, rather than, say, Kevin Cash.

    • Jay

      agreed.

  • Jake

    Clutch

  • e mills

    Jeter raking

  • Accent Shallow

    Nicely done, Cap.

    Doesn’t quite make up for the first inning, but there’s still plenty of time.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wow, Gardner didn’t score?

  • Jake

    okay lets capitalize this time

  • pc69

    Looks like lefties are seeing the ball better this inning.

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

    These Yankees … they aren’t half bad.

  • Accent Shallow

    An RBI groundout! Sterling and Waldman must be ecstatic!

  • Accent Shallow

    And if that ball isn’t deflected foul, it’s 4-0 with Cano up.

    • Bob Stone

      The ball wasn’t deflected. It hooked foul.

      • Accent Shallow

        It was definitely hooking, but it looked like Peralta helped it along.

  • cjc

    ugh me thinks that broke well around the plate regardless nasty curve

  • John

    51 pitches thru 2 innings, not bad

    • cjc

      hopefully this isn’t one of those beckett like games where we have 75 pitches thru 3 and than he goes 7 anyway

      • John

        yea hopefully it’s not

  • Matt-Pitt

    Come on, Andy. Team gives you a 2-0 lead, can’t walk the leadoff guy. Dp ball, do ittt.

  • John

    We’ve had bases loaded 1 out in both innings, we must breakout soon, right?

  • Matt-Pitt

    DP ball would be even better now.

    • Accent Shallow

      And there it is.

    • Matt-Pitt

      There it is

  • e mills

    anyone got Petite’s velocity on gameday or something other than YES?

    • Accent Shallow

      Fastball at 89-90 per Gameday.

      • e mills

        yea c. 84 seems a little slow from the YES gun

  • pc69

    Ok, off topic. Who wins a UFC match between Ozzie Guillen and Joe Girardi?

    • Drew

      joe g. He’ll get a barenaked choke on that mfer

      • pc69

        He does have that military mentality.

    • John

      Girardi has got the fitness but Guillen has more anger, though Girardi also has the determination so I’ll go with him

    • Alex S

      girardi looks like a military man

    • cjc

      I think ozzie fights dirty I would expect Hawk Harrelson to jump in with teh double team

  • John

    I love watching the Yanks turning DPs (defensively only)

  • Chuck Leone

    Fing midges. I hate midges.

  • e mills

    Joba’s got a little face salad going on…he’ll probably have to get rid of that before his start ;)

    • Chuck Leone

      You have to have some if you are Jay Z’s boy. Itls like a law or something

  • Chuck Leone

    Posada is on everything tonight, he is gonna tag one off Lee

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

    Some highlights from the past week, includes the Zambrano ejection.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=4215536

  • John

    Forgot to post this hilarious picture for the Rangers series:

    http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0fAoh1n2cw5Ji/610x.jpg

    • Accent Shallow

      Why is Vader throwing out the first pitch?

      • John

        no idea

        • Alex S

          yanks are the evil empire…….like in star wars.

    • John

      BTW, it’s Darth Vader pitching to the Rangers’ mascot.

  • pc69

    Posada advances… good sign.

  • Drew

    W2G swish. every run counts.

  • Drew

    Any1 catch Strasburg today?

    • John

      read some earlier comments…some did

    • Bob Stone

      Y es – He was not on top of his game – A little wild – Made and error in the field – VA is up on SDSU 2-0 in the 8th inning. It’s on ESPN Classic right now.

      • Drew

        I don’t get classic.. Does it look like he can throw the fastball to the glove or does he just fire it in and let it go where it goes?

        • Bob Stone

          I really wouldn’t want to judge based on today’s game – It’s the only time I’ve seen him. He was wild with several wild pitches. But it looks like his can throw to the glove when he’s on.

        • V

          He’s a pitcher, and commands the zone. He ain’t your typical ‘throws 100 but can’t hit the broad side of a barn’ type.

          • V

            And his breaking stuff (curve/slider) is NICE for a college guy.

        • Bob Stone

          Outstanding breaking ball that the idiot announcers kept calling a slider

        • zs190

          It hardly mattered, the strike zone was huge. Though his command was pretty good, velocity wasn’t near what he’s rumored to be, averaged 94ish, mostly 93-96, touching 98. Nice curve, 77-81, had 1 around 84, was very good, 12-6 variety it seemed. Had a couple show-me changeups(initially he threw it around 90, later on it was more 85-86, I think), it looked ok but not great.

  • Melkman4MVP

    Ha! The Red Sox has collected 11 hits today, with each player getting at least one hit except for.. wait for it.. David Ortiz!

    • Bob Stone

      Ortiz really looks like he’s all washed up – done

  • Pete

    Can we agree that from now on all of Pettitte’s starts’s game threads should be titled or subtitled ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!!!!!!!111ONE!!

    • V

      +100

    • kunaldo

      allow me to humbly correct you:

      ANDY PETTITTE IS A STAWTING PITCHAAA!!!

  • V

    Clayton Richard asking the White Sox ‘Aren’t you glad you didn’t get to trade me?’

  • Drew

    So if Boston loses and we win, i think we’re in first.

    • Bob Stone

      YES – Let’s hope the scores hold up as they are

  • Accent Shallow

    Andy, wanna relax on sucking, please?

    • V

      It’d be nice if he wouldn’t throw 4 balls to every guy he faces.

  • cjc

    where the fuck has the strike zone gone damn

  • Matt-Pitt

    wow… THROW STRIKES

  • Drew

    Yesss AP

  • Accent Shallow

    That works. Thanks for doing your best to give me agita, Andy.

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

    And Andy escapes.

  • cjc

    he never makes it easy on the old ticker

  • V

    And he gets out of it. We’d be screaming if we were Indians’ fans, hehe.

  • Melkman4MVP

    Hey, I’m watching on Gameday. What the fuck is wrong with the umpire?

  • V

    15 baserunners between the two teams through 3 innings, with only 3 runs scored.

    The most you could have with 3 runs scored through three (and a fielder’s choice or caught stealing don’t count) is 21. Damn.

  • John

    4 walks already and a 2.00 WHIP..yikes

  • V

    Sabathia and Colon.

  • John

    Jeter is batting .444 against Lee after those last two hits in 25 ABs

  • V

    Crap. Just realized I started Lee tonight on one of my fantasy teams. My mistake. Lol.

  • Drew

    Gameday for this game isnt workin for me, anyone else having problems?

  • Accent Shallow

    Please don’t let Lee settle in with a 1-2-3, Mark. I want to get into the soft underbelly of the Indians’ pen.

  • Drew

    Toronto trying to close it out

  • Accent Shallow

    Tex really gets no respect — him heating up has to be from A-Rod being back. Nothing at all to do with him being a talented hitter, right?

    • Drew

      Let’s be honest. We all know Teix is a great hitter, but having the best player in the game behind you HAS to help.

      • Accent Shallow

        Sure, but not .500 points of OPS worth of help.

    • thurdonpaul

      no, of course not, its all because of alex

  • Charlie

    Ha, Sidney Ponson gave up 4 earned runs in 1/3 on an inning

    • EB

      And got relieved by Farnsy

  • V

    Ok, that was weird. PeteAbe had an update up about Pettitte’s bad inning (walked two and DeRosa (future Yankee?) bailed him out). He deleted it. Lol.

    • daneptizl

      What’d it say?

  • V

    Ah, Colon won as an Angel (Rivera should have) in 2005.

    • Greg G.

      Or Santana. But definitely not Colon.

  • V

    Red Sox go down 1-2-3 to lose 6-3.

    • Drew

      Woot!

  • Pasqua

    Anybody else see what’s darting around in the air between the mound and home plate?

  • adeel

    yankees in sole possesion of 1st place in the AL east as of now.

    • Drew

      Nah positions dont change until the game goes final.

      • adeel

        the redsox just lost, putting them at 28-21. The Yankees record (not including todays game is 27-20). Same way if Boston had lost a day game while the yankees were heading into a night game….

        • Greg G.

          Split hairs much?

          The Yanks lead by percentage points. They’re tied in terms of Games Ahead/Behind.

          • adeel

            if a similair situation happened on the last game of the year (a rainout game that wasn’t made up or something like that)… what would happen?

            • John

              well, we’d have to make it up somehow right? If we win, we’re in. If we lose and if we have a .500 record in games against them, we have a one game playoff, as in a 163rd game kinda like the Rox and Padres in 2007.

            • Greg G.

              They would play the rained out game to make sure both teams played the same number of games.

    • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

      thats not possible. boston won last night, putting them a half game up, so even if they lose tonight we’re tied until we win or lose

    • kunaldo

      you mean if the scores hold up right?

      • adeel

        27-20 beats 28-21; .574>.571… I guess it would be called a half game lead.

        • John

          well, technically that is first place but it’s still tied considering we still have a 0 game lead.

  • Charlie

    petitte’s pitching pretty well, but i imagine his WHIp must be thru the roof. Either he’s just a beast at getting out of jams, or he’s getting kinda lucky.

  • Accent Shallow

    Think they can knock Lee out this inning? He’s at 87 (!) pitches through 4.

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

    Did Lorenz just say if the Yanks win, they’re be in first place outright for the first time since the final day of the 2006 season? That can’t possibly be right, can it?

    • adeel

      Kay just went on about it being 1 year and some days since the Yankees were in first place… I think he said April 16th, 2008…. so I think that might be more accurate…

      Then he went on to say that this is the longest “1st place” drought since 1992… which is absurd….

      Anyway, Technically the Yankees are in first place NOW… .574 beats .571, regardless of what Lorenz or Kay says.

    • Accent Shallow

      I think it is, sadly. I remember hearing that when they were tied for first.

    • kunaldo

      makes sense no? we started off 07 realllll slow, caught fire at the end but just made the wild card…and well, 08 we didnt even make the playoffs…and of course, we always start out bad…

  • Accent Shallow

    That was a lousy call.

  • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

    why does teixeira do that? thats at least the 5th time ive seen him cut to first on a ball he couldve gotten

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      In April you can dismiss it to getting used to his 2nd baseman. By now he should know Robbie’s range and where he plays, but maybe Robbie isn’t consistent with where he sets up?

      • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

        thats what im saying…maybe hes worried about the pitchers covering first or maybe hes focused so hard on his hitting hes brain farting. not the biggest deal but eventually could be in the wrong situation

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

    The Yanks are making every play behind Andy. He owes the entire infield a steak dinner after this one.

    • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

      i thought that was a great play by arod to not field that bunt, changed the whole inning cause theres no way he gets cabrera at first

    • Greg G.

      Well, all the infielders except A-Rod. He’s a real asshole.

  • Greg G.

    Lotsa pop-ups this game for Pettitte.

  • Brendan

    Now that Tor/Bos is over, what should I watch on mlb.tv?

    • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

      the wieters party, baltimore?

      • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

        nm over my bad

  • Drew

    WHYTF do we sac Gardy, he’s actually been hitting?

    • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

      whytf? enlighten me

      • Drew

        Why the fuck…. lol

        • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

          ahhhh fooled me with the full work ha

    • V

      Wasn’t a straight sac. Was an attempt at a bunt single.

      That’s on Gardner, not the bench.

      • Drew

        K, I shouldn’t have listened to Kay say it was a Sac… I hate him.

        • V

          Kay = t3h stOOpid.

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

      I thought he was trying to bunt for a hit.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hopefully Johnny can do something here. You know the Indians are dying to have Lee get through this inning.

  • John

    Got to gice props to Lee though for gritting it out to pitch this deep into the game even after having thrown 75 pitches after the groundout by Jeter to start the 3rd.

    • John

      *give not gice

  • V

    Don’t. Walk. This. Guy. Please.

  • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

    :michael kay:

    theres been one hr review that took 6 minutes thats too long. most of them have been minute minute 30 and thats where they loike to keep them, 2 2 and a half mions. i think you should takt the time to make the right call.

    soooo which one is it bud? 6 mins too long or make the right call?? come on dude

  • V

    Four. Pitches.

    Wow.

  • Drew

    C’mon AP, I got friends in the stands, don’t embarrass me.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Come on, Andy. Don’t let it get away from you now.

  • V

    Wow, he looks awful. Pull him.

  • http://www.votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

    walkoff single by omir santos..driving in garry sheffield…wtf. ex yankee party

    • V

      And Sheffield stole 2nd (and went to 3rd on the throwing error)!

  • Matt-Pitt

    You gotta throw strikes, Andy… Come on.

  • Drew

    Aysh.. I know we may need one, but I hate that Alf is our long man..

  • e mills

    c’mon Andy

  • Matt-Pitt

    Well… Thats not good. Lets hope its nothing serious.

    Aceves needs do some serious work right here.

  • V

    Man, I hope Andy’s not hurt hurt.

  • Drew

    C’mon Ace. Go get this shit

  • zs190

    I see Andy got replaced, what’s the injury? does it look serious?

    • V

      No idea – not super serious, as he’s sitting in the dugout, but probably a minor back or shoulder injury.

    • Drew

      hard to say what it is.

  • V

    There’s a guy on the right of home plate totally asleep, lol.

  • John

    Hip problem?…he did go to the trainer’s room earlier

    • bizarrojamie

      When posada went out to talk to him, he tugged on pettitte’s pants and patted his hip while they were talking. So maybe?

  • Matt-Pitt

    Here we go…

  • Accent Shallow

    It’s pretty easy to issue a walk when it’s already 2-0 on the hitter.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Aceves got the Can’t-throw-strikes virus! It’s spreading! JOBA TO TEH PEN!

    • Drew

      BUT TEH MIDGES!!!11!

    • V

      ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        He only went 6 innigns and Joba can do that but wait a second PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • V

          5 ;-)

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Oh well Joba can do that too but he’s a reliever. Even if they pitch the same amount of innings….wait a second ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cjc

    shit

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

    Aceves makes me nervous.

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

      Nah, I like Al. He is fearless out there, and seems to have an idea. Reminds me of El Duque, not a guy with outstanding stuff, but smart and gutsy.

  • Drew

    Shoppach could have been tossed/

  • V

    LOVE the umpire’s reaction to Shoppach’s yelling.

  • Don

    Shoppach looks and acts like a former Sawks player.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Choo scares me.. Come on Gangsterr

  • Accent Shallow

    Choo wants to be the hero.

  • V

    Come on Aceves. I’ll take just 1 run in this jam if you can bear down.

  • Accent Shallow

    There goes the shutout, but outs is outs. One more plz.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Def take that. One more big out, Aceves.

  • Drew

    I’ll take it. C’mon Ace uno maas

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

      El Paton tiene grandes bolas

  • Kilgore Trout

    Excellent job Aceves.

  • V

    Teixeira saved the errorless streak.

    • Matt-Pitt

      Saved more than that.

  • e mills

    shew lol…let’s go Mexican Gangster

  • Matt-Pitt

    Thank you, Tex. What a game changing play.

  • John

    phew…let’s go 3-4-5 offense! let’s get 2 more runs

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Andy only did 5 innings!?! TO TEH PEN!

    • V

      ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!!!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        That will NEVER get old for me.

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

      YES! Because when a pitcher only gives you 5-6 innings, the answer is to make him give you ONE INNING!!!!

  • John

    its amazing how Pettitte had only >40 pitches through 3 and ended pitching nearly 100 through 5 anyway

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

    UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Nice job by Alfredo Aceves, who wiggles out of the bases-loaded, no-outs jam allowing only one run. He has Ramiro Mendozian qualities.

    The most significant of those Mendozian qualities are that both guys are hispanic. They are two very, very different pitchers that just so happen to be occupying similar roles.

    • Teix is the man

      Qualities could imply makeup

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

        True, but if the basis of your argument is a quality you can’t measure, how solid of a comparison is it?

    • Greg G.

      Is that a LoHud update?

      • John

        yep

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

      The romanticism of the late 90’s pen is amazing. Mendoza was always hurt, and physically really couldn’t handle the back and forth between starting a relieving. Not that that stopped Joe Torre, of course. And Jeff Nelson was unwatchable, he would walk the bases loaded and then strike out the side, and give you a heart attack in the meantime.

      How soon we all forget.

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

    I’m not going to front, I’m a huge Matt Herges fan.

    • John

      why?

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

        No idea, just one of those guys. Maybe from when he was with the Giants and I lived in Northern California, he was super-middle reliever out of their pen for a few years.

  • cjc

    if anyone figures out this duddes strike zone please let me know

  • Accent Shallow

    3 run jack would be nice here, Matsui-san.

  • Matt-Pitt

    The Matsui roll over… Be nice if they can tack on some insurance with all these baserunners.

    Come on bullpen… Hold a lead.

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

    New thread?

  • John

    i guess he isn’t going on that hot streak

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

    Lets get this thread up to 400 before Mike closes it.

    Reply with anything to this post.