Game 48 Spillover Thread

Game 48: Hip Hip, Cleveland!
Montero continues to rake, but Tampa falls

Can the bullpen hold down the fort for two more innings?

Ben’s Correction: Just to update a prior item: The Yankees did not DFA Kevin Cash. Per Bryan Hoch, Cash had an option left. So the Yanks were able to just option him down to AAA, and he remains with the organization. Either the Yanks and Cash’s agent negotiated an option or he had one remaining. Works for me.

Game 48: Hip Hip, Cleveland!
Montero continues to rake, but Tampa falls
  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    DAMN! Wanted to get that last one up to 400 posts. I think that would be a record of some sort.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I might be wrong but the game thread two days ago reached 400.

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

      Nah, no way. We had a few that were around 600 last year. Before we added that unread comments plugin, each thread could handle a ton more comments.

      • e mills

        where do you get the unread comments plugin?

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

          Dunno, Ben found it. Any comments with a little interlocking NY on the right side are comments you haven’t seen yet. If it’s got a grey box, you’ve seen it.

          • e mills

            oh cool, thanks

          • John

            if only you guys could create something that would allow the NY sign to stay even though we loaded the page as at times I miss some new comments when I rush to reply and then I can’t tell which ones were the ones I haven’t seen.

    • e mills

      I didn’t, I have DSL and it’s slow as hell

  • Accent Shallow

    Serious question: who pitches the 8th? Do they keep Aceves (who has thrown 23 pitches) in? Robertson? Coke? Tomko?

    • Rob H.

      I hope that they go with Robertson and give him a shot. Girardi needs to not go to Coke all the time.

    • John

      Coke…man, i just wish he wasn’t so HR-prone

    • Drew

      Joba Chamberlain.
      THAT. JUST. HAPPENED.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        The 8th >>> every non-8th inning left in this season combined.
        Obviously Joba will put 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP in teh 8th!

    • Kilgore Trout

      All righties coming up probably D-Rob. I hope not veras, i don’t want to drink too much.

    • John

      actually…how about Veras?!

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

      Send Aceves back out there. No reason to take him out.

      • Accent Shallow

        Good call, Mike.

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

    That’s why they call him Ace, baby.

    I still don’t know why they call him El Paton (Big feet)

    • John

      Big feet=Big…..

  • Biship

    I would go with Coke, maybe get a 4 or 5 out save from Mariano if he gets into trouble

  • Some call me…tim

    What happened to Andys back?

    WTF with our strength and conditioning?!

    Yoga FFS!!!

    :)

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

      I think it has more to do with Pettitte’s age than the team’s strength and conditioning.

      • Some call me…tim

        I was partially facetious…our older half is gettin old!

        They do need tai chi or yoga or something–too many ‘pulled’ and ‘spasms’ injuries.

  • Accent Shallow

    Lordy lordy do I hate Rafael Perez. Maybe it’s residue from the 2007 playoffs, maybe it’s that the Yankees don’t hit him, maybe it’s that he looks like a villain, or at least some sort of henchman.

    • kSturnz

      is he warming?

      • Accent Shallow

        He was warming earlier.

  • zs190

    I’m hoping we score a few runs here so we can use Wang, probably wishful thinking though.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Nahh I don’t think we’ll see him tonight. We’re already using Alf. We’ll probably see Coke then Mo.

    • Drew

      Wang jusr pitched, he wont com in on one day rest.

      • zs190

        Yeah, I just remembered we used him Wednesday, maybe we’ll see him on Sunday/Monday in relief of Hughes or Joba.

        • John

          or maybe he starts if Andy’s hurt

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

            Bingo! See how these things work themselves out?

            Now all the people who were screaming about Wang can relax. Watch him get Andy’s next start.

            • Greg G.

              Some adages became adages for a reason: “You can never have too much pitching.”

            • John

              yep

            • JobaWockeeZ

              As much as I love Wang, I still don’t think he’s ready. He’ll need a few more bullpen appearances.

              • Accent Shallow

                “As much as I love Wang,”

                It’s the little things like this that make me hope his stuff is back.

  • John

    Is this umpire really this inconsistent? On Gamecast a lot of pitches are being called strikes even though they are balls and a lot are being called balls even though they are in the strike zone. And he is not consistent on the calls either.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Is it just the Yankees or both teams? Haven’t watched most of the game.

      • John

        i think it’s both teams but just slightly bit more against the Yanks, maybe that’s just me noticing the flaws against us more.

    • V

      cbs.sportsline’s strike zone was WAY off earlier. Dunno about Gameday.

  • John

    Lower back problems aren’t a good sign, especially for the the old Pettitte.

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

      Meh, back spasms are no big deal. I get them from time to time and they’d have to be enormous to last more than a day or so.

      • John

        I’m guessing the Yanks might be cautious and skip his next start.

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

          Yeah, the Yanks are always overly cautious about these things. Plus, Wang is dying for a start.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah. Back problems tend to linger, which isn’t good, especially since the Yankees depth is either pitching in the majors (Hughes) or injured (Kennedy). I’m not quite ready to put Wang back in the rotation just yet.

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

        No, actually they don’t linger more than a few days. Remember K-Rod was taken to the HOSPITAL in a STRETCHER (what drama) last week? He was pitching again a few days later.

        They give you some muscle relaxants and tell you to take it easy for a few days, and you’re good as new. Also, even on days when it happens, once you get moving you can usually loosen up. It’s really no biggie, but they might give Wanger his next start just to be conservative about it, which the Yanks usually are.

        • Accent Shallow

          Oh, we know it’s back spasms?

          I was under the impression it was an as-of-yet unidentified back issue. That’s good to know.

    • Kilgore Trout

      my lower back is killing me and i’m still going to shoot an 85 tomorrow morning.

      • Greg G.

        Too bad you’ll be bowling.

        (I’m here ’til Tuesday. Try the veal.)

        • steve (different one)

          tremendous

  • Accent Shallow

    Aceves letting Francisco know . . . that he doesn’t necessarily have his breaking ball?

    • Greg G.

      That was a purpose pitch. It’s purpose: Make Aceves look silly.

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

    Aceves is dah flavah of dah munth. Jobah will be in dah pen where he bahlongs by dah Awl-Stawr break.

    • V

      He actually made a bet with Sweeney Murti today that Joba would be in the pen to stay by August 1st.

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

        I heard it. I guess he got 5 hours of radio out of his dreamworld.

  • Drew

    Go get em MO

  • Greg G.

    I loves me my Ace.

  • Accent Shallow

    Ball one to Shoppach was pretty clearly a strike, although that’s immaterial now.

    Mo’s gonna earn his money tonight: he gets Choo, Cabrera, and Sizemore. At least they all hit lefty.

  • JeffG

    Ace just seems to have the guile of d’ Moose.

  • e mills

    looks like the Lakers in the finals :(

  • Drew

    JD jack city.

    • Drew

      or… soft grounder to the 2nd basemen..

  • e mills

    Tex taking Rafael yard if he stays in for him

    • e mills

      or groundout

      • Greg G.

        OK, you too…no more predictions for you!

  • Accent Shallow

    Here’s Perez. He definitely looks like some sort of supervillain’s sidekick.

  • Drew

    So.. I know spell bust; W.I.E.T.E.R.S.

    • Drew

      Now* damnit…

  • Accent Shallow

    Yup, still hate this guy.

  • Dorian

    This is the optimal usage of Ace. The Set-up man and the closer are overrated unless the closer is Mo or Lidge from last year. In the role that Ace is currently in, Girardi can bring him in whenever the game is in doubt. There is no reason to pigeon hole him into the seventh or the eighth because neither of those innings may be when the game is on the line.

    I called Max Kellerman about this once and he and I both agreed that this would be the way to get the most out of Joba but due to his arm issues that he should be a STARTER. The Relief Ace (as it was used in the 70’s) is one of the most important roles on a team, if it is filled by someone who is excellent. Ace, so far, has proven to be excellent.

    • Drew

      Well, if you and Max Kellerman say it’s right, count me in!

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

      I miss Max. The Mad Scientist of Baseball. He never took himself too seriously, unlike some other hosts.

  • Accent Shallow

    First pitch looked like a breaking ball (although it clearly was not). Am unsure if this is a good sign or not.

  • V

    I hate bloops.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Come on Mo…

  • Drew

    Typical hit off mo. We got this.

  • Greg G.

    Cabrera, please sit down.

  • gxpanos

    Mo still low on the velo. K’ing dudes, though, I guess.

    • Matt-Pitt

      I’m watching YES and following gameday… Gameday has him at 91-92

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Truth is that Mo is old and coming off shoulder surgery. Such is life. It sucks.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        And he’s still godly. I don’t know why people think velocity is everything. Even if Mo’s velocity is down, he’s still doing well.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          As long as he has that control, he’ll be fine.

    • Nickel

      I dunno. I tend to be a tad skeptical of the accurateness of the YES gun.

      • Greg G.

        A tad?

        • gxpanos

          You’re right, the YES gun is awful. But it was especially bad today, it was calling 92 mph 84! So it’s usually not that off, so I thought he was 89 or something. But Gameday’s got him at normal 91-92, so I jumped the gun.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wow, did Ass-dribble look silly on that. Even Melky 2008 doesn’t swing at that pitch.

    (Any idea why Venezualan parents would name their son after a Carthaginian general?)

  • Kilgore Trout

    Gameday 91::Yes 84 wtf?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Same old same old.

  • gxpanos

    If Mo saves this, do he and Pettitte tie that starter/closer record thingee?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I do believe so. One more out to go though.

    • e mills

      didn’t they already break it?

      • e mills

        well they already tied it*

    • Joe Mac

      Think they have the record now, anybody know how many?

      like 56?

  • e mills

    that cutter looks great (so far)

  • Greg G.

    Sizemore, sit down next to Cabrera, please.

  • Accent Shallow

    Sizemore cannot hit Mo. 0-7, 5Ks.

  • Matt-Pitt

    These pitches look like hard hard sliders… So much movement.

  • Accent Shallow

    Yay Mo! Yay win!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    And we take charge of first place by ourselves.

  • Matt-Pitt

    Nice win. Do it again tomorrow. Welcome to first place, New York Yankees.

    • Nickel

      “First place New York Yankees.” I almost forgot how nice that sounds.

  • Greg G.

    Good game. Been fun, folks.

  • John

    It’s so fresh up here…let’s stay here for the rest of the year.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I hope we will. Funny thing is the Yankees aren’t even 100 percent. Bruney, Marte, Molina and Nady aren’t back yet. Wang isn’t 100 percent ready and if we can get all of them back we should dominate.

      • John

        on top of that, A-rod missed a month, Posada missed 3 weeks, and our pen is still shaky. Also, Melky is currently hurt and Swish and Matsui have struggled mightily for a while too.

  • V

    Aceves was awesome. Really.

    • John

      Yea he was

  • V

    Now, in Lee’s 6 losses, his team has scored a TOTAL of 7 runs. Damn.

  • Drew

    Street just got the save.. He’s got the wrong pinstripes on though.

  • alan

    Hm, got home in time to see the win.
    Nice job by Aceves, he’s the man!

  • Quikksand

    AWESOME JOB YANKEES, 1st place.

  • Brendan

    Did anyone just see Joe Magrane’s Top 5 Starters? They put Lester at #5 with his numbers this year!!!! 6+ ERA? This channel is a joke.

    • Brendan

      Oh and then they say he also has the best mechanics…

      • Dorian

        My top 5 would be like so:

        1) The guy you want to start game 7
        2) Uber Talented Strikeout Artist
        3) Dominant Innings Eater
        4) Young Starter coming into his own
        5) Veteran Arm

        1) Roy Halladay
        2) Johan Santana
        3) C.C. Sabathia
        4) Zach Grienke
        5) John Lackey

        • Brendan

          Even though you make perfect sense, I think the problem with the MLB Network is that none of them play for the Red Sox.