Game 52: Small Sample Size Alert

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Game 52 Spillover Thread

News of the Yankees lineup usually drops sometime around 3, 3:30ish for a 7:00 game. Usually there are no surprises. Yeah, sometimes we get a curveball with Angel Berroa in the lineup, but those are few and far between. Girardi has apparently settled on a certain lineup scheme this year, and he’s sticking with it for the most part. However, upon seeing today’s lineup I had to scratch my head a little, for Nick Swisher was sitting.

Now, I’ve long advocated giving Swish a few days off during his skid. With Melky Cabrera claiming the everyday CF role and with Brett Gardner hitting decently of late, the Yanks could afford to rest the slumping Swish a few times, hopefully helping him get out of his funk. Yet last night Swisher showed signs of a breakout, smacking two doubles including the go-ahead one with the bases loaded in the seventh. One would think that would earn him a start today — wait, scratch that. He’s already the regular starter, so one would think that his performance wouldn’t be cause for a day off.

Yet that’s just what happened. The lineup came out, and Swisher was nowhere to be found. This struck me as odd, and I said so on the Twitter feed. I got a bunch of responses talking about Swisher’s track record against Padilla: 1 for 15 with five strikeouts. So what? Fifteen freaking at bats? That’s a nothing sample. Just read what PeteAbe said about it:

Swisher finally seems to have his swing intact. Why screw him up against a pitcher he obviously can’t hit? Let Gardner start and when the Rangers go to the bullpen, you have Swisher ready and waiting for an at-bat or two.

A pitcher he obviously can’t hit? Nothing is obvious in 15 at bats. If Girardi wants to sit Swish, fine. As Pete also says (and with which I totally, 100%, no doubt agree), “The Yankees have won 15 of 19, let’s give the manager the benefit of the doubt, shall we?” I do like Joe Girardi as manager of this team, and I like him a lot. I sincerely hope he didn’t base this decision on 15 measly at bats.

That said, Brett Gardner has been fine recently and there’s nothing wrong with starting him. Starting Damon is a given because he had last night off, as is Melky because of his absence over the weekend. So please don’t mistake. I’m not complaining about Swisher on the bench, per se. I just don’t want to see him sitting because of a tiny, minuscule, insignificant sample against Padilla. Not to mention, Of those 19 plate appearances, 18 came in 2006 and one came in 2007. So Nick Swisher’s sitting because of something that happened three years ago? Give me a break.

Anyway, enough of the complaining/debunking. Onto the lineups:

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

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

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Game 52 Spillover Thread
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Let’s hope the Yankees sink the Padilla Flotilla.

    hahahahahaha DUCWIDT? Classic!

    • Jersey

      On a semi-related topic, have Bastardo’s fans come up with a name for themselves yet? Bastardo’s Bastards seems too obvious.

  • Mike HC

    Maybe it was for defensive purposes. Having Damon, Melky and Gardner give the Yanks a hell of an outfield against a pretty good hitting team, and a fly ball pitcher on the mound in AJ Burnett. I clearly just pulled that out of my ass, but it is something to think about. Maybe that combined with the poor numbers, albeit in a small sample size, convinced Joe to give him a night off. Of course, there could be another reason entirely which has not been made public yet. Who knows?

    • Chris

      Defense can’t help against the home run.

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

    Swish on the road trip: .304-.419-.522.

    • Chip

      Speaking of small sample sizes………

  • e mills

    I don’t really mind having Swisher able and ready to come off the bench if/when the Yankees are in a pinch and Gardner perhaps is due up

  • Drew

    Should the Melkman be hitting in front of Matsui? I think so. For more reasons than one.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    I don’t know…. 15 ABs isn’t THAT small of a sample size when it comes to batter vs pitcher…it’s borderline.

    Marlon Byrd is something like 1-12 with a few K’s against Burnett. You’d have to feel pretty comfortable with Burnett on the hill when Byrd comes to the plate, no?

    I agree, though, with the point that it’s certainly not big enough a sample to take out a hitter who seems to be getting hot. Right now, Swisher finding his groove is much more important than Gardner getting his reps.

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

      Yes, it is THAT small of a sample. The Book did a study on this, and showed that batter-pitcher numbers aren’t consistent even with a larger sample.

  • leche: it does the yankees good

    oh god kay and oneill calling the game. Cue the corny jokes about oneill’s eating habits and their love hate relationship. These two make my ears bleed.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Whatever gets Flaherty out of the booth.

    • leche: it does the yankees good

      id like to see more of leiter and singleton

  • Phil McCracken

    I agree with you on this Joe.

    Using 15 ABs as your reasoning doesn’t give you reasoning to start both Gardner and Melky in the same lineup.

  • Jake H

    Why can’t the Yanks have a hot side line reporter? Hopefully Gardner and Melky hit well. If they do let Swish have a night off. All players need one now and then.

    • kSturnz

      i agree, though I liked his strong tone

  • John

    Let’s win this Yanks!

  • John

    No Hamilton!

  • Mike HC

    15 at bats is clearly not enough at bats to get a true reading. Maybe he got robbed on a couple of those outs.

  • boobie

    Damon was 5-9 with 2 doubles against Sowers but he sat, so who really knows why swish isn’t playing.

  • Chip

    Joe, PeteAbe said that it was because of the poor results that Swisher had against him, not Girardi. I honestly can’t remember the last time Swisher has had a day off so maybe he just wanted to give the guy a breather. He gave Damon a night off last night and will probably give Cano or Jeter at least a game in the DH spot this week as well. Just trying to keep everybody fresh

  • kSturnz

    over/under on Davis Ks at 2

    • Zack

      over

  • vin

    What if Swisher were 14 for 15 against Padilla? Wouldn’t you like his chances? Just sayin…

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

      Why would I like his chances then if I don’t care for his current 15-AB sample?

      • Mike HC

        Couldn’t you argue that the odds of Swisher going 1/15 against Padilla, against his career averages, are a lot greater than the odds of him going 14/15 against his career averages? Basically, hitting 14/15 against a guy is so ridiculously good and so against the odds, that it might mean something; as opposed to going 1/15, which is far more probable to happen with a small sample size. I’m not saying that this post was not completely ridiculous, but I do think if the guy is 14/15 against someone, I would not dismiss it.

        • vin

          You proved my point (better than I did)… therefore, how can it be completely ridiculous? 14 for 15 is so far out of the range of probability that the sample size DOES become relevant.

      • vin

        I think that 15 ABs IS a small sample if the results aren’t so dramatic.

        But a sample as significant as 1 for 15 or 14 for 15 would be enough to sway my decision, however. If you are talking about 4 for 15 vs. 9 for 15, then I think it’s a different story.

        • Mike HC

          I don’t think 1/15 is that dramatic, as compared to 14/15. I wish I was a better statistician to figure this out. I remember Ben had a post about Jeter, saying the odds of Jeter starting the year hitting around .270 for a hitter with Jeter’s career averages was like 15%. I was trying to apply the same principle here, except I don’t know what the real numbers are.

          • vin

            It’s certainly not as dramatic as 14 for 15, but I think it’s significant.

            What’s probably more significant, and Joe alluded to it, is the amount of time that has passed since most of those AB’s occurred. Padilla is certainly a different pitcher, and Swisher (may or may not be) a different hitter.

            Doesn’t really matter to me, as long as they sink the flotilla, then I’m a happy camper.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    strike out nice way to get out of the inning.

  • Bryan

    Great inning AJ, it looks like he has his stuff tonight.

    • John

      He usually has it. Let’s just hope he doesn’t implode later in the game again.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Pfffft. What bandbox?

    • John

      Great Pitching (especially strikeout guys like CC, AJ, Joba, and even Hughes has been getting K’s)>>>>>>>>>>TEH Bandbox

  • dre

    Girardi does not know what he is doing..Gardner supposedly screws up royally on sunday and what does he get? 2 straight starts…

    by the way look up the defensive stats..Swisher is a very good right fielder so defense is not the reason to sit him…

    • pat

      haha

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Can I use my first ever Oaktag on this comment?

      • pat

        Eh, dre will bring it much worse than that, keep it holstered for now.

    • Zack

      melky screwed up on the play that he hurt his shoulder on correct? a guy has a bad game so you must bench him?

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Pitcher just coming off the DL with a shoulder injury should = shaky command.

  • Dave

    Anyone else’s gameday not registering pitch speeds or types?

    • Jefree

      I’m not getting that data either.

    • Chip

      I’m not getting anything on mine

    • pat

      the YES gun isnt working either

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      YES has no gun either. Looks like both pitchers are throwing hard though.

  • pat

    JD goin yard.

    • pat

      umm walk the yard that is.

  • arlok789

    Everybody could see that he didn’t catch that… Lame attempt at trying to look like he made the play.

  • Dave

    Jesus, put some long hair on Padilla and he could double for a Geico caveman

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      He looks like an actor… I can’t put my finger on it… but I’ll get back to this post.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        George Lopez?

        • Dave

          More of a failed comedian than an actor but i see it

  • Chip

    Looks like this will be a very fun game to watch

    • John

      14 of the last 18 have been very fun to watch (at least in the end)

  • Jake

    “It pays to have protection” – Michael Kay

    If only his parents had known…

    • John

      It pays even more to have Patience

    • pat

      hahaha, nice dude.

  • http://eineanzahlung-kasino.de Jarrett Goodwin

    like the familiar quote of William Wordsworth – “What is pride? A whizzing rocket that would emulate a star.”!!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Base hit arod right here.

  • pc69

    Non baseball issue. Anyone work with MS Access and know a site with information on linking reports to forms.

    so far I am not finding what I want, but may be searching the wrong information.

    Thanks…

    Now back to what really matters.

    • Jefree

      You can’t link a report to a form. What you CAN do is link the report to the same table or query that underlies the form.

      • pc69

        Ok, makes perfect sense. Thank you.

  • John

    Damn Popup

  • Dave

    Not the first pitch robbie

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    Cano will definately get on or get out right here.

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

    Are they booing him? Those fans should be beaten about the head and neck with a rubber hose.

    • Chip

      Wow, talk about what have you don’t for me lately

    • pc69

      Yes they should. Dumb asses.

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      lmaoo

  • cjc

    boos really? no our fans aren’t embarassing

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Geez… RISP fail lately. Hopefully it’s just a minor funk.

    • Chip

      Just think how good we’ll be when we actually start hitting in this situation

      • John

        oh yea, we will as luck evens out.

        Remember when we started that long winning streak, it was because we started hitting well with RISP after going a while after struggling. And of course, we did have good pitching.

        • Chip

          And that A-Rod guy that everyone is booing

  • Jake H

    A Rod hasn’t looked that good lately at the plate.

    • Jake

      he has a 7 game hitting streak where he’s batting over .300 for that period

      • Zack

        but he’s 0-1 !!!

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

        Heh.

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

        HIP HIP!

        SURGERY!!!!

      • Chris

        Stop with the facts. We prefer unsupported generalities.

  • Dave

    You never realize how much you pay attention to the gun until its not there…and Fuck, nice work 3-4-5.

  • whozat

    That was pretty bad.

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    Murphy will get on due to catcher’s interference right here.

  • V

    Wow, that’s not an error? Cano, you have to get in front of the ball. I hate ‘ole’ plays.

    • Chip

      Home scoring, gotta keep the streak going!

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

      It was a rocket, not a slow dribbler.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    The Yanks would have to make a BLATENT error to have the streak broken here at home.

    • Mike HC

      Good point. It will be interesting to see a borderline play and how they call it. That is why many people believe the “error” is a worthless stat.

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    I predict Byrd will pop up to posada near the dugout.

  • pat

    holy shit 167 AB 77 K. I suddenly don’t feel so bad about ajax K habits.

    • Chip

      Yeah, he’s historically bad at striking out

    • Zack

      on pace for 250

  • Mike HC

    The Rangers obviously have a game plan to run early and often against AJ and Posada tonight.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    I love Chris Davis!

  • pc69

    AJ has some movement tonight

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

    Joe, it may be a small sample size, but it’s also possible that Joe talked to Swish today (possibly after looking at his numbers) and asked him if he’s confortable facing Padilla, does he see the ball well when he faces him, stuff like that.

    You’re absolutely right that a 1-15 could be a function of bad luck on hard hit balls. But it could also be the predictable result facing a pitcher who flat-out owns you. I’ll guess he talked to Swish and made up the lineup based on what he said.

    • John

      Swish doesn’t strike me as a guy who’ll want to sit out, even if he struggles against the pitcher. But I see your point and it could be true.

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

        I don’t think Swish would beg out of the lineup, it would be a situation where Joe would have to read between the lines with what Swish tells him.

        Girardi can’t admit this stuff publicly, he has to say BS like “Oh, I think he needs a day off” to protect his player. But he knows when a pitcher owns a guy.

    • Chris

      Swisher has had one day off this year (everyone else except Cano has had more days off), so it’s not a surprise that he would get a day off. If you’re going to pick a day to rest him this series, why not do it today since he’s 1 for 15 off Padilla? It’s probably just bad luck in those at bats, but that’s a better reason than just flipping a coin.

  • pat

    yes just provided video evidence that pitch was over the black. UGH

    • Luthien

      May seem like a silly question, but where does the phrase “over the black” come from?

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        The edges of home plate are usually black. So a pitch over the corner goes over the black part of the plate.

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

        The edges of home plate are black. Literally.

      • Nickel

        I think there was a time when home plate had a black rim around it. Thus, hitting the corner was known as “painting the black.”

        • Nickel

          It still does.

        • pat

          Heh, that time is now.

      • pat

        The actual plate has a thin strip of black rubber framing it. It’s generally considered the best place to put a pitch because it’s the furthest inside or outside a pitch can be and still be a strike.

  • Jersey

    Can’t call it a ball if they swing.

  • arlok789

    Saltalatoolonganame definitely had four strikes there. No problem for AJ though.

  • Drew

    Is anyone else’s gameday not reading the speed?

    • Jersey

      Yah, the gun is on the fritz at the stadium.

    • Joey

      Everyone’s I believe

    • arlok789

      Yup, all speed measurement devices are inoperative. My dad is there so I’ve been thinking about texting him to see if the stadium gun is working. Too lazy though.

      • Jersey

        John Sterling said they’re not posting gun readings at the stadium. They keep bringing it up.

        • Nick L

          i dont think YES is posting the readings either

          • Zack

            i was going to say Joba broke them last night…but remembered they played in Cleveland

  • Jersey

    Porcello just pitched out of a bases-loaded one-out situation vs. Boston without giving up a run.

    • Zack

      Porcello? You never even heard of him!!

      • Chip

        GET ME PORCELLO’S LAST 5 STARTS!!!! He’s been a starter all his life!!!

  • Dave

    Lets get some more walks

  • Charlie

    Nice start for A.J, anyone else having problems with the gameday for this game??

    • Charlie

      my bad, now i see u guys already talked about this

  • John

    I like the 3 K’s but not so much the 33 pitches through two. I want him to go deep into the game, at least the 7th.

    • Chip

      If he goes 6 without allowing a run again, I’m completely satisfied. The bullpen is well rested

      • John

        yea, it is but still it would be nice :)

    • Zack

      he’s on pace to go through 7

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Eh. The pen is fully rested. And the way Padilla is going… we’ll be beating up the Texas bullpen in the 4th or 5th.

  • Chip

    Even at 37 the guy can still rake

    • Charlie

      i know, it seems like he’s gotten a lot better in his older years.

      • John

        And he’s been the best catcher this decade
        Name/ABs this decade/OPS+
        Jorge Posada 4897 129
        Mike Piazza 3670 127
        Vi. Martinez 3245 121
        Iv. Rodriguez 4659 113
        Javy Lopez 3312 110
        Jason Varitek 4408 101

        • Joey

          I’m sorry, that last name on the list completely dumps all it’s credibility to me

          • John

            well, Rob Neyer posted this and one of his points was that only 6 catcher have been at least LEAGUE AVERAGE this decade.

    • Chip

      But can’t run as well

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nice Hideki.

  • Nickel

    Oh for cryin out loud!

  • Dave

    That stinks like poop.

  • arlok789

    Jorge can hit but man he sucks at running the bases

  • pc69

    Thank goodness that baserunning does not count and error or the streak would be over.

  • Mike HC

    Looks like the third base couch put the stop sign up there.

    • Mike HC

      *coach

  • Drew

    That’s really inexcusable.

  • Jake H

    WTF?

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

    Nice baserunning, Dumbo.

  • pat

    I kinda blame robbie thompson, he didn’t make a very emphatic go sign, he waved with his fingers.

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

      I blame his big ears. Too much wind resistance.

    • Drew

      Windmill definitely should have been more emphatic but most of the blame lies on the player imo.

  • Charlie

    fuck jorge, ur slow! don’t go testing people’s arms at your ripe old age with your hammy problems.

  • Jersey

    Joba’s more valuable as 3rd base coach.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Even without speed Jorge could have made third.

  • V

    I hate “6 for his last 18” type stats, because it probably means he’s “6 for his last 19”, “6 for his last 20”, or something similar.

    • Jersey

      On a long enough time span…he’s hitting his batting average.

    • Zack

      i hate all stats, i just use my eyes

    • pat

      gritner leads the league in crappy hits deflected by infielders that somehow make it into the outfield.

      • pat

        ugh wrong place.

  • Tom Zig

    Sweet baserunning Jorge

  • Chip

    It just amazes me to see Melky take 0-2 and 1-2 pitches

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Gardner’s just going to grit and grind this ball through in the infield… I just know it.

    • arlok789

      nice prediction

  • arlok789

    Common Brett, lets get a hit

  • Charlie

    what is up with this pitcher’s hair. its greasy as hell.

    • Chip

      It’s all about the ritual man, you don’t shower before a start!

    • John

      (insert him being a foreigner joke here)

    • arlok789

      Padilla is a greasy greasy man.

  • Jake

    gritt!

  • Drew

    Okay, now take second. Thanks.
    -Drew

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    oh yeah grit

  • Nickel

    Nice job, Gard.

  • Chip

    Alright, way to smack a little single (soon to be a double) to right

    • pat

      how about that for a little single?

  • Tom Zig

    Can Chris Davis bat 27 times today

    • John

      with AJ? Damn that would be nice

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nice job Gritsner.

  • Jake

    and again

  • Drew

    Good running by Grit.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Three. Run. JACK. Wait for it…

  • Chip

    Speed kills

  • Chip

    Well it’ll be good to have the bullpen to beat up on by the fifth

    • Dave

      Hopefully they get to feast on some tender Kris Benson

  • Tom Zig

    It is still weird for me to see the Yankee starting staff to record high strike out totals. Especially compared to last year.

    • Chip

      Isn’t it wonderful?

  • Mike HC

    I am still a bit surprised that everyone seems to be a little surprised that Jeter is having an excellent year. I always felt that last year was just a down year, probably because he picked up some injuries. I’m happy Jeter has quieted the premature talk of his decline.

    • Tom Zig

      Not having to face Daniel Cabrera also helps.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Jeter gets hit with with a pitch and goes into a slump at least twice a year. You can set your watch by it.

      • Mike HC

        It does seem to play out like that. He leans into the plate and takes one off the hand/wrist. Hopefully he can avoid that this year.

    • Zack

      a 15 game hitting streak in which he raised his BA 40 points also helps. you cant really make decisions about a guys year in the middle of a hot streak

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

      Moshe had a nice post up the other day, showing that Jeter’s actually been very consistent in recent years. The big year he had in 2006 was the outlier, he’s been remarkably consistent both before and after. If you use 06 as the starting point, it appears he’s declining. But if you start at 2000, you see a remarkably consistent player, who’s slightly better some years than others.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jeterde01.shtml

      • Mike HC

        I’m with you, and Moshe on that point. Jeter is the model of consistancy.

  • Drew

    Teixy time

  • arlok789

    2 outs, risp, lets drive in runs plz?

  • Chip

    Love it, it’s Tex time

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Does Mark Teixeira REALLY want to rock? I bet he does.

  • Nickel

    It’d be really nice for Tex to validate the whole “Yankee Stadium is a lunching pad” belief right about now.

    • John

      The most upper deck! He got the suite level right below it once

    • Nickel

      Alright…let A-Rod do it.

  • Jake

    BALK!

  • John

    Bases loaded walk!!!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Ha hahahahahahahah

  • Chip

    I could also deal with the bases-loaded walk in order to bring A-Rod up

  • Drew

    This inning has grit all over it.

    • pat

      Grits grimey little fingerprints are pitter pattered all over the place.

  • Jersey

    Whoopsie!

  • Chip

    Wow, how do you balk when you’re not holding anybody on?

  • Rich M

    Any one else see that Tyler Clippard is filling in as pitching coach for his AAA team?

    http://community.thetimes-tribune.com/blogs/yankees/archive/2009/06/02/june-2-lineup-and-notes.aspx

  • Drew

    AJ, take care of that. Thanks.
    -Drew

  • Mike HC

    hahaha … as per Joe’s early post, all you gotta do is apply a little pressure to Padilla’s head (bases loaded jam) and he will self implode.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    A-Rod better get a run or two…or 4.

    • Chip

      Yeah!! Or I’ll……I’ll…….boo you!!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Because that always works!

  • Chip

    Wow, nothing going right for Padilla right now

  • pc69

    Padilla looks like a member of the Gipsy Kings.

  • Dave

    Really gotta put this Padilla cat out of his misery here.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Balk and HBP not a good time for Padilla.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    damn Arod is running S L O W

  • Drew

    I wish Al was fast again…

  • pc69

    Damn, tough one…. ARod is about two weeks away from really starting to do some damage.

    • Dave

      Yea, I was really hoping that 5 for 5 game in Texas was a sign of “holy shit tex-arod 3-4 is going to be bananas” but I suppose itll prolly take a little longer for alex to hold up his end to his fullest potential

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! How does he not hit a grand slam every time! He’s so SELFISH!

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Gardner spooked him. I don’t know how. Is he a threat to steal home?

    • Chip

      Yeah, but not from his seat in the dugout

      • Drew

        huh?

        • Chip

          Gardner wasn’t on third, Jeter was. Gardner scored on the balk

          • Drew

            Gardner was on third with the bases loaded. Padilla went to the full windup the quickly realized he can’t do that with Gardy on. Hence, he spooked em.

            • Chip

              Ahhhh, I misinterpretted that

          • LiveFromNewYork

            what?

  • Chip

    Would have been nice to really break it open there

  • John

    Damn, oh well, at least we got 2 runs

    • Tom Zig

      A line up without Hamilton and with Chris Davis in it = no bueno

      • Chip

        Don’t discount them so early. Kinsler, Cruz, and Young have been absolutely mashing this year

  • arlok789

    RAGE…

    I want to bring the pain. I wanna see Padilla cry. I want to see the Rangers give up in the face of double digit run deficits. Groundouts with the bases loaded annoy me.

  • pat

    Love when theres 2 strikes before they even put the graphics on the screen.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    How many pitches is Padilla at?

    • Zack

      51

  • Drew

    Who gets plunked on the Rangers?

    • Zack

      2 run lead playing in a bandbox? no one

      • Drew

        I’m not talking about right this instance. Someone will get plunked this game.

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

    AJ quits the Roy Halladay school and signs up for Joba Chamberlain University.

    You got great stuff, use it. Want to be efficient? Throw strikes.

    • Chip

      So true, I love it when they just start attacking guys. Sure a guy will guess right once in awhile and hit one out but for the most part, you’re going to come out on top

      • Chip

        And as soon as I say that, he walks a guy

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

          . . . . and lets up a 3 run bomb.

          ITS ALL YOUR FAULT!!!

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

        I think the reason Joba’s velocity was down was he was using more 2-seamers and spotting his fastball. It just doesn’t work for him. Joba’s talent is in his stuff, the explosion on his pitches, the movement he generates. Location isn’t as much of an issue for him since his stuff is so good. When he pulled back a bit, he became more hittable.

        If you looked closely when Joba was at his most dominant as a reliever, he threw balls straight down the middle of the plate at times. But when its going 97-98 MPH, most hitters still can’t hit it.

  • Dave

    Whoo, that could have ended poorly.

  • Ivan

    Nice play Melky.

  • Drew

    Melky’s the man

  • Chip

    I love how you have to hold your breath on every fly to right the way this place has been playing

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    Suggestion. For everyone that makes perdctions.. i.e. “Damon is going deep here”. You need to put your record on predictions next to it.

    Damon is going deep here (0-4).

    If you get to 0-5 you have to stop making predictions.

    • Dave

      Can we CC Steve Phillips on that memo?

      • LiveFromNewYork

        John Sterling has to STFU every time he does that HR-not foolishness.

    • Nickel

      Are you only allowed 5 predictions in a season or is that 5 predictions over the course of one game?

      • Nigel Incubator-Jones

        Per game, so that we can watch people go down in flames

    • pat

      So you’re 0-3

      • Nigel Incubator-Jones

        Yes, but mine were to show the fact that I hate predictions..

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      PUT YOUR NAME ON IT!

      /Mientkiewiczed

      I’m 1 for 2

  • pc69

    Ok back to the topic of the fence line being straight instea of curved like the old stadium; that hit would have just made the warning track if the dimensions were the same.

    Gotta get that fixed.

  • V

    Ugh, it’s about time for Jason Bay to go into an 0/100 tailspin. Please. He’s pissing me the fuck off.

    I honestly have to wonder what would have to have been added to get Bay instead of Nady. Too much, probably, but worth wondering.

    • Dave

      I was looking at that too the other day thinking “what if”, until I was reminded that the Redsox gave up Manny in that deal

  • John

    A-rod’s BABIP is .233 entering this game. His career BABIP is .326. His LD% is 17.9%, which is right in line with his career LD% of 18.0%. Therefore, A-rod is still unlucky and will soon be batting .300+.

    • Chip

      True, and he is still looking silly up there a lot. He’s obviously not in top form yet in addition to getting lucky

    • Drew

      You need BABIP to tell you Al will be hitting 300 soon. Step away from the computer.

      • John

        no I know he’ll bat .300 but im just saying he’s unlucky so far and he isn’t really that bad right now, though he clearly isn’t 100% at the plate yet.

  • Drew

    It’s nice having an arm out in right…

  • V

    Hey, AJ, guess what? It looks like walking a guy you had down 0-2 is a BAD IDEA.

    He really, sometimes, is a real coward in terms of trying to throw the perfect strikeout pitch.

    • Zack

      fans like you are annoying

      • V

        Are you saying it’s a good idea to walk a guy when you have him down 0-2?

  • pat

    Wait so because Nolan Ryan was a genetic freak who could pitch like no other human on earth he is going to mortgage his whole farm system on his own experience?

    • Chip

      Yes, that seems to be his plan

    • Zack

      Yes, and if Ripken was manager his starts would never take a day off

      • Chip

        But Ripken isn’t from Texas. People from Texas are always right

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

      Nolan wasn’t even that big of a guy, 6’2″ 195 in his prime. He had no business throwing a ball 100 MPH or lasting as long as he did. It was all in the genes.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    FUCK GD AJ

  • arlok789

    RAGE

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Yeah so 2 out walks are so sexy.

  • John

    Oh shit

  • Dave

    Ah, the perils of having no control at all.

  • Chip

    Well that was bound to happen sooner or later. Hopefully we can correct this RISP problem soon

  • Charlie

    bad pitch there to cruz and not a great one to blalock either. and posada called for both of those.

    • Lily

      so in a way your blaming posada for those pitches because he called them. your not going to blame aj who didnt place them where it should have been.

  • cjc

    man when it comes apart for him it really comes apart hard and fast goddamn it

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Vintage AJ this season.

  • John

    We’ll score more soon. We’ve been getting on base a lot but that big hit with RISP hasn’t come but it will soon.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Dear AJ get another out.

  • Drew

    AJ you’re giving me agita.

  • V

    Wow.

    2 easy outs. 0-2 count on batter #3. Walk. Double, HR, single, single.

    Too early to get Wang up?

    • Chip

      I’d imagine he won’t be making an appearance, this’ll be Aceves

  • Nickel

    Geez…Is Aceves available tonight?

  • Chip

    Thank goodness Chris Davis is here to save us

  • Dave

    Ah good, Chris Davis is back up

  • John

    Is AJ prone to the big inning or what

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

    I predict that we will bring the tying run to the plate this inning. 0-0

    • Nickel

      Wow…there’s a bold one right there. :-P

    • V

      Lawl ;-)

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    thank god he hit that to center.

  • Drew

    He sure enjoys the precarious route.

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

    Thought that was gone.

  • Nickel

    Well, they’re just down by 1. Lotta baseball left.

  • pat

    I’d imagine of a batboy gave Paul O’Neil the wrong bat pauly would promptly turn that sumbitch sideways and stick it up his ass.

  • Dave

    Hopefully AJ gets his shit together

  • Drew

    You’d think we’d see at least one replay of that Gardy catch. God sometimes I hate YES.

  • cjc

    hope he keeps that as the bad one of the night damn 2 out no one on

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

    Hmmmmm. Girardi leave the possibility of a 6 man rotation open.

    “Girardi said he will speak on Tuesday with general manager Brian Cashman about what to do next with Wang. Though Girardi acknowledged that Wang isn’t pleased with his situation.

    “I haven’t seen it outwardly,” Girardi said of Wang’s frustration. “I’ve seen him do what ever we’ve ask because I’ve always believed he’s been a team player. And I think that’s what he’s being. … Eventually, he’s going to be back in our rotation.”

    Girardi left open the chance of plugging Wang into rotation even if he has to give the other pitchers in the rotation an extra day by pushing them back”

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2009/06/after_setback_dl_return_for_ya.html

    • V

      I’m actually not totally averse to a 6 man rotation. But CC definitely needs to be going on a normal schedule. Hughes and Joba could use extra days off over the course of the season, and it can’t hurt Pettitte. There’s the worries of Wang having too much strength and the sinker not sinking, but, eh.

      I could see a 6 man rotation, with CC on normal rest and everyone else with extra rest, being OK.

    • Dave

      Heh, you gotta love the “setback” for Damaso Marte:
      “Left-handed reliever Damaso Marte stubbed the little toe of his left foot but was still able to play catch.”

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

    Is it just me or have the Yankee lefties been getting rung up on the inside FB an awful lot this season? IDK why but it sticks out to me.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Posada is a total guess hitter. If it’s not what he’s looking for he’ll look at it all the way right down the middle more times than not.

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

    The score will not be 3-2 by the end of the 4th inning.

    1-0

    ;)

    • John

      hopefully it will be 3-2 after the top of the fourth

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

    Paul O’Neill is a weird dude.

  • V

    Man, his curveball comman SUCKS right now, and their big hitters are just going to sit fastball.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Wow. It just fell apart.

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

    Nice fucking throw Jorge.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Not a good sign. You know the Rays are watching this.

  • V

    Wow. Bad pitch, bad throw.

  • Reggie C.

    Shoulda had Cervelli in there.

    • Drew

      lol

  • pat

    Jorge must not have worked out his shoulder while on the dl.

  • Nick L

    what a terrible ay to get an error, all he has to do is lob it to cano if anything.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Jorge really has no arm.

    • Drew

      If ya got no arms throw your hands in the air.

  • V

    Does this mean…

    Kay will stop talking about the stupid fucking streak?

  • John

    at least we set the record

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

    Gooooooodbye streak

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

    The answer is Tim Wakefield (31 H, .313/.343/.444).

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    We have so much damn GRIT coming up in this inning it’s impossible not to score a run!