Game 52: So will we call them B-Hughesers?

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Game 53 Spillover Thread

If B-Jobber – bullpen + Joba, we could go one of two ways with Phil Hughes in the bullpen:

B-Phils
B-Hughesers

I pick the latter. We could also mutate that to B-Hosers, but that might be a bit of a stretch. In any case, the big news of the day was Chien-Ming Wang back to the rotation, Hughes to the bullpen. It’s going to cause some debate, but I’d like to point out RAB commenter mustang, who put it best:

Regardless what a nice problem to have too much quality starting pitching.

thank you Mr. Cashman.

We’ll see where the Yanks go with this, of course, but I wouldn’t expect Hughes in the bullpen too long. He’ll back up Wang tomorrow, who himself said he could probably only go 80 pitches. Apparently Brian Cashman was on the Michael Kay Show and said that it’s a two-week trial, and that if Wang pitches well it’s back to AAA for Hughes. (thanks to tsjc for the find)

Oh, what’s that you say? There’s a game tonight? Given the bleak forecast and the gray clouds which have covered the sky since mid-afternoon, I wouldn’t be too sure about that. If they do play, it will be Andy Pettitte against Scott Feldman.

Feldman, 26, has pitched well in his 48.1 innings this year, allowing 21 runs for a 3.91 ERA. He doesn’t have great strikeout numbers, and doesn’t have a 2:1 K/BB ratio. That usually doesn’t bode well against the Yankees lineup. Yet last year, when Feldman was pretty horrible, he had two good starts against the Yanks. The first was one run over 5.2 innings, and the other was two runs over 7.0 IP. He did walk five in those 12.2 innings, though. This year’s version of the Yanks will make you pay for those a lot more than they did last year.

Yet the last time Feldman pitched what you could call a bad start was on May 1, when he allowed three runs over 5.2 IP. Even then, it’s not too bad. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since the Rangers placed him in the rotation on April 25. So while the Yanks have improved since their last meeting with Feldman, so has he. He was also born in Hawaii, for whatever that’s worth.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte.

Update by Mike (6:58pm): Tex scratch with a bruised ankle, x-rays negative. Lineup changes above.

A dugout in the middle of nowhere
Game 53 Spillover Thread
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

    what do you think of an alarm clock that automatically tells ya the weather when ya wake up?

  • yankeegirl49

    Tex was just scratched. Injured ankle, day to day.

    • John Duci

      This sucks. Tex has been my favorite Yankee to watch lately.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        especially in the three hole…

        …that lineup looks a little suspect to me, i just hope NICK brings his A game tonight…

        • Observer283

          This really is the value of Nick Swisher though. His ability to adequately fill in at the corner outfield and first base spots is huge.

          Also, I know its been as fun to leap of the Swisher bandwagon as it was to leap on it, but I think I want to stay on.

          Is a .300 hitter? We have a ton of evidence to the contrary. But how in the heck are you not happy with a bottom of the order guy (when the team is healthy) with a .360+ OBP? If he hits .270 (not unreasonable) he’ll probably be .375+ OBP. Is there any doubt that he will end the season with a higher OBP than Cano (who will likely hit over .300)? Really, BA is the only major strike against Nick-y Swish and I’ll take OPS over BA anyday.

          When you add in the flexibility that his versatility gives the Yanks, he’s a pretty huge value add.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Swisher is still all sorts of awesome.

            Works counts, constantly on base, good defense, flexibility, never complains.

            I never left the bangwagon.

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              Bangwagon!

              I never left either, but I did start hoping X would come back soon to give him some help!

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

            Ding-ding. This is what people who dislike Swisher don’t get. He’s not a high BA guy but he’s gonna put up a .360+ OBP and .450+ SLG. No one here, even I, self-proclaimed president of the Nick Swisher Fan Club (where’s my veep Steve H been, btw?) didn’t think he’d ever hit .300+.

    • thurdonpaul

      is tino around ?
      can he play for a few games ? :)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Get me John Mayberry Sr. on the phone, pronto.

        • Bryan

          Oh, you mean that guy that the FOX broadcasters thought was John Mayberry Sr. or the actual John Mayberry Sr.?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Either one.

            That was hilarious, btw. I was watching, and I was all like, “If that’s really John Mayberry Sr., why is he wearing a Panama flag on his shirt?”

          • Jack

            Eh, they’re all the same.

            (Joking. Please don’t kill me.)

            • Accent Shallow

              Apparently FOX thinks so.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

    btw yall know tex was scratched right?

  • http://rbiradio.blogspot.com/ Joey H.

    Wasn’t Tex a scratch with the ankle?

  • Tony

    Pettitte will be on the DL soon enough.

    • Accent Shallow

      Sure hope not.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Harold Baines, you’re going down, fucko.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        :)

        oh, and WHOA! back on teh meds!!1!

        some call me…Tim…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          some call me…Tim…

          Thanks, that was driving me crazy.

          I hope you enjoy the name. Wear it well, don’t let me down.

  • e mills

    So what happens in Wang get’s shelled tomorrow?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      SHHHH!!!

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Tarp is off huh? Skies don’t look that bad right now.

    • Jay

      Got a buddy at the game…says he thinks they can get in…got a window until about 10.

  • Mike

    send hughes to the minors if he isnt going to start and if you want another starter that is able to pitch out of the pen call up Kontos or even heaven forbid Igawa. Hughes needs to develop length, so let him start.

    Putting Wang back in now is about the whining his agent was doing and not what is best for this team right now.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      It’s two weeks. A fortnight. His time in the bullpen will be short like leprechauns.

      • Ivan

        and Hughes will crush so-called willies, thugs, and rapper-dons.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Thanks for the help out, bro.

          BRO-BOT!!!! I AM A BRO-BOT!!!!

          • Ivan

            Thank u very much.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Totally false. Having Wang back in the rotation is exactly what is best for this team both now and in the future. The Yankees need to give him every opportunity to return to form, and if he does, that is a huge upgrade.

      Hughes moving to the bullpen is SHORT TERM. I think he can pitch well out of the pen with his fastball/curve combo and his control. He’ll get back to Triple-A soon enough, or he’ll be the next in line to get a start should someone go down… not Kei Igawa. Kontos and Igawa haven’t shown you anything in the big leagues… Hughes has. This was the right move.

      • yankeegirl49

        I’d rather have HOWARD Hughes than Kei Igawa.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’d rather have Kay Bailey Hutchinson than Kei Igawa.

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            She’s tough…

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              She’s from Texas, after all.

              She probably rubs hot sauce on her balls, Clemens Style.

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                while i find that mildly disturbing, i do suppose its better than peeing on your hands, Any Style.

        • thurdonpaul

          lmao, ietc

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I love how YES thinking Hughes will stay in the bullpen forever…
    Hughes is only staying if Wang implodes. Then he’s going to AAA.

    • Jay

      I’m all about having the Wanger back, but why not let Phil have one more start against a team he has pitched well against?

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      So who had before the 1st pitch tonight in the pool for when the MSM was going to decide Hughes to the bullpen was permament?

      What a friggin joke!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I’d say, considering that Wang himself is on an 80-pitch limit and isn’t likely to make it past the 5th, there’s about a 70% chance we see BOTH Wang and Hughes pitch multiple innings tonight.

    • Charlie

      the YES network primarily employs retards, so i’ve learned not to listen to their analysis. no way the yanks are dumb enough to let Phil rot in the bullpen the whole season.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        To be honest, in my experience with MLB.tv, I have found very very few announcers that were intelligent. So it is pretty much par for the course.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Heyheyhey. RAB is the official blog of the YES Network.

        You callin’ RAB retards?????????????????

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          RAB: A proud member of the YES Network® Blogging Network™

        • Charlie

          if there are any YES announcers on this site, then possibly. nothing against the YES network, its Michael Kay, John Flaherty, and Ken Singleton’s fault

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        “the Yankees finally pulling the pin on reinforcing their meager bullpen, but it was the wrong one: Phil Hughes was promoted to the pen today. He’s no Joba, but its a start”

        For ESPN, I’m Peter Gammons.

        • Ivan

          Is that really an actual quote from Gammons.

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            what’s really sad is that question can legitimately be asked…

            :(

            (but no, it isnt)

          • Charlie

            i highly doubt it, but its still pretty funny

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            No. Does it matter, though?

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

    I’m thinking 6 IP 8 H 4 R 4 ER 4 BB 4 K for Andy tonight.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      well that whip of 2.00 sounds about right with the way he’s pitched lately…

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        But Andy has always been good for courting disaster with a fairly large # of baserunners.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Minus two strikeouts. One strikeout for each time Chris Davis bats.

    • Nigel Incubator-Jones

      Ok, you are 0-0 on predictions so far. Remeber 5 wrong in a row and no more predictions for you.

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

        I like this game. Do I get a prize for winning if I do?

        • Nigel Incubator-Jones

          Yes, if you are right and the Yanks score more runs than their opponents you get a victory.

        • Nigel Incubator-Jones

          And I will consider you right is you are right on 4 of 6 predictions.

          • Nigel Incubator-Jones

            *if

            • JackC

              Enjoyably obscure Python Reference, btw way, congrats…

    • mustang

      I will take that if it means a W.
      6-1 is nice for the old man.

  • Bryan

    Is anyone else listening to the Trenton Thunder broadcast because of Montero?

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    over/under date on Arod’s 600th homer?

    (he has 560)

    • John

      April 29th 2010

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Assuming a drunken, enranged Jayson stark doesn’t shoot him first, Harriet Bird style, for murdering baseball history.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          John, you really disappoint me…

          as a worst case scenario, I’m taking 4 October…

  • Accent Shallow

    An inauspicious start for Andy.

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

    Ugh. I knew as early as February that “grind”,or some derivation thereof, was going to be the buzzword for ’09. I was definitely right on that one.

    Oh peace, Mike.

  • John

    Jones is 4-7 with 2 HRs against Pettitte…small sample?

  • Charlie

    great start andy

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

    Goddammit.

  • Jay

    Please don’t let it be one of those nights.

  • John

    We need everyone to play well offensively today…

  • Charlie

    fuck this, release petitte!

    • UWS

      I hear Glavine is available.

      • Charlie

        vicente padilla possibly, too

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        :(

        sad day…

      • Bryan

        And Pedro

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

    Whose peak was better: Randy or Pedro?

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Without looking at any stats, I feel Pedro.

    • Accent Shallow

      Pedro’s is better, Randy’s is longer.

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

        Word. I think Pedro’s 2000 season is the best pitching season ever. Ever.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        what are we talking about here, Wang?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Hmmm… Pedro did it in the AL East. Randy did it in the AL West/NL West.

      Pedro.

    • Ivan

      Pedro but Randy was like the boggie man to most hitters.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Bring in Wang!!!

  • UWS

    Uh…is Wang is available for tonight?

  • John

    WOW Andy…no more runs!

  • Charlie

    and marlon byrd is goes boom

  • John

    better not be that bad back Andy!

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Joe doesnt like it when you arent entirely truthful…

      …and you won’t like Joe when he’s angry!

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    Why am I think were actually going to see Hughes tonight?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You’re not.

      Hughes and Wang are sharing tomorrow’s innings. They’re staying on schedule with each other, I’d imagine.

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

        Alright let’s seriously hope your right, and Pettitte shows me what retard I am.

  • dkidd

    i hope it turns out to be a false alarm so we can start making “the mets play like they have swine flu” jokes

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Meh, if the Mets had Swine Flu, it would probably be a step up for their organization.

  • Charlie

    Mother fucker, i bet Petitte is still fuckin hurt. He just started cause he wants his friggin incentives. Wang should have started tonight, not tommorow

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      i really want to make a ‘Jump to Conclusions Mat’ reference, but i can’t…Joe has the final call, and he should have at least pushed Andy back a day or two…

    • pc69

      think you are on to something.

    • Accent Shallow

      Sure, money plays a factor, but Andy’s a proud, stubborn guy. He’ll be out there unless he’s physically incapable of throwing a pitch.

  • Dan2

    anyone remember/know where to find the article that showed that Ortiz’s only HR of the year wouldn’t have been out of any other stadium? thanks.

  • Jay

    wow

  • Accent Shallow

    Hey, Melky!

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

    K, looks like my Pettitte prediction’s gonna be wrong in a bad way.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      You still have a shot…

  • Jake

    Thank you melk

  • pc69

    Time to get Wang ready. Pettitte does not have good stuff tonight.

    • Charlie

      i can’t remember a time in the past 2 years that he did

      • Drew

        I can.

        • pc69

          No, Pettitte has had good stuff. But this may be a personal gain over the team and that is not right. Go to the DL and get healthy, there is still 4 months + of baseball.

          • Drew

            Ha I didn’t say anything about that. I said I can remember a time within the past two years in which he’s had good stuff.

      • Nady Nation

        Your memory is pretty shitty then. He wasn’t too shabby in October of ’07.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          we win this 9-4 (veras gives up a homer in the 9th) and all this whining stops…

  • Ivan

    Not enough grit by Andy there.

  • V

    Well, that solves the ‘too many pitchers’ problem.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Pettitte keeps pitching like this and Hughes will have his spot in the rotation back in no time.

    “Nah, my back is fine.” – Pettitte

  • V

    If Pettitte’s hurt, the DL the fuck. Don’t let him keep hurting us by saying he’s ok.

    It’s not being a gamer. It’s being an idiot.

    • Charlie

      completely agree

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

      +eleventy billion.

    • Zack

      its the downside of an incentive laden contract

  • Charlie

    you know you really suck when you give up a hit to Chris fuckin Davis

  • Drew

    Andy, you are the weakest link.

  • Jay

    This has all the makings of a 17-13 game…granted we hit.

  • John

    Melky saved us there.

    Let’s go offense, we can do this! I hope we can beat up Feldman today.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    What’s wrong with Teix’s ankle?

    • John

      bruised from yesterday’s slide, says its not too serious.

  • John

    Andy has a 5 WHIP!!! To the 8th!

  • pc69

    Swish seems to be getting his swing back. That is a good thing.

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

    Nice swing by Swish.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Let me fire up that bangwagon!

    • Jay

      +1

  • Charlie

    i would seriously DL Petitte, hughes is probably better than him right now. save what’s left of the old guy for the end of the season and the postseason

  • Drew

    Johny’s one of them guy you can plug in anywhere.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    i greater than three me some NICK SWISHER…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Eventually, all of the English language will be inside jokes about inside jokes about leetspeak.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        leetspeak. ur doin it rite.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          PWNED

  • pc69

    Closer to ready. Alex is seeing the ball well.

  • Accent Shallow

    Still unclutch.

    • John

      2-outs RBIs are only good in the 8th

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    …at this rate Arod hits another 36 homers this year…yes or no?

    • Accent Shallow

      Another 36 HR this year? There’s 110 games left, that’s one every three games. It’s possible, but that’s an intense pace. I’d bet against it, especially given the unknown status of that hip.

  • Charlie

    nice arod

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

    One’s better than none. Lock it up, Andy.

  • Reggie C.

    Nate McLouth to the Braves ???

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Locke, Morton, and Gorkys. Not a bad haul.

      The Pirates may eventually be good again… probably not, though.

      • Reggie C.

        I can’t believe Wren didn’t have to give up Jordan Schafer.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          True.

          If Tabata gets his act back together, though, a Gorkys-McCutchen- Tabata outfield is nothing to sneeze at. Nice troika.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      This is horrible. Just horrible. McLouth is a stud, you coulda had him for Uuughes, and you let him get away. I don’t know what Cash is doing. First Joba, then this.

      This organization is rudderless.

      /Francesa’d

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

        I bet you he makes a comment about it tomorrow.

        • Zack

          And brings up his gold glove

  • pc69

    Ok, Joe, don’t pull a torre and let pettitte give up 5 more runs before you take his ass out.

    • Zack

      who do you want to fill 8 innings when the Yankees play 12 more games without a day off?

  • Charlie

    as much as i love robbie and how great he’s been this year, he has a tendency to kill rallies and needs to talk to his best friend melky about how to be super clutch

    • John

      haha

  • Reggie C.

    Nate McLouth got traded to the Braves for gorkys, charlie morton, and jeff locke (the dude from Lost?) according to the Pitts Post Gazette.

    • Charlie

      seriously??

    • John

      just saw

    • Charlie

      wow, that’s pretty suprising. Mclouth was the face of their franchise. Oh well, nice 1-2 punch of mclouth and mcann for my fantasy team

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Eh, I think Andrew McCutchen in AAA was always more the face of that franchise than McLouth was.

        McLouth kinda came out of nowhere. McCutchen has been their Grady Sizemore in the making for years now (they hope).

  • Drew

    Someone mentioned it, but in case you missed it. Nate Mcclouth is now on the Braves.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • Accent Shallow

      Their OF has been a black hole, so it’s not surprising to see them make a move.

      Let’s see if those prospects actually pan out . . . the Braves almost seem to have the reverse Midas with prospects, in that anyone they trade turns to shit.

    • V

      WOAH!

      I have McLouth on my fantasy team. Looks like he goes from bad offense to bad offense.

  • pc69

    Padilla for Texas looks like the actor who played Al Pacino’s friend in Scarface.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      YES!! Awesome call.

      Rebenga! Rebenga!

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Ian Kinsler looks like Hillary Swank.

        Ooooohh shit.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Nicely done.

          Josh Hamilton looks like the junkie from Scarface.

          AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW, TOO SOON???

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

            IETCVM.

          • e mills

            lol

        • Drew

          Hillary Swank is not hot.
          /Office’d

    • Zack

      They put him on waivers today

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    One thing I like about the Rangers… they don’t seem to tolerate any bad apples in the clubhouse. They sent Ponson packing last season and put Padilla on waivers after last night. Kay just said Salty didn’t defend Padilla at all.

    • John

      yea, Salty said that Tex and Burnett had all the rights to do what they did if Padilla did it intentionally.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah, but Padilla’s not gone yet. They just wanted to see if anyone will take his salary off their hands.

      • Zack

        Any chance Phillies bring him back?

  • UWS

    This game is not going into any time capsules, is it…

    …Unless it’s a time capsule for examples of how games should not be played :)

  • Charlie

    petitte looks like he’s nowhere near done giving up hits in this one

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    lower back tightness preventing him from finishing his pitches, leaving shit high in the zone…

  • zs190

    Ace should probably get ready to pitch tonight I guess, ugh.

  • Accent Shallow

    That’s an out with normal positioning. So it goes.

  • Drew

    Hughes available tonight? Or should we add more innings to our reliable reliever?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    You get the feeling that this is not Andy’s night.

    • Drew

      lol

  • Jake H

    Pettitte looks terrible.

  • John

    too early to take him out. Without the awesomely hot and recently clutch tex, we MIGHT have a hard time scoring a shitload of runs.

    • John

      the 1st sentence was supposed to be a question…

  • Jake H

    Put Hughes in there!

  • UWS

    How long does Girardi keep Pettitte in? He looks terrible.

    • Drew

      See how it goes. Hopefully he straightens out.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Honestly though you could see this coming after he came out with a sore back in his last start.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    definition of baseball optimism:
    current milestone timeline
    13. Tomko, Brett NYY W 95 100 Next Season

  • Accent Shallow

    Thanks to Mr. Jones for bailing Andy out.

  • donttradecano

    The quotes from Bryce Harper in todays SI article make it seem like the kids got a solid head on his shoulder

  • JackC

    It’s a commentary on Andy’s suckiness this evening that 4 runs in two innings actually seems like we’ve gotten off lucky.

    • Zack

      Melky bailed him out in the first, Jones hit into double play in 2nd. Who steps up for him in the 3rd?

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        the top of the order…

      • UWS

        Aceves.

  • http://rbiradio.blogspot.com/ Joey H.

    Was Andruw laughing at Pettitte? Either that or it was just a way perverted looking grin.

    • Drew

      He always smiles in the box. Hmm, that doesn’t sound right.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        he wouldnt be doing that if he were staring at a 6’3″, 230 pound Wang now would he???

        • http://rbiradio.blogspot.com/ Joey H.

          Wang weighs that much? Wow.

  • Charlie

    I’d still get him outta there soon. The game isn’t over yet, but it will be if you leave Andy “Mybackisfineiwantmymoneyfucktheteam” Petitte in there

  • V

    Well, you can’t win EVERY game.

    Way to go Pettitte. You made your start, asshole.

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

    Now, if Kay wanted to have some balls, he’d say that the GG is a stupid award that shouldn’t have have any credence lent to it.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Kay wouldn’t know the 1st thing about what it is like to have balls.

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

        +87

  • Mike Jones

    that makes 2 solid heads for him…

    • Mike Jones

      whoops, this was supposed to be a reply to donttradwcano’s comment on Harper

  • Accent Shallow

    Feldman looks like he wears gold chains and tall tees. I don’t like him.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    keep swinging at that first pitch…give the guy the lead, low pitch count…

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    David Ortiz = worthless

  • Drew

    You can blame Melky if you want, I don’t. He often tries to do too much which isn’t out of the ordinary for young players. If this game was 2-2 he approaches that AB totally differently.

  • John

    damn

  • pc69

    wouldn’t today be Hughes’ bullpen day?

    • Zack

      they also needs innings for tomorrow incase of a Wang blow up, so as long as Andy is getting outs he’ll stay in

      • pc69

        Wang will go 7 innings tomorrow… Ok maybe not but he will look good.

  • Drew

    Andy does not want ti throw a FB. No bueno.

  • pc69

    Jesus Christ he is no where near the zone.

  • John

    damnit Andy

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Yeah… I’ve seen enough from Pettitte.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      What? You don’t like leadoff walks by a pitcher who clearly isn’t right?

  • kunaldo

    so, pettitte…is that back of yours really fine? really?

    • John

      as long I get my extra 1million+ it is

  • Drew

    Is Andy’s dad around? That back could use some healing.

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

    Goddammit. I had total confidence that Cano was going to make that play.

  • Jake H

    Why isn’t someone warming up in the BP?

  • kunaldo

    10 baserunners in 3+ IP…awesome

    • kunaldo

      correction, 2+

  • Charlie

    goddamit get his fuckin ass out of there you dumb shit!!!!!!!

  • Andy Stankiewicz

    Maybe Girardi will get someone up after the score is 6-1. Just maybe.

  • Accent Shallow

    Oh shit, Posada had better be ok.

    • kunaldo

      how far in the batters box is this fucker??

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Do they want to kill off our entire team?

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

    Ouch right in the back.

  • Zack

    why is there an ‘on field’ delay?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Batter hit Posada with his swing.

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

      Byrd swung and Jorge popped up to throw to third on the double steal and the bat hit him in the back.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Jorgie will be pissing some blood tomorrow after that one.

    • dkidd

      on his hands

      • Accent Shallow

        Ew.

        +1

  • Charlie

    i really am gonna fuckin hate andy more than i already have if he started this game knowing he was still unhealthy

    • kunaldo

      yeah, it’s one thing being a gamer…it’s another when you’re hurting your team…

  • dkidd

    what was that call?

  • Accent Shallow

    Chris Davis is hilariously inept.

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

    Chris Davis needs to take that shit off his chin.

    And stop striking out like it’s his job.

    • kunaldo

      i think you meant to say, “stop striking out like it’s his job, unless it’s against us”

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

        Right right. I was just speaking in generalities. It’d be one thing if he was walking a bit to offset his whiffs but my Mo. 6.1% walk rate (average of 9.1), and a contact rate of 56.8% with an average of 80% for the league. God. Damn.

        • Zack

          BABIP is .253 also

  • Zack

    Chris Davis is horrible

  • Drew

    C’mon Andy, get outta of this and maybe we can work with it.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I don’t think Chris Davis is long for this world….the majors that is….

    • Zack

      His BABIP is .253 so thats not fair to say. Yes he strikes out a freakin ton, but still

      • John

        But his LD% is down a lot too

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        Unlucky baseball players without long histories of success don’t often keep their jobs for very long. Especially with players like Smoak coming up the system behind them.

  • Accent Shallow

    Andy’s mad.

  • dkidd

    yes andy! let’s get some runs

  • pc69

    Chris Davis has the Ben Stiller mustache from Dodgeball.

    • Drew

      Unfortunately, his isn’t a joke.

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

    Well that was pleasant. Keep it up, Andy.

  • Charlie

    wow, that was a bit suprising

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    My mind was just blown. How the hell did that just happen?

    • Drew

      He’s been down in the zone with that cut. If he can command his fastball he’ll be alright.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    How odd would it be if the unintentional interference was the game’s breaking point?

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

    “Salty has a VITAMIN hitting streak, One-A-Day. Heh. ”

    Somebody please sneak into the booth and beat Kay over the head with a 12 inch rubber dildo.

  • Chip

    Well now that Andy decided to start getting outs (albeit against the bottom of the order), how about we score a few runs?

  • Drew

    Steal 2nd Gardy!

    • Drew

      Thanks dude

  • Jefree

    Is it gritty if you never take the bat off your shoulder?

    • Chip

      Yes

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        only if you take it with you first…

  • Charlie

    great start to this inning lets go captain

  • dkidd

    joking about paul o’neill’s eating habits never gets old

  • Chip

    What a grinder

  • Charlie

    josh beckett, jeff niemann, and jered weaver all no hitters through between 3-5 IP. Hopefully all of them are jinxed

    • Accent Shallow

      Weaver already contributed to a no-hit loss, last year.

  • Chip

    And here comes everybody’s favorite play, the Jeter bunt

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

      found that out a couple hours ago.. seems pretty unnecessary and harsh

      • Drew

        The word was they did it to free up some money for an OF’er. Obviously now we know what outfielder.

        • Charlie

          yea but mclouth isn’t makin much at all, is he?

          • Charlie

            nevermind, just read he got a 15 mil extension a while ago

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

      I think Glavine’s the most overrated of the 300+ game winners (that’s totally w/o looking at a list and I’m sure tehre’s someone else on there I’m overlooking w/that title).

      • Accent Shallow

        Yeah, his peripherals are horseshit, but the man has gotten outs for years.

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

          Yeah, he didn’t give up a lot of homers, either.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’m surprised, apparently he was throwing 83-86, which is harder than he’s been throwing the past couple years.

      He could certainly help some team.

      What a bummer of a move, even if it is budgetary. The Braves’ GM just does not understand PR.

      • Zack

        I like Glavine purely because he 4 Silver Slugger awards

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    all we need here is the prototypical NICK SWISHER coming through in the clutch…

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

    Let’s go, Swish! Stay hot!

  • Chip

    It amazes me to think a homerun puts us within one

  • UWS

    Josh Beckett is pitching a no-hittah.

    Just thought I’d throw that out there.

    • UWS

      Me = beaten by Charlie.

      Me = fail.

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

      Hopefully, his will wind up like Coney’s perfecto did.

      It was pretty much the last great game he ever pitched.

  • Accent Shallow

    Come on, it’s 4-1 in the 3rd inning, and Kay and O’Neill can’t be bothered to discuss it?

  • dkidd

    what % of swisher at-bats go to a full count?

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

      That was his 45th of the year so that’s 45 in 205 PAs, so about 22%.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        that was his 45th full count or walk?

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

          45th full count. It was his 36th walk in 205 PAs.

      • dkidd

        thanks!

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      105.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Beckett has a no-no through five. Son of a bitch….

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      I love my shitbox wireless router….obviously I missed Charlie and UWS….

    • Joey

      It’s not fair, he has the greatest catcher EVA!1!1111!!!!11!

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    NICK )(@#*$_@(#*$_@#$* SWISHER!!!

  • John

    Swisher once worked a walk without even having a bat in his hands

  • Zack

    Want to take a guess Paul?
    Uh.. what was the question? i wasnt listening to you dumbass

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    DOUBLE STEAL!!!

  • Joey

    Ben Zobrist 2 GS this year? Would have never guessed that one…

  • Charlie

    A-rod better come through here..

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Intentional Walk.

  • pc69

    Base hit Arod…

  • Drew

    Man. C’mon Al. Get one in.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    How in the name of God did he miss that pitch?

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      3-1 fuckin changeup…..and he’s miles ahead. ugh!

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        92mph changeup? Looked like a fastball right down broadway.

  • V

    Man, ARod is fucking slow.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    They are booing A-Rod? What bandwagoners.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Yeah I’d kick them off my bangwagon, morons.

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

    That was deflating.

    • Drew

      It won’t be the last time we have a shot. If AP gives up a run this inning that will be deflating.

  • Zack

    Is 3 walks to load the bases really a “rally”?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Only if your team name rhymes with “oston ed ox”

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    He’s hit a DP ball every time with the bases loaded this series.

    • Drew

      Except when they didn’t get the double play…

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Yeah he’s hit a DP ball… as in could have been turned is what I meant. Actually I think the 1st time in the series it was 1st and 3rd….

        But I think that’s 3 DP balls in 3 chances with the bases loaded this series.

  • pc69

    3-1 with a guy fighting the zone, why are you swinging. FUCK!

    • Jay

      I’m working in a recording studio watching the game on MLB TV, and had to scrape our last take cause you can hear “Fuck you AROD” in the background.

  • John

    damn…that was ball 4 too

  • Bryan

    Who didnt see that one coming?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      you mean besides Arod?

  • mustang

    damn

  • Ivan

    Deflating

  • Charlie

    ARE YOU Fucking Kidding me???? WHY AROD, why?? GOD fucking DAMNIT? 3-1 bases loaded, you better either jack one or take it and you GIDP?? Some real yucky clutch hitting by the yanks past few games

    • JobaWockeeZ

      ^ Best case of bandwagoner.
      Fans unhappy they have A-Rod instead of Cody Ransom. Here’s a news flash YOU CAN’T HIT A FUCKING HOME RUN EVERY TIME YOU GET A BASES LOADED OPPORTUNITY.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        No, but a player as good as A-Rod should show a little more discipline there. The 1st rule of hitting (according to Ted Williams) is get a good pitch to hit. I’m pretty sure that pitch wasn’t a good pitch to hit, especially for 3-1. But obviously you can’t expect A-Rod to go yard, even if he does get a good pitch to hit.

        • Zack

          the count was 3-1, he was sitting fastball and got fooled and was ahead of a change up

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            If you’re fooled, you don’t swing 3-1.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Yeah A-Rod has blown it recently with the bases loaded. We don’t have to be happy about it.

      • Charlie

        believe me, i hate cody ransom wayy more. you really gotta stop verbally raping people just cause they throw in a couple expletives. arod’s gotta come thru there. and trust me, i’ve been a yanks fan my whole life

  • Pasqua

    Horsesh*t at-bat. 3-1 count, bases loaded, 1 out, and you’re reaching for a pitch? Must’ve looked good to him, I guess, but not on t.v.

    • Zack

      3-1 looking fastball and got fooled by change up

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

    This is quite a slow game, no?

    • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

      yes.. VERY

  • John

    man, anything but a DP but oh well

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Nothing like another leadoff walk!

  • Drew

    Andy, this is Texas. They WANT to swing.

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

    Killebrew?

    • dkidd

      carew?

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

        …Mauer?

        • dkidd

          tarkenton?

  • Dave

    Hmm…anyone in favor of giving Wang Pettite’s starting spot instead of Hughes?

    • Drew

      Ask me in a month.

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

    Damn, I thought Robbie had that DP.

  • Drew

    Tony Pena and Joe G must be shittin a brick right now with the way they’re running.

  • donttradecano

    Yankee stadium security should remove any fans who boo arod, i mean weve only lost 5 games since hes been back. But what the hell lets boo him.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I WANT TEH YANKEES TO WIN BUT BOOING A-ROD WILL HELP RITE!??!?

    • Pastafarian

      Honestly I can understand the boos… he’s had about 3 bases loaded situations over the past 2 days and hasn’t gotten anymore then infield bouncers which have lead to two DP’s and it would have been 3 but Teix made a great slide to break it up. As our four hitter he can’t do that no matter what caliber player he is.

      • donttradecano

        yea but he has how many hrs? including a couple that have tied games since hes been back. So whoever boos him=idiot. We saw what the yankees were without him.

        • John

          and they forgot that 1st inning 2-out RBI

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

    If I’m Andrus, I’m stealing the next time Jorge throws the ball back out there. He flips it out there so high and slow.

    • Drew

      I don’t fully disagree, but Jorge hasn’t been helped by, “steal home on me Andy,” and AJ.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      love the delayed steal, second only to the meeting on the mound where the third baseman leaves with the ball…

  • pc69

    is it me or has this inning been going on since 8:00pm

  • pc69

    Andrew Jones = 2010 Big Papi…

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

    Girardi looked confused, angry, and sad all at once in that shot.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Rick Sutcliffe on ESPN: Varitek intimidated the Yankees. For me, he was the first guy to say those days (of Yankees domination over the Red Sox) are over. It was the fight with A-Rod. If you think about it, the Yankees haven’t been back to the World Series since then.

    Yeah……. that’s what it was. Jason Varitek.

    UnFUCKINGbelievable.

    • kunaldo

      what a fool…it couldnt have been the implementation of a smarter, more modern front office, could it? Bill James anybody? bueller?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Idk bout youz but i r scared of jason varitek.
      But seriously I’m more scared of him than Ortiz this eyar. Varitek has 10 times more HR’s Ortiz does =/

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

      I hate Rick Sutcliffe so much right now.

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

    Wow, thank you David Murphy.

    • Jake K.

      Took a page out of Robbie Cano’s book. “Three walks this inning, yeah, I’m swinging at the first pitch.”

  • Drew

    If Andy’s back isn’t hurting him then my name is Narddog.

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

      Love it.

  • V

    Safe. Sorry, but you have to give it to the runner.

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

    W O W. Great play.

    Funny, that was Andrus setting and throwing, whereas Jeter would do the jump throw. Didn’t we just have this convo. yesterday?

  • dkidd

    how do the rangers have only 4 runs?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      how do we only have one?!

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

      5 Ks by Pettitte.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Josh Beckett is throwing a no-hitter in the 7th. Michael Kay needs to mention it ASAP to jinx it.

    • John

      he won’t unless it’s the Yanks

      • Charlie

        ur right, i think he actually hates the yankees.

    • Accent Shallow

      Beckett is the most overrated pitcher in the game today, and it’s not even close.

  • UWS

    You know, as frustrated as we are with this game, the Texas fans must be livid with alll the runners they’ve stranded…

  • Charlie

    this game has pretty much sucked so far, if petitte didn’t allow a million baserunners and arod came through when he needed to today, it might be a much different story.

    • Chip

      He hit Swisher in from second earlier, come on man

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Haven’t you said that every game?
      Where is Axl? I miss that guy.

      • Chip

        I agree, we need some irrational random bashing of anybody who doesn’t bat 1.000 or pitch perfect games

      • Charlie

        nope, not at all. in fact, i’ve never said that before. how can u deny that thats been the unfortunate story of this game???????

  • YankeeScribe

    95 pitches through 4 for Petitte

  • UWS

    Beckett’s no-hitter is as good as done. Kay, Lorenz, and O’Neill are all babbling about it.

  • Zack

    i now love curtis granderson

  • dkidd

    no hitter over

    i’m watching the red sox on mlb to avoid sutcliffe. even the tigers announcers love jacobi ellsbury to an irrational degree

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Tacoby Bellsbury. i love that.

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

      You mean you don’t love a guy with below average on base and power skills? Psh.

  • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

    YES Beckett’s no no broken up

  • Drew

    Kay says he notices it in the 5th. Yet in Joba’s 3rd inning he mentioned that he was perfect.

  • Chip

    And there she goes! Single by Granderson

  • Bob Stone

    Beckett just lost the no-hitter in the 7th

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

    Great range by Gardner.

  • pc69

    no hitter gone…grandrson

  • UWS

    No-hittah no mo’. Praise the Good Mo, or we’d never hear the end of it.

    • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

      also that V-Tek has caught 1090909098 no-hitters

  • Chip

    Wow after that inning, Pettite might go out for number 6

  • John Duci

    I fucking hate Micheal Kay. He keeps saying over and over again how Bob Lorenze is a jinx. Meanwhile, everytime someone has a no hitter through 3 or 4 he mentions it.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    andy got one more in him?

    if not, aceves time? can he pitch four tonight?

  • V

    That SO was not a strike. Wow. Talk about an expanded zone, you fucking joke of an umpire.

    • Chip

      Pettite gets squeezed while Feldman gets a wide zone

  • Chip

    I think we need a gritty inside-the-parker to ignite this offense

  • dkidd

    “land of the lost” looks bad. think i’ll go with “the hangover” this weekend

  • Charlie

    we gotta get em next inning, heart of the lineup(without tex)

  • pc69

    Ok, time for the Yankees to wake up.

  • A.D.

    Swisher has more full counts this year than hits.

  • V

    Wow, keep swinging at those pitches a foot outside, please, guys.