Game 56: Getting Back On Track

Ohlendorf on draft value: "On average, the player brought twice the return"
Game 56 Spillover Thread

The best and worst thing about baseball is that they play every day. It’s great because you have a chance to make up for a loss or extend a winning streak right away. It sucks because it wears you down. But after a deflating loss like yesterday’s, you’re thankful for the chance to get right back at it.

The Yanks are sending Joba Chamberlain to the mound and hope he builds on his dominant outing in Cleveland last time out. There’s also a good chance he’ll be relieved by Phil Hughes, who was warming up in the bullpen to pitch a potential 10th inning yesterday and hasn’t pitched in six days. With any luck, the Yanks will put up a boatload of runs, Joba will go six strong and Hughes finishes up the final three frames.

Scoring runs might not be easy though, because Matt Garza has quietly been one of the best pitchers in the league over the last month and a half. He’s put up a 2.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIP & .596 OPS against over his last seven starts. Thankfully, the Yanks will be trotting the A-lineup out there:

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

And on the mound, Jobber Chamberlain.

Ohlendorf on draft value: "On average, the player brought twice the return"
Game 56 Spillover Thread
  • Matt-Pitt

    I smell a win.

    • putt

      Personally, I smell bacon (it’s breakfast time out in CA). But I could go for a win too…

    • Jose

      My apartment smells of rich mahogany.

  • Accent Shallow

    Would like Joba and the A-lineup to wipe the taste of yesterday’s disaster from my mouth . . .

  • Pasqua

    If we lose, I’m blaming Palin. For once, there is someone in the park that people can hate more than A-Rod.

    • Zack

      thats the truth, dontcha know

      • Pasqua

        You betcha.

        • Zack

          wink*

    • Luthien

      Yes, lets make an entirely unnecessary statement regarding a political figure in a baseball thread. Like her or not, no need to take a swipe at her in a game thread.

      • UWS

        Lighten up, Francis.

        • Luthien

          My apologies if I have tired of seeing people wring her through the grinder and mocking her. Little overdone by now isn’t it?

          • Zack

            better then yankees fans booing arod

          • Pasqua

            Jesus, take it easy. It’s a joke, albeit an easy target. It’s not like it’s out of nowhere. She’s at the damn game. Glad the p.c. police is monitoring the thread.

          • LiveFromNewYork

            I’ll never tire of it.

  • dkidd

    let’s win by many many runs today

  • Jobamania

    I hate seeing fullcounts that joba loves getting into

    • Zack

      the nick swisher of pitching

  • Jay

    What’s Joba doing starting? Figured after yesterday he’d be in the 8th inning only… Oh, well, I guess I’ll watch anyway.

  • Jobamania

    Gameday is showing his velocity at 90-91

    stadium gun is showing 92

    Low nonetheless

    • handtius

      Doesn’t matter.

      • Jay

        =1

      • Zack

        you cant win games without a 95mph fastball

        • Jay

          Didn’t think of that.

        • Jobamania

          lol. I never said that.

          Just saying its lower than his last start

          • Zack

            i know, just having fun

  • dkidd

    how does tex have a negative UZR?

    • Zack

      sample size

    • Accent Shallow

      I’m going with “because defensive statistics take a lot longer to stabilize than offensive statistics.”

    • Jobamania

      BUT HE HAS ZERO ERRORS RAWR

      lol

  • Jobamania

    yay 1-2-3 first inning

    • Zack

      15 pitches

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

    I see Kay’s new annoying phrase is “hair on the fastball.”

  • Jobamania

    porcello had a rough 1st inning =(

    • Zack

      GIVE ME HIS LAST 5 STARTS

  • Accent Shallow

    Good for Damon, making him work.

    It’d be really nice if Delmon Young can get his shit together and make the Rays regret that trade.

    • Zack

      look at jeff franceour, thats the path delmon young is going down. which is surprising because twins are always about teacing fundamentals, and you’d think being in a clubhouse with mauer and morneau something would rub off.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Unless he becomes the next Albert Pujols, I don’t think the Rays will ever regret that trade.

  • Jobamania

    Rangers need to spank Dice-BB today

    • John

      They better

    • zs190

      I was thinking that way, then realized they have Vicente Padilla going today, ugh.

      • Zack

        he might throw at ortiz after that bomb he hit last night

        • Jobamania

          hopefully on his wrist

        • John

          “bomb”

          • Zack

            “lazy fly ball”

            • John

              exactly

              • Zack

                that place went crazy too, then again they go crazy if ortiz hits the warming track

                • Jobamania

                  i think they called for a curtain call

  • Jobamania

    lol joba

  • Jobamania

    meet ben zobrist

    utility player into all-star

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Comparing Ben Zobrist to Albert Pujols on Rays telecast. I SHIT YOU NOT!

    • Zack

      shoot me now

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

      What? How?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Talking about his approach and slugging percentage….I didn’t listen to it all. Kevin Kennedy is the absolute worst.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Don’t get me wrong, I think Zobrist is a really good player and an excellent utility guy, but Albert Pujols? Come on!

    • Jay

      Good ole’ Home cooking right there….

      I like it..

      Didn’t Kay call Jeet’s God?

      • Zack

        but Zobrist isnt Jeter

        • Jay

          He might be Albert Pujols…so watch it there..

  • Accent Shallow

    Zobrist, you have to realize that your name is too goofy to allow you to ever be a star. Sit down.

  • dkidd

    tex is worth the $$$

  • Jobamania

    we need fatvarro to make some more errors today so garza gets pissed and kicks his ass

  • Accent Shallow

    Garza is practically a fictional character; looks ridiculous, big fastball.

    I guess by that standard, so is Randy Johnson.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      With all the spitting he does, I don’t know how he doesn’t get dehydrated during games.

      • Jobamania

        he listens to some eminem and weezy before the game.
        TURNS HIS SWAG ON

  • Jobamania

    oh shit, texas/redsox game on TBS today

  • Accent Shallow

    Live by the scrappiness, die by the scrappiness.

  • Accent Shallow

    What are you swinging at, Robbie?

  • John

    damn that was ball 3 Robbie

    • John

      and again he swings at a ball

  • dkidd

    i love david cone

    • Zack

      did he jerk it?

      • dkidd

        drop the head, find the hole

  • Accent Shallow

    I can’t decide if that was a good or bad at-bat by Robbie. He saw seven pitches, which is good, but it looked like two of the pitches he fouled off were balls.

  • Jobamania

    Michael Young homered!
    w00t

  • John

    well, nice job working 7 pitches out of Garza

  • John

    Where did the bandbox go?!!!!

  • Jobamania

    why are the yankees kidding themselves thinking matsui will patrol the outfield again

    • Zack

      because interleague play is coming up so do they really want him to not play regularly from june 15-29th?

      • Zack

        19th-29th*

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    Take until you get a strike.

  • John

    0-2 with RISP so far

    • Zack

      good job not over analyzing

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Where has “The man with 33 fingers” been lately?

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops
      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        It’s just not the same….

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

          I know. I’m so sorry.

  • Jobamania

    teix has more range than jeter
    :lol:

  • UWS

    Teix says, “Negative UZR this, bitch!”

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I wonder, do shifts affect UZR ratings? If Jeter is shifting up the middle and a ball is hit to his left and he makes the play, does he get credit for that?

  • Drew

    I REALLLY hate umpires.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      +1. That 0-1 pitch to Upton was perfect.

      • Zack

        the 2-1 pitch was right there as well

      • John

        Gameday agrees

  • Jobamania

    FUUUUUUUUUUU

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

    Nice play to get Crawford. Gotta be perfect on a play like that to get that guy.

  • Jobamania

    hanson struck out the side in the 2nd

    • Zack

      my fantasy team says thank you

  • John

    Damn

  • Drew

    Way to go Al. He’s looking healthier every week.

  • Jobamania

    2 on no outs for chris davis

    • Drew

      1 out now, come on teagarden.

    • Zack

      and he fails

    • Jobamania

      teagarden putting up a fight

      • Jobamania

        nvm, he struck out lol

      • John

        but fails too

    • Drew

      Alright Vizquel!

  • Zack

    i love when young pitcher are able to minimize damage when they have RISP

    • Jobamania

      see: matt cain

      • whozat

        Problem there is that his peripherals have been getting worse year over year, and so he’s living and dying with that strand rate at this point. Odds are he regresses to the mean, and that’s going to hurt him unless he gets his K:BB ratio under control.

        • Jobamania

          i agree, his strand rate is super high and his whip is really bad.

          he’s overachieving but continues to do so

  • Drew

    When Joba can start dropping that change away to lefties consistently, it’s going to be sick.

  • John

    Let’s go offense, we need to score some runs now

  • Ivan

    Congrates to Roger Federer on tying Sampras record today with 14 GS. That dude is awesome.

    • whozat

      I hate that he’s over a year younger than me.

      You look at that guy, and it’s like…what am I doing with my life?

      • Ivan

        He’s one of those guys he seems alot older than he is but when u look up he’s born in 1981.

  • Jobamania

    omar vizquel hits an rbi single!

    w00t

  • Jobamania

    SWISHER BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!1

    hell yeah

  • Drew

    Swisher = Streaky

  • Ivan

    SWISH!!!!!

  • John

    Damn I was gonna call that Homer but Swish beat me

  • Jay

    Where did this guy come from…..

    Homeruns without finishing the swing..

    I dig it.

  • Alex S

    garza reeeeeeeeeaaaaly needs to shave

  • Jay

    KAY = TERRIBLE

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    I hate Michael Kay.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Me too.

  • Drew

    Hi my name is Michael “Every hard hit ball gets the homerun call” Kay

    • Jobamania

      it was pretty close

      • Drew

        This isn’t a one time thing bro. notice “EVERY”

        • whozat

          Yeah, but complaining NOW makes it clear that this call bugged you too, and you’re overreacting.

          • Drew

            Okay, so should I only complain when it’s really bad? Consistency is my motto. The guy had about 3 or 4 false calls yesterday.

            • Jose

              Yeah, you can’t complain about that one. It was so close. Of all the mistake calls he has ever made, that one was hardly very egregious.

              • Drew

                I don’t disagree, but his name is still Michael “Every hard hit ball gets the homerun call” Kay. I mean, how many times do we hear, “Driven deeeeeep to right/left/center field, caught?”

            • John

              the jeter call hurt the most yesterday…would’ve tied it but thankfully we still did

      • whozat

        Yeah, seriously. It was what…three seats over from the foul pole after slicing to the right late?

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Yeah, but he never even mentioned in his call that it was near the foul pole. I did not pick the ball up right away, and his call basically led me to believe that fair or foul was not an issue.

          • Jobamania

            well its your fault you didn’t see the ball

            • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

              Are you serious?What exactly is the point of a play by play man on a televised game, if not to tell you from a better perspective what is happening. Don’t be silly.

              • Jobamania

                dude, the ball missed the foul pole by like 3 seats. what is he supposed to do, read what path the ball is going to take?

                • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

                  Tell me that the ball is near the line. Give some inkling that the foul line is an issue.

                • Drew

                  Have you ever listened to Michael Kay? This was certainly far from his worst offense. One close call isn’t the root of our complaints.

                • Drew

                  I would love for him to add to his repertoire, “if it stays fair” or “if it has the height” or “if it has the distance,” his problem is he jumps right into the HR call.

            • Drew

              I’ve never seen so many people defend Michael Kay. Wacky and wild stuff.

              • LiveFromNewYork

                Yes defense of him is indefensible. He’s so bad. Let’s make him an 8th inning guy and be done with it.

  • Jobamania

    lets go teix, bring damonator home

  • Jobamania

    wow, arod flashing some leather finally.
    :D love his progress

  • claybeez

    Brilliant play by A-Rod

  • Charlie

    Joba is fucking nasty.. it’s not even fair for the hitters. Can someone say ace?

  • John

    So what’s Joba’s repertoire: 4-seam, curve, slider, changeup

    doesn’t he also have a 2-seamer?

    • Drew

      yeah but he hasn’t throw the 2 seamer as of late. The change he only drops like 2 times a game, if that.

    • Jake K.

      And a little seen, but devastating 9-seamer.

  • Charlie

    wow tommy hanson no no thru 3 and 1/3.

    • Charlie

      should i add him in fantasy? Or too much growing pains?

      • Jobamania

        uh, YES. i’m surprised hes still available.

    • John

      is it his 1st or 2nd start?

      • Jobamania

        first, major league debut

        • John

          wow

      • Charlie

        1st

  • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

    I’m just wondering, has David Cone ever said he thinks Joba should be in the pen?

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Nope, pretty sure he wants him in the rotation.

      • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

        That’s good.

  • Drew

    I know it’s only the 4th, but c’mon I want to get Joba a nice lead!

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Maybe they’ll throw at Teix and rile us up.

  • Accent Shallow

    I can’t complain too much about Robbie there.

  • BigBlueAL

    Man Dice-K sucks, and of course the Yankees dont get to face him next week.

    • Drew

      Ha sick, 4-0 thru 2.5

    • Ivan

      Lady luck dumped him.

    • Jose

      What is the deal with B.J. Upton? He has gone down offensively since that ’07 season.

      His SLG has dropped 180 points since then. It isn’t a very small sample either. He does have 200 AB this year.

      • Jose

        whoops wrong place sorry

  • Jobamania

    hanson gave up a homer to braun

    only 1 ER though because of yunel’s error

  • Drew

    lol Swish is anything but smooth at times.

  • Jobamania

    the swisher hops in right field are never comfortable lol

  • dkidd

    lalooshian

  • John

    Joba getting it up to 94

  • Ivan

    Joba thought it was youkilis.

  • Drew

    Holy shit. this is like the 5th game in a row with an error. Talk about a stat correction.

  • BigBlueAL

    The Yankees are starting a new streak on defense….

  • dkidd

    come on joba. pick up jorge

  • Drew

    Not too much damage, only a few extra pitches. Way to go Jober.

  • dkidd

    we’re so winning this game

  • Ivan

    Nice job Joba to pick up ya catcher.

  • Drew

    Shit, bases loaded for Sox.

    • BigBlueAL

      They are on the verge of tieing the game now.

  • dkidd

    ian kinsler fail

  • Jobamania

    stupid kinsler

  • Drew

    Okay, Omar Vizquel is a moron. Had Elsbury beat at second and didn’t even try to tag because he thought he was staying at first.

    • Zack

      byrd threw a damon-like throw into second base too

      and kinsler had the ball off his toe.

      thats like 3 errors in one play

  • Ivan

    Swisher maybe streaky but he’s a better player than Nady no?

    • John

      yes, better OBP

    • Drew

      Probably, but when Swish is on a cold streak, giving him a day or a two off would be ideal. Who knows, maybe Nady will get hot. As we see this year, a little competition between starters and bench guys is great.

  • Drew

    omg don’t bunt please.

  • Zack

    ha youk got caught diving in to get HBP

  • Jobamania

    what was that jeter

  • Drew

    Why bunt, send the runners, it’s derek jeter.

    • whozat

      Seriously. Horrendous call by Girardi. It’s DEREK JETER. I know he GIDPs a lot, but this guy can’t throw strikes right now…you’re going to hand him two?

      • Zack

        you dont know thats girardi, jeter bunts by himself all the time

        • whozat

          Then you give him the swing-away sign. Don’t LET him bunt on his own after he makes that first abortive attempt.

          • Zack

            just how Girardi TOLD mariano to walk longoria

      • V

        Jeter does that shit on his own. And that’s why Jeter would make a horrible manager.

        • Zack

          small ball makes him a horrible manager, then why do we love mike scioscia whenever angels are in town?

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Have to make him pay for these walks

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Not by sac bunting

  • John

    Well Texas got out of it, they better win

    • Zack

      impressed by padilla, had bases loaded twice in one inning, only gave up 2 runs and he should have been out of it with double play

  • Accent Shallow

    Jeter should not be sacrificing in the middle of the game.

    • Drew

      Made no sense. The guy just walked two batters to lead off an inning, why give him outs, or strikes in that case.

      • Pasqua

        Very tough spot there. I’m no fan of giving up outs, but you also have to consider Jeter’s propensity for hitting into double plays. But…I still think you let him hit.

  • dkidd

    way to hustle melky

  • UWS

    Every time Jeter tries to bunt, God kills a puppy. Please, won’t someone think of the puppies?

    • Jose

      We need a puppy counter on this website.

  • John

    should’ve let him hit…cmon Tex get at least a sac fly

    • John

      whoops, go damon

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    The theory of bunting there makes sense- pitchers duel, put two guys in scoring position. However, with Garza’s pitch count up and the weak Tampa bullen, I’m not sure it makes sense to limit the inning.

    • Zack

      you cant count on the bullpen, those guys are going to have good days sometimes. 1-1 ball game and only had 2 hits all day, sac bunt moves the guys up so now a single gets 2 runs in or atleast get a sac fly

      • whozat

        They’re worse pitchers than Garza, AND Garza is having trouble throwing strikes. Derek Jeter is a 300+ hitter with an OBP near 400. Sac bunting with him is a terrible idea. Hit and run would be reasonable, if you’re so worried about his ability to avoid the DP.

        See?

        Handing them outs leaves you open to THIS. Fluke with Damon, and now you need a 2-out hit.

        Wrong call, Girardi.

        • Zack

          Still the right call.

          Damon and Tex didnt get the job done

          • whozat

            Well, the data disagrees with you, though you’ll probably pooh-pooh that because you don’t understand it, so let’s talk game situation.

            Guy on the mound JUST WALKED two straight batters. Your leadoff man, a hall-of-fame offensive shortstop is coming to the plate. You immediately think…bunt?

            What?

            The guy isn’t throwing strikes, one of the better contact-hitters in baseball over the last ten-plus years at the plate.

            Sac-bunt?? Nope. Bad call.

            • Zack

              I’m not saying you bunt the first pitch, you obviously take but that’s on Jeter to not bunt at a pitch at his eyes.

              Guy on first and second, 0 outs and your team have 2 hits all game, the guy at bat isnt your cleanup guy, he’s been laying down bunts for a decade. a sac bunt makes a single score two runs and a sac fly score one.

              jeter ended up grounding out. let me ask you this, if jeter went up there and swung and grounded out how many here would blame girardi for not using small ball?

              • Drew

                Not many people would complain that we didn’t bunt. We would be mad that Jeter didn’t get it done, not Joe for not playing small ball which you seem to love.

              • whozat

                Not me. I would’ve been pissed at Jeter for not taking a pitch.

                You seem to be projecting your own beliefs onto the rest of us. _You_ might have been pissed at Girardi for not using small-ball. I maybe would have thought that he should have put the hit-and-run on, but I mostly would have been pissed at Jeter for not making Garza come to him.

                • Zack

                  what did people bitch about all offseason and the last 3 years? we have no speed, station-to-station, all home run hitters, etc.

                  0 outs, guy on first and second, tie game and your team has 2 hits and probably your best bunter at bat. if thats not the time to bunt then theres no correct time to bunt

                • Drew

                  You enjoy saying “everyone” a lot.

                • Zack

                  how many times was it said?

                • Drew

                  Dunno, you can count if you like. See, when you say “everyone” you include me. I’d rather not have my opinion lumped into a mass crowd. You may be more effective saying most people, or a lot of people.

                • Zack

                  i wish you would actually READ my comments because i said the word ‘everyone’ a grand total of ZERO times

            • Drew

              *Garza was also approaching 100 pitches.

  • BigBlueAL

    Great ab by Damon.

  • dkidd

    come on tex

  • Drew

    Ugh, not to beat a dead horse, but if we get out of this inning with nothing I’m gonna be pissed at Joey G.

    • Zack

      what are you plans if we score?

      • Drew

        My “plan?” Uh, I would’ve been happy because my complaint would be moot.

        • Zack

          you said you were going to be pissed at Girardi so if it worked i hope you would have praised Girardi for playing good small ball- since whenever we play the Angels we’re in love with that and say we should be more like that

          • whozat

            I don’t. Maybe you do.

            I have no problem with the hit-and-run in the right situations, I have no problem with having speedy players that can swipe bags with > 75% success.

            That does not require me to like the sac-bunt.

          • Drew

            Lol no I wouldn’t have praised him because it didn’t work. Jeter didn’t get what Joe wanted done. Like I said, if we scored my complaint would’ve been moot.
            If you want to play like the Angels that’s on you. I don’t know who “everyone” is but speak for yourself.

            • Zack

              yeah okay, keeps your eyes here next time we play the angels

              • Drew

                I watch us every time we play the Angels. Different rosters allow for different strategies. But just for you, I won’t watch those series with my eyes closed. lol give me a break.

                • Zack

                  “Different rosters allow for different strategies. ”

                  jeter’s probably the best bunter on the team, its not posada was at bat.

                • Drew

                  Dude, I DISAGREE WITH BUNTING THERE. You don’t have to agree with my opinion. You’re telling me to watch the angels because they play small ball. They do not have the NY Yankees roster. Different rosters allow for different strategies. Are you watching this series? Tampa sends almost every runner. We can’t send almost every runner.

                • Zack

                  That’s not what i said-

                  I said keep your eyes here, as in RAB comment section next time we play angels

    • LiveFromNewYork

      It’s better to be playing with strategy in June than in August.

      • whozat

        But it’s not a strategy worth trying at this point in the game, if there’s ever a point in the game that it would’ve been a good idea.

        • LiveFromNewYork

          He apparently disagrees. Joe’s a wonk and he’s going to try different things at different times.

    • Jose

      I’m pissed at Arod.

      • whozat

        What, did he distract Tex from the on-deck circle?

        • Jose

          He was tipping that Jeter was going to bunt against Garza from the bench.

          • LiveFromNewYork

            They could have seen that from another galaxy.

            • Jose

              You’d think so but no. People forget who was really responsible for the Pine Tar incident.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        I’m pissed at Anthill Berroa. Because, well why not?

  • John

    let’s go Big tex

  • Ivan

    Lets go Joba.

  • Chip

    Well I think they’ve figured out that Ben Zobrist loves the fastball. Just throwing him junk all game

  • Drew

    Love me some Melky.

  • dkidd

    leche!!!

  • Ivan

    The Melky Man!!!!!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Gardner over runs that ball. lol

  • pc69

    Regardless of the outcome, I am ready to see more Joba and Hughes and less Pettitte.

    Wang I like but it would be great if the Yankees could get something in a trade for Wang.

    • Zack

      if you were a gm of another team would you trade for wang? and what would you give up?

      • whozat

        Now? Nothing.

        If he returns to form by the end of the year and the trade happens this offseason…I’d expect the return to approximate what CC brought back. Matt LaPorta-ish hitter. Or maybe someone at a tougher position but further away from the bigs. One blue-chip central piece, though.

    • whozat

      Seriously. I’m kinda pissed at them for not telling Pettitte to sit his balky back on the bench for a start and letting a healthy pitcher throw that game the other day.

    • Drew

      Me too on the first part, unfortunately I doubt AP will be tossed aside for Philly.
      As for Wanger, he’s one of my faves and trading him at his lowest value wouldn’t net us much.

  • dkidd

    tommy hanson being welcomed to the bigs

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    That was a strike.

  • John

    cmon Jobber

  • cjc

    ugh

  • cjc

    fuck

  • Dave

    So, when do we start playing the AL central and west again?

    • cjc

      this could end up being a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng week and lucky me I am going on vacation in red sox country tues yippee

    • pc69

      Or at least Toronto and Baltimore. Can’t beat teh serious teams.

  • Chip

    Well, looks like the offense might have to wake up a bit in this game

  • pc69

    Tampa has the Yankees number. Just can’t seem to beat this team.

    • Drew

      Nah, we can.

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

    How did they score!?!? They didn’t even bunt!!!!!

    • cjc

      lol

  • sweet

    not a fan of that shift right there

  • Baseballnation

    That 2-run hit hurts, especially since Chamberlain is laboring to locate his fastball and is around 100 pitches. Umm why not get Hughes up instead of Acie?

    • Chip

      Agreed, this has Hughes written all over it

  • dkidd

    yankees have 12 more outs and have shown all year they can come back. why are people giving up?

    • LiveFromNewYork

      don’t know. it’s annoying.

      • Jose

        They have to face Joe Nelson and the rest of the unhittable Rays pen. It’s ovah. Just think that they have Dan Wheeler and Randy Choate ready to close the game!!!

      • pc69

        I don’t think it is giving up, it is the lack of offense in prime situations rearing its ugly head again. Cost them yesterday and last inning.

      • Drew

        Maybe I’m wrong but I only read like one post that kind of threw in the towel. Today is much much better than the usual oaktag on RAB.

    • Zack

      because yankee fans live on a pitch-to-pitch basis.

      arod took a strike!?!?! WTF HIT A HR!
      joba threw a ball!??! WTF YOU SUCK

      and so on

  • Charlie

    joba fucked up there, but if girardi didn’t screw us over with fuckin sac bunts and/or tex came through, we coulda been tied.

    • Ivan

      U do know that Jeter did that shit on his own. Wh the hell would Girardi ask Jeter one his best hitters to bunt?

      • LiveFromNewYork

        I’m reading this as sarcasm. Correct me if I’m wrong.

      • Drew

        Bro, I don’t know for sure but it wouldn’t be the first move Joe made that made us scratch our head. We’ll find out in the post game probably.

      • Charlie

        dude, it was girardi. why? cause he overmanages too much.

    • Drew

      But teh small ball!!11!

  • dkidd

    another shutout for halliday

    that guy is amazing

    • Jose

      Jays without him are an under .500 team.

    • 65hughes

      he is a beast!

  • BigBlueAL

    WTF Garza is out????? Thank You Maddon!!!!

    • cjc

      sweet battle of thhe bullpens yanks win 12-10

      • BigBlueAL

        LMAO

  • BigBlueAL

    Fucking 2-0 count and Arod does that. Which followed Tex’s beautiful ab after being up 3-0. Man sometimes these guys really are frustrating to watch!!!!

    • cjc

      well that was an awesome inning I take it back 8-7 yanks win

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      He swung at a 2-0 pitch up in the zone and missed it. That was a very good pitch to hit, there is no reason for him to lay off of that.

  • Chip

    Is it just me or does Joe Nelson seem like the Ray’s version of Edwar Ramirez? Incredibly below-average fastball and a great change-up

    • cjc

      don’t forget the high era so yeah good comp

    • Charlie

      edwar is much worse

      • Chip

        How so? Edwar was pretty good last season

        • Drew

          Short memories…

  • Ivan

    Wow no Hughes?

    • Jose

      He is only on 7 days rest. He needs more dust to collect before he is brought into a game.

  • Chip

    Why no Hughes?

  • Drew

    Looks like it’s going to be another ND for Jober… So frustrating, I know the Win stat is over-rated but I’d love for him to get some more.

    • Charlie

      sorry phil, joe wants you to turn into a corpse

      • Charlie

        *not a reply

  • BigBlueAL

    These Tampa bench players are fuckin killing us.

  • Baseballnation

    Dude I just found out that Brad Pitt will play Billy Beane in the movie money ball…WTF. Achillies will play BILLY BEANE?

    • BigBlueAL

      I loved him as Achilles. Loved that movie period, although Orlando Bloom’s character really was a pussy.

      • TheLastClown

        Ever read the Iliad? Many times more entertaining than the film IMO.

        • BigBlueAL

          Oh Im sure it is. Most books are more entertaining than the movies made of them.

          • TheLastClown

            Check it out sometime. Most epic, grueling, poetic war story of all time. Again IMO.

        • Baseballnation

          They are actually doing the Odyssey so I am looking forward to see how that comes out…And word, Brad Pit OWNED as Achillies, not to Mention Eric Bana was kick ass as Hector (and RULED in Munich!)

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

    This is ridiculous. If Girardi’s not going to use Hughes, send him back to Scranton.

    • Chip

      Agreed, it’s one thing to do it with Wang when you’re up against a wall but Hughes has no business being wasted like this

    • Zack

      you have 3 innings to complete today and a question mark tomorrow

      if Pettite back is still bothering him and has another 6BB in him and only last 4innings do you want to use aceves, robertson and someone else to clean it up or just use hughes and have everyone fresh for boston?

      • Drew

        Pettitte* I think tomorrow Phil will be on 8 days rest.

        • Drew

          Nah he pitched the 31st so it would be 7 full days of rest.

        • Zack

          never spell his name right.
          yeah he should have had some work before, but is there a difference in 7 days of rest and 8 days of rest?

          • Drew

            not too much of a difference but I didn’t want to give false info.. Inning over, let’s see who Joe goes to. I’d like to have Alf available tomorrow for an inning or two.

    • Ivan

      Totally agreed.

  • cjc

    this stirke zone is a joke

    oh good phil coke is warming I was feeling this game was too low scoring

    • Chip

      Again, where the hell is Hughes? Hughes>>>>>>>>Coke

      • cjc

        my grandmother>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>coke

  • BigBlueAL

    Nice view of Phil Hughes wasting away in the bullpen. Even Cone is saying he should be in now. If not now then when.

    • cjc

      only thing I can possibly think of is he is saving him for if andy blows again tomorrow

      • Chip

        Yeah, but you could save Aceves for that situation as well. At least if you put Hughes in here, you’re guaranteed to get him three innings unless he’s horrible

        • cjc

          no argument here

  • dkidd

    david cone adds a ton of value to this booth

  • V

    So.. um.. is there any reason Hughes isn’t being used here? Just, uh, planning on him sit out there in the bullpen for a few weeks?

    • BigBlueAL

      Saving him for Wed to come in after Wang is lit up in Fenway.

      • Ivan

        U have Aceves for that. If ur waiting that long, Hughes would be really rusty by then. I thought today was the perfect time to try him out.

        • Zack

          use Aceves today. use Hughes tomorrow, might need 4+ innings. use aceves wednesday

    • Baseballnation

      Why use Hughes when Girardi has Proctor…I mean Aceves at his disposal.

      • cjc

        nah I think coke is way more girardi’s proctor than al

  • YankeeScribe

    This game is winnable but being down 2 runs feels like being down 6 runs the way we’re hitting…

  • TheLastClown

    Hip Hip :)

  • cjc

    here we go this is the inning

    as a side note randy choate wtf????????????/

  • Baseballnation

    I wonder if Melky has any of that late inning magic Leche(Awkward I know.)

    • Charlie

      of course he does

  • Charlie

    aceves is awesome

  • John

    spillover thread?

  • dkidd

    we’re winning this game

    • Arman Tamzarian

      Who starts the rally? I go with Matsui, he’s due.

      • Jose

        Jeter with a bunt hit. Bunting is the only way to score runs.

  • Charlie

    this ump’s zone is awful

  • Drew

    Alf for another inning? Or do we see Hughes.

  • BigBlueAL

    Jesus Christ how many weak flyballs are they gonna hit when up 2-0 and 3-1 in the count fuck.

  • TheLastClown

    Lamesauce.

  • Charlie

    we gotta win this game. Tampa is gainin momentum and i don’t want them in the race.

  • Baseballnation

    Jeter Starts the Rally next inning!

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees made Joe Nelson look like an All-Star.