• Jake H

    While I respect what Godzilla did for us he is so done.

    I don’t understand why you sit Hughes for such a long time.

  • Charlie

    girardi should be terminated if phil doesn’t pitch today.

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

      That has to be satire.

      HAS TO BE.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        Based on previous comments, I can promise you it is not.

      • Charlie

        it was, calm down. i thought that’d be obvious. but hughes really should get some work in.

    • pat

      true, he’s clearly the reason we’re in last place.

  • Dave

    Really gotta put something together against Sonnestine, they guy is on pace for 100 pitch complete game…

    • Charlie

      that’s pretty pathetic against a pitcher of his caliber… our offense has fallen asleep the past few innings

    • Accent Shallow

      Luckily, he’s not a good pitcher, so this “going down in order” thing is unlikely to continue.

  • dygg

    How have the Yankees scored 3 runs, and Sonnanstine has only thrown 61 pitches through 5?

    • Charlie

      they haven’t worked the count and scored all the runs early.

  • pc69

    Prior to the start of this half inning, Pettitte is averaging 6.2 pitches per AB.

    • Drew

      Lot’s of K’s for Andy.

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

    You know the worst part is? When Hughes finally gets put in a game, most likely in Fenway, he’ll probably suck because he hasn’t pitched in over a week.

    • Accent Shallow

      I am plenty nervous for Hughes/Wang in a Little League park against a good lineup.

      • Drew

        I’m actually confident in Wanger. I think he’s going to put it together.

    • pc69

      Yep. then the Yankees will conclude he still needs more work in the minors.

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

      Which is precisely the reason that him being in the bullpen is a bad idea.

      I have confidence that Cashman sees this and will rectify that and put him in the rotation in Scranton in short order, as soon as Wang throws at least one good start on the Blue Sox-Mets swing.

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

      BUST!!!!1!11!!11

  • BigBlueAL

    Dont worry Tomko is warming up.

  • Yankee1010

    Would they really go to Tomko before Hughes? If they’re not going to use him over Tomko, please send him to AAA so he can get some work/innings in.

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

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

      ietc

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

        Just hoping it will get Phil out of everyone’s system.

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

          Hey, he’s throwing! Good job! YOU DID THAT WITH YOUR MIND!!!!

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

            Yes, I did. Let me try that again.

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    • Charlie

      +1

  • pc69

    That is more like it, but I still prefer Hughes over Pettitte.

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

    Everyone needs to temper their expectations with Andy here. We were never expecting him to be a 120 ERA+ ace. We were expecting him to give us a 95-105 ERA+, basically a league average pitcher able to make every turn through the rotation and soak up 200+ innings at quality start level (4.50 ERA) so that we would have the roster flexibility to deal with the expected (Joba and Hughes being shut down/skipped/limited) and the unexpected (setbacks in Wang’s recovery, which has already happened, or injuries to other pitchers like Burnett and IPK, one of which has already happened.)

    Andy’s not an ace. We didn’t ask him to be an ace. We asked him to pitch into the 6th and 7th inning and give us a chance to win… which he just did tonight.

    • Drew

      True. It just gets frustrating seeing the opposing team’s bottom end start consistently put out a better line than AP.

    • Charlie

      good point

    • gxpanos

      +1. And in fact, Pettitte’s been just about what he should have been this whole year.

  • gxpanos

    Hughes HAS to pitch the rest of this.

  • Accent Shallow

    That was an A.J. Burnett start from Pettitte.

    6 innings, over 100 pitches, 7 Ks, 3 walks.

    • Teix is the Man

      you take that on most nights

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

        Yup. Three of those in the rotation + a Joba start and a CC start = dominance.

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

    Nice job by Andy.

    103 pitches, let him come out for the 7th and go batter to batter.

    • Zach

      not sure i like that, top of the order coming up

      • gxpanos

        Yeah. Plus if JoeG’s iffy about Hughes coming in during the middle of inning…

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

          Which is understandable, because Hughes is a starter. Starters are generally uncomfortable coming in mid-inning.

          • gxpanos

            Yep. I’m all for yanking Andy.

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

              uhhh. . . . care to rephrase that?

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

          Good point, give it to Phil.

  • John

    6 IP+3 ER=Quality start

    • Zach

      only 2ER, so better then a quality start

      • John

        yep, my bad

    • pc69

      true. But that should not be the definition of a quality start. A starter should have to pitch 7 innings. 2/3 of a game should not qualify.

      • Zach

        it depends on your definition of quality.

        6innings, 3ER is a 4.50 era. In the AL as a 4-5 starter I’ll take that at the end of the year anytime.

        7innings, 3ER is 3.86 era, is that just “quality” for a pitcher?

  • Zach

    6 innings, 3 runs, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6K

    wow get this guy out of the rotation

    • Drew

      the horse is dead

      • Charlie

        +100

        • Zach

          we need Kontos up here

      • Zach

        no come on, lets DFA him and bring up “someone” and that someone will do just as good, if not better

        • Drew

          Okay bro. First of all I never said anything about Andy that wasn’t true. I never said I didn’t want him. I simply said if Andy was not re-signed someone else would have pitched his innings which is a brutally obvious assertion. Please direct your condescending sarcasm to the rightful party.

          • Dorian

            Jesus Zach what has Andy done for you in the past week.

          • Drew

            I think that should be deserving party. hmm..

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

            I simply said if Andy was not re-signed someone else would have pitched his innings which is a brutally obvious assertion.

            If the opening day rotation is CC-AJ-Wang-Joba-Hughes, when Wang shits the bed and goes to Tampa EXST, if Andy’s starts are Phil’s, then Phil’s seven starts are going to IPK (who’s hurt), Jason Johnson (who’s hurt), or we pull Aceves out of the bullpen and weaken it further, or we add Casey Fossum or Kei Igawa back to the 40-man.

            Andy Pettitte being resigned = good.

            • Drew

              “Andy Pettitte being resigned = good.”= opinion.
              I never even said it was bad. What the hell is going on here? Pablo said it was bad.
              Gimme a friggin break.

        • Charlie

          dude, that’s enough already, you made your point, but you’re way overdoing it and it wasn’t good to begin with

          • Zach

            good, so dont make judgements about a pitcher halfway through a game because at the end it looks dumb

            • Charlie

              shame on me

            • Drew

              We know you LOVEEEEE AP. That’s fine. After his last start, if people want to say bad things about your buddy, they have the right. It does not make their judgment look “dumb.”

              • Zach

                Last start has nothing to do with the 4th inning of this game in which the prior 3 innings he had 6ks and gave up 2ER in the inning.

                I’m sorry our #4 pitcher cannot have a bad game. CC gave up 5 ER in 8innings, what was your reaction during that game?

                • Drew

                  I was happy and jumping up and down. I nearly jizzed in my pants.
                  You’re snarky sarcasm wears very thin.
                  Just because you don’t like what a person says, does not make them or their remarks or judgments dumb. BTW, I’m not even the person that said anything bad about Pettitte other than he’s been outpitched by many of the guys he’s faced this year.

                • Zach

                  You’re not the Drew who said “someone” when the question was asked who would replace Pettitte? Or said he wasnt ‘irreplacable’ – which i never said he was, but who on the roster is going to replace what hes done so far?

                  Their remarks arent dumb because I disagree with them, they’re dumb because it’s the 4th inning and he gave up 3R (2ER) and they’re saying Hughes needs to take his spot, we should have never signed him, Aceves or Kontos could have replaced him just as well, etc. And he ends up going 6IP, 3R, 2ER and they’re no where to be seen

                • Drew

                  I think I said indispensable, and yes I said “someone.” Isn’t that obvious? Lol how is that anything bad about Andy?
                  As for someone on the roster replacing him, I never said he was or wasn’t on the current roster. Maybe it’s Alf, maybe it’s Hughes, maybe we make a trade when our number 2/3 starter performs horrendously out of the gate.
                  Maybe in hindsight it’s the best signing Cashman ever made in the history of the world. Maybe it’s not. Either way, I’m rooting for AP as hard as you. I don’t see why I’m at the brunt of your sarcasm.

  • Dorian

    Girardi: “Hey Phil don’t worry about not pitching in 10 days. All you have to do is get me out of a 2 on no out jam with Pedroia, Youkilis, and Bay comin up. That’s all.”

  • Al D

    What I don’t understand is all the people screaming for Phil when he’s wildly inconsistent. Meanwhile, Andy has a strong 6th.

  • Dorian

    How do I apply for membership in the Andy Pettite fan club?

  • John Duci

    There going to send Hughes down in a few days when Bruney is ready to comeback. I dont think were going to use him anymore untill its time to call him back up.

  • Luis Polonia

    Yeah I thought things were going to unravel but he did a good job regrouping after that bad inning. Gotta give credit there.

  • yanke1313

    hughes!!!!!

  • BklynJT

    phucking-finally.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    I was surprised to see all the reliever talk. It’s not like Andy has been terrible.

  • yanke1313

    i cant wait!!!

  • Dorian

    Girardi listens to the RAB Nation. He has a laptop in the dugout.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It is under YESNETWORK.

  • Thomas

    College baseball at its finest.

    http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1913834

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

      Thank you for sharing that. Bravo.

  • Riddering

    HUGHES LIVES!

  • pat

    We’ve been smacking the shiznit out of the ball, just right at people. Major bummer yall.

    • pat

      That for instance, was hit at the people in the bleachers.

  • John

    ok offense wake up

    • JobaWockeeZ

      You ask and you shall receive

  • Thomas

    DAMON!!!!

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

    A Damon Dinger!!!

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

    How come Melancon isn’t in the Majors? He can’t be any worse than Veras. I’m just wondering.

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

      There’s no room for him yet. And, he’s still seasoning and getting his confidence back.

      Don’t worry, he’ll be back before August.

    • Charlie

      thats a brilliant question with absolutely no good answer

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I think TSJC provided a great explanation above.

        • Charlie

          yea, didn’t see that

          • Charlie

            but i’d hope he’s here wayy before august

  • Drew

    WHat can ya say about JD? He’s the friggin man. Let’s get AP the W and go home boys.

  • BigBlueAL

    You hang em’ Damon bangs em’.

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

      If only CMW was a homer hitting slugger… think of the possibilities!

      • BigBlueAL

        LMAO

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

    And, now, Andy Pettitte is in line for the win.

    BOOYAH.

    • Zach

      misleading stat!

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    This ump kills me with those slow, lazy, strike calls.

    • BigBlueAL

      Its Tim Meclelland (pardon the spelling) he is famous for that. No game was more nerve-racking with his slow calls than Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

  • John

    I live JD

    • John

      *love

  • gxpanos

    WHOOOOOO!!

    Johnny D having a hell of a year this year.

  • John Duci

    Damon looked like he though it was a pop-up. BANDBOX!!!!

  • Charlie

    i fucking love johnny damon

  • V

    I dunno, that Posada walkoff against the Angels was something else – that game was OVER, then Fuentes came out tossing 89 mph meatballs.

    • BigBlueAL

      Id pick the win vs the Phillies.

  • V

    Damon’s was the only ‘cheap’ homerun.

  • pat

    Ugh, Arod pads his OBP stats.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Did anybody see the chat with the COO of MLB at ESPN.com? Saying that MLB rules on dimensions of new stadiums effected how close the Yankees could make the dimensions at new Yankee Stadium.

    • John

      he said that Yankee stadium was a special case because we wanted to replicate the historic old Stadium

      • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

        Bumpy (NYC)
        with all the HR’s being hit at the new yankee stadium (100 so far this year), is there any talk of new stadiums in the future having specific minimum distances from home plate?

        BOB DUPUY
        We do have minimum dimensions at new ballparks. Due to the uniqueness of Yankee Stadium, there was an attempt to replicate it, but there are standards in place.

        They did what they can, but it’s clear that the MLB rules did effect it, as the Stadium is not exactly like old Yankee Stadium.

        • John

          gotcha

          • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

            I thought that was interesting. But I guess it’s not to the majority.

        • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

          Thanks for sharing this.

        • Accent Shallow

          I was under the impression that the straight fences were shorter than the old fences, which were curved.

  • Nate

    “The Arson Squad”
    +1 to Kay.

  • V

    Man, Alex really is not running well.

  • Jay

    How long til A-Rod is right, realistically??

    All star break?

    • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

      Some say he’s about out of “Spring Training mode” right now.

      • Jay

        I dunno that 2-0 says different…

        Def. makes us better though..

        • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

          Okay. He definitely doesn’t look 100%. I think someone here on RAB actually said that it looked like ARod was about as good as one could expect out of him now.

          • Jay

            Oh, I agree…

            It was a legit question…

            I’m not riding him.

    • Zach

      is he ever going to be right this year? he still needs that secondary surgery after the season

  • Charlie

    lets see how phillip does here

  • John

    Just checked on Gameday, that Tex strike 3 call was a ball

  • Drew

    The ghost of philly?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Not you too Cone!

    • John

      what he say? is he a B-hoser?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Not exactly. He said it’s great Hughes is going to help the Yankees in the bullpen but they shouldn’t put him as a starter. But Hughes to the bullpen is most likely temporary and he’ll be helping more as a starter.

  • yanke1313

    94 mph

  • e mills

    96 mph????

    • gxpanos

      Nope. 94.

      • e mills

        probably, but ESPN had 96 so yea! lol

  • Luis Polonia

    Coke is up in the pen:

    6 of the scariest words for Yankee fans in 2009.

    • John

      6 of the scariest words for Yankee fans in 2009 = Coke Veras is up in the pen

      • John

        damn formatting fail

        6 of the scariest words for Yankee fans in 2009 = Coke Veras is up in the pen

        • John

          WTF! It’s showing strike in the preview but not in the actual post

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

            You can’t use the (s) tag. You have to use the actual (strike) tag.

      • Zach

        7 words

      • Charlie

        that would be 7 words, but ietc anyway

        • John

          well, it won’t strikeout “Coke”

    • BigBlueAL

      Not as bad as Veras is up in the pen.

      • Luis Polonia

        Veras definitely takes the cake there.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Really?
      Really?
      Coke is like the 3rd most reliable reliever right now.

      • Charlie

        eh, i’d say 4th cause robertson has been very good. but coke is decent.. his only problem is giving up a few too many HRs.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Robertson is good but we haven’t seen enough of him yet. But you’re right, Robertson is dependable. And yes Coke does give a lot of HRs but most of the time he’s good.

    • gxpanos

      Very unfair. He’s been fine–1.16 WHIP. I dont think he’ll give up HR’s at this rate if he gets regular work all year.

  • ryan w

    i guess he can pump it up out of the pen. still think he and wanger should switch back

  • pc69

    96 fastball, 77 curve… fucking wicked

  • Luis Polonia

    I haven’t been to the new stadium, but it doesn’t seem like they play any music during at-bats…no organ, no “charge”, no slow claps, etc. Is this accurate? I feel like this could be a part of why it always seems so quiet.

  • YankeeScribe

    NASTY!!!!

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

    Longoria will have nightmares about that.

  • Jay

    Boy o boy…
    I like Hughes..
    Like more than a friend.

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

    THE B-HUGHES-ERS!!!!!

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

    PHIL HUGHES IS A MAN!!!! HE’S 22!!!!!

    • Jay

      Can you illustrate how good Hughes is with alligator math symbols please?

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

        Age 22 and under MLB pitchers:

        Rick Porcello >>> Phil Hughes >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Everyone else

        • Jay

          Thank you…

          I’ve know Ricky since he was 12 so he has a special place in my heart.

        • Thomas

          No Kershaw?

          • Jay

            You mean Koufax don’t you?

        • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          No. Hughes’s stuff is better than Porcello’s.

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

            Meh, I don’t know about that.

  • BigBlueAL

    Shit, Hughes was nasty as fuck that inning!!!!

    • Yankee1010

      It’s funny what guys with pretty legit stuff can do when they only have to pitch an inning or two.

  • pat

    Total
    Domination.

  • Dorian

    Phil to teh 8th

  • pc69

    and THAT is why he needs to be in the rotation. PHughes might finally be turning the corner.

  • Yankee1010

    And there it is. How long before Fatcessa starts screaming, “HUGHES IN THE 7TH AND JOBA IN THE 8TH!!!”

    • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

      Mike is going to destroy the future of the Yankees.

      • Yankee1010

        Who doesn’t secretly hope that his Diet Coke is laced with arsenic one day?

        • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

          I know I secretly hope that. Evil and I don’t care.

    • Luis Polonia

      I’m sure he’s already screaming it.

    • Bleakley

      I can’t wait for it. Especially with all the times he says “I just don’t see Hughes filling that spot in the pen” talk. Soon enough he’ll be talking about how Hughes should pitch the 7th and Joba the 8th.

  • Nick L

    Just got some chills

  • yanke1313

    ive just been blown away by phils sheer greatness

  • putt

    That was great to see.

  • BklynJT

    Hughes just got himself a new fanboy… Mike’d up!

    • Zach

      Phil Hughes is a STARTING PITCHER!

  • pat

    F*ck it, lets go oldschool on this bitch. Phranchise for the 3 inning save….

    -pat

    • Zach

      but does 3 innings rule him out for Wednesday’s game?

      • pat

        Ima be an optimist and say we won’t need him. But you’re right that could preclude him from pitching incase cmw gets roughed up.

    • BigBlueAL

      Considering Mo has pitched the last 2 days in a row I wouldnt mind seeing Hughes finish this game if possible.

  • Jake H

    I’m loving tomorrow. The draft and Yanks vs Sox.

    • yanke1313

      hells yea

    • Jay

      Draft @ 6 MLB Network yes?

      • yanke1313

        yes

      • Reggie C.

        great! i’ll be at work. need something to do…

        • Jay

          I believe the next day is on ESPN 2, yeah?

  • pat

    Oh man, McLouth going yard against the pirates must hurt sooooooo bad.

    • Reggie C.

      Laroche is crying in the corner.

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

    If Girardi lets him finish the game out, then he keeps him stretched out (3 innings) and gets valuable innings out of one of their best arms.

    Who needs a bridge to Mo? This is pre-1970’s bullpen use.

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

      +6591

  • Accent Shallow

    So is Hughes coming out for the 8th? Or did they just want to get him an inning so he’s fresh to back up Wang in the Fens?

  • John

    okay, let’s add some insurance runs (like 5) and get Hughes the save

  • cjc

    hey look a gb to second

  • Charlie

    matsui kinda sucks

  • John

    man, we have had some hard hit balls that were caught

  • Yankees_Universe

    Can Kay just stop acting like that little kid in the park who gets up from the seat on every fly ball to the outfield thinking it is a HR?

  • Luis Polonia

    Who else wants some more social commentary from Boomer?

  • A.D.

    The B-Hughesers are rallying

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

    Ladies, ladies, ladies! Jay and Silent Bob are in the hizzouuuuuuse!

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

      1, 2, 1-2-3-4/
      Noinch, noinch, noinch/
      Smokin’ weed, smokin’ weers/
      Doin’ coke, drinkin beers/
      Drinkin’ beers, beers, beers/
      Rollin’ fatties, rollin blunts/
      Who smokes the blunts? We smoke the blunts/
      Rollin blunts and smokin blunts and…

  • gxpanos

    Shut up shut up shut up, Kay! Hughes is not an “unexpected weapon” out of the BP. Is it shocking that a guy with two plus pitches can dominate in an inning? And, sure, he’s a weapon, but more like a pocket knife as opposed to starter Hughes, who’s a pretty high quality pistol or something. With the potential to be a shotgun.

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      potential to be a .50 caliber machine gun that just cuts bitches down.

      • gxpanos

        Haha nice.

  • pat

    Holy schneikes I’m uber suprised kay and cone didn’t mention it was Andy v Andy tonite.

    Unless they did and I missed it.

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

    For everyone above who was saying “Veras warming up in the pen” is the 6 scariest words a Yankee fan can hear:

    Why is Veras the target of your ire and not Edwar Ramirez? I seriously want to know. Edwar has been WAY, WAY less effective than Veras and all the other Yankee pitchers in 2009 BY FAR, and yet Veras constantly got shit on this year much more than Edwar did.

    I never understood that phenomenon. Why do you hate Veras worse than Edwar?

    • Zach

      Ramirez isnt in the bullpen anymore?

      • John

        yea, that’s the only reason I said that or else I would also have chosen Edwar

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Probably the same reason everyone went apeshit when Pettitte had one bad inning tonight. Which is to say, I have no idea.

    • yanke1313

      veras’ era is about a run and a half higher than edwar’s

    • Drew

      Personally I love Edwar. Veras has never been on my good side so he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt.
      At the same time, calling either of them effective so far THIS YEAR makes no sense.

    • Luis Polonia

      Both have been awful…trust me, if Ramirez was still in the bigs and he was warming in the pen, those would be six scary words.

    • BigBlueAL

      Ramirez is in AAA now. Simple as that for me at least. They both suck.

  • riirtiot

    So is Matsui or Swisher going to sit against NL teams?

    • ryan w

      gotta be matsui. no way they’re sending him out to right.

    • A.D.

      I’m guessing Matsui, given that Matsui can’t play RF.

    • Yankees_Universe

      The way Matsui is playing he may be soon sitting against AL & NL teams.

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

      Why is this even a question?

    • Riddering

      I will be lighting a candle everyday from now until the Yanks play the NL away games in order to keep Matsui out of the field.

  • Zach

    Swisher heating up again

  • A.D.

    WTF why only 1 inning?

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

    Look out, Girardi’s managing again. Fuck.

    • JS

      Hey Girardi, come on, stop with the “cerebral” lefty-righty jazz and go with the more basic “who’s grooving” (Hughes) and who isn’t (Coke)

  • BigBlueAL

    WTF Coke is in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????

  • ryan w

    why the f*ck would they take hughes out after that inning?

    • Luis Polonia

      Is it possible that Girardi has more faith in Coke than Coke’s parents? I don’t know that Coke is as bad as he seems sometimes, but Joe absolutely loves him.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Veras has a ton of potential. If he can get back the control he had last season, he’ll be a very valuable weapon out of the ‘pen. Giving up on him, and going as far as saying the Yankees should release him (as he has no options to simply be sent down) is ridiculous.

    • cjc

      oh I get it your funny

    • Yankee1010

      Veras pitched well for about 3 months last year. Outside of that, he hasn’t done anything. Suggesting that they should release Veras is far from ridiculous.

      • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

        Yes it is ridiculous. A hard throwing reliever like Veras has value. You don’t just give that up.

        • Yankee1010

          Not if the strike zone is only a rumor to him.

  • YankeeScribe

    Just one inning for Hughes?

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

    Well that was a fuckin’ waste. If this is how they continue to use Hughes out of the ‘pen, I’m going to be even more upset. I’m annoyed he’s there in the first place, but it’d be much better if he were used as Aceves is used.

    • Zach

      If he goes 2 innings, can he be used for 3+ on Wednesday after Wang?

    • Accent Shallow

      I would imagine that they want Hughes to shadow Wang in Fenway, and this was to get him some in-game work prior.

      Should Wang falter (I hope not), we should see Hughes go multiple innings. If Wang does falter and we don’t see Hughes, then he should be in Scranton. No way should he be used as a typical setup man.

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

        Agreed.

        If he’s going to be a one inning pitcher, demote him and get him back on a starting schedule to match Wang’s (so he can come back if Wang struggles) and get Melancon back up here.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      The only reason I can think of using him for one inning is that he wants him to back up Wang on Wednesday. If not, then, I’m with you on being perplexed.

  • Dorian

    WOW what a gem by Kay huh?

    Yankees having their “Phil” of relief?

  • John

    okay Cokey, get through this inning and we’re good

  • Yankee1010

    Did Hughes die while in the dugout between the bottom of the 7th and the top of the 8th? Otherwise, there isn’t a good reason Coke is in there.

  • pat

    Girardi has a coke problem.

    • pat

      So does Pena apparently.

    • John

      lol ietc

  • e mills

    umm didn’t Pena crush Coke earlier this season?

    • e mills

      good job there…the big lefties seem to always be looking slider to crush and Coke goes w/ the fastball…I like it

  • Thomas

    “If you’re a Yankees fan, you hope he is Phil Coke Zero.”

    Chris Berman speaking => Facepalm

  • BklynJT

    WTF, why is hughes out after 1 inning!?!

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

    maybe theyre still scared about wang and just getting hughes an inning so he can go after wng at fenway?

    • BklynJT

      That Girardi always has a damn reason for making stupid moves, aand half the time they suck!

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

        That Girardi always has a damn reason for making stupid moves, and half most of the time they‘re suck proven right!

        Fixed that for ya.

        • Chip

          Horray

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

    Your guess is as good as mine as to why Phil didn’t go longer.

  • MattG

    Stupid overmanaging

  • V

    Coke hasn’t thrown a strike in the inning.

    • V

      9 straight balls, 3 of which were swung at.

  • ryan w

    what’s wang’s leash before they flip him back to the pen? two more 5 run outings? 3? 1? i want hughes back in the rotation

  • cjc

    oh good 4 pitch walk awesome they never hurt late in games

  • Reggie C.

    Zobrist walks on 4 pitches …..

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    I could be completely wrong here, but perhaps Girardi is thinking that after an 11 pitch inning they can use Hughes to throw 3 or 4 on Wednesday if Wang implodes. Or he’s overmanaging again.

    • BigBlueAL

      Sure lets use Hughes on Wed basically in mop-up duty instead of making sure they actually win this game.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        Well I personally have complete faith that using Coke and Rivera will be just as effective in winning the game as leaving Hughes in

      • Zach

        Wednesday isnt necessarily mop-op duty for Hughes. Wang has a pitch limit and we’re facing Wakefield.

        Coke got the job done, Mo for the 9th

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

      That’s the only way it makes sense.

      The only logical reason to pull Phil Hughes after an inning is that you’ve handcuffed him to Wang’s schedule and only gave him an inning here to keep him fresh.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        Yep, not necessarily sure I agree with the strategy, but that’s the only thing I can think of

  • BigBlueAL

    If Coke blows this game, Girardi better not read this blog….

  • V

    He’s up to a total of one strike thrown in the inning.

    • Zach

      who cares? if he throws a slider that breaks out of the zone and someone swings at it then GOOD, better then leaving a slider up and seeing it get hammered

      • V

        He threw 9 straight fastballs high and outside.

        • V

          8. Ball 4 was low and inside. But still a fastball.

          • Zach

            and he pitched a scoreless inning, i dont care how he gets there, just care about the 0 he threw up

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Apparently the thought of that 0 is irrelevant.

              • Zach

                I forgot, the 0 runs he gave up is a misleading stat

            • MattG

              You should care how he gets there. Would you send the blind squirrel out to gather your nuts?

              • Zach

                1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K.

                that’s how he got there; if any other pitcher threw balls out of the zone and got outs we’d say how sick his stuff was and how the batters couldnt pitch up his arm slot.

            • V

              You really don’t care how he got there? In the long run?

              You feel perfectly fine going to a guy in the bullpen who throws no strikes just because he happened to get a zero? Heck, even Igawa got zeroes from time to time.

      • MattG

        I care. Hughes got misses on pitches in the strike zone. That’s impressive.

  • Luis Polonia

    The Wave? In the 8th inning of a division game? Please tell me that I didn’t see that.

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

      wave= super lame

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

        I now do opposite waves.

        I stand when everyone else is sitting and sit when everyone else is getting up. It’s super fun.

  • A.D.

    Well at least Coke got it done.

  • usty

    WTF? Over-manage.

  • V

    Man, Teixeira makes all of the infielders a lot better. That was a mediocre throw by Jeter, but Teix got it easily.

    • BklynJT

      Something I’ve come to expect… both from Jeter/Arod and Tex

  • A.D.

    So is it Mo tonight, or D-Rob in the 9th given he was warming.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    With this much hate you’d think Coke gave up the lead and gave up 10000000 runs.

    • BigBlueAL

      I dont think its hate towards Coke, although I am not his biggest fan he is certainly one of the better options out of the pen, its more hate to the way they used Hughes tonight.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        It wasn’t at Coke, you’re right bu hate for Joe G’s over managing, the hate of Phil not being there but there was some hate towards Coke for performing “badly.”

  • A.D.

    Nice insurance.

  • pat

    jeetjeetjeet

  • Drew

    Jetes with a big f u to AS

  • gxpanos

    CAP’N!

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

    Wooo!

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

    bandbox ahahahahahahahahaha

  • A.D.

    Looks like the Yankees saw the pace had fallen on the MLB.com Yankee Stadium HR tracker and wanted to kick it back up a notch.

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

      bam. just add a little essence and BAM. now thats what im talking about.

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

    DEREK JETER IS A MAN!!!! HE’S ALMOST 40!!!!!

    • Jay

      IETC

  • gxpanos

    Is that one considered a BANDBOX cheapie? Probably not, right?

  • http://www.bronxpinstripes.blogspot.edu Jon

    I still think Joe should have left Hughes in for the 8th, it’s not like he didn’t have the stuff or the endurance. Coke always makes me worry.

    • Jay

      Call me crazy…but I really like Coke..

      No I do.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        +1

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

          +2

          • John

            =3 :)

            • Jay

              Just to clarify, I like Coke as a pitcher.

  • Dave

    I shudder to think about those of you watching ESPN in this HR barrage.

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

      i worry that espn would be better than kay tonight. about 5 or more times in the past THREE INNINGS ive wanted to jump through the tvand beat his ass

      • Luis Polonia

        One day Bill James will come up with some sort of stat that measures the “Berman Factor,” which indicates how much a particular broadcaster can influence one’s enjoyment of the game. Until that day, we may never know who sucks more.

  • John

    Aite!!! I was hoping we’d get one more here

  • John

    Our 1-3 hitters have one hit each…a HR

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Now it’s be complete with our 4 hitter.

  • yanke1313

    choate= too close to choad

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

    Um, did Randy Choate just steal Papelfuck’s little head turn towards the mound? Or did Papelfuck steal it from Choate?

    And didn’t that Red Sox experiment fail because their committee guys sucked, not because of the approach?

    • A.D.

      Usually closer by committee fails because none of the guys are good enough to close. In the late 90’s the Reds had a healthy Danny Graves & Scott Williamson, who were completely abused, but used as a nice dual closer which worked well.

      • A.D.

        Graves, Williamson, and Sullivan combined for over 300 innings in one year out of the pen for the ’99 Reds….yikes.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    I appreciate Berman bringing up game 6 of the 2001 WS. That was a good memory.

  • Reggie C.

    Time for Arod to stat pad.

    • Teix is the Man

      IETC

    • John

      I would less than three that a lot

  • Drew

    This game has gone by fast.

  • yanke1313

    time for a new thread

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

    HOLY CRAP I THINK JASON ISRINGHAUSEN ATE BILL PULSIPHER AND PAUL WILSON.

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

      Hahaha IETCVM.

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

    Izzy got BIG, no?

  • Drew

    lol at Boo’s…

  • gxpanos

    Aaaaaand Michael Kay bringing up the Red Sox’s 2003 BP again.

    How were Brandon Lyon, Chad Fox, Alan Embree, and BK Kim going to save games? It didnt matter what kind of BP they had.

    (Am I forgetting any awful arms from that ridiculously bad BP?)