Game 57: Time to take another series

MLB.com sets up Yankee Stadium Home Run Watch
Game 57 Spillover Thread

In baseball, two out of three is stellar. If a team won two out of three games in every series they played, they’d be a 108-win team, a lock for the playoffs in this environment. So when the Yanks have a rubber game, it becomes a bit more important. Gotta take that second game, gotta keep that winning percentage up.

To accomplish this, the Yankees will trot out their A lineup, wherein the .303/.355/.465 Melky Cabrera hits ninth. Top to bottom it’s up there with the best lineups in baseball. Their target: the Rays’ weakest link, right-hander Andy Sonnanstine.

This will be the third time Sonnanstine faces the Yanks this season, and in his previous appearances he’s been pretty damn good. His 7.1-inning, two-run performance back on May 6 is his longest and probably best outing of the year. One problem: in neither prior appearance did the Yankees trot out this lineup. There was no A-Rod then. Jorge was not in the lineup. This time, the troops are rallied, ready to lay the hurt on ol’ Andy. Hopefully, if we’re so lucky, like the Indians laid into him on May 27. That would be a sweet way to cap this series.

Andy Pettitte takes the hill for the Yankees. While Sonnanstine has struggled at times this year, it’s not like Pettitte has been without issue. He’s had a rough go of it his last four appearances, starting May 18th against Minnesota when he allowed 12 hits and four earned runs. Philly hit him for four runs in seven innings — not bad, but not great. He then labored in Cleveland, but held the Tribe to one run over five innings. He again labored last Wednesday, allowing four runs in five innings to the Rangers, walking six and allowing seven hits in the process.

This time he’ll have backup. Phil Hughes hasn’t pitched since last Sunday, so he’s in line to get some work tonight. With Mo likely unavailable, look for Hughes to pick up some innings later in the game. If he doesn’t pitch and Pettitte doesn’t pitch a complete game, I’d really have to wonder about the decision to put him in the bullpen.

Lineup:

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

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

MLB.com sets up Yankee Stadium Home Run Watch
Game 57 Spillover Thread
  • Drew

    Hoping for big things out of AP today.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      hoping for little things…like zeroes…across the board…

      NO HITTER TODAY FOR ANDY FREAKIN PETTITTE!!!

  • Drew

    Does anyone else dislike having our two slowest guys back to back at 6 and 7 of our order?

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

      Where else you gonna put them?

      • Drew

        Well, I mean you can easily separate them.

        • nathan

          Cano is too high at 5… he is not a good hitter with RISP, would like to see him hit behind Jorge

          • Drew

            Eh, I dunno, I like Cano there.

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

    will be interested to see how AP does today.

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

    Anyone know anything about Victor Reynoso?

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/statistics/players/cards/?pl_id=88281

    IFA signing, off to a fast start in the DSL.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I know he won Player of the Week for last week. Guess who won Pitcher of the Week? Go ahead, take a stab at it.

    • yanke1313

      6’3″ power hitting righty.

    • Accent Shallow

      Is it really worth worrying about the DSL kids until they get to America?

      Side note: when do you think we’ll see Melvin stateside? This year? 2010?

      It’d be nice to have a legit scouting report on him, rather than Mike’s (hilarious) prospect profile.

      • yanke1313

        Of course it is! It’s very exciting ya know? Melvin hasn’t made it stateside because his fastball is below average. He uses his above average breaking pitches and fools the young hitters. He’s not a prospect. Harold Garce is more of a prospect than him.

        • Accent Shallow

          Oh, it’s absolutely exciting, but prospect-watching can lend itself to counting one’s chickens before they hatch, and the younger the players are, the more true that is.

          I don’t mean we shouldn’t worry about these kids, just that unlike, say, A+ or AA ball, it’s tough to separate the wheat from the chaff using stats.

          (Although it’s also tough to do that at the higher levels — see Joba’s and IPK’s 07 statlines, and try to differentiate)

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Harold Garce is the Dominican Andrew Brackman.

          • Accent Shallow

            How many times more likely is Brackman to see the Show than Garce is to see stateside? Five? Ten? Two hundred?

  • nathan

    Beginning to get very worried with Phil’s lack of face time… would love to see him get some quality work in

    • yanke1313

      I <3 Phil Hughes

    • Accent Shallow

      I’d imagine Hughes will be backing up Wang in Fenway. Whether that means he’ll get an inning today, I don’t know.

      If Wang does completely collapse, I hope they send him to Scranton, since Girardi is not using him.

  • pat

    Haven’t watched a game in a few days, feels like years. Less go yanks.

  • DGeezy

    bj upton said on the batting practice show that the year wright, zimmerman & himself were on the same team in college in virginia, they lost 1 GAME ALL SEASON and it was the final game of the season. Thats incredible..not that they hadnt lost a game..just that david wrights lack of being clutch extends back to college. Sure has a knack for losing on last game of the season..

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

      LMAO

    • nathan

      I know DW gets a lot of stick for it.. but is he really that bad… i dont watch the Mutz enough to have an opinion of him, but i thought he was way better than what talk radio has everyone believe

    • yanke1313

      bj didnt go to college

      • pat

        he meant AAU

  • Dan

    Girardi isn’t handling the pen as skillfully as he did last year.

    • pat

      The pen isn’t pitching as well as it did last year.

    • Drew

      Our pen is pitching as skillfully as they did last year.

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

      Out 7th (Marte) and 8th (Bruney) inning guys are on the DL.

      Stuff like that will make a manager go from very smart to very dumb overnight.

    • Accent Shallow

      I still think Edwar can have a positive impact . . . guys with a pitch as good as his change will almost certainly be assets at some point.

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

        I do too. He just has to learn how to shade his very flat fastball just a bit, to keep the hitters off balance. Better control would help as well, though his control is usually fine when he gets regular work.

        If I was Edwar, I’d chop off the tip of my index finger. Did wonders for Bob Wickman.

  • John

    Matsui has the lowest OPS+ at 114 in that lineup!!!! It means everyone is above league average. I wonder how many other teams can say or do that.

    • Slu

      That is pretty incredible. I’d guess the Phils would have a good lineup as well, but somebody on that team must be below 100.

  • Slu

    Ugh. Berman. His act got old 15 years ago..

    • yanke1313

      agreed

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

      Do you mean BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK 15 years ago?

  • Mike HC

    C’mon, look at the TB 5-9 hitters. Pettitte should be able to handle this lineup.

    • yanke1313

      I’d rather have Phil Hughes handle the lineup. Pettitte to the 8th!!

      • Charlie

        i really would rather hughes, and just somehow convince andy to retire.

        • Mike HC

          You guys are underestimating Pettitte. I know it is more fun to watch the young prospect, but Andy has been reliable.

          • Accent Shallow

            Agreed. Andy’s had some bad starts, but he’s not done quite yet.

          • Charlie

            you’re right, but its becoming clear by looking at his numbers(bb & k per 9) that petitte’s skills are declining.

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

      Peña’s got some sick numbers off of him.

      • Mike HC

        Yea, there is no doubt that their top 4 are dangerous, but there is a considerable drop off after that. I think Pettitte is going to pitch effectively today. I’m not saying he is going to shut them out though.

  • pat

    Posada almost threw that over andy’s head, lets look out for that today. I hope the rays don’t run wild on our azz.

    • Drew

      lol Jorge is the worst at that. Our pitchers have to jump sometimes. I think it’s funny.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Fast team + catcher that can’t throw out anyone – Great pickoff pitcher = Some SB attempts

  • Drew

    good start andy…

  • Charlie

    i just offered Roy Oswalt, ryan franklin, nate mclouth, aubrey huff, and edwin jackson for adam wainwright, felix hernandez, and alfonso soriano in fantasy. any chance he’d accept it?

  • e mills

    did that look like Tex or Cano could’ve gotten that to anyone else?

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, that didn’t seem scorched. Poor positioning, maybe?

      • Luis Polonia

        I’ve noticed that happen several times this season…Tex seems to automatically break to first and give up the single.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Jailbait

          Luis! Why haven’t you called me?! I thought you said you loved me!

  • dkidd

    come on andy!

    i’ll be happy if it’s only 1-0 after this inning

    • e mills

      I wouldn’t mind the Yankees leading going into the 2nd either

    • Mike HC

      The expectations have really been lowered for Andy’s starts I guess.

  • Charlie

    wow, k’ed longo

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

    Oy Andy

  • Charlie

    shit, zobrist scares me

  • John

    that 1st pitch to Zobrist was a strike according to Gameday

    • Charlie

      i wish the umps used gameday to call balls and strikes.. gameday never lies

  • Charlie

    bad start, sucks considering he looked good against bj and longoria

    • Charlie

      well, good job gettin out of it

  • Mike HC

    Andy should be able to get this guy out.

  • Drew

    Way to friggin go Cap’n.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Great play by the captain.

  • Mike HC

    Solid play

  • Charlie

    why doesn’t gameday show pitching stats when you click on the pitcher’s name??

    • John

      does for me

  • dkidd

    let’s score some runs today

    this is my favorite line-up

  • V

    Well, there’s a pitch that Pettitte won’t get all game.

  • John

    86 mph 4-seamer?

    • Mike HC

      It seems to cut a little bit

  • Ivan

    Knowing the yanks, it wouldn’t shock me if the yanks score 10 runs against Sonnanstine in 2 or 3 innings or Sonnanstine throws 8 innings on 1 or 0 run ball.

    • Lily

      i wouldn’t be shocked if thats all sonnanstine gives up and then has a stretch where he retires 16 in a row. i won’t be shocked to see andy struggle again.

    • UWS

      Really going out on a limb there, are we :p

  • Charlie

    that was his pitch.. right down the middle

  • Charlie

    god, we better crush this guy. His fastball is fuckin 86 mph!!

    • V

      With movement.

      What’s Pettitte’s velocity?

  • Drew

    All 3 have been smashed.

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

    Third time’s the charm, eh?

  • Mike HC

    Thats one

  • yanke1313

    tex

  • UWS

    Mmmm…Sexy Texy.

  • John

    His slider and cutter are 87-88 and 4-seamer is 86…is that possible?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      YES gun?

      • John

        Gameday

    • Drew

      His slider is not 87. Gameday doesn’t always get the pitch right.

      • John

        ah makes sense

  • Ivan

    Mark just send a teix message to RF.

    • yanke1313

      haha i like.

  • e mills

    What a terrible signing by Cashman & Co.

    • Accent Shallow

      Is there really anyone who thought it was a terrible signing?

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

    A TEX MESSAGE!

    YOU’RE ON THE MARK, Teixeira!

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      “A home run for Mark Teixeira.”

  • Charlie

    Tex is fucking awesome

  • John

    3 hard hit balls…one homer! Texy!

  • pat

    WHO IS THIS FUCKING GUY!?!?!?!

  • Luis Polonia

    This guy is terrible. Three balls to the warning track (and beyond) on the first three hitters.

  • yanke1313

    arod=suck

  • dkidd

    when tex finishes with 50 homers, people will say bandbox, but every one he’s hit so far have been bombs!

    • dkidd

      has been a bomb

  • Ivan

    Teix is really becomming my fav yankee rite now. Ok second fav, with Mo being #1.

  • cozimoto

    Wow Mark Teixiera!!!

  • JGS

    boy they hit Sonnanstine hard that inning

  • John

    Tex leads the AL in HRs!!And thats after a bad April, but he did several HRs in April too.

  • Charlie

    it’s amazing how good tex is now compared to how awful he was in april.. baseball is a streaky game

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Which makes booing all the more stupid than it already was.

      • Charlie

        i see that you’re very anti-boo, but as dumb as it may be sometimes, its just part of the game when you don’t perform

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Yes it’s part of the game but it shouldn’t be at all. It won’t help the players struggling by booing them.
          Boo a player for any other reason like if they’re just an asshole then whatever. But if it’s just on performance it’s really not worth it.

    • John

      Baseball is all about regressions and progressions to the mean.

  • Luis Polonia

    I know that I’m not the first to bring this up, but does Berman know anything about anything? Do you think he does any research for these games? I loved him when I was five years old but he is just awful.

    • Charlie

      chris berman is fucking awful. he makes michael kay and john sterling look like baseball gods. berman knows absolutely nothing about baseball, maybe a little about football. he is annoying as hell.

      • John

        berman knows absolutely nothing about baseball

        fits the ESPN mission statement

      • Luis Polonia

        I know…it’s almost disturbing. I feel like I’m missing out on something by watching the ESPN broadcast instead of the YES one–and I don’t even get the YES ones in HD.

        • Mike HC

          You are missing Michael Kay eating ice cream … this telecast can rival espn’s for most annoying

          • Luis Polonia

            Why do they incorporate food so damn much? Against the Rangers I believe I saw a half gallon of milk and a pizza. Is there a purpose for this? And is Michael Kay utilizing the John Sterling method of eating ice cream?

    • Slu

      Worst Announcer in Sports.

  • John

    What/who was that “injury delay” for?

    • JGS

      Hernandez…looked like he pulled something in his leg running

    • UWS

      Hernandez hyper-extended his knee running out that grounder.

    • zs190

      Rays catcher ran out that groundball and stumbled, might have pulled something, but probably ok.

      • John

        thanks to all of you

    • WesternYankeeFan

      Michel Hernandez looked like he did something to his leg while he ran out the grounder.

  • Jake H

    Andy looking a lot better.

  • dkidd

    andy! what a difference from the last start

  • Accent Shallow

    Andy’s looking good, although it’s not too tough to look good against the bottom of the TB lineup.

  • Charlie

    wow petitte, hope he keeps this up.

  • pat

    Wait so is tomorrows draft coverage on espn on mlbtv?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Pretty sure ESPN will be all over it.

    • V

      Official coverage on MLB Network. Not sure if ESPN is showing anything.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Via the Tampa Yankees boxscore

    “DP: (Kahaulelio-Gregorius-Louwsma).”

    That’s a mouthful.

  • YankeeScribe

    The Yankees eat pitchers like Sonnestine for breakfast

  • e mills

    they just showed a montage (sp?) of the Rays partying getting in the playoffs and ALDS etc…I wonder how Swisher & Co. party if/when the Yankees make the playoffs and win series

    • dkidd

      guns and drugs and chicks and guns…

    • John

      Mo, Jeter, Pettitte, & JoPo are all happy since it has been a while and are adding to their collection. The young guys are all just happy and partying. Swish is happy for being traded here. CC, AJ, and Tex are like “This (and money) is why we signed here.” A-rod is telling all the haters out there that he is in fact a winner.”

      • Thomas

        And Joba going to Goose Gossage’s home, knocking on the door, and repeatedly fist pumping.

        • John

          IETC

  • Charlie

    i was just lookin at posada’s numbers.. that guy is a star when he’s healthy. showin no signs of slowing down(except for the injuries and maybe his arm strength)

  • Accent Shallow

    Alright Swish, don’t waste the leadoff single . . .

    • Accent Shallow

      Thanks Nick. Much obliged.

  • Mike HC

    Thats three

  • UWS

    Teh bandbox!!!!111!1

    • JGS

      I walk away for two seconds and the trainer is out there talking to Pettitte–what happened?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Talk about streaky…

  • YankeeScribe

    SWISH has left the building

  • pat

    Waaaaait I thought swisher was left for dead a few weeks ago. Does not compute.

  • Ivan

    God Damn Swisher!!! That was CRUSH!!!

  • Dave

    Swisher Hot, Matsui Cold.

    • Luis Polonia

      Matsui=old and largely worthless. Can’t wait to watch him struggle in left field when we take the road trip to the NL parks.

      • Drew

        OAKTAG

      • UWS

        I don’t think we’ll see him in the field if he continues “hitting” like he has.

        • Drew

          You think he’ll sit for 2 weeks?

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

        If there’s a square peg on this team, its Matsui. He needs to hit a LOT to make himself worthwhile. Girardi would L-O-V-E to give those DH ABs to Alex, Jorge, Damon and Derek to keep them fresh.

  • zs190

    Wow, what a horrible horrible pitch, 86 straight fastball down the middle and Swish got all of it, no wonder he’s got a 7+ ERA.

  • Accent Shallow

    Just a little too much under it.

  • Charlie

    fuck yea.. swish is en fuego again!!1!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Maybe if pitchers stop throwing 86 mph fastballs, RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE, the Yankees won’t hit so many homeruns in the so-called “Bandbox”.

    • Dave

      I’d prefer they continued.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I hope so too, but this obsession with the MSM about Nre Yankee Stadium has to stop. Look where these homers are going. They’re being crushed! The wind must be blowing 150 mph.

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

      The new stadium has played like a bandbox, no doubt about it. But its still early, April and May are usually very windy and the old place is still standing, which affects wind patterns.

  • Jay

    Swisher, in the 2nd, with the bat.

    • Charlie

      ietc

    • UWS

      *golf clap*

  • dkidd

    swish has such a weird follow through. he doesn’t roll over his top wrist

  • John

    Every ball has been hit to at least pretty deep to the outfield except two.

  • Jay

    In a bandbox that was gone.

  • Accent Shallow

    Blue is not giving the outside corner to righties . . .

  • Trish

    Swish knew that was gone. He just stood there like “ooh, shiny” before he started running. The ‘hawk’s working.

  • e mills

    come on Andy, take your stint on the DL

    • e mills

      kinda just wanna see Hughes pitch (and the training staff not have to come out when he covers first)

  • UWS

    Pettitte did not look good running. Phil better keep awake in the ‘pen.

    • Charlie

      too late, he already rotted out there

  • John

    another 1st pitch to upton was a strike in gameday

    so far, 3 pitches have been in favor of the rays (the A-rod 1st pitch strike was a ball) and 0 for the yanks…. but im not complaining with the results so far :)

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      You read like Kevin Kennedy sounds.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      Beyond the Boxscore did some work looking at the P F/X at NYS (which is what gameday uses) and they think it’s a bit off so take the data with a grain or two of salt.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    They should actually track the number of home runs that wouldn’t have been gone. I really hate all the “OMFG BANDBOX CHEATER HAX!” that the sports media plays.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      You can do that on http://www.hittrackeronline.com :)

    • Jay

      Oh come on, you know as well as I, both Teix and Swish would have popped out anywhere else.

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

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the nerdy side of David Cone.

    • Dave

      For real, hes stepping his game up in the booth.

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

        I like it. Anytime a Yankee announcer spends 15 minutes on Herb Pennock, I’m a happy guy.

        Can’t wait for his dissertation on Lefty Grove and Red Ruffing.

        • Jay

          Fo’ realll

      • pat

        Word it;s nice he actually dropped baseball reference’s name on air. That place doesn’t get nearly enough the pub it deserves. I prob go to it at least 10x a day.

  • Dave

    mmmm Longoria looks nice and Rusty

    • John

      Eva?

  • Charlie

    damn, andy’s got longoria’s number… for now at least

  • yanke1313

    i want hughes

    • Thomas

      Epic name fail.

    • UWS

      …not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Accent Shallow

      As much as I’d like to see Hughes succeed, Andy is dealing right now.

      I bet they’re saving Hughes to back up Wang in Fenway. Whether that means he gets an inning today, who knows.

  • Charlie

    6 k’s en 3 esta muy bueno para Andy

  • dkidd

    more runs, please. no mercy

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      “Mercy is for the weak”

      -John Crease

      • dkidd

        crease. heh heh…

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Look out Clemens, Pettitte’s breaking the strike out game record tonight.

    • Accent Shallow

      Hilariously enough, he’s behind the pace!

    • Jay

      IETC

    • Jay

      Did he just say “Take it out of your mouth, BJ”

      Oh my word, the kids might have heard that.

  • Mike HC

    I like the competition that having six major league starters brings. Pettitte, Wang and Joba have to be on top of their games every start, or the talk of Hughes will grow louder and louder. I think that it is a definite motivator.

    • Zach

      Pettite’s contract is his motivation

      • Mike HC

        Very true. That is a better motivator than all.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        I think his desire to be a good player and win games is Pettitte’s motivation. Like it has been for years.

        • Charlie

          eh, thats only part of it

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

        No, its not.

  • yanke1313

    dj with the broken bat. i wonder hows minka kelly doin?

  • Dorian

    Heres to you Brian Cashman:

    Wilson Betemit (DFA) and Jeff Marquez (A robust 14.54 ERA)

    FOR

    The Swishhawk

    • Zach

      but but he’s a horrible gm

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

      Bobby Abreu AND Corey Lidle for C.J. Henry, Carlos Monastrios, Jesus Sanchez and Matt Smith.

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

        Alex Rodriguez for Alfonso Soriano, plus Texas picked up 1/3 of the contract.

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

      Quick, trade Swish, Aceves and Betances for four months of Matt Holliday.

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

        Mike Francesa? Is that you?

  • Mike HC

    Does Upton have unlimited range? It seems like this guy can get to just about any ball easily.

  • Charlie

    we’re definitely hittin this guy well

  • pat

    Damn, Deadspin is a burnt out shell of its former self. That place is pretty much teh suxor nowadays.

    • Luis Polonia

      I know…it’s sad. I gave up on Deadspin a few weeks ago.

  • John

    it’s been a while since a Yankee had a 2 HR (or 3 HR if you’re greedy) game so let’s go Tex and Swish or whoever else (Alex?)

  • Accent Shallow

    A 1-2-3 for Sonnanstine? Thumbs down.

  • Dave

    The Streak is still alive!

  • Accent Shallow

    Anyone else fascinated/terrified by the Leroy Smith ads?

    That has to be satire.

    • Thomas

      I think it would be more terrifying if it was a picture of that naked guy.

  • Charlie

    eh, i hate errors to lead off an inning

  • yanke1313

    pos & arod suck, cervelli and pena ’10!!

  • John

    was that 1st pitch to Zobrist called a strike or ball? gameday says called strike but gamecast says ball but it doesn’t matter now

  • pat

    It’s gotta be rickey.

  • Dave

    Here you go Rays, have a run on us.

  • Dave

    Hernandez looks like Fred Flinstone running out of the box.

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

      You should see the car he drives.

  • John

    damn unearned run!

  • Accent Shallow

    Game should not be tied right now. Thanks ump.

  • yanke1313

    damn pettitte, gabe kapler?????

  • UWS

    Well this blows.

  • Thomas

    Damn it.

    • Thomas

      That slider was strike three to Kapler.

  • Dorian

    Get Phil up now.

  • John

    FUCKERS!

  • Jake H

    Why is andy worried about the catcher stealing?

  • Dave

    Fuck that

  • YankeeScribe

    Pettite is laboring

  • Charlie

    goddammit andy, come on

  • Luis Polonia

    Speaking of progressions and regressions to the mean, how about the Yankees defense? And as I type this, how about Andy Pettitte? You knew he wasn’t going to have a quality start at the new stadium.

    • Zach

      quality start = 6ip, 3 er

      • Luis Polonia

        Not if you ask Mike Francesa.

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

    I’m starting to hate Andy Pettitte. His high wire act is wearing thin.

    • yanke1313

      agreed.

    • Charlie

      i couldn’t stand him most of last year.

    • Accent Shallow

      I dunno, he had the K there, but the ump apparently isn’t giving the outer third of the plate or the black.

      But the corpse of Gabe Kapler? Jeez.

  • dkidd

    welcome back welcome back welcome baaaack

  • Drew

    Oh Andy.. Hunker down broski.

  • Andrew

    way to blow the lead andy

  • Charlie

    even on a good day, petitte’s skills just aren’t much anymore

    • Charlie

      plus he seemingly only cares about his money

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

        plus he seemingly only cares about his money

        You have nothing other than pure speculation and warrantless conjecture to back that statement up.

        • Whitey14

          “warrantless conjecture” would be a good band name…and for that matter, so would “pure speculation”

  • Ivan

    Yanks are still winning this game.

  • Dave

    They need to really turn it on this chump Sonnestine, hes only at 40 pitches.

    • Andrew

      Agreed that rays bullpen is like bp for the yanks

  • Dave

    Gabe Kapler…christ. What a joke.

  • Luis Polonia

    If anybody is watching the YES broadcast instead of the ESPN one, let me sum it up for you: New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs, New Yankee Stadium = Home Runs

    • Andrew

      IETC

    • Zach

      so they’re saying new yankee stadium is a hitters park?

      • Luis Polonia

        Yeah…this was a stunning revelation to me. I credit Berman’s original research for uncovering this trend.

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

          I credit Berman’s original research for uncovering this trend.

          The only “trend” that Chris Berman’s “original research” has ever uncovered is that he likes leather.

          • pat

            I’m with you, he’s with leather.

          • pat

            Jesus Christ guys, hes thrown like 2 bad pitches all game and one of them happened to be drilled into the LF bleachers calm the fuck down.

            • pat

              this does not belong here.

    • Dave

      I don’t follow

  • yanke1313

    pettites at like 73 wowo

  • Charlie

    FUCK you Petitte, at least throw strikes

  • Ivan

    Lets get real here, yes Andy has looked rather average at best but I just can’t see the yanks replacing him in the rotation.

  • Jake H

    Throw a strike.

  • UWS

    It’ll be interesting to see if the Yankee brass has the cohones to take Pettitte out of the rotation if he continues to stink up the joint. They did with Moose two years ago, we’ll see what happens here…

    • Zach

      5-2, 4.35 is stinking up the joint?

      • UWS

        You have to look at his recent starts, though. He’s been getting progressively worse. Whether this is due to his balky back, I don’t know and frankly don’t care. If he’s not 100%, he shouldn’t be pitching.

      • Charlie

        see my reply to you on the next original comment

    • Charlie

      i sure hope they do, but unfortunately i doubt it

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

    I feel smart for having advocated that Petitte not be resigned…

    • Charlie

      same here

      • Zach

        so when Wang went down, who was going to go 5-2 with 4.35 era? Aceves? Kennedy? Ponson?

        • Charlie

          stop throwing those numbers around. Petitte’s only gonna get worse due to his decline. and ponson isn’t even in the system anymore. Aceves could have, or maybe george kontos.

          • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

            Stop throwing around numbers when you can use baseless conjecture and your own opinion to prove you correct, right?

          • Zach

            I’m sorry the numbers dont help your argument, but they’re 3rd-4th starter type numbers in the AL East so just because he gave a HR after an error was made dont act like we dont need him.

            Ponson was sarcasm, because thats the type of guys we had in the system last year.

          • Luis Polonia

            The Captain baby!

        • Drew

          someone.

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

            “Drew says:
            someone.”

            Brilliant. Did you come up with that all on your own, or did you phone a friend?

            (rolls eyes)

            • Drew

              Right.. Am I wrong? It’s not like Pettitte has been indispensable. You say the pen would be worse off because Alf would be starting. Wouldn’t we have signed another arm if Andy wasn’t? Saying “someone” makes more sense than just assuming Alf would be slotted in and the pen/team would be worse off.

              • Zach

                “someone” is not an answer, if you had a better option this offseason what was your choice? Derek Lowe doesnt count cause they werent paying him 60m too

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

          Hughes.

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

            Having Andy Pettitte here is a good thing, Pablo.

            It’s a good thing.

          • Zach

            Again, Hughes would have already been in the rotation as #5, once Wang went down who would have stepped in?

            CC, AJ, Joba, Hughes, _______

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

      I feel smart for having advocated that Pettitte be signed. With Wang still a huge questionmark, if we didn’t have Pettitte, we would have had to have pulled Aceves out of the pen, and that would have weakened us further. His signing has helped us, not hurt us.

      And, we’re going to appreciate having him around in September and October when we have to limit the usage of our young guns due to innings counts.

      • Zach

        I agree 100%

    • Dorian

      No, you should feel unintelligent for taking 200 innings for granted. ESPECIALLY with the injury history of our rotation.

      • Zach

        but he gave up a HR to kapler, we need to cut him

  • Andrew

    finally

  • Drew

    80 friggin pitches.

  • E-ROC

    Johnny Damon didn’t make the grab, Berman. Melky Cabrera did!

  • John

    OK offense, let’s pounce

  • dkidd

    Everyone Savors Pedroia’s Niftiness

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

      Enjoy Sucking Papelbon’s Nuts

      • UWS

        +58

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

          Erroneous Syllogisms Produce Nitwittedness

      • Riddering

        That comment should get you two seats from OYS at least.

  • Dave

    Hopefully Arod, Cano, Posada,…skip…Swisher can put something together here, at least burn up some pitch count and get them closer to the sweet, sweet nectar that is the Rays bullpen.

    • Dave

      Good thats what I was hoping for.

  • Brendan

    “Take it out of your mouth, B.J.” – My new favorite Michael Kay quote.

  • Accent Shallow

    Way to make him work, guys.

  • putt

    Kay: “Take it outta your mouth, BJ.”

    Isn’t that the anti-thesis of a BJ?

    • Jay

      good call.

  • Drew

    It seems like Andy gets out-pitched every game. He needs to get it together and out pitch Sonnanstine.

    • Charlie

      i’m not sure he’s able to do that

  • KPR

    Kay: “Get it out of your mouth BJ”

    • KPR

      Eh, I was busy rolling on the ground in laughter to type quick.

    • Dorian

      Thats what she said

  • Jay

    Did he just say “Take it out of your mouth, BJ”

    Oh my word, the kids might have heard that.

    • putt

      Perhaps he and Cone are playing a little one-upsmanship game of sexual innuendo. The ball is now in Coney’s court.

      • Jay

        Hmmm…
        The possibilities for Coney are endless.

        • Jay

          Maybe if Upton can hit a HR…

          Dare I say, “Cockshot, from BJ”

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

            I haven’t seen an Englishman take a blow like that since Hugh Grant!

  • Lily

    i blame alex

  • Charlie

    great, another effin 1,2,3

  • pc69

    It is time for Joe and the Yankees to show some balls and sit pettitte. He is not healthy and is more of a liability on the mou.

    That home run to Kapler was stupid pitching. He fouled off two pitches in the same locations.

  • Dave

    Lets see us some Phil Phranchise!

  • BigBlueAL

    Get Pettitte the fuck out of there.

  • pc69

    enough. Get him out of there and bring in Hughes

    • Charlie

      completely agree, petitte sucks

      • Ivan

        He’s better than Sonnanstine, granted isn’t saying much but still.

  • dkidd

    adam lind figuring it out

  • John

    ok now im getting worried…DP please

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      That’s what she said.

    • YankeeScribe

      Good call

  • Drew

    O/U 115 pitches for AP. Over

    • Thomas

      Under, he won’t be in that long.

    • Drew

      *being hopeful
      not looking so hot right now

  • Ivan

    When I see AP struggle like this, Franesa rant in which he said that “ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER”

  • Jake H

    It seems like Andy isn’t always into a game.

    • Joop

      This is an absurd statement to make.

  • pc69

    I am sure it has already been said but ESPN and this homer crap needs to do research. Each HR tonight was out in old Yankee stadium and every other ball park.

  • BigBlueAL

    Oh good Robertson is up. No Hughes. I hope the only explanation is that they are saving him to back up Wang on Wed because if not really what is the point of having him in the bullpen.

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

      I dont get it. His first inning numbers have been huge, as have his high leverage splits. Phil could be a stud out of the pen.

  • pat

    Ugh ,Jesus Christ guys, hes thrown like 2 bad pitches all game and one of them happened to be drilled into the LF bleachers calm the fuck down.

    • Zach

      no he sucks. screw his 5-2 record, we dont need that

      • Charlie

        wins aren’t exactly a great stat… and next you’ll write his ERA but i’d be suprised if he kept that up the rest of the season. i don’t actually hate andy petitte, but he can be frustrating to watch and he’s just not that great of a pitcher at this point

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Thank you, last night Joba gives up 3 in 6 and everyone is happy, Pettitte is on his way to the exact same thing and everyone acts like he’s singlehandedly ruining the season.

    • pc69

      He has been lucky. For a control pitcher he is only at 54% strike ratio – subtracting 5 pitches for each hit by TB

  • Jake H

    Why not Hughes?

  • Nate

    My guess? Robertson up to get out of the inning, Hughes in to start a fresh one.

  • Charlie

    i still want hughes

  • pc69

    Jeter sucks. He is old, has no mobility. makes the defense weak.

    fuck you Steve Philllips, Karl Ravich, John Kruk, and Red Sox Gammons.

  • Zach

    Damn you Andy, you had to face 4 batters for 3 outs and gave up zero runs this inning, you suck

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

    YES!!!!

    93 pitches, Andy gets us to (and maybe through) the 6th.

  • yanke1313

    im starting to get pissed, i want some hughes no robertson

    • LiveFromNewYork

      If we have a limp Wang in Beantown we’re going to need Mr. Huge up there.

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

    We want Hughes! Clap clap clap! We want Hughes! Clap clap clap!

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

    Fuck Ernie Palladino, that lazy prick.

    So much for him filling in, there have been zero updates from LoHud tonight.

    • Accent Shallow

      For as much as people bitch about Pete Abe, he’s really on top of things.

  • Luis Polonia

    Did anybody see Matsui running on that DP? Holy crap.

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

      I think “Matsui” and “running” is technically an oxymoron.

  • e mills

    that fan’s gotta catch that

  • BigBlueAL

    Sonnanstine cruising now.

  • pc69

    And the bats fell asleep.