Jun
11

Game 60: Wherein the Yankees do a favor for our collective sanity, scoring early and often

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Over the past few games it seems like Yankees fans have gone from this:

To this:

I can’t say the collective frustration is undeserved. The Yanks have gotten nothing from their starting pitching over the past two games, and what they got from the offense last night wasn’t enough. Not only was it not enough to win the game, but it wasn’t enough given how many opportunities they gave themselves. It’s been quite an ugly series made even uglier because of the way they played heading into it.

Tonight they face Brad Penny, the Red Sox No. 5 starter and subject of various lopsided trade rumors. The Yankees have faced Penny just once in his career, and that was all the way back in 2000, during his rookie campaign. The Yanks got him for three runs in five innings, forcing him to throw 118 pitches in the process. Nowadays would you ever see a manager leave a rookie pitcher out there for 118 pitches? Anyway, the only current Yanks who faced him were Jeter and Posada, the latter of whom is not playing tonight.

As mentioned, Penny has surfaced in a number of trade rumors as he’s considered a “surplus” starter, since the Sox have John Smoltz and Clay Buchholz waiting to go. There is little chance, though, that it’s nearly as good a trade as the last one Penny was involved in. That occurred in 2004, when Paul DePodesta shipped Juan Encarnacion, Guerillmo Mota, and Paul LoDuca to the Marlins for Penny, Hee Seop Choi, and Bill Murphy. The fans in LA, who had for some reason grown to love LoDuca, hated DePo for making the move, but it was one that undoubtedly benefited the Dodgers. LoDuca was 32 at the time and sported a .795 OPS. In no full season since 2001 had LoDuca put up those numbers, so DePo traded him at the height of his value, and he was right. LoDuca did put up a .783 OPS in 2006 with the Mets, but was generally below average after the trade.

The other two pieces, Mota and Encarnacion, were never really good. Encarnacion struggled to produce league-aveage numbers while playing right field, which is akin to playing with a 10-pound weight around your neck. Mota was another guy DePo traded at the height of his value. After posting a Mo-like 204 ERA+ in 105 innings in 2003, Mota was once again mowing down the competition in 2004. DePo traded him, drew ire, but was vindicated in the end, as Mota has pretty much stunk since. Penny, meanwhile, became a solid cog in the Dodgers rotation, peaking with 208 innings of 3.03 ERA ball in 2007. Yet despite this smart trade, DePo was run out of town by the likes of Bill Plaschke, who favored Ned Colletti, a man who signed Juan Pierre for $50 million, among other obvious blunders.

CC is the Yanks last hope until the Sox head to the Stadium on August 6. In 48.1 career innings against the Red Sox, Sabathia holds a 3.91 ERA, striking out 35 and walking just 8 in that span. The Yanks will need him at the top of his game tonight. I don’t want to fathom what will happen if he’s not.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number fifty-two, CC Sabathia.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Joe: please stop batting Cano 5th.

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    Is the world coming to an end soon?

    Last night I saw fans doing “The Wave” at Fanway, and a couple days ago they were doing it at Yankee Stadium.

    Unless, for some unknown reason, all the people in a section are standing up, sheering, sitting down, and grinning like total idiots for some other reason.

    • Nigel Incubator-Jones

      *Fenway.. Crap, there should be a way to review your commetn before posting… There is? I guess I just suck at proofreading then.

      • Nigel Incubator-Jones

        sheesh….. *comment.

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

      I hate the wave with an unabashed passion.

      • Joey

        Agreed

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    CC will break the streak, and if we are lucky he will plunk Youk in the process.

    • Nigel Incubator-Jones

      Well, we’d know for sure if Axl will just predict it.

  • ARX

    “Here’s the pitch *smack* oh shit.” Id pay to hear an announcer slip and say that on air…..maybe a Red Sox announcer tonight :-)

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

      I could see the White Sox guys doing it if one of their opponents hit a homer.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Didn’t Eckersley slip and curse a couple of times recently when he was filling in for Remy?

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

        Yes. He also messed up Masterson’s name.

        • John

          how?

          • AndrewYF

            Guess.

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

            Eck said “Masturbate” then quickly corrected himself.

            • John

              heh thought so

  • bobmac

    Sabathia will come through.Hopefully,Jeter looks at a few more pitches leading off.

  • nathan

    Just one win will do… and i hope its a come from behind, that will provide more confidence that they can come back against them Sux

    • Hobs

      No. I want a 48-0 beat down by the Yankees – some sort of historical beat down.

      • nathan

        that would certainly be a relief atleast for today….

      • OmgZombies

        Agreed its should be one of those oh you think sh*t is sweet pimp smacks

      • thurdonpaul

        wow , that would be awesome :)

  • pc69

    That was extremely funny! Great way to lighten the mood.

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

      Wild Thing! You make my butt sting!

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

        It’s too high.

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

          Who gives a shit? It’s gone.

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

            Mitchell Friedman?

            • pc69

              I just love Ueckers response “Ah shit”. How funny would it be to hear Sterling say, “The pitch…. Ah shit” ….”oops that ball is high.. it is far… it is caught”

  • Slu

    This is what CC gets the big bucks for.

    I have confidence that he will keep them in the game and take the pressure off the bullpen.

  • Stu H

    Completely off topic, but Christian Garcia’s on the DL…again. A shame, really, because he was performing exceptionally well. Will he ever be healthy enough to make it to the majors, and at what point do you have to give up on him being a starter…

    • Accent Shallow

      Argh.

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

    Survey:

    Should I rally toke before the first, or save it for when they need it?

    • Slu

      Before the first. I will join you.

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

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Don’t forget to bring a towel.

          I was going to wait until later, but now it’s like the party’s starting without me and I’m getting jealous. Damn you, Pawlikowski.

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

            I do what I can. I only took a small one. Figured it would be good to start with something, go for a rally toke if the Yanks need it in the later innings.

      • Kyle

        As will I

    • pat

      Now seems like a good idea for a preemptive toke.

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

        Done and done, sir.

        • Joey

          I’m with ya

      • pc69

        wow. I completely agree!

  • Bleakley

    How much longer until AJax makes it up to play centerfield even though he is striking out a ton at AAA? After the all-star break?

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

      Sept. cup of coffee at the absolute earliest.

    • nathan

      he sill lacks power… needs more seasoning at AAA.. show some power

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

    I’m glad I just got a surgery lesson on YES.

  • John

    Let’s win all the remaining games against the Sox!

    • nathan

      we certainly are on the precipice of a mega breakout

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Oh my god… The game hasn’t even started and Flaherty is talking about pitchers being proud of their fastball. I might have to mute this one.

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

      He said it how many damn times last night? Ugh. He’s up to a Kay level of hatred in my book now. I can has Cone, Singleton, and Lorenz, plz?

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Seriously. It’s infuriating. I just got angry at my TV and started cursing at Flaherty through it. I’m going to mute the TV and pull a Pawlikowski and chill out a bit, I’m a little on edge after the last couple of games.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    YES reads RAB.

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

      What was this in particular? I am not listening to a Kay/Flaherty game.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        They have been saying a few things commonly said here. Flaherty said Wang was on a short leash yesterday. I was kinda joking about this but I would not be surprised if they were reading RAB for some reason.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Shyt we betta win today.

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

    The “.309″ bullet point was the only thing that could even be considered a legit part of a “scouting report.” Remember when scouting reports said how fast a guy threw and what pitches he had? Ugh.

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

      The YES scouting reports are useless. I checked out an Astros game and they showed Wandy’s pitches, the range of velocities, and where he threw them. Now THAT is a scouting report.

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

        Yep. Wandy’s havin’ a great year, eh?

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Great year. Glad I picked him up before he made a start in fantasy.

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

            Yeah, I drafted him.

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

    John, every pitcher has to change speeds and locations to get by.

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

    That Dustin Pedroia. He dives for everything. It shows his heart, and his determination. What a classy player.

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

    That’s how you hit a curveball.

    • Carlos Beltran

      ::takes notes::

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

        Hahaha, IETCVM.

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

    Brett and Joe G.: take notes.

  • ArodMVP217

    Who is Jack from Major Leagues on our team?

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

      I keep thinking of someone who would call everyone else a loser, either by choice or by birth. I’m thinking Burnett.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I kind of want it to be Tex. Like, he’s this perfectly nice and courteous guy in public, but behind closed doors he’s like “you’re all losers, either by choice or by birth,” then he puts on his sunglasses and gets into his Porche with some cheap broad.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    The Yankees are pissed.

  • yanke1313

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    does Caleb Cotham really reach the high 90′s like it says?

    • pat

      He said in a pplus interview that he sits low 90′s and can hit the mid 90′s. Apparently he was pitching with a torn meniscus in his knee for half the season so Yankee brass thinks he probably has a little more in the tank.

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

        The guy I like is Sam Elam from Notre Dame. It’s probably exaggerated, but I heard 96 mph lefty.

        http://www.southbendtribune.co.....001/Sports

        • pat

          Yeah he apparently has no idea where it’s going. Ima be watching deangelo mack, awesome name and he hits boooombs.

          • Joey

            Billy Crystal is better than all these punks

  • pat

    Jeter says fuck this shit we’re not losing this game.

  • John

    aite Yankees, lets bring him home please

  • pc69

    I think the Yankees are cursed by the Marlins. Since 2003, this is what has happened.

    Carl Pavano signed – flop
    AJ Burnett signed – mediocre so far but dominated last year.
    Josh Beckett – pretty dominant against the Yanks
    Pudge Rodriguez – traded for last year, didn’t help
    Mike Lowell – was a Yankee, traded, then traded to Boston, done his damage.
    Girardi – may be coming out of his spell.

    Jury is still out on Cabrera, Willis, Penny, and who else am I missing

    • Mike HC

      They at least took Hanley Ramirez away from the Sox. Score that one for the Yanks

    • JobaWockeeZ

      What?
      Pavano agree.
      Burnett is too early to tell.
      Beckett has like a 5.00 ERA against the Yankees
      Pudge was here for short time.
      Lowell agree.

      • Accent Shallow

        Pudge was traded for as an upgrade over Molina, and proceeded to hit like Molina as a Yankee. Sure, small sample size, but he definitely hurt the (slim) playoff chances of the ’08 team.

  • John

    that 1st strike to tex was NOT a strike

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

      If he’s giving that to CC I have no issue.

      • John

        yea, i’ll check for that

  • John

    man, i hate non-productive outs like line outs in the infield

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

    Man. I wish A-Rod were the type of guy to just bury Penny. He could take him.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    he did dat on porpuse.

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

    And the lowlife douchebags in Fenway cheer Alex getting drilled.

    I’m shocked.

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

    And the fans fucking cheer for it. Wow.

    • Whitey14

      You didn’t seem to have any problem with this comment posted very early in the thread….

      “SouthernYankeeFan says:

      June 11th, 2009 at 6:41 pm CC will break the streak, and if we are lucky he will plunk Youk in the process.”

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

    Oh bullshit, a warning? Now they can’t retaliate.

    • V

      Makes absolutely no sense to me. None. Penny hits a Yankee, so the Yankees are warned. How does that make sense?

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      Late in the game wen cc getting tired u take him out and put veras in to drill sumone.

      • V

        And then when Veras drills someone, you put in Tomko to hit someone else.

        • yankeefan91 Arod fan

          yep

  • pc69

    On purpose, classy Boston fans. Then again they gave Fat Papi a standing ovation for a stupid HR>

  • John

    damn penny turned it up to 97 to hit A-rod after going 94-95 before

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Why did we get a warning?

  • Raf

    too bad CC doesnt get a chance to fire one back. hope hes not timid about coming inside

    • Ivan

      I would luv if CC hit Pedroia and charge the mound and CC crush that lil bitch.

  • Ivan

    Bunch of bitches.

  • V

    Cano fouls off too many meatballs.

    His plate approach looks ok – he’s swinging at strikes, laying off bad pitches, much better than last year.

    But he’s fouling off meatballs.

  • OmgZombies

    Thats bull he better be suspended

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

    Fuck it, send Veras out there to hit someone in the bottom of the first, let him get tossed, and then put CC in.

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

      Heh, good idea.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      And something on there back that’s fast. Man we got a warning too early.
      At least no Red Sox fan likes this fatass loser (Brad Penny)

    • John

      nah i’d rather wait…he might give up a HR

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

      CC to TEH PEN!!!1111!!

    • DGeezy

      ugh i hate when our pitchers give up hits on 0-2

  • pat

    Whatever if that happened in yankee stadium and CC drilled youkilis yall know sure as shit you’d be giving CC a standing ovation. Anybody who says otherwise is a f*cking liar.

    • V

      Normally I wouldn’t. Now? I would. Particularly if Penny’s pitching that day.

  • Accent Shallow

    Way to foul off two balls that were way out of the strike zone, Robbie.

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

    Cano rarely comes through in these spots, and lately he’s been awful. Batting 1-something for June.

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

    Watch the split Robbie…

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

      Or stop swinging at fastballs above your damn throat.

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

    Alex, stop talking to Youkilis. He’s bad for you.

    • John

      it was distraction for the SB

  • JobaWockeeZ

    STOP WITH THE DAMN PROTECTION KAY!
    You NEVER did this last year! Oh my God please stop. I’m pretty damn sure it isn’t protection as to why Robbie and A-Rod are slumping.

  • John

    Cmon robbie make em pay with a 3 run shot

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

    I must say I am enjoying the booth so far. I hope I don’t jinx it.

  • Accent Shallow

    If Robbie had a little more patience, that might have been ball four.

  • Manimal

    This at bat is SOOOOOO gritty.

  • Ivan

    Cano is missing some pitches to hit.

    • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

      I can’t stand Cano.

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

    If anyone had tickets for the May 3rd game vs the Angels that was rained out, its been rescheduled for September 14th.

    Last week’s June 5th rain out vs The Rays has been rescheduled as a Labor Day double header.

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

    Fuck. If that’d ended in a hit it would have been by far my favorite at bat of the season.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Brad Penny jumps the list of Red Sox I hate this year.
    Let’s rock him next inning.

  • yanke1313

    B Penny is strictly a “fatass”.

  • BigBlueAL

    0-3 w/RISP in the 1st inning. Nice start. Lets go CC!!!!

  • Ivan

    The ump gave a warning cuz he know CC would plunk one of the sox players and knowing damn well that not one of the sox player would wanna fight a 6″7, 300LBS, athletic, angry black guy. He fucking kill those bastards

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

    I’m excited for CC’s strikeout numbers to climb.

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

    What’s with the sneaky ads? The listerine popup shit, the verizon in the scouting report thing. It’s almost like they want us to talk about them…

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

      YES wants the dolla bills.

  • John

    0-3 with RISP already…

  • pat

    Wow a new low. 2 corporate mentions in the little bullshit scouting report on cc sabathia.

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

    OMG CC THREW A BALL WIDE. HIS CONTROL IS SO OFF. THIS IS GONNA BE A LONG GAME.

    /Axl’d

    • JobaWockeeZ

      And he’s right because he’s always right.

  • pc69

    Actually, who ever mentioned Veras drilling someone, that would be a stand up thing for him to do AND a win-win for the Yankees – Veras does a stand up thing and Yankee fans go at least 5 games without any Veras sightings.

  • Accent Shallow

    In any other park, that’s an easy out, but here, it’s a foot away from being a double. What a joke.

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

    Tony Pena is a fucking trooper.

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

    You know Pedroia dented the foul pole once! That’s powah!

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

    They can sugar-coat this all they want, Cervelli is quickly becoming CC’s personal catcher. And there are other pitchers on the staff that don’t love throwing to Posada, either.

    • Accent Shallow

      Hasn’t it been that way for years, though? The Yankees have sacrificed defense/relationship with pitchers in exchange for Posada’s bat.

      Been a relatively fair tradeoff, in my opinion.

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

    Gotta get that ball up, CC.

  • pc69

    Yankees pitchers location with 2 strike sucks this series.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    What the hell. Those were strikes weren’t they?

    • John

      outside according to gameday

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Oh thanks.

  • John

    Cmon CC…dont be afraid to go inside

  • pc69

    Is it me or do the Yankee pitcher seem scared of the 1-5 on the Red Sox? WTF?

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

      Dave Robertson begs to differ.

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

      Also, Pedroia has only 1 hit the whole series so…

  • BigBlueAL

    CC’s location is horrible right now.

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

    Does anyone now where the live pitch F/X site is?

  • pat

    Yankees signed 11th round pick Neil Medchill

    • pat

      Neil Medchill, OF, Oklahoma State: A left-handed power hitter, Medchill had a monster season this year as a junior, hitting .332 while leading the team with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs. He was drafted in the 33rd round of last year’s draft by the New York Mets but did not sign.

      • Accent Shallow

        Has a + ridiculous name tool.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    If you’re scared of the Red Sox catching signs, we should try doing it too.

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

    Any chance for 2?

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

      Too slow.

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

        ICWUDT.

  • Raf

    dang it seems like every ground ball hit in a DP situation by the Soxs this series has been too slow to turn it

    • JobaWockeeZ

      That wouldn’t have been a DP. A-Rod did the right thing of taking out the lead runner. And it didn’t hurt in the end.

      • Raf

        yeah i know Arod had no other play. would’ve been nice if the ball was hit a bit harder for him to go around the horn and get out of the inning

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Oh yeah that has happened a couple times this series I guess. My bad for misinterpreting.

  • BigBlueAL

    Man the YES gun had every pitch in that ab to Bay at 92, despite the last 2 pitches clearly being a slider and changeup. They really need to either fix the gun or just stop showing the MPH, it really is embarrassing.

    • Accent Shallow

      They’ve shown several pitches this series that were clearly sliders or curves at 92+ MPH.

      • BigBlueAL

        Last 2 games they werent on the package, the YES broadcast I mean, so tonight is the only game of this series Im watching on YES.

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

    Whatever Eiland and Cervelli said, it worked.

  • Accent Shallow

    No hitters are out of play for both teams.

    /Turns game off

  • yanke1313

    cc being squeezed

    • John

      yea, Wang got squeezed low yesterday too

  • John

    nice CC…pumpin gas at 97

  • Ivan

    Joel Zumaya just 102MPH on his FB.

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      last week he trew 19 pitches over 100mph.

  • Shark River Blues

    Any partial plan holders try exchanging tickets through the Yankees? If so, any good?

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

    Bit of a wide zone up and down for this ump.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah a couple of those pitches outside are balls according to gameday.

  • BigBlueAL

    OMG Livan tomorrow night!!! If the Yankees dont knock him out early then we really have a problem. Actually the last couple of times he has faced the Yankees they have killed him I believe. I clearly remember them spanking him in NY when he pitched for Arizona.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Lane whatshisname reporting the first draft signing…

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

    John Smoltz is getting out AAA hitters easily?! You don’t say!

    • Tom Zig

      Will Smoltz really be that good? A 42 year old coming off near career ending shoulder surgery…hmmmmm

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

      They should trade him for a Justin Smoak type.

  • Dorian

    They are definitely stealing the signs. For anyone who has DVR or TIVO rewind to the flyout by Lowell. Watch Youkilis after the sign and before the pitch he moves his head in the direction of the pitch and Lowell proceeds to take an opposite field swing.

    I actually have no problem with this. I just would like to some red sox with some dirt on their back.

    • Raf

      thats beat if true but whatever. just gotta work around it.

    • Shark River Blues

      Nice pickup. I often wonder if people in the clubhouse try and get signs from TV.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Swish! Tip teh pitchas A-Rod style!

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

    Swisher is heating up once again!!!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    man that was an awsome at bat by Swish.

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

    What an at-bat. Swish at the plate is a thing of beauty.

    • Ivan

      Don’t tell Steve Lombardi that.

    • Ivan

      Don’t tell Steve Lombardi that.

  • BigBlueAL

    Smoltz 1-2 in the WS vs the Yankees though!!!! Granted one of the losses was 1-0 but too bad.

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

    Nice hit, Swish.

  • Slu

    How close was that to a homer? Sterling started his homerun call before stopping. “Hit high in the air to left…”

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

      10 feet higher and it was gone. It hit high off the wall.

      • Slu

        Thanks. Just trying to gauge how much Sterling is paying attention tonight.

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

          I’ve been there.

        • Accent Shallow

          He’s losing it, I think. Or he just can’t see shit.

  • John

    and sweish had a bad call too!

  • BigBlueAL

    Melky bunt coming up!! God I hope not….

    • Slu

      I hope not as well, but he got one down last night.

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

    STOP BUNTING!!!

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

    Are you fucking KIDDING ME?

  • Shark River Blues

    No bunting! no bunts!
    - Stevie Janowski

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

    Penny is duh ballz! They should trade him for a DH with some wicked powah to replace Papi in duh lineup.

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

      Or a “Justin Smoak-type of bat” as Gammons reported.

  • Accent Shallow

    Stop bunting, please! It’s the second inning against a lousy pitcher!

    Girardi is killing me.

    • Accent Shallow

      (With this small ball crap.)

  • BigBlueAL

    WTF are you fucking serious!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cervelli is on deck for crying out loud, and its only the 2nd fucking inning!!!!

    • BigBlueAL

      OK not bunting now, Im relaxed now.

  • John

    bunt in the 2nd inning?

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

    Work…that…walk! Work…that…walk!

  • Tom Zig

    Now why couldn’t we foul this many pitches off the previous 2 games?

  • pat

    At least we’re working Penny’s pitch count.

  • Raf

    ugh. too close to take.

  • BigBlueAL

    But of course.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    That was down.

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

    Too close to take, Melk.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    sit down melky that was a strike.

  • Dorian

    Melky says “this is why you bunt me”

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

    Can MLB network not afford a K-zone! They’re the MLB network for Mo’s sake!!!!!!!!

  • Manimal

    Why are the umps absolutely TERRIBLE when we play the sox. I mean for both sides. Big games like these should have the best umps.

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

    See what I mean about a big zone up and down?

  • Accent Shallow

    Yeah, that certainly looked like strike 3. Can’t bitch too much, for once.

  • Shark River Blues

    Wish Frankie was looking first pitch fastball there…

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    come on cervelli get em in.

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

    How come on Swish. Two days in a row.

  • Raf

    not fucking again Swish. what the hell

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

    You’re killing me, Nick.

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

      Two days in a row.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Again Swisher? Come on….

  • Accent Shallow

    What the hell, Swisher? Twice in two games?!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    daamit swisherrrrrrrrrr.

  • Tom Zig

    Swisher…why

  • BigBlueAL

    Im going to kill myself now….

  • Slu

    Swish didn’t learn anything from last night?

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    SWISHEr get youre fucking head out of your ass WTF

  • pat

    un fucking believable.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Penny shut up.

  • Shark River Blues

    Swish giveth and Swish taketh away.

  • Raf

    now we get to hear how Bay did an awesome job on faking Swish out.
    no Swish was just a dumbass in that situation

  • Ivan

    All I can do laugh, of what Swisher did, just to cover up the absolute anger.

  • V

    It’s time for him to hit the bench. That’s three dumb mistakes in two days.

    Put Gardner in CF, Melky in right.

  • Bleakley

    He needs to be benched for that.

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

    Girardi should bench him, yank him out right now and send a message.

  • RichYF

    I don’t even see a benefit for being at third instead of halfway there. What does he gain? If it’s off the monster there’s no way he doesn’t score.

    Boggles the mind.

    NITWIT SWISHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • kunaldo

    what the fuck

  • Yankee1010

    That was a new way not to score the runners in scoring position.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Anyone can tell that Bay was faking.

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

    Sigh.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    fuckkkkkkkkk ortizzzz are u serious.

  • Tom Zig

    Oh boy…here we go again.

  • V

    It looks like Ortiz is back.

    Of course he does it vs. the Yankees.

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

    Aaaaaaaaaaand now starts the David Ortiz correction.

  • RichYF

    Papi’s back bitches!!!!!

  • Raf

    just mind boggling how this changes so quickly.
    run out of an inning then Ortiz hits one out

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Fuck now this shit. They better test Ortiz’s fat ass.

  • Accent Shallow

    Have I died and woken up in some sort of nightmarish universe?

  • Kyle

    I’m going to vomit if I have to see another curtain call

  • Shark River Blues

    Baseball gods punishing the Yankees for Swisher’s stupidity.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    This sh*t sucks

  • Yankee1010

    Jeez. Are they trying to make sure that Ortiz gets it going again?

    The Yanks will still win tonight, but good God.

  • ARX

    …….

  • BigBlueAL

    You know, playing the Red Sox has to be getting in the Yankees heads now because how else to explain the horrible base-running, defense, pitching and hitting w/RISP. They have to be pressing extra because they are playing the Red Sox. I mean how else to explain this (besides small-sample size). They were playing great baseball until they got to Fenway. Now CC cant even keep Papi in the fucking ballpark.

    • Raf

      i could see this. its always big when they play them and given how they’ve started the season, they’re trying to force things instead of just playing like they normally do

    • Tom Zig

      2-22 over the past 3 games with RISP. Does that still count as a small sample size

    • mustang

      This is building for something great in the future. Unfortunately in order to enjoy that we must thought this.
      Just a theory.

      • mustang

        must go

  • mick

    Are we seeing Melky from last June?

  • dkidd

    very very frustating

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

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are they giving the Twilight zone on MLB network!?!?!?!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    another curtain call wtf.

    • Slu

      Unbelievable.

  • dkidd

    very very frustrating

  • mustang

    Someone tell me what’s wrong with Ortiz again?

    He looks just fine to me.

  • Dorian

    THIS IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS WHAAT TEH FUCK DAMMIT

  • Stryker

    fuck.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    There were a number of particularly delightful incidents. There is, for example, the physicist who introduced me to one of my favorite “laws,” which he described as “Murphy’s law or the fourth law of thermodynamics” (actually there were only three last I heard) which states: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”[6]

    • Accent Shallow

      I have never heard Murphy’s Law referred to as “the fourth law of thermodynamics.”

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

    How many fucking replays are they going to show? For fuck’s sake.

  • pat

    Wow it must be nice to be a sox fan right now.

  • Jay J

    lets give struggling players fastballs down the middle…

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

      Well, yeah. Ortiz hasn’t caught up to anything all year.

      • RichYF

        Think he’s cheating FB?

        That’s all I can think of. He probably would have broken his hip if that were a slider.

        • Ivan

          Oh yeah, he has little chance against good FB’s if he doesn’t cheat.

      • Yankee1010

        Right. It’s better than walking a guy who hasn’t hit anything, including pitches down the middle.

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

    I just realized how enormous CC’s glove is.

    • Raf

      the Gary Sheffield glove of pitching

  • Dorian

    I haven’t been this angry in a long time.

  • Nick L

    its only 1-0, CC will be fine

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Not that he won’t be fine it’s the Yankee offense worrying me.

      • Nick L

        yea there is cause for concern. CC will hopefully keep it to one.

  • Yankee1010

    The curtain calls are ridiculous. They’re made even more ridiculous because that’s twice that Ortiz has waited until the exact moment that the Yankee pitcher is delivering the pitch. He needs to be set straight.

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

      What did Lou Gehrig say, he knew it was time to quick when everyone congratulated him on routine plays?

      • mustang

        Wow… that’s good.

      • Yankee1010

        Right. I would be embarrassed if I was Ortiz. He got an ovation for his 400 foot out to CF last night.

  • E-ROC

    Its pretty sad that Ortiz is getting healthy against the Yankees.

  • Jay J

    Yankees at bat, pitch doesnt touch plate, its a strike… Red Sox at bat, CC just hit corner… middle height… it’s a ball.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I opened gameday for only an inning but Penny is getting these close calls whereas CC isn’t.

  • RichYF

    This lead definitely FEELS a lot bigger than 1-0.

    Let’s see if the offense can pick CC and Swisher up next inning.

  • Slu

    Just a solo shot. There is no way the Yankees get shut out.

    • Accent Shallow

      Just a solo shot isn’t the upsetting part, it’s that it’s against a unlikeable bastard who has looked done up until this point.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Not to mentioned 2 of his 4 HR’s came against us in this series.
        Depressing but as said it’s only 1 run. But this Yankee offense has been worrying me with its lack of clutch hitting.
        To all people wondering why Brett Garnder doesn’t run, he knows the team will never hit if he goes to scoring position. That’s why he stays at first base.

      • Slu

        I hear ya, but I am trying to keep some perspective.

  • Accent Shallow

    You know what I could use? Another YES replay of the Ortiz jack. Christ.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      How would you like it? From his perspective, following the ball or the usual perspective of the HR? Or all 3?

  • Dorian

    Sloppi cycled back on for this series

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

    It’s fucking Nick Green. Go. Right. At. Him.

  • pat

    We need to prison rape the mets this weekend to make me feel better about these past few games.

  • Dorian

    0-4 RISP not good

    • Tom Zig

      0-5

  • Raf

    Carl Crawford just went on the fake to 3rd-go to 1st play and made it to 2nd in time

  • Lily

    wasn’t ortiz slumping? wait against us hes become the old ortiz. the way this game has been going there is not way were going to win.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      They try twice as hard against us.

    • Double T

      It’s 1-0 in the 3rd are you kidding me?

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

      Sabathia didn’t get his pitch out enough. It stayed over the plate. it’s not because of effort or anythign else. CC made a shitty pitch and Ortiz hit it.

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

    They couldn’t find an actual Yankee moment? I mean I know A-Rod is on the Yankees and all but come on…

  • John

    This reminds me of Delgado coming alive against us last year after being pronounced dead like Papi. He had a huge series against us.

  • Tom Zig

    Here is my plan. CC goes 8.2 innings, you then move him to right field. You bring in Veras and he plunks whoever it is at the plate. You then put CC back on the mound and put Melky in right and gardner in center.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      After Veras use Swish to redeem himself. To satisfy Swish let him hit Bay.

    • Jay J

      PERFECT.

    • Slu

      That would be hilarious.

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

    Lowell looked awful on that.

  • Jay J

    Way to go One Nut… $20 says if it was hit twice as hard, lowell would have magically ended up with it.

  • Slu

    Here we go…I am calling a big inning here. Penny has thrown a lot of pitches.

  • RichYF

    Lowell doing his best impression of A-Rod over at 3rd.

    • Jay J

      A-Rod doesnt miss makeable plays.

      • RichYF

        I was referring to the post-operation A-Rod where he kind of “lays down” instead of fielding the ball…

        At least that’s what I see.

    • Raf

      odd to see him miss on a ball like that.

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees due for a big inning which hopefully opens up the flood gates.

  • Double T

    Brad Penny doesn’t look comfy out there I hope the bats can make him feel worse…

  • Lily

    that pitch to johnny where was that? how is that a strike

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Penny is getting all the borderline calls, it’s ridiculous.

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

    What a fucking awful hack.

  • Jay J

    Johnny, might be tired from ballet class? what was that?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He had to swing. Penny is getting all the borderline calls.
      But CC isn’t.

      • Jay J

        he should be swinging, just swing, dont do spins…

  • John

    man, none of those were strikes to Damon according to Gameday except the last one

  • Slu

    Should be 2-0 to Tiex. Jebus.

  • BigBlueAL

    Penny pinpointing now like he is Greg Maddux.

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

    It was the same yesterday with Wakefield.

  • Raf

    Penny decided to pitch like the All Star he was a couple of years ago tonight and not the dude getting hit in the AL this year

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

      The ump decided Penny was going to pitch like the All Star he was a couple of years ago tonight and not the dude getting hit in the AL this year.

      Fixed

      • Raf

        ehh that too. hes pounding the zone though.

  • John

    The damn ump is forcing us to change our approach and swing at bad pitches

    • Jay J

      Thats been 90% of our games this year, and we’re only one game out of first? i wonder what we could be…

  • pc69

    I swear I am watching a game from April where the Yankees just laid down.

  • Slu

    The umpiring is fucking bullshit.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      While I agree Gameday had them all borderline strikes against A-Rod.
      They were accurate.
      But CC will not get these calls.

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

    They don’t deserve to beat them, Girardi needs to start busting heads.

  • BigBlueAL

    Thataway to get back at Penny for drilling you Arod.

  • Jay J

    we definitely need an energy boost, next time someone gets hit, charge the mound, for the sake of the game.

  • John

    well, CC didnt get that called strike 3 to Alex once yet in Gameday…BULLSHIT!

  • Dorian

    Why is it that the Red Sox will go the other way and we won’t?