Game 62: Hoping Veras pitches today

Observation: Joba should listen to Jorge
Game 62 Spillover Thread

What the Yankees could use today — well, what they could use any day, but today especially — is a good ol’ fashioned drubbing. The kind of game where fans go home in the third inning because the score is 12-0 and the Yanks have runners on the corners with none out. After the last week, which felt more like a season unto itself, I think the team and its fans would feel a lot better after a win in the most decisive manner.

They’ll certainly get the chance to do so, as the Mets trot out Fernando Nieve for his first start this season, which will be the 12th of his career. The other 11 came in 2006 for Houston, where he threw 61.2 innings to a 4.67 ERA. He was far more effective out of the bullpen that year, throwing 34.2 innings of 3.38 ERA ball. He threw just 21.2 innings in 2007, all of which came at Houston’s Round Rock AAA affiliate. His season ended early, though, as he underwent Tommy John Surgery in early May of that year.

Nieve made a surprisingly fast return to the mound, as he tossed five innings in Round Rock’s game on April 6, 2008, a hair shy of 11 months from the date of his surgery. He started six games for Round Rock before the Astros moved him to the bullpen, where he appeared three times before his recall on May 16. After four appearances in which Nieve allowed six runs over three innings, including a zero-inning, four-run performance on May 25, the Astros optioned him to AAA again. They recalled him again on September 1, and he pitched fairly well for the rest of the season.

The Astros brought Nieve to camp in 2009 to see if he could compete for a rotation spot. However, it was all or nothing for the 26-year-old, as he was out of options. The Astros placed him on waivers on March 13, and the Mets claimed him on March 15. The Mets then placed him on waivers after he didn’t make the club, but this time he passed through unclaimed, opening the door for his assignment to AA Binghamton.

After five appearances there, four of which were starts, Nieve moved up to AAA, where he started four games. The Mets recalled him last Friday, and he’s made one appearance since, a two-inning relief appearance against the Nationals in which he struck out two and allowed just one hit. This will be his first major league start since June 15, 2006.

Andy Pettitte will try to give the bullpen a rest today, something he hasn’t been able to do over his past few starts. If there was ever a day to do it, Andy, it’s today.

Note: Brian Bruney pitched a scoreless inning today in Trenton in which he threw 12 pitches, eight for strikes. He was hitting 94 on the gun, another good sign. He could be activated as soon as Tuesday. If Brett Tomko isn’t the roster casualty, I’m not sure what the Yanks are thinking.

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. Melky Cabrera, RF
9. Brett Gardner, CF

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

Observation: Joba should listen to Jorge
Game 62 Spillover Thread
  • Eric

    So dumb to bench Swisher. If you don’t want him in the field, he’s still a massive upgrade over Matsui at DH.

    • Zach

      guys need days off, swisher had 3 games off since may 1st.
      matsui has 5 hits in his last 3 games

      • ArodMVP217 FTW!

        I really am not fond of having to watch Gardner…

        • Mike HC

          I agree with you there. I am not the biggest Gardner fan. I guess he has been playing decent enough though.

    • Zach

      Plus Santana is pitching tomorrow so Matsui will sit then

  • Double T

    Maybe it’s this So Cal weather but I’m feeling good vibes for the Yankees. Andy will be strong and we will put up some runs on this guy.

  • TehEighth!

    OAKTAG!

    • TehEighth!

      Oh that was supposed to be a reply to the Swish > Matsui comment.

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

      Please do not abuse the Oaktag meme.

      • ArodMVP217 FTW!

        mime?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          Don’t abuse mimes either. That’s just wrong.

  • ArodMVP217 FTW!

    Bru pitched for TT, jsy know

  • Praveen

    Bruney pitched in Trenton not Scranton.

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

    Noted re: Bruney in Trenton. My bad.

  • ArodMVP217 FTW!

    I’m hoping to see Veras start back up one more time before DFA. this is the lineup to impose his will; maybe they were working on a higher slot or four seaming it during his layofff?

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

    Any shot in hell they get the game in? the weather is awful

    • Mike HC

      I think they will get it in. It is not supposed to be that bad.

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

    Pregame audio troubles. Good start, FOX.

    • Bob Stone

      This sucks – Can’t hear a thing!

      • Bob Stone

        I just switched from HD to SD and the sound is working

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        Your definition of sucks and mine do not line up. Pre-game audio problems on Fox? That means no McCarver and Buck!

        • Bob Stone

          LOL!!!

        • thurdonpaul

          yeah, the YES crew is pretty good, compared to this group

  • Manimal

    I love Bruney even more after his K-rod comments.

    “Couldn’t have happened to a better guy on the mound, either. He’s got a tired act,” Bruney said. “He gets what he deserves, man. I just don’t like watching the guy pitch. I think it’s embarrassing.”

    • Zach

      That’s like Yankee fans making fun of other teams for having a steroid guy on their team. You dont think Joba is a tired act? Wait its pure emotion so he gets a pass

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Got to admit, that was a pretty funny interview.

    • Zach

      Ha wish he said who smells the worse

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        The ‘Ralph Tresvant shag”. Good look. Classy.

        • Zach

          I think Rose is the first person to make fun of Jeter for having the same hair for the last 13 years

  • MikeD

    Okay, it’s bad enough I have to listen to Fox Baseball. It’s even worse when they’re having audio troubles. How difficult is it to a baseball game?

    • RunnerS122

      Oddly, there commercials audio is fine though??

    • JobaJr

      Gahh, this is gonna be the biggest headache.

  • Quikksand

    Death to FOX SPORTS! Their audio quality is BALLS!

    • Bob Stone

      Switch from HD to Stand Def – At least the sound works there. This problem is probably related to the fact that Standard Def was supposed to disappear at midnight yesterday.

      • Butterscotch

        The Digital Transition has nothing to do with HD and SD – it’s about the method of signal transmission.

        • Bob Stone

          Then how do explain that SD audio was working adn HD audio was unlistenable?

          • Butterscotch

            2 different feeds. But has zero to do with the transition.

    • Alex S

      i thought i was the only 1 having problems. vulume spikes up and down every second

  • mko

    Oh god no…WHY, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    (Buck & McCarver)

    And Bruney is an idiot for saying what he did about K-Rod. Check PeteAbe if you don’t know what I’m writing about…

    • Zach

      “I don’t even know who that guy is,” he said. Rodriguez seemed tempted to say more but declined further comment.

      Ha I like KRod’s response. If you’ve only been good for 44 innings over the last two years dont talk trash

  • TehEighth!

    What kind of audio troubles you guys having? I hear it perfectly here.

    • Bob Stone

      You must be on Standard Definition instead of HD

      • manimal

        Ew… SD.

  • manimal

    hahahah they did cheer him

  • JobaJr

    The birdbrains fixed it. Thank you.

  • Bob Stone

    My HD audio is finally better – still a little muddy

  • Quikksand

    Did you see that! They gave Castillo a standing ovation!

  • Accent Shallow

    Throw strikes, Andy.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    McCarver: “Back when I played, when you grounded out, you ran the entire bases, because you had to always hustle!!!”

  • Quikksand

    Nice play by Pettitte.

  • manimal

    Nifty play there.

  • WesternYankeeFan

    Wow, what a play by Andy Pettitte.

  • Dela G

    lets hope the yankees can turn it around today pitching wise

  • Accent Shallow

    They just flashed a graphic: “No Met has ever led the league in hitting.”

    Certainly fits in with the story of the franchise.

  • Zach

    Glad they waited til the 4th batter to talk about the bandbox

  • Accent Shallow

    Wow, that was a rocket.

    • Zach

      looked like a double off the bat

  • WesternYankeeFan

    That 90 mph way-outside fastball doesn’t look very good. He’s thrown three or four of them now. Hopefully he can start getting a better location on it..

    That’s gotta be painful for David Wright.

  • Luis Polonia

    Over/under on Pettite innings today is 5.5. What do you guys think?

    • WesternYankeeFan

      5.5 innings?

    • zs190

      slightly over, I think he goes 6.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Over–but I’m an optimistic idiot, so…

  • Austin

    Anyone else getting alot of audio problems?

    • Accent Shallow

      I have it on mute, so I’m golden. No Joe Buck? It’s fantastic.

      • Austin

        Hahahaha thats a great plan

  • Accent Shallow

    So, Fernando Nieve — CG SHO, or 3 IP, 5 runs?

  • Zach

    damn 95

  • Zach

    does he have any other pitch other than a fastball?

    • Accent Shallow

      I saw a change to Johnny.

      • Zach

        alright, missed that

  • Dorian

    BTW Did any of you hear Joba’s and Girardi’s reaction to last night’s start?

    • Accent Shallow

      No, was it “Joba has to throw strikes and get deeper in games.” How could it be anything beyond that?

      • Dorian

        There were a clan who thought that it was ok that Joba was throwing breaking ball after breaking ball and Girardi and Joba both disagreed.

  • Jamal G.

    Hey, Buck, that was a homer in Fenway Park.

    • Zach

      but thats an old time park so it doesnt count

  • Accent Shallow

    Sheff flied out to the track?

    Clearly whoever designed the ballpark and determined the dimensions is racist.

  • E-ROC

    That wasn’t a strike?

  • Zach

    WOW strike 3

  • TehEighth!

    Thanks for the outs Mutts!

  • WesternYankeeFan

    Wow, thanks Ryan Church.

  • Zach

    Jerry Manuel hates Ryan Church. Bunt in 2nd inning with 1 out so Omir Santos can drive him in

  • Accent Shallow

    I am willing to bet that Andy Pettitte has one of the lowest ratios of 1-2-3 innings to innings pitched in the majors.

    Also, nice of Manuel to do his best to out-small ball Girardi. Sacrificing Church to get to Omir Santos?!

  • zs190

    man, Ryan Church bunting to let Omir Santos bat, in the 2nd inning no less, awesome…for us.

    • zs190

      Geez…maybe I understimated Omir Santos.

  • TehEighth!

    Omir effing Santos?

  • McCaff

    Hughes

  • WesternYankeeFan

    It seems like since the start of the series in Boston, the home plate umpires have been squeezing Yankees pitching.

  • Accent Shallow

    Oh, Andy.

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

      . . .well you gave and you gave without takin’

      But I sent you away, Ohhh Andy.

  • Quikksand

    2 run hr

  • http://www.eporro.com Eric SanInocencio

    That went out? Really. End of bat wasn’t it?

  • Dela G

    damn it, they hit an effing home run

  • Accent Shallow

    Brett,

    Thanks for not doing a White Guy Dive ™ and letting that ball roll to the wall.

  • Russell NY

    Omir fing Santos. Man I feel like we are seeing yet another string of poor starts by the Yankees. 42 pitches for Andy and we aren’t even out of the 2nd inning yet. Bullpen here we come.

    • http://www.eporro.com Eric SanInocencio

      That’s the park man. That ball wasn’t hit hard at all.

      • Zach

        So there’s a jet stream to right and left?

  • BigBlueAL

    This pitching staff is getting on my nerves.

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

    Yankees pitching is making me very depressed these days.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’d love to insert Hughes in the rotation for Andy, but that’s clearly not realistic right now. Especially with the way Wang has pitched.

      • Zach

        Ok he hasnt pitched great, but he;s our 4th starter. hasnt pitched bad enough to pull him from the rotation

        • Accent Shallow

          He’s just been really shaky the past few games, likely due to the back issues. I’m not saying put him in the ‘pen, but a 15 day DL stay could help.

          • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

            Yes this. Before that back issue he looked shaky enough, now he looks even worse. I love Andy to death and his recent performances have been downright terrible.

            • Zach

              6 IP 2ER
              5 IP 4ER
              5 IP 1ER
              7 IP 4ER
              6.2IP 4ER
              6 IP 1ER

              yeah he’s been terrible

      • Dave

        I feel like Hughes would be our number 3 right now…

        • Accent Shallow

          Eh, Burnett is practically a lock to put it together. (Or go on the DL, of course). Wang and Pettitte, I’m not as confident in, for a variety of reasons.

  • Al D

    Good to see Andy doing his part for cancer research. Thats 14k in the bank.

  • Quikksand

    49 throws for pettitte

  • Jobamania

    ugh, our bullpen is taxed to death and this is what andy gives us?

  • Russell NY

    If he walks Cora I turn the TV off.

  • Accent Shallow

    Alex Cora not doing his part to win this game.

  • Zach

    jeter says fuck you to defensive stats

  • Quikksand

    This inning could have been worse. Nice play by Jeter, and a better scoop by Tex!

  • Dela G

    excellent play by jeter!

  • Dave

    Need to see some fireworks

  • Zach

    $14k!

  • Accent Shallow

    Alex doing his part for cancer research.

  • TehEighth!

    BUT AROD IS TEH UNCLUTCH! No one lieks th alex!

  • Alex S

    “as rodriguez pops it up to left…”

  • YankeeScribe

    Unclutch Rodriguez

  • BigBlueAL

    Cancer research is going to make a fortune in these next few games at Yankee Stadium.

  • Dave

    Hmm both of those due to the flat, rather than curved walls

    • Zach

      the walls are straight in LF too?

  • Accent Shallow

    I really hope they move the wall in right back to the YSII dimensions in the offseason. If the manual scoreboard has to go, so be it.

  • Frank

    Pettitte has nothing today. You could see from the first inning he is going to struggle. Looks like another long day for the pen.

  • Dela G

    AROD WAS MONEY!

    AN AAAA BOMB, FROM AAAAROD!

  • Jobamania

    AN APOPUP
    FROM AROD

  • Ivan

    Is Hughes Available?

    • zs190

      Probably not, probably saving him for Tuesday to pair with Wang. We have Aceves and Veras today, that’s about it.

      • Zach

        Robertson and Rivera are available

        • 27 this year

          really, Robertson, didn’t he throw almost 40 pitches yesterday?

          • Zach

            30

            8th inning im picking him over Veras

            • 27 this year

              depends on the score in the 8th inning but yea, I would probably choose him too.

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

        Mo should be available.

      • Zach

        Coke only thew 16 pitches so he should be available to

        • Charlie

          he’s thrown three days in a row

          • Zach

            16 pitches last night, 12 the game before, 9 the game before that.

            Not saying hes going 2 IP, but in a close game hes going in before Veras

    • 27 this year

      I doubt it. He threw 70 pitches on Wednesday. That is almost a start and would need more than two days. Maybe tomorrow but I doubt the Yanks want to risk it.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Baseball is so funny sometimes. Wright crushes a ball in the first right at someone, next at bat reaches on a nubber down the line.

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

    I’m so sick and tired of hearing people talk about the New Stadium. We get it, lots of homers are hit here, no need to repeat it over and over and over.

    And besides, what’s wrong with a couple extra homers?

    • 27 this year

      I have no problem with it but I do sort of agree with the notion of how much damage it does to your pitching staff especially when it comes ot prolonging struggles because compared to any park, no mistake stays in the park.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, you’d think an extreme park factor for HR would be lots of trouble for the pitching staff, even if the rest of the park plays (relatively) normally.

    • Double T

      Chicks dig the long ball anyway.

    • mko

      I think that it’s not “real” baseball anymore when balls are hit off the end of the bat or popped up and still go out of the park…
      But I’m a fan of defensive, quick and well pitched games. I chose a bad team to follow eh? ;)

    • Zach

      I hate it too, but its better then Joe and Tim giggling over the Yankees being 0-8 against Boston

    • YankeeScribe

      I don’t think it’s as bad as the media makes it seem. There are a lot more homers hit to right field but center and left field homers are about the same compared to the old stadium.

  • Russell NY

    Dang Andy! Single after single.

  • Charlie

    A world in which Andy Petitte didn’t suck would be much better.

  • 27 this year

    I think we need some roster moves to get fresh arms up. With the pitching staff pitching like it has been, we need some guys that can go length or at least a fresh arm. Melancon, take 2?

  • Ivan

    Pettitte is really an annoying pitcher to watch.

    • Charlie

      he’s the worst yankee starter to watch for sure, he gives up so many baserunners, its painful

      • 27 this year

        Ponson, part deux?

        • Charlie

          i mean this year

  • Russell NY

    “And besides, what’s wrong with a couple extra homers?”

    I hear you BUT what is wrong is for 82 games a year our pitchers (and our opponents, I get it but they don’t play as many games here as we do) don’t go deep into games because of all the hits and homers. So we are at a disadvantage pitching-wise because our bullpen gets overused more often.

    • 27 this year

      There is a such thing as a “Reply” button. Makes it easier for all of us to follow a certain topic.

  • 27 this year

    Yes, halfway decent inning. Too many baserunners, but only 12 pitches.

  • Dorian

    Does anybody really think that there is even the slightest possibility that we lose this game?

    • 27 this year

      of course, we have never see Nieve but the one difference is he throws hard. But he is a no name…

      • 27 this year

        plus he has only thrown like 35 pitches which is nothign.

  • Zach

    Aceves warming?

  • Accent Shallow

    Aceves up already? Uh oh.

    • 27 this year

      possible back trouble for Pettite maybe?

  • Accent Shallow

    Whoever is answering the phone in the ‘pen looks absolutely exasperated.

    • claybeez

      Harkey, I believe. Guessing Andy is hurt.

  • WesternYankeeFan

    What’s wrong with Andy?

  • zs190

    Aceves in bullpen already, ugh.

  • Accent Shallow

    Gardner does the team no good if he’s going to hit the ball in the air on a regular basis.

    (Unless Denard Span is playing the OF, of course)

  • Charlie

    shit, i’m getting worried about melky. hopefully this is just a slump and he’ll get hot again soon

    • 27 this year

      Seems too similar to last year’s decline. I don’t know what to do about Melky.

      • Charlie

        it doesn’t really make any sense, if he keeps slumping though maybe start grit in center to motivate him(although i’m not sure if his struggles are due to lack of motivation)

        • Accent Shallow

          I have no idea if motivation is the reason, but with the way Melky’s been playing, a few days off wouldn’t hurt. He doesn’t seem to be working the count and having good at-bats the way he was earlier in the year.

          • claybeez

            Funny, I’ve seen him have some good AB’s recently and hit the ball hard. He was 3/11 in BOS, albeit without any XBH’s and with a 3/0 K/BB.

  • Smitt Dog

    Phil looks like he wants to shoot himself in that bullpen…

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, he looked really, really bored.

      Then again, sitting in the pen when you’re unavailable has to be so beyond boring.

      (Or is he available?)

  • claybeez

    Weird. Pettitte looks fine. No way to tell – just have to wait for some word from Little Kenny.

  • 27 this year

    so question, who do the Yanks bring up to serve as a long reliever. Aceves is going to be used up today, Hughes may or may not be able to pitch after throwing 70 pitches and Burnett is an all or nothing pitcher.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      No need, Andy is going 6 today and Burnett 7 tomorrow. Optimism.

      • Zach

        its sad our pitchers have struggled facing a lineup of castillo, cora, santos, martinez and tatis. but i do agree AJ is going to show up big tomorrow

      • Dave

        Just say no to drugs.

  • Zach

    Andys going back out

    • Accent Shallow

      Good. He needs to at least get through the 6th.

  • Dave

    Add Neives to the long list of Garbage pitchers eating the yanks for lunch? I know its early, just frustrated,

    • TehEighth!

      Long list? Not even close.

      • Dave

        I was pretty sure this had been discussed before on RAB, how that yankees seem to struggle against no name mediocre pitchers…wether it is just perceived or a real tendency was debated.

  • Dorian

    Hello RAB’ers. My Name is Dorian and I have a man crush on Phil Hughes.

  • Double T

    Nice pair of sliders Andy.

  • Charlie

    i definitely would give andy petitte the award for having the best chin on the yankees

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    They’re really getting some weak hits

    • WesternYankeeFan

      “god, andy petitte is so bad its very difficult to watch. I hope he doesn’t get worse as the year goes along like last year, because we’re stuck with him & screwed if he does.”

      Pitching so bad it’s difficult to watch? Come on. A lot of the hits he’s given up have been cheap, soft grounders that are more dumb luck than anything else. It’s been bad luck. He’s been decent as a back of the rotation starter for the year. He’s kept us in several games so that we could get the win, and the Yankees are 9 – 3 when he takes the mound. How is that difficult to watch?

  • Accent Shallow

    WTF was that, Andy?

    • Zach

      Castillo stepped out in the middle of andy’s motion so he half stopped and tossed it in, thinking time was called. but it wasnt

  • Charlie

    I’m guessing what happened is Girardi realized something was up with petitte’s back and got aceves warming. When Andy saw movement in the pen though, he told Girardi he was fine just so he could get his incentive money.

    • Accent Shallow

      I really doubt the contract has anything to do with it. Andy’s a very proud and stubborn man. He wants the ball no matter what.

      • Charlie

        the contract probably has something to do with it, but i didn’t mean to right just for the money. I think its a combo of what you said & the incentives

        • TehEighth!

          Right. You should change you name to Andy Pettitte’s Mind.

          • Andy Petitte’s Mind

            there you go

    • TehEighth!

      Just for the money? Ok buddy.

    • TehEighth!

      Just for the money? Ok buddy.

    • thebusiness

      Yeah because pitching with a really bad back today would help him last the rest of the season…

    • Charlie

      Just for the money? OK buddy

      • TehEighth!

        Fail copying is fail =/
        Nice way to back up your arguement.

        • 27 this year

          the k you wrote was lower case and Charlie’s was upper case.

  • 27 this year

    80 pitches and not even through 4 full innings. Hopefully Aceves can go three or four solid innings.

    • Zach

      Andy goes 5. Aceves goes 2. Robertson/Coke finish up or Mo if necessary

      • Charlie

        robertson threw 30 yesterday & Coke has pitched 3 days in a row, so i doubt it’ll be them in the 8th/9th

        • Zach

          Coke threw 9, 12, and 16 pitches over those 3 days.

          Andy is looking he can get atleast 5 now so Aceves/Mo can clean up

          • Charlie

            andy is not getting to 5 at all

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

        Coke’s pitched in each of the last three games I believe.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Is the game going to extra innings? Because Pettitte going 6.

      • 27 this year

        I like the optimism. but like they say, hope for the best, plan for the worst.

  • Charlie

    just pick him off already

    • Charlie

      a K works, too. His pitch count is way up. Get ready Aceves

      • Zach

        its at 80, they’re not going to pull him at 100. he get can through 5

        • Zach

          atleast 5

  • Russell NY

    3 pitches, 2 quick outs. Take notes Andy.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Yep, throw meaty fastballs that get crushed but just happen to be hit right at the right fielder. Good strategy.

  • 27 this year

    Red Sox – all white including GM
    Mets – all latin including GM

    hmm, rascist anyone?

    • V

      Yeah, that David Ortiz – Mr. Whitey White White. Ditto Mr. David Wright – Mr. Latino.

      • 27 this year

        ok, I was expecting those examples. I am stating a very general statement. Name three guys on the Mets that aren’t latino and three on the Red Sox that aren’t white and I will accept that I was wrong.

        • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

          David Wright, Ryan Church, Daniel Murphy. Okajima, Saito, Ramirez

          • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

            There are more obviously, but I just stuck with the 3 people standard

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          Red Sox: Saito, Dice-K, Okajima.

          Wow, that wasn’t even a little bit difficult.

          Mets: David Wright, John Maine, Gary Sheffield.

        • Zach

          Delcarmen, Ortiz, Lowell

          Maine, Parnell, Wright

          now you’re wrong

          • Charlie

            wait, how is lowell not white?

            • Bob Stone

              Lowell is Hispanic

            • V

              Cuban.

              • Charlie

                my bad, he looks kinda white

          • Charlie

            i agree that he is completely wrong, though

        • TehEighth!

          Takashi Saito, Daisuke Matuszaka and David Ortiz.
          David Wright, Ryan Church and Mike Pelfrey

    • TehEighth!

      Red Sox have a couple Japanese players and the Mets are like half latino. I don’t see it as racist.

      • 27 this year

        ok, point taken.

    • Charlie

      yea, if you were serious, then that is a retarded statement

  • Capital T

    It is high, It is deep, its is….an out. STFU Sterling. Can’t we get even a decent radio guy?

    • Charlie

      kay is almost as bad as he is, all yankee anouncers pretty much suck

  • Charlie

    i knew that BB was coming, come on robbie make him pay

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Alex Cora showing Luis Castillo how it’s done. Unfortunately.

  • Quikksand

    Making Nieve look like Cy Young, it’s pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Eric

      Nieve has been extremely lucky today. The Yankees have crushed several balls right at fielders. He’s only got one Strikeout, it’s hardly been a great performance.

  • 27 this year

    so did burnett throw a pie in Castillo’s face or is he planning on throwing a baseball tomorrow at his face.

  • Charlie

    uh, cano please get a hit when we need one next time

  • thebusiness

    Cano can’t handle the fastball up and in, yet he always chases it. Kevin Long has to be working on that. That’s why he slumped big time to start the season last year. It wasn’t until June that he started turning on that pitch instead of popping it up the other way.

  • V

    So, there’s a possibility that the Yankees get the top two July 2nd signings??? They’re getting Sanchez, but are also in on Sano. Wow.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I’m not holding my breath, not after what happened last year with Ynoa. Still, one can dream…

      • V

        Yeah, Ynoa sucked. But I understand why the Yankees walked away, it still sucked.

    • 27 this year

      let’s hope so, be a great haul to add to the farm.

    • Accent Shallow

      Top IFAs are nice, but these kids are so far away (they’re 16/17) that it’s practically impossible to get excited.

      Additionally, I wonder if instead of spending $3M on one 16 year old, it’d be a better idea to spend $500k on six 16 year olds, you know?

      • V

        I doubt it. Tools is tools.

        Bryce Harper’s only 16, no? I’d rather have him than anyone in the draft not named Strasburg.

        • Accent Shallow

          Tools is tools, but with teenagers, so much of it is projection.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Wow, another weak ass hit.

  • TehEighth!

    Hard time breathing now he can breathe.
    No it’s all about the money obviously.

    • pc69

      No, no… he is here to win another championship (sarcasm)

  • BigBlueAL

    Mets really seem demoralized after last night.

  • pc69

    Ok, time to get Pettitte out of there. Yankees have 1 hit against a no name, this game could be out of reach quickly.

  • Dela G

    incredible

    we can’t even beat this scrub

    • Eric

      Relax, it’s the top of the fifth.

    • Charlie

      that’s cause Petitte fucking sucks

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Wow, this could get out of hand quickly

  • Charlie

    god, andy petitte is so bad its very difficult to watch. I hope he doesn’t get worse as the year goes along like last year, because we’re stuck with him & screwed if he does.

    • Eric

      He’s not having that bad of a game. He’s only walked one batter and the Mets have a bunch of very cheap hits.

      • Jobamania

        thats what andy does, he gives up base hits. he gets knocked around.

        nearly every start is a “battle” and people talk about it like its good.

        ANDY BATTLED THROUGH AND PUT THE YANKEES IN A POSITION TO WIN

        ugh

      • Charlie

        i don’t care how cheap their hits are, 4 earned runs (and counting) in 5 or less innings is just awful.

    • TehEighth!

      Yeah those 20 runs he gave up were deadly.

      • Charlie

        sorry, but i’m just not seeing where i said he gave up 20 runs.

  • g7uyyt

    Pettite is obviously not right

    • Charlie

      it would seem so, but either he’s not right and he’s a liar/joe girardi is stupid, or its just petitte declining

      • TehEighth!

        You honestly think you know everything do you?

        • Charlie

          huh? that comment says the opposite, that i don’t know what is wrong with Andy

      • pc69

        go with pettitte lying to Girardi and definitely declining.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

        why can’t it be both? he got pulled from a game because of his back this year already.

        and remember last year when we were thinking “wow something is wrong” and it turned out something was wrong, but they never even skipped a start.

  • Jobamania

    andy went to last years second half andy too soon this year

    One can only hope they stop trotting him out there sooner rather than later

    • Zach

      whos replacing him? and what are you doing with him?

      • Jobamania

        i much rather have hughes in this rotation over andy.

        and we should start looking at free agent pitchers to sign(byrd, pedro, whoever else is out there)

        second half Andy was just atrocious, and i do not want that all over.

        And lets hope to GOD wang gets his shit together

        • Charlie

          the only problem with that is what to do with Petitte. Release him on bad terms like Glavine?

          • Jobamania

            DL him, see what he has after some rest and rehab. But putting him out there every 5th fucking day to “battle”?

            hell fucking no.

            • Charlie

              agreed, but do you want wang in the rotation

              • Jobamania

                I much rather attempt to fix a guy throwing 95mph than a guy barely reaching 88mph.

                I still feel like Wang is fixable, he’s shown glimpses.

  • Russell NY

    How is it possible to get 4 REALLY BAD pitching performances in 5 games with our staff?

    • pc69

      their over paid and money is guaranteed.

      • Zach

        yeah Andy’s incentives are guaranteed…..

      • Accent Shallow

        Yeah, they should work out a way to give Joba less than the league minimum.

    • Jobamania

      because andy sucks
      burnett is off
      joba is learning on the job
      wang is wang

  • pc69

    95 pitches with 1 out in the top of the 5th. But at least he’ll get his money. good for you Andrew.

  • Russell NY

    10 hits and 4 runs versus 1 hit and 1 run. And we have the better pitcher on the mound versus some mediocre noob. And they are missing Reyes and Delgado. This shouldn’t happen.

  • batboy

    Please send pettitte to the DL…

  • Accent Shallow

    What the hell was that, Leche?

  • Zach

    Bobby Abreu is that you?

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    fucking shytttttttt.

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

    Andy Pettitte, GTFO.

  • BigBlueAL

    Veras will pitch today…

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Well, that was Abreu like from Melky there. Really poorly done.

  • Jake H

    Pettitte needs to go on the DL for suckyness.

  • WesternYankeeFan

    “god, andy petitte is so bad its very difficult to watch. I hope he doesn’t get worse as the year goes along like last year, because we’re stuck with him & screwed if he does.”

    Pitching so bad it’s difficult to watch? Come on. A lot of the hits he’s given up have been cheap, soft grounders that are more dumb luck than anything else. It’s been bad luck. He’s been decent as a back of the rotation starter for the year. He’s kept us in several games so that we could get the win, and the Yankees are 9 – 3 when he takes the mound. How is that difficult to watch?

    • claybeez

      They weren’t all bleeders. He left the ball up and gave up some scorchers.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        Wright’s double and Sheffield’s were the only hard hit balls I can think of right now

        • Jobamania

          you must be blind because even the numerous foul balls from the mets batters have been SCORCHED

          • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

            Right, because fouls balls count towards the score so that matters. Of the 11 hits (which by the way is how most runs are scored) only 3 or 4 were hit hard.

            • Jobamania

              that doesn’t change the fact that andy is tossing meatballs and they are getting good wood on the ball. You can’t run from that forever, in the end it will bite you in the ass hard

  • fg77h

    I guess May was just a dream. WTF?!?

  • pc69

    Game is not over but the Yankees will have to find a way to beat Cy young. Even 100 years old he is limiting this powerful offense to 1 hit. How Detroit could trade him to the Mets, wow.

    • TehEighth!


      He was never traded.
      And second we hit him ahrd they just were lucky they didn’t get out. He only has like 1 K so I don’t know how that is CY Young material.

    • V

      Please find a bridge and jump.

      • pc69

        Only if I can use you to break my fall. I can always count on your ray of sunshine.

        Do you hate everyone?

        • V

          Just idiotic whiners. That’d include you.

    • Accent Shallow

      I figured the “Detroit” reference was a joke, but Cy Young’s last season was with the Boston club in the NL, so the Braves would own his current rights.

      You know, if he were still alive.

      • pc69

        It was. good point, forgot about the Braves.

  • claybeez

    Looked to me like the ball was hit pretty hard. Tough play. I blame Pettitte for putting everything on a tee. He’s got nothing.

  • Jobamania

    when you talk about skipping a start to andy he fucking acts like its the end of the world. he’s a selfish prick that somehow thinks playing with a shitty back is somehow helping us.

    but you know “as long as he battles through and puts the yankees in a position to win” all is good

    • batboy

      he took steroids to help his team!!!

  • WesternYankeeFan

    The Yankees are only down 4 runs with five innings worth of at-bats left. We’re going to win this game. This Neive has been extraordinarily lucky — the Teixeira flyout to right, groundballs lasering to fielders etc. — and it won’t last forever.

    • WesternYankeeFan

      *Nieve

    • Accent Shallow

      Agreed. Can we relax about Nieve? Man’s pitched 4 innings, and hasn’t looked like the Latino Walter Johnson.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      And the Mets have been as lucky as the Yankees have been unlucky

    • Double T

      Yankee bats will get to Nieve but we also need to find a way to piece together 12 outs in the bullpen.

  • Capital T

    Looks like we will see Veras for all the wrong reasons…can you say mop up? Hopefully Joey G runs him out there for 3 innings and we will not have to see him for a few days

  • Eric

    You guys sound like a bunch of Mets fans. Stop being so pathetic. This offense is so good they’re nowhere near out of this game.

    • BigBlueAL

      I havent complained about the offense, but the complaining about the Yankees pitching in general is more than well warranted.

  • BigBlueAL

    We all complain about the bullpen, problem is the rotation aint pitching that much better unfortunately.

  • Quikksand

    Come on Yankee bats! Score runs!

  • Charlie

    petitte should have been on the DL for weeks now, wake up girardi/ front office, something is not right.

    • TehEighth!

      You should be in the Yankees front office. You’d be a vast improvement.

      • Charlie

        agreed

    • Accent Shallow

      Except Pettitte to the DL either means Wang remains in the rotation (yikes), or we see someone from Scranton (likewise, yikes).

  • Frank

    Worried about Wang? Better start worrying about Pettitte. He’s either declining very quickly or he’s hurt, but he has struggled significantly since this whole back issue came about.

    • Jobamania

      forget last year second half?

      He made penny look like cy young

    • mick

      Hope I’m wrong but since the back issue he looks done……..you never have enough pitching!

  • fhgfhf55fffg@aol.com

    Can this team score run without hitting a home run or Castillo dropping a pop fly?

  • YankeeScribe

    More frustrating than Pettite’s start is watching the Yanks get held to one hit by a crappy pitcher

    • TehEighth!

      Yankees have been crushing balls to the warning track but not getting out and the Mets are getting BS hits.

      • TehEighth!

        And another example of our unluckiness.

      • Jobamania

        BS hits? el oh el

      • Eric

        Agreed completely.

  • Jobamania

    Melky with warning track power

  • Accent Shallow

    At least that seemed like a good at-bat.

  • Jobamania

    lets see what the captain has in store for us

    i’m banking on a slow dribbler to a middle infielder

  • batboy

    WOW 2 WHOLE HITS

  • Double T

    Some 2 out clutchness by the Cap’n would be nice…

  • Dela G

    Let’s pray a rally can get started

  • Charlie

    nice gardner, even though that was ball 4

  • Accent Shallow

    Gardner does something useful, and Matsui goes first to third?

    Clearly, the Yankees are winning this game.

  • E-ROC

    Is Tim McCarver really singing??? lol.

    • Double T

      Buck saying I guess they are calling that hit made me lol

  • Jobamania

    WE WILL WE WILL DRIBBLE YOU TO DEATH

  • Dela G

    that song wasn’t half bad

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    shyttttttt

  • Jobamania

    Hah, who didn’t see that one coming?
    :lol:

  • Dela G

    well there goes that rally…..

  • batboy

    clutch

  • Quikksand

    They are killing me today, do something Yankees…

  • YankeeScribe

    The Yanks can’t buy a hit with a RISP

  • Jobamania

    i rather have aceves starting than andy meatball pettitte