Game 64: A Natinal Incident

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Pat Venditte does the unthinkable

Lord help us if it ever reads “New Ork” on the Yanks road jerseys.

The Yanks begin a three-game set tonight against the worst team in the league. With just 16 wins, they have 11 fewer wins than Arizona, Oakland, and Baltimore, which are all in a tie for the second fewest wins. Yeep. This is mostly due to their horrible pitching staff, which will be exposed, to say the least, at the Stadium.

Taking the hill for the Nats tonight will be 22-year-old Shairon Martis. He’s made 12 starts this year for a total of 69.2 IP, striking out just 28 and walking 29. That’s not how you want to approach the Yankees. This has led to 39 earned runs for an ERA of 5.04.

The Yanks will counter with their ace, CC Sabathia. CC pitched masterfully for seven innings against the Sox last time out, but allowed two runners in the eighth which led to the Sox retaking the lead. Such is life. While the Nats have a good lineup, the Sox they are not.

Sorry for the short game thread tonight. I’m headed up to the game to meet some old friends.

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 fifty-two, CC Sabathia.

Moose Season: The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a “noncontroversial” resolution today in honor of Mike Mussina’s career and recent retirement. The full text is available here. Apparently, Moose coaches Little League near his home. I wonder if he has a dry-erase board for the little kids. -Ben

Oppenheimer's Chat Wrap
Pat Venditte does the unthinkable
  • Stryker

    slade heathcott in the house tonight!

    http://twitpic.com/7kovf

    • J.R.

      Yeah, it looks like he is playing hardball with the Yankees…

  • J.R.

    I do love it when they trot out the “A” lineup.

  • whozat

    Taking the hill for the Nats tonight will be 22-year-old Shairon Martis. He’s made 12 starts this year for a total of 69.2 IP, striking out just 28 and walking 29.

    So…you’re saying he’ll throw six shutout innings at minimum?

    • http://mvn.com/pendingpinstripes Greg F.

      Hah, that’s exactly what I was thinking.

  • pat

    Apparently the Nats lead the league in walks, that is not something I would have guessed.

    • Zach

      could have fooled me – 6 pitch inning :)

  • Lily

    i will be dissappointed is the yankees don’t sweep this team. but then again we all know how they yankees play when its against pitchers they have never seen before. they tend to make them look like cy young

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

    In 2 career starts against the Nationals, CC’s faced 61 batters in 16.1 innings and given up a combined 3 runs.

    They’re batting .170/.250/.189 against him.

    That includes a complete game 5-hit, 9 K shutout last August for the Brewers.

  • Zach

    Christian Guzman DH? Why wouldnt Dunn DH?

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

      Maybe because the defensive upgrade of the Former Attorney General over Guzman at SS is bigger than the defensive upgrade of Josh Willingham over Dunn?

      That’s my guess.

      • Zach

        Found it, Willingham is on the bereavement list, brother died in car chase from police. Harris and Patterson are on the bench but they suck

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

          Ah. There you go.

      • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

        Plus, the former Attorney General is hitting pretty good:

        319/.377/.449 (77 PAs)

        • Zach

          Nick Green and Gonzalez hitting this year ahhh

  • mick

    I’m off topic but why hasn’t Brackman been pitching in Charleston?Is he hurt?

    • whozat

      Feel free to email Mike to ask about that. Perhaps he’ll address it on the DotF post later.

      • mick

        Thanks!

    • pat

      There is no off topic on game threads.

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

      No idea. He’s not on the DL.

  • Dorian

    Wish I was at Waterfront park tonight.

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

    Love those one pitch outs.

    • pat

      Jeter agrees.

    • whozat

      Not as much when Derek Jeter does it…

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

    That mustache and soul patch can only mean one thing:

    That’s not Nick Johnson… it’s Evil Nick Johnson.

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

    Love it, six pitches. Thanks for saving the bullpen an inning.

  • Charlie

    I expect nothing less than a shutout for CC & 8 runs from our offense… our A lineup against a horrible team with our ace on the hill. We better win this game, it’s practically a gift.

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

      The Nats can hit, and expecting nothing less than 8 shutout innings from any pitcher is dumb to begin with.

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

        If Alex Rodriguez doesn’t hit 3 homers today, I want him whacked immediately.

      • Charlie

        It was a joke, but i bet CC will still do it

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

    I really thought they were gonna wear their road greys with “Washingtn” on the front.

    The reason the Natinals left the “O” off their jerseys? All the “O”s in the city were used up in Barack Obama campaign posters.

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

    How many homers for Dunn this series? I say six. That’s a reasonable number for a three game series in a bandbox, right?

    • Zach

      The question is he going to have more Ks or HRs?

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

      I could see Dunn reaching the third deck.

      • pat

        Hopefully it’s off bombko when we’re up 10-0 in the 9th,

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

        Yeah serious. Not off CC of course, but CMW … yikes.

  • Fred

    This is already a win tonight because Veras is gone.

    • pat

      Moral win FTW!!

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

    More fun with FanGraphs:

    The Nationals have a team ERA of 5.34 but a team FIP of 4.78. That +0.56 E-F is the largest in baseball.

    Probably because their team UZR/150 of -8.0 is the worst in baseball.

    The guys behind their pitchers aren’t doing a good job of limiting runs scored by converting balls in play into outs.

  • pat

    Haha, I love it, they show cervelli on the bench he’s not paying attention to the game, he’s just looking over scouting reports.

    • whozat

      He’s got a comic book in there, you know it.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    CC gave up a hit to the Natinals?!?!?!? Bust.

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

    That was some serious english on that ball.

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

    Heh. Cue shot.

    Adam Dunn = Minnesota Fats

  • pat

    That was a RIDICULOUS amount of spin.

  • nmc

    Sorry if this is off-topic, but Youkilis took the lead over Teixeria in the All-Star Vote. Can you guys rally some kind of internet groundswell to make sure that Teix starts over the greek god of chins?

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      I guess. Don’t we believe in the guy with the better season getting it? I love Tex, but Youkilis is OBP’ing .461 and has a higher OPS+. I guess the counting numbers could justify it.

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

        And Tex was pretty bad in April, can’t discount that.

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

          Yeah. As much as I clown on Ol’ Dead Squirrel-Beard, he’s the more deserving All Star at the moment.

      • Zach

        Youk’s also missed time and since his return his BA has dropped 30 points, OBP dropped 20 points, Slg dropped 50 points in the last 10 games, sucks when a hot start stops.

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

    Adam Dunn didn’t slide hard into second base, spikes up, because he doesn’t have a passion for the game and doesn’t really like baseball.

    /Riccardi’d

  • pc69

    If this game gets boring, you can switch to ASU/Texas…Root for the Sun Devils not Steroid University Longhorns, I mean Roger Clemens Longhorns.

    • Zach

      How many of their players have tested positive?

      • pc69

        He ran into some trouble but is pretty much dealing.

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

      Mike Leake’s pitching for ASU, 8th overall pick.

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

        Chance Ruffin is a pretty damn good prospect pitching for Texas, first or second round guy next year.

        • pc69

          Yes he is.

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

      Root for the Sun Devils not Steroid University Longhorns, I mean Roger Clemens Longhorns.

      Man, pc69 is gonna be so heartbroken when he looks up what college Barry Bonds played for…

      • pc69

        No, I know Barry went to ASU, but just like Clemens he was a skinny little kid. But as a fellow alum, Barry, being the ass that he is, does get a break ;)

        Just like Pedroia gets a break – being the only Red Sox I can tolerate.

        Biggest disappointment is Larish who was drafted by the Tigers but is not hitting well right now in Detroit. Was drafted for his bat, not his 1b defense.

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

    When Robbie Cano is lacing balls to left-center, that’s a good sign.

  • dkidd

    did i mishear or did flaherty say the complete opposite of what he said re posada not using scouting reports?

    • dkidd

      clarification: what he said on the radio

  • Ivan

    I was thinking this the other day,

    The Tigers in 03 finish with by far with the worst record in baseball, so how did they didn’t get the the top pick in the 04 draft?

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

      Back then they alternated leagues, AL got the top pick one year, NL the next. That was the NL’s year. They did away with that in the current CBA.

      • Ivan

        Ok, that was a pretty stupid rule.

        • Zach

          maybe they should have the all star game decide the #1 pick instead of alternating :)

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

            Heh.

      • pat

        Sorry, the correct answer was El Niño.

    • Stryker

      one of the worst records of all time. oh well – at least they got verlander out of it, right?

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

        Yeah, they would have taken him first overall anyway.

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

          NO WAY, THEY WOULD HAVE TAKEN ME, MATT F$%#ING BUSH!!!!!!

          DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!?!?!??!?!

  • Stryker

    michael kay: “i don’t like being touched”

    that’s why he’s a 48 year old bachelor.

    • pc69

      THAT is not the only reason. Even gold diggers can’t stand assholes.

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

    Nick Swisher’s such a bump. Drawing a walk in that spot? If he was a team player he would have grounded out to the right side to get a run home.

    • kunaldo

      haha +1

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

      It’s not Derek Jeter’s fault that he grounds into so many double plays. It’s the fault of the 8-9-1 hitters for not loading the bases so that those GIDP’s would be run-scoring GIDP’s.

    • YankeeScribe

      Walks aren’t bad but making contact is a much more efficient way of driving baserunners home…

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

        You shouldn’t be swinging at pitches out of the zone, you have a poor chance of hitting them well.

        If they’re walking Swisher, it’s because they’re not giving him pitches that can be hit.

  • Justin

    I’m spending the summer in DC, so I’m watching the game on the Nats’ channel (MASN). They were just talking about A-Rod, and complimenting his ability and accomplishments, and didn’t even hint at anything regarding steroids. I thought that was interesting, and also quite refreshing. Even the away announcers are over it.

    • Stryker

      very refreshing. good to hear.

      i’m pretty sure had the roberts book not absolutely BOMBED it’d be a bigger deal.

      • Justin

        Agreed, I think the way the media and the public received her book was their way of saying “alright, we’re moving on”.

    • bizarrojamie

      I’m watching MASN also, due to being stuck with whichever feed my cable company decides to pick up. Have you noticed how they’re obsessed with the salaries, and costs of everything?

  • pat

    Wow, that throw was damonesque.

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

    Hard to believe Adam Dunn was once a highly recruited quarterback with a full ride to Texas. Where’d the arm go?

    • pat

      Carl Crawford could have caught the flyball ran it into the infield and optioned it to the catcher before Dunn’s throw got there.

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

      It was Texas, not Georgia or UCLA. Having a big arm is not necessarily a requirement to play QB at a school in the Big XII.

      There’s a similar reason Carl Crawford was a QB recruit of Nebraska.

  • pc69

    Ok, it is early but bases loaded, 1 out against the Nationals and they come away with 1 run. Yikes.

    • Ivan

      No worries.

      When facing a bad team like this, if the yanks pitch well, they will sweep the series, the offense will bash their skulls in eventually.

    • whozat

      Is that really a “yikes”? Man on third, less than two outs…they get a sac fly from your nine hitter to bring Jeter to the plate with a RISP.

      I do wish that Jeter had done more this game.

  • pc69

    Mike Leake – 1.34 ERA entering the game with Texas – 4 strike out already, through 2 innings – 2 walks and 1 hit.

  • dkidd

    good lesson for all the haters. when your team is 30 games under .500 in june, you appreciate talent

    • dkidd

      reply button fail

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

    Here’s something I hadn’t considered … is CC an all star?

    • Ivan

      I don’t think so.

      Felix,
      Halladay,
      Verlander,
      Greinke,
      Edwin Jackson,
      Bedard.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        +1

      • Zach

        All Star is tough for pitchers, do the managers/players vote on history/reputation or performance to date? Has he been top 5 this year? His numbers probably say no, but by the end of the year his numbers will even out and say yes.

        • Ivan

          Allstars for SP’s are really midseason awards. CC might have the better season when the season ends but right now currently, those are the six pitchers who are pitching better than him right now.

          • Zach

            Yeah, thats why I hate the whole “oh but he wasnt elected to 10 all star games in his career” becuase one or two starts can just blow up your numbers as a pitcher, and like you said its only judging half a season

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

      Yes. Next question.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I hope not. He’s probably not going to start, so I hope he stays home and relaxes, same with everyone else.

    • whozat

      Eh…how many starters usually make the team? If they didn’t have anyone else that would be there, then he’d be fine as the mandatory one-per-team guy, but…with Grienke, Halladay (though he might miss for health reasons?), Weaver, Verlander, even Edwin Jackson…I think there are other guys that might deserve it more.

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

      How many starters are on the staff? 6?

      I’d say, in order, the best AL starters have been:
      Zack Grienke
      Roy Halladay
      Justin Verlander
      Edwin Jackson
      Jered Weaver
      Erik Bedard
      Cliff Lee
      CC Sabathia

      I don’t think he makes it.

  • pat

    Oddly enough it was veras who was first to come to Bruney’s aid in his dustup with krod.

    • Justin

      You’re right, we should have kept Veras so he could protect the set-up man!

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    The AG has nice numbers in his small sample. Good for him.

    • pat

      Agreed. Luckily out AGNOHst tree provided us with young Ramiro Pena to fill his place

  • Ivan

    Pete Abe said something interesting on his blog:

    “The Yankees were 32-31 after 63 games last season. They were 32-31 in 2007, too.”

    The yanks 36-27, despite the fact they are 0-8 against the sox. That’s interesting and impressive.

    • Justin

      Definitely. And we’ve still yet to see this team really fire on all cylinders. When everything clicks, we’re gonna be a scary team.

  • dkidd

    larry bowa is ashamed of his nephew for missing that throw

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Does Zimmerman win “The Player Who Looks-Like-His-Manager-The-Most Award”?

  • Justin

    Yeah Robbie!

  • Bernard

    So considering how putrid the Nats bullpen has been this year, why the hell hasn’t Tyler Clippard gotten a shot out there? Look at his minor league stats (they turned him into a reliever this year): 22 G, 36.2 IP, 0.99 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 41 K, 16 BB, 2 HR. He’s also 3-1 with a save, not that it really matters. Perhaps, that hesitation hitch step in his delivery is more suited to the bullpen and is a lot more deceptive when you only see Clippard one time.

  • pc69

    Nick Johnson looks like the brother on I Love Earl, except he has the Earl porn stache.

    • pat

      Haha very astute observation.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He looks like a young Salvador Dali.

      • pc69

        Nice Call.

    • dkidd

      he’s always reminded me of private pyle in full metal jacket

  • Ivan

    Of all the major sports in the US, a bad baseball team just looks so damn pathetic.

    • Zach

      Detroit Lions?

    • pc69

      That because all the other sports can mask ineptness – look at the NBA, has to be the worst sport to watch of all. Bad officiating, bad basketball, no offensive flow, just dunks and tats and a bunch of guys who slap like bitches when they fight.

      • Ivan

        That’s totally not true. The NBA ALOT better than years ago.

        For crying out loud, You have two of the best players in the NBA since the Bird/Magic days with LeBron and Kobe, You have the most Dynamic PG Since Magic arguebaly in Chris Paul, Offense is up a couple years now.

        • Zach

          Offense is up because defense is down, traveling has disappeared, and superstars get to the foul line 8-10 times a game

          • dkidd

            agree. the nba is unwatchable

        • pc69

          Perhaps, but I don’t pay to watch Kobe dribble for 15 seconds, drive the lane and get fouled every single time. I don’t pay to watch big guys tackle each other under the basket and no foul is called but a point guard puts his hand on a guys hip and it is a foul.

          Most important, you cannot compare Kobe the alleged rapist and LeBron to Magic and Bird or even Jordan, not even in the same ball park.

          It is just very unwatchable.

          • Ivan

            Michael Jordan use to get every single call known to man.

            I watch alot of NBA, as a knick fan, Jordan had refs eating out of his hands AND he knew that.

            Kobe is gonna get his share of star treatment but not as much as you think it is, especially compared to Jordan.

            • pc69

              You may be right. for every reason I mentioned above, I refuse to watch the NBA. just not the same.

  • pat

    Hey Tommie what do u think of Jordan Hill? Apparently Donnie W has a man crush on him?

    • Ivan

      If your the Knicks, you can do better than Jordan Hill?

      • pat

        I don’t really know too much about him that’s why I was asking.

        • Ivan

          Personally, I would like the Knicks to draft Jrue Holliday.

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

            That one.

            Jrue is the Jruth. (I just made that up).

            No?

            http://www.instantcrickets.com

      • donttradecano

        Curry, Jennings, Lawson all better than Hill in my opinion.

        • Charlie

          No way Lawson is better than Hill. Not sure about Jennings, either. Curry might be.

          • donttradecano

            I meant better options. PG is more of a need for the Knicks.

            Plus I highley doubt Hill falls past 4.

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

              Hill’s falling to 10 in several mocks.

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

          For the eighty-bajillionth time, donttradecano, NO, Ty Lawson is not better than that other fill-in-the-blank player you’ve mentioned.

          Lawson is slipping into the low-20s for a reason. He doesn’t have an NBA body, at all. He’s too short and too slow, and he’s getting exposed by the other guards in this draft who are better pro prospects.

          • donttradecano

            Im pretty sure thats only the second time…and anyway you got your opinions ill have mine. Lawson will be one the better players out of this draft.

    • Bernard

      I’m going to be very depressed if the Knicks don’t end up with my mancrush Curry – emaciated girly men ftw

    • donttradecano

      My ideal draft:

      1st: Jennings/Lawson

      then purchase or trade for a 2nd round pick (which supposedly Walsh is looking to do) to get one of Danny Green/Jeff Adrien/Chris Johnson. Since there supposedly looking to bring in TMac for one year, lets say for arguments sake they resign Lee and Nate then send one of the two plus someone with a big contrat to Houston for TMac. Your 2010 lineup looks as followed:

      PG: Jennings/Lawson
      SG: Tmac
      SF: Al Harrington (if hes not traded)
      PF: Wilson Chandler
      C: who the hell knows.

      Bench: Nate/Lee
      Bench: Green/Adrien/Johnson
      Bench: Gallinari

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

        The rumor is we’re going to sign and trade Lee to the Pistons for Amir Johnson and the #15 pick.

        I’ll take that in a cocaine heartbeat.

        • donttradecano

          Sign me up for that now. You got a link?

        • donttradecano

          So assume that happens…where do you go 15th? Mullens, Clark, or Blair? of someone else?

          What are your thoughts of Sam Young?

        • Ivan

          I’ll take that too.

          I get into arguements with Lee lovers, and always tell them, If the Knicks become a great team, is Lee making the starting lineup? NO!!!

      • donttradecano

        meant 2009, obviously Lebron replaces Harrington in 2010.

      • Ivan

        Why sign T-Mac coming off Micro-Facture surgery, who by the way is 30 years old.

        • donttradecano

          1) Its only for a year
          2) TMac maybe gets you to the playoffs
          3) It probably gets rid of eddy curry and his massive contract.

          • Zach

            Expiring contract, yes.
            He’s going to miss the first 20 games next year, then his shoulder will hurt and miss 10, then his foot will hurt and miss 15, then back spasms and miss 12. so no playoffs
            They’re not taking Curry’s contract, why would they do that?

            I agree trade for him, just because his expiring contract, no chance of unloading Curry though

            • donttradecano

              “The Knicks could put together a package that would save the Rockets some money and include a veteran shooting guard with an expiring contract — Larry Hughes ($13.6M) — along with Cuttino Mobley’s 80-percent insured $9.5M deal. Mobley could then officially retire with the team that drafted him (and originally knew about his heart condition). Call it full circle. Newsday”

              Theres the idea, you wouldnt give up nothing for TMac?

              And on the Curry front, someone will take on his contract with the idea they can get him to produce. Maybe not Houston but eventually someone will.

              • Zach

                I’m all for trading for TMac, dont know what their plans are though. Are they keeping Artest? Because if not they neeI’m all for trading for TMac, dont know what their plans are though. Are they keeping Artest? Because if not they need to replace what 35+ points a night (artest/tmac)

                Curry has to get on the floor and actually look healthy though, I understand A team will think they can get him to produce, but you also have every team in the league trying to cut payroll for summer 2010d to replace what 35+ points a night (artest/tmac)

  • Jamal G.

    Really, Hideki? Bah.

  • pat

    I wonder how many mets fans are going into their orioles series thinking it’s gonna be a cake walk. Wait until they find out those damn O’s can HIT.

    • whozat

      Their outfield will give Yankee pitching agita for years to come.

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

        I’m seriously considering giving the MVP vote that I don’t have to Adam Jones.

  • ArodMVP217 FTW!

    yea, i thought melk could have laid out for that, whatevs

  • Dela G

    did michael kay just say that 8 * 4 is 36?

    hahahha

  • LiveFromNewYork

    At this rate CC can pitch again tomorrow.

  • dkidd

    is there someone in the boston areas who can contact nick green and remind him that he is nick green?

    • Ivan

      Pedroia install the grit power in him.

  • Drew

    I can’t believe the Sammy Soser used teh juice!!!1

  • Jefree

    Swisher is an on base machine

  • jonathan

    Big Sloppy hit another homer this one off of Chris Volstad, I swear to god if he told another f-ing curtain call….congrads you hit a homer….at this rate you might get 15 this year.

    • Justin

      I still say he’s done.

    • Ivan

      He might get a curtain call for losing 5 pounds.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    It feels almost uncomfortable to watch this game.

  • Jack

    What is wrong with Jorge Posada? CC has only thrown 34/46 pitches for strikes with just 1 strikeout! 3 hits allowed! That is unacceptable. If Cerveli had been catching tonight, CC would have a no hitter going and Cerveli would have gritted out 7 infield singles!

    • Justin

      CC is a BUST!

      • Jack

        And Posada obviously doesn’t know how to call a game! What a bum.

      • VO

        No, Jorge is the bust.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I heard that he can’t call games.

    • Justin

      Ah you guys jinxed it!

  • Charlie

    that was ball 4

  • Charlie

    so was that.. this ump is really bad

  • whozat

    Crap. Well, 83 pitches in 4 innings is more like it.

    • Dela G

      the yankees are working the count on this guy, but this no name scrub should have aready had his ass kicked. Look what boston is doing to that no name FLA pitcher

      • Zach

        Just because you dont know who Chris Volstad is doesnt make him a no name pitcher

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          Excellent point. The guy has a 4.07 ERA and 1.218 WHIP. Very respectable.

          • Zach

            Yeah and 1st round pick (16th overall) had 2.88 era and 1.33 WHIP in 84IP last year

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

              Chris Volstad will probably earn several Cy Young votes before he retires. May win one or two as well. He’s a good, good young pitcher.

  • Zach

    Anyone see Donte Stallworth got 30 days in jail for DUI manslaughter? It’s amazing what money can do for someone

    • Dela G

      as a brotha without any money i know if i did that, i would be in jail more years than OJ :)

      • Zach

        ha ietc

      • Jack

        Isn’t that guy who killed Nick Adenhart facing 50 years to life in prison? I realize that was 3 counts of murder and not 1, but it shouldn’t go from 50 years to 30 days! Jesus Christ.

        • Zach

          Yeah, although i think that guy fled the scene of the accident while Stallworth didnt move. but you’re right

    • pat

      No shit, absolutely disgusting.

      • Jayson Williams

        i think it’s kind of cool

    • Drew

      ridiculous. You know, I mentioned that last night. I read it would be short. But, 30 fucking days!? holy shit.

      • Drew

        You know, not to start a animal rights spat but, Mike Vick, responsible for the deaths of many dogs for the use of sport. Stallworth, kills one father.
        I know dogs are pets, but I don’t see the logic in our law system.

        • Zach

          Vick wasnt convicted one just one charge was he? Wasnt it dog fighting, illegal gambling, etc? But no doubt, the situations are messed up, now i dont think Goodell can suspend Vick, if he does he needs to give Stallworth like 5 times the suspension

        • ChrisS

          Vick intentionally killed and tortured dogs for sport.

          As tragic as it is, Stallworth was drinking and had a fatal accident. It was still an accident. If Donte got into his car, did a shot of Patron, told his buddies, “Hey watch, how much will you give me if I mow this guy down?” I can see a reason for a harsher sentence.

          • Drew

            Wow. Is that what it takes for a harsher sentence? You’ve got to be joking. 30 fucking days.

            • ChrisS

              Read TSMJC’s post below, too, warden.

              • Drew

                I did, hence my reply to TSJC’s post.
                BTW:
                Human>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Dog

          • Accent Shallow

            Michael Vick should not have gotten a prison sentence.

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

      Anyone see Donte Stallworth got 30 days in jail for DUI manslaughter? It’s amazing what money can do for someone.

      No, it was a tragic accident, but the reason he only got 30 days is that while he was driving drunk, the guy who he hit leaped out into traffic. The judge rightly reasoned that the victim’s own negligent actions contributed to his death.

      After Stallworth spent the night drinking at a bar in Miami Beach’s Fountainebleau hotel, police said he hit Reyes, a construction crane operator who was rushing to catch a bus after finishing his shift at about 7:15 a.m.

      Stallworth told police he flashed his lights in an attempt to warn Reyes, who was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.

      Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level of .126 after the crash, well above Florida’s .08 limit. Stallworth stopped after the crash and immediately told officers he had hit Reyes. Police estimated Stallworth was driving about 50 mph in a 40 mph zone…

      After his release from jail, Stallworth must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation…

      Stallworth must also undergo drug and alcohol testing, will have a lifetime driver’s license suspension and must perform 1,000 hours of community service. Lyons said after five years, Stallworth could win approval for limited driving for reasons such as employment.

      Lyons noted that Stallworth stopped immediately after the accident, called 911 and submitted to roadside alcohol testing despite spending most of the night drinking at a Miami Beach hotel.

      “He acted like a man,” Lyons said. “He remained at the scene. He cooperated fully.”

      Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle cited Stallworth’s lack of previous criminal record, cooperation with police and willingness to accept responsibility as factors in the plea deal. Rundle also said the Reyes family — particularly the victim’s 15-year-old daughter — wanted the case resolved to avoid any more pain.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4262751

      • Drew

        not to get into a whole thing here but, I doubt this man jumped in front of his car. You know, when I drive, and see someone on the side of the road, I usually change lanes, or slowly swerve halfway into the next lane as to avoid any possibility of a person falling off their bike, stumbling into the road, or blah blah. He flashed his lights? You’d think if you found a situation warranting flashing your lights you’d slow down as well.

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

          I’ll take the opinions of the judge and prosecuting attorney who actually reviewed the relevant facts of the case over your opinions, thanks.

          • Drew

            Yes, we know prosecutors are always right.
            You should know damn well if you or I did this we’d be facing our prime years behind bars. This dude will miss a couple games.

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

              No, we don’t know that.

              Read the facts of the case. The guy Stallworth hit was running across a busy highway while not in the crosswalk at not at a stoplight or intersection.

              If you or I hit that guy, even if we were drunk, but we had clean driving records, stopped immediately at the scene, alerted police, stayed with the victim, and admitted full culpability, we also probably would get a short jail time and extended probation/suspended sentence.

              Read the facts of the case.

              • Drew

                I have read them many times.
                When the causeway is “busy” you won’t be doing 50. That’s a fact. I was late to class many times because of a “busy” causeway. The guy didn’t run into NYC traffic, he’s guilty of jaywalking.

      • Zach

        Where in that report does it say he leaped in front of the car? Stallworth had time to flash his lights, that means seeing the guy, reaching over and flashing them, all while going 50 in a 40 zone DRUNK.

        This wasnt like a young kid running out into traffic chasing a ball and getting hit by a soccer mom.

        “but the reason he only got 30 days is that while he was driving drunk”
        -So why was it DUI MANSLAUGHTER, and not just DUI?

        Did you even read the title of the link you posted? “Financial agreement avoids lawsuit” So like I said, its amazing what money can do

        • ChrisS

          The financial agreement settles any future civil suit the family of the man might file.

          That’s the law suit avoided.

          • Zach

            You’re right, my bad.

            Still, if he didnt have money he wouldnt be in for only 30 days

            • ChrisS

              You don’t know that.

        • Drew

          I love how people stick up for someone like this but are so adamantly against a dog fighter. Next thing you know, my buddy will get life behind bars for shooting a deer outside of hunting season.

          • Zach

            I see your point, but lets not act like deer hunting and dog fighting is the same thing

          • ChrisS

            Hyperbole fail.

            • Drew

              I actually was not speaking with hyperbole.

              • ChrisS

                So your buddy is facing life in prison for poaching?

                Meh. Poachers are scum, too.

      • Zach

        “Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle cited Stallworth’s lack of previous criminal record, cooperation with police and willingness to accept responsibility as factors in the plea deal. Rundle also said the Reyes family — particularly the victim’s 15-year-old daughter — wanted the case resolved to avoid any more pain.

        “For all of these reasons, a just resolution of this case has been reached,” Rundle said.”

        Thats also from the article, explaining his sentence. No where does it say Reyes leaped infront of traffic and Donte couldnt stop

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

          “police said he hit Reyes, a construction crane operator who was rushing to catch a bus after finishing his shift at about 7:15 a.m.”

          Also,

          http://bleacherreport.com/articles/145255-donte-stallworth-accident-report-important-for-what-it-does-not-show

          On March 14th Stallworth hit, and killed, 59-year old Mario Reyes on a causeway linking the city of Miami and Miami Beach.

          The last page of the report, a hand drawn diagram of the accident scene, shows Reyes was not in a marked crosswalk. For reasons we may never know, he decided to try and cross the busy road where the east and westbound lanes are divided by a concrete barrier.

          The diagram shows the collision was at the front passenger corner of Stallworth’s 2005 Bentley. The Browns wide receiver was in the far left hand lane nearest to the median.

          From the diagram his choices at the time appear to have been either to abruptly turn right and risk hitting Reyes head on, turn left into the concrete barrier at an estimated 50 miles an hour, and risk hitting Reyes anyway, or try to slow down and hope Reyes stops before he got to Stallworth’s lane.

          Look, virtually every single story about the facts of the accident has said that while Stallworth was drunk and driving over the limit, the pedestrian was running across a busy street while not in a crosswalk. That’s pretty much a universal fact of all the reports. That fact, plus the statements of the attorneys, is enough to convince me that the judge probably saw enough culpability in the actions of the victim to allow for leniency for Stallworth. An accident like this could easily have unfolded in the exact same way had Stallworth been stone cold sober.

          • Zach

            Right, and I still dont understand the part where he had enought time to see the guy, flash his lights, yet continue to speed.

            “or try to slow down and hope Reyes stops before he got to Stallworth’s lane.”

            And if he wasnt DRUNK thats what would have happened, too bad he was drunk and continued to speed and kill the guy

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

              Again, dude:

              There were mitigating factors. Apparently, the district attorney was convinced enough that he accepted that plea. I’ll take his opinion over yours.

              • Zach

                There are mitigating factors in every case, didnt some judge in Vermont give a guy who sexually abused a child 10 days in jail? But i guess you take his opinion as the right decision

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

                  Link and story, please.

                • Zach

                  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,181562,00.html

                  i dont watch fox but here it is; got some of the details wrong but no need to post those here

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

                  Not remotely the same.

                  O’Reilly’s rantings aside, the judge in that case intentionally sentenced Hulett to a tiny sentence to prove a political point. He gave the guy 60 days because the judge believed the state had a responsibility to give this child molester some sort of psychological treatment, and the state wouldn’t.

                  Once the state department of corrections agreed to provide the treatment, the judge in the case changed the sentence to 3-10 years.

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Cashman

                  It’s dubious, but not as horrendous as O’Reilly portrayed.

          • Drew

            He had time to flash his lights though.. I’ve been on all those causeways hundreds of times when I lived in Miami Beach. Homeless people, Hispanic workers and people on their bikes are plentiful. Accidents happen, however, accidentally killing someone should warrant a sentence of more than 30 days of your life.
            It’s obvious you have more faith in our legal system than I do, it doesn’t make you wrong, it just makes us disagree.

            • ChrisS

              Apparently you’re one of those people that have everything figured out, but everyone else is just too stupid to realize how right you are despite you being largely ignorant and incidental to the actual event.

              Gotcha.

              • Drew

                Hey, you’re right I’m wrong. Is that what you want me to say? We have differing opinions, I’m stating why I feel the way I do. I’m not ignorant, way to go on the insult though. Your a big boy now.

                • Drew

                  **You’re a big boy, I don’t want to confuse you with my ignorance.

  • zs190

    Man, Sox is beating the crap out of the Marlins

  • pc69

    Just get the feeling the Yankees are toying with this team. Even up 2-0 and as poor as they are hitting with RISP, this game is already over.

    ASU up 5-0 bottom of 5. Leake in control so far.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah agreed. We’ve got CC on the mound, Bruney back and Mo is well rested. Any lead is basically game.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Foot meet mouth.

        • Dorian

          What exactly is your defintion of “toying” again?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Oh I got it we wanted to make the game close unlike the 15-0 Mets game so it can be exciting. They got it planned for a 9 run inning again.

    • pat

      NOT!

  • whozat

    All Posada’s fault right now. How could he not be telling CC to throw strikes?!?!

    • LiveFromNewYork

      JoPo wants to get back at fans for all that Hip Hip shit. That is so annoying.

  • whozat

    I will say that a 9 pitch AB ending in a single for Wil Nieves is kinda unimpressive.

  • whozat

    Ok, THAT was horrendous.

  • Jayson Williams

    that was unexpected

  • Tony

    Yay, another bullshit home run burns them.

    • Drew

      lol u say bullshit, i say bad pitch to a bad hitter.

      • Tony

        Pop flies from Anderson Hernandez become 3-2 games.

  • pc69

    And there you go. 3-2 Nationals.

  • Dave

    Fuck this ballpark

    • pc69

      Was a cheap HR but that was a terrible pitch by CC. Can’t touch his fastball and he is fucking around with a slider.

  • VO

    I have found why Posada can’t call games, the pitchers heard that he pee’s on his hands so they don’t want to touch the same ball as him.

    • Drew

      ietc.

  • Dela G

    holy crap!

    i can’t believe the nationals are leading this

    • pc69

      I can. they got schooled by Nieves on Saturday. Yanks play to the level of their competition. There is not much effort out there tonight, like a spring training game.

  • Charlie

    Really CC? Anderson Hernandez? Who the fuck is that guy anyway? Might of been cheap, but still. I was hoping we could blow this game open at some point but those 3 runs are gonna make that a lot harder.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Can anyone justify pitching inside to guy who hit a rocket on an inside pitch in his previous AB? Posada is plain dumb.

    • Drew

      I know, I hate when Posada hangs a pitch.

      • Brazilian Yankee

        There was no reason to pitch the guy inside. No reason. Unless he was not paying attention to the game and didnt see the same batter smoke a pitch inside for a double. But he does call a great game… that Posada, what a great catcher.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          They threw three straight pitches on the outside there. Why is throwing a pitch inside a big deal?

        • Nady Nation

          Are you kidding? How about CC executes a pitch to ANDERSON F’ING HERNANDEZ! The fact that you blame Posada for that HR is a complete joke.

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

        ICWUDT

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Has there EVER been that much criticism of Jorge prior to the past few weeks? I know Mussina always used Molina but I don’t remember it being talked about so much as it has been lately.

      • Pasqua

        Goes to show that it only takes one or two stories on a slow baseball news day to convince people of something that they had never previously considered.

        Apologies if you have considered it prior to this week.

  • Ivan

    No problem, Yanks are still winning this game.

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

      Exactly.

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

        Thirded.

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

    What do you say? 3…4 runs this inning?

  • Lily

    wow we’re down to the nationals. second big league homerun, of course in our ball park fk it i hate this park

  • Reggie C.

    Lets see Teix and Arod wake up now …

  • Pasqua

    I know there’s a lot of baseball left to be played tonight, but I think this is the angriest I’ve been all year. I recognize that anything can happen in any given game, but there is no reason why the Yanks shouldn’t obliterate this team…especially with CC pitching. That it is even a game right now is grating on me.

    • V

      Pick another sport to follow. A sport that you can pretty much guarantee the best team will obliterate the worst team 999 times out of a 1000. Say, football.

      In baseball, anything can happen. The Nationals suck, yes, but they’ve still won games. Sometimes against good teams.

      And this game ain’t over, at all.

      • Pasqua

        As I pointed out in my post, anything can happen, yes…

        But it’s still f’n grating.

        Did you really go into tonight’s game thinking, “Anything can happen,” or, “We should sweep these guys”? Honestly.

        And, again, I know the game’s not over. I’m not that kind of fan.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          I honestly didn’t think the Yanks would sweep. It’s baseball. The Nats have one of the best hitting teams in baseball (look at the stats of the guys in the lineup).

  • Charlie

    our 2-3-4 hitters are all slumping. Not a good combo.

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

    I officially dub John Flaherty Johnny Repeat because he repeats the same shit constantly.

  • jonathan

    3 run “shot” to the no name #9 hitter of the worst team in the majors….CC must hate this park.

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

      “3 run “shot” to the no name #9 hitter of the worst team in the majors one of the best hitting teams in the majors….CC must hate this park.”

      Fixed.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    With a loss to Nieve on Saturday, a 15 run shutout against Santana on Sunday this team teaches us to expect nothing.

  • Charlie

    Cano loves bad pitchers with mediocre velocity

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

      Everyone loves bad pitchers with mediocre velocity.

  • pat

    As quick as leads appear they disappear in this park.

  • teix is the man

    Look at you Nick JOhnson , u and ur dago mustache!

  • YankeeScribe

    If we keep stranding runners, we’re gonna lose this game

  • Jake H

    A Rod is a black hole in the lineup right now.

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

      A black hole who’s OBPing .364 and slugging .471 over the past 7 days.

      • V

        We should have a mute button for stupid posters.

  • DGeezy

    im so tired of matsui hitting weak ground balls

  • jonathan

    this is really not good, everyone in the lineup except for cano decided to take a nap tonite….if I were CC and I lose this game…it get burned into my mind for when my walk option comes up…remember that time we could even beat the nats!!

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

      It’s the top of the 6th. Step back from the ledge.

      • V

        I wish we had a mute button for stupid posters.

  • Lily

    this team is so frustrating to watch. can’t hit when they need to. they should have saved some runs frim sundays game

  • Pasqua

    Did anybody catch the stat earlier tonight from Kay that the Yanks are 18-3 against rookie pitchers since ’07? Considering that tonight (so far) reminds me a lot of how they perform against the newbies, I have trouble believing that one. But I guess we tend to remember the frustration more than the satisfaction in those situations.

  • Jayson Williams

    they need to visit schools and heart transplant patients every week

    promises made to the young and/or sick = motivation

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

      Like the time Paul O’Neill hit two home runs for little Jimmy.

      • Zach

        inside the park doesnt count :)

      • Ivan

        Actually Cramer told the kid that O’Neil promise him he would hit 2 homers.

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

    LECHE!

  • jonathan

    4 hits, 5BB in 5 innings and we have 2 runs to show for it. S-A-D

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

    Don’t piss Elijah off, blue. Dude’s nuts.

    • Drew

      He’s no Delmon Young.

  • Dela G

    unbelievable catch by the melkman!

  • teix is the man

    i’m feeling a big inning

  • teix is the man

    i’m feeling a big inning

  • Accent Shallow

    Even if they can’t get any more off Martis, he’s at 98 pitches . . . they’re about to get into the soft underbelly of the Nats’ pen.

    (And believe me, that is one soft underbelly)

  • YankeeScribe

    We could really use one of those cheap solo homers right now

  • dkidd

    tavares and dukes on the same team means double the crazy

  • Dela G

    wow we can’t do sheet against this guy

  • pc69

    6 innings of 4 hit ball. This team is comical. Now they will press and keep knocking this shit out of just like those three outs.

    This is why they can’t beat Boston, no hitting.

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

      3rd in average, 3rd in OBP, 1st in SLG, 2nd in runs, 1st in HRs. Yeah, they can’t hit at all.

      • V

        I REALLY wish we had a mute button for stupid posters.

    • Accent Shallow

      Prediction: the Yankees will win at least one game against Boston this year.

      Related point: why is hitting/pressing/comedic ability only a problem against the Red Sox?

      • pc69

        Matt ACTY – second game in 4 days that someone they should blister is handling them.

        I realize the game is not over but seriously, the Nationals? They are as good as the Georgia Peaches from the woman’s league.

        Accent, not sure I get what you are saying.

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

          Shit happens, it’s baseball. It’s also only the 7th inning and they’re only down by one to an awful ‘pen. The sky ain’t fallin’ yet, Chicken Little.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          Why, exactly, should we “blister” a guy with a 1.349 WHIP?

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      No hitting? Are you serious?

  • Jake H

    man this team is frustrating.

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    4 hits against a guy with an ERA over 5.00 to start the day. They look dead out there.

  • pc69

    And just like the Yankees, ASU blows a 6-0 lead and Leake is gone.

    Bad night to root for Sun Devils and Yankees.

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

    I CAN”T BELIEVE WE”RE GONNA GET SWEPT BY THE NATINALS!!!1!11!elevennty!

    /quaid’d

  • Drew

    Love me some Nats pen.

  • Bob Stone

    Good catch by Swish

    • Bob Stone

      Times Three

  • dkidd

    CWM 2009 >>>>>>>>> nationals bullpen

    • pat

      chicken wing man?

      • dkidd

        i cant spel

  • dkidd

    villone’s getting his shinebox

  • Jamal G.

    New thread, please.

  • Charlie

    We gotta score in the bottom of the seventh.. this is bullshit. And for all those sarcastic “the yankees are in last place! fire girardi” people, tonight is not the night. It’s THE FUCKING WASHINGTON NATIONALS!!!!! It’d be inexcusable to lose to them

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

      It’s not inexcusable to lose to anyone.

      It’s baseball. Shit happens.

      • Bob Stone

        TOTALLY agree

      • Charlie

        Shit happens, indeed, but its THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS! With your ace on the hill + A lineup, its pretty inexcusable.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          You mean the ace that shut down (save for one popup homer) a team with a very good offense? And the starter with a 1.349 WHIP that pitched a good game against the Yanks?

          It’s baseball, not the NFL. The bad teams win sometimes.

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

            The bad teams win 40% of their games. The good teams lose 40% of their games.

  • DCR

    Pretty poor showing offensively for the Yankees so far. They need to wake up.

  • Dave

    CC should be getting a win here…just a shame. Was a little nervous this could be a trap game/series, cause everyone has taken the nationals very lightly.

    • Accent Shallow

      He should be, but he gave up a rally to the bottom of the Nationals’ order. Ick.

    • Zach

      CC did give up singles to Alberto Gonzalez and Will Nieves before the HR, but yes the Yankees do need to score

  • Charlie

    wow, how does this guy have an ERA under 1?

    • Zach

      not anymore

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

    Johnny Repeat strikes again with the “proud of his fastball” comment.

    • Pasqua

      But he totally, TOTALLY is… amiright?

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    wow i thought that was gonee.

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

      Me too, man. Me too.

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

    OMG WE’RE LOSING TO THE NATIONALS!!!1111111!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    That looked like a HR but I’ll take it.

  • Dela G

    LETS GO YANKEES! GET YOUR RALLY CAPS ON!

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Screw Kay and the cameraman.

  • pat

    Haha tavarez you suck. Tex actually had to wait a second on that fastball.

    • pat

      too bad its villone you dick.

  • Brandon

    In play, run(s) <3

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    Thank Tex!

  • Charlie

    there we go.. about time

  • Accent Shallow

    In play, run(s)

    <3worst pen in majors<3

  • Stormrider6

    Seriously, if I ever see John Sterling walking down the street, I might have to punch him in the neck… “IT IS HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IS… Caught! No! Off the Wall!”

    • Pasqua

      He misses so many of those because he’s distracted while furiously flipping through his scripts to find the appropriate homerun call.

      Good lord, what a shell of a man he’s become.

  • YankeeScribe

    Is Tex the only Yankee who can hit with men on base?

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

    Did he really just say taht Alex should look to hit a GB to the right side to move the runner over? Seriously?

    • Charlie

      the way he’s hitting, yea

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

        No. A-Rod should never look to do that. Ever. He can hit the ball roughly one million feet (that may be an exaggeration). I can’t be mad at him for trying to get a hit there.

        • Charlie

          i hate small ball too, but that K was uuggly

          • JobaWockeeZ

            So? He has to swing with a 0-2 count =/
            He would have gotten called strike 3 probably if I recall the pitch.

    • dkidd

      do it for the kids, robbie

  • RunnerS122

    This ump is wildly inconsistent on the edges of the strike zone. I know I should be ok with it being bad for the Nats but I would rather have a consistent one than random balls and strikes

  • Charlie

    shit, the rays are on a roll

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Fail boos are fail =/

  • Bob Stone

    UGH! A-Rod – What are you doing?

  • Dave

    Alex, I don’t hate on you too much, but that was embarrassing.

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    1-8 with RISP

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

      Fuck. Really, one for eight? Eight whole PA’s and he’s only come through in one of them?

      Let’s kill him. Straight assassination. No mercy.

  • Charlie

    omfg a-rod

  • Dela G

    how the eff did alex miss that

  • SS

    A-Rod’s in a pretty bad slump.

  • dkidd

    he promised the kids he’d hit a triple

  • Drew

    That’s aight Robbie!

  • Charlie

    YEA ROBBIE

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    A rare sighting tonight – Robinson Cano was just seen getting a hit with a RISP. Alleluia!

  • http://advancedyankeesanalysis.blogspot.com/ Eric

    Dukes is such a horrid fielder.

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

    How close was it?

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

    Thank you, Elijah.

  • Charlie

    bruney for the eighth?

    • http://advancedyankeesanalysis.blogspot.com/ Eric

      I’m hoping it’s CC.

    • Dela G

      CC can keep on going, its not like he’s tired or laboring out there

      He’ll prolly touch 96 on the gun in the 8th

    • Zach

      CC has 98 pitches, similar to game in Boston when they had no Bruney. Top of the line up coming up, i say leave him in

      • Charlie

        remind me what happened when they left him in last time…

        • Zach

          different lineup, plus that 10 pitch atbat from Pedroia was big.

          they let him throw 120pitches in 7innings, but not over 100 in 8? let him go out there

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Because obviously the Nationals lineup = Boston’s extremely annoying patience robotic lineup.
          So you’re going to let one bad time overshadow CC’s career of being worked like that?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      CC plox.

  • Reggie C.

    yanks definitely caught a break with Dukes manning CF. Whatever happened to Milledge?? Milledge definitely catches Cano’s liner and probably catches Teix’s shot to the wall.

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

      MIlledge can’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag at the moment.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      Milledge was sent down to AAA. A .397 OPS doesn’t cut it.

    • Zach

      Sent down to minors, I think he has a broken finger now

    • V

      Milledge was playing AWFUL defense before being demoted EARLY this season.

      But Dukes is an RF, not a CF. And it shows.

    • pat

      Milledge had been doing horribly in CF this year.

  • Dela G

    CANO!

    however, why the hell did he try to go to third…

  • Charlie

    jeter injured?

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      Yes replay showed him limping down line.

      • Charlie

        oh fuck

    • LiveFromNewYork

      yeah what happened to Jeter?

    • Dela G

      yup, looks like a tightened up hammy

  • dkidd

    what happened to jeter?

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

    Call up Melvin to play short!

  • dkidd

    bruney’s moustache is awesomely bad

  • http://advancedyankeesanalysis.blogspot.com/ Eric

    I’m much slower to praise Cano for that AB than most of you are…

    A. He swings at a ball in the dirt on a 2-0 count. He needs to be more disciplined than that. Someone who hits a bunch of singles and never walks will never be a big asset as a hitter, and Cano has the potential to be a big asset. It’s very frustrating.

    B. Almost every single CF in the league catches that ball easily.

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

      Robinson Cano’s career slugging percentage is .471 and he has a career IsoP of .168. He’s not a singles hitter.

      • http://advancedyankeesanalysis.blogspot.com/ Eric

        I didn’t mean to imply he’s a singles hitter. Tonight he had about as bad a 4-for-4 game you can have. Someone with those power numbers should be walking on more than 5% of his plate appearances.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          Three line drive singles are a bad night (before the double that Dukes should have caught)?!?!?!? Dude, I will take three line drive singles from him every game, thanks.

  • Accent Shallow

    Why DH Guzman and not Dunn?

    Again, <3 worst pen in majors <3 for coming in and immediately giving up the lead.

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

      Scroll up to the top of the thread. You’ll see it.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Best signing of the year: M.Teix even though no one on the team can pronounce his last name.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      But he’s teh curse!!!!!
      he obviously maeks this team worse becuz he didnt sign with teh all gritty red sox111 makes no sense tryin to compare him to teh babe but im gonna say this cuz were yankee killers

      /John henry

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

    Seriously, Nick Johnson, shave.

    You look ridiculous. Your freinds and family don’t have the heart to tell you.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I always liked Nick.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      I’d have to say that ‘stache is worse than the fake one that “Conando” ‘s been wearing on the Tonight Show…

  • LiveFromNewYork

    CC is a horse. But he’s a very well paid horse.

    • Accent Shallow

      I hope he’s not getting divorced.

      /Shaq’d

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

        Um, how did you get so many Q’s?

  • teix is the man

    aight cc, nice job!

  • Charlie

    i mighta put drob in.. hopefully bruney won’t be rusty.

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

    Why doesn’t Bruney’s hat have a patch on the back?

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

      It’s his penalty for getting injured twice. Only healthy players deserve commemorative patches.

  • pat

    bruney’s hat doesn’t have a patch on the back…

    • Dela G

      was it made by the natinals?

  • Charlie

    god this ump sucks

  • Reggie C.

    wow. that was a good FB.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Oh Brian we have missed you.

  • Zach

    96 on that one

  • Charlie

    he’s throwing 96

  • Handtius

    I <3 Bruney.

  • Drew

    Brunediesel is amped up out there :)

  • Charlie

    bruney is so awesome when he’ healthy

  • dkidd

    that was satisfying

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Remember when Bruney sucked?

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

      Yes, I do.

      It was cloudy that day.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        back when he was fat and had a bad attitude.

  • Accent Shallow

    Looks like Bruney’s ok.

  • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

    MLBTR has a post up that lists who would be Type A FAs if the season ended now.

    Interestingly, both Damon on Nady are on the list.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/06/probable-type-a-free-agents.html

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

      Nady gets an Arb offer. Damon doesn’t.

      Age + salary = too much risk

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

        Bingo. I highly doubt that Damon gets more than $13MM in free agency.

      • Zach

        Nady is a Boras client, but with that elbow Boras is smart enough to know he’s not getting a multi year deal somewhere else

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

          Meh, I’d take Nady accepting the arb deal. What’s he gonna get, a a one year 6M deal? That’s totally moveable if we decide not to keep him. No prob.

      • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

        I think it depends. It depends on how well Damon finishes the season, and what the Yanks think the market looks like. He might be the best option for LF/DH next year.

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

          I’m not necessarily against bringing him back.

          I’m against offering him arbitration. Big difference.

          • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

            I hear you. I don’t want them to drop a huge deal on Holliday or Bay, and I know how much Cash loves his short-term investments, so if they offer Damon arbitration, it can be win-win. If he accepts, you overpay him, but it’s for one year. If he declines, and you can’t re-sign him, you get a #1 pick.

            Damon is a Boras client, and I can’t see him taking a one-year offer from the Yanks (outside of the arbitration process).

            • Zach

              Boras is a smart guy though, he saw what happened last year with Burrel & Abreu, yea Ibanez got paid but Damon isnt Ibanez.

              13m on a year one is more then he’ll make from any other team, i have doubts Cashman will offer arb, but i do hope Damon back on a Pettitte-like contract

    • Zach

      Thinking both would accept arbitration though

    • ChrisS

      I can’t see Nady staying at Type A after missing most of this season.

      • Zach

        It’s like Bedard, he’s type B because he missed a lot of last season.

        But that list has Billy Wagner and Troy Glaus as Type As, so its not accurate

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

          The Elias formula actually allows for an adjustment for injuries, so guys who miss a ton of time can still be Type A’s or B’s if they were good while healthy.

          Like Wagner, Glaus, and Nady, for example.

          • Zach

            So why is Bedard not a Type A and Vicente Padilla is?

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

              You got me there.

              No idea. Maybe hit batsmen is one of the Elias counting stats.

              • Zach

                Ha, I wasnt trying to stump you, just curious cause dont know totally how it works

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    did that lady have a brawl and a beer in her hand.

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

    I have no idea how anyone every gets a bat on MacDougal’s fastball. That kind of movement with that kind of velo is just sick.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hey, it’s Mac the Ninth! Wrong inning, though.

    • dkidd

      Michael the VIII

  • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

    According to Kay, Jeter left with left ankle “stiffness.”

  • dkidd

    ankle better news than hamstring?

    • Bleakley

      Much better news, a little ice and a rub down from his Tuesday night supermodel and he’ll be ready for tomorrow.

      • Charlie

        ietc, its probably true too.

  • pat

    GARDNER KILL

  • Drew

    Sounds like Jetes just twisted his ankle a bit, hopefully.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    You knew Gardner was going to do that in like 2 seconds. It’s what he does.

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

    Now he steals?!?!? Multiple interrobangs?!?!

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

    See, Brett, THAT’S WHAT YOU DO.

    You go on the first pitch.

    • MattG

      But Swish, that’s not what you do. You pretend to bunt, and keep the catcher back.

    • Handtius

      bubububut I was scaared.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Swisher doesn’t like the call. Perhaps he should bunt (ducks).

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I’ve done that thing that Jeter did and that is painful if you land wrong and it can nag for a while.

    • dkidd

      you mean have sex with all 3 members of destiny’s child at the same time?

      • LiveFromNewYork

        Okay that I didn’t do.

      • Handtius

        +2

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

        All 6.

        He did them other chicks that left the group as well.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    If only Gardner has a Swisher-esque OBP. A walk or single will like automatically let him go to second most of the time.

    • Accent Shallow

      You mean “If only Brett Gardner had better contact skills and more power than Juan Pierre.”

      (Actually, he might have more power than Pierre)

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

    Great play, Zimmerman.

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

    Ryan Zimmerman is good at baseball.

    • Handtius

      thank you Joe Buck.

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

        Oh, god, does Joe Buck really say that? It’s been ages since I heard one of his broadcasts.

        I’m going to not say that anymore if he does.

        • Handtius

          Nah, I was just ripping on you. He could say something like that…And Biemel looks like a caveman…

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

            Agreed. I wonder if he saved a bunch of money on his car insurance.

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

              I must kill the GEICO ad exec who keeps green-lighting those goddamn ads.

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

                The funny thing is, the GEICO ad agency is awesome. They’ve created the Cavemen, the Gecko, and that stack of money with the eyes.

                They’re awesome at generating ad spots that create a memorable image that keeps their product in your consciousness. Well done.

                • Handtius

                  Unlike those crappy Progressive ads. Hates those and that annoying chick.

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

                  Heh.

                  One of my homies from college was in one of those Progressive ads. The big black dude. He was also in Antwone Fisher and the Barbershop movies.

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

                  The stack of money is awesome.

              • Handtius

                I love them ads. The bowling one was, gold.

        • Zach

          did you see his show last night? wow

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

            No, but I saw the horrid excerpts.

            Artie Lange = IronHorse

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

      This.

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

      Ramiro: swing for the fences. I want his first home run. But that single will do.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Gardy steal home please.

  • pat

    FUCK YOU JOHN LANNAN

    • Accent Shallow

      Detailz?

      • pat

        Went to highschool with him, used to be really good friends, then he turned into two timing, backstabbing attempted girlfriend thieving POS.

        • Handtius

          Grudges take time off your life. Forgive and Forget…or stab and kill…whichever you prefer.

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

            Exactly.

            Look at it this way: You’re better off without her. That girl was a ho… FOR SHO!!!

          • pat

            I’m intrigued by your second suggestion… But you’re right just give it up, I sound like a whiny bitch.

            • Handtius

              You sound like a man whose been wronged.

              • pat

                I’m a man of principles, it’s not like the chick was marissa miller, she totally wasn’t worth screwing your buddy over for. But whatever, you do what you gotta do I guess.

  • pat

    you can’t steal home off a guy throwing 96

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Double steal.

  • pat

    BUNT RAMIRO BUNT!!!!!

  • Drew

    Suicide squeeze!11!

  • teix is the man

    Ramiro Pena looks like Jorge from the movie Employee of the Month

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      lmao

  • Drew

    lol. Pena ftw!

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

    Playing for one run in the eighth inning against the Nats …

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Someone’s got a case of the Mon–er, Tuesdays.

  • Accent Shallow

    <3 worst pen in majors <3

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

    RAMIRO!

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Johnny says I used to look like this pitcher.

  • Charlie

    i love ramiro

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

      Charlie, are you just looking at things in the office and saying that you love them?

      • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

        IETC

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

    If the lead goes to 3+, keep Bruney in?

    • Charlie

      no, don’t wanna overwork him this early

  • Drew

    YES’s graphic shows no one on base. Mo, why does YES suck so bad.

    • Jake

      MY9

      • Drew

        Eh, same production team.

    • Handtius

      Try being around in the 90s when you get a game or 2 a week…Yes ain’t so bad.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Ya can’t be hesitating.

  • pat

    I feel like whenever tex switches from one side of the plate to the other he always goes buck wild.

    • pat

      not that time :(

  • Ivan

    Teix blow it open.

    • Handtius

      NO

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Wow I think we’re still have not had a game at the NYS without one home run.

  • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

    According to Kay, this is the first game since May 6 that the Yanks didn’t homer.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      At the Stadium, I should have said.

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

    Surprised Mo didn’t get that call.

    • Charlie

      this ump is weird, and kinda inconsistent

  • Charlie

    shut em down Mo

  • LiveFromNewYork

    nice job by Jorge Posada? No such animal.

  • Drew

    ugh… umpires

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

      /stink eye

  • Charlie

    whatever happened to a spillover thread?

    • LiveFromNewYork

      The Nats don’t deserve one.

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

        It’s the recession. Gotta tighten the belt.

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

    Robbie Cano’s best game of the season, on both sides of the ball.

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

    Sparkling game by Cano both at the plate and in the field tonight. Well done.

  • Drew

    Cano’s so lazy, he didn’t even get his jersey dirty on that play.

    • Zach

      Only winning players get their jersey dirty
      Cano = non-winning player = clean jersey

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Mo throws down the middle.

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

      It’s easy to to that when your pitches down the middle can’t be squared or hit hard.

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

    BUT JORGE IS BAD AT FRAMING!!!!!

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    Typical Dunn.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    This is the type of guy who homers off Mo.

    • Accent Shallow

      But not this time.

  • Zach

    Cant help the team with the bat on your shoulders Adam

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

      Yeah, he should’ve crushed that pitch over the plate.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I love Tony Pena.

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

      +1

  • pat

    pena is so much better than jeter.

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

    Good game.

  • Drew

    What a play by Pena!

  • Accent Shallow

    Yay Mo! Yay win!

    Now I know how to get a game thread without spillovers — play the Nationals.

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

      That, or have the post author leave the thread and not return, leaving us to wallow in our own filth unchecked and unsupported.

      Joe Pawlikowski wrote:
      “Sorry for the short game thread tonight. I’m headed up to the game to meet some old friends.”

      • pat

        Please, the only people Joe is going to meet is Zig and Zag.

  • Handtius

    POSADA IS SUCH A SHITTY CATCHER1!1

  • Zach

    Krod gets out of the jam, damn

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

    Oh goodie, now we get Russ Salzberg.

    • Handtius

      I want to rip out his larynxs.

    • pat

      I LIVE FOR THIS SHIT

  • Zach

    Ron Villone has 4 loses on the season, only 5R(4ER) allowed ha wow

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Who called this game? Exquisitely pitched game. Whoever was calling the pitches had the hitters off balance all night, even though neither CC or Mo had their best stuff.

  • Jim Leyritz

    Great call by Posada leading CC back to the same place he lead up the doubble earlier eh? He’s such a great game manager. Give the weakling the only pitch he can hit out of the park. In a whiffle ball stadium.

    • Jim Leyritz

      And the guy was batting about 300 feet off the plate. How about 96 on the outside corner?

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

        Change your user name or you’re getting banned. One and only warning. Pretending to be someone you’re not is a zero tolerance offense around here.

  • Brian Harvey

    Moose is coaching Little League in Williamsport PA. My manager at work has sons that are about the same age as Mussina’s and they played on the same little league team as his. He would always give the kids Yankees stuff and treat them to extra googies and now his kids are Yankees fans (who now live in New Hampshire)