Game 73: Citi, the other New York park


The Yanks make their first and only trip to Citi Field this weekend. Hopefully the Yanks will be as well-represented at Citi as the Mets were at The Stadium.

CC Sabathia left his previous start after 1.1 innings with biceps tendonitis, but after working out this week was deemed fit to pitch. That’s a relief for the Yanks, who want nothing more than to add a third game to their two-game rush. CC has given the Yanks the best chance to win all year, and tonight is made all the better because they’re facing the best of what the Mets will throw in Mike Pelfrey.

After tossing 200 innings to a 3.72 ERA last season, Pelfrey has been a bit of a disappointment this year, adding a full run to his ERA over his first 76 innings. Looking at his peripherals, it’s pretty obvious why. His strikeouts are down and his walks are up, leaving his K/BB ratio at a paltry 1.26:1. The saving grace is that he’s continued allowing home runs at a very slow pace, which is in large part why his FIP is 4.38.

The Rays hit Pelfrey well in his last outing, smacking eight base hits for four runs over five innings. He fared a bit better in his previous start at Camden Yards, where he held the Orioles to two runs over 5.2 innings. He also started against the Red Sox back in May, and that was perhaps his best outing of the year, a seven-inning, two-run affair in which he struck out six and walked just one.

As you might have heard, the Mets lineup at this point is nothing to write home about. They’re missing a number of key players, including Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes. When you go from those guys to Nick Evans, Jeremy Reed, and Alex Cora, you know you’re going to be in a bit of trouble.

On a final note before the lineups, CC Sabathia mentioned his 120-pitch outings from this year as a possible cause of his biceps tendonitis. I’d expect Girardi to pull him somewhere around 110 maximum. The bullpen picked up 5.1 innings for Andy Pettitte last night, so it might seem a bit taxed. That might not be the case, though, as the Yanks have a fresh Brian Bruney and Phil Hughes ready to take the bridge to Mo, who for his part tossed only six pitches in his one-out save.


Gardner, CF
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Melky, RF
Cervelli, C
Pena, SS
Sabathia, SP

Jeter’s out with an illness. There’s basically four, maybe five pitchers in the lineup tonight. Woo hoo.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. BigBlueAL says:

    Cervelli catching again???? Especially w/o Jeter and Swisher in the lineup, how the hell do you also sit Posada for basically no reason????

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Honestly, is there ever a freaking comment that isnt praising the Yankees that you dont take issues with????

        Im sorry it makes no sense to sit Posada for the 2nd time in 3 days when you know Jeter cant play and you are also sitting Swisher. Im not saying they are screwed and are bound to lose, hell they could score 10 runs tonight with that lineup, but Im sorry sitting Posada makes no sense when you already are committed to having to sit Jeter and also plan to give Swisher a day off.

        Shit its not freaking illegal or being an asshole/stupid fan for 1st guessing a move made by Girardi once in awhile.

        • whozat says:

          If you don’t think TSJC second-guesses Girardi, you have selective memory.

          • Thank you.

            There’s plenty of Girardi decisions that warrant second guessing.

            Giving players rest isn’t one of them. Not giving them enough rest may be a valid topic of discussion. But giving regulars a day off, even multiple regulars at a time, is not a valid criticism of Girardi. This crap tires me more than about anything else.

            Players need days off. Managers give them days off. It’s fine. End of story.

            • The Artist says:

              Exactly. Believe it or not, its June. Not the 7th game of the World Series. Fans want to win every game, but a manager has to think at least a few days in advance.

              That’s why Mo, Bruney and Hughes don’t pitch every day despite the fact that some people want them to.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          He just caught a four hour game in 90-something degree heat. And he caught the day before. I have no issue with it.

        • JP says:

          Honestly, is there ever a freaking comment that isnt praising the Yankees that you dont take issues with????

          Ding ding ding ding!!!! We have a winner! Where were you yesterday when I needed you, BigAl?

          • BigBlueAL says:

            Sorry I was more into the NBA draft last night.

            Although Im cool with TSJC so I was kinda being a bit sarcastic, although there are other people who do sometime annoy me with their constant criticism of anybody who dare take issues with or criticize something anybody on the Yankees do.

            Of course I do understand and get annoyed with the people who overdo their whining and bitching as well and their declarations that this team sucks and stuff. I try to be right in the middle where I do criticize but dont try to overdo it because I do believe this team is very good and I just get frustrated when I feel they are underachieving and making questionable moves/decisions.

            In the end though like most people here I just want them to win and will be watching and rooting for them every game as I always do good or bad.

    • Lanny says:

      No reason? Catchers can’t play everyday and CC works well with Cervelli. It’s not like he’s not going to pinch hit in the late innings.

  2. whozat says:

    Wow. I’ll tell ya…CC _better_ be healthy. He’s not going to get a lot of runs, unless Tex and ARod drive Damon in a couple times each.

    • whozat says:

      That said…I’d be pretty stoked to see CC crank a booming double to the wall to score Cervelli or something like that :-)

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Even if he’s not healthy, look at the Mets lineup.

  3. Jeter’s out with an illness.

    It’s name was Shelley, Tanisha, Monica, and Rosa.

  4. Randi says:

    Will there be a delay? whats the deal,I live in great neck LI and it is raining… HARD

  5. Dela G says:

    Man this lineup sucks

  6. ARX says:

    So nice of the rain to wait for us to get back to NY.

  7. I’d still take this line up than have to deal with the issues the Mets have.

    Jeter has the flu, not a broken ankle.

  8. pat says:

    Anybody see transformers? I’m goin tonight is it worth it?

  9. JobaJr says:

    Is it safe to say the Nady-Marte deal was a bust now that Nady may be out for the season?

  10. Jake H says:

    Will they play the game?

  11. mick says:

    This is a very good defensive lineup…maybe our best…we’ll be ok tonight!

  12. Yankees Brawl says:

    any idea when will 1st pitch be?

  13. thebusiness says:

    Posada and Swisha shouldn’t have been sitting on the same day to start with, but now that Jeta is out he should at least put one back in.

  14. thebusiness says:

    SNY is playing the 7/10/99 Yankees/Mets Game.

    Jeter hits cleanup but I presume the Mets won that game.

  15. Jersey says:

    I just heard on WCBS that Nady is officially done for the year…is that news or am I just late?

  16. John says:

    This is just Girardi’s scheme to put the best defensive lineup out there in the grand canyon that is Citi Field.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      This is probably the best defense the Yankees can field, although the way Damon’s played recently, I might take Swisher over him.

  17. Mattingly's Love Child says:

    I’ve been trapped on an airplane on the runway for the past 2hrs 30min…..my laptop only has 30min of battery life…so where do I go to pass the time…RAB..

  18. Salty Buggah says:

    It sucks that Nady is out, he would have provided awesome depth with his prodigious power (read that in a scouting report)

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Yeah without Nady our team is terrible! Now we have Swisher! Look at his average!! .240!!!!! That and his more K’s than hits thing makes him a bad player! Forget UZR, OBP, or OPS. Swisher is sooooo bad!

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Oh that was not a mock to you but the people who actually think that way.

        • LiveFromNewYork says:

          Yeah I was looking forward to Nady coming back but I’m not jumping off any of the many bridges I would have to choose from.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Yeah I mean I think Nady is a good player as well. Having him on the team could help a lot. Unfortunately he can me out for the whole season. But the amount of people thinking Nady being a tremendous boost over Swisher is unbelievable.

  19. BigBlueAL says:

    Shit, I just missed Lou Piniella’s post-game press conference on ESPN talking about his incident with Milton Bradley. Anyone know exactly what happened??

  20. RollingWave says:

    We’re just giving the Mets a chance by playing a comparable lineup. afterall. CC would be like the 3rd best hitter on their lineup.

    • Randi says:

      IETC.. lol CC is a good hitter. should be cool seeing. Somebody said it before, we’re putting our best defensive lineup on the feild so that’s always a great sign. We should be okay, but I think the yanks are like 0-10 in rain delayed games this year. does anyone have a stat for this? i feel as if we always lose these games

  21. LiveFromNewYork says:

    A homeless lady on the subway: “The saddest thing that happened this week was euthanizing 800 Canada geese around LaGuardia. THAT is the saddest thing. There was one Ed McMahon, one Farrah Fawcett and one Michael Jackson, but there were EIGHT HUNDRED GEESE!”

    • Dead animals tend to elicit lots of sympathy.

      • No, but that actually is pretty freaking sad. Those are the geese that I always see at Flushing Meadows Corona Park!

        • LiveFromNewYork says:

          It is. And animal experts say it’s not going to really address the problem.

          And the geese hang out here because humans interrupted their natural migratory patterns by feeding them.

    • Marcus says:

      Wow, that is amazing.

    • mick says:

      Geese are great to eat….they should be fed to the homeless instead of discarded in a dump somewhere.

    • The Artist says:

      You should have told her plane crashes with 200 dead people are sadder than 800 dead Geese.

      I’m all for non-lethal means if there are some available, but those Geese fly into the engines and get killed anyway, and could take a plane down with them.

      • LiveFromNewYork says:

        For 800 geese and all those flights, the odds are kinda low for them to take out a plane. Usually the geese lose bigtime and the plane keeps going. And the euthanizing isn’t really going to be a long-term solution.

      • pat says:

        That was my next point. If not for The Mariano Rivera of aviation, our boy Sully, all the passengers, crew and innocent bystanders would have been killed. The public outrage that something had not been done about the geese and how the accident could have been prevented would have been tremendous.

      • mick says:

        Agreed on the non lethal means,but until a solution is found that returns these geese to their natural flyways they will be a danger,however small, to aircraft.If they must be destroyed they should not be wasted.Seems cruel but before someone complains they should ask themselves if they enjoyed their turkey last Thanksgiving.

  22. Final Jeopardy:

    Category: 19th Century American Literature
    Answer: At the end of the novel, the title object “ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world’s scorn and bitterness”.

    (nobody should get this wrong. This is a layup.)

  23. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Jeter: flu or hangover?

  24. Jamal G. says:

    Per Twitter, Sweeny Murti says the tarp (I’m stil chuckling at that TARP-on-Citi-Field joke) is being lifted.

  25. LiveFromNewYork says:

    I see sunshine. I see sunshine.

    Perhaps I am hallucinating. Anyone else in NYC see sun?

  26. Accent Shallow says:

    First pitch at 8. I’m in Jersey Shitty, and I see both sun and rain.

  27. BigBlueAL says:

    Pete Abe says first pitch at 8.

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      He’ll be bellying up to the nacho bar until then.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        Listen, I hate fat people as much as the next guy, but why does Pete Abe attract so much venom?

        • Nigel Incubator-Jones says:

          I hate fat people as much as the next guy

          I love that this is a given.

        • pat says:

          Ummm, he’s a jerk? If you say something in his comment section that contradicts him he will delete your comment? If you send him an email for a story or something he won’t give you credit? He went onto lane Meyer’s draft blog and questioned his credentials?

          Take your pick.

        • LiveFromNewYork says:

          I don’t hate fat people and I rarely do fat jokes except for him and fatcessa because I don’t like those two jerks and fat jokes hurt.

  28. Randi says:

    Does anybody know what the Yankees record this year when game is delyed or it is raining?

  29. pat says:

    Ugh, imagine if the Worlds Most Incompetent GM Who Only Buys Free Agents hadn’t traded for Swisher this offseason? Who the hell would be playing RF? Melky? Shelly? Angel Berroa?

  30. Memo to Dan Abrams:

    They cancelled your show. It sucks, I know. But, before you come do a spot on Hardball with Chris Matthews, shave your beard.

    You look like you don’t give a shit. You’re never gonna get a new show if you go on other people’s shows looking like you don’t give a shit.

  31. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Urgh My 9 already sucking. My 9 or SNY for today?

  32. Jay says:

    Been a while for me…
    But I’m breaking my silence to says its game time…


    Dear Doubters,

    The B squad will get it done. So root for your team for a change.

  33. Ivan says:

    5 mins til game time.

  34. Teix is the man says:

    note yo kay: lumber and slumber don’t rhyme

  35. Ivan says:

    Yo Tommie, wouldn’t it be better if the Knicks drafted Jennings rather Hill. To me, Jennings has a chance to be a perinial AS, while Hill just reminds me of a better version David Lee.

  36. Accent Shallow says:

    Gardner is getting the rookie strizeone. Not a fan.

    Hey, justice!

  37. Mike Axisa says:

    Gardnerian hit.

  38. Starting the night off right, Brett. Let’s go, Yanks!

  39. Dela G says:


  40. Dela G says:

    wow that K zone gardner got was incredible

    it was almost like the entire area was a strike opportunity

  41. BigBlueAL says:

    Damn SNY said Tex is only hitting .246 as a LHB. I didnt realize his splits have been that dramatic this season.

    • Dela G says:

      i say he go to the right side all the time, doesn’t hurt to do so

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Well he does have 16 HR LH so his average is alot lower but I assume his power numbers are pretty much the same from both sides.

  42. Teix is the man says:

    cc’s like, ‘punks, wait till i get up to bat!’

  43. Nigel Incubator-Jones says:

    If Girardi goes out now and argues Balls and Strikes, and gets ejected, how many runs do the Yankees score?

  44. Accent Shallow says:

    Oh jeez, A-Rod . . .

  45. BigBlueAL says:

    Arod with an Andruw Jones like swing on that 1st pitch.

  46. Salty Buggah says:

    Tex seemed to have hit it far on Gameday

  47. Dela G says:

    nice walk a-rod!

  48. Salty Buggah says:

    cano with RISP

  49. JP says:

    Be a star Robbie

  50. Dela G says:

    this strike zone is terrible

  51. whozat says:

    Weird strike zone today.

  52. JP says:


  53. Salty Buggah says:

    that called strike 2 was outside

  54. Dela G says:

    well at least we worked up his pitch count

    good job there yankees. Now lets bust some ass on defense

  55. Salty Buggah says:


  56. BigBlueAL says:

    Totally stupid comment coming, but shit Cano must lead the team in making the 3rd out with RISP.

  57. Jose says:

    Did people hear about this story: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  58. whozat says:

    CC with no command. Again. Hiding bicep pain?

  59. BigBlueAL says:

    Damn Castillo with a .380 OBP this season. If only he could catch pop-ups then he would be real valuable.

  60. BigBlueAL says:

    On SNY all those FB’s to Castillo were 94-95 mph. I think he is OK.

  61. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice recovery K by CC

  62. This seems to be a tight zone on the corners, no?

    • Salty Buggah says:

      for us only!!! damn inconsistent ump

      • Since I’ve started umpiring, I find I complain about umpires/call them names less. It’s much, much harder than it looks, even for little kids.

        • Salty Buggah says:

          yea I know

        • The Artist says:

          Since I recently started working for the Columbian Drug Cartel, I find those people who bitch about the Police ad the DEA have loads of good points to make.

        • BigBlueAL says:

          Heh, Ive been umping for 14 years now and I still rip MLB umpires. But yeah I know what you mean, Ive never umped anything higher than H.S. kids and some of them who pump it up there in the high 80′s it is tough, especially when they drop in some nasty curves that fools me as much as they fool the hitters.

    • Dela G says:

      yeah its quite annoying


  64. Dela G says:

    great play by damon!

  65. Yankees Brawl says:

    anyone read the jeter article at PA?

  66. Ivan says:

    I guess Wright is a big fan of this park.

  67. whozat says:

    DWright crushed that, huh?

  68. Accent Shallow says:

    They gave that guy a Gold Glove? Ha!

  69. Mike Axisa says:

    Ladies and gentleman, Mets baseball.

  70. Very lucky, Melky.

  71. Salty Buggah says:

    melky says fuck your strikezone (didn’t give the same call to CC but gaveit pelfrey thrice now)

  72. Mike Axisa says:

    Cervelli’s bunting so Pena and CC could drive Melky in? Eh?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I hope he was trying to bunt for a hit, and this wasn’t Girardi playing for one run against the great Pelfrey.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      i think that dumb bunting is reason we struggle w/ RISP, giving away free outs

  73. Dorian says:

    Girardi just looked livid that Cervy tried to bunt.

  74. Striking out vs. Pelfry? Ugh.

  75. Teix is the man says:

    pelfrey is proud of his fastball.

  76. Mike Axisa says:

    Check out Ramiro Pena.

  77. Dela G says:


  78. JobaWockeeZ says:

    You put the 1 on the wrong team My9…

  79. Salty Buggah says:


  80. Accent Shallow says:

    Confirm/deny: Ramiro Pena is pretty much the kid from Rookie of the Year

  81. JobaWockeeZ says:

    CC wants his own runs!

  82. That’s why they pay him the big bucks.

  83. The Artist says:

    Pena batting 8th?

    CC batting 9th?


  84. Dela G says:

    CC sabathia baby!

  85. Mike Axisa says:

    CC don’t need no plate discipline.

  86. BigBlueAL says:

    CC’s career BA of .261 just went up.

  87. Salty Buggah says:

    Si Si CC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. Mike Axisa says:

    You’ll need a homer to score CC from second.

  89. JobaWockeeZ says:

    But Steve Phillips said our lineup from 6-9 wasn’t good!!!!!

    • Accent Shallow says:

      This 6-9 doesn’t exactly induce fear, but with a little assist from the Mets’ D, it’s a rally!

  90. Dela G says:

    man this bottom of the order is a KILLA!

  91. BigBlueAL says:

    Yankees killing the ball.

  92. The Artist says:

    If it was legal, I bet Gardner could have made it to 3rd on that play.

  93. Dorian says:

    C.C just costed Gardy some points on his slugging and his OPS lmao

  94. Dela G says:

    this strike zone is BEYOND terrible :O

  95. The Artist says:

    I love playing AAA teams.

  96. Accent Shallow says:

    What a bunch of amateurs the Mets are.

    Also hilarious: their OF defense. Church in CF, Sheff in RF?

  97. Salty Buggah says:


  98. Damien says:

    The gritty gutty Yankees have finally learned how to hit.

  99. BigBlueAL says:

    After watching the Mets, I feel ashamed that as a Yankees fan I complain about my team at times.

  100. Dela G says:

    everyone is hitting today!

    now if only tex, a rod and cano could join in

  101. Accent Shallow says:


  102. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This is unreal. This is making Castillo look like he deserves the gold glove!

  103. Mike Axisa says:

    Meet the Mets, meet the Mets, step right up and laugh at the Mets.

  104. Accent Shallow says:

    This isn’t Pelfrey’s fault, this is what happens when a groundball pitcher plays in front of a Little League team.

  105. Dorian says:

    Meet the Muts Meet the Muts step right up and greet the Muts. LAUGHING MY FUCKING ASS OFF.

  106. Will (the other one) says:

    Alex Cora…wins games?

  107. Dela G says:



  108. Zach says:


  109. Jose says:

    Now all we need is to have Mike Pelfry have three balks this inning.

  110. zs190 says:

    Is it possible to play any worse than the Mets? 3 errors and 4 outs?

  111. pat says:

    Ahh see this was their plan all along get cano to hit into the inning ending DP

  112. Accent Shallow says:


    Please don’t GIDP here. Please. Just hit the ball into the outfield.

  113. Teix is the man says:

    Here come the Cano-jobbers

  114. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn Alex and his dumb stat-padding Walks!!!!

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Too bad OBP means nothing!!! It’s all about the batting average! Everyone knows that a high batting average wins games.

      • Jose says:

        How can a walk help a team win? Do you also believe in voodoo and Harry Potter? The most important thing is getting hits. As long as they aren’t ARod home runs early in the game, because those count less and are unclutch.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Walks are meaningless! Everyone knows a walk = potential outs! They clog up the bases! People who walk are too scared to swing their bat. Robbie Cano is doing a beautiful job by not being patient so he can freely swing!

    • The Artist says:

      He wanted to walk. You could see it in his eyes. He was relieved to not have to swing the bat.

  115. BigBlueAL says:

    I think Id rather have Pena hitting 5th instead of Cano.

  116. Dela G says:


  117. Salty Buggah says:

    what is with Robbie and RISP/Bases loaded?

  118. Accent Shallow says:


    I know you’re hurting, but that shouldn’t affect your pitch recognition. Ergh.

  119. Yankee1010 says:

    The Mets are puking all over themselves, Pelfrey has lost the strike zone and what does Cano do? Swing at the first 2 pitches which are balls. If that isn’t Cano for you with the bases loaded, I don’t know what is.

    Somebody needs to get that kid to settle down in those situations.

  120. Dela G says:


  121. pat says:

    OYYY melk that 3-1 pitch should have been an automatic take too. Oh well.

  122. Salty Buggah says:

    Ahhh melkman that was a RBI walk right there…

  123. Zach says:

    i thought melky had a better approach this season?

  124. Josh K says:

    Whew….just recovered from laughing as CC scored. Awesome!! Batting 1.000!! Go CC!

  125. Dorian says:

    What a wasted opportunity. We could have scored 50 runs that inning. Can Melky do a little more than score a run in an inning.

    Yall amaze me.

    • Zach says:

      bases loaded 1 out with a pitch who’s a mental case and cant find the zone. yeah its disappointing cano hit a soft line drive to castillo and melky swung at ball 4

  126. MattG says:

    Did I hear Kay right? “CC is getting something of a blow.”

    Man, that Citi Field has ALL the amenities!

  127. Dela G says:

    CC is dealing….


  128. Teix is the man says:


  129. Come on, CC. Challenge these fools.

  130. Accent Shallow says:

    Tatis is not biting on the slider in the dirt. Perhaps another pitch is in order?

  131. Wow, thank you for that one, Guccione.

  132. Josh K says:

    Haha…nice swing!

  133. Accent Shallow says:

    No forgiveness on the check swing tonight, huh?

    CC could easily have two walks.

  134. Dorian says:

    AJAX in his first prolonged slump this year.

  135. BigBlueAL says:

    God Damnit!! I finally decide to signup to Twitter and someone actually has my username BigBlueAL! Screw this guy there is only 1 real BigBlueAL and thats me!

  136. Salty Buggah says:

    damn I wanted another K there so he could’ve struck out the side but I’ll take an out.

  137. Teix is the man says:

    Yes, Sabathia due up! I bet he’s trying to be more efficient so he can bat quicker!

  138. whozat says:

    So, I got off the bus (with wifi) when melky was on 2nd and Pena was stepping to the plate.

    What the fuck happened!??!?!

  139. That woman in the DD tightening the belt ads looks a whole lot like my Medieval Lit professor from fall semester.

  140. Teix is the man says:

    Ricky Romero was such a good pick by the Jays.

  141. Wow, that was outside.

  142. Dela G says:

    HOLY SHEET that was a terrible strike call!

  143. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Nice Pena.

  144. Dela G says:

    pena looks like derek jeter!

  145. Salty Buggah says:

    I still like the long AB Cervi

  146. pat says:

    Pena Kill.

  147. Accent Shallow says:

    Sheesh, maybe A-Rod or Jeter should sit more often.
    (Joking, but it’s nice to see Pena not get completely embarrassed)

  148. Mike Axisa says:

    Help yourself CC.

  149. Dorian says:

    Pena’s a beast.

  150. Salty Buggah says:

    That’s a HR at teh Bandbox!111!!11!!!!

  151. Accent Shallow says:

    CC has a big, long swing.

    I’m absolutely terrified that he’s going to pull something.

  152. Okay, so, can Gardner start getting the lion’s share of ABs in center til he goes into another cold streak? He’s clearly out playing Melky at this point.

  153. Dela G says:

    this strike zone is unbelievable

  154. Jose says:

    Beckett and Jurrjens really battling in a pitcher’s duel. Of course the difference in the game right now is an Ortiz homer.