Jun
30

Game 76: Back to the big boys’ league

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After a 10-8 run through the National League — a run which, everyone must agree, could have and should have gone much better — the Yankees return home to get reacquainted with the American League, a/k/a the league with better teams. Surprisingly, there’s rain in the New York area. Boy, do we need it.

On the hill for the Seattle Mariners tonight is 24-year-old right-hander Brandon Morrow. He was the fifth pick of the 2006 draft, and the Mariners selected him ahead of hometown hero Tim Lincecum. While Morrow has considerable upside, there’s no doubt the team is kicking itself for that one.

Earlier this year, Morrow upset die-hard M’s fans by voluntarily moving to the bullpen. This was, both he and the team claimed, partly in order to better manage his Type 1 diabetes, with which he was diagnosed his senior year in high school. The Mariners moved Morrow into the closer’s role, where they believed he’d thrive.

The experiment started off well in general, though Morrow allowed three runs in his first appearance (0.2 IP). From there he tossed six innings of two-hit ball, allowing no runs. He then hit the DL on May 2, retroactive to April 24, with tendinitis in his right biceps. He returned on May 10, picking up his sixth save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth. However, in his next two appearances he blew saves, both resulting in walk-off losses. Manager Don Wakamatsu removed him as closer the next day.

Morrow worked out of the bullpen after that, pitching mostly two-inning stints. He had his own degrees of successes and failures, but wasn’t remarkable in any way. This led Morrow to change his mind — he wanted another shot in the rotation. The Mariners planned to option him to AAA so he could stretch out, but an injury to Erik Bedard changed plans. Like the Yankees did with Joba Chamberlain, Morrow’s counterpart tonight, the Mariners put Morrow in the rotation with a pitch count. He worked up to five innings and 87 pitches last time out, allowing three runs to the San Diego Padres.

Yankees fans might remember Morrow from his first major league start last September, in which he held the team to one hit over 7.1 innings. He stumbled a bit after that, allowing six runs to both the Royals and A’s before season’s end. The Yanks will have a chance for payback tonight.

On the other end is Joba Chamberlain, a fellow 2006 draftee. Joba bookends the month, having started on the first against Cleveland. That was surely a game to remember. The Yanks could use another one of them tonight. He’s averaged a hair over six innings per start this month, which is okay but still not what they want to see out of Joba. A good sign: he walked none over 6.1 innings last time against the Braves. Keeping the walks down will be a big part of Joba’s development.

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 sixty-two, Joba Chamberlain.

Rain, rain: It’s raining. We’ll see when this one starts.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Doug

    predict an 8:30 first pitch

  • BigBlueAL

    I hate fuckin rain delays, especially since in the package they dont stay with the channel showing the game so you have no idea when the game will start (or re-start if its a raid delay during the game).

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

    It was gorgeous earlier…had lunch with a few RABers, was awesome.

    They have a very nice window to get the game in. Amazing how the sky is clear in Jersey, but its still raining in NYC…

    • Doug

      not for long. another 15 minutes or so

  • Jersey

    Here’s a video of Ichiro to amuse you while we wait. NSFW

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtImIqR5neU

  • DP

    Anyone know why Gardner is out?

    • Doug

      because girardi’s in love with melky?

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

      Because Matsui and Swisher want to play, too? And because Damon’s not fluish any more?

      • andrew

        Matsui, Swisher and Damon have very little to do with Gardner. Melky is in CF. Right now, Gardner >>> Melky

  • Doug

    from peteabr: “Yankees projecting a 7:45 p.m. first pitch”

  • Ivan

    The M’s really don’t know what to do with Morrow. For starters, not only did they pass on Lincecum, but then when they did draft Morrow (who has a boatload of talent) rather making him starter til he failed they just said hey, lets make em a reliever. Considering the team needs major impact players and drafting Morrow that high, why make him a reliever? I thought the Diabetic thing was a legit concern but not to the point it really should of force Morrow to be a reliever.

    M’s are a confuse franchise.

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

      That was the genius of Bill Bavasi at work.

  • Big B

    I’m at the game. Just announced a 7:45 first pitch via phil coke.

  • Jose

    Everyone vote for the all-star game. Make sure to pick Tex, Kinsler and Posada.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/.....t_reg.html

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

      I’ll vote for Tex, but not voting for Joe Mauer is inexcusable.

      • Salty Buggah

        Mauer will get in either way so might as well vote for Posada

        • Professor Oak

          No, somehow Varitek will sneak his way in undeservingly, I mean after all, he does play for the Red Sox.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            Tek will somehow end up captain of the all-star team because they need his grit to defeat the national league…

            • Professor Oak

              Don’t forget he calls great games…

      • Jose

        I prefer to stuff the ballot box. I have this bitterness about the vote. I do everything to vote for only Yankees, with the only exception being to avoid getting a Red Sox player in the game.

        On that note, I agree Mauer should get the vote in theory. But in theory communism works.

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

          I prefer voting for those who deserve it even if, (gasp), they’re not Yankees.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            Well aren’t you a dick!

            ;)

            • Teix is the Man

              IETC

          • Jose

            I agree except I have this unfounded bitterness like a said towards fan votes that dates back to 1957. It was then renewed in 2006.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.....ballot_box

  • Professor Oak

    Why does this always happen on Joba’s starts?

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

      Dude, have hyou been in NY this summer? It’s got nothing to do with Joba…

      • Ivan

        Feels like im living in Seattle.

      • Professor Oak

        I live in the suburbs of NY and it is raining here too, it just seems like the rain delays always happen when Joba starts.

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

        The weather gods must be B-Jobbers.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          Wait, so if the Yankees move Joba to the pen it will stop raining so damn much?!

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            And if so, would that mean that it would send the rain here to NC for my tomatoes?

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

            I think I’d rather it rain constantly than be a B-Jobber.

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              Yeah I think I’d agree, I’ll just pay for a higher water bill and water my tomatoes with the garden hose….

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

                Haha, sorry bud.

  • Ivan

    One more thing, this game scares me a lil mainly of who’s pitching for the M’s. Morrow is sorta like Daniel Cabrera in a stand point that yeah the yanks should hit him, especially like Cabrera Morrow command is below average and that’s being generous. Nevertheless, like Cabrera he has the stuff to shut down any team and pitch like 7 or 8 no hit innings.

    • Professor Oak

      He also is the guy who 1 hit us last year through 7.2 innings, striking us out 8 times. The one Yankee who got a hit off him? None other than Wilson Betemit…

  • Jersey

    The Hinske Era has to wait a little bit longer before it pwns us all.

  • Steve H

    Is anyone else amused that reigning MVP Pedroia has been the worst 2b in the AL East this year? Not only that, but he actually is #6, as both Rays 2b’s have been better. Wonder when RSPN will point this out?

    • Ivan

      STFU Steve, The Sox never failed at anything, you should know that.

  • Salty Buggah

    If I remember correctly, didn’t Wilson “The Legend” Betemit break up the no-no from Morrow last year?

    Anyone remember? I’m not sure

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

      I do believe so, with some sort of XBH, naturally.

    • Ivan

      Yup, Betemit broke it up. Of all people too.

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

        My favorite Wilson moment:

        I was at Old Timer’s Day and said to the fans around me that the only good part of Betemit’s ABs was when they played “Better Man” as he walked up. He promptly hit a homer and made me look like an ass.

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

      I believe he did.

    • Jamal G.

      It was indeed him.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mo is throwing out the first pitch? That’s pretty cool

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

    BJ Upton homers on first pitch of game, Rays lead Jays 1-0.

    That has a nice rythmn to it if you say it out loud.

  • anthony

    i got a great trade for the yanks and jays

    yanks get
    hill -free agent after next season when they want to break bank for halladay our answer to pedroia with a slick glove would be a superstar in new york and perennial all star who is extremely clutch. as you can tell lov aaron hill.
    rios -looking to trade 5yrs 50plus mill left on contract looking to unload money to keep docnext year a great defender with a cannon arm and long could put him in place he has a ton of talent still only 27.

    jays get
    cano- great potential but not yankee material needs a change of scenery and should play in a small market so he wont be ridiculed for his laziness which he deserves. and only 6mill per for four years.
    melky – the guy has grown on me but he can go to toronto become a full time right fielder he is also cheap for them.
    1 B level prospect like shelley or miranda take your pick

    it makes sense both melky and cano are cheap for them hill is heading for a big pay day and bring more of the gritiness yanks are trying to get back too . rios has big time talent 5 tool can run, hit, hit for power , and defend at a high level and how athletic is an future outfield of

    Rf-rios
    cf-ajax
    lf-brett the jet

    it makes sense

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

      it makes sense

      No, it doesn’t.

      • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

        This is the second instance of the Chewbacca defense today. What the hell is going on here, people? Do folks really think Shelley Duncan is a part of any serious trade these days?

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          B level prospect like shelley or miranda

          Neither Shelley nor Miranda are prospects, B or otherwise.

    • Zach

      Cano gets paid 3m, 6m, 9m, 10m, 14m club option, 15m club option

      And no team sees Melky as a full time anything

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Umm no. The Jays would not send 2 of their best players over for Cano and a 4th Outfielder……

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

      Also, if Brett Gardner is ever a starting corner OF for the Yankees, something will have gone terribly, terribly wrong.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        If that were to happen I might have to slash my wrists

    • Ivan

      That trade makes little sense,

      Cano is better Rios, and why in the world would the Jays want Melky. Plus, they already got a AS second baseman. That trades makes no sense for both teams especially for the Jays.

  • Alex NYC

    Wow no B-Morrowers after all. Nevermind he plays for seattle. Unlike the B-Jobbers….ugh

  • Zach

    Anyone see Mike Lowell officially go on the DL? Damn that Girardi has no clue how to deal with players coming off of hip surgery

  • YankeeScribe

    The Sox are already winning. Damn the Orioles…

  • J

    ESPN’s featured member comments on the Hinske trade story:

    • I would say defensively Hinske is better than Damon and Swisher. He also plays the infield corners. This is unfortunately a good move by the Yanks, this guy was a great asset as a bench player for both the Red Sox and the Rays. He has been in the AL East a while and will be familiar with that pitchers he will be facing.

    • As a Red Sox fan, this deal kind of scares me. He is the grit that I think the Yankees lack. He is a hard nose player and can come up big when needed. He was one of my favorite Red Sox in the short time he was in Boston. He isnt the best talent. But he is a difference maker.

    • I understand the Yankees got him for basically nothing, but I don’t see how the Yankees have any use for him. If the Yankees field an outfield of Damon, Gardner and Melky, Hinske isn’t an upgrade over any of them at this point in my opinion, and he probably isn’t even an upgrade over Swisher either. So what is he, a 5th outfielder?

    Grit???? We STILL lack grit? And do these people not get that Swisher is really good player? Dumbasses…

    • John

      Whoops, didn’t type in my whole name…

    • Zach

      You can only have grit if you’re under 5’10, shave every 3 days, or if you’re from Canada and play a below average LF

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

        I’m 2/4 on that–under 5’10”, shave every three days (sometimes more). So where am I on the grit scale?

        • Jersey

          Are you white?

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

            Yessir. But I’m Italian so I’m sure that counts against it.

            • Jersey

              I dunno, Pedroia is half Italian I think. He’s the littlest gritcake in four counties.

              Also see: Fasano, Sal.

              I think you’re good.

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

                Sal’s mustache totally makes him gritty.

              • Billy

                pedroia is portuguese i think.

        • Zach

          I believe you’re at the Francisco Cervelli stage- not totally gritty but not totally non-gritty like ARod

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

            Sounds good.

            • John

              And if you yell and complain for every little thing that doesn’t go your way even if it is your fault, you will rise to halfway to Caveman Youk’s level.

          • Jersey

            He needs to work on crappifying his fielding and his dirty-uniform-ing.

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

              Eh, I like being a good LF in softball. ;)

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

      Grit and $10 will get you a cup of “coffee” at Starbucks.

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

        Oh, snap. Bad-ass coffee-snob Starbucks takedown.

    • Ivan

      oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook.

    • Jeremy

      ERIC GRITSKE

      • Billy

        why didnt i think of that? genious!

  • Teix is the Man

    I really hope the O’s can win tonight…I’m not holding my breath though- 2-0 sox already.

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

    Was Jones okay after that Youkilis home run? Looked like he was shaken up.

    • Billy

      do u have extra innings package?

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

        No, mlb.tv, and i’m watching Rays-Jays

        • Billy

          o gotcha

  • Billy

    jesus just hit an oppo shot. 2nd AA homer

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

      Whoo!

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      That’s how I like to start my evening!

  • John

    Fuckin Orioles, they give us a hard time but suck against them Socks.

  • Billy

    well at least there’s only 13 minutes to go

    • chriskeo

      13 minutes until what?

      • Jose

        You know too much, you have to be stopped.

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

      Now they’re saying 8:05.

      • Billy

        im tired of this fuckin rain. this shit has to stop

  • Teix is the Man

    I realllllly need to watch the Yankee game…I need my fix!

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

      I watched a movie last night while the game was on but it just didn’t feel right. And even though it was only one night w/o the Yankees, it felt like so much longer…

      • Teix is the Man

        I know exactly how you feel. However, I was watching this comedy that was hilarious…it’s called the Mets!

    • Ivan

      Watch a met game=Rehabilitation.

  • Jose

    I have this horrible feeling that the Red Sox will trade for a good first baseman. Imagine if they somehow pryed away Victor Martinez from the Indians and had him split time between Catcher and First Base. That would be a formidable lineup to try and break the 0-8 record against. Thankfully, I doubt the Indians will trade V-Mart.

    • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

      Indians would ask for an entire shipload of riches and Clay Bucholz’s entire stash of laptops.

  • John

    Eric Hinske has averaged 3.94 pitches seen per plate appearance in his career, with a 4.04 mark this season.

    • Professor Oak

      I’m really liking this guy already.

  • Billy

    im just curious why do we have to wait till 8:05? does it take a half hour to take the tarp off? the field looks fine now

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

      Better than having someone get hurt because they slip.

      • chriskeo

        Imagine that headline, “Eric Hinske slips on field walking to his first Yankee at bat”

        • John

          “Eric Hinske slips on field walking to his first Yankee at bat, drives in 6 runs with two HRs”

          :)

        • Billy

          that would be pretty bad. not quite pavano-esque, but pretty bad

          • Zach

            strained eyelash

      • Zach

        its amazing how people can find the smallest little thing to complain about

  • Ivan

    Who was the first black guy who was labeled gritty? Anybody?

    • Jersey

      Frederick Douglas?

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

        IETHR

        I enjoyed this historical reference

        • Jersey

          hahaha

    • John

      Juan Pierre?

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

        That sounds about right.

    • Billy

      only white guys can be gritty. its the rules

    • Professor Oak

      Austin Jackson of course!

      • Ivan

        Nah, too good of a athlete.

    • Observer283

      I genuinely think we are still waiting.

    • bobtaco

      Joe Morgan

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

    Is it me or are rain delays tha much worse after an off day?

  • Little Bill

    Morrow Schmorrow. He did NOT one hit this current lineup which is the Yankees best. They didn’t have Teix, Swish, or Posada in that lineup. This lineup will crush Morrow and Joba will dominate their lineup which is 12th in the AL in OPS.

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

      You just practically ensured we’ll get no-hit =P

  • Billy

    now its 4-0 sox. fucking bitch ass orioles

    • Professor Oak

      Smoltz you’re supposed to suck!

      • Billy

        he has the best 9.00 ERA in baseball

        • Ivan

          The way that Varitek had the best .200 avg last season.

  • Salty Buggah

    Pedroia was also quarterback for the freshman team at Douglass Jr High

    Damn, they must have been desperate and sucky if he had to be QB

  • Professor Oak

    Bleich pitching well in AA so far.

  • dkidd

    smoltz looks hittable

  • Dela G

    let’s go yankees!

    i am predicting a 5-2 win for the yankees

    joba gives up 2 runs over 6 IP with 5 K

    • Professor Oak

      Francesa won’t like that that…

      He needs his pitchers to pitch 7 or more innings and give up no runs.

      • Zach

        a 7 inning pitcher? what a waste

      • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

        It’s pronounced “pitchaaaaah,” FYI.

    • Teix is the Man

      6 innings?! Joba to teh pen! He throws six innings with 2 RUNS and 5 strikeouts, and teh Yankee fans go gaga! Gaga for Joba!

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

    Ooh they’re showing the first pitch on air

  • dkidd

    oh. god. get those girls away from melky!

  • Manimal

    Arod’s with the fat one.. hahahaha

    • Teix is the Man

      That’s just mean brotha’!

      • D-Roc

        arod loves fat chicks

        • Teix is the Man

          but, but….Teh Kate Hudson!

    • Salty Buggah

      what happened

  • Zach

    joba looks excited

    • Teix is the Man

      He looks like Chuck Norris before he would kick someone’s ass !

  • Manimal

    wtf… is that legal? An active player throws out the first pitch?

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

      I guess so!

    • Teix is the Man

      That is the Almighty Mo! Of course it’s legal!

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

    That’s so cool, Mo throwing out the first pitch.

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

      Coolest moment of the season?

      Or was that his first career RBI?

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

    Joba…get ‘em.

  • Billy

    wow montero is amazing he just hit a 2-run bomb for his 2nd of the game

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

      FUCK YEAH

    • Teix is the Man

      Pujols Jr.

    • Salty Buggah

      awesome…

    • Ivan

      I guess he has made a solid transition to Double AA?

  • dkidd

    ichiro hall of fame?

    • Billy

      i think so, but definately not first ballot

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

    If Ichiro could hit for so much power, like everyone says, why doesn’t he do it?

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

      He said he’d rather help his time by hitting .360.

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

        I know you’re being sarcastic but I’m going to ramble anyway. If he could hit 30 HRs, while playing plus defense in any of the three positions, and steal when he got those singles and what not, wouldn’t that be more valuable than hitting .360? If he hit for more power, his walks would also increase, and then he’d get the chance for more steals. Whatever. He’s not going to change.

  • Jake

    If Mo is with us, who can be against us?

  • Jamal G.

    Wow, thanks, ump.

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

    Got a break on that call.

    • Jamal G.

      A break? Dude, it was grand frickin’ larceny.

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

    That was neither a strike nor a swing.

  • Manimal

    Montero hits his second HR of the night, Holy Jesus.

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

      I can’t tell if the pun is intentional or not.

      • Professor Oak

        SWEET JESUS, MONTERO!

      • Manimal

        It was :D

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

      Can we start a write in campaign to send Montero to the MLB All-star game?

      • Yanks99

        it only says he’s hit one on milb.com

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

    Russell Branyan = TTO king.

  • Teix is the Man

    Joba just needs to put these mutha fuckas away.

    • Teix is the Man

      fuck….

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

        Like that? ;)

        • Teix is the Man

          yeah man! I wasn’t trying to be a dick.

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

            Hehe, I know. That’s why I “winked.”

  • Salty Buggah

    I hate ABs that begin 0-2 but end being walks!!! (only if we are pitching)

  • dkidd

    lopez on a pace to drive in 104 with a .711 ops

    • Salty Buggah

      Which explains how RBIs are dependent on the team.

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

      Joe Carter lite.

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

    Junior batting cleanup? What is this, 1997?

    • Accent Shallow

      In 1997, Junior hit third!

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

    A few too many pitches for Jobber, but it’s cool for now.

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, no me gusta either but hopefully, he’ll be better next inning.

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

      17?

  • dkidd

    as first innings go, i’ll take it

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Is anyone else having trouble pulling the game up on mlb.tv?

    • Dela G

      log out and log back in

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

    As long as we aren’t one-hit by this kid again I will be very happy.

    …But swinging at the first pitch like that? How Jeterian.

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

    Derek…please stop doing that.

  • Drew

    Aysh, Jetes is sooo not a leadoff hitter

  • Chris

    Montero Homered again.

    • Zach

      #3?

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

      Wait. Three or two?

      • Chris

        o sorry 2, didn’t see if anyone updated on number 2

        • Teix is the Man

          What the fuck, Chris? You got me excited, haha.

  • Teix is the Man

    This’ll be an interesting strike zone.

  • Teix is the Man

    This’ll be an interesting strike zone.

  • zs190

    ‘Tek is so gritty, he just faked a HBP and got a RBI, sigh.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damon nice

  • Manimal

    I HATE when Jeter swings on the first pitch, it annoys me so much.

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

    Look at Tex getting gritty sliding into first.

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

    Man, Tex might have beat that out if he ran a little harder.

    • Manimal

      But Tex always runs hard…

  • Professor Oak

    When Montero was signed, were the sox close to doing it at all, or was it just us from the beginning?

    • Ivan

      From what I,ve heard he really wanted to sign with the yanks, grew up a yankee fan and stuff.

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

      No idea,

  • dkidd

    we should keep a count of the pitches arod would destroy if he was completely healthy

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

    A-Rod had no shot at that one.

    • Dela G

      not at all

      this kid throws gas

      all fastballs for strikes, but gas

  • Salty Buggah

    that was inside on Gameday…Bullshit!!!!

  • Yanke1313

    I <3 Montero.

  • Accent Shallow

    10 pitches? Come on, make him work.

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

    ….Paul O’Neill was by Fordham and I DIDN’T SEE HIM!?!?!

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

    Mike Sweeney is still active? Good for him.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      That wasn’t Sweeney’s corpse?

  • dkidd

    please talk about the game, o’neill

  • Teix is the Man

    I hopw we see Hinske in the lineup tonight.

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

      I don’t think he got here in time because his flight out of Pittsburgh was delayed. If they didn’t make a roster move before the game, he can’t play.

    • Manimal

      His flight from Pittsburg was delayed and he wont be able to play today

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

    Mike: is The Jesus the youngest guy in AA?

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

      No idea. If someone’s ambitious enough, they can dig through the rosters and find out. I’m guessing that if he isn’t the youngest, he’s one of the two or three youngest.

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    Did Ken Singleton just say Gritty Sizemore??

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

    Come on, Joba. Challenge these guys.

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

    Oy. That was a Mets play.

  • Dela G

    WTF WAS THAT DAMON?

    LET THE MELKMAN TRY FOR THAT SHEET

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

    Apparently the Yankees are the Mets.

  • dkidd

    gardnerian route by melky

  • Yanks99

    Is Hinske on the roster tonight? Did he make it in time?

    • Dela G

      no he’s still in pittsburgh

      his flight was delayed due to weather

  • Teix is the Man

    Heh. Joba’s like WHAT THE FUCK?!!

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

    While Jeter’s range to his left has improved vastly this season, his range to the right is still “meh.”

    • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

      Is that his right, or our right?

  • Accent Shallow

    Chris Woodward?

  • dkidd

    woodward would bat clean up for the mets this year

  • Jake

    damn. a-rod impressive

  • Tank the Frank

    I miss Angel Berroa.

  • Dela G

    AROD IS FUCKING AMAZING!

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

    I fucking love Alex Rodriguez.

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

    Holy A-Rod with the glove, Batman

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

    That was a great play by A-Rod. Well done.

  • charlespoet

    So where are all the boo birds now on that play by Alex? Fantastic effort. Yanks just need to keep him rested so he doesn’t end up like Mike Lowell.

  • Teix is the Man

    Meh, 29 pitches through two isn’t terrible. I’m, elated that he’s pitching to contact.

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

      Why? That’s totally not his game. He should be challenging these dudes with fastballs since they don’t have much power outside of Branyan. I’m annoyed that he’s nibbling with sliders but he shouldn’t necessarily be pitching to contact.

      • Tank the Frank

        Totally agree. His velocity is good tonight.

      • Teix is the Man

        What I’m saying is a couple of weeks ago he would’ve loaded the bases trying to be too fine. By going after hitters, he can get out of innings more quickly, thus reducing his pitch count.

  • Salty Buggah

    Phew, we needed that DP

  • Accent Shallow

    First pitch DP? I like it.

  • VO

    What a clubhouse cancer a real team player would have gone around the horn.

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

      Selfish double play.

      • VO

        Mike Lowell would have gotten a triple play even with the 1 out.

        • Tank the Frank

          Mike Lowell only went on the DL so he could spend more time donating to charity.

  • Zach

    ‘Cano cant go into prolonged slumps’
    nothing like unreasonable expectations

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

    Runner on first? Bunt!

  • Professor Oak

    Cano gets a base hit, WITH NO ONE ON BASE!

  • Salty Buggah

    Robbie so close to a walk but a hit is better

  • Tank the Frank

    I know he just got a basehit, but why is Cano still batting 5th? I’d much rather see the switch-hitting Posada batting behind A-Rod with Cano 6th.

    • Teix is the Man

      ummm, cause he’s a potential .330 hitter.

      • Tank the Frank

        Ummm, you mean potential .330 OBP right?

        Cano’s numbers with RISP are bad, his numbers with the bases loaded are even worse. He hasn’t proven outside of 2007 that he can be a consistant RBI man. Posada should be batting 5th IMO. Just a thought folks, no need to be unlady like. God forbid I question anything Yankee-related on this board.

  • Salty Buggah

    Right down the middle as you can get was that pitch to Jorge. I was afraid he’d GIDP

  • charlespoet

    Here is the player the Yankees need to get going.

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

      Matsui had like, a .950 OPS in the 20 games before that interleague road trip.

      • charlespoet

        Ya, I know the stat but doesn’t mean much. He only had 6 multi hit games prior between the first round of interleague and the second round.

        Ave went from .250 to .246

        OPS went from .808 to .808

        Not really doing much. Just says streaky. Yanks need consistency.

        • charlespoet

          correction, OPS went from .781 to .808

          Starting with game 38 through Sunday’s game.

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

    That works.

  • Salty Buggah

    Nick Swisher will hit a lot in our hitters’ park soon as he has been so good on the road.

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

    Beltre makes that play with his eyes closed.

  • AndrewYF

    Flashes of the Mets…

  • dkidd

    matsui’s speed makes things happen

  • Salty Buggah

    Matsui!!!

  • Charlie

    Who gives a shit?? Lineup is unimportant and Cano is probably a better hitter than posada at this point anyway. it’s just a slump.

    • Charlie

      supposed to be a reply to tank the frank up there

      • Salty Buggah

        then why isn’t it

        ;)

      • Tank the Frank

        Awesome post. Charlie. Keep up the vulgarity and the good work.

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

    Shave the douchebeard and you don’t make that error, Woodward.

  • Professor Oak

    Are we still playing the Mets?

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

    Swisher’s swinging for the fences tonight.

  • dkidd

    no mercy. crooked number please

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

    So much for the bandbox.

    • VO

      In Citi Field that wouldn’t have left the infield.

  • Jamal G.

    Franklin Gutierrez is a joy to watch in the field.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon Melky, show your flair for the dramatic.

  • Tank the Frank

    Wheeew Gutierrez is a quick CF!

  • Zach

    damn

  • Yanke1313

    Melvin with a inning pitched and TWO EARNED RUNS tonight.

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

    I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.

  • Dela G

    wow that was an awesome play by cedeno

  • Arman Tamzarian

    That was awesome

    • Salty Buggah

      what happened?

  • Zach

    thats shameful

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

    Giving up homers with two strikes really grinds my gears.

    • Salty Buggah

      mine too!!!!!

    • Zach

      to a career OPS+ 58 player

  • Dela G

    hahahahah wtf?

    a home run to cedeno???

  • gxpanos

    Awful pitch.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, I thought about Cedeno homering and it happened.

    • Professor Oak

      YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO THINK ANYMORE!

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, it happens all the time to me for some reason. Bad thoughts come to my mind and usually end up being true. Maybe its me.

        • Marcus

          Bad thoughts come to my mind and usually end up being true. Maybe its me confirmation bias, and I just forget all the times my bad thoughts don’t end up corresponding to real life.

          Fixed.

          • Salty Buggah

            Exactl right, but my mind wanders into negativity once we have a small lead or are tied.

  • Accent Shallow

    Cedeno? Really? DFA.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon Jobber settle down

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

    Since someone was asking, I did the research.

    Youngest AA players:

    1) Carlos Triunfel DOB 2-27-90, West Tenn/Seattle Mariners

    2) Jesus Montero DOB 11-28-89, Trenton/NY Yankees

    3) Michael Stanton (!!) DOB 11-8-89, Jacksonville/FLA Marlins

    4) Jenrry Mejia DOB 11-11-89, Binghamton/NY Mets

    5) Ruben Tejada DOB 9-1-89, Binghamton/NY Mets

    6) Madison Bumgarner DOB 8-1-89 Connecticut/SF Giants

    I <3 Baseball Reference

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

      Thank you. I hate Syracuse a little less now.

    • Ivan

      Of all those players that’s mention, who would u guys take?

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

      Triunfel’s out for the year with a broken tibia, so Montero’s he youngest active player.

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

        Did not know that.

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

    Seems as though Joba didn’t get that fastball to Cedeno high enough.

  • Zach

    guys in the clubhouse love him? didnt they want to jump him last year?

    • gxpanos

      Yeah. He almost caused a damn riot.

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

        What happened?

  • Accent Shallow

    Walking Jose Lopez? That’s an accomplishment.

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

    Joba..it’s Jose fucking Lopez. Throw a goddamn fastball. This is when I get annoyed at him.

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

      Yeah, it’s one thing when you’re walking teams like the Rays and Red Sox. The Mariners want to swing the bat and those that do have good eyes swing and miss.

  • Ivan

    Come on Joba.

  • dkidd

    please stop nibbling. it’s the seattle mariners

  • gxpanos

    God I hate when Joba gets in trouble. Not only does he not throw enough strikes, but I swear he starts with the Steve Trachsel shit between pitches, too.

  • Salty Buggah

    Joba does not seem to have command of fastball, forcing him to use his secondary stuff more.

  • dkidd

    i just saw the ring

  • Salty Buggah

    Thank god, no more damage. Our offense needs to score more for Jobber.