Game 100: Rock the Kazmir

Appreciating Derek Jeter's defense
Game 100 Spillover Thread

During an unusually hectic morning, I was able to take a second to sit back and laugh at the report that the Rays had shopped youngster Scott Kazmir (can you believe he turned just 25 this year?) to a few teams, including none other than the Mets. I had this picture in my head of Andrew Friedman and his frat buddies standing over the speakerphone with Omar Minaya on the other end, trying to contain their laughter as they crank called him. It just seemed like something too hilarious to be true.

Unfortunately for him, Kazmir’s had himself a season that Nick Swisher would describe as “rocky road.” He’s got a 58-40 K/BB ratio in 74 IP, and both his ERA and WHIP are ghastly at 6.69 and 1.72, respectively. He has, however, surrendered two runs or less in three of his five starts since coming off the DL, so there’s signs that the ship is starting to right. With the way the Yankees are rolling right now, I hope they knock Kazmir back off track tonight. Nothing personal.

The key members of the bullpen are rested, so all they need is five out of CC. Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Matsui, DH
Posada, C
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Melky, CF

And on the mound, Carsten Sabathia.

Appreciating Derek Jeter's defense
Game 100 Spillover Thread
  • Salty Buggah

    Ace won’t be available though according to PeteAbe

  • Mike Pop
    • Salty Buggah

      for Reddick, Bowden, and another prospect only?!!!!!! Take at least one or two more like a Kelly or something!

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

        If that’s all it takes, the Yanks have to jump in with an offer.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea we do! I dont believe thats all they will get for Lee but if it is, we can definitely beat that offer.

          • Mike Pop
            • Johan Iz My Brohan

              That was fast

            • Salty Buggah

              Heh nice to hear.

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

            That’s why you always have to wonder who floated a rumor and why. It could be there isn’t a shred of truth too this, but the story is INTENDED to get the Yanks to jump in with certain players.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Watch this get debunked as well. I don’t believe this one either.

        • Mike Pop

          Agreed. I don’t believe it but we could be wrong.

          Unless prospect wise, the info is wrong.

      • Doug

        kelly and bard off off-limits supposedly

    • Brooklyn Ed

      big whoop..Cliff Lee is nothing…

      • Brooklyn Ed

        sorry for the double posting

        Can’t believe no one topped that offer for Lee if it’s true. Shapiro really has a “you know what” for Theo, eh?

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Not true. He’s pitching better than both Sabathia and Burnett.

    • Tony

      No organization produces more unreliable information that the Red Sox. Too many college in Mass producing journalists, too many fans in the media.

      • Joe B.

        Prophetic.

  • The Lodge

    Great Open Thread Title.

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope our offense can get to Kazmir today to clinch the series. We need CC to continue his stretch of good games. Would be nice if he can shut them down because I want out run differential to increase a lot more while decreasing the Rays’ at the same time.

  • Doug

    “so all they need is five out of CC.”

    but we’ll gladly take 7+

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

    Asked this on LoHud and got mostly the same responses:

    Which WS matchups would you find sexiest (and yes, if you weren’t a Yankee fan?)?

    Cubs vs anyone
    Yankees vs Dodgers
    Yankees vs Phillies
    Red Sox vs Phillies
    Red Sox vs Dodgers
    Other

    Also, Montero today 2-4 w/ 2B and RBI (and K)

    • CP3

      i would say yanks vs. dodgers

    • Mike Pop

      Giants/Tigers.

      Ya, I went there.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      Yanks vs Dodgers got my vote.

    • Joe B.

      So this Montero kid, pretty decent eh?

      • Mikebk

        Vizcaino dude down at SI
        5.1 1H OR 4BB 4K

        Zolio Almonte starting to hit for SI as well

        • Joe B.

          Sexy.

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

      Yanks-Cubs

      Two storied franchises, two huge cities. Chicago has a bit of a little brother complex when it comes to NYC, Pinella and Girardi are enormous contrasts in managerial styles, and then the whole 1908 thing. So much interest generated nationwide with transplants from both cities, so many story lines to exploit there, its just a great, great match up.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Yanks-Dodgers

        A legendary rivalry that started back in the 40’s and continued through the 80’s, as well as the return to NY of Torre and Manny, plus the managerial battle of Girardi and Torre, you can’t get better than that. That has EVERYTHING.

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

          Torre is dead to me.

    • Jake

      Yankees v Cubs

    • Salty Buggah

      His star is fallen a little with that K. Seriously though, nice Jesus!

  • GG

    A-Rod has been awful off of Kaz in his career, but I think were talking about a different pitcher this year, he aint the same, so lets hope things are a lil different tonight

  • Mikebk

    while we are talking about the rumormill we are apparently determinate in what the rays are going to do in how they fare the next two days.

    “Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports hear that the Rays may be shying away from a blockbuster deal. They’re 5.0 games behind Boston in the Wild Card race, so their next two games against the Yankees could determine the team’s direction.

    f the Rays are discouraged after the Yankees series, they could make Dan Wheeler, Chad Bradford, Grant Balfour, Joe Nelson and Lance Cormier available, according to the FOX Sports source.”

    • CP3

      Not sure if the Rays would consider dealing with in the division, they probably won’t, but having grant balfour would be nice.

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

    Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson not in tonight’s lineup for Pittsburgh.

    • VO

      Are they on a plane to The Trop, or Boston.

  • Salty Buggah

    “Yankees have struggled immensely against Kazmir, hitting .218 off him as a team. Six regulars hit below .200 against him, including Alex Rodriguez (.095), Derek Jeter (.129), Nick Swisher (.167) and Hideki Matsui (.174).”

    Hmmm, hope we get to him today.

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

      I’m not entirely sure this is the same Kazmir, however.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        I wasn’t sure it was the same Angels either.

        Needless to say I’m glad we have CC going for that reason.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea I thought the same thing so I hope we get to him.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Cliff Lee to Boston FAKE!!!!!

    • Mikebk

      HAHAHA

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

      Hahahahaha!!

      That just rules. Kudos to the hacker with a sense of humor.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    WEEI reports that Boston is trading for both 2009 All-Star Lineups!!!

    …oh wait

  • Mike Pop
  • Bob Stone

    Lead story and photo on a popular Tampa Bay Rays blog:

    B.J. Upton is so lazy he asked Robinson Cano to hold him upright while standing on second.

    http://www.draysbay.com/

    • Salty Buggah

      Heh, those comments are funny

    • KG Sturnz0r – Camilo Gerardo

      very funny

  • Salty Buggah
  • http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog/ dan

    All they need is 5 out of CC? WTF?!

  • RichYF

    A couple fun questions for Joe, Ben, and Mike:

    1. What are each of your winning percentages when you’re the lineup poster?
    2. What sort of success rates do the variations of names have (Carsten Charles Sabathia vs. CC Sabathia) on the result of the start?

    Completely useless information, but 100 games in it should tell us SOMETHING, no?

  • Salty Buggah

    Is Steve Lombardi ever happy? Even though he didn’t say it (he is asking”, he meant to say that we don’t have a good offense and that we just beat up inferior pitching.

    http://waswatching.com/2009/07/28/do-yanks-really-rake-or-does-it-depend/

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

      Lombardi is never happy.

      It’s really quite annoying.

      • Salty Buggah

        yea it is

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

      I just don’t get fans like that. Especially Yankee fans, who have the least to complain about.

      I’m sure they’re scarred for life by some horrendous loss, and figure its better to be pessimistic so you never get disappointed. But who wants to live like that. They may make themselves feel better talking that way, but most people look at them with their negative attitude and want nothing to do with them.

      • Mike Pop

        “They’ll blow it in the 9th 8th”!!!

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

    Hmmmmmm.

    Yanks-Rays game live with CC pitching or the Dave Winfield Yankeeography.

    Decisions, decisions.

  • raad

    how come they are showing yankeeography WTF..

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

      Game’s on My9.

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

      Game’s on My9

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

        Jinx, buy me a Coke.

  • raad

    k nvm.

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

      My9, which means we get another fabulous Russ salzberg post game show.

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

    I keep forgetting that Kazmir is only 25.

  • Mikebk

    6:06pm: Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal are now reporting that Washburn is “officially available” and have informed the Yankees, who plan to make an offer soon. The Brewers also could be interested in Washburn.

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

      I would take Washburn for the right price.

      • Mikebk

        any idea on what that is for u?

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

          Not entirely. Not sure how to value Washburn.

          If it was, say, centered around Romine I could live with it, but I get the feeling that wouldn’t be enough.

          • Mikebk

            personally i wouldnt want to give up anyone in our top 10 prospects for a flyball pitcher in our park.

            maybe melancon and bleich would be about the best i would offer for him.

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

          I wouldn’t be willing to go as high as Z-Mac.

  • Salty Buggah

    nice long AB there by Jete

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Sweet AB by Jeter, though it ended with a K

  • Mikebk

    kazmir historically has high pitch counts so ab’s like that from dj will only get him out quicker.

    • Jersey

      I’ll gladly take three innings of those.

    • Salty Buggah

      that would be nice

  • Accent Shallow

    Who would have thought we’d see the day where Phil Hughes throws harder than Kazmir?

    (For some reason I picture Scott as averaging 100 MPH on the fastball, which is clearly not true. He’s definitely lost some velocity, though)

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Lead off triple against Arroyo

    We must trade for this guy!

    • Accent Shallow

      I really can’t fathom how he’s an attractive pickup at all. Unless someone has a time machine to 2005-06 handy.

  • Dela G

    Cmon yanks, lets get this started!

  • Salty Buggah

    ZOMG, Kazmir has a perfect game through 1 inning!!!!!!!! We suck against good pitchers and pad our stats against garbage pitchers.

    /Steve Lombardi’s

    • Salty Buggah

      FAIL me…should be Lombardi’d

  • Bob Stone

    B. J. Upton plays a very shallow center field. I can think of at least three instances where the Yankees have capitailzed and hit doubles/triples over his head (including the three run rally to start the scoring last night). Yet he still keeps playing just as shallow. Anyone have any idea why Maddon doesn’t have him move back a little?

    • Accent Shallow

      Because by playing shallow he can take away singles, and he’s fast enough to get to most balls over his head.

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

      Because 90% of the time playing shallow works for him.

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

      Because he gets to a lot of balls anyway.

    • Salty Buggah

      Im not sure but I think mostly he gets good jumps and can utilize his speed to get the balls hit over his head. Most of the time.

      • Bob Stone

        Seems to me he gets burned badly at times, perhaps giving up much more than is gained getting to the bloops that he turns from singles into outs.

        I hope he stays shallow so we can keep hitting it over his head for extra base hits.

        I just wondered if anyone else noticed how we have taken advantage of his shallow play this year.

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

    Mariners Ready To Sell
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 28 at 6:06pm CST]

    6:06pm: Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal are now reporting that Washburn is “officially available” and have informed the Yankees, who plan to make an offer soon. The Brewers also could be interested in Washburn

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/07/mariners-ready-to-sell.html

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

      This time of year, you could click MLBTR every 5 minutes and get something new. Its amazing how fast the rumors are flying.

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

        You have no idea. It was complete chaos last night, and the deadline was still five days away.

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

          If you can’t sleep, go to a vitamin store and pick up some Melatonin. Totally natural, makes you sleep like a rock.

      • Accent Shallow

        I definitely like MLBTR as a rumor aggregator, but for analysis/commentary? Yikes!

        (Especially the comments on the posts. Eek)

        • Mike Pop

          But you like Mike Axisa’s writing right?

          I enjoy the Ben, the red sox homer on there.

        • Lanny

          MLB Trade rumors is good for a laugh but its pretty useless. Especially this time of year when writers and sites make up rumors to get traffic to their sites.

      • Mike Pop

        Please decline his option Tampa Bay!!!

        Please!

        • Mike Pop

          Not supposed to be a reply.

    • Accent Shallow

      I have a bad feeling about this.

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

        Says Han.

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

          Trading for Washburn could be the worst idea since Greedo shooting first (well, not really…that would be trading for Arroyo).

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

            Why? He’s been great this year. Doesn;t strike anyone out, but Yankee stadium usually favors Lefty flyball pitchers.

    • Dela G

      washburn is having a fluke season, no thanks

    • Mikebk

      we needed to repost this 5 min later…lol.

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

      I’ve said this before, at least 5 times I think, I’m incredibly wary about Washburn. He may not give up a lot of homers or walks, but his tRA was pushing five the last I saw and I think he benefits greatly from an incredible OF defense.

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

        We’ll just have to go with the Swisher-Gardner-Melky outfield then.

  • Zach

    SICK!

  • Mike Pop

    Nice double play there.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    9 pitch inning… sweeet

  • Salty Buggah

    Woohoo I love DPs…as long as our offense doesnt ground/line into one.

  • Dela G

    marky T!!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    This A-Rod fellow is a good hitter.

    • Mike Pop

      Not a bad base stealer either.

      • Jose

        I hear he has a little bit of power as well. He is someone to watch in the future.

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

        He does it for the wrong reasons, though.

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

    Great play by Crawford to cut that off.

  • Tony

    I often find myself wondering whether I missed something and some other team took the field at some point. Cano is smooooooooooth.

  • Salty Buggah

    no DP Matsui

  • Accent Shallow

    A-Rod doesn’t look very fast.

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

      Like a first baseman.

      • Accent Shallow

        I’m not snarking here; I don’t think he looked as quick as he had in the past. Doesn’t mean it’s the case, though.

        • Salty Buggah

          Well thats true, he still isnt completely healed yet.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Let me call no homo first (not that there is anything wrong with it) but I think I love the current Yankees infielder…

    • Mikebk

      infield, or would like to pick one infielder?

  • Dela G

    wow crawford is a beast

  • Salty Buggah

    From Steven Goldman:

    Washburn is a fly-ball pitcher, which seems like a bad idea in Yankee Stadium II, although being left-handed he should be at a theoretical advantage in the new park. Indeed, left-handed batters can’t touch him, batting .172/.231/.273 in 137 plate appearances. This is well below his career rates of .239/.295/.389, but let’s take it at face value for the moment. Washburn has good control but is usually very proficient at giving up home runs, leading the AL back in 2003. One of the reasons that he’s having such a good year is that in his average season, over seven percent of the flies he’s allowed have left the building. This year, the percentage is down to five, the lowest rate of his career, and yet there is no corresponding increase in his groundball rate. That screams fluke, something that could change at any time.

    Still, if you take his proficiency against lefties as gospel and figure his presence will tilt some opposing lineups to the right side, perhaps his fly ball tendencies are not too troublesome. Whereas left-handed batters are hitting a home run once every 19 at-bats at the new park, right-handed batters have hit them at a more manageable (though still high) rate of one every 25 at-bats.

  • Dela G

    boy upton has a cannon for an arm

  • Jose

    Arod didn’t score? Man he is unclutch.

    • Salty Buggah

      Hehe never heard it like that before but Im sure haters can and will make that argument. He’s a selfish clubhouse cancer so his teammates didnt want to come through for him.

      • Jefe

        You are a broken record.

        • Salty Buggah

          ???

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn couldnt bring home Alex…oh well, let’s get them next time.

  • Mike Pop

    Ya’ll jinxed him.

  • Mikebk

    too much jete defensive praise lately.

  • Salty Buggah

    Doesnt CC throw a cutter? I remember him saying something like how it’s the last pitch to get working for him in ST. I don’t remember seeing many cutters on Gameday but I just could be misremembering.

    • Mike Pop

      Fastball, slider, and change.

      • Salty Buggah

        no curveball?

    • pat

      I remember him saying he throws a cutter because he got lit up one time in ST and said he was workin on throwing it to both sides of the plate.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Where has CC’s control gone?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Ump must be blind. At least 2 of those 4 balls were actually strikes.

  • Salty Buggah

    Hmm CC kinda gettin squeezed…get out of this CC

  • charlespoet

    Burnett did this last night. Why are they so afraid of Pat Burrell. Throw him fastballs, he can only hit mistakes.

  • Dela G

    funny, you guys jinxed jeter by talking about his defense

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

    Check this out. All 3 pitchers are on the trade market right now.

    Pitcher A-ERA 2.62 W-L 11-3 SO 123 WHIP 1.05 BAA .243

    Pitcher B-ERA 3.14 W-L 7-9 SO 107 WHIP 1.30 BAA .278

    Pitcher C-ERA 2.71 W-L 8-6 SO 78 WHIP 1.06 BAA.224

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

      A-Washburn
      B-Lee
      C-Halladay

      • Mike Pop

        Halladay
        Lee
        Wash

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

          Ding ding ding

          And Pablo’s response just proves my point, he’s been almost as effective as Halladay (better in some areas) and yet it seems to go unnoticed.

  • Esteban

    Can I Haz Strikes?

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

    CC in a bit of a pickle right here.

    BTW-Anyone know why we say “in a pickle”? How do you literally get inside of a pickle?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        “Origin

        This alludes to the pickling liquid made from brines and vinegar which is used to preserve food, and presumably to the imagined difficult of being stuck in such. The phrase was known in Dutch by 1561 – ‘ in de pekel zitten’ meaning ‘to be in a pickle’.”

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

          I’m going to start saying “in de pekel zitten” myself. Just seems like its more fun to say.

  • Dela G

    nice K CC

  • Trish

    Is it just me or has Kapler gotten a lot smaller?

    • Dela G

      well he was gone from weightlifting for more than a year as a manager

      • Trish

        You can’t lift weights while managing?

        • Dela G

          i wouldnt

  • Dela G

    wow cc is getting squeezed by this guy tonight at times

    • Brazilian Yankee

      The ump is blind. According to gameday he missed some pitches that caught a lot of the plate.

  • Bob

    we need a doubleplay ball

  • nathan

    I think CC is aware of his Pitcher-Abuse-Points and wants a quick shower in this one…

  • Ivan

    No biggie.

  • Bob

    Wow CC walks 2 batters then gives up a rocket to the next one. Not lookin so good…

    • Dela G

      he’s getting squeezed

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

    That’s easy to make up.

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

    Way to minimize the damage, CC.

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, I dont mind the run that much but please throw strikes and be efficient from here CC

    • Bob

      Yea he doesn’t exactly have his “CC” type stuff tonight

  • Trish

    Phew.

  • Dela G

    aight cc, lets kill em now

  • Mikebk

    finally a story that the Jays publicly asked for a large package from someone other than us.

    “6:44pm: T.R. Sullivan at MLB.com says that the Rangers are reluctant to part with their top prospects for Halladay. The Blue Jays reportedly asked for a king’s ransom of Derek Holland, Justin Smoak and Julio Borbon.”

    I still know they asked for more from us, but at least that is approaching comparable in that in the division you always pay a premium.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Kazmir looks a bit off on that high pitch..
    something with his release…

    • Mikebk

      i dont think he is finishing through the pitch on the lower half.

      • pat

        I’d like to finish through her lower half.

        /thetodd’d

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

          Euphemism five!

          (His vocabulary is getting so much better!)

  • Ivan

    It sure is tough being a baseball GM uh.

    • Dela G

      not a job i would ever want to have

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

        I know it’s tough, but I would absolutely love to have it.

        • Dela G

          i’d rather be an NBA GM

          if Isaiah could do it, i can

          • Mikebk

            people can whine about isiah as a trader cause he was horrific there but he was great in the draft.

            • Jacob

              Great is a bit of an overstatement. I always thought he had overrated drafting ability. He looked great compared to how he was at everything else, but he still made some bad decisions. He hit a few good players, but he was far from the draft guru that he was made out to be.

        • Ivan

          It’s the challege. If your competitive and know what ya doing, and get little lucky now and then, then you could be a good GM.

      • Salty Buggah

        since they are willing to trade him so easily Im not sure they like him THAT much. It’s all the hype from the MSM/ESPN.

        • Salty Buggah

          ok that wasnt supposed to go there

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Clay Buccholz is getting ripped. Why does Theo like this kid so much?

    • Ivan

      Cuz he’s the greatest pitching prospect EVA!!!

  • Mikebk

    come on DJ…another long AB.

  • Jersey

    The Laptop Kid getting knocked around a bit. 2-0 Oakland, middle of the 2nd.

    • Ivan

      I think he moved up now. I think he steals desktops now.

      • Salty Buggah

        heh

      • Mikebk

        no way he doesnt have the quickness or athleticism to get away with those. and since when are desktops a step up? i think he has gone to the newer tech and is stealing netbooks.

  • Mikebk

    yanks working some reverse psychology tonight. make kazmir look good so he has more value to get dealt but still beat rays so they become sellers.

  • Dela G

    man kapler for the second night in a row makes an athletic grab

    • Mikebk

      last night was Gabe Gross

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    How was that pitch a ball?

  • Mikebk

    “6:57pm: Morosi and Rosenthal updated their previous post, and they say that the Brewers and Mariners have talked about Washburn. They remind us that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was a former exec for the Brewers and say that “many in the industry believe the Brewers have an edge.” Zduriencik is said to be a fan of the injured Rickie Weeks, who could be included as a PTBNL.”

    hopefully this saves us from Washburn. Also makes sense that Jack Z would be more comfortable with the brewers system since he is the one responsible for building it so he knows them all very well.

    • Lanny

      Saves us from Washburn? I wonder how you will feel watching Mitre or Igawa pitch in Sept.

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

        Mitre and Igawa cost nothing in prospects. Also, there are definitely indicators that Washburn would not be all that good in NYS.

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

    Swisher played that poorly off the wall. I think he thought it was gonna get out.

    • Trish

      It’s not a Yankees game with Swish in the outfield without some sort of bobble/screwup. This is why my Mets fan brother gives me crap for liking him.

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

        Yeah…Mets fans have no right to talk about any team’s bad defense.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Jesus…

  • Accent Shallow

    Looks like he just stuck his bat at that . . .

  • BklynJT

    Looks like a stinker for CC today.

    • BklynJT

      Looks like a stinker for CC and the Yankees today.

  • charlespoet

    Good thing the bull pen is rested.

  • Little Bill

    Cue the “CC’s not a true ace because he doesn’t win every game” rants.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      He’s not a “true ace” because his strikeout rates suck.

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, CC settle down

    • Salty Buggah

      He’s having trouble finishing them off after getting ahead.

  • Mike Pop

    Fucking ridic.

  • Dela G

    yikes they are hitting cc a lot tonight

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    WTH IS THIS

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

    Oy, just one of those nights it seems.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    damn two throws airmailed tonight

  • charlespoet

    What the Fuck with this team tonight? Looks like they are half asleep.

    • Mike Pop

      This game was over @ 6:30.

  • Esteban

    Yuck, so far

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

    C’mon dudes, you’re better than this.

  • Dela G

    cc will allow probably 3 or so runs

    the offense has to bail him out

    • BklynJT

      If he can hold them to 3, we going to win this beotch!

  • Dela G

    wow arod air mailed that shit

  • Tony B

    they gave cc an earned run an the a-rod throw

  • Lanny

    Would be nice to see CC beat an actual good team once here.

    • BklynJT

      So it’s those types of statements that have earned you this great reputation here. Now I see…

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, not like he dominated Detroit 2 starts ago.

    • Dela G

      you not watch detroit? He wouldve had the win in boston had the bullpen not suck balls then

    • Salty Buggah

      oh yay! Lanny shows up again when we’re losing. Hadn’t seen him here when we were winning.

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

      Last time CC was down 3-0, the Yanks won.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    no worries people, still plenty of ball left to be played in this game and we all know the Yanks like the comeback

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

    “6:44pm: T.R. Sullivan at MLB.com says that the Rangers are reluctant to part with their top prospects for Halladay. The Blue Jays reportedly asked for a king’s ransom of Derek Holland, Justin Smoak and Julio Borbon.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/07/roy-halladay-rumors-tuesday-2.html

    Woah. JP has cohones, I’ll grant him that.

    • Mike Pop

      what’s the deal on Julio Borbon, real legit?

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

        Mike would know better than me, but he looks like a nice player. He was called up earlier this year.

        Here’s Sickel’s take from a year ago

        http://www.minorleagueball.com/2008/7/13/570357/prospect-update-julio-borb

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

          He’s a good player, nothing special. Kind of a tweener. Not enough power for an outfield corner, not enough defense for center. Should hit for avg and get on base a bunch though.

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

            Melky? Is that YOU?!?

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

    “Sabathia does not have great command tonight” In other analysis, the Detroit Lions will probably not win the 2009-2010 Super Bowl.

    • charlespoet

      that is funny!

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, cmon offense time to mash

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I guess we’ll have to root for the Os tonight, so that the Yanks can keep the 2.5 game lead in the AL East.

    :(

    • Salty Buggah

      wrong vowel…it’s the A’s

    • Mike Pop

      You calm down McNulty.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Gotta root for my Os…my ex-Wife lawyer hot shot beau is making me look bad infront of my kids. Is it cool if I plant some of Marlo’s product on him and arrest him?

        • Mike Pop

          You are fast becoming one of my favorite commenters.

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

            Mike Pop has betrayed me.

            • Mike Pop

              You’ll always be a good buddy of mine. Always, I promise you this.

        • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

          give him an Omar scar, says i

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Are we not playing 9 innings tonight?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Time for the offense to do something.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Are we allowed to call the Red Sox derrogatory names here?

    • Salty Buggah

      yes, especially words like “Buchholz”. They need to go Buchholz themselves those buchholzing buchholzers

  • Jimmy McNulty

    EARN THAT CONTRACT MARKIE!!!!!!

  • charlespoet

    ARod gets a single

    • charlespoet

      or ass Carl Crawford takes it away.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Unclutch

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

    I look forward to seeing you in pinstripes, Mr. Crawford.

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

      What are the chances his option isn’t picked up? Less than 10%?

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

        Yeah, definitely. Like 5%.

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

          What would it take to get him in a trade? Too much for a close division opponent?

      • Mikebk

        they would be dumb not to pick it up even if all they do is trade him after they do.

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

    Fucking Crawford.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    dammit i wish we had Crawford.

  • Mike Pop

    Man, Alex smoked that ball.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    i hope crawford is wearing pinstripes after he becomes a free agent

  • Mike Pop

    Hideki, what are you doing?

  • Rich D.

    I love CC but ever since the all-star break, he has gotten of to slow starts in games. The first 2-3 innings have rough for him!

  • Accent Shallow

    Matsui-san with a rare baserunning error.

    I’ll take the RBI, though.

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

    Bah, Matsui. Brain fart.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Bad baserunning, but i’ll take that run.

  • charlespoet

    Cmon Matsui!!!!!! Man the Yankees have some shitty base runners. Taking a queue from Swisher.

  • Rich D.

    Ok we are on the board! 3-1 TB… bad base running Hideki but nice single!

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Hideki, you suck at running.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Bases loaded in Boston, Youk up

  • Salty Buggah

    one run…thats a start. We’ll get him soon enough I think. We’re hitting the ball pretty well, just need them to land.

  • Reggie C.

    Cano will homer in 3… 2… 1…

  • Dela G

    wow matsui, you aren’t effing carl crawford

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

    Changeup, meet Robbie. Robbie, changeup.

  • Yankee1010

    Well, look on the bright side – the Yanks have played awful defense, left some runners on, run the bases poorly and it’s only 3-1. Plenty of time to come back.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Seems like the ump in Fenway is a sox fan, gave Youk 2 balls, on two obvious strikes there.

    • Mike Pop

      Youkilis is the epitome of team ballplayer.

    • Salty Buggah

      holy fuck you’re right, that was right down the middle in gameday

  • Rich D.

    nice play by bartlett… jorge is slow as hell!

  • Accent Shallow

    That’s a single if the man on first is anyone on the Yankees (non-catcher division)

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Cano with runners on

    :facepalm:

  • charlespoet

    Ok, I do not know who is slower – Posada, Matsui, Giambi (bringing him back for fun), or Molina?

    But seriously, how slow do you have to be to not be safe.

  • putt

    Really, Jorge?

    • Bob

      how is it possible to be that slow. jees that mightve taken away a possible 2 out rally.

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, CC earn that check and hold them there. 3 runs arent bad and please be efficient now so you can go 7.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Looks like only a game and a half lead now

    :(

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

      holy shit it’s the fucking fourth inning.

      And 1.5 in first beats being, say, in any other place.

    • Yankee1010

      As Clay Davis would say, “Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetttt.” It’s only the 4th inning and it’s a 3-1 game. Settle down.

    • putt

      1.5 lead? Wow, did the Yanks forfeit the game? Man, you turn the channel for 2 seconds on a commercial and you miss a lot…

  • Dela G

    i have a feeling cc will cruise from now on

    • Brazilian Yankee

      He better find the strikezone first.

  • Rich D.

    Acieves and Robertson are not available tonight according to Yanks beat writer Bryan Hoch. CC has to go 7

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

      Thus Melancon, Albaladejo, Bruney, Coke and Hughes all should be.

      They’ll find a way.

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

        Life…finds a way.

        /Ian Malcom’d

      • Rich D.

        Close game do you trust Bruney, Albaladejo or Melancon? I am gonna say neither!

  • Jimmy McNulty

    They should bring in Swisher to strike out Kapler again

    ;)

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

      +1

  • Coach6423

    Jimmy McNulty apparently hasnt watched any Yankee games this year…

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Vin Mazzaro is baaaaaaad.

    • Salty Buggah

      It doesnt help if the ump is against you.

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

    The whole “A-Rod struggles with pop-ups” thing needs to end. He dropped two balls like, four years ago. Might be time to move on.

    • Rich D.

      thank you! the last time I saw him drop a ball was opening day 2007 and well, he had an MVP season that year!

      • Mike Pop

        You wish man, he missed that one in Anaheim pre-break.

        More like E-ROD!!!

    • Dela G

      agreed

  • Dela G

    man they are really squeezing cc tonight

    holy crap

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

    There we go, strong inning from CC.

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

    <3 Bobby M.

  • Mikebk

    there is the comeback inning CC needed.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Nice inning by CC

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

    CC: “He’s grinding it tonight” Only in baseball, folks.

  • Tony

    “He’s grinding it tonight.”

    Shut the hell up, Kay.

  • Dela G

    ken singleton with the XX refernce

    nice