Game 101: Again, just take the series

Yanks acquire Jason Hirsh
Game 101 Spillover Thread

Last night’s game was frustrating to watch on the out of town scoreboard — constantly seeing men on base with none out. I can’t imagine what it was like to see it in person. They just have to put it behind them and concentrate on tonight, when they’ll have a chance to take the series from the Rays.

They’ll have to do it against Matt Garza, who is again having a fine season for the Rays. He’s doing it in a bit different fashion than last year, though. Both his walk and strikeout rates are up, but his strikeouts to a greater degree than walks. It’s actually helped him go a little deeper into games, as he averaged just over six innings per game last year and is up to six and a half (whatever the hell a half inning is) this year.

In terms of stuff, Garza seems in the same place he was last year. His two main pitches, fastball and slider, are right around the same speed. The difference, is that he’s throwing the fastball a bit less frequently, but not dramatically so. This has led him to throw his slider and curveball more, the curveball especially, going from 7 percent of his pitches last season to 11 this year. He’s also cooled it on the changeup, throwing it just 4.4 percent of the time this year, to 7.9 percent last year.

Garza has pitched twice against the Yanks this year. In his first appearance, on my birthday, he allowed just two runs over seven innings, striking out nine. Too bad A.J. Burnett had an even better game. The second appearance came on June 7, wherein Garza tossed 96 pitches through five innings, causing an early exit. He did allow only one run, though, but the relievers allowed three and that was enough for the Yanks. He’s coming off a nine-inning, 116-pitch, two-run, nine-strikeout performance against the Blue Jays.

The Yanks will counter with Joba Chamberlain, who has been brilliant over his last two starts, lasting 6.2 and 7 innings, and racking up a combined 14 strikeouts. The six walks are a bit concerning, but he’s also held opponents to three and two hits in that span, and allowed just one run in each game. Joba’s been unleashing the heat, and it’s paying off.

There’s no word on a roster move, probably because there will be none. CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler tweets that the Yanks have interest in recently-DFA Josh Anderson. He could fill in until Gardner returns. He’s certainly not going to light the world on fire, but he’s better than Terrence Long.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

And on the mound, number sixty-two, Joba Chamberlain.

Yanks acquire Jason Hirsh
Game 101 Spillover Thread
  • Dela G

    LETS GET EM YANKEES!

    should be a close game on paper

    • Pasqua

      They’re playing the game on paper? Boy, I thought I had seen it all when Astro Turf came around, but this…

      • Dela G

        haha i know you’re being sarcastic, but i was talking about the two pitchers

        • Pasqua

          I’m with ya’.

  • lily

    i hope the team shows up tonight both on defense and offense. and im hoping joba doesn’t throw 100 pitches through 4 innings with a whole bunch of walks.

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

      Setting the bar real high, huh?

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

      Lily, cheer up.

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

    So, what’s the over/under on Yankees making a major trade during the game?

    • Dela G

      i dont put it at really high

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

      What’s being set as the over/under number? I’ll set it at 35%.

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

        I’ll take the over. Going on past precedents here. Most notably, last season.

    • nathan

      5%

      the mnor league deals dont count right… Cash-Money would be at 75% on that one… no one watches others’ junk like him

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

      100%. My Halladay+Rios deal to the Yanks makes too much sense not to do.

      Blue Jays send-Roy Halladay and Alex Rios

      Yanks send-Austin Jackson, Zachary McCallister, Mark Melancon, Manny Banuelos, Cervelli (or Romine), Dave Robertson (or Jon Albaladejo).

      • nathan

        Even us Yankees fans cant digest that…

        1 or 2 of Montero/Hughes/Joba has to be in it… AJax cannot lead a package for Roy… thats just not right and isnt ZMac hurt

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

        Why would Toronto do that? Who’s the can’t miss stud?

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

          Salary relief, and because its the best offer on the table.

          It’s also eerily similar to what The Phillies just gave up for Cliff Lee. No top guys, but cleared out much of their depth for a while. Mike, you’ve been following the minors forever, you know there’s no such thing as a ‘can’t miss stud’.

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

        Eh, I’m not sure if that makes it all worth it. I wouldn’t, however, be too upset with that deal.

  • Mike Pop

    Meh, Knobler seems like a real knob-job to me.

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

      Hot.

  • E-ROC

    Josh Anderson plays some awesome defense in the outfield.

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

    No Montero tonight =(

    TrentonThunder Tonight’s games are officially postponed. Playing two tomorrow beginning @ 6:05pm with the other game being made up next weekend, date TBD.

  • Mike Pop
    • Mike Pop

      Wow, for Tim Alderson.

      Mo Rivera.

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

      Holy fuck, great deal for the Pirates.

      • Mike Pop

        How does Nick Sabean even do that, like, really?

        I know he is only a prospect, but wow, just wow.

      • Mikebk

        why on earth did Sabean do that and if he was looking to give away Alderson why didnt we offere something. lol.

        • nathan

          Was it Sabean or Colleti who did the AJ Pierzinski deal with Nathan and Liriano…

          • Mike Pop

            Wasn’t that bad of the trade at the time.

            This seems like a bad trade at this time.

      • Mikebk

        Mike how does Alderson compare to Z-Mac?

    • Steve O.

      They’ve made some really good trades. (NCD)

  • Chris A

    The Yankees have turned their attention to middle relief pitchers according to Knobler ( http://danny-knobler.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/8590096/16314517?source=rss_blogs_MLB ).

    Could this be so that they can put Hughes back into the rotation, I doubt it, but that would cool if it was the plan.

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

      starter is still more important.

      • Mike Pop

        Ya, which you would accomplish by either trading for a reliever/starter.

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

      To put Aceves in the rotation, or at least have the option to do so.

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

        He’s got a sore shoulder. Not entirely sure that is the best possible thing the Yankees could do at the moment.

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

          Actually, starting is generally considered easier on the shoulder than off and on relief pitching. You might remember that Paps was advised to become a starter after the 07 season due to his shoulder issues, but he backed out in Spring training, saying his heart wasn’t in it.

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

    Holy fuck, the skies just opened…

    All I wanted to do all day was run down and get a sandwich, and I don’t mean a homemade one, and it won’t stop raining.

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

      You in Jersey? It was raining like crazy in Manhattan and Queens about 2 hours ago.

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

        Bronx.

        • Jersey

          Pouring in Northern Virginia!

          Nobody cares.

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

    This game is on ESPN?

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      unfortunately yes

      • danny

        its on yes too

    • VO

      As well as YES.

    • nathan

      Ah good to know… for us not in the metro

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

    So, recapping the day:

    Snell and Wilson to Mariners for Clement, Cedeño, and guys I’ve never heard of.

    Lee and Francisco to Phillies for four prospects not named Drabek, Happ or Brown.

    Sanchez to Giants for Alderson

    Yanks get Hirsch

    Am I missing anything?

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      What would be a group of Yankee prospects that would be similar to what the phillies gave up for Lee?

      • zs190

        Very hard to compare because they traded a lot of upper level prospects that are solid regulars, we don’t have that kind of prospects at upper level of minors.

        • SouthernYankeeFan

          I see

      • Mikebk

        Man-Ban (probably better than knapp), ramiro pena, dont know of a comparable to carrasco in our system (i would say konotos cause i dont like carrasco). marson is probably better hitter than frankie. something like that would be my guess.

    • zs190

      Small deal but M’s traded Balentin to Reds for a AA reliever.

    • Steve O.

      I’m assuming you left Brian Anderson to the Sox out because it’s the best trade so far and everyone knows about it? That’s the only way. Has to be.

  • John Duci

    Joba tonight: 8 1/3 ip 6h 2er 3bb 14k

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      I like where your head is at.

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

      14k?

      As long as the Yanks win…

  • Salty Buggah

    Let’s go Jobber, we need another good performance out of you and we need the offense to be able to score against Garza to win the series.

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

    Good to hear King George was around today.

  • Mike Pop

    Wooo, let’s go Yanks!

  • Dela G

    geroge on hideki was hilarious

    • Salty Buggah

      why were you watching Japanese porn? ;)

      • Dela G

        :p

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

    Good start.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    and that is how you start a game.

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

      THAT’S HOW YOU DEBATE!

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

    Love it.

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

    Jeterian.

  • Mike Pop

    Awesome, Jeter!

    /fan reaction

    Is that Swisher in RF?

    /Lanny’d

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

      Swisher is so weird in RF. I hate to feed the anti-Swisher hordes, but the guy does have the most (tied with 2 other guys) errors out of AL RFers. Of course, he’s also third in the AL in ZR. Thus the weirdness.

      However… It’s funny that the people who kill Swisher for his occasional fielding brainfarts seem to tend to pine away for Bobby Abreu, who is tied with Swisher for most errors by a RFer in the AL and has the second-worst ZR in the AL.

  • Salty Buggah

    Decent start I guess…

  • Dela G

    nice job jetes!

  • John K.

    Facial hair like Matt Garza’s really makes me appreciate the Yanks’ policy on beards. Just had to get that out there.

    • Dela G

      jason giambi had all that facial hair…

      • John K.

        The ‘stache was a different story. I don’t think Giambi ever had the partial chin strap and chin-tuft-thing with the Yanks.

    • NYY626

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • nathan

    Who was the last Yank to steal home… the next best bet may Gardner

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    that was close

  • Mike Pop

    Come on Teix!

  • Salty Buggah

    ah damn, cmon Tex, DO NOT K!

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

    Tex is unimpressed by defensive shifts.

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

    Heh, right through the shift.

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Texy! no DP Alex…keep it going

    • Mike Pop

      Jinx

    • CanoFTW

      Nice…

  • Dela G

    marky T is effing money

  • brad

    fuckin dive says garza

  • Salty Buggah

    Why is that almost all the time pitchers challenge A-rod inside now?

    • Steve O.

      He can’t hit the high inside fastball.

      Oh, nevermind, that’s Pedroia. Carry on.

      • Salty Buggah

        heh I was expecting a pedroia response. I was going to add it in myself.

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

    So unclutch Alex.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Shit Alex

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

    That’s shitty. Oh well. A lead is a lead.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, at least we got a run

  • Sam

    Yankees up 1, Oakland up 2…not a bad start to the evening

  • Dela G

    well good job getting that run to score thanks to marky mark

  • Salty Buggah

    aite Jobber, you got a lead and now let’s dominate

  • ShuutoHeat

    Good start for us and good start for the A’s!

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

    Way to be, Jeet.

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

    Nice play Jetes.

    • Dela G

      yezzur

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

    Three ground balls. I like it.

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

    No K’s? Bizzust.

    • Salty Buggah

      That’s Jorge’s fault

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    nice first inning keep it going.

  • Dela G

    man joba looked good at the beginning

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice, gimme 6 or 7 more of those innings Joba

  • Sam

    Nice start for Joba. Can’t complain about a 10 pitch first

  • Dela G

    10 pitch inning, i’ll take it

  • danny

    i dont care if Joba has 10k’s or 1, as long as he gives us length and does his best to shut down the other team. A win is a win and it would be nice if we won today!! GO YANKEES!!

  • Salty Buggah

    damn you Ellis…popped out with bases juiced and 1 out

    • Salty Buggah

      on a 2-0 count and swung at ball 3

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

    Dumbest. Text poll. Ever.

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

      They seem to get dumber each day.

    • Salty Buggah

      What’s it asking?

      • VO

        Should the Yankees get another outfielder or stay with a reliever to fill Gardners roster spot.

      • Dela G

        with brett gardner on the DL, should they get another outfielder or stay with the relievers

      • Salty Buggah

        thanks guys…and yes that’s is dumb

    • VO

      +2

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      what was it I have to watch on ESPN.

  • Mikebk

    singleton should never talk about the minors, he never gets it right. “Snell struck out 17 and then they called him back up.”

  • Salty Buggah

    OAK up 5!

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

    The ball boy just saved the lives of the Yankee relievers.

  • E-ROC

    Nasty!

  • Ian

    Penny’s givin’ up 5 runs in the 1st inning before the Red Sox come to the plate.

    • Dela G

      i thought they would have unenviable depth

      hahahahahha

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

      Depth.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Well, Justin Smoak can plate five runs in a game, but I don’t think that’s what they mean when they say Penny’s worth that kind of a bat.

    • A.D.

      Excellent news.

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

    Matt Garza looks like a pharaoh.

    • Dela G

      agreed

    • Kilgore Trout

      Definately.

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

      He likes to be called King Ramses, named after the condom.

  • CanoFTW

    heh.. 5 run first inning (and still going) for oakland. gotta love penny! what a pickup by theo!

    • A.D.

      /smoak type bat

  • Mikebk

    lets the brad penny/smoak jokes begin even if i am tired of them.

    still top 1
    .2IN 4H 2BB 0K 5ER

  • ShuutoHeat

    LETS GO A’s!!! Let’s GO Yanks!

    • VO

      Yank-A’s

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

    A Supd Chandler reference! Where’s Coney?!

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Sabean traded Alderson straight-up for Freddy Sanchez. I think that’s absolutely hilarious.

    • A.D.

      With no money involved thats terrible, even with money involved it would have been a head scratcher.

  • charlespoet

    I am beginning to think this Teixeira guy might be pretty good.

  • John Duci

    The Redsox will still find a way to win.

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

      Just like last night.

  • CanoFTW

    looking at the velocity on mlb.com, i assume joba’s 90mph fastballs are actually sinkers (since he’s hitting 94-95 too). is it just me, or does his sinker look exactly the same as his 4 seamer?

    • Mike Pop

      Joba throws a sinker?

      • CanoFTW

        that’s what he claims in his post-game interviews when he walks the world.

      • Salty Buggah

        I think he’s talking about his 2-seamer.

  • CanoFTW

    damon never sees it…

  • Ian

    i’m just gonna cover my eyes anytime Damon has a ball hit to him

  • VO

    I got scared

  • charlespoet

    Theo is going to panic and sell the farm for Halladay.

    • Mikebk

      i hope so, but im not that impressed with their farm looking through it for these deals.

    • CanoFTW

      that’s what scares me in the short-term. beckett + halladay + lester for a playoff rotation is sick…

      • Mike Pop

        I don’t want to see that, at all.

      • charlespoet

        not worried. They have no hitting.

  • Mikebk

    what do we have to give up to get crawford just so we dont have to watch damon in left?

    • Mike Pop

      2 years.

      • nyrfan

        i would cream my pants to have crawford instead of damon. just the defense is enough for me. then again, im slightly premature

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

    Joba > Pat

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

    It’s like Joba read my all star break post and decided “fuck that shit”

    • Ian

      truth.. that’s just the way he looks right now..
      i’m just gonna be me, whether i fail or not.. fuck it.. take it or leave it..

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

      “So, Joba, what turned you around after the ASB?”
      “One word, man: Rebecca.”

  • charlespoet

    ok aside from throwing harder, Joba has more flow while he is pitching rather than the dawdling he was doing prior to the break. Could be the biggest reason he is more effective.

    • Ian

      he’s working MUCH quicker and maybe that’s helping him maintain his rhythm with each pitch. every pitching coach in the majors probably showed each young pitcher in their staff the dvr of the Buerhle perfect game

  • Salty Buggah

    nice inning Joba….keep it going

  • Mikebk

    Joba realized he can be as aggressive and efficient as a starter as he was in the pen and just let his arm do the work for longer. it was definitely a mental issue.

  • Manimal

    Brad Penny <3

    Keep on sucking and giving the Red sox a false sense of rotational depth

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

      His shoulder has about 3 weeks left in it.

  • Salty Buggah

    Swisher loves playing in the Trop

  • charlespoet

    How effective with Cliff Lee be in the NL East? Have to think he will do pretty well.

    • Ian

      with a team to give him run support, he should thrive big time

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

      He should do fine; he’s just gotta keep his FB% down like he has the last two years, otherwise balls could be flyin’ out of CBP.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      He’s going to love playing against the AA Mets, that’s for sure.

  • Ian

    great bunt DJ!

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

    I just went from really pissed to pleasantly surprised in a matter of like…four seconds.

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

    The bad part is that this will only encourage Jeter more.

  • nyrfan

    two walks from brett anderson in the first inning…this is going to be a long one

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

    Dear Brett Anderson: Your team gave you a five run lead.

    • Mikebk

      and lowell just got 3 back.

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

      Make that a 2 run lead.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    shit was hoping for another run there.

  • Ian

    fuck!

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

    Dayum, Mr. Gross has himself quite the arm out there. It looked like he just lobbed that one, and it went from the warning track to the shortstop on the fly.

  • charlespoet

    Damn, missed opportunity.

  • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

    I don’t think I have ever seen a 2nd baseman so close to the warning track.

  • ShuutoHeat

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Ian

    3 run shot for Lowell.. 5-3 Oakland

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    ha and boston closes the gap to 5-3

  • Dela G

    great bunt jetes

  • Salty Buggah

    BOS 3 :(

    cmon OAK, keep them there.

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

    Brett Anderson is clearly a believer in the Three True Outcomes.

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

      I’ve always wanted THT to include pitchers with a high TTO rate in the weekly awards.

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

      Well, the kid’s got the learn that you don’t walk guys with a five run lead sometime.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Dwayne Statts said that the Rays are the only team in baseball with four #1 starters.

    • Salty Buggah

      He’s wrong. The Sox are another one.

    • Dela G

      last year i would’ve agreed with that

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

      Who’s Dwayne Statts? And who’s this mythical fourth #1? Price? Pffft.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        The Rays announcers are officially “Homers”.

  • Salty Buggah

    Lowell is another Fenway guy, right?

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

      Yeah, I’m sure that HR was another 360 foot special. Whatever, they all count.

    • Steve O.

      Bigtime, him and Pedroia.

      • Salty Buggah

        yep, since 2006 those two have hit the shortest HRs. Pedroia is 1st.

  • John K.

    Am I crazy or is there a Geico Caveman chilling behind home plate in a Rays jersey?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      “Would you one time, let me be myself, so I can shine?”

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

      Holy sh*t, you’re right. that’s awesome.

    • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

      WOW! Did not see that there.. you’re not crazy.

    • John Duci

      holy shit there is thats fucking weird lol

  • Dela G

    how does kay not like sloppy joes?

    are you unamerican?

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

      If I ate a sloppy joe I’d wind up in agony.

      I can’t eat any dairy and I can’t eat any red meat.

      Good thing I love seafood.

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

        You can’t eat dairy or red meat? What do you have left to live for?

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

          Frankie C’s eyes.

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          Jesus.

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

      He said he doesn’t like nachos. How do you not like nachos? They’re fucking corn chips…

      • Dela G

        as a guy in texas, i find not eating nachos unfathomable

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

      He’s such a weirdo. The only time I’ve ever flipped onto Center Stage and actually watched for a minute, Kay was talking to Bobby Flay…

      MARK TEIXEIRA IS THE FUCKING MAN!

      … and Flay said something and Kay basically cut him off and was like “I’ve never had ketchup.” Flay was like “uhhh ok, I have no idea what you’re talking about or why that’s relevant, but you’re weird.”

      Kay just can’t stop talking about his childish eating habits. It’s strange.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    come on Joba put em away when u get em behind in the count.

  • A.D.

    Damn deep counts

  • Ian

    Giants traded Alderson for Fred Sanchez.. Trade one of your best prospects for an average 30+ year 2B. BRILLIANT!

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

      To be fair, SF has a deep farm system and to contend this year, they needed the bat THAT badly.

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        To be fair, SF probably could have gotten Adam Dunn with Alderson, which would have been a much better return.

        Or, you know, anyone else who isn’t Freddy Sanchez. Victor Martinez? Maybe not Alderson straight-up, but you wouldn’t need to add very many additional pieces to get that done.

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

    So has anyone actually tested whether or not the defense plays better behind a fast working pitcher or is it just one of those things everyone accepts blindly?

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

    Last night Teixeira couldn’t make that catch…

    • Salty Buggah

      it just wasnt our night.

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

    You’ve got the get up … to get down.

    /Singleton’d

  • John Duci

    White men CAN jump!!!

    • danny

      cody ransom says hi

  • danny

    TEIX…. i love you.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    I just went from six to midnight on the play by Tex

  • VO

    When did the Yankees sign Shaq to play 1st?

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Not even Cody Ransom can jump that high.

  • Ian

    wow Tex with the hops! i guess white men really CAN jump! LOL

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Joba, stop getting into full counts.

  • John Duci

    8 consecutive to start the game.. i like it

    • danny

      jinx lol

  • Mikebk

    as much as we are bashing sabean and he richly deserves it for that bonehead trade, dont you if you are an Indians fan have to be even more pissed with what they got for Cliff lee when you didnt get anyone as good as Alderson, no one in the top 100 prospects for a cy young winner with a cheap deal next year?

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

      I’d be more pissed if I was a Giants fan.

      • Mikebk

        that one was assumed.

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        I’m just glad I’m neither an Indians nor a Giants fan. I think if I’m a Giants fan I feel worse – there’s no question Alderson should have netted a higher return than Sanchez, absolutely none.

        I’m less inclined to think the Indians could have done better with the Lee package, since (1) this is a buyer’s market, not a seller’s market, and (2) the supply of ace arms (namely, Roy Halladay’s availability) probably didn’t do Shapiro any favors.

        Sure, Shapiro probably should have done better than Knapp, Carrasco, Donald, and Marson. But that’s still closer to Lee’s value than Sanchez is to Alderson’s.

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

    Thanks Bartlett.

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

    Nice play, Robbie.

  • Dela G

    nice job mark t!

  • Pete c.

    Great play by Texierra. And they said anyone could play first. Acrobatic play by Cano.

  • Ian

    Just saw on fangraphs that we acquired Jason Hirsh from the Rockies for a PTBNL

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

    Has to be Fred McGriff, right?

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

      Trivia, I mean.

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

      That’s what I thought.

    • DGeezy

      i think its aubrey huff

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

        You are correct, sir.

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

    Gabe Gross makes Nick Swisher look like Willy Mays

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Ight boys lets drive these two runners in.

  • Salty Buggah

    Hideki is a professional hitter. Cmon guys, bring em home!

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      He does get paid to hit. One might even say it’s his livelihood.

  • Dela G

    and the offense begins

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

    Jorge…wtf?

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Fuck Posado on the first pitch you do that

  • Ian

    Jorge Jorge. *shakes head*

  • Salty Buggah

    bad Jorge

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    good job Cano.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    at least they got a run in.

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

    Robbie Cano again makes an out with RISP. Lazy.

  • Salty Buggah

    well, he got a run across so thats good I guess

  • Tony

    Are Kay and Singleton high?

    • Dela G

      this is the funniest they’ve been in a while

    • danny

      LMAO i was thinking the same thing

  • Ian

    come on Swish, get us a 3rd run.. this would be huge

  • Dela G

    nice job cano

  • Ian

    Can someone please put a muzzle on Michael Kay!

  • Mike Pop

    Damn, man. Only 1 run.

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

    Garza has made Swisher, Posada, and Cano all look stupid on that pitch tonight.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Swisher strikes out like crazyyyy.

    • Salty Buggah

      and he walks like crazy too

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        No one does three true outcomes like Adam Dunn, though. Swisher still has a long way to go.

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

    What the hell is it with Kay and ‘spanks’ and ‘smacks’?

    It’s like jeez, leave your fetishes at home.

  • Salty Buggah

    wow, no money exchanged in the Sanchez deal…Great trade for the Pirates…hopefully they trade him to us.

  • Mike Pop

    Okay, Joba. Strike zone.

  • VO

    Bad Joba

  • nyrfan

    haha longoria, you crybaby

  • Ivan

    Liking how Joba is pitching rite now.

  • Dela G

    man joba looks great

  • Ian

    Wow. I can’t get over how we make routine plays look so difficult

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

      As long as they make them, they could look like Rocky Dennis for all I care.

  • Yankees_Universe

    Longoria wanted to hit that one out so badly..too bad..

  • JGS

    I guess Joba confused Longoria for Youkilis

    • DGeezy

      IETC

  • JGS

    so…who is Garza going to plunk?

    I say A-rod

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      Yea i think they probably go after A-rod but knowin this team they would drill then back.

      • yankeefan91 Arod fan

        nevermind it wast tex.

      • JGS

        I was thinking it wouldn’t be Tex because then you have to deal with A-rod…but then Garza threw up and in to Tex

  • jersey

    wow its so incredibly obvious that joba is trying to be the intimidating pitcher he was wen coming out of the bullpen…i think joba got caught up in the whole u have to conserve energy when ur a starting pitcher thing… finally went back to wat got him here good to see..if someone gets angry that u pump ur fist when u strike them out then tell them to get a hit period..

    • jersey

      oh god see this garbage that singleton and kay are spewing is what i think got joba to be the less exhuberant pitcher he became recently along with other things of course injury etc… but man so what he got low bridged… he didnt hit him … i ratherit go over my head then actually hit me on the back or ribs…

    • Tank the Frank

      To me, he’s just throwing more strikes, he’s more confident in his stuff, and he’s working faster.

      Same thing worked for Phil Hughes. Same can be said for all young pitchers.

      • jersey

        agreed but confidence just doesnt come from a 3 day all star vacation… i think what u said is a by product of my point… i mean hes fist pumping and doing all that kinda stuff for a reason… i think he said within himself forget everyones theorys im just gunna be me…

  • Steve O.

    Brad Penny doing his best Andrew Brackman impression.

    2.1, 4 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks.

    Smoak type bat.

    • Tank the Frank

      But the Smoltz and Penny signings were so gritty and under-the-radar and high reward! ESPN said so!

      • Ian

        +1

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Cashman: “This is not the ace you’re looking for.”
      Daniels: “This is not the ace I’m looking for.”

    • Ivan

      Brad Penny is that bad. It’s not like Joba is that much better…..oh wait my bad, he actually is.

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

    And now the warnings…

    • danny

      eh i dont think that was on purpose

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I just got home, how has Joba looked throughout this game?

    • Mike Pop

      Filth.

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

    Make ‘im play, Alex.

    • Ivan

      They are playing.

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

        Me fail.

        • Mike Pop

          eh, you’re used to it.

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

            I think that’s two today by me. I’m like Nick Swisher–bad plays come in bunches. How does anyone consider me an above average commenter?

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    When Joba pitches his last inning hes probably gonna drill someone.

  • Dela G

    that pitch didnt seem on purpose

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

    Dammit, that was his pitch. Come on, Al. Tough with two.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    damm a-rod just miss that pitch.

  • nyrfan

    i think rick sutcliffe is partially retarded

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

      What did he say now?

      • nyrfan

        he does not drop the fact that the pitchers are throwing at the batters…he cant drop it

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

      I wouldn’t say partially.

  • Mike Pop

    A-Rod wants to crush it so bad.

  • Drew

    fire up them cowbells1!

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

      I’ve gotta fevah…

  • Ian

    Man.. A-Rod’s swingin the bat well in this at-bat

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

    Ooo so they’ve graduated to rhythmic cowbell tunes. Before it was just mindless banging.

  • jersey

    cowbells worst idea ever!

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

    Enough with the goddamn cowbells; this isn’t high school football.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    i thought he was going to do better than that.