Game 102: Shi-Town

Thinking further on Joba's usage
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(I keed, I keed, Chicago’s a great city)

Coming off arguably their biggest series win of the season, the Yankees head into Chicago’s south side for a four game set against the 51-51 White Sox. Just to give you an idea of how different the AL East and AL Central are, the ChiSox would be sitting in fourth place in the East, eleven games back in the loss column for first. Instead, they’re just three back of the Tigers and very much in the thick of the race.

I’m sure Nick Swisher and Ozzie Guillen will have a blast catching up during batting practice and stuff. We all know they had a harmonious relationship during Nick’s time with the White Sox, two peas in a pod almost.

Okay seriously, Ozzie effing hated Swish. I know some Yankee fans do as well because the guy botches the occasional defensive play, but Ozzie’s dislike for the guy allowed the Yanks to acquire an incredibly productive outfielder (120 OPS+) for basically nothing. So thanks, Oz. Keep smartballin’ teams to death, or whatever the hell they’re calling it these days. You’re only three games back after all.

The Red Sox already won this afternoon, so the division lead currently sits at three games. Let’s pick up that extra half-game tonight. Here’s the lineup that’ll oppose Gavin Floyd:

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

And on the mound, good ol’ Andy Pettitte.

Thinking further on Joba's usage
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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    It feels like it’s been a while since AP won a game. I want that to change.

    • ARX

      Certainly the longest 10 days of my life ;)

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        If you’re thinking of the Tiger’s start, didn’t Coke get the win?

        • ARX

          Oh, damn…my mistake. Well, if he pitches like that again, WE’LL get the win, even if Andy doesn’t, and I’ll take that.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      He’s pitched well recently, though thanks to Ace after he did totally brilliant his last start his ERA actually rose.

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

        Yes, yes he has.

  • J.R.

    Any word on CF? Or is it just Melky till Brett gets back?

    • Mike Pop

      Corey Patterson…

      • Tony

        AJAXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

        I don’t get this thing about him having his development stunted by a callup in August. There’s only a month of the AAA season left anyway. If he can get 10 ABs a week, get in some defensive subs, pinch run, and get instruction from an MLB hitting coach while surrounded by MLB hitters, I don’t see how it’s a negative.

        • J.R.

          That actually makes alot of sense. And when Brett comes back in 2 weeks you can send him down. Then bring him back for September.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          It’s about playing every day.

          • Tony

            Are you going to be incensed in a month when his season ends? It’s not like it’s April right now.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              I’m not advocating one way or the other, just giving the reasoning behind it.

          • J.R.

            Yeah but at most he doesn’t play everyday for 3 weeks?

            How much more is he really going to develop in AAA in 3 weeks? I don’t know, but it can’t be a ton.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              You’re right, probably not much.

        • Todd

          I’m with you on this one. Not only is the “harm” on his development overstated, this team needs an athletic OFer to fill Gardner’s role. Gardner has been exteremely valuablke to this team, so why go without a similar player if you do not have to.

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

        I think I’d rather punch myself in the nuts than watch Patterson suit up for the Yanks.

  • Dela G

    LETS GO YANKEES

    LETS KEEP THE HEAT ON BOSTON!

  • zzzz

    go swish! i hope he has a nice series here in chicago.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    Everys most hated CFer is quietly coming back to form

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Whowhat? Explain please.

      • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

        Melky Cabrera is 6 of 15 with five runs scored

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Ah, okay.

  • gio

    Pete Abe: Yanks will call up RH at tomorrow – AJax or Shelley?
    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/07/30/no-move-today-shelley-tomorrow/

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

      looks like Shelly, he’s not in the game 2 line up for SWB.

      • Tony

        Shelly is not even AAAA. He’s AAAa.

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

        AND we have 3 lefties coming up the next 3 games.

        Shelly may be dumb as a stump, but he hits lefties.

        • Tony

          He dumb as a stump and fields like one too.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            “He dumb” is one of the funniest comments I ever read.

            • Tony

              I will have my copyeditor fired for that mistake. My apologies.

    • teix is the man

      The Yanks have a better chance of drafting Jesus Christ than AJAX has of getting a callup
      -AXISA’D

      • Tony

        That’s completely unfair. Jesus would be an international free agent.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Well we’re halfway there. We have a player named Jesus. All we need is a player with the last name of Christ.

        • Mike bk

          we had two: Veras and Farnsworth cause when they were called in we all screwed Christ.

  • Pat

    regular RAB reader, first time commenter.

    I have 4 yanks/red sox tickets to Saturday’s August 8th game.
    (375 face value) Section 121b, row 26.

    if interested, email me at pmarting5@hotmail.com.

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

      lamoo good luck selling those here

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Cost?

      I’m not really interested in buying the seats, I don’t live close enough, but I’m curious as to what decent seats to a Yanks/Sox game at the stadium goes for.

    • Marcus

      Yikes, watch out posting your email like that in a blog/message board. Spammers use software scan the internet looking for email addresses and will now relentlessly spam that address.

      FYI, a good practice is to type: pmarting5 (at) hotmail.com

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope our offense can come out firing again, especially A-rod (he needs to HR soon). And I hope Andy has a brilliant start like last time, without the implosion (Ace’s “fault” or not, he did allow the baserunners, Ace just allowed them to score).

  • Salty Buggah

    I love how ESPN doesn’t give a damn about the Big Papi/Manny scandal. Gammons said to “forgive and move on.” Papi claims he didn’t know but once he finds out what he tested positive for, he won’t lie.

    I honestly like that there’s no commotion but they tore A-rod apart as much as they could. Before that, everyone questioned the Yanks’ titles. However, Gammons says that they tested positive in 2003 but Boston won it in 2004 so it’s not tainted. I’m tired of the bias but there’s nothing you can do about it unfortunately except hope the Yanks win multiple WS again, starting this year.

  • GG

    So Big Popout addresses the media behind some enormous sunglasses, spits some BS and says, yea I dunno whats up, I’ll look into it and get back to you….I can imagine Alex getting away with that crap…wait no, I can’t

    • Steve H

      Yeah, he doesn’t know what he tested positive for, which I believe. He was probably on several different steroids, and without knowing which one he was busted for, doesn’t want to name something and be wrong.

      • GG

        I agree. He was not however pressed at all by giving what was basically an I’ll get back to you, but what do you expect from a star of the media’s favorite team

      • Salty Buggah

        That makes sense and has a good chance of being right.

    • Marcus

      My question is: didn’t A-Rod know about being on the list prior to it being released to the press? I can’t imagine that Big Papi had no indication at all that he was on the list, that’s BS.

      I can actually understand not wanting to be fully forthcoming in a situation where you haven’t really prepared and reporters are surrounding you ready to jump on anything you say, but to feign ignorance is to set oneself up for more dirt-digging later.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, that’s what I thought. I thought the players were informed for the test or at least informed ahead of time by whoever found out (NY Times) and had a chance to say something (but Ortiz declined then too). The thing is that he plays for the Sox, so he gets a pass for denying or saying things like he did.

  • blah

    zOMG this lineup sucks where’s posada?

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    There’s no such thing as tainted championships…there are tainted players, and even that’s very debateable. Personal flaws should not be foisted onto a team, it’s not like a team wide conspiracy like the Black sox scandal. And even then notice that Cincinatti wasn’t even stripped of it’s title.

    I gurantee you the Yankees had players on those 90’s WS teams that juiced…should we give back the 2000 WS rings because Clemens was on the team? Or asterisk them?

    • Salty Buggah

      True and I agree but only if it’s the Yankees WS title, it’s tainted to the MSM but everyone else gets a pass.

      • Dayman, fighter of the Nightman

        I wish people would get over the media “bias” reasoning. ESPN and all other main stream media outlets provide whatever sells. Everyone knows that in the 90’s the Yankees got top billing because they were winning, and now it’s the Sox. As far as ARod, of course he got more scrutiny, he is the highest paid player on the team with the highest payroll, and has been almost universally thought of as the next Home Run King.

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

      Yeah, you either admit everything was tainted or say so many were cheating that it was a even playing field. But to say the Sox rings are tainted and ignore/defend the Yankee championships just doesn’t fly.

      • Salty Buggah

        I think I may have sounded like that in comment above. I actually don’t think anyone’s rings are tainted but was pointing out how the media taints the Yanks WS but Boston gets a pass.

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

          That’s fair to criticize, nobody should be given a pass.

          I agree that the rings aren’t tainted. I was a huge anti-steroid guy when this stuff was all first coming out, but now that its clear to me it was so pervasive I can’t throw an entire era out the window. It happened, it is what it is and we just need to deal with it somehow. I would even put some of the juicers in the HOF. I would simply raise the bar for those players.

    • ARX

      Asterisk = taint imho. To say they can’t exactly give the rings back is to say we cant completely invalidate or vacate their titles, which is true. But tainted? Hell yes (and yes, I know, every champoinship in the last 15-25 years is probably tainted to a degree….its just nice to finally have the Sox in the same boat.)

  • Joe B.

    Apparently KC is getting calls about Bannister. Want.

    • Clemson Rob

      sorry. didn’t see your post. I like him too. More of a ground ball guy and doesn’t give up too many HRs.

  • Clemson Rob

    MLBTR mentioned the Royals considering trading Brian Bannister. What are everyone’s thoughts about trading for him?

  • Steve H

    After last night, I never expect to hear Joba to the pen. That being said, here’s some data I pulled up today to put the nail in the coffin (I wish).

    Jon Lester, last year at 24, after already making 26 career starts.
    16-6, 3.21 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 6.5 K/9, 2.3 K/BB, 152k’s in 210 innings.

    Josh Beckett’s first 25 starts, in the NL(minors) at 21 and 22
    8-9, 3.62 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 9.4 K/9, 2.49 K/BB, 137k’s in 131 innings

    Joba’s first 33 starts, in the AL East, at 22 and 23 years old.
    10-3, 3.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, 2.28 K/BB, 171k’s in 176 innings.

    So Joba is off to a better start than Beckett and his first 33 starts were almost as good as Lester’s great breakout year last year. Joba was younger and less experience, and yet still has #’s to compare.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Mike Francesa

      ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHAH!!!!

      • ARX

        I’ve seen the ‘xyz IS A STARTING PITCHAH!’ thing a few times here, but (honest tho potentially newb question) is it intended to be sarcasm? Or a humorous reminder of a particularly stupid Francessa quote? I’m not sure where it came from.

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

          The latter.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, its a Francesa thing. He was arguing how Joba should be in the pen because his #’s in the rotation are atrocious and the caller was trying to say that Andy Pettitte was pitching worse then Joba but Francesa ignorantly kept cutting him off because he knew the caller was right by yelling “ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHAHH.” That meant that you cannot compare a starter to Joba because Joba is (or in his eyes) a reliever.

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

          Its started with a call from Alex from Bedminster about Joba Chamberlain. He blew up about 2 minutes into it, and then it started exploding all over the internet with clips of him screaming and remixes like this

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-GA_h8sx-Q

          • Salty Buggah

            Hehe…I remember seeing a little rap of that rant but I can’t find it. ATROCIOUS!

          • ARX

            HOLY SHIT! WOW I didn’t think my opinion of him could get lower but WOW! Classic.

    • JGS

      you’re using logic. that won’t convince anyone

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

        Facts are useless on B-Jobbers.

    • Salty Buggah

      My eyes don’t tell me that. He has stunk in almost every start except like 2. Stats don’t tell you everything. Only my eyes are right. lester/Beckett were the best to ever step on this planet, Joba is a bust and should be in TEH EIGHTH!!!

    • Jeremy

      “After last night, I never expect to hear Joba to the pen.”

      I thought the exact same thing after Joba outdueled Beckett in that incredible 1-0 Fenway game. That was July 2008. That should have silenced the B-Jobbers forever. After that game, I’m convinced nothing will.

      • JGS

        this is not just last night’s performance though, this is three dominating starts in a row

    • Mike bk

      you will hear it not about him staying there but how he might have to go there because of the innings limit to close the year.

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

    I was looking at Joba’s MLB comps through age 22, but unfortunately most of them were relievers. Most likely due to his lack of innings before this season.

    But then I came across this lil’ oddity:

    Dave DeBusschere (949)

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/debusda01.shtml

    Yes, THAT Dave DeBusschere. He pitched for the White Sox at age 21-22 with some success before choosing a career in basketball.

  • JGS

    uch, I hate phantom rain delays.

    what is going to be, about an hour before they actually start?

  • VO

    Alright I know this is a GAME thread but because it’s a rain delay I don’t feel as bad bringing this up. Does anyone else feel like Manny Ramirez’s numbers are even more in question then other players. I mean it’s not like he did it in 2003 and stopped as he was just busted for breaking the drug policy again.

    • Mike Pop

      A-Rod could of been doing the same thing.

      Alot of players could of been doing it, to be honest, doesn’t change the way I look at him. Manny is an amazing hitter.

      • Salty Buggah

        I agree but I am doubting Big Papi’s #’s a bit. A guy who went from being nontendered to being a MVP contender every year? At least Manny and A-rod had done (if we assume they didn’t do roids that early) it earlier too. But Papi just all of a sudden starting hitting when he went to Boston.

    • Salty Buggah

      BTW, Game threads are like open threads so nothing is off-topic I think.

      • VO

        I’ve been here for a while now and I still have no idea about that rule.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Does anyone find the title of this post-game story title on MLB.com quite humorous?

    “Papi punctures A’s plans, lifts Red Sox”

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

      It would be better if it said: “Papi Injects Life into Sox.”

      • ShuutoHeat

        +1111111111111111

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

    So how much better do we think Sherrill’s numbers will get in the NL West?

    • Peter Lacock

      Before or after Torre wears him out?

  • http://. Joao

    Start at hour??

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

    So I think I have a new favorite author in Alexndre Dumas.

    What about you guys?

    (what? It’s a rain delay!)

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

      Heywood: The Count of Monte Crisco…
      Floyd: That’s “Cristo” you dumb shit.
      Heywood: …by Alexandree Dumb-ass. Dumb-ass.
      Andy Dufresne: Dumb-ass? “Dumas”. You know what it’s about? You’ll like it, it’s about a prison break.
      Red: We oughta file that under “Educational” too, oughten we?

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

        Put your faith in G-d, your ass belongs to me.

    • Jose

      Ernest Hemingway and Selena Roberts.

    • Riddering

      Neil Gaiman.

      Everything he writes has me thinking, “I’ve been waiting for this exact story to be told!”

      (But I’ll never forget the first time I read The Three Musketeers. I wanted to learn swordplay so bad.)

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

        I LOVE Neil Gaiman. I saw him speak in November, even got a signed book.

        stardust and Sandman are my faves, and the Graveyard book is worth it, even though it’s a children’s tale.

        • Riddering

          Oh, lucky! If it’s possible, he seems like an even cooler guy than he is a talented writer.

          Both Coraline and Graveyard Book were good reads–I love his range. He can write such stuff that’s in Sandman and American Gods and then write juvenile lit without any awkwardness.

  • Iowa Lurker

    This is game 102.

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

      Thanks, fixed.

  • dygg

    I’m sure all of you have seen it already, but, Neyer is anti-B-Jobber in his most recent blog post: http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sweetspot/0-4-124/Joba-offers-teaching-moments.html

  • Ross

    Anybody got a clue on first pitch?

  • GG

    No tweet about popout/manram from the tweet happy john henry

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

    Via Metstweets Via Metsblog via Will Carroll, Beltran may miss all of 2010–Yes, 2010–as well

    http://www.metsblog.com/2009/07/30/news-beltran-could-miss-all-of-2010/

    • Salty Buggah

      wow…

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

      That S U C K S .

    • GG

      why on earth wouldnt he just do it, get it done, and hopefully be back soon? He wants/ the mets want him to waste more time???

    • Ivan

      Tough break there.

    • handtius

      “last hurrah”? wow.

  • Johnnyboy

    Don’t forget that if the Dodgers lose today and the Yankees win, the Yankees will have the best record in MLB all for themselves.

  • ranger11

    Is there a start time for this game yet?

    • http://. Joao

      anyone knows??

    • Peter Lacock

      I haven’t seen anything official but I’m putting my money on 10.

  • Mike bk

    what would getting bannister cost in a package? i was just reading comments on mlbtr and i heard romine + zmac/nova. seems a little steep, so figured i would get other opinions.

    • Peter Lacock

      Damon + Bruney + Molina

      • Mike bk

        that was helpful to a real discussion.

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

    Bryan Hoch saying tarp’s coming off the field

  • Dela G

    first pitch 815 cst

  • VO

    Per PeteAbe tarp is coming up

  • Capital T

    I’m in the Western Chicago Burbs and it stopped raining 20 minutes ago. Game should start soon

  • VO

    7:58pm: Jayson Stark and Buster Olney of ESPN.com report that the Yankees inquired about Bannister, but talks didn’t develop because the Yankees asked the Royals to pay the $650k that remains on Bannister’s 2009 contract. Since when does $650k stop the Yanks from making a deal? As Stark and Olney say, welcome to the wacky world of baseball 2009.

    For $650K the Yankees are being held back? Are you kidding?

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

      This is worrying. They already have Pittsburgh paying Hinske’s salary…

      If the Yankees can’t afford $650k, something’s not right.

      • VO

        I know they were serious about not adding salary but come on 650K shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

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

          If they can’t take on $650 k than one of three things is going on:

          1) There’s a plan for Halladay (and his contract) in the works and the Yanks don’t want to take on anything else;

          2) The team’s in financial trouble we know not of,

          3) They just don’t like Bannister.

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

            I’m going w/#3.

          • VO

            1) Possibly
            2) Doubtfully, there the Yankees. We would have heard reports.
            3) Possibly, but the report to me at least, makes it sound like they wouldn’t talk unless promised the salary relief.

            • VO

              Now that I actually think about it, it makes sense that maybe they didn’t want to give up a top prospect without The Royals taking the salary.

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

                Bingo.

          • Salty Buggah

            or 4) The Royals are asking for a significant prospect so the Yanks want them at least to pay the 650k if they are going to give up said prospect.

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

          We don’t know the details. Maybe the Yanks felt they were giving up too much in terms of prospects to absorb his salary as well.

          It doesn’t seem like much, but remember $650k for the Yankees is really $910k because of the salary cap.

          • Salty Buggah

            damn Mike beat me

    • Dela G

      you serious?

      these arent the irates we are talking about

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

      Maybe it’s just another way of saying they weren’t that into Bannister considering the package they’d have to give up?

    • Mike bk

      relax people. usually what happens is a team will be asked to pay the salary in order to get better prospects back. the yankees may either want them to pay the salary or take less in terms of players back.

      • Joe B.

        This. I’m hoping this isn’t the end of talks. I love love LOVE Bannister, and would be giddy as all hell if they were to pick him up.

  • VO

    PeteAbe 9:15 first pitch.

  • handtius

    Baseball!

  • Dela G

    LETS DO IT!

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

      DO IT, DOUG!!!

      • handtius

        Fly fatass!!! Fly!!!

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

          You tell ‘im, Steve-Dave!

          • handtius

            What, like the back of a Volkswagen?

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

              –Haha, you dumb bastard. It’s a sailboat.
              –A schooner is a sailboat, stupid-head!
              –You know what?! THERE IS NO EASTER BUNNY! OVER THERE, THAT’S JUST A GUY IN A SUIT!

              • handtius

                Some Parent should have conditioned him to fear and respect THAT ESCALATOR!!!

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

                  –Wow she even calls you callow.
                  –You say that like it’s a bad thing.
                  –It means frightened and weak willed.
                  –Shit. I thought that was the only part of the letter that was complimentary.

                • handtius

                  -Tell me, did you ever fart in front of her?
                  -No, why do you ask?
                  -I never farted in front of Renee. Not once. Last week, I let one slip and today she dumps me.
                  ….
                  She was going down on me at the time.

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

                  –Have you ever slept with anyone?
                  –Uh…yeah.
                  –No, I mean really slept with someone, not just fucked them on a gaming table.

                • handtius

                  Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega.

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

                  Would you like a chocolate covered pretzel?

                • handtius

                  One time my cousin Walter got this cat stuck up his ass. True story.

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

                  My cousin Walter was a weird guy…

                • handtius

                  Fuck you, Fanboy!

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

                  Adventure, excitement…Jedi craves not these things.

                • handtius

                  You should see yourself right now. A grown man with his hand down his pants.

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

                  I’d be glowing if I banged anyone in that elevator…present company excluded.

                • handtius

                  -Brenda?
                  -DICK!

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

                  You don’t know who LaFours is? They don’t know who LaFours is.

                • handtius

                  Shit, bitch, we’re gonna bust up that stage like a high school kegger. We’re just gonna outwit Lafours, X-Men style.

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

    Hey, um, maybe start making this dude work?

    • handtius

      what a bunch of shlubs.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    quick inning damn.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    For some reason the fact that Bob Costas is calling this game on the MLB Network makes it feel like a big deal.

  • cjc

    10 pithc inning with a walk hmm don’t see that everyday

  • Salty Buggah

    not a good start but lets get em next time

    • handtius

      do you expect them to score in the first inning of every game? just a question because you’ve said this same thing a few times after the first inning. Sometimes it takes a few inning, reading the pitcher, etc. etc.

      • Salty Buggah

        of course not but 2 1st pitch swinging outs isnt good right? But im not complaining (just trying to hope my hoping gets them going)

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

    Wow, Gordon Beckham is about the same size as my brother. Scary.

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

    Nick Swisher: Mostly cheers.

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

      He will stick it to Ozzie at least two times this series.

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

        Just not in that AB.

        • handtius

          +1

  • VO
    • Salty Buggah

      hilarious

    • Mike bk

      i just saw that and laughed.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Joe Torre gave Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch his take on unnamed sources: “It’s really embarrassing that their parents don’t name them.”

    • VO

      Beat you

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        MEANIE

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

    Damn, Beckham was way off the line there.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    damn getting mowed down by Floyd.

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

    I hate the way this team plays after rain delays.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      They’re too afraid of getting their billion dollar uniforms wet.

    • Salty Buggah

      I guess you can say…They mail it in

    • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      I know, I hate when they mail it in.

    • Riddering

      Cue the offense scoring 10 runs.

  • Salty Buggah

    he’s perfect through 2

    /jinx

  • ARX

    Well this has the makings of a 2 hour game…

  • Dela G

    yikes not the most promising of starts

  • Mike bk

    “8:30pm: Evan Grant of D Magazine hears that talks between the Blue Jays and Rangers remain “very serious.” ”

    got to be at least one of Smoak, Holland, Feliz involved i would have to think.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      Smoak? No way! The Rangers are saving him for Penny.

      • Mike bk

        im so tired of that joke. tell gammons to get a new one so i can stop hearing it.

        • SouthernYankeeFan

          where does this joke come from?

        • Salty Buggah

          Im not tired at all

        • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

          I’m sorry mike bk, I’ll go back in my cave now.

    • blah

      Could be Smoak+Holland, according to Evan Grant.

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

    What’s the question mark? Thome should be in.

    • Mike bk

      the “live ball” era and the stain of roids would be it.

      i also believe that the era that it was done in should be one of those things that give Moose an even stronger case to get in.

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

        147 OPS+, average 162 of 40 HR, 4 top 10 MVP finishes, compares very favorably to other HOFers….dude should be in w/o question.

        • Mike bk

          not saying he should be questioned.

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

            I gotcha, just contending the potential questions.

  • VO

    OD, A-Rod, Ortiz, and Manny are gonnna go whack the crap out of Kay for calling them “stupid people”

    • Riddering

      The truth hurts…

      Michael Kay.

  • Dela G

    damn, pettite and floyd are dealin

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

    Come on, Jose.

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

    Kay is really wearing my patience thin with this “groundball to the right side/get the job done/didn’t get the job done” bullshit. Game after game, inning after fucking inning.

    WE GOT IT FIRST THOUSAND FUCKING TIMES!!!

    • Dela G

      haha he said it yesterday too

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

      He’s proud of this commentary.

      /Flaherty’d

    • Teix is the Man

      HEEEEE….! Fouled it off

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

      I think Kay just likes hearing himself talk.

    • Ivan

      U forgot the /rant’d

  • yankees=warriors

    You guys should criticize Melky more. Ever since that article, he has been gettin better!

  • Dela G

    wow melky crushed that

  • Salty Buggah

    damn, that kinda sucked

  • Dela G

    we’ll get em next time

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    The umps zone is enormous tonight.

  • Januz

    I think the reason why they asked KC to pay Bannister’s salary is that he is not target #1. Check this out from Tyler Kepner vis http://www.mlbtraderumors.com. Yanks still talking with Seattle about Washburn. No reason to be too optimistic at this point, but they do have a need. The decision is not about money: According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts Washburn’s contract is $10.35m, while Bannister’s is $1.7357m. In addition, the Yankees will take $50m off the payroll for 2010, which is not an insiginificant number.

    • Mike bk

      CC goes up 9 mil, swish up 1.4, jete up 1,

      Nady 6.55, damon 13, matsui 13, andy 5.5, wang 5, molina 2

      thats 11.4 added…45.05 subtracts so basically 33.5 mil saved. wang and nady could be back as well as raise to melky. dont think hughes and joba are arb eligible yet.

  • handtius

    I would like to see an andy pick-off. feel like it’s been too long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    Gordon Beckham: best at-bast music in baseball.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      Also the best AT-BAT music in baseball. I was that excited to hear The Outfield.

    • Riddering

      I was just about to make a similar comment. Ah, the 80s!

  • BigBlueAL

    I want to thank this site for someone mentioning about yesmichaelkay on Twitter. I swear every time I just read Hey Fans! at the start of every tweet Im already peeing in my pants. Hankstein is pretty hilarious too.

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

    At least G-Becks is on my fantasy team.

    • handtius

      that’s just wrong mike.

  • Salty Buggah

    damn

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    Crap, Gordon Beckham just used Andy Pettitte’s love tonight.

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

      IETCVM

  • Dela G

    damn gordon is good

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, lets go offense

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope Andy is a bit more efficient from here on

  • Brazilian Yankee

    It would be nice if the offense could wake up now.

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

    When’s the last time Andy got serious run support?

    • chriskeo

      I dont know, but if he got what i believe is the average 5 runs a game he would be winning a lot, well i think the team scored 5 runs by the end of his last game but that was a ninth inning rally

    • Salty Buggah

      I think the Blue Jays game in which he imploded

    • Mike bk

      they did score 8 in the game he pitched vs anaheim and 6 in the toronto game.

  • Dela G

    wow tex got fooled

  • Riddering

    This ump loves his strikeouts.

  • Salty Buggah

    wow that was NOT strike 3 to A-rod

  • yankees=warriors

    Michael Kay is more ridiculous than usual today…

    • Mike bk

      isnt that like saying an alcoholic is more drunk than usual?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    LET”S GO BATS!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Cano goes DEEEEP here.

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

      Which ensures he won’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    Umpire wants to go home early.

  • Riddering

    I can’t believe there’s actually been a walk tonight with this homeplate ump.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    They are not even making Floyd work. Bad, bad game so far.

  • Salty Buggah

    whoa when did Gameday get the Twitter feature?

  • Salty Buggah

    god I hate rain delays

  • Dela G

    my god this is a very very fast game

    1.25 hours = 5 full innings?

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

    Molina just told Kay to STFU.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime
    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Their cheaters are better than ours? I don’t think so.

      • handtius

        When he says that, it is sarcasm. He’s saying no one should be proud of being a cheater, specifically the 2004 redsox.

    • Pasqua

      Worth even more of a read is the comments following the article. The level of denial and bad, defense attorney-like posturing is mind boggling. Many of these people seem to be one lost brain cell away from arguing that, “Just because he tested positive doesn’t mean he cheated!”

      “We don’t even know what he tested positive for!” Yes, that’s true. Maybe it was Mike & Ike’s. Illegal, performance-enhancing Mike & Ike’s.

      • handtius

        fav:

        I already posted this on mazz’s article but I’ll say it again. Ortiz and Ramirez were tested in 2003. THE SOX WON IT ALL IN 04 AND 07. Why would those two, who were so conveniently let off the hook by the MLB, no suspension, no fine, no announcement, no ANYTHING, continue cheating? Plus, not to be rude, but Manny and Papi, are and were FAT! Everybody knows about Ortiz but even Manny was. I’ve seen him in the backround of pictures in the Sox locker room and hes fat.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Of all people, Molina gets a hit…

  • Riddering

    Please don’t waste this lead-off double, guys.

  • yankees=warriors

    So, do we go small ball now?

  • Salty Buggah

    now he gets a hit…lets bring him home guys

    • Salty Buggah

      that didnt help Jete

  • Chip

    I was just thinking to myself: This would be a game where Molina hits one out and then he did! (kinda)

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

    Goddammit.

  • Jake H

    This ump has a wide zone for both teams

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, at least he’s consistent

      • Jake H

        true but it’s making the guys swing at stuff that is way out because they have no idea if it’s going to be close.

  • Dela G

    HOLY JESUS JOSE MOLINA!

  • nathan

    Someone need to wake up them Yanks… this game is making me sleepy

  • Drew

    THANK YOU JD!!

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

    Way to go, Johnny!

  • yankees=warriors

    Wow, Dmon!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    so hot

  • V

    Will someone tell Ricciardi to just sh** or get off the pot already?

    We get it. You’re not dealing Halladay unless you’re wowed. You haven’t been wowed. You’re not going to be wowed. No one wants to wow you. The deadline was Tuesday, except it wasn’t. You’re still open to trading him, but you don’t think you will.

    WE GET IT!

    Now, trade him, or don’t, but stop talking about it, dumbass.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    DAMONNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

  • Salty Buggah

    JOHNNY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Little Bill

    Johnny and Jose have tied it up. Hopefully Tex and A-Rod can do something against this bum. Andy deserves this win!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    tex is having a rough night.

  • Mike Pop

    Come on Alex.

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

    A-Rod’s pitch recognition skills in the last week or so haave been very meh.

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

      And it seems that he’s been fouling off good pitches to hit lately instead of smoking them like he was a few weeks ago.

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

      Yup. He’s in one of those ruts where a breaking ball away just eats him up.

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

        Soriano-itis.

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

          Bingo, though for Sori, that’s a chronic condition.

  • Dela G

    wow gavin floyd looks like roger clemens out there

    jeez

  • Salty Buggah

    well at least we tied it up…A-rod in a mini-slump. Hope he breaks out soon.

    • Dela G

      mini slump?

      i mean he did go 4 for 13 in tampa…

      • Salty Buggah

        yea but before that and now. He’s been K’ing a lot lately

        • Dela G

          that’s very true

          he’ll be ok before long :)

          • Salty Buggah

            of course…hopefully it starts later today

    • V

      Well, today, it’s the umpire. He’s calling balls strikes, which is bad for a guess hitter like ARod.

      • Salty Buggah

        True, which is kinda what i thought. He got that bad called strike 3 on a slider so that can maybe force him to swing at a breaking ball outside (which it did as he swung and missed twice on an outside curveball)

  • Brazilian Yankee

    1 for 7 with RISP. We’ve had our chances.

  • Ivan

    Well at least Andy is pitching well.

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

    I’m loving all these strikeouts from Pettitte.

  • Mike Pop

    Come on Yanks, score for Andy!

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

    Good turn.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    DIRTY DP!

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

      /pat’d

  • Salty Buggah

    nice DP…now for some runs please!

  • Mike Pop

    So what big trade DOES go down by the deadline tomorrow?

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

      RAB trades you to LoHud for some extra server space.

      • Mike Pop

        That’s not a big trade.

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

          Fine:

          I trade your mother in for a newer model.

  • Mike Pop

    Bad Swisher.

  • Dela G

    my god, floyd looks crazy good

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

    Fuckin’ a, Swish. Not his night.

  • Ivan

    I don’t know if it’s Flyod or the Yankees making him look good.

    • Salty Buggah

      both?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I know there isn’t much detail behind the Ortiz/Manny thing, but it really seems to me like all the Sox fans are in denial and are 100% positive they did nothing. Keep Dreamin bloodsox.

    • Pasqua

      The New York Times conspiracy theory is my absolute favorite, if only that it reveals two things about the fanbase:

      1) They can’t recognize that, even though “New York” appears in its title, the newspaper is not actually a local tabloid.
      2) They don’t even KNOW that this supposed Boston Red Sox-hating newspaper OWNS a piece of the Boston Red Sox!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    that is frustrating

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

      Word. I’m glad Andy’s pitching well but the way he’s gone all season, he could blow up at any minute.

      • Salty Buggah

        yea, thats what Im afraid of

  • Jake H

    Yanks making Floyd look like an ace.

    • whozat

      He does have good stuff. He was pretty highly regarded. Would it be surprising that he’d flash brilliance?

      Also this is a super pitcher-friendly ump. It’s been a wide zone all night. Andy’s got 8K’s too.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    89 pitches through 7 with 8 strike outs. Ouch.

  • Dela G

    i predict the yankees score 2 runs in the 7th inning

    • Salty Buggah

      you mean the 8th

      • Salty Buggah

        and I hope you’re right

        • Dela G

          yeah 8th, my bad

          and yeah they will get floyd out of the game :)

          jeter ain’t goin down

  • Dela G

    damn pettite

    you gotta get that shit

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

    Andy did like..454 things wrong on that play.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    That error hurts.

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

      That one hurts more.

  • handtius

    a————————-rod.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    BAH E5_ROD

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

    Son of a…

  • BigBlueAL

    Great D this inning so far.

    • whozat

      Yeah, two extra outs. Even this anemic offense might do something with this.

  • Mike Pop

    Boo

  • Dela G

    cmon alex, you gotta help andy on that

  • Jake H

    Unlucky breaks this half inning.

  • Salty Buggah

    FUCK! stop it the errors Yanks

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Oh boy, this doesn’t look good.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Fuck

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    ARod, Ortiz is calling, he wants you to give his roids back!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Players’ heads not in this game.

    • Mike Pop

      Terrible throw.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Well that was a pretty quick hook right there.

    • whozat

      Last time he let andy talk his way into staying in the game, and look what happened then. I don’t really have a problem with this…keep this shit right here.

  • BigBlueAL

    It sounded like Santana said Hey ZZ instead of Hey CC in that Subway commercial. OK I know its racist but Im hispanic and have many family members whose accents are bad like that so Im allowed to make fun of Santana’s pronunciation!!

  • Ivan

    Yanks should be out of this inning.

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

    Pettitte pulled the half-O’Neill.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      He cleaned up after himself. Very polite.

    • whozat

      he wound up to kick the gatorade thing, but didn’t follow through?

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

        He shook it semi-violently, knocked the top off, and then put the top back on in a very frustrated manner.

  • Reggie C.

    Why not Robertson ??

    Robertson has got to see higher leverage situations..

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      I don’t trust Robertson in this situation.

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

      My selective memory that probably isn’t 100% accurate tells me that D-Rob has not done all that well in games in which he enters with runners on base.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      I’d rather the Yankees end this really then get someone experience in a high leverage situation.

    • Salty Buggah

      not today

    • JGS

      why not Hughes? he is well rested and better than Robertson

  • Drew

    AP’s G Moment was pretty funny.

  • Salty Buggah

    they changed the error to an infield single

  • Ivan

    Lets go Hughes.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    good lord

  • Ivan

    Fuck Man.

  • V

    And THIS team set the major league record for consecutive games without an error? Really?

  • Dela G

    oh shit

    cmon tex, how the fuck do you not get that ball

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    DOH!

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees look like a Little League team this inning.

  • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

    WOW.

    Great D this inning. Just awesome.

  • Salty Buggah

    damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    NOOOOOO

  • JGS

    They are sliding all over the place

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

  • DGeezy

    great we’re playing mets-esque defensive meltdowns

  • Ivan

    I hate this inning. I really fucking do.

  • Yankee1010

    Yeesh. Does it say Chico’s Bail Bonds on the uniforms?

  • Lanny

    Great job Cano.

  • Reggie C.

    That might be the WORST throw i’ve ever seen from a 2B making a relay throw.

  • Jake H

    That wasn’t dirty but it was pretty questionable.

  • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

    So lame. If they lose this game 2-1, it’ll be so friggin’ annoying.