Game 77: Seven’s wild

Eastern League All-Stars announced
Game 77 Spillover Thread

Seventy-seventh game of the year and the Yanks have a chance to win their seventh in a row. Andy Pettitte takes the mound against Jarrod Washburn, who was almost a Yankee last year. Washburn’s actually been pretty good in 2009, mostly because he’s allowed fewer hits than he ever has in the past. His BABIP is a steady .276 and he’s reportedly added a two seamer this year, so there’s tangible evidence to backup the improvements. To make matters worse, he has a 2.67 ERA in his career against the Yankees, 2.82 in the Bronx. Of course that was at the old place.

Eric Hinske, wearing Hideki Irabu’s and Angel Berro’s 14, is in the house, but he won’t start tonight with the lefthander on the mound. I suspect we’ll see him pinch hit and take a crack at the short porch at some point tonight.

Here’s the lineup:

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

And on the mound, the artist formerly known as Andy Pettitte.

Eastern League All-Stars announced
Game 77 Spillover Thread
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Ransom at third? What the hell happened to Yurrendel DeCaster?

    /burritoinamicrowave’d

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      How can Girardi sit ARod against a LH pitcher that always gives the Yankees fits?!?!?!?

      /baiting TSJC

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        Damn..maybe if I read the lineup fully I could have successfully baited you….

        Me=Fail

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Urge to kill… rising…

        • Will (the other one)

          Easy, Rod…EAAASSSYYYYY, ROD…

          • Mike Pop

            god damn burger punks!!

  • Mike Pop

    Think this counts as a “day off” for Alex?

    • Little Bill

      I think they did this because of the lefty starter. Matsui and Hinske or both LHs. In fact, knowing Girardi I am positive that’s why Ransom is in at 3rd.

      • Little Bill

        That should say Matsui and Hinske ARE both LHs. Idiot.

    • Jamal G.

      No, they said days off are days off. Even with the off-day Monday, the plan is to rest him one game in Minnesota.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I bet you his doctor would say “No”.

  • Bob

    Just sent a trade proposal in fantasy, I offered Albert Pujols, Matt Kemp, and Edwin Jackson for Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Braun, CC Sabathia, and Cole Hamels. Whaddya think?

    • Mike Pop

      They say the winner of a fantasy trade is usually whoever gets the best player. But, I think you win here if he accepts it.

  • Little Bill

    Pettitte needs to pitch better soon or he’ll find himself in the position that Phil Hughes is in right now. Hughes needs to be in the rotation, Wang or Pettitte in the bullpen.

    • Mike Pop

      http://baseball.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/15596/20090701/yankees_are_keeping_hughes_in_bullpen/

      Not looking good for those of us who want Hughes to get his innings.

      • Charlie

        ouch

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        Boo!

      • Little Bill

        Sigh. Why doesn’t Cashman look Mariano in the eye and tell him that he is weakening his starting pitching right now? Far more important than the bullpen where Coke, Aceves, and Robertson are pitching well. Bruney needs a little more time to get back to form.

      • e mills

        “‘I’m going to weaken your bullpen right now for the future,”

        I don’t understand this quote???

        • e mills

          nvm just re-read it

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “I can’t look Mariano Rivera in the face and say, ‘I’m going to weaken your bullpen right now for the future,’ ” New York general manager Brian Cashman said.

        Great, so now we’re making roster decisions with long-term implications in order to appease the sensibilities of one 39 year old player.

        Wonderful.

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

          Yeah, that angers me. We might as well let Jeter fill out the lineup card and ask Posada how many days a week he’d like to catch.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            Its like having Posada be the team doctor. “Pee on your hands, rub some dirt on it, stop whining…..”

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’ve got a solution for you, Brian. Hire me, and I’ll look Mariano in the face and say it.

            • Ivan

              Wouldn’t that be a sin. I mean he is GOD.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Or, do it like this:

              Cashman: “Hey, Mariano, I don’t want to weaken the bullpen for you, but it’s important to get Phil ready to start for 2010 so we can spend more money elsewhere, like maybe making a bid on Jason Bay. So, I’ve done my best to find other good relievers so that we can put Phil back in the role he needs to be in, which is starting in Scranton.

              That’s why I’m so happy to see Phil Coke, Al Aceves, and David Robertson pitching well, and now that Bruney’s back and Marte’s on the way, I think we have enough depth to not really get hurt by taking Phil out of the pen. I’m thinking of giving Melancon another shot, his stuff is pretty great. I’d love it if you’d take him under your wing a little, you’re so great with the kids.

              Oh, and I’m still working the trade market… I might be able to buy Jose Valverde off the Astros. We’ll see.

              Anyway, you guys have been doing great. Thanks for making my job easier.”

              … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

        • Mike Pop

          I thought Cashman was smarter than this.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          Modern roster management at its best…..

          If Hughes had been pitching 2-3 innings per outing, I’d feel a little better about him being in the bullpen. 1 inning (9 pitches!!11) outings doesn’t get the most out of him AND eliminates the possibility of getting Hughes enough innings this year to not have a cap next year.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Where the hell is Donald Rumsfeld at to tell Mo that “You got to war with the army that you have, not the army that you want” when you need him?

    • Bob

      It’d be great to see hughes in the rotation but you do realize that there’s an extremely slim chance the yanks send andy petitte to the bullpen.

      • Tank the Frank

        Are you trying to say that Andy Pettitte is a STARTING PIT…. wait… nevermind.

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

    Over at LoHud, CB is suggesting:

    Jesus is progressing faster than AJax and might be more major league ready than AJax by the end of the season.

    What do you all think?

    • Charlie

      Montero is a monster, but no. He’s only 19 and i think ajax will be ready to start in CF next year

    • Salty Buggah

      maybe his bat but not his D

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

      If he is only comparing bats, then it is not ridiculous. Even wih that said, You can not compare Montero’s handful of AB’s at AA with A-Jax’s half season at AAA. Montero is the better prospect, but A-Jax is more MLB ready.

    • Ivan

      If you compare Montero to A-Jax to the same age of 19, obviously yes, But while Montero’s bat is very good, A-Jax is in AAA and is doing a tremendous job, and if Montero was in AAA, he’ll probably most likely wouldn’t do so well. Has Monter progress faster than most people imagine, no question but you have to take in account that Montero is 19 and just figured out how to AA pitching.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      What do you all think?

      I think there’s a burrito and a microwave I’d like to introduce CB to.

  • Tank the Frank

    Glad to see Cano batting 6th tonight. I hope it sticks.

    • e mills

      I may be wrong, but I think he did that the last time they faced a lefty pitcher…

      • e mills

        yea, Cano was 6th against West for the Marlins, then he put Cano right back to the 5 spot

        • CP3

          You managed to answer your own question!!!!!!!! for the 2nd time!!!!!!!!!!

          • e mills

            good eye

        • Tank the Frank

          Yeah they said on YES it was for the lefty and “not because of his recent struggles”. Just a small complaint I have.

          Hell, if he hits .350 in July which he most likely will, I’d be glad to have back batting 5th.

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

        Well, the good news is that I think the Yanks face like three lefties in a row…

        • Tank the Frank

          Correct. And then Halladay and Romero – who dominated today – after that.

        • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

          Why are you online? Isn’t it Fordham night?

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

      I’d like to see him batting 7th.

  • Salty Buggah
  • Line of Gennari

    Maybe Cashman didn’t mean, literally, that he was doing it to appeal to Mo’s sensibilities; maybe that was just his way of saying that he didn’t believe in weakening today’s bullpen for some unspecified or unquantified benefit next season.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Meh. If the marginal upgrade from Phil Hughes pitching 5% of our innings each month to Mark Melancon pitching 5% of our innings each month means that Phil Hughes gets shut down/pulled out of the rotation early in 2010, I’ll be upset.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        I guess it just shows how important Wang will be next year. If he’s a solid 2-3, you have CC/Burnett/Wang/Joba/Hughes. With Joba and Hughes as the 4/5 you could easily skip them during the season to keep them under their innings next year. 4/5 Starters don’t regularly get to 200 innings. But if Wang doesn’t get his shit back together….DAMN!

        Hell, maybe they use Aceves next year for some spot starts?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’d hope it would be IPK being used for spot starts and not Aceves.

    • hcreight

      Then he should come out and say that. Is it too much to ask that he not get cute with his media handling? The Mo comment makes it look like he knows this is the wrong decision logically but that he’s doing it anyway for some unknown reason (An errant gut feeling? Appeasing the B-Jobbers?).

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

    Gald to see Cano out of the 5th spot about time.

    • Tank the Frank

      Amen brotha

  • pat

    Singy and O’Neill, booya.

  • Tank the Frank

    Andy’s due for a big start at the Stadium. Gotta get over the hump here.

  • Salty Buggah

    Let’s hope Andy pitches well today and doesn’t have a reason to blame the Stadium anymore.

    • Tank the Frank

      We badly need length from Andy tonight. Nice 9 pitch inning.

  • Ivan

    It’s a tough spot. At one End, Hughes can help you right now. Whether it’s in the BP or rotation, he can be a major contributer to the big league team right now.

    At the same time, You need to build innings AAA for next season even though ur really wasting him AAA cuz there is nuttin to prove, and if he’s at the bigs, he comes your 2nd best reliever and arguebably your 4th best starter.

    It really is a juggling act.

    Which leads to my personal opinion of why really Hughes should be in the yankee rotation.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Here’s the best I can really hope for, since the team seems reluctant to move him out of this role:

      Bruney needs to right himself and become dominant again. And, Marte needs to look good in his rehab in the minors. Hopefully, come the trading deadline, we can buy Valverde and activate Marte, and then we’d have a pen of Mo-Bruney-Marte-Valverde-Coke-Aceves-Robertson. With those 7 relievers, there’s literally no room for Hughes, and he can go back to Scranton for a month and start all August, then come back when rosters expand and start all September.

      • Ivan

        You also have to hope CMW rights himself also.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          That too. But CMW is probably already in the rotation to stay. He needs to totally fall apart again to be pulled.

          That part’s moot, though, because if he does fall apart, Hughes takes his spot. No harm, no foul.

  • Salty Buggah

    Matsui and Cano against Washburn: 2-14
    Melky:0-13
    A-rod: 15-47 6HRs

    and Tex is overdue for a HR

  • Jake

    the father the son and the mo-ley spirit.

  • Bob Stone

    That was sure a weak throw in the ceremonial first pitch by the Fordham President

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

    AAHH I JUST SAW MY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ON TV!!

    Okay, so it’s grad school…but this is awesome.

    And something you guys might not know:

    Earlier this year, McShane got U2 to play a concert at Fordham, a mini concert. For free.

    AAAHHH.

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

      This doesn’t count towards the drinking game since you’re not mentioning an assignment.

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

    With the RH starter, shouldn’t Hinske start at 3rd instead of Ransom?

    • Aaron

      He’s a lefty, I think…

    • V

      Washburn = LH.

    • Salty Buggah

      Washburn is a lefty

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

      Wow total fail by me. I thought Washburn was an RHP.

      Oaktag for myself.

      • pat

        Sorry Matt, but the site is deciding to go in another direction. You’ve been DFA’d

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

          Well, at least I got my shot. Hopefully I can contribute more to the next site at which I comment. I just want to thank Mike, Joe, and Ben for the opportunity.

  • donttradecano

    Tommie-

    where do you standing the knicks talking to kidd and hill.

    Morriss Almond could be a good bench player, at least over roberson

    • donttradecano

      *stand

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        The Jason Kidd “talks” were a joke. WIndow dressing. It was going nowhere and everyone knew it. Unless Jason Kidd was willing to sign a one-year, 5M deal, there was no chance he was coming here.

        As for Hill, whom are you talking about? Grant Hill? Yeah, that’s not happening either. The only free agent I can see us taking a shot on is Ramon Sessions if he’ll accept a 3/4 year offer sheet in the 3-4M range that the Bucks don’t match. Everybody else is too expensive.

        Frankly, I’m terrified of the rumors that we’re gonna give David Lee a 4yr/32M deal. That’s crazy talk.

        • donttradecano

          the Lee contract is batshit insane, unless there trading him.

          I wouldn’t mind signing sessions, and supposedly if the Houston and Gortat talks go nowhere, Houston may be interested in taking Curry. If Donnie Walsh got Sessions and moved Curry and the mobley contract for TMac, i would be satisfied.

          • Ivan

            Wow…..how tough it is to be Houston GM rite now.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I proposed this to my buddy earlier today:

            Reup Lee at the 4/32 and trade him, Curry, and Jeffries for T-Mac. The multifaceted Rockets get three big men to fill the Yao void, and they’re the one team who can probably get good value out of all three of those partially-flawed players (since Lee fits their rebounding unit, Curry fits their offense unit, and Jeffries fits their defense unit). The Curry and Jeffries contracts are moot to them, because they weren’t going to be players on the 2010 market anyway.

            We get one year of T-Mac and then total salary nirvana.

            Win-wIn.

            • donttradecano

              id do that in a heartbeat… sessions and tmac maybe get the knicks to the playoffs.

            • Ivan

              Ur assuming Yao’s out for the season, which is good probability he might.

              I don’t trust T-Mac coming off Micro-fracture surgery. Nevertheless he has one year left so it wouldn’t be so bad.

              • donttradecano

                theres a chance Yao be be done period.

                its a win-win, if TMac isnt healthy you get huge cap relief. If he is, you maybe make the playoffs.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Frankly, I don’t give a crap if we trade for T-Mac and he’s out for the year.

                2009-2010 is pretty irrelevant. If he’s injured, that’s more PT for our youngsters. I just want his expiring deal in exchange for getting Lee, Curry, and Jennings off my books.

                • Ivan

                  In other words: Were going full steam ahead for 2010.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Always were.

          • Zach

            I still dont get why GM would want Curry?

            • donttradecano

              because when in shape and motivated he can be a somewhat decent scorer, but will provide you with has much defense as david ortiz would in centerfield.

              • Ivan

                Curry sucks. He’s not even a good rebounder which is so embarrassing considering how big he is and defense is second to last.

                • donttradecano

                  i believe he only average 9 reb a game in HIGH SCHOOL.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  If his only role is to come off the bench and play 20-odd minutes being a scoring post, he’s valuable.

                  He’s like a good utility infielder.

              • Zach

                Ok, but doesnt he have to show hes in decent shape or motivated before someone takes that contract and gives you an expiring one

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Again, Houston doesn’t really care about taking Curry and Jeffries’s contracts. They’re not getting under the cap to take a run at anyone next year.

                • Zach

                  And with no Yao, McGrady missing around 20 games if not more due to surgery, you have a lineup of what Landry, Battier, Scola, Brooks and Lowry? If they resign Artest, sign Gortat, and trade for Curry what is that going to do for them?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I’m not sure the sign Gortat. I have less confidence in them resigning Artest.

                • Zach

                  http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AhC9kCYnvq4aSCLOG41Gv6o.PaB4?slug=ap-rockets-freeagency&prov=ap&type=lgns

                  Rocketes GM
                  -created an email address for Rocket fans to contact Gortat to tell him they want him
                  -flew to Orlando with a Gortat Rockets jersey
                  -made him an offer

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Maybe the Knicks should go after Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan while their at it.

    • Ivan

      The only way Kidd could be a Knick is if

      1. It’s on a cheap deal
      2. The Knicks get a young and coming PG who Kidd can mentor and share minutes with.

      Other than that, Kidd should be a Knick.

      • donttradecano

        1. it would be the MLE
        2. maybe sign and trade Lee for sessions if Milwaukee lets him go.

        • Zach

          Milwaukee is cutting salary, they’re not going to sign Lee to 10m/year

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Even if it is the MLE, it shouldn’t be the MLE for more than one season, and Kidd wouldn’t want a one year contract. Pass.

          • donttradecano

            Kidd or Lawson?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              To answer your ridiculous moot question, Lawson. Because he’s cheap and young.

              Are you happy? I complimented Ty Lawson. THERE, I SAID IT.

              • donttradecano

                Finally. Now i can rest in piece.

                • Ivan

                  There gonna chop u up now.

        • Ivan

          Nevertheless the Kidd talks are just nothing.

  • dkidd

    stupid baltimore bullpen!

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, Im pissed too

      • Zach

        but atleast Beckett got roughed up a little

    • Bob Stone

      Yeah – Discouraging . . . especially after last night’s tremendous come from behind victory.

  • V

    Andy got through the inning in 9 pitches. Time to replace him with Bruney!

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

    …Holy Andy Pettitte, Batman.

  • Nady Nation

    9 pitch inning, time for Girardi to pull him.

    (Kidding)

  • Salty Buggah

    Guess what. Tropicana is the only stand to have a homer in every game this season (39 games)….BANDBOX!!!

    • Salty Buggah

      how the hell did I type in stand? I meant stadium

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    About the Hughes thing, his ceiling for next season is going to be 180 if he stays in the bullpen. The odds of him exceeding that are slim anyhow.

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

      But if he was able to get to 180 this year, he’d be uncapped next year. Now the Yankees will have two capped starters to replace towards the end of the year next year–that could get ugly.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Those two guys should be the 4 and 5 guys, both capped at about 180. You would be hard pressed to find a team counting on guys in those slots to exceed 180 innings. Not saying it is impossible, but I think I might be willing to forgo the remote chance that Hughes could give you 200 innings this year to have be dominant out of the bullpen. Honestly, I’m not sure, but it would not be egregious to make that call.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          200 innings next year, obviously.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Exactly. We have the opportunity this season to eliminate Phil Hughes’ innings caps for the rest of his career, and we’re not gonna do it. If Hughes stays in the pen all year, his higheater mark of 146 is now three full years in the past. That’s starting to push it.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          “That’s starting to push it.”

          I’m not so sure about that.Have you seen anything suggesting how long ago the career high was makes a difference?

          Also, we are talking about a matter of 20 innings that would need to be eaten by someone else next season. I really do not think that is a huge deal.

          • Salty Buggah

            yea, but it can be with the Red Sox and Rays in the division and Blue Jays and orioles coming on strong.

          • V

            How do you think a normal pitcher would handle, say, going from 100 innings to 180 from one season to the next?

            Regardless of having thrown 146 innings three years ago, that CAN’T be easy.

            • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

              So why don’t we have “rules” for them? I assume the rules have been established in development based on past events, and the lack of any caveat to the “30 innings from previous high” suggests, to me, that there is no discernible added risk the further you get from that season. I could be wrong.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Oh, also, I am undecided on the move, but that is less a function of the innings issue and more about me seeing Hughes throwing less cutters lately, as far as I can tell, a development I do not like.

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

            I’m hoping he’s working on them in bullpen sessions because he doesn’t “need” the cutter working out of the ‘pen, since you can skate by with two pitches but, yeah, I think that’s another thing that’s going to hurt him next year. His non FB/CB pitches may not be as refined and his arm strength may not be there.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            That’s the other half of this.

            I want Hughes using his secondary stuff and repeating the process of mixing his pitches and turning a lineup over multiple times. Being in the pen not only stunts his innings totals, it stunts his growth by giving him fewer opportunities to practice being a dominant starting pitcher.

            • Ivan

              But wouldn’t you agree he’ll get more experience if he were in the rotation? I agree it doesn’t help his development in the BP, but it doesn’t help that much besides building innings pitching in AAA.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Any starting role, even if it’s in Scranton, probably helps his development more than being in the pen.

  • dkidd

    let’s see how long before kay says washburn looks like kiefer sutherland

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

    Great PA by Damon.

  • Salty Buggah

    Great AB Damon!

  • Salty Buggah

    No DP texy!

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

    Uh, guys:

    BreakingNews: BULLETIN — EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPOND TO CRASH IN NEW YORK CITY INVOLVING STATEN ISLAND FERRY; CASUALTIES REPORTED.

    • pat

      where did you see that?

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

      That’s…not good.

      • Zach

        New York City Fire Department official tells BNO News 9 people were injured in the ferry crash. All minor injuries. 750 were on board.

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

    The M’s may have a ton of errors, but they’re 5th in the Majors in UZR/150. I think their OF defense heavily sways that , though.(1st in OF UZR/150).

    • zs190

      Adrian Beltre was tremendous at 3B too.

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

      The Lookout Landing folks shook their heads when they mentioned the error total.

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

    Rally killing A-Rod.

  • Tank the Frank

    BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon Alex! Damn

  • JGS

    pshaw, A-rod, pshaw

  • dkidd

    ransacked

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

      IETC

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

    A-Rod makes that play.

    • Aaron

      so does pena.

  • Salty Buggah

    Ah damn, cmon Andy!

  • Tank the Frank

    Happy to have Cody Ransom on board.

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

    Get that crap off my screen while I’m trying to watch baseball, YES.

  • Jose

    What a lucky strikeout.

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

    If Andy gets that call all night, it’s going to be a long night for the M’s.

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

      That’s the Eric Gregg special.

  • pat

    hahaha pauly.. “this was me with my telephone comin to the park”

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

    I got wait-listed at Fordham. :(

  • Dorian

    Our lord and savior just went deep again. At this point I just don’t understand.

    • Salty Buggah

      Jesus? Are you kidding me? That’s awesome

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

      Shit, for real?

  • Billy

    jesus, monty hit another!

    • Ivan

      Montero is okay prospect right guys.

    • pat

      BWHAHAHAHA

  • Tank the Frank

    Michael Kay: You know, Fordham is a tough school to get in to. I went there. Did you know I went to Fordham? It’s not a big deal or anything, but yeah I went there.

    • Jose

      Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

    • V

      I started college at 16. I ain’t impressed ;-)

    • V

      I started college at 16. I ain’t impressed ;-)

      • Jose

        Yet, you never learned how not to double post or that “ain’t” isn’t a word.

        • V

          :yawn:

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

      I go to Fordham =P

    • Accent Shallow

      Come on, it’s not like it’s an Ivy.

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

    Robbie…go to first on that one.

  • Salty Buggah

    well that ran his pitch count up a bit but I’ll take the no runs and it could have been less had Ransom made the play.

  • The Evil Empire

    If we lose Matsui and Damon;would you prefer Jason Bay or Matt Holiday?

    • Salty Buggah

      neither?

    • Bob Stone

      Jason Bay based on this year’s performance

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

        Except you’re not getting this year’s performance. You’re getting his age 32-whatever performance.

        • Bob Stone

          True

        • Salty Buggah

          He’s only doing good because he’s a Red Sox

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          And Jason Bay is horrid defensively. If we’re signing him, I hope it’s as a DH.

        • Bob Stone

          Bay is presently 30 – He’ll be 31 09/20/09.

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

            Eh, close enough.

          • Bob Stone

            And Holliday is 29 – He’ll be 30 on 01/15/10. That’s only a one year and four month difference.

        • Ivan

          And also no Fenway too.

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

      Holliday, I guess. He’s younger and a better fielder.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Which one will take a shorter contract and less money? That one.

    • The Evil Empire

      Ok new Question. Chances we sign either?

      I say 35%

      Of course that’s a blind guess

    • Ivan

      Probably Bay, but I am not a big fan of neither player at all.

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

    I missed the first inning, but Mr. Washburn is definitely using a lower arm slot this year. Considerably lower in fact.

  • Accent Shallow

    Robbie loves LHP, and especially guys who throw less than 90.

  • Aaron

    much better in the 6 spot.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Tampa Yankees and GCL Yankees may not play again this year. It has rained hard all day long there. I would assume if they both are scheduled to play there tomorrow, they will be rained out again.

  • Salty Buggah

    See I knew Robbie was better batting 6th…. ;)Just kidding

    or maybe it’s because there is no one on (again kidding)

  • V

    Blegh.

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

    Awesome.

  • Tank the Frank

    This team loves DP balls like cookies and cream.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Me and Jenny were like peas and carrots.

  • dkidd

    with all the rain, my neighborhood looks like costa rica

    • dkidd

      sorry. supposed to be a reply

  • Dorian

    What will be the excuses be on Baseball Tonight when Jesus is torching the Bigs?

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

      “But he can’t play defense. His UZR sucks.”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      He’s playing in Trenton, it’s a hitters’ ballpark.

      (Note: BBTN does not have to adhere to true facts. Baseless innuendo will work just fine.)

    • Zach

      Peter Gammons will have an inside pitch on how IFA are bad for baseball and they should all go back into the draft to equal out the talent

      • mick

        would this apply to Matsusaka?

        • Dorian

          No, the Red Sox have done a great service to Japan by promoting the Japanese culture. The Red Sox are practically U.S ambassadors.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn 2 DPs!!!! Hopefully, we’ll get em next time

  • Jake

    Someone kill Michael Kay that no score thing just ruined my life.

    • Tank the Frank

      He went to Fordham. They ponder things like that for weeks at Fordham.

      • Jake

        Yea except it’s a logic fail. Zero in fact represents the absence of something. There is zero score = there is no score.

  • Jamal G.

    I do not like Michael Kay very much.

  • Salty Buggah

    Oh I know, it wasn’t the 7th inning or later for Melky

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

    Heh, Shelley Duncan is pissed over a quote from an anonymous scout. Just reading what he wrote on Twitter scared me.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Link?

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

      You weren’t the only one. Entire feed’s coming to his (shelley’s defense)

    • Accent Shallow

      He was on his way to Rochester, no wonder he’s angry.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    This umpire has the widest strikezone ever, and some hitters are starting to swing at stuff that is outside because of it. It is amazing how much the umpires control each game.

    • Salty Buggah

      so..time for Robots?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        LazerKats.

  • V

    Cal Ripken DID need days off. Just because he didn’t take them doesn’t mean he didn’t need them.

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

      +1

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Yup. Go through the list of “ironmen” ballplayers and show me the ones who didn’t break down and end badly.

  • WesternYankeeFan

    Man, Jason Bay had a bad month of June — .230/.301/.400 4 HR and 20 RBI in 100 AB’s

    • Tank the Frank

      Pedroia too. Hopefully the trend continues.

      • WesternYankeeFan

        For sure. I watched the Red Sox — Orioles games on MASN and it made my week to see Markakis hit that double off Papelbon. The look on his face was priceless.

        • Tank the Frank

          The cocky look on Pedroia’s face in the dugout when the team left the field with two outs, and he said “It’s my fault, my fault” really steamed me. They were all giddy leading 9-1. I love, LOVE, that they lost that game.

    • Marcus

      His line today: 0 for 5, 5Ks.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Whoa, just looked up Ken Singelton’s numbers. Had no idea that he had such a good career.

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

      Oh yeah, damn fine player. More BB than K I believe.

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

      Very underrated.

    • dkidd

      he was a player. OBPing before it was cool

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        /Francouer’d

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yup. Better rate stats than Jim “Feared” Rice.

      Singy’s no joke.

      • Ivan

        And he’s a New Yorker.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, higher OPS+. Damn, Jim Rice is so overrated.

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

        Only 3 spots behind Jim Rice on the Top 300 WAR list via the CHONE system.

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

          In 490 less PAs.

          JR: 42.9 WAR in 8969 PA
          KS: 42.6 WAR in 8469 PA

      • Whitey14

        That’s Hall of Famer Jim “Feared” Rice

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

          EVERYBODY DRINK!

    • Salty Buggah

      132 OPS+

    • Ivan

      Terrific player. Once finish 2nd in MVP in 79, and was a very good OBP% player.

  • dkidd

    andy looking good

  • Tank the Frank

    Happy to have Ransom on board.

    • dkidd

      he should have a talk with cervelli on the topic of “acting like you’re happy to be in the big leagues”

  • Zach
    • Ivan

      Not a bad signing considering Gordon years back could of gotten more.

      That’s a pretty damn BC of Gordon and Stuckey.

      • Zach

        Are they better with Gordon instead of Billups?

        • Ivan

          Gordon is gonna be the SG, Stuckey is the primary PG. Overall yes the team was better off without Billups

    • Nady Nation
      • Ivan

        Meh.

  • J

    ransom = 2009 andy phillips. some good, some bad, lots of ugly swings against breaking pitches.

    • Tank the Frank

      Where is the good exactly?

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

    Wooo!

  • pat

    Fuck yea

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

    The 2nd time is the charm!

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

    I thought that was a bloop just over the second baseman’s head. Seriously.

    • pat

      Hmmm…

      • Salty Buggah

        yea, somethings fishy

  • Salty Buggah

    Johnny!

  • Ivan

    It amaze me how little credit Cashman gets for the Damon signing.

    • Jake

      Should do a write up on the good Cashman moves…or not moves cough *Gange* cough

    • Zach

      its tough to get credit when you just outbid everyone.
      when they win another championship he’ll get credit for the moves hes made

    • Accent Shallow

      Johnny being unable to handle center takes some of the bloom off it.

  • Dorian

    Mike don’t you have a show to do?

  • Manimal

    I’m starting to think that Damon and Cano should switch spots in the line up…

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

      Cano 2nd? Absolutely not.

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

      Remember we moved Jeter OUT of the 2 spot because of the DPs

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

        Screw the DPs. Guys who don’t walk shouldn’t be at the top of the lineup. Cano, IMO, is best utilized by having a ton of high OBP guys in front of him that he can drive in with his power.

  • Salty Buggah

    I’m sure Damon loves this stadium.

  • Tank the Frank

    Oooooohhhhh yeeeaaaaah!!! A Moose Yankeeography!

  • Tank the Frank

    Pettitte no like have lead.

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

    Strong throw by the Melk Man.

    Come on, Andy, strand him.

  • pat

    There we go Andy, pitchin to the score.

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

      Just like the great ones.

  • Jamal G.

    Curtis Leskanic is the answer.

    • Tank the Frank

      Yeah YES aired the game this afternoon.

  • Salty Buggah

    Andy getting squeezed low according to Gameday, like the 5th time.

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

    Gaaaaaaaah, if Tex comes up with that cleanly, it’s a DP.

  • Drew

    Andy misremembered to sprint to first on that play…

  • Tank the Frank

    Very unclutch by Tex there.

  • Accent Shallow

    Come on, at least make him work.

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

    Stop with the quick outs, plz.

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

    Well that was a waste of an inning.

  • dkidd

    pathetic inning

  • Salty Buggah

    5 pitches?!!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    5 pitches, 3 groundballs, 1 mediocre lefty.

    [redacted]

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

    Ewww.

  • whozat

    Wow. 5 pitch inning. Strong showing, guys.

  • pat

    5 pitches, awesome job.

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

    Easy, Andy, easy.

  • pat

    Paul O’neill approves of andy’s emotional outbursts.

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

      I think Paul approves of emotional outbursts in general.

  • dkidd

    pick yourself up, andy

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

    Alright, I love the Yankees a whole lot, but if I were at a beach, I would not bring my laptop to watch a game online.

    • Tank the Frank

      Better than having to listen to it with Sterling.

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

      I was in Florence a couple years ago with a guy who thought that the trip was a good time to sit in a pub and do research.

      We did not complete the trip together.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Hey Matt—you gonna start rootin for the Pistons now that they got 3 UConn guys in the starting lineup?