Game 82: Beginning the second half

Time For A Reality Check
Game 82 Spillover Thread

Is it harder to believe that the Yankees have already played half of their scheduled games or that they have the third-best record in the Majors?

After beating the Blue Jays for the third straight time yesterday, the Yanks stand at 48-33, one game behind the Red Sox in the AL East and 2.5 over the Angels/Rangers tandem in the Wild Card standings. Meanwhile, no team has scored more runs than the Yankees.

To start the second half, the Yankees are playing with house money. They’ve already won the series against the Blue Jays, and the Bombers, behind Andy Pettitte, will go for the sweep today in a mid-afternoon special that should make us all far less productive than we need to be for the next three hours. A win would be a nice reward on this sunny July afternoon.

Pettitte is coming off of a good start, and based upon his recent trends, that’s not necessarily a good thing for the Yanks. Since May 29, Pettitte, as you can see from his gamelog has alternated good starts with bad starts, and he hasn’t recorded Ws in back-to-back since mid-May. Hopefully, he can break that streak today.

The Blue Jays counter with promising youngster Ricky Romero. The lefty hasn’t allowed a run since the 2nd inning of his June 21 start against the Nationals. He’s shut down the Phillies’ potent offense and the Rays’ potent offense. Perhaps he’s due for a clunker. On the season, he is 6-3 with a 2.85 ERA.

The Yanks will send out a modified lineup against the lefty. Johnny Damon gets the day off, and Eric Hinske will make his pinstriped debut. Nick Swisher plays first; Mark Teixeira DHs; and finally, Jorge Posada, and not Robinson “King of the GIDP” Cano, will provide protection for A-Rod.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Robbie Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Eric Hinske RF
Brett Gardner CF

And pitching, number 46, Andy Pettitte.

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Game 82 Spillover Thread
  • andrew

    With this roster, it’s so easy to give a guy like Damon a day off here and there or Tex a half day off, the depth/versatility shows. Cash has done a great job assembling this bench.

    • J.R.

      I completely agree. And this is with the injury to Nady. Cashman has done a great job with the bench and lineup.

  • Little Bill

    I really like Swish in that #2 spot. I hope Posada sticks in the 5th spot so people stop bitching about Cano being there.

  • Dela G

    this is should be a damn potent lineup today. I hope they can get o the youngster.

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

    I saw Romero pitch when he was still at Syracuse.

    Dude can flat out pitch. Don’t be surprised if we don’t hit him–young good pitcher we’ve never faced and all that.

  • Accent Shallow

    Still think the Jays wish they’d picked Tulo?

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      That’d be a good question for a Keith Law chat.

    • Dela G

      you think the mariners wish they had picked lincecum over that scrub the mariners picked?

  • gxpanos

    That’s real rough, Hinske’s first game being against a tough lefty. Guess he’s got to get his feet wet sometime. Damon’s been an adventure dealing with the sun lately anyway. Glad Robbie got moved down, obviously Jorge’s been hot. The silver lining, though, is that JoeG showed admirable faith in Robbie, sticking with him as long as he did. You have to think Cano noticed and appreciates that, and I’m sure he’ll get off the RISP shnide very soon.

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

    The way some fans been calling for Hinske to play its like hes Darryl Strawberry. I’m sure they are happy as hell to see him in the lineup.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      HINSKE IS A STARTING PLAYAH!11!

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

      Have you read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        I haven’t, but I have seen this:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N1_0SUGlDQ

        It’s safe-for-work, but it’s musically delicious.

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

        Never even heard of it until now. But I will check it out.

    • Dela G

      haha straw had an MVP and a ROY and Championship to his name

      Hinske just has 2/3 of that

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H.

    What would it cost to get Brain Bannister (RHP) from the Royals to be our 5th man?

    I’ve read that he’s available and the Royals are “pushing him”…he’s not good/bad either way….

    • Slu

      I’d be against that. He doesn’t miss enough bats.

    • Accent Shallow

      If he can be had for spare parts, absolutely. Otherwise, where does he fit in when Wang returns?

  • Accent Shallow

    I was looking at Scutaro’s rates this year, and surprisingly his walk rate and strikeout rate aren’t significantly outside his career norms.

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

    Heh, Hinkse.

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

    Hinske, ftw.

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

    Welcome to the Yankees, Eric Hinske.

  • Accent Shallow

    A 6 pitch inning is refreshing to see after Joba’s effort yesterday.

    Some solid D from Hinske, good to see. (Although I wonder if Swisher or Melky gets to that ball without leaving their feet)

  • CP3

    6 pitch inning= anti-joba

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

      Seriously. Six pitches for Joba = 1-2 count to the leadoff hitter.

      • Zach

        Joba 17.3 P/IP
        Andy 17.1 P/IP

  • Dela G

    HINSKE!!

    with the garnder-esqe play!

  • CP3

    JOSE POSADA!?!?!?!?!

  • Slu

    I am surprised that Hinske is in right instead of Melky. Does Hinske have a decent arm? It can’t be better than Melky’s, can it?

    • CP3

      Well what is harder to play in Yankee stadium left or right.

      • Slu

        Touche.

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope we beat up Romero today and that Pettitte gives us a solidouting

  • Reggie C.

    Nice to see Romero turn it around. It wasnt too long ago that Romero was considered a wicked overdraft from the U. He’s turning out solid.

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

    Lead off walks can be fun.

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

    Good start; keep it up, Swish.

    Jeet, stop talking to Millar…it’s bad for you.

    • Dela G

      millar sucks

    • Accent Shallow

      I forgot about his existence. Ugh. Why can’t he go play in the NL Central or something?

      (And take Halladay with him)

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

    Free base.

    /Richard Pryor

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

    Ever since he made that one nice play last year, Kay is hellbent on Overbay being a Gold Glover. He’s a good defender, but no Gold Glover.

    • Dela G

      agreed

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

    Oy Jeter.

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

    Terrible Jetes.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Except he was safe. But oh well, what are you going to do?

      • whozat

        yeah, but the ball beat him to the bag by a mile. He may have finagled it so the tag missed, but come ON.

        Now you let the kid off the hook. Would’ve had a run there, instead they have one out and a DP in order.

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          Oh, I know. It was an awful play, and I don’t know what Jeter was doing. In his defense, he made it, in which case it wouldn’t be hailed as an awful play.

          But yeah, there was no excusing that.

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

        That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a bad decision.

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          Agreed; see above.

  • CP3

    Don’t make the first or last out at thrid.

  • Salty Buggah

    damn it Jeter, why?

  • Johnny 99

    Jeter does not argue often…get ‘em Joltin Joe Girardi-o

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I dislike umpires.

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

    Wow. A first inning ejection. Wow.

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

    Girardi got tossed.

    20 runs. Book it.

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

      You’re on.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I’d give you 20 runs if the lineup was full strength, so I’ll say 10.

  • Dela G

    haha too funny derek

  • Little Bill

    See ya Joe.

  • Salty Buggah

    I don’t see the need to steal 3rd with no outs

  • charlespoet

    Shit call. That is bad. Fucking umpires and their phantom calls. Wonder if asshole Selig will do anything about that, yep, no he won’t.

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

      First of all, what can he do about it? Reverse the call and set it up like a video game? The umpires review all their games and I’m sure he’ll see his mistake. Second, I’m pretty sure he thought that Rolen got Jeter’s left hand and didn’t see/think Jeter pulled away fast enough. Three, umpiring is like eighteen times more difficult than you think it is.

      • charlespoet

        Look, that is what they get paid to do. And who cares if they review the game and see the errors of their way. They will repeat the bad call again just like they do with the phantom double play.

        Most of all, it is a freaking comment why are you climbing my ass about it. Jesus Christ, what the hell is it with this site that no one, not anyone can make a simple comment without getting blasted.

        I guess I missed the “holier than thou” membership card when I found the website three years ago and have followed all of the ridiculous comments by most on this site.

        Fuck!

  • Reggie C.

    Was that really necessary Joe G ??

    • Steve in PDX

      don’t think he wanted to get thrown, that was a quick ejection

    • Pasqua

      When Jeter argues, I think you’ve got to defend him to the extreme. He NEVER argues, so Girardi’s gotta figure that Jeter’s got a legitimate claim.

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

    To be fair, Jeter was safe.

    Should he have gone? No way. But safe is safe.

    • whozat

      eh. The ball beat him there by a mile. He didn’t have a good enough jump to justify going. That’s on Jeter.

      • Zach

        i blame Girardi

  • Dela G

    oh man jeter was never tagged!

  • VO

    Wow, baaaaddd call by the ump. To say the least.

  • V

    Fucking umpires. Replace that asshole with a AAA guy.

    • whozat

      Whatever. When the ball beats you there by that much and the throw is on the bag, you’re going to get called out. It was stupid to go. This kid is all sorts of rattled right now. They’d have a run for sure if Jeter hadn’t made a bad baserunning decision.

      • V

        If it’s an automatic call, why even have umpires? They’re paid to get the call RIGHT, not ‘well, the ball beat him, so he’s out’.

        We can see that the ball beat him on the camera.

        It’s the same guy who botched the Teixeira call yesterday. He also apparently has a very short fuse. Get rid of the prick.

    • Zach

      DFA the Ump!

  • MattG

    I don’t care he wasn’t tagged. The ball beat him by way too much. That’s always been an out, and I’m fine with it. It works both ways.

    • Pasqua

      I agree to a degree, but the argument encourages “lazy” umpiring, which is – obviously – a very bad thing.

      • whozat

        I disagree. I think the guy legitimately thought Rolen got the lead hand and, when the ball beats you by that much and the throw isn’t high…it means you deserve to get caught.

        • Yankee1010

          Why have the umpire right there then? The entire stadium can see that the throw beat Jeter to the bag. That’s not the issue though.

          I don’t understand why “the throw beat the runner” is so commonly accepted as a reason for a crappy call. The umpires are there for a reason.

    • J

      yeah, but a bad calls a bad call.

    • VO

      That’s 100% wrong, you don’t play baseball by if the ball beat you there, you have to be tagged out to be out end of story.

  • Salty Buggah

    Horrible calls bug me more than 0-2 HRs, and they bug me a lot!

    • Dela G

      that 0-2 homer sabathia gave up last week to seattle still bothers me

  • J

    the score should be 1-0.

    i wonder if umpires are judged by accuracy of their calls? they are never held accountable for shit like that

    • Pasqua

      The base hit by Swisher may not have happened if Jeter is safe at 3rd. It’s the “fallacy of the predetermined outcome.” Frustrating to think the score could be 1-0, yes, but not necessarily a guarantee.

      • Zach

        still – man on third and 0 outs, dont even need a hit to score the run

  • Johnny 99

    Romero will settle down, need a run this inning.

  • Shdwrptr

    I don’t even care that much about the bad call. How can you justify a steal third attempt with no outs on a 2-1 count in the first inning?

    • Little Bill

      The call was worse than the decision, but that’s not saying much. With Swish, Tex, and A-Rod coming up it was unnecessary.

      • Dela G

        def agreed

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

      You can’t.

      But since it’s Jeter, you won’t.

      And holy fuck stop with the hitting our batters…

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, bad decision by Jeter

      • Accent Shallow

        I dunno, Jeter’s probably earned the benefit of the doubt by now. Maybe he thought he had a good read on Romero’s motion.

  • Reggie C.

    Romero did not come out of the U with this kind of velocity reading that i’m getting on Gameday. Is he really throwing in the mid-90s?

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

      Trust Gameday, they’re by far the most accurate and consistent gun out there.

    • Accent Shallow

      YES gun agrees with Gameday (91-93), as does Fangraphs (average FB velocity 91.3)

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, i’m surprised. I thought he was around 89-90-91

    • Zach

      http://www.fangraphs.com/pitch.....8;pitch=FA

      shows he sits around 92, but reaches 95

  • Manimal

    Leaned into that one…

  • Accent Shallow

    Heard a lot about Romero’s great change, but so far we’ve seen all sliders. Odd, with 4 right-handed hitters in a row.

    Also, I thought any ball that hit the ground was dead, didn’t realize it could result in an HBP.

    • CP3

      Well when a ball hits the ground and it get passed the catcher you can still you can move to another base, and you can also hit the ball if it hits the ground.

    • Manimal

      Thats what I thought…

  • CP3

    Imagine if posada gets on cano will need to come on wit risp

  • J

    i think its preposterous that some of you guys think jeter is more at fault than the ump. he’s the one that pulled a beautiful deke and beat the tag. its the umps fault, not jeters.

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

      The decision to steal third with 0 out is why we’re getting on Jeter. That IS a bad move, even if you are safe.

    • Salty Buggah

      Okay, but there is NO reason in the world that you should steal 3rd with no outs with the 2-3-4 hitters coming up. NONE whatsoever.

    • J

      and i understand that jeter going was a bad baseball play – the point is he was safe and out on a terrible, lazy call.

      • whozat

        out on a terrible, lazycompletely understandable, bang-bang, impossible to distinguish in real-time call.

        • V

          No need to have umpires if everyone’s ok with them being wrong 5% of the time.

      • Salty Buggah

        So in basketball, when the first quarter has just started, do you shoot a full-court shot? And if you miss it but there is an argument for goaltending, was it a good decision?

    • whozat

      Take off the pinstriped glasses. If you have to do the deke, you probably made a poor decision. The glove is between the ump and the hand, the 3B had the ball for ages, and you’re trying to convince him that the glove missed your hand by an inch for a split second?

      He’s still a person, and they had Jeter dead to rights. Bad decision by jeter, wrong (but completely understandable) call by the ump. Should’ve stayed in scoring position and scored on either the hit or the wild pitch. Then we’d be winning.

      • MattG

        I have always been totally fine with umpires calling it as it looked. I feel like you can never really get on an umpire too much if they call what it looked like. And Jeter totally looked out. For an umpire to call him safe there, the guy sitting in the last row of the upper deck has to know he was safe.

        Keep it simple, and you’ll have an even playing field, minimize arguments, and keep the majority of people happy. J notwithstanding.

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

    Damn Jorge, at least Cano puts the ball in play!11!!

  • Manimal

    Marty Foster was behind the plate yesturday, wonder if that had anything to do with it…

  • Steve in PDX

    bet cano was stoked he didn’t have to come up with RISP

  • Reggie C.

    Impressive FB. Romero worked alot though.

  • Johnny 99

    Do I stick with my Iphone or turn on the radio while at the beach? Can Ma and Pa Pinstripe ruin a beach day?

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

    Why isn’t Jorge on that text poll?

  • Salty Buggah

    Romero got lucky there…hope we get him next time.

  • Dexception32

    I think its a smart play by Jeter, its always better to put pressure on the rookie right away. When they get settled in, they get dangerous…make him think about his walk, his balk and then a steal…and almost a guaranteed 1-0 lead and you can put some pressure on the kid.

    • whozat

      Nope. The runner is already in scoring position, and he’s already behind swisher. They took down the runner and he STILL threw a wild pitch and hit a guy. Clearly he remained rattled, even though they threw Jeter out by a mile.

      Pointless risk that cost the team a run.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        Agreed, there’s a reason it’s the cardinal sin of baseball

      • Dexception32

        I can see both sides, but I’m much more inclined to be okay with aggressive plays early on. He got rattled, to me that indicates the idea of a run on the board,manufactured by Jeter alone and almost entirely the pitchers fault would have had all the more effect…espeically since him on third makes ABC ball alot easier to play….

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

    Michael Kay trying to explain baseball strategy hurts my brain. He’s really on the productive outs kick this year.

    • Dela G

      always tryin to help the children

    • V

      I’ll take a productive hit or productive walk over a productive out 100% of the time.

  • Manimal

    ALRIGHT Michael Kay, we get it. Stop rambling on and talk about the at bat thats happening right now

  • whozat

    Better avoid the DANGEROUS Millah, Andy. Don’t wanna throw any strikes to him!

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

    Andy wanted no part of Millar there.

    • whozat

      Yeah. That worked out great.

  • Accent Shallow

    Damn, thought that was the end of the inning.

    • Dela G

      :( we all did

  • V

    Fuck. Bad call costs Pettite.

    • whozat

      Walking Millar on 4 straight pitches

      One debatable strike call

      Giving up a single on the next pitch

      Giving up a RBI double on the NEXT pitch

      Which of these was more costly?

      • V

        d00d, what is your fucking problem?

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Andy, get out of this

  • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

    John Sterling needs to be gone. I can’t take it anymore. He called Barajas’s ball foul, before adding, “They’ve called it fair,” as if the umps blew it. Then he admits he couldn’t see down the line. He is the worst.

    • Nady Nation

      Thursday night I was listening to the game against Seattle. Cervelli hit a come-backer to the mound, and Sterling says “the 2-0…fouled off…wait, right back to the pitcher, who throws out Cervelli, one away.” He is truly maddening when it comes to accuracy of play-by-play.

    • MattG

      But did he get in any catch-phrases? That is all that matters…

  • Salty Buggah

    I blame A-rod

  • Dela G

    man that was so damn close

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope we get that run back this inning

  • Dela G

    good job andy, workin your way outta this.

    Runs might be at a premium today…

  • whozat

    If Romero is not at at least 40 pitches by the end of this inning, I will be crabby.

    • Zach

      41

  • Dela G

    i would take the phantom over a maybach any day kay

  • Salty Buggah

    ooh, I got another analogy.

    Jeter’s steal of 3rd under those circumstances is like throwing a Hail Mary in the first quarter on a 1st down and having the best offense in the world against the worst defense of the world. But if it works, is it a good decision? NO

    • Accent Shallow

      As with almost all cross-sport analogies, this is imperfect and dramatically overstates the case.

      • Zach

        How about its like stealing third base in the first innings with no outs and your 2-3-4 batters coming up?

        • VO

          Your right it’s a stupid decision on his part, BUT if he’s safe he’s safe theres no getting around it.

          • Zach

            if he was safe we still would have said it was a bad baseball play, but it wouldnt be a 3 inning discussion on it, but he was called out because he took an unnecessary risk.

            its just like if an OF dives for a ball, the score/inning/runners on base will determine if its a bad or good baseball play

            • VO

              He was not out because he took an unnecessary risk, that’s not the rules of the game he was out because it was a bad call nothing else to it. Take the last pitch from Jeter’s at bat for instance he took an unnecessary risk by almost swinging at that ball, but he didn’t swing so he got first base.

    • VO

      I’m not saying it wasn’t a bad decision, but the umpires call was just as bad. He’s there to see if he was tagged or not, not to see if the ball beat him.

  • Accent Shallow

    Some ugly at-bats from Robbie and Melky.

  • Salty Buggah

    Woohoo Hinske didn’t HR! It’s a good thing for me because the last two to do that weren’t/aren’t so good (Betemit/Ransom)

  • Shdwrptr

    Great. I was hoping last inning was just a bad one. Looks like we’ve got the can’t throw a strike Pettite today.

  • Dela G

    wtf with scutaro running

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

    Another crap call. He was out by a mile.

    • Dela G

      haha i hope you were kidding

      he was safe by a step

    • Dela G

      oh never mind, i thought you meant the hill 1st base play

  • MattG

    Get Aceves in there!

  • whozat

    Ok, that call was shitty. But, the Yanks got two calls at first yesterday…

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      They’ve also lost some calls at home plate this series. None of this “it all evens out” crap. A bad call is a bad call, whether it benefits your team or hurts your team.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    This game is making the case for instant replay and also smacking some baseball sense into Derek Jeter.

    • Salty Buggah

      I thought we could only do that to Robbie and maybe Melky or Swisher?

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I don’t like this umpiring crew.

  • John Duci

    He was fucking out thats bullshit

  • MattG

    That was terrible. Umpires should not blow that call.

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

    I am not a fan of these umpires.

    • Accent Shallow

      Agreed.

  • John Duci

    If toronto scores this inning im going to be fucking pissed

  • James Auchincloss

    typical pettitte start
    2.2 innings, 5 baserunners, 1 k

    gotta love how he battles though, more than you can say about joba

    • mko

      Well written…NOT.

    • Salty Buggah

      Ummm Joba always kept us the game until yesterday but we won that anyway

      • James Auchincloss

        sorry about that, my friend had the computer and wanted to piss me off because he knows i love joba
        im getting my revenge on surviving grady right now

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

    Bah.

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

    MOTHERFUCKER.

    • Thomas

      +1

  • Accent Shallow

    I hate Alex Rios. And thanks to the umps for giving the Jays an extra out.

  • Little Bill

    This is a terrible lineup and Joba was wrong! Send Andy to the bullpen.

    • Zach

      its not a terrible line up.
      #6 in the majors in runs

  • Dela G

    huuuge k there

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    WTF

  • Salty Buggah

    so the umps’ mistakes have lost us a run and gave them 3, so that’s 4 runs.

  • Dela G

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuk

  • Charlie

    i really fucking hate petitte.. he’s just awful

  • theyankeewarrior

    Would Alex Rios be in the HOF already is he played only against the Yankees?

    • theyankeewarrior

      IF*

    • Dela G

      him and vernon wells

  • John Duci

    That blown call led to 3 runs. We should have been out of this inning. The MLB really needs to start thinking about replays and challenges or something.

  • captain crunch

    umps making sure jays dont get swept

  • CP3

    Hopefully we can comeback like yesterday, come on offense.

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

      Against Romero?

      Keep dreaming.

      We did take the first three though. Shit could be worse.

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

        When did Ricky Romero become Roy Halladay?

        • CP3

          We did score 5 runs against Halladay, who says we can’t do the same thing to ramero.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Phil Hughes…

    Phil Hughes…

    PHIL HUGHES…

  • Kap

    The Umpires are blowing the game for us… i can’t be the only one who believes there should be suspensions for umpires who miss too many calls…

    • captain crunch

      they should lose money with each blown call.

      • Zach

        and players should lose money with each error, strike out, or mental mistake

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

    It’s alright, they were down four yesterday.

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

      +1

    • mko

      But Romero wasn’t pitching yesterday.

      • Salty Buggah

        yea, Cecil was struggling like hell.

      • James Auchincloss

        yea, romero’s got good stuff
        i can see how he’s got such a good era

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    SO CLOSE BRETT!

  • Salty Buggah

    can we come back once again? It’s really hard to do that all the time, don’t want this to be a Habbit.

    • Salty Buggah

      *habit…and I don’t know why I capitalized it.

      • V

        :facepalm:

  • Kap

    I get in trouble at work when i make bad decisions… Seems like umpires can stand in one spot, toss a coin and make a random call, and just get paid like they did nothing wrong.

  • John Duci

    Romero is a bum. He’ll find away to blow the lead.

    • Salty Buggah

      about to be 23 consecutive scoreless innings now

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

    How can you not love watching Scott Rolen play defense?

    • Kap

      Throws like a girl.

    • Dela G

      michael kay jizzs in his pants

      • Kap

        Kay’s all over rolen’s jock.

    • V

      As a Cards’ fan, also, Pujols/Rolen/Edmonds in 2004 was awesome.

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

        Edmonds was the best. He played so shallow, you have to watch him in person to appreciate how great those catches he made at the wall are.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Putting instant replay into the game would be so easy/logical/efficient. The game is slow paced, with tons of downtime. Why not get the calls right?

    Umps are human. They can’t see all these things in full speed

    An ump should be in a booth with HD replays checking all close calls.

    It really wouldn’t slow the game down at all.

    Especially because we wouldn’t have to watch managers yell at umpires over hearsay for an hour every 4 innings

    It’s common sense.

    • V

      Agreed, 100%. Only person who can cause a review is the booth umpire. No one else. Managers can’t whine for the booth guy to review it. Costs an extra umpire per crew.

    • MattG

      Fine, but I do not want any moronic ‘challenge rules’ like they have in the NFL. The IR umpire is a 5th umpire, and only the crew chief can ask him for help.

      • Zach

        the crew chief is going to over-rule his first base ump on a simple ground out at first?

  • Dela G

    jeter getting jobbed

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    What the hell was that?

  • Manimal

    OMG That was an amazing slide

  • VO

    AWSOME!

    • VO

      Freaking stops the slide gets up jumps over the tag and does a handstand.

  • Kap

    Nice Defense Rolen, Swisher… just a MAN. but Kay will be on Rolen’s Nuts in a couple seconds.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    SWISH!

    GO TEX!

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

    Hah. That was totally not on purpose by Swish.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Such a bad baserunner! DFA NOW!

    • Salty Buggah

      what he do?

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

        It was weird, it looked like he caught a spike and it propelled him up and he jumped over Scutaro who was sliding to tag him.

        • Salty Buggah

          awesome…only Swisher can do that

  • Shdwrptr

    Not to be asking too much but a Tex HR would put us back in this…

  • Jake

    Style points.

  • Salty Buggah

    let’s get a run here please

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

    Will Mark Teixeira ever hit another homerun?

    • Charlie

      i don’t know wtf happened to him. he was hot as hell for a couple weeks hit like 14 bombs, and since then he has been eh.

      • James Auchincloss

        hes clearly a streaky hitter when it comes to power
        at least he brings a good approach and good defense every day

        • Charlie

          true

      • Luis Polonia

        Things have just balanced out. He was hitting home runs at a clip like he never had before. At one point he was one pace for 60 HR. His career high is 43. He’s on pace for 40. Obviously we’d all prefer if he hit them more consistently but I’m sure he’ll get better. Keep in mind he is a career .303 hitter in the second half.

  • Nady Nation

    Teix is due for a round-tripper.

  • Dela G

    that was a wicked ass slide!

  • captain crunch

    romero is on his game today. just keep working the count and get to their bullpen.

  • Reggie C.

    Hey JOBA!! That’s how you put away a hitter!

  • Kap

    Replay on everything would ruin baseball, Baseball relies on the Human Element… But too many mistakes, i never hear about an umpire getting suspended or fired or dropped to Triple-A… Makes no sense, like they can do whatever they want.

    • captain crunch

      there should be a weight limit for umpires. some of them are too fat.

      • Kap

        Yup, The Fat ones are too lazy to move and get a better anglei would really like someone to be proactive in baseball. and yes, you can blame umpires just like you can blame players, only makes sense. But Umpires don;t get paid to make mistakes.

    • CP3

      It would be funny if a player told a umpire that he was ejected.

      • VO

        Carlos Zambrano did.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      No. Baseball relies on the human element of players, not of umpires. Umpires are supposed to enforce the rules of baseball, and improper enforcement of the rules changes the outcome of games.

      At which point, why have rules at all, if they are not going to be governed and enforced consistently?

      • Kap

        Baseball is great in a way that its one of the only sports that someone who is not on a team makes a difference, but replay for everything will slow the game down.

        • VO

          Maybe they can do something like I think I saw in soccer were they have an earpiece for a close play, they would have to be creative.

        • Zach

          refs dont make a difference in basketball sending the star player to the line 20 times a game?

          refs dont makea different in football calling ‘phantom’ pass interference calls when a WR throws his hands up?

          • VO

            Take for instance (slipped off the top of my mind right now) the playoffs this year with Denver and Dallas the foul was not called and the play was messed up.

            • Zach

              Yeah, proving the statement “one of the only sports that someone who is not on a team makes a difference” is false. Every sport with ref/ump is affected by human error

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

          But the managers/players/umpires bitching and moaning and screaming like little kids doesn’t slow the game down?

    • Charlie

      this game sucks already and i doubt we come back 4 runs again

      • Charlie

        *not supposed to be a fucking reply

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    I seems pretty difficult to force a starter to throw nearly 60 pitches in the first three innings but still only have 4 baserunners.

    • Salty Buggah

      well, we would have at least had a run…

  • Salty Buggah

    Can we have the 1st inning Pettitte for the rest of the game?

    • Shdwrptr

      Not unless you can force the Jays to swing at pitches 1 through 3

  • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

    Maddux and Smoltz?

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Varitek and Youkilis?

      Probably Maddox and Smoltz, though.

      • Kap

        Youkilis… 8 times? haha, yeah right. Varitek? that’s even worse.

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          That wasn’t a serious suggestion.

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

      Junior and RJ?

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

        Ah damn, Bench and Morgan. Joe Morgna sucks as an announcer, but he’s legitimately one of the best players ever to play the game. Definitely top two or three among second baseman.

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          Joe Morgan didn’t know how to make an out. Got on-base at an incredible clip, and played some solid defense, too.

    • Thomas

      What was the question?

  • CP3

    How is the Bluejays ‘pen, it doesn’t seem as romero is going to pitch deep into this one.

    • Kap

      Blue Jays pen… with a bad B.J. Ryan and no Scott Downs… let’s get into their pen.

  • Accent Shallow

    This Rodriguez fellow is good at baseball.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    One of those Indian kids signed by the Pirates is pitching against the GCL Yankees. They both pitched the other day against them. Pretty cool story IMO.

    • Zach

      the guys from the tv show?

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Yeah.

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, they should definitely scout India more. There are good bowlers (pitchers in Cricket) and some can pump it up to the mid 90s and some super special ones can touch 100 mph.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        If you already over there, you might as well scout Sri Lanka also.

        • Salty Buggah

          or even Bangladesh and maybe Pakistan.

  • Charlie

    a-rod is so done. he just can’t hit anything without the roids

  • Salty Buggah

    We should do what they do in Cricket. If there is a questionable call, they view it upstairs, and if it was correct, a green light goes on. If it was incorrect, a red light goes on. It is very quick and efficient.

    • VO

      That isn’t a terrible idea.

    • MattG

      Yes, but what is reviewed, and who signals the review? I would say that the crew decides, as they do now. The IR ump is a fifth guy, and if the 4 guys on the field want his help, they ask. Otherwise, he keeps his mouth shut.

      And Mo forbid the managers having any authority to demand reviews. I would hate that.

  • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

    Wow, Ricky Romero just made Jorge Posada look like a little bitch.

    • Accent Shallow

      Jorge can’t hit LHP’s breaking pitches as a general rule. Changeups, though . . .

  • Dela G

    nice job alex

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

    Once again, at least Cano puts the ball in play when he’s hitting fifth.

  • Accent Shallow

    I thought Bautista was solely a lefty masher? He can play defense? Argh.

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

    Jose Bautista loves LF.

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

    It’s looking like it’s going to be one of those days.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    You have got to be kidding me. I mean…come on. Can’t this team catch a single break today?

  • James Auchincloss

    jose bautista
    didn’t see that one coming

  • Luis Polonia

    Nothing going the Yankees way today. Just one of those days.

  • Kap

    Bautista… Luckiest guy in the stadium right now? ofcourse.

  • Charlie

    fuck this shit

  • DGeezy

    wow we cannot catch a break today

  • Salty Buggah

    what happened there?

  • southernyankeefan

    This game is just one of those games it seems like. nothing going the yankees way today balls arent falling and not getting a cal or two. hopefully they can turn it around.

  • theyankeewarrior

    The time it takes for the on-deck better to get in the box + the runner who was out to get in the dugout + the manager who runs out to argue/scream/rant + the manager walking slowly back to the dugout = enough time for a dude with a flat-screen to see if the call was right and give a thumbs up/down.

    Only on out calls, trapped balls, homeruns. Thats it. Not going to ruin anything. Not going to turn people off. Not going to lead to a riot.

    The only thing replay will do is make situations like this go away.

    Don’t be ignorant and try to say it doesn’t belong in the sport. The “human element” is in all sports because sports are played by humans.

    I’m sick of these baseball conservatives trying to keep everything consistent and pure. Maybe we should get rid of the DH too while we’re at it and put the monuments back in CF

    • Zach

      not alot of middle infielders will be happy about actually having to touch second base while turning a DP

    • MattG

      But what about the 50,000 people in the stands? Every single one of them saw Jeter get tagged out. You should not overturn that play. You have to call it the way it looks.

      I think the system you have is fine, but I want the crew chief on the field to have the option of reviewing, or letting the call stand. In that instance, I would have the crew chief say, “Maybe he did miss the tag, but in respect for the fans in the ballpark, we’re going to let that call stand.”

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        It doesn’t matter what it looks like, though. What matters is what actually happened.

        Did he get tagged, or didn’t he? It doesn’t matter if it looked like he got tagged if he didn’t actually get tagged, because the rules say nothing about appearances.

      • V

        Disagreed.

        Getting the call right > some fan wondering ‘huh?’

  • Dela G

    man the baseball gods aren’t smiling on the yankees at the moment…

  • James Auchincloss

    romero’s a young guy, but gaston has let him go as high as 118 pitches and hes averaged 102 per start
    probably not a good thing for the yankees today

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

    BG = range.

  • Kap

    Gardner is skill… Bautista is luck, but Michael Kay loves Bautista’s play more… weird.

  • Salty Buggah

    what happened, how did Alex get doubled off? did they steal a HR?

    • theyankeewarrior

      Didn’t see this either can you guys explain the last few bad luck plays after the umps blew the game?

    • captain crunch

      it was caught on the warning track

    • VO

      Bautista played it wrong looked like he would not make it for a second he was too far off first to get back.

  • Kap

    Umpire blown call… maybe should be unearned runs…

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Oh hey good Andy, welcome back. Any chance you could stick around for 2 or 3 more innings until the comeback is complete?

  • Salty Buggah

    let’s start the comeback now! a run or two now and a run or 7 in the next innning and so on

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

    HINKSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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

    Shitske!

  • VO

    HELL YEA HINSKE!

  • Accent Shallow

    So the Yankees are getting a run today? Nicely done.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Had a feeling hinske was gonna go deep today.

  • Manimal

    He has been all over Romero, Welcome to NY Hinske

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    STANDING O

  • James Auchincloss

    anyone listening to the radio?
    i want to know what sterling’s call for hinske was

    • Little Bill

      IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS…………………….CAUGHT! NO, IT HIT THE WALL! SHE’S GONE!!! IT’S AN A-BOMB…..ERIC HINSKE, WELCOME TO THE NEW YORK YANKEES!!!! HOW ABOUT THAT? FIRST GAME AS A YANKEE, YOU JUST CAN’T PREDICT BASEBALL!!!

      Suzyn: OH GOODNESS GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!!

      • James Auchincloss

        haha, about what I expected

  • Mister Delaware

    Anyone else watching with Comcast EI having issues with the feed?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    HINSKE!!!

  • captain crunch

    back in the game

  • Jake

    gritty hit.

  • Salty Buggah

    HINSKE!!!!

    I see he has met right-field huh?

    • VO

      That was no Yankee Stadium homerun as they call it. Off the foul pole is legitimite in my eyes.

      • Salty Buggah

        It is for me too but I was just saying.

  • Dela G

    A HINSKE HOMER!!!

    WHOOOO~~~!!!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    come on jeter we needs so hits.

  • MattG

    The Hinske Pole?

    • Dela G

      i like that name

  • Dela G

    GRIT GUTNER!

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

    Ricky Romero’s changeup is making Jeter look silly.

    • Dela G

      add posada and tex and swisher to that list too

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

    We’ve seen Jeter take some ugly ass hacks at some changeups lately.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    nice take out by gardner.

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

    That’s a nice takeout slide.

  • Eirias

    So, is Hinske the Kwisatz Haderach?

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, a homer to right field certainly is a “Shortening of the Way”.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Time for red hot Nick Swisher to hit another another homer!

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

    That bum Swisher is passing the baton again.

    • Dela G

      lol

  • captain crunch

    nice. make him work.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Wakey Wakey Tex

  • Salty Buggah

    If there ever a time to Tex to his 1st HR in a while, it is now.

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

    Way to make him work, Tex.