Game 85: Coming up Aces

Bruney taking everything in stride
Game 85 Spillover Thread

When the Yanks depart Minneapolis this afternoon, I’ll feel a twinge of sadness. I’m really going to miss the Twins. From walk-offs to blow-outs, the Yanks have just dominated the Twins this year, and similar to why the Yanks’ 0-8 showing against the Red Sox has prevented the Yanks from running away with the AL East, the Twins’ 0-6 record against the Yanks is why the Twins are 3.5 games out of AL Central.

Today, we get a guest start. Alfredo Aceves, yesterday’s man of the hour, gets the ball in place of the injured Chien-Ming Wang. Aceves is on something of a pitch count, but based on his recent track record, he should be a-OK.

On the season, Ace is 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA over 21 appearances. He has issued just seven free passes while striking out 34, and opponents are hitting .208/.252/.354 against him. Ahead of today’s start, Tyler Kepman profiled the quirky Aceves. Check that one out.

The Twins counter with the once-great Francisco Liriano. Seemingly stolen from the Giants a few years ago, Liriano was the third-place runner up in the 2006 Rookie of the Year voting. He missed all of 2007 and hasn’t been the same since his arm surgery. On the season, he is 4-8 with a 5.49 ERA. When he faced the Yanks on May 15, he gave up six walks and four hits, but the Yanks plated just one run.

Offensively, the Yanks are resting a sore Johnny Damon. Posada catches a day game after a night game, and A-Rod will DH. On the injury front, word out of Yankee camp is that Damaso Marte is set to throw batting practice in Tampa this weekend. Remember him?

Jeter SS,
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Cabrera LF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

And pitching, wearing number 91 in honor of Dennis Rodman, the Mexicano Gangster himself Alfredo Aceves.

Bruney taking everything in stride
Game 85 Spillover Thread
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I am really excited about this one just to watch Ace.

    How many innings do you think he goes? If he pitches 15/inning it could get him into the fifth.

  • Little Bill

    Ace will go 4 to 5 innings. Robertson or Alby will probably have to pitch multiple innings. Hopefully we bash Liriano so hard that Tomko can pitch a couple with a big lead.

  • Charlie

    i wish ace wasn’t starting this one.. he clearly has been lights out in the bullpen, so why mess with that success? I liked the idea someone had of having aceves throw like 70 and then hughes 40-45 pitches so he can begin to get “stretched out” for after the ASB. But no, the yankees have decided hughes is a reliever and won’t be in consideration to be the 5th starter.

  • JGS

    I’m hoping for 5 out of Ace. Followed by Albie, Bruney, and Robertson/Coke then Rivera if necessary

  • ChrisS

    Aceves will pitch 8IP if the Yankees let him.

    • A.D.

      CG 2 hitter

  • Charlie

    wow, that aceves article just made me love him even more than i already did. what a beast of a person

    • Joe

      +1

    • dkidd

      which article? i want more aceves!

  • Charlie

    liriano’s been on a pretty good run recently, then again, a lot of pitchers were this year before they faced the yankees…

    • Zach

      he’s only given up more then 3 runs once in his last 6 starts, his era is like 3.80 over that time

  • jsbrendog

    i dunno, i feel hinske should be getting a star at 3b since his bat is better than ransom’s and they might need it…but whatever.

    • Zach

      liriano is a lefty, hinske is bad against lefties

      • jsbrendog

        touche well played

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

        Eric Hinske, career:
        vs RHP as LH – .263/.347/.455
        vs. LHP as LH – .223/.299/.369

        Yeesh, you ain’t kiddin.

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

      But Damon’s resting.

      YOU CAN’T REST TWO REGULARS ON THE SAME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • jsbrendog

        http://www.instantcrickets.com

        arod’s the dh…ransom’s not a regular….

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

          Touche.

        • Steve O.

          Matsui is a regular.

          Major Fail = jsb.

          • jsbrendog

            eh, but it doesn’t count as replacing a regular because arod replaces him, so it’s probably a + and not a wash or a downgrade. ransom = a negative.

            • Steve O.

              Touche.

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

    And pitching, wearing number 91 in honor of Dennis Rodman, the Mexicano Gangster himself Alfredo Aceves.

    If he throws a complete game shutout, I guarantee he rips off all his clothes and runs around the Metrodome outfield naked in celebration.

    • jsbrendog

      or wears a dress during is postgame interview

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

        I would PAY to see that.

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

          Rebecca’s a very kinky girl.

          The kind you don’t take home to mother.

    • Drew

      Lol I was surprised when I read the actual reason for him wearing 91. Maybe he’s just fuckin with us.

  • McCaff

    love the title of the thread

  • Salty Buggah

    I want to sweep so bad…

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

      Take a sweeping piww.

    • Drew

      She said sweep together not sleep together you idiots!

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

    My post work errands really get in the way of these 1 PM weekday home games.

    • jsbrendog

      my work really gets in my way :-P

      then again, if it wasn’t for work getting in the way i wouldn’t be able to afford cable. so there’s that

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

        Live sports at work?

        That’s a lot better than work at work!

        • jsbrendog

          i wish! gamecast for me. im saying, my job gets in the way of me watching these games.

  • Salty Buggah

    I also hope A-rod smacks a couple out to make up for that should-be slam

  • Drew

    Good to see Jesus is #3 on BA’s new list. Why isn’t Clay Bucholz on the list?

    • jsbrendog

      cause you have to have not been accused of a felony.

    • Zach

      his 98 major league innings probably take him off the list because hes no longer has ‘rookie status’

      • Drew

        word. That’s what I figured.

    • Steve O.

      Typo? This is the only logical reason I can think of. BA’s staff must be fired! How dare they overlook a Redsox prospect!

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

      Because Red Sox players aren’t “prospects”. Being a “prospect” implies the possibility of failure. All Red Sox youngsters are guaranteed future studs.

      For example, Manny Delcarmen is already on pace to break Trevor Hoffman’s career saves record.

      For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons, ESPN.

  • Dela G

    i’m excited to watch ace

  • dave

    Jesus #3 prospect in baseball
    Jackson #37

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=5456

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

      It feels like Mike Moustakas has been a top prospect for like a decade already.

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

      I love me some Montero.

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

      Jackson’s not number 37. “The Next 25″ is presented alphabetically.

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

        You mean Brad Holt isn’t better than Eric Hosmer?

        I’m shocked at that revelation. Shocked.

    • Chip

      Whatever happened to all those prospects that made their system so much more deep and overall better than the Yankee’s system? From what I can tell they have two prospects in the top 50 and both are lower than the Yankees top two.

      • Zach

        I assume “their system” is referring to Boston?

        • Chip

          Yeah, I was cursing Boston in my head and it didn’t make it to the fingers

          • Reggie C.

            I’m pretty sure if the list was longer BA’s slight Boston bent would’ve reared its ugly head later in the list. Though Lars Anderson has underperformed to date, they do have a decent CF prospect in J Reddick who’s turned it on AA.

            Was Junichi Tazawa on that list?

            • Zach

              Reddick is hitting .186 against lefties, just saying

  • e mills

    man I’d be so bummed if I was Ace and Girardi had Ransom playing 3B on the day I start

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

      No, you probably wouldn’t be…

      • e mills

        yea I suppose if I were starting for the Yankees I probably wouldn’t be

    • Drew

      Eh, cut Ransom some slack. Remember the snag he had at third then threw home, earlier in the year? He’s got the ability to play a solid third.

  • charlespoet

    Giambi would have made that play.

  • Dela G

    i love tex

  • Dela G

    my boy ace needs to throw some more strikes

  • Drew

    It’s aight Ace, dudes hittin like .390

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Joe Mauer can hit.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mauer is a beast

  • Chip

    Man, Twins should have signed that Mauer kid to an extention the day he made the big league club. Crazy good

    • charlespoet

      agreed. would have been a great move.

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

        Moot, though. Mauer wouldn’t preemptively give up that much of his earning power.

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

      He signed a four year extension in 2007. No agent would have let him sign anything longer than that.

  • Zach

    So I always heard that playing in a dome/turf shortens the careers or gives players more leg problems then players who dont play in a dome for their home games- any concern with Mauer about this? Or even Crawford?

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Probably not Mauer since I’m pretty sure the new stadium will have real grass next year.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        Didn’t Crawford make it a point to train only in grass this offseason to avoid breaking down on the turf during the course of the season like he has in the past?

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

        Yeah, didn’t you see the sign?

        “Countdown to ch-ch-ch-chhhhhhhh”

        It’s so obvious! Duh!

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Anytime you get through Mauer and Mourneau without giving up runs it’s a pretty big win in my book.

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

    The only reason that Joe Mauer is not currently hitting .400 is because he was sore for a couple of games after spending all day rescuing nuns and orphans from burning buildings in the local Minneapolis area.

    • Dela G

      i heard he also preforms circumcisions in vietnam with tim tebow

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

        He personally rebuilt the collapsed I-35 highway bridge.

        Out of metal and brawn. Pro bono.

        • Dela G

          man i def remember watching him help build the entire target field himself

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

            During the offseason, he cleans all of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. With a toothbrush.

            • Drew

              He recruited Brett Favre?

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

                He recruited George Mikan.

      • Balboni Rocks

        with his teeth.

    • Klemy

      Ace needed a hand, they were big buildings.

  • charlespoet

    I remember the first game I saw in the Dome while living in MN. Twins v Tigers. I laughed watching a fitted Zamboni with brooms prepping the field – sweeping the dirt from outside 3rd base back into the field.

    Was a sad, sad, day.

  • Salty Buggah

    When you walk to leadoff the inning, does it count as passing the baton?

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

    Mo >>> Melvin >>>> Montero >>>> Mauer >>> Cervelli >>>>>>>>> Everyone else?

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

      This is going to end badly.

  • Drew

    Mike redmond always hits us well.

    • Drew

      Actually BR says he only hits 220. hmm, wonder why I though that.

  • John Duci

    Honestly, I can’t wait to see Mauer in pinstripes.

    • Balboni Rocks

      What position?
      I guess Montero will have to learn how to shag fly balls.

      • Steve O.

        When it comes to a player that great, you don’t worry about your prospect. Get him signed.

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

          Bobby Knight: Draft Michael Jordan. He’s the best player in the draft.
          Blazers GM Stu Inman: But we need a center.
          Bobby Knight: Then draft Jordan and play him at center.

          • Steve O.

            Heh. IETC.

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

      Umm…. he already wears pinstripes.

      I’m just sayin.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Imagine the riots in the streets of Minnesota if they let him get away, especially after using public money to build a new stadium. Prince would be pissed.

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

        Game.

        Blouses.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Who last longer in this game Ace or Liriano?

    • John Duci

      Liriano. He’s going to throw a gem.

      • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

        I say he doesn’t make it past the 5th.

        • Zach

          14 strike : 15 ball makes it seem like he wont be around long

          • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

            Did I say 5th, I meant 3rd.

      • charlespoet

        or not.

  • Zach

    stolen base? but his HIP! he looks 47!

    • Dela G

      lol

  • Zach

    is getting hit by a pitch considered passing the baton? or justt a gritty at bat?

    • Dela G

      Peter Gammons says any red sox player who does that is gritty

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

      Who did it? ARod? If ARod got on base any way other than getting a hit, he’s passing the baton because he’s a pussy.

      If Jeter did it, it’s because he’s a team-first super-leader who does all the little things to win a ballgame.

      • Salty Buggah

        Alex walked while JoPo got HBP

        • RCK

          Are Puerto Ricans allowed to be gritty? I forget.

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

            No.

          • Salty Buggah

            I think you can’t pee on your hands, then yes

  • Drew

    Give that man a hit!

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

    That was scary close to a rally killing DP

    • Zach

      theres no outs and alex would have been at third so its not really killing a rally would it?

    • Dela G

      you’re telling me! I was worried he was turning into derek jeter during interleague play

  • Drew

    C’mon Melk, let’s put a pin in this.

    • Drew

      Dang good AB…

  • Salty Buggah

    oh well, good AB Melky

    Cmon Cody

  • Dela G

    smart job holding up there alex

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Indeed, Cuddyer has a cannon that I have personal experience with. I once rung up a hat trick in an AAU game with him on the mound. He throws hard.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon In Play, run(s)

    • Dela G

      he walked ransom

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

    Wow. I had zero faith in Ransom’s ability to do anything productive once the count was 0-2.

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

      Did you already forget that awesome box jump video?

      For shame, Axisa…

    • Drew

      gotta have faith

    • Salty Buggah

      same heir

      • Salty Buggah

        damn iPhone, I meant here

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

    Cody Ransom > Francisco Liriano

  • Balboni Rocks

    Cody Ransom AKA RBI Machine !

  • Drew

    Good shit Cody.

  • Salty Buggah

    that works, but he passed the baton too

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

      That’s right. He should have choked up and weakly slapped a ball towards an infielder so that we could have traded an out for a run. That’s what good teams do.

      Sincerely,
      ESPN’s Baseball Tonight

  • Dela G

    RBI KILLAH!

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

    Cody Ransom is just that good.

  • Nate

    And Francisco Liriano is throwing a no hitter and losing 1-0

  • Zach

    Hinske would have done bettah

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

    Wow, David Cone knows his shit…

    looking at unearned runs…

    Has anyone done that yet?

  • John Duci

    That fucking sucks

  • zs190

    Ron Gardenhire is probably asking “Why me? Why?” this series, we’ve been just killing their starters all series long.

  • Dela G

    damn it, i thought he got hit

  • Zach

    ill take it

  • charlespoet

    For those of you quoting Peter Gammons, Gardner’s AB was a bad AB unless it is Pedroia then it would be gritty – play by a special player.

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

      Gardner was just trying to pad his stats by picking up a cheap RBI.

      Pedroia would have done it because he has a powerful and abiding desire to win at all costs.

  • Drew

    Go figure, we kill the ball all inning, that fuckin thing dunks in.

    • Salty Buggah

      It’s Jeter, he grits it in there all the time to score

  • Balboni Rocks

    Oh Captain my Captain !!!!

  • Zach

    but he swung at the FIRST PITCH

  • Salty Buggah

    Jeter!

  • Dela G

    GRIT GUTNER IS NAILS!

  • zs190

    Man, Jetes is hitting .446 against LHP this season.

  • Dela G

    how the hell did gardner get to 3rd? wow

  • Drew

    Well that is perplexing.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    You know, I was sort of hoping that he maintained the no hitter but still lost the game. Andy Hawkins style.

  • Zach

    Halladay is in trouble in TB

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

    Okay, I love being aggressive, but why are we fucking around with double-steals?

    Liriano is pitching horribly. He was what we thought he was. And we let him off the hook.

    • Drew

      ha, oh Denny.
      Seriously though, ya got Swish up who ran the count full last time up, it had bases loaded with 2 outs all over it.

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

        NOW IF YOU WANNA CROWN HIS ASS, THEN CROWN HIS ASS! BUT LIRIANO WAS WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS!!!!

        • Zach

          ahhaa that had me laughing

  • Drew

    Long half inning for Ace to sit.

  • Salty Buggah

    Gardy, you’re gritty for a Yankee but you are not a Red Sox

  • Steve O.

    Brett Gardner =/= Jacoby Ellsbury.

  • Little Bill

    Can’t believe they did that with Liriano struggling out there. Stupid Girardi.

    • Drew

      Swish didn’t even get out of the way until he saw Grit, I don’t know if that was called from the dugout. Maybe someone messed up the sign.

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

    Well, at least Kubel’s on my fantasy team.

    • Zach

      +1 same here

  • Salty Buggah

    damn I knew that Kubel would do something

    • Zach

      should have called it like little bill or axl

      • Salty Buggah

        lol I was gonna say /Little Bill’d but I actually thought soand that would’ve made it sarcastic.

  • Steve O.

    Where the hell is Axisa? 0-2 HR. No sign anywhere. Weird.

    • Salty Buggah

      was that a 0-2 shot? Damn

      • Steve O.

        Yeah it was, which sucks.

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

    Jason Kubel’s one of those Luke Scott types. You never think about him or worry about him, but he’s sneaky under-the-radar good.

    He’s got a wicked platoon split, though. OPSing 1.038 against righties and .470 against lefties. Helloooooo, Phil Coke!

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

      Oh dear @ that split

    • Zach

      thats an ugly split

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

        Yup.

        At least he’s got the good half of the split, though.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Ace

  • bobtaco

    Come on Ace, the bed is starting to look shitty…

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

      Ugh. Two bad throws to Tex in one inning doesn’t help much.

      Thanks a pantsload, Cody.

  • charlespoet

    Damn JV players. Ransom > Pena?

  • JohnnyC

    Ransom is useless.

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

      No, he’s just not useful.

      • Steve O.

        Tommie, whatever sick and twisted game you’re playing just needs to stop.

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

          Here’s the sick and twisted game I’m playing:

          Swapping Cody Ransom for Ramiro Peña will have a negligible effect on this team. It’s moot.

          • Steve O.

            Yeah, a backup infielder has little effect on the team. I was just saying that because of your response. May have gotten someone confused is all.

          • Tom Zig

            I usually don’t disagree with you but at least Pena can field his position.

  • Balboni Rocks

    Ok the walk was nice but Ranson has got to go. He really brings nothing to the table.

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

      Ransom and Peña bring equal amounts to the table. Just configured differently.

      • Tank the Frank

        Absolutely false. Pena has Ransom beat offensively and defensively. Small sample or no small sample.

        • charlespoet

          agreed

  • Ace

    Is anyone else surprised Cody Ransom is lost on the baseball diamond? Haha. He just put his hands up as to say “Where am I? What am I doing here?”

  • Salty Buggah

    Ransom’s 4th error already…

  • Ace

    WTF!!! Please get Ransom down to the minors and bring back Pena. He is awful!!!

  • JohnnyC

    Maybe if they placed a 5 foot tall block in front of him at 3rd base, he’d field better?

    • Drew

      did u see the hop it took?

      • Tank the Frank

        Stop making excuses for a player who’s made 4 errors in 8 minutes at third base.

        • Drew

          okay, if you say so.

      • Ace

        Drew, are you blind? He had plenty of time to get set and throw it over to 1st. He just completely whiffed and threw it away from Tex. Awful awful throw.

        • Drew

          No I’m not blind. I never said he shouldn’t have made the throw. I asked a simple question and none of you have answered it.

          • Tank the Frank

            Yeah, the ball took a hop. He then sets himself, clutches, and with plenty of time, fires wide.

            Right now he looks like that kid in little league who DOES NOT want the ball hit to him. And I should know cause that used to be me!

    • Ace

      He’s just so athletic. The best athlete on the team. Then why the fcuk can’t he throw a baseball to 1st base? He must be Girardi’s cousin or something. There’s no other answer.

  • Tank the Frank

    If there is a worse overall position player in the majors right now other than Cody Ransom, I’d like to know his name.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Tony Pena Jr.

      • Tank the Frank

        Nah he can field can’t he?

        • zs190

          -3.2 UZR/150, he’s got average range and he has a .947 fielding percentage so he’s not even sure handed. There is absolutely no reason that he should be on anyone’s 25 man roster.

          • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

            He really shouldn’t even be in anyones minor league system either, unless it’s as a pitcher. I’ve heard talk of him converting, or at least having the ability to convert.

      • zs190

        +1, -35 OPS+ with average defense and below average speed.

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

      Jose Guillen.

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

      Jeff Francouer.
      Orlando Cabrera.
      Chris Davis.

      • Tank the Frank

        Emil Brown
        Richie Sexton! Oh Richie…

    • Chris

      Angel Berroa was sent down, otherwise I would say him.

      • Bo

        Berroa and Ransom make Argenis Reyes look competent.

  • Salty Buggah

    shouldn’t that be an unearned run?

    • Zach

      think its earned due to the error on the pickoff from aceves, i think its similar to a pitching throwing a wild pitch

    • Steve O.

      Yeah, the scorers usually change it a bit later in the game, as they did Liriano’s.

  • Balboni Rocks

    Horrible inning all around. I hope they got that shit out of their system.

    • Salty Buggah

      horrible half inning, the top half wasn’t bad

  • A.D.

    Well got out of that craptacular inning

  • Salty Buggah

    well, we still have the lead. Let’s score several more now…

  • Zach

    so much for aceves going 4 innings today

  • Matt

    Cody Ransom< Carmen Angelini

    • Tank the Frank

      Ouch. That’s mean.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      I’ve seen Angelini play and I can affirm this. At least he has an arm that is good enough to make throws across the infield.

  • Tank Foster

    Soon as Pena gets some OF playing time in AAA (the “supersub” concept), he comes back and Ransom is DFA’d. He’s kickin’ or chuckin’ every other ground ball he sees.

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

    Swish has gotten a case of the Canos lately.

  • Cecilio Guante’s number 1 fan

    The people running the Yankees have no idea what they are doing. Ransom is not a major leaguer but he plays alot against lefties. He cannot play defense. Meanwhile Pena has yet to start a game in the outfield down there. Get rid of Ransom. 177 hitting, no defense. Makes me pine for the days of Dale Berra and Paul Zuvella

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      The people running the Yankees have no idea what they are doing

      That’s just a tad hyperbolic wouldn’t you say.

      • Chris

        If they knew anything this team would have one of the two best records in the AL!

    • Zach

      “but he plays alot against lefties”

      3 starts since hes been back, i dont think that counts as ‘alot’

      • Drew

        BUT TEH ERRAH!!!

  • Tank Foster

    Ok, let’s not let up on Liriano here….keep the pressure on him!

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

    Dammit, Lirano. Let that go through your legs.

  • Tom Zig

    With Swisher, Tex and Arod at the plate, you’d think Liriano would throw more than 7 pitches to get the 3 of them.

  • Bo

    Have we seen enough of Ransom yet?

    Is the 180 BA the worst of it or the fact that he cannot field?

    Why is he still on this roster?

    • Tank the Frank

      He’s on Youtube… He’s famous.

    • kunaldo

      he has some good herb

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

      Why is he still on this roster?

      Just to personally piss you off, Bo. Brian Cashman hates your guts, and he knows you hate Ransom. He’s stickin’ it to ya.

      • Tom Zig

        Joe Girardi hates Bo as well.

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

          That list is long. Goes on for pages and pages.

        • Tank Foster

          Now now fellas.

    • Drew

      The majority of those AB’s came before the tear in his quad. It’s very possible that he was masking a partial tear or some injury that eventually led to the full tear.
      He’s had some good AB’s since he’s been back.

  • JohnnyC

    They had a shot at signing Nick Punto in the off-season but let a few hundred thousand samoleons get in the way.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Well is it really worth a few hundred thousand dollars to get a marginally better player who hardly ever plays?

    • Zach

      Nick Punto has 2yr/8m contract

    • Steve O.

      Nick Punto has a .568 OPS. Nevermind the fact that he was signed for 2 years, 8 million.

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

      Nick Punto is currently OPS+ing 58.

      I literally could not give a shit that we let Nick Punto get away.

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

    SIT DOWN MAUER!

  • Matt

    The Washington Natinals just called and they’re willing to offer the Yankees their washing machine in exchange for Cody Ransom. They see him as the player that could push them over the top for the 2010 #1 pick in the draft.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Come on Yanks let’s destroy Liriano. He’s on my opponents fantasy team and it’s already close for pitching! Murder em!

  • JohnnyC

    Probably faked out the organization when he came up last season and immediately hit a handful of home runs. They thought they’d stumbled onto something here but…the guy’s 33 years old. That makes him like 198 in dog years.

  • bobtaco

    Now that was a Gangster inning. Extra credit for striking out Mauer.

  • theyankeewarrior

    MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Yankees just traded Cody Ransom to Scranton for Ramiro Pena

  • yankees on yes

    not sure if this has been addressed in any posts on here recently, but you do not need to be using optimum’s online network to watch yankees on yes.com. you just need to be an optimum cable and internet customer.

    watching at work, doesnt get much better than that

  • Drew

    I wonder if Ace has any info on ManBan. I’d like to know his thoughts.

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

      Considering they played for the same team in Mexico…

  • Cecilio Guante’s number 1 fan

    Yes they know what they are doing. I apologize. Cashman signing those three unknown free agents, Sabbathia, Burnett, and Teixeira was a stroke of genius. I used to drink the cool-aid that they knew what they were doing but then they had Bobby Meacham become the third base coach.

    • Zach

      i wish they signed Nick Green, John Smoltz and Brad Penny instead

    • Drew

      Starts with an R, ends with a Y, has EPL in the middle.

      Just sayin’.

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

      Batshit insane.

    • Zach

      and Meacham was a Girardi hire, not Cashman

    • JohnnyC

      That was Girardi’s call. Meacham was on his staff in Florida.

  • Sam P.

    I see Melky’s still swinging at the first pitch, according to Gamecast …

    • Sam P.

      And apparently leaving another runner at 3rd base with nobody out too. Ouch.

  • Salty Buggah

    oh god, we better score here…cmon Cody

  • Tank the Frank

    Isn’t “Punto” some filthy word in Spanish?

    • Tom Zig

      no that’s “punta”, I believe.

      I could be wrong

      • Tank the Frank

        Ok so when I call someone a Punto, I’m basically just calling him… Nick Punto. Joke’s on me.

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

        P-U-T-A

  • Balboni Rocks

    Cmon Cody. Earn your stripes !!!

  • Cecilio Guante’s number 1 fan

    Melky is too busy making videos with Mary Carey to drive runners in.

  • dre

    anybody noticed that the last times arod rested it was against a lefty? its almost like Girardi is doing it on purpose so he he as an excuse to play ransom over Hinske…what was the point of getting him again?

    If he doesn’t get at bats, when he does play he won’t hit well..

    • whozat

      Today was day game after a night game. That’s a much more likely explanation than the lefty thing.

    • Zach

      well Hinske sucks at third base too, and are if we are really complaining about who should play between Ransom/Hinske then this team is in a pretty good position

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

    Cody Ransom is so awful.

    • Tampa Yankee

      +1

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

    Cody Ransom atones for past sins.

  • Tank the Frank

    I never doubted Ransom for a minute and I’m glad to have him on board.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Ransom giveth and Ransom taketh away

  • Drew

    cut this guy! he’s a waste! he does nothing!

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

    Cody Ransom has two RBI’s.

    Two of them. Today.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Huh but the runs the Yankees scored are all scored as unearned except for Ransom’s RBI right now. What happened exactly?

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Cody Ransom is useless!

  • Salty Buggah

    there you go Cody, makin up for the error (even though it makes me think it could have been 4-1 now but oh well)

  • Steve O.

    Cody Ransom’s offense > Ramiro Pena’s offense.

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

      Cody Ransom >>>>>>>> the haters

    • Tom Zig

      but is Cody Ransom’s offense > Pena’s defense?

    • Tank the Frank

      I heard from a guy that heard from another guy that it was Cody Ransom who dunked on LeBron.

  • Tampa Yankee

    TB’s bullpen is starting to implode again.

    • Zach

      maybe David Price should have gone 8innings like all young pitchers do

      /francesa

  • Drew

    Oaktag is out in full force ladies and gentleman.

  • Cecilio Guante’s number 1 fan

    Ransom reverse jinx works- now take him out for defense

    • Zach

      and put hinske in? hinske sucks at third

  • Tom Zig

    Can we go 3-3 with knocking out starters in the 4th inning?

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

      That would kind of be all sorts of awesome.

  • dre

    how fast we forget, his suckiness from april, 1 good game, doesn’t make him a good player…

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

      1 good game, doesn’t make him a good player…

      True.

      One bad game also doesn’t make him a bad player.

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

      Who said Ransom is a good player?

    • Zach

      back up players are not suppose to be good players, thats why they’re back ups

      • Balboni Rocks

        No, one bad game does not make him a bad player. Every game in April that he palyed makes him a bad player.

        • Zach

          you replied to the wrong comment

    • JobaWockeeZ


      Okay find me a post that said Cody Ransom is a good player.

  • Drew

    All right Grit!

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

    Brett Gardner is so not an everyday player.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Gritsner!

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

    Bottom of the line up today is all sorts of awesome.

  • Cecilio Guante’s number 1 fan

    Pena offense > Ransom offense

    Pena defense and ransom defense not on same planet

    Gardner- starting centerfielder

  • Salty Buggah

    I knew Cody Ransom would be good when brought him up. All of doubted him but I knew he would be good. You just let some little error and bad games get in the way but I had faith. I hate to say I told you so but I told you so.

    /Little Bill’d

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Brett Gardner is an rbi machine

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

    Brett Gardner is hotter than Roger Clemens’ balls.

    • Balboni Rocks

      Wow, thats white hot.

    • Tank the Frank

      You sound like a princegayhomoqueer. All one word.

      /Ironhorse’d

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

    Oh, Derek.

  • Tom Zig

    DFA JETER

  • Zach

    Ransom and Gardner get RBI hits, Jeter GIDP. baseball is funny

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

      +1

    • Tom Zig

      You are disrespecting the game if you say baseball is funny.

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

        /Posada’d

  • JohnnyC

    Derek is useless!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      DFA DFA DFA!!
      thats how we shud solve all of teh problems of teh yankees11!1!1!
      i r smarter than cashman dfa dfa dfa dfa!

  • Salty Buggah

    GARDNER FOR ROY!

    Seriously, can someone start a campaign or something (RAB, I’m talkin at you)

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

      Leads all AL rookies in VORP!

      • Tank the Frank

        Nice.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Whats the threshold for rookies? Is he still a rookie after 140 PAs last year?

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

        It’s 130 ABs. He only had 127 in ’08. Woo!

    • JohnnyC

      It’d be funny if Gardner sustained his present rates and Matt Wieters never caught up. Who would have thought that?

    • Tank the Frank

      Not with Porcello and Romero roming around. But it would be nice for him to get some votes.

  • Balboni Rocks

    Posade with cat like quickness.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Ace…double play

  • Tampa Yankee

    The storm here in Tampa must have knocked out the power at the Trop. The Rays games says “delayed:power”.

  • Manimal

    How can the TB-TOR game be delayed? Both teams play in indoor stadiums… wtf?

    • Manimal

      Oh power outage… true.

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

    Jorge cannot block balls.

    • Tom Zig

      Jorge hates smiling.

  • Tank Foster

    Tha Gangsta is gassed. Get him outta there.

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

    Uh oh.

  • Balboni Rocks

    Bring in Roebertson now.

  • Tank the Frank

    There’s a good chance this would’ve been CMW’s line anyway.

    • JohnnyC

      IETC

    • Zach

      that doesnt really make sense

      • Tank the Frank

        Joke. Humor. Funny. Ha.

  • Salty Buggah

    Double Play or strikeout/popout then any out please

  • charlespoet

    Ok, he didn’t pitch bad but can someone explain the logic of not using Hughes today.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Because apparently Joe Girardi thinks Hughes is better off as a reliever. I don’t agree at all.

      • Chris

        I find it hard to believe that was solely Girardi’s decision.

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

      Not stretched out enough.

    • zs190

      Because he can only got 45-50 pitches, would you rather have 65 from Ace or 50 from Hughes?

    • Drew

      Ace threw 4 innings the other day.

    • charlespoet

      So wouldn’t this be a chance to stretch him out another 20 pitches to equal the 65 Ace threw. I think they are wasting Hughes. Build him up.

  • Tank Foster

    Per gamecast: PITCHING CHANGE. David Robertson replaces David Robertson.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    65 pitches on the nose, funny how things work out like that.

  • y

    Great now the bullpen will be gassed and Joba is going tomorrow…

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Well they all have a nice 3 day break coming soon so I’m not too worried about it

    • Johnny

      worry about tomorrow tomorrow… do everything you can to win the game at hand if you have a small lead.

  • bobtaco

    So if comparing this start to one of the recent Wang ones, what is the take away?

    • handtius

      wang was going 5-6

    • Zach

      you cant judge a start on a 65 pitch count

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

    Let’s go, D-Rob.

  • Drew

    erghhh

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

    Oy, please don’t walk in a run. Those make me cry.

  • Zach

    3-1 to fuckin nick punto

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      How dare he just miss the zone with 3 fastball.

      • Zach

        when you’re facing nick punto you shouldnt

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

    That was beautiful.

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

    Forget the curveball, Davey. Throw ‘im the heater.

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

    Please. don’t. walk. in. a. run.

  • Zach

    i hope he knows the bases are loaded

  • Balboni Rocks

    It’s Span, not Mauer but Span.

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

    Fuck. Come on, Dave.

  • Drew

    ughh i hate young pitchahs!!

  • Salty Buggah

    WTF? that was a strike

    • Zach

      when you throw 3 balls a foot outside you’re not getting the corner strike

  • KW

    wow he got squeezed terribly

    • handtius

      no. that last pitch of the at bad was low.

  • handtius

    man, a 4 pitch walk with the bases loaded. i love Robertson, but he needs to get that control on track.

  • Salty Buggah

    again a strike to tolbert…

  • Steve O.

    Who was that who wanted Nick Punto? coughJohnnyCcough

    • JohnnyC

      You’re going to tell me Ransom is better than Punto as a utility man? You’re better than that, Steverino.

  • Moshe Mandel

    And that’s why he cannot be trusted in high leverage spots at this point. He loses the strikezone in those situations. He is going to be a really good reliever, but right now he is just a solid guy you use in 6th innings.

  • charlespoet

    Is it me or do many pitchers seem to be nibbling way to much this year, not just Yankees.

  • Bo

    Robertson isnt ready for prime time. He walks way too many guys.

    • handtius

      Thank you Joe Morgan.

  • A.D.

    JESUS

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

    God. Dammit.

  • Balboni Rocks

    Wow, this kid is not only shitting the bed but he is playing with it. Nice job Dave.

  • Drew

    oh fuck off david.

  • Salty Buggah

    Balls 1 and 3 were strikes on gameday to Tolbert

  • BigBlueAL

    Dont worry, Hughes will be ready to face his 2 batters in the 8th inning.

  • Tom Zig

    damn it D-rob. stop walking people.

  • andrew

    according to gameday this ump is full of crap.

  • Zach

    woww

  • charlespoet

    I love these pitchers duals.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    I’m not sure I understand the umpires zone here. I’m only watching on Gameday day but 4 of the 5 pitches to Tolbert were right down the middle.

  • Ace

    Um, paging Mr. Cashman. Hope you’re still looking to trade for a bullpen arm. David Robertson is a pu$$y who has forgotten how to pitch. Thank you.

  • Reilly

    If he can strike out Mauer. Just DO NOT WALK HIM!

  • Shdwrptr

    Dammit Robertson. He didn’t call it a strike the first 5 times. Stop throwing it there

  • Will

    Holy crap, is that guy 10 feet tall? Gameday had 3 of those balls as strikes.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmob D-rob get out of this

  • Bo

    Cue the homers who will complain about the umps squeezing a guy who can’t throw a strike.

  • Nate

    This umpire has been squeezing all the pitchers today, Robertson has thrown 6 balls that should have been strikes

  • b/c

    OK i think we can let robertson off the hook for this. cuz according to gameday, he didnt walk anyone and struck out tolbert looking