Game 88: Win before the break

2009 Futures Game Thread
Game 88 Spillover Thread

We’d all like to forget the past two days in Anaheim, and there’s no better way to do that than with a win. The Yanks will trot our their best for some redemption, and he’ll face the pitcher who, over the past few years, has been the Angels best.

John Lackey made his major league debut on June 24, 2002, pitching the second game of a doubleheader against Texas. Anaheim sat two games behind the Mariners at that point in the AL West. The young Lackey impressed, pitching seven innings and allowing just three runs, but picked up the loss because his own team scored only two. He had certainly earned the call-up, having pitched 101.2 innings to a 2.57 ERA at AAA Salt Lake. He would get his first win in his next start, pitching six innings of one-run ball to beat the Dodgers.

Lackey didn’t start against the Yankees in the ALDS that year, but the Angels handled them well enough. By the end, he wouldn’t care much. His highlight was starting Game 7 against San Francisco, pitching five innings of one-run ball and turning the ball over to the stellar Angels bullpen. Brendan Donnelly, Francisco Rodriguez, and Troy Percival closed out the World Series victory.

Over his career Lackey has had ups and downs against the Yankees, pitching 95.1 innings to a 4.81 ERA. He faced New York in two consecutive starts last year, pitching six innings and allowing four runs the first time, and seven innings, three runs the second. The Yanks and the Halos split the couple, the home team taking each game.

The big news for the Yankees today was yet another quality start from Sergio Mitre. And not quality start in the six innings, two runs sense. Mitre dominated the Bisons, pitching eight innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits, striking out five, and walking none. He’s one day off schedule for the July 21st start, but it would seem to be his. The Yanks could give him a short start on three days’ rest before moving him to the rotation on regular rest.

Also, strange lineup today. Personally I would have swapped Jeter and Gardner, but it doesn’t make a huge difference.

1. Brett Gardner, CF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Eric Hinske, RF
8. Melky Cabrera, LF
9. Jose Molina, C

And on the mound, number fifty-two, CC Sabathia.

2009 Futures Game Thread
Game 88 Spillover Thread
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    As I was saying on LoHud, I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea here was just to get Posada and Damon five days off in a row…

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

      I think I’d be okay with that.

    • e mills

      I may be wrong, however, I think CC prefers to have Gardner in CF, after Melky missed that ball two starts ago, and pitch to the backup C. He’ll have to get on the same page with Posada soon though, they’re not going to throw Molina out there during the playoffs.

      • e mills

        giving them more days off though isn’t the worst idea though.

    • Zach

      Damon missed a game with calf/knee last week and Posada had that thumb thing. It’s not like we’re putting out a Mets lineup without the two

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

        exactly.

  • Salty Buggah

    Please win today…I’m a super-good mood so it’ll be awesome if we win.

  • Chip

    That’s sure an ugly looking lineup but I still think we could do pretty well here. I’d imagine if Gardner is one first, he’s stealing no matter what with GIDP Jeter behind him

  • BigBlueAL

    When was the last time Posada caught Sabathia??

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

      I don’t think it was that long ago, but I don’t have a date for you.

      • BigBlueAL

        Ill admit im too lazy to look it up myself.

      • e mills

        6/21

  • Salty Buggah

    I don’t why CC can’t pitch to Jorge. He would help today as he hits Lackey well (.393, 11-for-28)

    • Salty Buggah

      I see Damon’s been struggling but he is good against Lackey too. (.333, 16-for-48)

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

    Is it just me, or does Jeter lead off every game with a hit?

    • Salty Buggah

      Usually he does, like at least 75% I think

    • Zach

      hitting .359 when leading off an inning

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

    Can Tex please shut these jerkholes up with a homer?

    I guess not.

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

      Well, that was a most unsatisfactory outcome.

  • Drew

    I lovvvvveee giving JD a day off before the break. Give him 4-5 days to chill, he should be ready to go and feeling good when we come back.

    • Drew

      Whoops, just saw Rebecca’s comment, didn’t mean to steal your thunder. heh

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

        No worries =)

        I’m on a roll today!

  • trueblue

    I hope Tex is enjoying the weeked off

  • Salty Buggah

    Tex has struggled this series. I hope it’s not because it’s Anaheim, his old team.

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

    I love Jose’s sunglasses.

  • Drew

    I call him CH-OWN, and he’s mad good.

  • Zach

    what comment will be said by Flaherty more today:
    A. He’s proud of his fastball
    B. Angels go 1st-3rd alot

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

      He didn’t say A the other night, so my over on my set mark of 4.5 was off. I bet he’ll say it more today, though, with CC on the mound.

  • Drew

    How good is Al? Sweet play

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice throw by A-rod…I love his arm strength

  • Little Bill

    Thanks for the out. Small ball ftw. Scioscia is a joke.

  • Drew

    I think I’m the only RAB’er that loves Bobby Abreu. No, not just the offense, I can deal with the defense as well.

    • Zach

      I like him, but he was horrible in RF during his time here.

      • Drew

        I agree, but like I said, I can deal with that. He brings A LOT at the plate. Looks like we didn’t take full advantage of his stealing ability also.

        • Dela G

          his defense is pathetic

          i love abreu, but only as a DH

        • Zach

          he had 22SB last year, and 11 CS, not very good. Plus when you’re on first with ARod at bat theres no reason to run yourself into an out.

          • Drew

            +1, good point.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea but a LOT of that is negated by his D

    • Salty Buggah

      I like him but he loses a lot of value with his D, though his UZR/150 is 20 points better this year.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        I agree. I always liked Bobby. Liked his patience at the plate but thought he could have done better (a lot better) defensively as well as teaching the youngsters about plate patience.

        • Zach

          “as well as teaching the youngsters about plate patience.”

          well in Abreu’s full first season here Cano doubled his walks from the previous year. not saying thats on Abreu, ive never heard he wasnt good with young guys or anything so i dont think its fair to say he should have done a better job

  • Zach

    wow think he was out there, great range by cano though

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

    Cano was playing him to pull like crazy.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Double play!!!

    CC is throwing everything high

    • Zach

      your wish came true

    • Salty Buggah

      thank you CC

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

    There we go.

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

    BOOM!

  • Riddering

    That’s what I like to see! Thank you, defense.

  • e mills

    leadoff HR

    • e mills

      that would’ve been my 5th guess

  • Dela G

    good lord did they need that GIDP in the worst way!

  • Drew

    Umm, Why does Luke French’s picture look like someone cut it our of a baseball card and put it on a computer?

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

      Lol, I noticed this too.

    • Salty Buggah

      got a link?

      • Drew

        Nah it was on Yes’s broadcast.

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

    Hmm, looks like Flaherty’s buzz phrase is going to be ‘grind out a win’ today.

    • Dela G

      yep prolly

  • Zach

    did Lackey turn down an extension from the Angels this offseason/ST?

    • Drew

      I thought he said he didn’t want to talk extension yet, or something along those lines. This was back around ST.

    • Dela G

      i can’t remember, but if he did, its the dumbest thing he’s ever done

    • Dela G

      yep, he’s a FA at the end of the year

      • Zach

        i looked it up. he wanted a better deal than what AJ got, Heyman said the Angels offered him 4yrs 50m, and soon after he got shut down with elbow tightness.
        but hes the best FA SP this offseason so would have left alot of money on the table

  • Chip

    Wow, A-Rod looks like Swisher lately. Just sitting around and waiting the pitcher out.

    • Zach

      he just wants to pass the baton right?

    • Little Bill

      He’s also on a tear and has lowered his strikeouts. He is a great player.

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

      Yeah those three homers in the last two days are showing that he’s being totally passive at the plate.

      • Chip

        Swisher hits homers too. I’m saying it in a very positive way as hopefully we won’t see pitchers getting him to strikeout while attempting to pitch around him.

    • Salty Buggah

      Except lately, he’s hitting .400 with a lot of HRs. Though, yea, he is working the count and getting a lot of walks too.

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

    Woops. Guessed wrong there, Alex.

  • Dela G

    wow was that really a strike?

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

      To A-Rod? Definitely. Right down the middle at the knees, IMO.

      • Dela G

        alright

        i wasnt sure with the way his body moved

  • Dela G

    great job workin the walk godzilla

  • Drew

    Hinskins time

  • e mills

    Hinske’s big like an ox

    • Dela G

      yezzur he is

  • Dela G

    lol at the catcher thinking that godzilla will run

    • Riddering

      Have to admit, I was amused by that too.

  • Salty Buggah

    Hinske got off to a great start with us but that can work against him. Now, people will expect some more out of him off the bench, kinda like how some expect a big A-rod HR or hit with RISP everytime.

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

      Eh, I think we all realize that Hinske is a bench/platoon guy.

      • Salty Buggah

        we do but we are smarter baseball fans too

    • Dela G

      or essentially the “shelly duncan effect”

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

        Still, Hinske can hit a breaking ball.

        • Dela G

          yes he can

    • Drew

      Nah, we just want good AB’s, which he’s capable of. He’s a quality guy off the bench with the ability to play some different positions. An upgrade of C-Ran if you will. Maybe we’re seeing the last few days of Cody in pinstripes.

      • Zach

        Hinske has played 11 games at 3B since 2006, so Hinske/Ransom have nothing to do with each other

        • Drew

          I think he can fill in for Al once every 10 games or so.

          Kevin Russo anyone? I’ve been wondering what positions he’s capable of playing. He’s viewed as the yanks as a utility guy in the future, maybe the future is now.

          • Drew

            ..*by the yanks as…

            • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

              I would love to see Russo replace Ransom this year.

      • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

        I don’t think so unless someone like Pena comes up who can play SS or 2B.

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

    Good grief, where are these pitches missing?

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

    Where in the hell did that miss?!

    • Dela G

      i have no idea

    • Salty Buggah

      Same location that was called striek to A-rod

  • Salty Buggah

    YES gun just said 98 though Gameday’s at 95-96

  • Dela G

    great god! how can someone hit .464 against one team!

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

      It’s a meaningless sample, but still impressive.

      • Dela G

        i lol’d at the .700 at sabathia stat though

  • Dela G

    where the hell are these pitches missing?

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

      “Hitter’s umpire” indeed.

    • ShuutoHeat

      It’s a league wide conspiracy against the Yankees…

      • Salty Buggah

        I’m beginning to agree with you

  • e mills

    anyone expecting a double from Molina???

    • e mills

      maybe next time

  • Salty Buggah

    2 blown calls against us yesterday..what’s the o/u for today?

    Oh and A-rod was called out on the same pitch that was called ball for CC. Robbie got a strike on a similar pitch but it’s a ball for CC…I hate inconsistent umps. If you’re gonna be wrong, be consistent at least.

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

      o/u 4

  • Ace

    Screw trading Doc Halladay. When is Beckett a free agent? The dude is a freaking stud. A killer on the mound.

    • Ace

      *trading for

    • Salty Buggah

      We have our own Beckett in AJ

    • Drew

      No thanks.

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

      It’s the Royals.

  • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

    I really want to see Brett Gardner in the home run derby.

    • Don

      Any chance Molina gets an ingrown toe nail and lands back on the dl?

  • Zach

    blooper? didnt he chop it down?

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

      It still “blooped.”

  • Little Bill

    Gardner sure is gritty.

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

      It took grit to keep Jeter from GIDPing.

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Gardy…now Jeter, just don’t K or GIDP

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

    Wait, Brandon Wood is at first?

    • Salty Buggah

      apparently

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      Yea, confused me also.

  • Hova

    Glad to hear that Mitre had a solid outing today. Always exciting to see a new pitcher enter the rotation. Now we don’t have to worry about stretching Hughes out again and weakening the bullpen.

    Nice job Jeter. And a good hard slide by GGBG. Love it.

    • Salty Buggah

      Always exciting to see a new pitcher enter the rotation

      Not for me, it means someone is struggling or hurt. I’d rather the fewest bumber of different starters as possible, which is 5, unless we make like a really good trade or something.

      • Salty Buggah

        ugh formatting

      • Hova

        I meant it more from the standpoint of seeing a new guy come in to replace someone who’s struggling. Obviously Wang wasn’t getting the job done and now we get to give this kid a chance. I was getting sick of seeing Wang struggle time after time. So this is someone new to root for and hopefully he does a great job.

  • Zach

    is getting tickets for family, signing autographs and doing a press conference really THAT big of a deal?

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

      I woudn’t know, I’ve never done it.

    • Dela G

      the autographs are. As a 22 year old guy, i still appreciate when superstars take time during BP for autographs

      a-rod, jeter, andy, joba, and mussina came and signed autographs during every game of the astros series in htown last year

      i also got a mariano the great and michael kay signed ball

      i think i lost the kay ball though

      • Salty Buggah

        well, its the best one you can lose out of the rest

      • Zach

        No you took that the wrong way. Are autographs for the fans a big deal, of course.

        Singleton, and other announcers, act like its such a hassel and takes a lot of of ballplayers to get tickets for their family and do all this other stuff during playoffs/AS break. When really, do you think ARod is on the phone on hold while waiting to put in his tickets requset?

        • Dela G

          aah gotcha

          my bad

          i def agree with you

  • bonestock94

    Seems like that HR the other day was a blip in teixera’s slump, hopefully the break will take care of that.

  • Dela G

    great job getting a run jetes. I leave for subway sandwich and the good guys score!

  • AngelsFan209

    LMAO! Y’ALL SUCK!

    • Drew

      Um, when we win today, the season series will be tied. But yeah, we have a better record than you, yet, we suck.

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

      LMAO! Y’ALL ARE LOSING!

    • bonestock94

      Y’all? I didn’t know there are inbred hicks in cali.

      • Dela G

        hey i live and tejas and say yall :(

        • bonestock94

          Damn, I hate collateral damage

          • Dela G

            lol

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      spoke too soon rite?

  • Drew

    Thank Mo Al didn’t get hit with it.

  • BigBlueAL

    Arod needs some better sunglasses.

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

    A-Rod looked like Michael Bluth right there

    • Riddering

      Do you mean George Michael?

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

        Yes. Thank you.

  • Dela G

    wow that sucked

  • BigBlueAL

    Justice is served.

  • Salty Buggah

    Thank good Alex’s drop didn’t matter

    • Drew

      He didn’t drop it. He lost it in the sun/sky.

      • Salty Buggah

        yea yea

  • Kyle R.

    This play-by-play is so painful…

  • Dela G

    great job by cc again for a gidp

  • Riddering

    Don’t want to speak too soon, but I like the way the defense is picking CC up and vice versa this game.

    • Dela G

      wait until after the 5th inning, then we can talk

      • Riddering

        I might just take a walk during the fifth inning.

        • Dela G

          hahahaha

  • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

    I think Robi was actually looking for that fasball middle in.

  • Drew

    Okay Flash, “if he’s looking to pull one AND HE DOES.” He actually did not pull it, Flash.

    • Dela G

      good lord john F blows

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, it’s not as bad as Dick Stockton, who think every straight 92 fastball is a breaking pitch

      • Dela G

        that was annoying yesterday

        • ShuutoHeat

          PLUS the number of times Abreu’s name was butchered….
          And the countless times the repeatedly saying the same thing every inning…

  • Salty Buggah

    well, we are hitting it far, just not enough

    • Riddering

      The hitters are trying to challenge Sterling today.

      • Salty Buggah

        heh IETC

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

    Westlake Village is still around Singy, it didn’t “used” to be there.

  • Dela G

    man i would give lots to be able to live near malibu

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

      Malibu is 75% ghetto.

      • Dela G

        haha as a kid who spent his first 13 years in far rockaway, i think i could trade that for malibu

  • Dela G

    cmon cc, you have to be the first pitcher to get outta the 4th inning unscathed

  • Salty Buggah

    damn, it’s the 4th again and the 5th is next

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      I almost want to just go to sleep for 1 1/2 innings.

  • Dela G

    damnit

    the 4th inning effs us up again

  • Salty Buggah

    WTF!!!! How was that ball 3 not a strike…seriously, fire these damn umps

  • Nikhil R.

    Where the hell was that 2-1 pitch?

    • Dela G

      in la-la land apparently

    • Salty Buggah

      and a worse pitch was called strike to Robbie but twice a closer pitch was ball for CC

  • Salty Buggah

    that should be a K not a BB

  • Dela G

    these umps have been squeezing the yankees this series like the toronto ups did

  • Bam Bam Balboni

    The Angels are bringing the Yanks to their knees and now they will have to think about it till next Friday. To make matters worse, the Red Sox go into the break with a sound 3 game winning streak.

  • Dela G

    man that was really high

  • Stryker

    who said CC preferred to pitch on the west coast?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah 2 ER is garbage.

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

    Swisher makes that catch.

  • Riddering

    I think I’m about to have a rage blackout.

    Thank you, umps.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So apparently there are bad umps again? Tell me why I’m not surprised.

  • Salty Buggah

    Swish gets that?

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

      I believe so.

      • Drew

        Of course YOU believe that..

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

          Yeah, I do. That ball hung up for a while and Hinske was too slow to get to it. Swisher isn’t blazingly fast but he’s definitely fast enough to have gotten to that one.

  • Dela G

    man gardner or melky makes that

    oh well

  • Zach

    maybe CC will be a pitcher on this team who can limit the damage out there

    • Zach

      or not

  • James Auchincloss

    at least our outfielders are getting in shape chasing all these balls to the wall

    • Dela G

      they damn better be in shape

  • BigBlueAL

    Break out the brooms…

  • Drew

    Aight boys and girls, I’m going to go wipe my tears with some sushi. I can’t take this anymore.

  • ShuutoHeat

    4th inning curse of the Angels and the UMPS have forced me to shut it down. It’s not doing me any good…

  • Tank the Frank

    I’m not sure I’d trust the Yanks to take a series from LAA’s Double-A team.

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

    That’s right, Quinlan, you and your greedy white ass can GO 2 HELL

  • Salty Buggah

    well, maybe today, we come back

  • trueblue

    Glad to see CC show up today…. PUKE

  • Dela G

    this has to be the worst series i’ve seen the yankees play all year

    yes worse than the 0-8 against boston

  • bxpd

    Does anyone on the staff have the freaking guts to pitch inside? It just seems like everything these guys hit against the Yanks is to the opposite field. And, it’s hit that way with authority which means they are looking out.

    • Tank the Frank

      I agree. Not many on this staff go inside…and if they do it’s rarely for a strike. AJ goes inside the most but that may be because he doesn’t really know where it’s going sometimes. Joba especially is FB – outside corner every time.

  • Dela G

    SUPERB TAG!!!

  • Tank the Frank

    Beckett with another CG shutout? That’s trouble. The Sox and Yanks are going in different directions pitching-wise.

    • Zach

      love that team obp .312 for the royals

      • Tank the Frank

        LOL. But they added Willie Bloomquist!!!

        Good call though…gotta keep it in perspective.

        • Zach

          not taking anything away from Beckett, when hes on hes great. but it was the royals

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

      It was the Royals on the day before the All Star Break. Kansas City hitters had one foot in the batters box and one in the Logan Airport security line.

      The one AL East opponent Beckett’s faced in the last month hung a five spot on him.

      • BigBlueAL

        Yeah but um Ill take Beckett any day of the week on my team.

  • Salty Buggah

    Why is everyone giving up? It’s the 5th inning and we have to return the favor

    • Salty Buggah

      well then again, JoPo and Damon murder Lackey but they’re not playing

      • lily

        i was shocked posada and damon weren’t in the line-up. i know hinske has been hitting but he doesn’t hit lackey damon does and molina r u serious? whats with these days off to damon and posada its not like they will be in the all star game they have enough days off. girardi great move.

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

          Yeah, old guys who have already missed some time this year, be it day-to-day or actually on the DL, don’t need as many free days off as possible. They should play every inning every day no off days ever!

  • Little Bill

    At least we have a good lineup in there for the comeback…

    • lily

      great lineup! no damon and posada who hit lackey

  • Riddering

    Being slow isn’t always a bad thing. *cough*

  • y

    nice performance by the ace pitcher

    • JobaWockeeZ


      Yeah CC is a bust. If his ERA is above 0.00 we wasted good money, Cashman is an utter moron for signing him. I mean he’s a complete and terrible bust. We should have gotten K-Rod instead. He has an ERA closer to 0 so he must be better.

      • Zach

        no one is saying that. but the game before the AS break, you lose two pathetic games in a row, you want your ace pitcher to give you a big performance

      • y

        chill out. it’s a bad performance i didn’t say he’s a bust.

  • lily

    i’d be shocked if we came back to win this game. lackey has been struggling but of course against us he’s on.

    • Dela G

      the rangers, who the yankees pounded like cake mix, had their way with him too…

      • Salty Buggah

        Well A-rod struggles with him but that’s OK as he’s good enough to still beat anyone. Hinske struggles against and Damon kills him but he isn’t playing. JoPo absolutely murders him but he’s not playing. Tex is pretty good too but he’s been kinda slumping for a while.

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

      Do you ever show up when the Yankees are winning?

      • lily

        yea i actually do. theres just nothing to complain about b/c they r winning. and with the way we played the last 2 games , kinda hard to be positive

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

          Well, they did score 14 runs in the last two games. That’s a positive, IMO.

        • V

          So, you only come here to complain?

          That’s what Lohud’s for. Please leave.

          They just won 13 out of 15. Waaaah, they’re losing.

  • AngelsFan209

    YANKEES SUCK!!!!!

    • Dela G

      please go away mane

    • JobaWockeeZ

      LOL. I think I like Angel bandwagoners more than our fanbase. At least they are short on the point.

    • Riddering

      I always enjoy it when fans of opposing teams come into a blog like this and discuss baseball rationally and eloquently.

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

      Wouldn’t that be “AngelsFan2009?”

      Thanks.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Or maybe it stands for being the 209th “fan” of the Angels.

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

        No. They number their fans like cattle. He really is #209

      • Tank the Frank

        Ouch. No dice this time AngelsFan.

  • Dela G

    i’m going to bet very good money that cc has a 1-2-3 inning

    • Riddering

      I hope you did.

  • Ace

    Lackey a possible replacement for Pettitte? Not a bad to have this guy be our fifth starter. Throws some good stuff.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He wants AJ money and the Yanks probably won’t give that to him.

      • Ace

        Definitely doesn’t deserve AJ money. And with the way the economy is, I doubt any teams out there will give him that. Yankees can probably swoop in and snatch him up for a good price.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          No he doesn’t deserve AJ money. But I read in an article he feels like he deserves AJ Burnett kind of money so he’ll ask for a lot.

          • Zach

            his 2007 season deserved AJ money, if he puts on a 2nd half run like AJ he deserves it too. But there’s probably not the market. He’ll be back in LA, Yankees arent going to swoop in for a good price

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

      So you’re leaving Hughes or Chamberlain in the bullpen, then?

      • Ace

        Nope. I was thinking Lackey would replace Pettitte and Hughes replace Wang. Don’t care what happens to Wang. They can trade him, cut him, whatever. CC, AJ, Joba, Hughes and Lackey. Sounds great to me.

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

          Yeah, trading Wang after this season would be the worst move since Greedo shooting first.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Haha, IETC.

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

      An extremely expensive ifth starter.

      • Dela G

        who called this 1-2-3 fifth inning?

        um i did :P

        • Dela G

          oops

          wrong section

      • Ace

        Haha. Agreed. So I guess he would be our 3rd starter then. So I will amend my statement and say Lackey should replace Wang and Hughes will replace Pettitte.

    • BigBlueAL

      5th starter???? A 100% healthy Lackey would be the 2nd starter on the Yankees.

    • Zach

      ha yeah he’d be a decent 5th starter- have you ever heard of John Lackey before?

      • BigBlueAL

        + 1

  • Riddering

    Our ace pitcher is ace.

  • Little Bill

    I really hope the Yankees come back because it’ll make Pete Abraham look foolish again for saying the Yankees have quit. “They all have planes to catch and people to see.” What a joke. They’re playing on the road in a place where they usually struggle and they’re facing a good pitcher. It’s obvious they’ve quit.

    • Salty Buggah

      yea I hope so too but I dont care about PeteAbe, I just wanna win

  • Dela G

    GREAT JOB TEX!

    BREAK OUTTA THAT EFFIN SLUMP MAN!

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

    Daaaammmmmmmit right at him.

  • Hova

    Nice Tex. Let’s get some runs on the board. An A-bomb from A-Rod would be sweet.

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

    Damn, right at the LF.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn A-rod crushed that…let’s make them pay for that error

  • BigBlueAL

    Im surprised the ump didnt call Tex out because Kendrick dropped the ball on the transfer.

  • Dela G

    damn if only that LF wasn’t there…

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

    Cano looked so sad after he realized that was just a pop up.

    • Dela G

      looked like he wanted to jump off of a cliff

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Hinske

  • Dela G

    WOOOHOOO THE METS ARE PLAYING DEFENSE!!!

  • James Auchincloss

    robinson cano

    captain clutch

    • Dela G

      when no one is on base…

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

      Make that Captain Crutch.

  • Riddering

    We have to score here.

    Please?

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

    Hinske should’ve KILLED that pitch.

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

    WOW where did taht miss?! Holy crap I thought that was strike three for sure.

    • Salty Buggah

      it was a outside on Gameday

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

    Hinske with the Bad-Melky swing there.

  • Salty Buggah

    that ball 3 to Hinske, which is a ball on Gameday, was called strike for strike 1 to Hinske earlier in the AB

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Hinske K’s on a curveball that starts below the knees…did he think the ball was going up?

    • Dela G

      maybe he was used to playing softball?

  • BklynJT

    It’s so damn frustrating watching this Yankees team play against the Angels, Rays, or Red Sox.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Playoff caliber teams, you mean?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah the Twins, Rangers, and Tigers are not playoff caliber teams just because we beat them.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      We lose here we’ll be 2-4 against the Angels. And we’re 4-4 against the Rays and 0-8 against the Sox. The only team that really makes me frustrated is the Sox. Angels sort of but they like never win in LA.

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

      The Sox are 4-6 vs. the Rays and 2-4 vs. the Angels. Just sayin’.

      • BklynJT

        Yes ,but the Sox own the Angels in the playoffs and the Angels have historically owned the Yankees in and out of the playoffs. Just sayin’.

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

    You think Morneau’s not doing it this year because the guy called him “Jason” when giving him the trophy last year?

  • Zach

    Mauer is really going to do the HR Derby?

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

      Mauer, Cruz, Inge, Pena for the AL.

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

    Is it just me or have they mentioned Tim Wakefield at least once in the last like…5 games?

  • Dela G

    man abreu is something else with no one on base…

  • Dela G

    cmon cc… in the damn zone

  • bxpd

    Just walk Kendrick. 8 for 11 lifetime. Give him the base.

    • bxpd

      8 or 12

    • Dela G

      why? he got him out at the beg of the game…

      he’s not barry bonds or albert pujols

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

    Wow. I hate the Yankees right now. You’re seriously walking Howie Kendrick and his ~.280 OBP?

  • Salty Buggah

    where did that miss, Lackey got those calls

  • Dela G

    unbelievable

    cc also isnt getting anything

  • Dela G

    CC THAT WAS FUCKING MONEY!

  • Riddering

    We finally got one away from the outfielder!

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Melky…a run or 5 would be nice here

    • Dela G

      slow down there, the baseball gods aren’t santa clause… :P

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

    Mighty Mouse!

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

    There you go, tying run to the plate.

  • Salty Buggah

    That is why you start Posada! Now he’s murdering Lackey to the tune of .400

  • Dela G

    WOOOOHOOO

    WHY THE HELL WAS POSADA NOT IN B4!?

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

    Another error.

    Make. Them. PAY.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Yay the Angles playing Met-ish defense today.

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

    But the Angels are a fundamentally sound, good fielding team!

  • Little Bill

    He throws it away! Now we’re getting the breaks!

  • BklynJT

    Man, there are a lot of Yankee fans in the stadium today.

  • Dela G

    i’m telling you guys

    regardless of whether or not the yankees win today

    these guys remind me of the 07 red sox. They just don’t quit and they never say die when they are behind, regardless of the deficit.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Impossible. The Yankees don’t have grit and only play for the money. The Red Sox care only for the championship because they are the classiest players on the earth.

  • Salty Buggah

    We need to capitalize unlike last time..DO NOT GIDP Jeter

  • Dela G

    wooohooo!!!!

    ERRAH CITAY!

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

    Dear Joe Girardi,

    Please use Phil Hughes for multiple innings today. They have the next four days off, and he hasn’t pitched in three days.

    Love,
    Mike

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

      Co-sign.

    • Dela G

      Dear Mike

      no problem

      Joe

    • zs190

      I know CC hasn’t been all that sharp today but pull him after 91 pitches? I really doubt it’ll happen. So I’m assuming CC for 7th, Hughes for 8th and Mo for 9th if we have a lead.

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

        This is what I don’t understand. Just because CC CAN throw a lot of pitches doesn’t mean he should do it every time out. Save him the rest of the game and give him some “extra” time before the ASB.

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

    Your turn, Tex.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Now should we be glad it’s bases loaded with 0 outs?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      *Sigh*

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

    Bases jacked, no outs, Tex and A-Rod up. I’ll take it.

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

    Tex has been looking silly on off-speed stuff lately.

  • BklynJT

    Love how Singleton just told Flaherty to stfu.

    *paraphrasing*
    Flaherty: “Well sometimes when your struggling, you look to a bunt hit to help you get out of the rut”

    Singelton: “Jeter is 6 for his last 13″

    • Dela G

      pwnt

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon texy, get a hit…you are due

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

    C’mon A-Rod. Five runs minimum this at-bat.

    • Dela G

      i just lol’d

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

    Well, at least it wasn’t a DP. Come on, Alex. Pick him up.

  • dygg

    Had to be looking fastball 3-2 w/ the bases loaded.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Yankees not getting any runs with the bases loaded no outs wouldnt be a surprise.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Easy money.

    • Pasqua

      You are a soothsayer.

  • Dela G

    damn it tex

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

    Shit.

  • Ivan

    Well that was a solid job by Lackey.

    • DieHard

      It was.

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

    That was one of the most depressing two at bat stretches of the season.

  • y

    pathetic

  • j

    ugh

  • Dela G

    incredible

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, he did hit it well though.

    • DieHard

      ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?! HOLY SHIT I HATE FANS LIKE YOU! YOU LITTLE FUCKER!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Calm the hell down and turn off your caps lock.

      • Salty Buggah

        It took a really good scoop at third for Figgins to field it

        And I’m guessing you’re gonna be banned

  • Pasqua

    The Yanks are a fine team, but when they fail, they fail mightily.

  • mustang

    wow… another game in Anaheim

  • BklynJT

    Just love how we made them pay for those mistakes in that inning.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    PC for Lackey?

    • Zach

      111

  • Salty Buggah

    Just one of those series…

    It would have better if tex could’ve put it into play, even if he GIDP’d as run would have scored.

    • mustang

      “Just one of those series…’

      They seem to have a lot of those in Anaheim.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Only the Yankees could get a bases loaded no outs situation with their top two hitters (#s 3 and 4 in the lineup) and fail to score a single run. Only the Yankees.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Then please if it’s painful go root for the Red Sox.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      And the opposing pitcher was over 100 pitches. It’s almost impossible not to score in this situation.

  • abc

    Chamberlain, Huhges, Cano, Cabrera, Jackson, Montero, Gardner and Romine for Lackey? I’d do it

    • Zach

      i know thats probably sarcasm, but after the last 3 games right now probably isnt the right time to try to be funny

      • Salty Buggah

        unfortunately, it’s not sarcasm I think

        • JobaWockeeZ

          That’s sarcasm.

          • Salty Buggah

            eh I dont know. Sounds like irrational anger to me

    • Jose

      We have to unload CC’s contract as well. It has become an Albatross.

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

        You sir, are a moron.

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

          Nevermind, I thought you were serious.

  • y

    tex has to put that in play… so frustrating.

    • abc

      Juan fucking Miranda couldve hit a pitch in play…

  • Jake H

    Why is it that the Yanks can’t beat the Angels?

    • Brazilian Yankee

      No pitching. Number 3 hitter can’t make contact with a changeup or a curveball. Terrible defense. There are many reasons, and they are the same reasons we can’t beat the red sox.

    • Pasqua

      Walt Disney’s frozen corpse hates New York.

      • mustang

        agree…LMAO

  • e mills

    they’ll still pull this one out

  • putt

    I hate the Angels only slightly less than the Sawx…

  • Salty Buggah

    Man, A-rod has mashed in this series except he struggles against Lackey so I guess he can’t hit it out everytime. But Tex has had a horrible series and game today, other than the single.

  • Dela G

    man cc is dealing like a boss

  • bxpd

    I’m listening on the radio and Sterling said the biggest play of the inning was Posada not scoring on the Jeter single to right center. In fairness to him, he did say that before the Tex and A-Rod at bats. Could Posada have scored?

    • Brazilian Yankee

      He got a bad jump, or at least it looked like it. With Posada’s speed, it was the right move not sending him. You have to figure you’ll get runs from a bases loaded no outs situation for your top 2 hitters.

    • Ivan

      Well the angel Ofer didn’t have any intention of throwing home, so yeah Po probably could of scored, but still there is no wrong move considering your 3-4 hitters coming up. They just didn’t execute period in concern with Teix and A-Rod.

      • Salty Buggah

        No way, It was Abreu and he has a cannon and Posada got a bad jump and is slow. He lobbed it to pitcher and Posada was barely rounding 3rd.

    • Riddering

      They didn’t replay his baserunning, but I was shocked he didn’t score on that Jeter single.

      If it had been anyone but Matsui, they would have scored.

      • Riddering

        That came out wrong. I meant the only other runner who wouldn’t have made it would be Matsui.

  • Dela G

    oh lord figgons gone done it again

  • Dela G

    Hey mike

    phil is warming up

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

      Good, he’ll get a nice meaningful inning in.

  • Joseph M

    What we’re seeing here is the 21st century Yankees, wide as the Grand Canyon, deep as a bird bath. The Yanks should thank their lucky stars they didn’t have to play the Dodgers. Record against Tampa, Angels, Red Sox amd Phils 7-18.

    A special thanks to CC, wow what a great number 1 starter, he really came through today.

    • Salty Buggah

      yet we have 3rd best record after numerous injuries and plenty of bad luck losses

      • Joseph M

        With the money they spend and the talent on the roster the measure has to be how they play against teams that are more or less on their level that record 7-18 tells the real tale.

  • Tony

    Just let Hughes finish the game, and gtfo out of Anaheim.

  • y

    they score at will

  • Dela G

    damn it

    i want to just jump off of a bridge

    literally

  • Jake H

    That shouldn’t have been a run. Melky took a terrible route to Figgins ball. if he goes directly to the wall he holds Figgins to a double and that hit probably doesn’t score figgins.

    • Zach

      2 outs Figgins is going on contact if hes on 2nd, he’d score

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

      Nah, Figgins scores from second on that hit since it was two outs.

    • Tony

      Melky isn’t a good fielder. People assume he is because he’s not a good hitter.

      • DJ

        0-2.

        You’d fit right in the Yankee line-up today.

  • Kevin Greene

    Just get us out of Anahiem…. thats all i want

  • putt

    i know hindsight’s 20/20, but is going to hughes one batter too late? wouldn’t you want him against izturis in that spot? maybe I’m just bitter…

    • y

      I agree. Sabathia is the “ace” though, so you stay with him for as long as possible.

      • Joseph M

        Some “ace”, let’s see him pitch a big time game against a top shelf club.

  • bobtaco

    Does Phil get to pitch next inning or is that it?

    Saved just for this situation today, instead of used the last two days.

    Nice work, Joe.

  • Dela G

    good job phil

    now lets go get em

  • Salty Buggah

    Spillover thread for some luck?

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

      Next commercial break.

  • abc

    You can’t ask for anything more from your Ace.

    Throw a mediocre ball-game, going less than seven full innings and giving up five earned runs, assuring the fact that your team doesn’t have a chance to win the game.

    Obviously, he’s done well this year, not GREAT (Like Beckett, yeah thats right, a Red Suk like Beckett) so I mean you cant really get on him. At least he gave us some depth today.

    Still, I have confidence going into the all-star break that we’re going to make the playoffs if we make a few beneficial moves and our starting pitching turns things around…But i have absolutely NO confidence that we’re going to do anything once we are in the playoffs. NONE. If we play the Twins in the first roun,d, yeah, but if we have to play the Angels or Red Sox in the 1st/2nd round, you’d have to be nuts to think we could win.

    Nothings more frustrating than to see the SAME THING happen every single game against these teams…they cant do ANYTHING differently.

    This team needs to grow a sack and start changing the way they play against actually competitive teams.

    If that means throwing boiling water on whoever fails with RISP, then, well, do it.

    But something has GOT to change. Until we play these guys and the REd Sox again, they gotta just keep playing how they where before this trip…But if they losewhen they come out here again or when they play the BoSux at home, then you can pretty much consider the season YET ANOTHER failure….

    • bobtaco

      If Joba pitched like this start, he would be getting ripped, right?

      • abc

        He might be, but he’s the 4th starter on the ball-club, so it woldnt be and shouldnt be as bad as the rippin for Sabathia. We didnt pay this guy MEGABUX to be “Good” we paid him to be “AMAZING” … No?

    • y

      it’s baseball, man – sh*t happens…

  • Salty Buggah

    No DP Robbie..he is due for a HR

    • Dela G

      yezzur

  • Salty Buggah

    Ok no DP Hinske..

  • Dela G

    kei igawa should never be mentioned again

    thats like 3 times in the past 2 weeks he’s been mentioned….

  • Dela G

    CANO!!! DONTCHA KNOW!

  • Dela G

    wow nice late call there ump

    way to be consistent

  • e mills

    I think I’ve seen this before, I just know know where…

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

    Okay, let’s try this bases loaded, no out thing one more time.

  • BklynJT

    What are the chances that the Yankees score 0 runs after 2 innings with bases loaded and no outs? I say High…

  • Salty Buggah

    2nd chance guys…

    • Dela G

      God shines on the yankees sometimes

  • Jose

    Please no Déjà vu, please no Déjà vu…

  • abc

    This AB is gonna be like Sour Melk

    • Dela G

      nah mane

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon Melky..no DP

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

    Nice, JoPo up.

  • Salty Buggah

    Melky = Clutch

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I thought this game was over guys! That Yankees suck so badddd!!!!! Right guyz!!!!!!?!?!?! We suck!!!!!!

  • Ivan

    The Melk man delivers

  • Dela G

    nice job melkman!