Game 90: When last we met

A weekend of celebrating the past
Game 90 Spillover Thread

CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander last squared off on April 27, and what we witnessed that day was a clinic in pitching. Sabathia threw a complete game, allowing just six hits and no walks while striking out seven. Verlander was nearly untouchable. He lasted seven innings, gave up seven hits and struck out nine. He also walked no one.

The final score of that game was 4-2. Magglio Ordoñez’s two-run home run — just his second of the season — bounced off the top of the right field wall and landed on the wrong side. The Yanks would plate two in the 9th but couldn’t mount the comeback.

Today, these two aces meet again. Sabathia is coming off of a bad start against the Angels. On Sunday, he gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks as the Yanks lost 5-4. Verlander, who leads the AL in strike outs, is coming off a seven-inning shut out start against the Indians. He is 10-2 with a 2.22 ERA over his last 15 starts. Runs should be scarce.

For CC, the second half has always been kind to him. He has a career 3.39 ERA and strikes out nearly a batter an inning more in the second half than in the first. That should be good news for those wary of his declining K numbers this year.

The game starts at 1:04 p.m., and it is a bee-yoo-tee-ful day for baseball in New York.

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Sabathia P

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A weekend of celebrating the past
Game 90 Spillover Thread
  • NO Halladay

    Forget Halladay, keep all the young players and continue to build. Let’s see what Mitre can do Tuesday and maybe Wang can come back and be a descent fifth starter.

    The fifth starter position isnt that important, Joba seems to be the wildcard as does Pettitte. Both need to improve.

  • Salty Buggah

    “Injured NY Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang says he’s pain free, ready to throw on Monday”
    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....r_chi.html

    Good news

    • NO Halladay

      Yes, wonderful. He still could be a great addition in the second half. Probably the best trade that could be made is to have him back and pitching well.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, he is a really great #2 when right so yea it would be nice to get 2007 Wang right.

    • Accent Shallow

      I wish someone would pull an Orwell on those red hats and just dump them down the memory hole.

      A healthy and effective Wang would be huge for this team, but I don’t have faith in that happening until next year. Hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

      • ShuutoHeat

        I’m a big CMW fan, but even then I am with you on seeing him better next year than this year. It will take him some times to get back to his old self.

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope CC shuts them down and the offense scores some runs off Verlander so we win..

  • NO Halladay

    Would Lugo be a good pick up? Can he play third? We really don’t have a good utility infielder. Cody Ransom is an error machine. I would rather see Pena called up and Ransom released. Why no Ramiro Pena? he played well when he was here.

    • Salty Buggah

      Nah, he’s not so good defensively now and that’s why the Sox relesed him. Of course his offense isn’t good but it
      s decent for a backup guy.

    • Accent Shallow

      Ixnay on Lugo. He’s been injured this year, and it led to his defense being in the toilet.

      • NO Halladay

        OK so what about Ramiro Pena, I thought he did a great job and had a better bat than Ransom

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

          He’ll be up in September, but sooner in Ransom keeps shitting the bed.

          • NO Halladay

            That might be a spot to make a trade, for a utility infielder that can actually play

  • NO Halladay

    This looks like a pitching duel, but it seems like everytime I think a duel is on both guys get knocked around, or it’s a blow out for one side. Hopefully we get to Verlander early.

  • Bob

    Isn’t today game 90? The Yanks are 52-37, so they’ve already played 89 games.

    • pat

      Yeah, lohud has it wrong too.

  • NO Halladay

    Melky seems to be getting the nod over Gardner to start the second half.

    • Swish-less

      Any thoughts on starting Melky in RF over Swish? Nick’s average has plummeted to .235 last I checked

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

        Swisher still has a 114 OPS+ and Melky still has a 104 OPS+. I’d take Swisher for now.

        • Accent Shallow

          Swisher definitely has his issues, but it’s really out there how much rage he inspires.

        • Swish-less

          Useful logic, thanks Ben. To clarify, how meaningful is that 10 point differential? Granted, On Base Average and Slugging are key…

  • NO Halladay

    A radio game today, blacked out on the west coast because of FOX, I hate FOX

  • NO Halladay

    Cone with the first pitch, any juice left in the tank?

  • Accent Shallow

    That was the best first pitch I’ve seen in awhile. I bet Coney can’t lift his arm above his shoulder.

  • pat

    Hahah, coney throws a slider.

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

    So what inning do we see Cone in the booth?

  • NO Halladay

    26 outs to go for the perfect game

  • Accent Shallow

    Jesus Christ, what is up with Johnny?

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Damon that was ugly

  • Drew

    No harm no foul, would’ve been a double anyway.

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

    Yikes. Need to fix the GPS Johnny.

  • NO Halladay

    Walk Cabrera, set up the DP

  • Nels

    Paul O’Neill made that play Damon missed ten years ago.

    • Accent Shallow

      Damon makes that play last year.

      • Drew

        I don’t think anyone makes that play until it hits the wall. he split the OFers.

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

    Yeah, that was the old “you’re not getting a damn thing to hit” pitching sequence to Miggy.

  • Salty Buggah

    Double play ball please

  • Alex

    sabathia’s off speed stuff today is 95. nice.

    • Accent Shallow

      Really, what’s the point of the YES gun? It just registers everything at fastball speed.

      • Alex

        that changeup was 96.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          YES or Gameday? If it’s YES don’t trust it.

  • Salty Buggah

    Do those magical “eye drops” Big Papi got work for Defense too? We need to get Damon some

  • NO Halladay

    The “mystery of Magglio” says Sterling, only 4 HR, JUICE?

    • Drew

      I’m going off the top of my head but I believe he had the best season of his career a few years into testing.

      • NO Halladay

        Maybe so, a knee jerk reaction for me, hard to believe that players lose power that quickly

      • Zach

        BABIP
        2007: .385
        2008: .338
        2009: .300
        Career: .320

        • Salty Buggah

          Well, BABIP alone doesn’t tell you everything. Maybe he was hitting the ball harder so more of them landed. You gotta check his LD% with that too.

          • Zach

            2007: 19.2%
            2008: 20.4%
            2009: 15.8%
            Career:19.8%

            • Salty Buggah

              Ok so it was some luck then I guess. Interesting.

              • Drew

                Eh, if you remember watching him that year, he was arguably the best hitter in the game. It wasn’t like he was getting dinkers to drop in.

                • Salty Buggah

                  Well, I’m sure you didn’t watch his EVERY game. And they don’t have to be dinkers. Instead of hitting line drives in the OF that would be sometimes caught, this time a lot went into the gaps. And thats luck as you can’t hit the ball where you want.

                • Zach

                  he was 8th in the AL in singles, did he kill the ball? yes. but he also hit singles

          • Drew

            YEah he was absolutely killing the ball in ’07, it had little to do with luck.

            • Zach

              he batted .053 points higher then his career average, and .043 higher then his previous career best, you cant disregard luck

              • Drew

                He’s also had 6 seasons in which he’s hit over .315. I don’t disregard luck but, I’m not going to say he wAs second in MVP voting because he was lucky.

                • Salty Buggah

                  Zach and I aren’t saying he was completely lucky. He was damn good but also had a bit (not too much but enough) luck too.

                • Zach

                  Exactly, was he a good hitter? yes. and if he hit .350 in multiple years then no i wouldnt attribute it to luck. but that big of a jump for only one year equals more luck that season in my book

  • NO Halladay

    Too many pitches in that inning

  • Accent Shallow

    CC, please settle down.

    Let’s knock that muskrat off Verlander’s chin.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    way too many pitches for CC early. Hopefully he can settle down.

  • Ivan

    I don’t know about u guys, but im still high off that Phil Hughes performance.

    • NO Halladay

      Yeah that was awesome, that should make him the 8th inning guy with no doubt

  • Alex

    What makes a pitcher a “fly-ball” pitcher?

    • Salty Buggah

      He doesn’t generate many groundballs

      • Alex

        i knew someone would say something stupid and arrogant like that. Sinker ballers induce grounballs, but what about a “fly-ball” pitcher?

        • Drew

          A guy that pitches to contact but doesn’t induce a lot of groundballs.

        • NO Halladay

          I would guess lots of fastballs up in the zone, pitching to contact, changeups

        • Accent Shallow

          Pitching up in the zone and having a “rising” fastball.

        • Salty Buggah

          WTF?! Stupid and Arrogant? That’s exactly what it is. Look at Chris Young, that guy just doesn’t get many groundballs. He gives up a lot of fly-balls and therefore more HRs

          • NO Halladay

            It was an ok response. Can’t read minds or too much into anything on e-mail or chat rooms. People project their own stuff.

            • Salty Buggah

              Ok yeah but that’s exactly what it was. A guy that doesn’t give up many groundball has to give up flyballs and/or K’s instead. It’s kinda obvious, no?

              • Alex

                obviously if your a fly-ball pitcher you don’t give up many groundballs. Maybe stupid and arrogant was the wrong way to put it, but my question was aimed at the pitch selection that a “fly-ball” pitcher has in his aresenal.

                • Salty Buggah

                  Oh, gotcha. You see, I thought you asked what does a pitcher do to become a fly-ball pitcher and I answered.

  • NO Halladay

    El Duque is available, worth a look?

  • Salty Buggah

    Well, that was a Joba-esque 24 pitch inning but I’ll take it since he allowed no runs.

  • NO Halladay

    Jeter in the leadoff, great move

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice start Jete

  • NO Halladay

    I Damon ever going to hit another homer?

  • Zach

    Verlander is only at 92-93? his shoulder must be messed up

    • Jersey

      They should put him in the bullpen

  • pat

    Yikes, nice arm gerald

  • Arman Tamzarian

    That was a perfect throw

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Running themselves out of a good inning. Just great.

    • Zach

      a guy on first equals a “good inning”? jeter was 17 for 20 this season in SB.

      • NO Halladay

        I like the steal call, good aggressive baseball int he first inning of a potential pitchers duel, get the runner into scoring position. Either that or bunt? Not with Damon.

        • NO Halladay

          Angels would have bunted the runner over and had two shots to single him in

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

          It’s the first inning, why the hell would you bunt?

          • Jersey

            Or steal?

          • NO Halladay

            If you expect a low scoring game, then getting a run on the board might be a good idea, I can see a bunt or a steal in that situation.

  • Bullpen is important too

    Lugo > Ransom, Crap > Ransom- does anyone think the Yanks win yesterday if lets say Bruney or Robertson pitches those innings instead of Hughes? Aceves yes maybe. Then today would have no one in the pen.

    • Drew

      Bruney’s got to get right eventually. Who knows if we win yesterday without Hughes, it’s kind of irrelevant.

    • Salty Buggah

      OK, can we stop with the name changing and having the subject as the name? It’s kind of annoying.

  • Ivan

    Nasty change up

  • Nels

    It just seemed like every pitch in Tex’s at bat clocked at 97 on the YES gun. Included the “change up” he struck out on.

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

    Does Mussina count as a dynasty Yank?

    • pat

      he shouldn’t

      • NO Halladay

        Not really, Mussina was underrated though, he could probably have still pitched this year, he was learning to pitch without velocity.

        • pat

          He def could have. No offense to him, but you can’t be a dynasty Yank if the team didn’t win shit when you were there. No fault to him, he was very good with us.

          • Stryker

            there goes senseless yankees fans discounting their consecutive playoff appearances again. other ball clubs would KILL to sniff october baseball.

            • Stryker

              and by “didn’t win shit” i surely hope you don’t mean their 6 STRAIGHT YEARS of winning the AL east title..

              • Stryker

                *AL east title while he was on the team. they held the AL east title from ’98 – ’06, obviously.

    • Jersey

      That’s tough…he’s borderline. I would say no.

      • Jersey

        …much as I liked him.

  • Accent Shallow

    Looks like those extra days off did not agree with CC.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    CC needs to find his groove if he keeps pitching like this its gonna be tough to beat verlander.

  • Starting Pitchah

    CC looks horrible today, AJ looked horrible yesterday…

    WTF Eiland

    • Zach

      yup, Eiland’s fault for struggles from 8+ year veterans

    • pat

      mad days off

  • Brazilian Yankee

    CC is having a hard time hitting the outside corner to RH batters. He better figure it out soon or this will be ugly.

  • Salty Buggah

    Settle down there CC

  • Manimal

    Its all JoPo’s fault. If only Cervelli was still in the majors…

  • Ivan

    Lets go CC.

  • Arman Tamzarian

    RAB had a feature on flipflopflyball.com a month or so ago, I remember everyone really enjoyed it. I was just there and the author added a few new ones. Check it out if you haven’t already, it’s a great site. I still want him to make them available for purchase

  • cor shep

    hey guys – I’m about to buy tickets to the old timers game tomorrow. Just making sure the game tickets also allow entry early to the game. Also, what time should I plan on being at the stadium? Thanks a lot

  • Salty Buggah

    It’s interesting that JoPo is working a day game after a night game. So, Joba has a personal catcher now?

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

    51 pitches already.

    • handtius

      I was thinking the same thing. If he don’t come down, we’ll need 4-5 innings out of a pen minus a 2 inning stint from hughes. (I’m not complaining about yesterday. it was the right move). I guess you try and get 3 out of Ace, 1 bruney and hopefully 1 from Mo.

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

        Or they could just hang double digits on Verlander and run Tomko out there.

        • handtius

          Oh, well, yeah. there is always that.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    51 pitches to get through 2 innings. Hope Aceves is ready to pitch at least 3 innings.

    • Peter Lacock

      Tigers are smartly being patient.

      • handtius

        Or CC isn’t making his pitches. ya know, either one.

        • Jack

          It’s probably a bit of both.

  • Accent Shallow

    That’s about as ugly of a two innings you can have without allowing any runs. Must be nice to have that sort of stuff in your back pocket.

    Hopefully that time to sit has affected Verlander adversely.

  • Salty Buggah

    Well, he got out of it. Hate the 50 pitches .

  • NO Halladay

    This might be a game in which Sabathia struggles for a couple innings and then it’s lights out till the 7th

    • handtius

      That is possible and would be nice.

  • Accent Shallow

    Verlander is really getting the neighborhood call at the plate.

  • NO Halladay

    He can go six if he averages 15 an inning, that would mean command

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Is it just me or does it look like Verlander is getting a bigger strike zone?

    • AJ

      No I see it too.

  • AJ

    Millar up against the Red Sox, bases loaded, no one out. Grounds into double play…then the next guy flies out. Good god.

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s still on the payroll.

    • NO Halladay

      Jays should just quit and sell off the pieces of the team

    • Zach

      thats why Penny is worth a Smoak type bat

    • Salty Buggah

      They have all the luck. Genius Theo must have worked a new way to get his team luck.

  • pat

    I guess cano got the boot from the 5 hole

  • NO Halladay

    What’s the pitch count for Verlander?

    • handtius

      32

  • AJ

    Atleast theyre working the count..?

    • handtius

      yes.

  • Accent Shallow

    At least they’re making Verlander work.

  • handtius

    Well, at least they are making Verlander work. maybe he’ll be out of the game after 6.

  • NO Halladay

    Predicting a Jorge HR

    • handtius

      -fail

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Yankees are having some good ABs.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Jorge’s AB…not so good.

    • Accent Shallow

      Jorge must have missed that memo.

  • Salty Buggah

    Well, even after that 3 pitch K to JoPo, he had to throw 19 pitches

  • NO Halladay

    Good game so far, what you would expect with the starters

    • Zach

      score’s misleading. way too many pitches for CC

  • AJ

    Going to Tampa to see the Yanks play the Rays on the 27th and 28th, I need something clever to put on a sign so I can be on YES. I’ll try not to make fun of Michael Kay or his head. Any suggestions?

  • handtius

    Verlander is dropping first pitch strike like Wo!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Posada really dont even swing at that on 0-2.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Oh well hopefully the Tiger’s bad bullpen comes in around the 6th or 7th.

  • AJ

    What would it take to get Jarrod Washburn?

    • Accent Shallow

      Pass.

      • AJ

        2.96 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, only 28 Walks in 112 innings, .225 BAA.

        • handtius

          slap me silly and call me betty.

        • Accent Shallow

          Mediocre flyball pitcher gets good defense behind him in huge park, puts up good numbers.

          We’ve seen this movie before.

    • Jack

      Too much.

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

    CC needed a short inning like that.

    • Zach

      horrible AB from Thames

  • Accent Shallow

    That’s one way to lower your pitch count.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    nice quick inning i like it CC.

  • Salty Buggah

    Now that was an efficient inning.

  • Accent Shallow

    Everett as great defender really messes with my head. He doesn’t seem that quick.

  • charlespoet

    I think I could get use to no Michael Kay on these Yes broadcasts.

  • AJ

    I miss Kay.

    • Stryker

      you’re the only one. singleton and leiter are the two best announcers the yankees have.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Fuck CC throw strikes stop walking people.

  • AJ

    AHHHH!!! This is very irritating.

  • Salty Buggah

    CC, settle down there buddy

  • handtius

    Damn it CC get a strike out. I don’t want any of that, bouncedbackthepitcher shite!

    • Stryker

      an out is an out is an out…

      it’s all about adapting.

    • YankeeScribe

      Are you being sarcastic? His pitchcount is too high. for the 4th inning. The less pitches it takes to get hitters out the better…

    • handtius

      Come one. Seriously. If you can’t read sarcasm in this post I feel sorry for you.

  • YankeeScribe

    Another day another passed ball by Posada…

  • Accent Shallow

    Sets up the DP, at least.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’m so good it hurts.

  • AJ

    Excellent.

  • AJ

    But now we have to rely on Aceves..

  • Drew

    Let’s get CC some damn run support.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    It would be nice if we could get something going against Verlander now.

    • Accent Shallow

      Jeter is intrigued by your ideas and wishes to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • AJ

    I can do without Professor Leiter.

    • handtius

      Leiter is awesome. He and Cone do nothing but speak honestly.

      • Zach

        i still love when Leiter was on WFAN the other week killing bjobbers, brings a smile to my face

        • handtius

          I didn’t hear that. sounds like a good show.

          • Zach

            well paraphrasing, he was just echoing what everyone else here says; you put any young starter in the bullpen and they’re going to be successful as a 1 inning pitcher. and if you always did that you would never have any aces, no Beckett, Halladay, CC, etc.

  • Rich M

    Jim Kaat calling Red Sox games just sounds wrong.

    • Stryker

      really wish he would have stayed with the yankees. i grew up listening to rizzuto and the kaat/singleton tandem.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Verlander just walked a guy. Why not take a pitch?

    • Accent Shallow

      Hoping he’d get a cookie.

    • handtius

      No, Arod had a good idea there. Verlander has been throwing 1st pitch strikes. Arod was hoping to jump on one and was a little off, but I don’t think it was a bad move.

      • Brazilian Yankee

        Except he didn’t throw one to Tex, the previous batter. And the batter after Arod, Matsui, didn’t get a first pitch strike either and got to a 3-1 count. It was a bout of wildness, too bad Alex didnt see it.

        • Drew

          If only Alex had your baseball brain..

          • handtius

            + 1.5 It’s all Arods fault. Trying to hit a first pitch fastball of a dominant pitcher is so bush league.

  • Accent Shallow

    That sure looked like ball four.

    • Zach

      it was inbetween strike 1 and ball 3 on gameday

    • handtius

      Sure looked like a good pitch to hit to me. Matsui was under it.

  • Zach

    98, 99, 98, 98
    ouch

  • Accent Shallow

    Brad Penny’s physical appearance offends me.

  • charlespoet

    This is what frustrates me about Matsui – realize I am in the minority here – but he cannot hit a fastball over 93. His bat is just dragging through the zone and he is back to trying to pull everything.

    • Zach

      ‘but he cannot hit a fastball over 93′
      love statements without statistical evidence

      • charlespoet

        Yes, and stats support everything that the visual does not. So my mistake, Matsui is awesome, the .269 ba and .880 OPS override the gun reading and what we all see.

        How could I miss that obvious.

        • Zach

          good, because i dont see any other Yankees hitting Verlander’s fastball today either.
          but lets DFA matsui and put Hinske as our DH, or Posada and start Cervelli

          • charlespoet

            Yep, there you go, make the extreme bullshit response that is far removed from my original comment. I did say DFA Matsui and did say Hinske was better and did say that Matsui was the only one not hitting his fastball.

            Dude with abilities like this, why would anyone else post. I think I am just oging to say Zach, what is on my mind, and you can spin it however you want. Fantastic!

            • handtius

              Ok, breath. Matsui can hit a fastball, so can most everyone else in the mlb. But everyone will have a hard time with a 99 mph fastball, including every mlb player, when the pitcher has + breaking stuff.

            • Zach

              your original post was about some unsupported comment that Matsui cant hit FB over 93, so before you call BS on me show me that matsui is hitting .128 against FB over 93

              • charlespoet

                Again, if there was a stat I would provide it. So without a stat, it does not exist. Ok.

                Then you win. He is hitting only .254 against power pitchers before today, but then again, no body hits power pitchers.

    • Drew

      He’s been rolling over outside pitches since he played in Japan. It’s nothing new.

    • Accent Shallow

      Hitters have trouble with big fastballs. Film at 11.

  • Zach

    Blue Jays are winning 4-1
    guess we can bitch that they’re rolling over for Boston but they play us hard

  • YankeeScribe

    This is the type of game where they could use a boost of grit from guys like Gardy and Cervelli…

    • Jack

      Yeah, that’s what they’re missing.

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

      Those guys wouldn’t even put up a fight against Verlander. Cervelli’s bat would be knocked out of his hands before it got off his shoulders.

      • Accent Shallow

        Verlander’s facial hair makes me think he wouldn’t throw behind a hitter.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Maybe the Yankees could sign “Lucas”. That kid had heart.

      • Jack

        Is Rudy still alive?

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Could you imagine Lucas and Rudy back to back? Throw Scrappy Doo in that lineup, and the Yanks would have #27

  • Ivan

    This is one of those games where CC and the rest of this pitching staff has to win the game for the yanks.

  • Zach

    will Posada swing this AB?

  • Ivan

    Verlander is dominating the yanks.

    • Riddering

      He dominates most lineups.

  • Ivan

    How many pitches CC has thrown?

    • Accent Shallow

      95.

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

      90-something.

    • Zach

      95

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

    That play was way closer than it should have been.

    • handtius

      What are you trying to say? Jeter is good or Thames is slow?

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

        Jeter made a good throw.

        • handtius

          Then I agree.

  • V

    I totally, 100%, disagree with Al Leiter.

    I say make all amateurs free agents. Get rid of the draft.

  • Accent Shallow

    Anyone else siked for the Montero talk from Singleton?

    Speaking of, Montero’s been mediocre at Trenton (.596 OPS)

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

      It’s an unforgiving ballpark. Look at Jackson’s splits last year.

      • Accent Shallow

        .645 OPS. Wow.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      move the decimal over to the right a bit and that’s more like it =)

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

    Bear down CC. You got this.

  • Ivan

    Bare down CC

  • Ivan

    Big out there.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Good pitching CC.

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

    CC is not an ace.

    • Accent Shallow

      If the pen yaks it up, you will see people making this argument.

      They will be serious. I’ll just shake my head.

      • Zach

        Ace’s go more than 6 IP. CC didnt go over 6 IP. therefore CC is no ace.

        • NO Halladay

          No ace you say?

          • Zach

            it was sarcasm

    • charlespoet

      Nope, he needs to pitch more like Joba to be an ace.

  • Accent Shallow

    It wasn’t pretty, but 6 scoreless innings works.

  • Joe R

    Uuuggee pop up right there.

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

    My money’s on Girardi trying to squeeze another inning out of CC.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’d just sit him down, but Laird/Everett/Granderson is tempting, though.

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

        It’s been a stressful game, just sit him.

    • Ivan

      I think he’s gonna bring in Aceves.

    • Accent Shallow

      With the gas. At least the seventh is probably Verlander’s last inning.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Now the Yankee take the lead.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    swinging at the fist pitch come on at this rate verlander could go past 9 shut out innings

  • Joe R

    Hey lets not make Verlander work and get him out early or anything.

  • Riddering

    Johnny, the right porch misses you.

    • handtius

      He said hello, but didn’t give it big hug.

      • Riddering

        It was good enough for me.

  • Ivan

    Nice Damon.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Damn, we could have used a HR there. Still, nice AB Johnny.

    • handtius

      greedy much?

      • Riddering

        Right now, I think it’s greedier to expect more than one hit per inning.

      • Brazilian Yankee

        What can I say, I would like a win today.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon Big Texy

  • Ivan

    Being very careful with Teix or pitching around him.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    That was only 99mph…hot damn.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      And 100mph on the last one. Hot damn again.

  • Ivan

    Damn!

  • Salty Buggah

    Borderline there…damn

  • Ivan

    Lets go pitching.

  • NO Halladay

    had to run the dog to the vet to drop off, what did I miss? Looks like Sabathia settled down!

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

    Hey look, it’s CC…

  • Joe R

    CC at 105 already. How far do we push it? Shouldnt we let Melancon or Bruney handle 8-9-1? Have Al up to put out any fire.

    • Zach

      0-0 ball game. CC > Bruney/Melancon

      • Joe R

        He subtly complained about his over-useage before. Dont need to push it with the 2nd half of the season still to go. Bullpen has been doing its job. Doesnt matter now tho. Inning over.

        • Zach

          “Bullpen has been doing its job”
          Not Bruney or Melancon

          • Zach

            well Bruney hasnt, and i dont trust Melancon in a 0-0 (or 1-0) game right now

    • Accent Shallow

      I don’t want Melancon anywhere near this game unless one of the teams goes up 5+ runs.

  • Ivan

    Sticking with the big buy.

  • NO Halladay

    I think the pitch count thing is overrated, we need to go back to the 4 man rotation and pitch till your arm falls off, that way the pitchers would really be worth the dough and a horse like CC could do it.

    • Salty Buggah

      If there werent guaranteed contracts

    • Accent Shallow

      The pitch count isn’t necessarily a precise tool, but you have to manage workload. No reason to shred arms if you can avoid it.

      Someone might go to the 4 man rotation (maybe Texas?), but baseball is so afraid of change.

  • NO Halladay

    Was there a five man rotation in the days of Gibson/Koufax? A pitch count?

  • Zach

    wow, who would have bet CC would end up throwing 7 shutout innings after the first two innings?

    • NO Halladay

      Me, I guessed he would settle down and maybe go 6, not 7, here’s to 8

  • NO Halladay

    Let him pitch 8

  • Salty Buggah

    Definitely UGLY, but I’ll take these 7 shutout innings

  • charlespoet

    I think this CC is a stud. Do I need stats to support what I have watched all year?

    • NO Halladay

      A horse agreed

      • Riddering

        But does the horse work for ESPN?

    • Jersey

      Yes.

    • Jack

      Couldn’t hurt.

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

    Mo, what a game by CC. Unreal to do what he did after the first two innings.

  • Jersey

    After the 2nd inning he averaged what, twelve pitches an inning or so? Solid stuff.

    • Jack

      10, 15, 13, 15, 10

      Not too shabby.

  • Ivan

    Thats what top flight aces do. Didn’t even have his best stuff or relly his control and still pitch a 7 shutout innings. Terrific.

  • YankeeScribe

    We could use a bandbox solo homer right now

    • Joe R

      +1

    • YankeeScribe

      I called it!

      • Jersey

        Props

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Well, its time for the offense to produce.

  • NO Halladay

    CC Should pitch the 8th unless we get the lead, then……….ABOMB

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

    Oh no he di’int.

    OH YES HE DID!!!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    and just like that it does

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

    A-ROD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe R

    A-Rod. Stop doing un-ARod things like being clutch.

    • Ivan

      A-Rod is an over the hill DH.

      /Onley’d

  • Accent Shallow

    Verlander, you mad? Maybe if he shaved, stuff like that wouldn’t happen to him.

  • Zach

    97 mph means nothing when its down the middle

  • NO Halladay

    Now CC next inning and then MO

  • Jersey

    BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE

  • Salty Buggah

    Alex!

  • Joe R

    Ace for the 8th?

  • Ivan

    It’s kind of hard to believe it’s decade since the perfect game by Cone. I still remember watching that as a lil kid.

    By the way, while perfect games you need a little bit of luck, outside of Larsen, every pitcher on the perfect game list was a top flight pitcher in there hey day, and yes even Kenny Rogers.

    • Accent Shallow

      I dunno, Tom Browning seems like more of an innings eater type, and Len Barker seems downright mediocre.

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

    Clutchitudenousness!

  • charlespoet

    They should boo ARod. That was such a selfish hit

  • NO Halladay

    Cano goes deep too! His spot, c’mon!@

  • Rey22

    So unclutch. Where’s Angel Berroa when you need him playing third?

  • Jersey

    I think you go to the bullpen in the 8th. CC is looking good but he’s over 110 pitches, he could lose it fast

  • Drew

    CC Ace or Bruney next inning?

    • Jersey

      Ace would be my choice.

    • Joe R

      Bruney doesnt come near the 8th right now. Esp in a 1-0 game. Gotta be Ace.

    • Riddering

      Ace.

      Bruney only if we get five more runs this inning.

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

      2-3-4 hitters. Go with Mo, then bring Aceves in for the ninth.

  • Joe R

    Siwssshhhaaaaa

    • Joe R

      wi*

    • Zach

      tha fourth outfieldaah!

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    Geez Arod, thats just so selfish! Always padding his stats with homeruns. If he was gritty and clutch, he would have hit a triple and Cano would have struck out, making the game “grittier”!

  • Jersey

    Verlander’s world is crumbling around him!

  • Riddering

    Let’s make this a big inning, Clutchy!

  • Drew

    Melky is balls

    • Jersey

      Also, fast

  • Joe R

    MELKY!!

  • Zach

    swisha is good at base running

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

    Wow, he looked out.

  • Jersey

    Melky’s hustle = money

  • Joe R

    Im surprised Melky didnt head dive for first.