Game 91: Yanks can beat a first place team

Old Timers' Day thread
Game 91 Spillover Thread

The Yanks might not have a good record against the Angels and the Red Sox, but they’ve done just fine against other contenders, like the Twins, the Rangers, the Rays, the Mariners, and yes, the Tigers. They’ll go for the sweep today. It’s a big game not only because of that, but because Joba Chamberlain takes the mound. It’s always a big game with Joba.

We know Joba has struggled mightily over his last few appearances. As we saw in the Joba Lane series (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), his struggles aren’t surprising. It’s all about throwing strikes, and for the most part he has failed at that this season. His velocity is a concern, but not nearly a much as his control. He’ll get a chance to redeem himself after a bit of a layoff.

His opponent is Edwin Jackson, to whom we can point (along with yesterday’s starter, Justin Verlander) as an example of what can happen when you have patience with a young pitcher. A sixth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2001, Jackson shot up the minor league ranks, dominating the rookie league and A ball in his first two seasons. In 2003 he pitched very well at AA, striking out more than a batter an inning and keeping his walks at a decent clip. This led to a September call-up, in which Jackson continued pitching well.

Jackson was up and down in 2004, picking up a win on June 2, then coming back in July for a couple of starts. He bombed in his September redux, however. He went back to the minors to start the 2005 season and didn’t get a call-up until August 22. Considering how poorly he pitched at AAA — an 8.62 ERA over 55.1 innings — this is not a surprise. Again, Jackson pitched poorly at the major league level, though he closed out the season with a couple of decent performances.

The Dodgers, however, had seen enough. That off-season they dished him and Chuck Tiffany to the Rays for Danys Baez and Lance Carter. At the time, Baez was coming off a good season as Tampa Bay’s closer, so the Dodgers thought they were dishing a busted prospect for a solid reliever. While Jackson wouldn’t come to maturity right away, the Dodgers got little use out of Baez, who allowed 24 runs over 49.2 innings before the Braves traded Wilson Betemit for him.

It took two seasons of struggles before Jackson finally caught on. His problem throughout his latter major league stints was a way-too-high walk rate. He brought that down significantly in 2008, to 3.8 per nine. He didn’t strike out a ton of guys last year, 5.3 per nine, but just bringing down the walks (and hits) pushed his ERA below the 4.50 mark to 4.42. The Rays thought they were selling high by dishing him to the Tigers for Matt Joyce, but it’s clear now that the Tigers got exactly what they wanted in the deal.

Jackson has thrown 121.2 innings this season, and they’re the best 121.2 of his life. His ERA sits at 2.42. He’s struck out 7.2 hitters per nine innings. He has the lowest WHIP in the league, owing to his new fangled walk rate — 2.6 per nine. He’s also allowed just seven hits per nine, a category in which he leads the league. He pitched well against the Yankees earlier this year, allowing no runs through six innings. The Yanks bats were patient, though, running his pitch count up to 117. The bullpen promptly blew the game in the seventh, as the Yanks rallied for 10 runs.

Hope y’all enjoyed the Old Timers’ ceremonies. Now it’s time for some young dudes to square off.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Brett Gardner, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Melky Caberera, LF

And on the mound, number sixty-two, Joba Chamberlain.

Old Timers' Day thread
Game 91 Spillover Thread
  • chriskeo

    Maybe rest is all Joba needed, hopefully we’ll see an average fastball of 95 MPH or higher

    • Andy Stankiewicz

      We can only hope but I really want to see Joba make it to the 6th inning if possible.

  • Ivan

    Edwin Jackson, the first German born player in baseball history.

    • JGS

      According to wikipedia, there are 27 German-born players

      • Ivan

        Oh my bad…….first black german born player in baseball.

        • JGS

          that is almost certainly true. I think 27 sounds a bit high though….

  • AP28

    I was more excited about seeing Moose on the mound than Joba. At least Moose still throws strikes.

    Its a sad day when Yankee fans can’t get excited to see their young guy pitch. All we ask is for six innings of 3 run ball Joba. That’s it. Then you can go into the dugout and hang out with your buddies and do nothing for the next 4 days.

    • Steve H

      Did you bother reading the intro? Young pitchers struggle.

      • AP28

        Yea, I read the intro. Like I said, 6 innings, 3 runs. That’s all we ask. I think after a long break he can give the Yankees a quality start. I think he’s had 8 of them in 17 starts, so hoping he can deliver one today.

  • E-ROC

    I think we’ll get a few “Yeah Baby!” and fist pumps out of Joba today. The Yanks win another tight one via the walkoff.

  • 27 this year

    Considering the Yankees are 0-10 versus the Red Sox, being only 2 games back is a blessing. If the Yankees can just somewhat turn it around against the Red Sox, the division is theirs. The Angels, I hope they crash and burn because it could be our only hope.

    • Salty Buggah

      0-8 but I see your point. Had we won one game against them, we’d be tied with them right now.

    • Mikebk

      so i guess you have decided to give the sox the next two games as well since last i checked i think it is only 0-8 so far.

    • Andy Stankiewicz

      Are they 0-10 vs. the Sox? I thought the Yanks were 0-8. I have tickets for the August 6th game vs. the Sox and if that game is already a loss I want to know before I go.

    • 27 this year

      my bad guys, I thought I read somewhere they were 0-10 and I was just at camp away from the world for 2 weeks and I am just catching up on stuff. Sorry, my point pretty much still stands.

  • Salty Buggah

    I can only hope Joba throws well today and we score enough of off Jackson to win.

    I really though Posada wouldn’t catch today. First of all, it is Joba (I hope no one blames it on JoPo if he struggles). Second, he caught a day game after a night game yesterday and is catching again today.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Who won the Old Timers Game?

    • Mikebk

      gene michael

    • Andy Stankiewicz

      The fans won.

      • Salty Buggah

        I was going to say the same thing

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

    Hope the Yanks score more than two runs today and the Tigers score less than one =D

  • Salty Buggah

    Roy Halladay is kinda struggling but is getting our of jams. Jays are winning 2-1

    • JGS

      I’m gamecasting that one, and it doesn’t seem like Lester is on top of his game either. just walked Scutaro on four pitches to lead off the third

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, I am too. It’s his 3rd walk already.

        • JGS

          i think the YES gun doesn’t pick up breaking balls, so they just flash some random mid-90s number

          • JGS

            oops…meant to make that a separate comment altogether. not sure how that ended up here

      • Andy Stankiewicz

        I am watching the game on NESN ” I know I will shower asap” and is that Jim Kaat announcing the game?

        • TheLastClown

          It sure is.

          It’s a pleasure to listen to him announce games.

    • Ivan

      That’s good.

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

    Hm. No Swish in the two hole? Jackson may knock the bat outta Gardy’s hands. With the way Jete’s been getting on lately, I would have liked Swish there.

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

    So this is gonna sound weird, but I have this odd superstition–I NEVER watch the pregame. Ever.

    Any of you guys have an odd pregame ritual?

    • Salty Buggah

      Must have the Yanks site open in a tab before the game and throughout the game…this only started recently.

      Oh and no ESPN whatsoever during pregame before the game. In the beginning of the year when we were struggling, I had ESPN open. And if I didn’t, everytime I went on it, the Yanks would promptly allow a run or fail with RISP (and the exact opposite would happen to the Sox). So I dont even want to take a chance now.

      • Salty Buggah

        actually the first one is that important to me as nothing really happens if I dont do it. But the 2nd one is really important to me.

        • Salty Buggah

          *first one isn’t

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Just pray to Ganesh.

          • Salty Buggah

            Hehe nah I’m not Hindu…BTW, everytime I pray, I add a Yanks prayer in there everytime.

            • TheLastClown

              The many arms of Vishnu are open to all Yankees-themed prayers.

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              It never hurts sending a shout-out to Ganesh, no matter your religion. :)

              • Salty Buggah

                Heh yea

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

              I pray every single night.

              My very first prayer? I ask not to have a nightmare.

              That’s actually how I started–I was getting nightmares, really bad ones like every night. So I started praying and asked not to have one.

              Sometimes it works.

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

    Note to Yankees:

    You can’t act.

  • Ivan

    Oh great, Michael Kay is back.

  • Brett Speedner

    Am I the only one who thinks Kay needs to chill out a little bit?

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

      No

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

    I just love YES’s “scouting reports” that aren’t really scouting reports.

  • Arman Tamzarian

    He certainly is moving faster

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

    Joba’s bringin’ the heat so far.

  • Jake H

    Joba’s looking a lot better.

  • Salty Buggah

    90, 91, 93 and now 96

  • TheLastClown

    The YES gun is worthless. Joba’s curve is 93, CC’s change was 94 yesterday, you know they doctor the gun, but this is ridiculous!

    • JGS

      I think they just don’t pick up breaking balls and flash some random mid-90s number for them

      • TheLastClown

        Sure, but you’d think with the YES budget they could fix that up, wouldn’t you?

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

    Working faster…walk’s still a walk…

  • Salty Buggah

    Oh boy, cmon Jobber get out of this.

    Double Play ball…

  • Ivan

    Come on Joba.

  • zs190

    Still 90-93 mostly, ugh.

  • Ivan

    Great job joba

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

    23 pitches is too many but Joba had a nice pace that inning.

  • Salty Buggah

    well, he got out of it but it took 23 pitches.

  • JGS

    not very economical, but unlike the last couple of starts, he made the pitches when he needed to

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

    Still too many pitches, but better. Polanco put up a good fight and one of the best hitters in the game hit a broken bat blooper.

    • Salty Buggah

      True…but starting off 1-2 and then walking him is frustrating.

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

        Of course.

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

          More frustrating: a hit on 0-2 or 1-2 or a walk after being ahead 0-2 or 1-2.

          • Salty Buggah

            I think I asked Mike this before. He said that the walks are more frustrating as the batter has to earn the hit himself.

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

              Yeah, I think so, too.

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

          Hey, he made good pitches. Polanco can’t be struck out. You foul enough of ’em off, and most pitchers will throw four balls.

  • Salty Buggah

    I’m guessing today it’s gonna be curveball for Joba instead of the slider.

  • TheLastClown

    Anyone else find the MLB.TV video freezing periodically while the audio runs smoothly?

    Or just me?

    • Arman Tamzarian

      Yeah, then the video suddenly fast forwards

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

      try lowering the video quality

      • TheLastClown

        Yeah, I did, still doing it though.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Just what I like to see, the overhyped Jon Lester struggling again!

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

      He’s not overhyped. Yes the whole “he had cancer” thing has been rammed down our throats enough, but he’s a stud.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        That’s what I mean.

        Yes, it’s sad that he had cancer, but does that mean he acquired superpowers afterwards?

    • JGS

      come on Joba, you can’t walk the leadoff man

      • JGS

        damnit, wrong place again

        • Salty Buggah

          heh you’re missing your spots like Joba ;)

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

    That’s what you get for assuming, Kay.

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

    That’s kind of great

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

    Haha, Tex has mind control powers, as well.

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

    Edwin Jackson, yet another example of why you should be patient with young pitchers.

  • mko

    How is that not an error on Anderson? I’ll never understand such scoring…

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

      Tough sun, but I agree.

  • Salty Buggah

    Well, that called strike 2 was a ball so that should’ve been a walk

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

    Great, Goose in the booth. Get ready for B-Jobber nonsense.

    • mko

      Oh no, Kay even asks him…time to mute?

    • JGS

      yup, there it goes

  • Salty Buggah

    oh boy, leadoff walk…

    14 strikes, 15 balls

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

    You just had to go there, Kay.

  • TheLastClown

    Boooo Goose B-Jobbin it!

    • Zach

      its all about Joba’s demeanor. Hughes obviously doesnt have Joba demeanor thats why he’s currently sucking in the bullpen..

      • Ian

        lol exactly.. i guess Mariano should’ve been a starter after all.. he certainly doesn’t have the demeanor and intensity to be a big time reliever

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

    Wow, three straight games with a balk.

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

      Bob Davidson, FTL.

    • Salty Buggah

      is that a record or something?

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

    this is great

    “UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Forgot to mention this before. There is a dark hallway outside of the offices used by Joe Girardi and clubhouse manager Rob Cucuzza. The only adornment on the blue wall is a large Yankees logo. It’s right in front of the entrance that the players use.

    Rob came up with the great idea to have the current players — along with the Old Timers — sign the wall with a silver marker. The rule is that only Hall of Famers can sign within the logo.

    Rob and his staff had all the former players sign today. It’s a tradition thy hope will last for years. “It’ll be famous after a while,” he said.”

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, I just saw that. That’s pretty awesome

      • KG Sturnz0r

        like my beer pong table from HS. LEGENDARY!!!

  • Salty Buggah

    well, not that pretty but I’ll take a I’ll take a 11 pitch inning.

  • Ian

    somehow in my mind i had this vision that Michael Kay would not be returning at all to the booth and Singleton could take over as the permanent play by play broadcaster. o well.. sucks to be us

    • mko

      I don’t like Singleton as the play-by-play guy. But Bob Lorenz was pretty good!

      • Ian

        why not? what’s not to like about Singleton? he’s clever, knowledgable, not corny.. he’s certainly 10 notches above Kay

        • mko

          I don’t know, I just don’t like his play-by-play style. I like him as a person and as a color commentator though, most of the time.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Joba may still be struggling, but he gets it done. Now let’s see 1-2-3 inning Joba!

  • Salty Buggah

    When will Swish start hitting at home?

    • Billy

      never

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

    Does anyone else under 40 or so (who didnt watch him pitch, is what I mean) kind of…dislike Goose?

    Besides the B-Jobber thing, he’s one of the most insufferable of the Joe Morgan “Back in ’73, and then I went blah blah blah ’77 was a great year…” kind of guys. Plus his whole “respect the game” trope…

  • JGS

    wow, Goose has a really neat signature

  • Ian

    good idea to give the green light to Matsui.. he’s swingin’ a good bat lately

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

    Not going to lie, that bit about Kay’s scorebook being on eBay after the game was pretty funny.

  • pollo

    Did Kay take a voluntary vacation or was this the mandatory kind?

    • Ian

      I wish he’d do us all a favor and take a permanent vacation.

  • Ian

    i love how all the B-Jobbers justify their argument by saying that Hughes should be in the rotation and Joba in the pen “where he belongs”, despite the fact that Hughes is pitching better than even Joba did when he was in the pen in ’07..

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

    wow, nice play

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

    Damn, nice turn.

  • Billy

    i think joba should add a cutter and a two seamer

    • Salty Buggah

      he added a 2-seamer and apparently, JoPo thinks its his best.

      • Billy

        well he should use it more

  • Salty Buggah

    Bad Robbie

    • billbybob

      Can’t blame Cano for that, it was a nice play.

      • Ian

        it was a GREAT play..

        Bobby Murcer’s wife FTW!! good to have her in the booth

      • Salty Buggah

        yea, I cant watch, Im following Gameday.
        Is it me or has Robbie been a part of many good plays/bad luck this year? A bit too many it seems

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

      Can’t blame him for that. He hit it hard, Polanco made a nice play.

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

    Damn, I thought that would squeak through.

  • JGS

    damn…we’ll be seeing that one again later tonight

  • Jake

    We miss ya Bobby.

  • Ian

    geez.. full count on every hitter

  • pollo

    3-2 SL1DER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

  • JGS

    note to Joba: stop walking the leadoff man. thanks.

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

    Ack, again a walk after being well ahead in the count.

  • Billy

    the pitch before the walk looked a little bit like a cutter

  • Ian

    I think Joba might be tipping his pitches. These hitters look like they EXPECT the slider and just even if it bites well, they just lay off of it because they know it’s coming and it’s gonna break out of the zone.

    • Billy

      yeah i always wondered how they lay off his slider

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

      I wonder how much of that is that he just doesn’t get enough pitches in the strike zone therefore the batter doesn’t have that doubt as to whether the pitch thrown either nips the zone or falls out of it.

      • Salty Buggah

        thats what I thought too

        • KG Sturnz0r

          velocity being down as well.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Joba should definitely learn how to throw a cutter from Mo.

    Mo = Yankee pitching coach after he retires. That would be amazing.

    • Billy

      word. that guy is the posterchild for perfect mechanics

      • Salty Buggah

        well, then he should be a ST instructor. He cant be pitching coach because he cant really help with other pitches like the curve and slider and stuff. For shame.

    • Zach

      No it wouldnt because Mo has never been able to teach anyone teh cutter in 10+ years

  • Billy

    i think joba should also have the mentality of the bullpen when he starts. his current mentality is not helping him conserve energy and go deeper into games

  • Ian

    let’s see.. 0-2 count on Polanco.. anyone wanna bet this goes to 3-2?

    • Ian

      THANK YOU JOBA!

  • pollo

    Mercer’s wife is a cougar. RAWR.

    • mko

      According to Wikipedia, Bobby and Kay were high school sweethearts? So she is about 60 as well? Unbelievable, she looks like in her 40s.

  • Jacob

    Straight gas.

  • JGS

    nice K. Also, the Blue Jays just tacked on an insurance run. 3-1, top 7

    • Billy

      that game is going by really quick

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

        Halladay and Lester will do that.

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

          If it were Halladay-Buehrle, the game would already be over. :P

  • Billy

    95 striking out a great hitter. thats what i wanna see

  • Ian

    you’d think with all the money and resources the Yankees have that they could come up with some sensible radar guns. Joba throws a slider and it comes up as 94? LOL gimme a break already..

    • Mike bk

      it has been doing that all damn weekend. every breaking ball is getting fastball readings.

  • Jake

    Posada throwing fail.

    • JGS

      no harm, no foul

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

    So apparently someone gave Joba a talking to…

  • Ian

    nice inning for Joba.. Bobby Murcer’s wife, AWESOME! what a great spot

    • leche: it does the yankees good

      i love kay murcer.. miss bobby too

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

    Well, he got ahead of the hitters this inning. That’s encouraging.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Joba = clutch when needed

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, JoPo’s 5th error already but thank god Joba got out of it.

  • Billy

    she seems like a really sweet woman. i feel really bad for her and the murcer family

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

      Agreed.

  • Zach

    Halladay has 83 pitches through 7

    • Salty Buggah

      thats awesome considering he had a lot through 2 or something (at least for him that was a lot)

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

      Against the greatest team ever assembled.

      • Zach

        where else can you find depth like nick green, mark kotsay and rocco baldelli?

  • Jake H

    Joba doing a lot better. That song that Kay said about Bobby was funny.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Doesn’t Swisher know that walks don’t count? What is he thinking?

    • Zach

      just clogs the bases and puts the other team in position for DP

  • Little Bill

    I thought Joba would be fine when they were going through all those Joba games throughout the season. He is doing a great job today.

  • Salty Buggah

    Swish, you gotta start taking advantage of right field someday, it’ll help your OPS a lot.

    But I’ll take walks, especially when you begin 0-2 on that AB, anyday too.

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

    Jackson did his own 0-2 to walk.

    • Ian

      wait wait.. u mean Joba’s not the only pitcher in major league history to do that??? impossible!

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

    That Polanco can pick it.

  • Billy

    i hate placido polanco

  • cjc

    fuck placido seriously

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Is it me, or does Joba pitch well when the Yankees do not have any runs/leads. It always seems like Joba can not hold down a 4 run lead, but can keep the opposing team from scoring when the Yankees haven’t scored either.

    • Salty Buggah

      I doubt it. Though it would make a little sense as he is young and can lose a bit of his focus.

    • Zach

      its just his last two starts that are in your head. in his last 15 starts he gave up 4+ runs twice so hes not blowing 4 run leads every game

  • Ian

    ughh.. double play.. the ultimate buz kill of life

  • Salty Buggah

    I hate double plays from out offense, damn Jackson is getting off hte hook.

  • JGS

    one of them is Dontrelle

    • JGS

      and Matt Treanor

  • Billy

    joba is maddening to watch, but i think he’ll be better next year cuz he will learn from this year, the expectations will be somewhat tempered, and his innings will go up

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

    Wow, good trivia.

    Leiter, Farnsworth and Pudge are three.

    • pat

      Mitre?

    • Ian

      and Dontrelle

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

      Ack, Leiter was in Florida in 2005, not 2006.

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

    clete thomas?

    really?

    Oy.

  • Billy

    shit

  • Ian

    Clete freakin Thomas???

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

    Hanger.

  • JGS

    geez, that was launched

  • Billy

    joba’s stuff is so good, his curve ball is 94 mph

  • Ian

    on a side note, Doc being Doc. goin’ for another complete game victory

  • Slu

    Chip Carey is hard to listen to.

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

      I actually blame him for the Yankees losing the 2007 ALDS.

  • Salty Buggah

    ahh damn, I go to the bathroom and return to see a HR

    • e mills

      I got up too. I think I’m gonna have to stay seated for the remainder…

    • Ian

      my rule is never to leave for a break until AFTER we pitch and get 3 outs.

  • Reggie C.

    Good comeback by Joba. Nice K.

  • Billy

    at least he rebounded to the next hitter. and our offense is never out of it

    • mko

      Well, it would be hard for the Yankees to win a game without even scoring one run anyway…

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    C’mon Yankee offense, you saw a Detroit batter take advantage of the rf wall, you can too!

    • JGS

      I don’t know if that was taking advantage of the short porch

  • Longo

    good to see velocity is up there

    • Billy

      yeah really. on the corner black too. his velocity and control are very good today

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

    Nice job rebounding from that homer.

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

    One run in four innings isn’t bad. Offense needs to do it’s job now.

    • Billy

      this seems like this is his best start in a while in terms of velocity, control, and rythm

  • pollo

    You dont gotta throw 95 if you can locate it like your doing today re: Alfredo ACE

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Great inning Joba (besides the homerun)!!

    Joba will go 6 maybe 7 today for sure.

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

    WTF, these creampuff pillows in the commercial are $199?!?!?!?

    • pat

      Notice how they didn’t actually say the price.

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

        No, they did say the price on the commercial!

  • mattb

    We’ll see what the next two innings bring, but the Thomas bomb aside, this is easily the most encouraging Joba start in a bit.

  • JGS

    Solo home runs will almost never kill you. They can get this back

  • Riddering

    I missed the first inning but I like what I’m seeing from Joba today. Especially his recovery following that homer.

    Considering the past couple starts, “like what I’m seeing” = tears are streaming down my face in beatific joy at his performance.

    • mattb

      If he can work two more clean innings, it’d be awfully encouraging. I tell you, after the Thomas bomb, the way he just went after Inge and then strutted behind the mound for a second, that looked more like Joba Chamberlain than anything I’ve seen in a long time. But let’s see innings 5-6.

  • Reggie C.

    This is too easy so far for Edwin Jackson ..

  • Billy

    the don zimmer moment really was something

  • JGS

    an A-bomb! from A-rod!

  • Zach

    i wonder if verlander will bitch about that shot

  • Jake H

    That’s the only ball that has been hit hard.

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

    He’s such an unclutch piece of shit.

    • Zach

      it only tied the game, he should have saved that swing for when someone was on base

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

    A-Rod is so unclutch

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

    Boom goes the A-Rod.

  • e mills

    unclutch or just padding stats? I can’t figure it out.

    • Zach

      why not both

  • Eirias

    Boom. Headshot.

  • Billy

    wow, that pitch was a really good one and he still hit it out

  • pat

    Ugh, bandbox.

  • Salty Buggah

    Fuckin Unclutch Bastard that A-rod!!!!!

  • Riddering

    A-ROD YOU BEAUTIFUL BASTARD.

  • Hova

    Dude, give this guy rest whenever he needs it. He is ridiculous!!!

  • putt

    and somewhere, Justin Verlander is NOT smirking…

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      that was great

  • Dela G

    A ROD I LOVE YOU!!!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    A-Rod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KG Sturnz0r

    ZZZZZZ Alex is back

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

    Stop with those silly statistical facts Kay, we all A-Rod never hits a homer when it matters.

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, my eyes are more accurate and they tell me shrinks into the size of Pedroia in the clutch.

  • Ivan

    A-rod really needs to quit baseball.

    /Scout who spoked to Onley’d

  • JGS

    Alex is only five home runs off the league lead

    • Zach

      with 100 less ABs

  • Zach

    why would they walk matsui twice? we all know he cannt hit a fastball over 93 mph

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Posada will go deep here!

    • Salty Buggah

      would be awesome…but I’ll take a walk too.

  • pat

    Jackson’s changeup is dirrrrrty today.

  • Billy

    arod’s clutch every other year trend continues

  • Rob H.

    52 RBI in 61 games. That’s freaking incredible that he can have 52 RBI that don’t matter at all. I’ve never seen someone be able to accomplish that feat. Just imagine if he actually hit when it mattered. lol

    • Salty Buggah

      Imagine if he got that Grand Slam that was robbed…

  • Zach

    CG for Halladay, can his stock be any higher?

  • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

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    • Billy

      lol

  • JGS

    and it’s a final. Halladay goes the distance and the Blue Jays win 3-1

    • Dela G

      halladay is excellente when we need him to be.

      i love it

      • mko

        Who will beat the Sox when he’s gone?

        • mko

          Well, he won’t beat us either anymore, so I guess it evens out.

  • Billy

    cano will ground softly to second now

  • Dela G

    How the hell was jason bay and all star and a-rod, who played one less month, not?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      1) Bay plays for the Red Sox
      2) A-Rod juiced liek omgzzz!

    • JGS

      he was (and still is) the AL’s RBI leader (league leaders are popular. Hence Carlos Pena and Brian Fuentes making it over far more deserving players). Also, it’s a popularity contest

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Cano Canu Beclutch?

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

      Cano can be sawed off.

  • Dela G

    well that sucked

    at least we got an A-BOMB!!!

  • Billy

    i was wrong, he grounded softly to first

  • cjc

    cano + risp = awesomeness

  • Salty Buggah

    another groundout to 2nd with RISP…oh well, he’ll get it one day

    • Salty Buggah

      * to the 1st but its still the right side of the infield

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

    Holy shit, Greinke has seven complete games?

    • JGS

      mlb.com says 5

    • Zach

      he has 5

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

        Dammit Lorenz, you’ve fooled me for the last time.

  • Billy

    cano is soriano level frustrating in terms of lack of clucth and attentiveness

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

    Well that’s ammo for Swisher haters.

    • Slu

      He does this type of thing way too much.

  • Dela G

    damn swisha

  • e mills

    who put Bobby Abreu back in RF??

  • JGS

    swisher! (facepalm)

  • pat

    hahahaha damn swish.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    That’s why we love Nick.

  • Nikhil R.

    WTF was that Swish?

  • mko

    SWISHER. Stop trying to be cool and play serious for once.

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

    Oy.

  • Jake

    ugh

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    DP C’mon Joba! You’re doing great today!

  • Arman Tamzarian

    That sucks, but is fucking hilarious at the same time, what was he doing?

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

      Thought about catching it then tried to block but failed.

  • Paul

    Grat play Swish!!!

  • Billy

    swisher is an awful outfielder, no way around it. he’s really a 1B, he doesnt belong out there

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

      He’s not a bad outfielder but he’s far from graceful out there.

      • Billy

        no he is BAD

  • mko

    And how is that a triple? Looked like a single and an error to me.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    What is with Granderson and triples?

  • JGS

    boy that one carried a long way

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    97 MPH!

  • Jersey

    According to Gameday, Joba was down 91-93 for the first couple batters this inning, now up 95-97 for Polanco. Evidence that he’s learning to reserve the big velocity for big spots? Just speculatin’.

    • KG Sturnz0r

      or a mechanical thing that my eye is not trained to pick up

      • Jersey

        Probably more likely… =/

  • Billy

    he deserved it

  • Salty Buggah

    95-93-97 to Polanco…damn HBP!!!!

    Cmon DP please!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Call the media, Joba hit a batterrrr!

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

    96 MPH on the breaking ball. Okay, then…

  • KG Sturnz0r

    Joba thinks PP should choke up more

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

    Oof, this is a jam.

    Joba does get his share of groundballs, Kay.

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

      There’s one. Now to get out your nemesis, Clete Thomas.

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

        Whoops, forgot about Thames. *facepalm*

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    That was a huge out.

  • Jersey

    He was just setting up the DP in the most painful way possible.

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

      Saving bullets.

  • JGS

    and there is the fist pump

  • Jake

    to teh pennnn!11!!1!

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

    Holy fucker, Joba got out of the fifth inning!

  • Dela G

    JOBA WITH THE FIST PUMP BABAAAAYYYY!!!!

  • Jake H

    Finally a little emotion and velocity.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Oh no, the fist pump. Bush league.

  • e mills

    ugh…a fist pump?? so busch league

  • Billy

    havent seen one of those in awhile

  • Ivan

    Gas.