Jul
20

Game 92: Streaking after the break

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At the All-Star Break last year, the Yankees were 50-45, six games back of Boston for first place and 5.5 back of Tampa for the Wild Card. They opened the second half on a tear, winning their first eight games, two of which were against the Red Sox in Boston (lest we forget the Joba game). The Yankees look to build a similar post-break streak this year, as they’ve won their first three. The difference, of course, is that the Yankees were 51-37 at the break. That, and they’re fielding a much stronger team this year.

Next on the ledger is the Baltimore Orioles, the team which derailed the Yanks’ efforts last season. The Yanks lost the series finale to Boston, which is understandable, but then dropped two of three to Baltimore before embarking on a mediocre August. That put them pretty much out of the race.

They’ll lead things off against rookie right-hander David Hernandez. A 2005 16th round draft pick, Hernandez traveled the minors a level per year, posting ho hum results until last season in AA. There he threw 141 innings to a 2.68 ERA. His strikeout rate was a ridiculous 10.6 per nine, though he walked 4.5 per nine, which is always a concern. His strikeout rate actually jumped when he moved to AAA this season, 79 in 57.1 innings (12.4 per nine). The difference is that his walk rate dropped below the 3.0 mark.

As is the case with many minor leaguers, the strikeout rate hasn’t yet translated to the majors. The only appearance in which he recorded more than three strikeouts is a 2.2-inning relief appearance against Oakland in June. He has a solid 93 mph fastball which he can dial up to 95. He also has a changeup and a slider, though FanGraphs’ Pitch Type Values pegs the latter as his weakness.

Hernandez looks like the prototype of the kind of pitcher the Yanks struggle with: they’ve never seen him before, he’s on a crappy team, and he’s posted mostly middling results. If he can hit his spots tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yanks struggle. Then again, maybe the offense is ready to feast on a neophyte after facing two of the league’s best in the past two days.

Strangely, Posada caught all three games this weekend, including CC in a day game after a night game, yet Molina gets the call to catch Pettitte, one of the pitchers vocal about how he enjoys pitching to Jorge. The message from Girardi is simple: you’ll pitch to whoever is catching on any given day.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte

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330 Comments

  1. Little Bill says:

    Hopefully the rest gives Pettitte a boost and he bounces back from a couple poor performances. With Hughes and Mo probably unavailable, we could use quality innings from him tonight.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Same here.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Ok that probably doesn’t make sense (not even to me) but I meant that I also hope that Andy gives us some length and quality tonight for another win.

  2. I’m okay with that message.

  3. Tonight’s bottom third of the lineup against righties this year:
    Hinske – .239/.352/.391 in 108 PA’s
    Cabrera – .287/.340/.410 in 197 PA’s
    Molina – .220/.273/.341 in 45 PA’s

  4. pat says:

    Holy Crap Moly
    Maybe the Wilpons lost alot more than 500 million to Bernie Madoff-
    Thats the only reason I can imagine not doing this…. Maybe halladay is more attainable than previously thought

    #mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay. #jays

    http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/status/2747001347

  5. RT @JesseSanchezMLB Oakland placed Giambi on DL with quad injury. Giambi’s hitting .193 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 83 games. Wow.

    Damn, I feel bad for him.

  6. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope that we get a big lead again, except that this time, hopefully Pettitte holds it.

  7. Riddle says:

    I have a feeling Hinske will homer tonight…

  8. Jake Arrieta and Troy Patton hit speedbumps in their promotions to AAA this year, but Chris Tillman (2.42 ERA, 1.086 WHIP, 9.2 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 in 93 innings) is dominating at Norfolk and Brian Matusz (2.01 ERA, 0.894 WHIP, 10.1 K/9, 1.7 BB/9 in 31 innings) is similarly dominating in Bowie.

    I wonder when their ETA’s are. Tillman later this summer, and Matusz, Arrieta, and Patton all next summer?

  9. Mike Axisa says:

    So how many homers for Super Hero Hinske tonight? At least three, right? Plus he’ll catch everything hit within a 50-yd radius.

  10. Oy Andy, quit it with these long flies.

  11. Evan says:

    Roberts hit that off the end of the bat, Mikey.

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    I am so over Andy Pettitte.

    Hit that out to one of the deepest parts of the park … gotta be the Stadium, right Andy?

  13. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Great start.

  14. Joe R says:

    Promising start.. -.-

  15. Jake says:

    This sucks

  16. Ivan says:

    Thank u singleton

  17. Dela G says:

    holy shit he crushed that

  18. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Please Pettitte, I want a good performance tonight.

  19. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope our offense score plenty of runs today

  20. Ivan says:

    Hey Tommie,

    I like your comparison of Hughes to Mussina.

    The more I,ve watch Hughes, the more he does remind me a lil of Moose.

  21. OY TWO HANDS FOR POP UPS JETER

  22. Zach says:

    ok that inning wasnt THAT bad. 16 pitches, 1 solo HR

  23. Salty Buggah says:

    Well, only 1 HR isn’t bad. Hopefully, he can somehow keep them there.

  24. For a second I was terrified Charlie Weiss was going to be in the booth…

  25. bonestock94 says:

    Unbelievable. Markakis hits a 400 footer and the MASN announcers are blaming the “jetstream.”

  26. Dela G says:

    thanks andy for getting outta that jam

  27. If Andy Pettite ever called out Joba for his lack of accountability I’d like to think it would go something like this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-Elr5K2Vuo

  28. Ivan says:

    Damon is a solid baseball player.

  29. Dela G says:

    damn i thought jetes got that

  30. Salty Buggah says:

    Let’s go Rangers for today and the next 2 days.

    • Dela G says:

      as a guy in texas, i normally hate both teams

      however, i will will root for the rangers like crazy

  31. Dela G says:

    nice hit damon

  32. Mike Axisa says:

    Three batters, three hard hit balls. I approve.

  33. Ivan says:

    Man, Teix is becoming my fav yankee players rite now.

  34. Salty Buggah says:

    No DP Alex…

  35. Dela G says:

    incredible how feared markakis is

  36. Jackson says:

    David Hernandez’s fastball is awfully striaght.

  37. Way to fucking clutch, Alex.

  38. Ivan says:

    That was nasty.

  39. Salty Buggah says:

    Well, he had a long AB I guess…cmon Hideki

  40. pat says:

    Two balls we smoked into RF. I like our chances against this dude.

  41. Dela G says:

    that didn’t seem like a strike to me on alex

  42. Salty Buggah says:

    Oh boy, it’s Robbie with bases loaded

  43. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Go Cano!

    I like seeing us tire out the pitcher in the first!

  44. Ivan says:

    That seem like a pitch around.

  45. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Excuse me if I am not joyful that Matsui passed the baton to Cano.

  46. Dela G says:

    well at least cano can’t DP!

  47. Dela G says:

    He’s hitting .350 in july!!!!??!!

    holy crap

  48. LiveFromNewYork says:

    I’m not home yet. What happened?

  49. Evan says:

    That was ball four.

  50. Ivan says:

    Well Cano is having a tough ab.

  51. pat says:

    son of a gun.

  52. zs190 says:

    Oh well, 35 pitches at least.

  53. DGeezy says:

    its mind blogging to me how much cano can continually suck with RISP

  54. pat says:

    Swung at ball 7.

  55. Evan says:

    Darn, no runs.

  56. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    You could see Cano putting up a fight, that’s goood news.

    I’ll take the 35 pitches in that inning.

  57. bonestock94 says:

    At least we know Hernandez is gonna get shelled tonight.

  58. Drew says:

    Can we trade AP for the rights to SNY’s K-Zone and radar gun?

  59. Harry says:

    Cano stinks

  60. Dela G says:

    am i the only one who doesn’t think we will score that many runs against this kid?

    i know we’ll get hits, but i don’t see all that many runs

  61. Dela G says:

    am i the only one who doesn’t think we will score that many runs against this kid?

    i know we’ll get hits, but i don’t see all that many runs

  62. Charlie says:

    confidence level in yankees= 8
    confidence level in cano with risp= 2

  63. Zach says:

    Cano is a winning player!

  64. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn, that was frustrating. We needed a sac fly but A-rod unfortunately K’s. And Robbie could have walked in a run but swung at ball 4 twice. Oh well, hopefully, Andy holds them (not very likely) and we get them next inning.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      on the other hand, that inning wasn’t a total waste as we wasted 35 pitches for Hernandez.

  65. Jake says:

    Just how they drew it up

  66. Evan says:

    Pinball wizardry!

  67. Riddering says:

    Jeter and Snoopy. Two of my favorite things.

  68. THAT was an awesome play.

  69. Dela G says:

    wow that was flippin sweet

  70. …An inside the park grand slam?

    I wanna hit me one of those!

  71. pat says:

    HINSKE!!!!!!!!

  72. Jake says:

    theres the first one.

  73. Zach says:

    but Cash is a horrible GM!

  74. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Babe Hinske!

  75. Drew says:

    Like I said last time, this guy probably deserves to play more often.

  76. Ivan says:

    Wow that ball was just destroyed.

  77. Little Bill says:

    HINSKE HITS ANOTHER! WOW

  78. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Who the fuck called the Hinske HR?

  79. Evan says:

    Man, another home run from Hinske.

  80. TurnTwo says:

    now thats called abusing the short porch in RF.

  81. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Hinske is not bad at baseball.

  82. HOLY MOTHERFUCKER ERIC HINSKE

  83. Riddering says:

    Hinske, who do you think you are?

  84. Zach says:

    4 of his 5 hits are HRs- he’s too reliant on HRs

    /francesa’d

  85. Charlie says:

    wow, hinske has been awesome for the yanks

  86. VO says:

    Wow, props to the commenter who called it.

  87. Dorian says:

    Cash has done it again

  88. Stupid Cashman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    You could tell that was a HR as soon as Hinske made contact.

    Great pickup Cashmoney$

  90. Salty Buggah says:

    WOW HINSKE!

  91. Dela G says:

    HINSKE DOES IT AGAIN

    HOLY CRAP THIS GUY IS LIKE SHELLEY DUNCAN!

  92. pat says:

    anybody know what Sterling said?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      “A Hinske Homer.”

      Lame

      • Little Bill says:

        What happened to the even more lame “Hinske with your best shot?” I thought Abraham had a contest and that won.

      • pat says:

        Probably mad, a few people came up with good ones on the internet and he didn’t wanna rip them off. the “Hinske with your best shot” was pretty good.

    • VO says:

      It is high, it is far, it issssss an A-Bomb from Matsui! As Cano’s homerun puts the Yankees deficit at 2.

  93. LiveFromNewYork says:

    The nice thing about Molina catching is not listening to that stupid Hip Hip crap. If I were Jorgie, I’d be yelling STFU.

  94. Evan says:

    Way to be prompt on the lineup, lol.

    • Dela G says:

      haha yeah it was like

      and here is the orioles lineup, you can see they have 8 people and reimold in RF

      ok back to jeter

  95. zs190 says:

    52 pitches for 5 outs, I’m not even sure it matters whether we hit him or not, he’ll knock himself out by the 5th inning.

  96. LiveFromNewYork says:

    54 pitches already?

  97. Ivan says:

    Wieters not throwing guys out, move him away from catcher.

  98. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon Johnny, give us a YSIII HR

  99. Dela G says:

    the guy’s fastball is like a straight line with no movement

  100. pat says:

    Firstpump Aubrey! Comeon do it!

  101. Ivan says:

    Huff=Fail.

  102. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh man … have to take advantage of this.

  103. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    There is a good chance that Rick Sutcliffe could die from erotic asphyxiation with Smotltz pitching to Varitek tonight.

  104. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Lol did you see Tex’s (?) face when he dropped that foul?

  105. Salty Buggah says:

    Umm, that wasn’t a strike…

  106. Charlie says:

    this umps zone is pretty inconsistent. that pitch was out of the zone by quite a bit.

  107. Evan says:

    This is the dinner reservation strike zone special.

  108. Charlie says:

    god, hughes in the 5th spot in the rotation would be so awesome. kinda off topic, just saying that CC AJ Joba Petitte Hughes >>> CC AJ Joba Petitte Mitre for the rest of the year.

  109. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Charlie Weis just asked Kim Jones to bring everything from the deli.

  110. Dela G says:

    man charlie weis in the booth?

    they don’t have enough ice cream for the two of them

  111. Ivan says:

    Andy is really tough to watch .

  112. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn leadoff walks…DP Please!

  113. Dela G says:

    Hey Weis, i think USC vs Oklahoma would be a better game at yankee stadium

  114. pat says:

    Notre Dame is gonna get worked by USC, I can’t wait.

    • Dela G says:

      I bet the spread will be 35

      last year i bought in for the o/u at 28 and took the over

      that was brilliant

      • pat says:

        I’m not completely competent in the ways of betting and such. Basically taking the over when the o/u is 28 means you think more than 28 points will be scored combined right? Shit, I would have taken the over on 28 for USC’s point total.

  115. Salty Buggah says:

    So wild pitches don’t occur only when JoPo is catching? That’s odd

  116. Ivan says:

    This ab is killing me.

  117. Jackson says:

    It’s Cesar Izturis, put him away.

  118. Zach says:

    its cesar freakin izturis

  119. Salty Buggah says:

    damn, put him away already

  120. Charlie says:

    i don’t even want petitte to go deep in games cause i know he’ll just give up runs like its his job. the yanks bullpen (minus tomko) pitching 6-9 is better than seeing petitte give up lead after lead.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      eh I still want him to go deep. It means he’s pitching effectively and efficiently. And that’s a good thing so our pen doesn’t get overworked and exposed.

    • Nady Nation says:

      You don’t want the Yankees starter to go deep into games, yet you’re a Yankee fan?

      • Charlie says:

        how about i rephrase that to i don’t want to see andy petitte pitching at all rather than going deep into games. i’m a yankee fan, and i want yankees starters to do well, its just difficult and a bit painful watching petitte pitch

    • Little Bill says:

      Mo won’t pitch tonight and I doubt they want to use Hughes so I’d like to see Andy go deep. If it’s close, they use Coke and Aceves to close it out. If it’s a blowout, obviously they can use Bruney, Melancon, Robertson, Tomko.

  121. Dela G says:

    my god that took forever

  122. nyrfan says:

    he wastes so many pitches and works so slowly

  123. Evan says:

    Interesting route, Hinske.

    • Riddering says:

      The turf in RF releases mind-altering vapors. Only explanation for the interesting plays of Hisnke and Swisher.

  124. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Weis is about as exciting as a Nationals game.

  125. Drew says:

    Heh, that catch was Swisher-esque minus a hop.

  126. Dela G says:

    how many pitches is he at?

    900?

  127. Salty Buggah says:

    Heh if A-rod was a pitcher, I could see irrational statements such as:

    “He’s really selfish since he’s keeps trying to get them to foul pitches off instead to put them away so he can drive his strike percentage”

  128. pat says:

    Hinske flashing the leather he is known so well for*.

    *may or may not be true.

  129. Ivan says:

    Any ball hit near Hinskie u just hold ya breathe.

  130. nyrfan says:

    thought that was gone at first glance

  131. Drew says:

    God Kay is an idiot. Even I knew off the bat that he got under it.

  132. TurnTwo says:

    ha! DEEP to center Field! all the way to the 285ft mark!

  133. Ivan says:

    Kay the ball wasn’t even on the damn warning track.

  134. putt says:

    “That one is driven DEEEEEEEEP to right center field…oh, he didn’t quite get that one.”

    WTF?

  135. Nady Nation says:

    Amazing how much bitching there is about a guy who was signed to be the 5th starter.

    • Drew says:

      He wasn’t signed just to be a number 5 on the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was signed to pitch well. He also held out on us until he realized no one was going to pay him what he wanted. Remember the “mystery team” with the “3 year deal.”

      • Zach says:

        i cant complain about 8-5 4.77 from my 5th starter half way through the year

        • Drew says:

          I’m not someone complaining about it. I’m also not going to act like he was signed just to be the prototypical “5th starter.” Citing a W-L record does not tell the whole story though, he has not been reliable at all.

          • Nady Nation says:

            With CC, AJ, Wang, and Joba as your top 4, Andy pretty much was signed to be the prototypical 5th starter.

            • Drew says:

              I guess so, Wang coming off an injury, Joba was 22 yrs old this winter, AJ history of injuries. I thought AP was signed to be a solid anchor in the rotation, he has not been that.

              • Zach says:

                hes 37, who fooled you into thinking he was going to be the anchor in the rotation?

                • Drew says:

                  Solid anchor, as in, consistent and good ol’ reliable Andy, not “THE ANCHOR.” We had CC and Wanger for that.

                • Zach says:

                  expecting a 37 year old coming off a 2nd half where he had a bad shoulder to be consistent and reliable is a bit of a stretch

          • Zach says:

            yes he was signed to be the prototypical 5th starter. dont know what your expectations were this season but if he repeats his performance last year then he’s probably the best 5th starter in the game. as long as he gives us 180 IP and an era in the 4s somewhere then he did his job.

            “he has not been reliable at all” what 5th starter is reliable? Brad Penny?

            • Drew says:

              All I know is that when the rotation to form in March, Joba was the 5th starter. AT least that’s how I took it. Especially coming off a year in which we had plans of Joba, IPK, Philly.

      • Nady Nation says:

        A 5th starter’s job is to give you a decent amount of innings with league average or slightly better production. If Andy pitches a little better than he did in the first half, he will give us just that. And the “3 year deal” crap was posturing by his agents, which is part of baseball. Do you hate A-Rod after the whole opt-out fiasco?

        • Drew says:

          Alex Rodriguez=Best player in baseball, IMO
          AP=Old pitcher that earned 1 mil per loss last year.

          • Nady Nation says:

            So it was OK for A-Rod to “hold out on us until he realized no one was going to pay him what he wanted” just b/c he’s good at baseball? OK.

            • Drew says:

              Um, Someone was willing to pay him and he didn’t hold out. He opted out of a contract to get payed. Andy was holding out for money from us until he realized he just wouldn’t get it. It’s two completely different circumstances.

              • Nady Nation says:

                Who was willing to pay him? Pretty sure he came crawling back to the Yankees out of desperation b/c no one was matching his needs, and the Yanks had already said they were going in another direction. He got lucky that Hank gave him an idiotic contract.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Yea and he was signed to give us innings…how many innings per start is he giving us? 5.96, which isn’t bad but you would want a bit more.

    • Ivan says:

      Sign to be the 5th starter but now due to circumstances, is the 3rd starter.

  136. Ivan says:

    Has to be Brian Roberts rite?

  137. pat says:

    Good question… probably Huff. They think Sherrill. I guess we’ll see.

  138. Dela G says:

    cmon a-rod… you seriously swung at that sheet?

  139. zs190 says:

    Gary Thorn, “the Orioles are only 13-19 against the East, that’s not bad”, dude, that’s .400 ball, that is pretty bad.

  140. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Now that was not a good inning by our offense.

  141. Evan says:

    Good play, Robbie.

  142. Dela G says:

    damn adam jones motored down 1st base on that K

  143. pat says:

    Cc tex and arod, thats like 68 million between those guys, damn.

  144. Drew says:

    Kay’s head grows even larger as he say’s “Rege”

  145. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Range

  146. Dela G says:

    JETER IS GEICO MONEY!

  147. Teix is the Man says:

    Time to break this bitch open

  148. Salty Buggah says:

    Marquez/Betemit for Swisher and Fryer/Erickson for Hinske…

    So Cash is greater than or equal to Theo?

  149. Mike Axisa says:

    Woooooooo Shitske. Swisher coulda did that.

  150. Dela G says:

    lol kay, no one actually tapes crap with their VCRs while watching live anymore

  151. pat says:

    Dammit, WAKE THE FUDGE UP BOYS

  152. Salty Buggah says:

    20 pitches in the last two innings after 59 in the 1st 2 for Hernandez. Damn, can we stop with the 1st pitch outs now, 3 are enough.

  153. Riddering says:

    This game feels very relaxing after the past two, even though we haven’t blown it open yet.

    Maybe that’s just me. I have pie, I have cold medicine, I have Yankee baseball. I’m satisfied.

  154. Dela G says:

    nice job andy

  155. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope Melky gets hot again soon

  156. Salty Buggah says:

    Ugh that was a Joba-esque walk after being ahead 1-2. Cmon Andy

  157. Ivan says:

    Come on Andy.

  158. Zach says:

    lets see if cano helped save a run

  159. Dela G says:

    kay that joke was terrible

  160. BigBlueAL says:

    I must confess, I actually like that stupid whistle played after every Yankee pitcher gets a K.

  161. Ivan says:

    Good job Andy.

  162. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Nice pitching there Andy.

  163. Jackson says:

    Great job by Pettitte there.

  164. pat says:

    I figured out what I really detest about kay. He always sounds so proud of himself after he makes a little pun or joke. He always wants to pat himself on the back after making an observation. I can’t stand that shit. Take a fucking clue from singy and make your joke and keep going with the conversation.

  165. Evan says:

    Good escape, Andy.

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