Game 92: Streaking after the break

Remembering the moon walk at Yankee Stadium
Game 92 Spillover Thread

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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Remembering the moon walk at Yankee Stadium
Game 92 Spillover Thread
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    WE’RE GOING STREAKING!!!!

  • Little Bill

    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

      Same here.

      • Salty Buggah

        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.

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

    I’m okay with that message.

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

    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

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

      Well, Cabrera’s numbers aren’t horrible

      • Salty Buggah

        neither are Hinkse’s…almost the same OPS

  • pat

    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

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

      I heard it was $700 mill.

      • pat

        Well if they weren’t ready to deal fmart along with assorted pieces of junk it must be closer to a billion. Thats basically a package of Ajax, Robertson, Melancon and like Eduardo Nunez. BASURA!

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

          Thats basically a package of Ajax, Robertson, Melancon and like Eduardo Nunez.

          No, it’s not

          F-Mart > AJax
          Niese >>>>> Robertson
          Parnell >>> Melancon
          Tejada >>>>>>> Nunez

          • pat

            Bah, parnell and neise are nothing special, tejada has a nice obp. Definitely not the type of package we were expecting.

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

              Niese is a 22 year old lefty, and Tejada is 19 and is already in AA.

              They’re both much better than David Robertson and Eduardo Nunez, respectively.

              • pat

                Eh yea eduardo was a bit of a stretch I just threw him out there. Ok so the guys I threw out there weren’t EXACT comps but that is by no means a stellar collection of talent.

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

                  It’s not a bad collection of talent either, though.

                  F-Mart, Niese, and Parnell are all legit big leaguers who all still have good upside, and Tejada’s far away but he’s a good prospect. It’s a better haul than Santana. Much.

                • pat

                  Which was my main point.

    • Salty Buggah

      That’s a horrible package (at least not as good as it can get)

    • Andy Stankiewicz

      He looks very attainable but the Yankee price would surely be alot higher.

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

        Probably right.

        Minnesota charged us a premium for Santana because they didn’t want him in the AL. I’m sure the Jays would do the same to keep him away from the AL East.

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

    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.

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

      Darn, I was hoping to give him a cheer this weekend. Ah well.

    • Zach

      Billy Beane had some genius moves this offseason. Giambi, Cabrera, Holliday.

  • Salty Buggah

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

  • Riddle

    I have a feeling Hinske will homer tonight…

    • JobaWockeeZ

      What do ya know.

    • nyrfan

      great call, i feel like the odds are with you now on that call

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

    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?

    • Salty Buggah

      Thir future pitching, Wieters, and their outfield is why the O’s can be scary.

      • pat

        Thanks Seattle!

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

        Very strong up the middle with Wieters, Jones, and Roberts. Just need a real SS.

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

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

    • pat

      Shit we might need at least 4 or 5 to stay in this game.

      • putt

        1 down, 2 to go…

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

    Oy Andy, quit it with these long flies.

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

      Holy hell Andy, I said stop it.

      • Riddering

        I think we all were saying it!

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

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

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

      Markakis’s drive, however, wasn’t.

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

    I am so over Andy Pettitte.

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

    • Joe R

      But the jet streams!

    • Andy Stankiewicz

      I hear ya. I for one can’t wait till he resigns with Houston.

    • Zach

      yeah not the 81 mph two-seamer (per gameday) down and in to a lefty

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Great start.

  • Joe R

    Promising start.. -.-

  • Jake

    This sucks

  • Ivan

    Thank u singleton

  • Dela G

    holy shit he crushed that

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Please Pettitte, I want a good performance tonight.

    • Zach

      11 strikes : 1 ball
      atleast hes throwing strikes

      • Dela G

        yezzur

      • Brazilian Yankee

        Not much help when they are hitting the strikes hard.

        • Zach

          true, you need that good balance

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope our offense score plenty of runs today

    • Dela G

      we will need them

    • Riddering

      They’ve got be itching to score runs after the pitcher duels this past weekend.

  • Ivan

    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.

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

      THAT IS HOW YOU DEBATE!!!!

      What happened? I blacked out.

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

    OY TWO HANDS FOR POP UPS JETER

  • Zach

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

  • Salty Buggah

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

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

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

  • bonestock94

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

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

      We’re gonna booooooo Markakis
      We’re gonna boo, boo, boo Markakis

  • Dela G

    thanks andy for getting outta that jam

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

    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

  • Ivan

    Damon is a solid baseball player.

  • Dela G

    damn i thought jetes got that

  • Salty Buggah

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

    • Dela G

      as a guy in texas, i normally hate both teams

      however, i will will root for the rangers like crazy

  • Dela G

    nice hit damon

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

    Three batters, three hard hit balls. I approve.

    • Salty Buggah

      Let’s hope it continues and translates into a lot of runs

  • Ivan

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

  • Salty Buggah

    No DP Alex…

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

      No whammies, no whammies, no whammies…

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

        No DP, but a K.

        Half a whammy?

  • Dela G

    incredible how feared markakis is

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Well he has a hose…

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Something only A-Rod could dream of being.

      /Fox’d

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    David Hernandez’s fastball is awfully striaght.

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

    Way to fucking clutch, Alex.

  • Ivan

    That was nasty.

  • Salty Buggah

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

  • pat

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

  • Dela G

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

    • Salty Buggah

      it was on Gameday unfortunately

      • Dela G

        yargh!

  • Salty Buggah

    Oh boy, it’s Robbie with bases loaded

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Go Cano!

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

  • Ivan

    That seem like a pitch around.

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

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

      You can’t hit what they don’t throw at you.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        Two negatives make a…

        …oh wait. No it does not.

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

    This is gonna be ugly.

  • Dela G

    well at least cano can’t DP!

  • Dela G

    He’s hitting .350 in july!!!!??!!

    holy crap

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I’m not home yet. What happened?

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

    That was ball four.

    • Dela G

      damn it cano

      that was ball fo fo sho

  • Ivan

    Well Cano is having a tough ab.

  • pat

    son of a gun.

  • Jake

    meh

  • zs190

    Oh well, 35 pitches at least.

  • DGeezy

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

    • Drew

      Did you see that AB?

    • Little Bill

      Yeah, just more reason to cut Cano. Who cares if he’s hitting .350 this month? He didn’t come through in this one instance and that’s all that really matters.

      • Charlie

        yea, you’re right, he only didn’t come through in this instance. its not like he’s sucked pretty badly with RISP this entire season, or anything. no one wanted to “cut” cano as far as i can see, either

    • DGeezy

      im pretty sure i didnt say the yanks should cut cano, its just unbelievable to me hows hes not delivering with RISP.

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

      I agree.

      It is mind blogging.

  • pat

    Swung at ball 7.

    • Dela G

      hahaha IETC

    • Drew

      Too close to take IMO.

    • Zach

      no, the only pitch he fould off that was a ball was pitch #6

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

    Darn, no runs.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

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

    I’ll take the 35 pitches in that inning.

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

      True.

  • bonestock94

    At least we know Hernandez is gonna get shelled tonight.

  • Drew

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

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Can we give up Kay too?

      • Drew

        Yes but if they ask for Kenny, I take the deal off the table.

  • Harry

    Cano stinks

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

      Great story, Brian. Compelling, and rich.

      Well, that’s gonna do it for all of us here at Channel 4 News. You stay classy, San Diego.

    • pat

      In your opinion.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Cano stinks with runners in scoring position otherwise he is a great second baseman.

      Fixed.

      • pat

        That wasn’t fixed it was overhauled.

  • Dela G

    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

  • Dela G

    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

    • pat

      If you hit it runs will come.

      • Zach

        if your patient their bullpen will come

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Based on an AB by Cano and an AB by A-Rod?

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

      Baltimore’s bullpen ERA is 4.50. Even if we don’t score runs off Hernandez, 35 pitches in the first portends well for our immediate future.

      • Dela G

        agreed

  • Charlie

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

  • Zach

    Cano is a winning player!

  • Salty Buggah

    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

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

  • Jake

    Just how they drew it up

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

    Pinball wizardry!

  • Riddering

    Jeter and Snoopy. Two of my favorite things.

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

    THAT was an awesome play.

    • Salty Buggah

      What happened?

      • Drew

        Liner bounced off Teix, Robbie snatched it and underhanded it to AP covering first.

  • Dela G

    wow that was flippin sweet

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

    …An inside the park grand slam?

    I wanna hit me one of those!

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

    Shitske!

  • pat

    HINSKE!!!!!!!!

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

      Lightning, meet bottle. Bottle, lightning.

      You kids play nice.

      • pat

        heh. I hate that phrase but it is oh so deliciously applicable.

  • Jake

    theres the first one.

  • Zach

    but Cash is a horrible GM!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Babe Hinske!

  • Drew

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

  • Ivan

    Wow that ball was just destroyed.

  • Little Bill

    HINSKE HITS ANOTHER! WOW

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Who the fuck called the Hinske HR?

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

    Man, another home run from Hinske.

  • TurnTwo

    now thats called abusing the short porch in RF.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Hinske is not bad at baseball.

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

    HOLY MOTHERFUCKER ERIC HINSKE

  • Riddering

    Hinske, who do you think you are?

    • zs190

      Cody Ransom? I kid, sort of.

  • Zach

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

    /francesa’d

    • TurnTwo

      ietc.

    • Ivan

      I heard him said that today. The yanks rely too much on the homeruns while the Sox and Angels play “small ball”.

      I,ll take the homers thank you.

  • Charlie

    wow, hinske has been awesome for the yanks

  • VO

    Wow, props to the commenter who called it.

  • Dorian

    Cash has done it again

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

    Stupid Cashman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

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

    Great pickup Cashmoney$

  • Salty Buggah

    WOW HINSKE!

  • Dela G

    HINSKE DOES IT AGAIN

    HOLY CRAP THIS GUY IS LIKE SHELLEY DUNCAN!

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

      Ixnay on the uncan-day.

    • Zach

      only better

    • Drew

      Except better.. lol

    • Nady Nation

      …except he’s a serviceable MLB player.

    • Salty Buggah

      I hope not. Shelley was exposed fast and I think Hinske can hit a breaking pitch.

    • pat

      I guess the theme here is Hinske is a little better than Duncnasty

    • Dela G

      i was talking about all the homeruns in in few games he’s played

  • pat

    anybody know what Sterling said?

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

      “A Hinske Homer.”

      Lame

      • Little Bill

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

      • pat

        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

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

  • LiveFromNewYork

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

    • Zach

      dont do commercials promoting it then

      • LiveFromNewYork

        I don’t.

        And in the ESPN commercial Jorge looks exasperated by it.

        It’s one of the things on my list of “annoying things at YS that should die” along with YMCA and a few other things.

        • Zach

          thats BS. he signed up for the commercial and he knew what it was about, dont want to hear that he doesnt like it

          • LiveFromNewYork

            Then you won’t want to hear this: he doesn’t like it.

            • Zach

              then dont do commercials promoting it

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

          +20

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      HIP HIP JOSE!

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

    Way to be prompt on the lineup, lol.

    • Dela G

      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

  • zs190

    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.

    • Zach

      or turn into CC and go 7 scoreless

  • LiveFromNewYork

    54 pitches already?

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

      He’s gonna be out of this game by the third inning at this rate.

  • Ivan

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

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

      Yup. He’s way too big for the position. Bump him down 30 spots in your prospect rankings because of it.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon Johnny, give us a YSIII HR

  • Dela G

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

  • pat

    Firstpump Aubrey! Comeon do it!

  • Ivan

    Huff=Fail.

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

    Oh man … have to take advantage of this.

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

      Or not.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

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

  • Salty Buggah

    Umm, that wasn’t a strike…

    • Dela G

      shhh

      you dont know anything

      • Salty Buggah

        Probably right but Gameday does and that was ball 3 to Damon is what it says

        • Dela G

          i agree that it wasn’t a strike though

          :D Just playin with you

          • Salty Buggah

            I know

  • Charlie

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

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

    This is the dinner reservation strike zone special.

  • Charlie

    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.

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

      +27

      • Charlie

        icwudt

    • Salty Buggah

      I agree

      BTW, I think nothing is off-topic for game threads and open threads

    • Jake

      We haven’t even seen the dude pitch yet.

      • Charlie

        so what, he’s 28 and nothing special at all, he’s been mediocre in his career so far. IMO, even ivan nova >> mitre

        • Jake

          No one expected Aaron Small to do anything either. You never know with baseball let the guy pitch first.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

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

      I’m considering making Army my new second favorite college football team if they start playing games in YS3 with regularity.

      I can’t do that for Notre Dame, because they’re douchenozzles.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        There are two things that Noles and Hurricanes agree on, the Gators and Notre Dame both suck.

  • Dela G

    man charlie weis in the booth?

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

  • Ivan

    Andy is really tough to watch .

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn leadoff walks…DP Please!

  • Dela G

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

  • pat

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

    • Dela G

      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

        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.

  • Salty Buggah

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

  • Ivan

    This ab is killing me.

    • Ivan

      finally.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    It’s Cesar Izturis, put him away.

  • Zach

    its cesar freakin izturis

  • Salty Buggah

    damn, put him away already

  • Charlie

    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

      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

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

      • Charlie

        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

      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.

  • Dela G

    my god that took forever

  • nyrfan

    he wastes so many pitches and works so slowly

    • Zach

      Joba needs to learn how to pitch by watching the veterans on this team

      /everyone

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

    Interesting route, Hinske.

    • Riddering

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

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Weis is about as exciting as a Nationals game.

  • Drew

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

  • Dela G

    how many pitches is he at?

    900?

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Um..51 he hasn’t even really been inefficient

  • Salty Buggah

    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”

    • Dela G

      and he never gets strike outs in the playoffs

  • pat

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

    *may or may not be true.

  • Ivan

    Any ball hit near Hinskie u just hold ya breathe.

  • nyrfan

    thought that was gone at first glance

  • Drew

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

  • TurnTwo

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

  • Ivan

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

  • putt

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

    WTF?

    • Ivan

      That was sterling-esque

      • TurnTwo

        no, it was exactly what one should expect from Michael Kay.

  • Nady Nation

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

    • Drew

      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

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

        • Drew

          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

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

            • Drew

              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

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

                • Drew

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

                • Zach

                  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

            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

              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

        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

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

          • Nady Nation

            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

              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

                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

        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

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

      • Zach

        so your expectations of a 37 year old change half way through the season?

  • Ivan

    Has to be Brian Roberts rite?

  • pat

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

  • Dela G

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

  • zs190

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

    • Ivan

      Well for the O’s that isn’t so bad but rather solid by their standards.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Now that was not a good inning by our offense.

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

    Good play, Robbie.

  • Dela G

    damn adam jones motored down 1st base on that K

  • pat

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

    • Dela G

      its a lot more than that my friend

      a rod himself makes 33 million this year :)

      • Zach

        arod 32
        tex 20
        cc 14 (bumps up to 23 the rest of his contract)

      • pat

        32+14+20= 66, I was off by 2

      • Dela G

        oh my bad, i thought he started making 23 this season

        • pat

          heh its ok, we forgive.

    • Riddering

      LOL.

      That was my friend’s comment when they were on Regis & Kelly. “That’s a lot of money sitting right there.”

  • Drew

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

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

      Yeesh, so it’s grown to my size.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Range

  • Dela G

    JETER IS GEICO MONEY!

  • Teix is the Man

    Time to break this bitch open

  • Salty Buggah

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

    So Cash is greater than or equal to Theo?

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

    Woooooooo Shitske. Swisher coulda did that.

    • Dela G

      as a matter of fact, he swing through that just like swishahouse does

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

      Shitske?

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

        That’s what Drunk Jays Fans used to call him. I figured I’d keep it alive.

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

          Ah, I see.

    • Salty Buggah

      Cmon Mike, you can’t hate on Hinske…yet.

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

        I’m not hating. It just annoys me that people think he’s a superior player to Swisher.

        • Salty Buggah

          Oh yea, thats’s dumb. Not many people here have said it though.

  • Dela G

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

  • pat

    Dammit, WAKE THE FUDGE UP BOYS

  • Salty Buggah

    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.

  • Riddering

    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.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I want some cold medicine!

  • Dela G

    nice job andy

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope Melky gets hot again soon

  • Salty Buggah

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

  • Ivan

    Come on Andy.

  • Zach

    lets see if cano helped save a run

    • Zach

      boom there you go

  • Dela G

    kay that joke was terrible

  • BigBlueAL

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

  • Ivan

    Good job Andy.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Nice pitching there Andy.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Great job by Pettitte there.

  • pat

    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.

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

    Good escape, Andy.

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