Game 94: Sweep again

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Game 94 Spillover Thread

The Yankees go for their second straight sweep following the All-Star Break today as they face off against the Orioles. The first two games of this series have been enjoyable, with the Yankees walking off with a 2-1 victory on a Hideki Matsui home run on Monday, and taking a sizable lead on Tuesday en route to a 6-4 win.

Hopefully today’s game is one of those stress-free blowouts. Not only because it’d be nice to go into the evening with a win to guarantee remaining in first place, but because there are a few guys in the pen who haven’t had much work lately. That’s partly a product of the starting pitching, but also a product of Joe Girardi‘s lack of faith in them in high-leverage spots. It’d be nice to get Mark Melancon, David Robertson, and Brian Bruney some mop-up innings when the Yanks are up big.

A.J. Burnett takes the bump for the Yanks this afternoon. After a shaky start Burnett has rolled lately, though he had some trouble in his first start after the break, pitching on eight days’ rest. Even without his A game, he held the Tigers to three runs over six innings. The five walks didn’t help, but A.J. didn’t let them hurt too much. We’re looking for more of the June 14 through July 8 A.J., the one with the sub 2.00 ERA and gaudy strikeout numbers.

On the other side is Jason Berken, the second rookie the Yankees will face in three days. He’s had a rough go in his first 10 starts, picking up a win his debut but failing to do so in his next nine. He hasn’t reached six innings or 100 pitches since June 18 against the Mets, and even then he allowed four runs.

A sixth round pick in 2006 out of Clemson, Berken got through the O’s system a level a year, though this year was his AAA year (he also started the year in AA but was moved up quickly). He impressed there, allowing just three runs in 25.2 innings over five starts. He’s not really a strikeout guy, but manages to keep his walks and homers low.

He’s a fastball-change-slider-curve guy, who mixes his pitches. He throws his fastball 60 percent of the time and gives just about equal time to the other three. The fastball averages around 92, so it’s not bad, and the change takes off about 9 mph. It doesn’t look like any of them is an out pitch, but he mixes things up enough to keep guys off balance.

Yanks get a small break after this, as the next game is 7 p.m. tomorrow. It was supposed to be an off-day, but instead they’ll make up an April rain-out against the A’s, and then play them in a regular three-game set.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
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. Brett Gardner, CF

And on the mound number thirty-four, A.J. Burnett.

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Game 94 Spillover Thread
  • Dela G

    since i have class at 2p, i can only watch the first hour, but man i am going to predict the yankees score 5 runs today, giving up 3 or so.

    I like the prospects for the sweep

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

    I got tickets for tomorrow.

    Anyone else going?

    • Dela G

      i’m jealous

      i was able to see the inaugural game against the cubbies though. That was awesome

    • Kiersten

      Me!

      and this is the perfect lineup.

    • JGS

      me too–hopefully going to go for 7 straight

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

      I’m going tomorrow as well.

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    I’m getting out my broom!

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

    Sox acquired LaRoche. The season is over.

    • Thomas A. Anderson

      Who needs Adrian Gonzalez? ;)

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

      A decent move by Theo, I think. It’s a Low A pitcher and PTBNL, right?

      Of course it’s not going to have too much of an effect, but if Lowell goes down they have an option. A crappy one, but still. Bet the the Nation wishes it was Nick Johnson, though.

      • Nady Nation

        Apparently, Delcarmen could be in the deal.

        http://twitter.com/shaftofpowe…..2780699392

        (link h/t to TSJC)

        • Tampa Yankee

          MLBTR is reporting he is not in the deal.

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

            Yeah, I didn’t retweet it. Not enough confirmation.

            Looks like Delcarmen is still available to be the centerpiece of the Sox deal for Roy Halladay.

          • Nady Nation

            Ahhh my bad. Maybe Ortiz, Okajima, or Saito is in the deal instead. Then they can maintain the “gain a white player, lose a minority player” form of transaction.

    • Dela G

      i read that this morning

      i think they thought they were getting the better hitting laroche

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

      Nevermind the season… let’s just fold up shop. No more baseball. We’re never beating the Sox again.

      Let’s transfer all the players in the organization to Manchester United. Maybe some of them will be good at soccer.

      • Jose

        “We’re never beating the Sox again.”

        I can’t remember ever beating them. This team has been doomed for a long time.

    • Jose

      Where is our counter-move? We have a joke of a front office.

      • Dela G

        i know you are kidding, but the sox countered our move instead :P

      • Yuri

        Should the Yanks and Sox just add the Pirates roster to their depth chart?

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

          That’s the part that pisses me off the most about all this. They’re not supposed to be allowed to have Jason Bay and Adam LaRoche.

          They can’t do that to our pledges! Only WE can do that to our pledges!

          • Salty Buggah

            Yea I thought about that too. I’m pissed. Those two-timing bitches!

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

    Posada again. He’s been catching a lot of day gams-after-night games this year, hasnt he?

    I aint complainin’, though. This is the A+ Yankee lineup.

    • Chris

      I noticed that too. I assumed that A-Rod was DH last night so they wouldn’t get hurt too much with Posada not catching today. Apparently I was wrong.

  • Dela G

    Does anyone think the X-Man could come back next year for a much lesser salary and he could be healed by the ASB. I know the success rate of a second TJ surgery is 20ish %, but he is a good LF and he hit close to .300 last sept

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

      Nady is like Matsui to me. There’s a chance both of them could return and be good hitters… but I don’t want either of them on the club. Too much risk.

    • Chris

      Where did you see that the success rate of a second TJ surgery is so low? The last I had seen about it was that success rate was similar to a first time.

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope AJ throws a gem today and like you guys said, hopefully our offense breaks out so we can give those mop-up innings to guys who need them.

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

    I’m hoping for a eight or nine run lead, so they run Robertson, Bruney and Melancon out there for an inning each. They need some work.

  • Salty Buggah

    Dont be wild today AJ

  • pat

    Gasolina!

  • http://twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Hunter Strickland and Argenis Diaz for LaRoche, WEEI reporting.

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

      Not that it matters at all, but:

      Hunter Strickland and Argenis Diaz >>>>> Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer
      and
      Eric Hinske >>>>> Adam LaRoche

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

    Gardner is not an everyday player. He’s so bad defensively. Did you see him misplay that ball plus that other one that other time?

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

      OMG GARDNER AND SWISHER SUCK SO BAD DEFENSIVELY WHY CAN’T YOU DUMB STATHEADS SEE THAT!!!!!!1!!!!

      • Tampa Yankee

        I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE ARE YELLING ABOUT!!!!!!

        • Klemy

          LOUD NOISES!!!

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

    Melky caused Gardner to do that with his mind. He put a root on him.

    • Salty Buggah

      Stop being a homer!!!!

      /NO Halladay’d

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

        I’m still trying to figure out if his name meant “No Halladay” or “New Orleans Halladay”.

  • Dela G

    damn AJ is money at the beginning!

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

    Nice quick inning.

  • Tampa Yankee

    nice inning

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice start. More please! Cmon Offense!

  • Dela G

    excellente

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

    There we go. I approve of this start.

  • Tank the Frank

    Jeter must have made a conscious effort to swing at more first pitch strikes this season. I’ve noticed it big time. It’s frustrating when he makes an out like that as the leadoff man, but overall it’s working for him.

  • Dela G

    i heart jeter

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Jeter, cmon guys keep the chain moving. I want to see thier pen soon!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Lead off DOUBLE!

  • Jake H

    Good start so far.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Nice Tex!

    GO AROD!

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon A-rod…no popout, DP, or K here!

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

    Man, I’m not going to enjoy the next 10 years of the Baltimore Orioles outfield eliminating our running game.

    • Tank the Frank

      Seriously. They’ve saved about 2 or 3 runs just this series.

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

        Reimold, Jones, and Markakis. All not even in their primes yet. Yeesh.

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

    Padding those stats with first inning RBI singles.

  • Jake H

    Boo single. So unclutch!

  • pat

    Hahah this should be fun.

  • Nady Nation

    Time for some “In play, run(s)” action.

  • Ivan

    Lets hope the yanks kill the O’s nice and quickly.

  • WesternYankeeFan

    A-Rod’s been getting the big hits lately.

  • Salty Buggah

    A-rod bitches!!!!!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    What the hell is this ARod SINGLES? ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    We’re paying your ass to hit home runs.

    unclutch soab

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

      I’ve never seen anybody put the A in “SOB” before.

  • Dela G

    a-rod, we don’t pay you 32 million for singles

    • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

      seriously, its so unclutch of him to get hits with runners on during the first 3 innings of a game…What a waste!

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

      Yup. When was the last time ARod hit a 5-run homer? I can’t remember one. What an asshole.

  • Shdwrptr

    Wow, 4 batters. 4 line drives

  • Salty Buggah

    No DP Matsui

  • Yankee1010

    Are these “strikes’ to Matsui as outside as Gameday is showing them?

  • Salty Buggah

    You know those 1st 2 strikes to Matsui were plenty outside…it should have bases loaded one out!

    • Tank the Frank

      I’ll take it…simply because I like to have a pitcher’s umpire when A.J. is pitching. It should help him tremendously. That strikeout call on the inside corner was actually a ball.

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

        I’ll take it…simply because I like to have a pitcher’s umpire when A.J. is pitching. It should help him tremendously.

        Him, and Bruney, Robertson, and Melancon.

  • Mike HC

    Is it just me or does Jorge look a thin today. Lean and mean

  • Tank the Frank

    Again with the 93mph curveballs on YES. This network is rolling in money, but somehow can’t seem to find a working radar gun.

    • Klemy

      What about the 97mph curevball that it said Joba threw the other night! lol

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Cano will homer. Just watch

  • WesternYankeeFan

    It’s time to make up for all of the times you’ve blown it with the bases loaded, Robbie.

  • Nady Nation

    O’s got us right where they want us: Cano with RISP.

  • pat

    i predict an unlucky line drive

  • Dela G

    well cano is up

    AJ put on your glove

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Way to pass the baton to the most unclutch guy on the team. Jorge=Selfish

  • Tank the Frank

    Swing at three pitches way outside the zone with the bases loaded…by all means.

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

    Pie almost made that. Remember when he was one of the hottest prospects in the game?

    Yeah, me neither.

  • WesternYankeeFan

    The Orioles are close to sending this Berken guy back down to AAA acccording to MASN. Cano must be very concerned, so he fouled off ball one and two.

    • WesternYankeeFan

      And look at that! Brian knows how charitable Cano is trying to be, so he’s repaying the favor!

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

    OH SHIT LADY LUCK SMILES ON ROBINSON CANO!!!!!

  • Reggie C.

    Arod’s unclutchness must’ve been passed onto Cano. Shit is contagious.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cano!!!!!!!!! FInally!

  • Tampa Yankee

    I love “In Play, run(s)”

  • BigBlueAL

    Amazing im not sure Cano swung at 1 strike that entire at-bat.

    • WesternYankeeFan

      He fouled off ball one, two and three. Last night he walked, though. Robinson Cano walked.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Who the fuck taught ARod and Cano to hit in clutch situations?

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

      Eh, only one of them was really a “hit”.

  • pat

    Thats the law of averages.

  • Dela G

    CANO!!!

  • WesternYankeeFan

    Swisssh!

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

    Damn you Swisher, passing the baton.

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

    ARod, Cano, and Swisher >>>>>>>>>>>> The haters

  • Ivan

    Swisher is a 4th Outfielder.

    /Tools’d

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Small Ball!!

    Let’s go Gardner!

  • Yankee1010

    I’m watching Gameday, but it sure seemed like Cano swung at 3 balls and then hit a soft grounder to 2nd. I’ll take the result, but when will he settle down?

    In any event, Cano got a hit with the bases loaded, so I’m going to assume that they finished defrosting Hell today.

    Let’s put them away here so that guys can get some work.

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

    Um, memo to Kay and Singleton: It’s not “batting around the order” until the first guy comes back up to the plate. That’s not Gardner, that’s Jeter.

    Put that back in your pocket, gents.

    • Tank the Frank

      Have they started discussing string theory yet?

    • Ivan

      Close enough.

    • kunaldo

      actually dude, i had always thought the same as you…but i’ve heard a lot that batting around is just getting the 9th guy to the plate…

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

      I thought batting around meant all nine players came to the plate n the same inning.

      • Mike HC

        That would be batting through the order. Batting around has the a circular connotation to it, meaning you gotta end up where you started, which would be with Jeter back up at the plate.

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

        Only one way to solve this:

        Rochambeau.

  • Dela G

    well good god

    they are going to surpass my 5 run prediction

  • Mike HC

    Don’t you think a shitty pitcher like this will hurt an outfield’s UZR. I don’t really know exactly how UZR or range factor is calculated, but is seems like if a pitcher is getting hit hard all over the outfield, it would hurt the UZR or range of the defender. How does that work?

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

        that didnt help me at all

  • Tank the Frank

    A.J. Burnett says: “God I love playing for the Yankees.”

  • WesternYankeeFan

    Too bad Brett didn’t join in on the fun.

    • Dela G

      he’ll get his gardner smash sooner or later

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I NEED MORE COWBELL!!!!

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Where’s the Swisher Bangwagon? Who got off? You’re not allowed back on without declaring your allegiance to Swish.

  • WesternYankeeFan

    There’s something extremely rewarding about seeing Brian Roberts botch a routine play.

    • Mike HC

      That was not really a routine play and he probably would not have gotten him anyway

      • WesternYankeeFan

        How was that not a routine play? It was a soft groundball straight to him.

        • Mike HC

          He had to charge in on it and make a super quick transfer from glove to hand and make a sharp accurate throw while his momentum was taking him forward. Other second baseman may have just fielded that with their bare hand. The play had to be made in an instant if they even wanted to have a shot at em. I’m not saying it was the hardest play ever, but just because a ball is hit slowly does not make it a routine play.

  • Ivan

    That’s just not fair AJ.

  • Mike HC

    Is it safe to say the YES gun means absolutely nothing. Why even post the numbers.

    • The Lodge

      What’s the YES gun saying for AJ? Gameday has his FB around 95

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah 95.

  • Tank the Frank

    That was just straight disrespectful to Wigginton. It’s like he slapped his mother across the face.

  • Dela G

    i hope burnett never loses that curve/fastball

    his fastball has more movement than shakira’s hips at times

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

    Luke Scott just CRUSHED that ball. Reggie C. just jizzed in his pants.

    • Reggie C.

      Let me clean up before answering that …

      • pat

        This is most definitely an appropriate time to ask…. Reggie, are you wearing pants?

        • Dela G

          /axl’d

        • Reggie C.

          I sorta have to since i’m at work. I might have a problem walking around though. This can’t be a fireable offense.

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

            Reggie’s Female Co-Worker: Mr. Reggie C., you have a massive erection.
            Reggie: It’s the…it’s the pleats in the pants…I’ve been meaning to return them to…the…pants…store….[Reggie walks away]…don’t act like you’re not impressed.

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

      Truth.

  • Dela G

    hahaha 95mph curve

    • James A

      yea the yes radar gun is pretty messed up
      they just said a curve was 97

  • JohnnyC

    LaRoche to the Sox.

  • Dela G

    damn cano with the quick strike

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

    Why don’t we sign Greg Zaun? Just to bet him out of our hair.

  • pat

    Oh Uncle Singy, you can’t move someone to third permanently…. for a while.

  • Ivan

    Hard believe that Pie was once a highly regarded prospect.

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

      Meh, everyone kept saying “the bat will come, the bat will come”.

      It never came. That’s why, when the bat’s already there, you know you’ve got a stud. Ooops, I drifted into some Jesus Montero bromance talk there again, my bad.

      • Steve O.

        Maybe the Yanks can get away with a one for one deal for Brad Penny? I would think he’s a Justin Smoak type bat.

      • Mike HC

        It is the same as people saying the “D will come, the D will come.” I rather have the bat over the D and Montero seems to be a better prospect than Pie ever was, but it sounds the same to me.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Maybe AJ is being too accurate? Mix in some curves/off-speed in the dirt.

  • The Evil Empire

    Seriously, this is from The Globe: (Reasons why the Sox shouldn’t be worried)

    “1. Beckett and Lester are the best 1-2 punch in the American League. Though each member of the Red Sox’ two-headed monster has lost his first start of the second half, that isn’t likely to happen much — if at all — the balance of the way. During the first half, Beckett and Lester lost consecutive starts just once — on April 12 and 13 against the Angels and A’s, respectively. Bteween that occurrence and this one, the Red Sox went 52-29.”

    Wait what? Is this a biased opinion or is Lester and Beckett really better than CC and A.J?

    • Dela G

      well beckett is money, but lester… gimme a break

      • JohnnyC

        Isn’t the Globe about to go under?

        • The Evil Empire

          Owned by the NYTimes though.

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

        Meh, I’d call Beckett and Lester a little better than CC and AJ. Not a ton better, but a little better.

        They’re no Verlander and Jackson, though. And Verlander and Jackson are no Felix, Bedard, and Washburn.

        Hernandez (169), Bedard (157), and Washburn (148)
        Verlander (134) and Jackson (178)
        Beckett (136) and Lester (120)
        CC (120) and AJ (115)
        Buerhle (131) and Danks (116)
        Shields (119), Garza (118), and Neimann (124)

        • zs190

          FIP: 3.17 for Beckett, 3.19 for Lester.

    • Ivan

      Beckett is not better than CC. Just look at the stupid ass stats.

      • The Evil Empire

        I never said he was, I’m talking about the duo, pair, 1-2, first two of five.

    • zs190

      I think that’s a fine assessment, Lester and Beckett have been better than CC and AJ.

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

        Best pair in the AL, though? Not by a longshot.

        • Mike HC

          yea, but if you had to pick a top two for games 6 and 7, who would you choose?

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

            Verlander and Jackson.

        • zs190

          I wasn’t clear, I meant the assessment that Lester/Beckett are better than CC/AJ, by just about any metrics. I don’t think they are the best, though they are in the conversation I think. If you take out the first month out, I think they very likely might be the best pair, they’ve been very dominant lately.

  • JohnnyC

    O’s are first pitch/fastball hitters. Pays to put a wrinkle in there once in a while.

    • Dela G

      very true

      give em some curves

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

    Jeet…go to first on that.

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

    I go to get new lenses and I come back and it’s 4-0.

    So now, I can see again and the Yankees are in the lead? Life is good.

  • Tank the Frank

    A.J. sitting 96, 97mph. Daddy likes iiiiiitt!

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

      His curveballs are 93 MPH!

    • Mike HC

      Trust the YES gun at your own risk

  • VO

    I don’t care how the hell he want’s his name to be pronounced, if it’s spelt Pie it’s pronounced that way also.

    • pat

      Haha well a whole lot of hispanoparlantes would like a palabra with you.

      • VO

        It just may be because I missed lunch though.

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

        ICWUDT

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

        His mamma named him Clay, I’mma call him Clay.

  • Dexception32

    Give Jeet a break, he’s not used to getting to balls up the middle prior to this year…..

  • Pacman Jones

    I think the YES gun is manned by Shelley Duncan.

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

    Ken Singleton–feared at the plate and in the field.

  • JohnnyC

    Those watching on YES…their speed gun has been crazy effed up recently. They are routinely ascribing 92-94 mph on breaking balls and, I mean, even slow curves. That’s worthless.

  • pat

    I guess 4 runs is enough. Time to coast.

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

    Yikes. E-9

  • BklynJT

    Typical swisher error.

    • BklynJT

      Another jump hop catch attempt. But of course, Swisher is an above average defender, so let’s pretend this didn’t happen.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Because a couple bad plays >>>>> all the much more successful ones?
        Let’s see Abreu get even near that but people won’t complain.

        • BklynJT

          No one is saying that Abreu is a good fielder, but that ball wasn’t near the wall, so I’m sure Abreu would of made it. I agree that Swisher is a decent fielder, but let’s not pretend he doesn’t make the stupidest mistakes at time.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Alright Swisher does make mistakes but we shouldn’t let that determine whether he is or isn’t a good fielder.

            • BklynJT

              Yes, I never said he wasn’t a good outfielder, but some he does make his occasional mental mistakes on routine plays and some people here like to write that off like nothing happened. Whats wrong with taking him to task when he makes a mistake. I certainly give him props for the times he makes a good play,… Like that one

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

                Whats wrong with taking him to task when he makes a mistake.

                There’s nothing wrong with taking him to task when he makes a mistake. That’s not what you’re doing. You’re using the times when he makes a mistake to mischaracterize the TOTALITY of his body of work. That’s not correct.

                He makes bad mistakes. That does not mean he’s a bad fielder. It means he makes bad mistakes, nothing more. Those two things are not overlapping sets.

                • BklynJT

                  Hmm.. where did I say that?

                  I may have made a sarcastic remark…
                  But of course, Swisher is an above average defender, so let’s pretend this didn’t happen.

                  but if you read after that, I clearly state that I think swisher is a decent/good outfielder…
                  “I agree that Swisher is a decent fielder, but let’s not pretend he doesn’t make the stupidest mistakes at time.”

                  “Yes, I never said he wasn’t a good outfielder, but some he does make his occasional mental mistakes on routine plays and some people here like to write that off like nothing happened.”

              • BklynJT

                That just happened as I typed this…

                I certainly give him props for the times he makes a good play

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

            Who was pretending that?

            • BklynJT

              By the way people are constantly defending Swisher’s defense after these errors, it seems as if people refuse to acknowledge the errors he makes at times.

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

        But of course, Swisher is an above average defender, so let’s pretend this didn’t happen remember that this is just one play out of several hundred he makes a year, and he makes more plays than he doesn’t make.

        Fixed.

        • Mike HC

          I mean, I like Swisher, but he is not that good in the field and he often looks stupid out there. It is easy to say what you said in bold for even the worst of fielders. If he is “average” for the league, MLB baseball has more than its fair share of below average defenders.

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

            I mean, I like Swisher, but he is not that good in the field and he often looks stupid out there.

            That’s the problem with this Swisher’s defense debate.

            You think it’s impossible for Swisher to be both good in the field AND SIMULTANEOUSLY often look stupid out there.

            It’s not. He’s both.

            • Mike HC

              He plays right field at Yankee Stadium. That may be the easiest defensive position in all of baseball. He is at best average at doing even that. He is a guy who you pay for his bat. His D is simply not that good.

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

                The historical record disagrees with you.

        • BklynJT

          Some plays are so routine, no major leaguer should fail to make them. Some plays are difficult and only good defenders would make them. Swisher definitely makes good plays at time, but I expect that routine plays like that should always be made. Swisher has screwed up several, ~5, of those plays this year already.

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

    The one fucking time Swisher doesn’t use two hands….

  • Ivan

    Why Swisher, why?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Cue the Swish haters.

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

      And the Cano haters, apparently.

    • BklynJT

      Hater or not, Swisher has a propensity for making difficult plays, and totally screwing up the easiest of plays.

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

        But those two extremes are still only small subsets of the total number of plays he gets chances to make in a year.

        He makes the overwhelming majority of that large middle ground.

  • pat

    hahah

  • JGS

    youre killing me here, Nick

  • JohnnyC

    And Cashman thought he could play some CF?

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

      If Cashman really thought that, he’d probably be playing some CF.

  • Riddering

    DFA SWISHER!

  • Danny

    grr, swisher…

  • pat

    AKA rutgers is gonna blow.

  • Nady Nation

    Can someone describe what happened on the Swish play for those of us at work? Thanks.

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

      Got to the spot fine, he just dropped it.

  • JohnnyC

    The overcast got in his eyes?

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

    Why can’t Johnny make throws that strong when guys are actually running? Then again, he did miss the cut.

  • JMK

    If Stephen Strasburgh threw his top fastball, what would the YES gun read? 114 mph? It would be like watching Nebraska throw the last strike in The Scout.

    • JMK

      No “h” in Strasburg.

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

      114? Try 411.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon K, popout, and then any out!

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

    The Big East is not a good football conference.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Who said it was? I certainly didn’t! ;)

  • JohnnyC

    Fist pump?

  • JGS

    and that’s why having a strikeout pitcher is helpful

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

    Where’s my fistpump, AJ?

  • pat

    That last HR by reggie was a MONSTER. I will definitely miss classifying homers as ‘into the black’

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

      Now what’s it gonna be? Into the glass?

      • whozat

        Into some guy’s Mohegan Sun hotwings.

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

          IETC

    • JGS

      I think anything off of over the restaurant qualifies too

      Branyan’s shot off the restaurant would most certainly have landed in the black

      • pat

        Yeah, but “off the restaurant” sounds a little corny. To me at least.

        • JGS

          how about “off the glass”

    • JohnnyC

      One of the best things when you watch the game again on YES is, after the third homer, as Reggie passes first base, Steve Garvey is seen clapping into his glove. Even his opponents were stunned by his performance.

      • pat

        Un-frickin-believable.

  • Ivan

    the 3rd out is always the toughest for some reason.

  • pat

    FUCKINTG HELL YES SWISHAAAAAAAA

  • VO

    HELL YEA SWISH!

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

    Nick Swisher atones for his mistakes.

  • Ivan

    Wow just wow.

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

    Today we spell redemption N-I-C-K S-W-I-S-H-E-R.

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

      The defense rests.

  • Ivans

    Yep….that happened.

  • Salty Buggah

    AJ BABY! He got your back Swisha!

    • Salty Buggah

      Swisha got AJ’s back too!

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

    :)

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

    OH SHIT DID NICK SWISHER JUST COMPLICATE OUR DEBATE!?!?!??!?!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He was reading RAB in his mind!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    AJ getting out of that Jam

    W00t

  • Bob Stone

    Go Swish – Redemption – That was an exciting play. Let’s not forget he also drove in two runs in the first inning.

  • Jose

    Pretend that never happened. Only mention the mistakes he makes, never if he makes up for them.

    • Bob Stone

      So I shouldn’t have mentioned his rbis I guess. Sorry.

      • Jose

        Nick Swisher has a special stat called RNBI. It measures all of the Runs Not Batted In.

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

          I believe that applies to A-Rod as well.

          • Jose

            ARod’s missed RBIs cannot be measured with modern science. We don’t have advanced enough mathematics to describe the vast quantity he has missed. He only hits to pad stats, never when it counts.

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

    Nick Swisher has already made more of a mark on the RF wall than Bobby Abreu did in his time with the Yankees.

    • Bob Stone

      Abreu was afraid of the warning track – forget the wall!

  • JohnnyC

    Even Nelly couldn’t top that catch!

  • The Lodge

    Does anybody know what the deal is with the very effeminate older guy (usually wearing a Hawaiian Shirt and Shades) that they always show Dancing on the big screen after “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”?

    Is he the Uncle of Homo-Larry(from the Rangers’ Games)or something?

  • Ivan

    I wonder if Jermaine Dye make that play?

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

      Only if he has a time machine that tells him where the ball will end up before the play starts.

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

    Oh, Hideki. I will not miss your constant attempt to pull outside pitches.

    Damn, Mike Greenberg’s kid is ugly.

    • JohnnyC

      But at least he’s a Yankees fan apparently. Much to Greenberg’s chagrin since he just admitted this morning that, despite growing up in NY and becoming a sports “journalist”, he was never into baseball as a kid (Jets and Knicks).

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

    Swisher drives in two runs in the first (+2)

    Swisher drops a routine fly ball in the 3rd (-1)

    Swisher saves two runs in the 3rd (+2)

    2-1-2= +3 on the day

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

      Plus/minus? Stop trying to corrupt us with your stupid hockey stats, Axisa.

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

        What in the hell is hockey?

        • Jose

          I think it is something to do with broomsticks and a golden snitch. I know the championship is called the World Cup.

    • JM

      I know it was a typo, but….
      That’s -1………………
      BTW, HIP HIP JORGE!

    • Salty Buggah

      Only the -1 matters for the haters

      • JM

        Relax I was kidding around.

        • Salty Buggah

          I know but I’m not. Haters will seriously remember the mistake only.

  • Ivan

    Wow, from the sound of the bat it didn’t seem he got all of it.

  • VO

    HIP HIP!

    • JM

      JORGE!
      (HORHAY)!

  • pat

    Jones took his 2 complimentary steps and stopped.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Finally some action..

    • JM

      That’s what….. nvm.

  • Ivan

    Y everytime they show pictures of Hughes in the pen, he looks mad bored and stuff.

    • VO

      They should hook up a ps3 for him in there.

  • Jake H

    Anyone see Gomez of ESPN say that the Nationals won’t sign Strasburg before the deadline. I love how these guys who never even covered the draft seem to think that they know what they are talking about.

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

      Meanspirited Ad Hominem Attack of the Day:

      Take everything Pedro Gomez says with a grain of salt. He voted for Jay Bell for the Hall of Fame. No, seriously.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3819625

      • Tampa Yankee

        FTW?!?!?!?!

      • Ivan

        Yeah you kinda lose some credibility if you vote Jay Bell for the HOF.

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

        And he didnt vote for Blyleven. Typical.

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

        That ballot actually gives me hope for Gammons (save for the Jack Morris vote).

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

          BUT HE PITCHED TO THE SCORE!!!!!1!!!!!

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

      Yeah I know, ridiculous. Isnt Pedro Gomez the “follow Bonds around guy”? He should stick to that.

      • Jake H

        20 first rounders haven’t signed so I guess they won’t. I love how ESPN is having guys who have no idea what they are talking about with the draft put articles up. You would think that they would contact BA since they have a partnership with them.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Pedro Gomez covered Bonds in SF so long, that he seems to speak with a lisp now. HHHIIIII OOOOOO

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

    Trivia answer: Bill Kirkpatrick, Rich Coggins, Dave McNally.

  • Ivan

    Army is “America’s Team” Really?

    • Bob Stone

      That’s totally absurd – What a joke!

      • Ivan

        U can’t be “America’s Team” (which is sorta ridiculous anyway) if u don’t have haters.

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

      Now that they’re playing in YS3 again, yup, I’m on board. Army is my new official second favorite team.

  • Tampa Yankee

    MSN’s/Fox Sports link to Sox’s trade:

    “Source: First big summer deal for Red Sox”

    Can everyone in the media please get off the Sox’s nuts?

    • Yankees_Universe

      Francesa: “He will hit 25-30 HRs and will help Redsox”.

    • JM

      I know! Adam LaRoche isn’t exactly a “big-name” player, but if it’s the Red Sox, EVERYTHING is a great idea/move!

      • Tampa Yankee

        Plus… via “Sucka Got No Juice”

        “Buchholz gives BoSox ace in the hole” http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....n-the-hole

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

          I like how they have “aces in the hole” and we’re just “hoping” for “solutions”.

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

    Increase that whiff rate on the curveball, A.J.

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

    Well we know one thing: that Army AD’s middle daughter will NOT clog the bases.

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

    Did Michael Kay seriously just ask that?

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

      Which question?

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

        About the gifts Dusty Baker gives to the guest’s daughter (Dusty’s her godfather).

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

          Oh. *steps away slowly from Mikey*

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

    Apparently, the game doesn’t exist now for the crew.

  • pat

    I’m sure most Sox fans are thrilled they don’t have that moneygrubber Mark Teixeira playing 1st right about now.

  • Salty Buggah

    bad walk…get out of this AJ

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

    Doug (NYC)

    Based solely on his bat, how soon could Jesus Montero hold his own in the majors? What do you think his “slashline” would look like if he were promoted today?
    Jim Callis
    (2:22 PM)

    He could probably hold his own in the majors offensively right now, hit around .250 with some power.

    • Salty Buggah

      Heh I know that Doug guy from my brief time at the ESPN game threads. He should come here, he’s pretty smart.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Jesus will hit 1.000 in the majors throughout his entire career. He is only batting .305 in Double A because he is bored and wants to chill with God after the game quicker.

  • Steve O.

    Memo to Burnett: Do not walk players with an obp of .258. Please.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Is AJ getting bored or something?

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Is AJ getting bored or something?

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

    Ken Singleton: “Dusty Baker is very well respected in baseball circles.”

    Regrettably, yes.

    • Ivan

      Mark Prior just threw a beer can at his TV set.

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

        When the Army AD was saying that Dusty liked basketball better, the first thing through my mind was “I’d like to see Dusty Baker coach the Houston Rockets. That would probably end badly.”

        • Ivan

          Oh Good Mo, yikes. U think Yao was injury prone now, add a lil Dusty Baker to the equation. He’ll probably play Yao every 45-48 mins per game.

      • UWS

        …then had to drive to the hospital to have his arm re-attached.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I thought it was so nice, I said it twice. (apparently)

  • Luis Polonia

    Michael Kay just startled me. Did anybody else have this reaction? I’m watching at work and have it minimized and he just SCREAMED about the Smokers’ Quitline Quiz…

  • Salty Buggah

    PeteAbe: “So according to this gossip site, Kate Hudson’s friend smashed up A-Rod’s car today. Alex was not in the car at the time, apparently. Meanwhile, all of Minka Kelly’s friends are excellent drivers.”

    He can never stop bashing Alex, huh? And why does he read gossip sites?

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

      I’m sure Pete thought the Jeter/Minka Kelly reference was funny.

      It sounded snide and bitchy, though. At least to me.

      • Salty Buggah

        The funny part is that the same site said this too:

        “On a happier note, A-Rod has donated $250,000 toward a mobile dental clinic that will serve his old New York City stomping grounds.

        The clinic will launch tomorrow at Middle Schools 328 and 326 located in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, and Rodriguez will appear to sign baseballs and hand out free dental supplies.”

        Pete must have forgotten.

        • Salty Buggah

          *same article

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

            It’s just a front for some massive Boli-importing criminal conspiracy, no doubt.

            All of ARod’s good works have ulterior motives.

    • pat

      I’m sure somebody emailed it to him. Plus that was kind of a funny line about minka kelly’s friends. Not his usual Arod vitriol.

      • Tony

        I’ve been a Minka Kelly fan from FNL and her Jeterian exploits, but she almost ruined the best film of the year. I’m so torn.

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

          What movie is she in this year?

  • Ivan

    Singleton was pretty damn good player.

    • Jose

      He was no Jim Rice.

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

        Bernie Williams > Ken Singleton > Jim Rice

        • Salty Buggah

          I agree

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

      Quite underrated.

  • Salty Buggah

    One of Gardy/Melky, please get hot or at least start hitting a bit!

  • Salty Buggah

    Jeter: 3 ABs, 3 pitches seen…someone one wants to go home fast.

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

    Yeesh, thrown out by Gregg Zaun.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    What a pitiful inning that was…

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

    Damn, I didnt realize how good Singleton was, I’m just looking at his stats now. 2000 hits, 388 obp, 132 career OPS+.

    And it looks to me like Fred Lynn should have won the MVP in ’79.

    • Jose

      Fred Lynn put up a league leading 176 OPS+ that year… In Centerfield.

  • Bob Stone

    Singleton – Look up the stats – LaRoche didn’t hit 10 HRs last year. He hit 25. He hasn’t hit fewer than 20 since 2004.

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

      I believe he was talking about Adam Jones there.