Game 98: A-Rod’s day off


Following this afternoon’s affair with the A’s, the Yankees will hit the road. In the midst of 17 straight games, they’ll fly to Tampa to play the third-place Rays, journey to Chicago for a set against the White Sox and stop in Toronto for a two-gamer before facing the Red Sox in a key showdown. This stretch of the schedule will be key to the Yankees’ 2009 season.

So as the Yanks gear up to leave town, Alex Rodriguez will get a day off. The Yanks’ third baseman, still building up strength in his legs, has had a great July but hasn’t enjoyed a day off since the All Star Break. He’ll be on the bench, a weapon with his bat ready to come in late in the game. That means we’re stuck, for another game, with Cody Ransom at third. With a groundball pitcher on the mound, things could get dicey.

For the Yanks, Sergio Mitre makes his second start. He wasn’t terrible last week. In 5.2 innings, he gave up four runs — three earned — one eight hits and a walk. He also struck out four and mostly kept the ball down. We’ll have to see if he can do it again and solidify that fifth position in the Yanks’ rotation.

The A’s counter with Dallas Braden. The 25-year-old lefty is 7-8 but with a 3.40 ERA. He has never started against the Yanks but made three relief appearances against the team. Braden features a fastball and slider with a good change-up. He came up through the system with a screwball too but has largely discarded it when it game him shoulder problems a few years ago.

2 Jeter SS
18 Damon LF
25 Teixeira 1B
20 Posada C
55 Matsui DH
33 Swisher RF
24 Cano 2B
53 Cabrera CF
12 Ransom 3B

45 Mitre P

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Drew says:

    I haven’t seen a screwball in forever.

  2. Jose says:

    “Watch live right now on MLB Network and MLB.com as all-time steals leader Rickey Henderson and feared slugger Jim Rice are inducted into the Hall of Fame.”

    I laughed at the use of the word “feared”.

    • Jersey says:

      Why? “Feared” is what he was at his peak.

      • Jose says:

        Rickey’s is an objective “all-time steals leader” description, wouldn’t you say “feared” is a bit subjective? I just figured maybe they could find a better description. Very few players actually “fear” anyone.

        • Jersey says:

          I dunno. Pretty common descriptor for big sluggers. He received his share of IBBs. And he didn’t do near enough with the bat to compare with Rickey Henderson, frankly.

          They could have referred to him as “GIDP King of the ’80s” or something, I guess.

          • Zach says:

            Heyman and the other guy on mlb.com just said that because Rice and Eddie Murray’s peak numbers match up that makes him a HOFer

            • DSFC says:

              Heyman, of course, ignores the fact that Murray’s peak was about three times as long.

          • Jose says:

            77 IBB over 16 seasons is hardly a fair share. I’ll just be quiet though, I think this all stems from my bitterness about him going into the HOF.

            • Jersey says:

              He was in the top ten in IBBs a few times. Top 100 for his career.

              He’s probably not really a legit HoF, but he was a pretty monster slugger all the same.

              • Jose says:

                He isn’t top 100 for his career. He is tied at 180 for career. He has fewer IBB than Tino Martinez. Does that mean that Tino was more feared?

                • Mike Pop says:

                  Jose: 1

                  Jersey: 0

                  If there is this consensus that Jim Rice got in based on being so “feared”, a lot more players should get in. Plus, he wasn’t good enough for 14 years but the 15th he was?

                  I don’t really care either way but it seems like bullshit.

  3. Drew says:

    I can’t believe the M’s asked for Gritastic and Melk for Washburn. So much for a mid level prospect… NO THANKS!!

  4. Brett Speedner says:

    I bet Ransom has a big day today

    no I’m not serious

  5. Brett Speedner says:

    I think mitre ends up being a good starter for the Yankees..
    I like his demeanor and I think that he has an “Aaron Small” potential for the 2nd half.
    Remember.. he spent a lot of his career pitching in the empty Miami stadium of the Marlins..
    I think he will do well with the hype!

  6. Charlie says:

    Sergio Mitre: 9 IP, 2 hits, 5 K’s, 0 BBs

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I love your optimism. Let me guess, the other 22 outs are via groundball, and he faces the minimum by erasing the hits via DP.

  7. Dela G says:

    man i am so mad about grit being on the DL

    i wish him the best and a quick and speedy recovery

    Grit Gutner is the most fun player on the team to watch

  8. cjc says:

    fuck orlando cabrera defintion of a yankee killer

  9. JGS says:

    well, they just said it won’t be Ajax

  10. Drew says:

    I don’t remember Mitre’s sinker being 92-93 back in 06/07. That’s a great pitch.

    • Zach says:

      i think girardi said it was 88-90 when he managed him in florida

      • Drew says:

        Maybe TJ surgery got him a few more ticks on the radar.

        • Zach says:

          if the ligament was stretched over years the surgery would tighten it back up. thats what they’re talking about with george kontos:

          “…(The doctor) told me part of the reason my velocity dropped from my college days is because of (the ligament). It slowly just got stretched out and it’s been taking it’s toll. I’m going to get it fixed and hopefully come back just as good, if not better. That’s all I can do.”

  11. Dela G says:

    damn it, i thought they would bring up Ajax…

  12. Mike HC says:

    You gotta love the opposite way of thinking that the guys in the front office have compared to the players. Cashman does not want to call Austin Jackson up because he won’t play everyday and does not want to “stunt his growth.” Paul O’Neil hears that and sarcastically says, “getting called up to the big leagues stunts your growth?” He was just kidding, but it just goes to show the divergence of thinking.

  13. Accent Shallow says:

    Keep the ball down, plz.

  14. Charlie says:

    great, that was perfectly placed right in the middle of the zone

  15. Accent Shallow says:

    Maybe it was that Posada was crossed up, but that looked like a wiffle ball.

  16. Dela G says:

    man whats up with the OC? he seems like his legs are giving out

  17. cjc says:

    some strikes would be nice

  18. Rich D. says:

    Come on Mirte!

  19. Charlie says:

    damnit this is yucky

  20. Salty Buggah says:

    Umm, is he kinda getting aqueezed?

    Cmon Sergio, get out of this!

  21. cjc says:

    this high sinker has serious wang potential

  22. Dela G says:

    damn it, cmon surge, you can get the key ground ball

  23. Charlie says:

    Two words: Phillip Hughes

  24. Rich D. says:

    Come on Cano…. You have to make that play!

  25. Dela G says:


  26. Brazilian Yankee says:

    No use having a sinkerballer if your infielders can’t field those groundballs.

  27. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon Double Play ball! Limit the damage

  28. Dela G says:

    i guarantee if grit was in LF, he actually catches one of those singles

  29. Dela G says:

    nice out SURGE!

  30. Rich D. says:

    Ok, 2 runs…. Not awful. Lets get some offense!

  31. cjc says:

    ok now lock it down from here on

  32. Salty Buggah says:

    Ok Surge limit them there..OK offensive, time to break out today

  33. Accent Shallow says:

    This Jeter fellow is a good hitter.

  34. Rich D. says:

    Thats should start us off!

  35. Salty Buggah says:

    nice start Jete! no DP Johnny!

    And how many LHP does Oakland have? This is the 3rd this series!

  36. Accent Shallow says:

    Dallas Braden looks obnoxious as hell in his Gameday pic.

  37. Salty Buggah says:

    nice Johnny…please no DP Tex!

  38. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Drive em in Texx.

  39. Drew says:

    That was so G

  40. Today’s one of those games where you’re kind of more dependent on the offense than the pitching.

    If Mitre gives you five innings and three runs, you take it and run.

    • Dela G says:

      just like his last start!

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      i’d be happy if he went 5 and gave up 3
      but I have a feeling it’s going to be a drunken brawl today, full of hits and sloppy defense :P

    • JGS says:

      Hughes hasn’t pitched since Thursday, you gotta figure he is good for 2-3. Mo is also well rested. If they have a lead by the 7th, this game is over

  41. Rich D. says:

    Dirty pitch….

  42. Salty Buggah says:

    Damnit Tex, he is striking out a lot this year! cmon jopo, no DP

  43. Drew says:

    that HIP HIP guy is full of energy

  44. Dela G says:

    that pitch was NASTY

  45. Mike Pop says:

    JoPo hates the chant during the whole AB.

  46. charlespoet says:

    well that was 2 shitty AB’s in a row.

  47. Rich D. says:

    Don’t stand Jeter at 2nd. Lets go Matsui!

  48. Salty Buggah says:

    we have GOT to capitalize offense! With Mitre pitching, you have to

  49. JGS says:


  50. Mike Pop says:

    Let’s trade Matsui to Seattle for a starbucks gift card.


  51. Dela G says:


  52. Drew says:

    How does JD not get to third there

  53. Rich D. says:

    YES YES YES! Its a 2 out, RBI base hit for Matsui. Yankees on the board. 2-1 OAK.

  54. Salty Buggah says:


  55. charlespoet says:

    I still think Matsui is old, but if he would work more on going the other way instead of his career roll over on the pitch, he would be worth resigning for 2 more years.

  56. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn Swisher passing the baton.

    Cano comes through right here.

  57. charlespoet says:

    WORST possible scenario for the Yankees – Cano with RISP…..

  58. Salty Buggah says:

    Oh shit, Robbie up with RISP again, is he soooooooooooooooo due or what?

  59. RichYF says:

    Here’s to hoping Robinson “BP Only” Cano makes good on the first pitch (you know he’s swinging).

  60. Dela G says:

    good eye swisha

  61. Dela G says:

    my brother once told me that watching cano with RISP is like watching the pitcher bat

  62. Drew says:

    Heh Canobie. That’s aight!

  63. Accent Shallow says:

    Can’t win ‘em all, but at least he cleared the bases

  64. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    bases clearing double but damm he got tag out.

    • RichYF says:

      He technically made it to third he just overslid the bag. He should get credit for the triple because he was safe…before he was out…

  65. Salty Buggah says:

    Robbie!!!! bout time

  66. Mike Pop says:

    Robbie Cano says: Fuck the Haters.

  67. charlespoet says:

    Oh SNAP!!!!!! Yankees are definitely winning this one today. Cano 3 run double…What is this world coming to!

  68. Um.


    Who are you and what have you done with Robbie Canó?

  69. KW says:

    Attaboy Cano, swinging at everything but at least making it count!

  70. Cokie says:

    Nice slide Robbie. I still love you man.

  71. Ant says:

    Does he get a triple there since he made it but just overslid the bag?

  72. Rich D. says:

    YES YES YES! Cano with a bases clearing double! Over slides 3B but still comes through. 4-2 Yanks! Lets go Mirte, hold this lead!

  73. Dela G says:


  74. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    If Gardner is out for a while do the yankees try to sign Kotsay when the red sox release him.

  75. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Good Job Hideki

  76. Dela G says:

    man what i would do for a million dollar check

  77. Salty Buggah says:

    Robbie was taking lessons on being clutch from Melky obviously

  78. Salty Buggah says:

    better inning surge! I’ll take 4 more of these….keep going offense!

    • Drew says:

      nope. Sounds like a bitter old man to me.

    • Dela G says:

      i’m not really much of an asterisk guy, but whatevs

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      I don’t.

    • whozat says:

      Depends…so we put an asterisk next to all the amphetamine linked records too?

    • zs190 says:

      No, I don’t agree. There is no conclusive proof that steroids make you better and most of these HoF candidates took them when they were not forbidden by the rules.

    • Todd says:

      I think that this notion that there is a sanctity to baseball statistics is way overblown. Players and their respective stats should be compared to players of their own era.

      Why should numbers from the “segregated era” not have an asterick? From 1949 – 1952 African American players won the NL MVP award 11 times. So I would argue that baseball stats prior to segregation are similarly “tainted” as they were not against all of the best players.

      Furthermore, it has become clear that during the steroid era the juiced hitters were hitting against juiced pitchers.

  79. Salty Buggah says:

    Cody Ransom = Black hole

  80. Todd says:

    Interesting Hall of Fame discussion on YES. With the “writards” deciding the HOF inductees, no player has received 100% of the vote. Which makes me question two things:

    1) Why do baseball writers decide this?

    2) Why in the world is there a media section to the HOF. Who in the heck cares about the people who COVER the game.

    Basically, it seems to me that they are way too important in this process and place in the game.

    • You aren’t the only one that thinks this way.

    • charlespoet says:

      makes you wonder. How does Ricky not deserve 100% of the votes?

    • Drew says:

      It’s funny writers criticize mlb for allowing fans to vote for the ASG. Yet, writers vote for the HOF, a rather serious achievement that is achieved by fewer than one percent of all ball players.

    • whozat says:

      Well, think about back when they were setting up the hall of fame…the writers were probably the people who had seen the most players play the most games. I mean, TV wasn’t really that prevalent, current players wouldn’t necessarily have a lot of perspective on guys that retired five years ago, and ex players might have all sorts of axes to grind. So, the writers were actually the people with the most info and the best perspective back then.

    • Tony says:

      Who else would be in charge? All you need to do is look at a single SI Players Poll to know they’re far less qualified to do it.

      • Todd says:

        “Far less qualified” may be a bit of an overstatement. And I would probably put the players about 80% and writers 20%.

        • Tony says:

          I would put that sentiment at 100% wrong. The writers are at least paid to watch games and have a reasonable idea of what is going on around the league/what the fans and players think of other teams. The players generally don’t give a damn about what’s going on generally. They know what their friends do and what their agent tells them.

  81. Dela G says:


    did that really hit him?

  82. Dela G says:

    nice DP

  83. Salty Buggah says:

    There’s a nice DP

  84. E-ROC says:

    4 pitch inning. I like!

  85. Dela G says:

    man for the second straight outing, he is settling down after a rough 1st

    keep it up young man, and you could stay here

  86. Mike Pop says:

    Bedard back on DL.

    Washburn might be available now.

  87. Dela G says:

    damn paul, i could’ve told you the facts on him

  88. Salty Buggah says:

    4 pitch inning

  89. Drew says:

    One too many of them slow rollers.

  90. whozat says:

    Heh, the A’s announcers are kind of trashing the Rice election.

  91. whozat says:

    Braden has a great change, huh?

  92. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    MLB Network’s promo for next Thurs. game between the Yankees and White Sox said that Alexi Ramirez is the White Sox’ “Superstar Shortstop”.

  93. trex says:

    2 run homer montero

  94. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Gardner should get everyone to sign his cast and auction it off for charity.

  95. Salty Buggah says:

    Here’s funny little stat:

    Jim Rice career OPS+: 128

    Ken Singleton career OPS+: 132

    • V says:

      Totally agreed that Singleton is better than Rice.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Kenny’s a very underrated player, but he never had a year like Rice’s 1978.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        True but Kenny is better overall. I personally dont care if he had a better peak.

        • Salty Buggah says:

          Actually that isn’t even true. Jim Rice’s highest OPS+ is 157 in 78. Kenny’s OPS+ that same year was 165!

          • Accent Shallow says:

            Eh, Ken’s 1977 is a damn good year (OBP of .438), but Rice just destroyed pitchers in 1978. (>400 total bases)

  96. Tony says:

    Mitre is Sidney Ponson. Nothing more, nothing less.

  97. Salty Buggah says:

    Oh boy…cmon Sergio, get out of this

  98. zs190 says:

    on Gameday, it sure seems like everything Mitre throw is down in the zone, he’s just getting hit a lot. Don’t have access to broadcast, are those cheap hits or clean ones?

  99. Mike Pop says:

    That’s a fml right there.

  100. Dela G says:

    fucking a mitre

  101. Drew says:

    Wtf. both jete and cano were running at the bag.

  102. Drew says:


  103. Dela G says:


  104. Mike Pop says:


  105. Cokie says:

    what are the odds of that?

  106. charlespoet says:

    that was pretty!

  107. Ant says:

    Robinson Cano= Best doubleplay turner in the league

  108. e mills says:

    how’s that Smoltz guy working out???

  109. 2009 Yankees: Making the easy plays hard and the hard plays easy

  110. Tony says:

    When does Henderson speak? I have no interest in the rest of this ceremony, and I want to watch the game without distraction.

  111. Doug says:

    Cano makes it look effortless flipping it across his body, all admiring the ball after he throws it

  112. Zach says:

    damn cano is pretty sick at dp

    Bal 4 Bos 0 with smoltz pitching

  113. Salty Buggah says:

    So Ken Singleton had a higher peak and overall career numbers than Jim Rice!

  114. Drew says:

    Woot Woot. melkman

  115. Charlie says:

    if nova’s next start is good, would you bring him up to replace mitre (assuming hughes is permanently in the pen)??

  116. Mike Pop says:

    The Jim Rice hate here today is just awesome.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Not hate, just exposing the truth

    • V says:

      I just think it’s annoying how he was NOT a hall of famer, and was NOT going to BE a hall of famer, until the Red Sox media war (led by Gammons) decided to make him one.

      Singleton is more deserving, but he didn’t have Gammons and the rest of the Boston media whores on his bandwagon.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      On the Red Sox MLB board they are saying that Rice is deserving while Henderson is not because of the suspicion of him taking PEDs to go from scrawny to built.

      Dumb Sox fans.

  117. Drew says:


  118. Cokie says:

    Great. Now they’ll never get rid of Ransom.

  119. Mike Pop says:

    Yanks scouting Snell according to RAB’s twitter.


  120. Salty Buggah says:

    Well, wow! Ransom double!

  121. Charlie says:

    does anyone realize how useless Ransom is? He’s not much better than Berroa, hitting 180 with 0 HR’s, playing mediocre defense at best… the yanks should call up kevin russo or bring pena back up here.

    • Charlie says:

      this is pretending that double never happened

    • whozat says:

      Preaching to the choir.

    • Steve O. says:

      Actually, he’s much better than Berroa. Berroa can’t play SS or 2b, and plays 3b horribly. Depth is always good, so why DFA Ransom to bring Pena up when the difference in utility infielders doesn’t matter too much, since they’ll only get about a start per week? It’s amazing how many people dislike Ransom and want him to be replaced, he’s not trotting out there everyday, and it’s better to have the kids getting everyday at bats in Scranton.

      • Mike Pop says:

        True man. I’m with ya, and not to mention Pena is learning how to play the outfield. So spoiled man.

  122. Salty Buggah says:

    ahh damn! I hate it when we cant get the run in from 3rd with less than 2 outs! Cmon Johnny

  123. Steve O. says:

    Cody Ransom >>>>>>>>>> The Haters

    • Dela G says:


      ransom sucks

      • Steve H says:

        Yes. He is utterly terrible. There is a reason he’s 33 years old and has less than 300 career MLB plate appearances.

      • Steve O. says:

        When they bench Alex Rodriguez, one of the best players in the game, I’m sorry to say, but more than likely that bench player is going to be bad. He’s a backup player for a reason.

  124. Mike Pop says:

    Damn, those were big runs.

  125. Drew says:

    Way to get that guy in from third with less then two outs.

  126. Salty Buggah says:

    well that was sucky! Hold them there Mitre

  127. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope that run we didn’t get in won’t cost us…

  128. Charlie says:

    god this guy gives up way too many hits

    • Dela G says:

      he’s not supposed to be a number 1

      he’s a number 5, expect this

      at least he doesn’t get carpetbombed in every beginning start like john smoltz

      • Steve H says:

        And while he gives up hits, as a #5′s are known to do, he doesn’t walk anybody and keeps the ball down, leading to DP’s.

  129. Guys need to stop expecting Mitre to be AJ. He’s not.

  130. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn it Toronto! Dont blow a 3-0 lead today you fuckers! Yesterday was embarrasing enough for you guys

  131. Ivan says:

    Would the yanks let Hughes go 3 today.

  132. Dela G says:

    man today is double play day!

    i love it

  133. Accent Shallow says:

    And a third DP. Not bad.

  134. Charlie says:


  135. Salty Buggah says:


  136. Bob Stone says:

    Dull Hall acceptance speech by Jim Rice. Surprising, given how much time he’s spent in broadcasting for the BoSox.

  137. Drew says:

    I miss Wanger’s sinker but this will do for a little while.

  138. Dela G says:

    man daniel hernandez is owning another AL east team

    thank god we are done with him for quite some time

  139. Five innings, 3 ER from the fifth starter.

    I’ll take it.

    Could do with some more insurance runs, but no complaints.

  140. V says:

    It still boggles my mind how much hatred there is for the Cody Ransoms, Brett Tomkos, and Sergio Mitres of the world.

    None of them were signed to be Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, or CC Sabathia.

  141. ShuutoHeat says:

    O’s 5-0 at Bossux
    No offense to Smoltz, but he’s not what he used to be…

  142. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Rebecca, you are so money with your 5inning 3 run prediction.