Game 106: Halladay again

Kennedy throws off "mini-mound"
Game 106 Spillover Thread

I’ve pretty much given up hope of the Yankees ever missing Roy Halladay in a series, even if it is only two games long. He pitches the opener tonight, and will probably pitch the opener of the next series, Monday at Yankee Stadium. His normal rest would have him on Sunday, but I’d be willing to bet that Cito keeps everyone in turn so Doc can face the Yanks.

Halladay is in the midst of another Halladay-esque season. Even with a short stint on the DL he’s pitched 148 innings, including four complete games, and leads the league in K/BB ratio and BB/9. He’s right up there in WHIP, too, sitting at 1.074. Everything looks about the same as last year, which is to say that it puts Halladay near or at the top of the league overall. One change is in his strike percentage. It’s up slightly this year, at 69 percent over 67 percent last year, but the manner in which he’s gotten the strikes is a bit different. This year he’s getting fewer foul ball strikes and more strikes looking. That’s gotta be a good thing. He’s also thrown 68 percent first-pitch strikes, up from 63 percent last year.

This will be the third time this season the Yankees will face Hallady. He dominated them the first time, tossing a complete game and allowing just one run. The Yankees then rattled off nine straight wins. His next appearance was on July 4th at Yankee Stadium, and Doc didn’t quite prevail there, allowing five runs over 7 IP. The killer was a Johnny Damon three-run homer, a seeming Yankee Stadium Special. It led to an eventual 6-5 Yankees victory.

While Doc won’t be giving up any cheapie homers tonight, he also won’t be facing the same opponent. Chien-Ming Wang started for the Yanks on July 4, and that turned out to be his last start of 2009, as he left the game with a shoulder injury which would eventually require surgery. This time the Yankees send out Andy Pettitte. He pitched fairly well last time at the Rogers Centre, allowing two runs, one earned, over six innings, though he did throw a lot of pitches. On July 6th at the Stadium, the Blue Jays bombed Pettitte for six runs in six innings.

Over his career Pettitte has thrown 124 innings at the Rogers Centre, still referred to as SkyDome on Baseball-Reference. In that span he’s amassed a 3.92 ERA, allowing the Jays a .718 OPS. That’s not bad, but it won’t get the job done tonight. The Yankees need Pettitte at the top of his game if they’re going to eke this one out. The good news is that Scott Rolen, one of the Blue Jays’ top offensive contributors this season, is no longer with the team. Taking his place in the cleanup spot is Kevin Millar, who isn’t nearly as good, though he has a penchant for hitting well against the Yanks.

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. Melky Cabrera, CF
9. Eric Hinske, RF

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

Kennedy throws off "mini-mound"
Game 106 Spillover Thread
  • Dela G

    I am about to head over to the game, but uh we also should run into halladay next week

    yikes

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Go Yankees!

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

    So my friend kinda taught me how to pitch last night (and today) and now I can barely move my arm. It’s funny.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Hot.

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

      So you were the pitcher and he was the catcher?

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

        oh fuck I didn’t mean it like that…

  • Drew

    I hope we sign Yadel Marti. I wonder what kind of contract he’s looking for.

    • pat

      I’d prefer Chapman.

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

        I’d prefer Benny Rodriguez and Henry Rowengardner.

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          Henry Rowengartner… if only

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Rammenboozler! That kid brings the high, stinky cheese.

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

            GARDENHOSER! RUNAMUCKER!

            • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              “I wrap the cake up in my vomit bag, and voila!… Breakfast! Conservation, Managing resources… that is the key to baseball!”

              From Phil Brickman’s mouth to mr yankee’s ears.

          • Accent Shallow

            Give him the HIGH
            STINKY
            CHEDDAR

            (Not on youtube. Curses)

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

              Pitcher’s got a biiiiiiiiig butt!

              • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Amazing how many funny quotes you can get out of such a terrible movie.

                Someone needs to give this advice to IPK for his rehab: “Some guys ice down their arm after a big game… Some say that heat’s the way to go… But i have discovered the secret… HOT ICE… HOT ICE… I heat up the ice cubes… IT’S THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!!”

        • pat

          Benny has the power of the ‘stache. A-OK in my book.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Pat’s inner thoughts

            I loved guys with mustaches ever since my days of living in Greenwich Villiage during the Disco era.

            Good times. . .

            • pat

              I KNOW THE GUY WHO OWNS THIS PLACE

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                Hahahahah!!

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

          Oh, throw Kenny DeNunez in there as well.

      • Mikebk

        Chapman wont be available for probably another 9 months minimum.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist
        • Drew

          duh, Tracy Chapman.

        • pat

          haha you weirdo.

      • Drew

        I think we all prefer a 22 year old fireballer, Marti is available right now though.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, a LEFTY 22 year old fireballer. He is raw but still has loads of upside.

    • Mikebk

      scouting report of sorts

      Martí is not a hard-throwing pitcher as his fastball ranges around 87-90 mph. He relies instead on a slider, sinker, curveball and control. (Dont people always say pitchers with that kind of arsenal cant pitch in the AL East?)

      Also 5 10 161 is small.

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

        Source?

        • Mikebk

          the link does not seem to be posting in the comments but it was from baseball-reference.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Try a tinyurl.

            • Mikebk
              • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Gracias.

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

      Joe says Gomez is the best one…

  • Salty Buggah

    Yea, I hope we can beat Halladay today. We need our offense to produce while Pettitte needs to shut them down.

    Why do we face Halladay almost every time? How many times has Bahston played him?

    • Salty Buggah

      Never mind, just checked. Those bastards who are lucking out a lot have only faced him once (with Halladay winning thank god). TB has also only faced him twice.

      • ARX

        And the next time we play the Jays (after next week) is a 4 game set in early September, so we’ll likely face him again. Forget all the random variations of the schedule, rainouts, injuries etc. Im convinced we’re never going to miss Halladay, unless he gets shipped to the NL (and even then we’d probably get him in an interleague series.)

  • Accent Shallow

    http://twitter.com/RiverAveBlues/status/3129461389

    Ugh. Let’s hope Mike has bad info here.

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

      I just screamed a curse word quite loudly. I think my cat got spooked.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        I feel ya, bro. Really got my hopes up after his 2nd half last year.

    • Salty Buggah

      Damn, that would suck. But oh well, I guess it explains his ineffectives. Hopefully, he can come back and dominate (of course after he struggles initially) and can pan out or increase his trade value. He is only 21.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Maybe we should just preemptively schedule TJS when we sign all of our draft picks, just to get it out of the way. They’re all going to have it sooner or later.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, I agree. Sadly, Im somewhat serious.

    • Mikebk

      is there a reason it took 5-6 weeks from when he was shut down to figure out TJS?

      • Salty Buggah

        Maybe they thought it wasn’t that serious and could rehab it. So since nothing improved, they just decided to go with suregry.

    • Jake H

      That’s 2 good prospects going down with TJS.

      • whozat

        Lots of pitchers wind up needing it these days. It happens.

    • Salty Buggah

      Cant we do the platelet injection like they did with Saito?

      I would but then I remember that we don’t know too much about those yet so we shouldn’t waste time and go the safer route.

      • Mikebk

        they tried that with Nady to get him back and he blew it out throwing from the outfield. not sure you want to risk it with a young arm. saito was old so he took a risk.

        • Salty Buggah

          True but I remember hearing how those only work for ligaments and since Nady had TJS before, he already had a tendon in there. An article said it probably wouldn’t work and it didnt. Dellin has a ligament still.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Ya know it could be worse, River Avenue Crew. The boys could be facing the greatest pitcher who dominates the Yankees in his career. Who could that be well if you ask I might talk, coppers ;)

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

      So who wants to go find out which pitcher been the most dominating against the Yanks?

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

        W/o looking it up, it’s gotta be Pedro.

        • pat

          Ruth

          • DougPinstripesForever

            correct, Pat :)

            • pat

              I trust you saw that on ESPN too?

          • toad

            I thought Frank Lary.

    • pat

      That chick…

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

        Some lady gave it to him. Ruth. Baby Ruthie!

  • Mike HC

    You gotta love sports. All of the talk is just that, talk. Things get decided on the field. I hope the Yanks come out and make a statement that “we don’t need Halladay to win,” and win this ballgame. I know it is only one game, but lets devalue Halladay.

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

      but lets devalue defile Halladay

      /pat’d

      • pat

        Ima defile your face, MATT.

        If RAB ever gets their ish together and has a gathering sometime.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Pat’s inner thoughts

          I’ll prove that I’m not a degenerate fucko by beating the crap out of you!

          • pat

            Violence is never the answer…. unless the roofies wear off.

            /joking

            • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              See… I like the idea behind this “Pat’s inner thoughts” thing, but what pat actually says is usually more depraved than even the attempted caricature.

              • pat

                You know how I roll, Congressman.

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  (ponders… and shudders)

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

    Over/Under: 3.5 proud of fastball comments from Flash.

    I’ll go under.

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

      Do you mean per inning? Cause otherwise I’ll take the over.

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

        Well, I’m setting it low because I don’t think he did it even once last game he called.

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

    ZOMG … Halladay only throws 88-90!

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

      B U S T

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Therefore, he sucks.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      He stinks, put him in the bullpen

      /Franscesa’d

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    That was a nasty pitch to strike Jeter out

    • Brazilian Yankee

      It was right down the middle. Had some movement, but it wasn’t the best pitch Halladay has thrown.

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

    Well, Halladay ain’t gonna no hit us.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Bank on it—> at least one runner at third before the sixth inning or your Xavier Nady uniform back ;)

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    DaMoN!

  • pat

    Hey, at least no Rolen to rob our doubles down the line. Thats gotta be a positive.

  • Mike Pop

    I wish they had 9 Johnny Damon’s tonight.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      With a little A-Rod sprinkled in.

      • Mike Pop

        Correct.

        It’s always a good thing when you got a little A-Rod sprinkled in.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Pat? Buddy? This has your name all over it.

          • pat

            Hahah, I was actually thinking of something to say but awesome first inning hi jinx ensued.

  • Salty Buggah

    So I was at the gym today and I saw two guys with a Boston hat and another with Boston water-bottle. Last week, at the movies, I saw like 10 Boston hats. In the past month, I’ve seen 3 Boston license plate frames. I live in Denver and in the past 3 years or so, Boston apparel and popularity has sky-rocketed here. It’s annoying really. Yankees hats are still popular (but for the styles only most of the time and not that much anymore here anymore.)

    BTW, they were almost all White people that wore that Boston stuff. There was only one Black dude who wore a Boston hat for a VERY dumb reason (he was a senior in HS and proclaimed to be a Blood even though he wasnt)

  • AMS223

    If we get halladay on Monday then he will miss boston at least once and potentially twice

  • DougPinstripesForever

    If Halliday throws his breaking ball welll tonight, Big Tex is gonna be in trouble.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Speak of the Roid Sux devil!! He caught Tex looking on what else. Drats!

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

    Nasty. Doc dropped a deuce on Tex.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      That was totally RIDIC!

  • pat

    fucking TERRIBLE call.

    Awesome frame-job.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    If the ump is going to give those calls to Halladay it will be impossible to hit him.

  • Esteban

    horrendous call

    • Esteban

      well thats how the tv made it look, but gameday says differently

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

    The picture quality is really good tonight for some reason and I don’t have an HDTV

    • Mike Pop

      You better get one.

  • Mike Pop

    No fan umpires in the seats behind the real ump tonight.

  • Mike Pop

    Alex, you’re the man.

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

    Unclutch.

    Big run in the first.

    • Esteban

      AROD= Gritty and Hustly

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

    We scored a run! We scored a run!

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      It doesn’t count, though, because it was scored in the first inning.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Yeah, A-Rod!!!! 1-0 Mr. Clutch!!!

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

    I love when A-Rod goes oppo.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      That is when he is at his best, Matt. A-Rod Score!!!

  • Drew

    excellent

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    First inning. Unclutch.

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

      It only counts as half a run.

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        You’re being generous. I’d say 1/4 of a run, and even that’s only because Johnny Damon slid and got his uniform dirty.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Alex!!

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Of course, if he’s called out getting back to second…. ya’know we are all yelling at, too;) Admit it, folks.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    1-0 Yankees!

  • Mike Pop

    Wooooo!!!!!

    Halladay is human.

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

    Wow, that was…interesting?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    GRITTY

    GUTTY

    AROD!

    • Esteban

      But he’s hispanic! They only coast by on natural talent

  • Drew

    woohooo

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

    I’ll take it.

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

      +1

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Crazy play! But I’ll take the runs anyway we get them.

  • VO

    First off HELL YEA!!

    Second, A-Rod is a good man give him his mask.

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

    With that second run the Yankees have now DOUBLED their run support for Pettitte from any of Pettitte’s last three starts…

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Hope, Andy gives us another terriffic start Rebecca. He so deserves a victory after his last two tough luck starts!! Lets go Andy Dandy!!

  • pat

    Down and dirty.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    WOW!!! A-rod used his A-mazing foot to know the ball loose. Halliday falling apart!! 2-0 Lets go Bombers!!!

    • DougPinstripesForever

      to knock”

      sorry for the grammer error. That is a G-1 in your scorecard!

      • Drew

        oh boy..
        S-1 and S-2 as well.

  • Salty Buggah

    A-ROD AND MATSUI BITCHES!!!!!!!!

    • Salty Buggah

      eh somewhat Matsui

      • Riddering

        Yeah, but at least he put it in play for Halladay to mishandle.

        • Salty Buggah

          yea, thats why I said somewhat ;)

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Halladay gave up runs, therefore he is not a “true ace.”

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

      /Lanny’d

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

    I’m hoping Andy can keep his recent strikeout trend up.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Mike, what was that baseball site that had all those interesting facts, like the different shapes and sizes of stadiums and everything? I think that guy should try to measure how many swimming pools Garza’s spit would fill up in a year.

  • Observer283

    He threw 20+ pitches (24 I believe) that inning. Good stuff.

    • pat

      Unfortunately, he can easily get through 8 innings on 80 pitches.

  • GG

    I feel like if the pitcher accounts for the error that results in the run, it should be an earned run, the run is his fault!

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

      +2

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      good point

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Yeah I’ve thought that before. But the counter-argument, which I buy, is that ERA is supposed to gauge how many runs a pitcher allows independent of errors, no matter who makes them. Of course, it’s not the best method we have at gauging that, but that’s the theory behind it.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Hey, has anyone checked A-Rod cleats for PED’s!! Hey, you never know where those things go after Alex retires to his Italian loafers XD

  • Riddering

    Damn, that was the best first inning I think we’ve ever had against Halladay.

  • Little Bill

    They’ve given Pettitte 2 runs and that should be all he needs.

    • Zack

      really?

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

      I take it you haven’t seen the majority of Andy Pettitte’s starts this season.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      but what about wells & rios!! They kill us for some reason… I say we wear old Highlanders uniforms to fool their “Blue Jay sense”

  • Orlando

    2 runs in the first??? glad we didn’t trade for him!!!…he’s done!!!!

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    I’ve never seen a first baseman field a grounder like Tex just fielded that grounder.

    (Swoons)

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

      Every game, he makes a great play.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I know, I know. He’s great. Just messing around, I’ll drop it now.

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

          I was being sarcastic, too.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Crap, my bad.

  • Ivan

    Hopefully Pettitte has A game tonight.

  • Orlando

    attaboy Andy!!

  • Orlando

    can someone get Suzyn a throat lozenge?

    • Tony

      can someone get Suzyn a throat lozenge different job?

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

        +880

      • trueblue

        golf clap

  • VO

    There goes the perfect game.

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

    The only thing Kevin Millar should be cleaning up is the stadium restrooms.

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

      OH SNAP.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Don’t worry,Matt, he has a job at NESPN waiting for him when he retires. Hopefully soon.

      Yeah Andy struck him out!!

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

    What the fuck was that, Jorge?

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Ya know the Giants to replace Amani. Maybe they should call Andy for an audition. The man can leap to catch nearly everything. Oh know Jorge had another passed ball.. sigh.

  • Salty Buggah

    Remember yanks, we’re playing the Blue Jays, not the Blue Sox. Dont forget.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Hey, Salty.. aren’t we the Blue Sox?

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

    Can we have nine more innings like the first?

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Hopefully we’ll only need 8 more.

      • Mike Pop

        Heh

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

        Right.

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Andy, now gimme 7 more of those innings please

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

    Dammit Melky. You’re off the team.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Yup, put Swisher in CF. What could go wrong? ;)

  • Mike Pop

    The outfield looks so huge because how the cameras are set up. Whenever the Yanks are playing the Jays or the Mets play the Natinals, I always think that their fields are the biggest in baseball.

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

      It’s like watching a game on Google Earth.

      • Mike Pop

        Johan – clutch with the bat.

        • Mike Pop

          reply fail, again.

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

    Oops.

  • Salty Buggah

    From Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s Twitter:

    “JR Smith told me he’d give his right arm to be ambidextrous. A year or two of college might have been a good idea, JR.”

    “Guys on the team are always talking about ‘ghetto passes.’ I’m starting ‘suburb pass.'”

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

      Lol, good stuff.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I bet Birdman is the only player on the team that can take apart a toaster and put it back together again.

      /tweeked

  • Drew

    Damn Hinske seems locked in since he came here.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Hope Hinske plays again before the next eclispe.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    Well that was a quick inning.

  • Ivan

    Despite the injury, will Montero still be ranked in the 5 for best prospect this year?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Surely, its only a broken finger on his catching hand, that’s like a itch to Jesus, nothing more.

    • Accent Shallow

      Bet Angel Villalona is ranked higher.

      Freakin’ prospect gurus.

  • Mike Pop

    The Mets aren’t going to shave till they reach .500?

    They won’t shave all freakin’ year.

    • Zack

      your team is sad when .500 ball in August is an accomplishment

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
        • DougPinstripesForever

          Hmmm, pancakes :)

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Makes our own Captain Caveman ashamed considering how proud he wore his mane of success. The Mess make every style look terrible

      Assuming, it was doing PED’s of course;)

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      If they don’t shave until the get back to the playoffs, they’ll look like Cousin It.

      Or Johnny Damon circa 2004.

  • Drew

    Jose Reyes another setback, I think the Met’s medical staff needs to be fired. They had Jose and Church come back early and the Beltran fiasco..

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

    Boos for Vernon Wells. By all means, let’s take on that contract.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      I assume we can all agree he was doing “it” a few years ago?

      Right,Mike?

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

        Nah, he’s always been overrated.. One or two good years.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Throw in questions about his work ethic and concentration.

        • DougPinstripesForever

          Really, for awhile I always thought he & Beltran were the best CF’s in the game. One of my fave players once upon a time.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist
    • Accent Shallow

      Not to mention, give up Montero (!) for the privilege.

  • Ivan

    You know u suck, when ur home crowd boo’s u and u play in Toronto.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Just imagine playing for the Marlins.

    • Salty Buggah

      A-rod sucks?

      • pat

        Arod doesn’t play for Toronto.

        • Salty Buggah

          I know but Im just saying he gets booed by the homecrowd too.

          • Mike Pop

            Ya, well the key part of Ivan’s comment was:

            u play in Toronto.

            ;)

            • Salty Buggah

              yea yea I know but I just wanted to add in something else

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

    Seven more innings like that, Andy!

    • DougPinstripesForever

      I’ll take five more and run to Phil & Mo, Rebecca. But by all means lets hope for the Complete game because the Jays are not working the counts at all. Thanks, Cido’s team:)

  • Accent Shallow

    So glad the Jays swapped Rolen for Edwin Incarnation.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Damn, Andy looks impressive. I bet he’s just shifted into playoff mode a bit early. He needs his A++ game if he expects another win.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    At what point do these smoking commercials become a bit sadistic?

    • DougPinstripesForever

      When they start listing how much they cost, the Artist!

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Touche!

  • Mike Pop

    Johan getting pissed that the Mets don’t score for him. Hits a 2b with the bases juiced.

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

      Don’t mess with the Johan

    • GG

      He might be the 2nd best hitter on that team at this point

  • Little Bill

    With the way Andy is pitching, he might not have even needed that 2nd run.

    • Mike Pop

      Alright, lets slow down here. He can implode at any minute.

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

        Seriously.

      • GG

        fo real, its 2 innings

        • Zack

          hes just saying it so he can he say ‘i told us’ in the postgame thread

          • Zack

            ‘i told you so’

          • Mike Pop

            Hahaha.

            “You all doubted me when I told you he was going to be a steal for the money he got. I never wanted Moose back, I was a Pettitte guy all along!”

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    It always bugs me when Jeter does that with an inside pitch.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Yeah, and that “move” does buy him some inside pitches Johan. So, I have grown to accept it!

  • Ivan

    Damn, Babe Ruth was that good.

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, and he did it on hot dogs and beer!!

    • GG

      the babe threw a 115mph cutter

  • pat

    That was a BOOOMB

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

    This is considered a tattooing for Doc.

  • Ivan

    Teix is starting to become my top 3 fav yankees rite now.

    • Drew

      Top five Yankees,

      Melky
      Melky
      Melky
      Melky
      and Melky.

      Because he spits hot fiya.

      • Mike Pop

        I don’t even think I can have a top 5.

        Top 23, sure.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Damn, is there a Hasslehoff concert starting at 9:30 or what!?!

    Take some damn pitches, people. Oh, never mind good job Tex.

    Was that a fastball?

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

    That makes up for those two balls Bautista got to in YS earlier.

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

    Rolen gets A-Rod. Make ’em Matsui.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Damn, that was a Rolen like play. Saved a run.

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

    Nice play by EE.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Hell of a stretch by Millar, that was almost a 20 degree stretch.

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

    Good swing Godzilla. No complaints.

  • Danny

    F.U vernon wells…. F.U

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

    Wells has no idea how he made that catch.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    FUUUUCK. I can’t believe he caught that.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    C’mon Godzilla. Use your atomic opposite field single attack. Go!!!

    Oh, know Vernon somehow caught it. Jeez, Halliday doesn’t have it

    tonight. We must take advantage, people!!

    • Drew

      Halliwho?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Vernon Wells trying to earn the $$$ in his contract

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He would have to track a ball down to Vancouver.

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

    Damn, Matsui got my hopes up there…

  • Esteban

    Dear John Flaherty,
    that catch was in now way Willie Mays-like
    Sincerely,
    Reality

    • Bob Stone

      Amen – I thought the same thing – Ridiculous comment.

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

        Preach, brothas.

    • Accent Shallow

      Willie Mays and Vernon Wells are both black CFs . . . that’s where the comparison ends.

  • Salty Buggah

    damn, another run or 2 would have been nice

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

    Reaction time, ftw.

  • GG

    MVP

  • pete

    a-rod defaming the word grit. is there anything he won’t touch?

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Jeter, with the catch… that was Jeterian!!! MVP

  • Drew

    Gold Glove Plz

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    If Derek Jeter does not get an MVP this year, I’m going to be mad, he really deserves it this year.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Unfortunately, he deserved it in 2006, too. Too many ignorant and biased voters, Johan. It’s a travesty but what can we do?

    • Mike Pop

      I’ll be pissed if somehow Justin Morneau beats him out again.

      • DougPinstripesForever

        It would be the first time he deserved it over the Captain, Mike.

    • Zack

      hes not the clear cut favorite. if Tampa makes the playoffs can you give it to Jeter over Barlett? Plays same position but with better numbers

  • Mike Pop

    Okay Andy. Straighten it out baby.

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

    What. the. bloody. hell. is. it. with. walking. the .nine. hitter?

    • Brazilian Yankee

      All of a sudden the ump stopped giving him the outside corner.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea he did

  • Salty Buggah

    Um that ball 4 looked like strike 2 on Gameday

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Tampa Yankees are battling against Furbush again tonite. I would love to know where that family name originated from and how it came about.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Double Play.. WEB GEM NIGHT!!!

  • Mike Pop

    Love it!

  • Drew

    SICKK!!

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

    He looks like a first baseman.

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Um… Flaherty reads RAB? All of a sudden he’s not saying guys are “proud of their fastball” so much anymore and today, of all days, he brings up Jeter for MVP?

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

      Seriously. It’s throwing me for a loop and a half.

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

      That would be so, so, totally fucking awesome.

      You have no idea.

    • Mike Pop

      Heh, I wouldn’t be shocked. I’m convinced Michael Kay does. It seems like he’s used JEterian more, and seems like discussions held here on RAB, he brings up in the booth every now and then. Even that same night.

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

        EVERYONE reads RAB. Everyone.

    • Ivan

      Nah, he’s gonna say it soon.

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

    That was badass.

  • whozat

    Andy got LUUUUUCKY that inning.

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

      Yep, haha.

  • pat

    THIRD BASEMEN WITH FRICKIN LAZERS

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

      Hahaha, this had me cracking the fuck up.

      • pat

        Heh, good, his arm is friggin ridiculous.

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

          For real; I love watching him throw.

  • Drew

    horrible baserunning ftw

  • Accent Shallow

    Way to retire Austin Powers there, Andy.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    This might end up finishing under 2 hours. Can u imagine, River Avenue such an event?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Posada = slump

  • pat

    I think the trivia answer is Bobby Murcer.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Bob Meusel

      • pat

        Dammit, I saw the list a few days ago and could only remember it was Bob M.. close.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Posada is having some horrible AB’s.

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

      dude andy, stop walking people

  • pat

    Flash could have ended that sentence at “Great news, Michael Kay is off..”

    • DougPinstripesForever

      Yep, I think that is what most of us were thinking ;)

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    I have 2 bulldogs. A 2 year old girl and a 8 year old boy. I bought a chicken leg shaped plastic squeaky toy which makes a noise that sounds similar to a baby crying the other day. Now my girl is convinced that it’s her offspring. She guards that chicken leg with her life.

    • Mike Pop

      How are they around company?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Great, they look mean but they’re really sweethearts. Not the most active dogs either, so they’re low maintenance.

        If you ever think of getting one, e-mail me. There’s things you need to know about the breed. Nothing major, but they need a little TLC here and there. Esp as they get older.

        • Mike Pop

          Mhm… Will do.

          My jack russell just passed on a year or so ago. Talk about getting meaner as they get older… wow. Loved that dog though, was awesome.

          Looking into a lab now though, sister’s got one and it is a really nice dog.

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

    Whoa, it’s the bottom of the fourth already?

  • Salty Buggah

    We are hitting Halladay kinda hard today but at this rate, Halladay can go 8 innings

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Bob Meusel, FTW…who knew not me.

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

    GEEEENE TENACE AT THE PLATE….WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMY!

    • Mike Pop

      I woke up on the floor of some Japanese family’s rec room, and they would NOT stop screaming.

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

        I woke up this morning and I literally shit a squirrel. Honestly. I don’t know what to do with the thing.

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

          Uhhhh Champ, I think I ate your chocolate squirrel.

          • Mike Pop

            I ate a big, red candle.

  • whozat

    come on, Andy, keep it down, and get that DP.

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    Irony..guy with biggest contract in franchise history (Wells) bats 5th, guy from scrap hip (Millar) bats clean up..

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

    Damn; let’s hope those LDs don’t come around again ’cause they’re probably gonna start falling.

  • Salty Buggah

    need a DP here

  • Drew

    come on AP

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

    Andy, if you walk Wells here…

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

    Good grief, come on Andy. Vernon Wells sucks.

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

      Andy Pettitte did not get that memo.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Comon Andy, get your shit together.

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

    Oh for Mo’s sake.

  • Drew

    Fuckin Ay

  • Zack

    have a feeling walking millar and going 3-0 to wells isnt going to end well

  • Brazilian Yankee

    How was that first pitch not a strike?

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

    Just put it right down the damn middle. No more walking guys with the bases loaded.

  • Riddering

    Andrew Eugene, if you don’t find the strike zone right now, so help me…

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

    Phew; I thought that was gonna drop in.

  • Esteban

    Yikes, Hinske has a noodle arm

  • Drew

    I’ll take it, one more out plz

  • Mike Pop

    Eh, I’ll take it. But that’s it!!

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    The look on all of our faces when Rios spanked that ball (and before we realized it was, fortunately, right at Hinske):

    http://videodetective.com/photos/004/000207_7.jpg (SFW)

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

    Holy geez … no one better every complain about Swisher’s arm after that effort by Hinske. Didn’t even make it past the 1B-2B base line on the fly.

  • Ivan

    Finally Andy.

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

    That strike zone just got a lot smaller.

    Andy, Encarnaciion is hitting .203. THROW SOME FUCKING STRIKES!

    • whozat

      He IS throwing strikes. Apparently, the zone is mid-thigh to waist, and two inches inside the outer edge of the plate.

  • brad

    why isnt molina catching him?

  • Mike Pop

    Attaboy Cano, advanced scouting FTW!