Game 107: Do not make fun of this man’s last name

Mitre says he's worked out the kinks
Game 107 Spillover Thread

As someone with a long Polish last name, I sympathize with Marc Rzepczynski. Any time people see more than eight letters and an ski at the end, it’s an opening for 1) gross mispronunciation, and 2) ridicule, because it’s not a good ol’ ‘Merican name — the “I’d like to buy a vowel” line is already old, at least in my mind. Yet I can’t empathize with him. My name is 100 percent phonetic. If you took the time to look at the letters, you could pronounce it with ease (when I took the GREs, the administrator said anyone who couldn’t pronounce it is an idiot…I liked her). Marc? Not so much. So please, for the sake of your host, let’s lay off the guy, at least on his surname.

And, for reference, it’s Zep-CHIN-Ski.

A 2007 fifth-round pick out of UC Riverside, Rzepczynski shot through the minors. He spent a full year at Class A Lansing last season, posting excellent numbers in 121 innings. The most impressive: just two homers allowed. In fact, in 254.2 minor league innings, spanning back to the New York Penn League in 2007 through his stint in AAA this season, Rzepczynski allowed just five home runs. FIVE. In the majors he’s allowed just one homer through 27.2 innings. His 3.1 percentage of fly balls hit for home runs is far, far below the league average of 7.8 percent. Normally I’d say he’s in line for a statistical correction, but it appears this anomaly is part of Rzepczynski’s skill set.

How does he do this? The double threat of strikeouts and ground outs. Rzepczynski has a 1.94 ground out to air out ratio, well above the league average of 1.07. He also gets 1.09 ground balls for every fly ball, again well above the league average of 0.78. He has also struck out 25.4 percent of all batters he’s faced in the majors, much higher than the league average of 17.8 percent. In fact, it seems the only reason he’s not pitching better right now is that he still has a case of the walks: 14.4 percent of major league batters facing him have walked, far above the league average of 9 percent. This could be a boon for a patient team like the Yankees.

Rzepczynski is mostly a fastball-slider guy, averaging 88 mph with the fastball — with considerable sink, of course. He also has an average curve and an average change, which he uses to mix things up. FanGraphs’ linear weighs for pitch types shows his slider to be his most effective pitch. I’m willing to bet that’s how he gets the bulk of his strikeouts.

On the hill for the Yanks is Sergio Mitre, who has supposedly worked out the kinks which hampered him in his last start. The Yanks aren’t asking the world. Just six innings, three runs. Then hopefully the Yanks can get to this rookie starter.

Oh, and as if you hadn’t already heard, the Yankees have recalled RHP Anthony Claggett. To make room for him on the roster, they’ve designated Cody Ransom for assignment.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number forty-five, Sergio Mitre.

Mitre says he's worked out the kinks
Game 107 Spillover Thread
  • GG

    Ransom gone and cats can breathe a little bit easier tonight.

    • NYQ

      Finally the those beasts will leave those poor kitties alone.

  • Dela G

    I feel his pain

    as a guy with an african name, i feel for you Mike

    (thats why people call me Dela G :D)

    Anyways,

    GO YANKS

    • Charlie

      i don’t think its mike

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

      I’m … not African.

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

        Tacos? I don’t get it.

    • Dela G

      hahaha i meant marc

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        …stupid name.

        zep-CHIN-ski’s fine, its mark with a ‘c’ thats a bit awkward…

        • Dela G

          lol nice

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

    Straighten it out, Sergio.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I thought you meant Meat Tray.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      meatwad. awesome name.

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

    The season is over. The Red Sox called up Billy Traber.

    • Dela G

      UNENVIABLE DEPTH

      [/gammons’d

      • pat

        Unenviable is the opposite of the word ur lookin for bro. haha.

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

    Yanks signed Russ Ortiz for MiL depth.

    • Dela G

      i hope he stays there :D

      i watched him give up 9ER? against the cubs on tv last week

    • Charlie

      yucky.. that guy sucks.. a lot

    • Accent Shallow

      Oh god. He’s horrific.

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

      I did not know he was still in baseball.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        he can’t be…he was on my first fantasy league when i was in college.

        we got joked!

    • wilcymoore

      Good … maybe he can help Scranton in the IL playoffs. He sure ain’t gonna help the Yankees.

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

    I also have a-relatively-easy-to-pronounce last name that people screw up. Italian is phonetic as well, but people don’t get it.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      my last name has never been spelled correctly on the first try by anyone to whom i was giving it.
      its amazingly awkward…its randle.

      r-a-n…d-l-e.

      they write r-a-n-d-a-l…wait what? d-a-l-e?

      candle. but with an r.

      c-a-n-d-a-l-e?

      ffs…
      i used to use handle, but sure enough, one lady says ‘oh, like the composer, and write r-a-n-d-e-l. sigh…

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

    My last name is ridiculously easy to pronounce…but people still find ways to fuck up my first name

    • Dela G

      Optimist prime is pretty hard there… ;)

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

      How can you screw up Rebecca?

      • Charlie

        she said her last name

        • Charlie

          oh wait, nevermind, i’m wrong

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

          No, it’s impossible to screw up ‘glass’ if you’re an English speaker.

          They screw up Rebecca. Even my great aunt used to send me birthday cards “Rebekah”

          • wilcymoore

            Rebekah – very Biblical …

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

            Rebekiah?

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

        David Cone did!

        A friend of my dad’s got me a baseball signed by him. It reads:

        To Rebbeca

        my best

        David Cone
        7.18.99

        • Observer283

          A-Mazing.

  • Accent Shallow

    Joe,

    How do you feel about the old Onion article “Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia”, then?

    • wilcymoore

      Didn’t Onion mean Bosnia & Herzegovina?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      …i was one of those vowels :(

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

    So we have an open thread, and all of a sudden ‘Russell NY’ has nothing to say.

    Maddening.

  • wilcymoore

    Rzepczynski … 23-year-old rookie southpaw, rapid rise through the minors, .192 BAA in five starts with Toronto, 30 K in 27.2 IP, and – as you say – a tendency to NOT allow home runs.

    Pretty good stats for a kid without a blazing fastball. Let’s see how the Yanks handle him tonight.

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

    For the Spanish speakers here, if I wanted to say “I can’t wait for you to be a major leaguer”, should I use ser or estar? I keep thinking ser, but I don’t want to mess it up…

    • Charlie

      i’m pretty sure its ser, i wouldn’t guarantee it though. who are you gonna say that to, jesus montero?

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

        Yep.

        “Esperamos que siente mejor muy pronto y no esperamos para ud. ser un Yankee de Nueva York”

        I know I could probably get away with the tú form, but he is a stranger and alll…

        • Rey22

          “Esperamos que se sienta mejor muy pronto y no podemos esperar para que usted sea un Yankee de Nueva York.”

          Spanish speaker here, thought I’d correct that for you :)

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

        He’s on the DL for the rest of the year with a fractured thumb.

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

          Hence the card.

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

            Ahhhhh gotcha.

        • Charlie

          i know, you’re point??

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            you are point?

            i no machine, but you are point?

    • Jose

      I would tell you, but I’m a lazy Dominican.

  • dkidd

    my guess is ser, because “major leaguer” would be his profession?

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

      Thanks

  • Mike Pop

    Got the fan umps tonight.

    • DougPinstripesForever

      They get on my nerves and how many times have they “umpired” our games? Also, they are blatant homers for the Blue Jays, even when they were at the Stadium. Seriously, if you
      are going to all this trouble to fan umpire, why be unfair to one team?

      Oh, wait, I forgot they’re pretending to be real umpires ;)

      • Mike Pop

        and they’re Canadian.

        It was funny to me at first, but now it’s just wiggidy wiggidy wack.

  • Billy Shears

    You know, if they can give Russ Ortiz a minor league deal, they should be able to give one to El Duque. http://tiny.cc/BepcE

    • Mike Pop

      That never gets old to me.

    • Accent Shallow

      +1

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

    I have a difficult to pronounce last name, it’s that of a small town in southern Sicily.

    But it has its advantages. Telemarketers always screw it up, so if I hear someone call me who can’t pronounce my name, I just say “Nobody here by that name” and hang up.

    • wilcymoore

      What do you get telemarketers for? Put your number on the Do-Not-Call list.

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

      Ditto, except my name is Calabrese and based on a noun.

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

    Should I draw a doodle in my Jesus Montero get well soon card?

    It’d just be a stick figure hitting a home run, since I can’t draw anything more advanced than that….

  • Salty Buggah

    We’re still waiting for ya Big PaP.E.D.

    If this was A-rod, he’d murdered literally by the media by now.

    • Charlie

      icudt with the big papi, i don’t know what happened to your second sentence

    • Dela G

      I cannot WAIT to see what the NYC Crowd will do to him man

      Hey Salty

      email me at delag26 at gmail dot com, it concerns gameday

    • Zack

      yeah and theo has to stop calling his courageous and facing this head on

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

    Rzepczynski with the defense (did I spell it right?)

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

    RT @mlbCozMets on Niese – MRI revealed complete tear of the right upper hamstring tendon – out for the remainder of the season.

    OW.

    That makes my arm not hurt so much.

    • Zack

      thats horrible- didnt they have him throw a practice pitch after they helped him up?

      • VO

        Yea, he threw one pitch and fell down.

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

        He hurt himself on the practice pitch. He hurt his other leg/knee on a play at first.

        • Zack

          oh alright, didnt see just heard about it

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

        Yep.

    • VO

      Are all these injuries really possible? It’s simply amazing.

      • Mike Pop

        That whole training staff. DFA’d.

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

    I don’t know why, but to me, Tex looks totally different batting right handed.

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

    Damon got locked the fuck up by that bender.

  • zs190

    I’m watching the Sox-Rays games on ESPN and I can’t help noticing that David Price is also 90-92 in this first inning, much like Joba.

    • Accent Shallow

      Wonder why there’s no talk of him in the bullpen from the media? He hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire. Homer-prone, and walking the ballpark.

      • Mike Pop

        I remember just a little bit of discussion, nothing Joba like. But ya, there was just a wee bit there.

  • Ivan

    Hey, at least his last name wasn’t as bad as Coach-K.

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

    People have screwed up my first name a few times.

    Mitre, time to do your groundball goodness.

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

      People screw up “evan”?

      At least Rebecca has spelling variants…

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

        Spelling my name hasn’t been a problem (except for the time I got a notice asking for “Evans”). Pronunciation has been an occasional issue though it’s usually with people who aren’t native English people.

      • Ed

        I’m not surprised. I’ve had people ask how to spell “Ed”. Never had anyone question “Edward”, but more than a few had no clue how to spell “Ed”. Some of them didn’t seem to believe me when I told them.

  • Salty Buggah

    2 groundout, 1 K, 0 HRS…so far, he’s exactly what Joe said.

  • Accent Shallow

    Mitre, if you walk Scutaro . . .

    • Accent Shallow

      Thanks for your compliance.

    • Zack

      doesnt scutaro have a OBP over .380?

      • whozat

        Yeah. He’s had great plate discipline all year.

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

        .389, also 4th in the AL in walks (Bay, Pena, Swisher are 1-2-3).

  • Mike Pop

    Woot!

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

    That pitch had great movement.

    • whozat

      His fastball has crazy movement when he throws it right, it seems.

  • pat

    Spent the day putting large pieces of wood through an industrial wood chipper. Man that shit is awesome.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      …is that a euphemism for something illegal in alabama?

      • pat

        hahah nah everything is literal.

    • Accent Shallow

      For work, or for nefarious purposes?

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        its illegal no matter WHY you do it…

      • pat

        Workedy work, I wish it was for nefarious purposes, you could comfortably put a family of 4 in one of those things and they’d be gone in about three seconds.

    • Salty Buggah

      “pieces”????

  • Dela G

    52 MPH Strikeout?

    Thanks YES GUN

    • VO

      He has that change working tonight.

      • Dela G

        YEZZUR

    • Jose

      He has two pitches, a sinker and knee-buckling Eephus pitch.

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

    Damn Sergio.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    So far so good.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, Mitre’s got his control and secondary pitches working today so far

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

    That was a hanger.

  • Drew

    I still have some confidence in Serg. I love me some sinkers.

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

    Damn, that one was just bad luck.

  • Accent Shallow

    If we’re on grass, that’s the third out.

  • Drew

    Dang Robbie gotta stop that ball.

  • Dela G

    Damn, just slipped by cano

  • Salty Buggah

    ah damn, get out of this Surge

  • Dela G

    one more strike

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

    Worse idea:

    mixing Mitre and turf or ammonia and bleach?

    • Jose

      They go together like lamb and tuna fish.

  • Mike Pop

    Grrrr

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    shit

  • Dela G

    and the floodgates….

    • NYQ

      the floodgates have been destroyed since his first start.

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

    Same shit as last time out. Two quick outs, bam, rally.

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

    This is a bad flashback to last week–two quick outs from Mitre, then it all goes downhill.

  • nyrfan

    its going to be a long game

  • Salty Buggah

    damn, good start but not finishing off hitter after getting to 2 strikes on the past 3

  • Tony B

    this is chicago all over again

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

      No, its not.

  • Ivan

    Yo, Mota is a Bitch.

    Like seriously, u can’t hit guys and run away.

    • Drew

      ha he got thrown out of the game. Prince is a big baby, you hit Manny, expect to get hit back.

      • Zack

        exactly. Mota is going to meet Fielder at the plate? If Fielder had a problme you take care of it right there like every other player does, you dont try to get into the opposing clubhouse. dude’s a freakin hot head

  • Dela G

    oh god

  • pat

    Ugh, a bunch of crap.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    come on get out of the inning

  • Drew

    If Serg didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck at all.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon Surge, get out of this.

  • BigBlueAL

    How about just forfeiting every time Mitre is scheduled to start so at least nobody gets injured and the bullpen gets a day off.

    • Mike Pop

      Relax boss.

      • Rick

        He’s not Wang

        • Mike Pop

          No one expects him to be Wang.

          This is what a guy like Mitre is going to do, he’s not going to be great.

          • Rick

            The point is Wang sucks and we forfeited every game he started b

            • Mike Pop

              My fault b, I’m all jacked up on Mountain Dew.

      • BigBlueAL

        Im straight since I dont expect to win anytime Mitre pitches I dont get mad or frustrated when he sucks. Kinda like Ponson and Rasner last year.

        • Zack

          arent Yankees 2-1 in his starts so far?

          • BigBlueAL

            Yup believe so, but I still dont expect them to win when he starts.

  • Dela G

    thank god

    the ball bounces to someone

  • Tony B

    .205 average ftw!

  • Rick

    Mitre sucks. How those mechanics??

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

      I’ll guess you know as much about mechanics as you do about pitching in general.

      • Rick

        So they r good?? Guess his crap pre start was just that. Crap

  • Mike Pop

    Jason Bay with an A-Rod like home run. 2nd inning?

  • nyrfan

    and bay just hred, start a bad night

    • Mike Pop

      Oh my Mo, relax people. 2nd freakin’ inning.

  • Hova

    Sergio, please don’t kill our bullpen before the Red Sox come to NY for a four game series. Begging you man. Please don’t.

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

      That’s why Claggett’s up.

  • yankees boy

    Hopefully this will be Mitre’s last start.

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

    How much BS does this Lend America thing smell like?

  • Dexception32

    Um, the game did just start right? I think Mitre was just doing his best Roy Halladay impression, Eiland told him to follow his example and he took it literally.

  • nyrfan

    haha Dick Pole

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, Surge just shut em down from here and give us 6 solid

    • yankw

      wow I want what he’s on

    • NYQ

      it will not matter if the Yankees don’t score any runs

  • Drew

    It’s impossible for me to look at his name and not try and pronounce the R.

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

    Oh good, the fake umpires are back. That novelty didn’t wear off after the first inning we saw them or anything.

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

      Definitely still a fresh act.

    • BigBlueAL

      They were featured on Sportscenter last night.

    • Chris B

      I hate them with a passion.

    • Jose

      Some of the actual umpires this year have been more of a joke than those two.

  • putt

    I know their overall value has been well-defined by a lot of people here, but am I crazy or do Wells and Rios tend to rake against the Yanks? I know the numbers bear it out for Rios, I’m not sure about Wells though.

    Note: this post was not an indication that I’d want either one of those contracts!

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, Rios rakes against the Yanks. My buddy who’s not an avid baseball fan, more of a football guy. Every time Yanks play Toronto, he always brings up how Alex Rios pwns them.

      • putt

        Every team has 1 or 2 guys that seem to do that. I guess that makes sense when you think about it, but I find myself yelling at the TV at least twice a night, “God, that guy kills the Yankees!” I know it’s partly just being a biased fan, but oh well.

        Guys like Kendrick come to mind…

        • Mike Pop

          Ya. Garret Anderson and Kevin Millar are others.

          • putt

            ah, good call.

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

    Mitre was not only NOT bad that inning, he was actually pretty good. He’s a sinkerballer, so (just like Wang) when he gets a ground ball he’s done his job. If they find holes, you have to live w/it. The Rios AB was a broken bat blooper that found a hole, that can happen to anyone.

    I liked what I saw, and if he keeps it up he’ll be fine. Just some bad luck that inning.

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

      I’m with you on that.

    • Rick

      Oh god. What’s it take to be bad? 5 runs?

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

          How does that answer his legitimate question?

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

            Because its not, its knee-jerk typical fan garbage. If I just wanted to look at the score and nothing else, I could listen to Mike Francesa all day, and Baseball would be much less interesting if I did.

            • Jose

              I agree his response was knee-jerk, but so was just posting a link to another blog instead of explaining there is more to the story than just runs scored.

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

                I did so in my first post. Had he addressed anything I said with something tangible and/or cogent, I’d be happy to debate him.

                • Jose

                  No you didn’t address his question on runs. I believe he was questioning you to how runs play a role. If a pitcher allows 6 groundball singles that find holes and 2 bloopers and allows 5 runs in an inning can he still be considered effective?

                  I agree that there is more to a pitching effort than just runs allowed. But at some point people will question if a lot of runs allowed indicates a bad inning no matter what the hits are like.

    • nathan

      thats the cool part abt being a GB pitcher.. u only need to produce the GB.. where it goes they dont care… i wonder if that holds for a flyballer… i only produce them flies.. if Yankee stadium has a jet stream how am i at fault… LOL

    • yankees boy

      that’s his good inning? yikes…

    • Chris B

      I agree.

    • Salty Buggah

      I agree. And he’s kinda had a lot of bad luck in the 1st start too.

    • Todd

      I completely agree. Two hits were on pretty good pitches. If he keeps making those same pitches, the Yanks will be okay with Mitre as the #5 starter.

    • nyrfan

      amen…and some good first pitch strikes

    • Dexception32

      Well put Artist

  • Dela G

    attaboy swishahouse!

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

    Great swing, Swish.

  • Salty Buggah

    nice Swisher…now DO NOT GIDP Robbie

  • Mikebk

    can we bring back tomko. lol.

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

    Joe Inglett is still in baseball? Good for him.

  • Zack

    Erik Bedard is getting another MRI on his shoulder.

  • pat

    damn, hit on the screws.

  • Dela G

    that was easy for the blue jays outfielders….

  • charlespoet

    ok enough of this bullshit. Offense needs to bury this guy next inning. Now if only Sergio “don’t call me a BP pitcher” Mitre can hold Toronto to no runs this inning, we will be in good shape.

  • Mike Pop
    • nyrfan

      now thats a catch

    • Accent Shallow

      Looks like a trap.

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

      They planned it.

    • putt

      it’s not often you see 4 fielders in on the same play, excluding popups in the mound area.

  • Dela G

    this should be a very easy text poll

  • Rey22

    Damn, I always get Rod Barajas and Gerald Laird confused for some reason.

    • manimal

      Didn’t they platoon in texas at one point?

  • Tony B

    Anyone see that guy Jon Niese’s injury today it looked painful

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Joe Inglett? Really Mitre? Really?

  • Dela G

    that kinda sucked there with that no name no 9 hitter

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

    I know my memory and eyes and ears are selective and probably wrong, but it seems/sounds like everything hit against Mitre is just ripped.

    • Zack

      maybe, but if i counted right he has only given up 4 XBH this year

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

        Interesting. But, he does have a LD% of around 25% so…

        • Zack

          True, maybe its just ‘luck’ that they go right at the OFers, or maybe its luck that they bounce right before them, etc.

  • Salty Buggah

    DP time!!!!!

  • Chris B

    Gameday has Mitre at 92 consistently with his fastball. Not bad.

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

      Except for all the, you know, hits.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Did Singleton just say “Brahaha” ?

    • Dela G

      i laughed at that

      • ShuutoHeat

        I’m going to say “Brahaha” from now on, thank you Kenny!

  • nyrfan

    pena baby

    • ShuutoHeat

      2-1! Destroy Penny and exhaust the pen some more !!!

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

    Is it just me or does Mitre look vaguely like Fez from That 70’s Show?

    • BigBlueAL

      He is no Mila Kunis.

    • Mike Pop

      Do you have what it takes to represent your hood?

      Only on this show, Yo Mama!

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

        Yo mama so fat, she whistles bass.

        • DreDog

          Can someone explain this to me? I want to be able to use it.

          • Mike Pop

            Yo mama so stupid, she went to Applebees and got stung.

            • DreDog

              But why dos she whistle bass?

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

                Hey, guys, sorry I’m late.

                Yo mama so fat, her panty size is “Bitch, lose some weight!”

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

            Base = base for auto equipment. It’s a deep sound.

  • BigBlueAL

    Carlos Pena just hit a HR off Penny that hasnt landed yet.

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

      I approve.

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

        Me too, but we want Tampa to lose as well. Tampa-Red Sox leaves me a bit conflicted either way.

        • DreDog

          I always want the Sox to lose as my first natural instinct.

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

          Boston’s the more immediate threat, therefore we root for them to lose.

        • Zack

          Ideal situation is that they beat each other up and use up their bullpens; then fight it out all season and have Texas end up as the wild card

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

            That.

            No matter what happens tonight is both good and bad for us, so the best scenario is an absolute barnburner of exhaustion. I’m hoping for a 23-inning 19-17 win by someone.

            • DreDog

              And Papeldouche has to pitch 2 tough innings.

    • Dela G

      that was a HUUUUUUGE longball

  • Dela G

    mitre takes FOREVER to throw to someone on a base

  • Charlie

    Mitre just can’t stay in this rotation. He’s just too hittable to survive in the AL East. And I don’t why people downplay the significance of the yanks’ fifth starter. They’ll need every good start from every member of their rotation to win this division and hughes/aceves/anyone else gives them a much better chance at doing that. Mitre just sucks. Period. End of story.

    • Charlie

      *don’t know why

      • Mike Pop

        I hate these types of comments.

        We all know there are better option(s) than Mitre in the pen with Hughes or Aceves. The Yankees say Hughes isn’t moving out of the pen. Yes, a dumb move because we all want him to be more value in the rotation and reach his innings. They think him in the pen makes them a better team.

        Mitre has had 3 starts, 3! Not 10, not 11. Maybe Cash is looking at waivers as we speak, trying to work out a deal. We don’t know. If Mitre continues to be shit, and is starting his 8th or 9th game, then let’s bitch more.

        Right now, he is what he is.

        • Charlie

          i’m sure cash is looking at waiver options, though its upsetting they won’t move hughes to the rotation. And every start counts, so every one with mitre pitching hurts the yanks’ chances. And he’s probably not getting any better, he’s 28, has essentially sucked his whole career, and now he’s pitching in a brutal division

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

      So let it be written, so let it be done.

      Charlie has spoken, and the debate is over.

      Period. End of story.

      • Charlie

        Thank you for your humbling support

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

          . . . . . . .

  • Dela G

    MITRE WITH THE BACKDOOR!

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

      Care to rephrase that?

      • Dela G

        maybe…

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

    Nice bounceback inning.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    that was i like to se mr mitre.

  • Salty Buggah

    there ya go Surge

  • Rey22

    Looking at the Pena HR celebration in the dugout, how the hell do all these players come up with these elaborate handshakes with all these twists and turns?

    • Zack

      oh shit celebrations? bean them!

    • putt

      I have 32 handshakes, one for each of my students. Most of them are pretty basic, but some of them are MLB quality (mostly from the big, sport-crazy boys in class). Parents are amazed that I remember them, but I think it’s just ingrained in my dna.

      • Rey22

        Damn, that’s pretty sick. I can hardly remember 3 or 4.

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

    Working out w/Brady Anderson? Uh oh…

  • Dela G

    Lol at training with Brady Anderson

    Steroid Freak if there wasn’t one

  • Salty Buggah

    Who knew Hairston can OBP?

  • Dela G

    Keep Brady away from everyone

    • Zack

      similar to the stories that Matt Holliday and others were training with Mark McGwire this offseason

      • Dela G

        You know what’s funny about that? Holliday scrapped the stuff mcgwire taught him and has been on a tear ever since.

        He’s back to the leg kick

  • pat

    With that walk you can tell Hairston is proud of his eyes.
    /flash’d

    • Charlie

      IETC, flaherty is a complete moron

      • VO

        Hey hey hey, be nice. God knows Flaherty and the rest of the YES crew read this blog.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    As much as people are down on Mitre, his pitches just seem too good sometimes to give up just yet. His sinker is 92-93 and you just saw on his last pitch he has a nice looking curve. I haven’t fangraph’d him yet as far as pitch values, but they’re probably not any good because of his limited poor performance. However, from what I can recall he has a FIP around 4.00, which for a number 5 is good in the AL.

    I want to believe his performance so far is bad luck based, but that’s because he shows flashes of something good and he’s light years better than Sidney Ponson and Russ Ortiz and the like. Or I want to hope so at least.

    • yankees boy

      even ponson had a good start once in a while..

    • Dela G

      he just got back from TJ surgery

      i think he will be good next year

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

      I want to believe that too, but the contact he gives up is just too hard; like I’ve said, his tRA is 5.65 (85 tRA+, same as ERA+) and he’s given up a 25% line drive rate. Dudes hit the ball very hard off of him.

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

    How is Saltalamacchia hard to pronounce?

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

      It sounds exactly like it’s spelled.

    • pat

      teh armpitz!!!

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

      Can I SELL a vowel?

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

        IETC.

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

    Yikes, that could have been ugly.

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

    Hairston: Can run the bases, too.

  • Dela G

    Thanks Hairston for running well there

    good job

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

    I wonder how everyone would’ve reacted if Swisher did what Hairston did.

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

      ZOMG HE SUCKS WHAT A LOSER SHOULDA KEPT ABREAU!!!

      • DougPinstripesForever

        to be fair we should have kept Abreau, ya know.

  • Dela G

    Jeterian

  • nyrfan

    great base running by hairston

  • Mike Pop

    That was “good effort”.

    Tim McCarver rolls his eyes.

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

    Inglett is lucky he didn’t break himself on that play. That was ugly.

  • nyrfan

    you know who would have made that play?

    Damon would have made that play

  • Drew

    we can hit groundballs too.

  • Dela G

    Wow that was AWESOME baserunning by jeter there

    2-1 blue jays

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Every time Jeter slides into third at the Rogers Centre, my heart skips a beat.

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

    And with Jeter’s hit, my Beat the Streak stays alive! It’s now up to…two. Or three, I can’t remember!

  • Mike Pop

    That was all grit!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Salty Buggah

    DAMON!!! cmon tex no DP

  • Charlie

    i think damon’s about to go on a big hot streak like he did in april/may. possibly a-rod too

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

    Hustle Tex. Nice.

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

    Mark Teixeira’s hustle is underrated

  • Dela G

    MARKY T WITH THA HUSTLE!

    2-2 TIE GAME!

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

    YES!!!

    Nice hustle by Tex!

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

    The action on Tex’s cheeks while he runs makes me laugh every single time.

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

      He has the mean high-stepping run, too.

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

    That’s twice Encarnacion hasn’t been able to get the ball out of his glove this series.

    • Mike Pop

      Thank you very much, Walt Jocketty.

  • pat

    I didn’t think I’d like Tex very much aside from him putting up good numbers but I friggin love this guy. Such an awesome all around ballplayer, I think we’re really lucky to have him.

    • Ivan

      Y wouldn’t u like Tex in the first place.

  • Ivan

    Tex is that dude.

  • nyrfan

    no way thats a strike

  • Dela G

    damn i didnt think that was a strike 3 to alex

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    tough night so far for Arod.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    tough night so far for Arod.

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

    A-Rod has guessed wrong on two two strike pitches tonight.

  • Salty Buggah

    well tie game…cmon Surge

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