Game 108: Taking it to the Sox

Quick musings on Hughes' inning
Game 108 Spillover Thread

What better way to forget about those first eight games against the Red Sox than to beat them in the opener of this four-game series? It’s what the Yankees need at this point. Not only to put those earlier games behind them, but to continue rolling. They enter the game winners of three straight, and other than a three-game blip against the White Sox over the weekend have been playing incredibly since the All-Star Break.

The Yanks will take their hacks against John Smoltz, who has not lived up to expectations so far. What the expectations were for a 42-year-old coming off major shoulder I have no idea, but the Sox — their fans, at least — were talking it up like they were getting a bona fide ace in June. It hasn’t quite worked out that way, as Smoltz has allowed 50 hits and 29 runs in 36.2 innings. Smoltz’s peripherals, including a 6:1 K/BB ratio, have been good, but he allows too many hits. Worse for the Sox, he’s prone to the big inning. That’s a good thing for the Yanks.

Smoltz has gone six innings just twice this year, each time allowing five runs. His best start was a five-inning, one-run performance against the Royals in which he struck out seven. But those are the Royals. These are the Yankees, with arguably the best offense in baseball. We all know what they should do. If they can put it together, they should be able to hit Smolz.

On the other end is Joba, who has had a mixed bag against Boston this season. He allowed nine hits and walked four in his first outing against them, lasting just 5.1 innings. He limited the damages to two runs, one earned, but the Yankees would lose the game late. I need not recount that one.

The next time out Joba got off to a horrible start, allowing the first five men to reach base without recording an out, staking the Red Sox to a 4-0 lead. To say he settled down would be an understatement. Joba went nuts after that, striking out 12 Red Sox in the innings two through six, though he only lasted two outs into the last frame. That’s understandable: those strikeouts take a lot of pitches to attain. Yet the Yankees could not come back from that initial four-run deficit.

After a shaky few starts leading up to the break, Joba has been tremendous over his three post-break starts, going 3-0 with just two runs allowed over 21.2 innings. That includes just eight hits, though he has also walked eight in that span. Still, it’s a WHIP under 1.00. The Yankees need him to set the tone for this series. It’s a lot to ask from a young pitcher, but Joba is no ordinary 23-year-old.

There are a lot of things I want to see tonight: Joba throwing a chest-high fastball inside to Youkilis, Teixeira and A-Rod going back-to-back off Smoltz, the Yanks running all over Jason Varitek, and plenty more. But what I want to see the most — really, hear the most — is the Yankee Stadium crowd going crazy. I’ve been to a bunch of games this year, and yet to have the same feeling as I did in the old Stadium. In big games against the Sox in August, September, and October, that place was rocking. When Jorge Posada hit that double off Pedro in the 2003 ALCS, the place shook. That would make this really feel like the home park.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number sixty-two, Joba Chamberlain.

Quick musings on Hughes' inning
Game 108 Spillover Thread
  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Tex and A-Rod going back-to-back would be so incredibly incredible that it’d be incredibly awesome and incredible.

    Incredible.

  • Zack

    lefites are hitting over .390 against Smoltz. and he has to face
    Damon, Tex, Matsui, Posada, Cano, Swish, Melky, damn

  • pat

    Even though they’ve been scuffling Boston always plays us tough. I’d be fine with a split, anything more than that is gravy baby.

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

      Ditto.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      In Addition to that Damon and Tex are next to eachother in the lineup and then Matsui, Posada, Cano, Swisher and Melky are are bunched up together. That is MURDER!

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        whoops I fail, replied to wrong post.

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

          Pulling a Mike Pop.

          • Mike Pop

            Dick

  • Duci

    Who wins tonight? I’m going with 4-2 Yanks.

    • pat

      If we don’t put up at least 6 on Smoltz I’ll be surprised.

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

        I just hope this isn’t the start where Smoltz starts to right himself.

        • Observer283

          Ditto.

        • whozat

          It is true that many of his peripherals suggest he’s a victim of bad luck, but I’m hoping that it’s really just that he’s giving up screaming liners all over the field.

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

            What’s interesting is that his LD% (17.1) is below his career number (20.1). His FB%, however, is at 38.2 (33.5 for his career) and as a result, his HR/FB is up from 8.9% to 12.8%.

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              16-12 Sox.

              i’m a masochist…i keep coming back for this shit… :(

  • Matty Ice

    Youklis in LF? Interesting.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      As much as it would hurt to see him rob a homerun to LF, I think it would be fucking funny to see him attempt to jump and grab one over the wall.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I feel so honored that the Yankees get to face the unbelievably classy John Smoltz. I can only imagine that the Yankees, themselves, feel like they are better people because of it. I’m actually hoping that punk “Joba”, gets his just desserts and gets knocked around tonight. After all, John Smoltz is so classy that he shits textbooks.

    /Jason at IIATMS’d

  • Observer283

    I think we really underestimate how awesome it is to have four solid switch hitters in our line up: Tex, Posada, Swisher, Melky.

    What’s more, with Melky hitting well from the right side this year, they can both do damage from both sides of the plate.

    The lineup tonight is a tough one for a righty pitcher. But if they were to bring in a lefty, you’re looking at a lineup that would be just as tough.

    Finally, there are no back to back lefties or back to back righties in the lineup. Another huge plus.

    This lineup is like a reversible Starter jacket. (Kickin’ it old school for those from my generation).

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

    So Jeets is only 51 hits away from tying Lou Gehrig for #1 on the Yankees’ all-time hit list.

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

      Crazy, huh?

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

        Will Carroll asked me earlier why is it that Yankee fans are so quick to equate Mo with G-d but not Jeter…

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

          You know what? That’s a fantastic question.

        • CanoFTW

          Because Jeter is the G-d of GIDP’s.

          Just joking… kind of.

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

          Because there are times when you watch Mo, that you realize he’s simply on a higher level than everyone.

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

        I had no idea he was that close; I thought, before looking up the numbers, that he’d need another season to do it. He can definitely do it this year. He’d need to end up with 186 hits and that’s totally doable for the Cap’n.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          he wins game five of the WS against the Cubs with that hit…

  • Bill R

    If we don’t win tonight We could be in trouble with Beckett going Friday and then if we are down 0-2 Clay Pots will pitch the game of his life because we’ll be so demoralized after being 0-10 that we’ll fall apart and then by the time Lester comes on Sunday we’ll be out for the count. God I hope I’m wrong!

  • Ant

    Arod is definitely going to snap his homerless streak tonight. No I’m not jinxing him, I just know it to be true.

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

    Play today, win today, das it.

    That’s really all there is to it. Tonight might be the biggest game of the season, and it’s okay for me to day it b/c I’m just a fan….

  • dkidd

    papi will address his situation on saturday before the game, according to espn

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

      No habla ingles?

      • Mike Ox

        Tainted Chicken to go along with his rice and beans.

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

    Rocco Baldelli on the DL again. Remember when people wanted him to play CF for the Yanks full time?

  • Klemy

    SOB. I’ve been waiting all day for the game and I find out it’s on My9…Damn you Verizon and your lack of My9! Words cannot express how disappointed I am.

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

      It’s on MLB Network too.

    • yankw

      I feel your pain I am at work until 9 with no way of getting my infor other than here Pete Abe or the painfully slow yahoo sports my POS cpu at work can’t even run mlb gameday

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

    Yay.

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

    Whoa. A sign in the stadium!

  • Accent Shallow

    Ellsbury sure can move. Of course, that doesn’t help when you hit a grounder directly at Cano.

  • frits

    Joe P, were you at the 2003 Game 7 ALCS? Thats awesome if so.

  • CanoFTW

    dammit – the ump looks like he’s gonna be squeezing joba tonight…

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      really..

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Damon played that horribly

  • Accent Shallow

    I hate that little fuck. Also, the Johnny Damon adventures on defense.

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

    I can’t tweet this, but Pedroia’s cup–or, um, you know–looks artificially huge.

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

      His crotchal region?

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

        Yeah, that.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      he’s a small guy give him a break ; )

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

    C’mon Joba, strikes.

  • pat

    Unintentional, intentional walk to get to youkilis? Me no think so.

  • Accent Shallow

    Strikes would be nice.

  • Accent Shallow

    Thought that was 3-0.

  • dkidd

    your bat is way too slow for joba, papi

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

    Nice and easy. There you go Jobber.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Jobber

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

    You did steroids
    CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!

    • pat

      SO DID OUR THIRD BASEMAN! AND EX FIRST BASEMAN AND A COUPLE PITCHERS!!

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

        That post

        _____

        Your head

        • pat

          apparently.

  • pat

    Alright boys, time for some hate crimes against an old person.

    • Riddering

      IETC(IMP)

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Stop complaining you juiced up tard

  • Hova

    Nice. Now let’s make John Smoltz wish he was on a golf course somewhere in Arizona.

    • Accent Shallow

      Agreed.

  • Accent Shallow

    No Ks? DFA.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Are you mad! Put him in the bullpen to sort him out!

  • Salty Buggah

    there ya go but more strikes and efficiency please

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

    Strike Youk out on my berfday Jobber

    • pat

      Happy day kiddo.

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

      Happy B-day yo.

    • Salty Buggah

      sorry they don’t offer that anymore…would you take a win as a substitution instead?

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        …with a side order of brush back Youk no matter what all those people said in the previous article!

  • charlespoet

    Prediction (ok more of a wish) Joba’s last time against Youk or Papi, he drills one of them. YEAH!!!!!

  • Riddering

    What was Ortiz gabbing about to the umpire?

    • charlespoet

      Umpire said every pitch is a strike because he used roids.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      “hey…they put something in my beans…i’m on your side…i said ban them for a year…no habla ingles…”

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

    Yeah, that’s definitely not a vintage John Smoltz slider.

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

    HOW CAN WE WIN?? Joba throws teh same velocity as a 42 year old!!!!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    HERE COME THE LEFTIES!!!!!!

  • Alex S

    is o’neill saying shmoltz?

    • Bob Stone

      Yes – LOL

      • Goldmember

        Shmoke and a pancake?
        Bong and a blintz?

  • Salty Buggah

    damn, at least Damon worked a long AB

  • yankees boy

    smoltz has nothing

  • Accent Shallow

    That slider looks more like a cutter.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Smoltz is so good he could throw multiple pitches at once. Its an ability only Boston pitchers can have.

  • Accent Shallow

    A-Rod, what’s the deal. Looking at two flat-ass sliders.

    • dkidd

      why is a-rod a guess hitter?

  • CanoFTW

    Smoltz has hung a couple of sliders this inning… time to blast that soon?

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

      Just feeling him out. Yanks always seem to just take take take when they see a guy for the first time, then pounce next time through the order.

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

    Man, that was a hanger A-Rod.

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

    So Gameday has a fairly high amount of these balls as strikes, on both sides. Seems that the zone is about an inch or two up and outside, depending on the lefty, righty. But it seems consistent on both sides, oddly enough.

  • charlespoet

    What the hell are you looking for. Cmon ARod.

  • Accent Shallow

    Oy.

  • charlespoet

    Nice pitch. Should have swung.

  • Randy A.

    Damnit A-Rod

  • claybeez

    Ugh!

  • CanoFTW

    …. fastballs and hanging sliders down the middle equals K’s today.

  • Salty Buggah

    damnit, swing Alex. He’s been K’ing looking a lot lately

  • putt

    Guess-hitting at it’s worst…

  • Randy A.

    Atleast that inning took Smoltz 24 pitches to get through

    • putt

      there’s a big positive. It’d be nice to get him out around the 5th or so.

  • Riddering

    That was not the ten-run inning I was looking for.

  • yankw

    this better not be one of those games where we take a guy who has been throwing BP all year make him CY Young and restore his season I just might break my TV if he goes 7 strong tonight and I have to hear Gammons and company

  • Goldmember

    He threw 24 pitches that inning and the Yanks didn’t even get a hit. It’s going to be a long night for Shmoltz. I guarantee.

  • Accent Shallow

    Joba, how about you relax on that whole giving up extra base hits business.

  • Russell NY

    Joba’s fastball coming in at a Smoltz-like 92mph

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Paul O’Niell

      It’s “Shmoltz” with an ‘H’.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Ahh, you can’t spell your own name either Paul O’Neill?

  • Salty Buggah

    damnit…I Joba can give us some innings today

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Ugh. Umpire.

  • Russell NY

    The umpire is doing a terrible job calling strikes.

  • Ivan

    Come on Joba.

  • Accent Shallow

    Why are they treating Mike Lowell like he’s a good hitter?

    • Russell NY

      Your guess is as good as mine.

    • Bob Stone

      Maybe because he’s batting .296.

  • Russell NY

    Joba painted the corner on 2 of those 3 balls

  • putt

    he is missing by centimeters! (still in Toronto/metric mode)

  • Salty Buggah

    Joba getting squeezed big-time

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

    Wow wtf, where are these pitches missing?

    • kunaldo

      they arent

    • Randy A.

      Im watching the gamecast along with the tv and 4 of the 6 pitches to Lowell were in the strikezone…not even borderline balls.

  • baravelli

    Each of those four balls could/should have been called strikes. Makes me sick.

    • Russell NY

      Only a matter of time before the homeplate umpire is not allowed to call balls and strikes anymore. Automated machines will take over. Their failure rate is way more than it should be.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    5 strikes in that at bat according to game day. 5.

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

    Two balls in the Lowell at bat were actually strikes.

  • Salty Buggah

    wow! I hate umpires this year!

  • CanoFTW

    The ump is rattling Joba…

  • Souter Fell

    Strike zone’s a Pringles can.

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

    This umpire is making no sense as far as consistency now. Those last two strikes were called balls in the previous at bat. Same place.

  • Accent Shallow

    Sox acquire — another white guy with a beard. Go figure.

    • Chef

      Before VMart, every single starting position player, every single starting pitcher and their closer were white guys with scruff or a beard.

      Funny.

  • Drew

    Ughhhhhhhhhh. Stop joking around right now Kay Singy and Pauly, Joba is having some minor issues that should be discussed. I’m so tired of the bullshitting.

    • Chef

      wow. its the 2nd inning. i think youre gonna blow a gasket by the 7th.

      • Drew

        heh. if we get some runs. I may make it.

  • nyrfan

    talk about pitch count, joba needs some outs

  • Hova

    DP right here baby. Let’s go.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    K Girardi get ejected now. Then we’ll get our 10 run inning while you insult this disgrace of an ump.

  • CanoFTW

    So happy to show off that arm, that Melky!

    • CanoFTW

      Or as Flaherty would say, “Melky is proud of his fastball”

  • Accent Shallow

    DP is in order, and Jed Lowrie is up. Hopefully Joba can settle down.

  • claybeez

    Hope Joba picks up the slug-like pace.

    • GG

      they are trying to convince him hes the Joba of old, he’ll realize he’s not soon

  • GG

    That ball was just gunned by Melk

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

    Stupid My9 poll question. Yankees-Dodgers, easy.

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

      Agreed.

  • pat

    Haha melky was very proud of himself.

  • Salty Buggah

    need a DP for Joba’s pitch count here…

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    The good Joba is starting to appear!

  • Russell NY

    This is the easy out. Get it done Joba.

  • Souter Fell

    Froze ’em!

  • Randy A.

    Dialing it up…

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

    96 on the black. Go back on the DL, Lowrie. Whiplash.

  • Drew

    Take a seat Jed.

  • Accent Shallow

    Nice pitch.

  • Riddering

    HELL YEAH STRIKE OUT.

    LET’S HAVE 20 MORE.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Do my eyes deceive me? The ump called someone out on a borderline pitch? He must be mistaken, he must think the Red Sox are pitching.

  • VO

    I’ve never seen a player with batting globes on, have a pair in his pocket.

  • pat

    gonna be a loong night all arond

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

    Good grief, strikeout Lowrie on three pitches, 3-0 count to freaking Ellsbury.

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

      It’s crap though, should have been 2-2 after four pitches. I give Joba credit for battling back with a bs strikezone.

    • Goldmember

      I think our bullpen has more innnings in it than their’s.

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

    3-2 slider. Calling it.

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

      Told ya. Go Jobber.

    • Ivan

      Correct.

  • Ivan

    Get this dude out.

  • Russell NY

    Ugh lets walk Ellsbury to load them up for PEDroia. Great idea!

  • Accent Shallow

    Full count? I call a slider down and in.

    Please let Ellsbury wave at it.

    • Accent Shallow

      Right about the pitch, wrong about the location. 8 pitch inning for the 3rd?

  • Souter Fell

    Yes!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    BEASTTTTT

  • yankees boy

    JOBA MANIA JOBA MANIA

  • pat

    Sit down prettyboy

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

    Joba likes to fuck with our minds

    • Russell NY

      It’s his Job-a.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck yeah Joba!

  • Bob Stone

    Yeah Joba!

  • putt

    Nice! That’s the way you take down a motherfuck&r!

    • Russell NY

      You are invited to my next birthday party lol

      • putt

        Thanks! But let it be known, I give crappy gifts…

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Awesome crowd tonight as well

  • Salty Buggah

    there ya go Jobber…but consistency please! I would like 7 strong but now 6 would be OK too

  • Drew

    Joba pumped up, Jorge pumped, Me pumped. Let’s send Schmoley to the showas.

  • Souter Fell

    Considering Joba’s pitch count, Smoltz’s meatballs, and the zone, let’s put some digits on the board!

  • Goldmember

    Joba got the early foibles out of the way without damage. It’s trouble for them here on out.

  • Riddering

    Yes, Joba. Just like that. Again and again and again.

  • Chip

    Let’s get a bit of breathing room here and score a couple 3 runs

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    NY getting generous check swing strike calls.

    I don’t like Joba’s strike-zone seems a little big

    I bet I can predict how the top of the 3rd will play out.

    We should be winning by 2 runs

    ——

    BoSox Message Board

    • JobaWockeeZ

      They have no right to complain about bad umps. The “ball beat you but the tag didn’t” sums it up perfectly.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon offense break out!

  • pat

    needs more hot chicks.

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

    MOTHERFUCKER Twitter went down again.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      hackers.

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

      Went down for me, too. Rat bastard hackers.

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

      Working for me.

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

        Spoke too soon.

      • pat

        Hacker!

    • Russell NY

      Please someone break up Smoltz’s no-hitter. lol

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      nice mouth :0

  • Russell NY

    Why does it seem like the Yankees are aimed at fouling off pitches all night. Lets get Swisher up so someone can start swinging like it’s Ortiz Ballroom Dancing Night

  • Accent Shallow

    Surprised Smoltz didn’t get that call.

    • claybeez

      Squeeze going both ways.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Let’s be fair, he is calling a tiny zone for both teams.

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

      Yep, definitely.

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

      Absolutely. Fair is fair. Posada should have Ked on 5th pitch.

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

    Posada needed that.

  • Russell NY

    “Jorge Posada singles on a line drive to left fielder Kevin Youkilis” Should be seeing a few more of those.

  • Souter Fell

    Damn, just checked 42 pitches for Joba already

  • Chip

    Thank Mo that Posada didn’t double there or Cano wouldn’t have been able to get a hit to save his life

  • Zack

    Dave Roberts is bitching on NESN that ‘players around the league believe Yankees get a different strike zone just because they wear pinstripes”

    • BigBlueAL

      Hate NESN now w/o Remy doing the games. Although Eck is pretty good and fair.

      MLB Network for me tonight since no My9 broadcast on package. Nice to listen to Jim Kaat again since he is doing game on MLB Network.

    • nyrfan

      this is one of the main reasons i hate the red sox, those cry babies. by players he means people he made up

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

      Slide?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Reason 1,000,000,000 why NESN sucks.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      he’s right…it’s 2″ smaller on all sides…

  • Accent Shallow

    Too bad it’s Posada on first — VMart doesn’t exactly have a cannon.

  • Russell NY

    Nomaas’ twitter post: “Eat Joba’s arse.”

  • dkidd

    love these at-bats

    so demoralizing for a pitcher

  • Accent Shallow

    Clearly Smoltz isn’t right, since he just walked Cano (!) on a 3-2 pitch.

  • Ivan

    Everytime Cano BB, a cancer patient is saved.

  • Drew

    Holy shit. YES/My9 bought a radar gun that actually works.

  • Souter Fell

    Swish, punish him.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Cano walks! It’s a miracle!

  • Russell NY

    39 pitches for Smoltz. 4 outs… the Yankees must realize how taxed Boston’s bullpen was from that game in Tampa Bay.

  • Observer283

    FYI, still at work so listening on mlb radio. This pair is tough to listen to.

    • Russell NY

      I feel your pain. Im home but cant watch on TV because my blood pressure will rise too high.

  • Souter Fell

    SLIDE!

  • dkidd

    what the hell was that?????

  • Randy A.

    Really?

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

    What the hell???? Slide Jorge SLIDE!!!

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

    POSADA WHY THE FUCK DID YOU NOT SLIDE?!?!

  • Accent Shallow

    What the hell was that, Jorge? Get down!

  • pat

    POSADA ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??????????

  • putt

    WHY DIDN”T HE SLIDE?!?!?!

  • nyrfan

    jesus

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Slide much?

  • Observer283

    Why would you send him with one out?

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      Sending him was the right call. Not sliding…rookie mistake from a guy like Posada.

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

      It took two great throws and he STILL would have been safe if had only slid into home.

  • yankees boy

    WOW… SLIDE!

  • zs190

    39 pitches through first 7 batters, and only 4 outs.

  • Alex S

    WTF!
    you gotta slide jorge!

  • BigBlueAL

    WTF Posada!!! You fuckin pussy.

  • claybeez

    Jorge, WTF! No slide?

  • Ivan

    Wow Posada. If im Girardi, I gotta bark on Posada.

  • claybeez

    Did Melky tell him to slide?

  • Russell NY

    Terrible.

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

    What was that!?!?

  • Accent Shallow

    Melky, looks like it’s up to you.

  • Matty Ice

    Since when is Jeremy Giambi catching for us?

  • Mike Ox

    You have to be kidding me.

  • Chip

    This is going to turn into a battle of the bullpens rather quickly. Not very ideal considering Hughes isn’t available. Hopefully Melancon can give us some great stuff tonight

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

    And that’s why they’re 0-8 against the Sox.

    • yankees boy

      waaay too many mental mistakes…

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Swisher hasn’t done anything dumb yet… yet.

    • Ivan

      Now come on now.

    • Hova

      Unbelievable. Melky even said get down! WTF. Posada is too seasoned to do something like. So frustrating.

  • J Squared

    Posada… IM DONE!!!!

  • Alex S

    we better not lose 1-0

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Thanks Jorge.

  • claybeez

    OK. I’m about sick of Posada, these days. Hip-Hip…chirp chirp

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

  • Ivan

    Smolz is fucking lucky yo.

    • Russell NY

      If Jorge doesnt kill us with the DP he kills us with the baserunning…

  • Randy A.

    Those are the kinds of mistakes that the Yankees dont need to make in this series.

  • J Squared

    wow… speechlessly yelling at the TV…

  • SmittDogg

    Since I can’t remember Jorge doing something that boneheaded before, I’m gonna give him a pass for a brain fart. But that was in fact awful…

  • DGeezy

    posada continues to show why hes the worst baserunner in baseball

    • putt

      He graduated with honors from the Jeremy Giambi School of Scoring-at-Home

  • nyrfan

    slowest game ever

  • Sam P.

    Sheesh … Posada knows better than not to slide there. Just tuned into MLB network as they were showing the replay. Fail.

  • yankw

    wtf

  • Mike Ox

    There is no excuse for not sliding. He is turning into a full blown Pu**y. I always said he was half but now he is a whole.

    • Hova

      Is he scared of getting hurt? What the hell is it? You can’t make mistakes like that against the Red Sox. Its hard enough to score runs against this team. Fcuk.

  • Chef

    that was incredible.

  • Zack

    Imagine if Swisher did that

  • J Squared

    if it’s 1-0 yankees only 2 outs, First and Second, Jeter’s up… and the HOT Johnny Damon is up next… i don’t want to think about it.

    • nyrfan

      only 1 out

  • jackass

    Posada got his big contract, now why bother sliding.

  • kunaldo

    he better hit a HR to make up for that brainfart next time he comes up…jerkoff

    • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

      can someone please give me a detailed description of Posada’s play?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    And according to LoHud this is all Melky’s fault!

  • manimal

    Melky did absolutely nothing to signal to posada to slide. If we lose this game by one run I’m going to be so heated.

    • Alex S

      i’m pretty sure melky signaled the slide

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      Blaming the wrong guy here, manimal. Posada looked over his shoulder at Pedroia and didn’t slide despite Melky’s motions.

  • yankees boy

    just like that redsox 1-0. thanks jorge…

  • Alex S

    wtf here come’s the flood

  • Accent Shallow

    Are you kidding me?

    I read last week that Pedroia had never hit one out to right. And on 0-2 no less. Argh.

  • nyrfan

    god dammit

  • pat

    Fuck this shit. I fucking hate pedroia

  • Mike Ox

    LOL.
    MVP. Throws out the pu**y at the plate and now hits a HR.

  • Ivan

    The only stadium where Pedroia can hit an opposite field homer.

    And that’s a 2 run swing rite there.

  • Russell NY

    Great… love how momentum works… Posada is a bonehead and Boston comes right up with a homerun.

  • BigBlueAL

    Why am I not surprised….

  • Drew

    Baserunning looks like we’re still in May.

  • Salty Buggah

    damnit! I just saying to my friend that I hope PEdroia doesnt HR after 0-2 there and he did…damn me for thinking that!

  • Hova

    Don’t get rattled Joba. No worries. Its a cheapie HR. Keep the fast pace up and keep throwing strikes. We’ll get some runs against graybeard.

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

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say this game won’t end 1-0.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Pedroia better watch his ass next AB

  • Russell NY

    0-10 tomorrow means I can’t listen to 660AM tomorrow at work. It will be unbearable to listen to. What’s there to do then?

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

      They’re playing two tonight?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      …work?

  • http://? christo86

    If we lose due to one bonehead baserunning error and letting little ole pedroia go yard opposite field i will be so p.o.

  • zack

    God damn I hate these games

  • Ivan

    Regain your composer Joba.

    • Bob Stone

      Joba’s song writer too?

  • Russell NY

    Blood pressure rising. Even gameday is getting me mad. Calling it a night with no baseball.

  • Hova

    Dude, this crowd better not get out of the game. There’s something to be said about home field advantage. Its only 1-0. They should start putting cocaine in people’s drinks as soon as the Yankees are down.

  • Ivan

    Close one. Get a DP.

  • Chip

    Wow, Joba not gonna make 5 innings at this rate

  • Ivan

    STFU Youkilis.

  • J Squared

    FAKE IT!!! JUST LIKE ORTIZ DOES WITH HIS WORDS!!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Cheater

  • Alex S

    nice to see bruce willis in the crowd he’s beem filming his new movie right near my house the past few weeks

  • Riddering

    This contact is killing me.

    Simmer down, Joba.

  • Hova

    As Zach Galifianakis would say, Kevin Youkilis is a “rah-tard”

  • putt

    This is getting scary…

  • Ivan

    Come on Joba seriously.

  • Drew

    Can’t get RAB to load on firefox.

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

      Working fine for me.

  • Russell NY

    Joba is a mess. 60 pitches already.

  • nyrfan

    in my nightmare last night it was better than this

  • Riddering

    …what is it about these games? I’m ready to beat my brains out in the third inning.

  • yankees boy

    nice DP

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

    GIDPED.

  • Riddering

    Oh.

    Thank you, Papi!

  • yankees boy

    shutup about steroids…..

  • dkidd

    we’re winning this game

    confidence level high

  • j

    how unexpected. joba gets into a rut. fucking a. anyone have directtv wtf is this… signals out

  • Bob Stone

    Anyone else having trouble with this site tonight? My computer is taking FOREVER to refresh.

  • Randy A.

    Okay…time for them to clear the first 2.5 innings from their minds and put some ABs together