Game 111: Finish the sweep

The real MVP of the dynasty
Game 111 Spillover Thread

The Yankees have won the series. They will go to bed tonight no fewer than 4.5 games ahead in the AL East. They’ve shaken the silly notion that they can’t beat the Sox, or that the Sox are in their heads. Those are all big victories, especially at this point in the season. Yet the Yankees must maintain the level of intensity they showed this weekend. While a sweep wouldn’t bury the Sox, it would certainly put them in a tough position with just 51 games left in their season.

The Sox will trot out their No. 2 man, Jon Lester, with a mission to hold the Yankees in check and give the Sox offense, anemic in the series thus far, a chance. He’s definitely one of the guys they want out there. While Lester struggled early in the season, posting a 6.07 ERA on May 26, he’s been pretty lights out since then, striking out 96 and walking 25 in 80.2 innings, over which he has a 2.12 ERA. Also working in Lester’s favor: he’s never lost to the Yanks, and the Sox have lost just two while he’s been pitching. one was a 6.2 inning, 8 strikeout, one run performance, and the other was a 3.2 inning, seven-run performance during the Boston Massacre II.

Taking the bump for the Yanks will be Andy Pettitte, who has pitched very well since the All-Star Break after stumbling into it with two horrible starts in a row. Pettitte has been the consummate fifth starter all season, mixing gems with clunkers, battling out of serious trouble, and all in all delivering the Yanks pretty much what they expected. Since the break he’s pitched 26.2 innings over four starts, allowing just seven runs on 20 hits, striking out 29 and holding opponents to a .546 OPS. Can he give the Yanks another quality start and set them up for the sweep?

Lineups:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, DH
Posada, C
Swisher, RF
Cano, 2B
Melky, CF
Hairston, 3B

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

The real MVP of the dynasty
Game 111 Spillover Thread
  • Bob Stone

    A sweep would be SO sweet. Let’s go Yanks!

  • Accent Shallow

    Why is there a video ad of Youkilis? Oy.

    • Salty Buggah

      Heh I noticed that too. And there is an as of Shawn Johnson.

      Youkilis’ smile and laugh is funny looking.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I would like to see Angelica Chavez —–> knock the dead squirrel off his chin.

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

    We’re out for blood.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, it is Shark Week

  • lilstevie

    get the brooms out…..i hate that i dont get to watch youkilis in LF tonight, but Ill settle for the sweep

    • danny

      the mock youk chants were soo great yesterday!

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Someone should hold up a big sign when Youkilis gets to the plate that says “We’re not chanting Youk”.

        • Jack

          Youk-urns?

          • TurnTwo

            ha! ietc.

  • bonestock94

    Melancon was sent back down to AAA? Is that to make room for the new guy?

    • TurnTwo

      he was sent down for the guy who was DFA’d for the guy.

  • No Halladay

    M wife and her family are Red Sox fans, I thold her it’s boring beating them now, could they try a little harder?

  • lilstevie

    I thought they DFAd Towers for that

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

      They did, but they sent Melancon down to make room for Towers. He’ll be back up come September 1.

  • No Halladay

    POLL HERE, how many beers do you drink during one game?

    • Tank the Frank

      I try to do one each inning. But I always stop when it goes to extras…I’m a safe driver.

      • TurnTwo

        best idea i ever read and tried was 9 brews and 9 hot dogs in 9 innings… couldnt do it. i was so angry at myself.

        although, it was also the night where Jeter did the face plant into the stands vs the Saux on my birthday in 2004, so the night turned out just fine over all.

        • No Halladay

          Isn’t it nice to have goals in life……(that’s a good one by the way)

          • TurnTwo

            oh to be in college once more…

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Up with hope, down with dope!

              /Rev. Jesse’d

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Who said he was college age?
              ;-)

              BTW, I’m just joking. Don’t want to make it sound like I really think this guy is an illegal underage drinker.

        • Tank the Frank

          Oh cmon that’s totally doable. Not very frugal, however. You need to get your ass to the stadium and try again. Or save money and do it all at home.
          Tank the Frank <—- believes in you.

          • TurnTwo

            you think its doable, but i went in totally unprepared and got my ass handed to me.

          • No Halladay

            Exactly, who needs the $20 beer and a dog, send the woman to the market with a list says I.

            • No Halladay

              Ok, the honesty is that I would slip in my stuff into her list of croissants and broccoli once a week or so

        • Accent Shallow

          Oh god, that would stop being fun around the third inning.

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

      0. I don’t drink beer.

      • Tom Zig

        -10 for you.

    • No Halladay

      Do I have to be specific? How many alcoholic beverages (we’re not counting joints, acid, or anything else)

    • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

      6 to 8 if I’m at the house watching the game. 3 to 4 if I’m at a stadium.

      • No Halladay

        My research defended, more at home less at the stadium it all boils down to economics

  • Tank the Frank

    Sweep. The. Leg.

    Yes Sensei.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    S-W-E-E-P

  • Salty Buggah

    The Sox had a closed door meeting today. They are gonna be all eztra extra gritty and shit so we need to play really well to sweep them.

    • Tank the Frank

      The coaching staff was probably just administering some vitamins.

      • lilstevie

        you mean Bitamins

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        David Ortiz made them all milkshakes during the meeting.

        Unfortunately for them, they had to stop. They realized the gig would be up when Pedroia balloned to the height of the average 16 year old.

        • No Halladay

          B-12 shots and flaxseed rubs

        • Tank the Frank

          Pedroia when asked if he wanted some of what Ortiz was taking could clearly be heard saying, “No way!! I don’t want to lose my hair.”

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      They decided that no one would wipe the food out of their grit beards after lunch. But by a close 13-12 vote, they decided that they could still wipe up after themselves.

  • Accent Shallow

    It’d be nice to see Lester revert to the run pinata he was pre-2008.

    • Accent Shallow

      (And looking at his previous stats make it appear that me remembering him as a run pinata isn’t necessarily accurate!)

    • Tank the Frank

      He’s been so amazing lately. His last start was phenominal. I just cling to the fact that you can’t always have your best stuff every game, no matter who the pitcher is.

      So I just hope he has “one of those starts” and our guys got some good sleep.

  • Bob Stone

    It’s not likely, but how great would it be if the Yanks could knock out Lester in the third or fourth inning? I’m hoping Pettitte keeps us in the game and we can beat up on the BoSox pen.

    Even better than knocking out Lester would be a walkoff against Papelschmuck. Like most here, I really detest him.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I my God. I walk off on Papelscum would cap off one of the best weeks for the Yankees since 04′.

      I want that SO bad.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I still remember Gritsners walk off.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          That was fun.

          Ahhh…memories. :-)

  • No Halladay

    I’m boycotting the ESPN broadcast, turning down the sound and listening to the audio broadcast from WCBS

    • Tank the Frank

      I’ll turn it down once Lester thows his first scoreless inning…because I know what’s coming after that.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’d do that for Fox but not ESPN. ESPN > Fox

      • lilstevie

        not much >….steve phillips = tim mccarver

        • Drew

          Come on!!!

          /Mccarver’d

        • JobaWockeeZ

          No way. Phillips > McCarver.
          Steve Phillips mostly doesn’t rave about the Sox like they have a flawless season. Joe Buck too can be annoying.

          • Jack

            My dream is for Fox to have Artie Lang replace McCarver for one game.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Okay Steve already nullified my statement in the top of the first.

  • Chris

    Pete Abe is a sox fan. I remember a while back he gave RAB a hard time because RAB called him on it, but I found proof:

    “Mets Forever: When did you become a baseball fan? What was your favorite team growing up and who were your favorite players?

    Peter Abraham: I’ve been a baseball fan all my life. My grandfather managed a team in the local industrial league, my dad played, I played in high school, etc. I grew up in Massachusetts and my favorite team was the Sox. My favorite players as a kid were Yaz, Fred Lynn, Rooster Burleson and Butch Hobson. I can give you a pretty good breakdown on every Red Sox team since 1974 or so.

    http://metsforever.blogspot.com/

    scroll down

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Seriously, Pete Abe is no longer a Sox fan. I’m on lohud often enough that I can say he definitely roots for the Yanks to win.

      • Chris

        How can you no longer be a fan of a team you claimed to no inside and out since 1974?

    • TurnTwo

      who cares?

    • Drew

      It’s no shocker he loves Gammons.

    • Tank the Frank

      He’s also quite fat.

      • Drew

        ietc

    • Accent Shallow

      So what? I’d imagine that once you get into the business, your fan loyalties erode. He can root for whoever he wants, as long as he doesn’t allow it to affect his journalistic objectivity.

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

    I’m in the ESPN.com live chat, and anyone that think ESPN isn’t biased, wow. The proof is right there. It’s incredible.

    • No Halladay

      It’s awful, the bias is so obvious they may as well just name Fenway ESPN park

      • Bob Stone

        IETCVM

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

      Examples, please

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

        ESPN Stats and Information: The Red Sox have been hit by the Yankees 10 times this season.

        The Yankees have been hit by the Red Sox 4 times this season.

        Except ESPN forgets the past, how many times Yankees players have been drilled in recent years and hardly retaliated.

        • Tank the Frank

          We also lead the AL in walks and wild pitches. Could that be part of it?

    • Zack

      let me guess: even if Yankees sweep they’re still 4-8 against the Red Sox, so Red Sox are obviously better. And Tampa’s making a run so Yankees wont even make the playoffs. am i close?

    • Tank the Frank

      This has been going on at ESPN since 2004. That’s when they all came out of the closet. Nothing new.

    • Salty Buggah

      Holy shit all they’re talking about is the Sox.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    I wonder how Skip Baylss is going to spin this one. Maybe Buchholz has proven future Ace status? Or perhaps Beckett will start poitching every two days alternating with Lester and pitch a perfect game every time?

  • lilstevie

    Gammons just said the red sox would start to cwawl back…..cwawl ?

    • Bob Stone

      He learned that from BaBwa WaWa.

  • Zack

    Wet field and Bay’s still in their with his not 100% hamstring? That could backfire

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      At least he can do the footwork necessary to get to a flyball, unlike Youkilis, I wish Youk was out there so I could see him slip while chasing down the ball.

      • lilstevie

        if youkilis would have gotten killed out there would the yankees somehow have been liable ?

      • Salty Buggah

        like Mike said, Youk is probably still an upgrade over Bay defensively.

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

    I cannot describe how utterly badly I want to go play baseball right now.

    • VO

      +1, sadly enough none of my friends play.

    • Salty Buggah

      Me too. I just go taking batting practice sometime or play on my Wii.

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

    John Kruk selected the Red Sox to win this game, when asked why he answered “Because of the numbers”. John Kruk – Sabermatrician.

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

      That’s funny. Only number that comes to mind for me is 5.5

      • Zack

        Yeah, but if he was specific about Andy v Lester then ok

        • mike HC

          He was. he did mention that the Sox hit Pettitte well while Lester has never lost to the Yanks. I don’t know if those stats are accurate, but he did give back up. I replied lower by accident

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

          He wasn’t. That quote was his answer.

          There are several acceptable answers. He didn’t even have to be eloquent about it. He could have just said “The matchup”.

          • mike HC

            He explained “the numbers” earlier in the segment, and when he answered the question of making a prediction, that was his way of reiterating what he said about the number earlier.

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

              I did not see that part of the segment.

      • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

        The only #’s Kruk knows it how many hot dogs he can eat in 5 minutes.

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

          I heard he’s up to 4.33 Chipotle burritos in under 20 minutes.

    • Tank the Frank

      Hahahahahaha!! I didn’t hear that one but I heard him predict the Red Sox would score in the 3rd inning…3 runs in the 3rd inning. What the??? I mean, why even make such arbitrary predictions?

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    love how Morgan said it was the D last night even thou C.C was perfect for 5 innings.

    • Bob Stone

      He certainly dismissed CC’s great performance.

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

      He wouldn’t have been perfect if there was nobody playing behind him.

      /Morgan’d

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, unless he got all 15 of those outs via K, the D was involved, no? ;)

  • JobaWockeeZ

    No Joe Morgan I have a feeling they didn’t build the ballpark just for cheap home runs. The lineup DID change Joe, Teix and Swisher came this offseason and the returns of Matsui and Jorge greatly impacted the lineup of last year. Yikes the game didn’t even start and he’s off to this…

  • Drew

    haha, Joba is the man.

  • JGS

    well done Morgan…it’s going to be a long night

    I’m considering listening to the radio, but that would violate my “no Sterling/Waldman unless I’m in a car” rule

  • mike HC

    To be fair, he did mention that the Sox hit Pettitte well while Lester has never lost to the Yanks. I don’t know if those stats are accurate, but he did give back up

    • mike HC

      sorry, that was meant to be a reply to the Kruk thing

  • Drew

    How about the flyin Hawaiian gettin run from the game from centerfield!!?? Never seen that before, further evidence that umpires are hot headed egotistical wanna-be ballplayers. Let the game play out, no one wants to know the umpires name at the end of the day. They’ve been brutal this year.

    • Bob Stone

      That was one of the stranget things I’ve ever seen in baseball. The umps are too full of themselves and it seems to be getting worse each year. The commissioner needs to do something about this.

    • VO

      What happened?

  • Ivan

    I really want the yanks to sweep this series so bad.

    • Tank the Frank

      It would be nice. But it’s just icing on the cake.

      • Salty Buggah

        Icing is my favorite part so I want it to happen too.

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

    I hope Andy’s cutter is on tonight!

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

    This ESPN tweeting is unbelievable and we’re the first out of the game.

    • pat

      huh?

  • mike HC

    The fans sound pumped up from the get go tonight.

  • Tank the Frank

    Wow. This is going to be a quick game with this strikezone.

  • JGS

    strike zone seems a bit generous

  • Bob Stone

    Pettitte’s curve looks good so far.

  • J Squared

    Is it really loud there tonight? I like it.

  • H

    Anyone know a cheap and good store/website to purchase Yankees replica jerseys? I went to Modell’s today but they didn’t have Rivera’s number —AND they were all 100 dollars!

    • J Squared

      try eBay, all Yanke Jerseys are about $100

    • VO

      I got my Rivera from Yankees.com/shop. I used a discount that came in an e-mail to me from mlb.com. Came out to about 65 if I remember correctly.

    • H

      ebay’s no good. They either sell fakes or charge 20 bucks for shipping… Guess I’ll try another Modell’s or look for that discount code.

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

    Either the crowd mic is up to max or that crowd is rocking it.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    How the FUCK does V-Mart counter Teix offensively?

    • Tank the Frank

      He doesn’t…but that’s what the Red Sox got him for. That’s basically what they’re trying to say, I think.

  • Ivan

    Yeah Steve, V-Mart is to counter the signing of Tex.

    • Bob Stone

      Ridiculous. Idiotic.

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

    Texeira>>>>>>>>>>>>>Martinez, steve phillips

    • Beast of the East

      VMART is in no effn way a counter to TEX. ESPN makes me want to smash my tv.

      • No Halladay

        That’s just stupid, Tex is MVP candidate this year

    • Drew

      but he’s so versatile!! he can play a so-so C, and a so-so 1st!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        He can also play DH!

        • Drew

          Yes, of course, he plays a good DH!

    • Zack

      but his versatility allows him to suck at C or at 1B

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

      Steve Phillips, you’ve NEVER been right.

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

        Reply fail.

      • lilstevie

        oh cmon wasnt he right about Mo Vaughn and Robbie Alomar ?….oh yeah, hes never been right

  • Bob Stone

    Good start.

  • Drew

    I wonder if V-Mart will ever get a day off.

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

    There we go, nice clean inning Andy.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    I would to have Lester not even go 3 innings tonight.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Nice inning Andy!!!!

  • J Squared

    I think V-Mart is to counter the Swisher Trade, they still have no one on Teixeira’s level.

    • Steve H

      Right. Swisher 125 ops+. V-Mart 116. Swisher, while he can’t catch, can play 3 positions well, and can get by at a 4th, probably as well as V-Mart can catch.

      • Tank the Frank

        Not to mention his pitching! A nice lefty out of the pen.

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

    Yeah. That why trading jack wilson killed the pirates. No leadership. I guess they’l stop winning world series now

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Andy…now gimme 6-7 more of those innings.

    • JGS

      how about 8 more

      • Salty Buggah

        sure but I dont wanna be greedy

  • ShuutoHeat

    Funny how there’s Minwax ad in the back when Ellsbury was up at the plate, even though it’s just a wax product for wood.

    The stadium is roaring tonight, pressure from all sides. The morale of the Sux is crushed underneath the aura of Yankees Stadium.

  • No Halladay

    Is there a record for a team going X amount of innings without a run (sure it’s higher than 25, just wondering how much)

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

      In 07 or 08 the Dodgers had like four straight games without a run I think

  • Giacomo

    VICTOR MARTINEZ DOES NOT SCARE ME!

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

    25 innings.

    • Bob Stone

      25 innings is the record? That’s amazing. I would have guessed much higher.

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

        No, that’s not the record I don’t think.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    While V-Mart is good. Wouldn’t you rather him catch more games?

  • Drew

    You guys think we’ll get to Lester tonight? I’m confident that we’ll get a few.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      That was a strike like mike lowell is fast

      • Ghost of Scott Brosius

        didnt mean that to be a reply. fail

  • Salty Buggah

    Hey Mike, when do we get the new comment thingy back? Life’s really hard without it.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      What is this comment thingy? I hear it tracked comments or something but I never saw it. What did it look like?

      • Drew

        the NYY symbol that showed up if it was a new comment.

      • VO

        Yankee symbol, it appeared when it was an unread comment. It turned a gray box after you refreshed the page.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Oh that’s what it was. I never knew that was it. Thanks to you both.

    • Drew

      +1

      Everyday we are without it, a kitten dies.

  • Bugsy

    There is something really unsatisfying about hearing compliments from Joe and John.

  • No Halladay

    Ball 4

  • JGS

    yea, that’s pretty generous

  • J Squared

    HAHA!!! strike? really?

  • JGS

    k-zone called that one in????

  • No Halladay

    Justice

  • Salty Buggah

    If ball 2 wasn’t a strike how the hell is strike 2 a strike

    • Salty Buggah

      oh well, nice Jete

  • Souter Fell

    I’ll take a hit over a walk anyday.

  • Bob Stone

    Go Jeter!!!

  • mike HC

    Is it just me, or does Lester had a huge head?

    • Bob Stone

      No – Just a small body like “Little bit of Luck”

      • mike HC

        haha, yea, maybe

  • J Squared

    THATS WHAT U GET… Thanks Ump. Steve Phillips, personal vendetta against Jeter?

  • Ivan

    Jeter doesn’t get a BB, he’ll just hit himself on with a single.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Lester left that right down the middle, nice Jeter!

  • danny

    phillips on derek jeter -“for once he was wrong!” wtf?? haha

  • Bugsy

    sooo…jeter should be running, right?

  • Drew

    JD DH next year plz.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Who would you like to replace him in LF? Though I agree I don’t really know who’s a good candidate. Melky/Gardner-Jackson and Swish doesn’t sound that appealing to me.

      • Drew

        I guess either Melk or a FA. I would be okay with him in LF again provided we get a real DH like Dunn. I wouldn’t mind Abreu to DH either. I can’t wait till we get all this money off the book. Cashman will do something sick, I know it.

    • Accent Shallow

      Skeptical.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Jeter gets a hit and they talk about how great Jon lester is. Long night of hair pulling ahead.

  • No Halladay

    I think in Red Sox Yankee games the beer count rises with the pitch count.

  • Steve H

    Yankees batters from the 7th inning on this year.

    .289/.385/.506, .891 OPS. AL Average is .727. 2nd best AL team is .800. Just wow.

    • Accent Shallow

      But this team isn’t clutch!

      • Steve H

        Stat padders.

  • Giacomo

    One run would be pleasant. Very pleasant.

  • VO

    Did they just show Johnny walking into the bathroom?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Does anyone think Jon Lester’s velocity is down today, or is it just me? He isn’t throwing 96 on GD like he usually does.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Nvm

    • Giacomo

      He’s been hitting 95-96 on ESPN gun. Most is 93-94 though.

    • JGS

      ESPN gun had a pitch to Tex at 96

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Yeah he started the game at 91-92 so I was just curious.

    • Bob Stone

      Just hit 97 on ESPN’s gun

    • mike HC

      Fastball looks pretty good to me. And the ESPN gun has hit 97 a couple of times.

  • Drew

    A conversation between Jetes and Green at second base.

    Green: Hey Derek.
    Jeter: Hey whats up Matt?
    Green: It’s Nick.
    Jeter: Do I know you?
    Green: No…

    • danny

      LMAO

    • Bob Stone

      LOL

    • Salty Buggah

      IETC

    • pat

      hahaha

  • ShuutoHeat

    Jeter is telling you TO STFU, you rambling ESPN idiots.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      OMG it’s the first inning and I am ready to bang my head into the wall.

      • ShuutoHeat

        ….time for my lil buddy….

        THE MUTE BUTTON.

      • mike HC

        Miller ends every sentence in a whiny high note. Most people get lower when they end a sentence, but Miller gets higher. It kills me.

        • Drew

          he’s like Regis.

          • mike HC

            exactly

  • Salty Buggah

    The funny thing is…Swisher (the 4th OFer)>>>>>V-Mart

  • cjc

    ESPN and FOX is why weekend series against the sox suck balls

  • Giacomo

    That REALLY didnt look like 97

  • Souter Fell

    I so hate the constantly updating stats above the score on espn games. makes you yearn for the good ol days

    • cjc

      thanks I never noticed it before now I can’t stop

      jerk

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Okay Joe Morgan. He does have a low average but as you said MOMENTS earlier he isn’t a hundred percent and OPS’ing close to 900. I’d take it.

  • Steve H

    I like this, Lester will be at 20+ pitches thru 1.

  • CanoFTW

    A run would have been nice, but I’ll take the 20+ pitch inning.

    • Bob Stone

      Me too.

  • JGS

    uch…so unclutch

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

    21 pitches through 1 for Lester.

  • dkidd

    i’m surprised that alex is batting .174 with a 3-1 count

    • Tank the Frank

      It’s because of pitches like the 3-1 change Lester threw I’m sure. That was a nasty pitch. I don’t think many pitchers throw him a 3-1 fastball…or they probably just throw him something off the plate hoping he chases and walks him.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Well we DID make him work…sort of.

  • No Halladay

    Those fudge covered grahm crackes go great with a cold one

  • Teix is the Man

    is espn not working for anyone else? I cannot watch it on tv

    • Teix is the Man

      never mind

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Now I’m laughing hysterically at Joe Morgan.

    • No Halladay

      Turn down the sound an supplement with WCBS

  • Reggie C.

    Youkilis is OPS’ing .990 … sick.

    • JGS

      it’s all in the squirrel

    • Salty Buggah

      you mean the beard squirrel is OPSing .900 but Youk is only OPSing .90.

      • JGS

        .900 = .90

        • Salty Buggah

          oh damn, I fixed that too (had it right but for some reason changed it).

    • Steve H

      Career 1st half ops: .913
      Career 2nd half ops: .822

  • Tank the Frank

    Miller just called Big Papi Alex Rodriguez…

    Quit. Your. Job.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    No fucking duh he isn’t hitting Jackass, he doesn’t have his roids with him.

  • Giacomo

    JOBA-LIKE SLIDER!!!

  • Bob Stone

    Nice K

  • Salty Buggah

    Sit down YOUK!

  • danny

    hahah STFD pukilis

  • Accent Shallow

    Jason Bay has the face of a 60 year old.

    • Bob Stone

      Hey – Watch it! What’s so bad about that? Some 60 year olds look pretty damn good.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Somebody cut my ears off.

  • Drew

    The word you were looking for was “regularity”.

  • danny

    swishy with the 2 hands :)

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Two hands? TWO hands? He’s definitely a 4th OF.

  • No Halladay

    Bay shoots for the “cheap” HR

  • Teix is the Man

    Pettite says ‘fuck the stats’

  • No Halladay

    ESPN just called this a rally

  • HB Yankee

    Is anybody watching the ESPN telecast and hating the announcers? Joe Morgan clearly hates NY (he always has since 1976), Phillips still hates the Yankees from his Mets days and the old fat bald guy just isn’t any good. I hate these Yankee-hating national-TV broadcast guys.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Still better than Fox. But yes today I am already dying by the announcers even though.

    • JGS

      read the comments above

    • CanoFTW

      I think every Yankee fan sitting here watching these sorry excuses for announcers hate them.

    • mike HC

      These guys make me appreciate the YES staff even more. I am a fan of Singleton, Cone and Paul. Everyone else could use some work.

      • Bob Stone

        Totally agree.

        • No Halladay

          Paulie is great as an announcer, when he’s not eating old yogurt

    • J Squared

      Everyone hates the ESPN announcers, Steve Phillips was never good at his job, i don’t know how people who don’t know baseball… get jobs talking about it.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Bet you can’t get to 3rd Drew.

    • Teix is the Man

      …without pulling a ball hair

    • JD Drew

      ouch my hammy

  • No Halladay

    New game, a beer for every scoreless inning for the Sox, sounds like a long game

  • No Halladay

    Hou bout a shot of tequilla and a taco an inning

  • The Ghost of Scott Brosius

    Hehe phillips is looking at miller like he’s so old and senile

  • JGS

    Jason Varitek is not in the same universe as Jeter and Griffey

  • Zack

    ESPN making excuses for Ortiz? hey thats something new

  • Bugsy

    please stop talking about steroids. lets talk about how veritek sucks.

  • Salty Buggah

    If ball 1, which was in the zone ocmpletely, was called a strike, that wouldn’t have been a walk there.

    Cmon Andy, get out of this.

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

    “Mike Lupica is our friend”

    • Teix is the Man

      I can actually tolerate him compared to some of the other dumbasses that occupy the tabloids.

  • Tony

    Only thing more annoying than Morgan/Phillips is people complaining about Morgan/Phillips

    We get it.

  • E-ROC

    C’mon Andy!

  • dkidd

    wtf is morgan talking about?????

    he’s like late-era harry carey

  • Souter Fell

    whoever said yesterday francona’s wearing penny marshall’s glasses, classic.

    • No Halladay

      I thought that was penny Marshall wearing Francona’s glassess, glad he’s back to see the sweep

  • J Squared

    GET SOME!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    no runs but pitch count is rising.

    • Bob Stone

      I’ll take the shutout innings even at the cost of pitch count. Even if he can only go 5 innings, I trust our pen.

  • No Halladay

    Shot and a Taco! WHOOOOOO

  • Bob Stone

    Great K even if it was against Tek!

  • Reggie C.

    ESPN got really quiet at that K. These guys can’t believe what’s happening.

    • The Ghost of Scott Brosius

      Yeah and after he k’d youk they cut away to sportscenter update without a word or a replay. Coincidence? I think not

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    The “rally” is killed by the Captain America

    • Reggie C.

      You ever watch Generation Kill ??

      Captain America is one of the douchiest characters ever.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Nope, heard of it though.

  • Teix is the Man

    Pettitte pitching like Jamie Moyer.

    • J Squared

      No… he would’ve given up a 3 run homer already.

      • Teix is the Man

        It was a joke

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Andy.

    I want a bit more efficiency with his pitch count but I’ll take the scoreless game too.

  • The Ghost of Scott Brosius

    Varitek is just unbelievably bad. How could they give him a contract? He’s now below average at everything

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      But the no hittahs!

    • Salty Buggah

      The funny thing is that offensively, he’s just barely below his career OPS by 20 points and he’s really not good offensively this year. Which just means that he sucked period. But TEH NO-HITTAHS will get you places I guess.

    • Accent Shallow

      Because catchers are hard to find, and none of their other options were particularly palatable?

      • The Ghost of Scott Brosius

        They couldn’t find a catcher whose at least defensively competent? I mean cervelli would be an upgrade on tek

    • mike HC

      Unfortunately, the Sox realize this. That is why they only gave him a one year deal and traded for Victor Martinez.

  • Souter Fell

    come robbie, keep burnin

  • Bob Stone

    That was a tough at bat Swish.

  • The Ghost of Scott Brosius

    Heh there just bringing tiant so morgan can gloat about beating him

  • Salty Buggah

    Hmmm strike one to Swish was more out of the zone than Andy’s ball 1 to Lowell…

  • No Halladay

    I call a moratorium on ESPN, they suck, we know, end of it.

  • No Halladay

    I call a moratorium on ESPN, they suck, we know, end of it.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Man, Lester is really good.