Game 115: Banged up out west


The dust has settled, and we can finally take a toll of the wounded Yankees. It’s not quite as bad as we might have imagined yesterday, but the Yankees aren’t carrying a full crew tonight. A-Rod is unavailable after taking a fastball off the elbow. Sounds like he might miss some more time as well, but we’ll know more tomorrow. Posada has some sore fingers, but says he could play. He’s not in the starting lineup. Mariano Rivera says his shoulder is fine and can pitch. Finally, Derek Jeter sits atop the order and at shortstop, despite yesterday’s hit by pitch.

That’s relatively good news for the Yanks. They have a slightly depleted lineup tonight, but even when they’re at 80 percent the Yanks lineup is better than most of the league. Plus, the pitching matchup is decidedly in their favor.

Taking the bump for Seattle is Ian Snell. Many Yankees fans, your truly included, wanted to see the team make a run at Snell, who fell out of favor in Pittsburgh. He ended up going to Seattle along with Jack Wilson, and will make his third start for the M’s tonight. His first outing wasn’t bad, as he lasted six innings on just 84 pitches, allowing two runs while playing the Texas Rangers on the road. The three walks and two homers were certainly a concern, but the results were there.

Snell hit a bit of a snag in his last start at home against the Rays. The M’s are known for having a spacious park and some excellent defense, but as the cliche goes you can’t defend against the walk. Snell issued six of them while facing just 13 batters. The affair ended after an inning and a third, in which Snell threw 60 pitches, just 27 for strikes.

In 2007 Snell had a seemingly breakout year when he scrapped his curveball to go fastball-slider-change. He pitched to a 3.76 ERA that year while reducing his walks. This led the pirates to sign him to a three-year, $8.6 million deal in Spring Training 2008, with two club options. Snell thanked the club for their confidence by completely bombing in 2008, walking two more batters per nine than he did in 07 and allowing way, way too many hits (201 in 164.1 IP).

Things haven’t been much better for Snell in 2009. He was terrible, and was so displeased with the club which gave him so much money that he requested an assignment to AAA, infamously striking out 17 in his first appearance there. This led to the pre-deadline trade.

Snell has picked up the curveball again this year, and emphatically so. He’s now throwing it nearly as much as his slider, and he’s also started throwing the change like he did in 2007. Problem is, it hasn’t changed much. You can have great stuff, but if you walk the farm you can’t expect to win ballgames.

Thankfully, the Yankees have CC Sabathia on the mound. I need not say more about the big lefty.


1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Hideki Matsui, 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 fifty-two, CC Sabathia.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Dela G says:


  2. Tom Zig says:

    Personally I would have benched Jeter today as well.

  3. The Artist says:

    There’s a 2% chance I make it past the 3rd inning. I will wake up for updates, though.

  4. Why is baseball so damn phallic?

  5. Tom Zig says:

    Verlander straight up dominated the Sox tonight. Let’s get a win today and extend our lead to 6.5

  6. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Let’s distance ourselves from the Sox today.

  7. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Verlander best pitcher in the american league?

  8. My mind is completley gone tonight. I mean gone.

    EVERYTHING is a phallic reference to me tonight. This might get odd.

  9. Salty Buggah says:

    I really hope Alex recovers soon…like by tomorrow.

    Melky, Hairston, and Molina at the bottom order means that the big batters probably better have a good day and that CC be good.

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  11. Dela G says:

    i bet molina and hairston get hits today

  12. I feel like this game is never going to start.

  13. 57/53 K/BB. Please wait this dude out.

  14. Ivan says:

    Lets play some baseball.

  15. Did the Yankees face Snell last year? I can’t remember

  16. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Two white shortstops named wilson who can’t really hit on the same team? What are the odds?

  17. Accent Shallow says:

    Anyone else psyched for Post Grad? I mean, what?

  18. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Damn it Jeter that was ball four!

  19. Riddering says:

    Damn, Jeter fouled a ball off his foot without even moving his bat.

  20. Well that was disappointing Derek.

    Johnny…don’t swing early. He doesn’t have good control. Ugh.

  21. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    That was dissapointing, his pitches look really hittable

  22. Dela G says:

    everyone should wait 4 pitches for every at bat

    they are basically guaranteed a 2-2 count

  23. Rockdog says:

    Not sure if anyone else saw this but really great human interest story on the Yankees on ESPN (Magazine). Hope the link works

  24. Joebrah says:

    I do like how fast this Snell dude pitches. He’s the anti-mussina/anti-coke.

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    Good Mo, the Mariners have four pitchers at the bottom of their lineup.

  26. Salty Buggah says:

    That inning kinda sucked. More patience guys.

  27. Dela G says:

    CC throwing strikes early and often

  28. Worst. Swing. Ever.

  29. Mike Axisa says:

    Haha. What the hell was that on Lopez’s strikeout? It was a quarter swing.

  30. Ivan says:

    CC looked fuckin nasty in his 1st inning of work.

  31. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    That was a sick pitch

  32. Drew says:

    I can’t believe Molina let that ball get by him!!! Bring in teh Jorge!!11

  33. Accent Shallow says:

    11 pitches — 9 strikes, 2 balls. Horse-like.

  34. baravelli says:

    Whenever I hear opposing fans yell “Yankees Suck!,” on TV or live, I want to say “well, no, clearly they don’t suck, they’re obviously very good. You should pay more attention.”

  35. Hideki going oppo? Nice.

  36. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    I love when matsui goes the other way

  37. Salty Buggah says:

    You know, I would love some more efficiency from our so-called ace because our offense has stunk so far and we’re gonna need length from CC to help the bullpen.

    /Jumping to conclusions…Irrational’d

  38. Drew says:

    Godzilla’s looked great at the dish lately.

  39. Mike Axisa says:

    Over/under on the number of pitches sees tonight is set at 24.5.

  40. Drew says:

    How the hell do you hit 206 at home? That’s nuts.

  41. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Snell is all over the place, bring’em home Cano!

  42. LiveFromNewYork says:

    How can Robbie have 60 RBI’s ? He never hits with RISP

  43. Zack says:

    stay hot robbie

  44. Dela G says:

    haha what did i tell you guys about swisha takin a walk ;)

    [/self promotion

  45. Drew says:

    Here’s to hoping last night sparks the end of Robbie’s RISP woes.

  46. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Melky will do it!

  47. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Why didn’t the runners advance on that fly ball?

  48. Tony says:

    Bad Melky™ making a triumphant return.

  49. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Damn slider…

  50. That’s shitty for Bedard; he was having a solid season.

  51. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Absence of Ichiro? what?

  52. Joebrah says:

    Is Jojhima the only Japanese right-handed batter in the league?

    I swear, they all seem to be lefty.

  53. Bugsy says:

    Hey, we’re working the count, just like the yankee teams of old.

  54. Mike Axisa says:

    Hooray for bloop doubles.

  55. Salty Buggah says:


  56. JGS says:


    so much for the vaunted Seattle outfield defense

  57. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Jerry! Hooray for big ballparks!

  58. I thought Gutierrez was gonna track that down.

  59. Bugsy says:

    I don’t care what the stats say: I like our Molina.

  60. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Hairston needs a nick name. If it were Girardi’s meme, it would be Hairy.

  61. Drew says:

    Sick as hell.

  62. Snell fundamentals fail.

  63. Mike Axisa says:

    I didn’t realize Posada was catching for the M’s.


  64. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Jose directing traffic. HA

  65. Salty Buggah says:

    Posada!…err Johjima!!!

  66. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Ive wanted an inning like this for so long. they always seem to happen for the other team

    • JSquared says:

      Yeah, i was just saying how odds of Gutierrez making that catch against us were like 99% and against other teams were about %60%

  67. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Something tells me that won’t be the only wild pitch we score on tonight.

  68. Mike Axisa says:

    Fun fact: Ian Snell and I share the same exact birthday, year and everything.

    Now I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing in life…

  69. Dela G says:

    thank god for fluke runs


  70. LiveFromNewYork says:

    I was going to say this is more about the team than the player.

  71. Bugsy says:

    I just why people don’t use personal winning percentage as a legit stat. I mean Ken Singleton and the YES staff feel like the said stat holds merit; those dumbass GMs just don’t get it.

  72. Based on a very unscientific look at BABIP, Jeter is at .344 right now, with a career BABIP of .358 whereas Cano’s is at .315 with a career BABIP of .319 so Jeter stands to rise a bit. I’ll go with Jeter.

  73. JMK says:

    Anyone else playing the Michael Kay drinking game?

    • Drew says:

      Did you start a little early? lol

      • JSquared says:

        haha, just imagine Flaherty is Michael Kay, you’ll sober up.

      • JMK says:

        Yeah but it’s weird, I haven’t had to drink much. Is this a fluke? Does he know about it and has amended his ways as a public service?

        It’s just the second inning. I’ll be vomiting in the litter box by the 6th. There’s no way Kay will dash my hopes.

      • JMK says:

        I’m trying to imagine it’s Kay. When I feel I’m sobering up I have a sound bite of Kay saying “See Ya!” to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”.

        Yes, I have a lot of free time.

        No, I do not wish for your pity.

    • Bugsy says:

      what’s the Michael Kay drinking game? We made a drinking game for Clyde when we watch Knicks games (we need to drink for that).

    • Jose says:

      No, I’m playing the John Flaherty edition. I’m still waiting for him to say “CC is proud of his fastball”.

  74. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Focus CC

  75. JSquared says:

    Damn, cant play the Michael Kay drinking game tonight.

  76. Zack says:

    hey cc, you just walked mike sweeney

  77. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Those Griffey shots were great.

  78. The Griffey Sr/Jr back-to-back thing is so incredibly badass.

  79. Salty Buggah says:

    How awesome would it be to hit back-to-back HRs with your dad in a MLB game?

    • Dela G says:

      i would love to do that in a softball game, i can’t imagine how awesome that would be in an mlb game

  80. That ball was CRUSHED. I bet A-Rod does it next.

  81. JGS says:

    were there actually no shots of the ball hitting the glass?

  82. Mike Axisa says:

    Didn’t Branyan have like, nine straight strikeouts against the Yanks earlier in the year?

  83. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Efficiency CC EFFICIENCY

  84. Marc says:

    Does anyone remember when John Flaherty sucked as a baseball player? Didn’t his suckage continue through his whole career? Didn’t he move to broadcasting because there was still time left over on his contract, and he sucked so bad at playing?

    Yeaaaah, I remember those days.

  85. VO says:

    Does anyone else see Jorge as a future manager?

  86. JSquared says:

    Are The Raidahs! and cowboys on TV?

  87. Bugsy says:

    CC correcting his K/9.

  88. Mike Axisa says:

    CC is unimpressed by your talk of his declining strikeout rate.

  89. Via Brooks, Verlander’s average fastball was 96.97 tonight. Damn.

  90. JGS says:


  91. I hope Mrs. Beltre (is there one?) isn’t expecting kids any time soon.

  92. Drew says:

    How the shit did Beltre chase down the ball after that?

  93. Haha right in the bread-basket. Good for YES for showing that clip.

  94. Mike Axisa says:

    This is literally the only MLB game going on right now. I fee so alone.

  95. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    I mashed my teeth looking at that replay of Beltre.

  96. Riddering says:

    I have phantom sympathy pains for Beltre.

  97. Seriously, CC? Jack Hanahan? Come on. There’s no need to feed that dude sliders; just blow his ass away.

  98. Zack says:

    CC is at 37 pitches, how?

  99. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    This inning sucks where’d CC go?

  100. Tom Zig says:

    CC getting squeezed today

  101. Dela G says:

    Man second seattle series in a row where we escape having to see adrian beltre

    the yankees luck continues during the year

    no holliday, clayton richards, alex rios, now beltre (twice this season)

  102. Salty Buggah says:

    We need some length tonight CC so please be more efficient. Threw 29 pitched that inning.

  103. Double “only on YES” action? Damn.

  104. LiveFromNewYork says:

    I’m going to watch this next half inning, thank the good Mo for making me a Yankee fan and go to bed.

  105. Balls.

    That said, I could handle YES showing Adrian Beltre’s injury if I did not already know what happened.

  106. E-ROC says:


  107. VO says:

    What injury?

  108. LiveFromNewYork says:


  109. Salty Buggah says:


  110. Drew says:

    Jeter see’s your Nikon sign and raises you a hr.

  111. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Oh damn a Jeter HR not aided by the YSIII.

  112. Derek Jeter is unimpressed by the Nikon sign death valley that Griffey alluded to.

  113. I guess Jeter’s foot is okay

  114. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Jeter we ain’t playing in NY, you can’t hit homeruns.

  115. JGS says:

    man, that was crushed.

    he did that so he didn’t have to run

  116. Bugsy says:

    take that, cano!

  117. Zack says:

    the bandbox!

  118. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Seeeeeeeeeee yah!

  119. JSquared says:

    Derek is your Daddy!

  120. LiveFromNewYork says:

    What is the M’s bullpen like?

  121. E-ROC says:

    Jeter crushed that ball. hot damn!

  122. Salty Buggah says:

    A-rod was like “Oh, Wow!” to Jeter

  123. Nels says:

    That wasn’t your typical Jeter HR to right field. That was crushed.

  124. Ian Snell… I suggest you and your Kmart Jaclyn Smith Collection outfit… Stay the hell away from Derek Jeter!

  125. Dela G says:


  126. Jake H says:

    Jeter doesn’t need a foot to kick your A.

  127. Riddering says:


    I love it when our leadoff guys are on fire.

  128. Bugsy says:

    BTW, i hate the way Ken Singleton said “carried”. What a jerk.

  129. E-ROC says:


  130. JSquared says:


  131. JobaWockeeZ says:


  132. Drew says:

    Holy Moses

  133. Dela G says:

    Johnny rockets that down the line!

    nice job johnny D!!!

  134. Salty Buggah says:

    A-rod looks odd in a hoodie.


  135. JGS says:


    I’m going to miss Matsui

  136. LiveFromNewYork says:


  137. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    if only we had snell our pitching would be so good…

  138. Bugsy says:

    I’m gonna miss Matsui next year, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

  139. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Mo’ runs!

  140. The YES camera guys are not very sharp tonight.

  141. Joebrah says:

    or, i guess you can go off first pitches, too.

  142. JSquared says:

    He called that a strike?

  143. JobaWockeeZ says:

    WTF ump?

  144. zs190 says:

    I’m glad we didn’t get this guy, and you guys thought Mitre is bad.

  145. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Nick says to ump: I take 4 balls and then my base. Pay attention.

  146. JMK says:

    Matsui hit that like Mary Kay Letourneau would hit Flaherty’s birthday girl.

  147. Dela G says:




  148. Salty Buggah says:

    CC didnt get that same call to Swish for strike 1 that Snell did.

  149. Accent Shallow says:

    I’m liking this offense.

  150. Zack says:

    So when are they going to finally DFA Matsui?

  151. Salty Buggah says:

    damn you gutierrez!

  152. Mike Axisa says:

    Everything’s getting crushed this inning. An average CF and Swish is on second.

  153. Wow. Great range by Gutierrez.

  154. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Every strike this guy throws is right down the middle

  155. Riddering says:

    I have a feeling Cano won’t be first-pitch swinging at all while Snell’s on the mound.

  156. That play by Gutierrez is more impressive to me than most of the diving catches that will be on SC tonight.

  157. JSquared says:

    Cleveland probably regrets getting rid of Gutierrez. Although Sizemore would move over, still.

  158. Drew says:

    David Puddy knows all about CC’s “move.”

  159. Cano says “fuck a back leg.”

  160. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    I would love to just fuck up their bullpen today, so that by the time we get to mitre and gaudin this weekend, ther spent

  161. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Patient Melky. Nice.

  162. Riddering says:

    Two Yankee rules:

    1. If you’re on first and Jeter is at the plate, you must run.

    2. Clear the bases if Cano is coming up behind you to hit.

  163. Zack says:

    So i’m pretty confident I wont have to stay up to see how this game ends

  164. JMK says:

    “There is no higher league than this one.”

    The earth also revolves around the sun.

  165. LiveFromNewYork says:

    No higher league than this one? That was Michael Kay-esque in it’s stupidity.

  166. Ivan says:

    This yankee team is good…….like really good.

  167. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Things are getting hairy for um you know that guy.