Game 118: Fister? Hardly even know her

The "Joba is babied" line is tired by now
Game 118 Spillover Thread

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

The Yanks go for the sweep today up in Seattle after riding some quality pitching (and a little bit o’ offense) to victories in the first three contests. Things just seem to be falling the Bombers’ way lately, and they’ll look to continue that today against rookie Doug Fister. They’ll send their young, controversial phenom Joba Chamerlain to finish the job.

Like Chamberlain, Fister was selected in the 2006 draft, in the seventh round by the Mariners. The 6’8″ righty wasn’t especially impressive, by the numbers, in college or the minors, posting ERAs around or above 4.00 most of the way. He did demonstrate good control in the minors, though, and likely earned his call-up due to his 0.9 walks per nine at AAA Tacoma this year. Yet that’s not without side effect. Fister has averaged over 10 walks per nine most of his minor league career, so perhaps it’s a case, as the cliche goes, of him throwing “too many” strikes.

This will be Fister’s second major league start. His first came on August 11 against the White Sox, in which he allowed no runs and one hit over six innings. That sounds impressive, but he did walk four along the way. That would seem to run contra to his minor league track record. He also had one relief appearance earlier this month, in which he allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out one in a scoreless frame.

Fister, according to the limited data in his FanGraphs page, is a fastball-changeup guy, tossing the fastball at about 88 mph and the changeup at 80. He also has a slider and a curve, which he has broken out less often. Still, even an 88 mph fastball from a dude that high can sneak up on you. We’ll see how his delivery affects a hitter’s perspective.

Joba had a hot and cold start last time out, pitching well most of the time but succumbing to the big inning. His control seemed a bit off, something we’ve seen from him this season, but he recovered to pitch a decent six innings, which set up the Yanks to take the game with a few big late hits.

What followed was a week of Joba. We discussed the Joba plan, though we don’t know exactly what it entails beyond spreading out his starts and keeping him active for the playoffs. This will be his last start for eight days, as the Yanks will use their two off-days this week to skip him completely, lining him up to pitch Tuesday at home against the Rangers. And no, the Yankees are not babying him.

Matsui’s day to day with fluid in his knees. This was inevitable at some point. Might as well DH Hinske in two out of three A’s games and give Matsui a little break before heading to Fenway.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, DH
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jorge Posada, C
6. Nick Swisher, 1B
7. Eric Hinske, RF
8. Jerry Hairston, CF
9. Ramiro Pena, 2B

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

The "Joba is babied" line is tired by now
Game 118 Spillover Thread
  • FL Yank

    Gotta love those puns hehe.

  • Bugsy

    fister? he’s just asking for it.

  • Drew

    Sweep plz. I love me some Joba starts.

  • Ant

    Yanks signed 14th round pick Graham Stoneburner.

    http://www.nomaas.org/draft/?p=265

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

      Without knowing the money, I approve.

      • Jersey

        +1

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Let’s go Yankees

    Also, we apparently signed Graham Stoneburner. Caleb Cotham and Heathcott appear to be getting ready to sign, Tyler Lyons may not sign however.

    • Salty Buggah

      Really? Awesome, I wanted Stoneburner

    • Januz

      Assuming Heathcott, Murphy, Cotham & Stoneburner are added, and Lyons and Meade are gone. I really would like to see at least two more signs between Mitchell, Thompson, Bruno, Deluca & Stiles. That would give them 26 out of 49.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Feel sorry for Fister, I bet he was tormented when he was a child.

    On a side note, my first time watching a game on the NESN… and man the life is sucked out of everything. I was nodding off after 20 minutes (partially due to the heat in nyc). But man, it is BORING.

    • Thomas

      He probably was teased, but at least he was awesome at a sport and thus, was also probably loved by his school/teammates. That was always my thought process with Rudy Gay.

      • Bugsy

        you’d think they’d be humbled by their names but they still turn out to be jerks.

    • Jersey

      I would change my name to Harry Ballzagna in exchange for being a MLB pitcher, making the MLB minimum.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Rusty Kuntz approves.

      • Salty Buggah

        Which reminds me. My best friend in middle school went the main rival of my school. He claims that his teacher (who was named Mrs. Balls) named her son Hairy. Everyone I had asked agreed with him. Also, the best swimmer on that school’s team was coincidentally named Michael Phelps.

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          I’ve heard about somebody named Harry Balls too… you don’t happen to live in Ridgefield, CT or anything, do you? That’s where I heard it from…

          • Salty Buggah

            Nope, in Colorado.

    • Joey

      He’s 6’8″

      I feel bad for anybody that teased him…

  • Salty Buggah

    Kinda weak bottom of the lineup. I want a good Joba start again as we won’t see him again for a bit.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Woot Sox losing 2-3. I think Rangers would take WC lead if they hold on. I also wouldn’t mind 8.5 games up assuming of course the Yanks win.

    • Jersey

      Tazawa could be doing a lot worse.

      • Jersey

        Homer to Teagarden = worse

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Heh yeah.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Texas has balls to keep putting Nippert out there.

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

    Also, the Yanks drafted Fister before. 6th round, 2005.

  • Drew

    I wonder if Strasburg will claim residency in another country if he is not signed. That’s probably the best business decision considering he will be in a similar position next year if he just re-enters the draft.

    • Joey

      While renouncing his American citizenship? I don’t care how desperate for $$$ I am, I don’t think I could do that…

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        I rather pitch on the Dutch national team than play for

        “the Natinals”.

      • Drew

        Eh, it’s not about being desperate for money. It’s about making a good business decision. His arm is his livelihood, gotta milk it for what it’s worth while he can.

    • Thomas

      He actually might end up in better position next year. Originally, I thought he would lose a lot of leverage as well, but he may end up with the Royals. As it currently stands, if he doesn’t sign with the Nats, the Nats would have the first pick (worst record) and the second pick (comp pick for not signing Strasburg) and the Royals would have pick three for the second worse record. Assuming Strasburg doesn’t consent to be re-picked by the Nats he would go at number 3.

      The Royals have in the past shown a willingness to draft difficult signs (Tim Melville, Aaron Crow), especially Boras clients (Moustakas, Hosmer, Hochevar) and sign them for high amounts (except Crow). Of course, the Royals seem to be a little more conservative with the bonuses this year with Crow, but Strasburg is in another league above that they would probably pay extra for.

      Also, even at pick three he can make a ton, since Teixeira got like $9.5M at pick 5 and Prior got $10.5M at pick 2.

      I guess what I am saying is if Strasburg returns to school and pitches well, he will probably get at least the amount the Nationals are offering (I believe around $14-16M).

      • Drew

        I still think he’d earn more as a IFA. He’s more polished than other IFA’s. He could probably get Dice-BB money with out the posting fee.

  • Drew

    TT ftw! long bomb in Texas, 4-2 Rangers.

    • Tank the Frank

      And the guys from NESN thought he took too much time admiring it. They complain almost as much as the team they cover.

      • Bugsy

        was it frank viola?

  • Ivan

    Lets go Yankees.

  • Tank the Frank

    Funky looking delivery from Fister.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Jeter just tied most hits as a SS.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      Congrats to the Captain!

  • Tank the Frank

    This guy looks uber-hittable.

  • Bugsy

    what the shit. that was a ball.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      I guess that made up for the lousy call Bucknor gave us last night. Too bad for Alex, though.

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, we’ll figure him out next time through the order. Let’s hope Joba gets that call too.

  • Little Bill

    Is that CB behind the plate again? Terrible call.

    • Ant

      Definitely a strike according to gameday

  • Ivan

    Like that Joba Chamberlain commercial.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      You mean the beyond baseball one? Yeah, that one’s great!
      Although, I rarely see it, I wonder why they show is so infrequently?

      Great Play by Swish!!

  • Salty Buggah

    Swisher Teixeira-esque!!!

    • Bugsy

      swisheira!

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      I bet if that was Tex, he still would have ran to the bag. Sometimes Tex bewilders me with that constant manuever.

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

    Nice clean inning for Jobber.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    niceeeeeee!

  • Salty Buggah

    I’ll take a 6 pitch inning.

  • Jersey

    6-pitch inning for The Joba. Not too shabby.

  • Tank the Frank

    Yanks might want to consider swinging at these 87mph strikes.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Nice they used the El Kabong sound to announce a strikeout ;) Gotta love me some Quick McDraw music.

    • Former RAB Lurker

      Quickdraw McGraw, man!

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        Annnnd don’t you forget i-t!! ;)

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

    This is a classic example of “let’s see what this guy has, then go after him the second time through the order.”

  • Bugsy

    message to yankees: please swing at strikes.

  • Jersey

    In TX, Bay grounds into a DP, Texas still up 4-3 after 6 and a half.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      it’s gonna be a close one down in Arlington.

  • Riddering

    Hinske to hit a bunt homerun!

  • Salty Buggah

    lets hope we get him 2nd time through

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    tight strike zone today?

  • Bugsy

    i like this joba.

  • Drew

    Oh JOhnny.. lol

  • Salty Buggah

    ah man, I thought he wouldnt get that

  • AndrewYF

    Why does it matter if it’s a fair or foul ball when it’s caught? They always make sure to mention it. Is it just for scoring purposes?

    • Riddering

      Well, it puts the catch into perspective for the viewers. I know it was a fair ball so if Johnny doesn’t make that play, there’s a baserunner probably in scoring position.

      Also, they need to say something for 2-3 hours.

  • Drew

    I guess Neftali is available for Texas? No Frank Francisco plz.

    • Bugsy

      i dont think he would be. i think we might see frank frank in the 8th.

      :(

      • Bugsy

        thankfully, the red sox suck.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Holy crap the zone is tight.

  • Bugsy

    joba yelled “fuck”. is he old enough to say that?

  • Stryker

    yankees are close to signing stoneburner but apparently don’t have the money to sign lyons and meade. kinda sucks. those guys could’ve been nice additions. but not having the money? odd.

  • Salty Buggah

    Boo! Joba didn’t have a 6 pitch inning this time! 10 pitches = BUST!

    • Salty Buggah

      15 pitches for the innning overall = should be DFA’d now

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        Joba is not a STARTING PITCHA!!!

        /Franseca’d

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

    Nice bunt Ramiro.

    • handtius

      Never Bunt!!!!1!!!!

  • Tank the Frank

    That’s beautiful.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nice Pena.

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice bunt Pena

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Pena is Bunt-rrific!!

  • VO

    Derek Jeter’s a copy cat.

  • Bugsy

    you gotta run, run, run, run, run
    take a drag or two
    you betta run, run, run, run, run
    gypsy death and you
    tell you what to do

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Damn Pena. And nice job Jeter for the record.

  • handtius

    Fuck yeah….Jete the sheet.

  • Tank the Frank

    Again questioning my heterosexuality because of Derek Jeter.

    • handtius

      It’s not gay, it’s just love.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        Happy 40th anniversey WoodStock, man!

        • handtius

          Too bad I ain’t 40, not close. Not like there’s anything wrong with that 40s cool, I’m just not into it.

      • Tank the Frank

        I’ve learned that plutonic love CAN exist between two grown men.

        • Bob Stone

          Is plutonic some kind of Sci-Fi love or did you mean platonic?

          • Tank the Frank

            Hahaha. Yeah you got me. That’s embarrassing. I need to up my game today.

        • PinstripesForeverDougie

          Are you refering to the release of the Paul Rudd picture, “I Love You, Man”?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    JETER!

  • Salty Buggah

    JETER!

    :gives standing ovation:

    nice running Pena!

  • Riddering

    SPEEDY THE SECOND!

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    New Record Holder… #2 Derek Jeter!!

  • Salty Buggah

    ah damn, wanted another run there but I’ll take one

    • handtius

      please do.

  • Bugsy

    this is the day cj wilson manned up.

    • DGeezy

      that was a nasty curveball to k alex gonzalez

      • Bugsy

        now we hold our breath with Frank ^2

    • Jersey

      Gutsy performance. Not that striking out Brian Anderson and Alex Gonzalez is any great achievement, heh.

  • Tank the Frank

    Joba’s language is offensive.

    • Drew

      Like Tiger Woods baby, let that shit flow.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      Where did he learn it??! I’m blaming Cody Ransom!

  • Bugsy

    i hope that’s the last 3-2 slider i see this entire season.

  • Salty Buggah

    damn, there goes something great…something good is still possible

    • Bugsy

      he’s just setting up for a fist pump.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Good Job Damon keeping that a single!

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Joba, one mo out, get out of this

    • Salty Buggah

      *2 mo outs

  • Salty Buggah

    nice A-rod

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Air Jordan meets Air-Rod

  • Salty Buggah

    Gameday cant believe Alex did that…it says lines out to Jeter

  • Bugsy

    hey, don wakamatsu kinda looks like coach taylor from friday night lights.

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

    C’mon Joba.

  • Bugsy

    my god. predictable shit. 3-2 slider.

  • Tank the Frank

    These 3-2 sliders are brutal.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Joba…one mo

  • Bugsy

    shame shame shame.

  • V

    STOP THROWING SLIDERS YOU FUCKWITS

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Ugh

  • Salty Buggah

    fuck…cmon Joba, no more runs

  • Bugsy

    jesus christ. that was the same sequence. 3-2 slider followed by a hanging slider. neither pitches worked. hmmmmm

  • The Evil Empire

    Well, why is he shaking Posada off?

    • Drew

      Um, my guess is he wants to throw something else??

      • Bugsy

        Joba: “i’m really proud of my stuff. i like sliders.”

      • The Evil Empire

        That’s obvious. What I’m saying is why not listen to the veteran catcher who’s catching you.

        • Drew

          Ha I know. But Joba was in a jam. He wanted to throw what he felt confident in.

  • Drew

    C’mon Jober, go get em.

  • whozat

    He had Branyan 1-2, started to nibble to a guy that you can strike out pretty easily. Young pitcher fail. Joba seems to really be worried about giving up ANY runs, so he nibbles and gives up a bunch of runs.

    • Riddering

      I wouldn’t consider 2 runs to be a bunch. That’s a pair. I know this because I just went to the store and bought a bunch of bananas.

      Waaaaay more than two.

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, that sucked as I thought he had him. Didnt like the 2 sliders called twice after he walked a guy before on the same pitch.

  • Bugsy

    remember how he pitched a 6 pitch first inning? i dont either.

  • Salty Buggah

    finally got the slider to fall in

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Hold your breath Frank Francisco is closing…

    • Drew

      NOOOOOOOOOO

  • Bugsy

    oh crap. frank frank on the mound.

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

    Pass the damn baton.

  • Salty Buggah

    SWISHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pat

    GREEN LIGHT BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Swish has Marvin Gaye on his IPod. He tough. He hits a bomb!!!!

    SWISH WITH A 2-RUN DISH!

  • Drew

    Why is Swisher such a beast on the road!!??

    • ShuutoHeat

      He’s a road warrior

      • George H

        Swish likes himself some road beef.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      He listens to Marvin Gay, Drew! That’s music you groove to ;)

  • Riddering

    Nick got it on!

  • Bugsy

    aawww crap. i missed the swish homerun. bah humbug.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Swisher Smash!

  • Salty Buggah

    I never thought I would see Swisha swing on a 3-0 count

  • Bob Stone

    BoSux lose!!!!!!

  • Bugsy

    haha. frank frank dominates. rangers win.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      It’s too bad he couldn’t do that on Friday.

      • Bugsy

        seriously. he had some epic meltdown. he definitely gagned.

        • V

          I’d rather take one epic meltdown than two not-as-bad meltdowns.

          • Bugsy

            i’m with you there. i just wished the meltdown has come agaisnt, say, the mariners than the red sox.

      • Salty Buggah

        yea, we’d be up 9 games by now

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

        Well, think of it this way: the Sox needed that epic meltdown to avoid being swept in that series. Boston’s in some seriously deep shit right now.

        • Bugsy

          true, they’re in deep dudu.

  • Drew

    Texas wins!!! :)

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Ranger take Wild Card lead.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Rangers win!

  • Tank the Frank

    I smell an 8.5 game lead.

  • Salty Buggah

    Hinske fists it out to left for a single…we’re seeing him better now

    • Riddering

      “Hinske fists it out to left for a single…”

      Appropriate verbiage ftw!

      • Salty Buggah

        did it on purpose

  • Bugsy

    ramiro needs to you his reserve of grit to get on base. i think he used up like 30% for that bunt single.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    WTF. I would miss the Swish homerun. Sigh. And 3-0 too? Pretty awesome.

  • baravelli

    AND the Sox just lost!

    • ShuutoHeat

      expected

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      If the playoffs started today….. Bosox, No Playoffs for you!

      / Soup Nazi’d

  • Bugsy

    we extend our lead to 8 games, woo hoo.

  • David A

    this is awesome sox just lost.

  • Drew

    C’mon Jober, bounce back inning.

  • pat

    If Eva Longoria asked me for a free beer I’d tell her to screw off.

    • Riddering

      Even if the beer was free for you?

      So cheap!

      • pat

        SHE CAN AFFORD TO BUY HER OWN!

    • Bugsy

      i with you. that cow should know better than to be rude.

    • handtius

      you like men? not that that’s a problem, but you do right? I got a friend for you.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        She might be hott, handtius but she is also a bitch. She also can’t act either. Can’t blame Pat & Bugsy for passing on her hot Latina ass!!

        • pat

          1) I love men, some of my best friends are dudes.
          2) She has a husband, being nice to her is of no use.
          3) SHE CAN BUY HER OWN.

          • PinstripesForeverDougie

            Yeah, I concur Pat. I’m not exactly infatuated with
            her myself. Plus, even I was, I’m not messing with Tony Parker… he could break my ankles with his crossover move.

        • handtius

          I don’t care if she can’t act and acts a bitch. She’s a pretty lady.

    • ShuutoHeat

      I’d ask for something else in exchange…

  • V

    STOP THROWING SLIDERS YOU FUCKWITS!!

  • Bugsy

    sommamabitch.

  • Salty Buggah

    fuck…seriously cmon Joba

  • V

    So, you’re a guy who throws four pitches. One pitch is getting absolutely MURDERED. No one is swinging and missing at it. It’s either taken for a ball, or, when in the strike zone, drilled.

    Why would A) the catcher call the pitch, or B) the pitcher throw the pitch?

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

    Time to stop throwing the fucking slider.

    • V

      Hear, hear.

  • Bugsy

    unbe-fucking-livable. he was out.

    • handtius

      no he wasn’t. Jeter missed the tag.

    • whozat

      Jeter didn’t tag him.

      • Bugsy

        yeah. damn.

        • PinstripesForeverDougie

          Someone’s gotta put his galpal, Minka’s ass, on the bag. He wouldn’t miss the tag then ;)

  • Giaqueomo

    Nicholas is playing a good 1st base… but i still miss cody over there.

  • Drew

    Jete’s what kind of tag attempt was that?

  • Salty Buggah

    ah man, Jete could have had him

  • whozat

    back to trying to pick off the outside corner all day.

  • Giaqueomo

    Rather than tagging him again once the dude got back on the base, Jeter should’ve just showed the ump his glove after the 1st time he skimmed him. He would’ve been out.

  • Bugsy

    phew. 2 more innings of this junk is all i can take for the day.

    • handtius

      So, they still aren’t winning enough for you? we won’t go undefeated the rest of the year and we’re still winning today. I would refrain from complaining till we’re, at least, losing.

      • Zack

        dont you know that if they dont score every inning that means they’ve put it on cruise control

      • Bugsy

        well a baseball season usually break up into subplots. and this joba subplot is annoying to watch. that’s all i meant.

      • V

        Hey, I’m totally happy with how they’re doing, and Joba’s been more than solid this year, but I’d REALLY like to see him progress past the ‘I’m in trouble so I’m going to nibble and throw 3-2 sliders’ kid we’re seeing again.

        The first two innings were nice. What happened?

        • handtius

          Most starters don’t come up amazing. We haven’t dealt with much growing pains in young players. The Yanks haven’t really had any pitcher, minus Wang, come up through our system in a while. Some pitchers struggle for a few years, some come up and dominate. Joba’s kind of in the middle. He dominates, then he scuffles. Still, he has an era under 4. that’s damn good for a young pitcher.

          • Bugsy

            you said it right there: growing pains. we’re hurting too and we let our hurt out here.

            • handtius

              He has growing pains, not you. You’re not hurt.

              • Bugsy

                you just dont know my fan-dome.

                • handtius

                  That’s not fandom, that’s just ridiculous.

              • V

                My eyes hurt.

  • Salty Buggah

    phew, we got out of it

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Damn, I love/hate that Corona commercial with the hot Blonde woman. The man has no chance in resisting to stare at such a hot babe and then suffering stinging lemon from his wife. Thoughts?

    • Giaqueomo

      that jump rope commerciial is fucking annoying what is that kid muttering?!?!

    • Bugsy

      he could have followed with his eyes instead of his head. that was careless, really.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        you are a stronger man, than I, Bugsy.

        • Bugsy

          i stay up at nights thinking of ways to get what i want.

    • pat

      Can’t do it. You only get to watch then she walks in front of you. You turn your head you’re screwed.

      • pat

        *when

    • handtius

      Luckily, my lady doesn’t give a shite if I look, because she knows I’m not going anywhere.

      • Jack

        Luckily, my lady doesn’t give a shite if I look, because she knows I’m not going anywhere has already checked out of the relationship and may leave at any time without notice.

        • handtius

          Actually, no. she’s not insecure. If you can’t look at another woman without your lady freaking out, I feel bad for you.

          • Jack

            Just making a joke.

            • handtius

              I don’t like jokes. They killed my uncle.

              • Jack

                I-I’m so sorry. I didn’t know.

                /akward silence
                //feels like an asshole

  • acb

    joba the nibbler chamberlain

    definatly want andy pettite as our #3 starter in the playoffs

    • Drew

      Who is this pettite you speak of?

  • Giaqueomo

    JESUS FUCKING CHRIST KEN SINGLETON ITS BEEN GOOT-EE-EREZ forever, why the fuck do you have to make it Goochy erez all of a sudden?

    • Drew

      tell us how you really feel.

    • Jose

      Don’t hold back now…

  • Riddering

    EFFING BALLS.

  • Bugsy

    joba, please stop walking your strikeouts.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Jober, you’re not going to be lucky everytime with runners on…need a DP here

  • pat

    jobber wtf man

  • Jersey

    Branyan is 3rd in the AL in strikeouts. Let’s walk him!!

  • Giaqueomo

    I think that was an intentional hit

    • Bugsy

      i smiled.

    • Jose

      You can tell by the trajectory.

  • Lanny

    Joba is the king of the nibblers. Having and using so many pitches is in his head. Throw strikes. Dont impress us with curves and change ups.

    • whozat

      Yes. That way, when the slider sucks (like today), he’ll have one pitch to use.

      Great call.

      And, look, he just got beat throwing a meatball of a fastball in an 0-2 count.

      • whozat

        Look!

        Another hit on the fastball!

        Boy, wouldn’t it be nice if he had another breaking pitch to use?

        • Zack

          curves and change ups dont impress us. if the pitch isnt 95+ then why throw it?

    • handtius

      wow lanny. you’re impressive. they lose the lead and you’re the first one to post. very impressive. very.

    • ShuutoHeat

      Yes, fastballs is all you need… because no one will guess that the fastball has a simple trajectory.

      No one will realize that it’s the same pitch over and over in the strike zone, because all major league hitters are dummies.

  • V

    I hope Joba faces Gutierrez with two outs and nobody on sometime this game so he can dust him up and in with this stepping out of the box shit.

  • Salty Buggah

    96-97-97!!!!

  • pat

    Fuck 0-2

  • V

    Actually, I wish Joba had drilled Gutierrez there rather than throwing a meatball. Ugh.

  • handtius

    Ouch. Down the middle.

  • Salty Buggah

    fuck, he was ahead 0-2 too

    • Bugsy

      right, we need the slider there.

  • Bugsy

    sonnavabitch.

  • V

    Goddamnit.

    Great start for Joba before his 8 games off :ugh:

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

    It’s official. Joba hate leads.

  • Salty Buggah

    fucker…no more runs now Joba

  • pat

    Fuck, looks like no 6th inning.

    • Drew

      Why not?

      • Bugsy

        a bad case of suckitis

      • pat

        90 something pitches.

        • Drew

          90 pitches. I would have liked to let him go batter to batter this inning but I can’t complain with going to Ace for 6 and 7.

  • handtius

    oh balls.

  • Drew

    I wish J-Hair got the throw off.. He had a shot at Branyan.

  • fhf

    Joba needs an attitude adjustment.

    • Zack

      I thought this theory crapped out back in June?

      • Jersey

        It became a zombie theory.

  • Jose

    No way he makes it to the 6th. We all know that with the front office babying him, they won’t want him to pitch much deeper into the game. I miss the days of Torre bullpen management.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Hey, it’s still early River Avenue..

  • Jersey

    You guys are nuts. I’d be stunned if he didn’t come out for the 6th, albeit with a short leash.

    • Jose

      Has your mind been blown?

      • Jersey

        Pretty much.

  • Salty Buggah

    Joba was fine in the 1st 2 innings as he was working fast. The M’s are now calling time a lot and he’s struggled since

  • Lanny

    These types of performances are becoming typical Joba starts. Nibbles. Gives up leads. Lets .200 hitters beat him. Puts on too many base runners.

    • Jersey

      These types of posts are becoming typical of Lanny posts.

    • Zack

      Do you have 2 start memory bank? or just remember the starts that back up your belief?

    • handtius

      i hear noise.

    • Bugsy

      i think joba is just catching up to his FIP.

    • pat

      riiiight.

    • whozat

      Where were you for his first three starts after the break?

      Oh, right. They went well, so you weren’t here.

      “Young power pitcher struggles with command” is not precisely a surprising thing.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      At least Lanny is consistent in only coming when the Yankees are losing and leaving when they are winning.

    • Salty Buggah

      Oh look, it’s Lanny. Where you been in the last 12 of 13 games?

    • ShuutoHeat

      and then the child said… “daddy, is that a troll?”
      the father nodded “yes, yes that is a troll.”

  • Jersey

    Well that was a thoroughly uninteresting half-inning.

    • handtius

      what half inning? They played a 1/2?

      • Bugsy

        ?

        how long have you been watching baseball?

        • handtius

          47 seconds. what did i miss.

          • Bugsy

            obviously my numb-skull can’t figure out what you meant by your comment.

      • Jersey

        They play 18 half innings every game.

        I was referring to the top of the 6th.

      • pat

        i got you handitus.

        • Bugsy

          you should fill us in. im curious now.

          • handtius

            Would you like to do the honors, Pat?

            • pat

              Now, now, handitus, we could give them the fish so they could eat today or we could teach them to fish so they may eat for a lifetime.

              • Bugsy

                you guys are assholes.

              • handtius

                True, let ’em starve.

        • handtius

          Thank you. Thank you so damn much.

          • Jersey

            You guys are joking, right?

            • handtius

              The whole thing was a joke, you just didn’t get it.

              • Jersey

                I don’t normally get retard humor, no.

  • pat

    HINSKE GOT HOPS YO

    • Salty Buggah

      Swisha would have gotten there without having to jump but nice play nonetheless by Hinske

  • Bugsy

    swisher makes that play without looking foolish

    • Steve O.

      Yeah, no kidding, range is great and unspectacular.

  • charlespoet

    catching up. Looks like pre all star Joba is back. That can’t be good. Right now he is a 5 inning pitcher.

    • pat

      Well he only pitched 5 innings so I guess that makes him a 5 inning pitcher for today.

      • Jose

        Once a 5 inning pitcher, always a 5 inning pitcher. Except the 23 of his 35 game starts where he went more than 5 IP. Ignore those though, move along.

      • charlespoet

        I guess. He has had 12 starts where he has made the 6th inning or longer. Today was his 23rd start.

    • whozat

      It was more the sucking that was the problem. He threw 90 pitches, he likely _could_ have thrown another 20 pitches. But he probably would have given up more runs. So they went to the pen. He wasn’t getting “babied”…he was pitching poorly.

  • Bugsy

    i’m not having fun.

    • Salty Buggah

      meh, we have time to score. And if we dont, its OK since we’ve been winning a lot.

  • Salty Buggah

    the fuck? where did ball 1 to Ichiro miss? Fister got that all day.

    Anyway, cmon Ace, need a DP here.

    • Jack

      Is this the part where I make a Fister/wide strikezone joke?

      • Salty Buggah

        Heh I guess

      • ShuutoHeat

        :P you already did my friend, you already did

      • Bugsy

        i think he made that joke already.

  • Salty Buggah

    huge K

  • Salty Buggah

    whoa, a lot of stat-padders in Anaheim playing in Baltimore

  • whozat

    ::exhales::

  • Pasqua

    I know there’s a lot to pick on with Sterling and Waldman, but one of the things that drives me insane is when they bitch about their travel schedule. They complain about having to arrive too late, or too early, on any getaway day. Just now, they complained that they’ll arrive in Boston on Thursday “just in time for morning rush hour traffic.” Oh BOO HOOO! First, it’s an off day. Second, you call Yankees games for a living! Shut up and stop sounding like ungrateful children.

    • pat

      hahaha +1.

    • Zack

      ha its like when they say players get worn out by all the all star festivities. signing autographs and interviews? id do that 40 hours a week for a few million

  • baravelli

    Whoa, the Angels just scored 9 runs in the top of the 13th inning? That’s crazy…

  • Giaqueomo

    Anyone smell a dump hit coming?

  • Salty Buggah

    get Lopez out Ace…we need you for next inning to

  • Jersey

    Crazy AB by Lopez right here

  • Bugsy

    aceves should be starting.