Aug
18

Game 120: Just a little blip, right?

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So the Yankees have scored just three runs over their last two games, all coming in Sunday’s contest against Seattle. I was on a flight, and then in transit to a hotel, during most of yesterday’s game, but it seemed like they couldn’t get much going after A-Rod‘s double play — until the eighth that is, when Jorge struck out looking. I’m not sure what the game looked like, but Gameday said the ump was beyond atrocious. They’ll try to recover today by putting out their A-lineup, and that includes Hideki Matsui back in the DH spot.

Taking the bump for the A’s is Hackensack native Vin Mazzaro. Then again, with that name mentioning that he’s from Jersey is redundant. Recalled for a start on June 2, Mazzaro started off his career with a bang, tossing 13.2 scoreless innings over two starts, blanking the White Sox and the Orioles. Things got a bit tougher for him from then on, his ERA gradually climbing to 5.54. Somewhere in there the Yanks roughed him up for six runs in 4.1 innings while his high school buddies looked on from the upper deck.

Since then Vin has started four games, including two horrible ones against the Red Sox and Blue Jays. He allowed 19 runs, 18 earned, over 21.1 innings in that span, and opposing hitters have had a 1.008 OPS against him. Essentially, the average hitter against him over his last four starts has been Prince Fielder. Average. Or, if you want to play it another way, it would be like facing half Albert Pujols, half Ryan Braun.

Beware the reverse lock, thought. It cursed the Yanks last night against Brett Tomko and the A’s bullpen. Thankfully, they’re not taking Mazzaro lightly, considering the lineup.

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 fifty-two, Carsten Charles Sabathia.

Categories : Game Stories

355 Comments

  1. Aj says:

    God dang the blue jays..

  2. Steve H says:

    So a few weeks ago ESPN the Mag had an article claiming Yadier Molina was the best catcher in baseball (or something like that, I didn’t read it). In this weeks magazine, someone wrote into ESPN regarding the article. They wrote, “I always though Jason Varitek and Jorge Posada were the best catchers. But Molina’s stats make them look like scrubs”. As bad as that is, RESPN’s response almost made me shit myself.

    That’s a bit harsh. Posada may not be having a banner year, but Varitek’s fielding percentage (.996) still makes him a top-five catcher

    Are they on drugs???

  3. BigBlueAL says:

    Wow the “A” lineup, havent seen this in awhile.

  4. Salty Buggah says:

    I remember he was good against us the last time…that is until we faced him 2nd time through the order.

    Wasn’t it CC, who is from near Oakland, against Mazzaro, who is from Jersey, facing him last time too?

  5. The Artist says:

    “Taking the bump for the A’s is Hackensack native Vin Mazzaro. Then again, with that name mentioning that he’s from Jersey is redundant.”

    You keep this up and I’ll start poking fun at old ‘buy a vowel’ on the Blue Jays!!

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

      Well played sir!

    • Gary says:

      Vin Mazzaro was an original member of the Four Seasons, I believe, now making history every night on Broadway in Jersey Boys. Seriously, though, I love the Yanks, but Joba stinks. He does NOT impress me. He doesn’t look very bright either. You need smarts to win consistently as well as ability.

  6. Aj says:

    I miss Michael Kay, Singleton and Flarhety bore me.

  7. Tank the Frank says:

    Good Lord. Blue Jays really handed that to the Sox. Can’t wait until the league realizes how early Ortiz is getting his foot down and starting his swing in order to hit a fastball. I can’t wait to go into Fenway and spank their little cry baby bottoms.

  8. Aj says:

    What’s the beef people have with Michael Kay?

  9. Salty Buggah says:

    So Brandon Marshall has started his trade demands again (that or get gim a big contract extension now). I now he wants the money now but here’s a wild thought:

    He saw Orton’s performance during training camp (got booed) and the 1st preseason game (3 picks in 3 first series) and lost faith in him. Now he thinks that if he plays with a sucky QB like that his stats will take a big hit. Since he is going to be a FA after the year, he doesn’t want to end up losing money because of his poor stats. So, he wants to get traded now so he could put up some awesome numbers again (if he has a decent QB) and will get a big payday.

    Makes sense, no?

    • Zack says:

      They had one of the best young QB-WR combinations for the next 7 years, yet they mess it up

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Yea, damn McDaniels. But then again, Cutler is now is making me feel like that the trade was OK.

        I loved out offense with Cutler, B-Marsh, Eddie Royal, and Scheffler with 2 of the best tackles in football in Clady and Harris. Things were looking up but everything has gone downhill from that moment.

    • Steve H says:

      He’ll be fine if he gets in camp and shuts his mouth. As a receiver on a team that’s poor defensively and probably won’t win a ton of games, his stats will be there at the end of the year. He’s done more damage to his paycheck with his off the field nonsense than having a subpar year this year will.

    • E-ROC says:

      God, I wish my Ravens would trade for him even though he has a habit of laying the smackdown on his girlfriends.

  10. Aj says:

    Why are we talking about football?

  11. Reggie C. says:

    Damn thunderstorms. My YES signal is down.

  12. Steve H says:

    How great would it be for Papshmere to blow this!

  13. Bob Stone says:

    Jays just scored two against Papelschmuck in the eighth. Go Jays!

  14. zs190 says:

    Go Jays. It delights me to see Paps sucking hard like this.

  15. Drew says:

    Scutaro ftw

  16. JSquared says:

    What do you have to do to get Paul O’neil and his Food/Hot Yoga talk. I like people who make fun of Al Leiter, Kay doesn’t have the balls.

    • The Artist says:

      I like the way you think, Cowboy.

    • Aj says:

      AL Leiter is too easy a target. Remember when he had a tie that only went down half way his shirt? Kay ripped him for that, but he has class. Nothing wrong with being professional.

      • JSquared says:

        HaHa, True, but O’Neil will argue with him about how Leiter’s wrong with something about baseball.

      • The Artist says:

        Kay also ripped O’Niell for saying “Shmoltz” for two days straight. Paulie just laughed it off and was genuinely surprised and amused. Because he can dish it out and take it.

        Leiter on the other hand, gets all sensitive when someone disagrees with him or makes fun of him, and starts doing his ‘extra polite’ routine to tell the world he’s hurt. It makes you just want to smack him across the face and tell him to grow the fuck up.

  17. Aj says:

    Theyre loaded up.

  18. Bob Stone says:

    Bases loaded for the Jays. Knock out Papelschmuck!

  19. Ant says:

    Mazzaro’s from Hackensack? I’m from Hackensack and about the same age as him so I dunno about that.

  20. Steve H says:

    Is there a bigger fraud than Brett Favre?

  21. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the Yankees and Mazzaro tonight. They got to him later in the game last time so let’s see if that repeats itself tonight.

    /commentator

  22. Accent Shallow says:

    Derek Jeter is good at baseball.

  23. Aj says:

    Oh cmon Lind.

  24. Salty Buggah says:

    good start Jete

  25. Aj says:

    ….DAMNIT

  26. Steve H says:

    effing warning track power!

  27. Drew says:

    Dang Lind flyed out to the warning track.

  28. ShuutoHeat says:

    you wonder why papelbon is slipping?

    http://img200.imageshack.us/im.....bossux.jpg

  29. Yankee1010 says:

    That’s a lot of pitches for Papelboner in the 8th. I’m betting that Toronto jumps on him in the 9th. Just keep it to 10-9.

  30. Taking the bump for the A’s is Hackensack native Vin Mazzaro. Then again, with that name mentioning that he’s from Jersey is redundant.

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/6744.....gay-couple

  31. Says says:

    Thataboy Jhonny

  32. Kevin G. says:

    Am I the only one who noticed the subtle finger from Alex/

  33. Aj says:

    What the HELL IT WAS INTENTIONAL!!! Why the hell don’t the umpires do anything.

  34. Accent Shallow says:

    Argh.

    I think the Rod needs a day off again.

  35. Says says:

    Now let’s beam the A’s best hitter. Or their least horrible hitter. Whichever one

  36. It’s times like these I wish the A’s had a slugger worth hitting.

    /vengeful

  37. Drew says:

    Not that it was on purpose but, CC gonna handle that.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Yeah just throw behind…I can’t even think of anyone…

      Just don’t risk getting thrown out. The umps have been so absurd this year.

  38. Salty Buggah says:

    WTF? He’s already hurt and slumping since…you wanna hurt him more?

  39. Tank the Frank says:

    Wait. Why didn’t he start crying and cursing and charge the mound?

  40. JSquared says:

    Scumbag Teams… Have Scumbag Players.

  41. Aj says:

    I hope A-Rod scores this inning.

  42. Accent Shallow says:

    Keep laboring, please.

  43. Salty Buggah says:

    A-rod’s gonna be sore going into Boston, so I hope they don’t hit him. And I hope he can still swing. It looks like he still hasn’t recovered from the earlier HBP in NY.

  44. Tank the Frank says:

    I wish I could believe Jorge won’t srike out on a breaking pitch.

  45. Salty Buggah says:

    Mazzaro must be one of those Yankees fans that don’t like A-rod.

  46. Says says:

    Nothing clutch about that.

  47. Aj says:

    What a disaster.

  48. Accent Shallow says:

    Oh, Jorge . . .

  49. JSquared says:

    ALways on the breaking ball, horrible. Thanks For Nothing.

  50. Bugsy says:

    at least his pitch count is high

  51. Bob Stone says:

    Aw c’mon JoPo.

  52. Jake H says:

    that was a poor effort there by posada. how do you swing at that?

  53. zs190 says:

    Dang, we let them off the hook again.

  54. Aj says:

    I hope CC knocks Scott Hairston out. ….Scott Hairston…really.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      But he’s got family on the team! I say get Suzuki. He’s killed the Yankees and if you hit the catcher I think the pitcher will get the message.

  55. The Artist says:

    This storm is getting REAL nasty right now in Bayside. Anyone else nearby?

  56. Jorge is the new Pedro Cerrano.

  57. Salty Buggah says:

    damn, please hit with RISP from here on.

  58. Tank the Frank says:

    That almost hit his knees it was so far inside and he still swung. Think he might throw his out pitch in that spot Jorge? And they call him a guess hitter.

  59. charlespoet says:

    Jesus fucking christ. What the fuck? First last night ARod chokes with bases loaded, then Farve can’t seem to let go of football, and now Tostada whiffs. The universe is crashing.

  60. HOLY FUCK THUNDERSTORM STOP IT

  61. Says says:

    No storm in Jersey

  62. Aj says:

    That’s nasty.

  63. Bugsy says:

    i really like this CC.

  64. zs190 says:

    Wow, never realized this but Jorge’s splits this year are ridiculous

    Home: .324/.390/.622
    Road: .221/.299/.359

  65. Tank the Frank says:

    Going with the breaking ball early?? I like changing it up like that once and a while.

  66. How does Rajai Davis have a .368 OBP?

  67. Says says:

    Looking southeast from Bergen county i see the constant lightning! geez whats it like under that

  68. JSquared says:

    Thank you Nick Green.

  69. Aj says:

    Take note Mr. Castillo

  70. Bugsy says:

    oh shit!! look at arod smile.

  71. JSquared says:

    YEAH CC, SCARE A BITCH!!!

  72. JobaWockeeZ says:

    TRY CHARGING AT CC!!!!!

  73. Aj says:

    LMAO A-Rod smiling. Wtf Sabathia didn’t even hit him.

  74. A-Rod is so happy right now.

  75. Salty Buggah says:

    tell em CC

  76. Accent Shallow says:

    Guess Suzuki didn’t take kindly to being thrown behind.

  77. Tank the Frank says:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-538009

    Told ya! Gotta hit Suzuki.

    Wait….shit. This guy so kills the Yankees.

  78. charlespoet says:

    Alex just said, Fuck you Oakland, CC has got my back.

    I like it, finally a Yankees staff that doesn’t let their hitters get abused.

  79. Says says:

    WOW THAT IS SO FUCKING ANNOYING

  80. Bugsy says:

    well that sucked. should have hit in the shitter.

  81. JSquared says:

    YEAH Jorge, call a hit on suzuki than call a high fastball… Genius.

  82. Reggie C. says:

    that didnt work out like planned…

  83. Salty Buggah says:

    the fuck? Suzuki? nothing is going our way right now

  84. Mike says:

    Johan to Sandoval all over again.

  85. charlespoet says:

    yankees just got abused and used. Joke is now on them.

  86. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Amazing. Just amazing.

  87. Chef says:

    That ball was obliterated… Its good to be Kurt Suzuki right now.

    C.C. just got worked.

  88. Reggie C. says:

    ominous. very ominous.

  89. JobaWockeeZ says:

    A’s can go fuck themselves. I fucking hate it when A-Rod or Jeter specifically gets hit. 10 run inning pl0x.

  90. Tank the Frank says:

    Vernon Wells is truly a waste of a baseball player.

  91. Dela G says:

    well i just got back from canada. Maybe me being in canada for 3 days and nights was a bad luck sign

    i’m back in ohio and ready to finally watch the yanks :)

    Damn you kurt suzuki

  92. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I hate Vernon Wells, first pitch swinging

    GO YANKEES!

  93. Aj says:

    Loving it? He gave up a homerun afterwards its embarassing.

  94. VO says:

    What is Cano doing? The dude who couldn’t lay down a bunt for his life tries to bunt for a hit?

  95. ShuutoHeat says:

    i hate the UMPz I really fucking hate the umpz

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Honest to God. What is with their overall suckiness this season! It’s completely absurd.

  96. Drew says:

    That shit wasnt even close. ugh. umpires suck.

  97. Salty Buggah says:

    FUCK THESE UMPS from the whole year

  98. Mike Axisa says:

    This would be a fine day for Girardi to get tossed. That call to Cano was just as bad as the one to Damon yesterday.

  99. That pitch was outside.

  100. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    WTF was that pitch

  101. Aj says:

    Does the yard lines bother anyone else??

  102. Bugsy says:

    i dont like this losing nonsense.

  103. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Break out MELKY!!!!

  104. Tank the Frank says:

    MELKY HAS A PULSE!

  105. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Melky read Ben’s post today.

  106. Dela G says:

    the MELK MAN!

  107. Drew says:

    woot woot, attaboy melk

  108. Hey, Melky got a hit! Maybe things are changing for the Yanks!

  109. Accent Shallow says:

    Can we get an RAB thread about how much A-Rod sucks?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      /reverse jinxed

    • I’ve said this already once today: his SLG is below .500. This concerns me.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        What concerns me more is that he’s going to need another hip procedure when the season is over. There’s a non-zero chance he’ll never be the same player.

        (Of course, Utley just had the procedure Mr. Rod will be having, and he’s fine. So maybe A-Rod will be ok)

  110. Esteban says:

    Melky says: Take that RAB! haha.

  111. Kevin G. says:

    Ugh, I hate blackouts.

  112. Salty Buggah says:

    woohoo a well hit ball by melky finally falls in…cmon Jete drive him in

  113. Dela G says:

    cmon jete, you got it man

  114. Bugsy says:

    jejejejeje

  115. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Let’s go Derek!

    RBI!! RBI!! RBI!!

  116. Adam Kennedy is not having a good night.

  117. Aj says:

    damn the red sox…

  118. Tank the Frank says:

    Because that’s what last place team’s should do!

  119. Dela G says:

    TIE GAME!!

    I HEART THE CAPTAIN!… and the 3B…

  120. Accent Shallow says:

    Reminds me of the play against the Mariners, except Jeter hit this ball a lot harder.

  121. Salty Buggah says:

    JETER!!!!!!

  122. Esteban says:

    Sox just won

  123. JobaWockeeZ says:

    SUCK IT A’S!!!

  124. Jake H says:

    they should be running all over this guy.

  125. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Things beginning to go our way again.

  126. Jersey says:

    Mazzaro’s coming up on 50 pitches here.

  127. Bugsy says:

    that was not a strike. fuck you, ump.

  128. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Toronto could go fuck themselves. They have guys like Vernon Wells and Rod Barajas who have no baseball skill and swing at first pitch strikes. This is why they suck sooo bad.

    TIE GAMEE DEREK!!

  129. Tank the Frank says:

    Blue Jays rally = fail.

    They have given in to the idea that you must swing at first pitch strikes at closers who have thrown over 30 pitches and walked the previous batter.

  130. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fuck this ump. What the fuck is he looking at? Sorry for sounding liek a prick but I’m tired of this BS.

  131. Bugsy says:

    “jejejejeje”

  132. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon Big Texy…be sexy

  133. Dela G says:

    GREAT HIT AND RUN!

    LETS GO TEX!

  134. Jake H says:

    That’s a hit because jeter was on the move.

  135. Mazzaro fail. That was great range by Ellis.

  136. ShuutoHeat says:

    A fucking goatshit thrower in a shit stadium. For some reason I HATE them right now, I can smell their stink from here.

  137. Drew says:

    C’mon Teixy

  138. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Defense

    Oakland has none..

    GO TEX!

  139. Salty Buggah says:

    oh well, at least we tied it. Cmon CC, shut em down from here

  140. Aj says:

    What is a Koozie?

  141. Dela G says:

    wow that was a lucky pop up… he was very close to nailing that to a gap

  142. Tank the Frank says:

    Part of me kind of sort of wants Teixeira to bat from the right side soon so he can quit uppercutting the ball halfway out of the infield and start hit line drives into gaps and such.

    The evil part of me…

  143. Drew says:

    no MVP for you!

  144. DreDog says:

    Bad News: Sox won
    Great News: Bard still ruined by Damon, Tex & Co.

  145. Accent Shallow says:

    Who remembers Good Nomar?

  146. Salty Buggah says:

    Oh well, that was out of the end zone anyway. It’s OK Tex.

  147. Bugsy says:

    CC to Tex: It’s OK. I like strikeouts more.

  148. Aj says:

    Do the Angels ever lose?”

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Best offense in baseball. Outscored the Yankees by 20 runs and have played 3 less games than them. Pitching though usually their strong point pretty shitty this season.

  149. Aj says:

    Lol I thought the inning was over with the music?

  150. JobaWockeeZ says:

    2 outs YES.. 2 outs

  151. Bugsy says:

    haha. oh the yes crew. are they liek a bunch of rookies this year.

  152. Well that’s just fantastic.

  153. Salty Buggah says:

    ah damn, cmon CC. Bandbox…

  154. Bugsy says:

    fucking everett??? fuck this

  155. Accent Shallow says:

    Ergh.

  156. Dela G says:

    seriously?

    who the hell are these people hitting HRs off him

  157. Drew says:

    that’s a big fella

  158. CC has missed two spots badly tonight and they have both been crushed to left.

  159. Tank the Frank says:

    Have they really hit both mistakes…all two of them…for home runs? This series is starting to PISS me off.

  160. JMK says:

    Wow! Is CC missing his spots or is his velocity down? It can’t be that the A’s hitters are all that good. Can’t be.

  161. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Who the hell is this Tommy Everidge.

  162. Chef says:

    wow… when cc gives them up, he gives up absolute bombs.

  163. Salty Buggah says:

    OK, CC shut em down from here now

  164. Reggie C. says:

    At these are solo shots. Could be much worse.

  165. trueblue says:

    Jesus Christ. Come on CC- Two chumps hitting bombs, wtf

  166. charlespoet says:

    Oh no, Yankees are…..

  167. Accent Shallow says:

    CC, next time you strike out the side, how about no bombs in there?

  168. BigBlueAL says:

    No big deal if Yankees lose tonight, they have Gaudin starting tomorrow….

  169. Dela G says:

    damn

    CC is dealing when he isnt giving up BOMBS

  170. Bob Stone says:

    Three strikeouts and a homerun in the inning for CC. Talk about extremes.

  171. Salty Buggah says:

    4 K’s! cmon A-rod

  172. Bugsy says:

    hey that joe mauer really making his case for MVP tonight.

  173. 4-5-6 up this inning. I can has runs?

  174. Bugsy says:

    i’m formign a hit squad to take out this umpire among others. you guys in?

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      Dude, put me down!
      I wanna kick them in the mouth and ask them “so was that a ball or a strike?”.

  175. Accent Shallow says:

    Good D from Sweeney, that looked like a double off the bat.

  176. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Arod!

  177. Dela G says:

    A-Rod with the booming single

  178. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Wow he didn’t hit A-Rod there. I’m surprised.

  179. Good swing, by A-Rod. That was a great job by Sweeney to keep that from getting to the wwall.

  180. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice Alex. I love it when he goes opposite field for hits. Cmon Hideki no DP.

  181. DreDog says:

    Mazzaro is definitley in for a quick hook tonight.

  182. Teix is the Man says:

    I hope this ump gets hit in the pp 2 nite.

  183. charlespoet says:

    what the fuck was that swing?

  184. Salty Buggah says:

    nice baserunning Alex…cmon Jorge

  185. V says:

    Matsui not feeling like a walk tonight. Huh.

  186. Nice advance, A-Rod.

  187. Dela G says:

    he totally did not get matsui

  188. Bugsy says:

    matsui should have gotten a sympathy call on that one.

  189. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Woot RISP hit!

  190. Says says:

    Shelley tonite 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI (82)

  191. Accent Shallow says:

    Nice D there from Hairston. Heh.

  192. Drew says:

    Interesting defense there.. haha

  193. Karl says:

    omigod I can’t believe we scored

  194. Salty Buggah says:

    nice JoPo…cmon Swish

  195. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Wow Matsui, just wow, you swing at balls 4 and 5???

    YAY POSADA!!!!!

    • charlespoet says:

      based on the called strike on Cano in the first inning, those could have been strikes. This is where shitty umpiring dictates the game.

  196. Way to be, Hairston.

  197. Accent Shallow says:

    First pitch swinging, Robbie?

    Oy vey.

  198. charlespoet says:

    Well this is certainly a game for all little leaguers to watch and see how the fundamentals of baseball are executed.

  199. Bob Stone says:

    That was a terrible play in left field. Hairston should have had that ball.

  200. Salty Buggah says:

    Is it still too early to consider Robbie’s AVG with RISP anything but a coincidence?

  201. Tank the Frank says:

    Robbie thought his AVG with RISP was a little high there so he figured he might swing at the worst pitch possible and make a quick out. Good stuff.

  202. Jake H says:

    Why does Robbie suck so bad with runners on?

  203. Bugsy says:

    jesus christ. wtf was that.

  204. V says:

    Posada. WTf?

  205. JMK says:

    That was a bummer.

  206. Dela G says:

    posada

    you moron

    :facepalm:

  207. Jake H says:

    Posada has made 2 bad plays this game already.

  208. Karl says:

    More great baserunning from Posada