Aug
27

Game 127: Another series, please

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As they’ve been so many times this season, the Yankees are in a position to win yet another series. They’ve split the first two with the Rangers, and today’s rubber match finds them with the pitching advantage. For a fuller look at the pitching matchup, you can check out our Rangers series preview.

Beyond the pitching match-up, there’s not much to talk about today. Molina was playing today whether Jorge got hit last night or not. Call it a conspiracy if you will, but Jorge rarely catches day games after night games anyway. He’ll more than likely be behind the dish when Burnett makes his next start Tuesday in Baltimore. He could get a few more days off — with a day game after a night game on Saturday, we could see Molina catch CC tomorrow night.

Looks like Gritt Girtner could be back before long. He took swings off a tee today and hopes to play in a rehab game early next week. With Melky in a slump (though, in his defense, he’s hit some balls hard right at some defenders lately), the Yanks would probably love to go back to their quasi-platoon. It seemed they got the most out of both players that way.

And finally, they’re going to have such beautiful babies.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number thirty-four, A.J. Burnett.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Aj

    I turn on the pregame and the first thing I hear is Lorenz talking about Brett Farve and the Vikings. What the hell.

  • Little Bill

    Brad Penny has been released. The pickups of Penny and Smoltz have been nothing but good for the Sox who have the deepest rotation in baseball. Low risk, high reward indeed. The Yankees washed up lineup is no match.

    • danny

      this is like the 5th pitcher the yankees hitters have set down to the minors or have been let go by their team due to their dominance over them. Thats pretty awesome

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

      Penny and Smoltz will provide a cheap one-two punch to counter the heavily priced Sabathia and Burnett.

      • Aj

        Penny can’t be any worse than Sergio Mitre.

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

          No, he’s better. But the Yankees are relying on Mitre to be their fifth starter, not their third starter as the Sox were with Penny.

          • Zack

            technically he was their 5th before the season started; Beckett, Lester, DiceK, Wake, as the season went on he was their 3rd

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

              True.

          • Tank Foster

            So when do the Yankees sign Penny?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I think Penny could be a great reliever, though he probably would not want to do that.

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

        Eh, I don’t think he could miss enough bats to be an effective reliever; it’s ironic that he’s not more of a strikeout guy considering his stuff.

  • danny

    maybe jeters resurgence wasn’t because he worked hard this offseason or changed his approach at the plate.. maybe it’s all in thanks to minka kelly i mean chicks do dig the long ball.

    • barry

      Maybe this means 20 years from now we’ll have Jeter 2.0 at short. I’m pencilling 2029 in right now.

  • Jeremy

    Gird yourself for the grittygutty Grit Gritner!

    • Klemy

      Go ahead. Try to say it 5x fast!

  • Ant

    Woulda liked to see Hairston rewarded with a start in CF but oh well.

  • Accent Shallow

    Beautiful babies?

    Come on, I thought you guys understood the concept of regression to the mean.

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

      Well, maybe the first two kids will be like 8.0 BARB (Beauty Above Replacement Baby) but then the rest will be like…2.0 BARB.

      • JMK

        IETC.

      • Klemy

        IETC

  • Salty Buggah

    Just in time! I had to go run some errands and thought I wouldnt make it back until 12 but I hurried back and made it at 11! I hate missing games.

  • Aj

    lol “why did I throw that, WHY WHY WHY!”

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

    Cone’s like “Fuck it. Loosen the tie and put up the sleeves before the game even starts.”

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    Hopefully the good AJ shows up.

  • Salty Buggah

    A-rod’s in at 3rd? That’s good news for his injury

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

    Peace, Julio.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    81 pitches…Steve Nebraska style

    • Salty Buggah

      79 pitches, Aaron Cook from 2007 (or 2008?) style

  • Salty Buggah

    Jason Jennings was DFA’d today so thats one more pitcher we have ruined for now.

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

    AJ lookin’ real good.

    • Salty Buggah

      Too early but yea so far.

      And also, it’s ALL thanks to Molina.

  • Joebrah

    My sports history class was canceled today.

    I feel watching this thursday day game is an appropriate substitute.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Was “Underwater Basket Weaving 101″ unavailable?

      • Joebrah

        yep.

        the sad thing is that it’s one of the last classes i need for my major.

        our first test is on “Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball”.

        god bless arizona state schools.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Do you go to ASU? Lucky man if you do.

          • Joebrah

            naw. Northern Arizona University.

            but I’ve spent a lot of my time in Tempe.

            for obvious reasons.

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

      Sports history class?

      /jealous

      • Salty Buggah

        Doesnt NYU have a class about the Yankees?

        • JMK

          I’m not sure, but it’s probable since they have a good sports management program.

    • Zack

      Matt Leinart is that you?

      • JMK

        IETC, ballroom dancer.

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

    Peace, Josh. That breaking ball is looking real sharp.

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

    Nasty.

  • Salty Buggah

    Gimme 8 more of those AJ…9 strikes 2 balls

  • Zack

    AJ proving he doesnt like Posada

    /MSM making up news

    • Yankee1010

      Oh, you know that if he runs off 7 or 8 scoreless innings, it’s coming. Never mind the fact that he was actually putting up some stellar numbers with Posada over the last 2 months.

      Sure, there seemed to be some issues, but it was completely blown out of proportion.

  • Yankee1010

    Does his stuff look as good as Gameday is showing?

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

      Very much so.

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

      It’s even better.

      • Yankee1010

        Good to hear.

  • JMK

    This other guy has pretty good stuff, too. Anyone know the knock on him? I’d assume it’s control.

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

    That was a very nice changeup to Tex.

    • Zack

      cant do it back to back though

  • Salty Buggah

    nice Damon

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Damon’s out in wiffleball.

  • Joebrah

    Going a little blimp happy there, aren’t you YES?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      It’s actually Hank on a hanglider.

  • Makavelli

    You guys should have seen the game on ESPN2 last night. It was brutal. 2 runners on and no outs for Posada…the announcers going “here’s a double play candidate…he’s extremely slow. Holland has the man he wants up right here” (not verbatim but very close) Posada followed that up by launching a bomb to straight away center field. Then there was a similar situation (2 on, no out) for Elvis Andrus who’s batting average is not that good…and they go “Pettitte is in some trouble here…Andrus could put 3 on the board with one swing of the bat”

    Unbelievable. Not to mention they were talking about how great Holland pitched (4 earned runs) while insinuating that Andy was struggling “doesn’t have as good of stuff as he has of late.”

    It was just horrible.

    • Yankee1010

      But you have to admit, it made it that much sweeter when they couldn’t wish the Sox, um, sorry, Rangers to victory.

    • JMK

      Well then, thank God for YES. It’s best to avoid ESPN as often as possible. I do occasionally indulge and watch Sportscenter but for the most part, they make a crappy product.

  • Salty Buggah

    Tex!!!!

    No DP A-rod

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

    Way to hook it, Tex. Good coverage.

  • Bugsy

    Heh heh heh. Oh, and Damon almost got Beltre’d.

  • Salty Buggah

    how was strike 2 to Alex a strike? oh well, as long as AJ gets that too

  • Dela G

    well alex will have to hit that change next time up

    • JMK

      Any predictions, Dela?

      • Dela G

        i say the alex goes 2-4 today

        • JMK

          You’re on! I say he gets 5 ABs, and ends up with one hit. He’ll hit a single to left-center.

          • Dela G

            let’s hope that single comes with RBI! :D

  • Dela G

    matsui, take the change

  • Yankee1010

    Is the strike zone as big as GameDay is making it seem?

    • Former RAB Lurker

      Gamecast’s showing about the same.

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

    Quality at-bat by Matsui. Shoulda traded him for a bag of balls or Jonathan Sanchez when they had the chance.

    • Dela G

      i would’ve preferred to trade him for his translator earlier in the season

      i heard he had a “smoak type” bat

      [/never gets old

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

      Should’ve DFA’d him.

      /Ace’d

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Actually Ace went ahead and apologized for saying that and admitted he was wrong.

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

          Ah, word.

    • Yankee1010

      I’ll admit – he’s having a much better season than I thought he would, mainly because he’s actually been able to stay relatively healthy. Sure, DHing has helped, but I wondered if even that would keep him healthy. He has 80 year-old man knees. Which is fine, if you crush the crap out of the ball.

  • Tom Zig

    Swisher only 4 more HRs to 25. Come on bring that # down to 3

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

      He’s a machine. His plate appearances have become must see TV.

      • Salty Buggah

        Best 4th OFer EVER

        • Dela G

          if alex rios was performing to his before contract abilities, i would grade him better, but swisher is the best

          by far

  • Dela G

    damn it swisher, you can’t pass the baton to cano!

  • Tom Zig

    Yankees have only 1 grandslam this year. Come on Cano, make it 2

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

      Who was it? Because I honestly don’t remember that granny…

      • Tom Zig

        Baseball-reference says it was Jose Molina…

        I must be mistaken

        • Salty Buggah

          I think it was JoMo

        • Yankee1010

          Nope, you’re right. He hit one April 28th against the Tigers. It is also his only HR on the year. It was in the Phil Hughes start during that series.

  • Salty Buggah

    another bases loaded chance for Robbie! Cmon come through this time please and no DP.

    • JMK

      2 outs.

      • Salty Buggah

        oh yea heh

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Guarantee no Dp.

    • Yankee1010

      Not even Robbie could hit into a DP with the bases loaded and 2 outs. Just messing with you.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Man, Robbie always seems to be up w/ RISP

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

      That’s what happens with a lineup with this. Everyone comes up with RISP all the time. Even Melky.

    • JMK

      Cano with RISP and two outs: .185 .224 .284

  • Klemy

    Nippert really likes to try to get ahead with that 4 seamer and then go right to the change from the look of Gameday. lol

  • Dela G

    damn, i thought cano had that

    • Zack

      same here

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

      Yeah I thought that one was going to drop in.

  • Little Bill

    Pete Abraham’s next blog post:

    “Robbie Cano hit another lazy fly ball to LF and can’t get it done with RSIP yet again.”

  • Salty Buggah

    ah damn bad luck for Robbie again

    we made Nippert throw 36 pitches though.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    We desearved a lot more than we got from that inning.

    • Tom Zig

      He already threw 36 pitches.

      • Brazilian Yankee

        Yeah, that’s nice. But Robbie hit that ball well…

  • Dela G

    damn, AJ not getting that outside corner

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona
  • Dela G

    AJ looks nastay

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

    HAHA!

  • Zack

    wow AJ is on a mission today

  • Tampa Yankee

    I am at work and cant watch the game but is AJ’s curve really having the type of movement Gameday is showing? If so, that’s straight filthy…

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

      It is moving like crazy.

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

      He’s on today. Just filthy.

  • JMK

    Wow, Burnett looks fantastic today.

  • Dela G

    where did that ball 2 miss???

    • Dela G

      who cares! got him out!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Stack and Tilt swing is all about you body weight being on the front side, not back.

    /finally knowing something relevant’d

  • JMK

    He lists the best second basemen but omits Utley in favor of Brian Roberts? Maybe he was talking about AL-only.

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

      I hope so. Utley is (again) an MVP candidate this year. It’s ridiculous that people think Howard is more valuable to that team than Utley is.

  • JMK

    He lists the best second basemen but omits Utley in favor of Brian Roberts? Maybe he was talking about AL-only.

    • JMK

      Sorry about the trigger finger.

  • Salty Buggah

    AJ getting squeezed a bit this inning because those are calls Nippert was getting

    • Yankee1010

      It certainly looks like that on Gameday.

  • charlespoet

    Ok, I think that most here are very sane Yankee fans, even if they attack their own for getting too emotional.

    Last night I was at the Rockies/Dodgers game to support the famed Mr. Torre and because I can’t stand these band wagon Rockies fans who bitch on talk radio about how poorly the team is doing and then only 37,000 show up when they are 1st in the WC and 2 games back.

    So there is a 14 yr kid wearing his Sox jersey and cheering on Manny. Some dumb ass in a Yankee hat starts jawing with the kid, but after 2 exchanges, tells the kid he is going to come down there and kick his ass or if the kid wants he can meet him out on the concourse.

    Now, I love a good Yanks/Sox back and forth, but seriously, threatening a 14 year old that most of us could knock over with a good belch, utterly disgusting. Thankfully, myself and another Yankee fan stood up and told the tool to shut up, turn in his Yankee fan card, as he was a disgrace.

    Makes you think of “You stay classy, Mr. Yankee fan.”

    • JMK

      There are assholes of every team affiliation. It’s unfortunate that our asshole Yankee fans seem to be publicized more than others.

  • Zack

    i like this AJ

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

    Give Melky a hit, he needs all the help he can get.

    • Dela G

      amen for that

  • Salty Buggah

    BABIP luck for Melk!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Not to sound as random as Larry King, but Ranch flavored sunflower seeds are awesome.

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

      I always preferred BBQ.

  • Salty Buggah

    Nipperts keeps getting that inside call to righties/outside to lefties but AJ didnt last inning

    • Dela G

      annoys the eff outta me

  • Dela G

    great steal!

  • VO

    Gardner who?

  • JMK

    Maybe we’ve found Good Melky.

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

      Or lucky Melky.

      • JMK

        Good point. Any timetable on Gardy’s return that you know of?

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

          Rehab games next work, or so they hope. The minor league season ends in a week and a half, so they’re running out of time.

          • JMK

            So hopefully less than two weeks. That’s not bad. Thanks, Mike.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        But Melky’s been unlucky too.

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

    That’s two stolen bags today. And people say this team relies on the homer.

  • Salty Buggah

    nice Melky

  • JMK

    Cabrera certainly isn’t the most graceful athlete on the field. He always looks so awkward out there.

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, he’s kinda chubby/thick too

      • JMK

        Mary Careysayswhat?

        • Salty Buggah

          I mean that he isnt in the best shape either. It’s not bad at all but he could be in better shape.

  • Dela G

    damn damon, even i knew the fastball was coming… :(

  • Salty Buggah

    53 pitches are good atleast…hopefully hits with RISP come too

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Well with ownage AJ we may not need it. But more runs is always preferred.

    • JMK

      With the way Burnett is throwing, we may not need more runs!

      • JMK

        Wow, I should hit the refresh button more often. Sorry, JWZ.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Does that “Bob’s Furniture” couch come with 911 support for heart attacks too?

  • Salty Buggah

    this ump is making me mad, making AJ waste bullets

    • Yankee1010

      It definitely seems like Nippert’s zone is bigger than Burnett’s.

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

    Pop is so not wearing pants right now.

  • Tom Zig

    Anyone else find it weird that we have only 1 grandslam this year (should be two but a-rod got robbed in the hefty bag)

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

    HEY! If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?! ‘Cause I know I sure would!

    • JMK

      Is that like the jr. high joke where the kid asks you if you’d suck your own dick if you could, and if you respond affirmatively, they scream, “You’re gay!”?

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

        They mentioned Harry Cary so…

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      If you had said no I would’ve bitten your ear off.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Damn if only AJ was like this every start…

  • JobaWockeeZ

    And I just noticed no Michael Kay to jinx whatever possible thing AJ may get.

    • Dela G

      amen

  • Dela G

    this strike zone is complete bs

  • Bo

    Still cant believe you guys advocated for signing D Lowe over AJ and passing on Andy P.

    All time backfires

    • Dela G

      i never advocated that :)

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

    If Ozzie Smith is a Hall of Famer, Vizquel damn well better get in as well.

    • Dela G

      don’t worry, he will be there

    • JMK

      Ozzie Smith was a feared hitter in a major motion picture. I don’t see that on Visquel’s resume!

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      No, no, no a thousand time No. Just because there are some questionable players in the Hall now, doesn’t mean there should be more in the future.

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

        My point is Ozzie is in for his defense–as he should be; he’s one of the, if not the best defensive shortstop of all time. Omar is similar offensively and was just bout as good defensively.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Ozzie played for winners.

          /irrelevancy FTW’d

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

            Blyleven was never an “it” guy.

            /DBHOF’d

  • JMK

    C’mon!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    For all you Ganesh lovers. (we should all be)

    http://theumpi.com/images/ganesh_symbol_f7vo.gif

    • Salty Buggah

      wasnt his birthday or some holiday related to him recently?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        it’s going on now until Sept. 3rd.

        • Salty Buggah

          yea, I thought so as I saw it on TV

  • Salty Buggah

    AJ says fuck you ump

  • Zack

    day games during the week = no trolls

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

      They’re not losing yet.

      • Yankee1010

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but that hasn’t stopped people before.

    • JMK

      Bo’s here.

    • I hate V

      You’re good for nothing, Zack. Just tie a rope around your neck and do your thing.

  • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

    It’s a testament to AJ’s filthiness that he’s got 5 k’s with this ump. I count like four strikes low and outside that he aint calling.

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

    Cano’s BABIP with RISP is .217 this year.

  • Dela G

    hey JMK, there is a-rod’s first hit! let’s hope for more :)

    • JMK

      Of course he hits it when I leave to toast a bagel and find a beer (job doesn’t start for a few days, might as well get my drinking in while I can).

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

        A bagel and a beer?

        • JMK

          There’s cream cheese too…And I’m baking banana bread.

      • Dela G

        i am still on summer vacation, so it’s all good

        enjoying a beer and the yankees.

        School starts monday, so i can’t really do that anymore… :(

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

          This time any other year, I’d be readying myself to go back up to no more YES and only NESN. Glad I don’t have to do that again.

          • JMK

            I know what you mean. I went to college in Vermont and it’s absolutely horrible to deal with. My guess is you probably went to Mass, Matt. I can’t imagine the trauma.

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

              Nah, UConn. All the areas around the campus had YES on their cable packages but not UConn. Uncool.

              • JMK

                Considering it’s still Big East territory and in the tri-state area, I’m really surprised. Found a job yet?

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

                  Well, I’m going to grad school come January so I applied to a Learning Center and to substitute teach here in town.

                • JMK

                  Nice, where you going for Grad?

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

                  University of Bridgeport.

                  Where are you starting for work?

        • No Halladay

          I’m at work, just wait until your slave labor days that last into your 70’s

          • JMK

            I’ve heard that life is all toil and death. I’ll find out if that’s true. First real job starts Monday!

        • JMK

          You’re almost done, though. Buckle down and get your stuff done. Must be a weird job market in Texas, although I’d bet there are jobs in hunting down foreigners, shooting retarded people, grilling steaks, petrochemicals ( know it’s not really like that). I support their death penalty initiatives. Why? Less Texans!

  • Salty Buggah

    A-rod is so selfish, getting a 1st pitch hit instead of working nippert!

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

    Teagarden fears A-Rod’s base stealing skills.

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

    Droppin’ the soulder, Nick.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Why does it seem Cano is ALWAYS up with 2 outs and RISP…

    • JMK

      The baseball gods are punishing him for being a lazy Dominican.

    • Salty Buggah

      Thats the beauty of our lineup that hits a lot and walks a lot

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Swish, only 2 pitches?

    2nd chance for Robbie…

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Let’s go Cano!!!!!

  • Salty Buggah

    ah damn cmon with RISP guys

  • Dela G

    cano is SOOOOOOOOO BAD with RISP

    its almost like you have the pitcher at bat

  • Brazilian Yankee

    We should’ve have been up by at least 4 runs now.. Nippert is getting lucky.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Burnett got lucky with that call!

    • Bugsy

      JoMo to the rescue!

  • JGS

    I didn’t see it, but gameday says that one was a gift

    • Dela G

      it was a gift for sure

  • Dela G

    burnett finally got a bs call on his side

  • Makavelli

    A pitcher’s duel! A battle between two great pitchers….

    The Mighty AJ Burnett VS. the one and only….Dustin Nippert???? Wait a minute here…

    • Dela G

      it wouldnt be a pitcher’s duel if cano could hit with RISP both times

      anyone batting and this is a 4-0 game prolly

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I love this booth. Cone is hilarious.

  • JGS

    …that one was a lot closer than the K call

  • Bugsy

    goddayyum !! ! ! !

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Kingman?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Soriano, arod, tex

  • Dela G

    WHERE DID THAT MISS???!!!??

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

    Where was that last pitch?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Apparently low…

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Karma for the gift earlier in the inning?

  • Dela G

    good god burnett got squeezed there

  • Joel

    BS that 5th pitch was a strike!!

  • Joel1231

    i hate to say it but AJ is really good when Posada isn’t back there..

    • Zack

      ill be happy to say it, you’re wrong

    • Dela G

      you are dead wrong my friend

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I hate to say it but AJ is really good when Molina isn’t back there…

      Oh, yeah. I went there.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      He’s also really good when Posada is back there most of the time.

  • JMK

    I’ve read that the umps are graded on their game calling at the conclusion of the game. I know I’m not the only one who feels we often draw shitty umpires. Is this something that persists across all of MLB, despite the grading? I’m not saying there’s any conspiracy theory against us, but it seems odd that we always seem to draw umps with weird (and unfair) zones.

    • Zack

      i’m sure if you watched 162 ranger games, or royals, or whoever you’d say that your team always gets screwed

      • JMK

        I don’t necessarily disagree. So, I guess my question is this: Are the umpires any good, or are they consistently bad across the board?

        • Zack

          I’d probably go with consistenetly bad, because how they treat starts v rookies/unproven/scrubs.
          We all love Mo, and yes he has outstanding comand- but he also gets a wider strike zone than anyone else. Imagine if you’re a fan of the opposing team, you’re going to bitch at every strike thats 4 inches off the plate.

          Plus there there should be more umps on the field and more replay.

  • Dela G

    just throw a strike down the pipe :D

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

      He just did. Fuck.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      There’s your strike down the pipe.

    • Joel1231

      u got ur wish

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

    C’mon AJ, settle down.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      AJ wanted to get back to the windup.

    • Yankee1010

      And there it is. The 2 walks, AJ probably being pissed (I’m watching on Gameday) and the pissed off fastball down the middle clubbed for a HR.

  • sam

    fuck man

  • JMK

    What the fuck!

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

    Wow, epic fail.

  • Dela G

    FUCKING A

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Regain your control AJ!!!

  • Tom Zig

    God damn, two out walks and two out runs.

  • Little Bill

    The call of that last high FB came directly from Jorge Posada.

  • Joel1231

    its just that i get tired of AJ shaking Posada off and the game vs Boston was frustrating and i just think that Molina calls a better game for AJ

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I don’t know if that’s just luck or what, he just totally lost it with 2 outs.

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

      Not really, the walk to Hamilton was questionable. He didn’t just lose it and walk him on four pitches.

      • Dela G

        agreed. He def could’ve gotten outta that with a nice call from the ump like nippert got

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

    AJ the enigma.

  • southernyankeefan

    wow that escalated quickly

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

      It really jumped up a notch.

  • Zack

    damn. the best and worst of AJ in the same game

    • JMK

      The same inning!

      • Zack

        ha even worse

  • CanoFTW

    Sterling on the radio says AJ is throwing a perfect game – AJ promptly gives up walk, walk, HR.

    I hate Sterling

    • JGS

      well, that’s baseball Suzyn

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Not Sterling’s fault. AJ shouldn’t have lost it there, but I can understand the frustration; that first walk was a strikeout, although I suppose AJ can’t complain since he got a questionable call earlier in the inning.

      The umpire giveth, and the umpire taketh away.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Yeah, it’s all Sterling’s fault AJ can’t find the zone and when he does, he throws it right down the middle.

      • CanoFTW

        Have you ever listened to Sterling? Everything is his fault…

  • Tom Zig

    Burnett has now thrown more pitches the Nippert

    Can we bail out AJ?

    • Zack

      he also has thrown 1 more inning than Nippert

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

      He’s also pitched one more inning than Nippert.

      • Tom Zig

        Yeah I know, but he was wayy behind him in terms of pitch count, that was an awfully long inning.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He’s pitched more innings.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Okay offense time to go to work.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Time to hit with RISP, hopefully.

      • JMK

        All eyes diverge on Cano.

  • Dela G

    oh well, the yankees now know they need to get their offense going and can’t sit back

  • I hate V

    Nice going, AJ.

  • Nady Nation

    I’m at work, but that HR was Molina’s fault, right?

    • Yankee1010

      Nope, Posada called it from the dugout. He also made sure that AJ lost his focus and grooved a first pitch fastball.

  • Tom Zig

    We need to fix that 1-6 with RISP. We’ve been pretty good recently.

  • MeowMix

    DAMMIT POSADA! Stop calling pitches from the dugout!!

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    Anyone who is watching gamecast or gameday I have a question for you. How close was that 2-2 on Hamilton that looked at the knees and over the plate?

    • Yankee1010

      It looked like a strike on Gameday. Especially when you see what Nippert has gotten.

  • Makavelli

    Pretty standard…

  • Makavelli

    We have 1 run on 3 hits…they have 3 runs on 1 hit.

    Pretty standard indeed…

  • JGS

    Texas radio guys say there is no way he went around there–truth?

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

      He went. It was close, but he went.

      • Dela G

        haha you and i saw two diff things

    • Dela G

      yeah he did not go around at all

      not even close

      bad call

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Will Posada haters now point their fingers at Molina?

    • Makavelli

      The entire staff walks too many batters.

    • JMK

      They were instructed to keep their hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. So, yes, they probably will.

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

    It’s okay, the Yankees can live with the slight offensive downgrade in Molina as long as he improves the pitching staff, right?

    • Nady Nation

      +1

    • Tom Zig

      Pretty sure if we had Molina get 500-600 ABs he’d have more GIDPs than 2008 Jeter and 2009 Cano combined

    • Yankee1010

      Yep. 100%. Right? Jorge Posada is so overrated. I would much rather have Molina and his .600 OPS and cement shoes in the lineup. Jose Molina also cures cancer.

      • JMK

        Lance Armstrong says “hi”.

    • Makavelli

      Wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    Why hasn’t Joe started the runner with Molina? Hit in run with a guy who hits into DP all the time.

  • I hate V

    who didn’t see that coming? HAHAHA

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

    Nippert’s asking for it. Just give it to him already.

    • Zack

      sounds kind of dirty

  • Joe R

    6 walks in 4 innings and 1 run. Brutal.

    • Joe R

      Make that 7

  • JMK

    Alright guys, let’s knock Dusty Nipples out of the game.

  • Yankee1010

    And you know that there will still be people calling for Posada not to catch.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Molina is so much better than Posada..

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    A Hand Sanitizer Keychain???? Somebody book me a flight now!!

    • JMK

      Done! If you play your cards right, you might even get a calculator on the 29th!

  • Joebrah

    Can Molina not lay down a good bunt?

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

    Psh, tell us his wOBAs if you wanna impress us, David.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I’m hoping he escalates to VORP or WARP next inning.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    David Cone throwing OPS some love.

  • Dela G

    the one great thing is that AJ has 8ks i believe through 4

    incredible amount of Ks

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

    Damn, nice 2-0 change to Damon.

  • Bo

    And that is why Molina can’t play everyday.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Press the “live TV” button on your remote

  • ShuutoHeat

    Let’s get serious guys, stop teasing their Nippert…

  • Tom Zig

    That was a little high to be a strike

  • Yankee1010

    It’s not often you see a letter-high changeup called a strike, but Nippert got one on the 5th pitch. His strike zone is pretty big, which makes it all the more impressive that he has managed to walk SEVEN guys.

  • southernyankeefan

    Tex is gonna give us the lead back

  • Joel1231

    3 RUN HR IM CALLING IT

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Comon Tex, please don’t fail with RISP. Pretty please.

  • Tom Zig

    Nippert wants to walk more batters than AJ strikes out

  • Joe R

    Jeter is such a stat padder.

  • Zack

    why didnt Johnny follow?

  • Dela G

    MARKY T!!!

  • BklynJT

    Jeter likes stealing 3rd with 2 outs! Takes the force away from 3rd base I guess. As long as he makes it.

  • JGS

    and Tex is the man

  • southernyankeefan

    ill take that

  • JMK

    My wish is being granted. Dusty Nipples has been getting lucky all day. No longer! You shall feel the wrath!

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

    Tex hit that with authority.

  • Dela G

    oh yay, jason grilli!

    i remember him from tuesday