Aug
29

Game 129: The quest for .500

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But Mike, the Yankees are 32 games over .500 and haven’t been under .500 since May 13th!

Well, yeah, but a win today would be the club’s 81st win of the season, guaranteeing them a .500 record or better for the 14th consecutive season. Without looking it up, I think it’s safe to say that’s the longest active streak in the majors. The Yanks were the first team in baseball to reach the 80 win plateau this year thanks to their win last night; the two LA clubs are both sitting on 76 wins. If things go right, the Yanks could surpass their 2008 win total of 89 in about two weeks.

On to the injury news. Jorge Posada is getting another day off to rest his bruised ring finger, so Jose Molina’s behind the plate again. If worse comes to worst, Jerry Hairston Jr. is the emergency catcher. September callups are just three games away, so hopefully Molina can hold down the fort until Frankie Cervelli comes back. No point in risking a more severe injury to Posada when the team has a six game lead with 34 games to go.

As for Brett Gardner, he experienced “a little soreness or pain” while hitting off a tee, and Mark Feinsand says it’s unlikely he’ll get into a rehab game before the minor league season ends on Sept. 8th. It’s a shame, because Melky has been teh suck lately.

Here’s the lineup that will face our old buddy Jose Contreras this afternoon:

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

And on the mound, Sergio Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitre.

The weather’s ugly but it’s not raining, so it looks like they’ll get this one in. If you’re going out to the Stadium, I feel bad for you. That pitching matchup is as bad as it gets.

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

    Well, if you’re me and you like home runs, that pitching matchup is fucking gold.

    • Tom Zig

      I don’t like it when our pitcher gives up HRs in bunches.

  • 27 this year

    If the Yankees go on a 34 game win streak to end the season, they will match 1998′s record. Goes to show how good that team was. I think the game has changed from that time. It takes more offense and power both offensively and pitching to be really good. I don’t think we will see a team win 110+ games for a while with the emphasis on younger players because those players lead to struggles which is part of their development.

    • Robbie Cano 1231

      i was thinking that earlier today lol

  • Robbie Cano 1231

    robbie gave us a huge lift last night.. i hope that shot was the start of those streaks he’s been having this year!!

    • 27 this year

      this year has been a hot streak for Cano. He is batting like .315 and he has been pretty consistent, fewer peaks and troughs and more consistency this year.

      • Dela G

        yeah i was going to say… he’s been hot all year

  • Dela G

    Mitre, i have faith in you today

    LETS GO YANKEES!

    • 27 this year

      I think Mitre might benefit from the weather. Wet grass slows the ball down so maybe fewer ground ball hits.

      • Dela G

        yeah but in chicago on wet grass he slipped while fielding the ball, causing an error and a chi-sox win. I am hoping he took some PFP (pitcher’s fielding practice) since then. :D

  • Jose

    14 consecutive seasons over .500 is awesome. Look at the Pittsburgh Pirates, they are in their 17th consecutive season under .500

  • Manimal

    Latest Elias Rankings shows that Hinske, Hairston, Nady and Matsui are all type B’s and Damon is a Type A. Who do you think we let leave, who do you think we resign and who do you think we offer arbitration?

    • Dela G

      matsui will be gone, hinske might go, and everyone else will prolly come back

    • Robbie Cano 1231

      I expect Damon back, Hairston back, and Nady and the rest all gone.. idk about ARB..

    • Tom Zig

      Bring them all back.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I agree.

        • Tom Zig

          Bring back Pettitte too.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Yeah they’re going to have too.

    • 27 this year

      You wouldn’t offer arb to Damon or Matsui because they would accept and you would be stuck with a $15 million dollar contract which is way over market. Nady is someone you would consider because $8 million isn’t too much for him but with the Yankees looking to cut costs, they might be cautious. Hinske and Hairston are people you probably would offer arb as they are good bench options and they will only accept if they are ok with being on the bench which they probably will look elsewhere and thus we can pick up the picks.

  • Tom Zig

    I’m calling it, today will be a pitcher’s duel.

    • Jose

      Gutsy prediction. I have to disagree, but you can’t predict baseball.

      • toad

        You can predict all you want. You’ll just be wrong a lot. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    stupid MLD extra innings not giving me the game on it. I got to watch it on WGN.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      That made my day too. I love WGN and their freaking loopholes.

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

        I love the no HD. Terrible.

    • No Halladay

      I got the MLB audio package and just watch the screen with no sound. I won’t listen to Steve Stone.

  • Robbie Cano 1231

    Nady gone also just to clarify.

  • Dela G

    man i wish they would bring paulie back

    i love paul & cone together with some singleton added in

    • Robbie Cano 1231

      +1

    • Yankee1010

      They’re probably trying to tighten the food budget.

    • whozat

      He only agrees to to about 20 games a year or so. It’s no that they “won’t bring him back” it’s that he doesn’t need the work and just comes in to do the games he wants to do, or aren’t that far from his home.

  • Free Mike Vick

    Sergio Suuuuuucktre

  • Salty Buggah

    Just woke up 30 mins ago and my first task is watching the Yanks game. Life’s good.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mitre didn’t slip!

    • Dela G

      i thought the same thing!

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    Low the ball to strike ratio so far.

  • Dela G

    now lets get the 3rd out please?

  • VO

    Perfect game.

  • Salty Buggah

    Great inning Surge

  • Dela G

    HOLY COW A 1-2-3 INNING!!!!1111!!!

  • No Halladay

    WOW, 3 up 3 down, is that the first time he’s ever done that int he first inning?

    • Dela G

      i think he did it against toronto in toronto, but that’s all i can remember… haha

  • Riddering

    I love getting the third out right after the second out.

  • Patrick

    Odds of Guillen asking Contreras to bean either Cano?

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

      Let them, take a free baserunner.

    • whozat

      There’s more than one Cano?

      • Dela G

        WHO BUT?

  • Dela G

    Jeterian

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice start Jete

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

    Heh, the “experiment” of leading Jeter off.

  • No Halladay

    Jeter or Tex MVP? Or does the team have an MVP, is this more like the WS teams that had no MVP candidate just solid up and down.

    • Dela G

      i dont care who the MVP is, i just want #27

      • Salty Buggah

        same here

  • No Halladay

    Possible to have the entire infield with 20 homers

    • Dela G

      i think the marlins did that last year or two years ago too

  • Salty Buggah

    HAHA! thanks Nix

    • VO

      That’s what he gets for not knowing how to spell Jason.

  • Dela G

    yay for errors!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    This reminds of Contreras’ game against the Sox, let the errors begin!

  • No Halladay

    He was safe on the glove issue, the only question is did he pick the ball up and have his foot ont he bag begore Jete was in, that was close.

    • Yankee1010

      Jeter was out for sure.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    It’s like the yanks got 2 extra outs there.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    whitesox announces saying that the 2nd base ump always has a problem with the white sox.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      You’re watching the White Sox announcers? I feel bad for you.

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

        Agreed, they are beyond annoying.

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

          I have to. I don’t get YES and extra innings don’t have Saturday day games. I’m lucky that I’m getting WGN. Of course no HD. Who doesn’t broadcast in HD?

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

      Maybe the ump has an issue with how the team malnourishes Alexei Ramirez.

  • Riddering

    Jeter decides when he’s safe or not, Nix.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Until the ball beats him to the bag. Then he’s out.

      • No Halladay

        Yeah, on that play he should have tagged him.

  • No Halladay

    Should have bunted

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon A-rod, no DP…drive in a run or 3

  • Dela G

    wow when did tex stop seeing fastballs?

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    I got the stupid be gone guy. Man I hate not watching these games on YES.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Is it me or does Matsui never get a clutch hit?

    (Using RAB reverse curse)

    • Dela G

      its funny, back in june i called for the yanks to bench him, then he went on a tear

    • Salty Buggah

      He has NEVER gotten a RBI with 2 outs

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Damn, Reverse Curse worked in reverse. I can never get this thing right.

  • Dela G

    contreras still has the wicked movement on his pitches. Lets hope they move to the head of the bat of the yanks

  • Salty Buggah

    ah cmon guys, cmon Hideki

  • Drew

    Matsui was limping a bit yesterday. Let’s see how he looks today.

  • No Halladay

    If anything that was good inning for the pitch count

  • Salty Buggah

    Ah damn, 0-3 with RISP already! Oh well, we burned 23 pitches

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

      I like how there’s nothing to complain about with this team, so we’re reduced to charting how they hit with RISP on an at-bat by at-bat basis.

      • Dela G

        amen, i love having this problem

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          Ironically, we are one of the better “hitting w/RISP” teams…

          Ranked #2 w/RISP
          Ranked #7 w/RISP and 2 outs
          Ranked #8 w/bases loaded

          http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/st.....eason_2009

          • Dela G

            wow i had no idea

      • Riddering

        Yes.

        As far as 2009 Yankee Complaint Memes are concerned, this one is the least worrisome.

  • Dela G

    damn

    im shocked 3-4-5 produced no runs

    oh well, we’ll get em next inning

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    darn.

  • Riddering

    0-3 with RISP.

    The drama continues.

  • No Halladay

    8 inning game now.

  • whozat

    Vaccination Day == worst promo ever

    • Dela G

      i can think of worse ideas

      such as swine flu day when we played the rangers with padilla :D

      • whozat

        But this one is REEEAAAAL!

        • Dela G

          well that is true!

      • No Halladay

        How about all you can eat cabbage day

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Worse than “Smelt Night”?

  • No Halladay

    4 up 4 down

  • No Halladay

    Close for Thome, bu 5 up 5 down

  • Accent Shallow

    Not a fan of Contreras, especially how the Yankees gave up on him and he promptly was a big reason of why the Sox won in ’05.

  • whozat

    hey, Sox helping Mitre out.

  • pete

    four outs in a row for mitre…what is the world coming to?

  • Quikksand

    Mitre isn’t looking half-bad

  • whozat

    oh, that looked good.

  • Dela G

    aight mitre

    one more

  • No Halladay

    6 up 6 down for Mitre, 21 more outs to the perfect game.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mitre!

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Teh No-Hittaz!!!11!

  • Dela G

    MITRE WAS MURDA!

  • VO

    Perfect through 2.

    • scooter

      Better offspeed stuff from Sergio today so far. Looks like he’s hitting the glove consistently too

      Will be interesting to watch Contreras as the game wears on. The stat Kay cited is interesting – 1.98 ERA in innings 1 & 2; almost 7 after that.

      His FB velocity was pretty inconsistent in the first – and his inconsistency is what drove Mel and Joe Torre wild

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Huh it might not be a slugfest at all.

  • JMK

    I’m pleasantly surprised with Mitre’s performance thus far.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mike, is the lefty prospect the Rays got any good? He has like a mid 2 ERA and like 149 K’s in 147 innings.

    • Dela G

      from what i have read, this kid is the real deal

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

      He’s good, but Sweeney is the better prospect.

  • Dela G

    there you go swish!

  • Salty Buggah

    Gimme another dinger Robbie

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Is the Kazmir deal really that bad for the Rays? They have guys they can plug in, and get out underneath Kazmirs salary. Seems like a good deal to me.

  • JMK

    Scott Kazmir hasn’t been the pitcher he was a few years ago and the Rays have pitchers they can toss into his spot. With tons of guys needing to be resigned on a tight budget, these are things that a team like that has to do. Sure, it’s a dump, but it doesn’t indicate they are throwing in the towel. Dumb question.

    • No Halladay

      I disagree, not a dumb question at all, Kazmir is coming off some injury issues, but I don’t think that you can concluded that he isn’t what he once was. He’s pitched well in his last couple starts and the Angels will use him well (probably against us in the ALCS). It’s a salary dump and it indicates they are looking towards next year and beyond. Otherwise they would not trade a quality starter for a prospect or two.

      • Zack

        ‘but I don’t think that you can concluded that he isn’t what he once was’

        decreasing velocity and KRate say otherwise

      • JMK

        The question was: Are they throwing in the towel with this trade? The Rays have lots of pitching options, get back a solid prospect, and save money to pay for guys that have been very valuable to their team. Yes, we agree it’s a dump, and Kazmir has been coming off injury issues (since 2006, basically), and this helps more long-term, but it doesn’t indicate they’re giving up on this year.

  • No Halladay

    Nice bunt cano

  • Dela G

    cano!

    great job robbie

    • JMK

      Would have been nice if he ran after hitting it, but whatever.

  • Sam

    BABIP correction!

  • Salty Buggah

    That works too! Cmon Jerry!

  • pete

    see, molina’s catching and mitre’s tossing a no-hitter. coincidence? i think not

    • Salty Buggah

      No, I think it is.

    • Riddering

      …sarcasm, right?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Cano with a double!!!

  • VO

    Why isn’t he bunting?

  • Dela G

    good AB by hairston

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Jerry!!

  • VO

    THATS HAIRY FOR YA!

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

    I have a man crush on Jerry Hairston Jr.

  • Dela G

    HAIRSTON with the HUGE DOUBLE!!!

    2-0!

  • Salty Buggah

    JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!

    Seriously, I love this dude

  • E-ROC

    Hairston is awesome.

  • JMK

    Hairy Ballsagna!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Yay runs!

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

    I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the at-bats Mr. Hairston has put together since the trade.

    • Dela G

      same here

      his ABs are swisher-esqe

  • Riddering

    Jerry “Postseason is Mine” Hairston!

  • Zack

    but Cash cant build a bench!

  • No Halladay

    JH can play, he’s always a good fantasy pickup because he can play any position, hit for a good average, and produce. An awesome bench player.

    • JMK

      Definitely. It would seem that he’s going to be back next year, as well.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    The White Sox announcers are joking about Arron Boone getting back from open heart surgery faster than Jose Reyes for his hamstring injury.

    • Dela G

      haha i dont know whether to laugh or shake my head

      • JMK

        That’s laugh-worthy.

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

    Why isn’t Molina bunting???

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      Can I blame you for that Jeter bunt just now?

  • No Halladay

    JH= Luis Sojo, only better

  • Salty Buggah
  • Dela G

    nice job molina

  • MikeD

    Do we have Hairston through at least next season, or is he a free agent? I hope we keep him. It’s nice to have a Hairston coming off the bench who contributes, as opposed to players like Cairo.

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Did Jose Molina just walk?

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    WHY!

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

    Situational grit.

  • David A

    Jeter bunts? What is with this small ball?

  • VO

    Why the hell is he bunting?

  • Salty Buggah

    Why did Jeter bunt and give up an out?

  • No Halladay

    Good baseball there, people with bitch, but good baseball.

    • Dela G

      i completely agree

    • Observer283

      Sigh. It is not. he just walked Jose Molina. JOSE MOLINA. He had thrown 42 pitches. Trust me, the number one thing he wanted there is an out. ESPECIALLY when he is facing someone who has been hitting .400 or so over the last three weeks.

    • Yankee1010

      It’s the 2nd inning, Conterars was on the ropes, Jeter is up batting about .330 and Mitre is pitching. It’s not the time to play for a run or two.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Teh bunt!

  • Dela G

    great bunt there

  • Riddering

    All y’all who get to be around when Jeter’s nearing 3000 hits will be lucky bastards.

    • Dela G

      i will do my best to even be at that game whether it be on the road or home

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

    Now they’re just bunting out of spite.

    • Observer283

      IETC

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Is Jose Contreras the grandfather of Aroldis Chapman?

    • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

      Great grandfather.

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

        Angel Berroa?

        /Abe’d

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      wouldn’t be surprised

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Maybe Jeter felt a DP coming on? Always thinking, Captain

    • Riddering

      Ha, I did not see this comment before posting mine.

  • E-ROC

    I’ve to grips with Jeter bunting when I don’t think he should.

    Go Damon!

    • E-ROC

      *come

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

    I love it when they face Contreras…

  • Salty Buggah

    Damon!

  • No Halladay

    Why the hell did he bunt? Your answer children, your answer.

    • Yankee1010

      So Damon wouldn’t have done that if Jeter didn’t bunt? It’s impossible that Jeter, one of the hottest hitters in the league, would have gotten a hit off a guy who is always ready to completely blow up?

      Faulty logic here.

  • Dela G

    teh bunt worked!

    4-0 thanks to damon

    • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

      Why give up a free out with the have been hitting Contreras? Jeter is hitting over .330. Already a runner in scoring position. Why not to go for the jugular and have a huge inning?

      • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

        Sorry! Wrong reply.

      • No Halladay

        They went for the jug after the bunt and scored only 2 runs, so your argument makes no sense. You stay out of the DP, advance two runnders into scoring position instead of one, and increase the chances that you score. IT”S NOT THE NFL

        • Yankee1010

          Bunting in the position is not at all going for the jugular. And by bunting there, you’re decreasing the probability of more runs because you’re giving away a free out.

          It’s clear that you’re going continue believing what you want, so I’m not going to go into it any more.

          Also, Walter Johnson isn’t on the mound for the Yanks. I wouldn’t exactly be saying that 4-0 is the end of it.

        • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

          He is more likely to get a hit, then to ground into a double play. But no, give up an out with your .330 hitter with our middle of the line up coming up. So why not try to knock him out earlier? I’m not saying it didn’t work, but the inning could have and should have been bigger.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Well gotta admit the bunt helped. Great job Damon.

    • Observer283

      We actually don’t know that the bunt helped. What if Jeter had hit a homerun? Or gotten a hit? Whether one should bunt when trailing by one run in the 9th is a debatable question (see threads from a couple of days ago).

      But in the second inning against a struggling pitcher with a .330 hitter who is even hotter than the women he has been known to date…it is unquestionably the wrong move.

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

    Ugh, damn that bunt!

  • Riddering

    (Jeter bunted because he felt a GIDP inside him and didn’t want to do that.)

  • MikeD

    Maybe Jeter would have hit into a double-play. Instead, he bunts, and Damon drives in two. 4-0 Yankees.

    • JMK

      He also could have hit a home run. He also could have dropped trow and taken a dump on home plate. It’s impossible to know.

      /That’s baseball.

      • MikeD

        Dropped trow? I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t happen, but it would be interesting to see how that was handled on Baseball Tonight, or in Jeter’s Yankeeography.

    • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

      He is more likely to get a base hit, then to ground into a double play.

      • Observer283

        He was actually even more likely to hit a homerun than hit into a double play.

    • MikeD

      …although I should add to my own post, I’m not a fan of the bunt, and agree with Michael Kay in this case. We’re up 2-0 already, it’s only the second inning, Jeter is hot, I’d have let him swing away. Can’t complain, though, with the results this time.

      • No Halladay

        That thinking is why Torre is gone and why the Yanks don’t have as many rings

        • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

          Yes, bunting has been the problem of the last 8 Yankees teams. Why not just field a whole team of David Ecksteins. Think of all the bunts!

        • Yankee1010

          Was Torre not given multiple shots after 2000 to win another one? I was pretty sure he was here through 2007.

  • Dela G

    aight a-rod, lets go

    • scooter

      Not a hit – but Teixeira and ARod both hit it on the screws

      Jose’s body language reminded me of 2003. Looks like he got sinkers up in the zone, and they were smoked.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Sacrifices win MVP’s!!!!

  • Tony

    Molina being incredibly slow contributed to that bunt

  • Salty Buggah

    bad luck for Texy

  • Dela G

    damn, beckham was in the perfect spot

    great inning! more crooked numbers to help out mitre please?

  • No Halladay

    Mre reasons why the bunt was smart, otherwise it would still be 2-0, maybe 3-0 on the damon double.

    I used to get pissed at Torre for not playing small ball.

    • Salty Buggah

      But look at the situation. We had no outs and everyone was getting on , even Molina walked!. That’s giving up an out. Jeter is on fire too.

    • Yankee1010

      Nostradamus in the house.

      It could also be a lot more than 4-0 if there is no bunt. Giving away outs isn’t the business you want to be in.

    • whozat

      Yeah, because Derek Jeter couldn’t POSSIBLY have done anything better than move the runners over, right?

    • Observer283

      No Halladay, you are just flat out assuming that Jeter would not have gotten on base against a pitcher who had thrown 42 pitches without getting anyone out in the second inning, he had gotten a hit off of in the first ininning, and while he is in the midsyt of one of his better hitting streaks in his hall of fame career.

      That’s quite a stretch.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    GCL Yankees will be playing bonus baseball. They’re in the playoffs.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    No Heathcott in the GCL game today =(

    • Dela G

      they DFA’d him 2 days ago…

  • No Halladay

    7 up 7 down, 20 to go

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I do not like looking at Alexi Ramirez’s face on Game Day

    • Dela G

      its even worse on TV

  • Mikey K-9

    I love it when a no talent hack like Kay or some fantasy baseball nerds start questioning a bunt by Derek Jeter. Why did he bunt? Because he wanted to. End of story.

    • Chili Davis

      Now he’s going after the Blue Jays for salary dumping a “two-time all-star” in Rios and wanting to dump Wells. Toronto was lucky to find a taker for one of those terrible contracts. Kay is killing me today.

      • scooter

        Al’s trying hard not to laugh at Michael while explaining why dumping a Rios makes sense

        It’s allocation of limited resources, Michael. I guess Kay doesn’t follow the NBA – or his head would explode

      • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

        Yeah, he’s being extra dumb today.

    • No Halladay

      Sure he wasn’t told to?

    • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

      If it was called for from the dugout, I’d agree it was a bad move given the situation. If Jeter decided to do it himself, I’m not really one to argue.

      • No Halladay

        You should sleep with him to if he wants to, no doubt you’d do it.

  • Dela G

    atta boy mitre

  • No Halladay

    8 out of 8 19 to go

  • VO

    Perfect through 3.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mitre!

    Kay you fuckin jinxer

    • No Halladay

      Jinxes are not real, they would count against you on a Mental Status Exam

  • JMK

    Are they really criticizing the Jays getting rid of Rios for “nothing”? Getting that bloated, wasteful contract off their payroll was a blessing. It’s addition by subtraction.

    • Dela G

      kay is a moron sometimes. That salary dump was one of the best large salary dump moves in years

    • MikeD

      I hate Rios. Not personally, but simply because he keeps hitting against the Yankees, but seems to be incredibly mediocre against all other teams. Is it that the Yankees can’t figure out how to pitch to him (along with every pitcher on the staff), or can he only bring his “A” game when he plays the Yankees, which is pretty lame.

      I put the Chone Figgens, Howie Kendrick and the entire California Angels in that class. I mean the Anaheim Angels, or is it the Los Angeles Angels, or the California Angeles of Anaheim, or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or the Anaheim Angels of California? Whatever, that annoying team out west we can’t beat.

  • Dela G

    man 3 great innings for mitre!

    on to teh BOTTOM!!

  • No Halladay

    9 up, 9 down, 18 outs to the perfecto!

  • Zack

    quick inning, get the bats back out there now

  • Quikksand

    Baseball immortality for Mitre through 3 innings

  • Salty Buggah

    Pretzel bread? I dont think there’s a blimpie near my house. The closest one is probably 45 min away

    • No Halladay

      Wienerschitzel (sp?) has a pretzel dog.

    • Dela G

      there prolly isnt a blimpie 200 miles from my apartment here

    • Riddering

      I’m surrounded by Blimpie’s so I’ll send you all some pretzel bread subs.

      • Salty Buggah

        Heh thanks!

  • Dela G

    that evil empire story never gets old

    • Riddering

      It always brings a smile to my face and the imperial march thumping in my head.

      • Dela G

        +26

  • Tony

    I can’t imagine Kay having friends.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      “Yeah, yeah , yeah Mike, whatever….Hey, do you think you can get Jeter’s autograph for me?”

      That’s how he has friends.

      • Salty Buggah

        That’s how he picks up women, by offering them autographed balls.

        • Jack

          Dude, you said balls.

      • Tony

        He would post “Guess who just told me she’s pregnant!!” to Facebook and call people’s parents to tell them that their son just got engaged.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Robbie is half-way to history.

  • Dela G

    Past a diving Nix!!

    cano, great job

  • Dela G

    smoltz played the nationals and padres..

    he will get lit up against the good teams i am betting

    • Riddering

      This!

      I have a Cardinals fan in my office who was bragging about the 7-in-row Ks, asking when the last time Pettitte did that.

      I told him Pettitte didn’t need too. He can just win games in the AL East.

  • No Halladay

    Mitre’s pitch count?

    • Drew

      38

      • No Halladay

        That’s low, on track to go the distance if needed.

  • Salty Buggah

    Hairy walk!

  • Drew

    Hip Hip JOSE!!

  • Riddering

    Make ‘em pay, Jose!

  • No Halladay

    WOW Cano only 26

  • E-ROC

    4.17 P/PA for Hairston. Me like it a lot.

  • Salty Buggah

    Gardy beats that out

  • Dela G

    damn, any other player might have beat out that throw

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

    Damn, Evan Longoria dropped to sixth in the order. I had no idea he was slumping like that.

    .218-.318-.402 since May 31st.

    • Dela G

      holy crap!

      maybe he needs a few days off?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Are you going to be ok Mike? Just compare his numbers to Melky’s, that will make you feel better. :)

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

        Heh, Melky’s hitting .239-.310-.388 in that time.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          So Longoria has a #9 spot waiting for him in the Yankee line-up.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      Wow I had no idea, that’s insane

    • Salty Buggah

      Damn thats bad. I had a feeling as I havent heard anything about him in the headlines or highlights.

    • Drew

      heh you mean he’s not better than Alex Rodgriguez!!?? I’m sure it’s just a slump but it’s funny how some people get captivated by “the next big thing.” Whether it was Evan vs Al, Wright vs. Al, Reyes vs Jetes… It always seems to work it self out.

  • JMK

    I wonder what Molina’s 40 time is. Eight minutes?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      40

  • Drew

    Come on Mitre!!

  • No Halladay

    10 up 10 down, 17 to go for a perfect game!

    • Drew

      Michale Kay is that you?
      ugh..

  • No Halladay

    11 up 11 down, 16 to go for a perfect game

  • No Halladay

    12 up 12 down, 15 to go for a perfect game

  • VO

    Perfect through 4.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Kay sure loves to throw in perfect as much times as he possibly can.

  • Dela G

    mitre is doing great!

    46 pitches through 4!

    • whozat

      He’s doing a pretty good job throwing the sinker, curve and change for strikes. And it looks like this team likes to swing.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Hell yeah

  • Salty Buggah

    Mitre holy shit!

  • Riddering

    DAYUM.

    Did Mitre go to Nebraska since his last start?

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    MItre is the greatest!!!!

    /Longoria’d

  • Mr.Jigginz

    FEZ POWER!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    Should have bunted.

  • Observer283

    No Halladay, thoughts?

    • Yankee1010

      I’ll resist the low hanging fruit.

  • Salty Buggah

    Thats why you dont bunt Jeter

  • Dela G

    jeter with another hit

  • Little Bill

    Who needs Brad Penny? Mitre is just fine.

  • Yankee1010

    It’s a good thing Jeter bunted in the 2nd. He just can’t seem to figure Contreras out.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    #2707

  • MikeD

    Come on Michael Kay. Surely you’re not assuming the predetermined outcome. I’m sure you’ve heard of it.

  • Dela G

    its so odd to see how much of a pull hitter damon has become

    • whozat

      Playing in this stadium? Really?

  • Salty Buggah

    Jeter has an Edge

  • Drew

    HAAHA BAD NEWS SOX

    • Yankee1010

      Rudy Stein and Tanner Boyle are insulted right now.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    That’s bad baseball. Damon should have bunted him over to second, not have Jeter steal. Maybe Damon will bunt him to third, since second base isn’t scoring position.

  • Salty Buggah

    THAT WAS FUCKIN HILARIOUS!

  • Dela G

    HAHAHAAHA what the hell was contreras thinking

  • Riddering

    Cue Benny Hill!

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

    Hah, defense fail. And fail. And fail and fail.

  • DreDog

    Anyone else notice that this was a rough week, and fake Michael Kay took the week off his Twitter account?

    Coincidence?

    • Dela G

      i thought fake kay took off because real kay took time off?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    YAY ERRORS!

  • Little Bill

    Hawk sounds so dejected.

  • MikeD

    Mark, stopping swinging at that pitch.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon Alex, drive in at least one

    • Salty Buggah

      there ya go

  • E-ROC

    “We can’t do anything right” – White Sox Broadcasting Team. They REALLY depressed right now.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah that’s them.

  • Drew

    Attaboy Al

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Mark Teixeira ain’t lookin to hot today..

  • Dela G

    good job a-rod!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Unclutch stat padder.

  • MikeD

    Bad News White Sox.

    • Yankee1010

      Chico’s wouldn’t even sponser them right now.

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m enjoying the Jermaine Dye RF Experience.

  • Dela G

    pastAdivingKonerko!

    how the hell is Nix EVERYWHERE to prevent errors

    • whozat

      Intangibles.

  • Drew

    Man I thought Thompson was going to send him when dye fell on his bum.

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

    Haha. Remember when people said Dye was a better defender than Swish? At least Swisher doesn’t throw to the infield from his back.

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Hideki

  • whozat

    0 0 3

    THat’s a tough line for your team, in the 4th inning.