Aug
30

Game 130: How long will Joba go?

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Joba Chamberlain will start the final game of the series for the Yankees this afternoon, but no one knows exactly how long he’ll go. As we learned on Friday, there is a new set of Joba Rules which will allow for Joba to take the ball every five days and keep his innings in check. This is a departure from the previous plan, which was to give him extended rest. The Yankees weren’t happy with the results they got so far, so rather than stay the course they’ve decided to alter the plan. They’ll achieve the same result, just using different means.

The plan is to keep him in a rhythm by handing him the ball every five days. The catch is that he won’t be going many innings in some of these outings. Entering play today Joba has thrown 130.2 innings, so he probably has around 30 to go for the season. He might not go that long today — the plan is to build him back up to six innings per start by the end of the season, in preparation for the playoffs, so they’ll have to skim some innings from starts in the interim.

Backing up Joba will be Al Aceves and David Robertson. Some of Aceves’s best performances this year have come in relief of Chamberlain, though he hasn’t been great in his last few outings. He did hold his own against Texas on Thursday after a four-day layoff, so perhaps he’s had time to recover. The Yanks could use a good two or three innings out of him today. If they can get four from Joba and three from Aceves and Robertson, they should be set up to toss Hughes and Mo to close it out.

That, of course, depends on the offense. They’ll get their chance against Freddy Garcia. You might remember that the Yanks expressed interest in the righty prior to the season, but he ended up signing with the Mets. That experiment didn’t last long, as the Mets jettisoned him before he could make a major league appearance. The White Sox later picked him up, and have given him two starts to date.

Those starts haven’t been all that great. He allowed five runs in 4.1 innings to the Royals his first time out, though that could have been shaking off the rust. Last time out he faced the Red Sox and allowed three runs over 6.1 innings. He used only 93 pitches in that span, so perhaps Freddy is coming around to be a serviceable pitcher for a second-tier team. Hopefully the Yanks get to him before he fully comes around.

There was a complaint about Melky starting in our Twitter feed. I have no problem with this. He’s the starter. He got a day off yesterday, and that’s fine. Good even, considering how he’s been slumping. Now he’s back in the lineup. We’ll see if he can start swinging the bat a bit better.

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. Eric Hinske, RF
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

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

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310 Comments

  1. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Did anyone see John Kruk’s rant on Baseball Tonight about Joba? Classic douche.

    • VO says:

      What’d he say this time.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

        He’s still wonder ing if he is a reliever or a starter, he doesn’t know. He’s just one these “old school” guys who wonder why the give these young guys the “kid gloves treatment”. Neither Winfield or Gammons came to Kruk’s defense, they just sat there.

        • The Artist says:

          -On one side we have Dr James Andrews, Dr Frank Jobe, years and years of studies and stacks of data, which lead to their recommendations. There’s little debate among Sports Orthopedic surgeons, they all seem to agree on these guidelines (from what I’ve read) and have even pushed to have them incorporated all the way down to Little League.

          -On the other side we have John Kruk, who wasn’t even a pitcher.

          You decide who to believe.

    • Little Bill says:

      Kruk said the Yankees need to decide whether Joba is a starter or a reliever. WTF? HE’S BEEN A STARTER ALL YEAR! Right now they are trying to limit his innings so he can pitch in more meaningful games in October. Even the host knew this. Kruk is an idiot and Dave Winfield sucks as an analyst.

      • Drew says:

        Eh, I think Winfield is a victim of his surroundings. It’s hard to have good analysis around Kruk and Co.

    • I’m just wondering: Why does anyone still listen to or care about what John Kruk says? In fact, since MLB Tonight debuted on the MLB Network, I haven’t watched BBTN at all. It’s gone from useless to irrelevant, and John Kruk is a big reason why.

    • Riddering says:

      The worst part was his comments when they compared Joba to Felix.

      How can anyone with any baseball knowledge look at 3 years in the bigs (really 2.5, really 1.5 as a starter at the end of this year) vs. 5 years and compliment “non pampering” for the reason that the 5 yr guy is pitching more innings?

  2. Drew says:

    Over under 2 hits from Jeter today?
    I’ll take the over.

  3. Accent Shallow says:

    Do I detect cracks in the RAB facade?

    Kidding, kidding!

  4. Dela G says:

    Lets go yanks today!

  5. The Artist says:

    Girardi was talking about Joba being used ‘like its Spring training’. A first outing in March would be about 50 pitches or thereabouts, so that’s what I’m expecting today.

    I’ll guess Joba goes 3 today.

    • whozat says:

      Are the Sox disciplined enough to just take and take and take? If they do, will Joba keep trying to pick off the corners, and then throw 3-2 sliders?

      • The Artist says:

        There’s a simple answer to that. Throw strikes.

        Joba’s stuff is good enough he can come over the plate with it, and I think that’s been his problem when he’s struggled. Not being aggressive enough in the strike zone.

        I’m hopeful these short stints will make him pitch more like he did as a reliever, and stop nibbling and going 3-2 on every batter.

    • The Artist says:

      Yep, Kay and Leiter just said it. 3 innings for Joba today.

  6. Steve H says:

    Wasn’t Cashman teh suxor for not getting Freddy Garcia in the 1st place. Yeah, I remember a ton of those nonsensical comments in the offseason.

  7. Steve H says:

    Any chance Joba has been on a pitch count all year, instead of an innings count? It could even be broken down into high leverage/non-high leverage pitches. Maybe that’s why they don’t seem too concerned with the +30 innings, as he will likely pass that, but they are still being very careful.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I’m sure the Yankees are doing something more sophisticated to chart his workload rather than just counting innings. Could be by batters faced, pitches thrown, etc etc

    • The Artist says:

      Yeah, but Pitches thrown and Innings pitched are usually within a range of a few pitches per inning for most pitchers.

  8. Lanny says:

    It’s really too bad that Wang was horrible this year. This wouldn’t even be an issue right now. Joba would have been near his limit and they would have segued him into the pen to finish the year.

  9. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    If Joba is on a limited pitching schedule, I hope he goes balls out on all of his pitches.

  10. Zack says:

    I hate the 3-4 inning idea. You have a 7 game lead for a reason, take advantage of it. He has what 6 starts left in the regular season? Cut that down to 4 and limit him to 5IP and you’re at 20. As the 4th starter he’s only going to start 3 games max in the playoffs, so thats 15-18 innings.
    He was great after he had the AS break and that was an extended period.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      I pretty much agree with you. But I think the idea is to have him keep going on regular rest – keep him in a groove – going into the postseason instead of shutting him down early.

      • Zack says:

        I agree groove is important. That’s why you skip starts now, and let him have 3 starts on normal rest prior to the postseason.

    • The Artist says:

      But they tried that, and the long rest affected him adversely.

      I like the new plan.

  11. John Duci says:

    What if Joba has a no hitter threw 4? Does Joe leave him untill he lets up a hit or does he pull him with a no-no in the 5th?

  12. Tank the Frank says:

    Joba’s got the socks up. He’s not screwing around anymore!

  13. Drew says:

    Oh fuck

  14. Salty Buggah says:

    That stunk.

  15. Accent Shallow says:

    Podsednik’s continued employment on a major league roster offends me.

  16. Dela G says:

    well that wasn’t a great start…

  17. Salty Buggah says:

    That was a weak as triple, I thought that was a groundout

  18. Tony says:

    Hinske is real bad in the field. Real bad.

  19. Tank the Frank says:

    That seems like a play Teixeira should make easily…to me anyway.

  20. Mike Axisa says:

    If Brett Gardner turns into Scott Podsednik, would you be okay with it?

  21. Dela G says:

    well that was a good way of getting out of that

  22. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It’s Jorge’s fault. Even Mitre and Guadin 1 hit them yesterday with Molina catching.

    I kid, I kid.

  23. Riddering says:

    I just hope something good comes out of these constant adjustments for Joba’s usage. Not that I don’t more than agree with the reasoning and I do think this is the best they’ve done yet to keep Joba injury free when switching things around. Hopefully some more consistency will benefit him for the postseason and doubly so next year.

  24. baravelli says:

    Frankly, that was a good-looking inning for Joba. Seemed to be attacking the zone.

  25. Salty Buggah says:

    9 pitches are good I guess.

  26. Accent Shallow says:

    Tough talk from a guy whose nickname is “Stacy Q”

  27. Tampa Yankee says:

    With Boston and TB facing Halladay and Verlander respectively, the Yanks need to come out and pound Garcia.

    That was tough way to start but I’m glad to see Joba didn’t let it snowball out of control. Now, let’s score some runs!

  28. Salty Buggah says:

    Alex Rodriguez is 12-for-32 lifetime off Garcia, with a double, a triple and five home runs.

  29. Accent Shallow says:

    Derek isn’t even human anymore.

    Man is a machine.

  30. Dela G says:

    Jeterian!!!!

    what an amazing man

  31. Salty Buggah says:

    JETER!

  32. Mike Axisa says:

    OMG Derek Jeter is soooooooo hot!!!

  33. Riddering says:

    Jeter is just ridiculous. So showy, not sportsmanlike at all.

  34. Tampa Yankee says:

    Damn I thought that was gone! Nice start by the Captain!

  35. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Jeter!

  36. Zack says:

    wow, that #2 guy is a pretty good player

  37. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Jim Palmer never gave up a grand slam.

  38. Dela G says:

    wow, he’s never allowed a GS in 1700 innings?

    incredible

  39. Mike Axisa says:

    Freddy’s bringing the slop. Gameday has everything as a changeup, topping out at 87. BP.

  40. Dela G says:

    chances tex ever sees a fastball again?

    hasnt seen one in ages

  41. Drew says:

    there u go teix

  42. Tampa Yankee says:

    Where’s the bandbox on that?!?!

  43. Dela G says:

    good job bringin em home

  44. Salty Buggah says:

    That works Tex, kinda close to a HR though.

  45. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Nice sac Tex!

  46. Accent Shallow says:

    Where the hell were the infielders?

  47. Dela G says:

    attaboy alex!

  48. The Artist says:

    Nice approach by Alex there.

    BOOOOO!!!!!

  49. Salty Buggah says:

    A-rod is pretty hot lately too.

  50. JGS says:

    The Red Sox are facing Halladay and we are facing Freddy Garcia. I like this

  51. John Duci says:

    wow fuck it

  52. Accent Shallow says:

    What the shit, A-Rod?

  53. JGS says:

    Oh that A-rod, clogging the bases

  54. Dela G says:

    damn alex :(

  55. Little Bill says:

    I don’t think Freddy Garcia is gonna last too long.

  56. Drew says:

    Man he had a great jump I thought.

  57. Tampa Yankee says:

    Where was he going on that?

  58. Zack says:

    alex = fail

  59. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon A-rod…oh well, at least its tied.

  60. The Artist says:

    Damn, WTF A-Rod?

    BOOOOO!!!!!

  61. Riddering says:

    A-Rod wanted Matsui to see more pitches. :p

  62. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    AJ Pierzynski… FUCK YOU!

  63. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Francesa has “earned the respect of the fans”?

  64. The Artist says:

    Damn, Joba will go 6 on 50 pitches if he keeps this up.

  65. Little Bill says:

    Joba’s gonna pitch 30 pitches in 3 innings. Are they really gonna take him out?

    • Steve H says:

      They shouldn’t. He should be on a pitch count, not innings. And if they have to break it down pitches from the windup/pitches from the stretch and weight accordingly, I’m good with that.

    • whozat says:

      I assume the team isn’t stupid, and that they ACTUALLY have a pitch-based metric, but so they didn’t have to explain all the nuances to the analysts, they just said “three innings”

      It’s probably between 35 and 45 pitches.

  66. Dela G says:

    nice jump on that ball hinske

  67. Salty Buggah says:

    Swisher catches that sleeping

  68. Yankee1010 says:

    Nice to see Joba sprinkle in a curveball right there.

  69. Salty Buggah says:

    This is what happens when you are aggressive Joba.

  70. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    2 innings 15 pitches

    Keep it up JOBA!!!!!

  71. Tampa Yankee says:

    Efficient Joba, I like!

  72. Accent Shallow says:

    So Joba is only efficient with his pitches when he’s getting yanked early? The fuck?

  73. Dela G says:

    holy cow!

    16 pitches through 2

    mitre-esqe

  74. Zack says:

    Joba is pitching so good because he knows hes only going 3 innings, thus showing the Yankees he wants to be in the bullpen.

    /kruk’d

  75. The Artist says:

    8 pitches per inning….

    50 pitches….

    Joba takes us to the 7th.

  76. JGS says:

    Joba has thrown 15 pitches in two innings

  77. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    If somebody gets me plush whistle, I will get them the autograph of any Tampa Yankee next year.

  78. Drew says:

    I wonder if Joe’s allowed to let Joba go 4 if his next inning is equally as efficient as the previous 2.

  79. Salty Buggah says:

    I say Jorge hits a Hip Hip HR today

  80. The Artist says:

    No Mike, of course its not.

    I’m sure they’re going by pitches, not innings.

  81. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s the bottom of the second inning and he’s still talking about Joba and his innings.

    Let. It. Go.

    It is what it is.

  82. Steve H says:

    So if it took Joba a Bowden-esque 75 pitches to get thru 2, would they have him throw 3? I really hope they are not completely locked into an innings count if his pitch count continues to stay extremely low.

    • whozat says:

      THe only reason you think it is is because Kay keeps acting like it is.

      It’s not.

      • Steve H says:

        Actually not watching on YES, but I hope you are right, and I assume you are. The Yankees, including Cash and Girari aren’t morons.

      • Steve H says:

        Oh, and I wanted to take a shot at Bowden. I still can’t believe anybody thinks he’s anything but a #4 or #5 at best.

  83. Salty Buggah says:

    Al doesn’t know about the Pythagorean theorem?

  84. Dela G says:

    garcia is getting a nice strike zone

  85. MikeD says:

    Is there no more announcer than Michael Kay when he starts obsessing over something that is pretty obvious.

  86. The Artist says:

    Nothing like a “Pythagorean Theorem” joke by Mike. That’s comedy gold right there.

  87. Yankee1010 says:

    Yeesh, Cano. Not exactly busting it down the line there.

  88. Salty Buggah says:

    Bad Cano

  89. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Cano will redeem himself later in this game!

  90. Salty Buggah says:

    Let’s hope Halladay doesn’t shit the bed in Bahston today. I hope he gets a win.

  91. The Artist says:

    OMG!!! IT’S TEH THIRD INNING!!!!

    TEH JOBBER IS GONNA DIEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

  92. Steve H says:

    Joba should be on a 1 inning count. The 8th.

    /MSM’d.

  93. Riddering says:

    Ozzie told Alexei he wouldn’t get any more to eat until he scored a run.

  94. Kevin G. says:

    Think we’ll see a RAB commercial today?

  95. Riddering says:

    Wow, accouncers really are predictable. As Kay reads Ozzie’s quote, I saw it pop up on TBS (which I have muted on the tv).

  96. Salty Buggah says:

    Don’t the mountains get higher every night (though by a VERY VERY VERY VERY small amount)even if you are winning?

  97. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon Joba, get a K and then a DP please

  98. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Here’s the bad old Joba.

  99. Riddering says:

    Joba is showing the outline of his calves, the hussy!

  100. Drew says:

    Kay, no one wants to see you in a Dri-fit shirt.

  101. baravelli says:

    Okay, silly question: I’m not sure exactly what it means when a cutoff man, or somebody who is for whatever reason directing another fielder about where to throw a ball, puts his hands up over his head. Does it mean “throw it here?” Does it mean “don’t throw it here?” What is it?

  102. Salty Buggah says:

    I kinda hoped Joba would bring the heat but he’s at 91 so far.

  103. Drew says:

    Well that worked out well.

  104. Steve H says:

    Ron Darling=B-Jobber.

    He’s got that football mentality. The greatest RP ever is Mo. Would you consider Mo to have a football mentality? Idiots.

    • The Artist says:

      Darling said that? I’m surprised.

      I guess that means Roger Clemens, Josh Beckett, Ron Guidry, and Bob Gibson should have all been relief pitchers, too.

      • Steve H says:

        Yup. It sounded like he was about to acknowledge his transformation from a B-Jobber, but never got there. Joba didn’t just get guys out in the bullpen, he tackled them. Seriously.

  105. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice job Cano. He dropped it on purpose so he could get an out

  106. MikeD says:

    Hopefully the White Sox will help us more today.

  107. Dela G says:

    great play by cano

  108. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Throwing 2 pitches with Joba? Just asking for a walk.

  109. Mike Axisa says:

    Stop worrying about the damn runner and get the guy at the plate.

  110. MikeD says:

    Beckham should be a SS. Ramirez not good.

  111. Salty Buggah says:

    No more runs please Joba.

  112. Yankee1010 says:

    Joba might have one of the worst pickoff moves I’ve ever seen.

    He’s also so incredibly slow to the plate that Podsednik stole on a pitchout and had it by far.

    I’d almost just rather have Joba not pay attention to the runner at all at this point because it completely distracts his focus from the hitter.

    • Riddering says:

      If Joba could get his K rate back up, I wouldn’t give a crap if the runners were going everywhere except from third.

      But seriously, it’d be nice to have Joba work on that for next season. I have no desire to see Jorge away from his position but the combo of those two is good for runners, bad for us.

      • Yankee1010 says:

        I would put the runners going on Joba though. That’s not on Jorge. I don’t think it’s something that is necessarily going to be fixed this year, but Joba will definitely be working on it during spring training next year.

  113. Brazilian Yankee says:

    3 pitchouts in the AB, they finally guess right but still couldn’t get the runner. Why not focus on the hitter instead?

  114. Drew says:

    That little girl almost got hit right in the head. Way to be on your toes, Dad.

  115. ghyhyyhy says:

    not to mention a poor throw by Posada.

  116. Salty Buggah says:

    Why would you need 16 receivers unless you have an absolutely huge house?

  117. Adam says:

    The Yankees are ruining Joba’s carrer with all this innings limit bullshit. Joba hasnt been good since they started fucking with his innings. Let him pitch every 5 days with no limit on how many innings he throws

    • Steve H says:

      /Not Verducci’d

    • Drew says:

      oaktag

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Yeah the Yanks are ruining his career. That’s why they want him injured and fucked up for the remainder of his career. Theyw ant to ruin him.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      That’s funny. If they didnt do this “bullshit,” they would actually ruin his career. Right now, they are saving it.

    • Riddering says:

      Hey, have you followed pitching since the 1950s?

      • scooter says:

        For those who haven’t seen any of Verducci’s articles on this topic:
        http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

        Verducci himself said it’s not a science – it’s a simple way to identify at-risk pitchers.

        • whozat says:

          No one thinks that Verducci’s aggregation of other people’s work is an exact science. Which is why I’m sure the yanks and other organizations have taken what he did and talked to actual medical people about how to construct a plan to limit the risk to their young pitchers.

    • whozat says:

      Joba had plenty of shitty outings before the “innings limit bullshit”

      What was the issue then?

      Maybe he’s just a young pitcher and, as such, prone to bouts of inconsistency. Maybe he still has to learn that no, you can’t go to your slider in every 3-2 count in the bigs. Maybe the Yankees, unlike you, looked around at the Jays young pitchers, at Francisco Liriano and other promising young pitchers who got overworked and decided they’d rather have Joba be a rotation mainstay for the next ten years than be selling used cars in 2012 after multiple shoulder surgeries.

    • Steve H says:

      Yes, we should all root for Joba to be the next Mark Prior. And speaking of Prior, imagine if he had signed with the Yankees out of HS and never went to play for Dusty Baker? He’d probably still have….umm what’s that called….oh yeah, a job.

  118. Salty Buggah says:

    That’s been a strike all day Piershitski! As a catcher, you should know.

  119. Drew says:

    Note: You’re allowed to say “You’ve got be fucking kidding me, right?” to the umpires after a questionable strike call.

    • baravelli says:

      I’d like to think the umpire responded “yes, you’re right, I’m kidding you, for a funny joke. You’re still batting. Go ahead, get back up there.”

    • Riddering says:

      I don’t think AJ needs to be told he can use foul language.

  120. Michael Kay says:

    35 pitches for Jobber.

    What to do? What on Earth will Girardi do? I will not rest until we get an answer!

  121. Salty Buggah says:

    Hinske says Fuck so loud everytime. Where the HRs go?

  122. Drew says:

    Shit ain’t right.

  123. JGS says:

    Jeter is going to break that record on the road, isn’t he

    • MikeD says:

      Seven games on the road. They could sit him for a game or two. I have tickets to next Monday’s game at the Stadium, so I’m hoping it happens then.

  124. Salty Buggah says:

    WTF Jeter? Dayum

  125. Riddering says:

    Once we clone Mo, we need to immediately follow up with Jeter.

  126. JGS says:

    “he batted .488. That’s almost .500! that’s almost every other time!”

    -Suzyn Waldman, two seconds ago

  127. Drew says:

    woootttt

  128. Salty Buggah says:

    DAMON!!!!!!

  129. Accent Shallow says:

    That’ll do, Johnny.

    • scooter says:

      I guess he wants to stay in NY

      Will be interesting to see how long Garcia lasts – his FB at 87, 88 means the curve and change aren’t as effective. The guy used to throw 94 before shoulder probs

  130. Yankee1010 says:

    It doesn’t look like it’s going to be “Good Roy Halladay” today.

  131. JGS says:

    a Johnny Rocket!!!!

  132. Jake H says:

    That was a shot.

  133. Riddering says:

    BOOYAH.

    Plz come back Johnny.

  134. whozat says:

    Fun fact, Kay. August 6, 11 and 16 are each 5 days apart. So…after destroying the league after the break, we are to believe that the reason for the bad pitching was the extra days between July 29 and August 6?

  135. Salty Buggah says:

    BOS up 1-0 already?

  136. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Humberto with a win today.

  137. Salty Buggah says:

    Be good today Ace.

  138. E-ROC says:

    Wait, what’s going on with Joba?

  139. The Artist says:

    Damn, it was 3 innings no matter what.

  140. 5th Starter says:

    What just happend/ I’m watching it on gameday and Jobs is coming out? Why?

    • Jersey says:

      Read the OP.

      • 5th Starter says:

        Ah. Thanks. Seems so quick. I thought that he was hurt or something.
        Is 3 innings really helpful? I mean I get that they will build him him up slowing, but wasn’t he already ready for 6-7 innings?

        • Steve H says:

          Yes he’s ready for that now, but they are trying to limit the 6-7 inning appearances to keep his season total down. It’s not that they are rebuilding his strength or pitch count to get him to 6-7, they don’t want him throwing 6-7.

    • The Artist says:

      He broke Left fibula flexor miniscus running into the dugout. He’s out for the year.

  141. Salty Buggah says:

    Kay, Ace will not only be a caddy for Joba. Rosters expand soon so it will be OK.

  142. Mike Axisa says:

    Kay moved seamlessly from Joba’s innings to not having Aceves available in other games. Wheeeeeeeee

  143. whozat says:

    Kay: “Aceves is so important”

    Reality: “He has pitched twice in the last ten days”

  144. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice Ace

  145. Riddering says:

    I have to say: I’m surprised he’s out already. This plan will probably kill his ERA but as long as he’s sorted out for the postseason and future, it won’t really matter.

    • Riddering says:

      Dude, in the time it took for me to kind of whine about Joba being gone, Ace recorded a 1-2-3 inning.

      GANGSTA.

  146. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    TampaYankee, Have you ever been to “The Tilted Kilt”?

  147. Joba or Hughes to the pen says:

    Joba is gonna end up being a good pitcher.Not great good.THats alot from this team with a farm of high risk high reward pitchers.

    Joba=AJ Burnett.

  148. Salty Buggah says:

    I want HR in every 11 AB Alex back

  149. Salty Buggah says:

    Pass that baton. It seems like Jeter is on all the time but A-rod is getting on at a higher rate.

  150. Zack says:

    Doc gives up a solo shot to Rocco Baldelli, wow

  151. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    all 6 times.

  152. Drew says:

    Some more bad defense from the Sox

  153. Accent Shallow says:

    Alex is ordinarily a very heads-up baserunner. Guess he woke up on the wrong side of the bed today.

  154. cjc says:

    post all star break Halladay wow Phi most be stoked that they got Lee

    • whozat says:

      Seriously. And alllll the talking heads who were lambasting the Yanks and others for not trading for him aren’t saying anything now…

    • Randy A. says:

      National league or AL East. Which one would you rather pitch against?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      The Phillies got him cheap and he’s basically Doc for them. Great trade for them. Too bad the rest of their rotation aside from JA Happ is sucking it up.

      • scooter says:

        And tying it together – Cole Hamels has had an up-and-down year after jumping about 80 IP in 2008. Maybe hat Verducci guy has something here

  155. Salty Buggah says:

    Beckham cant catch Pop-ups, who is he A-rod?

    /A-rod haters

  156. Riddering says:

    I am so sick of hearing about the wind in YSIII. I can’t remember who, but someone even blamed Castillo’s dropped pop-up on the jetstream.

  157. Drew says:

    Lol our ERA is better at home than on the road.
    /Opposite of badbox’d

  158. BigBlueAL says:

    If the Blue Jays lose today, they should forfeit the rest of their season.

  159. MikeD says:

    The Yankees average of runs scored on the road it basically the same. Like YS1 and YS2, it’s favorable to left-handed pull hitters when it comes to HRs, but it’s bad for doubles and triples. overall, the new Stadium plays neutral when it comes to runs scored. Not that anyone in the media is capable of figuring that out.

    • whozat says:

      But I REMEMBER so many home runs!!!!!! I saw them with my EYES!!!! And I remember them with my MIND!

      Bullshit pop-fly homers like Baldelli just hit off Doc, those are part of Fenway’s Historic Awesome Character.

  160. whozat says:

    strike zone is really generous away. Aceves has to take advantage of that shit.

  161. Salty Buggah says:

    Kay admitted he’s ugly?

    • MikeD says:

      He said it, but he doesn’t believe it. He wants to be able to call other people ugly, so he has to call himself ugly. At least that’s my take.

  162. Riddering says:

    HOSHIT.

    I never want this year to end for Jeter.

  163. Salty Buggah says:

    Jeter>>>>>>average man

  164. Yankee1010 says:

    Even though the Red Sox are winning and Byrd is somehow outpitching Halladay so far, at least there is Heidi Watney.

  165. paulb says:

    Can anyone tell me why Joba thows a pedestrian 91-92 now when he used to throw 98?

  166. cjc says:

    Paul Byrd is the greatest man alive dare I say DEPTHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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