Open Thread: Fun with the Yankees’ record

Joba to get long layoff after Sunday start
Game 116: How about another win?

At 72-43, the Yankees have the best record in baseball and a 99.1118% chance of making the playoffs. With a few more hours to go before first pitch in Seattle, let’s kill the time by having some fun with the Yanks’ win-loss record.

  • With 645 runs scored and 539 runs allowed, the team’s expected win-loss record is 68-47, so they’ve actually overachieved a bit this year. Lots of walk-off wins with small margins of victory will do that.
  • If the team maintains its .626 winning percentage the rest of the season, they’ll finish 101-61. The Red Sox would have to go 37-11 to win the division.
  • If the team plays .550 ball the rest of the year, they’ll finish 98-64. The Sox would have to go 33-15.
  • If the team goes 23-24 the rest of the year, they’ll finish with a 95-67 record. That would be their best record since 2006. Boston would need to go 30-18 to win the division. The Rays would need to go 34-14.
  • The Yanks are an amazing 34-11 since Brian Cashman‘s visit in Atlanta. If they were to maintain that pace the rest of the way, they’d finish 108-54. The Sawx would have to go 42-6, Tampa 48-0.
  • If Boston keeps winning at the same .570 clip they’re at now, the Yanks would need to go just 21-26 the rest of the year to win the division.
  • To win an even 100 games, they’ll need to go 28-19 the rest of the way. To match last year’s record, just a 17-30 record is required. To finish at exactly .500, they’d have to collapse and go 9-38 over the next seven-plus weeks.
  • Through 115 games in 1998, the Yankees were 86-29 and 17.5 games up in the division. This year’s club would need to go 42-5 the rest of the year to match the ’98 team’s record. They were good at baseball.

So, while you wait for the game to start, feel free to use this as an open thread. The Mets and taking on the Giants at home, and the Little League World Series is on ESPN. So basically you’ve got same brand of baseball on two different channels. Anything goes here, just be nice.

Joba to get long layoff after Sunday start
Game 116: How about another win?
  • VO

    Anyone else watching the Jets?

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

      Channel?

      • VO

        2

    • cor shep

      yea! Sanchez’s first pass made me jizz in my pants

      • Dela G

        +6

  • Jake K

    That ’98 team was insane. Feels like such a long time ago.

    • Jeremy

      No kidding. That year was mind-blowing. 86-29 at this point in the season, plus this? Just too much.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRMJQvSJyQg

      • cor shep

        that’s amazing haha. coney is the man. Whenever Cone and O’Neill work the yes booth.. you know your in for a good time.

      • Jersey

        The stuff of legend.

      • Kiersten

        ANSKY commercials were the absolute best.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      If you thought 98 was good, check out Joe McCarthy’s 1939 team.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl/player_search.cgi?search=1939+yankees

      Highest Run Differential ever (+411) and by a LOT. Even the great 1927 team was in the mid-300’s in run differential. And they lost their best player (Gehrig) early in the year, and he retired soon after and gave his famous speech. They played only 151 games, and posted a .702 winning percentage. If they played 162, at that rate they would have won 114.

      Their Pythag was even higher, saying they should have won 111 games(.735 win pct). If they played 162 game season up to their pythag, they would have won 119 games in the regular season.

      • Salty Buggah

        Holy fuck! +411 run-diff???? WOW!

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Yep, and that’s the modern era, not some Dead Ball bullshit. Joe D and Bill Dickey played on that team.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            BTW-The Win Pct impresses me just as much as the run differential. having a .700+ winning pct for an entire season is just batshit insane.

  • Dela G

    Who you got tonight? Rangers or Red Sox?

    i got sox winning 5-2

    • Zack

      Millwood has pitched good twice against the sox this year, and Kinsler is back, although Cruz is on the DL. 3-2 Texas with Milwood handing it off to Perez and Francisco

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    “If the team maintains its .626 winning percentage the rest of the season, they’ll finish 101-61.”

    We all heard Girardi needed to ‘make the playoffs’ to keep his job.

    Lets say he makes the playoffs, winning 101 games this year, and then gets swept in the ALDS by the Tigers. Is he in trouble?

    • pat

      Yes because IMO a sweep is on the players not the manager. Unless he starts Mitre three times or some other baloney, you can’t fault the manager for a 100 win team not showing up in the playoffs. People might disagree with me but I’m of the opinion that professional athletes should not need a manager to get them fired up to play in the post season.

      • pat

        Heh, I messed that up. NO he shouldn’t be in hot water in that scenario.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Yeah, I agree. A manager wins 100 games and then they have a 3 game losing streak at the wrong time and he’s to blame?

          That’s why I hate this playoff setup. Best record in each league should get some huge edge, like 4 of 5 at home in the ALDS and 5 of 7 for the ALCS. You should get something for winning the marathon, the deck should be stacked the team with the worst record in the playoffs, and it isn’t. It’s unfair to the team that busts its butt for 6 months to only get 1 extra home game.

          • Kiersten

            Ixnay the wildcard and give the best team a bye to the CS.

            (Note: this will never happen)

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

              Yeah, but the problem is Baseball isn’t like Football. A week off can hurt a team, since everyone gets rusty. In Football, guys get healthy and its a huge edge.

              You might remember the Tigers were the hottest team in baseball, then they had a week off waiting for the Cards, and the Cards would up winning the World Series.

              • pat

                Rox/Sox

                • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                  That one too.

          • Giovanni Galasso

            I can see your point, particular with a short series. However having the best record in your League could be only marginal over the second best team. If the Red Sox edged out the Yankees with a 100-62 to 99-63 record you would want them to have 5 of 7 games at Fenway if we met in the second round? Busting your butt is one thing, but having a huge advantage over another team that busted their butt too is silly.

            I’m all for making the 1st round of the playoffs a 7 game series instead.

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

              It’s not silly, a premium should be placed on winning your league. Once upon a time, all you had to do was win your league and you went straight to the WS. The way they do it now, its almost meaningless among the contenders. Best record is King, you have to kill the King to advance.

    • Jersey

      I wouldn’t expect so. The bridge jumpers might call for his head, but Cashman is smart enough to see the quality job Girardi’s been doing all in all…and also smart enough to understand the first round is kind of a crapshoot…right?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Now that Torre and his 7 mil annual salary are gone, yes. The playoffs are back to being a crap shoot.

        At 7 mil, 2 mil more than any other manager in Baseball, the Yanks had a right to expect a lot from Torre. Now with Girardi, its a little different.

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

      Depends on his management in games. If CC/Burneet sh*t the bed pitching then well, how can you blame Girardi.

      • Salty Buggah

        Though its unlikely to have a managerial decision be the cause of a loss for 3 games out of 5. Though I guess anything is likely in a short series. But even if that happens, its the players’ fault for not pitching well/hitting well to have a close enough game that can be lost by one decision.

  • Salty Buggah

    What should I watch: Broncos-Niners preseason opener at 8 or Yanks-Mariners pennant race game at 8:10?

    I guess I could watch both but that won’t be that fun. I wanna see the new Broncos and what they have to offer. I wanna see Eddie Royal make Orton a somewhat better QB. Maybe I’ll watch just the starters.

    • Jersey

      Is this a trick question?

      • Salty Buggah

        Heh, no Im a Broncos fan so this might seem like a joke to you.

        • Jersey

          Oh, haha yeah that makes more sense. My preseason interest doesn’t start with los Gigantes on Monday. I’m psyched to see Barden and Nicks can do.

          • pat

            Word. Nicks is gonna be badass.

          • Jersey

            Ugh. Butchered that response.

            • pat

              The spam filter ate min because I was agreeing and said nicks is gonna be BAD_ASS. Dude was prettay prettay good at UNC. Barden is a monster. Too bad he’s slow as shit though.

              • Jersey

                I just read an interview with Tuck saying that everybody has been pretty impressed by Barden in particular in camp so far. It’ll be interesting to see who emerges between those two along with the veterans. Bunch of guys who could contribute.

                • pat

                  Word the G-men have a nice corps of young receivers. Moss, Smith, Nicks, Barden Manningham, throw in TEH BOSSMAN and that’s a pretty good group to throw to. No big star obviously but I’m thinking Moss is gonna have that breakout year we’ve been waiting for.

                  Or it could just all be blind optimism and all they have going for them is youth.

                • Salty Buggah

                  I kinda hoped the Giants would get B-Marsh somehow. I know he doesn’t want to be in Denver anymore and wont sign an extension probably and we are rebuilding anyway. Might as well have him go to my second favorite team.

                • pat

                  YES, I was hoping to swing a trade for Marshall as well. He might be a bit of a clown off the field but he’s a stone cold stud on it. Plus I was thinking McDaniels might be stupid enough to do it.

                • Zack

                  Come on, what is Tuck going to say- The kid is lost and has no chance of contributing? Every one looks good in preseason/training camp

    • Dela G

      kyle orton isnt that good in my opinion, but should be interesting to see if marshall can make him a better qb

      • Salty Buggah

        He sucks in my opinion too. He got booed during training camp because of all the mistakes he was making. So, yea he is not going to be welcome here if he sucks early (though Cutler is helping him by acting like a dick). Sadly, B-Marsh finished a trial today (found not guilty, thank Mo!) and is injured so he isnt playing today.

        • Dela G

          thats right. I can’t remember if he’s also suspended at the beginning of the year again. The broncos should’ve traded up for sanchez, especially since cutler was pulling his antics before the draft

          • Salty Buggah

            He’s not because he wasn’t found guilty.

            • Dela G

              good to hear

              lets hope he helps my fantasy team then

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

        I know Kyle. He’s a good guy. I want him to succeed in Denver.

        • Salty Buggah

          I do too but I dont know how likely that is. Maybe McDaniels can get him to play well.

          • PinstripesForeverDougie

            I figure he better get him to play well because his job may be on line (as unfairly as that might be). Go Broncos and their great fans.

    • A.D.

      Well if you watch the actual starters you might be able to see them play all their going to play & still see first pitch.

  • Salty Buggah

    Go Baltimore (up 6-2 against Angels in the 2nd) and BJays (up 2-0 against TB in the 1st)!!!

    • Jersey

      Saw that – Weaver kinda crapped the bed that first inning eh?

    • Dela G

      jays are facing halladay, so this is impressive

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, I guess. I mean I guess its hard to play against your own teammate while he pitches for you too. ;)

        I know what you’re saying.

        • Dela G

          hahaha good lookin our salty, you know what i mean ;)

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    So your basically telling me I can pop the getting into the playoffs champagne?

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    If any of you guys blog, do a piece on Johnny Damon.

    http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/?p=6543

    I did this morning and we got 47 comments, which is about 10X more than we usually do on any topic. Seems to be a hot issue among Yankee fans.

    • Salty Buggah

      That or maybe you’re gaining a lot more readers since you are adding plugs on RAB recently.

      I say that because Im one of those people, good stuff.

      • Salty Buggah

        hmmm ;) didn’t show up after the first sentence

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Really? Who are you over there?

        • Salty Buggah

          Havent commented yet, just a reader for now. Im not gonna say Im a everyday reader yet but I go there frequently.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Gotcha.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Damn, up to 55 already.

      That’s almost as high as a RAB piece that nobody likes.

      (pats self on back)

      • JMK

        Cheer up, buddy. It’s a quality blog you’ve got there. Best of luck with it.

  • Salty Buggah

    A-rod out of the lineup with back spasms. Apparently, they were related to his elbow injury. Is that possible if anyone knows?

    • pat

      Maybe because his elbow hurt he’s been throwing the ball strangely in warmups or practice. Something like that could lead to putting strain on muscles that don’t normally get strained. I guess I’ll go with the ole overcompensating diagnosis again.

      • Salty Buggah

        I thought of something like that. I guess it doesn’t matter as long as he goes tomorrow.

        • pat

          Hell, I’d give him the whole series off to make sure he’s good and rested. Might as well take advantage of a 6.5 game lead. We shouldn’t need him to keep beating the shit out of Seattle.

    • JJ

      yes, I think it’s because he hit a nerve. Hence losing feeling in his hand when he first got hit, as well.

    • whozat

      He could have just slept in a weird position because his elbow hurt when he laid on his side or back. I wake up in the morning sore in the lower back sometimes, and I’m not even 30. All it really takes is arching your back funkily all night, and then if it won’t loosen up the next day…why risk it?

  • Salty Buggah

    Adam Lind is pretty darn good. A solo shot puts Jays up 5-0 with Halladay going. Should be enough, right?

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Hell yeah, Michael Young!! Rangers leading 2-0

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea!

    • Bugsy

      He’s having a fantastic year.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Sanchez looks absolutely dirty for the Jets, but I’m a Giants fan so I have to wait until Monday for them to play.

    On that note, go Rangers!

  • DreDog

    So far good night for the Yanks and they haven’t even threw the first pitch. Way to go Red Sox, Angels, and Rays!

  • JJ

    How amazing would it be if the Rangers won the Wild Card and we won the AL East..

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      Don’t be shocked if it happens JJ. Plus, can you imagine if the sacred idiots of New England missed the playoffs?

      cue: HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY

      • DreDog

        Can you imagine the Red Sox not making the playoffs with all that’s happened to them this year? I would love it.

        What’s happening with Papi, Lowell? How come Theo didn’t trade fro everything under the sun, etc….

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Seriously, how underrated is Michael Young (aka the Derek Jeter of the

    south)? The ultimate teamate- how many times has he changed positions for

    the good of the team? And the guy is going to be in the top five of most

    hits this decade. I’m tellin ya guys here on the avenue of pinstripes &

    glory, The Rangers will be a tough out in the postseason.

    • Zack

      Considering he sucks away from Texas, wasnt a good SS, bitched about moving to 3B, I’d say he’s not that underrated.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Plus at 32, Michael Young aint so young anymore.

        Nice player, the type that would get tons of credit of he played in NY, but he doesn’t.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        Waitaminute, Zach. Can you provide me the stark numbers that show he sucks away from Arlington? Also, can you blame him for complaining about moving to 3rd base for an unknown rookie, Elvis Andrus? Not me. And I was just supporting a player I like & in some ways resemble Jeter in an environment, Texas, that can forget to celebrate their baseball players not named Rocket or Ryan.

        • pat

          .283/.328/.507 away.
          .351/.411/.539 home.

          He doesn’t “suck” away from Arlington but his stats are inflated by being redic at home.

        • Zack

          Sure, AVG .280/OBP .324/SLG .413/OPS .736
          Maybe sucks was harsh, but hes not the .324/.373/.485/.830 hitter he is at home. Plus hes been a 6 time All Star, dont get how hes ‘underrated’
          No I cant blame him for complaining about moving, but dont act like he’s such a good teammate that he did it for the team, he went kicking and screaming.

          • Zack

            i gave career numbers

            • PinstripesForeverDougie

              Thanks for the numbers Pat and Zack. I guess he is not that underrated. But you know who’s overrated- Jarrod Saltamacchia.

              • JMK

                Disagree. Best name ever (no, I don’t have a legitimate point to make).

    • DreDog

      If you make the playoffs, you should be a tough out. I would still rather play the Rangers than the Angels or even the Tigers. Verlander, Jackson is nothing to sneeze at. No slight on CC or AJ.

      • Bugsy

        Tigers really don’t scare me. Their offense blows. Angels, on the other hand, I hope, will miss the playoffs (not likely). Their pitching isn’t that great right now, right?

        • DreDog

          I’d rather face the White Sox than the Tigers deppite the recent road trip to Chi-Town. I am saying that I rather face the Rangers than the Tigers. In response the original post.

          • JMK

            Totally. That rotation has the potential to crush any opponent, and if even a few hitters get hot, they legitimately could pull off a Rockies-like run.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        “I would rather play the Rangers than the angles or even the tigers”.

        DreDog, I must say that argument is one the Univers should stay

        away from at all costs after the postseasons of 06′ & 07′.

        Everyone declared easy & favorable postseason matchups against

        Detroit and Cleveland those years and we all know what happened.

        All I’m saying is the stategy of wanting to face a certain team is

        often a dangerous one to engage.

        • DreDog

          True, but then why are we rooting against the Rays and Red Sox?

          • DreDog

            I mean considering the Rays have little chance of overtaking the division.

          • PinstripesForeverDougie

            DreDog, I only root against the Saux making the playoffs because I hate them and would love to see them or the Rays sit out Octber baseball after we suffered through it. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to see the team everyone says is the “best” franchise in baseball or even a current “dynasty”
            miss the playoffs for the 2nd time 4 years ;)

            • DreDog

              Why did you have to remind me? I was having a good day. LOL

              I think this team is much different than those teams. Wang started both game 1’s for those teams. I think CC and AJ turns our luck around against worse teams. That’s why I rather see the Rangers, IMO.

              • PinstripesForeverDougie

                sorry, about bringing ya down. I just worry so much after watching the unbelievable happen. Bugs attacking our stud pitchers, Kenny Rogers beating us (still don’t how that happened)

                • DreDog

                  Yeah, I guess it’s like counting your chicken before they hatch.

        • Bugsy

          You’re basically saying that in baseball doesn’t necessarily wins it all. Moreover, the playoffs are a total crap shoot. I kinda wish there were no playoffs, just world series consisting of two pennant winners. I think that’s prolly the fairest system, but what do I know.

          • DreDog

            Tommy Lasorda? Is that you?

    • pat

      Interesting, because I was just going to reply to JJ that it would be awesome if the Rangers got the WC because we own them.

    • A.D.

      Sutcliff is that you?

  • Ivan

    So what are the expectations if your a Jet fan? Playoffs?

    • VO

      Yes

      • SouthernYankeeFan

        I don’t think they make it. but I’m a Saints fan.

    • Dela G

      i am going to the Jets vs Texans game in week 1. I cannot wait to see them beat the texans, who also have playoff aspirations

      I expect at least 9-7 from the jets

  • Bugsy

    How sad is it that Kevin freaking Millwood is the Ranger’s ace.

    • pat

      Exactly the reason I’d love to face them in the playoffs.

      • DreDog

        They had Lester throw 31 pitches in the first inning, and after a lead off single, Lester throws 10 in the second. Wow

        • SouthernYankeeFan

          I know i was hoping Texas would keep shelling him.

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          Double Play… It’s not like they were impatient

          • DreDog

            I know, but I hoping for something good after that lead-off single.

    • JSquared

      By then it could be Holland. Kid is good.

      • Bugsy

        still a rookie. he’s just not reliable enough as of yet.

        • JSquared

          Yeah, just because he’s a rookie. but CG 3 Hits 8K’s against the Angels, a team we haven’t been great against…uhhh, he could be better than Millwood, and has been, which would possibly make him their ace.

          • Zack

            he also went 4.1 3er, and 4.2 IP 4er, against Oak and KC, 2 of the bottom 4 worst offensive teams int he AL, in 2 of his 3 starts before that CG.
            So like Bugsy says, rookie & unreliable

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I’m keeping an eye on Millwood’s innings. If he breaks 180 IP his 12 mil option for 2010 automatically kicks in. He’s at 146 right now. Given the Ranger’s finances and the state of the FA market, I’ll bet they’re hoping he doesn’t make it.

      I suspect Andy will want to pitch past this year, but the Yanks won’t bring him back. He could land in Texas, or replace Randy Wolf on the Dodgers.

      • Zack

        sucks for him, he finally gets in shape and has a year to justify his salary, and now his option is going to lock in

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          It’s good for Millwood, he’s never get 12 mil on the FA market these days. Anyway, at 146 he should get there, barring an injury. Needs another 6 starts or thereabouts.

          • Zack

            Good point.
            Yeah a #1 starter in a rotation should have no problem getting 180IP, barring injury.

  • pat

    These SNY commercials with the two middle eastern dudes are hilarious.

    • Bugsy

      by hilarious do you mean offensive? and they’re Indian. I should know.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        Okay, I’ll bite. Why should you know, Bugsy?

        • Bugsy

          Different accents. I’m Indian and I’m a master of fake accents.

      • pat

        Heh, I couldn’t pin their nationality so I generalized. Anyways, why do you find them offensive? Do you think it plays into a stereotype? I was actually thinking about it which is why I ask.

        • Bugsy

          yeah, pretty much. I cringe every time I see those commercials.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, they’re Indian. Mandeep and Sharvarish (though the 2nd one is a kinda odd name) are Indian name. Let’s not forget that India is NOT a part of the Middle East.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    You know we might be watching the second sweep of the Red Sox by the Rangers if the idiots don’t pull out a victory tonight. The next two nights they have their worst going and the Rangers love kicking their alternate unform butt.

    Seriously, what is up with the Sux uniforms selection? First the terrible Buckner 86 uniforms, then the attrocious red socks caps, and finally this spring training disaster?

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Any chance the Sox draw the Rangers in the ALDS?

      That could smooth our path to the World Series.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Actually, looking at the standings, it doesn’t seem likely.

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings

        The Rangers would have to win the West, and they’re 4.5 out.

        • PinstripesForeverDougie

          Oh, really? My bad, folks. Damn Josh Johnson pitching a no-no messing with my brain!!

          • DreDog

            Don’t you mean Future Yankee Josh Johnson pitching a no-no?

            • DreDog

              Jinxed

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        I think so Artist. Assuming the Yanks make it, they would face the
        team with the worst record and that will be the Tigers or the Whitesox. So, I guess its possible.

        Oh, and anyone watching the Marlins, I think something’s happening

        down there ;)

      • Bugsy

        I think its possible. It’s just hard for me to believe that Erick Aybar and Kendry Morales will keep up their offensive pace. Some of the players on that team are playing way over their heads. Plus, their pitching sucks.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Sick DP turned by Texas.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Oh no, I think I just jinxed Johnson. Someone just hit a dinger

  • Tom Zig

    To trade for Adam Dunn in the offseason, what do you think the Nationals would want?

    Keep in mind that he wasn’t offered arbitration last offseason and he is making $12M in 2010.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I thought the Nationals had no plans of moving him, no?

      • DreDog

        I think he means what would they need to “make” them change their minds.

    • DreDog

      Considering it’s the Nats, they would want a lot. The supposedly asked for a lot this year. Not much would change in the offseason.

    • Zack

      The arb and salary really have nothing to do with the Nationals, the Diamondbacks didnt have 10m+ to spend last season. So Nationals arent looking to shred salary, they’re trying to get people to come out and watch them. Plus Beimel, Young, Johnson, Kearns leaving frees up 19.5m.

      As for what they want, if they’re not shopping him then Cashman would have to give up something significant to make them bite.

  • DreDog

    Can someone answer this for me?

    If Andy’s base salary is $5 mil plus incentives, what’s his arb # if he get’s offered arb? I would assume it would be his entire compensation including incentives. Is there a chance it could be just his base salary though?

    • whozat

      when you go to arbitration, the team presents a number and the player presents a number. The arbiter picks one. If Andy earns $10MM this season by hitting his incentives, and the Yanks offer 7MM and Andy asks for 11MM, he’ll get the 11MM.

      We say players get a 20% raise in arbitration because, on average, after going to arbitration that’s how much more they get. But it’s not like the arbiter creates a number based on last year’s money. Each side presents a figure and the arbiter picks. If Andy does stuff this season for which he is paid 10MM, it’d be hard for the Yanks to argue they should pay him less next year, what with inflation and all. They could try, but the arbiter will likely side with the player’s number, if it’s reasonable at all.

      • DreDog

        I thought you couldn’t offer a major leaguer with more than 6 years of experience less than what he made last year?

        You can offer an arb eligible player that doesn’t have the right to refuse 80% of what he made last year or 70% 2 years before. But those rules don’t apply to arb eligible FA’s.

        Right?

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Also, I hate to sound like a fashion guru but do you guys see what the boys from Queens are wearing? OLd New York Giant uniforms?!?! I swear the Wilpons hate the Mets heritage so much…. first he rebuilds Ebbets Field,
    then he forgets to place any history in their park and now wearing old Giant uniforms? Jeez, can they ever stop embarassing themselves?

    • Bugsy

      I really dont care for mets, their history, and their ownership (besides providing some hearty laughter). I kinda like those unis.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        yeah, I like the uni’s too but they don’t deserve to wear them.

        When will Mets fans learn, they have no right to vulture the Dodger and Giants history!!

    • Bob Stone

      Great comment!!!! Those uniforms are pathetic and absolutely symptomatic of everything that’s wrong with the Mets.

  • Zack

    Varitek is bad at baseball

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    138 comments and not a single word on Michael Vick.

    I love you guys.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      Ya kinda ruined it….

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        hahahah!

      • Bob Stone

        ietcvm

    • Bugsy

      I rewatched Amores Perros. I kinda have new respect for dog-fighting.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    And hey how about Millwood? Strike out Varitek with two on and the
    Rangers still lead 2-0!!

    And the rays are on the board, Jays up 5-1

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So anyone try out Madden 10? I sucked balls today at my friend’s house. But Brandon Jacobs is a MONSTER. Well that was obviously in real life but in the game he’s ridiculous!

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Possibly getting it tomorrow.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      Don’t worry, JobaWockeeZ, you can’t be much worse than me. But I bet Jacobs is thrilled to have an awesome of rating of… Well I don’t know maybe 93?

      Also, to be fair the only monster in Madden should be playing as the backup QB on Philly.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I think it was a 90.
        And LOL at the Vick comment. Sucks the day Madden comes out since it was one day after he got signed.

      • Ivan

        Don’t ya think thats a lil much. Like seriously is Vick that bad of a person to be a labeled a monster.

        • DreDog

          Can we avoid this on this board? Please!!!!

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            +100000000000000000000000000000000000000

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      “I sucked balls today at my friend’s house.”

      Care to rephrase that?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        LMFAO.
        Yeah I sucked at Madden 10 today at my friend’s house.

  • whozat

    Wow, Pie has a double and an HR today? That’s gotta be his best game ever.

    • whozat

      and Shane Loux is throwing BP out there…

    • DreDog

      He’s a triple away from the cycle!!! Buy your lottery tickets!

  • Jersey

    Lester’s at 77 pitches already in the bottom of the 4th.

    • Jersey

      And Millwood’s at 83 after 4 IP. Wow.

      • Bugsy

        that just means that boston hitters will wiff at neftali feliz an inning earlier than expected.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Is it just me or is MLB network trying to rile up a race in the NL East? It seems the Braves are still not really close enough to warrent this much attention as serious threats in that division.

    • JSquared

      Yeah, the Marlins will need great starts from all 5 pitchers, or a charge from a player like Bonifacio gave them the begining of the season just to tie up the Phils.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      But the marlins are no?

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      5 games reall is not that far back if they sweek the phils they are right there.

      • SouthernYankeeFan

        Epic typing fail on my part.

  • Salty Buggah

    WTF is up the media trying to create controversy when we’re doing well. Whats up with Hudson and Minka not liking each other? The Post knows about a “visible coldness,” which seems like BS to me. Just another NY Post article to create shit.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      I side with minka. kate hudson last looked good in almost famous

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      All I want to know is… where the hell are all the scantily clad/ erotic pictures of Minka!! Get off your butt Page Six & satisfy my Minka cravings. Because Jeter has stop taking my calls for them.

      • Ghost of Scott Brosius

        Youd think hed throw us regular guys a bone now and then

    • pat

      They have nothing to dump on the yankees about so this is what they resort to to sell papers.

      This is NY media.

    • Bugsy

      I want more!

      Competition is good for blah blah blah.

    • Jersey

      I’d hit it.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Tigers win on a walk-off HR. Hooray for Inge, i like that guy.

    • DreDog

      Another Greinke effort wasted.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        they should just waive his rights and let us have him for Igawa and
        couple of Sterling calls (Johnny Rocket, jorge juiced one)

        • DreDog

          I am positive they will want ALL of Sterling’s calls.

          • Bugsy

            no deal.

            • PinstripesForeverDougie

              agreed. How about we just keep the calls and just give’em Sterling ;)

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Both BPs will be working hard tonight in this Texas-Boston Series

  • Dela G

    Bobby Parnell was brilliant tonight. I saw the last 3 innings of his start against the giants, and he was lights out

    good to see him to that

    • Ivan

      To be fair, the Giant offense is Mo awful.

      • Bugsy

        I know. what was up with the alderson trade for sanchez?

        • DreDog

          Apparently Alderson’s star has diminished this year. He was getting downgrades from scouts.

    • Bob Stone

      Who cares? The Mets have made themselves irrelevant.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        to be fair, I think Omar, Manuel & the Wilpons have made them irrevelant. Oh, and of course Luis Castillo ;)

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Washburn pitched a gem for Detroit tonight.

    • Ivan

      Hey he did face the right team in concern with the Royals

      • SouthernYankeeFan

        This is True.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I really hope we get sign some draft picks tomorrow. A lot of guys have signed for other teams recently, especially the Sox, I want to see some of our guys sign.

  • Bugsy

    Boy, I’m sure glad that Hanley Ramirez isn’t in the AL East.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      Yeah, I don’t think the Universe was very happy that he wasn’t in

      the AL East in 2007. Ya know that Beckett, Lowell and what happened in October.

      • Bugsy

        meh. shit happens.

        • PinstripesForeverDougie

          well, that was one Helluva of shit right there. It must have been well over 10 Courics. Bigger than Bono’s or Randy Marsh’s I tell ya!

      • Bugsy

        also beckett sucked last year which could have cost them. lowell sucks this year (for the most part). who knows what 2007 would have been like with hanley.

  • BklynJT

    So, is anyone concerned that the Yankees have yet to sign their top 2 picks? I mean, all these other teams are coming out with their above slot signings, what the hell is taking the Yankees so long.

    And no, I do not have faith that they will sign them.

    • DreDog

      To be fair there are a lot of 1st and 2nd rounders not signed yet. I think Slade and JR are good to go. They just want to juice every nickel from the Yanks. I can’t blame them.

    • A.D.

      I am concerned, it would 100% suck to not get those guys.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      They will sign them

  • DreDog

    Holy Crap! Did Felix Pie just hit for the cycle?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Yessir

      • DreDog

        Cats and dogs living together……..

  • claybeez

    Yep. Can of whoop-ass hit the O’s tonight. I’ve been loving it.

    • claybeez

      *… hit the Angels

  • VO

    I know this will sound stupid to a lot of you who have watched football for years, but I’m some what new to the game. Should I be mad about a pre-season loss or is it basically the same as a loss in spring training.

    • pat

      Nah, the game is played mostly by scrubs. be happy Sanchez and Clowney looked good and I saw Ghoulston in the Rams backfield alot. That’s a good sign.

      • VO

        Alright, that’s what I thought but my buddy got all pissed off so I was wondering if I took it too lightly.

  • steve from Rockland

    As a baseball fan for 50 years and someone with 30 credits above a Masters in math, I hope everyone realizes those stts like “they have a ___% chance to make the playoffs” and “expected won-loss record” are NONSENSE, They make no sense baseball-wise and are pretty much mathematically not valid.

    • VO

      I don’t really think anyone here believes it’s impossible for the Yanks not to make the playoffs. It’s just a fun little stat.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      IETC

    • Bugsy

      whoa there friend. i believe the post was titled “Fun with Yankees Record”, operative word being “fun”.

      • Jersey

        If I had 30 credits above a masters in Math, I wouldn’t believe in fun either.