Everything working for Yanks in 9-5 victory

Game 154 Spillover Thread III
Mike Ashmore's Q&A with Phil Hughes

One of last night’s starters left the game with the following line: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Ask anyone who didn’t see the game, from either New York or Boston, and they’d say it was Chamberlain. No brainer. But it was Jon Lester who surrendered the runs. A liner off the knee ended his night early, though he likely would have exited soon thereafter anyway. He’d thrown 78 pitches and allowed 11 baserunners. It was one of his worst starts of the season, and it set the stage for a Yankee victory.

As with Burnett’s and Pettitte’s last starts, the Yankees were looking for some improvement from Joba this time around. They got it. He lasted six innings, breezing through the first three by retiring the Red Sox in order. He struggled a bit in the second half of his appearance, but nothing big. He left a pitch up that any hitter with power should have driven, and left one out over the plate for David Ortiz. Those were his only blemishes on the evening.

Beyond the stellar first three innings, Joba showed something in the fifth. He got himself into a jam by allowing a single and a double, and then worked his way out of it without allowing a run-scoring grounder or sac fly. The only reason it wouldn’t be considered impressive is because the first two outs came at the expense of Jason Varitek and Alex Gonzalez, who went a combined 0 for 7 on the night with four strikeouts. I still think it’s impressive. There are just so many ways for a team to score with a runner on third and none out, even with crappy hitters at the plate.

The rest of the game belonged to the offense. As if their 14 hits and nine walks weren’t enough, the Yanks also swiped seven bases — A-Rod three times and Jeter twice. They came to bat 21 times with runners in scoring position and collected hits seven times. Only three of the 14 hits were for extra bases, but the Yanks made them count. A-Rod’s homer put the Yanks up 3-0 early, Robinson Cano‘s double set them up later in the inning, and A-Rod’s double in the sixth gave them all the breathing room they’d need. The rest of the night, singles and walks worked just fine.

The Yankees got everything they could have wished for in this game. They beat Boston handily, and Joba pitched well. The team had a plan going in, to run on Jason Varitek, and they executed. Everything seemed to fall into place, and that’s always welcome against the Red Sox.

Question: should Girardi run out the A or the C lineup tomorrow? You don’t want to sit back after you just battered the Sox, but on the other hand you want to rest your regulars as much as possible. Jorge’s probably sitting or DHing because of the day game after the night game (and I bet a shiny penny that Cervelli starts behind the plate), so Joe could choose to start Hinske and others rather than his main guys, hoping that CC holds down the Sox and his bench guys can muster a few off Dice-K. It’s a late-afternoon affair, 4:00, and you’ll have to deal with Tim McCarver on the FOX broadcast. So glad I’m going to this one.

Game 154 Spillover Thread III
Mike Ashmore's Q&A with Phil Hughes
  • Salty Buggah

    I guess A-rod’s performance was passable today.

    Nah, can’t even joke tonight. A-God had a heavenly game.

    Joba did a good joba too.

    • JM

      But, until proven in the playoffs, are they True Yankees©®™???

      …Just kidding…

  • Salty Buggah

    In the last thread, someone mentioned SoSH game threads. So, I go over, my 1st time, to see some funny stuff. There, I found this gem.

    QUOTE (luckysox @ Sep 25 2009, 03:52 PM)
    It’ll be awsome if Tek hits a bomb off of JTC. I’d think that’d be a low point for JTC. I hate JTC.

    A screaming liner back through the box would be OK too. If anything happens to get in the way …oh well.

    Karma is a BITCH!

    • Salty Buggah

      I said the last part BTW, not someone there.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Question: should Girardi run out the A or the C lineup tomorrow?

    Shit, they can run out the E lineup for all it matters. These two games mean nothing. NOTHING.

    In fact, I almost want Dice-K to look impressive against the E lineup tomorrow to lull the Sox fans into a false sense of security, so that when he gives up 10 runs against the Angels in the ALDS, it’s more of a suckerpunch.

    • Salty Buggah

      CC starts. Cervelli catches. Pena is the only IFer. Guzman is the only OFer. Then, you let CC bat and just give up the other 5 outs.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Works for me, except for one change:

        CC only goes two innings. The other nine are some combination of Bruney, Melancon, Edwar, Dunn, Albaladejo, and Mitre.

        Nick Swisher closes (because we still take the 9th inning seriously.)

        • Bob Stone

          Maybe we could hire Jose Canseco to pitch the middle innnings.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Let’s make Eiland and Tony Peña player-coaches. They’re the 8th inning battery.

            Oh, and since Ramiro and Freddy are both switch hitters, I want Cervelli switch hitting too. Hit lefty for a change, try it out.

            • Jack

              Heh. I would love for A-Rod to walk up as a lefty for one at-bat, just to fuck with people.

  • CanoFTW

    I prefer running the A lineup out there tomorrow and trying to give CC a shot at 20 wins in his last start.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Getting rested for the playoffs >>>>>>>>> the difference between CC going 18-7 and 20-7

      • Salty Buggah

        Agreed. Though I’d like for A-rod to get some games to reach 30/100.

      • CanoFTW

        CC is pitching two games no matter what… and the rest of the lineup will play at probably 6 out of the 8 games remaining – so why can’t you just line them up and rest the A lineup another day? Is that mutually exclusive?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Ultimately, you’re going to be proven right; CC will be given opportunity to win both of his last two starts.

          I just would prefer to lift him before the 5th inning to give him an easy final week, but what I want and what will happen are not the same thing.

      • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Totally, but starting a decent lineup tomorrow because CC has a shot at 20 wins wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Obviously they Yanks will rest the starters a bit over the remaining regular season games, but it’s not like they’re going to sit every game from here on out. Let most of them, aside from Posada, start tomorrow to see if you can get CC to 20 wins. It’s a nice thing to do for the big man, 20 wins is still an important number to these guys. Take ’em out after 5 or 6 if you want. Point remains – They’re not going to sit for all the remaining games, so playing them tomorrow isn’t terrible.

        • CanoFTW

          Kind of what I meant above – except slightly more eloquent… just a little bit

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I know. It’s my principled pipe-dream.

          • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yeah I was typing when you posted your comment and i hadn’t refreshed, my bad.

      • Chris

        True, but at this point there is more of a risk of giving guys too many days off than too few.

  • Dela G

    the yanks kicked lester’s ass tonight

    too bad he had to get hurt :( I hope he’s ok

  • Stryker

    so happy to see a-rod have a HUGE game. i’d like to think he’s shutting everyone up now, no?

    • Bob Stone

      Yes but only until he has one poor game in the playoffs.

  • Jobamania

    you can rest your players during the royals series. This is still the red sox and you want to give them a rude awakening and send them out of town without having any chance of tasting playoff here. especially the way papi talked about how they would have a HUGE celebration if they clinch here.

    I want the A lineup out there, except for maybe posada, he can sit. We just had an off day, arod/swisher had 2 days in a row.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Hmmm… no.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      I think that the Yankees did a good job giving the Red Sox a rude awakening when they destroyed them in the last NYS series that actually counted for a lot.

    • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “especially the way papi talked about how they would have a HUGE celebration if they clinch here.”

      I say let ’em act like morons if they want to. If they make a huge deal, just because they’re in Yankee Stadium, about clinching the wild card, it’ll just look petty and immature. They’ll look bad, and maybe it’ll stick in the Yankees’ craw a bit and piss them off.

      Whatever. I don’t care where they clinch the wild card or where they celebrate.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I hope they have fond memories of their wild card clinching victory party when they’re watching the 2009 World Series from the comfort of their couches at home.

        • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Exactly. Fuck their wild card celebration, I couldn’t care less.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

      these games are meaningless. Hell with Molina, Hairston, Melky and Gardner being nearly half of the lineup in Anaheim I am convinced no teams stands a chance against the Yankees.

      These games are pointless and over hyped but of course, it’s BoSox vs Yanks. These games are fun to watch and we all love seeing Boston getting their ass kicked with arguably their best pitcher.

      These games don’t meant anything because the Yanks clinched and with this team rest is a huge factor into performance so I want rested starters.

      So what if they lose the next two? OMG BOSTON GAINED 1 GAME ON THEM?!?!?

  • Jobamania

    Plus it would be nice to shake up Dice-K. Remember mental is a big part of this game. If he comes in here and outpitches CC, you just don’t want that.

    • Zack

      he wont out pitch CC
      and if they put out a C lineup and he pitches well, what does that really show? false hope?

    • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      If Dice-K gets a huge mental boost from beating a lineup containing Shelley Duncan, Ramiro Pena, Gelky 1 and Gelky 2, and Jose Molina, then he’s a headcase.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I want to see Dice-walK make the “lemon face” when the Yankees jump all over him.

  • Bob Stone

    I know it means nothing to the Yankees season, but I would like to see CC get 20 wins. He’s really earned that. I don’t think it will help him get the Cy Young Award either, but I’d still like to see him reach 20 wins.

  • Dela G

    i thought this was interesting

    from the game notes

    The Yankees plan to start A.J. Burnett, Chad Gaudin and Chamberlain against Kansas City next week. That would enable them to flip flop Burnett and Andy Pettitte, with Burnett following CC Sabathia and starting Game 2 of the playoffs. …

  • Zack

    i dont care what lineup they have out there- i want them to run all over Vmart tomorrow too and let Joe and Tim try to blame the pitcher

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

    I hope to never see Albaladejo pitching for the Yankees ever again.

    This probably wasn’t visible on TV but there was a ton of weird stuff going on in the bullpen, like Melancon warming for five minutes or something and then sitting down because Hughes started. And then Hughes stopping when Albaladejo got up. And then Hughes stopping and starting at least once more before he warmed up all the way and came into the game. It was bizarre but also why I didn’t have an issue with him not pitching through the rest of the game.

  • Greg

    I feel like, while you want to rest the regulars down the stretch, you also don’t want to mess with anyone’s rhythm by giving them too much time off. The Yankees didn’t play yesterday and half the team didn’t play on thursday. I can see sitting a bunch of guys Sunday or Monday, but 3 out of 4 days is too many. Also, if you’re going to rest the guys one of the days, they’d probably rather give CC every chance to get 20 rather than getting Pettitte an extra win.

  • Zack

    From LoHud:
    ” The seven stolen bases were the most for the Yankees since they stole eight against Oakland on June 2, 2006 at Oakland…. He is hitting .208 and is 9 for 119 throwing out base stealers.”‘

    9 for 119? holy shit

    • http://martelli.mlblogs.com/melky%20c.jpg Drew

      Didn’t he come in at 13% If so that can’t be right, can it?

      • DSFC

        Yes, according to BR he was 15 for 100 coming into the game, which is 13%

        • http://martelli.mlblogs.com/melky%20c.jpg Drew

          15 out of 115.

          now he’s 15 out of 122 which is .122%. ha

          • Salty Buggah


      • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

        The other six were from pick-offs.

    • Guest

      This is a really, major, huge development. I don’t have the numbers, but V-Mart isn’t exactly Pudge Rodriguez in his prime back there, either. We should be able to run crazy on both catchers.

      Seriously, every non-Matsui or Posoda single or walk should be considered a double against the Sox in the ALCS (Presuming we both get there).

      BTW, how many steals will the Angels have off the Red Sox? Fifty ga-zillion?

  • Salty Buggah

    How fitting is it that A-rod broke the Franchise Home HR Record?

  • Rey22

    What I enjoyed the most out of today’s game was Varitek’s face every time we stole a base. Priceless.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius


  • JackISBACK

    Oh snap, Are you guys insinuating that the “C” on Varitek’s chest doesn’t stand for Cannon?

    Where is Kruk now? Team Flawless got their ass beat.

    • Nick

      I was thinking the same thing. Vmart is no great shakes at catcher either, so I expect the Sox to give up a ton of steals come playoff time.

  • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

    “C” is for “Crapitek”.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      “C” is for charlatan.

      • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

        C is for Cookie!

        • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          That’s good enough for me.

  • Rich

    3 runs in six innings is pitching well? This is definitely the home for Joba apologists.

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

      Ya. It’s called a quality start. Put your B-Jobber dunce hat on and please sit in the corner. Thanks.

    • pete

      it was better than the box score, too. he breezed through the first 3, escaped tough jams the next two, and gave up a pop-up that caught some wind and YS3-juice to ortiz. I don’t think anybody thought that was going out off the bat. As for the martinez hr, I’d rather he throw something over the plate up 5-0 in a 2-0 count than walk him. If he hits it, so be it. And so it was. Joba pitched very economically and while not quite dominant, definitely had control of the BoSox lineup. So yeah, I’m pleased with his performance

    • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

      Rich, don’t make us call you by your nickname

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

    Terrific photo of Ruth, guys. That’s one of the most famous photos in Baseball history, and it still gives me chills every time I see it.

  • The Lodge

    Arghh – McCarver! I’d rather listen to Suzyn W. than that windbag.

    Family Guy’s Parody of McCarver was dead on.

    “Tim McCarver: In my view, as good as the Yankees were in the first half of this game, that’s how as bad they’ve been now.”

  • Johnnyboy

    This Boston team is amazing! With the way V-Mart and Big papi are swinging the bat, they seem like world series champions! It was a great idea to take Lester out after 2.1 IP. He needs the rest for the playoffs!

    /John Kruk’d

  • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

    Why did the crowd seem comatose last night? An example is when Arod had just hit a 2 run home run to take a 3 run lead and when he came up to his next at bat to the sound of crickets (yes they were louder than his entrance music)

    • The Three Amigos

      Because as nice as it is to stick it to the Sox… these game are meaningless. I think the stadium is filled with people who know that and people who dont care either way. Our magic number being 3 everything is just making sure pitchers are rested and healthy, bullpen gets work in every other day to not get too rusty.

      And getting the lineup swinging well and playing lots of half games.

      Playoff time will be different…

      • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

        Yea this one did have a different feel to it

    • Pasqua

      It was cold, too.

  • Nickel

    You know, the real bummer here is if the Yankees win one of the next two games, we skip Derek Jeter in the magic number counter.

  • Thony3007

    I don’t know, but I don’t like Chamberlain pitching in the playoffs. Why not to have a 2009 version of the Cincinaty Reds’s “Nasty Boys” of the 1990 world series… Joba in the seventh, Hughes in the eight and Mo the ninth… Would it be possible?

    • The Three Amigos

      If you are okay with Gaudin pitching in the Alcs and WS that’s fine… I rather have Joba game 4, Guadin clean up and Roberton Hughes and Mo who can go 4 innings if needed.

    • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

      Would it be possible?


      Would it be possible probable?


  • pete

    i really liked joba’s changeup tonight

    • pete

      *last night

  • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

    Why not to have a 2009 version of the Cincinaty Reds’s “Nasty Boys” of the 1990 world series

    Nasty Boys.

    • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

      reply fail.

      • Thony3007

        “Nasty Boys” Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers

  • JM

    I was in Buffalo Wild Wings and I called A-Rods shot. I said “He’s gonna hit a homerun down the leftfield line”. Well, it pretty much happened. Pretty awesome…

    • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

      You’re a genuine phenomenon lol

      • JM

        You betcha. By the way…
        Buffalo Wild Wings>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Everything non-Yankee

        • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

          By the way…
          Buffalo Wild Wings>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Everything non-Yankee

          I don’t get it. What does one have to do with the other?

          That’s like me saying:

          My toothbrush >>>>>>>>>>>> Getting stung by a bee


          • JM

            Well, have you ever had a Buffalo Wild Wing?

            • JM

              Plus, it doesn’t have to have anything in common with the other. The wings there are better than EVERYTHING (non-Yankee). Kanye West made a song called “Amazin” about them. Britney Spears made a song called “Gimme More” about them. THAT’S HOW AMAZING THEY ARE.

              • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

                Kanye West made a song called “Amazin” about them. Britney Spears made a song called “Gimme More” about them. THAT’S HOW AMAZING THEY ARE.

                First of all, if anything, these two have made some of the worst decisions in the history of recent-hollywood. So I would never base anything on what they have to say. lol.
                Secondly, I’m sure things like your “health” may come become having a wing from there haha

            • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_66iK3oDC-18/R_2QyiWKuhI/AAAAAAAAATQ/hkvCJqiDOLs/s320/displayimage.jpg Dalton

              Several times. They get WWE/Boxing/UFC pay-per-views for free which is great.

  • Henry

    “Tonight’s game, was just the sixth time that Yankee Stadium has sold out in 76 games at Yankee Stadium”

    This quote from ESPN referring to the Yanks’ “inability to sell tickets”. But what those horse’s asses conviently forget to mention is the fact that despite this, guess who still leads the MLB in attendance?

    • JM


  • Joba Rules

    Yeah, I was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay wrong, and I couldn’t be happier.