Game 136: Starting another streak


It seems like every time the Yankees have a winning streak snapped this season, they just start up another one. They’ll look to do that today against the Jays. They had Roy Halladay on the mound last night, and when he’s on there’s really no stopping him. That a lesser pitcher is on the mound clearly bodes well for the Yankees this afternoon.

That lesser pitcher is Brett Cecil. Toronto drafted him with the 37th pick in the 2007 draft out of the University of Maryland. He was a closer there, starting just six games in his two years as a Terp. The Jays thought he had good stuff, and knowing that starters are more valuable than relievers, immediately converted him, giving him 13 starts in low-A ball after the draft.

After pitching 112 innings between college and pro ball in 07, Cecil touched three levels in 2008: A+, AA, and AAA. He pitched well at each stop and racked up 108.2 innings. He started this year at Las Vegas, where the hitter-friendliness of the Pacific Coast League seemingly caught up with him. His ERA ballooned to 5.69 over his 49 inning there, and his strikeout rate fell precipitously.

With their rotation one by one hitting the DL, the Jays called up Cecil to start against the Indians on May 5. He had three good starts to open his career, including an eight-inning, zero-run performance against Oakland in his second start. Since then he’s been a mixed bag, having some excellent starts mixed with some absolute clunkers.

One of those clunkers came against the Yankees, back on July 5. Joba Chamberlain also pitched horribly, but the Yanks got enough off Cecil and B.J. Ryan* to win the game. Cecil allowed seven runs on nine hits and five walks over 3.2 innings. The Yanks could sure use some of that hittin’ today.

* The Jays released Ryan after that appearance, adding to the list of pitchers who were released after the Yankees hammered them.

The Yanks look for some help from old-time stopper Andy Pettitte. I remember watching games back in the day, during Pettitte’s first stint with the team, and the commentators always noting his incredible record in games following Yankee losses. He’ll get a chance to improve on that today. It will be his first September start after a mind-blowing August, where he was 6-0 — 6-0! — with a 2.50 ERA. And that included the rough five-inning start against Boston.

Joe Girardi has expressed his desire to rest all of his starters down the stretch, but it seems that no one has rested more than Johnny Damon. He gets another day off today against the lefty Cecil. Curiously, Eric Hinske gets another start, so it doesn’t seem to just be a platoon thing for Damon. Keeping him fresh for the playoffs is of the utmost importance.

Oh, and Josh Towers has joined the team. He’ll work in long relief to start, possibly getting a spot start later in the month. I’m wondering if Jason Hirsh makes his way up soon enough, but that would require finagling another 40-man spot. The Yanks released Kevin Cash to make room for Towers.


1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, 1B
3. Mark Teixeira, DH
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jorge Posada, C
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Jerry Hairston, LF
8. Melky Cabrera, CF
9. Eric Hinske, RF

And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. alex gonzalez says:

    Pettitte had been really good last month. hopefully he can continue that into this month.

  2. Zack says:

    You forgot to mention that the Blue Jays are shutting Cecil down after his next start; I cant believe this Yankee-only philosophy is sweeping the nation.

  3. Salty Buggah says:

    There’s nothing like waking up late on a Saturday and going straight to watching a Yankees game. I want an offensive explosion coupled with a gem from Andy.

  4. Salty Buggah says:

    Hinske in RF again? Hope he plays better today

  5. Dela G says:


  6. Drew says:

    Cecil rules ftl.

  7. Dela G says:


  8. Salty Buggah says:

    got unlucky and lucky there

  9. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Great stop by Encarnacion. The throw, not so much.

  10. Mike Pop says:

    David Cone and his stats. Pretty neat.

  11. Salty Buggah says:

    Drive it in A-Rod

  12. Salty Buggah says:

    Cone with a Fangraphs reference!

  13. Drew says:

    Coney with the Fangraphs

  14. JSquared says:

    Some of those inside strikes look like balls…

  15. Dorian says:

    Fangraphs reference

  16. kunaldo says:

    holy crap coney just referenced!

  17. Dela G says:

    damn a-rod

    oh well

    to teh bottom!!

  18. Salty Buggah says:

    fuckin ump with inside call

  19. Mike Pop says:

    My eyes tell me fangraphs is wrong!!!! A-Rod chased one.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      well, considering they kept busting him inside and they got that inside call each time so I think thats what messed Alex up that time.

  20. Drew says:

    There goes the perfect game? You’ve got to be shitting me.

  21. Dela G says:

    kay…. a perfect game without an out already?


  22. Dela G says:

    great K there

  23. Salty Buggah says:

    Wells DP please

  24. Dela G says:

    ROBBIE CANO with a great play!

  25. Drew says:

    Sick dub play. That thing was a rocket

  26. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice Cano. No DP but close

  27. Mark says:


  28. Nels says:

    Cone, Millar was not with the Red Sox over the previous two seasons.

  29. Dela G says:

    great inning for pettite

  30. Mark says:

    Andy with 2ks in the first inning. Really pitching amazing.

  31. Dela G says:

    great idea for free prostate exams. I know many men who have been affected by prostate cancer.

  32. Dela G says:

    anyone watching greg paulus with syracuse today? The guy looks pretty damn good

    • Drew says:

      Just got it on espn360. I saw his first TD but is was on a blown coverage. I missed the second td pass.

  33. Salty Buggah says:

    Mitre pitching on the turf tomorrow? Thats not good for sinkerballers even if they are on.

  34. Dela G says:

    nice job cano!

  35. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon Jerry, no DP

  36. alex gonzalez says:

    Why isn’t Damon playing today? is he hurt?

    • Mike Pop says:

      From the post:

      Joe Girardi has expressed his desire to rest all of his starters down the stretch, but it seems that no one has rested more than Johnny Damon. He gets another day off today against the lefty Cecil. Curiously, Eric Hinske gets another start, so it doesn’t seem to just be a platoon thing for Damon. Keeping him fresh for the playoffs is of the utmost importance.

      • alex gonzalez says:

        so another case of old Joe maybe hiding something? why rest damon so much of all people. rest posada.

        • Drew says:

          turf is tough on legs. JD had the cramps the other day. Just a way to keep him fresh day game after night, especially on turf.

        • For lack of a more creative name... Alex says:

          Or maybe due to Damon’s recent history of trouble with his legs, his calves most recently. It is the perfect opportunity to rest him, playing on the turf with a lefty on the mound and a 7.5 game lead.

    • Drew says:

      just restin them legs on Turf I guess.

  37. Salty Buggah says:

    no DP Melky

    Im guessing he gets a double here

  38. Drew says:


  39. Accent Shallow says:

    That looked like ball four, but I will take an RBI single any day.

  40. Dela G says:

    good job melk man

  41. Salty Buggah says:

    That was high Hinske but whatever, he saw 7 pitches

    • Drew says:

      Yeah good AB. That’s another good thing about resting the regulars, getting the guys on the bench some consistent AB’s.

  42. alex gonzalez says:

    I find the Jeter hit record with the Yankees so impressive. Not a lot of guys ever have a chance to approach 3000 hits. let alone do it only playing for one team.

  43. Salty Buggah says:

    Swisha single (though a Grand Salami would be nice too)

  44. Dela G says:

    damn, the inside corner is his friend

  45. Accent Shallow says:

    Think Toronto fans are on Maple Leaf Blues posting about how Cecil should be in the pen after this performance?

  46. Dela G says:

    damn, you lucky dog cecil

  47. alex gonzalez says:

    Anyone else notice the yankee give a way commercial was someone else besides Kay? he has been broadcasting a lot less games also. I think something is going on.

  48. Salty Buggah says:

    fuckin Ruiz!

  49. Mike Pop says:

    Damn, he absolutely crushed that ball.

  50. Mark says:

    51 pitches for Cecil already. Way to make him work yanks.

  51. Dela G says:

    damn, randy ruiz has been murder against the yanks as of late

  52. Dela G says:

    wait a second

    that was a foul ball

  53. Mike Axisa says:

    That shit’s foul.

  54. Mark says:


  55. Salty Buggah says:

    It’s foul!

  56. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Hanger…terrible pitch.

  57. Drew says:

    thats close. nice foul pole Le Jays..

  58. Drew says:

    I think it did hit his hand.

  59. Salty Buggah says:

    Holy fuck, that didnt look like foul at all initially but replays say it was.

  60. how the fuck does major league baseball allow that net to be the foul pole?

  61. Dela G says:

    that was def foul

  62. Drew says:

    woohooo! Umps FTW

  63. alex gonzalez says:

    Home run to loud strike, awesome.

  64. Dela G says:



  65. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Woot foul!!

  66. Salty Buggah says:

    Woohoo! Thank Mo for replays

  67. JSquared says:


  68. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Damn, that’s a close one…it looks like it hit the guy’s hand.

  69. Drew says:

    they should make him run around the bases the other way now. heh

  70. Jamie says:

    watch now he hits one out of the stadium

  71. Dela G says:

    phew, we got him out

    i thought he was going to hit it to jesus his next chance

  72. Salty Buggah says:

    That’s gotta be very heartbreaking. From a HR to a groundout

  73. Nels says:

    By the way, since that was foul, the no hitter is still alive.


  74. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Ruiz broke Gameday.

  75. Dela G says:

    attaboy andy

  76. aj says:

    Good clean up andy.

  77. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Andy Pettitte is a sub 4 ERA pitcher now.

  78. aj says:

    What’s up with his uppercut swing? Whatever works i guess

  79. Salty Buggah says:

    It’s gotta be Zobrist right?

  80. aj says:

    Probably Ben Zobrist.

  81. Tank the Frank says:

    I’d love to see Tex bust out of his mini slump soon. He’s a career .987 OPS in Sept/Oct.

  82. Drew says:

    I’d say Zobrist.

    Morales was higly touted as a hitter by the A’s. Same with Hill.

  83. aj says:

    Who would you fear more in the ALCS Angels or Sox?

  84. Dela G says:

    kendry morales seriously came out of nowhere

    • Jamie says:

      steroids with face

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Yea, but Zobrist was even more unexpected to me. Morales was at least hyped.

      • Dela G says:

        well zobrist was actually super hyped by the astros, but eh, you kinda had to live in htown to know that… haha

        • scooter says:

          When the Angels signed Morales, there was a ton of hype about him – then a few relatively disappointing seasons – and I dunno if the hype had him THIS good

          Zobrist? His 2009 seemed to come out of nowhere. Could say the same thing about Bartlett

  85. aj says:

    I’m sure I can relate to these race car-driving, horse-riding, yacht-having, blonde-dating IZOD guys.

  86. Brazilian Yankee says:

    We should have scored more by now. It’s Brett freaking Cecil…

  87. aj says:

    Is it necessary to bench Damon and/or Matsui against every single Lefty?

  88. aj says:

    Has anyone eaten a burger at NYY Steak yet

  89. Salty Buggah says:

    Is it me or does Chavez hit really well against us?

    • scooter says:

      Don’t have the stats – but I was thinking the same thing. I’m sure he’s not the center of attention on scouting reports – but he seems to like fastballs up

  90. Dela G says:

    great play by hairston!

  91. Accent Shallow says:

    Robbie Cano is pretty good.

  92. JMK says:

    Cano FTW!

  93. Dela G says:


  94. Salty Buggah says:


  95. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Whatya know…

  96. Tank the Frank says:

    Cano’s hitting 30 next season.

  97. Mark says:

    CANO HR!!!!!

  98. Salty Buggah says:

    damn, bad luck for Hairy there

  99. Drew says:

    Heh Melky sounded like a pirate. ARGHHHH

  100. Dela G says:

    damn that seemed like it hurt melky :(

  101. Dela G says:

    that laughing by cano was awesome

  102. Salty Buggah says:

    we’re hitting him hard

  103. JMK says:

    Cecil looks pretty rattled out there. I’m thinking we knock him out of the game next inning.

  104. Brazilian Yankee says:

    A bunch of hard hit balls by the Yankees. They have to start falling or going over the fence soon, don’t they?

  105. Drew says:

    74 pitches thru 3.2, gotta be getting tired

  106. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Sharapova is playing on CBS. Nice in between inning killer.

  107. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Tim Tcheetah likes the highstrike.

  108. JMK says:

    Hairy looks pretty good in left. How many more games playing the outfield does he have until he loses his type-b status?

  109. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Swisher needs to step up his game today. He has left 5 men on base in 3 AB’s, all in just 4 innings.

  110. Dela G says:

    millah looked fooled

  111. alex gonzalez says:

    That looked foul.

  112. Dela G says:

    Holy cow, how are we not shocked he hits a homerun his next time up?


  113. Salty Buggah says:

    fuckin Ruiz

  114. JMK says:

    Why are we still throwing to this guy?

    • VO says:

      Because it’s Randy Ruiz.

      • JMK says:

        Normally I’d agree with you (because, after all, how the hell is Randy Ruiz?) but this dude has been killing the Yankees. And it’s the same hanging pitch!

      • scooter says:

        Career minor-leaguer and juicer

        Again, there’s gotta be something wrong with the scouting report. It sure looks like the guy swings at everything – so might as well bounce a few

  115. alex gonzalez says:

    he is a steroid user cheater? why is he allowed to play? send him to a home with Bonds and Arod.

  116. Dela G says:

    cmon pettite, throw a strike my brotha

  117. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Ruiz is just another Yankee killer in the making.

  118. JMK says:

    Pettite–what’s going on here?

  119. Dela G says:



  120. Drew says:

    One instance where the turf helps! Great throw by Robby

  121. Mike Axisa says:

    OMG teh pitching is in shabbles!

  122. Salty Buggah says:

    they got lucky with the bloop

  123. Joe R says:

    What happens when we run into a good bullpen that we cant score 7 runs off of. I think they need to start scoring runs off starters.

    • Dela G says:

      the thing is that i haven’t really ever seen them really “Shut down” by a bullpen throughout an entire series all season with one exception (the nationals series)

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Red Sox pen, we can get them. Angels pen sucks. We got this.

    • Drew says:

      I know right? We never score off starters. We suck.

      • alex gonzalez says:

        and yous said i was a sox fan? it sounds like you hate the yankees.

      • Joe R says:

        Cause thats even close to what I said. Just saying I dont know how successful it can be when they score most of their runs in innings 7-9 and they run into a strong bullpen

        • Drew says:

          We score more runs in the 4th than any other inning.

          While 7-9 is a bit higher run wise, due to pen implosions, it’s not that much of a difference. I think it goes without saying that it’s easier to get explode offensively in the 6th or 7th inning as opposed to say the first.

          Also, there aren’t that many strong pens.

  124. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Hinske is just atrocious out there.

  125. VO says:

    Nice job YES missing it.

  126. Dela G says:

    MARK T!!


  127. Drew says:

    Great job by YES. Cut to the ball as it enters the stands…

  128. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice job missing the homer, YES. Well done.

  129. Salty Buggah says:


  130. VO says:

    He was safe.

  131. Dela G says:

    great job telling the truth there coney

    i too thought he was safe

  132. Dela G says:

    A-rod on FIYA!

    although we could’ve used that last night with the bases loaded!! [/typical loser who forgets the 7.5 game lead

  133. VO says:

    What hip?

  134. Drew says:

    Man Al is good.

  135. Dela G says:

    first baseman speed

  136. Salty Buggah says:


  137. Dela G says:

    attaboy cano

  138. Drew says:

    C’mon J-Hair, let’s blow this shit open.

  139. JMK says:

    I can’t stand astroturf. Who else still uses it? Twins, Rays…? Is that it?

  140. Riddering says:

    Kids get a Snoopy doll, adults get a hand sanitizer keychain.


  141. Salty Buggah says:

    Hand sanitizer keychain?

  142. JMK says:

    Hand sanitizer keychain day? Pancreatic cancer screening day? Is there a turd sandwich day too?

  143. JMK says:

    We should get another thread going for luck.

  144. Brazilian Yankee says:

    B lineup is really killing us today. 8 LOB on a ridiculous 1 for 9 with RISP.

  145. Salty Buggah says:

    ummm, that was a fuckin strike

  146. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice throw by Swish.

  147. Salty Buggah says:

    Nick the fielder!

  148. Salty Buggah says:

    Cano and Jeter…WTF?

  149. JMK says:

    Wow. Inexcusable. Looked like Robby’s bad.

  150. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Cano napping on D.

  151. Mike Axisa says:

    Vernon Wells is just awful. Swinging 3-0 with one out and runners on first and second?


  152. Dela G says:

    lol at vernon wells swinging at 3-0

  153. JMK says:

    Cano is going to give me an ulcer some day.

  154. Salty Buggah says:

    thanks Vernon

  155. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Wells with the poop out on a 3-0 count. Awesome.

  156. Drew says:

    Millah ftl

  157. scooter says:

    Thoughts with Ernie Harwell and family

    Wow… Wells 3-0, and pops out weakly. He needs a change of scenery, and that isn’t happening unless the Jays eat a lot of contract

  158. Salty Buggah says:

    whew, thank mo that mistake didnt hurt

  159. Riddering says:

    Astrotuf giveth!

  160. Salty Buggah says:

    Pasta diving Millah

  161. Rockdog says:

    Really nice AB Hinske

  162. Salty Buggah says:

    Swisher’s discipline is awesome to watch

  163. Dela G says:

    cmon tex!

  164. alex gonzalez says:

    I’m hoping Tex gets on base so we can see A-Fraud hobble to the plate and take his weak little hack.

  165. Salty Buggah says:

    Hideous swing by Tex

  166. Dela G says:

    what the hell was that?

    terrible swing my brotha

  167. Dela G says:

    great job alex

  168. Riddering says:

    Alex has got Tex’s back.

    And the pitcher’s.

  169. Salty Buggah says:


  170. Dela G says:

    attaboy posada

  171. Salty Buggah says:


    Ridiculous offense

  172. Riddering says:

    JoPo my man!

  173. Drew says:

    From Casey to Jesse? Bunch of girl names in that pen

  174. Dela G says:

    great hustle cano, almot beat that one out

  175. Salty Buggah says:

    Cano = Hustla

  176. Riddering says:

    Damn, how did Robbie get down there so quick?

    He’s been holding out on us!

  177. scooter says:

    Cone had some interesting stuff to say about pitchers concerning command and tools

    Thing is, Janssen is almost 28 – so if command hasn’t happened by now, I don’t think it’s going to start happening.

  178. Dela G says:


    talk about a lot of misplays there

    oh well

  179. Riddering says:

    That was terrible.

  180. Salty Buggah says:

    ah fuck. WTF Melky and bad throw

  181. Dela G says:

    well i am off to go tailgating

    my school (texas a&m) is playing new mexico today, so off to the game i go

    lets hope the yanks can pull this off

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