Game 146: Serving steak on a Mitre


No one would like to erase his last start more than Sergio Mitre. The right hander didn’t look all bad, but he didn’t get any breaks from his defense, and when his team needed him to bail them out, he didn’t deliver. His final line — 4.1 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 5 K — will destroy his line for the rest of the season. But he can still salvage it with a few quality starts down the stretch.

The hope today is that the defense plays up to its standard, and that Mitre can avoid some of the situations he faced last time. I’d like to imagine his line would have been a bit prettier had the Yanks not been playing on Toronto’s turf. Even so, Mitre has a lot to prove in his last few starts, and with Andy Pettitte missing some time, he should get another three or four starts in this season.

Taking the hill for the Jays is a man who needs no introduction. This will be Doc’s fifth start against the Yankees this season. In three of those four he’s pitched a complete game, and in the remaining one he lasted seven. The Yanks got to him twice, though, while Doc has dominated in the other two. The series is tied 2-2, and the Yankees aren’t putting any of their regulars on the bench for this one.


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. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Brett Gardner, CF

And on the mound, number forty-five, Sergio Mitre.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Espn just had a clip of civility, or lack thereof in sports. The opening clip was my boy T.O., Ocho Cinco and you guessed it, Jober fistpumpin.
    They couldn’t find a clip of Papelbon?

    espn ftl

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      What the fuck is so wrong and so unsportsmanlike of showing emotion?

      Oh wait he did it against their precious Red Sox…Nevermind

      • JGS says:

        I don’t think anything this year beats Papelbon’s douchebaggery in that game he blew against the Mets

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Uhh you’re kidding right? he was showing his love for the game and his teammates because he knows they are safe. He knows he screwed up and he wants to rally his team to win.

          Joba is just a douche who plays for the money because he is a Yankee despite his current salary and his fistpumped in Boston. What a clown.

          Papelbon is a saint. You can’t compare the two. And if Papelbon is a saint then K-Rod is basically God.

  2. Why does it seem like we’re playing Toronto like every other series now?

  3. JGS says:

    if they win this game, they will have more wins than losses against Doc this year–has that ever even come close to happening?

  4. bonestock94 says:

    Mitre against Halladay, damn, should be frustrating lol.

  5. alex gonzalez says:

    “His final line — 4.1 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 5 K”

    “he did a damn good job”

    /Dela G ‘ed

  6. ARX says:

    Ugh…thats all I can say at a Halladay start, ugh. I’ll check back after Jeopardy, hopefully its not the 4th inning already ;)

  7. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    who’s hoping for Dice-BB to get shellacked tonight? :D

  8. Riddering says:

    It seems like every time Mitre starts we’re playing the Jays.

  9. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    Man, this meattray dude is a strike throwing MACHINE!!!

  10. Damn, Eiland eye twitchin like a fiend.

  11. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Does that help Robbie’s UZR?

  12. This just in via Kay.

    Wells has a big contract, one might call it an albatross.

  13. Mike Axisa says:

    Know what I just realized? The Yanks might cut Mitre over the winter, he’ll catch on with an NL club like the Padres or Astros, and he’ll put up a 3.75 ERA next watch.

  14. Mike Axisa says:

    FYI – NHL preseason on MSG. Woot.

  15. Does anyone else find a funny confirmation of many of our thoughts over the past few years?

  16. mike jones says:

    Anybody know what Nick Swishers walk up song is?

  17. JGS says:

    really knocked the crap out of that one

  18. Riddering says:


  19. JGS says:

    think tex is going to bunt here?

  20. Steve H says:

    Funny how SalBoGrantLanny shows up on a day when the pitching matchup is Halladay vs. Mitre……..

  21. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Thankfully we don’t have to face Halladay in the playoffs.

  22. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    good inning.

    halladay used six different pitches, and threw 16. if we keep this up, he’ll be knocked out of the game partway through the 8th!!!

  23. Mike Pop says:

    That pitch was just unfair.

    I used my dvr to rewind that and watched it like 4 times.

    • Brazilian Yankee says:

      Last pitch to Matsui? It caught plenty of the plate… Matsui just guessed something else. It wasn’t Doc’s most impressive pitch.

  24. BigBlueAL says:

    Hey Mike I remember you tweeting about how you only needed like 12 points or so to win your fantasy football matchup this weekend and you had 2 players left to play, did u pull it off????

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Oh yes, no thanks to T.O. though. Zach Miller FTW.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Damn you had TO, yeah he struggled but Zach Miller is a Top 10 TE and did well last night.

      • Zach Miller FTW.


        Upside – The Raiders defense is now legit. Ellis and Seymour bring a much needed physicality, the DT’s are solid, Morrison and Howard are excellent linebackers, Asomugha and Johnson are great corners. The Raiders D is hard hitting and should keep them in games, and the offensive running game can win some games as well, Russell’s still “meh”, but the Raiders have the talent now. They should be the second best team in the AFC West easily, and could go 9-7 or 10-6.

        Downside: That coaching staff sucks. They had that game wrapped up, and then started playing soft in the 4th quarter, and it wasn’t the players, it was the scheme. They called off the dogs. Massive coaching brainfart. I think they’re going to outthink themselves into losing, which is why they’ll end up 7-9 instead of 9-7 or 10-6.

  25. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Nice try Cano

  26. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    bad robby, no swinging at the first pitch!

  27. Joey says:

    Anyone out there buy NHL 10 yet? Heard its even better than last years, much more realistic. Anyone want to throw out their own quick reviews?

  28. Mike Pop says:

    Swishahouse been on fire lately.

  29. ARX says:

    RBI triple, plzkthx.

  30. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    C’mon Grit!

  31. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:


    see, there’s a case where Joe could have PR Guzman for Jorgie, then replaced JoPo with Molina. Can’t do that if you only have grit gutner.

    Guzman would have already stolen second, and then just scored.

  32. Ashish says:

    You guys have to see this clip of Derek Jeter. It’s only a little over a minute but make sure to watch it till the end.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      LOL. I mean she was in his suite with his family and everybody knows they are together. Im all for his privacy but cmon not that hard to just laugh that off, I mean she was right there with him during that interview.

  33. Mike Axisa says:

    The Yankees #8 hitter has an .884 OPS.

  34. 18 strikes 17 balls so far for Dice-BB. Same old shit I suppose.

  35. ARX says:

    I’ll take it!

    • alex gonzalez says:

      wheres Matt?

    • Lanny says:

      Were you patiently waiting all day to ask him that??? You may need to focus on other things in life.

      • Mike Pop says:

        Heh, Lanny telling people to focus on other things in life.

        Can’t make this stuff up.

        • Hey Popavero, you know what sounds like fun right now? Let’s go to another website and complain that the posters there are sharing humorous movie quotes with one another in a series of in-jokes and groupspeak references, jealous that we can’t be part of the fun because we’re not witty or charming enough to ever be entertaining to anyone.

          You game?

          • Mike Pop says:

            ONLY if we use like 4 different names. Also, we can complain about things and when asked what we would do to fix it, we just ignore it and go to ANOTHER website and repeat the process.

      • Steve H says:

        Yes. I even called in sick to work, just waiting and waiting. I almost broke the rules and asked during a non-open thread, but I go by the book. Thank you for your concerns SalBoGrantLanny.

  36. JobaWockeeZ says:

    We missed you too Grit.

  37. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Gardy!! Bad read by Swish..

  38. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  39. Riddering says:

    Damn, Gritner. SLICK.

  40. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    what’d swish do? he got to 3rd, yes?

  41. Riddering says:

    I’d love to see Cone’s bookmarks.

  42. Mike Pop says:

    No pitcher is safe.

  43. Mike Axisa says:

    Johnny Damon has been all sorts of suck lately.

    • Brazilian Yankee says:

      That was a shitty way to end the inning. But at least we are getting to Doc, unlike last time out.

  44. Riddering says:

    Batters faced: Halladay 11, Mitre 7

  45. Lanny says:

    Surprised that Girardi didn’t have Jeter bunt there.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

      your right–suicide squeeze with nick–who’d see that coming? if it didnt work, jeter would have scored Grit on his hit anyway.

  46. I missed a bunch of the postgames lately. Did Girardi say he called for bunts when guys like Derek or Swish made an attempt?

  47. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Comon Mitre, don’t give it back right away.

  48. Omar says:

    My nipples are kind of firm.

  49. Dela G says:

    mitre’s got this shit

  50. Mike Pop says:

    This kid Snider has a future.

  51. Riddering says:

    It’s okay, guys. He’s just pitching to the score.

  52. Evan says:

    Damn you, Matt Stairs lite.

  53. Lanny says:

    Got to love Mitre. Given a 2 run lead he promptly walks the lead off hitter.

  54. Dela G says:

    Wow, i just came home, turned on the, and the first pitch i see is a bomb from snyder

    holy cow

  55. Omar says:

    The Yankees rotation for a three game streak:

    Joba Chamberlain
    Sergio Mitre
    Chad Gaudin


  56. Dela G says:

    slick play by mitre

    he looks like mark sanchez

    pretty cool i guess

  57. Travis Snider is unimpressed with the mere existence of Sergio Mitre.

  58. Mike Axisa says:

    Wake up guys. Two outs.

  59. Dela G says:

    Hahahaha Tex just forgot how many outs there were

  60. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    …andy lose any money by missing this start? think it will cost him one of his bonus levels?

  61. Swisher: timing fail.

  62. Mike Axisa says:

    Now that was a cheapie.

  63. Riddering says:

    At least no one was on base.

  64. Dela G says:

    jesus christ

    3-2… ugh

  65. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Mitre FTL

  66. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Dice-Roll has thrown 54 pitches (27 strikes 27 balls), has 2 walks, and still has a no hitter. Something is wrong here.

  67. Steve H says:

    That “Kevin Long Appreciation Thread” was such ballwashing bs. It was like ESPN talking about the Sox. You guys need to understand that the hitting coach deserves no credit for good hitting. Good hitting comes from the starting pitchers ability to rally his teammates.

  68. Brazilian Yankee says:

    No astroturf tonight, so I guess we are gonna have to blame Mitre’s suck fest on the stadium dimensions.

  69. Steve H says:

    So yeah, it appears Mitre is pitching poorly, but it’s too early to judge. We can’t truly judge his performance until we see how many runs the Yankees score.

  70. I know he’s under control for next year but there’s no way this guy pitches any sort of innings for the Yankees next year, right? I know he’s the fifth starter and isn’t exactly pitching key innings but he has been nothing short of dismal in his time with this team. There has not been one thing about Mitre, except for the fact that he’s back this quickly after TJS, that has been impressive. And while that’s something to marvel at, in a way, it’s not desirable to have him essentially rehabbing at the Major League level.

    Short version: I don’t wanna see Mitre in the Bronx in ’10.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

      can he be in SWB?

      • Mike Pop says:

        Methinks this is an overreaction. 4.72 FIP, just coming back from tommy john. Of course I don’t want to see him in the rotation to begin the year but I want him back. Then again, I have a soft spot for the guy.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

          that’s nasty…this is a family blog!

          i think he can be better, and i think he can be serviceable, but we may be pretty well set for what he provides, and if he has to be in NY, well, see ya…

        • 5.05 tRA (98+). He gives up hard contact and though the general lack of walks is nice, he doesn’t seem to be able to consistently keep the ball down as a “pitch to contact” guy should. When such a pitcher can’t get the ball down, bad Sergio Mitre–which is pretty much all the time Sergio Mitre–is what happens.

        • The Artist says:

          I’m with you, Mike. He is what he is, but he eats up innings and is a serviceable 5th/6th starter. But I admittedly don’t expect much and won’t get too emotional about it one way or the other.

          I think IPK has much more upside and hope he gets a shot first, but I have no problem with Mitre.

    • Brazilian Yankee says:

      Couldn’t have said it any better.

    • We can pick up an option on him, I’d guess it’s cheap. I think he will be a good pitcher moving forward.
      Our Wang is unavailable, AP may or may not retire, why not have a sinker baller who can only get stronger in the organization.

  71. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Anyone tuning in to the Rangers/Bruins preseason game? Rangers losing 1-0 but they look good. Hopefully I could get tickets to the Rangers/Red Wings game on December 6th (3 days before my birthday!)

  72. Steve H says:

    Matt ACTY/BBD, glad you’re here, hoping to finally (despite Lanny’s objection) get an answer.

    • Lanny says:

      I guess you really need to know it. Kind of a head scratcher and you have to have other things going on in your life right?

  73. Dela G says:

    man i hate facing halladay so much

    its like the 6th time or something

  74. Mike Pop says:

    A-Rod is a fucking machine.

  75. JobaWockeeZ says:

    A-Rod failed for not getting a home run.

    • Steve H says:

      +2. And if A-Rod had +2 total bases, he would have succeeded.

      • Steve H says:

        But he’s still a terrible person, and a cheater. But not the Andy Pettitte kind of cheating. Just the injecting an illegal substance to help performance kind of cheating, unlike Pettitte, who simply injected an illegal substance to help performance.

  76. Dela G says:

    Well a-rod made me feel much better there

    he’s on fire

    on FIYA!

  77. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Blue Jays’ announcers said in the beginning of the game that the Yankees have been taking advantage of the launchpad known as New Yankee Stadium. Later on they say that Lind’s homer was a towering shot. No mentions of taking advantage of the bandbox or anything like that.

  78. Riddering says:

    KLong wants an A-Rod appreciation thread.

  79. JGS says:

    Kendry Morales single

    no more no-hitter for Dice-BB

  80. Mike Pop says:

    Of course, if it was 9-1 either way A-Rod would be safe.

  81. Brazilian Yankee says:

    ’08 Alex gets in there easily.

  82. Dela G says:

    wait a second??!!

    was he really out?

    i thought he beat the tag

  83. I’ve heard enough of Flaherty talking. Holy shit. He may like hearing himself talk more than Kay.

  84. Gaaaaaah that could come back to haunt them.

  85. Jorge + Breaking ball = ugly.

  86. Dela G says:


    i knew the hook was coming on posada

  87. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    58 pitches through 3 innings…out in the sixth if we can keep this up…


  88. Dela G says:

    my god

    the blue jays are abusing mitre… again :(

  89. Riddering says:

    That was really fucking shitty.

  90. Dela G says:

    Dice-BB gets outta 2nd and 3rd 1 outs.

    0-0 mid 5

  91. BigBlueAL says:

    Of course, Dice K gets out of a runner on 2nd and 3rd w/1 out jam.

  92. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    chicks dig meat tray.

  93. Lanny says:

    Typical Mitre start. A run an inning. Lefty’s pounding him.

    Girardi has 15 pitchers in the pen. Why not get one of them in here?

  94. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Well, it looked promising early…

    Not that the game’s over. Just acknoledging that the picture for the Yanks looks much bleaker.

  95. The Artist says:

    Al Leiter-”What Mitre needs is a 3rd pitch, a 4th pitch and probably an arm transplant. “

  96. Dela G says:

    the answer has to be babe ruth, right?

  97. Dela G says:

    man this guy is giving up batting practice

  98. Brazilian Yankee says:

    How is this helping the team?