Game 152: Please beat the Angels


We all want to see the Yankees win every game. We know it’s impossible, but wins are just so nice that we tend to get greedy. Tonight, I don’t think it’s a matter of greed. It’s a matter of winning a game to relieve the fanbase of some anxiety. Andy Pettitte helped with his performance last night, and the next step is to pick up a W against the Angels in Anaheim.

The Yanks will go at it with Chad Gaudin, their recently named fifth starter. The Yanks acquired him in early August for $100,000 and the pro-rated league minimum salary. What a steal he’s been. It hasn’t been perfect — and no one would expect that from Gaudin, who at 26 years old is already something of a journeyman.

In four starts so far with the Yankees Gaudin has thrown 19.2 innings, allowing seven runs and striking out 15 to 11 walks. That’s a rough ratio, but nearly half those walks came in his first start for the Yanks, against Oakland. He might have a rough go tonight: he’s typically hell on righties, but the Angels have a ton of switch hitters. Gaudin could face a lot of guys hitting lefty.

The Angels will send out Ervin Santana. After what seemed like a breakout year in 2008, in which he had a 4.55 K/BB ratio and a 3.49 ERA in 219 innings, Santana has regressed in 2009. He missed all of April with an elbow injury, and pitched horribly when he came back. It wasn’t long before he complained of forearm tightness, eventually hitting the DL with “inflammation in his triceps area.” Yet even since his return from that he’s been a disappointment, striking out just 74 and walking 31 in 91.1 innings. His ERA in that span is 4.73, a bit down from his season ERA of 5.43.

Once again, Girardi is not messing around, hauling out a version of the A-lineup.

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Brett Gardner, CF

And on the mound, number forty-one, Chad Gaudin.

David Robertson Injury Update: D-Rob took 20 pitches from a mound in the bullpen prior to the game. According to numerous reports from Anaheim, the right-hander is feeling great and will toss another pen session on Thursday. He should be activated in time to face Boston over the weekend.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Hooray for D-Rob; that’s fantastic news.

  2. Chad Gaudin for $100,000 and the prorated minimum >>>>>>>>>>>>> Jarrod Washburn, Brian Bannister, Jon Garland, Doug Davis, Bronson Arroyo, and Paul Byrd for anything.

  3. danny says:


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

    Chad Gaudin needs to us Nick Swisher’s jock when he pitches today. That makes the game a guranteed win, every time, w/o fail.

    Unfortunately if you touch Swisher’s jock w/o permission you lose your mind and can say nothing but “so sweaty” for the rest of your life.

  5. alex gonzalez says:

    I hate to admit that I am indeed a hoax. I am not a true believer in any of the things that I have said on this blog since my arrival.

    Most of what I said on here was based on what people with little true understanding of baseball and general common sense might say. I would generally twist any position of the majority of people on here and be opposed to it. I would then use multiple fallacies a thread and pretend to have some understanding of how logic works.

    I know that is indeed pretty sad how I spent my time, but I guess a few people got laughs out of it as did I. I generally just posted with my pseudonym if I was already reading the intelligent comments that appear on here nightly. I still will come here for the knowledge contained on this blog.

    In case anyone wanted to know, I am indeed a Yankees fan. I also am addicted to most forms of stats and using them to prove points. I idolize Andy Kaufman and his style. Sorry to anyone that was offended by me, hopefully some people found me and the memes about me funny. You stay classy RAB.

  6. Big Pink Lips says:

    Gaudin has been easier on the eyes than Joba lately.

    Boston down by five.

  7. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope Gaudin pitches well and that the offense comes out swinging well.

    I think if the Yanks score more runs than the Angels, they might win. Maybe.

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

    It’s amazing how a post on Swisher’s jock can go so under the radar in light of A-Gon’s revelation.

  9. DontChaKnow says:

    Nice to not see Melky in there. I hope the Angels enjoy being distracted with Gritty Gutty out there on the base paths.

    • The Artist says:

      I think this is our best team. Gardner’s a better CF and more dangerous when he gets on base. He also causes fielders to rush throws, leading to errors. He doesn’t get any statistical credit for that, but he causes it. Good things just seem to happen when Gritt Guttner’s playing.

  10. Mike Axisa says:

    Greinke’s ERA is down to 2.08. Uh-mazing.

  11. Tampa Yankee says:

    Hey TSJC, saw your comment about USF and Grothe on the previous thread, see my response…

  12. Dela G says:

    Joe G is pulling all the stops to make sure the yanks have a good chance to win

  13. Drew says:

    Did anyone see Ervin Santana on Nitro-Circus? It was pretty funny.

  14. Salty Buggah says:

    So far this year since college started, I’ve seen more Yankees apparel than Sox apparel at DU, which is mostly a White school (this year is the most diverse they’ve ever had and its still 80% White I think)

  15. Drew says:

    Fucking Umpires. I hate them. No lie.

  16. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice wide zone tonight. Should be good for Gaudin.

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


  18. JSquared says:

    The Assist by CB.

  19. Salty Buggah says:

    as long as Gaudin gets that too…which he probably wont.

  20. Dela G says:

    wow what a wiiiiiide zone

  21. Pasqua says:

    Any rhyme or reason why the Royals would pull Greinke after six innings and 93 pitches?

  22. The Yankees went first to third?!?!? BUT ONLY THE ANGELS DO THAT!

  23. Drew says:

    YES! Let’s get it Al.

  24. Dela G says:

    attaboy damon

  25. Salty Buggah says:

    no DP A-rod

  26. Weak stuff, Alex. Make up for it. Now.

  27. JSquared says:

    Another assist by CB bucknah!!

  28. Pasqua says:

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, was A-Rod demonstrating the dangerous effects of a wide strike zone.

  29. Salty Buggah says:

    so righties will have a hard time with that breaking ball

  30. Drew says:

    What the fuck is this X-Mo bullshit? It doesn’t even make sense.

  31. I wonder if Scosica will play Mathis over Napoli in the playoffs. I hope so.

  32. Mike Axisa says:

    Blast. At least they drove up his pitch count a little.

  33. Dela G says:

    damn that was frustrating

    cb bucknor is helping santana out there with that wide ass strike zone

  34. Drew says:

    No Kay, it really wasn’t driven deep to left field.

  35. It’s gonna be one of those nights again, isn’t it? :(

  36. Peterc says:

    Lookin a little like last night, ouch

  37. Reggie C. says:

    This is how it started last night. Can’t be leaving runners in scoring position against these Yankee-killers.

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

    Playing the Angels is like pulling teeth with a rusty fork.

  39. Dela G says:

    brooks baseball says everything bucknor has called has been a strike

    i call bs;sp_type=1

  40. Dela G says:

    cmon royals, don’t fuck this up

  41. Reggie C. says:


    Just like Joba.

  42. Obviously, inning-to-inning, the LOB totals matter. However, looking at it like they just did is a little iffy. The Yankees score a lot of runs with a lot of hits and walks, and thus get a lot of guys on base. Therefore, they will leave a lot of men on base.

  43. Dela G says:

    wow kendrick is sitting?

    thanks for that one sosh

  44. Drew says:

    Ooof, that thing was on a tee. Thank Mo for Izturis.

  45. Dela G says:

    boston just scored

    5-1 royals, man on third

  46. Dela G says:


  47. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    nice play Gardner.

  48. Riddering says:


  49. Salty Buggah says:

    nice Gardy

  50. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:


  51. Dela G says:

    Royals get out of the jam, 5-1 royals bottom of the 8th

  52. Keanu Reeves says:

    Notice the huge Spongetech ad behind Swisher in right? They’re filling tons of the ad space that was left vacant by companies like AIG. I had never seen one of there ada before I read this article from ESPN’s Page 2:

    Now I see them every night lol.

  53. A R says:

    Trey hillman for coach of yr. Taking greinke out in his game 7 cy push.

  54. For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex says:

    Brett Gardner’s career UZR=26.7. O MY MO!

  55. Mike Axisa says:

    Such a pretty swing.

  56. How did Hunter not cut that ball off before it got to the wall?

  57. Salty Buggah says:

    Cano = Beast

  58. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Let’s string together some hits now Yanks!


  60. Reggie C. says:

    Cano is a doubles machine. Wow.

    if he only got his uniform dirty once in a while … he’d be the face of Espn.

  61. Pasqua says:

    That was done just to spite people like us.

  62. Keanu Reeves says:

    Why in Mo’s name would Swisher bunt?

  63. Tank the Frank says:

    Is it just me or is this umpire (again) FULL OF SHIT!

  64. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Why is Swisha bunting?

  65. Tank the Frank says:

    Maybe let’s look for the offspead stuff now hhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

  66. Keanu Reeves says:

    Swish missed that pitch by about a foot.

  67. Santana’s breaking ball > Yankees.

  68. JSquared says:

    Is there a reason they’re expecting a fastball from santana… or we didn’t watch him the first inning.

    • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex says:

      Have to expect the fastball, or else they would never catch up to it. They can’t go up not expecting fastballs.

      • JSquared says:

        yeah, because he’s only thrown it once an at bat, lets swing and miss at all change ups because there’s a 15% chance he’ll throw a fastball…

        • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex says:

          If they sit one a curveball, it would be so easy to sneak a fastball rite by. Hitters usually go up expecting a fastball and adjusting to the breaking stuff. It’s impossible the other way around.

          • JSquared says:

            and if he sneaks a fastball by, fine, but he hasn’t been throwing it, so now you’re swinging at stuff you can not hit… example.. Look at all of Santana’s strikeout. Nothing wrong with expecting that he will eventually throw a fastball, but everything is wrong if you’re swinging at pitches you can’t possibly hit because you were guessing when he was giong to throw the only one fastball he was going to give you.

            • Salty Buggah says:

              meh, if you sit breaking ball, you will not be good because the pitcher will adjust.

              • JSquared says:

                No one is telling anyone to sit breaking ball, but you have to expect it, especially if he threw you the one fastball he’s been throwing everyone. Until he throws a strike 3 fastball, im looking for a breaking ball or change up, it only makes sense. Or… we can just strikeout on balls in the dirt.

            • Drew says:

              Let’s let the hitters hit, and the bloggers blog. mmmkayyy?

            • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex says:

              Well, yea I guess if he were to throw nothing but breaking pitches this start, and who knows, maybe they are looking breaking pitch, but getting fooled anyway. The best breaking pitches will look like fastballs out of the hand then spin at the end, as Mo’s cutter does and everyone is looking cutter from Mo(Just to clear it up;in no way am i comparing mo to Ervin Santana). The slider has been fooling the hitters pretty bad so far wheteher or not they’re looking for it.

  69. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon someone hit his breaking balls and get a hit with RISP

    I say Grit does

  70. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Another insane ump? Not surprising. Where are those robots?

  71. Dela G says:

    haha that fordham sign is so random

  72. Moshe Mandel says:

    This is a large strikezone, especially up and away to lefties.

  73. Moshe Mandel says:

    This is a large strikezone, especially up and away to lefties.

  74. Make hit #200 count here, Derek.

  75. Dela G says:

    alrght jeter, let’s bring em home

  76. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  77. Maybe it’s time to start jumping on that first pitch fastball, guys.

  78. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Is Santana a “cutter”? Or is there something nefarious afoot with the scars on his arm?

  79. Reggie C. says:

    You guys see the news of the Cardinals voiding Wagner Mateo’s 3+ million dollar contract over a vision problem. I hope the 16 yr old gets medical clearance.

    What a rough day today had to be for the kid.

  80. That didn’t even start off a strike…

  81. Dela G says:

    this wide zone is killing the yanks hitters

    • I know he’s not the best, but those last two swings by Jeter are not Bucknor’s fault at all. He called one strike in that AB and it was right down the middle. Jeter looked like a 13 year old who’s never seen a bender on those two swings.

  82. Accent Shallow says:

    Gaudin pitched a scoreless first inning against the Angels? Are Yankee pitchers allowed to do that?

  83. Tank the Frank says:

    That’s one of the few times Jeter has looked just plain embarrassing.

  84. Dela G says:



  85. Keanu Reeves says:


  86. Salty Buggah says:

    Outside breaking ball > Yanks right handers

  87. Mike Axisa says:

    Awful Jetes, just awful.

  88. Pasqua says:

    This is horseshit. Santana might be “bewildering” the Yankees, but the two pitches Jeter just swung at were never strikes. Why are you swinging? (Says the guy typing on his computer at 10:30 at night)

  89. Brazilian Yankee says:

    0 for 5 with RISP, it’s a team full of Canos right now.

  90. Moshe Mandel says:

    The Yankees have 3 hits in 2 innings and Santana has thrown 38 pitches. The breaking ball looks good, but let’s not get crazy here, Michael.

  91. BigBlueAL says:

    Mightve been one of Jeter’s worst at-bats of the season there. 3-1 count and Santana throw back-to-back pitches 1 foot outside and Jeter swings and misses at both.

  92. Steven says:

    0-5 with runners in scoring position, seems like a theme throughout the last month, even when they win

  93. Riddering says:

    I can’t believe Jeter swung at that crap.

  94. Keanu Reeves says:

    Smile of the game? Really My9? Really…?

  95. Pasqua says:

    Is it fair to say they’re pressing at this point? Swisher and Jeter looked out of sorts (but could just be the pitching).

  96. Riddering says:

    On the bright side: Angels have had no RISP chances so far.

  97. Baseball’s a fickle bitch, Kendry.

  98. kyra says:

    ha…this site is proof that i’m not the only crazy yankee fan out there. so it’s not just me…we have been sucking lately.

  99. tony from the bronx says:

    major difference Yanks k Angels put the ball in play

  100. Damn, that was a good AB (and shitty tRA/BABIP luck).

  101. Dela G says:

    damn you bloop single

  102. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Son of a…..Butler!

  103. Rex Hudler makes me want to mute MLB ’09 when I play it.

  104. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Jorge had to beg for that check swing, unfuckingbelievable.

  105. Chad says: “Fuck yo’ trees, Kenny. I got an axe.”

  106. Pasqua says:

    Gaudin likes the nightlife. He likes to boogie…

  107. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Magic number down to 7. Nice

  108. Dela G says:

    great job gaudin

  109. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Mantle? How trite.

  110. Drew says:


    That’s a good name for a child. Better than “Soda.”

  111. Riddering says:

    No offense to Mick but I hope his stay is short tonight.

  112. Drew says:

    In reality, Boston hasn’t lost yet, they never say die.

  113. Dela G says:

    can’t wait to see the 6

  114. Tex is unimpressed with the shift.

  115. Dela G says:

    tex = on fire

  116. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Shift this!


  117. Keanu Reeves says:

    Mark Teixeira is really good at baseball.

  118. Reggie C. says:

    Arod’s kinda of a big deal.

  119. JSquared says:


  120. Tank the Frank says:

    Hell yeah.

  121. Drew says:

    Al >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> EVERYONE ELSE

  122. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    see yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  123. Frankie says:

    Manny Rodriguez!

  124. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Michael Kay was staring at Angels celebrity guest, Roger Lodge. He did not seem impressed.

    Arod just messed up my observation.

  125. Riddering says:


  126. BigBlueAL says:

    Fuckin crushed.

  127. Keanu Reeves says:

    Holy shit. That ball was hit really, really, reeeeeeeeeally far.

  128. Alex Rodriguez makes me feel like less of a man.

  129. Salty Buggah says:

    HAha! I predicted that (didnt want to jinx it)


  130. Dela G says:


  131. Reggie C. says:

    Kay’s gasm culminated into a “WOOO” .

    Kay can’t be stopped.

  132. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Hot damn Alex. Awesome!

  133. Pasqua says:

    Psssst. Ervin. Over here.

    You know that changeup nobody’s hitting? You might want to stick to that.

  134. For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex says:

    Stupid homerun. It’s just a rally-killer and doesn’t help as much as a bunt or sac fly. We should be more like the Angels.

  135. Dela G says:

    hey catcher’s interference!


  136. Drew says:

    Ha. Catcher’s interference, bitches.

  137. Accent Shallow says:

    More of “In play, run(s)”, please.

    I don’t have much faith in Gaudin — do you pull him after 5 if he’s pitching well, or try and get him through 6-7?

  138. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh yeah, A-Rod really needs another two days off, he only has two homers in his last four plate appearances…

    /The Artist’d

  139. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Btw, some guest on the Angels broadcast just said that Boston plays 6-inning games now because they can bring Wagner, Bard and Papelbum.

  140. Dela G says:

    i love the loud “hip hip” chants

  141. A-Rod hit that ball “crotungliously.”


  142. Drew says:

    Did anyone else see Molina talking to Alex and wish Al would just run away!?

  143. whozat says:

    Matsui’s speed is distracting Santana.

  144. JSquared says:


  145. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    seeeee yaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  146. Mike Axisa says:

    Awwwwwwwwwww yeah!!!

  147. Drew says:

    JOPO!!!!!! BITCHES!!!!!!!

  148. Pasqua says:

    Too high. It’s too high.

  149. Reggie C. says:


  150. For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex says:

    Yea JoPo!!

  151. Dela G says:



  152. Keanu Reeves says:


  153. BigBlueAL says:


  154. Riddering says:

    Oh, baby. There’s nothing like a pointless trip to the wall from Abreu.

  155. Salty Buggah says:

    HIP HIP!!!!!!!!!

  156. Frankie says:

    Good thing we have all these lefty batters.

  157. Greg G. says:

    Hey, I thought there was a rule about no ALL CAPS postings. ;-)

  158. Moshe Mandel says:

    If the Yankees decide that Chad Gaudin is their guy for a game 4, do they move Joba to the bullpen for the last 5 games to see what they have?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Considering how he’s pitching, leave him off the ALDS roster. He’s simply not one of the ten best pitchers on the team right now.

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        But if he can recapture even some of his old bullpen magic, he almost certainly becomes one of the 10 best. How can it hurt?

        • Reggie C. says:

          B/c if Joba doesn’t reclaim the “lost” velocity , there’s going to be an uproar. And that will distract joba , who hasnt faced much adversity this season that he didnt create.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Oh it can hurt a lot in a short series. Going to bullpen isn’t going to magically fix him.

        • Thomas A. Anderson says:

          Here’s the thing: Why are people so convinced he’s going to magically turn into a competent pitcher again by going into the pen?

          • Moshe Mandel says:

            I’m not. That’s why I I try him out a few times in the last 5 games of the regular season. Worst case, he fails and you say sayonara until 2010. He would not be the first pitcher to pitch better out of the bullpen.

          • Moshe Mandel says:

            I’m not convinced. That’s why I want to try it. If he doesn’t pitch well, you say goodbye until 2010.

  159. Accent Shallow says:

    I’ll feel safe when the lead is double digits. This godforsaken team.

  160. Swisher’s got 2/3 of the TTO. Just needs a homer now.

  161. Mike Axisa says:

    Haha, read Pete’s 10:45 update. That’s classic.

  162. Dela G says:

    i love how the wheels are falling off for this terrible pitcher

    the yanks should’ve done this to saunders yesterday

  163. Dela G says:

    wow what a lucky ass play

  164. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Damn Morales.

  165. makavelli says:

    Pee Wee Herman was on the Jay Leno Show earlier tonight…pretty awesome…

  166. Steven says:

    I know I’m jinxing him, but at this point, am I crazy to believe that the Yankees should prefer 5 or 6 innings of Gaudin for the 4th starter playoff role than Joba?

    • Pasqua says:

      I was thinking just 4 innings, then Aceves for 2, then your late inning guys. I hate to sound like a bandwagoner, but fact of the matter is that Gaudin has pitched well and Joba hasn’t. Maybe Joba’s upside can just wait until next year.

      • Steven says:

        Yeah, I love Joba, and I have always felt that he can be a good starter, but he has been truly pitiful since his start against Boston on August 6th, and ever since then, and the pickup of Gaudin, he has fallen apart, while Gaudin has brought stability to the back end of the rotation.

        And also yeah, Gaudin falls apart the 2nd or 3rd time through the lineup

  167. Manimal says:

    We need a Chad Gaudin appreciation thread soon.

  168. Accent Shallow says:

    Cano laughs heartily at Mathis’ ball-in-play shenanigans

  169. Pasqua says:

    Michael Kay on the importance of hitting with RISP: “You’re not going to be able to hit homeruns all the time.”

    The 2009 Yankee season begs to differ.

    • Drew says:

      “it get’s you into the playoffs.”

      What exactly did he mean by that? Keep in mind it was in the context of HR’s not working in the post season.

      • Pasqua says:

        Michael Kay understands that World Series highlights are just littered with squeeze bunts and hit-and-runs. Kirk Gibson’s game winner in ’88 off of Eckersley was actually a sac fly. Very few people remember that.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      The best part is that he argued that you won’t be able to do that because you’ll be facing the cream of the pitching crop. The Angels are a playoff team. Santana will be one of their four playoff starters.

  170. Keanu Reeves says:

    Alright…I’ve played second base a lot. That play that Cano just made is not easy at all. He’s way better defensively than most of the baseball world realizes.

    • Cano’s just inconsistent with his fielding. There are weeks when he looks like literally the greatest second baseman on earth defensively then he’ll have weeks when he looks like he’s got cement shoes on.

  171. Drew says:

    That’s what “a couple of people I talked to?”

    Is that equal to “anonymous scout?”

  172. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Figgins is a pain in the arse.

  173. Why do people keep saying Figgins can play a bunch of positions? He’s played about 35 games off of third since ’07.

    • leokitty says:

      Once you become known for something, it never changes in the eyes of sportscasters.

    • Drew says:

      He’s athletic as a mother fucker. He plays a good third and runs fast as hell. My guess is that he can still play the corner outfield positions. I don;t think it’s too unreasonable to assume he can play a bunch of positions.

  174. Accent Shallow says:

    Gaudin, you can’t walk garbage hitters like Izturis. Shit.

  175. Dela G says:

    oh lordy

    please get abreu out pretty please?

  176. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon Go-Dan

  177. Mike Axisa says:

    Bear down Chad. Squash this two-out bullshit.

  178. Drew says:

    Good shit Chad.

  179. Accent Shallow says:

    Huge K, especially against someone like Bobby.

  180. Dela G says:



  181. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice Chad