Game 152: Please beat the Angels

Open Thread: Ground Rules Reminder
Game 152 Spillover Thread

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.

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Open Thread: Ground Rules Reminder
Game 152 Spillover Thread
  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

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

      So I guess that leaves one open roster spot, right?

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

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

    • JGS

      what about Smoltz and Penny?

      • chriskeo

        in the NL?
        Gaudin is pitching in the AL East

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

          That was sarcasm.

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

        Don’t state the obvious.

    • Keanu Reeves

      We’ve heard so much Cashman bashing for some moves he has made, and some he hasn’t (Santana, Halladay, Lee and etc.). But he has made some really really good under the radar deals.

      The Swisher, Hairston and Gaudin deals are all helping the team and they gave up virtually nothing for all three.

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

        Don’t forget Hinske. He gave up Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer and got the Pirates to PAY US.

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

        -A-Rod for Alfonso (slider, low and away) Soriano

        -Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle for some guy who’s playing Division 1 Basketball right now

        -Jose Molina for Jeff Kennard

        -Hairston, Hinske and Gaudin this year for cash or PTBNL.

        I’ll say he’s done a pretty good job overall. Not perfect, some of his FA pitcher have been disasters, but good overall.

  • danny

    pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    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.

  • alex gonzalez

    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.

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

      You cheeky bastard.

    • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Gotta know… What other names do you use here?

      The Andy Kaufman thing… Doesn’t translate very well to this forum. I’m sure nobody was offended, but I’m also sure just about everyone was nothing but annoyed. So… Good for you for coming clean, but please don’t pull that stunt again. We come here to read about the Yankees and to discuss baseball because the level of discourse here has traditionally been relatively high, and doing what you did just kind of runs counter to the reasons why we come here in the first place. If you like the site, there’s absolutely no reason to bring it down like that.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        The Kaufman/Deadpan thing doesn’t really work on any forum on the Internet.

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

        No other names, all alex gonzalez. Unless he uses a proxy and different IPs.

        I checked thinking this might be someone else posing as him with a fake admission.

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Haha sucker, I’m alex gonzalez.

          Bad joke, I’m not, I promise. It would be kinda funny if I was, though.

        • alex gonzalez

          I have no other aliases and will never post again with this alias after tonight.

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

            Are you switching to a new name? The more the merrier.

            • alex gonzalez

              Maybe at some point in the future, but no one will know when it happens. If I do, it won’t be anything like crazy old “alex gonzalez” the man who had his name inspired from the feared Boston shortstop.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                All we have to do is mention Andy Kaufman to know it’s you.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      SHOCKING!!!!!!

      THIS JUST IN-THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!!!!

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

      Yeah, we couldn’t help but figured it out. You laid it on pretty thick there at the end (Scarface?!?!?!?).

      But, you were always fun (unlike other posters who shall not be named… four times.)

      • alex gonzalez

        I’m glad you at least had some fun with me. You are by far one of the funniest people on here. I thought I laid it on pretty thick from the get go. People sometimes want to believe even the most ludicrous arguments are real.

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

      The all-lowercase thing really had me going. But to be honest, I skipped over your posts after about day 2.

    • Salty Buggah

      So…I think the era just changed ;)

    • Dela G

      i fucking knew he was a troll

      hahaha

    • Pasqua

      Bully to you, sir! I do take satisfaction in having called you the Andy Kaufman of messaging boards not long ago. Your responses always came across looking like they were written by a lobotomized psych ward patient, and it freaked me the fuck out sometimes. Why you gave up the ruse tonight, I have no idea, but all good things (even the most irritating and aggravating) must come to an end.

      • alex gonzalez

        I was literally laughing out loud when you mentioned Andy Kaufman the other day. People figure that kind of humor doesn’t work online, but I beg to differ. Surely some people found me funny, others just were annoyed. Something Kaufman could do all the time.

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

      All in good fun. You surely sparked some debate.

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

      Bravo! You had me. Great job!
      /no sarcasm

    • BigBlueAL

      Am I the only one who is actually disappointed by this because I used to look forward to reading alex gonzalez’s comments!!!!

      • alex gonzalez

        Hopefully there were others. Ideally no one tries to fill my void and “alex gonzalez” doesn’t becomes a “often imitated but never duplicated” character. I’m sure other trolls will come along, but let’s be honest they have no chance at being as funny of a troll as I was.

      • A R

        If u think that’s comedy u need some comedy tips. More mencia than Kaufman

    • http://doug.chu@calvin.edu Doug

      (slow clap)

  • Big Pink Lips

    Gaudin has been easier on the eyes than Joba lately.

    Boston down by five.

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

      You mean when he’s pitching or just in general?

      • Tank the Frank

        Chad Gaudin is hot.

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

          I kinda liked the goatee, myself.

        • Jack

          As hot as Roger Clemens’ balls?

      • Pasqua

        Don’t start. This is alex gonzalez’s new shtick.

  • Salty Buggah

    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.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

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

  • DontChaKnow

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

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

      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.

      • DontChaKnow

        Agreed. Sometimes I think Girardi has that weird loyalty to Melky like Torre did for Tanyon Sturtze.

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

        Melky is a better natural hitter than Gardner.

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

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

  • Tampa Yankee

    Hey TSJC, saw your comment about USF and Grothe on the previous thread, see my response…
    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-593988

  • Dela G

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

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

      YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!!

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I love that Swisher is batting 8th when he’d probably bat 3-5 for any other team.

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

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

  • Salty Buggah

    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)

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      DU = ?

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

        denver?

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

        Duke maybe?

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

          It’s Denver.

      • Dela G

        university of denver

        • Salty Buggah

          yea that

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

    Fucking Umpires. I hate them. No lie.

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

    Nice wide zone tonight. Should be good for Gaudin.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Jeter…what?

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    HELLO PEOPLE, THERE IS A POST ON HERE REGARDING SWISHER’S JOCK!!!! GO TO IT!!!!

  • JSquared

    The Assist by CB.

  • Salty Buggah

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

  • Dela G

    wow what a wiiiiiide zone

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      That’s what she said

  • Pasqua

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

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

      Haven’t they been using him for like 120 pitches earlier in the season?

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

      Must be saving bullets for next year. Or 2011.

      • Pasqua

        I was wondering if it was the equivalent of a hitter sitting out the last weekend of the season to protect his BA, only this time the BA = ERA.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

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

    YES! Let’s get it Al.

  • Dela G

    attaboy damon

  • Salty Buggah

    no DP A-rod

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Or don’t. Damn that was ugly.

  • JSquared

    Another assist by CB bucknah!!

  • Pasqua

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

    • Salty Buggah

      same with Jeter

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

      Don’t worry it will shrink tenfold when Guadin pitches.

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

      +1.

      Robots plz

  • Salty Buggah

    so righties will have a hard time with that breaking ball

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

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

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

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

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

  • Dela G

    damn that was frustrating

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

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

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

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

  • Peterc

    Lookin a little like last night, ouch

  • Reggie C.

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

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

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

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      just got my tooth pulled…not phyckun phunny…

  • Dela G

    brooks baseball says everything bucknor has called has been a strike

    i call bs

    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....;sp_type=1

    • Dela G

      i mean everything that we thought was a ball was correctly called a strike

  • Dela G

    cmon royals, don’t fuck this up

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I hate incompetent relievers

  • Reggie C.

    90/91.

    Just like Joba.

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

      Gaudin never threw hard anyway.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    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.

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

      But the stat was the first inning. It has been a frequent occurence.

  • Dela G

    wow kendrick is sitting?

    thanks for that one sosh

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

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

  • Dela G

    boston just scored

    5-1 royals, man on third

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

    Nice catch, Brett.

  • Dela G

    GRIT GUTNER WITH TEH SPEED!!!!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Pure grit.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    nice play Gardner.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    GRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITS.

  • Salty Buggah

    nice Gardy

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Grit.

  • Dela G

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

  • Keanu Reeves

    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:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....own/090915

    Now I see them every night lol.

    • Keanu Reeves

      ads*

    • e mills

      I held them for a little while…sold right before tehy announced the 100/1 reverse split.

  • A R

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

  • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

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

    • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

      UZR 150 I mean.

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

    Such a pretty swing.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

  • Salty Buggah

    Cano = Beast

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Let’s string together some hits now Yanks!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    STOP IT, NICK. STOP IT RIGHT NOW.

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

    STOP BUNTING!!!

  • Reggie C.

    Cano is a doubles machine. Wow.

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

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He would need some “cover up” first.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Or if he could get a hit with RISP…

  • Dela G

    CANO!

  • Pasqua

    That was done just to spite people like us.

  • Keanu Reeves

    Why in Mo’s name would Swisher bunt?

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

      To get the runner over?

      He doesn’t feel comfortable at the play?

      He thinks he can bunt for a hit?

      He feels like it?

      He wants the defense to play him honest?

      What answer are you looking for?

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

        *plate, not play

  • Tank the Frank

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

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Why is Swisha bunting?

  • Tank the Frank

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

  • Keanu Reeves

    Swish missed that pitch by about a foot.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Santana’s breaking ball > Yankees.

  • JSquared

    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

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

      • JSquared

        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

          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

            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

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

              • JSquared

                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.

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

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

              • JSquared

                i don;t hit, i pitch. ;)

            • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

              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.

  • Salty Buggah

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

    I say Grit does

    • Salty Buggah

      or Jetes

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

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

  • Dela G

    haha that fordham sign is so random

  • Moshe Mandel

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

  • Moshe Mandel

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

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Make hit #200 count here, Derek.

  • Dela G

    alrght jeter, let’s bring em home

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    PLEASE BRING HIM IN JETER!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

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

      It’s a tattoo.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I couldn’t really tell. I’m watching Extra Innings in low def. Angels braodcast to boot.

  • Reggie C.

    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.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Classy organization.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That didn’t even start off a strike…

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      And neither did that.

      • Pasqua

        Just wrote that below w/o seeing this comment. Didn’t mean to steal the thought.

  • Dela G

    this wide zone is killing the yanks hitters

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      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.

  • Accent Shallow

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

  • Tank the Frank

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

  • Dela G

    wow

    ugh

  • Keanu Reeves

    Really?

  • Salty Buggah

    Outside breaking ball > Yanks right handers

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

    Awful Jetes, just awful.

  • Pasqua

    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)

    • Accent Shallow

      Because he has a nasty slider?

      • Pasqua

        They were never strikes. Never. Outside to begin with.

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

          for the first .4 seconds they all look like strikes.

          • Pasqua

            Is that the argument to defend those swings? That?

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

              Nope. My defense is that they are nasty pitches.

  • Brazilian Yankee

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

  • Moshe Mandel

    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.

  • BigBlueAL

    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.

  • Steven

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

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    I can’t believe Jeter swung at that crap.

  • Keanu Reeves

    Smile of the game? Really My9? Really…?

  • Pasqua

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

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

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

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Baseball’s a fickle bitch, Kendry.

  • kyra

    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.

    • Steven

      Not one of their better two week stretches, ever since the tampa series, things have been dicey

  • tony from the bronx

    major difference Yanks k Angels put the ball in play

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Yeah Yeah, we all know that. Angels are pesky and gritty and the yankees are neither of those.

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

        See, you’re always so negative, I can;t even tell when you are being facetious.

      • Salty Buggah

        But we dont know that obviously. He’s wrong (see my reply below)

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      That would be why the Yanks have more hits at this point.

    • Salty Buggah

      yea…Yankees K%: 17.8

      Angels K%: 18.3 %

      We have a higher OPS yoo.

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

      Only three teams in baseball have struck out fewer times than the Yankees. The Angels are not one of them.

      http://tinyurl.com/mabmux

      Try again.

      • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

        Mmm, delicious facts!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

  • Dela G

    damn you bloop single

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Son of a…..Butler!

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Soria is in, no need to worry

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Jorge had to beg for that check swing, unfuckingbelievable.

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

    Magic Number = 7

    • Greg G.

      Nice shot of the Mick.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

    • Accent Shallow

      I got a knife
      And I got an axe
      I’ll chop you up
      Run and hide

  • Pasqua

    Gaudin likes the nightlife. He likes to boogie…

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Magic number down to 7. Nice

  • Dela G

    great job gaudin

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    Royals win!

    • toad

      Mantle!!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Mantle is so dreamy.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Mantle? How trite.

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

    Seven?

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

    • Tank the Frank

      Seven!! SEVEEEEEEEN!!!

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

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

    • YankeeJosh

      Seconded.

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

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

    • Pasqua

      ietc.

      Boston loses when THEY decide that they’ve lost, son.

  • Dela G

    can’t wait to see the 6

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Tex is unimpressed with the shift.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      He seems to beat the shift quite often.

  • Dela G

    tex = on fire

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Shift this!

    /Teixeira’d

  • Keanu Reeves

    Mark Teixeira is really good at baseball.

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

    Unclutch mofo.

  • Reggie C.

    Arod’s kinda of a big deal.

    • Tank the Frank

      His bat smells of rich mahogany…

      • pete

        take that alex gonzalez!
        oh wait
        god dammit

  • JSquared

    GREEN LIGHT!

  • Tank the Frank

    Hell yeah.

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

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

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    see yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Frankie

    Manny Rodriguez!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

    Arod just messed up my observation.

    • The Lodge

      Distant Relative of mine.

      • The Lodge

        Roger Lodge, Not Arod.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    YANKEES DON’T NEED RISP.

  • BigBlueAL

    Fuckin crushed.

  • Keanu Reeves

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

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Alex Rodriguez makes me feel like less of a man.

  • Salty Buggah

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

    A-ROD!!!!!

  • Dela G

    AN AAAAAAAAAA BOMB!!! AAAAAA BOMB!!!

  • Reggie C.

    Kay’s gasm culminated into a “WOOO” .

    Kay can’t be stopped.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Hot damn Alex. Awesome!

  • Pasqua

    Psssst. Ervin. Over here.

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

  • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

    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.
    *Sarcasm.

  • Dela G

    hey catcher’s interference!

    yay!

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

    Ha. Catcher’s interference, bitches.

  • Accent Shallow

    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?

    • Dela G

      he normally tires after 85-90 pitches

      so maybe 90 pitches

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Gaudin is french for winnah

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

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

    /The Artist’d

    • Dela G

      haha i totally remember that post from last night

    • Keanu Reeves

      My RAB commenter dream is to be quoted by Axisa.

  • Brazilian Yankee

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

    • whozat

      Did they see the ROYALS take the lead off Bard last night?

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      This is true, just so long as the Sox do not plan on winning those games.

    • Keanu Reeves

      It’s laughable how everyone still wants to make Boston’s pitching staff out to be elite. It’s painfully average.

  • Dela G

    i love the loud “hip hip” chants

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    A-Rod hit that ball “crotungliously.”

    /Axisa’d

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-592871

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

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

    • Accent Shallow

      Why, what’s wrong with Molina? Do you really think he’s saying “Alex, the secret to hitting is to pretend you’re a panda”?

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Jose: Alex, the secret to hitting is to pretend you’re a panda.
        Alex: What the fuck?
        Jose: It works for Sandoval.
        Alex: …

      • J

        HAAA!

  • whozat

    Matsui’s speed is distracting Santana.

  • JSquared

    BOMB!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    seeeee yaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

    Awwwwwwwwwww yeah!!!

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

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

  • Pasqua

    Too high. It’s too high.

  • Reggie C.

    POSADAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH

  • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

    Yea JoPo!!

  • Dela G

    JORGE POSADA BITCHES!!

    FUCK YEAH!

  • Keanu Reeves

    HIP HIP…JORGE!!!!

  • BigBlueAL

    Bandbox.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

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

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Bobby just broke out in a cold sweat getting that close to a wall.

    • Pasqua

      Bobby’s inner monologue: “Please just go. Get out. Please get out. Please go.”

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Bandbox.

  • Salty Buggah

    HIP HIP!!!!!!!!!

  • Frankie

    Good thing we have all these lefty batters.

  • Greg G.

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

  • Moshe Mandel

    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?

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

      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

        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.

          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.

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

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

        • Thomas A. Anderson

          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

            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

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

  • Accent Shallow

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

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

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

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

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      That is incredible.

    • Dela G

      that story really made me laugh really loud

      very funny

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

      Ha that sounds like a great story.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      When does he start posting Boston’s “Magic Number”?

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      That story makes the world a better place.

    • Reggie C.

      This story makes me forget that Joba isn’t better than Gaudin right now.

  • Dela G

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

    the yanks should’ve done this to saunders yesterday

    • Accent Shallow

      The funny thing is, Santana has electric stuff.

      Saunders? What is he, 45?

  • Dela G

    wow what a lucky ass play

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Damn Morales.

  • http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2008/07/23/rose460.jpg makavelli

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

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

      He was in an episode of Reno 911! a few seasons back, also awesome.

      You can’t imagine how many times I’ve seen Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

  • Steven

    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

      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

        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

  • Manimal

    We need a Chad Gaudin appreciation thread soon.

  • Accent Shallow

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

  • Pasqua

    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.

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

      “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

        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.

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

      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.

  • Keanu Reeves

    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.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      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.

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

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

    Is that equal to “anonymous scout?”

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Figgins is a pain in the arse.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

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

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

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

      • Salty Buggah

        A-rod disagrees. He was VERY clutch in some years but is still considered unclutch.

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

      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.

  • Accent Shallow

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

  • Dela G

    oh lordy

    please get abreu out pretty please?

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Go-Dan

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

    Bear down Chad. Squash this two-out bullshit.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      From your mouth to Chad’s ears.

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

    Good shit Chad.

  • Accent Shallow

    Huge K, especially against someone like Bobby.

  • Dela G

    HUUUUGE K!

    FUCK YEAH!

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice Chad