Sep
28

Game 157: More scrubs, please

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Note: Apparently the tarp is down, and we’re in a delay. The weather forecast includes showers, but they should clear up by 8. Something tells me that if the delay lasts longer than an hour or so, they might call this one. But we’ll keep you updated.

After the Yankees clinched the division yesterday, I figured we’d see a lineup full of the secondary players today. That is not the case. A few regulars made their ways into the lineup, including Jorge Posada and Johnny Damon, both of whom didn’t play yesterday. Still, we’ll see a number of players today who wouldn’t have sniffed a pennant chase.

The D lineup gets a chance against former first overall pick Luke Hochevar. That draft featured Brandon Morrow, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Lincecum, Kyle Drabek, and Max Scherzer on the pitching side, and Evan Longoria on the offensive side. Hochevar wasn’t a bad pick, but even discounting hindsight there were plenty better first overall picks that year. Then again, from what I remember Andrew Miller was atop the rankings in that class, but the Royals passed because of bonus demands.

After eight dominant starts to start the season in AAA, in which Hochevar allowed just eight runs in 48 innings, the Royals called him up to start on May 12. Disaster ensued. He pitched 11.2 innings over three starts that month, allowing 14 runs. June was an easier month, as Hochevar allowed 11 runs in 33.2 innings, holding opponents to a .565 OPS. It wouldn’t last. From July 4 through September 6, Hochevar allowed 53 runs over 69.2 innings, his OPS against spiking to .909.

At some point before his September 12 start against Cleveland, someone suggested he was tipping his pitches — unfortunately, the Kansas City Star article has since been removed. This, I’ve come to believe, is merely a confidence booster. Whether mental or physical, it didn’t matter for Hochevar, as he allowed five runs in five innings on September 12. He came back strong, though, pitching a complete game shutout against the White Sox on September 18. But then he slipped back into a hole, allowing six runs over five innings against Boston last week.

For the Yanks it’s Chad Gaudin, who continues his audition for a postseason roster spot. Since moving to the rotation at the beginning of September he’s been serviceable, allowing eight runs over 20 innings. The problem with Gaudin is that he doesn’t go deep into games. Just once since coming to New York has he finished six innings, that start coming against Tampa Bay. That’s hurt his win-loss record: the Yankees are 4-0 in his starts this month (and 5-0 in all of his starts), but his lone Yankee win came in his first appearance, which was in relief.

I’d expect to see lineups like this for the whole KC series. Perhaps we’ll see the regulars all play on Saturday and Sunday in Tampa Bay. But until then, enjoy the scrubs.

Lineup, in which there is only one pure right-handed hitter. Robinson Cano‘s presence could suggest that Jerry Hairston isn’t quite ready to play. Johnny Damon was a late scratch. Girardi says it was a precautionary measure because of the rain.

1. Brett Gardner, CF
2. Melky Cabrera, LF
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Jorge Posada, DH
5. Eric Hinske, 3B
6. Shelley Duncan, RF
7. Juan Miranda, 1B
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Hipolito Ramiro Pena, SS

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

Categories : Game Threads
  • Ben S

    Lineup change according to Marc Carig:
    Gardner 8
    Cabrera 7
    Cano 4
    Posada DH
    Hinske 5
    Duncan 9
    Miranda 3
    Cervelli 2
    Pena 6

    • Ben S

      Wow. I’m sorry. Didn’t realize that I posted the lineup that was on the post. My bad.

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

    Wow, am I glad I gave away these tickets.

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

      One of the first things I said after the win yesterday: “Man, I’d hate to be going to the game tomorrow night.”

      • yankeegirl49

        I was offered a ticket this morn, turned it down. I am going tomorrow tho.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So which player gets to manage on the last day?

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

      It’s Jeter’s turn.

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

        Girardi catches.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          Girardi catches Andy’s no-hitter.

          Fixed.

  • Esteban

    Why not Hairston at 2nd, Freddy Guzman playing RF, and Shelley DHing?

    • Esteban

      Yea, I know, Hairston’s still sore, but c;mon

      • Pasqua

        But doesn’t that answer your question, in part?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

      +1

      Girardi must be wasted DHing Jorge over Duncan!

  • Pasqua

    As per Sweeney Murti on WFAN today:

    Yankees vs. Boston, Anaheim, Detroit before All-Star Break: 4-13

    Yankees vs. Boston, Anaheim, Detroit after All-Star Break: 15-2

    Yowzahs.

    Now, granted, 8 losses against Boston to start the year skews the first record when considering all 3 playoff teams, but the last number is a thing of beauty.

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

    Attention everyone.

    I would like to point out that not only did I beat tommiesmithjohncarlos in fantasy football this week, I destroyed him. As of right now, the score is 111.84-69.74, and I got zero points out of T.O. and I still have Carolina’s defense going tonight. At worst, I will defeat him by 38.1 points.

    That is all.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      pwnage

      • Mike Pop

        WHo won the baseball league?

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

          Nick Swisher.

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

          I won the regular season. The championship is this week. I’m not in it though, I forgot to start Zach Greinke two weeks ago and lost by four strikeouts.

    • Joey

      Axisa>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>TSJC

      /TSJC’d

      (had an awesome pic to go with it, keeps getting caught in the spam filter)

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

      You beat me last year in the regular season, too. How’d that work out for you?

      Mike beating me in Week 3 = The Red Sox going 8-0 against the Yankees in April, May, and June

  • yankeegirl49

    While we are in delay, so are the Twins/Tigers. MLB network is going to show the Sox/Jays game until Twins/Tigers start. Beckett scratched due to back spasms.

  • baravelli

    How come Susyn Waldman’s doing the game on the radio tonight? Shouldn’t she be at Neilah?

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

      She has nothing to atone for, she’s a perfect human being.

  • Salty Buggah

    I run home from the bus stop even with my legs cramping all day so don’t miss the start of the game but I come to find out that the game is delayed and that my sisters ate all of my food. Now I have to eat a fuckin sandwich. This sucks.

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

      We got no money, we got no food, our pet’s HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!!!

      • Salty Buggah

        Btw, since Im still hungry after the sandwich, I am now making a burrito for myself. But it’s taking too long in the microwave!

  • Dela G

    just got back from class… too bad its in rain delay :(

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

      Well, now you won’t miss any of the game.

  • wilcymoore

    You know, that lineup IS still better than the Mets’ current lineup.

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

      THIS lineup is still better than the Mets lineup:

      1. My Dog’s Ass, CF
      2. My Dog’s Ass, LF
      3. My Dog’s Ass, 2B
      4. My Dog’s Ass, DH
      5. My Dog’s Ass, 3B
      6. My Dog’s Ass, RF
      7. My Dog’s Ass, 1B
      8. My Dog’s Ass, C
      9. My Dog’s Ass, SS

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

        But is your dog’s ass willing to play meaningless games?

      • Jack

        Please, the Mets would pound that team.

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

          Ewwwwww

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Tyler Hansboro is the Patron Saint of Lost Dogs.

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

      I totally didn’t realize it was him until the third time I saw the ad.

    • Dela G

      very true my brotha

  • Dela G

    wow the bluejays are starting to pelt whomever this bosox pitcher is

    vernon well just hit a double

  • Dela G

    blue jays leading 4-0 top first against michael bowden

  • J.R.

    Damn Anibal Sanches has thrown 17 pitches (14 balls) in the marlins game.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Another former Red Sox, who at one point in his career threw a no-hitter.

      • J.R.

        Thats right.

        Damn he is pouting like a bitch on the bench.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    If only the Rangers were still in the wild card races….

  • Salty Buggah

    Snider always stinks against the Sox

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

      Too bad he doesn’t pitch, we could categorize him as a ‘Stinker-Snider Pitcher’

  • Eddy Southwick

    lol, this lineup is still better than what the mets put out

  • Salty Buggah

    Red Sox LOVE their weak monster shots (though Youkilis hit this one well)

    • Dela G

      screw that homerun by yuckilis

      • scooter

        Fortunately Big Juicer didn’t load up on the Special Sauce before the game

        Funny how all Gammons-hyped Sox pitching prospects have struggled. Bowden’s been hit hard. Tazawa’s WHIP is over 2, and Masterson’s been whacked pretty hard for Cleveland

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          The Masterson Plan worked. It helped land Victor Martinez.

  • Salty Buggah

    Check out these 2-seam changeups (at 91 mph though) by King Felix

    http://assets.sbnation.com/ass.....educed.gif

    That much movement at 91 = Crazy

    • scooter

      You’ve got zero chance of hitting it, and if you’re protecting the zone you WILL swing at it

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      o_0 Holy moley.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

      I miss Wanger…

      • scooter

        95 MPH sinkers don’t grow on trees – that’s for sure

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, he was great. And if he had better control of his slider and some other above-average pitch, he would have a lot more strikeouts.

          Seriously, I was pretty shocked when I heard he had 94-96 sinker.

    • Dela G

      holy cow thats ILLY

    • Salty Buggah

      And combine that with his 4-seamer, good control, and other awesome breaking balls, you’ve got dominance.

      And he’s only 23?!! Damn, that means he will still get better.

      • scooter

        That rumored RS 5-1 offer was no joke. Yankees or Sox could justify trading a lot of talent for the King.

        Little Dusty McSlapp flew out with the bases loaded.

        Somehow the Blue Jays announcers kept yakking about how ‘great’ Ellsbury is/will be. He’s 26, and has not-good defensive metrics in center. Wonder if they think Gardner is great, too

    • dkidd

      that second pitch looks like a special effect

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

        +29

        • Tom Zig

          29 as in he’ll help us win our 29th championship?

          • Salty Buggah

            Yes. Or should I go with 30?

  • Dela G

    scott richmond is garbage

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon Richmond, you cant walk Ellsbury! He stinks

  • Dela G

    damn, minn vs detroit officially postponed to tomorrow

  • Dela G

    thank god richmond got outta that

  • chriskeo

    What do you guys think, should I buy mlb.tv for the last week of the season for $15, i want to try it out for next year, for those of you guys who have it, is it worth it and what do you think of it.
    (I live in the New York area so Yankees games are blacked out for me)

    • Dela G

      i have mlb.tv

      best purchase i’ve ever made… until my parents got me extra innings.

      Its def worth it. You get to watch the entire game from the perspective of both booths, listen to the radio of either team, and you get the gameday premium (which lets you go to mlb.com and watch gameday with a ton of stats like avg fastball, velo of pitches, etc)

      You can watch the games in HD with about a 5 second delay, which isn’t that bad at all. Or you can watch in standard definition and the games aren’t delayed at all and are real-time/live.

      Well worth it bro

      • chriskeo

        i’m just curious, do you live in the yankees blackout region or somewhere you can watch the yankee games?

        • Dela G

          i live in texas, so i get all games unless they play the rangers, which i can watch on tv here in college station, tx.

      • SamVa

        the delay varies as mine is about 3-5 mins on average.. just saying!

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

      I heard its great.

    • SamVa

      I love it, I live in Richmond, Virginia and it gave me a way to watch every game they play (outside of baltimore series’) I would highly recommend it. I have premium, though I find that I rarely use the higher quality as it only works when you are the only person on your internet. I don’t know why you want it if you live in New York, but if you have the cash go for it.

    • scooter

      Chris – I live in DC. MLB.TV is the only way I get to see YES and the Yankees – unless I’m visiting the family

      If you’re asking about the picture quality – it’s as good as your internet pipe lets it be. It’s pretty darn good

      You will be blacked out on Yankee games. It’s a lot to pay if you’re just going to check in on other games now and then. (I watch the Yankees – and that’s pretty much it)

      If you watch a lot of baseball, it’s great

    • Peedlum

      I live in LA and I got the MLB.TV package for the first time this year, though I used a buddies password a couple of times last year. I have gotten the Directv package at home for about 6 or 7 years, but the fiance is not a baseball fan, so I watch the games at work starting around 4 pm. The picture quality got a LOT better this year and with the “nexdef” high definition option (comes with the premium subscription that costs a little more) you also get tivo like functionality which works really well once you figure out its quirks (like how the fast forward and rewind work so that you don’t end up in a different part of the game–use the slider bar and watch the timer to the right of it if you are watching behind live or you’ll end up ahead in the game). It can be a little buggy, but I think that’s more because of too many users in LA sucking up bandwidth than the actual product. The ability to pause to deal with work stuff is a plus, and the ability to skip the in between innings is always useful. All in all I’ve been quite happy with it. Oh, and I called Directv and got them to give me about a $150 in incentives to justify the extra cost of the mlb.tv package, so that’s a tactic you can try to save a couple of bucks and/or justify the extra expense.

  • Salty Buggah

    Neil Best: Still, and I hate to be a party pooper here, but the increasingly ritualized practice of baseball teams spraying and/or consuming bubbly after every postseason achievement has gotten as stale as the carpeting in the Yankees’ plush new clubhouse after Sunday’s deluge.

    http://www.newsday.com/blogs/s.....-1.1481889

    Loser!

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

      If the Mets were partying, he’d have a different take.

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

      I’ll say this over and over again: nothing, and I mean nothing is as lame as setting off fireworks after every home run.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

      What a tool. It sure doesn’t look “stale” to me and it seems like the players are enjoying it a whole lot.

      Another thing, wtf does a champagne celebration have to do with kids thinking adults can’t celebrate without alcohol.

      “Don’t some of these players drive themselves home after these parties?” Well I guess that’s none of your damn business, is it?

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

        I would totally sleep it off in that clubhouse.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

          If I was Alex I’d have my chopper airlift me out of there and drop me off in my back yard.

          • Salty Buggah

            Straight into his jacuzzi in his backyard.

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

            Ha, touche.

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

            I’d have one of my servants take me home in a rickshaw.

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

              To the idiot mobile!

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

                To the idiot lost to Axisa in fantasy football this week mobile!

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

                  Touché. I must be an idiot… I lost to you this week.

                  /backhandcompliment’d

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

                  I’ll take it.

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

                  Your 60 point victory still isn’t as big as JSB beating me by 80 points last year when I benched all my players.

                  He felt the wrath in the playoffs, though… as will you.

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

        How could they spend over a billion dollars on a stadium and not get a retractable roof or a teleporter?!?

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

          River Ave. Hookers.

  • Salty Buggah

    Wow, Bowden just walked Wells!

    • scooter

      I just saw Wells’ home/away splits. He’s actually pretty good away from Toronto.

      *gasp* Michael Kay was right

  • Salty Buggah

    HAHAHA! 3-run HR for Rod Barajas. A monster shot but hit very very well. Bowden stinks, 7 ER.

  • scooter

    Barajas just hit a 3-run homer off Bowden – high FB crushed over the wall

    Bowden has to live down in the zone – and man, he’s not even close to doing that tonight

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

    Ha Barajas ftw

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    So how much should the Yankees offer Bowden to be their batting practice pitcher?

    • Dela G

      the yanks already have josh towers… so??

  • Tom Zig

    I guess Posada had to play eventually.

  • Salty Buggah

    Youkilis padding his HR stats, now this one went into the 1st row of the Monster.

  • Salty Buggah

    Richmond sucks really really bad.

  • Dela G

    rod barajas FTW

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

    Bold (non-bold) prediction: Jake Delhomme bounces back and outplays the beleaguered Tony Romo tonight. Cowboys still win, though, on a Felix Jones big play.

  • SamVa

    tarp off via pete

  • Salty Buggah

    Sweet. 8:55 start time

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

      We may win this game by forfeit if we can stretch it out a bit: 12:00 midnight EDT has to be past Kansas City’s bedtime.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      damn it, i have a cross-country meet tomorrow, wanted to go to bed early for once.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Bautista Smash.

    • SamVa

      I thought he only played well against the Yankees (defensively)

  • Dela G

    Jose Bautista 2 run homer

    9-3 blue jays

    blue jays FTW

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      It doesn’t matter, the Sox are playing their B team tonite.

      • Dela G

        haha i know, right?

  • Salty Buggah

    HAHAHA! Deeeeeeeep Monster shot for Jose Bautista off Hunter Jones. 9-2 Jays.

    • scooter

      Out onto Landsdowne St – wonder if it hit a car window

      Man…. if only the Rangers didn’t suck this month. The loss last night was unreal – gave up all TB’s runs after 2 outs in the 8th inning. Francisco melted down in the 9th – pretty much as he did vs the Red Sox that one night

  • Nels

    8:55 start.

  • Dela G

    hooray for a 7:55 cst start

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    The Toronto announcers are always so polite.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Jenna Elfman is unwatchable. I would bet the show gets cancelled before the baby is born.

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

      Remember that one thing Jenna Elfman was funny in?

      Yeah, me neither.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Then again, Jon Gruden humor = Jenna Elfman humor.

    • Pasqua

      And not to be ageist or anything, but they’re trying to pass her off as a hip, early-30′s type (note every character around her being about 10-15 years younger).

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

        Wow, Jenna Elfman is 37? She seems like she’s 50. I guess horribly unfunny comedy ages you.

        • Jack

          You should know.

          (I keed, I keed)

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

            Heh.

            Wait until DBHOF hears about this…

  • DreDog

    Remember when Bowden was a rumored trade piece? Yeah, those were the days.

    • AndrewYF

      Epstein apparently turned down a Bowden-for-Miguel Montero swap.

      Damn, does he look stupid now.

  • Dela G

    heidi watney is sooooooooooooooo hot

    wow NESN hotties FTW!

    • DreDog

      How did Varitek tap that?

      • Salty Buggah

        The same Nick Green did

        • Salty Buggah

          *same way

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        He’s still a millionaire athlete(?).

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

        She’s a sucker for Patriots.

        http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/20.....ekASG2.jpg

        • DreDog

          Could be worse. She could have let Youk in there. Wash out eyes with Listerine.

        • Salty Buggah

          but then how did Nick Green get her?

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

          Is that a more shallow display of patriotism than the Yanks playing “GBA” every day?

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

            The Dodgers do it too.

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

              Ugh.

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

    Seriously, is our lineup tonight as good as, if not better, than the Royals lineup?

  • Dela G

    wow i love how the sox are throwing batting practice tonight

    this is fucking awesome

  • Mike bk

    who said the YES network didnt show the minors since we have the scranton lineup out there tonight.

    • chriskeo

      If thats so then i want AJax.

      DFA Josh Towers, with nothing meaningful to play for in the next week, (and no place for him on the postseason roster), the yankees can survive with about 14 relievers.

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

        No.

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

        Towers needs to be kept on, IMO, to back up starters who should be on short counts.

    • Salty Buggah

      Nah, the Yanks are being nice and trying to let the Royals have a slightly better chance.

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

    Lucky bastards…

  • Salty Buggah

    Are the Yanks going to let the SI Little League kids play? They might as well against the Royals

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

    Shelley is so much taller than everyone else.

  • sal

    is that Kc in blue next to the yankees

    lmao

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

    Gordon really fell off the table this year, didn’t he?

    • Dela G

      i remember peter gammons in march saying how gordon would have a breakout year…

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

        He did well enough last year.

      • Tom Zig

        I think there is now a Peter Gammons jinx.

        Didn’t he say Bobby Crosby would be an MVP candidate?

        Didn’t he also say Phil Hughes to be a dark horse candidate for the Cy Young last year?

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

      He got hurt. Same hip injury as A-Rod.

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

        Ah, okay, got it.

  • Dela G

    can you believe that for 100000 dollars, the yankees got a pitcher with a better ERA in the AL east than the ~14 million paid to smoltz and penny?

    LOL Smiley face

    [/trey song’d

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

      IETC.
      I love that song.

      • Esteban

        wow.
        people like that song?

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

          My last remaining hopes for humanity are now dashed forever.

          (reaches for cyanide capsule)

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

    2 hour rain delay, Gaudin pitching.

    Maybe, I make it to the 4th inning tonight. Maybe.

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

    Yuniesky Betancourt is awful. It’s amazing that a team could go from Angel Berroa to Betancourt in a three year span and downgrade.

    • Dela G

      he does have an awesome name though

      he and wladimir balentin were money names on the mariners

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

      Maybe the Royals were keen on acquiring Betancourt because they’re about to shock baseball by dropping an 80M offer on Aroldis Chapman, and Betancourt is their Cuban connection to make Aroldis feel at home in Middle America.

      That’s all I got.

    • Zack

      You forgot to mention Tony Pena

  • JSquared

    I feel like Gaudin would be really good with an Aceves Curveball.

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

    Coney with the BR references.

  • Salty Buggah

    I wonder how much money Shelley has made in his career so far

    • Dela G

      enough to be a career minor leaguer i guess

      they get great medical benefits

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        i hate HATE to say this…but i bet a lot of the AAA guys get more than i do a year, especially if you factor in major league call ups.

        i can’t find time for the gym, they work out…AT WORK. with a trainer. and ice bags…oh, the glorious ice bags…and clean towels. MAN! if i had that many clean towels i’d…nm…

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

    Mike Jacobs, also awful.

    • JSquared

      I wonder what the Royals’ team would look like if they traded butler, gordon and teahen when they were top prospects.

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

      I can’t wait for Juan Miranda to hit two homers tonight to convince the Royals that they just HAVE to have him next year.

      He fits in with the Royals so perfectly.

      • JSquared

        I’d give them Miranda for Greinke… haha, i’ll take a sandwich.

      • Brazilian Yankee

        We can totally get Greinke for Miranda.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    I wish they would give real scouting reports with the pitches that guy throws, speed and all that good stuff.

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

    Luke Hochevar was the balls in MVP 06 NCAA Baseball. Him and Brian Bogusevic.

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

      I love his name.

      Luke Ho-shaver. Pretty sure that’s the alias Luther Campbell puts down when he checks into hotels.

    • Dela G

      funny that bogusevic is now reviving his career as an outfielder in the astros system after sucking hardcore as a pitcher…

      • Steve H

        I saw Bogusevic pitch when he was at Tulane, and Micah Owings was the LF the day I saw them. Funny that they both might end up being drafted as pitchers and converted.

  • Dela G

    grit is a very fast man

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

    Since they’re talking about those late-70s teams, I was watching the replay of the ‘Bucky Dent’ game last night. The 1 game playoff (play-in game) to break the tie at the end of the 78 season.

    Just one problem, calling it ‘The Bucky Dent’ game is a misnomer.

    Yeah, he hit a 3-Run HR (Hit 5 all year) that put the Yanks up 3-2, but Reggie added a ‘tack-on’ 2 run HR the next inning. Gossage comes in, gives up 2 runs in his 2nd inning of relief. Then Goose settled down and closed it out, game ends 5-4.

    So Reggie’s HR turned out to be the deciding run, but nobody ever talks about it.

    http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....7810020BOS

    • Salty Buggah

      It’s the A-rod thing, no one looks at his HRs since they dont all tie the game or give the Yanks the lead.

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

      So, Goose pitched to the score, eh?

      /Idiot’d

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

        Exactly. That’s why he’s in the hall.

  • Salty Buggah

    Will A-rod get 200 hits in a season again?

    • JSquared

      Next Year.

      • Salty Buggah

        Hope (and kinda think) so.

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

      He hasn’t gotten 200 hits in a season since 2001.

      • Salty Buggah

        thats why I’m asking. Do you think he will ever gt 200 again?

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

          Meh, doubt it. Probably never gets into the 620+ range of at-bats that it takes to get to the 200 hit plateau.

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

          I don’t see any reason to think he would.

          • Salty Buggah

            Yea, it doesn’t matter though as long as he’s walking and hitting HRs.

      • JSquared

        It’s true, a lot of walks, in 600 at bats you need to bat .333

  • Dela G

    great job jorgie

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    hey…did he just call ramiro pena a hoplite? hell yeah!

    PENA IS SPARTACUS!!!

  • Salty Buggah

    Thats sucks for Hinske.

    Shift happens.

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

    Question: what kind of effect does “the shift” have on UZR?

  • Dela G

    Alberto Callaspo

    was an awesome name

    rolls off the tongue

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

      Like his fist rolls off his wife’s face.

      Too soon?

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

        No. Too late, regrettably…

      • Dela G

        very funny

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

    That slider was dirty.

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

    So would you put Guzman on the postseason roster or put Joba and Guadin?

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

      All three. Ramiro Peña gets left off instead (unless Hairston can’t go.)

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

    When you look at how many Yanks have had good seasons, you have to give Eiland and Long some credit. Lord knows they’d get blamed if a bunch of guys had off years.

    I know the Yanks have plenty of veterans who don’t need much help, but they’ve also worked in a lot of young guys who had to make all sorts of adjustments.

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

      Didn’t Swisher say during the champagne party yesterday that all the hitters were looking to douse K-Long, since he was integral to their success?

      • JSquared

        yes.

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

        That’s a good one, Swisher had a awful 08 season. Let me roll a few more off:

        -People would have laughed at you in March if you told them Brett Gardner would hit .280/.350
        -Chad Gaudin, as Kay and Cone have been detailing
        -Melky has been decent this year after an awful 08
        -Cano has bounced back at the plate and at 2B
        -Aceves had to rework his curveball, which he has
        -Alex’s approach at the plate has been great all year

        They can’t all be coincidences. There have also been plenty of guys who haven’t been good, but I think they’ve both made a difference. We’ve had other pitching coaches in recent years who didn’t seem to add much.

  • JFH

    19.2 seconds for big sloppy to round the bases when they are getting hammered. stay classy sox. stay classy.

  • Nels

    This series isn’t quite as exciting as Rosenthal imagined it would be at the beginning of the year, huh?
    By the way, it seems as though Fox has deleted that article from their site. To bad, I wanted to read it again for a couple laughs.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    cool to see KC trotted out their D lineup too…nice to see some ‘scrubs’ get some playing time…

  • JSquared

    Mike, Any interesting minor leaguers eligible for the rule 5 draft?

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

      For other teams you mean? No idea.

      • JSquared

        yeah, i was looking at some, but they all look like they’ll be moved to the 40 man.

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

          And, it’s moot; we’d probably have a full 40-man anyway.

  • Joba To The 11th!

    Kay, listen to me, i know what inning joba belongs in…

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

    So here’s one side of that “which ALDS will they take” argument no one’s considering: what if Joba pitches well and they decide to go with the the shorter series to force Detroit to use their fourth starter, whoever that is, and Leyland just says fuck it, and goes with Verlander on three days rest in Game 4?

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

      So here’s one side of that “which ALDS will they take” argument no one’s considering:

      Hold on just a cotton-picking-minute!

      tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside says:
      September 14th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

      Remember, our pitchers are only half the equation.

      Whether it’s Detroit or Texas, I want to force them to either throw their fourth starter or bring back their ace on short rest. I still don’t see much reason why we’d pick the A Series.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-579547

    • JSquared

      I really think the offense can get to verlander in game 1, so im banking on a sweep. I’m guessing you go Joba though, tough call.

    • Ivan

      I can c that no question.

      I would use Joba as back up starter in the 1st round especially with “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” Burnett pitching one of those games.

  • Salty Buggah

    I say we let Jeter be player-manager if Girardi leaves (or let go) in the future. Save money.

    He might get a bit too bunt happy though (more than Girardi if you think he calls for too many bunts).

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

      He’d probably demand two salaries. I would.

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

        He’d start gambling heavily.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          a la MJ? :(

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              haha indeed.

              my doctor has me laying off caffeine after noon, and its putting a real damper on my thinking abilities later in the day…around 2 my brain really hits the skids…

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, I thought he would too. I was hoping that since he’s going to demand a lot of money, he could just manage for free.

    • JSquared

      HaHa, i like the ex-player’s as managers thing though, except i think Girardi will probably be the better at it than any other ex-yankee. Jorge? Once he’s retired…

      • crapulent

        Girardi was a much better field manager than Jorge…somone mentioned David Cone. though I don’t know why.

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

      Derek Jeter managing any team would probably be a disaster.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        GREAT pr man, maybe a ‘celebrity scout’ (send him to watch a kid they really want to impress…or to scare another team off), have him continue be the face of the organization.

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

          Retire him to stud. Have him breed future Yankees.

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            does Mo have a sister?

            #3 in the lineup today, Derek Rivera, playing…what? playing short, center, middle relief AND closing???

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

              I’d have him knock up Carmelita Jeter.

              She’s a world-class sprinter, so their kids would be like Jeter + Gardner. And, she wouldn’t even have to change her last name.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmelita_Jeter

              • Salty Buggah

                Except isnt her last name pronounced differently?

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

            Or have every Yankee invest part of their salaries to invent a cloning machine to clone all the players they want. We can get some of King Felix’s hair and boom our rotation is headed by 5 Felix’s in 10 years.

            Because we’ll be doing the twice as fast clone growth thing as in Star Wars.

            The clone army of Yankees will be the backbone of the Evil Empire and will win every world series forever.

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              screw that, we carry 14 pitchers…all of them Mo…they’ll pitch between one and 2 innings every other game.

              key to success? we put TWO brett gardner’s in the outfield, and the Mo that just finished pitching, he goes to LF.

              too easy.

              (buy stock in bats NOW!!!)

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

              The shroud of the Dark Side has fallen.

              Begun, the Clone Wars have.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLWp2ttLl40

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                shiiiit…if we play Boston…Arod or Tex needs to come out to The Emperor’s March…either that or Mo does it, and he just walks out…walks…400 yards of don-don don-don and 55,000 people clapping. imagine being the poor schmuck at bat?

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

          Maybe.

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

    HOLY CRAP KAY AND CONE ARE EATING ICE CREAM AND TALKING ABOUT IT I’VE NEVER SEEN THIS ROUTINE BEFORE

    • Josh K

      Mmmmm…ice cream.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        ice cream…cone?

  • Dela G

    boy alex gordon 2009 FTL

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

    Kay’s jumping the gun just a little bit, right? I mean, Gordon was a good player last year and was injured this year. He also just turned 26. Easy, Michael.

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

    Man, both the Cowboys AND the Panthers look like crap.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

    No, Michael Kay, you can’t second guess the Gordon pick. He was clearly the best player available. You can second guess their idiotic rushing of him through the minors, though.

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

      It’s funny how much “hindsight is 20/20″ Mr. “Fallacy of the Predetermined Outcome” engages in on a daily basis, isn’t it?

  • Salty Buggah

    soft pop to the pitcher? been a while since I saw that

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

    Why doesn’t Kay say it’s “2000-Pedro like?” Can people please start realizing that season was better than Gibson’s 1968?

  • Dela G

    man cone reppin fangraphs again!

  • Esteban

    Cone busting out the Fangraphs reference. wow

    • steve (different one)

      he does that a lot. bb-ref too.

      cone is great.

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

    David Cone LOOOOOOOOOOOVES FanGraphs.

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

    I like that all of our 2009 rightfielders (Swisher, Hinske, Shelley, Melky, Nady), while they have wildly varied levels of defensive aptitude and production, all have one thing in common:

    The ability to make everything look awkward.

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

      You should have seen Pinella in that 78 game.

      Oooof.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, Tex gets that. No no-no.

    More fangraphs references!

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

      Coney’s a big fan of PitchFX and HitTracker. I heard him talking about on an interview recently.

      • Salty Buggah

        yea, he brought it up a lot in Seattle I think.

  • JSquared

    Did Lincecum’s Elias Ranking drop by 4 points?

    • JSquared

      Score*

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    well, now that G’s no-hitter was blown (thanks asshole!), i’m going to go home.

    NO, i cant listen to the game on XM, cause i’m too stupid to take the receiver out of the radio in my den where it doesnt get any signal…

    i still think we win this game :D

  • Steve H

    “Jake Delhomme leads the league in grit” -Jon Gruden

    ugggh.

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

    I’d vote 3 because I was there!

  • Salty Buggah

    Pena needs to HR someday

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

    Let that be a lesson: useless attempts at small ball end in pain.

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

    Cone and Singleton should do every game.

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      I like Cone a lot and Singleton is good but the thing that gets me mad he loves to talk a lot about his days in Baltimore in every game he does and it gets kinda annoying.

      • whozat

        Do you hate it because it’s the O’s, or do you hate it when other players do it too?

        • yankeefan91 Arod fan

          When other players do it to its ok you go back in time but Singleton does it a lot but other then that hes pretty good.

  • Dela G

    hahaha that’s hilarious that cone still gets phone calls and text messages!

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

    Time for a new ad, J&R.

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

    Jake Delhomme: 7
    Tony Romo: 0

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

    W/o cheating on B-R, I wanna say Dice-BB.

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

    Yes or No. Is Mussina a Hall of Famer?

    I say Yes, but it’ll take him 5-10 years.

    • Dela G

      i say yes, and it will take him a long time. Tommy John and more have to get in before he does

      • Jersey

        Do you think he has to wait until the Veterans’ Committee, or the writers vote him in?

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

      Yes. And I say it takes him exactly 4 times on the ballot before he makes it.

    • Jack

      I think he deserves it, but I don’t know how the voting will go.

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

      Yes.

    • Bob Stone

      I vote yes because his whole career was played in the AL East during the steroid era.

    • Jersey

      Yes. Hopefully the BBWAA feels the same.

  • Dela G

    I am going to guess that they beat jon lester

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    I think it was Matsusaka

  • Nels

    I got my Pavement reunion concert tickets in the mail today.

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

    Somehow, I suspect that David Cone’s interest in the internet didn’t start out with Baseball statistics.

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

      Just a little empty calories and male curiosity, eh, Georgie?

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

        What’s that ticking!!?

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

        You had sex with Louise!
        No, it was the Portuguese waitress. I calculated my odds of ever having sex with a Portuguese waitress and, mathematically, I had to do it.

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

          Best Seinfeld ever.

    • Dela G

      hahaha IETC

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

    If nothing else, Mr. Gaudin is increasing that trade value.

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

      He’s increasing that “you get to be in Scranton as the 7th starter” value.

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

        Right now, I’d pencil him in to be a swing-man with Ace in the ‘pen for ’10.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

        So you’re saying he’ll be the ace of Pittsburgh’s rotation next year?

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

          No, the ace of Pittsburgh’s rotation would be our 14th starter in Trenton.

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

        Nah, I think he can be the swingman right out of camp next year. Then they don’t need to dick around with Aceves, and Girardi can use him as a real reliever.

  • Salty Buggah

    When those balls hit the hard, what do they do with it? Give it out or clean it up and bring it back?

    • Salty Buggah

      damn

      *dirt hard

  • crapulent

    Big Bang Theory (w/ guest star Lewis Black) > this game.

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

    How hilarious would it be if Texas actually caught the Red Sox and they had to go play a one game playoff.

    • Dela G

      that would be epic

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

      What’s the actual chance of that happening? I’m assuming that Texas would need to win everything while Boston loses everything, right?

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

        Boston’s magic number for the WC is two. So yeah, pretty much.

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

          Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    • Bob Stone

      I would love it.

  • Dela G

    great job cano

  • Dela G

    hey we have something going

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, now Jeter needs to get a hit while playing SS, and him and Cano will be the 1st DP partners ever to both get 200 hits in a season ever.

  • Esteban

    UGGGH that LFer’s arm is awful

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

    Hinske directing traffic.

  • Dela G

    Hinske Delivers!

    1-0!

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

    Hinske with your best shot!

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

    Hinske said “Shift this.”

    /crotch grab.

  • Joey

    I desperately want a Shelly Smash!

    • Joey

      Dammit

  • Salty Buggah

    Hinske>>>>Shift

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

    Hhahahahaahahah!!

    Coney-”So Hinske says to himself ‘OK, I got yer shift right here! Ohhhhh!!”

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

    Even when I’m only expecting him to whiff, Shelley still disappoints me.

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

    The Yanks Z-lineup is beating the Royals A-lineup.

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

    Apropos of seeing them on screen again during the MNF halftime show:

    If the Seahawks are ever allowed to wear this:
    http://blog.thenewstribune.com.....15;400.jpg
    during a game against the Texans wearing this:
    http://www3.pictures.gi.zimbio.....W8VoDl.jpg
    The NFL will spontaneously combust.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damnit Shelley, hit HRs again. CMon Juan, use that short porch.

  • Tom Zig

    if this game were rained out would we really have to make it up?