Yanks’ scrubs too much for Royals*

Game 157 Spillover Thread
Bruney, Robertson and a post-season bullpen

Last night the Yanks played the first of six meaningless games to wrap up the season. I’ve heard fans gripe about this and that meaningless game in May, but that’s not truly meaningless. It’s just that the payoff is so far down the road that you can’t see it yet. These games, they’re meaningless. The organization meets tomorrow to hash out the ALDS roster; in other words, they’re not even going take these games into consideration when deciding the postseason roster.

For some players it means a tune-up for the postseason. For others, like most of the Yankees starting lineup last night, it’s an opportunity to get some big league at bats. All but one of the starters took advantage. Juan Miranda sat out the hit party, but each of the other Yankees starters, from Gardner down to Pena, collected at least one hit. The Yanks put 15 men on base, pummeling the Royals in an 8-2 win.

Chad Gaudin did his job and then some. He allowed just six baserunners through six and two-thirds, which resulted in just two runs. In the only real jam he faced in the evening, second and third with one out in the fifth, he escaped after allowing just one run, a sac fly. That was the last time a runner would reach scoring position for the Royals. Damaso Marte and Al Aceves got the final seven outs without allowing another hit.

The stories of the night were on the offensive side. WIth the game tied at one in the fifth, Ramiro Pena took a big hack and sent his first career home run just beyond the right field fence. It’s been quite the year for Ramiro. He came out of nowhere in camp to win the utility infield gig, has already recorded 113 major league plate appearances, and has an outside shot of making the playoff roster. Strangely, Pena’s 2 for 4 night brought his SLG up to .388, which is higher than he slugged in AAA this year (.327) and AA last year (.357). Hopefully some asshole won’t demand a ransom for the ball.

The other offensive moment came in the seventh. Luke Hochevar, having only thrown 73 pitches through six, came out to face the 8-9-1 hitters. Four batters later he had surrendered a run and loaded the bases for Robinson Cano. Why Trey Hillman left him in there I have no idea. But it wouldn’t take him long to regret it. Robinson Cano, who was 6 for 26 with runners in scoring position coming into the game, belted one out to right, putting the Yanks up 8-2.

It’s always nice to see the backups get their shakes. We’ll see Damon, Jeter, A-Rod, Swisher, and Teixeira will return tomorrow, but there will still be a few bench guys in there. A.J. Burnett, whose dad had successful triple-bypass surgery yesterday, will be back to take the hill against Anthony Lerew.

*Alternate title: Yanks actually maintain a six-run lead over Kansas City.

Game 157 Spillover Thread
Bruney, Robertson and a post-season bullpen
  • deadrody

    HA! Love the sub headline. One of the funniest things last week was the Boston Herald headlines for that game. They went to press with the Sox maintaining that 6 run lead and decided it was ok to smite the baseball gods. The top headline read something about a gift, but the subheadline was priceless. It read “Sox Feast on Lowly KC”.

    And by feast, they mean LOSE, of course.


  • Tom Zig

    Magic number is now at -3

    • Salty Buggah

      Still at 11

      • JGS

        wouldn’t it be 22?

  • Salty Buggah

    Hochevar 8 ER against the F lineup = Atrocious!

    • Salty Buggah

      Actually, I wonder if Hochevar calls the Yanks lineup “stupid” like Snell did.

  • danny

    ramiro pena is freaking adorable.

    • Rey22

      He looks so happy in the LoHud picture. Good for him.

  • JGS

    what a year for Robbie

    Pete Abe says he is getting the day off tomorrow, and that will just be his second game off all year

    for perspective, Prince Fielder is the only player in the majors to have played every game this year

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

      Fielder has to play. If he misses a game, he gains 10 pounds.

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

    The only important part of the game wrap I suppose is AJ’s pops. Good for him and his fam.

    As for baseball, who’s ready for some meaningful baseball!!?? I can’t wait for the ALDS.

  • Salty Buggah

    I’d to point out again that I called Pena’s HR today and so while I’m hot, I’m going to say the Yanks will win the WS.

  • andrew

    wow some dude wanted 10 large for a baseball? come on. give me a game ball and maybe another signed ball and im happy. but 10k? jerkkkkkkkkkk.

    • JGS

      seriously–and Carson just made his ML debut like two weeks ago. he isn’t exactly rolling in cash yet

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      I would of asked for a bat and a signed baseball but 10k that alot of fucking money for a ball.

      • Salty Buggah


      • JMK aka The Overshare

        It’s “would have”. Anyway, what if a kid has been playing JV ball for a while, isn’t very good, but is given a courtesy chance by the varsity coach, and he hits a home run? You catch the ball, which has zero monetary value, but is priceless for that kid (who, by the way, similarly has limited financial means). Would you still ask for shit? I’m not Mr. Sunshine Altruism (though some think I have autism), but sheesh, it just feels wrong.

  • Dela G

    great win against KC

    i can’t believe this same KC team clubbed the red sox for 2 straight games….

    Oh wait, yes i can

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

      heh, remember when Boston was 8-2 and we had the rough road trip? Funny how things change. Now we’re 7-3 and they’re 4-6… NESPN loves their SSS when it looks good for the sox, don’t they?

      • Tom Zig

        It makes for a good story and I’m sure it increases their traffic. That’s fine by me, that means more people got to see us beat down the Sox.

  • sk

    “Hopefully some asshole won’t demand a ransom for the ball.”

    I was in the bleachers behind the dude in the box seats who caught the ball. He threw it to one of the relievers as soon as he was asked. They threw him back a ball autographed by all the relievers. Security then escorted them to new seats. What a classy organization.

    • pat

      Damn, that’s pretty dope.

      • pat

        Plus he now has a Josh Towers/Sergio Mitre signed ball! HUZZAH!! WHO BUT??

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

          lol.. but seriously, Mo and Phil on the same ball! That’s fucking sick.

          • Salty Buggah

            Too bad the Yanks arent dumb. If thy were, Joba would be there, that ball could have had the Big Three on it but Im not complaining at all about Joba being in the right place, which is the rotation.

            Mo, Phil, Ace, Coke, K-Rob, Marte, Melancon, Dunn, Edwar, Mitre, Alby, IPK, Bruney, and Towers…not bad even if some arent famous or good.

    • Salty Buggah

      I believe that reliever was Alby according to one of the beat writers.

  • Ivan

    So historical content here, how many 2nd basemen has had a year like Robbie Cano?

    25 Homeruns, 200 Hits, 100 runs scored, and potentially 50 doubles.

    That’s just sick.

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

      I’ve been saying for a while now, if he didn’t have his RISP woes, he’d be a top-flight MVP candidate.

    • JGS

      Rogers Hornsby did the 25HR, 200 hit, 100 run thing 5 times (1922, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929). he also hit .400 in three of those, including a ridiculous .424 in 1924. He would have had a sixth, but came just four homers short in 1921. That guy was pretty good

      • Ivan

        Thats PS3 good lol.

        • Renny Baseball

          Checking some stats…

          Some of the best 2Bs of this generation whose careers are complete have not accomplished it: Roberto Alomar never did it while Craig Biggio came close only once (in 1998, had 100+ runs and 200+ hits but only 20 HRs).

          Jeff Kent came very close, barely missing in hits in 2 seasons; though can’t be sure if he was even playing 2B or 3B those years:

          Among other contemporaries that go a bit further back, Joe Morgan never did it, neither did Lou Whitaker. Ryne Sandberg came close in 1984, also missing only on HRs (19). Rod Carew never did it (also missing on HRs) — either at 2B or 1B.

          Going back to the ’50s-60s, Nellie Fox did not have the HRs to accomplish the feat. Bill Mazeroski never reached a single one of the three milestones — 200H, 100R, 25HR — at any time in his career.

          Despite the remarkable stats of Napp Lajoie at the turn of the 20th century, he never made the mark in HRs either:

          HoF’er Eddie Collins never had more than 6 HRs in a season. HOF’er Bobby Doerr didn’t make it either, same for Charlie Gehringer, missing on HRs.

          There are bound to be some that I am missing, but, aside from Hornsby, these are impressive names to never have accomplished what Cano did this season!

    • sabes

      Chase Utley in 2006. 131 runs, 203 hits, 32 HR, 102 RBI

      • Bo

        If he just hit .250 with RISP he would have driuven in 130 runs.

        He also would never have been moved from the 5th spot to 7th either.

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

          He was moved from 5th to 7th because ARod and Posada returned from injury and Matsui broke out of his slump and started hitting again. Not because of any other reason.

          He was only going to stay in the 5 hole if the other, more experienced, veteran hitters continued to miss time or struggle.

  • Salty Buggah

    Robbie’s secret to hitting with RISP: Hangovers

    • JMK aka The Overshare


  • Salty Buggah

    Apparently, the guy who wrote the book about how to snag a ball at a major league game caught Cano’s GS ball. Lucky guy.

  • sabes

    Does anyone know if Gaudin is signed for next season?

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

      He’s still under team control. He’ll be back.

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

    Loved it when ARod decided to pull a funny one on Pena when he hit that HR. He told everyone everyone to just sit, ignore him to make it awkward. Only Girardi smiled at Pena when he walked into the dug out and he had the whole “let me go back into my corner expression”, that IS until everyone goes “YEA!”.

    I haven’t seen something like that from this team in the past few seasons. Or maybe I did, but I didn’t notice it.

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

      Yeah, I agree. That was the moment of the night, a bunch of high-paid professional athletes acting like a bunch of silly kids. Gotta love Baseball.

  • crapulent

    We’re 9.5 games up. If anyone cares. If we can finish with double digits, that’d be awesome. Meaningless, but awesome.

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

      105 Wins would be nice, and the best since 1998.

    • wilcymoore

      Also meaningless but nice … with the Dodgers’ 11-1 drubbing at the hands of the Pirates last night, the Yanks are within 5 runs of L.A. in run differential: +165 vs. +170.

      Like I said, meaningless … but nice.

  • JohnC

    Any chance Pena is Jeter’s heir apparent? We know he can pick it defensively. His bat is the question, although left handed he looks like a pretty decent hitter. Righty hitting he is weak. As for Eduardo Nunez, were most of his errors this year fielding or throwing?

    • Bo

      The future SS is not playing in the Yankee organization. They think of Pena as a UTL player. Not a starting SS for 162 games.

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

      If Ramiro Pena is a starting shortstop for anyone at any time, chances are that team is in bad shape.

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

      I’d say there’s a better shot that Sano is a full time starter for the Yanks.

  • Russell NY

    My friend and I are in an argument. He says the game yesterday was meaningful and you can look at performances and applaud guys just as you would the regular season when games count. I disagree.

    What do you all think?

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

      “Meaningful?” No. Meaningless? Just about.

      He can applaud Robbie, Ramiro, Gaudin, etc… but other than one, maybe two spots(Gaudin on the postseason roster?) the game had no bearing on our year.

      • Stryker

        while the yankees and other teams are in special positions, every game counts the same toward a team’s overall record (like i said below) so every game means something.

    • Stryker

      not really sure what you’re both arguing about – maybe word it differently?

      but if you’re arguing whether or not this game is meaningless, in theory, it’s not. last time i checked games in september count the same as games in may or june. they all count equally toward a team’s overall record thus every game has meaning.

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

        last time i checked games in september count the same as games in may or june. they all count equally toward a team’s overall record thus every game has meaning.

        Yes, but what all those games all count for is:
        A) determining who gets to go to the playoffs and who doesn’t
        B) determining who gets to win the division and who doesn’t
        C) determining who gets home field advantage and who doesn’t
        D) determining who has had a season most worthy of winning individual awards and who did not

        All four of those things have been decided. Thus, while every game “counts the same” in abstract theory, no, not every game counts the same in actuality. All of the meaning has been stripped out of these games because their outcomes will not change the outcomes of any of the four reasons that the games matter.

    • Jon

      The only purpose to the next few games is to try and get Arod 7 more RBIs and tex 2 more home runs

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


      • JGS

        and get CC his 20th win

  • mryankee

    Whats the story on Lash Lerew or whoever is pitching tonight. I saw an earlier post this morning on this site the Royals passed on some really good players to take Hochevar. That sucks for them. I know Alex Gordon might end up being very good. Longoria with Billy Butler and David Dejesus would be the start of something.