What the hell is the point of pulling Andy when he was at 81 pitches? He wasn’t struggling. Like, at all.
joba throw that slider down down down down down!!!
There is a heretic questioning the wisdom of the Great Girardi. What shall we do with him?!
And putting in Joba to boot. Seem like two bad decisions regardless of outcome.
No. Because Joba Chamberlain is a supremely talented pitcher.
Pulling Andy to put in Gaudin, now, THAT would have been a bad decision.
I have faith in Joba, Girardi has faith in Joba, and that faith was rewarded.
Still Pettitte was ROLLING, and barely was over 80 pitches, to me that was just overmanaging no matter how good Joba is.
That is more debatable. Andy’s location seemed to be drifting, IMHO.
Yeah however, he just K’d 2 consecutive batters. I don’t think he was tiring that much.
Talent means nothing if you can’t harness it. Joba has had a bad year. He’s the 4th or 5th best option out of the pen. Surely you can see that.
Joba looked good in Games 1 and 2. He hit a wall in September, but now he’s only being asked to do an inning at a time, and he’s had some decent time to rest and recuperate, and it’s paid dividends; he looks like the old Joba.
Surely you can see that.
He hit his wall in August. His ERA is nearly 8 since the end of July. And his velocity still isn’t where it was, even with the bullpen uptick. There other guys who’ve been doing it successfully out of the pen a lot more often, all year. But all those innings don’t compare to Joba’s…three?
That was a gritty out Punto.
He’s a baseball player, but only on his days off.
He is Joe Girardi and YOU WILL REMEMBER HIM!
FEAR HIS MASSIVE ERECTION!
Heh well I just noticed CC, Aj and Pettitte combined gave up less earned runs than Josh Beckett.
Massive ESPN fail.
This shit is killing my BP
Dude take deep breaths, drink lots of water, you’ll be fine. Wouldn’t hurt to get up and walk around either. (I’m a nurse.)
girardi is obsessed with this bullpenn. and he over manages way to much
Actually, Girardi has been the best bullpen manager in baseball this season.
Yes Sir, Best manager in the game.
lol. He can’t be right…
He was struggling in the last inning. What are you talking about?
I would have supported the move if they’d gone to Hughes, but they went to Joba. That worked out, but I don’t think it was the right move.
I fully endorse both pulling Pettitte and inserting Joba.
Two right decisions.
Was the right move with Righties coming up.
Yeah, because Andy had a REAL problem getting those guys out before.
It’s not all about platoon advantage at all times, it’s about pitching advantage. Joba has better stuff than Andy, but Andy’s still a better pitcher, and still had everything working just fine.
Like I always say, the handedness of the pitcher is only half of the equation.
Delmon Young, 2009:
vs RHP as RH – .271/.301/.383
vs LHP as RH – .310/.321/.512
Brendan Harris, 2009:
vs RHP as RH – .238/.289/.340
vs LHP as RH – .302/.348/.403
That decision practically makes itself.
I disagree. The first hit was on a good pitch, Cabrera was actually out, and then there was one shitty, shitty pitch to Mauer. Then, he came in and got the first guy easily…and Delmon Young was coming up, who he’d handled easily, followed by the rest of the bottom of the lineup.
DON’T DOUBT THE SOUL PATCH!!!
After 81 pitches? The way Andy was dealing?
I can’t wait to hear Joe’s explanation.
Agree, I have no clue why Pettitte was taken out. He did not look tired. I was sweating it out there. I assume Hughes or Coke will come in in the 8th?
I want to know why anyone who has watched this team all season would think that Phil Coke would start the 8th inning with a one-run lead.
WHAT IF THERE’S A LEFTY?!?!?!?!? AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Well the bright side is, I feel more confident throwing him out when we really need him after this performance. He allowed a double but worked out of it which he hasn’t been great at lately. Either way, gotta like our chances from here on out.
How can moves that work out not be the right move? You can say hypothetical scenario A or B would have been better but you can’t prove it. The one that worked out IS the right move.
No, it doesn’t work out that way.
The move was right because the move was right, not because it worked.
AND because it worked
I agree. But saying “It worked out but it wasn’t the right move” just makes my brain hurt.
…I’m sorry. That doesn’t make you right, though.
k we need some insurance runs , hughes was really shaky and i dno moe hasnt been as sharp either
Ever watch the show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
haha. good shit JMK
what the hell is dno?
They want to establish Joba and his confidence moving forward throughout the playoffs. Sending a message to the Angels that our bullpen is bout to make games 6 inning affairs
Exactly. Since we got out of that inning, that was a good thing.
I’m pretty sure that, if the Angels are getting dominated by Andy the way the Twins were, they’d be happy to see him leave the game in favor of a young kid who has a problem with giving up free passes.
That young kid has pitched much better in October than he did in August and September.
Three October innings versus 45 August and September innings. Sample size alert?
45 August and September innings vs. all the innings before that.
45 August and September innings is ALSO a small sample size. Don’t forget that either.
A potential series-clinching game is not the place to help someone establish their confidence.
When you have 3 games and only need to win 1, yeah, it kinda is.
Of topic but still sweet….How great is it that Papelbum blew a 2 run lead to end his teams season ?
We’re still talking about this? When the Yankees are on the brink of winning their first postseason series since 2004?
my hate runs deep
Get over it.
I’m with ya Slappy. I hate Papelbum also.
I think Girardi’s decision was wrong too, BUT the appeal of going with your hard throwing BP after your opponents have adjusted to the soft tossing lefty is strong, right? Plus strikeout guys = less balls in play, less left up to chance.
Andy struck out 7 today, and Joba is also MUCH more prone to blowups.
O’ captain my captain!
Guys, George is having a party!
My name is Andrew Santoro and I’m a whiner:
The Yankees manager, Joe Girardi pulls the starter too early.
Well we can go either way with this arguement, fact is yanks still lead going to the 8th, so that’s what matters.
How ’bout this: the Yanks lead all of baseball in Productive Homers.
A-Rod is the career leader in unproductive homers however. OH WAIT.
Get ready for the postgame, when the Twins are credited with the “Most Near Wins” in the league.
Pettitte would have been out there through the 8th as long as he was strong and pitching well, which he was. Removing him after 6.1 innings and 81 pitches was not the right move. He’s owned Minnesota through the years and he’s a big-game pitcher. I think Joe has done a great job with the pen the two years with the Yankees, but he does go a bit into over managing at times.
Enough of that. Go Yanks!
We’ve been swinging at garbage all night.
A theory: Mebbe Girardi isn’t overly concerned about the Twins at this point (I’m not), and wanted more data on Joba as leverage reliever for upcoming roster decisions. That or he’s dumb.
A “Jeter sucks” chant? Really?
love the hate… more hate
That’s pretty bush league. I was at Game 2 and there was a “Boston sucks” chant and I was a bit ashamed. But Jeter? Really? He’s about the most likable guy in baseball.
Yes, at the end of the game going out there was a Boston sucks chant and I was a bit ashamed too. It blew my total high a little bit. Very bad form Yankee fans to act like the RS Nation.
i don’t feel bad about (hopefully!) sweeping this team. any backwater minnesota hillbilly that chants “jeter sucks” certainly deserves to see their team get blown out. some day these jerks will be falling all over themselves in praise during jeter’s goodbye tour.
…hopefully in about a decade, not sooner.
it’s 2-1 and the comments are littered with people who are upset that Girardi went with his shut-down bullpen. It worked, yet you all are complaining as if the Twins took the lead.
The Twins did take the lead…in our hearts…
[Raises boom box over head.]
hmm a jeter sucks chant now thats a first
Let’s hope Phil is up to the task tonight.
Amazing how all of our groundballs go right to a fielder… There’s, the yankees usually have to chase.
hope hughes is sharper tonight
Hopefully Mo’s getting ready. First sign of trouble for St. Phil, yank him. Go for the jugular.
agree. then they can take those white towels and use them for something productive.
Shit, remember when Mo was automatically the 8th AND 9th inning guy in the playoffs? Unfortunately he has aged, although I think he could still do it.
can’t we have a nice quick 1-2-3 ining like that?
Dude yes, a few nice groundouts, a strike out. Let’s just get it OVER WITH.
Were they chanting, “Jeter Sucks?”
You stay classy, Minnesota.
Wondering when the rest of this lineup is going to start hitting. Insurance runs would be nice.
Lets go Hughes.
It was not the right move. You want to limit the number of pitchers who throw in the game- you don’t want to search for the guy who does not have it that night. You could have gone Pettitte-Hughes-Rivera, there was no reason to add a pitcher to the mix.
Yep. And it looks like Hughes is that guy.
At some point, you have to wonder if Girardi can ever be right.
You want to limit the number of pitchers who throw in the game- you don’t want to search for the guy who does not have it that night.
Is that statistically verifiable, or just a commonly accepted baseball saw that may be false?
Jeter once did a Top 10 List on David Letterman and it was things people don’t know about Derek Jeter and one was, “When opposing fans chant ‘Yankees suck’ it really hurts my feelings.”
Let’s go punto… he has to be the worst player that is idolized…
But he’s a baseball player who plays baseball the right way.
Hughes can’t stop this guy unreal
Shit, Punto the Yankee killer is leading off.
Don’t walk Punto again, Master Phil
guess you got to mix it up a little more…
OMG!!! Im speechless.
great hughes just fkkn great
Phil can’t handle the pressure.
So… let’s play no singles defense?
Damon and Melky with the UZR!
I hope Chip Caray dies. Die die die.
Fuck it, I’ve had enough.
*Presses mute button*
What a joke.
And why is Damon out there still?
lets go huuuuuuuuughesss.
i think hughes missed his sport on every pitch so far. he looks really bad
Just go to Mo. Squash this shit before it gets out of control.
That play was awesome, but it looks like we found Hughes, the guy who doesn’t have it tonight. Everything he gets in the zone is up.
Time to set up the DP and get Robertson in there.
HAHAHAHHAHA!!! Jeter FTW!!!!!
JETER and POSADA WOWOWOWOW
What the fuck was Punto thinking?
Punto plays the game the Right Way.
DEREK FUCKING JETER WITH ANOTHER BRILLIANT PLAY!!!
What a series for Nick Punto!!!
DEREK MOTHA FUCKIN JETER!! TAKE A SEAT PUTO!!
Poor twins baserunning. What a killer.
HOLY SHIT! Was that Jeremy Giambi on the basepath?!!!!!
How about that Jeter sucks chant now??
add that play to the Jeterian mystique
gritty and gutty I would say what a baseball player
“what a series for Punto”
suck it punto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think those last 3 exclamation points were a bit unnecessary.
YAHOO! Stupid base running by the Twins. Go Yanks!
JETER SUCKS JETER SUCKS
Nick Punto is a baseball player.
…with poor baserunning skills.
DEREK JETER= BASEBALL GENIUS
Damn … Punto looks like he’s about to cry.
You would too if you were a dumbass that made a stupid bonehead play in the final game in the history of your home team’s stadium.
yesssssss…… JETER what?
Holy shit, Nick Punto is the worst fucking player in baseball.
Punto made that blunder the right way, so it’s okay.
He doubles as a toaster oven on off days. Toasts that shit the right way.
BTW, the right way is to do it with tears of regret in your eyes. Not with the nonchalant air of a Lazy Dominican™.
Hahahahaha, yes, suck it Chip Caray and your rampant Twins-fellating.
I’m sure he was crying inside.
Has posada forgotten about Hughes curve?
He hung the curve the other night. And maybe Hughes keeps shaking it off.
Jeter can’t go to his left.
Wow. They did it again. And by they, I mean the Twins.
I’m so glad Jeter sucks.
YES! This team has made the defensive plays when necessary (and the Twins have been terrible.) That play is just like the Giambi play . What a Jeterian thing to do.
That’s so Jeter
But.. bu.. Jorge can’t throw!
Now that we got that out of the way, do your job Phil.
New meaning to the phrase Jeterian Range. File that away.
Plays like those are what make Jeter so good!
The universe wants us to win. The Fates have spoken.
Now if midges show up, we’ll know the fix is in.
10/11/09: Robertson > Hughes
Do you bring in Mo to face Mauer?
Assuming no DP.
Knowing Girardi? It’ll go to Coke or Marte.
yes–don’t fuck around
cabrera will GIDP, no need for mauer
YES. Mo can rest for four days.
I think that brings the series count of “Punto facepalms” for Ron Gardenhire to 3.
Jete shows his amazing presence of mind yet again. Twinkies have had some problems at second, Jeter has been a part of them. Awesome, awesome plat.
How did Jeter make that play with an average UZR?
(Even though it wasn’t average this year)
Well, I love Jetes, but technically, he didn’t really make that play.
Nick Punto made that play. Jeter just ate the ball and waited to see if someone would do something stupid, and someone did. Fell into our lap.
It’s amazing how many of you have no confidence in our team. Ya’ll wild.
So, do we trust Phil against Mauer? Or is it Coke? Or is it Mo?
I hope it’s Mo.
I don’t trust Hughes against anyone after game 2. Can’t believe he’s in there. I’d have pulled him after the double.
Good thing you’re not the Yankees manager
he doesn’t look sharp at all. you don’t have time for him to find it. if a relief pitcher isn’t hitting his spots in a critical situation you get him out of there ASAP
Just to be clear…
and Girardi can’t manage
Do people realize we’re up 2-0 and winning this game?
You wouldn’t happen to be the type to talk to your alter ego through the reflection of an office building window about erectile dysfunction, would you?
If it’s Coke, I’m getting on a jet and flying to Minnesota and punching Girardi.
…but call for an ambulence, because Girardi will then kick my ass.
And, Girardi will probably be right.
People were bitching when Coke came in the other night, but it was the right move and Coke mowed Kubel down.
They still have a runner at first. Double Play here would be nice to avoid Mauer and further tense situations. These last five outs will be the end of me.
So my guess is Joe G will brink in The Coke Man for Mauer?
Hells no, go to MO.
God, I hope not.
JUST GO TO MO.
Yeah, thankfully its Mo
This would be Hughes last batter.
Past a diving….oh. wait.
Lol, I hope OCab tries to break his bat again.
who else wants a curveball?
If Hughes doesn’t want to throw it, then he shouldn’t throw it.
He’ll need it next year, though. Hopefully, he’ll still have a good one.
I’m a bit sadistic.
I LOVE WATCHING this Minnesota crowd and their facial expressions when the Twins get pwned repeatedly. There’s no apparent pain on these fans’ faces, but you know deep down inside they’re just hurting and they want to cry.
Right there with ya, buddy.
Twins: we would win if we could get past second base.
That’s what she said.
Bring in Mo.
Mo time. Don’t fuck around with Mauer.
God’s Pitching… Game Over.
love this ad
Mo in. Absolutely right call.
may mo be with us.
How’s that for not over-managing the bullpen? Mo time.
Mo to close out the Metrodome.
It should be a new rule. Mo closes out every stadium, whether there’s a new one or not.
Thnaks Joe Girardi – Mo – Our best against their best with the game on the line. I love it.
I’m going to file this under “not an issue”
Epic battle coming up
I disagree, I think Mo is going to Mo him down.
Gotta go to Mo. If we lose, let’s lose with our best. Hopefully this will be quick and painless and we will be doing the champaign thing inside of 15 minutes.
Then we can figure out how to beat the Angels with half of our line-up not hitting.
Hey Joe, you’ve finally done something correct by bringing in Mo. Let’s let the Sandman rock the Twinkies to sleep.
Yeah. You finally did something correct.
Well except for all those other things you did correct.
Fifty shots wouldn’t be enough for me to give a second glance to romance novel cover guy.
So, you’re saying I should roll with the bullfighter look?
Definitely. Those pants, that mustachio…no question!
Riddering likes her salsa spicy.
I’d die before I was drunk enough… shit, does that mean I’m gay?
Jeter’s agent on the phone right now with Cashman:
I though this be a good time to talk contract.
Cashman: Thanks but no thanks.
look at jorge giving mo shit
i shouldnt be nervous, but i am.
and mo proves me wrong
Mo >>>>> Mauer
Mauer Fail… !!
bye bye mvp
too easy for mariano
Classic, classic Mo. Broken bat groundout.
Joey boy, that’s how a cutter tastes.
breaking bats, breaking hearts
And Breaking Balls.
I wonder if Papsmear is watching Mo try to see how it’s done.
He doesn’t have to. He already knows he’s the best – even better than Mo.
He’s too busy sulking right now because he blows.
Shattered that bat just like the Twins hope
Heh, remember when Cody Ransom was our starting 3rd baseman?
God Damn that cutter was wicked.
Mariano Rivera – Breaking bats since 1995.
He should have started a bat company instead of a steakhouse.
Or, at least, invested in Louisville Slugger.
its horrible of me to compare but i just hope that during the nottom of the ninth moe doesnt pull a papelbon!
Comparing Mo to Papelschmcuk is an insult to Mo.
It’s an insult to comparisons.
Comparing shit to Papelbon is an insult to shit.
Yes and I expect the fury of Mo to be seen any moment now.
Well, here’s the thing… Mo doesn’t suck. And he’s also not a douche bag.
You watch your mouth sir! Such blasphemy can have dire consequences.
No No No – you didn’t just say that!?
Stone him! Stone him!
Please do not ever compare anyone, particularly that clown to Mo
Mo and the golden pitch.
I seriously don’t know why any of you people ever have a doubt or a fear.
THIS TEAM IS THE BALLS.
List of Yankee players OR managers on the postseason roster whom I do not have utter and complete confidence in to do their job well:
1.) Jose Molina
[end of list]
You forgot Cody Ransom and Angel Berroa. Wait a second, I don’t see what you did there?!
Wrong. Molina will (and did) do his job well. You of little faith!
Yeah, coaxing AJ into walking five guys and hitting two…masterful!
Made of Steel.
Running past its alloted time? Did they really think this game would come in under three hours? As is, it’s been a pretty quick game.
must be the commerciales
Has Damon even fouled a ball off yet? Holy fuck.
aaaand there it is.
I’d rather see Grit laying down a bunt and trying to run it out. Damon is worthless right now.
JD is like STFU I have a pretty wife and a foul pole in my yard Chip you ass.
Here’s hoping against the Golden Sombrero.
how long longer does girardi stick damon in the two hole?
/that’s what she said’d
which hole would you recommend for JD?
Damon has to be hurt.
SHoulder thing? I think it’s a shoulder thing.
C’mon guys – some insurance runs please.
Amazing that the Twins didn’t go to their best reliever in this situation. Nathan must be truly spooked.
Caray: Two solo home runs the sum total of the Yankee offense tonight (shakes head in disgust)
Two is enough when the other guys have one, dope.
I heard he still rolls up into fetal position in the corner of the clubhouse from time to time.
and… Damon wants a contract… hmm… doesn’t look like it.
Damn. Is Damon having vision problems again?
Damon has been God-AWFUL!!!
Well, so have Cano and Swisher. Are we going to worry about them too?
At least no one is 0-for the series.
Hope you show up in the ALCS
Ball 5 to Teixeira…
We all still want to re-sign Damon? (For the record I do, but I’m curious to hear the thoughts of others.)
Hope that foul ball hit Caray.
Cashman looks pretty fuckin calm.
How about some insurance runs just for shits and giggles?
They should IBB A-rod, even with Tex on.
4 days off couldn’t really hurt JD.
A little A-Rod insurance?
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