Oct
03

Game 161: Just two more meaningless games to go

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And so here we are, on the season’s penultimate day, going through the motions. Honestly, how many of you watched the whole game yesterday? It’s tough to stomach a game wherein the Rays score four first-inning runs and the ultimate outcome means nothing. Even the momentum factor is overstated.

There are but a few things to watch for tonight, and two of them involve home runs. If Mark Teixeira hits one, he’ll move into sole possession of first place in the AL, eclipsing the injured Carlos Pena. That would also set the Yankees’ single-season record for home runs. They’re currently tied with the 2004 team at 242.

The other thing is obviously Andy Pettitte, who gets his final tune-up start before the ALDS. Andy might take the ball again on Friday in Game 2, but it’s just as likely that he gets seven days off before a Game 3 start next Sunday. As with Sabathia, it doesn’t much matter how Pettitte fares. This game means nothing. His next start is what counts.

Jorge’s starting at catcher today. With tomorrow being a day game after a night game, one would expect Jose Molina to catch A.J. Burnett. It does appear that Molina will catch Burnett in the playoffs, odd as that decision may seem. There’s quite a robust discussion of the topic in the comments.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Dela G

    i’ll check this game out after the twins finish

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

      I’m with you, grab me a brewski on your way to the fridge.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Me too!

      • Dela G

        will do boss

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

          ‘Boss’? I like it! Finally getting a little respect around here! (puffs out chest in vintage Ralph Kramden pose)

        • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Hopefully you have something other than that Shiner Bock swill.

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        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh8MwuNOGiM Confessions of A Confused Teen

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  • Dela G

    Yo AJ Burnett, I’m really happy for you, and Ima let you finish,
    but The Twins/Royals is one of the best games of all time…OF ALL TIME!

    • Dela G

      i meant andy pettitte… haha

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        You have shamed your family. That beer The Artist and I were looking for, retrieve it as penance.

        • Dela G

          i need to go back to A ball and work on my typing mechanics

    • Jose

      haha, nice usage of Kanye West.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      The Yanks’ game doesn’t start until 7:08. This Twins game will be over before that.

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

      Nothing is better than elimination Baseball.

      The slow pace that can seem boring during a meaningless mid season game becomes bone-chilling and excruciating during the playoffs. That’s why I’d love to see them add a Wild Card, and have the two teams play a Play-in game to see who gets in. It’s great theater, and a great disincentive to avoid being a WC, since they’d be guaranteed nothing.

  • dkidd

    think joe sat miranda so he wouldn’t get drilled for his home run trot?

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Doubt it.

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

      He really did Cadillac it around the bases last night.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Any good college football games tonight?

    • Dela G

      my school that i go to, texas a&m, plays arkansas on espn 2 live at jerryworld in dallas

    • andrew

      Miami vs Oklahoma
      Cal vs USC

      Both at 8PM

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Twins win.

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

    Wow Twins. Just wow.

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

      So now the Tigers need a win tonight to avoid a tie.

      I can’t believe they beat Grienke after the season he’s had.

    • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      There’s another thread for Royals-Twins talk, Axisa.

      ::ducks for cover::

      • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Although, on that topic… Who else is excited for early and late season baseball outdoors in Minneapolis, starting in 2010? If ever there was a reason to build a retractable roof, huh? Fail.

        • Jose

          So if the Twins make it to the World Series in the future, they could be playing November baseball in Minnesota outdoors? Genius.

          • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yup. Not to mention outdoor baseball in Minneapolis in early April every year. MLB should stipulate that certain teams (I’m looking at you, Toronto and Minneapolis) must play in stadiums with retractable (or permanent) roofs. Oh well.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            Could be a big home field advantage. You get used to playing in cold weather (lived in both Wisconsin and Vermont) if you’re there long enough, whereas it would be difficult to expect a team playing in San Diego, Miami or Texas to feel comfortable in that kind of environment. I can’t imagine it will be an attractive point to FAs, though.

            • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              I guess, except most of the players (non-Mauer division) are not from cold climates. Just because their uniform says “Twins” doesn’t make them Minnesotans who are used to the weather.

  • Dela G

    fuck yeah twins

    great job

  • Tom Zig

    oh boy Derek Jeter is on the bench today, over/under 4.5 times Michael Kay mentions that he is a pest on the bench

    • kunaldo

      over fo sho

  • Quikksand

    Thanks twins! Now, go White sox go!

  • kunaldo

    Ok, so with this whole crrrazy Molina-starting-in-the-playoffs thing seeming like it may be true, I have a question. If Burnett is going to pitch game 2, then he’s lined up to pitch game 5, obviously. I hope it doesn’t get that far, but if it does, does Girardi have the balls to play Molina in a do-or-die game???

    Also, I still find it hard to believe POSADA would allow this. Obviously, Joe is the manager, but Jorgie would definitely be pissed if he sat in the playoffs, no?

    • kunaldo

      oh and by “sat” I mean not start any of the games..

    • Tank the Frank

      I think Burnett is lined up to pitch game 3.

      • kunaldo

        well as of now, sure…but w/ the days off they can flip flop andy and aj…

  • Jose

    Kim Jones asked Joe if he would continue the tradition of having a player manage the last game of the season since they have already clinched. He gave an inconclusive answer. I always found it to be amusing.

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

      I’d like to see Kim Jones manage tomorrow’s game.

      • Dela G

        i’d like to see her manage my bedroom IFYOUKNOWWHATIMEAN

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

          So she can administrate your BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP and organize your BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

      • Jose

        I think you are onto something. John Sterling can co-manage. He will have to make the difficult decision of whether you send the runner at first when there are two outs and a full count. He always brings that up on the radio.

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

          Sterling as bench coach, I like it.

          Kim can also bring Kennedy in to pitch in relief, just to see the look on John’s face.

  • dkidd

    hope tex doesn’t screw up his swing going for #40 a la soriano

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

    “Early speculation on a successor centered on Paul DePodesta, the former Dodgers GM who has been with the Padres since July 2006. He is in the first year of a three-year contract believed to be worth $800,000 per season.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4527639

    DePodesta is a modern GM and a very bright guy, but he didn’t exactly distinguish himself with the Dodgers. Not sure if there was some office politics involved, or ownership meddling, but he made some very bad deals.

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

      Sure he did. He brought in Penny, drafted Martin, Kemp, Loney, Billingsley…

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

        Yeah, not as bad as I thought. Maybe he wasn’t all that media friendly, because the local writers were really out to get him in 05.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        But how much of that is really the GM? Cashman didn’t really draft Hughes, Joba, IPK, Slade, A-Jax—Oppenheimer did. I really have no idea, maybe Home DePo is responsible for their drafts.

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

      Actually, looking over his track record it doesn’t seem all that bad. Mixed, actually. I had just remembered the disastrous 05 season and the way he was run out of town, but his trade/FA record was OK. He should take some heat for 05, but I don’t remember all the details.

      • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Yeah, the media killed him in LA, but he wasn’t actually bad. Plaschke needs a crusty baseball man and DePodesta kinda rubbed him the wrong way, so he killed him in the media. I think he’d be a great hire for Toronto, if he wants the job.

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

          If I was him, I’d stay out of the AL East. Ricchardi really didn’t do a bad job, put together some decent teams and very underrated pitching staffs, but its just very very tough to look good in this division with that payroll. Also, from what I understand the new ownership will be looking to cut payroll further next year, so it’s even harder.

          Towers might make more sense for TOR. He’s rebuilt a few teams from the ground up, and that’s what TOR is looking at.

          • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            I hear you about the AL East, obviously that’s a deterrent. We’ll see what happens. But I’m not so sure Ricciardi didn’t do a bad job. JP gave out some awful contracts during his tenure (Thomas, Ryan, Wells, Rios, etc.).

            • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              On top of the bad contracts, JP was pretty unpolished with the media, and I believe he’s reportedly had a strained relationship with his scouts and other player personnel people (maybe someone can back me up on that one, I’m too lazy to go searching for a link).

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

                I don’t know about the local Toronto media, but I know the NY media loved him. He was one of the few GMs I’d hear interviewed annually on WFAN and 1050. Beat writers and radio announcers always had a quote or two from him every time he came to town, so he must have made himself available to them.

                • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I’m not talking about whether the media likes him as much as I’m talking about whether he presents the best face for the organization to the media. Just off the top of my head, his recent comments about how it doesn’t matter who the GM is because the Jays can’t win in a division with the Sox and Yanks are one good example. His disparaging comments about Adam Dunn are another good example.

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

                  Yeah, well of anything those are examples of him being over exposed. Things like that should be said behind closed doors, not to beat reporters.

                  BTW-I think he had his own radio show as well, on XM or something.

                • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “Things like that should be said behind closed doors, not to beat reporters.”

                  Totally agree. GMs can’t have that little discipline with the media. That’s a mark against JP, in my book. That’s on him.

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

              He did, but Candian teams always have to overpay because of the high tax rates and currency exchange bullshit. He gets a total pass on that for me, since its completely out of his control.

              If anything, that’s another reason for a smart GM to avoid the job. TOR really has to be built through the farm system, which is always tricky.

              • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                He gets a “total pass” from you on bad contracts because he worked for a team that plays in Canada? I get that the exchange rate presents a problem, but it most certainly doesn’t present enough of a problem that anyone could excuse the Wells or Rios contracts.

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

                  Yeah, Texas or Florida teams could offer any one of their FA players half the money and they would still go home with more take home pay. They have to overpay, they simply have no choice, except of course to let the player walk.

                  In that town, which has never recovered from the 1994 strike, that’s a very tough thing to do.

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

                  ….if he’s popular, which Wells was when they signed him.

                • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Dude… Those are HISTORICALLY AWFUL contracts. I mean, the worst of the worst. If you can excuse those contracts on the basis that Toronto is at a disadvantage because it’s in Canada, how can you ever evaluate a GM in Toronto? By your reasoning., no GM in Toronto can ever be blamed for any mistake re: acquisitions or contracts.

                  Whatever, I agree to disagree.

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

                  “By your reasoning., no GM in Toronto can ever be blamed for any mistake re: acquisitions or contracts.”

                  No, I just cut the contract in half and ask myself if that sounds about right, and in most cases with JP, it did. Also, they’ve had a steady stream of good young arms coming through there for years, so he’s done a good job in that area. Overall, I think he did an OK job considering what he had to work with.

                  If I have one criticism of him, its that he didn’t do enough to protect those young arms, and many of them got hurt. That’s on him and that bonehead manager Gibbons they fired last year.

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

                  BTW-Maybe someone can get me the exact number, but the last time I checked the top Canadian income tax rate was over 60%, I think it’s 63 IIRC.

                  Texas and FLA residents have no/low personal income tax (though FLA may have added one recently) so with a Federal top rate of 35%, it’s almost double in Canada.

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

    Yankees baseball, Devils hockey, I’m in fucking heaven

    • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Co-sign. Although obviously it would be better if the Yanks weren’t just playing out the string at this point.

      • Ben

        Devils? Ugh

        • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Dynamite drop-in, Monte. That broadcast school has really paid off.

  • pat

    There goes your perfecto, Neiman muahah.

  • putt

    I didn’t catch the game last night. Was the Price/Tex high & tight pitch pretty egregious? Cone seems to think so. What precipitated it?

  • Dela G

    GRIT GUTNER STEAL!

    nice job

  • Dela G

    damon swinging at schlop for the loss

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Lame swing, Matsui.

  • Dela G

    everyone swinging at schlop for the loss

  • Bob Stone

    Quentin just homered – ChiSox 1 Det 0

    • Tom Zig

      pretty please can we have a game 163.

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

        +163

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

        Tigers starter is already out of the game.

        • Tom Zig

          Detroit taking no chances, I see

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

            Freddy Garcia hasn’t been great, but he’s been solid this year.

            F. Garcia vs DET Bullpen=Tie in Central

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

    Fuck.

    Do they really need to play that annoying horn to tell their idiot fans that something just happened?

    • Zack

      Almost worse than handing out cowbells to get them excited

    • Nels

      In all fairness, the Yanks usually have a siren go off when they hit HRs. Though I agree that horns should be reserved for hockey.

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

        I love the new stadium, but that wrap around message board annoys the shit out of me. Total overkill with the world’s largest Diamond vision in RF, and a smaller on in CF.

  • Ben

    This iswhy Burnett goes 2

    • Frankie

      ELECTRIC STUFF!!!

    • Zack

      explain

  • Frankie

    I hope this is all because the yanks pitchers just don’t give a damn about these games.

  • Tom Zig

    4 runs and 6 hits off of Beckett…already.

    • Zack

      its a little different than CC too, considering he’s coming off back spasms, a skipped start, and three “minor” cortison shots

  • Mikey

    hairston = desperate not to be on base

  • dygg

    Question: Even if Detroit wins tonight, they have to pitch Verlander tomorrow, no?

    • Tank the Frank

      Not necessarily. They’ll still have a one game lead and would probably be better off saving him in case the Twins win tomorrow and they lose, so they can throw Verlander in the one-game playoff.

    • Tom Zig

      Yeah pretty much. I assume, Edwin Jackson would pitch the tie breaker. Or they bring back Verlander on extremely short rest

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

      Absolutely. Why save him for Game One, or even Game 163, when you aren’t guaranteed to play it?

      Kay’s an idiot, of course you throw him tomorrow.

      • Tank the Frank

        But if they win tonight, which was the stipulation in the OP, they are guaranteed to play Game 163. I think you throw Verlander depending on tonight’s outcome.

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

          Absolutely not. Tomorrow would be Game One of their playoffs in that situation, and you have to go with your best.

  • Tank the Frank

    Johnny PLEEEEEAAAASE get it going.

    • Tank the Frank

      Jesus he looks beyond awful.

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

        They should play Hinske in LF in the playoffs. Small sample sizes tell me so.

        • Tank the Frank

          Hell, if all goes well, we won’t even see Hinske in the playoffs.

  • Frankie

    Yeah, Gardy can be a 60 SB guy until his speed starts to go when ge hits his 30s.

  • 5th Starter

    Haven’t seen this posted yet but,

    “New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to work in relief Sunday and appears headed to the bullpen for the first round of the playoffs.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4529223

    • Tom Zig

      Well if he can be 2007 Joba out of the pen, then I am fine with it, but JUST FOR PLAYOFFS. As soon as the playoffs end, bam right back in the rotation.

      • 5th Starter

        Completely agree.

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

      Sounds good to me. If he can recreate his 07 form, we’re unstoppable.

      • Tom Zig

        5 inning game, baby.

      • Accent Shallow

        If he can find his command, sure.

    • miketotheg

      joba back in the ‘pen?

      time to bust out the “joba rules” shirt.

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

    The Indians are just awesome. Note to Mark Shapiro, all these soft tossers won’t get you anywhere.

    • Tom Zig

      usually giving up a grand slam is a cue to be taken out of the game.

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

      …and innings limits might have avoided the whole Fausto Carmona fiasco.

  • Accent Shallow

    Jeff Niemann is so goofy looking.

    • Tank the Frank

      Most guys his height are. My friend who’s 6’8 is the most uncoordinated man you’ll ever meet.

  • Frankie

    If the White Sox manage to help knock out the Tigers I will be sending Ozzie an autographed Jenna Jameson DVD.

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

      Don’t bother. He already has them all.

      • miketotheg

        but i’ll take it.

  • Tank the Frank

    I love it. We’re getting all the bad luck with BABIP out of the way too.

  • Frankie

    LOL, dumb and dumber matchup

  • miketotheg

    i reall really hope the rockies call up carl fasano tomorrow.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....ndex.html#

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

      Sal Fasano would be even better.

      • miketotheg

        touching story tho.

  • miketotheg

    not carl. sal. d’oh!

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

    How many more guys is Tampa going to be allowed to hit?

    • miketotheg

      they are bastards.

      retaliation at this point can only be bad for us.

      shelly can jump’em next spring training.

    • Frankie

      I say put in the AAA team and start drilling them one by one.

      • miketotheg

        he he. i like it.

        but what about tomorrow.

    • Accent Shallow

      Have Mike Dunn or Melancon pitch the last of the 9th of the last game.

    • Tom Zig

      They are baiting us. They want us to fight them.

      • miketotheg

        bastards.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hell of a play by Bartlett.

  • Accent Shallow

    Finally.

  • pete

    what’s tampa’s rotation next year? Shields/Garza/Neiman/Price/Davis?

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

      I think you nailed it. Hellickson might get a look, but those five are the definite favorites.

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

    4-0 ChiSox.

  • AndrewYF

    So this means that Verlander will definitely not pitch Game 1, unless he pitches on 2 days rest?

    • Tom Zig

      Yeah 2 days rest is ridiculous. I don’t think Leyland is that crazy.

      • Dela G

        well he did start figaro on a do or die game…

        • AndrewYF

          Nah, it wasn’t technically do-or-die. Tomorrow’s will definitely be, though, if they lose tonight.

  • Dela G

    man tampa fouls off everything

  • miketotheg

    i wonder who’s going to trade for upton. the mets?

  • Dela G

    wow what the fuck was that

  • Frankie

    So Pettite ends up 5.1 innings short of earning another 750K bonus?

  • miketotheg

    &((**$#&$& hinske

  • Bob Stone

    Hinske. Damn. Just ridiculous. ARod makes that play in his sleep.

  • Dela G

    great play by evan almighty, but thanks for the bad throw!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Wow, this place is dead tonight. I really do have no life…

  • Dela G

    hey JMK, i’m here! Don’t feel too bad!

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Yeah, but you have college to enjoy! I have a diaper-wearing cat, a good-paying job that I hate, law/grad school (in a few months), and a social life that consists of commenting on a Yankees-based blog and masturbating to videos of fat chicks at Autozone.

      • Dela G

        hahahaha you need to upgrade to the dela G life, which consists of going out on the weekends with hot girls, taking one home every once in a while, and living it up at the clubs :D

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Clubbing? The last time I went clubbing I remember little other than unbearably loud, terrible music, and an African man grinding on my behind. He apparently thought I was a female from behind (though to my credit, I am petite and have a rather shapely butt). Here’s the kicker–he was mad at me! Like I had deceived him or something!

          Besides, now that I can actually afford to go to the clubs, I have absolutely no desire. Find me a dive bar with good whiskey and I’m there.

          I’m rather awkward on ‘the net,’ so it’s fair to say I’m pretty awkward in ‘real life’; clubbing isn’t my scene.

          • miketotheg

            dive bar + jamesson = good times

            autozone?

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              Autozone is a bit of a meme about my prolific score of BBW women that resemble the Michelin Man. As for whiskey, I’m a maker’s neat kind of guy (I’m on my third, as we type).

          • Dela G

            oh boy, when i move to new york next year, i will take you to pink elephant in the city (i know one of the owners) and we can go clubbin the right way my brotha

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              It’s more my style to roofie the coffee of the hipster girl at the book store (how ironic!), but if you insist…

              • Dela G

                hmm i like that idea

                i might try that once around here….

                • JMK aka The Overshare

                  Also works for chai tea. They love that shit.

      • ZDW

        How many law students do we have on this board, anyhow?

        Seems like a high number. I am a 2L myself.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          A fair amount. Congressman is done and Ben is still in school, I believe. TSJC is in government, though I don’t believe it’s law. I start this upcoming semester. Other than that, I’m not quite sure.

          • Jose

            How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?

            Fifty four. Eight to argue, one to get a continuance, one to object, one to demur, two to research precedents, one to dictate a letter, one to stipulate, five to turn in their time sheets, two to depose, one to write interrogatories, two to settle, one to order a secretary to change the bulb, and twenty-eight to bill for professional services.

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              I was told there would be no math…

              • crapulent

                Ha! crapulent esq checking in.

                • JMK aka The Overshare

                  Would have been way cooler if you were British…

          • miketotheg

            that explains alot.

            now i can tune in for yankee news, opinions and the occasional amublance chaser.

        • Tom Zig

          I’m a 2L as well.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            That makes sense. You’re often too reasonable. Out of style on this blog.

            • Jose

              You lawyers with your “logic” and “facts”. I prefer to go with what my eyes and gut tells me. Amateurs.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                That stuff works in a different era.

  • Dela G

    damn, brett’s range is incredible

  • miketotheg

    tinooooooooooo

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

    On the bright side, Damon has had some good swings the last few at-bats.

    • Jack

      F#&%ing positive posse!

    • Dela G

      on the bright side, alfredo figaro started a very important game tonight for the tigers…

    • miketotheg

      and he’s been catching the ball lately. before it hits the ground.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Ace has looked great. Too bad Hinske cannot say the same.

  • Dela G

    good to see chad gaudin get some work

  • Jose

    Detroit attempting a comeback. Now 4-1, nobody out, runners on 1st and 2nd.

    • Tom Zig

      so much for that

      • Jose

        I didn’t expect Miggy to put an end to the rally. They were all hard hit balls until his. Wow.

  • Dela G

    ramiro pena!

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

    They have to pitch Verlander tomorrow, which pushes him to Game 2.

    If they opt for the short schedule (doubtful) we would only see him once.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Yeah, I don’t see that happening. Also, the Central race isn’t a done deal. More epic collapses have happened (the Mets count, right? Right?) in the past.

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

        Oh yeah, if they didn’t have Verlander going I’d give them no shot with the way they’ve folded. But with Justin, they have an excellent chance to win tomorrow.

    • AndrewYF

      Not true, the only difference in schedules is the day it begins. Verlander can start Game 2 and Game 5 in either.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Damn. Let’s hope he’s pretty tired. Not that I’m terribly concerned. I still view us as easily the best team in all of baseball, but it would be more reassuring to take a Verlander who’s made 4 starts in 12 days (or whatever it is).

  • Dela G

    guzman = very fast

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Did you guys know that Navarro was an All-Star last year?

    • Tom Zig

      Jeter is a pest on the bench!

      Teixeira makes a great play everyday!

    • Jose

      Yup. Wasn’t he added by Francona?

  • Tom Zig

    Detroit loses!

  • Bob Stone

    Very exciting!

  • dygg

    At the beginning of the day, Detroit had a 91% chance of making the playoffs, then the Twins beat Greinke and Detroit had a 64% chance. New odds haven’t been posted yet, but it’s gotta be less than 50%.

    • Bob Stone

      I would think it should be 50% for both the Tigers and Twins.

      • dygg

        Except that the Twins play the Royals tomorrow and Detroit plays the White Sox.

        • Tom Zig

          Verlander vs Danks
          Pavano vs Hochevar

          We could be looking at a game 163.(PLEASE?!?!) Do they start Edwin Jackson for game 163?

          • dygg

            When did Porcello pitch last?

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              September 29. 6.1 IP, 1ER, 1K. 111 pitches.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                I forgot 7 hits.

                • Tom Zig

                  You really gonna start a rookie on 6 days rest in a do or die situation?

                • JMK aka The Overshare

                  No way. I’m throwing Dontrell out there!

                • Tom Zig

                  at the way things are looking D-train may be the game 1 starter

      • Jose

        They account for a lot of factors so it isn’t exactly 50% even if they have the same record and one game left to play.

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

    Tigers Magic Number-2

    Twins Magic Number-2

    • Dela G

      tomorrow will be an epic day for watching baseball elimination style

      • Tom Zig

        it could be an epic fail for the Tigers

  • Tom Zig

    Wow 2 days straight without a spill over thread. Us commenters are really mailing it in.

    • Bob Stone

      Last night after 15 minutes of silence I asked if anyone was here.

      • Dela G

        haha it was literally me and you bob for about 25 mins

        • Bob Stone

          That’s the truth.

        • Tom Zig

          haha yup, true story. We’re dedicated

    • Jose

      I blame it on all the lawyers here.

      • Bob Stone

        +1

    • Bob Stone

      It surprises me it’s so quiet only in the respect that it has been such a great baseball day with the Twins/Tigers race and now the Rockies/Dodgers game.

      The Yankee game is meaningless but these other baseball games aren’t. Some of our commenters seem to be Yankee-only rather than any-baseball fans.

      • Jose

        It was a great day for baseball today. I guess not everyone takes baseball to our level of insanity obsession passion. Those poor saps.

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

          I happen to watch a ton of baseball aside from the Yankees. I just don’t always feel like commenting on it (not saying the other stuff isn’t worthy of commentary or whatever but I’m just a bit flaky).

          • Jose

            I was being facetious. I’m sure a lot of people on here are very passionate about the sport in general.

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

              Oh OK. Sorry I got a bit overly defensive in my previous comment.

              • Jose

                No worries.

        • Bob Stone

          Insanity or obsession or passion – they all work for me.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        It’s also Saturday night…

        • Bob Stone

          Ah . . . some people have a . . . what’s it called . . . oh yeah – a social life.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            That’s what my TV tells me.

            • Jose

              My TiVo is full and I can’t record the new episodes of Melrose Place or Gossip Girl?!?!!?!?! My social life is over.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                Wrong. It’s more like HGTV, My Antonio, House, The Real Housewives of New Jersey (one is a neighbor of mine), America’s Most Wanted, Canada’s Least Wanted (hint: they’re all Quebecois) and The Real World: Boise.

                Jeez. You make me sound so lame…

                • Jose

                  “The Real World: Boise” I had to look that up to make sure it wasn’t really. haha

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

                  Wait, they’re really in Boise?

                  Those poor kids got the shaft.

        • Jose

          Baseball doesn’t take weekends. No excuses. Play like a Champion.

  • dygg

    Not to belabor the point, but in four days, the Tigers went from 96% chance of winning the division to 43%. I think it’s amazing.

    • Bob Stone

      If they lose the division to the Twins, it will be a terrible collapse/choke job.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        New tv show: The Kings of Queens…wait, no, that’s not right…

        • Bob Stone

          I think I got it. You’re saying they replace the Mets as Choke Champs. Right? Right?

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            **hangs head in shame**

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

            No, definitely not.

        • Bob Stone

          Better than the Mets as Champions of Choke.

      • Jose

        2009 Tigers, Imma let you finish, but the 1978 Boston Red Sox had one of the biggest collapses of all time…

        • Bob Stone

          They did fall apart. It was also huge that they Yankees went on a tear of 27 and 3 (or something crazy like that).

          • Jose

            Good times, very nerve-wrecking, but still good times.

            • Bob Stone

              Especially when you consider that the Yankees came from 14.5 games back and actually went up 2 games, with a week to go, only to lose several games in Cleveland allowing the Sox to catch them for a tie, forcing the infmaous Bucky Dent Homerun Playoff Game.

              It was crazy, but fun in the end.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                You guys sound old.

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

    Heh, the Rockies could go from being 14 games back of the Dodgers to having the best record in the NL if they win the next two. Kershaw is making it tough as he’s already struck out six through 2.1 IP.

    • Bob Stone

      eh make that 7 Ks.

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

        Now he’s done it NINE times.

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

      *15.5 games.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    “End of the Road” by Boyz II Roman Numerals was the #1 song on this day in 1992. Those were the days…

    • Dela G

      lol Boyz II roman numerals?

      i listened to that song last night. Good song man

      • Tom Zig

        I love the styles of the 90s. They are so funny

        • Dela G

          agreed

    • Jose

      On this day in 1964, Buffalo wings were created. One of the greatest culinary inventions of the last 50 years.

      • Tom Zig

        I can agree with that.

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

        Definitely. I love those damn things.

  • mike jones

    i just got a thing on facebook that said joba was going to be used out of the bullpen? Any truth to this?

  • crapulent aka I said good day sir

    It was a good season this year…

    Does anyone have any recommendations for food at the Stadium? Everything I have eaten there sucks.

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

      Not really. Everything I’ve had sucks too.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    ESPN Bahhstan is such a failure, they can’t even get their html right.

    http://espn.go.com/boston/colu.....me=gammons

    Oh yeah, and JD Drew is a golden God.

    • Tom Zig

      That Peter Gammons is a silly man.

  • Henry Triana

    Wtf? did you see ESPNs recap of the Yankee game..they said Burnett struggled.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=291003130

    • Tom Zig

      haha wtf

  • dkidd

    contreras pitching for the rockies

    thome pinch hitting for the dodgers

    i feel old

  • Mike bk

    Because of the Vikes-Packers game Monday night if the central is still tied after tomorrow the playoff game wont be until Tuesday at 5pm. So if Verlander goes tomorrow and Porcello has to go Tuesday, even if the Tigers make it that means what Edwin and his 5.5 era the last couple months game 1? for the twins baker would probably pitch tuesday so we would get Blackburn game 1 and who pavano game 2?

  • miketotheg

    you guys are awesome when im drunk watching south park.

    or maybe its just me.

    • Jose

      you guys are awesome when im drunk watching south park.

      Fixed that for you.

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