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NLDS Game Four Thread: Phillies @ Rockies
A-Rod, the playoffs, and small sample sizes

We plan on doing a more in-depth analysis of the ALCS matchup in the coming days, but iYankees provides us a little info to whet our appetites…

In ‘09, the Angel bullpen has sported a 4.27 FIP, which is actually better than the Yankees’ mark of 4.33. However, looking beyond FIP, there are some discernible flaws nesting within the LA ‘pen. For instance, while the NY relief corps has walked 3.46 batters per 9 — the second lowest BB/9 in the AL — LA’s relievers have walked 3.85 per 9, the 5th highest in the league. In addition, the Angels’ bullpen has put up relatively weak strikeout numbers when compared to the rest of the AL. With a K/9 of 7.41 — the 6th lowest in the league — the Angel bullpen isn’t as imposing when compared to previous years (the Yankees 8.44 K/9 is the best in the AL).

The bullpen is just one difference between these two clubs, one the Yankees will hopefully exploit when the series starts in four friggin’ days.

Anyway, here’s your open thread for the night. We already have another thread going for NLDS Game Four, so chat about that game there. The Rangers and Devils are both in action tonight, but something tells me the main topic of conversation tonight will be the Jets and Dolphins in Monday Night Football. There’s also a new House, but c’mon, the Jets are on MNF. Anything goes, just follow the guidelines and be cool to each other.

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NLDS Game Four Thread: Phillies @ Rockies
A-Rod, the playoffs, and small sample sizes
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Between baseball, House and the Jets it’s like a TV orgy. /Kay’d. Only not really.

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

    Jason Werth is fucking werth-less.

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

      My brother’sa best friend who is a Phillies fan would agree.

  • Michael Del Zotto

    Ima fuckinnn beasttt!

    • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

      You’re 19, you’re too young to be a beast. But you’re a damn good player.

    • Wade Redden

      Yeah? Well I’m on pace for 41 points this season!

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

    For your enjoyment – Drew Magary holding down the Boston-hating fort:

    http://deadspin.com/5379765/fi.....ack-sunday

    (If Whitey’s lurking around here, sorry man… No more schadenfreude comments from me. For a little while, anyway.)

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

      Enjoyed that. The Saint Louis one was funny, too:

      http://deadspin.com/5378102/th.....e&s=i

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

        Heh, yeah. Fake Chip Caray weighed in on the Cardinals, too:

        http://twitter.com/chipcaray/status/4723990995

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

          Haha, wonderful.

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

      Oh jeez, my jaw hurts from laughing so hard!

      Thanks for that HCM, hilarious stuff.

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

        Heh, no problem. That guy does some funny anti-Boston posts over at KSK, too, btw.

        http://kissingsuzykolber.uprox.....om-quinzee

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

    In a sense, what the Red Sox of 2003 to 2007 accomplished was even more impressive than the Joe Torre Yankees dynasty of 1996 to 2001, for while the Yankees were truly dominant, the Red Sox seemed only to reach their zenith when faced with permanent extinction.

    Nope ESPN Boston I’d take the 4 championships ove rthe 2 Boston has…

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

      Didn’t you hear? Baseball’s like golf now. The more championships you have, the worse.

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

      That’s funny, I thought they reached their zenith when they swept overmatched opponents in the World Series and didn’t face “permanent extinction” in those series. My bad.

      (2004 was historic for them, for sure… But all this talk is ridiculous. They won 2 titles in 4 years. They’ve had a nice run, but a dynasty that run is not.)

    • radnom

      Link please?

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

      Holy motherfucker they cannot be serious…

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

        Their adolescent, self absorbed, over-dramatization of their lives as sports fans was easier to explain away as being ‘quirky’ and ‘passionate’ Baseball and sports fans before they had won anything in that town.

        Now, they just sound like a bunch of whiny little crybabies. My only regret is that WE didn’t get to bury them this year.

      • Ferb

        oh yes they can, rebecca. NESPN’s ignorance, bias and hatred knows no bounds and the rest of the American nation have been left to suffer from their stupidity.

        / Yankees Universe’d

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

          Meh. Go funnel your energies into an email to Simmons or something. If you’re going to troll, at least make your comments witty.

    • Ivan

      Nevermind the fact that 03 they lost, 05 got swept in the playoffs, and 06 didn’t make the playoffs. Yeah that’s a Dynasty.

      Look the Redsox had a very good run, but that was just sheer exageration and just stupidity.

      • Ferb

        In fact, it was just an o-kay run when you truly scrutnize, Ivan. During these past 7 years, the roiders of new england have had 2 remarkable championship runs, 2 postseason runs stopped in the Alcs, 2 Disapointing sweeps in the Alds and of course their lovely postseason-less campaign of ’06. For me, that is strictly a C+ or a B- era of baseball quality; only a bunch of nuts could consider it better than the legendary run we had in the past decade and half. The Roiders will never even match our 6 pennants in the 8 years from ’96- ’03.

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

          Trolling is entertaining, huh.

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

    Todd Helton = HOF, right?

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

      Only question is which ballot. One of the greatest Canadian players, ever.

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

        That last part is a joke?

        Helton was born in Knoxville.

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

          He was Peyton’s backup at Tennessee. You could also argue that he’s also the greatest relief pitcher/closer in NCAA history, though it’s very debatable.

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

          I could have sworn he was Canadian o_O;; who am I confusing him with?

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

            Larry Walker.

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

              ta.

    • vin

      If you asked me 4 years ago, I would’ve thought it to be a slam-dunk. But he hasn’t hit more than 20 HRs since 2004. He hasn’t driven in 100 runs since 2003. He’s 35 and has 2134 hits and 325 HRs. I don’t think he makes it.

      Not to mention the fact that his power drop-off has coincided with increase steroid testing. Never heard his name mentioned before, but it can’t go without notice.

      • vin

        Just noticed on B-R that his nickname is “The Toddfather.” Has anyone ever heard that name used for him?

        I guess it’s better than being called by his middle name, Lynn.

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

        If he was using steroids, so what? I guarantee he played against pitchers that were using steroids. We can’t just ignore that half of the equation.

        • vin

          I somewhat agree. But obviously the voters feel differently, just ask Mark McGwire.

          • JGS

            different–McGwire was challenging records that people care about

            • vin

              Versus a guy who turned himself from a .300/30/100 into a .340/40/130 guy? The difference between those stat lines is what separates HOFers and Hall of Very Gooders.

              Of course those numbers are completely speculative, but you know where I’m going with it.

              I don’t really care if he used or didn’t. My stance has always been – MLB should do its best to quietly sweep the issue away. Unfortunately MLB made a big hullabaloo over the issue and the sport got a ton of negative publicity over it. I like the NFL’s policy: improve testing, suspend the guy, then act like it never happened.

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

          Nope. Only hitters and Roger Clemens juiced.

          • vin

            Good thing Andy never did. ;)

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

              He’s off the hook, he apologized.

              • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

                A-Rod isn’t because he is an unclutch bastard who only thinks about himself.

              • vin

                I’m still pretty shocked that Ortiz never came out and admitted it. He had the odd apology at Yankee Stadium, but nothing ever really came of it. I doubt that approach would’ve worked with Alex. Maybe it’s Ortiz personality that lets him get away with it?

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

                  Probably some combination of the fact that Ortiz is very well-liked, especially by the Boston media and even by the national media and the fact that so many other big names came out before his.

              • Chris

                Damn. If only A-Rod had apologized, then he could be off the hook too.

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

        The PED speculation is fair, considering the era, but without any proof I don’t think it’s fair to take that speculation into account.

        (To clarify – I don’t think it should be taken into account, anyway, but even if I stipulate that it should be taken into account, for the sake of the argument, I still don’t think it’s fair to take it into account with regard to a guy about whom there’s no evidence at all.)

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

      I think he’s going to get a lot of support and I don’t have a big problem with him getting in, but the home-road splits kinda bother me, especially since we’re dealing with the Coors Field factor. Either way, he’s one of those guys who could use another couple of solid seasons just to cement his candidacy, though.

      Loosely related – I went to his baseball-reference page and noticed his nickname is listed as “The Toddfather.” Which is awful and awesome rolled into one.

      • vin

        Whoa, guess I was two minutes late on that Toddfather note.

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

          I know the feeling, I’m the king of not refreshing the page fast enough.

  • Ed

    while the NY relief corps has walked 3.46 batters per 9 — the second lowest BB/9 in the AL — LA’s relievers have walked 3.85 per 9, the 5th highest in the league.

    That says to me that there isn’t much difference between a good bullpen and a bad bullpen. If the series goes 7 games, and the bullpen pitches 3 innings in every game, the Angels pen will walk one more batter than the Yankees pen. That’s with rounding up.

    In addition, the Angels’ bullpen has put up relatively weak strikeout numbers when compared to the rest of the AL. With a K/9 of 7.41 — the 6th lowest in the league — the Angel bullpen isn’t as imposing when compared to previous years (the Yankees 8.44 K/9 is the best in the AL).

    Same conditions as before, and you get a little under 2.5 extra K’s. More significant, but doesn’t scream exploitable to me.

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

      That’s because there isn’t much of a difference between a good bullpen and a bad bullpen.

      I mean the difference between a good hitter and a bad hitter is if you fail seven times out of ten or eight.

      • Chris

        Failing 7 times out of 10 = .300 OBP, which is pretty dreadful. Failing 6 times out of 10 is good.

    • JGS

      well, the numbers for the Yankee relief corps include the DFAed, soon to be DFAed, September callups, etc–IPK, Dunn, and Claggett walked 11 batters in 7.2 innings

      Rivera, Robertson, Aceves, and Coke together (too lazy to look up Hughes’ walk rate as a reliever) walk 2.5/9, which is more significant

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

        Yeah, but then you have to look at the Angels’ numbers sans their DFA’d, soon to be DFA’d, September callups, etc., right?

        • JGS

          yup–

          Bulger, Jepsen, Fuentes, and Oliver (the four relievers who saw time in the ALDS) walk 3.44/9

          • http://thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

            Good point there.

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

              Yeah… Interested to see what the numbers look like when you include Hughes, but not interested enough to actually look it up.

              • JGS

                Procrastination: 1
                me: 0

                the best part is, it came out to be a total waste of time because the BB/9 for Rivera, Hughes (as a reliever), Robertson, Coke, and Aceves (as a reliever) is…still 2.50

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

                  Ha, figures. Thanks for looking it up, anyways.

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

    Rockies fans are even worse than Kay at reading a ball off the bat.

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

      They’re still conditioned by the pre-humidor days, like Pavlov’s dogs.

      • Ivan

        IETC.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    http://thedirty.com/2009/10/12...../#comments

    Why else do you play baseball?

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

      for the wemenz

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        …or write about baseball.

        /Mashmore’d ;)

  • JGS

    there was a drive by shooting about 200 feet from my building a little bit before 4 PM on Friday.

    holy shit

  • Mike Pop

    Roctober!

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

    I hate to say it, but LoHud is just another Yankee blog (albeit a good one) without PA there. He drove us all nuts with his analysis and bad jokes at times, but maybe that was part of the attraction.

    In any case, it’s not nearly what it used to be, and I was rooting for Chad.

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

      Dude, it’s been what, a week? It’ll take some time for him to get settled in there and make the blog his, it’s a little early to be judging.

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

        You’re right, and I will keep checking back. But I’m trying to read it and I find myself going blank halfway through a paragraph. I just don’t give a shit about what they’re writing, and its one of the best times of the year to be reporting Yankee news. Love him or hate him, I never felt that way about PA.

        One thing I really don’t like is the multiple writers. It makes it more of newspaper feel, a bunch of columnists contributing different stories. LoHud was about PA and his opinions, stuff that wouldn’t be appropriate in a news column but was interesting nonetheless. It was an exceedingly ‘news-y’ blog, with live updates and behind the scenes tidbits. Now, it just seems like the same news you get a zillion other places.

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

          I hear you. Keep in mind, though, that today is day one of four straight off-days. CJ hasn’t yet had a regular stretch where he could write game-recaps and be in the clubhouse getting interesting info daily, he started and was handed off-days galore. PA hit his stride and was most effective, to me, during the regular season when he could offer a glimpse behind the scenes on a daily basis. It’s going to take a little time for CJ to get into a groove and have the opportunity to provide that kind of info.

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

            Yeah, that.

            I find myself checking a little less, but to be honest, I was checking LoHud a little less than normal by the end of the season.

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

            Here, I think this sums up my feelings better than my first few stabs at it. It about two posts down right now.

            http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-624672

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

              I hear you… And this is a matter of opinion, after all, it’s not like there’s a right answer here… But I do hear you, CJ definitely hasn’t made the blog reflect his personality yet and made it interesting. I just think it’s asking too much to expect that process to have happened already. If it’s going to happen, it probably won’t really happen until the middle or end of next season. The guy is stepping into big shoes, during the playoffs. I think you have to give him a lot of time to get his feet on the ground and make the blog his own, it’s not going to happen in his first month on the job (and especially when his first month is during the playoffs, with lots of off days and 2 other guys contributing to the blog as well). So, we’ll see, hopefully he settles in at some point and put some personal touches on the blog.

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

        No.

        Chad and Joba need to be sent down immediately!

        • vin

          Maybe Chad should be starting, and Joba should stay in the pen?

    • Joey

      I’ll admit it’s not the same even though I can’t stand Pete, but I’m definitely willing to give Chad a chance to catch his breath and get used to everything. Start off next season and see how it goes from there with the information and access he should provide

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

        It doesn’t have to be the same, it just has to be good and/or interesting. But it isn’t.

        Best way to describe it is it went from reading about an opinionated sports fan with unfettered access, to being a small town newspaper with writers who are nice enough guys, but don’t want to step on anyone’s toes.

        • Joey

          I see what you’re saying, I guess I’ll just wait a little bit for him to get settled in, then maybe we’ll get the access we want along with some opinions. The opinions, however, will never be the same as Pete, which I’ll personally enjoy

        • vin

          I agree with your second paragraph. And to reference your earlier post about multiple writers:

          I believe the intent is to have Chad take over full-time, right? I think Sam and Josh are there to ease the transition and give extra insight during the playoffs.

          I totally agree with the sentiment that it was Pete’s blog and his insight and access was what made it so unique and interesting.

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

            Coverage always get ramped up in the postseason, Sam would have been on board even if Pete was around.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      I honestly like it better. Of course, I only go there for some daily updates.

    • vin

      I’m holding off judgement until the offseason. That’s when Chad will have to do his best work. He’ll need to feed the beast, and keep attracting people on days when the hot stove is cold.

      Right now, Chad Sam and Josh can ride the postseason excitement. A lot of those posts will write themselves and most of the readers will have their postseason blinders on. If the team wins, the blog will do well. If (Mo forbid) they fail, then the blog will be tougher to maintain.

      Also, I feel that Pete was opinionated enough that he could he never came off sounding like a shill. He would pick on guys that sometimes deserved it (Alex), point out hypocrisies (Andy vs. other PED users), yet he would still give the readers all the info that was available. I always felt he did a good job of toeing the line between objective journalism, and attention getter. I’m sure there are a ton of people who would disagree, but after following LoHud for 3 years, I feel pretty content in my opinion.

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

        As a LoHud reader, I’m sure you noticed the difference between his formal Joural News pieces and the stuff he’d post on his blog.

        And that was the whole point of it, to give opinion and behind the scenes stuff that would seem unprofessional in a formal newspaper piece. But in a blog, it was great stuff.

        • vin

          Yep. Exactly. It was a very successful balance.

    • Marcus

      I agree, although I’m willing to give them some more time. I think PA had some personality, regardless of the validity of his analysis (which I agree, drove me nuts). Sam Borden is your garden variety sportswriter, without much that stands out, so I don’t have much hope for him. Chad is just getting his feet wet and he did such a good job at SWB that he could definitely improve after getting used to the situation. I mean, my Mo, he’s starting a job as beat writer for the yankees in the playoffs??? No time to adjust.

  • Mike Pop

    Ubaldo is really a joy to watch.

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

      Dude you want to kiss Ubaldo. You’re smitten. lol

      • Mike Pop

        Heh. His stuff is ridiculous, that is all.

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

          TWSS.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Who else is thrilled that this weekend we won’t have to hear, “GEORGE IS HAVING A PARTY!!?” I never thought I’d look forward to watching FOX.

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

      I’m sure FOX will find some way to fuck up that anti-TBS excitement.

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

      Totally.

      On a different note, though, I hate watching sports events on FOX HD. Their HD cameras aren’t as good as the other channels’, and it really annoys me. They provide an inferior product.

  • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Dave

    What a save by Lundqvist.

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

    /Holliday’d

  • Tank Foster

    The Yankees have the sort of offense where it does not matter who is pitching, it is nearly impossible to hold them under 3 runs, and games where they see average pitching they’re going to score 5 or 6. Anaheim can beat them, but they will have to get extremely good pitching and will have to get some breaks offensively. The article on the Red Sox is sort of melodramatic. The author over does the “decline” of the team this season; the Red Sox are probably the second best team in baseball this year. He also over states the quality of their championship teams. Two WS wins in 4 years, one as a wild card…they were a very good team, but not ‘great’ in my book.

    • Ferb

      Personally, I believe they were only a good championship team that benefited greatly from two choke jobs and two immensely inferior NL pennant winners in their 2 W.S. runs. The H. Byrant article on NESPN Bawsthon continues to prove how obsessed and biased they are when dealing with their beloved Roid Sux.

  • Matt

    J! E! T! S! JETS JETS JETS

  • vin

    Was anyone else getting nauseous during the STL-LAD game in St. Louis? That dead-centerfield camera completely threw me off. I found it disorienting. I’m sure I’ll get used to it eventually.

    It still beats watching an old game with the camera behind home plate. Not sure how anyone could enjoy watching that.

    I know this topic was broached here last week, the thought just popped back into mind.

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

      I liked the CF camera.

      • vin

        I like how it represents the pitches better. I was just physically disoriented by it at first.

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

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

  • Joey

    Oh shit… most of the ESPN analysts picked the Jets to win… we’re fucked

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

      Actually, everything I read picked the Dolphins, so I guess we’re even

      • Joey

        Ah, okay, I’ll take that

  • Ivan

    So who’s the best team in football rite now?

    To be honest, I really don’t know.

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

      Giants?

      I don’t know either. I just root for them and they’re 5-0 so I’m picking them.

      • Mike Pop

        G-Men, Colts, and Saints?

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

          That seems about right.

          • Ivan

            No Vikes?

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

              Sure? I know nothing about the NFL right now since baseball is still going on.

              The only thing I really know about the Vikes is that their C went to my high school.

              /something I already talked about.

        • Ivan

          No Cowboys….try say that with a straight face.

          • Mike Pop

            They’re lucky to be in the top half of the league right now, hah.

            • Ivan

              Lol. I knew that will hit a nerve. Nice win against the Chiefs.

              • Mike Pop

                Meh, whatever happens happens this year. The Giants are ridiculous but anything can happen.

                I got them sliding into a wild card spot. I really didn’t believe that a bad coach/coordinator could run your team into the ground but Wade Philips and Jason Garrett have proved me wrong.

      • Ivan

        Schedule has been pretty weak so far in the season.

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

          Buzzkill.

          • Ivan

            Yeah I gotta be the prick.

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

          Yeah, but they’ve crushed the weaker competition. You can’t dock them points for taking care of business. If they were barely beating weaker competition, that would be one thing, but they’re making statements.

          That being said… Let’s KILLLLLLLLLLLLLLL tonight, Jets.

          • Ivan

            Thats understanable. Giants gotta squad no doubt but I still think the Eagles are just as good.

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

            If they were barely beating weaker competition, that would be one thing

            Kinda like the ‘Boys getting taken to OT by KC? ;)

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

              Haha. Yes, kinda like that.

          • vin

            Kinda like the Red Sox steamrolling the Orioles. How’d that work out for them?

      • vin

        Giants haven’t really faced tough competition.

        They don’t have their bye until Week 10, which is pretty late. If they can go 2-2 in the next four games, then they’ll be 7-2, have a week off, and they can focus on finishing strong. These next four games will define their season. New orleans, AZ, Philly, and San Diego are all pretty talented (at least compared to the dreck they’ve beaten up on so far).

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

      Saints or Giants

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

    The MNF theme, performed by Miami Sound Machine? Way to stay relevant, MNF.

  • Mike Pop

    Fasano, woot woot!

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

    I don’t see how the Rockies’ season “might” be on the line in this situation. Isn’t it definitely on the line?

    And Feliz fail.

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

    Holy fuck Jets, you look awful.

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

      Is the “Optimist Prime” thing meant to be ironic? ;-)

    • Joey

      Where did the defense go?

    • E-ROC

      Defending the Wildcat or the Dolphins running game isn’t easy. Just ask the Colts defense.

  • Mike Pop

    These umps man.

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

      Wow, that was a weird play. He did barely touch him, but more than anything he seemed to discombobulate Utley.

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

        Yeah, there was no interference on the contact, it looked like a graze if anything. Could he have been called out for going out of the baseline there? He veered pretty far to the right of second base, which made that throw from Utley to Rollins much tougher.

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

    Dexter Fowler is a man. That was awesome.

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

    Ben Francisco is unimpressed by Troy Tulowitzki.

    • Mike Pop

      Nice play.

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

    The Giambino!!! Good for him.

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

      It’s the power of the ‘stache.

      • Ferb

        And less we forget, the power of his magic golden thong!!
        Way to go Jason :)

  • Mike Pop

    The Giambino ties the game!?!?!?!?

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

      The NL… Where aging AL sluggers go to… Hit singles?

    • Ferb

      With an opposite field hit!! Jason finally remembering you don’t have to pull everything. And on the second look, it seems he was just jammed and got lucky. It always makes me smile to see Jason do well and I can only hope he finds happiness and health in his soon-to-be post baseball career.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Giambinoo

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

    I want the Phillies to win…but it was Giambi who got the game tying hit, so I can’t be too mad.

  • Nels

    Love Giambi. Go Rox.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    The Giambino!! heh, good for him.

  • Dela G

    the giambino striking again

    good to see he is alive and well

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

    BRAYLON!!!!!!!!

    Heh heh. BRAYLON. Is that the blackest name ever or what? HELLUVA BLACK NAME. Boys, Braylon comes uto us from the dilapidated shithole known as Cleveland. Ain’t that right, fella?

    (licks chicken grease off thumbs)

  • Lanny

    I dont think any Philly fan will be saying the bullpen doesnt mean much. It is why theres no chance that Girardi will take Joba out of there. It is why Anaheim doesnt match up.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

      Again with that straw man.
      Now for the billionth time people have to explain, no one said the bullpen isn’t important, however starting pitching is much more important.

  • Dela G

    i love me some braylon edwards

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m so glad Cliff Lee blew it — I’m still in denial about him being any good.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, he didn’t quite blow it. Regardless, still in denial.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hilarious shit — Phillies phans want Utley playing first, saying it’s his “natural position”.

    Uhhhhh . . .

    • Mike Pop

      Huh? Where?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Rangers wrecking the Leafs

    Giants wrecked the Raiders

    Yankees swept the Twins

    Jets doing their thing (game obviously is in 1st Q)

    Awesome Weekend for NY sports.

  • Mike Pop

    Uh oh Street, making trouble for yourself.

  • Joey

    Damn Sanchize, you have to be more careful

  • Mike Pop

    Wow, I’d bring Beimel in.

    • Mike Pop

      Horrible.

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

    Howard pwn.

    • Ferb

      Oh, great! Now the Giambi magic hit means nothing :(

      Damn, you Howard and your “natural” power bat!!

  • Ferb

    Sheesh, Huston Street doing his best PapelBum impression.

  • Mike Pop

    http://www.theonion.com/conten.....attempting

    It’s times like this, you appreciate having Mo Rivera.

  • Dela G

    damn jets, can’t give them the ball back….

  • kunaldo

    nice article on fangraphs about arod and his perceived unclutchiness in the postseason:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....of-october

  • Mike Pop

    Let’s go Gonzo

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Franklin, Street, Nathan, and Papelbon… 0

    Rivera… 1

    • Mike Pop

      Tracy is an idiot.

      You don’t need to use your closer, especially with three lefties coming up.

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

    Lidge vs. Tulo for the Rockies’ season.

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

    Lidge-Tulowitzki 2: Electric Boogaloo

  • Mike Pop

    Come on ump.

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

      He’s been bad on the corners with both teams.

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

    Am I the only one rooting for the Phils?

    • Dela G

      i dont like anything philly

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Cheez Steak?

        • Dela G

          nah, don’t like em

      • Ivan

        Well I do (Eagles fan)

  • Mike Pop

    Damn. Wanted the Rox to win that game.

    Gay.

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

    Oh peace, CoRox.

  • Dela G

    wow, sucks for the rockies

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    How ironic… The Fall Of Troy just popped up in iTunes…

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

      Haha, fantastic.

      (I haven’t listened to TFOT in a long, long time)

  • Ivan

    Well it’s official

    Dodgers Vs. Phillies

    Angels Vs. Yankees

    Pretty damn good LCS’s rite there.

    Plus, DLS were pretty fuckin lame.

  • Jersey

    You guys seen this?

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....=CBSsports

    “The Angels are serene.”

  • Ivan

    So who you guys got in the NLCS: Dodgers or Phillies?

    • Mike Pop

      Dodgers, led by a ridiculous series by Manny.

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

      Phils. I predicted Phils/Yanks back in April and I’m sticking to it.

    • Ivan

      I got the Dodgers

      It’s gonna be a heck of a series though.

  • Accent Shallow

    All sliders that at-bat? Boo.

    Well, the Yankees have to win out now, because all the other options are highly objectionable.

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

    Werth made absolutely zero eye contact with Aldridge in that interview.

  • pat

    It’s getting to the point where nobody in football makes people miss tackles more than Leon Washington.

  • Dela G

    wow, a david clowney sighting

  • Mike Pop

    I expected the JEts to have a larger lead.

  • Chris

    Not surprisingly, it looks like runs are at a premium so far this postseason. There weren’t more than 7 runs scored by any team in any of the 13 1st round games and there were only 2 games with double-digit run outputs. Interesting.

  • pat

    WOW NFL is really takin the teeth out of a secondary.

    • Mike Pop

      This lady has really crawled into Ron’s head.

  • pat

    Hoily Motehr of God what a catch.

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

      It was amazing.

  • Dela G

    wow i just got royally screwed

    so i thought braylon got the TD, which would give me a 1 point lead in fantasy

    nope, TJ got the run, which my opponent has him starting, and now i am down by 7

    effing A

    • pat

      Hahaha damn dude.

    • pat

      Ah shit now that u brought it up I just checked my own team. I’m up one point and starting the Jets defense which has scored Zero points. If Miami scores again I’m probably going to lose bc the Jets D will put up negative points. Fuck me.

    • pat

      OOf Dela u get fucked again. Edwards draws the penatly/should have caught that pass, and T. Jones punches in a cheapie.

      • Dela G

        yeah i feel like mary carey after the ALDS clincher last night

        • Jack

          Sticky?

    • Jack
  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Hey, whaddya know, Braylon Edwards hasn’t forgotten how to catch!

  • Joey

    Jets are giving me a freakin heart attack

  • jose

    Officials just handed the Jets the win. Terrible pass interference call.

  • Dela G

    wow that was deflating

    • Joey

      Agreed. Well at least Sanchize and Edwards looked good. Damn defense couldn’t stop the freakin run…

  • Reggie C.

    What the hell happened to the Jets tonight. Wow…

    Calvin Pace’s return was supposed to be a morale boost. The D simply collapsed.

  • cor shep

    How the hell was Sanchez called for intentional grounding when Henne wasn’t. That’s the game right there. Bull..

    • Joey

      He was clearly out of the pocket (unfortunately)

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    DOLPHINS! :)

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