Game 15: Tough act to follow (+ chat!)


That about sums the series up for Oakland. (Photo Credit: Ben Margot, AP)

It would be tough for anyone to top Phil Hughes‘ masterful performance from last night, but if there’s one guy on the Yankees’ staff can do it, it’s CC Sabathia. I’m sure the A’s must love having to go out and face this guy after getting nearly no-hit less than 24 hours ago. The vast majority of Oakland’s hitters are lefthanded (Ryan Sweeney, Eric Chavez, Daric Barton, Travis Buck, Gabe Gross), so hopefully CC holds it down, because Joe Girardi said both Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera are unavailable of heavy workloads of late.

Going to the A’s is lefty Dallas Braden, who sports one of the best changeups you’ll ever see. You can see it in action here, it looks like it stops in mid-air. He doesn’t throw hard at all, but that change is the equalizer. Here’s the lineup Braden will have to deal with…

Jeter, SS
Johnson, 1B
Teixeira, DH
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Thames, LF
Cervelli, C
Gardner, CF

And on the mound, the hometown kid, CC Sabathia.

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Matt Carson is in the lineup for Oaktown. He spent six years as a organizational soldier in the Yanks’ system after being drafted in the 5th round of the 2002 draft, and joined the A’s as a minor league free agent last year. He received my 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. Great to see him in the show.

It’s a get-away day, so first pitch is scheduled for 3:35pm ET and can be seen on YES. We’re also having our weekly game chat today, so make sure you come back around 3:30ish and join the chat after the jump.

Categories : Chats, Game Threads


  1. 12:30 local time. Strange time. Haven’t seen that very often.

    • camilo Gerardo says:

      wasn’t there an 11am start for one of the TB-Bos games?

    • bexarama says:

      last year the last game of the Angels/Red Sox ALDS was at noon EST. That means the Angels’ fans in California had to watch that at 9 AM. Yeesh.

      OT but good God, Brewers are beating the Pirates 16-0 in the seventh

      • JGS says:

        “I’ll hand it to the Pirates: when they lose, they don’t mess around. They go out there and lose with gusto. So far this year they’ve lost games by scores of 10-2, 9-1, 15-6, 9-3, 6-0, 8-1, and 8-0. It’s almost a courtesy when you think about it. It’s as if they’re telling the good people of western Pennsylvania “Hey, it’s cool. You can turn the game off now and go make sandwiches with fries in them or whatever it is you do all day. There’s no chance we’ll make it close.”

        -Hardball Talk, just this morning

  2. It means nothing, but CC’s slash stats against with Cervelli


    Note: The BABIP is .212

  3. pat says:

    Carson also had his first HR ball held for ransom by some douche fan.

  4. camilo Gerardo says:

    All praises be to Mo

  5. Drew says:

    Braden is on my fantasy team, I have to sit him, right?

  6. pat says:

    For a lefty with a dirty changeup, he isn’t exactly lock down vs RHP
    .287/.342/.433 and 1.81 k:bb for his career vs righties.

  7. larryf says:

    Watch for those 1-0 and 2-1 changeups from CC. If those are working for him-ballgame over.

  8. nathan says:

    Dont feel good abt this one… the lineup and the supreme pitching the last 5 games… plus a getaway game…. i dont like this

  9. bexarama says:

    Nick Johnson in the field? OH NOOOOOOO

  10. Mike HC says:

    I know this has been thrown around here in the past, but thought it was worth bringing up again.

    In last nights eighth inning, why not bring in Mo with two runners on, and let Joba pitch the 9th with nobody on base. I would think the 8th inning situation was a far more important situation then a new, clean inning.

  11. dkidd says:

    is oakland the only multi-purpose stadium left?

  12. bexarama says:

    Oh Jeter. Whyyyyy

  13. V says:

    Jeter is really starting to piss me off. Man. 1 pitch per PA is not going to get it done in the long run.

  14. Andy_C_23 says:

    TEX…oh I thought that was gone

  15. V says:

    Wow. That half inning was not a Yankee half inning.

  16. dkidd says:

    yanks using their getaway day approach at the plate

  17. bexarama says:

    Obviously Cervelli can’t call a very good game


  18. Hangoverologist says:

    Very un-CC like so far.

  19. V says:

    Ok. This sucks.

  20. JobaWockeeZ says:

    With the way CC pitched the last 2 starts I forgot he struggles in April. Oh well.

  21. Sean C says:

    Hopefully the homerun pissed him off and he shuts it down from there.

  22. bexarama says:

    aaargh this stadium

  23. Hangoverologist says:

    Something odd: There are more Giants fans than A’s fans here.

  24. dkidd says:

    why couldn’t we do this during the pre-game? i like kim jones, but this in-game segment is a terrible terrible idea

  25. bexarama says:

    Milwaukee beat the Pirates 20-0 today O_O

    That’ll murder Pittsburgh’s Pythag W-L, if it’s not dead enough already

  26. charlespoet says:

    Saw the Yankees were down 3-0, looked out to the ledge but happy to report no one was there, yet.

  27. Steve H says:

    Ellsbury has hairline fractures in 4 ribs.

    Dice-K’s next start will be in the bigs.

  28. Is anyone else subjected to the Nissan of Rt. 23 Automall commercials? They make me want to burn that place to the ground. Seriously.

  29. bexarama says:

    I’m going to guess the answer to that question is Zito just because of the lefty hint.

  30. Hangoverologist says:

    Thames has brought it within three. Now to chip away.

  31. mustang says:

    I guess he does hit lefties back to the platoon don’t go away from the “master plan”

  32. Steve H says:

    Thames mashes LHP.

  33. dkidd says:

    i thought the yankee line-up didn’t allow starters into the 6th inning?


  34. Hangoverologist says:


  35. bexarama says:

    Uh oh! An incident!

    Between Dusch, Gonzalez, and now Braden, I think the As pitchers just have a case of the crankies.

  36. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    I really wanna know what A-ROD did to get Braden that pissed off..He was like Paul O’Neill on an 0-25 skid.

  37. Andy_C_23 says:


  38. mustang says:


  39. Hangoverologist says:

    Holy balls, a triple play just happened!

  40. Joe West's Sense of Self-Importance says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaat teh triple play?

  41. JobaTheHeat62 says:


  42. Across the pond says:

    I JUST got in the door for that. I hope they didn’t throw the ball away!

  43. camilo Gerardo says:

    i changed it to YES to see them celebrating coming off the field!?!? i figured triple play

  44. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    first time I have ever seen one in a live game in all my years watching baseball.

  45. mustang says:

    This going to be a special year.

  46. I’m so angry I’m Gamedaying this in class. I want to see that. Score some runs now!

  47. Zooboy says:

    That rocked! That rocked! That rocked!

  48. bexarama says:

    Well that was exciting

    (Thank you for sitting next to Andy when you know the camera is gonna be on you a lot, A-Rod.)

  49. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    no wonder I have never seen one..its been 40 years since Yankees did it lol

  50. Across the pond says:

    Seriously, does arod make mental mistakes on the field??

    He is a robot

  51. Vinny the Bull says:


  52. MikeD says:

    Ken Singleton seemed a bit underwhelmed by the whole triple-play thing. First I’ve seen as a Yankee fan and only the second I’ve seen period, the first being last year in person for my first and only trip to Citi Field when the Mets hit into an game-ending triple play against the Phillies.

    • Andy_C_23 says:

      I remember watching that on TV. It was awesome.

    • bexarama says:

      triple plays are so sudden, it’s easy to just sort of be like “Whoah! Triple play!” and get slightly taken aback.

      • MikeD says:

        That’s true. Even as I was watching this one unfold, I’m calculating in my head if I’m actually watching a triple play…and then it’s over. Singleton is low-key by nature, something I appreciated, but there are times that the Michael Kay/John Sterling, over-the-top emotion is welcome.

        When I was at the Met game it was even more stunning because there was no announcer. The Met fans were like “what just happened,” and I’m thinking we not only just saw a triple play, but it was a game-ending, unassisted triple play. I was actually thinking it might have been the only time in the history of the game it ever happened. Turns out it wasn’t, but it was close.

        I have to say, even though I’m a Yankee fan and enjoyed seeing the Yankee turn one, it was a pretty amazing experience to see the unassisted one at Citi. And being a Yankee fan, there was joy that it happened to the Mets!

        • bexarama says:

          this is really well-put. I was watching that Mets game, like I said, and it was just sort of like, the Mets might actually win! Wow! Ooh a line drive… OMG TRIPLE PLAY! Can’t even imagine being at Citi, though at this point when they play the Phillies it’s gotta be at least 50% Phils fans, no?

          • MikeD says:

            It wasn’t 50-50, but I’d say about 20 to 25% of the fans in my section wore Philly red. I had very good seats that were gifted to me for the day by a company I do business with so they weren’t the cheap seats. Field-level boxes. Some of the Philly fans were trying to figure out how rowdy they could be around me (meaning if I was a Met fan), but once I told them I was a Yankee fan and was here to hopefully watch a good baseball game, they seemed happy. They knew I wouldn’t care if they cheered loudly for the Phils.

            The Mets fans around me weren’t too happy, though. I’m sure they were thinking, “oh, great, we have Philly fans and Yankee fans in our expensive seats!” I actually didn’t care who won. I just wanted to see a good game, and I was rewarded.

    • Andy_C_23 says:

      It was unassisted, IIRC

  53. Steve H says:

    If Tampa plays the way they are playing now, no one is going to catch them.

    -JP Ricciardi

  54. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    come on offense, CC doesn’t need no CG Loss

  55. Steve H says:

    Does CC have good stuff today, just no command? He’s working on quite a strange line.

  56. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    these low strike calls are annoying as fuck

  57. bexarama says:

    dalelama just got more excited about that than the triple play.

    • dalelama says:

      Naw, getting kinda of used to it by now. The dainty one can’t even say, “hey but I drew a walk” after today’s performance. So much for the attempt to get his bat going by letting him play the field. At least he didn’t hurt himself.

  58. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    well we got TEX, A-GOD, and Robbie in the 9th

  59. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    that Cano error is looming large..bummer

  60. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    maybe Bailey having a few days off he will be rusty

  61. bexarama says:

    People who only post when the Yankees are doing bad things are really annoying. (it’s not happening here, but in other places)

  62. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow I want someone to firebomb this stadium

  63. V says:

    Man. This ballpark holds EVERYTHING. How many deep flies have they hit today?

  64. dkidd says:

    cannot wait to get out this crap=ass stadium

  65. V says:

    Well, we took the series, but I was greedy for more.

  66. MikeD says:

    Does CC get credit for an actual complete game if he “only” goes 8 innings? I can’t remembver the rule since complete games don’t happen a whole lot any more. I know if he had no-hitter but still lost he wouldn’t get credit for a no-hitter (I’m pretty sure that’s the rule), so why would he get a complete game?

  67. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Yankees are human afterall…Kurt Suzuki Yankee Killer Supreme

  68. V says:

    Man, and if the A’s had the Rangers’ infield defense, the Yankees would have won 10-4.

  69. dkidd says:

    angels are hot

    let’s keep winning series!

  70. Brad Toughy says:

    Don’t mind a 4-2 loss when there was a 20-0 loss the same day.

  71. The A-Rod interview was wonderful (referring to the Braden comments). He actually looked like a really natural speaker. It was strange and wonderful to see.

  72. poster says:

    A bit unfortunate that the two most memorable plays of the season, a steal of home and a triple play, happened in Yankee losses. NOT that I’m dissatisfied with their level of play (glad to see Tex and A-Rod heating up) but it is kind of annoying.

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