Apr
25

Game 18: One more win in Anaheim

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If the Yankees can pull off a victory in this afternoon’s game they’ll finish 4-2 on their mini West Coast trip. That seems to be the theme of the season so far: two out of three. It would also give them a 9-3 record during their recent tour of the AL West.

Their chance will come against a familiar face, the lefty Scott Kazmir. It’s hard to believe that this is his sixth full season in the majors. He originally got the call in 2004, just after his trade to the Devil Rays, and since then has pitched at least 144 innings in each season. Things went well until last year, when his ERA ballooned to 4.89 and the Rays traded him to Anaheim in August.

Kazmir, who has generally pitched well against the Yankees, struggled during his first start against them this year. In four innings he allowed eight hits and walked three, leading to six Yankee runs. The three home runs did not help his case. He recovered a bit with a good start against Detroit, but even then he had to leave the game after 5.2 innings and 99 pitches. His seven strikeouts to no walks in that game bode well, but the Yankees feature a lineup much more patient than the Tigers.

It has been a tumultuous return trip to the Yankees for Javy Vazquez so far. With each start he’s gotten a little bit better, though, so maybe today he puts it all together. We know what Vazquez can do — he’s been a solid, durable starter throughout his career, second half of 2004 notwithstanding. Part of his problem has been with command, particularly with his fastball. It seems like Jorge has to move the mitt on every one of them. This has led to eight walks in 16.1 innings for Vazquez, a mark far above his normal rate.

Cervelli gets another start behind the plate while Posada moves into the DH spot. Brett Gardner gets a day off, which is kind of baffling after his last couple of days. I’d be more inclined to catch Jorge and DH Thames, but apparently Girardi wants to get Cervelli in there against Vazquez, whom he has not caught yet this year.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Marcus Thames, LF
8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Francisco Cervelli, C

And on the mound, number thirty-one, Javier Vazquez.

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  1. When does IPK get his ring? Long live “The Big 3″!!!!

  2. Bob Lorenz, “The Yankees got a lot out of the 2 hole yesterday.” haha.

    I’m such a child.

  3. bexarama says:

    Jack Curry might be the only person more in love with Pettitte than I am. Also, he clearly has a cold.

  4. pat says:

    Been reading Morgan Ensberg’s blog all day. Dude is funny as hell and has a lot of interesting things to say. I originally saw it on kabak’s buzz so hat tip to him for finding it.

    http://morganensberg.wordpress.com/

  5. sleepykarl says:

    Jackson with his first MLB HR.

  6. Marcos says:

    My head almost exploded when I saw the lineup.
    I get that Gardy’s a lefty but he hits lefties better than righties AND he’s on FIRE! And what’s with DHing JoPo and playing Cervelli? I don’t want to have to risk losing the DH spot/playing Ramiro Pena as our catcher should the unthinkable happen.
    Ugh sometimes I love Girardi’s moves and sometimes they’re downright ugly… Oh well, let’s kick some Angel butt.

    • whozat says:

      Your questions are all answered in the game post at lohud. Post had been up 10 minutes when you commented here. Turns out you could just read why these decisions were made instead of complaining. They all make sense, actually.

  7. Mike HC says:

    I have no idea what Girardi is up to with the two hole. It is an open competition right now I guess.

    • bexarama says:

      I have no idea what Girardi is up to with the two hole.
      twss

    • Drew says:

      Well, I’d imagine yesterday he wanted Swish’s power lower in the lineup because JoPo was out. Today, facing a tough lefty, he sits the left fielder and replaces him with the man who is on this team to hit lefties. I wouldn’t call it an open competition, per se.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      He mentioned that Swish, Grandy, and Gardy all could be candidates for the 2 hole so I guess he might try all 3 while Johnson is out.

  8. I never knew Cody Ransom could be so polarizing

  9. Across the pond says:

    Anyone see Molina gunning down the rays so far? 4/4 caught stealin

  10. ultimate913 says:

    When was the last time the Yanks won their first six series of the season?

  11. pat says:

    Holy shit, this guy on the Brewers is getting destroyed.

  12. Ana says:

    Joe, you’ve got two catchers in the lineup right now. I know you mean that Posada’s DHing, just a heads up.

    And WTF no Gardner?!??!?

  13. Nick says:

    Eduardo Nunez is 4 for 4 today for Scranton,.983 OPS with 8 walks already.

  14. Andy_C_23 says:

    Girardi must have NO confidence in Cervelli, using two catchers and all.

  15. Cecala says:

    With
    6. Jorge Posada, C
    9. Francisco Cervelli, C

    How will Girardi do it? Will he have them side by side or will Cervelli stand behind Posada incase something gets by?

  16. Salty Buggah says:

    The Orioles can go to hell.

  17. Cecala says:

    If the Yankees win today, they have a legit shot at winning 9 in a row. It will be the Oriels x2 and the White Sox.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Just watch, the Orioles will now get hot (which for them, at this point, is winning 1 out of 3).

      • bexarama says:

        they ALWAYS come out to play against the Yankees and it is seriously annoying. I mean, normally they don’t win that much against the Yankees, because they don’t have the talent that our wonderful team does, but they don’t even freaking try against Boston.

        /irrational’d

  18. Was that girl wearing a Taco costume? Awesome.

  19. pat says:

    Putting the sound of an alarm clock in a commercial should be illegal. I hate that shit.

  20. whozat says:

    wow. Kazmir’s fastball looks like Andy’s.

    • bexarama says:

      It’s Dave Eiland’s fault.

      …I’ve read too much NYYFans.

      • whozat says:

        do they blame him for Javy? Joba?

        • bexarama says:

          yes. yes. They actually blame him for everything that goes wrong with the Yankees. I’ve seen him called “a piece of sh-t,” “a douchebag,” “a useless f-cker” and etc. there. There’s one user that suggests escalating bad things every time a pitcher has a meh outing. Recently, he suggested Eiland gargle lye.

          I get that you don’t think he’s a very good pitching coach. That’s okay. But the hostility toward him is astounding.

  21. Cecala says:

    At least that ground out was not to short…

    • bexarama says:

      can we agree Jeter looks better these past couple of games? When he was “bad” he was hitting like .330 though.

  22. Hangoverologist says:

    Hey look, Kazmir didn’t botch a throw!

  23. Accent Shallow says:

    On the one hand, I’m glad Kazmir doesn’t hit 100 anymore. He always seemed to kill the Yankees as a Devil Ray.

    On the other hand, it’s always a bummer when there’s one less guy with electric stuff in the world.

  24. Accent Shallow says:

    Ball 3 to Tex sure looked like strike 3, although Gameday really disagrees.

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    Fantastic at-bat by Tex.

  26. bexarama says:

    Kazmir thought that ball in the dirt was strike 3? o_O

  27. Salty Buggah says:

    Seriously Alex, you need a HR…

  28. Mike Axisa says:

    Jose Molina threw out four basestealers today. Hot damn.

  29. Accent Shallow says:

    Were those two straight changeups? Or is Vazquez injured?

    Huh.

  30. Jose says:

    Boston bullpen meltdown.

  31. Salty Buggah says:

    Woohoo Miguel Tejada!

  32. Couchy says:

    Oka-rated

  33. Has Vazquez always pitched from the first base side of the rubber?

  34. Accent Shallow says:

    What the fuck, Kazmir.

  35. Hey ZZ says:

    Have the Yankees been hit a lot this year or is just me?

  36. Cecala says:

    What the Fudge…

  37. WIlliam says:

    Don’t you hit our Ribibe.

  38. WIlliam says:

    Payback!!!!!

  39. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s how you get them back for throwing at Robbie. Eat it, bitches.

  40. Accent Shallow says:

    Maybe you shouldn’t have hit Robbie there.

    Nice payback.

  41. Poopy Pants says:

    FACE to Kazmir!

  42. pat says:

    Muahahahaha

  43. whozat says:

    THAT is the way to answer back!

  44. Cecala says:

    Posada just took a dump on Kazmir’s chest.

  45. Reggie C. says:

    WE. CAN’T. BE. STOPPED.

    Posada just checked Kaz.

  46. Hangoverologist says:

    Posada avenged Robbie!

  47. Across the pond says:

    Karma’s a bitch Scotty boy

  48. bexarama says:

    Damn. Nice payback, Jorge and Thames!

  49. Mike Axisa says:

    Yeah Marcus. DESTROY HIM.

  50. Hangoverologist says:

    Thames! I used to not like the signing, but if he can mash against lefties, I really don’t care if he has an iron glove.

  51. WIlliam says:

    That would of been a triple if Gardner was there!!! Okay, Ill have to get over my irrational hate of Thames, brought on mostly by my completely rational adoration of Gardy.

  52. pat says:

    Hahah, how do you bounce an underhand toss?

  53. Hangoverologist says:

    aaahh! A bunt!

  54. Drew says:

    I don’t mind the drag bunt in that situation, all things considered.

  55. WIlliam says:

    Grandy should teach Gardy how to bunt.

  56. WIlliam says:

    if teh Cerve is walked for Jeter, I’ll laugh.

  57. PaulF says:

    Cervelli is feared.

  58. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Can somebody get Thames a fucking chinstrap?!

  59. bexarama says:

    Thames loses his helmet in the field a lot

  60. Drew says:

    Great job by Thames there.

  61. Cecala says:

    Thames needs to wear a chinstrap or something to keep that helmet on.

  62. WIlliam says:

    Jeter’s obp isn’t great, for him I mean.

  63. pat says:

    Holy shit, Scott Kazmir is only 25???

    Wow, I would have said 29 or 29.

  64. Drew says:

    El Capitan! Everyday he’s hustlin’!

  65. WIlliam says:

    Thank god, what the hell Jete?

  66. bexarama says:

    Nice hustle Jeets.

  67. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Jeter hustling out of a box for once in his life.

  68. WIlliam says:

    You din’t hit teh Ribbie.

  69. charles poet says:

    didn’t see Cano being hit. Anyone think it was intentional?

    Makes me wonder now that the Angels strangle hold on the Yankees seems to be gone, they are now trying to become the “Pedro Red Sox”

  70. Hughesus Christo says:

    I am stunned by Hunter’s defense this year. He looks terrible.

    • bexarama says:

      absolutely. I know his days as an elite CF are long gone and honestly never really were, considering his reputation, but he doesn’t just look bad. He looks awful.

  71. Alex S says:

    Seriously does Scott Boras ever move from his spot in the corner? They really need to get him out of frame. Can the ump move 2-3 inches to his right?

  72. WIlliam says:

    Everything that inning was hard hit.

  73. WIlliam says:

    Whew!

  74. ShuutoHeat says:

    RAWR, time to crush some more starters!

  75. bexarama says:

    Matsui can get his base hit in the bottom of the eighth when the Yankees lead 18-2. That’d be a nice moment.

  76. WIlliam says:

    1o pitches through 4 batters, nice.

  77. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Matsui almost made me shatpooey.

  78. bexarama says:

    Nationals beat the Dodgers 1-0 what o_O

  79. WIlliam says:

    Why is is Kendry batting 5th?

  80. WIlliam says:

    Uhg.

  81. Poopy Pants says:

    From mlb.com…

    Macha also announced veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan — and his $12.5 million contract — will move to the bullpen. Suppan last pitched out of the bullpen in 2003 with the Red Sox.

    That’s a lot of money for a few outs, no?

    • Jose says:

      The new fad in baseball is to waste starters in the bullpen.

      • Poopy Pants says:

        The Yankees are trendsetters.

      • Pat D says:

        The new fad in baseball is to waste starters in the bullpen put guys who can’t pitch anymore but have ridiculously overpaid contracts in the bullpen.

        • whozat says:

          Zambrano is FAR from a guy who can’t pitch anymore. He’s not that “ace” guy they thought they were signing when they gave him that deal, but he’s still one of the 5 best starters on that roster. And he’s capable of league-average performance. Unless he’s going to go put up a mo-style performance in the 9th inning for them, this move will make them win fewer games.

          • bexarama says:

            I saw some stat about the Cubs bullpen that was completely horrifying. They’d given up like… 20 runs in 15 innings or something. So they do need bullpen help. But removing Zambrano from the rotation as opposed to Gorzelanny or Silva is not the help they need.

          • Pat D says:

            I know that Zambrano can still pitch. Just using the exaggeration method. He is ridiculously overpaid, however.

            Suppan can’t pitch and was used as Exhibit A by Keith Law to demonstrate what Mark Attanasio shouldn’t complain about the Yankees’ payroll.

        • WIlliam says:

          That doesn’t apply to Joba.

  82. whozat says:

    Ok, so Vazquez just isn’t right. His velocity is WAY down, his control (which is normally good) just isn’t there…odds he’s hiding an injury?

  83. Poopy Pants says:

    Cervelli is hilarious.

  84. larryf says:

    Even Cervelli trying to frame Javy’s pitches is not helping this inning. Frankie frames fantastically :-)

    And this just in: NJ being flown back to NYC on a private plane while laying on an extra firm mattress.

  85. Drew says:

    Cervski is bad ass.

  86. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Eiland better plug this motherfucker into the matrix between innings.

    “I know pitch-fu.”

  87. Dela G says:

    attaboy javy

  88. ShuutoHeat says:

    Mike Napoli, an example of ugly tattoos on an athlete.

  89. MMM’Yeeeeeeeah Javy. Did you get the memo about the walks? Because we’re supposed to be cutting down on walks…so I’ll get you another copy of that memo. Oh and Javy uuuummm if you could go ahead and cut down on the hits as well that would be greeeeeaaat…yeeeeeah.

    /Lumberg’d

  90. bexarama says:

    juuuust missed. Teixeira seems better these past couple of days.

  91. Looks like Teix might be back pretty soon. His swings have looked much better the past few games.

  92. WIlliam says:

    Damn, soooo close.

  93. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon Alex

  94. Also, just checked in. Could someone give me a rundown on how we got the three runs?

  95. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Hey, at least we know Javy can field. :P

  96. Drew says:

    Kim Jones rocking old lady clothes.

  97. I really hate Brandon Wood. I only wish bad things upon him and his family.

  98. Beef Hammerdong says:

    What the fuck was that guy swinging at?

    Thanks, though.

  99. Dela G says:

    wow brandon wood is an idiot for swingin at that

  100. Accent Shallow says:

    Brandon Wood is garbage.

    I am 100% ok with this.

  101. bexarama says:

    could they demote Wood if he continues to be this bad?

  102. Dela G says:

    good god give up izturis

  103. Zack says:

    way to screw up his pitch count maicer

  104. Beef Hammerdong says:

    ’bout fuckin’ time.

  105. lower case j says:

    Well earned.

  106. larryf says:

    Better for Kim Jones to be up there when Angels were batting so as not to be accused of stealing the signs….

    but seriously-she is interfering with the hitters’ backdrop

    Sciosia to protest…..

  107. bexarama says:

    that… wasn’t… a … strike?

  108. Dela G says:

    man i wish javy’s velo was up, he could blow the fb by people

  109. Dela G says:

    he killed that

    +1 for my fantasy teams

  110. pat says:

    O fuck you Bobbinski.

  111. BklynJT says:

    Wwack. Javy’s aiming for the record

  112. bexarama says:

    Just walk him next time?

  113. Riddering says:

    Why couldn’t this game be the other 60% of the time when Abreu doesn’t hit Javy up. Ugh.

  114. Pat D says:

    Wow, even in the day time that fireworks haze is ri-god damn-diculous.

  115. Dela G says:

    great K by javy

  116. Hangoverologist says:

    God damn you Abreu.

  117. Accent Shallow says:

    Man, Torii was way out in front of that.

  118. Drew says:

    Okay, now don’t laugh. Should I start Melky or Coghlan? Melky will be facing Pelfrey who is bound to come back to earth. Cog is facing a likehanded pitcher in Colorado. 0 for 3 in his career against him.

  119. Curtis is so bad with lefties, I suspect he can only jerk with the right hand.

  120. bexarama says:

    Henderson and Morgan were the only answers to that question I could think of. :( I’m dumb for not thinking of the Bondses though.

    • bexarama says:

      also why in the world is the Florida/Colorado game starting at 5:00? That is such a weird time for a game to start

    • Pat D says:

      I had to look at the steals leaders to get the answers. I figured both Bonds were there, but I also guessed Mays originally. Forgot how many HR’s Morgan and Henderson hit, and would never have thought of Biggio.

    • Hangoverologist says:

      Weird. I thought the two Bonds, Rickey was crossing my mind, but I never would have thought of Biggio and Morgan.

  121. Riddering says:

    Angel Berroa, heh.

  122. Jose says:

    Thames hasn’t had a chance to field yet, how is he going to improve his -148.7 UZR/150?

  123. Drew says:

    What is with the 12:30 (local) starts in LA? Is that the norm?

  124. bexarama says:

    they couldn’t turn a DP on that?

  125. Accent Shallow says:

    Man, Thames really only has one tool.

  126. Jose says:

    Stephen Colbert is not going to be able to sleep after seeing this:
    http://i.imgur.com/CK6Hp.jpg

  127. BigBlueAL says:

    Vazquez has as much confidence in his fastball as Tim Wakefield has in his.

  128. charles poet says:

    ugh

  129. Thames is slow as dog sh*t

  130. Drew says:

    Javy got piched on the 4th pitch in that AB but damn, he is frustrating as hell so far this year.

  131. Pat D says:

    This game is going to be painful.

  132. Accent Shallow says:

    Brandon Wood grand slam?

    /reverse jinx. Wood sucks

  133. nathan says:

    Unable to watch the game on TV, any chance vazquez makes it to 6 innings

  134. bexarama says:

    aaargh

  135. Dave says:

    Ah, we can always count on Vasquez to give the bullpen some work.

  136. Mike Axisa says:

    Real nice Marcus. Real nice.

  137. Alex S says:

    not going to say which particular yankee outfielder would have made that play

  138. Drew says:

    Get Javy out of there. His curve is a BP fastball.

  139. damn yanks says:

    that is about the 5th run Thames is responsible for this season in the field

  140. charles poet says:

    Girardi always seems to wait too long.

  141. Across the pond says:

    Thames in left = horrible

  142. Beef Hammerdong says:

    /pottedplant’d

  143. Joe West's Music Career says:

    Javy to the 8th!!!!!!!!!!!!

  144. Klemy says:

    Who would’ve thought Thames would cost us another run in a game?

    /sarcasm’d

  145. Hughesus Christo says:

    Javy needs to hit the DL. Make up an injury if you have to. We’re on the precipice of disaster with him. He is going to start getting Pavano’d in NY.

  146. Jose says:

    I guess I shouldn’t have mentioned Thames’ fielding. Whoops.

  147. JGS says:

    just stopped in–how did the runs score?

  148. Cecala says:

    Can this Thames in LF stop already? My god he always seems to bite us in the ass, he is a horrid fielder.

  149. JuliaXX says:

    Wouldn’t a Johnson/Thames DH platoon make more sense?

  150. Brent says:

    I don’t get why Girardi continues to play Thames. Gardner may have gotten to that ball without even sliding. That catch is as good as a two run homer.

  151. ShuutoHeat says:

    ……….
    I go take a shit and this is what happens?
    …I should hold it in next time.

  152. bonestock94 says:

    I really want Gardner to play daily, at least until (if) he cools off. Javy’s slider looked filthy today but that’s about it.

  153. Brad Toughy says:

    How is booing Javy Vazquez at a game and ripping him on Twitter or other online medium any different?

  154. Dave says:

    We cant have EVERY starter going good right guys? That would be greedy.

  155. BigBlueAL says:

    From seeing the stuff he has had this season so far, how in the fuckin world did he pitch so good last season?? I know the NL is weaker than the AL but seriously??

    • nathan says:

      Never trade with the f**kin Braves… nothing that they purge is worth sh*t

    • JPM says:

      The NL is that awful

    • Lex says:

      No, you nailed it. The NL is weaker.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        Yup, and Halladay is going to maintain that ERA under 1.00.

        There’s a difference between the leagues, but it’s not that great.

    • bonestock94 says:

      It’s April, don’t be ridiculous.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Vazquez so far has looked like Mussina in 2007, a guy who while was never overpowering had enough of a fastball that it made his breaking stuff way more effective. Vazquez can barely thrown 90 with his fastball and has lost all faith in it.

        He still has plenty of time obviously left to turn it around but he is going to have to make some significant changes with the way he pitches similar to what Moose did in 2008 to survive pitching in the AL this season. Now if he can start throwing 91-92 mph again consistently than he should be fine but he is almost 34 yo now and has alot of innings under his belt so who knows.

        I certainly dont think trading for him was a waste since they gave up nothing for him (dont care about Vizcaino, a 19 yo who hasnt even pitched a full season of pro baseball yet) but so far with the way he has looked you certainly have to be concerned with how he will do the rest of the season.

        • Accent Shallow says:

          I certainly dont think trading for him was a waste since they gave up nothing for him (dont care about Vizcaino, a 19 yo who hasnt even pitched a full season of pro baseball yet) but so far with the way he has looked you certainly have to be concerned with how he will do the rest of the season.

          Completely agree. I’m a bit concerned, but not ready to start panicking. If he’s still like this at the end of May . . . eeek.

  156. nathan says:

    If thames starts it shd only be as a DH…

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Agreed. Maybe LF at Fenway, or I could be talked into RF at home, but any normal sized outfield . . . nah.

  157. Marcos says:

    Gardy makes that catch. Starting Thames yet AGAIN bites us in the behind…

    • charles poet says:

      Or maybe it is that the Yankees have had zero hits since the second inning and 2 total for the game against an erratic kazmir.

  158. Johnny says:

    can we get kennedy back? javy is not compatible with the AL.

  159. nathan says:

    Cue the Javy choker calls to Wfan

  160. Pat D says:

    I would have still left Vazquez in the game.

    Still think he gave a better chance than playing Eeny Meeny Miny Mo with the bullpen the rest of the game.

  161. pete says:

    good god Javy must hate Thames

  162. YankeeScribe says:

    Okay, now I’m beginning to lose my patience with Javy

  163. charles poet says:

    3.2 – 5 5 5 3 3 1 = shitty shitty shitty line.

    I know, it is early and no one can jump to conclusions after 3 starts, right. I mean we are giving Tex and others a pass cuz it has only been 16 games

  164. EMills says:

    sure was a pleasure watching Javy pitch….is the Thames experiment over yet?

  165. BklynJT says:

    Javy is annoying as hell to watch. What’s worse is that i drafted him on my fantasy team…

  166. Drew says:

    I know Thames should’ve had that ball but damn. Many of you are blaming him and Girardi for Javy getting hammered.

  167. ShuutoHeat says:

    Thames can maybe get a few hits off a LHP, but honestly I’ll trade that away for some better defense in LF.

  168. Cecala says:

    Seriously it is not even on Javy, if Gardner was in, he would have caught it, and it was too shallow to score. With the Izturez ground out, the Yankees still have the lead. Hopefully this wakes Girardi up.

    • bexarama says:

      Javy wasn’t pitching that well. He clearly has no confidence in his fastball. I really, really hope they’re working on it.

      That said, Thames in the field makes me cringe and I hope that doesn’t happen too often.

      • Cecala says:

        It would have been a stressful inning, Javy put the men on base don’t get me wrong, but Thames has to make a play like that. He wont get any of the blame though, it will all be on Javy and make matters worse.

    • Drew says:

      He gave up 5 and left one on base for Logan. None of them are on Javy? This Thames hate is hilarious.

  169. Ivan says:

    Look guys this game is FAR from over.

  170. Hangoverologist says:

    As soon as Javy blows up, a whole bunch of new names show up. I wonder why…

  171. Pat D says:

    Could we get a more inconsistent strike zone?

  172. BklynJT says:

    The Thames experiment will be over soon. Girardi may make mistakes at times but he does learn from them, hopefully sooner than later.

  173. nathan says:

    for some reason i dont think Joe G is a big fan of javy.. he never completely backed him up in the francesa interview…

    and boy the way he jammed that bullpen phone… he looked pissed that a 3-0 lead has evaporated..

    we cud hv had Arodys in the system and Joba in the rotation.. sigh

    hes got no fastball.. it also kinda sucks that he has had to face some tough teams from the getgo… but this Javy move is gonna sting as the summer moves along

  174. Javy just cost me W, ERA, and WHIP in fantasy baseball.

  175. Coach6423 says:

    Strike zone magically expanding..

  176. Ivan says:

    It’s kinda ironic that as we draw near to may, Teix is having better and better AB’s.

  177. Alex S says:

    ugh. Tex and A-rod both hit the ball well

  178. Ivan says:

    Look, i know Javy has been well bad, but I do think he will turn it around. As he gets more velo on the FB and sharpen his command, He’ll get better, nuch better.

    • Pat D says:

      But if his issues are just mechanical, and he doesn’t get that fixed……this may never happen.

    • Johnny says:

      agreed.

      but i reserve the right to bitch about it until he does. i am an entitled yankee fan, ya know.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Javy aint young anymore and has thrown a shitload of innings in his career, his velocity may not be there anymore. He probably has to learn to live with it and adjust similar to what Moose did. Vazquez has the breaking stuff and changeup to pitch well with “only” a high-80′s fastball but he is going to have to learn to do so and making that transaction in season in the AL East aint easy.

  179. Pat D says:

    Meanwhile, don’t turn over to NESN. You may not like what you find.

  180. Zack says:

    Wow, O’s are about to blow a 3 run lead in the bottom of the 10th

  181. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Javy fan confidence poll (0-10):

    10

    He gets a perfect 10 for wearing a Yankee uniform. Other than that, it’s his grade to lose. Be done with this foul month and start anew, Vadgequez.

  182. bexarama says:

    who’s the guy on Twitter that’s Ledger_Yankees? Because he’s pretty amazing.

  183. Joe D. says:

    Reminder to not jump off the Javy train just yet:

    ……………………………..APR ’09….REST ’09
    1 Joe Blanton 8.41 3.55
    2 Matt Harrison 7.89 5.18
    3 Vicente Padilla 7.43 3.80
    4 Clayton Kershaw 7.29 2.16
    5 Josh Beckett 7.22 3.33
    6 Adam Eaton 7.17 8.78
    7 Aaron Cook 7.11 3.60
    8 Kenshin Kawakami 7.06 3.34
    9 David Purcey 7.01 5.24
    10 Ricky Nolasco 6.92 4.75

  184. First Time Poster says:

    Just got here, what’s a recap of the game from those watching?

    • bexarama says:

      Kazmir looked bad early, settled down but threw a lot of pitches. Javy not very good (though Thames didn’t make a play that didn’t help).

      • mbonzo says:

        Agreed. Javy was about the same as last start but the ump has a batters strike zone. He ran in to trouble in the 4th when he gave up a couple hits but one big one. Thames couldn’t hold on to the ball after a bad jump and a bad slide. Despite Javy’s lack of control and low velocity, he would still be out there if Gardner was playing.

  185. Drew says:

    Vulture time! Go get it Ace.

  186. bexarama says:

    Orioles win!!!!! It’s a miracle!!!!

  187. Across the pond says:

    Someone better pin Giardi to his seat in case he takes ace out after 1 out

  188. Congratulations on biologically outliving other humans. What an accomplishment!

  189. I figured we’d have a Mitre day. Guess not?

  190. Drew says:

    Wow, just realized we only have two hits.

  191. Accent Shallow says:

    Hoveround commercials are the funniest shit ever.

    In contrast, the most absurd commercials are the pro-corn syrup (!!!) ads. Thanks, farm lobby!

  192. Ivan says:

    Lets get some runs plz.

  193. ShuutoHeat says:

    I hate those damn singing Mohegan Sun commercials….

  194. Dante says:

    I’ve just witness Vazquez piss away a 3-0 lead and get pulled with the Yanks now down 5-3.
    I think this guy is overmatched when it comes to Man-ning up to the moment and being a vital contributor to the World Champs. He’s ok playing for the Expos (were perennial losers) or the Braves but he’s not a winner.
    I also think he was cut plenty of slack around his ’04 implosion because of the “alleged” sore shoulder. Nice fabricated story to ease the initial pressure on him coming back.
    But here we are and facts are facts. His 9.00 ERA says it all.
    He just flat out suck …dudes!!!

  195. First Time Poster says:

    I hope Ace rights his ship soon. Love me some Pet Detective.

  196. nathan says:

    Alright… lets get this going boys… while i would love to see another blown save by fuentes… i would like a little pasting for Kazmir….

  197. Accent Shallow says:

    Kazmir is just not the same guy.

    How sweet does that have to be for Robbie?

  198. Poopy Pants says:

    Hughes to #4
    Joba to #5
    Javier to NL
    Logan to ‘pen (with CHOP)
    NJ to hospital
    Thames or Miranda to DH
    Swisher to bat in 2 hole? Grandy?

    Am I panicking? Yes.

  199. Robbie has easily been the brightest spot on the short season so far.

  200. BigBlueAL says:

    Cano is just fuckin amazing this season so far.

  201. Ivan says:

    Crush Baby. And by the way if Cano doesn’t have the best Home Run pose, he’s in the top 3.

  202. Robbie murdered that ball.

  203. Alex S says:

    nice closeup on the “Gone” sign after the homer

  204. Coach6423 says:

    He is so fucking locked in…

  205. Across the pond says:

    Dammmmmmn he crushed that.

  206. Mike Axisa says:

    Should have traded Robbie when we had the chance.

  207. First Time Poster says:

    In play, run(s)!!!

    I’m assuming Cano took a nap around 2nd when rounding the bases.

  208. It’s like he’s running with heavy combat boots. So slow.

  209. BigBlueAL says:

    BTW just had to mention this, saw My Cousin Vinny last night on Fox Movie Channel I think it was and that movie still is a fuckin classic!!

  210. Meat Loaf says:

    I am so tired of Flash commentating. Sooo tired of it. I know Michael Kay is a douche, but at least his voice sounds like he has at least some level of happiness when watching Baseball. Flash sounds like he is watching paint try.

  211. Dante says:

    sorry boyz…Vasquez is a $12 mil + loser. I’ve given him the benefit of the doubt but come on. This was his chance to shine and beat a good team and continue the series winning streak. Should the Yanks come back and win the game he will be the biggest question mark going forward.
    Can he Man up and rise to the occasion? The evidence both past and present say NO!!!

  212. BigBlueAL says:

    20 pushups for Gardner.

  213. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s weird. This game is still very winnable, but it feels like they already lost.

  214. Drew says:

    Cano shouldn’t have homered, it’s bad for the Yankees.

    /Karros’d

    • Pat D says:

      Wait, when did he say that?

      • Alex S says:

        during the Fox game broadcast yesterday

        • Pat D says:

          He said Cano hitting home runs is bad? Why the hell is this guy employed? His hairstyle?

        • First Time Poster says:

          I think Robbie should avoid hitting too many homers. If he does, he may start to think he is a power hitter and try to hit homers.

          • mbonzo says:

            Everyone knows he’s too lazy to hit homeruns.

          • Right. He’s effective because he’s an incredible contact hitter with good-not-great power. If he alters his approach and just tries to shoot the balls out of the stadium, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t be very successful.

            It’s more what the home runs represent than the home runs themselves, folks. I agree with Karros.

            • Drew says:

              Que? Please explain how 40 HR’s from our 5 hitter is bad?

              • Because a guy like Robbie probably doesn’t have 40-HR power and he’s not a disciplined hitter. He excels because he hits the ball hard all over the field, but not necessarily for home runs.

                If you think he can hit 40 home runs while still whacking balls everywhere for a high average (since he’s not going to walk), great. But I tend to think that if Cano is looking to hit home runs, it will be at the expense of what his strength is.

                • Drew says:

                  I guess. But putting his words into context, an email to the booth was “Will Cano hit 40 hr’s this year?” His answer was, “If Cano hits 40 HR’s it will be bad for the Yankees.” I don’t care if Cano hits 240(which will never happen), if he hits 40 HR’s from our 5 spot, or anywhere in the lineup, it will be a sick year.

                • I don’t think it will necessarily be a bad thing if Cano hits 40 home runs, but if it means fundamentally altering his approach so that he isn’t the type of hitter he is now, that worries me. Maybe he succeeds and becomes Vlad II, but there’s a good chance he starts looking to pull everything and that could be bad for a guy that isn’t able to walk.

            • mbonzo says:

              You can tell with all the failure he’s had this year with it. Kevin Long and Alex Rodriguez need to discourage him from taking this approach. They don’t know half as much as Karros knows.

            • Pat D says:

              But I’ve never been under the impression that he tries to hit home runs. 3 of them are off the same guy, so it’s not like he’s going to hit 40.

              Karros is an idiot.

      • Hangoverologist says:

        He said that in yesterday’s FOX broadcast. He said that Cano shouldn’t become a home run hitter because he won’t get a lot of RBIs if he does.

      • Drew says:

        Yesterday he said that if Cano hits 40 HR’s it will be bad for the Yankees. Seriously.

      • Zack says:

        He basically said that if Cano hits 40 HRs then that’s bad for the Yankees, because Cano’s an “RBI-guy”

        Dont ask us to explain because no it doesnt make sense

        • Pat D says:

          No explanation is needed. Karros is an idiot who doesn’t understand anything about baseball analysis. He looks spaced out all the time and has more gel in his hair than…something, I don’t know what.

  215. Accent Shallow says:

    I can almost forgive Napoli that beard, since he really has no chin.

  216. BigBlueAL says:

    Ace looking for a typical 2009 win for him.

  217. First Time Poster says:

    It seems as if the Nats are always winning. But than I realize the Mets are winning too, extinguishing any shock felt by the Nats being above .500

  218. That’s like a college sophomore beard. Looks ridiculous.

  219. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I hate the Angels. The annoyance of their team is only matched by their whiny fanbase.

  220. Poopy Pants says:

    Who is this bitch?

  221. MikeD says:

    Time for a come-from-behind win.

  222. bexarama says:

    is it wrong that, win or lose, I’m just so happy that we don’t go back to Anaheim this year?

  223. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn, Kenny didn’t say “You’ve got to get up … to get down” during the Cano replay. Disappointed.

  224. Poopy Pants says:

    I think the Mexican Gangsta could’ve beat Abreu.

  225. Is it wrong to say I don’t want to see Joba tonight?

  226. Across the pond says:

    I think the ump is blind in his left eye.

  227. BigBlueAL says:

    Was it really necessary to take out Ace??

    • Across the pond says:

      Joe was bored. Needed something to do

    • Drew says:

      Necessary? No. Is it worth complaining about Joe’s decision? No. Marte is here to get lefties out. Bobby is probably their hottest hitter, and he’s a lefty, and everyone in the pen could use work, and it’s a one run game in which matchups may help us win this game, and Marte is pretty good.

  228. Marte: “Take that, black people!”

  229. Drew says:

    Take it, Torii.

  230. Pat D says:

    Marte can be so frustrating.

  231. mbonzo says:

    Somebody get Marte a calendar that only has October in it.

  232. Tom Zig says:

    Does Marte not know how to throw strikes?

  233. burnettscreamfilling says:

    really Girardi? Ace can’t handle bobby? overmanaging that bullpen again..after the first couple of games this year i thought he had changed…guess not..

  234. BigBlueAL says:

    WTF is going on??

  235. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Ahh trolls. Haven’t seen too many lately even with blown leads. Speaking of that it’s nice not seeing a normal SBGL post in a while unless I missed it.

  236. JGS says:

    what in the hell is going on this inning?

  237. ShuutoHeat says:

    That check swing slow roller was SCARY, luckily Abreu wasn’t running full speed.

  238. Hughesus Christo says:

    Good job, guys.

  239. MikeD says:

    That sucks.

  240. Across the pond says:

    Well done Joe

  241. Alex S says:

    Fuck Me, Kendry is killing us. Girardi is scratching his head

  242. Hangoverologist says:

    Fuck. This game is over.

  243. Pat D says:

    I knew that playing bullpen carousel was going to bite them in the ass.

  244. Poopy Pants says:

    I’m so glad Ace was taken out.

  245. Drew says:

    So who blew the IBB call? I guess that’s Cerv’s error?

  246. BigBlueAL says:

    Aceves imploded this inning. Wait what????

  247. ShuutoHeat says:

    Mo laughing it up with the BP at the whole confusion.

  248. Hey, maybe we will get to see Mitre after all!

  249. burnettscreamfilling says:

    Girardis bad bullpen management again..thats whats happening…

  250. Tom Zig says:

    Marte fail

  251. ShuutoHeat says:

    I’m going to turn it off for the sake of my blood pressure…

  252. Klemy says:

    This inning = total fail.

  253. WIlliam says:

    Fuck.

  254. Hummingbird S. says:

    that sucked

    bad decision to let Marte pitch

  255. No love for K-Rob, I guess. How could Marte face so many righties?

  256. Tom Zig says:

    What happened to the Marte we used to know?

  257. Drew says:

    I’m already ready to hear what happened with that first pitch IBB. I find it hard to believe Joe called for it then changed his mind. I think someone blew a sign.

  258. Dante says:

    Giradi…just blew this game… walk Morales and bring in Robertson to pitch to Rivera…
    I can’t believe the folly of Morales’ at bat….
    this game is on Girardi…staying too long with Vasquez and the total mismanagement of the bottom of the 7th.

  259. Drew says:

    mmmm.. Rodney, I like our chances.

  260. Accent Shallow says:

    The Yankees do have a chance to hand Marte a (very) undeserved win, since the Angels have the Dominican Brad Lidge pitching.

  261. mbonzo says:

    mmk yankees need to pick up Girardi.

  262. Hangoverologist says:

    Actually I changed my mind. We’ll have our own rally against Rodney.

  263. BigBlueAL says:

    At least the Yankees will still be leading the WC race after today. lol

  264. DGeezy says:

    this is not shields & krod…this is rodney & fuentes..lets tie this game up.

  265. Javy Vazquez just broke my belt loop.

  266. Salty Buggah says:

    Ok, for one last time, please Alex…

  267. Tom Zig says:

    It’s Fernando Rodney. Probably one of the worst pitchers.

  268. Tom Zig says:

    The combination of Fuentes/Rodney will blow the game.

    (seriously why are they closers/setup men?)

  269. WIlliam says:

    No way!

  270. Did Torii actually do something good in the field? I haven’t seen that in years.

  271. Drew says:

    Someone get a baby sheep so we can sacrifice that shit.

  272. WIlliam says:

    Damn.

  273. Drew says:

    Unlucky inning fo sho

  274. Accent Shallow says:

    So that sucked.

  275. Tom Zig says:

    I know its still early but damn Javy really sucks

  276. WIlliam says:

    Okay, should I be worried about Javy at this point?

  277. bexarama says:

    So… I didn’t really think bringing in Marte was a bad move in that situation other than that Girardi taking out a pitcher who is rolling is frustrating. Don’t kill me.

    • mbonzo says:

      He left Marte in for too long. Its clear he has some bad control issues. He’s a pitcher that works the bottom of the zone too, this ump had a batters zone and barely called any low strikes. I would have pulled him pretty quickly.

      • bexarama says:

        This, I agree with. But people are freaking out about bringing Marte in period, which wasn’t a problem to me.

        Also, the Morales at-bat, what the heck happened there

        • mbonzo says:

          Girardi should have been more vocal about his history swinging on 3-0. He just did his gesture and turned his back in disgust. Marte really sucks right now but he should be able to manager that.

  278. Accent Shallow says:

    Well, they were gonna lose a series sometime.

    • Dante says:

      yeah…but it didn’t have to be this one. Up 3-0…the Angels aren’t as good as the Yankees have made them look this series.

  279. WIlliam says:

    What’s with Cerve’s throws today?

  280. theyankeewarrior says:

    No more excuses for the ass-clown Vazquez. He either starts pitching well or Cashman can start shopping him back to the JV league.

    How about this for an idea… Stop pitching to the other team’s best hitter when JUAN FUCKING RIVERA is batting behind them.

    Kendry Morales is 7 for 10 in the series with about 66 RBI and our genius pitching staff just keeps pouring the ball down the plate to him.

    It reminds me of the days when the Yanks would refuse to walk Manny and Papi. They felt compelled to throw those guys strikes in big spots.

    Please, for the love of god, stop pitching to Kendry Morales.

  281. Drew says:

    Two bad throws from Cervs in a row. Never seen that before.

  282. Carlinho says:

    They should send Javy to AAA until he solves all his issues……so far everytime he pitches is a sure loss….mitre for the 5th spot and melancon to the BP

  283. Considering he hasn’t pitched in a few weeks, I’m pleasantly surprised that it’s not 13-4. Mitre is a bulldog!

  284. Tom Zig says:

    Is it May yet? Tex needs to start murdering baseball

  285. BigBlueAL says:

    Shields coming in to start the 9th?? Yankees bring the tying run to the plate in the 9th.

  286. mbonzo says:

    My rally cap is on

  287. WIlliam says:

    Damnit jorge,

  288. JobaWockeeZ says:

    First series loss. Oh wells.

  289. WIlliam says:

    Gritty ab by Gardner so far.

  290. Tom Zig says:

    the Boverreactions on twitter are intense.

  291. Dante says:

    Girardi’s management of this game has given a new meaning to blow job!!

  292. Dante says:

    Now it’s Blown Job…. ?

  293. Andrew What? says:

    Wow, out of all the teams/places, the series streak ends in anaheim. damn those angels

  294. WIlliam says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo

  295. MikeD says:

    They weren’t going to win every series, but this game was more than winnable. A couple of questionable bullpen decisions.

  296. Lex says:

    Has Javy pitched in every Yankees loss this year? It sure seems that way.

  297. Dante says:

    Even if his shoulder is not hurting it would be nice if it claimed it was and they DL’d him. He can be the Yankees Eddie Curry.

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