Apr
30

Game 22: Home again

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If only the starts lined up right: Andy Pettitte debuted 15 years ago yesterday.

Photo credit: John Dunn/AP

Freddy Garcia has gotten off to a horrible start in 2009. He pitched a Pavano-esque 129 innings from 2007 through 2009. Last season he came back last August with the White Sox after failing to catch on with the Mets earlier in the season, and actually pitched fairly well. His 56 innings mostly came in September, not the best month on which to base an analysis.

This season he’s off to a slow start, a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings spanning three starts. Walks and home runs have killed him. The Yankees do two things exceedingly well. They take walks, and they hit home runs. It sounds like a perfect combination for a night of baseball in the Bronx. Only problem is, it has the makings of a reverse lock.

Garcia, now 35, put together a solid career with the Mariners and White Sox. From his rookie season, 1999, through 2006 he missed the 200-inning mark just once. He had a 113 ERA+ during that span, 16th highest among pitchers with more than 1,400 innings pitched. His opponent tonight, Andy Pettitte, had a 117 ERA+ during that span, 13th overall.

In his career Garcia has faced the Yankees 10 times, pitching 68.1 innings and allowing 34 runs, 32 earned, for an ERA of 4.21. One of those instances came last season, when the Yankees got to Garcia for three runs in six innings. Before that he hadn’t faced them since 2006. The team is quite a bit different now.

Pettitte has faced the White Sox 23 times in his career, not including the 2005 World Series. He’s had his good games and his bad, allowing 75 runs, 67 earned, in 139 innings. His last outing came last year, when he struck out eight White Sox and walked none in 6.1 innings.

Posada’s out of the lineup again, though he says he’s fine. Girardi said he could use him tomorrow or Sunday. I might be worried if he doesn’t.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Johnson, DH
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Brett Gardner, LF

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

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559 Comments»

  1. Let’s do it gang! GO YANKEES!

  2. Freddy Garcia has gotten off to a horrible start in 2009. He pitched a Pavano-esque 129 innings from 2007 through 2009.

    Heh. Yesterday, I watched highlights of a thrilling pitchers duel between two cagey vets going toe-to-toe, shutting down the opposing offenses.

    It was the Twins-Tigers game between Carl Pavano and Dontrelle Willis.

    :: head explodes ::

  3. bexarama says:

    let’s hope Freddy is in a 2003 state of mind:
    http://bit.ly/9v56gs

  4. whitty says:

    Not sure this has been linked here, but since it has something to do with today’s game:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......t.html.php

    Jeter’s just two back of Ken Griffey Jr. for first place on the hits leaderboard among active players. Could he catch him today?

  5. Mike Axisa says:

    For anyone who hasn’t tried it, MLB.tv on PS3 is phenomenal.

  6. Steve H says:

    That picture = Bexy baiting

    • bexarama says:

      There are so many good things about both Baby Andy and Mature Andy. (Frankly, I think the picture RAB used for the thread the last time Pettitte pitched was more Bexybait. Hate to see you go, love to see you walk away. Ahem.)

  7. dkidd says:

    freddy garcia’s nickname is “the chief”

    that nickname should have been retired. there’s only one chief, a 7-foot, pot-smoking center for the boston celtics

  8. First Time Poster says:

    If Robbie continues to mash (obviously not quite like he is now) and puts up an MVP caliber year, and chance he challenges Utley for the best 2B in the game? I know there are variables such as Utley’s preformance, but given the age difference and talent level, it should warrant consideration.

    That said, at the moment, Utley is clearly the best 2B in the game. He is a great fielder, a little more rounded out at the plate, and can mash… but you all know this.

  9. Drew says:

    Who the F is Donny Lucy.

  10. Drew says:

    There goes the no hitter!

  11. BAAH, YOU SUCK DEFENSIVELY, ROBINSON CANO!!!!!

    /convenientlyforgetslastnight’d

  12. Drew says:

    Rios kills us IIRC.

  13. gxpanos says:

    We need a BABIP correction in this inning…

  14. T.J. says:

    Think it’s close enough to May that Tex wakes up tonight?

    2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

  15. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And a BS HR to top it off.

  16. T.J. says:

    Goddammit that guy in the chat yesterday jinxed us.

  17. What the hell is with that guy and the sweatshirt?

  18. Drew says:

    That guy needs an asskicking, stat.

  19. First Time Poster says:

    I think AJ is getting the whipped cream ready…

  20. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Look I’m going to be greedy but the Yanks better score 10 runs next inning. I want the first walkoff tomorrow when I go to the game. -__-

  21. Cecala says:

    Idk who I feel worse for, Andy or Bexarama.

  22. Hummingbird S. says:

    Pettitte looks awful

  23. Pete C. says:

    the people next to him should punch him in the head.

    • First Time Poster says:

      Who? What’s going on?

      • Drew says:

        The homer was right near the wall. Probably gone regardless, but some asshole with a sweatshirt in his hand tried to catch the ball when Swish may have had a play. The sweatshirt hit Swish’s glove. Guy needs a beatdown!

  24. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    me and my friend was arguing today…what if a ball hits in foul territory and goes fair, is that a foul or fair ball? I know it doesn’t happen alot but it happened in a softball game yesterday. anybody know?

  25. Drew says:

    If that shit stayed fair I was going to cry.

  26. Damn, I just got my first real look at it. Fuck you, sweatshirt dude!

  27. Holy rough inning, Batman. 25+ pitches, 3 sort of BS runs? Ugh. (FWIW, I don’t think Swish would have gotten that anyway. Still, that dude should be beaten with bats.)

    • Cecala says:

      At least he looked normal trying to catch that HR ball. I still laugh at his attempt to catch the Abreu or Morales HR, I forget.

    • I thought it looked as though the ball and sweatshirt both ended up in Swisher’s glove and that by pulling the sweatshirt out of the way, that guy knocked the ball out too. Either way, if your team is in the field and there’s a play near the wall, just get the fuck out of the way. That sort of idiocy/fandom really bugs me.

  28. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    Yeah, he only threw 23 strikes out of 26 pitches. And those two excuse-me hits were inexcusable.

  29. Meat Loaf says:

    The only thing that bothers me about Michael Kay is that he is just as excited for opposing team home runs as he is for ours. Listen to other team broadcasts, and they never cheer when the Yankees hit a bomb.

  30. Mike Axisa says:

    Freddy Garcia looks like crap.

  31. Cecala says:

    Grit-stache?

  32. Jersey says:

    Pettitte simultaneously hurting his own AND Robbie’s respective Player/Pitcher of the Month chances with that inning?

    Good thing Freddie’s getting fingered lit.

  33. Andy_C_23 says:

    Is Nick The Stick growing a ‘stache?

  34. Nick Johnson still has more walks than the Houston Astros.

  35. First Time Poster says:

    Okay, there are about 4 posts calling for some guy’s head… explain plz?

  36. Can we stop calling it the “2 Hole”. My immature mind can’t take it.

  37. bexarama says:

    Seriously, BABIP really hates Andy today

  38. Is it just me, or should the Yankees just not hit and run ever? I really don’t see the benefit with this powerful a lineup.

  39. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Does Kay take joy in pointing out that people are sucking?

  40. dela g says:

    good eye tex

  41. Tie game after this AB.

    (Please?)

  42. First Time Poster says:

    Gameday had the swinging strike 3 out of the zone… it’s obviously propaganda placed fourth by the Umpire’s Association to sully the reputation of Nick Johnson and his ability to identify strikes and ball.

  43. dela g says:

    alex will get a hit here

  44. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    Okay. Time for our 3-run jack.

  45. Cecala says:

    I am feeing A-rod pulls a Konerko.

  46. First Time Poster says:

    Garcia likes getting balls dirty.

  47. Drew says:

    I love me some Al.

  48. Mike Axisa says:

    OMG A-Rod hasn’t done shit lately he’s killing my fantasy team OMG.

  49. I love Juan Pierre’s old-school stirrups look.

    • I can’t believe I didn’t notice this before and now no one will see this comment, but Andy Pettitte’s legitimately old-school stirrups in the 1995 AP Photo Joe found for this post are fantastic.

  50. I’ll take it; Pierre actually played that really well off the hop. If he doesn’t grab that on the first time, Tex definitely scores and A-Rod may end up on third.

  51. BABip correction! Prediction: Garcia doesn’t make it past the 4th.

  52. Hangoverologist says:

    Yay A-Rod.

  53. JobaWockeeZ says:

    OMG FANS GIVING CANO RESPECT!

    That’s a first.

  54. dela g says:

    M-V-P!

    M-V-P!

    M-V-P!

  55. First Time Poster says:

    No Homer?

  56. Steve H says:

    So Andy in Sunny Daytona, did you get Melvin to joint the group?

    • I invited him to join “Bring Melvin to America”, become a fan of “River Avenue Blues” and become a fan of “This Purist Bleeds Pinstripes”.

      Does “Mystique & Aura” have a Facebook fan page yet?

  57. JobaWockeeZ says:

    RISP HIT! Cano!

    MVP! MVP! MVP!

  58. He is just SMOKING everything.

  59. Hangoverologist says:

    Who says Robbie can’t hit with RISP?

  60. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It’s home Swish now.

  61. Jersey says:

    Robbie Dey call him mista boombastic

  62. Rey22 says:

    Only one RBI? That’s unacceptable for Robbie the way he’s been hitting lately. I expected a grand slam.

  63. Hall and Nokes says:

    Come on Swish hit that sweatshirt carrying jackazz right between the eyes.

  64. Damn. That was a good throw by Konerko.

  65. dela g says:

    great throw

  66. bexarama says:

    Aaagh! I hate luck

  67. BigBlueAL says:

    Swisher becomes Ramiro Pena with the bat at Yankee Stadium. lol

  68. Drew says:

    Oh Home Swish..

  69. Hall and Nokes says:

    Swish is not having the luckiest game I’ve seen.

  70. ecksodia says:

    I knew it wouldn’t take long.

  71. gxpanos says:

    Donny Lucy?

    Seriously? Donny Lucy with the double?

  72. First Time Poster says:

    I HATE Lucy.

  73. dela g says:

    who the hell is lucy? ricky’s wife?

  74. Poopy Pants says:

    Andy’s throwing BP today. :(

  75. Andy_C_23 says:

    I think her name was Lucy but they all called her Loose

    /Beastie Boys’d

  76. dela g says:

    unbelievable

  77. Walking Juan Pierre? Not optimal.

  78. First Time Poster says:

    … Pierre… really?

    Really!?

  79. ShuutoHeat says:

    Man, who the fug is Donny Lucy?

  80. bexarama says:

    This is the SI cover jinx!!!

    /weak willed’d

  81. MikeD says:

    The Cano expectations are out of whack. I mean, he’s been in the majors for six seasons, is a life-time .300 hitter, has hit as high as .340 and last year hit .320 with 25 HRs and 48 doubles. They talk about him as if he’s a failure at times. He doesn’t have to get bette rto be exceptional beyond picking up the RISP stat.

  82. BigBlueAL says:

    OK no more bad luck excuses, right now Pettitte is sucking balls. Dunno what kind of balls yet but he is sucking some kind of balls.

  83. dela g says:

    the guy went way out of the baseline!!

  84. Poopy Pants says:

    Really bad call.

  85. Cecala says:

    Good call umps.

  86. gxpanos says:

    God, the umps are so afraid to interpret that baseline rule. They seem to never call it.

  87. I hate umpires sometimes.

  88. First Time Poster says:

    He still seems to be pitching well (with exception to the Pierre walk…).

  89. dela g says:

    wtf is going on here

  90. gxpanos says:

    What a weird game this is. Is Pettitte pitching horribly or reasonably well?!

  91. pete says:

    Here’s what I want to know about umps in general: why is it ever ok for a call to be wrong? ever?

  92. dela g says:

    thank god

  93. T.J. says:

    Seriously that guy from the chat jinxed Pettitte tonight.

    [Comment From SYFSYF: ]
    How many more starts before Andy gives up his first home run of the year
    Thursday April 29, 2010 1:35 SYF
    1:35
    Because you said that, he’ll give up at least on Friday. Thanks

  94. So, do umps just not know the rules or…?

  95. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    MLB umpires are horrendous at their jobs

  96. BigBlueAL says:

    Check out Kay with the “if you believe in the fallacy of the pre-determined outcome” quote.

  97. ShuutoHeat says:

    Ozzie’s ugly mug boils my blood…

  98. Jesus gunning down a runner to end an inning.

  99. dela g says:

    grandy man has no luck

  100. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    we are so lucky

  101. I’m making a BABIP sacrifice tonight.

  102. Drew says:

    Seriously, babip is a douche.

  103. BigBlueAL says:

    Austin Jackson would have that line drive completely over Konerko’s head.

  104. Pat D says:

    Man, I left work early for this?!?

    Seriously, though, with the game on at 1 tomorrow and Fox starting their telecast at 3, does that mean the game will be blacked out on DirecTV Extra Innings?

  105. ShuutoHeat says:

    Man, I haven’t seen Garcia pitch much… but he looks like he is mostly arm and a little bit of leg… it IS ugly.

    • First Time Poster says:

      The Yanks will bash him tonight. We can just hope that the game runs past 12:00 so Tex and hit a walkoff.

    • MikeD says:

      Getting back to the discussion if Pettitte is pitching poorly tonight or just had some bad luck, to expand it, I would say that Garcia is not pitching as well as Pettitte. They’ve smoked some balls off of him. He could easily be behind right now.

  106. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    that was encouraging

  107. gxpanos says:

    Can we get a few more Teahens in the lineup? Andy’s great, but Teahen makes him look like Koufax.

  108. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Well Mr. Axisa you were right about my comment about Andy and the home run in the chat.

  109. MikeD says:

    NJ is killing me. He’s on the Yankees AND he’s on my Roto team.

  110. BigBlueAL says:

    Cant blame BABIP tonight for Nick Johnson. Strike out and a fly ball to the 2nd baseman.

  111. lenn23 says:

    Yes, it looks like it will be blacked out. Doesn’t show up on the schedule.

  112. Alex S says:

    Adam Dunn hit a triple….I really need to see that highlight

  113. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow could you have 2 easier innings? Garcia is a bitch

  114. BigBlueAL says:

    OK this is getting annoying now seeing the Yankee hitters swing at slow crap low and outside therefore pulling weak ground balls.

  115. Drew says:

    Our 2 and 3 hitters need to start hitting. This is getting a bit crazy. Luckily tomorrow is May.

  116. T.J. says:

    Can the Yankees start smashing Garcia yet?

  117. Pat D says:

    Trivia answer: I’m guessing Dave Winfield in 1988. My dad says Paul O’Neill in 1994.

  118. poster says:

    Is it me, or has Pettite looked much better than the score indicates?

  119. MikeD says:

    They probably should stop judging Cervelli based on the .190 average in AA. It was a very few number of ABs. He hit over .300 in AA the year before that, also over very few ABs. His lower minor league record indicates .270ish with a decent eye. Now how that translates to the majors is another question, but suggesting Cervelli can’t hit based on what he was doing in AA early last season is not quite fair. That said, I’ve been surprised by what I’ve seen so far in ’08 and ’09 and not convinced it will continue, but hope it does.

    • Pat D says:

      You expect TV announcers to understand small sample sizes? I think you overestimate their chances…uh, knowledge!

    • My Dad always has said that Carlton Fisk was a better hitter in the majors than the minors because the pitchers in the majors threw around the plate more.

      Am I saying that Frankie Cervelli is going to have Carlton Fisk career? Yes. Yes I am.

    • YankeeScribe says:

      He looks like he could realistically hit .270-.300 if he started at catcher the whole season. That’s above average for most catchers. His only problem with the Yankees is that they have the luxury of Jorge still being able to catch everyday and several potentially good hitting catchers in their farm system. If at the end of 2010, the Yankees don’t view Cerv as a potential replacement for Posada at catcher, I hope they trade him while his value is high…

      • MikeD says:

        With Posada in the final year of his contract and questions about Montero as an everyday defensive catcher lingering, I don’t see them moving Cervelli. The Yankee pitchers like him and he’s cheap, so I expect him to be aound for a while. I can see Posada and Montero rotating between catcher and DH next year (and beyond, depending how long Posada remains/effective), with Cervelli still serving as the defensive specialist for those two. If Romine keeps progressing it’ll become even tougher by 2012.

  120. BigBlueAL says:

    Damn, Paulie was on fire April 1994.

  121. BigBlueAL says:

    Apparently the Yankees feel the White Sox didnt take enough ground balls during pre-game.

  122. NC Yankee Fan says:

    Can we hit the ball in the air? Freddie Garcia has 6 ground balls already.

  123. They are beating everything into the ground.

  124. BigBlueAL says:

    Red Sox have made 2 errors so far in the 4th inning in Baltimore, losing 3-1. Run prevention baby.

  125. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    i am at a loss for words that freddy fucking garcia is dominating us like this.

  126. bexarama says:

    Really? Aaaaghhhh

  127. Drew says:

    Swish that was really really bad.

  128. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s Freddy freaking Garcia.

  129. kunaldo says:

    Woo-sa. Zen Baseball. (My mind feels like a pretzel right now!)

  130. Rey22 says:

    How are we looking so helpless against Freddy Freakin Garcia right now?

  131. YankeeScribe says:

    Detroit just scored 8 runs in the 4th against LA. AJax is 3 for 3

    This is relevant because he is boosting my offense on my fantasy team

  132. Hummingbird S. says:

    I just hope the offense wakes up tonight

  133. Steve H says:

    AISD. Just catching up, we do have a facebook page.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.p.....049?ref=ts

  134. This reminds me of the Brett Tomko start last year. Not sure why that is. You sit there and wonder, “why haven’t we put up a crooked number against a guy like that.”

  135. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Granderson is getting owned by bad luck

  136. Mike Axisa says:

    Two hard hit balls for Granderson. Signs of life.

  137. Come on, Jeter. Keep it rolling here.

  138. Andy_C_23 says:

    Jeet goes yard here

  139. Phew, I thought they got him on that.

  140. MikeD says:

    That was an A-Rodian shot from Jeter.

  141. Alex S says:

    that ball broke perfectly into his bat

  142. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    it had to happen eventually…this guy is throwing horrid pitches

  143. Hangoverologist says:

    JETES!!!

  144. BigBlueAL says:

    You hang em, Jeter bangs em.

  145. YankeeScribe says:

    Its alive! Our offense is alive!

  146. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    love that stat for Jeter… .500 hitter with 2 outs RISP

  147. NC Yankee Fan says:

    Gardner is tied with McCutchen for the MLB lead in Stolen Bases! El Capitan connects, DEREKKKK Jeter homers! ( Sterlin’d)

  148. Alex S says:

    great AB

  149. Hall and Nokes says:

    Tex goes yard here

  150. Why does Michael Kay seem so shocked when guys don’t play exactly like they used to years ago?

  151. pete says:

    Is it me or does Nick Johnson look a helluva lot like Fanucci from The Godfather Part II?

  152. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Pedophile’s lil’ bro just hit a HR for the sux

  153. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    Whoa. A quick shot of RAB on the YES commercial. Never saw that before.

  154. Did anyone see that blonde girl they just showed on YES? I think she’s an actress.

  155. First Time Poster says:

    Pettitte is pitching great. The only qualm I have with his performance tonight is the Pierre walk.

  156. dkidd says:

    i wish juan pierre was a better player becuase he’s obviously a great guy/teammate

  157. First Time Poster says:

    7IP for Pettitte?

  158. Tom Zig says:

    A-rod and Tex are so going to murder and pillage the month of May.

  159. larryf says:

    Is Bret Gardner the best flat footed hitter in baseball? The Great Bretsky!!!

  160. First Time Poster says:

    Remember two years ago when there were rumors that the Yanks were going to sign Garcia to a minor league deal… than they signed a couple guys named CC and AJ.

  161. dkidd says:

    ajax 4-4, now batting .357

  162. Ten pitch inning? Gross.

  163. Mike HC says:

    So I have been following Austin Jackson’s stats this year, as I am sure like many others at RAB, and he has some interesting lefty, righty splits, albeit in a small sample size.

    His triple slash against righties is .389/.450/.569

    Against lefties is .136/.208/.136.

    Considering he hits righty, I found this a little odd. Does anybody know what his minor league splits were?

  164. First Time Poster says:

    Vulture time!

  165. Keep it scoreless for two, Ace. They’ll get you a run.

  166. bexarama says:

    “Kimberly Jones will work the clubhouse after the game.” Oh my.

  167. First Time Poster says:

    So many ROTY’s turn out to be terrible players… Cap’n as an exception of course.

  168. Mike HC says:

    Human memory is obviously a flawed thing, but does anybody else think Ace’s windup is far more stiff, rigid and upright this year than last. Maybe due to the injury?

  169. First Time Poster says:

    The Rays have such a deep rotation. Seriously… what the hell!

    That said… Yankees in every way >>>>>> Rays

  170. So, RABbis, guess who got to talk to Melvin last night…

  171. BigBlueAL says:

    Just read Halle Berry is now single again!!!! I still have a chance….

  172. Everyone who is doing the wave in the seventh inning of a fucking tie game should be shot. Pay attention, you morons.

  173. Zack says:

    Yeah, Toronto is happy Wells wasnt claimed on waivers last year.

    You are such a moron Kay.

    • First Time Poster says:

      lol… he seriously said that?

      Really!?

      • Zack says:

        He was talking about how the White Sox claimed Rios for nothing, and how Toronto put Wells on waivers- but they’re probably happy they have him since he’s off to a hot start and the power has returned

  174. First Time Poster says:

    Somewhere at home, Jermaine Dye is pissed.

  175. dkidd says:

    ace missing his spots. please be careful with quentin

  176. dela g says:

    mets are destroying the phils

    8-1

  177. Yay, the Yankees (non-Cervelli division) got some BABIP luck!

  178. First Time Poster says:

    “The Yanks pull an Ace out their sleeve to stifle the South-Side Sox”

    /clicheheadline’d

  179. First Time Poster says:

    I’m all for giving AB’s to Grandy against lefties… but could we see JoPo pinch-hit?

  180. First Time Poster says:

    Cervelli’s hurt! Call up Jesus!

  181. dkidd says:

    thornton was totally average until 3 years ago. did he just “figure it out”?

  182. First Time Poster says:

    Bah! Gotta go to work.

    We go this!

  183. Alex S says:

    grit……he’s got it

  184. Pat D says:

    Don’t look know, but Thames is going to pinch hit for NJ.

  185. bexarama says:

    I hate it when I have to prematurely leap out of my seat in excitement ;_;

  186. BigBlueAL says:

    Fuck yeah Captain!!!!

  187. Hangoverologist says:

    Jeterian!

  188. damn yanks says:

    JORGE… NO DL!!!

  189. Rey22 says:

    Yikes, PH for Nick, that’s a bit of a lack of confidence.

  190. I know Thornton wasn’t 100% sharp, but wouldn’t have been smarter to keep Posada batting right handed rather than facing the short porch?

  191. NC Yankee Fan says:

    Jorgie pinch hitting!!!

  192. larryf says:

    NJ couldn’t walk Jeter in from 3rd?

  193. Camilo Gerardo says:

    hate this shorter field BS from bighead.. Jorge is a better pure hitter from the right.

  194. dkidd says:

    closely-shaven joba = monster baby

  195. NC Yankee Fan says:

    All these relievers throw Mid 90s, where do the Chi Sox find these guys?

  196. Jorge + Breaking Balls = not good results

  197. Hummingbird S. says:

    bad ab

  198. Someone got drilled in the head.

  199. CNight_UP says:

    Ace all set for the vulture win….

  200. BigBlueAL says:

    Arod about to break this game wide open.

  201. Andy_C_23 says:

    I kinda don’t want them to score anymore runs so Mo can get the save. Does that make me a bad person?

  202. Am I the only one who thinks Frank Robinson is under appreciated as a player? He was a freakin’ beast.

  203. Drew says:

    It’s a Marte partay.

  204. Tomorrow’s headline after Yanks victory over Chicago White Sox:

    “Obama’s financial regulations no match for power of Wall Street”

  205. That looked outside. Thanks, blue.

  206. Meat Loaf says:

    AJax with a 5-for-5 night. Wowie.

  207. A fist pump?! ON THE SECOND OUT?!?!?!

  208. CNight_UP says:

    Justin F. Chamberlain.

  209. mike c says:

    grunt!

  210. BigBlueAL says:

    Soria nearly gave me a heart attack but he finally closes out a 3-2 Royals win over the Rays.

  211. Alex S says:

    Soria locked down the save against the Rays

  212. Steve H says:

    So Joba pitched well in teh 8th, where should the Terriost Threat Level advisory end up tonight?

  213. Tack on run via Robbie homer, please.

  214. NC Yankee Fan says:

    Joba throws 5 pitches, incredible!!!

  215. Reggie C. says:

    Hot damn. Rios made that look easy.

  216. Steve H says:

    A-Jax clearly is not made uncomfortable by the horseshoe up his ass.

  217. Alex S says:

    damn Swish can’t get any luck

  218. Steve H says:

    Well, before ESPN bashes the Yankees tonight for the A-Jax trade, there is this (before tonight):

    If Grandy had the same BABIP luck as A-Jax, he’d be hitting .391. If A-Jax had the same BABIP as Grandy, he’d be hitting .181.

  219. larryf says:

    When Joba runs in from the bullpen, he looks chubby and stubby-a bit like a manatee…..strange comparison. Please Grandy-get something going!

  220. dkidd says:

    daniel bard fail

  221. How come only average or below average players “get the most out of what they have”? Don’t great players get more out of what they have than those other guys?

  222. larryf says:

    Quick 1-2-3 so I can watch Bill Maher. Please.

  223. AJ says:

    John Lackey can’t buy a win.

    Fantasy question of the day: Would you trade Derek Jeter and Hunter Pence for Hanley Ramirez?

  224. Why is Michael Kay so floored by this?

  225. Gordon Beckham has a really square head.

  226. Will in NJ says:

    if anyone else is using the mlb.com new “at bat” feature (a new and improved gameday), do you know how they’re calculating the “nasty” factor for each pitch? Because the first pitch in the pierre at bat they had mo at 93 mph but gave him a 17 nasty rating, and the next pitch was at 91 but gave him a 57 nasty rating. I guess it has to do with movement and other factors but I’m curious if anyone knows how they actually calculate it. and im sorry if this is considered off-topic but it has to do with the game kinda.

  227. BigBlueAL says:

    Mo is GOD.

  228. Rey22 says:

    Solid. My fantasy team will appreciate the Ace W.

  229. bexarama says:

    If you jumped ship after the fourth or fifth inning, shame. on. you. ;)

  230. BigBlueAL says:

    Jeter is so modest.

  231. Kim, what the hell is that necklace?

  232. Rose says:

    Is Brett Gardner the WCBS “player of the game” every game because he’s the only one who will talk with them or something? Last few times I’ve listened on the radio, Susan has said “and here I am with the player of the game…Brett Gardner” (while he was good), he certainly wasn’t the player of the game in either occasions haha.

  233. Hummingbird S. says:

    Mo is ridiculous. They shouldn’t allow gods to play against humans, it’s not fair.

  234. CNight_UP says:

    Big Pop Up being Big Strike Out

  235. Hall and Nokes says:

    When I see Cervelli chat up Mo after the last out, all I can think of is the Chris Farley Show. Remember that time you struck out Beckham? That was awesome.

  236. CNight_UP says:

    When are the Red Sox gonna take Papi out back and shoot him like Old Yeller?

  237. Kevin says:

    Mo just surpassed Roger Clemens on the Yankees’ strikeout list. And he just tied Eric Gagne’s record for 51 consecutive saves converted at home.

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