Open Thread: Run Brett run!

Mitchell rebounds well in second Double-A start
Yanks complete sweep with win over Rangers
Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

I’m still not sold on his ability to be an everyday outfielder, but it sure was fun to watch Brett Gardner run wild against the Rangers. Dude went 5-for-6 with a walk, a hit by pitch, four stolen bases and four runs scored in the series, beating out three infield hits and almost a fourth. He’s tied for the league lead with seven steals despite starting just eight of the team’s 12 games. I don’t expect Gardner to maintain his .333-.444-.333 batting line all season, but I’ll sure enjoy it while it lasts.

Anyway, here’s your open thread for the night. You’ve got NBA and NHL playoff action, plus the Mets and Cardinals are your ESPN Sunday nighter. Hopefully this one doesn’t go 20 innings. You know what to do, so have at it.

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Mitchell rebounds well in second Double-A start
Yanks complete sweep with win over Rangers
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Stolen from ESPN/Andrew Marchand:

    “Since A-Rod returned from a hip injury in May 2009, the Yankees have played 160 games (including the postseason) and have won 109 of them.”

    This team is good. And my favorite part is that they’re going to get better.

    • vin

      Non-baseball fans have been asking me how the Yanks look so far this year. My response is always, “They’re better than last year.” The lineup is diverse, the pitching is deep, the defense is consistently average (which is plenty), and they have more talent than any other team in the game.

      Hopefully enough guys can stay healthy so we can get another dynasty brewing ::knocks on wood::.

      They ripped the heart out of the Rangers, and ate it in front of them. That series seemed to be a message to other teams – if you don’t have your best stuff, don’t bother showing up.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        “They ripped the heart out of the Rangers, and ate it in front of them. That series seemed to be a message to other teams – if you don’t have your best stuff, don’t bother showing up.”

        +42

      • Nick

        What’s unique about baseball is a team can be better than previous years, but end up falling short of prior accomplishments.

        As you say let’s hope we stay healthy, things keep rolling and lady luck is on our side.

        This has been an unusually fun start to the season, unlike previous beginnings.

        Can’t wait to get to Oakland.

      • YankeeScribe

        The dynasty baton is being passed to the new core of homegrown present and future Yankee all-stars:

        Cano, Gardner, Hughes, Joba, Cervelli, and hopefully Montero

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That’s awesome.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Jason Heyward makes Hank Aaron look like Brett Gardner

      /ESPN’d

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/04/open-thread-run-brett-run-26947/#comments richinvegas

        Jason Heyward is a better ballplayer than Hank Aaron, no doubt about it. Of course, Hank is 76 years old.

    • vin

      Nothing they do will ever surprise me. ESPN (tv) has been dead to me for some time now.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      While they are at it, why not put in the recently DFAed Mike Jacobs for another comparison?

  • Brad Toughy

    Alberto Callaspo single handedly saved my fantasy offense this week.

    I need Wainwright to K six tonight to grab back K’s after my opponent had Matusz have a field day with the A’s.

  • bexarama

    So of course I couldn’t watch most of today’s game. Of course.

    • NYY626

      Awwww that stinks :(. I was at the game. Andy is a (sexy) beast. Maybe you catch the replay?

      • bexarama

        Yeah, there’s a replay at like 11. I’m tired but it’s not every day Pettitte goes 8 innings so I’ll watch until I collapse :)

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    at this rate GGBG will steal about 92 bags. I’ll take that.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Yadier’s catching tonight.

    He caught 20 innings last night. I’ve never played a single game of professional baseball, but just reading that I think I need to get both my knees replaced.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      When Yadier Molina says he can go all night every night, he means it!

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        I so did not read that the way you meant it.

        • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

          Me thinks you did milady. ;)

    • bexarama

      My thighs hurt just THINKING about that, good lord

      • whozat

        something naughty about thighs.

        /tsjc’d

  • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    There were a smattering of boos after Johnson’s last K today… Was strike-3 the right call? I was wondering if the booing was for Nick or for the home plate ump, but I didn’t have a good view of the strike zone from where I was sitting. I’m sure it was for Nick but I’m holding out hope that it wasn’t.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      They really shouldn’t put batting average on the scoreboard at all. Just put up OBP

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      “Was strike-3 the right call?”

      Yes and no. It was high out of the zone, but in the ump’s defense he was calling it a strike all day for both sides.

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Gotcha, thanks. So, not the best call, but the boos were probably for Nick. Whatever, not very surprising.

        • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

          Might have been for the ump. I’m not 100% sure. None of the 3 strike 3’s were in the zone.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            If NJ didn’t swing at them, they weren’t strikes.

            • vin

              This.

              Nick is the type of guy who won’t offer at a 2-strike pitch if its out of the zone, even if the ump has been calling it all day. His discipline is that strong. It’s almost like he doesn’t want to set a bad precedent for himself.

              • andrew

                But that’s the thing. If the ump has been calling it all day, it’s not out of the zone.

            • larryf

              2-6 inches inside was a strike all day today. There was one at bat by Curtis where he fouled one of those off-should have been ball 4-would have been called strike 3. He walked on the next pitch. Nick didn’t have his usual ball 4 thing going on today…

              • whozat

                Whenever someone says “Curtis” I keep thinking they’re talking about Chad Curtis.

                • Frigidevil

                  Same here, old habits die hard.

  • 28 next year

    Fun Fact

    Tim Lincecum

    Batting .333 with a wRC+ of 136
    with 3 RBIs

    He has given up just 2 runs over three innings and has been worth 1 WAR just three starts into the season. Domination. I wonder how long he will hold up, he seems to have adjusted to pitching with less velocity but he has gotten better.

    • 28 next year

      20 innings in three starts*

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      Dear Roy—

      Welcome to the NL.

      Top this.

      —TimmyJim

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        fun fact–Leroy is both Halladay and Lincecum’s middle name

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

          ….

          Should I have a son, he’s totally going to be named LeRoy. Well, the second one. Because the first is going to be Julius James.

        • Frigidevil

          LEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY JENKINS!
          /huge nerd

      • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

        The NL Cy Young race is a three headed race between Lincecum, Halladay, and Wainwright. Every other NL pitcher should just give up.

        • bexarama

          Ubaldo says not so fast ;)

          • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

            I forgot about Ubaldo. Even after his no-no, I forget he exists.

      • bonestock94

        Thanks to this blog, every time I see brett gardner steal a base or make a good catch I think of gritt gritner and laugh hard.

        • bonestock94

          ugh, wrong place again

    • bexarama

      As I said in the Open Thread, he has more RBIs than ER so far this year. o_O

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      1 WAR???

      WAR!?!? Good God!

      • bexarama

        I think Halladay has already been worth more than 1 WAR. o_O

        • bexarama

          yep – Halladay is worth 1.1 and Lincecum 1.0. Jimenez, Kuroda, and Sabathia are all tied for 0.8. I don’t think it’s updated through today, though.

          • bexarama

            tied for third with 0.8*

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          1.1

          There hasn’t been a 10 WAR season by a pitcher since Fangraphs WAR started (though Johnson had a 9.9 in 2004)

          Rally’s WAR has Pedro 2000 at 10.1 and considering how otherworldly that season was it’ll be tough to see anyone getting to 10 under their criteria

  • bexarama

    Jason Heyward had a walk-off hit today :) :) :)

    Also, a homestand without a walk-off? This team has no heart!!!!!

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      If only they had resigned Damon

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      That’s nothing. Jason Heyward once had a walk off plate appearance. He just came up to bat and the other team lost it’s will to play.

      /ESPN’d

      • bexarama

        hahah I love Heyward but it’s so true

  • Moshe Mandel

    Hey, guys and gals. TYU is looking for someone to cover weekends,writing two posts a day on Saturday and Sunday. I have had some interest in the role, but I wanted to open it up to the RAB community. If interested, email me at mandel42 at gmail, and preferably send a sample of your writing.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      I was wondering what the heck was going on the past few weeks. It’s been me and nobody else.

      • Moshe Mandel

        Chris has a GF in MA and I had twins. Weekends got tough.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Have you asked Jamal or any of the other guest writers?

          • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

            No, but many of them have told me in the past that they cant post regularly. I hope the rest of them just throw their names in the ring.

            • V

              I’d love to write about baseball, but not until I get a job that’s less time-consuming.

              (Usual week is only ~40-45 hours, but high-peak weeks hit 65-70. Add in my 2-4 hour/day commute… and…).

  • Barry

    Brett will surprise us all season. I don’t think it’s too ridiculous to envision him having a .370 obp and a .400 SLG (his highest at AAA was .422 and I tend to see SWB as a pitcher’s park). With a .770 OPS and a great UZR with the stolen bases as a plus he’s the perfect player for an outfield spot on this team.

    • Zack

      .370 OBP? Yeah that is a ridiculous envision.

      • Barry

        I honestly don’t think so, especially with limited at-bats against lefties and his ability to turn outs into hits with his legs.His AAA stats were very good (.414 OBP/.422 SLG in 08)and they can’t be discounted because of a rocky road rookie season. I hope you’re wrong, you may be right, but I hope you’re wrong. I’m very optimistic on Gardner.

        • whozat

          We all know about his AAA stats. There have been many posts and comments about why his minor league numbers may not translate as well as other players’. Put simply, Gardner’s numbers look like a product of taking pitches without regard to where they are in the strike zone. It remains to be seen if that approach will work in the bigs, or if he’s capable of adapting enough to remain productive. The odds are against him, looking at the dearth of players with similar skill sets in MLB history.

          • Barry

            He’s showing you he has ability now… he doesn’t have to be Griffey up there, he’s just got to be a little better than Rizzuto.

            • whozat

              No, he’s showing me that he’s managing to leg out some grounders for a week. Now, let’s say pitchers start pounding him inside, so he can’t smack pitches the other way…what does he do? We’ll see.

              Also, bringing up griffey is a total red herring. I’ve never said that he needs to be a great hitter to be a useful player. The .370 OBP you cited would be STELLAR for a player with his skillset, and I think it’s completely unrealistic to think he can achieve that. I also think that he doesn’t need to achieve that to be useful. But we weren’t discussing useful, we were discussing whether a .370 OBP was in the realm of reason, and I do not believe that it is.

              • http://www.pinstripepalace.blogspot.com Brien Jackson

                He had a .345 OBP last season. I’d say it’s optimistic to envision him putting up a .370, but it doesn’t seem unrealistic.

    • mbonzo

      He is a perfect player for the Yankees since they only have Granderson, Jeter, and Arod (2 who are slowing down) to run. .370 is a bit high. If he has a good year I could see .350-.360 which would be unbelievable with his speed. I still don’t think he’ll be good enough for the NY media though since they prefer the big things instead of the little things.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I know Ike Davis is mashing, but wouldn’t it be silly to bring him up after just 37 PAs in AAA?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Think Omar has a plan?

    • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      This is what happens when you have a front office that knows its survival is directly tied to very short-term performance. Mejia and Davis in MLB in April.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I kinda feel bad for Omar. Oh well, he’s dug his own grave/made his own bed/whichever cliche you prefer.

        • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          While I don’t feel much pity for Omar since he definitely did more than his part in creating this awful situation, this is an untenable position for a F.O. to be in. This falls on ownership, in my opinion. They’ve set up a completely backwards and counterproductive set of incentives and motivations for their F.O.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

            This, and they’re far too reactive to their fan base. Which is a horrible way to run a franchise.

        • Zack

          Why do you feel bad for him? Feel bad for Johan/Beltran who are spending their prime years on the Mets.

          • bexarama

            I feel terrible for Johan. ;_;

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          I really can’t bring myself to feel bad for him. His moves have been horrific. The Jason Bay signing for one. Calling up prospects that needs time like Meija or F-Mart. The only good thing he did was trade scrubs for Johan.

          He pays what 140 million for a pretty decent lineup with no defense with a pitching rotation comprised of an ace followed by 4 number 4 starters? Good job.

    • Zack

      They brought FMart up after a month in AAA and he struggled. They have Mejia in their bullpen after 44 IP in AA on a .500 at best team, instead of developing as a SP.

      So yeah, he’ll be up after this game I’m sure. Then talk shows can claim they won like they do with Joba, then when Davis struggles they’ll blame Omar.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        While I agree that Mejia should have more time starting in the minors, I’m not totally sold that he won’t end up in the bullpen. He’s a little guy for a power pitcher (6′ 160) and guys with a slight build often wind up as relievers.

        I’ve heard some Mets fans bitching that they’re ‘ruining his future as a Starer’ ala Joba, but I think the two situations are different. Joba’s a big boy, he has a starters frame and 4 pitches. From what I’ve seen of Mejia, he’s a 2-pitch pitcher with a small build.

        • bexarama

          But you should at least keep Mejia in the minors to try to develop as a starter. The Mets appear to have a pretty decent bullpen right now. More importantly, they’re just not that good and they shouldn’t be concentrating on the bullpen because they need starting pitching much, much more.

          Add to that the story about Manuel seeing Mejia working on pitches in ST and telling him not to do that (!!!!) and I see why Mets fans would be annoyed with the treatment of Mejia.

    • Barry

      The Met’s don’t have the luxury of common sense.

    • Yankee1010

      Beyond silly. For both baseball and economic reasons. If they hold off a couple of weeks, he will not be a Super Two and his FA will be pushed back a year. The team is going nowhere, he still has trouble with lefties, and he’s been in AAA for a few weeks. Yet, nobody should expect the Mets to do the right thing. It’s this kind of thinking that has Frank Catalonotto as the cleanup hitter tonight.

      Thank God I’m not a Met fan.

  • Zack

    Reyes
    Cora
    Wright
    Catalanotto
    Francoeur
    Matthews Jr
    Barajas
    Pagan
    Maine

    That’s is an awful lineup, Christmas came early for Adam Wainwright.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Catalanotto is batting fourth?

      ::head explodes::

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      Heh. And they actually won last night.

      • vin

        Only after the Cards had TWO position players pitch!

        • bexarama

          Seriously, LaRussa had been TRYING to give them that game for like HOURS and they finally took it.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          and a pitcher play left field, and relief pitchers sent up to bat with the bases loaded and two outs when a hit would win the game twice which happened after Holliday was yanked putting the pitcher’s slot behind Pujols

          La Russa fail

    • Barry

      Pagan 8th and Mathews 6? I think Pagan is the superior hitter/everything.

    • bexarama

      the Mets will probably end up winning like 17-3 because that team makes no goddamn sense at all. And K-Rod will probably pitch the ninth with that score.

      • whozat

        Jerry Manuel knows how badly the Mets need this game, and he’s going to show his players that he won’t take any chances!

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Didn’t he say last week that he would be happy with one win in St Louis?

          • bexarama

            Omar said that to the media. That’s just ridiculous… you can think it, sure, but don’t say it. Argh!

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              Exhibit Z on why he should be fired

              • bexarama

                we’re up to like quadruple Z at this point, buddy ;)

                • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

                  Whoa–b-ref has umpires on their splits pages now

                • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

                  major, major reply fail

    • Brad Toughy

      Wainwright should get me the 6 K’s I need.

  • Will in NJ

    I need skip schumaker to score 1 run and I win my fantasy game. Think he can do it?

    • Brad Toughy

      Hitting in front of Pujols and against John Maine? I’d say the line for Schumaker runs is 1.5

  • YankeesJunkie

    This team looks like it could easily score 950 runs when Tex get going and the summer comes around.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      950 is a lot. They’ll be above 900, and I doubt anyone else in the AL will be. The Red Sox lineup looks like it’s taken a few steps back this year. The only other team I think will break 900 this year is the Phils.

      • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

        Come on, they can score 1000+ runs

        • bexarama

          1000 runs is INSANE. I’m pretty sure only one team has done that since 1950. Do I think of all the teams out there right now, this one has the best chance of getting to 1000 runs? Yes. But it would surprise me, even with this offense.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    I’m not sold on Gardner being an every day outfielder for any team, but I definitely think he’ll give us enough offense and defense to be well worth not paying market price for a “real” outfielder for at least the rest of this year. I think the yanks can easily hide a <.700 OPS that steals 30+ bases at a great % and plays great defense in this lineup.

    I'm not saying that he's the long-term solution there, but I don't necessarily think that Crawford would be either. If we continue to field dominant lineups outside of LF for the next few years, I'd have no problem waiting until Slade or somebody else comes up to take that spot.

    Of course, having Jeter/NJ/Teix/A-Rod/Cano/Jorge/Curtis/Swish right now is different from having those same guys a few years down the road, but I still think it's early to close the book on Gardner. This lineup would score runs if I was in the lineup, they can handle a year of Brett the Jet. And it will take at least that long, I think, to really know whether or not he can cut it at this level. If it turns out that he is a true 105 wRC+/+10 UZR player, then spending any money on LF would be insanely dumb.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      30? At the rate he’s going, he’ll steal 30 by the end of May.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        the rate he is going at includes his getting on base 40% of the time. I think 30 is a conservative expectation, but some people seem to assume he’ll steal 50+ and i just don’t know if he’ll get on enough. Pitchers tend to walk a lot more guys in the early season than later on, if my potentially hugely flawed perception is correct

        • Jack

          Dammit pete, you got me all curious now.

          Okay, going by 2009 splits across both leagues ( http://www.baseball-reference......=MLB#month ), and assuming my math is right:

          March/April BB/9: 3.87
          May: 3.47
          June: 3.35
          July: 3.35
          August: 3.29
          Sept/Oct: 3.49

  • Brad Toughy

    5 of the Mets 9 batters tonight are hitting under .200

    • Zack

      And 6 of their 8 position players are bench players

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Meh, it’s April. One good night and they’re over .300.

  • KyleLitke

    Gardner won’t keep up this line, but he should have a slightly higher slugging (he’ll at least catch a few doubles or triples). If he hits, say, .280/.350/.370 with 40-50 steals (heck, maybe even 60…he’s already up to 7 after only 12 games, and even when he sits he can come in to pinch run) and good defense, that’s tremendously valuable for your 9th hitter.

    Not that he’s horrific against lefties necessarily, but he could even maintain a higher average/OBP if they keep platooning him, even if the defensive hit may not be worth it in the end.

  • larryf

    And that bunt that went foul his first AB. If he ever becomes half the bunter McCarver thinks he is…..does he ever drag them or always punch them down the 3rd base side??? I love Gardner. 100 SB’s on healthy legs. How many guys have done that in Yankee history?

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Nobody, including Rickey Henderson. So, If Rickey couldn’t do it, and he got on the base ALL THE TIME, I doubt Gardner will be able to do it.

      • YankeesJunkie

        If Gardner can get 60 SB this year that would be truly impressive, but he will probably be closer to 40-50.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Nobody, and Ricky Henderson had Billy Martin as his manager in 1988, who was infamous for running like crazy.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      100 sb’s? You’re dreaming broseph.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      I would be surprised if Gardner got on base more than 140 or so times this year. That ain’t gunna lead to 100 SBs

  • bexarama

    Pavano got lit up today. I was getting freaked out/annoyed by how good he’d been.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      IPK pitched really well today, good for him.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/boxscor.....ego-padres

      He’s been striking guys out like crazy so far (17 SO/14 IP). Walks too many, but he probably always will.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        he’ll probably always have to to have any success with his stuff. I really think that in the same way that walks are very important and strikeouts aren’t that important for hitters, I think strikouts are very important but walks aren’t necessarily that important for pitchers. Having little control or command is one thing, but if you’re walking guys because you’re attacking corners and hitting them enough to rack up 10 K/9 like IPK is currently doing, you should be ok. Baserunners and extra pitches thrown don’t help, but fat strikes hurt more than balls do as a pitcher, and if your upside isn’t true dominance, then it’s worth developing yourself into a good damage-limiter.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    I can’t believe LaRussa is staring Molina.

    • whozat

      It’s like having Yadi be a shining example of Old School Toughness is more important to him than having a healthy catcher for the rest of the year.

      • bexarama

        Seriously. Look what happened to Russell Martin… these guys just get worn down. :(

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      I said the same above =)

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      He’s caught practically two games and he’s going to catch another one. The mentality behind him must be amazing.

  • bexarama

    I’ve said this before, but I want to buy John Maine some cheese fries and a milkshake and watch him eat them. I would then give him a hug. He looks scary skinny.

    • whozat

      was he ill this offseason or something?

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    baseball-reference added umpires to their splits pages. cool

  • X

    did everyone see this yet? hahhaha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W-nCmN_Ovk

    • X

      only the Mets

  • bexarama

    Ludwick is such an idiot

    Also, Frenchy does have a pretty good arm.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Frenchy = Melky with a tad more pop?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        soooo

        I just read that as

        Frenchy = Melky with a tampon?

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          good job (how come just “well done” got eaten by the spam filter?)

        • Brad Toughy

          For someone who spent so much gift card $$ on books the other day, you have very poor reading skills :P

      • whozat

        nah, I think melky has better OBP skills and a lot less raw power. And more range in the field. Like, I don’t think Frenchy is a credible CFer, and Melky is around league-average

      • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

        That would be a fair comparison, as both Frenchy and Melky have fairly identical career wOBAs:

        Frenchy: .320
        Melky: .314

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Frenchy was much better from 2005-2007, then he fell off a cliff

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Wow Cardinals.

      /Mets’d

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Not meant to be a reply.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    No, Joe, that’s not any outfielder at his best. The throw was up the line, but they got lucky because of where Ludwick happened to be. With a faster runner, that was likely a run.

    • Brad Toughy

      Jeff Francouer does have a gun though. It wasn’t that far up the line, and was right where it needed to be.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    LaRussa should kill Ludwick. This is the third baserunning fuck up he’s made in the past two nights.

    • bexarama

      Seriously, he’s clearly getting Mets disease from being near them

  • bexarama

    the Cards look BAD these last two games

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      yeesh, it gets worse

  • Dela G

    what the hell is going on, wainwright? i need your behind to deliver me a win against the mess!!

    • Eirias

      Damn straight.

  • bexarama

    The Cards look like the Mets. Wow

  • Dela G

    holy shit, wainwright just fucked up and made 3 runs score!!!

    damn you!!

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    What the hell was that?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      /Mets’d

    • bexarama

      Wainwright thought he was Scott Kazmir/Justin Verlander in the 2006 WS?

      • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

        Kazmir’s throw was just a lob that went over Morales’ head. Wainwright’s throw was a bullet that Schumaker had to duck to avoid. Verlander’s was another similar to that of Waino’s.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Sounds like good ole NL Baseball to me.

  • Eirias

    I do not appreciate this crap, Wainwright.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Speaking of Omar, wasn’t he a pretty good GM for the Expos? IIRC he was, with a small payroll of course. Maybe he wasn’t, but that’s how I remember it.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      He sent Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, and Lee Stevens to the Indians for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew. Colon made 17 starts for the Expos

      • bexarama

        I was gonna say, I think he was the one that made that TERRIBLE Colon trade

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        That was a horrible trade obviously, but there were different circumstances around that one, as they team was likely heading out and he was trying to win now.

        • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Ehh, nevermind, that was earlier than I remember.

          I was probably just giving him undeserved credit for the farm system they once had.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            He also traded Jason Bay and Jimmy Serrano for Lou Collier.

            Trying to find when he took over the Expos, and I think Minaya himself wrote his wiki page

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          That’s right, that deal was made the year before the Expos were supposed to be contracted, so as far as he was concerned there was no long term planning.

          That being said, it was still a horrible deal and Omar is mediocre at best as a GM. He’s great in press conferences, though. Hilarious stuff.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    What should be the catch phrase for the NL?

    NL baseball! Better than AAA!
    NL baseball! Just like the AL, but with less talent!
    NL baseball! Thank God for Albert!

    • bexarama

      NL baseball: We have more strategy, or something

      • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

        NL baseball: Our pitchers can try to hit!

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      NL baseball: where our genius managers bat relievers behind the best player in the game

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      NL Baseball! You never have to hear about Jason Varitek’s “game calling abilities!”

    • bexarama

      NL baseball! We might win the All-Star Game when Mariano Rivera retires!

    • ShuutoHeat

      NL: the only place where you’re safe from the Yankees during the regular season!

      • whozat

        …I mean, except for interleague play, that’s totally true.

        • ShuutoHeat

          yeah, was going to reply to myself and say “sort of”

    • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

      NL baseball! We make 20 inning games boring!

      Yeah I know, lame.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      NL Baseball! Where Jamie Moyer strikes people out!

  • Dear Santa,
    I would like midnight in some location in the USA to pass before this Mets-Cards game ends.

  • bexarama

    No, Jon Miller, facing a pitcher who hits decently for a pitcher is not like facing Ichiro

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Colby Rasmus is hitting .179 with an .807 OPS?!?!

    He just got cut in my league, I might have to pick him up.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Pujols fail?

    I don’t think I’ve ever put those two words so closely together in a sentence.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      impossible. There was probably a rule change, so whatever Albert did was actually a major FTW, as per uzhe

  • bexarama

    Is Brendan Ryan as good at short as he’s looked?

    • bexarama

      10.6 UZR at short last year so I’ll just say yeah.

  • larryf

    Too much Met stuff. Much more interesting to dream about Bret and those 100 sb’s. OK-I’ll settle for 75 :-)

    • bexarama

      http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....isb2.shtml

      Good luck to Brett but I doubt it’s happening

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I don’t want it to happen. If he’s hitting 9th, do we want him (after reaching base safely) creating outs with Jeter/NJ/Tex coming up?

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      Dude can hit .220 for all I care as long as he can keep getting in position to steal bases. He’s so much fun to watch.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        I keep wanting your name to be Ada.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    So the Mets are rushing Ike Davis to the show because, apparently, they ‘have to win now’.

    Poor Mets fans. It’s gotten to a point where I can actually express this sentiment.

    • whozat

      then…um…shouldn’t they have, like, spread the Bay money around a bit and made some smarter acquisitions this offseason?

  • Frigidevil

    Damn you devils, why is Brodeur the only one on this team that can play 60 minutes!?

  • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

    I suddenly had the blast-from-the-past urge to Wikipedia John Rocker. Dude was messed up.

    • bexarama

      He’s still my least favorite baseball player ever. Ugh.

      • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

        You and the rest of the world, pretty sure. He was an almost laughably bad person. Fitting that his last significant season ended with an ERA of 6.66, am I right?

        • bexarama

          the only time I ever out-and-out rooted for the Mets was when they were playing him. I wanted them to LIGHT HIM UP. There’s no “almost” in that laughably bad person thing.

          • Brad Toughy

            Asians and koreans and russian and indians and Mexicans! How the hell did they get here?

  • poster

    What the fuck happened to the Devils? Brodeur was on fire but somebody else has to do SOMETHING. 5 shots on two power plays? They looked like the seventh seed tonight. They need a serious turn around to win this shit.

    • poster

      5 shots on EIGHt power plays. Typo.

      • Frigidevil

        Kovalchuk needs to step it up. He looks too hung up on being a team player now that he has great players surrounding him, but sometimes he needs to be selfish and show why we got him.

        • poster

          I agree.

          They just totally shut down in the third period. Brodeur looked phenomenal, though.

  • dkidd

    visited a few red sox sites today out of curiosity. the nation is panicking

    • bexarama

      totally. It’s ridiculous. Guys, it’s been like 12 games and you’ve played good teams other than Kansas City, calm down. I saw someone ask “Did Lester’s cancer come back?” WTF is wrong with people?

      Of course I would love it if they just totally screwed up and were out of contention most of the year, but I can’t see that happening.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Hate to equate, but a lot of Yankee sites look the same when they lose 5 of 6

        • Brad Toughy

          This.

        • bexarama

          This is very true, not claiming anything different.

          • bexarama

            also, 5 of 6? Try like two in a row. Not that this Yankee team will lose two in a row ever ;)

            • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

              It’s not too bad around here with the bridge jumpers, but LoHud gets insane.

              • bexarama

                Yep. And NYYFans.

                • bexarama

                  though the difference is just that NYYFans is pretty quiet/fun when things are going well. LoHud would be panicking about something if the Yankees were on a 37-game winning streak.

    • ShuutoHeat

      But…but… teh DEFENSE AND PITCHING!!

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      They still love their Varitek though.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Dude has been their hottest hitter. They actually look forward to his at bats. That I can feel some pity for.

        • bexarama

          Pedroia is slugging .808 O_O

          JD Drew’s line so far: .139/.225/.222/.447, 20 OPS+ oh my goodness gracious. I don’t think that includes today’s game, though.

          There’s no way their offense stays that bad, though, honestly. And Lester will get better.

    • Frigidevil

      They need some more things to be happy about, like this. (safe)
      http://johnsterling.blogspot.c.....going.html

  • Sean

    Opening day Lineup 2012

    Jeter SS
    Grandy LF
    Tex 1B
    A Rod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Montero C
    Posada DH?
    Crawford/Werth/Other RF
    Gardner CF

    Rotation
    CC
    Lee
    Hughes
    AJ
    Joba

    and of course Mo in the bullpen

    Chances I’m right?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      You forgot Swisher.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I’d just put Swisher back in the Crawford/Werth spot. I don’t see both Lee and one of those two.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Let’s be honest here, Steve. We’d put Swisher anywhere.

          /unintended innuendo’d

        • Sean

          I didn’t realize Swish would still be around in 2012. As for Lee, I don’t really see the Yankees pushing for him, but he does seem to be the best arm available in free agency the next few years, unless I missed someone.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      I think Swish stays. LF I’d say Crawford. CF is Grandy and RF Swish.

      Being pessimistic on the FO I’d say Joba is stuck in the pen forever. So…here’s my rotation.

      CC
      Lee
      AJ
      Javy
      Hughes

      Javy might end up staying on a one year deal. This team looks mad expensive though. More so than now at a quick glance.

      • Lifetime of Question Marks

        I think it’s going to be hard to get both Lee and Werth/Crawford. Both Swish and C-Grand get more expensive next year. Only way it happens is if we do not resign NJ, Pettitte, and Vazquez. I think.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          True. It’s probably either Crawford or Lee. I wouldn’t mind either choice.

          Though the rotation I’d like to have which is somewhat unlikely is…

          CC
          Lee
          AJ
          Hughes
          Joba

    • pat

      Granderson?

  • Brad Toughy

    The Pirates are 7-5 despite being outscored by 22 runs. Impressively fortuitous.

    • poster

      I always liked the Pirates. I’m kind of impressed by the efans in Pittsburgh. The ballpark is pretty empty, but it’s not as empty as most shitty teams. Plus, I like Honus Wagner.

    • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

      you can thank them getting crushed a lot and getting a lot of wins via walk off

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Gary Matthew Jr is a good defense outfielder.

    Joe Morgan everyone.

    • bexarama

      but but but teh catch in 2006!!!

    • whozat

      To Joe, a good defender is anyone who’s not widely known as a good hitter and made a highlight-reel play that Joe happened to see at some point in the last few years. Anyone who doesn’t fit that bill, if he’s a veteran who’s not widely known as a good hitter, he’s a professional hitter. The same is true of anyone who used to be a good hitter, but is much, much older now. Anyone who used to be a brand-name hitter…he stays a great hitter until he retires, and then Joe talks about what a shame it is that he can’t find work (I’m sure that when Jermain Dye crosses Joe’s path as an NL pinch hitter later this season, we will hear these words.)

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....erId=28864

    So far, IPK has had 2 good starts and one bad one. But he’s striking guys out like crazy in the NL West (17 SO/14 IP). Good for him, I hope he does well out there.

    • bexarama

      I hope he does well too but so far I’d say one good start, one okay start, one bad start.

      Arizona’s bullpen is BAD

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Yeah, that 3 run start would look better if he pitched deeper into the game.

        • bexarama

          That. It’s nice to see him striking out people, but as JGS said, he’s not that efficient so far. That’s pretty much what you’d expect from him being so young, though.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      very inefficient, but not too bad. good luck to him

    • vin

      I too am pulling for him, but his “good” starts were against the Padres. His poor start was against a legitimate major league team, however. His performance in AAA would indicate that he could shut down the Pads.

  • Jim S

    Holy cow the O’s scored 8 runs today. That’s like, quadruple their to-date average. Brian Matusz and Matt Wieters are going to be demi-God’s(there’s only one MO) down here. And by down here, I mean in the DC/Bmore area.

    I do hope they get better so I can watch quality baseball during the 13 game plan I purchased at Camden Yards. That bullpen is a wreck. It belongs on the Mets.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Matusz is really really good. Helps my teams a lot.

      • Jim S

        I don’t normally put much stock into how a pitcher “looks” on the mound, but my goodness. Matusz does not look like a rookie.

    • bexarama

      Orioles’ bullpen is an embarrassment to baseball just like the Yankees and Red Sox

    • Brad Toughy

      Holy cow the O’s scored 8 runs today.

      Against Brett Anderson no less.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    The Mets have a ‘Stoner’ and the Yanks have a ‘Stoneburner’.

    I think that says everything about the two franchises.

    • Sean

      I can see it now…

      “Stoneburner blazes one down the pipe”

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Anyone else a little bummed out seeing Harden be a shell of the pitcher he used to be? Both he and Kazmir are in their 20’s and are already turning into finesse pitchers, which is kind of sad.

    I’m glad the Yanks beat both of them, but a few years ago both of them were special to watch. A few injuries later and they both look spent.

    • bexarama

      It’s always sad to see this happen to pitchers

    • Sean

      They are too afraid to throw strikes because of their lack of velocity. Its a shame, but it seems like these days pitchers are afraid to throw anything in the zone, but you cant blame them against a team like the Yankees who can crush anything in the strike zone.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Believe it or not Joe, 60 percent of the time Albert Pujols will fail.

    • Sean

      I’d be interested to see how the Yanks would play against the Cards in the world series. Keeping Puljos on a lease would be a difficult task, especially in the new stadium.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        And the Carpenter-Wainwright duo is a tough match. It would be interesting that’s for sure and I though they’d end up in the World Series.

        Bad luck in a short series can do a lot. I’m looking at you Matt “Dropping Routine Ball” Holliday.

        • bexarama

          Yeah, I thought they were going to the Series last year. Their team seems pretty top-heavy in talent but when you have two aces at the top of your rotation, that will usually get you by in a short series. Just didn’t work out that way though.

      • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

        just intentionally walk him, and be done with it

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Holliday might do something though.

          • bexarama

            that’s okay because LaRussa would have taken him out of the game in the sixth to put Brad Penny there for some reason

      • Hughesus Christo

        The Cardinals have 2.5 credible hitters, 2 starters, and a WACK bullpen. The NL teams I worry about are the Phillies and Giants.

        Phillies because they’re AL-caliber and have Doc
        Giants because anything is possible with Tim-Cain-Zito-Tim-Sanchez-Cain-Tim.

        • bexarama

          Giants don’t scare me. If the Cards have 2.5 credible hitters, what do THEY have? Guys like Renteria are off to a fast start but they will cool down. The Cards’ rotation is equally scary in a short series, though I think the Cards’ bullpen is worse. In the NL West the Rockies and Dodgers scare me more (though the latter really needs to get their bullpen together).

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    YES!!!!! I needed that home run. The run Holliday scores is the deciding run for one of my leagues.

    I was so hoping home run and it happened.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Damn, Rasmus unloaded on that shit.

  • Hangoverologist

    The Mets are idiots for rushing Ike Davis. They might be lucky if he ends up like Wright did when he was called up after 112 ABs at AAA.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      The Mets are idiots…

      In other news tomorrow is April 19.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      The Mets are idiots. for rushing Ike Davis. They might be lucky if he ends up like Wright did when he was called up after 112 ABs at AAA.

      FTFY

  • Sean

    How many of the Yanks AAA players would start on the Mets?

    I can think of Igawa and Miranda off the top of my head.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That might be silly enough to rush Montero, too. Nova might be able to crack the rotation as well.

      • Hangoverologist

        Jason Hirsh would crack the rotation as the number two starter.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Jesus would definitely start. He’s latino, young and not ready. Fits them perfectly. Though a not ready Jesus is still probably than Rod Barajas.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        But Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts told me that Barjas and Blanco were “professionals” and the Mets didn’t really need any help at catcher!

      • bexarama

        He’s also a catcher

    • poster

      Montero.

    • pat

      Miranda
      Montero
      Igawa
      Novs
      Albie
      Melancon

      • Sean

        We should trade them all (minus Montero) for their draft pick in 2011, 2nd-3rd overall pick sounds nice to me.

        • pat

          OO man, the Yanks with the 2nd overall pick would be NArsty.

    • Sean

      Albie and Melancon would be a lock too

  • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

    I predict Gardner steals 60+ bases

    • WIlliam

      I concur.

    • Sean

      I agree, if he hits the ball the other way every time he gets to bat he could have a .400 avg

  • bexarama

    I just realized Matusz has both of Baltimore’s wins haha

    Also, I was reading the game thread and people with irrational NJ hatred are really silly.

  • Joe West’s Sense of Self Importance

    Pop quiz: right now, who has the better record? The Mets or the Red Sox?

    • Sean

      Mets?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      The Pirates. Think it will last?

      • bexarama

        Nats as well, no?

        The thing is when the Nats win this year, it seems pretty low-key. But then when they lose, they lose huge and embarrassingly.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          hence the -17 differential despite the .500 record. Still, Livan Hernandez threw a 4-hit shutout last night

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            much more accurately:

            hence the .500 record despite the -17 differential

    • bexarama

      are they tied?

      • Sean

        Mets 4-7

        BoSux 4-8 (1-5 @ home)

        • bexarama

          now they’re tied I think.

  • Brad Toughy

    Just one more strikeout Wainwright!

    • bexarama

      there ya go :)

      • Brad Toughy

        Now he’s just showing off ;)

  • Jim S

    “A pitcher hitting .242 is like a regular hitter hitting .300″

    So at first glance I wanted to laugh at Joe, and rejoiced when Orel seemed to mock him a little bit, but then I wondered, relatively speaking, if he’s actually right. And then I realized it’s late on a Sunday and the weekend’s over, and I really don’t want to do research.

    So I’m going back to laughing at him. It’s better this way.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      Adam Dunn hitting .242 could be very much like Juan Pierre hitting .300, only better.

      • Jim S

        Right, I was trying to give him as much credit as possible, and just think about avg, without any context or other(more relevant) stats.

        Simply, if you rank pitchers 1-180(whatever the number is), what rank would a .242 avg give you? And then do the same with batters, look up that rank, and check if the average is around .300

        I probably could have done the research in the time it took me to try to explain that.

        • bexarama

          you mean .242 avg. against? No one had that last year but here are guys that were close:
          JA Happ (.241)
          Jarrod Washburn (.244)
          Justin Verlander (.244)

          Honestly… it doesn’t really tell you much, I guess. Verlander was clearly elite. Happ got lucky with BABIP. Washburn had an amazing defense behind him in Seattle that helped him get lucky.

          • bexarama

            oh wait that probably wasn’t what you were looking for were you? You were probably looking for pitchers and their BAs.

        • whozat

          It’s all position-relative, so…yeah, a pitcher who hits like a backup middle infielder is actually a lot better than what most NL teams are getting out of the pitcher’s spot. There have been a couple articles I’ve seen that have talked about this, usually talking about Micah Owings (as he is a recent example of a pitcher who’s actually an OK hitter). On Fangraphs, or maybe baseball-analysts.com, I think.

        • Jack

          http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/nDY2T

          Last year, there were nine pitchers (Min. 10 PA) who hit better than .242.

          • bexarama

            oh, that’s what Andy Sonnanstine is good for

  • pat

    Umm pretty fucking wild this volcano business.

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

    I got 5 quality starts in fantasy day. I really needed a day like this.

  • Sean

    Early season stats

    Yankees have the best home record (5-1)
    Rays have the best road record (6-0)
    Boston has a worse record than the Mets, Pirates, Nats, and KC

    Also, a Astro win combined with a Boston loss makes them equal

    I like this season so far

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      In all fairness, at this point last year the Marlins were the best team in baseball (Blue Jays in the AL) and the Mets had a better record than the Yankees, Sox, and Phillies

      • Sean

        I just enjoy seeing Boston suffer

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Same. They usually start off decently and then fall apart after the ASB. Hopefully it’s start of slow and falling even more after the ASB.

          I think it’s the Sox’s turn to be out of the playoffs.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    At least I know 2004 isn’t the only playoff series they constantly mention.

    • bexarama

      they seem determined to make fans of one team watching the game completely miserable. Yankee fans in Yankee games with the constant 2004 mentions/video clips. Mets fans in Mets games with the constant 2006 mentions/video clips.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        There needs to be a certain 2003 ALCS moment said some more.

        • Hangoverologist

          Teh walk-off!!

          • Hangoverologist

            In all seriousness, every time the Yanks play Boston at home and they are trailing, the 2003 ALCS has to be mentioned at least one million times.

            • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

              I would also like seeing replays of future closer Daniel Bard blowing it with back to back homers by Damon and Teix. My fave 2009 regular season moment right there.

              • bexarama

                nah ESPN just mentions how Bard throws 100 MPH over and over

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      This is Wainwright’s first game against the Mets since then. It was inevitable

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        It’s funny. There’s Yadier Molina who if you remember in the 2006 NLCS where Adam Wainwright threw a beautiful curveball to Carlos Beltran to strike him out was a key offensive player in that series.

        Like seriously?

        • bexarama

          I thought the same thing. Heh

  • pat

    I know it’s only 10 games , but I’m so torn up about Ajax current .311/.367/.444. I love me some Grandy, but I feel like I’ve been following Ajax since he was a baby. I’m glad he’s doing well, but can’t help feel a twinge of regret that he’s gone.

    • Sean

      We will have to see where he is at around June, he could be back in AAA for all we know.

      • pat

        Yea, yea I know. I was honestly expecting him to come out of the gate a little overwhelmed. Good for him.

    • Reggie C.

      I applaud Jackson for starting the season in a strong fashion. I too remember following Jackson’s debut in Charleston, and name-dropping him into conversations us fans always have concerning future Yankees lineups.

      Grandy’s acquisition immediately improved the ball club’s offense, OF defense. Perhaps Jackson’s ridiculously fortuitous BaBIP made it difficult for Cashman’s cadre to project how Jackson would fare in big league role in 2010, and that could’ve helped push the trade through. Who knows…

  • Dela G

    that last curveball wainwright threw outside to wright reminded me of 2006

  • Hangoverologist

    Lol, Wainwright has a hit. A double, of all hits.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I’d seriously die of laughter if this game went to extras again.

    • Sean

      I think it might…

      • Beef Hammerdong
        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          TCWA.

  • Beef Hammerdong

    What’s with the fucking Lew Alcindor goggles?!

  • bexarama

    the worst thing in the world might be Miller pronouncing foreign names

    • Hangoverologist

      He adds an accent to everything. It’s quite annoying.

  • Dela G

    wowowowowowwoowowowow

    ballgame over

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Well that’s ballgame probably. No extras. Oh well.

    • bexarama

      eh, Ryan Franklin still has to pitch

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

        I assume it’ll be Wainwright since he batted for himself this inning.

        • Brad Toughy

          And Franklin’s pitched the last 2 days and 3 of the last 4

          • bexarama

            Good point. I just went save situation! in my head.

  • Beef Hammerdong

    /chokarashi’d

  • bexarama

    Redemption for Ludwick? Hmm

  • Dela G

    manuel should’ve left pedro to do pitch, he too could’ve easily given up a HR

  • Hangoverologist

    Ludwick’s redeemed himself for his shitpoor baserunning. I would have laughed if he somehow missed first base.

    • Poopy Pants

      shitpoor – best word ever

  • bexarama

    what’s Waino’s pitch count? Also, he’s pretty

    • Hangoverologist

      He’s up to 103 or 104. Is he AP pretty bex?

      • bexarama

        no one’s that pretty ;)

        • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

          For one of my classes last week, I had to do a presentation on being a female sports fan. I wound up focusing a lot on balancing being a “female” and being a “legitimate fan.” You balance excellently, bexy. kudos.

          • bexarama

            aw. Hat tip.

            I feel kinda bad going on about Pettitte/other players, honestly. Like, I feel like I just come off as shallow. But I really love baseball. It’s awesome. Take yesterday’s games. A no-hitter, a completely ridiculous 20-inning game… baseball is awesome. It would still be if everyone looked like Youkilis and Lackey. And to a large extent, I really love all the stats and minutiae involved in the sport.

            Shallow alert: The cute guys don’t hurt though ;)

            • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

              No, but that’s one of the things that makes you awesome! Like, I see so many girls who are super defensive about looking at the players, because they’re all like, “I watch the game! I don’t watch the players!” But in most cases that’s simply not true. We’re not blind … we do watch the players. But that doesn’t mean we’re not super serious baseball fans who love the game and are extremely knowledgeable about it.
              The defensiveness is one of my pet peeves with a lot of girls who are serious sports fans. So fangirl away, my dear. It’s refreshing. And makes me feel less self-conscious about my own fangirling. :)

            • pat

              Bex you can SABR it up with the best of em, when you gush about your crushes and whatnot it is endearing. You don’t come off as shallow at all.

          • bexarama

            I should also add that from what I’ve seen you balance very well too. And I like your blog. :)

            • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

              Thanks! It’s a fun little thing to keep up… gives me some non-academic writing time.

  • Alex S

    this cg performance by Wainwright just sunk mt fantasy ship. He had 2 huge starts and now I’m set to lose this week by about 3 points. and Pujols didn’t help by going 0-5. FML

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      I feel for you. My team was sucking today too.

      • Alex S

        I’m 0-2 to start the season and I probably have the best overall team. My hitters have been crushing the ball but my pitchers have thrown nothing but clunkers. Gallardo, JJ, Cain, Floyd, Scherzer did not perform well this week

  • Dela G

    thank you wainwright for the complete game

    my fantasy team appreciates you

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Mutts lose again. Here’s a tip Omar, pitching wins games.

    • bexarama

      I dunno, they got pretty good pitching these past few games. Their hitting is worse right now. Wright and Bay were terrible this series, Francoeur is starting to cool down, and I don’t think Reyes is doing much.

      • Reggie C.

        Bay looks as alive as JD Drew right now. I had thought Bay’s debut would go alot smoother than it has. My mistake as he’s killed one of my fantasy teams.

        • bexarama

          this, especially considering how he carried the Sox early on last season. He MURDERED the Yankees during the 0-8.

          Sorry about your fantasy team.

    • Reggie C.

      With the 7th pick in the 2010 draft, Minaya has to pick the best starter available to the club. I’ve been told that the Wilpons abhor going over-slot with any 1st rounder, but if the club wants to retain its fan base, it needs to select and sign impact talent.

      Continual 5 inning efforts from starters will assure the Mets a 4th place finish in its division. I’m not a Mets fan, but I feel sorry for that team.

      • whozat

        And that drafted player won’t help the Mets for two years at minimum.

        They need to draft the best player that’s there, damn the money, and go into a full rebuild.

  • yankees=warriors

    Love the movie reference, Run Lola Run is one of my favorite movies!

    • pat

      I’m betting Gump.

  • Tom Zig

    Umm holy epic ending to Spartacus. I really hope for another season.