Yanks walk their way to first win of the season

Game 2 Spillover Thread 2
The 2010 RAB Pledge Drive reminder

With two days for the Opening Night loss to fester, the Yankees and their fans were champing at the bit for Tuesday’s matchup. The Yanks and Red Sox played one of those good old fashioned back-and-forth affairs, and it was a typical game between the two rivals: drawn out and mentally draining. Both teams had plenty of chances to blow the game open, but it wasn’t until one batter simply refused to make an on out that the decisive run was scored.

Photo Credit: Charles Krupa, AP

Biggest Hit: Nick Johnson‘s bases loaded walk

The biggest hit of the game wasn’t even a hit, it was a wimpy little walk. Nick Johnson – a.k.a. The OBP Jesus – stepped to the plate in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and two outs, sporting a .444 OBP on the young season but zero hits. He drew a pair of walks in five plate appearances on Sunday, then drew another walk and was hit by a pitch in his first four plate appearances on Tuesday. Hideki Okajima was already 27 pitches into his night when Johnson  dug in, so fatigue was starting to come into the picture.

After three straight balls, NJ took a called strike before Okajima missed inside with a pitch, putting Johnson on base for the fifth time of the season and simultaneously walking in the go ahead run. It was the biggest WPA swing of the game, and he didn’t even bother to take the bat off of his shoulders. Nick’s cool like that.

Biggest Out: Marco Scutaro’s double play

In terms of WPA, the four biggest outs record by Yankee pitchers were all three outs in the 8th inning and the first out in the 9th inning. I’m going to go back a little bit earlier for what I think was the biggest out of the game, Marco Scutaro’s inning ending double play in the 4th. The Yankees trailed 3-1 at the time, and the Red Sox were poised to tack on some more runs after Adrian Beltre singled (again) and Mike Cameron took a breaking ball to the ribs.

A.J. Burnett had been in battle mode all night, pitching out of the stretch for what seemed like the entire game. He painted the outside black for strike one to the former A’s utility man, then overthrew a fastball that was too high for a ball. His third pitch, a 95 mph two seamer down and in, tied Scutaro up, resulting in a harmless groundball to short that turned into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play. If Scutaro reaches base and turns the lineup over with less than two outs, things could have gotten out of hand quickly.

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Pulling the starter an inning early

Second guessing calls to the bullpen comes with the territory of baseball blogging, and we saw a prime example of this Sunday night when CC Sabathia was left in even after he was visibly fatigued. Joe Girardi didn’t make the same mistake tonight, lifting Burnett after five innings and 94 pitches, but more importantly, before he had a chance to work himself into trouble in the 6th.

Burnett’s performance was okay – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – servicable, but nothing to write home about. He didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning all night, and he let the leadoff hitter reach base in the first four frames. Just two of those leadoff hitters came around to score, but starting 80% of your innings off with a baserunner isn’t exactly a recipe for success. Burnett finished strong by striking out both Kevin Youkilis and The Corpse of David Ortiz swinging, but given his generally shakiness, it was time to get him out of there.

The old saying is that it’s better to get rid of a player a year early than a year late, and that same concept applies to this game. Bravo to Girardi for getting Burnett out of there before he made another mess, one he may not have been able to wiggle out of.

Bullpen shenanigans

Once Burnett was out of the game, Girardi turned to old reliable, Al Aceves. The Mexican Gangster tossed up two perfect innings on just 23 pitches, but once the almighty 8th inning came around, Girardi went back into micromanaging mode. The same cast of characters that let the game get away on Sunday night were right back in there on Tuesday, though they escaped the inning unscathed after Joba Chamberlain struck out a pair and pumped his fists like drunken pledges on initiation night. It worked for this game, but the constant mixing and matching is painful to watch. The more relievers you use, the more likely it is that you’ll find someone having a bad night.

Things That Made Me Smile

Photo Credit: Charles Krupa, AP

Nick Johnson gets all the attention for his plate discipline skills, but the other Nick put on an absolute clinic tonight. Swisher’s first at-bat came with runners at first and second and one out, and he served a 94 mph fastball on the outer half into the rightfield corner for a game tying double. His plate appearance in the 4th lasted five pitches and ended when he took a curveball off his back foot. Leading off the 6th against Manny Delcarmen, Swisher took the first three pitches for a 2-1 count, then fouled a pitch off and took another off the plate to work it full. Two more foul balls later, he roped a double off the wall. In his final turn at the plate. Swish fouled off four 0-2 pitches and seven total (seven!) in an 11 pitch at-bat. The Yankees’ 7th place hitter saw 30 pitches by himself on Tuesday, seven more than anyone else on the field.

Considering how much attention his defense received after Sunday’s game, I suspect we won’t hear a damn thing about Jorge Posada‘s fine work behind the plate tonight. He blocked several curveballs in the dirt with guys on base, and even called for a 3-2 curve with a runner on third, knowing if it got away from him it would cost the team a run. Yeah, he threw the ball into center on Jacoby Ellsbury first inning stolen base, but he shouldn’t have been on base in the first place. He was though, and that’s because…

The Marcus Thames Experiment got off to an inauspicious start when he misread a fly ball that led to a run in the first, and then he later compounded the damage by striking out looking to end the fourth. Needless to say, I was glad to see Girardi give him the quick hook and pinch hit Brett Gardner in the 6th inning. Although they didn’t score in the inning, it was the right move. Thames has a very limited skill set, so getting a more useful player into the game once Jon Lester was out of there increased the team’s chances of winning.

Faced the challenge of hitting in the fifth spot on the lineup, Robbie Cano continues to smoke the ball. He singled in the 2nd, walked to lead off the 4th, drove in a run with a sac fly in the 5th, and pushed a big insurance run across the plate with a solo jack in the 9th. Cano’s hitting a cool .500 on the young season.

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Joba Chamberlain’s fist pump. I still think he should be a starter, but man, those are always fun. Two batters faced, two swinging strikeouts. It was good to see someone slam the door in a sticky situation after Sunday’s debacle.

Annoying Moments

Even though they won, the Yankees squandered more than their fair share of opportunities. They leadoff man reached base in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, yet they only scored runs in two of those innings. As a team, they went just 3-for-14 with men in scoring position, though that doesn’t include NJ’s bases loaded free pass. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson went a combined 0-for-8 in those spots. That’s three guys in the span of four lineup spots leaving ducks on the pond.

It’s probably just a small sample size thing, but damn, Jeter’s hitting a ton of grounders to short so far. He had three of them in the first game (one got through for a hit), and then three more this game. The Captain’s calling card is serving the ball into right, but he has yet to put a ball in play to that field in this young season, instead hitting everything back up the middle, shaded towards the shortstop.

Damaso Marte throwing over to with Kevin Youkilis on first. The guy has 19 career steals in close to 700 games. How necessary was that? If that wasn’t bad enough, he threw a sinker and Tex couldn’t handle it, putting the tying run on second with no outs late in the game.

Next Up

These two teams are back at it tomorrow night for the final game of the series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm ET. That one will be on YES and ESPN2.

WPA Graph

Who doesn’t love these things? You can check out the individual player breakdowns at FanGraphs’ box score.

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Game 2 Spillover Thread 2
The 2010 RAB Pledge Drive reminder
  • pat

    The pitch f/x graph for Johnson’s walk is a bit, ummmm interesting.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=3

    • WIlliam

      Shun the non-believers! Shunnnnnnnn!

    • vin

      If Nick doesn’t swing, then it’s not a strike.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        /Nixon’d

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

    We’re only two seasons into Girardi’s tenure as manager, but haven’t we gone through these issues with him and his overmanaging of the bullpen before? It seems like we often complain about his in-game bullpen management, but by the end of the season we’re all marveling at how well he managed the bullpen, found everyone an appropriate amount of work, and put everyone into the right roles over the course of the season.

    All of which is to say… Maybe we need to cool it with microcriticizing, if you will, his micromanagement?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

      Bingo.

    • poster

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with saying you disagree with a move he made so long as you act rational about it and explain your views with logic.

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

        Oh obviously I have no problem with people saying they disagree with one of his moves or anything like that, but I think it’s also important that we watch what’s happening out there and learn and adapt along the way. I’ve had issues with Girardi’s bullpen management in the past, but after a couple of seasons I realized that at the end of the year I tend to be of the opinion that the bullpen looks great, that Girardi did a good job figuring out everyone’s roles, and that he got good results out of the guys he had to work with. All I’m saying is… It seems like many fans agree with the long-term results but still complain about many of the individual moves, and I think we should probably keep the long-term goals in mind and have some faith (not blind faith, faith that has been earned) that the man has a decent idea about what he’s doing with the bullpen over the course of a 162 game season.

        If someone has a gripe and can rationally explain why that gripe is valid, more power to them. But if their very reasoning about the individual moves is undercut by the record of long-term success, I think that has to be taken into account and affects the persuasiveness/validity of the complaints.

        • WIlliam

          This.

        • poster

          Okay, I agree. In other words, think criticisms out more throughly.

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

            Totally. I’m not saying ‘don’t criticize.’ I’m questioning the reasoning underpinning the criticism.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        Agreed. That being said, we may still be incorrect in disagreeing with those moves, because our disagreements are generally rooted in the urgency/preoccupation with that particular game/moment, when Girardi’s decisionmaking process is only partially about that game and partially about the balance of the season.

        We’re justified in our logical criticisms if they’re logical, but they may still be incorrect and ultimately worthless overcriticism because we’re prone to not looking at a big enough picture.

        • poster

          Right, see above post.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            Seen and appreciated.

            Also, you’re kinda new here still, but I wanted to say you’re a quality addition to the blog, IMO. We don’t always agree, but you’ve always seemed willing to engage in discussion like an intelligent grownup, defending your positions and teaching others or learning from others as appropriate.

            That’s awesome. Welcome aboard.

            • poster

              I followed the blog a lot but didn’t post, so I know how things are run, and some more well-known memes and users (for example, you and THCM).

              Completely serious here, don’t expect me to post a lot. Personal work reasons. But when I do post I promise to try and contribute to the discussion.

              Okay, except once. Confession time: I was the Oofy “wackjob” on April Fool’s Day. My idea of a joke. I was banned vbriefly, then allowed back in. IUt started off funny, then got a tad carried away. Er, sorry.

              I feel privileged and honored that Andy bears my name and the name of Pilot Officer Oofy Still, however.

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

                (blushes)

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

                  “I feel privileged and honored that Andy bears my name and the name of Pilot Officer Oofy Still, however.”

                  :: blushes too ::

                  (Thinks for a minute)

                  Why, you little SNEAK… ;-)

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                Ha. I thought it was fun, if a bit much. (But considering my antics, I’m certainly not one to judge.)

                • poster

                  I wasn’t joking. The man is real, unbelievable as it seems. Look him up if you don’t believe me. If you do believe me…well, good.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  I believe that you assume I’m too lazy to actually look him up, regardless of his status as a real person.

                  And that’s good enough trust for me.

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

          Yeah totally… I think this is what I was saying above (obviously posted at the same time you posted this, so you weren’t reacting to my second comment/clarification).

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            (group hug)

            BRO-BOT… I AM A BRO-BOT…

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

      Yes please.

      You’d think people would be understand the method to his madness by now.

    • Salty Buggah

      This. All this. If I could retweet this on Twitter, I would.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Mondesi with the truthbomb.

      I had no problem with Girardi’s bullpen decisions tonight.

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

        “I had no problem with Girardi’s bullpen decisions tonight.”

        I agree, I was actually a little surprised by the outcry about the ‘pen management tonight. I’m supposed to get upset when he lifts Aceves after 2 innings for Robertson, then brings Marte into a close game in Fenway in the 8th with a man on base to face David Ortiz, and then lets Joba finish off the righties before going to Mo for the ninth? I really can’t get worked up at all about any of that, I don’t really see what the problem was tonight.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          Especially when it’s the second freaking game of the season, and he’s trying to bust everyone’s cherry.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Yeah, I was very nervous about Joba but overall, no complaints here.

        Girardi may micromanage but he gets results. I’d say tactically, he’s one of the better bullpen managers in the game today. You know what? Even with a few perplexing tactical decisions, he’s still easily one of the best managers in the game. I’d much rather have a guy with an appreciation of matchups than some guy that operates on “gut” and an unwarranted love for “their guys.”

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          “I’d much rather have a guy with an appreciation of matchups and for advance scouting information crystallized and validated by detailed statistical research, even if that validation comes in the form of a binder than some guy that operates on “gut” and an unwarranted love for “their guys.”

          Restated and embellished for emphasis.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Much better.

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

          Yup, I agree with all of this. Do I always agree with every single move? No, of course not. But there’s clearly a well-thought out method to his madness and he clearly has his eye on the big picture, which is what I want out of a manager.

    • bexarama

      I was only kind of annoyed that for the second game in a row, Girardi seemed to make his decisions based on David Ortiz, who is no longer what he once was (understatement!!!!). Especially considering that, SSS alert, Robertson actually does better against lefties than righties (.608 OPS vs. .753 OPS).

      But to be fair, Marte is the LOOGY. He’s supposed to get the lefties.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        Yeah, I bet it was more about getting Marte back on the hill with a good chance for positive results on a big stage than about being worried about the corpse of David “Hey Guys You Know Me” Ortiz.

        Just my hunch.

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

        Right… Yeah, Robertson can handle lefties, but Ortiz hits lefties better than he hits righties, and you’ve got Marte out there for just that situation. Of all the moves to question, I just don’t see how that’s a bad one.

        And, like TSJC said, why not let Marte get some success against a declining Ortiz.

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

          PS: I freaking guarantee that if Girardi had left Robertson in and Ortiz had gone yard everyone and their mother (and definitely your mother) would have been screaming about Girardi not going to Marte in that situation.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

          • bexarama

            my mom went to sleep when it was 3-1 because she was “too depressed”

            Good points though, Mondesi and tsjc.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

              Did you see my comment about your mom in the gamethread?

              http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-826829

              • bexarama

                I did. And I laughed.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

                  BAILIFF! VALIUM!

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

                Ha… I didn’t see that when you posted it, but it’s an awesome call. I think Bex needs to link that to her RAB name.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              You realize that even if she isn’t actually so, the way your mother is portrayed is completely eat-my-feces-and-dress-myself-in-deer-entrails INSANE, right?

              Or, in simpler terms, the women I take home.

              I’m sensing there could be some magic.

              • bexarama

                hahahhaha. She’s definitely not.

                She is just a crazy Yankee lady who’s really irrational about the Yankees and puts too much into pitcher W-L records. Hey, at least she’s never been stupid about A-Rod.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

                JMK, I picture the ladies in your life as the various women that Prince Akeem and Semmi met in that Queens bar.

                My name is Peaches/
                And I’m the best/
                All the other DJs/
                Want to feel my breasts/
                Ppp-ppp-eh-oh-uh-eh-oh-uh-eh-oh-uh

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

                  This is the only one of those women that I picture as a JMK lady:

                  http://www.aolcdn.com/photogal.....091908.jpg (safe)

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  You boys would not believe the crazy shit I did in Thailand. I won’t elaborate.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

                  Shoot, I’m almost single… my husband’s on Death Row!

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

          Little late with this fix, but:

          “… Ortiz hits lefties righties better than he hits righties lefties…”

  • WIlliam

    The Robertson micromanagement and the Marte pickoff attempt were quite frankly painful to watch, but in the end we won, and that, along with no one getting hurt, is all that matters.

  • bexarama

    Good writeup. That bottom of the eighth gave me a heart attack, but we won and like WIlliam says, that’s all that matters.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....-different

    ESPN New York, ladies and gentlemen!!!

    • WIlliam

      The Yankees first ever in team romantic controversy. A turbulent past to a torrent love affair.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      The only good thing about that page you linked to:

      Follow Wally on Twitter:

      No, “Wally”, I’m not going to follow you on Twitter, but I am going to call you “Wally” and not “Wallace” for the rest of your life. And I’m going to laugh, because “Wally” is a dumb name.

      Which is fitting, really.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        You made the Szczerbiak sad.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          I will now always think of Chevy Chase’s Vacation whenever I see/read something from Wally Matthews III.

          • BigBlueAL

            Meet Wally Sparks. Helluva movie.

    • bexarama

      I also found a “blog entry” that has a comma splice and says Andy Pettitte is 39 years old. I could seriously do a better job for ESPN New York than the people they hired.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        They should hire you exclusively as their FJM baseball ombudsman. We’d miss your contributions, Bex, but it would be for the greater good.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          I want your ESPN headshot to be a full body shot, though.

          In a Yankee bikini.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            I’m honored you’d say that to me, Tommie.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

              JMK, you have sharp knees.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                Khaaaaaaaan!

  • Salty Buggah

    For one game, Nick Johnson made people forget about Matsui (well, somewhat). This lineup is beyond awesome. Is there any single AB you would miss? In some years, one could skip a Melky AB (thought not me, I was a Melky fan, just not as big as Drew) or even a Cano AB. Now it’s nearly impossible because everyone’s ABs are so enticing.

    • bexarama

      not very bold prediction: dalelama will not show up here tomorrow.

      • bexarama

        or he will but he’ll be complaining about how NJ doesn’t have a hit

        • dalelama

          Hi bexy the dal e here…lol….

      • dalelama

        We may disagree on occasion but I man up………..

        • bexarama

          props if you’re here to say NJ did a good job and not complain about how Matsui would have hit a grand slam or something.

          • Dalelama

            Considering that pitch tracker showed that NJ should have been called out on strikes I will give him props for being very fortunate.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      “For one game, Nick Johnson made people forget about Matsui Damon (well, somewhat).”

      Fixed.

      /stayingonmessage’d

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, I know. I was going to say Damon but looking at several tweets (I know, bad reason), people were comparing Matsui and Johnson so I compared them two.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          We’ll fight their ignorance with our persistence.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            Or, we’ll just stab them. Whatever’s quicker.

            • poster

              Nukes, my man. More effective than stabbing and capable of taking out large amounts of people at one time.

              How do you think lohud’s still running? The answer: nukes. Except they just nuked all the good posters. Survivors fled here.

              It’s time to fight back. In the name of Pilot Officer Oofy Still, WE! MUST! FIIIGHT!

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

                Oh, sure, we could fight them with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.

                • poster

                  The answer: Joba farting.

                  BOOOOOM, your mind is blown.

            • Salty Buggah

              Next time I see such comments, I’ll try to keep both of those things in mind.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Surprised there wasn’t mention of the umpiring tonight.

    • Salty Buggah

      I guess the standards for Angel Hernandez are so low that everything that happened today isn’t worth bringing up. The couple of plays at 1B maybe, but that’s all, no?

    • pat

      Peep that link I posted above. According to pitch f/x 4 out of Oki’s 5 pitches to Johnson were in the strikezone.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Yeah, I saw that. Even though we’re thrilled that NJ walked and that was the turning point, I’d rather they’d gotten the call right.

        Yes, we had a lot of questionable balls and strikes calls go against us, and some would argue that things even out, but I don’t think that should make a lick of difference.

        MLB should do all they can to get the calls correct. And that didn’t happen.

        It’s unfortunate and correctable.

        • poster

          I agree, though I would point out that if some of the bad calls from earlier went OUR way we may not have needed a go-ahead eighth inning Nick Johnson walk in the first place. We could’ve just, you know, been winning.

          Not that what you said isn’t true. Just clarifying that it DOES go both ways.

  • Beamish

    I like it better when Mo takes the bases loaded walk to “bat in” the winning run.

    I could do with fewer fist pumps from Joba though. We get it, you are excited. Stop acting like a child.

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

      Come on man. What did you say when Lester jumped off the mound cursing and yelling(I forget what inning it was)? He’s not acting like a child. He’s not showing up the opponent. He’s acting like he’s got a gallon of adrenaline pumping through his veins.

    • PaulF

      If he saves it for games against Boston after protecting a 1-run lead with a runner in scoring position with a strikeout, then I’m fine with it. That was a pretty perfect place for a fist-pump-and-spin. When he does it against the Orioles (which he probably will) then I’ll agree with you

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

        Again, imo, it comes back to adrenaline. If he’s in the game and views an AB as a big situation, he’s going to have that rush. He’s going to have that big exhale of emotions. No matter what team he’s going against, if he’s hyped, he’s going to have that rush of adrenaline.

        It’s only natural. Some guys can contain it. Some guys never experience it. If you’re okay with it when CC screams into his glove after a big K, you should be okay with it when Joba does it in a big spot.

        Now, a big spot in Joba’s eyes may not be a big spot in your eyes. You’re viewing the game from the outside, he’s in it. So, if he gets that surge of emotions against the O’s, M’s or A’s, so be it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          If you’re okay with it when CC screams into his glove after a big K, you should be okay with it when Joba does it in a big spot.

          Restated for emphasis.

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

            I hate even getting involved in this conversation, because I don’t think it’s a big deal… But I disagree. I really don’t think this is important enough to talk about, so I’ll bow out of this conversation after posting this comment, but I think Joba looks like a punk when he carries on the way he does, and I think it’s different than CC yelling into his glove as he walks to the dugout. And I’m not even going to get into why, other than to say that this is a totally subjective matter, and I think that the fact that a pretty large portion of the fanbase thinks it’s lame is evidence enough when dealing with such a subjective matter.

            That’s it… Hit and run style from me on this topic.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

              Fair enough, you’re entitled to your opinion.

              Fatty.

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

                Good lord, between you and Rose I’m not sure if I can handle the abuse. I’m a fatty, I’m bi-polar… It’s tough being an RAB commenter sometimes. lol

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              It seems a bit childish but for what it’s worth, I always enjoyed the “personality” aspect of MLB. The showmanship, if you will.

              I do the fist pump at work when I successfully send a fax. Ripe avocados in March at the grocery store? Double fist pump.

              In fairness, if I were a fan of another team, I’d completely loathe Joba. I’d think he were an overly-excitable dickbag whose emotions often work against him.

              I’d probably also hate to be a coworker of myself, too.

    • mbonzo

      When I play sports and the game is on the line and I do something to keep the team in it I usually get pretty excited. Sometimes without thinking about it I’ll yell, jump, and sometimes even fist pump. We’ve seen Mariano, Posada, and Jeter get excited too. Its something that happens in the moment when your head is in the game and all you’re thinking about is winning.

      If Joba did what he was supposed to do then he is entitled to show as much emotion as he wants. He said it best when talking about Aubrey Huff’s fist pump, “He did what he was supposed to do with the pitch — he hit a home run,” Chamberlain said. “If he wants to do a back flip, he can do a back flip. It really doesn’t bother me.”

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Edwar alert in the Mariner’s game.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’m not sure that Edwar is someone who warrants an off-topic alert.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        YOU’RE EXCITED?!?!??! FEEL THESE NIPPLES!!!!!!!!

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Maybe not, but this is: Word around Seattle is he’s now up to 95 lbs. Should do wonders for his fastball.

        (Maybe? No?)

    • bexarama

      Dallas Braden had 10 Ks o_O

      Hey, Edwar gets the win! (Kanekoa Texeira with the loss.)

      • Meat Loaf

        I will be amazed if Tex Jr. doesn’t come back to us / at least get offered.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

    Biggest Hit: Nick Johnson’s bases loaded walk
    The biggest hit of the game wasn’t even a hit, it was a wimpy little walk. Nick Johnson – a.k.a. The OBP Jesus Larry Craig’s Wide Stance – stepped to the plate in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and two outs, sporting a .444 OBP on the young season but zero hits.

    Fixed that for ya.

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

    I’ve really been over the whole Joba conversation lately, but just one thing… Everyone seems to want to proclaim that we saw 2007 reliever Joba tonight, but I think what we saw looked much more like 2008 starter Joba.

    Le sigh.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Yep. He wasn’t as overpowering and was pitching, not throwing and with control.

      Joba of 2007 was less refined but his stuff was just so incredible it couldn’t be touched.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Joba’s pitches were good today. I would like to see him drop a few curves in there just to confuse the batters since that can be a solid pitch too.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I’d love to see a…(wait for it) changeup!

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        Joba ’07 was a pitcher too. Just a 2-pitch pitcher. But he was incredibly good at painting the lower corners and burying the slider against lefties.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      What you say is just impossible. He can’t have been Joba the 2008 starter tonight, because he wasn’t starting. He’s in the pen. Clearly, that means he’s not 2008 Joba, he’s 2007 Joba.

      Similarly, Nick Johnson is a DH and Brett Gardner is an LF, so they’ve replaced Matsui and Damon, and there’s no other way to look at this.

      There’s just no other way. You’re wrong, Mondesi, you’re wrong. Joba was in the bullpen before and was good. He was good again tonight and was in the bullpen. This means that his goodness and his being in the bullpen are linked to each other.

      Correlation equals causation. Always. Each and every time.

      • Salty Buggah

        Correlation equals causation. Always. Each and every time.

        That reminds me. I wanted the Yanks to lose tonight because I saw this fact earlier today:

        Yankees have started 0-2 just twice since 1985 — in 1998 and 2009. Both times they won World Series

        If they had lost, they would have been guaranteed to win the World Series. But they unfortunately lost so now they have to find another way win to #28.

  • YankeesJunkie

    So I was think about the lineup today and I realized that the three worst hitters in the lineup are Gardner and LF (Winn and Thames), Granderson, and Johnson. That is ridiculous. This offense could easily get close to 1000 runs and if the pitching is anything like last year the Yankees will have the division in hand.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      This Yankees lineup is stacked like Riddering.

  • AJ

    Weird, in today’s Oakland vs. Seattle game, Edwar Ramirez got the win and Kanekoa Texeira got the loss. Oh well.

    • AJ

      Oops. Already said, nevermind.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Can’t wait to see a mediocre pitcher try to get through this lineup.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Did you miss Josh Beckett on Opening Night?

      http://www.instantrimshot.com

      • bexarama

        heh heh heh. well played.

    • bexarama

      I am drooling.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Stealing mom’s meds?

        • bexarama

          =/

          Tom Verducci sounds like such a toolbox when he’s reading off a cue card. (Unrelated, I just felt the need to express that.)

    • YankeesJunkie

      Yeah no kidding. Once the Yankees get to play guys throughout the rest of the league they are in trouble. The Yankees offense is not going to die, I mean they put a 30 homer hitter in the #9 spot tonight and someone who had 29 homers in the 7 spot.

  • http://twitter.com/j_sprouse2213 James

    While Thames didn’t go deep or anything…he was able to get on base with a walk in his 1st AB. and the K looking in the 4th was on a pretty good hook.

    If indeed this is a platoon situation, which i don’t know you can say it won’t be when Thames gets a start in the 2nd game of the season, it was nice to see him get on base in 1 of his 2 ABs vs the tough lefty.

  • Rey22

    We are now on pace to win 82 more games than we were a day ago!

    /SSS FTW

  • Meat Loaf

    Meat Loaf’s 3 Things, Game 2.
    1. Joba fistpumping is passion. As a fan of another team, sure, I might be pissed because he’s rubbing it in. But if you are going to be angry at Joba fistpumping you need to learn to deal with it. Have you screamed “Yes!” When he has mowed someone down before? Yes. He is DOING the mowing, shouldn’t he have a right to be excited? Passion should never be attacked, especially on a Yankee’s blog.

    2. Gardner is growing on me. He doesn’t look as patheic in his at bats, and if he can keep slicing them to left and beating out the occasional grounder, I’ll take him over clearly-clueless-Thames. I still don’t understand taking him over the Hoff.

    3. I really like this game summary style. Keep including those charts, too. This new thing is working.

  • Omar

    Regarding questioning bullpen management, while it’s okay to question some moves (like bringing in Veras against KC last year when it resulted in a loss, as opposed to Rivera) not many of the moves he made were THAT crazy. It’s early, he wants to know what he has in some relievers, obviously he didn’t give the Ho Train a second shot but he showed confidence in relievers with great histories and Aceves looked like the Alfredo of old…I’m okay with him toying around with relievers to a certain extent. I hope Robertson grows on him as the season progresses. He seems to be better at bullpen management than the last guy was and so far hasn’t Proctored anyone.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    I lovelovelove these wrapup formats. But one thing re: teh pen management: I hesitate to call it micromanaging. Considering the fact that we knew going into last night that Robertson was pitching better than Marte or Joba, it would have made more micromanagerial sense to leave him in, or have aceves throw one inning, Robertson the next, Joba the next or something like that.

    I think Joe’s bullpen style is actually more macromanaging than micromanaging. Consider this: Marte and Chamberlain sucked two days ago and hadn’t pitched in between. How was Girardi to know they wouldn’t suck again? He didn’t, he just knew that if they were going to be effective long-term, then they had to start pitching regularly. I think one of his primary goals going into last night was to get Aceves two innings, and another was to give Robertson, Marte, and Joba each another go-round. And on that note, I’d be willing to guarantee that we’ll see Chan Ho Park tonight, whether or not it’s a close game. And whether or not we lose the game because of that move, I’d say that right now it’s probably the right one.

    • Accent Shallow

      I lovelovelove these wrapup formats.

      Agreed.

    • Rose

      And on that note, I’d be willing to guarantee that we’ll see Chan Ho Park tonight, whether or not it’s a close game. And whether or not we lose the game because of that move, I’d say that right now it’s probably the right one.

      I disagree. If the game is close there’s more of a chance you don’t see Chan Ho Park tonight. There will be plenty of time to throw Park out there. If the Yanks are killing it or the Sox are killing them – I think you’re more apt to see Park again.

      I believe what you are saying is correct though. He’s clearly not going to just never put Park in a crucial situation again or whatever…I just don’t think it’s necessary for that to be immediately right now. It’s the 3rd game of the season and there’s plenty of time to correct things…but at the same time…every win is important. Every game is important. Sacrificing losses for the chance that the pitcher MAY be able to help you win a equally as important game later. IMO anyway.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        I dunno. I doubt Andy goes much more than 5 innings tonight, and if he doesn’t, who are we going to throw out there. Ace threw two innings yesterday, he might be good for an inning today but probably no more, Robertson’s fine I’m sure, but Joba’s probably got tonight off.

        My guess: 5.1 IP for Andy, .2 for CHoP, .2 for Ace, .1 for Marte, 1 for Robertson, 1 for Mo

        • Rose

          You’re forgetting about the “Midnight” Mitre…he’s good for the long haul should something go wrong. Then you can mess around with the Marte/Robertson/Mo combo. Aceves could be good for an inning if necessary but I wouldn’t expect more.

          But I guess you’re right. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Park in there tonight. I just would rather not lol

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

            oh right forgot about Mitre. Yeah he’s probably going to get an inning in tonight as well. Andy for 5, Mitre for 1, Park for 1, D-Mart, Mo?

            • Rose

              Joba could essentially go again. Let’s not forget that they had an off day in between. He didn’t even pitch a full inning last night and threw only 9 pitches (6 for strikes!) although he did throw 33 pitches on Sunday. Aceves only threw 23 pitches in his 2 innings of work (would have been significantly less had Jeter not had that error too). Robertson only threw 4 pitches last night and only 6 pitches on Sunday lol.

              I’d say almost anybody is still ready to go.

              The Sox on the other hand, Atchinson threw the same amount of pitches as Aceves in 2/3’s less innings, Bard threw 16 pitches in 1 inning, Delcarmen threw 20 pitches in 1 inning. They probably have anybody they want too though.

              Should be a full stacked bullpen. The results may not compensate however…

        • Rose

          What about the Sox pen tonight?

          That Atchinson looks like they plucked him from the 3rd Base Coach position…

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Close. Japan.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

              ICWUDT

  • Rose

    The best is my fantasy league doesn’t have BA or OBP but OPS and Nick Johnson without getting a hit last night had an OPS of .500 lol. Arod had a big RBI double and his OPS was .600.

    Nick Johnson’s been doing exactly what he’s being paid to do. Exactly what we want him to do. I’m very excited about him in the 2-hole and if he stays healthy I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t repeat (well, as long as everyone stays healthy that is…)

  • A.D.

    pumped his fists like drunken pledges on initiation night.

    and the Krukster was pro-fist pump on BBTN

  • Rose

    but the other Nick put on an absolute clinic tonight.

    Swish “The Dish” absolutely LOVES April…

    .267/.386/.530 (.915) – these career numbers ain’t never lie…

    When you look even further its amazing to see just how consistent Swish “The Dish” really is…(doubles, HR, RBI, BB, even SO are all very comparable.)

  • Mike F.

    Joba clearly belongs in the pen where he can show his true personality.

    But cut out that fist pumping. It’s not the Yankee way.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      O:S

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

        I thought Mike F. was being sarcastic and exposing the inherent contradiction in the positions of a lot of the B-Jobbers, no?

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I love subtlety.

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

            Somehow I never thought I’d see you post those words in that order.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            YOU LIE!!!!!!!!

            /JoeWilson’d

        • Mike F.

          I’m a sarcastic postah!!!

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

            wow i’m embarassed

    • YankeeScribe

      Joba clearly belongs on the Jersey Shore where fist-pumping is encouraged

      /Situation’d

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Can’t happen. He doesn’t have abs.

    • Rose

      Seems like Joba Chamberlain and Jon Lester got mixed up somewhere down the line. Lester has the calm, cool, and collected Yankees style personality to him while Joba Chamberlain belongs on that Sox team – hootin’ and hollerin’ every chance he gets…

      • Rose

        That being said…having a little bit of both never hurt anybody….(as long as the majority is the calm, cool, and collected part)

  • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Coach6423

    The whole fist pump vs. non fist pump thing is so lame. Who cares.

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    Wait, did I miss something, or was there another major flare-up in the never-ending Fist Pump debate?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      oh it’s not actually a debate. People just have it ingrained that they have to complain about something with Joba. In the rotation it was easier because he wasn’t performing that well, so people could just complain about that. Now, though, when he performs well, we need something different to whine about, so we go with the FistPump.

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

        Actually, this conversation was started by the pro-fist pump sentiments in the post, and just about ever commenter who has responded about the fist-pumps has been pro-fist pump. Let’s just be accurate here, it’s not like there’s some sort of crazy anti-fist pump outcry going on here.

        • http://captnsblog.wordpress.com/ Will

          I’d like to see Joba fist pump his way all the way to the World Series.

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

            Agreed, good sir.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

          oh i didn’t realize he was referring to this post haha. I figured it was the general media outcry about him fistpumping.

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

            Maybe he was, I don’t know… I just tire of the preemptive grumbling sometimes (like, let’s let the morons freak out before we freak out about the morons freaking out), never mind me.

  • ChrisS

    Annoying Moments

    Michael Kay trying to manufacture controversy for two and third innings. I think Al and Ken were even getting a little peeved with him.

    Michael, you’re there to call the game. If you want to drum up something to talk about, then do it on your pissant radio show.

    • http://captnsblog.wordpress.com/ Will

      Kay was relentless on the point. It was as if he couldn’t imagine why someone like Gardner would be benched against one of the top lefties in the game.

      More and more, the YES broadcast is turning into the Michael Kay Show, with special guest stars the New York Yankees.

      • larryf

        Michael-the man child. Some kids never grow up. Fun for him but torture for us and the jocks in the booth.

        • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

          My favorite part was his wordy call of Joba’s strikeout:
          “Heeeeeeeeee …. struck him out! Chamberlain turns back the clock … not quite all the way to 2007, but certainly something approximating that …”

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Agreed. Good & Plenty are neither good nor plentiful.

      (Was there something else I missed?)

  • Ed

    Two exciting games to start the season and hopefully we’ll get a good one tonight. I stumbled across several instructional hitting videos by Don Mattingly on LockerBlogger.com. In the videos, Mattingly breaks down his routine at the plate. They seem to be very informative and useful for anyone looking to enhance their hitting technique. I’ve posted a link in case anyone is interested. http://www.lockerblogger.com/v.....proach-bat