Game 27: For the sweep (+ chat!)

A sense of uneasiness when Marte enters
Pettitte likely to miss next start with mild inflammation in left elbow
Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

Two games into the series, the Yankees have two wins. It’s their eighth series win in nine tries, something only two other Yankee teams in history can claim (1928 & 1938). Yes, it’s been 71 years since the Yanks have won eighth of their first nine series. Cool stuff, huh?

On the mound to try for the sweep this afternoon is Andy Pettitte, who took a little bit of a beating at the hands of the White Sox last time out, but has been stellar overall. Mariano Rivera is available to close the door in the 9th if needed, but Joe Girardi indicated that he would like to play it safe and give him another day if at all possible. Joba Chamberlain is unavailable to close after working the last two nights. My guess is that if push comes to shove late, Al Aceves will work the 9th.

Here’s the lineup…

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

And on the mound, Andrew Eugene Pettitte.

Get away day for the Orioles, who have to be in Minnesota for a series starting tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. I’m holding our weekly game chat today, so join in when the party starts at 1pm. Enjoy the game, chat’s after the jump.

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A sense of uneasiness when Marte enters
Pettitte likely to miss next start with mild inflammation in left elbow
  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    And on the mound, Andrew Eugene Pettitte.

    He’s insulted you called him that.

    • Jammy Jammers

      He prefers A.E.

      • Thomas

        Titan A.E.

  • Sea Man

    Typically I’d be worried about the regression that Andy’s due for, but since it’s Baltimore I could give a shit less. Fuck the Os. Glad to see Frankie get some playing time, though.

    • Jammy Jammers

      Watch out! This guy’s edgy!

      • Klemy

        Edgy is no match for gritty and gutty.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Andy likes facing the Orioles. Break out the brooms.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Let’s make this 27-6. Woo.

  • Doug

    Adam Jones scratched

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Yea Pettitte

  • charles poet

    Has to be the Ron Jeremy stache

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    NICK THE STICK!!!!!!

  • nathan

    Something is wrong with MB game day, its showing that Nicky J had an XBH..

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      I know, I’m scared too.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I was in shock simply at seeing “In Play”

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    dammit derek

  • charles poet

    Cano has to have the strongest arm of any second baseman in the majors.

  • ecksodia

    Dang. When are Tex and A-Rod going to get hot? (I hope I am proved laughably wrong to ‘question’ their abilities in the upcoming days)

  • Guest

    Go, New York Nicks!

  • ecksodia

    Last year I thought it was awesome that Swish’s numbers were pretty good despite being a lackluster hitter compared to his road self. So far, so good – slow starts by our free agent pickups (Granderson, Javy) have been balanced out by some hot starts (Cano, Swish to an extent, Hughes/AJ/Andy, and CC being incredibly solid).

  • whozat

    wehat’s the on-field delay?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Orioles pitching coach ejected. He was arguing a little.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      O’s pitching coach got tossed

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Come on A-Rod, time to bust out.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Why would Nick Johnson try to score from second?

      • Jammy Jammers

        He was inspired by Jamie Moyer’s terrible base running the other night.

        • Dalelama

          Poor NJ hits a homer then promptly takes a run away…needs to learn when you slide you are supposed to touch base with lead foot… Poor base running

          • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

            Nick Johnson did something not optimal so DALELAAAAAAMA’S HERE!

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            /Dalelama’d

            Wait, it’s actually Dalelama!!!!

            • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

              I’m surprised he called him “Poor NJ” and not like “Useless, non-warrior, tender tissue NJ”

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            You know what, you’re right. For the first time in baseball history a runner was thrown out at the plate. I’m sure it will be the lead on SportsCenter. I never knew it was even possible.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Yes-Mo > the current state of umpiring. That’s just sad.

    • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

      I don’t know if it’s just me, but umpiring has been getting consistently worse recently (past 2-3 years) or maybe I’m just becoming more aware that they’ve always been horrible.

  • Jose

    Wally Matthews chat going on right now. I dropped a few questions for him.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      “Why are you so dumb?”

      • Jose

        He only approves certain questions, I wish I could get that in. I got a lazy Cano reference in though.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Did anyone who’s watching the YES feed see what the quiz question was? I missed it.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    C’mon Andrew.

  • Jammy Jammers

    No runs! No runs!

  • Jammy Jammers

    Wooo!

  • dkidd

    our home-grown adonis >>>>>>>>> orioles home-grown adonis

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      He really is an Adonis but aaaagh. Okay, Andy, get the next guy.

  • dkidd

    gardner at-bats are becoming must-watch tv

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    Hey all, just got back from a review session for my final tomorrow.
    How is the team looking? Saw that Nicky J had a homerun in the 1st, good news.

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    What the hell? I am getting one of the required Required Monthly Test of the Emergency Alert system… god damn it Time Warner

    • Jammy Jammers

      I get it on XM/Sirius radio all the time.

      • Jammy Jammers

        Not sure why I thought that was interesting enough to type out and hit ‘submit’.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I got that earlier. It was SO LOUD!

  • Jammy Jammers

    Another opposing starting pitcher bites the dust.

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    Love when Tex drives the ball to RCF… 6-1 Yanks

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    I totally thought that was gonna be an eeeeeasy catch, actually. Glad to be wrong. ;)

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      That IBB to A-Rod worked, but it was still stupid.

  • dkidd

    hendrickson used to play for the new jersey nets

  • Jammy Jammers

    Why did they intentionally walk a runner into scoring position for the hottest hitter in MLB?

    • Jammy Jammers

      oh that’s why. (sad trumpet sound)

  • dkidd

    kay: do you tweet at all, al?
    leiter: no

    dead air…

  • mike c

    they were just saying on 880 that joba was talking about how he finds the 9th inning easier to pitch than the 8th. b-jobbers will be working themselves into a lather

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Mariano to teh 8th!!11!!!1!!!

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Oh Andy. BE OKAY. BE OKAY. BE OKAY.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m scared. Only 77 pitches.

    • mike c

      he looked okay…

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    Just read a thing on ESPN about ‘unwritten rules’ of baseball and the interviewed Jim Palmer, Bert Blyleven and Gossage. They asked questions like what do you do if a hitter leans in to get hit by a pitch on purpose. Gossage’s response?

    “I threw so hard that people never played many games like that with me. It just didn’t happen — because you’d get killed.”

    Love it

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    I like Mitre, I just hate his number. It brings back bad memories of Pavano.

  • red5993

    what happened to pettitte?

    • Jammy Jammers

      He played for Houston a few years, but now he’s back.

      • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

        Nick Johnson! Look at him actually looking like a baseball player

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    Hope they give David Robertson a inning to work some kinks out, especially if we have a big lead. I think he’s our best reliever stuffwise outside of Mo/Joba.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      What about Ace?

      • V

        Eh, Ace is, quite frankly, a junkballer. A good one, but he doesn’t have what you call ‘stuff’.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Excellent inning by Mitre. Well done.

  • dkidd

    it’s pronounced JAG-war!!!

  • Hangoverologist

    Hey all. I just got home. Can somebody give me a rundown of what has happened during this game? Thanks will be spread around.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      solo HRs by NJ and Swisher, Tex had a two-run double, A-Rod had an RBI hit, Pettitte was doing pretty good (getting lots of ground balls) but he was pulled after 5 with a pitch count of 77 so now I am trying to stop myself from sobbing. No updates, though. Hopefully Girardi just wanted guys to get work in.

  • dkidd

    nick the stick getting hot just in time for boston

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    Ah. Nick Johnson must’ve just been up … I heard “Party In The USA”

    • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

      yeah and he lined a double to RCF

  • fhth

    Why is Pettite out after 76 pitches?

    • Wisdom.

      mitre needs work

    • dkidd

      i hope: girardi wants to get mitre some work
      i fear: sports illustrated

    • Vazquez to teh pen!

      Stretching out Mitre to put a fire under Vazquez?
      Javy would be one pricy mop-up man.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Damn, Mitre is cruising. Fun to watch.

  • Double G

    Any word on Andy? The YES crew or Sterling and Suzy mention anything?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      No. The fact that they’re not “We’re gonna get you information on Andy!!!” like they were about Posada when he was removed makes me feel slightly better.

  • Double G

    I suppose that is a slight comfort… thanks for the update.

  • dkidd

    guess what this is:

    cervelli
    gardner
    cano
    johnson
    swisher
    arod
    jeter
    tex
    winn

    • Hangoverologist

      Grit ratings?

      • WIlliam

        OBP?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      a list of Yankee players by OBP?

    • dkidd

      2010 obp best-to-worst

    • ROBTEN aka don’t call me Dr. Robert Matthew Tennyson II, Esq.

      A random list of Yankees?

    • Jammy Jammers

      Your ‘jack’ list?

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        IETB (I enjoyed that burn)

      • dkidd

        your mom’s “f*cket list”

        /schoolyard’d

  • Henry

    Any Update on andy? Anybody

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      None yet =/

  • Jammy Jammers

    It kind of makes sense to me to let bullpen guys get some work before the off day. Plus, Pettitte isn’t young. Keep him healthy.

    I hope.

  • Mike

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5165306

    Comments from Keith Law on the Yankees

    • V

      I really, really, don’t get it.

      WHO HAS GOOD DEPTH? BAD TEAMS DO!

      Yes, the Yankees don’t have a major league ready guy at every position in AAA. If they did, they’d trade them to make the big league club better.

  • Double G

    Yeah, on the radio they were mentioning that much of the pen hasn’t worked in a while so it could just be that Girardi is giving his aged starter rest while allowing his pen to get some work before heading to Boston. *fingers crossed*

  • Hangoverologist

    Wow, Mitre is cruising. Anybody think he’ll finish up and get a five inning save for AP?

    • Hangoverologist

      …Nevermind.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      zomg u teh jinx!!!!

    • CS Yankee

      You mean four, right?

  • Evan NYC

    How is Julio Lugo a $10M/year player?

    • CS Yankee

      Theo-ville

      • CS Yankee

        …you know the place where all things good happen in the draft and free agent signings are deemed great for humanity.

        A place where Mo, Nomar, Lugo, et al have been removed since they don’t play the Red Sox way anymore.

        /MSM’d

  • Pat

    With AP getting an extra days rest before his next start anyway, taking him out after 77 to rest him is a little fishy.

    ::fingers crossed::

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Ugh, dammit. This doesn’t need to get interesting.

  • WIlliam

    Damn, Mitre now has a line worthy of Mitre.

  • dkidd

    damaso just made a good hitter look silly

    • Hangoverologist

      /Utley and Howard’d

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        there are so many great memories of the 2009 World Series but one of my favorite was when Damaso K’d Utley on three pitches with two men on base. Just beautiful. And then Utley swung and missed at the last one and sort of shuffled his feet around in the dirt like “What, it wasn’t me.” (Utley actually does that quite a bit when he’s batting, I just thought that was funny.)

  • CS Yankee

    Meat-tray will make Mo earn his pay in the 9th, ehh?

    • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

      i would think theyre gonna leave Robertson in, or bring in Ace

      • CS Yankee

        Drob pitch count limit is 6 though.

  • dkidd

    let d-rob finish

  • Rob Has No Innings Limit

    I know Marte’s supposed to be the lefty guy… but it’s 6-3, he just made Markakis look bad, and isn’t Marte supposed to be a guy who can get lefties and righties out? What’s the sense in burning Robertson here just to match up? Come on, Joe, the micromanaging of the bullpen is worse than my dad’s itineraries on family vacations.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So the guy who thought Mitre should replace Javy because of 7.1 scoreless innings, where’s he at?

  • ROBTEN aka don’t call me Dr. Robert Matthew Tennyson II, Esq.

    Fun Fact: Over his career, Marte has shown that he’s not only good at getting left-handers out, but right-handers as well.

    vs RHB (1199 PA) .243/.331/.396/.727
    vs LHB (868 PA) .198/.295/.287/.582

    • Rob Has No Innings Limit

      Exactly.

      • ROBTEN aka don’t call me Dr. Robert Matthew Tennyson II, Esq.

        Great Robs think alike!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Nick Johnson may be 2-2 with a HR, 2B, and 2 walks, but his baserunning mistake cannot be ignored. Every player who’s ever stepped foot on a baseball field knows you don’t slide the way he slid. Frankly, it’s not the Yankee Way©.

    /Dalelama’d

    • CS Yankee

      NJ baserunning >>>>> Posada baserunning

      • CS Yankee

        Nick Johnson once swung at the first pitch…just to see what it was like!

        /The most interesting man in the world

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    Its safe to say that Nick Johnson’s day can be entirely attributed to his new facial hair. Can he be “Nick ‘Stache’ Johnson” from now on?

    • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

      True or false: Nick Johnson has more total bases today than in the rest of the season combined

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        I’d guess that’s not true just because of all the walks. Or do they not count in total bases?

  • Double G

    Well Sterling just said “the big question will be why Andy was pulled after 5 when he only gave up 1 run”

  • dkidd

    nick johnson and babip have kissed and made up

  • YankeeScribe

    Cano seems to be cooling off. Hopefully he doesn’t take long to get hot again

    • CS Yankee

      So has Jeter, Teix, Arod, Gardner, Cervelli & Winn…

      Hopefully they don’t take long to get hot again.

      • YankeeScribe

        Tex and ARod are overdue for a hot streak

  • CS Yankee

    7-3…and Mo goes back to sleep.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Wieters never prosper

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Is D-Rob just like… missing this year? Or was that more Wieters being good?

    • dkidd

      there’s your answer

      dave eiland has some work to do…

    • Evan NYC

      Those two balls were just smoked.

    • MikeD

      …well, he’s certainly not missing enough bats! More of his pitches seem to be up so far and haven’t quite seen the sharp breaking ball yet.

      • Evan NYC

        91, up, flat = See ya!

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      yikes the location on that last one was missed for sure

  • MikeD

    Throwing HR-ball back = Stupid.

  • Hangoverologist

    No freaking way!

  • Michael Kay but not THE

    Was I just spoiled by the Stanton/Nelson/Mendoza era or do the Yankees just continually find bullpen pitchers that can’t put together consistent seasons?

  • Lex

    I hope D Rob has a bag packed for Scarnton.

    • Evan NYC

      Where is Scarnton?

      • Michael Kay but not THE

        scarnton was a beautiful place to visit till the damn scientologists took over.

    • Lex

      I do not know where Scarnton is but I meant Scranton,Pa.

      • Lex

        Scarnton is a land where basement internet nerds live. You do not own real estate there?

        • Mister Delaware

          Evan is your dad?

        • poster

          Nope, we all live in our mother’s basement.

  • BigBlueAL

    Im beginning to think once Park is healthy Robertson may be the pitcher sent down and not Logan, unless Robertson is out of options not sure.

    • ADam

      I think you’re very right. He is either hurt and not saying anything or he needs to go down clear his head and work out his problems… I believe D-ROB has 1 option left.

  • dkidd

    no tying run to the plate, please

  • BigBlueAL

    Where the fuck did Logan get this fastball????

    • MikeD

      I could have swore that when they acquired him I read a reviewe that said he had an average fastball, maybe 90/91. Not the same guy.

    • ROBTEN aka don’t call me Dr. Robert Matthew Tennyson II, Esq.

      Given the walk, I’d say Farnsworth left it behind.

    • Evan NYC

      Maybe Javy let him borrow a few MPH.

  • MikeD

    Mo, please call Joe from the pen and let him know you really, really are okay.

  • bicycle boy

    just great…

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Oh please oh please oh please just get these next two guys

  • Vinny the Bull

    Maybe someone will recall that before the season started, I asked whether D-Rob would become this year’s bullpen regression candidate a la Veras and Edwar. Hope this doesn’t continue.

  • Klemy

    Wow…this game is just frustrating for the last 2 innings.

  • dkidd

    was that a “boone” chant?

  • mike c

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOne

  • MikeD

    97? Who is this guy?

  • bicycle boy

    he hit 98?

  • CubanC

    Throw a strike, clown.

  • BigBlueAL

    Boone Logan is the new Billy Wagner minus the control.

  • dkidd

    ace vulturing a save

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Stop it you’re giving me a goddamn heart attack.

  • CS Yankee

    Help!

  • Klemy

    Ughhh…the pain.

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    I like the 98 mph, but a save would’ve been better.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Boone Logan was hitting 98?

      Does the gun have dyslexia?

      • ROBTEN aka don’t call me Dr. Robert Matthew Tennyson II, Esq.

        “We are here at Yankee Stadium, where we’ve secretly replaced the Boone Logan they usually serve with Kyle Farnsworth. Let’s see if anyone can tell the difference!”

      • mike c

        lefty farnsworth

  • Russell NY

    What a disaster. If I were the Yankees I would not buy another free agent for the next 20 years and put all the money into cloning mariano rivera.

  • red5993

    d-rob please find whatever it is you are looking for. you too vazquez.

  • MikeD

    No one left in the pen? So what happens if the game gets tied and goes 16 innings?

    • MikeD

      Fortunately, we don’t have to find out.

    • mike c

      swisher

  • CS Yankee

    How can you walk Lugo?

    ,.194/.254/??? (might of had a XBH last July or something)

    WTF?

  • Klemy

    FINALLY.

  • dkidd

    annnnnnnnnndddddddddddd…….exhale

    kill boston

  • bicycle boy

    phew… thanks ace!

  • JobaTheHeat62

    good lord that was annoying

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Oh. Oh, thank you. I think I need the off day to recover from that.

  • BigBlueAL

    About time Aceves was brought into the game, only went through 4 inferior relievers before getting to Ace.

  • CS Yankee

    Thank you, Ace.

  • Lex

    Wow, that bullpen really tried to blow this game.
    D Rob, it was nice knowing ya, see you in September.

  • Joe

    Bullpen really slammed the door on that one…

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Had em all the way.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    D-ROB is killing me..I am as patient as it gets and he just keeps on sucking

    • mike c

      i think he’s got a little too confident in his fastball

      • BklynJT

        His control is bad this year. Both those hr’s came off of 3-2 counts.

  • ARX

    Thanks Mitre for giving my fantasy opp. a HR (Wigginton).
    Thanks Robertson for giving my fantasy opp. a HR (Wieters).
    THANKS LOGAN FOR GIVING MY FANTASY OPP. A ONE OUT SAVE (Aceves).
    ^%&@^!@#*&@#!#@%!@#*$#@!$ (walks out for some fresh air)

    • BklynJT

      Damn, that’s rough. I thought I was mad when that botched play by Wigginton was called a hit instead of an error costing Simon an earned run. (*desperate for saves)

  • BigBlueAL

    How about Kim Jones with the kinda sexy outfit today, who knew.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    can someone just let me know my Andrew is okay so I can go outside ;_;

  • Rose

    Is Robertson tipping his pitches? I mean he’s literally giving up at least 2 runs everytime he makes an appearance. You have to almost try to do that…

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

      For Major League hitters, it’s not that hard to hit a 91 mph fastball placed over the heart of the plate.

  • Anksy

    Just got home and fast forwarded to the end of the game. WTF is up with the bullpen non-Mo Division?

    ::pulls out pitchforks and torches::

  • BigBlueAL

    Shit, apparently Pettitte is getting MRI for stiffness in his pitching arm, not elbow but either forearm or higher up on the arm according to latest tweets from Yankee beat writers.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Boone Logan as the throw-in in a trade, if he’s truly hitting 96-98, is something to work with. Maybe they can bring in Varitek to teach him how to pitch.

  • Pat D

    In a stupid training at work and had to watch a lead almost evaporate, coupled with wondering if Pettitte is hurt.

    Why am I terrified about this weekend’s series?

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

      Because you have some sort of complex. The Yanks are 19-8 and are sending out their three best starters against a lackluster Red Sox team.

      • Pat D

        Eh, I guess it’s because I hate the Sox/Fenway so much and they always seem to wake up for the Yankees.

        Also because if Pettitte is hurt, then the cracks are definitely starting to show…all these nagging injuries, which I truly believe are the only things that can beat this tema.

        • Pat D

          *team.

          Stupid quick typing.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        They could be sending out their three worst starts and I’d still be confident.