Game 27: For the sweep (+ chat!)


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.

Categories : Chats, Game Threads


  1. bexarama says:

    And on the mound, Andrew Eugene Pettitte.

    He’s insulted you called him that.

  2. Sea Man says:

    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.

  3. Steve H says:

    Andy likes facing the Orioles. Break out the brooms.

  4. Doug says:

    Adam Jones scratched

  5. charles poet says:

    Has to be the Ron Jeremy stache

  6. Andy_C_23 says:

    NICK THE STICK!!!!!!

  7. nathan says:

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

  8. pete says:

    dammit derek

  9. charles poet says:

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

  10. ecksodia says:

    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)

  11. Guest says:

    Go, New York Nicks!

  12. ecksodia says:

    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).

  13. whozat says:

    wehat’s the on-field delay?

  14. Steve H says:

    Come on A-Rod, time to bust out.

  15. bexarama says:

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

    • Marcos says:

      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.

  16. Jose says:

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

  17. Andy_C_23 says:

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

  18. bexarama says:

    C’mon Andrew.

  19. Jammy Jammers says:

    No runs! No runs!

  20. Jammy Jammers says:


  21. dkidd says:

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

  22. dkidd says:

    gardner at-bats are becoming must-watch tv

  23. Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

    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.

  24. Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

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

  25. Jammy Jammers says:

    Another opposing starting pitcher bites the dust.

  26. Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

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

  27. bexarama says:

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

  28. dkidd says:

    hendrickson used to play for the new jersey nets

  29. Jammy Jammers says:

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

  30. dkidd says:

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

    dead air…

  31. mike c says:

    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

  32. bexarama says:


  33. Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

    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

  34. Andy_C_23 says:

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

  35. red5993 says:

    what happened to pettitte?

  36. Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

    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.

  37. FIPster Doofus says:

    Excellent inning by Mitre. Well done.

  38. dkidd says:

    it’s pronounced JAG-war!!!

  39. Hangoverologist says:

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

    • bexarama says:

      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.

  40. dkidd says:

    nick the stick getting hot just in time for boston

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

  42. fhth says:

    Why is Pettite out after 76 pitches?

  43. FIPster Doofus says:

    Damn, Mitre is cruising. Fun to watch.

  44. Double G says:

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

    • bexarama says:

      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.

  45. Double G says:

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

  46. dkidd says:

    guess what this is:


  47. Henry says:

    Any Update on andy? Anybody

  48. Jammy Jammers says:

    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.

  49. Mike says:

    Comments from Keith Law on the Yankees

    • V says:

      I really, really, don’t get it.


      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.

  50. Double G says:

    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*

  51. Hangoverologist says:

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

  52. Evan NYC says:

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

    • CS Yankee says:


      • CS Yankee says:

        …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.


  53. Pat says:

    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::

  54. bexarama says:

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

  55. WIlliam says:

    Damn, Mitre now has a line worthy of Mitre.

  56. dkidd says:

    damaso just made a good hitter look silly

    • Hangoverologist says:

      /Utley and Howard’d

      • bexarama says:

        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.)

  57. CS Yankee says:

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

  58. dkidd says:

    let d-rob finish

  59. Rob Has No Innings Limit says:

    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.

  60. Steve H says:

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

  61. ROBTEN aka don’t call me Dr. Robert Matthew Tennyson II, Esq. says:

    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

  62. Steve H says:

    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©.


  63. Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben) says:

    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) says:

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

  64. Double G says:

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

  65. dkidd says:

    nick johnson and babip have kissed and made up

  66. YankeeScribe says:

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

  67. CS Yankee says:

    7-3…and Mo goes back to sleep.

  68. Andy_C_23 says:

    Wieters never prosper

  69. bexarama says:

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

  70. MikeD says:

    Throwing HR-ball back = Stupid.

  71. Hangoverologist says:

    No freaking way!

  72. Michael Kay but not THE says:

    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?

  73. Lex says:

    I hope D Rob has a bag packed for Scarnton.

  74. BigBlueAL says:

    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 says:

      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.

  75. dkidd says:

    no tying run to the plate, please

  76. BigBlueAL says:

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

  77. MikeD says:

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

  78. bicycle boy says:

    just great…

  79. bexarama says:

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

  80. Vinny the Bull says:

    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.

  81. Klemy says:

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

  82. dkidd says:

    was that a “boone” chant?

  83. mike c says:


  84. MikeD says:

    97? Who is this guy?

  85. bicycle boy says:

    he hit 98?

  86. CubanC says:

    Throw a strike, clown.

  87. BigBlueAL says:

    Boone Logan is the new Billy Wagner minus the control.

  88. dkidd says:

    ace vulturing a save

  89. bexarama says:

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

  90. CS Yankee says:


  91. Klemy says:

    Ughhh…the pain.

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

  93. Russell NY says:

    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.

  94. red5993 says:

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

  95. MikeD says:

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

  96. CS Yankee says:

    How can you walk Lugo?

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


  97. Klemy says:


  98. dkidd says:


    kill boston

  99. bicycle boy says:

    phew… thanks ace!

  100. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    good lord that was annoying

  101. bexarama says:

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

  102. BigBlueAL says:

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

  103. CS Yankee says:

    Thank you, Ace.

  104. Lex says:

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

  105. Joe says:

    Bullpen really slammed the door on that one…

  106. Steve H says:

    Had em all the way.

  107. JobaTheHeat62 says:

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

  108. ARX says:

    Thanks Mitre for giving my fantasy opp. a HR (Wigginton).
    Thanks Robertson for giving my fantasy opp. a HR (Wieters).
    ^%&@^!@#*&@#!#@%!@#*$#@!$ (walks out for some fresh air)

    • BklynJT says:

      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)

  109. BigBlueAL says:

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

  110. bexarama says:

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

  111. Rose says:

    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…

  112. Anksy says:

    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::

  113. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  114. Steve H says:

    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.

  115. Pat D says:

    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?

    • 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 says:

        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.

      • Steve H says:

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

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