Game 37: Playing with house money

Where are they now? Yankees offseason targets part II
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Sergio Mitre reactions to another Sergio Mitre start. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

July 4, 2007 was a rather unremarkable day for the Yankees. In an Independence Day afternoon affair at the Stadium, the Bombers had a scuffling Mike Mussina on the mound while the visiting Minnesota Twins countered with Johan Santana. Although the Yanks had an early 2-1 lead, Mussina and the bullpen couldn’t hold the game, and the Twins won 6-2. Nearly, three years later, the Twins are still searching for their next Yankee Stadium win.

With Sergio Mitre on the mound, we might think that today’s game would give the Twins their best shot at that elusive victory, but I think we’re in for a slugfest. Because of last week’s double-header, the Yankees need to start Mitre again. There is no reason to use Javier Vazquez or Phil Hughes on three days’ rest this early in May, and so The Experience will get the ball for the second time this season. The Twins will counter with Nick Blackburn (3-1, 4.76 ERA). Despite those three victories, Blackburn has a 9:11 K:BB ratio in 39.2 innings and has allowed seven home runs this year.

Against the Tigers, Mitre was serviceable. Limited to 75 pitches by the Yanks’ coaches, he lasted 4.1 innings and gave up four runs — three earned — on five hits and two walks while striking out four. I’d imagine he’ll be on an 80-85 pitch limit today, and the Yanks would take five innings of three-run ball again.

Offensively, the Yanks are putting a weaker product on the field. Since Nick Swisher can’t bat from the left side — did you notice his AB against Jesse Crain yesterday? — the Yanks’ right fielder will sit against Blackburn. I have no problem with this decision; I’d rather see Swisher healthy now. But his absence will mean an outfield with both Randy Winn and Marcus Thames. Meanwhile, to shore up the defense behind Mitre, a groundball specialist, Ramiro Peña will play short while Derek Jeter gets a half day off as the team’s DH.

Yet, the Yankees are playing with house money. They’ve won the series and are victorious in three of their last four contests. A win today would be icing on the cake. The game starts at 1:05, and My9 is carrying the broadcast on this sunny Sunday afternoon.

Jeter DH
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Thames RF
Winn LF
Peña SS

Mitre P (0-1, 3.86)

Park not activated yet
According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees will not be activating Chan Ho Park today. This news is counter to what the beat writers originally reported, and Sherman says the Yanks want to keep Ivan Nova around as a long man with Mitre limited to 80 pitches. I’d rather see Boone Logan or David Robertson exiled to Scranton when Park is activated, but the team seems to be heading in different directions with that move.

In somewhat related news, Javier Vazquez, not scheduled to start until Friday, could be available in relief today, Andrew Marchand from ESPN New York reported this morning. If Mitre can’t get outs or is limited by his pitch count, Vazquez may be available to throw a pair of frames against the Twins, and he is, in my opinion, a better choice than Nova for that role today.

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Where are they now? Yankees offseason targets part II
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  • EvoLuTioN

    Interesting lineup to say the least

    I feel a bit better after looking at the red sox lineup for today though LOL

    • Bob Stone

      Very true – Lowell at third and Hall at second base is not ideal. Interesting that it is the first game in a long time where both Lowell and Ortiz are in the same lineup.

      I am also surprised that Ortiz is batting so much better. I really thought he was done career-wise do to lack of steroids but look at his monthly triple slash stat line:

      April – .143/.238/.286
      May – .359/.381/.769

      • EvoLuTioN

        i think its safe to say he won’t hit for .300 avg again….but he did lead the majors in homers and RBIs after june or something

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          RBIs from June 1-end of the year

          Ortiz: 81
          A-rod: 83
          Howard: 101
          Pujols: 93

        • Bob Stone

          Even with his horrendous start in 2009 he still almost hit 30/100 HR/RBI – 28/99.

          I still resent the more favorable treatment he got regarding steroids compared to A-Rod. There was an MLB Union official at his news conference supporting him . . . but not for A-Rod. That’s just wrong unless the MLBPA knew definitively A-Rod did steroids and that Ortiz didn’t.

  • A.D.

    ugh Thames in the OF against a righty

  • ultimate913

    I would have liked it more if Golson got the start in the OF. He’s probably left not starting in case the game is close and Joe wants to have Golson pinch run or hit for someone so meh.

    • andrew

      I know Pena isn’t as fast as Golson, but we could’ve had Thames DH, Golson in the OF and then Pena on the bench. I think i trust Golson more at the plate than Pena right now.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I know Pena isn’t as fast as Golson, but we could’ve had Thames DH, Golson in the OF and then Pena on the bench.

        Not if we wanted to give Jeter a half-day off, which we did.

        • andrew

          Yes. I can see that’s what they wanted.

          Jeter got a full day off last Tuesday and a half day off on Wednesday… so thats two halves and one whole day off in the last 5 days. I can tell that’s what they were doing here, I’m saying it was unnecessary.

  • andrew

    I would keep rolling with Posada at DH and Cervelli catching. Right now the difference between Pena and Cervelli at the plate is pretty large.

    • Chip

      Girardi wants to give Jeter a half day off. Can’t do that without Pena being in the lineup

      • Accent Shallow

        Cervelli runs well, maybe he could play SS?

        /am I kidding?

        • Poopy Pants

          Cervo can do anything.

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

      He deserved it. Big time.

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

      That’s my boy.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    When is Vazquez’s next start. Also is there a back up catcher available for days that Cervelli doesn’t start? I’d almost say with Johnson out DH Posada full time. Although that may be ill-thought out.

    • Poopy Pants

      Friday

    • YankeesJunkie

      Vazquez will start on Friday where Mitre would be pitching on regular rest if he was actually good enough to start in the AL.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

        Why does he get an extra five days off?

        • Chip

          Sounds like he might be pitching in relief today. They obviously don’t like his flyball tendancy playing the Sox

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          A.) Because he was having mechanical issues and got skipped a turn in the rotation; getting skipped allowed him extra time to refine his mechanics; the results were wildly successful; the team thinks if it worked once, it could work again, so skip him a second time and see if the extra time again makes him even better
          B.) Because someone had to get skipped due to the Tigers doubleheader, and Javy’s the worst pitcher in our rotation at the moment
          C.) Because the team is being a huge pussy, scared of the Red Sox for no apparent reason

          • Accent Shallow

            It’s mostly C, which is pretty silly, considering a) the Red Sox offense this year is neither particularly fearsome or particularly left-handed, and b) they’re playing in Yankee Stadium, which isn’t the bandbox that Fenway is.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Meh, in my opinion, it’s mostly B, with a smattering of C and a pastiche of A on top of those other two for public relations reasons.

              It’s mostly B.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

            Ahhh…forgot about the Tigers doubleheader.

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

          You all should read this Joel Sherman piece. He explains why the Yanks are reshuffling the rotation for Vazquez this week.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Thanks for that link, Ben. That was a well written and concisely explained piece of baseball reporting from Joel Sherman.

            (blind squirrel, nut)

  • YankeesJunkie

    The lineup is fine, the only good thing about the injury is that the older Yankees are getting half days off at DH. The lineup will be much better when Swisher comes back in a couple days and Granderson in a couple weeks. At least the starting pitching has been more dominant than expected to carry the Yanks to such a great start.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

      Some of that dominance is luck…I’m sure Pettitte and Hughes will regress a bit, by then with Granderson and Swisher playing everyday who knows…maybe that’ll be good enough to carry some regression. Hopefully Vazquez produces more like his last start and less like his first four ones.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Yeah, no kidding I dy. healthon’t expecting Hughes or Pettitte to keep a sub 2 ERA, the important thing is to get

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

          What??

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Yeah, no kidding I dy. healthon’t expecting Hughes or Pettitte to keep a sub 2 ERA, the important thing is to get

          /OzzieGuillen’d

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

            Ozzetta Stone translation: Nick Swisher the suck son Oney build castle sand when Hardee’s burger juicy very much like RAB forum comment. Javy Vazquez the suck.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              He no bay rufe

              • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

                I just assumed he was posting from his phone.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Hey pal: your excuses are your own!

                  Sincerely,
                  Ricky Roma

                  • TheLastClown

                    /mamet’d

  • MikeD

    Are they on YES today?

    • EvoLuTioN

      my9 unfortunately

      • MikeD

        Thanks. I flipped on YES, which was running a CenterStage episode. Thought I either had the wrong start time, or the game was blacked out. I remember a couple of years back there were one or two games that weren’t on any TV.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Nope, My9

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

      Just out of curiosity, did you read the post first? It says it there. We always include the TV station.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

        Me personally I stopped reading after the caption, I figured after the picture and the tag line “Sergio Mitre reacts to another Sergio Mitre start” wasn’t going to be topped in the article.

      • Bob Stone

        I saw it.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Ben, we’re internet posters.

        We don’t read, we only write. (Poorly).

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

          I see what you did on the grammar fail. Subtle; I like it.

      • MikeD

        In my moment of panic, I went straight to the bottom and asked the question!

  • Kevin

    Remember when Mitre and Gaudin combined for that one hitter last year? That was like bizarro world.

  • Dela G

    For those that care, i graduated from texas a&m university yesterday!! It feels good to be a college graduate :)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Congrats, my man!

      • Bob Stone

        Hey man – Great to see Ridiculous Upside back. You are, indeed, a man of your word.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I was waiting for my son to be born so that we could be Ridiculous Upside the Elder and Ridiculous Upside the Younger.

          I’d never let you down, Bob.

          • Bob Stone

            Congrats on the birth! I haven’t been on here much lately due to insane work travel so I’m sorry I missed a lot but miss all you guys.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Thank you, thank you.

              The wife and the child are both doing great.

              • Bob Stone

                That’s great to hear.

    • Bob Stone

      Congratulations. I know how great that feels. Good luck to you!

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

      Congrats, yo.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      congrats!

      • Dela G

        thanks y’all :)

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

      Now you can look forward to a soul-crushing job in an office, paying outrageously high student loans and living with your parents.

      Congrats!

      (Kind of kidding.)

      • Bob Stone

        ietcvm

    • Lifetime of Question Marks

      Congrats.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Don’t you mean:

        Congrats?

        • Lifetime of Question Marks

          Correct.

          I graduate University of Delaware in two weeks.

          Leaving infinite freedom and zero responsibility isn’t exactly something I’m looking forward too.

          At least I won’t be so poor.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Are you still not picking up what I’m putting down, Lifetime of Question Marks?

            (Emphasis mine?)

            • Lifetime of Question Marks

              My depression about leaving college is obviously blinding me?

              • Lifetime of Question Marks

                Or my lack of mental acuity

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                There you go. You’re back on your horse.

              • Dela G

                lol no, he’s wondering why you aren’t using a question mark to end every sentence

                • Lifetime of Question Marks

                  Am I?

  • cjc

    thames making an easy play look easy how can we lose

  • Accent Shallow

    AL MVP who?

  • Bob Stone

    Mitre looking like an ace. Love it!

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

    Yay Serg.

  • Accent Shallow

    Way more hits than IP? More walks than strikeouts? I’d like to congratulate Nick Blackburn on his upcoming CGSHO.

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

    Did Jeter not swing at the first pitch and hit it right to a middle infielder?

    Is the vortex sucking me in? What’s happening?

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

      Well, he did weakly ground to second. So there’s that…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Responding to yourself again, JMK?

        • Dela G

          your mother’s a whore, trebek!

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

          How else could I get through the day?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Go on, tell us…

  • WIlliam

    Uhg, thought it would be a bloop single.

  • Bob Stone

    Does anyone think that the Yankees believe in Mitre more than they or any other team might because of Girardi’s experience with him at Florida in 2006 and 2007 prior to his surgery?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yes.

  • Accent Shallow

    Kubel in LF? I like this.

  • V

    So, how many of these called strikes have actually been strikes? So far, Gameday only has the Gardner K pitch a strike, and every other called strike off the plate.

    • sleepykarl

      The TBS pitch tracker hates this umpire.

    • charles poet

      2 balls with off each side seems to be the zone.

  • James A

    Why isnt graham stoneburner on the text poll?

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

    Not a pleasant Experience.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wow, that made it out? I thought that was going to dunk in before Winn could get to it.

    • Mike HC

      Yea, the thoughts going through my head on that hit in order:

      1) I hope that does not dink in

      2) Damn, Morneau is such a good hitter that may have enough power to split the gap

      3) No thoughts. Shock that is went over the fence

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Wow–did not think that was going out

    • Bob Stone

      It was a good pitch down and off the plate. Hopefully we’ll get our share of homers with the ball carrying out today.

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

    But damn, nice job of hitting. Shit’s carrying today.

  • Kevin

    Morneau=Good.

  • FIPster Doofus

    WTF? I thought that was a bloop single when it came off the bat.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Well, at least Sergio didn’t increase Justin Morneau’s already sky-high .411 BABIP.

    /silverlining’d

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

    Sheesh, how did Morneau hit that out?

    • charles poet

      roids

    • Mike HC

      I still can’t figure that one out

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      BANDBOX!!!!

    • sleepykarl

      Maybe they have winds like the Rangers did earlier this week. After Pods hit a ball in the upper deck in RCF, he said it was like hitting a golf ball because of the wind.

  • Mike HC

    Am I the only one who could not take their eyes off that waitress in the background a couple of seconds ago?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Who, the in-seat concessions girl for the Legends seats section in the camera shot behind right-handed batters?

      No, I noticed too. The conspiracy theorist in me feels it’s not an accident that the prettiest concessions girls are in that section. They get a lot of airtime.

      • Bob Stone

        That’s just plain out good marketing.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Having worked in retail management for almost a decade, I can tell you with absolute and utter certainty that people buy more shit from attractive people.

          More pretty = more money

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

            Very true; I choose my whores based on how attractive the pimp is.

          • Bob Stone

            Unfortunate for the less than pretty folks but absolutely true, based on my 37 years experience in business including retail. Sometimes smarts can trump devastating good looks in some business sales positions, in some industries, especially in higher price ticket items.

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

        Maybe so in YS3 but not in Turner Field. Last night’s game had some oafish monster, out of breathe and leaning on the rail after having to walk roughly 6 steps. Then again, this is an organization that had Melky Cabrera as a leadoff hitter for a lengthy period of time and gave Derek Lowe a four (?!) year deal.

      • Mike HC

        I think it was when Thome was up. Girl looked exactly like Naomi Campbell.

        • Mike HC

          But yea, those waitresses for the expensive seats are hired based on looks for sure.

  • WIlliam

    Come on Ramiro.

  • Bob Stone

    Thome could be scary today with his power and favorable wind currents.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Thome The Yankees could be scary today with his their power and favorable wind currents.

      • Bob Stone

        I actually said that earlier.

  • sleepykarl

    Kinda funny listening to announcers talk about how much range they lose defensively when Pena subs in for Jeter.

    • Bob Stone

      That’s because they are comparing him to the NEW Jeter, not the old one. It’s amazing how Jeter’s defensive reputation has varied over the last three years.

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

        Really bad, average, really good?

        • Bob Stone

          Exactly.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Who the hell is saying that nonsense?

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

      That’s insane.

    • MikeD

      I missed that. Must have stepped out of the room. Jeter improved in ’08 and in ’09, but he doesn’t have better range than Pena. Too early to rate Jeter in ’10, but it he looks to have lost a half a step from last year.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Heh: Our first two starters for the Sox series (Hughes and Sabathia) have a lower ERA combined than either of the first two pitchers for Boston (Dice-BB and Beckett).

    Pwned.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

      Chin-Pubes, unfortunately, will be back in a big way soon enough. It’s best not to poke the bear.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Tommie: nevah scared.

        (goes into storage unit to retrieve bear-poking-stick)

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

    Heh, Chad Gaudin got DFA’d.

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

      Will they sign Bubb Rubb and Lil’ Sis as replacements?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
    • Bob Stone

      Wow. That din’t take long. Looks like the Yanks made the right decision on him, based on that.

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

    Neighbor has been blasting Guns & Roses for about five hours straight at full blast. Then said he’s being “victimized” because I’m complaining. I’m starting to think Rose moved in next door.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’m starting to think Rose moved in next door.

      So, you’re looking for a new apartment is what you’re saying?

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

        We’ve been over this. I repeatedly make awful decisions with my life. This is why I live with my parents at age 23.

        • Poopy Pants

          So your mother is the one blasting GNR?

    • Accent Shallow

      Guns & Roses is terrible. Ick.

    • Bob Stone

      Sounds like my night last Wednesday in the Comfort Inn in Danvers, MA. Four young teenage girls yelling and screaming and jumping up and down from 10:15pm to 12:15pm like 800 lb. Gorillas. Four calls to the front desk yielded no help.

      They did comp the room and told me they spoke to the chaperones (they were part of a big group). They can’t throw out teenagers from a room. The hotel staff can’t even talk to them directly. They said they would have tossed them if they were adults.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        You had me at “the Comfort Inn in Danvers, MA”.

        • Bob Stone

          Understood – Hey I know it’s not the Hilton.

        • Bob Stone

          The only reason I’ve been staying there is that it is one of the few hotels that actually has a WIRED network connection which I need to see Yankee games in HD through MLB.com’s package.

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

        Four young teenage girls yelling and screaming and jumping up and down

        This is the only part I read. I can be there in 4 hours. I’ll call to confirm.

        • Bob Stone

          I’ll let you know next time as it’s happening.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

        There’s only one way to calm something like that down, and you weren’t man enough to handle it.

        For shame.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack
      • Bob Stone

        That’s just great! I should have consulted you guys the night I had the problem.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

          That advice was for JMK, for your advice you should consult http://www.vivid.com (probably NSFW)

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

    I’m really hoping the Dodgers, already the worst defensive outfield in the big leagues, will sign Adam Dunn or Brad Hawpe to play LF next year.

    I would watch every Dodgers game to see that.

  • V

    Wow, good at bat by Thames.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      not an at bat

      /nitpick’d

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    wow, a good PA from Thames

    • EvoLuTioN

      poor mans adam dunn

      lol

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

        Very, very, very poor man’s Adam Dunn. Like on those “Feed the hungry kids in 3rd world countries” poor.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Good Ab by Thames there.

  • EvoLuTioN

    lol wow

    RANDY WINN ftw!

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    FTWinn!!

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

    Randy Winn did that? Seriously? I need to stop drinking in the afternoons.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit methamphetamines.

      • Accent Shallow

        Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit methamphetamines. sniffing glue

        Fixed?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          They both work. He said the line four times in the movie.
          1.) smoking
          2.) drinking
          3.) meth
          4.) glue

          • Accent Shallow

            I know, just sniffing glue is the most outrageous.

            Did I say “outrageous”? Because I meant “fun”.

            /snifffffffffff

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

    Yay Randy.

  • Dela G

    randy winn!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
    • whozat

      Did cuddyer misplay it? Or was it legit?

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

        Legit.

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

      Love T-Pain’s haircut on that one.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I believe that’s called the “Kimbo Slice”.

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

          Where he’s beaten, unconscious and they make funny designs in his head before he wakes up?

    • E-ROC

      Rick Ross seems out of place in that vid.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Rick Ross seems out of place in that vid the music business industry.

        Fixed.

        Khaled’s beat: A+
        Luda’s verse: A-
        Rick Ross’s verse: F
        Snoop’s verse: F

        • andrew

          Remix with a verse from Busta Rhymes and others:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voG45K3yUgs

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Yeah, but the problem is, Rick Ross is still in the remix. Plus, Fat Joe, Fab, and Nicki Minaj are added.

            It’s like they doubled down on wack rappers. That remix should be sponsored by KFC.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Oh, and… Diddy.

              Rick Ross and Snoop: ugh.
              Rick Ross, Diddy, Fabo, Fat Joe, Minaj: (vomits)

            • andrew

              Yea, I agree. I’m a fan of Khaled, Busta and Luda, and some of the other verses aren’t terrible but none are that good.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Wow, a triple by Winn!

  • V

    Ah, Ramiro :-(

  • Bob Stone

    Hot shit.

  • EvoLuTioN

    how long do you guys give it until pena is optioned to AAA and russo is our full time utility man? they are grooming him to be this years hairston jr

    • Accent Shallow

      I get the impression that Russo isn’t really a shortstop, whereas Pena is.

      Of course, I doubt Russo can be a worse “hitter” than Pena is.

      • EvoLuTioN

        i’m sure he can hold the fort down for the few days jeter needs a day off in the 2nd half of the season

        pena is just brutal with the bat

    • zs190

      If Russo could play SS, he would be the utility guy already. Jete’s 36 and there needs to be a backup SS. If Russo plays well in OF though, he might some sense in place of Winn/Thames next year as the backup OF/2B/3B, but I don’t think he’ll replace Pena.

    • MikeD

      I’ve been wondering that myself. If they’re trying to turn Russo into a Jerry Hairston, jack-of-all-trades types, the next question is who goes? If he can play SS, then it might be Pena, who is going to have to get some hits to stick.

  • EvoLuTioN

    tolbert is trying extra hard to look like morneau

  • BigBlueAL

    Watching the game on TBS since the package has the Twins broadcast. Just dreading the fact that the ALCS will be on TBS this season.

    • EvoLuTioN

      at least we don’t have to deal with chip “fisted” caray

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      It’s going to be Chip Caray-less though, right?

      That alone makes it much more watchable

      • EvoLuTioN

        LINE DRIVE BASE HIT CAUGHT OUT THERE

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

        They’ll replace him with Hawk Harleson or Rick Suttcliffe and Nomar.

        • EvoLuTioN

          STRETCH
          STRETCH

          you can put it in the booooooooooooooooooooooooard YEAH

          he gawn

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

            I’ve long wondered what it’d be like if he called a game that the White Sox were not a part of, and frequently LOL at the fact that he used to be a GM.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Hawk Harrelson is the Matt Millen of baseball.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

      WHAT?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!??!?

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

      At least the Yankee hater is gone. Go fist somewhere else.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        I don’t think he was a Yankee hater, just a complete moron

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

          Meh every time the Yankees did something there was no emotion. When the Twins for example got a hit he was like “THAT’S HOW YOU GET IT STARTED!!! COMEBACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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

    Isn’t competitive cheerleading? I thought the only competitive part was in how attractive they were.

    Did I miss something in high school?

  • Dela G

    that was too easy for meattray

  • WIlliam

    My god, Mitre is pitching……well.

  • EvoLuTioN

    Lackey is showing his true grit and heart today

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    FWIW, regarding the “Why was Javy skipped” story:

    Javy Vazquez, career v NYM:
    23 starts, 3.37 ERA, 1.110 WHIP, .239/.281/.392 (.674) allowed

    • Bob Stone

      I smell a sweep at Citi Field.

  • BigBlueAL

    BTW I read the comment above about how apparently the YES announcers talked about less range at SS with Pena. Well on that Thome single David Wells on TBS said the exact same thing that the Yankees lose range at SS with Pena playing there today. No joke.

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

      Yeah but at least Wells is drunk. You can kind of excuse that.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      David Wells is not known for his acumen

    • sleepykarl

      Yeah Wells is the one I was talking about. He keeps stuttering and cannot put a full thought out there.

  • E-ROC

    Jeter can’t buy a hit.

  • WIlliam

    Damn Span, I don’t get fantasy points for your awesome plays.

  • WIlliam

    Come on Tex!!!!

  • EvoLuTioN

    cmon arod…

  • Bob Stone

    That catch of A-Rod’s high fly ball reminded me of Castillo’s drop last year.

  • WIlliam

    Arod’s having the most quiet hot streak ever.

  • WIlliam

    Easiest trivia ever.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Soriano?

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Rickey?

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Henderson, not Ledee

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    That trivia question is easy. The answer is Ruben Rivera.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Wait, did he say “stolen bases”? I thought he said something else, nevermind.

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

    He’s proud of his research.

  • EvoLuTioN

    jonathon niese injured
    looks like a hammy

    mets also making a ton of errors

    • WIlliam

      also in today’s news, fox tends to lean conservative.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

        But they employ everyman Glenn Beck and the independent Bill O’Reilly how are they conservative??!??!??!?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Fox News: We’re blond, you decide.

          • WIlliam

            Stewart’s Glenn Beck tirade is second only to the Cramer interview in Daily Show hilarity.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Lewis Black’s takedown of Beck was even better than Stewart’s, IMO.

              http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....74659.html (safe)

              • WIlliam

                I don’t know, “if only we could just draw the circles”.

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

      Seriously? I dropped him in fantasy just in the nick of time then.

      • EvoLuTioN

        yup
        u saw it when he was fielding a bunt..yet he threw out the next pitch and immediately called the trainers

        great mets coaching/medical staff..

  • WIlliam

    Canooooooooooo!

  • Bob Stone

    Yanks hae been lucky with cought line drives this series. But they have been incredibly lucky in every game against the Twins for years.

  • Mike HC

    I had a bad feeling that was going to be another inexplicable homerun. That last Morneau homer has scarred me.

    • Bob Stone

      Hope the scar isn’t too dep.

      /sarcasm’d

  • Lifetime of Question Marks

    Girardi looks like a bactrian camel

    • Accent Shallow

      Looks like you picking the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        IETC

        • Bob Stone

          Same here.

  • EvoLuTioN

    mitre would be a stud the NL

    Lol

  • Bob Stone

    Does anyone know if there is another upcoming RAB get together?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Another? When was the first one?

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

        We haven’t had one. These things are impossible to put together. We might just have to buy a block of tickets off Stubhub and let it be first come, first serve.

        • Mike HC

          Will everyone have to wear name tags with their commenting name on it?

          Hello. My Name Is …

          Mike HC

        • Bob Stone

          I would enjoy that. Count me in.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            I’m in too.

          • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

            I’m all in, no looksies

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

          It can’t be that hard to organize. All you have to do is say, “Hey, we’ll be at X bar in Manhattan. You should all buy tickets to this game.”

        • Mike HC

          I would love to meet the RAB crew.

          I wonder if TommieJohn acts out comedy scenes with himself from classic movies in person.

          If Rebecca Optimist Prime sporadically jumps in conversations with quirky, optimistic stats about the Yanks.

          If the Honorable Congressional Mondesi speaks as thought out and rationally as he writes on here.

          haha. Kidding aside, I would be down for a meet up sometime of some kind.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            I wonder if TommieJohn acts out comedy scenes with himself from classic movies in person.

            My advice to you, Mike: start drinking heavily.

            • Mike HC

              I’ll take that as a yes?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Yes, it’s true.

                This man has no dick.

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

            I actually sound like mix between Edward G. Robinson and Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 2.

  • Accent Shallow

    Ah, the Olerud-Rickey story!

  • Bob Stone

    I’m going back to the parade in the Canyon of Heroes. I don’t know of any taking place this year but I haven’t been on the site as much as last year so I left it open that I might have missed one.

    • Bob Stone

      Reply fail – oops.

  • EvoLuTioN

    lol
    Duchscherer activated yesterday
    scratched yesterday
    back to the DL today

  • dkidd

    just turned on the game, does mitre look as good as his line so far?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      yea–even the home run to Morneau was on a pretty good pitch

    • Bob Stone

      He’s had some luck with defensive plays but he actually looks pretty good. Even the one run off him was on a pitch off the plate and low.

    • WIlliam

      Better, the homer was carried a ton by the wind, it wasn’t even a bad pitch.

      • dkidd

        thanks!

  • EvoLuTioN

    BABIP is thames best friend

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Gardner would be on third after that

    • Bob Stone

      ietc

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

    Metrics say Orlando Hudson hasn’t been a good defensive second baseman since like…2006. But Gold Gloves…

    • Lifetime of Question Marks

      But his diving plays!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Marcus Thames >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the haters

    • Bob Stone

      But not THAT much better than us pragmatists like me.

  • WIlliam

    Thames hitting rightes, Mitre pitching well, and Winn being a “true” Yankee. What’s next, a home run by Garder?…..oh wait.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’m going to die laughing when Brett Gardner is the first Yankee to reach the upper deck.

      • Bob Stone

        The only thing funnier would be Sabbathia doing it.

      • E-ROC

        What should your tombstone say?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Pepperoni.

          /80’sjoke’d

          • E-ROC

            Lol.

  • Alex S

    i was at the aforementioned game on july 4, 2007

    /Latetotheparty’d

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

    That’s how you advertise Canadian tourism? Really?

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Liriano >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Mitre

    • Eirias

      The sun rises in the east.

      See I can play this game too!

  • WIlliam

    Thames would have dropped that.

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

    Two hands Randy, nice catch.

    • Bob Stone

      I noticed that too – Two hands seems to be a dying art.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        TWSS

        • Bob Stone

          Sorry but I don’t know that acronym.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            That’s what she said

            • Bob Stone

              Thanks – that figures coming from TSJC. I should have figured it out. Great comment Tommie.

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

    Settle, Serg.

  • WIlliam

    Seriously? The guy was hitting 220 in the minors.

    • Bob Stone

      Cervelli was hitting .198 in the minors by way of comparison . . . in low A-Ball if I recall correctly.

      • WIlliam

        Ehhhh, Cervelli is a one in a million case.

        • Bob Stone

          I’ll still take his performance on the Yanks even against all odds.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    PENA WITH TEH JETERIAN RANGE!!!!!!!

    /YES’d

  • WIlliam

    Mitre could actually go 6 innings one run. Wow.

  • AndrewYF

    So far, Mitre >> Gaudin on the season.

    Whodathunkit?

    • Lifetime of Question Marks

      NostraCashmus

    • Bob Stone

      Actually . . . a lot of us here on RAB did. Earlier I commented on Girardi knowing something about Mitre from his FLA experience. Combine that with the fact that it takes longer than people think to come back from TJS and I think it makes sense. Longer term, I think this guy has some potential to be a better than average AL starter.

  • Lifetime of Question Marks

    Looks like we found our everyday DH until NJ’s back.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    Probably time for Mitre to call it a day right? He was at an 80 pitch limit, and facing Morneau/Mauer the third time through doesn’t seem like a good idea for Sergio Mitre.

    • AndrewYF

      Would you honestly trust Marte or Robertson over Mitre (I can’t believe I’m saying this)? At least you know that Mitre can get those guys out today.

      • Bob Stone

        I hear what you are saying but I think it was the right decision.

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

    Love Pena’s fielding ability but…damn, he just can’t hit.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      OH, BURN!!!!!

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

        Mondesi is right. Every time I pan a player, they immediately perform.

        Writing up a Brackman post as we speak.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Can you do us all another favor and write an article about how the European debt crisis is an unfixable, unavoidable spiraling descent into world depression?

          Thanks.

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

            When I finish stocking up on cured ham and ouzo, no problem.

          • Mike HC

            And even more important than that, a post on why the Knicks have no shot at landing LeBron

          • Bob Stone

            Yeah – we need to know how to kill all the PIGS.

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

          Ha, did it happen again today with Pena?

          I’m pretty sure you’re Walt from Lost.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Nice wheels, Ramiro.

  • WIlliam

    Teh infield hit!!!!!!!!

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

    An average second basement gets him out by a step.

    • Bob Stone

      I haven’t seen that many basements move that fast. Concrete is heavy.

      /sarcasm’d

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      An average second baseman makes both of those plays and there’s 2 out, nobody on right now.

  • WIlliam

    Wow, that’s the perfect hit and run.

  • EvoLuTioN

    nice swing jetes

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

    Pretty sure all teams practice situational hitting, Kay. Maybe not the Mariners since they never have more than one man on and it’s always Ichiro.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      The Mariners were going to have a class on situational hitting the other day, but Ken Griffey Jr. was the scheduled instructor. He overslept and missed class.

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

        Ha. He and Keith Hernandez bunked together the night before.

  • Hummingbird S.

    bad ab gardy

  • EvoLuTioN

    cmon brett

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    wow

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Hah.

    The Twins are some unlucky summamambitches.

  • WIlliam

    Well, they had to start falling in for hits sometime.

  • larryf

    May is fairer for Mark Texeira…….

    ouch

    • Bob Stone

      It’s inexplicable and amazing year after year.

  • WIlliam

    With A-rod streaking and Cano slumping, I’d walk A-rod.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Come on, Nails: FINISH HIM.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Le sigh.

  • WIlliam

    Damn, he hit it hard.

  • EvoLuTioN

    arod has 3 run, 1 hr, 7rbi in the past week……much from that grand slam

    cmon heat up!

    • WIlliam

      Uhhh, he’s hitting like 320 over the past week or so. Way to use the two most useless stats in baseball as some of your stats.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Past 7 days – .333/.385/.542
        Past 14 days – .349/.442/.558

        Complaining about ARod: you shouldn’t be doing it

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

          So he was clearly better in the 7 days that preceded the last week. STEEP DECLIINEEE!

      • EvoLuTioN

        .296
        i have him in fantasy h2h ;)

      • EvoLuTioN

        and how are runs and RBI useless stats when hes batting clean up?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Because they’re dependent on who is hitting in front of him and behind of him.

          Cano (hitting behind him, driving his runs total up) is slumping badly;, and Tex is the only guy hitting in front of him who’s currently not scuffling as well.

          Runs and RBI are context and teammate dependent. Good players can play well and not accumulate many runs scored or RBIs if his teammates aren’t doing their jobs as well.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          because they’re entirely dependent on the rest of his team. Stop.

    • Bob Stone

      He definitely will. He’s getting smarter. He’s saving really BIG hits for Boston series and the post season.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      eff that .400 OBP he should have a .800 OBP

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      really I’m shocked you’re being negative

      • EvoLuTioN

        lol chill i’m not saying he sucks or something or that he’s killing us

        all i said in my first post is cmon heat up!
        and we all know how lethal the a hot alex rodriguez is

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Robinson Cano, past 14 days: .227/.320/.273

    Tommie: not aroused

    • Bob Stone

      Usually it doesn’t take much to get you aroused. Is fatherhood changing you?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Yup. Now that I have a son, I now play by my own rules, nobody else’s, not even my own.

        • Bob Stone

          LOL – Could you be any more obtuse?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Obtuse? THAT’S TWO MORE WEEKS IN THE HOLE FOR YOU, BOB STONE!!!

            • Bob Stone

              Did I use a word you do not know?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Mitre against the top of their order, for a third time. That might not be a good idea.

    • Bob Stone

      Meat Ray at 79 pitches against a pitch count limit of 80-85. I agree with taking him out now.

  • WIlliam

    With this new mlb.com poll, I’ve lost all faith in MLB.com commenters. Nearly half the people said Tori Hunter is the best defender in cf, in all of baseball.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      What on earth convinced you to have any faith in mlb.com commenters in the first place?

      • WIlliam

        I suppose I didn’t, it’s just so….so…uhg.

        • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

          They vote based on what they hear when their teams play the Angels all the time, which is that Torii Hunter is the best CF ever. Shouldn’t be shocked, most people don’t see enough of anyone except their own team to make informed decisions.

  • cjc

    man I think he’s really pushing his luck here having him out for the 6th

  • Bob Stone

    On NESN the announcers were saying that Minnesota doesn’t have much luck against the Yanks after showing the last highlight. Talk about having and acute sense of the obvious.

  • WIlliam

    Why would you ever thing of using Logan Kay? With the tying run on deck.

    • WIlliam

      I mean at the plate…I mean on 1st. Uhg.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’m not philosophically anti-LOOGY like some other people are, but LOOGYs just shouldn’t be utilized against super-talented lefty batters who don’t have any discernible platoon split, like Mauer, Morneau, etc. LOOGYs should be used where they give you an actual advantage. Logan would not do so in this situation. Mauer and Morneau kill lefties and righties with equal aplomb.

      • WIlliam

        Exactly.

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

    You got this, David.

  • 28 this year

    both those first two balls to Mauer are in the strikezone according to Gameday. I just started following the game, is this umpire’s strikezone tight?

    • cjc

      when Mauer is up yes

  • Dela G

    you’ve got to be kidding me

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

    Haha Lackey for 5 years is going to suck.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      What’s going on with him?

      • WIlliam

        Well, his era is probably above 5 after today’s game. Still, he’ll recover. He’s a good pitcher, just not for the amount he signed for.

      • Steve O.

        Getting lit up by the Tigers to the tune of 8 hits, 5 earned, and 4 BBs.

  • cjc

    its amazing how horrible he is this year comapred with last especially his fastball command

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Ohhhh David Robertson. Throw strikes, please. Not the ones that they murder.

  • WIlliam

    Come on k-rob, what the hell is this?

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

    Hey Mr. Robertson, please throw strikes.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    You know what I hate most about Mauer and Morneau?

    How perfect and ostentatious their eyeblack lines are. Trying to shove their grittiness in my face and whatnot.

    Get bent, losers.

    • Steve O.

      I don’t mind Mauer’s, after all, he is a catcher. But Morneau? What’s gritty about a great hitting first baseman?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Pinpoint. Sick.

  • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

    Sit your ass down Mourneau….

  • Raf

    ill take it.

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

    There you go. Cuddyer can’t touch your curve, go for it.

  • WIlliam

    K-rob with the k!

  • zs190

    Man, that was a lucky call, totally a ball there. DRob has looked really bad so far.

    • Sheepmeister

      Well, ball 3 was a strike on the outside, so it all works out.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    I shouldn’t be complaining about this, but give me robot umps

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

    Ain’t no thang. Good job, David.

  • Raf

    DRob, not sharp but gets 3 outs

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    You sorry, sorry bastards. I admit it, I’m starting to feel bad for the Twins.

    • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

      No mercy, never feel bad for your enemies/opponents.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I can’t help it, I have empathy. I must be a Nazi of some sort.

        Sincerely,
        Theoretical Glenn Beck

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Geez, the Twins must be feeling snakebit

  • zs190

    Haha, thank you, Cuddyer, man has he been the GIDP machine this year. He’s on pace to shatter the all time record I think.

    • WIlliam

      You realize he didn’t ground into a double play, right?

      • zs190

        My bad, lined into double play. Still, he’s hit into a ridiculous amount of double plays so far. Partially because they put so many baserunner in front of him but he’s really been unlucky.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It’ll be a tall order, though. Jim Rice and Ben Grieve were both really, really good at grounding into double plays and not being good enough to merit induction into the Hall of Fame.

      Cuddyer’s got his work cut out for him.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      per Axisa on Twitter, Cuddyer has 12 GIDP this season. Obviously it’s early but that’s on pace for 54. The single season record is Jim Rice’s 1984 with 36.

  • Bob Stone

    Unbelievable. Yank’s luck against the Twins is OFF the bell curve.

    • MikeD

      I’ve been fearing a market correction the past couple years, but so far so good.

      • Bob Stone

        Totally agree. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, as there’s a good chance we could meet these guys in the playoffs again.

  • claybeez

    Lucky again, to get out of that one. Thanks, also to the HP ump.

  • dkidd

    lol twins

    admit it: you can’t win in new york and you know it

  • EvoLuTioN

    drob ftw

  • WIlliam

    Hahahaha. Way to induce the ridiculously hard hit line-out double play K-rob. I’ll take it. But seriously, shouldn’t these guys be freezing on line drives until they see it fall in for a hit?

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Woo woo David Robertson! (That was lucky, but I’ll take luck aaaany time.)

  • MikeD

    Fortunately that ball was hit right at Pena, since he has no range.

    /TV broadcasters

  • WIlliam

    Come on M’s!!!

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHH

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Minnesota: 1
    Mystique and Aura: 3

  • WIlliam

    SS should have got that. Another hit for Posada, his avg is sky-rocketing.

  • EvoLuTioN

    wat is toronto on this year?
    john buck(!) showing power.. 8 homers 23rbi with a .276 BA
    jose bautista with 10 bombs 29 rbi
    alex gonzalez with 10 bombs 29 rbi
    vernon wells also with 10 bombs 29 rbi

    • WIlliam

      Something’s going around that clubhouse.

      • ROBTEN

        I heard that it is nothing but a prescribed regime of harmless Vitamin B-12 shots.

        Sincerely,
        Theoretical Dr. Miguel Tejada

  • WIlliam

    The ss learns his lesson.

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

    Orlando Hudson is overrated. Why don’t writers and sportscasters know that?

  • ROBTEN

    So, where did the Twins get the reputation for “playing the game the right way”? Or, do they just play sloppy baseball against the Yankees?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’m telling you, it’s the eyeblack. It’s all the eyeblack.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      They’re from the Midwest, a lot of them are white, and they have the image of a small-market team.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        despite the $100M payroll and the fact that the Twin Cities have all four major sports

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Plus, Ron Gardenhire looks a little like Santa Claus. That helps.

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

      Small market teams that win almost always get that label. It’s like catchers who can’t hit, they’re automatically considered great defenders.

      • Bob Stone

        According to statistics, the Twin’s geography is the 16th largest Metropolitan Market Area ahead of San Diego, St. Louis, Denver, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, KC and Milwaukee. They are not really all THAT samll.

        • ROBTEN

          According to statistics

          Well, that’s your problem right there. “Small Market” is not measured by how many people live in your city, but by the size of your heart. That’s why Boston is such a special place. It has both a fairly large population, but more importantly if heart could generate electricity, they’d have enough to power the entire Eastern seaboard. New York, on the other hand, is the grinch of cities. It’s heart is so small that it is a veritable black hole of feeling.

          Sincerely,
          Every sports writer on the differences between Boston and New York

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Heart can’t be masured, unless you’re talking about the heart of Boston, in which case it can be measured and its size is immeasurable.

            Sincerely,
            Dr. Nomar Garciaparra, Ph.D. in Advanced Cardiology

  • WIlliam

    yay, Ichiro up with runners on 1st and 2nd wit no otus and a run already in.

    • WIlliam

      *with no outs

      • WIlliam

        Damn it Figgins.

  • Lifetime of Question Marks

    Bad baserunning by Jorge. Needs to be on the inside of the baseline to affect Morneau’s throw.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Bad baserunning by Jorge.

      You are surprised by this??? ;)

  • http://www.lennysyankees.com lenNY’s Yankees

    Logan and Robertson haven’t been great, but they are both major league pitchers. Nova is still young and needs more time in the minor leagues to develop.

  • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

    Didn’t notice it till now… but Jim Thome is DHing but he has eyeblack on. What’s the frigging point?

    • ROBTEN
    • Lifetime of Question Marks

      Grit is in this year.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Black is the new black.

        • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

          It’s like the friggin “guy-liner” fashion craze for baseball..

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

      In case Marte throws that giant, sweeping slider at eye level?

    • Hummingbird S.

      it looks cool

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      It’s a dream of mine that some day Andy wears high socks and eyeblack in a game. And then… um… you know… nevermind.

      • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

        keep going…

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          Things happen.

          /purposefully not specific’d

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Don’t forget to stretch. Strains are serious business.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    I’m liking this D-Rob.

    • dkidd

      the maddeningly inconsistent one?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I spoke too soon, apparently.

    • dkidd

      also, you’re right about the eyeblack

      oddly infuriating

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I’m not even calling them the Twins anymore.

        They’re the Minnesota Eyeblacks.

        • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

          This.

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

    Jason Kubel does nothing but walk and strike out. Dude’s struggling.

  • Kevin

    K-Rob making Kubel look silly on the 3 pith strikeout.

  • WIlliam

    Must every batter get to a full count K-rob?

  • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

    Casilla needs to mow that thing off his chin, its weird looking…looks like a Chia pet disguised as a chin strap…

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

    How do you walk Casilla? Seriously.

  • EvoLuTioN

    lol@dan haren

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      what happened?

      • EvoLuTioN

        knocked around again
        4.1IP
        8 hits
        7 runs, 6earned
        2k’s, 3 walks
        2 homeruns
        3 doubles

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          DAMN. Whoah. Against anemic Atlanta, to boot!

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

            Eric Hinske took him deep.

            In other news, I dropped Niese for Hinske this morning in fantasy because Casey Blake is slumping at third.

            /genius

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              It’s the Holiday Inn Express, isn’t it?

            • EvoLuTioN

              lol
              how did you know hinske would start?

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

                He’s started the past few games.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Hinske’s been starting for like a week now.

  • WIlliam

    Why do you want to keep him for 1 inning Joe? Why?

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Balkin’ Bob strikes again

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    No problem, David’s got this.

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

    Gah. That didn’t even look like a balk.

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

    Why is it such a damn crime if Joba pitches more than one inning?

    • ROBTEN

      It’s because he only has enough flatulence and in-eloquent speech for one inning or twenty-five pitches, which ever comes first.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Maybe we could keep him in a literal bullpen with actual bulls. Having him around his own kind more might increase his grunting and farting capabilities when we place him in the china shop.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Sign #8,945,124 that umpires suck:

    There’s an umpire that has a nickname for the portion of the rulebook he likes to call more than any other umpire.

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

      On the other hand, if he’s right in calling it, we should praise him for getting a call right that others aren’t.

      It does seem like he’s probably some idiot inserting himself into the game because he’s self-important, but you know, he may not be.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        This.

        any way to find balk splits by umpire? b-ref doesn’t seem to have it

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        On the other hand, if he’s right in calling it, we should praise him for getting a call right that others aren’t.

        Oh, sure, but that’s just the other side of the suck coin. Either there’s one renegade ump who calls the game the wrong way, has done so for years, will continue to do so indefinitely, everybody knows about it, and nobody is correcting it

        OR

        There’s only one good ump in all of baseball who calls the game the right way and the other hundred-odd guys are lazy idiots who aren’t doing their jobs.

    • ROBTEN

      It’s like umpires are fighting back against technology by becoming “personalities.”

      Trying to stave off change by getting people to pay even more attention to your biases, errors, and inconsistencies – that’s the kind of nimble thinking that makes you such a valuable part of the game.

  • dkidd

    pena is solid in the field

    viva monterey

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    How old was that cop? 12?

    • Mike HC

      hahaha … my thoughts exactly.

    • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

      16

  • Lifetime of Question Marks

    TBS broadcast is talking about Joba to the pen; consequenty, making my ears bleed. And bexarama, I am not suprised by this.

    My ears bleed all the time?

  • WIlliam

    Why does Matt Garza have pubic hair on his chin?

    • EvoLuTioN

      grit

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    I would never have recognized that as Graeme Lloyd, and I’m good with recognizing faces.

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

      They all look the same to you.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Heh.

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

          Australian LOOGYs, that is.

    • Bob Stone

      Me either.

  • BigBlueAL

    David Wells just said he and Pettitte tried to teach Mo a cutter but eventually Mel Stottlemyre is the one who taught it to him. So someone is lying.

  • WIlliam

    Teh grit!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    What? No upper-deck shot?

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  • WIlliam

    The edge commercial is soooooo bad.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      and they’re EVERYWHERE!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Question from two weeks ago: IS THIS METS HOT STREAK FOR REAL!?!?!??!?!

    Answer today: No, it wasn’t.

    • Alex S

      Do I believe Michael could survive in a hostile environment? lets put it this way…No i do not.

    • EvoLuTioN

      bases juiced no outs for jose reyes

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      they have a really silly home/road record difference

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

    Even Jamie Moyer would have an uptick in velocity for an inning. God!

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

    Yeah too bad Hughes has succeeded as a starter Flaherty.

    • ROBTEN

      I really think I am going to just have to shut off the sound when Joba comes into a game. It’s just become too much of an opportunity for announcers to spout inane cliches and endless stupidity.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        We’re going to have to raise the Terriost Threat Level Advisory up to Orange.

        http://mystiqueandaura.com/wp-.....dlevel.jpg

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

        Same. It’s a velocity watch every time he walks to the mound when we all know he’ll throw hard. Then we get some mentality affecting Joba and how he’s suited for the pen and stuff like that. I mean sure they’re entitled to thinking that but I don’t want to hear it every damn appearance.

  • EvoLuTioN

    thanks micheal kay, he wasn’t hitting 94 last year even in the bullpen so obviously he regained velocity after his should injury. He can hit more than 91 as a starter

    • EvoLuTioN

      shoulder*

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

      Especially with a year with no restrictions. It would be a shame if Joba doesn’t even get a chance to start with no limitations.

      • ROBTEN

        It would be a shame if Joba doesn’t even get a chance to start with no limitations.

        Be prepared. I hope I’m wrong, but even with potentially two rotation spots open next season I think at best it is probably 50/50 that he ever starts again.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          All I can do is put my faith in Cashman to overrule all his underlings who aren’t thinking big picture.

        • EvoLuTioN

          with 2 spots…one should be joba and the other should be javy or cliff lee

          • Bob Stone

            I’d still consider Pettitte.

            • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

              Probably/maybe retiring.

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

          Yeah I’d say so. They’ve already talked about a permanent bullpen move for him in the offseason. Cashman denies it’s true but it’ll probably happen.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      wasn’t he hitting 96 as a starter sometimes? His velocity wasn’t there all the time, but it was there sometimes. When he was bad, it was way more his awful location/delivery than anything else.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Attempting to apply logic to this is admirable, but pointless–Flaherty was praising the look in Joba’s eyes when he comes out of the pen. There is no arguing with that.

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

        Remember when Joba got a string of wonderful quality starts? Yeah he was averaging 92 on the fastball. Command and control >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> velocity.

  • MikeD

    Michael, that’s not quite right. Joba was throwing mid-90s as a starter in ’07 prior to hitting DL, and for most of last year he was at about 93 as a starter. As a starter or a reliever, his velocity is still down about 3 mph from his ’07 and early ’08 seasons.

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

      “As a starter or a reliever, his velocity is still down about 3 mph from his ‘07 and early ‘08 seasons.”

      Actually, as a reliever in early ’08 he averaged 95-96 MPH with the fastball.

      • MikeD

        I’d take that as an average. As we just saw, many of his fastballs, even as a reliever were at 94. Still rather see him in the rotation again depending how things shake out in ’11.

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

          Yeah I wasn’t commenting on any of that stuff, just pointing out that he’s not down 3 MPH from early ’08.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      you gotta love how when it comes to joba opinions become facts. These guys watch the games on a day in day out basis but yet make so many incorrect comments.

      Kay in detroit: Joba hasn’t thrown that hard since 2007.

  • dkidd

    why is michael kay acting like this is a blowout?

    • MikeD

      He’s feeling too comfortable because it’s the Twins. It’s not a blowout and one of these days it’s going to even out. Hopefully not today!

      • MikeD

        Today arrived.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    No worries, Joba, you got this.

  • Bob Stone

    c’mon Joba

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    OH SHIT WAS THAT A BALK?!?!?!??!?!

  • EvoLuTioN

    flaherty and kay are like, whoa joba shows a curveball? this is new

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

      A pitch from his starter days?!?!?! NOOOOO!!!!

      /Manuel’d

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

    Doesn’t look like Joba’s joining to be available for both games of the Sox series, but they’ll live with Hughes and CC going.

    • EvoLuTioN

      no fear
      we have boone logan.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Oh, come on. This is getting ri-god-damn-diculous!!!

    /Vitchard’d

  • dkidd

    catching = masochism

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Joba’s got this.

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

    Dammit Tex. DFA him.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      First the failure to hit the massive upper deck homer when I wanted him to, now this. I’ve had it up to here with this self-centered, overpaid, diva bum. Cut his ass and give me Cody Ransom at first, immediately.

      Chemistry FTW.

  • EvoLuTioN

    damn, that little hesitation cost us the out but an excellent job by teix to stop that

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    What was that…? Okay, Joba. Next guy. Get him.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Or Mariano, that will do nicely.

  • EvoLuTioN

    enter sandman

  • BigBlueAL

    Mo for his first 4-out save of the season. Bullpen might be a bit short tomorrow but at least Park should be available.

  • EvoLuTioN

    BEDLAM IN THE BRONX

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Oh gosh come on Mo…

  • dkidd

    robots now

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      nah, that was inside

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        never mind. three of those were strikes

        give me robots

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Wait, what the hell is going on here? 3-0?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Whew. (exhales)

  • EvoLuTioN

    BREAK HIS BAT
    YOU CAN DO ITTTTTTTT

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    If Mo doesn’t believe in himself is that blasphemy?

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Aaaargh it’s okay, Mo gets the next guy

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Harumph.

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    Hey all just getting in to watch. What is up with Mariano walking in a run…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I blame all this on you. You show up, Mo starts sucking.

      Correlation = Causation

  • EvoLuTioN

    wow wtf

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Bitch.

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    Umm what

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    What the——-

  • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

    OMG…its Jason fucking Kubel.

    • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

      …Jason fucking-I’m-a-scrub Kubel

      • MikeD

        He’s not a scrub, just off to a slow start. .300/.369/.539 slast stats last season. Of course, no one is supposed to hit Mo, scrub or HOFer.

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

    Well that was unexpected.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      /SpanishInquisition’d

  • Hummingbird S.

    Watching on gameday, 3 of the 4 balls to Thome caught the edge of the strikezone.

  • EvoLuTioN

    nooo :(

  • Brent

    What the hell just happened?

  • Kevin

    :O

  • dkidd

    poop

    and yet, we’ll still win

  • V

    Thanks, asshole umpire. Thank you for not doing your job correctly when MARIANO RIVERA is pitching. Ass.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Meh, it was one pitch. Mo probably still ultimately walks Thome even if he gets that call on that pitch.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        and the other two?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Maybe I’m in the minority, but watching that AB against Thome, I don’t feel like Mo was getting jobbed. He was missing the zone (just barely). Thome’s walk was fine with me.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    I’d like to voice my complaint. Jason Kubel is NOT allowed to hit a HR off of Rivera.

    • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

      Jason Kubel is NOT ALOWED TO HIT, EVAR.

      • Mike

        You are aware that he hit .300 28 HRs and 103 RBIs in ’09?

        • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

          The EVAR at the end of my comment should be an indicator of how serious I am.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

          Did I say that I was ok with that? Let me clarify: Jason Kubel is NOT allowed to be good at baseball. Neither, for that matter, is Ty Wigginton, who has the douchiest 12 HRs ever.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I’m speechless…

  • Sheepmeister

    Wow, the umpire calls a strike. That’s unexpected.

  • WIlliam

    Shit, perhaps we’ll see our 1st walk-off of the season.

  • EvoLuTioN

    well arod and cano are coming up
    we need to do something

    and i swear if we see pena fucking hit in this inning i’ll blow

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

    Who’s ready for some pie?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I am.

      (Side note: It’s funny how Mo never seems to really slowly lose the lead by bleeding out little hits anymore, he only has super-quick and unexpected super-implosions via massive homer. It’s as if he wants to cauterize the wound by giving up the runs all at once, so we can get over it quickly and get on to the business of mounting the comeback.)

      • Bob Stone

        Interesting . . . but from recollection . . . true.

      • Mike

        I’ve generally found that great relievers don’t bleed their teams when they are off. When they are off, the end comes rapidly.

    • Mike

      Bring it on.

  • Jose V…no way there is more than one JOSE? That’s uncalled for!

    wow that’s just unfortunate

  • WIlliam

    Sergio Mitre’s great start is ruined by poor relief from Chamberlain and Rivera, wait what?

    • EvoLuTioN

      and thats baseball

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Baseball: you can’t predict it

  • V

    I swear to god, if this umpire doesn’t squeeze Rauch, I’ll be pissed.

    Wait, I AM pissed.

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

    Just have to throw up your hands and laugh when something like that happens.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      No you don’t, what you have to do is irrationally look for blame from someone and demand a hasty and ridiculous overreaction.

      We should cut Sergio Mitre, Randy Winn, and Marcus Thames; they’re the reason why Mo gave up that homer.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        and Alex Rodriguez and Cano for grounding out!!! DAMN THEM!!!!!

        • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

          Don’t forget about the EYEBLACK!!! THE FRIGGIN EYEBLACK!!!!!

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

        … And Tim Tschida’s crazy insano strike zone. (Never mind that those pitches were on the edge of the zone and, thus, weren’t the worst calls in the world.)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You know what that GS was?

          It was the exception that proves the rule.

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

            Well-said.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Ugh. That sucks. But it happens and the game ain’t over yet.

  • V

    Too bad Al Leiter isn’t in the booth, so someone can ask him about human error.

  • EvoLuTioN

    what was the text poll question again?

  • V

    So, um, yeah, Alex. Could you stop doing that?

  • EvoLuTioN

    how many pitches has cano seen today? 5?

  • dark side of the goon

    Just got in and need to ask: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

    • ROBTEN

      Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

      Oh, and Mo gave up a grand-slam to give the Twins the lead.

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    Wow… 4 and 5 hitters hit nice easy grounders… no late fire this year

  • V

    So glad the heart of our lineup consists of such patient hitters.

  • WIlliam

    What happened, how’d they get 2 outs.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I hope Cano and A-Rod enjoyed their day-off so they can comeback strong tomorrow.

  • EvoLuTioN

    time for the red sox to witness valverde’s dance moves

    • Hummingbird S.

      I seriously dont get it why some people think valverde’s celebrations is too much? Who are we to say how much celebration is too much? If he gets the job done, let him celebrate, just like we let Joba pump his fists and celebrate the way he sees fit.

      • EvoLuTioN

        he does a bit more than fist pump

      • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

        If people can bitch about Joba’s fist pump, we can bitch about Valvedere’s herky jerky dance.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Eesh, I know it’s bad but all of a sudden we have no heart, guys?

  • BigBlueAL

    No point in letting Mo pitch the 9th.

  • Joe D.

    Egad, blaming the ump on those borderline-at-best pitches is goofy.

    Mo got owned. It’s going to happen once every few years. Today was one of those times.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I have to agree. Those pitches were borderline, and calling them balls is not egregious.

      And the walk is secondary. He still served up an absolute meatball to Kubel. Had he walked Thome and then retired Kubel with a better pitch, nobody would even be mentioning the balls and strikes to Thome.

  • EvoLuTioN

    PeteAbe: Not sure what is more stunning, that Mo Rivera just gave up a grand slam or that Scott Schoeneweis just got two straight outs. 5 minutes ago reply

  • WIlliam

    Posada is having a great series.

  • Bob Stone

    Mariano got squeezed. But the umpire has been doing that all day. At least the umpire has been consistent. I still like the idea of robots and/or much more instant replay calls.

    I think it is ridiculous, in this day and age, that each umpire has a “different” strike zone (and I know Mo has often gotten the benefit of wrong calls going his way). It’s time to use some of our incredible technology.

    “Charm of the game be damned”. And I am not just saying that because this game is going south. The umpiring is getting worse every year. Again, against the Twins, in the playoffs last year, that ball that was called fair in left field in front of Melky was just ridiculous.

    Replace the umpires with computers. And this comment isn’t coming from some young techie with no respect for tradition. I love the tradition and the long-time stats of the game. I have been watching baseball for 55 years. I just want to see calls being made accurately.

    • Bob Stone

      I didn’t over-react too much . . . or did I?

  • MikeD

    That grand slam reminds me of the HR he gave up to Ichiro. Very deflating. At least we still have a chance to respond.

  • WIlliam

    Does that mean Swish has been used and is out for the game, or no?

    • V

      Yup.

  • EvoLuTioN

    oh cmon
    i like miranda but just let swish bat righty

    why burn the bat already? we have WINN AND PENA DUE UP IN THE 9th.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Swish is hurt. He can’t bat righty.

      • EvoLuTioN

        he can bat righty, not lefty

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

        Can bat righty, can’t bat lefty.

        • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

          I would’ve left Swisher alone to bat from the right side, then again I’m insane and not a coach.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          My bad, mistyped. You knew what I was trying to say.

          • EvoLuTioN

            which is why i originally said let swish bat righty…

    • WIlliam

      and risk another outfield injury over 1 game? I say no.

      • WIlliam

        oh, my bad.

  • dark side of the goon

    what were all those guys doing on base in the first place? Has Mo ever given up a grand slam? Wait what?

  • dkidd

    read him his rights, juan

  • EvoLuTioN

    Nats promote RHP Drew Storen, their 2nd No. 1 pick last year behind you-know-who. Will join team in St. Louis tomorrow.

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

    Hey guys, just got home. Did I miss anything?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

      Yep game was canceled. No need to check the box score, no need whatsoever at all.

    • Mike

      Not a thing. Every thing is quiet.

  • Mike

    BTW Why did the Yankees announce to the world that Swisher can’t hit from one side fo the plate?

  • Slu

    Does Pena play left next inning or Miranda?

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

      Yeah, this is the problem with the short bench we have now. Girardi had made 8th inning defensive substitutions with Golson, then Swisher get’s double switched out, so mow Pena’s playing RF.

      You could blame Girardi for the Swisher AB, the rest he would do the same all over again if he had to.

      • Zack

        Well if he didnt put Swisher in, it would have been Golston v a LHP, or PH Miranda in against a LHP.

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

          Right, but he has to figure Gardy would make the pitching change there. That goes to show how valuable all of our switch hitters are, it wouldn’t have mattered if Swish wasn’t hurt, he’d bat either way.

          • Zack

            Right, he knew Swisher was going to get an AB against the LHP. He wanted to force them to bring in a RHP, so he could use Miranda against him instead of against a LHP.

            Those were good moves made by Girardi, he used what he had to get the best match up he could.

  • EvoLuTioN

    lol

  • WIlliam

    Shit, the 9th ain’t looking to pretty.

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

      Can’t wait to see Ivan Nova come up with the bases loaded.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Pinch hitter: CC Sabathia.

        Your mind: BLOWN.

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

    I’m curious to see how the outfield defense is going to shake out now.

    • BigBlueAL

      No more DH, Jeter to SS and Pena to RF.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        We shoulda left Peña at SS and put Jeter in RF, just for poops and giggles.

        • BigBlueAL

          Gotta start getting Jeter used to the OF eventually.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            This guy knows what I’m talking about.

    • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

      We get to see some OF PENA!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      You know what? Seeing more Ivan Nova and seeing Peña in the OF almost makes this loss (if it ultimately is a loss) worthwhile.

      • ROBTEN

        Nova’s release point was a bit off, but otherwise it seemed to me like he has a nice, smooth delivery – I know, a contradiction with my initial statement about his release point, but I’d chalk that up to nerves. Overall, it’s been a nice four innings for Nova.

  • Mike HC

    Wow, I change channels to watch Magic vs Celtics for 15 minutes and the whole thing falls apart.

    Joba and Mo combine to lose a game for us? I guess they are not perfect after all.

    • rek4gehrig

      it’s your fault :-)

  • Hummingbird S.

    With Winn and Pena due up in the 9th, this one is pretty much over. Well, shit happens. Tomorrow we’ll put a hurting on the Sox so we can all feel better.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Hummingbird S., you are getting so much better, I gotta say. Props.

  • Kannon965

    MIRAMDA BLOWS!!!!! You cant even stand there and foul off ONE pictch???!!!Fanning at all those with a guy on down 2 was disgusting.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      OH MY GOD THE YANKEES ARE GOING TO LOSE A GAME THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF ANYTHING!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      This comment is jam-packed with FAIL.

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

        Oh, IDK about that. I think he makes a fair point about MIRAMDA.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Just wait until he sees how bad IVAM MOVA is.

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

            It won’t matter, because I’m predicting a walkoff HR by RAMDY WIMM.

    • EvoLuTioN

      lol..

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He’s right, though. As soon as I find out who the hell “Miramda” is, I’m probably going to hate his guts.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I just saw this comment. It is awesome.

  • WIlliam

    I predict a walk-off grand-slam by Gardner next inning, book it.

    • EvoLuTioN

      oh we’re upto the lets make crazy comments part already?

      • WIlliam

        yup!

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    If we lose, which isn’t a guarantee, this is an upsetting loss, but not really one to get that terribly worried about, you know? Mariano ain’t gonna do that too often.

    • rek4gehrig

      My sentiments exactly. At least we take 2 out of 3.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Let’s just keep winning series and everything will be fine

      • Pat D

        But coming off a series where they dropped 3 out of 4, and the fact that this game “should” have been won…and with the friggin’ Sox and Rays and Mets stupidity on the horizon…yea, this might be one of those games you needed to have come September.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          The Sox are back at .500 and the Mets are under .500

          • Pat D

            It’s not about the current quality of the teams. It’s about how those series are always treated. They’re treated like they’re world-changing affairs because it’s Yankees/Sox, and because it’s Yankees/Mets, a.k.a. “The reason interleague play was created,” and so there’s little fun in watching those games unless they win big.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          ZOMG TEH PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          (looks for Pat D.’s posts in this thread while the Yankees were winning)
          (finds nothing)
          (is not surprised)

          • Pat D

            Wasn’t in front of my computer until the 7th inning…at a movie and then had to wait to steal it back from the person using it.

            Not panicking, just disappointed.

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          But coming off a series where they dropped 3 out of 4,

          They’ve won 24 of their last 36.

          • Pat D

            That’s the whole season. Not really an apt comparison. They looked awfully pathetic against the Tigers in two of those games.

            • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

              Sorry, you’re right. Two games is far more important than the entire season.

              • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

                Yep.

                And they looked pretty good today until the greatest reliever of all time gave up a grand slam. These things happen. Do not panic.

                • Pat D

                  Again, not panicking.

                  I’m also not sure that scoring 3 runs against a 2nd-rate starter, no matter who’s out of the lineup, is looking pretty good.

                  Hats off to Mitre and even to Robertson, who looked better than he has, but then ugh.

              • Pat D

                No, I’m saying that “they’ve won 24 of their last 36″ is meaningless when it’s the only 36 they’ve played. And, you don’t want to have streaks where you’re losing more than you’re winning.

                • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                  OK, they’ve won 24 of their last 35.

                  • Pat D

                    Addition fail.

                    As well as all of the previous “missing my point” fails.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      AHHHHHH NARIANO AND MIRAMDA BLOWS!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Well played.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’d say losing a game via a massive grand slam implosion from the best reliever in major league history is the absolute best kind of loss, because it has absolutely zero predictive value whatsoever, since Mo isn’t prone to repeating that level of ineptitude.

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

      You’re right, but you should amend your statement to note that just about NO loss necessitates getting terribly worried or upset. This team will lose about 60 games this season. Good grief, people. I should probably go back into game-thread exile, I don’t think I could deal with this level of hysteria regularly.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        I don’t think I could deal with this level of hysteria regularly.

        That’s why I showed up! The lunacy at times like this is nothing short of hysterical.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I didn’t know Nova threw 94. What else does he have in his repertoire?

  • Pat D

    Typical crap from them. Mo gives up a big hit, then they all pack it in.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Really? REALLY????

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        It’s all because of the influence of that gutless coward Javy.

      • Pat D

        Just can’t seem to remember too many times where Mo blew a lead and they were able to collect themselves enough to come back and win.

        But knowing me, my memory is wrong and they’ve done it plenty of times.

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          I can’t really remember too many games where they’ve gone down 8 after 3 innings and won.

        • Zack

          Mariano has blown FOUR games from 2008-2010, so if they are 0-4 in games that Mariano has blown than that’s a fucking small sample size considering its stretched across 2+ seasons

          • Pat D

            What about tie games that he’s lost? Those wouldn’t be considered “blown” games.

            Being down 8 after 3 innings is a lot different than being down 3 after 7 innings.

            Jesus H., I post a couple of things and I’m getting jumped on from seven different directions. I’m starting to think that everyone who posts here is just out to prove that they’re smarter than everyone else. My god, bitching about a blown game is panicking? Really, people.

            • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

              Nope, it’s not. This is panicking, or at least, do you see why it might not be taken so well?:

              Typical crap from them. Mo gives up a big hit, then they all pack it in.

              You seem like a good guy and I don’t want you to feel not welcome here, so let me explain. Personally, that was the phrase that really annoyed me. You act like Mariano giving up a big hit, and then the team giving up, happens all the time. It does not.

              • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

                saying “typical crap” about a team that has the second-best record in baseball, even with a ridiculous schedule and some pretty important injuries, is gonna annoy people. I know I’m coming off as condescending here and I apologize, I’m just trying to explain my POV.

              • Pat D

                Thank you for being courteous.

                Yes, I can see where that can be taken badly. But are we all that touchy, really? I was reading it in their body language, too. After grounding out, ARod and Cano both seemed to be in post-game mode already. That’s the way that I read it.

                I’m actually going to research Mo failures now, just so I know, and don’t go saying something without having all the facts. In other words, I’ll try not to be a politician looking to fuel people’s hatreds. :)

                • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

                  Okay. :) Like I said, you seem like a good guy. I think people ARE probably annoyed and touchy after Mo gives up a grand slam, and the horde of people that showed up to genuinely panic and overreact that weren’t here before, are annoying. It’s easy to overreact, but there are a bunch of people that never show up/say anything when the Yankees are rolling along in series and winning.

                  FWIW I remember one time last year when Mariano got REALLY beat up in a tie game. I think he gave up like four runs. Versus the Rays, maybe? And then the Yankees scored two in the bottom of the inning.

                  • Pat D

                    Yea, like I said, I’m going to spend some time later tonight to look into that. And like I said, I didn’t post because I wasn’t in front of my computer. I also don’t post as often as I’d like to since during the week I’m always at work during the hours when the games are on, so I can only post if I’m off or on Saturdays/Sundays.

                    And the “typical crap” comment obviously didn’t refer to anything that has happened this year, since Mo had been perfect till now.

  • V

    Btw, I’m so glad that Joba succeeded in grunting and farting in that inning.

  • WIlliam

    Can we pinch hit Cerve for Winn?

    • WIlliam

      I mean Pena.

    • Sheepmeister

      you can but who is in left if it goes to extras?

      • WIlliam

        Doens’t cerve play corner outfield once in a while?

  • WIlliam

    Seattle just lost the lead.

  • BigBlueAL

    You know Wallace Mathews is going to have an article on ESPNNY.com about how now the Twins believe/know that they can beat the Yankees and Mo which could mean if they play in the playoffs the Yankees wont have the psychological edge or some bullshit like that.

    • Zack

      Playoffs? They lost their closer, they cant make the playoffs.

      /MSM 04/01/2010

    • Pat D

      Yea, he will. But he’s also a clown not worth reading.

  • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

    Lol Punto copping a feel off Jeter.

  • nathan

    Time to start the 2010 comeback magic ride.

    A naive question, Siwsher cant hit anymore? even though he didnt get to the plate?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Once he was announced, he is in the game. Since he was then pinch-hit for, he is out of the game

      • nathan

        Can Winn steal, take the GIDP out of the picture

        • nathan

          reply fail

  • EvoLuTioN

    safe to say glaus is back?
    3/5 with a HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI today

    • WIlliam

      I’m pretty sure i game doesn’t have much affect on anyone’s overall season.

      • Zack

        I think it was more about Glaus is heating up after a slow start, he’s raised his OPS almost 100 points in the last 10 games.

  • EvoLuTioN

    did flaherty jus call him spam?

    • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

      anything goes at this point…case in point
      Michael Kay: “so does he have twitchy fingers? or itchy fingers…itchy fingers…twitchy fingers….twitchy fingers….”

  • BigBlueAL

    Span wouldve been safe by a mile if they wouldve sent him.

    • BigBlueAL

      Comes back to bite them in the ass!!

      • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

        Yankees win the game 7-3.

        • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

          /reply+counting fail…..

          7-6

        • WIlliam

          You mean 7-6, right?

          • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

            Yessir!

  • EvoLuTioN

    thanks mr 3rd base coach

  • WIlliam

    MVP?

  • Mike

    Pena, game-tying HR.

    /Heroin dream.

  • EvoLuTioN

    for some reason fangraphs doesnt have mo giving up that grand slam or even coming in at all

    jobas WPA is -.753

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

      It’ll fix itself eventually.

  • Alex S

    Who wants pie?

  • EvoLuTioN

    so happy that pena is in

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

    Rauch HAS to be the tallest (and most tattooed) pitcher in Baseball.

    • EvoLuTioN

      are you trying to act like micheal kay?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      I think Burnett has more tattoos

    • Kevin

      He’s actually the tallest player in the history of Major League Baseball.

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

        Did I mention Manute Bol is making a comeback?

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      More than Hinske?

  • WIlliam

    1st walk-off win of the season, obviously off the Twins.

  • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

    Rauch, another example of ugly body art on an athlete.

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

      If I was a pitcher, I would get tattoos of baseballs on my arm and neck, just to confuse the hitters.

      • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

        LOL, dude that would be wicked.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      see also, Ryan Roberts

  • BigBlueAL

    LOL at Pena trying to bunt his way on with the 3B playing in already.

  • WIlliam

    Sooooo close.

  • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

    LATE INNING HEROICS!!! UNLIKELY HEROES!!! WINN!! PENA!!!!

    /alittle too excited and early

  • EvoLuTioN

    oh wow

  • BigBlueAL

    If the Yankees come back and win this game…..

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

      Gardenhire will be found hanging from the bat rack in the clubhouse.

      • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

        Really? I’ve always pictured Gardenhire drowned in a vat of chocolate….

  • dkidd

    places pie in oven…

  • WIlliam

    Hehehehe, base-hits to Winn and Pena.

  • EvoLuTioN

    the fuck was that jetes?

  • First Time Poster

    Just got in. Seen on my phone up 3-1. Then seen the misfortune. Good game. Mitre good or lucky?

  • EvoLuTioN

    wat the fuck are you doing? stop swinging out of ur shoes

  • Yankees #1 Fan

    Come on Derek!!!!! Show us your so called “Clutch”

  • BigBlueAL

    Jeter trying to tie it up with that last swing.

  • WIlliam

    Damnit Jete, don’t get out!

  • Bob Stone

    Ugh. Tampa just came from behind to win 2-1.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      CG loss for Cliff Lee, now a Greinkian 1-2, 2.08

  • nathan

    Jets gonna dunk one in RF

    • Sheepmeister

      I would be for that.

  • WIlliam

    So, my gardner gs prediction is holding water.

    • Bob Stone

      Now I’m confused what your meaning of GS is here once you mentioned water.

  • Bob Stone

    C’mon Captain

  • Yankees #1 Fan

    Hey,William might actually be right, Lets go Gardner!

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

    Well at least he didn’t GIDP.

  • Yankees #1 Fan

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stupid jeter

  • Alex S

    ugh

  • WIlliam

    Damnit Jeter.

  • BigBlueAL

    Must say a pretty awful at-bat by Jeter but then again he has been having many of those lately.

    • EvoLuTioN

      beyond awful, hes supposed to pass the baton yet hes trying to hit a walk off homerun when its not even possible

  • Yankees #1 Fan

    Come on Gardner!!!! I have you in fantasy

  • nathan

    AJ get the pie ready

  • Hummingbird S.

    Winn and Pena reach base and Jeter strikes out swinging. What a crazy game

  • Yankees #1 Fan

    WHat the heck is wrong with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      Hmmm. Needs more exclamation points.

      • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

        I say mix in a few question marks.

  • pat

    Please float a curveball to Tex so he can send a Message to RF

  • BigBlueAL

    Shit, that at-bat by Gardner was even worse than Jeter’s.

  • nathan

    It would be so cool if Gardenhire walks Tex to get to ARod and load the bases. :-)

  • Alex S

    come on now Tex

  • Hummingbird S.

    Gardner is Melky-like agaisnt the high cheese

  • EvoLuTioN

    gardner swings at one at his eyes.

  • Sheepmeister

    Now the ump expands the zone.

  • BigBlueAL

    WOW, now the strike zone has expanded.

  • EvoLuTioN

    rauch is the new papelbon

  • V

    So, those pitches were balls when MARIANO RIVERA threw them, and now they’re strikes?

    • ShuutoHeat (Gardy = Thunder&Lightning)

      Robot UMPS now!

  • Hummingbird S.

    That’s the problem with umpires. Mo couldn’t get the close pitches but Rauch gets strikes on the edge of the zone, against Tex no less.

  • EvoLuTioN

    lol

    oh well

    thanks for nothing jeter

  • Alex S

    boo

  • dkidd

    ROBOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WIlliam

    Damnit, it was right down the freakin’ middle Tex!

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

    What a tease.

  • V

    Wow. Umpires 1, Yankees 0. Wow. That was utterly awful.

    I want that guy fired. Now.

  • nathan

    That strike zone changed in a hurry, that ball was the carbon copy of the Rivera pitch to Thome

    • rek4gehrig

      Thought so myself. Oh well….

  • BigBlueAL

    Not gonna lie, this game has put me in a bad mood that will most likely last the rest of the day. lol

  • Mike

    I wanted to feel good about Tex vs. Rauch, but…

  • boogie down

    wow, what an ass-backward bottom 9th

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Randy Winn and Ramiro Peña tried to win it for us, but the big boys wouldn’t help.

  • Total Domination (The Commenter Formerly Known as Ben)

    So that Rauch kid clearly is a HOFer, getting calls that Rivera, (you know him? best closer of all time? Most intimidating pitcher in the past 20 years…) wasn’t getting?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Nice job by the ump! somebody had to step in and end the Twins’ losing streak.

    • Pat D

      Ump appeared to be in “I want this game to end” mode.

  • Bob Stone

    Damn – Game over. Streak vs. Minnesota over, Mo’s O.OO ERA over. It looked so promising when Mo came in. It’s still a beautiful afternoon. I’m forgetting this one. We still took 2 out of 3.

    It was a freaky, screwy game. The Yanks were overdue for one of those against the Twins. At least it came in May instead of the play offs.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Of all the losses we’ve had so far this year, this one makes me the happiest (or, at least, saddens me the least.)

    • BigBlueAL

      Ben is going nuts on Twitter about this game, calling it the worst loss of the season. lol

    • V

      I get you mean (about predictive for the future), but I find it SO frustrating that a non-player can change the game so drastically.

    • Bob Stone

      Yeah – Just one of thsoe games. We were WAY overdue for one like this against the Twins.

    • mbonzo

      I felt like Mo was due for a blown save. For some reason I feel the same as you, I think its because I know if there was an umpire out there with eyes they would have won. Just bad luck. It was really the first lose where the Yankees clearly played better than the other team.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Personally, I’m sad because I LOVE Mariano to death and now Jason Kubel, who I liked before this, is my sworn enemy. But yeah, when you lose a game because it’s that one time when Mariano doesn’t have it, you can’t get too upset for what this means over the long term.

  • V

    Heroes of the game: Posada/Thames/Winn/Mitre
    Goats of the game: Jeter/ARod/Cano/Joba/Rivera

    Wait, what?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Plus the Twins beat the Yankees. It was just a weird day.

      I am insulted you sort of insulted Posada >:(

      • V

        I wasn’t gonna leave Posada out of the ‘heroes’, as he was good in this game. I get what you mean, though ;-)

    • LiveFromNewYork

      The only odd one on that list is Mo actually. All of the others have teh suckored some time or another.

  • yoo-boo

    ah… Park is activated today but not for Sunday’s game. Me duh! Now, it is easy call that Nova will be optioned right after the pathetic game today.

    Jeter’s head moved during swinging. Does it mean he forced hard to pick up some bat speed? If so then he came up empty big time. If he continues swinging terribly then it is time to send him a serious message. Move him back into 7th or 8th hole. I dont care whether or not it is slow start because he flat out sucks right now.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      No one is moving Jeter. Even if it was the best idea in all of sports history, no one is doing it.

      • yoo-boo

        Girardi had balls to tell his former team president to shut up back in Miami so he has no excuse. Lol.

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

      Make this guy the manager immediately. He knows what it takes to win.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        Brett Gardner stealing against southpaw.

        /this guy’d

    • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

      Bridge Jumper Alert.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Only A Kidder Thinks Atrociously, Guy.

  • V

    Joba was absolutely horrid in this game. So much for ‘2007 Joba is back!!!oen!!elvelen!!311!

    • LiveFromNewYork

      to the rotation!

    • WIlliam

      Sure, let’s let 1 game dictate Joba’s season.

      • V

        Why? One good game is enough to say he’s back!

        • WIlliam

          Actually, he’s been quit good for the whole season up until this point.

          • teacher

            like boone logan?

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          He’s been not just good but excellent for quite a bit now.

          • V

            He still throws too many pitches and gets too predictable. Fastball, fastball, slider slider slider slider slider slider.

        • teacher

          V = chicken little

    • mike c

      OMG JOBA AND MO
      if these guys are our big question mark this year than we’re more than fine

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Mitre’s all like “I hate you guys”

    /cartman’d

    • Jack

      Screw you guys, I’m going home.

  • rek4gehrig

    Joba was fine. Tex catches that ball..inning over.

    • WIlliam

      Seriously? Just knocking that ball down was a great play. You’re seriously blaming Tex?

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

        Tex is a showboat. Giambi makes that play look easy.

      • yoo-boo

        it is not a blame. It is a result that you wish it did not happen.

      • teacher

        Ya ok William, you even defended Boone Logan, remember? You’re just a big homer, pal, take a chill pill.

        • WIlliam

          When did I defend Logan?

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist
  • rek4gehrig

    Tex makes that play 99.9% of the time. But since we are in the blame game, gotto blame someone. Perhaps Joba or Tex or Jeter or Arod or Gardner or evem Girardi. Bottom line is that it was no-one’s fault.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      It was a bunch of peoples’ faults, too much to pin on one person. Joba and Mo weren’t quite Joba and Mo. Tex couldn’t make that play; I dunno how easy or hard it was. The offense was mostly provided by, like, Winn.

  • larryf

    Just one of those law of averages games. Mo gets fired up and this doesn’t happen again. Tex catches that ball 9 times out of 10. Joba might have covered first and they still might have had a play. Strange game but we’ll take it as a wakeup call for tomorrow.

    I know Posada is slow AND a terrible baserunner but was anyone else bothered by the fact that even he might have hustled and been on second on that LF pop?

    • Pasqua

      I feel confident in saying that I think he would have been a dead man if he tried to stretch.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    I do think that Joba could have covered 1st but also why not let him get out of it? Mo is your best reliever but Joba has been dominating. I would have liked to see what Joba would have done there.

  • Pasqua

    Well, I suppose it makes sense that Minnesota would break that skid in dramatic, unexpected fashion, as that’s exactly the way we’ve been beating them (game after game) for a while now.

  • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

    Hughes vs Dice-BB tomorrow, can you smell an easy win?