May
27

Game 47: Atonement

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The last time the Yankees took the first two games from the Twins, they also held a 3-1 lead heading into the eighth inning. Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera, the guys who represent one of the better endgames in baseball, blew the lead, and even though the Yankees had three chances with the tying run on base they couldn’t finish the job against Jon Rauch. Tonight the’ll get a chance to complete the sweep they couldn’t last time.

Of course, the Twins will look for atonement of their own. They’re currently 1-4 against the Yankees this season after going winless last year. They came close last night, but Andy Pettitte put the kibosh on that one. Tonight represents their last chance.

Nick Blackburn will be the guy for the Twins. He went seven innings last time against the Yanks, allowing three runs. The Yanks had chances, as they put 10 men on base, nine on hits. Blackburn, a goundball kinda guy, had trouble in that regard, allowing 18 balls in the air (15 fly balls and 3 line drives) to 10 on the ground. Overall Blackburn is experiencing his worst season to date, a 4.50 ERA against a 5.31 FIP.

Javy Vazquez gets a chance to continue righting his ship. In his last three appearance he has allowed just two runs in 13.1 innings, striking out 14 to just four walks. Opponents have hit the ball on a line just 14 percent of the time in that span, a good sign for Vazquez. The Minnesota offense, featuring some heavy hitting lefties, will be his biggest test since the revival.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Brett Gardner, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Juan Miranda, DH
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Kevin Russo, LF

And on the mound, number thirty-one, Javier Vazquez.

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  1. Attention all: If Javy gives up hits to either Mauer or Morneau, relax, those guys are pretty good.

  2. Dela G says:

    we got dis my friends

  3. Tough matchup for Javier tonight with the Lefty-laden Twins lineup that features Mauer and Morneau. If he’s good again tonight, I’ll feel like he’s out of the woods.

  4. vin says:

    Javy’s last 3 starts have been in Comerica, Citi Field, and Target Field. Brilliant move by Girardi. The dude leaves no stone unturned.

  5. So, not that I know much about college ball, but my brother at UCF IM’d me this:

    Duffy now holds UCF records for single season batting average (.447), home runs (21), runs batted in (81) and slugging percentage (.850) as well the career mark for homers (43). The Orlando native’s .447 season batting average was also the highest ever in the entire history of Conference USA.

    Also, he had a .539 OBP. You do the math.

  6. Kevin says:

    Why is Gardner batting 2nd again?

  7. Kevin says:

    And does anybody else besides me think batting Curtis 2nd once he’s back would be a good idea?

  8. yoo-boo says:

    Gardner is working up to get comfortable at hole 2. Granderson is not going to bat 2nd.

  9. Carlosologist says:

    Javy’s got this.

    A message to the rest of baseball: Prepare to collectively shit your pants. The Yankee offense is on the way to turning itself around, the pitching now has five aces, and June will be your nightmare.

  10. Bob Stone says:

    I am really looking to see good Javy tonight, even against Mauer and Morneau.

    • Pete says:

      So is everyone else except SBGL(y-b?)

    • vin says:

      I was going to say, “I think if we see Good Javy, then he should be able to handle M&M reasonably. His stuff is good enough to limit great hitters.”

      Then I checked the stats. Morneau eats him for lunch. He’s faced Javy more than any other pitcher except Buerhle:
      In 47 PA’s he’s hit .350/.447/.900/1.347

      That’s some Babe Ruth type production.

      He’s had a bit more success against Mauer:
      in 30 PA’s he’s hit .300 .300 .400 .700

  11. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Can we has offense?

  12. Bob Stone says:

    SBGL????

  13. Dela G says:

    watching the red sox game on nesn

    heidi watney FTMFW

  14. Bob Stone says:

    I hit reply – don’t know why it didn’t work.

    • Bob Stone says:

      That’s the third time it didn’t work.

      • Pete says:

        sal/bo/grant/lanny would, potentially, not be looking for good Javy tonight. I wasn’t sure if yoo-boo is another of his many characters, so i included him too.

        • bexarama says:

          lol yoo-boo

          Doubtful, though. y-b just seems confused and overrates all the prospects as opposed to talking about Andrew BUSTMAN HA HA SO FUNNY

  15. Greg G. says:

    Granderson’s not in Scranton’s lineup tonight. Anyone know why? Lousy weather?

  16. yoo-boo says:

    Noesi holds the line of 3IP 1H 1BB 5K. And then it is rain delay. Oh great!

  17. yoo-boo says:

    Granderson went 0 for 2 with one walk

  18. Carlosologist says:

    A question for the somewhat elders: Do you think Bernie’s 51 will be retired or will it be Paul O’Neill’d?

    • Bob Stone says:

      I’ve watched the Yanks since 1955. Bernie and Paul are two of my favorite players but I don’t see either having their numbers retired.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Bernie should. Paul no.

        • Bob Stone says:

          They both had similar contributions to the Yanks run from ’96 to ’00. Without looking up the exact numbers, I respectfully disagree. But my memory could be deceiving me.

          • Chris says:

            Actually, they’re not really close.

            From 1996-2000:

            O’Neill: .850 OPS, 118 OPS+
            Bernie: .960 OPS, 145 OPS+

            Bernie’s worst season OPS in that stretch was .926 in 1996, while O’Neill’s best was .912. So Bernie’s worst season was still better than O’Neill’s best.

            Add on the fact that Bernie was a good defensive CF while O’Neill was a RF, and they’re really not even close in terms of production.

    • vin says:

      IMO, it’ll definitely should be retired. They retired Mattingly and Guidry – they should retire Bernie. But not O’Neill.

    • Zooboy says:

      Gotta wait a while still. Bernie may need to replace Winn on the roster.

    • JGS says:

      Bernie on Yankee lists:

      4th in ABs, 6th in runs, 5th in hits, 2nd in doubles (though Jeter will pass him shortly), 6th in HR, 6th in RBI

  19. Bob Stone says:

    I’m watching the game on MLB.tv via my laptop. I’m staying at a lesser hotel because they have a wired connection that gives me a WIRED connection that provides an HD picture (3.0mb download speed).

    Why do so many 2.5 to 3.0 star hotels have really crappy WIRELESS connections that can barely carry an SD picture? Why doesn’t MLB care about road warriors? I asked them if they have a list of good hotels with wired connections and they responded like I was insane or something.

    Does anyone know how to get a list of hotels with wired connections of 3.0+ download speeds? If you call the hotels, the local help has no clue.

  20. Dela G says:

    aight this time they’ve got to beat blackburn

  21. Bob Stone says:

    Good start Cap’n!

  22. poster says:

    Jeets definitely out of his slump.

    I’m thinking blowout for the Yanks today.

  23. Carlosologist says:

    Nick Blackburn has a 0.86 K/BB ratio so far this season (13 BB/15 K)

  24. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Sigh I don’t care put Swish in the 2 hole.

  25. Dela G says:

    looks like the lineup is showing a tad more patience now

  26. tophitter says:

    I really wish that Gardner will stop uppercutting on pitches.

  27. Dela G says:

    may tex!

  28. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yes Teix! Offense is waking up from a small nap. Thank Mo.

  29. bonestock94 says:

    Love hit and runs

  30. poster says:

    Good job Tex. That ball being hit up the middle is a good sign.

  31. nsalem says:

    anything on aceves? thought something there would be news by now?
    tex getting stroke back goody

  32. bexarama says:

    That was disappointing.

  33. Carlosologist says:

    Girardi can continue tinkering with the lineup until tomorrow. That’s when Granderson comes off the DL.

    How the lineup should be when Granderson returns:

    Jeter
    Swish
    Tex
    A-Rod
    Cano
    Granderson
    Cervelli
    Gardner
    Russo

    • vin says:

      Granderson DH’s? He’s supposed to play CF with the Yanks tomorrow.

    • Carlosologist says:

      Wait, crap, I messed up.

      Jeter
      Swish
      Tex
      A-Rod
      Cano
      Granderson
      Miranda/Thames
      Cervelli
      Gardner

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        I don’t think Swish is batting second. Without Grandy Girardi thinks there are too many lefties together.

        • yoo-boo says:

          kind of… Without Posada, they will have to live with Cano and Granderson in back to back holes.

          I like Swisher in 2nd hole with Gardner sometimes bats there.

      • vin says:

        I think if Thames DH’s, then he will definitely go between Cano and Curtis. Joe G hates not having the platoon advantage.

        I fear Swisher will be hitting 6th or 7th to break up the lefties, at least until Jorge gets back.

  34. poster says:

    I think that the next time the Yanks get RISP position the batters should try and bat blindfolded. That way they can fool themsleves into thinkin there’s nobody on base.

  35. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Kay is making me miss Joe Morgan and Jon Miller.

  36. BigBlueAL says:

    Arod couldnt beat that out?? As soon as he hit it I assumed at worst just 1 out never thought they could turn 2 on that.

  37. ecksodia says:

    Ugh.

  38. Jake H says:

    Terrible.

  39. ecksodia says:

    stfu, Micheal Kay.

  40. bexarama says:

    The drifting pollen in front of the camera is very annoying

  41. Carlosologist says:

    The Andy fistpump is a meme now. It’s more exciting than Joba’s!

  42. Dela G says:

    where did that curve miss?

  43. ecksodia says:

    None of those were strikes?

  44. bexarama says:

    I’m really surprised, seeing the luck of the 2010 Yankees, that Andy didn’t actually blow out his shoulder fist-pumping.

  45. Carlosologist says:

    This ump’s strike zone is tighter than a mosh pit in a closet.

  46. As an FSU fan, I have to say, Michael Kay is absolutely correct.

  47. ecksodia says:

    That’s a first!

  48. baby carlos says:

    Ok, see that Tex got a hit… was it a good one as in on a line.

  49. Dela G says:

    cmon javy, you can get through this

  50. Carlosologist says:

    As I said before, Javy’s got this.

  51. ecksodia says:

    How big were those two ‘missed’ pitches now?

  52. Dela G says:

    that strike zone really hurt him against mauer.. oh well

  53. Pete says:

    Ok seriously what is going on w/ Vazquez’s velocity?

  54. Carlosologist says:

    Sacrifice flies: I hate them with all my being.

  55. poster says:

    OUR fourth hitter couldn’t do that. Oh no. HE had to ground into a double fucking play.

    • bexarama says:

      Yeah, fuck Mauer. Go-ahead run on third last night, one out, all he could do was GIDP against Pettitte. That guy’s like forty. Way to earn all that money, jackass.

      Oh wait.

      (Sorry, poster. I figure when you’re goin’ negative, things are bad.)

      • poster says:

        My comment was NOT about which player was better than another. It was about frustration when our fourth hitter was up and he couldn’t get it done, and the other team’s fourth hitter could. Never did I say A-Rod couldn’t do it if given another chance, nor do I think this was a particularly ridiculous post.

  56. baby carlos says:

    Good Job Javy

  57. vin says:

    Big out right there.

  58. yoo-boo says:

    May I say “Oswalt”?

  59. Dela G says:

    holy shit what a play by tex

  60. Carlosologist says:

    Tex made an awesome grab there.

  61. Sheepmeister says:

    I hope our bullpen is ready to go again tonight.

  62. ecksodia says:

    I love how Tex posed for a bit there, staring at his glove. Priceless!

  63. yoo-boo says:

    which side? left or right?

  64. JobaWockeeZ says:

    The answer is in the polls order.
    1. Catcher.
    2. Shortstop.
    3. Centerfield.

  65. Mike Axisa says:

    Cano hasn’t hit a homer since that two homer game in Baltimore.

  66. A little “flava” in the pickup by Hudson.

  67. Dela G says:

    how was that a strike

  68. Jake H says:

    This offense needs a kick in it’s ass. I’m tired of terrible pitchers dominating us.

  69. Did anyone checkout the lineup that Scranton is throwing out there for the second game? Ugh. At least Eduardo is in there.

  70. Dela G says:

    man gardy you dont need to dive in those situations, man

  71. bonestock94 says:

    Second one like that this series, guess it’s the big OF.

  72. Pete says:

    dammit brett

  73. Pete says:

    God i hate Jason Kubel so freaking much

  74. Dela G says:

    wtf

    ugh

  75. Pete says:

    dammit that was a good pitch too

  76. ecksodia says:

    Ouch. Ouch.

  77. Dela G says:

    man can we get an out plz?

  78. baby carlos says:

    no movement on his pitches… missing his spots bad.

    • Captain Jack says:

      Maybe it’s time to cut ties with Javy and look into another starter…I mean, sample sizes be damned he hasn’t had one good start where he wasn’t on extended rest all year, his pitches have zero movement and his command is downright awful. Before someone mentions his two good starts on extended rest I’ll mention his five bad starts on normal rest. He’s becoming a liability.

  79. bonestock94 says:

    Welcome back shitty Vasquez

  80. Jake H says:

    I’m pretty sure that the Yankees won’t be offering Vasquez arbitration. I”m also pretty sure no one is going to offer him more than a 1 year deal.

  81. Evan in NYC says:

    At least Gardner didn’t airmail it home and let the guy go from 1B to 2B on the throw.

  82. Sheepmeister says:

    So are we allowed to say Javy sucks now or do we have to wait until he is throwing just as many balls as strikes?

    • Pete says:

      Depends. “Javy sucks now” would be an accurate statement. “Javy sucks” would not be an accurate statement.

  83. ecksodia says:

    Those where some hard hit balls off the bat.

  84. Dela G says:

    great play tex

    i love you tex

  85. ecksodia says:

    TEEEEX!

  86. baby carlos says:

    could have gotten kubel at home.

  87. Evan in NYC says:

    This outing is not going past the 5th. These balls as SMOKED.

  88. BigBlueAL says:

    My God even the outs are absolutely smoked.

  89. Dela G says:

    man javy is missing spots badly

  90. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Javy being Javy.

  91. Evan in NYC says:

    That was a fastball low and away. That pitch was up and in. Doesn’t get much worse than that.

  92. Pete says:

    cmon javy get your shit together

  93. ecksodia says:

    I nearly threw my remote at the TV right there.

  94. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Okay that was right down the middle…

  95. baby carlos says:

    So how long before Joe decides it is time to get the bullpen going… 5 runs, 7 runs… Joe is not exactly on top of things when it comes to pulling his pitchers.

  96. bonestock94 says:

    These pitches aren’t doing anything, either outside or very hittable high 80′s strikes.

  97. Frankie got hit on the head with the bat.

  98. Dela G says:

    i dont want to see mauer this inning

    pretty plz

  99. Harold Moskowitz says:

    so why can’t the offense do the same to Blackburn?

  100. Dela G says:

    dice k has 7 walks and just walked in a run, with one out against the royals

    2-1 KC

  101. Dela G says:

    thank god thats over

  102. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Seriously everything is like in the damn middle.

  103. FIPster Doofus says:

    Maybe this guy’s just bad, and it pains me to say that as someone who has continually stuck up for Vazquez in both his Yankee tenures.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I immediately regret this. “Bad” was a poorly chosen word; he’s obviously not bad. This is just frustrating.

    • poster says:

      It’s like his last two starts just didn’t happen.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Those two outings were excellent, but has Javy delivered a solid start on normal rest yet? Not that I know of.

        • poster says:

          Be patient. We discussed this earlier. It would have been great if Javy had a good start today, but the Twins historically own Javy, and over a good sample size too. 100 IP.

    • bonestock94 says:

      I refuse to believe the guy has suddenly lost it, we’ve seen what he’s capable of against the Tigers and Mets.

    • bexarama says:

      Yeah, maybe he’s just bad. Except for pretty much his entire career that suggests otherwise. Like you said, though, it was a bad word choice.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Yeah. As soon as I typed that, I remembered that the guy has put up really good numbers during an extended career. Just blowing off steam, as I said. I know Javy’s not bad.

  104. BigBlueAL says:

    I normally wouldnt be worried at all about being down 3 runs after 2 innings but with the way this offense has been going lately a 3 run deficit feels like a 30 run deficit.

  105. Carlosologist says:

    Le sigh Javy.

  106. Evan in NYC says:

    I’m watching on MLB.TV since I’m at work and the announcers have a Minnesota State Trooper in the booth. I guess the bag lady at the Walmart canceled last minute.

  107. Dela G says:

    mmk the yanks get to him the next time through

  108. baby carlos says:

    this offense is as comforting as jock itch

  109. He should have asked Derek why he doesn’t bust it down the line every single time then.

  110. Are people going to buy 3-D TV’s? I think when they can make 3-D available with glasses, then they will sell them.

  111. Dela G says:

    finally someone tries to screw up kim’s segment

    hi-larious

  112. Pete says:

    Ok Javy just make them hit line drives to people and we’ll be ok!

  113. Harold Moskowitz says:

    i think it’s dice-k, spelled phoenetically

  114. baby carlos says:

    OMG…I hate when test model Yankee fans don’t have the bugs worked out.

  115. BigBlueAL says:

    That Yankee fan standing behind Kim Jones is hilarious. lol

  116. Dela G says:

    hahahaha someone should make a gif of kim’s reaction there

  117. bonestock94 says:

    If this was the dome it would be a hr derby. And I just lost some respect for Jeter.

  118. Pete says:

    that was a strike

  119. Carlosologist says:

    lololololololololol at those two Yankee fans

  120. FIPster Doofus says:

    hahahahahahaha he bit the pork chop

  121. Dela G says:

    hahahahaha fucking hilarious

  122. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    “What a disgusting act on that pork chop.”

  123. BigBlueAL says:

    Best segment ever!! lol

  124. CNight_UP says:

    Its not like it had condiments on it Kay…

  125. Is there a game going on? I have an idea YES, talk about the game.

    • baby carlos says:

      Watching a fan disrupt Kim’s segment is better than watching Javy pitch tonight and the blazing offense… essentially you are not missing anything.

  126. bexarama says:

    This fan is PRICELESS. Best part of the game so far. Not that there have been too many other good parts

  127. bonestock94 says:

    Hahahahahahaahhaha

  128. Frittoman626 says:

    COME ON JAVY, YOU CAN DO THIS. The Offense needs to get going also

  129. Carlosologist says:

    What was the deal with the brush? Did he have any ideas? (I’m looking at you Dela G)

  130. Dela G says:

    that segment made me forget about this game for a few minutes

    love it

  131. CNight_UP says:

    Can we please get Buck or Mcarver, even Joe Morgan if we don’t have to listen to Kay anymore….

  132. Bob Stone says:

    I’m watching the MN announcers. They keep harping on last night’s game and saying that if a pitcher warms up he HAS to pitch to at least one batter. Man . . . will somebody give them a rule book. Just stupid.

  133. Pete says:

    progress.

  134. “i opened up and exposed” – Al Leiter 5/27/10

  135. Carlosologist says:

    That should be a web gem on BBTN.

  136. FIPster Doofus says:

    “That’s just gross. Animal.”

    Kay is pissed at pork chop guy.

  137. matt s says:

    why does Kay have to be such a judgmental douche regarding the hilarious drunk guy?

  138. baby carlos says:

    Polanco for the Phillies has a huge head…. can you imagine what he would look like in Cervelli’s helmet….

  139. yoo-boo says:

    61 pitches already? damn.

  140. Pete says:

    so what happened with the fan?

  141. Alex S says:

    wasn’t watching…..what happened with Kim Jones?

    • Dela G says:

      she was talking about a porkchop on a stick, and a yankee fan came from behind and eats the porkchop on a stick that kim is holding in her right hand

  142. baby carlos says:

    Why is Gardner still on first… WTF!!!!!!

  143. Pete says:

    Teixeira: NO.

  144. baby carlos says:

    WTF Tex… REALLY??????

  145. Dela G says:

    swinging on 3-0 count?????

    ugh

  146. BigBlueAL says:

    You have got to be fuckin kiddin me Tex. AWFUL.

  147. ecksodia says:

    That was ball 4, damn it!

  148. baby carlos says:

    still on first? don’t get it.

  149. CNight_UP says:

    This is why hitting Gardner in the 2 hole is fucking useless…

  150. baby carlos says:

    fucking waste…

  151. Dela G says:

    you’ve got to be kidding me

  152. Hummingbird S. says:

    We have maybe the best base stealer standing on first and he doesn’t even try to steal second… what’s up with that?

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      best base stealer in the majors right now that is

    • CNight_UP says:

      He isnt going to run with Teix and Arod up because he is supposedly already in scoring position…..they don’t want him to run and get thrown out..

  153. Carlosologist says:

    Mauer airmailed that one.

  154. ecksodia says:

    This is just frustrating. We shouldn’t be losing like this! I hope the Yankees go on some crazy offensive tear and make me look like an idiot for complaining in the 4th inning, buy my goodness…

  155. Dela G says:

    attaboy gritster!

  156. baby carlos says:

    two batters and nothing… had to take an error to get him on second.. piss poor

  157. bexarama says:

    Gardenhire does not magically will his players to not make errors aaagh

  158. ecksodia says:

    FINALLY!

  159. Dela G says:

    and the yanks are in biznass!

  160. Carlosologist says:

    A hit with RISP! By Robbie of all hitters!

  161. Dela G says:

    i love these 2 out hits

    now maybe miranda can come through?

  162. baby carlos says:

    Ever look at Jose Reyes and just want to put a big fishing hook through that cocky ass lip of his.. God he annoys the shit out of me.

  163. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Granderson cannot come back faster.

  164. Mike Axisa says:

    Scratch away baby, scratch away.

    • CNight_UP says:

      No Mike, it’s over, we didnt tie it after the 4th, so we lose, we dont get those extra 5 AB’s…

  165. yoo-boo says:

    what the fuck was Miranda doing? swung the supposed to be ball 2 TWICE.

  166. nsalem says:

    Kay really sucks at math. He says Blackburn averages 14 pitches an
    inning and he is way over his average at 15 pitches an inning.

  167. Pete says:

    Javy’s stuff is looking much much better this inning. The strike zone still sucks though

  168. FIPster Doofus says:

    Nice to see Javy settling down.

  169. Dela G says:

    love that inning

    now lets get to blackburn

  170. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Rays back to beating a bad team…

  171. Dela G says:

    i love mark teixeira’s wife’s accent

    she sounds like she’s from texas

  172. Dela G says:

    bad luck all around….

  173. Hummingbird S. says:

    this offense hurts my eyes

  174. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Jeter is really on fire.

    • Carlosologist says:

      Everybody went nuts when he was amidst that slump. There were questions of eyesight, age, etc. and now he’s in a hot stretch and people have forgotten.

      • Pete says:

        i think there was some legitimate concern though – his lack of plate discipline has been an issue all season, really

  175. Dela G says:

    plz dont swing at this one grit

  176. Pete says:

    that was unfortunate.

  177. Bob Stone says:

    Twins getting some luck tonight.

  178. JGS says:

    I feel like this is BABIP paying us back for the last two games

  179. CNight_UP says:

    4 line drives, lots of bad luck….

  180. PaulF says:

    That inning wasn’t fair.

  181. Shdw says:

    ….

    Those dots describe my feelings for that inning

  182. bexarama says:

    Lotsa line drives bein’ hit in this game

  183. Vinny the Bull says:

    Glad Javy settled in. Blackburn’s going through the order for the 3rd time, gotta figure we’ll get to him next inning.

  184. Pete says:

    I don’t like how the yankees aren’t winning this game 11-0

  185. Hummingbird S. says:

    I hope when C-Grand comes back the offense gets back on track

  186. Dela G says:

    that sucked :(

    now the M&Ms come…

  187. Pete says:

    I hate this strike zone

  188. yoo-boo says:

    Joanna Garcia is Nick Swisher’s babe? That is bullshit.

  189. bexarama says:

    Javy, channel Andy!!!

  190. Dela G says:

    HUUUUUGE strikeout

  191. JGS says:

    If you can’t get low strike calls, you are going to leave it up more

    robot umps please

  192. Hummingbird S. says:

    I dont know it will work but I think this is the right move to put him on intentionally.

  193. Dela G says:

    cmon javy please hit your spots

  194. Dela G says:

    superb job by javy

  195. poster says:

    What a shame. We finally get one run and give it back so quickly.

  196. mike c says:

    gotta keep that era in the 7 range

  197. Dela G says:

    finally

  198. Pete says:

    aight. we got this.

  199. Pete says:

    attaboy mark

  200. poster says:

    Wow, Bexy’s right. I AM negative today.

  201. Dela G says:

    and we are in biznass again

  202. ecksodia says:

    Big easy swing. Good job Tex.

  203. Carlosologist says:

    Tex is having his own O’Neill effect: Get a pair of hits in the late innings of one game, rake in the next.

  204. JobaWockeeZ says:

    A-Rod has spoiled us. Geez when will Kay let this go? Why not focus on the parts of the offense not producing?

  205. Dela G says:

    man…

  206. Carlosologist says:

    Cano!

  207. V says:

    Hope this offense can remember they’re the Yankees.

  208. Dela G says:

    cano keeps this RBIs goin

  209. dkidd says:

    cano to blackburn: i eat your porkchop!!!

  210. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cano singlehandedly saving the offense. Most clutch.

  211. Jake H says:

    A-Rod needs a day off. Terrible at bats today.

  212. Dela G says:

    the other alex burnett is ready to play

  213. Dela G says:

    give me a break, how was that a strike

  214. CNight_UP says:

    That is not a strike, and he needs to stop fucking calling it…

  215. Pete says:

    keep chipping away

  216. Dela G says:

    damn it

    well maybe the yankees can get to the bullpen soon

  217. Dela G says:

    nooo… not chop :/

  218. CNight_UP says:

    where the fuck is that pitch

  219. Carlosologist says:

    Son of a bitch.

  220. Woooooooow Kubel crushed that. I’m kinda not even mad. Holy crap he destroyed that.

  221. Pete says:

    rapidly becoming my least favorite player in all of baseball

  222. Vinny the Bull says:

    He just HAD to open his mouth, didn’t he?

  223. dkidd says:

    that was a bomb

  224. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So a struggling Vazquez can go 104 and COUNTING but Pettitte on cruise control can’t go past 94?

  225. bexarama says:

    Where’s that person that really really hates Kubel? Also, why does he kill us this year?

    • Pete says:

      that’s me
      I hate him.

      • Pete says:

        I had this to say about him in last night’s drunken stupor:

        Jason Kubel needs to board a plane to Seattle, then take a bus down to Eugene, Oregon, then take another bus up the Wakonda River, holler across the river towards the Stamper house till Joe Ben comes out lookin for ta see who it is makin all that racket across’n the river over there, hop in the boat, skiff it across, say “well I’ll be! It’s cousin Jason! Getcher goofy ass on over here! I think there’s still a couple burgers left from supper, the missus will throw em in the oven for ya! How are ya bub?” To which Jason Kubel will respond “Not bad, a little beat up from the trip. How bout yourself? How’s business?” To which Joe Ben will gravely respond “Not so great. Them damn Union boys got us hangin on by a thread. We sure do appreciate you comin back on up here to help out!”
        Jason Kubel will then help Joe Ben fasten the boat to the dock, and then walk up to the house with him. When they reach the screen door to the porch (there isn’t an actual door to the house – just a doorway), Joe Ben will exclaim “Hey all a yall come look! It’s cousin Jason Kubel! He’s come up to help us out fer the cuttin season!” And all of Jason Kubel’s relatives will relish the opportunity to stick it to the union scum, at least for one more year.
        That’s what Jason Kubel should do.

  226. Dela G says:

    well that sucked

  227. rek4gehrig says:

    Give em back Javy

  228. dkidd says:

    could javy be tipping his pitches? kubel looked like he knew (or guessed) what was coming

  229. Dante says:

    Vazquez is a NL pitcher…
    Can any one say Jay SUCKS!!!

  230. Poopy Pants says:

    How much longer before we’re allowed to critique Javy on this site? August? September?

    • kunaldo says:

      You can critique him all you want, man. Just be rational about it and back up your criticisms.

    • bexarama says:

      Really, there’s not a law that says you can’t criticize him. He completely sucked tonight. He didn’t have anything. Most of the outs were smoked. This might be totally embarrassing if it wasn’t for Teixeira making some nice plays.

      Just don’t say he’s an inherently bad pitcher and he sucks. Because he’s got an entire career of not being a bad pitcher and not sucking.

  231. Dante says:

    Javy SUCKS!!!

  232. CNight_UP says:

    amazing how blackburn gets that call…

  233. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yay trolls. Just like clockwork.

  234. Dela G says:

    cmon javy, you can get him out

  235. Dante says:

    Let’s get Oswald …3 way trade involving a NL team.

  236. WIlliam says:

    Uhg, Dante’s back.

  237. Pete says:

    a bad start, but not an altogether horrific one, especially considering the twins (and Morneau’s) #s against Vazquez coming in. I still think he’s starting to get back on track

  238. Vinny the Bull says:

    Can Target Field contain CHoP? Stay tuned!

  239. Dante says:

    Cash has got to be sitting in the reeds regarding Oswald.
    Vazquez is the SP albatros

  240. WIlliam says:

    I’m very impressed witht he site-wide restraint from responding to Dante. Well done people, keep it up.

  241. cjc says:

    this guy has like 8 hits this series and 2 of them have left the friggin infield

  242. Am I the only one who thinks Cervelli snap throws too much?

  243. NYC says:

    Good job chop

  244. Dante says:

    Chan Ho is a nice compliment to Javy… ?

    will the score soon be 10-2?

  245. Harold Moskowitz says:

    Dig the way Javy settles down (multiple times/game)…

  246. JGS says:

    and KC holds on

  247. WIlliam says:

    Boston about to loose to KC, heh! Rays won though, which is annoying.

  248. Drew says:

    Javy is bumming me out. Anytime you’re approaching 80 pitches in the 4th inning you know you’re fucking up. I hope he figures it out soon. Lack of a good consistent 5th starter is straining the team a bit, imo.

  249. WIlliam says:

    Uhg.

  250. Dela G says:

    man this is too depressing

    this offense has been on ice since last friday

  251. Carlosologist says:

    Trolls, you might want to take a look at these for a second:

    Javy Vazquez vs Twins:

    6-6 W/L
    106 IP
    5.26 ERA

    What you can pull from this is that the Twins have Javy’s number. That doesn’t take away from his previous good starts. He’ll got another shot to redeem himself against the Orioles.

  252. yoo-boo says:

    if you are looking for happiness then go check out the Tampa Yankees’ Box score.

  253. yoo-boo says:

    wow… Blackburn is the man.

  254. Dela G says:

    and that missed where??

  255. bexarama says:

    People acting like Javy’s had a bad career makes me sadface.

    • Brad Toughy says:

      He hasn’t had a bad career, but he owns a career ERA+ of 106. He’s had a fairly average career of being an innings-eater. And there’s nothing wrong with having a career like that.

      I think too many people were expecting a repeat of his 2009 campaign and won’t be satisfied if his 2010 ends up more in line with his career averages.

      • bexarama says:

        Exactly. I’m not saying he’s one of the game’s elite (except last year and a few other years here and there). Not even close. But he’s been a solid pitcher throughout his career. People act like he’s shit, like what we’re seeing in this game is the real Javy, when he’s not and it’s not.

  256. Brad Toughy says:

    What is everyone’s take on perspective? I see a handful of people saying the Yankee offense isn’t as bad as Philly’s has been the past few days.

    That’s true and great and all, but I’m not a Phillies fan and could care less about how many runs they score when they’re not playing the Yankees.

  257. Dela G says:

    can’t wait to be done with the twins

    • poster says:

      Seriously? We kill the Twins. This is, like, the tenth series in a row vs. them we’ve won.

      • Dela G says:

        i mean mauer and mourneau and span

        they have murdered the yanks

        • poster says:

          Yeah, but I’d love to play the Twins every time we struggle.

        • bexarama says:

          Mauer and Morneau always murder us. We’ve still already won this series. That said, I can’t wait to be done with the Twinkies either, because they seem to be one of the better teams in the AL. Bring on the creampuffs, please.

          • JGS says:

            Mauer and Morneau always murder us everybody. We’ve still already won this series. That said, I can’t wait to be done with the Twinkies either, because they seem to be one of the better teams in the AL. Bring on the creampuffs, please.

  258. CNight_UP says:

    So we bring in the LOOGY to face the not Mauer or Morneau???

  259. BigBlueAL says:

    Soooooo, Park pitches to Mauer and Morneau THEN Girardi brings in Marte to face Thome. Right.

    • cjc says:

      they murder marte

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Dont matter, he is your expensive LHP out of the pen you use him against the freaking LHB’s on the other team and certainly not use Chan Ho Park instead who cant get out a little leaguer right now let alone 2 of the best LH hitters in the league.

  260. Dante says:

    Chan Ho’s the Asian Javy…..(shorter stint version)

  261. Dela G says:

    cmon marte, can’t walk him

  262. Dante says:

    Sending down Logan was a blessing Michael Kaye

  263. Dela G says:

    what a play by tex!!

  264. WIlliam says:

    Tex bringing the D and the bat today.

  265. Carlosologist says:

    He didn’t dive into the stands, so it doesn’t count as an amazing or gritty play.

  266. BigBlueAL says:

    Nice bullpen management so far this inning. If it wasnt for the classic Kim Jones segment tonight this game so far would have really sucked major balls.

  267. poster says:

    That was a good play by Tex.

  268. baby carlos says:

    really makes you miss the “real” line up. This current form cannot over come bad pitching like last year.

  269. Dela G says:

    let’s hope gaudin can bring the good mojo in his second yankee stint

  270. baby carlos says:

    here’s to hoping Javy and Chop turn it around after the all star break.

  271. Drew says:

    Looks like Gaudin changed his delivery a bit. Maybe that’s his problem.

  272. dkidd says:

    welcome back, chad

  273. Wow, great pitch by Gaudin.

  274. WIlliam says:

    I missed you Chad.

  275. baby carlos says:

    But “hopeful” prediction – yankees return the favor in the top of the ninth with a GS by Swish

  276. cjc says:

    when his slider is workin it is just straight nasty

  277. Dela G says:

    and i want to go chop cats

  278. poster says:

    Ooooh. Too bad for Gaudin. Too bad for the Yankees.

    This game kind of sucked.

  279. CNight_UP says:

    Jason Kubel should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell….

  280. Yikes.

    Okay I had a 14+ hour work day and this is no fun. I’m off to bed. Goodnight, all. Bexy, keep the place sane while I’m gone.

  281. Carlosologist says:

    Gaudin has been having problems with the long ball FWIW… Nice shot though.

  282. BigBlueAL says:

    Cue the “Welcome Back” song for Gaudin. lol

  283. bexarama says:

    Gaudin vs. lefties just isn’t a terribly good idea

  284. baby carlos says:

    Oh well… took 2 of 3…. So the Great Yankees can’t beat Jason Kubal or Jason Bay….

    Nice that average MLB players can dominate a team like that…. ugh!

    • Dela G says:

      jason bay is better than average

      hth

      • baby carlos says:

        Respectfully, I disagree, regardless of what numbers you throw at me, he is average.

        • WIlliam says:

          Then respectfully, your an idiot.

          • WIlliam says:

            *you’re

          • baby carlos says:

            good come back… did you think of that all on your own or did you have to reference lamecomebacks.com?

            Didn’t realize that my perception of a player makes me an idiot. Good to know that symmetrical thinking with Wiliam is only permissible.

            • WIlliam says:

              Your perception of a player does not, it’s the “regardless of what numbers you throw at me” part that is idiotic.

              • baby carlos says:

                ahhh, So his numbers look impressive in some situations and not so much in others. A career .281 hitter playing in the NL for all but 2 years is average.

                And with the numbers – you can make them tell any story you want – so you have to rely on watching the player… He takes decent routes to balls, his arm is ML acceptable, even hitting in a LH friendly park like Fenway, still could not rake.

                19 games against the majority of the NL Central where there is average pitching says even more.

            • JGS says:

              Your perception of a player doesn’t make you an idiot.

              Your declaration that no matter what, nothing can possibly be done to convince you that your evidence-free opinion is incorrect does.

            • poster says:

              A long time ago I called you an asshole*.

              I don’t take it back.

              *Asshole is being used in the sense of one who is ridiculously stupid rather than one who is a bad person. For all I know you could be a lovely fellow in person. But you’re an asshole.

              • baby carlos says:

                Flattered. Original, not really, but good effort.

                • poster says:

                  You know, if you’re flattered after an insult, that doesn’t make you any smarter or the insult any less true.

                  • baby carlos says:

                    I am sorry, my idiot translation box is not working properly so I guess, saying flattered was the wrong response.

                    But I am greatful that you have cleared up a great mystery in my life. I think I am move on now, perhaps grow from asshole to just ass. Baby steps, baby steps.

                    • poster says:

                      Okay…I’m not quite sure what you’re saying here but when you blatantly ignore objective evidence and disregard facts in favor of how you feel about a player you’re an asshole. You can play word games if you want but I still think that.

        • Drew says:

          That’s some interesting logic.

      • WIlliam says:

        This, like a lot.

  285. cjc says:

    not a fan of Kubel not a fan at all

  286. yoo-boo says:

    Now Yanks regret not to keep Logan…lol what a fuck up game. grr!!

  287. Dante says:

    Geez another shaky bullpen performance…

  288. WIlliam says:

    Damn, now peeps are gonna hate on Chad. This game just got a lot harder to win.

  289. rek4gehrig says:

    I’ve just been Kubled…off to bed

  290. mustang says:

    That’s what happens when they pick up things others have thrown away.

    Yes! Chad back!

  291. CNight_UP says:

    Dice-BB walked 8 and struck out 1 in 4 and 2/3…..

  292. V says:

    So, uh, Yankees… maybe you can score more than 2 runs tomorrow night? Please?

    I really can’t believe Teixeira popped up that 3-0 pitch earlier. D00d needs a few days off.

  293. dkidd says:

    yankees have played 16 series. they’ve lost 4.

    /through a megaphone at the base of the bridge’d

  294. BigBlueAL says:

    Just noticed Twins only have 2 more hits than the Yanks (12-10) but obviously 6 more runs.

  295. Dante says:

    Wow…Mets ..shutting out the Phil… 3rd night in a row. Impressive.

  296. tradejavy says:

    This Javy experiment is a total loss. He cannot get patient AL batters out with his mediocre stuff. He is not good enough to survive AL East. It is just so frustrating to see a meek, sweaty, supposed star, turn a possible close game into a no doubter for the opponent.

    Dodgers are in need of a veteran pitcher, maybe trade Javy for a younger pitcher and an outfielder before his stock hits the pile of horse shit, which is where it is headed and possibly belongs. He will be fine in NL west and feel like an ace…we dont need this shit anymore.

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