Jun
04

Game 55: Hello, Toronto (and a Dave Eiland update)

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I'm so happy he's in the NL now. (Photo Credit: Tom Mihalek, AP)

Hard to believe the Yankees and Blue Jays have yet to meet this season, isn’t it? I guess that’s a good thing though, because the Yanks have won 19 of the last 32 games between the two clubs, and that was when the Jays had that guy you see above. Not to sound arrogant, but it’s nice to have some wins in the bank for the second half.

They don’t have Halladay any more, but the one thing the Jays do have is the ability to hit the snot out of the ball. They lead all of baseball with 91 homeruns, 17 more than any other team and 30 more than the Yankees. Jose Bautista (16), Vernon Wells (13), and Alex Gonzalez (11) (!!!) have all hit double digit homers, then you’ve got John Buck, Aaron Hill, and Adam Lind with at least eight each. Someone should check the water up there.

Here’s the lineup that will have to slap hit and small ball it’s way past those big bad Blue Jays and starter Brett Cecil…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Posada, DH
Thames, LF – ahhhhhhhhhh!!!
Granderson, CF
Moeller, C

And on the mound, the former Jay, A.J. Burnett.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:07pm ET, and can be seen on YES. Enjoy the game.

Dave Eiland to take personal leave

Update by Ben (6:45 p.m.): Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland is taking an indefinite personal leave from the team. While neither Joe Girardi nor Brian Cashman said why Eiland needed the time off, the Yankee skipper said this was not indicative of a rift between the coaches. “Everything is great between Dave and I,” Girardi said.

During Eiland’s absence, current bullpen coach Mike Harkey will move to the dugout to serve as the temporary pitching coach. The Yankees will probably add a coach from the minors next week. “We’ll carry on as business as usual,” Girardi said. “Just as when you have a player go down, we’ll make it work.”

The Yankees do not know when Eiland will return, but the team is willing to give him time and space to straighten out whatever personal issues are taking him away from his professional duties. “He’s going to take the time he needs,” Cashman said. “That’s it. We’ll get him back as soon as practical.”

Categories : Game Threads
  • Tom Zig

    Thames’ UZR is a negative OVER 9000

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I hope all is okay with Dave Eiland. =/

    The Blue Jays’ offensive explosion is just bizarre to me.

    • Tom Zig

      It’s too bad they couldn’t explode all over the Rays. Let’s just hope they don’t explode on Andrew Eugene tomorrow.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Let’s just hope they don’t explode on Andrew Eugene tomorrow.

        Not quite sure where to go with this one… ;)

        • Angelo

          Apparently it’s going everywhere Bexy. You can’t choose.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Does anybody else not give a shit about this boxing match at Yankee Stadium?

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

      No interest. I’d rather see BumFights.

      I should say though, I still think my idea of a Muhammed Ali bobblehead doll could really take off, so I’m a bit divided on boxing.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        BumFights is the one of the greatest things ever.

        “BlingBling keeps his crack pipe in his collar”

    • pat

      Tell that to the thousands of Puerto Rican people who have been dropping hundreds of dollars for a ticket. It is a very big deal to people.

      • poster

        I’m sure it is. But it’s not a big deal to me.

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          Exactly, boxing is so bush league. Not my cup of tea at all.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        I’m actually pulling for the rabbi student.

        • Brad Toughy

          /Anti-Ronan Tynan’d

      • Clambelly

        Don’t mean nuthin ta me neither, but Foreman will probably win.

    • Poopy Pants

      I don’t give a shit about boxing. How could I when MMA exists?

    • tc

      Hey, sure, I’m bored enough to reply that I am also not donating a single iota of fecal matter to this pugilistic display!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Granderson, please be fast today okay? Play as close to Thames as possible… y’know, just in case…

  • bonestock94

    I would really like for the Yankees to reclaim that HR lead in the majors this season. Shit, half those guys half to stop hitting homeruns now to fall in line to their past seasons lol.

  • Jim S

    Why do we continue running Thames out there in the OF? I know we want his bat AND Posada’s, but seriously.

    • pat

      Grandy needs a day off and a LHP on the mound.

      • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

        Gardy has hit lefties better than righties throughout his career. Of course, Joe G is oblivious to any facts other than “He’s left handed, he CANT POSSIBLY hit a lefty pitcher, simply impossible”.
        Don’t get me wrong, I thing Joe is a very good manager, but he gets WAY too cute with match-ups.

        As for the day off, that seems like a legit reason.

  • markinCali

    Just read on Espn that Eiland is taking indefinite leave of absence.

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

    I guess the plan is to tell AJ to throw balls in locations that they can’t hit to LF?

    Maybe MLB will grant us an exemption from the rule that states you need 9 guys on the field and will allow us to play a 10th man out there, softball-style.

    Thames’s UZR is higher than Pi.

    Oh man…

    • pat

      Isn’t Pi 3.14? I wish Thames’ UZR was that high.

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

        I’m not so hot at math but my rudimentary understanding is that it’s a number without physical units. It can’t truly be quantified.

        In other words, we know Thames is bad, but how bad he is may never be comprehended.

        • pat

          Heh, no it is most definitely quantifiable. It is approximately 3.141.

        • radnom

          It is irrational, meaning it can’t be defined as a fraction of two integers. Its decimal representation never repeats, but neither does 1/3 or 2/3 etc, etc.

          • radnom

            Ha, and if it is higher than pi, wouldn’t that be a good thing?

    • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

      I’m not sure what you mean by his UZR being higher than Pi, but I CAN tell you that if we put a blueberry pie out there in LF instead of Thames, we’d have a better defensive team. Too bad blueberry pie can’t mash lefties…

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Top four teams IN ALL OF BASEBALL in runs scored: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays. JFC the AL East should be illegal.

  • Kristen

    Bob Lorenz & John Flaherty in the booth – this should be an interesting combination.

    • Poopy Pants

      “Rice n’ beans??”

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Lorenz and Flaherty? Is this Spring Training? o_O

  • http://twitter.com/j_sprouse2213 (The Real) James

    Marcus Thames’ UZR is -2.8 this season in the OF. Just wanted to post that for reference.

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

      Was there a fake James we weren’t aware of?

      • Jose the Satirist

        Isn’t your first name James? That must mean… oh my god.

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

          YOU MUST NEVER REVEAL MY TRUE IDENTITY!

  • Zanath

    I thought I was going insane when I saw Bob Lorenz in the booth. What’s going on here?

  • Mark

    I like Bob Lorenz in the studio, but it is nice having a weekend off from Kay. Good luck to you Bob.

  • Poopy Pants

    Conspiracy theory time:

    Bob Lorenz is in the booth because…
    - Kay, Singleton or someone else was arrested at customs with drugs in their bum?
    - Dave Eiland got in a fight with Al Leiter on the plane last night? (two-for-one)
    - Michael Kay is banned from Canada b/c of prior sex crimes?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I don’t know but it has to do with Eiland and Cone for sure. ;)

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

      Haha.

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

    Swisher’s teaching this kid a lesson. Bring that weak shit and I’ll stand here all damn day.

  • dygg

    awesome AB to start the game off

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Even though he made an out that was a ridiculous AB. Good job Swisher.

    • Poopy Pants

      Agreed.

  • http://twitter.com/j_sprouse2213 (The Real) James

    Is it just me or does Mike Harkey look fucking awesome in the dugout?

    • pat

      I have an irrational affinity for Harkey. probably because he is intimidating as hell, he kinda reminds me of an Easter island head.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Cecil B. Demented

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Teixeira I love you but whenever any pitcher has a good changeup I tend to know how the at-bat is going to end ;_;

  • cjc

    not sure many would have had a shot at the ball up the middle but Jeter looked like he was stumbeling after it

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

    Curtis!

  • cjc

    yay Curtis fuck you Lind

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Take that Austin Jackson :p

  • claybeez

    Great catch!

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Curtis! That was completely insane. Kay would have JIHP’d.

  • baby carlos

    who the fuck is this guy doing the Yankees game?

    • Poopy Pants

      It’s Michael Kay’s cousin Sammy and his friend Josie.

      • baby carlos

        LOL!!!! Sammy and josie, now that is hilarious.

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

      YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT BOB LORENZ LIKE THAT!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Seriously, Lorenz is pretty awesome.

        • forensicnucchem

          He just makes me feel like it’s a spring training game.

          And on another note, the offense is looking like spring training form against that changeup early on.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            Second inning, man.

            • forensicnucchem

              Oh, i know, very long way to go. No biggie, just ugly the first time through the order.

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                Okay, as long as you’re not panicking. :D And agreed, but it’s a good changeup.

                • forensicnucchem

                  Nope, not panicking. It is a good change, and we do this the first time through the order all the time.

      • baby carlos

        who is he? Never heard him before, made me think I had the wrong game feed.

        • forensicnucchem

          He normally anchors the pre-game and post-game studio stuff.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It’s Lorenz/Flaherty. Weird.

    • Poopy Pants

      I wouldn’t mind Jack Curry getting a chance sometime. I don’t dislike him.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Love Curry.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Is this the official Spelling Bee thread? I don’t know how you guys can be talking baseball when that starts at 8pm. What word will win this year? Will it be schadenfreude? Or maybe pfeffernuss?

  • cjc

    don’t love this matchup a good change up against this lineup could be trouble

  • claybeez

    A Yankees fan and from MD – I like this guy. Just lose tonight.

  • baby carlos

    oops…

  • cjc

    that ball was on a tee but wtf is going on with this guy I mean seriously something just not right here

    • Jose the Satirist

      Bautista’s ISO coming into this game was .337, ISO is .178 for his career. How is it still that high after 230 PA?

    • cjc

      june 4th and he already has a career high in HR

      • cjc

        very strange season extremly Brady Anderson like

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Well that was ridonkulous.

    Also it’s cute how all these young lefties look up to Pettitte. Mmm.

  • pat

    Can’t let that guy hurt you, AJ.

  • forensicnucchem

    Thames should’ve caught that. Gardner would have…

  • James A

    I think this Dr. Galea investigation needs to look into the 2010 Jays

  • MikeD

    AJ, focus. Focus. Do not look at the blonde serving girl who keeps appearing in the front row.

  • baby carlos

    ahh it is one run. BFD!

  • forensicnucchem

    Geez, Thames tried to slide into an out there…

  • pat

    Does that count as a sacrifice?

    • forensicnucchem

      Nope, just a groundout.

      • pat

        Ah ok, thanks.

  • cjc

    is there like a farm or something in canada that just keeps pumping out these water/popcorn chicks for sky dome

    • pat

      I’d love to be that farm.

  • pat

    Just a base knock PLZ

    • pat

      Ugh.

  • forensicnucchem

    Harkey looks a little confined in the dugout. I think he needs the larger expanse of the bullpen.

  • cjc

    awful

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

    Nice clean turn. Well done.

  • forensicnucchem

    Wow Baltimore. Chris Tillman threw 57 pitches in 1.1 innings and is already out of the game.

    • Zooboy

      I blame the manager.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Why? Blame Javy.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          I’m confused and scared about how we can no longer blame A-Rod for everything.

          • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

            It’s pretty cut and dry. A-Rod won a World Series, so he’s immune to criticism. We must find a new scapegoat, and I believe Javy is the guy.

            • mike c

              why? he’s the man against -.500 teams

              • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

                2004!!!!11!!!1!

                • mike c

                  it wasn’t his fault he blew it in 2004. he was the only decent pitching option they had that year. he’s a very good #4 starter. but with a 64-94 record against +.500 teams and a 9+ ERA in the playoffs he’s not much more than that. you gotta problem with AJ or something?

                  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

                    Dude, it was a joke.

                  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                    wouldn’t most pitchers, especially pitchers that were on really bad teams like Javy’s Expos, have sub-.500 records against teams over .500? That’s why they’re over .500. Because they usually win.

                    CC’s ERA in the playoffs was terrible before last year too.

                    • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

                      this.

                      I’m much more interested in knowing Javy’s ERA, FIP, K/BB, ERA+, and Avg. Against. Vs +.500 team.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It’s Baltimore.

      Remember when the Orioles came back from down 10-1 to the Sox last year? Maybe that’ll happen again. That’d rule.

      • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

        As long as the comeback is against their pen/Papelbum, then I’ve got no problem. I need a win (and no/few runs) from Buchholz today.

        • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

          And I just realized that the O’s can’t comeback and have Buchholz win. I’d still take the few runs against as well as a couple of K’s and a ND.

          basic baseball fail.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    A-Rod goes deep this inning. Fact.*

    *This may not be fact

  • forensicnucchem

    I love field microphones.

  • forensicnucchem

    Atta boy Swish. Two nice AB’s.

    Hopefully now Tex will try to recognize the changeup better.

    • forensicnucchem

      Much easier to do that when you don’t get a changeup. :-)

  • pat

    Lol, Sterling couldnt remember the type of turf that Jays play on. Something turf, he says.

    10 mins later Suzyn goes .. “The surface here is field turf”

    John goes “Ohhhh ok field turf.” Like it’s some substance from Mars that’s new to humanity.

  • cjc

    there you go hit it before he can throw you a changeup

  • cjc

    well that sucked

  • baby carlos

    the result of poor base running. not good.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Tie this Cano!

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I hate scalded outs booooooo

  • baby carlos

    Robbie can’t hit the change.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      He’s above average on changeups this year.

      • pat

        Well, there goes that idea.

      • baby carlos

        not after tonight ;-)

        and that is assuming that people calling it a change up mean circle change or just even knowing it was a change up.

      • BigBlueAL

        I would assume he is above average against every pitch this season.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Not cutters or knuckleballs. =P

  • BigBlueAL

    If Im a pitcher facing the Yankees all I would throw is a high 80′s fastball and changeups on the floor. Nothing else. Would dominate them. lol

    • shrek

      true!

    • baby carlos

      Yep, there are at least 5 guys who will fish for those pitches.

  • BigBlueAL

    Nice bunt by Wells.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    AJ’s reactions have been kind of funny this game.

  • MikeD

    Make this man pee in a cup.

  • shrek

    destroyed

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

    Are you kidding me?

  • forensicnucchem

    Well, that didn’t go well.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    WTF? This is ridiculous. And AJ’s not even pitching anywhere close to badly.

  • baby carlos

    well there goes the neighborhood

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

    Again?

  • baby carlos

    .255 hitter – twice.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Hardly the only person who’s given up a HR to Bautista this season.

    • forensicnucchem

      He did come in leading the majors in homers.

    • baby carlos

      .255 hitter, that is all I am saying.

      • baby carlos

        .239 career and has never hit more than 16 HR’s prior to this season = juice

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          There’s testing. I mean, I know, it’s weird, and it’s not like the testing is perfect or anything, but I get so uncomfortable tossing around steroid accusations.

          • MikeD

            I don’t, especially when I’m pissed because journey-man players start going all Brady Anderson on the Yankees. :-)

            Seriously, though, players can mask steroid use pretty easily, especially when they’re not doing blood tests, just urine tests. Manny got caught last year because he was stupid. (Hey, Manny being Manny.) I do think PED use is down quite a bit form a few years ago, but there’s always going to be group of players who will take the risk. I think it’s especially more likely to come from players on the cusp of having a starting job, or sent to the bench, or sent to the minors. Bautista is in that category.

            I’m not saying he is, espeically since there does seem to be something else going on in Toronto with the long-ball this year, but…

      • MikeD

        Reggie Jackson was a life-time .266 hitter. For some reason Bautista has decided he’s a major power hitter and is on pace to hit 54 HRs. I don’t get it. He sucks.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Harmon Killebrew was a CAREER .256 hitter.

      • baby carlos

        um, that is not a fair comparison. Killebrew consistently hit 25+ HR’s

        • Cg

          Bautista hit 23 hr in one of his two full seasons in the minors. He’s always been a good fastball hitter with surprising power. Take that and add the blue jays new hitting philosophy of “smash the baseball” leads to a good amount of hr.

          He’s hot right now and there is noway he is going to hit 50-60hr but he has 25- 30 hr ability.

    • baby carlos

      from Twitter: BloggingBombers

      Fun fact: Jose Bautista’s wikipedia page is titled “Jose Bautista (utility player)”

    • mike c

      glad that toronto went with molina instead of keeping barajas. his production so far on top of what they have already done so far would just be absurd

      • MikeD

        John Buck is their main catcher. He has 9 HRs, including three in one game. He also sucks. Yet sucky hitters seem to be hitting a lot of HRs this year in Toronto.

  • Frigidevil

    Just turned on the game, I guess Bautista’s legit huh? That’s ok, because it’s a beautiful day WITH NO MICHAEL KAY! I don’t have anything against the guy, he just gets on my nerves sometimes.

  • James A

    Jays fans really getting on Burnett
    also if it was 2002, i would have no doubt that Bautista was on roids

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      They were worse last year. Annoying.

    • MikeD

      Players are still on PEDs, probably just less of them. Who knows if Bautista is one of them, but I’m not assuming he’s not! Maybe he found some left over syringes in Clemens’ old Blue Jay locker.

  • cjc

    well now he’s lost the plate

  • baby carlos

    So is Mo the official bullpen coach while Eiland is gone?

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

      Bullpen coach is Mike Harkey.

      • kunaldo

        Harkey is the pitching coach while Eiland is gone…

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Harkey’s the pitching coach while Eiland is gone. They said who the bullpen coach would be while Harkey’s pitching coach, but I forget who.

        • forensicnucchem

          Charlie Wonsowicz (spelling?). He’s usually the video coordinator but has scouted too.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            Why thank you :)

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

          They should hire Mike Mussina to do it.

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

          Is there room for him in the dugout?

  • forensicnucchem

    I don’t know why, but I find it funny that the pitching coach is now bigger than the pitchers.

  • cjc

    come on can an ump call a guy out on a check once this year

  • forensicnucchem

    There’s a boxing match at Yankee Stadium??? I had no idea…

    • MikeD

      Yeah, usually about one every other game, depending on what section you’re in.

  • baby carlos

    time for the boys from the bronx to start doing something ..

    • baby carlos

      or not.

  • cjc

    arg this game has Dallas Braden frustration written all over it

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Guys, not an ideal inning.

  • Hector

    this game blows

  • baby carlos

    Mike Axisa – can we get poll questions during the game like you do with the chats?

    • forensicnucchem

      You mean the Toyota Text Poll isn’t enough for you?

      • baby carlos

        those are lame. I like the one’s Mike does.

  • pat

    Hahaha what the fuck is going on here?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      There’s some pretty potent Gatorade in Canada? ;)

  • baby carlos

    that just might do it.

    • Frittoman626

      Dont lose hope

      • baby carlos

        haven’t but Yanks are tied up right now by Cecil. Maybe the 3rd time through they will get something going.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      It’s 4 runs.

      • baby carlos

        you are correct. they are certainly capable of coming back, but Cecil is keeping them off balance and they only have 2 singles.

  • cjc

    come on AJ WTF enough throw strikes early

  • mike c

    isn’t HGH legal in canada?

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

      Yeah, which is why it was a bit weird that the US Government was after that Canadian Doctor that Reyes, Alex and Beltran went to. They traveled to Canada to see him, not sure what the problem was.

  • Hector

    3 hr’s….damn!

  • mike c

    btw gardner would have caught that last homer

    • pat

      Hah, I hope that’s a joke.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Pretty sure it is. It was funny if it was.

        • pat

          Ok good, now that I’ve been drankin for a bit my humometer is malfunctioning.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Aaaah this inning is making me O_O

  • baby carlos

    So that managerial change in Baltimore is paying of.

    • Steve O.

      The manager is not the problem.

      • baby carlos

        i know, was sarcasm.

  • shrek

    c’mon AJ hold them here

  • Pat D

    I’m having such a horrible night at work right now I think I’d rather be watching AJ make the Jays look like the ’61 Yankees.

  • forensicnucchem

    Ok, this is getting absurd now.

    Javy better figure something better out or he’s going to get demolished with all these homers on Sunday.

    • mike c

      he’s making an appointment with dr. galea as we speak

  • Steve O.

    Damn bandbox.

  • Brad Toughy

    Pretty easy .. just pitch Bautista away. Demolishes stuff in.

    • Angelo

      Yeah, it’s sooo easy. Why aren’t you pitching in the Majors again? You would be Cy Young!

    • Steve O.

      In theory..

  • pat

    Moeller, so dirty. He could be a closer in the NL.

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

    I generally don’t mind solo shots, but 3 HRs in one game (one a 2-run HR) is a bit much.

    On the plus side, my Japanese Lillies are going to bloom any day now. Dahlias are still about a week away.

    • Angelo

      This has to be one of the more random comments I’ve ever read on RAB. I laughed pretty hard. Thank you sir, in reference to your Japanese Lillies.

  • Tom Zig

    Who the **** is Jose Bautista and why is he smacking balls all over the place?

    • Frittoman626

      A loser who should get a drug test

    • Angelo

      Some guy that used to play for the Pirates. Apparently he forgot who the real all-stars were.

  • Steve O.

    Moeller with the nice piece of hitting. Perfect storm…

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Aaaagh at least we scored?

    • Frittoman626

      But how is this run important, we need 3 more to tie, 4 to take a lead, and Burnett is giving home runs up to guys who are killing the ball

      • FIPster Doofus

        Every little bit helps. Being down by three > being down by four.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I blame Pettitte for teaching all these damn whippersnappers how to get double plays.

    • Angelo

      :(

  • FIPster Doofus

    BABIP hates Teixeira this year

  • Angelo

    Few…Bautista had a 2-0 count. I got scared. Damn it, now it’s 3-1

  • baby carlos

    fucking double plays = 1 run. damn.

  • CNight_UP

    Dear football mentality baseball fans. Stop living and dying on every pitch. That run doesn’t matter? I guess we will take it off the board and play for the grand slam then….

    • dark side of the goon

      Funny thing is that when I have to travel and go to bed early and get up at like 3 am I leave the RAB game thread up on the computer and then when I wake up I hit refresh and read it all the way through before I check the scores. Most nights I think we’re losing when we wind up winning the game. I’ve come to find it amusing.

  • forensicnucchem

    At least they learned that Bautista is killing fastballs and not to put one anywhere near the zone.

  • Frittoman626

    Hopefully the Blue Jays bullpen sucks like it did against the Rays :(

    • cjc

      have to get Cecil out of the game first

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      76 pitches through 6, don’t know if they’ll get to see that bullpen

  • Frittoman626

    I hate you bad Burnett >:(

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    damn it moeller

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Oof, I feel like AJ’s pitched way better than 6 runs in less than 6 innings. I mean, not great. But not as bad as his line. Does that make sense?

    • Angelo

      Yeah, I feel that way too. It’s just those homeruns.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Though as @leokitty just said on Twitter all the fastballs to fastball hitters… eh.

      • Angelo

        Well, most, if not all Major Leaguers hit the fastball.

      • ZZ

        He only throws 3 pitches and 2 of them are fastballs. What is he supposed to throw?

        Although that he still refuses to add the changeup to his arsenal even tho it is a good pitch for him is very frustrating.

  • Angelo

    I’m really banking on the Twins helping us out.

    Any day now

  • cjc

    trash me all you want but I’m calling it Cecil looks great AJ was total garbage cant play Baltimore everyday time to go out

    get em tomorrow boys

    • Angelo

      I dislike fans like you.

  • kunaldo

    Well, that escalated fast.

  • Sean C

    These Jays announcers JITP every time one of them hits a fly ball. Settle down, dudes.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man cecil is good, but not this good

  • Frittoman626

    Game set done. Red Sox leading 8-0, Rays leading 4-2, they are in danger of going a GB of these three loser teams

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Game set done.

      You need to stop saying stuff like this. Not saying it looks great, but remember when you said the Yankees lost in that game against the Twins WHEN THE GAME WAS TIED???

      • Angelo

        He also said this in a game that the Yankees were losing by 1 or 2. Just a pessimistic fan.

        This is baseball. Anything can happen.

        • Frittoman626

          Well hopefully the offense can respond sooner than later, and the pitching needs to hold up

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

          Well, almost anything. If you’re pitching a perfect game, have a blown call at 1B and want it reversed . . . well, that shit aint happening.

          But pretty much anything else can.

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

      Kenyans aren’t good sprinters, my man.

    • baby carlos

      don’t count out Texas… hamilton just wen deep

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

      If they’re three loser teams, then why are you worried? It’s one loss in June, take a chill pill.

  • YankeeScribe

    Bad AJ making an appearance tonight :(

  • baby carlos

    good thing about doubles, harder to GIDP

  • mike c

    the jays’ bullpen are going to get killed

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    who is the guy filling in for kay?? i like this guy

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      oh its bob lorentz

      man he sounds much different than the game updates

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It’s Bob Lorenz, who usually does the in-game updates on other games and sometimes the pre- and post-game stuff too. I like him.

  • Reggie C.

    There’s no real ace in this staff, though Morrow does have great great stuff. I havent watched the game till now, but Cecil’s pitching some game.

    • Frittoman626

      His name is Ricky Romero, and tell me this in a few years

    • Angelo

      Romero has probably been their ace. But I understand what you mean by no real ace. Morrow has great stuff, but I wonder if he’ll ever put it together. He’s still pitched badly this season.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man this sucks ass

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Waaaaah. Just one of those games I guess? (And no, it’s not over yet.)

  • mike c

    good AJ gets the fruit platter, bad AJ gets the meat tray

    • Kevin

      which one gets the whipped cream pie?

      • mike c

        marcus thames

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Between this and the “Gardner would have caught the homers” comment, you win my Poster of the Thread Award right now. Though this may be a bit premature if someone else comes up with something funny.

      • mike c

        this fully makes up for the andres galarraragagaga perfect game

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    boy lewis swings at everything

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    cmon meat tray

  • Reggie C.

    Jim Callis released an updated mock draft today. he’s pegged RYAN LAMARRE (OF – U. of michigan) as the yankees’s selection.

    What is with all these draftniks prognosticating a low-upside, boring, slot-friendly college pick as our next Yankee first-rounder??? I hate to say it , but i’m actually getting worried that this might be Opp’s direction.

    • Angelo

      Isn’t Ryan Lamarre a very toolsy player with a lot of upside?

      • Angelo

        Axisa said he’s more fit as a second round pick though.

      • Reggie C.

        LaMarre can run and covers lots of ground. He’s a slap hitter. 1st round bats should never be slap hitters. Its a poor selection for a team like the Yanks that should ALWAYS be willing to pick the best talent on the board.

        • Angelo

          Hopefully the Yankees don’t take him then. And Oppenheimer usually goes for the high ceiling guys anyway. Relax.

          Just check the track record.

          Hughes, Joba, Brackman, Heathcott. He will go for the high upside pick.

  • baby carlos

    can’t remember who made the comment… Texas just tied the rays bottom of the 4th with bases loaded and 1 out

    • baby carlos

      scratch that… base hit just scored 2 runs and an ugly throw by upton… 6-4 Texas

      • Angelo

        well at least it’s not all bad. Thanks for the update.

      • baby carlos

        um 9-4 still bottom of 4th…

        • baby carlos

          Josh hamilton has 3 extra base hits in 4 innings. good for him

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

        It’s almost as if the game isn’t over until … it’s over.

  • Frittoman626

    Lets score some runs

  • Cecala

    Have we ever one a game where Thames started in LF?

    • Cecala

      won* I feel like an idiot.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      a. ahahahaha
      b. I think there were a few games where the pitchers were dealin’ so Thames never had to deal with balls going out there. I think Hughes’ start in Detroit?

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man i can’t believe i forgot to start cecil on my fantasy team

    i’m a moron

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication

    I’m happy I didn’t have to watch this game.

  • CapitalT

    Did Moeller get a ring with the Diamondbacks in ’01

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      He probably would’ve.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    how dumb is this game plan against bautista??

    stop feeding him fastballs

    jesus

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Thames with the throw!!

  • mike c

    thames flashing the leather

  • CapitalT

    Thames will get a web gem on the throw!

    You come to the ballpark and see something new every time

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      You can’t predict baseball.

      /building the brand’d

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I linked to you today.

  • scooby

    Roidtista going for Barroid’s record?

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    wait so that is strike three, but the 0-2 pitch was a ball??

    oh wells

    • Angelo

      But teh game is perfect teh way it is!

      /Selg’d

      • Angelo

        fail.

        /Selig’d*

  • CapitalT

    Yankees are not working the pitchers like in past years. This was a perfect game for it considering how poorly Tor’s pen has been lately.

    • Angelo

      I love how some people make baseball sound so simple. Yeah, you’re right Cecil can’t throw strikes. In fact, he is an awful pitcher. One of the worst in the league.

      • CapitalT

        Not just this game. They are swinging much more freely this year.

        • Angelo

          The Yankees have the best wOBA in the league! And you’re complaining? Seriously?

          /Spoiled

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Looks like I missed a not great game. Were the Yankees just out of this from the start?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      From the NerdScore, it looks like they never had a shot.

      How has Lorenz been? I liked when he called ST games.

    • rek4gehrig

      Pretty much

  • CNight_UP

    Can we trade Firtoman to Lohud for a Betsy to be named later?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Oh hell no.

      • CNight_UP

        I think you are awesome with that response….

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Sorry, I haven’t been to LoHud in a while but that person drives me insane.

          • CNight_UP

            That person is the exact reason why I havent been there…

            • ZZ

              She must be a tough gal to scare you off a message board so easy.

              • poster

                She is the most negative person on the face of the planet. When she posts, plants die.

  • Sean C

    I don’t see 5 runs happening right here, but I’ll be perfectly happy if they put couple up.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      /O’Neill theory’d

      • Sean C

        Damn right.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    That game stunk. You move on.

    • rek4gehrig

      Bad pitching, bad hitting, bad commentators. Tomorrow is another day

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Eh, I didn’t mind the commentators. A little more boring than what I’m used to though.

        • rek4gehrig

          Perhaps that’s what it was for me…I cant believe I actually missed Kay’s nagging voice. On reflection Lorenz and Fl are not bad. They talk mainly baseball (unlike Kay) who talks about everything else.

      • Angelo

        I hope Javy can keep the ball in the park.

  • scooby

    get em tomorrow

  • Hummingbird S.

    Didn’t get to watch the game tonight, just got home. So, what happened? Did Cecil pitch great or the offense sucked? How bad was AJ?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Cecil was very good, AJ wasn’t particularly great but he was better than his line, IMO

      • poster

        I’d have to disagree, I thought A.J. was pretty sucky all game. Lots of hard hit balls.

        That being said, I thought it was more bad luck/Cecil being great than the offense sucking.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Yankees mailed it in. I believe that Cecil had 20 pitches through the 1st inning. Then he needed just 80 pitches to get through another 7. That my friends is mailing it in. Teix is terrible right now, I want him out of the lineup. Give him 2 days off. The guy needs a wakeup call because he is killing this lineup right now. If you don’t want to bench him then you need to move him down in the order to 6th.

    • poster

      And you post this at the same time I wrote, “That being said, I thought it was more bad luck/Cecil being great than the offense sucking.”

      I don’t believe teams EVER “mail it in”.

      • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

        Cecil is not a guy who should go 8 inning and only 1 run against an O like the Yankees have.

        • poster

          Before this game, Cecil had a 3.81 ERA and a 3.26 FIP. He’s good.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            His ERA was like 1.25 in his last five starts, I saw on Twitter. Teams don’t “mail it in.”

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

              Pfft. Tell that to everyone in Baltimore.

    • YankeeScribe

      I think Cano should bat 3rd and Tex 5th until he breaks out of his extended slump

    • pat

      Tex needs to be on the bench until he breaks out of his slump.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I THINK I see what you did there and if it’s right IETC.

  • bonestock94

    I was at the gym all night and (thankfully) missed the game, can I get a quick recap please?

    • pat

      Homeruns.

    • poster

      Burnett was pretty sucky, he gave up I think 6 runs in 6 innings?

      Cecil was pretty good, though he did get lucky a couple of times. Yanks had chances but a combo of bad luck and good pitching kind of killed them.

      • bonestock94

        thanks man

        • poster

          No problem.

      • bonestock94

        posted “thanks” twice, not showing up tho

  • bonestock94

    I was offered manny for lance berkman. I’m sooo confused!! I asked both the rotographs and RAB chats what they thought and was blown off.

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

      I’d take Manny. Better lineup around him, more RBI opps.

      • bonestock94

        cool, didnt think of that. thanks a lot

  • poster

    Coaching legend John Wooden dies at the age of 99. Sad.

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/b.....bit-wooden