Game 60: Look Out!


With an otherwise uninteresting early-June game against the Orioles on tap for tonight, let’s focus on something else for a chance: It’s Ken Singleton’s 63rd birthday!

A career .282-.388-.436 hitter, the switch-hittin’ Singleton hit .297-.406-.464 with 163 homers and more walks (819) than strikeouts (740) during his peak from 1973-1980. He actually started his playing career with the Mets in 1970 before being traded to the Expos with two others for Rusty Staub in 1972. Montreal then shipped him and Mike Torrez to Baltimore after the 1974 season, where he stayed for the rest of his 15-year career.

A three time All Star with four top ten finishes in the MVP voting, Singy’s 40.6 career WAR is more than Don Mattingly (39.8) and at least 16 Hall of Famers, and less than a full win shy of Jim Rice. So happy birthday to my favorite YES commentator and one helluva ball player.

Meanwhile, here’s the Yankee lineup that’s face Jake Arrieta this evening, who’s making his big league debut…

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

And on the mound, A.J. Burnett.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET, and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Mike HC says:

    That is some line-up to make your Major League debut against. Strasburg gets to against the AAAA Pirates while this guy gets a team full of All-Stars.

  2. Ivan says:

    Another Reason why Jim Rice is not a HOF.

  3. T.J. says:

    At the game tonight so any of my comments should be taken with extra importance.

  4. bexarama says:

    I love Singy. I don’t think he’s a HOFer but he was a very, very good baseball player and he’s a good commentary guy. Happy birthday to him :D

  5. That picture on the left looks eerily similar to Bob Abreu.

  6. Trish says:

    As someone who is old enough to actually remember Kenny playing, happy b-day, dude!

  7. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Singleton has to be one of the best YES commentators, and he was a damn good ballplayer too. I hope he has a happy birthday.

  8. rbizzler says:

    Repost from the off-topic thread:

    Fantasy question (non-RAB league):

    10 team NL-only league; Carlos Lee and Ike Davis for Wainwright or Johan

    Thoughts? I would be giving up Lee and Ike and acquiring the ace.

  9. Sleepykarl says:

    Man, seeing guys like Jake Arrieta and AJax popping up makes me realize how tough my HS district was.

  10. Guest says:

    Players like K-Sing would have gotten way more respect in the Moneyball era.

  11. bexarama says:

    Oooh the lame boos for Teixeira are back, I guess Baltimore fans are actually at the game today.

  12. JGS says:

    ingy’s 40.6 career WAR is more than Don Mattingly (39.8) and at least 16 Hall of Famers

    Nitpick–Huggins and Wright were not elected as players, and even of the rest of them only Brock, Campanella (extenuating circumstances), Maranville, and Traynor were elected by the writers

  13. Accent Shallow says:

    So, AJ . . . yikes.

  14. forensicnucchem says:

    Well, this isn’t a very encouraging start…

  15. T.J. says:

    Bad AJ?

    Bad AJ.

  16. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I missed this inning, WTF happened?

  17. JGS says:

    How can this be? Posada isn’t catching

  18. God, I hate when Thames is in the field.

    That throw was down right Damonian.

  19. This start by A.J. is totally unacceptable.


  20. pat says:

    Hahaha baaaaaad AJ.

  21. Drew says:

    I see Jorge is calling the game from the bench again.

  22. Hector says:

    wow hit TWO people in one inning
    get your head out of your ass Aj !!!!!!!!!!

  23. yankwin says:

    well don’t see this everyday

  24. Yankee1010 says:

    Did anybody else see how Moeller said today that he doesn’t specify 2 seam or 4 seam when calling for a fastball from AJ? Seems like something a catcher would want to know, especially with AJ’s stuff. I guess it doesn’t really matter though when AJ has no idea where the ball is going.

  25. Pete says:

    alex….ya gotta make that play

  26. Angelo says:

    There is no way the Yankees can win this game with the AJ-Moeller combination! Game over! We need Cervelli out there. He’s Posada’s future replacement! C’mon!


  27. Dirty Pena says:

    This is my first Game Thread in awhile. The Yankees are losing. Hence, I have cursed the Yankees.

  28. pat says:

    This is AJ spotting the rookie a couple runs in his debut.

    Now it’s clobberin’ time.

  29. tatedoggfatha says:

    Looks like another bad A.J. night.

  30. Cecala says:

    Ken Singleton is black?

  31. DJH says:

    Ugh,A-Rod’s out.

  32. forensicnucchem says:

    Oh good, like the start of this game could get any worse, here comes Pena…

  33. tatedoggfatha says:

    A-Rod out of the lineup… not a very good start at all.

  34. bexarama says:

    Oh. Oh, God. Be okay, A-Rod.

  35. Joey says:

    I’m watching a broadcast online without any sound, please tell me A-Rod’s out because he didn’t try for that ball and not anything serious

  36. Yup, Peña batting cleanup’s gonna kill any rallies.

  37. T.J. says:

    Please just be a precaution, please just be a precaution…

  38. pat says:

    Robbie is not impressed.

  39. Accent Shallow says:

    They don’t have hitters like Robbie in AAA.

  40. Pete says:


  41. Dirty Pena says:

    Which team is Betances pitching for this evening?

  42. Pete says:

    anyone think A-Rod might have been benched for not going after that ball?

  43. BigBlueAL says:

    Is Cody Ransom available??

  44. forensicnucchem says:

    Good thing they ‘hurried’ Posada back to have hit bat in the lineup…

  45. forensicnucchem says:

    Nice Grandy!!! Getting us on the board.

  46. My prediction: Ramiro Peña’s mighty bat serving as protection tonight kickstarts Mark Teixeira’s renaissance.

    He’s going to go 5-for-4 with 6 homers.

  47. Mike HC says:

    You know, everyone focuses on Granderson’s weakness against lefties, but against righties, he is an absolute beast.

  48. forensicnucchem says:

    Why not put Russo in for A-Rod instead of Pena? He’s got a better shot (though still not great) at actually getting a hit or two, plus you can still move Russo to LF later on and put Pena in then for him.

  49. Angelo says:

    Spectacular throw by Cano. Did you see that gun!

    I’m not in love with Cano or anything, just saying.

  50. BigBlueAL says:

    Holy crap, I looked up Arod’s stats for June since I know he has struggled this month and wanted to write a stupid comment saying that Pena at 3B wont be that much different offensively than Arod recently and I saw that in June Arod has a .270 OBP with 0 walks. .270 AVG and a .270 OBP. I knew his power was nothing this month (1 HR only but not a horrible .432 SLG) but the OBP and lack of walks so far this month surprised me (again granted only 38 at-bats this month so far).

  51. Joey says:

    Bad AJ is gone, Good AJ is showing up right now… I’m calling it right now with absolutely 0 accountability and if I’m right I’m gonna brag so damn much. Thank you intertubes! http://xkcd.com/181/ (safe)

  52. bexarama says:

    AJ’s so bad zomg.

  53. The slaughter starts now.

  54. Ellis says:

    Why is gardner out of the lineup? Did I miss something?

  55. pat says:

    Walking Chad Moeller = bad newz.

  56. forensicnucchem says:

    Here’s the inning we get the lead back for good, capped off by RBI hits from Tex and Pena.

  57. pat says:


  58. Maybe it was the angle but I thought they may’ve gotten Moeller…

  59. swisher's fauxhawk says:


  60. Joey says:

    Oh Cap’n my Cap’n

  61. Mike Axisa says:

    Moeller with the hustle.

  62. Angelo says:

    The Moellinator scores!

  63. bexarama says:

    ZOMG not getting shut down by a rookie again!!!

  64. forensicnucchem says:

    Wow, that was a little too close with 0 outs, though I’d be one of the first to bitch if he did and then they failed to get the runs home at that point.

    Guess I’ll take it.

  65. Michael Kay: still awful at reading fly balls. How can someone who watches so much baseball be so bad at reading FBs?

    • vin says:

      The O’s radio broadcaster was fooled too. His voice got really quite and somber. “Uh, fly ball deep to right…”

      (completely surprised/relieved) “But Markakis has room.”

  66. BigBlueAL says:

    Tex might getter better pitches to hit this game now that Pena is his protection in the lineup.

  67. pat says:

    Hahaha, Sterling just flipped his shit.

  68. forensicnucchem says:

    That really looked fair.

  69. forensicnucchem says:

    You could see chalk!!!!!!

  70. BigBlueAL says:

    Thats a makeup call for Mauer’s ball last year in the ALCS. lol

  71. What the fuck was he watching? I love that he was essentially walking to the goddamn spot instead of running to get a better look.

  72. FIPster Doofus says:

    You know, there’s this thing called instant replay that is capable of reversing bad calls. Not sure if baseball knows about it yet.

  73. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Umpires suck v2147981275081708561275012

  74. lily-bk says:

    bad call by the 3rd base ump, fair ball…. and is there a reason y pena is still here and not in triple-a ? i know hes got a good glove and all but c’mon he jsut can’t hit

  75. vin says:

    How has Pena seen more pitches/pa than Cano this year (coming into today)? Seems like he’s always hacking first pitch.

  76. BigBlueAL says:

    No offense to Jeter and Kobe but there are a shitload of NBA players who want the ball at the end of games and are actually pretty good at delivering in the clutch as well.

    • pat says:

      Big Shot Bob!

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Nick Van Exel, Derek Fisher, Steve Kerr, John Paxson etc.

        • pat says:

          John Starks!


          • Ivan says:

            As a Knick fan, When I see John Starks, I think of (starting to feel ill) of game 7. Heck even game 6 make my stomach turn…

            • BigBlueAL says:

              Starks actually had a great Game 6 and if Olajuwon doesnt get a piece of his final shot that game I think the Knicks are champions in 6 games that year.

              • Ivan says:

                Game 6 was just brutal because the Knicks were leading that series and if it wasn’t for those bone headed plays, Knicks win the finals and avoid game 7…

                • BigBlueAL says:

                  They actually made a big run at the end of that game to almost steal it, the game they really blew was Game 3 at home when Cassell hit the go-ahead 3pter with under a minute to play.

                  Knicks shouldve won that series in 5 games.

                  • Ivan says:

                    That series til this day kinda bother me. 99 Not so much for the simple fact that the Spurs were better and Duncan was unstoppable. A healthy Ewing would of help but still of been a tall order…

            • I’m still pissed that Reggie friggin’ Miller got away with shoving Starks to the floor so he could steal that inbound pass.

              Grrrrrrrr. Frickin’ Refs.

              • Ivan says:

                Reggie got away wit that move a TON of times…I use to go crazy when he did that. For crying out loud, he did that against Jordan and got away wit it in Game 6 of East Con finals in 98…

          • I think “Starks, for three” was the original “Pasta diving Jeter”.

            Usually followed by “missed”.

        • Ivan says:

          To be fair…those guys were benefitionary of guys like Shaq, Kobe, Jordan or Pippen. Sure they may want the ball but that doesn’t mean they were gonna create something for themselves…

          • BigBlueAL says:

            Even in today’s game there are stats about player’s pts and FG% in the final 2 minutes of close games and Im pretty sure Carmelo Anthony has been the best/most efficient player at end of game situations in the past few years.

            • Ivan says:

              You are correct actually. Him and also Dirk too…

              However, I go Kobe in that situation. Mainly cuz imma huge Kobe fan…

    • Pete says:

      Is that a shot at Jeter?

  77. You know what else Jeter, A-Rod, and Kobe all have in common? They’re really fucking good at what they do.

  78. A.J’s shit is moving like mad this inning.

  79. Pete says:

    AJ: really good at throwing curveballs sometimes

  80. bexarama says:

    The trivia answer has to be Kenny, no?

  81. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    The trivia is Ken Singleton >_>

  82. Accent Shallow says:

    Nice play by the O’s 2B to get Robbie.

  83. pat says:

    Sterling just said Singy turned 39.

  84. pat says:

    Another quick inning, wooo.

  85. forensicnucchem says:

    Thames is getting closer and closer to Randy Winn every day.

  86. vin says:

    Only 30th round pick in the ’96 draft to make it to the big leagues? Marcus Thames.

  87. lily-bk says:

    did they say y alex came out of the game?

  88. Reggie C. says:

    Alright AJ. Shake it off.

    Damn … that was a pretty sweet swing.

  89. poster says:

    Oh A.J.

  90. pat says:

    Fucking piece of shit Sterling goes apeshit when Swish hits it to the warning track, and doesn’t raise his voice one decibel when this assclown hits a homerun. I hate this douche.

  91. DJH says:

    I didn’t think that ball had a chance off the bat.

  92. DJH says:

    1 more inning against Arietta then we get the pen. It’s almost feeding time.

  93. forensicnucchem says:

    Why throw Tex anything but a changeup at this point?

  94. Dirty Pena says:

    Is it just me or does Kay ALWAYS seem surprised at the results of the text poll? Unless he’s previously gotten on his soapbox one way or the other when he’ll say, “like I thought..”

  95. BigBlueAL says:

    Does Pena bunt here??

  96. BigBlueAL says:

    Whoa. No respect for Posada.

  97. DJH says:

    Cano is really starting to get some respect.

  98. forensicnucchem says:

    Come on Posada, need a hit here!!!

  99. Risky play by Cano.

  100. pat says:

    WHat the fuck? Robbie you ballsy motherfucker.

  101. BigBlueAL says:

    Great, now they will walk Granderson and pitch to Thames.

  102. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cano if you hurt yourself.

  103. poster says:

    Heads up baserunning by Cano.

    We need a nickname for this lazy Dominican asswipe with no baseball smarts.

  104. mike c says:

    if posada is catching is thames the only DH available?

  105. forensicnucchem says:

    Overall that baserunning really hurts by bringing up the inferior hitter.

  106. beer man says:

    some A swings from Thames

  107. BigBlueAL says:

    Not surprising at all.

  108. Accent Shallow says:

    Bah, that was the same pitch that he just took!

    And their young catcher just fistpumped!

  109. Sheepmeister says:

    This is why Thames starts against lefties and not righties.

  110. bexarama says:

    Siiiigh. And I thought that was smart baserunning by Cano but it actually took the bat out of Grandy’s hands, blargh.

    Whatever. Bullpen time.

  111. Hector says:

    damn thames you suck

  112. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I said I won’t complain about Thames because of his walk off but ugh.

  113. pat says:

    No guarantee they don’t walk walk Grandy anyway, even if Robbie stays at first.

  114. Hummingbird S. says:

    Just got home, what happened to A-Rod? Also, why is Pena playing instead of Russo?

  115. Hummingbird S. says:

    Horrible play by Swisher…

  116. mike c says:

    what’s with the floaters tonight

  117. forensicnucchem says:

    Ugh… Off his glove…

  118. BigBlueAL says:

    Swisher has been making those catches lately, actually surprised he didnt catch that.

  119. poster says:

    So, A.J. Not his best game.

    I hate when he gets in his little “bad A.J.” streaks.

  120. BigBlueAL says:

    Yankees leave em loaded, Orioles answer by taking the lead. Hopefully Burnett keeps it at 4-3.

  121. Sheepmeister says:

    And that would be game over considering the way the yanks have hit with RISP tonight and with an automatic out right behind Tex.

  122. Hummingbird S. says:

    that’s a swing

  123. Dante says:

    @ this pt AJ’s a #4…
    watching this guy pitch is like chinese water torture. Tedious….precarious…hold your breath and tighten you’re sphincter muscle.
    Whew…he’s out of it…can I exhale now?????

    • bexarama says:

      Oh hey Dante’s back!

      And yes. When AJ pitches badly, he is no better than a #4. When he pitches well, he’s like a #1, though. Kinda funny how that works.

  124. beer man says:

    in your face ump

  125. forensicnucchem says:

    O’s relievers vs. Yanks this year: 3.17 ERA.

    I know it’s not the perfect thing to look at, but a quick look says they haven’t been that terrible against the Yanks this year.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      time to change that

    • Accent Shallow says:

      And in night games on Thursdays, that ERA is 0.00!

      Talk about meaningless cherry picking.

      • forensicnucchem says:

        I’m not saying it’s over, we could certainly still win, but how is that meaningless cherry picking? It’s the exact thing that matters now, their bullpen vs. the Yanks Offense. And really, if you leave it to just the guys who might pitch in this game given it’s a lead, it might be even better. It’s about 34 innings, so not a huge amount, but it’s not nothing either.

        Just putting a number out there. Baseball is all about numbers, that’s another one that applies to the rest of this game.

        • Accent Shallow says:

          34 innings is pretty close to nothing. A better way to look at it would be the O’s bullpen against everybody, and the Yankees offense against everybody. If you really want, you could get into handedness. That’s about it as far as predictability.

  126. Come through, Tex. Make these fuckers hate you even more.

  127. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was the pitch to hit..

  128. Accent Shallow says:

    Checking on Kenny and Michael’s story:

    Don Stanhouse is a guy with a career walk rate of 5.4 BB/9, a career K/BB of 0.90 (that’s right, more walks than strikeouts), and a career ERA+ of . . . 96.

  129. Is Cervelli really that much better than Pena? Meh.

  130. pat says:

    Wtf? Is Russo hurt?

  131. poster says:

    Good AB by the Cisco kid so far.

  132. Hummingbird S. says:

    Another out with RISP… nobody can get the big hit

  133. Now that move looks even worse. Why not just let Pena hit or send up Russo? Now a player’s been unnecessarily wasted.

  134. Mike Axisa says:

    Predictable, but what can you do.

  135. BigBlueAL says:

    At least the Yankees upgrade with Russo batting 9th now instead of Moeller. Not really.

  136. Dante says:

    Hey…the Indians have taken a 6-5 lead on those Suxsox….
    that’s a nice comeback…
    down 5-0 with Lester pitching….

    now Yanks have to come back on the O’s…
    and it starts with Marte…

    • Bob Stone says:

      Anything can happen in any given game in baseball. If I was a gambler, baseball is the last sport I would play.

  137. Bob Stone says:

    The Yanks can’t lose to the O’s. Lost oppportunity if by some chance they do.

  138. Dante says:

    There we go…let’s rally now.

    Let’s go YANKEES…

  139. Get a hold of one, Robbie.

  140. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Heh Lester blows a 5-0 lead.

  141. Jake H says:

    Once A-Rod left the game the O had a huge black hole right in the middle.

  142. beer man says:

    shitty ump

  143. Dante says:

    Posada has been abysmal. Geez they even walked Cano to get to him and he didn’t come thru with 1st & 3rd/ one out.

  144. cjc says:

    seriously will ohman seriously

  145. Dante says:

    it’s small “stuff” like that that often cost a team a win.

  146. The Infamous Irondequoit says:

    Is it just me or are we the only team in the majors not allowed to check our swings?

  147. Jersey says:

    Watching on Gameday: looks like Crowe brought back a 3-run HR by Cameron?

  148. BigBlueAL says:

    Kind of sad when the Yankees have Thames and Russo to lead off the 9th inning and there are no hitters available to pinch-hit for them.

  149. Bob Stone says:

    I hate rubber getting in the way too when you are getting so close to the end.

  150. pat says:

    Anybody felling blue about the game today can take solace in the fact that Dellin killed it in his first start back from ligament surgery.

    6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K.

  151. Dante says:

    Geez we got the bottom of the order coming up…Top of the 9th

    Does anyone beside me want to see Thames go?

    I was thrilled when they released Winn…ecstatic when Logan sent dow wn

    now let’s get Thames off..he sucks

  152. beer man says:

    of course that doesn’t carry

  153. I like the contact, but I don’t like swinging at the first pitch against a guy with 30 walks in 48.2 IP.

  154. poster says:

    Come on Thames, take a fucking pitch. One pitch one out? Really?

    Okaaay, I’ll be honest here. At this point, I think we lose. Damn you, Bexy.*

    *Unless we win. Then you’re a lucky-ass bitch.

  155. Dante says:

    both Rays and Suxsox are losing so maybe no harm no foul should they lose tonight

  156. poster says:

    Why the fuck is Jeter swinging at the first pitch?

  157. Dante says:

    Man Jeter took a big cut…

  158. Ugh. Keep it going, Swish. Just get on base for Tex.

  159. Dante says:

    Let’s go Swish…pie?

  160. Why is the veteran the only guy who can be patient with Mr. un-control.

  161. poster says:

    Let’s go Swisher!

    Clap-clap, clap-clap-clap

  162. Bob Stone says:

    C’mon Swish!

  163. Dante says:

    just swung @ ball 2

  164. Dante says:


  165. pat says:

    Meh, oh well.

  166. Damn. Oh well. Can’t complain too much, considering another series win.

  167. bexarama says:

    IT’S ALL MY FAULT!!!! (runs off sobbing)

  168. poster says:

    That ninth inning was fucking embarassing.

    I mean, you can’t expect them to win every game and this loss wasn’t a particularly big deal (unless we lost A-Rod), but they got to put up better AB’s than that.

    • pat says:

      Embarrassing? The guy throws 97. It’s not easy to hit 97.

      • poster says:

        Tell that to anybody who’s faced Kyle Farnsworth.

        Come on. You’re smart enough to know that velocity is not even close to the only thing that determines how tough it is to hit a pitcher.

        • Well, he did seem to have decent movement and was locating relatively well.

        • pat says:

          Umm yeah I know. It’s still fucking hard as hell to hit 97 mph even when it’s down the pike. These guys wouldn’t be in the big leagues if they couldn’t get guys out. As I said below, pitchers win a majority of at bats. Calling an inning embarrassing because it was one of those times is a bit ridiculous.

          • poster says:

            Except I don’t think it was one of those times. I don’t think he was locating that well, and the players that were up should have been able to put up better ABs. Sorry, I disagree.

  169. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    3-3 road trip, definately disappointing considering team health had me feeling pretty good at the get-go.

  170. beer man says:

    Pena batting #4 cost them the game. Get well soon ARod…

    • Kid Kelly says:

      Posada popping up with a runner on 3rd cost them the game.

      • bexarama says:

        Thames not getting a hit with the bases loaded probably cost them more than that. But, whatevs. There were a few lost opportunities, we can all agree.

      • Dante says:

        I’m with you bro…

        gotta get that guy home…in a tight game like this one.

      • pat says:

        You guys realize that even the best hitters fail almost 60% of the time, right?

        • Dante says:

          what are you a statistician?

          big game moments…you focus more…and do what’s needed.


          Posada’s been a “big game moment guy” but he’s been stinken of late.

          • pat says:

            So then why don’t they just focus more during every at bat and get a hit every time? How come nobody ever thought of that?

          • SF Yanks says:

            I laughed. Failure is not an option in your world I see. I’m glad you’re a perfect specimen.

            • Kid Kelly says:

              Posada is 1 for his last 20 and 6-35 with RISP this season. Cano needs better protection than that. Terrible numbers.

              • SF Yanks says:


                And I was referring to his ”good player’s focus and get the job don3!!!11!” comment.

              • This has nothing to do with the conversation. It’s not about where someone bats in the lineup at all. Guys just don’t get it done sometimes and it’s usually not because they weren’t trying hard or focusing enough.

          • Lo duca e io per quel cammino ascoso
            intrammo a ritornar nel chiaro mondo;
            e sanza cura aver d’alcun riposo
            salimmo su, el primo e io secondo,
            tanto ch’ i’ vidi de le cose belle
            che porta ‘l ciel, per un pertugio tondo;
            e quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle.

  171. forensicnucchem says:

    Well, since that’s over, time to move on to something else.

    Shelly Duncan with the bases loaded against the Sox now…

  172. Bob Stone says:

    Duncan just got hit by a pitch and was called out in the BoSox Indians game. Bring on the robot umps.

  173. Bob Stone says:

    BoSox game – Struck out at ball 4 to end the inning with the bases loaded. Frustrating.

  174. lily-bk says:

    frustrating game…… i just dont wanna see them do this against the astros, 2/3 is nice but they should really sweep this team…hopefully they come through

  175. forensicnucchem says:

    Kerry Wood sucks!

    • forensicnucchem says:

      Whew, Bard did too, for a couple batters at least.

      So, we didn’t lose any ground to the team in front of or behind us.

  176. beer man says:

    Haha, Cleveland beats Boston.

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