Game 64: Date with the Doc


Photo Credit: Matt Slocum, AP

The Yankees just can’t seem to get away from Roy Halladay, even with the move to the NL. He’s made a total of 14 starts against the Yanks since 2007, and he’s gone 9-2 with a 2.51 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 107.2 IP in those starts. That’s unfathomable. We might hate seeing Doc dominate the Yanks, but we should also take a second to marvel at his greatness.

Here’s the unfortunate nine that will start again Halladay…

Jeter, SS
Granderson, CF
Teixeira, 1B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Posada, DH
Gardner, LF
Cervelli, C
Pena, 3B

And on the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia. Should be a good one.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on My9. Ben, Joe, and I will be at the game, and if you want to say hi we’ll be sitting in Section 405, Row 13, Seats 28-30. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. CNight_UP says:

    We play today, we win today….

  2. It’s “Ace Night” tonight:

    ML – CC Sabathia
    AAA – Ivan Nova
    AA – David Phelps
    High A- Dellin Betances
    Low A – Jose A. Ramirez


  3. This might be one of those 3-2 victories in which the starters are teh dominance but the Yanks capitalize on a rare mistake by Halladay and take a lead they never relinquish.

  4. Dela G says:

    i say the yankees should don red sox hats for one night so halladay throws his F+ stuff against us, like he does against them


    my heart says : Yanks 6 Phils 4

    my brain says: Yanks 2 Phils 5

    *puts on mati’s ring from captain planet to choose heart!!! *

  5. Adam B says:

    does anyone else feel like Garners .400 OBP and speed is wasted in the seventh hole? i think he should be batting first and jeter second.

  6. bonestock94 says:

    Ugh I thought Arod would be back

  7. Pudge says:

    damn no arod =[

  8. rbizzler says:

    IPK is going against Clay Bucky and the Sox tonight. Hope he fares well.

  9. bexarama says:

    Happy birthday Andy Pettitte, by the way. :D

  10. Across the pond says:

    Well that was a dramatic intro

  11. forensicnucchem says:

    Hopefully CC and Utley won’t make like the WS again… Especially since Utley’s been ice cold.

  12. bexarama says:

    Did Kay just say “the six wins have come against the Orioles?” Oooooops

  13. forensicnucchem says:

    Tonight is when CC starts his beast-mode run.

  14. Pumped up for this one. Best regular season ‘big game’ pitching match up since Beckett-Burnett last year.

  15. Tampa Yankee says:


  16. kunaldo says:

    Talk about being torn. I have utley on my fantasy team and my opponent has CC. F it, my teams a beast, go Yanks(and CC)!

  17. forensicnucchem says:

    That’s a nice start…

  18. CNight_UP says:

    Carston Charles….

  19. Halladay averages a walk per start. Holy freaking shit.

    Also, Jeter lined out. Boo.

  20. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This will be a fast game.

  21. Dave says:

    Something tells me this game will make Joe West smile

  22. bexarama says:

    Halladay being Halladay. ;_;

    (Hopefully this is like that start at Fenway against Beckett where he looked unbelievable in the first inning then had that meltdown and we beat him like 10-1.)

  23. Accent Shallow says:

    Wow, Howard didn’t have a chance. Looks like he thought that would be a breaking ball.

  24. Accent Shallow says:

    There should be a “none of the above” option on the text poll.

  25. Accent Shallow says:

    Is this the end of the road for Ibanez? Tough to tell, since he’s so streaky, and he’s looked so done so many times.

  26. Dave says:

    How exactly is Jayson Werth struggling? He is OPSing .905, the highest of his career?

  27. forensicnucchem says:

    Where did that miss?

  28. Not Tank the Frank says:

    No dual no-hitters tonight!

  29. forensicnucchem says:

    Woohoo, no perfect game. ;-)

  30. bexarama says:

    Sorry to bring in stuff from other games but Ian Kennedy just drilled Pedroia. TRUE YANKEE!!!!!

  31. Across the pond says:


  32. forensicnucchem says:


  33. baby carlos says:

    wow that wrist is really killing Gardy….

  34. Tom Zig says:

    Is Jorge catching for the Phillies?

  35. Across the pond says:

    He was a yankee killer…. before we got the gritster

  36. forensicnucchem says:

    Ugh, ugly AB.

  37. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Cervelli = overmatched

  38. Damn, that k took away an easy 3rd run, but 2 is fantastic off Halladay.

  39. forensicnucchem says:

    Ramiro Pena: 2-6 off Halladay.

    He’s going all Enrique Wilson vs. Pedro tonight. ;-)

  40. Is it just me or is it always a funny sight to see Posada sprint across the diamond?

  41. baby carlos says:

    Biggest foul ball of Pena’s career.

  42. bexarama says:

    Totally thought that was gone which would have been the best thing ever.

  43. Across the pond says:

    My heart just jumped!

  44. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Give Pena a damn break…

  45. That’s the most power Pena will ever exhibit. If that was fair I would have died laughing.

  46. Dela G says:

    wow that must hurt

  47. Across the pond says:

    He’s doing a Beckett

    • bexarama says:

      I hope that’s only in terms of him falling apart performance-wise because watching Beckett in that game was rather terrifying, honestly.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I could only wish to see Halladay emulate Beckett against the Yankees. Sadly, Halladay will never be that much of a home run dispenser.

  48. Ouch. Right on Pena’s ass.

  49. Not Tank the Frank says:

    I love seeing that pitch count ticking.

  50. Dela G says:

    cmon jetes, just find a way to get on base

  51. Javier Vazquez ROY HALLADAY can’t pitch in the American League.


  52. forensicnucchem says:

    2 runs and 29 pitches.

    Pretty good, but REALLY would’ve loved that 3rd run…

  53. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Brett Gardner >>>>>> Dustin Pedroia

    • At the beginning of the season, the top three second baseman were:


      Now they are:


      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Sorry but Cano >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all if you are talking about this season. No second basemen has been close and as a fantasy winer of Utley I can say Utley is slumping TERRIBLY. It’s terribad. It’s Mark Teixeira bad.

    • Not Tank the Frank says:

      Brett Gardner >> Jacoby Ellsbury

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Brett Gardner is proving he can actually A) get on base and B) play solid defense at a premium position.

        In 2009 Brett Gardner with 282 PA which is only FIFTY more than his current plate appearances this year posted a 2.2 WAR. In 2009 Ellsbury in the ENTIRE season posted a 2.7 WAR.

        I retract my statement.

        Gardner >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dusty

  54. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I love these shitty Phillies.

  55. I missed that, how’d we get the 2 runs?

  56. baby carlos says:

    Andrew Marchand article earlier today in ESPN – small part on CC

    Thus far, the general perception of Sabathia has been that he is not up to last year’s form.

    “He is much closer to his performance from last year than most people think,” the first scout said.

    After 13 starts, Sabathia is 6-3 with a 4.01 ERA. Last season, he was 5-4 with a 3.68 ERA after 13 starts.

    Other numbers are nearly identical as well. Sabathia pitched 93 innings in his first 13 starts in 2009, compared to 85 1/3 so far this season. In 2010, he has allowed one more hit (77 vs. 76) . His strikeout-to-walk ratio is nearly identical (67 K, 29 BB last year vs. 69 K, 27 BB this year). So maybe Sabathia is about to get really hot.

    “He has been pretty good, but not as good as he could be,” the second scout said.

  57. Accent Shallow says:

    Oh, there’s CC’s K-rate.

  58. CC is the shit tonight. He’ll begin his wreak of terror tonight and it won’t stop until late October.

  59. This might be the last time we ever see Halladay pitch at YS3.

    -Not in our division anymore
    -Cant expect a WS match up
    -Phillies likely wont come back for interleague for another 7-8 years. We played them last year, and didn’t see them before that since 2000.

    I think this is it, folks.

  60. Dela G says:

    zz off to a nice start

  61. Dela G says:



  62. forensicnucchem says:


    and Gardy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The unstoppable combo.

  63. What a meatball he served to Grandy.

  64. That was the first homer Halladay has given up to a lefty.

  65. Dela G says:

    finally!!! looks like the red sox version of halladay is here tonight

  66. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Just give him MVP already.

  67. baby carlos says:

    I like finally facing Doc when he does not have his best stuff. Nice relief.

  68. Not Tank the Frank says:

    God they are HAMMERING Halladay.

    And WTF is wrong with Teix? He’s been missing by “just this much” on and off all season.

  69. Cano just keeps on going and going.

  70. forensicnucchem says:

    He probably wouldn’t get it anyway, I just wish Cano ran harder toward 2nd like he was even considering a possible triple.

    Oh well…

  71. bexarama says:

    I am so confused by this game. Totally thrilled, but confused.

  72. JobaWockeeZ says:


  73. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Swisher = All Star

  74. forensicnucchem says:


  75. Dela G says:

    halladay getting destroyed!!!

    woohooo my fantasy team!

  76. Across the pond says:


  77. Ivan says:

    Roy Halladay: “No Wonder I wanted to leave the AL East”

  78. 28 this year says:

    +1 for heart
    -1 for stats

  79. forensicnucchem says:

    Boy, Tex must really suck to make an out this inning. ;-)

  80. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Looks like we can’t predict…oh you know the rest.

  81. Gonzo says:

    Halladay is getting fustigated!

  82. This game has YCPB all over it. Ladies, here’s some facts you might want to know:

    Halladay had given up 3 homers in 101 IP; He gave up two in two and two-thirds innings

    The two home runs Halladay gave up were to left handed batters. They had been held homerless until then.

    • Computers assume not perfect skill but perfect randomness. Life is different. One strikeout can lead to another: a batter returns to the dugout shaking his head at the missed fastball, leading his mates to doubt their chances. Inning by inning they grow more anxious, like traders who start selling after a succession of losing days, precipitating a rout.


  83. Dela G says:

    now it’s up to ZZ to hold this lead plz

  84. Roy Halladay can’t pitch in the American League

    MSM’d Brilliant Observation’d

  85. forensicnucchem says:

    Sure am glad they traded away Cliff Lee. That guy always seemed to kill us. ;-)

  86. Across the pond says:

    Please stop using your pitching hand CC!

  87. Damn. I thought CC’s reign of terror through the AL would begin with a no-hitter. Goddamn you Chase Utley.

  88. Brandon Laird is continuing his Robbie Cano imitation.

  89. Dela G says:

    wow that sucked ass

  90. Accent Shallow says:

    Wait, Utley was able to go to 3rd on that? That was Bernie or Damon-esque.

  91. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Please Kay I’d like to see you think for 0.5 seconds with a line drive right above you.

  92. Dave says:

    Plz keep Howard in the park here

  93. Across the pond says:

    wtf is going on?!

  94. forensicnucchem says:


  95. Dela G says:

    damn it, i had a good feeling that would hit howard…

  96. bexarama says:

    Oh dear. C’mon CC!

  97. Accent Shallow says:

    So, CC, mind settling down?

  98. Dela G says:

    damn we can’t start a carousel

  99. 28 this year says:

    pitching to the score is not good.

  100. Triple play is in effect. If Cano catches a liner, steps on second, and throws to third if Polanco had gone home on contact, inning over.

    /extremely unlikely’d

  101. forensicnucchem says:

    Damn umps, why can’t they miss a call every once in a while? ;-)

  102. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Kind of a lucky inning…

  103. I dislike this very much.

  104. bexarama says:

    Trivia answer: 1984 Tigers?

  105. Answer to the trivia question: The Phillies in 2008.

  106. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Holy Mo they could take the lead.

  107. forensicnucchem says:


  108. Dela G says:

    damn it

    plz get a GIDP somehow

  109. baby carlos says:

    and there goes the 5-0 cushion….. yankee pitchers sometimes.

  110. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Jesus Effing Christ Teix.

  111. Angelo says:

    Fundamentals fail.

  112. baby carlos says:


  113. claybeez says:

    Gotta go home.

  114. Across the pond says:

    Oh… go home!

  115. forensicnucchem says:

    That was poor…

  116. bexarama says:

    Tex should’ve gone home. CC should’ve covered. Ugh.

  117. baby carlos says:

    WTF -

  118. phughesisgod says:

    That at bat to Ibanez was the absolute worse pitch selection I have ever seen. It seemed like CC got way to comfortable with the curveball after he got strikes 1 and 2 immediately, and kept on going with it.

    And now CC doesnt go to cover first. CC is like falling apart this inning.

    • bexarama says:

      That at bat to Ibanez was the absolute worse pitch selection I have ever seen.

      Brian Fuentes’ 0-2 pitch to A-Rod in Game 2 of the ALCS last year says hello how are you.

  119. forensicnucchem says:

    How’s that go again Bexy? Our 3-run inning is now erased, right? ;-)

  120. Tom Zig says:

    CC what has happened to you?

  121. Dela G says:

    definitely should’ve gone home

  122. It seems like CC starts good, and tires down the stretch the last few non-Oriole games.

  123. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Ruiz is a mini Yankee killer. Nervous AB.

  124. Across the pond says:

    How many pitches this inning?

  125. baby carlos says:

    I hope after this inning this shit is out of their system. Fundamental failure

  126. Dave says:

    10 bucks says Halladay is money from here on out.

  127. Dela G says:

    thank god they still have the lead

  128. Well, they’re still winning. That’s always good.

  129. A.D. says:

    at least CC got out of it

  130. Pat D says:

    I’m at work and therefore not watching the game. I was just about to go on break and get all giddy on the Phillies fans for them getting a 5-0 lead on Halladay. Then CC gives back 3 runs. Sigh.

  131. CC thought Tex was going home, that’s why he didn’t cover 1B. As Leiter said, he screwed up.

  132. Angelo says:

    If anyone cares, Ian Kennedy is getting lit up

  133. phughesisgod says:

    It seems like CC has no problem getting 2 strikes, but then he tries to waste a few pitches, and then goes for the strike out but the batter knows whats coming. He needs to go for the strike out right when he gets the 2nd strike instead of wasting pitches, and he really needs to start mixing his pitches and using his best pitch, the changeup, to get the third strike.

  134. Not Tank the Frank says:

    I thought it was a good inning by CC…looking at the bright side. It started off with a couple lucky singles and then a HBP. After that, he did a great job of limiting the damage. I thought Teix really let him down by not going home there. Who knows what may have happened after that. Bases still loaded and a DP ends the inning.

    Even the RBI hits were grounders that found holes. Tip your cap to a good AB by Ibanez. But CC got a big strikeout and the groundballs he needed.

    • I thought Teix really let him down by not going home there.

      I thought he really let Tex down there by not covering 1B, which is his job.

      5-2 game, 0 outs, if I’m the 1B I go for the double play as well.

      • Not Tank the Frank says:

        I agree CC should have been covering but I disagree that Teix should’ve tried for the DP.

        I think it’s a much tougher play for the first baseman to start a DP in that situation unless it’s hit in a way where he can step on the bag. The easy play, and the right play IMO, is to go home there, save a run and keep the DP in order possibly for the next AB. There’s a force at every base, no need to try for a more difficult play in that situation.

  135. Alright, CC. You had your hiccup, now settle back down. You’ve got this, big guy.

  136. Dela G says:

    cmon zz you have to get these hitters

  137. JGS says:

    So I just got here–how has this one been so far

  138. Dela G says:

    cmon dont walk howard

  139. bexarama says:

    Girardi’s like WTF. As he should be, I think.

  140. cjc says:

    arg strikes please

  141. Dela G says:

    uhhhhh i hope this works out

  142. Across the pond says:

    We’re going to the guy who’s had the best AB so far?

    Mmmm hope this works

  143. baby carlos says:

    not good… heading towards a tie… ugh

  144. bexarama says:

    Where did that miss? Ughhh

  145. cjc says:

    now the zone has shrunk to the size of a pea fuck

  146. Across the pond says:


  147. CC has been dancing into and out of trouble tonight. And he still has a shot to go seven.

  148. forensicnucchem says:

    Whew… What happened to beast-mode though? Get it together, I don’t see Halladay giving up much more, if anything.

  149. Accent Shallow says:

    So we missed strike 1 because a King of Queens promo had to be shown.

    What a joke.

  150. forensicnucchem says:

    Alright guys, if nothing else try to keep that pitch count rising…

  151. If any of the RABbis see this, please feed the hamsters. The wheels on the website are turning very slowly tonight.

  152. I heart short porches.

  153. Across the pond says:


  154. forensicnucchem says:


  155. Dela G says:

    wow a yankee stadium helper!!!

  156. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Yankee Stadium special! That’s what he needs.

  157. Accent Shallow says:

    How many other parks is that out of?

    Who cares, I’ll take it.

  158. Angelo says:

    The swing wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it.

    /only in Yankee stadium

  159. JGS says:

    Short porch = awesomeness

  160. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Phillies can’t complain about that with their ballpark.

  161. Wow, I thought there was no way that was gone from the from the radio. Sterling wasn’t screaming over over-enthusiastic or anything.

  162. Dela G says:

    settle down zz

  163. JobaWockeeZ says:

    The differences between left and right field in this stadium is amazing.

  164. Goddamn camera angle scared me for a minute.

  165. forensicnucchem says:

    Wow, that camera angle made it seem like that ball was going to hit off the facade…

  166. bexarama says:

    I totally thought that Francisco hit was gone but when even Kay doesn’t think it’s gone…

    • Not Tank the Frank says:

      Yeah that was weird. Looked like a sure homer. Maybe it was a broken bat. Only Swish is strong enough to get one of those out!

  167. Okay I’m really fucking sick of hearing about Wally Pipp every goddamn time they bring Gehrig up.

  168. Dela G says:

    where did that 1-1 pitch miss?

  169. That’s the greatest thing that ever happened to Wally Pipp. He wouold have been long forgotten by now, but for that connection to Gehrig.

  170. Across the pond says:

    Does he come out for the 7th?

  171. bexarama says:

    Jorge Posada infield single.


  172. Dela G says:

    dayum, christina aguilera looks mighty super hot

  173. forensicnucchem says:

    Posada showing the wheels…

  174. Infield single+Jorge Posada=Blue Moon tonight

  175. Across the pond says:

    Gardy loves the doc

  176. Dela G says:

    teh gritster!!!

  177. http://www.thebaseballcube.com.....sada.shtml

    Jorge was a 2B for about 1 year, when he was 19 years old.

  178. Brett is awesome with 2-strikes.

  179. bexarama says:

    Bunting for Pena, what the

  180. Dela G says:

    well that sucked

    it’s ok pena

  181. Fuck, can’t ask for much more than that.

  182. cjc says:

    bunt for Pena of course I do it everytime

    than he hits a bad luck bullet I retract my sarcasm sir

  183. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Yeah even with that outcome I was going to say bunting there makes no sense. No sense. I’m serious when I say I dislike Girardi’s decisions more all the time. I wasn’t a fan of loaded the bases for Ibanez either.

  184. Dela G says:

    wooow i was shocked that wasn’t called strike 3

    good job jetes

  185. Come on Grandy, another homer?

  186. If Michael Kay could go one game without saying a ball is “served” into whatever field, I might be willing to bake him a cake.

  187. bexarama says:

    Halladay angry rawr

  188. Dela G says:

    damn, i had a feeling that was going to happen

    plz give us the pilly bullpen in the 7th…

    no more doc, no matter how many pitches he has

  189. Dela G says:

    superb job by cc when he knew he needed to give the bullpen length

  190. Across the pond says:

    Great effort CC

  191. Dela G says:

    and my wishes were fulfilled

  192. bexarama says:

    I love the Alex and Andy bromance. Just sayin’

  193. bexarama says:

    The Phillies seem to hit our guys a lot. Don’t think it’s on purpose (why hit Ramiro Pena??) but three in one game after hitting Tex and A-Rod three times each in the WS?

  194. Not Tank the Frank says:

    I really hope Gardy finds his way onto the All-Star game.

  195. ShuutoHeat (Igawa > Logan) says:


  196. FIPster Doofus says:

    Pena’s actually looked pretty good at the plate tonight but hasn’t had any luck.

  197. Kevin says:

    Man, Paulie’s freak out is shown every game.

  198. forensicnucchem says:

    Does anyone else get tired of the O’Neil ‘tribute’ videos they constantly show every game he broadcasts? It’s way overplayed…

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      I am totally sick of it.

      On a happier note, it was awesome how tough CC hung tonight after a really dodgy inning.

  199. bexarama says:

    Cervelli has 27 RBI. Utley has 26. YCPB!!!!

  200. Dela G says:

    wow tex you can’t swing at that schlop

  201. Sounds like A-rod will DH tommorow.

  202. Damn, Cano having an off day.

  203. Accent Shallow says:

    I still want Park DFAed, but at least he didn’t make that stressful.

  204. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    wow Victorino looks really fat on his game day picture

  205. forensicnucchem says:

    First place alone!!!!

    Though it’ll only last a couple hours with Tampa already up 4-0 with Price on the mound.

  206. Dela G says:

    great win for the yanks!

  207. bexarama says:

    That outcome was… not what I was expecting when I went into tonight’s game. But:

    a. I will take it.
    b. YCPB!

  208. Dave says:

    CHoP and D-Rob are both in the middle of a nice little stretch here, could bode well for the BP.

  209. Adam says:

    I don’t want to toot my own horn, but *toot toot*. A few weeks back I posted after a win (I forget which series?) that with injuries returning and a soft schedule that a run of 15 out of 20 was coming up. I will now also pat myself on the back and smile in self satisfaction.

  210. Dela G says:

    in other news, shelly hit a 2 run homer off of K-rod in the 9th inning

  211. Mike HC says:

    Ian Kennedy got knocked around by the Sox. Was that a small picture of how Kennedy would have performed in the AL East? Or just a bad start?

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