Game 91: A ‘perfect’ anniversary for a win

Rays pound Yanks on Old Timer's Day
Pettitte leaves game with left groin strain
Baseball immortality. Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky

Eleven years ago, David Cone took the mound in an Interleague match-up against the Montreal Expos. Like today, it was a stifling hot Sunday, and Cone twirled a gem of a game. Facing a lineup of young players who hadn’t seen him mix arm angles and pitch speeds before, the Yanks’ righty was perfect. He never once went to three balls on a single batter, and he struck out 10. When Orlando Cabrera popped out to Scott Brosius, the celebration began, and the losing pitcher that day was a kid named Javier Vazquez.

Today, Andy Pettitte won’t have to be perfect to beat the Tampa Bay Rays, but he doesn’t have much room for mistakes. The offense shouldn’t be a problem; after all, Tampa hits .244/.331/.390 against southpaws. Rather, it’s the opposing pitcher who will be tough to beat. David Price takes his heat to the stadium today in what could be a pitching duel for the ages.

Price is 12-4 this year with a 2.42 ERA, and he has truly come into his own as a starter this year. Opponents are hitting .223/.297/.343, and he allows fewer than a home run per nine innings. The Yanks have faced Price once this year and lost, despite scoring three runs off the lefty.

Pettitte, though, is no small beans himself. He’s 11-2 with a 2.70 ERA, and opponents are hitting .234/.295/.360 against him. Runs could be at a premium today. For Pettitte, today’s outing could be one of redemption. During his last time on the bump against Tampa, the Rays knocked him around for six runs in five innings, and he allowed a season-high three longballs in that May 20 start.

A win today ups the Yanks’ first place lead to three games; a loss brings Tampa to within a game. It’s as big a game in mid-July as one might find. It starts at 1:05 p.m. and will be on YES in the New York area and TBS nationwide. The lineups, please:

Derek Jeter SS – Hitting just .245/.322/.337 over his last 305 plate appearances
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF

Andy Pettitte P

Game Notes: Per Joe Girardi, the team has no long man today. Dustin Moseley threw 75 pitches, and Chad Gaudin tossed 52 in the Yanks’ loss last night. I’d prefer to see Moseley DFA’d with Ivan Nova or Romulo Sanchez recalled, but Girardi says Chan Ho Park or Boone Logan could go multiple innings today if need be…A.J. Burnett reportedly apologized to teammates behind closed doors for his outburst that led to hand lacerations. No word on if he also apologized for his 8.15 ERA over his last eight starts.

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Rays pound Yanks on Old Timer's Day
Pettitte leaves game with left groin strain
  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Sigh. Those game notes say it all. Why do we need multiple guys who can “go multiple innings”? It seems like the entire bullpen situation is set up for a theoretical 18 inning game, followed by a doubleheader.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      +1

      Very true.

  • Pat D

    Well, we all know how good Park and Logan aren’t in multiple innings, so please go 7 strong at least, Andy.

  • poster on a different computer

    So the game’s at 1 then?

  • Pinstripe Glory

    The ‘perfect’ day to face the ‘perfect’ team…

  • poster on a different computer

    Question for you guys: What do really cheap grandstand tickets to a playoff game go for?

    I have, like, no money, and I live pretty far, but I’d love to go.

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

      A lot. The trick is to go for standing room tickets. I got an ALDS Game 2 standing room ticket in the 200s level last year for $25 plus fees.

      • poster on a different computer

        Are the standing room tickets worth making the trip for?

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

          Yep. I had a blast.

          • poster on a different computer

            Cool thanks. I’ll definitely consider it.

    • Esteban

      Yea I paid about $75 pus fees for ALDS Game 1 and those were the cheapest grandstand tickets I could find.

      • poster on a different computer

        75 might be doable if I start saving up, like, now. Which is more or less impossible, but whatever.

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

          I don’t want to be rude, but $75 isn’t that much money. Unless you’re really destitute or have some sort of gambling problem, it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with that kind of cash.

          • poster on another computer

            That kind of cash, plus the price of parking, the price of gas to and from the stadium, and assuming I get no food, drinks, or souvenirs.

            It would be MUCH more than 75 bucks. Especially if I decide to take any family members.

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

              Parking? Gas? Take Metro-North or the subway. Even if you just ride to the nearest Metro-North stop or New Jersey Transit stop — wherever you are — parking and gas problems are easily solved.

  • Esteban

    Are people worried about Jeter? If he doesn’t improve, this will be his first season with an OPS+ below 100.

    • poster on a different computer

      I wasn’t worried in the first half.

      Now I’m actually VERY worried.

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

      I’m mostly worried about Jeter because of the contract the Yankees are probably going to give him. He’ll be grossly overpaid. I hope he can rebound and soon.

      I also don’t think he should still be leading off. He’s got a .334 OBP/.328 wOBA out of the one hole. That’s not doing the team any favors. Girardi, though, seems to be of the “stick with it” approach as he showed with Mark Teixeira.

      • Zack

        But is moving him down to 6/7 really realistic?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      He could go all year like this, and I would would just think it was a down year, albeit maybe his worst year. But, I still think he could have strong bounce back years in the next 3-5 years or so. I have faith.

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

        Or he could be a 36-year-old short stop doing nothing that 36-year-old short stops don’t do regularly. That’s the problem. Down year or normal aging?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          That is the question. My money is on down year.

          Are you expecting nothing better than this for the rest of his career?

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            It’s difficult to say given his age. Most shortstops don’t last at the position this long.

            There is a possibility that he could continue to decline. I hope you realize that.

            It could be a down year too, but both sides are entirely possible.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

              I do realize that. I might be the last one to accept that Jeter is done, but I’m ok with that. I am willing to go down with the Jeter ship. haha. Feel free to jump off if you would like.

              • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                I’m not jumping off yet. He could finish the year strong. It still wouldn’t surprise me.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Maybe, it’s a bit unrealistic at his age, but Jeter is no ordinary talent.

        If he comes back on a ridiculous contract next year and keeps stumbling, start worrying.

      • Esteban

        Yea his BABIP by month this year: .325, .337, .268, .209
        Line Drive % by month: 12.6, 20.4 20.5 14.0
        Career Babip is: .357
        Career LD% is (2002-2010 per FG): 20.5%

        Here’s to hoping he’s run into some bad luck.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          Yea. But, even with bad luck, he is clearly not the same hitter he was just a year ago. I think the WS, the fact his father told him to start enjoying and taking it all in a little more (saw an interview with the father last year with him saying that) and the fact he got engaged with rumors about his wedding etc … all led to this down year. In 2009, all we heard about was his manic dedication to getting better in the off season. This off season, it seemed like a big party.

          That is my narrative and I’m sticking to it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

            And I should add, with renewed focus and dedication after this down year, I expect better seasons.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            But he wasn’t getting married…

            Winning the WS leads to Jeter partying the whole off-season? I doubt Jeter is out of shape.

            You’re pulling straws.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

              Thats why I added the narrative line.

              And he did get engaged. If you don’t think that comes with added time and responsibility commitments, you are nuts.

              But I clearly know nothing, and it is just a theory from someone on the far periphery.

              • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                Oh, alright. And yeah, he’s engaged (I think), not married.

                Yeah, it’s just a theory. I don’t think it’s necessarily true, but a theory nonetheless.

  • Esteban

    Cone’s ERA going in to the perfect game: 2.86
    Cone’s ERA after the perfect gamie: 4.82

    The perfect game was kind of his last hurrah.

  • kelly

    the last time andy faced tampa he got roughed up…..lately against tampa he hasn’t been that good. and shit we have to face price?? well if we lose we’ll stil be in frst. this just might be another frustrating game

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

      Yay for optimism.

      • MikeD

        Andy get the win today!

      • Esteban

        never question Andy in front of bex. NEVER

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

          Nah, I’m pretty objective about him, I think. I just don’t see the need for the WE’RE DOOOOOOMED POV before the game even starts.

  • Eirias

    Flogging Molly providing the tunes for a Steinbrenner memorial video?

  • MikeD

    I was lucky enough to be at Cone’s perfect game, and today is very similar, down to the day of the week and the very hot temp.

    BTW Why exactly did Cone stop broadcasting games on YES? Was it his decision, or was it YES’s? He was good and just as he did as a pitcher seemed to be constantly working at improving his game. He would even refer to FanGraphs and Baseball Reference. His departure seemed odd based on what I read.

    • Poopy Pants

      A hot day in mid-July in NYC? What a coincidence.

      I think Cone was fired for arguing with YES’s Filipelli (I don’t know how to spell his stupid name).

      • MikeD

        Oh, it wasn’t “just” hot that day. It’s warm today, although nothing like it was in 1999. Absoluetly one of the most uncomfortably hot days I can ever remember at the Stadium.

        AS for Filipelli (not sure of the spelling myself), now that you mention it, I do seem to remember some rumblings during last season that there was some conflict.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    I would prefer Gardner in center. I don’t think we have to worry about hurting Granderson’s feelings anymore.

    • Poopy Pants

      How many years are the Yanks stuck with Granderson?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        I think four. He would be fine if we didn’t have a better centerfielder playing right next to him.

        • Poopy Pants

          Or in Atlanta. j/k (kind of).

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

            maybe I could have kinda laughed along if you said “detroit,” but using Melky is just ridiculous. He was decent in center, but no Gardner, or even ajax for that matter. And his offense is pretty bad.

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

            Kind of? Melky’s awful. Ask any Braves fan.

      • MikeD

        In fairness, we’ve seen Gardner misplay balls that have gone over his head and Granderson’s defensive ratings this year and are actually better than Gardners. That’s said…it would be nice if Granderson would hit.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          True, everyone misplays balls sometimes.

          Just by my eyes, I think Gardner is better in center. And definitely agreed that it is more important that he starts hitting. His D has been solid. I just think Gardner can give us extraordinary D if given the opportunity.

          • MikeD

            Not going to disagree. Granderson’s UZR/150 was at an exceptional 18 the last time I looked. Gardner’s was also good, but somewhere in the single digits. Now while I do follow defensive metrics, I don’t think a team should base everything on them because all of them do have issues. Overall, though, Granderson has been solid defensively. I think we’re all a bit hard on him because he just hasn’t hit yet, and we gave up a CFer who is hitting over .300 and is also putting up strong defensive numbers.

            I think Gardner is still learning to track the ball in left, so I’d expect he’ll continue to improve the more he plays there. My guess is if he went back to CF he’d be stronger than Granderson.

            My guess. The Yankees move Gardner to CF in 2011, and Granderson gets a platoon partner for LF, which strengthens the Yankees bench. Right now it’s difficult to get a strong bench player because they have no playing time. A LF platoon changes that. We’ll see.

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

    ROFL Andy. That almost makes up for your dumb bunting mistakes in other games.

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

    Why are you bringing the infield in in the first inning…

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Maybe that’s why Andy hit Longoria. Save Girardi from himself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      David Price is the reasoning I believe.

      But I agree with you. I would not have brought them in either.

    • MikeD

      Early surrender? It is odd. Price is good, but he hasn’t even thrown a pitch yet in the game. We might cut off a run, yet it might open up the opportunity for a bigger inning, and against Price that is dangerous.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Wow, I guess Andy remembered how to field his position

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Damnit

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

    Nice one, Andy. Just put it on a tee, would ya.

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

    (cries hysterically)

  • MikeD

    Why the F can we not get Pena out when every other team can?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    damn. Not a good start

  • Jimmy

    Way to go Andy. I think I’m gonna take a nap lol

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

    Well this should be the classic “pitchers duel that turns into an 8-7 game.”

    • Hummingbird S.

      I hope you’re right and we are the ones that score 8.

    • Pat D

      Not sure if the Yankees offense is capable of that against Price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    I can feel the sportswriters starting their doomsday postgame recaps already.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Of course Pena remembers how to hit against us. Oh well, plenty of time to go to get those runs back!

  • Cecala

    I really hope Pena signs with a national league team.

    • Hummingbird S.

      I really hope our pitchers remember how to pitch the next time we face the Rays.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Amen to that.

      This stadium was designed for guys like Pena to beat us down.

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

    I still blame Granderson. If he makes that catch and Andy makes that great play on Crawford, the three of the first five Rays wouldn’t have hit the ball right on the screws.

    • Pat D

      Excepting that it’s extremely unlikely Crawford attempts to bunt if Upton’s ball is caught.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Yup. I’m still not over that either. He takes missteps all the time, and usually makes up for it, but you see the consequence when he doesn’t make up for it.

      I say Gardner to center is becoming more of a no brainer as time goes on.

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

        I was being sarcastic. Andy got tattooed that inning, took two great defensive plays to bail him out.

        • Pat D

          Yea, you’re right. Re-read the sentence and realize it now. Sorry for the lack of recognition.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          Didn’t realize your sarcasm.

          Well, your sarcasm is my seriousness I guess in this case, ha.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Oh please, this is such a joke. Gardner gets bad jumps too, and neither of them catches that ball that was lined to the WARNING TRACK!

        How bout you get on Andy a little, who just shit the bed throwing a 2-0 meatball to a guy who does nothing but strike out or hit home runs?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          I happen to like Gardner better in center and after Granderson misplayed that admittedly very tough ball, it reminded me of that fact.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      /fallacy of predetermined outcome’d

  • James A

    How exactly has this team been no-hit three times in the last year?

    • Pat D

      Because you can’t predict baseball.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Wow, our pitchers outside of CC are such a fucking joke against Tampa. Way to keep us in the game, Andy. Pena has a .200 average and swings for the fences every time, why would you throw him ANYTHING near the strike zone? He does the same thing against Vlad… hello, free swinger!

  • Poopy Pants

    I think I see lacerations on Andy’s hands.

  • Reggie C.

    In this type of heat Pettitte will not last long.

    Is there a long-man available for today?

    • Hummingbird S.

      Boone Logan!!!

    • MikeD

      He’s from Texas. He can handle heat.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    What was that about not having a long man again?

  • Ross in Jersey

    Wow, what a JOKE. Can any pitcher on this team get Tampa out? Newsflash, their offense is NOT this good!

    • Zack

      Newsflash: They are 4th in runs, 6th in OBP

      • Ross in Jersey

        Is that supposed to impress me? They got off to a hot start and have really been mediocre since.

        • Mister Delaware

          Their June/July OBP is 3 points higher than their April/May OBP.

          • Mister Delaware

            (March/April, not April/May)

        • Zack

          April- 23 games, 144 runs, 6.26 runs/game
          May- 29 games, 122 runs, 4.21 runs/game
          June- 25 games, 124 runs, 4.96 runs/game
          July- 13 games, 68 runs, 5.23 runs/game

          1 mediocre month doesn’t equal mediocre since.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Andy just doesn’t have it today, 4 hard hit balls and a HBP. Blah.

    • MikeD

      If history tells us anything, let’s not judge Andy on one inning, especially the first.

  • Jimmy

    They are hanging out over the plate just like last game. Throw strikes inside.

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

    Why can Dallas Braden pitch a perfect game against these guys but the most wonderful pitcher on Earth can hardly get an out? ;_;

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Because, Suszyn, You Can’t Predict Baseball ™

  • Alex S

    The Rays are relly hitting the ball hard

  • Poopy Pants

    (Looking forward to Javy’s next start and restoring some stability to this rotation)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    ARod. Sick.

    UZR does not even calculate that I don’t think.

    • Frigidevil

      That could end up being a game-changing play before anything even happened. That gets by him, it probably scores a run.

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

    Just go away Derek. At least fucking try.

    • Jimmy

      Why won’t he try to go up the middle or something?

      • Pat D

        Or just stop hitting the ball on the ground. What’s the LD% now?

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

        I don’t think he has the bat speed to do it anymore. Catching up to 95+ is probably not going to happen for the Captain any more.

        • Alex S

          Quick! Start the smear campaign!

          /boston’d

  • Pat D

    Yay for Cap’n .265. Or whatever is average is now.

  • Poopy Pants

    C’mon, Jeter. Really?

  • Ross in Jersey

    It’s ok Derek, we’re only down by 3 runs against the best pitcher in the AL. Don’t work the count or anything.

  • Hummingbird S.

    first pitch groundout, lovely

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I’m not one of the fans who’s convinced that Jeter has turned into Robbie Alomar overnight.

    That said, I can’t understand for the life of me why he won’t start taking some pitches.

    • Poopy Pants

      Two weeks ago at YS, some fat fools from Jersey were sitting behind us and yelling that Jeter ‘never swings at anything!’. I wanted to physically assault them.

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

    Gardner woulda caught that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      hahah, dick. He would have.

      just messing around.

  • Pat D

    Upton was playing waaaaaaay too shallow.

  • Reggie C.

    The ball sure is carrying!

    Nice start Swish!

  • Poopy Pants

    Who will be the goat of this series? BJ or AJ?

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

    Remember when people thought Jeter would get 4,000 hits and challenge Rose’s record? Yeah…

    • Reggie C.

      Would you prefer Nunez?

      Yankees dont have many options but to play DJ every day.

    • Pat D

      Those people were the eternal optimists.

      Or they were just really eager to see Rose lose the record to such an admirable, clean cut sort of fellow.

      • Reggie C.

        Began or at least that topic was certainly elevated by John Sterling I think.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Remember when people used to make gigantic statements because one game was going poorly? Yeah…

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

        You know it’s not one game with Jeter.

        • Jose the Satirist

          No it has been a bad season, but it isn’t “Just go away Derek. At least fucking try” bad.

          • Reggie C.

            DJ is Melky Cabrera bad right now.

            These level of performing players dont find themslves landing multi-year / 20MM per year deals too often.

            • Jose the Satirist

              A 1.7 WAR is a lot better than Melky.

    • Alex S

      I remember the dozens of articles but never for a minute thought Jete could catch up

    • MikeD

      There is a big gap between “challenging Rose” and “just try or the fuck away.”

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Also, I think that Girardi should try batting Swisher leadoff for a little while. It seems like the guy is on base every AB.

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

      At this point, I seriously want Gardner leadoff. Jeter, like, 9th.

      /overreaction’d

      • Pete

        /not an overreaction at all’d

    • Pat D

      Yet they said he was 4 for his last 21.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        Even so, he’s been making pitchers work. Like I said before, I don’t believe that Jete’s career is over, but I do believe that the leadoff man has to make the pitcher show something.

        If not Swish, then let Gardner hit first.

    • Poopy Pants

      At the very least, he has some nice at-bats.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    I really have confidence in every bat in this line-up except Derek. At least when Tex and A-Rod were struggling they were working counts and walking. But it seems like Jeter has completely forgotten how to work a good at-bat.

  • Jimmy

    Ball was right there A-Rod :(

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    How can anyone hate Swish?

    But according to a bunch of anonymous players, he is supposed to be OVERRATED!

    /beating the dead horse

    • Pat D

      Yea, clearly Jeter belonged on that list.

  • Reggie C.

    I wonder what happened to Ajax? Who the hell is Boesch?

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

      AJax cooled down a lot. Boesch is this guy who came up and basically hasn’t stopped hitting since he did. No idea if it’s BABIP based or whatever, but he’s been crazy good.

      • Pat D

        KLaw says it’s a total fluke. I’ll believe him until Boesch does it again next year.

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

          He’s this year’s Garrett Jones, just a little younger.

          • Pat D

            Jones is only semi-decent this year.

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

              Exactly.

        • MikeD

          So do you believe Klaw on Gardner? He has consistently remained in the “not a fan” camp.

          • Pat D

            His opinion seems to have changed somewhat. Gardner, like everyone else, has to prove they can do it more than one year.

    • Ross in Jersey

      BABIP happened to Ajax.

      Boesch looks like a hella good young player. I think he took CC deep when they played in Detroit.

      • Pat D

        Look at his minor league numbers. Had a decent year as a 24-year old in AA last year, had 15 games in AAA this year before he was recalled. There’s nothing in his track record that would indicate he’s not just hitting way over his head.

        • Mister Delaware

          Boesch is currently sitting at a .374 BABIP with a well below average 15.5% LD%. Paging regression.

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

    Yeah Robbie.

  • Jimmy

    wow Robbie is amazing

  • Alex S

    Wooh go Ribbie!

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    M-V-P! M-V-P!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Don’t ya know!

    I love seeing Robbie flash that opposite field power.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    YES

    What a hit. Against Price, lefty, big spot (wait, there can be a big spot in the first inning? YES)

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s some real good shit by Cano

  • Ross in Jersey

    Cano and Swisher are really carrying the team at this point. It would be nice if the other guys could pitch in a bit!

  • Reggie C.

    Lee goes 9 innings and the Rangers still cant beat the RS. Heh. That could almost make Josh Hamilton drink again.

    • Nathan

      Not cool

      • Mister Delaware

        If you’re going to make a Hamilton joke, the funny needs to seriously outweigh the doucheness.

        • Alex S

          I didn’t feel it was in very bad taste

  • Jimmy

    9th place hitter again. This is comical.

  • V

    Guess this didn’t post this morning, but I was at Scranton last night, behind home plate. 5 or 6 scouts were there, and they all picked up their radar guns for Royce Ring and Zach Segovia.

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

      Neat, interesting morsel of news. Anybody with any speculations? Which teams? Or its nothing to it?

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    SIT

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

    If Gardner was at first, he would have turned that double play.

    • Jose the Satirist

      IETC

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

      Well played.

  • Jimmy

    This guy is squeezing Andy.

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

      Both guys got squeezed. This game is going to be Joe West’s worst nightmare.

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

    Prayer circle.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Pena with 2 men on again, please don’t blow this game Andy.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Andy may be missing his spots, but at least he’s trying to come inside this inning.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Wow, it did not look like Pena went around.

    Whatever, I’ll take it.

  • MikeD

    Thanks. At least the third-base ump got the call right. Not happy with home-plate ump so far.

  • Reggie C.

    Pena with the tough at-bats. Things are looking up for the Rays if he’s turned the corner.

  • Poopy Pants

    ew

  • Accent Shallow

    A shift for a right-handed batter? Not something you see every day.

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

    Nice job Thames. Great job, actually.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Can someone explain how it makes any sense for Maddon to shift the entire infield to the left, but play the outfield straight away?

    • Pat D

      You dare to question the genius of Joe Maddon????

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Because the hitting spray chart probably dictates that alignment.

  • Jimmy

    This is not a fair match up for Grandy.

    • MikeD

      Yeah, not sure I’d have played Granderson today, then again I’m in the camp he should be platooned. Problem is not sure who I’d play in his place. I NEVER want to see Thames in the field again.

      • Jimmy

        I don’t think he should be platooned. Against Lester/Price he needs to have a seat.

      • Pat D

        Yea, what’s Juan Miranda DH’ing and Thames or Colin Curtis in the outfield gonna do for you.

  • Ivan

    Can’t do anything with that Granderson.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      Cody Ross??

  • Accent Shallow

    Wasn’t someone in here talking awhile ago about how they’d gone to Vandy with Price, and how they’d giggled about how easy it would be to get Cano out?

    Heh.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I know that people will rip on Grandy just for the hell of it, but that was a perfect pitch for strike 3.

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

    I guess that’s better than a GIDP. Grrr

    • Pat D

      If Gardner was running, that wouldn’t have been a DP.

      Oh, wait.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    these are the days i yearn for a right handed hitting outfielder

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

    Damn Brett, you gotta at least clear the pitcher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Now that is rare. Doubling up Gardner. And by a lot really.

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

      Yeah, that wasn’t even close.

      • Pat D

        Wow, the Gritster wasn’t hustling??

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          He was, it just happened so fast. Great turn

  • Pat D

    Michael Kay just referred to Burnett as a “fibber.”

    What decade is this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      I think it was a nice way of calling him a liar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    This whole Kim Jones thing. Huh?

    They told AJ to kick garbage cans, water coolers and gum buckets etc … and that can’t hurt you? Are their imaginations that small? Do whatever you want, just don’t get hurt?

    How about telling him to stop throwing temper tantrums.

  • Reggie C.

    Hmm. AJ seemed to get upset with Eiland’s statement.

    Kim Jones has got good inside info today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Girardi and Eiland playing the old good cop, bad cop on him.

    I like it.

  • Jimmy

    Man they are making Andy work.

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

    Andy doesn’t have anything today. :(

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    good grief.. all these damn hits!

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

    60 pitches already. One out in the third.

  • Ivan

    Ugh Andy, can’t give up 0-2 hits to Sean Rodriguez.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I have a bad feeling that we’re on track for a Chan Ho Park sighting this afternoon.

  • Pat D

    Well we’ll be seeing a lot of CHoP today.

    Oh, great, another injury.

    • Poopy Pants

      Well I’m glad we sent Joba down to AAA to get his shit straight and be available in case of an injury…oh wait…nevermind.

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

    Wonderful.

  • Jimmy

    This is just great.

  • MikeD

    Ruh, ro.

  • Carlosologist

    I woke up right now, and I see Andy tweak something in his leg.

    Not a good day.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Oh come on.

    If Pettitte has to leave, who comes in? Logan?

  • Mister Delaware

    I bet Pettitte slammed his crotch into a door out of frustration.

    • Pat D

      No, he just didn’t stop pulling it.

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

    I think I might cry. Like, seriously.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Something wrong in the groin area for Pettitte according to Singleton.

      I’m looking at you Bexy!!

  • Reggie C.

    Shit.

    Here we go.

  • Jai

    uh oh

  • Ivan

    This series hasn’t been fair at like seriously.

  • arman tamzarian

    Damn

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    well isn’t this awesome.. 2 straight days of 6 inning relief.. smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    What is going on here?

    Our pitchers mysteriously leave the game in the third like there is a curse on us.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Look on the bright side: this seems like an awesome chance to turn Joba back into a starter!

  • Alex S

    worst case scenario fulfilled

  • Pat D

    Now, this is way premature of course, but is everyboyd still glad that the Cliff Lee trade didn’t go through?

    • Kevin G.

      Yes.

      • camilo gerardo

        sames

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, but I don’t want Lee at any price. I think he’s going to age very poorly.

      /just a hunch, and I realize I’m on an island here.

      • Alex S

        don’t see any physical signs to think he’ll age poorly. he’s not a power guy, pretty fluid motion with no herky jerky motions like lincecum

      • Reggie C.

        Yep. You’re on the Lost island actually.

    • phughesisgod

      Yes. Montero, Z-Mac, Warren, Adams/Nunez>Lee.

      • Pat D

        Except that wasn’t the offer. Warren was never supposedly a part of it. And MacAllister is not showing anything. And Adams and Nunez don’t seem to have futures on this team. Maybe Nunez.

        • Reggie C.

          Actually Warren was part of a revised package after jack z. didn’t want part of david adams due to the nagging ankle injury. It was asking for Nunez too that caused the deal to fall apart.

          • Pat D

            Fair enough.

            I know it wasn’t the Yankees fault, but I still really wanted that trade when it was Montero/Adams/ZMac

  • Frigidevil

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!

  • Reggie C.

    This game is soooo win-able. Price isn’t on his top game, but we saw how the ‘pen couldnt keep the Rays at bay in any sense.

    damn.

  • Ross in Jersey

    And the season begins to take a nosedive. Now none of our starters can make it out of the 3rd inning? Just fucking great.

    • Nintendo vs Sega

      Your an idiot!

      • Pat D

        His an idiot what? Did the an idiot do something to him?

      • Ross in Jersey

        It’s “you’re” and if you think seeing 2 of our starters get injured in 2 days is a good thing I don’t know what to tell you.

      • Poopy Pants

        you’re not your…how ironic.

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

      And the season begins to take a nosedive.

      I’m worried too, but take it easy, Champ. Why don’t you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while.

      • Ross in Jersey

        What was the one thing that could derail the Yankees this season?

        Oh. Right. It was injuries to the rotation.

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

          Yep. That said, AJ isn’t going to miss a start and we don’t know what the issue is with Andy.

          Don’t unnecessarily panic. It’s not helpful.

        • Zack

          They said AJ is going to make his next start, and if Andy goes on the DL he’ll miss 3 starts. So lets calm down a little bit.

        • Mister Delaware

          A three man collision in short right field involving Swisher, Cano and Teix would qualify as well.

    • Mister Delaware

      Sabathia made it out of the 3rd inning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      I would call this turbulence, rather than a nose dive.

      You are the guy panicking in the aisle that its all over after a small little bump.

  • Jimmy

    What D-Rob in already?

    • Mister Delaware

      To get out of the inning. You’d rather see Logan?

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

      Get out of this inning, give the Yanks a chance. I love it.

    • Reggie C.

      High leverage situation like this one demanded our best NMD reliever. Great move by Joe G. to follow his head.

  • Nathan

    Lets hope those plexi glass holders have been removed.

  • Alex S

    nick johnson is causing all the injuries by sitting in the dugout

  • phughesisgod

    Oh great. Now the offense better be on their A game, because there is no way this score will stay a 3-2. Not when the only good pitcher in the bullpen is Mariano Rivera, and he cant go 6 innings.

    • Across the pond

      Only 6?!

      • phughesisgod

        Ok fine. 6.2 innings.

        • Across the pond

          lol bad joke I guess. I was suggesting 6 was nothing for Mo.

          *gets coat*

  • Ivan

    I think this is good move hear by Girardi.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I love the decision to bring Robertson in. This is a high leverage situation, so let’s go with a good pitcher.

    Bringing in CHoP or Logan with 2 on and a 3-1 count would be surrendering the game.

  • Adam

    Do we know see why we need to have a long man available just in case?

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

      What did you want them to do? They ran through both of them yesterday.

      • Adam

        I know, I wish they hadn’t used both of their long men yesterday. Burning Gaudin after Moesely, versus having a few pitchers go for short innings yesterday.

  • camilo gerardo

    haha @ outfielders in the bullpen aire conditioning

  • Adam

    In related news Tim Leary somewhere just felt a twinge in his groin. This had nothing to do with baseball.

  • Carlosologist

    It doesn’t help that tomorrow they begin a series against the fucking Angels and their smallball crap.

    But I’m not worried. I’m pretty sure the pitching will be good as tomorrow it’s Hughes.

    (If anyone couldn’t tell, I hate the Angels)

    • Pat D

      No, that series begins Tuesday.

      • Carlosologist

        The day off is perfect then. But my points still stand.

        • Pat D

          Last I looked Kazmir and Piniero were scheduled to start. Kazmir has been utter shit and Piniero is inconsistent as AJ, hopefully bad Joel will show up.

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

      Tuesday. It’s a day off tomorrow, thank goodness. I think we need it.

  • Mister Delaware

    Our collective spelling and grammar has been pretty awful today.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I dun noe What chu talkn bout?

    • Nathan

      :-)

    • Poopy Pants

      Agried.

  • Jimmy

    The day off is perfect tomorrow though.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      forgot about that.. i thought we were going right back in it vs. Angels tomorrow.. that’s refreshing at least

  • Carlosologist

    Clutch GIDP from Rodriguez?

  • Ivan

    Can’t kill D-Rob with that BB.

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

      I believe it actually counts as Pettitte’s

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    i’m just gonna close my eyes and hope we put up a 0 in the top of this ining

  • Ivan

    This is big.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Love the move bringing in D-rob… but we’re going to need some serious bullpen work to win this one today. Time for those guys to earn their paychecks for once.

  • Carlosologist

    I.

    LOVE.
    D-ROB.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      cosigned

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    And the inning is over…..few…

  • Jimmy

    Great job by D-Rob.

  • Mister Delaware

    Great work by D-Rob.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    D-Rob. I love you. A lot.

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

    Great job, D-Rob. We got this shit.

  • Ivan

    Good job D-Rob, good job.

  • Across the pond

    Awesome stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    And Robertson gains some confidence.

    Gotta feel good about the way he has been pitching.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Great job by Robertson.

    Great call by Girardi going with him instead of following conventional wisdom.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      But teh 8th!?!?!

  • Total Dominication

    Houdini!!!

  • Pat D

    Anyone else love R. Lee Ermey’s eyebrows in that Geico commercial?

  • Pat D

    How many more innings does Robertson go? 1 or 2?

    • Zack

      He only threw 9 pithes, so if he has a easy 4th he’ll probably start the 5th.

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

    Nice, D-Rob. Nice. Now Derek, TAKE A PITCH.

  • Mister Delaware

    What song did Jeter just come up to there?

  • Adam

    Games like this that really reminds us how much the Yanks miss the Ace.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Jeter took a pitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    baby steps!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Jeter: reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    There we go.

    A hit for the old man, ha

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      And then a steal for the old man

  • Cy Farnsworth

    How Jeterian.

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

    And Jeter buys himself some more time.

    • Pat D

      For a few dollars more…

  • Carlosologist

    I forgot Jeter still had that swing.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    the return of the Jeterian!!!!!

    bad pitch selection… lol

  • theyankeewarrior

    Does anyone have Pena’s career stats vs. the Yankees? Is entering Manny-land in terms of torching pinstriped pitchers?

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      HR-wise, i think he has to be close to the top of the list

      • Pat D

        .232/.354/.506 with 19 HR.

    • Carlosologist

      .232/.354/.506 with 19 HR

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

      .232/.354/.506 overall, but they’re a bit better over the last three years. More like .250/.360/.540.

    • Across the pond

      .232/.354/.506 with 19HR,45RBI

  • Ivan

    Suck me off Mike, like all the other groupies do!

    /Jeter’D

  • Jimmy

    Ooo Jeter

  • Mister Delaware

    That was a really unnecessary risk.

  • Carlosologist

    I also forgot he could run.

  • Poopy Pants

    I can’t believe it’s only the THIRD inning.

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

    Jesus Derek. Turning the clock back.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    turnin’ back the clock, are we Cap’n??

    he looked out……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    I think the ump was afraid to call Jeter out there.

    I think he got the superstar call on that one.

  • Ivan

    Wow from that last replay, he looked out for real.

  • Pete

    wow Shoppach.

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

    Yay.

  • Jimmy

    GJ Tex!

  • Mister Delaware

    Nice hit, bad bounce.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    That’s what I like to see!

  • Ivan

    Nice piece of hitting by Teix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Jeter and Tex connection!!!

  • Adam

    The team has an excellent approach against Price today…

  • Alex S

    JeTexian

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Doesn’t flow well off of the tongue.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    CLUTCH hit Tex!!!

    tie game baby!

    just got an injection.. so now no more warning track fly balls!! here we go 13!

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

    Tex! :D

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    good ass pitch..

  • Pat D

    Not sure what Alex was looking at there.

    Other than a strike.

    • Ivan

      That last pitch was a ball.

      • Pat D

        What, just because it didn’t go over the plate?

        Don’t you know that doesn’t matter?

  • Jimmy

    Man that was in the batters box

  • Ivan

    I thought that was in.

  • MikeD

    Kay is such an ass at times.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      at times?? you’re being kind

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    once Cano reaches 1,000 hits, someone needs to research how many plate appearances it took for him to reach 1,000 hits and 100 HR’s and compare his numbers to Jeter when he reached both milestones

  • Ivan

    Come on Cano.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Delmon Young just hit a blast in Target Field..

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Did anyone here watch the Yankee game that ran to around 3-4am due to rain delays I believe? I know it was some time in the past three years, but I’m not sure when exactly.

    Either way, I think it was past Leiter’s bedtime because he was calling Yankee players, old Mets players names, accidently of course. It was pretty funny…

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

      It was in 2007 against the Tigers, I believe.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I’ll take your word for it. Goodtimes…

        Although I believe the Yankees lost that game.

  • Ivan

    I would let D-Rob pitch the 4th inning obviously. the 5th and 6th innings, might be tricky.

    • Zack

      Logan, Park, Joba and Mo all have to pitch, whatever order the first 3 go doesn’t really matter, they have to get atleast 4 IP between the 3 of them.

      And I assume Javy will be the emergency extra guy, hasn’t pitched in 8 days, and isn’t pitching til Wednesday (right?).

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Texas just took the lead 2-1 on Lester!

    2 out RBI double by Cruz.. throwing error trying to get Cruz goin to 3rd, and he trots home.. beautiful

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

      Nelson Cruz is so awesome, I just wish he had slightly better plate discipline. He’s still a bit of a hacker.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Any thoughts on the trivia?

    I figure Ricky Henderson is probably one of the 2.

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

      Yeah, it was Rickey in 1987? I think. The other is Crawford this year.

  • Ivan

    Dangerous inning here.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    No chance for Jorge.

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

    Not a fan of the pitch out. No need to unnecessarily put Robertson behind in the count.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      I agree, but the SB gives you a good idea of why they tried it. Without a pitchout or well timed high fastball, Posada basically doesn’t have a chance to catch Crawford.

  • All Star Carl

    Man I hate Carl Crawford.

  • All Star Carl

    Squeezed

  • Carlosologist

    Carl Crawford’s 2010 – .318/.375/.512 136 OPS+
    Brett Gardner’s 2010 – .307/.399/.411 123 OPS+

    • Accent Shallow

      Gardner’s never going to have that kind of power, but if he can keep up with BA and OBP . . . :)

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Brett Gardner 2010 – 3.5 WAR
      Carl Crawford 2010 – 3.2 WAR

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

        What is that, B-Ref WAR?

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Yeah, I didn’t check FanGraphs.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Fangraphs says 2.4 WAR.

            Didn’t know they were different

            • Pat D

              I’ve always tried to figure out which one is “right.”

              • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                That’s strange…

                Now I’m thinking about it. Does anyone here have an idea on which is likely correct?

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

            Ah ok, I was going to say. I know Crawford smokes him on FG.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              Yeah.

              Crawford – 4.7 WAR
              Gardner – 2.4 WAR

              According to Fangraphs

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

              Yep, Fangraphs hates Gardner’s defense (and loves Granderson’s), adores Crawford’s. I feel like Crawford is generally always up really high on their overall leaderboards because he does ridiculously well on UZR.

      • A-Rod’s Hip

        how is WAR calculated?

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      the real question is if Gardy can sustain those numbers year in and year out.. i think because of his plate discipline he can.. and if he can, there’s not as much of a priority to get Crawford like we all thought on this date last year

      • Zack

        I doubt he can sustain a .399 OBP, but even if its down to .360 or .370 then spending 15m+ on Crawford isn’t a good allocation of resources, not to mention locking up another spot for 5+ years.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Agreed.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    aight.. 1 down, 2 to go..

  • Ivan

    This is why, you didn’t want to lose Crawford.

  • Poopy Pants

    This discussion reminds me that some dumb fan interviewed outside YS said Steinbrenner invented ‘money ball’. YES actually aired that comment during their death coverage.

    • Nathan

      maybe he meant ‘cashing in on free agency’ ball

      • Poopy Pants

        He was a fool. He thought spending a lot of money = money ball.
        I guess I’m not surprised that he didn’t have a job to be at on Tuesday afternoon.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    hard to have the infield in and have the shift too.. let’s see

  • MikeD

    Kay, in this case, is right. If Gardner can continue to be productive for all of 2010, then I can see the Yankees taking Crawford off their want list, and spending their money elsewhere. A 500K, Gardner is a great bargain, compared to the 15-17 million per Crawford will no doubt get. As mentioned earlier, one option I can see I the Yankees moving Gardner back to center, shifting Granderson to left and then getting him a strong platoon partner, strengthening the Yankees bench.

    Yet there is another scenario now the Yankees have to think about, and it’s Derek Jeter. If what we’re seeing with the Captain is age related, then the Yankees really have to think about Crawford again, not as a LFer, but for what he’ll bring to the line-up. Gardner and Crawford will rebuild the front-end of the Yankee line up if they believe age is finally setting in.

    Now back to the game…

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I doubt they will get Lee and Crawford.

      And if it comes down to what you said and choosing one of them, I’d take Lee every time.

      • MikeD

        Getting Lee and Crawford might cost close to additional $40 million per a season figuring Lee is going somewhere in the low $20-million per range, and Crawford’s going somewhere north of $15 million per.

        The Yankees interest in Crawford is going to be driven by how well Gardner continues to perform. If he continues to be productive,then Crawford’s chances of playing in NY goes down a lot. Yet, as mentioned, if Jeter does not rebound, they have to think about the front-end of the line-up, and Gardner/Crawford would be a great replacement from what was once Jeter/Damon.

        Could they sign both? Well, remember if they do sign Crawford, then that means Granderson will be traded away, and that frees up $8.25 million. The way Jeter is going, he could be facing a pay reduction. Either way, the Yankees payroll is going up next year. Just depends by how much.

        • Zack

          Doesn’t mean they’ll have to trade Granderson. That’s selling low. Rather just have a Crawford-Gardner-Curtis OF with Swisher at DH.

          • MikeD

            That would certainly be the best defensive OF the Yankees have had in a long time, if not ever. My reason for moving Granderson if they signed Crawford was based simply on freeing up some salary. The Yankees do have limits. Grandy makes 8.25 million in 2011 and keeps escalating to $13 million. If they sign Crawford, they may want to get that salary off the books now and in the future. By moving Grandy, if Jeter has a reduction (which I don’t to happen because that means his off year continues), Nick Johnson goes off the books, Vazquez moves on and, gasp, Pettitte retires, they will have a lot of money coming off the books. They could (and will need to) sign Lee, but that also might leave enough room to add Crawford. The overall payroll will still go up, but not as much as one might think initially, myself included.

            Keep in mind I started out (and still support) signing Lee and not Crawford if it comes down to one or the other. Yet with a continually slipping of Jeter, in the last week I’ve considered the Yankees might still sign both, and that most likely means the end of Grandy’s NY Yankee career. I don’t see Swisher moving to DH. They need that slot for Posada/Montero and resting other of their aging hitters.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Why would they trade away Granderson? Especially if his value is down? And he’s not being paid too much. I doubt they would trade Granderson and sign Crawford. Wouldn’t make too much sense to me.

          And although the line up could have some troubles, locking up another position for 4-5 years isn’t ideal.

          If Gardner continues to play well, I wouldn’t sign Crawford, too much money and years. Even if Jeter isn’t playing up to par, I wouldn’t do it.

          Plus teams would score less runs against the Yankees if they signed Lee, so that would help if Jeter continued to decline as well. There aren’t many great hitting shortstops anyway.

          Lee>>>>Crawford

          • MikeD

            Yup, as mentioned above, I’d rather have Lee than Crawford. What I’m looking at, though, is a scenario that I wouldn’t have considered until a couple weeks back. Signing both! What Gardner and Jeter do the rest of the way will go a long way toward determining if the Yankees would consider that.

    • Frigidevil

      Gardner’s gone from fast outfielder/pinch runner to an everyday starter. Crawford’s not worth the slight upgrade for several million dollars.

      • Tom Zig

        I’d rather have Jayson Werth than Crawford.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          I think people are really worried about how his legs will hold up.

  • Poopy Pants

    Can Gardner play SS?

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

    Awesome. Go David, it’s your birthday.

  • Ivan

    Great pitch.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Sharp curve. Good time for a K.

  • Gargoyle

    God that picture is great. Remember when the expensive seats were actually filled – and with real live baseball fans?

  • Ivan

    Don’t let up now D-rob.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    big pitch D-Rob!

    1 more…. pleeeezzzz

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    great 3-1 pitch

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

    David Robertson is a man, he’s 40.

  • All Star Carl

    Hell of a job D-Rob

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I approve of Robertson’s work, though Joe West disagrees.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    what a fuckin’ job D-Rob.. wow.. talk about earning your pay

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

    David Robertson <333333

  • Ivan

    Great job D-Rob, great fuckin job.

  • Total Dominication

    Yay!!!

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

    If you’re going to use CHoP, and you’re going to have to at some point in this game, do it now with the bottom of the order due up.

    • Ivan

      Would you take the chance, and go D-Rob, one more inning.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        Nah, he’s thrown a ton of pitches. Park is getting in the game eventually, may as well do it now so he doesn’t have to face the middle of the order.

    • Tom Zig

      CHoP, Marte, Joba, Mo

      Is that enough to make it through the game? What happens if we go extras?

      • Cy Farnsworth

        No Marte.

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

        Girardi said Javy’s available, since it’s his throw day. They held his regular bullpen back just in case.

    • Accent Shallow

      This is going to be painful to watch. Please DFA him tonight.

  • All Star Carl

    Groin Strain :( Man that is terrible.

  • ZZ

    If Granderson is still on the team next year, Long has really got his work cut out for him this winter.

    He has to try to shorten his swing and take it the other way. Trying to pull everything he has no chance against LHP.

    The only times he is going to get hits is when pitchers make a mistake in the middle of the plate and that is going to come most often against crappy LH middle relievers, not pitchers like David Price.

    • Pat D

      Where exactly do you think he might go?

      • ZZ

        I think they will explore upgrading the position in the offseason if he continues to struggle, but a conversation about Granderson being traded in the offseason took place yesterday.

        • Pat D

          Can’t see many people looking to trade for him considering he’s not having a great season combined with the money they owe him. And who’s available to upgrade the position?

          • ZZ

            Far too early to speculate on who will be available in the offseason.

            At this point last season no one expected Granderson to be available.

            They don’t have to find a CF because they can just shift Gardner there so there will be presumably more options.

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

          Where was this “conversation”? Among the Yankee brass, and you were privy to it? On LoHud?

          • ZZ

            During the game thread yesterday.

      • Poopy Pants

        The White Sox would be dumb enough to take him.

    • All Star Carl

      I remember him having good at bats and getting hits off of Cliff Lee. But whatever. It’s like the same post day after day from you Granderson haters.

      • ZZ

        Ha right. I have been one of Granderson biggest supporters.

      • claybeez

        I started the discussion yesterday just trying to gauge whether he had any trade value. However, I am not a hater. Like the guy, just not the 2010 performance.

        I didn’t realize it had already been discussed recently.

    • Zack

      “The only times he is going to get hits is when pitchers make a mistake in the middle of the plate and that is going to come most often against crappy LH middle relievers, not pitchers like David Price.”

      I know Granderson is bad against LHP, but it’s not fair to judge him against David Price, considering he’s shut down everyone (RHB and LHB) this season. When a pitcher like Price puts the ball where he wants it, no one is going to hit it.

      • ZZ

        I know. I am not judging Granderson vs Price.

        I am talking about Granderson’s approach in general.

        Even if Granderson lined a single to RF, his approach still has to change for him to have sustained success against LHP.

        It is extremely rare when Granderson takes the ball the other way.

  • Ivan

    Wow, David Price is more Valuable than Evan Longoria?!?!

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

      And Carl Crawford.

      • Pat D

        I’d’ve voted for Price. Just because I think that Longoria and Crawford are equally valuable.

    • MikeD

      Hmmm…I’d have to think about that. Then again, if you had a team and had the choice of Price or Longoria, who would you take?

  • Adam

    Umm…did Girardi just say “grow-in” instead of groin on TBS?

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

    Oh come on Jorge. Know who the runner is.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Ha, great minds think alike.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Oh come on Jorge. It’s Kelly Shoppach running to first, not Carl Crawford.

  • Pat D

    Did Posada forget who was hitting there or what?

  • Adam

    Oh Jorgie…

  • Ivan

    Just a terrible play by Posada. Just an inexcusable throw there smh.

  • All Star Carl

    Shoppach was jogging also lol.

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

    Posada, come on. I love you but you can’t do that.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I like Kay’s justification.

    Heaven forbid a catcher have to pick up a ball out of the dirt, that NEVER happens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    What kind of throw was that. On the run and underhand almost.

  • Ivan

    However, CHop backs him up, good job.

  • Accent Shallow

    Can they DFA Park now that he’s gotten out of the inning, and add a potentially useful player to the roster?

  • All Star Carl

    I’m gonna laugh if Joba blows this game.

    • Mike from South Beach

      Park needs to be DFA’a asap and Joba needs to get sent down to Scranton to build his arm strength up for next year. Enough of this Joba to the 8th already.

      • All Star Carl

        Like someone said a couple games ago, He needs to be sent to Tampa.

      • Zack

        Dont think Joba can be sent down without passing through waivers

        • Accent Shallow

          He can be sent down until mid-August. After that, he has to go through waivers.

          • Zack

            Thanks

  • Accent Shallow

    I can’t decide what bothers me more:

    1) Jackie Robinson Appreciation Day, where everyone wore #42
    2) Yankees wearing white hats (and red hats last year!)
    3) Chan Ho Park ever being a Yankee

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

      Was I the only one who actually liked those white hats? The red hats were certainly worse.

      • Adam

        The white hats weren’t awful, especially since the team wore white hats in the 19-teens (though with stripes), so they weren’t entirely disjointed. The red ones were, however, horrible.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        I didn’t like like the white hats, but at least we didn’t look like Fred Durst in them.

        • Adam

          Jeter will have a torrid July and August…mark my words (also feel free to change the “t” to an “h” if I am wrong and anyone brings up the silly predictions at the end of the year.

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

          Heh.

          Seriously, some teams looked good with those white hats. The Dodgers also come to mind. Some teams like the Giants IIRC looked terrible because it was totally against their color scheme.

      • Accent Shallow

        It’s more the “messing with the uniform” bit. Clearly, you don’t have to work in fashion to see that those white hats were a lot better than the red ones.

        • Pat D

          My problem with both of them is that they were created solely to make money.

          • Zack

            The money went to charity

            • Pat D

              All of it? Or just that amount that didn’t cover the expenses of producing the hats? Or only a small percentage of that amount?

  • Ivan

    Holy crap, Kazmir is that bad?!?!?!

    • Pat D

      Yea, he got destroyed by the A’s (the A’s!!) about a week ago.

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

        I believe he had 13 ER over 5 innings against them. Scioscia just left him out there, it was awful.

        • Pat D

          You dare to question the genius of Mike Scioscia???

          • Accent Shallow

            Wouldn’t that just indicate that Scioscia doesn’t care about fixing Kazmir anymore?

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

    I wonder why Kay hasn’t ranted about the Rays giving up on their season in 2009 by trading Kazmir yet.

  • Ivan

    Now do you go, Joba two innings here.

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

      Then what do you do about the 8th and 9th? I don’t think Girardi will use Mo for two innings anymore. Not in a relatively unimportant July game.

      • Pat D

        He’ll leave Park in for another inning.

        And get burned.

        • Accent Shallow

          I’d rather see Thames pitch than Park go another inning.

      • Ivan

        You going CHoP one more inning? I don’t like my chances in that spot.

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

    Make something happen, Brett. Don’t wait for Jeter to GIDP.

    • Pat D

      My dad is ranting that he could have made 2nd because the ball went through Shoppach’s legs.

  • Carlosologist

    From 0-2 to a BB. You have to love that shit.

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

    Yay Brett.

  • Ivan

    No chance. None.

  • Carlosologist

    Whenever Gardner’s on base, there’s potential for an infield double.

  • Pat D

    I think Jeter just struck out.

  • nathan

    I think its time Jeter retires Bob Sheppard’s announcement, its getting kooky. It was ok as long as he was alive, but when TBS just played it again, felt a bit awkward.

    • Mike from South Beach

      Agreed.

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

      Yeah, it’s kinda creepy now. I’d say 95% of the people I’ve spoken to about it agree.

      • Pat D

        I do agree it should be stopped.

    • MikeD

      It may feel off now because Sheppard just died, but soon most won’t even notice it. Based on what Derek has said, I think there is no chance it won’t be used for the remainder of his career.

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

    Woooooooooooooooo

  • All Star Carl

    woo Jete. He must hear the haters.

    • Carlosologist

      woo Jete. He must hear the haters read RAB.

      /half kidding

  • Carlosologist

    Jeter?!

    /beatingadeadhorse’d

  • Cy Farnsworth

    And with that RBI single, Derek Jeter takes his place on Yankee Mount Olympus ™

    OH!

  • Ivan

    I guess BABIP was on Jeter side there.

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

    Jeter heard Mike complaining about him. =P

  • Pat D

    Juuust a little bit high.

    /Harry Doyle’d

  • Ivan

    This the inning if your the yankees, you Price struggling, it’s time to take him out.

    • Ivan

      You have Price*

  • ZZ

    I wouldn’t write Jeter’s career obituary just yet.

    He has never failed to prove the haters wrong.

  • Ivan

    Nice AB by Swisher there.

  • camilo gerardo

    imagine smoking from a big bong and coming into seeing big daddy price totally telegraph a pickoff move and look totally out of the game and then air a fastball over shoppach, awesome

  • Reggie C.

    Damn Teix. Not too helpful with that weak-ass fly.

  • Adam

    Clutch!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Clutch.

  • Reggie C.

    Clutch hit Arod!

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

    Sheesh, that almost smoked Price.

    • Ivan

      He hit the ball so hard, that Price just frozed there.

      • camilo gerardo

        huh?

        • Ivan

          I mean’t that A-Rod hit the ball so hard, that Price just got frozen there.

  • Ivan

    Holy Crap that ball was smoked!

  • Pat D

    Price almost lost his head.

  • Esteban

    Why didn’t Price put up his glove there. I mean I’m happy, but I think he could have caught it.

    • Ivan

      I think the ball was hit so hard, that it just frozed him. I mean A-rod hit absolute BULLET!!!

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

      It was probably an instinct thing. That almost took off his freakin’ head, he’s not gonna think “put your hand up to stop the ball!”

  • Adam

    Wow…Jhonny Peralta somehow hit an inside the park home run today. In the same week that Molina hit a triple.

    • Pat D

      The outfielder chasing the ball crashed through the bullpen door, evidently.

      Can’t wait to see that highlight.

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

      And Borbon (sp?) stole home against the Sox. Teehee.

    • Zack

      “Jhonny Peralta got a rare inside-the-park home run for the Cleveland Indians when Detroit Tigers center fielder Ryan Raburn crashed through a bullpen door trying to make a catch.”

      http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....zarrehomer

    • camilo gerardo

      same week that the other speedster hit his second on the year. i forget his name/face, but i don’t think i respect his game much

  • Esteban

    Nails with another big moment. So clutch

  • All Star Carl

    A-Rod almost killed price

  • Esteban

    I guess this didn’t turn out to be “a duel for the ages”. You just can’t predict baseball huh?

  • All Star Carl

    Posada!!

  • Esteban

    GEORGIE’S BACKKKK

    • Carlosologist

      /BBTN’d

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

      The break really seems to have recharged his battery.

      • Esteban

        Hopefully he can sustain it. Girardi’s going to have be careful with him methinks.

  • Mister Delaware

    Blasto!

  • Ivan

    Big hit there Posada. Big fucking hit there.

  • Carlosologist

    Jorge has still got it.

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

    I totally thought that was gone but WOOOO!!!!

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

    Hip fucking hip!

    • camilo gerardo

      Jorge!

  • Adam

    Excellent, huge hit.

  • Ivan

    Hey David Price, this isn’t the Red Sox. You can’t just dominated an entire lineup with exclusively just fastballs.

  • Zack

    Rays’ season is in a nose dive

    /ross in jersey’d

    • camilo gerardo

      only if AJ could just have performed to expectations

  • Esteban

    I am very heartened by this offensive output, especially against a pitcher of Price’s caliber. Hopefully the offense goes on a roll after this.

  • ZZ

    I missed when they said Pettitte’s groin is strained.

    Did they say what grade it is or do they not know yet?

    • Carlosologist

      They don’t know yet.

      • ZZ

        Thanks. Kay just said they don’t know yet.

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

      They don’t know.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Grade I strain.

    • MikeD

      It’s a grade 0.5. He’ll wake up in the morning and will feel like he can run a marathon.

      Okay, I made that up, but thinking positive.

  • Carlosologist

    Price’s ERA has shot up from 2.42 to 2.85. Maddon has to send him out again so it goes all the way up to 3.

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

      This means the AL ERA leader is (swallows vomit) Buchholz…

  • Esteban

    NOOO NOT BOONE LOGAN!!

    • Carlosologist

      Even worse CHoP is still in for a second inning. I feel like that lead may evaporate.

    • mike c

      boone > park for more than 1 inning

  • Esteban

    Well see about this CHoP in his second inning business now.

  • Ivan

    Good job CHoP.

  • All Star Carl

    Look what you started Joe Maddon.

  • Adam

    Heck of a job CHOPy.

  • Esteban

    Well Boone has only given up only 1 XBH against lefties so far this year. There’s a positive I guess.

    *Knocks on wood so as not to jinx it*

  • All Star Carl

    Mariano has the best era of any closer in the American league now :)

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

      Valverde implosion? OH NO CURSE OF THE ALL-STAR GAME PITCHERS!!!! /YES’d

  • Ivan

    If Logan can command his pitches, he can be really lethal.

  • Accent Shallow

    Joba’s up already? Are they really planning on using Javy?

  • Adam

    I realize this isn’t the most pressing matter, but did anyone else see the news that the Steinbrenners are considering buying Tottenham in the English Premier League?

    • Adam

      In case anyone is interested:

      http://www.dailystar.co.uk/foo.....tspur-bid/

    • All Star Carl

      Nice. Yankees in England.

    • Esteban

      Nice then I’ll have a team to actually root for in the EPL, instead of just rooting against ManU

    • Across the pond

      Interesting. American ownership of premier league clubs is not well received so it would definately come up against its share of challenges.

      • Adam

        It will be interesting to see how the reception of the Steinbrenners is versus Utd and Glazer. Different club histories for sure, and perhaps Tottenham supporters will be enthused about the family’s track record in sport(s).

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

    Ugh, why does Boone Logan have to look so good sometimes when I know he’s not very good. He made Crawford look stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    I’m feeling good about Joba today. I expect good things out of him today.

    • Esteban

      Of course, he doesn’t have to deal with pressure today.

      /confused about narratives on job

      • Esteban

        on joba*

  • Pete

    I hope Logan pitches into the 7th. I’d like to see Joba get a good long warm-up

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Call me immature, but I love that Avis roll call commercial.

    • Tank the Frank

      I love that shorter girl in the commercial. Very hot.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Come on Kay, let’s not pretend that the Bronx didn’t get screwed on the YS3 deal.

    • Esteban

      well, he is announcing for the YES network. I don’t think criticism of the YSIII would ever be allowed.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        Sure, and I’m not asking for criticism. I just find it condescending to take time out of the broadcast to talk about how lucky the kids are that the city gave the Yankees a sweetheart deal to tear their neighborhood in half (and we’re still waiting on most of those parks, by the way.)

        /rant over

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          Right. The people of the Bronx would have preferred they picked up a built a new stadium in Manhattan, or Jersey, or another borough.

          • Cy Farnsworth

            I’m not saying that the Yankees shouldn’t have gotten a new stadium. I’m saying that they shouldn’t have been able to rob the city blind and mess up the local community to do it. Politicians are supposed to advocate for their constituents, not corporations.

            What’s done is done though, no use crying over spilled milk.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

              Right, and how would the politicians have looked if the Yanks started to threaten to move to another area of New York because of some park space and tax breaks.

              • Cy Farnsworth

                It’s impossible to know, but based on the horrible economy I think that people would’ve stood with the city. The Yankees threatened to move in the past, and nothing ever came of it.

  • Esteban

    Woohoo Grandy hit off a lefty. There’s hope yet.

    • Tank the Frank

      With the way he’s hit overall, I think Grandy has hit lefties pretty well thus far. I’ve taken note of more than a few line drives off lefties that were caught for outs too.

      • Esteban

        meh, .216/.258/.295 with a .281 BABIP (going in to today) doesn’t really reflect that

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        He is a an ineffective slap hitter against lefties. There are absolutely no signs of any hope of power.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wait, he didn’t go to second why?

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

      I don’t think any pitcher knows how to field their position any more. I always thought of Pettitte as a pretty good fielder but he’s gone all silly on bunts this year.

      • Pat D

        Yea, ever since Mussina and Maddux and Kenny Rogers retired…

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

        Is that really you Bexy?

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

          Dude, I can be objective. ;P His play on Crawford’s bunt made me all silly today, though.

  • Adam

    Wow, he would’ve had Grandy easily.

  • Adam

    Ok…apparently emotions running a little high amongst the pitchers during these hot days.

  • Esteban

    Another ground ball? I’m shocked!

  • All Star Carl

    Swish!

  • Tank the Frank

    Clutch hitting all day today.

  • Poopy Pants

    Bigger hero in this series…
    Swisher?
    Robertson?

  • Esteban

    Swisher is making the haters look stupid. Overrated?

  • Carlosologist

    Swish!

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

    Wilson Betemit people. Wilson Betemit.

    • Esteban

      Don’t forget about Jeffrey Marquez!

      • Pete

        why not?

      • Tank the Frank

        Once a top 10 Yankees prospect!

        ::Shudders::

    • Adam

      I think that any time I see Kenny Williams on the news here in Chicago. Don’t forget Jeff Marquez!

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    What a beautiful day, cooked brunch for 6 and watch the Yankees fight back. The BP has been pretty smooth so far (knock on wood), now I can sit down without worries and eat with my people. Yankees gotta keep piling it on, there is no mercy for the Rays.

  • Carlosologist

    Tex just missed that one. A broken bat homer would have been awesome.

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

      He had one last year vs. the Phillies, IIRC. It was hilarious.

  • Carlosologist

    STFD Zobrist.

    • Carlosologist

      Oops I meant Bartlett.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    If you’re an umpire, do you dread the games you have to call with Posada behind the plate?

  • dalelama

    Damn Posada is rougher on the umps than he is on us

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

      SO hard having one of the better offensive catchers of all time. Our team would be so much better off without him. ;_;

      • Dalelama

        Cmon Bexy Jorge is a butcher behind the plate these days….You have lost any sense of perspective

  • Adam

    Wow…was that a “Boone” call by the crowd?

  • Carlosologist

    Is that a Boone chant?

  • Poopy Pants

    That looked like a check-swing.

  • All Star Carl

    Poor Boone :(

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Let’s be honest, I’m still happy with what we’ve gotten from Boone Logan.

    • All Star Carl

      Oh no doubt. With the chant though and 2 strikes. Kinda sucks for him.

    • CS Yankee

      Those four ball walks when coming in as a LOOGY made me want to DFA him.

      Today he has shown up, I still think CHoP should be kept( but he is likely hanging on a thread) but Moseley should be made available for some other team.

      Please move Albie up soon.

  • dalelama

    Does anybody have a fastball with less movement than Boone Logan?

  • Tom Zig

    Is Marte on the DL or something?

    • Poopy Pants

      The down low?

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

      Yes, he is.

      • Tom Zig

        when the hell did that happen?

        • Adam

          Yesterday, should be short term they hope. His shoulder is barking.

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

          Yesterday. (No, seriously.)

  • baby carlos

    Ok, haven’t watched the game but just catching up.

    How serious did Andy’s injury look? Saw the report just added to the site.

    • Tom Zig

      His leg completely ripped off. Blood everywhere.

      • Carlosologist

        ietc. I also heard afterwards he slammed his crotch in a door as well.

      • baby carlos

        So that is a Grade 5 injury?

  • All Star Carl

    woo A-Rod!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    It’s an A-Bomb!

  • Carlosologist

    598!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    The ARod tack on special.

    I felt like he has been so clutch of late he has not even bothered with those in a while, ha

  • Pat D

    Home Run number 498?!?!?!?!?!?

    How many fucking mistakes has Kay made today??

    • CS Yankee

      missing a hunde?

      • Pat D

        That’s what he said.

  • baby carlos

    With Andy and AJ possibly missing a start or ending on the DL, predict the offense will now pick it up.

  • CNight_UP

    stat padder

    • Captain Jack

      Joba’s getting loose, that’s clutch.

  • Captain Jack

    Normally that’d be stat-padding, but Joba’s getting loose, so this is a pretty clutch HR. Robbie with a bit of luck too…nice.

  • Ivan

    A-Rod just wanted to pad his stats before the off day.

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

    I love when that happens. Ball bounces off one fielder’s glove and away from another.

    • MikeD

      So do I. Unless it’s Yankee fielders.

  • ZZ

    GJ by Logan today.

    The HR doesn’t even bother me. Better than walking him with this much of a lead.

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

      Agreed, I was impressed. He made some good hitters look bad too. Hopefully he can keep this up.

    • Steve O.

      In what instance is a HR a better outcome than a walk for the pitcher?

      • Esteban

        Seriously?

        • Esteban

          I mean that’s like saying a 3 run homer is a rally killer.

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

        It’s not, but with a big lead, I’d rather he attack the guy than futz around. Didn’t see if it was a terrible pitch a la Andy’s pitch to Pena, though.

  • Esteban

    I think Miranda grilled Sonnanstine there.

  • Carlosologist

    Miranda is taking some good cuts, so maybe he’ll drive something. Or walk.

  • All Star Carl

    That was a called strike. What is the ump looking at?

  • Carlosologist

    When I saw Joba come in I screamed in terror.

  • Pat D

    I think Kay is actually being very astute with the assessment of Robertson’s appearance.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    For once I agree with Kay. Bringing in Robertson in the 3rd really kept the Yankees in the game.

  • Pat D

    Umpire has definitely had a tight zone today.

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

    Kay actually offering good analysis with that Robertson thing. I know Park was good today but bringing him in there may have turned out poorly.

    • ZZ

      Definitely. I was terrified Girardi was going to bring in one of his worst relievers just because it was early in the game.

      Game really could have gotten away from them there and it wasn’t necessarily the “textbook” move, so I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Carlosologist

    Upton struck out twice in that AB. Once swinging, once looking.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Two strikeouts on SLIDERS?

  • Carlosologist

    Grandy!

  • All Star Carl

    Yall like that jump by the Grandy man?

    • MikeD

      He’s been excellent in the OF this year. His UZR/150 is 17, one of the tops in the league. Fielding has not been the problem.

      • Pete

        I agree he’s been great, but using UZR/150 after half a season is pretty silly. That’s the exact opposite of what it’s meant for.

        • MikeD

          Don’t rain on my parade, man. :-) Just pointing out that he’s been doing a fine job defensively.

  • baby carlos

    I like when the test results of the Joba experiment are positive.

  • Chris0313

    Joe Girardi + Leverage Index = a great thing

    • Carlosologist

      I wonder if he has a WPA graph in his office.

  • Pete

    That’s the best Joba’s looked all season, IMO. I especially liked the Longoria AB – slider, curve, slider out of the zone, slider on the outer corner. Joba could have gone the conventional route and thrown a FB up and in after the third pitch, and Longoria would have crushed it. Instead, Joba went with a third slider out of four pitches (all breaking balls), and got away with it because A) it was the right call, and B) he located it.

    Great day for the bullpen so far.

    • ZZ

      Harlan talked some sense into him over the break ;)

  • Carlosologist

    Javy to the ninth!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    They just showed Javy warming up–how long can Kay and Singleton go without referencing the 2004 ALCS?

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Answer: about 30 seconds of awkward silence.

      • All Star Carl

        I like how the idiot has the nerve to say “as Yankee fans rememeber”. Why bring it up then?

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

      Aaaand there ya go.

  • All Star Carl

    Michael Kay just couldn’t wait to bring that up huh?

  • Poopy Pants

    Why is Sonnanstine blowing on his hand as if it’s 45 degrees out there?

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      Probably drying off sweat to improve his grip.

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

    Plz to be ending this game quickly? Thanks.

  • All Star Carl

    I remember a team down 5 taking an extra base on Joba then he imploded. It may have been the Indians.

    • Carlosologist

      Yeah it was that terrible 13-11 loss at the Stadium.

    • Pat D

      Dude, why bring that up?

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

        He’s actually Michael Kay?

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

      Yep. It was a SB though, and IIRC it wasn’t against Joba but Robertson (who then got hurt and ugh that was just a bad bad bad game).

      • All Star Carl

        Poor CC. CC was forced to hear about only beating the O’s for a while because of Joba.

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

          And the stupid rain at Fenway

  • All Star Carl

    Grandy looking fly with the shades on. He’ll probably drive from the stadium with those on.

  • baby carlos

    And the real Joba returns. So much for the 8th.

    • Pat D

      Really?

    • Pete

      seriously? He started warming up in the beginning of the 6th inning. The dude’s tired. Cut him some slack for chrissakes

      • baby carlos

        Ok… he gets a pass for his year long inconsistencies. But no crying when he blows that all important playoff game.

        • mike c

          he’s not throwing 30 pitches in a playoff game

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Really? Going to Mo?

  • Across the pond

    Odd

  • MikeD

    This is a case of Girardi pushing Joba and sending a message.

  • Pat D

    I’m gonna have to say that I think you should let Joba get Brignac.

  • Adam

    Umm, yeah don’t think that hand was for Joba, Dick Stockton.

  • All Star Carl

    Mo is the man

  • Across the pond

    I guess Joe is a genius today.

  • baby carlos

    Mo is soooo dominant, he only needs one pitch.

  • Adam

    Quite the long outing for Mo. Excellent, very satisfying win!

  • Pete

    I’m guessing that Girardi had already set Joba’s limit at 30 pitches, and that Mo was probably going to at least throw a bullpen today, since there’s an off day tomorrow and he didn’t throw yesterday.

    Big picture management FTW!

  • Pat D

    Why do you swing at the first pitch from Rivera? Makes no sense.

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

      Dude throws strikes.

      • Pat D

        Yea but he wasn’t going to do anything with that pitch except jam/pop it up.

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

          Agreed, but I dunno. I’m not there. You probably saw that NYT video on Rivera – the pitch simply looks different coming in.

    • MikeD

      It makes sense if the player thinks that’s the best pitch he’s going to get to hit. Ichiro hit a HR off Rivera last year with that approach. I think Kubel swung at the first pitch from Rivera when he hit is game-winning slam in May. Not sure about that, though.

  • Joe

    WHAT A GOD

  • Carlosologist

    LOL Mo only throws one pitch and game over.

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

    This Mariano Rivera guy may have a future.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Great win. If you told me this morning that the Yankees would beat David Price after getting 2 innings out of Pettitte, I’d have thought you were crazy.

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

      My thoughts exactly. Great, great win, provided Pettitte will be okay relatively soon.

  • Esteban

    I just realized how spoiled we are as Yankees fans. They’re on pace for 103 wins, and have the best run differential in baseball, and we always find something to complain about. I guess that’s the nature of being a fan though.

    • Dalelama

      Yeah because for me anyway if they don’t win it all it is a crappy season

  • MikeD

    Grade 1 strain for Pettitte, but he’s also going on the DL most liekly. Since the injury happened today when he pitched, that means he could miss three starts, although if he pitches right after he comes off the DL, then he might only miss two starts, with the third one being only a few days after he’s scheduled start.

  • E6

    “PITCHING DUEL FOR THE AGES” ???

    holy hyperbole batman!