Game 92: Oh no, a rookie pitcher

Rushing to Joba's defense
Montero goes deep twice in SWB win
Hopefully we see a similar pose from O'Sullivan tonight. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ah yes, the bane of the Yankees’ existence, the rookie pitcher. Scott Kazmir was supposed to start tonight’s game, but he hit had to hit the disabled list with a case of the sucks shoulder issue, so the Yankees will instead face 22-year-old righty Sean O’Sullivan. He’s a rather generic righty, with a miniscule strikeout rate (4.8 K/9 in MLB, 6.6 in MiLB) and an okay amount of grounders (37.5%) . Everything looks good for the Yanks, but then again who knows with a pitcher they’ve never seen before.

It’s too bad the Angels didn’t throw Trevor Bell tonight (who was also in consideration for the start), we coulda mentioned that he’s the grandson of Bozo The Clown. For shame. Here’s the starting nine…

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

Hughes, SP

You have to believe it took minutes off Joe Girardi‘s life when he pencil three consecutive lefties into the bottom of the lineup. Game time is 7:05pm ET, and this one can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

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Rushing to Joba's defense
Montero goes deep twice in SWB win
  • Rivera Venue Blues

    Girardi has actually requested that Curtis finally showcase his switch-hitting ability to help out the team.

  • Carlosologist

    According to my TV guide, tonight’s game is on My9.

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

      I even checked beforehand, but I wrote YES out of habit.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Any thoughts on ESPN connecting Joe Girardi to the soon-to-be vacant Cubs managerial position?

    • Carlosologist

      IMO, I don’t think Joe would go from a perennial World Series candidate to a team that’s stuck with two huge albatross contracts.

      • Carlosologist

        Oh, and don’t forget the consistent inconsistencies of their lineup.

    • Tom Zig

      Why would you go from the most prestigious and most likely to be higher paid job (where you have the vote of confidence from the GM and owner) to a less prestigious job with likely lower pay?

      • Tom Zig

        I suppose I should ask LeBron the same question.

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

      I can’t speak for Joe, but I can’t imagine why he’d want to go there. The Cubs are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better, and it’s not like he has a bad thing going on in NY.

      If he wants to leave to be closer to home, fine. But for baseball reasons, I just can’t see it.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Reporters are bored.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    It’s ESPN, that’s my thought.

  • Carlosologist

    Oh my God, Sean O’Sullivan has an epic douche beard. I want Jeter to smack one right back up the middle and take that fuzz with him.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I am sticking by this prediction: http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-978177

    • Carlosologist

      I’m backing you up on this one.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Hi five!

  • Cecala

    Why is this person writing for ESPN NY?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5395555

    • Carlosologist

      Why is this person writing for ESPN NY?

      FTFY.

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

      How about the sight of barely known Oakland pitcher Dallas Braden shouting at A-Rod to stay off his pitching mound when A-Rod jogged across it after an out earlier this year? Could you see a pitcher ever doing that to a legend such as Mays or Aaron, unless it was someone with the stature of Bob Gibson?

      lolwut

      • Cecala

        I liked,

        whereas A-Rod has been only the third-best third baseman in his own division this season, behind Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria and Boston’s Adrian Beltre.

        Who would pick 20 errors/can only hit a HR if he falls to his knees over A-Rod?

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

          Don’t you know a damn-near-career-year-if-not-for-2004 for Beltre and a very down year for A-Rod by A-Rod standards now means Beltre is better. Because he’s a Red Sox. Get with it!!!

    • Ivan

      Thats one one of those “Im going to irrationally slam A-rod for no reason” articles. And she thinks she is so slick, by bring in Cano to cover up her main agenda. Fucking asshole.

    • Tom Zig

      a) she has two first names
      b) her name is fucking Johnette. Her life sucks

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Over/Under: 10.5 curveballs and 2.5 changeups from Phil tonight.

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

      Over on the curve. Not betting on the changeups.

    • Accent Shallow

      Definitely under on the changeups.

      What are the odds?

  • Accent Shallow

    Even last year’s ALCS isn’t enough to exorcise my negative feelings towards the Angels.

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

      Ditto. Also the name Jeff Mathis sets my teeth on edge.

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

    Jeter looking nice and spry there!

  • Accent Shallow

    That swing and miss from Kendrick should have been strike 3.

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

    And everyone holds their collective breath

  • Carlosologist

    Tell me I wasn’t the only who got scared a little bit there.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I was glancing down and as I raised my head, I thought the ball hit his hand.

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

      I’m pretty sure everyone was terrified.

  • Poopy Pants

    “Hey Phil! You make a better door than a window!”

    – Angels

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

      But you’re still a pain/pane!

      /my like 8th grade Latin teacher’d

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

    Bobby you suck!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Bobby Abreu is this generation’s Ken Singleton.

    • Poopy Pants

      Bad wig in his future?

    • Rose

      Bobby Abreu is this generation’s Ken Singleton Fozzy

      [he looks like a muppet]

  • Accent Shallow

    Another fastball to Abreu? Curve?

    It’s not gonna be a change . . .

  • Accent Shallow

    I’ll take three groundouts on 13 pitches.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Scott Kazmir just looked so sad.

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

    Oh shit, Carl Crawford got hurt…

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      How badly?

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Took a pick-off throw to the nuts.

      • Ivan

        Hahahaha, yeah I gotta laugh at that one.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          So were several players on the Rays bench. But he had to leave the game.

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

    Talk about looking like a reliever.

    This guy has bull in a china shop written all over him.

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      It’s the facial hair.

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

        Definitely

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Well, at least it wasn’t an easy grounder.

  • baby carlos

    Jeter is cursed. Won’t take pitches and can’t the ones he hits well to fall in… Damn.

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

      They seriously should just start every game with one out in the first, save him the trouble.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        People keep saying things to this effect, but according to B-Ref, Jeter is hitting 303/333/348 when he swings at the 1st pitch this year.

        For his career, he’s at 381/395/567.

        I say go up swinging, Jeets!

        • Pete

          but .303/.333/.348 is kinda like…terrible

          • Rivera Venue Blues

            But the batting average!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’ve been expecting his BABIP correction to come all year, but it’s just…not (granted, his LD% is still low for him).

  • Ivan

    Whats the point of complaining, when Jeter swings at the 1st pitch.

    • Poopy Pants

      You’re right. Let’s either celebrate or ban people from talking about it.

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

    Swish!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Nick Swisher can divide by zero.

  • All Star Carl

    Swish baby!

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

    Fuckin’ Swish man.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hopefully this continues. Treat this scrub the way he deserves.

  • Ivan

    Swish, all net baby!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Swishaaaa!!

  • Poopy Pants

    No pitch count on my9?? Bastards!!!

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

      They generally don’t put it up until after the first inning, I’ve noticed

      • Poopy Pants

        Thanks. I’ll put the hate mail on hold.

      • Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

        10 pitches. After that, they show it.

        • whozat

          What, do they think I can count to 10 on my own????

    • Clemson Rob

      Could be worse, I live in Charlotte and thought MLB Network would have it, but somehow I am picking up the game on Fox Sports West (Angels)

    • Sheepmeister

      Actually, after 10 pitches, it goes up.

  • Nickel

    Man…that left the park in a hurry. :-)

  • Carlosologist

    Swish was like, “I don’t give a shit if he’s a rookie, I’ll still take him out.”

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

    This will only make him more overrated obviously. Anybody can homer off a shitty pitcher to the short porch.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Nick Swisher is unimpressed by your reliever looks and irish last name.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Take that douchebeard!

  • Nickel

    Well, two hard-hit balls. One just happened to be at someone.

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

    Nick Swisher is not impressed by O’Sullivan’s goatee.

  • Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    I’m gonna go all-in and say that A-Rod’s hitting 599 and 600 tonight. Why not.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Don’t make me a liar, Alex!

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      you lie!

  • Poopy Pants

    Facialhair McGillicutty got served by Swish.

  • Carlosologist

    Watch, he goes away after two inside pitches and A-Rod hits it.

  • ZZ

    Jeter’s BABIP is .303 on the 1st pitch this year.

    In his career his BABIP on the first pitch is .361

    In the first inning his BABIP is .313.

    For his career in the first inning it is .362.

    Not sure what to make of this as it is still a small sample and I haven’t really thought about it much, but I think it is interesting.

  • Alex S

    woah big slide by A rod….I like it

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

    This game might turn into a laugher real quick. O’Sullivan’s fooling no one.

    • Poopy Pants

      He’s all Darrel Rasner an’ shit…

  • Nickel

    This pitcher’s gonna be taking a shower in less than an hour. I just have that feeling.

    • Rivera Venue Blues

      Hmmm, he doesn’t really look like he likes to shower though. 50-50.

  • Ivan

    Nice hitting A-Rod.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Showing Robbie some respect, me likey.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Liner to right field, even Bobby’s arm can’t hold Alex to a single. Don’t care if it’s a shitty pitcher, that’s the best Alex has looked at the plate and on the bases in a long while.

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

    Cano getting IBBed in the FIRST INNING.

    #fearedcano

    • mike c

      robbie baseball

  • Carlosologist

    Cano is dangerous apparently. 8 IBBs on the season!

  • Ross in Jersey

    Also, fuck the heck at an IBB with one out in the 1st inning?

    • kunaldo

      Scioscia(sp?) FTW!

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

      Don’t question Scioscia’s genius!!!

  • baby carlos

    Have to say that as much as I love the Yankees, I wish they had Vin Scully doing the play by play on TV. Listened to him last night and did not waste time filling the air with pointless bull shit, like Singleton/Kay everytime Javy pitches and they dig of 2004….Should be requirement for announcers to follow his format.

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

      Who wouldn’t want Vin Scully to do PBP? He rules.

      • baby carlos

        right. I know stating the obvious.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Singleton isn’t bad. At least when he goes on a tangent it’s usually about his playing days. Kenny was a hell of a player, I like hearing his stories, at least they’re relevant to the game. Kay is just a disaster.

      • Poopy Pants

        I like Singleton. He seems like such a nice guy.

        (No sarcasm)

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/s512/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      Hey Fans! Does Vin Scully love pie as much as I do?

      Who But,
      Michael Kay

    • Nickel

      Totally agree. If the Dodgers are at home, I like to check XM Radio to see if I can catch him for just a little bit. Listening to him is like listening to Mozart.

  • mike c

    the yankee lineup is a beautiful thing… the leadoff 9 hitter is key. i can only imagine if NJ was the true DH what this team would be like. miranda has the potential for sure, with the reps he can be a very exciting hitter

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Swing at nothing below your waist, Jorge. No grounders!

  • Ivan

    iight lets blow this mothafucker open.

  • baby carlos

    O’Sullivan = Joe Blanton huge.

  • Carlosologist

    Damn, this is a Pelfreyesque outing. 18 pitches to record an out.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Actually it took one pitch to record an out, but I get what you’re saying!

  • Carlosologist

    LOL O’Sullivan. Somebody needs to be DFAed!

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

    Alright. Gotta take what you can get

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Alright a run’s a run.

    Come on, Curtis. Base hit, buddy!

  • mike c

    did any team make worse offseason moves than the angels? this team is hardly what it was last year, no disrespect to matsui

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

      I thought getting rid of Lackey would have been the move that looked terrible in hindsight, whereas not resigning Vlad wouldn’t have affected them that much. Oops.

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

    Heh, you can hear the creatures serenading Bobby.

  • baby carlos

    granderson with a double

  • Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Dear Curtis, I can has hot streak?

    Thank you,

    My fantasy team

  • Accent Shallow

    Granderson must be kicking himself for taking that curve earlier in the count.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Curtis is bumming me out.

  • Alex S

    man C-Grand has been really disappointing

  • ZZ

    Swisher is hitting line drive HRs now.

    It is amazing the transformation he has made this season.

    He is just an incredibly better hitter.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Granderson, you let this scrub strike you out? I’m disappointed!

  • Ross in Jersey

    Throwing nothing but the change and Grandy whiffs at it anyway. sigh! Trying to defend you buddy, help me out here!

  • Ivan

    Am I the only person who dissapointed they got only 2 runs there.

  • Carlosologist

    Grandy couldn’t get it done. I feel like he’ll continue this season with some rebound in September, but will breakout in a big way next season a la Swisher this season.

    • Hummingbird S.

      I think Swisher was way better than Granderson in his first season in pinstripes

  • Hummingbird S.

    2 runs, great start.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Eh, I feel they let the rook off easy. Bases loaded and only got one run. Gotta kick ‘em when they’re down.

      • Hummingbird S.

        not this team’s MO… I’m just glad they got a run with the bases loaded.

  • Carlosologist

    For the poll I’d say Pudge.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Nah; the pitchers would throw fastballs and nothing else.

      /narrative’d

  • Poopy Pants

    I’m sure these poll voting results will be impartial.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wow. There is no way that should be a strike.

  • Ross in Jersey

    This dude has a really odd strike zone. He’s not giving the corners, but gives the occasional high strike?

  • Accent Shallow

    Hughes couldn’t buy a strike there. Oy.

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

    Matsui’s slugging under .400.

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

      .329 OBP? I knew he was having a bad year but not that bad…

      • Ross in Jersey

        Give Cash credit, all signs say he cut ties with Damon and Matsui at the right time.

        • mike c

          damon wouldn’t be bad to have in the lineup as strictly DH, considering NJ was a complete bust… but gardners 2010 > anything damon would have provided in LF

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I don’t care that he’s washed up, I still love Matsui.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    We love you Matsui! Now please ground into a double-play.

    • Kit

      Thought the same thing. Applauded right along with the crowd but added, “Now hit the ball to Derek.”

    • Carlosologist

      /New Yorker’d

    • Poopy Pants

      Do ‘The Jeter’!

      Or ‘The Matsui’!

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

    Changeup!

  • GermanYankee

    damn, f’in MLB.tv isn’t f’in working. Again. Business as usual I guess, I’ve missed the bottom 1st :(

    • Steve in PDX

      Anyone know why neither mlb.tv nor audio aren’t working?

  • Riddle

    Via ESPN fantasy update: “(Carl) Crawford left in the first inning of Tuesday’s game after taking a pickoff throw to the groin, the Tampa Tribune reports.”

    OUCH

    • Riddle

      nvm, saw it above…

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Angels Baseball! ™

  • GermanYankee

    the Pirates lead the Brewers 9-0 after the 1st XD

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

      O_O

      who’s pitching?

      • GermanYankee

        Bush

  • Carlosologist

    LOL Hunter’s a dumbass.

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

    You fail, Torii.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Angel baseball!

  • Ross in Jersey

    ahahah Jeter with the deke!

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

    lol Torii, thanks

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Hughes using the change, I like!

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

    You don’t see that everyday.

  • Poopy Pants

    LOL @ girl’s name Hunter!

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    LOL Torii!
    Matsui’s face was priceless, too. “Back, back, BACK!!!” :|

  • Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Fundamentally sound. Kind of like the Twins last October.

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

      And the Angels…

      • Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

        It was those head warmers. That must have been it.

  • ZZ

    I don’t know what the hell has happened to Hunter this year, but he has lost any baseball sense that he had previously.

    It is like he is own vacation in his head.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    But the Angels are the most fundamental team in the league.

    /MSM’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Too many fastballs, Phil.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Wow, now Torii looks like even more of an ass.

    /Fallacy of predetermined outcome’d

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Heh, beat Kay to it by almost 10 minutes.

  • baby carlos

    Philly is not so sharp tonight. C’mon Phil.

  • JSquared

    Montero will have what Swish is having.

  • Ivan

    Come on Hughes, stop acting like AJ.

    • Carlosologist

      I was thinking this when Napoli got to third.

  • whozat

    Hughes looking pretty bad tonight.

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

    Well, you got your curveball…

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      /dry look

      Figures that it’s a hanger.

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

    Was not fooled by the curve there at all.

  • Accent Shallow

    Have to put away Napoli, who can’t hit lefties. Izturis just sucks.

  • Ivan

    Bad Hughes..Bad, bad, bad.

  • baby carlos

    Phil,

    there is more to home plate than the center. Feel free to start working in the curve, change up, and especially working the corners.

    Don’t be afraid little grasshopper, you will be fine.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    A curveball outside, and he gets an rbi single through the middle? Really?

  • Ivan

    Tight K-Zone uh.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Man, hate to say it but he’s getting tattoo’d this inning. Only Matsui didn’t smash it…

  • Shdw

    The umps calling a tight zone tonight…

  • Accent Shallow

    At least he was able to retire that shitty hitter.

    Mathis has no business being in the majors.

    • Poopy Pants

      It’s Teix’s fault for killing the other catcher.

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

      I’m still traumatized from him absolutely owning the Yankees during the 2009 ALCS. Every at-bat was like an automatic double. So fucking ridiculous.

  • Ivan

    That’s all the Angels will have tonight..Promise.

  • Zooboy

    Anyone else not getting audio feed from MLB? What gives?

  • Carlosologist

    Has anybody noticed that Tex has been walking like Nick Johnson this season? 13% BB rate. That’s his highest mark since 2008.

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

      I didn’t know that about the high BB% rate but it did seem like he was walking a lot, just watching the games.

      Oh wait, people who use terms like BB% rate don’t watch the games, I forgot.

  • Ross in Jersey

    A ball! Jeter took a ball!

    /fanfare

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Ugly inning.

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

    I’ve got a tip: he’s going to throw a changeup.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    That change is a nice pitch when he’s locating it.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      But that’s all he’s been throwing. It shouldn’t be that effective with nothing to compare it to.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        I definitely agree. But it does have a lot of movement.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Alright Phil work out of it.

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

    Um, Hughes?

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    She’s never really done it for me . . .

    http://www.tmz.com/2010/07/20/.....l-mugshot/

    . . but this changes everything.

    • Carlosologist

      Was anybody really expecting her not to go to jail at any point this year?

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

      Her career/life is so sad.

  • Ivan

    Come on Hughes.

  • ZZ

    Hughes is not finishing his delivery when he throws the fastball.

    That’s why his fastball is leaking out over the plate against LH hitters but bearing in on RH hitters.

  • baby carlos

    Hope Alby is ready for relief. Phil is out of sync.

  • Sheepmeister

    This umps strike zone is microscopic for hughes and it opens up for osullivan.

    • baby carlos

      To some extent. But right now, Phil can’t throw strikes on the outer parts. Down the middle is a different story.

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

    Cut this shit out Phil.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Ugh, damn ump.

  • Ivan

    Where was that 2-2 pitch?

  • damn yanks

    he is getting squeezed too dont you agree?

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

      Yep. Not sharp to begin with + getting squeezed = not good :(

      • Pete

        speaking from my experience as a HS pitcher, those two ALWAYS go together. when you’re completely on your game you get strike calls like a foot outside. When you’re a little bit off, you’ll throw something down the middle that gets called a ball, and the next pitch gets hit out of the park.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          /mid ’90’s Braves’d

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I think that the Yanks need to bring in Jose Molina to get Hughes’ shit together.

  • Ross in Jersey

    With this strikezone I can see a big time slugfest tonight…

  • Ivan

    Triple play will be pretty good.

  • Pete
    • Carlosologist

      Remember, this is the same ump that said Swisher swung when he barely moved the bat off his shoulders.

      • Pete

        in other words: robot umps PLZ

  • lily-bk

    well isn’t this just great

  • Ivan

    Now a double play.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    How was Cano closer to that than Jeter was?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Ah, I see now. Covering the pick off.

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

    Damn, that was a good pitch in a good spot. Got the grounder too.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yeah, Hunter’s hips were out in front but he did nicely with the hands. Good piece of hitting.

  • baby carlos

    Ok…. WTF

  • Hummingbird S.

    Hughes looks like the rookie pitcher.. 6 hits in 2.1 innings.

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

      BABIP’s a bitch sometimes.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Yeah, but most of the balls were hit hard. Let’s not just blame this on bad luck, Hughes is not pitching well.

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

          I’m not and I don’t think he particularly is. But Hunter’s grounder’s a DP with guys positioned slightly differently. (shrug)

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Love ya, Hideki.

  • baby carlos

    See, we should have resigned Matsui. He is hitting .248 and just hit into a DP….. Bwaaaaahhhh

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

    Thanks, Hideki.

  • lily-bk

    its amazing even with the angels banged up we still have problems with them

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well, when the pitcher is ineffective, it doesn’t matter who the opposing team is.

  • ZZ

    Hughes is not finishing his delivery well.

    They said while Eiland was away Hughes was having some mechanical problems, and they seem to be hurting him in this start.

    The All Star Break layoff may have hurt him in this regard, because he got back to where is supposed to be right before the break.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I wonder if that mini-delay in his delivery, when he takes the ball out of his glove, is hurting him a bit.

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

      Just wondering, how can you tell this? I’m honestly interested.

    • Jose the Satirist

      What are you specifically seeing that makes you say he isn’t finishing his delivery well?

      • ZZ

        He doesn’t seem to be completely following through with his arm.

        When he goes inside to LH hitters it seems to be leaking back over the plate because he is releasing the ball just a little too early. But in that same regard, when he goes inside vs RH hitters the ball is bearing in on them.

        He just isn’t get that full arm motion that gives him the downward plane and all the life on his fastball.

        His curveball is also not breaking as much because I don’t think he is fully following through.

    • Poopy Pants

      NO! Eiland gets NO credit for anything!

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

        It’s NYYFans with the crazy hate boner for Eiland, not here. At least that I’ve noticed.

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

      And that is most likely due to fatigue.

  • baby carlos

    If we can get 5IP and 2 runs from Phil, call it a good outing.

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

      I’m just happy a Yankee SP made it out of the third without getting gangrene of the eye or some shit like that.

  • Reggie C.

    So is this Sullivan kid any good? Never heard of him.

    • Ross in Jersey

      5-5 with a ERA over 5 in the minors.

      Survey says…. no.

  • Ross in Jersey

    The results weren’t there, but that wasn’t a bad inning. Bloop double down the line, 9 hopper through the infield.

    But ugh, all of a sudden this one trick pony is fooling us?

  • Ivan

    If im a hitter (especially a lefty hitter) im sitting change up.

  • claybeez

    Wasn’t there some talk from Eiland on YES a few weeks back about Hughes needing to stand taller? I believe it was something like when he drops his front leg too low his stuff flattens out. In the first, it appeared that he was getting more downward movement, but that’s pure novice observation.

  • whozat

    I haven’t seen a single Yankee starter have decent command since the allstar break.

  • cjc

    yeah so can we go back to the 1st inning

  • Reggie C.

    That was too frigging easy.

  • baby carlos

    26 pitches in the first inning…. Since, 22.

    Um offense, what the fuck? Is he throwing to hard, nasty, filthy shit? C’mon, wake up, Phil is struggling.

  • Sheepmeister

    Is it just me or is the recurring theme this season with bad pitchers, make them pay and high pitch count in the first and then just give them gifts after that to keep them in the game till the 6th.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Montero: 1/1 with a homer and walk so far tonight.

    • poster on a different computer

      Teh. Jesus.

    • Rivera Venue Blues

      JIMP’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Orioles w/51.

  • whozat

    I enjoy the phrase “They boo him like he stole something”

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

    Wow, this thread got super cheery.

  • Carlosologist

    Answer: The Orioles. 51 career HR.

  • whozat

    zone a bit tight tonight?

    • Carlosologist

      That would be an understatement.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Shitty read. Oh well, at least it’s just a single.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      It was in his glove. How the hell is that a hit?

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

    Oh what the frig Curtis.

  • whozat

    FAIL curtis. FAIL.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Grandy, you’re killing me. Not making any friends tonight..

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

    Gardner would have ….

    I don’t want to upset anybody

  • lily-bk

    ww grandersn you’ve got to be kiddin me

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Gardner makes that play.

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

    Ack, he had it in his glove. Stupid ground caused the fumble.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’m just glad he didn’t hurt himself. That had “broken wrist” written all over it.

  • Shaun

    If hughes throws another fastball I swear im reaching through the tv and strangling him. USE THE FUCKING CHANGEUP AND CURVERBALL

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Yikes.

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

  • poster on a different computer

    So, Hughes. He has shit for stuff tonight, huh?

    • mbonzo

      You couldn’t hit shit that hard.

      • poster on a different computer

        No. And? I’m not judging his stuff on how good it has to be for me to hit it. He’s throwing it to major leaguers. Who are hitting it easily. So tonight, which is all I said, his stuff seems to be shit. I’m not saying his stuff is normally lke that. I think Hughes is an excellent pitcher.

        What was the point of that completely random strawman?

        • mbonzo

          What I meant was that he should throw shit instead, since it would be harder to hit than fastballs down the middle of the plate.

          • poster on a different computer

            We might have something there.

            Call Cashman.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Well fuckity fuck fuck.

  • Accent Shallow

    TV off.

    • Ivan

      It’s the 4th inning.

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

        Some fans just can’t handle the adversity. It has to be all shits and giggles.

    • Alex S

      I don’t think the clapper works that way

  • Ivan

    Ok nothing is going right.

  • Reggie C.

    MAICER IZTURIS. Yankee killer.

    Hughes has nothing tonight.

  • Sheepmeister

    What the heck is it with sucky players hitting home runs now.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Really…..? Really? IZTURIS? What the fuck is with this team and giving up home runs to only the shitiest players? Kevin Cash? Reid Brignac? Come on already!

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

    Well, the Yanks have some runs to score.

  • Carlosologist

    Well shit. Hopefully Hughes limits the damage to just two runs and the offense goes gonzo next inning.

  • Reggie C.

    I think we see Albaladejo reeeeeeeeeeal soon.

  • Esteban

    So has Hughes looked bad tonight? Can’t watch the game.

    • claybeez

      Sharp 1st inning, but poor command after that. Stuff just looks flat an ordinary.

  • baby carlos

    Well, I guess that was expected……

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

    Seriously? People are complaining about a ball that cleared the fence at the absolutely shortest part of the park? Get some perspective.

    • Hummingbird S.

      People are complaining about a mediocre start against a bad lineup.

      Not that I agree with some of the complaints…

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      I’m all for perspective, as long as we say the same things about 310 ft Yankee HRs against opposing pitchers. Either way, they all count.

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

    We’re definitely over 2.5 changeups. I’ve seen at least four.

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

      Yup. Pitch diversity definitely was not his problem tonight. Overall command and bite on all of his pitches was.

      • Pete

        and umpiring

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

          He did get squeezed a bit for sure.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      At least he’s mixing?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Attn: ZZ

    Do you think that it looks like Hughes is short arming the ball a bit? For some reason, I’ve always thought that about his motion/delivery.

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

      He always looks like he short arms it a bit, like a catcher. That is just his style.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        This. I’ve noticed that about him since he was first called up.

    • ZZ

      In a way he always kind of looks like he short arms the ball. I think that is because he is just very compact in his upper body with his motion. He just has very short arm action that keeps everything tight.

      But he does look shorter than usual tonight. It is hard to tell, because Hughes is so good at repeating his delivery that when something goes wrong it is so slight.

      Idk, he just seems very mechanical tonight. He doesn’t seem to be consistently making a seamless motion where his front leg drives forward and his arm follows all the way through.

      I keep going back and forth whether it is this or he just doesn’t have good stuff tonight. Hughes is very hard to tell with.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Interestingly enough I looked up how much movement he is getting tonight. It is actually more horizontal movement and vertical movement on his fastball than he has averaged for the year.

        • ZZ

          The horizontal movement I think because the ball is tailing on him a bit.

          I don’t know what to make of the vertical movement though. That’s interesting.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Spray cheese I get, but wtf is wrong with Chinese take out?

  • Ross in Jersey

    @Joelsherman1 #Yankees keep saying Granderson playing excellent CF, but guy makes lots of misreads, especially break back on balls in front.

    Hey kids, want to be a columnist and expert Yankee analyst? Make broad statement, cite example that happened 10 seconds ago as proof.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      It’s called timing. And lets just be honest, Brett Gardner is a better CF and the rationale behind playing Grandy there over him is no longer relevant. Back then they weren’t sure Brett was an everyday player, and he’s #3 in WAR on the team.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/winss.....38;month=0

      • Ross in Jersey

        Gardner doesn’t get the best jumps either, by the way.

        And what do you want to do? Swap him and Gardner? Bench Granderson?

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          No benching, just put your best defensive configuration out there. It’s not April anymore, it’s late July. I think Grandy has his feet wet by now, and even if he doesn’t it’s time to stop worrying about anything but winning games at this point of the season.

      • Jose the Satirist

        The problem is the change won’t likely happen.

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

        Agreed completely. I think Gardner should be in center and it is becoming more and more obvious everyday, for a multitude of reasons.

        One being, Gardner clearly has a future with this team.

        • Ross in Jersey

          I don’t get it, what does Gardner’s future have to do with who’s playing CF? They’re both out there, you can’t tell me there’s a huge difference in CF and LF when they’re both good outfielders.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

            The CF can cover for 2 lesser fielders. The LF, not so much. That’s why your best fielder plays CF.

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

            Agreed that the difference is not huge. But I think Gardner has proven to be the better centerfielder at this point in their careers, and if both are in our long term plans, why not play the better guy in center?

            Agreed that Granderson is good though, and it is nothing major.

            • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

              It’s nothing major, but a play or two can win a tight game here or there. Especially in CF, where outs becomes doubles and triples real fast.

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

                Agreed. Thats why I want to make the move as well.

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

                Granderson’s troubles have been on balls in front of him. Those are extra singles, not doubled and triples.

                • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

                  True, but Gardner’s speed will reach balls that Grandy just doesn’t get to. I’ve seen a few balls in the gap just past Grandy’s glove that I’ve wondered if Gardner reaches.

                  In any case, back to the original point and there’s no good reason anymore not to put the best defensive configuration out there, unless someone has something to add here that I’m unaware of.

  • Pete

    FWIW, Hughes has thrown 6 changeups so far today, per gameday

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Damn you, BABIP.

  • JMV

    so i hope the next inning is hughes’ last for the night

    • Ross in Jersey

      Yeah it’s not like the bullpen has had to record 40 outs in the last 2 games, they clearly need some work.

      • JMV

        agreed!

        btw work on the sarcasm…it’s weak

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

        There was an off-day.

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

    Guys: he throws a changeup. Sit on it.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Sitting change generally isn’t the greatest idea.

  • JMV

    this guy’s changeup is lethal

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Just cut the game on and wow Hughes sucks!

    • poster on a different computer

      I had something much meaner originally planned, but thought better of posting it.

      Rest assured though, I think this is a MAJOR overreaction.

  • baby carlos

    Paging Yankee offense, Paging Yankee offense… please report to the stadium field immediately. Your party is waiting.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    This guy’s entire demeanor has changed since the 1st inning. He seems to be pitching with a lot of confidence right now.

  • Alex S

    who the fuck is this mick?

  • baby carlos

    almost forgot the Yankees have 2 hits off of Cy O’Sullivan.

    • Esteban

      How often do you say positive things?

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

        About once or twice a game thread.

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

        Wait, that was not positive? I thought we expect to be no hit against first time rookies.

      • baby carlos

        funerals and bar mitzvahs….or when the Yankees don’t roll over on a AAA pitcher….

  • JMV

    im astonished we only have 2 hits against this douche

    • Hummingbird S.

      really?

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    This is almost pathetic.

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

      Its really not that bad. Hughes has been subpar for the past 10 starts now, over 5 era. And if he can get a couple of good innings to end his start here, it will be ok.

  • kunaldo

    offspeed please?

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

      He threw Hunter offspeed stuff in his first two at-bats, and he’s 2-for-2.

  • jon

    remember how joba was good up till he hit his last year max innings in 2008?

    hughes pitched 80 innings last year

    in hughes first 82 innings he has a 3.17 ERA

    his next 20 hes had a 5.79 ERA and about to get worse

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

      Except, Joba’s whip was like 1.5 even in the beginning of the season.

      Hughes first half this year was far better than Joba’s first half last year.

      But yes, both seem to be tiring in the second half so far.

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

    Yay Jorge. Out by a mile.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Wow, Posada with a laser to 2nd. Don’t see much of that these days.

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

    Excellent. The Yanks needed a momentum change here.

    Posada with the quick, fast and accurate throw. Gotta love that!

  • Ivan

    DEAD!!!!

  • mbonzo

    JESUS!!!! 2-2, 2 Homeruns, Walk

    • Ross in Jersey

      He hasn’t made an out since Sunday… full on beast mode.

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

      Seattle will pass.

      Not good enough secondary prospects, ha

    • poster on a different computer

      Reports are that the Cardinals have offered Pujols for him. Cashman would be mad to do it.*

      *Don’t panic. You should be able to tell by know that this is sarcastic.

  • JSquared

    Yankees getting out-homered by Jesus Montero.

  • baby carlos

    Jeter will see 2 pitches this AB

  • Steve

    Calling all Captains!! (Lame I know)

  • boogie down

    Boy oh boy, is DoTF gonna be nice tonight! Montero with another homer, making him 2-2 with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI’s (I know) and a walk thus far tonight. He’s not hitting .272 with an OPS of .804.

    btw, both homers have been to right center.

    • ZZ

      Well how nice is it going to be now that we all know what is coming!? ;)

      The right center HRs are very nice to hear. He is going to need that right-center power struck to be really successful at YS.

    • boogie down

      now**

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    How awful is it going to be when Kay calls Jeter’s 3,000th hit?

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

      I’m sure he’s already rehearsing. That call for when Jeter passed Gehrig was so awful, so forced.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yep. I guarantee you he has a script penned out already and will bring it with him the night of the game.

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

          “In the storied history of the Yankees they’ve never had someone with 3,000 hits, now … they have Derek Jeter.”

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Flag this comment, haha.

    • mbonzo

      As bad as it will be, I bet it’ll be better than Sterling’s call.

  • Steve

    Let’s go Jete

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Did Kay just say Jeter will get ANOTHER 100 hits this year? It’s 10 days away from the 2/3 mark of the season.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Doing some quick math, that means Derek will hit about .480 the rest of the season.

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

    Thanks for trying, Derek.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Who didn’t see that coming? It’s okay Gardner, don’t steal or anything.

  • Steve

    Horawful

  • Alex S

    ugh jete……why doesn’t Gardy just steal!

  • Ivan

    Jeter..Ya killin me!!!

  • baby carlos

    Hey Esteban…. How is this.

    Well that was a tough out. But at least Jeter took more than one pitch.

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

      When multiple people comment on how negative you are in Game Threads, you might want to think about toning it down just a bit. And not in a sarcastic way.

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

        Sorry for being Thread Police.

        • baby carlos

          except the Yankees are getting their asses handed to them once again by either a rookie pitcher or a AAA call up…. And one that is not even that good.

          With the line up they have tonight there is zero excuse for them to hit the way they are…none of this bullshit about tipping the cap, well he pitched a good game, or any other lame cliche. This is the defending WS champions getting owned….unacceptable on so many levels.

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

            Game ain’t over yet. It is surely not looking good, but you don’t count out “the defending WS champions” down four with four innings left.

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

            Agreed.

            Sometimes you get owned by a terrible pitcher. Sometimes you murder David Price. Welcome to baseball.

      • baby carlos

        Your right…..

  • Pete

    god damn.

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Jeter really sucks right now.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Anyone else feel the YES broadcasters have been going out of their way to mention Torre tonight? Usually it’s like a taboo word. Trying to stick it to McCarver maybe?

    • boogie down

      I don’t know if they’re trying to stick it to McCarver but I sure as hell wouldn’t object. Ol’ Timmy needs to familiarize himself with Godwin’s Law ASAP.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Hopefully Hughes can give the Yankees one more inning.

    • mbonzo

      Unless Hughes throws 2 more pitches for 3 outs, I wouldn’t plan on it.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Just get through the sixth I meant.

        Fun Fact: Fuck this strike zone

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

    This strike zone is brutal.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    As a one time pitcher, I sympathize with Hughes.

    As a Yankees fan, I want to drive up to the Bronx and strangle this ump.

  • Ivan

    Hughes has been off with his pitches all game, not by alot but just enough for him to be not that effective.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Hughes must hate pitching at home. What is that now? 14 HRs in the Bronx?

  • poster on a different computer

    6-2 lead…Doesn’t look good.

  • mbonzo

    ALBIE!

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

    Not a great way to go out there. Hughes is going to have some serious work to do to figure out why his last 11 starts have been subpar.

  • Reggie C.

    Napoli has knocked Hughes out the game.

    Hughes can’t beat this B-lineup. I’m pretty disappointed.

    AND Albie comes in! YAY!

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

    Ack. One inning too many.

  • baby carlos

    Angel’d again.

    I think MLB should mandate that the Yankees only have to play the Angels 3 times during the season.

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

      The Angels are 2-8 in the New Stadium.

      • baby carlos

        And the Yankees were 2-4 in Anaheim in 2009, 1-2 during the playoffs….. 1-2 this year….

        So Angel’d again, simply means the Yankees got over on them last year but over all, not much has changed.

        • whozat

          Yeah, if you take out all the times they were good, they look really bad!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Hughes was just bad tonight. At least I can call them growing pains unless the team decides he is more valuable in the 8th. Then I may just shoot myself.

    • mbonzo

      He was trying his best to hit corners, but the strike zone was a joke. Wouldn’t write him off right now.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Never did, just growing pains. These are the games that he needs to learn from and get better from it.

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

    Hughes’ home/road splits aren’t pretty, I suspect.

  • Ivan

    Hughes will figure it out. I know he will.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      This.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Sigh, and now we get to hear about from all the ESPN writers about how the Yankees are in real trouble, pitching isn’t that good, yadda yadda.

    This would be a pretty bad loss, enough excuses for not beating AAA level pitching.

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    I’m nearly about to pull a Kevin Brown.

    • Carlosologist

      Will you be smart and use your opposite hand?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Per Brooks, I count NINE balls in the zone not called strikes.

    • boogie down

      Speechless.

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

      You don’t want to give Hughes a free pass or an excuse, but that is a lot to overcome.

  • bonestock94

    Hmm, its funny that Napoli wasn’t the starting catcher all season long

  • Esteban

    Just as I was about to write that maybe the Yankees needed Cliff Lee after all, I look and see Jesus has 2 HRs tonight. WOW.

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan

      Ok, well we’re not going to get Cliff Lee. So deal with it.

      • Esteban

        You definitely missed the point of what I was saying. What I meant is that Jesus is proving that the trade would have been dumb.

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

          Eh, not really. Those homers haven’t helped the Yankees at all tonight.

        • claybeez

          I get what you’re getting at.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Alright, Ablie. Be the next D-Rob!

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      ALBY TO THE 8TH!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Any explanation why Hughes has been awful at home with so many homers while fantastic on the road? Small sample size? Young Age? Luck? A little everything?

    • mbonzo

      He has a career 3.07 ERA at the new Yankee Stadium. Its sample size for this year.

  • Ross in Jersey

    This strike zone is a god damn joke.

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

    Gardner woulda had it.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Fuck; nothing is going the Yankees’ way tonight.

    • lily-bk

      well it looked god n the first inning, after that it took a tun for the worst

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Albaladejo already getting squeezed at the plate as well.

  • Frigidevil

    Hopefully those number translate from the Marmalade forest.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Yes, Michael Kay, the major leagues is better than AAA. Glad we got that out of the way.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      IETC

  • SteveD

    As per a few posts back………Hughes has not pitched well for a while now. 11 games ?? could be. I think they need to make a move for a pitcher. Maybe bring someone up ? Pettite out hurt AJ sucking and punching doors and Hughes getting hit hard. Im not feeling too good about the situation.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Best record in baseball.. it’s one game… relax. Any move now would be made out of panic. Cashman doesn’t operate that way.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      And despite all that, they still have the best record in MLB.

    • mbonzo

      His last start he pitched 7 innings with 1 ER. You’re exaggerating a little.

      • Mister Delaware

        Umm yeah … but that was 11 days ago!

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

        But not that much. Even with all the problems, the team still looks good. But he brings up legitimate concerns, in my opinion.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    One thing I’ve noticed already, Alby’s tempo is very different. He’s added a foot-tap, and his fastball seems to have more late life to it than it used to.

  • YankeesJunkie

    How Alby can catch any balls with that glove is a surprise.

  • mbonzo

    Albie to the 8th!

  • Joe

    OMG Scott Proctor is now in against the SWB Yankees.

    • poster on a different computer

      You’re kidding.

    • Marcus

      Well in that case, if Jesus doesn’t hit a 3rd HR, he’s a bust.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    So Phil gets charged w/ 6 earned runs tonight, despite the fact that his OFs can’t catch balls hit at them.

    Just another reason ERA is a somewhat flawed statistic.

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

      On the flip side, the Yanks have had one of their best defenses of recent memory this year, so I’m sure they have saved him a bunch of runs as well throughout the year.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Hughes did not get that call.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Oh, that is now a strike to Swisher. This umpire should be shot.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      I missed his name. Is it Tim Donaghy per chance?

      • Mister Delaware

        Its actually Fixey O’Yankeehate. Why is MLB sooo against us???

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Now you know why they call him ‘Dreck-man’

  • Ross in Jersey

    Wow, nothing is going our way tonight. Doesn’t help this umpire is inconsistent as all hell.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Girardi getting fired up, comeback imminent.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Good for Joe. The home plate ump can go **** himself.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    “This isn’t your fight.” Way to be, Joe!

    (Tex was out)

  • baby carlos

    ahhh Joe, doesn’t matter tonight, don’t waste our energy…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    He’s going home and he’s taking the binder with him!

    • Kit

      That’s hilarious. lol.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      That’ll show em!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Giradi should have blinded the ump. Not like it would have affected the calling any way.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Now that’s just wrong.

      Funny, but wrong.

  • Nazi-Cashman

    Did I just see Geraldo Rivera in the stands?

    • Kit

      I thought so too. I think he’s sitting next to Bill O’Reilly too, unless I’m getting his name wrong.

  • baby carlos

    No fucking hits since the first…. No hit by AAA. Unbelievable, simply unbelievable.

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

        Good grief! Really? Look, it is one game and it may be acceptable for them to perform like this but I am of the Boss school where they should win every game…. or at least put up a fight in the games they lose. Not replicate the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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

          I am of the Boss school where they should win every game…

          No said losing is an acceptable goal, but you can’t treat every regular season game as life and death. Otherwise you’re going to die a lot of times.

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

          Yes, really. I understand being aggravated (I have to have a few “this game sucks” comments on here, and if I don’t: this game sucks.). But you make the same complaints over and over, rarely say anything positive except in an extremely sarcastic way, declare games over before they are, and until recently, rip on Teixeira for just about anything he does. I am not the only one who feels this way, nor am I the only one who comments on it.

          I’m really sorry to say this. It feels terribly bitchy. I’m not trying to be this way, because in the non-Yankee Game Thread things you say, you are really awesome. But I figure just be honest rather than passive-aggressive.

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

      Relax. You’ll forget about this game by Friday. It’s not the end of the world.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Not loving the ~4% uptick in O-Swing% from Alex this year.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Oh good, another 1-2-3 inning.

    • baby carlos

      look at the bright side, you can make late dinner reservations.

  • lily-bk

    tomorrow javy is pitchng….whos pitching for the angels???

    i just hope he pitche well against them

    • Carlosologist

      Tomorrow it’s Piniero.

    • forensicnucchem

      He’s pitching against a moderately good pitcher in Pineiro, which means he’ll get no run support again.

  • boogie down

    Well, I guess you’ve got to let an inning pass for the manager-getting-thrown-out-to-invigorate-his-team tactic to sink in.

  • S.King

    this has been a painful game to follow

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Did you see last night’s Mets game? THAT was painful.

  • Rose

    O’Sullivan has retired 17 of 18 since Axisa jinxed it by trash talking him in the first inning lol

    Thanks!

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

    Gotta love arguing in baseball. It is quite unique.

  • Mister Delaware

    That guy we just saw in the front row on the foul down the RF line, white shirt w/ the blue sleeves … yeah … maybe untuck.

  • forensicnucchem

    Well, sure looks like a good thing that I missed most of the game so far.

    I see not much has changed…

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

    Scott Proctor just had a 42 pitch inning against SWB.

    • Joe

      Blame Torre

    • Kit

      The fact that he’s still pitching makes me sad for him.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I did not know Torre managed AAA teams via internet from a Starbucks for extra cash. Has he not heard of Cash 4 Gold.

      • Ross in Jersey

        lol’d for real at this one

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

          Me too. Comment of the night.

    • Joe

      Only person to get Montero out…

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

    Did O’Neill just give a dig to Abreu with all that “laid back” talk.

  • All Star Carl

    Some poor defense and offense today :(

  • ARX

    Bobby, just give it up man.

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

    You suck Bobby.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Posada probably wants Abreu to run every time he’s on base to beef up his CS% a bit!

  • poster on a different computer

    This is a rather bizarre game. Not at “That Diamondback game” level, but bizarre.

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

      It’s just a poor game, IMO. That Diamondback Game took 37 years off my life. This one just sucks.

      • poster on a different computer

        Posada throwing Abreu twice is pretty weird.

  • YankeesJunkie

    You can’t run into walls when Abreu would not get 20 feet near one.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Nice job by Albaladejo. Beats the hell out of Moseley.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Or CHoP

  • Mister Delaware

    Good. Last thing I feel like watching is Alba throw 50 pitches after working as a 1 inning guy at Scranton. This was probably too many, but not egregious.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Looks like Abreu is afraid of bags too.

  • Carlosologist

    Thursday’s starter is Bruce Chen. No one in the lineup hits him particularly well, except for Teixeira and Jeter. Tex has crushed Chen to the tune of .636/.667/2.364 in 12 PA. Jeter also hits him well (.393/.433/.679).

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Finish this equation for me.

    Chan Ho Park+Low leverage situation= ??

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      GODZILLA!

    • Ross in Jersey

      = game out of reach

    • poster on a different computer

      Shit.

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

      Apparently bad things.

    • forensicnucchem

      Better things than medium and high leverage, which is kind of amazing considering his numbers in low leverage.

  • poster on a different computer

    So, we lost this game.

  • forensicnucchem

    Boy, that wasn’t predictable or anything…

  • Cy Farnsworth

    It’s a Thrilla! By Godzi….oh wait, wrong team :(

  • Carlosologist

    Matsui. ;_;

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice job Albaladejo.

  • S.King

    chan angel-ho park

  • ARX

    :sigh:
    Why is he still here?

  • lily-bk

    is it time to dfa park now??

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

    And Chan Ho Park takes the lead in the DFA pool.

    • S.King

      and now, in an odd twist, i’m rooting for chad and dustin to stay…!

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Moseley has 6 IP under his belt, I cant see how anyone has made up their mind about him one way or the other.

        • S.King

          you’re right. but moseley is more or less the “lesser evil” at this point. you gotta go with something, and i know that park has got to go in favor of chad and dustin

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Which should be in a few days, right? When Mitre gets activated.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I can has Romulo?

  • YankeesJunkie

  • S.King

    everytime park gives up a HR, he has this look on this face that says “what the– who puts a wall there!”

  • Rose

    This game was the opposite of the usual. Starting off beating up a rookie pitcher and then being tamed by him. Usually the Yanks go a few innings of nothing and get him towards the end.

    No way. Not in this game.

    • forensicnucchem

      Eh, they mix them together pretty well. They did this against Arrieta earlier this year too. Hit pretty well for a couple innings, then did nothing after that.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Wow, it’s like 1910 all over again. Japan invades Korea.

    • Carlosologist

      IETCVVM

    • YankeesJunkie

      Thank goodness Park is not from China in Japan invades China 1931. It would not have been pretty to say the least.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Welp, it has been a long time since the Yankees put up a real stinker on both sides of the ball. It happens, get em tomorrow.

    • forensicnucchem

      Saturday doesn’t count?

      • poster on a different computer

        They scored five runs.

      • Ross in Jersey

        The offense did pretty well on Saturday. They win if that’s a well pitched game.

        • forensicnucchem

          That game was 8-2 at one point too. So, is this one suddenly not bad if they put 2 or 3 meaningless runs on the board in the 8th/9th?

          • Ross in Jersey

            Uh yes? Is that hard to understand or something? No run is “meaningless” unless you expect hitters to give up when the score is lopsided.

          • poster on a different computer

            When did we say that the team played well or not? Just that the offense didn’t stink. So yeah, if they put up three more runs or so the offense won’t have stinked.

            • forensicnucchem

              I don’t agree. They still stunk against the guys that mattered. Getting a couple runs in a blowout against pitchers who wouldn’t be near the game if the score was close doesn’t do much for me.

  • Tom Zig

    Meme: 1; Yanks: 0

  • Cecala

    Matsui showing how he was the original CHoP and Chan Ho stole the nickname from him.

    /Makavelli’d

  • Wes

    Lost in all of this…we just saw the end of Chan Ho Park. One part of the Chad Ho Moseley combo is eliminated.

  • Mark

    When was the last time Shields was good vs the Yanks 6 years ago?

  • Ross in Jersey

    @swbyankeesTT Final line on Ivan Nova: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Mark Melancon is in for the ninth.

    @swbyankeesTT 97 pitches, 62 strikes for Nova tonight. As strong a game as any Yankee has pitched all season.

    Someone knows there’s a spot opening up in the big league rotation.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That’s awesome. I think he’ll make the next start after Mitre.

      /no faith in Mitre’d

  • All Star Carl

    Cano is terrible

    • Ross in Jersey

      You CANNOT be serious.

      • All Star Carl

        Talking about that at bat man.

    • poster on a different computer

      I’m going to assume this is a joke.

      • All Star Carl

        Gonna assume you didn’t see Cano give that at bat away?

        • poster on a different computer

          Going to assume you missed his career?

          • All Star Carl

            What the hell does his career have to do with him giving an at bat away?

            • poster on a different computer

              Because his career VERY clearly contradicts the conclusion you’ve reached in, literally, ONE at bat. Obviously Cano is not terrible, and one at bat does not make him terrible.

  • S.King

    cano giving up an at-bat. i hate that

  • CapitalT

    When was the last time Albi pitched more than 1 inning for SWB?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    :( Curtis.

    • S.King

      awful.

    • All Star Carl

      It’s impossible to defend the guy. I was a big Granderson guy early on.

  • lily-bk

    granderson is terrible

    • Hummingbird S.

      this season, he is.

      • CapitalT

        I think we bought high on this one. Opposite of the Swish deal

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    I hope K Long can work his magic w/ Granderson this off-season. I’m not liking me some Curtis at this point.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So while there’s a break in the action, which storyline gets the most press tomorrow:

    1. Hughes struggling
    2. Granderson sucking
    3. Park being 2010 Park

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

      Hughes, absolutely, because THIS ALL HAPPENED BECAUSE HE SKIPPED THAT ONE START!!!!!!!!!

      • Cecala

        THATS WHY YOU DONT SKIP PITCHERS WHEN THEY ARE PITCHING WELLLL!!!!!!@!##!

    • forensicnucchem

      Hughes continuing to fall by far. And against a team that hasn’t been scoring makes it even worse. The pass he’ll get of course is the layoff (not that it’s not a terrible reason, but the game still sucked).

      Park will be ignored and Granderson is just a non-factor from here on out, at least for me.

      • poster on a different computer

        Yanks haven’t had trouble scoring. I mean, today they have. But not in general.

        • forensicnucchem

          I was talking about Hughes struggling against the Angels who haven’t been scoring. 3rd fewest runs in the AL in July.

          • poster on a different computer

            Ah. Gotcha.

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

        The Yanks haven’t had trouble scoring.

    • ARX

      Hughes struggling. Which is true, just don’t expect the REASONS why he is struggling to get a lot of press, rather than OMG HE SUCKS!!! OVERRATED! BACK TO TEH BULLPEN!!! YANKEES ARE IN TROUBLE!!!

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

      If Granderson’s getting shit, Jeter should too.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Jeter’s not having a good season any stretch, but he has not been nearly as bad as Granderson.

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

          He’s really not that far off. Before tonight, I think Jeter’s OPS+ was 94, Granderson’s 91.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Since May 1st, Jeter’s got a .668 OPS (not including tonight); Granderson’s season OPS, coming into tonight, was .705. For the majority of the season, Jeter’s been doing just as poorly.

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

          It’s actually closer than you’d think (before tonight)

          Jeter .271/.335/.384 with a .324 wOBA.
          Grandy .237/.307/.398 with a .314 wOBA.

          • forensicnucchem

            And that doesn’t even take into consideration the expectations and ‘importance’ to the lineup and offense.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I wonder…

    maybe it’s because I don’t read the MSM stuff a lot or with great detail, but there hasn’t been much negativity from those guys towards Hughes like there was with Joba last year when he struggled. What do you guys think things would be like if everything was the same this year, but Hughes and Joba flipped places? That is, Joba’s a starter, kicks serious ass for the first month, then hits a rough patch. Something tells me the press would be all over Joba.

    • CapitalT

      Any idea what Hughes pitch breakdown was? Has he started thowing the change?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        He actually mixed really well today, but nothing was working.

    • forensicnucchem

      Give Joba a 5-0 record, 1.38 ERA, and crazy run support like Hughes had this year and they’ll be blind again.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Right, but the same would go for any pitcher. But if Chamberlain just reeled off 11 starts like Hughes did after starting that way, I think there’d be a lot more negativity towards him.

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

      Agreed. The press just seems harder with Joba. I’m sure there are a myriad of reasons why, but I couldn’t tell you why exactly.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Phil is more likeable than Joba. Sometimes it’s just as simple as that.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Old school baseball guys (most of the Yankees writers) don’t like showboating. They think it’s not “how you play the game”. So naturally, when he messes up, the first article includes a “maybe he should stop fist pumping” and has a negative connotation. It goes from there.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          But when Andy Pettitte does it, it’s competitive. The double standard for rookies and vets in baseball is ridiculous.

          • Ross in Jersey

            Agreed.

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

            Andy Pettitte is a sweet Southern Catholic boy with an adorable family who loves Jesus.

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

              Also: Andy only fistpumps in “big” moments. There’s also this perception that Joba fistpumps after every out. It’s inaccurate, of course; he fistpumps in “big” moments too.

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              Andy’s a Catholic? I think not!

  • P. Allen

    First the all star game and now this, oy vey.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Jeter has officially made me cringe when hearing Kay’s “he’ll face the top of the Yankee’s order” line.

  • All Star Carl

    My boy Montero. He needs to be up here. Can’t be any worse than Cervelli.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Did he hit another?

      • All Star Carl

        Just 2 bombs today.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, I knew that. Thought maybe he poked a third one out.

          • All Star Carl

            He’s been hot for a while now as we all know. I’m thinking he should bat cleanup down there.

    • Ross in Jersey

      No no no. Bring him up so he can ride the bench 3 days a week? Let the kid develop and get a full year in at AAA. Bring him up in September, re-evaluate next year.

      • All Star Carl

        Would be nice to have him around Joe/Tony/Po. He’ll be up soon enough I guess. No need to rush em like you said.

  • Peter

    Fell asleep watching this game. This is an absolute snooze-fest

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Shouldn’t you change your handle to “Junior” then?

      • Peter

        supposed to be funny?

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I guess the joke is kinda old now.

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

      The other team scoring lots of runs doesn’t excite you? What’s wrong with you?!?

  • Gustavo

    I love the Yankees, but we need to be honest with ourselves right now. This is NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM. It’s barely a post-season team, if that. The combination of Cashman’s indifference to the team’s actual needs and Girardi’s blind confidence in anything dressed in pinstripes is disgusting. What’s even worse is most bloggers/analysts/experts are on the same bandwagon. It’s one team to believe in your team; it’s a totally different thing when you turn a blind eye to the team’s struggles with the blanket statement the the “Yankees are a second-half team” or “they will break out of their slump soon.” It’s the AL East, folks. One game is all it takes to get a team out of the playoffs. This isn’t the AL West.

    • Cecala

      here we go…

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

      As they say, this isn’t going to end well.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      It’s barely a post-season team, if that.

      /checks standings
      //stops reading your post

      • Gustavo

        Hey bud, stay tuned. It’s not gettin’ prettier.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          So did you not watch when the Yankees took two of three from the Rays, including a game in which they put up seven runs on David Price while piecing together almost seven innings from their bullpen?

          • Gustavo

            That’s great. I loved that game. Watched every last second of it. But the consistency is just not there.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              So they’ve got the best record in baseball and have played well of late (aside from tonight and Saturday) yet consistency is not there?

              Illogical troll is illogical. O:S.

              • Gustavo

                Last time i checked there is no prize for best record in baseball as of July 20th… But then again, I’m not expert, like you.

                Good call resorting to name-calling, champion. Way to win ‘em all.

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

                  Last time I checked there was no penalty for losing a game on July 20th either.

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

                  No, there’s not a prize for best record in baseball on July 20. But if we’re inconsistent, what’s the rest of baseball? I guess teams like the Orioles and Astros are consistent but we don’t want to be consistent like that…

            • poster on a different computer

              Before tonight, the Yankees won 10 of 12 games.

              After tonight, they’ve still won 10 of 13.

              But you think they’re inconsistent.

              Okaaaaaaay…

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

          What slump are you even referring to that they need to break out of?

    • Ross in Jersey

      lol at the Yankees not being a postseason team. Yeah, best record in the majors, just took 2 of 3 from their closest competitor, but they’re apparently doomed after one bad game.

      I think you meant to post this on NYYfans or LoHud where people would actually take you seriously.

      • Gustavo

        Nah man, that’s all fine and dandy. But that whole “we’re up by a few” stuff doesn’t work in the AL East. Not when the team has so many big holes. Don’t get me wrong, I want them to win; I just don’t buy the blind confidence.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          What big holes do they have that other teams don’t also have?

        • ZZ

          It is not a few. It is 7. That’s more than a double a few.

        • Ross in Jersey

          Big holes? A bench player and a long reliever are big holes now?

          Say it to yourself, very slowly: One. Game. Bad games happen. Losses happen. How does the team with the best record in baseball, with their best record at this point since the 1998 Yankees, not inspire confidence?

          • Gustavo

            Try a shot bullpen. The one bat, I’ll concede that one. But the run support just doesn’t kick in at the critical moments (generally speaking)…. (queue the Price beat-down)

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

              Did you just make a point and disprove yourself?

              • Gustavo

                Umm …. no. That’s called agreeing with another human being in a civil conversation. It’s actually quite nice, and necessary.

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

                  You said the offense doesn’t kick in at critical moments and then pointed out when that exact thing happened in the last game they played.

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              queue the best record in MLB

            • poster on a different computer

              Are you serious? We have more wins than any other team in baseball. Obviously the runs support has kicked in just fine.

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

                Well the run support clearly hasn’t been there in critical moments except for that one time two days ago when it was there in a critical moment.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Perspective: the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship.

      Perspective: What you don’t have.

      Perspective: What you need.

    • ZZ

      One game is all it takes to get a team out of the playoffs

      By my math it is actually 7 games, because the Red Sox are 7 back in the loss column.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Jay: If today is Tuesday and the movie starts filming on Friday, we have…
        [counting his fingers, holds up ten]
        Jay: …eight days.
        Holden: Uh, three by my count, but close.

      • Rivera Venue Blues

        Gustavo is one of the more fail posters I’ve seen in a while.

  • Cecala

    Lol @ the sunflower seeds on A-Rods head…

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I thought it was gum. That would’ve been bad.

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

    There’s like seven or eight replacement level guys on the roster.

  • ZZ

    Good signs for Alex tonight. Love when he drills the ball to right center.

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

    Two hard hit balls by Cano, two outs. So it goes.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      IET Vonnegut Reference

  • ARX

    BAH.
    I’m still holding out hope for a 7-run 9th.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Chad Gaudin is working hard to make sure that will not be enough.

      • ARX

        Yeesh. Make that a 9 run 9th :-(

  • poster on a different computer

    I think Matsui will hit a grand slam.

  • All Star Carl

    Matsui don’t like us anymore :(

  • Mark

    Crowd probably wants a grand slam lol.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Meh, after those two games when the Yankees used up the bullpen, I’d take that off day.

  • Carlosologist

    Normally I wouldn’t root for the opposing team, but I’ll make an exception. If Matsui hits one out, I’d enjoy it.

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

    Gaudin is catching up to Park in the DFA race…

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

      Just took the lead.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      …can’t it be both?

    • forensicnucchem

      How many relievers could they fit in one car for the trip from Scranton?

  • JohnnyC

    If I didn’t know better, I’d think Granderson was utterly uncoordinated and had only recently taken up the hobby of playing baseball,

  • All Star Carl

    Come on O’s

    • All Star Carl

      They just tied the game. Man on 2nd no outs.

  • S.King

    chad says “not so fast, chan ho– i’ll buy my ticket outta here before you!”

  • claybeez

    Would this be the 1st time the Yanks didn’t win when Girardi has been ejected?

    • All Star Carl

      Nope. They lost a couple of times when he got ejected.

    • Kit

      I think we’re 1-1 this season after he was ejected.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    /waits for two grand slam inning

    • Kit

      Waiting with you.

  • ARX

    Wasn’t there a point before the season when we thought Gaudin was a better choice than Mitre? Sergio is laughing at us.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Sergio’s .190 BABIP that will likely get corrected soon will get the last laugh. Or cry.

      My god…I really do hate that guy.

  • All Star Carl

    Whatever they did to Granderson and his stance, they need to change it back.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    If I were Granderson, I’d be flipping a shit right now. Bad night at the plate, iffy night in the field, I finally rope one and Abreu gets to it? I’d be straight O’Neilling it in the dugout.

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

    Soriano just blew a save and Luke Scott hit a walk-off win. No matter how ugly this game was for the Yanks, Tampa’s lost was far more ugly and damaging.

    • Kit

      As long as their loss is more painful. I’m satisfied.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Was the walk-off in extra innings?

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

      I have Tampa-Baltimore down as still going on, no?

    • All Star Carl

      The game is still going.

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

      Ack, I’ve been lied too.

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

    Gardner woulda had that.

    • Carlosologist

      First meme of the second half I think.

    • forensicnucchem

      Since you say this every time, I have to ask. Do you actually think Granderson gets good jumps in the outfield and gets to everything he ‘should’?

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

        No, but neither does every other outfielder. I think his defensive shortcomings are greatly exaggerated.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I’m not Mike, but, yes. I think Granderson is overall a very good fielder who just had an iffy night.

        • forensicnucchem

          You really don’t think he gets back jumps? Wow, a couple times a game he turns the wrong way on balls. Many of them he catches up to and gets, but there are almost as many that drop in as hits that shouldn’t be.

          The one today, Gardner was closer to getting than Granderson.

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

            You’re comparing him to Gardner, who by all accounts is one of the best defensive outfielders on the planet. Of course he’s going to make Granderson look back.

            Compared to the rest of the world, Grandy’s still an above average defensive player.

            • forensicnucchem

              Wow, I mis-say ‘back’ jumps, so you do too…

              But yeah, all true. It’s just frustrating when he plays outs into hits, and only gets others thanks to his speed and a ‘lucky’ dive.

            • Gonzo

              Grandy’s having a good year according to his UZR. A very good year.

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

    All I want from this game is for Scioscia to have to make a pitching change.

  • ARX

    OK, 2-out 8 run rally, no problem.

  • forensicnucchem

    Pena hitting for Jeter.

    Is it sad that I don’t know if that’s a downgrade or not?

  • claybeez

    Ugly, frustrating game. I hope tomorrow brings better baseball with a W.

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

    Thank God that’s over and these things only count for one loss.

    • ZZ

      But Gustavo told me one game could knock us out of the playoffs.

      • poster on a different computer

        We have a meme, and a new butt monkey, don’t we?

  • stuart

    The premise is BS. Granderson stink. Jeter is horrible, his AB’s are Pena like.

    Hughes has been bad for a while

    gaudin needs to be let go, he stinks under any objective standard he is horrible.

  • ARX

    I hate the Angels. I don’t care if we take 2 out of 3, I won’t be happy unless we bash their skulls in at least one of those games. I demand a 14-1 rout :-(

    • ARX

      Or 1 out of 2…stupid 2 game series

  • Reggie C.

    Jason Stark tweeted that a major trade looks to be going down where the Phillies will acquire a pitcher but trade Werth in a companion trade.

    Interesting!

    • poster on a different computer

      Good! Whatever makes it less likely for the Mets to make the playoffs.

      Though it seems that they’re keeping themselves out w/o help…

    • forensicnucchem

      Jayson Stark at home: Hmm, watching game, Moyer gets hurt and leaves early.

      I bet if I tweet that a trade is going to happen for a pitcher and mention a guy that has been talked about for a month, and then something happens to happen, I’ll look really smart.

  • bonestock94

    Phillies supposedly involved in talks for a major trade for a frontline pitcher

    • bonestock94

      Could be a 3-way, I guess that means it could be relevant to our interests.

    • Gonzo

      My guess is Haren. Maybe Oswalt, but I’ll go Haren.
      Maybe Amaro want batty and traded for Cliff Lee again.

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

        (Heard this:) Olney just said it’s not Haren.

        • Gonzo

          Wow, then Oswalt? What other frontline starter is there? Are they considering Lilly as a frontline starter?

        • Reggie C.

          Its never going to be Haren. Unless DiPoto drops his demand for TWO major league players and a major prospect, Haren simply wont be going anywhere.

          I heard Haren talk to Michael Kay the other day, and it really sounds like he wants to be pitching on a contender. Haren even said he liked pitching in NY and that he’s got family ties to the area.

      • poster on a different computer

        To trade for Lee again would take such huge balls. I’d be impressed if they did it.

        • Reggie C.

          But why would Nolan Ryan give up Lee after 2 starts? Rangers NEED Lee to keep ‘em as division leaders.

          • poster on a different computer

            Yeah, you’re right. It would be stupid of the Rangers.

            • Gonzo

              Unless Amaro keeps trading for Lee. It could be a joke that all the GM’s are in on. They just keep fleecing Amaro until he is fired.

          • forensicnucchem

            Looking at small samples after trades can be fun sometimes.

            Rangers are 5-3 since the trade, and 2 of the 3 losses are Lee’s starts.

            He’s leading to their downfall…

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

            Yeah, that. I’m sure the Phillies would love to have him back but there’s no way the Rangers are giving him up when they just got him, and they gave up Smoak for him.

            • Rivera Venue Blues

              Ruben Amaro: Domonic Brown, Kyle Drabek, JA Happ, and Jayson Werth (we’ll pick up all his salary)

              • Reggie C.

                Is this a joke? Drabek’s with the BlueJays.

                • Rivera Venue Blues

                  DO NOT QUESTION RUBEN AMARO!

                  • Gonzo

                    LMBO!!

  • bonestock94

    Haren, Sheets, and Rays not involved. Supposedly the Phillies shopped J.A. Happ…why??

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

      Why not?

      • bonestock94

        Yea, you’re right. He’s much older than I originally thought, and his FIP makes last year’s ERA misleading.

  • jonathan

    Wow, i’d really like it if we could somehow pull off Werth in a 3way without giving up Montero/Romine. I think our pitching will come around. I’m more worried about our offense. What would you guys give up for Werth? Can’t be Javy with Andy going down and the league figuring out that Phil throws 90% 4 seamers. Do you think the Phillies would trade Werth to us? They bypassed us when they traded Cliff Lee.