Aug
22

Game 124: CC at home for the series win

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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

No one has taken to pitching at the new Yankee Stadium quite like CC Sabathia. In his two seasons in pinstripes, the Big Man is 16-2 in the Bronx with a 2.92 ERA. In 12 starts this year, he’s 9-0 in the Bronx, and he hasn’t lost a game at home since he faced the Mariners on July 2, 2009. As the Yanks close out a home stand and try to win the series against the Mariners, Sabathia will get the ball.

It’s tough to overstate Sabathia’s importance to the Yanks this year. As Javier Vazquez and AJ Burnett have struggled to find anything approaching an effective consistency, Sabathia has been the stalwart in the rotation. He’s 16-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Although his K rate is down to 7.1 per 9 IP, he doesn’t allow many long balls, and he gives the Yanks length, averaging seven innings per state.

This year, Sabathia has dominated the Mariners. He’s 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings against Seattle. The team has hit just .208/.250/.245 against him, and Sabathia will try to use his lefty-lefty advantage to neutralize Ichiro Suzuki and Russell Branyan today. Branyan, who has owned the Yanks this year, is just 1 for 10 against CC with no home runs and six strike outs.

Opposing Sabathia will Luke French. The 24-year-old lefty is making his sixth start of the year. In eight appearances, he is 2-3 with a 4.02 ERA. He doesn’t strike anyone out — just 3.8 per 9 IP — but has allowed only two home runs in 40.1 innings this year. In his one appearance against the Yanks, he allowed a run in three innings of mop-up work on July 9. The lone scored on a Mark Teixeira home run.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

Carsten Charles Sabathia P

Weather permitting, the game starts at 1:05 p.m. and will be on the YES Network.

Update (3:18 p.m.): The Yankees have announced that the game will resume at approximately 3:30 p.m. No word yet on who will take the mound for the Yanks in the top of the 7th. CC Sabathia and the Bombers are leading the Mariners 5-0 after 5.5 innings.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Chris0313
    • Poopy Pants

      How DARE they!

  • XP

    4.5.6.8.8.9.9.9.9.11.12

    Today will be a 7 or 10 run win.

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

      Wow, good job.

    • Jack

      Well, I’ll be damned.

      • XP

        I was genius.

  • Adam

    I have a feeling we may see lots of swings early in the count from the M’s today..

  • Fred Lemond

    Posada grilling Figgins lol

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I hate Figgins.

  • Adam

    Man, that really was an incredible shot to right yesterday.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I feel a king Felix type of game for CC today.

  • Poopy Pants

    Why is Joe Maddon pitching right now?

  • Chris0313

    So much for being a leadoff hitter, huh Derek?

  • Fred Lemond

    way to kill the damn rally Swish.

  • Poopy Pants

    Nice slide by Jeter. Wow.

    • Cy Pettitte

      i assumed he did that to avoid getting hit in the head by the throw, no?

      • Poopy Pants

        Way to try to break up the play. Gritty.

  • boogie down

    Why was Jeter limping off the field?

    • Fred Lemond

      He wasn’t.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      He wants the other team to think he’s injured. 90% of the game is half mental.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    No 3 pitch inning for Frenchy!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Swish doing his best Jeter impression.

  • Hughesus Christo

    “Firing up the Dopplers”

    Michael Kay, ladies and gentlemen.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    This has to be the slowest game thread I’ve seen in a while.

    Where is everyone?

    • Hummingbird S.

      it’s been slow the whole weekend..

    • Poopy Pants

      Maybe people have something better to do than type in response to spoiled millionaires throwing and hitting a ball? Speaking of that, I’m out.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Haha, oh well. It’s 1pm on a sunday. I’m not going to pretend as though I have something more important to do.

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

        Which is why you spend so much time talking about these spoiled millionaires you don’t even like, on a site you have repeatedly said you don’t like as much as another site. Got it.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          I completely understand what you’re saying, but it’s useless to even try with some people (referring to Poopy Pants)

  • Johnny O

    this just has the makings of a boring game. hopefully the yanks are more alive than the RAB posters

  • Chris0313

    Kotchman is terrible.

  • pat

    That slider was aaaaawesome.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Where my trolls at?! Entertain me.

  • Reggie C.

    Too bad. Posada was late on that one.

  • Reggie C.

    Time for a big inning! Lets get’em now!

  • Johnny O

    this seems like a guy gardner could hit a HR off of

  • Johnny O

    or walk

  • Hummingbird S.

    comon Nunez!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    So what is Nunez’s home run call?

    He’s gonna need one =D

    • pat

      THERE IT GOES, BOOMYEZ!!!!

    • Chris

      My hunch is that he won’t need one. At least not for a while.

  • mbonzo

    Theres some grit!

  • pat

    less go uardooooooooo

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    strong hack by Nunez.

    • pat

      The hack is strong with young Eduardo.

  • Hummingbird S.

    should have crushed that 1-1 pitch

  • Johnny O

    over/under on pitchers jeter sees today: 6.5

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I’m going to say 2 pitches in 4 AB’s.

      That’s how bold I am.

      • JFH

        you do think out of the box.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Jeter’s been swinging at the first pitch for years. I can’t believe some fans are just realizing it now.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Yeah, but the idea is that Jeter is seeing less pitches per plate appearance this year. Not normal Jeter.

  • Fred Lemond

    :(

  • Johnny O

    pitches, not pitchers

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Another RISP fail for Jeter.

    • Greg

      Not really.
      I dont count that with two outs.
      Two out hitting is really difficult.
      Swinging at the first pitch was a bad idea, but he always does that.

    • Johnny O

      i’m ok with that more so than the swinging at the first pitch approach both times up

    • Chris

      You realize that you fail most of the time in baseball?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Michael Kay asking Kim Jones about “meeting a mate” is going in a very creepy direction

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Kay should not be allowed to speak to Kim during/after games.

  • Pat D

    How dare Teix make such a stupid play?!?

  • Reggie C.

    Which happens first today: CC gets to 10 Ks or 7 innings?

    • Pat D

      7 innings is the safer bet.

  • Johnny O

    Teixeira’s UZR just went to -8000

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      AND HE WILL STILL WIN THE GOLD GLOVE!!?!!?!

      /MindBlown

  • Carlosologist

    CC is perfect through three! GET THE CELEBRATION STARTED!

    /idiot’d

    • Pat D

      No he’s not.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      You make me angry!

    • Hummingbird S.

      he’s not perfect but he has a no hitter.

    • Carlosologist

      Just realized that Tex’s error makes him imperfect. Whatever. He’s still held the M’s hitless through three!

    • Cy Farnsworth

      That’s a flagrant violation of baseball etiquette

      /WHO BUT!??

  • Hummingbird S.

    I liked Swisher better when he would work the count.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I like Swisher, the better all-around offensive player

      • Hummingbird S.

        He’s not a better all-around offensive player when swinging at crap early in the count.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          I understand that, but Swisher is a better all-around player this year as compared to last season.

          Swisher 2010 > Swisher 2009

          That’s my point. I don’t care for complaining about 1 at bat. The larger sample size is impressive enough for me not to worry.

          • Chris

            Even if he is working the count less this year (I’m too lazy to check the stats to see if he is), I’ll take more hits and home runs over extra pitches and more outs.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              I’ll take more hits and home runs over extra pitches and more outs.

              Pretty much what I just said. He’s just a better all-around hitter this year.

          • Hummingbird S.

            but he’s been pretty bad lately. I think he has something like 4 walks and 16 Ks in his last 13 games.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              I’ll worry about it if it continues into September. It’s most likely not a big problem.

              • Hummingbird S.

                You are probably right. It’s just that Swisha is one of my favorite players and that might have caused my overreaction

                • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                  Haha, yeah. Swisher is probably my third favorite behind Cano and Hughes.

  • MJ

    Isn’t it kind of sad Sabathia is stated as “giving the team length”, when he only goes 7 innings?

    I have to ask. Does anyone know of a team that does not follow the magic 100 pitch count? It may be the worst part of baseball in my eyes and hopefully one day its gone. Like we can all assume every players physique, energy, and durability just deteriorates magically at 100 pitches. All athletes are the same in managers eyes, I guess.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I kind of get what you’re saying, but it’s not that simple, I’m sure. And today’s game is different. You have to protect pitchers, to prevent chance of injury, which could afffect their career long term.

      You don’t want to overwork pitchers either. Niether is necessarily the correct answer. 100 pitchers an outing or no pitch count at all. Both choices are not the best or brightest.

      • Fred Lemond

        Not to mention greenies and other amphetamines are out of the game.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Yeah, this as well.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Girardi rarely pulls Sabathia after only 100 pitches

      • Hummingbird S.

        Exactly, CC usually goes up to 110-115 and so does AJ.

    • Johnny O

      kind of started with Pedro in 2003, no? he was markedly less effective after the 100 pitch mark, and the media had to explain this to grady little.

      While the days of al leiter throwing 150 pitches are over, it’s not unusual to see a guy throw 110-120 these days. I think the ‘verducci’ effect is more closely watched by organizations with younger pitchers. lower pitch counts will come with lower innings (see Hughes, P. 8/19/10)

    • Chris

      The average number of pitches thrown by a starter basically hasn’t changed in the last 20-30 years. The biggest difference is that you don’t have pitchers throwing more than 120 pitches much.

      All athletes are the same in managers eyes, I guess.

      The biggest problem is how do you sort out who can handle a heavy workload without subjecting them to it and seeing if they break down.

  • Fred Lemond

    Man this game is already annoying.

    • Pat D

      You just lost the game.

  • Reggie C.

    This game is moving along rather quick.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Does anyone else get the feeling that the old man in that commercial didn’t win anything, isn’t going to Argentina, and is actually just senile?

  • King of the Troglodytes

    6 baserunners already and nothing to show for it. Looks like it could be one of those games again.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      You mean one of those games where some fans freak out in the first few innings for no reason, then the Yankees win?

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Haha, pretty much.

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

        IETCVM.

  • Reggie C.

    The velo gun looks like its more tuned than CC’s last start where readings had him throwing 98 … shit , I remember at least one reading had 99.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Guns were juiced!!

  • CS Yankee

    Hiop, hip…

  • Fred Lemond

    Swinging at the first pitch approach now?

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

    Can we please get a run for CC?

  • Carlosologist

    ..Can we please stop swinging at the first pitch?

  • cano is the bro

    come on guys take a few damn pitches first…

  • Fred Lemond

    My boy Kearnzie

  • Adam

    Wow, Kenny with quite the prediction!

    • Adam

      Oh woops, was just a crap heater and not a change…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Austin Power, damn that was nice

  • Carlosologist

    Kearnzie!

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

    I guess all I had to do was say please

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    RE-SIGN!

    • Esteban

      Co-sign

  • Reggie C.

    Austin nailed that junk FB.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    There we go

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    F@$% YEAH! AUSTIN KEARNS!!!

    Teh forth outfielder!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    weather looks nasty…

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I wanna see a fast 5th, let’s make this sucker official

  • Cy Pettitte

    CC needs a quick 1-2-3 to make this official

  • cano is the bro

    yay kearns

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      And suddenly my memories of thinking McAllister will become a decent pitcher have dissapeared.

  • Reggie C.

    Lets get this game moving guys … weather’s not too good for the rest of the day.

  • CS Yankee

    Kearns burns French-ie!

  • Fred Lemond

    Man I wanted a no hitter :(

  • Reggie C.

    Guitierrez can sure motor.

    Nice try Nunez.

  • cano is the bro

    nooooo

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

    Poop, I wanted a no-hitter. Oh well.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Remind me to call Michael Kay’s radio show tomorrow–somebody has to hold him accountable for jinxing the no hitter.

  • CS Yankee

    Don’t pitch to the weather, CC

    /jackmorris’d

  • Fred Lemond

    Yeah Swish!!!!

  • Reggie C.

    HELLZ YEAH!

    c’mon! ONE MORE OUT!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Fuck. Yeah.

    One more out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish comes up big, now CC needs to get the out and make this official

  • VO

    Atta boy Swish!

  • Carlosologist

    Swish has a laser.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Swishalicious!

  • Adam

    Dude, how about the play by Jorgie??

  • Hummingbird S.

    Yay Swisha!

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

    Blown call but I will take it.

    • Esteban

      No way, Posada got him before he touched the plate.

      • Esteban

        Woops nevermind, ball in right hand, you’re right.

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

      No way, he was out. Watch the replay.

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

        Ahaha wait, it was in the wrong hand. Maybe you are right.

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

          It was in his right hand and he tagged him with the glove. Bang bang play but who cares. I will take it.

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

            It’s the electricity play. ;)

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Nah, he was out.

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

        look at the it again. The glove didn’t have the ball in it.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I stand corrected. Hah, that’s hilarious! Oh well.

  • RalphieD

    i must be seeing things…on that side view i thought i saw the ball in posadas hand lol

    • pat

      it was!

    • RalphieD

      yep..he had the ball in his hand…not his glove

  • Cy Farnsworth

    There’s nothing that Eiland can’t fix.

    Well, except for Home Run Javy.

  • Zack

    Swish = money

  • forensic

    Why do neither of them mention that once again Jorge put the ball in his bare hand and tagged the runner with the empty glove? He does that way too much and if not for blind umps, he’d lose so many outs.

  • Fred Lemond

    Posada didn’t even have the ball in his glove lol!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Haha Posada totally had the ball in his barehand.

    Jorge’s awesome.

  • Carlosologist

    Jorge tagged Gutierrez with the glove, but he had no ball in the glove.

    • abbie

      If Cervelli would have been involved in that play rather than Posada, you would have been bashing him all over!!!!!

  • Esteban

    Little League World Series has replay, but the MLB doesn’t.

  • Adam

    hahaha that was awesome. Atta boy Sneaky ‘Sado!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Comon CC, one more strike.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Atta boy!

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Well played, Jorge. Well played indeed.

  • Esteban

    Did anyone think that Swisher would be this good? I doubt even Cashman expected this season from Swish

    • Adam

      Yeah, is pretty remarkable. Might I also add…Wilson Betemit.

      • Chris

        Betemit is hitting .342/.423/.559/.982 this year.

        I have no idea what happened, but apparently all that potential showed up this year.

        • Zack

          A .421 BABIP happened

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Which means it’s unsustainable. I figured something like this was the case.

    • Zack

      No one ever expected Swish to hit. .300; but he had one bad year- he was always expected to provide OBP/power

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I think his point is:

        Swisher 2009-2010 is better than Swisher before 2009.

        • Zack

          His last 2 years in Oakland he was: .258/.377/.474/.851 (Ages 25-26)
          His 2 years in New York he is: .270/.368/.505/.873(Ages 28-29)

          It’s not THAT much of a difference, and if he didn’t have a .341 BABIP this year it would be closer. (Although he does have a higher LD% than his career number)
          But aren’t most guys better hitters at age 28-29 than 25-26?

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            My point doesn’t change. He’s still a better hitter. And yes, Swisher is in his prime.

            • Zack

              Right, but the original post was showing shock that Swish is having such a good season in 2010. And yes, no one expected it, because you can’t predict a BABIP that’s 40 points higher than what it’s been like in the past.

              And you’re point that he’s better now than before is true, and that’s not shocking either.

  • Carlosologist

    Even funnier is the fact that the ump had a clear view to see that the ball was not in Posada’s glove. Whatever, I’ll take it.

  • Adam

    Granted he has made a couple of outs, but just like the hit yesterday, Nunez really seems to go the other way with pitches consistently?

  • MJ

    CC Sabathia only averages 101.7 pitches per game started and AJ Burnett only averages 97.8.

    In reply to:

    “Girardi rarely pulls Sabathia after only 100 pitches”

    “Exactly, CC usually goes up to 110-115 and so does AJ.”

    • MJ

      I guess I’m at fault here. I should be looking at pitch count per start when the pitcher is having a successful day. The bad starts drastically affect the average.

      When looking at the game log it is true that if the pitcher is having a successful with good stuff the manager is more likely to let CC or AJ pitch past the 110 mark.

      • Hummingbird S.

        I like it when you do both sides of the conversation.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          I laughed, haha

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      CC’S average goes up to 108 if you pull out the 73 pitch outing against Texas where he was cruising but got knocked out by rain

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

        And what about the game in Boston where he was one strike away from completing 5 innings with a lead when it started pouring? (Though IIRC he was not that great in that game so he might’ve thrown a bunch of pitches)

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          He threw 85 in that game, so without the Texas and Boston starts he is at…108

          (I actually got it wrong before–without just the Texas start it’s 106.9, and without both it’s 107.8)

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

    Someone will now slam Jeter for only seeing four pitches in that at-bat.

  • Fred Lemond

    Wooo Swish

  • Cy Pettitte

    can’t believe Ichiro didn’t hold on, lucky break

  • Hughesus Christo

    Jeter looks gimpy…

    • MikeD

      He was laboring going into third, and seemed to be moving slowly on that aborted slide earlier. Something is bothering him.

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

    I hope this works as well as it normally works when they IBB Tex to face A-Rod >:D

    • Hughesus Christo

      OH DONTCHA KNOW

    • MikeD

      It did! I would not have walked Tex to face Cano.

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

      Wish granted

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Robby Cano, baby!!!

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      MVP!MVP!!MVP!!!

  • Reggie C.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

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

    That was a shot.

  • Esteban

    CANOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    WOW is this guy good

  • Pat D

    Fuck yea!!!

  • VO

    Please load the bases for Cano some more.

  • Adam

    Wow! Robbie is so awesome.

  • Chris

    Why do managers insist on walking Tex to load the bases?

  • Carlosologist

    Alex passed the grand slam torch to Cano. WOO!

  • Cy Pettitte

    that will teach them to IBB to get to Cano, god damn that was ridiculous

  • Reggie C.

    CA-RUSHED!

  • Fred Lemond

    Slam!!!

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

    Yay Robbie.

  • cano is the bro

    fuck yea cano!!!

  • James A

    He was clearly sitting on a changeup
    Love the reaction from the bench

  • Esteban

    Somewhere Dave Cameron sheds a tear

    #6org haha

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

      #6org was hilarious at first, then it got old, then Cameron started getting friggin’ butthurt over it and it made it hilarious anew.

      • Esteban

        So much so that he had a series of posts on it. Hilarious.

      • Pat D

        I just googled that.

        Pretty funny. How could you rank Seattle #6 when they had nothing in their lineup?

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

          Because Jack Z. is a genius and they have a young core including King Felix and… um… Ryan Rowand-Smith!!!

          I boversimplified that but… really.

  • RalphieD

    OMG…why did cano swing at the first pitch! doesnt he know 10 pitch strikeouts>>>>> grandslams

  • rek4gehrig

    my heartthrob always comes thru :-))

  • Adam

    The stat about Donnie’s 6 grand slams in 1987 is pretty amazing. I remember that season fondly.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    He he…Cano looked into the dugout ‘A-rod style’

  • ecks

    LOL THEY IBBED TO GET TO CANO! HAHAHAHAHA.

    You wonder why people keep walking Tex to load the bases for our #4 hitter. Haha. Apparently, it’s not only A-Rod who can do it! Go Cano!

  • MikeD

    French had only surrendered two HRs coming into this game, with one of them to Tex. He’s not given up four, three to the Yankees. I don’t think he’s fooling them.

  • Carlosologist

    Cano broke the clouds, haha.

  • ecks

    Ugh, gamecast sucks. I hope the highlights on YES/mlb.com include the dugout’s reaction…

    • Fred Lemond

      Everyone was dancing you missed it man.

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

        The topless girls were a nice addition.

        • Pat D

          Haba-wha?

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

            It’s a joke. ;P

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          bexy is turning on Andy?!

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

            NEVAR!!!!

        • Carlosologist

          =D

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

            You’re like 12. ;P

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

    Teixeira’s been IBBed four times this season. Three times after that, the next batter has hit a grand slam.

  • MikeD

    Tell that to Nolan Ryan, Michael.

  • Reggie C.

    Not to get too ahead of myself , but if CC wins 21, 22 games and leads the AL in wins, the current voters will give the man another CY Young award.

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

      They might, but unless he really deserves it, I don’t want to see him get it. Sorry, CC. :(

      I’d rather see him get another ring anyway. ;)

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Agreed.

      • MikeD

        As I mentioned last week when the universal belief at RAB was King Felix should win the award, my point was not who deserves it, but who is most likely to win it. Current course and speed, CC is going to get it. Cliff Lee has had a rough go of late, with an ERA of over 4.00 since joining the Rangers and now has a 10-7 record. King Felix has pitched the best, but has a losing record and is only at nine wins here in late August. The BBWAA voters will not select Hernandez when there is someone like CC with a lot of wins to select. Price will also get a lot of consideration.

        I know many of us here at RAB, myself included, believe the award should go to the best pitcher, yet that’s not how they vote. Don’t overvalue the Greinke and Lincecum selections last year. Not much has changed among the voters.

        BTW When does CC start getting additional credit for pitching in the new Yankee Stadium. The data this year suggests our park is a total hitter’s park. I do want to see three years of data before making a final determination.

        • MikeD

          BTW The belief was either Lee or King Felix. Can’t quite remember now.

          I’ll stand by my prediction. CC will win it.

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

          I don’t think the “universal belief” at RAB is that Felix should win the award. In fact, most people argued in that post that Lee should win it. That was before Lee’s implosion yesterday, but I still think he deserves it. Felix is as good a second-tier choice as any (Liriano, Weaver, Lester – most of who the MSM isn’t considering though, I’m sure).

          Though I agree with what you said – when there’s CC and his hopefully 20+ wins, next to Felix who will have what, 15 wins at the most probably, BBWAA will go with CC, even if all his other stats aren’t as good.

          I did just look at the park factors for YSIII because you mentioned it and whoah. Still, last year, it was a pitchers’ park. I guess ERA+ is giving credit for what park the pitcher pitches in, no?

          • MikeD

            If King Felix can get up to the 15+ win range and post a winning record, then I can see voters giving him a shot. He has been the best pitcher, overall, in the AL for two years (I’m blending his two years together).

            My selection of CC goes by the natural bias BBWAA voters have toward wins, not to mention CC’s peripherals will be solid, and he’ll get credit for pitching a team to (hopefully) first place in the A.L. East. As mentioned, this is not who I believe is the best pitcher, but who is going to win it. Last, I’m doing a bit of projection here as CC has a tendency to finish very strong, so we’re looking at a 21-24 win season with perhaps a sub-3.00 ERA. I think that will be too much for many of the voters to resist. (And, btw, it’s not as if he does that I’ll think he’s a bad choice!)

            As for the new Yankee Stadium, I’m not sure what to make of it yet. Last year, we ranked 20th out of 30 teams for offense based on park factors. Like the old Stadium, it seemed the new place was pitcher friendly, despite being a bit more homer-friendly than the old park. The reason why is it played like the old Stadium, depressing doubles. In other words, what makes Fenway a great hitters’ park (doubles) made Yankee Stadium (all versions) more of a pitcher’s park. This year, the Stadium is no longer depressing doubles. This maybe an aberration since what made the old Stadium bad for doubles (and BA) should translate to the new place, as it did last year. My guess is we’ll see doubles depressed again in 2011, yet that’s why I have to see three years of data before making a determination on the new place.

            Yet, it has played as an offensive paradise this year. CC should get some credit here. I don’t know if ERA+ takes this into account in real time. Good question.

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

    I think this tidbit from Tim Britton sums it all up:

    Mark Teixeira has been intentionally walked four times this season. The next batter has hit a grand slam three of those four times.

    Maybe stop IBBing Teixeira to load the bases, other teams.

    • LGY

      They don’t need to know that.

    • Carlosologist

      They’ll never learn.

  • cano is the bro

    man i would love to see a CG shutout from CC today

    • Big Juan

      man i would love to see a CG shutout from CC today the Yankees score 15 runs so they can pull CC and help keep him fresh for October.

      Fixed.

      • PaulF

        How about a 6-inning complete game shut-out?

        • Big Juan

          Well played. I can live with that.

      • cano is the bro

        as long as the pitch count doesnt get too high i see no reason why CC shouldnt stay in and go for the CG

        • Big Juan

          I’m just saying I’d love an excuse for him to throw 75 pitches rather than 110.

          • cano is the bro

            good point

  • Esteban

    Well that just looks ridiculous. A Brock umbrella c’mon

  • Cy Pettitte

    too bad the weather is so bad, CC has a legit shot at a CG shutout

    • Michael

      You realize he gets a CGSO anyway right?

      • Total Dominication

        Oops, wrong name. Wrong computer.

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

          YOU’RE Cy Pettitte? <33333

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

            Oops I read that wrong, you’re probably “Michael.” Whoever is Cy Pettitte still wins my award for greatest username.

    • Chris

      It’s an official game already, so they’re probably not going to push it to get the last couple inning in. The end result being that the bad weather is more likely to allow CC to get a complete game shut out.

  • Pat D

    OK, I’m asking this because I’ve seen it referenced. You crazy kids keep confusing me with your new-fangled stats.

    I’ve seen references this past week to fWAR and bWAR. Does this mean FanGraphs WAR and B-Ref WAR?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      you got it

      • Pat D

        Thanks!

  • Reggie C.

    The tarp is coming out. That just might be game.

    Nice cg win for CC.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Unleash the tarp.

  • Carlosologist

    CC with his third CG and first shutout of the season.

  • Esteban

    Best pitcher= Most wins right? Is this what you’re telling me YES?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        The 2005 AL Cy Young says hello as well.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          That was bad but not nearly as much. Welch had a good season, but was 6th in the AL in ERA, 21st in strikeouts, and 27th (and below average) in K:BB (Clemens was first, fourth, and first)

          Johan was really good in 2005, but Roger was historically good in 1990

      • Carlosologist

        But Clemens had 9.5 bWAR season. Goddamn, the voters must have still been doing crack.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Duh!

      In all seriousness it’s a little sad that MSM gives it so much credibility.

    • PaulF

      Not exactly, just that Cy Young might = most wins, which isn’t YES’s fault.

      • Januz

        I have to admit, I never realized CC was that good, until he signed here (Perhaps because the Yankees always seemed to have his number). I certainly hope that if the Yankees win the division, and CC keeps going strong, he wins the CY Young. I could live with Price winning the Cy Young, if Tampa wins the division, but not “King Felix”. In my opinion, unless you have a season like Steve Carlton did in 1972 (27-10 1.97 ERA, 310 Strikeouts), a guy who pitches for a last team should not be winning Cy Young Awards (Particularly when there are quality candidates out there like CC and Price, playing for winning teams).

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          What does playing for a winning team have to do with the Cy Young?

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Cy Young = MVP???

          • Januz

            Sad to say, it really does not count enough. Although to be honest, when you look at the value of Price or Sabathia to their teams, that should be taken into account. What bothers me is the history of Yankees being screwed out of awards. Colon over Mariano for the Cy Young in 2005 comes to mind.

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Colon may or may not have deserved the award but he deserves the CY Young more than Mariano.

              • Januz

                Mariano Rivera may be the most important pitcher we have seen over the past 20 years (Obviously guys like Randy Johnson, Pedro, Meddox, Clemens & Glavine were better). But this man’s effect on Champonships cannot be underestimated, and sad to say it is (Like when Colon with his 3.48 ERA won the CY Young). If Hernandez wins with a losing record, then it will be more anti-Yankee rationalization (Use wins when the opponent is a Yankee, use “best” pitcher when the Yankee is the opponent).

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Then make a “Postseason MVP Award” and give it to Mo. The Cy Young is not a competition to see who was the most valuable postseason performer, it’s who was the best pitcher in the league.

                  Mariano Rivera has never once been the best pitcher in the league. Ever.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  If Hernandez wins with a losing record, then it will be more anti-Yankee rationalization.

                  Wrong. If Hernandez wins, it will be because he was a better pitcher than CC Sabathia.

                  Which he is.

                  It has nothing to do with CC being a Yankee. I’d vote for Felix over CC regardless of what two teams they play for.

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

              Oh get over it, Santana and others were screwed way more than Mo was.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              Value of 2009 Greinke to his team >>>>>> value of any other pitcher in 2009 to their teams

              Because Greinke was the best pitcher in baseball

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Never understood that argument. Is it the Felix’s fault that Ichiro is the only hitter on that team?

        • Carlosologist

          In my opinion, I believe the award should go to the best pitcher, regardless of W/L record. King Felix has been in the top 10 of every credible pitching evaluator. (3rd in fWAR, 2nd in ERA, 3rd in FIP and xFIP, fourth in WHIP, 10th in H/9, t-10th in BB/9, 7th in K/9, 1st in IP, 2nd in strikeouts, 2nd in ERA+, 9th in HR/9, 7th in K/BB)

          • Januz

            If a guy’s numbers are vastly superior I can understand that. But if he has a losing record, and CC or Price win 20, he should not get it. In the case of CC, you should also look at the ballpark he plays in (A hitters paradise), yet he could be 10-0 at home. Unless someone is a total fantasy sports stat head, I don’t know how anyone can advocate giving the award to a guy if he has a .500 record (Or worse, losing record).

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Easy, because they’re the best. Would you vote for a 30-0 4.50 ERA pitcher or a 5-20 1.50 ERA pitcher both pitching 200 innings?

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

              Unless someone is a total fantasy sports stat head, I don’t know how anyone can advocate giving the award to a guy if he has a .500 record (Or worse, losing record).

              Because pitchers can’t control the runs their team scores for them and Felix is on a historically bad offensive team. I don’t see why that’s so hard to understand. If Felix was on the Yankees, he’d probably have more wins than CC right now.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                That.

                Should Ernie Banks have never gotten into the Hall of Fame because he never played on a winning team?

                Individual honors and awards ≠ team success

                • Januz

                  If someone belongs in Cooperstown they belong there, no question about it. Banks, like Willians & Jenkins from that team certainly does. But I am talking about a one year basis, where Hernandez’s stats are not like Carlton’s, or even Grienke’s (16-8 2.16 ERA)

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    Getting into the HoF is an individual recognition of greatness over a career.

                    Winning a Cy or MVP or RoY is an individual recognition of greatness over a single season.

                    Neither of them should have any bearing at all on the player’s team, because who he plays for does not define how good he was or was not. Similarly, team stats should have no bearing on either HoF candidacy or Cy/MVP/RoY candidacy.

              • Januz

                That is pure speculation. There is no guarantee that he would succeed here (Look at Pavano here compared to Florida or Minnesota). Certain guys don’t perform in pressure situations. Does it mean he would suck here? No it does not, but it does not mean he would be Pedro Martinez either.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Pavano didn’t suck here, he just never pitched here. There’s a difference.

                  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

                    145.2 innings of 5.00 ERA (87 ERA+) and 1.455 WHIP

                    Don’t know how much of that was “still kinda hurt so that affected his stuff” (and I’m sure some of it was) but he did kinda suck

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      That’s what, though, 65% of a normal full season?

                      I’m not saying he was good in pinstripes, but I wouldn’t give him an A+ or an F. I’d give him an INC or an N/A. The 4 years Pavano spent in pinstripes offered no meaningful comment whatsoever on his career, because he didn’t pitch enough to be either demonstrably good or demonstrably bad.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              None of this includes CC from today

              Innings Pitched:
              Felix: 197
              CC: 181.2
              Price: 157.2

              ERA:
              Felix: 2.51
              CC: 3.12
              Price: 2.97

              Strikeouts:
              Felix: 183
              CC: 143
              Price: 146

              WHIP:
              Felix: 1.127
              CC: 1.244
              Price: 1.256

              K:BB:
              Felix: 3.33
              CC: 2.34
              Price: 2.25

              I could keep going. In regard to W/L record, keep in mind the Mariners this year are on pace to score 54 fewer runs than the 119-loss 2003 Tigers. None of that is Felix’s fault.

              There is no reasonable way to conclude that CC or Price has been better than Felix this year.

  • Esteban

    If they resume play, CC’s not coming back right?

  • Reggie C.

    Joe G. is going to field alot more Cubbie questions starting tomorrow.

    • Carlosologist

      I can’t speak for Joe, but I wouldn’t think he would want to go from perennial World Series contender to a team that is in a constant rebuilding effort.

      • MikeD

        Agreed, although the Cubs are one of the game’s top name teams and he’s a Chicago boy who also played for the Cubbies. Bringing a World Championship to the Cubs is something he would love to do. If he has a love for the Cubs in his heart, the opportunity might draw him. Yet I can’t see him leaving the Yankees, even for that opportunity.

  • MikeD

    Piniella will be back, even if he doesn’t now it himself yet.

    • MikeD

      *know*

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      /Favre’d

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

    So with all this talk of the AL Cy Young… who wins the NL Cy Young?

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Josh Johnson, right? I haven’t looked into it, but that’s what I’m guessing.

      • Zack

        I’m going with Doc over JJ, Doc has 34 more innings than him with basically the same advance stats.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Yeah, I should have looked into it, but I was too lazy :)

    • Pat D

      I’d say Wainwright if he keeps it up. Don’t look past Jimenez if he gets 21-22 wins. Hallady and Hudson linger, too.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Ah, I forgot about Wainwright. Nevermind my Josh Johnson prediction, Wainwright will likely win it.

    • Reggie C.

      That’s easy. ROY HALLADAY.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Him or Josh Johnson.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Wainwright leads the majors in wins, ERA, and WHIP, and it’s hard to argue with a 2.06 ERA.

      Johnson has been beastly all year, but he won’t get enough recognition.

      Halladay has already thrown 200 innings (!), and been ripping up the league since day 1.

      If the season ended today, my guess would be Wainwright, but this one is going to come down to the wire

      For what it’s worth, bWAR:

      Halladay: 6.6 (as I said–200 innings already)
      Johnson–5.9
      Wainwright–5.6
      Hudson–5.6
      Ubaldo–5.3

      next is Livan Hernandez at 4.3–I would say the above 5 are the only real contenders

      • Pat D

        Those aren’t the numbers I see on Baseball Reference.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
          • Pat D

            Hmm. The chart on the front page is unreliable, then.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              Weird. I’m guessing it’s just a “when does this one update vs. that one” thing

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I’m guessing Wainwright will win it if keeps this thing going.

        Nice job, JGS

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        fWAR isn’t big on Hudson, but the other 4 are all at the top

        Halladay: 6.4
        Johnson: 5.6
        Wainwright: 5.0
        Ubaldo: 4.8

        They have Hudson all the way down at 2.6

    • Hughesus Christo

      Wainwright v. Halladay

      Two men enter, one man wins. All that.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        My money is on Halladay if that happens.

      • Pat D

        Too soon for a Jay Mariotti joke?

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

      Just wondering: why does NO ONE mention Hudson? He’s having one hell of a year. I am guessing that for the MSM he doesn’t have some arbitrary number of wins and for the internet nerds he has meh peripherals?

      • Hughesus Christo

        Wainwright and Halladay have just been batshit insane this season. Hudson doesn’t have the Ks.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        14-5, 2.15

        very few strikeouts and a meh (1.63) K/BB, so he has a 3.88 FIP/4.04 xFIP, hence the low fWAR. He’ll be in the conversation, but isn’t quite the same level as the Big 4 of the NL

      • Pat D

        I think I read Hudson has a crazy good BABIP.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          He sure does–.235

          • Zack

            That’s because his LD% is only 12.1; he’s a very good pitcher, but not top 5 in the league

  • Pat D

    OK, a few days ago I asked the question of what was the first team to win a World Series and not have a future HOF player. The 1981 Dodgers is the answer.

    So now I ask, can anyone guess the first team to lose a World Series and not have a single future HOF player on their roster?

    • Zack

      1961 Washington Senators

      • Pat D

        Serious guesses only, please.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          I’m pretty sure we have no clue.

        • Zack

          I was looking at the wrong column, honest mistake

          • Pat D

            Oh, ok.

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

          I don’t think anyone knows. :/

          • Pat D

            If you know your baseball history (or just feel like going to B-Ref and looking at the list of World Series losers), one team should jump out.

            I know this is random, but I’m just passing time.

            • Gonzo

              The Black Sox? I am still looking, but that was just a guess.

              • Pat D

                No, they still had Eddie Collins, Ray Schalk and Red Faber.

                • Gonzo

                  The ’45 Cubs?

                  • Pat D

                    Soooooooo close. But they were the second team.

                    • Gonzo

                      Then it’s gotta be the Browns the year before. They sucked.

                    • Pat D

                      Yes, it definitely is. That’s why I said if you know your history.

                      The Browns were always pathetic, and they won the AL pennant pretty much solely because of WW2 decimating the rosters of other teams.

                      Now, Vern Stephens has shown up on some of the Veterans’ ballots recently and he was a decent, though not Hall-worthy player. But Joe Gordon got in, so who knows?

                    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

                      Heck, Joe Gordon is far from the worst Veterans’ Committee selection–check out Ray Schalk or Rick Ferrell

                    • Gonzo

                      So those were the only two losing WS teams without a HOFer so far? Pretty neat, thanks.

                    • Pat D

                      No, Joe Gordon isn’t the worst selection. But he and Stephens were similar players and Gordon wasn’t a slum dunk selection, and he got in with the current…sorry, formerly current selection method, so maybe Stephens has a chance.

                      There are other WS losing teams without HOF’ers. But I was doing this yesterday and I can’t remember everyone right now.

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

    Game’s going to resume at 3:30.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Save the Killer B’s guys! Make your own shirts.

    http://www.customink.com/lab/?cid=saz0-000f-fb6k

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Seriously David Price should not win the Cy Young, Top 5 maybe but definitely not the winner.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I don’t even think he belongs in the top five. It’s Lee, Hernandez, Weaver, Liriano, Lester for me.

      LOL @ Kay throwing Buccholz in the mix.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Agreed, David Price is not in my Top 5. He’s had a great season, but there are more than 5 AL starters better than David Price.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah…no. He’s having a great year but he’s not giving the Sox depth when he pitches. That’s vital if you’re a Cy Young contender.

        Buchholz is good but not a contender yet. Probably next year tough.

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

          He’s also been very very lucky on balls in play, IIRC. Not that I TOTALLY believe in that – sometimes you induce a lot of weak contact and sometimes you’re serving up meatballs that get slammed. But it’s worth noting that he’s getting a lot luckier than, say, Lester.

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

        Yeah, that’s my exact five. CC would be #6.

  • Pat D

    Someone needs to explain the difference of team wins vs. pitcher wins to these guys.

    • MikeD

      I do agree with Lang, though. Greinke was a special case that we can not assume will continue to play out. As I mentioned in a couple of posts above with Bexy, my money is on CC winning the award. It’s not who I think is the best pitcher, it’s who is going to win it. King Felix with nine wins and a losing record, and Lee with an ERA in the same range now as CC and a 10-7 record are not going to win the award. There’s still plenty of time for things to change, but to me it’s CC right now.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        I wonder why CC’s WAR is so low on the leaderboard. He’s already got 180 IP with a 3.30 FIP to boot. I agree he has a good chance to win the award.

      • Pat D

        I agree. Last year was interesting in that both Greinke and Lincecum didn’t have gaudy win totals. Then again, no one did.

        This year might go a long way to proving if last year was just a blip or if the voters are getting smarter. After all, it’s not the same 30-32 guys who vote on the same award each year.

  • Carlosologist

    WAR mention! =O

    • Pat D

      I guess the acknowledgement of its existence is a step in the right direction…

      • MikeD

        So true.

  • leo

    hey does anyone have a link to the video of giambi hitting his superslam in 2002? been trying to find for a while but no luck. help would be greatly appreciated!!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    In regards to the NL Cy Young convo from above, here’s the top 20 NL starters sorted by IP/S:

    1 Roy Halladay, PHI – 26 GS, 200 IP, 1.03 WHIP, 2.16 ERA, 7.69 IP/S
    2 Adam Wainwright, STL – 26 GS, 183.1 IP, 0.98 WHIP, 2.06 ERA, 7.04 IP/S
    3 Johan Santana, NYM – 26 GS, 179 IP, 1.21 WHIP, 2.97 ERA, 6.88 IP/S
    4 Tim Hudson, ATL – 25 GS, 171.2 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 2.15 ERA, 6.85 IP/S
    5 Brett Myers, HOU – 25 GS, 171 IP, 1.22 WHIP, 3.11 ERA, 6.84 IP/S
    6 Chris Carpenter, STL – 27 GS, 184.1 IP, 1.15 WHIP, 2.88 ERA, 6.82 IP/S
    7 Ubaldo Jimenez, COL – 25 GS, 169.1 IP, 1.10 WHIP, 2.66 ERA, 6.76 IP/S
    8 Matt Cain, SF – 25 GS, 168 IP, 1.16 WHIP, 3.11 ERA, 6.72 IP/S
    9 Bronson Arroyo, CIN – 25 GS, 167.1 IP, 1.18 WHIP, 3.87 ERA, 6.68 IP/S
    10 Josh Johnson, FLA – 25 GS, 166.2 IP, 1.06 WHIP, 2.27 ERA, 6.65 IP/S
    11 Ryan Dempster, CHC – 26 GS, 172 IP, 1.28 WHIP, 3.56 ERA, 6.62 IP/S
    12 Ted Lilly, CHC/LAD – 22 GS, 145 IP, 1.03 WHIP, 3.23 ERA, 6.59 IP/S
    13 Livan Hernandez, WSH – 25 GS, 164.2 IP, 1.26 WHIP, 3.06 ERA, 6.57 IP/S
    14 Barry Zito, SF – 25 GS, 162 IP, 1.26 WHIP, 3.56 ERA, 6.48 IP/S
    15 Roy Oswalt, HOU/PHI – 24 GS, 155.1 IP, 1.11 WHIP, 3.36 ERA, 6.46 IP/S
    16 Cole Hamels, PHI – 25 GS, 159 IP, 1.25 WHIP, 3.51 ERA, 6.36 IP/S
    17 Tim Lincecum, SF – 26 GS, 164.2 IP, 1.35 WHIP, 3.72 ERA, 6.32 IP/S
    18 Clayton Kershaw, LAD – 25 GS, 157.1 IP, 1.24 WHIP, 3.03 ERA, 6.28 IP/S
    19 Mike Leake, CIN – 22 GS, 138 IP, 1.45 WHIP, 3.85 ERA, 6.27 IP/S
    20 Mat Latos, SD – 23 GS, 142.2 IP, 0.98 WHIP, 2.33 ERA, 6.18 IP/S

    ———–

    My ballot:
    1.) Halladay

    (gap)

    2.) Wainwright

    (gap)

    3.) Hudson
    4.) Jimenez
    5.) Johnson

    • Jose the Satirist

      You and your IP/S stat.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        IP/S Fever: Catch It!

        • Melvin FTW!

          What happens in a rain-shortened game or rain delay when the pitcher leaves earlier than he normally would? For example, in today’s game CC may have thrown a complete game but because of the rain delay he only went 6 innings. Is there a way you could eleminate those starts when looking at IP/S which is something I do find critical to be an ace/Cy Young award candidate.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Heh no Johan mention because of the Mutts?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He’d be in the 6-10 range somewhere.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      I agree that it should be Halladay. That said, I think if the season ended today Wainwright would get the nod. It wouldn’t be a travesty of a vote, just a bad one.

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

        It wouldn’t even be that bad. Not optimal, sure. But not bad.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m going with Halladay-Johnson-Wainwright-Jimenez-Gallardo. The one drawback with Gallardo is that he is only averaging 5.9 IP/S. His other numbers are good enough for me to overlook that, but I understand why you put a lot of stock in a pitcher’s ability to go deep in games.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I can’t fathom any way that Josh Johnson has been better than Adam Wainwright this year. Wainwright has allowed fewer baserunners AND runs AND pitched deeper into ballgames.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          How many Johnson starts were cut short by rain on account of playing in an open air stadium in Florida?

        • FIPster Doofus

          Better FIP, xFIP, fWAR, bWAR. He’s also struck out slightly more batters (8.75 to 8.10), walked fewer (2.05 to 2.10), and allowed fewer HRs. Moreover, Johnson has a significantly higher BABIP (.262 for Wainwright, .298 for Johnson) and a lower strand rate.

          The case can be made for either to finish second. I just think Johnson has been a bit more impressive.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Correction: Wainwright has a slightly better xFIP (3.15 to 3.17).

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              The problem with those rate stats is that they’re normalized against those two pitchers theoretically pitching an equal depth into the game, but those two pitchers don’t actually do that.

              • FIPster Doofus

                Fair enough.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  You do make a good argument, though. I’ll bump Johnson up in my ballot to #4 above Jimenez.

        • Gonzo

          It’s in his name. Josh Johnson has a better Fip than Wainwright.

          • FIPster Doofus

            haha, it’s true. I do love me some FIP.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Frankie Cervelli looks so sad sitting there in that bullpen.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Not as sad as his batting skills.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I said something like this at the beginning of June on RAB and people were ready to kill me. I’m sure some knew the truth though.

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

          I laugh at anyone that says he should start over Posada or that he’s a better catching prospect than Montero/Romine/etc.

          • Pat D

            You don’t need to laugh at those people. You need to smack those people around until they regain their sanity.

    • Pat D

      Hey tsjc, you missed a lot of fun trolling yesterday.

      The absence of your sarcastic putdowns was noticeable.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Sorry I’m late… I had a thing.

        • MikeD

          Life getting in the way of Yankee games? Gasp!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yay Nunez.

  • Carlosologist

    LOL, the ball was just stuck there in right.

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

    The field is actually scaring me. :/

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

      It’ll drain quickly. I think I remember hearing that it can soak up close to 12 inches of rain an hour.

      • Pat D

        That was pretty funny, though. The Mariners should protest.

        Just because.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I think I remember hearing that it can soak up close to 12 inches

        /nasty’d

  • Hughesus Christo

    Why are they playing? This is Metsian.

    • Pat D

      Not even close. There was standing water in the infield during that game last week.

  • Pat D

    I think they should IBB Teix again.

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

    Do it again, Robbie.

  • Carlosologist

    Watch, Cano homers. AGAIN.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      not a homer, but I will take it!!!

    • Carlosologist

      2 run single is fine.

  • Fred Lemond

    6 rbi nice job Cano

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Can’t wait for the Montero-Cano 3-4.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I can’t wait for the day that we have a man with 700 career home runs batting 7th, just because the rest of our lineup is that stacked.

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

        We will be even deeper and thicker.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Well, said 700-HR hitter will also be kinda old. The Twins currently have a 580 HR guy hitting 6th

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Centaurs age slower tough. It’s still his prime.

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

            Girlboner killer, dude. Girlboner killer.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              The fact that he will be old has nothing to do with our deepness or thickness

    • Carlosologist

      Next year’s lineup (a bit unorthodox, but good nonetheless):

      SS Derek Jeter
      1B Mark Teixeira
      2B Robinson Cano
      3B Alex Rodriguez
      RF Nick Swisher
      DH Jorge Posada
      C Jesus Montero
      CF Curtis Granderson
      LF Brett Gardner

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Good luck with that shit.

      • sleepykarl

        The only non all-stars are Gardner and Montero. Montero projects to be a future all-star and Gardner had a decent argument to be included this year.

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

    Pedroia would’ve gritted his way to a second grand slam there

    • Gonzo

      With a cast on, against doctor’s orders, for 10 sick kids that he promised 2 grand slams.

  • Esteban

    Seriously, how good is this guy? He has almost weaknesses at this point.

    • Esteban

      No* weaknesses

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      He has almost weaknesses at this point.

      Just like the 2009 Red Sox.

      Sincerely,
      John Kruk

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

        They are all dolled up for the playoffs.

        Luv,
        ESPN

        • Kit

          FIVE ACES!!!

          Love,

          SNY (can’t actually remember if it’s this one, but I’m going with it)

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

            It was SNY most recently (I hadn’t heard it in a while) but it was also the entire national media prior to 2009 when they were running out, what was it, Beckett/Lester/Dice-K/Smoltz/Penny. (falls over laughing)

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Smoltz and Penny can win more games than AJ and CC.

              /Whoever that was’d

              And he had to edit it because of all the shit he got form that.

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

                Jeff Pearlman.

                Here’s a whiny article from when the Yankees were on their epic roll of domination in the second half of last year:
                http://jeffpearlman.com/?p=2783

                That’s nice, Jeff.

                • Pat D

                  I always like the Darth Vader/Yankees references.

                  Because you do not fuck with Darth Vader!!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    But isn’t Cano unclutch?

    /2009’d

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

    0-2 count to an eight pitch at-bat that ends with a two run single. Robbie has matured right before our eyes.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      remember when Cano used to suck with the bases loaded? yeah it seem like a thing of the past.

      • Pat D

        2009 is the past.

  • Esteban

    Ohhh no! Why didn’t that ball knock out Suzyn Waldman. Our long national nightmare could have been over.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    “I can go under the table as quick as anybody”

    -Suzyn Waldman, a minute ago when a foul ball went through the booth

    • Gonzo

      Sexy

      • Carlosologist

        /pat’d

    • Pat D

      Wait, she honestly said that???

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Yup–it was very similar to a comment she had made a few years ago in Boston (“I know when to go under the table”) when the same thing happened. WFAN gave her hell for that one, as I’m sure they will with this too.

        • MikeD

          I have no doubt she’s aware of the double entendre. I would just prefer if it was a Kim Jones-type throwing these things about.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Hold on… Dustin Pedroia’s middle name is “Luis!?”

    Not scrappy.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Ellsbury’s is McCabe

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Fun Fact: Kevin Youkilis’s middle name is “Australopithecus Afarensis“.

    • Esteban

      He is of Portuguese descent.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Now I’m conflicted.

        People who speak Spanish are by default lazy and thus non-gritty, but Portugal is in Europe, so he’d still be white and thus capable of grittiness.

        I need Dr. Laura Schlessinger to help me make sense of all of this.

        • Gonzo

          They don’t speak Spanish.

          • Kit

            This.

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Yeah it’s not even an official language. Weird.

            • Esteban

              I mean, they speak Portuguese, so Spanish wouldn’t be an official language anymore so than German would be an official language of the Netherlands.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            I think you’re missing the general theme of this comment.

            • Esteban

              I got it don’t worry. The Dr. Laura reference was the clue.

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

    Seriously, let Nunez pitch the 8th and 9th. Save the bullpen. Dude’s got the arm for it.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    If this man doesn’t make the HoF, that is a shame.

  • MikeD

    It would be great if Posada has a strong finish. He’s been quiet for a while. Two HRs in two games now. Good sign.

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

    Jorge Posada rules.

  • Esteban

    Where are the trolls now? Poopypants? Jersey Johnny? Nintendo vs. Sega? Where are you now?

    • Gonzo

      Shhhhhhh….
      If you say their names three times, they will appear.

      • cano is the bro

        biggie smalls biggie smalls biggie smalls

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

      They only show up when Burnett and Javy pitch.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I hate all of them.

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

      Poopy Pants isn’t really a troll.

      Jersey Johnny has given up on the team so if he ever shows up again, such as when they’ve won the WS, I’m just gonna assume he’s rather front-runner-y. (innocent shrug)

      Bret is probably excited A-Rod is on the DL since now he can’t get however many RBIs with whatever OPS or whatnot.

  • Carlosologist

    Nunez is learning from the 2010 Derek Jeter.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Another win with A-Rod out of the lineup. 9 runs too to boot. Pete Abe would have been proud.

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

    Moving Nunez to short so Pena could play third is straight up hilarious.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      We’re building flexibility. It’s an exhibition game at this point anyway.

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

        Wouldn’t you build flexibility by leaving Nunez at third since he’s played short his entire life?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Stop letting facts get in the way of my good story.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Open Question for the board: Of the teams in actual title contention (as in, not the Pirates or Nationals), who do you want us to beat in the 2010 World Series? Interpret that how you will (i.e., you hate a certain team and want to rub it in their faces, or you respect a certain team and want to play them as worthy adversaries, or you have an affinity for a certain team and like to see them do well, etc.)

    State your teams and reasons. I want to beat either:

    The Braves (I’d like to see Cox get one last hurrah on the big stage) or

    The Giants (because I kinda like them for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on; maybe it’s their lack of success since moving to Frisco).

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

      The Phillies because I despise Jimmy Rollins and his mouth.

      • Carlosologist

        We did that last year Mike.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Once is never enough.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Braves and Dodgers (if they count as a contender).

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah never mind they aren’t.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Because?

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          You explained the Braves nicely. Dodgers because of Torre and that they used to be rivals with the Yanks in Brooklyn so that would be nice as well. But they’re 7 games from the Wild Card. They ain’t getting in.

    • Pat D

      I can’t speak for myself, but my dad’s answer will always be the Cardinals.

      He has not forgotten 1964.

      • Pat D

        Oh, the Cardinals also because the Cardinals are 4-3 in the World Series against the Yankees.

        I’m not sure who I’d say for myself. I don’t like most of the NL teams in contention, or don’t have strong feelings for one way or the other.

        I know I really don’t want to play the Phillies for fear of losing to them since I live in what is considered Phillies territory.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I know I really don’t want to play the Phillies for fear of losing to them since I live in what is considered Phillies territory.

          Pussy.

          I FEAR NOTHING!!!

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Word!

          • Pat D

            How much time have you ever spent around Philadelphia fans?

            It’s not that I would mind losing to them (blatant lie), but that listening to Phillies fans brag at me would be the thing that might make me snap and kill people indiscriminately (probably not, but it’s a nice threat).

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      I’d probably go with San Diego–it would remind me of 1998

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I’d love for the Yankees to face the Braves, partly because of what you mentioned. Also, the Braves have always been my favorite NL team in some sense.

      Or the Philles again. I hate the Phillies with a passion, and I’d love for the Yankees to destroy them again.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I like the Giants too, but I’d like to see the Braves. Respect the Cox.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      Cardinals; well because of Pujols, Holliday, Wainwright, and Carpenter.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Great competition is great competition.

    • Esteban

      I think the Cardinals would be a pretty cool matchup. Braves-meh been there done that, Ditto Phillies and Padres. I don’t find the Reds that interesting.

    • MikeD

      The Phillies, because they trash talk too much, and it’s a painful reminder to Met fans that the Yankees can beat the Phillies while they can’t.

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      The path with least resistance, I don’t believe in honor or obtaining victory from strong opponents. So whatever team is the weakest link in the NL is who I wish for to be the opponent.

      • Total Dominication

        Reds.

        • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

          Then we shall crush the Reds, nothing wrong with stealing candy from children. ESPECIALLY if the children are our enemies.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            IETC

    • Steve O.

      Definitely the Padres. Suspect offense and their ace is a younger guy supporting that staff. They’re the weakest team.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Like I said, though, you don’t have to reflexively phrase the question in terms of “who would be the easiest team to beat?”

        You can pick a tougher team for other, non-competitive reasons if you so choose.

        • Steve O.

          Oh I’m in an auditorium with a couple hundred people, so I misunderstood.

          The Cardinals because I take pleasure in watching that pitching staff(outside of Westbrook) and beating TLR who apparently is such a “genious.”

          Or the Phillies because of Rollins ridiculous predictions last year.

      • Total Dominication

        Their pitching is ridiculous though. In my opinion they’re the strongest team in the NL.

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

      I would like to destroy various teams for various reasons:

      – the Dodgers because of Torre, but they’re not making the postseason.
      – the Padres, just so there would be SO MUCH WHINING about TEH SMALL MARKET.
      – the Phillies so we could shut up Rollins again. Plus I think they’re good.
      – the Braves, for the reasons you mentioned. It’d be nice to see Bobby Cox go out with one last pennant. Just the pennant, though. ;)

      • Pat D

        The Padres are the team in the NL I like the most. Due to that having been Dave Winfield’s first team.

        I really wouldn’t want the Braves, Padres or Phillies because of the “been there, done that” mantra.

        The Reds and Cardinals both beat the Yankees in the last time the teams played in the series. Yes, they were both before my lifetime, but so what? Revenge! (Can’t wait to see the D-Backs or Marlins again). The Dodgers are out of it, sadly, and they fall under this category as well.

        The Giants are intriguing. Anything that will make Chris Russo whine makes me smile.

    • Carlosologist

      I want us to beat the Giants as well. They were my preseason pick as the team to beat in the NL. They’ll make it to the Series with their strong pitching and passable offense. We’ll beat them because our offense is better and our pitching could probably go toe-to-toe with theirs.

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

        Their pitching is in a huge slump of late. Lincecum could certainly pick it up, but he’s not the Lincecum of 2008 and 2009. Their offense is actually okay, I have no idea how, but it’s not the kind of offense that you can expect to carry you through a major pitching slump.

        • Carlosologist

          Their offense is comprised mostly of Buster Posey, Aubrey Huff, and Pat Burrell.

    • cano is the bro

      i would definitely want to beat the phillies again. Too many shit talking fans which would shut them up….not to mention rollins, lol

    • Hughesus Christo

      The Cardinals, because fuck Tony La Russa

    • Jerome S

      The Cardinals, because it would be really close and insane to see matchups like Sabathia-Wainwright, and on the field Tex and Pujols going at it. If that were the match up, I could care less who won, that’s damn good baseball.
      But also phuck the phillies, should the situation arise.

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

    The booth JIHPing over Ichiro hitting some little bloop is hilarious and annoying.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Wouldn’t that be JITPing?

    • Ross in Jersey

      That was a pretty good slider that he practically hit off the ground.

  • Michael

    BABIP being unlucky.

  • Esteban

    This is getting ri-goddamn-diculous. Stupid dinkers

  • Michael

    This defense is marinersesque.

    • Total Dominication

      Shit, stupid brother’s computer.

  • Total Dominication

    Swisher’s defending all over this game.

  • Total Dominication

    Can we has more?

  • Pat D

    Anytime I see Chone Figgins play badly…you know, it just makes me laugh uncontrollably.

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

      Me too. I’m pretty pleased to say I was never on the Mariners’ bandwagon, nor did I think Figgins would be TEH DIFFERENCE MAKER!!!

      Of course, I said the Blue Jays and Padres would lose ~100 games so what do I know.

      • Pat D

        Well, it’s just because of the Angels connection, obviously.

        Watching that pop fly drop between him and Aybar in Game 1 of the LCS last year is one of my favorite memories of last postseason.

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

          Other than winning the WS and the various walk-offs and Andy sexiness and stuff, Kazmir throwing all those bunts away was my favorite part of last year’s postseason.

          • Pat D

            Those were fun. I just loved all the fundamental mistakes the fundamentally exceptional Twins and Angels made.

        • Kit

          A friend and I act that moment out when our college friends from California visit. They always have something smart to say about the Yankees, so we let them know they haven’t lived down the shame of last year, especially not with their record this year.

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

            I’ve been known to imitate the Kazmir bunt error while yelping “DURF!!!”. No, I’m not really that proud of this fact.

            • Kit

              Haha…that’s actually funny though. I usually play Aybar and I’m all “Hey Chone. How’s your family doin’? By the way, are you aware of where the ball is? I’m freezing my nuts off in this chilly New York weather and it impairs both my ability to play baseball and see. Oh. There it is.”

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

                That is hilarious

    • Esteban

      He’s just so annoying and always seemed to kill the Yankees when he was on the Angels.

  • Total Dominication

    Come on hometown scorers give i’m the hit!

  • Total Dominication

    Can we get Cano cleaning up everyday?

  • MikeD

    I think we can safely assume our slump is over. King Felix shut us out, yet he’s King Felix.

  • Total Dominication

    I hate wanting Dallas Braden to win. here’s to the Rays losing 20-15.

    • Pat D

      He’s perfect through 2!!!!

      The sequel!!!!

      • MikeD

        Stop stealing my thoughts…on minute before me!

        • MikeD

          one

          • Pat D

            Muhahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

    • MikeD

      He’s been pitching well since coming off the DL. Hmmm…he has another perfect game going against the Rays. (Only two innings complete, though!)

  • cano is the bro

    asides from the game against king felix, the offense has been straight money lately. Especially cano, 6 RBIs today, he’s raping the cleanup spot

    • Esteban

      It’s Cano’s world, we’re just living in it.

  • Esteban

    Holy shit, the Dodgers have been using catchers slugging less than .250??!! That’s Ramiro Pena-esque.

  • Total Dominication

    This game was Total Dominication.

  • cano is the bro

    come on joba i want the shutout lol

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    A tongue depressor?

    • Big Juan

      Missed this. What did he say?

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Joba was cleaning dirt from his shoe and Kay said ‘Joba’s cleaning his shoes with a tongue depression…oh wait a knife! It’s a knife!’

        Or something to that effect.

        • Big Juan

          Got it. Thanks.

  • Total Dominication

    A tounge depressor Kay? Really?

  • Pat D

    Joba, just have a nice, quiet inning.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Kotchman’s uniform is a little dirty.

  • Pat D

    Well Braden’s perfect game, no hitter and shutout are kaput!

  • Fred Lemond

    Great win

  • Total Dominication

    Yankees Win! Total Dominication! Fuggedaboudit!

  • Adam

    Highest record of season, 30 games over! But I thought after a loss to Kansas City that the world was coming to an end??

    • Pat D

      It will if Nova gets shelled tomorrow.

      Guaranteed.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Nice job by XP predicting a 10 run win.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    I love Robinson Cano.

  • cano is the bro

    an absolutely dominating performance from CC (8 K’s no walks), along with zeroes from the bullpen and another explosion from the offense. What more could i want in a win?

  • 28 this year

    We are now 12-0 without Arod and our runs per game just went up. Who needs him. I say we have Nunez and Pena on the playoff roster instead of Arod. So much better that way.

    • Hughesus Christo

      I think Girardi manages the team differently with ARod out, but that’s Joe’s problem not ARod’s.

      Come on Cubs… you know you want it.

  • bonestock94

    lawls, Garza just got robbed with a balk call w/ the bases loaded. Tie game.