Aug
30

Game 131: Looking for more Moseley magic

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(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Yankees kick off a 10-game homestand tonight with the first of four games against the Oakland A’s. This is the seventh time the teams will meet this season, but the first in New York. The Yanks went 5-1 out in Oakland during series in April and July.

Dustin Moseley gets the start for New York. He has put together some nice starts since getting called up in July. Even in the ones where he’s given up some runs I thought he was getting unlucky at points. But with Moseley’s pitching style he’ll have to catch every break in order to be successful. The A’s do have the No. 11 offense in the AL, scoring 4.05 runs per game, so this might be a good matchup.

Where the A’s have the advantage is in pitching. It’s the reason they’re currently one game over .500. This almost feels like the 2009 Seattle Mariners, in that the A’s have the fewest runs per game allowed in the AL (and therefore have the lowest team ERA). They’re just third in FIP, though, so it would seem that their defense gobbles up balls in play. To that end they have the second best team UZR in the league and the best defensive efficiency.

Tonight’s starter, Trevor Cahill, has been a big part of the A’s success. His peripheral numbers make his season seem like a fluke: 4.04 FIP, 4.12 xFIP, .217 BABIP. But there are certainly mitigating factors, like his 56 percent groundball rate, fourth best in the league. With an excellent infield behind him a large percentage of those balls get turned into outs. If he keeps that sinker down in the zone the Yanks will certainly find him troublesome. I’d say he can be beat, but the last time he allowed more tan three runs in a start was on July 17. Then again, that was to the Royals, so you just never know.

(Also, Cahill has allowed two or fewer runs in 16 of his 23 starts.)

Teixeira is back in the lineup tonight, making the group seem a bit more formidable.

Lineup:

1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Marcus Thames, DH
8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Ramiro Pena, 3B

And on the mound, number forty, Dustin Moseley.

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897 Comments»

  1. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Welcome back, Ramiro.

  2. jeff says:

    I thought ARod was back when I saw the picture.

  3. Ellis says:

    Gardner leading off the game: .455/.538/.545 in 13 games. Keep it coming Brett the Jet.

  4. Then again, that was to the Royals, so you just never know.

    You just can’t predict baseball, Joe.

  5. JGS says:

    but the last time he allowed more tan three runs in a start was on July 17. Then again, that was to the Royals, so you just never know.

    The time before that? July 6th, when he gave up 6 runs in 6 innings to…the Yankees. Wait–they knocked around a 22 year old stud lefty that they had never seen before? I thought they weren’t allowed to do that.

  6. Zanath says:

    This is definitely a trap series, if I do say so myself. We have to take these guys seriously and play very well. And I’m confident we will. But we most certainly need to be on our A games.

  7. I’ll admit it. I like this top three better than Jeter leading off. This makes me a bad person =(.

  8. Kit says:

    Oh God, Tino is in the booth.

  9. BadaBling says:

    So with all this Clemens talk on ESPN, they’ve not shown one shot of him wearing an Astros or Red Sox uniform. I wonder why…? I know he had the majority of his success with the Yanks but he did play for more than one team. It also makes me wonder if Barry Bonds will ever actually go to trial, what’s it been 2 or 3 years since he was arrested, cmon already! I thought the whole reason the a team didn’t sign him was the schedule conflict with the trial and all. The best hitter and the best pitcher in my life, tainted. No tangible evidence on all counts but they’ll both prob spend jail time. Honesty is the best policy.

  10. forensic says:

    Wow, Tino and Flaherty for this series. I’m kind of glad I’m forced to watch the A’s broadcast now.

  11. sweet bootay says:

    Tino’s voice is angelic, can’t wait for that sweet serenading. captain ground ball will hit three gournd balls tonight!

  12. Slappy White says:

    YES refused to let Tino fuck up the critically acclaimed Segment 2

  13. Slappy White says:

    Is that Pigeon umping at first

  14. Guest says:

    FWIW, Waldman is crying again.

      • Guest says:

        Well, the Yankees had some little leaguers who are children of soldiers stationed in Germany hang out on the field with them during the national anthem(lots of modifiers).

        Now, this is a very nice thing to do, and I applaud the Yankees for doing it. But I am not quite sure if the quiverring voice was the appropriate response.

        (Of course, I will now find out Waldman’s father was a WWII vet who died in Germany.)

  15. BadaBling says:

    I never in my life thought I’d be happy to see Pena starting at 3rd, after those terrible throws by Nunez yesterday….thank you Joe!

  16. Little Bill says:

    Is anyone else getting a small and crappy screen on mlb.tv?

  17. jon says:

    who is in the booth tonight?

  18. Ross in Jersey says:

    Sigh.

    I know Michael Kay understands Moneyball. I know this because he’s said it before on the air.

    Moneyball does not favor guys who get on base a lot. Beene favored it because it was undervalued… at the time! It’s not undervalued anymore. Stop spreading inaccuracies, YES!

  19. larryf says:

    Well-nobody expected a no hitter…

  20. Ross in Jersey says:

    Rrrrgggh. Not a good start. Buckle down now, son.

  21. Kit says:

    C’mon, Dustin. Settle down, now.

  22. JGS says:

    yeesh Sterling, they aren’t going to sacrifice and intentionally walk people in the first inning.

  23. Tino just sounds like he doesn’t belong there. I wonder if Kay and Flaherty are like “Bitch, stop just repeating what I say and add some value.”

  24. Kit says:

    Well this is not ideal. C’mon, Dustin.

  25. BadaBling says:

    Cmon Dustin!

  26. Oh, and BTW, Kurt Suzuki is not “the main power source” for the A’s simply because he has 12 homers.

    In addition to those homers, he has only 13 doubles. Kevin Kouzmanoff and Daric Barton have 61 doubles between them. Jack Cust has 13 doubles in half the PAs.

    Suzuki’s slugging is 6th among A’s qualifiers.

  27. BadaBling says:

    That shoulda been a DP, nice throw Gardner. I take back what I said about Pena at 3rd.

  28. Ross in Jersey says:

    Wow, really need to get that out at 3rd.

  29. Dela G says:

    hitting .252 = pesky hitter?

  30. BadaBling says:

    Tino should be the new spokesperson for clear eyes.

  31. C says:

    We’re 1 for our last 9 series openers. Last series opener win was July 26th vs Cleveland. Would be really nice to reverse that tonight…

  32. Dela G says:

    damn it kay, stop making my heart stop

  33. Ross in Jersey says:

    Something better change fast, because Moseley is throwing BP fastballs right now.

  34. Anthony says:

    Pena just robbed Gardner of another outfield assist. If Ramiro Pena isn’t going to play defense well then why is he out there?

  35. Slappy White says:

    Kay: “flirtin with that pole”

    TWSS

  36. Anthony says:

    This is what is called regression to the mean by Mosely so far tonight.

  37. BadaBling says:

    Okay one last Tino crack, Tino Martinez makes Ben Stein sound like Billy Mays.

  38. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I wish that HR would have been fair so the Yankees can fail and realize they’re not perfect and need to start playing better.

    /OneoftheguysfromJersey’d

  39. Dela G says:

    cmon man, plz get out of this

  40. Ross in Jersey says:

    Rosters expand in 2 days Joe. You can afford to burn the bullpen. Kid’s got nothing.

  41. Mike Axisa says:

    Michael Kay called Kouzmanoff a “former first round pick of the Padres.”

    Of course, he was a 6th round pick of the Indians.

  42. Kit says:

    Ugh. Dustin.

  43. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    This is awesome.

  44. Cy Pettitte says:

    well this sucks…

  45. Matty Ice says:

    Andy Back and Moesley to the pen, plz.

    But nah, Ramiro knows we didn’t need him to scoop that ball.

  46. Dela G says:

    damn it, i remembered that when i left, i was guaranteed i’d never hear of moseley again…

    lol i checked a box score from this week and noticed he was still there!

    ugh :(

  47. Slappy White says:

    Well Dustin, Im pretty much done with your hijinx

  48. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    If I had the opportunity to say one thing to Dustin Moseley before the game tonight, I would have said, please put us in a 3-0 deficit against Trevor Cahill.

  49. BadaBling says:

    Damn, way to start Dustin! Two outs, three runs. Last two outings, Nova > Moseley. Way to make it an easy decision for the front office when everyones healthy!

  50. Erica says:

    First time posting, but I’ve been reading the site for quite a while. Just voicing my frustration with this first half of the inning. I feel like I can’t babble about it to a lot of my friends, so I’m thrilled this place exists.

  51. Anthony says:

    This is A.J. Burnett like performance so far.

  52. Kit says:

    Finally out of that inning. C’mon, offense.

  53. larryf says:

    Well-that’s one way to get our attention. Let’s get back into this!

  54. BigBlueAL says:

    So does Vazquez make the start on Saturday instead of Moseley??

  55. BadaBling says:

    Okay now, let’s shake off those boogerbears and make this yet another come from behind win! Tex is back at first, Pena back at 3rd and Grit Grutner is back at leadoff. I’m wicked psyched to watch this one unfold!

  56. Anthony says:

    Lets beat him up for 6 ER again!!!

  57. Dela G says:

    flaherty might be the only person who has ZZ as the Cy Young front runner…

  58. larryf says:

    sounds like this game is over. Forfeit?

  59. Slappy White says:

    All A’s starting pitchers are wierd looking

  60. Ross in Jersey says:

    Attaboy, Grit Gutner. Let’s get a quick run or two back (or 5 – that works too) right away.

  61. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Hey, Cahill. Nice job walking Gardner, ya jerk!

  62. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Hey, Jeter. Nice job laying down the bunt…ya jerk!

  63. Mike Axisa says:

    Jeter bunting in the first inning is a) stupid, or b) his way of avoiding the double play.

  64. Ross in Jersey says:

    “Jeter, statistically, had the worst __________ of his career.”

    Get used to those words, folks.

  65. Slappy White says:

    Ive been working with Derek on his swing. Lets see if its working

  66. Erica says:

    “Statistically the worst road trip of his career” – Michael Kay, about Derek Jeter’s performance as of late.

    Thank you, M.Kay. Really.

    *eyeroll*

  67. BadaBling says:

    Gardner steal…Jeter swing your bat. Thank you!

  68. larryf says:

    At least Jeets didn’t bunt into a dp

  69. Dela G says:

    jeter hits .230 on the road??

    wow

  70. Anthony says:

    Wow it wasn’t a double play!

  71. BadaBling says:

    Yay! At least it wasn’t a double-play, I’ll mark it down as a win!

  72. Ross in Jersey says:

    What’s wrong with Jeter? When will they figure out it’s because the dude is a 36 year old shortstop? I’m pretty confident in saying his mechanics didn’t suddenly change since he was like, one of the most consistent players ever.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      The age is definitely a major factor. But Jete hasn’t been helping himself out with those first pitching swinging outs.

      • Ross in Jersey says:

        It worked fine for him last year. The guy is just old. Doesn’t have the batspeed anymore, gets beat by average fastballs.

  73. BadaBling says:

    Welcome back Mark!

  74. Erica says:

    Aaaaand a sweet little base hit via Teix. Welcome back, sir.

  75. BigBlueAL says:

    I believe this officially puts Jeter’s BA below .270 now.

  76. larryf says:

    Tex uses his healed thumb to send a tex message- good sign

  77. MikeD says:

    Tino does not translate well to the booth.

  78. I’m trying to decide if Trevor Cahill is a baby-faced assassin or an assassin-faced baby.

    /recycledEnglishsoccerjoke’d

  79. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Money.

  80. Mike Axisa says:

    Ack, is Tex really not on third?

  81. Kit says:

    Yeah, Robbie!

  82. Dela G says:

    woohoo

    good hit there

  83. Ross in Jersey says:

    Attaway. Good job answering back right away. Keep working to get Cahill out of there!

  84. Little Bill says:

    I just I can’t watch the game on this little crappy screen on mlb.tv , they have no right to do this!

  85. Chip says:

    Damn, I was hoping Tex would go to third on that

  86. FIPster Doofus says:

    Cahill is just pitching to the score.

    /Jack Morris’d

  87. cano is the bro says:

    Is anyone else watching seinfeld on tbs right now? buck showalter is on it haha

  88. BadaBling says:

    Swisher vs an old team, look out!!

  89. MikeD says:

    Surprised the runner didn’t make it to third, but no doubt first had to hold up. Just seemed like it took forever for the A’s to retrieve it. Then again, Tex is no speedster.

  90. Guest says:

    Robbie literally hit the ball hard enough to rip Ellis’ glove.

  91. Dela G says:

    the one good thing about tonight is not having singleton knob slobber over kurt suzuki.

    i cringe when i hear flaherty do it, however. I guess it’s better than having the both of them at the same time do it

  92. Erica says:

    SWIIIIISHALICIOUS!!!!!!!

  93. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Swishalicious.

  94. Ross in Jersey says:

    Swisher is not impressed by your “Cy Young” numbers.

  95. Kit says:

    Yeah, Swisha!

  96. Slappy White says:

    Hells Yeah Swish

  97. Dela G says:

    HOORAY!! SWISH!!!

  98. Cy Pettitte says:

    swisher sweets

  99. BadaBling says:

    Swisher SWEET! I thought Crisp had that.

  100. Dela G says:

    damn, that was closer to being caught than i thought

  101. The A’s outfield positioning v. Nick Swisher:

    FAIL

  102. MikeD says:

    Great, now get Javy up.

    Wait…get Mitre up.

    Damn, when are you coming back Andy.

  103. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy shit there’s only one out. I thought there were two.

  104. BigBlueAL says:

    Excellent base running by Cano.

  105. zzzz says:

    we’re not done, go get the lead!

  106. Chip says:

    BABIP regression baby

  107. CS Yankee says:

    da Swish

  108. Slappy White says:

    How can we make Tino stop without making him think we dont love him anymore ?

  109. Erica says:

    Swish, you lovely, lovely, lovely man you.

    /fangirl’d

  110. BadaBling says:

    HIP HIP…

  111. Guest says:

    “You never can tell, you never can tell…You can’t figure it”
    –Sterling

    At least he’s trying to change things up.

  112. Anthony says:

    Whatever Mosely is just going to give them right back the lead
    /pessimisticyankeefan’d

  113. Chip says:

    Damn, I thought that was going to fall as well

  114. Ross in Jersey says:

    Bad Swisher, bad!

  115. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Really Swish?

  116. BigBlueAL says:

    Not excellent base running by Swisher.

  117. Guest says:

    Ugh, that’s a bad double play.

  118. CS Yankee says:

    …meanwhile back at the Trop, Toronto is coming back against Tampa

  119. Dela G says:

    damn, tough gamble by swish there

    i dont blame him, i thought it would drop, too

  120. larryf says:

    And that’s Swisher fundamental baseball kids-don’t watch!

  121. BadaBling says:

    Nice jump Swish! I wanted to see Thames smash another shoulder high fastball!

  122. mbonzo says:

    Only 3 players in the Yankees lineup tonight are NOT homegrown. Take that haters.

  123. sweet bootay says:

    the way jeter is playing lately, he ought to be offer Scutaro money in the off season. two year max , if cashman is smart.

  124. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    BEN HURRRRR!!!!!!

  125. Jon in CUO says:

    Makes no sense. Not like the pitcher was coming up next or anything. If the ball drops and you’re not off on contact, it’s first and third one out – you trust Thames to get a sac fly or something.

  126. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    The text poll should be, “Do we ask stupid fucking questions and treat our audience like Red Sox fans?”

  127. Kit says:

    Alright, Dustin. They got you off the hook, so settle now.

  128. Total Dominication says:

    Why do I feel Swish has done that before this season?

  129. sweet bootay says:

    nice job Swishlicous, beware of high expectations on Thames. Berkman will be greater against righties by a long shot.

  130. Erica says:

    Say what you will about Jeter… he’s still pretty darn good.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Jeter is better than most short stops at the plate still, but his fielding isn’t much to brag about.

      • Erica says:

        As someone who grew up watching Derek Jeter (I’m 23 now), it’s just starting to dawn on me that he’s not this immortal figure. I know, it sounds ridiculous and crazy and ignorant. But I still have faith in the man and I just wonder what kind of contract he’s going to get.

        I do babble. I’m pretty sure none of these were coherent thoughts. :)

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          Haha, everyone here babbles from time to time. I’m the same age and I agree – it’s tough to think Jeter might be declining after so many great years. Hopefully this has just been a down year and he’ll bounce back.

      • sweet bootay says:

        jeter ranks 9th of 21 qualified SS in OPS, his range is still good to his right, to his left almost none existent.

    • Zooboy says:

      I think he’s hurt. (Aging doesn’t help, but I think he’s hiding something painful.)

      • Pat D says:

        Which is rather inexcusable.

        If he was Carl Pavano, he’d have been crucified for that by now. But because he’s the Cap’n…

        • CS Yankee says:

          Every pro hides their injuries…Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, David Ortiz, and a couple thousand others.

          Jeter was given War & Peace by The Boss…he will never admit a wound, it doesn’t serve the warrior to have excuses.

          Pavano is a piss poor example, he was getting hurt by racing his Porche (accident & eluding the law), falling on his butt in ST and never delivered anything of any value to the team.

          A proven gutty All Star trumps an poor performer whose own clubhouse mates had given up on.

    • sweet bootay says:

      if by good, you mean mediocre player who is the highest paid SS in the land. I will say yes, he has been disappointing. And given his age, he is no sure bet to revert back his old form.

    • Slappy White says:

      I love him, always have, always will. Thats why him and I are working so hard to get his swing back. I promise, its gonna work

  131. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

    Damn it, I had some problems with my cable internet last week and now I can’t get any cable for tv…

    I’ll have to enjoy the game via box score and you guys.

    On a side note, any recommendations for good Brazilian fare in NYC?

  132. Pat D says:

    Yay, Notre Dame replays!!

  133. BadaBling says:

    Dustin Moseley with a Joba 2009 start, 3 run 1st inning and a 1-2-3 second.

  134. China Joe says:

    Gotta love the bounce back inning. AJ would have tacked on another 4 runs there

  135. larryf says:

    Mosely back to his Maddux-type stuff

  136. Pat D says:

    And if you ever wondered why the Yankees won more games than anyone else in the ’80′s, but only made the playoffs in ’80 and ’81, you now know why.

  137. BigBlueAL says:

    August 30th, 1986 is a perfect example of the problems the mid-to-late 80′s Yankees had with their pitching staffs. lol

  138. Pat D says:

    Joe Lieberman, Henry Kissinger, and Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly sitting together.

    ::head explodes::

  139. larryf says:

    Kurtis Blow time..

  140. Erica says:

    I just want to listen to an entire telecast of Michael Kay saying “Coco Crisp” because it’s just fun.

  141. Guest says:

    In danger of a very quick inning with Pena up. Was hoping to push that pitch count up.

  142. Pat D says:

    What’s the best nickname for Coco Crisp: Snap, Crackle or Pop?

  143. larryf says:

    bad news: Rays 5-1

  144. Pat D says:

    Business news: Don’t fall for those Metro PCS commercials. They’re just begging to be bought out by one of the big companies. And your service will change when that happens, since you won’t have a contract that says your services can’t be changed.

  145. bexarama says:

    I’m home. How is Kay already annoying me?

  146. Pat D says:

    Oh god, don’t let O’Reilly and Olbermann see each other!!!!

  147. Dela G says:

    lol at the “fair and balanced” line

  148. China Joe says:

    They better stop showing Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann on YES…someone on here is gonna get banned

  149. BadaBling says:

    I think Michael Kay just made a pass at Tino.

  150. bexarama says:

    Fun fact: the daughter Tino is talking about was born the day his trade to the Yankees was finalized. It’s also his birthday, I believe.

  151. larryf says:

    Javy! From slow to slower…

  152. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jorge gunnin em down

  153. Carlosologist says:

    I come in, turn on the TV and see Jorge throw out a runner after Cust strikes out. It was surreal.

  154. BadaBling says:

    I love strike em out throw em out DPs! They make me happy.

  155. Mike Axisa says:

    Is that two consecutive runners thrown out by Yankee pitchers? I do I do I do believe.

    /Foghorn Leghorn’d

  156. larryf says:

    sit back down Javy!

  157. BigBlueAL says:

    Michael Kay sounds truly perplexed as to why Vazquez is warming up.

  158. Jared’s putting some weight back on.

  159. sweet bootay says:

    really, why is javy warming up?

  160. Pat D says:

    And just to stir the pot, since they’ve both been mentioned today, Notre Dame>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Fordham.

  161. larryf says:

    Gardy draws in the 3rd baseman for the slap hit hopefully

  162. Erica says:

    a;lseijraoisdfkl Jeter.

  163. BadaBling says:

    Jeter looks like Cervelli at the plate as of late.

  164. bexarama says:

    “Is Derek unhappy he’s not hitting?”

    No, Kay. He’s thrilled.

    ihaveanupsetstomacheverythingsucksfeelbadforme

  165. Erica says:

    TEIX MESSAGE

    /Sterling’d

  166. Carlosologist says:

    Oh my.

  167. BigBlueAL says:

    Bandbox!!

  168. Cy Pettitte says:

    Tex message!

  169. Kit says:

    Yeah, Texy!

  170. FIPster Doofus says:

    You’re on the Mark, Teixeira!

  171. JGS says:

    For once, Sterling doesn’t go into the home run call

    way to go Tex. I guess your hand is fine

  172. BadaBling says:

    A wall scraper lazer! Nicely done Tex!

  173. Pat D says:

    OMG, they’re hitting well against a good pitcher?!?!?!?!?!?!

  174. Ross in Jersey says:

    Went to get Taco Bell, and Tex hits a homer. Yey.

  175. Dela G says:

    this ump is not very kind to cahill

  176. Chip says:

    Wow, a “laser”

  177. Kit says:

    And Cano! Back to back, baby.

  178. Erica says:

    HAYNOWWWW CANO HAYYYYYNOWWWWW

  179. Pat D says:

    Holy shit, check out those laser beams!!!

  180. Carlosologist says:

    Robbie you crazy!

  181. Cy Pettitte says:

    back to back! robbie cano, another laser

  182. BadaBling says:

    Back to back jacks!!!!

  183. JGS says:

    Trevor Cahill: now aware

  184. Ross in Jersey says:

    This stadium is the biggest joke in professional sports.

    /Gammons’d

  185. Mike Axisa says:

    Hah. How can you not laugh at that?

  186. sweet bootay says:

    TexNO’ed….it’s Ca Ca Ca and you do know.

  187. CS Yankee says:

    back-to-back jack

  188. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Way to muff the catch, dingus.

    • Pat D says:

      It was a woman, what do you expect? She wasn’t really trying to catch the ball, she was demonstrating how she grabbed something at a 5-hour sale before someone else could.

      /RonDibble’d

  189. bexarama says:

    Yankee Stadium giveth!

  190. BigBlueAL says:

    Horrible job by that fan trying to catch Cano’s HR. lol

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

      Was it as bad as Mr. I-Wrap-My-Ugly-Sweater-Around-My-Hands ?

      I am without cable tv, so I’m spectating via online box score.

  191. FIPster Doofus says:

    You’re not in Oakland anymore, Trev.

  192. JGS says:

    Congrats to Cano–new career high 26th home run

  193. A-Rod's Hip says:

    LONG LIVE TEH SHORT PORCH!!!

  194. Chip says:

    Cahill lucky Swish missed that or it would have been three in a row

  195. China Joe says:

    This guy doesn’t give up runs? I know oakland has a pitcher’s park, but dayum…

  196. RobbieCano MVP says:

    Yankee stadium… gotta love it

  197. Dela G says:

    ump to cahill: I give you no corners in the zone

    • Chip says:

      I don’t think the ump has been terrible, he’s not giving much to either pitcher but nothing thus far I’d say is a bad call

  198. Zooboy says:

    Cano breaking shit with his hits: (1) a glove; (2) a fan’s hand. Ouch!

  199. larryf says:

    Cano likes sitting next to Ivan in the dugout.

    /Casa Nova’d

  200. Pat D says:

    I’m guessing Tino for the trivia answer.

  201. Chip says:

    Wow, that’s a hell of a shot for a half swing

  202. Dela G says:

    my god that was murdered

  203. Kit says:

    I did not like that, Dustin. Did not like it.

  204. Huh. Guess they’re mad about the cheapies.

  205. sweet bootay says:

    Larish goes bullish on YS.

  206. Erica says:

    Stop sounding so excited about that home run, M.Kay.

  207. Carlosologist says:

    And the short porch taketh away.

  208. Ross in Jersey says:

    (Adds Larish to the list of scrubs who have homered off Yankee pitching this year)

  209. Greg says:

    That wouldn’t have been out in Oakland

  210. larryf says:

    Larish? He looks like he is a junior in HS

  211. Slappy White says:

    For those who asked why Javy was warming up…….THAT

  212. BigBlueAL says:

    Not a cheapie HR that one.

  213. BadaBling says:

    Is Vasquez still up? If not get yo ass up! That was no cheapy!

    • Chip says:

      I’m fine with that, it wasn’t a terrible pitch and he just hit it. He got two groundouts and a strikeout in the inning so I’m not concerned

  214. A-Rod's Hip says:

    That was a bomb

  215. JohnnyC says:

    Jack Morris almost got into the Hall pitching this way. Just don’t give up home runs in bunches.

  216. larryf says:

    The good news is Aaron Hill hit a HR. The bad-nobody on. 5-2

  217. BadaBling says:

    The strike zone had opened up a bit.

  218. sweet bootay says:

    javier want to pitch in lower leverage situation,he wants to be ease into it.
    only his second time, you need to demonstrate TLC.

  219. BadaBling says:

    HOVA! Number 4, buying it now!

  220. Almost, Curtis. Oh, Death Valley.

  221. Kit says:

    Almost, Grandy. Almost.

  222. Chip says:

    Aaaaaand Yankee Stadium taketh away

  223. Ross in Jersey says:

    Posada: All of a sudden, expert baserunner.

    And jesus, Curtis has hit some lazers the last few weeks and has nothing to show for it. In before the panic that says he’s sucking again.

  224. Carlosologist says:

    Grandy almost took that out. So close.

  225. PaulF says:

    Wow, poor Curtis. How many deep fly balls has he had caught recently?

  226. BadaBling says:

    I just pictured Michael Kay listening to Jay-Z. LMAO.

  227. Chip says:

    Ahhhhh BABIP regression, even Pena is in on the act now

  228. Erica says:

    Oh hay there Pena.

  229. Kit says:

    Nice, Ramiro! I was expecting a strike out.

  230. Dela G says:

    woohoo pena delivers!

  231. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Ramiro Pena: Offensive dynamo.

  232. Ross in Jersey says:

    In before Kay waxing poetic about Pena’s RBI totals.

  233. sweet bootay says:

    Pena is mr. clutch / waldman’ed

  234. A-Rod's Hip says:

    big hit Pena!! 2 strikes, 2 outs.. just earned his paycheck for the week

  235. Anthony says:

    Ramiro Pena has an RBI
    /automaticwin’d

  236. Jake H says:

    Some of those ld’s will fall for Curtis soon.

  237. BadaBling says:

    Pena = Bronze Slugger!

  238. Chip says:

    Alright Jeter, here is your moment

  239. Cahill looks like a baby. Sheesh.

  240. larryf says:

    gardy-the ultimate pest

  241. Anthony says:

    I called that Cahill would give up 6 ER earlier

  242. Come on, DJ. Prove you’re not dead and smack one here.

  243. Chip says:

    You would think one of these times Jeter would get a 20 hopper through the middle or something

  244. A-Rod's Hip says:

    how bout a short porcher here Jeter!

  245. Slappy White says:

    Swing up Derek, Swing up

  246. Erica says:

    Jeter…

    :-\

  247. Anthony says:

    prediction: even with 2 outs Jeter will find a way 2 ground out into a double play.

  248. Jake H says:

    When will the real Derek Jeter show up?

  249. Bob Stone says:

    mlb.tv has the HD feed working again for those who commented on it earlier. Just close the window and reload.

  250. Pat D says:

    Someone asked about the Judge?

  251. larryf says:

    Sharks no longer dedicating a week to Jeets…

  252. Guest says:

    Jeter: Not his best season.

  253. Anthony says:

    Have to say, I love the Most Interesting man in the world and old spice commercials.

  254. ZOMG FREEDOM WEEK!!!!!

    Bill O’Reilly must be sad that he’s watching the game at the stadium and couldn’t see that glorious ad air.

  255. Jeets not doing anyone any favors, playing through his tendinitis. But then, I’d still rather have him in the lineup than both Pena and Nunez until A-Rod comes back.

  256. bexarama says:

    Jeter needs a slumpbuster. I selflessly volunteer myself.

    …did I really just say that.

  257. Dela G says:

    if you would’ve told me that moseley would actually pitch 4 1/3+ innings after watching the 1st inning, i wouldve thought you were crazy

  258. BadaBling says:

    Sharks have a week dedicated to him, if he were to punch u in the face you’d have to fight the urge to thank him. My fav commercial!

  259. Kit says:

    But we were told Boston has five aces, Kay. Not one ace, not two, but five.

  260. larryf says:

    Time for Jeter to get rid of that Black betty bat…try another one!

  261. bexarama says:

    “If you go on a winning streak, you’re right back in it.”

    Tino, Tino. Who are you, Joe Morgan?

  262. A-Rod's Hip says:

    will someone remind Kay that there were 2 Yanks/Red Sox like division winning final games in the AL Central and one in the NL West over the last 3 years??? all during the ‘Wild Card Era’??

  263. Slappy White says:

    No Tino, Two out of three is not just as good as a sweep

  264. China Joe says:

    So that inning started off with Kay, Flaherty and Tino debating Jay-Z and Eminem’s early work. I went to another room to find a razor so I could slit my wrists. I come back to find that Ramiro Pena knocked in a run. You know Suzyn…

  265. Dela G says:

    man moseley sucks ass

    i really wish javy wasnt the one coming out of the pen… oh well

  266. Pat D says:

    All this talk about changing the wild card is dumb. They want to resolve this situation, I say they just end divisional play and have the top 4 teams make it.

  267. Chip says:

    Ooooooooooooooooooo, that was close

  268. BigBlueAL says:

    Paris Hilton said she was set-up in the whole cocaine possession felony thing. Well Thank God we have that straightened out now.

  269. frank says:

    Figure Vazquez on giving up at least 1 HR. Hopefully, it’s not now.

  270. Little Bill says:

    The problem with punishing the wild card with 0 or 1 home games is a season like this in the AL where the wild card team will clearly be the 2nd best team in the league. Why punish the Rays/Yankees for playing in the toughest division and reward the Rangers for playing in the worst division?

  271. Cy Pettitte says:

    Moseley looks dumbfounded

  272. Kit says:

    Get a haircut, Phil.

  273. sweet bootay says:

    i am gonna first guess here, i would rather have logan in this spot.

  274. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Why so many pictures of Arod in the game threads.

  275. Slappy White says:

    Come on Javy, take that job back

  276. Mike Axisa says:

    Javy pitches well, and he gets his job back. Or at least he should.

  277. Ross in Jersey says:

    Meh… that really should have been two…

  278. Kit says:

    C’mon, Javy. One more.

  279. Nice pitch. Get loud, crowd. FINISH HIM.

  280. nsalem says:

    Second poor relay by Cano in three or four games.

  281. Anybody else pissed off by this crowd? They’re looking for a reason to boo him.

  282. Kit says:

    Nice! Good job, Jeets.

  283. larryf says:

    javy 69mph curve and 90 mph fastball

    wow

  284. Ross in Jersey says:

    Least he can still do that (looked safe on the replay though!)

  285. Just hurt my arm on that fist pump. Totally worth it.

  286. Little Bill says:

    And that’s why Jeter is a gold glover.

  287. Jamie says:

    What would be the Yankees “Forum” equivalent to Phantasy Tour (PT; Phish)?

  288. Chip says:

    Phew, Jeter has a bit of it back

  289. BigBlueAL says:

    Dunno who Kay is more obsessed with, Homer Bush or Jeff Nelson and the pick-off move he apparently made famous.

    Also Javy is now in line for win #10!

  290. Carlosologist says:

    At least Jeter still has the jump throw going strong.

  291. bexarama says:

    I know I know I know a better defensive shortstop wouldn’t have to do the whole jump thing but you cannot stop me from getting excited over the Jeter jump throw.

    • Kit says:

      I love the Jeter jump throw. It’s ridiculous, but impressive when it works.

    • ZZ says:

      Not necessarily.

      Getting to that ball, setting, then throwing and there is a good chance he is safe at first there. Jeter is not doing the jump throw to be flashy or something. He is saving time.

      • Chris says:

        Honestly, I think the biggest benefit is that he doesn’t put a ton of stress on his knee to stop, plant and throw.

  292. sweet bootay says:

    decent play by jeter, still have okay range going his right.

  293. Bob Stone says:

    Thank you Cap’n.

  294. BigBlueAL says:

    Jeter is only in there for his glove.

  295. sweet bootay says:

    meh half the SS in this league would not have to jump to get the out.

  296. larryf says:

    The most interesting man in the world has yet to be introduced to YS.

    /Montero’d

  297. Cy Pettitte says:

    Teix swinging a hot bat, triple for the cycle

  298. Kit says:

    Oh, Tex. I missed you.

  299. Carlosologist says:

    Tex is a triple sort of the cycle!

    /obligatory’d

  300. FachoinaNYY says:

    Man that that was out… the smoke on contact was sick

  301. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Death Valley wins again lol

  302. BigBlueAL says:

    I know it has been said before but to reiterate Tex definitely has the best facial expressions of any player when running the bases.

  303. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Cano is such a fuckin monster

  304. Carlosologist says:

    Whenever I see Tex running hard, I remember that game against the Mets last season. It happened on my birthday too. :D

  305. BigBlueAL says:

    Michael Kay is mad that Cano hit a single the other way instead of grounding out to 2b or 1b??

  306. Mike Axisa says:

    Prepare to be wowed. Henry Rodriguez throws gas.

  307. Pat D says:

    Over/under on how many people will discuss Cahill as a Cy Young candidate now?

  308. Carlosologist says:

    eesh 101 MPH.

  309. Chip says:

    101 mph in the dirt? How are you supposed to stop that?

  310. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    This is from an ESPN article about Manny going to the White Sox:

    “The White Sox are trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008.”

    Someone should alert ESPN that RAB has 3 writers who would never write such drivel on their blog, let alone for money.

    • Pat D says:

      That’s a pretty long drought.

      Like when we complained about the Yankees having a 9-year World Series winning drought, which was 3rd longest in franchise history, when plenty of teams have been waiting a lot longer than that.

  311. Reggie C. says:

    I feel Larish’s pain. Ouch. that must’ve hurt the ribs.

  312. Kit says:

    Swisher! Again!

  313. Bob Stone says:

    Yeah Swish!

  314. Pat D says:

    Bad decision by Larish, methinks.

  315. RalphieD says:

    100mph… pffft… big deal, says swisher :p

  316. larryf says:

    Gas goes out fast the other way too!!!

    Ooops

  317. Cy Pettitte says:

    0-2 -> 3-2 -> double

    nice AB from Swish

  318. nsalem says:

    Seeing Ozzie was rejuvenating for Nick!!!!!

  319. bexarama says:

    This year, Trevor Cahill has a 12.60 ERA vs. the Yankees and a 2.17 ERA against everyone else.

    /Beckett’d

  320. Reggie C. says:

    Posada is pissed.

  321. Kit says:

    Hey, hey, watch it with hitting our easily pissed off batter!

  322. Chip says:

    I was just thinking the same thing, that 100 mph fastball is absolutely straight as can be

  323. Pat D says:

    Sado not looking happy.

  324. Cy Pettitte says:

    Sado doesn’t look happy

  325. Ross in Jersey says:

    Make it a blowout, Mr. Thames.

  326. bexarama says:

    Please don’t hit the cranky old catcher with a bazillion MPH fastball. Thanks.

  327. charliechoochoo says:

    MLB says Adrian Beltre is the ultimate warrior for hobbling around the bases. What about getting plunked with a 100 mph pitch?

  328. Pat D says:

    Yep, just throw him a straight fastball.

  329. Carlosologist says:

    Look at this pimp.

  330. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Thames.

  331. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s Mr. Thames to you.

  332. Kit says:

    YEAH, THAMES.

  333. China Joe says:

    hoooo-ly shit

  334. Greg says:

    THEY CALL ME MR. THAMES!

  335. bexarama says:

    Marcus Thames: mildly warm

  336. j_Yankees says:

    Marcus Thames Bitches.

  337. larryf says:

    Thames loves the straight heat. Bring that shit baby!!!

  338. Fred Lemond says:

    Thames is just hot man

  339. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Boom.

  340. Chip says:

    Hahahaha, Dr Thames loves da fastball

  341. A-Rod's Hip says:

    HOLY FUCKIN SHIITTTT MARCUS THAMES!!

  342. Cy Pettitte says:

    Thames blowing my mind right now

  343. Stratman9652 says:

    Marcus Thames is my hero…

  344. Carlosologist says:

    I was busy reading something, and I heard this loud BOOM and I turn and see that ball head for the second deck.

  345. BadaBling says:

    Thames! Total DOMINATION! I love high scoring games after 2 runs in an entire game!

  346. charliechoochoo says:

    I remember when we did not like Marcus Thames. I hope all is forgiven.

  347. Mike Axisa says:

    Meanwhile, Kurt Suzuki is getting his ass kicked behind the plate. Foul tips galore.

  348. esteban says:

    This is just getting silly now.

  349. Jack says:

    I love you, Marcus.

  350. Stratman9652 says:

    I hope Trenton likes Berkman. He might have to stick around awhile.

  351. BadaBling says:

    1 out. That took 10 min!

  352. Reggie C. says:

    A quick Mets tangent –

    Jenry Mejia. Very impressive AAA debut. I wonder where he’d rank on the Yankees’s top 10?

  353. BigBlueAL says:

    Marcus Thames is still no Glenallen Hill.

  354. charliechoochoo says:

    Michael Kay does not understand the meaning of “hotly contested.” Fordham education. Yeeeeeeesh.

  355. I wonder if Tino’s daughter is as boring to talk to as Tino is.

  356. BadaBling says:

    If Michael Kay mentions that Gardner goes to a full count on 22% of his PAs again, I’m gonna tune into the A’s broadcasters!

  357. Bob Stone says:

    Rays Tangent – Watching the Rays on mlb.tv while viewing the Yanks on YES. A team in first place and in a dogfight for the Division Title has only about 9,000 (It’s probably a little more) people in the stands (since they started winning, they have only increased average attendance from 17,000+ per game to 21,000+ per game.

    The Tropicana Dome is a dark hole . . . an abortion of a baseball park. The Rays have a good team and an excellent front office. They can’t get a real ball park. It’s time to move that team to another city that wants them.

    • Pat D says:

      Not really their fault, as I’ve said. It was built years befeore they were created. I guess maybe they should have built their own park, but, hey…

    • Kit says:

      It’s not just the Rays, but the Marlins have similar attendance issues. The Marlins are a losing team, but it’s not the Rays fault that they only have five fans in the stadium. It’s the state of Florida– God’s waiting room.

      • bexarama says:

        It’s the state of Florida– God’s waiting room.

        Ahahahahha

        I also have to think that the fact that they’re relatively recent expansion teams doesn’t help. If the Rays are still decent in 10 years, maybe they’ll have some more fans. But probably not with that dump of a stadium.

        • Kit says:

          Family guy joke there.

          But yeah, you’re right. The Trop is ugly as hell and that alone would make me steer clear of it. But I honestly think that it’s also partially the demographic of their state and the location of the stadium in St. Petersburg that’s to blame. They are a recent team as well, and I guess with history comes fans, but they’re in an unfortunate state. They have beautiful beaches and fun places like Universal studios and Disney World, so it’s unlikely that people want to sit indoors for three hours, watching a baseball game.

  358. BadaBling says:

    Javy might vulture another win! How many HRs does he give up tonight, over/under 2?

  359. BigBlueAL says:

    Javy bringing the gas tonight.

  360. Chip says:

    91 MPH, BRINGING THE GAS

  361. sjt says:

    Javy just hit 96 on the Chicago gun

  362. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    The real question is, why would you want to go to Kay’s wedding?

  363. larryf says:

    Who is kay’s best man???

  364. BigBlueAL says:

    Yankees with 11 runs on 11 hits yet Jeter is 0 for 4 and his BA is down to .268.

    Call me delusional but I still have a feeling he will have a pretty big post-season.

  365. BadaBling says:

    I didn’t know NY allowed same sex marriage, is Kay getting married in Vermont?

    /notthattheresanythingwrongwiththat’d

  366. Ross in Jersey says:

    I’m banking right now that if the Yankees win the World Series, Thames will be the new Damon/Matsui in the sense that fans will cry that Cashman didn’t bring such a winner player back.

  367. Cy Pettitte says:

    maybe because the Trop is a shithole…

  368. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Mets getting destroyed in Atlanta.. great night :)

  369. bexarama says:

    Guys guys guys

    OLLIE PEREZ ALERT. The last time he pitched was… August 1.

    He already gave up a home run to Brian McCann. Oh Ollie.

  370. Carlosologist says:

    Fun fact: Manny’s next six games are against Cleveland and Boston.

  371. Brad Toughy says:

    What date does Tex overtake Jeter in batting average?

  372. Kit says:

    Pfft. Ozzie and Manny on the same team is bound to be hilarious and horrible at the same time.

  373. bexarama says:

    That one at-bat is gonna be used FOREVER in the “Manny gave up” meme, isn’t it? Didn’t he OPS like a gajillion that month?

  374. Ross in Jersey says:

    I’m glad he’s throwing better but… it’s the A’s. I can’t get that excited about Javy. I think he’s done enough to take Moseley’s spot though.

    • Pat D says:

      Next start would be against Toronto. Pitched decently against them last week, but he gives up home runs and they’re a homer happy team and this is a homer friendly park.

    • Dela G says:

      he pitched well the last time he was out, too

      however the one mistake he made that time kinda padded the lead

  375. larryf says:

    I predict the Kay wedding is a smokescreen and will be called off.

    In other news, does Minka come to the games anymore??

    • Pat D says:

      I don’t even remember them ever showing her. I guess I’ve missed those games?

    • Kit says:

      She attended games? I thought she hated Kate Hudson for doing that.

      • bexarama says:

        Supposedly she didn’t like Kate Hudson for acting buddy-buddy with the Yankee wives/girlfriends. FML that I remember this shit.

        • Kit says:

          Ah…see, I just heard that she hated Kate Hudson for attending games and showing up and making a spectacle of herself (which is really not her fault if the cameras focus on her). But that just makes Minka sound kind of like…a bitch. Why would you hate someone for trying to be friends?

          • bexarama says:

            I have no idea, but I agree with what you said about Minka kind of seeming like, well, a bitch. It just seems like catty, sorority-hazing-style shit.

            (Disclaimer: I have a bunch of friends who are/were in sororities and they loved it. They did not love the whole initiation period.)

    • bexarama says:

      Jeter never does anything good so they have no reason to show her

      /only half kidding’d :( :( :(

  376. Ross in Jersey says:

    I really hate it when the YES broadcasters make fun of how many people see a Tampa game. It’s not an indication of fan interest, it’s a terrible building in a terrible area. If they moved into a new building in a better area they would draw tons of people. As baseball fans, we should want that.

  377. bonestock94 says:

    Maybe the new Marlins’ park will be a good acid test of the region. They’re not exactly a bad team to watch either.

  378. Carlosologist says:

    Pena is trying kill people with those dugout liners.

  379. Kit says:

    I love watching Mo talk to the other pitchers. I feel like they’re being deep and profound, when they’re probably just talking about what they ate for dinner or something.

  380. BadaBling says:

    How do u explain Joba threw 100mph? Ummm that gun was juiced!

  381. Dela G says:

    this larish kid is like a yankee killer™

  382. Zanath says:

    Larish going straight up beast mode.

  383. Dela G says:

    it makes me sad to see so many michael kay fans

  384. Greg says:

    Quick question
    Have the Yanks seen Vin Mazzaro before?

  385. Dela G says:

    its almost like jeter was batting….

  386. Zanath says:

    Nunez filling the role of Derek Jeter nicely I see.

    /couldnthelpmyself’d

  387. Zanath says:

    Hey, it’s almost like Javy started the game!

  388. Mike HC says:

    So Javy is clearly starting in place of Moseley next start, right?

    • Zanath says:

      I would think so but you never know. He’s looked good in two relief outings so far. And I have a feeling that as far as the rotation goes, Joe is gonna go with whoever is pitching the best. Right now, Javy is pitching better than Moseley.

  389. sleepykarl says:

    I wish Mosley would have gone 5 so this game would have the odd win for him and save for Vazquez.

  390. Carlosologist says:

    I wonder if Javy will pick up an epic 4.2 IP save.

  391. Frigidevil says:

    As ridiculous a plan as it is, I’m not opposed to starting Mosely/Vasquez if they can combine for 9 innings

  392. Kit says:

    Yeah, Javy! Nicely done.

  393. bexarama says:

    Verrah, verrah nice job by Javy + the Yankee offense tonight.

  394. Ross in Jersey says:

    Yay for 31 games over.

  395. Pat D says:

    I’ll say it now, but I can’t wait for the invasion of Bradenia on Thursday.

  396. Accent Shallow says:

    So . . . Home Run Javy. That was awesome.

  397. Re-sign Javy and let him do multi-inning saves when Mo needs a break.

  398. Poopy Pants says:

    Nice work from Javy. Glad to hear he made some adjustments. Makes me feel kinda optimistic.

  399. bexarama says:

    Look at that asshole and awful teammate, whining like a girl.

  400. Bob Stone says:

    Good win.

  401. Total Dominication says:

    Total Dominication.

  402. Total Dominication says:

    Time for Javy to replace Mosely. He was touching 92 mph tonight.

  403. Matty Ice says:

    3-4-5 go 9 for 11? Yeah, I’ll take that.

  404. Sweet Bootay says:

    can we relax about javy pitching 4 plus innings of good ball against 5th worst offense in the entire land?

    he looks he has gotten top of his ball little more tonight as oppose to pushing it the last month or so.

  405. Zanath says:

    lol @ Nancy Newman

  406. Sweet Bootay says:

    Brett Anderson prolly has the nastier stuff than Cahill, Burnett vs Bret will be the next big hurdle. onward and upward for a sweep!

    let’s sit cap groundballs for a few game please.

  407. mike c says:

    marcus thames is the clutch performer of the 2nd half. also i do like javy in the long relief spot, he might be the life preserver that AJ needs for the postseason

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