Game 132: Keep this train a-rollin’

2010 Arizona Fall League rosters announced
Heyman: Yankees won claim for Ted Lilly

Because these guys have, sadly, not been around much:

A wise man once said: “We won yesterday. If we win today, that’s two in a row. If we win tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.” The Yanks haven’t had many winning streaks in August, but they’re on one right now thanks to a win last night. Now it’s time to keep that train a-rollin’ to four in a row.

Taking the hill for Oakland will be 23-year-old New Jersey native Vin Mazzaro. He’ll be making his third appearance against the Yankees tonight, and his second in front of the Yankee Stadium crowd. Last time he pitched here he allowed six runs in 4.1 innings. This year he’s been a bit better overall. Like Trevor Cahill, he seems to benefit a ton from the Oakland defense. His 3.61 ERA is quite a distance from his 4.59 FIP and 4.50 xFIP, and about a mile from his 5.07 tERA. Could we see the second night in a row of statistical correction?

Phil Hughes is coming off his worst start of the year, a 3.2-inning, 102-pitch effort in Toronto last week. He’ll look to get back into the six-inning groove tonight. We pay attention to Hughes’s starts because he’s good and has the potential to be better, but his starts are even more interesting now. He’ll enter uncharted innings territory tonight after just 1.2 innings, so it’s tough to know what to expect. I’m also curious to see if he ever plans to work in more curves and changes, or if he’s going to stick with his bread and butter, results be damned, for the rest of the season.

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 sixty-five, Phil Hughes.

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2010 Arizona Fall League rosters announced
Heyman: Yankees won claim for Ted Lilly
  • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch aka Master of the Obvious

    Aerosmith I associate with Boston, unfortunately, but man those are some nasty licks.

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

      Aerosmith I associate with vampirism.

      Tell me Steven Tyler isn’t the undead, I dare you.

      • Pat D

        What about the Mick Jagger comparisons? I’ve never agreed with them and Jagger has always had more talent, but a lot of people seem to compare them.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          …but there’s like a 40 year age difference between them. Tyler isn’t a day over 80…

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

    A wise man once said: “We won yesterday. If we win today, that’s two in a row. If we win tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.”

    The last thing he said to me, “Doc,” he said, “some time… when the crew is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to get out there and give it all they got — and win just one for the Zipper. I don’t know where I’ll be then, Doc,” he said, “but I won’t smell too good, that’s for sure.”

    • Pat D

      ::Notre Dame fight song::

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

        And I can sum it all up in just one word: courage, dedication, daring, pride, pluck, spirit, grit, mettle, and G-U-T-S, *guts*.

        Why, Ted Striker’s got more guts in his little finger than most of us have in our entire large intestine, INCLUDING THE COLON!

        • Pat D

          We better get to the tower, Lieutenant.

          • vin

            Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

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

          d-d-d-do you have it?

  • Pat D

    RIP James Gammon.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Allow me to one 1-Up that song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2dI_a3GpS0 (Guns N’ Roses – Nightrain)

    One of my favorite solos evaaaaa.

  • ZZ

    Can’t believe I missed a Joba debate this morning. You guys need to corroborate those posts with my schedule so you have at least one person disagreeing with the collective RAB Joba to the rotation demands ;)

    There is a lot I can say in reply, but I am sure there will be plenty more Joba posts in the future ti say those things. There is one thing I felt the need to comment on, because it really annoys me.

    The Joba has greater value as a starter so then it is obvious he must be a starter theory is so flawed and incomplete I can’t believe people still routinely cite it as evidence in this discussion. Building a team is not about maximizing every single individuals greatest value throughout the organization. It is about moving the pieces to get the right combination and maximizing the value of the 25 man roster taking all the players in the organization into account.

    It really is very simple. If Joba is starting, he is precluding someone else from starting. There is significant opportunity cost of Joba starting, especially now that there is so much pitching talent in the organization from the big league club through the farm system. For example, if Joba was the 5th starter this year, then Hughes would not be starting. In this case you are maximizing Joba’s individual value, but you are minimizing the team’s value.

    It really does not matter how valuable Joba is as a starter relative to how valuable he is as a reliever. The only way Joba will ever be a starter on this team again is if his value as a starter exceeds the value the alternative options bring to the starting rotation.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      it isnt exactly the marginal utility of the player…

      lets say you’re exactly right. If Joba starts, then…Cliff Lee doesnt (work with me here). The bajillion dollars we were going to dump on Lee then goes to work somewhere else, like signing Manny to DH. THEN we have a better DH than we would have otherwise had, and the team is better.

      Nobody is saying Joba to the rotation so CC can go to the pen. Maybe its Joba to the rotation cause it was Andy to the house.

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

      Well said.

      My reply: either next year (or the year after that, if Andy Pettitte decides to come back for another go-round) when a hole opens in the rotation that we can’t plug with Cliff Lee or a similar elite FA import, Joba Chamberlain provides more value as a starter than any of the other internal options available, including Mitre/Nova/Noesi/Phelps/Warren/Brackman/etc., and probably provides more value as a starter than any of the non-elite options available on the free agent market.

      Opportunity cost runs both ways: Yes, Joba’s value as a starter is lessened if he’s pushing other “better” options out of the rotation (like Hughes this year), but eventually putting Joba back in the rotation spares us from the negative opportunity cost of having to sign/trade for a more expensive and probably lesser quality alternative not already in the organization and thus his value as a starter is increased.

      Making Joba a starter in this 2010 season with CC-AJ-Pettitte-Vazquez-Hughes may not have been the right decision since Hughes has obviously been the better pitcher*, but when guys like Vazquez and Pettitte leave the team in the coming months/years, unless there are Cliff Lee guys to replace each departure with, we’re best served replacing one of them with Joba Chamberlain.

      ——————-

      (*Be careful in judging that move as a slam-dunk win. We don’t know if Joba wouldn’t have been as successful had he been picked to be the starter and Hughes the reliever. Obviously, Joba looked like crap initially, but he’s come around; perhaps he would have similarly come around had he been starting all year. And he wouldn’t have the innings concern now facing Hughes.)

      • ZZ

        The major disconnect between us two on the Joba debates comes in how we evaluate him.

        The way he is throwing the ball this year and in 2009, if he continues to throw that way won’t be a better option than the promising arms in the minors. If you were to “scout” Joba as a prospect right now the reports would not be impressive.

        He is not the front of the rotation future ace he was in 2007-2008. He simply is not the same pitcher anymore and hasn’t been for quite some time.

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

          And my reply to that is that the talent is still there and the best way to get Joba throwing again the way he was in 2007-2008 is to make him a starter again on a routine.

    • https://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

      The Joba has greater value as a starter so then it is obvious he must be a starter theory is so flawed and incomplete I can’t believe people still routinely cite it as evidence in this discussion. Building a team is not about maximizing every single individuals greatest value throughout the organization. It is about moving the pieces to get the right combination and maximizing the value of the 25 man roster taking all the players in the organization into account.

      You are correct, it does maximize the current 25 man value. Although things aren’t viewed in a vacuum. If Joba was pitching the innings that Moseley/Nova pitched, he would already have more innings and more value in those spot starts than he would in the bullpen. Joba the 6th starter >>>>>>>>>> Joba the bullpen guy. Our starters have suffered injuries/ineffectiveness pressing our 6th/7th guys into the rotation.

      It really is very simple. If Joba is starting, he is precluding someone else from starting. There is significant opportunity cost of Joba starting, especially now that there is so much pitching talent in the organization from the big league club through the farm system. For example, if Joba was the 5th starter this year, then Hughes would not be starting. In this case you are maximizing Joba’s individual value, but you are minimizing the team’s value.

      It’s minimizing the team’s value if all 5 starters pitch effectively and injury free for the vast majority of the season.

      It really does not matter how valuable Joba is as a starter relative to how valuable he is as a reliever. The only way Joba will ever be a starter on this team again is if his value as a starter exceeds the value the alternative options bring to the starting rotation.

      His value will be that he is a cost controlled phenom with a lot of upside. It allows the Yankees to effectively use their funds somewhere else. If Pettitte retires, I want Joba in the rotation. If it’s next year, fine. If it’s two years from now, that’s still fine. Joba will be there when Andy retires.

    • Joe West’s Music Career

      I got an idea. Burnett to the 8th!!!!!!

      Problem = solved.

  • Ross in Jersey

    I feel like (With Alex in for Pena in the cleanup, moving everyone else down) this is the strongest lineup we can put on the field in the playoffs.

    I much prefer Gardner leading off, and Granderson’s power and speed fitting into the 9 hole. And obviously, Thames/Berkman depending on if there’s a righty or lefty on the hill.

    • vin

      Right now, I’d rather see Jeter and Gardner flipped. Breaks up the lefties with Curtis hitting 9th. Limits double plays, and of course Jeter is one of the two guys in the lineup who won’t clog the bases in front of Gardner.

      When Alex gets healthy, I still would rather see Swisher hitting 2nd because he’s just been so good this year. Your best hitters (and biggest threats) need to get as many ABs as possible.

      Either way its a ferocious lineup.

      • Ross in Jersey

        I like Gardner in front of Jeter because his speed can negate Jeter’s GIDP tendencies. I see your point about breaking up the lefties though. However, if an opposing manager did bring in a LOOGY late in the game to face Granderson, Joe could always counter with Kearns.

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

    Tino Martinez, playoff career:
    .233/.321/.351/.672

    #bonerkiller

    • Pat D

      He did get benched in the ’96 World Series…

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Tino Martinez, YES Commentator:

      #bonerkiller

    • Ross in Jersey

      He was pretty money in 2000, though. And he destroyed the Pads in the 98 WS.

      His entire postseason in 2001 and 2002 were downright terrible, though. T

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

        I feel like everyone’s entire postseason in 2001 was awful

        • Ross in Jersey

          Yeah, 7 games of no offense is hell on the postseason triple slash :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The 2 worst things about YES Network? Too many shows with Michael Kay on them, and Notre Dame replays.

    • Pat D

      Them’s fightin’ words, Andy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I didn’t know you like Michael Kay so much…..Sorry.

        • Pat D

          No, I mean the Notre Dame replays.

  • Ross in Jersey

    How many game threads are you going to try to ruin? At least reply to the comment instead of making another full post about it…

    • Ross in Jersey

      Urf, was a reply to the now-departed Rose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    It was just a dream…….

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

    Welcome back, Rose!

    Let me catch you up: While you were gone, Bret and Jersey Johnny out-crazied you and got banned for being even more annoying than you had been. Those guys made you seem harmless and entertaining.

    Let’s hope you’ve learned your lesson (this time) and don’t outdo those two nutbags and get run again. Let’s wind up the carousel, pal. Glad to have you back!

    Go Yankees!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      http://www.sadtrombone.com

      Gone again…….

  • Cy Pettitte

    “ted lilly was claimed but pulled back, so hes staying with LA. the yankees were at least 1 of the claiming teams. #dodgers” via Jon Heyman

    what does that say about Cash’s confidence in the rotation

    • Pat D

      Strength in numbers?

      And remember, two of the current starters are Dustin Moseley and Ivan Nova.

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

      I think it says that Ted Lilly is at least decent and would help. Hardly means Cash is panicking.

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

        That. If you can get Lilly for nothing but cash and thus move Moseley out of the rotation or skip Hughes or Burnett without playing havoc with the bullpen, it’s a solid move.

        Shit, I’d be interested in Lilly for nothing but cash tomorrow as well, even post-playoff eligibility deadline. He’d be nice to have just during September to make a few starts and soak up innings to give the real playoff starters a breather.

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

    Vin Mazzaro has the best stuff I’ve ever seen!

    /guy from last year’s thread

  • Kit

    Please stop speaking, Tino. Your random stammering reminds me of Porky Pig and it ruins you for me.

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

      “comfortability”

      • Kit

        Oh jeez. *face palm*

  • Ross in Jersey

    Wow. The stadium looks EMPTY.

    End of summer, mid-week, Oakland A’s, no A-rod. Guess that’s a perfect storm.

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

      Everyone’s at home on pins and needles watching the MLBN Ticker to see if Texas can pull of this Jeff Francouer trade and beat the midnight playoff eligibility deadline.

      • Ross in Jersey

        I, for one, cannot wait for Frenchy to pinch-hit against the Yankees in the playoffs and strike out on 3 straight D-Rob fastballs.

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

          Heh, my Rangers fan friend sort of explained it. He said the Rangers are something like 3-8 against the last 11 lefty starters they’ve faced, and they hit lefties a lot worse than they hit righties. In the playoffs, they’d have to face CC, Price, Liriano, Pettitte, etc. So they’re trying to get an available righty.

          It’s not a bad idea… just the only guy left is Frenchy (who he doesn’t want them to get).

          • Ross in Jersey

            I get that but Frenchy is struggling to keep his OBP above .300… after watching more than a few Met games this year, that dude seems to get up in the morning with an 0-2 count.

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

              That’s Frenchy’s entire career. I dunno why anyone would want him.

            • Joe West’s Music Career

              Why would you do that to yourself??

      • FIPster Doofus

        Francoeur has played in 123 games this year. What does he have to show for it? A ghostly 0.0 fWAR. Maybe the guy is just a figment of everyone’s imagination.

    • Pat D

      Some kids are back in school now, too. At least where I live they are.

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

    (starts a new comment to try to reset the reply button nesting)

    Go Yankees!

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

      The RABbis might have to just delete ALL the below comments to straighten the thread out.

  • Pat D

    At least now we can focus on the game.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Yeah, these posts aren’t in chronological order anymore.. Rose borked the page! *angry fist*

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

      Rose borked the page!

      Is that a Robert Bork joke? NO POLITICS!!!!

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

        It wasn’t about politics, it was about honor.

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

          It was about reclaiming the Civil Rights movement… for the people of faith.

  • Kit

    C’mon, Phil. Two more outs.

  • Pat D

    My dad just called Hughes the “right-handed Sterling Hitchcock.”

  • BadaBling

    Why was the ump just clapping? Calm down and call balls and strikes old man!

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

    Re: Rose

    We didn’t let him back in. He’s so desperate to draw attention to himself that he’s IP hopping his way around his timeout again. We banned him for precisely that reason and because we politely requested he stop thread-jacking every post and making it about him and his personality. He didn’t listen and feels he’s persecuted because we’ve asked him three times to stop with his behavior.

    At this point, none of us want to talk any more about this in these forums. So if Rose or anyone else reading this has a question, concern or comment about the Rose situation, they can email us privately. Otherwise, no more.

  • Ross in Jersey

    I feel like I’ve seen this show before :(

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

    Hughes hun. C’mon.

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

      And he listens. That was nice.

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

        It’s ’cause you called him “hun”.

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        Andy is somewhere in the dark crying.

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

          Andy’s right here, actually. He says hi.

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

            Bexy, how many cases of Dove Body Wash for Men do you have in your possession at the moment?

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

              I’m actually kind of allergic to Dove products :(

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

                Wear gloves.

          • Joe West’s Music Career

            Why is his mouth free?

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

              I have to give him a breather sometimes

  • BadaBling

    Double play, bang bang.

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

      … too easy.

      • BadaBling

        I didn’t say… DP, bang bang. I spelled it out, cmon man!

  • Greg

    The main problem with Hughes is that he cant throw his offspeed stuff for strikes consistently. He needs teams to chase the offspeed, and a patient team wont do that

  • Ross in Jersey

    By the way, if anyone else is still stuck in reply-to-Rose mode….

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....lin-34645/#comment-#######

    Delete the bold and you should be good. I think.

  • BadaBling

    Brett Gardner gets the count to a full count 22% of the time.

    /michaelkay’d

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s some vintage BG right there

  • larryf

    The Great Brettsky. No GIDP Jeets!!!!

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

    Yay Brett ran.

  • Pat D

    My high school’s nickname is the Green Knights.

    I hate my high school!

    /Joker’d

  • BadaBling

    Jeter might draw the rare walk…

  • Ross in Jersey

    Yay Brett.

    Also, I’m really curious what the story is with Mazzaro. Some guy posted earlier that he went to school with him and basically implied he was a big douche. I want details!

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

      The details: He’s from Jersey.

      #shitstarting

      • Ross in Jersey

        I….. don’t have a counter argument :(

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        His name is Vin, ’nuff said.

        • vin

          Hey! I like the Jersey explanation better.

  • Kit

    Nicely done, Derek.

  • Cy Pettitte

    double steal? very nice

  • Pat D

    Love the aggression.

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

      TWSS

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

    Nice double steal. I approve.

  • BadaBling

    I love the double steal! I did not expect that. Nicely done!

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

    Are we as exciting as the Rayngels now!??!?

    • Kit

      I laughed.

    • Ross in Jersey

      The Yankees have actually stolen more bases than the Angels this year!

  • Kit

    Oh no, you okay, Tex? Please be okay.

    • larryf

      such compassion.

      nice.

      • Kit

        I can’t tell if that’s sarcastic. I’m guessing it isn’t, but I may be wrong.

        • larryf

          it is not. I like the female comments. Adds a nice dimension to the thread(s). We men are not as compassionate.

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

            SHUT THE F#$% UP, LARRY F!!!

            • larryf

              :-)

  • BadaBling

    Bases juiced baby! It’s da bro don’t ya know, Cano!

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    So what inning does the V. Mazzaro camp/family/supporters leave the stadium with their heads hanging in shame?

    • Cy Pettitte

      after the Kim jones interview?

  • BadaBling

    Cmon Ribby Cano!

  • larryf

    Brett Gardner-the best 476K player in the game.

    Agreed?

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

      I believe Josh Beckett only makes 476k per year, and he’s totally money in the playoffs. That’s why the Sox have to be the odds-on favorites for the World Series.

      Sincerely,
      Mitch Williams

      • BadaBling

        I’m pretty confident that the show Eastbound and Down is a true story of Mitch Williams career, with better hair however.

      • larryf

        nice. I think Brett at that salary is the better 2011 option than Crawford at 15-20 million.

        Easily.

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

      Just glancing at the WAR leaderboard, the only two guys making close to the league minimum better than Gardner are Carlos Gonzalez and Shin-Shoo Choo.

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

        And, neither of them are white.

        Point, Gardner.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

        How the heck is Choo still making the minimum? He has been around longer than that

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

          It only feels like he’s been around that long.

          In his first three seasons, though (05-07), he only had 65 big league games.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

            Even so, I figure he would have enough service time to get off the rookie pay scale by now. I guess not.

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

              Next year is his first Arb year.

        • The209

          those Asians will work for anything

          2 Points: Gardner.

        • larryf

          “close” to the league minimum.

  • Ross in Jersey

    This kid isn’t fooling anyone right now. Don’t let him settle down! Attack!

  • Ross in Jersey

    That was not ideal :(

  • pat

    Bah, hit it hard, just right at someone.

  • Greg

    Dont care about the DP Got the job done

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

      Meh, making two outs is probably worse than scoring one run. I don’t know if a GIDP is ever “getting the job done” unless it’s the 9th inning and the run that scores is the one that ends the game.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

        Why would you go for the double play in that situation?

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

          I’m not saying you’d “go for” the GIDP in that situation, just trying to think of a scenario where I’d actually be happy with a GIDP.

          Late innings of a tie game is the only way I’d be okay with trading two outs for one run.

  • Kit

    Aw, but it’s okay, Robbie. You’ll get ‘em next time.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swisher HR now to make up for that GIDP

  • RalphieD

    cano did everything right except the location

  • larryf

    Tex ran well down to second. Good sign.

  • VO

    Sac DP?

  • MikeD

    I wonder what the record is for most pitches in an AB? Anyone know?

    • Ross in Jersey

      The MLB never tracked that sort of stat, so it’s impossible to know prior to 1980 I think.

      • MikeD

        Makes sense. Curious even since 1980. Cano’s AB was taxing but not unusual. I’m wondering if anyone has gotten up into the 25 plus range in an AB.

    • Sweet Dick Willie
      • MikeD

        Thanks. Hmmm, looks like Bob Feller had a streak of Phil Hughes in him one night. Lots of foul balls.

  • Ross in Jersey

    @YankeesWFAN A’s C Kurt Suzuki entered tonight with 14.8 CS %, 2nd lowest in the AL. Who’s lowest? Francisco Cervelli at 14.5%.

    /releasetheMoeller

    • MikeD

      Do we have to give a handicap here for Cervelli since he has to catch Burnett, who is the worst at holding on runners?

    • Pat D

      They mentioned that on the broadcast.

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

      I can’t believe you just equated Chad Moeller with a kraken.

      • larryf

        Moeller more valuable schooling the great one at Scranton….

    • Chris

      He was at 43% last year and 41% in the minors. I would guess that this year is not indicative of his true talent level.

  • VO

    I’ll take it Swish

  • Pat D

    Is it pronounced Ma-zar-o or Ma-zair-o? I seem to be hearing it both ways.

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

      “Mattis”

      • Pat D

        Duh, now I see it!

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

      Mat-OOZ

      • Chris

        Same joke, and you two can’t even agree on how to pronounce it.

    • forensic

      The A’s guys are saying Ma-zair-o. I would assume they’d get it right.

      • Pat D

        I would hope so.

  • Kit

    Triple for JoPo! Nice!

  • VO

    Posada showing some speed.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Posada triple? holy shit, he got lucky but still….

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Jorgie did WHAT?

  • Ross in Jersey

    A….. triple… for Posada? Time to go play the fucking lottery

  • MikeD

    Man, was that DP costly.

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

      Nope, still too easy.

  • BadaBling

    Posada with a triple, holy fuck.

  • Chris

    Posada is now only a single, double and HR short of the cycle!

    • larryf

      You can put it on the boooooooaaaarrrddddddd!!!!!!

      Yes!

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

    A Jorge Posada triple? Guaranteed win, put the subs in.

  • aRX

    A Posada triple? Here comes the 3rd horseman…

    • Pat D

      You could always say it was a double and an error on the Russki, if that tempers your apocalyptic thoughts.

  • Greg

    Well that all makes up for the Cano DP

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

    Ahahahahahah @ Jorge’s triple
    Ahahahhahahahahahhahah @ the bench’s reaction

    • Kit

      Seriously funny.

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

        Andy was so fucking adorable there.

        #obligatorybexypost

    • Joe West’s Music Career

      Listening on the radio. :-(

  • larryf

    Posada challenges Jesus to a match race!

    • Kit

      Shouldn’t that be a pissing contest?

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

        That wouldn’t be a fair fight. Jesus is outmatched.

        • Kit

          That’s true. He needs to learn though. You learn from experience.

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    Damn, not being able to watch this REALLY sucks. I miss a double steal and now a Sado triple…

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

      You should have seen the hot lesbian bikini makeout session in the top of the first.

      It was very arousing.

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        dagnammit!

        • Pat D

          No, you meant to Hawk it up and say “Dad gummit!!”

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great first inning for the yanks offense

  • sleepykarl

    I’m calling the Posada cycle.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Wow, Flash was straight up Sado-hatin. He got a triple, let him enjoy it!

  • ZZ

    btw, I’ll respond to the people who responded to my Joba post after the game. Unless those people don’t want responses which is cool to.

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

      Your comments are always welcome, bro. You bring the truthbombs.

      • ZZ

        haha thanks. Might need to tighten up my online grammer though. cool +too+

  • Ross in Jersey

    @text poll

    Has to be the 1998 grand slam. I’ve never heard the stadium that loud, ever.

    • Kit

      My house was pretty loud too, but watching it on TV was surreal.

      • Ross in Jersey

        My favorite part is the guy who throws his beer in the air after it lands :)

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

          Me too. That guy rules, heh.

          I was at Game 2 of the 1998 Series, but I don’t really remember it. :(

          • larryf

            you’re only 15?

            :-)

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

              …I’m 23? I don’t get it?

              • larryf

                oh I thought you were saying you didn’t remember the game itself.

                My bad…

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

                  Ahhh. No, I do. I remember how psyched the Stadium was and all that. Just don’t remember details.

        • Kit

          That was awesome. Just captured the moment perfectly.

    • Pat D

      The 2001 homer was so empty, really, because of the series result. I literally remember nothing about that series except the 9th inning of Game 7.

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

        I can’t call it empty, really. I mean, I get what you’re saying, and that series still hurts like hell, but that was an incredible series.

        • Pat D

          That was a terrible year for me for several reasons. That series was just the tip of the iceberg, really, so I just remember the bad.

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

            You can’t even masturbate on an airplane anymore.

            Thanks a lot, bin Laden.

            • Pat D

              Thanks, I’m laughing so hard that I’m having a coughing fit. I might die.

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

                I COULD HAVE DIED!!!

                /Kay’d

                • Pat D

                  When did he say that?

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

                    During his carbon monoxide detector PSA.

                    • Pat D

                      Guess I’ve never seen that.

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

      I loooove it when they play that game on Yankees Classics for that reason alone.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Heh, yeah. Buck has to practically scream the call just to be heard.

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    Jays score first in the Ray Jay game…

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

      “For The Love Of Rays Jays”

  • Chris

    It really hurts the pitch count when pitches in the zone are called balls.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Fightin’ Showalters just put a run on sox ace Beckett

    • Cy Pettitte

      to take a 1-0 lead

  • China Joe

    That was Jorge’s 10th career triple. Now that he’s cracked double-digits, I think he can stamp his ticket to Cooperstown, baby!

  • Pat D

    Love that play.

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

    Mark Ellis is having one of those beat the shit out of the watercooler games.

  • cjc

    STRIKES please

  • Pat D

    Now does that hurt Teix’s UZR?

    /half kidding’d

  • Slappy White

    Suzyn, Im telling you, he makes a great play every game

  • Tampa Yankee

    Granderson saw 1 strike that entire AB

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

    Give some of these calls to Hughes too, please?

  • Slappy White

    hate to ask, but is anyone else having trouble with refresh ?

  • Pat D

    Ken Singleton just said “Look out!”

  • Mike HC

    Major League hitter seem to be right on Hughes curveball, always. Maybe they pick it up early, or I don’t know, but they always seem to be right on it.

    • larryf

      I’d rather they be right on strikes than these walks and pitch count issues.

    • Ross in Jersey

      His curve is rated as -6.1 runs below average, so it just doesn’t seem to be that effective this year for whatever reason.

  • A.D.

    Certainly doesn’t seem like Hughes’s curve gets swung on and missed alot.

  • Mike HC

    Hughes can’t get the call on that?

  • Kit

    C’mon, Phillip. Two more outs, babe.

  • Ross in Jersey

    I never understood the idea that light-hitting clubs need to steal and bunt to “manufacture runs”.

    If your team doesn’t hit, doesn’t that make outs all the more precious? You shouldn’t give any away!

    In other news, St. Phillip of Hughes doesn’t seem to have command of his pitches again :(

    • Pat D

      The A’s lack the capital and factory to properly manufacture runs.

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

      The only thing I can say to try and justify it is that if your team isn’t good at anything but making outs, you should try to make them “productive outs”.

      I agree, though, your team shouldn’t intentionally make outs whether it’s full of good hitters or not.

    • aRX

      I guess the logic is, if your team can’t hit a lick and is likely to make too many outs anyway, use some of them to move runners over and score a cheap run or two on a groundout/sac fly, rather than strand them. I can’t imagine a team hitting so poorly that it would be worth giving up so many outs though.

  • Pat D

    Throw strikes! Attack hitters! You’ve got a three run lead! Throw the changeup!

    Did I miss anything?

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      Attack the hitters should be repeated for emphasis.

  • MikeD

    Hmmm, 3-0 lead, only seven outs recorded, just one hit, yet 52 pitches. Not good. DP please.

  • A.D.

    this is painful

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

    Hughes looks gassed, unsurprisingly. Might be time to skip him a start or too.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Boston’s “run prevention” strategy is working great tonight.

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

      what’s happening o’er there?

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        O’s up 3-0

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

          Off Josh Beckett? That’s impossible…

          • Pat D

            Scutaro apparently threw away a ball that allowed 2 runs to score.

    • Kit

      I thought their run prevention strategy was FIVE ACES.

      /building the brand

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

        Rotation and bullpen both better than the Yankees.
        /MitchWilliams’d

        No weaknesses.
        /JohnKruk’d

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

          All dolled up for the playoffs. The only ones.
          /was that also Kruk?’d

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

            Indeed.

            I wonder if there’s more ex-Phillies out there that the MSM can hire to say ridiculously stupid shit about how the Sox rock and the Yankees suck.

            What are Darren Daulton and Mike Leiberthal doing these days?

            • Pat D

              Plotting for the end of the world in 2 years and probably, hopefully, recovering from the many injuries he sustained.

              Is Dykstra in jail yet?

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              Lenny Dykstra is always good for a stupid quip.

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

    Oy, Hughesy. C’mon.

  • Cy Pettitte

    is it just me or is the strike zone shrinking for Phil?

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

      he doesn’t have that much control but it is.

      • A.D.

        Yeah down in the zone doesn’t appear to be called all that consistently

  • MikeD

    Ahh, yes. I remember the days where I could just walk up to Yankee Stadium and buy tickets on game day.

  • cjc

    panful really painful

  • Pat D

    Mike Harkey’s mustache was awesome.

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

      Mike Harkey’s mustache everything was is awesome.

      Fixed.

  • Ivan

    One more out.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Hughes is not sharp but god damn does this ump suck:

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=7

  • larryf

    Jeets leads off. Yay! no gidp

  • larryf

    Vintage!

  • Slappy White

    Swing up Derek.

  • Pat D

    This ump really, truly sucks.

  • Kit

    Yeah, Texy.

  • Pat D

    Man, really hoping the Orioles lose all this newfound grit before they come to the stadium next week.

    Interesting note: If they win today, they’ll have won as many games under Showalter as they did under Samuel and more than they did under Trembley.

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

      That’s both hilarious and sad

      Heh, remember when they SWEPT Boston? That was fucking sweet.

      • Kit

        My Boston fan roommate refused to speak to me for a few hours after that, because I “jinxed” Boston by mentioning that it was unlikely the Orioles would sweep anyone this season like a day before their series.

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

          Ah, Bostoners. They’re so willing to believe in “jinxes” and “curses” and “witches” and “the appropriateness of not bathing daily or having sexual relations with your siblings or first cousins”.

          • Kit

            We’re actually both from the South Bronx. She was once a Yankees fan, but she got tired of them “always winning” and switched sides. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

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

              I have no words.

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

              I’m sure she’s lovely, but she’s dumb.

              (I really mean this as a joke, please don’t take offense. I’m sure she’s awesome. Other than the whole Boston Red Sox fan thing…)

              • Kit

                She’s an awesome friend. We just have our differences when it comes to baseball. She had more reasons for liking the Red Sox (I think an ex-boyfriend once factored in there), but that was the main “fuck those guys” reason.

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

    Damn Swish.

  • Kit

    SWISH!! Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Swish!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swisher against his past teams is unstoppable

  • pat

    Ooh, they’re not gonna like that in Oakland.

  • Mike HC

    That was fucking blasted

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

      That was fucking blasted

      TWSS

  • BadaBling

    Swisher with the SWEET swing, everytime he comes around this city, bang, bang!

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

      I can’t believe you just quoted The Hot Boys.

      • BadaBling

        Don’t hate, appreciate!

      • FIPster Doofus

        Neither can I, but color me impressed.

  • China Joe

    Billy Beane was probably like “Why were you swinging 3-0, Nick? Think of your OBP!”

    • Ross in Jersey

      Not sure if serious…

      • China Joe

        They were saying on YES that Swisher had swug 3-0 twice in his career before this year, and in 2010 he’s 5-6

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    ALEXEI!!!!!!!

    (last time)

  • larryf

    Swish sucking on his thumb…pacifier

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Suzyn just said that she would totally bang Swisher…well she didn’t say it but you know she was thinking it.

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

      The thought of Suzyn Waldman “banging” anyone is… unsettling.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Vomit inducing is more like it.

      • Slappy White

        Oh come on , shes kinda hot

        /toomanyshotsoftequila’d

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

          I wouldn’t hit Suzyn Waldman with Bea Arthur’s dick.

          • Joe West’s Music Career

            I actually lol’d.

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

              That’s a Jeffrey Ross joke.

              Classic.

  • Slappy White

    Im shocked the Red Sox traded hometown boy Manny Delcarmen. Im gonna miss Kay telling me that EVERY time he pitched against us

    • Ross in Jersey

      I don’t, he’s given up 11 runs in his last 13 innings against the Yankees.

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

      I was watching MLBN and Gammons said he did so poorly in Boston because he felt very pressured because of his love for Red Sox Nation. No, not a joke.

      He did not, however, mention that MDC could close in the NL. Sadly.

      • Pat D

        So his grit and determination prevented him from succeeding, like Lackey in his last start against the Yankees?

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

          I will never forget FOX saying Lackey gave up the lead in that game because he was too gritty. Are you kidding me??

          • Pat D

            How could you? It was probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard BuckCarver say, and that says a lot.

      • Slappy White

        Red Sox Nation ?
        What a bunch of Bullshit that is

        /Hank’d

  • Klemy

    Swish just loves sticking it to the old teams.

  • Joe West’s Music Career

    I’m listening on the radio. Did Swish even bother to use his bat that time, or did he feel it was unnecessary?

  • Pat D

    Nick Swisher don’t like teams that trade him.

    Note to Yankees: let him walk via free agency.

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

      Or trade him to an NL team.

      • Pat D

        I’d still be worried about seeing him during interleague.

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

          We could sell him to Japan.

          • Cy Pettitte

            I could see Swish being on the sportscenter top 10 for doing one of those home run robbing catches from on top of the wall

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

    That’s a good trivia question. No idea, but I’ll guess Boston and Cleveland.

    • Pat D

      What was the question? I missed it.

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

        Yankees are now 100-46 at the new Yankee Stadium. Who were the only three teams to get to 100 wins at their stadiums faster?

        • vin

          Since it always seems to tie in with the team they’re playing, I’m going to guess Oakland and Cleveland.

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

          Good guesses. Maybe Baltimore? I like your two guesses, though.

  • larryf

    The jocks mocking Kay. Love it.

    /well rounded’d

  • MikeD

    Swisher’s OBP is basically right where we’d expect it in a normal Swish season (around .370, same as last year), yet he’s BA is about 50 pts. higher. It’s not too hard to figure out one aspect of his game that Long changed along with his swing. That AB was a perfect example. Never would have swung in the past.

  • larryf

    Rays tie it 1-1 as ball goes through the wickets of Aaron Hill. Sucks.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      This is why I hate Aaron Hill.

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        This is why I hate Aaron Hill the Blue Jays.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          That, too. But I really hate Aaron Hill.

      • larryf

        Ball goes right through Aaron Hill’s legs and they score it a hit in Tampa. Unbelievable!

    • Cy Pettitte

      3-1 Rays now…ugh

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Ugh, Jorge.

  • BadaBling

    I wonder if Giardi will have the quick hook tonight. Hughes looking tired early…

    • larryf

      He would if Nova was out there..

  • larryf

    Jorge pulling a frankie back there.

  • Pat D

    Damn Blue Jays.

    And I didn’t start Niemann in fantasy tonight because I figured they’d take him deep.

    • Pat D

      Meanwhile, I did start Ryan Dempster vs. the Pirates, and he’s given up 4 runs in 1 inning plus.

      I guess you know what they say…

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

        The Cubs can’t beat the Pirates this year so…

        • Pat D

          Why the hell aren’t I notified of these things?!?

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

            I guess irony can be pretty ironic sometimes…

  • Kit

    Eesh. I really don’t like seeing Chad Gaudin. One more, Phil.

  • MikeD

    If the answer is Chad Gaudin, revisit your question.

  • Pat D

    Sigh. Maybe Phil needs a skip. Someone mentioned that, right?

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

    Phil’s command has been terrible the last 2 starts.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wouldn’t location be a better indication of Hughes’ tiredness than his velocity, Tino?

    • Ross in Jersey

      I was thinking the same thing. Fatigue doesn’t always equal a dip in velocity..

  • Pat D

    Now Hughes is getting pissed at the umpire.

    And, really, an ump won’t give borderline pitches just because he has walked a bunch already? That’s McCarver-esque.

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

    Phil looks pissed.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com Newbie

    I just got in. I know he has given up a bunch a runners and 2 runs, but how has Hughes looked thus far? Has it been an unlucky 2 runs or has he just not been making pitches?

    • Ross in Jersey

      His command has been bad again. 5 walks already. Ump has a tight zone too, which doesn’t help.

      • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com Newbie

        Ugh that’s not good to hear. Thanks.

      • Pat D

        Ump has a tight zone for Hughes only. Mazzaro’s getting pitches that he is not.

  • BadaBling

    This ump sucks balls.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Don’t know if Lilly is the answer but Yanks sure as shit need some pitching. I wouldn’t trust Hughes, Burnett, or Moseley (not that he would be pitching) in any game in the playoffs.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Back in July (when they reasonably had a chance to get Lilly), Hughes and Javy were pitching lights out and Andy wasn’t injured.

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        I think Lilly will do fine, if they go that route but depends on what they would have to give up, unless it is just salary relief – considering the McCourt divorce.

        That said, there is no guarantee Andy will pitch well coming back, although I have more faith in him than AJ and Phil; maybe even more in Javy than AJ and Phil, but let’s not rush to judgement.

        • Ross in Jersey

          I think you may be confused, they’re not getting Lilly. They won the claim on him, but the Dodgers pulled him back. He’s staying with LA.

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

            I wonder if the Dodgers put him on waivers again and just let him go this time.

            • Ross in Jersey

              I thought once you pull a player back, he can’t be put on waivers again?

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

                No, once you pull a player back, if you put him on waivers again, the waivers are irrevocable and you can’t pull him back a second time, he just gets awarded to whomever claims him.

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

        Well – we reasonably had a chance to get Lilly today, supposedly, just the Dodgers pulled him back.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

          Did not know they pulled him back. I am still catching up on emails from last week and headlines from last Friday.

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

            No prob.

  • larryf

    3-2 Rays!

  • MikeD

    I swear, if everyone got together who hates this don’t smoke ad, we can bring a lawsuit.

  • Slappy White

    That green pixel is Smokin Hot

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

    Hey ZZ: Make sure to mention Phil Hughes hitting a wall at the end of August as he pitches innings he’s never pitched before in your comments back to us vis-a-vis the Great Joba Chamberlain the Starter Debate™.

    Thanks.

    Your pal,
    Tommie

    • MikeD

      Call me crazy, but I sense a history here…

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

        See the top of the thread.

        BTW, that wasn’t nasty or snarky, I like and respect ZZ. I just want him to be sure to include my above point in his forthcoming comment, which will be insightful (since he always is).

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’m disappointed you didn’t provide a link to one of these comments. I’ve come to expect better from you, Tommie.

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

        I’ve come to expect better from you, Tommie.

        I epitomize the worst of what Yankee fans can be right now: unbelievably greedy, never satisfied, not content to enjoy the team I have on the field this year and its chances to win.

        http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-959681

  • China Joe

    For the second year in a row we’ve seen a young starter struggle as he passes his career high in innings. Is anyone else scared the Yankees might banish Hughes to the bullpen in 2011 like they did Joba?

    I’m pretty sure they won’t…but it will haunt my nightmares.

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

      I hope not as well. Young starters need to keep being young starters even after they hit a wall or have a hiccup or a setback. Even if their mechanics are all out of whack and they look like shells of their former selves.

      I’d hoped we’d learned that last year with Joba, but maybe the same thing happening this year with Hughes will drive the point home.

    • Ross in Jersey

      No way. He’s in the rotation next year no matter how badly he pitches going forward.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Not really. Phil has actually pitched better than last year unlike Joba who, as a starter, did not.

      Phil just needs more innings and to understand how to get a batter out without stretching an AB an extra 5-6 pitches.

      I would be interested in seeing what percentage of his pitches per game come after a 2 strike count. Has to be 60%, at least.

      • China Joe

        You should check Joba’s numbers as a starter last year before he reached his innings threshhold…pretty damn respectable. Better than half the guys they’ve thrown out there this season

  • BadaBling

    Thames will get em next time!

  • Pat D

    My dad just told Jose Bautista to, “Hit one out now, ya scurvy fuck!”

    Then he gets nailed on the hip and looked like he wanted blood.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      “ya scurvy fuck” is a tremendous epithet.

      • BadaBling

        My new fav diss, “ya scurvy fuck”. I love it more than, “twit, moron and horses ass”

        • Pat D

          My dad appreciates the attention.

    • seimiya

      This is so awesome, even an hours-late lurker like me has to come out and tell your dad how awesome he is.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Ohhhho, Curtis, you’re something sort of Grandish!

  • Cy Pettitte

    the Grandyman? finally gets one out after all the bad luck

    • Cy Pettitte

      that wasn’t supposed to be a question, rather an exclamation, woops

    • MikeD

      My impression is that he’s hit the ball very well for a guy who was 1-17 before the HR.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Tor up 4-3 now, nice

    • Cy Pettitte

      5-3

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

        This is impossible, my entire Twitter feed told me they rolled over for the Rays. (That doesn’t even make sense, considering the records. If they wanted to say they rolled over for Boston, well, that’d make some sense.)

    • Pat D

      Now 5-3 as Upton allows another ball over his head because he plays so freaking shallow.

    • Cy Pettitte

      6-3 now

      • Kit

        8-3 Toronto.

        • Pat D

          Hill hit one out, making up for the non-error error.

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    Jays up 5-3 with a man on 2b and no outs.

  • Slappy White

    Jesus getting a call up ?

    • vin

      Any particular reason for the speculation? Or are you just tossing it out there?

      • Slappy White

        Tino mentioned it

  • BadaBling

    Let’s go Canada, eh?

    • Kit

      I can’t go do it. I was going to cheer for them, but I just can’t. It makes me physically ill.

      • Kit

        *I just can’t do it

        That’s what I get for talking to my mother and typing at the same time.

      • Slappy White

        Breathe through you nose and just think positive thoughts. Now say it….. LETS GO CANADA

        • Kit

          Cheering for Canada goes against everything I hold dear and true.

          • Slappy White

            I know, but winning, like anything worth having, requires sacrifice

            • Kit

              Ugh, can’t I just go kill a virgin instead?

              /kidding

              • Slappy White

                Sounds like they dont need our help tonight anyway, so now Im with you…..FUCK EM

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    A Boof Bonser sighting!

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

    I remember when Derek was really good.

  • Pat D

    Boof Bonser? How many teams has he been with this year?

    Also, last night they whined about the wild card, now they’re going to whine about other teams being able to call up more guys than others on September 1?

    • Ross in Jersey

      I believe he was a FA signing by the Sox this year, he pitched in AAA and was eventually released without making it into a game.

      • Pat D

        Actually he pitched two innings for Boston and gave up four runs.

        I thought someone else had signed him after Boston released him.

        • Ross in Jersey

          Well, there ya go.

  • Kit

    TEX!! Damn, you guys are mean, today.

  • mike c

    absolutely crushed

  • Ross in Jersey

    Mark Teixiera: good at baseball.

    Thanks for comin, kid.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Tex message! crushed that one

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Why has Rajai Davis bothered to turn around on any of the three HRs to RF tonight? He had absolutely no shot at any of them. Just watch it go, buddy.

    • Pat D

      He’d be called lazy if he did that. He’s not that dumb.

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

        That’s right. Only white players are allowed to not turn around and show an effort on a homer.

        • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

          2 big ol’ leaps of logic here.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Is it me or has Tex caught fire since “little Tex” was born?

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

      I actually remember he was in a bit of a slump when he first came back during the Royals series. Since then, though, en fuego.

      • Kit

        Where did “en fuego” come from. Because that seems like the worst Spanish ever.

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

          I have no idea. Obviously it jokingly means “on fire.”

          • Kit

            Nah, I got that it was a joke (my comment there may have come off as bitchy, but that wasn’t my intention, sorry). I was just curious as to where it came from since it was in that recent Hanley article, and seeing as how Hanley speaks (or should speak) Spanish, I was wondering if it was his doing.

        • Pat D

          I believe it was popularized by Dan Patrick on SportsCenter.

          • Kit

            Dan Patrick needs some Spanish lessons. The proper term is “encendido”.

            • Pat D

              It’s that normal American way of speaking Spanish, where you learn the direct word translation, but don’t bother to learn the grammar.

              At least that’s my theory.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

          three drunk irishmen who were trying to impress three spanish women after their attempt to run with the bulls.

  • Total Dominication

    Mark Teixera has returned from his August on fire hot mode to his July ridiculously supernova hot mode.

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

    Bronx bombin’

  • larryf

    Tex puts the UTZ into that one!

  • Total Dominication

    I just got in this inning. Has Hughes been as wild as his 5 walks suggest?

    • larryf

      Phil reaaly labored to deliver this baby…

  • Cy Pettitte

    8-3 Jays on an Aaron Hill HR

  • BadaBling

    Dagger, thank you Tex! Let Hughes go one more inning for the chance at a W!

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    Remember when people were crying for Teix’s blood during the starting few months of the season? Good times…

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

      UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

  • larryf

    Yo Vinny-back to Jersey buddy!

  • MikeD

    If Mark ever figures out April, he might hit 50 one year.

  • sangreal

    Vin Mazzaro has not forgotten the pitch that ended up ruining his homecoming outing inside Yankee Stadium last summer. Somewhere, some lucky fan is walking around with the 3-0 fastball Mazzaro grooved right down the middle of the plate for Mark Teixeira, who drove it into the second deck in right field during a four-run fourth inning that led to his downfall in a 6-3 loss.

    The Rutherford native and former All-State right-hander will be back in the Stadium tonight starting for the Oakland A’s against the Yankees and their prized young right-hander, Phil Hughes.

    “I won’t be doing that again,” Mazzaro joked, referring to the gift Teixeira blasted for a mammoth two-run home run. “I’m still going to have the same emotions as last year. It’s pitching in New York, as close to home for me as it gets.

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....again.html
    oops?

    • Kit

      I laughed. A lot.

    • Cy Pettitte

      oh man, that’s awesome

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      Bwahahahahhaha.

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

      OMFG this is perfect

    • Joe West’s Music Career

      Heh.

  • larryf

    Toronto 8-3!

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Look at the back of the baseball card.

    /Mark Teixeira’d

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

    Man, Mitch Williams is gonna be so despondent tonight.

    • Pat D

      Pretty sure his arrogance prohibits that.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      The fuck does “despondent” mean?

      Sincerely,
      Mitch Williams

      • BadaBling

        You know, Roger Clemens the “despondent” in court, duh!

        Formally,

        Mitch Williams

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        The same thing that “refudiate” means.

        Sincerely

        Sarah Palin

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      I will henceforth refer to Mitch Williams as a scurvy fuck.

  • MikeD

    Why is it that the MLB Network guys (and ESPN) keep saying the Yankees “can’t shake” the Rays. The Rays are touted as this great, young athletic team that once led the Yankees by five games and we’re the early “team to beat.” Isn’t this a case of the Rays not being able to shake the Yankees?

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

      I’m guessing it’s because of that perspective you said – that the Yankees are the “team to beat.” It’s actually complimentary toward the Yankees, IMO.

      • MikeD

        I did’t mean to say that.:-) Misuse of the words “we’re” and “were” can change the meacing quite a bit! It should have read: “…and were the team to beat,” referring to the Rays. Once the season started, all the pundits seem to pick them as the team to beat.

        In the end, I know the answer. The Yankees are the Yankees, and they are the team everyone wants to beat. Yet it’s not consistent with what the MLB Network locker room guys/announcers were saying earlier.

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

          Ahhhh, gotcha. And yeah, I agree with your conclusion here. It’s a Yankees-centric POV, actually.

    • Kit

      I think it’s because once they lost the lead, they never actually managed to regain it. They haven’t been ahead of us in the standings since they lost the lead. We’ve tied, they’ve been behind, and that’s it, if I’m remembering correctly.

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    11-3 eh?!

    • larryf

      C-eh N-eh D-eh=Canada

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        I dig that eh, let’s go to the forest and have a glass of refreshing maple syrup eh. Maybe we can observe some Moose eh?

        /horribly misinformed of our Northern neighbors

        • Eirias

          You loon.

        • Pat D

          The Canadian restaurant at Epcot in Disney World is pretty good.

          Great steaks, and they have this awesome Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup that is made with Moosehead Pale Ale. Pretty good stuff.

          • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

            I’ve only been to Disney World once, I was 8 and I decided that the place wasn’t for me. That soup on the other hand sounds really good, let me do some research and see if I can replicate it.

            Speaking of Canadian restaurant, I would love to eat at Au Pied De Cochon in Montreal plus do an intensive food tour of Vancouver.

  • BadaBling

    Let Hughes get the win, don’t Moseley him out! Hughes at 30-40% is better than Gaudin at 100%!

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

    Heh, whoever was complaining about not starting Niemann… looks like you were smart after all ;)

    • Pat D

      That was me. And now I’m happy.

      My dad is now happy and sad that “the scurvy fuck” Bautista hit a home run, but that we were watching the Yankees and so he didn’t see it.

  • Slappy White

    I voted for his performance on tonights Segment 2

  • Slappy White

    Id like to see if that Kelli is truly an escapist

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

    Heh, the guy who caught Tex’s homer was Rob from Walk-Off Walk‘s dad. Awesome.

    http://twitpic.com/2k3hvv

    • MikeD

      RAB writers need to send their fathers to the game.

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

        I wish I could, my friend.

        • MikeD

          If I read that right, sorry. Same boat.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    my god, jeff neimann is destroying my fantasy team ERA

    holy shit

    • Jose the Satirist

      His performance made me smile.

    • MikeD

      I have him on my team, too, but I’ve yet to reactivate him. I planned to this week if he did okay tonight. Looks like I may wait another week until there’s some indication of the problem.

      • Pat D

        I have him too. I kept him on the bench after the Angels shelled him.

  • Pat D

    Braves scored 7 in the 5th against the Mets. Things like that always make me smile.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    MLB.com homepage says that Bautista is the first player to 100 RBIs this season. Can I have the media guy’s job, please?

    #fail

    • Kit

      I actually had to pause and WTF at this. So I guess Cabrera doesn’t count as a player.

  • Pat D

    Marcus needs to join the party.

    Also, I hope we’re saving some runs for Toronto.

  • Slappy White

    Im starting to sense a 9 out of 10 homestand

    • Total Dominication

      11 out of 10 or bust.

      • Pat D

        Damn right.

      • Eirias

        Ah, I see you are familiar with the twisted non-euclidean geometries of Pythagoras’ “other” theorems.

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

      They’re gonna get swept. Fuckin’ optimists.

      /Jersey Johnny RIP’d

      • Pat D

        I wouldn’t RIP him. I’d rather he RIA.

  • Total Dominication

    That MLB.com headline, wow.

  • Slappy White

    You score that a 5-5-4 force out

    • Pat D

      Always love baseball pinball.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Mitre always looks like and sounds like he’s high.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Well you know, he DID fail a drug test.

  • BadaBling

    I wonder how many long homeruns Gaudin allows here, 10 in 50 innings is brutal.

  • Kit

    What the hell? Why does Javy have his fingers in his ear? You don’t want Mitre to talk to you?

    • Cy Pettitte

      checking to make sure there’s still a brain in there

      • Kit

        You’re going to hurt his feelings and make him whine again!

  • Slappy White

    Did Kay just say “there are two of the longer guys out there” ?

    • Scooter

      Yup… and Flash talked about how hard it was (to pitch in blowouts)

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Still don’t know why this guy has to hold a bat.

    • Pat D

      Makes him look like a fan.

      Or he just can’t resist having wood in his hands.

      • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

        Let’s go with Option B.

      • Greg

        BINGO!

  • Pat D

    Boston threatening…

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      William Hall lookin’ to do some damage.

      • Pat D

        With the sacrifice bunt, of course.

  • BadaBling

    I love seeing 9 runs on 7 hits, it makes me happy!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    The bat guy looks like a young James Woods.

  • charliechoochoo

    Stanley Kowalski got the bat?

    • Pat D

      That’s very offensive to young Marlon Brando.

  • Pat D

    Uh oh. They didn’t mention the 600 lb gorilla in the NL Triple Crown chase.

    • MikeD

      Did the gorilla go on a diet? He was 800 pounds the last time I checked over my shoulder.

      • Pat D

        Whichever.

        • MikeD

          Even gorillas need to be healthy and lose some weight…I say as I eat a large meatball sandwich…

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

      Who? (No honestly, I dunno. I’m probably forgetting someone really obvious.)

      • Pat D

        Once Omar Infante qualifies for the batting title…

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

          Ah, yes, I read about that and laughed at it. Thanks. :)

      • Chris

        Both Pujols and Votto are in the top 3 in BA, RBI and HR. Not sure who they mentioned.

  • charliechoochoo

    Maybe DJ needs to get unengaged. His mojo is being single and fancy free.

    • Chris

      Like Tiger?

      • charliechoochoo

        I don’t think that analogy is apt.

  • Slappy White

    Is Jeter using a fucking fungo bat ?
    Also, how many times is Kay gonna ask Tino that same fucking question ?

    • charliechoochoo

      until he can understand what the hell Tino is saying

  • BadaBling

    Jeter’s OBP just dipped below .333, amazing. When isn’t a slump, a slump anymore, when is it more?

    • Jose the Satirist

      Please no 4-year $80M contract.

    • Reggie C.

      There’s not much season left so DJ’s final stat sheet isn’t going to look good at all. Lets just hope he’s in a better groove come playoff time. I know there’s a 20 game hot streak left in that bat, and we’d all be smoking cigars if that streak happened to take place in October. DJ will just have to do it against really good pitching.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Remember when Swisher switched bat weight to slow his swing down because he was in front of everything? Perhaps Jeter should switch to a lighter bat to quicken things up a bit.

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

    Cliff Lee may be at least temporarily broken, Yuniesky Betancourt took him deep

    • Kit

      I just made a face when I saw that. He’s broken and I’m sad. Get it together Cliff (unless we have to face the Rangers during the Play offs). I want you on this team next year.

    • BadaBling

      The Yuni-Bomber? Ughh, keep pitching like shit Cliff, drive that price and guaranteed years down…excellent!
      /mwuahahaha’d

    • Pat D

      According to Colin Cowherd, he’s tanking it because he doesn’t like Texas.

      • Kit

        He’s mailing it in, because just look at how well he pitched in Seattle and Philadelphia and in New York despite never playing here!

        /Cowherd’d

        • Kit

          Fail. *Despite never playing for the Yankees.

          • Pat D

            Well, Cowherd said he wanted to be a Yankee, and was very upset that the trade didn’t go through, and that he’s already getting ready to sign with the Yankees in the offseason, and that he only shows up in important games.

            • Kit

              Yeah, I got that, but that was a stupid thing to say either way. I doubt Lee is intentionally doing badly on any team. He’s trying to get paid next year, and on top of that, the Rangers are almost guaranteed a play off spot judging by the strength of the teams in their division unless they experience a massive collapse. I just thought that was really ridiculous. Accusing a player of “mailing it in” is just inappropriate unless that player is Manny Ramirez.

  • Reggie C.

    Bautista’s now at 43 for the season. I’ve heard of outlier years, but this is an insane display of “locked-in” syndrome.

    • Scooter

      Or he used lots of “supplements and vitamins”

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    This tweet, from MLB…

    MLB

    Jose Bautista’s 43rd HR makes him 1st to 100 RBIs this season http://tinyurl.com/2blhpnj – part of 10-run 6th for #bluejays at #rays

    #stillfailing

    • Pat D

      Still on the website, too.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Can we redefine Triple Crown to winning AVG/OBP/SLG?

    • Jose the Satirist

      Can we redefine Triple Crown to winning Kentucky Derby/Preakness/Belmont Stakes?

    • Chris

      I kind of like that the three stats aren’t directly tied to each other. For pitchers (K, W, ERA), more K’s generally leads to a lower ERA and more wins. For hitters there’s really no connection between BA and HR or RBI (HR and RBI are more closely linked, but still disconnected). RBI aren’t a very good stat, but if someone wins the triple crown, then they certainly had a great season.

  • Cy Pettitte

    knew that was coming…

  • Slappy White

    ARod doesnt need a fucking rehab assignment. Shut the fuck up Flash

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

      heh can you imagine if A-Rod did go on a rehab assignment at the same time, with the same affiliate, as Andy? “Hey minor league kiddies in the playoffs. You’re facing Andy Pettitte tonight, and Alex Rodriguez is hitting cleanup for the other team. Have fun.”

      • Kit

        I would kill to see the looks in their eyes.

      • Reggie C.

        I’d like to go to that game.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        But A-Rod’s never seen those guys. He’d obviously go 0-for.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    really booing? Hope that was for the delay in throwing the ball back not for Gaudin.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Throwing the ball back = dumb.

  • BadaBling

    11 homeruns given up in 53 or 54 innings, great job Gaudin. Mitre > Gaudin

    • Greg

      How many if those were solo shots?

      • Scooter

        If Gaudin goes 3 or 4 tonight, and gives up 1 or 2 solo shots (and no walks), I’d take it – happily.

        For the most part, Gaudin is getting decent sink on his FB, and lots of movement on his breaking stuff.

        • Chris

          He’s fine as the third long man in the pen (after Javy/Mosely and Mitre). I wouldn’t trust him for more than that.

    • Ross in Jersey

      I would honestly prefer solo home runs to walks in these types of situations.

    • Pat D

      Not gonna complain about him giving up meaningless solo home runs in blowouts when he’s throwing strikes and soaking up innings.

      • BadaBling

        Yeah doesn’t really matter, but 11 homers in 50ish innings is terrible. Its to the point with him not a matter of if he’s gonna give up a long ball, but when. That’s all I was getting at.

        • Pat D

          Point taken.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Bautista: still bat-flipping

    • Cy Pettitte

      can’t wait to see Nova/Bautista rematch friday

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

        oh ugh considering what Kay’s gonna say about it I can totally wait, baaarrrrffff

    • Reggie C.

      Again … how many of us WOULDN’T flip a bat after getting thrown at in an earlier at-bat.

      • Chris

        He didn’t get thrown at.

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

          He thought he did, which to him, is really all that matters.

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      At this point, even though it’s incredibly douchey, I think he’s allowed to flip his bat. He’s the only one hitting homeruns this year.

      • BadaBling

        Fuck him, his face makes me angry. On a lighter note, I’m sure he’s a great guy!

  • Ross in Jersey

    Beckett held the Orioles to 3 runs in 7 strong innings today, I have it on good authority that this makes them a virtual lock for the playoffs.

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

      He’s BAAAAACK!!!!!

      • Scooter

        Funny – a few seconds after the word “douche”, Beckett gets mentioned

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

          mryankee mryankee mryankee

          ;)

    • Kit

      One of those FIVE ACES.

  • Pat D

    Wow, Jorge was tagged out.

  • Kit

    Ooh…he was kind of out, first base ump. Thanks though.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Posada always makes me scratch my head once or twice a game, like how Tex makes a great play each game

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

      With Posada it’s pretty obvious. He’s just thinking about his wife, and junk.

      • Pat D

        I guess that’s a good excuse.

  • Pat D

    Now Flash says Eddings has done a good job. Sigh.

    • Kit

      Flash has no idea what he’s talking about half the time. He just likes praising people.

      • Pat D

        This was such a good post I’d like to single you out for it. Nice job, concise and to the point.

        • Kit

          It’s nice to be appreciated, even if it’s by you, Flash.

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

    that’s nice, Tino

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Any non-Northeast/Maryland areaish posters, is lacrosse all that big around your area?

    • NYY-SWISH

      Yes. I played with kids from TX, CA, FL, OK, Pennsylvania, NC, and Georgia in college. It’s big, getting bigger every day.

      • Pat D

        I just remember a George Carlin routine where he talked about baseball, football and basketball being the only “real” sports.

        His description of lacrosse: a faggot college activity.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Cool, thanks. I wasn’t sure if it was still just essentially a regional thing. I always thought the sport itself was really cool, but the guys who played it at my high school were TOTAL douches.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      i went to school in texas. Lacrosse is not big here at all, but i do know quite a few that play it. It’s definitely seen as an”expensive” sport here because of the high costs due to travel (lack of teams in certain cities creates high travel costs)

      i live in houston and know that one school in the 13 HS school district that plays lacrosse

  • BadaBling

    Has Gaudin induced a single ground ball out? I know he’s had some nice looking Ks but seems like a ton of fly balls.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      There ya go! ;)

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

      There ya go

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh good Mo. How fucking long is Kay going to be on this “Bing” kick?

    • BadaBling

      After yesterdays game, I tuned into the A’s broadcast for tonights game. I couldn’t stand another game listening to Kay talk about his wedding and all the man love he shows Tino. Speaking of Tino, he sounds like he’s calling a golf tourny, the YES broadcasters have been extra annoying lately. With all that said I’d much rather hear them than Hawk Harrelson.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Luke Scott with some insurance. 4-2 Oreos.

  • Pat D

    Oh, shucks, the Bautista story is gone from MLBN.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      what was the Bautista story? What did I missss?

  • Ross in Jersey

    lol, poor Ramiro. That’s about as far as he can hit it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Pena sooooooooo close

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    damn, ramiro almost had that one!

  • Pat D

    That would have been…interesting.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      That would have been…interesting. arousing

  • Ross in Jersey

    Lance Berkman: new favorite player of everyone on the Trenton Thunder.

    @mashmore98: Just spoke to Lance Berkman. He said the ankle is fine. He also bought the Thunder players a very, very nice spread from Outback.

    • Ross in Jersey

      You know, if Kay is going to basically take someone’s status verbatim, he should try to give credit.

    • Kit

      After that Mendoza line joke and this, I officially love Lance Berkman. Such a nice guy.

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

      The best thing, by far, about Outback Steakhouse, are the sauces.

      …that sounds kinda dirty doesn’t it.

      • Kit

        We’ll let TSJC decide. *waits*

      • Pat D

        I’ve only ever been to Outback once and I didn’t think it was that great.

        Call me weird, but I prefer Lone Star Steakhouse. There’s a relatively newer place around where I live called Texas Roadhouse which isn’t bad either, but it’s always way too crowded.

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

          I’ve never been to Lone Star Steakhouse, but Outback is pretty meh. The food is meh… but the sauces are really flavorful and stuff. That’s why I said it.

          • V

            No comment ;-). Ok, comment, rofl.

            Go big or go home, IMO. If I’m eating out, it’s generally $100+ per person, unless I do something like pizza or the like.

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

    The “Bautista leads MLB in RBI” or whatever story was not as good as this one on the Cards website for about five minutes last night:

    http://twitpic.com/2ju5sn

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Yup. Hilarious.

  • Zooboy

    Atta boy Elvis!

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Hm. This is very un-Girardi like, not letting Derek try and hit his way out of his slump. Unless he aggravates his injuries when he swings. In which case, why not give him two days off?

  • Zooboy

    Felix Pie with a homer in B’more.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      This mother fucker?

      /A.J.’d

    • Cy Pettitte

      sweep would be nice, put sox 8-10 games out so we can stop hearing about their chances at making a run

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

        Even with New And Improved Showalter Baltimore Fightin’ Os, I’ll take whatever I can get from that team when it comes to our division rivals. 1/3 games against Boston or Tampa Bay will make me very happy.

    • Ross in Jersey

      BUT TEH SOX PEN IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE YANKEES!

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Felix Dubront > David Robertson

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    cliff lee is getting pounded again

    the money the yanks save to sign him can go to that bloated jeter contract they will give him

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Lee will be fine I’m sure. All pitchers go through slumps. I still think they should go after him.

    • MikeD

      Darn. I also have Lee on my fantasy team and he IS active!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    9-3? Pathetic. No passion tonight.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Seriously. Only 9 runs? They should have scored more. This team has no heart. We need true Yankees Clutch warriors like Damon and Matsui. And Shane Spencer.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Remember when Cano GIDP with the bases loaded in the first…yeah, Shane would have hit a grand slam. No passion.

        • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

          For sure.

  • Kit

    Another win. Well done, guys. Keep the ball rolling tomorrow.

  • Cy Pettitte

    AJ please give us a decent start tomorrow so we have a shot at the 4 game sweep

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

    Schmexcellent, Yankees.

  • MikeD

    Let’s hope we pound Braden on Thursday. I was wondering why there wasn’t a bit more buzz about it, but realized no A-Rod.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Aroldys Chapman debuts

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Just saw 103 MPH on GameDay. Wow.

    • Cy Pettitte

      nice debut

  • Ross in Jersey

    Red Sox now 8 back with 30 to play. Delicious.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    102 mph on his 3rd pitch

    • MikeD

      Who? Champman?

      • Cy Pettitte

        yea, he hit 103 twice according to gameday

      • A-Rod’s Hip

        yes… PHENOMenal

  • MikeD

    I want Bob Lorenz’s job. He can sit in an air-conditioned studio in Stamford, CT, almost never having to travel on the road.

  • Carlosologist

    This is the first game I’ve missed all season. I missed an epic drubbing. ;_;

    Also, we’re a game up in the East bitches!

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      yessir!!

      plus Boston lost too..

      and for the cherry on top, the Mets got drubbed too! woo-hoo!!

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Josh Hamilton just cannot be contained in this sport

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Reds on the verge of goin’ up 7 games on the Cards.. wow