Sep
03

Game 135: Stay hot

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The Yankees kicked off their longest homestand of the season in style, pummeling the A’s in all four games the two teams played. Things get a little tougher today, when the Blue Jays come to town for the first of six times the two clubs will meet this month. Jose Bautista will surely try to hit his homers, but the Yanks can’t let him or his theatrics bother them, they simply need to win. They’ve won six straight and don’t have time to waste on a fourth place team.

Brandon Morrow will be making his final start of the season for the Jays today; they’re shutting him down to control his innings. We still have nightmares about how he’s dominated the Yanks this season, but it’s worth noting that he’s got a rather massive home/road split. He’s pitched in the Bronx twice already this season, giving up five runs in six innings and then again in five-and-a-third innings. Fingers are crossed.

Here’s the lineup, with the Cap’n getting a regular day off…

Gardner, LF
Granderson, CF
Teixeira, 1B
Cano, 2B
Posada, C
Berkman, DH
Kearns, RF
Pena, 3B
Nunez, SS

And on the bump, it’s the rookie Ivan Nova.

It’s a bit overcast in the Tri-State Area and there’s a chance of rain during the game, but as far as we know they plan on starting this one on time.

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481 Comments»

  1. whozat says:

    Where the hell is that picture from???

  2. Pat D says:

    Can’t wait to see Bautista’s theatrical performance as King Lear or Hamlet or Faust or Macbeth or Caesar or…

    Oh, wait, you said “theatrics.” Totally thinking of something else there.

  3. Good pitcher for Derek to get a day off against. 3 for 16 (.188) against Morrow with 7 strikeouts.

    • Steve O. says:

      I’d rest him more against power pitchers and righties, and play him all the time against finesse pitchers. Morrow throws heat. The bat speed isn’t the same.

  4. So guess which of your favorite RAB readers was the female fan of the game at Trenton last night?

    I feel so…Dibble’d.

  5. Hope Nunez doesn’t bounce any more throws to Teix today.

  6. Fred Lemond says:

    Keep it going

  7. drill me deep says:

    prediction ,Ramiro Pena will not get an extra base hit this afternoon. i am hoping he will make me eat my word.

  8. nsalem says:

    Very nice line-up considering we are missing 3 starters. Our bench depth will provide us a great advantage in the playoffs especially in a World Series match up (fingers crossed0. For the Yankees the first four months of the season is to use our farm system to see if somebody can step-up as Gardner did last year, but imagine what our record would be if we had this kind of depth all season.

    • Steve O. says:

      but imagine what our record would be if we had this kind of depth all season.

      Oddly enough, probably not very different from what it is now.

      • nsalem says:

        not as odd as your reply.

          • nsalem says:

            Why child like?? I find it odd that some one would think we would be better off with say Huffman and Miranda than Berkman and Miranda. If you don’t fine with me, but I still find it odd.

            • nsalem says:

              Sorry meant Berkman and Kearns

            • Steve O. says:

              Oh, I thought that was meant in a matter-of-fact kind of way. The Yankees have gotten fairly good production out of DH this season, due to resting players and Thames.. etc. Berkman probably would have added maaaaaybe one win. Even that is doubtful.

              We wouldn’t be better off with those options, just not monumentally better with Berkman.

              • nsalem says:

                Just saying that if we had sought real depth at the beginning of the year instead of settling on Randy Winn (a money decision) and then giving at bats to Curtis, Huffman and Miranda we would probably be better off. Besides the benefit of the improved numbers from Berkman and Kearns, I think Girardi would have been faster to give more rest to the regulars, which would have enhanced their performances also.
                The Scranton guys and Winn were subs. Guys like Berkman and Kearns
                are replacement who give value very close to those of the starters.

  9. Paul Canales says:

    That pic makes me sad ;___;

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    Bautista’s first AB should be interesting, wonder if Nova will come in on him

  11. vin says:

    (Useless) Fun fact:

    Cervelli and Pena are the only 2 Yanks without a HR (non-pitchers). Then I realized that they called up (or acquired) a bunch of guys who haven’t yet hit one – Berkman, Russo, Huffman, Golson, Moeller. I still figured that would be among the fewest players in baseball without a HR. Boy was I wrong.

    The Rays, Padres, A’s, Twins, Reds, White Sox all have only 2 non-pitchers who haven’t yet hit a HR this season. The Rays’ two guys are Hawpe and Jennings (combined 7 PA’s). I think it really just means that Yanks called up more players than those other teams. However, the A’s have given AB’s to the 4th most position players and they play in a pitcher’s ballpark, yet nearly everyone has a HR.

    As a dope once said, “you just can’t predict baseball, Suzyn.”

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    ugh…

  13. esteban says:

    That’s a good start

  14. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    That was fucking crushed.

  15. Well, that’s not a good start. My MLB.tv isn’t working either. Ugh.

  16. Paul Canales says:

    Geez, that went a far way. Let’s get Bautista plz

  17. Guest says:

    Why is Sterling’s HR call never wrong when its an opposing player?

  18. Guest says:

    No fastballs. K, thx, bye.

  19. Pat D says:

    No one in Toronto’s lineup is hitting higher than .269. Definitely a team that relies on the home run.

  20. bexarama says:

    Nunez’s throws are interesting

  21. drill me deep says:

    my money will always be on Pena not hitting a hr, actually EVER again.
    but i will prolly be proven wrong once every 162 games or so.

  22. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    The future of Yankees short stops …. who is it?

  23. esteban says:

    I feel like Eduardo doesn’t have the most accurate arm

  24. Mike Axisa says:

    Does Eduardo Nunez ever make a good throw? Never right to the chest, never.

  25. Fred Lemond says:

    Nunez is lazy like old Cano.

  26. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Velocity down to normal today for Nova so far.

  27. Actual crowd attendance this week has been abysmal.

  28. theyankeewarrior says:

    Gameday had that 2nd strike about 2 feet off the plate…. whatdid it look like live?

  29. Anthony says:

    Nice way too start of the game so far.

  30. Klemy says:

    Hahaha. John Sterling…outdoes himself again.

  31. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Tex has been absolutely raking.

  32. rek4gehrig says:

    Sterling? It is high, it is far, it is off the wall..darn it.

  33. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    So it is a good thing Bautista doesn’t field like he hits. Juice slows you down.

  34. Cy Pettitte says:

    soooo close, got a run in though at least, Teix still on fire

  35. Yank the Frank says:

    That was lousey camera work.

  36. vin says:

    I hate Sterling. He made it sound like it would be a 470′ blast.

  37. bexarama says:

    aaargh thought that was gone, mf’er

  38. James A says:

    I think Teixeira might get to 3000 hits before Jeter does

  39. Carlosologist says:

    You do not pitch to Mark Teixeira when he is going right.

  40. esteban says:

    John sterling did his it is high it is far it is gone thing there. He’s awful

  41. From gameday perspective, this ump isn’t giving Morrow the call on anything. How’s he look on TV?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      For the most part, Morrow is missing, but not by much. But Cederstrom is squeezing him on pitches high in the zone.

    • Not Tank the Frank says:

      Looks to me like he’s been all over the place. No command at all and I actually thought he got a pitch to Posada that looked low and outside.

  42. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    That was weak, Posada. Cisco could have gotten the run in!

  43. Klemy says:

    Good time for Berkman to get big.

  44. seimiya says:

    Call me vindictive, but if Brandon Morrow’s last start of the season is terrible, I’ll be pretty pleased.

  45. Not Tank the Frank says:

    THAT BALL IS HIGH!!! IT IS…

  46. Cy Pettitte says:

    looking at that replay of Teix’s shot I’m surprised Bautista didn’t get that

  47. James A says:

    That ball was tagged, wrong part of the park
    Morrow isnt fooling anyone though

  48. Anthony says:

    Tex is on fire right now.

  49. Guys, honestly. John Sterling is not the most accurate play-by-play caller in the world. We get it.

    • esteban says:

      So we should just accept it and not complain?

      • Chris says:

        At this point? Yes.

        If you want to complain, send letters to WCBS. I think just about everyone here agrees with your opinion, but we can’t do anything about it.

        WCBS can.

    • vin says:

      Not only is he not accurate (which is a big deal), but he makes everything about himself. He also makes references that few people can relate to.

      I hate any announcer that has a schtick. As much as I hate Joe Buck, at least he doesn’t have to interject himself into every home run that is hit.

      • Chris says:

        He also makes references that few people can relate to.

        The other things are true, but I’m not sure about this one. He relates to the older members of the fan base. Not many of them comment on RAB, though.

  50. bexarama says:

    I think YES is running out of ideas for the Toyota Text Poll.

  51. esteban says:

    Do you think Sterling or Waldman have even heard of OPS at the least?

  52. drill me deep says:

    Berkman goes to left with authority as a lefty.

  53. Bronx Ralphie says:

    Does somebody happen to know what Tex’s batting average would be if you take away April and May? He is currently at .270 after his first inning double this afternoon.

    Thanks in advance.

  54. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Jose Molina is cute.

  55. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    So serious question, do the majority think Nova has earned some serious consideration for next year or is just a 2010 fill in that hasn’t really hurt the Yankees?

    • We’re only talking about two starts and counting, but he’s looked pretty solid. He’s young, he throws hard, he throws strikes. What more could you want? As long as he keeps it up through September I’m sure he’ll make the team out of spring training next year. He still has yet to go through a lineup more than twice though, so he still has a lot to prove.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      As a starter? With Cliff, I doubt it, and it wouldn’t make much sense to keep him in the pen.

    • Steve O. says:

      Serious consideration, yes. It’s not the Yankees MO though. They want proven guys, and if those guys falter they give the kids a shot. I could see them either signing/trading for a polished veteran to supplant the back of the rotation.

    • vin says:

      If he can keep it up, then he will at the very least offer the Yanks some negotiating leverage with Lee or in the trade market. He could be more believable than “Bubba Crosby is our centerfielder next year.”

      Dealing with a desperate team is always more favorable.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

      Thanks all. I like what I have seen but realize it is only two starts and Ross, you are correct on what trips 3 and 4 will be like for teams.

      I think he definitely has middle relief potential which is never a bad thing.

  56. Kay and Flash are making up. Adorable.

  57. Fred Lemond says:

    Geoffrey Beene

  58. Yank the Frank says:

    That’s the Jose we know and love.

  59. Cy Pettitte says:

    ouch, Morrow is all over the place

  60. Ugh, hand/wrist HBP’s make me nervous.

  61. James A says:

    Have these two ever made it through a game without talking about where they went to school?
    I want Ron Darling to jump in to the booth so he can say, “I went to Yale, so yea… STFU.”

  62. No let up, please. Let’s try to not let Morrow settle in and go 7 innings.

  63. Greg says:

    Ump is starting to give him the corners

  64. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Morrow’s a guy who sits mid 90′s and touches the upper 90s and he’s up there today throwing Javy Vazquez fastballs. Looks like the Jays figured to shut him down at the right time.

  65. Grit tried to launch that 3-1 pitch.

  66. theyankeewarrior says:

    Where can I get Sterling on a live stream?

  67. Mike Axisa says:

    I think we can all agree that Brett Gardner has far surpassed expectations this year, even with that ugly slump a month or so ago.

  68. bexarama says:

    That was pretty funny of Overbay.

  69. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Overbay…slick.

  70. Fred Lemond says:

    Grandy!!!

  71. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Gardner wearing his PF Flyers…fuck yeah.

  72. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG has some serious wheels to score from 1st on that, god damn

    glad that Grandy pop up go tout of play

  73. Yank the Frank says:

    I likes this Curtis Grandeson

  74. Carlosologist says:

    GRANDY YOU MY BOY!

    /Brosius’d

  75. Mike Axisa says:

    Curtis Granderson is good at this baseballing thing.

  76. Guest says:

    Deep. Thick.

  77. Zanath says:

    Ok, I’m watching on Gameday, and nearly every pitch Morrow has thrown is being called a splitter. What’s going on?

  78. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Tex sucks. Bench him indefinitely.

  79. Dela G says:

    i’m loving the grandy man

    smoked that down the line

  80. Carlosologist says:

    Wait, A-Rod and Boras are done? Wow, I didn’t see this coming.

  81. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG as a linebacker? oh man that would have been funny to see

  82. pat says:

    Maybe he found some weird Canadian way to cork his bat.

  83. Marc says:

    I posted this on another thread, but I’m unsure if any of the RAB gods saw it.

    Is there a way you could add a module on the right hand side that says the next games date and time(and possibly who they are playing)? I hate having to go to another website to find out the games time. It’d be sexy if it was right there on the main page. Thanks for the great site and hard work guys!

    Also, ‘andrew’ added:

    Good idea. A little game preview… date, time, pitching matchups… who knows.

  84. Dela G says:

    I know this is random, but skip bayliss said that he thought Nelly and Lil Wayne were better than Eminem. Is he on drugs? Eminem is a top 5 rapper of all-time

  85. Cy Pettitte says:

    Loltista, what was that?

  86. Yank the Frank says:

    Bautista giveth and taketh away

  87. Carlosologist says:

    Sad fact: Teixeira has now surpassed Jeter in AVG.

  88. Cy Pettitte says:

    Berkman getting hot, he smoked that

  89. Yank the Frank says:

    This may be a big day for Berkman

  90. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Ramiro the Hero.

  91. Greg says:

    Pena’s hit well of late

  92. Michael says:

    When Pena and Nunez get back to back hits, you’re going to win.

  93. Cy Pettitte says:

    good job by Nunie to beat that and keep the inning going

  94. seimiya says:

    Michael Kay, wrong? Never.

  95. Mike Axisa says:

    Going to guess Chien-Ming Wang for the trivia.

  96. seimiya says:

    Andy Pettitte?

  97. Mike Axisa says:

    Again with the throwing.

  98. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Uh oh Mike WTF is with Nunez and these throws?!?!

  99. rek4gehrig says:

    Erratic arm Nunez strikes again

  100. drill me deep says:

    man, Nunez really needs to work on his throws big time. that’s his achilles heel so far to me.

  101. Chip says:

    Phew, Nunez gonna have to work on that arm of his

  102. Paul Canales says:

    The hell is wrong with Nunez

  103. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Another umpire with no idea what’s happening.

  104. drill me deep says:

    you can’t not walk Mcdonald here, if he does, Joe G needs to get up the bullpen.

  105. Anthony says:

    and Morrow’s season is now complete.

  106. seimiya says:

    What a crappy way to end your season. I am pleased.

  107. Nunez makes you realize how good A-rod’s defense is. Guy doesn’t get enough credit for it.

  108. Dela G says:

    jeter’s got an edge

    yeah, and i got it with the cool vista roof!

    …lol

  109. Anthony says:

    Ivan Nova has a lowere E.R.A. than C.C. Sabathia, he must be a better pitcher than him.
    (I was being sarcastic)

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

      Looks strange to see periods with baseball acronyms. Made me think you were talking about the Equal Rights Amendment, but that wouldn’t make much sense either.

  110. I just got home; how has Nova looked?

  111. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Is this umpire out of his FUCKING mind?

  112. Yank the Frank says:

    He’s starting to run out of gas.

  113. Cy Pettitte says:

    no chance for Nova to get a win, that sucks

  114. Looks like Nova isn’t going to pitch in the 6th inning… again.

  115. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    That’s bullshit. Let the kid do this thing.

  116. Anthony says:

    Giradi has way to quick of a hook with Nova.

  117. mustang says:

    Damn!

    I guess I can’t blame him, But……

  118. Seriously, Joe? 76 pitches and 1 out away from being eligable for a win and you yank him? That’s weak.

  119. doctorRockzo says:

    wtf I can’t even watch a Blue Jays game in my own country against my favourite team with the worst announcers in the world (Rance Mulliniks and Buck Martinez). Canada is a joke.

  120. ZZ says:

    This is September, not April. It was absolutely the right move by Joe to take Nova out there. All that matters with this slim a lead in the standings and having such a good Rays team is winning.

    Nova did a decent job of limiting the damage, but he did not look good today. Especially in this inning. It makes no sense to leave Nova out there with the benefit of an expanded roster.

  121. Kevin G. says:

    Of course, as soon as I start school there’s a Yankee game. Oh and fuck sophomore year.

  122. mustang says:

    The two outings before this the hook was too fast today I can live with it.

  123. Greg says:

    And of course they swing at the first pitch three straight times!
    WTF!

  124. A 3 pitch inning? Come on.

  125. rek4gehrig says:

    I actually thought the Yanks were still hitting. Jeez…that was FAST!!

  126. Cy Pettitte says:

    Marte needs to come back, burning Boone so early means no more lefties in the pen

  127. vin says:

    Boone Logan has given up 1 run since the ASB with 2 bb and 14 k. Not bad at all. I saw somebody here reference the “Melky for Logan” trade yesterday. Made me laugh.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      It’s pretty mind blowing how good he’s been since the second call up, looking back at what he’s done the last few years he’d pretty much been a mop up man

  128. Did they just blame Cano’s short throw on Nunez?

  129. Walking Jose Molina…

  130. Klemy says:

    Making me nervous now.

  131. drill me deep says:

    walking Molina? Drob, really?

  132. Yank the Frank says:

    coo coo ca choo

  133. Klemy says:

    Time for some more runs again.

  134. Well, Joe’s moves have worked so far. Can’t complain, I guess. I wasn’t trying to suggest that getting Nova a W was more important than getting the team a W. Just that I would have liked to see him work out of trouble.

    • Er, meant to post this as a reply to ZZ above. Sorry.

    • Not Tank the Frank says:

      I would have liked to see him with a longer leash too, but it’s September. He was brought up mainly to lengthen the rotation and give the starters some extra rest…and perhaps spell Hughes or Burnett for a start. That’s it. He’s 23; he’ll have plenty of chances to go deep into games. But right now, seeing if he can wiggle out of trouble in any given game is an afterthought.

  135. seimiya says:

    I knew your high-socks power would come in for you, D-Rob.

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

      Did you see him pull them up just a bit higher before that last pitch?

      • seimiya says:

        Sadly, I was focusing on my eating my delicious and nutritious breakfast: Reeses’ Puffs.

        (I’m on the west coast – it’s only noon here.)

        However this does not surprise me.

        • Klemy says:

          Sir, those puffs are for any time of the day and they are stupendous.

          • seimiya says:

            No, I wasn’t justifying the Reeses’ Puffs, I was justifying the fact that it was breakfast. Apologies for lack of clarity.

            And as far as junk cereals go, they’re actually not my favorite. I would have preferred Fruit Pebbles or Golden Grahams, but Reeses Puffs was on a major sale, and I am a cheapskate. I am a junk cereal connoisseur.

  136. Dela G says:

    anyone know what the heck happened to Fake Michael Kay on twitter?

    havent heard from him in 2 weeks

  137. Cy Pettitte says:

    so much speed right there on the bases

  138. Brett making a case to be the permanent leadoff hitter… if it wasn’t strong enough already.

    (Also, called that we weren’t done scoring!)

  139. rek4gehrig says:

    yanks rockin and rollin…I love it

  140. Not Tank the Frank says:

    It’s all starting to come together boys! It’s all coming together!

  141. drill me deep says:

    The future captain Nunez gets it done again !

  142. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy is locked in against lefties

  143. Guest says:

    Why do people keep doing this?

  144. MikeD says:

    What are Grandy’s numbers against lefties since the hitting clinic? I think they’re actually better than against righties. (Sorry if this has already come up. Just arriving as the Labor Day weekend begins early at work!)

  145. Stop swinging at the first pitch, please.

  146. Greg says:

    He needs a day off

  147. seimiya says:

    You know what happens when they IBB Tex…

  148. Not to keep harping on Austin Jackson buuuuuut..

    Jackson v LHP: .232/.298/.297

    • Klemy says:

      Damn you and you’re facts!

    • MikeD says:

      Yeah, but he has 2 HRs and 29 RBIs to go with his 141 strike outs. Oh, wait…

      • drill me deep says:

        he also scored 87 runs with those 2hrs and sports 360 opb and 770 ops as a CF. what’s with all the hating?

        • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

          Aren’t you one of the Jeter haters in these threads. Are you the pot or the kettle?

        • Not Tank the Frank says:

          No hating. I just think people (media) were very quick to judge it a lopsided deal and that’s just not the case. I personally would rather have Granderson but that’s just me. Jackson’s going to be a solid player.

    • drill me deep says:

      jackson is also waaaay over 300 against righties. we need to just let it go. Jackson has some bad peripherals in BABIP and B/SO. but the dude is playing good D, scoring runs and playing for the minimum.
      just drop it.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

        Okay, just let us know when it’s okay to talk about this again.

      • MikeD says:

        …but I just joined. I’m just warming up.

      • Guest says:

        Not going to drop it. Many people have argued that Jackson is better than Granderson. People totally have the right to offer a counter.

        And the counter is a strong one. Granderson has been a better player this year based on the most meaningful metrics for judging a player (OPS+, UZR, etc). Now yes, Jackson is way cheaper than Grandy so he has been more valuable based on that fact.

        But, its pretty clear that Curtis was playing well beneath his standard of play for much of the season. Its also pretty clear that he has made some adjustments that could potentially improve his production going forward. Finally, Jackson’s numbers are augmented by an incredibly hot start of the season that was driven by an unsustainable BABIP. Despite this, Granderson has STILL been the better player this year (if not the more valuable one)

        We don’t know what the future holds, but it is highly unlikely AJax will be better than Curtis over the next 5-6 years. And, I would posit, the most likely outcome is Curtis will be sufficiently better than AJax that he will be more valuable, even though he will be paid considerably more.

        • drill me deep says:

          i think Granderson will help this yankees team more in the immediate future than Jackson will. That’s pretty much my take on the situation.

          Ajax is having a nice season . his BABip is unsustainable, but one can argue with more seasoning and familiarization with the league. Ajax could cut down his SO and make more contact thus maintain that average with a more reasonable babip.
          The biggest knock against him to me is his bb/so ratio..jackson simply needs to make better contact in his maturation process.

        • MikeD says:

          I have nothing against A-Jax. I hope he does well. We were all rooting for him up until he changed his laundry. Yet the Yankees did have some concern about his ever developing power.

          I share the same concern as Keith Law when it comes to Jackson. My fear is he might be Pat Listach.

          The Yankees wanted more power. They don’t build their team just to save money on Jackson vs. Granderson. They build a team to win. Right now, Granderson is the better player. My guess is the gap between Granderson and Jackson will be even larger next year (in the favor of Grandy).

          BTW I was trying to find a stat on Granderson and I kept putting in Curtis Jackson in the search engine, creating some Brundle-Fly type centerfielder that just doesn’t exist!

    • Not Tank the Frank says:

      Also:

      Jackson’s BABiP: .421 (!!)
      Granderson’s BABiP: .281

      Jackson’s UZR: 0.9
      Granderson’s UZR: 8.7 <—- love that one

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

        Uh oh.. you in for some deep drillin’

      • drill me deep says:

        I am not too big fan of defensive metrics such as UZR. I can tell you i have seen about 20 tiger games this year, Jackson is a very good defensive by eyeballing it. Curtis is good in his own right. i can’t really say which is one truly better other than i think both of plus defenders in CF.

        isn’t 3/4 season a small sample size in this case as well?

  149. Yank the Frank says:

    When Arod comes back rest Cano against the first tough lefty, even though he hits lefties well, he needs a break.

    • Not Tank the Frank says:

      I think Girardi will. He knows he has Cano play everyday because of all the off days he gives to Jeter/A-Rod.

  150. Anthony says:

    School starts for me on Tuesday. :( Going to miss Wednesday’s day game. Fuck junior year.

  151. pat says:

    Seems like he’s leaving D-Robb out to dry.

  152. Joba in TEH 8TH!!!!111!!! today?

  153. seimiya says:

    And here I was hoping that this game would end in around three hours so I could get some stuff done before I go to work.

    Silly me. What was I thinking?

  154. Doesn’t sound like A-rod is coming off the DL on Sunday, according to Jack Curry. Bummer.

  155. Dela G says:

    wood is straight filth

  156. bob says:

    yankees trying to give this one away

  157. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

    Hey, did you guys know that Austin Jackson has no sacrifice flys this year?

    /baiting’d

  158. The only downside to Wood being this good is that some team is going to overpay him and make him their closer next year.

  159. billbybob says:

    What the fuck is up with a 1:05 PM game on a Friday? I just got home and was amazed to find the Yankees on.

  160. Dela G says:

    games like this wish that we had a “supersim” button like you have in madden

  161. vin says:

    Cliff Lee is definitely coming to the Yanks next year…

    From Buster Olney’s blog today regarding Manny cutting his hair and conforming to the team’s policy…

    “According to ESPN, Ramirez was flying in Angel Pena, the barber for Cliff Lee, Derek Jeter and Guillen, to work on his hair.”

    Cliff and Jeter share the same barber?! It’s in the bag.

  162. Carlosologist says:

    I believe that is what you call range.

  163. pat says:

    Putting on a clinic!

  164. Brad Toughy says:

    Nice to see Wood getting quick, easy outs.

  165. Granderson just padding his stats against LHP now.

  166. Guest says:

    I know that optimal lineup construction doesn’t make that much of a difference over the course of a season. But for the fun of it:

    1. Gardner
    2. Swisher
    3. Cano
    4. Tex
    5. Arod
    6. Posada
    7. Granderson
    8. Jeter
    9. Berkman

    ??

    • What’s wrong with Cano batting 5th? I don’t see a reason to move Tex and A-rod down. Plus, you know they’ll never move Jeter down to 8. That’d be on the back of every newspaper for a month. Realistically, I think our best lineup is:

      1. Gardner
      2. Jeter
      3. Tex
      4. Arod
      5. Cano
      6. Swisher
      7. Posada
      8. Berkman/Thames
      9. Granderson

      • Mike Axisa says:

        That lineup works for me.

      • Guest says:

        Oh, I know my lineup wasn’t realistic based on the precise point you make about moving Jeter. It was, to steal the handle of a regular poster, a “fruitless hypothetical” tossed out for the fun of it.

        I moved Cano up to three because he is our best hitter in terms of the average/power combo, and I think batting him third would get him a few more at bats. I put Swish two because he dominates Captain Jetes in terms of OBP.

        • Guest says:

          I mean we can all agree that Swish >>>>>> Jeter this year at the hitting baseballs/hitting baseballs for power/getting on base things right? I mean, this isn’t debatable, or am I missing something?

          Now again, I know it will never happen. And I also no that it isn’t a big deal because lineup construction doesn’t have a material impact on a team’s performance over the course of the season.

          But based on what we have seen in 2010, we would want Swish to have more at bats going forward than Jeter, no?

    • VS. RHP:

      1. Gardner
      2. Swisher
      3. Tex
      4. A-Rod
      5. Cano
      6. Posada
      7. Granderson
      8. Berkman
      9. Jeter

      vs. LHP

      1. Jeter
      2. Gardner
      3. Tex
      4. A-Rod
      5. Cano
      6. Swisher
      7. Posada
      8. Thames
      9. Granderson

  167. Anthony says:

    Cano is just fouling off all these pitches because he wants to put off running around the bases. #lazy

  168. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Trying to bunt for a hit off of Mo? Please…

  169. bexarama says:

    That was totally the wrong pitcher to do that against, arrrrrtard.

  170. Push bunting when down four. WONDERFUL strategy. Thanks, dude.

  171. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

    Sterling talking about who will get the win today (if Yanks hold on). He thinks it shoudl be Wood. I’d agree, but my guess is they give it to Logan.

    • Evan3457 says:

      They gave it to Wood, but that’s a mistake in my opinion. The comment on scoring rule 10.17 says the scorer doesn’t have to give the win to the first pitcher in if he fails to go one inning, but it also says that the pitcher who gets the crucial outs should be a 2nd criterion.

      Logan got the most crucial out with the go-ahead run at the plate in the 6th. Wood never faced the go-ahead run. Wood got Robertson out of a jam in the 7th, but the tying run was still in the on-deck circle.

      I would give the win to Logan. He doesn’t even get a hold, because it wasn’t a save situation when he came in.

  172. Dela G says:

    hmm interesting to give the win to wood

  173. PaulF says:

    Wow, just got home. I knew the Yankees were starting rookie Ivan Nova against a good offensive team that had just seen him. And they put out a lineup without Swisher, Jeter, or A-Rod. And they are about to win 7-3. This team kicks ass.

  174. I get such a feeling of satisfaction when Bautista pops up.

  175. Carlosologist says:

    We’re up two over Tampa! CELEBRATE IN THE STREET

  176. bexarama says:

    Those three outs were hilariously easy

    • CBean says:

      I was at the game. I didn’t think we’d get Mo and then we did, and it made a great day even better (despite the jackass in the seat behind me)

  177. Jerome S says:

    is gonn’ rain!!

  178. Dela G says:

    great fucking win

  179. Dent over Posada for #20?

    TRAVASHAMOCKERY

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