Sep
04

Game 136: Can they make it eight?

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Another chance for Javy. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

It’s very easy to get greedy in baseball. A player gets a hit in his first at-bat? How about he makes it 2-for-2 next time up. The bullpen has thrown ten scoreless innings over the last three games? Why not make it 11. The Yankees have won seven straight games? Let’s make it eight. It’s much easier said than done, but the Yankees have a chance to win that eighth straight game this afternoon, which would be their longest winning streak since coming out of last season’s All Star break with eight straight.

Making his long-awaited return to the starting rotation (depending on who you ask) is Javy Vazquez, who allowed four hits and struck out eight in nine innings of long relief since his last start. Hopefully some rumored mechanical tweaks have helped him rediscover his stuff and a fastball that seems to have disappeared without explanation. It is a classic trap game for Javy though, because if the Yanks lose he’ll get the blame even though it’s extremely difficult to win eight in a row in this league. Dustin Moseley, who forfeited his rotation spot to Vazquez, is available out of the bullpen.

The Yankees had a seven game winning streak halted by the Blue Jays on this exact date last season, but the good news is that Roy Halladay won’t be around to one hit them this time around. Here’s the starting nine, which originally featured Nick Swisher. He was a late scratch when his sore left knee stiffened up during pre-game warm ups.

Gardner, LF
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
Cano, 2B
Thames, RF – yikes, I assume Austin Kearns hand is still bothering him from yesterday’s hit by pitch
Berkman, DH
Granderson, CF
Nunez, 3B
Cervelli, C

And on the bump, it’s Javy Vazquez.

Yet another day game, though that’s not terribly odd on a Saturday. It’s those Friday afternoon games that get you. This one is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Thames in right field? Hooooo boy

    • Nigel Bangs

      Another reason why Javy’s gotta keep the ball out of the air in right.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I think I would rather see Big Puma out there instead.

      • drill me deep

        have really keep up with Pump’s outfield D, but i can’t imaging anyone who is really that much worse than iron glove. here is to hoping that balls won’t travel to RF.

    • Zack

      Atleast Thames at 3B is amusing, Thames in the OF is just painful

  • Total Dominication

    He calls Wood “Woody?”

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He called Nunez, “Noony” yesterday.

      • Zack

        I wonder if that’s how he fills out the lineup card

        • drill me deep

          he has ‘tea party’ with Gardy before he makes out the lineup card everyday.

      • Chris

        Cervelli is 7 for his last 11, with 3 doubles and a walk.

        *head explodes*

    • Zack

      K-Woo

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

      I heard about this and facepalmed

    • drill me deep

      thames ,Timmy? with his braces and the way his enunciates them it is kinda creepy …and those involuntary half sarcastic giggle/exhaling… shiver…he is good manager though.

      • drill me deep

        correction Thames= Timsy , even better, guess G like to pronounce that silent S in the end.

        • Total Dominication

          Wait, isn’t it pronounced tims?

          • drill me deep

            technically yes, your pronounce it Timz, in this case i am thinking of the river. a few Englishman ever enunciate that S in the end.

            • smurfy

              It’s their language, but that’s a lot of letters for “tim.”

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Players who Joe does not fit into his nickname mold:

      Jeter – Jete(s)
      Mariano – Mo
      Joba – Joba
      Teixeira – Tex
      A-Rod – Alex
      A.J – AJ
      Swisher – Swish

      Not sure if guys who’s names already end in (or sound like they end in) y. Guys like CC, Moseley and Javy already do the work for him.

      • drill me deep

        i believe he has used Texy once or twice already…

    • Zooboy

      A good Woody can make all the difference.

      • BadaBling

        TWSS

  • Total Dominication

    Does that mean 7 and a tenth? Or 7 and a third?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Thames over Kearns in the OF? please explain

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

      Pretty sure Kearnsy’s hand is bothering him after the HBP yesterday.

      • Cy Pettitte

        ah ok, that sucks

    • Carlosologist

      Kearns is still out after the HBP he took to the hand.

  • Pat D

    Ah, a hellish week of work that saw me calling in sick without hours to cover it, ratting on my immature, whiny co-workers for wishing that our supervisor would get fired, and then having to worry about how that’s all going to fall out, is finally over.

    So let’s win today!!

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Nobody likes a rat.

      • Esteban

        snitches get stitches

      • Pat D

        They deserved to be ratted on.

        They incessantly whine and complain when they don’t get their own way, when we don’t constantly get pulled off the phones, when they’re told to do their jobs properly.

        They treat our supervisors with pretty much zero respect and they all still act like a bunch of spoiled grade school and high school students.

        I’m 29 years old and the second oldest person on my team. It’s terrifying to me that I’ve become the old man at such a young age.

  • Total Dominication

    IO is sponsored by Rob Dibble.

  • Total Dominication

    I’m calling Puma’s first Yankee Home Run today.

    • Carlosologist

      The wind may take one out for him.

      • Total Dominication

        Yup.

      • Pat D

        Hopefully it won’t take out any of Javy’s pitches…

  • Total Dominication

    Windy and Sunny in a Thames OF, not good.

  • Carlosologist

    Javy has velocity once again!

  • Cy Pettitte

    struck out Bautista, nice, i like that

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

    Javy’s fastball doesn’t look like my fastball anymore. That’s good.

    • drill me deep

      you throw in the upper 80s, that is kinda impressive. my FB coming in register in the 60s , but people have told me it’s deceptive!

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

        I threw in the upper-80’s in my prime. I’m more 78-80 now.

        • Total Dominication

          Did you pitch in College.

          • Total Dominication

            *?

        • Pete

          me too! I had a B-Jobber (or would-be B-Jobber; I lived in the Boston area) as a coach so I was the “bulldog” closer with four pitches and an 88 mph fastball. Fucker. I’m still pissed about that.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Yeah I topped out at 68mph at a fair a couple years back. I was happy as shit about it.

    • Pat D

      They should have called Mike Mussina and had Moose tell Javy how to better differentiate his off speed pitches with the diminished velocity.

  • Total Dominication

    Javy Vazquez shall pitch to a .7 era in 5 starts in June, pitch 40 innings with 42 strikeouts and win AL Pitcher of the month. Book it.

    • Carlosologist

      Well, June already passed, so I assume you mean September.

      • Total Dominication

        Oops.

  • James A

    I know Mejia is legit, but who spells their name Jenrry?

    • seimiya

      Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers insists all other Johnnys (Johnnies? Johnny’s?) spell their names wrong.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Is a River Ave. Blues roll call for each game?

  • Pat D

    Teh Gritster!

    Now run!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    I know Joe will do it, but I’ll be disappointed if Gardner gets moved out of the leadoff spot when Alex comes back

  • Carlosologist

    Gardner is a distraction on the bases.

  • Total Dominication

    If Brett isn’t leading off every game that he’s playing in for the rest of the season, it will be a mistake.

  • drill me deep

    Gardy is really making a case for being the everyday leadoff guy, i think he should be.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Hey I’m just happy he hit it in the air the other way. That’s what it’s come to…

  • Pat D

    Wind didn’t help us there.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Wow, Thames is going to have a field day in right.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Out by a mile.

  • Pat D

    Gardner = out.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Decent jump?

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow he was out by a lot there

  • Total Dominication

    Nice scoop.

  • Accent Shallow

    Can’t complain too much about that missed call on Gardner, but I totally hate the autostrike on 3-0.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Damn that was stroked.

  • Total Dominication

    That looked like it was hit harder than it really was.

  • Carlosologist

    At least we’re hitting line drives. One of them is bound to land at some point.

  • James A

    Manny with a single off of the laptop thief

    • Accent Shallow

      Manny v. Buchholz? I just have to root for an HBP each time. Negative result for both of ‘em.

      • seimiya

        This. And then hopefully there will be a fight. I, for one, want to see Manny punch Clay Buchholz in the face.

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

          I wanna see Manny punch Pedroia in the face

          • Pat D

            Sir, here is a check. Just fill in whatever amount you think is fair.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Text poll about Revis? they are really running out of questions

  • Total Dominication

    This isn’t football Micheal!

    • Total Dominication

      *Michael

  • Not Tank the Frank

    THAMES!! TEH RANGE!@!

  • Total Dominication

    HE MAKES THE PLAY!!!!!!

    /but let Cano get it next time!!

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

    Whooooah Thames made a catch and no one almost died or anything

    • seimiya

      you don’t know that

      • Pat D

        I almost die constantly.

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

          I ALMOST DIED!!!!
          -Michael Kay

          • Accent Shallow

            It was probably condiment-related.

  • Accent Shallow

    Home Run Javy is at it again.

  • Cy Pettitte

    bad Javy….

    • Total Dominication

      Doesn’t seem like it to me.

      • Cy Pettitte

        how bout’ now?

        at least rzevchinski (yes I know I spelled it wrong) is pitching for the jays

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Lesser pitchers have shut this team down.

          • seimiya

            What’s up, Josh Tomlin?

  • Carlosologist

    The porch giveth, and the porch taketh away.

  • Total Dominication

    We’ll get it back. Just a solo.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Well Javy tends to do that once or twice a game.

  • James A

    Swisher wouldve had that

  • Pat D

    Sigh.

  • Ross in Jersey

    I’m hoping that was just one bad pitch. Let’s go Javy!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Overbay kills us. 60% of the time…all the time.

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

      Doesn’t he have like a sub-.700 OPS against Yankee pitching? (If you were gonna say “Bautista kills us” I wouldn’t argue.)

    • Not Tank the Frank

      The rest is 90 percent mental.

  • drill me deep

    if you are javy , you are going to give up homeruns, that is a given. But , please, don’t walk the guy after it.

    • JFH

      ….and then give up another hr.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    I honestly don’t think we’ve seen a decent umpire behind the plate all week.

  • Total Dominication

    Fucking kidding me.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Goddamnit.

  • Pat D

    Futhermucker.

  • Carlosologist

    asdfghjkl what the fuck

  • Ross in Jersey

    Nope…. same old Javy. God dammit, guy seriously just doesn’t compete anymore.

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

      Either you’re kidding or I’m going to laugh at you. Not that I’m pleased but really.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Jesus christ bex, I’m clearly just venting frustration. Do you need to jump down my throat every single time?

        Two homers on the same cerment-mixer slider. Are you going to try to spin that? Or I’m sorry, should I have said “same old post-July Javy” to make you feel better?

        • Total Dominication

          It was the not competing thing that was obnoxious.

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

            Thank you. Not what you say, how you say it. (that’s not “you” specifically, either.)

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

          Yeah, actually. To all of this. I’m not trying to spin anything, but saying he doesn’t compete is laughable. It’s not like he’s not trying. Sorry, that’s a pet peeve, and I’d jump down anyone’s throat for that.

          • Ross in Jersey

            You do realize that “competing” and “trying” are mutually exclusive right?

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

              I don’t think of them like that but if that’s what you meant then I do apologize. Like I said, saying a player/team isn’t trying pisses me off like no other, and that’s what I took it to mean

        • drill me deep

          never mind the compete thingie, I think Javy sucks. that’s pretty much it. i have zero confidence with him toeing the rubber against a good hitting team.

    • Poopy Pants

      Very confusing post. He’s the ‘same old Javy’ and in the same sentence you say he ‘doesn’t compete anymore’ inferring that he used to compete, but you also infer that he never competed. Which is it?

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        LOL

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

        Like there is Good AJ and Bad AJ, I would like to say that there is Good Poopy Pants and Bad Poopy Pants.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Or… same old Javy as in “the pitcher who gave up a ton of homers/runs before he was removed from the rotation”

        I didn’t think I’d need to clarify that, but there you go.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Jesus

  • It’sATarp

    at least we’ll have a good long man

  • drill me deep

    Bang ! just like that , Javy back to the back end of the this bullpen where the sun rarely shines….

  • seimiya

    :| BAD JAVY.

    • Poopy Pants

      FYI, ‘someone’ is pretty angry about the whole ‘good AJ/bad AJ’ thing (even though I think it’s the title of some game threads and widely encouraged on this site). Me thinks he’s going to get angry about ‘good javy/bad javy’ too. Just giving you a heads up.

      • seimiya

        Oh, I wasn’t implying there is a good Javy and a bad Javy. I was saying it in a way like one might yell at their dog chewing shoes. “Bad, Javy!”

        Thanks for the heads-up, though. Curse you, lack of tone in text!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Good Lord that pitch to McDonald was absolute garbage.

  • Fogg

    Every breaking is hanging right in the middle of the plate. He’s not long for this game.

  • drill me deep

    Javy is really only having a slightly worse 2008 version Chisox season with us. He is below mediocre right now,one can argue that he doesn’t merit a playoff roster spot.

  • Total Dominication

    Niiiiice play.

  • Carlosologist

    …Can we stop swinging at the first pitch please?

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    That was a really long bottom half.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Kay no-sold the hell out of that McDonald play

    • FachoinaNYY

      I completely agree, that was a hell of a smooth play.

      • Pat D

        Don’t worry, it’ll be Web Gem’d.

  • Total Dominication

    6 pitches guys, really?

  • Pat D

    Lofton, Fermin, Baerga, Belle, Milligan, Ramirez, Maldonado, Thome, Ortiz was the lineup that day.

    • Carlosologist

      I wasn’t alive to see that, but I wonder why the Indians never won a title with that team. Was it their pitching? That lineup must have been hell to deal with.

      • Pat D

        It was mostly Jose Mesa related.

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

        They were literally one out away from winning the World Series in 1997.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Javy really didnt pitch that poorly… the two run shot was basically bad luck.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Bad luck? Maybe. A good pitch? No.

      • FachoinaNYY

        Yeah that’s fair… it was a mistake/bad pitch, but he McDonald was fooled by the pitch and got lucky that’s all I’m saying.

        • FachoinaNYY

          for got the parenthesis I meant: “… but he (McDonald)…”

    • Carlosologist

      I agree.

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

      Meh, the two-run shot was on a pretty bad pitch.

  • Pat D

    Yeesh, tensions seem to be running high already. I feel like I’m at work again…

  • Accent Shallow

    Why are they bringing back Alex on Sunday if he’s not 100%? Give the man a few more days if that’s what’s needed.

    • Ross in Jersey

      With the rosters expanded, there’s really no reason not to take him off the DL. Joe doesn’t have to play him, but there’s no downside to activating him incase Joe wants to pinch-hit him or something.

  • Pat D

    Andy’s ideal world, eh?

    (waiting for it)

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

      Heh I didn’t even hear that comment. :X

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh man, I can’t wait for Andy to get back, happy everything went well this morning

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    The word of the day is “cautious.” As in, Kim should be cautious around Michael Kay.

  • Total Dominication

    Nice Pitch?

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

    LOL, Javy has nothing today but he’s gotten Bautista out twice, WTF.

    • Carlosologist

      #ycpb

    • Total Dominication

      On a k both times no less!

  • Carlosologist

    We should treat Bitchtista like they treated Brandon Phillips in St. Louis.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sit down Jose

  • Hughesus Christo

    1. What the hell was that pitch

    2. What the hell was that look from Bautista

    • Pat D

      Probably “how dare you throw me a breaking ball!”

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Javy’s cute. Nothin’ wrong wit hthat.

    • Cy Pettitte

      68 mph fastball

      that’s just Bautista being Bautista

      • Cy Pettitte

        *curveball, woops

    • Carlosologist

      1) It was teh eephus

      2) He was probably pissed that he didn’t get a meatball down the middle.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Judging from his reaction, it’s disrespectful to strike out Bautista on slow curves too

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

    Wow, Bautista is an asshat. I get staring in at a pitcher when they almost hit you but when they strike you out? WTF

    • Not Tank the Frank

      You don’t think his ego has gotten a bit over-inflated with the season he’s having? I do.

      Something makes me really not like the guy and I’m looking forward to his free fall back down to earth next season.

      • Cy Pettitte

        I’ll be so happy if that douchebag barely breaks double digits next year in HRs

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

        It probably has – I mean he’s having a great season – and I’m not gonna call him “some nobody” like people did during the last Toronto series because he’s not, but JFC that was just a total douchebag move and it wasn’t even slightly warranted in this case.

      • Betty Lizard

        I have an irrational “hatred” here for Bautista. Or maybe it’s rational, because he acts like a self-entitled, self-righteous thug. Anyway, it makes me resort to epithets.

        My favorite is asshat, followed closely by twatwaffle. I consider both of these equally applicable to either (any) gender.

        • Pat D

          We coined the phrase “scurvy fuck” for him earlier in the week.

          Or, at least, I did, based upon something my dad said, and someone liked it, I just don’t remember who.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Twatwaffle’s are delicious. Ever been to Amsterdam?

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

          twatwaffle’s pretty great but asshat has a lovely ring to it, I think.

    • Pat D

      Evidently he thinks he’s the second coming of David Ortiz.

      • Carlosologist

        Except he doesn’t have Manny-in-his-prime as his backup.

        • Pat D

          I didn’t say it was rational.

    • Pete

      I’m picturing a bigshot ski guy vs. Stan Marsh in that aspen south park episode kind of scenario

    • Margaux

      He was looking out at the scoreboard gun not Javy

      • Margaux

        sorry, that is in response to Bautista supposedly staring at Javy after the eephus whif

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Holy shit Vazquez is so lucky missing his spots like that.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So was Bautista’s staredown enough to get a brushback pitch later or was it no big deal?

    • Pat D

      BFD, Javy probably wasn’t even looking.

  • Pat D

    C’mon guys, we killed this guy oh so short ago!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Cervelli is an idiot.

    • Pat D

      Yep, just because it worked doesn’t mean it was smart.

    • drill me deep

      base on the fact he keeps on making the same defensive miscues and mental errors, i would say you are prolly correct.

      also, he is a meek hitter.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Wow, lucky play by Cervelli there. He was dead if that play was cleanly fielded. Guess he got too excited about his monthly base hit.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      IETC

  • Total Dominication

    Smart baserunning.

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

      Hah, hardly. Lucky is more like it.

      • Total Dominication

        I know, it was sarcasm. Didn’t translate well when I read it again.

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

          Ah. My bad, yo.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cervelli going for two, I was like “NO NO NO NO WTF ARE YOU DOING?” but everything turned out better than expected

    • JimAbbottFan

      He even slipped a bit, so an already questionable move followed by that had me waiting for the camera switch to show him getting tagged easily. I’ll take the result though.

  • Total Dominication

    Gardy is on fiyah!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter is back?!

  • VO

    There we go Jeter.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Attaboy Jeter.

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

    Haha, it’s a line drive in the box score

  • Pat D

    Wow, he has piss poor instincts at third. But I thought someone said he’s not just a one-dimensional player???

  • Total Dominication

    Jetah!!!! Clutch!!! BABIP!!!!

  • drill me deep

    sweet drilling by Jeter! double sure beats double play!

    • JimAbbottFan

      Was going to say, Finally a hit by Jeter with the word double in it, but the good kind!

      • Pat D

        A double play is not a “hit,” but this is still a funny comment.

        • JimAbbottFan

          True, I should’ve said “a ball hit into play”.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Excepional drilling!

  • Carlosologist

    JETER

  • Total Dominication

    WTF? When did his average get that low?

  • drill me deep

    marc , err, Rezeiouiyuiuyosjski, impossible to… you better recognize CANO, Mr Robinson to you!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Robbie, Robbie, Robbie…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cano expanding the zone = not good

    • Cy Pettitte

      but he get’s the job done so it’s all good for now

  • Pat D

    C’mon Robbie, don’t fall prey to ESPN jinxing you!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    wow the Yanks are already promoting 2011 tickets. The Yanks still haven’t reached the playoffs yet. :(

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

      Every team’s promoting 2011 tickets. Heck, the Phillies are selling playoff tickets already.

      • Pat D

        They’re at 75.2% playoff probability.

  • Carlosologist

    TIE GAME BITCHES

    • NYY-SWISH

      Game: Blouses

      • Carlosologist

        That’s my second favorite True Hollywood Story.

        • Pat D

          That was cold-blooded!!!

          Unity!!

        • NYY-SWISH

          What did the five fingers say to the face?

          • Carlosologist

            SMACK! (laughter)

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

    It’s a two run single for Cano!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    DOES. HE. LOOK. LIKE. A BITCH!!!

    • Pat D

      What?

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

        Pulp Fiction reference I assume

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Disco.

        • Pat D

          What??

  • VO

    Don’t ya know?

  • Ross in Jersey

    Cano is still good at baseball.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cano jokingly asking for the ball is pretty funny

  • Total Dominication

    Robbie shall get that average back up to 330. Book it.

    • Pat D

      Fantasy playoffs start on Monday, this would be greatly appreciated.

  • Total Dominication

    Time for Puma’s first Yankee homer.

    • Total Dominication

      Or nor.

      • Total Dominication

        *not

  • Ross in Jersey

    I hope, at some point, A-rod regains his 2007 form, even for just a week or two. Just to witness the utter devastation of a hot Tex/A-rod/Cano at the same time.

    • Pete

      JIMP

    • andrew

      Except that Cano is pretty cold right now

  • drill me deep

    if you pitch Cano almost anywhere in the zone, he is apt to hit it hard somewhere. Cano gets himself out when he expands the zone, he has the same contactbility as Pedroia if he stays in the zone.

    • Pat D

      Contactbility?

    • Total Dominication

      he has the far superior contactbility as Pedroia then anyone else in baseball if he stays in the zone.

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

      if only Cano could be as good as Pedroia!!

      • Pat D

        How’d that goal of hitting 20 home runs work out for the Elf?

        • drill me deep

          according to D&D 4.0 , i would really think Pedroia’s physique can be more aptly described Gnomish and Hobbitesque. I never understood where the elves comparison come from.

          • Pat D

            Cuz the Keebler Elves are short and all.

            It’s my thing and I’m sticking to it.

      • drill me deep

        in yankee stadium, i definitely take Cano. i suspect it would be 50/50 proposition for other teams if they have to choose either of them.

        • Pat D

          Pedroia will be done before Cano.

        • Total Dominication

          How do you not take Cano everywhere? pedroia’s home rode splits are atrocious, he’s definitely worse than Cano, unless you take contract into account.

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

            meh, drill me deep’s first posts were crying in joy over Theo and the Sox’s farm system

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

          I used to say I’d take Pedroia but after this year, I’d take Cano.

        • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

          Pedroia for his career outside of Fenway has a .774 OPS compared to his .886 OPS at Fenway.

          Cano for his career outside of YS has a .835 OPS compared to his .836 OPS at home.

          I’ll take Cano over Pedroia any day even in Fenway.

  • James A

    olerud, molitor, alomar

  • Pat D

    Alomar, Olerud, Molitor, not in that order.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Since I’m not watching the game, I’ll play Jeopardy:

      Which Blue Jays have won batting titles?

      • Pat D

        What Blue Jays finished 1-2-3 in the ’93 batting title race?

      • Greg

        George Bell?

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

    Olerud and Alomar have to be two of the three.

    • Greg

      What was the question

  • Total Dominication

    You got that right Michael.

  • Pat D

    After the season Winfield had for the Jays in ’92, I was quite pissed when they signed Molitor. I promised myself I wouldn’t root for the Jays in ’93, but when they played the Phillies in the World Series…well, that forced my hand.

  • drill me deep

    just eyeballing it, Puma’s right handed swing is considerable loopier and longer than his left handed swing,I would venture to say he is prolly mainly a pull and low ball hitter from the right side. perhaps, K long can work on that a little, if it’s plausible at this point of the season.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Isn’t “Puma” Carlos Lee and Berkman “The Big Cat?”

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

        Nope, Berkman’s Big Puma (and Fat Elvis).

      • Pat D

        Andres Galarraga was The Big Cat.

      • drill me deep

        mmm..not sure Tank, i thought he was named ‘Puma’ in houston, if he keeps on hitting , I would call him the Siberian Tiger ! those are the biggest cats in the world would owned any cats including lions any day.

      • Esteban

        Nah Carlos Lee is ‘el caballo’, which means ‘the horse’ in spanish.

        • drill me deep

          really,el caballo is not exactly an compliment in Spanish or any languages i suppose. i used to work with a spanish guy whose gum resemble that of a horse, ppl use to call him Caballo behind his back, kinda cruel.

    • Betty Lizard

      Berkman said he was willing to try anything Kevin Long suggested re: his right handed swing. (Unless my dyslexia’s kicking in and Berkman was talking about his left-handed swing.)

      I love Lance and really hope his hitting becomes an asset for the team.

      • drill me deep

        i believe Lance can do sweet lancing with his Left handed poke!

        • seimiya

          ………

        • Betty Lizard

          Hee!

  • Carlosologist

    Fun fact: Lance Berkman has a career RF UZR of -10.8 in 2032.2 innings. He’s still a better option than Marcus Thames, who has a -12.5 career UZR.

    • Pat D

      When’s the last time he played significant innings in RF?

      • Carlosologist

        Three years ago.

    • Ross in Jersey

      I don’t really think that applies today. Puma was never exactly light on his feet, but he’s even slower now.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    THAMES!!!

    I don’t care. I’m happy when he makes routine plays out there.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Thames playing the field.
    Granderson vs. a lefty.
    Cervelli & Nunez 8&9.
    Javy at YSIII vs. the team with the most HRs in MLB.
    Berkman hitting righty.

    Yankees still can’t be stopped.

    That’s power.

    • It’sATarp

      right now lefties can’t stop grandy, they can only hope to contain him

  • Ross in Jersey

    Between Javy and Thames, any time a ball is hit to right my heart stops.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Kevin Long is the Dave Duncan of hitting, apparently. Granderson = cured!

    • Poopy Pants

      Cervelli is the Sandy Duncan of hitting.

      • Ross in Jersey

        IETC!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Yeah Nunez is a true hacker.

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

      As long as you’re not Francoerian, I can tolerate it from a backup.

  • Pat D

    I say call that an error.

  • VO

    Heh, it works.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cervelli 2 doubles in one game, after a 4 hit game

    he is the true heir apparent to Jorge

    (not srs)

  • Pat D

    Wow, Kay’s got wandering eyes.

  • Carlosologist

    Gardner is going to have a .400 OBP by the end of the season. Book it.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Would you rather get a close-up on TV sucking up to Michael Kay, or never get a close-up at all?

    • Poopy Pants

      I’d say 95% (I got that number out of my ass) of the people attending games are the bridge and tunnel crowd. They probably really think Kay and Sterling are great.

      • Pat D

        The bridge and tunnel crowd, like from The Dark Knight?

        • Poopy Pants

          Is that you, Chip Chipperson?

          • Pat D

            I know not of what you speak.

  • Pat D

    Flash was right, Nunez most certainly lucky.

    Also, anyone who calls Michael Kay the best announcer ever needs to be……anyone got something clever?

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Gettin a little lucky too here during this winning streak…but that’s what happens.

  • Pat D

    I say throw at Bautista now.

    Just because.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Good enough for me.

    • JimAbbottFan

      He’s going to stare down the pitcher anyway, so may as well get your money’s worth.

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

      No way. Game’s still too close.

      • Chris

        Yeah, but Javy’s going to get pulled soon anyway. May as well go out on a high note. I remember Clemens doing that once.

      • Pat D

        I said “just because.”

        That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good idea.

    • Pete

      Screw that. I think they should fuck with him. Next time he steps out of the batters box have the Yankees’ trainer run out there and spray him with the same shit they sprayed on Tex.

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

    Poor Texy.

  • Esteban

    Oh no, Teix, injury delay what happened with that HBP

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

      They were spraying him with something but he seems okay.

      • Esteban

        ooh maybe it was the same stuff they spray on soccer players (usually just water) that make them miraculously recover from their incredibly fake injuries.

        • Pat D

          You dare to question the toughness, competitiveness and grit of soccer players????

        • Pete

          there are some water-based aloe/mint solutions that will cool the skin down, creating a similar effect to an ice pack, which’d allow mark to stay in the game while keeping the swelling down

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

          I don’t follow soccer at all but why am I laughing so hard

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            /American’d

      • Scooter

        Kay was right – it was ethyl chloride (‘freeze’). Feels super cold when it evaporates. Then (like Flash said) after about 5 seconds it’s gone.

  • Pete

    remember when the jays scored 3 runs earlier? Adorable.

    • VO

      I enjoy watching other teams try and play baseball against the Yankees.

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

      Remember when the Jays were leading the division? Me neither.

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

        I still want them to finish over Boston heh

        • seimiya

          This would be so wonderful.

  • mike c

    85 mph fastball, good lord

  • drill me deep

    Joe G, please have the bullpen ready, just in case, Javy makes me nervous.

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

      Girardi’s been having a quick hook lately. Methinks he has a lot more faith in his bullpen.

      • drill me deep

        me agree, G don’t give rat’s butt who is pitching (this side of CC), bullpen has length and depth. I would have done the same.
        it’s logical and justifiably so.

        just win baby , just win. there is no W in team.

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

          Although, there is an ‘I’ in Win. Juxtaposition FTW.

          • Pat D

            There is no “I” in “teamwork,” but there is an “ewok.”

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

    I’m not a Jets fan and I barely follow football. What are people’s thoughts on this whole Revis thing? (I’m sorry if this is awfully painful to talk about or whatever.)

    • mike c

      incredibly frustrating

    • Pat D

      Jets said they would pay him, then decided not to. Revis is holding out because he wants to be the highest paid cornerback.

      • Pat D

        Oh my opinion is that Revis is right to hold out if promises were made to him and then the team got cold feet. Football is a violent sport so players have short shelf lives and non-guaranteed contracts. He’s right to hold out for as much guaranteed money as he can get, especially since there might be a lockout next year.

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

      Terrible. He needs to be back like, yesterday.

    • Mike HC

      I’m a Jets fan. I wish Revis would play obviously, but I get players, especially in football, doing whatever they can to get paid as much as possible. I don’t think the Jets should just automatically cave in though. I see both sides, personally. Just sucks he won’t be on the field.

    • Cy Pettitte

      it’s kind of ridiculous that he won’t take 12 mill a year, after all he is in the middle of a contract. The reason why Nnamdi got so much is because he played out his rookie contract and was consistently one of the best corners, so Al Davis rewarded him. What Revis is doing would be akin to Brett Gardner saying he wants a raise to what Crawford gets as a FA after this season even though he’s in the middle of his contract and has only had one breakout year.

      • Pat D

        As I’ve said, what I heard is that the Jets promised to pay him at a level equal to the top corner in the league.

        • Cy Pettitte

          They might have said that but I never remembered them saying on a 10 year time frame, Revis wants 10/160mil, which is ridiculous, after 32/33 years old he won’t be worth anywhere near that. He should take 10/120mil or more money/year but a shorter time frame, like 6/96mil

          • Pat D

            I think it’s about maximizing the guaranteed money. So I guess his figuring is if he gets more years, he’ll get more guaranteed.

            I agree that a 10/160 contract is ridiculous.

            • Cy Pettitte

              Yea, he definitely wants a lot of it be guaranteed, but if he wants that he shouldn’t expect to get a 10/160. There has to be some tradeoff there, he can’t be the highest paid, longest contracted, and have the most guaranteed money.

              In the end I think he will get screwed, the Jets have control over him for a few more years, he’ll end up with a crap deal as a 27 year old who hasn’t played in the league for 3 years if he keeps this up because I really don’t believe the Jets will cave, it’s just too much money (imo)

        • mike c

          sounds like a credible source

          • Pat D

            I’ve heard it endless times on WFAN. If you want to consider them credible, that’s up to you.

  • Mike HC

    Javy looks like his fastball is back to 86-87.

    • mike c

      he’s done as a starter

      • Mike HC

        He is falling apart out there.

        Leave it to YES to show cupcakes rather than the pitching conference.

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

          He walked the ML homerun leader with two outs. That’s hardly falling apart.

          • mike c

            when you’re javy vazquez and throwing in the mid-upper 80’s and unable to strike people out, that might be considered falling apart. that is definitely not what we should be seeing from him

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

              He struck six guys out.

              • mike c

                yes, in the first four innings when he wasn’t throwing 85 mph heaters

          • Mike HC

            I was talking more about his demeanor when they went out to talk to him, but YES cut to cupcakes too quick.

            And his stuff was also falling apart. He was throwing 85-87 mph heat.

        • Greg

          Not exactly

          He needs to be more MIke Mussina like. Throw slow

          • Mike HC

            Except Mussina was better than Javy ever was. And he only did it for one year then retired.

  • Pat D

    I don’t know what that thing is, but it does not belong at a baseball game!

    • Mike HC

      Or on the YES broadcast when a baseball game is going on.

  • James A

    Way to be appreciative Daniel

    • FachoinaNYY

      spoiled little brat…

      • Pat D

        Yea, I’d slap the shit out of him.

        Sitting in great seats, have stuff delivered to you.

        Fuck you kid!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Javy gets the hook after 4 2/3’s too

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

    Moseley? Fucking MOSELEY?!?!?!?!?!

    • Greg

      What would you rather have Mitre?

      • Pat D

        Yes.

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

        No, bring in a real reliever to get out of the inning. Joba, Robertson, someone like that. Not a hit machine with the tying runs on base.

  • Carlosologist

    Logan should get the job done, no?

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Quit your bitching Javy you pitched like trash and were lucky to escape with three runs thus far.

    • mike c

      “surviving javy”

  • FachoinaNYY

    Deja Vu…

  • Paul Canales

    Sorry but I don’t like GGJV. Too many homers.

  • Pat D

    Having faith in your bullpen does not mean you should overwork your bullpen.

    And why Moseley and not Mitre here?

    • Greg

      Hard to overwork the pen with 40 man roster

      • Pat D

        Except the way Girardi plays matchups it sure is.

  • It’sATarp

    good job girardi

  • James A

    I feel like Girardi puts a little too much into the batter vs pitcher stats
    SSS Joe

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Attaboy, Dustin.

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

    Oh who could have foreseen that.

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

      Bringing in Mosely to put out a fire is an #epicfail

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

        *Moseley

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

    Well that worked out well :/

  • Total Dominication

    Why the fuck is Mosely in there?

    • Greg

      Cause you can trust Gaudin and Mitre more?
      Shut up

      • Total Dominication

        Logan anyone?

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

          cause you can trust logan more?
          shutup

          • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

            Yes you can? He hasn’t given up a run in his last 19 appearances?

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

              Looks like you need a new sarcasm detector.

          • Total Dominication

            Uh yeah, I trust Logan a lot more.

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

              I’ve actually got a spare sarcasm detector. I’ll give it to you, no charge.

    • drill me deep

      i am sure everyone would have prefer logan there, G is getting cute?

    • Mike HC

      Maybe to get him some work to be ready for the next start?

  • FachoinaNYY

    God. Damnit.

  • drill me deep

    back to OFFENSE ! Javy gets a D for today’s game?

    • mike c

      he gets a D for dead arm

  • Ross in Jersey

    Gee, no one saw that coming.

  • Greg

    Dont blame Girardi. Blame Vasquez for not pitching well

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

      Vazquez could’ve pitched better but Moseley wasn’t the right choice there

      • Greg

        Why? You trust Gaudin and Mitre MORE?
        Shut up

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

          dude, no need to get so effing sensitive

          • Greg

            I just hate people getting on Girardi’s ass all the damn time

            • Not Tank the Frank

              He’s not a terribly good manager. That’s all there is to it.

              • Total Dominication

                I disagree, but that was a mistake.

            • andrew

              So say that, no need to be rude.

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

              I think Girardi does a very nice job, I’m usually one of the ones that rolls my eyes at all the complaining. But that wasn’t a good move. No big deal, I still think he’s a good manager.

        • Total Dominication

          Logan.

        • It’sATarp

          i trust javy more to get out of the inning, since out side of the 2nd he has worked out of jams and been okay. he’s definitely better than bringing in moseley

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

          Well that is mean. :(

          With the tying runs on base, as Mike said, I’d use a better reliever, like Joba or Robertson, then use them for the next inning and use Moseley and the like later on. Or use Logan for Overbay.

          • Not Tank the Frank

            This. And only this.

        • Pat D

          Quite unnecessary.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Any reason you’re telling everyone to shut up? Like this.
          Shut up

          • Greg

            You people are all pissed at Girardi when he manages the team THAT HAS THE BEST RECORD IN BASEBALL! Did you complain yesterday when he took Nova out? I mena come on, get off his behind

            • It’sATarp

              when he took out nova he brought in logan who is by far better than Moseley. If we were going to take out javy we might as well do the same thing as we id yesterday or bring in joba not, a worse pitcher than javy and pray for the best.

            • mbonzo

              Yea we did complain. When you’re in a high leverage situation you want your best reliever, not Moseley. He was possibly the worst choice out of the bullpen. Having the best record in baseball has nothing to do with a stupid move.

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

              It’s not so much that he took out Javy, but that he put in Moseley. I didn’t have an issue with taking out either Javy or Nova yesterday.

              • Greg

                Overbay was 0-7 against Moseley lifetime so that’s why he did it.

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

                  Meh, why didn’t he just go to Logan like he did yesterday?

                • mbonzo

                  Which is why people say he looks to much in to player vs player stats. Would you want Moseley or Sabathia starting for you if Moseley was 7-0 against the Blue Jays. You gotta take the better pitcher everytime.

        • andrew

          Hey Greg, maybe you should relax a bit…

          Were Gaudin and Mitre the only options in that situation? No.

          No need to tell anyone to shut up. Not exactly the way to make friends around here.

          I would’ve like to see Robertson come in with the runners on base.

          • Greg

            I’m sorry. It’s just Girardi gets alot of grief from a lot of people.

            The problem with Robertson is that he’s a short reliever early.

            A

            • mbonzo

              We don’t want to leave Robertson in, we want someone to clean up the mess left by Vasquez and then its ok to start off Moseley in the 6th.

            • Not Tank the Frank

              And that is exhibit A of Girardi (and yourself) not knowing about high leverage situations.

              The proper move – and this is a fact – would be to put in a better reliever to get out of that jam. Then you can put in Moseley to start the 6th with a two run lead to give some length out of the bullpen if need be.

              Does that make sense? Just because Robertson is a “late inning reliever” doesn’t mean it’s against the rules to use him in that spot.

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

                and the weird thing is Girardi isn’t unaware of high leverage situations. Remember the game where Andy got injured? He brought in Robertson in the third – the third! – to get important outs at the time when Chan Ho Park was the Designated Long Relief Guy.

                I’m sure Girardi has some reason for bringing in Moseley there. It’s probably the 0-for-7 thing, which I find a bit silly. It just wasn’t the right move at all.

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

      Oh be reasonable, there’s plenty of blame to go around for both.

    • It’sATarp

      right 3 runs so far wasn’t bad with a 5 run lead. So he walked bautista, understandable. Javy could have gotten out of the inning with giving up those 2 runs, he has been wild but also effective hence the 6k’s. Instead joe rolls the dice for Moseley.

      • Greg

        Would you bet your life on that?

        • It’sATarp

          yes i would. Moseley is more HR prone than javy hence the 19% hr per flyball rate. He’s strikes out guys less than javy and stuff wise, he may have a better fastball but not the off speed stuff javy has. So looking at the facts i would bet my life on it.

          • mike c

            moseley’s better than a fatigued javy in any situation. he shouldn’t be on the mound when he’s like that, he needs to be at full strength to be effective

            • It’sATarp

              either way if your going to take out Javy you might as well bring in a better pitcher than Moseley. joba hasn’t pitched in a while or we could have repeated what we did yesterday.

              • mike c

                true but we’re going to need those guys for the second half of the game if it’s going to be tight

                • Total Dominication

                  That point was much more important.

          • Greg

            Unitl that point according to stats, OVerbay was 0-7 against Moseley

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

              That and $2.25 will get you on the subway.

              • Greg

                You know Girardi though. He uses the stats. And in this case it didn’t work

            • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

              You’re 0-7 against Moseley.

      • Mike HC

        It was pick your poison at that point. Javy had nothing left.

    • Mike HC

      I’m with you. I don’t mind Girardi going to Moseley here. Javy put him in a bad situation.

  • C

    What the fuck, didn’t we take Moseley out of the rotation for a reason? Putting him in with the tying run on base??

  • Paul Canales

    This is what we have to look foward to every 5 days; a damn slugfest

  • Cy Pettitte

    NOW Boone gets up…

  • Ross in Jersey

    I still don’t understand that move. Wouldn’t that have been a good place to try out Albie in a pressure but not do-or-die situation? Why use the worst longman we have there? Urgh.

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

      Someone that could miss a bat, that’s it. Not Moseley, who last got a swing and miss in high school.

  • drill me deep

    not going to Booney there makes no sense to me… but onward and upward, we got Cervelli coming up soon, auto hits and runs coming up!

  • Bob Stone

    Very unfortunate choice of bull pen pitchers by Girardi.

  • nathan

    Looks like Joe G wanted to make a point that he doesnt just pull rookies outta there with 4 2/3, infact that was his quote yesterday.

    Doesnt Joe G owe it to himself to give Javy a shot and try and build him up, if he gets outta thats a confidence booster. sigh.

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

      I have no problem with him going with a reliever there. I have a problem with going with Moseley there. Logan, D-Rob, Chamberlain, and Wood, would have been much better options.

    • Mike HC

      It would not have built his confidence to get hit around though, with basically no fastball left. After relieving the past two games, it would have been unfair to keep stretching Javy out any more with clearly diminished stuff.

  • James A

    Good thing Posada has the day off
    I dont think he likes Carlson all that much

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

      Huh? Dude, Carlson’s a reliever. A crappy one, too.

      • James A

        I know, but he threw behind JoPo last year and then they fought when Posada scored later in the inning
        We don’t need any fights/suspensions at this time of the year

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

    If there’s one thing that you can be happy about in that situation, is that Moseley didn’t give up the lead.

    • Pat D

      Yes he did.

    • drill me deep

      weird, now he takes out Moseley after 1/3 inning, when there is no one on base and Moseley can pitch to contact and get yankees an inning or so.

  • Pat D

    Great, I made fun of him for Jeter’s double, and now he makes that play no problems.

    What an asshat.

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

    Now he goes to Logan. Unreal.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      [Insert angry reply from Greg]

    • Greg

      Again he plays the book

      Against Logan 1-4
      Against Moseley 0-7

      Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t

      I’m just upset at the “Fire Girardi” chants right now

      • It’sATarp

        i don’t think we’re saying fire Girardi. We’re saying Girardi made a stupid move…as you watch how logan go thru the lefties with ease

        • Greg

          Well if the Yankees score another run, than it’s all moot

          • It’sATarp

            yea, well that’s a big if, since we had a lead at that point. Now we have to rebuild the lead

          • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

            Not the point.

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

        I don’t think anyone’s saying FIRE GIRARDI over this one move except morons. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t a bad move.

      • Total Dominication

        Playing by the book shouldn’t be done in that ridiculous sample size, especially since Logan is much improved this year.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        No Fire Girardi chants around here. I looked. You need to refer to my post about leverage. I think it explains things pretty well.

        http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1091150

      • mbonzo

        No one wants to fire Girardi, we’re actually used to Torre doing something even stupider. (IDK what it would be but thats why Torre makes the big bucks.)

      • Esteban

        If those are the sample sizes Girardi is using, then I’d be pretty upset and confused. Neither number tells you anything.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Logan now? I give up trying to understand what Joe’s thinking.

  • mbonzo

    Is this BIZARRO Yankees!? What is Girardi smoking!

    • Pat D

      Something really cool.

      • seimiya

        I would like some.

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

    I rarely complain about Girardi and I’m sure he has SOME reason for this but um… this is silly.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      This is like my dream come true!! :-)

    • Ross in Jersey

      Yeah I… really don’t know how to follow his line of thinking. Use Moseley because he has good splits against the current batter, but then take him out after recording the final out? He’s a long man who pitches to contact, not a short reliever you can use for single batters.

  • pat

    Gardy made that look eeeeeeasy.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    If Joe uses 7 at bats as the reason to bring in Moseley then that tells you all you need to know about why he deserves to be critisized as a manager.

    • Mike HC

      You think it is that egregious to assume if a guy is 0-7 against Moseley, there is good chance he will get him out again. Just because it did not end up working, does not mean it was a bad decision. If that is the best example for why Girardi should be criticized, you are really grasping at straws, in my opinion.

      His World Series ring last year and best record in baseball this year, is a much stronger argument for whey he should not be criticized.

      • pat

        Not to mention he was a former Manager of the Year and has shown a willingness to acknowledge and learn from previous mistakes. Not all managers do that.

        • Mike HC

          Not to mention everyone was calling for Girardi’s head for having any trust in Logan and the fact he kept going to him earlier in the year.

          Now they want his head for not going to Logan. People need to step back and not panic over every batter.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Manager of the Year means absolutely nothing. It’s a nonsense award.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        You think it is that egregious to assume if a guy is 0-7 against Moseley, there is good chance he will get him out again.

        Yes. I do.

        What IS a small sample size? In that situation you bring in a better quality of reliever which has been discussed on here. It was a bad decision. Period. And that’s not the BEST example of why he should be critisized. I never said that. But it’s one of many examples of why Joe Girardi is simply not a good manager.

        That’s my opinion of him and I’m sticking to it. World Series or not.

        • Mike HC

          I’m not looking to get into a pissing match here, but you did write, “then that tells you all you need to know about why he deserves to be critisized as a manager.”

          My comment only intended to say that I think that is going too far. I don’t think managers make all that much a difference. So if you prove you can stay out of the way and win a championship, that is enough evidence for me.

  • It’sATarp

    I guess we didn’t meet our quota of walk offs this year

  • Jose the Satirist

    Just got here and read over the thread. Tension level between people seems fairly high in this thread considering the Yankees have won 7 games in a row.

    • Greg

      My only problem is jumping on Girardi’s back all the time. That’s all. He’s not the best manager, but he’s an ok manager.

    • Pat D

      Yea, I said that a while back. It started after McDonald’s home run, then subsided.

      Then it came back when Moseley came in.

    • mike c

      status quo for aj/javy starts this year

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      That was a different era.

      • Jose the Satirist

        No way to compare. It’s like dividing by zero.

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

      Are you acquainted with Twitter? I’m pretty sure the season lives and dies on every pitch for some people. And some of them are smart people, too.

  • Total Dominication

    Would an extra out really have been all that hard for Boone Joe?

  • Cy Pettitte

    conspiracy theory: they want Joe to make it a close game so that people stay and buy more concessions

  • drill me deep

    Posada and swisher are available to pinch hit i assume?

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I doubt Swish is. He was a late scratch.

    • mbonzo

      Swisher was a scratch from the starting lineup so I have no idea what they’re gonna do with him. Posada is.

    • seimiya

      Though this is just an educated guess, I’m gonna say Posada is yes, and Swish is no (knee).

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

    I’m not one to bash Girardi’s moves, but come on. That Moseley decision looms large. This team doesn’t need any help scoring runs.

    • Mike HC

      That move looms large? Come on now. Lets take a step back and look at the big picture here.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        For the game, of which we are talking, it does.

      • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

        it looms large because what was once a 2-run lead is now a tie game.

      • Total Dominication

        Of course it looms large, it’s the difference of the game right now.

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

        Dude, it’s the Jays. Not the Oakland Athletics. Sure, the Yankees can still win, but that move lessened the Yankees win probabality greatly.

  • Pat D

    Freedom watch!!!!!

    With the goombah!

  • mike c

    michael kay thinks the bullpen was straightened out before they got wood

    • Pat D

      Impossible!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike HC

    I remember not that long ago when everyone was getting on Girardi for using Logan at all and wanted him cut.

    Now everyone is yelling at him for not using Logan because he is so good.

    Funny how quickly things turn around.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      If you perform well, people like you. If you don’t, people don’t like you. The end.

      • Greg

        THat’s the way most people see it, but it doesn’t make it right.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          Greg, if you never commented again, I wouldn’t be sad.

          • Greg

            Oh come on. That was uncalled for.

            • Not Tank the Frank

              Shut up.

              /Greg’d

            • Pat D

              So is telling people to shut up.

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

              so was telling people to “shut up” for innocuous comments

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

              Yeah, you didn’t say anything shortsighted or attack anyone, did you?

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

      Logan had a shitty track record before. Now he’s deaf to lefties. I thought he would be off the 25 man roster by midseason. A welcome surpise to say the least.

    • It’sATarp

      logan before the minor stint couldn’t throw strikes for his life. The guy that was pitching before is like a completely different pitcher.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Do we really need Red Sox updates? They were worth keeping an eye on a couple weeks ago, but they’re dead and buried now.

    • Cy Pettitte

      according to Kay/ESPN/everyone else they still have a shot

      they’re really gonna wait ti the last game of the season to declare them dead, its getting annoying

      • Ross in Jersey

        I don’t understand how they talk about how many games they have vs the Rays and Yankees as if it somehow benefits them. They basically have to sweep every game against both teams just to get back in the race. That just isn’t going to happen.

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

      What exactly is a ‘Red Sox?’

      • drill me deep

        a blood stained sox , btw, Schlling has gain some serious weight.
        and Joe Torre should have sent Kevin Brown out there to stab him in game 6. would have been the correct move.

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

          I know nothing of anything you are talking about. I don’t know what a ‘schilling’ is, and I sure as hell don’t know what a ‘Red Sox’ is.

    • drill me deep

      nah, red sox are pretty dead, I am just curious what Manny can still do. on reps along , he gives Konerko great protections. plus, i think the dude can still rake some with less power.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Coolstandings has them at a 2% playoff chance.

      • drill me deep

        drill me deep standings has them at 0, I think there is 98 percent of probability that i am right.

        • Jose the Satirist

          47.3% of all statistics are made up.

          • seimiya

            I thought it was 56.8%?

          • drill me deep

            the other 67.1 percent are just mental.

  • Pat D

    CenterStage with Michael Irvin!!

    I can’t wait to not watch that!!!!

    • mike c

      i’d watch it if he referred to kay as “mr. potato head” the whole time

  • James A

    apparently nobody told revis its go time

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

    Doesn’t Hill destroy lefties? Or do a lot better against them, I should say.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    This doesn’t seem like it will end well…

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

    Oh lawd

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Man Bautista sure has gotten full of himself.

    • Pat D

      Ortiz’d.

      He deserved to get tossed there.

    • Cy Pettitte

      It’s like he think he deserves the perfect pitch to hit a HR every at AB

      • Pat D

        Yea, Ortiz’d.

      • JohnnyC

        Probably roid rage.

    • JohnnyC

      Brady Anderson didn’t act like a diva during his brief time in the spotlight. Bautista should get some humility lessons.

  • James A

    This Bautista kid seems like a really nice, well-rounded guy

    • Mike HC

      hahaha

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

      He’s a well rounded offensive player. Also a well rounded dick.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Humble… Good head on his shoulders.

  • mike c

    OUTTA HEAAAHHH

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    That was such a ball. But it’s Bautista so I love the blown call.

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

    Wow, terrible call.

    • mbonzo

      And as soon as I saw the ump ring him up I laughed. Karmas a bitch.

  • Pat D

    Well…….that was Posada-esque.

  • Cy Pettitte

    teh roid rage

  • Naved

    Haha that was a ball.

  • Ross in Jersey

    I don’t care if it’s irrational, Jose is classic roid raging!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    You know…….I just can’t stand umpires. Horrible, horrible call. If that went against my team I would have shat somewhere.

    • Pat D

      It looked ok to me until I saw the overhead view.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Not when Joba’s first pitch slider was ball one. That pitch was right there. And then he gets rung up on a worse pitch in the same spot but off the plate. Awful.

        • Pat D

          Yes, I agree with you.

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

    He had that coming all day long.

  • It’sATarp

    make up call for ball 1, that was a strike

    • Pat D

      It was certainly a better pitch than strike 3.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    This is an interesting game to say the LEAST!

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

    Oh Tex, you’re so fucking good.

  • James A

    Obviously thats way off the plate, and umpires arent supposed to do that, but its hard to imagine not wanting to ring up someone as obnoxious as Bautista who is yapping the whole AB

    • rek4gehrig

      I would say homefield advantage but Jorge got the same treatment a couple of days ago. Oh well…..that’s baseball

  • Cy Pettitte

    that play by Teix was ridiculous

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

    Wow, great play Teix.

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

    That was pretty fuckin’ awesome

  • JimAbbottFan

    Tex starting his 7th inning stretch early.

  • Total Dominication

    Fuck yeah!

  • rek4gehrig

    Crushing on Tex

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    ALEXEI!!!!!!!

  • Pat D

    I have another theory as to why Bautista is so angry seemingly a lot of the time, but it’s very un-PC, so I won’t say it.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Menopause?

      • Greg

        That’s what I thought

    • mike c

      small in the trousers

    • Pat D

      Neither of those are un-PC.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Hey, menopause is a medical term…

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      It’s called LDS – Little Dick Syndrome.

    • drill me deep

      ? small drilling ? not deep?

    • Pat D

      OK, here’s what I was thinking: Jose Bautista looks like someone who would get profiled at airports.

  • JohnnyC

    Down goes Fraser!!!!

  • Pat D

    “The famous Bid McPhee.”

    I love his statements like this, especially considering Bid McPhee is in the Hall of Fame.

    • mbonzo

      Was it sarcasm cause I kinda felt like an idiot not knowing who Bid McPhee was? Is he related to Nanny McPhee?

    • James A

      In his defense, I think Mickey Mantle resonates more with your average Yankee fan than Bid McPhee does

      • Pat D

        I’m sure that’s true, but then there’s no need to even say Bid McPhee.

    • JohnnyC

      Bid McPhee played second base without a glove in the 1880s. I find it hard to fault Kay for not knowing who he was. On the radio side, though, they found an interview Suzyn had done with him in his rookie season.

      • Pat D

        I think if you’re in baseball broadcasting, you should know who’s in the Hall of Fame.

        • JohnnyC

          All 292 members??

          • Pat D

            Well, the players at least. There’s a Sporcle quiz. I’ve got it memorized.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Jose Bautista after a called strike three:

    “I hit 43 home runs in ONE SEASON! ONE SEASON! I drive…I drive… I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS!!”

    • seimiya

      Nah, he probably drives a Charger.

  • VO

    I would put money on the idea that the amount of votes a player gets for player of the game does not change the results.

  • JimAbbottFan

    Is it just me or is Cano looking a bit slow coming out of the box?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I’ve seen it all day. Must be Lazy Saturday.

      • Pat D

        The Chronic-what?-cles of Canoia!

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

          Number of times I listened to that in the winter of my freshman year of college: I’m gonna guess something like 78958298596 times Pi.

          • Pat D

            I’ve probably watched the Dramatic Prairie Dog that many times.

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

              Oh lord I’ve watched that even more

  • Pat D

    You can’t stop the flow of the Thames!!!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    THAMES IS A FUCKING BEAST.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Happy Thames are here again!

  • mike c

    CLUTCH!!!

  • Greg

    THEY CALL ME MR. THAMES!

  • drill me deep

    Joe G : Timsy ! Timsy ! Timsy!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Thames!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Thames! oh my god, he is absurd.

  • It’sATarp

    Thames has a flair for dramatic clutch hits…

  • Poopy Pants

    TIMMAY!

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

    THE RIVER THAMES OVERFLOWS!!!!!

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Nice.

    • seimiya

      I love you so much, Bexy.

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

        IT IS MUTUAL <3

        (just so I'm not capslocking)

        • seimiya

          I’m thinking of that ‘I want to like the grits off Andy’ comment you linked to me right now.

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

            I could go farther with this but it would be gross and unnecessary ;)

  • Scooter

    Holy crap – Thames crushed that one

  • SF Yanks

    Fist pump.

    Fist. Pump.

    • Esteban

      Beat up the beat pitch.

  • TOMACONDA

    It was just a matter of time the way he was swinging the bat today!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Marcus Thames. Ice cold veins.

  • Esteban

    Thames says “Who’s slumping?”

  • TOMACONDA

    with a little wind he could have 3 homers today!!

  • mike c

    thames + mo means i can leave the house now, woohoo

  • drill me deep

    Timsy!

  • Phil C

    Wierd question? If the final is 7-5 and Mo pitches the 9th can the official scorer give him the win rather the save?

    • SF Yanks

      How about the win AND the save?

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    I don’t think Mo is available today. Probably D-rob in the 9th?

    • It’sATarp

      why wouldn’t he?

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        He’s pitched 2 days in a row and 3 out of the last 4 games, I’m assuming Joe would want to give him the day off.

        • It’sATarp

          ah i see, well hopefully we can score a few more runs, just in case.

          • Scooter

            Wood needed just 10 pitches in the 8th – if Mo weren’t available, you could see if Wood could close it out

      • It’sATarp

        mo being available that is

  • Greg

    Overbay looked like a stiff against Wood

  • Cy Pettitte

    K-Wood is so nasty, it’s crazy the difference between his pitching in Cleveland vs. NY

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

      He just can’t handle the bright lights of Cleveland!!!!!

      No seriously, IIRC he had one AWFUL outing against the Royals or something where he gave up like 5 ER in 0.0 or 0.1 IP. It bloated his ERA terribly. Other than that, his Cleveland numbers were good. Not his ridiculous so far NY numbers, though.

      • Cy Pettitte

        if you take out that one outing he gave up 10 ER in 20 innings in Cleveland vs 1 ER in 14.1 in NY

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Kerry gives me wood.

  • drill me deep

    this Tex dude is really really good at this D thingie.

    • It’sATarp

      “Wait first basemen are allowed to play defense too? ”
      ~ Giambi

      • Pat D

        Didn’t you see the play he made last night?

        • It’sATarp

          i just assumed giambi tripped and fell over and the ball happened to find the glove.

          • drill me deep

            i saw couple of Giambino ABs with the Coors Light team , he can still do dingerz, especially that night when he pimp smack papelbon that was kinda sweet.

            • It’sATarp

              i saw that game…it was awesome. Jim Tracy really doesn’t hold any emotion back during games.

              • Pat D

                And he looks brilliantly awkward in not doing so.

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

              That was fucking awesome, I remember it took place during The Ugliest Win Ever (the last game in Arizona) too

  • a plethora of pinatas

    How much endurance does Wood have? (pun intended) Can he go the distance for a 2 inning save?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      He could go two. Especially after that quick 8th.

      • It’sATarp

        hopefully he doesn’t blow it prematurely

    • Eirias

      Going the distance? He’s going for speed.

      • JohnnyC

        That comment really takes the cake.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Nice handle!

    • drill me deep

      so much wood , so little time… to deep drill or not , that is the question.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Ramiro 6-12 against the Jays.

    Orel says that’s equivalent to a .290 batting average.

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

      remember, he was the one that got the only hit in halladay’s complete game 1 hitter against the yanks last year

      ramiro = clutch

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

        Yessss and I find this hilarious

  • drill me deep

    imaging if you are a Jays fan, and your guy just walk Ramiro Pena, Yuck!
    it does happen !

  • James A

    Get that magic number down to 19
    White Sox 3 – Red Sox 1 F

    • Scooter

      Getting late early for the RS

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

    grit gutner speed!

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

    LOL someone on Twitter wants to know why Bautista got “injected.” I think it was unintentional and I’m not one to make steroid jokes but just… LOL.

  • Pat D

    Kay just compared Mo to a tire. Such blasphemy shan’t be tolerated!!

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

      he’s like a tire in the sense that he keeps on rollin

  • charliechoochoo

    Oh my Mo that gotta hurt

  • Chris

    That pic of Boone is short lived…

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

    Ahahaha @ Hill walking away before they even called strike 3.

    8 in a row!!!!!

    • Pat D

      He knew that he just got Mo’ed.

    • seimiya

      Hill: Aw, forget this, I’m not gonna bash a hit against this guy. I’m going home.

  • charliechoochoo

    We don’t even have our A lineup and we’re cruuuuuuuuuuuuuisssssing.

  • rek4gehrig

    Winning is beautiful :-)

  • Pat D

    Awesome pic of Johnny running away from Feliz.

  • Esteban

    This team is GOOD. The bullpen has come together very nicely.

  • vin

    Great countdown pic.

    • Zack

      “Can’t Catch This”

  • smurfy

    We are so privileged to watch Mariano finish games. Hill came in thinkingto hit that homer again, and Mo let him get a two seamer on the foot!

  • a plethora of pinatas

    Our pen is the shiznit…….our current starting rotation not so much. Awesome win nonetheless.

    • seimiya

      Having one out of two seems to be enough for now. Here’s hoping everyone gets in shape for October.

    • Jerome S

      What do you say that the bullpen could piece together a scoreless nine-innings (should the unlikely scenario ever arise)?

  • Total Dominication

    Can’t believe I had to miss the end. 8 games baby! A-rod tommorow! We Will Not Be Stopped.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Wow, Javy was not happy from hearing that interview.

    • It’sATarp

      seeing as how the inning played out after they pulled him, it’s not surprising. Nova sounded similar last night but javy have a bit more of a beef. whatever hopefully he rebounds next start.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Well yesterday, it sounded like Nova was more angry at himself. Javy seemed generally pissed at Joe. I wasn’t able to watch the game today, so I don’t know the situation.

    • mike c

      boo hoo

    • Centuar of Attention

      I’m pretty sure part of Javy’s reaction today is culiminated with his struggles for the year. I kind of feel for the guy because all of the critics are going to say, “Ha we told you so”.