Game 137: Guess who’s back?

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Gardner, LF
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Thames, DH
Posada, C
Granderson, CF
Golson, RF
Pena, 2B

And on the bump, Phil Hughes. Enjoy the game.

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  • FachoinaNYY

    Fuck yeah!!!

  • Slappy White

    Welcome Back Centaur

  • http://law-school-journey.blogspot.com/ LawStudent

    ….back again. Arod’s back. Tell a friend!

    Here’s hoping he stays healthy.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      I’m a little surprised he’s starting at 3B. Thought he might DH the first time.

      • http://law-school-journey.blogspot.com/ LawStudent

        Probably didn’t want to lose Thames bat.

  • FachoinaNYY

    I can’t wait to see the A lineup with Swisher/Berkman…

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Cano getting the day off I guess?

    • Shaun

      He deserves it, I’m sure he’s gotta be tired.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Yeah. I guess everytime I see a regular out of the lineup I assume they are hurt, heh.

        • FachoinaNYY

          Hes been out of sorts the past couple games… he has looked like he needs the day off.

          • http://law-school-journey.blogspot.com/ LawStudent

            He probably day-to-day with a sore back, from carrying the team.

            • Not Tank the Frank

              IETC!

  • Ivan

    Look it’s that selfish, cancerous, stat padder bastard back with the Yankees….YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      You forgot World Champion.

  • vin

    There seems to be only 1 position player spot up for grabs for the playoff roster. My guess is it’ll be down to whether they decide to take a 3rd catcher, 2nd backup infielder, or 5th OFer (not counting Thames).

    Maybe Golson plays his way onto the team as the 5th OFer (pretty useless) and pinch runner (more useful). I’d hate to see a 3rd catcher because the illusion of Cervelli handling certain pitchers appears to have dissipated, thankfully.

    I’d hate to see Nunez make the team, just because I don’t want to see Axisa go on a killing spree.

  • vin

    Hopefully we see some Whitey and Thurman today.

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

    Yay-Rod

  • Slappy White

    Cant believe we’re 21-3 without him. Thats beyond explaination

    • Matt Montero

      Cody Ransom is better!!!!

  • Poopy Pants

    Does anyone know who is coming off the books for the Sox after this season? V-Mart, Papi, Paps?
    I’m wondering how much money they will have to throw around and compete with the Yankees re: FA’s.

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

      V-Mart, Ortiz, Varitek, Hall, Beltre for sure. Lester, Pedroia, and Youkilis are all getting raises through their contracts. Papelbon’s up for arbitration, so he’s getting a raise. Ditto Ellsbury and Buchholz.

      • Poopy Pants

        Wow. Thank you very much.

      • Tosh

        VMart and Beltre are sure to get some nice extensions. Ortiz probably will at a discount tough. I think they’ll still be in ‘Yankee territory’ so I don’t think they’ll go after Lee or Crawford since John Henry is ashamed of it.

        And they’ll want a spot open for another ace in their staff in Kelly.

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

          Dunno if the Red Sox resign Beltre. I think Boras finds him a big, multi-year contract elsewhere.

          • Tosh

            He’s a top 5 AL WAR player so I think they’ll get him. I don’t think the 3B market can adequately replace him nor do I think they have a prospect that can take over.

            But I hope you’re right. I can’t stand him and I don’t want the Sox resigning a good player.

          • Pat D

            The Red Sox may not be able to let him go. And yet at the same time, I’d be terrified of giving him a big contract since he’s had two big seasons and a lot of mediocre seasons.

          • Ivan

            Yeah and some sucker will pay him alot of money. The Marineers fell for that trap years back.

          • vin

            This. Especially if they re-sign VMart and feel like he should get starts at 1B with Youkilis moving to 3rd.

            They have some flexibility, but they really need to resolve their catching situation. They have a solid, but not spectacular outfield when healthy. Like the Yankees, they were planning on relying on their infield for much of the offense.

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

      Others will know more than me, but definitely V-Mart and Ortiz, and Beltre too. I don’t think Papelbon is going to be a FA.

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

        aaaand Mike already answered with a better answer

    • vin

      http://spreadsheets.google.com.....utput=html

      About 68 million coming off the books. Ortiz has a pretty big club option. Beltre has a 1 mil player option. Lowell, VMart, Varitek are their big FA’s. Papelbon will be in line for an arbitration raise. He may get non-tendered or traded because he’s already making 9+ mil this year. Will be interesting.

      • Poopy Pants

        That’s pretty darn thorough. Awesome.
        IMO, last offseason seemed to be all about making room for Mauer this coming offseason. Luckily, that didn’t work out for them.
        It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

        • vin

          Yeah, totally agree with the Mauer thought. He would’ve been a complete game changer – much like Tex was for the Yanks.

    • Kevin G.

      They don’t need Cliff Lee. They already have 5 aces.

      • drill me deep/ jebadiah Gammons

        if you were to count the grand wizard Wakefield, Timsy and the budding kelly, one can assume they have 7 Aces. you do not want play high stake poker with this team.

    • drill me deep/ jebadiah Gammons

      Papi,Vmart,Beltre are the big ones, that’s like 35 mils right there. Pap will be offer arb IMO. but fear not, Poop, one only need to gaze upon the rosey cheeks of Kalish and Nava to assure that youth and energy have gained another year of Grit,Gut and Grizzle under the tender nurture of Theocracy. With Kelly the wunderkind strutting around the corner, The red Nation can manifest their destiny without the benefit of any big free agents.

      This, Jebadiah Gammon will assure you, wounded souls of New England.

  • Carlosologist

    A-Rod! Now the lineup is deeper and thicker than it was for the past few weeks.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Deeper, thicker and a bit less disease-free.

      Ew.

    • drill me deep

      no doubt, but with Pena , not a good hitter,not good RH hitter and Golson, it seems the lineup is lighter and faster today.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Smaller boat, but more motion in the ocean–so to speak.

        • drill me deep

          yeah, you are hoping to drill rapidly albeit not as deep.

  • vin

    The Yanks are really lucky that Thames has been killing it the last 2-3 weeks. They’ve been able to withstand the Tex, Swisher and Alex absences. And now they can give Cano a day off without opening up too big of a black hole. Golson and Pena in the lineup may seem awful to us, but seriously, go look around the league.

  • Fred Lemond

    Keep it going

  • Not Tank the Frank

    I’m too lazy to look it up but I’d venture to say Hughes has faced the Blue Jays more than any other team this season. I know he wants a bounce-back outing but it’s going to be tough against a lineup that has seen him so much.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      And of course I’m wrong. Three starts…but he hasn’t fared well.

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

      Three way tie between the Red Sox, Orioles, and Jays for three times. Jays make it four today.

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

    Let’s get greedy, boys.

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

    How many articles about how the team can’t win with A-rod and his hollywood personality if we lose today? I say…. 5.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I’m with you.

  • vin

    Is anyone else surprised to see Jeter hitting 2nd? There’s the whole Jeter hitting into too many DP’s thing, but also because Gardner is very unlikely to gidp. Also, Jeter is at his best when he can be aggressive and swing early in the count. If Gardy is on base, that may curtail Jeter’s aggressiveness.

    I guess the concept of the 1B holding Gardner on and opening up a hole for Jeter outweighs the negatives in Girardi’s mind.

    • Greg

      Also Gardner’s OBP is alot better

      • Cy Pettitte

        this, Gardner has been putting up some ridiculous numbers in the #1 spot, he also sees a ton of pitches per AB.

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG has a cannon, made that pretty close

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

    Wow, looked out on the replay.

    • Greg

      It looked like he missed him on the back of the leg

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

        yeah, though it grazed him before he got his foot down, but I guess not.

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

    Bad tag there.

  • mikebk

    Gritner with the cannon.

  • James A

    A little Mariano cutter right there

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

    HOW DARE YOU STRIKE OUT JOSE ON THAT CUTTER

  • Paul Canales

    Hughes just won the game

  • mikebk

    excellent pitch there

  • Greg

    Great pitch

  • Cy Pettitte

    I love that Bautista is having an awful series, making the wins that much sweeter

  • Pete

    hughes having a little trouble holding that curve

  • Cecala

    I really hope the Yankees win today, not because of the general fact I always want them to win, but if they lose the mass amount of articles about A-Rod hindering the Yankees ability to win.

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

    WTF are you thinking Phil?

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

    Sheesh… that was tagged

  • vin

    I miss crappy Vernon Wells.

  • Greg

    Use the fastball too much and he got burned

    • Scooter

      Posada was set up away – it could have been a cutter that didn’t cut. Maybe Jorge was looking for a cutter like the Bautista strikeout pitch.

      Hill’s double was on a bad curve.

      Phil needs to work in the curve and change today.

  • Pete

    I seriously don’t understand that call. 0-2 to a FB hitter and you call a FB? Why?

  • in girardi we trust

    Sterling is so God dam decieving

    • Paul Canales

      it was a line drive shot to left centerfield

  • Cy Farnsworth

    …well, fuck.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hughes has so many 0-2 hits off him or 0-2 to 3-2 counts, hopefully he can develop a put away pitch for next season

    • Greg

      That cutter to Bautista should be ok for an out pitch but he needs to throw it more

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

      He has put away pitches, I just think he needs to trust his stuff more. Instead of consistently trying to overpower someone, try to go offspeed, or a breaking ball out of the zone. I think it’s a pitchability issue, not a pitch not being good enough issue.

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

    Summamabitch.

  • larryf

    This is our top speed lineup. Gardy/Nunez/Golson/Pena/Grandy. We can beat you so many ways. Saw Montero go deep in the first and hit 2 doubles. He is a hitting monster. We will be back in this game of course…

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

      Nunez isn’t playing today. And as for Golson/Pena/Nunez: You need to get on base before your speed can be utilized.

      • larryf

        sorry about that-just got in. They’ll get on base…

  • James A

    Well we all know that 2 run homers in the first arent always a good thing

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    That just wasn’t a smart pitch. I know it was a mistake, but all of these Jays hitters are fastball hitters, especially Vernon Wells. I think a curveball would have been a better choice in that situation.

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

      His first few curves weren’t good.

      • Greg

        But on 0-2 he could afford to throw a low curve or two

  • CBean

    Ok offense go to work!

  • Cy Pettitte

    .317 BA, .449 OBP as a leadoff hitter…if Joe moves him back to 9 I will be pissed

  • Ivan

    Hughes needs an out pitch.

    YAY Gardner.

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

    Wow I’m shocked that Jeter hit into a double play.

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

    Captain double play strikes again. Christ. It’s not even like he makes it hard for them to turn it. I could do that.

    • drill me deep

      capt soft ground balls could back up Nunez for all i care… his ABs are joke of lately.

  • Ivan

    Inexcusable.

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

      Heh.

  • in girardi we trust

    typical Jeter. he has GOT to be lower in the lineup. Sadly it’ll never happen.

    • Mike HC

      If only Jeter was batting lower in the lineup the whole year, then we would have the best record in baseball … oh wait. Or at least we would have had an 8 game winning streak right now … oh wait, nevermind.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

        Things are going well, therefore it’s foolish to improve…?

        • Mike HC

          My point is that it would not be an improvement to move Jeter down the lineup. It would hurt the team for multiple reasons, in my opinion. And Girardi seems to agree with me.

          • Tosh

            Giving Jeter less AB’s is an improvement.

          • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

            Meh, I think a lineup of Gardner, Swisher, Teix, Alex, Cano, Posada, Berkman/Thames, Granderson, Jeter makes more sense.

            I see your point; I just disagree.

          • Zack

            What are the multiple reasons it would hurt the team?

            Would Jeter become a clubhouse cancer? Would fans call into talk radio? Would the MSM play the Yankees are Disrespecting Jeter storyline?

      • Tosh

        Wait what? That logic says that we are in first and have an 8 game winning streak because Jeter is high in the lineup. What you said is completely irrelevant.

  • larryf

    Jeter either takes 2 pitches and Gardy steals or drop him down to 7 or 8. Enough already!

  • Mike HC

    That is something that annoys me, and not only Michael Kay does it:

    When they say, “No Yankee has ever done this … since 2004.” Why start with “no Yankee has ever done this,” why not just say “the last time a Yankee has done this.”

    I’m sure I’m the only one this bothers, but it is just annoying. 2004 is not even that long ago. And Nick Johnson did it last year.

  • cano is the bro

    omfg another damn double play

    • JD

      This is a huge problem. Why is he in the 2 hole. The team has to come before the legend

  • Rosco

    I would rather see Gardner run on the first pitch every time even if he gets caught then to see that.

  • Matt Montero

    Oy Vey! Should we shvitz about cecil pitching again?

  • CBean

    COME ON A-ROD!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I miss A-Rod’s old batting music (the ridiculous “This Is Why I’m Hot”)

    • Fred Lemond

      “This is the way I live” was great also.

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

    I got to say that if Jeter was such a team player he should go to Joe and say he wants to be moved down. He is killing this team

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

      He should bat lower but…. killing the team? lol

    • JimAbbottFan

      I’d rather see Jeter bunt on 2 strikes than swing away with his GDIP tendencies.

  • Paul Canales

    innings like this are ass

  • Rosco

    Anyone know how many DP’s Jeter has hit into this year?

    • Greg

      THey said 20

      • Rosco

        Thanks, I’m not able to watch the game.

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

      That was #20

    • Zack

      Educated Guess: 119

  • jon

    So what has to happen for jeter to get moved down the lineup

    • Greg

      He will have to suggest it himself

    • larryf

      Gardner has to never steal and there has to be always less than 2 outs and then maybe…..

    • forensic

      He has to sign with another team.

  • larryf

    14-15 years of Jeter gives him great leeway to make us all suffer this year…

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

      This. Larryf is right. Jeter’s track record of being the active hits leader, and supreme BA has come before his lackluster season. I’m not shocked, really. Not to say that I don’t have a problem with it.

      • Zack

        I’m not shocked they’d give a veteran time to fight through a slump- but it’s September.

        But if people want Jeter to move down in the lineup, then shouldn’t Cano and Arod switch spaces ttoo?

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

          Seniority is a bitch sometimes. Every manager values seniority. Every. Single. Manager.

          • Zack

            Oh I get that. But managers skip starters in the rotation, because that’s what’s best for the team. No different than batting order.

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

              The batting order is sacred, my friend. Plus Jeter’s offense isn’t crippling to the Yankees. Which is why a drop in the order may not seem ‘justified.’*

              *Justified, as in the manager sees his production as not too detrimental to the team to not slight Jeter. If the manager thought that Jeter’s talent was having an incredibly negative effect on his team, then trust, Jeter would drop.

              • Zack

                “Plus Jeter’s offense isn’t crippling to the Yankees.”

                So that defends having your 2nd worst offensive player hit 1/2? And having blind faith in the manager isn’t trust, it’s an excuse.

                • Chris

                  I’m guessing that you would have dropped Tex down in the batting order in May, right?

    • Mike HC

      If suffering means having one of the best shortstops in the American League in a down year for him, then I love to suffer.

      • Zack

        How many of those SS are leading off or hitting 2nd with 20 GIDP?

  • Scooter

    A good curve to Buck. That’s a start

    • Scooter

      And a good curve to McDonald

      Still – he’s going 90% FBs. Flash is right – when you get lefties 0-2, throw the change

  • CBean

    Yay, more innings like this please, Hughes.

  • Mike HC

    File this under, “I’m sure I’m the only one who cares about this”

    But I always notice that gorgeous Yankee waitress in the camera shot when a lefty is up. Usually, the staff go about their business and don’t pay attention to the game. But a couple of games ago, a lefty let go of the bat and just missed hitting that waitress in the head, and she was all shook up. Now, whenever a lefty is up, the waitress and other staff stop what they are doing and watch the game, presumably for safety reasons now.

    That was kinda interesting to me.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

      I point out the waitress all the time. Dela usually chimes in with “She has nice boobies” or something to that effect. I doubt it’s coincidence that she has the section that sees the most TV time.

      • Mike HC

        Yea. My thoughts exactly. I see her every game, ha. She was clearly strategically given that section. I’m sure all the Yankee waitress’ are gorgeous for those super expensive seats though.

        • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

          They should be. If I spent that kind of coin on those seats I’d demand she feed me caviar and grapes in the nude.

          • Mike HC

            hahah. Can’t argue with that.

      • Slappy White

        She does have the nice boobies

      • Paul Canales

        She is absolutely stunning.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Wow. Ok I’m going to start paying attention when the next lefty comes up. Blond or brunette?

          • Poopy Pants

            ummm…well…

          • Poopy Pants

            Look for more of a young Tyra Banks (before her forehead and ego got to Andre The Giant proportions).

          • Mike HC

            Black. Hair and all. Think Naomi Campbell.

    • Poopy Pants

      I’m always entertained by watching the slobs in her section ogling her…AND by watching her.

      • Mike HC

        I’m too focused on being one of those slobs watching her (not in her section obviously) to notice the other slobs, ha.

        • Poopy Pants

          As a complete slob, I can easily spot other slobs and read their minds.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    In a way, I’m encouraged by what Phil Hughes has done this season. He’s been pretty good overall without any consistent secondary pitch to speak of. His curve, cutter, and change are bound to improve.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

      How is it a safe bet that he’ll improve his change if he never throws it?

      • Not Tank the Frank

        I’m sure he’ll work on those things in the offseason and ST. The changeup to me is less of a concern than the cutter and curve. His curve HAS TO improve. It’s awful.

        • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

          The scouting report was the curve was top-notch. Haven’t really seen that this year. Hope you’re right, man.

          We heard that the reason he won the job was his changeup improvement, when in reality he’s worked largely off his fastball and cutter. The fastball’s been good, the cutter a pleasant surprise overall, but the curve seems worse than it had in the past, the changeup non-existent.

          • Mike HC

            I vaguely remember hearing that they changed Hughes curve from his minor league days for whatever reason. So he is throwing a different kind of curveball now. And worse, ha.

            • Chris

              He had a slider and they ditched it for a curve.

          • Shaun

            The curve is good, his location with it sucks

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

    Damn, Mickey-D. At least he can’t hit worth a lick.

  • in girardi we trust

    Sounds like the Jays brought the leather today.

  • Slappy White

    Alot of people consider Jeter the ultimate team player and ARod a selfish player, but Alex switched positions just to come to the Yanks and Derek wont even talk about a position change as he gets older. there is no way he would go to Girardi and ask to be moved down in the order, although if he was such a team player, he should……just my opinion

    /slappyslongestpostver
    /tiredhand’d

    • larryf

      good point but keeping him at short will allow us to see more jumpthrows on balls hit to his right (one step) and 360 pirouette throws on balls hit to his left (one step). We can look forward to it these next 3-4 years….

    • drill me deep

      we don’t know whether or not that convo has taken place or will be taking place in the next contract negotiation.

      I will simply say this, I have little problem in letting Jeter walk after this season. allocate that money somewhere other than giving it to 37 SS. I will roll with Nunez and another stop gap SS to back up.
      I could care less if he is approaching 3000 hits. he is very mediocre this year and might never be much more than he is now.

      • Slappy White

        Theyll NEVER let him walk…..no way

      • Chris

        Jeter >>>> Nunez

        This year and probably for a number of years in the future.

        Jeter is having a down season only by his standards. He’s still one of the most valuable SS in the AL. If there were a quality replacement out there, then I’d be ok with letting Jeter walk, but there’s not.

        As for the initial point, why on earth should Jeter move off of SS? His defense is average and his offense is average. If you move him to another position his offense suddenly looks well below average and there’s not guarantee that he will play better defensively. What position could he play next year where the Yankees don’t already have a better option under contract?

  • drill me deep

    it seems to me the Yankees has prioritize Hughes mastery over command of FB before fine tuning his secondary pitches. I think more utilization of changeup will help this him a long way in becoming of even better pitcher.

    • whozat

      His curve was his touted secondary offering coming up. I’m wondering why it’s not an effective weapon for him and what he can do about that.

      • drill me deep

        The problem with curve you can’t always throw strike with it. poor command can also lead to gofer balls. People are apt to lay off his curves and gear for his FBs. since it seem to me he throw 70 percent of time. Hughes will need the change up going forward. it will benefit him a great deal.

        • whozat

          The same exact reasoning applies to changeups. You can’t always throw them for strikes, bad command leads to poor results, etc.

          My point is that he has, supposedly, had an excellent curve in the past. It was his out-pitch in the minors, and his command of it (coupled with good command of a plus fastball) is what elevated his prospect status. The change up was something he worked to develop over the last year.

          He’ll need SOME plus offspeed offering. I don’t care what it is. However, given that he had great success with the curve coming up, one wonders what happened with that.

          • drill me deep

            good point about hughes needs a plus curve. the point of a change up is not the fact it’s easy to throw strike with, rather, if you have good command of fb and good arm speed action on your change , you don’t need to throw it for strikes . A hitter would offer at it because it travels on the same plane as a fb. Hughes has excellent control of his FB, that’s why a change up will help him vitally. that said, a good changeup.

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

    A-Rod’s back yet Ramiro Pena still plays…sigh…

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

      To be fair, Cano has played like, every game this year. He deserved a break. They’ve won 8 in a row, after all.

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

        Cano should get a day off, you’re right…point being, Ramiro Pena still fucking sucks.

        • Chris

          There aren’t many quality backup infielders. That’s why they’re backup infielders and not starters.

  • Greg

    I’ve got that sinking feeling…

    • larryf

      well we can’t win every game but now it would be nice to see ARod carry us for a few weeks..

      • Greg

        I know we cant win every game but if they lose today, they have to win tommorrow.

        • Pat D

          They could lose tomorrow as long as they win Tuesday and Wednesday.

          Winning each series is what matters.

          Though I agree that I don’t like losing the first game of the series.

          • Chris

            No, what matters is winning the most games by the end of the season. Today is 1/162 if that puzzle. Just like tomorrow and just like the next day. Winning series is only important because it means they’ve won more games overall.

            • Pat D

              Same difference.

  • Slappy White

    im sick of seeing that nasty aorta….fuck the smokers quit line

  • Scooter

    First changeup! (Snider swing and miss)

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

    Change-up sighting! A swinging strike.

    Or was it a cutter?

    • JimAbbottFan

      The gun showed it as 84…most likely a change.

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

        Yep. Just backed up the DVR to check the velo. And another one just now.

    • Scooter

      Fastball looks a lot faster after the 84 mph change

  • Cy Farnsworth

    How can Michael Kay acknowledge that run support is the only reason for high win totals in one breath, then tout wins as the most important pitching stat in the next?

    • Pat D

      1 + 1 = 3.

      • JimAbbottFan

        I thought 1 + 1 = 11?

        • Pat D

          Could be that too.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      He went to Fordham.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

      You said something about condiments? I lost my focus.

    • Greg

      THat run support is a small reason why CC isn’t running away with the Cy Young

    • Scooter

      Obviously Michael Kay read Emerson:
      “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”

      Nah… he’s just a boob

      How the hell can you make such bad pitches 0-2?

  • James A

    Golson, Pena, Gardner next inning
    can you say back-to-back-to-back?

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

      Back-to-back-to-back. Wait, what?

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

      Nap-to-nap-to-hey-I-just-woke-up!

  • Slappy White

    Seeing Golson out there makes me wonder why am I seeing Golson out there ?

    • Pat D

      Swisher and Kearns are dinged up.

      • Slappy White

        didnt know about Kearns…whats hurtin him ?

        • Pat D

          Something with his thumb, I think I read. He also got hit on the hand the other day.

  • larryf

    Was at the game yesterday and saw some of the players leaving the stadium after the game. Pena driving a pretty spiffy Porsche SUV. Oh to be a backup infielder with no power!

    • vin

      Oh to spending every last dime you earn!

    • CS Yankee

      Sounds like he does have power…horsepower that is.

    • Mike HC

      Oh, to be broke by the age of 30.

      (just messing around. maybe he is financially responsible other than that.)

  • Ivan

    Hanger…

  • in girardi we trust

    You’ve got to be kidding me

  • Greg

    Another 0-2 fastball

  • CBean

    DAMMIT!

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

    I liked Aaron Hill better when he was hitting like Ramiro Pena.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ugh, come on Hughes….another 0-2 shot

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Hughes is a girl.

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

    God dammit. All the blue jays do is hit home runs. So annoying.

    • vin

      It’s much less annoying when they’re solo shots though. And not on 0-2 pitches.

    • Scooter

      You’ve got to exploit the Jays’ aggression. Hughes’ inability to use offspeed pitches really kills

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

    Teeeeerrible pitch.

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

    I don’t understand Posada and Phil’s utter lack of wasting a pitch.

    • Greg

      That wasn’t Posada’s fault. He was setting up down and away and Hughes completely missed

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

        Why would you call for the fastball is the question. Show another pitch, make the hitters think about something else. Yes both pitches tailed to the middle but you can’t just throw the fastball.

  • Poopy Pants

    Yankees fans were cheering and high 5-ing each other in the bleachers after the HR? Wierd.

  • Ivan

    Dat 3rd strike is always da hardest for Phil.

  • JSquared

    More 0-2 Fastballs Please.

    • Zack

      He’s so stupid, no baseball IQ.

      Wait, this isn’t Joba pitching?

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

      All of that is just a hypothesis that can’t be tested. Jeter could very well bounce back next year. It’s interesting, sure, but don’t take this as the gospel or anything.

      • Big Ben

        Not taking it as conclusive, just sharing the theory put out there by a reasonable baseball (for lack of a better term) authority…and maybe helps rationalize/explain the frustration of his of-late suktitude

      • drill me deep

        SteveO, the observations of Jeter plate mechanisms are factual. The hypothesis here is more or less whether it’s a product of age rather than injury.
        to that end, i will say he has as good as of chance of not bouncing back.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    0-2 to 3-2. I love this sort of stuff.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Bandbox’d

  • Jon in Cyclist-Unfriendly Orlando

    Greg Maddux, on 0-2, career: 11 home runs allowed. (per JoPoz)

    • seimiya

      It’s just not fair to compare to Phil Hughes to Greg Maddux.

      • Jon in Cyclist-Unfriendly Orlando

        Not really meant to be a comparison, just an incredible stat. Phil had only given up 2 0-2 homers in 342 career innings before today.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Greg Maddux is truly in a league of his own. Or as Michael Kay would say, “a borderline Hall of Famer.”

  • Pat D

    Hughes’ splits are always amusing to see.

  • Pat D

    Carlos Pena was considered a top prospect that, for some reason, needed a few years and several organizations to figure it out.

    The comparison to him being a late bloomer and Jose Bautista being a late bloomer is not very accurate, methinks.

  • vin

    If Hughes gets a postseason start, it has to be on the road, no?

  • Ivan

    I think Hughes should learn a splitter…but thats just me.

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

      No way. Puts way too much strain on the arm.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Whenever Hughes gets an 0-2 count, I think he should just throw 3 intentional balls. Then go for the put away.

    • Mike HC

      hahah

    • seimiya

      BRILLIANT.

  • Greg

    So do we blame A-Rod for the end of the streak?
    I know it’s early but…

  • James A

    Hughes either needed to get that fastball way way up or bounce a curve there
    he obviously has a plus fastball, but the Jays are just sitting on it and theyre going to run into a few
    this is where he needs to either get comfortable enough with his cutter or his change that he can use them in any count

  • Cy Pettitte

    How low does Jeter’s BA have to go before they have to stop airing those “Jeter’s got an edge” commercials?

    • Pat D

      How about “It doesn’t matter?”

    • Slappy White

      Hes got an Edge baby

  • Slappy White

    ARods name on the line-up card is KILLING the Yankees

    just kidding but 21-3 without him is really wierd

    • Scooter

      Kay loves the fallacy of the predetermined outcome… why can’t he love the “post hoc ergo propter hoc” fallacy?

      Golston turns on the FB, and turns on the jets

  • in girardi we trust

    Way to go hook nose.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Golson’s got some serious wheels. I thought he would be toast at second.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow, nice hitting by Golson there

  • James A

    I went to a SWB-Pawtucket game where Golson went oppo for a 3 run dinger
    hes got more power than you’d think

    • Not Tank the Frank

      A legit shot?

      • James A

        Well it wasnt a 450 footer but he lined it out into the party porch area
        it wouldve been gone at YSIII thats for sure

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    FREEZE IT!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Not going down 4-0 that’s for damn sure. Let’s go Yanks!!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Ramiro the Hero staying hot. Me gusta.

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

    EL OH EL.

    Golson and Pena get on.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    On the one hand, I hate bunting in that situation.

    On the other hand, awesome bunt by Pena.

  • Scooter

    The real Scooter would be proud of Pena there

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ramiro the hero, very nice bunt

  • Pat D

    Maybe Pena isn’t so dumb after all?

  • CS Yankee

    Baltimore strikes first in the first against the Rays. I hope they kill today then get killed for the next three. Sorry, Buck

  • in girardi we trust

    CIRCULAR LINUP 1!1!!

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

    Also, that bunt sounded like a wiffle bunt.

  • larryf

    Golson can fly and Pena contributes. Speed is good even in this, the station to station long ball era….

  • cano is the bro

    ok now get some runs in before jeter can hit into another DP…

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    On the board. I’ll take it.

  • Slappy White

    Jeters gonna homer here

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Hehe you’re silly.

    • Slappy White

      or not

  • BadaBling

    Nicely done! Now please no GIDP. Send Pena and give Tex a shot!

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

    *checks the pitching matchup*

    *sees Brett Cecil*

    *rolls eyes and prays for hanging changeups*

  • Joe West’s Music Career

    Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Shut up Shut Up!!!!

  • Scooter

    Take a page from Joe Torre and hit and run here to help Jeter out

    • Doug

      take a page from joe torre here and move jeter down to the 8th spot

  • Slappy White

    The fuckin chicken comes first but the question is who has sex with the rooster

    • Poopy Pants

      Some german guy, obviously.

      • Joe West’s Music Career

        Who will then sew three roosters together…

  • Doug

    good job jete…keep the inning alive

  • Pat D

    Kay history fail.

  • CBean

    Alex needs to be productive today just so they’ll shut up about how the team did without him.

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

      He’ll be blamed for ending the winning streak.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        He’ll be blamed for the murder of John F. Kennedy.

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

          and Abraham Lincoln

      • seimiya

        #blamearod

  • larryf

    Derek will have 3 more years to show frustration Kay-don’t you worry.

  • BadaBling

    Don’t be scared of Tex give em a strike homie!!

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

    Phail Hughes?

  • BadaBling

    Such a powerful swing and a little nubber, foul. Here it is…

  • Pat D

    Why are comparing this game to last year’s game against Baltimore?

  • pat

    BOOOOOOO ARDO SUCKZZZZZ

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

    a game tying HR by A-Rod here would be an excellent addition

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Cody Ransom would’ve hit a game tying homer.

  • in girardi we trust

    Sigh…

  • Greg

    SHould the blame begin

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

      Yes. Let’s blame A-Rod. It’s not that the lineup has Pena and Golson at the bottom, it has nothing to do with Jeter, and Phil’s two homers allowed certainly have nothing to do with it. All A-Rod. DFA him immediately.

      • Greg

        I know that it seems unreasonable to blame him, but the media will.

  • BadaBling

    Fuck a change-up, 89 ain’t sexy…99 is bitch now throw the heater!

  • Paul Canales

    this is madness

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

      no…this is SPARTA

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Maybe 2001 for the trivia question? Both Clemens and Moose were up around 20 wins.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Or not.

    • CS Yankee

      Figgy & Guidry had 20 in ’78

      • CS Yankee

        I’m in Colorado…is the question the last two yankees to get to 20 W’s?

        FWIW, Moose only got to 20 in his last season (2008).

        • Pat D

          No, it was who were the last two Yankees to finish 1-2 in wins.

          The answer was Whitey Ford and Jim Bouton in ’63, though Bouton was also tied for second.

          • CS Yankee

            Ahh, thanks…I thought that they might throw in a question about two pitchers getting to 20.

            Hughes doesn’t have a fair chance to do that though this year (even excluding this game).

  • James A

    Random thought, but what guy currently starting for a big league team would surprise you most if he threw a no-hitter?
    I say Rodrigo Lopez

    • Cy Farnsworth

      This season?

      Javy Vazquez.

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

        If we’re going by this season:

        AJ Burnett.

        But he also is the person least surprising to throw a no-hitter.

        • CBean

          He has 2 in his career, right?

  • Scooter

    Another changeup sighting – grounder to first on 1-2

    • JimAbbottFan

      I hope this pattern doesn’t hold up for Hughes, i.e., alternating between a 2-run HR inning and 1-2-3 inning.

      • JimAbbottFan

        Reply fail. Silly firefox.

  • Greg

    Honestly, who should we blame if the streak ends?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

      You.

    • Pat D

      Are you really being serious?

      • Greg

        It’s all about the media. I dont want to blame A-Rod, but I just know others will.

        • Pat D

          Well, winning streaks do have a tendency to end. I don’t think that anyone expects them to never lose again.

          Yea someone from ESPN NY will probably try to make a funny and say, “Look ARod came back and they lost!” but that can’t be taken seriously.

          If you really want to blame someone, well, if the score holds as it is, blame Hughes.

          • Greg

            I just hope alot of peoplethink like you do.

          • Doug

            maybe blame cecil

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Blame it on the a-a-alcohol

  • Doug

    another missed location

  • boogie down

    What’s the quiz question today?

    • seimiya

      Sabathia and Hughes are first and tied for seconds with wins. When was the last time this happened to Yankees?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    See Phil? Isn’t it easier when you throw a breaking ball every once in a while?

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

    change up for the most part has looked good.

  • Scooter

    Not to be a jerk, Flash – but on the strikeout pitch to Buck, Phil missed his location – was supposed to be inside, and was more outer half

    Another out on a changeup to a lefty (on 1-2)

    • Doug

      yup, missed location is ‘great’ if the batter swings through it and a ‘mistake’ if it’s launched 500 feet

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

    I’m so, so, so tired of talking about Phil’s pitch selection, honestly :(

  • Pat D

    Jorge reminds us that he, too, is a master of the DP!

  • cano is the bro

    ENOUGH with the damn double plays!!!

  • CBean

    Could they at least not make the inning so easy for Cecil?

  • Mike HC

    How the fuck does Clay Buchholz have a 2.25 era in the AL east with only around 100 k’s in 150 innings and a 2 to 1 K to BB ratio? And in like his rookie year. Is he really that good? Or just lucky this year? He is making Hughes look bad.

    • Pat D

      Luck.

    • Doug

      doesn’t make mistakes on 0-2 pitches

    • Cy Farnsworth

      A lot of skill and a lot of luck.

    • Slappy White

      16 wins cant be called bad, not as good maybe, but not bad

    • Poopy Pants

      Is Hughes younger?

    • pat

      He’s almost two full years older than Phil Hughes.

      • Mike HC

        Yea. Hughes is younger. I just threw that last line in for the hell of it.

        I just don’t get how he could be having this good of a year. Mind boggling. Or mind bottling, as they say here at RAB.

    • CS Yankee

      Rookie year? Hasn’t he pitched the last two seasons in Boston, or was it two seasons of superhype?

      • Mike HC

        I don’t know how MLB defines “rookie.” That is why I said “like” his rookie year. His first full year.

  • Pat D

    Here’s a question:

    If the White Sox beat the Red Sox today, they will pass the Red Sox in the Wild Card standings. So if the Yankees lose, does their playoff magic number actually go down then?

    • James A

      no, it would stay the same

      • Pat D

        So the number only goes down by 1 at most today, and only if they win.

        • CBean

          What happens if Tampa also loses?

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

            If Tampa loses, the division magic number drops.

  • Doug

    yeah kay, worked real when moseley gave up the lead

  • drill me deep

    Hughes and AJ really has lot of similarity to Burnett

    Burnett’s arsenal 93mph (average) mph fb and a good secondary curve .
    problem, he has poor command of fb and curves. Hitter sitting on FB , bang he gets hammer by a good fb hitting team !

    Hughes’s arsenal. 93-94 fb and a decent secondary curve. very good control and command of fb , throws 70 percent time. Decent control of curve.
    problem, he throws way too much fbs. on those occasions where he miss in the zone against a dead red team like Toronto. Bang….way too predictable even if he attacks the four quadrant with it.

    the only thing that left me wonder is, why aren’t Eiland or the catcher calling more changeups? is this a organization philosophy thing in Hughes case? with Burnett, maybe he is too dumb to ever adapt period, is calling his own shots.

    either way, they both can benefit in throwing the change up with more freq. actually, it might be vital in a year or so.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      I disagree. I think that Hughes stays away from his curveball because he doesn’t have full confidence in it as an out pitch.

      I think that Burnett stays away from his curveball because he’s constantly behind in the count.

      • drill me deep

        Burnett has poor command of his FB and 90 percent of time he can’t throw his curve for strike. it doesn’t take a genius to a scout to advise any team to sit dead read on him. I am surprise with his diminishing Velo he is not getting hammer more !

    • pat

      Hughes has poor fastball command? He has the same bb/9 as CC.

      • drill me deep

        huh? he has good command of his FB, as he normally attacks the four corners of strike zone with it. my problem is , predictability , he throws way too many of them. A changeup that lives mostly on the same plane will benefit him a great deal because his fb command. it doesn’t have to be a good one, but just decent. hitter would offer at it even it is thrown for strike.

      • Humdinger

        Just because a pitcher doesn’t walk people, doesn’t mean he has good command of his pitches.

  • seimiya

    If they did it 24 years ago, it’s not “never been done.” Hasn’t been done in a long, long time, yeah. Been done, though.

    • JimAbbottFan

      It’s the usual tactic to make a stat sound more profound than it really is.

      • seimiya

        Just Kay being himself, then. Awesome. :|

    • Mike HC

      hey. I just commented on that above. I will re post here because someone finally agrees with me, ha:

      “That is something that annoys me, and not only Michael Kay does it:

      When they say, “No Yankee has ever done this … since 2004.” Why start with “no Yankee has ever done this,” why not just say “the last time a Yankee has done this.”

      I’m sure I’m the only one this bothers, but it is just annoying. 2004 is not even that long ago. And Nick Johnson did it last year.”

      • Mike HC

        That was a comment about Gardner’s consecutive BB streak.

  • Slappy White

    The hot waitress looks very sad

    • Poopy Pants

      They’re out of napkins.

  • James A

    Was that Jose Bautista who was just picked up on the mic?
    I heard someone say, I only have 103 rbis, i could use a few more

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I’d say that Hughes has thrown a few more than 2 bad pitches this afternoon.

    • Doug

      like that one

    • Scooter

      Yup… look at the replay on the Snider double – looked like the FB drifted back to the middle (target was outside)

    • Mike HC

      Exactly. I don’t know why he keeps saying that. How about Aaron Hill’s double earlier in the game that he almost got thrown out on. Just to name one, let alone all the other pitches Hughes got away with.

  • Total Dominication

    Strand ‘em Phil, keep us in the game!

  • Doug

    montero can’t be as bad as that, right?

    • larryf

      Montero will soon be here and Jorge will be a memory. Jorge never hit 20 HR’s at age 20. Heck, he didn’t even catch until he was 23 I think. Jesus is awesome!!!! I think he hit a ball 475 feet Friday night to left center. I was there…

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Solid job by Hughes working out of trouble. 1 run is acceptable there.

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

    So I’ve been offered Brett Favre for Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne. Should I accept or decline? I’ve got Big Ben, but he’s suspended for 4 weeks.

    • Mike HC

      Decline. Although if Henne is your starting QB, you may have problems anyway.

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

        For four weeks. Then Roethlisberger will be unleashed.

        • Mike HC

          Yea, true. Stick with what you got. As you already did.

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

            Thanks, I usually need some type of reassurance. I don’t know why.

    • Scooter

      Dunno if we’re supposed to talk FF here – but I’d stick with Marshall and Henne. Favre lost Rice, and I like the Marshall/Henne combo in Miami

      • Mike HC

        I think all game threads are open threads. Not 100% sure though. I’m sure I will be corrected if I am wrong.

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

        I already declined the trade. I just wanted other people’s approval of a move that’s already in the books. FF is all good. It’s just politics *cough*Rose*cough*

        • Scooter

          I remember that – that was pretty ugly….

          Weirdest thing about FF conversations – it all depends on the size of your league. I’m in a 14-team league with 3 WR, 2RB and a flex, and we’re scouring the waiver wire for guys like Kareem Huggins. Guys in 10-team leagues are picking Big Ben or Santana Moss off waivers

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

            You’re right, I’m in a deep league.

    • cano is the bro

      i would trade favre for b marsh straight up. You can find other QBs and Henne isn’t that bad. Favre isn’t going to be as good this year anyway

      • cano is the bro

        oops i read that wrong, yes you should decline that trade

  • JM

    They gotta score 2 here

  • Pat D

    Go Irish!

  • Slappy White

    Another “who gives a fuck” moment by Kay

  • Total Dominication

    Gardy with another walk. Fucking base clogger.

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

    Just keep it going, Jeter.

    • Doug

      yeah, lean into one

  • Pat D

    May not see Mr. MVP next week.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/dall.....id=5536356

    • Cy Farnsworth

      No need to push him and go into the playoffs with their best player hurting.

    • Mike HC

      Thanks for reminding me. He is on my fantasy team, and it being the playoffs, I’m done without him. Even if I win this week (which it is looking good), odds of me winning next week are slim. Let alone my competition has just about every pitcher on his staff with a two start week.

      It was a fun year while it lasted, ha.

  • CBean

    COME ON TEX!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix HR please

  • Slappy White

    scared to pitch to Jeter…..lol

  • Total Dominication

    Jeter can walk?

    /I keed, I keed

  • Total Dominication

    Damnit.

  • Scooter

    4-1 Orioles… thanks, Buck

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Come on Phil.

  • Literal Jim

    Time to shut down Hughes for the year. Bullpen time.

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

    Bleh. Doesn’t seem to be our day. Oh well, couldn’t expect the winning streak to last forever.

  • cano is the bro

    god i hate the blue jays and their homeruns. Its the only way they freaking score runs

  • Esteban

    Has Hughes hit the wall?

  • Mike HC

    For everyone worried that ARod would have taken the blame for this loss, I think it is safe to say the MSM media will be swan diving off Hughes bandwagon instead, and maybe rightfully so.

    • Esteban

      No way, he has 16 wins, they’re not jumping off any bandwagon.

      • Mike HC

        Watch it happen. They have to yell about something. And they will be yelling about Hughes.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

    The fan made a nice grab there.

  • Pat D

    It’s wonderful how he can’t keep the ball in the park here, but he can on the road.

  • CBean

    Sigh.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

    Umm…Hughes has not been fantastic today, broadcaster guys.

  • Total Dominication

    I just tuned in last inning, and I find it hard to believe he’s been fantastic.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Am I missing something? Hughes has been fantastic today?

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

      No. He hasn’t been as bad as the box score indicates, but he’s been nowhere close to fantastic. Nowhere.

      • Mike HC

        Exactly. He has definitely been victimized by the homerun ball and not been getting hit around, but that still does not equal pitching fantastic.

    • Scooter

      Gotta lay a lot of the blame on pitch selection

      He doesn’t need to throw a lot of changes and curves – but against a lineup that loves fastballs, he needs a change of speed.

      The double to Lind was on a pitch that was decent – inside FB – but the batter was sitting FB

      • drill me deep

        that , it really isn’t that complicated.

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

          Yes it is, it’s easier said than done. I love how people like you say “JUST THROW MORE CURVES DUH” and act like it’s such a simple fix.

          • drill me deep

            Ross, the execution is the complicated part of any pro sports, else, you and I will be playing.

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

              So, say that. Hughes is 24 years old.

              • drill me deep

                huh? he is 24 years old.
                the assertion is simply this, if hughes mixes more curve and change up against dead red hitting team, the result could possibly be better than the bottomline today.

                That idea in itself is not so complicate to appreciate. no one is calling him a disappointment.

          • Scooter

            Hughes’ curve was inconsistent – but the change was decent. Mixing those in – especially the change against lefties – could help a lot, even if neither is a plus pitch

            If he can improve those pitches, it could help him a ton. There’s no guarantee he CAN improve them, of course

            • Reggie C.

              How could he be considered a top-of-the-line pitcher if he’s only got ONE CONSISTENT plus pitch – the FB.

              The man needs to improve the change-up or curve. Clay Buchholz at similar age flashed a much more varied arsenal than Hughes has at age 24.

  • Total Dominication

    Runs!

  • Total Dominication

    Soooooo close.

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

    Man, Granderson has been smoking the ball lately, even against lefties. I’ve said it before – he’s going to have a huge 2011.

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

      Oh yeah, 2011 Granderson is going to be ’10 Swisher.

    • Gonzo

      How about the ’10 playoffs!

  • CBean

    I really thought that might get out.

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

    I’m hoping for an IF single.

  • Cy Pettitte

    “I think we might have overstated Phil Hughes” – Oh really Kay?

  • Hughesus Christo

    A 2 run Sac Fly? Unheard of! Outrageous!

  • Slappy White

    If you take the free skin cancer test and they say you have it, do you stay and enjoy the game ?

  • Total Dominication

    Sergio Mitre and huge part of ballgame should be mutually exclusive.

  • Total Dominication

    Fuck.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow, Mitre trying his hardest to put this one out of reach

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

    White flag from Joe I guess

  • cano is the bro

    really mitre?

  • Slappy White

    Nobody warming up ? WTF?

  • a plethora of pinatas

    I don’t get Girardi’s hard-on for Mitre. Hopefully there’s a better option next year.

    • Slappy White

      maybe its the beautiful hair ?

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

      Not a ‘hard-on,’ it’s just that someone has to eat these innings. Better him than a reliever who can be used in higher leverage situations.

  • James A

    I know this game has sucked, but shouldnt it be against the rules of fandom to boo a team on an 8 game winning streak with the best record in baseball?

  • Jerome S

    Four run lead and this team and its explosive offense has a chance, a chance… could have gone with any skilled reliever we wanted too.

    But no.

    • Mike HC

      Its not looking like its our game. But you are right, there is a chance, a small one.

      • Mike HC

        I see what the slant of your post now. Girardi likes to use everyone in his pen. Some disagree, but he always seems to get all 25 men on the roster some playing time.

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

      I have no problem with going with Mitre there. Getting the bullpen a day off in a probable loss >>>>>>>>> Working the bullpen to try to stay within shouting distance of the lead.

  • Mike HC

    Considering the lineup we have ran out there, and with Javy, Aj, Hughes, Moseley all struggling (well, the later isn’t struggling, he just, is) and Pettitte still out, this 8 game win streak was all the more amazing.

  • Total Dominication

    That could have been a shitload worse. Now we need to score 2 runs at least.

  • pat

    O NOOOOES BLAME MITREEEEEEE UNDER DA BUSSSS

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    not going to win every game rays will lose and red sox will sweep rays

  • Jerome S

    Thank Mo.

  • Slappy White

    That Kate Smith sounds hot

  • a plethora of pinatas

    Overbay is either really bad or really good. Looks like the bad player showed up.

    • Mike HC

      So you are saying he is the AJ of first baseman?

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

      Overbay is actually very bad, bad, mildy good, or good. In that order.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        There was a time when Overbay was pretty good…but those days are OVAH!!!

        /Hawk Harrelson’d

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

          One year wonders FTW.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Overbay Hughes is either really bad or really good. Looks like the bad player showed up.

      okay fixed

  • Total Dominication

    Can we pinch hit someone for Golson?

    • Total Dominication

      Oops, I though he was after Pena, not before, forgot.

  • Ivan

    Lucky you got a hit there Pena, I did not want you to swing on 3-1.

  • Esteban

    Golson and Pena have more hits than the 1-4 batters now. This is silly

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

      Baseball, you just can’t predict it.

      /Buildingthebrand’d

  • drill me deep

    holy smoke ,Pena is rocketing towards 240 avg that is fucking amazing!
    the dude has knack of hitting slow ground balls in places where they aren’t any fielders!

  • Total Dominication

    Time to feast on an inferior bullpen.

  • the other Steve S,

    What are they afraid of? A double play?

    • drill me deep

      no, a strike out …

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Driving that train, high on cocaine. Casey Janssen is ready, watch your speed.

    /Grateful Dead’d

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

    Jeter, just get on base. That’s all I’m asking.

  • the other Steve S,

    that was pathetic

  • Total Dominication

    Back-to-back Tex and A-rod now. Please.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    That was just bad. That pitch wasn’t even in the tasteful high strike area.

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

      Yeah, Jeter loves to chase FB high. The sad thing is, Janssen doesn’t throw hard.

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

    Bah, Jeter loves the high FB.

  • drill me deep

    just be grateful he only made one out this time.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I would be grateful if we weren’t down by 5 in the bottom of the 7th.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Tex, A-Rod and Cano should all finish with at least 100 RBIs. And possibly Swisher. 4 players with 100 RBIs…how neat!

    • Pat D

      You just killed a piece of Keith Law’s spirit.

      • Chris

        It is neat. Not really representative of quality play (other than that the offense as a whole is great), but still neat.

  • a plethora of pinatas

    Here comes the A-Bomb!!!!!!!

    • Esteban

      Well, he did get a run in.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      I’ll take that

  • Pat D

    Single, so pathetic.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    This is still all A-Rod’s fault.

    • Esteban

      Yea A-Rod put too much pressure on Hughes to pitch well in his return.

  • the other Steve S,

    sweeter than sweet

  • Eirias

    He just wanted to be on base for Thames.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Oh shit, Thames is up. Shit’s gonna get nasty.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Time for Dr. Thames, PhD to go to work

  • Reggie C.

    Colby Rasmus requested a trade from STL. Wow.
    http://www.rotoworld.com/conte.....38;id=4153

    • Cy Pettitte

      Albert Pujols says Cardinals need to find a way to get Colby Rasmus “out of here”

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......f-here.php

      • Esteban

        Esteban says “The Yankees need to make an attempt to obtain Colby Rasmus”

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

        It’s interpreted differently if you read the whole article. He pretty much says ‘If he doesn’t want to be here, find a way to get him out of here.’ Not nearly as bad as saying ‘get him out of here.’

    • pat

      Wow. That’s kind of a big deal.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Rasmus is a douche.

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

        I don’t think so. Rasmus just wants to play. Dude is arguably one of the best high school players of all time, and now he’s on the bench? I’d be pissed too.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          The kid is what…12 years old? I respect that he wants to play but he’s a bit of a brat. I’m not doubting his talent, but I don’t particularly care for this new wave of rookie sensations who expect to be treated like veterans. Plus, how often do you hear Pujols say shit like that?

          • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

            No, wait, ignore all of that. I just don’t like the way he wears his hat.

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

              Tony La Russa, is that you?

    • Chris

      He’s probably just sick of sitting through 4 pitching changes an inning.

  • drill me deep

    i believe the Rod is doing some preliminary drilling before doing sweet deep drilling… AJ, get the fucking pie ready, i feel it.

  • pat

    Busting him inside to set of the outside junk?

    • pat

      Or just keeping him from getting his arms extended.

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

    Man, A-rod was in such a good position to yell “HA!” again.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Thames pop out. Way to go A-Rod.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Mike Lupica tomorrow: “Alex should have stole signs, but he didn’t and Thames ended up popping up. The Yankees can thank Alex for losing the game.”

  • a plethora of pinatas

    What’s the over/under on runs Mitre gives up this inning?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      0.5. And I’ll take under.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Guuuhhhh-randerson.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Gar-Anderson.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Garrett Anderson?

      • drill me deep

        Gritnerderson.

  • a plethora of pinatas

    TB 5, Balt 4

    • Total Dominication

      Damnit

  • drill me deep/ jebadiah Gammons

    i am thinking this puny 4 four can definitely be overcome by these sons of the Bronx. AJ, get the pie ready , fosho!

  • drill me deep

    jebbaaaadiaheeez, damn PoPo, back me up on this.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow you really have to try hard to mess that up Hill

  • Cy Farnsworth

    C’mon Swish.

  • Total Dominication

    Cano is on deck, right?

    • pat

      Puma

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

      Berkman. They can save Cano for later.

    • Total Dominication

      Or not, why?

      • Total Dominication

        Oh, Puma.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Cool that wasn’t ball 4 or anything.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Swisher did not look good out of the box.

  • Total Dominication

    Damn. Come on Puma!

  • Total Dominication

    O’s up 7-5!

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    lets go O,s

  • drill me deep/ jebadiah Gammons

    Puma is sir pounce a lot less on the right side.

  • Total Dominication

    That’s not good.

  • Jerome S

    I’m gonna start a conversation here: I would honestly, right now, rather see Pena or Nunez in the lineup than Jeter.

    • drill me deep/ jebadiah Gammons

      not Pena , he is like the ultimate slappy slappy non hitter, I would rather see Nunez than Jeter at this point. He is showing me a more potent bat , though he is pretty hacktastic.

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

      There is no debate. Jeter >>>> Nunez >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Pena.

    • NYY-SWISH

      I like Nunez at the moment. He knows how to put together a solid at-bat. While I desperately want to bash Jeter, I’ll do my best to restrain and suggest a drop to 8 in the lineup. Either that or allow Nunez the opportunity to show his stripes. I believes he’s earned a shot in A-Rod’s absence.

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

        I like Nunez at the moment. He knows how to put together a solid at-bat.

        Hah.

        • NYY-SWISH

          I know you dislike him but I sense a bit of scrap in the li’l guy.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Web gem!

  • Cy Pettitte

    You always get one a game from Mark, never fails

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

    Well, this is looking like a loss. Good thing, the Yankees are a lock for the playoffs, and don’t have a third team breathing down their necks.

  • drill me deep/ jebadiah Gammons

    it’s time to invoke the spirit of Jobu, the jays have left us with little choice.

    anyone got a bucket of popeye’s chicken ?

  • Cy Pettitte

    O’s up 8-5 now

    glad Cash let the Rays take Qualls and we took Wood

    • drill me deep/ jebadiah Gammons

      as the great Suzyn would say ” bless Buck and his little heart. John, can you explain this?”

  • Mike HC

    Lee will miss his next start with a sore back. Maybe he is not such a sure thing this off season.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Maybe he’ll come cheaper now. We need a #2 starter……BAD!

  • seimiya

    “Texy.” Really? Really?

    Sigh….

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    It’s time for the “Suck up to Michael Kay” minute.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    “I don’t want it to be about me.”

    Of course not, Michael.

  • seimiya

    Have I mentioned that I love Jonathan Albaladejo?

  • Carlosologist

    Can we come back from being down four? I think so. We’ve been killing the ball as of late, so it’s not out of the question.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    That clownface is oddly accurate.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Despite the 4 run deficit, it’s worth pointing out that Kevin Gregg sucks balls.

    We aren’t done yet.

  • Cy Pettitte

    leadoff double, nice, i smell a comeback

  • a plethora of pinatas

    Jeter with the GIDP….just kidding

  • Esteban

    At least it will be difficult for Jeter to hit into a DP here.

    • Jerome S

      Liner to second.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Haha, “a Jeterian out.”

  • Cy Pettitte

    contribute, dammit

  • Esteban

    Gameday says strike 1 was a comically bad call.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Damn. Two hard hit flies, two outs.

  • Carlosologist

    Damn you camera angles with your deception.

  • Greg

    Well, we’re done

    • Tampa Yankee

      ZOMG!!!1!1 We lost a game after winning 8 straight!!11! I can’t believe we are only 2.5 up in the division and 10 in the WC1!!11

      /am i doing it right?

      • Greg

        I meant done in the game, not in the playoffs.

      • Poopy Pants

        (Someone’s trying a little too hard to fit in)

        • Tampa Yankee

          Yeah not so much. I’ve been around for some time, I don’t need to try and fit in but thanks though!

  • Carlosologist

    That didn’t look like a strike.

    • NYY-SWISH

      Gameday had the first and third strike as far inside

      • a plethora of pinatas

        Well, screw gameday or screw the ump!

      • Jerome S

        So did my naked eyes, man.

  • Esteban

    Seems to have been some terrrrible called strikes that inning.

  • drill me deep/ jebadiah Gammons

    jobu told me , no popeye chickens , no come back. oh well…

    • Jerome S

      Someone took Jobu’s rum today, apparently. I blame Jeter.

  • seimiya

    I listened to it while cleaning my bathroom. They were about equal in funness.

    • seimiya

      “It” being the game. pronoun fail.

  • Total Dominication

    It had to end sometime, let’s go O’s!

    • Greg

      I understand that. But the key is that we need to win tommorrow in order to keep it just one loss

  • Jerome S

    Am I the only one who’s been getting pissed off by the way that Jeter’s playing lately?

    • drill me deep

      I was a Bernie /O’neil fan. I have nothing invested in Jeter emotionally. I think he has made excellent money for great service rendered for the last 15 years.

      but i am fully ready to say goodbye to him, he looks old and ordinary.

      being piss does little unfortunately, he will bat 2nd and continue to play his mediocre brand of baseball ( lately, less than that) for the remainder of the season. I am more pissed with fact that Popeye chicken does not deliver.

      • Kit

        Not to be rude or mean, but can you do me a huge favor, drill me deep, and properly capitalize and punctuate your sentences. As you can see by the way others post here, there’s kind of a high bar set for posting in terms of coherency, and most of your sentences lack that. I’m just saying this to help you out in a friendly way. Sorry if it came off as rude.

  • Jerome S

    TB lost, 8-7.

    • seimiya

      What’s that make our magic number? 16? Or does it stay at 17?

      • Scooter

        And Papelbon just blew another save… 5-5

        • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

          This is fun to watch. If they lose, it will make the loss that much easier to accept. Not that I’m super pissed as it is, but still.

          • Kit

            Everything stays static if they lose since TB lost and we lost, so it would be awesome if they lost as well.

        • Kit

          I really saw that coming when they asked him to get five outs.

          • Scooter

            Papelbon is up to 48 pitches… so that’s all for him

      • Kit

        Papelbon blows the save and the game is tied now, so it depends on whether or not the Red Sox lose. I think it stays the same if they lose, and goes up to 18 if they win (unless I’m completely mistaken, I’m not too good at figuring out how the magic number works).

        • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

          Nope. If the Sox win, it stays at 17. If they lose it will go down to 16 (I’m pretty sure).

          • Kit

            Okay, thanks.

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

          Actually, if they lose, the White Sox pass them in the WC race. The Yanks magic number won’t change at all.

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            Aww that’s too bad. Well better than the Sox winning. I really enjoy them losing too much.

          • Kit

            Thanks for clearing it up, Mike.

            • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

              Yeah…and sorry for the misinformation on my part!

              • Kit

                No problem. It happens (to me…a lot).

          • seimiya

            I wonder if I’ll get on TV if I hold up a sign that says, ‘I’m only saying Michael Kay is my hero so I can really say Mike Axisa is my hero.’

        • seimiya

          Me neither, which is why I asked the many, many wise men and women at RAB.

  • seimiya

    Papelbon blows the save. 5-5 in the ninth, two outs for the Chisox.

    • seimiya

      Damn, too slow.

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    if red sox lose this game the rays will sweep red sox win rays get sweep

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Papelbon blowing saves is probably the most satisfying thing in all of baseball, IMO.

    • Scooter

      Add in Beckett losing a win, and it’s bonus time, baby

    • Zack

      Watching Kalish flop after those 2 balls was enjoyable

      • Scooter

        NOT enjoyable – watching Ozzie cackling in the dugout.

        I’m not a RS fan, but Francona >> Ozzie

    • seimiya

      I actually take more delight in Brad Lidge blowing saves, but Papelbon is a close #2.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        K-Rod is second for me. Next is probably Valverde.

        • Kit

          Papelbon is first for me, Valverde second and K-Rod third. I hate show offs.

          • Scooter

            Papelbon IS Private Pyle – rolling his eyes up.. then the fist pump…

            Always good to see him suck it

  • Scooter

    Screwed up thing at Fenway – the fans were doing the wave while Papelbon was blowing the save.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find the wave annoying at any time. In the top of the 9th, it would make me go just about postal

  • Scooter

    WS take the lead – Manuel walks in the go-ahead run.

    Beckham missed some serious cookies in that at-bat, and Hawk is enjoying himself

    • Kit

      To add to Scooter’s comment,Red Sox give up a fourth straight walk so White Sox are up 7-5 now.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Just walked in another.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    7-5 I love that shit.

    • Kit

      It’s always enjoyable when their lolpen implodes on them.

    • Scooter

      Vizquel lined out hard to Hall – or it could have been better.

      Manuel’s got nothing stuff-wise — wow.

      Can Jenks save 3 in a row?

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        No…they’re going with Thornton

  • Slappy White

    The look on Papelbons face in the dugout was priceless. Oddly Ive never seen Mo with that look. I guess ole Paps isnt better than Mo after all

    • Kit

      Anyone who ever thought Papelbon is better than Mo should be smacked in the face.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Only person who ever said that was Papelbon

        • Kit

          I never heard him say that he was, just a lot of admiration for Mo on his part, but if he ever thought that, blowing 7/8 saves (can’t remember) in a season should keep him in check.

          • seimiya

            I believe it’s seven now.

            • Scooter

              I don’t recall Papelbon disrespecting Mo ever

              Papelbon has said some really bonehead things for sure

              And it’s OVA

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            I think he said something to that effect before the AS Game in 2008.

            • Chris

              Yup. He said he should close the AS game because he was the closer on the WS champion.

      • Slappy White

        I used to hear it from a couple of my coworkers, but not so much anymore. Come to think of it , they dont talk much baseball with me these days

        • Kit

          I’ve noticed a lot of the Red Sox fans I know have been extremely quiet with the baseball talk this season, but I also heard that a lot, in 2007 specifically.

          • Kit

            And by that I mean the Papelbon is better than Mo talk.

  • Scooter

    Matt Thornton back off the DL… throwing some gas (97)

    You wonder how his command will be

  • Scooter

    One out

    98 mph FB on the outside corner

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    “HE GONE!!!!”

    lmao I hate Hawk so so so so so much.

  • Scooter

    Two down – really high fastball
    McDonald helped him out

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      “This ballgame is OVAH”

  • Slappy White

    Its a good day when we can lose and nobody gains any ground on us

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    AND THIS GAME IS OVAHHHH

    • Scooter

      If this were a Yankees/WS game, I would be hating Hawk in a big way

      That stuff would get old really fast

  • Kit

    White Sox win it 7-5. Boston got swept.

    • Chris

      Nice to see both Bard and Papelbon blow saves.

  • Slappy White

    Now, what do we want in this Red Sox- Tampa series ? Im thinking Sox are so far done we want them to sweep (as much as it makes me sick to say it )

    • seimiya

      Eighteen-inning, brawl-filled injury fests. :D

      Really I just want to see Dustin Pedroia tackle someone.

      • Kit

        Pedroia just had surgery, so that would be hilarious.

        • Slappy White

          Who ?

          • Kit

            The Keebler elf.

            • Slappy White

              Oh yeah, I miss that little fella. Hes so gutty and gritty . You know Ive heard that he has taken ground balls before while sitting in a chair. Hes Mythical

              • Kit

                The ground balls were taken from the knees. Because he’s gritty and has team spirit.

                • Slappy White

                  He wanted to take ground balls immediatly following his surgery, but the stupid doctor was afraid he would get strangled by the IV line

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    red sox sweep

  • Big Ben

    Chicago White Sox came into Fenway and ended the bloodied sox’s season! Woo-Hoo!!!