Sep
04

Open Thread: Do I hear eight?

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Yes, yes I do hear eight. Eight wins in a row is a new season high, and all it took was a little Marcus Thames elbow grease to make it happen. The Yanks are now a whopping 36 games over .500 with a +187 run differential, both representing the best marks in the game. I approve.

Here’s tonight’s open thread. Depending on where you live, you’ll get either the White Sox-Red Sox or Braves-Marlins on MLB Network, plus there’s more college football than I care to recap on as well. With a little help from the ChiSox, the magic number will creep down to 17 tonight. That would be a productive Saturday. You guys know what to do, so have at it.

Categories : Open Thread
  • pat

    An 8 game winning streak with no Alex and no Andy.

    Beastmode.

  • SamVa

    Go Orioles!

    No but seriously..

    Thames is unreal. What A-Rod should have been doing had he not been injured.

    • drill me deep

      Guthrie Vs Shield, a fighting chance for the Os tonight. you tell those fools that the buck stops here!

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

    Let’s Go Texas A&M Aggies and Baltimore Orioles!

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    18 for a playoff spot, but (and I know this is a silly question with a 1.5 game lead) whats the number for the division?

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      26, would drop to 25 if Baltimore wins tonight.

      (as I type this, Rays lead off the game with a home run…)

    • Carlosologist

      26 is the number for the division.

    • boogie down

      If the Rays lose, 25; If the Rays win, 26, I think.

  • Ross in NJs phone

    My power is still out :( time to go hang at the bar for the rest of the night!

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Is anyone else hoping Colorado somehow finds a way to the playoffs?

    I think snowed out playoff games at Coors Field is one of my favorite baseball pastimes nowadays.

    • Carlosologist

      Nope. I’ve been rooting for San Francisco the whole season. I have to stick to that prediction.

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        I had Colorado pegged at 94 wins before the season, best in the NL, but falling in six to Philly in the NLCS. Needless to say, they haven’t been living up to that, hell, they’d have to go 24-4 from here on out to do that.

        BUT, San Diego’s playing like shit, San Francisco is playing like shit, so even though Colorado continues to screw up every opportunity they get (see: Thursday night), they’re still alive. It truly is amazing how a team that sucks on the road is on the verge of improving to 6-2 at the worst offensive park in baseball. How the HELL does that happen?

        • Carlosologist

          Well, you know Suzyn…

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

          #ycpb

          The NL West, NL Central, and AL West should just give up

      • Jerome S

        Same, SF Giants FTW.

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

      Definitely, they are my ~Sekrit NL Teem~

    • Betty Lizard

      Yeah. I like Troy Tulowitzki. Wish Yorvit Torrealba were still with them, though.

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

        YORVIT!!!

        Am I the only one who doesn’t like the Giants? I dunno, I like Zito and Cain and all, but I just… meh.

        • Pat D

          I don’t like the Giants much due to Chris Russo. Cuz he’s an idiot.

          And Barry Bonds.

  • Frigidevil

    Holy crap is anyone watching the Ole Miss Jacksonville St game? Sheer ridiculousness

  • drill me deep

    i will admit that i am an unabashedly huge Manny Ramirez fan. I wonder if any of RABers here would consider him as a possible DH option in 2011.

    • Kit

      I would say no. His attitude isn’t something I would like on my favorite team, on top of that, he’s probably an expensive DH option (I could be wrong), when we could just have Posada or keep Thames around to fill in the spot. I say his personality plays a bigger factor than money does. Again, I could be wrong, but that’s just my personal opinion. Ramirez is a great hitter, but that’s pretty much all there is.

      • Accent Shallow

        Far more relevant than him being a jackass is that he’ll be 39. Pass.

        • Kit

          That too.

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

          Yep. And he’s frequently injured. I imagine he’d be less so as a DH, but it’s not worth it.

      • seimiya

        This.

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

      I like him but he’s probably too expensive.

      • drill me deep

        i can’t argue the he definitely has a lousy attitude and is apt to quit on his team if he doesn’t get his way.

        my think is , if you get him on a one year incentive laden deal, say ( base on PA or postseason awards) , you pull the trigger on it.

        attitude, health and other issues aside, I simply marvel his bat control in how easy he took Buchholz’s plus plus fastball up in the quadrant and lined it with authority down the RF. such a beautiful thing to see, and when i think of it, only a handful batter are capable do aptly such on a consistent basis. he is simply a beautiful thing to behold in a batter’s box.

    • Jerome S

      There’s too many other decent options that a team like the Yanks can bite. Manny’s a big name, but he ain’t gettin’ any younger… or wiser.

  • Carlosologist

    This should be the picture when it gets to 14.

    http://d.yimg.com/fu/p/100716/.....ay_ray.jpg

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

      Ahahah when in the world is that from?

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      Undeniably, my favorite game of the season.

      I could see an argument in favor of the May 17 game (Thames walkoff), but when you consider the Yankees were in position to lose a game they led 5-0 at home, and needed ARod and Thames to bail them out, compared to the circumstances going into the Tampa game (both on the field and off the field) and the resiliency the Yankees put on display that night…

      Awesome.

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

        It’s a Yankees Classic for sure. I think I like the epic comeback against the Dodgers even more than the one against the Red Sox… though I honestly do love beating up on Papelbon.

        • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

          What’s the Yankees record on Yankees Classics?

          I’d imagine it’s pretty good.

        • MrJigginz

          I’m with you on that,Bex.As much as I LOVED the Pabelbon game,there was just something about that Dodger comeback game that was just….more…to me.

    • Kit

      Tex makes some of the strangest faces. Love the picture.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Yankees are 34-16 in day games, good for a .680 win percentage. They’ve won seven straight day games.

    These day games are only bad because of the schedule conflicts that occur due to them.

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

    Nicky Markakis <3333

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

      I really thought he was going to have an insane breakout year this season. The Orioles have a glut of underperforming young talents. That’s a player development problem.

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

        I thought Matusz was going to be friggin’ awesome. :/ Agreed with everything else you said, though. There’s a ton of talent there and I’m hoping they all don’t figure it out at once. Last thing we need is for the AL East to be even more difficult.

      • Jerome S

        They should have left some of their young guys in the farm for another year or so. But then they’d have no team.

  • GermanYankee

    I don’t think so. Too old, too many DL-stints, too expensive, too many games played for the Roid Sox ;)

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    So it appears I was busting ass through an area minutes (seconds?) before a shooting occurred.

    That’s nice to know.

    • seimiya

      Good thing you were busting ass and not taking a leisurely stroll.

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

    Just caught the Seinfeld episode “The Dealership” on TV. At the end, after Jerry won’t high-five Puddy and, thus, does not get a discount on the Saab he wanted to buy, Elaine asks him why he didn’t just do the high-five. Jerry’s response:

    “And where does it end? Then everyone’s doing it. It’s like the wave at ballgames, air quotes, the phrase ‘don’t go there.’ Someone’s gotta take a stand.”

    Counsel for the anti-wave-ites rests its case.

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

    LOL @ the one person with the “We Love You Manny” sign in Boston

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

      Manny Ramirez is the second most hated man in Boston. Right between A-Rod and Johnny Damon.

  • Carlosologist

    See, I don’t understand why the hell Red Sox fans are booing Manny. He brought them two titles after nearly a century of not winning anything at all.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      …they’re Red Sox fans.

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

      But he GAVE UP in July 2008!!! He GAVE UP!!!!

      Nah, the guy was a pain in the butt. I wouldn’t boo if I was a Red Sox fan, though. Like you said, he was a major part of them winning it all after nearly a century of winning pretty much nothing.

      • Kit

        Agreed.

        They’re mostly ungrateful. They booed Damon (which to them is totally logical because he left for their NEMESIS THE YANKEES, *insert all of Boston hissing here*), who they simply loved and adored in 2004 for being one of their HEROES.

        Class: they don’t have it.

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

          I can understand them booing Damon a lot more than I can understand them booing Manny. I mean, at least Damon went to the Yankees.

          Plus the “TRADER” sign was hilarious

          • Kit

            *laughing*
            Education: Don’t have that either.

            • JM

              I think it’s a play on words, as in he purposely got himself traded, making him a traitor, thus “TRADER”

              • Kit

                When did he purposely get himself traded? Am I missing something?

                • Pasqua

                  He essentially staged a sit-in before going to LA and, by all accounts, faked an injury. I believe that was the year of the “knee injury”…unfortunately, Manny never seemed to know which knee it was.

                  • Kit

                    Oh, but we were talking about a sign meant for Damon, so I was confused. Manny was traded, but the sign we were discussing was just someone misspelling the word “Traitor”.

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

                I’m talking about the sign that Red Sox fans put up when Damon went back after signing with the Yankees, not Manny.

                • Scooter

                  I lived up there – the local press and the bandwagon fans are impossible to take.

                  In 2004, Keith Foulke was indispensible – no Foulke, no championship. A year later, the guy was despised. I’m reminded of an Ed Harris line from Glengarry Glenross – “you’ve got the memory of a f***ing fly”

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

                    Really? I remember Foulke got a pretty nice reception when he came back to Fenway. I don’t remember it being a Manny/Damon situation. Though generally, I agree.

                    • Scooter

                      Bex – his Wiki has a summary (I guess it is encyclopedic):
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Foulke

                      Once the press smelled blood in the water (after his Johnny from Burger King remark), that was that. Didn’t helped that he suddenly sucked

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

                      OHHHH – yes now that I reread that I do remember it. I forgot he was the “Johnny from Burger King” guy. Thank you.

                    • pat

                      HAHAHA, I had never heard that Burger King line before. I wish he had substituted the name Sully for Johnny, then it would have been perfect.

      • BadaBling

        Amen, I’d boo him too. I have the image of Mo throwing 3 straight pitches down the middle and Manny being Manny didn’t bother to remove his bat from his shoulder. He did give up, IMO. I’m glad he did, he feasted on pinstripe pitching now I hope he demolishes the other Sox. Go Manny!

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

          Manny Ramirez played 22 games in July 2008 and hit .347/.473/.578/1.060. I remember that at-bat against Mo too, and who knows what was going on there, but I don’t think he gave up.

          • BadaBling

            He is a headcase, the whole translator fiasco to getting tossed on strike one (on a horrible call). A great hitter, all time great, but he has some issues. He bashed the organization and demanded a trade when the team was in contention. Not trying to defend BoSox fans but I can empathize with them here.

            • Jerome S

              In the words of Michael Kay, he is an “enigma…”

              Even Vin Scully came up with eloquent ways of saying that he was an egotistical, arrogant headcase, come on Kay!

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

              Manny got an awful call on that, as you said. I obviously dunno what exactly he said to the ump, but it looked like he was barely arguing. It wasn’t like Posada a few nights ago, when he went friggin’ berserk.

              I do think Manny’s a jerk but I think people use on-the-field stuff to justify it when there’s pretty much nothing on the field that justifies it.

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

      All this talk about the Red Sox is pissing me off. Can someone please inform me what the hell a ‘Red Sox’ is? I don’t know of any ‘fans,’ or anything of the like.

      • drill me deep

        ‘The Red Sox’ is a time honor tradition that has been observed since the dawn of time by New Englanders (by that, i mean Mayflower and plymouth rock time). It is well known that since time immemorial , that New Englanders drench their firstborn sons in a blood stained sox in hopes that he will one day become stalwart in One Yawkey’s way.

        To Prospero’s Way he does not know, the Lonely red sox travels alone and alone only.

  • BadaBling

    Love the 18 pic, that’s the 2 bag steal, right? Hard to tell exactly but that left me hoarse at the time. Here and now, winning streak is amazing, fan confidence poll def a solid 10! Let’s go O’s!

  • Jerome S

    All I’m seein’ is the box, but damn, it looks like the O’s are hammering Shields.

    • Kit

      I just checked the score. 5-1 O’s is awesome. Go O’s. Oh hey, I can cheer for an AL East team that’s not the Yankees without feeling physically ill. Progress.

      • drill me deep

        i have developed a very unhealthy hatred , well, really loathing for the Tampa Rays this season. Without divulging any details in it, I wish they get crushed (literally) by their oppositions every night. I despite their team, FO and that joke of cowbell stadium!

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

          I just don’t see how you can hate the Rays that much, dude. I dunno. Maybe I have to save the hate so I can have an appropriate amount for the Red Sox and then the Angels and Diamondbacks.

          • drill me deep

            it’s not healthy Bex! but i can’t help it… i think it all starts with John Maddon, he just gets on my nerves and the peskiness! uuuuggghhhhh…

            I do hate the angels and red sox, but they are kinda of none story at this point. I think the fact the Rays got off an unreal start re-channel my reservoir of hate on them, since then, i haven’t relent it.

            • drill me deep

              i meant Joe Maddon! sorry the hate clouded my ability to spell his name correctly.

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

              Hah. I don’t like Maddon either, I think he’s arrogant and the way the Rays played that last series last year was annoying, but I dunno, I like most of the players.

              But now we can all laugh at the dumb “2010 Rays = 1998 Yankees” articles! I just can’t hate them. It’s not their fault Mr. Heard This got misty in his nether regions over them.
              …that was rather NSFW-ish of me.

        • Kit

          I don’t understand why you despise them. Is it because they’re tough competition, with good pitching and a decent bullpen? Their offense can be slowed down by good pitching from the opposing team (see: all the times they’ve been no-hit), but other than that, hating the Rays is giving them more recognition than they deserve.

          • drill me deep

            i think it’s instinctual kit, for lack of better comparison. It’s like a lioness who just took down a big ass water buffalo and ready to sit down enjoy her meal, Bang ! the Hyenas are lurking ! kinda of how i think about his divisional race, it should be over. But no no, the Hyenas are circling our hard fought prize!

        • Jerome S

          Calm down! I personally like the Rays – they play well (very well) and they haven’t won a world series. It’s cute. Being a fan of the New York Yankees super-mega-ultra-franchise, it’s fun to watch something different once in a while. It’s being a senior in high school and seeing all of the freshman be so excited. It’s adorable.

          But FUCK THEM if they ever actually beat the Yankees.

          • Betty Lizard

            Each Tampa win diminishes me,
            For I am involved in pursuit of the championship.
            Therefore, send not to know
            For whom the cowbell tolls,
            It tolls for Tampa.

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

              this is awesome

            • drill me deep

              Hemingway is pretty ‘awesome’ IMO, so is John Dunn.

              • Betty Lizard

                Agreed! And I hate those cowbells . . .

                But it’s Donne.

                /pedant’d

                • drill me deep

                  I like Hemingway’s short story collections as well.

                  ‘The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber’is one of my favorite story of all time.

                  yeah, Donne, i have made that mistake more than a few time.

                  his prose in it’s brevity delivers such life insights for me personally.

                  • Betty Lizard

                    Also like the short stories, much better than the novels.
                    Although I’m a Clean, Well-Lighted Place girl myself.

                    Baseball? It’s brevity also offers life insights.

                    • drill me deep

                      without waxing too much poetic, baseball embodies summer,leisure contemplations, moments of anticipation. a comfortable repetitiveness that assures certainty in the ever changing swirls of life and the world.
                      It’s my favorable sport…

                      as for ‘well lighted place’ goes , i think a few dark patches are good for life, as long as one can gaze upward and see light as well.

          • seimiya

            Wow, I can’t ‘this’ two comments?

            This.

    • BadaBling

      Good, here’s to hoping Guthrie is wildly effective and keeps them off balance!

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

    Baltimore up 5-1?

    fuck yeah

    • BadaBling

      And …a RBI double, Joyce. Fuck! Buckle down Guthrie!

      Then a passed ball…

  • pat

    It would be reeeeealy sweet if Mike Simms-Walker has a breakout year.

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

    I just finished my one of my fantasy football league drafts (I’m in four leagues this year, with the RAB league tomorrow.)

    This league only had 10 teams in it. The league commissioner is a Redskins fan; he asked me in as a favor to round out the league. I know only him and one other guy in the league. The Redskins fan commisioner didn’t even show up for his own draft and was on autopick (and his team is full of Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys).

    Three other teams were also autopicking. One of those autopick teams had the #6 pick overall. He took… wait for it…

    Byron Leftwich.

    No, I shit you not.

    Byron. Leftwich. 6th. Overall.

    AutopickFAIL.

    ————–

    In the 4th round, the first kicker was selected (also autopick). In the 4th round.

    It was Sebastian Janikowski.

    I’ve got a feeling this league is gonna be very interesting.

    ————–

    P.S. In the 15th round, I was going to take a kicker… until I realized that Clinton Portis was still on the board. I’ll take that freebie trade bait, thank you.

    • BadaBling

      Byron “Backup” Leftwich number 6, he’s may not see more than 10 snaps all year, LOL! You may go 18-0 in that league.

    • Ivan

      I have never in life played fantasy football before. Is it that good really?

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

        If you like NFL football, I bet you’d like fantasy football.

        • drill me deep

          my all time favorite player is Mark Bavaro. Free Agency make it hard for me to root for the same players, cuz they move all the time. but i still love the Giants.

          • Scooter

            It’s pretty addictive if you like football

            If you like game theory, it’s even more addictive

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

          Yeah, it takes less time than fantasy baseball…makes paying attention to the season more fun too.

    • Scooter

      Like taking candy from a baby

      I’m in a 14-team league (1QB, 3 WR, 2RB, 1 Flex) and we’re all scouring the waiver wire for anything with a pulse. I was just happy about scooping up Kareem Huggins off waivers

      I just put on Sox/Sox – as much as Orsillo is hard to take, Hawk is brutal.

    • cano is the bro

      hahahaha byron leftwich with the 6th overall pick? How is that even possible???

      he wasnt even drafted in my league…

      • yankees1717

        he wasn’t drafted in any league because he is
        a) injured
        b) a backup

  • CBean

    Let’s go Orioles!

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

    #mannyapology >>> #adrianbeltrefacts

    (The best thing about #adrianbeltrefacts was that the beat writers busted out all their awful jokes in a game where Beltre went 0-for-5 and Papelbon spectacularly blew a save, so it basically got spammed by obnoxious Yankee fans. Awesome.)

  • cano is the bro

    I’ve watched this a billion times and i still crack up every time.

    a yankees classic?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojVQXsP5jdY

    • Kit

      I’m personally a fan of the video where the Mets fan is celebrating too early and screaming “WE’RE IN THE BRONX, WE’RE IN THE BRONX!” and then the ball drops and everyone around him erupts into cheers and he’s visibly embarassed.

      • Kit

        I heard wrong, he says “Put it in the books.”
        /embarassed

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

      I know they play this game on Yankees Classics but it’s so not a Yankees Classic. The starting pitching and the bullpen are atrocious. Mo blows it. There’s all this doom-and-glooming during the broadcast because the Yankees were coming off getting swept at Boston. Etc. It’s like the Damon six-hit game, only that’s worse because Andy started that game and gave up a grand slam to Jose fucking Guillen. Seriously.

      But the ending… they could just play that on loop FOREVER and it wouldn’t get old.

      • Kit

        That game was terrible. I had to walk away from it at least twice since I was watching it with my Mets fans grandparents and mother. It just ended so…strangely. Luck was really on our side that night, and that was what made it great at the end.

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

          I remember when Alex popped that ball up, I stood up from the sofa, planning to go storm into my room and yell things and then… ~Mystique & Aura~

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

            I also still love A-Rod’s interview from after that game. “You just have to thank God. Or Castillo.” And after Kim mentioned K-Rod hadn’t blown a save yet in 2009, “Yeah, well, he still hasn’t.”

            • Kit

              Haha…I loved Alex’s interview. I personally thanked Castillo and God. It was amazing.

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

    white sox up 1-0 on the red sox early

    • Scooter

      Tied – Floyd just lost the strike zone, and the RS have runners on the corners.

      On the RBI single, the ball was hit pretty much AT Beckham at 2nd, but he was covering 2nd, and couldn’t field the grounder.

      • Scooter

        RS had first and third, none out, and couldn’t score again. Nice job, Gavin Floyd!

  • bate

    As we inch closer to the playoffs, I’m beginning to get anxious about who the Yanks might face. Who would the RAB commentary prefer? Is a 5-game series with Cliff Lee still as scary considering recent performances? Would a home series with the Gardenhire-era “win once at Yankees Stadium every two years” Twins more inviting? Or would a surging White Sox that spoiled in the AL Central be easier to stomach? Right now, I’m leaning towards either of the AL Central teams, but I’m not asking so I can hear myself.

    • PaulF

      I’d rather face the Rangers because I think it will be impossible to have home-field against the Twins. They will finish with a better record than the Rangers.

    • Kit

      Cliff Lee had similar issues last year where his pitching faltered a bit in August, and by October, he was owning, so he is still really scary. I don’t remember if the problem last year was with his back though, so that might be a factor. I’d personally prefer the easiest route possible, which will be the Twins (if they hang on). Let the Rays handle Texas in the ALDS.

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

      Face who we face. I’m pretty sure Cliff Lee will round into form in/by the playoffs, and Lee/Wilson/Lewis is a pretty nasty front three. Twins are really good, without Morneau to boot. I think the White Sox are worse than those two but they have really good pitching and, if everyone’s healthy, an awesome bullpen, plus look how crazy white-hot they got right before the ASB.

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

        wait a second. with the twins, i can pitch around mauer to get to thome if you have ZZ or andy on the mound. i will take my chances with the twins

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

          That’s a good point, lefties shut the Twins down pretty well. I still think both teams are quite good, but have their weaknesses.

      • drill me deep

        that

      • Kit

        What happened to Morneau? Last I heard he had a concussion and was on the 15-day DL, but that was months ago, if I’m remembering correctly.

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

          He has a concussion and has been on the DL since early July. I haven’t heard anything about him coming back at all. I feel like it’s a very big deal that absolutely no one is talking about. :/

          • Kit

            I just thought that I hadn’t heard anything and he got another injury, but if its the same injury and he’s been gone since July then it can’t just be a concussion, unless something went horribly wrong. Now I’m all suspicious.

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

              I want to say something here but it’s wrong and gross and no one would appreciate it/think it’s funny except me. It involves Mauer. Fill in the blanks.

              • Kit

                Haha…don’t give me that freedom.

              • Jason from The Heartland

                Does it involve an animal?

                Is it vegetable, or am I ignoring mineral?

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

                  I suppose it’s animal

            • whozat
              • Kit

                Thank you.

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

        The White Sox with Danks, Floyd, and Buehrle probably match up worse against the Yankees than the Twins with Liriano, Hot Carl, and Baker.

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

      I take either Central team.

    • cano is the bro

      i’d much rather face the twins/white sox over the rangers in the first round. Cliff Lee owns us in the post season and the AL central teams are just overall easier. We have a better chance to either sweep or win decisively against the AL central teams and give the players an extra few days of rest. Also if we play the AL Central, that means the rays and rangers play eachother and hopefully that means a slugfest where both teams are worn down by the end of the series.

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

      In a vacuum, as in, if we go home field and could choose any opponent, me want Twins in ALDS.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      All I can say is that unlike last year, I don’t care too much about this issue this time around. In 2009, there was the Verlander factor in a 5 game series if Detroit made it, whereas Minnesota had nothing close to that. I’d go as far as to say one matchup would’ve been a tough one where pressure would be on the Yankees to win in no more than four games, whereas the other was about as much of a guarantee as you could get in baseball (that said, Minny was formidable in the series, so I’ll give them that).

      This year, both the Twins and Rangers are much better than the Twins or Tigers of ’09 were. Texas has Lee. Minny has Liriano. So there’s no difference there. Both teams have good lineups. Both teams have good rotational depth. And both teams have good ‘pen’s (and no Nathan to beat up in this time around). Regarding Chicago, they also have really good SP and Manny is going to help them instrumentally. They still have a good chance in that division, despite what I thought just a few weeks ago.

      The AL all around is tougher this year than last. In ’09, there was a clear road to the ALCS. This year, there isn’t. It’ll be fun to see how this turns out.

      But one things for certain – the Yankees are better than any of those three teams, so I’ll trust their ability to beat any of them, especially if they win the division, and thus have C.C. starting Game 1 in the Bronx, considering the guy doesn’t lose home games.

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

        Totally totally agreed all around. Well said. Plus, I’ve learned never to root for facing one team, just because of Detroit in ’06 and Cleveland in ’07 (then again, I wanted to face Minnesota last year, and that turned out okay ;) ).

        And I’m surprised at how many people seem to automatically give the ALC crown to the Twins right now. I know they’re really good, but when the White Sox get hot, they get hot. They’re only ~4 games back. They’re a lot more likely to make the playoffs at this point than the Red Sox, and national analysts would rather die than say the RS’ season is over.

  • PaulF

    Orioles are pitching Tillman tomorrow and pushing back Matusz to face the Yankees. I’m annoyed.

    • Scooter

      Wonder if Showalter is Bucking with us here.

      Loving the O’s tonight though

      • drill me deep

        that 95 series broke my heart, i still have nightmares of Griffey coming around bases… my first playoff experience.

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

      well good. we get to pound matusz as a nice labor day present and 10th win in a row

      [yea, i called it…

    • Ross in Jersey

      Matusz is 0-3 against the Yankees this year, so meh.

      Though, he does have decent numbers against us. 2.41 ERA, but also a lot of baserunners. He doesn’t really scare me.

  • sleepykarl

    Yankees are 21-3 without Arod.

    /youcantpredictbaseball’d

    • drill me deep

      but you can thank your Marcus sweet Thames for that…well, part of it.

  • vin

    Haven’t seen anyone mention it yet…

    I wonder if there’s any chance Kerry Wood ever tries to start again. I haven’t been following his injuries too closely the last couple of years, but it would be interesting to see him try to use his cutter as a starter.

    Just throwing it out there.

  • cano is the bro

    Marcus Thames = Boss

    my prediction has been right on the money so far. muahahaha

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

    Adam Wainwright gave up a homer to the PITCHER today? Yeah Cards are probably done.

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

      Also the Cards have scored 8 runs over their past 6 games

      That’s not good.

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        But they can hang their hat on heckling the shit out of Brandon Phillips, proud member of the playoff-bound Cincinnati Reds.

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

          to be fair, he did call the Cards “little bitches,” if someone said that about the Yankees I’d heckle the shit out of him too.

          • drill me deep

            i don’t normally watch the Cards to observe any theatrics from that team.
            though Tony Larussa struck me ‘a little bitch’ , kinda of whiny , maybe it’s because he makes so many mound visits.

            as for player, i would slap that phrase on “Pedro Martinez’ who admitted who his daddy was… or “jose reyes’ cuz he is too jiving for me.

            • pat

              Pedro could at least back it up by being one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball. Brandon Philips merely pretty good.

              • pat

                *is

      • Scooter

        Was gonna say something about “wonder if the Cards regret dealing Ludwick”

        Then I looked up his stats – .658 OPS with the Padres… yeesh

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

          They probably do, he was decidedly the best guy in that lineup other than Poo Holes and Holliday. They’d probably rather have Ludwick than Westbrook.

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

      he killed my fantasy team today

  • charliechoochoo

    Rays losing. Sux losing. Life is good.

  • Scooter

    WS just pulled ahead 3-1 top of 7

    A couple of things:
    – Lackey looked pretty good tonight, but his stuff has diminished as the game wore on
    – On consecutive plays, Kalish and Drew made terrible throws that led to run #3

    • drill me deep

      that’s a tough lineup to navigate with addition of Manny, he just makes them that much deeper.

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

    Congrats to Trenton Thunder, clinched the division today. Kiddies be ballin’.

    • whozat

      That means Pettitte starts Game 1 for them at home. I’m sure the Thunder front office is jazzed and a half :-)

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

        omfg i’m going to Trenton

        • whozat

          tix go on sale tomorrow, according to mashmore’s blog

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

        I think their playoff rotation is something like Pettitte, ManBan, Brackman, Warren, Betances, ManBan….

        ……

        ……and I’m spent.

  • drill me deep

    the few times i have seen Felix Pie batted,he really struck me as good hitter. He has tons of tools , maybe it will finally come to fruition.

  • pat

    Hugo Weaving was really good as Agent Smith.

    • Scooter

      “You hear that, Mr Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability…”
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaLvcM-u4ns

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        During that whole clip, Neo said the word “whoa” zero times. No points for you.

      • pat

        That scene is about to start on TBS.

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

    Texas a&m winning 41-7 against SFA

    Beat the hell outta SFA!

    Sox losing, rays losing Aggies winning!

    Great effing day

    • drill me deep

      i am gonna assume you have money riding on this.

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

        haha just a tad

        and the fact that i just graduated from texas a&m in may :)

        • pat

          So are you going into Agriculture or Mining?

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Chris Sale’s picture on MLB Gameday is hilarious.

    • Scooter

      Jenks just bailed Sale out – going for the 4-out save after a 1-inning save in game 1

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

    Cards cut Leinhart. Nuts.

  • CBean

    OMG Uehara just gave up 2 homeruns back to back with 2 outs in the top of the 9th. Dear God Orioles, just end it.

    • Kit

      Your wish is their command.

      • CBean

        Woohoo!

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

        haha, awesome

        • Kit

          We’re channeling each other again. =)

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

            Yeah well did you include a cheerleader smiley? No you did not! ;P

            • Kit

              Failure on my part. I’M NOT WORTHY! *sobs*

      • Carlosologist

        We are now two up on Tampa.

        • Kit

          2.5, I think…

          • Carlosologist

            Yup, you’re right. I apologize for my error.

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

      Your wish is their command

      \o/

      • pat

        Bex, just out of curiosity, what does that symbol mean? Because it looks like something to me, I’m sure it looks like something else to you.

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

          It’s a cheerleader. The \ and / are the arms and the O is the face. You pervert. ;P

          • pat

            Riiiight, a cheerleader.

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

    Magic number at 17 now?

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

      If the Red Sox lose, I think?

      • Jerome S

        yes, which they will, I think?

        • CBean

          No jinxing!

    • Carlosologist

      Not until Boston loses I think.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      If Bobby Jenks manages not to implode.

      • Scooter

        “he gone” – Lowrie K’s

        • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

          What does it say about Bobby Jenks that Guillen already has people warming up? Jeez, that’s crazy.

          2 out…

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            Huzzah, 17!

            • Scooter

              Jenks looks like your typical drunken frat boy at a DMB concert. That flava-sava is ugly

              • seimiya

                Bobby Jenks is hideous. He needs to shave that pubic bush off his chin.

          • Scooter

            This game is OVA!

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

    Robert Manuel? Who the hell are these people on the Red Sox? I can’t even hate them properly!!!

    • Kit

      Seriously. I don’t know who the hell these people are.
      (PS: Kalish looks attractive from afar, is he?)

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        I think he is. And I’m a guy. BTW, the Red Sox have to lead the league in strange names:

        Papelbon, Kalish, Nava, Youklis, Pedroia, the list goes on.

        • Kit

          Nothing wrong with one guy noticing another guy’s attractiveness.

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            Oh I know. Just pointing out that’s how attractive he is :)

            • Kit

              Haha…I appreciate your help in confirming that. I think you’re awesome for those comments, by the way.

      • drill me deep

        looking at his minor league stats, i do believe he has the capacity to drill deep as well.

        • Kit

          That…disturbs me. But okay. Good job, Kalish? =/

          • drill me deep

            lol, i was hoping it would :P , sorry for thinly veiled innuendos, it’s funny to me :)

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

        Yeah, Kalish is hella hot. I hate to say that.

        • Kit

          It’s just so rare for attractive people to exist on the Red Sox, so I wanted to confirm that my eyes weren’t deceiving me.

  • Carlosologist

    Fun fact: If we maintain our winning percentage at .632, we will be one game worse than the 2009 team.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      But…but….I thought we weren’t as good as the 2009 team?

    • drill me deep

      even though it’s a rhetorical question, i guess we won’t be able to answer that til they win number 28.

    • PaulF

      With a better run differential.

  • Kit

    Red Sox lose. Yay!

  • Ken

    Yankees win, Rays lose, Red Sox get swpet in a DH – A PERFECT BASEBALL DAY!!!

    • CBean

      I definitely declare this day a success.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Oh yeah. Couldn’t have written a better day.

      BTW, just saw this movie called “Get Low.” Had Bill Murray and Robert Duvall in it…it was so good, I recommend you guys see it.

    • Scooter

      After hearing 1 hour of Hawk, I’ll tune in Vin Scully to cleanse my ears

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        You are a brave person enduring that. They were using Boston’s feed on MLB network here.

        • Scooter

          I had Orsillo and Remy on first – they’re much better, but listening to Hawk root against the RS had a certain appeal

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            You know, Orsillo is good…but man, Remy’s voice just irritates me.

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

        I listened to Hawk because I figured it would be super painful and therefore I would acquire karma and Boston would lose.

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        Something is wrong with you people.

        Listening to the Hawk is something definitely worth doing. I prefer unabashed homerism and candidness (mostly candidness) over those who act like robots in the booth.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Serious question: when was the last time the Yankees had a lead of 10 or more games on the Red Sox?

    Don’t think too hard…

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Didn’t we have 10 game lead on them last year by the end?

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

        We had one for a bit, but it was “only” an 8 game lead by the last game of the season

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        Yep. On 9/29, the Yankees beat the Royals, and the Jays beat the Sox, pushing the divsional lead up to 10.5 games.

        Both teams lost the next night, Sox won on Thursday while the Yankees were off, then won both Friday and Saturday while the Yankees lost. Both teams won on the final Sunday, putting the final at 8.

        Anyone remember Eduardo Perez saying the Sox would win the AL East by double digits in 2009? I enjoyed laughing at that one once the opposite was close to coming true.

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

          Nooooo. Do you have a link to the Perez comments? BBTN was all over the Sox’s jock prior to 2009 and basically throughout the entire season, it was fucking ridiculous. It was way worse than it was in 2007 (when they friggin’ won the whole shebang) and 2008, even, I think.

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            Was? They still are all over them. I bet they still think they have a shot.

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

              Dude. They do. Because of the FIVE ACES.

          • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

            I don’t have a link, but I remember some making a big deal out of it, and once the Yankees started to run away with the division, it was pretty much a running joke to reference.

            If memory serves, he was then asked why they would, and his response was “Brad Penny will pitch great”.

            Yeah, and it’s not as if his failures of ’09 stopped Eddie from saying the same thing coming into this year, where he again picked Boston to win the division because of John Lackey.

            • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

              5 ACES

              • Kit

                YEAH!

                /excited about other people helping Bex build the brand’d

                • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

                  It’s a lovely meme, glad to pad it.

                  • Kit

                    You know what else is awesome? #competedammit

                    PASS IT ON!

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

                      #blamejeter

                    • seimiya

                      yeah but people start using #blamejeter unironically…. :(

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

              John Smoltz and Brad Penny will easily win more games than CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett.

              Yeah.

              • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

                Please tell me he didn’t say that. Please.

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

                  That wasn’t anyone on ESPN, it was Jeff Pearlman on his blog.

                  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

                    Wow. That’s just crazy.

                    • Kit

                      The fact that they were both released after getting their asses handed to them by the Yankees makes me smile. Guess who was wrong, Jeff? That’s right! You were!

              • Kit

                Still. funny.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Padres lose their…9th straight? Jeez.

    • Kit

      That is some serious imploding they’re doing. I actually thought they were going to continue to rake, but apparently not.

    • drill me deep

      does the friars still have david eckstein on their team? if so, i can’t be rooting for them. i equal him to Angels of the past, and excruciating defeats….

      • seimiya

        He struck out with the bases loaded when it was still a 3-2 game.

    • Jerome S

      I pity the Padres. I would probably start crying if my team had lost so may that I couldn’t remember the last win. I don’t remember the last time the Yankees had a losing streak that bad, but I imagine that it wasn’t too long ago.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        They can still pull this thing off. But they really need to turn this thing around soon. Giants are knocking on the door. Hell, even the Rockies are knocking.

        • Jerome S

          I want to see the Padres lose a playoff spot all together, just for the novelty value. Won’t it be great when the Mets can finally say that they aren’t the biggest collapsers ever?

          • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

            Great? I’d say that would be tragic.

            One pastime all Yankees’ fans share is laughing at the Mets. Why let SD take the spotlight off the Mets in any form?

            • Jerome S

              …touche.

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

      And yet, they’re still in first. Wow.

      • Jerome S

        once again, AL East >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all other divisions. Way better.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Jerry Hairston, eh?

    Interesting choice, but it’s never a bad idea to honor anyone from that title team of 2009…

    • FachoinaNYY

      Plus its a pretty sweet pic IMO

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        Seeing the Angels fumble the ball twice like they did in that sequence.

        At least we know that play confirms that the media narrative about the Angels is a load of bullshit.

    • pat

      Besides the Game 6 clincher, that was my favorite game of the whole playoffs. Andf I have a huge spot of JHJ. He seems like a pretty awesome dude.

      Just like Billy Zane.
      /blue steel.

      • pat

        *soft spot for. Me no type good.

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

        did you notice the Padres’ collapse started when he went on the DL, coincidence I THINK NOT

        (It’s a coincidence.)

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      I was hoping for Oscar Gamble with the big ‘fro.

      http://www.baseballtoddsdugout.....Gamble.jpg

      • whozat

        The shot has to have the back of the jersey in it

  • Scooter

    Cain vs Lilly in LA – nice matchup

    The LA lineup is full of veteran-ness – Podsednik, Blake, Gibbons, Barajas. Still trying to figure out why a team with a real shot at a playoff spot would dump Manny. Then I remember the McCourt divorce

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      I don’t think they have a chance for the playoffs. Yeah, the Padres are imploding, but the Giants and Rockies have a better chance at catching them. NL wild card is probably going to be Phils or Braves, IMO.

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

      pssst they don’t have a real shot at a playoff spot

      • whozat

        This. They’re not close enough to their own division title, and there are just too many teams between them and the wildcard.

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

          Yep. They’d have to count on the Padres continuing to collapse and the Giants and Rockies continuing to not play particularly well, while they went on a bit of a tear themselves. Frankly, I don’t think the Dodgers are very good at all, especially now that they don’t have Manny…

          • Jerome S

            Giants @ Dodgers. Now. A wing and a prayer…

  • Ross in Jersey

    Nothing like knocking 3 games off the magic number in one day :)

    • CBean

      Now we just need Hughes to have a good day and keep the streak going! I think we can do it.

  • charliechoochoo

    Bahstin is now double digits behind.

    /trying not to gloat’d

  • pat

    Damn Oregon, was it really necessary to win 72-0?

    • Jerome S

      OH MY GOD!

      • pat

        Against the University of New Mexico no less. I can understand whooping on USC, UCLA or Cal to try and prove something, maybe help those BCS rankings. Slapping around the Lobos really doesn’t accomplish anything except embarrassing them.

        • Jerome S

          and what an embarrassment it is. Stupid Lobos.

          • pat

            Lobos estupidos!

  • Jerome S

    What do you bet that the day ARod comes back is the day the Yanks lose?

    • drill me deep

      with the pitching match up, if you give me 2/1 odds on the jays, i will take that action.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    You know, I’ve seen that BP commercial like a million times so far on MLBN…and it gets more pathetic with every viewing.

    • seimiya

      I don’t get MLBN – what commercial is this?

  • Carlosologist

    The magic number for the division is now 25. If there were a division magic number thingy in the sidebar, I would use this pic: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RVLf.....ixeira.jpg

    Walk-off shot in Game 3 of the ALDS.

    • Jerome S

      Good game, I loved Sterlings call.

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

        My second favorite call ever. The only one that beats it?

        “And he is, Mr. November!”

        • Jerome S

          it would be better if they won it all.

    • Kit

      Great pic. I have to say that some of my favorite things about pictures like that is definitely the crowd reaction in the background, probably because I had my arms up like that as well.

    • CBean

      I was stuck on a bus to DC during that game, and the internet access they had promised was missing. I had two friends texting me play by play. It was awesome.

  • pat

    Noel Devine is still in college?!?! WTF?

    • drill me deep

      who dat?

      • pat

        RB on WVU, played with Slaton back in the day.

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

          Ever see his highlight video from high school? Unbelievable.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Apologies if this has alrady been discussed, but how the fuck did Gardner not fucken go in the bottom of the eighth? Two outs, and Jeter’s at bat, and fuck, by the time it was two strikes, just go man!!

    • Jerome S

      Because we were winning and Mo was warming. No need to hurt anything on a dive, or risk the out; the game was over when they selected “Enter Sandman” on the playlist.

    • Scooter

      Apologies if you’ve been asked this before Mike, but have you tried decaf? F-in’ A, were the f-bombs needed there?

      Yankees have won 8 straight

  • Jerome S

    Wow. The Padres lose another and the Giants still can’t win. (Bottom 4, Dodgers up by four).

  • Hughesus Christo

    Who the eff is TJ Yates??????

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

      He played QB at UNC. Is he still around? My sister had a class with him one year.

      • Hughesus Christo

        He just threw for 400 and 3TDs on LSU

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

          Damn, not bad. Not bad at all. I’m guessing UNC won that game.

  • Carlosologist

    San Francisco leads the Dodgers 5-4. WAHOO