May
23

Game 46: The Jays, Again

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And he flies! (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

We’ve already seen enough of the Blue Jays this year to know they’re a pesky little bunch. They have a knack for late-inning rallies, and I’m not just talking about that Mariano Rivera blown save a few weeks ago either. Toronto’s been doing that everyone this year, so they force you to play all nine innings. And, of course, they have Joey Bats. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C
Jorge Posada, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Chris Dickerson, RF

Bartolo Colon, SP

The game is scheduled to begin a little after 7:00pm ET, and it can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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387 Comments»

  1. Xstar7 says:

    I love having Russell Martin in the 6 slot.

  2. Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

    I hope the Mets trade Beltran to the Yanks for nothing, considering he’s not worth much anyway.

  3. Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

    Steve Nash rules.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=6576883

  4. Erica says:

    “Joey Bats”

    Heh.

  5. Pat D says:

    No Swisher again?

  6. Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

    Jon Heyman is giving the weather report on YES!

  7. Craig says:

    I feel as if the lineups with Dickerson/Cervelli/both should have Gardner batting 9th, as Gardner is hitting with a hot bat and it’d be most effective to use the double leadoff. Likewise, you’d breakup the double play Cervelli or Dickerson could hit into with Gardner’s speed.

  8. Cy Pettitte says:

    tonight, Bartolo gets his GCSO

  9. Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

    Paul O’Neill always reminds me of Kimmy Gibbler from Full House. They have a similar look around the face and neck area. Hair, too, I guess.

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    Is there a reason why YES isn’t showing velocity?

  11. Esteban says:

    This guy is unbelievable. Holy shit

  12. Stratman9652 says:

    Theres a fucking surprise….

  13. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck.

  14. Don Juan says:

    They just keep pitching to him and keep getting burned.

  15. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Didn’t see that coming…

  16. Mike Axisa says:

    Just enjoy watching greatness.

  17. Jerome S. says:

    Obvious Homerun is Obvious

  18. Chip says:

    Wow, just walk the guy already

  19. Rey22 says:

    I literally burst out laughing when he hit it out. Bautista is ridiculous right now.

  20. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    im sick of everyone just saying “oh wow this guy is amazing. he hasnt hit shit for his entire career until the last two years. he HAS to be on something

    • Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

      Why haven’t they caught him yet?

      • 24fan says:

        Why haven’t they caught anyone ever? I’m not saying one way or the other on Bautista, but the fact that MLB hasn’t caught him doesn’t do anything for me one way or the other.

    • Guest says:

      Well no. He doesn’t HAVE to be. I admit, his extreme spike raises suspicions. After the steroid era, they have to.

      But there is literally no evidence. There aren’t even rumors. The only support for the argument that is he on something is the fact that he has hit all of these homeruns.

      Is some suspicion understandable? Sure. But we need a little something else before we say he is DEFINITELY on something.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Roger Maris had a huge spike in HR too. Here, look how out of the ordinary 1961 was…

      http://www.baseball-reference......ro01.shtml

      Did he take steroids?

    • Esteban says:

      Only explanation possible, because steroids and HGH are PROVEN to give any hitter that takes them 50 HR power.

      It’s pretty terrible and unfair that people are suspecting Bautista of ‘something’ just because they can’t accept that he’s become a great player. He always had a good walk rate, and maybe, just maybe, he changed his hitting approach and swing and everything clicked.

  21. MikeD says:

    I didn’t even have time to finsh typing my lengthy suggestion on Bautista before he hit it out: Walk him!

  22. mike c says:

    bonds lite

  23. MikeD says:

    Hopefully this is not a sign his conmand is off.

  24. Guest says:

    He is the most fascinating story in baseball since the Steriods story broke. No question.

    There is literally no historical comparison. We have never seen anything like this before.

    I wonder how it ends.

  25. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    the last time a player went from 16 hrms to 50 the following year….Brady Anderson…KNOWN roid user…

    • Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

      Or is Swisher OFF the stuff? Did I just blow your mind?

      • Ubu says:

        nope. Swisher didn’t go from garbage to best hitter in the show. Swisher 08′ was just his worst year and the Cash Ninja swiped him from Kenny Williams. And then he returned to his basic effective high on-base/ decent power approach.

        Bautista was an absolute zero who became Pujols good out of nowhere. It is not humanly possible. And how does he hide the drug use? Simple, HGH can’t be detected with the current testing and that was the elite PED a few years ago.

        Give Joey Bats credit he’s got one hell of a mystery cousin helping him. Just like Alex, Ortiz, Clemens, Bonds, all had. Of course with a nickname like that, I wouldn’t fink him out or face lethal retribution.

  26. Stratman9652 says:

    Kinda crazy that in the 50th anniversary year of Roger Maris’ 61 homer season, Bautista could possibly top it.

  27. Lily says:

    well that was an interesting inning. do you think colon will struggle against the jays since he really loves throwing fastballs and thats all they hit

  28. Epy0n says:

    Why are we pitching meatballs over the plate to Bautista?

  29. Esteban says:

    Swisher and Papelbon are terrrrrible actors.

  30. J-Rod says:

    What he’s been doing in the last 2 years is impossible. You can’t go from a crappy batter to the best freaking hitter in the league!!! He’s on roids.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      How many shitty hitters have been caught, though?

      And all those guys stayed shitty. Steroids are not a magic HR pill, unless Bautista is the only one in the league on them.

      The obvious explanation is that Pujols and Bautista switched bodiesover the offseason.

  31. Pat D says:

    Wait, so it was a bad idea to pitch to Bautista?

  32. Mike HC says:

    Bautista is on the same shit that most athletes competing for millions of dollars is on. No reason to single him out other than he is doing it better than anyone else right now.

    • Pat D says:

      Hey, if he’s not taking the juice, he can just sue the next person who accuses him!

      /MSM narrative’d

  33. CMP says:

    When will the Yankees learn not to pitch to Bautista. Anytime he comes up with a chance to either tie the game or give his team the lead, he should be walked.

    • Don Juan says:

      I agree but the Yankees continually let these guys beat them. They let Konerko take a game from them in the White Sox series, let Michael Young destroy them in the Texas series, and this is now how many HRs Bautista has hit against us? Stop it.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Good grief. There were two outs in the first inning and he hit a solo shot, who gives a shit?

  34. Cy Pettitte says:

    he got the bat all the way out to Jeter, impressive.

  35. Pastadivingarod says:

    Joba has pink eye???
    What happened did Soriano fart on his pillow??

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    Bautista can’t win the triple crown because like 90% of his HRs are solo shots, lol.

  37. Chip says:

    Cano, I understand they told you to not swing at the first pitch every at-bat but you seriously need to at least look like you’re going to try

  38. Icebird753 says:

    Yankees will be no hit today. Lol jaykay, but their offense is really frustrating to watch nowadays…

  39. Ken M says:

    Do not pitch to Bautista…..Letting the best hitter on a crap team beat you is worse than bunting your best hitter!!

  40. first time lawng time says:

    Honestly, 1 run is not a big deal.

    Yankees, just score some runs.

    They must not let themselves get beaten by Bautista.

    Guy seems like a dick, no offense to him. He just has this air to him.

  41. Karl Krawfid says:

    Are the Yankees ever gonna have an off day?

  42. Ben from Stanford says:

    Bautista’s wOBA is .549 (coming into this game). Walking him every time would give him a .720 wOBA. So on average you’re losing runs if you walk him every time.

    In other words, don’t walk him every time, as good as he is.

    (By the way, Bonds in his greatest years had a similar wOBA, so he also wasn’t worth walking every time. I’m pretty sure no one in history has been.)

  43. Don Juan says:

    What’s the best way to pitch to Bautista? Don’t. I don’t care if there’s runners on 1st and 2nd here, walk Bautista.

  44. James A says:

    I’m not accusatory by nature, but it’s just so hard to believe in this Bautista story after going through the whole steroid era and just given the stats
    This is a guy who has been in the bigs since 2004, and has a big career sample size
    ’04-’09: 1753 ABs, 59 home runs (1 HR per 29.7 ABs)
    ’10-’11: 706 ABs, 73 home runs (1 HR per 9.7 ABs)

    I’m sorry, that just doesn’t happen. There’s no historical precedent for that kind of jump, other than guys who cheated. And even amongst cheaters I’m not sure anyone other than Brady Anderson did something that dramatic. It’s a completely fair question, without a clear answer, but I know the answer isn’t as simple as a change in his foot tap.

    • Esteban says:

      Roger Maris: 1957-1959, 1374 AB, 58 HRs
      1960-1961, 1089 AB, 100 HRs

      What was that?

      • James A says:

        I’m sure that surprised people, but there were a couple of factors Maris had in his advantage that Bautista doesn’t
        1) He moved to Yankee Stadium, which especially then was a HUGE advantage for lefties
        2) He was hitting in front of a member of the 500 home run club who is one of the greatest players ever

        Besides, Maris’s jump in terms of HR/PA wasn’t anywhere near as big as Bautista’s

    • V says:

      If you pay attention to the numbers only, you lose out on the bigger picture.

      How do you explain Granderson? Aren’t his numbers pretty bizarre?

      As Yankees’ fans, we’re familiar with the fact that he revamped his swing in early August, 2010, and went from not being able to TOUCH lefties to being a > 1.000 OPS hitter vs. lefties seemingly overnight. Anyone that suggests he’s going to revert to pre-fix Granderson because ‘that’s what the numbers suggest’, is going to get a guffaw from me.

      But there’s a concrete date where you can split pre-fix and post-fix Granderson. We don’t know that date with Bautista, but it appears to be ~September, 2009. The Blue Jays’ hitting coach was working with him, and it’s not utterly insane to think he fixed something with his swing.

      • MannyGeee says:

        How do you explain Granderson? Aren’t his numbers pretty bizarre?

        wellll, not really. He has shown 30HR power in a giant ballpark like Commerica. BA is relative, K rate was through the roof and still is…

        so if anything, his 1st 1/2 of 2010 was the ‘bizzare’, not what has happened before and after.

        • V says:

          Um, he’s not been showing ’30 HR power’ over the past 3 months of baseball. He’s been showing ’60 HR power’.

  45. Reggie C. says:

    Here we go … Bautista.

  46. Reggie C. says:

    Its amazing Grandy is only 3 homers off Bautista’s ML lead. It seems like Bautista’s been hitting one every other nite since the season started. … helps to have a 3 homer game though.

  47. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russell FTW

  48. Mike Axisa says:

    That was such a stupid steal attempt.

  49. Don Juan says:

    Michael Kay is right, stupid steal. Bautista was either going to get a pitch to hit or walk.

  50. Esteban says:

    No Michael Kay, teams are not necessarily getting out the guys in front of Bautista, they’re walking him when there’s guys on base.

    He has 95PA with bases empty and 83PA with men on. 24 BB with mean on.

  51. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Tulo is a SS that bats cleanup.

  52. Reggie C. says:

    Did the Braves give up Yunel for peanuts? I cant remember what the Braves got back.

  53. JerryNYG says:

    Wow, awesome steal attempt by Davis. Gotta love that!

  54. Kostas says:

    Who gets the first hit for the no hit Yanks? C’mon Jorge

  55. Quick, I need an explanation on why RBIs suck as a stat. Can anybody help me out?

  56. Cy Pettitte says:

    stand up double off that hit is impressive.

  57. dela g says:

    no hitter over!

  58. Esteban says:

    I wonder if Mike Trout is as fast as Gardner.

  59. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Chris Dickfacerson.

  60. V says:

    Oy. Dribblers go for hits, and line drives get caught. Such is baseball.

  61. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    BABIPfail

  62. Dela G says:

    is this guy related to marcus thames?

  63. MikeD says:

    Kay stumbling over OPS twenty years after it’s been around. Can’t wait for 2031 wehn a 70-year-old Kay talks about WAR.

  64. Cy Pettitte says:

    that last pitch to Thames is unfair

  65. Dela G says:

    that 2 seamer is death

  66. first time lawng time says:

    Step 1; break up the perfect game/no hitter
    Step 2: break up the shutout
    Step 3: break up the win

    …Make it happen!

  67. V says:

    Eric Thames strikes out too much to be a viable major league. His AAA #s in 2010-2011 are pretty good though.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Eric Thames Austin Jackson strikes out too much to be a viable major league. His AAA #s in 2010-2011 are pretty good though.

  68. Dela G says:

    past a diving hill sounds very nice

  69. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nice to see the shift work for Teix, lol

  70. first time lawng time says:

    Lol Arod had like 1/2 a left eyebrow.

  71. Dela G says:

    damn, that was a knee buckler

  72. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man that was nasty

  73. Mike Axisa says:

    He was so far out in front of that pitch he could have swung twice.

  74. MikeD says:

    Not disagreeing with Long, but didnt’ I see a stat that showed Cano hit .350 on pitches outside the strikezone last year?

    • MannyGeee says:

      Long called. said advanced stats are for pussys. he coaches by gut and estimation

    • V says:

      There’s a difference, however.

      If he’s a free swinger, odds are he’s not swinging at ‘meatball’ OOZ pitches (think those pitches that are a few inches inside that he can turn on and crush out of the park), but swinging at ‘pitchers pitches’ (such as down and away sinkers).

  75. jdp says:

    A-Fraud should have tried to bunt the go-ahead run to second.

  76. Dela G says:

    nice job, ribbie

  77. Karl Krawfid says:

    Colin Curtis looks like the guy from Avatar. Parker I think.

  78. pat says:

    Nice frame job.

  79. Cy Pettitte says:

    O’Neill has the best job ever, he talks Yankees and gets to see a ton of games and he eats ice cream.

  80. Mike HC says:

    They are too busy plugging turkey hill to replay that sick strikeout.

  81. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So what’s Colon’s status? Type A, B or unranked?

  82. Kostas says:

    So instead of every night being a frustrating offensive night, the Yanks have moved to every other or every two. Marked improvement to slowly attack the RISP… like a twelve step program.

  83. 28 this year says:

    Colon = best offseason signing, I would definitely say he is in the running. Especially considering it was just a minor league signing. Amazing how Cashman got Colon, Garcia, and Ayala all on minor league deals and each of them are contributing.

  84. MannyGeee says:

    so you know what chaps my ass? MLB.tv. not only do they give you the Bone for $100 a season, but then they make you watch commercials. the same 3 goddam commercials. over and over and over.

    for $100, give me some in-game stuff from other games of the night. or just stay quiet

    • baravelli says:

      I think it’s a pretty fair deal for what you get, especially if you compare it to what you’d pay on cable, and also taking into account the incredible variety of things you can use nowadays to watch the games.
      But you are completely correct about those commercials. They succeed in making me hate the product being advertised every time. And those Coors spots for the bottles with the super cold idiocy on them are THE STUPIDEST THINGS OF ALL TIME.

  85. MannyGeee says:

    Hey Axisa. You think Reyes is really getting anything close to ‘Crawford Money’? can’t see him getting more than 5/75 (and thats generous)… right?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I don’t think he’ll get Crawford money, but I’m thinking $18M per year for 5-6. Some of it isn’t his fault, teams see how bad Crawford is and they don’t want to end up with that.

      • MannyGeee says:

        who has that kind of scratch? Sox won’t spend it, we can’t, both CHI teams are set, can’t see either LA team pulling the trigger…

        that kinda leaves all the teams who rarely overpay for guys like Reyes, no??

        • King George says:

          Washington or Anaheim. I read they are interested and they would then move Aybar to second and Kendrick to RF.

          • MannyGeee says:

            didnt think they had the scratch… plus haven’t they made this exact mistake already? Reyes=Torii Hunter 2.0…

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      He’s a shortstop that isn’t a black hole. Someone will ignore injuries and give him a hefty paycheck. It won’t match Crawford though.

  86. Chip says:

    How is that not a balk? He’s not even coming close to a rest at the set position

  87. MannyGeee says:

    goddamit Gardner how is that even close with your speed.

  88. Dela G says:

    gritster is tough

  89. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy shit, Kay you asshole

  90. Dela G says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA MICHAEL KAY WAS FOOOOOLED

  91. Jerome S. says:

    I was so sure that was out…

  92. Mike Axisa says:

    Haha, nice try Derek.

  93. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Holy fuck Kay made me think that was long gone

  94. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man that ball was high, it was far, it was caught on the track.

    sucks :(

  95. Monteroisdinero says:

    Gardy needs a sliding glove under his wrist guard.

    Jeets with warning track power on changeups. If he could catch up to and pull a fastball, the speed of the pitch would take the ball over the fence.

    Oh well.

  96. CBean says:

    Freakin Sterling made me think that was gone. But hey– I’m in the sky and listening to the game. I love airplane internets.

  97. Hall and Nokes says:

    That made me sad.

  98. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    “he’s kind of a crafty lefthander, even though he’s a righthander” -Kay

  99. Andy says:

    Kay seriously needs to relax.

  100. Mike Myers says:

    Give the fat man some run support for gods sakes!

  101. Monteroisdinero says:

    Kay: When Jeter turns on a ball like that, he usually does get it out”

    Lol

    about once every 500 ab’s

  102. NHyankeesfan says:

    im worried thats the extent of jeter’s power

  103. Mike Axisa says:

    Swisher would be getting killed for running a bad route after that ball.

  104. Mike Myers says:

    I would walk him too….He is like 97.5% of the team….its just math

  105. Monteroisdinero says:

    Bautista is unimpressive physically for such a dominant homerun hitter.

    /Babe Ruth

  106. Karl Krawfid says:

    Um what? He’s hitting .224

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

    brutal.

  108. mbonzo says:

    I would be far from shocked if the Yankees signed Reyes this offseason. There won’t be many good shortstops in FA except for Stephen Drew in 2014. Yanks will have plenty of money too.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Then where place Jeter? He’d be worth 0.0 WAR at most if he becomes the DH.

      • mbonzo says:

        When it comes to free agents the Yankees don’t always think practically about this stuff, but like I said if Montero is out of the picture the DH is open. If they can get Reyes to play SS and take some lessons from Arod on moving to 3B and let Jeter and Arod DH a lot more often. Practical? No, but Yankees like to spend their money and he probably makes the most sense out of all the available players in the 2012 class.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Yeah but that’ll piss off Jeter’s ego. This will be an infinite times worse than the Jorge situation. I doubt they’ll take that risk.

    • Mike Myers says:

      no gonna happen…let him be some one elses mistake. but I see what you are saying.

    • JerryNYG says:

      I disagree. Jeter is going to play out his contract at SS and then sign a new one for another four years.

  109. MannyGeee says:

    well, he got his ground ball

  110. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    And you walked Rivera because…?

  111. Cy Pettitte says:

    super brutal.

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    What a stupid intentional walk (to Rivera).

  113. Andy says:

    Fuck are you kidding me?

  114. CBean says:

    Well this sucks.

  115. Mike Myers says:

    JP Longname….hits a long ball….uch

  116. Cy Pettitte says:

    beyond brutal.

  117. V says:

    Fancy that. Giving free baserunners = bad idea.

  118. jetrer says:

    That meltdown was AJ-esque

  119. Don Juan says:

    And that’ll do it. Disappointing game offensively. Will probably have more problems tomorrow with Romero. The Jays are just gonna keep giving us fits all year.

  120. mbonzo says:

    2 free runs courtesy of Joe Girardi

  121. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Fuck the Blue Jays.

  122. Kostas says:

    Well that about does it. Just have to win tomorrow and Wednesday.

  123. Andy says:

    I hate that Colon doesn’t look at all upset after that inning. He had a smerk on his face the whole time and was just smiling in the dougout. At least AJ looks like he wants to kill himself when he implodes.

    • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

      I’m all about grit (as you can tell from my handle) but the guy has given us extremely quality innings so far this season from being carefree so I wouldn’t think too much of it.

    • V says:

      Waaaaaah.

      I like Colon, for whatever it matters. Who gives a shit? It’s one game, and not the end of the world. Paul O’Neill smashing shit doesn’t take runs off the board or put runs on the board.

      I doubt he’d be having a good time if this was game 7 of the World Series.

      • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

        Paul O’neill smashing shit definitely did take runs off the board.

      • MannyGeee says:

        he proly would be smiling if it was game 7 of the world series because:

        – it is essentially 6 months longer than anyone (inlcuding himself) thought his career would last…

        – CC is pitching into the 8th…

  124. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Teix with his 100000th pop up…

  125. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex is terrible. Uppercut swing and he drops his back knee.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......id=3475707

    That is what we paid for.

  126. Mike HC says:

    And there is the break we needed. Lets make them pay even more.

  127. Cy Pettitte says:

    ahahahahah oh man that’s funny.

  128. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Lol @ Escobar

  129. Mike HC says:

    You don’t deserve the call botching a play like that.

    (even though he was out)

  130. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Lolz, needed that

  131. Mike Axisa says:

    Should of bunted!

  132. CBean says:

    not enough (yankee) homeruns

  133. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Can’t capitalize on the error, typical

  134. Pastadivingarod says:

    Posada is killing us
    Bring up vasquez

  135. first time lawng time says:

    I think Colon was left in too long.

    How about you guys?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      No, but I think the IBB to Rivera was overmanaging at it’s finest.

    • Don Juan says:

      No, he was the best option. They shouldn’t have walked two men. With Soriano and Joba out this isn’t a deep pen.

    • Xstar7 says:

      “I think Colon was left in too long.”

      This is what we would have been saying if he had pitched like this in the ninth inning of that 15 inning game against Baltimore.

      /beating a dead horse’d

    • MikeD says:

      I had to take a business call, so I couldn’t actually pay close attention to what was happening, but it appeared Colon lost the strikezone. My guess is he is going to be bad when his command fails, so I would have yanked him, unless it all fell apart quickly. As said, I couldn’t quite focus on it. Need to pay the bills!

  136. Esteban says:

    What an ugly neck tattoo. Well any neck tattoo is ugly.

    • MikeD says:

      Tattoo-removal business is going to be a real money-maker in a few short years judging by the ugly tats I see on a lot of late teens/20-somethings. I know, that probably includes people here, but you are not going to want them in a few years.

      • Foghorn Leghorn says:

        not just ugly, but not very well placed. at some point you got to go on a job interview and its tough to hide neck tats and some of the peircing…seemed like a good idea at the time, i guess…

        i’m amazed at the number of tatted people i see out there…even old fat grandmas have tramp stamps.

        its nasty

        • MannyGeee says:

          this… if there’s one thing worse than a shitty tat, its a shitty tat for the whole world to see. at least I had the sense to get ink’d under my shirt.

          • Foghorn Leghorn says:

            but MikeD is so right..what looks ok on an 18-24 yr old body will not look so good on wrinkled and stretched skin.

    • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

      Ryan Roberts of the Diamondbacks says hi

  137. first time lawng time says:

    So….
    Doesn’t Toronto’s offense suck outside of Bautista?

    • Esteban says:

      Not really, 4th highest wOBA in the AL, but Joey Bats might be propping that up, so maybe you’re not all wrong.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Considering both Travis Snider and Adam Lind aren’t in the line-up…yeah. Makes Colon’s 6th inning implosion even more puzzling.

      • first time lawng time says:

        Obviously implosions happen, but I think it’s a little annoying that it came from crap players.

        • JohnnyC says:

          You have to throw strikes to everyone, not just the good hitters. His command left him really quickly. Maybe it was the intentional walks. Maybe not (he was losing it in the 5th).

  138. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Yankees will have the tying run 4 batters away in this game.

  139. Monteroisdinero says:

    Dickerson is a nice player but in a few weeks we will see he is not a major leagur hitter. He has a bad hitch in his swing and is a guess hitter. He will play most of the year in Scranton.

    This is too bad because Swish will not come close to last year’s stats.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

      Sign me up for 65-70% of Carlos Beltran.

    • JohnnyC says:

      The 5th OF spot can be a revolving door with all the guys we have down in Scranton (Parraz, Maxwell, Golson when he returns). You just hope they each have a week or two of effective play in them.

    • Esteban says:

      The Chris Dickerson fan club is gonna be upset with you. Just yesterday, Dickerson was credited with the 8 run 7th inning.

  140. first time lawng time says:

    Hey, Yankees haven’t committed an error yet!

    There’s something positive to take from this game.

  141. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    When was the last time the Yanks and Blue Jays played a 3 game series where Bitchtista didn’t homer?

  142. Kostas says:

    Mike Axisa says:
    May 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm
    Not for nothing, but you’re both being idiots.

    Ok timeout is over.

  143. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    buchholz is a lucky pitcher….or he’s really good…i can’t tell but my jaded view says he’s a lucky sob

  144. first time lawng time says:

    Yanks probably won’t win, so let me say 2 things:

    1. I’m already over this game/series. Whatever.
    2. I prefer losing blowouts than close games like last Friday.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Yeah it’s better when the offense and pitching both perform poorly. Less heartbreaking and maddening.

  145. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Not so thrilled about seeing Pineda and Felix in Seattle…

  146. first time lawng time says:

    Why the heck is Cano a POG candidate?

    No player on the Yankees should be on that list, no offense.

  147. first time lawng time says:

    Teixeira may have had a good shot at getting a hit if he bunted (before Hranderson stole)

  148. Monteroisdinero says:

    Take a strike Alex!

  149. Esteban says:

    Arod seems fast on the basepaths, but so slow running to first.

  150. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Is it me or does Teix swing and miss at basically anything that’s not a fastball?

  151. Cy Pettitte says:

    Rauch is one scary looking motherfucker

  152. Esteban says:

    A HR now would be nice.

  153. Karl Krawfid says:

    We are down by 4. Take a damn walk Tex/Martin

  154. first time lawng time says:

    Geez, Martin hasn’t done much offensively lately, has he?

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

    PH Andruw….

  156. Andy says:

    Why not just have him bat left handed against lefties?

  157. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Sick of these stupid infield popups

  158. Hummingbird S. says:

    Posada should not be allowed to hit lefties anymore… ever.

  159. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    I have to think Girardi’s binder should have said that pinch-hitting for Jorge there was the move.

  160. first time lawng time says:

    Good grief, Posada’s numbers are terrible.

    If you’re a DH and hitting poorly, then what’s the point?

    If I’m the owner, you know what I say?

    I say get the hell off my team. That’s what I say.

    Whatever, I’m over it.

  161. JohnnyC says:

    Looks like Posada won the battle against Girardi. Let’s see how long this lasts. They’ve probably tacitly agreed to give him until the middle of June. Love how the Yankees don’t seem too worried about actually winning some games.

  162. Mickey Scheister says:

    Okay, I’ve been a Jorge supporter but DFA day is coming soon, hopefully.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      I hope he just gracefully retires because imagine what will happen with the MSM if he’s DFA’d/released.

      • Coolerking101 says:

        Derek Jeter .250/.300 here we come. Isn’t a captain supposed to put the team ahead of his ego? Hopefully after 3000 he’ll check the ego at the door and suggest to Girardi that he be moved down in the order. That’s what a captain would do.

        Jorge hasn’t hit a home run in a month and he’s now hitting a crisp .176/.295. This can’t go on. I say, as soon as Montero heats up and gets back to back multi-hit games at AAA, the Yanks bring him up and let him roll.

  163. Mojo says:

    How are the Yankees sucking such phenomenal ass at home? Is it me or does it eerily not feel like much of an advantage this year?

  164. Cy Pettitte says:

    Noesi v. Bautista…hmmmm

  165. Andy says:

    I thought Tex could hit for average? Doesn’t reall seem like it since he’s been a Yankee.

    • BigTimeBartolo says:

      If average was based on pop-ups then Teix’s average would be much, much higher.

    • Mojo says:

      That’s been my beef for a while. I expected the world from him. Perhaps that was idiotic on my part but I was seriously looking forward to a present-day Adrian Gonzalez figure when NY signed Tex.

    • Ubu says:

      ummm, 2009? Did he not put up MVP numbers or was that my imagination. God, he still plays gold glove defense, provides very good power/ OBP numbers but you complain about the BA average?

      Isn’t that stat just a tad outdated for judging offensive efficiency? For me, if he gets on base at about a .400% clip & slugs in the 470s- 500s, then I am perfectly fine with Tex. Also, don’t forget last year, in his “doomsday level awful panic bad off-year” he still hit over .280 for the last 4 months of the season.

  166. Monteroisdinero says:

    So what is the record for 0-???? in terms of Posada’s total ineptness from the right side? How many ab’s can a batter go without getting a hit if you are on the roster for a whole season?

    he is 0-30 now? or close to it…..

  167. Mike Axisa says:

    Why aren’t they walking Bautista here?

    /pretty much everyone scared of a first inning solo homer

  168. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    2 for 12 with RISP again today. I feel like this chapter of the season just won’t end.

    • Mojo says:

      The remedy? I know this bickering gets played out like Lady Gaga, but all they’ve got to do is bench Jeter and Posada, shuffle the lineup (move Tex DOWN!), and ignite the rapture (fo’ realz this time). Just plugging in a solid prospect would do WONDERS for this tiresome bunch of girly-men.

  169. first time lawng time says:

    41 HR increase between seasons.

    What’d he say he did? Change his swing?

    Yeah, okay. I want every player on the Yankees doing that, then.

    • bonestock94 says:

      He’s getting tested for PEDs a lot, its totally unfair to say that without proof. The 41 HR jump also came with a 230 at-bat jump as well, lets tell the whole story.

      • first time lawng time says:

        Is he getting tested?

        I didn’t know that.

      • JohnnyC says:

        There’s no test for HGH.

        • JohnnyC says:

          If look at Bautista in the dugout with his helmet off, you’ll notice the wide neck and massive upper body and chest. From the waist up that guy is geeked. Of course, he could just be doing a lot of work with weights. And body builders have never been known to use steroids or HGH.

          • bonestock94 says:

            A professional athlete thats muscular? Theres the damning proof. Guy looks the same as he always did.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

      I have to agree with you FTLT, I just don’t see any way that I’ll ever believe that he’s not doing some shiny and new form of B-12.

      • jetrer says:

        Do you believe that about Granderson too. He’s on pace for 56 HR.

        • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

          Sure, if he hits 56.

        • JohnnyC says:

          Granderson hit 22, 23, 30 and 24 home runs from 2007-2010. Bautista’s best year was 16 home runs in 2006 in 469 plate appearances. The next year he hit 15 HRs in 614 plate appearances. Funny, but the additional 240 plate appearances didn’t help him then.

          • jetrer says:

            I’m not saying that they’re the same. I’m just saying that changing his swing led to a big jump in production for Granderson. Bautista also changed his swing before his power surge. Taking PEDs isn’t going to turn a scrub into Babe Ruth.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

      And who even knows what’s available to people up there in Canadia?

      /irresponsiblerumormongering’d

    • Pasqua says:

      For what it’s worth, he has made drastic changes to his swing that pretty much coincide with this monstrous tear that he’s been on for a year +, and it doesn’t take a hitting coach to notice the differences. If you look at tape of him pre-2010, it’s like looking at a different guy at the plate.

  170. Cy Pettitte says:

    remember when people wanted to get rid of Gardy?

    good times

  171. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Oh Gardy, just trying to pad our RISP ineptitude stats now.

  172. BigTimeBartolo says:

    So glad we get to deal with Jeter and his fucking 650 OPS for the next 3.5 years…

  173. first time lawng time says:

    I hate Kay so much.

  174. Monteroisdinero says:

    Collectively, the Jays performed a Colectomy on us tonight.

    Not as frustrating/painful as several other losses this year.

  175. first time lawng time says:

    Whatever.

    Although, this series does look somewhat ominous considering they face Romero and Lefty they’ve never
    faced before.

    Why is Toronto only .500?

  176. Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

    Colon is now = CC

  177. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    pathetic…the players can shove this game right up their collective cornholes!

  178. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    At least our 2-15 with RISP today didn’t waste a good start. Much more of a team loss. Solidarity, brothers.

  179. It'sATarp says:

    Meh Colon will rebound, everyone has a shitty game once in a while.

  180. Matt says:

    People say the hits will eventually come, but why is that such a guarantee?

    They have an obvious approach which trades batting average for home runs at the plate. Look at Martin’s AB’s with runners on base in the last few innings. Both times, he got into hitters’ counts and swung out of his shoes and hit a lazy fly ball and a pop up.

    It’s difficult to hit for a high average when you are always uppercutting pitches trying to hit home runs. Hitters go to the plate hunting fastballs and when they guess wrong, they look like deer in the headlights.

    This has been going on for nearly a month now. Is it still a slump when it’s a month later and nothing has changed? Home run, or almost nothing. Literally with this team. These guys aren’t veterans like Damon and Matsui who know when to load up and when to keep the line moving with an opposite field approach. Unless they stop trying to do so much with every swing, it’s unlikely that the batting averages will rebound a ton, except for guys like Cano who are balanced hitters.

    • Matt says:

      This doesn’t mean that they won’t win games and score runs. It simply means that they may simply be a streaky team throughout this season.

      Runs totals are high because when they score, boy do they score. But when they don’t hit the home runs, they really struggle most of the time to get more than 2 or 3 runs across.

      Unless adjustments are made, maybe this is just the frustrating team we will be stuck watching this season. They aren’t necessarily choking, but rather have an approach which doesn’t work as often in situations with runners in scoring position.

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