Game 46: The Jays, Again

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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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  • Xstar7

    I love having Russell Martin in the 6 slot.

    • King George

      3 pop-ups today with 3 RISP…

  • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me

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

    • MikeD

      They can throw in Reyes, too, since he’s always injured and clearly has little value.

  • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me
  • Erica

    “Joey Bats”

    Heh.

    • Pat D

      Sounds like a Mafia name and he’s not clean-shaven enough to be in the Mafia.

      • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me

        I don’t get it. He’s not a bat or vampire is he? I hope not.

      • Mike HC

        Sounds like Joey Boots.

        • Nedro

          Or Joey Pants…

  • Pat D

    No Swisher again?

  • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me

    Jon Heyman is giving the weather report on YES!

    • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

      He’s infinitely more qualified to talk weather than baseball.

  • Craig

    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.

    • Don Juan

      I disagree. With a high OBP guy like Gardner hitting 8th he can get on base and you can use Cervelli/Dickerson to bunt him over to 2nd. This gives our soon to be 3,000 hit man and our hottest hitter a chance to drive him in. As we learned yesterday, the Yankees can play smallball, too.

      • MikeD

        Bunt? I’ve never noticed Girardi likes to bunt.

      • Craig

        Valid point

        • Craig

          Reply fail

    • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me

      Don’t over think things. Zen baseball. Lineups don’t matter.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Double leadoff is what you tell the kid batting 9th in little league, stop giving worse hitters more ABs than your better hitters

  • Cy Pettitte

    tonight, Bartolo gets his GCSO

    • Cy Pettitte

      CGSO*

  • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me

      My9 >>>>>>>>>>> YES

  • Esteban

    This guy is unbelievable. Holy shit

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Theres a fucking surprise….

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck.

  • Don Juan

    They just keep pitching to him and keep getting burned.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Didn’t see that coming…

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

    Just enjoy watching greatness.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      This. I could care less that we’re down 1-0, Bautista’s season has me in awe right now.

      • Jose the Satirist

        “I could couldn’t care less that we’re down 1-0, Bautista’s season has me in awe right now.”

        FTFY

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    Obvious Homerun is Obvious

  • Chip

    Wow, just walk the guy already

  • Rey22

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

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    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

      Why haven’t they caught him yet?

      • 24fan

        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

      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.

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

      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

      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.

  • MikeD

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

  • mike c

    bonds lite

  • MikeD

    Hopefully this is not a sign his conmand is off.

  • Guest

    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.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    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

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

      • Ubu

        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.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

    • J-Rod

      Possibly?

  • Lily

    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

  • Epy0n

    Why are we pitching meatballs over the plate to Bautista?

  • Esteban

    Swisher and Papelbon are terrrrrible actors.

    • Tackaberry

      Swisher was entertaining on How I Met Your Mother, but that commercial is pretty bad.

  • J-Rod

    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

      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.

      • MannyGeee

        THIS. I am in awe how they went all ‘Body Snatchers’ on Pujols like that…

        • Ubu

          Freaky Friday, y’all!!

  • Pat D

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

    • Esteban

      1st inning, 2 outs no one on base. Why not try to get him out?

      • Mike HC

        I think he showed you why.

        • Mike HC

          I will add that his OBP is over .500. So thus far on the season, odds are it would have been better to walk him than pitch to him.

          • Jose the Satirist

            So when should they pitch to him? Never?

            • Cy Pettitte

              with the rest of that line up it might make sense not to, ever.

              • Jose the Satirist

                Batshit insane. No player is good enough to never pitch to.

            • Mike HC

              Just about, yea. Just like we shouldn’t have pitched to Josh Hamilton in last years ALCS. Just my strategy with those guys.

          • V

            Meh, Bautista’s ‘true talent level’ OBP is lost due to the intentional walks and the intentional unintentional walks. Ditto Bonds at his peak.

            If pitchers just pitched to Bautista, he would not have an OBP > .500.

  • Mike HC

    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

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

      /MSM narrative’d

  • CMP

    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

      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.

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

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Pastadivingarod

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

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I LOLed.

    • Cy Pettitte

      two relievers, one cup.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Chip

    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

  • Icebird753

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

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

      They just scored eight runs like, four innings ago.

      • Icebird753

        I was partially being sarcastic, but even with the Met’s game yesterday, they’ve still been pretty darn inconsistent.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      2nd inning?

  • Ken M

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

  • first time lawng time

    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.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Are the Yankees ever gonna have an off day?

  • Ben from Stanford

    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.)

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      My opinion is that a walk every time is only necessary when SLG >1.00. But considering no one’s touched that… we’re good.

  • Don Juan

    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.

    • Ben from Stanford

      Even if it means giving up more runs on average?

      • AndrewYF

        But you can’t let Bautista beat you!

        Other people beating you is okay, apparently.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Buck Showalter once intentionally walked Barry Bonds with the bases loaded to make it a one run game.

      • Neil

        If Bonds was on the Yankees Buck would just have his pitcher hit him.

      • MannyGeee

        When faces with such a difficult decision, I somtimes have to sit back and ask myself… WWTFD?

        What Would Tito Francona do?

  • James A

    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

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

      What was that?

      • James A

        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

      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

        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

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

  • Reggie C.

    Here we go … Bautista.

  • Reggie C.

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Russell FTW

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

    That was such a stupid steal attempt.

  • Don Juan

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

  • Esteban

    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.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Tulo is a SS that bats cleanup.

  • Reggie C.

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

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

      Alex Gonzalez, some SS prospect, and Tim Collins, the Royals reliever. Toronto got Jo-Jo Reyes in the same deal.

    • MikeD

      One of the Alex Gonzalez’s. Not sure which one.

      • Icebird753

        the shortstop? didn’t realize there was another well known alex gonzalez

  • JerryNYG

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

  • Kostas

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

    • MikeD

      Jeter.

    • MikeD

      I mean Gardner. I see a double.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

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

    • Esteban

      Because they don’t measure individual skill per se. RBI totals are largely a product of opportunities, which are provided by teammates.

    • AndrewYF

      Because 2/3 of the stat is reliant on things you can’t control.

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

      They don’t tell you anything, just that someone scored a run. Doesn’t tell you who or how. Could have been a ground out or a homerun. No context.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Too dependent on those around an individual. Impossible to be looked at independently.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Because RBIs depend on who hits in front of you.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Even though I don’t actually think RBIs suck.

    • Mike HC

      Because fans look at it as one of the most important measures when evaluating a hitter, when in fact, it is only one relatively small factor in how good a hitter is.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      OK, thanks very much guys.

  • Cy Pettitte

    stand up double off that hit is impressive.

    • pat

      I was thinking the same exact thing.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime dela g

    no hitter over!

  • Esteban

    I wonder if Mike Trout is as fast as Gardner.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Wait what? We wish. Trout ran a sub 6.40 60 yard dash. Gardner is a 6.60.

      • MikeD

        Just curious, but where do those stats come from?

        • JobaWockeeZ

          A scout clocked Trout in the 2009 draft.
          http://thedailydugout.com/inde.....;Itemid=76

          Gardner’s timed was when he was from college so it’s possible it’s outdated. But here you go.

          http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/.....ash-times/

          • MikeD

            Thanks.

            I saw Piliere graded Trout out as a 70 on the scouting scale (20-80) for speed, which is where he also graded Gardner. Doesn’t necessarily says which one is faster, but it’s got to be pretty damn close.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Chris Dickfacerson.

  • V

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

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Sterling’d

      • MannyGeee

        just can’t predict it…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    BABIPfail

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

    is this guy related to marcus thames?

    • Icebird753

      half brother

  • MikeD

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that last pitch to Thames is unfair

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      You know it’s a good pitch when Paul O’Neil says it is.

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

    that 2 seamer is death

  • first time lawng time

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

    …Make it happen!

  • V

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

    • MannyGeee

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

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

    past a diving hill sounds very nice

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nice to see the shift work for Teix, lol

  • first time lawng time

    Lol Arod had like 1/2 a left eyebrow.

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

    damn, that was a knee buckler

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man that was nasty

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

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

  • MikeD

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

    • MannyGeee

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

    • V

      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).

  • jdp

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

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

    nice job, ribbie

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • pat

    Nice frame job.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Mike HC

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

    • MannyGeee

      or not laugh through it. the consummate professionals

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

    • Icebird753

      prob unranked

  • Kostas

    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.

  • 28 this year

    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.

  • MannyGeee

    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

      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.

  • MannyGeee

    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?

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

      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

        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

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

          • MannyGeee

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

    • JobaWockeeZ

      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.

  • Chip

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

  • MannyGeee

    goddamit Gardner how is that even close with your speed.

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

    gritster is tough

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy shit, Kay you asshole

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

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA MICHAEL KAY WAS FOOOOOLED

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    I was so sure that was out…

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

    Haha, nice try Derek.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Holy fuck Kay made me think that was long gone

    • MannyGeee

      LOL someone get Kay a wet wipe… I think he made hisself sticky

  • Karl Krawfid

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

    sucks :(

  • Monteroisdinero

    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.

  • CBean

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

  • Hall and Nokes

    That made me sad.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

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

  • Andy

    Kay seriously needs to relax.

  • Mike Myers

    Give the fat man some run support for gods sakes!

  • Monteroisdinero

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

    Lol

    about once every 500 ab’s

  • NHyankeesfan

    im worried thats the extent of jeter’s power

    • MannyGeee

      are you really surprised?

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

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

    • MannyGeee

      I was thinking the same thing, and also about the throw…

  • Mike Myers

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

  • Monteroisdinero

    Bautista is unimpressive physically for such a dominant homerun hitter.

    /Babe Ruth

    • Mike Myers

      /Roid Era?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Um what? He’s hitting .224

  • Cy Pettitte

    brutal.

  • mbonzo

    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

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

      • mbonzo

        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

          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

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

    • JerryNYG

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

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I laughed…and cried.

  • MannyGeee

    well, he got his ground ball

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    And you walked Rivera because…?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Just dumb that’s why. And that’s the ballgame.

  • Cy Pettitte

    super brutal.

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

    What a stupid intentional walk (to Rivera).

    • CBean

      Suzyn claimed credit for the Rivera walk because she thought it was a good idea. So…I guess we can blame her.

    • Ivan

      +1

  • Andy

    Fuck are you kidding me?

  • CBean

    Well this sucks.

  • Mike Myers

    JP Longname….hits a long ball….uch

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    LIFE IS PAIN

  • Cy Pettitte

    beyond brutal.

  • V

    Fancy that. Giving free baserunners = bad idea.

  • jetrer

    That meltdown was AJ-esque

    • MannyGeee

      40m yr old fat guy with Stem Cell arm… was bound to happen at some point, right?

      • Esteban

        It was one inning. Jeez.

        • MannyGeee

          my point it that he was bound to have that one bad inning and one bad game. he has more than impressed over the course of the past few months.

  • Andy

    Wow

  • Don Juan

    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.

  • mbonzo

    2 free runs courtesy of Joe Girardi

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Fuck the Blue Jays.

    • Icebird753

      hard or side to side?i don’t do beastiality though

  • Kostas

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

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      #Idiocy

      • Kostas

        That is funny. Somewhere you thought the Yankees were smashing the ball tonight and would mount a comeback. Believe that is #idiocy.

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

          Not for nothing, but you’re both being idiots.

          • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

            *Whimpers*

        • CBean

          Yes, because it’s been so long since the Yankees came back late to suddenly score a lot of runs in an inning. I mean, it’s almost been a day.

          • MannyGeee

            #WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately

  • Andy

    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

      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

      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

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

        • Pasqua

          Especially if he chose to smash the scoreboard itself.

      • MannyGeee

        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…

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Teix with his 100000th pop up…

  • Karl Krawfid

    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.

    • Esteban

      Don’t forget about a 140 OPS+ and a .384 wOBA.

  • Mike HC

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

    • Mike HC

      Or not.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ahahahahah oh man that’s funny.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Lol @ Escobar

  • Mike HC

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

    (even though he was out)

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Lolz, needed that

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

    Should of bunted!

    • Mojo

      *Should’ve

  • CBean

    not enough (yankee) homeruns

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Can’t capitalize on the error, typical

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

      They scored a run on the error.

      • BigTimeBartolo

        Indeed, but more risp fail with runners on 1st and 2nd with only one out. Couldn’t tack on more runs

  • Pastadivingarod

    Posada is killing us
    Bring up vasquez

    • Cy Pettitte

      isn’t he hurt right now?

  • first time lawng time

    I think Colon was left in too long.

    How about you guys?

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

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

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah that was pretty stupid.

        But he was missing his spots in the 5th and lost it in the 6th.

        I would have put in Robertson.

      • MannyGeee

        agree. should pitch to ANYONE not named Bautista or Arrencevia (or something relatively similar)…

        • MannyGeee

          … in that situation

    • Don Juan

      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

      “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

      • Monteroisdinero

        Would never have happened. If the first guy got on in the 9th, he would have been taken out.

        • Xstar7

          True, true

    • MikeD

      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!

  • Esteban

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

    • MikeD

      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

        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

          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

            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.

            • MannyGeee

              umless its another 18-24 y.o. chick. b/c 18-24 y.o. chicks look great on ANYTHING

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      Ryan Roberts of the Diamondbacks says hi

  • first time lawng time

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

    • Esteban

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

    • JohnnyC

      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

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

        • JohnnyC

          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).

          • Foghorn Leghorn

            even the so called crap players are major league players…they do have talent.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

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

  • Monteroisdinero

    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

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

    • JohnnyC

      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

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

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        i just bought his jersey

  • first time lawng time

    Hey, Yankees haven’t committed an error yet!

    There’s something positive to take from this game.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      good point, lol

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

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

    • MannyGeee

      2008, when Bautista didn’t hit but 15 HR’s

  • Kostas

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

    Ok timeout is over.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

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

    • JohnnyC

      No, he’s good…just not THAT good.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        i still hate him.

        • JohnnyC

          You can thank the Mets for the Red Sox drafting him in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft. They signed Pedro Martinez.

          • Foghorn Leghorn

            fucking mets…its like Carl Pavano…wasn’t he traded to montreal for pavano and the yanks get the shaft on that one also?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s more like a 4.00 ERA pitcher. SOlid in the AL beast but not a sub 3 FIP pitcher.

    • MannyGeee

      wearing a Dickerson Shirsey under my Cervelli jersey

      • MannyGeee

        reply fail…

        what I meant to say was Bucholtz is a poor man’s AJ burnett. great stuff, but is gonna shock you alot and not in the good way.

        again, just like AJ, could be a mental thing

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Nah he’s good

  • first time lawng time

    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

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

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Not so thrilled about seeing Pineda and Felix in Seattle…

  • first time lawng time

    Why the heck is Cano a POG candidate?

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

    • JohnnyC

      Precisely…no offense tonight.

      • first time lawng time

        Haha that was unintential, I promise.

  • first time lawng time

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

  • Monteroisdinero

    Take a strike Alex!

  • Esteban

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

  • BigTimeBartolo

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

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      pretty much.

    • JohnnyC

      His weakness is the change of speed.

    • Monteroisdinero

      I’d throw it underhand and see what he could do with it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Rauch is one scary looking motherfucker

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      he’s 27 foot tall if he’s an inch

  • Esteban

    A HR now would be nice.

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • first time lawng time

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

    • Andy

      Didn’t he homer on Saturday?

      • first time lawng time

        Oh yeah.

        Still seems like he hasn’t done much besides that.

      • JohnnyC

        Different era. Can’t compare.

    • Esteban

      What? he hit a homerun saturday.

  • Cy Pettitte

    PH Andruw….

  • Andy

    Why not just have him bat left handed against lefties?

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Sick of these stupid infield popups

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

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

  • first time lawng time

    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.

  • JohnnyC

    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.

    • Mojo

      Haha. I know. That last sentence says it all.

  • Mickey Scheister

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

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

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

      • Coolerking101

        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.

  • Mojo

    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?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Noesi v. Bautista…hmmmm

  • Andy

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

    • BigTimeBartolo

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

    • Mojo

      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.

      • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

        As did I, seemed like he should have been for the money anyway.

    • Ubu

      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.

  • Monteroisdinero

    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…..

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

    Why aren’t they walking Bautista here?

    /pretty much everyone scared of a first inning solo homer

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

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

    • Mojo

      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.

  • first time lawng time

    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

      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

        Is he getting tested?

        I didn’t know that.

      • JohnnyC

        There’s no test for HGH.

        • JohnnyC

          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

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

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      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

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

        • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

          Sure, if he hits 56.

        • JohnnyC

          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

            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.

            • first time lawng time

              I think it’s more likely that the jump came from PEDs than changing a swing, though.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

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

      /irresponsiblerumormongering’d

      • JohnnyC

        Dr. Anthony Galea, MD. Toronto.

        • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

          Well done sir.

    • Pasqua

      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.

  • Cy Pettitte

    remember when people wanted to get rid of Gardy?

    good times

  • Xstar7
    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      I feel mean for having even looked at that.

    • Xstar7

      Wrong link. But that one is humorous as well.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

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

  • BigTimeBartolo

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

  • first time lawng time

    I hate Kay so much.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      What did he say this time?

      • first time lawng time

        He just started freaking out at Granderson’s foul ball kinda like he did with Jeter’s.

        Got me all excited from nothing.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          I wasn’t watching but were the balls clearly foul?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Collectively, the Jays performed a Colectomy on us tonight.

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

    • first time lawng time

      Exactly. Hideous 6th inning and offense, but nowhere near as bad as:

      – Mo’s blown save vs them
      – losing 3 to Detroit
      – Soriano vs Twins
      – losing to KC

      Among others.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        The Lillibridge game and the Humber game.

        • first time lawng time

          Which ones were those?

  • first time lawng time

    Whatever.

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

    Why is Toronto only .500?

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      b/c they roll over for the other teams.

  • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me

    Colon is now = CC

  • Foghorn Leghorn

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

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

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

  • It’sATarp

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

  • Matt

    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

      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.