Jun
30

Open Thread: CC gets the KKKKKKKKKKKKK’s

By

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Geoff Livingston via Creative Commons license)

I don’t want to spoil the game recap too much, but all you need to know is that CC Sabathia was the man today. He struck out 13 Brewers, tying a career high and setting a new high as a Yankees. All 13 of those whiffs were swinging. Milwaukee had no chance, the big man was on his game this afternoon.

Anyways, here is tonight’s open thread. The MLB Network will carry a game (teams depend on where you live), plus you could always watch a replay of the Yanks’ game on YES. Talk about whatever you want here, go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Hilarious animated take on the Cliff Lee negotiations: http://johnsterling.blogspot.c.....brian.html

    • CMP

      That is hysterical. He’s got Cashman down to a T.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      LMAO that’s hilarious

    • Pat D

      I’m confused. Who’s the good guy?

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

        Who’s the good guy?

        The Red Sox. Always.

        • Pat D

          Damn them and their Sauron-like corrupting influence.

          • BigTimeBartolo

            haha, a lord of the rings reference…well done

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Depends on whether you’re a Yankees or Phillies fan. DUHHH!

        • Pat D

          I like tsjc’s answer better.

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            Awwww sheeeeit.

            • Esteban

              /clay davis’d

              • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                Ha

    • jon

      didnt the phillies actually offer him more money than the yankees?

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        No. They offered him less money and less years. I guess he just never wanted to play in New York

    • MannyGeee

      that little Cliff Lee bear is kind of a dick

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        True dat.

  • 4_Everbronx

    With the exception of Braun, the Brewers offense looked like it was full of pitchers. Relief pitchers.

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

    There are fewer things finer than being at Yankee Stadium on a sunny afternoon drinking a beer and watching CC do his thang.

    • toad

      As Jake Ruppert said,

      “There’s nothing I like better than going to the park, watching the Yankees score seven runs in the first inning, and then slowly pull away to win.”

  • Pat D

    So I did my Selig duty and voted all 25 times for the ASG.

    Here was my breakdown:
    AL: 1B – Teix 10, Miggy 10, Konerko 5; 2B – Cano 15, Kendrick 5, Zobrist 5; SS – Asdrubal 12, Peralta 12, Jeter 1; 3B – ARod 25; C – Martin 10, Avila 5, Santana 5, Wieters 5; OF – Bautista 25, Grandy 25, Alex Gordon 6, Carlos Quentin 6, Matt Joyce 6, Gardy 6, Melky 1; DH – VMart 10, Billy Butler 9, Damon 6.

    NL: 1B – Prince 12, Votto 12, Gaby Sanchez 1; 2B – Weeks 15, Phillips 5, Espinosa 5; SS – Reyes 15, Tulo 10; 3B – Aramis Ramirez 7, Chipper 6, Polanco 6, Chase Headley 6; C – McCann 18, Miguel Montero 7; OF – Kemp 25, Braun 25, McCutchen 25

    Notes: On principles, I refuse to vote for anyone wearing a jersey that says “Boston.” I also didn’t bother voting for Pujols since I know he won’t be able to play. I showed undue favoritism to Martin, and the votes for Jeter and Melky were intentionally silly.

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

      Not one vote for Nyjer Morgan? He brings the lulz!

      • Pat D

        I would of needed to write him in.

        That was too much work.

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

          Pat, you lazy Dominican.

          • Pat D

            Truer words have been spoken.

  • Esteban

    Even though they lost today, Mets fans are feeling pretty cocky right now. Makes me want the Yankees to absolutely destroy them this weekend.

    • DCBX

      Big Bad Bart vs. AAAA Queens

      9.5 Ks – over/under?

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

        21-K CGSHO.

        • CP

          You’re assuming they implement the mercy rule after 7 innings?

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

            I’m assuming they suspend the game after fans start hurling themselves off the Pepsi Porch, lemmings-style.

          • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

            hahahahaa IETC

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

        Non-fun fact: The Mets just finished June with the second lowest K% in all of baseball (16.7%, just percentage points worse than the White Sox 16.6%).

        Discipline, yo.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      This.
      It’s time to put those overachievers back in their place.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    CC was the man, as he is every time he takes the bump. The man is going to get his money from us, and we get to enjoy him for 6-7 more years.

  • mike c

    just saw the replay, tex’s #300 was an opposite field bomb… raking

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      He was batting righty.

      • mike c

        well that’s not quite as fun then, but it was still a bomb I suppose

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

          Haha, yeah he still hit it pretty damn far.

  • King George

    I must say, I have been to the ballpark a bunch over the past month and I’ve done Internet voting as well. Ballpark and Internet totals have reached nearly 250 ballots. I’m not done, either!

    • Rainbow Connection

      That’s very sad. Not joking.

      • Esteban

        You’re annoying and pedantic

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

          I thought it was shallow and pedantic?

          • CP

            Annoying and shallow?

            Shallow, pedantic and annoying?

            Shadantoying?

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          He’s also shallow and pedantic.

      • Rainbow Connection

        I think the person who votes that many times for a sport is shallow. There’s a screw loose.

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

          Meh, let him have his fun. He’s not staking out Selig’s office to get Nyjer Morgan placed on the ballot or anything.

  • Pat D

    So the NBA is going to lockout and NFL talks are going “backwards,” eh?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfUM5xHUY4M

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

      I’m going to miss the NBA. It was fun.

      See you guys in 2012.

      • Kevin G.

        I’ve heard it may last two years.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Well that sucks….

    • Esteban

      Bill Simmons says this is the worst sports week of the year. I’ve seen other people complaining about how boring july is for sports. For me its awesome because baseball is THE
      focus. No distractions like college fb to sully things.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        “Bill Simmons says this is the worst sports week of the year.”

        The Red Sox went 2-5.

      • Pat D

        Simmons has become too big. He is a balloon waiting to burst.

    • CP

      I can sort of understand the NBA, because there are (at least I believe there are) a bunch of teams that are actually losing money. In that situation, I can see pursuing a lock out to try to get teams back close to making money. Of course, the bounce that the NBA got in popularity this year does make it a little odd, but from a business perspective I can understand it.

      It’s the NFL that I just don’t get. The last two seasons were part of the worst recession in the US in the last 80 years, and the NFL is still growing by leaps bounds with only a few teams losing money. It would seem like a pretty easy negotiation to help out those few teams. I guess that the lockout really hasn’t cost anything yet (except lawyers fees) since they’re still in the offseason, but it seems silly to take this big a risk when the current situation isn’t that bad.

      • Pat D

        Well NFL owners are just greedy on the “piggy piggy piggy fuck piggy piggy” scale.

    • MannyGeee

      greedy pricks, fck em. you know, they should all follow the example of some true humble american athletes…

      http://www.sportswearhouse.com.....Jeter$.jpg

      http://static.thehollywoodgoss.....action.jpg

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      More money for baseball, the only sport that matters.

  • Esteban

    Hey I saw that some guy was arguing using BA hrs rbis and r in evaluating Cano vs. Kendrick. That was a funny joke.

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

      Yeah, and I just said I’d vote for Kendrick to drive up traffic on a non-game night.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        That’s business.

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

        Yeah, and I just said I’d vote for Kendrick to drive up traffic on a non-game night.

        THERE’S A WAR ON CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

        /O’Reilly’d

      • Rainbow Connection

        I’m waiting for a ‘The Yankees Should Bat Jeter Cleanup’ post. When’s the next off day?

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

          Garth, if I was to give you some money from out of my wallet, would that help ease the pain?

          • BigTimeBartolo

            you sure do like your anchorman references, haha

            • Mojo

              Really? . . . ?

              Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?

  • CP

    I’ve decided to vote for the all-star roster by going back to 25 separate days equally spaced throughout the season. On each day, I will review the games and decide who was the best player at each position on that day and list them on one of my ballots.

    Here is my first ballot (from games on 4/3):

    1B: Miguel Cabrera (3-5, 2HR) & Ryan Howard (3-4, HR)
    2B: Howie Kendrick (3-6, 2HR) & Brandon Phillips (3-6, HR)
    SS: Maicer Izturis (3-7, HR) & Starlin Castro (3-4, BB)
    3B: Alberto Callaspo (3-6, HR) & Pedro Alvarez (3-5)
    LF: Alex Gordon (4-6) & Martin Prado (3-5)
    CF: Coco Crisp (3-5) & Jose Tabata (3-5)
    RF: Nick Swisher (3-3, 2 BB) & Hunter Pence (3-4, HR)
    C: Russell Martin (3-4) & Ryan Hannigan (4-4, 2HR, BB)
    DH: Bobby Abreu (5-5, HR)

    The Angels and Royals played a 12-9 extra innings game so they’re a bit over represented here, but I’m sure that will even out.

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

      Any ballot with Covelli Crisp on it is a good one.

    • MannyGeee

      that is actually a pretty cool little project. although I am too lazy to confirm or try it… but still

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

    Didn’t fill out one ballot. Don’t care.

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

      Seconded. I kind of care, just for fairness sake, but whatevs. I haven’t watched an ASG since the 20th century. (I may have seen an inning or two here or there, but I haven’t “watched” watched it.)

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

        I watch, but half-heartedly.

      • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

        Meh. Baseball >>> not baseball.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          This. It’s the best players right now competing against one another. Although this year kinda sucks.

      • MannyGeee

        only stick around for the HR Derby to figure out who to drop from fantasty after they completely screw up their 2nd half…

    • pete

      that.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      That’s the spirit!

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

        I’m very gung-ho.

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

          I’m passionate about my apathy.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Thank goodness David Cone and Al Leiter will be in the booth for the Subway Series. I don’t know how much more of the Kay-Flaherty super duo I can take.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      I almost feel embarrassed listening to Kay.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

        Embarrassed for him, I mean. He’s just trying so hard in so many ways and still doing a poor job.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Yeah. And he’s running out of new material. I find his new catchphrase “Put it on the left side” to be shallow and pedantic. And if I had a dollar for every time he’s told the bat day story I’d be richer than Carlos Slim.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

            That left side thing is just so goddamn contrived. He can’t read fly balls, he uses so few words to describe the action, looks for any excuse not to talk about the game, completely shies away from any sort of in depth conversation or analysis…

            • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

              “DRILLED TO RIGHT FIELD, and it’s caught.”

              • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                Thankfully you can see the ball’s flight most of the time. Nowhere as near as bad as when Sterling does it.

                • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                  Click on my handle

                • MannyGeee

                  high, deep, caught?????

                  awesome

            • JobaWockeeZ

              You just described 99 percent of the announcers and radio hosts out there too.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        I will never forgive him for what he did after the first game of last year’s ALCS.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

          Kay thought it was over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

        • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

          He did the same shit after the ALDS and the Yankees curbstomped the Twins. Kay saying the series was over was dumbtarded, but I’m tired of the OMG KAY JINXED TEH YANKEES stuff.

    • Sean C

      I kind of enjoyed the “jokes” Kay was making that fell completely flat on Flaherty. The “guy living behind the manual scoreboard” monologue was particularly excruciating.

      • Sean C

        That being said, Cone-Singleton-O’Neill is my YES broadcast dream-team.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

          I don’t like O’Neill much; he’s Kay if Kay were an ex-ballplayer.

          • Sean C

            O’Neill sounds a lot like John C. Reilly. I guess that’s why.

          • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

            I love O’Neill, but he has this bad tendency to not talk about the game ever and basically act like no team will ever be half as good as the teams he was on.

            • DCBX

              1990 Reds, 1998 Yanks… he’s got a point there.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Cone-Leiter-Singleton would be the best in my opinion.

          • YankeesJunkie

            +1

  • Manimal

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=6725133

    Not gonna lie, this is pretty awesome.

    • MannyGeee

      LOL are these the captains for the HR Derby or a chicken wing eating contest?

  • YankeesJunkie

    If the WBC classic were to take place this year in July would anyone beat a 1st team US squad. IMHO I say no. The US team would look to good on paper.

    SP-Roy Halladay
    SP-Verlander
    SP-CC
    SP-Lee

    RP-Lincecum
    RP-Weaver
    RP-Hamels
    RP-Kershaw

    CP-Price
    CP-Krimbel

    C-McCann
    1B-Fielder/Tex
    2B-Pedroia
    SS-Tulowitski
    3B-A-Rod??? or Youkilis
    LF-Granderson
    CF-McCutchen
    RF-Braun
    DH-Kemp

    Bench

    C-Wieters
    UT-Zobrist
    IF-Beltre
    OF-Gardner
    OF-Ellsbury

    You might be wondering why all the relievers are in the pen, but that is just because all the best pitchers are starters so basically any of the first 9 pitchers could be used in relief or starting. The relievers would preferably get the game to the closing duo of Price of Krimbel. The moral of the story is that an “A” US squad crushes the competition in depth wise and would be odds on favorites to beat the Koreans or Japanese.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      DH Braun, put Kemp in the OF.

    • CS Yankee

      No Mo on the list= No respect

      • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

        mo is panamanian

        • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

          just realized that i may have missed some sarcasm, my bad if i did

    • MannyGeee

      Japan would still eat our fetuses… those Asians are no joke in the WBC.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Lincecum over CC is my only complaint.

    • Alfredo

      in my opinion no team can beat an A USA team we would just be to good.i wish this would happen because my parents are cuban and always say cuban are better in baseball, i watch American baseball everyday never seen Cuban baseball except in the WBC and if the USA would have taken the best team we would have won.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob on the roids like Charlie Sheen?

    http://www.fangraphs.com/pitch.....8;pitch=FA

    • CP

      If he his, then he needs to work on his cycling so that he peaks in the playoffs rather than the middle of the year like he did in 2009 and this year.

      Seriously, though, I think it’s interesting that he’s had an increase in velocity during the season each of the last 3 years (August 2009, Sept 2010, May/June 2011). I’m not sure what the meaning of it is, but I find it interesting.

  • IB6 UB9

    With Mitre back, any chance of Girardi going with a 7-man rotation?

    • mbonzo

      No.

    • Kevin G.

      No, he goes to a 1-man rotation. Mitre will be the only starter.

      • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

        for some reason, IETC

  • forensic

    Kind of surprised there’s no mention here of the Yanks apparently thinking about a six man rotation…

    • CS Yankee

      Might as well try it for a couple of weeks to give the studs some time off & see if the boys (fat & Phil) will return to form. CC gets some rest, and Nova stays stretched out.

      I would send Noesi back down to AAA to get him stretched out again or Nova if they don’t want the six-pack of starters.

      So, I’m good either way…tough to mess with success (CC, AJ & Garcia…Nova as of late) and risk a dropoff but I’m not sure about putting Nova in the pen and not having him ready if needed or ramping Noesi to be a starter again this year.

  • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama
    • Phife Dawg

      Did anyone hear about the bitchfest John Lackey had last night about Gammon’s comments about that he might need TJS by August?

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......r-surgery/

      Pretty stupid though by Gammons. How could you prepare for TJS by continuing to send him out there every five days. Makes no sense.

      • Phife Dawg

        reply fail.

      • MannyGeee

        that is like the ultimate douche off… Gammmons v Lackey, fuckwad-palooza!

  • MannyGeee

    so Berkman just hit his 2nd homerun tonight…

    while we only had him for like 3 months, i REEEALLY miss that guy. there are at least 2 starters on the team today I would frame of a crime if it would bring Puma back.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The best part of the Yankees’ current stretch is that they’re finally a team that we actually believe can win again.

    From July 29, 2010 until the end of their six game losing skid in May, the Yankees were exactly 50-50 over their last 100 regular season games. Since then, they are 28-12 (.700).

    Although their inability to win grew strangely after their best stretch of 2010. How they went from an eight game win streak to almost losing eight in a row immediately afterwards. Thank God this is looking like a thing of the past.

  • CMP

    I can’t believe they brought back that piece of crap Mitre.

    The guy is like Herpes. You just can’t get rid of him.

    • Phife Dawg

      Meh. At least he’s an upgrade over Buddy Carlye.

      • CMP

        I think I can say the same thing about my mailman. You’ve set the bar pretty low.

    • MannyGeee

      a major trade at the deadline could serve as the Valtrex to your Mitre flare-up…

  • Monteroisdinero

    Chance that David Robertson eventually takes over for Mo when (if ever) the old man calls it quits?

    At age 26, I think they are pretty good.

    • MannyGeee

      maybe. Soriano’s job to lose today, and Joba’s after that I would assume…

    • Phife Dawg

      Slim chance because he walks too many guys. Chances are the next closer is going to be Joba (if he’s not in the rotation), Soriano, or some one outside the organization (Soria, Heath Bell).

      • DCBX

        Joba’s got the better control, that’s for sure. Get back to me in

      • DCBX

        Joba’s got the better control, that’s for sure.

        Get back to me in 2-5 years when we actually need another closer.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      I think he could and I’d like him to, but unless he cuts down on the walks, he won’t.

  • Phife Dawg

    Did anyone hear about the bitchfest John Lackey had last night about Gammon’s comments about that he might need TJS by August?

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports……r-surgery/

    Pretty stupid though by Gammons. How could you prepare for TJS by continuing to send him out there every five days. Makes no sense.

    • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

      I did. Yikes. I don’t know why the Red Sox would keep throwing him out there if he really did maybe need surgery.

  • CMP

    Anyone know what’s going on with ESPNs website?

    Did the gates of Hell open and swallow up Bristol?

  • Mark D.

    CC was dominant today. If it wasn’t for the third inning, he would have thrown a complete game shutout. That inning wasn’t his fault as it started off with Yuniesky Betancourt getting an infield single despite the fact that if Nunez throw was on target he would have been out. He moved to second on a flyout to center field by Kottaras. Then with two outs, Carlos Gomez had two strikes on him and hacked at CC’s pitch which dribbled slow enough to turn into an infield single moving Betancourt to third. The inning didn’t end there, he then walked Ryan Braun to load the bases. He got out of the jam by striking out Fielder. He threw 22 pitches which could have been 15 or even 10. He not only struck people out, but no one had good contact, every hit by the Brewers was a single and they barely hit it anything to the outfield. He controlled this game, and he could have had a better day with better luck.
    He is getting hot, and if continues to pitch like this, CC is going to rack up alot of wins with because of the run support he receives. He pitches deep into games, so even the Yankees take the lead late in the game there is a good chance he is still pitching thus receiving the win.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I went down the shore and for the lulz I listened to sports radio. I have learned form Mike Francesa that Burnett, an injured Hughes and Nova are better than Wandy Rodriguez, Dan Haren and Hiroki Kuroda.

    I have also learned that Jose Reyes won’t get even close to Carl Crawford’s contract. He’ll be closer to a contract like A-ROD’s. I wish every profession hired idiots so I don’t have to pay for college.

    • MannyGeee

      well son, heres a lesson for you.

      you need to go to college to GET the jobs… but in order to get promoted, you need to be an idiot.

      you’re welcome

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Holy Shiat. I missed the game, was updated on smartphone gameday and the game thread. How awesome was CC. And Booney?

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Wandy Rodriguez just pitched 7 shutout innings against the Rangers. Now his season ERA is down to 2.97.