Game 104: Bartday


Original via AP, Photoshop via Mister Delaware.

Hopefully Bartolo Colon‘s got a perfect game in that arm today, because this lineup … sheesh.

Brett Gardner, CF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Mark Teixeira, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jorge Posada, 1B
Chris Dickerson, LF – why sit Granderson vs. Tillman (RHP) in the day game but start him vs. Britton (LHP) in the night game?
Frankie Cervelli, C

Bartolo Colon, SP

The first game of today’s doubleheader starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

The Experience Update: Via Marc Carig, Sergio Mitre has a nerve issue in his pitching shoulder. There’s no structural damage, but he’ll need to undergo more tests. I’m no doctor, but “nerve issue” just sounds scary. Hopefully everything goes well.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Pat D says:

    That must be why Mitre was so terrible.

    Also, what burger is that? Is that a BK Double Stacker? Couldn’t find a picture of the Quad Stacker? Seems funnier.

  2. Jack Merridew says:

    Let’s play two and win two. Subpar lineup so that means at least 8 RS.

  3. Cy Pettitte says:

    my reaction to that line up

    http://i.imgur.com/6dH4c.gif (sfw)

  4. Jose the Satirist says:

    Has anyone else been a bit bored by this trade deadline? It doesn’t feel like it has the excitement it normally does. I mean that for all teams, not just the Yankees.

    • Steve H says:

      Personally I haven’t been bored (not that much has happened), but I think the trade deadline has been muted out by my interest in NFL free agency. There’s always a lot of talk, but many of the deals that are made/will be made often go right down to the wire on the 31st.

  5. landale says:

    Dickerson is playing because he is the mostly likely candidate to be sent down to make room for Nova after this game is over.

  6. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Does anyone else think Chavez should bat 2nd?

  7. Steve H says:

    That picture is cold blooded (but well done).

  8. A-ROD fan says:

    Ahhhh giraldi rulesss…

  9. wow says:

    How has Britton done lately? Is he still dominating?

  10. Mike Myers says:

    ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian was told by a source that “someone who should know told me that the Yankees are all over Ubaldo Jimenez.”
    It’s the opposite of what we’ve heard from others recently, as both SI.com’s Jon Heyman and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported in so many words that the Yankees weren’t among the favorites. We certainly shouldn’t be surprised, though, if it’s the Bronx Bombers that make what could be the biggest trade of the weekend.

  11. Cy Pettitte says:

    gonna be a big day for Bart if the zone is that big

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh boy, this strike zone is going to make for an interesting day.

  13. Mike HC says:

    Best centerfielder in baseball!

  14. Charles says:

    Wow really the B team out there, Dickerson/Cervelli/Nuny in the lineup, runs are gonna be hard to get today…

  15. Mike HC says:

    I have to say, I’m usually not one for gimmicks or catch phrases, but whenever I hear Colon is pitching, I can’t help but excitedly think, “Bartday!”

  16. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Never let Nunie try to catch a ball.

  17. Cy Pettitte says:


  18. Charles says:

    Wow Jones totally swung on the HBP…

  19. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Nunez.

  20. Erica says:

    Goddamnit Nunez.

  21. Charles says:

    Yay Nunez….

  22. Jack Merridew says:

    Include Nunez in that Ubaldo deal.

  23. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Nunez c’mon man

  24. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fucking Nunez

  25. MikeD says:


  26. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fist pump.

  27. teddy says:

    lets be honest, yanks don’t care about winning with nunez in the lineup. get rid of him, he sucks

  28. Charles says:

    Atleast Bart picked him up

  29. Esteban says:

    I’m shocked Reynolds struck out. SHOCKED.

  30. Just Nod If You Can Hear Me says:

    That’s the Mark Reynolds we know and love.

  31. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Glad we kept him instead of trading for Lee. :/


  32. Pat D says:

    I created a new quiz on Sporcle, all MLB players with 2000+ hits.

    Someone made a comment that Pujols would have to be added soon, and of course Pujols got hit number 2000 last night.

    Some idiot Cubs fan decided to turn the comments section into a forum to accuse Pujols of steroids rather than making actual comments about the quiz. I asked him to refrain and he basically told me to piss off. Needless to say I’m voting down his comments so that they’ll get hidden.

    This is why I hate the internet.

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    these O’s pitchers are just too good.

  34. karel capek says:

    I heard the Yankees are going to make a trade for the ghost of Buster Keaton. I hope Cashman takes a chance on this gritty veteran because I still believe he’s got gas in the tank. His fastball may not be what it once was but he’s still got good control on the curve ball. And another big plus is that he looks like David Cone and he’s a ghost.

  35. Just Nod If You Can Hear Me says:

    Over the middle of the plate?

    That’s a ball.

  36. Brian S. says:

    Who did the Tigers trade for Fister?

  37. Cy Pettitte says:

    hard to hit a ball up the middle and get it past Bart

  38. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That was the fastest Jorge has run in a long time…

  39. Just Nod If You Can Hear Me says:

    Different day, same shit show at the plate.

  40. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

    Robbie is just oh so fucking smooth.

  41. Jack Merridew says:

    That was strike 3. Ump is awful.

  42. Just Nod If You Can Hear Me says:

    Strike six, you’re out!

  43. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Paul O’Neill could still hit a 434 foot homer off Arthur Rhodes

  44. Urban says:

    Vlad makes Cano look like Swisher.

  45. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

    Am I just reading the balls of the bats really poorly or is the ball not carrying? Seemed like both Chavez and Guerrero put a lot more juice on their respective flyouts than where they ended up being caught.

  46. Cy Pettitte says:


  47. Mike Axisa says:

    That … was nasty.

  48. Brian S. says:

    Colon needs to keep that pitch count down.

    • Urban says:

      I can’t tell if Colon is just slightly off, or if the ump has been creating the higher pitch count. Can’t get a grip on his strikezone.

  49. Jack Merridew says:

    Bartolo struck out Markakis but that homeplate ump is terrible. Almost cost him a run or two.

  50. FIPster Doofus says:

    Bunt fail.

  51. Mike Axisa says:

    Huh, the sac bunt didn’t work. Weird.

  52. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    never never never never never bunt with Jorge on the bases

  53. tut says:

    Free outs! Get your free outs here!

  54. Mike Axisa says:

    Dickerson has to steal now. I’m 99% sure he did that on his own.

  55. Kostas says:

    Wow… just saw the line up. Is Joe’s objective to actually win this game or give his elders time to let their vitamins absorb in their system?

  56. Cy Pettitte says:




  57. Urban says:

    It’s a Girardi move. He’d rather sacrifice one third of the offense to put the faster runner on base.

  58. Jack Merridew says:

    LOL, Cervelli hits a double and we don’t score because of that idiotic bunt.

  59. John says:

    Bunting in the 3rd inning against the Orioles??

    doesn’t that compare to waving a white flag?

    Niceee Cervi!!

  60. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    that better not cost us runs

  61. Urban says:

    Girardi’s genius continuing to pay off. If that was Posada, he would have tried to score and would have been out.

    And yes I’m kidding.

  62. John says:

    the closer backstop just cost us a run.

    in the old stadium that ball would’ve rolled away and scored a run…why did they have to make things closer and different in this place…

  63. King George says:

    Question: Going back to what Kay was talking about with a possible Nova/Hughes battle…IF the Yanks get Ubaldo, who would he replace in the rota?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Has to be Hughes. Not even a question in my mind.

    • Jetrer says:

      should be Hughes, but with Girardi’s logic, it might be Colon to the BP

    • Urban says:

      …of course the decision could be made easy if Hughes is included in the trade.

      Agree with MikeA, it’s not even a question. Hughes has been the weakest. Perhaps a trip back to the pen where he only has to pitch an inning at a time will help him regain some velocity and confidence. It worked once before. I want to still see him as a starter, but no problem moving him to the pen for the last two months of this year.

  64. Cy Pettitte says:

    heyoooo gardy

  65. Daveyboy says:

    When did the Yankees decide to start swinging at the first pitcher EVERY TIME? Work the pitch count! And Brett, when you have a 2-0 count, don’t swing at one over your head!

  66. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mark Reynolds must have blue eves.

  67. John says:

    Gardy comes through.

    and now he must steal

  68. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Haha that graphic is awesome

  69. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

    Fatty is throwing a fuckton of pitches here. Not good for twinbill bullpen issues.

    Would Tex have had that ball or was it well out of reach?

  70. teddy says:

    i didn’t know yanks were in the give business, get 2 runs, give 1 run.

    no shutdown inning

  71. Mike Axisa says:

    K, ground out, pls.

  72. IRF says:

    Another popup would be nice right here

  73. tom says:

    Hope the Yankees have some more runs in them. I don’t see Colon shutting them down from here.

  74. Kostas says:

    Bartolo panic sets in and the Yankees cave to Rockies demand for Ubaldo – who performs as expected getting lit up by AL East competitors. Mission accomplished.

    • Jetrer says:

      and why would he be expected to get lit up by AL East?

      • Pat D says:

        Because he’s a pitcher who has never pitched in the AL, has questions about diminished velocity and doesn’t have all that much of a track record of success.

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          Josh Beckett never pitched in the AL before he came to Boston.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          …doesn’t have all that much of a track record of success.

          Except for being one of the 15 best pitchers in baseball since the start of 2009.

          • and he pitches in Coors.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            With a 3.50ish FIP in the NL. He doesn’t pitch deep in ballgames either. I’m not saying it sucks but he’s not a clear cut ace.

          • Pat D says:

            Sorry, I was largely being sarcastic/saying what the naysayers would say.

            Also, I saw an Andrew Marchand tweet today where he said “Big U is hot and cold…has had one ace half in his career.” So that’s where the track record statement came from.

          • Kostas says:

            But he pitches in the NL West. Not exactly even 1 grade below the AL East with three out of his four opponents containing players that would be periodic starters or bench players for teams like Boston, Yankees, Phillies.

            • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

              He also pitches half his games in COORS FIELD. Even with the humidifier, it’s still a huge hitters park.

              • JobaWockeeZ says:

                Even if we put him in a neutral park his numbers don’t increase dramatically.

              • Mike Axisa says:

                People spend way too much time focusing on the negatives and not looking at the bigger picture. You can find something wrong about anyone, there’s not such thing as a perfect pitcher.

                Ubaldo’s young, throws hard, misses bats, signed for dirt cheap. Try to find something better and you’ll be looking forever.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          ” doesn’t have all that much of a track record of success.”

          3.5 seasons at 27 years old isn’t much of a track record? What do you want, every 20 year old to be Doc Gooden?

          ” has questions about diminished velocity”

          He’s averaging 93.4 with his FB this season… let’s not act like he’s a soft tosser.

  75. IRF says:

    How many innings can Noesi throw today?

  76. Jack Merridew says:

    Start warming up Noesi. Bartolo hasn’t looked good today.

  77. ItsATarp says:

    come on Colon

  78. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

    Is being fat a prerequisite to being a major league umpire?

  79. Cy Pettitte says:

    toooooooo many pitches

  80. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  81. Mike Myers says:

    Big K….he has one more inning in him at most…battle of the PEN!

  82. Frank says:

    Colon’s weak performance this game may force the Yanks’ hand to get Jimenez.

  83. Cy Pettitte says:


  84. Mike Axisa says:

    Decline that option and get a gamer like DeJesus in there.

  85. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  86. Jack Merridew says:

    Needed that. Great walk by Robbie, too.

  87. Pat D says:

    Yay for Swish. Please don’t give this one back.

  88. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:


    Chavez is a legit pro too. I really wish he could stay healthy.

  89. Brian S. says:

    Swisher sucks because batting average.

  90. Cy Pettitte says:


  91. IRF says:

    Cervelli’s numbers are starting to look acceptable

  92. Jack Merridew says:

    Banner day for Frankie.

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    Cervelli and Posada are hitting just enough now to keep Montero down even longer.

  94. Rich in NJ says:

    Cervelli needs to get more of Martin’s AB if Montero isn’t coming up soon.

  95. Yardisiak says:

    Montero will get called up soon enough…. By the Rockies but he will get the call.

  96. tut says:

    Cervelli batting over .310 with R.I.S.P.

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    why don’t they shift for Teix?

  98. teddy says:

    cano looks awful, one good at bat, then he has an awful one

  99. Cy Pettitte says:

    Melky would have muscled that out.

  100. Kostas says:

    Mrs. Swish must have given Mr. Swish some comfort food last night. Tearing it up.

  101. Ted Nelson says:

    “why sit Granderson vs. Tillman (RHP) in the day game but start him vs. Britton (LHP) in the night game?”

    Among other reasons–resting Granderson in the sun, maybe optioning Dickerson for Nova–Tillman’s xFIP is a run higher than Brittons’s and Nova’s is a run higher than Colon’s… so offense should theoretically be more important for the Yankees in the second game.

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    that guy got fucking owned

  103. Jack Merridew says:

    Why didn’t that guy put his glove up? Instead, let it hit him right in the face.

  104. Those damn corporates not paying attention to the game


  105. Mike Axisa says:


  106. Karl Krawfid says:

    Right in the face lmao

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

    Chavez #awesome

  108. The Lolineup is doing better than the serious one

  109. Rich in NJ says:

    Two hits for Dickerson, one against a LHP.

    /you can’t predict baseball

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Chris Dickerson’s got a career .341 wOBA in 554 PAs. He’s had two seasons above 1.5 fWAR. I wouldn’t have predicted 2 hits necessarily, but I’m not surprised either.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        He’s solid, does enough of everything to be useful. The Yankees never had depth like this stashed in Triple-A. From about 1999-2008, they always had to scramble for a fifth outfielder or extra infielder after an injury.

      • Rich in NJ says:

        It’s merely a goof on a Sterlingism.

  110. Jack Merridew says:

    LOL, 2nd comment of the game I said at least 8 RS with this subpar lineup. It always seems to happen this way. Tonight we’ll probably struggle to get 3.

  111. Charles says:

    Good to see some RISP hits, w/ 2 outs makes it even more sweet.

  112. Kostas says:

    Unless you can state the obvious like Joel Sherman, you should refrain from watching baseball:

    I have asked no fewer than 10 exec/scouts not working for #Yankees #Rockies is Jimenez an AL East ace and yet to hear 1 yes. Hence the dilemma #Rockies selling like ace, #Yankees not believing that is who he is, especially if has to move to AL East

    • Ted Nelson says:

      I don’t follow the MSM much, but this is honestly the first time I have heard someone refer to Joel Sherman in a positive light.

      I don’t think citing him helps your case.

      If you had an actual statistical argument for pitching in the AL East hurting performance… ok. And remember, as a Yankee he would not have to face the Yankees.

      What you’re using a voodoo argument that he will fall apart in the AL East because you say so and Joel Sherman says so. Stop. It’s illogical. It insults your intelligence and everyone else here’s. Stop.

      It also comes down to someone’s interpretation of an ace. If you want to say he’s not Roy Halladay or Cy Young… ok. If you want to say that he’s not a damn good pitcher, you are out on a ledge.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Sherman’s a fantastic reporter, is one of the very best at reporting the facts. Anytime he starts analyzing stuff … yikes. If he doesn’t like you for any reason, he’ll trash you for all eternity.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          Thanks for the info.

          I should have just said that MLB execs are wrong an awful lot of the time as is asking them a somewhat loaded question, and avoided Sherman altogether.

      • Rich in NJ says:

        Of course, the only issues are what he’s worth and why does Colorado want to trade him given his very reasonable contract.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          My take, for what that’s work, is that Colorado wants to trade him mostly to get a great return. They see a situation where the Yankees are loaded with 3 top 25-40 talents in the upper minors, have questionable SP, and there’s not much on the market. Plus maybe there’s something to them not liking his attitude, so maybe they’re not going to lock him up long-term and dealing him while he’s still dirt cheap could help bring back more value.

          They were hoping that the Yankees or someone else–and there aren’t many someone else’s with this kind of upper minors talent–gives them the kind of package the Indians got for Colon. The kind of package that makes their team better.

          No player is untradeable. It took a few years, but the Rangers are a lot better now than they were with A-Rod, when they were among the worst in the league. Seattle stinks even with Felix. This isn’t the NBA where one LeBron can make you a contender. There are some players whose value is so high that it’s hard to see them getting traded as long as they’re affordable, but Ubaldo isn’t necessarily one of them. I would call him an ace and since he’s 27 the best might be yet to come, but he’s not the best pitcher in baseball or anything like that.

          • Rich in NJ says:

            It should be noted, however, that this supposed quest for a great return happens to coincide with a season in which Jimenez has underperformed while his FB velo has declined.

            For example, on 9/17/11 his average FB velo was 96.47; in his last start it was 93.31.

            That’s enough of a red flag to be very wary of giving up a “great return,” and to be very skeptical of Colorado’s motivation for trading him.

            • Rich in NJ says:

              that should be 9/17/10

            • Mike Axisa says:

              It’s worth noting that most Colorado pitchers have seen their FB velo drop this year, could be a ballpark gun thing. If they trade for him, maybe I’ll look into it further.

            • Ted Nelson says:

              If it’s a physical thing in his medicals or delivery I don’t see how the Rockies would know it and the Yankees wouldn’t see it on tape or when he takes his physical. I doubt the Rockies can do much more than speculate on his velo drop, unless it’s a radar gun thing or a conscious effort to take a little off to try to throw more strikes. Look at how clueless the Yankees were with Hughes’ injury. Could be, but I see no reason to believe that the Rockies scouts and Drs are significantly better than the Yankees’.

              There are examples of guys like Verlander who have velo dips for a year. Guys like Burnett in Toronto who take a couple MPH off the average FB and have better results.

              And he’s still throwing hard even with the dip in velo.

  113. Cy Pettitte says:

    how is there no gif of the guy getting hit in the face yet? come on internets.

  114. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Kenny/O’neil tonight? That should be fun.

  115. nycsportzfan says:

    WOw, Dante Bichette Jr goes 3-4 with a HR today.. Jesus!!!

    Bichette now hitting 619BA 3hr 21RBI 6double 1triple over last 10games, and is hitting 350BA on the season.. GCL scores 10runs again… What a fun teams boxscores to check out..

  116. nycsportzfan says:

    WOw, Dante Bichette Jr goes 3-4 with a HR today.. Jesus!!!

    hitting 619BA over his last 10games.. batting 350BA on the season now… Dudes en-fuego.. 10runs for GCL yanks today.. Fun team to follow…

    • Urban says:

      Totally. Keith Law is still dismissive, saying the real prospects won’t sign until 8/15, so he probably feels like he’s playing against High School competition. He might be right, but can’t ignore how dominant he’s been since his slow start.

  117. Michael Mirabella says:

    John Danks not available according to MLBTR.

  118. Jack Merridew says:

    Paul O’Neill still hasn’t looked at Swisher’s splits. Probably thinks Jorge is hitting better right handed.

  119. Jetrer says:

    wow is Paul O’Neil the most oblivious announcer ever
    Second time that he has said Swish needs to turn it around hitting right handed

  120. Pat D says:

    Hmm. Does this mean Cory Wade is getting sent down? Can he be sent down?

    • Jetrer says:

      I doubt they send down Wade (not sure if they can or not). They probably just want as many fresh arms as possible available for the second game.
      Most likely Dickerson will be sent down

  121. Jetrer says:

    Nice job by Wade

  122. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great job Cory.

  123. Wooderson says:

    i really like dickerson, seems like a good dude. am i wrong to think he could be a nice starter in the NL? looks like he had some good numbers when he had a cup of coffee with the reds.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He was a platoon guy with the Brewers last year, played CF pretty regularly.

    • Urban says:

      It wouldn’t be surprising if he put up a decent year as a regular if he was given the chance. He’s had a couple of untimely injuries, or other events that have not quite helped him.

      Overall he was a excellent pickup for depth, especially since we got him for nothing, also known as Mitre.

  124. Wooderson says:

    can somebody please post a side by side pic of andino’s pictures

  125. A-ROD fan says:

    Why used the only lefty in the first game of doubleheader when the game is 8-3 in the 9th. GIRALDI RULESSS…….

    • Jetrer says:

      would you rather Logan pitch in a more important situation??

    • Urban says:

      Strategic move by Girardi. He removes Logan as an option in game two, increasing the team’s chance of winning game 2.

      It’s also possible he’ll use him again to face a batter.

  126. IRF says:

    No need to warm Rivera, its 2 runners on with a 5 run lead

  127. Charles says:

    Why would Joe burn our only lefty against no lefthanded hitters in game 1 of a double header? Why not throw Noesi, he hasn’t thrown in 3 days and he’s better suited for longer appearances

  128. Wooderson says:

    anybody watching mlb network? theres some sort of baseball game and theres literally like 10 people in the stands.

    • Urban says:

      There’s at least 15 people there.

      I have no idea what it is beyond it’s name: Breakthrough Series Championship. Seems like only relatives of the players attend.

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