Game 99: Bartday


Bartolo Colon pitched against the Athletics earlier this season, and I think we all remember what happened. It was his best performance of the year, a dominant complete game shutout in which the A’s got exactly two runners into scoring position and didn’t get a man to third base until there was one out in the ninth. Colon was pretty dang good against the Rays last time out, so hopefully he carries that over and dominates a weak lineup. Here’s the Yankees’ starting nine…

Derek Jeter, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Russell Martin, C
Andruw Jones, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Brandon Laird, 3B

Bartolo Colon, SP

The game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. wisekid says:

    7PM??? I thought it was a 1:05PM start?

  2. daneptizl says:

    Game starts at 1.

  3. dontchaknow says:

    Bartday yay. Let’s go Yankees!. That is all.

  4. CP says:

    Can someone please explain the Boone Logan hate?

    Since Boone dropped his arm slot (back on 6/22), here is his pitching line:

    13 games, 10.1 IP, 2.61 ERA, 1 BB, 14 K, 2 HR

    As a Yankees, here’s his line:

    89 games, 66.1 IP, 3.12 ERA, 3.9 BB/9, 8.5 K/9, 0.8 HR/9

    This isn’t like Chan Ho Park who sucked. He’s been relatively effective for a year and a half as a Yankee, and is not even close to the worst reliever on the team, yet people get this visceral reaction of hate whenever his name comes up.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He’s struggled against lefties this year, and his sole purpose in life is to get lefties out. I hate the whole concept of having a LOOGY as it is, but a LOOGY that doesn’t get lefties out is even worse.

      • CP says:

        His purpose is to pitch and get outs an not allow runs. Why can he only be effective if he’s a LOOGY?

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          True, but he is incapable of getting righties out as his career splits will suggest. In general he makes righties look like all stars.

  5. Pat D says:

    Baron Silas Greenback on the hill.

  6. Dennis says:

    Anyone else thinks the Mariners will lose today and get thier first win against us tomorrow.

  7. Xstar7 says:

    The Yankees have alternated wins and losses in their last 6 games. Hopefully that trend continues for just one more day.

  8. X-62 says:

    Does anyone else think that this rumored Rasmus deal to Chicago sounds super light at the moment? I would want a lot more then what is being bandied about.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I’ll be so pissed if they get him for Jackson and Thornton.

      • X-62 says:

        I know I couldn’t believe what I read, we should offer Nova, Logan and Nunez then or something. I thought a Rasmus deal would only happen if some team was going to trade a J Hell type of pitcher from TB or a big time prospect like Montero.

        The good news is I guess that we are starting to hear more serious rumors about players, it’s been pretty quiet this year.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Given the way the Cardinals have treated Rasmus, it’d be fitting for them to get less than his real value in a trade. Idiots.

    • Phife Dawg says:

      If they get Rasmus, then what happens to Pierre, Quinten, and Rios? Either Rios or Pierre is going to be an expensive 4th Of’er.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Pierre’s a free agent at the end of the year; it’s not as if they’re stuck with him going forward.

      • Hank says:

        While Pierre would in all likelihood be the expensive 4th OF’r that’s still a far better scenario than him being an expensive starting OF’r

  9. Cy Pettitte says:

    2 seamer is working today, wow.

  10. Jack Merridew says:

    Looks like it’ll be another great day for Colon. 10+ strikeouts.

  11. Urban says:

    Somehow just doesn’t surprise me Matsui has hit the Yankees well since he left.

    • Mike HC says:

      He was slowing down at the end of his contract with the Yanks. Although he obviously went out with a bang.

      • Urban says:

        I wasn’t implying we should have kept him. He just strikes me as the type of player who will rise to the occassion against his former teammates, more so than perhaps other players.

    • FIPster Doofus says:


      Nice SLG. Shitty otherwise.

  12. teddy says:

    very good at bat, but swing at ball 4

  13. Greg says:

    Granderson’s in a real slump. Gonzalez has excellent stuff

  14. teddy says:

    damm, just gassed him like these 3 and 2 counts

  15. StanfordBen says:

    I forgot I was blacked out until I loaded MLB.tv and heard Sterling’s voice. Ack. A’s broadcast for me again. How many others hate the way Sterling sounds (not just that his play-by-play isn’t accurate, but how he talks)? I don’t know why anyone thinks that a baseball announcer should sound like the Moviefone guy.

  16. Greg says:

    Tex is going to pop up alot of those with 94 on the gun.

    • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka) says:

      His IFFB% has been well above his career average for the last two seasons. Something’s up with his swing. What it is is anyone’s guess.

  17. teddy says:

    is Manny Banuelos peak oakland starter

  18. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Gardy catches that

  19. Mike Axisa says:

    Bah, catch that Russ.

  20. Xstar7 says:

    Goddamn A’s and their two-out rallies. Martin should have handled that though.

  21. Rich in NJ says:

    The throw was good enough.

  22. teddy says:

    damm it

  23. Bronx Byte says:

    Another day of no run support for a Yankee pitcher ?

  24. Doug says:

    90 MPH junk

  25. Jack Merridew says:

    Martin needs to catch that ball. Cost us 2 runs thus far and likely won’t make up for it at the plate.

  26. Greg says:

    Cant lose two of three to the A’s. That’s unacceptable. We’ll see if the Yanlles can come back.

    • StanfordBen says:

      It’s not unacceptable to lose 2 out of 3 to the A’s. Vegas gives the Yanks a 60-63% chance of winning today. At that rate, they’d lose 2 out of 3 in 30% of series they play. Not that big of a deal.

  27. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka) says:

    Lotta two out runs scored against the Yankees lately.

  28. first time lawng time says:

    So is no one complaining about Colon?

  29. Doug says:

    Mike – any chance next year we see Cano-Arod-Tex as 3-4-5? Just not sure a .250 hitter should be in the 3-hole

  30. karel capek says:

    America runs on Dunkin. David Cone doesn’t need to eat food. He’s a robot.

  31. Urban says:

    Paul O’Neill is in the best shape of anyone I know who eats so much. He must have a super high metabolism or works out constantly, or both.

  32. teddy says:

    lol kay, cano always hacking idiot

  33. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka) says:

    Yeah very rarely do you see Cano wave at a pitch out of the zone. Way to know your player Kay.

  34. FIPster Doofus says:

    Mister Swing at Everything strikes again.

  35. teddy says:

    gio nasty today, so if they don’t hit, is a good reason.

    this offense has blown 2 many games prior to today

  36. Doug says:

    is martin allowed to stay on the roster now

  37. Rich in NJ says:

    Martin is a better hitter when he doesn’t pull the ball.

  38. Cuso says:

    Mike, I respectfully submit that Colon’s next start should not be designated ‘Bartday.’

    He’s not first-half ‘Tolo anymore.

  39. Jack Merridew says:

    Great steal by Martin to get in RISP but it won’t matter, we don’t hit with RISP.

  40. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andruw delivers

  41. James A says:

    Brett Gardner would’ve hit a triple

  42. Mike Axisa says:

    Check Andruw out. He’s been hitting lately, very Thames-esque. Turning it on in the second half.

  43. Xstar7 says:

    Andruw Jones: Not the worst 4th outfielder.

  44. Esteban says:

    Eduardo, when he throws it accurately, has a laser for an arm.

  45. Greg says:

    Gardner would not have gotten to that one.

  46. Brian S. says:

    Okay Matsui we get it! You can stop now!

  47. Rich in NJ says:

    I wish Matsui would clog the bases as much when they play the RS.

  48. Dela G says:

    how many more minutes until the mariners blow the lead?

    i say the over/under is at 15

  49. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That looked like strike 3

  50. Dela G says:

    kids are adorable

    although we already knew this

  51. Xstar7 says:

    Lol Pennington.

  52. Urban says:

    For some reason I always thought Pennington was a good defender, but the last I checked his defensive stats he was dead last in the AL among SS’s.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Last year’s great defensive performance might have been a fluke. Pennington has been a minus fielder in all of his other seasons.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Half-season defensive stats are fickle. UZR has Andre Ethier as the best defensive right fielder in baseball, and that is most certainly not the case.

      • Urban says:

        Just noticed this. Yes, I’m not drawing any final conclusion, although I’ll pay more attention to his stats moving forward. Just thought it was interesting. I don’t even trust a single season of defensive stats.

  53. Dennis says:

    Brackman is back pitching. 2ip 3h 1r 2BB 0k. Same all brack.

  54. Rich in NJ says:

    How could Jeter hitting a HR now not surprise everyone?

  55. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mariners already give it back. It’s almose laughable how bad they are.

  56. Dela G says:

    how was that not strike 3 to jeter? damn close

  57. Urban says:

    No way that wasn’t a strike out.

  58. Dela G says:

    wow that was an effing lucky ass break

    jeter went

  59. Rich in NJ says:

    A Jeterian call by the ump.

  60. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow, big break there. Make them pay, Grandy.

  61. Xstar7 says:

    That was strange. Jeter didn’t check his swing.

  62. Greg says:

    Big break. Need to take advantage.

  63. Brian S. says:

    LOL Seattle is already losing 3-2 in the bottom of the first. We better sweep that team.

  64. Greg says:

    Rookie mistake by Laird

    • Rich in NJ says:

      I never understood that. You are faced with similar decisions in the mL, college ball, and even in high school.

  65. Urban says:

    Are you kidding me? Again? Shades of Cano.

  66. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Laird should’ve tagged. Rookie mistake.

    • John says:

      I dont think you can have two people on the same base at the same time…if laird goes back to tag and jeter is standing on second when the catch is made….

      either way O’Neil actually broke that play down nicely. Hell if Jeter still “has it”, he could have tagged from first since the throw in wasn’t made right away…

  67. teddy says:

    not tagging, fucking boubshit

  68. Mike Axisa says:

    Bah, tag up there. Rookie mistake. But it’s baseball and he’s been playing his whole life, can’t make mistakes or something.

    • Doug says:

      jeter too. what’s his excuse

      • Urban says:

        Different base calls for different approach to baserunning. Jeter at second can score if the ball drops, so his job was to get to second if the ball drops. No excuse for Laird. He scores if the ball drops, so he should have been in position to tag up and advance.

    • first time lawng time says:

      I think it was more of a brain fart than a rookie mistake.

      Either way, I’ll give him a pass because not everyone is perfect.

    • Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

      No, you can make simple mistakes, anyone can in any sport; it’s just that chalking up basic mistakes by professionals to being a rookie is absolutely wrong.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        So a lack of experience can’t lead to mistakes? That’s basically what a “rookie mistake” is, someone screwing up because they haven’t encountered the situation many times before.

  69. Kostas says:

    Horrible baserunning. They HAVE to advance there. The Yankees are just awful on the base paths.

  70. Dela G says:

    wow. bad baserunning by laird

  71. Jetrer says:

    WTF is Laird doing? Does anyone on this team know how to run the bases?

  72. Urban says:

    Jeter’s action was correct; Laird’s was not.

  73. wow says:

    this is getting old

  74. Doug says:

    how many more yrs of tex do we have

  75. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex is a scrub.

  76. Greg says:

    This team is losing the series to the M’s. Unbelievable.

  77. Urban says:

    Oh, well. Neither should have been on base anyway. Still sucks.

  78. Brian S. says:

    Mark Teixeira is one of the worst players in baseball right now.

  79. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Teixeira’s average crawling ever more slowly into the abyss.

  80. Slappy White says:

    Tex is KILLING us

    • Kostas says:

      It is not Tex. Remember Jeter is the cause of all that ails the Yanks.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        You do fucking know even in Teix’s second worst year he’s killing Jeter offensively right? You bitch about Teix but you bitch at people who bitch that Jeter isn’t hitting.

  81. Dela G says:

    damn, that sucked ass

  82. Cy Pettitte says:

    Montero to 1st base

  83. FIPster Doofus says:

    5-2 Red Sox. Beautifully done, Pineda.

  84. Jack Merridew says:

    So much for gaining ground on the Sox during this homestand. If it weren’t for Kyle Farnsworth we’d be losing ground in the WC race too.

  85. Kostas says:

    Nice AB Tex…. so let’s see, two on no outs then…. well hit baseball, poor baserunning, and then Tex. Unbelievable!!!!

  86. teddy says:

    lets see boston down 2 runs, they score 3 runs.

    yanks offense blows.

  87. Greg says:

    I dont blame Tex. That would have scored a run if Laird had tagged up.

  88. James says:

    Run doesn’t count if it scores during a force out (the out at first).

  89. first time lawng time says:

    Is anyone else sick of the Teixeira hate?

    He has great defense and great power. Any other team would love to have him.

    Sometimes I feel Yankees fans act like spoiled litle brats who feel no player can ever make a mistake or go through slumps and that the WS is their God given birthright. Am I alone on this one?

    • Rainbow Connection says:

      Just sometimes?

      • Private Hudson says:

        Most of the fans (here at least) have a healthy understanding and appreciation for the game. There is, unfortunately, three or four fans here who clearly don’t know much about the game, or no desire to learn, and have a loser mentality. You’d never want to go to battle with them because they’re resigned to defeat immediately.

        They are:


    • Urban says:

      You are correct.

    • bonestock94 says:

      He’s getting paid like a top tier player, he better perform like one.

    • Doug says:

      “Any other team would love to have him.”

      the sox, cards, and reds say hello

      • James says:

        Doug, way to prove the point. He’s ONLY the fourth best 1B at the position? And? That’s pretty damn good.

      • first time lawng time says:

        Okay. What about the other 26 teams?

        • Doug says:

          for $180M, no other team would want him. not even his current team

          • first time lawng time says:

            Don’t judge a player base on his salary. There’s no logic in that.

            • Doug says:

              why? the yanks didn’t pay him $180M to be the 6th or 7th best first baseman.

              and where’s he gonna be in 3 or 4 more years?

              • first time lawng time says:

                Why don’t you judge a player based on salary?

                Umm because your judging him based on expectations not actual talent. He shouldn’t be scorned becase he makes a shitload of money. He is an excellent 1B and that should be recognized.

                The Yankees decide the salary, not Teixeira. It’s not his fault he makes a ton of money. Do you want him to say during context negotiations, “Oh, no. I’ll only be ranked 8th best among first basemen in fWAR in 2011. So don’t pay me 22 million dollars a year.”

                • Doug says:

                  no, his actual talent earned him his contract. but he doesn’t have that talent anymore. or he’s hiding it very well.

        • Doug says:

          think montero gets up for that

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      Slumping for almost 2 years now.

      For 180 million I don’t think anyone wants him right now.

    • Kostas says:

      Interesting that you would make that comment since there has been nothing but the exact same and MORE towards Jeter all year long.

      So Tex = gets a pass. Jeter = pile on, he is a complete embarrassment. Got it!

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Yeah Jeter sucks in 2011. Thanks for admitting it though.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Tex gets torns to shreds every time he makes an out. On what planet does he get a pass?

        • Kostas says:

          Um, ONLY in the last week has the shredding happened – mainly brought to the forefront by the articles you and Joe did this week. Prior to that, it was just a slump, save April.

          Jeter gets shredded on a ground ball single hit between 3rd and short, just because it was a grounder.

      • first time lawng time says:

        You know what? You’re right. I honestly see no point in moaning and groaning about players and the team in general. You want to vent your frustration? Fine. Understandable, but why do you need to be so frustrated in the first place? It’s a BASEBALL game. Has no effect on your life at all.

        Also, this team has one of the best records in baseball. Most fans would want the from their team.

        So instead of whining about a player sucking, don’t hate them. Root for them. Find the positives in their performance. They are trying.

        Also, people really need to get over contracts. It isn’t a big deal what a player is getting paid.

    • John says:

      i agree.

      cuz apparently great defense is overrated. Coming from a long line of great defensive first basement that made great plays with giambi the only exception, sounds sorta moronic..

      low batting avg isn’t always a bad thing. Seems some Yankees fans want the entire line up with a .300+ avg cuz thats what other idiotic “fans” look at across the country.

  90. Kostas says:

    Seattle’s losing streak continues. You know they will come into NY and at least split with the Yankees. No team is better at helping end losing streaks than the Yankees.

  91. Rockstar4Life says:

    Yankees won’t even face King Felix or Michael Pineda in the Seattle series. It’s going to make losing the series even worse. Can’t wait for the Red Sox to be 7 up by the time the Yankees play them again.

  92. Xstar7 says:

    An RBI single would be appreciated, Nunie.

  93. radnom says:

    Just a heads up:

    At this point in the season Cano, Teixiera and Jeter have all gotten on base at about the same rate. They are all within 4 percentage points of each other.

  94. Cy Pettitte says:


  95. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  96. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  97. Rich in NJ says:

    Excellent misplay.

  98. Mike Axisa says:

    And after all the complaining, the Yankees have the lead.

  99. swishers fauxhawk says:


  100. Jack Merridew says:

    Nunez is one hell of a hitter. We don’t need a fill in for 3 weeks, Nunez and Chavez will be just fine.

  101. James says:

    Willingham needs GPS.

    All of the runs with 2 outs. BUT THEY ARENT TEH CLUTCH!!!!!!1111111

  102. teddy says:

    nice job nunez

  103. James says:

    Any Raphael Soriano updates from the game today?

  104. Greg says:

    In addition, all the runs are coming from the middle to the bottom of the orders.

  105. Xstar7 says:

    Gio’s got 78 pitches through 4. Keep it up guys.

  106. Rich in NJ says:

    Kay has very poor fair/foul perception.

  107. wow says:

    well at least someone’s stepping up.

  108. teddy says:

    next time laird

  109. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That looked like a strike 3

  110. Adam says:

    Well..that is certainly how I remember Steve Howe. Well, that and…ya know.

  111. Private Hudson says:

    Unless, of course, Michael, those friends are listening to the game.

  112. Esteban says:

    The complaints about the offense sucking and expectations of losing the series against the Mariners are fascinating. Everybody knows that the Yankees had the best run differential in baseball going into today and tied for the second most runs scored in baseball, right? RIGHT????

  113. Rich in NJ says:

    Great jump.

  114. Dela G says:

    grandy has range for days

  115. Greg says:

    Man the ball is carrying today.

  116. Urban says:

    Ball really carrying.


  117. FIPster Doofus says:

    Holy fuck, Russ!

  118. Mike Axisa says:


  119. Greg says:


  120. Rich in NJ says:

    Sweet throw.

  121. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Great play by Russ

  122. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a play

  123. Urban says:

    Nice play.

    /captainobvious, part II

  124. Xstar7 says:

    Not this time A’s!

  125. Mike Axisa says:

    Also, I would appreciate it if Hideki Matsui stopped playing like it was 2009.

  126. Frank says:

    Great play by Martin-that said, Bart is getting tagged.

  127. teddy says:

    nice jeter, thanks martin

  128. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Speed + above average OBP = a lot of runs.

  129. first time lawng time says:

    Looking at Blyleven’s stats, I wonder if Pettitte and Mussina will be HoF worthy.

  130. Mike Axisa says:

    Curtis really slumped the shit out of that one.

  131. hip-hip Jorge says:

    How much would it take to reacquire Matsui for this year’s Lance Berkman role? Say sayonara to Posada, or as replacement for Chavez once he gets hurt again.

  132. FIPster Doofus says:


  133. Dela G says:

    grandy man can!!!

  134. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  135. Jetrer says:

    Who said he was in a slump??

  136. Greg says:

    The Grandyman!

  137. Rich in NJ says:

    What an amazing transformation v. even tough LHP.

  138. Esteban says:

    Ohhhhh the Grandyman can. Ohhhhh the Grandyman cannnnnn

  139. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Later, Gio.

  140. teddy says:

    grandy man can.

    ok i should get ripped for ripping offense

  141. Cy Pettitte says:

    slump buster

  142. Jetrer says:

    Michael Kay really needs to learn the difference between Driven and Blooped.

  143. Adam says:

    Damnit, save the runs for the inevitable sweep at the hands of the Mariners! *rolls eyes*

  144. Adam says:

    Umm…did Cocoa Crisp have his neck pierced? Or was that a giant mole with a target tattooed around it?

  145. teddy says:

    giving ball carried, put gardner in for defense

  146. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Patience, Robinson.

  147. Mike Axisa says:

    Does Paul O’Neill do any research whatsoever? He just said Swisher needs to figure it out from the right side of the plate.

  148. Frank says:

    I hate to think of the season Cano would be having if he didn’t give away so many ABs.

  149. first time lawng time says:

    I wonder if this is the stretch where Boston runs away with the division.

  150. Doug says:

    send him 2 outs

  151. Greg says:

    Good hold

  152. Urban says:

    The fear of Gallego was in Tompson.

  153. Doug says:

    send him with 2 outs

  154. Urban says:

    Smart move holding Tex. Led to another run.

    • Doug says:

      or he would’ve scored himself 3 minutes earlier

      • Greg says:

        I dont think so. Tex is a slow runner.

      • Urban says:

        Oh, he would have been out by a bit. The ball went right to the catch. Tex is not exactly a speedster. The third base coach needs to know the runner, the arm, and where the runner is when the ball reaches the OFer. Easily made right call.

  155. Xstar7 says:

    Andruw Jones: He’s just better than you.

  156. first time lawng time says:

    You know, if you look at Teixeira’s stats on fangraphs, he really is not bad. If you go to compare and you look at the graph, he is better than the average (which is what I am assuming the blue line is; I’ve never been there before). And he is in the “good” section in every stat except AVG.

    I don’t see how he “sucks”

    • Doug says:

      nobody said he sucks. and he’s supposed to be much better than average. at least that’s what we’re paying him to be. oh, sorry i brought up the $ again

    • first time lawng time says:

      And his BABIP is awful. So what is that? Bad luck?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      He doesn’t suck. If his average was 30 points higher, his production would be that of an elite first basemen.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Agreed, but I think RAB and YES have teamed up for Tex Hate Week to correspond with YES Hope Week. The big thing I heard is the Yankees are going to take a bunch of Haitian children to the Yanks game, but before they are going to Tex’s house for an earthquake simulation.

    • Frank says:

      It’s called peaks and valleys. He’s had too many of them. Currently, he’s in a deep hole.

    • Jetrer says:

      Doesn’t suck, clearly. Just been struggling a lot this month. Probably more is made of it now because ARod is out, and the offense as a whole has been struggling a bit lately. Yankees really need Tex to start picking up some of the slack with ARod out.

  157. Adam says:

    It’s nice to see the Ervin Santana beard is still alive and well.

  158. Karl Krawfid says:

    Montero just misses HR off Wang, hitting ball off top of wall just above 371-foot sign in left-center field.

  159. Frank says:

    Gotta say I’ve never seen a player wear his lid OVER his ears.

  160. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    We should trade for De los Santos. He throws gas.

  161. Greg says:

    Pitching wins IN THE POSTSEASON Michael

  162. YankeesJunkie says:

    Is it just me or the last couple of starts it has taken about 50 pitches in the game for Colon to heat up.

  163. Mike D. says:

    According to Nick Cafardo, Oakland LHRP- Craig Breslow is a target of the Yankees. Has an average of a 2.98 ERA over the past 3 seasons…

    • Frank says:

      Not surprising. The Yanks have been linked to him before.

      • Mike D. says:

        Only problem is, he’s had a tougher time this year against lefties, than in years past. Not sure what to make of that. Could be bad luck, could be something else. I’m looking for a trade for either Breslow or Randy Choate (FLA).

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      He appears better than Logan as his FIP is below 4 in his career against righties and lefties. So that by itself makes him better than Logan that he can actually go out for more than one batter.

      • Mike D. says:

        Yeah, Breslow isn’t just a lefty specialist. If Soriano and Robertson suddenly got injured, he could be a legitimately solid set-up man.

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          Well that makes him an upgrade over every lefty reliever in the Yankees roster right now.

        • Frank says:

          I have a feeling the Yanks will trade for someone no one has even mentioned. It usually happens that way.

          • Mike D. says:

            Well come to think about it, at Yankees Fans Unite, my blog, I have a post coming out after the game about potential LHRP targets. And I found someone, who I can’t imagine many people have heard of on the Mariners that is a solid target. (and I’m sure it’d be a low pricetag)

  164. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    BABIP is a bitch isn’t it, A’s

  165. Xstar7 says:

    Bartolo for Comeback Player of the Year.

  166. mbonzo says:

    According to the Beyond the Box score trade calculator, Edwin Jackson’s value was about $6.5m, meaning it would take a B prospects pitcher to trade for him. Could Nova or Noesi really cornerstone a deal for him?

    • Frank says:

      I wouldn’t trade either of those guys for him.

      • mbonzo says:

        27 year old with a fastball that sits 95 and a 3.18 FIP, yes please.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          You’re getting him for two months though.

          • mbonzo says:

            He’s also a type B free agent. I’m on the side that thinks he’s a breakout player, you’re setting yourself up for resigning him at the end of the year or getting at least 1 top prospect in next years draft. He’s capable of being a very good number 2 for the rest of the year too, and in my opinion, enough to make it to the WS. Worth it in exchange for a kid like Nova in a pitcher heavy farm system.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              I hear you, I like him too, but I’d hate to give up 5+ years of Nova for 2+ months of Jackson. I’d prefer it to be D.J. Mitchell or one of the Triple-A guys that hasn’t proven anything yet in the show.

              • mbonzo says:

                If the White Sox would take DJ Mitchell, I’d do that in a second, and Kenny Williams might be that GM. It seems to me that theres a lot of demand for Nova during this trade deadline, I’m assuming the White Sox will follow suit.

            • nycsportzfan says:

              i have to agree with you.. I’d like to add Jackson or even Bedard or Anibal Sanchez… Those are the only 3guys we really have a chance at, and any of em are better options as a number 2 starter against offensive teams like BOS,DET,TEX,and PHILLY… Bedard would be a roll of the dice type, but certainly he would be our best num 2 option in the playoffs… I’d shoot for bedard, then jackson then sanchez, and make sure u land one…

        • Jetrer says:

          thats a career best though. Not sure he is likely to maintain that. He kinda reminds me of AJ in the sense that his stuff has always been hyped as being great, but the results generally haven’t matched the stuff.

          • mbonzo says:

            The difference, at least to me, is that he’s entering his prime. His velocity has increased every year, and at 27 he is having a legitimate #1/#2 starter season in regards to the FIP. Yes, theres worry that this could be a blip on the radar, but he’s trended toward this his whole career.

            • Jetrer says:

              Yeah, I would prefer a 2 with more of a track record, but that may not be reasonably available now, so I would take Jackson as long as the price isn’t too high. I would definitely not want to give him a big long term deal in the off season though.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Neither would I.

    • Rich in NJ says:

      I really like what I have seen from Noesi. I wouldn’t trade him for a marginal upgrade.

  167. Urban says:

    You really annoy me, Michael Kay.

  168. Xstar7 says:

    Damn. Just a little too quick Grandy.

  169. first time lawng time says:

    When does Arod come back?

  170. Frank says:

    Tex really needs a day or two off.

  171. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Pennington.

  172. Xstar7 says:

    Nice try, Pennington.

  173. FIPster Doofus says:

    Cue the Price is Right losing horn for that stolen base attempt.

  174. Doug says:

    nice play

  175. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Wow, did that just happen?

  176. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    15 game losing streak for the Mariners. That’s hard to believe.

  177. YankeesJunkie says:

    Great start by Colon!

  178. Will (the other one) says:

    Another really nice day of work by Bart. Thanks, old dude!

  179. Xstar7 says:

    Colon was digesting the A’s offense.


  180. Dela G says:

    my god, the red sox are killing seattle

    jesus christ

  181. Rich in NJ says:

    It’s sort of nuts that Soriano is even being considered for the 8th inning role.

    • Jack Merridew says:

      I hope he gets his job back. Robertson is the better pitcher and needs to be our relief ace to get out of jams in the 6th and 7th.

    • Jetrer says:

      I’d rather DRob in the seventh. He’s more likely to face fireman situations/ key situations earlier in the game than just starting the eight with nobody on.

  182. teddy says:

    why is roberston warming up

  183. Jetrer says:

    Do they really need DRob to protect a 4 run lead? Especially after throwing a lot of pitches last night, I’d rather they only use him if really necessary.

  184. Rich in NJ says:

    Kay is so dumb. Soriano took an ego hit by taking the best contract out there?

  185. Urban says:

    Stop this crap about assigning specific innings to relievers.

  186. Xstar7 says:

    No Michael, Soriano coming back is great so David Robertson can have the higher leverage situations in both the 6th and 7th innings. Soriano can have his 8th inning back. These innings roles are stupid anyway.

    • Urban says:

      I don’t think Kay is capable of understanding that the 6th and 7th innings are higher leverage, or that Robertson is capable of pitching more than one inning, where Soriano won’t. Robertson is the easy choice to pitch in the 6th and 7th innings, although I insist they should not be assigning either to specific innings. Use them in each game when the match up is best, although in most cases that will put Soriano in the 8th. Hopefully he pitchs like he has in the past.

    • Rich in NJ says:

      But if you want to be consistent, then you also need to be prepared to use Robertson in the 8th in those games where that is the highest leverage non-save inning. If that was what Girardi intended, fine, but that is extremely unlikely.

      • Xstar7 says:

        Which is why these innings roles are silly. Soriano and Robertson should be used according to the situation, not the inning. Even if most of the time the innings they pitch in are the 7th and 8th.

  187. first time lawng time says:

    Any chance Robertson wins the DHL Delivery Man award? I can think d anyone having a better season than he is.

  188. Mike HC says:

    I’m with O’Neill. Robertson should keep his spot in the bullpen pecking order.

  189. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Anyone here upset with Robertson in the 8th with a four run lead?

  190. sangreal says:

    I know it is the 8th inning, but do we really need to use Robertson in a 6-2 game with nobody on?

  191. Cy Pettitte says:

    Bartolo is hilarious

  192. FIPster Doofus says:

    There should be an extra channel during games that just shows what Colon is doing in the dugout. I love his antics.

    • Mike HC says:

      That reminds me of something MSG tried years ago with the Knicks when Allen Houston was the best player. And they would have Allen Houston cam, which would just watch Houston all game. Lets just say it was unintentionally hilarious. He would spend most of the game standing behind the 3 point line on offense, then jogging back on defense and doing not much on that end either. One of the sweetest shots ever though.

  193. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Sigh…just finish this inning and call the game.

  194. Cy Pettitte says:

    why are they playing in this?

  195. Urban says:

    Bring in Soriano!

  196. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    This is ridiculous.

  197. Mike Axisa says:

    Sheesh, have yourself a day Hideki.

  198. Rich in NJ says:

    Matsui making a trading deadline drive.

  199. Jack Merridew says:

    Why not send Ayala out there in the rain instead of Robertson on back to back days? Now we’ll have to use Mo in the rain as well.

  200. Jimmy McNulty says:

    That’s two outfielders that slipped on the grass…why is this game still being played?

  201. first time lawng time says:

    The thing with the inning roles though and how you guys say you’d rather have Robertson in the 7th, what about this scenario:

    SP goes 7 innings and Yankees are up 1 run. I would want Robertson out there because that situation I expect Soriano to blow the lead, not Robertson.

    What if it’s the 8th and Soriano has the bases loaded with no outs? Do you pull Soriano? I do.

    Relievers should be assigned leverage roles instead of inning roles.

    • Jetrer says:

      I agree. If there are specific innings assigned, I’d rather DRob earlier, because those key situations are more likely to happen in the 6th or 7th. But leverage roles would make a lot more sense. Can’t see Girardi thinking that out of the box though.

  202. Karl Krawfid says:

    How the hell are those doubles when the outfielders are slipping?

    Why isn’t Martin calling for more curve balls?

  203. Frank says:

    D-Rob on his way to another high pitch inning. Defenitely won’t be available tomorrow.

  204. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Call. This. Game.

  205. Greg says:

    Cant blame Girardi for this. Nobody else to trust.

  206. first time lawng time says:

    This unnecessary appearance in the rain is fucking up Robertson’s stats.

  207. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  208. pat says:

    Filthy changeup. That’s not fair.

  209. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice change by Robertson. However I am left wondering what Noesi did to Giradi’s dog.

  210. Karl Krawfid says:

    46 pitches in 2 days wooo

  211. Frank says:

    He got away with a hanger there.

  212. Rainbow Connection says:

    Sterling analysis by O’Neill:
    “There should be room for BOTH Soriano and Robertson on the team.”

  213. Dela G says:

    where did that miss/?

  214. teddy says:

    get rivera up

  215. Urban says:

    Bring in Mo.

  216. mbonzo says:

    I hate Kurt Suzuki.

  217. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    If they blow this…

  218. YankeesJunkie says:

    Clunkers happen every once in awhile, but hopefully the Sandman can put everything back in place.

  219. first time lawng time says:

    Noooooo. Robertson’s ERA!!

    This appearance was so unnecessary, Girardi!

  220. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe Girardi is dumb.

    No reason to use D-Rob after yesterday.

  221. teddy says:

    roberston had him k, damm

  222. Greg says:

    Again, you cant know whether this would have happened if Girardi hadnt brought in another pitcher to start. becasue its clear that Robertson didnt have it today. So if the other pitcher got in trouble than you dont that Robertson would have stopped it.

    • mbonzo says:

      Why not bring in the “7th inning guy” who hasn’t come close to pitching as much as Robertson lately? Are you really that worried about one of the worst offenses in the AL making a comeback in the 8th with a 4 run lead? Its Girardis fault he’s using Robertson almost everyday, and when he’s not he’s warming up.

      • Greg says:

        Because if Ayala comes in and blows it Robertson would be in anyway? Do you trust Boone Logan?

        • mbonzo says:

          Blows it against one of the worst offenses in the AL. Robertson shouldn’t have pitched today regardless, he’s overworked yet again.

        • Jetrer says:

          Where did Logan come into play. IF Ayala or Wade got into trouble, THEN you could go to DRob or Mo depending on how many outs. There is a good chance you would not have had to do that. To use your best set up guy in a low leverage situation the day after throwing a lot of pitches is poor bullpen management.

  223. Matt says:

    Absolutely NO NEED to use Robertson there in a 4 run game, and not only that but he labored really hard in the heat yesterday and threw 25 pitches. His velocity was down, and his control was off, yet Girardi left him in to throw 30 more high intensity pitches.

    Absolute insanity. Girardi talks about how he tries to not abuse his relief pitchers? That was a Joe Torre move all the way. Just terrible. You can’t trust Ayala with a 4 run lead and nobody on base? That’s ridiculous.

    • Greg says:

      Would you bet your life on Ayala?

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        Bring in Wade and if he gets into truble then use Mo or D-Rob.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        There’s nothing life and death about baseball. It was a four run lead against the A’s and Robertson had just labored yesterday.

        Girardi usually does a very good job with the bullpen, but he screwed the pooch today.

        • mt says:

          Also didn’t Giradi use Ayala in the 17-7 game? Why not Garrison – if not then, when – all those little decisions add up.

          He probabaly will say he didn’t use Ayala because Ayala pitched twice in a row but the only reason Aylala did that was that Girardi screwed up.

          Very strange use of Robertson. He should be down 2 days.

      • Xstar7 says:

        That’s not the point at all. Although I think Cory Wade would have been a better choice than Ayala.

      • Matt says:

        That’s a ridiculous thing to say. It’s a 4 run lead in the 8th inning with nobody on base. That is hardly a high leverage situation.

        You can have Robertson lurking in the background in case Ayala allows 3 straight hits or something. You absolutely cannot have him throwing 25+ pitches for the 2nd day in a row, especially when yesterday’s 25 came in 100 degree heat.

        That was downright abuse of Robertson. Girardi will have to give him at least 1 day off, and possibly 2 as a result of today’s decision, even though the game wasn’t that close.

    • Frank says:

      Absolutely agree with you. Ayala or Wade should gave started that inning.

  224. Xstar7 says:

    Save us Mariano.

  225. Jetrer says:

    Thank Mo for that

  226. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mo restores the order.

  227. Rich in NJ says:

    Mariano Rivera, making managers look smart for 15 years.

  228. teddy says:

    mo being mo

  229. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Two balls that probably should have been caught in normal baseball weather, and Robertson was due for a shit outing…meh, fuck it.

  230. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy shit Devine shouldn’t be allowed to pitch.

  231. Jack Merridew says:

    lol, O’Neill. GAH!!!!!!!

  232. mbonzo says:

    Isn’t this magic anti-sweat cream Michael Kay wants so much anti-perspirant?

  233. Rich in NJ says:

    That’s just unacceptable regardless of the reason.

  234. Pastadivingarod says:

    Lol devine guy should be on major league

  235. mbonzo says:

    Panic over Joey Devine? Could be the Tommy John surgery that he just came back from a month ago.

  236. Xstar7 says:

    Why is Laird bunting???

  237. teddy says:

    lol bunting

  238. Karl Krawfid says:

    Having him bunt on a guy who can’t find the fucking strike zone.

    This is comical.

  239. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Why bunt when there’s a pitcher who is more likely to hit the back stop than the catcher’s glove on the mound?

  240. Pastadivingarod says:

    Wow why bunt here joey why

  241. jon says:

    why the fuck do you steal 3rd but need to be bunted over to 2nd?

  242. Matt says:

    Bunting against a guy who is struggling to grip the baseball these last two days, in a 2-1 count?


    Girardi is making some downright insane moves today.

  243. pat says:

    Nunez with the chutzpah. I love it.

  244. Greg says:

    The bunt worked

  245. Dela G says:

    was that some sort of derek jeter shift??

  246. Urban says:

    Nunie doing several positive things in one inning. Keep it up.

  247. Pastadivingarod says:

    F u seattle keep cliff lee

  248. Cy Pettitte says:

    was that noise Devine yelling into his glove that the mic picked up?

  249. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Clearly, Girardi just wanted to give Mo a better chance at 600 this year.

    • Greg says:

      Mo was coming in regardless of whether Robertson spit the bit I think. He hadn’t pitched since Monday or Wednesday

  250. Xstar7 says:

    Damn you Jamal Weeks.

    He’s just delaying the inevitable.

  251. Urban says:

    Matsui steps to the plate.

    No way he hits Mo.

  252. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cano again.

  253. jon says:

    matsui needs to GIDP out of respect

  254. RCA says:

    That Jamal Weeks looks like a good player. Ironic that they’re best player is a speed player.

  255. Dela G says:

    good god, mo can’t catch a break

  256. Cy Pettitte says:

    this shit is bananas

  257. Rich in NJ says:

    Kudos to Matsui, but his timing sucks!

  258. Mike Axisa says:

    What the hell Matsui?

  259. Xstar7 says:

    Death by cheap singles. That’s the only way you could beat Mariano.

  260. Karl Krawfid says:

    Russel Martin calling the same pitch in the same location over and over.

    • Jetrer says:

      Its called Mariano Rivera’s career.

      • Karl Krawfid says:


        Inside outside up down.

      • Matt says:

        That was when Rivera’s cutter was 93-94 mph. Now it’s 90-91 most of the time.

        Hitters are cheating on that cutter inside and are getting enough of the bat head out to loop it to the outfield.

        When a hitter opens up early and bails on the cutter, you need to throw a few pitches outside. If Matsui takes that kind of swing at a pitch on the outside corner, it’s a ground ball to 2nd base.

  261. ItsATarp says:

    shitty amount of luck today

  262. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    3 cheap hits in a row.

  263. Kostas says:

    Girardi’s in game decisions always borderline, but lately, they have fallen to questionable(read panic)

  264. mbonzo says:

    It’ll be nice to get this Ump crew out of town.

  265. Kostas says:

    Mo has nothing today.

  266. jon says:

    what the fuck mo

  267. YankeesJunkie says:


  268. Jack Merridew says:

    This has gone on long enough. Stop em damnit!

  269. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mo had Willingham struck out. Fuck that ump.

  270. Urban says:

    Stop the hits!

  271. Karl Krawfid says:

    Again, same location.

    He hasn’t moved from the corner down and away.

    Fucking lazy behind the plate.

  272. YankeesJunkie says:


  273. jon says:

    jesus christ

    thank god for teix

  274. mbonzo says:

    Wow, thats a tie game if Tex doesn’t catch that. Saved the day.

  275. Jetrer says:

    Evening out the BABIP

  276. Rich in NJ says:

    Lucked out, which is fine.

  277. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Why else wouldn’t this game end like that?

  278. Urban says:

    Mo was not on his game, but job done!

  279. ItsATarp says:

    BABIP bite back bitches

  280. Jack Merridew says:

    Whew. Girardi forced us to use Robertson and Mo and probably made them unavailable for tomorrow. Bad managing, good result, just how Joe likes it.

  281. Xstar7 says:

    Hah! The A’s got BABIP fucked to end the game. If that got by Teixeira, it’s a tie game.

  282. Rainbow Connection says:

    Why is Kim dressed like Luke Skywalker?

  283. teddy says:

    whew, law of averages

  284. Private Hudson says:

    Always interesting to go back and look at the chatter, and see who are the alarmists, immediately assuming defeat, or simply are always in search of the negative. Perhaps we should have a vote at the end of the season for the “winner” of the RAB Private Hudson, named in honor of the panicky, doom-and-gloom character from Aliens. Probably not the best analogy, since Hudson was an oddly likeable character, even in his defeatism:












  285. mt says:

    To win a game whenboth Mo and DRob struggled big time – whew!

    Maybe some other members of bullpen have to step up tomorrow.

  286. Cuso says:

    Just in time for Seattle to come in & break their losing streak.

    • mt says:

      Unfortunately I am resigned to losing one, especially with Felix pitching one game (his bad results against Red Sox nothwithstanding).

      The one thing that will drive me carzy is if Yanks lose 2 out of 3.

  287. mt says:

    Also first game Bartolo has won past July 5 since 2005 – happy for him.

  288. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, that is a crazy way to end the game right there… THe hardest hit ball off of MO ends up getting us 2outs…lol You can never perdict baseball thats for sure..

    Montero 2-4 2doubles 1rbi today

    • Urban says:

      My guess is we’ll either see Montero in about a week (after the trade deadline passes) or we never see him in a Yankee uniform because’s he’s traded for a front-line starter. I don’t think the Yankees have anything to gain by calling him up this week.

      • Xstar7 says:

        September call up?

        • Urban says:

          He’ll be up in September, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was here on August 1 if he’s not traded. There may be a roster and 40-man issue, especially on the roster side with Soriano and Chavez returning. I just don’t see the Yankees opening up a 40-man roster slot for Montero this week when he could be traded, and there may be incoming players. Things should be clearer within a week, which is why I wouldn’t be shocked if he was on the Yankees a week from tomorrow.

      • ItsATarp says:

        It’s starting to look like we’re giving Posada less and less playing time. I expect montero to get called up soon.

        • Urban says:

          The sun is setting on a great Yankee career. He’s down to his last two months, at least as far as the regular season goes, of being on the Yankees. They’ve given him more than enough ABs. He’s not as bad as he was at his lowest, he’s not as good as he was in June. He is what his stats say he is now, a .220/.310/.375 hitter. They should start moving on to Montero at DH and part-time catching, once again assuming he’s still here next week.

          • Xstar7 says:

            The problem with calling Montero up is that he hasn’t been very impressive this year. A prospect with an OPS around .750 and who can’t play his position very well does not a call-up make. I guess he can’t be much worse than Posada. He’ll likely improve though.

            • Urban says:

              It’s true he hasn’t lived up to expectations. I’m disappointed he hasn’t built off his strong 2010 campaign, but he is still a major prospect and while he hasn’t been great, he also hasn’t been bad. It’s worth a look because Posada and Martin’s bats have not been good. He’s not going to hurt the Yankees with his bat considering the ABs he’ll be replacing, and he might really help them.

              It’s time.

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