Friday Open Thread

Brooklyn forces Game Three with blowout win
Yanks sending Burawa, Whitley, and Claiborne to the Arizona Fall League
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The only think worse than a night game on the west coast is a Friday night game on the west coast. The regular game thread will be along shortly, but for now here’s a thread to use in the meantime. The Mets are playing and MLB Network is showing a game as well, but talk about whatever you want here. Go bananas.

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Brooklyn forces Game Three with blowout win
Yanks sending Burawa, Whitley, and Claiborne to the Arizona Fall League
  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Anyone who hasn’t seen this Bernie Williams video yet is missing out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ata_player

    • Owen Two

      Great video, thanks for the link!

      166 likes, and 1 freakin’ dislike?

      • Brian S.

        A Red Sox fan figured out how to use the internet.

    • Erica

      This is amazing – I teared up. I miss good ol’ Bernie. Thanks for this!

    • nick

      awesome stuff, man i miss that old stadium.

      • James

        Me too. I’ve got no problems with the new one, but the old one was home.

        • The Lazzeri Scooter

          Really a perfect video in every way. Brings out the song in a very special way that epitomizes his career & the Yankees 90s transcendence into greatness.

          Can’t wait till the day the team retires Bernie’s number 51.
          Of course, we’re still waiting for his retirement… ;-)

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      Thanks, I facebooked it ;) By the way, when is Mel Hall coming out with his music video from prison?

  • Brian S.

    I’m on the West Coast so right now it is 4:20 PM.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Spark one up son! Chief it up like Sweaty Freddy!

      • Brian S.

        Imma smoke it up like Phil Hughes. That guy gets down on the gravity bong that Joba left in the bullpen.

        • James

          Phil’s from socal, you know he tried to be cool in high school and had at least one embarrassing weed moment.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    the Red Sox pitching coach said that “(John Lackey) brings a lot of class into this game”

    yeah, ok.

    • Brian S.

      Staring down and yelling at your teammates isn’t classy?

  • Brandon

    Sorry if this is a dumb question but why has Cervelli been playing alot lately over Martin?

    • Brian S.

      Because Cervelli calls a good game. My eyes tell me so.

    • Rigoleto

      The need for intense facial expressions down the stretch. Also, grittiness.

      • The Lazzeri Scooter

        Hey we know he can block the plate as good as Russell.

        Plus, don’t ya think every non-inning on Russell’s back & knees doesn’t have to catch is a good thing, right?

    • Sarah

      Fist pumps.

      Also, he’s been a hot hitter. Why not let him catch and give Russ a little break down the stretch?

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Lackey. Jaso crushed that one. 3-0 Rays.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    John Lackey: Nope.

  • Tom O

    So is anybody else getting tired of Buster Olney harping on the “pitch to the score” thing? (just one example: http://twitter.com/#!/Buster_E.....8162720768)

    Sure pitchers pitch to the score, but I don’t get what he’s driving at, except that sometimes he’ll say something derogatory about FIP or other advanced stats.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Olney needs two twitter feeds, one for breaking objective news and one for his stupid subjective opinions

    • Brian S.

      Tripping Buster Olney >>> The actual Buster Olney. Follow that guy on twitter.

  • Rigoleto

    Anyone hear any followup on Jesus catching Bartolo’s bullpen with Tony Pena et al watching? Any chance Jesus catches all or part of a game?

    • nick

      i believe jesus has been catching bullpens frequently.

  • Alfredo

    I doudt that Montero will even play this series, so he is defently not catching Colon.

    • Tom O

      He’s DHing tonight. Apparently Cervelli was scheduled to catch and scratched, so Matrin is in instead. So looks like Montero won’t be catching unless the cervelli thing turns out to be a legit injury.

      • Alfredo

        thanks!

    • Brian S.

      He is the DH tonight. Martin is catching because Cervelli is a late scratch.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Haha Lackey pulled an AJ.

    • The Lazzeri Scooter

      Actually, in the past two years, Allen James Burnett has been running around in a pretty uncanny John Lackey disguise.

      Considering Lackey has absolutely sucked evey month of the past two years while A.J. was actually pitching effectively for the past two seasons in the first halves, at least.

      Oh, and that World Series Run 2009 helps differ them quite a bit as well.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    I don’t get how ballplayers can take an at bat with a dip in their mouth. I used to dip all the time and I couldn’t do any physical activity while doing it or I’d get nauseous. I also keep waiting to see someone take a big swing and swallow some of that stuff. Even if some of it gets near your throat it’ll make you cough like crazy. Random thought of the day…

    • Felipe

      I could never do it when I played. I had teammates who did though. One time a guy swallowed the lipper trying to leg out a triple, it was pretty funny.

      • Guns of the Navarone

        That’s what I’m saying… I’m surprised that doesn’t happen more.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    John Lackey is like watching a more hilarious version of AJ

    • Guns of the Navarone

      I actually find myself feeling bad for Lackey because of all the personal stuff he’s dealt with this season. AJ’s just a disaster in uniform.

      It makes me wonder what happened to Lackey. We all knew he wasn’t as good as some of the seasons he put up in Anaheim. But the move out of a pitcher’s park into a tougher division isn’t enough to explain his drop in performance. It’s gotta be a combo of everything: not that good, tougher division/ballpark, bad luck (FIP & xFIP not half bad – especially last season), and off the field stuff.

      • Brian S.

        Age? It’s not surprising that he is a worse pitcher at age 32 than he is at ages 27-29.

        • Guns of the Navarone

          It’s probably a factor. I don’t believe his velocity has dropped off any though. I think 32 is still just out of a player’s “prime.” It’s not like he’s in his late 30s and just fell off a cliff. It still doesn’t explain how bad he’s been but it is probably one of the factors.

          • Brian S.

            Age is one of the reasons I hope that the Yankees don’t attempt to give CJ Wilson a long term contract. He is a great pitcher but he’s getting past his prime (age 31 this winter), would cost a first round pick, and has thrown a ton of innings after converting from a reliever. I would much rather the Yankees throw money at Yu Darvish or even Edwin Jackson who could be an effective mid rotation starter.

  • nick

    Cervelli scratched from lineup, Martin in. Jesus DH

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Lackey done after 3 IP 5 ER. 5-0 rays.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Lackey done after 3, lol. 5 ER 5H on 69 pitches

  • Vocabularry

    Melky is closing in on a season consisting of a .300 ba, 20 homers, 100 runs scored, 200 hits, 100 rbi’s, 20 stolem bases, and an .800 OBS
    Not bad for the worst player in baseball.

    • Brian S.

      He has been a pretty good hitter overall but his 5% BB rate and porous defense leave much to be desired. I’m happy that things have worked out for him but all three of our outfielders are better players.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      He’s also got a .346 wOBA, 116 wRC+, a 5% BB/9, and a BABIP much higher than his career norm. It’s impressive but not THAT impressive. But anything would be an improvement over last season… even if he were a bit less lucky it’s still a nice season for him and I’m happy for him.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Well, he was among the worst players in baseball last season. People aren’t making things up when they say that.

  • Hall and Nokes

    The Rays are inching closer to the Yankees for that wild card spot!

    /MLB Network’d

    • Guns of the Navarone

      The Yankees won’t make the playoffs.

      Sincerely,

      Just about every ESPN analyst before the season and every single sports journalist known to man once the Yankees lose more than 3 games in a row.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      My God, did they really say that just recently?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Man, a lineup of 9 Jorge Posadas could do better than this Sox offense.

    • Brian S.

      How does a lineup with four MVP candidates slump this bad?

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Four? How about nine?

        • Brian S.

          Don’t forget the three up and coming MVP’s in Middlebrooks, Lavarnaway, and Bogarts!

          • Guns of the Navarone

            Damn you.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            Ummmm you forgot Jose Iglesias. He already has his plaque made for his induction to the Class of 2035 HOF. He’s the next Ozzie Smith because of his defense and he’s the next A-Rod for his bat. He’ll break he home run record, and he’ll never make an error at short.

            /Peter Gammons’d

        • Guns of the Navarone

          And they’re all named Ryan Lavarnway.

          • Brian S.

            Am I the only one that thinks it is hilarious that someone with the last name Lavarnaway is going to play for a team in Boston? There is a lot of r’s and a’s in that name.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            Ryan Lavahhhhhhhnway!

            • Brian S.

              LAHVAHNAWEIGH!!!

  • CT Yankee

    So the conspiracy theorists are at it again. A report out on espn.com says that MLB won’t green light the Astros sale to Jim Crane unless the team gets moved the the AL.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....son-astros

    Kinda thinking this realignment talk is holding some weight now.

    • Brian S.

      I say bring on realignment. The AL needs another team.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    If the Rays were to overtake the Red Sox for the Wild Card at the end of the season it’d be almost as good, if not just as good, as the Yankees winning the World Series. I’m sick and tired off all the bias coverage I hear and read about from he mass media markets around crowning these assholes. If they fail to make the playoffs I’d love to see all the ESPN and MLB Network guys cry their eyes out during the playoffs and make up shitty excuses on why their beloved sockies missed the playoffs.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I’m praying for the Rays to sweep this set and put the pressure on the Sox. If the Rays could take the WC that would be amazing.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Yep. If the Rays can pull off this sweep they’ll be just 3.5 back and they still have a four game set in Fenway.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The Sox losing the WC this year would be a way way way way more epic collapse than the Yankees in 04, but there’s no way the media will ever say anything close to that.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I agree. Just put it this way, and this may seem odd to make this comparison, but compare the 2004 ALCS for the Yankees to be a quick death (like being shot in the head) and compare this potential epic month long choke for the Red Sox to a slow painful death like starvation or torture. So essentially, which death is worse? A quick death or a slow, painful death?

        • Nuke LaDoosh

          can i choose none of the above?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    according to NESN the Sox have hit less than .170 against the rays this year. that’s pretty amazing.

    • Brian S.

      Rays have the best defense in baseball. They are definitely a tough matchup for anybody.

  • Brian S.

    Bad news on Swisher. Bryan Hoch is tweeting that Swisher felt a sharp pain in his elbow during that throw yesterday and that he has had that pain for a while. He went to see a doctor about it today.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Doesn’t mean anything yet. It’s not uncommon to have a pain in your arm after a big throw. That being said, it did look eerily similar to what happened to Nady. Let’s hope the tests come back clean.

      • Vocabularry

        way to go guns—keep channeling Dougie Howser, M.D.

        • Nuke LaDoosh

          Doogie, rhymes with LOOGY

          • Vocabularry

            Nuke rhymes wirh Puke

            • Nuke LaDoosh

              you know, they don’t rhyme Einstein

    • Mr. Wallace

      Someone is a bit slow on info… Jones is fine by me. At least for tonight.

    • Mr. Wallace

      Someone is a bit slow on info… Jones is fine by me. At least for tonight

  • Hall and Nokes

    Let’s not forget that the Yankees have seven games against the Rays that hopefully they will be able to win or lose at their pleasure.

  • Owen Two

    Can someone please tell me what ‘IETC’ means?

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      I Endorse This Comment

      • Owen Two

        Ah, thanks!

        Final: Tampa Bay 7, Boston 2

        • Nuke LaDoosh

          IETC

          • Owen Two

            Well played, Mauer.