Game 34: Andy’s Back

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I still can’t believe that Andy Pettitte is going to start today for the Yankees. The New York Yankees, not a minor league team with the same nickname, not an American Legion team, not an adult league. The New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. I don’t know what to expect, but I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a regular season game. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
DH Eric Chavez
Russell Martin

LHP Andy Pettitte

This afternoon’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy, this should be a lot of fun.

Roster Move: As expected, Cody Eppley was sent down to Triple-A to clear a 25-man roster spot for Pettitte. Mariano Rivera wwas transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot.

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  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wilson Ramos torn ACL for the Nats. Trade Frankie so we can steal Clippard back?

    …just kidding ….I know they’d never.

    But Cash might wanna pounce to get value.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Oh yeah…super excited for today too, by the way.

    • OriginalMe

      I’m not particularly fond of the idea, but with Jesus Montero itching to come back to the Yankees, (seriously, it’s like we sent him down for assignment) I wouldn’t be too saddened at his loss- even though I am a big Cervelli fan.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      In a heartbeat

  • SoonerYankee

    Welcome back old friend!

  • Havok9120

    Andy Pettitte, y’all.

    Andy. Freaking. Pettitte.

  • Cbeck3

    Good luck Andy!

    Go Yanks!

  • Gone Phishin’

    Over under on the times Michael Kay says ” Andrew Eugene Pettitte”?

    • Havok9120

      Ouch. That’s tough.

      All depends on how good he is today.

      • flamingo

        Suzyn’s holding at about five already.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          and she’s crying.

          • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

            Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

              Oh MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Gone Phishin’

      Think I’ve got 2 thus far

  • TomH

    Fingers crossed, big game.

  • forensic

    Would’ve rather seen jones in the lineup over Chavez but hopefully they’ll take care of mill wood pretty well anyway.

  • StanfordBen

    “I don’t know what to expect, but I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a regular season game.”

    Jesus vs. the Red Sox last year? But yeah, I’m pretty excited for today.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Literally giddy with excitement right now.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Can we just start the game, for the love of GOD!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sansa

    The Stadium is a different stage than the minor league parks but Andy should feel nice and comfortable at home against a weak lineup.

  • jjyank

    If there are any moms in the house, happy Mother’s Day!

    And for everyone else, happy Andy Day!

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      I’m going to put the over/under of moms in this thread at a cautiously high 1.5

      • jjyank

        Haha yeah I doubt there are, but you never know.

        • OriginalMe

          I love how 1.5 is cautious… but I’m going to say -0.5 over / under is better.

      • boogie down

        This made me laugh. Nevertheless, I echo jjyank’s sentiments.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    With all these young pitchers either getting hurt or not living up to expectations, it’s great to get Mr dependable Andy Pettitte back to show them how a real champion gets it done.

    • forensic

      And what if he gets hit around a bit and Phelps comes in and throws 4 shutout innings?

      His name doesn’t automatically put a good performance out there.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        I’ve usually got no problem with being the voice of reason, but dude…not cool..

        • jjyank

          Yeah, let us revel in the glory of Andy’s return a little bit.

        • forensic

          Just being realistic and tempering expectations a bit.

          I hope he dominates for 7 innings, just not real optimistic about it.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Live look in, he looks the same…

    excellent catch by swish to start us out.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    strike 2 was just straight paint.

  • flamingo

    Wooooohoooooooo. Awesome way to start!

  • forensic

    Smooth there Jeter!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Vintage Andy DP. Thanks, Captain – well turned!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      No, you vile creatures. DP stands for double play.

      • OriginalMe

        I think this warrants a head-desk / eye-roll moment.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          Probably…

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

    This is awesome.

    • forensic

      Thought you said you couldn’t watch today’s game?

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

        I’m leaving in about 15 mins.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          It better be a mom related reason you can’t watch today, that is the only valid excuse today.

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

            It is.

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

              More power to ya then :)

    • OriginalMe

      You can say that again.

      • Havok9120

        This is awesome.

  • Sansa

    Andy is looking good just like old times.

  • OriginalMe

    Alrighty folks, Andy seems to be poised to not take years off my life.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      I’m not going to lie, I started to get nervous after the first fly ball and he looked really shaky with the walk in the 2nd AB but, we shall see.

  • jjyank

    Man it feels so good to see #46 back on the mound.

  • forensic

    Alright offense, time to take care of business and make it a blowout early!

    • forensic

      Not quite what I had hoped for. Maybe next inning…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Oh my God! Kevin Millwoid unretired today too!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Really? Scouting Report? … “Former Brave”

  • Betty Lizard

    OK, I admit it. When Andy took the mound I squealed. And cried. Hopeless fan girl. Best Mother’s Day ever.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Are you a mom?!?! maybe my over/under of 1.5 wasn’t that bad.

      • Betty Lizard

        Totally a mom. All grown though, thank the gods and all humanist principles.

      • forensic

        My wife (a newish mom) is sitting next to me. If I hand her the laptop does that count for you?

        • jjyank

          She would have to make a comment though.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            If she does the over will have been reached and I will be impressed.

          • forensic

            Well, when Pettitte walked out of the tunnel just before starting the game, she said:

            “He’s an old man, I hope someone made sure he peed first.”

            Does that count? :-)

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

              Your wife sounds like an awesome lady, because that is funny.

              • forensic

                Yes, yes she is. And with my 6 month old baby boy napping on her right now it’s even better. :-)

                • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

                  Well, happy first mothers day for her :) I hope you took care of her, gift wise.

                  • forensic

                    Yup, nice necklace with his name in it.

                    I love having a wife who’s willing to help with gift ideas and even picking them out. Not like some of those women who just say ‘You should know what I want’ or stuff like that.

                    • jjyank

                      Very nice. And agreed on the last part, I’m terrible at coming up with gift ideas, be it girlfriend, parents, brother, etc. It’s much easier when my girlfriend is just like “hey I could use this”.

                    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

                      wow, that’s actually really nice. Well done. and yeah, it is much easier when the girlfriend/fiance/wife will at least give you a hint.

            • jjyank

              Haha that’s hilarious. Totally counts.

    • OriginalMe

      Who was the guy who put up a 1.5? Your pick is in danger…

  • OriginalMe

    That young lady better remember this day as the day Derek Jeter gave her a pink bat. Wait a minute…

    • jjyank

      Better than a gift basket.

  • OriginalMe

    I don’t know why but when A-Rod wears pink it makes me snicker.

  • forensic

    Yikes, those are some seriously pink cleats Montero…

  • jjyank

    Text poll: I gotta go with out-dueling Smoltz in 1996, that was an unreal game.

  • flamingo

    Jeter’s making sure Andy does good today, huh.

  • jjyank

    Andy looks good I think. Not dominating, but his curve has the same old bite, he’s hitting 90 in the fastball….I like.

    • forensic

      Eh, I have the opposite thought so far. 2 walks, one ball hit to the top of the wall in right, a rocket liner to Jeter, another hard grounder toward the middle.

      • jjyank

        His command is off, but that doesn’t surprise me. His stuff looks good I think.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        I’m right in between you two, probably leaning towards forensic a little bit, he looks a little off, but I have no problem believing he can find it and actually start dominating a little bit.

  • Dela G

    his veocity looks great, too

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Andy with the no-no through two =P

    • Kevin G.

      Oh no you jinxed it!

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        OH NOES!!!!!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Well if Tex is gonna make an out, at least it was oppo field.

  • forensic

    Ok, who are these hitters and what have they done with the guys who’ve destroyed Millwood over his career???

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    What’s better than two no-hit innings? Two PERFECT innings. GO MILWOOD!!!!!!!!! YAHSAYYYYY!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    How/why does Kevin Millwood look so good against us so far…

    • jjyank

      Maybe he likes pink?

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Wow the Twins are terrible…I almost feel terrible that we only split with them. They allow the most runs in baseball, and score the fewest…

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      They’re on pace to win about 44 games this year. They’re as close to a bye as you’ll get in this game.

      • jjyank

        Wow really? I’ll be right back, I gotta go post that on my Twins fan friend’s facebook wall.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        wow…that has to be the lowest win total since the schedule went to 162…

  • Tom

    Why is Millwood allowed to go to his mouth while standing on the mound? He did it at least once last inning and I though the ump was supposed to call an automatic ball when it happens (unless they allow to due to cold weather)

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Usually before the game the pitcher asks the ump if he can, and the Ump will say yes/no…and will tell the pitcher if he changes his mind.

  • Sansa

    Andy’s getting a lot of weak groundballs. This is a weak lineup at home. Great decision to make this his debut to allow him to ease in.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    This is amazing.

  • forensic

    Now that was a better inning, though it was the bottom of the order.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Holy 1998!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Wow, Ok, now Andy is starting to look great!

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is so epic.

  • joek

    Pitchers duel Andy pettitte Kevin Millwood who’d thunk it??
    /98

  • Dela G

    lookin sharp

  • chcmh

    All’s right with the world today

  • http://wwww.theyankeeanalysts.com Steve S.

    I still can’t get over that ‘Oldest pitchers’ list. Three of the 7 oldest are just 37, which doesn’t seem that old to me. Moyer’s an anamoly, and there are just 3 other starters in all of baseball above 38?

    Young man’s game.

    • jjyank

      Old man’s game compared to other sports though.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Yeah, most sports you’re considered old by 30, baseball you’ve probably got a good 5 years after that where you can be reasonably productive.

        The difference though is that in other sports you start at the highest level by age 22, baseball it’s usually 24-26. Especially for a pitcher.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Loser of this game: the pitcher who realizes it’s 2012 and not 2002 first.

    • jjyank

      Hopefully Millwood is realizing this now.

  • flamingo

    Missed you, Chavez!

  • jjyank

    Yeah Chavy!

  • forensic

    Hey, figures the one guy in the lineup that I said I would’ve preferred to take out is the only one who’s shown up the first time through…

  • Dela G

    no more no no!

  • Reggie C.

    Millwood still around?

    Wow. I thought he had retired a couple years ago.

  • Reggie C.

    Millwood looks like he’s gain a few pounds since his Orioles days.

  • forensic

    Ok, this is where the blowout begins!

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I’m all for the Time Machine Yankees. Let’s set the clock back to 98 for Alex, Jeter, Andy, Mo, Chavez, and Jones.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Mo :'(

    • jjyank

      Can you imagine? We could trade Grandy for a huge bounty too if we had 1998 Andruw in CF.

  • StanfordBen

    Good at bat by Jeter so far.

  • Sansa

    Milwood’s trying to blow him away with the high fastball but it ain’t working. Good at bat by Jete.

  • forensic

    Ugh…

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    …and that why you start the runners.

    • StanfordBen

      Chavez and Martin? Probably the two slowest runners in the lineup.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Jeets doesn’t strike out alot though. Odds are higher that he puts the ball in play than strike out.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        Yeah, but remember who is behind the plate for the Mariners.

        • forensic

          And yet for all the talk about him they’ve run just once in a game and a half against him. Kind of frustrating.

      • forensic

        Tex is much slower than Martin.

        • jjyank

          That too. Martin can actually sneak a few steals in once in awhile, he’s not that bad.

  • jjyank

    Balls.

  • jon

    alight the whos our captain chant is pretty annoying

    • UNCC Josh

      I was thinking the same thing, and it lasted the whole at-bat.

  • http://wwww.theyankeeanalysts.com Steve S.

    @JackCurryYES: Seven of the nine Mariners in the lineup had never faced Pettitte before 2day. Only Ichiro (16 for 40) and Saunders (1-5) have faced him

    Wow, shows how young Seattle is. Andy takes one year off almost the entire team hasn’t faced him

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    wow…who ever made the comment about Jesus’ spikes wasn’t kidding. they are PIIINK.

  • Gone Phishin’

    Cone, Pettitte, Clemens, El Duque, Wells?

  • chcmh

    Ok, the pink spikes? Didn’t this guy learn anything in the Yankee org?

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    wooooooooooow were did ball three miss?

  • flamingo

    Ugh.

  • jjyank

    Damn it.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    welll….there goes all the happy feeling…

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking Smoak

    • jjyank

      I know, I was this close to cracking a joke about how a few years ago a “Smoak-like bat” was the golden standard for prospects, and then….that.

  • Sansa

    Damn it. That ump didn’t call a clear strike 3 and it cost Andy 2 runs.

    • StanfordBen

      I thought it was a strike initially too, but the aerial view pretty clearly showed it went around the plate.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    seriously, if the ump had rung up Montero on what I thought was strike 3, that never happens.

    • jjyank

      True. It was reeeeal close, I feel like usually a vet like Pettitte gets that call.

  • jjyank

    Can we please start beating up on Millwood now?

  • chcmh

    time to support andy, boys

  • Billy Shears

    Wells, Pettitte, Cone, Key, and Sanderson

  • Dela G

    smoak killed that one

  • flamingo

    Well, this way we’ll win every game of the series 6-2.

    • jjyank

      That’d be pretty cool. Has that every happened before?

      • flamingo

        No idea! I imagine not? Seems like such a fluke.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Couldn’t of looked worse on that at bat

  • forensic

    Ok, offense, this is embarassing.

    • Dela G

      it’s one freaking game, how is this “embarrassing??”

      • forensic

        I’m only talking about one game, where did I say anything other than that? And one hit in 4 innings with 3 K’s against Millwood is embarrassing.

        • forensic

          And, if you don’t even just want to go by the results, I only remember one hard hit ball (the one hit). Other than that it’s been easy grounders and routine flyouts.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        I’m usually very positive minded with the Yankees, but Millwood is not a good pitcher, this is a pretty embarrassing performance by the offense so far.

        • jjyank

          Yeah, it’s hard to watch them struggle against a pitcher like Millwood. Still though, this is a team that can hang 5-6 runs in an inning real quick. I’m pretty confident they’ll break through.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Stop sitting fastball.

  • jjyank

    Jeez Millwood is making them look like…well, like the Mariners offense. Either that or the Yankees are making Millwood look like Halladay.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Andy really doesn’t deserve to be loosing this game. I mean I’m only listening, I’ve had a couple live look ins, and the only two hard hit balls were to open the game by Ackley and the homer by Smoak.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      It’s only the 5th.

  • flamingo

    Thanks for the out, Mariners!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    wow as of this morning the division leaders are as follows:
    AL East: Baltimore
    AL Central: Cleveland
    AL West: Texas
    NL East: Washinton
    NL Central: St Louis
    NL West: Los Angeles

    If you were to tell me that this would be the case in mid-may the only two I’d believe would be Texas and St. Louis.

    • jjyank

      Haha true. I could have bought Washington though, the Phillies are overrated, the Marlins still have plenty of holes, and the Mets aren’t good either. So it’s really just the Braves, no?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        I thought the Phillies’ pitching staff would carry them till they made a trade for some offense.

        • jjyank

          Yeah, but they’d have to make a couple of trades. All their good hitters are old or injured. Remember when Cliff Lee went to Philly because the Yankees were too old? Good times.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            “what do you mean old OR injured”-Chase Utley

      • flamingo

        Yeah, I thought Washington might contend. They are looking better than I expected, though. Interleague play against them will be fun.

        • jjyank

          I got tickets to one of those games!

  • chcmh

    martin and jetes have perfected that move

  • flamingo

    Ha, Tex beat that out? No way!

  • Cy Pettitte

    MT25 with the speed

  • forensic

    Three of Tex’s last four hits have been 2 swinging bunts and a dying quail blooper…

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Love those wall banging singles lol.

  • flamingo

    Alright, let’s get to Millwood now.

  • Dela G

    check swing single? i’ll take it

  • jjyank

    Looong single. Hopefully we get this train going now.

  • forensic

    Ok, NOW is the time to get something on the board.

    PLEASE!!!

  • jjyank

    Ha how crazy is it that I actually want Ibanez up in this situation?

  • Dela G

    nice job swish!

  • flamingo

    Bases loaded, no outs. C’mon, Yanks.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    We have to make this pay off.

  • forensic

    Gotta put up a crooked number now. Bases loaded, 0 outs. Do it up!!!

  • Dela G

    lets get a run!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Chavez…you have to put the ball in play there…terrible AB.

  • chcmh

    cone is a god in the broadcast booth

  • jjyank

    Damn it Chavez, that was RIGHT down the middle. If Martin hits into a double play now I’m going to scream.

    • forensic

      Inside edge, not down the middle.

      • forensic

        but, still needs to protect on 0-2.

        • jjyank

          Didn’t look like a particularly close pitch to me, though the camera angle on TV is tilted. Wayyy to close to take on 0-2 though. Belt high as well.

  • forensic

    Ugh, wish it was a different part of the lineup batting. Please just don’t GIDP Martin.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      who remembers when people were begging for this part of the line up because they didn’t want alex/robbie/tex up in this spot.

      • Havok9120

        Everyone except the people who were doing it.

  • Dela G

    chavez you have to protect at 0-2…

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Good eye Martin :)

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      I mean that’s the exact same pitch that Jesus walked on, so at least the zone is fair.

  • Cy Pettitte

    great AB Russell

  • Sansa

    Whew. We scored without a hit. Now Jete can get the big hit we need.

  • flamingo

    That was NICE.

  • forensic

    Ok, it’s a start! Please don’t repeat your last AB now Jeter. You’re about due for a hit in this game at this point.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Russel seeing those pitches well

  • Dela G

    that pitch looked very close… but i’ll take it!

  • flamingo

    BAD JETER. NO.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Fuuuuuuuuuck

  • jjyank

    Damn it. At least they got 1…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter you gotta be kidding me

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    GOD DAMNIT DEREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BASES LOADED WALK AND YOU SWING FIRST PITCH??!!?!?!?!

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      a couple weeks ago I was talking to somebody about derek swinging at the first pitch to often, this is EXACTLY what I was talking about.

      • jjyank

        Devil’s advocate, maybe what Jeter is thinking is that after walking in a run, Millwood is likely to cruise a fastball down the middle to the next batter to get ahead quickly.

        No idea if that’s the case, just a thought.

      • flamingo

        I think, over his career, he’s something like a .380 hitter on the first pitch.

        Not going to deny that it’s extremely annoying, though.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          That’s all well and good but the guy just walked in a run. literally one batter before. There are times to first pitch swing…that is not one of them.

  • aRX

    ………….

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jesus Christ he just walked in a run Jeter.

  • Sansa

    Damn it Jeter. He’s a rally killer today.

  • forensic

    Jeter needs that pink bat back. At least that one only had a K in it, not two GIDP’s like this one.

  • oldmanalex

    jeter of old is back

  • Dela G

    wow thanks jeter

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    At least we got 1 run and there’s no way Millwood gets away with that again.

  • jjyank

    Wow Swish, nice play. Way to hold Ackley to a single.

  • forensic

    5 outs on 12 pitches in 3 AB’s for Jeter. Yuck!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Ok andy, get a quick inning then lets actually get some offense together. and next time if/when a yankee comes up with the bases loaded after the pitcher has walked in a run he doesn’t hit into a first pitch DP…

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck…….

  • aRX

    …fuck.

  • jjyank

    Sigh.

  • cjc

    yankee stadium’d

  • Hummingbird S.

    I guess they will be tipping their caps to milwood, right?

    • TomH

      Unfortunately yes, he could well turn out to be the Old Timer Hero of the game.

      Jeter abominable, and that last swing ARod took, last at bat, was pitiful.

  • Sansa

    Andy just didn’t have it today. And neither did the offense.

  • dontchaknow

    doink

  • jjyank

    “DOINK”

    -David Cone

  • Dela G

    andy can’t get anything going for him lucky wise

    • forensic

      Lucky wise? They’ve been hitting the ball hard all game off him. He’s lucky it’s not a better offense and he’s not out of the game already.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Like I said earlier, I’m only listening to the game, but up until this inning I feel like Andy pitched very well besides the pitch to open the game to Ackley and the homer to Smoak.

        • jjyank

          Off topic for this particular discussion, but do you ever get a day off? It seems like you’re always at work and confined to the radio.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            Haha, actually no. I work 7 days a week, it just always happens that I’m working during the game. It’s nothing new though, before this I was delivering pizza and except for 1 of 4 seasons of doing that I was working nights so I listened to the game most of the time there.

            • jjyank

              That’s rough dude. Do you work full shifts, or do you at least work shorter shifts and more days?

  • Karl Krawfid

    I blame Jeter.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    So that ball went what, 314 feet 2 inches?

    • TomH

      About 18 feet longer than some of those Yogi used to hatchet chop down the right field line, in the post-1937 Stadium.

  • flamingo

    Ugh.

    (Ha, I tried to post my comment just saying “Ugh” and I got an error message saying “It looks like you already said that.” Ha. This game’s got some ugly in it, what can I say.)

  • forensic

    Yup, Pettitte getting smacked around a bit now. I guess the wind is just blowing out though, right? ;-)

  • V

    Ugh. This is one of those games where the pitcher has looked a lot better than the results. Two dinky HRs. Ugh.

    • Hummingbird S.

      I dont know about that.. Andy’s stuff is supbar and his command is simply not there.. a lot of 85mph fastballs up in the zone or in the middle

    • forensic

      Totally disagree.

      • V

        I’ll let you know if I ever want your opinion. (Hint: Don’t wait for it).

        • forensic

          Ah, extremely mature. It’s not like when you post on a blog comments section that you should expecct people to respond to certain comments or anything…

          • V

            Are you -ever- not negative? Life isn’t meant to be lived that way, d00d.

            • forensic

              It’s being realistic. There isn’t much to not feel negatively about in this game. When good stuff is happening I call that too. I just don’t look at everything through pinstriped glasses like so many people here…

              • V

                ‘Realistic’? Really? You’re like the #1 Pessimist.

                Not everyone who sees potential positives is looking through ‘pinstriped glasses’. You don’t have to combat optimist by being an asshole.

                • forensic

                  It’s a blog comments section and I gave my opinion on something with a comment. How is that being an asshole?

                  Responding to someone with I’ll let you know if I ever want your opinion. (Hint: Don’t wait for it). is much more assholish, but whatever, go on believing whatever you want.

                  • V

                    cool story bro

                    • Spiff

                      Hate this response to whenever someone gets out-reasoned.

                    • V

                      Out reasoned? Really? This d00d’s negative 100% of the time, day in, and day out.

        • jjyank

          If you don’t want people to comment on your statements, then maybe internet blogs aren’t for you.

          • V

            Yes, I enjoy reading posts by idiotic trolls. That’s one of the things I love most about the internet.

            • forensic

              Yay, I’m an idiotic troll now too!!!

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Not really. He’s been kinda lucky all game. Those two HRs were dinky though.

  • Sansa

    Get him out of there and put Freddy in. Andy doesn’t have it.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Up until this inning Andy looked OK, which is nice.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, I’ll give him a mulligan for his first MLB start since 2010.

  • Athenian

    Not really a great entrance for Andy. Kind blew this one.

  • Athenian

    Offense needs to pick it. It is just Kevin Millwood!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Kinda wish Jorge was here to catch Andy.

  • Sansa

    Martin and Andy just aren’t on the same page. Girardi might give Chris Stewart a chance next time around since he works so well with CC and is swinging a better bat than Martin.

  • forensic

    Geez, get him out of there already while the game may still be within some semblance of reach!!!

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Maybe Girardi thinks that “hey, if we hit into a DP with the bases loaded, they have to as well.”

      I still feel better about this start for Andy than you do though. I feel like you were expecting him to fail so you look at this start through a bad light.

      • forensic

        Yes, I expected bad, and that’s basically what it was. 6 innings, 10 baserunners, 4 runs, and 2 K’s against their offense is pretty bad.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          Yeah, the final line does look bad, but up until the 6th inning I feel like he pitched well…yeah the sixth got a little ugly. through the first 5 though 5 baserunners? Not bad

        • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

          It was his first start back and he gave up several ground ball singles, a cheap homer, and got screwed by a strike 3 non call. He also induced 2 DP’s. He wasn’t great, but geez, give the guy some credit.

          • jjyank

            I agree with that assessment. He wasn’t great, but I think he showed that with a little more seasoning he can be perfectly serviceable. It’s just first start in a year and a half, I’m willing to give him a mulligan.

            • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

              Seasoning isn’t the right word.

              Appearances maybe

              • jjyank

                Yeah, I guess “seasoning” is more for younger guys. But you get my point.

          • forensic

            The non-strike 3 looked like it went around the plate. He also gave up some hard grounders, ripped line drives, and another ball caught at the top of the wall.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Another fucking cheap hit.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Just take him out, it’s not worth it. Plenty of arms in the pen.

  • jjyank

    That was a sweet double play.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Teix is just amazing on D… wow

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Yay for double plays.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Time for rally to save Andy

  • chcmh

    andy looked good. mixed his pitches well. ran out of gas around 70 pitches. a little run support and he leaves with lead. andy always needs run support. saw a lot of the old pettite out there. i’ll take it.

  • flamingo

    What is with all the double plays?!

    • flamingo

      The ones we’re hitting into, that is.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck this game.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    for the love of god. can we stop first pitch swinging after a walk?!?!?! it’s almost asking for a double play to befall you.

  • Hummingbird S.

    ridiculous DP… glad Alex took his time strolling down the line

  • chcmh

    milwood looks like veteran who didn’t take year off

  • Widget

    How do you let Kevin Milwood off the hook that much? He’s not a very good pitcher at all.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this is a sad game

  • Karl Krawfid

    I thought Montero couldn’t catch.

    He’s doing fine to me.

    • Monterowasnotdinero

      laughed at this.

      Montero not being able to catch-what a joke.

      A nice story concocted by the Yankees.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Lots of DP today

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What a downer this game is. That 3-2 pitch to Montero in the 3rd inning was a strike. And Millwood has gotten ridiculous pitches called strikes. Garbage Ump.

    • jjyank

      I vote for robots.

  • Bo Knows

    In more positive news, ManBan had another great start

    his final line:

    6ip, 5 hits, 1 run (0 earned), 7 K’s, and 0 walks all on 89 pitches (61 strikes)

    • jjyank

      Awesome! Thanks for the update. 7 K’s and no walks is really encouraging. If ManBan can get back to command as his calling card, he has a shot at the rotation in 2013. His walk ratios have been great since coming off the DL.

  • flamingo

    Joe’s not keeping Andy in the game to see if the offense scores some runs and get him a win, is he.

  • chcmh

    every time a pink bat breaks a mother cries

  • Rainbow Pinstripes

    Gameday had the 4th pitch of that at bat well, well, well within the strike zone. #robotsplease

    • Havok9120

      That’s happened about a dozen times today. Sigh.

  • chcmh

    good to see andy back – grizzled and dealing

    • JMK

      Dealing? I wouldn’t go that far.

      • chcmh

        well, he started out that way, his curve was working, setting his pitches up. andy is always kind of like that, not dominating, but whittling, lots of ground balls, some home runs, he always needs runs, so in andy terms, i saw a typical start , ran out of gas around 70. looked just about right to me. let’s call it andy dealing.

        • JMK

          OK, but ‘dealing’ should have a more objective measure than “he kinda got by, as he usually does”. He left a lot of flat cutters over the middle, abandoned the curve early on, didn’t change eye levels and didn’t pitch inside. I’d argue he was lucky he didn’t get hit a bit harder but also unlucky the balls that were hit for homers were cheapies.

          Regardless, he didn’t have the command to have been ‘dealing’ in any objective sense, even if you believe this was par for his normal starts.

          • chcmh

            yep, you’re right.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    that was weird

    • chcmh

      you mean the song?

  • Tony

    Millwood is killing them with sliders/cutters inside to lefties. Make an adjustment

    • V

      Adjustments? What are those?

  • TomH

    The top and middle of the order ought to hang their heads.

  • forensic

    Could the mothers of the Yankees have out-hit the Yankees today? Geez…

  • jjyank

    Yankees hit Shield, Felix, Price, and Verlander well this year. But Kevin Fuckin’ Millwood confounds them. Sigh.

  • chcmh

    55 strikes/ 33 balls for millwood

  • wow

    ugly, ugly game… feel bad for Andy, he pitched good enough…

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    It’s not over yet…

  • Tony

    Its bad when all the player of the game nominees are Mariners. Hopefully that will change in the next two innings

  • jjyank

    Heyyy the hippie is back!

  • JMK

    Wilhelmsen? I expect that kind of name to be riding horseback with a mallet.

    • jjyank

      Or perhaps backpacking around Europe with a fat L in his mouth.

      • JMK

        Ha, sure.

        Dude has a nasty fast-curve combo though.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          well he actually did that. Lol, part of the reason he’s kind of the man.

          • jjyank

            Kind of? He’s my idol. Dude has the life. Most people would be content to be either a major league baseball player or spend a period of youth backpacking around Europe. He had both.

          • JMK

            Really? I had no idea. Just Google searched that; interesting story.

            • jjyank

              Yeah, really cool story. I said this yesterday at some point, but it’s kind of like the movie The Rookie, only instead of being an old science teacher, he was a backpacking hippie.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they need a fix at C… Martin blows

    • jjyank

      Most teams need a fix at C. Easier said than done.

    • V

      The Mariners have this guy at C who likes like he’ll be able to hit. I wonder what it’ll take to get him.

      • Ethan

        Pineda might do it. Maybe throw in this kid called Campos to sweeten the deal.

  • forensic

    Martin with a no-contact day. And Jeter, why couldn’t you do that one of your last two AB’s??? I wish it was that easy.

  • forensic

    Lefties just 2-19 off Luetge. Pretty good (though he has walked a few).

  • Karl Krawfid

    1 strike that at bat.

  • JMK

    Michael Kay makes sure to point out Leuke’s parents have a convenience store/car wash. He fails to mention he’s a rapist.

    • V

      Um, you have the wrong guy. Lueke Luetge. Lueke is in AAA for the Rays.

      • JMK

        Ha, my apologies. What are the chances one team would acquire two guys with such similar names?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Leuke plays for the Rays now. That was Lucas Luetge just pitching for the Mariners. Sounds about the same, very different guys though.

  • Sansa

    If Martin is going to hit less than .200 why not give Chris Stewart a shot? Andy did not look comfortable with Martin and Stewart works so well with CC. Might light a fire under Martin.

  • V

    Wow, ARod can’t recognize breaking pitches anymore.

    • jjyank

      A-Rod over the last 30 days:

      .313 / .398 / .475

      I’m willing to bet he wasn’t seeing all fastballs.

      • V

        Fangraphs has him as a net negative (barely) against curveballs this year, for whatever it’s worth.

        • jjyank

          Fair enough, but you don’t OBP almost .400 if you have no breaking pitch recognition.

          • forensic

            Stop being an asshole to him…

            • jjyank

              ?

              • forensic

                I disagreed with what he said before and that made me an asshole. You’re disagreeing with him, so you’re an asshole too.

                • jjyank

                  Ahh got ya. Sorry, I must have missed the conversation where he called you an asshole.

  • forensic

    Ok, Come on Cano!

  • Sansa

    If I were Wedge I’d pitch around Cano and pitch to Teixera. Better to give up 1 run than 3.

    • David

      Good call

  • forensic

    Kind of surprised he’s taking Delabar out. Lefties are just 1-23 against him and Cano is 2-4 with a double and homer against Furbush.

    Hopefully this blows up in his face.

  • jjyank

    Anyone else chuckle at “Furbush”?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      every. single. time.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      All I can think about is those annoying fucking Furby toys that were so popular in the late 90s.

      • jjyank

        All I can think about is something I shouldn’t say out loud.

  • Sansa

    Just as I suspected they are pitching around Cano and will pitch to Teixera. Better to give up 1 run than 3.

  • flamingo

    Hey, as long as we get three more bases-loaded walks, I’m fine with the lack of hits!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    best part about this? we cant hit into a first pitch DP lol.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    we just cannot do anything today, huh?

  • jjyank

    Can’t say the Yanks haven’t had their chances…

    • flamingo

      Yup. It’s pretty frustrating.

  • forensic

    Sigh, Tex makes me sad…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Pure trash. Wasn’t going to do a damn thing with that pitch.

  • wow

    only a shell of himself… for shame

  • Widget

    Real shocker there. Tex did nothing.

  • Billy Shears

    Teixeira is disappointing to his own mother.

  • Sansa

    Nice piece of managing there by Wedge. He told Furbush, don’t give Cano anything to hit. Then he overmatched Teixera who is just going to have to be moved down in the lineup. 2 bunt singles and a .220 average just isn’t going to cut it for a 5 hitter. Move Swisher up to 5.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another rally killed by Teix… awesome investment..

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    They should move swish up behind cano… And bat tex 6 or 7

    • Billy Shears

      Martin is the only one he is better than at this point. Hit him 8th.

  • Ethan

    I really wish girardi would move tex down in the lineup, at least to 6th. At this point I would much rather have swisher batting 5th than tex.

    • jjyank

      Yeah I agree. I’m usually not a fan of over-thinking the lineup, but something needs to give at some point.

  • JMK

    Ugh Tex. How many more years on that contract?

  • V

    Re: Teixeira – it’s almost like… when a team signs you to a huge free agent deal… that you SHOULDN’T CHANGE WHAT MADE YOU GOOD.

  • Erica

    Derp derp derp. Saw the first inning and now when Tex struck out. Quite a difference from beginning to the present, eh?

    How was Andy? I saw he gave up two 2-run home runs but other than that??

    • jjyank

      He looked okay. I thought his stuff looked good, hitting 90 on the fastball and the curve looked like its old self. His command was off though and got hit kinda hard. As far as I’m concerned, perfectly acceptable for his first start in a year and a half.

      • Erica

        Good!!! Oh yeah, I was expecting a little rust. I mean, if anyone was expecting sheer perfection they’re crazy.

        (Thanks for the update!)

        • jjyank

          I think it was mostly rust. Andy will be alright.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Could have mixed things up a bit more, but the FB was there and he worked out of jams multiple times. Looked like you’d expect Andy to look, so I’m happy. I think he’ll shake off the rust and be a solid member of the staff.

      • Erica

        Awesome. Do you think he was a little nervous/amped as well? Thanks for the update.

    • JMK

      Andy was pretty good when he used his curveball, which he for reasons unknown abandoned pretty early in the game. He overall just wasn’t very sharp though.

      Cutter was relatively flat, left it out over the plate, didn’t pitch inside. Gave up two HRs, neither of which were really hit tremendously hard. Still, his command was definitely lacking today.

      • Erica

        Yeah I heard he was mostly on the corners. But I guess if the potential is there for him to sharpen his stuff up then he might be good to go?

        • JMK

          It’s his first big league start in quite some time. I wouldn’t read too much into it. Let’s see how he looks over the next few starts. Hopefully he finds his groove.

          I will say, however, anyone expecting the Andy of April-June of 2010 shouldn’t get their hopes up.

          • Erica

            Oh yeah I’m not worried about him at all. I mean, you can’t get any worse than Freddy Garcia 2K12 version, right? Heh

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Pettitte had an OK start, but it certainly wasn’t a quality outing. Guess no one’s ripping him apart because he’s a True Yankee

    • jjyank

      Or because its his first MLB start since 2010? And 6.1 IP and 4 ER isn’t great, but hardly “rip apart” territory.

    • Billy Shears

      Or because he hasn’t pitched in over a year. But its probably what you said.

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        he’s actually had rehab starts, so it’s not like he just got off the couch and pitched today.

    • Erica

      Bonnie? Clyde?

  • forensic

    Ugh, come on Rapada, at least keep it at 2…

  • chcmh

    my back is achin’

  • JMK

    We should trade Clay Rapada for Clay Zavada’s mustache.

  • jjyank

    Ugh….Clay….

  • forensic

    Ugh, the missed catch is bad enough, but what the hell are you thinking throwing that ball?????

  • Erica

    Uhhhh Rapada.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Rapada kills any chance of a come back

  • wow

    nothing going right. shameful

  • Hummingbird S.

    what is Girardi doing? what a fucking moron.. 2nd lefty and worst pitcher on the staff left to pitch the whole inning, even against righties.. And everyone is available. What a shitty manager

  • Widget

    Looks like nobody can do anything right for the yankees today.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Have a nice afternoon folks.

    Yankees just embarrassed their mothers.

  • Tom

    So was that pretty much a groudball to short? It looked like it was pretty wide of the mound.

  • chcmh

    3x ugh factor

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What a cluster—-. Wish I stopped watching after 1st inning.

  • aRX

    I think he realized that the score wasn’t 6-2 yet like the other games, and compensated…

  • Cy Pettitte

    possible that all three games end in this series end in the same score, 6-2. wonder how often that has ever happened.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Well maybe we had a chance, but it sure as hell doesn’t matter now. God damn it Rapada. That’s Joe’s fault for leaving in our second lefty against righties.

  • stuart a

    tex is a offensive stud. really the guy is horrible. a 3 year slide. pull happy clown….

    more clutch hitting today. so many unclutch ineffective ab’s I cannot even pick which 1 to conmplain about. chavez strike 3 bases loaded no outs, jeter DP man, tex swinging at a ball on the ground.

    tex has a under 270 obp….i thought he wa sgoing to bunt on occassion? he is a joke………..this is a 3 year slide. not a 45 game abberation. his obp and BA has been gone down for 3 years………….

  • aRX

    what else can you do but laugh…

  • Need Pitching

    what a fucking dumb ass

  • Erica

    OH MY.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol this game is a comedy of errors

  • jjyank

    Swish, that was not the smart move.

    • jjyank

      He was safe actually. But still not the right move.

  • JMK

    Why are you going for three down four runs? Whaaaat?

  • stuart a

    girardi gets garcia up at that point for no logical reason…

    rapada is terrible against righties…..

    bad bad bullpen management….

  • Hummingbird S.

    brain dead… another moronic decision

  • Tom

    Swisher…. trying to get that critical 1st of 4 runs to 3rd?

  • Widget

    what the hell. This game is all sorts of messed up.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol right on top of him and still missed the call

    • Need Pitching

      called him out for dumb ass baserunning…

  • JMK

    Even if he was safe by a finger’s length, it was a bad idea.

  • stuart a

    swisher was safe. umps blew another call right in front of them. what a shocker.

    swisher is a dope…….

  • Ethan

    I really want robots or vastly expanded replay. Screw umpires and their blown calls, i’m so sick and tired of it. Get a system similar to how tennis does their hawk eye system for balls and strikes, vastly expanded replay or another system for everything else in the field. The human element is damaging to baseball, not a benefit.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      I agree, but MLB needs their money (as if they don’t already have enough) and instigates a stupid new playoff system.

  • Sansa

    You would think with Andy back and a chance at the sweep there’d be some fire in their bellies but I just didn’t see much effort today. They loaded the bases twice and twice scored one run with a walk. Jeter swings at the 1st pitch right after a bases loaded walk. A-Rod saunters down to 1st and they double him up. Just no effort out there.

  • wow

    just keep ol’ 25 hitting in that spot. Whatever you do, keep him there.

  • Betty Lizard

    Andy Pettitte pitched for us. I got iTunes for Mother’s Day. I’m not crying over the loss. (Which I’m blaming on the pink bats.)

  • JMK

    Please Joe, make the logical decision and move Tex down in the lineup.

  • Kosmo

    Kevin “fuckin“ Millwood. Are you serious .
    Rapada had zero business being out there facing righties in a 4-2 game.
    Before everyone hammers away at Tex look at what Granderson has done of late, what is he 3 for his last 25 ?, can´t buy a hit in a crucial situation.

    • Hummingbird S.

      2012 OPS+

      Mark Teixeira – 73
      Curtis Granderson – 143

    • JMK

      Granderson has slumped lately, yep, no denying it. Texiera’s entire season has been a ‘slump’. His SLG is like .645.

      • JMK

        Sorry, meant his OPS.

      • Spiff

        I wish his slugging was .645…That’s Josh Hamilton you’re thinking of.

  • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

    LOL at everyone blaming Clay Rapada for Pettitte and the $200 million offense shitting the bed.

  • Duh Innings

    The Yanks need to trade Martin and Swisher midseason then pick up the 2013 club option on Granderson, trade him, Rodriguez, and Teixiera, and let go of Ibanez in the offseason.

    They need to rebuild the starting nine with Cano, Jeter (1B after Teixiera is traded), Gardner (CF after Granderson is traded), Nunez (SS), a re-signed Melky Cabrera (RF?), and a reacquired Austin Jackson (LF) for 2013.

    Why not Mustellier-Laird at 3B after A-Rod is traded, Romine-Cervelli at C (Stewart could be re-signed), and Alfonso Soriano brought back for DH for an all-homegrown Yankees starting nine for 2013?

    Jeter and Soriano would be the only old everyday players. Cabrera would be the only everyday player with a long-term contract assuming he got at least five years and Cano isn’t extended before 2013 ends.

    The Yanks would have a nice bevy of young, cheap, promising talent from trading Martin, Swisher, Granderson, Rodriguez, and Teixiera who all have trade value. Martin is a defensive catcher with pop, Swisher is a switch-hitting RF with pop who can get on base and play a little 1B, Granderson is a great-hitting veteran CF, Rodriguez is chasing the homerun record (calling Seattle if they let go of Ichiro after this season), and Teixiera is a veteran Gold Glove 1B with power who can get on base.

    • Monterowasnotdinero

      Just get back Montero and all will be fine.

    • pistol pete

      That post is beyond absurb.

    • Evan3457

      Why would any team give up prospects of any merit for A-Rod’s contract, Tex’s contract, Martin’s 4/5 season, and 4/5 of a Swisher season, all at big $$$$?