Thursday Wednesday Night Open Thread

Yankees recall David Phelps, send D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A
Trenton wins a blowout behind Nuno

Thirteen years ago today, David Cone threw a perfect game against the Expos on Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium. Yogi was back in the Bronx after putting his long-standing feud with George Steinbrenner to bed, and Don Larsen was in the building to celebrate as well. I don’t remember where I was for that game — I remember being home and watching David Wells’ perfect game in my bedroom — but I definitely remember watching the final inning. Kinda hard to believe it’s been that long, no? Stuff like that always feels like it was just yesterday.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Mets are playing the Nationals (Young vs. Zimmermann) and you can watch that one on SNY locally or ESPN nationally. Feel free to talk about that game or whatever else you like here. Anything goes.

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Yankees recall David Phelps, send D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A
Trenton wins a blowout behind Nuno
  • Al santo

    What will it take to move Arod down in the order? He is obviously decreasing in production and should not be getting more at bats than Cano. I understand Joe wants to stagger the lineup but our lefty batters hit LH pitching well enough to avoid having to do that. Leave Cano in the three hole and move Arod to at least the five hole or even six. His only clutch year was 2009, in his career. I, for one, am tired of seeing the highest paid player in the game ground out or pop out to first.

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

      So then don’t watch.

    • RetroRob

      Lame, even by troll standards.

      • Yankee Fan 1

        People are just grasping at straws for complaints lately. 10 game lead obviously we need to tinker the lineup!

    • Brian S.

      Then fuck off.

  • CS Yankee

    I wish Arod was clutch when it truely counted…as it when you know the bases are full.

    The damn bum lowered his .343 career mark last night with the bags juiced and has only one more dinger than Manny in his entire career with them stacked.

    I wish we had a true clutch hitter…where have you gone Joe Morgan, this nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

    • CS Yankee

      (was a reply to Al santo)

      Damn reply button isn’t even clutch.

  • RetroRob

    I was fortunate enough to be at the Cone game, but almost didn’t make it.

    A friend and her husband were part of ticket plan and whenever they couldn’t make it she would give me first shot (at the tickets, at the tickets!) to buy her seats. When I heard it was Yogi’s return I didn’t think twice. A good friend agreed to take the other and all was set, that is until the night before he called to cancel. I put out about five or six calls to other Yankee friends and all of them couldn’t make it on short notice. I faced either going myself or just watching it on TV. It was so bitchin’ hot that day that I really couldn’t get the energy up to make the trek into the Bronx by myself. Fortunately one of my friends who originally said no called back and got a get-out-of-jail card from his wife, so off we went to the game.

    He wasn’t the most knowledgable baseball fan but he enjoyed going to games. I remember around the 7th inning he turned to me and said something like, “holy shit, is Cone pitching a no-hitter?” I told him he was doing better, he was pitching a perfect game. He wanted to know how rare that was, and I pointed out he could count on his fingers and a few of his toes how many times anyone had tossed a perfect games since the 1870s.

    Another memory from that game is in the top of the 9th inning a couple got up to walk out and leave the game. People in our section sat in silence but for one timid voice behind me who said, “but he’s pitching a perfect game.” The couple keep walking out. The guy had on a Yankee jersey and a cap, so I can only assume his girlfriend made him leave to beat the traffic. I hope she was worth it that night.

    My friend to this day thanks me for calling that morning. The original guy who called to cancel has never forgotten it. He never gave me a good answer on why he cancelled, but I believe he just didn’t want to go to the game in the heat.

    • anthony

      Thats a great story. I was at jason giambi’s walkoff grandslam game in 2002 against the twins, and I didn’t know I was going until 45 minutes before the game started. I guess the two of us just get pulled into Yankee Classics.

      • RetroRob

        True. When I see the Cone game replayed on YES Classics, it always reminds me of how close I was to not being there. It would have been painful watching it unfold on TV while I was holding two tickets in my hand. Still not 100% sure what I was going to do if one of my friends didn’t call me back, but I do remember thinking it would be quite comfortable to sit back and watch a game from the air-conditioned comfort of my home. So while the friend who accepted always thanks me, I really have to thank him because he went through the pain of rearranging his plans and convincing his wife to let him go (trust me, she’s not an easy woman!). He wasn’t the biggest fan, but he decided, screw it, I’m going to the game, so I’m happy he got to be there. I’m quite sure I will never again be in attendance for a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game. Total luck.

    • Jacob

      That sounds absolutely amazing it is weird how things work, I was at a game where CC struck out 13 and saw Tex hit his 300th homer in the same game, not much but good and I also was at the game andy busted his ankle :( That really didn’t have anything to do with the perfectgame but I though we could all share our best games we were at.

      • anthony

        I was at the game a-rod came back from in 2009 and hit the 3 run homer on the first pitch he saw in baltimore. The batter before, tex, hit a ball right to me in the upper deck and i actually sort of missed his hiomerun. That was a fun game.

        (P.S. my sister was at the game today and sat right next to the yankees dugout and got Andruw Jones’ autograph. Pretty cool)

        • NYCSPORTZFAN

          I was at the game where Arod hit the HR off Junichi Tazawa in the 15th inn of a scoreless game for the walk off against the redsox. For a 15inn scoreless game, it was pretty exciting game..

    • Ethan

      My brother was at the Matt Cain perfect game this season. He doesn’t really even like baseball that much. He’s definitely been to less than 5 MLB games and one was a perfect game. I could go to every game for the next 10 years and never see one. It’s funny how some things work out.

      • Jacob

        That game was sort of on my birthday, on the east coast half of it was and that is where I am but on te west coast it was all onthe 13th and I was born on the 14th

  • Alkaline

    So how is everyone doing tonight?

  • LeftyLarry

    Last 2 seasons AROD is batting .190 with 2 outs and risp.
    There is a pattern emerging.
    Probably worse in the playoffs.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There is certainly a pattern emerging of screen names we never see posting the same damn thing. Yes.

    • CS Yankee

      …so your saying there’s a chance?

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    2more days till THE DARK NIGHT RISES.. I’m going on sunday. I can’t wait to see how Chris Nolan portrays BANE and CATWOMAN in the film.. Nolan is extremely talented film maker..

    • Pat D

      I’m excited, too, but a lot of the reviews I’m seeing are saying it’s good but not great.

      That would be kind of a letdown for me.

      • NYCSPORTZFAN

        Really? I could of sworn i read on Comicbook movie.com that its been getting mostly rave reviews? I could be wrong though..

        • Ethan

          86% on rottentomatoes which is pretty good. The hype is so huge it’ll have to be truly amazing to live up to it

          • NYCSPORTZFAN

            Well, to be fair, the hype was pretty insane for “the dark knight” and it easily lived up to the billing..

            The thing i’m wondering is Bane gonna get really “big” at any point? I’m curious to know if hes gonna have any kinda VENOM like substance going into his mask making him big similar to the comics.. That mask has to be used for something..

            • Pat D

              From what I heard it feeds him something to combat the chronic pain he always feels.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Rush Limbaugh thinks watching the movie will lead you straight to Stalinism.

        • Pat D

          Fuck that fat-assed pill addict.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Not even with the Miracle Stick.

            • jjyank

              Never. That wind-bag doesn’t even warrant me changing my handle for this reply.

              • Pat D

                Limbaugh is one of those people who, if I read that he died in a plane crash or something else sudden and unexpected, I would laugh uncontrollably as an immediate reaction.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I was even pretty sad when Andrew Breitbart died, because I honestly respected his making a real artform out of audacious douchebaggery. I’d say good riddance to Limbaugh being gone. He has no redeeming value.

                • jjyank

                  I think I might have the same reaction.

      • G

        Not sure where you’re looking. It has an 81 on Metacritic, which qualifies as “Universal Acclaim”. It’s be even higher if Rex Rees didn’t give it his trademark “I hate Chris Nolan and Wes Anderson so any movie either of them make is 1 star” treatment. I really don’t know how the guy keeps his job.

        • Pat D

          I’ve read 3 reviews. One on Boxoffice.com, which gave it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars; one on Hollywood.com, which gave it 3 out of 5 stars; and Roger Ebert’s, who gave it 3 out of 4 stars.

          Those will all show up as “positive” reviews, but they’re not sensational reviews. Ebert gave the two preceding Nolan Batman movies four stars each, for example.

          • G

            Got it… Metacritic is an average score, not a percentage of positive reviews. The average score is an 8.2/10, which is very high. If I were talking about Ortten Tonatoea then you’d be right.

        • RetroRob

          I really can’t Rex Reed is still walking this earth, let alone doing movie reviews that get counted anywhere. He sucked a generation ago. He’s got to be totally detached now. An 81 metacritic, coupled with a bad review from Reed, means the movie much be great.

    • Alkaline

      I’m so pumped. My local theater is doing a special tomorrow. Batman begins at 6:15. Dark knight right after at 9. Midnight showing of DKR. Twenty bucks. I cannot wait.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    Another GEM by Vidal Nuno. Also, solid games with the bat from Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, and Slade Heathcott.. Always good to see that trio doing there thing with the stick..

  • Countryclub

    If the yanks are going to tie the record for most games in a row with 3 runs, they’ll have to do it vs King Felix on Tues. It’s a meaningless record, but that would be fun.

    • yooboo

      Hopefully, it will be on TV.

    • forensic

      And before they even get to him they have 5 straight guys with ERA’s at 3.91 or better in 2 great pitchers parks, even though they’re bad teams. They’re certainly going to earn if they break the record.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Does Kuroda get a CG?

    • yooboo

      yup.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    Anyone know where next yrs All Star game is being played?

    • Ethan

      Citi field i believe

      • NYCSPORTZFAN

        Ah, i believe u are correct. I think i did see that somewhere.

    • yooboo

      in Queens, NYC, NY.

  • Brian S.

    I am hearing from Ken Rosenthal’s sources that the Yankees and Marlins have been discussing a Russell Martin+prospect for Mike Stanton swap.

    • Ethan

      Can he play catcher?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Unbelievable to me that Miami’s considering blowing things up like that. The fact that the Orange Bowl was knocked down in order to give that travesty of a franchise anything is disgraceful.

      • SDM

        This is the Marlins, the same team that blew themselves up after winning a WS,

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Twice, and lost the goodwill of the fanbase each time. A third time, within a year of opening a new stadium and blowing smoke up their asses, would be practically suicide for them.

          I can understand looking at some bad contracts and trying to move them, etc., but my god, they need to make a commitment to winning in that town that lasts more than a minute.

          Baseball in South Florida should have been a no-brainer. How they have fucked this up numerous times is beyond me.

          I really wish the NBA would just go ahead and have the Knicks and Heat swap cities. Each city deserves the other team.

          • Kramerica Industries

            That last sentence is the biggest reason I hated seeing the Heat win the title.

            No problems at all with Lebron, Bosh, Wade, co.

            Problems lie with Miami being the shittiest sports city in America, and in no way deserving of being giftwrapped such a great team, like they were.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              It took the Big Three AND the championship for the Heat to rise above third-tier status in that town, behind the crap-ass Dolphins and Hurricane football.

              Awful, awful sports town. Just awful. I had to spend 14 years of my life there.

              • vicki

                miami is the worst place i’ve ever been. it’s LA without the charm, and if you knew how i feel about los angeles you’d get the point of that statement. noone reads in south beach.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Oh, LA is much, much, much worse. Miami has the beach, the Everglades, proximity to the Keys, Cuban food and, for me, friends and family. There’s much to love about Miami.

                  LA is just awful.

                • RetroRob

                  LA has charm?

      • BK2ATL

        I don’t think they are. I think this is the classic period of tade deadline media hype when there aren’t any stories, they speculate.

        The kicker was the Boston-Miami speculation. Crawford for Hanley & Bell. Appeared out of nowhere. Quickly squashed roundly.

        Miami is only one hot streak away from wild card contention. With the money spent to put the stadium up AND sign Hanley, Josh Johnson plus Reyes, Buerhle and Bell, I doubt that they’ll blow it all up in under a year. Because IF Miami does that, then MLB needs to step in and take over that franchise.

        What I’m most curious for all of these “sources” providing info, why hasn’t anyone provided anything substantial on why Arizona is allegedly shopping Justin Upton?

    • forensic

      You’re hearing from his sources? On the phone with them right now, huh?

      Not to pick on you, someone else did this last week too. I just can’t stand it. Just say, there’s an article or tweet from Rosenthal saying…

      And that would be hilarious if Miami did anything close to that.

      • jjyank

        I’m with you, I don’t see it happening at all. New ballpark, just handed out a few big deals, I really can’t see them blowing the team up already. Most of their key pieces are still in place next year, why would they be entering full scale sell mode? I mean I could see it if half of their good players are set to be free agents, but it’s just Anibal, right?

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        Pretty sure there’s no article or tweet, cause it seems like that would have to be completely made up. Pretty sure that was meant as just a humorous post.

        Or Miami is really dumb.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          They’re beyond dumb.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            Not Martin + prospect for Stanton dumb.

            … unless its the former Yankee reliever Mike Stanton. Then maybe.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Oh, I don’t buy that rumor for a second, but I wasn’t buying that they actually were considering blowing this up after half a year, and it’s apparently coming up in more than one place.

      • Brian S.

        Did you not read his article earlier today about Crawford-Reyes/Ramirez? I was spoofing that.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Meow?

        • forensic

          No, I didn’t. I was working and just skimmed through some comments where it was mentioned at the time.

          It’s all absurd, but I wouldn’t put anything past some of these front offices.

    • SDM

      If that’s true (highly doubt it) then Yanks need to do it, this should not even be a discussion

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, and Miami can pick the prospect. Really, anyone.

    • dixie_flyer

      unfortunately it’s the Mike Stanton that used to be a RP…lol

    • Chris

      So they want to trade Hanley to the Red Sox and Giancarlo to the Yankees in the first year of their new ballpark after all the remodeling and hype and handing out all those big contracts? I wouldn’t put it past Jeffrey Loria.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Cody Ross has 15 home runs and a .900 OPS this year.

    Umm…what?

    • Brian S.

      Every shitty player that has played for the Red Sox this season has turned into a God. It has more than made up for the injuries they have suffered.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    Quick Question.. If u could start ur franchise with one of these positon players and one pitcers, what 2would u pick? Again, 1pitcher and 1positon player..

    PITCHERS
    Clayton Kershaw
    Justin Verlander
    Stephen Strausberg
    David Price
    Felix Hernandez

    Positon Players
    Bryce Harper
    Robinson Cano
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Mike Trout
    Josh Hamilton

    I’d select David Price and Mike Trout myself..

    • SDM

      Go young

      Trout and Kershaw

      • jjyank

        Agreed.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I tend to agree with you. Part of me wants to go Strasburg over Price.

    • Betty Lizard

      Strasburg and Trout, although I really like Price. (I call Strasburg Strasbourg Goose so that would be pâté fois gras and trout . . . )

    • Cris Pengiucci

      I’d probably go with Kershaw and Trout, but would consider Price as well. What a terrible problem to have, picking 2 among that group … :-)

      • NYCSPORTZFAN

        Ya, there is no wrong answer.. Its just alittle fun for the Open thread is all..

        Very interesting no one picked King Felix..

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Cano and Kershaw

    • Jacob

      I picked kershaw, and I didn’t even look at the other pitchers, probably Harper I love that he gives 110% everygame

    • Captian Crunch Sabathia

      For me it wouldn’t be any of these guys. I would pick Jamie Moyer and Omar Vizquel hands down.

  • The Troll

    Ok, I for one am feeling a deep-seated terror swimming up my spine lately . . . That fear, that frightening sense of panic, is the Boston Red Sox offense. You put Ortiz back in the mix with an apparently revitalized Ellsbury, a surging AGon, the Crawford and Pedroia of old, a powerful Salty (and Shoppach apparently), an over-performing Aviles, a possibly real deal Middlebrooks, and Cody Ross . . . That’s a superior team. Their pitching isn’t terrible. We all know that the Red Sox are never out, but dear lord, we better pray that that they don’t make the playoffs. They’re good. I may very well be over-estimating just HOW good they are, but damn . . . even guys like Ciriaco, Nava, and co. are constantly getting into the action. I’m alarmed to say the least.

    • Jacob

      A lot of those are just what ifs

    • A Troll

      Yankees really need to watch out for the Sox. This current team isn’t cutting it. CC has shown he’s injury-prone at this point, and that’s not what you want from an ace. Cano can’t hit in the clutch. Yankees should use him and move Cano and AFraud to the Phillies for Cliff Lee, who is a true ace in need of a change of pace.

      Just kidding.

    • jjyank

      So if the Boston Red Sox hit every single best case scenario possible, they’re a dangerous team? Well yeah. But how can you play that scenario out and assume that they’re the better team? What if A-Rod of old surges back, Tex remembers how to hit closer to .300 without sacrificing power, Gardner comes back in August or September for a boost, Hughes continues to take the next step, Wade regains effectiveness, Martin surges towards his numbers from 2011, Jeter continues to defy age, Freddy morphs back into 2011 Freddy, etc. You see where I’m going here?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I really thought this was one of your aliases at work.

        • jjyank

          Heh nope, not me this time.

    • Steve (different one)

      Luckily for your spine, Ortiz just went on the DL.

      Over the last 162 games, the Boston Red Sox are 80-82. That’s an entire season under .500.

      Not saying they can’t sneak into the playoffs, because with the second wildcard thing, almost everyone is still in it, but at what point are the Sox are “good” as their record? 100 games? 120 games?

    • Steve (different one)

      Luckily for your spine, Ortiz just went on the DL.

      Over the last 162 games, the Boston Red Sox are 80-82. That’s an entire season under .500.

      Not saying they can’t sneak into the playoffs, because with the second wildcard thing, almost everyone is still in it, but at what point are the Sox are “good” as their record? 100 games? 120 games?

      • 28 this year

        That is a ridiculous stat, 80-82. That is absolutely mind blowing and hysterically funny that the greatest team since the 1927 Yanks have no only been bad, they have been below .500.

    • Brian S.

      Pedroia sucks this year and Middlebrooks has sucked since his first week.

    • forensic

      They can, and probably will if run differential means anything, make a run, but so be it. They’ve dug themselves quite a hole and with their best hitter now out for 2 weeks, it’s going to be even more difficult to start that run right away.

    • FIPster Doofus

      lawl

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      So what if everything in the world goes well for the red sox, they’re dangerous. What if A-Rod bounces back? What if Tex continues hitting like he has since the Reds series, What if Gardner comes back healthy, what if Joba and Ardsma comeback? what if Pettitte and Mo come back? and Robby continues his MVP caliber season? also what if Russel Martin hits at his career norms for the rest of the season?

      • jjyank

        Pretty much the point I made above. It’s stupid to be worried about another team’s absolute best case scenario while comparing them of the current reality of the Yankees. They have a best case scenario too, one that I believe still makes them better than the Sox.

  • dixie_flyer

    Has anyone heard an update on Banuelos? Is he going to pitch again this year?

  • Steve (different one)

    Since Teixeira’s mid-May “break”, when Girardi sat him down for 3 days because of his cough:

    .272/.383/.592 48 games, 206 PA’s, 13 HRs, 41 RBI’s

    And this doesn’t count today’s HR…

    That’s vintage beast Teixeira.

    • forensic

      Yeah, his overall %’s still leave a little to be desired, but suddenly you look up and he’s knocking on 20 HR’s, not great, but not so terrible anymore. Of course, even in the time span you chose, he’s got two really hot streaks sandwiching a cold span. Just can’t avoid it with him unfortunately.

      • RetroRob

        Fortunately, production overall is down. So while Tex is not what he once was, it seems that neither is everyone else.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Last 21 games, Yankees with RISP: 52-164, .317 AVG

  • Brian S.

    Can anyone here remember an offseason that looked as good as the 2009-2010 one did but ended up as terrible? Decisions made that winter look pretty bad with hindsight, although at the time I thought we had built a Juggernaut.

    • Brian S.

      Replacing Hideki Matsui with Nick Johnson: “Fuck yeah! OBP for days!”

      Trading for Javier Vasquez :”Our rotation is so fucking stacked now! Melky is just a fourth outfielder!”

      Trading Jackson and Kennedy for Curtis Granderson: “Best case scenario Jackson turns into Granderson! Get him in his prime!”

      People might argue with me about that last one but Jackson is a cheap MVP candidate. Granderson, while awesome, is not as valuable.

      • Greg

        Looks like, for the last one, Mr. Nitpick paid you a visit.

        • Brian S.

          I’m just saying. And I’m not going to criticize Cashman because I thought all his moves that offseason were great at the time.

          • RetroRob

            His trade for Granderson is great. No way I’d take the other two back. And, yeah, if AJax continues on as he has this year, sign him in a couple. He won’t.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You know what they say…

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        I thing most fans were against Mr. Glass #1 and thought he was a downgrade from either Damon or Matsui.

        • Brian S.

          Not rational ones. What Nick Johnson in 2009 did was fantastic.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            I was never big on the Johnson signing just because of his inability to stay healthy. I mean I thought if was healthy he’d be great, but I wasn’t expecting much from him.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            Meh, I think it was entirely rational to be concerned about his durability. The concerns with Nick over Damon or Matsui were mostly that, not performance related (though many fans were enamored with Damon/Matsui’s clutch factor). I was OK with the move, but it seemed like most fans were upset, iirc.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I think some us who would describe ourselves as “rational” looked at the numbers on both Johnson and Vazquez and hoped for the best, while not admitting to having a huge knot in their stomach about them the entire time.

            Each side came out winning on the Grandy trade. I’d still make that trade 10 times out of 10.

            • BK2ATL

              I agree with you on the Vasquez trade. I mean, based on his numbers the year before, looked great on paper. Who knew he’d shit the bed on the field playing for New York.

              Johnson, I really didn’t care either way. I completely understood Cashman’s stance with Matsui and Damon. No looking back on that one.

              Grandy has only been a MVP candidate and our most consistent HR hitter for the past two seasons now so far. Imagine an OF with Swisher, Jackson and Gardner. Great on defense, but offensively????? Yeah, I’d do this deal 10x out of 10 also.

              • RetroRob

                Yeah, can you imagine AJax, Gardner and Swisher in 2010? Jackson barely hitting more HRs than Gardner and striking out 170 times. In other words, he strikes out like Granderson minus the HRs. I have no problem giving up talent as long as something good is coming back that fills a need. That’s Granderson.

                Javy deal made great sense.

                It’s not as if the Yankees have suffered any here.

      • forensic

        I don’t see what’s so good about those moves.

        Johnson hurts himself turning his head and coughing at his physical.

        I never had hope for Vazquez, partially becuase of his prior history and his every other year schtick, though it wasn’t a huge thing becuase I also wasn’t huge on Melky.

        I was also in between on the trade. Never had huge hopes for Kennedy in the AL East but I also give a lot more credence to Granderson’s warts than others want to. And imagine if he hadn’t made the huge transition he has, to a point where he still has warts, just not quite as many.

  • Greg

    We are currently 3 outs away from being 10 up on everybody

    • CS Yankee

      You mean 10 up on the Rangers as well?

      We cannot rest until all the teams are destroyed. Take no prisoners (unless it’s a quality #2 or better)

  • Greg

    Baseball Tonight just pissed me off extremely

    • Brian S.

      What they say?

      • Greg

        AL top 5 offenses list

        Orel had the Yankees 3rd. Glanville had the Yankees 4th, and gave the usual “too many homeruns” and suggested that we would struggle on the road.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Who cares, we have the best record in the AL, a 10 game divisional lead, lead baseball in homers, our RISP is starting to correct itself we have the current MVP runner-up in the middle of our line up…who gives a shit what the MSM is saying about us. Just out of curiosity who did they have ahead of us?

          • JohnnyC

            Not to mention the team has just gone 42 straight games scoring 3+ runs, the second best streak in ML history. But, oh no, the Red Sox and the Rangers are better. They don’t watch a lot of baseball, do they?

        • Brian S.

          Texas, Boston, and who else?

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            Boston? really? Who in their right mind puts Boston’s line up right now ahead of ours.

            • Greg

              Orel Hershiser stated they were the best offense in the American League.

              • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

                They do lead in r/g despite all the injuries.

                • BK2ATL

                  Will take a major hit with Ortiz and Pedroia on the DL.

                  Just realized that A-Gon only has 8 HRs this year…. Something ain’t right there.

          • Greg

            Glanville had the Tigers ahead of the Yankees. But he had the Red Sox fifth. Orel had the Red Sox first.

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

              really? 1st? that’s laughable. Legit. Laughable.

              • FIn

                I dont know, the Yankees/Sox/Rangers are all right there and it can be debated whos best. Hard for me to worked up about any order they put them in. Any out of the top 3 would seem to be a little off base though.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Yankees are best in baseball in road wOBA, wRC+, OPS, ISO, SLG, OBP, and R/G (5.05 r/g – better than at home)

          For comparison’s sake, Red Sox 15th in road R/g (4.40), Texas is 9th (4.59), Detroit is 12th (4.51)

          Rather shockingly, Mets are 2nd and Mariners are 3rd.

        • NYCSPORTZFAN

          That HR thing is ridiculous. U have a better chance of hitting a couple big HR’s by running into a couple pitches agaisnt a stud pitcher in teh playoffs then u do banging around hits all game and scoring that way.. U get a bloop and a blast 2times in a game, and u got 4runs right there.. I like the chances of that happening better then i lke the chances of a team scoring 4runs on like 11hits agains a guy like Verlander.. To be honest, are way is probably the best way to beat a good pitcher..

          Not to mention, didnt we blast off on Jered Weaver by hittig 3hrs off em? Didn’t we blast off against Scott Downs as well, getting the only HR he surrendred all yr long?

          Didn’t we blast 4hrs off of Johan Santana?

          David Price has had are number this yr, but overall, we’ve blasted him as well, using the long ball… Even when he pitched a gem this yr, we still only lost by a RUN.. IF we hit just one more Solo shot against em in that paticular start we very well could of WON that game..

          Didn’t we smack around King Felix? WIth Ibanez hitting a big 3run HR? One swing and 3runs! We gave up 2that day.. So with just one swing of the bat, we brought in more then Seattle, and thats what u can do when u can hit HR’s at any point..

          Didn’t we Smack around Jose Quintana? Again, we only hit 1hr, but we had a guy on giving us a quick 2runs..Overall we scored 6runs off the guy..

          Didn’t we beat Jake Peavy by smacking 3hrs off em? Guy had 11k and 0bb, but it didn’t matter, becasue at any point our guys can club the long ball, and run into any pitch at any time, which again we did 3times in this paticular game of peavy and won 4-0…

          Weren’t we all but down and out against the Braves Mike Minor but outta nowhere the yanks put up a 6spot in the 8th, down by 4, on the strength of a Grand Slam and 2run shot? U can do that when u can hit HR’s at any point…

          DIdn’t we comeback on Ubaldo Jiminez who was pitching a really good game to that point by smacking a 2run shot in the 6th to take a 3-2 lead, that we never gave up? Shows u a pitcher can be grooving against the yanks but at any point we can slug one out with a guy on and put up a quick couple runs..

          Listen, i could litteraly do this all day, but u get the point.. Its just very annoying to listen to this crap about us gonna be doomed because were able to hit HR’s..lol Sorry, that our HITS happen to leave the ball park..LOL Maybe we should ask our guys i they can just hit balls off the wall, instead of all the way out, because god knows the ball going all the way out is such a bad thing..lol WHile most teams hits are going for singles and doubles, ares happens to be leaving the yard.. I call that a advantage..

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You can watch “Around the World in 80 Plates” with the rest of us, then.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I turned it off after Hershiser spent a 5 minute segment breaking down two at bats one of Kershaw vs Pence, the other Lee vs Kemp. He spent the entire time spewing nonsense. Nothing that made me angry, it was just that he spent the whole time using a whole bunch of words to say that both guys are good pitchers, and it was a pitcher’s duel.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I can’t remember the last time I watched a non-game on ESPN outside of staring at a gym TV screen.

        • FIn

          I’m with you on that. I use to love them for NFL but they are just fucking awful at even that now. The all Tebow, all the time network. I do watch them for College footbal, I love college gameday.

        • forensic

          All sorts of this!!!

      • JohnnyC

        Guy doesn’t even know how to spell his first name correctly.

    • Tom

      I was watching that thinking…. do they know how extreme Fenway and Arlington are for runs scored?

      Boston road wRC+ = 89 (11% below league average); road OPS =0.721 (worse than the Mariners road OPS for perspective)

      Texas road wRC+ = 97 (3% below league average); road OPS = .751 (which is good, 3rd)

      Yankees have the best road #’s in baseball by a significant margin – OPS by ~40points and wRC+ 112 (vs 107 for the next best team)

      I think the Yankee stadium thing really colors people’s perceptions and yet parks like Fenway and Arlington are overlooked.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        Seattle averaging 4.86 r/g on the road.

        How the hell did that happen?

  • TheRealRickey

    Duh, Doug, Yanks lead MLB in road homeruns. Idiot.

    • Greg

      I know.

  • JohnnyC

    You expect statistical illiteracy from Kruk but supposedly Glanville went to an Ivy League school.

  • Jonathan

    Thanks to David Cone for signing my AL ROMLB with the perfect game date as well but when he signed the second one I wish he put his Cy Young season on the second one like he said he would haha but the man has signed every time I’ve asked. The stupid Royals fans don’t even realize 1) who he is or 2) the Cy Young was with them so it’s easy.

  • vicki

    my god, minny. hung a whole run on tommy hunter.

  • CUYanks

    Is anyone catching how irritated the braves announcers are at melky? He pimped a wall-scraping hr and then with a runner on second and no outs he caught a ball in left and was waving heyward to try to go for third.

    • FIPster Doofus

      There are a couple Braves fans in my Twitter feed and they’re extremely butthurt about Melky. It’s hilarious.

  • Jacob

    Anyone remember when Melky threw th ball about four feet infront of him straight in the ground while he was with ATL? Classic