Monday Night Open Thread


A-Rod really appreciates Russell’s recent strong play. (Rob Carr/Getty)

By my unofficial count, the Yankees are 11-4 and have outscored their opponents 93-60 in 15 games immediately prior to a scheduled off-day this season. I always say off-days feel better coming off a win — especially a big win like yesterday’s — and the Bombers have certainly done well in that department this year. Furthermore, they are 12-2 and have outscored opponents 86-50 in games immediately following an off-day as well. I suppose we could fire up the narrative generator and say that this veteran club really enjoys days off, but who knows. Maybe it’s just a fluke. Either way, let’s hope that trend continues tomorrow in Boston.

Here is your open thread for the evening. The Mets are playing the Nationals (McHugh vs. Gio) and MLB Network will air a game later as well. Who you see depends on where you live. The season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader features the Bengals at the Ravens (7pm ET) and then the Chargers at the Raiders (10:15pm ET). Talk about any or all of those games here, as well as anything else on your mind. Have at it.

Minor League Update
If you’re looking for a Down on the Farm post tonight, you’re not going to find one because no one is playing. Double-A Trenton has a scheduled off-day as they prepare to begin the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series against Akron tomorrow night. All of the other affiliates either failed to qualify for the postseason have already been eliminated. So yeah, go Thunder.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Pat D

    I just went back and re-read some of the May 15 game recap thread. I can’t believe that was almost 4 months ago. Time flies when you get older.

    But, yea, so much to laugh at in that thread so far removed from it now.

    • Nice Scheister

      I’m sure I was a Nice Scheister in the thread.

    • Get Phelps Up

      One of the most memorable threads I can remember on RAB.

    • forensic

      Maybe it’s the beer, but why May 15th? Just a random date or what?

      • Pat D

        No, it was an epic night of epicness.

        I’d just go back and read the thread, if you’re so inclined.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        BTW, they have great beer in Berlin. I’m experiencing it now. :-)

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Man, Mike stole my thunder from my response to Tom Riddle’s question this morning about their record before and after off-days. Lame!

    • jjyank

      I saw it, you’ve done some fine research that I’ve been too lazy to do. Meaning this, and the whole TMITN stuff about Showalter’s Pythag. Always appreciated, it has not gone unnoticed!

  • Captain Crunch Sabthia

    I just read on MLB daily dish that the Giants and Brain Wilson could part ways after the season. If Soriano opts out, should the Yankees look to get him on a one year deal?

    • Laz

      I’d assume he would want a closer job if anything. Maybe closer on a bad team for 1 year.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      No hipsters allowed.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m sure he’d rather pitch elsewhere and keep his calling card – the beard.

      • forensic

        Without that he’s basically just another schmuck who built up a few saves over a year or two.

        No way he gives that up.

        • MannyGeee

          this… his ‘aura’ is bigger than his actual big league resume. the beard, the taco bell commercials, the shout out from “High-as-a-kite-warlock-tigersblood” Charlie Sheen…



    Anyone have any insight as to why Joseph and Romine aren’t being called up?

    • nyyankeefanforever

      Romine was on the DL for most of the season and was horrible in the handful of games he played in after he returned from the DL a few weeks ago, so they sent him to the Arizona Fall League to keep working his way back. As for Joseph, the big club is already hip deep in platoon IFers and his iron glove negates any value his bat might’ve added.

      • CMITCH

        I know Romine’s been hurt, but catching depth is never a bad thing and the AFL doesn’t start until October.

        • nyyankeefanforever

          The game schedule doesn’t start until October, but it’s a developmental league and as such they’re already working on drills. In any case, as I said earlier, he sucked at Triple A so they probably didn’t see any benefit to him or the team in bringing him up. As for catching depth never being a bad thing, they brought up Cervelli — who also has sucked horribly in Triple A but at least he has some MLB experience.

        • forensic

          They already have 3 catchers, do they really need a 4th?

    • Brian S.

      You mean you aren’t happy with the production from Raul Ibanez and Chris Stewart!?!?

  • jimmy

    *t the Minnesota-cleveland game tonight. Cool stadium.

  • Brian S.

    That’s a pretty funny picture. I love A-Rod.

    • Bo Knows

      There seems to be a lot of pictures involving A-Rod and his hand on someone’s ass.

      • Laz

        This picture is priceless though.

        • Betty Lizard

          My desktop wallpaper.

      • vicki

        straight up. first thing i thought.

  • Ron

    What is arod looking at?

    • Brian S.

      DAT ASS

    • Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella)

      You know, so many “traditions” have changed/evolved in baseball over the years from socks to the designated hitter. Why on earth do they still slap each other on the ass in baseball in such a way that would be absolutely inappropriate anywhere but on the baseball field?

      • Betty Lizard

        Look here: DH, wild cards, expansion, robot-umps, whatever. Hell, institute a sudden death one inning overtime.

        But don’t mess with the ass-pats, OK???


      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        Edgy stuff. Is this Jon Stewart?

      • MannyGeee

        funny thing is, as you go from “one of the boys” to “a role model for today’s youths”, this is one of those things that you have to adjust…

        I am not only “one of the boys” on Sunday afternoons in my local Beer League (where the ass pat is not only tolerated, but generally encouraged), but now coach soccer for both of my kids (where they frown upon the ass-patting, thank you Mr Sandusky…)

        I have reverted to the pat on the back of the head: slightly less homo erotic, but generally acceptable across all planes

  • Brian S.

    We should sign Melky Cabrera to a one year ‘prove yourself’ deal and then have him and Mesa hit back to back. If they ever hit back to back home runs it would be one of the greatest things ever.

    • Electric nunez

      Melky in RF has to be better than swisher.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      It would be the first time two milkmen went back to back since your mother.

      • DM

        Not belly to belly?

        • Jack

          As long as there’s no eye contact, it’s cool.

    • Tom

      1.76, 2.38, 3.67, 4.20, 8.00

      That’s Quintana’s month by month ERA (first # is Apr)… almost like there is a small trend here and the league is catching up to him… but I’m sure he’ll settle in and post a sub 3.50 ERA over the next 5-10 years.

  • Electric nunez

    Ed reed just killed the bengals

    • DT

      Did Ray Lewis leave the scene and pretend to not know anything about it?

  • nick

    Raiders looking good or Chargers just that bad?

    • vicki


  • Brian S.

    Jose Quintana has a better ERA than CC Sabathia.

    • DT

      4.16 FIP 4.30 xFIP. ACE

    • FIPster Doofus

      Kyle Kendrick has a better ERA than Roy Halladay.

      • MannyGeee

        Bruce Chen has more wins than Cliff Lee…

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Hey guys, if CC finishes off the season well he’ll actually have numbers quite similar to 09′-almost identical, in fact, except for IP. Just sayin’.

    He’s having a slightly below average, for him, season. I don’t get all of this CC stuff. Sure it’s disappointing NOW since he’s not pitching that well in the middle of a tight pennant race, but he can pick it up and end up having a very, very good year. A CC-like year.

    • WhittakerWalt

      If he doesn’t win actual big games, like games against the Red Sox or games that help win the division, his aggregate stats won’t be worth jack shit.

      •!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        Not sure “big games” and “red sox” should be used in the same sentence anymore.

        Kinda funny that this next series may be an important series but not because the Red Sox are involved.

        • WhittakerWalt

          “Big games” as in the last three games he pitched in, which were almost must-wins and where he didn’t get it done.
          The Red Sox thing is more of a disturbing trend than anything else, because of course these teams won’t be meeting in the playoffs.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Wait…the Red Sox? Excuse me while I laugh myself to sleep.

    • forensic

      The overall offensive environment of 2012 is very different from 2009. The same numbers aren’t nearly as valuable. And, you can’t just ignore the IP numbers. He’s missed a month on the DL, that affects a lot.

    • Brian S.

      A 3.5 ERA in 2009 was way better than one in 2012. Offense fell off a cliff in 2010. Still no explanation why though. I guess all the roids all wore off at once.

    • jesse

      His ERA+ is 118 right now and it hasn’t been that low since 2005. He’s definitely take an step back, but I think (or at least I hope) he can return to his dominant form in 2013.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    A Yankees sweep in this series would officially eliminate the Sawks. It’d be kinda nice to stick the knife in like that.

  • Robert

    Good Luck Melky Mesa, He hopfully will take the 1st rookie at bat for the Yanks in 2012.
    Saw him play at Trenton and Staten Island,above average fielder with a strong arm, good power but does K alot…..