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Game 55: Yankees at Twins

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 31, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Molina C
Cabrera CF
Wang RHP

Chien-Ming Wang (6-2, 3.82) against the Minnesota hitters.

Boof Bonser (2-6, 6.16) against the New York hitters.

Notes: Matsui is 17 of his last 31 with 13 runs scored and leads the AL at .339. … Cano is 2 of his last 19 and is down to .219.

Back later with updates.

UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: Girardi said the Yankees would be calling up a long reliever before Tuesday’s game. Jeff Kartstens? He’s on the roster. … Jorge Posada got through his game without any problem today. Look for him back with the Yankees on Thursday. He will rest today, play back-to-back extended games on Monday and Tuesday, rest Wednesday then play against Toronto on Thursday. … Harlan Chamberlain is at the game. … Kevin Long is growing a mustache in solidarity with The Big G.

UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Here’s AP on Posada:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jorge Posada passed a key test in his rehab program for a sore right shoulder and could rejoin the Yankees as early as Wednesday.

New York’s catcher made two strong throws to second base in an extended spring training game Saturday, the first day he was allowed to throw to the bases in a game since being sidelined on April 27.

“The second one was better than the first one,” Posada said. “It felt good throwing the ball. I’m happy with it. I’m happy the way I felt.”

Posada will likely play in extended spring games Monday and Tuesday, and could rejoin the Yankees after that.

“A day off (Sunday) and play again Monday,” Posada said. “We’ll see how it feels Monday. Probably another game Tuesday. Get back Wednesday or Thursday.”

Posada went 2-for-4, including a single and a two-run double, and caught five innings in the game against Tampa Bay minor leaguers. The five-time All-Star is 8-for-22 with four walks in five extended spring games overall.

UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: Maybe somebody put LSD in my Diet Coke. But I think there are several hundred little girls dressed as pirate cheerleaders in right field. I’m not sure what they’re going to do. Hopefully not attack the pressbox.

UPDATE, 6:41 p.m.: Yeah, they’re pirate cheerleaders and now they’re dancing to assorted pirate songs. It’s kind of frightening. There are at least 150 of them.

UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Well, the pirate cheerleaders are gone. But now they’re having a softball home run derby behind second base with a local radio DJ, two of the Vikings and the Twins mascot, TC The Bear.

The first batter drilled the pitcher in the crotch with a line drive. He got his glove up just in time.

Now TC The Bear is hitting rockets.

UPDATE, 6:56 p.m.: The guy in the bear suit won the softball home run derby. This is the greatest pre-game show I’ve ever seen. I call on the Yankees to have a guy in a bear suit try and hit home runs from behind second base.

UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Boof Bonser is bopping along, walks Johnny Damon on a close pitch, there’s an error and suddenly the Yankees score three runs.

Meanwhile, I probably should have mentioned this before, but Chien-Ming Wang has gone four starts without a win for the first time in his career. His previous long had been three.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Another bad start for Wang so far. The Yanks give him the lead and he walks the leadoff batter ahead of Mauer and Morneau. Can’t do that.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Wang has walked Alexi Casilla three times. This is the first time he has ever faced him.

Considering he has put nine runners on base in four innings, Wang is lucky to have only allowed three runs.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: It appears Jeff Karstens is headed to the majors. He was lifted after four innings in his start for Scranton tonight (4 6 2 2 2 2).

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: OK, leadoff walk for Matsui. Here is Giambi. He has scalded the ball twice (or “lathered it” as he says) and is 0 for 2. Let’s see what happens.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: And he gets a base hit after crushing 3 balls foul.

UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Alas, poor Boof. Jose Molina has 24 hits this season and 11 of them are doubles. That would seem to defy the laws of nature. His career best for two-baggers is 17.

Meanwhile, CMW has a chance to skate off the turf with a win. How they get through these last few innings should be interesting. Can Girardi really run Farnsworth out there again?

UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Man, bad job by CMW.

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: TC The Bear is next to the press box posing for photos with a group of beauty pagent winners. It’s Miss Teen South Dakota and her court.

I just pray that the Big G is kept away from these girls. The Midwest isn’t ready for that.

UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez had gone 15.2 innings without allowing a run. So much for that. Now it’s 6-6 and in the hands of the respective bullpens.

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: I really don’t see the attraction of Jose Veras. I get that he throws hard. But what else does he do?

Chris Britton still has Girardi’s dog at gunpoint apparently. He has a good job. He gets to stay in nice hotels, eat the free food and he never has to actually pitch.

UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Not so fast on Jeff Karstens. Chad Jennings reports that Karstens left the game tonight because he felt tightness in the groin muscle that he popped in spring training.

So the long man on Tuesday will be … Dan Giese? Not the K-Man. No, it’s can’t be.

Ross Ohlendorf warming up. Chris Britton has climbed to the top of the dome with a rifle.

UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Why didn’t A-Rod slap the ball out of Punto’s glove? That works every time.

Bad, bad baseball there. The Yankees have run the bases like Ray Charles for two days.

UPDATE, 10:58 p.m.: They literally dodged a bullet there as Lamb missed a homer by a few feet. Ohlendorf struck out the side. Big spot for him.

The Yankees have lost seven straight extra-inning games on the road by the way.

UPDATE, 11:12 p.m.: Nobody warming up. Ohlendorf either wins or loses it.

UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: Ohlendorf is a groundball pitcher. That’s what he needs right now.

UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: Ross the Boss. Two innings, two hits and two walks but he keeps the Twins down. LaTroy Hawkins warming up. Britton has left the Metrodome and is drinking back at the hotel.

UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Clutchy clutchiness from the Captain there. If they can’t score now they never will.

 
 

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1,258 Responses to “Game 55: Yankees at Twins”

  1. Kill-Schill(ing) May 31st, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Something has to be done with the bullpen immediately.

    What the heck is taking the organization so long to test some of its young power arms in the farm system.

    Girardi doesn’t even give the unproven guys on the roster a chance to show what they can do.

    Neither Veras nor Britton really has had an oppportunity to demonstrate how he’d handle a pressure situation.

    Veras’ lead-off walk was inexcusable but it’s the only the second walk he’s allowed thus far.

  2. Stormrider6 May 31st, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hey, I actually get to watch Wang pitch tonight! Bonus! Now if I can only get my desktop working again and can stop abusing my company laptop…

  3. matt k May 31st, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Be nice if the yankees could give Jeter a day off but when u dont have a back up for him thats tough to do. we have 5 1st/3rd basemen

  4. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    jeter has good timing on his slump, the yankees have won 7 of the last 9 while he’s been slumping horribly. i say as long as he’s healthy, ride it out, he’ll come around and when he does, look out!

  5. Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach May 31st, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    The line-up in almost there.

  6. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Kill Schill –

    In a previous thread, you wondered why Shawn Chacon was traded. As I remember it, Chacon was pitching poorly at the time; nothing like when we first got him from Colorado. What happened is that Chacon seemed to take his workouts less than seriously, and maybe was late to games a few times. Anyway, Torre, Mr. Calm, lit into him in the clubhouse. Soon after that, he was traded.

  7. Sean the Disabled Mess May 31st, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about Cano, Peter. I’m going to have to make a switch on one of my fantasy teams.

  8. pat May 31st, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    “Be nice if the yankees could give Jeter a day off but when u dont have a back up for him thats tough to do.”

    Don’t you trust Betemit to play SS as well as he plays 3B/1B?

  9. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    sean, i wish you were in my league, iv been trying to trade for cano, but the guy wont give him up. no rush, though, i have uggla, looking to sell high (very high) there.

  10. Steve May 31st, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Hey — if anybody wants a ticket to Saturday’s game against KC, I have a Tier Box MVP section ticket, Gate 4, Section 11, Box 623, Row C, aisle seat. Turns out I probably can’t make it to the game. I was going to put it on StubHub or ebay or something, but I thought I’d offer it here first. Not looking for any profit, just to get back what I paid ($80). If interested, e-mail me at: sac_bunt00@yahoo.com

  11. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Out of everyone on the Yankees,
    Jeter is probably the one you worry about the least. At least, right now.

  12. Steve May 31st, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Anyone who gets to see Jeter in BP — does he seem to have less power even in BP than in the past? Pete’s been wondering if he’s got some kind of arm injury, and it makes me wonder if his power is absent all the time, or just in game situations, but I never get to see Batting Practice.

  13. CB May 31st, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Sorry, didn’t see the new thread…

    It’s funny, all winter and spring we heard about the “new” Kyle Farnsworth.

    And in the beginning of the year he did pitch better.

    But as the year has gone on, Farnsworth has trended right back to all of his career performance numbers.

    In many ways his performance to date has been considerably worse than it was last year.

    Farnsworth is in no way having a good year anymore. That spurt where he pitched better – that was a small sample effect.

    He’s ERA is now 4.44/ WHIP 1.52/ BB:9 – 3.33, K/9- 7.4. These are all numbers very much in line with his terrible performance last year and his overall poor career numbers.

    However, there are three areas where Farnsworth’s performance this year is much different so far this year and much, much worse than even compared to years past.

    The primary things is that he’s giving up home runs at an astonishing rate. He’s allowing 3.0 HR/ 9 innings.

    That is by far the worst HR rate on the entire staff and is in all likelihood the worst home run rate in all of baseball.

    If he were a starting pitcher, Farnsworth would be on a pace to give up 90-100 HR over the course of a season.

    He is a complete, extreme outlier with respect to giving up home runs. The yankee’s staff average is 1 HR/ 9 innings.

    And much of the reason why the yankee team HR rate is so high is because that figure o 1/9 includes farnswroth’s numbers.

    So Farnsworth is giving up HRs at well over 300% higher a rate than the average yankee pitcher so far.

    Last year he was giving up 1.3 HR/9innings – which was one of the league’s worst rates to begin with.

    In line with the HR’s, hitters have a .607 Slugging percentage against farnsworth. Again – that is astoundingly bad. That means when hitter make contact against him they are driving it very hard. Last year his slugging pct against was a terrible .415.

    And the last big thing with Farnsworth is that he’s been truly awful against left handed hitters. They have a .371 BA, .452 OBP .771 SLG % and a 1.224 OPS. Again, just amazingly bad numbers this year. He can’t pitch to lefty hitters.

    Could this change? Sure. In fact, I can’t fathom a major league pitcher being this bad. But this is not simply an issue of “small samples” Farnsworth has already thrown 24 innings this year. He hasn’t thrown more than 67 innings over hte past 4 years. So he’s likely over 1/3 his total innings allotment this year already. 1/3 is not a “small sample.”

    The main thing Farnsworth has been better about this year is his walks are down – 3.3/9 compared to 3.9/9 last year.

    But this is one of the things which also makes me wonder – looking at all of his numbers I wonder if Farnsworth is trying harder to throw strikes and in doing so he’s just leaving the ball out over the plate more giving hitters more easy pitches to drive.

  14. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming) May 31st, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Griffey Junior is now at 599 career homers.

  15. JB May 31st, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks CB for the novel on what we all know. Farnsworth is inconsistent.

  16. CB May 31st, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    “Farnsworth is inconsistent.”

    No. He’s not inconsistent. That was the point of posting those statistics. He’s very consistent – he’s just horrible.

    If you look at those numbers and think he’s inconsistent then you have trouble understanding numbers.

    And next time just skip my post. Won’t affect me either way.

  17. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    No, Farnsy is not inconsistent. He’s been very consistent in his stay with the Yankees. If you want to blow a game, Farnsy is the one most likely to do so (next to Kei Igawa). And it does not give me any happiness to say so. I’d love Kyle (and Kei, for that matter) to pitch better. But it ain’t happening.

  18. mel May 31st, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Wow. Griffey & Manchild are both sitting on 99th homeruns.

  19. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I think when Phil Hughes is healthy again they should stick him in the bullpen and let him straighten himself out there.

    Similar to Chad Billingsley Hughes had a decent rookie year with the Yankees. He was a league average pitcher in 72 IP, Hughes WHIP was .40 better than Billingsley’s in 18 less rookie innings

    Billingsley struggled at the beginning of his second season similar to Phil Hughes. The Dodgers put Billingsley in the bullpen to straighten himself out and once he did they reinserted him into the rotation where he started pitching like his old self.

    Billingsley was 22 years old last year, the same age as Phil is now. I think if Phil goes to the bullpen for some time he will straighten himself out much like Billingsley did.

    I know the minors and the majors aren’t the same but Phil Hughes was demonstrably better than Billingsley in the minors. His WHIP in the minors was .4 better than Billingsley’s WHIP.

    I happen to believe that Phil Hughes is capable of coming back to the majors and pitching like the old Phil Hughes.

  20. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Mel,

    Just so you know I was just playing around when I mentioned the Kobe thing in a previous thread. Hope you didn’t take it the wrong way.

    I’m actually rooting for the Lakers in the finals. I’m a Knicks fan but no self respecting Knick fan could ever root for the Celtics to win.

  21. CB May 31st, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    raymag,

    I think that’s a very promising idea with hughes. This year after he comes back from the injury and rehabs i’d like to see him spend a good chunk of time in AAA getting back into form.

    But if the starters are going well (or perhaps even if they aren’t) putting him in the pen might be a very good way of transitioning to the majors.

    There’s such an inordinate amount of pressure starting for the yankees transitioning younger pitchers into the rotation through the pen may be the right approach. It lets them get some innings and their confidence up against major leaguers without having to worry about getting through an order 3 times.

    I also think Phil is going to establish himself as a terrific pitcher in the near future.

  22. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming) May 31st, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Mel- Griffey’s 599th was crushed off of a hanging changeup by Jurrjens. And I’m rooting for the Lakers, and if they win, they should send a shoutout to us at the trophy presentation for giving them Pau. We deserve a tiny piece of the trophy. :)

    And yes, Farnsworth is consistent, consistently a headcase to go along with his HIGH propensity to give up the gopher ball.

  23. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    leads the AL at .339?

    too bad he won’t make the all star game

  24. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Heh, as a Nets fan, I don’t really care who wins the finals. I just hope it’s a good series.

  25. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    CB,

    I was watching the Mets/Dodgers game and seeing how the rather young Billingsley seems to have turned the corner I’m hoping the same fate is in store for Hughes.

    The NY dynamic makes it tough for any rookie coming up and trying to establish themselves in the majors.

  26. Bronxbyte May 31st, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    The window of opportunity is closing for Farnsworth and Hawkins as Edwar has emerged and Melancon and J.B. Cox continue to progress.
    By the end of June, Cashman could be dangling both as part of bait for position players.

  27. Deegan May 31st, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    there are actual net fans out there??

  28. Deegan May 31st, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Hughes will be fine. The guy is a baby.

  29. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    They should trade Farnsy for a bag of bats if they can get it.

    Player traded for bunch of bats

  30. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Deegan: Actually, there are quite a few of us.

    There’s more to New Jersey than just highways, despite what you think.

  31. CB May 31st, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    raymag,

    I’d like them to take this approach with Horne also. Hopefully, he’ll be back pitching in AAA this week. If he has a few good starts I’d like them to transition him to the pen and call him up.

    They really need help in the pen and he’s their most talented close to major league ready arm they have. He also has the kind of fastball that may play well in the pen.

    The amount of young talent they have in the minors is very impressive. Transitioning that talent to the majors while still trying to win in new york will be a real challenge.

    There weren’t any page 1 columns today in the LA Times about Kershaw being overrated or a disaster because he taxed the pen yesterday after his bad outing against the mets.

  32. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Whoops!

    Player traded for a bunch of bats

  33. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    “Jeter is probably the one you worry about the least. At least, right now.”

    because of his rep? That’s just detached from reality. His OBP is way down, his PPA is way down, and he’s not hitting. I don’t necessarily think he’s done, but he may be playing injured. His throws have been off lately, lending credence to this idea. Playing hurt is what the best do. Playing injured hurts your team and is stubborn. I think Jeter’s being stubborn and that the organization doesn’t stand up to him.

  34. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    CB,

    I’d like to see them put Horne in the pen as well. Looks like he’s scheduled to start Sunday, if everything works out he would hopefully be in the mix for a callup to the majors the end of June.

    I’m sure that even if Kershaw has 4 bad starts in a row there’ll be very little national attention payed to it. Guess that’s the cost of playing with the Yanks.

  35. ray (sox fan) May 31st, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    raymagnetic

    Interesting phrase….”self respecting Knicks fan”

    Um….these days isn’t that a contradiction in terms?

    Just yanking your chain a little, I think with a new coach the Knicks will start to improve this next year.

  36. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Whozat,

    Jeter was coming along until he got hit by Cabrera. At that point I believe his OPS was .767 which isn’t great but isn’t horrible either.

    He probably injured his hand much worst than he and the team let on.

  37. Ohiovike May 31st, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    There is not a one of the non-Riveras who doesn’t scare me to death. I still contend that Ollie has the best overall stuff, and I’d go with him in the seventh and Ramirez (lefties) and Farnswothless (righties) in the eighth. That is until a J.B. Cox, Melancon, et al, are ready. Ollie’s poor performance has been the product of grevious misuse due to the lack of a long man. Over one inning, he’s as capable as any of the non-Riveras. I, too, had reservations about moving Joba to the rotation due to his now being only at the team’s disposal twice a week. That, until I heard the argument that it should be easier to fine a pitcher capable of hurling one great inning as opposed to six or seven. Hopefully, that person will emerge — and soon.

  38. Matthew Bleiberg May 31st, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    So,

    Mr. Smarty Pants, Tim McCarver said Clemens amassed virtually all his Cy Young awards with the Red Sox and Yankees, and compared his tenure as a Blue Jay to Wade Boggs on the then Devil Rays.

    Clemens had arguably two of his best season with the Blue Jays in his two years, winning two of his seven Cy Young Awards with the team. Clemens won three with the Red Sox, two with the Yankees and one with the Astros.

    Clemens was 41-13 with 563 Ks in 498 2/3 innings.

    Granted, he was probably on the “H”, but still…

    I don’t know how McCarver got to me. Jeesh.

  39. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Ray,

    I generally don’t let it be known what my fandom is in public. That’s the only way I can continue to be self respecting.

  40. sw May 31st, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Count me in as another who is intrigued by the possibility of Hughes in the bullpen when he comes back. Maybe he could be an eighth inning guy for a while to test out his stuff at mlb level before going back to starting.

  41. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    its been a while since i’ve paid any attention to basketball but here’s my take on the finals.

    the laker’s picking up chamberlain was the move of the year, but no matter what, old man russell still owns the guy. havlechek and baylor are both killer and there’s not stopping jerry west. the celts miss k.c. but that kid cheney might be able to help off the bench.

    i say celts in 7.

  42. ray (sox fan) May 31st, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    raymagnetic

    You are a good sport!

  43. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    “Jeter was coming along until he got hit by Cabrera. At that point I believe his OPS was .767 which isn’t great but isn’t horrible either.”

    It’s really not acceptable for someone who’s not a defensive whiz. And this is my point…I think he’s playing injured, and I think that’s stupid. And I think it’s Girardi’s job to get the trainers to find out what’s up and to tell Derek to sit his ass on the bench until he’s merely hurt.

  44. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    As for Hughes in the pen…I think that, by the time he’s ready to come back, one of Moose or Rasner will have come back to earth. One of Horne, Kenney and Hughes will start for the Yanks in the 2nd half, I think. And it should be whoever’s shown the most at AAA when the move needs to be made. One of the others can perhaps come up as a reliever. Not Kennedy, though. I don’t think he’s suited to the pen.

  45. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Whozat completely agree about Giese from your previous post. To me its a no-brainer. He should have been here last month. For some reason Girardi doesn’t feel the need to carry a long man.

    I don’t agree about sticking Horne or Hughes in the bullpen. I think both will be much better served starting consistently in AAA. Beisdes, I have a funny feeling the bullpen is about to get a lot better. Cox and Melancon could both be here by the end of July.

    I also don’t agree how a lot of teams label a certain pitcher their “7th inning guy” or “8th inning guy”. Doesn’t any manager make moves by feel anymore? By the flow of the game? Does it always have to be by-the-book, stats based moves? If the heart of a lineup is coming up in the 7th, don’t you use your best reliever besides your closer? Or do you say, “no, he’s my 8th inning guy” and use a different less qualified pitcher?

  46. Yankfan May 31st, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t like how they are playing Matsui after he started in left field last night. I know he’s a hot bat and all but they need to rest him so he doesn’t get worn out during the year.

    Yes, SHelly is a liability at first, but they should try him at DH to get him more consistent AB’s. I don’t want to see Damon, Giambi and Matsui broken down.

  47. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Hughes in the bullpen when he comes back is an intriguing option and it could, honestly, be just what he needs.

  48. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    “Doesn’t any manager make moves by feel anymore? By the flow of the game? Does it always have to be by-the-book, stats based moves?”

    if you go against the book, you get crucified by the stat guys. only guys like bobby cox and ‘genius’ can get away with that anymore.

  49. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    This is our best lineup without Jorge in there. I hope Girardi uses it on a somewhat consistent basis until Posada comes back.

    The guys are starting to rake. Giambi and Matsui have been great in their approach to hitting recently. I hope they keep it up. A Rod is A Rod. Melky and Abreu are hitting well. Hopefully the captain isn’t hurt too bad. Either he’s hurt or he’s in a big slump.

  50. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    matsui does need rest to stay on top of his game, but he is red hot and has been running very well of late. he has been great on the bases the past week and he made a nice sprinting catch last night.

    he needs to be rested periodicallly, but not every other night and right now, he looks like he’s as healthy as he’s been in a couple of years. send him out there, hes our most clutch guy.

  51. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    “Does it always have to be by-the-book, stats based moves?”

    Actually, the ‘stats based move’ WOULD be to go with your best pitcher against the heart of their lineup. Or, at least, the guy who’s done best against those hitters in the past.

    Designating relief roles (Kyle’s the 8th inning guy. Period.) IS ‘by the book’, but it is NOT ‘stats based’

  52. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    “Yes, SHelly is a liability at first, but they should try him at DH to get him more consistent AB’s. I don’t want to see Damon, Giambi and Matsui broken down.”

    If Matsui couldn’t play the field after a day off and DH the next day, he’d be a lot more fragile than he seems. If he was in the field again today and Damon was DHing or something, I might agree with you. But the way it is, I think is fine.

  53. mel May 31st, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    raymagnetic,

    I thought you were serious! Good luck with D’antoni. Didn’t like him with the Suns, but that was because they kicked us around the last 2 years. He’ll be great for you guys. Run & Gun. Definitely entertaining.

    J-Dawg,

    If we win it, the MVP should be Chris Wallace.

  54. DMan May 31st, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Need a win tonight.

    I’m hoping tonight is the last time we see the Yankees at .500 this season.

  55. wishbone May 31st, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Has there been any news on Humberto Sanchez? He was supposed to be pitching in May as I recall. The silence is troubling.
    Also, we got two bad breaks with Hughes and Horne going down — hopefully one or both can help this year — and the bullpen seems like a place to start.

    Interesting that nobody seems to mention the possibility of trading for a competent set-up man. Who is available, at what price — or more precisely, at what specially inflated reverse-discount price for the Yanks?

  56. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    You know what’s weird? By nearly every measure (most notably the won-loss record), this is a better Yankee team thus far into the season than last year…yet last year, I’m not sure we were ever in last place.

    Or, if we were, it wasn’t for long.

  57. pat May 31st, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Seeing Bowa in the Met/Dodger game makes me miss him. I loved him on Baseball Tonight and miss his interviews when he was with the Yankees because he never pulled any punches about the team.

  58. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    “leads the AL at .339?

    too bad he won’t make the all star game”

    It is too early to say that.
    With internet voting, he is likely to get lot of votes from ?apan unlike some of the people he is competing with for a spot on ASG.

  59. crawdaddie May 31st, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Pete,
    I hope it’s not Karstens because he’s not a good ML pitcher in my estimation. Also, he’s been pretty bad in his rehab starts. However, I understand the problem with the 40 man roster.

  60. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    A couple of things – and forgive me if someone has addressed this already. I haven’t read the entire thread. If Jorge is coming back and we’re adding a long reliever, doesn’t that mean that two people currently on the team are getting the ax? Any thoughts as to who? My vote is send Shelley down to Scranton (love the guy, but he’s just not getting the job done) and DFA Betemit. I know some people want Engsberg gone, but I think Betemit is worse.

    Also, love the idea of Hughes coming out of the bullpen. Not sure the brass would be hot for that idea, but hey – we need to do whatever is going to help us win games. So far, Hughes as a starting pitcher hasn’t done the trick.

  61. Dynasty Is Destiny! May 31st, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    From the previous thread, regarding using Edwar Ramirez in the 8th, whozat said:

    “I figure he’s earned a shot. If they start teeing off on him, how is that any worse than what we’re getting with Kyle?”

    I agree 100%…where’s the logic in continuing to throw a guy out there, who, based on a substantial amount of recent evidence is likely to give up more home runs in the future…

    Because of the nature of Farnsworth’s role, those future home runs will very likely be given up in close or tied games…

    If Farnsworth continues at this rate, who knows how many close games will be lost in the 8th…

    Furthermore, when you have someone who’s unreliable in that 8th inning slot, it takes away the manager’s option to use him in tough spots earlier-like the 7th inning with 2 outs but a runner in scoring position for example…

    What many people forget to point out, is that a quality 8th inning reliever will sometimes be used earlier as well…but if you can’t rely on him to pitch the 8th, how can you rely on him to come in the 7th with runners on base?

    Bottom line:

    Ramirez in the 8th is a better bet right now…

  62. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    “I know some people want Engsberg gone, but I think Betemit is worse.”

    There is, literally, no evidence to support that Betemit is worse at this time than Ensberg.

    “So far, Hughes as a starting pitcher hasn’t done the trick.”

    He pitched for less than two month this season, and was hurt for at least part of it. He needs to start in order to get back on track. The only reason to move him to the pen would be if he was approaching some kind of innings limit.

  63. bebop May 31st, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    No please anybody but Karstens. I’more then willing to lose him off the 40 man. To paraphrase Marlene Dietrich his future is in the past.

  64. BobK55 May 31st, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Karstens is starting for Scranton tonight. Unless he’s on a short pitch count I don’y see him getting called up. Maybe Dan Giese? Please, please, please NO Igawa!

  65. Dynasty Is Destiny! May 31st, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Just out of curiosity, what do you guys think had a greater impact on the Yankees making it to the playoffs last year?

    A)The addition of Roger Clemens to the starting rotation?

    Or

    B)The addition of Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen?

  66. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    karstens mlb record 3-5, 5.65. not good enough for a long-man? not alot of aces pitching in mop-up.

  67. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I think they might still have someone they can move to the 60-day in order to add a guy to the 40-man. Not sure, though. Otherwise…DFA Igawa. Worst thing that happens is someone else takes him and his whole contract.

  68. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    GIESE !!!!

    I’d love to see this guy get a shot. He’s 31 years old and a career minor leaguer. I guess that’s why no one ever talks about him.

    But apparently he developed a new pitch this year and has been basically lights out. Converted from reliever to starter in May.

    As a long man? Why not?

  69. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    “karstens mlb record 3-5, 5.65. not good enough for a long-man? not alot of aces pitching in mop-up.”

    That’s not the point. The point is Giese’s been pitching great pretty much all season. There’s no earthly reason that Karstens should be ahead of him on the depth chart. I think his last outing stunk, but before that he was superlative.

  70. Buddy Biancalana May 31st, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Brandon-

    If you are out there, Brayan Pena was DFA’d again, this time by the Royals, maybe the Yanks get him now.

  71. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    “There is, literally, no evidence to support that Betemit is worse at this time than Ensberg.”

    Oh, so the fact that watching him on this team annoys the heck out of me doesn’t count? Bummer!

    Truthfully, both of them don’t deserve to be on the team. They bring absolutely nothing to the table. At least Ensberg can play 3B when Alex needs a spell.

  72. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    “Truthfully, both of them don’t deserve to be on the team. They bring absolutely nothing to the table. ”

    Bull. Betemit has legitimate left-handed power. And certainly handles 3B no worse than Morgan. Did you watch yesterday? He hit two balls really well; not really his fault they got chased down by some good OFers. Yes, he strikes out. No, he won’t hit for high average. But, he’ll take some walks and bang out some XBH. There’s a place for that guy on my bench any day.

  73. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Brandon, why are you so psyched on Brayan Pena?

  74. mel May 31st, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Did Pena’s mother not know how to spell Bryan?

  75. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Actually I stand corrected.

    Giese made 8 appearances in the majors last year, allowing 4 HRs in 9.1 innings of work. Yikes!

    But he has allowed only 2 home runs all YEAR at Scranton. I still think its his turn.

  76. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    “Did Pena’s mother not know how to spell Bryan?”

    You mean Brian?

  77. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    if they dfa igawa, i think the yankees have to pay the full contract minus whatever he signs for somewhere else (mlb minimum)

  78. mel May 31st, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I meant Breyan.

  79. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Let’s get a win tonight. No more sloppy plays!

  80. mel May 31st, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    lol. Broxton just dropped a huge f-bomb. lucky thing there was no audio feed.

  81. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I had mentioned previously that I felt the best place for Hughes to escape the pressure from the media is into the pen for relief work, where his appearances would be less predictable and anticipated.
    It would also serve to help build his confidence.
    The drum role and intense scrutinizing of every start and inning he delivers from the rotation by the media is just too much pressure in my opinion for a young pitcher.

  82. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    “Giese made 8 appearances in the majors last year, allowing 4 HRs in 9.1 innings of work. Yikes!”

    Yah…that’s a lot. He actually junked his change this year because it sucked, and now he throws FBs and curves from several different arm angles and at several different speeds. I think it was his change that was getting hammered.

    Thing I like about him is he doesn’t walk people, and he actually has good K rates for a guy without dominating stuff.

  83. mel May 31st, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    and that was before the beltran bomb. 2-2

  84. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    “if they dfa igawa, i think the yankees have to pay the full contract minus whatever he signs for somewhere else (mlb minimum)”

    I think I meant pass him through waivers and misspoke. He’s still on his option years, so they can just waive him to take him off the 40-man and assign him to AAA. I’m pretty sure.

  85. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    “And certainly handles 3B no worse than Morgan”

    I disagree. Did you see the game he played at 3B right before he got hurt? It was God awful. Morgan is no Brooks Robinson, but I think he’s better than Betemit.

  86. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    That may not have anything to do with option years. I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure they can expose him to waivers to get him off the 40-man, and if no one takes him they can just send him to AAA and not have to release him. Releasing a guy is what makes you have to pay him.

  87. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    “I disagree. Did you see the game he played at 3B right before he got hurt? It was God awful. Morgan is no Brooks Robinson, but I think he’s better than Betemit.”

    One game does not a player make. I saw Ensberg make some poor plays in his time here too.

    Besides, how many days off does ARod take? The once in a blue moon that Betemit has to play 3B is really not a big deal. The fact that his bat is useful from at least one side of the plate is a much bigger deal. Also…he actually MADE a throw from 1B to 2B last night, which is much more than I can say for any of the other 1Bs on the roster.

  88. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    This is certainly off topic, but I’ve come to believe that the entire DET lineup is filled with schizophrenics. They either score 15 runs or none at all. SEA just blanked them. How bad is a lineup going if SEA can shut you out? It wasn’t even Bedard pitching. Strange, very strange.

  89. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I hate to say it but Im really starting to think Cano is just going to have a really bad year. I keep waiting for him to turn it around. He just looks lost. Best he hits this year is .250

  90. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 31st, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Good evening everyone. Glad too see Mike won last night, again!! :)

  91. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    “Also…he actually MADE a throw from 1B to 2B last night, which is much more than I can say for any of the other 1Bs on the roster.”

    Yes, being able to throw from 1B to 2B is an acquired taste for our current band of 1B players. We will just have to agree to disagree about Betemit. I just don’t care for the guy. I think we could do better.

  92. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    “I hate to say it but Im really starting to think Cano is just going to have a really bad year. I keep waiting for him to turn it around. He just looks lost. Best he hits this year is .250″

    I wouldn’t give up on him just yet. If he’s in this funk come July, then I’ll start to worry.

  93. mel May 31st, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Laura,

    There were so many expectations for the Tigers this year. Their pitching was going to be suspect, but no one anticipated that they would be paper Tigers at the plate.

    It’s karma. Some were saying it was the best lineup EVER. We know that there are at least 2 lineups that are better and they both wore pinstripes.

  94. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I’m hearing from some of my Canadian friends that Tuesday’s game between Joba and Halliday is being hyped on the Canadian Sport’s Channel.

  95. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 31st, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    There are more pirate cheerleaders at the twins game than fans at the rays game. imagine that.

  96. DMan May 31st, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Well sure Minnesota was a large Pirate center. True story.

  97. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Laura, I agree with you about Cano. In his, what, 2-1/2 years of major league time, his career BA is over .300. Anyone can have a bad year, but I’d give him more time before I give up on him. And just because he smiles a lot doesn’t mean he doesn’t care.

    There are bigger problems on this team than Robbie Cano.

  98. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    “I think we could do better.”

    For a bench player? Ok. Point one out to me. Would you rather have Miguel Cairo back? A guy like Alex Cora?

  99. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Wait. Joba is making his first start against Halliday?

  100. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    jon heyman called tuesday’s matchup the most anticipated start of the year in n.y.

    and called pedro’s start the same night #2

    the hype is on!

  101. pat May 31st, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    “Kevin Long is growing a mustache in solidarity with The Big G.”

    Not many grown men can pull off braces let alone a ‘stache and braces. Big props to K Long for trying.

  102. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    “jon heyman called tuesday’s matchup the most anticipated start of the year in n.y.”

    Seriously? I hate the media.

  103. B Reed May 31st, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    “Seriously? I hate the media.”

    Because you aren’t psyched to see Joba start a game???

    That makes you hate the media??

  104. Jonah May 31st, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Important start from Wang here. Bonser isn’t a good starter and the Minny lineup ain’t exactly murderers row.

  105. Jonah May 31st, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Cano has way too good a swing to hit 200 the whole yr. He may not hit 330 but he’ll certainly not hit 200.

  106. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Prediction: Wang’s line 7 – 6 – 2 – 2 – 0 – 0 – 6k’s

    Go Yankees….

    Go Sun Devils…

  107. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    “Because you aren’t psyched to see Joba start a game???”

    Actually, I’m very excited. That doesn’t make this the most anticipated start of the year. He’s a promising young pitcher making his MLB starting debut. They’re trying to frame it as the last great hope of the Yankees, with Joba riding in on a white horse to save this struggling team. All that can do is add unnecessary pressure for him, and make the coverage more annoying for me to listen to.

  108. Drew May 31st, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    The Yankees should have body suit man try to hit a home run!

  109. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I mean…Kershaw’s a young pitcher with just as much promise. Was his start the most anticipated Dodgers start of the year? They’re an underachieving, expensive team as well and he’s just as much a phenom, but even younger.

    My point is that it’s just going to be aggravating putting up with the overblown coverage of a june baseball game where our starter will be limited to 70 pitches.

  110. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    whozat, actually, you summed up what Joba does need to do pretty well, everyone knows it, and so does he. Joba seems VERY smart, so I’m sure he’s well aware that how he performs as a starter can greatly influence a number of Yankee official’s jobs, if this team goes anywhere this year, amongst other things. If Joba enters the rotation and is what he’s supposed to be, do you think many people are going to be complaining about Hughes and Kennedy? No, of course not, Joba can easily take the spotlight off their struggles and he can become the focus of everything.

  111. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Rebecca
    Yes it is a Joba vs Halliday match-up on Tuesday.

  112. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Last night some people wre wondering how Boof Bonser’s mom came up with the nickname. My guess is that it came from the Michael J. Fox “Teen Wolf”. It was the nickname of Fox’s neighbor and childhood girl friend “Boof”. The movie was made in 1985 and Bonser was born in 1982.

  113. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Isn’t this guy supposed to be bad in the first inning?

  114. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    “whozat, actually, you summed up what Joba does need to do pretty well,”

    No, I didn’t. He doesn’t need to do that. He just needs to pitch well. He’s not supposed to be the #1 starter for this team RIGHT NOW. He’s just supposed to solidify a slot in the rotation. It’s ok if he struggles sometimes. He just has to offset it by being brilliant sometimes, which he is totally capable of. Being consistently brilliant will come in time.

    If Joba goes out there feeling like he needs to

    1) save the season
    2) justify the wisdom of the youth movement
    3) cure cancer
    4) rescue 12 puppies a day, and
    5) convince Osama and Bush to ‘hug it out’

    he will achieve none of those things.

  115. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Hey, great job making the starter work and/or getting on base, derek. Awesome approach at the plate.

  116. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I guess it’s Wang time

  117. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    whozat: I wouldn’t put it past Joba to accomplish #5 :-P

  118. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I wonder if I should watch the movie Atonement or this game.

  119. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    But whozat, I think you’re missing the point… He CAN do 1 and 2 that you listed just by pitching how you said he needs to. This team is good right now. They need a push, something to put them over the top. That’s what Joba can be. Right now they are a good rotation with no 5th starter. He can make them a superb rotation with a 5th starter who can be an ace one day. If Joba fills that 5th spot, the Yankees have one last hole, an 8th inning guy. But he can solidify the rotation and that almost is riding in on a white horse and saving the season…

  120. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    “Cano has way too good a swing to hit 200 the whole yr. He may not hit 330 but he’ll certainly not hit 200.”

    He’s got a great swing, but too frequently he employs it on trying to hit crap. Without something close to plate discipline, he’s not going to be what he can be.

  121. Steve Balboni May 31st, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Who exactly is that Yankee minor league power arm everyone is talking about? I’ve looked at the SWB and Trenton team pitching stats and nobody really stands out. There might have been one or two that equaled a K per inning, but nothing like 40 innings and 60K’s for example. It appears to be decent arms, but nothing to get blown away by. And you have to consider the fact that AA players swing at almost everything and as they progress up to AAA and the major league, they get more selective.

  122. MJR May 31st, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Yankees 5-2 :)

    Just got my tickets today for the NY-Oakland game on the 11th.

    Snagged some good VIP seats for cheap….I’m stoked! And maybe I wasn’t dreaming when I was hoping Joba would pitch on that series. :)

    GO YANKS!

  123. Floyd May 31st, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    “I wonder if I should watch the movie Atonement or this game.”

    Watch the Red Sox game.

  124. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    “He can make them a superb rotation with a 5th starter who can be an ace one day”

    There is no circumstance under which this rotation will be superb. As it stands it’s the 4th best IN THEIR OWN DIVISION. He can help improve on that to be sure.

  125. B Reed May 31st, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    “Actually, I’m very excited. That doesn’t make this the most anticipated start of the year”

    Actually it is the most anticipated start of the year since it has been running on the ESPN News ticker the past 2 days.

  126. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Alex gets it started right here…..

  127. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Gotta get that run back and more.
    Get to work bats

  128. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Fredo, what do you mean 4th best in the division?

    Kennedy and Hughes had era’s around 9. They aren’t in the rotation anymore. I think it makes more sense to look at a pitching rotation with pitchers who are in the rotation than pitchers who WERE in the rotation…

  129. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    “But he can solidify the rotation and that almost is riding in on a white horse and saving the season…”

    You and I both know that the masses won’t perceive coming in and being solid as justifying the youth movement or saving the season. The way it’s being set up, people will be disappointed with an ERA around 4. I’ll be elated with that.

  130. Ollie May 31st, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    There is no circumstance under which this rotation will be superb. As it stands it’s the 4th best IN THEIR OWN DIVISION.

    If Chamberlain is a top of the line starter from Day One or even by the summer this rotation becomes superb. Joba-Wang-Pettitte is a top of the line top 3.

    Rasner has more than held his own. Check the stats.

    The Sox without Dice K, the Rays have to show they can do it for more than 40 games, and the Orioles? You serious?

  131. Yankfan May 31st, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Have you yet to figure out that Whozat is a tool who just likes to hear himself (or see himself, since he is typing) talk?

    He’ll say one thing in one post and then totally contradict himself in another post the same day or the day after. He also carries himself off like he is a total authority on any subject yet is probably a fat guy who has never played ball but thinks he is bright because his fantasy team did good last season.

  132. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    “Actually it is the most anticipated start of the year since it has been running on the ESPN News ticker the past 2 days.”

    They’re trying to manufacture this anticipation is my point. Sure, I’m really glad that he’s moving to the rotation, but I’m not champing at the bit mroe than I was for, say, opening day.

  133. Mark in CT May 31st, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    This team is ready to take off. Joba starting will help that set off.

  134. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    is anyone else’s YES Hi DEF not working?

  135. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    “I think it makes more sense to look at a pitching rotation with pitchers who are in the rotation than pitchers who WERE in the rotation”

    They have better starting pitching than Baltimore’s. That’s it.

  136. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    My YES Hi def is working

  137. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    whozat, that’s a good point, but I think everyone will see it when they see what this team can actually do WITH a solid 5th starter. This team hasn’t really had chances to go on long winning streaks or be consistent with the 4th and 5th spot in the rotation being close to non-existent. Now the 4th spot seems pretty sound, and with a solid 5th starter I think the masses will like what this team can do.

  138. B Reed May 31st, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    “They’re trying to manufacture this anticipation is my point. Sure, I’m really glad that he’s moving to the rotation, but I’m not champing at the bit mroe than I was for, say, opening day.”

    How is it manufactured? Who here isn’t excited about Tuesday??? It’s not fake hype. It is genuine excitement and all baseball fans want to see it. That kinda makes it the most anticipated start of the yr. Just check the cameras on Tuesday night when he makes his first pitch.

  139. Kelvin May 31st, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Who in the division has a better third starter than Andy P?

  140. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    jesus, how the hell can anyone watch a sporting event not in hi-def? This is intolerable

  141. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    cräp!
    Igawang, where’s wrong with you

  142. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    “If Chamberlain is a top of the line starter from Day One or even by the summer this rotation becomes superb. Joba-Wang-Pettitte is a top of the line top 3.

    Rasner has more than held his own. Check the stats.

    The Sox without Dice K, the Rays have to show they can do it for more than 40 games, and the Orioles? You serious?”

    So Chamnerlain has made a total of ZERO starts and he’s a top of the line starter while the Rays have been great for 1/3 of the season but we have to wait and see???

    BTW, Toronto’s rotation runs circles around all of ‘em.

  143. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    weird, no idea why mine isnt… lemme go check the kids room

  144. Floyd May 31st, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Wang as the ace of a rotation??? That automatically makes them 5th in the division. Cabrera is better than him in Baltimore.

  145. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    “They have better starting pitching than Baltimore’s. That’s it.”

    What a well supported argument.

    “How is it manufactured?”

    Sure, there’s excitement. But to assert that this is more anticipated than opening day? The first game of the season against the Sox?

  146. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Kelvin, I would say no one but at this point Andy is their second starter… But there’s still no number 2 I’d rather have starting in an important game.

  147. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Can you imagine how good the yanks would be in Melky was 1/2 the player Gomez is..

  148. Kelvin May 31st, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    “So Chamnerlain has made a total of ZERO starts and he’s a top of the line starter while the Rays have been great for 1/3 of the season but we have to wait and see???”

    And who would be shocked by Chamberlain becoming an ace from Day 1??

    I’ll take my chances with him over Matt Garza and Kazmir staying healthy

  149. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I can’t wait for Joba to start on Tues. 8)

    But I worry if he’s not lights out in his first couple of starts, some whacked out Yankees fans will be calling for his head and for him to go back to the bullpen ASAP. Not that their cries will really do anything.

    I hope we all remember(including me :P ) that Joba might have ups and downs. We have to be patient and see what happens

  150. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    This just drives me nuts, How is Matsui NOT tagging on that hit? If the ball drops, he can still score from second, but on the out he is now at 3rd. Just don’t get it.

  151. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    “Who in the division has a better third starter than Andy P?”

    So we compare our #2 starter to everyone else’s #3????

  152. B Reed May 31st, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Because on ESPN and in the papers and all over talk radio there was talk about Wangs start vs Boston??

    You can deny the hype of Joba’s start all you want but every baseball fan is looking forward to Tues.

  153. Randy May 31st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Cano is a flat out awful this year.

  154. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    cano is hopeless right now… between him and jeter they may have the worst hitting middle of the infield in the AL

  155. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    You know, this team could go 162-0 and you all would still find things to complain about

  156. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    has anyone seen Robby Cano???

  157. Kelvin May 31st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Chamberlain will be our #1 starter by September. If he’s not this team doesn’t win 85 games.

  158. Lee van Cleef May 31st, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Does anyone know how much longer Jonathan Albaladejo will be out?? He’s been out at least a few weeks, no?

  159. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Matsui is wasted on this team

  160. Gerald NJ May 31st, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Cano is not the same player he was. He looks lost.

  161. Brian F May 31st, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I love ER. Talk about a loser.

  162. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    the only thing more painful than watching cano and jeter hit is watching cano and jeter hit in non hi-def

  163. Brian F May 31st, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Throw in shapeshifter in that too. Get a life.

  164. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Kelvin, that’s a pretty illogical statement. The Yankees can do just fine even if Joba is their 5th starter. Do I think he’ll still be the 5th starter by September and not have moved up? Absolutely not, but the bottom line is Joba enters the rotation as the 5th. What he is by September is up to him…

  165. Floyd May 31st, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    There is our big Ace. Wang getting hit by the vaunted Twins. He looks worse than Mussina.

  166. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    My prediction for Mr. Wang: 5 innings, 10 hits, 5 runs.

  167. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    “cano is hopeless right now… between him and jeter they may have the worst hitting middle of the infield in the AL”

    Not as long as Tony Pena Jr. holds a job in KC, they aren’t.

  168. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    c’mon Wang

  169. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Rebecca, clearly the 162-0 Yankees will have won too many one run games when they should have blown everybody out! ;-)

  170. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    thanks brain. what have I said that bothers you? that jeter and cano are hopeless right now? im sorry.. they are CRUSHING it. its people like Brian F that watch every thing with rose colored glasses that give real yankee fans a bad name. you sir are a disgrace. go root for the mets

  171. Kelvin May 31st, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    How is illogical to say that Joba will be a top of the line starter by September? Not like a 22 yr old can’t be right? Like he hasn’t had major league experience, right? You think this kid will be intimidated by the stage??

    You think he’ll frighten? He doesn’t have the stuff??

  172. Brian F May 31st, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I just get a kick out of defeatist trolls like you shapeshifter. Post away!

  173. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    rebecca, no offense but coming from you, who could find happiness if they were 0-162 that doesnt carry much weight

  174. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Fredo-
    At lease Pena can field his position at SS

  175. Floyd May 31st, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Wang needs a defense behind him. We don’t have a defense for him.

  176. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Okay, Wang, please, I know you like ground balls, but outs are so much more fun.

    Also, I hate thunderstorms.

  177. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Rebecca-
    its equally amusing/distrssing that so called fans like yourself can find happiness if the yanks were 0-162.

  178. Francis Long Island May 31st, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I’d rather listen to people like rebecca who don’t quit at the first sign of trouble than any defeatist quitter here.

  179. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    what the hell was molina doing there, had he been on the line instead of 3 ft in front of it, he would have at least had a chance.

  180. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Wang doesn’t seem to do too well pitching at the Metrodome.

  181. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Once again Wang in trouble. He is not a 1. Maybe a 3 at the most. I don’t care if he won 19 the last two years. He needs to be a stopper to be a 1

  182. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Wang has not won a game since May 2nd. He is not looking sharp so far tonight. The Yanks though should be able to score runs. Bonser has an ERA of over 6.

  183. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Wang just needs to get the ball down. Every hit has been mid thigh and flat or flat and up in the zone.

  184. WangSucks May 31st, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Wang blows….giving up one run every inning ain’t gonna cut it. He ain’t winning another game for the rest of the year.

  185. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    who is quitting? i just call it like I see it… ive been a yanks fan for 20+ years. i just dont blidly worship players like you do.

  186. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    isnt the catcher (or the pitcher) supposed to call for OF throws to be cut if they are offline or late? in the last 3 weeks, ive seen abreu’s offline throws go through time and time again.

  187. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    bring back Igawa!

  188. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    isnt it funny that Wang/Jeter/Cano have all been really really bad lately….I know Jeter will turn it around and I hope Wang can…But Cano SUCK!

  189. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Kelvin, it’s illogical because for Joba to be the #1 he will have to:

    1) Be able to easily go 7 innings with little to no experience in minimizing pitch count in the major leagues. Can he figure it out be then, sure, but saying he definitely will is fraudulent.
    2) He has to pitch SO much better than Wang that it’s not even a question of who the number 1 should be. To be, that’s probably not very feasible.

    If you believe those two things are automatic then you’re crazy. I don’t care how good he is, he has very little experience in the majors and there will be a learning curve.

  190. Nate May 31st, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Kennedy and Hughes really crapped the bed this yr. No wins between them? Who would have thought? No wonder we are in last. But that doesn’t mean we have a bad rotation going forward with Joba and Rasner.

  191. Kelvin May 31st, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Chamberlain has top of the rotation stuff and top of the rotation makeup. To say he won’t know how to pitch a solid 7 innings is totally illogical.

    I’ll tell you this. Every Yankee employee from the front office to the coaching staff believes he will be that top of the rotation starter sooner rather than later.

    If him and Wang battle for the Ace mantle I think we’ll all be very happy.

  192. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    At least Poopi and Co. are also down 2-0, but they have the ability to come back, unlike the 2008 Yankees

  193. Paulio May 31st, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Posada can’t come back soon enough. Molina just can’t hit. Melky can’t hit either. The bottom of the order is terrible. Maybe Gardner deserves a shot in CF.

  194. Rocco May 31st, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    At least Poopi and Co. are also down 2-0, but they have the ability to come back, unlike the 2008 Yankees

    did you watch yesterday’s game?

  195. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    would be nice to see captain intangibles do something. for once.

  196. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    can jeter please do something here

  197. Martin May 31st, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Jim Palmer just called Pedroia a ‘munchkin’ during the O’s broadcast.

  198. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    jeter has to be hurt…and cano needs a day or 2 off

  199. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    i cant remember seeing jeter this putrid ever… didnt he once go 0-32 though?

  200. Paulio May 31st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    # The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    At least Poopi and Co. are also down 2-0, but they have the ability to come back, unlike the 2008 Yankees

    I don’t comprehend why a Sox fan would waste his time every night posting on a Yankee board. Wow.

  201. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Now, let’s capitalize!!!!

  202. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    “At least Poopi and Co. are also down 2-0, but they have the ability to come back, unlike the 2008 Yankees”

    They just did. The little mite at 2nd and Ortiz just went back to back.

  203. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Yeah seriously you’d like to see Jeter drive Damon in rather than hitting a weak ground ball. That worries me more than Melky not getting a hit every single time he bats. At least you’re guaranteed solid defense 24/7 from Melky… Jeter needs to give them SOMETHING.

  204. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    oops, Poopi & Co. now tied it 2-2

  205. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    did anyone see that stupid Redsox tallent show during spring training? Pedroia took his shirt off and he looked like a 45 year old man

  206. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    It would be nice to get at least Damon home.

  207. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    “i cant remember seeing jeter this putrid ever… didnt he once go 0-32 though?”

    He did once. This is different. This slump coincided with him being hit in the hand. You have to wonder if he’s right at this point.

  208. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    come on AROD

  209. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Nice! Good teams make teams pay for errors. C’mon A Rod, let’s take a lead now.

  210. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    “At least Poopi and Co. are also down 2-0, but they have the ability to come back, unlike the 2008 Yankees”

    Like last night right? You should really think before you post.

  211. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Fredo-
    was his defense as terrible as it is now when we went 0-32?

  212. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    We might have to re-sign Abreu at the end of the season.

  213. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    wait nevermind it really doesnt matter how many runs we score wang will just keep building his fence 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

  214. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    laura they have to resign bobby…why the hell wouldnt they

  215. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Oh my. Tell me if you all can watch this:

    http://www.apple.com/trailers/...../trailer1/

    And not go “huh” when you hear “Joba’s son has been kidnapped”?

  216. Diane May 31st, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Anyone else want to say A-Rod isn’t clutch?

  217. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Nice 2 out hitting by Abreu and ARod

  218. Dr. Cox May 31st, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Heading out now. But LOVING these two out hits!

    Have a good game all.

  219. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Nice job A Rod. Wang will shut them down the rest of the way. Go home trolls, it’s over for you.

  220. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Rebecca that does sound funny. Is that a trailer for a game?

  221. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Way to come through, Alex!!!!!!

  222. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Yeah A-Rod!

  223. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    “laura they have to resign bobby…why the hell wouldnt they”

    Cuz he’s 35 next season, and it will likely require a multiple year deal. If he agrees to three years or less, you can argue that you go ahead with it, even if he does have an irrational fear of walls. If he wants more than that, then you send him packing.

  224. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Good to see us stealing more bases. Now that everyone is “almost” healthy, we can run more.

  225. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Cano’s bat here: “Robbie, did you see how Abreu and ARod made the pitcher work and then got a pitch to hit?” “Did you also notice they took pitches?”

    Let’s see what you can do next time up….

    Your pal Whiff

  226. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Of all the yankees this year, IMO Jeter has been the most dissapointing. by far. he hasnt stepped up a bit, and by stepping up I dont mean hitting .360 There have been far too manny games when all he simply needed to do was get on base, hit it to the right side or get down a bunt. combine that with legitimate sub-par defense and there ya go. jeter is a vastly overrated player at this point in his career. its that simple.

  227. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Rock on ALex!

  228. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    buck teeth, Wang won’t last past 5

  229. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    ok now who’s gonna dump on matsui for not getting a hit every time up?

  230. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Let’s see Wang hold the lead.

  231. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Nice two out rally

  232. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    “Cuz he’s 35 next season, and it will likely require a multiple year deal. ”

    True, but my hope is that he’ll want to stay enough that he’ll be happy with a two year deal. If he wants a 3 yr deal, I think that the Yankees will and should pass.

  233. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Rebecca- That does sound weird. lol
    I didn’t that was gonna be a movie coming out this year

  234. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    shape really beating the dead horse there everybody knows you hate jeter ok. when that changes, send us a message.

  235. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Breaking NEWS!!!!!!!

    NY Yankees steal 2 bases in the same inning!!!!!!

    Nice to see Girardi grow some and start pushing the envelope. Good inning boys, now Wanger, mid thigh and lower with the ball diving down.

  236. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    **I didn’t realize that**

  237. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    “Anyone else want to say A-Rod isn’t clutch?”

    3rd inning…Metrodome….May. Not exactly your prototypical clutch situation. We’ll take it, but til he does something in a month beginning with the letter “O”, he’s not getting a clutch label.

  238. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    “Of all the yankees this year, IMO Jeter has been the most dissapointing.”

    You have got to be kidding. Cano is barely batting his weight. Giambi can’t throw to 2B. Our two young pitchers don’t have any wins and are on the DL and you think that Jeter is the most disappointing Yankee this year? Get real.

  239. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    “wait nevermind it really doesnt matter how many runs we score wang will just keep building his fence 1 1 1 1 1 1 1″

    lemme guess..
    Wang’s biggest fan?

  240. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    I think Cano left his bat in Tampa

  241. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    “3rd inning…Metrodome….May. Not exactly your prototypical clutch situation.”

    Two outs, two men in scoring position. Sorry, but that’s clutch. What month it occurs in doesn’t matter.

  242. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    unreal we score Wang 3 runs and he leads off the inning with a walk…Is it just me or is everything up

  243. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    “True, but my hope is that he’ll want to stay enough that he’ll be happy with a two year deal. If he wants a 3 yr deal, I think that the Yankees will and should pass.”

    Some offensively starved team will offer him atleast three seasons. You can forget loyalty. This will be his last contract. He has to to hit a homerun on it.

  244. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Why is he walking this guy? Good grief!

  245. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    What is with Wang and these walks? Leadoff walks are not a good thing for him to give up.

  246. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    “3rd inning…Metrodome….May. Not exactly your prototypical clutch situation. We’ll take it, but til he does something in a month beginning with the letter “O”, he’s not getting a clutch label.”

    Yeah…..
    But for Alex in the reuglar season, we will not even smell October. Probably you have to be content watching Red Sox and others while Yanks go home.

  247. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Laura-
    Cano is still a kid. So are IPK and Phil. Giambi cant field if his life depended on it but at least he has a few clucth hits. What is Jeter’s excuse? I expect more out of him, is that so wrong? he did NOTHING to step when Arod was out. NOTHING at all. Keep pretending its 1999

  248. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    like i said it doesnt matter how many runs the yankees can score today

  249. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    shape, you know what a one-trick pony is?

  250. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    This is why wang is not a 1 You score 3 runs an he is in trouble in his half of the inning

  251. daver May 31st, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    it’s not going to take much for joba to be the number 1 over wang…

  252. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    “he did NOTHING to step when Arod was out. ”

    Here is where your argument just went into the toilet. It has been mentioned several times that when A-Rod was out, Jeter was the only one who stepped up. In fact, I believe they say he hit .357 when A-Rod was hurt. You call that doing nothing?

  253. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Wang looks lost

  254. Floyd May 31st, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    There’s our ACE

  255. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Folks (or kids!), calm down.
    It is only the third innning.
    It will be a high scoring game and Yanks will win.
    If you do not believe, take a nap and come back and watch the ninth inning.
    Do not liiter the blog with garbage.

  256. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    laura dont confuse him with facts…

  257. daver May 31st, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    what is wrong with wang?

  258. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    BBfan thats great but the point is Wang has been bad 5 starts in arow now

  259. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Don’t get me wrong I like Wong but he is only at 2 or 3 at the best. If he is you 1 you are in trouble

  260. Cor Shep May 31st, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    you wang haters are retarted…

  261. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Igawang strikes again

  262. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    instead of throwing everything down he is right in the middle of the plate or up in the zone.

  263. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Come On Wang!

  264. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    can the real WANG please take the mound… this Wang is pathetic… he really can’t be trusted in big games…

  265. S.A.-Just win games May 31st, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Back to work bats

  266. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    that pitch he threw to strike out Young that is his money pitch down and away. He needs to stay there

  267. Cor Shep May 31st, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    there you go wang.

    nice nickname for wang last yankee fan. how long did it take you to think of that one?

  268. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    At least Wang kept the damage to a minimum.

  269. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Sorry Laura, for some of us the statute of limitations on jeter has run out.

  270. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    buckteeth, igawa and steve, your friends just called, they’re meeting behind the hedges at the school to smoke some joints before they go rollerskating. if you hurry you can still catch up with them.

  271. Diane May 31st, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    3rd inning…Metrodome….May. Not exactly your prototypical clutch situation. We’ll take it, but til he does something in a month beginning with the letter “O”, he’s not getting a clutch label.

    I guess if he struck out you would say he’s UNCLUTCH, fredo???

  272. Look at these losers May 31st, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    WAAAAAAAAAAH – Wang is not an ace!
    WAAAAAH

    Please listen to me!

    Wang is not an ace!

    Waah waah wah

    Oh I’m ever so important!
    Wang is not an ace!

  273. AndrewYF May 31st, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Wang is a mess right now. He’s had much worse control all this year than is usual for him, with a 3.20 BB/9. His career BB/9, before this year, was 2.40. So something is way off. Thankfully, Wang is such a good pitcher that he is able to grind through, not blow up, and give the Yankees many innings.

  274. Ollie May 31st, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Shapeshifter is an Oriole fan.

  275. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Giambi got robbed.

  276. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Hey Laura- do they teach math in your world? What has jeter been hitting since april 29th?

  277. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    wow did Cano really just get a hit.

  278. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Nice Robbie

  279. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    ham fighter
    May 31st, 2008 at 8:20 pm
    buckteeth, igawa and steve, your friends just called, they’re meeting behind the hedges at the school to smoke some joints before they go rollerskating. if you hurry you can still catch up with them.

    Wow. thats remarkably un-funny. seriously.

  280. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Why does it matter if Wang is a #1 or a #2? Do you fools really think that having a #1 like a Beckett or Sabathia, or Verlander makes the team that much better.

    FYI All three of those studs suck right now and Becket has had 1 year where he was good. Sabathia the same. Verlander is becomging, well by some on this blogs standards, average.

    Lighten up. Whether you are the #1 or #4, your job is to give your team a chance to win. Keep them close and in the game not strike every hitter out or throw a no hitter…

    That is why you have 8 other guys out there backing you up.

  281. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    just so I am clear, is a troll someone who dares criticize a beloved yankee? or is it just someone who doesnt worship at the house of jeter?

  282. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    damn, shape, broke your string of 78 consecutive i hate jeter posts. about to start a longer one im sure now.

  283. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    took less than a minute for you to go back to your one trick

  284. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Who cares who is #1.
    Mussina is not a #1 talent-wise, but leads the league in wins. What matters ultimately is wins.
    If Yanks win this game, I do not care if Wang is viewed as #1 or not.

  285. Umz May 31st, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    anyone else think he didnt stay on the bag?

  286. Paulio May 31st, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Being an ace means a lot to a ballclub because it gives them confidence every 5th day they are getting a shutdown performance. adds a little pep to the step.

    And don’t forget how important it is come October.

  287. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    ham- i think its sweet that you feel the need to defend laura. i really do. chivalry isnt dead.

  288. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    this “who is an ace stuff” is about the most irrelevant topic to the real world this time of the year. Come September, if you want to debate about who should be pitching game one of the playoffs that’s fine. Oh and don’t forget, Torre usually had David Cone pitch game 3 of a playoff series, of course those teams had multiple aces.

  289. Jonah May 31st, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Wang looks off tonight. He going for the run an inning thing?

  290. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    forget about jeter… wang looks like a different pitcher the past 3 starts which is more disconcerting.

  291. Brent May 31st, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    shapeshifter: Since April 29th – (.267 AVG .345 OBP .381 SLG .726 OPS), so you’re right on that.

    However, why are you still getting on Laura if you were wrong in your assessment of Jeter when you said “he did NOTHING to step when Arod was out. NOTHING at all.”?

    A-Rod was out from April 29th to May 18th. Jeter went .357/.408/.514/.922 with 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, and 13 runs. You expected him to go .400 with a .450 OBP?

    Yes, he hasn’t done much of anything after A-Rod came back, but still, you can’t say Jeter didn’t do anything when A-Rod was gone. It doesn’t make sense.

  292. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Wang is killing himself by letting the first guy get on.

  293. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    yanks caught a nice break there…

  294. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    They just gave Wang a gift. Let’s see him take advantage of it.

  295. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    whats with the “wang the ace” stuff? who cares?

  296. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    “this “who is an ace stuff” is about the most irrelevant topic to the real world this time of the year. Come September, if you want to debate about who should be pitching game one of the playoffs that’s fine.”

    Well said Jeff NY.
    What we need now are wins to get to the post season. Whether they are won by Joba or Rasner or Wang, they all count the same.

  297. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Wang has been dreadful. Once again this why he isn’t an ace because he doesn’t know how to make adjustments..like good pitchers do. I don’t understand why he isn’t throwing his other pitches if his sinker is clearly not working tonight.

  298. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    OK, scratch the Ace stuff, how is Wang doing tonight?

  299. shapeshifter May 31st, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    god those blizzards look good behind home plate

  300. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Not good

  301. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Curious to know why Molina isn’t calling for other pitches…

  302. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    “OK, scratch the Ace stuff, how is Wang doing tonight?”

    He is doing good.
    He kept the Yanks in the game so far.

  303. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Man I hate when a teams ACE can work out of trouble and not give up a run…

    Guess there goes the picket fence mentioned above.

  304. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    It’s too frustrating watching Wang pitch. I’ll go back to Atonement now and return if Yanks are winning

  305. Floyd May 31st, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Aces are irrelevant?

    Maybe you are happy without a title the past 7 years.

  306. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    come on Johnny Damon

  307. Yankeenate May 31st, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    walks=runs

  308. Paddy R May 31st, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    i have seen him plenty wild inside/outside/down before. i have NEVER seen him this wild WAY up in the zone. he looks absolutely terrible, and quite honestly, has for a few starts now. you have to wonder if he was so focused on starting strong after last october that he burnt himself out a little in april. i realize a pitcher tries to bring his best stuff every night, but with 3500 pitches to be thrown over 6 months, there has to be something they are looking to conserve somewhere, when they need that little extra as the season wears on. hopefully it’s a just a rough patch and there is nothing to this, and definitely hope it’s not something worse.

  309. Floyd May 31st, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    He is doing good.
    He kept the Yanks in the game so far.

    Aces aren’t supposed to give up a run an inning and pitch out of trouble every time.

  310. Lee van Cleef May 31st, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    C’mon we need to take care of 2w-6L BOOF bonser…let’s send him to the showers boys.

  311. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    TB is on the verge of winning another game. Unbelievable.

  312. Wangawa May 31st, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    There are times when Wang can look totally dominant, and other times when he looks like he has no clue on the mound.

  313. Look at these losers May 31st, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    That’s right, Wang is not an ace,
    aces throw 200 scoreless innings a year.
    Aces never have problems, ever.
    Aces get 27 K’s a game.

    And I feel important whenever I declare that someone is not an ace. That way, I feel less insecure about myself.

    WAAAAAAAAAH!
    Wang is not an ace!
    Listen to meeeeeee, I’m important!

  314. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Tampa on fire

  315. Yankeenate May 31st, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    just curious, but does anyone know what sort of slump jeter is in? 1-???

  316. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    CC getting roughed up

  317. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Jetes is really struggling

  318. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Now that people are getting healthy, Girardi is playing his brand of ball with aggressivenes.

  319. Bad Scooter May 31st, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    The Yanks haven’t won a World Series in 7 years. Wah wah wah. They’re supposed to win every year.

    Some huge Yankee fan there. The Yanks aren’t winning tonight. Wah wah wah. I’ll watch Atonement instead. Wah wah wah.

  320. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    ugh

  321. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    arod homers here

  322. Blargh May 31st, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Jeter got hit on May 20 right? If so, he should be batting 3-34 since then, not counting tonight.

    Coming back right after getting hit deserves props, no doubt, but the guy should really take a game off or two.

  323. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    A Rod

  324. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Boof is at 93 pitches

  325. Yankeenate May 31st, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    yikes..3-34 is not good, but he has been doing this too long to suddenly forgotten how to hit. he’ll bounce back. i’m sure he desires it more than we do

  326. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Red sox option buchholtz to the minors

  327. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    wanger

  328. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Get back to work bats
    Nice quick inning Wang!

  329. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Nice quick inning by Wang.

  330. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Interesting about Karstens. I wonder what they see in him. (And I am not being sarcastic, I’m really curious.)

    Wonder what’s going on about Bucholz going to minors (if it’s true).

  331. pat May 31st, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    How much do you think Howie Clark hates it when Alex Rodriguez comes to town. 2 years in a row, bad things happen

    From Pete Caldera’s Record Blog

    “A year and a day after Alex Rodriguez yelled “mine!” or “ha!” on the bases behind Howie Clark, Mr. Clark was designated for assignment by the Twins there today, to make room for Nick Punto.”

  332. Lee van Cleef May 31st, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    hmmm…3 more outs and wang has yet another quality start. What more could you ask for? You could hope for more, a tighter lights out performance, but it’s up to our offense to take advantage or cy boof bonser, his 2-6 record and 6+ era.

  333. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Karstens is coming up? Oh well, hope he does well up here.

    BTW-Will we get a Chris Britton sighting today? Maybe?

  334. Kev Van May 31st, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    lol nice approach, look at those losers.
    that ought to shut the retards who try to catch some text fight.

    Wang’s been off tonight
    I agree on the point that pitchers need to keep their team in game, and Wang has been doing that tonight despite having horrible control.

    Hopeuflly he can retain control and finish 7 innings without giving up anymore runs.
    Let’s go Yankees!

  335. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I wish that someone in the media would actually press Girardi or Cash about why being on the 40-man is more important than playing well at AAA. I mean…it took AGES for Rasner to work his way up here, despite pitching better than many guys in the pen. Giese’s better than Karstens, and yet it looks like he’ll get passed over too. Patterson was pitching better than other guy, and HE’S gotten passed over…

  336. Blargh May 31st, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Bonser’s at 99 pitches, knock him outta there

  337. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    “BTW-Will we get a Chris Britton sighting today? Maybe?”

    Nah. They’ll send him down for Karstens early, just to get him off the roster. Because he’s fat. Who cares that he’s pitched well? He’s fat, so he sucks.

  338. Blargh May 31st, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I’m still guessing that Britton smashed Girardi’s car or something on that level

  339. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Giambi beats the shift. Ok homework assignment, every male Yankee fan needs to grow Giamustaches for the homestand. This does not apply to women or trolls.

  340. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    “Wonder what’s going on about Bucholz going to minors (if it’s true).”

    Joe-it’s true. they want him “to refine and develop some things without the stress of winning games for the Red Sox.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  341. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    whozat – Now THAT’S sarcasm! (lol)

  342. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    So my post disappeared. Lemme try this again

    “Wonder what’s going on about Bucholz going to minors (if it’s true).”

    Joe-it’s true. they want him “to refine and develop some things without the stress of winning games for the Red Sox.”
    There’s an article on it on mlb.com

  343. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    bunt

  344. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Bad at bat by Cano. Have to move the runners over.

  345. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Cano should be bunting here instead of hacking away. He is impossible to watch when he gives up his at bats..what an idiot.

  346. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Gees Cano

  347. daver May 31st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    shoulda had cano sacrifice bunt…

    i have a feeling these 2 runners are going to be stranded

  348. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Molina up UGH

  349. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    That is horrible Yanks

  350. Yankeenate May 31st, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Cano has not been having good ABs. First pitch swinging or not advancing runners.

  351. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I agree, should have bunted

  352. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Tampa 12 games over .500

  353. pat May 31st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Jeff NJ

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see someone selling mustaches outside the stadium on Tuesday.

  354. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Present and accounted for.

    Will take a few minutes to catch up. I see both of our games are tied. (Well, my two games anyway.) :)

    GO YANKEES!!!

    GO O’S!!!

  355. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Oh well

  356. daver May 31st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Jose can you see! Nice hit!

  357. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Jorge who? Molina is starting to produce again.

  358. Yankeenate May 31st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    yeah…a sacrifice bunt could have boosted his confidence that he attributed something

  359. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Great at bat by Molina…

  360. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    I mean, here I am to bring us good luck!

    :D
    :D
    :D

  361. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Tribe getting beat

  362. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Molina baby!

  363. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Pre hamstring injury Molina has returned!!

  364. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Clutch hit by Jose Molina.

  365. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    For some reason it feels like Molina is able to have quality at bats when the Yankees desperately need a run, but when he’s up with no one on base he mostly hits weak ground balls. If only he could buckle down like he does with runners in scoring position…

  366. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    2 more would be nice

  367. mel May 31st, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Mr. Doubles comes through!

  368. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Put it in play Melky

  369. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Hey Trisha – just as you came the Yanks took the lead. You must be bringing good luck!

  370. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    melky

  371. VT Yankeefan May 31st, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Anybody but Giambi scores on that one.

    (I’m just looking for fantasy points)

  372. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    long day

  373. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    HA HA HA!

    Silly to cut off any throw where Ron J is running!

    (Laura, I laugh every time you call him that!!!)

  374. daver May 31st, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    we’ll take that sacrifice fly by the Melkman!

  375. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    got a wedgie in his thong

  376. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Man, Giambi looked like he was running in place. LOL!

  377. Kev Van May 31st, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    lol oh my Giambi ran slow…..haha
    good effort tho!
    5:3, here’s for more runs!

  378. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Wow simple single, Sac fly…

    Could the Yanks be playing “smart baseball”….

  379. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Damon!!!

  380. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Johnny!

  381. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Good thing they got this all done before Jeter’s spot came up.

  382. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    “(Laura, I laugh every time you call him that!!!)”

    I’m here to entertain.

    :)

  383. Bad Scooter May 31st, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Yanks are starting to get these big 2 out hits now. Could hardly get any during the first weeks of the season and the opposition did it constantly. The worm has turned.

  384. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    “yeah…a sacrifice bunt could have boosted his confidence that he attributed something”

    Cano’s not a good bunter. He probably would have fouled out or gotten Matsui thrown out at third.

  385. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    bring MO in LOL

  386. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Who is this team hitting these 2 out hits? I don’t think i recognize them.

  387. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Captain my Captain

  388. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Cano reminds me exactly of Reyes…extremely immature. I really wonder if the Yanks behind the scenes ever have a meetings with him. I can’t imagine Girardi just allowing this to keep going on. Not hitting is one thing, but out of 4 at bats a night he gives away atleast 2 of them. By hacking away and looking like he could care less.

  389. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Fran – I hope I can bring equal luck to the Sux!

    Speaking of bringing luck but not necessarily having any – I spent several hours at one of our local casinos today. Amazing how much our parents are always right. This obviously isn’t rocket science, but my dad’s line to us was “You have to be stupid throwing your money away there. The house always wins.”

    As usual, father knows best…

    :(
    :(

  390. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    jeter

  391. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    “Could the Yanks be playing “smart baseball”….”

    They’re playing the same kind of game they always play. Overwhelming you by putting long ABs on the pitcher. It’s not like they don’t WANT to string together hits. It’s not like they don’t think driving in runners from third with less than two outs is a good idea.

  392. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    “By hacking away and looking like he could care less.”

    He looked pissed when he popped up. I don’t think he doesn’t care. I’m starting to think that he just can’t help himself (re. swining at every pitch).

  393. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Cashman – if you’re reading this – Put Jeter on the DL for 15 days.

  394. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Girardi should really get someone up in the bullpen..Oh sorry the Yanks don’t have a pitcher who can get outs before the 9th inning. Another leadoff hitter on base..after the Yanks give Wang a 3 run lead. Not good..

  395. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    OK Ace you have a three run lead

  396. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    “By hacking away and looking like he could care less.”

    He may hack, but it is NOT that he doesn’t care. He’s frustrated.

    Did you read the anecdote about the team photo? I think Pete posted it. It was team photo day, and Robbie was kind of lagging back in the tunnel when everyone else was out on the field. A clubhouse worker called him to come out and be in the photo, and he said self-deprecatingly “yeah…the AAA team photo, maybe…” before going out there.

    He’s clearly kind of embarrassed by what’s going on.

  397. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Trisha – I won $200 once at a casino. I have lost every other time. When I do go (not very often), I don’t bring a lot of money since I am prepared to loose it.

    Now let’s see Wang hold the lead.

  398. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Now watch Igawang give it all away

  399. Greg Cohen May 31st, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    New Stadium Photo Update: http://tinyurl.com/55onml

  400. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    “Oh sorry the Yanks don’t have a pitcher who can get outs before the 9th inning.”

    Yeah, Ramirez’ ERA is really awful.

  401. VT Yankeefan May 31st, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Now a quick DP so Wang can go another inning.

  402. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Here we go….Wang please get people out!!!

  403. KB May 31st, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Hey Peter, you still on the “Wang is an ace” bandwagon? Seems only fair to point out since you brought it up after seemingly every scoreless inning Wang threw in April.

    His last 3 starts:

    1. 7.2 IP, 9 baseunners allowed, 7 ER
    2. 6.1 IP, 11 baserunners allowed, 5 ER
    3. 5 IP, 9 baserunners allowed, 3 ER (so far)

    His ERA on the season sits at 3.92 at the moment – far from ace-worthy. And neither of those two starts listed above were like his earlier Boston start, where it was clear from the outset that the game would be a slugfest and a pitcher could take more chances.

    After a great start, he’s come back down to pitch at a level more reflective of his true abilities.

    I’m not flaming – I’m a Yankee fan, and from my limited knowledge of his personality, he seems like a good guy. Is he an above-average pitcher? Absolutely.

    But he’s not an ace by any stretch of the word. He hasn’t been in his first 2 seasons in the league, and he isn’t now. Period.

  404. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    come on Wang.
    Get out of this

  405. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Ok Ace tieing run at the plate

  406. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Molina had plenty of time to get the runner at 2nd..Awful throw.

  407. Vrsce May 31st, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Not all Lohud bloggers liked Wang
    He’s not a true Ace, some sang

    In spite of that sin
    He continued to win

    As long as his slider didn’t hang

  408. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Manny just hit HR #500

  409. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    why is Wang still in the game?!? they score 3 runs take him out dont wait till he gives up the lead to take him out

  410. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Casilla has bugged Edwar in AAA before…IDK

  411. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Looked like Abreu could have got that if he dived for it.

  412. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    This is why he is not the ace of any staff. He is good but there is a difference between being good an an Ace

  413. S.A.-Just win games and remember..ignore the trolls May 31st, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Let’s go Edwar!

  414. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Enough of this “Ramirez is the lefty specialist”. Keep thinking that and he will get tattooed. He has only pitched 15 innings this year lets not go crazy.

  415. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Yet another chance for Edwar Ramirez to test his mettle in a tough spot…

    GO YANKS!!!!

  416. Rocco May 31st, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    its midget home run day at Camden Yards…. Pedroia and Roberts home runs :)

  417. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Wang couldn’t even make the Tampa Bay’s starting rotation.

  418. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    “This is why he is not the ace of any staff. He is good but there is a difference between being good an an Ace”

    This whole debate about whether Wang is an Ace is ridiculous. Just because he has a bad start doesn’t mean he’s not an Ace. Beckett pitched poorly his last time out if I’m not mistaken. Does that mean that he’s not the Ace for the Crock Sox? Wang is the Yankees Ace. End of discussion.

  419. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    im sorry when you are givin a 6-3 lead and you cant even go six thats a joke

  420. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Bad job by Wang there -he needed to have a quick inning – not put the Twins in position to tie the game.

  421. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Edwar gives up a run :(

  422. #9 May 31st, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    “Manny just hit HR #500″

    As the ball sailed out, Mannny (being Manny) stood at home plate, watching and admiring it – he then took out a camcorder an filmed it… then he took out his camera and took a few photos of it… and then…

  423. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    “Wang couldn’t even make the Tampa Bay’s starting rotation.”

    This might be one of the most ill advised posts I’ve read this year. So you think that Sonnastine and Jackson are better than Wang? Unreal.

  424. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Oh well

  425. bphill May 31st, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    it is time to call someone up

    edwar is amazing

    but we need 3 more innings, mo can’t do everything here

    farnsworth is just bad news.

  426. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Once again the great Jeter…Seriously he should be on the bench for a day or 2..He has looked DREADFUL!!! Not bad dreadful. It is not slump, he is hurt..He is not hitting, can’t throw, can’t run. But ofcourse no one is allowed to talk about the golden boy. If Arod was playing like him everyone would eb screaming there heads off.

  427. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Manny, with his girly dreadlocks flying in the wind.

    Chad Bradford and his submariner pitch always manages to hold the Yanks at bay, but not so the Sux. Didn’t he pitch for them once? What is he embedded? Meanwhile Millar the girl always cowboys up against us but only likes to pony up against his former idiot teammates.

  428. Rocco May 31st, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    dont feed the trolls.

  429. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Awesome job by Edwar right there to hold the lead.

  430. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Alright! Back to work bats!

  431. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I’m not saying wang is not a good pitcher. He is good but the ace of a staff is dominating most nights. Is he the man you want on the mound in a must win. Not me I want Andy

  432. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Good job by Edwar to get out of the inning with the Yanks still leading.

  433. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    We need to add some more runs, guys. Let’s get going!

  434. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Edwar continues to impress…

    Maybe he’s the real deal!

    Go Yanks!!!!

  435. raymagnetic May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    “His ERA on the season sits at 3.92 at the moment – far from ace-worthy.”

    I’m just curious, how are the other “ace worthy” pitchers pitching so far this year?

  436. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    #9 -

    :lol:

  437. Marc from Portland Maine May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    not Edwars run to give up.

  438. Peter Abraham May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    KB:

    You’re right. I think they should release Wang before he hurts them any more. They need a true ace like Josh Beckett. Oh, wait, he has a 4.30 ERA.

    Then about somebody who strikes a lot of guys out like Justin Verlander? He’s an ace. Oh, wait, he is 2-7, 5.16.

    Obviously I’m being sarcastic. I just wish I knew why people are so quick to hate the guy. This is the one crappy stretch he has had in his career. The Yankees don’t make the playoffs the last two seasons without him.

  439. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    If Rivera is needed tonight, that’ll be 4 straight games he’ll be used and 4 games in 5 days, including one 2 inning outing. For someone his age, that’s really pushing it and he could feel the effects later on this season. It’s why it was silly imo not to let Joba close out the game on Wednesday.

  440. ray (sox fan) May 31st, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    trisha –
    May 31st, 2008 at 9:21 pm
    “Fran – I hope I can bring equal luck to the Sux!”

    So Trisha, are you trying to bring bad luck to the Sox for yesterday’s game or tonight’s game???

    Just a little bit of good natured harassment. I read your post earlier today and couldn’t resist making a comment.

    I hope you are having a good evening!

  441. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    So here’s my question. We’ve seen Edwar pitch entire innings, come in in the middle of innings, pitch more than an inning. He doesn’t just pitch to one person.

    So why aren’t we considering him as our bridge to Mo?

  442. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Wang = 17 ER in his last 19 1/3.

  443. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    “Edwar gives up a run”

    He let an inherited runner score on a potential DP ball. What’re you gonna do? Really bad outing by Wanger.

    Still has better numbers than the ACEACEOMGLOLZACE Beckett this season, though.

  444. wang is not an ace May 31st, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Gee…where were you guys when Wang rang off 5 straight quality starts and a 1.36 ERA 4/27-5/18?

    See the wonders one can do with selective sampling.

  445. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Wang has been bad past few starts, bad

  446. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I think Edwar is in consideration to being the bridge to Mo.

  447. Mick's Liver May 31st, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    It is mind-boggling how the Yankees have hired the most awful analysts across both radio and TV in MLB.

  448. #9 May 31st, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Why do the advertise the Snoop Dog with Rhona Kay with the line “Snoops unlikely frindship with Willie Nelson…”

    Hell – I would think they would have lots in common.

    Wonder who rolls a tighter one?

  449. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Edwar’s really earned his spot in the bullpen. Color me surprised. I was a huge fan of his last year, but seeing him struggle in the bigs, I really thought he wouldn’t make it. Looks like he’s proving me wrong, and I’m glad to have it happen!

  450. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Hey Ray – I would have been more impressed if you made that comment before the Sux took the lead – if you get my drift. I really don’t have any faith in anything brought forward by Sux fans, especially when they wait until their team has the lead to say anything. Not good Ray. Not good.

  451. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    That wasn’t a strike. These umps are blind.

  452. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    “So why aren’t we considering him as our bridge to Mo?”

    Well, given how good he is against lefties, you kind of want him to be a lefty-setup guy, I figure. I think Girardi matched up great right there. Tight spot, three lefties for him to face…If you don’t need him in that spot in a game, you can bring him in later to set up. You still need another dependable arm.

    And that call was crap.

  453. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Could be the game

  454. Scorpio May 31st, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I think Wang does not pitch well with extra rest. His last 2 starts have been on 5 days rest vs the normal 4. I dunno, whatever the case I’m a Wang fan.

  455. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Cripes I say I lose at the casino, and the Sux take the lead, and the guy wonders if I’m having a good evening.

    Well, yeah because of the Yankees, but only a Yankee fan could appreciate that!

    :D

  456. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    K, K, my way

  457. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    “This is the one crappy stretch he has had in his career. The Yankees don’t make the playoffs the last two seasons without him.”

    2nd crappy stretch. How soon we forget last October.

  458. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Rasner is the Ace now…that is, until tomorrow

  459. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    our favorite delinquent is 1 for 2 w/ a R

    Melancon showed he is human in the 4th inning

    Kevin Whelan so far
    2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K’s
    GO/AO 2-0

    Wilkins De La Rosa with 3 IP w/ 2 H, 0 BB and 3 K’s.
    GO/AO 6-0

  460. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    #9, that made me lol. We’ve all heard stories about the inside of the Willie Nelson tour bus.

  461. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Gipers, come on guys

  462. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    “Wang has been bad past few starts, bad”

    This is his third bad start in a row. Before that he was still doing more than fine.

    One thing I’ve noticed is he’s fairly consistently been walking too many guys.

  463. tonyb May 31st, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Trisha,

    I think Edwar is in the running for the 8th inning spot, but he has had his ups and downs in his brief ML career. I would like to see him weather some adversity in the bullpen and prove his toughness before anointing him that role.

    I don’t mean this as a dig against Edwar, as I am a fan of his and want to see him succeed. I just want to make sure of his mental toughness.

  464. Fredo Corleone May 31st, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    “Still has better numbers than the ACEACEOMGLOLZACE Beckett this season, though.”

    I like Wang, but if the Sox offered Beckett for Wang tonite, Cashman would drive to Boston to make the swap.

  465. CB May 31st, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    “Edwar’s really earned his spot in the bullpen. Color me surprised. I was a huge fan of his last year, but seeing him struggle in the bigs, I really thought he wouldn’t make it.”

    This is why you don’t give up on young pitchers who are still developing. You just don’t. It’s just too hard to pitch in the majors and very, very few just step in and are good right off the bat.

    Edwar isn’t “young” but he completely revamped the way he pitched two years ago – that’s how long he’s been pitching with his change up.

    That’s why the litany of comments about Hughes and Kennedy are just silly. You can say they haven’t pitched well but to say that they’re just over-hyped or not that good based on what we’ve seen is just silly.

    You can’t make too many definitive inferences on how good or bad a young pitcher is who’s had success in the minors based on their first set of major league performances.

  466. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I was listening to Waldman and Sterling on my way home from losing my money :( and at that point that had Mark Feisand on with them. Mark said that Karstens will be brought up and Britton will go down. He said that even though Karstens hasn’t done so well since he came back, the fact that he is coming back from an injury and the fact that he has major league experience make the Yanks feel okay about bringing him up.

    So is that our long/middle relief? I guess we’ll have to see how he is used and what he has. If he can pull it together maybe he can graduate to the 8th inning…

  467. randy l May 31st, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    maybe the yankees shouldn’t have passed on breslow on waivers.

  468. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    That’s right, Matsui. Make this turkey work.

  469. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    so far David Robertson
    1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K’s
    Inherited runners-scored: Robertson 1-0

  470. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Trisha,

    If Edwar continues to pitch the way he has, Girardi will have to give him serious consideration for that 8th inning spot…

    If Farnsworth gives up a couple more home runs it will happen…

  471. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Well, should be interesting

  472. Moose May 31st, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I have admired and respected everything that Jeter has represented to the Yankees these past 13 years, but somone has to start talking about the evident decline we are seeing (other than Steve Goldman). Even before the HBP, he was showing no power and inability to pull any ball with authority. More infuriating has been the near-complete evaporation of his plate discipline – he is swinging at nearly everything – his 683 OPS and OPS+ of 90 is putrid. With his average defensive ability, he needs to maintain at least an 800 OPS to be considered a leading SS.

    On that DP opportunity in the 6th , Jeter did not turn the play well – he should have been in a better position to throw when he received the perfect throw from Giambi and then his throw was awful.

    I am not suggesting the Yankees have a better alternative – in fact I don’t have any remedy (other than a forced DL visit or a couple of days off). But I do find it ridiculous that we all agonize about the struggles of Betemit in a very marginal and difficult part-time role while our captain is melting down in front of our eyes – it’s agonizing but I also feel he is getting a bit of a free pass.

  473. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    “Mark said that Karstens will be brought up and Britton will go down.”

    So did Girardi plan to use Britton in games where we were losing 15-2?

  474. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Let’s go Edwar! Continue to prove you can do it!

  475. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    “maybe the yankees shouldn’t have passed on breslow on waivers.”

    Do the waivers go in the order of current record?

  476. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    CB,

    Good point, and I generally try not to. I was a huge fan of Edwar when he came up last year, and think a lot of his early struggles were attributable to Torre’s non-use of him. Late in the year when he was getting hammered, it seemed like he was a one pitch wonder, as the change wasn’t fooling anyone, and he wasn’t “young” anymore. He really has turned it around and I couldn’t be happier. He seems like such a great kid.

    On the other hand, I don’t want to give up on Hughes and Kennedy. They’ll take lumps, and it may mean losing some games, but I think both will come along.

  477. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Will Britton ever be given a chance? I have seen enough of Veras..He has good stuff but he is wild and has no idea where his pitches are going.

  478. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Is there a skinnier guy in the Major Leagues than ER? If I sat on his lap, I’d crush him.

  479. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Dynasty – I had a talk with Kyle and had to explain to him that we’re still in his corner but his proclivity for giving up homers has really compromised our ability to give him the green light for the 8th.

    I trust putting Kyle in when we have at least a two-run lead. I really do. I am not sold anymore on sticking him in there with a one-run lead or a tie score. It doesn’t mean I don’t love or trust you Kyle. It just means that I have to be prudent when making managing decisions. Team first, always.

    By the tway, it doesn’t mean that we won’t be able to count on him for 1-2-3 innings. Heck he had a whole string of scoreless IP. But since our place in the AL East isn’t where we need it to be, we need to be prudent.

    :)

  480. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    dammit I knew it would be a righty

  481. lil' m May 31st, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Oops

  482. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    WEll, crap.

  483. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    It wasn’t Edwar’s fault…Damon should have been taller…

  484. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Great time to be having a discussion about Edwar taking the 8th…

  485. Michael Cuddyer May 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    See ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  486. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Oh crap

  487. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I just pray that the Big G is kept away from these girls. The Midwest isn’t ready for that.

    Jeter too Pete (though he’s from Midwest)

  488. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    If the yankees lose this game it wont be anyones fault but Wangs…a 6-3 lead going into the 6th you need to step up and give your team one more scoreless inning instead he gives up 2 more runs.

  489. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    The first run Edwar gives up and it ties the game. This reminds me of the Baltimore game when the Yanks kept blowing leads. The Yanks will just gave to score more runs.

  490. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    boy the wind really got a hold of that one

  491. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    There goes that 3 run lead

  492. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Nice. 6-3 Sux. The hell of it is that they had that game last night. Is there anyone who has a more stupid look on his face by nature than Melvin Mora?

  493. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    He was due to make a bad pitch. No one can stay perfect through a season.

  494. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    they, of course, is BMORE

  495. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Exactly what I just said about Ramirez… That is what happens when you put these AAA pitchers in more pressure situations. Hopefully the Yanks are going to bring up Cox or Robertson soon to see what they have because these pitchers aren’t going to get the job done. Awful pitching tonight, what have they given a run back every inning.

  496. randy l May 31st, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    ” Do the waivers go in the order of current record?”
    twins are ahead of the yankees. yankees had first choice.

  497. Pablo Zevallos May 31st, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    midwestern conservatives won’t like the long-haired punk from Cali ;)

  498. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I guess we should just be glad that the Yankees have gotten over that “only scoring 2 runs a game” syndrome.

  499. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    The Yankees have way too many guys wearing glasses

  500. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Cox – where art thou??

  501. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    I blame no Yankee for anything. Life happens to all of them.

    I blame the Sux for everything.

    Can you imagine how it weighs on my conscience that I would actually like to see Papelsmear take a ball in the face?

  502. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    With respect to lot of comments about Jeter, the real touch time will come when his contract comes up for negotiation in two and half years.

    A-Rod got his 10 year contract.
    Mo and Posada got their money as they are still good at their postions and had leverage.

    Three years from now, Jeter’s skills will futher dimish and if he has high expectations on length of contract and/or yearly pay, it will be very ugly and he may face similar situation as Bernie.

  503. CB May 31st, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    “and think a lot of his early struggles were attributable to Torre’s non-use of him. ”

    You know I really disagree with this. Ramirez’s primary problem last year was that he was still learning how to use his change up properly to get big league hitters out.

    He threw way too many change ups and had poor control of his fastball.

    This year he’s reversed the way he’s pitching (based at least in part on advice he got from Pedro Martinez and Mariano). He’s throwing many more fastballs and using the change up more selectively as his out pitch. It’s the exact opposite of the way he was utilizing his fastball and change last year.

    Torre didn’t help him but Edwar was just not ready. Getting belted around in the majors forced him to learn how to pitch a different way.

    That’s what developing pitchers have to go through.

    The league is going to make adjustments against him – that’s going to happen – so we’ll have to see how that goes and what adjustments Edwar makes in response.

  504. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Hey, KC finally won a game. There is a God.

  505. tonyb May 31st, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Edwar made one mistake. It happens. I am not sure why Girardi went to Veras because I think it was important to see how Edwar rebounded after giving up a gopher ball.

  506. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    i knew this was going to happen. i said that edwar was going to give up HRs in the other post. Again, we are bearing the fruits of the Joba-less pen.

  507. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    “I guess we should just be glad that the Yankees have gotten over that “only scoring 2 runs a game” syndrome.”

    Good point.

  508. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    CaptainsCorner –
    What are you saying? This is what happens when you put AAA pitchers in big spots ok but then you say they should add more AAA pitchers lol

  509. Mark May 31st, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Do you think when Bitton gets called up he even joins the team?

  510. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Poor KC. I am happy for them. Can you imagine how bad that had to suck til they won one?

  511. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Yep, that’s the game

  512. KB May 31st, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    “I’m just curious, how are the other “ace worthy” pitchers pitching so far this year?”

    Zambrano – 2.33
    Peavy – 2.91
    Webb – 3.01 (and dropping after tonight)
    Santana – 3.41
    Halladay – 2.93

    And that’s not even including Lackey, Kazmir, Sheets or a couple of the other younger guys who are still establishing themselves as starters (Lincecum, Volquez, Shields).

    My point, which was perhaps somewhat muddled, is that it IS stupid to declare someone a bust OR an ace after one (or two or three) bad/good starts. Yet that’s exactly what Peter did all throughout April when he strung together a couple of good starts.

    However, whenever he has a bad couple of starts, these people are always the ones to claim, “It’s only one start”, or “It’s only April/May”.

    Yes, these things ARE true….AND they were also true back in the beginning of the season when he was pitching really well too. It works both ways; unfortunately, you have a better chance of getting with Jessica Simpson than you do of getting a writer to admit he was wrong (or mistaken).

    If it’s too early in May to be proclaiming whether he’s an ace or not (which for the record, I think it is; the season’s only 1/3 over – I’m basing my claim that Wang isn’t an ace mostly on his performance from 2006-2007, and not the first 2 months of this season ), then wasn’t it a bit premature to fit his crown after his first 3 or 4 starts in April?

    But Peter and his ilk will never admit that they were perhaps premature in coronating him; instead, they’ll hypocritically trot out the “it’s still early” excuse, blithely unaware (or perhaps they are aware and just don’t care) that they were ignoring that very concept just weeks ago.

  513. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Tonyb, I agree with you but Girardi wants to win the game. And he’s shown to have very little patience (see Billy Traber).

  514. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Mark -

    Nah.

  515. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Veras is really up in the zone

  516. YanksSince'49 May 31st, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    “I blame the Sux for everything.”

    - Remember when it was the Boston fans who were obsessed with their rivals?

  517. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I don’t picture Veras getting anyone out this inning either..We shouldn’t expect anything else this year. With this AAA bullpen plus psycho Kyle the Yanks are going to give up a TON of runs from the 6-8 innings this year. Good job by the great Cashman. $200m and they have to use all AAA pitchers in the bullpen.

  518. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    “twins are ahead of the yankees. yankees had first choice.”

    In the standings right now, yes. Do waiver claims go in the order of the current standings?

    Also, I really don’t understand why they hate Chris Britton so much. When he gets to pitch, he gets outs. They just don’t want to pitch him.

  519. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Im just in shock about how bad Wang has been…and you people need to lay off Jeter he is in a slump he isnt showing signs of being old…unreal how fast you people are to forget what he has done.

  520. helno51 May 31st, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    LadyBug is aware that edwar hadnt given up a run in nearly 16 innings right?

  521. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    “Do you think when Bitton gets called up he even joins the team?”

    Are you kidding? I don’t think he leaves his hotel room. He probably doesn’t even have a uniform.

  522. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Unbelieveable

  523. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Lets score some runs!

  524. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    “Also, I really don’t understand why they hate Chris Britton so much. When he gets to pitch, he gets outs. They just don’t want to pitch him.”

    Then they should just cut him loose. This constant calling him up with no intention of using him is cruel.

  525. helno51 May 31st, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Mark – good point about britton. I bet if he didnt show up no one would even know. he probably just sits in his hotel in scranton, eating ice cream and watching movies until he gets the call that hes been sent back down.

  526. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    “Tonyb, I agree with you but Girardi wants to win the game. And he’s shown to have very little patience (see Billy Traber).”

    But for Farnsworth he shows too much patience…

  527. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Breslow isn’t that impressive he was released for a reason

    5.40 BB9, 10.80 H/9, 1.08 HR/9

  528. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    hey look! The Sux can hold a three run lead… WTF is up with the Yankee bullpen??!???!

  529. tonyb May 31st, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Ladybug626,

    I guess I just don’t see how Veras gives us any advantage over Edwar on the mound. Maybe I’m just not high on Veras – he has good stuff, but I don’t think he has great command.

  530. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Guess Wang is going to have to wait for another start before getting his next win… New record for Wang… hooray??

  531. helno51 May 31st, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    if someone ever wanted to meet Britton in person, the best idea might be to just hang out at the Scranton bus depot.

  532. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    We need runs stat

  533. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    To me Veras is another Bruney/Farnsworth – fastball pitcher with no offspeed stuff to keep hitters off balance.

  534. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    “i knew this was going to happen. i said that edwar was going to give up HRs in the other post. Again, we are bearing the fruits of the Joba-less pen.”

    Well, I’m guess you’re feeling quite good about yourself, aren’t you? Congratulations! You win!

    I’d say the ‘fruits of a Joba-less pen’ are less important than the ‘fruits of a Joba-less rotation’.

    Joba has allowed as many HRs this year as Edwar.

  535. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    “I’m basing my claim that Wang isn’t an ace mostly on his performance from 2006-2007″

    :-O His 38 wins with an ERA of 3.67 in the AL East isn’t #1 type production? Are you drunk?

    “they have to use all AAA pitchers in the bullpen.”

    Yes. paying for MLB players who suck would have been much better. Did you want him to sign some middle relievers on the wrong side of 30 to 4 year deals?

    You know who consistently has a great pen? The Padres. You know how they build it? With a deep stable of AAA arms that they pick and choose from.

  536. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    CB,

    I agree that Edwar wasn’t ready last year, but early on in his call up, hitters were flailing at his change up, but then Torre let him sit for 10 days, which caused the big meltdown. After he came back and the league adjusted, he didn’t and basically showed he wasn’t quite ready.

    As for the homer tonight, hard to blame him for one pitch. It was a long fly that just made the second row. It happens. The problem is when it happens repeatedly, a la with Kyle Farnsworth.

  537. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    “What are you saying? This is what happens when you put AAA pitchers in big spots ok but then you say they should add more AAA pitchers lol”

    I am saying that we should see what other pitchers have because these aren’t getting the job done. Veras is garbage, give Britton or someone else a chance.

  538. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    man – when did the twins get Santana back??

  539. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    hope big G didn’t hurt himself with that overly energetic swing!

  540. Mark May 31st, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    At first last year I just thought Torre hated Britton, but it has carried over into this year.

  541. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    blew a 6-3 lead to get a game over .500 agianst Boof, GEES

  542. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    These Twins announcers are very excitable.

  543. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Noooooooooo!

  544. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    “unreal how fast you people are to forget what he has done.”

    How does what he has done somehow make him immune to getting old?

  545. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Well, think it is time to hit the sack

  546. YanksSince'49 May 31st, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Tonight really feels like a loss.

  547. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Cano took 3 pitches

  548. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    As Cano continues to swing blindfolded. It is time to sit him, he is like the pitcher hitting up there. Now with the psycho warming up the Yanks will hand the game to the Twins.

  549. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    that cuddyer play was almost exactly like abreu’s except for the fact he ran, looked athletic, showed effort, and caught it.

  550. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    has anyone seen Robby Cano

  551. CB May 31st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Now is a period during which they should and need to experiment with guys in the pen. Things are up in the air and they need to find out which guys fit.

    Ramirez was bound to give up a HR at some point. You can’t make much out of that. It’s the first run he’s allowed. He also got exactly the kind of ground ball you wanted the inning before with runners on 1 and 3rd and then got out of the jam.

    Veras – who knows. Great arm but whether he can make anything out of it is unclear.

    If he’s not good they’ll send him down and bring up Patterson.

  552. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Lost a game to the Rays and Sox

  553. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I agree, from last year to this year for Cano, like night and day

  554. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    The Yanks need to find a way to win this game

  555. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    when was the last time jose molina hit a homer?

  556. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Robinson Cano
    I never saw a pitch I didn’t like.
    If I take the first pitch, I need to swing at the next two, wherever they are!!!

  557. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    “Remember when it was the Boston fans who were obsessed with their rivals?”

    I’m assuming your a pretend Yankee fan since you just appeared on the scene out of nowhere. But it still gives me a chance to say with pride that I’ve loathed the Sux since I was knee high to a grasshopper. And since that takes in at least a few of the years between the Sux drought between 1918 and 2004, while the Yankees instead managed to become the face of baseball, you can bet it’s borne of nothing more than wanting to see them crushed like the little bugs that they are, 24-7, 162 games/year, year after year after year.

    :)

  558. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Veras has had a WHIP under 1 in AAA and the majors this year. great K:BB ratio. He’s given up some long balls, though. It’s still only been 11 innings. Seems early to declare him useless. He basically had two crappy outings against Baltimore.

  559. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    wow – when did we turn into the Royals?

  560. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I think that the wind has been taken out of the Yankees sails.

  561. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    CB – I was beginning to think I was alone.

  562. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Molina

  563. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    “Well, think it is time to hit the sack”

    PLEASE do. And don’t come back. All you do is complain about every single thing that happens. If something good happens, you act like it’s a lucky surprise. Why do you even come here?

  564. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    “Lost a game to the Rays and Sox”
    Who?
    This game is not over yet and Yanks will win this game.

  565. whozat May 31st, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Who was it that said Veras had no breaking pitch?

  566. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    “Why do you even come here?”

    For the attention that he’s apparently not getting at home.

  567. randy l May 31st, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    i’m pretty sure that waivers go by the present standings.

    … and if that’s how the rules go, the yankees might as well take advantage of being in last place while they can.

    breslow is interesting because he’s a lefty, throws 90-91 , and has a 2. 75 or so lifetime era (in limited innings)

    and being as smart as he is, you’d think he’d get better as he feeds his experience into his game.

    but what do the twins know? they’re barely over .500 with that 50 million they spend.

  568. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Big Papi taken out of the game while hitting with a full count.
    Must be HGH withdrawal symptoms.

  569. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    May be it is time to trade Phil Hughes and Kennedy for SEA’s Brandon Morrow.

  570. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    “when was the last time jose molina hit a homer?”

    September 5 2007

  571. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Did Molina K?

  572. Anthony May 31st, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Andddddddddddddddddddddd this proves my point that the Yankees need a true ace *ehem Joba*

    Hopefully he will become just that.

  573. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Meanwhile, I have to say that when the Yanks show the commercial of their great games, including the no hitters, I still get flippin chills every time they show Aaron bleepin Boone. I have been absolutely blown away by many games, as well as many individual plays (such as Jeter’s shovel pass against the A’s in the postseason and his dive into the stands against the hideous Sux), but I think the moment that still takes my breath away is when Boone hit that homer into outer space.

  574. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    What do I know, the Big Papi injury mught be from the rigors of DHing.

  575. CB May 31st, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    “Robinson Cano
    I never saw a pitch I didn’t like.”

    Cano is hitting .220 now. He’s seeing 3.4 pitches per at bat this season.

    Last year he hit .306. He saw 3.4 pitches per at bat.

    The year before he hit .342. He saw 3.2 pitches per at bat.

  576. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    yes JOSE !

  577. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Someone wrote earlier that Veras does not have good secondary pitches. Those sliders look very good in addition to that good fast ball. If he develops good control, he would be very helpful.

  578. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Good job Jose Veras!

    ps…wow, Casilla isn’t on base. cool.

  579. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I’d like to see Patterson pitch up here. Get him a chance.

    And the announcers would have lots to discuss about his “fall off the mound” delivery. Love it!

    Scottie’s a good guy and it would be fun to see what he can do.

  580. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Finally, they get that Casilla guy out. I was tied of seeing him on base.

  581. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Humm…wait and see

  582. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Good job Veras

  583. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Hmmm, 6-6, looks like I didn’t miss much.

    I wonder if Wang should have just accepted his Cy Young when he got to 6-0 and shut it down. Bah. I think the bad luck started when he was the “first pitcher since Doc Gooden to….”

    Time for some 9th inning heroics!

    If you’re talking about time-traveling bunnies, then yes!

  584. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    What is your point CB? He stinks this year so far

  585. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Afterall
    It was quite a swing, and then again Ortiz missed the ball the ball completely, so I guess it was a good reason for an injury, and for Ortiz to come out of the game.

  586. Lee van Cleef May 31st, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Gardenhire better stop tampering with Molina, i’m just saying.

  587. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Was 6-3 and Wanger gave it up

  588. CB May 31st, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Veras has a fantastic curve ball.

    What he hasn’t had is good command, especially of his fastball.

    That’s what’s going to decide his future. He has outstanding stuff but whether he can harness it is the question.

  589. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Yeah Melky!!!! Way to start Yankees!!!

  590. Tseng May 31st, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Mmmm, not only that, but Britton is making at least the MLB minimum right? 300-400k is pretty good since I’m assuming a good deal of their meals and boarding is paid for…

    And MLB groupies am I right?

  591. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    last chance — someone get in a run (on the Yankees)

  592. clutchsoxwinagain May 31st, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    This is the typical game that the Yanks cannot win…a close game on the road, maybe extra innings. They just don’t have the heart and guts to come up with the big hit and get the tough outs like Boston has done in Baltimore. Which piece of garbage Yankee reliever will get the loss tonight…any predictions?

  593. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    CB
    Impressive stats.
    The pitchers obviously have figured out Robinson Cano, maybe it’s time for Cano to re-adjust.

  594. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Waaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiit a second, Chris Britton is being sent down again? Is this fact?

  595. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    “when was the last time jose molina hit a homer?”

    September 5th, 2007.

    Why? He’s a backup catcher, so it’s not like he’s really -expected- to jack all that many.

  596. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    V
    May 31st, 2008 at 10:22 pm
    “when was the last time jose molina hit a homer?”

    September 5th, 2007.

    Why? He’s a backup catcher, so it’s not like he’s really -expected- to jack all that many.
    ——————-
    just askin’ … What – I can’t ask questions now?

  597. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    —Chris Britton still has Girardi’s dog at gunpoint apparently. He has a good job. He gets to stay in nice hotels, eat the free food and he never has to actually pitch.

    —How much are they paying him anyway?

  598. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    “What do I know, the Big Papi injury mught be from the rigors of DHing.”

    Yeah it’s gotta take a ton of energy to lug that fat ass off the bench every three innings. He probably has a butt cheek rash.

  599. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    bunt

  600. CB May 31st, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    “The pitchers obviously have figured out Robinson Cano, maybe it’s time for Cano to re-adjust.”

    The point I was trying to make is that there is no correlation between how many pitches Cano takes and his batting average.

    Whether he’s hitting or not he sees the same number of pitches.

    So I’m not sure what adjustment pitchers are making.

  601. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    good rally killin gob damon

  602. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    did Melky miss a hit n run or did they take it away ..

  603. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    why did they take the hit and run off? or did he just get a bad jump?

  604. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    bad baseball
    bad
    bad
    bad

  605. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    There you go Damon

  606. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    here come’s Mr. DL/instant out himself Capt. Jeter!

  607. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    the minnesota announcers just said “jeter has been very quiet in this series” haha

  608. Andrew (Scott Proctor's Arm) May 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    “Should’ve gone that time.”

    But Michael, what about the fallacy of the predetermined outcome???

  609. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    who pitches the 9th?

  610. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    “why did they take the hit and run off? or did he just get a bad jump?”

    Bad jump.

    Unfortunately, Johnny fouled off a ball on the previous pitch, would have been an easy SB for Melky.

  611. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Why wasnt Melky running??!!! This team is terrible.. That is exactly why the Yanks cant win games like this. Damon cant bunt then ofcourse you get the DP. I guess it doesnt matter because Jeter cant hit anyway so he never would of got the runner over.

  612. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Ready? For what?

  613. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Farnsy

  614. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Can’t get a bunt down

  615. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    LOFL Andrew… good call.

  616. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Well, there goes the game. Back to under .500

  617. Matt May 31st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    This team screws up on the most fundamental plays and it kills them in close games like tonight. You have to be running on that pitch if you’re not going to be bunting anymore. No bunt and a double play because he didn’t run. Just awful baseball.

  618. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Doesn’t matter who pitches in the 9th, does it?

  619. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    20 bucks says the twins walk off in the 9th vs farnsworth

  620. Andrew (Scott Proctor's Arm) May 31st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I’m sensing a Kyle Farnsworth-surrendered walk-off home run.

  621. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    “Why wasnt Melky running??!!! This team is terrible.. That is exactly why the Yanks cant win games like this. Damon cant bunt then ofcourse you get the DP. I guess it doesnt matter because Jeter cant hit anyway so he never would of got the runner over.”

    Are you watching the game? He got a bad jump on that pitch.

  622. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Quit being so negative Last Yankee Fan, gees

  623. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Wow, game’s not even over and the whiners are already starting.

  624. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    good job capt. Now how about that DL Jetes?

  625. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    GET YOUR GLOVES OUT MINNY ! :lol:

  626. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    CB
    Obviously if your stats on Cano are correct, the pitchers he is facing are not giving him the same pitches to hit he has the past few years.

  627. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Mauer, Morneau, and Cuddyer.

    Pick your poison Farnsy.

  628. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Captain Stinker

  629. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Jetere K’s, what? Darn trolls, get off of here, we will win

  630. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Jeter obviously went to the Cano school of hitting where you swing at everything in sight. Girardi how about a day off tomorrow for the pathetic Jeter who cant hit and cost them a run in the game.

  631. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Farns isn’t exactly Mr. Instill Confidence.

  632. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    The Fallacy of Predetertimed Farnsworth?

    I hope not.

  633. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Joe Nathan has always been a reliable pitcher for Minny.

    So okay, we’ll have to get them in the 10th.

    GO YANKEES!!!

  634. jessica(Let's Go Yankees) May 31st, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I just have a bad feeling about this game. Hopefully, it will turn out I am wrong about that.

  635. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Farnsy will K the side on 9 pitches…

  636. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Time for the psycho to hand the game over…Oh sorry I meant attempt to pitch

  637. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Is the game over yet?

  638. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Check it out.

    Kyle will save this game and get us into the 10th.

    YA GOTTA HAVE FAITH.

  639. CB May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    “Obviously if your stats on Cano are correct, the pitchers he is facing are not giving him the same pitches to hit he has the past few years.”

    Not necessarily. His mechanics could be off.

    It could be a combination of both.

    Making a big deal about how many pitches cano takes or does not take each at bat may not matter to how well he hits.

    It’s probably not the number of pitches – it’s the type of pitches.

  640. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    “Jeter obviously went to the Cano school of hitting where you swing at everything in sight. Girardi how about a day off tomorrow for the pathetic Jeter who cant hit and cost them a run in the game.”

    While that might sound right in your head, it’s quite wrong, in reality.

    He struck out on 7 pitches, taking 3 balls.

    ‘Swing at everything in sight’ is not quite what I’d take out of that.

  641. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Strike 1

  642. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Will it start with a walk, double, homerun??

  643. canocabrera May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Oh no, its Farnsworth.

    I wonder who will hit a homer against him?

  644. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    The Yanks should put the outfielders in the stands.

  645. tonyb May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I’d rather see Mo against this part of the lineup.

  646. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    “Farnsy will K the side on 9 pitches…”

    already wrong since he threw ball 1

  647. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I say a double, then an HR

  648. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I feel good about Farnsworth today… May the power be with him…. LET’S GO YANKEES…….

  649. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    actually, if he prevents any runs and the yanks score in the 10th, and then he pitches a scoreless inning, he’d get the win, not the save.

  650. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    what’s the shame about the last at-bat by Jeter is that he got a break. He didn’t foul tip the 2-2 pitch, he actually swung through. the ball actually hit the catcher’s mask, not Jeter’s bat. So DJ couldn’t come thru on the 2nd try.

  651. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Time to hold hands and pray

  652. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Dang, first time I been wrong all year

  653. clutchsoxwinagain May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Told ya so!

    Enjoy watching this gutless, fundamentally inept team struggle all season long!

    Gonna be a fun end to this ballgame!

  654. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    “Not necessarily. His mechanics could be off.”

    This is what I think is wrong. He’s not swinging right. He was doing well for a short stretch, then reverted to his early slumping ways.

  655. Buddy Biancalana May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Brandon-

    You get my message about Brayan Pena?

  656. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    pepto time

  657. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Watching Farns pitch takes years off your life

  658. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    V, you have to get used to the fact that there are posters here who are pitch-by-pitch lemon suckers. They are okay when the Yankees have a 12-run lead but anything less than that turns them into zooloos.

  659. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    “The Yanks should put the outfielders in the stands.”

    ^^LOL! Classic :)

  660. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    stop stretching latroy!

  661. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I say a walk

  662. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    GO KYLE!!!

  663. CB May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Hard to believe Farnsworth is back out there.

    Girardi was supposedly going to manage based on performance and results.

    If a second or third year pitcher pitched like Farnsworth has he would be buried in Girardi’s dog house.

    He gets used because he’s a veteran. And he throws 98.

  664. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Ok, nice for everyone to get their “we’re scared of farnsy” jokes in, and really, why shouldn’t we, but now he’s going to get through this inning!

  665. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    bye bye, mauer!

  666. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    C’mon Farnsworth…2 more…

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!

  667. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Farnsy

  668. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    “V, you have to get used to the fact that there are posters here who are pitch-by-pitch lemon suckers. They are okay when the Yankees have a 12-run lead but anything less than that turns them into zooloos.”

    LOL, I just call ‘em ‘idiots’.

    Hey, watch that, nice play by Giambi.

  669. PJH May 31st, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    What do you guys want? The Hawkman?

  670. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Was that Giambi or Mattingly?

    Go Yanks!!!!

  671. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Farnsy + Giambi Defense = Lockdown

  672. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Anyone else feeling like 9-6 Yankees after back-to-back HRs from ARod and Matsui?

  673. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    “Told ya so!

    Enjoy watching this gutless, fundamentally inept team struggle all season long!

    Gonna be a fun end to this ballgame!

    Why are you so disappointed in your Twins?

  674. tonyb May 31st, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Kyle got away with a hanging slider to Morneau on an 0-2 count. Not good when Giambi has to bail you out with a nice play.

  675. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    lol

  676. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    THAT WAS A HORRIBLE 0-2 PITCH TO MORNEAU, WTF WAS HE THINKING ! :x

  677. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    you sit down, too, justin!

  678. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    BLOW them AWAY Farnsy… ATTA BOY….

  679. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    “Hard to believe Farnsworth is back out there.

    Girardi was supposedly going to manage based on performance and results.”

    Girardi thinks like a baseball player and a manager. You think like a fan. His results have been actually quite good, and his pitching has been really good. A bad pitch here and there has gotten him into trouble. A few pitches are not enough to make Girardi quake, though they do to a lot of Yankee posters.

    GO KYLE!

  680. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    THAT’S MY KYLE!!!

  681. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    A Rod hitting a HR in a meaningful situation, come on V,,,,we all want what you been drinking

  682. PJH May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    We need to score here. Badly.

  683. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    I would like to sign up for a 9-6 win

  684. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Now that’s more like it!!!!

    Now we score and go to Mo!!!!

  685. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    It is time for all those Kyle whiners to find some good tasting crow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  686. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Wow, Farnsy did okay.

  687. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    go get ready to play the field, michael.

  688. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Is it safe to look?

  689. JF May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Nice inning by Farns

  690. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Nice job by Kyle.

    Let’s go Yanks. Win it in the 10th.

  691. sfill May 31st, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    HOLY HECK
    Farnsy did the 1-2-3
    Wow – I Heard someone say on here when he takes them down 1-2-3 that means the yankees will win – haha
    I certainly hope we can get something going now so we can bring in Mo (crossing fingers) !!

  692. Yankeefanfoev13 May 31st, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I love Trisha!!

    Farnsworth made it through.

    Whee what a good outing.

  693. Jeter's Future Wife May 31st, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    they freakin better….just came home from a big fat juicy steak at Ruth’s Chris, thought we’d be done by now! wow

  694. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    This will be another good win for us fellas… YANKEES!!!! Giambi will get us a run or two….

  695. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    great job farnsy! and on back to back days… props to you!

    Farnsy + Giambi Defense x Damon’s throwing arm / 2 = World Championship (squared).

  696. russ m May 31st, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I will bet Pete’s house, here and now, A Rod doesn’t get on base. He will K or ground out

  697. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    whew! I see that it is.
    get to work boys

  698. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    I don’t care how he got that out, we just finished listening to Kay say Girardi didn’t like last night’s 0-2 location, he had him fishing all AB on 0-2 he throws one inside again . WTF WAS HE THINKING, he’s lucky Morneau didn’t get a short sroke on that :evil:

    THANK YOU PUMA FOR THE 1B DEFENSE

  699. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Like I said CB, Maybe the opposing teams have Cano figured out and he needs to re-adjust. In my opinion he definitely has the physical talent, but not impressed with his approach to the game. Any comparisons of Cano made to Rod carew is a farce, Carew was brilliant, a student of the game, Cano very immature and continues to make the same mistakes in the field and at bat.

    It’s probably not the number of pitches – it’s the type of pitches.

  700. Tino 4 HoF May 31st, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    ok, can we PLEASE have an extra innings win on the road? Just this once?

  701. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    REYES??? Isn’t he the one that blew away the game yesterday??? I smell BLOOD!!!

  702. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    here comes the dinger…

  703. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    the minnesota announcer just said “this is the 6th extra inning game for the twins” then showed they have a 4-3 record in extra inning games…i thought 4 and 3 equaled 7??

    haha i think that’s what he said anyway…maybe i misheard it.

  704. sfill May 31st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    C’mon Arod – let’s get something going.
    UH OH – Olendorf is warming up.

  705. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    LOL @ all the ‘staches on the Yankees. Now Ohlendorf has one.

  706. CB May 31st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    “It is time for all those Kyle whiners to find some good tasting crow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Where were you yesterday when he got taken deep?

    Farnsworth has the highest home run rate for any pitcher in the major leagues this year.

    And he got away with a mistake that inning that he was lucky didn’t get hit out.

    He’s not having a good year. His performance has returned to what it was last year when he was unusable.

  707. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    that was a terrible strike call

  708. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Anyone else think this pitcher Reyes is Peter’s long lost brother?

  709. tonyb May 31st, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Brandon, I am totally in agreement. That 0-2 pitch could have easily been the game. Mistakes like that keep kyle from finishing hitters.

  710. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    “A Rod hitting a HR in a meaningful situation, come on V,,,,we all want what you been drinking”

    Lol, I don’t think you wanna.

    Started with a Frangelico sour before dinner, had a Vodka+Sprite while eating pizza, and have a long island iced tea now (not super-strong, filled up with Coke and sour mix) ;-)

  711. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Good one Jeff NJ….

  712. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Farsy + Giambi Defense = WordPress Error

  713. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    good AB

  714. sfill May 31st, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Olendorf has a stache? OK I am feeling better about him warming up –

    PLEASE HIDECKI PLEASE! Drive in the Game winning RBI PLEASE!

  715. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    GIAMBINO for the go ahead run… just saw it in my crystal ball..

  716. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    how do you say “get a hit” in japanese?

  717. blackdragon905 May 31st, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    what a jump by a rod

  718. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    “If A Rod homers, I will never blog again”

    What will be your new name?
    It is hard to beleive you give up the sadistic pleasure you get with all your negative posting here.

  719. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    a-rod showin’ the wheels

  720. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    w00t, ARod’s 4th SB of the week.

    Remember when everyone was whining earlier in the season at the Yankees not running?

  721. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 31st, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I think Ross must have saved Joe’s dog from Britton.

  722. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    F-ing…. Blegh.

  723. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

  724. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    BALK!!! On the replay, that looks like a balk!!

  725. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    there goes our usual STUPID A-ROD

  726. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    “Anyone else think this pitcher Reyes is Peter’s long lost brother?”

    Hehe.

    But I swear – you are seeing in Reyes why Girardi isn’t using Britton. If your chunky, your slow and if your slow runners steal bases on you.

  727. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    wo in one week we’ve seen 2 bad baserunning plays

  728. sfill May 31st, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    good job arod on that base running blunder. SHEEEESH – You gotta be kidding me – bad bad bad bad move! Now we have NO ONE on base – thanks man!

  729. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    another pick-off! arrgghh

  730. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Ugh!

  731. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    日本語-homerun

  732. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    A-Rod had the right idea, he just left the base too soon.

  733. sfill May 31st, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    terrific. lets see who is gonna pitch – farnsy or olendorf

  734. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    I’m taking a Tylenol right now

  735. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    ok, lets bash the next pitcher who’s coming in…

    c’mon… get it out…before he throws his first pitch.

    quick.

  736. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    I actually like the aggressiveness of Alex trying to take third. If he gets in there, he can score the go-ahead run on an out. Matsui is one of the better situational hitters the Yankees have, and I’d trust him to drive a sac fly. It didn’t work out, but it’s not a horrible play imo.

  737. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Great job by $28m. He was already at 2nd did he really need to try for 3rd. If you are going to go you better make it..What an idiot decision that was.

  738. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    well how much did that suck???

  739. clutchsoxwinagain May 31st, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I am laughing my a** off at your pathetic, choking team!

    This is so incredibly fun to watch…

  740. Marc from Portland Maine May 31st, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Because you are a little leaguer Russ. Deal with it loser.

  741. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Hmmm. I’d get Ollie in only because Farns has had two nights in a row now and you don’t want to push your luck and overuse him. But since he didn’t throw a lot of pitches last inning, Joe just might get him back out there. Hope there is someone warming no matter who goes in.

  742. Matt May 31st, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Like I said, this team has bad fundamentals. They beat themselves. You’re already in scoring position for the league’s leading hitter with a 2-0 count on him. At least give him one swing. You know he’s going to be watching you after you stole the other base on first move you have to be more careful.

    If this team would stop making these stupid mistakes out there on the bases they would be winning at least 2 or 3 more games that they have lost this year. Melky not running on Damon’s DP ball and A-Rod picked off. You’d think that with 4 chances that somebody would get that run in if it didn’t get erased by stupid plays.

  743. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    STUPID…STUPID…STUPID… Just thinking of himself becoming a hero… STUPID…STUPID…STUPID… no brain at all… to all parents out there… please don’t buy your kids a copy of A-ROD book…

  744. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    CaptainsCorner

    You don’t steal third with no or two outs. With one out, it was a good idea. If he makes it, A-Rod scores on a sac fly. Can’t kill him for that. Sometimes bad results happen from the right decision.

  745. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    GET THEM GLOVES OUT !

  746. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    “Why do I put up w/this Little League team, why?”

    The Yankees are like the mafia.

    Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in.

  747. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Olendorf before Britton makes absolutely no sense? What is that 5 homeruns in his last 3 appearances?

  748. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    愚か- stupid

  749. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    I think Ollie will be better than he has been in a while. (I know, it’s not going to be hard…)

    :)

  750. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    This game is probably a lost cause.

  751. mark May 31st, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    A-Rod had the right idea, he just left the base too soon.

    Dumb comment. That’s like excusing someone who drops a flyball because “he had the right idea, he just closed his glove too soon”.

    Awful play. Two chances for one hit to bring him in, and with one boneheaded play it’s all gone.

  752. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, the hordes of whiners are going at it yet again.

    Why don’t you all just pop in your 2004 World Series DVDs and go away?

  753. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    well… ross “homer” ohlendorf is pitching … yay!!

  754. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    “I am laughing my a** off at your pathetic, choking team!”

    I’m laughing at you watching us, looking for the link of our team site

  755. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    fingers crossed

  756. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    “This game is probably a lost cause.”

    Laura, I can’t believe you’re giving up!

  757. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Laura, the game isn’t over yet. We’re lucky in that the Twins are too anxious and swinging at everything. We’ve still got a game.

  758. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    The biggest criticism many have had with this offense is that it sits back and just waits for stuff to happen. I actually agree with that. The Yankees were trying to find a way to manufacturer the go ahead run there. Hard to blame A-Rod for making an aggressive play that didn’t work.

  759. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Bullpen doing its job tonight… Looking good.

    Sun Devils up 3-0

  760. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    GAME OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  761. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Man how lucky are we…

  762. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    oh my…

  763. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    No harm, no foul.

  764. daver May 31st, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww….

  765. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    oh my bad!! I thought that was a homerun

  766. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    wow

  767. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    well, at least it wasn’t a homer

  768. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Olendorf tried to make it another homerun. What an awful pitch…He should be working on his pitches in the minors.

  769. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I do -not- like this IBB. At all.

  770. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    i dont like this move….

  771. daver May 31st, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    watch for the squeeze?

  772. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Big break there…gotta get just one more out…

    C’mon Ohlendorf!

  773. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    why are they Walking the #9 hitter??

  774. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    why are they Walking the #9 hitter??

  775. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Yeah this doesn’t seem like a smart move. Too bad they can’t get Rivera in there now… He’s going to pitch the next inning anyway if there is one.

  776. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    zach, I hear ya, but we have to hope that the move works out.

  777. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    walking the 9th hitter ???

  778. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    sunny, Girardi is playing the percentages again.

  779. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    “Laura, I can’t believe you’re giving up!”

    Sorry to disappoint you. This just doesn’t feel like one of those games that we are going to pull out of the fire.

  780. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    what percentages ladybug?

  781. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Let’s go Russ O. just one good pitch and we’ll win this one… EEVERYBODY now LET’s GO YANKEES!!!!

  782. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    They should of pitched to Punto..That walk didn’t make alot of sense considering how fast Gomez is.

  783. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Wow. It worked.

  784. daver May 31st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    got him! wow!

  785. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Yeah!!!!!!!!

  786. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    And it finally worked

  787. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    OMFG I THINK I FARTED ON THAT ONE

  788. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Gomez shows soooo much “flair” when he strikes out.

  789. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    V – an amazing bunch of babies aren’t they?

    Nothing like keeping the faith!

    :D

  790. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Nice job Ohly, ok Yankees enough playing around let’s score some runs and bring in Mo.

  791. V May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    In hindsight… Gomez is a young hitter more inclined to swing at balls in the dirt…

  792. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Now, we MUST win this game!!!!

  793. Tino 4 HoF May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Big K!! I knew it all along. no problem.

  794. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    It worked so I’m not going to debate it. All i can say is Thank freakin’ God!

  795. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Dodged a bullet there.

  796. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I haven’t seen that in a LONG time, a bat snap like that. But seriously, this feels like Russian roulette with relief pitchers. Just let Mo pitch the next two innings.

  797. jessica(Let's Go Yankees) May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    because he is a lefty

  798. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Ohlendorf escapes that one. He actually struck out the side with a little drama in between.

  799. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I hope that’s all it was, Brandon.

  800. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    get a run somehow.

  801. daver May 31st, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Now we just need a run or two and then turn it over to Mo!

  802. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Why is a game on May 31st giving me an ulcer? lol

    Man, can this team be frustrating to watch.

  803. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    That was way too close for comfort.

  804. LiveFromNY May 31st, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Would someone PLEASE flat out ask Joe Girardi:

    WHY IS CHRIS BRITTON NOT ALLOWED TO PITCH???????

  805. Lee van Cleef May 31st, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    that indeed was a flatulence inducing series of pitches

  806. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    “They should of pitched to Punto..That walk didn’t make alot of sense considering how fast Gomez is.”

    Actually this is very elementary baseball CaptainsCorner. Nick Punto has been in the majors for three years. Gomez is a rookie. Got it?

  807. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    For all the whining here, Girardi knew what he was doing when he ordered IBB and decided to pitch to the rookie Gomez.. See how bad he looked stiking out.

  808. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    sunny, when a manager plays “the percentages” that means that he is betting that the hitter with the less experience and/or lower batting avg will get the out. They wanted to pitch to Gomez because he’s very young and the chance (or percentage) of him getting an out is very high.

  809. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    No word yet on Big Porkey
    He is getting his wrist X-Rayed.

  810. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    lefties are hitting .344 vs. Russ O. reason for the IBB

  811. thunderfangabe May 31st, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    i’m ok with giving up the monster triple ONLY when it doesn’t score any runs and that guy gets stranded!

  812. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Cano HR time

  813. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    LivefromNY – I seriously think Britton isn’t in the fold because he’s not in shape. Girardi is a stickler for fitness and the only player not fit is Britton. That’s the only reason I can think of.

  814. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    “No word yet on Big Porkey”

    LAUGHING MY BUTT OFF!!!

    :lol:

  815. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    what a rally by the Yankee offense… PATHETIC

  816. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Jose can you see…the ball?

  817. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    What is Cano’s avg now? Is he on the Interstate again?

  818. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    we need a freakin run here

  819. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Cano is awful

  820. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    jeezus lord, can cano see a pitch without swinging at the bloody thing??

  821. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    If Cano hits a HR, it’ll be on the first pitch.

  822. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I would have pinch hit Shelley Duncan for one of these hitters (Cano, Molina) just hoping he can run in to a pitch… The Yankees aren’t going to be able to last much longer without a run.

  823. CB May 31st, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    “They should of pitched to Punto..That walk didn’t make alot of sense considering how fast Gomez is.”

    Gomez is striking out 25% of all of his at bats. That’s an extraordinarily high rate.

    It was a risk given his speed. But at the same time he doesn’t make consistent contact and Ohlendorf is a strike out pitcher.

    I would not pitch Ohlendorf a second inning.

    It’s puzzling why Girardi just will not pitch Chris Britton at all.

  824. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    who is pitching next inning?

  825. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    lefty , lefty power, lefty power

    Ross your on your own :(

  826. LiveFromNY May 31st, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Joe Girardi is a smart manager (although the Britton question remains). If the Bad News Bears ever figure it out, things will be okay.

  827. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Mauer, first homerun of the year coming up next inning. Book it.

  828. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Uh oh, the dreaded 2nd inning for Ohly coming up. I think he’ll handle it today though. Better him than Hawkins, let Hawkins hang with the bear.

  829. PJH May 31st, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Pete- Low blow with the blind joke. Especially with the guy being dead. Just wrong.

  830. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    blah blah blah, blah blah blah, blah blah blah

    Our big concern is – who pitches each inning.

    If Ollie is out there I don’t think it should be for more than one more inning. I hope he gets it done and then someone gets a blast at the top of the inning and Mo shuts it out.

    Of course that would be very nice wouldn’t it.

  831. V May 31st, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I would be immensely surprised by a 1-2-3 here.

  832. LiveFromNY May 31st, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    For all Mike and the Mad Dog ridiculous whining about Joba you think those two morons would ask Girardi about Britton. But no. They’re dopes.

  833. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    we’re going to ohlendorf again?????
    NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  834. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    This is usually where The Dorf falters. Get the first out!

  835. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Oh my…Ross in his 2nd inning. Bad idea.

  836. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Another one for Ross? Oh dear

  837. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Girardi should be happy that Olendorf got out of that inning…Having him pitch another inning is asking too much. This year Olendorf has been awful pitching more then 1 inning.

  838. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    take him out…

  839. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    PLEASE don’t put the leadoff hitter on…

  840. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    thats the ballgame folks

  841. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Ohlendorf is going to blow it right here.

    I hate saying it but its just a bad feeling I have.

  842. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Playin’ with fire with Ross in 2 innings.

    Base hit.

    Game over.

  843. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I’d pull Ross right now

  844. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    this game is over how you leave him in for another inning is beyond me

  845. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I admit I am not a fan of Ollie for two innings. I hope he gets it done. Best I can say.

  846. clutchsoxwinagain May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    You guys nervous?

    Don’t be. The Yankees cannot win an extra-inning game on the road. So relax and enjoy your team’s futility.

    I know I will!

  847. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    That Casilla guy is annoying the heck out of me.

  848. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    well, you don’t have to worry about taht surprise anymore

  849. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    need a dp here

  850. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Give the chubby kid from Scranton a chance!

  851. Yanks27 May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Ohlendorf terrible as usual

  852. V May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    clutch, the Sox sure had problems with the Mariners.

  853. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Britton is obviously really not liked because he should be pitching this inning. You would think Girardi has seen what everyone has…that Olendorf is a 1 inning pitcher and that is all!!!

  854. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    already after one inning his pitches are up in the zone.

  855. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    It seems that Ohlendorf is good for one inning only. Why does Girardi continue to run him out there for more than one inning.

  856. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    is it safe to open my eyes now??

  857. CB May 31st, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    The game is tied on the road in extra innings.

    The heart of the order is up.

    And Mariano is still in the bull pen.

    This is strictly by the book managing by Girardi.

    These are the highest leverage outs of the game.

  858. PAT M. May 31st, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    No LH pitcher is going to kill this team

  859. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    V, ignore “crotch” I mean “clutch” like everyone else is. Pete doesn’t want us talking to Yankee groupies.

  860. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    is anyone up in the pen?

  861. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Is anyone even warming up?

  862. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    It feels like we’re approaching End Times.

    Come on Ross!!

  863. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    the Redsux have won 3 titles in 90 years!!! So shut up and leave this is a 26 time WS Champs blog…you are not welcome!

  864. yanksarechokingagain May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    LOL!

    Boston just wins an extra-inning game on the road last night and now NY loses another one. How fun is that?

  865. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    omg girardi get him out nowwwwwww

  866. hefe May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Remember in the offseason when girardi sent out the message that everyone must be in shape for spring training? Britton obviously didnt listen, could that be a reason why he isnt used?

  867. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    he is going to walk him…watch.

  868. lil' m May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Seven straight is pretty bad. Wasn’t it only a few seasons ago that they led the league in come-from-behind wins?

  869. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Do we have anyone warming? Just curious.

  870. Don Vito A. Bellamo May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Ollie is good for only 1 inning….here he is at #2….Hmmm, can you say ” The Yankees have lost EIGHT straight extra-inning games on the road by the way. ” ???..I know I can…ba bye !

  871. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    “Give the chubby kid from Scranton a chance!”

    Albaladejo is injured.

  872. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    this is torture

  873. V May 31st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Ugh, is anyone up in the bullpen?

    He has nothing right now. Nothing.

  874. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Get him the F out of the game now, I would say…

  875. a moose May 31st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    GREAT OHLENDORK THE SAVIOR

  876. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Ohly doesn’t have it tonight….

  877. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Good night. Drive home safely.

  878. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    why is olly olly all come in free still in there?

  879. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    hooray… bullpen rules!

  880. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I think Girardi has given up on this game.

  881. lil' m May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Be afraid . . . be very afraid . . .

  882. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    This is painful to watch. NO ONE is warming up. A walk.

    Come on Girardi.

    Its just giving the game away. I hope I’m wrong.

  883. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Well at least Rivera kept the bullpen chair warm today.

  884. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    The fat lady is warming up. The fat bullpen pitcher (Britton) is not.

  885. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    This made no sense..instead of seeing what Britton has he will leave Olendorf out there to dry. He is clearly done after getting out of there alive the last inning.

  886. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    “The game is tied on the road in extra innings.

    The heart of the order is up.

    And Mariano is still in the bull pen.

    This is strictly by the book managing by Girardi.

    These are the highest leverage outs of the game.

    Mariano pitched last three games. Unless absolutely needed to save the game, you do not burn him out.

  887. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I hope Ras can go 9 tomorrow. Or 10.

  888. Tseng May 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    My sources tell me Chris Britton pulled a Ricky Vaughn and slept with Joe’s wife by accident.

  889. beezr May 31st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I would bring in Mo here. Have him pitch for two innings and then take your chances with Britton if necessary. Don’t let Ohlendorf piss it away slowly.
    He just walked him, now I’m getting mad. He doesn’t have it, Joe, he went to three ball counts on the first two batters! Get him outta there!

  890. a moose May 31st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    another loss… thanks girardi.

  891. Aaron May 31st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Wow! When will someone realize that this guy is not a major league pitcher?

  892. heh May 31st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    This is just too enjoyable!

    Watching the inevitable happen again….

    There isn’t a more pathetic, gutless team in all of baseball. NY just gives up once the game gets to extra innings!

  893. DC May 31st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Please send Ohlendorf down to AAA !!!!

  894. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Igawasbuckteeth – seriously we get in trouble if we respond to those idiots. Pete has a fit if we answer trolls and groupies. If we could answer I would have asked crotch if his mama was still pitching for the Yankees when he asked which garbage reliever the Yanks would be using…

  895. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    You know Pete’s earlier post about luck…if we get out of this we’ll be lucky indeed!

  896. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Why is Britton on the roster?

    Why?

  897. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Seems that Ohlendorf is going to need a Total Recall brain erasing to forget the painful year this has been for him. He constantly takes one for the team.

  898. V May 31st, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    “I would bring in Mo here. Have him pitch for two innings and then take your chances with Britton if necessary. Don’t let Ohlendorf piss it away slowly.
    He just walked him, now I’m getting mad. He doesn’t have it, Joe, he went to three ball counts on the first two batters! Get him outta there!”

    And when Mo’s arm falls off, you’d have a nice rest of the season in your vacation home, right?

  899. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I’m scared to look

  900. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Da melk.

  901. Eric Haskell May 31st, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    “They literally dodged a bullet there”

    Literally? I guess I missed more on my bathroom break than I thought.

  902. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Ok one out. A Little light at the end of the tunnel.

  903. Laura - Watching with fingers crossed May 31st, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    How come no one has asked Girardi why he won’t pitch Britton? Pete, get on it!

  904. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Girardi is doing a great job guys… who else do you want out there at this time?

  905. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I love all the loser Redsux fans that have nothing better to do on a saturday night they talk ish on a yankee blog

  906. a moose May 31st, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    its going to be sad once the all star game comes around and the yankees aren’t in the playoff hunt.

    what a sad, pathetic way to close out the house that ruth built. all thanks to cashman the non-genius boy, lover of “prospects”

  907. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    “Literally? I guess I missed more on my bathroom break than I thought.”

    :lol:

  908. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I wonder if he is pitching him 2 innings because he wants to try and stay away from Mo tonight. He has pitched alot recently and if he is not available then Britton is the only pitcher left and he doesn’t want to go to him.

  909. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    “Ok one out. A Little light at the end of the tunnel.”

    Or perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel is a train coming straight at us…

  910. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    The Dorf!

    C’mon Princeton boy!

  911. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    One more to go!!!!

  912. jessica(Let's Go Yankees) May 31st, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    please,one more out.

  913. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Tension City. Ulcer brewing. Come on Ross.

  914. V May 31st, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Ugh, another lefty…

  915. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Even if he didn’t go, that damn pitch was over the plate.

  916. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Hawkins is left

  917. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Any more calls for Britton and I’ll start to think we are reliving 2007. Britton is ok, nothing special, certainly not a savior of any type. Oh and Joe will probably try and get him during some games that are not 6-6 in the 11th with two on. Next inning is Mo’s if you ask me.

  918. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Long Day’s Journey Into a Nervous Breakdown.

  919. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Where do all these trolls come from? Its pathetic.

    I would love it if Ohlendorf proved me wrong…..

  920. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming) May 31st, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Two huge outs after the first two got on. Ohlendorf certainly doesn’t bore anybody while watching him, he keeps us on the edge of our seats!

  921. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    up and in right here

  922. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I’m naming my first child The Dorf. Just “The Dorf”.

  923. V May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Ross Ohlendorf nominated to be the new ‘Cardiac Kid’

  924. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I think this is a game Girardi created. It’s called see how close Olendorf can get to blowing the game. In his first inning, he got within two feet. So now, Girardi has to send him out for a 3rd inning. But this time, it gets harder. Olendorf has to get a base runner mowed down when he’s one foot away from the plate in order to beat his previous best of 2 feet.

  925. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    AWESOME!

  926. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Dorfman does it!

  927. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    OH THANK GOODNESS

  928. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Your wishes will come true, Briton will pitch 12th unless Yanks score in which case it will be MO.

  929. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Yeeeessssssssss!!!!!!!!!!

  930. blackdragon905 May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    there are miracles lol

  931. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Thank god. I could not have taken another at-bat with Ollie pitching.

  932. Matt May 31st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Talk about on the edge of your seat. I thought they should have brought in someone like Britton after he walked Mauer but he got out of it somehow.

  933. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    wow this has turned into a classic. Great hoodini act by Ohlendorf in both the 10th and 11th. I think if the Yankees can win this one, the momentum will carry them to a 4 game sweep.

  934. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Ohlendorf doing his best Farnsworth immitation and he wigglrs out of it

  935. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Ohly… I respectfull eat my words.

    Nice job getting out of that inning.

  936. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I just soiled myself. lol

  937. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    i hope mo is warming because that was just gut wrenching

  938. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Now to overstate the obvious, the Yankees better find a way to score this inning. You can’t dodge bullets forever when you’re in a confined space…

  939. Igawa's buck teeth May 31st, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    KIMBO SLICE is about to kill someone on CBS

  940. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I forgot Hawkins is left..Farns twin.

  941. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Ohlendorf survives under pressure!!!!

  942. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Giambi should take Ross out tonight. I’m sure he knows the spots.

  943. Tseng May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I believe they will put some outfielders in to pitch before they put in Britton.

  944. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Hawk up next.

  945. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Maybe we’ll get Hawkins next inning

  946. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    WHY HIM , WE NEED RUNS NOW !

  947. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Man, there are lot of pasty looking people in Minnesota. Get some sun people!

  948. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Despite tonight’s loss, at least there’s one cause for celebration—-Jeff Karstens won’t be up

  949. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    okay lets wave our hands over this Yankee offense and exorcise their bats….

  950. pat May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    If I didn’t want to win this game so much, I would love to see Britton come in and blow it on the first pitch just to shut some of you up.

  951. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Hawkins is warming up. God help us all!

  952. PAT M. May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Dodged sevaral bullets that inning……Still a very impressive performance..Well done Ollie, now lets get some runs….Does Britton come in next ????

  953. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming) May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I’ll tell you what, it definitely isn’t perfect or for the faint of heart, but Ohlendorf has shown a lot of moxie and a lot of guts for being able to get out of these two jams. He’s doing exactly what he needs to be doing, extending the game and giving the Yankee offense another opportunity to break through. Nicely done.

  954. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Kids, don’t start with negative bullsh*t about LaTroy because we don’t need negative karma here. Kay?

  955. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Who is left in the pen?

    Just Mo, Hawkins, and Britton, right?

  956. KG86 May 31st, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I have a feeling that if the Yanks don’t score here, they might lose this one.

  957. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I am glad that I was wrong. Ohlendorf escapes.

    Let’s go Yankees.

  958. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Need to score here and get Mo in, if Hawkins comes in, then we all know the result.

  959. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    “You can’t dodge bullets forever when you’re in a confined space…”

    If the Yankees signed Keanu Reeves to a minor league deal, I believe they actually could.

  960. jessica(Let's Go Yankees) May 31st, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Here comes to another reliever pitcher make my heart stop.

  961. KG86 May 31st, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Hawkins, yes!!

  962. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Trisha what’s your prediction on the outcome of this game?

  963. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Jeter will hit a homerun

  964. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    jesus where is Melvin Mora when you need him

  965. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    jeezus lord – can anyone hit it out of the darn infield fer pete’s sake??

  966. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Looks like I picked the wrong weekend to stop sniffing glue.

  967. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Kay just lost his voice on that call.

  968. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    “Hawkins, yes!!”

    Actually that’s the kind of energy we need here!

    :)

  969. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Basehit…

    Come on Captain…do not GIDP!

  970. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Yes!… does JoeG put a play on? Let them hit away?

  971. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    This is pretty much the inning we have to break through, methinks. Time for the Captain to come alive. I can’t take… you know.

  972. KG86 May 31st, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Come on Jeter!!

  973. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Jeter’s up… please don’t swing on the first pitch….

  974. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    bunt Jetes, bunt!

  975. sunny615 May 31st, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    alright capt clutch – time for a timely homer darnit

  976. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Jeter gets out his slump right here!

  977. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    “Trisha what’s your prediction on the outcome of this game?”

    Miggs, I’m afraid to say it because I always think we’re going to win, but I think we’ll pull it out.

    How about you?

  978. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    I hope that bat has a RF bloop left

  979. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Come on, Jeter. Get it done!

  980. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Captain Stinker GiDP?

  981. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Jeter’s turn to shut up the trolls.

  982. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Don’t get picked off

  983. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Lamb said Baaah when the ball got by him.

  984. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Jeter is 3 for 42? Irrespective of how he does at this bat, he needs to think about the team and take a day or two off.

  985. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I don’t know Trish. But I think we have to score soon, preferrably this inning.

  986. CB May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Pat M,

    Completely off topic but as you’re here…

    Have you seen Gerrit Cole pitch by any chance? You are the guy for OC prep pitching prospects.

    If you’ve seen him, what’s your take? How his stuff? I think he may be available when the yankees pick in the draft and I could see them taking him. Sounds like he’s very raw but has a great arm. Some people have said he’s the best prep prospect in SoCal since Hughes.

    Specific question – a number of sources have said that he has a “terrible make up.” Very immature on the mound and with teammates. Have you seen anything like this from him? It’s all vague stuff – the kind that leaks out before the draft.

    Any impressions you have would be appreciated.

  987. LadyBug626 May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    WOW

  988. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    nice.

  989. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    good aggressive baserunning !

  990. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    “Lamb said Baaah when the ball got by him.”

    Rhaps you’re pretty funny tonight!

  991. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Good baserunning by Damon. Also, nice hit for Jeter.

  992. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Yessssss!!!!!

  993. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Cap’n Clutch…thank you!

    now just a long fly ball Bobby!

  994. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    no GIDP please….

  995. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    El Capitan! Nicely done. We’re scoring here, no doubt in my mind. Then we’ll see Mo. Mark it down.

  996. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Yanks set up here to take the lead and get it to Mo.

  997. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Jeter’s first hit in a long time…. and a big one.

  998. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    OMG PLEASE get this run in.

  999. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Not bad for an old man.

  1000. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Jeter..Yanks please don’t mess this up. Abreu a sac fly is all we need…

  1001. mmx May 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Is Wang done? Getting worse & worse each game.

  1002. jessica(Let's Go Yankees) May 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    man, I want to see Mo.

  1003. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    6 4 3 time

  1004. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    OMG HOW IS THAT A STRIKE !

  1005. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Bobby will definitely plate Damon…

  1006. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    C’mon Bob-baaayy!.

  1007. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Wow, Abreu has more GIDP than anyone else. Shocking.

  1008. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    i’d take a wild pitch…anything…

  1009. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    “Is Wang done? Getting worse & worse each game.”

    no.

  1010. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Twins have one more reliever in the pen, Yankees have 3.

  1011. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Oh Yeah!!!!!!!!

  1012. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    YES BOBBY !!!!

  1013. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Atta boy!

  1014. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    I LOVE BOBBY!

    :D

  1015. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    BOBBY….

  1016. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Clutch hit by Abreu!

  1017. blackdragon905 May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    ABREU!!!!!!!!!

  1018. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    seeing mo throw in the pen is like taking a couple shots of pepto bismol after those last few innings

  1019. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    …Guess the Yanks don’t want Hawkins to pitch.

  1020. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Yes! Bobby is hot lately, insurance time now A Rod.

  1021. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Please don’t GiDP, Bobby. $$$$$$ waiting for you next year

  1022. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Thank God for Bobby Abreu!

  1023. KG86 May 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Yes! Great call Trisha! lol

  1024. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Alright, it’s time, you have to hand it to Girardi. He did EVERYTHING right this game, all the right pitching calls, and now he’s handing a lead to Rivera.

  1025. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you Abreu for not letting the strike call bother you. Good Hawkins now sit down…An insurance run can’t hurt but might be too much too ask.

  1026. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Get Mo ready baby!

  1027. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Bobby Abreu is sweet as candy..,

  1028. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Girardi not letting that strike 1 on Bobby slide

  1029. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Now let’s score a bunch!!!!

  1030. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    And, sportsfans – and tonyb – we’re getting ready to touch the face of God.

    Mo will be in soon.

  1031. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    arod 3 run shot

  1032. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Woohoo !!!!

    Abreu does what he does best. Hopefully A Rod can help with an insurance run.

    Mo is warming. Life is good.

  1033. Bob May 31st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    The sight of Hawkins warming up will scare any team straight.

  1034. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming) May 31st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Now that’s a clutch hit, something that builds character, carries over, and can inspire teammates down the road! :)

  1035. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    ARod is going to hit an HR here

  1036. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    This might be an unintentional walk…

  1037. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Give us some cushion A-ROD

  1038. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    well with a taxed bullpen tomorrow maybe well see britton but the way rasners been pitching probly not.

  1039. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Wow. Cuddyer. would have been interesting if we had a man on 3rd…

  1040. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Arod tried to do too much. The umpire called a ball a strike, then he swung at ball 3..Bad at bat…

  1041. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    what a stupid play by Cuddyer you moved the run closer to home making that catch

  1042. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    speaking of Randy Moss…how bout ‘dem Patriots?

  1043. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    AAAAAHG…. Nothing from MR. A-ROD again… atleast we have GODZILLA batting…

  1044. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Come on, Matsui San!

  1045. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    high strike…

  1046. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Cuddyer is been a thorn in our side tonight. They should rough him up a little in the parking lot after the game.

  1047. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Grand Slam time for Mr. Porno Mustach…

  1048. RICH May 31st, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    GIAMBINO…. for an 11-6 lead….

  1049. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    It will be ironic if Giambi walks in a run.

  1050. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    This may not wind up being a save situation. I use Mo if they are up by 4 runs or less, otherwise Hawkins.

  1051. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Come on Big G. Earn that 21 million !!!

    I’m just kidding, I’m a Giambi fan. But his salary this year is just outrageous.

  1052. PAT M. May 31st, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    CB….I only seen him once back in March…..Tall and skinny, throws effortlessly hard…I read that he’s going to UCLA….I’m certain that if he is picked early ( and I think he’ll be a top 15 ) he could sign…..Never heard anything negative about him…He goes to a Private Lutheran HS…..He seems to be a legit blue chip….

  1053. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    the reason that’s a stupid catch by Cuddyer is because he moved Jetes to 3B w/ that out, no offense but Alex had 2 strikes, he could have hit into a DP but now that out creates a BB to load the bases because a single would have scored another run.

  1054. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Let’s hope Ron Jeremy puts a jolt into one.

  1055. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Put this game away, Giambi!!!!

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!

  1056. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Big G is looking at that opposite field gap.

  1057. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    It would be a reverse miracle if the Twins could come back and win. They are on their last pitcher.

  1058. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    I think Giambi smacks the ball into the outfield, good for a triple for anyone else, a double for the fleet of foot Giambi!

  1059. CB May 31st, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    “what a stupid play by Cuddyer you moved the run closer to home making that catch”

    That’s the right play, IMO. You have to take the out there with a man on second. The yankees only have two outs to score a run and you have the opportunity to cut their opportunities to score in half there. You have to take the out. Especially with ARod up.

  1060. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    mo time

  1061. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    “I think Giambi smacks the ball into the outfield,”

    Well, that part was right!

    :)

  1062. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    And now we go to the inimitable Mariano Rivera!

    Let’s go Mo!!!!!

  1063. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    At this rate, Mo’s arm is going to fall off by August.

  1064. EY May 31st, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    ENTER SANDMAN

  1065. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I hope leaving the bases loaded doesn’t come back to hurt them. Mo has pitched an awful lot recently…

  1066. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    “It appears Jeff Karstens is headed to the majors. He was lifted after four innings in his start for Scranton tonight (4 6 2 2 2 2).”

    One of Pete’s updates.

    I told you that Feisand said Karstens was coming up and Britton was going down.

    Hey where are all the laughing trolls? Did someone put them away for the night?

  1067. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    CB and then the throw to 3B which could have gone off line, I’m not a fan of making that type of play at that point. Cuddyer got lucky a single break it open. Oh well I see your point to but I’ve seen that back fire before.

  1068. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    someone in my apartment back in new york switched the channel and i’m watching using a slingbox. i just had to call home and lay the smack down.

    do it mo!

  1069. David May 31st, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    why did betemit take over for 1B? is he really a defensive replacement????

  1070. Joba the Great May 31st, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Is it just me, or do you think Chris Britton is a malt liquor man?

  1071. daver May 31st, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Gidder done, MO.

  1072. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Losing the game is all right, Mo

    I hope you can stay healthy

  1073. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Come on Mo you can do it!!!!

  1074. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Again with the “little cutter” comment. This guy is such a tool.

  1075. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    1 out, 2 Mo to go!!!!!

  1076. EY May 31st, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Bam.
    One down, two to go.

  1077. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    “Losing the game is all right, Mo”

    Wishful thinking on the part of the ever-negative pretend Yankee fan ER.

  1078. CB May 31st, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Pat M,

    Thanks for the heads up. I figured that you would have seen him throw. Good to hear.

    I have no idea what this is about, but supposedly Cole has dropped a lot in the draft. Both due to signability and all of these rumors out there that he has a “terrible makeup.” Bad demeanor on the mound, bad with umps and bad with teamates.

    I’ve seen in multiple sources that scouts have soured on him for some perplexing reason that has to do with his “makeup.”

    It just sounds like a lot of vague, non-specific rumor type stuff before the draft but I haven’t seen him projected to go in the top 15 anywhere.

    I also saw reports of him hitting 101 mph in a playoff game this week.

    I think he may be in Pinstripes in the near future…

  1079. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    YOU MOTHER F….

  1080. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    YOU MOTHER F….

  1081. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    he’s out… even lamb thought it was a strike.

  1082. YankeeJosh May 31st, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Trisha, this was Pete’s later update-

    “UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Not so fast on Jeff Karstens. Chad Jennings reports that Karstens left the game tonight because he felt tightness in the groin muscle that he popped in spring training.

    So the long man on Tuesday will be … Dan Giese? Not the K-Man. No, it’s can’t be.

    Ross Ohlendorf warming up. Chris Britton has climbed to the top of the dome with a rifle.”

  1083. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Smoooooth!!!!!

  1084. blackdragon905 May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    how was that not a strike

  1085. EY May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Two down, one to go.

  1086. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    cano sure is smooth out there

  1087. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    The hitter even thought that was a strike. He started to walk away!!!!!!!!!

  1088. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Robby kind-of web gem.

  1089. DFox May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    That was hilarious. Lamb started to walk back to the dugout.

  1090. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    BET !

  1091. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Yankees Win!!!!!!

  1092. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    there we go! big win!

  1093. Brian from PA May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    for the second night in a row one of the Twins’ broadcasters referred to Mo’s signature pitch as “that little cutter.” heh, ok. well, that “little cutter” has dominated baseball for the last decade and then some.

    Mariano, don’t fail us now!

  1094. EY May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    THE YANKEES WINNNN

  1095. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    gutsy win.

    whatever that means…

    but gutsy win.

  1096. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    can we just give mariano the cy young award right now?

    he is absolutely outstanding

  1097. CaptainsCorner May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Mo has been squeezed alot the last couple of outings. But he gets it done anyway..Good job Mo..He will definitely be off tomorrow..

  1098. canocabrera May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    W00T!

  1099. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    ha! Guess Betemit is a defensive replacement.

    Is this the best win of the year or what? First win on the road in extras this year. Over .500. All is well here.

  1100. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    The Yanks win. Nice plays by Robbie and Wilson to end the game.

  1101. Laura May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    How the hell did we pull that off?

  1102. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    WILSON BETEMIT IS AM AMERICAN HERO!!!

    Yankee fans, we have once again touched the face of God. Mariano, I bow to you.

    :)

  1103. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Let me get this right: We just won in extra innings on the road AND are a game over .500?

    Life is good.

  1104. Joe Mama May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Huge win
    Let’s hope this is the beginning of a long winning streak

  1105. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Most satisfying win of the season thus far?

  1106. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    tha a a a a a a a a Yankees Win!

  1107. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    I pray Mo’s not hurt

  1108. berniepaul&tino May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    how funny is this abreu interview lol

  1109. Bronx Born May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    There is not other way to put it — Mo is just absolutely incredible! Totally lights out when he comes in. Amazing!

  1110. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    LOFL!!! Abreu.

  1111. canocabrera May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    LOL @ Abreu and Cano!

  1112. Joba the Great May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    That’s OK. The Twins are a “little organization.” Also, is a wedgie an FCC fineable offense?

  1113. RhapsodyInBlue May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM52Xsvw5NQ

  1114. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    “How the hell did we pull that off?”

    Interestingly, some of actually believed we would. I guess it’s all a state of mind, Laura.

  1115. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    haha, i knew Robbie was up to something when he went back onto the field with a cup of water. Anyone speak Spanish and know what Bobby said. Probably a curse. :lol:

  1116. V May 31st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    So, is ER going to whine some more about how the Yankees are going to lose tonight? LOL! EAT CROW!

  1117. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    That’s 3 in a row. And puts the Yanks over .500

  1118. wang is not an ace May 31st, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    congrats to ohlendorf on his first career win…

    And thanks to Ollie for not letting the twins score in the 11th, so we don’t have to be subjected to more “Ollie is misused as a long reliever!” missives on this blog :D

  1119. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    LOL BOBBY BLESS YOUR SPANGLISH :lol:

  1120. Dembore May 31st, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Phew. Another lucky win – but I’ll take it. I don’t trust any of our starters right now. They are all 5 inning guys. We can’t expect much out of the bullpen this year.

  1121. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    i had to leave before, it was so freakin juvinile in here before with shape shifter and the wang haters. too bad b/c i really like chatting while the game’s on.

  1122. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming) May 31st, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    A terrific victory with clutch hitting in an extra inning game ON THE ROAD. Excellent job by Mo to shut it down, as always. He is still the best, continually dominating and reinventing his game. The guy could probably pitch for five or six more years. Great win! :)

  1123. Joe m May 31st, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Mo=0.36

  1124. CB May 31st, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    “can we just give mariano the cy young award right now?”

    I really want to see him win the Cy Young this year.

    I hope this becomes an issue that the NY Media takes up and starts talking about to start getting the idea into voter’s minds.

  1125. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    What Ollie did was not the same thing as being used as a long reliever.

  1126. Whiff (Cano's bat) May 31st, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Yankees win again…

    ASU Sun Devils up 7-1…

    If you guys like College baseball, you need to watch this team. If the make it to the College WS, you need to watch Brett Wallace, Ryan Sontag, Ike Davis and Ryan Leake

    Last night Jeff Larish, played a couple years ago, entered the game for the Tigers.

  1127. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    8 out of 10. 2pm start time tomorrow, the Dazzler is pitching.

  1128. Marc from Portland Maine May 31st, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Who the hell thought we’d lose this game?? We have MO!!!

  1129. Shirley May 31st, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Wang did not have his best stuff tonight, but still the Yankees won. A very nice win!

  1130. Chris May 31st, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    What about Melancon for the long reliever when Joba pitches? He’s pitched 11 innings in 4 games at Trenton (2, 4, 3, and 2 innings) and been dominant.

    It’s not uncommon for prospects to skip AAA, particularly if this will be used as a one or two appearance call up, then sent back for more seasoning.

  1131. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I think the Cy Young would be too pedestrian for Mo this year.

    Nobel Peace Prize?

    Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?

  1132. Blargh May 31st, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Mo is a god

    Rasner time tomorrow with both bullpens used up?

  1133. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) May 31st, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Ohlendorf finally stepped up, there has to come a time he goes from AAA to a MLB player..

    P.S. for the none spanish speaking people Abreu was about to curse in spanish and held back w/ a…. uh ay uh..uh to uh unghhh

  1134. CB May 31st, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    ASU is really impressive. No doubt about it.

  1135. V May 31st, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    8/10!!! w00t!

  1136. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Mariano Rivera for Con Smyth Trophy.

  1137. BBFan May 31st, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Excellent win.
    Girardi manageed the game and the bullpen well.
    Britton can always pitch tomorrow.

  1138. Don Vito A. Bellamo May 31st, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    very nice win !

  1139. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    “Phew. Another lucky win – but I’ll take it. I don’t trust any of our starters right now. They are all 5 inning guys. We can’t expect much out of the bullpen this year.”

    This couldn’t be more wrong!

    Our starters are pretty much 6-7 inning guys. Our bullpen has been lights out. It is only since the shift out of Joba that we’ve felt growing pains.

    Something makes me think you aren’t REALLY with the Yankee program…but no matter.

    :)

  1140. ham fighter May 31st, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    where is wangara, russ m and shapeshifter now?

  1141. Jeff NJ May 31st, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Good point, that was Ross’s first major league win, congrats Ross, here’s hoping you get 200 more for the Yankees.

    And now the topper: Chevy Player of the Game.

    Ross is living the dream tonight.

  1142. rconn23 May 31st, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Mo is going to to falter a little bit this year. He’s been so amazing this year you have to expect it. But I still really believe this will be the year he wins the Cy Young.

    I know this has been said before, but we’re so lucky to get to watch him. There are many debates about who is the greatest in baseball at certain positions. But there is simply no debate about the greatest closer. Mo. The closest to perfect we will ever see.

  1143. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) May 31st, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    is abreu afraid of gatorade and the wall?

  1144. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? May 31st, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Nice, stressful, exciting win
    :)

  1145. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    In fact credit to Farnsy and Ollie! Our pen was our salvation tonight.

  1146. Moboy May 31st, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    How can there be so much confidence on guys who haven’t even played last year i.e. cox,Melchon,Sanchez.

  1147. miggs May 31st, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Mo is a freak of nature. I have never seen him look better than he does right now and I’ve watched his entire career. Simply amazing.

    Big win. Just as big of a loss for the Twins. Think about being on the other side of that game. Hopefully the team can ride this to a series win. A sweep might be getting greedy, but 3 out of 4 should be expected after this one.

    These are the types of games we have to win. I’ve been saying this all year now. The starters are going to be knocked out early a lot (although Wang was a little surprising today) and the bullpen is going to blow leads.

    Everyone says pitching wins games. But the offense is the key to the Yankees success this year. They are going to have to win the 8-7 and 9-8 games. And judging from the first part of the season, there are going to be lots of games like that.

  1148. Scorpio May 31st, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    How many pitches did it take Mo tonight? 10? 12? Amazing.
    Mo deserves a Closer Lifetime Achievement award.

    I have to give cred to Girardi too, he made all the right moves tonight. Good lineup, played the bp the right order and got Betemit in there for defense, I really think Giambi might have missed that last bullet.

    Great win!

  1149. CB May 31st, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I really hope Girardi sticks with the plan to call up a long man regardless of Karstens latest injury.

    They’ve needed a long man all year.

    Then hopefully they can shift Ohlendorf to the short man role and see what he can do. Perhaps this is appearance he can build on.

    I still think he may need more time in AAA but this could help build some confidence if he can get out of that long man role.

  1150. blackdragon905 May 31st, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    GREAT WIN!!!!

  1151. Fran May 31st, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    “Britton can always pitch tomorrow.”

    He is certainly well rested!!

  1152. Nick in SF May 31st, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I thought you couldn’t pitch yourself into a Player of the Game situation?

  1153. trisha - May 31st, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    “where is wangara, russ m and shapeshifter now?”

    The aides at the institution have already medicated them for the night and put them in their straightjackets. They were afraid they’d either hurt themselves or some of the other patients there since the Yankees won this game.

  1154. Fran June 1st, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Trisha – you’re right. The bullpen did a great job tonight. We knew that the Yanks would win all along!

    Have a good evening all. See you tomorrow.

  1155. Moboy June 1st, 2008 at 12:00 am

    The reason you can’t use Edwar,Ohlendorff or Kyle is because they have homerun problems.

    But hey anybody can pitch the 8th.

  1156. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:02 am

    i like olly’s pitches, hes been having some tough times so far, but thats what happens with young guys when they come up, it can take a while. its important for people to remember that when guys like cox and melancon come up. they are not likely to have instant success. calling for the yanks to bring up melancon and use him for the 7th or 8th inning, when he’s barely gotten his feet wet in aa is just not realistic.

    there will be more growing pains but i think olendorf is going to be a good one.

  1157. trisha - June 1st, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Fran, as long as you or I are always holding the hidden idol, the Yankees will continue to sail!!!

    Good night gf!

    :)

  1158. The Last Yankee Fan (formerly, ER, from the set of) June 1st, 2008 at 12:02 am

    So after tonight, Ohlendorf becomes the official set up man for Mo?

  1159. Nick in SF June 1st, 2008 at 12:03 am

    MoBoy, you disrespect Mo by using him in your name.

    Post smarter or drop the Mo!

  1160. V June 1st, 2008 at 12:03 am

    “The reason you can’t use Edwar,Ohlendorff or Kyle is because they have homerun problems.

    But hey anybody can pitch the 8th.”

    Joba has allowed as many HRs as Edwar this year.

    I hope you’re willing to eat crow when Joba’s well on his way to being that dominant ace the Yankees need…

  1161. PAT M. June 1st, 2008 at 12:04 am

    CB…There was an article in the LA Times that mentioned that he came in to relieve, and whiffed the 9 batters he faced….High GPA in a Private school, but I think he goes to UCLA …..I’ll check around about his personal issues….That’s made Hughes so special , head had his head screwed on right…..Yankee fans must not give up on Phil, he’s going to be a very special pitcher….It’s just a matter of time and everyone will be glad that he didn’t get traded for Santana……

  1162. V June 1st, 2008 at 12:05 am

    “CB…There was an article in the LA Times that mentioned that he came in to relieve, and whiffed the 9 batters he faced….High GPA in a Private school, but I think he goes to UCLA …..I’ll check around about his personal issues….That’s made Hughes so special , head had his head screwed on right…..Yankee fans must not give up on Phil, he’s going to be a very special pitcher….It’s just a matter of time and everyone will be glad that he didn’t get traded for Santana……”

    I wonder how much $$$$ it would take to convince him not to go to UCLA….

    Signability concerns is probably why he’s falling in the draft. The 1st round is way too important to draft a guy who doesn’t sign.

  1163. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:05 am

    i got so sick of shifter that i turned off the computer, but when jeter got that (very big) hit, i knew he’d be nowhere to be seen.

    note: that doesnt mean hes not here , he probably just ‘shifted’ to another screenname

  1164. Nick in SF June 1st, 2008 at 12:07 am

    “I hope you’re willing to eat crow when Joba’s well on his way to being that dominant ace the Yankees need…”

    Crow? You think he’s on solid foods yet?

  1165. rconn23 June 1st, 2008 at 12:08 am

    “How can there be so much confidence on guys who haven’t even played last year i.e. cox,Melchon,Sanchez.”

    Because Melancon and Cox both have the makeup since they were college closers. Because people forget that Cox was on a fast track to the majors before his injury. Because Cox has a nasty slider and attacks hitters. Because Melancon has a great curve and…he attacks hitters. Because Melancon, when the great Mo does decide to hang ‘em up, will likely be the man to take over as closer.

  1166. PAT M. June 1st, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Solid point V….$$$$ may not buy you love, but it certainly can buy a 18 year old a nice Porche…..Where do the Yanks pick this year anyway ?????

  1167. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:11 am

    the definition of a fair-weather fan:

    (ER):”I’ll go back to Atonement now and return if Yanks are winning”

    why dont u just go back to attonement now.

  1168. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Pat M,

    If you can do any digging on Cole and his make up please do so. I’m hoping he’s in Charleston next year.

    Again, I obviously have no particular knowledge of what’s going on with Cole but from what I’ve read his commitment to UCLA isn’t going to be that hard to break. I don’t think it’s one of those set in stone commitments.

    I almost get the sense that Boras wants him to drop down in the draft to get a larger signing bonus from team willing to pay over slot. Boras has been said to do that in the past. No idea if that’s accurate. But out of nowhere all of these rumors popped up about him.

    I haven’t seen him in any top 15′s from any draft evaluators. It very perplexing as you read about his arm and his stuff and it sounds like he should be a top 10 guy.

    I don’t think money will stop the yankees from signing him. They’ll buy him out of his commitment to UCLA.

    Supposedly he was very impressive in the playoffs this week and that may have reopened some eyes so maybe he’ll be off the board. What’s the saying… you can’t teach throwing 101!

    Agreed on Phil. I’m not worried about him. I still think he’s going to be a front line pitcher.

  1169. whoa June 1st, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Karstens is NOT a major leaguer. I don’t understand how anyone can think that he is.

  1170. Scorpio June 1st, 2008 at 12:17 am

    OMG I’m laughing histerically, Girardi said “thank God for the baggie.” in response to the HR that almost was.

    Hilarious!

  1171. shapeshifter June 1st, 2008 at 12:17 am

    ham fighter-
    wanted to log back on to give jeter his props for a timely hit

  1172. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:19 am

    then ill give you props for standing up.

    the thing is, i’v always been a little critical of jeter myself and tell people constantly that he’s not a god, but posting it again and again and again was just out of control today. make your point and move on.

    but props for standing up.

  1173. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:19 am

    “Signability concerns is probably why he’s falling in the draft. ”

    That’s part of it – he’s a Boras guy. But supposedly is much more related to his “make up.”

    This is what Kevin Goldstein, the Baseball Prospectus prospect/ draft guy said on Cole in a chat this week:

    “Kevin Goldstein: I don’t think there’s going to be any kind of Porcello situation this year, unless you count Gerrit Cole, who has a great arm and beyond ridiculously bad makeup.”

    Goldstein gets his stuff directly from scouts. This isn’t just his take.

    Pat M your on the case now so we’ll get to the bottom of this!

    The yanks pick 28. The only two high ceiling guys I think might still be on the board then are Cole and Scheppers from Fresno State. They also have a supplemental pick at #44.

    http://www.baseballprospectus......chatId=464
    “Rob (Bloomington, IL): Who do you think will end up taking Gerrit Cole? Any chance the Cubs nab him at #19?

    Kevin Goldstein: He’s a very hard guy to figure out. Hard to argue with the arm, but as a kid, nobody likes him.”

  1174. shapeshifter June 1st, 2008 at 12:20 am

    scorpio-
    whats so funny about that? i hardly think that warrants an OMG…

  1175. shapeshifter June 1st, 2008 at 12:21 am

    if u kill a guy when he is down ya gotta give it to him when he gets the job done. i am still down on him though, big time.

  1176. trisha - June 1st, 2008 at 12:22 am

    I thought shapeshifter was a troll! Sorry shape.

  1177. LI Mike June 1st, 2008 at 12:22 am

    clutchsoxwinagain May 31st, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    This is the typical game that the Yanks cannot win…a close game on the road, maybe extra innings. They just don’t have the heart and guts to come up with the big hit and get the tough outs like Boston has done in Baltimore. Which piece of garbage Yankee reliever will get the loss tonight…any predictions?

    My favorite post of the night.

  1178. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 12:23 am

    LOL THE CLUB HOUSE HAS LATIN MUSIC BLAZING RIGHT NOW :lol:

  1179. canocabrera June 1st, 2008 at 12:24 am

    WOW, I’d never heard Ross Ohlendorf interviewed before.. that was painful to watch :( Does he have some sort of condition?

  1180. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 12:24 am

    now it’s Soulja Boy..watsup w/ the lockerroom Joe G

  1181. shapeshifter June 1st, 2008 at 12:24 am

    im not a troll… im a 20 yr yanks fan who just happens to hyper-critical and really really dissapointed that they are 1 game over .500 on June 1st. No more, no less. Everyone- have a good night

  1182. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) June 1st, 2008 at 12:25 am

    anyone expect the Rays to call up David Price before September? I wouldnt be surprised if he gets more than a spot start. That rotation could be lethal within a couple of years…and another first round pick this year. actually, its already looking very good.

    they are playing “superman that –” in the clubhouse. i wonder who put that on?

  1183. Buddy Biancalana June 1st, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Brandon-

    You hear about Brayan Pena?

  1184. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Abreu is hitting .353 with RISP this year.

    It really surprises me how people make such a big deal about him not running into walls and just ignore all the things he does to help the team win.

    Big Pappi’s wrist injury does not look good.

  1185. shapeshifter June 1st, 2008 at 12:26 am

    canocabrara-
    shelly duncan used to star on the show “life goes on”

  1186. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 12:26 am

    “June 1st, 2008 at 12:25 am
    Brandon-

    You hear about Brayan Pena?”

    Royals :(

  1187. Yankeestech June 1st, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Physical Description: Cole is a projectable high school right-hander who compares a bit to Kyle Farnsworth.

    Let’s hope thats the only thing he has in common with Kyle….

  1188. trisha - June 1st, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Mo’s ERA – 0.36

    That is just sick.

  1189. Buddy Biancalana June 1st, 2008 at 12:29 am

    He was DFA’d by the Royals.

  1190. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Zach,

    I think Price could very well be up before September. If he hadn’t had that elbow soreness that shut him down to start the season I think he would have been up at some point in the second half.

    They already have such a good rotation they could in theory hope to keep him in the minors.

    But if they are battling for a playoff spot I can’t see how they could keep him down in the minors if he’s throwing well. He’s such a great talent. He’s going to be better than Kazmir.

    With Kershaw called up Price is heads and shoulders the best pitching prospect in the minors. I don’t think he’s going to let the Rays ignore his talent if they’re in the race.

  1191. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) June 1st, 2008 at 12:31 am

    “It really surprises me how people make such a big deal about him not running into walls and just ignore all the things he does to help the team win.”

    Very true. I complain about his supposed “fear of the wall” all the time, but at the end of the day, his plate discipline and clutch hitting has been huge for the team and definitely outweighs any defensive shortcomings.

  1192. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:31 am

    “Physical Description: Cole is a projectable high school right-hander who compares a bit to Kyle Farnsworth.”

    I saw that on milb.com and shuddered. Then I hit the back button on my browser as a fast as possible.

  1193. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? June 1st, 2008 at 12:31 am

    So tomorrow/today is the Raz vs. Blackburn

    Would be nice to make it 3 in a row. We will see…

  1194. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 12:33 am

    did Ortiz hurt his wrist again ? that’s not a good thing at all.

  1195. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Brandon,

    Ortiz hurt his wrist on a swing tonight and left holding it very gingerly. It did not look good at all.

    What a performance from Dave Robertson tonight. 2.1 innings pitches 6K’s and 0 BB. Chad Jennings said it was the best he’s seen his curve ball look this year.

  1196. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) June 1st, 2008 at 12:37 am

    wow. is Citizens Bank in Philly the biggest bandbox in the game?

  1197. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 12:37 am

    “He was DFA’d by the Royals.”

    no he was claimed

  1198. Dan June 1st, 2008 at 12:38 am

    I bet Abreu could have caught that triple in the 10th if he wasn’t so afraid of the wall. (lol)

  1199. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:38 am

    i dont hear anybody making too much about abreu’s wall problem, they just tent to mention it when discussing his defense, which is certainly fair to do. personally, i really liked him back when he was here rin philly, and was really happy the yankees got him.

    but, so many people who do like him say the wall thing is nothing or call his throwing phenominal, well that’s going too far the other way. he is a great player who has a very strage problem with walls. he has an increadibly strong arm which sometimes inaccurate. its all part of the package, you take one part, you get all the other. thats who bobby abreu is.

  1200. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 12:39 am

    CB tough break for Ortiz he’s had a broken hambone before and had many wrist injuries before this one. Not good at all.

    How long until Robertson hits NYC ?

  1201. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:41 am

    id say citizens is the easiest park to hit a ball out in the power alleys in the majors. but its also a GREAT place to watch a game from. i dont understand why these newer parks werent designed with some ability to adjust the wall distances either way depending on how they played.

  1202. Buddy Biancalana June 1st, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Brandon-

    He was just released by the Royals.

    http://rotoworld.com/content/p.....038;id=533

  1203. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:42 am

    btw, congratulations to new york native manny ramirez on his 500th home run!

  1204. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:43 am

    “How long until Robertson hits NYC ?”

    I think it completely depends on his control and walk rates. They aren’t hitting his stuff in AAA. They’re hitting .169 off of him but 11 walks in 16 innings going into tonight is way too high.

  1205. PAT M. June 1st, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Although I’ve away from it for a few years, I do know many of the CIF umpires as well as several Connie Mack Coaches…I make a few calls, but the kid has a great arm….I should have some info by tomorrow……

  1206. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:44 am

    “i dont understand why these newer parks werent designed with some ability to adjust the wall distances either way depending on how they played.”

    Home runs = $$$

  1207. Steve June 1st, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Which Ortiz?

  1208. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Pat M,

    You’re the best! What a resource. I love the draft and always hope the yanks draft at least one truly high ceiling guy. This year the talent is much thinner then in years past. But for whatever reason Cole could be there at 28 which I never thought would be possible. He has what sounds like, by far, the best arm – prep or college – in the draft.

  1209. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:47 am

    pennants and w.s. games=$$$ alot more than home runs. its really tough to put together a pitching staff when everything in the gap is gone.

  1210. Buddy Biancalana June 1st, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Big Papi

  1211. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) June 1st, 2008 at 12:50 am

    oh my…Jay Bruce.

  1212. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 12:51 am

    if they want to move the fences in on a big park thats no problem (see comerica, and yankee stadium) but once you put the fences in close and put the bleachers right behind it, you cant move the fences back, that was my point.

  1213. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Patterson up.

  1214. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) June 1st, 2008 at 12:55 am

    does MLB have to approve changes to field dimensions? or is that decision purely in the hands of the team?

  1215. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:55 am

    ham fighter,

    I completely agree with you and would never want to build one of those band boxes. You’re right on the money that it just kills a pitching staff and makes it very hard to develop young pitchers and attract free agents.

    But I do think these teams are looking it at as offense will fill seats over 81 home games year in and out. Even if the team isn’t in the race people will still come if runs are scored.

    They could build them larger but they’ve consciously decided to make them extreme hitter’s parks.

  1216. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 12:56 am

    “Patterson up.”

    there better be a link for this claim

  1217. Buddy Biancalana June 1st, 2008 at 12:57 am

    CB-

    Tell that to the architects of Petco.

  1218. Buddy Biancalana June 1st, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Brandon-

    You catch my link about Pena being released?

  1219. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 12:58 am

    i just got off the phone with his girlfriend.

  1220. CB June 1st, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Buddy,

    Very good point. But that’s really been the exception hasn’t it from that generation of parks isn’t it?

    And the Padres were very shrewd in doing that. It’s helped them put together a good staff and win last year with an awful offense.

  1221. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 12:59 am

    “Brandon-

    He was just released by the Royals.”

    wow free hitting catcher available, he also can be used as trade bait, calling Yankee’s GM switch hitting catcher unclaimed :)

  1222. Buddy Biancalana June 1st, 2008 at 1:03 am

    thunder-

    can we get a link to your phonecall?

  1223. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 1:05 am

    sure

  1224. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 1:07 am

    thunder explain to me why I should take your word, not saying your lying but explain how or why I shouldn’t

  1225. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 1:08 am

    guy gets released by the ROYALS (after they obviously tried to trade him but couldnt) then goes unclaimed by all 29 other teams.

    yeah, lets jump right on that, he is obviously great trade bait!

  1226. V June 1st, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Pat M. and CB, RE: Cole – I did some looking on-line, and apparently he’s had a history of yelling at umpires about calls he didn’t like and yelling at teammates for botched plays behind him, etc.

    Very emotional, but that stuff doesn’t stand in baseball – I’d bet the Yankees would look past that to draft him as low as they draft, and give him some real $$$$.

  1227. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 1:10 am

    you can believe anything you want, brandon. i’m not saying anyone has to believe me. i just made a comment, that’s all. people say a lot of stuff on here – true or not. we can choose to believe any of it or none of it…

    i know who i talked to and that is all.

  1228. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 1:10 am

    com’on Cash what catcher you have in AA w/ good upside Chris Stewert ?, JD Closser ? you have nothing to lose w/ Pena maybe more to gain.

  1229. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 1:11 am

    AAA*

  1230. Brian Cashman June 1st, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Okay, Brandon. Consider it done & done.

  1231. CB June 1st, 2008 at 1:13 am

    V,

    I’ve seen the same things but it all seems very fishy. At the beginning of the year some people were thinking he had the stuff to be a top 5 pick. He then sits 94-98 all year, touching 101 and he’s falling in the draft?

    Perplexing stuff like this seems to come out about certain players before every draft and it just seems to spiral.

    In 2006 there rumors just kept spiraling about Joba being lazy and not willing to work hard. I saw a comparison between Joba and Sidyney Ponson around draft time with respect to work ethic.

    We’ll see. Cole may very well get taken early but I hope he’s still on the board. He really does have the best arm in this entire draft. Not the best pitcher but the best arm.

    Gotta love draft time…

  1232. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 1:14 am

    thunder, were you at the trenton game on thursday?

  1233. Nick in SF June 1st, 2008 at 1:14 am

    I just got off the phone with Joba’s girlfriend. A little ditzy, but wow what a sexy voice.

    Um, where was I?

    Oh yeah, she said that Joba is very disappointed that someone who posts on this board as “Dynasty is Destiny” suggested that Joba is too fragile and sensitive to handle the transition from the bullpen to the rotation and possibly back again if he doesn’t stick. But Joba’s feelings aren’t hurt by Dynasty’s lack of faith beause Joba isn’t fragile or sensitive.

    That’s pretty much what she said.

  1234. Gorganzola June 1st, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Hey Pete, what’s wrong with Wang? Can we get some answers please?

    Like, why does he keep throwing that very high, tailing fastball? What the hell is that thing supposed to be, anyways?

    Why isn’t anyone teaching him additional pitches?

    Why does he throw such a flat slider – it looks sort of like a fast knuckleball!

    Why why why is he looking so strange these last few outings?

    Why can’t he even throw sinkers anymore?

  1235. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) June 1st, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Baseball Tonights coverage of the Yankee game was atrocious! Apparently the Yankees lost tonights game.

  1236. pat June 1st, 2008 at 1:16 am

    New nickname for Cano?

    From USA Today

    “Sticking with what you have within the organization is the more prudent way to go, anyway, Cashman insists.

    “It’s like playing the stock market,” he says. “If I had a belief when I bought, say, Microsoft, I should stick with Microsoft, even though the stock can underperform at times. You have to ride it out. Of course, it doesn’t mean you’re always right, but there was a reason for that belief in the first place. I believe Robinson Cano is Microsoft”

  1237. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 1:17 am

    yes, why?

  1238. V June 1st, 2008 at 1:20 am

    “Hey Pete, what’s wrong with Wang? Can we get some answers please?

    Like, why does he keep throwing that very high, tailing fastball? What the hell is that thing supposed to be, anyways?

    Why isn’t anyone teaching him additional pitches?

    Why does he throw such a flat slider – it looks sort of like a fast knuckleball!

    Why why why is he looking so strange these last few outings?

    Why can’t he even throw sinkers anymore?”

    Um, his mechanics are probably off. I don’t think that high tailing fastball is on purpose. I don’t get why he needs to be taught additional pitches when he already has a solid repertoire of 3-4, and his mechanics are off. I don’t think he’s trying to throw a flat slider on purpose. His mechanics are off. I bet he’s trying to throw sinkers, but, uh, his mechanics are off. He probably looks strange, because, uh, his mechanics are off.

    It happens to the best of ‘em.

  1239. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 1:20 am

    i was there, too. everybody jumped on tabata about that missed dive play by ajax, but it didnt seem to me that he took that long to get to it. what did u think?

  1240. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 1:21 am

    LHP (relief) Erick Threets might be traded for cheap or DFA by the Giants should be interesting to look at the wires.

  1241. S.A.-Just win games and can someone please feed Edwar? June 1st, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Robinson “Microsoft” Cano?

  1242. Nick in SF June 1st, 2008 at 1:21 am

    “I believe LaTroy Hawkins is Enron.”

  1243. Nick in SF June 1st, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I get it, because his batting average is micro and his swing is soft?

  1244. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 1:23 am

    v, flash said they had noticed his lead shoulder flying open on his delivery his last few starts and worked on it in the bp between starts. could be that he’s still doing it, or it could be that he’s become over-conscious of not doing it.

    i have alot of confidence that he’ll get it back though.

  1245. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 12 ) June 1st, 2008 at 1:23 am

    “Ensberg must be Woolworth”

  1246. Nick in SF June 1st, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Cano!

  1247. Nick in SF June 1st, 2008 at 1:25 am

    A new Pete Abe post should end this silliness.

  1248. zach in port jeff (temporarily Zach in Melbourne, AUS) June 1st, 2008 at 1:25 am

    maybe that guy was right about Patterson?

  1249. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 1:28 am

    i saw ajack dive and miss, but then i started watching to see how far the runners would go. i saw tabby get out there, but he isn’t the fastest guy in uniform. didn’t seem to take forever, but it wasn’t brett gardner speed either. not sure he made a big move towards center to begin with even before ajack was halfway to the ground. i sit behind the home dugout so i don’t know what happened inside afterwards or if there was a blow up of some sort. didn’t wait afterwards either like i normally do so i didn’t get to ask anyone what happened.

  1250. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 1:29 am

    i’m not a guy.

  1251. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 1:31 am

    i was right behind the plate, reading the scout’s radar guns, so i had a pretty good view into the dugout, but all i saw was franklin, HOT as a pistol, going after someone, (obviously tabata) but was blocked by the players from seeing what was going on.

  1252. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 1:34 am

    the most i saw of tabby was him leaning on the fence for about 3-4 minutes, but don’t remember at what point in the game that happened. he’s hardly ever out in view. some guys are fence guys, some guys are not. and some guys only come out when girls in short skirts decide to move down into the front row (like they did on in the late innings on thursday).

  1253. ham fighter June 1st, 2008 at 1:37 am

    i had a great time, my other visit was at the scranton game when it was -1000 degrees.

    ill be back on the 11th to get my melky bobblhead, though!

  1254. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 1:40 am

    scott’s getting a bobblehead on july 2nd. i think it was originally slated to be george washington (go figure) and now it lists SP. good for him.

  1255. thunderfangabe June 1st, 2008 at 1:46 am

    oh, and the weather isn’t all that much better when it gets late in the games. it’s nice or at least tolerable up until about 930pm. if not, earlier haha. that’s what happens when the park is on the river with a low RF fence.

  1256. bronxbomber77 (from worst to first in 2008!) June 1st, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Don’t know which blog entry is funnier:

    UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: Maybe somebody put LSD in my Diet Coke. But I think there are several hundred little girls dressed as pirate cheerleaders in right field. I’m not sure what they’re going to do. Hopefully not attack the pressbox.

    ——– OR ————-

    UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: TC The Bear is next to the press box posing for photos with a group of beauty pagent winners. It’s Miss Teen South Dakota and her court.

    I just pray that the Big G is kept away from these girls. The Midwest isn’t ready for that.

  1257. Bronx Jeers June 29th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    http://i42.tinypic.com/nla71k.jpg

  1258. pat May 19th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Let’s go Yankee bats!


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