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Game 90: Rays at Yankees

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YANKEES (47-42)
Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Posada DH
Betemit 1B
Cano 2B
Molina C
Gardner LF
Pettitte LHP

RAYS (55-33)
Iwamura 2B
Crawford LF
Upton CF
Pena 1B
Longoria 3B
Navarro C
Aybar DH
Gomez RF
Zobrist SS
Kazmir LHP

Andy Pettitte (9-6, 4.22) vs. the Tampa Bay hitters.

Scott Kazmir (7-3, 2.63) vs. the New York hiters.

Notes: The Yankees have split 10 games with the Rays. … The Yanks are 3-4 on their homestand and 25-22 at home. … Abreu has 3 hits in his last 25 at-bats and is down to .272. .. A-Rod is 7 of 17 with six RBI and seven runs scored since the whole Madonna/divorce mess started. Now that’s focus. … Giambi is 0 of his last 11. … Cano is 9 of his last 23. … Good move using Molina to control the Tampa running game. … Shameless plug alert: I’ll be on SportsCenter tonight before the game.

Back later with lots of updates.

SUPPORT THE ‘STACHE UPDATE: The Yankees will hand out 18,000 fake mustaches to fans tomorrow. I asked Girardi if he would wear a mustache tomorrow in support of TBG and he didn’t say he wouldn’t. That would be fantastic, even if he just did it briefly.

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Lots to catch you up on … The rotation for the rest of the week is Ponson (Rays), Moose (Pirates) then Joba, Rasner and Pettitte against the Jays. … Johnny Damon is down in Tampa working on his rehab. … Girardi said just now that he expects Hughes to pitch in the majors in September, which is different than what Brian Cashman has been saying. Of course in general Cashman is always more a pessimist and Girardi an optimist.

JOE GIRARDI PRE-GAME AUDIO: Here’s Girardi talking about the lineup, Matsui, Hughes and even … Carl Pavano. Stop the insanity!

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UPDATE: 5:53 p.m.: Hideki Matsui hit off a tee today in the cage, which is a good sign as he starts to return. The question is whether his left knee can handle the workload. If it becomes swollen again, surgery may be the only option.

UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: Matsui took 45 swings. “I felt pretty good, no pain. I hope to keep going in a positive direction,” he told a team spokesman.

070808_18061.jpgUPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: Here is a worldwide internet exclusive, Kim Jones of the YES Network posing in the fake Giambi mustache that will be given out to the fans tomorrow afternoon.

Thanks to Kim for being a trooper. We also snapped a photo of Tyler Kepner of the Times in the fake mustache but, let’s be honest, we’d all rather see Kim.

UPDATE, 6:42 p.m.: Rich Harden to the Cubs in a six-player deal. Details to come.

UPDATE, 6:50 p.m.: Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Cubs for Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson and Josh Donaldson.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Kazmir is overmatching the Yankees at this point. The lefty/righty lineup thing doesn’t matter much with a guy like him. That trade keeps getting worse for the Mets, doesn’t it?

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Jose Molina has 14 doubles, three away from matching his career high of 17 (2006). He is sixth on the team in doubles which is amazing when you consider that he’s not an everday play and he can’t really run.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Just when you think he’s out, Derek Jeter pulls you back in. Just some more clutchiness from the captain. In a game like this, that is a huge, huge hit.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Tremendous throw by B.J. Upton. Bobby Meacham is an aggressive third-base coach. With two outs, it’s not a bad risk. But with A-Rod on deck? That’s why coaching third is a tough job.

You know how it works, Alex will lead off the next inning with a single.

UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Just posted Girardi’s pre-game audio if you’re interested. In the interest of keeping things in order, it’s further up in this post.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Big Game Andy Pettitte is really dealing. 5 2 0 0 0 3. 67 pitches / 48 strikes.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Brett Gardner. Pesky, scrappy, Ecksteinish (Ecksteiny? Ecksteinesque?). He’s making things happen.

(I am not a big believer in scrappy. I’m a big believer in doubles in the gap. But people will totally fall head over heels for this guy if he plays even remotely well. It will be a tri-state crush of the highest proportions.)

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Evan Longoria has struck out twice and is 0 for 3. How in the world could anybody vote or him instead of The Big G? Giambi hasn’t made an out all night.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: No range, huh? Reports of the Captain’s demise seem premature.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: I always try and read Baseball Musings at least once a day because David Pinto is a smart guy.

He made this great point tonight:

If you want to know what’s wrong with the Yankees this year, look at the OBAs of the starting lineup this evening. Only two players have OBAs over .350. It used to be that the Yankees might have one player under .350. The bottom four in the order are all under .300. Giambi is out due to a lefty on the mound, and Damon and Matsui are hurt, but this lineup makes clear the lack of depth on the team.

UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: You go to Mariano because that is what you do. But if it were 4-0, you’d have to give consideration to letting Andy finish off his gem even though he is at 114 pitches. He threw only 89 in his last start. What a well-pitched game. He has allowed four hits, one of them on a bad hop. Three of Tampa Bay’s hits have come with two outs.

UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Mo is warming up.

In the big scheme of things, one loss means nothing to Tampa Bay. They came in 22 games over .500. But getting shut down by the Yankees here could plant a little seed of doubt in their minds.

Of course that would mean more if somebody other than Sidney Ponson was taking the mound tomorrow.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Hmm, no save situation now. Relievers hate warming up and not coming in (“dry humped” is the baseball term), so maybe Mo will still pitch. But if it gets to 6-0 what then?

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez warming up. Dry hump for Mo. But it’s the smart play, what if you need him the next two or three days? You can’t waste him in a 4-0 game.

UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: It doesn’t much matter tonight. But Bobby “Wave ‘Em In” Meacham is going to cost the Yankees a game one of these days. Sending Jorge Posada from second on Gomes? I thought this staff was all about preparation?

If George Steinbrenner had any say, he’d send him to Columbus like the old days.

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: 5-0 and 11 hits. Impressive win for the Yankees.

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990 Responses to “Game 90: Rays at Yankees”

  1. MELKY IS DEAD July 8th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    So Gardner bats ninth, why? Melky is awful on the right side. Can Girardi just look into Gardner’s stats in AAA ball which shows he is better against lefties than righties?

  2. RCK July 8th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I heard this mentioned on ESPN the other night but haven’t seen any analysis of it on the blogs.

    The Rays’ record at home is 36-14. Their record on the road is 19-19. They have played twelve more games at home than on the road. As their home-away numbers balance out, their record is bound to come down a bit.

  3. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    KABALAHH POWER !!!

    Gardner vs Kazmir should be interesting, Brett can kill LHP

  4. Nate July 8th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to use Molina more regularly as the catcher with Matsui and Damon out.

  5. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    So Gardner bats ninth, why? Melky is awful on the right side

    yup but put Melky behind Molina and it’s instant GIDP, w/ Gardner not so easy.

  6. Patrick â„¢ July 8th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I’d rather have Posada start at catcher today and save Molina for tomorrow. Pettitte can control the running game fine by himself. Ponson will need Molina’s help tomorrow. Maybe Molina will catch both games?

  7. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    MELKY IS DEAD, how about you look at the links Pete posts and look at what Melky has done off Kazmir? Unfortunately Melky can’t bat for all 9 hitters today.

  8. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    So if FAs or Trades or big players dont win championships then what does?

    I thought you weren’t reading my posts?

    Quick fixes will not solve the Yanks’ problems long term. That is obvious when this team relied too much on FAs since 2000.

    Because of that reliance, they neglected the draft and farm. And that neglect is the reason why they have an aging team and no position players to help them out and the Red Sox and TB are loaded with young talent.

    I’m very lukewarm on signing Sabathia because of the long term health risk. He’s got a lot of miles on that arm and his weight is a big concern.

    However, if the Yanks want to sign Sabathia and make the rotation a big strength for this team with Sabathia, Wang, Pettitte, Joba, and Hughes – that’s fine. The bullpen should be in good shape with Farnsworth and Hawkins gone and the young arms like Robertson, Cox, Melancon, Sanchez, and Veras competing against each other for the 7th and 8th inning roles.

    But they have to find stop gaps for the everyday lineup until the youngsters are ready at the minor league level. They could also package some of the young arms in the system to find a young bat or two.

    This team will be a lot better off if they keep the big name FA signings down to a minimum. The whole “All Stars at every position” strategy doesn’t work anymore.

    Signing Teixeira would be a mistake. Sure, it would fill a need next season, but the long term effect won’t be worth it.

    This team needs to get younger and more flexible and that can’t happen overnight. Until then, making the rotation a strength and piecing together the everyday lineup until better options are available is the smart way to handle this transition.

  9. billy July 8th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Figured Joe gives Gardner a shot against Kazmir. Like the move, he does well you know he can handle lefties.

  10. Chris V. July 8th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I hope they let Brett sing the National Anthem tonight. His voice is like God, only better.

  11. Tommy July 8th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Pete sportscenter is not on at 5:15. Do you mean the hotlist on ESPN news.

  12. Bob(The Original) July 8th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    SportsCenter at 5:15 Pete? Isn’t that when that God awful Around the Horn is on?

    Do you mean ESPN News?

  13. Bob(The Original) July 8th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    And how can Giambi not be in the lineup when the “Support The “Stache” initiative is in full gear??????

    lol

  14. saucY July 8th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    RCK – you just made me realize that the Yanks are the only AL East team with a winning record on the road. That’s gotta count for something…

  15. NYY July 8th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    First time I read ur post thaught u said Shameless PIG.LOL.

  16. Dave July 8th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Why must we have somebody in there in front of Jeter anyway? I understand it makes sense when we have Damon since he was hitting as well as he was. But because he’s out we need to put Melky or Gardner in his place??? Your best hitters should be getting the most ABs. We should just move everyone up. The top of the order would be perfect. Jeter’s a great leadoff guy. Bobby’s a perfect 2 hole guy now that he’s all on base and speed and very little power. A-Rod is a perfect #3 hitter given all of his tools. And that gives you 3 speedy on-base guys in front of Giambi and Posada. And there’s less pressure on a struggling Melky or a young Gardner batting further down in the lineup. It just doesn’t makes sense to put guys who aren’t hitting well so high in the lineup.

  17. pat July 8th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Melky is dead

    With everyone else’s averages against Kazmir, Melky should be batting 4th.

  18. Glenn July 8th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    With the team speed the Rays have, Jorge is limited to a DH role or late 1st base duty. They would take full advantage of his arm.
    The Yankees cannot afford to strand runners any longer and have to start making things happen and not beat themselves.
    They need to learn how to put their opponents away through insurance runs in later innings to take pressure off the bullpen.

  19. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    “KABALAHH POWER !!!

    Gardner vs Kazmir should be interesting, Brett can kill LHP”

    Brett has never seen a lefthander as good as Kazmir. Any good lefty starter pitching is already in the majors.

  20. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I guess Melky leads off because he has decent numbers against Kazmir.

  21. Miller July 8th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    “I guess Melky leads off because he has decent numbers against Kazmir”

    Every once in a while a blind squirrel finds an acorn.

  22. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    “yup but put Melky behind Molina and it’s instant GIDP, w/ Gardner not so easy.”

    Melky has grounded into 8 double plays in 86 games.

  23. viridiana July 8th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    OT

  24. Miller July 8th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Pettitte has made Gomes and Pena look like freaking all-stars.

  25. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    raymagnetic- Youre telling me that there are no lefthanded prospects in the minor leagues? I guess they dont have to be developed like righthanders?

  26. Yankee Lover July 8th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Jorge should not be catching more than once a week. I think giving Giambi a day off after a day off is a mistake, even though there is a tough lefty pitching.

  27. Don Vito A. Bellamo July 8th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Here’s hoping Girardi is rolling the dice and it actually comes up SEVEN this time. Melky needs to have a big game…the Pressure is on…PARTY BOY !…Let’s see what you have GOT ! :-)

  28. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    “Figured Joe gives Gardner a shot against Kazmir. Like the move, he does well you know he can handle lefties.”

    After 1 game we will know that he can handle lefties? What?!?!

    The Brett Gardner hyperbole machine moves steadily forward.

  29. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Interesting switching Melky and Gardner like that. I like Molina behind the plate; we don’t lose Posada’s bat, either.

  30. Rob (the original) July 8th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Melky leading off …. one up, one out …..

  31. MELKY IS DEAD July 8th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Who cares if he has decent numbers.
    *checks his stats vs. Kaz*

    4-10 , 1 double. Wow those stats are just thrilling.

    I don’t want any part of Melky batting leadoff, he will not walk and he will only get a hit if the ground ball finds a hole. He will not advance the runner, he is just awful at fundamentals. What’s Girardi thinking.

  32. mel July 8th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Color me shocked. Abreu in against a tough lefty?

    (randy l, thanks for keeping up the humor on the blog. Fleas finally gave up his Santana crusade, so it’s great that you’ve taken the baton. Unless you’re serious about Livan? You can’t be serious. It’s Livan, not Live-on.)

  33. randy l July 8th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    i like what girardi is doing with gardner and melky. he’s letting them both know they are in a competition and they both are going to have their chances.

  34. Miller July 8th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    “Color me shocked. Abreu in against a tough lefty?”

    Look at the bench, there aren’t exactly options galore.

  35. Andy in Crowded Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I wish that they could figure out how to bat Gardner in all 9 spots.

  36. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Brett has never seen a lefthander as good as Kazmir. Any good lefty starter pitching is already in the majors.

    He faced Liriano in AAA had good ABs vs him

  37. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....ref=si_mlb

    As per Verducci, Mo might be both a MVP and Cy Young candidate of choice.

  38. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I don’t get this. Melky is hitting .200 or so against LHP and despite his recent better performances, he still can’t buy a hit off LHP. His OBP is barely over .300. If you’re going to bat someone lead off, it should be either Gardner or Jeter, since Jeter has hit into DP’s anyway it makes sense to hit him leadoff with his better patience.

    A-Rod should also be batting 3rd. How many times does he lead off an inning as our big run producer? It’s ridiculous that nobody is ever on base in front of him anymore.

  39. foobar July 8th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Melky’s stats against Kazmir is 10 freaking at bats.
    If he goes 0-4 tonight, then that OPS against goes right from .900
    down to .643
    How’s that representative of anything?

  40. Johnny July 8th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    “After 1 game we will know that he can handle lefties? What?!?!

    The Brett Gardner hyperbole machine moves steadily forward.

    Gardner has shown that he hits well against lefties in the minors. Obviously he hasn’t faced anyone of Kazmir’s ability. He looks good, he’s in the next game against a lefty. Relax Ray.

  41. mel July 8th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    There’s an article at ESPN that’s pretty sick and funny. Won’t link it here, but look for Mosley and orgy and S&M on the front page.

    On a side note, Madonna has released a statement that she was not one of the unidentified women and had nothing to do with Mr. Mosley’s interest in S&M.

  42. G. Love July 8th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Livan wears his war wound like crown….He calls his child Jesus….’Cause he likes the name….and he sends his to the finest school in town…..

  43. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    “raymagnetic- Youre telling me that there are no lefthanded prospects in the minor leagues? I guess they dont have to be developed like righthanders?”

    I’m telling you the best ones are in the majors and Brett has never seen one as gifted as Kazmir before.

    I never said they didn’t have to be developed but the better ones don’t spend a lot of time in AAA. For example Kazmir has made 1 start in AAA. That was this year when he was recovering from his injury. He went straight from AA to the bigs.

  44. daver July 8th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Melky is not a leadoff hitter. Period.

    Let’s give the struglging .240-something hitter MORE at bats. Let’s give him potentially more AB’s than anyone else.

    I think Girardi is playing the ole righty vs. a lefty game…but Melky stinks even more from the right side.

  45. billy July 8th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    In all fairness to Liriano that was when he was struggling. He’s been very tough against lefties and will be recalled soon.

  46. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I heard Brett Gardner used to kill left hand pitching in little league.

    It’s amazing….I LIKE Brett Gardner, but this forum somehow manages to get me to trash him every time.

    Giusseppe, I think you can sign Texiera and remain loyal to the development plan. He’s on the right side of 30, will give us enough of his prime years, and is not blocking anyone in the system. We’ve sacrificed either offense or defense at that position since Tino retired, and it’s been an extremely weak spot for us.

  47. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    “He faced Liriano in AAA had good ABs vs him”

    Liriano who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery?

  48. daver July 8th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    One simple change…

    YANKEES (47-42)
    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada DH
    Betemit 1B
    Cano 2B
    Molina C
    Gardner LF
    Cabrera CF

  49. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    “Melky leading off …. one up, one out …..”

    For Melky’s career in over 289 AB’s he has an OBP of .373 when he bats leadoff so……….

  50. Chris July 8th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Did I see a compliment form Pete on Girardi’s lineup? Has that happened before?

  51. Andy in Crowded Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I wish Congress would consult Gardner on the energy crisis. Perhaps in the offseason, he could run in a centrifuge that is connected to a turbine that could generate enough energy for the entire Eastern Seaboard.

  52. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    “Gardner has shown that he hits well against lefties in the minors. Obviously he hasn’t faced anyone of Kazmir’s ability. He looks good, he’s in the next game against a lefty. Relax Ray.”

    I am relaxed thanks. The ritalin works really well in case you wanted to know.

    I just think it’s silly for anyone to suggest that after one game we will know if Brett Gardner can handle lefties.

  53. daver July 8th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Gardner for President 2008

  54. daver July 8th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    “Did I see a compliment form Pete on Girardi’s lineup? Has that happened before?”

    Naaaaaaaaaaaaah.

    Typically, it would be:

    “This will be the 89th lineup change in 90 games.”

  55. mel July 8th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Jorge,

    I heard that Brett and his twin brother (a lefty) used to play baseball and the womb. His brother had no chance, Brett crushed him.

    (Just kidding. Had to join in the fun)

  56. mel July 8th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    *in the womb

  57. JOHN aka FREE CANDY July 8th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Pete, Around the horn is on at 5:15 on espn

    maybe you meant ESPN NEWS…i think the hotlist is on then

  58. ryan suter July 8th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    It’s not like Gardner is hitting beachballs from a lefty like Sean Henn. Gardner does well against Kazmir and it give some evidence that Giardi can put him in against lefties.

  59. Blargh July 8th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Not just the Eastern Seaboard, but California as well!

  60. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Man, you guys are harsh!

  61. daver July 8th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    “I heard that Brett and his twin brother (a lefty) used to play baseball and the womb. His brother had no chance, Brett crushed him.”

    And I heard that when Brett was just a twinkle in his father’s eye…is was his right eye. Not the left eye.

  62. Rob (the original) July 8th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Tino did not retire when Giambi signed on, he was kicked out. As much as i love the whole “Stache” thing this year Tino was my favorite and he should have been resigned instead of Giambi. What a waste Giambi has been.

  63. Andy in Crowded Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    What is the “Butterfly Effect” of Gardner’s speed?

  64. Glenn July 8th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    The key tonight is to get Kazmir’s pitch count high in the early innings through some plate dicipline. If he has good command of the strike zone from the start it’s going to be a difficult night.

  65. Turkey Reuben Sierra July 8th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Did I ever tell you about the time Brett Gardner took me out to go get a drink with him? We go off looking for a bar and we can’t find one. Finally Gardner takes me to a vacant lot and says, ‘Here we are.’ We sat there for a year and a half — until sure enough, someone constructs a bar around us. Well, the day they opened we ordered a shot, drank it, and then burned the place to the ground. Gardner yelled over the roar of the flames, ‘Always leave things the way you found ‘em!’

  66. Rob (the original) July 8th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Who else thinks the Melk man will strike out on 3 pitches leading off tonight?

  67. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Giusseppe, I think you can sign Texiera and remain loyal to the development plan. He’s on the right side of 30, will give us enough of his prime years, and is not blocking anyone in the system. We’ve sacrificed either offense or defense at that position since Tino retired, and it’s been an extremely weak spot for us.

    That’s an understandable argument, but I think the problem with signing Teixeira is that he would be blocking Posada, Matsui, and Damon next season in the 1B/DH roles.

    Not to mention that Jeter can’t play short stop forever.

    If you make Teixeira the first baseman for the next 5-6 years – then you are forcing Posada to catch every day when nobody knows how his shoulder is going to hold up next season and beyond.

    Matsui is going to be the everyday DH next season and Damon will get plenty of chances to DH as well. That’s a lot of DHs in the everyday lineup.

    This lineup needs to get younger and be more flexible. And letting Abreu, Farnsworth, and Moose walk and taking the draft picks as compensation is a good way to keep restocking the farm.

    Sure, it’s going to suck at times if and when the team struggles to score runs next season. But they will always be in a position to win if the rotation is a major strength and the bullpen continues to get better.

  68. Blargh July 8th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Weather patterns will be changed; lands once arid will become flush with vegetation

  69. rodney July 8th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Bet Gardner faces a minimum of 50 pitches. He wears Kazmir out:)

  70. Andy in Crowded Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Is it a coincidence that the Midwest started flooding when Gardner started stealing all those bases in Scranton?

  71. daver July 8th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    “Who else thinks the Melk man will strike out on 3 pitches leading off tonight?”

    Yes, I can see him swinging and missing a low slider out of the zone after an 0-2 count.

    Other than that, I am very confident in the Melkster leading off.;-)

  72. mel July 8th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Seriously, Brett’s the most polarizing figure since A-rod.

    He’s a good kid and we want good things to happen to him.

    Listening to the espn radio guys call the game, they said that Brett probably dreamed of this exact scenario (of the possible GWH). Then the other guy said “Be careful what you wish for). They were impressed with Brett’s eye and were SHOCKED that the Rookie got the call on a borderline pitch. Then they went bananas on the hit. They were stoked (unlike Morgan/Miller).

  73. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I wish Congress would consult Gardner on the energy crisis. Perhaps in the offseason, he could run in a centrifuge that is connected to a turbine that could generate enough energy for the entire Eastern Seaboard.

    What is the “Butterfly Effect” of Gardner’s speed?

    You must eat a lot of cheese with all that whine.

    Boo-hoo. Melky has underachieved for two years and you continue to whine because other fans want to see someone else get an opportunity.

  74. daver July 8th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I heard Brett Gardner worked with Elvis Presley at a Burger King in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  75. rodney July 8th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    “taking the draft picks as compensation is a good way to keep restocking the farm.”

    You are right but big bats are not available where the Yankees have been picking with comp picks. The Yankees can’t rely on the draft for offensvie weapons.

  76. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    “And letting Abreu, Farnsworth, and Moose walk and taking the draft picks as compensation is a good way to keep restocking the farm”

    Moose would take arbitration. Abreu could bring picks though. Is Farnsworth going to be a Type A???

  77. mel July 8th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Longoria’s lead is getting smaller.

    You can text, too.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....;fext=.jsp

  78. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    “You must eat a lot of cheese with all that whine.

    Boo-hoo. Melky has underachieved for two years and you continue to whine because other fans want to see someone else get an opportunity.”

    You don’t get it. Nobody here doesn’t want to see Gardner get an opportunity. But all of the nonsense you see posted about a guy who has all of 30 major league at bats is ridiculous.

  79. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Jorge – I agree on Tex – he seems to be the natural FA fit.

    Nobody in the minors anywhere that’s showing well at 1B. And no high pick this year there either. That’s the big long term hole, so that’s where a FA fits. And don’t give me Miranda – he can hit, but he’s not regarded well defensively. And his hitting might not be enough to cut it either.

    I like trying to rely on prospects, but when there isn’t one in sight, that’s where you buy.

  80. Chris V. July 8th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Did you see CNN just now! Melky Cabrera is responsible for the fires in California! They are also finding links between him and the flooding in Iowa as well as the extinction of dinosaurs!

  81. Andy in Crowded Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Guiseppe Franco,

    Relax. Whatever happens, happens. My opinions will have no effect in what happens with the Yankees. I’m just having a little fun. I never criticize your informercials, in fact I like them. So just take it easy.
    Are YOU Brett Gardner?

    btw. I am not Melky.

  82. bigjf July 8th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t understand some of the moves Girardi is making. I know I’m echoing some comments I’ve seen already, but why is Melky leading off and Gardner batting 9th? I know Gardner is something like 2 for 20 in his brief experience, and I know it’s lefty on lefty, but Melky is worse from his right side (and so far he stinks at the plate in general). Why would you want to give him more plate appearances? Not to mention, Gardner has blazing speed. Melky, more middle of the road.

    Oh well, let’s go Yankees!

  83. Pete July 8th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Why isn’t The Big G in the line-up? Shouldn’t he be in to make a case before the final vote deadline?

  84. Peter Rabbit July 8th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Guys & Gals, we’ve got to get people motivated to vote for Giambi over the next few days.

    You’d be surprised how many people would vote for the man with the mustache, even the non-diehards.

    Just motivate people! MOTIVATE!

    I vote 10 times a day! If ALL of Lohud does 10 daily…that’s a LOT of votes!

  85. randy l July 8th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    “Unless you’re serious about Livan? You can’t be serious. It’s Livan, not Live-on.)”

    mel-

    you do realize that all on the blog will be livan fans for one night tomorrow night when he pitches against beckett and the red sox.

    … well at least to start the game anyway.

  86. matt frags July 8th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Phil Hughes coughs… breaks a rib… and will miss at least 4 months? MAN… that’s hard to fathom…

    A hammy and an ankle injury sidelined Phil for 3 months last year…

    OUCH!

  87. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    “Why isn’t The Big G in the line-up? Shouldn’t he be in to make a case before the final vote deadline?”

    With Kazmir going, he probably makes a better statement from the bench tonite.

  88. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    You are right but big bats are not available where the Yankees have been picking with comp picks. The Yankees can’t rely on the draft for offensvie weapons.

    Doesn’t matter. They still need to keep stockpiling young talent and turn this organization into a player development machine.

    And a plethora of young arms in the system could lead to a few of them being packaged together for a young bat or two.

    Young talented pitchers are like cigarettes in prison. They can can be used as currency to trade or buy what you need.

  89. pat July 8th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    mel

    What A-Rod and Brett have in common are insane expectations. The polarizing part comes when those expectations aren’t met.

  90. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    “I know I’m echoing some comments I’ve seen already, but why is Melky leading off and Gardner batting 9th? I know Gardner is something like 2 for 20 in his brief experience, and I know it’s lefty on lefty, but Melky is worse from his right side (and so far he stinks at the plate in general). Why would you want to give him more plate appearances?”

    I’m going to post this again. In Melky’s career as a leadoff hitter 289 AB’s (essentially half a season) he has an OBP of .373.

    He’s not the automatic out at the leadoff spot that many people seem to think he is.

  91. gayle July 8th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Corey Hart is really campaigning for the final spot he was on ESPN Radio and TV this morning now on WFAN.

    The mlb.com article really layed it out what everyone is doing lol

  92. Richey July 8th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    “And a plethora of young arms in the system could lead to a few of them being packaged together for a young bat or two.”

    I don’t really see a trend for clubs trading away young bats. The Yankees have shown it’s much easier to acquire pitching depth than hitting.

  93. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I just hear on 1010 that Madonna will throw out the first pitch at the ASG!

  94. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    “He’s not the automatic out at the leadoff spot that many people seem to think he is.”

    Agreed. He’s pretty much an automatic out wherever he hits.

  95. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I don’t really see a trend for clubs trading away young bats. The Yankees have shown it’s much easier to acquire pitching depth than hitting.

    But every team needs pitching.

    And if the Yanks have a strong rotation with Sabathia, Wang, Pettitte, Joba, and Hughes – that makes some of the other young arms in the system expendable.

    I’m sure the Yanks will still hold onto Brackman and could make a difference in 2010 – but guys like Horne, Marquez, McCutchen, and others could be moved if need be.

  96. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    “Agreed. He’s pretty much an automatic out wherever he hits.”

    His .373 OBP batting leadoff disagrees with you. But I’ll just quit while I’m ahead.

  97. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Get well soon, Johnny!

  98. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    “but guys like Horne, Marquez, McCutchen, and others could be moved if need be”

    Those guys don’t get you impact bats.

  99. daver July 8th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    “Abreu has 3 hits in his last 25 at-bats and is down to .272″

    Abreu really gets on my nerves. When he is cold, he is very cold. Hopefully, he’ll break out.

    Is it me or does it seem like he lets a lot of “catchable” balls fall for hits? Why catch it when you can get it on one hop?

  100. Richey July 8th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    This year more than ever the Yankees have a lot of tough choices to make as far as who gets protected.

  101. Richey July 8th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    “Those guys don’t get you impact bats.”

    Agreed. They get you the Jose Molinas for Kennard. You can’t just dump players for an impact bat.

  102. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    The Boston Herald has a big expose on ARod and one of his Mistresses.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/tr.....rticleFull

  103. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    “His .373 OBP batting leadoff disagrees with you. But I’ll just quit while I’m ahead.”

    Lighten up, Ray.

    I think Melky is useless offensively and it aggravates me that he’s steadily gone backwards over his short career. But you are indeed correct. His leadoff OBP, both career and in ’08, is pretty damn good.

  104. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Those guys don’t get you impact bats.

    All they need are stopgaps for the everyday lineup. They don’t need All-Stars.

    I’m more concerned about flexibility and youth than finding someone who will hit 25-30 dingers for this team.

  105. John Grosner July 8th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I agree about starting Molina against a good running lineup. Since coming off the DL, Posada’s arm is a liability behind home plate.

    Gardner has had two good games in a row. Hopefully he can build on this!

  106. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    ““but guys like Horne, Marquez, McCutchen, and others could be moved if need be”

    Those guys don’t get you impact bats.”

    Might not get you an impact bat but it might get you a player whose team doesn’t know what to do with him.

    Someone like Matt Murton to play RF next year.

  107. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    LMAO!!!

    http://multimedia.heraldintera.....082008.jpg

    ARod produces another great cover.

  108. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    And Giuseppe -

    with nothing at 1B in the system – unless you differ in that assessment, which is possible – why would the Yanks choose a 1 year issue over a longer term possible solution. The Yanks key competitive asset is money, it should be used for the Yanks benefit. Almost 1/3 of every $ not spent on payroll will go to the other clubs in revenue sharing. The luxury tax implications need be considered as well of course, but I don’t see the point of blocking an acquisition for a long term hole because of the playing time implications next year. Damon and Matsui’s contracts both expire after next year. And Texeira won’t be the DH – he’ll be at 1B every day. No one else worthwhile at the spot will be available until after 2010 – unless you consider Sexson, Delgado, or Adam LaRoche worthwhile. Tex will be pricey because the suitors will be many – Mets, Braves, Mariners, O’s, Giants. But he could easily be cheaper then Giambi is this year. Giambi may be the best other option – if he’d go much cheaper and short term.

  109. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Someone like Matt Murton to play RF next year.

    Possibly, yeah. Doubt Marquez would, but one of the other two probably would. Not bad Ray. A trade proposal that makes some sense.

  110. TOM July 8th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    this blog has single-handedly made me despise brett gardner. you gardner fanatics are insane

  111. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    “ARod produces another great cover.”

    Was Arod on that cover?????

  112. Andy in Crowded Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Tom,

    You are heading down a dark path. Be careful.

  113. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    ‘this blog has single-handedly made me despise brett gardner. you gardner fanatics are insane”

    Think it bad now, wait til he actually catches up to a major league fastball.

  114. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    “Possibly, yeah. Doubt Marquez would, but one of the other two probably would. Not bad Ray. A trade proposal that makes some sense.”

    I’m trying. I’m trying to be a more sunshiney Ray as well.

  115. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Voting for the GIAMBINO…

    I’m torn, does the Big G really want to go to the ASG? or isn’t 4 days rest at home better for the team?

    I dunno, I’m torn…lol.

    Vote or not vote?

  116. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    “this blog has single-handedly made me despise brett gardner. you gardner fanatics are insane”

    I don’t hate Gardner at all. I really hope he does well. The better he does the better the Yankees will probably do. I just think the expectations for him have gone through the roof.

  117. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    can any of us really blame ARod for bedding complete strangers he hooks up with, while waiting on the on-deck circle?

    I mean he’s a guy and sure his wife was preggers, but who’s gonna turn down some strange stripper.

  118. daver July 8th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Brett Gardner rules.

    We like him because…

    - he got a clutch hit for a walk-off win a game…haven’t seen too many of those this year! He was key in the win of the Red Sox in both Saturday also throw out assist in first inning/sac fly to drive in winning run). Let’s face…so many of our hitters have NOT been getting it done with RISP…so when we see someone actually doing it…we go “wow. who knew?”

    Plus…

    - he runs like the a cheetah…

    - he works the count and is very disciplined at the plate

    - he get’s his uniform dirty

  119. pat July 8th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Shiek

    She told that story last year during the strippergate scandal. How sad to have to run a recycled tramp tale.

  120. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Yankee Needs:
    Left handed starter: Trade for Erik Bedard? Scott Olsen of Marlins? Hong-Chih Kuo of the Dodgers? The Yankees might now want to resign Pettitte if he wears down the 2nd half. No top flight lefties in the minors.

    Young Right handed power hitting outfielder: Rockies having trouble signing Matt Holliday to an extension with Scott Boras as agent. Would be worth good prospects. If they get him, would see what Abreu would bring.

    Bench: Mark Loretta might be available from Houston, who won’t make the playoffs. Could they actually trade Betemit?

    Don’t need Teixeira- bad average against lefties and agree with others that Posada might have to move to 1st frequently to earn his paycheck.

    Right now the bullpen is holding up and Ramirez is pitching well against lefties, better in fact than Marte, who is owed 6M next year as a club option. Would definitely trade Farnsworth because his value is at it’s highest.

    Yankees don’t need more DH types or weak armed outfielders.
    Cano is a keeper unless the Reds would give us Brandon Phillips and throw in Aaron Harang!!!! HA

    Well I guess we’ll just have to see how the Yankees play the rest of this month to see if we’re buyers or sellers, but based on how many games they would need to win 90 games, plus the games remaining against contending teams, plus the injuries, doesn’t bode well for us and realistically I don’t see a comeback like last season.

  121. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Scorpio: Vote!

  122. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    “She told that story last year during the strippergate scandal. How sad to have to run a recycled tramp tale.”

    Different stripper, no??? That one from Toronto last season isn’t the young lady on the Herald.

  123. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    That should read may not want to resign Pettitte, if he shows signs of wearing down.

  124. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Pat-

    it’s just as funny, today!

    if brings new meaning to the phrase “screwing the opposition” ;)

  125. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Rebecca: ohhh, alright…I’ll keep voting.

    Ah, for the ‘stache I’m willing to get a hand cramp =)

  126. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Tony Dungy on ESPN News. What channel is Pete on at 515?

  127. daver July 8th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I think the Yankees should pry Marte and Xavier Nady from the Pirates…not only for this season but years beyond. Nady becomes our RF.

    Trade Bobby Aboo-boo?

  128. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    And Texeira won’t be the DH – he’ll be at 1B every day. No one else worthwhile at the spot will be available until after 2010

    nyyfan,

    I’m well aware of all the arguments you’ve made. But Teixeira being the first baseman every day blocks that position as a spot to put Posada.

    Surgery or not, we can’t expect Posada to be the everyday catcher next season when we don’t know if his shoulder will hold up.

    If Matsui is already the everyday DH next season – where would you put Posada when he’s not behind the plate?

    Also, Cashman has waited three years to lower the payroll to something much more manageable.

    Signing Sabathia and Teixeira (and I believe Pettitte will return as well) would cost them roughly $55M+ for three players.

    I don’t think Cashman waited three years to lower the payroll just to drive it back up again with the snap of his finger. I would expect their payroll to be clser to the $160 -170M range.

    I could see them signing Sabathia and Pettitte [for one more season], but I don’t think Teixeira is going to be high on their radar.

  129. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Fredo Corleone-

    Pat’s right.

    The Boston stripper was with aRod in 2004.

    I hope she didn’t pump some crucial data out of Alex. ;)

  130. Andrew July 8th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    My prediction for Wilson Betemit, 3 Ks and a double play groundout tonight. That guy should not be playing 1B and starting against lefties, even with the absence of Matsui/Damon. He looked absolutely god-awful against Lester on Thursday, can only cringe when thinking of what Kazmir’s slider and change will do to him tonight.

  131. V July 8th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Go away Shiek.

  132. Mitch July 8th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Funny thing about Holiday. People often say that he is a Colorado hitter with much better numbers at home than on the road. And it’s true. His home numbers are insane (this year: .368/.441/1.079).

    But who wouldn’t take his road numbers? (this year: .315/.408/.904)

  133. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    How do strippers keep such a thin and tight waste line?

    Is all that dancing and poll work?

  134. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Okay. I know I’m going to get ripped to shreds for this, but the way I see it, right now, the one thing the Yankees don’t need is starting pitching.

    Okay, well, maybe they need it, but it should be their lowest priority.

    Look, Darrel Rasner is not going to be a major league #1, but with the exception of the games in Oakland and Pittsburgh, he’s pitched well enough to keep the Yankees in the game.

    Even against Josh Beckett, he kept the Yankees within three runs–striking distance for most major league teams.

    I will give you that Andy has been a little shaky this year, but he’s seemed to turn things around.

    Moose and Joba are…well…pitching like it’s 1999, and pitching like it’s the 22nd century.

    The Yankees were able to look within the system to fill the void left by Wang’s injury (Joba), and while Ponson is far from ideal, the Yankees have won both of his starts thus far.

    If the Yankees have an issue they need to address, it’s their hitting.

    Take Brett Gardner for instance. Nearly every one of his ABs has been a quality AB, but he’s only got three hits in twenty one chances. Eventually, it’s not the quality of the AB that will matter so much as the result. I love Gardner’s spirit and energy, and can only hope it translates into more hits.

    However, right now you’ve got him replacing Johnny Damon in the line up. trying to compare their offensive abilities is like trying to compare…well, there really isn’t a comparison. Damon’s won a ring and been on all star teams. Gardner is a little ways from that…and yet that’s the role he has to fill.

    Never mind how the Yankees are trying to make up for Matsui who’s been one of the most, if not the most, consistent hitters for the Yankees.

    Never mind that Canò has only started to realize that yes, Robbie, there is a baseball season.

    Never mind that Derek Jeter is in the worst offensive year of his career.

    Never mind that our bench is Wilson Betemit, Chad Moeller and Justin Christian.

    If the Yankees are looking to buy this year, it’s gotta be a boy with a stick.

  135. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Call me cynical but any woman willing to marry a sports star atthe height of their career better be prepared for the possibility of infidelity. It’s groupies-galore.

    A-Rod’s dumb, if he wanted to mess around, whey get married so young? do like Jeter and stay single!

  136. JOHN aka FREE CANDY July 8th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    pete must have meant he is going to be on sportscenter at 6:15

  137. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t think Pete is on at 5:15 PM he is getting recorded now for later.

  138. Buuds July 8th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    They are not going after Texeira.

    Deal with it.

  139. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    u people are absolutely pathetic saying gardner dominates LHP, yes in the minors! jesus, put melky in the minors and see what he does.. ure pathetic..

  140. Teddy Dem July 8th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    You are right Rebecca. You are going to get ripped for that.

    You don’t win with Ponson and Rasner starting every 5th day.

    Sorry. Did you forget why we won so much in the late 90′s?

  141. Will K July 8th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Cashman has been patient and building for three years just for this moment come November. When 100 mill comes off the payroll and the farm system finally starts bearing fruit.

    He is not going to ruin it by trading away prospects. If he didn’t do it for Santana and Sabathia he won’t be doing it for Harden or Texeira.

    Especially when he can get them for free.

  142. geO [Murderer's Row and Cano] July 8th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Right now Alex Rodriguez is all over the news.

    the media is blowing up this sitution into a thousands of pieces.

    at this point I feel bad for Alex Rodriguez this will leave another big mark on his career. I hope this won’t have an affect on him on the field.

    I hope nothing stupid happens when this sitution calms down.

  143. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    “Look, Darrel Rasner is not going to be a major league #1, but with the exception of the games in Oakland and Pittsburgh, he’s pitched well enough to keep the Yankees in the game.”

    He’s a minor league pitcher pitching in the majors. He’s looked exactly like that for a month plus now.

  144. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Yankee Trader –

    you’re willing to pick up Holliday, with his home road stat skew, but not Teixeira because he “doesn’t hit righties” Despite the fact his career BA and OPS are a bit higher batting left.

    Swapping Loretta in for a gone Betemit doesn’t sound like a good long term move, and I’d question its short term benefit as well.

    Can’t consider our pen completely solid at this point – kids still have some proving to do – so if we’re planning on staying in the race this year I don’t see the point of trading Farnsworth.

    Sad to see so many willing to quit on the season 4.5 games out of the WC. A collapse over the next 2 weeks would change my mind, but I find it hard to believe that the Steinbrenners feel the same in the Stadium’s last year.

    Way too many couch GM / accountant types here. As I said earlier, money is the Yanks key competitive advantage. If you’re uncomfortable with that, or have some purist notion that you want to “do it right”, well I don’t know what to say. I love following the prospects and wish success for them. But I don’t operate under the delusion that they’re better than the guys in the majors until they prove it in the majors. I want them to get the opportunity – when it suits the team’s needs. And I’ll always pull for all guys on the active roster and in the system, however much some may frustrate me.

  145. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Melky had the same stats as Gardner in the minors. Gardner in a year will be alot better than Melky without a doubt.

    The Yankees may not deal for Tex, but they sure will bid on him when he hits FA

  146. Meester July 8th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I hope all these great prospects that Cashman is hording are better than Melky and Kennedy and Duncan.

  147. Meester July 8th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    I can’t take anyone’s views seriously if they say Rasner should be in the rotation.

    There is being a super fan and there is being semi objective. Come back to Earth.

    We obviously need another pitcher.

  148. whozat July 8th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    “But who wouldn’t take his road numbers?”

    His road numbers over his career have been good, sure. But not worth the HUGE bounty someone will pay for him in prospects.

  149. whozat July 8th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    “Melky had the same stats as Gardner in the minors.”

    Melky was several years younger than Gardner when he put up those same numbers. That matters. A lot.

    “Gardner in a year will be alot better than Melky without a doubt. ”

    There are a variety of perfectly valid reasons to doubt that.

  150. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    david robertson supporter, I wasn’t aware your in line for the GM position if cashamn leaves..
    CONGRATS

    Hope u do good..

    get us a lefty out of the pen will ya
    and keep our 4th OF Gardner on the bench, we can use his speed in late innings for PR.. thanks

  151. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I hope all these great prospects that Cashman is hording are better than Melky and Kennedy and Duncan.

    Who said all three of those were off limits ? They were on the table but for who Eric Gagme ? Please man do better than this.

  152. CM July 8th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Rebecca, I quite agree with you. For those ripping Rasner/Ponson as the fifth starter, quick question: name the fifth starters in ’96,’98,’99, and ’00.

    The hitting has been a problem as of late, but at least Cano and Jeter are starting to heat up. If Melky and Gardner contribute anything at this point, you have to be happy. The ‘Stache is slowing down, but Hopefully Posada will get started.

    The rest of this season is going to be interesting. The Yankees play the Sox and Rays enough from here on out to control their own destiny. If they can win with what they have now, that’s a good sign.

    If Hughes and Wang can be a factor again that stands in our favor. If Damon and Matsui are a factor again, that’s even better. If both of those things happen along with a few minor call-ups making contributions, I think we’re in great shape for the postseason.

    Really, though, we’re gonna find out a lot in the next two games against the Rays.

  153. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Swapping Loretta in for a gone Betemit doesn’t sound like a good long term move, and I’d question its short term benefit as well.”

    Why? Loretta can hit. Betemit can’t. Loretta can play a few positions effectively, Betemit can play a few positions, but none effectively. Stros would never take Betemit for Loretta, but they’d probably take something for him. Loretta’s a nice guy to have on your bench. If they could grab him for a B-list prospect, I’d do it.

  154. whozat July 8th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    “We obviously need another pitcher.”

    If you can’t look past August, maybe.

  155. Rob C July 8th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Hey guys. I was wondering if anybody had a spare ticket for tomorrows game that I could buy? Long time lurker here (very rarely post), just moved to Hoboken and I’m starting up work in manhattan in a few weeks. Hoping to get to a day game before work eliminates the opportunity!

  156. whozat July 8th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    “I hope all these great prospects that Cashman is hording are better than Melky and Kennedy and Duncan.”

    They are, actually. Duncan isn’t even a prospect, and never has been much of one.

  157. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    The Yankees may not deal for Tex, but they sure will bid on him when he hits FA

    If they do sign Sabathia, they won’t sign Teixeira too.

    Cashman didn’t wait three years to lower the payroll only to drive it back up again with the flick of his slick new Pilot pen.

  158. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    david robertson supporter, I wasn’t aware your in line for the GM position if cashamn leaves..
    CONGRATS
    Hope u do good..
    get us a lefty out of the pen will ya
    and keep our 4th OF Gardner on the bench, we can use his speed in late innings for PR.. thanks”

    Dude you need help. Your man crush with Melky (see your link) is kind of questionable. Get off his nuts and realize Melky is a 4th OF on a bad team.

  159. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    If they do sign Sabathia, they won’t sign Teixeira too.
    Cashman didn’t wait three years to lower the payroll only to drive it back up again with the flick of his slick new Pilot pen.”

    Bidding, if you would read please, doesnt mean getting him.

  160. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Hideki Matsui (left knee) is scheduled to hit off a tee today, his first baseball activity since going on the disabled list.

    Carl Pavano (recovering from elbow surgery) today threw 30 pitches to hitter, his first “live BP” since the operation.

    :lol:

  161. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    and how many teams would ure Gardner start on?? melky would start of most major league teams, get over gardner.. he’ll be back down in a few weeks..

  162. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    “Cashman didn’t wait three years to lower the payroll only to drive it back up again with the flick of his slick new Pilot pen.”

    Not his money. If he can use his bosses to money to improve the team, why not do it???? The issue isn’t that they spend $200M+, it’s that they spend $200M+ for $150M worth of talent.

  163. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Tex easily makes the most sense for the Yankees.

    20+ Million gone for Giambi and your getting a guy who’s 27. The Yankees are starving for young impact position players. Why let go the premiere bat of the 08 Free Agent season?

    Money shouldn’t be an issue here.

    Unless of course the Yankees plan on trading for a young impact bat.

  164. whozat July 8th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    “Why? Loretta can hit. Betemit can’t.”

    Eh. He’s a slap hitter at this point. I’d rather go after Wigginton. He’s actually a pretty solid righty hitter. Maybe they take Betemit and another low-level piece for Wiggy. Pair him with Gonzo, that covers the IF UT job pretty well, and gives us a decent righty bat to spot at 1B.

  165. MoBoy(aka McLovin) July 8th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    What do they do with Hughes next year?If Hughes expects to come back in Sept.How many innings is that for this year.

    The Yankees are gonna SAbathia to give them 200 innings because Hughes is not gonna be a factor until late of next year.

  166. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Rasner may be a minor league pitcher–but with the exception of two starts he’s given the Yankees a chance to win in every single one.

    Not his fault if the Yankees don’t hit.

  167. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    “and how many teams would ure Gardner start on?? melky would start of most major league teams, get over gardner.. he’ll be back down in a few weeks..”

    Melky might be able to start in center for 5-6 other MLB teams. Too soon to say on Gardner, but it’s probably fewer than that.

  168. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    and I don’t need help.. Im a realist, i obviouslly know baseball a hell of a lot better then you do.. melky’s gonna be a lot better then u gardner. if you call teams and say who u want melky or gardner they’d say melky in a second..

  169. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    This notion that the Yankees are going to stay at a reduced payroll is ridiculous.

  170. JOHN aka FREE CANDY July 8th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I do think that if the Yankees miss the playoffs this year they will dump most of their FA’s maybe sign andy for a 1 year deal but lose moose bobby pavano farnsworth giambi
    thats like 60 million…use that money and sign mark teixera and cc sabathia. I think that would be the smart move for them. And they would still be under what they are this season
    Giambi-17 mil
    Moose-12 mil
    Abreu-16 mil
    pavano-11 mil
    Pettitte- 16 mil
    farnsworth-5 mil?

    thats 77 million right there
    Teinera will cost 13 million a year and sabathia will likely cost about 15-17 million a year

  171. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I think ARod will be alright.

    If he gets married again, he just needs to find someone who okay with infidelity, perhaps someone who would mind if he brought home some women to share. Someone like Madonna.

  172. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Gussepe Franco, did you just quote yourself?

    And once Gardner gets used to the Bigs? He is the same type of player as Ellsbury, so I would say anyteam that wants a fast OFer

  173. Blargh July 8th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Irabu worked well as a #5 in ’98/’99 (he essentially pitched like league average…it’s scary when you can throw someone who can be a #3 in the fifth slot)

    That aside, with the way the game is going, unless you’re willing to throw a lot of money at someone who’s league average, you’re gonna have to grow your pitching depth.

  174. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    and I don’t need help.. Im a realist, i obviouslly know baseball a hell of a lot better then you do.. melky’s gonna be a lot better then u gardner. if you call teams and say who u want melky or gardner they’d say melky in a second..”

    Oh yeah? What do teams want in Melky that Gardner doesnt have?

    Gardner = Melky in fielding
    Gardner = Melky in hitting
    Melky > Gardner in throwing
    Gardner > Melky in running

    But Gardner can improve his hitting using his speed

  175. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    im gonna send a mass post out and see what people answer

    WHO EXACTALLY DO YOU PEOPLE WANT ON THE TEAM!
    so far this year , you dont want
    1.Betemit
    2.Cano
    3.Cabrera
    4.Giambi
    5.Abreu
    6.Matsui
    7.Farsnworth(who i support)
    8.Hawkins
    9.Rasner
    10.Ponson
    11.Damon
    12.Ohlendorf

    if anyone else on my side can add people it’d be appreciative

    which i kno, Raymagnetic is bc he seems sick of the gardner hype too

  176. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Aarons hatred for Gardner, and man love for Melky makes him a bad Yankee fan. We could have signed a Tori Hunter and you probably still would have wanted Melky in CF.

  177. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Not his money. If he can use his bosses to money to improve the team, why not do it???? The issue isn’t that they spend $200M+, it’s that they spend $200M+ for $150M worth of talent.

    Hal has said numerous times that he wants to lower the payroll.

    Is it not his team?

  178. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    melkys not a lead off hitter, hes more of an end of the line up hitter, melky and gardner are not the same type of players so stop comparing them.. melky’s more a double’s hitter and an occasional pop one out of the park guy, where gardners a slap hitter w. speed and can turn singles into doubles.. we need both on our team, so stop spankin ur wank off over gardner. we need both

  179. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Kabbalahlalala will save us.. :P

    Let’s just win tonight..some how.

  180. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    no, i would like the signing of Hunter bc it gives us a good Right handed bat in the line up idiot

  181. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Bidding, if you would read please, doesnt mean getting him.

    I can read just fine. And they won’t bid on him either if they sign Sabathia.

  182. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Gussepe Franco, did you just quote yourself?

    And once Gardner gets used to the Bigs? He is the same type of player as Ellsbury, so I would say anyteam that wants a fast OFer

    I have no idea what you’re talking about. Haven’t mentioned Gardner at all.

  183. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Rasner may be a minor league pitcher–but with the exception of two starts he’s given the Yankees a chance to win in every single one.

    Rebecca:

    Rasner has posted an ERA of 7.05 since the end of May. He’s allowed nearly 2 baserunners an inning. Not surprisingly, he’s gone 1-6 on those starts. You don’t get to post a 7+ ERA and have run support complaints.

  184. Raggety Arm July 8th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I just read on another site that Brett Gardner has been asked to participate in the Home Run Derby. MLB doesn’t anticipate that he will will hit many over the fence, but that have said that every flyball that he hits if he circles the bases before the ball lands that they will count it.

    I predict: 1st round – 13.
    2nd round – 12.
    Finals – 6, but that’s all that he will need.
    Josh Hamilton will only hit 5.

  185. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Best starting Roster for the playoff run in Sept without Wang
    1. Damon
    2. Jeter
    3. Abreu
    4. Rodriguez
    5. Giambi
    6. Posada
    7. Matsui
    8. Cano
    9. Gardner

    Bench: Betemit, Cabrera, Gonzalez

    1. Pettitte
    2. Chamberlain
    3. Mussina
    4. Pavano (if healthy)
    5. Hughes

    Matsui behind Posada when a lefty is pitching, Chamberlain before Mussina to space out the young pitchers. Gardner will learn ML pitching by Sept.

    Robertson
    Farnsworth
    Rivera
    Bruney
    Ramirez
    Veras
    Britton
    Kennedy
    That would probably be the best 25 man roster come Sept

  186. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    “We could have signed a Tori Hunter and you probably still would have wanted Melky in CF.”

    I prefer not to give 90mil to career .324 OBP players. Melky may not be good but at least he’s playing for pennies.

  187. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Aaron,

    Melky is a doubles hitter and Gardner is a Slap hitter? Gardners Slugging Pct. was 70 pts higher in the minors that Melkys is now. Gardner, when used to the pitching, will be a gap hitter

  188. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    All Gardner jokes aside I’ll tell you how much Brett Gardner is loved in this Yankees organization Stick Micheal went on the Max Kellerman show today (Go ahead check it it’s on podcast) he said he (Brett)could be the best defender in the league very quickly (refering to LF), and likes his approach at the plate. Now he didn’t say it but when pressed on Melky or Gardner he dodged the question w/ that response. He was then asked about Austin Jackson (What’s his opinion on him as a player), he loves him, loves the pop in his bat, his speed, sees him as the future CF.

  189. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Whoever suggested Gardner was as good as CF as Cabrera is all wet.

  190. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I prefer not to give 90mil to career .324 OBP players. Melky may not be good but at least he’s playing for pennies.”

    I was refering to Aarons Melky obsession, not literal.

  191. bru July 8th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    the yankees have ten times more and better pitchers in the minors than boston and the rays.brackman,sanchez,betances,mcutchen,horne,cox,melancon,heredia,wright,aceves,steve jackson,ian kennedy,Jeffrey Marquez,Ross Ohlendorf,Kevin Whelan,Zachary Kroenke,George Kontos,Jason Jones,Eric Hacker,Michael Gardner,Phil Coke,Anthony Claggett,Zach McAllister,Ivan Nova,Jonathan Hovis,Ryan Pope.i left out a lot of them but they are as deep or deeper in pitching than anyone.they will get an ace in 2009 and they have 87 million coming off the books next year and 26 million more in 16 months for approx 113 million.they will probably get sabathia and it shouldn’t hurt them because their payroll with him still will be a lot lower and they won’t go crazy spending and should be sitting at around 170 million tops.they will probably have sabathia,wang,joba 1,2,3 wich is as good as it gets,you need three studs.pettitte will be the 4th and probably hughes so sabathia,wang,joba,pettitte,hughes,very nice they are going to be stacked.they will trade some of the surplus pitching for a few position players.they are in a great position,trust me.if i were them i would keep brackman,a pitcher who has filthy stuff and montero,a catcher who scouts say during batting practice they couldn’t tell him apart from ml players because at 16 years old he was hitting over 400 foot home runs to all fields.on a 20-80 power ranking scale his power is an 80.they say he looks like aubrey huff at 16 yrs old.all their pitchers will be very young except wang and sabathia IF THEY GET HIM and pettitte and brackman can possibly replace pettitte.they should put posada at first base in 2009,that eliminates their fb problem in 2009,dh matsui,damon in left or trade matsui for relief or a position player prospect,left field,right or center prospect.platoon molina cand cervelli or romine or trade for a temp catcher.boston will be there to but i like what the yankees are doing.steroids kept the older players on the field,no more,teams are going younger and controlling cost.

  192. Evan July 8th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!)-

    Monogamy and loyalty are overrated.

    It’s not big deal. Believe me, what the wifey doesn’t know won’t hurt her.

    ARod was careless. You don’t go home reeking of another woman’s perfume and you don’t give out your main cell number to the goumada. Also, never ever hook up with someone who lives on your block.

  193. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Aaron,

    You can add Wang to that list. When Wanger was going through his rough stretch all the Santana lovers were out in full force and of course the Wang is-not-an-Ace-crowd, too.

    Also, the first month or so Moose was as good as dead to some folks…haha, look what Moose has done now?

  194. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    thats stupid

    #1 britton and kennedy aren’t gonna see the majors again

    and then u got four left handed batters in a row.. nice line up.. good thinking cashman..and anyone can run on posada’s arm.. try again

  195. dont retire 21 July 8th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    david robertson where is your back up catcher

  196. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Giuseppe – I don’t see the problem. Just like this year, the older guys are going to rotate through the available spots to maximize matchups and get them regular rest.

    I don’t see Jorge as a regular 1B – but I could be wrong. At his age he is more likely to decline soone than any of the others in the discussion. And its at least possible that successful surgery allows him to up his catching time, while mixing in DH stints. It has in his past. It’s also possible Matsui’s knees are helped by surgery and he can contribute in LF occassionally and not just DH. How RF is handled next year is the big question – we don’t have that guy ready to go either, but there are prospects there. But I can’t agree replacing our #3 hitter with a fill in and our #5 with a fill in is a good strategy for ’09.

    But at any rate, these are 1 season issues. Teixeira is likely at least a 5 year committment – by then maybe none of these guys are Yankees. Hopefully in 2010 Melky, Gardner, and Jackson are handling 2 OF spots and a reserve role between them. And another $26MM for Matsui and Damon has dropped off the books, or one (Matsui’s bat being more likely) is helping at the DH/OF role.

    Making a decision on Teixeira or any other significant FA entails more than the following season’s needs. And remember, the luxury tax threshold for 2009 is $162MM. If the Yanks came in at $25MM over that, their Lux Tax payout would drop to $10MM, compared to what could be about $25MM + in ’08. I expect the Yanks ’09 payroll to come in at about $185 MM. Can’t see the team going very cheap in the first season of the new Stadium – gotta keep those high paying customers happy.

  197. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    1.Betemit
    2.Cano
    3.Cabrera
    4.Giambi
    5.Abreu
    6.Matsui
    7.Farsnworth(who i support)
    8.Hawkins
    9.Rasner
    10.Ponson
    11.Damon
    12.Ohlendorf
    13.Wang
    14.Moose

  198. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    will you stop refering gardner to the minors, theres a reason why those pitchers are in the minors.

    I could go in there and hit off ian kennedy

  199. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    In 3-5 years Melky will either be a Yankee bench player or on another team. Im not saying Gardner will be in the lineup either, but this team seems to like Gardner more than Melky. Melkys fat as s cant break up a triple play let alone the DPs Gardner has broken up. Jackson, Tabata and Almonte/Gardner/ a FA will set up the OF in 3-5 years. So sell your Melky jerseys. A CF with an above average arm but can only hit .240 will not have a spot on the Yankees. Look at Bernie, his arm was worse than Damons, but he kept his spot because he got on base

  200. TommyTwoTime July 8th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    well, at least griffey isn’t on the all-star roster. They at least got that one right since he has been pretty bad this year. and how the heck was pat burrell left off for the nl team.

  201. RalphieD July 8th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    it really is quite sad that there is such hatred in the gardner vs melky debate…if your a yankee fan you should want both to succeed…no need to trash the guy who you dont prefer

  202. raymagnetic ®™ July 8th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    “Melky is a doubles hitter and Gardner is a Slap hitter? Gardners Slugging Pct. was 70 pts higher in the minors that Melkys is now. Gardner, when used to the pitching, will be a gap hitter”

    Are you seriously comparing one player’s minor league slugging percentage with another player’s major league slugging percentage?

    Did you check out Melky’s slugging percentage in the minors while being younger than Brett at every stop?

  203. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    will you stop refering gardner to the minors, theres a reason why those pitchers are in the minors.
    I could go in there and hit off ian kennedy”

    Hahaha, im sure you couldnt hit off a still tee let alone Ian Kennedy

  204. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    So now you have Molina and Melky in the Yankees lineup in Sept Aaron? Do you NOT want to make the playoffs?

  205. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Ralphie I want them both on the team, ive said that all along.. but the gardner hype has to calm down..lol

  206. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    No, your Melky obsession has to calm down. Melky wearing a Sunflower Seed Hat? Does he think he is playing in Queens?

  207. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    So u put Posada in there so a team can get 2-3 more runs by stealing bases??

    1.Damon
    2.Jeter
    3.Abreu
    4.A-rod
    5.Giambi
    6.Posada
    7.Cano
    8.Molina
    9.Cabrera/Gardner/Jackson/Sojo/David Robertson/who else you spank off over

  208. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Wheres Matsui? Matsui will be back by Sept hopefully.

    So because of his arm your going to take Posada out? Oh wait, maybe Melky can play catcher right? He’s fat. and he has a good arm.

  209. Josh Johnson July 8th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Everytime I see Melky in the lead off spot I cringe. I love the kid’s arm, but let’s get real, he couldn’t hit a beach ball into the ocean.

  210. VTyankee fan July 8th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Pete A is on right now

  211. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    It seems to me that Cynthia Rodriguez dealt very well with the extramarital flings. It’s something else entirely that’s driven their marriage apart. It seems to me, that as long as he was faithful in the sense that she felt they were more important to him than any of his outside interests (sexual or otherwise), she could turn the other cheek. But once her (their) family was threatened by his inattentiveness and daliances, that’s another story altogether. Meaning, she and their daughters were no longer number one to ARod, at least in her estimation. That’s what it seems to me.

    Rebecca, I think you are correct in your above assessment. Rasner could have had at least 2 other wins, and really was only horrible in two other starts. He’s not a long-term solution, but he and Ponson are not what’s wrong with the Yankees. What’s wrong with the Yankees is their #2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 hitters not coming up big in key situations. And it seems to me, that that could turn on a dime, because there is no real reason for it, with the exception of having lost Matsui.

    Gardner can’t “replace” Damon, but hopefully he’ll get a few more hits (please?). In the meantime, at least he works the count, and maybe others with “take the hint” and do the same. Which hint, by the way, they shouldn’t even need, because that’s been the Yankees’ game plan forever!!!!

    I’m so not looking forward to this series with the Rays. I had forgotten, though, that they had split all their games to date. So, I’m hoping for a split. Not wonderful, but more likely. The Rays, even before this season, have given the Yankees fits offensively. Now you throw in the Rays really good pitching and the Yankees really twilight zone hitting, and you just don’t know what lies in store.

  212. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    he has that on bc he likes to have fun while playing and bring life to the clubhouse and not walk around likes he’s the shi^ and be overly cocky for a .218 hitter(combined minors and bigs this year) like Gardner..the guy hasn’t even broken a smile yet.. come on have fun, like everyone else on the team does..

  213. canocabrera July 8th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    ESPN now..

  214. RalphieD July 8th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    i wasnt talking to anyone in general…but since you bring it up…you say you want both on the team but when u say ” he’ll be back down in a few weeks..” that sounds like you dont care if hes on the team or not/ he sucks

  215. CM July 8th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Hey, who do you guys think would win in a fight? An crocodile with a rocket launcher or a shark with laser cannons?

    Because, seriously, that’s pretty much the level the discourse in this thread is at right now.

  216. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Matsui is more then likely done for the year.. or if he come’s back he’s gonna be limited role.. u go with ure best 9 in the play off’s and im a huge posada guy but his days catching are almost over.. unless this surgery helps him

  217. Andy in Sunny Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Wow! No mention of the next Rickey Henderson. ESPN just isn’t ready yet.

  218. canocabrera July 8th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Melky is not a “fat ___”, he works out with A-Rod daily who is perhaps the most in shape guy on the team. A-Rod himself has praised Melky’s dedication to working out.

  219. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Ralphie, im saying right now our best line up is w. melky and cabrera in there together, i can see matsui and damon not being 100% when they return.. so gardner in LF might be the best posability for now

  220. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Evan -

    You have a very irresponsible attitude. If you’re married, I pity your wife. If you’re not, do the women of the world a favor and stay that way.

    I’m not saying things don’t happen sometimes, but if a person consciously and habitually disrespects his wife and family, that’s a whole other story.

  221. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    CM -

    You know what? You’re 100% right.

  222. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Pete, just heard you on 6 o’clock SportsCenter. Great job.

  223. Andy in Sunny Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    CM,

    Im not sure either weapon would work very well under water. Are they in salt water, fresh water or brackish water? How deep is the water? What are the ages of said animals? Too many questions have to be answered first.

  224. benfica356 July 8th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    dang, i missed it. Will it give again on the 11 SC or the morning one?

  225. Evan July 8th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Damn! Kim still looks hot!

  226. randy l July 8th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    “who do you guys think would win in a fight? An crocodile with a rocket launcher or a shark with laser cannons?”

    depends on who had home field advantage.

  227. Wolf In Pinstripes July 8th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Crap. I missed Pete by a minute or so apparently. Will it replay later on SC?

  228. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Can’t see the team going very cheap in the first season of the new Stadium – gotta keep those high paying customers happy.

    Again, you make valid arguments.

    But the payroll is going to come down significantly. Cashman wants it to happen and so does Hal. I don’t see them driving the payroll back up again after waiting so long to lower it.

    And this is the perfect time to do it because they are going to fill every seat in that yard next season no matter what product they put on the field.

    Prioritizing the rotation and making it a huge strength for this club will always keep this team in the game.

  229. CM July 8th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    “Im not sure either weapon would work very well under water. Are they in salt water, fresh water or brackish water? How deep is the water? What are the ages of said animals? Too many questions have to be answered first.”

    I dunno. There’s too much sabermetrics involved there for me. Somebody get Baseball Prospectus on the line.

    We also would need to know if they’re righty or lefty, who they’re divorcing and dating, what they did in college and the minors, their VORP, their ASAP, what kind of ice cream they like, and, most importantly, what kind of brain aneurysm you’ve experienced that would make you spend the better part of an hour on the computer arguing rhetoricals that you won’t have any proof to back up for weeks or months.

    I’m going to make some dinner and read until the game comes on and then let the players settle the argument.

  230. Evan July 8th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Doreen-

    I’m serious. What you don’t know won’t hurt you. That’s just the way it is. Ask Donald Trump.

  231. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    This notion that the Yankees are going to keep payroll down is ridiculous.

    If anything the new stadium will encourage the Yankees to spend more with the break on Lux tax.

  232. Andy in Sunny Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    CM,

    Can the shark be a hammerhead? That way it can have a laser canon mounted on both sides of its head. Does it have to be an alligator? Is a crocodile a deal breaker? Crocodile have a narrower snout, so the rocket launcher probably could only hold 2 – 3 rockets. hhhhmmmm. I’ll have to think about this one.

  233. 56Bomber July 8th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Crocodile in a route. It can live on land and in water… the shark has no chance. If they met 18 times the crocodile would win 18 times.

  234. Evan July 8th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Doreen-

    You have a very irresponsible attitude. If you’re married, I pity your wife.

    If a person consciously and habitually disrespects his wife and family, that’s a whole other story.

    Such piety. It makes me laugh. People like you like to get on a high horse about other peoples morals, but then elect open womanizers like Giuliani, Gingrich, and Mccain, over and over again.

  235. ASH July 8th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Good spot Pete!

  236. randy l July 8th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    andy in south daytona-
    do they still call it jackie robinson stadium down there?

  237. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    This notion that the Yankees are going to keep payroll down is ridiculous.

    It’s not just keeping the payroll down like they’re suddenly going to turn into the Marlins.

    It’s increasing payroll flexibility and not committing to so many big long term contracts to aging players that the team has a lot of dead weight that cannot be moved.

  238. ASH July 8th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Why o Why is cabrera leading off? although he has struggled it should be gardner

  239. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    What you don’t know won’t hurt you. That’s just the way it is.

    It won’t hurt until the truth comes out, and usually..when you least expect it…it does.

  240. randy l July 8th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    evan -
    you might want to quit before you get even further behind.

  241. Andy in Sunny Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Randy,

    Don’t insult me, I don’t live in South Daytona. Yes it’s still called Jackie Robinson Stadium. But we, the locals, call it The Jack. We are very original down here.

  242. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Looks like the Cubs may have just acquired Rich Harden.

  243. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Evan -

    I haven’t voted for a single one of the people you cited. Don’t make foolish assumptions.

    And I’m not on a high horse. People are fallible, and no one’s perfect. But to go into relationships feeling like it’s your right to cheat on a spouse is wrong. If you don’t want monogamy and loyalty, don’t get married.

  244. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Giuseppe -

    That was quick. What are the details, if you know?

  245. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Doreen,

    MLB Trade Rumors has the scoop:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....an-of.html

  246. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    And please, can this Melky / Gardner lunacy just stop?

    David Robertson, accept the fact that just like Melky is going to have to elevate his current performance to fill a long term regular role on this team, the same holds for Gardner. There is no fairly interpreted statistical data that says that is a given. His speed is very welcome. If that ends up being a very useful off the bench skill, great. If he develops to fill Damon’s role even better. But a routine sac fly and a dribbler up the middle at the right moment don’t make that a given. Your incessant instigating and grandiose prognosticating on this issue is often inaccurate, childish, and boring. Give it a rest.

    For those in the Melky camp, his struggles have given Gardner an opportunity. If Gardner takes his spot it will be because he demonstrates that his combination of speed and OBP is more valuable than what Melky is bringing. That won’t happen unless he hits .260 or better, a skill we have all seen Melky capable of and are still awaiting from Brett. But more important is the fact that we need both of them to succeed for the next 2 weeks – so can all of you just shut up and be a fan of both Yankees!!

  247. Dan July 8th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Doreen

    Giuseppe -

    That was quick. What are the details, if you know?

    The Cubs’ press release is out. The Cubs get Harden and Chad Gaudin for Gallagher, Murton, Patterson, and catching prospect Josh Donaldson.

    source: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....an-of.html

  248. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks, Giuseppe.

    I’m surprised they got something done so fast. Usually you see the report of interest and it’s another week or so before anything happens.

  249. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    And, thanks Dan, too.

  250. bphill July 8th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin traded to Chicago Cubs…

  251. kidjock July 8th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Nice Cameo Pete! Why didn’t they include a pic on the side?

  252. pat July 8th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Doreen

    “It’s something else entirely that’s driven their marriage apart.”

    I said the same thing to my husband. Her friends, family and lawyer have all in some way made mention of her being a good Greek Orthodox woman with morals. They are bringing religion into it so me thinks kaballah was the deal breaker not the strippers.

  253. bphill July 8th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I think right now, Hank wants a deal done…I think trades will be coming soon.

  254. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Pete, I don’t scroll up regularly, so I just saw the picture of Kim Jones. She’s definitely a good sport! She doesn’t look half bad, either!

  255. Andy in Sunny Daytona July 8th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    nyyfaninlaaland,

    Could you please stop makins sense.

    We have a shark/alligator dilema to solve.

  256. MoBoy(aka McLovin) July 8th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Harden to the Cubs.Haren to the Diamondbacks.Sabathia to the Brewers.

    Guess the NL is no joke.Hopefully the stories are true and Cash wanted a 72 window for Sabathia.Cash needs a trade because this whole Rasner and Ponson is getting stupid.

    And it looks like Hughes is never gonna get back anytime soon since he’s the new Carl Pavano.

  257. Will July 8th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I think Matt Holliday would be a great trade to make. I think at this point, not only is Melky expendable, but also Jose Tabata. Tabata has been extremely inconsistent this year at Double-A while displaying an almost child-like attitude (for those of you that haven’t heard). With Holliday playing one of the corner OF positions and Jackson/Gardener interchangeable in the remaining positions. Third base, shortstop and second base remain locked positions for at least the next three years. A first baseman can be signed or Posada can transition into that position. The position of catcher will be in flux, however, a good defensive catcher with an average of merely .250 will be sufficient with this lineup. The rotation is strong with Wang, Chamberlain, and Hughes established. Any combination of Brackman, McCutchen, Horne, Aceves, or a free agent will be fine. There are several bright young futures in pitching currently at class A Tampa, and Charleston. Dellin Betances, Zachary McAllister, Lance Pendleton, Jairo Heredia are developing well and could be in New York in 2010-2011. Young position players such as Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Fransisco Cervelli, and Kevin Russo could see time in 2010 or 2011 as well. Relief pitching is strong with Robertson, Cox, Melancon, Claggett, Ohlendorf, and Ramirez. Veras could be the next closer as each inning he becomes increasingly confident.

    My ideal trade at the deadline:

    Yankees trade CF Melky Cabrera, RHP Ian Kennedy, RHP Jeffrey Marquez, OF Jose Tabata, and IF Eric Duncan for OF Matt Holliday and LHP Brian Fuentes.

  258. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    “Can’t see the team going very cheap in the first season of the new Stadium – gotta keep those high paying customers happy.”

    Happy means different things to different people. Happy, to me, means we’re not running a bunch of 37 year-olds in decline out there.

  259. NYY July 8th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    What’s wrong with these NL Central teams? It would be fun if both Cubs & Brewers don’t make the playoffs and Cardinals end up winning the NL Central. It can happen.

  260. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    If the Yanks can’t win the World Series, I’m rooting for the Cubs.

    Hopefully, Harden can stay healthy for once and makes a difference. No question the dude is flat out nasty when he’s on.

  261. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    MoBoy(aka McLovin)

    You are right about Hughes,
    By the time he is any good, the Yankees will not need him.
    Frail Phil.

  262. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    yeah, Giuseppe, if the Yanks aren’t there and the Cubs are, you just gotta root for them. It would be un-American not to. :lol: I mean, that would be the end of a legend and a curse. But, what will those cubbie fans do with themselves if it should happen????

  263. NYY July 8th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I am rooting for the Brewers. I want the Cubs to Choke as usual.

  264. Chuck Norris July 8th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Who would win a fight between myself and Brett Gardner???
    I’d only fight him if I get the baseball bat.

  265. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    The A’s are right in the middle of the playoff hunt.

    They’re two games behind Boston.

    Why would they trade away a Harden?

  266. Bo knows July 8th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Voting for Giambi over Longoria for the All Star game is just WRONG.

  267. bphill July 8th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I would love Matt Holliday on the Yankees. I think he would thrive in the Yankees and I really don’t think that Jose Tabata will live up to his expectations. I think that Abreu will be gone after this year, and I think that Matsui and Damon don’t have much left…

  268. JoeT 28 in 09!! VOTE GIAMBI - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    brewers fire…. cubs fire right back

  269. randy l July 8th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    andy in SUNNY daytona-

    i would never insult any one on the blog.lol. click on my user name and scroll down. you’ll see a photo that will look familiar.

    spent a winter there at jackie robinson stadium. spent way too much time at the ocean deck. one bar tab totaled up to 103 beers . the only problem there were only three of us.

    well not exactly the only problem. my truck was parked on the beach and the police on a megaphone said whoever owned the truck better move it because waves were splashing up against it.

    there was a happy ending as we enlisted a bartender to move it .

    well not totally, playing the next day was more than just painful.

    daytona was a fun place , and that’s an understatement.

  270. NYY July 8th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Why would they trade away a Harden?

    This smells of desperation from the Cubbies. They had to make something to counter the CC trade. But it may be risky with all the injury history of Harden. Will he be healthy for the rest of the season. That’s the BIG QUESTION MARK.

  271. Joe from Long Island July 8th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Cynthia is a good Greek Orthodox woman with morals???

    I guess that’s why she wore a F**U T-shirt out in public.

    But that’s just my old-fashioned morals.

    I’m not saying who’s right and who’s wrong in this, as we’re all limited by what we read in the media, and I really don’t think it’s any of my business…but I was raised that well mannered people don’t do that sort of thing in public, especially where small children are around.

  272. Jose July 8th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Here’s a link to the deal.

  273. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Doreen,

    Who knows that they’ll do.

    I just hope they don’t turn into annoying Red Sox fans because I live in the Chicagoland area.

  274. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    In his last ten starts, Harden averaged 6 innings per start and a ERA of 2.00.

    Sounds like the Cubs got him on the cheap.

  275. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Guiseppe-
    Well that’s a steal for the Cubbies giving up Eric Patterson, Sean Gallagher, and Matt Murton plus minor league catcher for Harden and Chad Gaudin. Gaudin is better than Gallagher and Harden, if healthy is an ace. Plus Cubs have an all-star catcher already!

    Earlier Post about pitching starters in our winning seasons of 96,98,99,2000.

    Think everyone would agree the 98 team was the best Yankee team in recent history with a record 114-48 Team BA .288; HR’s-207; Average age 30 y.o.; scored 965 runs and allowed only 656 runs. Staff Era 3.82 and Rivera was 3-0 with 36 saves.
    Starters:
    Cone 20-7
    Wells 18-4
    Pettitte 16-11
    Irabu 13-9
    Hernandez 12-4
    Mendoza 10-2

    Small tidbit Paul O’Neill hit into 22 dp’s followed by Bernie and Tino.

  276. ASH July 8th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Sooo glad we didn’t get Harden….What is he going to pitch this year 155 innings? He is already at 77 IP….cubs won’t care about the future and run him out there, he will be useless in the future

  277. Jose July 8th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    here it is or you can click on my name in my previous post.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/yo.....p?t=432364

  278. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Guiseppe Franco-

    Nah – couldn’t happen. Whole different breed of people in the midwest. (Lived in Naperville, Ill for 2 years.)

  279. Martin July 8th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Harden and Gaudin. And we still have Ponson and Rasner. Fantastic.

  280. Wangawa July 8th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Cubs haven’t won in 100 years, might as well go for it

  281. Joe Monte July 8th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    we’re not going to get holliday b/c we would have to give up the farm…they want david price from tampa so good luck w/ this trade idea.

  282. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Yankee Trader –

    THE Paul O’Neill hit into 22 dps?? And lives to this day??? And people want his number retired??? Ohmygosh!

    (Just having some fun y’all :) )

  283. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Giuseppe – please understand I also think the payroll will come down. A payroll of $187MM represents a minimum cut of $21MM, with the added benefit of a luxury tax cut of at least $15 MM. I don’t think $35MM is a mere trifle – it pays about 2/3 of the Yanks annual new Stadium cost.

    But at $187 MM both Sabathia and Teixeira are possible. And I don’t necessarily see the need to bring in Sabathia and keep Pettitte too, not that I don’t like Andy and think he deserves to help open the new park.

    The $90MM coming off the books is followed by a bit over $8MM in increases in current contracts. Wang, Melky, Betemit, and Bruney are arb cases, so add 6-7 MM there perhaps. If the 3 FA’s cost $50 MM we’re only down about $25MM and still need a RF, maybe a lefty reliever or even a setup guy if no one’s got the orgs complete confidence yet. Just trying to spell out the numbers and possible needs. I think Hal wants to cut payroll, but I also think they want to compete in the new park’s first year. We’ll see how it plays out. Tough decisions.

  284. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    And Andy –

    it’s clearly the shark. His greater speed far outweighs anything the alligater could ever bring to the table.

  285. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    “You are right about Hughes,
    By the time he is any good, the Yankees will not need him.
    Frail Phil.”

    what in the world does that mean? when exactly is it that the Yankees aren’t going to need solid starting pitching from someone in their 20′s? unless you think Hughes won’t be any good until 2027…

    my thoughts on Harden: good luck to those Cubbies. let’s hope he stays healthy and actually does something away from Oakland. our splash will come later.

  286. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Bo- it could easily be argued that voting for either Giambi or Longoria over Dye is just wrong. This is about supporting your guy.

  287. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Zambrano, Harden,Dempster,Gaudin,Marquis,Lilly and lefty Rich Hill in the minors. That’s 7. Do we make a trade with the Cubs for a lefty?

  288. will July 8th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    god i hate how smug the devil rays tv and commercials are now with even just a little success

  289. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    “That’s an understandable argument, but I think the problem with signing Teixeira is that he would be blocking Posada, Matsui, and Damon next season in the 1B/DH roles.

    Not to mention that Jeter can’t play short stop forever.”

    Got caught up in a meeting and never got to answer this…

    Making first base where great players go spend the twilight of the careers isn’t the strongest of moves. It would severely compromise us defensively. I understand we want to do everything to prolong the careers of players we love, but I can’t see holding back from getting someone who could truly man that position in the name of keeping the spot open for an aging Jeter/Posada/etc.

  290. Glenn July 8th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Nice economical inning by Andy. Let’s see some bashing with the bats for run support.

  291. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    “Zambrano, Harden,Dempster,Gaudin,Marquis,Lilly and lefty Rich Hill in the minors. That’s 7. Do we make a trade with the Cubs for a lefty?”

    what would you give up? i’m not giving up any potential helpful parts to this team for someone who might marginally increase an outside chance at making playoff impact.

  292. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    If a Brett Gardner wayward bat flew into the stands, the sheer power of it would have killed someone.

    I hate moments when “Melky’s going to strike out in the first at-bat” trolls are right, btw.

  293. will July 8th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    wish they’d stop swinging at balls

  294. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Melky = Weakly

  295. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Jorge-Wouldn’t you be interested in lefty Rich Hill for a B prospect?

  296. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    When do we become concerned with the offensive slides of Jeter and Abreu?

  297. Bo knows July 8th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    nyyfan

    You have a point about Dye. So that would be proper. The All Star game should be a showcase for the fans of the best ballplayers. Having Varitek and Jason as All Stars is beyond Wrong. Stuffing Ballot boxes is pretty low ball to coin a bad pun.

  298. Pedro July 8th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    We’ll be lucky to get a hit against Kazmir tonight.

  299. Alan July 8th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Yankee Trader
    July 8th, 2008 at 7:07 pm
    Zambrano, Harden,Dempster,Gaudin,Marquis,Lilly and lefty Rich Hill in the minors. That’s 7. Do we make a trade with the Cubs for a lefty?
    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –
    Lefty Rich Hill could be a thought and the Cubs would not be looking for an arm and a leg. Start by offering Betemit and Marquez and another AAA pitcher not on the future radar.
    Turn around and get Ty Wigginton to replace Betemit.

  300. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Bobby Abreu wanted nothing to do with that ball, it was way too close to the wall.

  301. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Go Andy Go!

    Get to work and try and do something bats

  302. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    “Jorge-Wouldn’t you be interested in lefty Rich Hill for a B prospect?”

    Depends on the “B” prospect. I must warn you that the only person that trusted National League pitchers less than me was Phil Rizzuto.

    That catch just cancelled out the first-inning strikeout, by the way.

  303. JoeT 28 in 09!! VOTE GIAMBI - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Alan – Rich Hill isn’t a guy that would cost the Yankees 3 players… they could probably get him for 1-2 minor leaguer’s with a decent upside. No way I give them Betemit, Marquez, + 1… and I don’t like Betemit at all.

  304. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    “When do we become concerned with the offensive slides of Jeter and Abreu?”

    With Jeter, I’d say about May of 2009. With Abreu, when he’s on another team next year.

  305. GreenBeret7 July 8th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Of that group of Cub pitchersm Marquez would be the pitcher the Cubs will try to dump. In the NL he’s average and expensive. No thanks.

  306. tim boat July 8th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Abreu should have had that ball Melky caught easy. But since he has a phobia of the wall Melky had to bail him out. Can’t wait til next year when the big softee is gone.

  307. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    “Lefty Rich Hill could be a thought and the Cubs would not be looking for an arm and a leg. Start by offering Betemit and Marquez and another AAA pitcher not on the future radar.
    Turn around and get Ty Wigginton to replace Betemit”

    You do realize Rich Hill is pitching in Rookie Ball, right?
    He has some serious “mental block” issues with walks.
    Hill: 18 BB / 19.2 IP…maybe we could do a straight-up Hill for Kennedy?
    Head Case for Head Case…Hill will not be a SP in MLB this year.

  308. Doder July 8th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Sox up aleady. Could be a long night for us.

  309. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    “Hill: 18 BB / 19.2 IP…maybe we could do a straight-up Hill for Kennedy?
    Head Case for Head Case…Hill will not be a SP in MLB this year.”

    I missed the memo where Ian Kennedy became a “head case.”

  310. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Arod looked distracted.

  311. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    We have seen it with Joba. A pitcher who strikes everyone out throws WAY too many pitches wont last deep into the game.

  312. will July 8th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    WHY DO THEY SWING AT BALLS

  313. Mel Hall July 8th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Anyone think the Giambino has a legit shot at winning this final vote thing?

  314. will July 8th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    wow WHY DO THEY SWING AT BALLS!!!

  315. will July 8th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    WHAT THE?? AGAIN…

  316. Ummmmm..... July 8th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I can’t watch this game seriously. Everytime I see Kazmir I think of Víctor Zambrano and start laughing at the Met’s misfortune.

  317. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    wow – those stupid mets gave him up for victor zambrano?? IDIOTS. Was this a Steve Phillips move?

  318. Pedro July 8th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I wonder why the Yankees are chasing fastballs out of the strikezone and taking the ones right down the middle. Pretty stupid idea.

  319. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Ugh..
    I guess I should start praying that they at least get a hit at some point today..

  320. the bure July 8th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Kazmir owns us.

  321. EY July 8th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I hope Andy brought his A++ game tonight…long night indeed

  322. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    “I missed the memo where Ian Kennedy became a “head case.”

    Guess you missed all of the discussion on here that the main reason for his demotion was “mental toughness” and a phantom injury?
    Did Kennedy not remark that he would be happy starting in the minors because he wouldn’t be so scrutinized?
    Sounds like a man who will not be able to handle pitching in Pinstripes…in other words, a Yankee Head Case.

  323. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    At this rate Pettite will pitch a complete game and we’ll be into their bullpen by the eighth inning unless Kazmir is pitching a no-hitter, which is looking possible, with 20+ strikeouts!!!

  324. Bo knows July 8th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Oh good, five SOs in 2 innings. Good Night.

  325. Juggy July 8th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Anyone know what channel the Tampa Bay rays game is on Dish Network?? I can’t see it since the YES network isn’t on dish network and I can usually only see the games on the opposing team’s network channels.

    Anyone have an idea of what channel their network is on Dish Network?

  326. Wangawa July 8th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Wow, Kazmir is ridiculous tonight. Our only hope is for Andy to match him and maybe we can win the game 1-0 in the 11th inning? Something like that.

  327. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Hey wait a minute. I heard we’re looking at Victor Zambrano-no kidding!!!

  328. James July 8th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Wilson Betemit is the worst player in any franchise in baseball.

  329. Tom Gaffney July 8th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Yankee batters look terrible so far (thru 2). They are swinging at everything and have completely abandoned their patient approach. This is particularly infuriating as Kazmir is a guy you can run up the pitch count against, and get out of the game after 5.

  330. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Andy matching Kazmir…IMPRESSIVE, so far.
    Really hope he’ll pitch in the New Yankee Stadium…LH SP is GOLD.
    Maybe give us a “reduced salary” for one year for being so loyal…allow us to sign CC?
    Good D by the younguns, too.

  331. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    “Guess you missed all of the discussion on here that the main reason for his demotion was “mental toughness” and a phantom injury?
    Did Kennedy not remark that he would be happy starting in the minors because he wouldn’t be so scrutinized?
    Sounds like a man who will not be able to handle pitching in Pinstripes…in other words, a Yankee Head Case.”

    thanks for the lesson. i didn’t realize you were both a licensed psychiatrist and fortune teller. i also didn’t realize that what’s discussed here is actually considered binding law and gospel.

    only in the minds of people who feel its their birthright to win every World Series is a guy who skyrocketed to the majors after less than a year of pro ball a “bust” and “head case” after a handful of starts.

  332. pat July 8th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    27 pitches thru 2 isn’t going to get him out of the game very quickly.

  333. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Cubs got Harden for cheap.

  334. EY July 8th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    At least Andy is throwing less pitches than KKKKKazmir so far. Let’s hope we get to their bullpen eventually…

  335. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    is there anyone around here right now who understand there’s nine innings to a baseball game, and not two?

  336. 213 Area Code July 8th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    #46 is through 3 innings with only 30 pitches! Great start so far, Andy. Now if we could only score some runs.

  337. JoeT 28 in 09!! VOTE GIAMBI - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    James – Jason Veritek is the worst player, Betemit is second, followed by Abreu’s defense from the warning track to the wall.

    The guys from that giambi’s stache website that pete poster earlier that Evan Longoria is winning

  338. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I wonder how long it takes these guys to adjust from Wakefield’s low 60′s to this guys mid 90′s.

  339. EY July 8th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you Robbie!!!

  340. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    cano will get a hit

  341. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Seriously guys, Kazmir looks great right now, but wait until he has to go through this lineup again. There’s so many quality hitters on this team like Cano, I don’t care how well the SP is throwing, they are going to get hits. It’s all about stringing a few together, and let’s hope they can now with Cano on.

  342. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    There goes the no hitter. Woohoo!

  343. mel July 8th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Make it count, guys. You might not see get too many opportunities.

  344. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    there goes the no-no

  345. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Yeah Cano. There goes the no-hitter. Molina bunts him over, Gardner works the count and singles Cano home! No??

  346. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    “only in the minds of people who feel its their birthright to win every World Series is a guy who skyrocketed to the majors after less than a year of pro ball a “bust” and “head case” after a handful of starts.”

    Are you saying that a Yankee SP saying you’d rather pitch in the minors over The Stadium because of the PRESSURE not the least bit disconcerting?
    We’ve seen too many Yankee SP Head Cases over the years not to be concerned, IMO.
    Again…JUST IMO, bro.

  347. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Kazmir in the stretch…gonna be more hittable, hopefully.

  348. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Molina is a DOUBLES MACHINE…

  349. EY July 8th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Wow Molina!!! YEAH!!

    Please bring Robbie home…let’s go Gardner!

  350. pat July 8th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    That a way Jose!

  351. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    No hitter? this guys no through 3 innings. It was a bit early to worry about getting no-hit.

  352. joe July 8th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    chyeah molina

  353. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    It’s kind of wierd with Molina – it’s double or nothing… pun intended.

  354. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Jorge – happy to me means competing for the playoffs. Won’t be crushed if it doesn’t happen, but I do want to feel we’ve got a good shot.

    I’m not big on “37 year olds in decline” either. But the only players over 35 on the roster now are Posada, Giambi, Rivera, Pettitte, and Mussina. Are you saying you have a problem with them? Seems they’ve by and large held up their end this year, excusing Posada’s injury of course.

    Will – I’d prefer Nady and Marte and give up quite a bit less. A lot cheaper, Nady can also play 1B, and is under control (arb 3) for another year. Marte’s making 3 mil less than Fuentes – the latter is a free agent in ’09. He has an option no one would exercise, so you can renegotiate if you want. Pirates are desperate for pitching, which is what we can give. And those guys won’t cost nearly as much if the Yanks absorb their reasonable contracts.

  355. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Is Gardner the man?

  356. Jorge Steinbrenner July 8th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    “We’ve seen too many Yankee SP Head Cases over the years not to be concerned, IMO.
    Again…JUST IMO, bro.”

    perhaps, and it’s actually not even the only reason to worry about him, but there’s also too many folks out there paying too much lip service to those “he only projects as a back-end starter” reports and not enough to the positive reports. too many folks are dying to write this guy off.

  357. Yazman (David) July 8th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    “Kazmir is overmatching the Yankees at this point.”

    Fortunately our man Andy is returning the favor!

  358. mel July 8th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Mr. Doubles!

  359. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Anyone who ever watches a Yankee game and thinks no-hitter at any point in the game knows nothing about baseball. No pitcher would EVER be able to keep so many quality hitters from getting a single hit. Cano, Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod, and the list goes on. Nobody is ever no-hitting this Yankee lineup.

  360. the bure July 8th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Gardner, a boy among men. Like most of our prospects. Sigh.

  361. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    How about a squeeze play here?

  362. EY July 8th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Melky :(

  363. Someone Else July 8th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    “Anyone who ever watches a Yankee game and thinks no-hitter at any point in the game knows nothing about baseball. No pitcher would EVER be able to keep so many quality hitters from getting a single hit. Cano, Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod, and the list goes on. Nobody is ever no-hitting this Yankee lineup.”

    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxe.....YA2003.htm

    Just saying ;-)

  364. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    For the record, I hope Kennedy wins 15+ for the next 10 years and I do not consider him a “Bust”, as some are trying to insinuate.
    IMO, his head wasn’t on straight this year but I’m also hopeful the attitude adjustment afforded by a long stay in the minors will work.
    DAMN…Melky and Gardner both looked overmatched.

  365. Fran July 8th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Kazmir really overmatched Gardner and Melky on these at bats. Hope Derek can get the run in

  366. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Melky’s at bat there probably ruined our chance of having a big inning. Melky batting leadoff is a total mistake and it’s killing us every time it happens. Remember last year how they always scored way more when Damon was leading off than Melky? There’s a reason.

  367. ASH July 8th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    please please please et these guys home

  368. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Well, Gardner’s scouting reports weren’t wrong – he does whiff a lot and Melky can’t seem to find a clue … again.

  369. Pedro July 8th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Pathetic.

  370. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    2nd and 3rd, no outs, off a guy who is dealing. These are the spots YOU HAVE TO SCORE. If they don’t score this inning, it’ll be a huge missed opportunity, and possibly one that costs them the game.

  371. EY July 8th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!!!

  372. Someone Else July 8th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    2 runs! w00t! A HIT WITH RISP!

  373. Tom Gaffney July 8th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Huge hit by Captain Jeter

  374. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    JETER HUGE HIT

    If Jeter gets going, we’ll be in much better shape

  375. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Okay, where are all of the people complaining about Jeter?

  376. Fran July 8th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Nice job by Derek. That was a big hit with 2 outs

  377. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Sweet…Cap’n

  378. mel July 8th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Are we happy now?

  379. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    You can strike out everyone, but that doesnt mean you’ll win.

  380. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    “http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2003/B06110NYA2003.htm

    Just saying ”

    OK, but that lineup is missing the best player in the history of baseball and Robinson Cano, who I don’t care what his stats say, is probably the second best hitter at this point on this team.

    CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!

  381. 213 Area Code July 8th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    The Capt. being clutch!

  382. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    When is the last time Abreu got a big hit?

  383. mel July 8th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Minny just went up.

  384. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Kabbalah!!!

    Looks like Derek’s hand is feeling better.

    Thank you Madonna!!!

  385. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    “Okay, where are all of the people complaining about Jeter?”

    GUILTY…need to remember baseball is 162 games and 500+ ABs.
    Love having Cap’n “shut me up”…now if Abreu hits a bomb…

  386. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Nice Jetes!

  387. EY July 8th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Argh….Upton has a cannon.
    Still great job to get those 2 runs in.

  388. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Kaz is at 57 pitches now

  389. Fran July 8th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Thought Derek was going to beat that out but that was a perfect throw by Upton.

  390. The One July 8th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    The captain.

  391. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Now, Andy has to hold the lead.

  392. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Rays D is “second to none” this year…keep dealing Andy.

  393. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    who’s in a worse slump – Abreu or Melky?

  394. The One July 8th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    You people ned to stop blaming everything on MELKY.

  395. The One July 8th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    need…ooops

  396. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    It’s about time the veteran high priced players came thru!
    Go Yankees.

    DFox- It took 6 pitchers for the Astros to no hit the Yankees with a lineup of Soriano-Jeter-Giambi-Posada-Ventura-Matsui-Zeile-Mondesi-Rivera 6/11/2003.

    It took 6,980 games, longest in mlb history since Hoyt Wilhelm no-hit them 9/20/1958!

  397. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Damn the ball is carrying. That looked like a routine fly.

  398. The One July 8th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    What would the score be if Melky wasn’t in cf tonight.

  399. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I blame Melky for that great catch

  400. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Abreu is really slumping. I think that he, of everyone in the whole lineup, desperately needs to get hot. If he’s playing well, he’s the ideal No. 3 hitter, and really one of the biggest keys to this offense.

    Melky has shown some signs of life, his Ks against Kazmir notwithstanding.

  401. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Yikes.

  402. EY July 8th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    wow that was unlucky

  403. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Pettitte looks great.

  404. EY July 8th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Andy getting lots of help from Rays tonight swinging at first pitch

  405. Someone Else July 8th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    “Abreu is really slumping. I think that he, of everyone in the whole lineup, desperately needs to get hot. If he’s playing well, he’s the ideal No. 3 hitter, and really one of the biggest keys to this offense.

    Melky has shown some signs of life, his Ks against Kazmir notwithstanding.”

    Um, Abreu just got a single. Don’t you usually talk about a slumps when a guy looks bad?

  406. James July 8th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Over/Under 4 pitch strike out for betemit’s next at bat?

  407. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Ironically, the Rays are swinging like the Yankees (first pitches) and the Yankees seem to be able to fight off pitches like the Rays. 6 more innings to go tho… keep up the awesome work Pettitte.

  408. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    That was a great bottom of the third. I’m okay with sending JEter there.

  409. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    the umps at Yankee Stadium seem not to have a great K Zone. It looks like it changes every inning.

  410. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Not able to watch the game on tv-What happened did Abreu get a hit and Jeter thrown out at home?

  411. the process of belief July 8th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    why is fat giambi sitting the day after an off day?

  412. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    more runs more runs more runs

  413. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Man, if our Vets start getting hot…

  414. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Abreu’s sub-.280 average is concerning. But more so is the fact that his walk rate has collapsed. Really, that doesn’t make any sense, given how players normally age, which gives me hope he might bounce back in a big way in the 2nd half. Obviously, his power is down, but that’s nothing new.

    When Abreu’s batting .300 with a bunch of doubles and a boatload of walks, the Yankees will score lots of runs. That’s been true since the day we acquired him.

    There’s some pop for Jorge. He’s been scuffling of late as well.

  415. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    trader – yep

  416. EY July 8th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I’m so sick of seeing Betemit up there. Pathetic

  417. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    holy jesus – can betemit be any more useless?

  418. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Twins take lead: 3-1 top of the 5th!

  419. geO [Murderer's Row and Cano] July 8th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    to think they were considering Betemit starting 3B inplace of Alex Rodriguez yuck.

    the man can’t hit for squat.

  420. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Can we stop seeing Betemit against lefties? This is like Andy Phillips all over again?

    I like Betemit as a super-utility guy. But with a .277 OBP, he’s not a starter looking for a position.

  421. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I see that Betemit has gone back to being BeteStrikeOut.

  422. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    YT: Yes…great throw by Upton and nice short-hop catch & tag by Navarro.

  423. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    yankee trader – if you have access to gameday – that have a video of that throw out on the video section of the game.

  424. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    crap – wasted double.

  425. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Ack Robbie.

    I think Wilson was just overmatched.

  426. James July 8th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    3 pitches, the smart money was on the under. Betemit can not come within a mile of any kind of breaking ball, he is the worst player to ever put on pin stripes, really bring back karim garcia

  427. Yazman (David) July 8th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Posada is the only guy who has owned Kazmir.

  428. religion is the answer July 8th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    yanks need to take both of these 2. 7 out going into the break is doable.

  429. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    As long as Betemit keeps his SLG above .420 (it was .442 coming into this game, I think he has positive offensive value). So though he has no-contact stretches like this, he’s far superior to our old friend Miguel Cairo, who hit .240 with no walks AND no power.

  430. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Honestly tho – I don’t know what Meachum (the third base coach) was thinking sending Jeter home – I would think they’d have tapes on the cannon that Upton has attached to his arm and just extend the inning. Arod was up after all. If Bowa was here, he’d have kept Jeter at third. The Abreu single wasn’t that deep and hit right at Upton.

  431. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    “the worst player to put on pinstripes”

    Overeact much?

  432. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    wet toilet paper was better than cairo

  433. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I have been voting for Giambi. Why do I have to uncheck the commercial emails, monster spam thing each time I vote, but every other bit of information autopopulates each time?

    Its bloody annoying.

  434. YankeeVIP July 8th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    it seems chicago gave a bag of peanuts for harden and a bullpen guy.. amazing

    if murton and gallagher are the centerpieces of that deal.. why couldnt we give up guys like eric duncan, shelly duncan, tabata, etc. plus a above avg pitcher.

  435. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    that’s why i use a bum email angel

  436. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you Sunny615. Go Yanks!

  437. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    “When he’s healthy” indeed.

    As a Cubs fan by family heritage, I’m actually pretty pleased with the trade. They didn’t give up anything they will really miss, except maybe Eric Patterson. Gaudin’s a solid addition to the pen, and Harden MIGHT be a dominant guy in the NL.

    Really, low-risk, high reward.

  438. EY July 8th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, Andy looks NASTY tonight.

  439. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I think the Yankees have had enough of injury-prone pitchers, what with Hughes, Pavano, Brown, and Jaret Wright.

    I’m fine with them passing on Harden.

    If they’d wanted to, they probably could have made the move. They have the pieces. But I think that they might the right choice passing on him, and I like his chances in the NL better. Injuries have a way of sapping stuff.

  440. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Well there goes my Harden to the Yankees dream.

    Here my words, Harden WILL lead the Cubs to the World Series!

    Zambrano, Harden, and Lilly with that high powered offense is a near guarantee in that weak NL.

  441. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Given the A’s history of making trades, I’ll wait before passing judgement on teh Harden deal. The A’s obviously have a great scouting crew and they wouldn’t have ok’ed the deal unless those scouts liked what they saw and told Beane it was a good return. Beane and crew did a great job with the Big Three and Haren, so it’s not like just just decided to take a crap on Harden unless his doctors knew Harden was on the verge of major surgery and decided to take the best deal on the table – which is also a likely possibility…

  442. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I am using a bum email Sunny, but its overwhelmed already with Irish Lottery, Nigerian Princes and Viagra emails from using it post on Mark Feinsands MLB.com website, lol.

  443. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Gallagher has power stuff, and he’s looked fairly good in the games I’ve seen. Murton is the kind of player Beane loves: good OBP, some pop, and underrated by his previous organization. Donaldson’s a project. Eric Patterson, like I said before, is the guy the Cubs might regret losing, unless Mark DeRosa continues to defy all predictions (which he might). He’s a potential 15 homer, 30 steal guy at 2nd.

  444. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    TEH SPEED STRIKES!

  445. EY July 8th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Wow Gardner can FLY!

  446. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Now, how does Brett run behind Molina?

    Not sure Girardi planned for that…

  447. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Oh. Give the kid a hit!

  448. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Uh, guys, is it me or is Molina trying to go all ‘stache too?

  449. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    The contrast between the men at 1st and 2nd is staggering.

  450. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Hope they can get something from this

  451. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    We all know Harden has AMAZING stuff…when healthy…a big when, IMO.

    2004: 189 IP
    2005: 128 IP
    2006: 46 IP
    2007: 25 IP

    Think the A’s got some solid prospects before he broke down again!
    From the Cubs perspective, it was a “no brainer”…zero WS in 100+ years.

  452. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Wow, a lead and men on base! Nice. If Melky gets a hit, Garder is going to end up in Molina’s back pocket.

  453. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Melkys a lousy bunter and K’s again.

    Why is he batting lead off again?

  454. Zooboy July 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Boy that Melky sure has some arm, huh?

  455. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Well, Melky has played some excellent D tonight…

  456. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Melky. Dude, that totally wasn’t what you were supposed to do.

  457. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    “From the Cubs perspective, it was a “no brainer”…zero WS in 100+ years.”

    This really is the key. The Cubbies have a great team this year, and it’s worth maybe hurting yourself in the future to get a massive monkey off of the organization’s back.

    Aye Melky!

  458. EY July 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Can we make Melky a Designed Fielder? I don’t want to see him bat.

  459. Pedro July 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Melky, what a worthless piece of sh**

  460. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Oh Melky… :(

  461. Mike July 8th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Why does our leadoff hitter have a .310 OBP this year?

  462. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    “Melkys a lousy bunter and K’s again.

    Why is he batting lead off again?”

    I mean, we could bat the kid hitting .136 leadoff. Or Jose Molina.

    Or A-Rod.

  463. Someone Else July 8th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    ““From the Cubs perspective, it was a “no brainer”…zero WS in 100+ years.”

    This really is the key. The Cubbies have a great team this year, and it’s worth maybe hurting yourself in the future to get a massive monkey off of the organization’s back.

    Aye Melky!”

    Agreed. I wouldn’t want the Yankees to sell the farm to WIN NOW, but the Brewers and DEFINITELY the Cubs are in a position to play WIN NOW baseball.

  464. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    That was a PATHETIC effort by Melky. Who cares if Damon and Matsui are out? At least Christian can get a bunt down against a good pitcher. Melky could have only messed that up more if he hit into a DP after instead of K’ing on a horrible pitch for the 3rd straight time.

  465. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Melky can bunt. He just missed it there.

  466. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    When are the Cubs going to make an offer for Carl Pavano?

    You know they’re eventually going to need him to fill out the foursome when Prior, Woods, and Harden are all rehabbing something.

  467. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    If Brett hits, I’m sure that Girardi will put him at the top of the order. The fact is that he’s drawn nary a walk and has three major league hits.

    So I can hardly blame Girardi.

  468. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    :I mean, we could bat the kid hitting .136 leadoff. Or Jose Molina.

    Or A-Rod.”

    How about somebody who can move the runners over?

  469. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Actually, Kerry Wood is currently striking out like 20 men/9 as the closer, and Prior’s a Padre.

  470. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Ugh. Not again.

  471. EY July 8th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Captain Clutch –> Captain DP

  472. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Guess Jeter had to do that cos he had a clutch hit earlier. Bah.

  473. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Thats not a rehabbing foursome. Thats the US representative team for the Darwin Awards at the Beijing Olympics.

  474. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Dang it Jetes…

  475. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I see that Jeter is still the Captain of DPs.

  476. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    That was a TERRIBLE inning. You can’t miss a chance like that. Melky’s failed bunt set up the DP, but Jeter had a great at bat before it also and almost got it in the hole. Melky is terrible. His AB cost us a run there, maybe 2 if the infield is pulled in.

    Batting your worst hitter 1st, and not only your worst hitter, but he’s WAY worse vs LHP, is idiotic at best.

  477. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    “I mean, we could bat the kid hitting .136 leadoff. Or Jose Molina.

    Or A-Rod.”

    How about somebody who can move the runners over?”

    Who, Jeter? Jeter’s allergic to hitting leadoff.

  478. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    So you’re saying they have to get Prior back too. Gotcha.

  479. Buzz July 8th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    “July 8th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    MELKY IS DEAD, how about you look at the links Pete posts and look at what Melky has done off Kazmir? Unfortunately Melky can’t bat for all 9 hitters today.”

    Hmm perfect game, 27 up 27 down on strikeouts

  480. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    That’s probably a 2 run single if Melky actually does his job.

    Unbelievable.

  481. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Also, does it make sense to PLAN for your leadoff man to be moving the 8 and 9 batters? I mean, if you get your 8 and 9 batters on, that’s not an occurence that you’ve counted on.

  482. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    DP Jeter

  483. tim boat July 8th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Is a couple of games without a Jeter DP too much to ask????? What is the record for GIDP’s in a season?

  484. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    100 years exact for the Cubbies…1908.

    And those are Harden’s IP for his career (UGLY) except a “cup-of-coffee” in 2003.
    Something tells me the A’s GM will be looking good wothin a year or two…once again.
    Damn…Yanks have Kazmir’s PC really high but runs???

  485. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Instead of thinking like 4 year olds and looking at the last at bat of the inning and just that outcome, let’s look at the entire game… They got Kazmir to 97 pitches in 5 innings while scoring 2 runs. I would consider that a huge success considering he has owned them in the past and this game looks extremely winnable. The negatives in this game are microscopic compared to the positives.

  486. V July 8th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Melky will come around. He is a young Bernie.

  487. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I’m cautiously optimistic that Wood will be able to overcome his shoulder woes by limiting his workload. So far, so good.

  488. Deiter July 8th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    I’m sick of watching Melky. He stinks something bad.

  489. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Melky’s .214 average vs. lefties is still miles above Gardner’s .136 overall average.

    Honestly, I hope Brett hits too. But I’d rather see Melky hitting leadoff than Brett at this point.

    Brett has, to be blunt, sucked. Now, he’s hit some balls hard, and I’m hoping he stops sucking. But he hasn’t earned much more than the 9 hole.

    Melky has a whole lot more of a resume than Gardner.

  490. Buzz July 8th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    you cant have a CF battling .240 with little pop something ahs to be done

  491. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    But they should have 3 or 4 runs now! Tampa is not a last place team, you NEED to tack on runs while you can! Pettitte is throwing a shutout, but you can’t rely on a shutout to win a game! This offense needs to put the hammer on a guy and finish him off while he’s on the ropes.

    We have been held to 2 or fewer runs 7 of the last 10 games. They have won only 4 of those 10, and 2 of the 7. They are where they are because of their offense, you can’t win when your pitching has to be perfect every time out.

  492. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    A qualification for an effective lead off man would include the ability to bunt and giving yourself up to move the runners over, no?

  493. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Robbie’s having himself a game!

  494. EY July 8th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Amazing job by Andy.

  495. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    “Instead of thinking like 4 year olds and looking at the last at bat of the inning and just that outcome, let’s look at the entire game…”

    So I can’t have ice cream before dinner? Awwwwwwww.

  496. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Robby Cano is a hell of a second baseman. Lackadaisical play or not, he’s the best we’ve had in a long time. How good was Mariano Duncan? I didn’t see him play in person.

  497. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Someone else-The Cubs got Harden whose 26 and Gaudin whose 25, so they didn’t mortgage their future.

  498. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    It’s debatable what Melky can offer to this team… He’s a plus defensively – but is that defense replaceable? His offense is horrible and I honestly don’t seem him turning any corners. Batting him 1st is a horrible mistake IMO. Gardner hasn’t proven himself either.

    Moving Jeter to leadoff makes the most sense and inserting Cano as #2 (or vice versa) seems a better fit IMO.

  499. Buzz July 8th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Jeter has lost most of his speed he doesnt bother to steal now and he doesnt beat out any DP

  500. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    “A qualification for an effective lead off man would include the ability to bunt and giving yourself up to move the runners over, no?”

    Um, I’m thinking that given that the leadoff man gets the most ABs of anyone on the team, GETTING ON BASE ranks far above the criterion you just mentioned.

    Melky’s been quite awful at that in this game, granted.

    Guys, we lost Johnny Damon. He was the only thing resembling a leadoff man on this team. Hank’s right; there’s only so much you can do to make up for big injuries.

  501. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Robbie has been amazing. Also Andy? Hello! Great job so far tonight..
    A few more runs would be nice though..

  502. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    “July 8th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Melky’s .214 average vs. lefties is still miles above Gardner’s .136 overall average.”

    Since Gardners debut Melky has 0 runs and 1 RBI.

    Gardner has 4 runs and 3 RBI.

    21 ABs, Gardner has been better.

  503. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    “So I can’t have ice cream before dinner? Awwwwwwww.”

    Haha, I lol’ed.

  504. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Twins extend lead to 4-1, top of the 7th!!

  505. V July 8th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Dont give up on Melky. He’s young and he will only get better.

  506. Moe July 8th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Jim Rice has the record with 36 in 1984

  507. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    “Dont give up on Melky. He’s young and he will only get better.”

    Not to mention, as streaky as he is, he will only get hotter at some point this year. Of course, he’ll follow that with a cold streak, but that seems to be Melky Cabrera.

  508. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    CC is already pitching for the Brew crew.

  509. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Just thinking: If a hitter is the most likely guy in baseball to give you two outs, how could he possibly be the “most feared” hitter in baseball at the same time?

  510. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Are we buyers or sellers?? Oakland gives up their wild card spot tonight. Yankees need a starter-Wang ,Hughes not back soon. By the time the Yankees decide if they’re in this race all the good pitchers will be gone.

  511. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I wonder if this is exactly how fans sounded during the Mantle/Maris HR chase.

    Sheesh.

  512. GreenBeret7 July 8th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Mariano Duncan as a second baseman was a pretty good hitter.

  513. Pedro July 8th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    At least somebody on this team can hit a fastball.

  514. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Yankee Trader: We’re buyers if the right deal presents itself.

    Credit to Iwamura for that fielding.

  515. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Hey! Wilson made contact!

  516. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Mantle? Maris? Melky? What?

  517. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Was Posada even running on that ball Betemit just hit? He could have beaten that if he didn’t do a slow jog to 2nd assuming it was going to get through and gotten Cano up with some runners on while he’s hot.

  518. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Weak hitting team.
    whodda thunk it?

  519. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Oakland seems like its a revolving door for pitching. They get good pitching and then they let it go to free agency or trade it. I’ve read Moneyball and I’m not sure what Billy Beane hopes to accomplish by constantly doing that, to be honest. It hasn’t gotten him anywhere, so far.

  520. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    “Oakland seems like its a revolving door for pitching. They get good pitching and then they let it go to free agency or trade it. I’ve read Moneyball and I’m not sure what Billy Beane hopes to accomplish by constantly doing that, to be honest. It hasn’t gotten him anywhere, so far.”

    He hopes to:

    A) Keep the team in contention with a cheap roster, and thus keep fannies in the seats.

    B) Get lucky and win a championship once in a while.

    He’s still working on B. A’s going quite well.

  521. Astoria John July 8th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I was also thinking that jorge was walking to second, so I rewound on the tivo and he indeed was chugging hard but pulled up when the ball was about to hit the 2nd baseman’s glove. but that TV angle made it look like jorge was doing tai chi on the basepaths.

  522. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Holy crap. That was a HUGE jump.

    Bear down, Andy.

  523. Astoria John July 8th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    if i may rebecca:
    *ahem*

    andy
    strikezone
    find it

  524. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    It just doesn’t seem like A is a recipe for B, Ron.

  525. Max July 8th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    When A-Rod looks at the Rays uniform shirts he hums Madonna’s “Ray of Light” tune to himself.

  526. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    come on Andy

  527. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    “It just doesn’t seem like A is a recipe for B, Ron.”

    It isn’t, really. But luck could make it that.

    Nice K!

  528. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Longoria did not look like such a stud there.

  529. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    When A-Rod looks at the Rays uniform shirts he hums Madonna’s “Ray of Light” tune to himself.

    Yes ofcourse that must be it, we can’t tip our cap to Tampa’s pitching there has to be something wrong :roll:

  530. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    If he gets Dioner, is this it for Andy?

    Andy just saved a run.

  531. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    If he gets Dioner, is this it for Andy?

    Yup

  532. Jeff NJ July 8th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Jeter was gunshy to make that throw after the wild similar one the other night. Andy wanted him to throw it, guess Andy trusts Jeter more than Jeter trusts himself at this point.

  533. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 12) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Thank God that wasn’t to the right

  534. Matt July 8th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    WHAT A PLAY by Jeter! HUGE!

  535. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    GREAT Yankee D tonight!!!

  536. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Boy. DP aside, Jeter’s been huge in this game!

  537. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    ….Wow. Holy….

    This is the Andy Pettitte start I love.

  538. EY July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Nice Captain!

  539. Jeff NJ July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Jeter again with the play! SJ44, Lupica and others, the captain has a message for you, don’t count him out.

  540. Gee July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    who is trashing jeters range now??

  541. Pedro July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Wow, great play by the captain.

  542. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    NICE! Way to go, Jeter.

  543. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Impressive, but how good are these Rays, really? They don’t have lots of All-Stars.

  544. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Captain intangibles!

  545. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Seriously this is his best game of the season, aside from the DP.

  546. Astoria John July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Tomorrow morning Andy will be humming to himself while brushing his teeth:
    Last night a DJ saved my life with a throw…….

  547. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Nice job Andy!

  548. YankeeJosh July 8th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Holy…I did not think Jeter would make that play! Great effort and throw by the Captain!

  549. tim boat July 8th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Jeter makes up for clunking that easy DP in the 1st inning of Andy’s last start.

  550. Hamel-ian July 8th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Hey GreenBeret, see, taking your normal approach at the plate and getting Kazmir out after 5 innings is the way to go. Where were all the great bunts from the Yankee batters???

  551. tim boat July 8th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    That’s a pretty stupid comment Nick.

    Everyone knows all star selections are a joke.

  552. Vighor July 8th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Now who will accuse Pettitte of showing off? LOL

  553. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Where are the DEFEATEST who love to tear us down, every time we’re down?

    Where are they?

    Gutless, whiners!!

  554. JoeT 28 in 09!! VOTE GIAMBI - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    i’m watching the game and continuously voting for Giambi – Longoria is apparently winning so that needs to change!

  555. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Jeter seems like…Jeter today

  556. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Robi deserves some props on that one he had to stretch for it

  557. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    :’(

  558. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Given that I so often criticize the umpires, I must acknowledge a very good effort thus far by Doug Eddings.

  559. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    hmm… Pettitte going for a CG ?

  560. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Pettitte back out for the 8th.

    One of his better games thus far.

  561. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Andy out for the 8th? With the bullpen working, I hope.

    It’s a good thing Andy’s been so outstanding, because the offense looks as terrible as usual.

  562. pat July 8th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Bold move, Andy for the 8th.

  563. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Ian Kennedy still hasn’t earned anything
    4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s
    PT/S: 84-50

  564. AlbanyYankee July 8th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I am rooting like hell for Brett Gardner, but I’m starting to worry that he may not have enough power to get the ball into the outfield on the fly. I hope Kevin Long can get him to use his lower body in his at bats and not just in batting practice, because things sure do not look good right now.

    That said, let’s go Andy!!!!!

  565. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Gomes is truly a lost cause. He can’t even mash Andy anymore.

  566. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Andy out for more?
    2 more Andy

  567. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    “Ian Kennedy still hasn’t earned anything
    4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s
    PT/S: 84-50

    They need to keep him down there as long as it takes. If that’s all season, so be it. He will get eaten alive in the majors unless he has great command. It’s not that complicated.

    If Sir Sidney keeps getting blasted, call on McCutchen. But I don’t want to see Ian anytime soon. I think the Yankees are thinking the same thing.

  568. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    oh crap, its Karl

  569. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Not a good outing for Ian..

  570. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Edwar Gonzalez hit HR #7
    Austin Jackson has 2 hits and an RBI
    Jason Jones doing what he has done all season

    Get Rudy’s a** out of the stadium

  571. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Andy’s best game of the year, yes?

  572. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Just got back from the gym and started to watch the game. Found myself enjoying it much more than usual. Of course, the Yanks have the lead and Andy is looking sharp, good D and then it hit me, what is making this telecast so enjoyable: NO MICHAEL KAY!!!!!

  573. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Twin extend lead 5-2 – bottom of the 8th!

  574. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Jason Jones could be a Jon Lieber lite-type pitcher.

  575. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Fantastic job tonight Andy!

  576. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Kennedy will not have a career as an MLB starter.

    We all believed our own propaganda last winter.

  577. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    114 pitches … I dunno – I can see the CG shutout bid, but is it worth it? I know the ASB is coming up, but Pettitte has one more game before the break. Mo time?

  578. john habyan July 8th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    we need about 50 more games like this. but this is a good start

  579. The Fallen Phoenix July 8th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    It’s never been Jeter’s range to his right which has been an issue, but his range to his left. He’s an average- to above-average shortstop in the hole because he’s had a good arm, but it’s always been the balls up the middle that kill him.

    That said, Jeter’s having a great game, on both sides of the ball. Which, as a Yankee fan, I could never, ever complain about.

  580. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    This is the Andy I’ve loved for years.
    Please Mo, no theatrics tonight!

  581. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Off topic – but did anyone ever get a response to the emails sent to ESPN about the incident of filming in the dugout on Sunday night?

  582. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Andy is amazing

  583. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Jason Jones went 6 IP allowed no runs 5 hits 4 K’s
    GO/AO 11-3

    Melancon might pitch tonight :D

  584. sw July 8th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Great game from Andy. ERA back under 4 again.

  585. JEROME MANHATTAN PTRS 08 July 8th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    So this is supposed to be the “Big Bad Scary 1st Place RAYS”??

    ;-)

    ( jesting of course…)

  586. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    114 pitches … I dunno – I can see the CG shutout bid

    Tony Paige would release a tear :(

  587. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    I think you’re wrong Vrsce – IPK will have a career – Cash will give him the full benefit of the doubt in 2009 – if he doesn’t pan out after 2009 or 2010, I’m sure he could have a solid career in the NL. By then Brackman/Sanchez should be knocking… perhaps MacAllister and Betances as well.

  588. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    eats crow

  589. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Let’s see Brett do that, eh?

  590. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Melky is a STUD!!!

  591. pat July 8th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Melky goes Yard!

  592. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Uhm, Melky haters…eat crow!

  593. jay destro July 8th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    oh hey melky showed up finally

  594. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Guess Melky was sick of striking out

  595. Jeff NJ July 8th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    the melk man delivers.

  596. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I told you have faith in Melky. I told you all.

  597. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    He’s like a young Melky Cabrera!

  598. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Nice to see Big Game Andy Pettitte again.

  599. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Oh that’s just a bad pitch, by Glover.

    I hope Melky starts working better ABs and there’s another cookie

  600. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    “We all believed our own propaganda last winter.”

    It’s no sure thing, especially without a major attitude adjustment.

    But he could be Paul Byrd.

  601. EY July 8th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    HUGE insurance run by Melky. I forgive you for your 3Ks. Captain with another hit. Keep the insurance runs coming.

  602. The Fallen Phoenix July 8th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    And…wow, I can’t believe how quickly people are giving up on Kennedy. He’s working his way back from an injury. Oh, did I also mention he’s in his second professional season?

    Jeter took three full years in the minors before he made the big leagues, and he actually got off to a pretty rocky start. Kennedy had a dominant first professional season across three levels, and then had three great starts in September.

    Sample sizes are a concern, of course, and Jeter was admittedly drafted out of high school, and Kennedy, college.

    But the abilities that allowed Kennedy to dominate the minors last year didn’t just disappear overnight. It might never translate into a major-league ace (I don’t think anyone ever expected it to), but to say Kennedy can never have any success in the majors?

  603. Hamel-ian July 8th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    GreenBeret, you must be disappointed that Melky didn’t try to bunt for a hit there. Instead, he just hit a selfish homerun. And look at Jeter with that single. Why didn’t he just bunt for a hit since that is so much easier??

  604. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Melky – honestly – I don’t know what to make of ya dude.

  605. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Any chance Pettitte for a CG?

  606. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Ha ha.

    Now the Melky supporters will jump all over this and say that his solo shot tonight makes up for his .220 BA for 2-1/2 months.

  607. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    who said bat Melky fourth?? lol

  608. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    This is payback for all the times Glover has shut us down.

  609. Global Warming July 8th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    “Let’s see Brett do that, eh?”

    Gardner still has produced more at the plate since his recent callup.

  610. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Bobby roll the wrists he’s leaving it down the middle

  611. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Have faith in Melky? Even Betemit hits homerun once in a while. Melky struck out what? 3 times before that?

  612. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Gardner won’t hit 10 homers in 10 years.

  613. GreenBeret7 July 8th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Hamel, you’re correct. Nothing wears out a pitcher like everyone striking out.

  614. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    WTH, surely this team has enough room for Melky AND Gardner to help it out? Geez.

  615. Aaron(Only person in this blog who is NOT obsessed w. Gardner) July 8th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    YAAAAAAA MELKY!

  616. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I dunno – a CG for Pettitte means hitting the 125 pitch threshold. ASB coming up, but I believe Pettitte has another start before that. I don’t want a gassed Pettitte in the next start…

  617. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    HUGE insurance run by Melky. I forgive you for your 3Ks. Captain with another hit. Keep the insurance runs coming.

    You do know that relief pitcher is throwing it down the middle right ?

  618. randy l July 8th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    …sometimes the ball hits the bat.

  619. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I’m a troll, I’m a big fat troll. I’m a troll, la dee da dee da. I’m a troll, blah de blah de blah blah. I’m a troll, don’t listen to my postssssss!!!!

  620. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!’s here}
    July 8th, 2008 at 9:29 pm
    WTH, surely this team has enough room for Melky AND Gardner to help it out? Geez.

    —————————-
    First they have to get rid of Moeller or Hawkins…

  621. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    So what if he’s throwing it down the middle? Melky hit a HR! when this team needs all the runs it can get…dang, give the kid a break.

  622. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Wow, this is just like old times!

    Shut down pitching, timely hitting…

  623. EY July 8th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Nice hit Abreu

  624. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Now THAT was an Abreu AB.

    I mean, it is Gary Glover, but you take them where you can.

  625. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    still counts on the scoreboard brandon lol

  626. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Nothing helps the BA like a Batting Cage/Meatball Pitcher.

  627. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Wow! Nice!

  628. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    …sometimes the ball hits the bat.

    And sometimes there are just cookie throwers :lol:

  629. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    HR Manny.

  630. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Sweet at bat.

  631. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Moeller and Hawkins are the least of this teams problems though.

  632. the bure July 8th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Manny with a clutch bomb.

  633. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    “Gardner still has produced more at the plate since his recent callup.”

    I was being at least partially sarcastic.

    And Melky’s season averages mean more to me than some runners scored when he reached on a fielder’s choice.

  634. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Glover Shmover – this is the Yanks of old… beat down the starting pitcher and get to the bullpen and lay waste to them. Hoepfully, they can continue this trend for the rest of the year.

  635. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks sunny615. I didn’t know his pitch count. Better go to the pen, especially with this little cushion.

  636. Tint July 8th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    A-Rod is hitting a blast right here. You heard it here first.

  637. Jeff NJ July 8th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    There goes the save situation, but I’ll take a win over the greatest-ever-team-with-only-a-paltry-two-all-stars on it.

  638. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    So what if he’s throwing it down the middle? Melky hit a HR! when this team needs all the runs it can get…dang, give the kid a break.

    He struck out 3 times and couldn’t execute a bunt, that HR is what he doesn’t need, because now tomorrow knowing him he’ll swing for the fence vs better pitching and pop out more.

  639. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Melky should feel bad because it was a pitch down the middle?

  640. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Melky has hit HRs against CC, Halladay & Papelbon this season.

    Give Melky a meatball and he’ll eat it all up!

  641. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    A-Rod is hitting a blast right here. You heard it here first.

    doubt it 4-0 he’s on auto pilot

  642. A-nother meaningless homerun by -rod July 8th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Support my name a-rod

  643. Fran July 8th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Wonder if Edwar or Mo will pitch the 9th since it is not a save situation now.

  644. Hamel-ian July 8th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Kazmir reached his pitch count after 5 innings. That means the Yankee approach worked at getting him out early. And that approach did not include dumb bunts which would make for really short at-bats – even shorter than those strikeouts which you look down upon so much.

  645. rconn23 July 8th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Minnesota’s bullpen outside of Nathan sucks. That moron couldn’t habve thrown a fatter pitch to Ramirez.

  646. MrMulligan July 8th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Minnesota is worse than TB out of The Dome..5-5 still Bottom 8.

  647. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Melky vs. Gardy in a steel cage death match. Winner gets unanimous adulation from LoHud posters. Loser has to trim Michael Kay’s back hair.

  648. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    sunny615

    You are absolutely right.

  649. YankeeVIP July 8th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    does anybody else think jeter is hurting…

    on the dp ball he hit earlier.. he looked real slow running to 1st (didnt even make it a close play) and just know after sliding into home. he just sat there and put his head down.

    hope that quad isnt acting up again, and that he was just winded from running from 1st.

  650. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I would guess Edwar since Mo worked the last two Boston games – going 2 innings in the last one.

  651. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Brandon,

    Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.
    I don’t think Melky is on par with Torii Hunter or Sizemore or a number of other CFs out there but he’s what we got right now, so enjoy the HR today.

  652. the bure July 8th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Sox winning.

  653. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Go away Brandon. Melky hits a homer and you criticize him.

  654. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Well, that was hit hard.

  655. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    damn you twinkies

  656. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    We should have known the Twins would choke

  657. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Why does a mediocrity like Matt Guerrier get to pitch the 8th inning for the Twins?

  658. MoBoy(aka McLovin) July 8th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Pettitte should finsh the game Ponson pitching tomorrow.

    Thats the problem with the rotation.You get a gem like Pettitte then Ponson.You get a good Mussina then the crappy Rasner.

    If you can get a another starter then you can go on a good streak.

  659. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    There’s just no pleasing some people. Can’t you just enjoy the homerun? And if he missed a meatball down the middle, what then? Sheesh. This is a good game so far. Relax.

  660. Whiff (Cano's bat) July 8th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Interesting line for Kennedy. Looks like he is having confidence issues and needs to understand his selection of pitches.

    He can look at Mussina and not waste an entire career of trying to learn how to pitch.

  661. Pat G July 8th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks go out to the Twins bullpen for failing two nights in a row. Awesome job, you imbeciles.

  662. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I’m a troll, I’m a big fat troll. I’m a troll, la dee da dee da. I’m a troll, blah de blah de blah blah. I’m a troll, don’t listen to my postssssss!!!!

  663. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    VIP – I thought Jeter has been hurting since his pulled hammy and still isn’t completely healed. I wish he’d take a pass on the AS game and heal, but considering it’s at Yankee Stadium in it’s last year, it would be VERY difficult to pass that up.

  664. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Hamel-ian – you mean by striking out 9 times in 5 innings??

  665. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    It would be nice to get another guy to fill in for Rasner or Ponson. McCutchen could be that guy. The risk with a trade, now that Sabathia is gone, is that the dude you acquire isn’t any better than Rasner.

  666. pat July 8th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Looked like Jeter was slow to get up after his slide into home.

  667. DOC July 8th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    “Dry humped”? Maybe, but I think another term would be “jerked off.” Just ask David Cone.

  668. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    No complaints about the ABs by Cano tonight.

  669. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Go away Brandon. Melky hits a homer and you criticize him.

    What the hell are you talking about, I like Melky, I criticize everyone equally. Who you think started that

    MELKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :D

    I just hate seeing him try to be a hitter he’s not, ex. a HR hitter a power slugger that’s not what he is, he was suppose to be like Navarro a pray hitter and he’s suppose to know how to get a bunt down, when he first came up he had some good patience at the plate now he’s swinging for the upper decks ask yourself Melky chasing 3 balls outside the strike zone for strike instead of taking it as a leadoff hitter was that productive before the gimme HR ?

  670. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    spray *

  671. TKinDC July 8th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Suzyn Waldman thinks it is a good idea for the Yanks to get on a streak before the break.

    Does she cash her paycheck? This is analysis?

  672. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I’m way late on this, and have tried to counsel coolness on this topic, but I’ve gotta…

    Gardner sure can run, but he can’t trot.

  673. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Pete: Dry hump? Really?

  674. Hamel-ian July 8th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    The Yankee batters forced Kazmir to throw 97 pitches in 5 innings.

    GreenBeret was suggesting that they should bunt like crazy on Kazmir, but that would mean easy outs and a low pitch count, which keeps kazmir in the game for 7 innings probably. That’s a dumb strategy. I said they should work the count and get him out of the game after 5 innings. And that’s exactly what they did.

  675. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    BRANDON – DO NOT FEED THE IDIOT. STOP RESPONDING TO HIM. HOW DIFFICULT IS THIS???!!!!?!!!?

    “I’m a troll, I’m a big fat troll. I’m a troll, la dee da dee da. I’m a troll, blah de blah de blah blah. I’m a troll, don’t listen to my postssssss!!!”

  676. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    wow – good job cano

  677. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    No complaints about the ABs by Cano tonight.

    None, he’s been solid all night.

  678. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    What a fantastic AB.

    The power is coming.

    Robby’s back.

  679. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Nice AB, Robbie. Finally got a pitch he liked.

  680. blackdragon905 July 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    great at bat by cano!!!

  681. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Great AB by Robbie. Looks like he’s finally figured out how to turn things around.

  682. Fran July 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Great at bat by Robbie.

  683. TKinDC July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    wtg ROBBIE!!!!!

    Big second half coming from Mister Cano!!!

  684. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I think that Robbie has gotten his act together. He’ll be good here on out.

  685. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Um…Meachem?

  686. Whaddayoknow ROBBY CANO !!tPTRS 08 July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Fair to say that Robbie has finally arrived for the 08 tour of duty??

  687. Mark (Brett has arrived) July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Is there any reason Meachum sends every runner?

  688. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    DAMN YOU MEECHEM I WANTED TO SEE BRETT :x

  689. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Awesome at bat from Robbie! 5-0. Very nice

  690. Scorpio July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    OMG, why would they send Posada home?

  691. A-nother meaningless homerun by -rod July 8th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Jorge you had the right idea.. not

  692. Chuck Norris July 8th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    ……obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent information……

  693. Pedro July 8th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Worst 3rd base coach ever.

  694. Mike Mineo July 8th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    haha that was probably the worst decision i’ve seen from a third base coach all year

    people would be calling for his head immediately if we weren’t winning

  695. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Meachum..um..yeah..what are ya doing?

  696. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Gardner sure can run, but he can’t trot.

    This team needs to do a better job of manufacturing runs. Gardner does a better job of that than Melky does.

  697. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    MEACHUM MUST GO!

  698. A-nother meaningless homerun by -rod July 8th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Punto putting a great a bat agaisnt the wierdo

  699. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Hey Meachum – here’s a clue: Posada is not as fast as Gardner you idiot.

  700. LC July 8th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Pete, I really wish you’d 86 the “No range, huh?”-type posts. They’re dumb and offer no insight. If A Rod one day hits a game-winning HOUR in the postseason, it’s going to pain me to check this blog.

  701. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    They were sick of the inning and want the game over.

  702. EY July 8th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Why did they send Jorge? I know we’re up 5-0, but no matter how big the lead is, you don’t give out free outs. Can we get Larry Bowa back, please???

  703. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Scrap Punto! Scrap with every fiber of your mediocrity!

  704. Joe from Long Island July 8th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I’m going to say something heretical….

    Move Robbie up in the order.

    Say, 3rd, with ARod behind him. As Robbie has improved his batting eye lately, he’s had longer, better ABs, as seen just now. And with the better hitter, ARod, batting behind him, instead of slumping Melky, if can continue showing even a modicum of plate discipline, he should get better pitches to hit.

    I know this goes against conventional wisdom, but sometimes you have to think outside the box.

  705. Chris NY July 8th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Seriously, a little too aggressive our 3B coach….. Understatement of the year.

  706. Mop Up Man July 8th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    “Dry hump”

    Disgusting.

  707. Vrsce July 8th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    LC

    L(ittle minded) C(ensor)?

  708. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    You forget the amazingly poor judgment of Luis “Send ‘em” Sojo. That was bad too.

    Bowa spoiled us.

  709. V July 8th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Double for Punto.

  710. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Every time A-Rod catches a pop up, Jeter teases him. LOL!

  711. A-nother meaningless homerun by -rod July 8th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Yea PUnto.. Palpelpn blowing another one?

  712. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    The Twins stink!!

  713. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Punto just scrapped and gritted and whited his way to a leadoff double.

    Let’s see those obscene numbers with RISP, Twinkies.

  714. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Joe from LI –

    I think what caused Cano to go into his prolonged slump from the beginning of the season as being moved up in the batting order.

    Right now, I’d leave well enough alone.

  715. The Fallen Phoenix July 8th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    “Dry hump” is almost as good a baseball term as “dirt bag,” in my opinion.

  716. TKinDC July 8th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Meachum is perfectly positioned for a Steinbrenner hissy-fit.

    We can blame CMW’s injury on him too – he’ll go on the wall next to so many other hapless coaches in the collection.

  717. A-nother meaningless homerun by -rod July 8th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Omg Kubel???? Do something nice

  718. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Come on Papsmear-blow it

  719. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    K-RAM !

  720. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    That’s how you build off of Sunday’s extra inning win, by winning like that tonight.

  721. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Nice win!

  722. VT Yankeefan July 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Ok a quick poll. Will Meachem make it through the entire season as 3B coach?

  723. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I’m not sure I can agree with the metaphor in Pete’s 9:39 update. But I like the win!

  724. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Papelbon chokes again.

  725. BBFan July 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    You know what was the best signing of the off season other than Mo? Molina.

  726. canocabrera July 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Excellent game, great game by Robinson too :)

  727. sunny615 July 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Hank should send Bowa a mil to get him back. Meachum is horrible.

  728. PJH July 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I hope

  729. Laura - Say No to the Tampa Bay Goon Squad! July 8th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Did you see Jeter holding the back of his legs when he was walking? I’m tellin’ you, he’s still injured!!

  730. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Casilla has to get him in here!!

  731. Someone Else July 8th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Man, some GIFT calls for Papelbon.

  732. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Well said, Rebecca.

  733. YankeeJosh July 8th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Joe,

    I agree with the sentiment. Even if it’s not up to 3, there is no way Cano should ever be batting behind Betemit. I know it was geared for the lefty righty split in the line-up, but Betemit is terrible as a righty. When he’s on, Cano can hit lefties or anybody. And I’m not a huge Cano fan.

  734. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    “Double for Punto.”

    Tremendous AB Punto. Fouled off 7 2-2 pithes. Crisp played a single into a double w/an ill advised dive. Kubel just whiffed. 2 down tying run at 3rd.

  735. Fran July 8th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Really good game by the Yanks tonight. Got clutch hits and Andy was fantastic.

  736. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Can we win tomorrow with Sir Sidney? That will be the question..

    Ugh twinkies..come on.

  737. 27 this year July 8th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Hard to get on a win streak. Maybe we catch a break. I think the only way we win tomorrow is with the offense blowing up and putting crooked numbers. Ponson will screw us all!

  738. BBFan July 8th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    “Will Meachem make it through the entire season as 3B coach?”

    Yes.
    Next year it will be Randolf.

  739. Brian M July 8th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    GIven our depth in the minors I think we could have rolled the dice on Harden. The Cubs deal was built around almost league ready RHP and a projectable catcher. Those are the two areas in which our system is deepest. Seems to me for the potential upside of Harden (and I mean even if he is out for two months but can take the hill in Sept. I’d settle for that) it was worth the risk.

    Would we really miss a few from this group?

    Any 3 pitchers from Horne, Cox, Claggett, Aceves, McCutchen, Pope, Jackson, Britton, White, Marquez, Karstens, Rasner, Giese, Ohlendorf, Whelan, McAllister, Coke or Heredia? (this talent is comparable to the Chicago deal – not top prospects but all with a good shot at contributing and a few who will end up being regulars)

    Any catcher from Cervelli, Romine, Anson (again good players – not chumps making up the numbers)

    Seriously imagine our system without three of those pitchers and one of the catchers. Still a deep system eh? One hell of a rotation eh? Thought so.

    We need to stop collecting RHP and start making use of the depth. We will loose some to rule 5 draft every yr if we don’t start to deal a few. Depth is important, building the system is the way to go. But we need the guts to pull the trigger when needed. Cashman said a couple of yrs ago you can’t fall in love with your prospects too much. Hope he remembers it.

  740. Doreen July 8th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Rebecca -

    For once, an off day after a win didn’t hurt them.

  741. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    ugh…. oh well, still picked up one on the Rays

  742. the bure July 8th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Thx, Yankees for taking care of the Rays for us. LOL. SWEET !

  743. EY July 8th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Great win!

    No thanks to twinkie chokers for laying down to boston though…worthless.

  744. m4rk6 July 8th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    How many runners has Meacham had thrown out at the plate?

  745. bphill July 8th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Ok now lets keep going don’t look back guys.

  746. Yankee Trader July 8th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    cc a little shaky 5 walks. Does he want it written as CC, C.C., c.c., or just plain cc ?!!!!!

  747. Someone Else July 8th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Brian M – Gallagher is worth more than any Yankees prospect not named Hughes or Chamberlain. The Yankees were not getting Harden without including Hughes.

  748. Oscar-Sox fan July 8th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Got to thank the Yanks for winning tonight. Only 3 back!
    Go Sox!

  749. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 8th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks Ron.

  750. pat July 8th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Good win and the shut-out was a nice touch.

  751. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Yes.
    Next year it will be Randolf.

    What are you kidding me he was worse, tell me he wasn’t !

    As for Meech when I made that comment it was because it took an AB away from Brett, it looks like 6-0 they wanted to end the game right there. No biggy, Meech has been actually really really good this season at 3B, and people haven’t given him enough credit for the success rate.

  752. Ron July 8th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    “GIven our depth in the minors I think we could have rolled the dice on Harden. The Cubs deal was built around almost league ready RHP and a projectable catcher. Those are the two areas in which our system is deepest. Seems to me for the potential upside of Harden (and I mean even if he is out for two months but can take the hill in Sept. I’d settle for that) it was worth the risk.

    Would we really miss a few from this group?

    Any 3 pitchers from Horne, Cox, Claggett, Aceves, McCutchen, Pope, Jackson, Britton, White, Marquez, Karstens, Rasner, Giese, Ohlendorf, Whelan, McAllister, Coke or Heredia? (this talent is comparable to the Chicago deal – not top prospects but all with a good shot at contributing and a few who will end up being regulars)

    Any catcher from Cervelli, Romine, Anson (again good players – not chumps making up the numbers)

    Seriously imagine our system without three of those pitchers and one of the catchers. Still a deep system eh? One hell of a rotation eh? Thought so.

    We need to stop collecting RHP and start making use of the depth. We will loose some to rule 5 draft every yr if we don’t start to deal a few. Depth is important, building the system is the way to go. But we need the guts to pull the trigger when needed. Cashman said a couple of yrs ago you can’t fall in love with your prospects too much. Hope he remembers it.”

    What about the .800 career OPS outfielder and potential 15/30 guy in Eric Patterson?

  753. rconn23 July 8th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    The Twins are a fraud. Terrible middle relief.

    You got to hope that the Rays crack, other than that the Yankees have no shot of making the playoffs.

  754. Vighor July 8th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    “Dry hump” sounds like something A-Rod does with a certain aging superstar! LOL

  755. Fran July 8th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    And the bullpen is well rested for tomorrow. With Ponson pitching don’t know what you’ll get.

  756. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    “Brian M – Gallagher is worth more than any Yankees prospect not named Hughes or Chamberlain. The Yankees were not getting Harden without including Hughes.”

    This is true. Murton is a decent eveyday outfielder. Patterson is probably going to be one of those guys who will get 300-350 AB’s a season and provide some speed. Don’t know much about the catcher.

  757. Mop Up Man July 8th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    “Dry hump” is filthy and not website appropriate. Try explaining that one to your kids. Come on, Pete.

    Nice win. Does Melky now go 0 for his next 32 and bat leadoff every game?

  758. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Actually, the Twins do have some decent middle relief. Bafflingly, Gardenhire just didn’t use them in either game.

  759. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Brian M

    CB
    July 8th, 2008 at 12:09 pm
    Here’s Harden’s injury history since he was called up to the majors in 2005. It’s really astonishing:

    Date Transaction
    May 11, 2008 Recalled from minors rehab
    May 11, 2008 Removed from 15-day DL
    May 01, 2008 Sent to minors for rehabilitation
    April 10, 2008 Placed on 15-day DL (Right shoulder strain)
    October 08, 2008 Removed from 60-day DL
    August 22, 2007 Transferred to 60-day DL
    July 12, 2007 Placed on 15-day DL (Strained right shoulder)
    July 12, 2007 Placed on 15-day DL (Strained right shoulder)
    June 22, 2007 Recalled from minors rehab
    June 22, 2007 Removed from 15-day DL
    June 20, 2007 Sent to minors for rehabilitation
    April 23, 2007 Placed on 15-day DL (Right shoulder strain)
    September 21, 2006 Removed from 15-day DL
    June 08, 2006 Placed on 15-day DL (Ligament sprain, right elbow)
    June 04, 2006 Recalled from minors rehab
    June 04, 2006 Removed from 15-day DL
    May 31, 2006 Sent to minors for rehabilitation
    April 28, 2006 Placed on 15-day DL (Strained back muscle, out 3-6)
    June 21, 2005 Recalled from minors rehab
    June 21, 2005 Removed from 15-day DL
    June 17, 2005 Sent to minors for rehabilitation
    May 15, 2005 Placed on 15-day DL (Strained left oblique)
    March 03, 2005 Signed with Oakland Athletics

    I knew this would come in handy :)

  760. Brian M July 8th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Last thought – who is in right field next season? Time to start thinking about it. Abreu is past it, hes a terrible fielder and average at the plate. I’d make a move for Francoeur. I know he has struggled lately but he is a gold glove right fielder who will drive in 90 – 100 runs. With Brett in centre, Damon in left and Melky as the 4th outfielder we’d be a pretty athletic team and cover a lot of ground in the outfield. Atlanta is a couple of losses away from throwing in the towel and with Smoltz and Hampton question marks for next yr and Glavine possibly ready to hang em up they could use some young pitchers. Atlanta has some top outfield prospects ready to pick up the slack.

    Maybe we could make a package deal including Mike Gonzalez? We’d need to send some quality pitching there though. Maybe Francoeur and Gonzalez for Kennedy, Claggett and either Aceves or Horne? Do I win a prize for ridiculous trade idea of the day?

  761. Someone Else July 8th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    This was a great win, all told. With this offense, Kazmir = automatic loss, no? heheheh

  762. pat July 8th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Pavano threw BP today and came through it unscathed? Could it be?

  763. Ummmmm..... July 8th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I love how there are always significantly less comments when the Yankees win. Us New Yorkers definitely love to hate.

    On a side note, anybody know what some popular Red Sox blogs/forums are?

  764. Mop Up Man July 8th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Ponson = portly punching bag.

    Tampa’s third base coach will need Dr. Frank Jobe by 3 p.m. tomorrow.

  765. Mop Up Man July 8th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Ponson = portly punching bag.

    Tampa’s third base coach will need Dr. Frank Jobe by 3 p.m. tomorrow.

  766. randy l July 8th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    60 year old coaches through bp every day and come through unscathed.

  767. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    “Maybe Francoeur and Gonzalez for Kennedy, Claggett and either Aceves or Horne? Do I win a prize for ridiculous trade idea of the day?”

    Yup. You win.

  768. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    lol, I have a very pissed of Twins fan friend in the room here with me.

  769. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 8th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    *off

  770. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Maybe we could make a package deal including Mike Gonzalez? We’d need to send some quality pitching there though. Maybe Francoeur and Gonzalez for Kennedy, Claggett and either Aceves or Horne? Do I win a prize for ridiculous trade idea of the day?

    Too too too tooooo much

    They are looking for SP depth, they just picked up Julian Tavaras, if anything Ian Kennedy alone gets him, if I want Gonzo who right now isn’t throwing 98 mph he is at 92 mph you deal them a George Kontos, Jeff Karstens and Jason Jones combo not the top tier.

  771. 86w183 July 8th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Great game and a great win… random thoughts…

    1. Melky should retire from hitting righthanded. He was hopeless over there, then homers lefty.

    2. Meacham is nuts… sending Jeter was okay… Jetes got a lousy break off second, but sending Jorge was brain dead stupid…

    3. I posted earlier this afternoon about so many on this site showing Kazmir too much respect.. five straight starts without going six innings, despite all that talent. If the Yankees hadn’t chased so many high fastballs Kazmir wouldn’t have lasted four.

    4. I’m fine not pursuing Harden… Gallagher, to me is better than Hughes at the moment so the Yanks really couldn’t better the Cubs package… probably need to do something, but preserving resources for off season makes sense. Plenty of time to evaluate the market during the All-Star break which is one more start for Big Sid and Rasner.

    5. I’m with Joe about Cano… he’s back and should be higher up in the lineup.. until Damon is healthy I say Jeter, Cano, Abreu, A-Rod should be the first four

    have a good night

  772. Ummmmm..... July 8th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Edit – Nevermind, I didn’t refresh my page from 45 minutes ago.

    We still love to hate though.

  773. BBFan July 8th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Regarding the Sox win over Twins, look at the big picture.

    Twins are traditionally a very good 2nd half team. They are already showing that starting the season slow and ahead of us in the WC standings.

    Also, we have more games with Sox than with Twins. So, with Sox we can control our destiny. If we can’t win agianst the sox, we do not deserve playoffs any away.

    So, today it may not look good, but it is actually good that Twins lost.

  774. george July 8th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Bring Willie Randolph back as 3B coach.

    or Frank Crosetti; just get Meacham out of there.

  775. Tyler July 8th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    As soon as Willie was fired by the mets I thought the Yankees should think about offering him a job as 3rd base coach. Meacham isnt that good

  776. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Willie Randolph SUCKED AS A 3B COACH am I the only one who remembers this !

  777. CM July 8th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Man, 8 shutout from Andy (let’s see a certain Mr. Santana do that), great catches and a home run by Melky, Edwar with a shut down ninth, Molina with some clutch hits, and Cano looks like he’s really about to get hot.

    I feel sorry for so many of you. You have nothing to complain about tonight.

    Now… let the Ponson bashing begin.

  778. CM July 8th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Dammit. As soon as I post my last comment I see people screaming that Meacham should be fired. It’s like you’d find a $20 bill on the ground and complain it was wrinkled and dirty.

  779. Lacie July 8th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    they really should hire willie over meacham

  780. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Will anyone want to sign CC after he’s exposed to 3+ months of bratwursts?

  781. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 8th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    lacie, apparently you don’t remember ‘send em’ home Willie’. He was NOT a good third base coach.

  782. nyyfaninlaaland July 8th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Ron –

    Rasner was far better in AAA than Mc Cutcheon has been so far, but he is coming arouund after a bit of a struggle to start there.

    The Yanks shouldn’t call Cutch up unless they’re absolutely convinced he’s ready. He’s one of a very few pitchers at AAA and AA that aren’t either FA’s or Rule 5 eligible after this season. And a few more at Tampa also need to be protected. He should only be added to the majors roster if he’s lights out there and other options (and this same issue applies to Horne and Aceves) have been explored. I’m in favor of trying prospects, but we’re getting to the point where we could lose some decent guys in Dec.

    We’ll have some significant roster decisions re prospects in the offseason, so adding guys that don’t yet require roster protection is a decision that can’t be taken lightly.

  783. Joe from Long Island July 8th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    The catch is that Meacham is Joe’s man, and Cash probably won’t mess with that, unless Joe himself comes to that conclusion. Not saying it won’t happen, but that’s what we’re up against. I’m not saying Meacham isn’t a good guy, or isn’t capable, but there are some questions there.

  784. george July 8th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Willie coached in tons of big games. i don’t recall ever feeling worried.

  785. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Willie Randolph sucked as a 3B coach for the Yankees am I the only one who remembers this. For all the people ripping Meacham how many runners has he gotten thrown out at home ?

    Stop BS’ing about him, he’s done a better than good job.

  786. Oscar-Sox fan July 8th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Looks like both our teams have afternoon games tomorrow. Less production at work perhaps? LOL

  787. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Windmill Willie people..
    Windmill Willie

  788. BBFan July 8th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    “Now… let the Ponson bashing begin.”

    He will make you all eat crow.
    He will have a quality start tomorrow.

  789. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Andy put the team in a great position to win tomorrow. Even if Ponson is awful, they only need a few innings out of him. The game tomorrow is so important that there’s nothing wrong with using the bullpen for most of the game. The bullpen has been so solid they should be able to pitch a great game, and everyone is available.

    Bottom line: Ponson is on a VERY, VERY short leash tomorrow.

  790. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 8th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    brandon you aren’t the only one!! I remember send em’ home willie.

  791. lil' m July 8th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    A throwback Yankee win tonight: Andy matched zeroes with Kazmir early and gave them eight strong. Yankee hitters worked the count, ran Kazmir’s pitch count up and knocked him out in five, got timely hits, and then got to the middle relief. Edwar slammed the door shut and that’s your ballgame. NICE.

  792. Astoria John July 8th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    dear god
    i can haz andy go again tomorrow?
    k thx bye

  793. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Willie coached in tons of big games. i don’t recall ever feeling worried.

    Are you serious, they called him SEND HOME WILLIE at the games. M&MD had daily rip Willie’s 3B go sign every week. Stop lieing to yourself I love Willie but 3B coach is not for him.

  794. Mop Up Man July 8th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Brandon,

    re: “Willie” comment

    I remember the Willie at 3B coach era as being one of record outfield assists throughout the AL.

  795. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 8th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I think all the coaches should wear the ‘stache tomorrow. Loosen up the bench.

  796. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I remember there was one year where Willie only got one guy thrown out of the plate the entire year. The argument was that he wasn’t taking enough chances. Am I (Roger Clemens) misremembering?

  797. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    brandon you aren’t the only one!! I remember send em’ home willie.

    You can tell who’s been watching games and actually going to them when you can say that Jenn. :)

  798. TT Boy July 8th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Great win.

  799. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 8th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    thanks Brandon :)

  800. george July 8th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    M&MD is the ultimate authority on 3B coach quality?

  801. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Andy was Livan-esque tonight except for the giving up the runs part. He was eating innings like they were salty pretzels!

    I only hope the real Livan can do the same tomorrow.

  802. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Time for some ice cream

  803. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    anyone know where to find that statistics on that? how many runners 3rd base coaches got thrown out at home per year? I’d love to see Sojo, Willie, Bowa, and Meacham if that’s out there somewhere.

  804. daver July 8th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Awesome win.

    But what the &#&* is wrong is Bobby Meacham? Waving Posada in? That was embarassing. It seems like it took forever for Posada to enter the TV screen around home plate.

  805. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    M&MD is the ultimate authority on 3B coach quality?

    It wasn’t just them, call Tom McDonald from NY1 sports or Kevin Garrity, heck ask Mark Malusis they all remember the nightly calls on Willie

    ex. “WHY THE HECK DIDN’T HE SEND THE RUNNER !”

    “WILLIE NEEDS TO KNOW WHEN TO SEND THE GUY, RAMIREZ’S THROW BEAT HIM BY A MILE”

    “OMG I COULDN’T BELIEVE WILLIE SENT HIM w/ 2 OUTS”

    That’s some that I remember, I felt bad for Willie during that time :?

  806. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 8th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Our ace pitched better than the Brewers new ace! 7 innings 4 hits our ace.

    6 innings 5 hits 3r 2er 5bb for the Brewers new ace!

  807. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    CC did SoSo

    6 Inn, 2 ER, 5ks, 5BBs

  808. Mop Up Man July 8th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    So, anyone willing to consider this one?

    What will be the higher number tomorrow? The number of batters faced by Ponson or the number of outs recorded by the Yankee pen?

  809. GreenBeret7 July 8th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Nick, the only thing you can be sure of about Livamn Hernandez is that he’ll eat a lot of salty pretzels….along with the clubhouse spread. It’s his goal to be first in line.

  810. GreenBeret7 July 8th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    ***same goes for Livamn’s twin brother, Livan***

  811. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Brandon-

    Did Willle scuk as a 3rd base coach? I don’t remember.

    I remember Luis Sojo scuked.

    How ’bout Chamblis? who did he do.

  812. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    So, anyone willing to consider this one?

    If he gives up FO I hope it’s to LF

  813. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Brandon-

    Did Willle scuk as a 3rd base coach? I don’t remember.

    He was sucky, he use to frustrate alot of fans in games we lossed by 1 run or 2 runs. It was sad at times how people got on him, but he just wasn’t good there.

  814. GreenBeret7 July 8th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Shiek, Chambliss was the hitting coach, and would occassionaly fill in at first base.

  815. YankeeVIP July 8th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    it looks like jeter is hurting
    meech is poor at 3b

  816. John in Ohio July 8th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Anyone know how old Kim Jones is? I think she’s hot.

  817. YoDawg July 8th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    “Man, 8 shutout from Andy (let’s see a certain Mr. Santana do that)”

    You can’t be serious, right?

    Santana became a regular starter in July 2003. He has pitched 8 or more innings without allowing a run 14 times in his career. Andy Pettitte has done it 3 times in that same time span. Pettitte has done it 14 times in his entire career, which is since 1995.

    Santana has done it 14 times in the last 6 years or so. Pettitte has done it 14 times in the last 13 and a half seasons.

    Do you do any kind of research before you make these ignorant remarks?

  818. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I’d take willy over meacham in a heart beat

  819. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I remember Luis Sojo scuked.

    How ’bout Chamblis? who did he do.

    Sojo ocassionally helped he wasn’t very good at all, God everytime I think Sojo I remember him tripping in that series :?

    Chamblis was a very good hitting coach, had us fighting pitch by pitch, Rick Down changed that and he was blamed by Steinbrenner for losing in 2001, I think that year he was fired. 6 years later Down helped the Mets get to the NLCS. Funny how things work, I don’t know what to say about Long, he leaves me wondering too much.

  820. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Um, wasn’t it send ‘em home SOJO?

  821. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 8th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/

    Colorado lefty reliever Brian Fuentes has drawn interest from the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, among other teams, according to an official from another American League team.

    The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not directly involved, said the Rockies have scouted the Yankees system; one player of interest could be Double-A reliever Mark Melancon.

    The Yankees have used just two left-handed relievers this year, Billy Traber and Kei Igawa. Lefties were hitting .318 against Traber going into tonight’s game, and Igawa is back in the minors.

    Fuentes has held lefties to a .217 average in his career, including a .200 mark this year, and has not allowed a homer to a lefty since 2006.

  822. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I’d take willy over meacham in a heart beat

    You’d be crying for Meacham after 2 weeks (guaranteed)

  823. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not directly involved, said the Rockies have scouted the Yankees system; one player of interest could be Double-A reliever Mark Melancon.

    LOL (CLICK)

  824. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Not a very good night for Yankee fans outside of the win of course.

    Red Sox won
    Tigers won
    Mets won (against Lincecum)
    We help the Red Sox gain to 1st place
    Mets will lead the NL East undeservingly by weeks end. If only we could be in first place 4 or 5 games above .500

    But other than that, great night, great win. Tomorrow hopefully we carry over

    And I would like to say Told You to most of you who thought Kazmir was an automatic win against us

  825. Nick in SF July 8th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Don’t cry for me Bobby Meacham!

  826. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    “Santana became a regular starter in July 2003. He has pitched 8 or more innings without allowing a run 14 times in his career. Andy Pettitte has done it 3 times in that same time span. Pettitte has done it 14 times in his entire career, which is since 1995.”

    Jon Lester’s done it 3 times this season.

    Don’t think anyone is saying Pettitte is better than Santana, but this was a big game tonite and Pettitte, as he does many more times than not, came up big. He deserves credit for it.

  827. Mop Up Man July 8th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    “I’d take willy over meacham in a heart beat”

    I’d rather see Ponson get 12 more starts this year than see Willie return to his rally killing ways at 3B coach.

  828. James July 8th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    nice win. Let’s all hope wilson “cant touch a breaking ball” betemit never hits 6th ever again, of even better, ever bats again. How this guy has people defending him beyond me. I’ve never seen anyone have such awful at bats as betemit… he can hit a fastball, you dont get beyond double without doing that but he is putrid. I can still see his at bats from last september and october… 3 pitches, 3 swings and back to the bench. For all those that compare the two, I’d gladly take cairo back over his totally incompetent self. he’s lower than whale sh…

  829. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    not a chance brandon – I loved when Willie was over there

  830. David Cone's Labrum July 8th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I’ve now voted for giambi 200 times.

    WHO’S WITH ME??? LET’S GET IT ON! GIAMBINO FOR HOME RUN DERBY!

  831. zellyanks91 July 8th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    A great game for the Yankees..now move to 7.5GB in the AL East.

    Kevin

  832. Jorge Tabata July 8th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Is Edwar Gonzalez a real prospect? RH bat, seems to have some power, a bit older… could he be an option to replace Abreu?

  833. DFox July 8th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Brandon, you remember an awful lot about Willie’s third base coaching to not even remember his nickname… You’re probably getting him mixed up with Sojo, because Willie’s nickname was NOT send ‘em home Willie, that was Sojo’s. Willie was something like Wave ‘em home Willie or Windmill Willie.

  834. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    David Cone,

    Unfortunetly, you could vote all day for Giambi, but Longoria will probably get voted in unfairly

  835. Clay Bellinger July 8th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I think it’s enough with the stache’s

  836. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    not a chance brandon – I loved when Willie was over there

    You loved seeing rally killing turns at 3B ? or hold up moves when they could run on weak arms ? Ok it your perogative.

  837. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Windmill Willie sounds about right. His windmill waves were classic

  838. Fan July 8th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    //Papelbon chokes again.//

    He did?

  839. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    i’ve voted for giambi wayyyyy more then 200 times lol – i was watching tonight on gamecast and voted during the entire game

  840. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    “but Longoria will probably get voted in unfairly”

    Unfairly???

  841. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Anyone think the Brewers look stupid with the CC move now? Does a healthy Zambrano and Harden beat out CC and Sheets?

    All I gotta say, I wouldnt wanna face the Cubs in the WS

  842. David Cone's Labrum July 8th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    this is so easy – if everyone sacrificed 15 mins to vote 30-50 times, we could push longoria out.

    I want to see giambi in the HR derby – who;s with me?

  843. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Unfairly???”

    You know what I mean. He deserves the spot as much if not more than Giambi, but I have always thought the voting is somewhat rigged.

  844. YoDawg July 8th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    “Don’t think anyone is saying Pettitte is better than Santana, but this was a big game tonite and Pettitte, as he does many more times than not, came up big. He deserves credit for it.”

    I agree completely about Pettitte’s reliability and that he deserves credit for it. I am just particularly annoyed at all the unwarranted Santana-bashing that goes around on this blog. Pete even said the other week that Santana is “only a 6-inning pitcher” which is just completely absurd and untrue. He has pitched more than 6 innings in 70% of his career starts, where a workhorse like Wang has done it in 62% of his career starts.

    So I wasn’t knocking Andy, I was just sticking up for Johan.

  845. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    John in Ohio-

    “Anyone know how old Kim Jones is? I think she’s hot.”

    She’s pretty old. She’s 37.

  846. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Is Michael Kay doing the HR derby next week? I heard he was, but isnt it usually Chris “Back Back Back” Bermans job?

  847. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Brandon, you remember an awful lot about Willie’s third base coaching to not even remember his nickname… You’re probably getting him mixed up with Sojo, because Willie’s nickname was NOT send ‘em home Willie, that was Sojo’s. Willie was something like Wave ‘em home Willie or Windmill Willie.

    No it was Send’em Home, Wave’em Home wasn’t used that much since he didn’t like to wave the runner in that much, I swear I still remember him putting his 2 hands up when Ventura had a clear shot to score.

  848. JoeT 28 in 09!! LESS POSTING, MORE VOTING!! - .219 average, 16% CS = AL ALL STAR!! July 8th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Where are the current results of the voting????

    Vote for the ‘stache!!

  849. David Cone's Labrum July 8th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Vote Giambi.

  850. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Windmill Willie sounds about right. His windmill waves were classic

    That was the 2nd nickname

  851. The Iron Shiek (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 8th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    On second though, let me rephrase that. She’s 37, an age Madonna would kill for..

  852. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    “You know what I mean. He deserves the spot as much if not more than Giambi, but I have always thought the voting is somewhat rigged.”

    Guess it could be rigged, but I’m not sure why they’d (MLB) would do it. Game gains no more value by having Longoria over Giambi.

  853. The Fallen Phoenix July 8th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    “Unfortunetly, you could vote all day for Giambi, but Longoria will probably get voted in unfairly”

    Longoria’s arguably the third best 3rd baseman in the majors this year. He has the 3rd highest VORP, and he plays great defense at the hot corner.

    Now, that might not mean he should be on the team over Giambi, but he won’t be nearly as bad a selection as our favorite punching bag, Captain “.212″ Varitek.

  854. The Fallen Phoenix July 8th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Excuse me, I meant third best 3rd baseman in the American League, not the majors.

  855. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Its probably not rigged, I just like to think that way when players I want in dont get in, or vice versa (Youkilis, Pedroia)

  856. Bob July 8th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Even if Giambi gets in the Sox skipper won’t play a chemically enhanced player, It’s bad kharma.

  857. YoDawg July 8th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Kay is doing it on the field for the crowd. He won’t be the guy on TV for ESPN though. You will only hear him if you are in the live crowd. Kind of like how they do Old Timer’s Day.

  858. Guiseppe Franco July 8th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not directly involved, said the Rockies have scouted the Yankees system; one player of interest could be Double-A reliever Mark Melancon.

    They can scout him for the next month if they wish – but they aren’t getting their grubby hands on Melancon.

    I’d punch Cashman dead in the face if they made that deal.

  859. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    If it werent for the Stache’ in the voting process, I would LOVE Longoria to be in the ASG, but until July 16th I hate him

  860. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 13) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 8th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I’d punch Cashman dead in the face if they made that deal.

    I’d beat you to it.

  861. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    They can scout him for the next month if they wish – but they aren’t getting their grubby hands on Melancon.
    I’d punch Cashman dead in the face if they made that deal.”

    I will be right behind you to get my shot in. The cubs gave practically trash for Harden, if I were Cash I would give them Jeff Marquez

  862. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    How many teams have 2, 10+ win game starters?

  863. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    “Its probably not rigged, I just like to think that way when players I want in dont get in, or vice versa (Youkilis, Pedroia)”

    Youkilis was probably the right answer at 1B, though Moneau’s argument is equally compelling. Yanks fans have themselves to blame for Pedrioa starting. All those wasted votes on an undeserving Cano could have gone towards putting a more deservng Kinsler in the starting lineup ahead of litte Dust Mite.

  864. YoDawg July 8th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    even Brian Roberts deserved it more than Pedroia. But yeah, Kinsler was robbed. He might just be the AL MVP at the moment.

  865. Fredo Corleone July 8th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    “The cubs gave practically trash for Harden, if I were Cash I would give them Jeff Marquez”

    Leaving Joba and Hughes aside, Gallagher is better than any starter the Yankees have at AA/AAA.

  866. David Robertson for Setup - Vote for the 'Stache' July 8th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Leaving Joba and Hughes aside, Gallagher is better than any starter the Yankees have at AA/AAA.”

    Is he? Didnt know that. I had heard he was decent today, but nothing special. Guess I heard bad info

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