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Game 19: Yankees at Tigers (updated with Joe Girardi pre-game audio)

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YANKEES (9-9)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Pena 3B

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 4.81).

Sabathia vs. the Detroit hitters.

TIGERS (10-8)
Granderson CF
Polanco 2B
Ordonez RF
Cabrera 1B
Guillen DH
Laird C
Inge 3B
Raburn LF
Everett SS

Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (0-2, 9.00).

Verlander vs. the New York hitters.

MOTOWN MOJO: The Yankees are 16-11 against the Tigers the last four seasons, 8-6 at Comerica Park.

OLD FOES: CC Sabathia has made 26 starts against the Tigers in his career. He is 13-9 with a 4.70 ERA. He is 7-2, 3.80 at Comerica Park.

GODZILLA RISES: Hideki Matsui has hit safely in six straight games at 10 of 23. He has raised his batting average to .280.

CANO KEEPS ON: Robinson Cano has a 13-game hitting streak. He has hit safely in all but one game this season.

SWISHER SKID: Nick Swisher is 5 of 31 (.181) in the last eight games. His batting average has fallen from .371 to .286. He has fanned 11 times in those 31 ABs and driven in two runs.

APRIL OF THEIR DISCONTENT: The Yankees are 32-28 in April over the last three seasons.

Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: There are a few things going on …

• Phil Hughes is in town but will not be added to the roster until tomorrow. At that point it will be a fond farewell to Steven Jackson, who has yet to make a bad pitch for the Yankees.

• Johnny Damon said his left shoulder “hurts all over” and he wouldn’t mind a cortisone shot. But he doesn’t want to get any tests done. “I can’t see any good coming of that,” he said. “I’d rather play with some pain.”

• It took 18 games for the Yankees to lose faith in Brett Gardner as Melky Cabrera gets a start against a RHP. Girardi explained that Cabrera was the choice because he’s swinging a hot bat. Gardner has had 186 at-bats in the majors and hit .226 with a .274 OBP. At some point you have to do better than bat if you expect to keep going out there.

They should have pulled the trigger on Cameron, who has a 172 OPS+ so far.

• Ramiro Pena is playing 3B in place of the defensively challenged Angel Berroa. That should be a permanent move. Pena is not likely to hit but at least he can field.

• Chien-Ming Wang will throw a side tomorrow and then they’ll figure out what comes next for him.

• A-Rod has yet to slide, which is the last step before he gets into a game. Those of you in Charleston, Trenton or Scranton hoping that the circus comes to your town can forget it. Girardi said that all of Rodriguez’s work would come in Florida, including any games.

A-Rod ran the bases for the third time in five days in Florida, and also added situational drills when taking grounders at third. He hit 13 homers on 89 swings in regular batting practice.

“Feels good,” Rodriguez said. “I’m taking it one day at a time.”

UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game media session in the dugout:

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UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain, man of the people, is signing down in right field. Swish also signed for an old guy who held a sign saying he had a ball signed by Steve Swisher, Nick’s dad.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Don’t know if television showed this or not. But when Damon made a throw to second to try to get Polanco, he spun around afterward and appeared to be in pain. He also was flexing his shoulder throughout the rest of the inning.

It would not be shocking if Damon had to come out of the game.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Cano has now hit in 14 straight. At least he got the memo about getting off to a good start.

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Damon went back out to left. He doesn’t look comfortable throwing but it’s not like throwing is a big part of his game.

Meanwhile, Verlander looks very sharp.

UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: The Nick Swisher Era was fun while it lasted. He is now 5 of his last 33 with 13 Ks.

Meanwhile Verlander is throwing 99.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: The Yankees are 7 of their last 45 (.155) with RISP. Melky just chased a high heater to end the inning.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Wow, CC just filthy that inning as he fans the side using all his pitches.

CC through 4: 4 3 1 1 0 3

Verlander through 4: 4 4 0 0 0 6

Heck of a game. Both guys are dealing.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: There is one way the Yankees win this game. Somebody needs to pop a two-run homer out then CC pitches 8 and Mo saves it. It’s hard to see them mounting a rally against Verlander tonight.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: That is, obviously, a huge run. CC had two strikes on Polanco and couldn’t put him away.

4-0 with Verlander pitching the way he is? Yikes.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Angel Berroa makes that play — if the runner falls down.

Seriously, Angel Berroa? What is the point of having him on the roster? Suck it up until A-Rod gets back, play the kid and that’s that.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Verlander is at 99 pitches as he starts the eighth inning.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Ramiro Pena is the man.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Well, here is their shot. Runners on first and second, no outs and Verlander is out of the game after 110 pitches.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Yankees 0 for their last 23 with RISP.

UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: There is no quit in those Yankees as they have a rally cooking against Fernando Rodney. Those missed opportunities earlier in the game could haunt them.

UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: I’m sure there are slower and less athletic teams than the Yankees out there. But I can’t think of any. The Giants?

The Tigers gladly traded the double play for a run there.

 
 

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1,342 Responses to “Game 19: Yankees at Tigers (updated with Joe Girardi pre-game audio)”

  1. Nome April 27th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Why are people bringing up last year’s Joba?

    He isin’t anywhere close to the same pitcher. Throwing in the low 90s, flat slider, no control, no swagger.

    They don’t even look like the same pitcher.

  2. Alex April 27th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    “SWISHER SKID: Nick Swisher is 5 of 31 (.181) in the last eight games. His batting average has fallen from .371 to .286. He has fanned 11 times in those 31 ABs and driven in two runs.”

    That’s what happens when you turn a bench player into a starter. Girardi knew what he was doing when he named Nady the starter.

    He just doesn’t put the ball in play enough. We need guys to drive in runs now, not just walk.

  3. Jerkface April 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Nome: because a player with a track record of dominance does not suddenly lose everything that they’ve had at the age of 23

  4. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Watch Verlander look like his old self tonight.

  5. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Hope Molina is catching CC…

  6. Oddessy April 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    “Watch Verlander look like his old self tonight.”

    Our offense has a way of doing that. Don’t have high hopes for this series

  7. 7*7 April 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Speaking of Molina… if he was the catcher on Saturday, the game would be different.

    He would never let AJ blow a 6-0 lead. He would have called the right pitches.

  8. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Well at least the Yanks remained true to form last night with respect to be stymied by pitchers they haven’t seen before.

    Last season the old joke was that if you wanted to beat the Yankees, all you had to do was call up your farm team pitchers when the Yankees came to town.

  9. Hokiehill April 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    If you are in melt-down mode, please keep the conversation in the previous thread…it would be nice to have 1 readable thread today.

  10. Wild Card April 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Brandon Inge has been killing the ball.

  11. Blackdragon905 April 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I’ll post this again, since a new post just came up. Some pretty interesting stuff here. It is the era comparison of when Posada catches to when Molina catches. Granted it is a small sample size, but it is nonetheless startling:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....era-10865/

  12. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    7*7 this is definitely a fight that has vocal opponents on both sides, but I am with you.

  13. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Blackdragon905, I guess the good news is that a lot of people have started to notice and are asking questions.

  14. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    And by the way, I have to admit that I would only have been startled if the results came out any other way.

    :(

  15. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Never in a meltdown mood. Swirling around the sometimes-layer of disappointment is ice water…

    :)

  16. KING FELIX April 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    prediction -

    stephen jackson will make his debut tonight

  17. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    did anyone hear that?
    espn reporting that a Yankee official told Marchand that it is possible we see Autin Jackson this year.

  18. DocBooch April 27th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Man, I would have thought the Yanks record in April would have been worse over the past 3 years. This M.O. is getting tired, it was no suprise that it finally caught up with them last year.

  19. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    The Molina/Posada catching ERA is startling, even when Wang’s numbers are removed.

    However, as we saw last year, the Yankees can’t carry Molina’s bat and nope to get away with it. Maybe if they’ve got both Posada and A-Rod they can afford to start Molina more, but if you have Molina, Gardner, Cabrera and Berroa in the same line up you are not setting yourself up for great things.

    Anyway

    Every team will lose three in a row at some point in the season. What seperates the good from the bad is how you respond to that.

  20. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    The Yankee official is daft. We can’t see him until September, or the Yankees have cracked up.

  21. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Let Posada catch CC tonight. With Hughes and Joba pitching the next 2 games I want Molina in there.
    Remember when Torre hardly ever let Posada catch young pitchers? Yeah I do.

  22. KennyH123 April 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Newsflash: Swisher hit .219 last year. Why is anyone surprised at this slump? Even in his best season, he was barely a .260 hitter. And he strikes out at a ridiculous pace.

    Also.. I’ve been telling people for years that Posada is a bad catcher. He is horrible at calling games and always has been. Beginning in the late 90′s when he platooned with Girardi all the time. Guess which one of those two ALWAYS had a much lower catchers ERA? By over a run per game. Can we win with Posada catching every day. Yes, and we have. But its a heckuva lot harder. People don’t realize that for all Molina’s offensive woes, he is the much better catcher and will save the pitching staff a ton of runs over the season. A ton.

  23. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Uncle, that provides a nice segue for my post!

    The minor league guy on my Yankees forum has the following report:

    “In Low A Charleston, D.J. Mitchell struggled but still picked up a win as the Riverdog batters ripped off 8 runs on 9 hits. Garrison Lassiter, who I’m very high on, continues to have a solid start to the young season. Yesterday he went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI to raise his BA to .347 on the year in 49ABs. Saturday he was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Lassiter is listed as a Shortstop but has been playing the 3rd bagger position because of hotshot prospect Carmen Angelini being at SS. Angelini however continues to be a large disappointment to me and may be destined to be the next Eric Duncan. Also in Charleston, Brad Rulon who I’m high on has finally settled down a bit after a rocky beginning to the season. After posting a 4.50 ERA in his first two appearances Brad has thrown scoreless ball in his last three and hasn’t allowed any inherited runners(if any) to score either.

    High A Tampa lost Saturday, but Austin Romine continues to have a hot bat going 3 for 5 and is batting nearly .500 in his last 5 games going 9 for 19 in that stretch. He is batting .342 in his last 10 games. Delin Betances had a so-so outing Sunday going 6 1/3 giving up 2ER on 6 hits, walking 3 while striking out 6. Control issues continue to be a problem for the young prospect.

    After winning the first two the Thunder lost the final two of a four game stint to New Britain. Sunday they were pounded 11-3 even though they pounded out 10 hits. That means lots of guys left on base and missed opportunities. Pitcher Kanekoa Texeira’s ERA keeps going south and now sits at 7.20 in 10 innings.

    And finally Scranton lost a second game for the season. However Ian Kennedy is on the mound today so I expect a win to follow.”

  24. G. Love April 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Blackdragon,

    I read that piece on Posada vs. Molina and it’s interesting, but what I fail to see as a fan is what Posada is doing wrong.

    He’s throwing people out. The runners are not running all over the place against him.

    Molina is better defensively, but does anyone really know if Molina calls a game different than Posada?

    I would imagine Girardi and Eiland have more to say with how the game is called.

    The other issue is we all saw what happened to Molina last season playing all the time…he wore down. He’s not an every day catcher.

    Girardi is actually handling the catching rotation well.

    I’m not going to pin the pitching problems on Jorge behind the plate. He may not block balls and throw like Molina, but I don’t think he’s costing the team games back there.

  25. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    ahout time Pena starts playing. Berrora shouldn’t be anywhere near the Yanks.

  26. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Kenny, I can just see the fit Posada would pitch if Molina got to catch more games. Hell he cried the other night when he was taken out of a game. He is a big baby and has a temper.

    You gotta really feel your oats to shake him off.

  27. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I think I want Molina catching for our little Hughesie tomorrow. But, we do need Posada in the lineup.

    “espn reporting that a Yankee official told Marchand that it is possible we see Austin Jackson this year.”

    Hopefully he meant to say later this year. :shock:

  28. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Pena 3B

    ============

    Much better

  29. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    People, Jorge has caught full time for 10 years. Do you really think he’s forgotten how to catch based on some silly 100 inning sample?

    And when you are playing Berroa and Gardner, adding Molina does not exactly help the line-up.

    Don’t blame our troubles on Jorge.

  30. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Yeah Pena is at third. Thank god. Hopefully we’ll bid Angel ado once Alex comes back.

  31. Forntoso April 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    “espn reporting that a Yankee official told Marchand that it is possible we see Autin Jackson this year.”

    Heard that too. Said the CF situation will change if we continue to lose and Jackson may be up.

  32. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Yeah Molina!

    I know what you mean about Joba and Hughes. I think Joba can hold his own with Posada, seriously. I think he believes in his stuff enough to shake him off at least some of the time.

    I think I would rather pick up a win fast and hope for the best the following two games. While Molina isn’t going to be guaranteed every time, as someone pointed out even the pitchers’ ERAs when he goes are that much lower.

  33. Blackdragon905 April 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    G. Love,

    It’s basically pitch selection. Posada does not call games anywhere near as well as Molina. Molina definitely uses a much better pitch selection. I gotta believe that’s one of the main reasons why he always caught Mussina. Mussina liked the way he called the game and felt comfortable with him back there. I don’t think he liked throwing to Jorge very much, but I could be wrong.

  34. CB April 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “The Molina/Posada catching ERA is startling, even when Wang’s numbers are removed.”

    They really aren’t. This kind of things happens all of the time when you look at unadjusted bivariate statistics.

    All of the time.

    For example, do you think it’s more likely that molina plays against better teams or worse teams? Backups are generally used in a systematic way against worst teams.

    Bivariate statistics don’t address those kinds of issues at all.

    And that is completely independent of the small sample size we’re talking about which will give very imprecise point estimates for ERA.

    Doing those kinds of “splits” is an inadequate way of addressing that question. It tells you very little.

  35. murphydog April 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    How many no hitters has Po caught? Molina? I don’t know, just asking.

  36. pat April 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “espn reporting that a Yankee official told Marchand that it is possible we see Autin Jackson this year.”

    That has Reggie Jackson written all over it.

  37. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Interesting line up. Glad to see Damon back in there and I guess one shot at third was all Girardi needed to see to know that Peña’s glove may be more important than Berroa’s bat

  38. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Wave, uh yeah I think his game-calling skill has taken a dive.

    And until you have a good explanation for why pitchers have asked not to have him as their catcher, I will continue to have a problem every time Jorge catches and we lose.

  39. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Is Hughes with the team yet? When is he joining the team since he’s pitching tomorrow?

  40. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I really don’t get all the hate on Jorge. This team made the playoffs how many years in a row under Jorge? How many no hitters and perfect games has he caught. Oh I forgot it is because of the pitcher if they make it, but his fault if they don’t. I get it, glad I understand the rational of people on here.

  41. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I’m willing to forget that stats and go with my own eyes.

    I prefer Molina 7 days a week.

  42. CB April 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    “I read that piece on Posada vs. Molina and it’s interesting, but what I fail to see as a fan is what Posada is doing wrong.”

    Posada isn’t doing anything wrong.

    What’s “wrong” are the statistics. The statistics are being done in an incomplete way which is making people draw conclusions those methods and numbers don’t support.

  43. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “Hideki Matsui has hit safely in six straight games at 10 of 23. He has raised his batting average to .280.”

    ——–

    wow. I figured since everybody in the blog was demanding he be traded for a sack of baseballs, that he wasn’t any good.

  44. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    7*7, I’m a huge AJ fan, but I can’t even buy that. AJ (and he said this himself) should have thrown the pitches that he wanted to….for some reason, he didn’t. The only question I had in that game was that I didn’t like Joe throwing AJ/Jorge out there in Fenway for their first start together in weeks. That said, as I think GB has mentioned before, they were obviously locked in for the first few innings……..so what happened? I don’t like personal catchers and if the Yankees make the playoffs, Jorge will be the catcher. Therefore, all the pitchers better get used to him……and I’m sure they will.

  45. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “What’s “wrong” are the statistics. The statistics are being done in an incomplete way which is making people draw conclusions those methods and numbers don’t support.”

    ——–

    funny how that works :)

  46. bdog375 April 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Cano has been incredibly impressive this year. It has been his improved swing that is getting a lot of the credit for his improved performance. I think that a factor that might be equal to the swing is his personality.

    Cano is acting a decade more mature this year than last year. In the past when he got a base hit he was very giddy looking, smiling on base and wrapped up in the joys of the game. This year he rarely cracks a smile and just seems very focused on the game. When he does well he seems as though he could have done better. It seems as though he is really pushing himself to not be beaten in any at bat.

    We will see how he responds to his first slump, but I am loving his mature approach to the game this year. It may not be as fun to see a player serious all the time, but a focused Cano – with his raw abilities – is a very dangerous thing.

  47. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    “unadjusted bivariate statistics”
    I like it – phrase of the day CB

  48. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    SA and Jennifer,

    I think the 2 errors that Berroa made last night pretty much signify that he’s a goner.

  49. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    jen, here is the beauty of a blog. You don’t have to agree with someone else’s opinion.

    I love Jorge’s offense. I think his game calling has gotten pretty wretched. Maybe it’s because when Jorge was on his way up there were pitchers who thew what they wanted to throw. The more established he became, and newer guys came in, fewer people probably felt comfortable shaking him off.

    Moose preferred Molina and said publicly that Molina was the best catcher he ever had call his games. Johnson didn’t want Jorge catching his games.

    Now do you think it’s because Jorge is a phenomenal catcher?

    There is definitely a problem.

  50. Blackdragon905 April 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    The bottom line is though that we do need Posada’s bat. I want Molina to catch Hughes tomorrow, but we need Posada’s bat. It was greatly missed last year and it showed immensely. Without him right now, we would be in deep trouble.

  51. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “espn reporting that a Yankee official told Marchand that it is possible we see Autin Jackson this year”

    —–

    yes, for September call-ups

  52. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I think the 2 errors that Berroa made last night pretty much signify that he’s a goner **even before ARod is back**.

  53. Yanks86 April 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Why in the world is Matsui batting cleanup? I am so sick of seeing him flail at outside pitches and foul-back meatballs because he doesn’t have his legs under him anymore.

    What more does Cano have to do to bat clean-up in this lineup? I am a big fan of Girardi, but his constant tinkering with the lineup every game last year and so far this season is annoying.

    I’ll help him out:

    Jeter
    Damon
    Teixeira
    Cano
    Swisher
    Matsui
    Melky
    Molina
    Pena

  54. Bill April 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    AJax has Kd 15x in 48 ABs in AAA. I have listened to some of the SWB games. He sees a steady diet of offspeed stuff. At this point he’d get eaten alive in MLB. Talk about rushing someone. If he’s in NY hitting .150 and K’ing 2 or 3x per game the impatient fans/ media would label him a bust and boo him back to SWB.

  55. James 3D April 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Games that Molina has started -

    @ BAL – W, 11-2 (Burnett – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)
    @ KC – L, 4-6 (Joba – 6 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K)
    @ TB – W, 7-3 (Burnett – 8 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)
    @ TB – W, 4-3 (Pettitte – 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)
    vs. CLE – W, 7-3 (Burnett – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 BB, 2 K)
    @ BOS – L, 4-5 (Joba – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K)

    Posada caught the 10-5 and 7-6 Baltimore games where Wang/CC bombed, the 15-5 TB game, the 10-1 Cleveland game, the 22-4 Cleveland game, and the last 2 Boston games, among the notables.

  56. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I think so too Ed. Adios Angel?

  57. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    For all the people that are going after Posada for his game calling I would like to point out that there were to many times to count when the pitcher didn’t hit their spots. Two I remember in paticular was the one to Bay and the one to Lowell.

  58. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 27th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Could some refresh my memory, didnt the Yanks **bombed** Verlander in the first 2 innings last season during a make up game?

  59. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    “How many no hitters has Po caught? Molina? I don’t know, just asking.”

    Seriously no idea though we could look at the LA stats and add them to his current stats.

    My question is how pitchers have asked that Molina not be their catcher. That’s a question I find even more intriguing.

  60. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Bill,

    be careful what you say about “the savior” :)

    He’s going to be an all-star from the moment he gets called up in May because the blog says so.

  61. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    If Molina plays everyday, the Yankees will finish with a losing record.

    He’s a backup catcher for a reason. He’s not an everyday player.

    The starters aren’t struggling because of Posada. Their struggles are on them.

  62. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    SA,

    the problem is, who could be DFA’d when ARod gets back? hmm..

  63. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “My question is how pitchers have asked that Molina be their catcher.”

    ——-

    so 2 pitchers have asked for Molina and dozens have not.

    is that enough to make judgment?

  64. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    “The bottom line is though that we do need Posada’s bat. I want Molina to catch Hughes tomorrow, but we need Posada’s bat. It was greatly missed last year and it showed immensely. Without him right now, we would be in deep trouble.”

    Not a question. There have been times when I have thought of him as the most clutch player on the team. I am in love with his offense.

  65. NITRO April 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    What was Cashman thinking giving Marte a 3 yr deal when all he had to do was pick up his 1 yr option?

  66. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Trisha-

    Care to tell me what your “eyes” are seeing Posada do wrong?

    I mean, exactly.

    Is he setting up outside when he ought to be down and in? Do you think the slider-fastball-fastball sequence he called in the second inning with Joba was incorrect? Is he tipping off location somehow? If so, how?

    I confess, I can’t. So I’d like the inside baseball stuff from you. Then I too could see why Posada is so much worse than Molina.

  67. vtred April 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Yeah… let’s add an automatic out to a lineup that is already inept in big spots. That will do it!

  68. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    And Roger loved Jorge.

    I always say you can make statistics say anything you want.

  69. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    The starters aren’t struggling because of Posada. Their struggles are on them.

    ============================

    Can’t really disagree with this.

  70. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Boston Dave, unless someone else asked the question, my question was:

    My question is how pitchers have asked that Molina NOT be their catcher.

  71. bdog375 April 27th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I was saying yesterday (prior to the game) that Pena should be starting instead of Berroa b/c of Andy’s reliance on defense. That statement proved correct. Now Pena is in the lineup when one of our strike out pitchers is on the hill. Isn’t the whole reason Pena beat out Berroa b/c of this defense? They seem to be being played backwards.

  72. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    And Randy and Mike are the two most finicky pitchers in baseball. Not exactly a great measuring stick.

  73. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “The starters aren’t struggling because of Posada. Their struggles are on them.”

    So SJ44, it’s just a coincidence that AJ’s one God awful game was with Posada catching? What about the fact that in his post game interview, AJ said that he was throwing pitches he wouldn’t normally throw? Sounds suspicious to me.

  74. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “And Roger loved Jorge.

    I always say you can make statistics say anything you want.”

    ——-

    exactly. 2 pitchers wanted molina and 30 were fine with posada.

    must be something wrong with posada if every single pitcher to throw for the yankees in the past 12 years didn’t like jorge.

  75. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I think Joba would make a fantastic catcher.

  76. Zach in Port Jeff April 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I see that its trendy these days to bash Posada on his “abilities to call a good game”.

    I wonder what it will be next week…how Rivera blows too many games?

  77. Zach in Port Jeff April 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I see that its trendy these days to bash Posada on his “abilities to call a good game”.

    I wonder what it will be next week…how Rivera blows too many games?

  78. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    “And Roger loved Jorge.”

    He also loved steroids. What’s your point? :P

  79. CB April 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Last year the main reason the yankees didn’t make the playoffs was Posada’s injury.

    Molina is an awful offensive player – even for a catcher.

    Posada doesn’t get hurt last year they come very close to making the playoffs.

    It was literally that major a loss.

    The love affair between baseball fans and back up catchers is remarkable.

    Molina is an awful player at the plate. Not just kind of bad. Terrible. And that’s even for a catcher.

    He’s fine every 5-6 days but the idea that the yankees are losing because of posada is ridiculous.

  80. V April 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    4/12/2009: http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....evDate=412

    Average fastball velocity: 92.44 mph
    Top fastball velocity: 95.9 mph

  81. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I believe that Jorge is part of the pitchers’ problems.

    I respect that not everyone feels that way.

    But nobody yet has been brave enough to address the question of why pitchers have asked not to have Posada as their catcher. And please don’t pretend you’re hearing that for the first time right now.

  82. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Posada has caught no hitters and perfect games.

    How was his gamecalling in the first 5 innings Saturday?

    Do you think he forgot to know how to call a game in the 6th inning?

    Andy, Cone and Clemens swear by Posada. Moose preferred Molina. Moose’s preferences aren’t evidence of anything.

    Jorge is getting a bad rap for the failures of others.

  83. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    trisha,

    sorry I misunderstood that. I should have quoted this part instead. I don’t see the problem that you find “definite”.

    “Moose preferred Molina and said publicly that Molina was the best catcher he ever had call his games. Johnson didn’t want Jorge catching his games.

    Now do you think it’s because Jorge is a phenomenal catcher?

    There is definitely a problem.”

  84. V April 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    4/17/09: http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....evDate=417

    Average fastball velocity: 91.5 mph
    Top fastball velocity: 95.4 mph

  85. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Dead set against bringing in Austin Jackson before he learns to hit breaking pitches and change-ups. All that will do is set him back.

  86. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Laura lets not forget that Jorge missed a lot of spring training recovering from shoulder surgery. He is still trying to learn all the new pitchers on the roster.

  87. V April 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    4/24/09: http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....evDate=424

    Average fastball velocity: 92.39 mph
    Top fastball velocity: 94.6 mph

  88. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    While I readily acknowledge that Molina is the better defensive catcher, do you guys remember what happened last year when we lost Posada in our line up?

    Really?

  89. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “I believe that Jorge is part of the pitchers’ problems.

    I respect that not everyone feels that way.”

    ———-

    we respect your feelings too. it would help if you provided evidence of it since your opinion is that there is “definitely a problem” or else it’s difficult to understand why you feel so strongly.

    I’m usually not definite about something without good reason.

    just saying…

  90. number 2 for prez April 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Molina is the best back-up catcher in the leauge, but he is a horrible everyday catcher….everyone that says jorge is losing games for us is a complete fool…he is still one of the best catchers in the league

    HIP-HIP-JORGE!!!!!

  91. murphydog April 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “My question is how pitchers have asked that Molina not be their catcher. That’s a question I find even more intriguing.”

    Intriguing, yes. Meaningful? Not so sure.

    Randy Johnson’s choice of catcher may or may not mean anything more than the fact that he likes to call his own game. Maybe Molina is more OK with that than Po.

  92. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Molina is a phenomenal catcher who calls a phenomenal game. Deal with it.

    His offense isn’t good.

  93. RayVT April 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    When you see greatnes every day it is hard to recognize. But our aspirations of greatness tends to increase as well. Criticism w/o regard to alternatives is just banter and useless. Torre was and is a great Manager. Girardi may become one but he is a long ways from it now. Posada is a great player as a catcher, maybe not as great defensively as some but overall much better than the norm. Mo is great, but human. Arod is great but if he doesn’t hit 1.000 with runners in scoring position then he is dogged by the fans. Jeter is great, but he has a problem with range supposedly, but he is always at the right place at the right time and is consistent. He is also a very good hitter for a SS. Would you rather have Nick Green???

    It is hard for youngsters and marginal players to live under the pressure of day to day evaluations. They press. When a Manager goes and sulks alone on every loss, the weight is greater upon those players. When a star screws up, Girardi is not there either. The days of Torre consoling or stabilizing a player are gone. Teams will press from time to time. That is when a Manager earns his keep or loses his team.

    The bullpen is overworked because the Manager chose no long man. In April when starters are not likely to be sharp or go the distance, the team has no longman. All the way up to the 3rd Wang start with no longman. This insane decision threw the whole bullpen into a quandry.

  94. Danny April 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Yankees bullpen – 64 innings, 6.47 ERA (28th in baseball)

    Top 3 bullpens -

    Red Sox – 59 IP, 2.41 ERA
    Mets – 58 IP, 2.78 ERA
    Oakland – 68 IP, 2.62 ERA

    Can we stop with the abuse nonsense? Boston’s bullpen has pitched 5 less innings and has an ERA 4 runs lower.

    The 4 teams ahead of us in bullpen IP all have lower ERAs, including Baltimore. So do all these teams have the excuse of not getting length from their starters?

  95. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “Laura lets not forget that Jorge missed a lot of spring training recovering from shoulder surgery. He is still trying to learn all the new pitchers on the roster.”

    I know, Jen. I’m just starting trouble simply because I can. :)

  96. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    “But nobody yet has been brave enough to address the question of why pitchers have asked not to have Posada as their catcher. ”

    ———–

    brave enough??

  97. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    If Molina was as good a catcher as some here think the Angels wouldn’t have traded him to the Yankees.

  98. pat April 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    A pitcher doesn’t like a pitch called he should shake the catcher off. End of story, no excuses.

  99. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    trisha,

    you’re making so many definitive statements without providing a shred of evidence to support the claims. you could be right but why would anybody believe it?

    aren’t you an attorney?

  100. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Murphy I think that is somewhere at the crux of it. And if a pitcher isn’t throwing a pitch he is comfortable throwing and things end up bad, the pitcher can’t be thrilled.

    So shouldn’t a pitcher feel a sense of comfort in shaking off a catcher?

    And in life, don’t you think that there are catchers who call better games than other catchers?

  101. Steve Balboni April 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Jerkface April 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Nome: because a player with a track record of dominance does not suddenly lose everything that they’ve had at the age of 23

    ———————————————-

    Oh how Dontrelle Willis, Rick Ankiel and Ollie Perez wish this were true. And they all had better track records than Joba.

  102. saucY April 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “Johnson didn’t want Jorge catching his games.”

    i thought there were off the field issues regarding Johnson and Posada? i could be wrong, but i thought i remembered reading something about that.

    anyone?

  103. franky b April 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    we kicked verlanders but last year in sept.i was there. good call ed.

  104. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “If Molina was as good a catcher as some here think the Angels wouldn’t have traded him to the Yankees.”

    ———-

    nobody is saying that Molina isn’t a very good backup catcher.

    It’s the idea that Posada is somehow to blame for the pitchers slow starts that doesn’t make much sense (certainly without any evidence of it).

  105. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    How specifically is Jorge the problem?

    How was his gamecalling in the first 5 innings on Saturday?

    Specifics as to why Posada is the problem? I’m not seeing it.

    AJ, not Posada, melted down on Saturday.

    Molina caught for all of last year. Now tell me how “great” that staff was last year and how well Molina did guiding them to a playoff run.

  106. O*Line April 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Burnett chokes away a 6-0 lead, by giving up big HR to their worst hitter and we blame the catcher.

    Hilarious.

  107. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Boston Dave – since I see other people making definitive statements here all the time without being questioned, I figured I would do the same thing.

    What kind of evidence are you looking for?

    About what particular thing?

  108. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “A pitcher doesn’t like a pitch called he should shake the catcher off. End of story, no excuses.”

    True, but too much shaking off doesn’t look good either. Remember that one game Andy pitched to Pudge? Pudge never caught Andy again. There wasn’t even an attempt to work things out. I thought that was very telling. It will also be very telling if AJ only throws to Molina from now on.

  109. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I think Joba would make a fantastic catcher.

    =============================

    I think we should have Joba play CF instead. AJax to the Bullpen.

    Championship ;)

  110. Zach in Port Jeff April 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “It’s the idea that Posada is somehow to blame for the pitchers slow starts that doesn’t make much sense (certainly without any evidence of it).”
    ==================
    But didn’t you hear Boston Dave, trashing Posada is all the rage these days. All the cool kids are doing it.

  111. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “Burnett chokes away a 6-0 lead, by giving up big HR to their worst hitter and we blame the catcher.

    Hilarious.”

    Burnett later said that he threw pitches that he was normally accustomed to throwing.

    Not quite so hilarious.

  112. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Danny: What’s the bullpen’s ERA without Claggett’s performance?

  113. V April 27th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “Oh how Dontrelle Willis, Rick Ankiel and Ollie Perez wish this were true. And they all had better track records than Joba.”

    What do Dontrelle and Ollie have in common? Ridiculously complicated mechanics.

    Rick Ankiel had emotional and physical (arm) issues.

    And no, Ollie and Ankiel did NOT have ‘better track records’.

  114. Largo April 27th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “The love affair between baseball fans and back up catchers is remarkable.”

    Its right behind the love affair between football fans and backup quarterbacks.

  115. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “But nobody yet has been brave enough to address the question of why pitchers have asked not to have Posada as their catcher. And please don’t pretend you’re hearing that for the first time right now.”

    The answer is, we don’t know.

    Let me ask you one. Is a pitcher asking for a particular catcher significant? How do you know, other than just by your opinions? Have you checked the other catchers and pitchers on other teams to find out whether pitchers asking for a specific catcher is common? Were there great catchers who some pitchers didn’t like to pitch to for some reason?

    Maybe you have looked into this, but my guess is you haven’t. But without knowing that, you can’t begin to decide whether Randy or Moose asking for another catcher is relevant to Jorge’s catching abilities.

  116. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “Can we stop with the abuse nonsense? Boston’s bullpen has pitched 5 less innings and has an ERA 4 runs lower. ”

    ——–

    what is the Yanks bullpen ERA in games not started by Wang?

    while those games count in the standings, they are clearly outlier starts that don’t help make a good assessment of the team as it currently stands.

    I’m sure it’s still not great but it’s much better than advertised thanks to the dud starts from Wang.

  117. V April 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Let’s trade our rotation to the Pirates. 27th championship, bay-bee!

    [/snark]

  118. Harper M April 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    How is A-Rod going to help the other hitters hit with RISP?

    And wasn’t one of the things A-Rod gets killed for is his lack of clutch hitting?

    Folks are expecting A-Rod to ride in on his white horse and save the day are going to be extremely disappointed. Right now, our issues go further than 3rd base.

  119. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Zach – I have nagging questions about Posada that started last season. I love his offense. I don’t trust his game calling.

    I am very comfortable without having other people agree with my take.

  120. Eric April 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    CB, thank you for trying to maintain sanity on the Joba issue. I honestly can’t believe that this is even a topic of debate AGAIN.

    Look, if Joba continues to pitch the way he has pitched in the rotation, then MAYBE the Yankees should CONSIDER putting him into the bullpen after another ~10 starts. The fact of the matter is that Joba doesn’t look like he did last year, and frankly he has been terrible so far. Despite his sub-4 ERA, his WHIP is > 1.8. No pitcher can be even remotely successful with a WHIP that high. But the answer is not to put him back in the bullpen. The answer is to get him back to doing whatever he was doing last year. I would take a 100-loss season this year if it meant that Joba was one year closer to becoming a dominating starter. Putting him in the bullpen would be ridiculously shortsighted, and would be the worst decision the franchise could possibly make. It would be the very definition of making a panic move.

  121. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    * that he was NOT accustomed to throwing

  122. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “Boston Dave – since I see other people making definitive statements here all the time without being questioned, I figured I would do the same thing.

    What kind of evidence are you looking for?”

    ———

    see SJ’s last post. you said there is definitely a problem with Posada. I’d like to know what the actual problem is. That’s all.

  123. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “Molina caught for all of last year. Now tell me how “great” that staff was last year and how well Molina did guiding them to a playoff run.”

    Oh, come on SJ44. You can’t possibly be trying to blame last year’s awful season on Molina. The team didn’t miss the playoffs because Molina was catching. There were like ten reasons we failed (first on the list, lousy pitching). I see the point you are trying to make, but I don’t think you can use that argument to make it.

  124. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Laura – It’s up to me now, turn on the bright lights!
    April 27th, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    “The starters aren’t struggling because of Posada. Their struggles are on them.”

    So SJ44, it’s just a coincidence that AJ’s one God awful game was with Posada catching? What about the fact that in his post game interview, AJ said that he was throwing pitches he wouldn’t normally throw? Sounds suspicious to me.

    ————————————————————

    Did you see those home run pitches that Molina called for on Friday night? It was awful.

  125. DT April 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    The pitcher has to make his pitch – if he doesn’t like what the catcher calls – shake him off.

    If a pitcher has to constantly shake a catcher off, guess it could mess with their rhythm – but I haven’t seen that. (not really looking that closely either)

  126. number 2 for prez April 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Posada has also only played in like 15 games since last june…did everyone forget about that??? give him time to get back in the swing of thihngs….actually, all you posada haters, go jump off the bridge and us rational yankee fans will enjoy this historic season!

  127. Zach in Port Jeff April 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    (meeting at the mound)
    AJ: Hey, what’re ya thinking?
    Jorge: I’m thinking throw a cookie…right down the middle…make sure you get it in his wheelhouse.
    AJ: Sounds good. Lets get this guy.
    ===================================
    Do people really think this happened?

  128. saucY April 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    if a pitcher came up or onto the yankee pitching staff, i doubt it would be newsworthy if they asked for Posada to be thier catcher…

  129. CB April 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “It will also be very telling if AJ only throws to Molina from now on.”

    It would. It would tell you how limited Burnett’s understanding of the game is were he to make that choice.

    Having posada in the game as a catcher maxmizes the yankees chances of winning.

    If the starting pitcher can’t see that and isn’t willing to get over his own hangups and learn to work with Posada for the benefit of the team than yes that would say a lot about Burnett.

    Clemens threw to posada. CC is fine with Posada. But somehow Burnett is simply too special to do so?

    I don’t see that in AJ at all. But were he to make that choice it would be very shortsighted and selfish of him.

    Much as it was when RJ and Moose made a similar choice.

  130. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Molina’s gamecalling is no magic elixir to poor location.

    He caught all last season and the same problems existed last year as this year.

    Pitchers have to go deeper into games.

    That’s on the pitchers, not the catchers.

  131. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I rummaged through all the comments on the last couple of threads and here’s my two cents.

    I respect SJ’s opinion because he is one of a dozen or so regulars who displays consistent well reasoned arguments and doesn’t jump off a bridge every time the Yanks lose a game.

    However, there are times when something just gets stuck in SJ’s craw and he suffers from “Overreaction-itis.” It doesn’t last very long but it regenerates once a month or so.

    It’s not a plague – just sort of like a 24-hr flu bug.

    CB is absolutely dead on about Joba. Moving him to the pen at all this season is a pure panic move that will have devastating repercussions in the organization for years to come.

    The only legitimate argument for moving Joba back to the pen is if he cannot physically handle the workload and we won’t have enough evidence to support that conclusion for a couple of years.

    The only way to turn this team around is for the starters to do what they’re supposed to do and give this team the innings we all thought we were going to get back in March.

    When the rotation improves – the bullpen will improve. It’s as simple as that.

    This team will get it’s swagger back when the rotation starts to roll consistently and shuts down their opponents.

    Add A-Rod to the middle of that lineup as well and suddenly this team will have it’s mojo back.

    But it all starts with the rotation. Strong starting pitching will cure what ails them.

  132. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “Folks are expecting A-Rod to ride in on his white horse and save the day are going to be extremely disappointed. Right now, our issues go further than 3rd base.”

    True, but his defense at 3B will be a hell of a lot better than what we are getting now. Also, don’t discount the effect A-Rod has on the team by being in the lineup. The lineup gets longer by his mere presence. Tex walked how many times on Saturday? That doesn’t happen when Alex gets back.

  133. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I just hope we see something relatively close to the Cy Young CC we paid for. I’m tired of watching the guy throw 89 mph fastballs and weak lazy curves its like he is still getting his work in and its nearly May!

  134. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    CB,

    can you see any clear or obvious issue with the way Posada calls a game?

    Plenty of people are suggesting it but simply saying something without reason for it isn’t very persuasive.

  135. RayVT April 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I think CC would make a great DH! Or perhaps we could Move AJ to the setup spot. CC to the 7th inning. Pettite as the 6th spot. And Joba as the 5th inning specialist! Then we’d have a 4 inning game! Lights out! LOL! Literally. There is a reason some people are starters and others relievers.

    Posada is a great Catcher. Molina is a nice defensive backup and spot starter.

    It just seems scary having a bench of (Gardner or Melky), (Ransom, Berroa or Pena), & Molina. It is even worse when you realize 2 of those guys are starters! Arod & Nady are missed. I find it hard to believe that Eric Duncan could have done worse than these bench players and he may have even surprised. Also, leave Melky alone. So he swings at some bad pitches. He is doing better than most of his competitors and he isn’t playing regularly and if he makes a mistake he could be in Girardi’s doghouse again. No way to say it except there was a real reason they fired Girardi in Florida! Now we know, he is not very good.

  136. Danny April 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Rebecca,

    Yankees bullpen has given up 46 ER in 64 innings for a 6.47 ERA.

    Subtracting Claggett’s numbers (1.2 IP, 8 ER) comes out to a 5.51 ERA (62.1 IP, 38 ER). That would rank 24th. Currently we are ranked 28th.

  137. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “Moose preferred Molina and said publicly that Molina was the best catcher he ever had call his games. Johnson didn’t want Jorge catching his games.”

    The only problem with your “theory” is that Moose won over 100 games with Jorge as his catcher.

    In fact IIRC, Moose won more games with Jorge as his catcher than with anyone else as his catcher.

    However, I’ll let you be the judge.

  138. Stop. April 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Give it up, JoPo bashers – you’re making fools of yourselves.

  139. CB April 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “The team didn’t miss the playoffs because Molina was catching. ”

    Molina was around 5-6 wins worse than Posada last year. 5-6 wins.

    The yankees missed the playoffs by 5 games.

    Molina killed them last year. Killed them. Not his fault as he’s a limited player.

    But the idea that there’s even a doubt as to who gives the team a better chance to win – regardless of what any pitcher wants for himself – is simply not accurate.

    Molina was horrible at the plate last year and he cost them many games with his terrible bat.

  140. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Did the Jeter hate morph into Posada hate or was it the Matsui hate.

  141. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Wave, pitchers not wanting Jorge became quite public. I didn’t look into it. I know I have not heard that about other catchers except for either Glavine or Maddox saying that they didn’t want Javy Lopez.

    In other words, I don’t think it’s a real common thing.

    “The answer is, we don’t know.”

    I know.

    I go back to looking at Rasner’s stats at the beginning of last season when he was on a 5-game, I believe, winning streak. He was being caught by Moeller. Maybe it was the familiarity thing I don’t know. But he lost his next 5 games, Moeller was no longer his catcher, and Jorge caught 4 out of the 5.

    Those are the thing I look at and question.

    BELIEVE ME, I want the whole thing to go away and I want to be dead wrong, and I want to be able to say I got that totally wrong. But I have more questions than answers about it, and I can see that I am not the only one. It isn’t like people aren’t noticing. And reporters are even asking questions. If we are all coming to the wrong conclusion, that will be heavenly.

    There is no winning percentage in my being right in this one.

  142. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    “The only problem with your “theory” is that Moose won over 100 games with Jorge as his catcher. ”

    ——-

    ray,

    I wouldn’t say the “only” problem with that theory but it’s one problem.

  143. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    or the Cano hate?

  144. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    As a matter of fact it was Molina who was catching when Mariano Rivera blew the game against Boston.

    I guess Rivera thought that Jorge was his catcher that night. Obviously he wouldn’t have blown the game if he had realized it was Molina who was behind the plate. :roll:

  145. CB April 27th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    “can you see any clear or obvious issue with the way Posada calls a game?”

    No I haven’t. I’ve seen no evidence of that.

  146. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    “I don’t see that in AJ at all. But were he to make that choice it would be very shortsighted and selfish of him.”

    I see your point, CB. However, if a guy is pitching to a catcher that he just doesn’t gel with, the Yankees are most likely losing that game anyway.

    Hey, I’m just stirring the pot here. I’m not saying that Posada is the reason the starting pitching has faltered. He most certainly can’t be blamed for CMW’s issues. I was just struck by what AJ said in his post game interview. He really made it sound like Posada was calling pitches that were not the norm for him. That doesn’t sound good to me. Again, it could be what Jennifer said; that Jorge hasn’t had time to learn the new guys yet. We’ll see.

  147. franky b April 27th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    by the way we can’t hit average pitching,are defence sucks, are bullpen sucks, bottom of the order is terrible,and were still talking about posada.

  148. DT April 27th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Two weeks from tomorrow, Serena’s book comes out –

    then we can stop discussing mundane stuff like Joba to the pen, why Posada can’t catch, why the bullpen can’t pitch –

    and talk about important stuff like where does A-rod party, who he hangs with, + where he buys his mirrors. (I’m sure Pete is counting the days, with blog-hitting breath)

  149. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Just kidding

    what was Moose’win % with jorge as compared to others.

    I think Jorge has been getting a bad rap here
    I thought he caught Wells’ perfect game was there more?

  150. murphydog April 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “And in life, don’t you think that there are catchers who call better games than other catchers?”

    Sure. But “better” is an interesting word, because it depends on the pitcher too and in plain English calling a “better” game usually means the effort resulted in a win, as opposed to a pitching gem tossed in a losing effort. IMO, “better” implicates offense as well as defense.

    Coney says he’d rather throw the wrong pitch with confidence than the right pitch if he doesn’t believe in it. Pettitte allegedly doesn’t like to think about the pitch, he just wants to be told what to throw. Moose liked to call his own game.

    What do you do? You can’t have personal catchers. Teammates on every team have to work together, catcher and the pitcher – they have to accommodate each other and make it work. So calling a “better” game really depends on a lot of factors, including the pitcher, IMO.

  151. Y26 April 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Bullpen in Wang’s starts

    @ BAL – 4.1 IP, 0 ER
    @ TB – 7 IP, 4 ER (3 unearned runs as well on that Pena/Cano error)
    vs. CLE – 7.2 IP, 14 ER (8 in 1.2 innings by Claggett)

  152. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Folks are expecting A-Rod to ride in on his white horse and save the day are going to be extremely disappointed. Right now, our issues go further than 3rd base.

    ———

    Maybe you haven’t seen this stat.

    Yanks without A-Rod:

    2008: 9-15
    2009: 9-9

    Yanks with A-Rod:

    2008: 80-58

    ————-

    The Yanks have had issues with RISP over the last couple of years. But the evidence suggests that he’s essential to this team’s success.

    They miss him badly. He will make this team considerably better when he returns.

  153. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    “The only problem with your “theory” is that Moose won over 100 games with Jorge as his catcher. In fact IIRC, Moose won more games with Jorge as his catcher than with anyone else as his catcher. ”

    That 100 games is over several seasons. He didn’t have his 20 win season until he hooked up with Molina. Make of that what you will. :wink:

  154. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Uncle, I don’t hate Posada. I am not reading that anyone questioning Posada hates Posada. I think he’s the main guts and grit on this team. I think he’s an amazing offensive catcher.

    I am questioning other things about his catching ability. So are some others. I think it’s okay for us to do that. I think we are comfortable with people not feeling our take is accurate. At least I am.

    I also agree that Molina’s offense is a problem, especially the more he catches games. Yes we saw that last year.

  155. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Laura, I am so happy that you are here.

    ;)

  156. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    “I think Jorge has been getting a bad rap here
    I thought he caught Wells’ perfect game”

    ————–

    He is getting a very bad rap, unless people can actually explain their position which nobody has done very well yet.

    If the Yankee pitchers were actually hitting Posada or Molina’s glove instead of missing with their location, we wouldn’t be discussing this.

  157. murphydog April 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    “Did the Jeter hate morph into Posada hate or was it the Matsui hate.”

    All of the above. It’s a free-floating rage.

    Some one person on this team is responsible for all of this and if enough individuals are blamed then surely they will have got the right one eventually. Scattergun :)

  158. Real World April 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    All the Joba to the bullpen talk is ridiculous. It’s April fellas. Quit panicing. The Yankees will be fine. The arms in the pen aren’t very experienced and simply need some time to work the kinks out.

  159. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “So SJ44, it’s just a coincidence that AJ’s one God awful game was with Posada catching? What about the fact that in his post game interview, AJ said that he was throwing pitches he wouldn’t normally throw? Sounds suspicious to me.”

    What AJ was probably referring to regarding his pitches was the fact that he threw 2 fastballs right down the middle to two mediocre hitters.

    AJ’s last game wasn’t exactly Van Gogh material either.

  160. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Changing topics.

    Molina and Pena are both in the lineup tonight.

    Our bench consists of Jorge, Berroa and Gardner.

    Let’s say we need to hit for Molina and Pena tonight. Let’s say we are down by one run in the eighth, the bases are loaded with one out and Molina and Pena are coming up.

    What are we going to do? Why do we have nine relievers and no bench? Surely we could find a use for John Rodriguez up here. I don’t get the Yanks’ thinking.

  161. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Trisha
    just making light.

    But seems that evertyday there is a different whipping boy here.

    guess who is next. I know.

  162. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    “I am questioning other things about his catching ability. So are some others. I think it’s okay for us to do that.”

    ———–

    saying there is a definitely a problem with Posada is hardly “questioning” him.

  163. CB April 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    “He will make this team considerably better when he returns.”

    People are really underestimating how much Alex will help them when he comes back.

    You really have to join two factors together to get a grip of how much he will help.

    And the first issue has nothing to do with Alex.

    1. How bad is cody ransom/berroa say compared to an average third baseman.

    Then you have to join that utter awfulness to:

    2. How much better is Alex than an average 3b.

    The difference when you combine those two things is staggering.

    It’s not like the yankees have had so-so production from 3rd base.

    They’ve essentially been playing 8 against 9. It’s been that bad.

    So the most important part of Alex coming back is that he’s not Cody Ransom.

    The second issue is that he is one of the top 5 players in the game.

  164. Rosa April 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Molina is a great catcher, as a hitter he is a dead out. They need Posada’s bat in the line-up the majority of the time. If the pitcher can’t hit location it is not Posada’s fault.

    AJ is a veteran not a rookie. It is his decision what pitch to throw.

    Don’t blame Posada for this terrible pitching.

  165. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Molina may very well call a ‘better’ game than Posada (I have no idea), yet I don’t think a single serious baseball person would say that the Yankees would be better off with Molina as the everyday catcher. This is pretty much a non-issue.

    And if AJ Burnett repeatedly throws pitches he doesn’t want to throw then he’s not the guy we thought we were getting.

  166. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    “All of the above. It’s a free-floating rage. ”

    I think that people are scratching their heads in shock at how poorly the Yankees are playing so far and they are grasping at any and all reasons to explain it.

  167. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Murph, maybe it’s just that Jorge has such a strong personality and likes to be in control of a game that pitchers who don’t want that rebel against it.

  168. Paddy R April 27th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    playing pena is not a difficult concept! good job here joe only took you three weeks! not going to get any offense from 3b until alex gets back, so just play the best defender.

  169. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    While I cannot wait until Alex returns, the pressure on him is going to be off the charts. Look for him to struggle a little right out of the gate.

  170. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    What’s with the pitch selection issue with Burnett and Posada/Molina?

    Saturday’s game is on Burnett – not Posada.

    I don’t recall Posada calling for a pitch right down the middle of the plate to Varitek (a career .200 hitter with the bases loaded).

    Besides, Burnett only throws two pitches for the most part – fastball and curveball – what’s the hangup?

    If he doesn’t like Posada calling for a fastball – then shake him off and throw the curveball – and vice versa.

    It’s not really that complicated since he really only throws two pitches. He may have only thrown one or two changeups the entire day.

    The Posada blame doesn’t make sense to me. The pitchers have to execute.

  171. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “AJ is a veteran not a rookie. It is his decision what pitch to throw. ”

    ———

    If AJ really had a problem and didn’t want to argue with Jorge over it during the game, I’d hope he could talk to him after the game about it so they could get on the same page.

    I sincerely doubt that Jorge is going to tell AJ to screw.

  172. CB April 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “Why do we have nine relievers and no bench? Surely we could find a use for John Rodriguez up here. I don’t get the Yanks’ thinking.”

    It’s even worse than that. Why is it that they have 9 relievers when the manager simply has no confidence in Jackson and will never put him in a competitive game?

    The lack of a bench is much worse when you consider the Jackson issue.

    He hasn’t pitched. Girardi clearly won’t use him unless it’s dire straits and the game is out of hand anyway.

    Why is Jackson here? It’s as baffling as when Torre would do the same thing.

  173. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “Molina may very well call a ‘better’ game than Posada (I have no idea), yet I don’t think a single serious baseball person would say that the Yankees would be better off with Molina as the everyday catcher. This is pretty much a non-issue.

    And if AJ Burnett repeatedly throws pitches he doesn’t want to throw then he’s not the guy we thought we were getting.”

    And I can’t disagree with any of that.

    So then it means that it is up to pitchers who want to call their own games to do just that. And for those who don’t, they leave it in Jorge’s hands, if he is their catcher, and what happens happens.

  174. RayVT April 27th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Perhaps Swisher should be the new setup man. Statistically he might be better but I’m not sure who was catching him and if his numbers were skewed! Wonder if Mo can play 3B?

  175. Mark D (formerly TGFizeek) April 27th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    It seems to me Girardi puts Molina behind the plate when he’s anticipating a duel. Seems he catches better pitchers and that may skew the numbers.

  176. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “playing pena is not a difficult concept”

    ——–

    perhaps the most rational post of the day :)

  177. polina or mosada April 27th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    what combination would you rather have?

    cc pitching to posada, or ponson pitching to molina

    (hint: its not the catcher, dummy, its the pitcher)…

  178. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    “guess who is next. I know.”

    YOU!!!!!

    :)

  179. Matty C April 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    fist pumping!!!

    This plumper is hilarious

  180. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    CB

    One more advantage when Arod returns. IT affects how the other team pitches to the lineup. With Arod in the middle makes a big difference. Also can affect pitch counts.

  181. Paddy R April 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    boston dave – serious or sarcastic? i hope serious, i’m not kidding about playing that kid at third!

  182. David Cone's Labrum April 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Do we know the extent of Alex’s limitations when he returns?

    Will he be 90%?

    Can he steal bases?

    Can he dive for a shot in the hole?

    Can he score from second on a single?

    Alex will help, no question – including those in front and behind him in the lineup, but will he be himself this year?

  183. CB April 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “Burnett only throws two pitches for the most part – fastball and curveball – what’s the hangup?”

    It’s so true. He won’t throw his change up so it’s not real complicated.

    On the flip side it’s not like it’s cracking cryptography to guess which pitch he is going to throw.

    So if you guess right like Varitek did and AJ throws the pitch in the middle of the plate it goes a long way.

    I posted this before – an amazing stat on AJ last year.

    He had the fastest average velocity in the game.

    Despite that there was a two month stretch where he couldn’t throw his curve for strikes.

    Hitter hit around .320 or so off of his fastball. Just pummeled it.

    Think about that – best average velocity. It’s not straight.

    And hitters destroyed the pitch.

    That’s what happens when you throw 2 pitches (because you refuse to use your change up despite it being a very good pitch…) and can’t command one of those 2 pitches.

    You get torched.

  184. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    “One more advantage when Arod returns. IT affects how the other team pitches to the lineup. With Arod in the middle makes a big difference. Also can affect pitch counts.”

    Yes. As I mentioned before, it will definitely have an affect on the rest of the lineup, most notably Tex, who will get better pitches to hit.

  185. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Take Youkilis out of the Sox lineup. Take Pujols from the Cardinals or Manny from the Dodgers.

    Alex’s absence is on par with any of these guys.

    The Red Sox can rejoice all they want about this sweep. They won fair and square.

    But they did it against a Yankee team that they won’t have the luxury of facing next time.

  186. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    “It’s so true. He won’t throw his change up so it’s not real complicated.”

    Do we know why AJ won’t throw the changeup? Does he lack faith in that pitch?

  187. JB April 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Molina catching CC is the way to go. Watch him pitch a much better game tonight, I guarantee.

  188. Joe April 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Can A-Rod pitch?

    Because we’re not going anywhere until this rotation/bullpen right themselves. That’s the key to the season.

  189. 86w183 April 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Just like the back up QB being the most popular guy on a team when their not scoring, the backup catcher is a hero when the pitchers struggle with the regular guy.

    I have never bought into the idea that some guys call a great game and others don’t. Catchers call pitches, often from the dugout, but pitchers make the decisions.

    When I hear a guy say “so-and-so calls such a good game I don’t have to think I just pitch” I want to scream. I don’t want a guy out there who isn’t thinking.

    3B is a disaster area. They should have tried plugging in Ray Durham or Mark Grudzielanek instead of what they’ve done. Pena should be playing SS in Scranton and while I lobbied for Berroa’s bat, I feel pretty stupiod about that position after watching him hack it up on the field.

  190. vin April 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    No one is really talking about it here, but am I the only one thrilled to see Cano consistently batting 5th (at least 4 out the last 5 games)? He hasn’t seemed to change his approach by being moved down in the order, and is still raking. I like the idea of his baserunning ability being in the middle of the order – ahead of the slow pokes like Posada and Matsui (once Alex comes back).

  191. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    This debate about the catching sistuation does not warrant this much attention….Molina is a great defensive Catcher with no offensive skills to speak of….Jorge is still one of the best in the game guys…..The real issue is the CF debacle…..Getting Alex and Nady in mid-may will cure all the offensive and defensive issues minus CF….Such little faith, and poor baseball insight is what leads to this nonsense

  192. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “Alex will help, no question – including those in front and behind him in the lineup, but will he be himself this year?”

    That is the $32mil question. Still, Alex Rodriquez at 50% efficiency is still better than the scrubs we’ve been trotting out at 3B this year.

  193. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    CB,

    AJ just needs that curve working. Staggering #s…

    Slugging percentage vs. Burnett

    Year Fastball – Curve/slider – Changeup

    2009 .525 .074 N/A
    2008 .482 .198 .259
    2007 .441 .150 .472

  194. Largo April 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    “It’s even worse than that. Why is it that they have 9 relievers when the manager simply has no confidence in Jackson and will never put him in a competitive game?”

    The manager certainly doesn’t have confidence in Jackson, but the real problem is the lack of position players on the 40 man, which someone was discussing earlier. Right now the only position player on the 40 man who is active is Miranda, and I don’t think he can come up for a few more days because of the 10 day rule. It looks like he was sent down on April 18th.

    So unless they find another person to put on the 60 day DL (not something we want to see), the only way to get a position player here is to get rid of one of the pitchers on the 40 man. Do you really want to do that for a couple days of John Rodriguez?

  195. RayVT April 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm
    Did the Jeter hate morph into Posada hate or was it the Matsui hate.
    ——————————————————–
    You forgot the Arod hate, Cano Hate, Torre Hate and Melky Hate. All their replacements were supposed to be Gods! I don’t understand even the Berroa hate, because a .100 hitter like Pena is suppose to be the answer?

  196. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    And by the way, other than my extreme disdain for Alfred E., mostly fueled by his cavalier attitude about the way he pitched in the Bronx, I am not a huge proponent of, advocate for, or purveyor of the blame game. I don’t particularly buy it, and I don’t often do it.

    But I have been questioning stuff around Jorge for a while now, outwardly since last season. My happiest moments are when there are answers forthcoming and in this case especially answers that end up allaying my concerns.

    I never have a problem with saying I was wrong.

    I have said I was wrong about Pettitte and about Tex. (I do believe Tex is the goods and we needed him desperately, despite not thinking so in the offseason.)

    I hope a day comes when I can say I was definitely in the wrong ballpark in questioning Jorge’s game calling!

  197. CB April 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    “Do we know why AJ won’t throw the changeup? ”

    Blue Jay fans wondered that for several years.

    Don’t know. I get the sense he thinks he doesn’t need it to win.

    And as long as he can command the curve he doesn’t. But when he loses his curve ball Burnett falls to pieces.

    That’s what happened saturday.

    His change up is a very good pitch. He just won’t throw it. Just refuses.

    That’s why when he talks about learning to pitch more as he has gotten older – it’s all relative.

    Sure he’s better than he was at 23.

    But Joba might be a better “pitcher” than Burnett is right now.

    Joba’s trying to get better. Burnett is trying to stay healthy and win with two pitches which is a recipe that will work for him if those two pitches are going. But if they are not he’ll get hit.

    AJ really has no backup plan when he’s on the mound.

  198. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    p.s. those #s were prior to the Boston start

  199. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Whether or not Molina calls a better game than Jorge, or Jorge calls a better game than Molina, it won’t make nearly as much difference as not having anyone to pinch hit for both Molina and Pena if we need to.

    Having a bench of 3 players makes no sense.

  200. K-Zone April 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Because Jackson should only pitch if the game is out of hand. He is our ‘long man’. He might go weeks without pitching.

  201. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “No one is really talking about it here, but am I the only one thrilled to see Cano consistently batting 5th (at least 4 out the last 5 games)?”

    You should be hard pressed to find anyone not happy with what Cano has been doing – in any spot in the batting order. This guy has really turned it around. I don’t know if it was the change in his batting stance or if he was worried about being traded, but both his offense and defense have been one of the few brights spots in this very young season.

  202. murphydog April 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “Murph, maybe it’s just that Jorge has such a strong personality and likes to be in control of a game that pitchers who don’t want that rebel against it.”

    Well put. Still, a teammmate pitcher must learn to work with Po just like Po must learn to work with a pitcher.

  203. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    trisha,

    I didn’t mean to single you out. I admire your passion for the Yanks especially because I share it.

    I hope you’re wrong about Posada though. I haven’t personally seen evidence of it and hope I never do :)

  204. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    But when you need that bases-loaded walk-off HBP, Molina is the man you want at bat.

  205. saucY April 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    here is the Johnson/Posada story i remembered reading. not sure of the validity, but kinda funny regardless…

    http://deadspin.com/125765/gro.....ttery-feud

  206. Fran April 27th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “Having a bench of 3 players makes no sense.”

    It doesn’t but right now the Yankees are carrying the extra pitcher because the bullpen is being used so much.

  207. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “Having a bench of 3 players makes no sense.”

    And having a bench of 3 bad players is even worse. At this point, I’m ready to bring Ruben Sierra out of retirement.

  208. murphydog April 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “I think that people are scratching their heads in shock at how poorly the Yankees are playing so far and they are grasping at any and all reasons to explain it.”

    Also true, in that this well describes what people are doing. But the key word is “grasping.” IMO, nobody should be grasping in April.

  209. Wild Card April 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    haha Molina walk off HBP. So true.

  210. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Pat M

    I agree about CF. I was hoping Gardner was going to hit enough because his speed would have been an asset. It appears as though he isn’t up to it.

    When it comes to Cameron I’ve looked at his career numbers and don’t get excited. Plus I’m not sure he’s worth the cost.

    What candidates do you see available?

  211. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “It doesn’t but right now the Yankees are carrying the extra pitcher because the bullpen is being used so much.”

    Remind me again how many innings Stephen Jackson has pitched. I forget…

  212. Nick April 27th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    CB,

    That’s what it comes down to with AJ. He is a 2 pitch pitcher and when his curve isin’t biting, he is screwed.

    He needs to stop being stubborn and throw his changeup more. Otherwise, starts like Saturday won’t be so rare. That’s the nature of a two pitch pitcher.

  213. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    “But when you need that bases-loaded walk-off HBP, Molina is the man you want at bat.”

    LOL! You guys are acting like Molina never gets on base and is batting .000. If memory serves, he had a pretty good offensive game the last time he played.

  214. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    If CC pitched well tonight, is that because a very good pitcher would just be doing his job or will it be because of Molina?

    More importantly, how would you know?

    CC won a Cy Young with Victor Martinez, a historically bad defensive catcher, catching him.

    Cliff Lee did the same last year.

    It’s the pitcher people, not the catcher.

  215. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “And having a bench of 3 bad players is even worse. At this point, I’m ready to bring Ruben Sierra out of retirement.”

    I bet you never thought you’d look back fondly and say “those were the days”.

  216. Sea Net April 27th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    We pinch hit Melky for Berroa on Saturday. Against Oakland we pinch hit Gardner for Ransom.

    What is wrong with those statements?

  217. AD April 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    9-9. Lets Relax, we’ll get hot soon, is a 12-11 April with all our Injuries really that bad (Assuming we go 3-2 the rest of this month).

    Joe is working with what he’s got for players, However I really haven’t been impressed lately with his refusal to use the young guys in big spots… I mean isn’t that what p1ssed us all off about Torre?

    Lets get healthy by June 1 and Take off….

    Go Yanks
    Sox still and always suck

  218. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    AJ’s always been a bit of a wild pitcher. The Yankees, I’m sure, knew that when they signed him.

  219. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    trisha,

    You have still not answered Wave Your Hat’s earlier questions about Posada. How exactly does Posada call a game that is inferior to Molina? What specifically does Posada do that your expert eye has caught on to?

  220. DT April 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Let Molina catch… Have Posada wear a Molina mask when he bats in his place.
    Of course to complete the ruse he’d have to run slower than my aunt Bertha to first.

  221. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    saucY

    No way do I believe that. First of all no way do the Yankees have rooms that over look the pool. And I simply don’t believe it.

  222. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Wave Your Hat
    April 27th, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    “And having a bench of 3 bad players is even worse. At this point, I’m ready to bring Ruben Sierra out of retirement.”
    I bet you never thought you’d look back fondly and say “those were the days”.
    =======================================
    Hey, Ruben was awesome. He could look AWFUL during an AB, completely overmatched, and somehow get a hit. Clutch Ruben.

    I always thought he should have played Othello. Whenever he got a hit, I would shout:

    “I Love the Moor!”

  223. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Hey there were some on here that wanted Angel at third, well they got their wish for at least one night.

    The grass isn’t always greener. Just wait till Alex comes back, he’ll get a huge standing O

  224. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    The Yankees really need to work on roster management. For years Cashman has been really terrible at it. Right now there are at least 4 guys on the 25 man roster that are useless to the team. Veras, Albaladejo, Jackson and Berroa are either really crappy players or really unreliable.

    Carrying 9 relievers is absurd, the Yankees need a bench.

  225. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    “CC won a Cy Young with Victor Martinez, a historically bad defensive catcher, catching him.

    Cliff Lee did the same last year.

    It’s the pitcher people, not the catcher.”

    ———-

    SJ44,

    I agree 100%. However, who really decides what catchers are good at ‘calling a game’ ?

    We hear how Varitek is the master because pitchers like Pedro, Schilling, Beckett, and Lester have done well.

    Maybe Tek is great but how do we judge that aspect of the game?

    and vice versa, what makes a catcher bad at calling a game? how can we judge that?

    Or is this more a construct of the fans/media as they try to convince themselves they know more about the game?

  226. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    “Molina catching CC is the way to go. Watch him pitch a much better game tonight, I guarantee.”

    Correlation does not imply causation.

    CC may very well pitch a good game tonight. Doesn’t mean it’s because Molina is behind the plate.

    One of the more OBVIOUS reasons if he pitches a better game is simply he had better stuff.

  227. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “It’s the pitcher people, not the catcher.”

    Unfortunately, I think Selena Roberts has a whole chapter on this subject in her Arod book. :(

  228. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    They’re kidding, right?

    http://www.fannation.com/truth.....co?cnn=yes

  229. vin April 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “We pinch hit Melky for Berroa on Saturday. Against Oakland we pinch hit Gardner for Ransom.

    What is wrong with those statements?”

    You’re right… it probably should’ve been Swisher both times. Unfortunately, things never seem to go as planned. Swish is perfect for that role, though… switch-hitter, significant power, works counts (especially useful if its a pitcher who was just brought in from the BP).

  230. Joe (Utica) April 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    WOW lots of Posada bashers. LOL. How could you people honestly believe he forgot how to call a game? There are a lot of things that decline over the life of a career but forgetting how to call a game after 15 years behind the plate is a first for me.

  231. A-List April 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Burnett walked 86 in 220 innings last year.

    He’s not exactly Greg Maddux. He’s going to have plenty of games where he doesn’t have control. Such is the life of an erratic power pitcher.

  232. Fran April 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    SJ44,

    At what point does Dave Eiland take a hit for this pitching mess? I know that he can’t go out and pitch for these guys, but what about correcting mechanical flaws,arm slots, etc?

  233. yankee 822 April 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Rebecca,

    As a Giants fan, Plax was great for us. He;s a knucklehead, but the guy can play and has sick size.

    He’ll help Sanchez a lot and you have Cotchery on the other side too.

  234. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    “I always thought he should have played Othello. Whenever he got a hit, I would shout:

    “I Love the Moor!”

    I thought is was Moop?

  235. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Pat M brings up a good point and I think I have to say he was spot on about this one and boy I called it wrong, at least so far. Well we were both wrong and perhaps both right, through the thing I was right about was the wrong thing to be right about! Ya got all that???

    I think Pat M was saying (or at least someone was saying, and I thought it was him) that Cashman would definitely get a CF. I was unequivocal in saying he wasn’t going to do it and would go with one of the kids. Pat M, I believe, said we unequivocally needed to trade for a good CF. I said I totally disagreed.

    Pat M is that correct so far, in terms of what you were saying?

    I now think we needed to trade for a good offensive CF and Pat M was correct.

    That is something I hate to do, and that is Monday morning quarterback, because it’s easy to second guess yourself once something has happened. And I am sure there are people who will say that we haven’t given Brett enough of a chance and he will come around. And maybe that’s true too!

    But from what I have seen at least to date, maybe we did need a seasoned CF. By the way, I was all for getting Cameron.

    So maybe Pat M and I only disagreed on whether Cashman would actually do it!

    This past weekend has totally confused my life. And it was that little “showoff” Ellsbury who put the stake through my heart. I can deal with getting swept. Getting shown up that way, on top of it, well that was pain that still sits there.

    Stealing home. One of the most awesome things I think I have ever seen. Didn’t Arod do it as part of a double steal once?

  236. CB April 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    “He needs to stop being stubborn and throw his changeup more. Otherwise, starts like Saturday won’t be so rare. That’s the nature of a two pitch pitcher.”

    But he’s not going to. It just is what it is. I don’t think he’s going to change until he starts losing velocity in a couple of years.

    It’s the way it’s been for years now.

    To me that is the big question when he talks about becoming more of pitcher.

    It’s just isn’t about throwing at a lower velocity but also learning how to mix pitches.

    Tough to do when you throw a 4 seam, two seamer and a curve ball and you don’t use your two seamer very much – never mind the change.

  237. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I thought *it* was Moop?

  238. rconn23 April 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “AJ really has no backup plan when he’s on the mound.”

    You’re certainly on point with that. That’s why at age 32, he has yet to be the ace that some seem to believe he is.

    Everyone needs to take a “jury is still out” approach on Burnett, instead of crowning him the Cy Young award winner after he threw a couple of good games, and then destroying him after he stunk up the joint in Fenway.

    Has he got swing and miss stuff? Sure. But he walks a lot of batters. Always has. Roy Halladay he ain’t.

    If you’re counting on A.J. to be your staff ace, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Just hope he can be a soild No.2 like he was last year.

  239. vin April 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “Or is this more a construct of the fans/media as they try to convince themselves they know more about the game?”

    Bingo!!! I personally stay out of that issue because despite having watched a heck of a lot of baseball in my life, the people who really have a good handle on calling games are those who have played a lot of baseball. Unfortunately for me, my career ended in little league. :(

  240. saucY April 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    jennifer, i remembered reading that a few years ago. it’s probably not true as it’s the only place i’ve ever seen or heard about it since. the blog the original story is from is no longer up, either…

  241. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    “CC may very well pitch a good game tonight. Doesn’t mean it’s because Molina is behind the plate.”

    But it also could meant that. As much as it may not, it also might.

  242. Fran April 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    O/T, but there are now 2 confirmed cases of swine flu in my apartment building. Fortunately they are not too severe,but I am getting a little nervous to say the least.

  243. Tom B April 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    all of you calling for molina over posada are nuts… i wached this guy tell edwar to throw 9 changups IN A ROW last season… he did the same thing with joba late in the year, basically throwing 90% hard sliders…

    its not a changeup when there’s no change…

  244. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    “I always thought he should have played Othello. Whenever he got a hit, I would shout:
    “I Love the Moor!”
    I thought is was Moop?
    ====================================
    That you, Iago?

  245. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Fran: Is there a relative you can stay with, if it gets to that point?

  246. DT April 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “I thought it was Moop?”

    don’t mess with the bubble boy.

  247. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    “the people who really have a good handle on calling games are those who have played a lot of baseball”

    ———–

    it doesn’t seem that hard though. pitchers know they can throw Melky breaking stuff in the dirt followed by high heat.

    statistics are readily available to everyone about every hitter in the league and where they hit, where they don’t, tendancies, etc

    I guess I almost assume that in this day and age, every catcher must know what the opponents hitters strengths and weaknesses are and that ‘calling a game’ is not a skill but whether or not the catcher spent 20 minutes reading the report that was printed out the night before.

  248. vin April 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    ““I thought it was Moop?”

    don’t mess with the bubble boy.

    There’s nothing finer than eating at your diner.

    What a funny episode…

  249. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    That diner was across the street from my apt. Never went in there, though.

  250. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Regarding CF, let’s time travel all the way back to January.

    Back then, we were burning up Pete’s blog arguing whether the Yanks ought to get Cameron to play CF, or get another pitcher.

    The issue was payroll room, remember? Cameron cost about $10MM, and we thought the then available pitchers (Pettitte, Lowe and somebody else I forget) would cost at least that.

    We fought over that for days, but I think almost all of us agreed that we couldn’t have both Cameron and the fifth top starter. It was Cameron and Hughes, or Pettitte/Lowe and Gardner/Cabrera.

    I know I went back and forth on that, and so did almost everyone, but I think by the end most of us agreed with Cashman that the extra good pitcher would be safer than the better CF.

    I think it’s too soon to decide we were mistaken then, and it’s also too soon to forget that it was never the option to have both a good CF and a sure-fire fifth starter.

    It’s only been 18 games, folks. Let’s give it some more time.

  251. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    86w183
    April 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    Just like the back up QB being the most popular guy on a team when their not scoring, the backup catcher is a hero when the pitchers struggle with the regular guy.

    I have never bought into the idea that some guys call a great game and others don’t. Catchers call pitches, often from the dugout, but pitchers make the decisions.

    When I hear a guy say “so-and-so calls such a good game I don’t have to think I just pitch” I want to scream. I don’t want a guy out there who isn’t thinking.

    3B is a disaster area. They should have tried plugging in Ray Durham or Mark Grudzielanek instead of what they’ve done. Pena should be playing SS in Scranton and while I lobbied for Berroa’s bat, I feel pretty stupiod about that position after watching him hack it up on the field.

    ————————————————————

    When has Grudzielanek or Durham ever played an exceptable third base? For the last 4 years, they couldn’t even play an exceptable 2nd base. Grudzielanek played 31 games in 1995. None sense. Gurham has never played third base, not in the majors or minors. They’d be a great help. Neither can play shortstop, either. Unless you care to count the 8 games for Gruzielanek played since 1999.

  252. Fran April 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Rebecca, I could go and stay with one of my brother’s family out on LI if I had to. Three students that go to St. Francis Prep live in my building. Two have it, the third student is sick as well but was told it was not swine flu.

  253. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I’ll tell you what, vin. Send me a new picture with a new inscription and then I’ll send you back this one.

    Great episode in a season of great episodes.

  254. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Hello to all,

    I wanted to get some of your views on Tex. I’m still trying to figure him out.

  255. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    None sense

    ***None Since***

    Or ***nonsense***

    Means the same thing.

  256. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “And having a bench of 3 bad players is even worse. At this point, I’m ready to bring Ruben Sierra out of retirement.”

    {I bet you never thought you’d look back fondly and say “those were the days”.}

    Aside from that one blip when he complained that “all the Yankees wanted to do was win”, I was a big Ruben Sierra fan. He always seemed to come through when we needed it.

  257. yankee 822 April 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Pitchers like Burnett are too stubborn to use the changeup until they lose velocity.

    It’s a shame. Burnett could be so much better but he refuses to take the next step.

    His career has been all about disappointments and unfulfilled potential. That’s why I don’t buy his explanation about changing. There is more to become a different pitcher than not throwing hard. His true maturation will be when he starts mixing his pitches better and uses the change.

  258. Dave D, April 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    The Mets bench is so good

    Sheffield, Tatis, Ramon Castro,

    I’d take any of those guys over our last 3 hitters or bench.

  259. DT April 27th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I need to read up on this swine flu stuff…. it sounds serious.

    I don’t want to end up like this.

    http://tiny.cc/cywWZ

  260. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    “I wanted to get some of your views on Tex. I’m still trying to figure him out.”

    Plays a wicked 1B. Not as clutch as I would like, but I think that will come. Overall, a nice guy.

  261. vin April 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    “I guess I almost assume that in this day and age, every catcher must know what the opponents hitters strengths and weaknesses are and that ‘calling a game’ is not a skill but whether or not the catcher spent 20 minutes reading the report that was printed out the night before.”

    There is more to it than that. I’ll never forget SJ44 commenting on the way Molina caught Bruney after a game earlier this season. He basically noted that Molina called a series of consecutive breaking balls which forced Bruney to focus on his mechanics so he can properly execute… then when it came time for the fastball, his mechanics were so sound at that point he was able to “pitch” instead of his usual trying to throw the ball through a wall.

    It’s the subtleties of the game that most fans aren’t trained to see, but have a huge impact, nonetheless.

  262. R+ April 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    CC better step up today.

    Time for the team to stop making excuses and just win. Find a way. Grind out a win like Boston does.

  263. Kelsy April 27th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    About the Molina vs. Posada argument, What is more important: Molina’s game-calling ability or Posada’s bat? This team fell apart last year, and my most accounts, losing Posada was a big reason why.
    I’m expecting Teixeira to go on a tear once A-Rod returns. By then, he should be warmed up (historically slow starter), and A-Rod behind will give him less walks and much more pitches in the zone.
    Berroa has a few throws the first on bunts that A-Rod (at 100%) may have been able to make. He has a much stronger arm, and may not need to bounce the ball to get it to Teix.

  264. Stop. April 27th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Stirring the pot isn’t always what’s called for. Sometimes it’s annoying.

  265. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    “It’s only been 18 games, folks. Let’s give it some more time.”

    The problem is that many fans assumed that we’d be 18-0 right now. This is what happens when you live in a fantasy world. It hurts like hell when reality sets in.

  266. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    He needs to give Melky the ED job, and either put Gardner on the bench, where he can really help us as a PR, or send him down and let him work on his game and that 48 OPS+.

    Let Melky prove he can’t put up .270-.280/.350, though I expect him to.

  267. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “April 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    “I always thought he should have played Othello. Whenever he got a hit, I would shout:
    “I Love the Moor!”
    I thought is was Moop?
    ================================
    That you, Iago?”

    I prefer MacBeth:

    Is this a bullpen before me?
    The reliever towards the mound?
    Come, let me root for thee!
    Thy has no outs and yet I see thee still
    Art thou not, fatal fastball
    Sensible to Veras as to Mo?
    Or art thou but a bullpen of the mind?
    A hypothetical concept
    Proceding from the pitch-count oppress’d starters?
    I see thee yet, in form as palpable
    As the sweat on my nervous brow.
    Thou marshall’st me to my cardiologist;
    And such a doctor I cannot afford to use.
    Mine starters are made the fools o’ the other teammates,
    Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still,
    And on thy brow and elsewhere gouts of sweat,
    Which was not so before. There’s no such thing:
    It is the baseball business which informs
    Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the old forgotten lead
    the Yankees seem dead, and nightmares of sweeps abuse
    My once pleasant dreams; Red Sox celebrate
    Pale Marte’s offerings, and wither’d Andy,
    Alarum’d by his sentinel, Posada,
    Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his inability to call a good game.
    With Ellsbury’s ravishing strides, towards his design
    Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
    Hear not the bullpen’s steps, which way they walk, for fear
    Thy very stones prate of a lead now lost,
    And take the present horror from the time,
    Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, it lives:
    Pitches to the heat of bats too cold breath gives.

    Hear it not, Yankees, for it is a knell
    Whether to summon thee to October, or to golf.

  268. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    GB7

    Rather than try to get something off the scap heap like that to play third they might as well play Pena till Arod comes back. Agree?

  269. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I believe that Burnett will end up as the staff ace. I don’t particularly care if nobody else believes so! And until the end of the season, you won’t be able to say whether that belief is correct or incorrect.

    See unlike some other posters who seem to think that if they think it it is etched in stone (you know who you are) I am always willing to say that something is my strong belief and if I am proven wrong, so be it!

    “see SJ’s last post. you said there is definitely a problem with Posada. I’d like to know what the actual problem is. That’s all.”

    Boston Dave, I had to go all the way back to read the earlier posts to find this.

    The thing I consider to be the definite problem is that there are pitchers who have asked that he not be their catcher.

    Anyway, I will catch up on the rest once I hit home.

    Later y’all.

  270. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Burnett threw I think 1 change on Saturday. 1.

  271. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    The Mets also play in the NL. They NEED a bench. It’s out of necessity.

  272. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “Pitchers like Burnett are too stubborn to use the changeup until they lose velocity.”

    ———–

    I doubt he feels as comfortable with the change. He didn’t even start using it until recently.

    It’s hard to argue with results. If it ain’t broke, I don’t want AJ to try and fix it (yet).

    I believe AJ worked on the change in spring training and should continue to work on it.

    That said, if he isn’t comfortable with it yet, you can’t blame him for not using it in games. It will continue to be a work in progress until he is better with it.

    It would be nice if he could mix it in but not if he can’t control it. Nothing worse than a bad changeup up in the zone.

  273. CB April 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    “I think it’s too soon to decide we were mistaken then, and it’s also too soon to forget that it was never the option to have both a good CF and a sure-fire fifth starter.”

    This is true. So I guess I’m saying they should have upped their pay roll.

    Which is what I think they’ll wind up doing anyway midseason on CF.

    But if they were going to go with Gardner they should have had a better bench.

    Having Melky on the bench is in many ways not helpful when gardner is the starter.

    They could have signed Gabe Kapler for $1M and he would have been very useful right now.

    That was a guy I thought could make a good bench player and could play CF in a spot if Gardner wasn’t producing.

  274. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I have been on this since the beginning of the year…they didn’t address their 3rd base( when AROD went down) or CF problem…their OF right now is as bad as it gets

  275. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    “The thing I consider to be the definite problem is that there are pitchers who have asked that he not be their catcher. ”

    ———

    Ok – but there are 50+ pitchers who were fine with Posada. So yes, there was a definite problem for Mussina and Randy Johnson.

  276. John April 27th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Pete – how’s the weather in Detroit? I’m in Ann Arbor and it looks like there won’t be a game tonight. Is it any better in the dying city?

  277. jonnie baseball April 27th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    great article in the new york observer regarding the yankees hierarchy and philip hughes.

    http://www.observer.com/2009/w.....hil-hughes

  278. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Fran: stay safe. That’s serious stuff.

    I will almost certainly make ‘swine flu’ jokes in the coming hours and days because pretty much any type of animal word + flu = comedy gold and when the word is ‘swine’ it’s more like comedy platinum. But I won’t be making light of anyone’s actual situation or fears.

    Case in point: has the C.D.C. quarantined this guy yet?

    http://tinyurl.com/cr2su8

  279. vin April 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    “…
    Hear it not, Yankees, for it is a knell
    Whether to summon thee to October, or to golf.”

    Outstanding, Rebecca!

  280. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Rebecca – good job

  281. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Laura, AJ as the pitcher was in complete control. For whatever reason (he said he was in such a groove that he didn’t think much), he didn’t shake him off. AJ didn’t make any bones about it – the fault was his.

  282. F7 TD April 27th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Hughes need to pick CC’s brain about throwing all 4 pitches, not Burnett’s.

    Burnett is 2 pitch pitcher, which is why he has not fulfilled his potential. No backup plan when his curve isin’t working.

  283. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Before I go, and I just read a few more of the posts, Fran – don’t take chances. Please just pack up and go stay with someone. As long as you have a computer and YES, you’ll be good to go.

  284. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    MaineYankee
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm
    GB7

    Rather than try to get something off the scap heap like that to play third they might as well play Pena till Arod comes back. Agree?

    ————————————————————

    There’s just nobody available that’s worth going after. NYY’s only other option besides Pena is Eric Duncan. His hitting record is really spotty until this year. The other problem is his defense. He may have found his calling as a corner outfielder. The back issues and worrying about his defense have have finally released hit hitting talents.

    There’s just not much help at third.

  285. Mad Max April 27th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Cashman tried to catch lightening in a bottle with the bench – Ensberg, Sexon, Berroa, etc.

    Guys who had history of big time success and could be a steal.

  286. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    vin and uncle ellsworth: Thank you, thank you very much!

  287. vin April 27th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Going with Gardner/Melky into the season made sense… up until the point where Alex got injured. Combining the CFs and Ransom has been a tough pill to swallow. Especially with Matsui’s aches, Nady’s elbow, and Molina’s occassional starts.

  288. DT April 27th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks for coming out on the comedy ledge with me Rickles.

    and I echo what Nick said. Hopefully no one here has to deal with any scary diseases…..

  289. Yank1 April 27th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    If Burnett actually used his change, even a little, to accompany his curve and FB, it would be unfair.

    I’m sure numerous pitching coaches have suggested it to him but he probably doesn’t listen.

    Remember, he is already 32… he isin’t going to throw this hard forever. That change is very important for him down the road and it could make him even better now.

  290. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    It looks doubtful that they play tonight. Weather.com says Thunderstorms all evening.

  291. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Rebecca: excellent work. You’ve raised your game!

  292. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I don’t think there is any way AJ would ever specifically ask for Molina as a catcher. Let’s give the man a little credit here. He’s been a great teammate in many ways – I just don’t see him putting himself before the team.

    Boston Dave, agreed. Does he get any extra credit for pitching great with a change? I don’t think he threw many in that game, if any – does that take away from his performance? The fact is, most Yankee fans are going to be skeptical of AJ until he puts together another big year and stays healthy- he understands that.

  293. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    with all the money they spend Gardner/Melky was never a good idea..they haven’t had a good hit-catch CF since Bernie was young.

  294. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Rebecca-Optimist Prime
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm
    “April 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm
    Nick in SF
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    “I always thought he should have played Othello. Whenever he got a hit, I would shout:
    “I Love the Moor!”
    I thought is was Moop?
    ============================
    That you, Iago?”
    I prefer MacBeth:
    Is this a bullpen before me?
    The reliever towards the mound?
    Come, let me root for thee!
    Thy has no outs and yet I see thee still
    Art thou not, fatal fastball
    Sensible to Veras as to Mo?
    Or art thou but a bullpen of the mind?
    A hypothetical concept
    Proceding from the pitch-count oppress’d starters?
    I see thee yet, in form as palpable
    As the sweat on my nervous brow.
    Thou marshall’st me to my cardiologist;
    And such a doctor I cannot afford to use.
    Mine starters are made the fools o’ the other teammates,
    Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still,
    And on thy brow and elsewhere gouts of sweat,
    Which was not so before. There’s no such thing:
    It is the baseball business which informs
    Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the old forgotten lead
    the Yankees seem dead, and nightmares of sweeps abuse
    My once pleasant dreams; Red Sox celebrate
    Pale Marte’s offerings, and wither’d Andy,
    Alarum’d by his sentinel, Posada,
    Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his inability to call a good game.
    With Ellsbury’s ravishing strides, towards his design
    Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
    Hear not the bullpen’s steps, which way they walk, for fear
    Thy very stones prate of a lead now lost,
    And take the present horror from the time,
    Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, it lives:
    Pitches to the heat of bats too cold breath gives.
    ===================================

    Well done, Rebecca!

    But I think Girardi is probably guilty of taking BP arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, risking ending them (the arms, not the troubles).

    More of a Hamlet guy myself ;) .

    Nah, really, I think we’re fine.

    “Take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.”

  295. Fran April 27th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Nick,

    Now that picture was scary!!

  296. Gates April 27th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    If you look at his game log, AJ has had games like yesterday quite a few times last year. Such is the life of a two pitch pitcher with mediocre command.

    It has nothing to do with Posada. AJ walked 7 guys when Molina caught him last week and was saved by his defense and Albaladejo or his line wouldn’t have looked as good.

    How about the gem that CC threw to Posada? His only good start of the year.

  297. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    cabrerra, molina, and pena, Sweeeeeeeeet bottom of the lineup right there…..

  298. DT April 27th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    good job Rebecca.

    It worked best for me, if I pictured A-rod reciting that in front of a mirror.

  299. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I know this means very little now, but clearly the decision not to sign Carlos Beltran in December of 2004 has haunted this team ever since…..Bubba Crosby was not ever going to be the answer……

  300. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Alas, poor torick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
    of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
    borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
    abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
    it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
    not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
    gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
    that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
    now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
    Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let
    her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must
    come; make her laugh at that

    This Yorick guy sounds familiar

  301. Code X April 27th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Toronto is 14-6 and has won every series this year.

    Maybe they are here to stay. We all thought Tampa would go away eventually last year and they never did. Like Tampa, Toronto is doing it with great young pitching and the best pitcher in the AL leading the way.

  302. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    this CF problem they have didn’t start all of a sudden…I believe T Hunter was a FA in 2008…would have been a nice player to have at 32 years old

  303. pat April 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Update on Alex and Wang:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  304. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    “Toronto is 14-6 and has won every series this year.

    Maybe they are here to stay. We all thought Tampa would go away eventually last year and they never did. Like Tampa, Toronto is doing it with great young pitching and the best pitcher in the AL leading the way.”

    But they haven’t played any of the big 3 in the AL East. Let’s see how they do when they play us, BOS and TB.

  305. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    CB-

    I agree with most of your 5:16pm post. The choice to go with both Cabrera and Gardner, and to forego someone cheap like Kapler or even Baldelli for the bench, seems like a failure to choose by the Yanks rather than a positive choice. Probably driven by Melky being out of options.

    Remember, though, things looked better before Nady’s injury. Then, the Yanks did appear to have some bench, at least.

    I also agree that in the past, at least, they’d not worry about payroll and go get someone in mid-summer to play CF.

    But I see a new $1.5 billion dollar stadium, and expensive empty seats, and wonder how anxious the Yanks will be to add significant payroll this year.

  306. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Dang, that weather forecast looks ominous indeed

  307. James April 27th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I have no idea how Cashman thought we could live with an automatic out at the bottom of our lineup.

    He could have had Cameron for nothing and he passed. One of the biggest errors of the winter and we’re paying the price now.

  308. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    Alas, poor torick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
    of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
    borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
    abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
    it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
    not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
    gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
    that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
    now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
    Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let
    her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must
    come; make her laugh at that
    This Yorick guy sounds familiar

    ====Who’s Torick supposed to be, Torre?

    I have a 100 year old authentic skull from a 1999 performance of Hamlet. Planning to reprise both skull & role :)

  309. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    they sold 3.5 million tickets this year

  310. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Laura, AJ was very hard on himself after that game – by all accounts, he took the loss hard. He sat in the clubhouse for hours after he left the game, trying to calm down. I believe him when he said he wasn’t going to get any sleep that night. I think he gets along with everybody in that clubhouse including Jorge. They worked fine together in ST -and they worked fine together in the early innings on Saturday. No pointing fingers here – it was on AJ and he knows it.

  311. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “He could have had Cameron for nothing and he passed. One of the biggest errors of the winter and we’re paying the price now.”

    The black hole that is CF is not the reason we are 9-9. In fact, it is just a small part of our problems. Having Cameron wouldn’t have ensured us a better start to the season.

  312. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Pat M

    Didn’t George nix that. Wanted Randy instead.

    joeman

    They were overloaded with outfielders last year.

  313. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    no but having Cameron in CF would have gave the Yankees a legit major league player in CF

  314. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    joeman-

    One $2,500 seat is equal to 100 $25 seats. Number of tickets sold does not tell all.

  315. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “He’s doing great,” Yankees vice president Billy Connors told The AP. “There is no discomfort. We did some drills that will help bring his velocity back to where it’s got to be.”

    Can you share those drills with some of our other pitchers, Mr. Connors?

  316. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “they sold 3.5 million tickets this year”

    Who’d they sell them to? Ghosts? :P

  317. Justin C. April 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    i guess gardner isnt the starting CF anymore? lol

    girardi is a tool

  318. James April 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Laura,

    That’s taking the easy way out. Of course it isin’t the reason we’re 9-9.

    Similarly, A-Rod’s injury isin’t the reason we’re 9-9. It is the pitching and bullpen.

    But Cashman conceded an automatic out in the lineup. He didn’t go to every avenue to improve the team.

  319. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Now thats a lot of money for a seat,what were they thinking..give a rebate to those that have bought and lower the price

  320. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I think a lot of you guys are forgetting that if Nady’s not hurt CF isn’t really such a big issue at all.

  321. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    The glaring offensive weakness is due to a short lineup ersulting from injuries….Having a league average offensive cf can be derailed if he’s outstanding defensively and if the rest of the lineup is strong….Having a Pena, a Molina, and a Melky / Gardner is not conducive to having a deep lineup…..But strong starting pitching can cure many an illness

  322. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Laura – It’s up to me now, turn on the bright lights!
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    “they sold 3.5 million tickets this year”

    Who’d they sell them to? Ghosts?

    well 3.5 were sold ..have no glue who bought them

  323. NY Cat April 27th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Why doesn’t Gardner try and steal home?

    Isin’t that why he is in the lineup?

    So he could do things like that? Otherwise how does he justify being on the team over Cameron?

  324. pat April 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Trivia question: How many $2500 seats are there in Yankee Stadium?

  325. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Wang’s “doing great”? How’s that?

    They put him on the DL with weakness in the hip, and in less than a week he’s doing great? Why keep that workout just for Wang? They could make a fortune on late night TV.

  326. vin April 27th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I was hoping that Cash would make a move on Torii Hunter when he was available. His skills and his attitude seemed to fit the Yanks needs… but ultimately not getting him was the right move b/c his price tag was way too high. Beltran on the other hand? That’s a different story. Big Stein wanted RJ, Cash wanted Beltran, also Bernie couldn’t be ignored (despite his defensive deficiencies).

  327. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    don’t think Nady was going to play CF very much

  328. gayle April 27th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Best tweet of the day goes to Keith Law

    Joba to the pen: the meme that won’t die. Some people won’t be happy until the Yanks make him a righty specialist.

  329. Laura - It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights! April 27th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    “But Cashman conceded an automatic out in the lineup. He didn’t go to every avenue to improve the team.”

    I’m going to defend Cashman here before I head home (Yes, I’ve been blogging from work. Don’t tell my Boss! :wink: ).

    How many times have we complained about the Yankees not giving any home grown guys a chance to make the big club? This was their attempt at doing that. I was a big supporter of giving Gardner the CF job. We don’t have to have an All-Star at every position. It’s still early. Give the guy a chance. If by the end of May he’s still stinking up the joint, then we have to make a move. Until then, let’s just wait and see. As so many people have pointed out, we aren’t losing because of Gardy. It’s the pitching!!!!!

    And on that note, I’m off! I’ll catch you guys later from home.

  330. hank hal April 27th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Nady would play instead of Swisher, not in CF.

    The automatic out would still remain in the lineup.

  331. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    “But Cashman conceded an automatic out in the lineup. He didn’t go to every avenue to improve the team.”

    ———

    I guess when they said they wanted to reduce payroll, they meant it.

    I can’t blame the Yanks for actually having some cutoff point to their spending.

    They tried to get Cameron but Milwaukee didn’t want to pay for any of his salary. At least they tried to get him.

    We can debate for hours whether they should have spent more money or not. The bottom line is that they wanted to reduce payroll and they did.

  332. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    NYY could afford to let Gardner or Cabrera work out any issues they have if it were not for the problems with the totation, bullpen and at third base. They have to start somewhere, so, right now, Pena is the 3rd base option. Hope he can bunt for hits, because he isn’t going to slug his way.

  333. Zach in Port Jeff April 27th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “Why doesn’t Gardner try and steal home?”
    ===================

    Gardner needs to figure out a way to steal first base before he even thinks about stealing home. I think the next time he strikes out or hits a pop up, he should just take first base and see if anyone notices. This would technically qualify as “stealing first base”.

  334. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    vin
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:50 pm
    I was hoping that Cash would make a move on Torii Hunter when he was available. His skills and his attitude seemed to fit the Yanks needs… but ultimately not getting him was the right move b/c his price tag was way too high. Beltran on the other hand? That’s a different story. Big Stein wanted RJ, Cash wanted Beltran, also Bernie couldn’t be ignored (despite his defensive deficiencies).

    very true…but TH would have been nice

  335. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “Why doesn’t Gardner try and steal home?”

    ——–

    because most pitchers look at the runners on 2nd and 3rd base. Andy doesn’t. That steal of home was on Pettitte.

  336. Orestas April 27th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Ellsbury is much much better than Gardner

    Gardner is a track star

  337. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    off to renew my motorcycle license…

    Yanks will get back on track tonight. I’m not sure I can take much more of the doom and gloom in here if they don’t.

  338. RER - 98 April 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Until A-Jax is deemed ready, there’s a better short term fix in CF for the Yankees that just might cost some pitching the Yankees can do without. Mike Cameron is not the answer.

    http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/t....._id=407781

  339. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    “Why doesn’t Gardner try and steal home”

    This is an easy one. Because he rarely reaches third.

  340. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) April 27th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    i hope if anyone wanted to keep their sanity today they turned off sports talk radio when it came to the yankees, i know i did, i watched a bit of mike’d up yesterday listening to fatcessa crap all over the yanks was enough for me.

  341. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    when money is a problem with the Yankees things are really tough…what are they worth 1.4 billion

  342. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    ***rotation*** , bullpen and at third base

    As far as center field goes, I’d put Cabrera back in. The other options are Swisher or Damon. That still doesn’t help because you’ve got to use Cabrera or Gardner in the other outfield spot. Gardner is back to where he was in July of 2008, undecided between waiting out walks or swinging at the wrong pitches.

  343. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    GB7

    I believe Pena did lay down a good sacrifice bunt recently.

  344. BX 44 April 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    If Gardner tried to steal home, he would be tagged out and probably hit with the ball and go on the DL

    When a Sox player does it, he does it easily.

    Such is the state of the two franchises right now. That play just symbolized it. They set out to embarrass us and we showed no backbone. As Francessa said, they were laughing at us last night. They just played lose and easy, they stayed calm and cool and had fun. Came through in big spots time after time. We played tense like we had to win the series and prove something.

    Down against Mariano? No problem. Down 6 against AJ who had owned them? No problem. They make it look easy.

  345. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Here was suppose to be the lineup:

    SS Jeter
    LF Damon
    1B Teixeira
    3B Rodriguez
    C Posada
    2B Cano
    RF Nady
    DH Matsui
    CF Gardner

    That is a deep lineup. Who cares who is hitting 9th in that line-up.

  346. Joey h April 27th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I love how people are calling for Jackson in the majors already. Why rush a top prospect to replace awful CF play? It’s illogical. The option is external at this point. Give Cameron a look. Stop gap. There is no reason to stunt anyone’s growth at this point, the only thing that would do is make a bad situation worse.

  347. NITRO April 27th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Gardner should try and steal 1st… that’s his only chance to get on base.

  348. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    MaineYankee, Cashman even with George pushing for RJ and getting him, said no to Beltran….

  349. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) April 27th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Trevor,

    exactly, when this team finally gets healthy the line up is beastly.

  350. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    RER – 98
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    Until A-Jax is deemed ready, there’s a better short term fix in CF for the Yankees that just might cost some pitching the Yankees can do without. Mike Cameron is not the answer.

    http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/t....._id=407781

    ————————————————————

    Perhaps the Yankees can have Selig force Texas to give Byrd up for nothing. He has that power, in the best interests of the game.

  351. Incognito April 27th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the lineup should be;
    JETER
    DAMON
    CANO
    TEX
    SWISH
    MATSUI
    BLA
    BLA
    BLA
    ???

  352. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    MaineYankee
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    GB7

    I believe Pena did lay down a good sacrifice bunt recently.

    ————————————————————

    I’d prefer that he got on base on occassion, though. Gardner should have been doing that once a game.

  353. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    In addition to that deep line-up throw in Swisher coming off the bench, Melky as a defensive replacement late in games, Pena utility defensive infielder and obviously Molina.
    Not a bad team.

  354. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    CB, if AJ doesn’t have confidence in his change then there’s no point in throwing it. What changed between his last start or the start before that when we were all talking about how he had grown and is now much more a pitcher than a thrower and today other than Saturday’s game ? Are we just going to go on a game by game basis with him? I’m not trying to be snarky – I honestly just want to know because I don’t know we can say after 1 game, 2 games, 3 games that AJ looks like he’s found it and matured, then after a bad game say that he’s too stubborn and he hasn’t changed.

  355. dave April 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Mike francesca has reached a whole new level of dumb within the last month. I used to not like him and now, i cant listen to him for five minutes without screaming at the radio and flipping to 1050. I mean, he claims he is a yankee fan but he NEVER EVER says anything positive about the yankees anymore whether they are winning or losing. He has this abnormal obsession with players like bronson arroyo and nate mcclouth and he still talks about how the yanks should get or should have gotten them – i mean how long is he going to continue to mention those two? Its not even like a deal was ever close for them. He is been talking about the same thing for over a year now at least.

    And i flip it on today and i think his show hit an all time new level of low. I know yankee fans are pissed because we got swept in three games that were all heart-wrenching for one reason or another in fenway with the team playing like crap but instead of criticizing yankee players mike is gushing about how much talent the sox have developed in the last few years. He mentioned those two relievers who pitched out of the pen for them last nite as some examples of how much better player development the sox had – 2 basically no-namers who both just entered the mlb. Ok, so the sox have pedroia, ellsbury and youk from their farm with lester, masterson and papelbon and some other decent guys.

  356. dave April 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    But what about the yanks? Did mike forget that wang and cano are from the yankee farm system? And almost our entire bullpen is composed our yankee farm hands and they were one of the best in baseball last year. Bruney was picked off the scrap heap and we managed to give up betemit to get swisher. And joba – god’s gift to the yanks the last few years came through scranton. Hughes who was ranked the best pitching prospect of all baseball and is still only 22 is coming up tomorrow and just destroyed triple A teams. Melancon who has the most talent of any reliever coming out of our farm since Mo is also starting his yankee career at 24 off TJ surgery.

    AJax who just turned 22 is hitting 354 429 in scranton. Montero is only 19 and hitting 355 412 in high A ball on his way to becoming an amazing major league hitter. Even kennedy has a 2 era and a whip under 0.9 in scranton and no one has forgot he is still a prospect at 24 i hope. And lets not forget that jeter, posada, pettitte and mo are all former yankee minor leaguers. And of course, gardner and melky were both on scranton and one or both of them are in the lineup every day. So 4/6ths of the yankee rotation (including wang,) 5/9ths of our current lineup and basically our entire bullpen was developed through the yanks farm system. May that is not enough for you mike or maybe those players arent good enough for your standards.

    So maybe you should go root for the sux since you so clearly hate the yanks! But the sux do NOT have more homegrown talent in their lineup, their rotation or their pen. And their prospects certainly struggle as well – look at lesters stats right now, look at ellsburys numbers last year. Lowrie was less than mediocre last year as well. Bucholz was horrendous last year and i know i am missing a few. So mike either stop pretending your a yankee fan or start actually being one!!!!

  357. TurnTables April 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Most people agreed that the key to the early part of the season was the pitching and bullpen. We couldn’t be expected to win shootouts with our compromised lineup early on.

    Now? We have the highest starters ERA in baseball and the 28th ranked bullpen ERA to go along with a weakened lineup.

    Don’t know why people are so surprised that we’re .500. I consider it a miracle.

    Worst ERA in baseball and we’re .500.

    Of course, this better sort itself out soon (and we have a ton of questions like Wang, Joba, bullpen etc.) or we’re not going anywhere. But Gardner is not the reason we’re struggling.

  358. ferches April 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Can’t this Girardi guy put up the same lineup twice in one season???

    Please just be a little consistent.!!!

  359. Eric April 27th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    dave – Mike said nothing wrong. It was harsh, but it’s the truth,.

    If you can’t see that the Sox are the superior franchise now, I don’t know what you’re watching. This series just reinforced what we all inwardly knew.

  360. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    maybe the Yankees will sign Bay and Holliday next year & play the kid in CF

  361. R+ April 27th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Any variation of the lineup that Joe uses will suck without A-Rod.

    Berroa, Ransom, Gardner, Melky, Molina, Pena. Throw their names in a hat. None are good.

  362. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    “Mike francesca has reached a whole new level of dumb within the last month”

    ———-

    yet people still listen for some reason. unless people smarten up and stop, why would he?

  363. patrick max April 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    joe – And the Sox will sign Willie Taveres to replace Bay and he will turn into Ricky Henderson

    Such is the luck that the Sox have

  364. vin April 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    “In addition to that deep line-up throw in Swisher coming off the bench, Melky as a defensive replacement late in games, Pena utility defensive infielder and obviously Molina.
    Not a bad team.”

    Throw in the CMW that we’re used to and we’re looking at a team that could win 100 games. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst…

  365. ferches April 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I dont believe it a better franchise but as of late it has been much better managed, from the mgr to GM to the owners standpoint.

  366. KO April 27th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    it’s a miracle we’re .500 this season???? We blew a 2 run 2 out lead in the 9th and a 6-0 lead, if u have a 6 run lead u should not lose the game no matter how early in the game it is. I don’t care if you’re a last place team that is 40 games under. Clearly the Yankees are not that bad of a team. They just consistently underperform. Our record should be better that is pretty obvious.

  367. Giants 07 April 27th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Melky is hitting .303 with 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 8 runs

    Gardner is hitting .220 with 4 RBIs and 5 steals

    Don’t know why people are trashing Melky. He is playing way above his head. The track star is doing nothing.

  368. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    The reason people listen to Francessa is the same reason they look at a car wreck. They can’t help themselves.

  369. Jimmy in SI April 27th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    We may look back at Burnett’s choke as the turning point of the season. Especially if this team doesn’t respond– schedule is brutal for the next few series.

    6-0 lead a night after the heartbreaking loss and we lose. You cannot do that.

  370. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Dave

    Don’t expect Francesa to know prospects lol. He only knows what he sees at the ML level.
    Michael Dunn is better then that lefty that came out of the Sox pen last night. Think Francesa knows who Mike Dunn is?

    Yes the RS are a bit ahead of the Yankees in terms of developing players. But the Yankees imo aren’t too far behind.
    Mike just likes everything Boston. Loves the city loves Fenway park etc…
    Never saw a fan before which he suppose to be drool over their most hated rivals in any sport the way he does the RS.
    And he’s been doing it for years now.
    I’m starting to question is level of fan-dom for the Yankees.

  371. R+ April 27th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Jobber actually gave us a chance to win on Fri. night.

    Even in his last start.. 4.2 IP, 5 ER. Not a terrible start.

    His command is awful, his velocity is down, but he is still keeping us in games.

  372. KO April 27th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    The red sox have been winning more because they are better coached, better prepared and they simply have wanted it more lately. They believe they can always come back in any game and that they have the edge no matter what. The Yankees on the other hand have dealt with injuries, horrible coaching, shot confidence, and inconsistent play the last couple of years. To get swept away in the fashion they did this weekend….. they seriously need to bounce back against Detroit. Let’s go CC, earn that dough please. Tex, you also might want to wake up at some point.

  373. dave April 27th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Eric,

    Your blinded by uninformed and biased media and a pisspoor three games series. The sox are NOT the superior team. I dont know what you are smoking but in my world which is reality – the yanks just signed two of the best players in baseball and burnett isnt too shabby. Wang is not done for the season or anything and did not all of a sudden forget how to pitch so within the next few weeks he will remember how he won 19 games two years in a row and was our ace and join a staff that already has three other potential aces and is much superior to boston’s.

    Arod will join tex and a lineup of jeter, damon, arod, tex, swisher, posada, cano, matsui, gardner beats bostons any day of the week any week of the year. Lining up melancon, bruney and mo in the seventh, eithth and ninth will probably be like having three closers at some point this season

    Boston is not even close to as good as the yanks are – it isnt even close enough to be able to debate it using the facts. And no three game series in april is going to change my mind especially in a series in which arod is not in the lineup and cc is never on the mound. get a clue man

  374. Joe April 27th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “Johnny Damon said his left shoulder “hurts all over” and he wouldn’t mind a cortisone shot. But he doesn’t want to get any tests done. “I can’t see any good coming of that,” he said. “I’d rather play with some pain.” ”

    Great. And the Yankees are still playing him. One injury after another.

  375. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I listen to him( Francesa)every day he’s on

  376. KO April 27th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    btw, 4.2 innings 5 ER is in fact defined as terrible

  377. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I can’t wait until the “circus” comes back to the Bronx..

  378. meee April 27th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    You know, Giants 07. I really don’t understand the HATRED Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano receive.

    Robinson is a phenomenal hitter and an amazing 2nd basemen.

    Melky didn’t play well last year but he worked out with Alex Rodriguez every day and A-Rod himself said Melky was in the best shape of his life.

    After the comment about having an “all american looking team” last night, it really makes me wonder if the dislike some have is a racial thing.

  379. dan 771 April 27th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    must sweep detroit

    or else they will go into a tailspin

    lets see how they respond. they were punched in the gut and embarrassed. the red sox were laughing at us.

    let’s see how much that resonated with the team and if they come out firing.

  380. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    R+
    April 27th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    Jobber actually gave us a chance to win on Fri. night.

    Even in his last start.. 4.2 IP, 5 ER. Not a terrible start.

    His command is awful, his velocity is down, but he is still keeping us in games.

    LMAO!!!!!!

  381. Coach6423 April 27th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Tell me that someone just heard the journalistic abortion that Peter Gammons just had on Sportscenter regarding the Yankee bullpen???

  382. MaineYankee April 27th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Mike had the Mad dog to stir up Yankee fans enough to call in. Now he has to find a way on his own. What better way to do it than to praise up the bitter rival.

    His job is to generate calls and he seems to be doing that.

  383. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Guys, if you want a laugh:

    Go to espn.com and Press these buttons and then keep on pressing enter

    Up
    Up
    Down
    Down
    Left
    Right
    Left
    Right
    B
    A
    Enter

    I’m 100% serious here.

  384. Sevrx April 27th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    • Phil Hughes is in town but will not be added to the roster until tomorrow. At that point it will be a fond farewell to Steven Jackson, who has yet to make a bad pitch for the Yankees

    ———————–

    And if Hughes comes out after 2 innings, who is the long man? Melancon?

  385. Frank April 27th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I usually like our logic Pete…..but Melky has a 165 OPS+ right now.

    just sayin.

  386. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I see a trade for an OF in the future. Maybe some of those arms that Cash has been stockpiling will be moved.

  387. Seth April 27th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Coach – I heard it.

    You can tell Gammons is enjoying every minute of this, so is the rest of the media. They hated the fact we spent $423 in the middle of a recession and are lauging at us that we have empty seats and everything is going wrong for us now.

  388. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    MaineYankee
    April 27th, 2009 at 6:17 pm
    The reason people listen to Francessa is the same reason they look at a car wreck. They can’t help themselves.

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. They’re also the same ones that the rubber-neckers are causing a traffic jam.

  389. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    LMAO. They’re also the same ones that ***complain that*** the rubber-neckers are causing a traffic jam

  390. west coast April 27th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Real bad move bringing up Hughes and his 2 pitches against Detroit.

    Would have rather seen Kennedy. He could have mixed it up and thrown 5-6 different pitches and threw them off balance.

  391. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Cashman definitely should have gotten Cameron, that guy can really play. Gardner/Melky should be on the bench – they are 4th or 5th outfielders at best. The blind optimist in my says that Gardner still hasn’t had a big enough sample of major league at-bats and that he might turn out to be decent but I don’t really think that’s going to happen.

    Cashman also should have improved the bench. Especially with Nady down the bench really stinks. Enough of this 9 reliever BS, we need some solid bench players. There are still some players out there worth getting IMO – Jim Edmonds, Mark Grudzielanek, Frank Catalanotto. Berroa, Melky/Gardner, Molina is the worst bench in the majors.

    Finally, Cashman needs to stop screwing around and fix the bullpen. The pieces are there. Veras, Albaladejo and Ramirez have been given their shot and proven that they are inconsistent. Toss them out and give solid jobs to Melancon, Robertson and Aceves (YES we need a long reliever)!

    Unfortunately the CF situation is unfixable until later in the year. The bench and bullpen can be fixed now and SHOULD be fixed now.

  392. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    If this is a glimpse of the alternate universe where ARod was not signed after ’07, I’m glad we’re not sticking around.

    Impossible to understate the significance of his loss.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: any team in the AL east that has three black holes in the lineup is destined to fail. You have to maintain the ability to mount a rally at any moment.

  393. pat April 27th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    “They should have pulled the trigger on Cameron, who has a 172 OPS+ so far.”

    Melky’s OPS+ is 165 but the sample size is smaller and the BA with RISP isn’t even close to Cameron’s.

  394. PC Dan April 27th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Francessa actually wasn’t that bad today. Just stated the obvious like SJ did earlier. Things are not rosy right now and they must rebound now, stop making excuses and win.

  395. dave April 27th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Boston dave,

    I used to listen to him when he was the only one on. I would disagree with him but i wouldnt mind it and i would tolerate the brief stints of stupid. He is getting worse and worse. And no – people will not continue to listen to him unconditionally. People said the same thing about yankee games – that it didnt matter what price the yanks put the tickets at because the stadium would still sell out. Its not true in either case. The stadium has a ton of empty seats the first week in the season and while i used to listen to mike daily, I now listen to him for five minutes today for the first time in about a month. And I am DEF not going back for seconds. People arent blind sheep – when someone is more frustrated or annoyed than finding enjoyment with something/anything – they stop torturing themselves.

  396. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    apologies…s/b ‘impossible to overstate’.

    I’d pay a nominal fee for the ability to edit.

  397. Coach6423 April 27th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Gammons quote verbatim from Sportscenter….

    “Damaso Garcia’s only roll is been lefty lost”……

    for reals….

  398. KP April 27th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Does anyone else think Joba has done just fine for a #5 starter with an innings limit? I know everyone is concerned with his velocity but isn’t it possible that he is still figuring out how to conserve his energy and trying to make sure he doesn’t push himself and get hurt again? Joba’s role as the 5th starter is not to dominate, it’s to keep his team in the game, and he’s done that.

  399. Tom in N.J. April 27th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    “Guys, if you want a laugh:

    Go to espn.com and Press these buttons and then keep on pressing enter

    Up
    Up
    Down
    Down
    Left
    Right
    Left
    Right
    B
    A
    Enter

    I’m 100% serious here.”

    That’s the old “konami code” fron the old 8 bit nes.

  400. Coach6423 April 27th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Contra….infintie lives

  401. Gold Mine April 27th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    “They should have pulled the trigger on Cameron, who has a 172 OPS+ so far.”

    That would require a competent GM. And great bench/bullpen he put together. Where is the long man? Why are Edwar/Veras/Marte here?

  402. dave April 27th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    It was mikes comments about the yanks, it is his incesstant praise of the sox development saying how it is sooo much better than NY. I mean if you are going to be on the radio for that many hours each day talking about sports, why dont you learn a thing or two about the actual farm systems before you start talking your head off about things you clearly know nothing about? Does mike even know who montero is? He needs to get a clue. I cant wait until hughes and melancon both just explode onto the scene this year with some dominating stuff and mike goes home to put his foot in his mouth.

  403. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Verlander hasn’t pitch well in over a year…..watch out!!!!

  404. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    it’s clear in NYC what’s it like in Detroit Rock City?

  405. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Teixeira tied a record for walks the other day. He didn’t see much yesterday. Any thoughts Boston was pitching around him? Think Alex doesn’t make a difference?

  406. dave April 27th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    west coast,

    Look at hughes numbers in triple A so far. He is wasting his time in triple A already. We need a starter and we picked the best one we have. Hughes needs to learn in the majors i think. Its ridiculous to just let him go 20 and 2 in triple A this year with an era of .5.

  407. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    “Guys, if you want a laugh:

    Go to espn.com and Press these buttons and then keep on pressing enter

    Up
    Up
    Down
    Down
    Left
    Right
    Left
    Right
    B
    A
    Enter

    I’m 100% serious here.”

    Everyone should do this it’s really funny. Something DOES happen. I guess there are some video game fans over at ESPN

  408. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Hey, it looks pretty nice out in Detroit. I can’t see why there wouldn’t be a game.

  409. Forntoso April 27th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Joba has a 3.94 ERA which is better than CC, AJ, Wang, and every relievers sans Bruney/MO.

    He hasn’t been pretty but can’t argue with the results.

  410. TIME FOR #27 April 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    In 2007 a-rod hits a walk off hr we go to boston and mo blows the first game we loose 7 in a row- 2009 melky hits a walk off hr we go to boston mo blows the first game and we loose 3 and still counting…

  411. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Good lord what is the music Swish is playing is that Megadeath?

    so is “attack the zone” the cliche du jour ?

  412. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    RE: Cameron trade over the winter.

    From what I remember, it was Melky and pitching for Cameron, I think broke by Mark Feinsand. However, after the story was published, Milwaukee reportedly pulled back. Reason not clear, or at least not reported.

    Does anyone have more info on thiks non-deal?

  413. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Some nasty weather is a comin to Detroit

    http://www.wunderground.com/ra.....it%2c%20MI

  414. Lara08 April 27th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I can’t wait until the “circus” comes back to the Bronx..

    ———————

    I’m with you. If I can’t get good baseball I might as well be entertained and watch some “useless, stat padding” HRs.

  415. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    SA
    Grab your gun and bring in the cat

  416. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    S.A. all I know is that I am watching the PreGame show and the sky looked pretty blue and there was sun. Now whether that is going to change quickly with a front moving in, I have no idea. But as of right now it looks very nice out there.

  417. dave April 27th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    It is really sad how much of an impact a three game series in april against the sox makes on some people. I love when a yankee fan says that boston is clearly superior to the yanks this year. Yea, clearly. Of course, those three games told us everything we ever needed to know about these two teams. And all three games were decided by ridiculously bad but also extremely unlucky plays.

    The yanks still improved their team dramatically last off season clearly becoming the favorite on paper in the AL east while the sox did almost nothing signing guys like penny and smoltz to try to fill a back end starter spot. And the best thing is that none of CC, wang or arod played in that series. In march, those three were our best hitter and our number one and two starter. And we lost bruney who in early april was our best and most reliable reliever. But dont take any of that into account at all. I mean the sox were missing Dicek, lugo and lowrie. Dicek who has a career era of 6.35 against the yanks and lugo/lowrie who are probably the sox number 7 or 8 hitter.

  418. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    “From what I remember, it was Melky and pitching for Cameron, I think broke by Mark Feinsand. However, after the story was published, Milwaukee reportedly pulled back. Reason not clear, or at least not reported.”

    Melky + Igawa + some portion of Igawa’s salary. The Yankees were reluctant to pay out on more than 50% I believe, and then Milwaukee pulled out of the negotiation altogether. Would have supported the move definitely.

  419. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    “SA
    Grab your gun and bring in the cat”

    :lol:

  420. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    SA
    Grab your gun and bring in the cat

    ==============================

    LOL :lol:

  421. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Now whether that is going to change quickly with a front moving in, I have no idea. But as of right now it looks very nice out there.

    =======================

    Trisha-the weather might get a bit wacky later. For now things should be okay

  422. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Seth
    April 27th, 2009 at 6:26 pm
    Coach – I heard it.
    You can tell Gammons is enjoying every minute of this, so is the rest of the media. They hated the fact we spent $423 in the middle of a recession and are lauging at us that we have empty seats and everything is going wrong for us now.
    ====================================

    We’ll see who laughs last :D

  423. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 27th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    >we spent $423 in the middle of a recession

    WE didn’t spend $423B. Neither did the Yankees.

  424. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Trisha: Check out the radar map.

    The worst thing would be like that game in 2007 that started at 11 PM Detroit AND NY time because of a four hour rain delay.

    I still can’t believe I stayed up for the whole thing.

  425. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    wow double smiley faces! back to back and belly to belly none the less.
    we need some more smilies today

    Hey Bodi
    in response to my Hamlet posting. I was hinting at Nick in SF but “Torick” was a typo

    wow human sculls
    Where would you perform Hamlet?
    friend is doing Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth in NYC soon

    I’ve said it before Shakespeare would have Loved the Yankees!

  426. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    If the data is correct, a wind at 19 MPH blowing right to left should make for an interesting night for pitchers and fielders.

  427. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Gametime. Thank God!

    I hope the boys put the horror that was the weekend behind them.

  428. duuk tasrith April 27th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    …and Pedroia breaks for first!

  429. Zolio April 27th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Jobber needs to pitch well tonight, we need to stop this losing streak now.

  430. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) April 27th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    hey i actually did the epsn thing, pretty entertaining, thanks :)

  431. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 27th, 2009 at 6:58 pm
    wow double smiley faces! back to back and belly to belly none the less.
    we need some more smilies today
    Hey Bodi
    in response to my Hamlet posting. I was hinting at Nick in SF but “Torick” was a typo
    wow human sculls
    Where would you perform Hamlet?
    friend is doing Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth in NYC soon
    I’ve said it before Shakespeare would have Loved the Yankees!
    ======================================
    Performed it at the NY Buddhist Church and St. John the Divine. I am looking for more non-traditional spaces in NYC to do Shakespeare. Looking to workshop it for 3 months and do it again. Can’t seem to shake the Prince.

    Yeah, Willie would have had a blast w/our subplots.

  432. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Zolio April 27th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Jobber needs to pitch well tonight, we need to stop this losing streak now.

    =====================================

    CC

  433. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    a couple of Dark & Stormy with some popcorn..hope they get they game in…

  434. Danny April 27th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    “Jobber needs to pitch well tonight”

    Mike Francessa posts here?

  435. dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I heard a fan today say that joba was just another problem we have to deal with and Im with some of you guys above – where is the problem? If anything, keeping his innings down the first month is a benefit. His era is at 3.94 which isnt stellar but isnt a problem by any means. They were not great or maybe even all that good starts he has had, granted but he has not imploded in any of the starts either and he is still getting used to being a starter for a whole year in the majors which im sure isnt easy after throwing everything he had every time out as a reliever before that. Its similar with CC.

    He is off to a slow start but he clearly doesn’t have his best stuff and is keeping us in the games for the most part before he starts to pitch like an ace which everyone knows he will. ERAs of 3.94 and 4.81 is not what we want to see from CC and joba but it isnt horrendous especially since neither of them is pitching well at all yet. There is no reason not to think both of them wont turn it around. Meanwhile, aj and pettitte have both been pretty stellar and better than expect for the most part so far to balance it out.

    And i also think this is the beginning for hughes right here – he has the confidence back, he has the stuff to at least do well if not great at the major league level and he has experienced the ups and downs just like most other minor league pitchers preparing for a big league career. I just like the vibe i am getting about phil this time. First, he had the stuff but not the experience than he got injured and had the experience but never fully recovered his stuff. Now, i think he finally has both. Close to 22 is as good an age as any to start a major league career.

  436. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    GO CLIFF LEE!!!!!

  437. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Oh no it’s the screaming home plate ump!

  438. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Bodi

    My one bud is obsessed with Hamlet – he does a lot of theater usually latin writers – been in the festivals.

    My actor friend does the complete works of shakespeare unabridged every year.

    He workshops for lack of a better term at the Beer Garden in Astoria. they have a nice indoor stage as well as the outdoor.

    Verlander is back no need to thank us Detroit

  439. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Banuelos pitching for dogs today.

  440. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Mark Tex has developed Long Fly Ball syndrome.

  441. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    No Flaherty tonight? There goes my “David Cone Says ‘Flash’, take a shot” drinking game.

    At least I’ll be somewhat coherent tomorrow.

  442. dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Zolio,

    That is embarrassing that you posted that here – come on. If your going to post in a yankees blog at least make sure you know who is pitching before you post a one liner about them.

  443. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:09 pm
    Bodi
    My one bud is obsessed with Hamlet – he does a lot of theater usually latin writers – been in the festivals.
    My actor friend does the complete works of shakespeare unabridged every year.
    He workshops for lack of a better term at the Beer Garden in Astoria. they have a nice indoor stage as well as the outdoor.
    Verlander is back no need to thank us Detroit
    ============================

    Let me know when his show goes up.

    Yeah, the Hamlet obsession is deep. Oh I could tell you…..but let it be ;)

  444. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    What the heck, that was fast

  445. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Lets CC what happens.

  446. AD April 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Before this game really gets kicked off, lets remember Justin Verlander is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA.

  447. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    we have this knack for making a pitcher with terrible season stats look really good.

  448. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Eric -

    Please don’t speak for me. I don’t inwardly or outwardly or any which way know any such thing as the Red Sox are the better organization. Sorry. They are playing very well now. They are a very good team. But I don’t turn on my own.

    Dave -

    You’re yelling into the wind. This is what Francessa does. It is why I don’t listen to him. He is king of the airwaves every afternoon and any dissenters are quickly dismissed. I wouldn’t mind if he did his due diligence, but he does not. He is a windbag. Turn him off and keep him off. It will protect your sanity.

    I am not saying the Yankees are perfect and don’t need to address some issues. But they have started addressing their minor league system from the bottom levels up. It will take some time, and it will take constant nurturing and refilling from the bottom up. So, let’s wait and see if they do that before cr-ping all over it, okay????

    So far, the plethoria of relief pitchers throughout the system, inexpensive, home grown, is allowing the Yankees to sign people like Teixeira, CC and AJ.

    Can we have a little bit of patience, please. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the decimated Yankee farm system can be rebuilt in 2 years.

    Whatever.

  449. Lauren April 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    omg…verlander’s command looks off the charts tonight. we’re going to see strike 1 all night. i’m actually frightened to watch him shred thru the lineup.

    cc better put up some 0′s.

  450. Lauren April 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    omg…verlander’s command looks off the charts tonight. we’re going to see strike 1 all night. i’m actually frightened to watch him shred thru the lineup.

    cc better put up some 0′s.

  451. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    4 1/3 innings, 100 pitches.

  452. dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    uncle – no need for that negative attitude just yet. Have some faith!!

  453. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Pena isn’t a natural 3B. We’re going to have to expect “stuff” to happen.

  454. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    :evil:

  455. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Yay Pat M

    Beltran, no they saved their money to sign a broken backed 40 year old pitcher. Vladdy, no George liked Sheffield. Fire the scouts because they make too much money. This Yankee Fan thing is a tough go.

  456. Quikksand April 27th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    1-0 kittens

  457. carl April 27th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Jeter has no range :(

  458. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Bodi they both have shows coming up:

    http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=DOG4

    https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/7131555

  459. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Get some runs.

    Lotta empty seats behind home plate at CitiField too. But it is early.

  460. AD April 27th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    If Ortiz continues his retirement from baseball, I think the Red Sox will try and trade for Miguel Cabrera near the deadline. Move Lowell to a bench role between 1B, 3B and DH. That would be scary.

  461. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I guess that one run is Jose’s fault. You know he is the one who called the pitches. ;)

  462. carl April 27th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Cano is on fiya. Should be batting cleanup.

  463. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Dave, fair enough

    smiley faces all around!!

  464. Bo Jackson April 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Maybe we should hope for a rainout! :-(

  465. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Darn. This umps strike zone is ridiculously low for Verlander.

  466. Quikksand April 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Everytime, Verlander gets 1st pitch strikes, makes it tough on the Yankees offense.

  467. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    He’s also getting pitches off the plate. I guess it is easy to get first pitch strikes when everything you throw is called a strike.

  468. pat April 27th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    There’s something wrong with Cano’s finger. 2nd day he’s been pulling on it but it hasn’t effected his swing.

  469. m April 27th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Haven’t read through the whole thread, but I have one question.

    Why after Posada had caught over 100 of Mussina’s wins, did Moose prefer to work with another catcher?

  470. m April 27th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Haven’t read through the whole thread, but I have one question.

    Why after Posada had caught over 100 of Mussina’s wins, did Moose prefer to work with another catcher?

  471. Quikksand April 27th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    swisher k’s

  472. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    This team is lost.

  473. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    The bottom of this lineup is sad.

    Can’t wait till A-rod gets back and I’m really hopeful that Cashman gets some better bench players ASAP

  474. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Verlander is facing the Yankees. Hence, he will throw 7 innings, strike out 8, and give up 1 run at the most.

  475. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:18 pm
    Bodi they both have shows coming up:
    http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=DOG4
    https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/7131555
    =======================
    Thanks, uncle. I’ve saved to inbox.
    Verlander CB just nasty.

  476. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Ugg.. Maybe I should have gone out tonight.

  477. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    jen, actually I was thinking that if our 3B wasn’t a SS, there is nobody at second for the Tigers. And, well, you know the rest.

    ;)

    So I guess you’re saying Posada never calls for the wrong pitch.

    LONG LIVE JORGE! LONG LIVE JORGE!!!

    :D

  478. rmel April 27th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    at this rate its going to be a long nite

  479. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    So how does CC look so far tonight?

  480. Christina April 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    You would never know Verlander sucks.

  481. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    This has the feel of a 13 strikeout game for Veerlander. one mpre prediction Polanco will be 4 for 4, he always is against us.

  482. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    pat
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:23 pm
    There’s something wrong with Cano’s finger. 2nd day he’s been pulling on it but it hasn’t effected his swing.
    ==============
    He was grimacing after turning a DP in Boston. Forget which game it was, but I didn’t like seeing that, I can tell you.

  483. Bo Jackson April 27th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Im Bored – It’s not too late to go out and lift a few 12 ounce weights. With this pathetic team we will need them. LOL

  484. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 27th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    It’s progressed to using Grumpy Smurf aka Randy Johnson as an indictment on Posada’s gamecalling abilities?

    Does. Not. Compute.

  485. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    7 8 9 – cabrera, molina, pena. This is why we desperately need arod back and why i was annoyed that the yanks didnt look harder for a second backup catcher that can actually hit the ball.

  486. Bo Jackson April 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    CC looks ummm – overweight!

  487. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    jen, I have now officially dropped Swisher. I can’t stand it any more!

  488. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    ok – cc clearly is not fooling anyone right now.

  489. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    When does CC start pitching like a Cy Young winner? This is pathetic, he couldn’t hit a barn door.

  490. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Is Inge on the special juice or something…he is raking this year.

  491. boobie April 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    now that was a bad pitch call

  492. pat April 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    After the 2 ripping fouls, up the middle for a hit looked good.

  493. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    This team is simply facing too many injuries. They are not even that old anymore. It is simply the case of just horrible luck. Damon’s going to have to go on the DL and that leaves melky and Gardner playing everyday. This team is looking dangerously similar to the one that had Terrence Long taking Of reps.

  494. Ben April 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    After Inge rips two fastballs, why throw a third? anyone besides posada and sabathia understands that

  495. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    So…what’s gonna happen when we lose Johnny Damon to an injury? Does that mean we need to start Cabrera, Gardner, and Pena while we await ARod? Wow.

  496. Les Deux April 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    What that I (don’t) hear?

    No Michael Kay!

    Rejoice!

  497. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Well done, boys.

  498. pat April 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Progress. Pena can field a ball and turn a DP.

  499. Lauren April 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    pressure is the Yankees achilles. apply but a little, and watch them unravel.

  500. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Maybee throw something slow after Inge rips 2 fastballs?

  501. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I think it is a blessing that we are only down one, but we need our offense to show signs of life now.

  502. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    cc cannot get the ball by anyone so far this year.

  503. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    CC @ 24 pitches

  504. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Al from BK and anyone else asking the same question. If you want to go with what CC did last year, he started out very slowly and ended up great.

    I don’t know what is going to happen when but based on his previous rhythm I’m not necessarily worried that he hasn’t pitched a CGSO.

    I am, however, jonesing for a win big time, I don’t care who delivers it!

  505. Zach in Port Jeff April 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “CC looks ummm – overweight!”
    =====================
    and the award for “most original comment” of the night goes to….

  506. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Of course Verlander finds his stuff when the Yankees come into town.

  507. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    “cc cannot get the ball by anyone so far this year.”

    I agree I haven’t seen one batter swing and miss at his fastball.

  508. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 27th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    That’s for all of the Molina offense haters!! LOL!

  509. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    hes thrown about five fastballs right down the pipe already this game and he has gotten four outs.

  510. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Hehe… Molina getting a bloop.

  511. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Jam shot I’ll take it…come on Ramiro.

  512. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Molina :)

  513. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Bunt?!? In the third inning?!?

  514. pat April 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Jose says, “who says I can’t hit?”

  515. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    What’s the matter, Le Deux, don’t you want to hear about the “little girl with the curl”?

  516. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    tishbi
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm
    Maybee throw something slow after Inge rips 2 fastballs?
    =====
    Jorge’s calling the pitches from the dugout.

  517. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    trisha- I don’t know what the deal is with CC but it certainly is discouraging that he cannot find the plate or go deep into games.

  518. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    i dont mind when molina is in the lineup as long as guys like pena are out of it.

  519. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Laura, happy you were here to say that! People also forgot the Jose went 2 for 3 Friday night, scored a run, and got 2BB. Something like that!

  520. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    hardwired
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm
    What’s the matter, Le Deux, don’t you want to hear about the “little girl with the curl”?

    or the definition of insanity

  521. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks ump. Horrendous call.

  522. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Ok, so Yanks have only 1 hit, for those watching since the beginning, is this a case of just having 1 hit or turning Verlander in to Cy Young as is common practice for struggling pitchers – face the Yankees.

  523. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    That is NOT a STRIKE!!!!

  524. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Um….that was WAY outside

  525. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Worst.

    Call.

    Ever.

  526. YankeeRay April 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Big boy can’t field his position very well. Had he caught the liner back to him last start he would have earned the win and saved our bullpen 5 more innings.
    He needs to get in shape and learn how to finish with balance.
    Would have been nice if he clipped his throwing fingers there and been out 6 weeks and put us in a bigger hole.

    So far not impressed and for the money we could have signed a different starter and Manny and we would be better off IMO.

  527. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    BS!! That pitch wasn’t even close. That was a good foot outside. I despise umpires that give rookies a different strikezone.

  528. Matt April 27th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    That called 3rd strike on Pena was DISGRACEFUL. Who cares if he is a rookie and Verlander is a veteran? That pitch was 4 inches off the plate outside. Do your job and call balls and strikes properly. There is no umpire accountability, it’s a joke.

  529. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I’d prefer to read Ulysses in one sitting than have THIS James Joyce behind the plate.

  530. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    umm i think the baseball gods are messing with our heads right now – we just have a brutal disgusting worthless waste of a weekend and then, go face a pitcher that has an era of 9 and he is not capable of throwing a ball all of a sudden. And we have our ace on the mound – and he is incapable of throwing a strike that isnt hammered! Why is god doing this to us??? Havent we been through enough already. JUST LET CC PITCH WELL THE REST OF THE GAME PLEAAAAASE. We need something to be happy about

  531. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    The must be literary night. Some poster on River Ave is talking about John Keats. LOL.

  532. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    I’m tellin ye, he’s gonna drop 13 on us tonight!

    Seems like we peaked at the end of ST.

  533. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Polanco with a woopsie to keep us alive…this is really feeble right now from the lineup.

  534. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 27th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Last Place Yankees! Clap Clap ClapClapClap

  535. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “So far not impressed and for the money we could have signed a different starter and Manny and we would be better off IMO.”

    Sadly I have to agree. CC is not delivering and it makes me even more upset when I think we could have had Santana.

  536. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    hardwired
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:40 pm
    I’d prefer to read Ulysses in one sitting than have THIS James Joyce behind the plate.
    ===================================================
    That’s the third literary reference. What gives?

  537. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “I love me some double play. I dont care if you hit me leadoff I’ll find a way.”

  538. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    yankees are making verlander and his 9 era look like cy young.

  539. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    yankees are making verlander and his 9 era look like cy young.

  540. Matt April 27th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Who says umpires don’t dictate the flow of games?

    Pena gets that walk, the entire complexion of the inning changes and Verlander throws probably 5-10 pitches more MINIMUM.

  541. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Does Joyce even know where the plate is? Seriously, I think he’s undergoing some sort of anomalous spatial shift.

  542. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I love the first comment in the section here tonight:

    Why are people bringing up last year’s Joba? He isin’t anywhere close to the same pitcher. Throwing in the low 90s, flat slider, no control, no swagger. They don’t even look like the same pitcher.”

    I know how can someone be so blind as to compare joba to himself. That is just nonsense – i mean joba is nothing like himself. Exccept that he is himself. Im sure because joba and cc and wang all look bad now it means all their careers are finished right? Might as well throw in the towel. Who cares if they are all under the age of 29? They clearly all lost their talent over the off-season. Might as well just quit already

  543. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    cc’s first pitch was closer than pena’s strike 3

  544. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Where was that? God… I can’t stand all this terrible officiating anymore.

  545. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    strikes CC

  546. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Kenny Singelton phrased it perfectly, “Damon lifts a little fly ball to center”. Everything about us has been little this year. We come up little in big spots and we loose tough games by just a little error or a few runs.

  547. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Why do people come here simply to rank on the team?

    I mean comments that have nothing to do with the game, just to say nasty things.

    The game is 2 and a half innings old, can we hold off on the diatribes for at least the 5th inning? (*Official game?)

  548. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Just saw a shot through the net. What a dump of a park. I can’t believe they would let anything like that happen.

  549. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Tex, I actually thought the first two pitches CC threw looked pretty good.

  550. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Tampa Yanks….Montero is 1-2 with RBI double. Austin Kru is 2-2. Jeremy Bleich after 2 inning has the lead 3-0. 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 strikeout. Laird has an RBI ground out

  551. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I know this has been said, but its disconcerting that CC can’t get the ball past anyone. Is his velocity down at all? I know they 96 on one fastball earlier, but it sure doesn’t seem that way.

  552. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    bodhisattva – I’m one of the masochists in the midst of reading that monster.

    I couldn’t resist.

  553. carl April 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    If we would of won Friday/Sat the conversation on this board would be a lot different.

  554. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    the first two did…

  555. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    the first two did…

  556. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    hardwired
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:44 pm
    Does Joyce even know where the plate is? Seriously, I think he’s undergoing some sort of anomalous spatial shift.
    ==============
    I think the catcher’s name is actually Stephen Dedalus.

  557. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    “We come up little in big spots and we loose tough games by just a little error or a few runs.”

    I don’t think we lose small. Half of our losses have been complete embarrassing blow-outs.

  558. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    According to my calculation Tex has already saved Jeter 7 errors on throws. I still remember the days when Jeter used to gun it over to first.

  559. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    “When does CC start pitching like a Cy Young winner? This is pathetic, he couldn’t hit a barn door.”

    Did you watch baseball at all last year. CC’s first 4 starts in 2008: 5 ER, 4 ER, 9 ER, 9 ER.

    His final numbers: 17-10, 2.70 ERA

    Make sense? Some players start off the season slow. It is not an unsolved mystery.

  560. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Never got this Lincecum commercial.

  561. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Doreen, I wondered the same thing. First of all the Yankees are not in last place. Secondly it is a one-run game. The comment just seems out of place.p

  562. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Nice inning for CC-let’s get some runs. Heck, 1 little run? :)

  563. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Sizemore just robbed Youkilis of a double on a diving catch

  564. Jordan April 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    how bad is it that i was thinking for a minute that the game was at yankee stadium, and when I saw the ball come off of grandersons bat I thought it would be a double off the wall?
    oy

  565. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Charleston is tied 1-1 after 2 innings. The good news is no errors by Angelini. He does have 7 innings left, though. His 1 for 1 at catching the ball cleanly.

  566. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    hardwired
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    bodhisattva – I’m one of the masochists in the midst of reading that monster.
    I couldn’t resist.
    ===============
    Never gotten through it, myself, though I have tried. Portrait, I can handle.

  567. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    i dont think its his velocity as much as his off-speed stuff that looks like he is struggling with. That also makes the fastball easier to hit because the speed differential isnt as large and they end up throwing more fastballs. I dont know for sure but thas my guess

  568. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Answer is Jim Lonborg.

  569. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    “Why do people come here simply to rank on the team?”

    ———

    Doreen,

    It amazes me that some people are fans. I actually enjoy the games. I can’t imagine how miserable it must be for some people.

  570. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    people here who think we are too negative and too hard on the team, tell me…

    what exactly should we be saying?

    “we are so awesome, we were so close to not being swept and humiliated by boston”???

  571. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    GreenBeret7
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    Charleston is tied 1-1 after 2 innings. The good news is no errors by Angelini. He does have 7 innings left, though. His 1 for 1 at catching the ball cleanly.
    =====================================
    How’s Manny B looking?

  572. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    “Sizemore just robbed Youkilis of a double on a diving catch”

    That game is really moving.

  573. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Yeah, that was a LOW second strike on Matsui.

  574. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Trisha

    If it was just one comment, I would probably have kept my mouth shut. I guess people are holding a grudge against the Yankees for disappointing them by losing 3 to the Red Sox.

    :)

  575. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Doreen – I think it’s to demonstrate superiority over something, possibly due to inferiorit; I’m guessing in adolescent males. It’s the reason why I’m spending less and less time reading game comments, and when I do I tend to scan for certain posters.

  576. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Cy Verlander still? Let’s get these runs across.

  577. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Tex got a hit!!!

  578. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Matsui is an inspiration. If we win this year, I’ll be thrilled for him.

  579. SDYankee April 27th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    How does the ball hit the ground and get called a strike?

  580. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    The reason why fans get on the Yankees including myself is that there are major problems with this team right now and they are not being corrected. It is either leaving too many runners on base, horrible starting pitching, or the bullpen making a mess of things game in and game out. If they put together a string of well-played games fans would not be as tough on them, but they have not done that so far.

  581. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Dave,
    I was thinking that too. I can only hope that he finds his stuff, specifically his slider that was supposed to be so devastating.

  582. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    come on RObbie!

  583. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    vince- i agree with you but last season was the only season CC strugglied earlier. It was far worse than he has done so far this season but dont think its an annual thing for him because its not.

  584. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    i actually like matsui a lot. on a good day, he is mr. clutch.

  585. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Again, not a strike (first pitch to Cano).

    Is Comerica not on of those stadiums where they monitor the umps accuracy?

  586. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Dubliners is an Awesome collection of short stories.

  587. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I expect if people have criticism that it should be of the constructive kind, rather than the general sitting up venom kind.

    The Yankees haven’t personally hurt you or your family have they?

  588. Zach in Port Jeff April 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I think Robbie should be batting in the 5 spot more often…especially when A-rod comes back. I think he’s ready for it.

  589. Sean Serritella April 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    People, in my view have every right to get mad when their team is losing. That’s what blogs are for. To express yourself.

  590. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Tex, Doreen specfically asked why people came here just to make nasty comments that had nothing to do with the game. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable question.

  591. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    “people here who think we are too negative and too hard on the team, tell me…

    what exactly should we be saying?”

    Moral is never high after being humiliated up in Fenway.

  592. no.27 April 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Catchers have very little to do with what happens in an at bat. It’s the pitcher, the hitter, and whoever the ball is hit to. Molina will not and should not be in the game because of the way he calls the game. It is a terrible idea.

    Molina and Posada call the game based off the same scouting reports. If one of the pitchers is uncomfortable with the way Posada calls the game, they need to work it out because Posada is going to start as many games as Girardi thinks he can.

    “I go back to looking at Rasner’s stats at the beginning of last season when he was on a 5-game, I believe, winning streak. He was being caught by Moeller. Maybe it was the familiarity thing I don’t know. But he lost his next 5 games, Moeller was no longer his catcher, and Jorge caught 4 out of the 5.

    Those are the thing I look at and question.”

    Rasner is a terrible pitcher. Thinking that Posada is the reason that Rasner didn’t win 4 games is crazy.

  593. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    if cano could hit with people on base, he would be leading the AL in RBI and likely player of the month.

  594. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    i’m bored
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm
    Again, not a strike (first pitch to Cano).

    Is Comerica not on of those stadiums where they monitor the umps accuracy?

    you mean questtek (sp) I think they did away with that altogether some differnnt system anyone?

  595. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    on back to back pitches, Eric Wedge had to come out and argue close calls for the Indians.

    guess who got both calls??

    that’s right… the Red Sox

    Wedge just got tossed

  596. Ro-Bin-Son April 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I guess the home plate ump doesn’t realize that the plate is not 3 feet wide.

  597. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Bad Robbie.

  598. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Has anyone ever noticed how much Ordonez looks like Mario Lemieux? It’s uncanny.

  599. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    The HP ump’s alternating strikezones is just crazy. Girardi should pull the team off the field.

  600. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Oh boy not even a productive out from this lazy lineup. Please Swish, get back to being God.

  601. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    As good as Swisher looked at the outset, he looks just as bad now.

  602. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    That wasn’t a bad AB by Cano.

  603. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Swish sure has cooled. A-Rod where are you?

  604. Zach in Port Jeff April 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Verlander is moving too quick…gotta slow him down.

    A few hits would be nice.

  605. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Has the feel of watching a Little League World Series game.

    If it’s below the eyes and off the ground, ring ‘em up!

  606. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    you are shocked boston gets all the calls?

  607. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    “Dave April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    vince- i agree with you but last season was the only season CC strugglied earlier. It was far worse than he has done so far this season but dont think its an annual thing for him because its not.”

    Hate to break it to you, but it is. March/April is his 2nd worse month of the season. 4.54 ERA over the length of his career.

  608. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Cabrera = toast

  609. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I expect if people have criticism that it should be of the constructive kind, rather than the general sitting up venom kind.

    The Yankees haven’t personally hurt you or your family have they?

    ==================================

    I guess with some people, if the Yankees lose, it’s like the Yankees kicked their dog. Or kicked them in a certain someplace else. ;)

  610. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Swish in a funk. Law of averages. Hate it. Please don’t leave Tex and Matsui on base, Melky. Por pavor.

  611. Dr. Cox April 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Can we get a frickin’ RUN??

  612. RalphieD April 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    verlander might have the best stuff this game of any pitcher ive seen in a while..he has everything this game…its quite scary..

  613. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    That is just disgraceful

  614. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    “Rasner is a terrible pitcher. Thinking that Posada is the reason that Rasner didn’t win 4 games is crazy.”

    :D

  615. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    We don’t need to hit with risp!

  616. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    2 on and no out and didnt move then at all.

  617. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    And that is why we won’t make the playoffs. Playoff teams score there.

  618. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Frustrating

    Verlander at 66 pitches now

  619. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Darn. Sucks that Verlander remembered he was a good pitcher today.

  620. Eric OZ April 27th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Melky + High heat = K

  621. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Nong – i know

    Everyone,
    I really dont mind when people criticize the players and understand the aggravation. I do it too especially after an embarrassment like this weekend. Every yankee fan has every right to complain right now because the team is playing like crap. But what i do mind is those comments that instead of expressing frustrating starts to sound more like defeat. Like yankee fans should not be saying in april that the whole team needs to be revamped or that boston is clearly the superior team this year or that the yanks are just terrible in developing players and thas why we will suck this season or that we never should have signed CC/tex or we will never win because we didnt trade for johan.

    Those comments above are not expressions of frustration or even being pissed off at your team as much as basically sayin that the yanks will just continue to suck the rest of the year and they already passed up on whatever they could do to change that. Real fans dont say that crap – they dont concede in april after a bad series in boston. Its just stupid and pointless to say those kinds of comments. Those are the same things yankee haters say so in essence, you are just joining the crowd who wants to see the yanks lose when you say that BS.

  622. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    6 down 7 to go.

  623. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Hitting with RISP is pathetic like always. Our hitters’ approach is really bad. Verlander is throwing a first pitch strike every time, using his curveball half the time. Why not sit on that pitch and drive it? Sometimes having a high OBP approach is a bad thing. When you run into a guy like Verlander who is throwing nothing but strikes is when your team has to start swinging.

  624. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I agree Carl, why would we do a thing like that when it would actually produce results?

  625. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Swisher is lost right now.

  626. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Yep, Melky is a major upgrade over Gardner swinging at pitches over his head.

    Those home runs he hit last week were the worst thing that could have happened to him.

    He’s not a power hitter but he gets home run happy and swings hard at everything – making less contact.

    I think 1500 career ABs tell the story about Melky more than his 40 ABs this season.

  627. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 27th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    This team is pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

  628. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Wait what do Kevin Long and Dave Eiland bring to the table?

  629. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    quick someone, the positive spin on that inning?

  630. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Finally, a great slider from CC

  631. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    He made him throw 8 pitches. The guy’s dealing.

  632. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    And that is why we won’t make the playoffs. Playoff teams score there.

    ————

    I’ll make sure to remind you about this if they do make the postseason again this year.

    You should probably turn in your Yankee fan card and come back next year.

  633. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    tex got a hit

  634. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 27th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Eiland and Long are atrocious. They’ve done NOTHING the last two years. This team has taken steps BACKWARDS since those two have been here.

  635. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    If we hit with risp we would win games. We don’t want that.

  636. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    2 in a row for CC…about time. hopefully it’s not too late for the yankees to actually score a run

  637. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Woah. We are talking playoffs already 19 games into the season? Calm down, cowboy.

    Hey, a K from CC. Hey another one. Awesome. We’ll win the WS.

  638. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    the yankees will make the playoffs, but april is always a painful to watch.

  639. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    vince, good going on calling dave on his incorrect information.

    Now maybe people will stop yammering about CC and STHU. One run, especially based on a double that Pena couldn’t field, is hardly something to be obssessing about!

    On top of it, nice game calling by Molina so far…

    :D

  640. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    vince,

    I looked at CCs numbers going back i think five seasons look at his april starts prior to last season and he was pretty dominant in every single one of them. Maybe a bad april or two completely skewed his entire career numbers because he was so horrendous in 2008 but take a look at the game by game logs for april in 2007 and before. He was pretty dominant for numerous aprils before 2008. What do you think i am making this up? I just looked it up on baseball ref no more than a few hours ago when someone told me the same thing i am telling you.

  641. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Remember pre-2002 when the Yankees actually came through with big hits? The only time this team wins is when they have a 3+ home run game. So fed up with this crap.

  642. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    “the yankees will make the playoffs”

    Just like last year?

  643. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    People back off. Even Melky had a good at bat that time. Verlander is up in the high nineties. One had a speed of 99.4. Melky fouled off 3 or 4 four of those. On the high heat got tied up.

  644. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    CC was like-y’all wanna see some SO’s? Here you go.

  645. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    April has always been painful to watch Tex.

  646. dan April 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    verlander throwing bb’s…..cc better bring it and hope someone runs into one…getting a little tired of nick swisher already

  647. Lauren April 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    they need to break verlander’s rythm, he’s like a freakin wind-up doll tonight.

  648. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    CC looks naaaaasty. Haters.

  649. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    wow, the side.

    cc is heating up. not aj and tex need to come around.

  650. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    trisha – i dont just post wrong info because i am too lazy to look it up. This is the facts. I can look it up again and post them but it would be a pain. CC DOES not struggle in april or at least did not in 2007 2006 and 2005 and maybe even before that.

  651. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    lol. K’ing the side. CC for president.

  652. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Get a lod of this, Jim Joyce had to ask the first base ump if Cabrrera swung. Did CC kick Jim’s dog? What has he done to him?

  653. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    “People back off. Even Melky had a good at bat that time.”

    Awww, great job Melky! You hung tough against a guy with a 9 ERA! In my book, you get a homer to add to your stats for that at bat! Atta boy!

  654. Blackdragon905 April 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    CC looking very good! Now it’s time for the yanks to put some runs on the board.

  655. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    CC @ 46 pitches

  656. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Dave,
    Guess that was that breaking stuff we were talking about.

  657. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    frankly, it was only an hour ago where i was saying the same exact thing you guys are now. I agree with both of you. CC still deserves to not be massacred by the fans quite yet. He has not done that poorly so far. He has just looked bad but he has battled.

  658. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Bo knows
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm
    People back off. Even Melky had a good at bat that time. Verlander is up in the high nineties. One had a speed of 99.4. Melky fouled off 3 or 4 four of those. On the high heat got tied up.
    =====================================================
    Thank you for the clarity. That was a good AB and will help build his pitch count. Hope the rest of the lineup works him that hard.

  659. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 27th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Meanwhile I love Nick Swisher but I hope all of you people who thought Girardi was an idiot for starting Nady understand why your wrong. He is just better when you don’t have to play him everyday. I hope Nady is coming back by the end of May.

  660. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Highlight of the season- CC striking out the middle of the Tiger order in the 4th inning.

  661. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    This bottom of the lineup strikes fear in the heart of little leaguers

  662. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    “I’ll make sure to remind you about this if they do make the postseason again this year.

    You should probably turn in your Yankee fan card and come back next year.”

    Yes I am a terrible fan for calling the team out on their major weakness and the reason they will likely miss the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row. However I am not a typical spoiled Yankee fan I know it isn’t a birth right to make the playoffs I can wait til 2010 when the likes of AJAX and maybe Brackman/Betances are on the horizon.

  663. abernste April 27th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Bad night for CC haters.

  664. Sweet Sassy Molassey April 27th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    As someone w/the extra innings package (watching waaaay too much baseball), I can safely say this:

    we are fortunate to have Ken Singleton as an announcer. He’s smooth as silk.

    You think Michael Kay is bad? Try Rex Hudler on for size. Yikes.

    Then there are the homers. You know, the ones say ‘we’ as if they’re a part of the team.

    If only YES would pair Singleton and Kaat again.

  665. m April 27th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Guiseppe,

    Give it up. They’re not going to change their minds about Melky.

    ========

    CC looking good. Too bad Molina gave up those 2 hits in the first. :P

  666. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Swinging at strike three (a pitch two feet above your head) is a productive at bat? With a man on second? huh?

  667. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Verlander is throwing well. No question about it.

    He is also facing a team that just cannot hit hit with RISP.

    Now 7 for their last 50 in the last 4 games hitting with RISP. That’s pretty pathetic.

    CC is pitching well. If a starter needs to pitch a shutout to win a game, that just isn’t realistic.

    Somehow, someway, this team has to hit. If they can’t, it’s gonna be a LONG season.

  668. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    2008 Hasn’t Ended

    Boy, you’re just a bundle of joy aren’t you. Quetch Much?
    Keyboard warrior.

  669. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I love when the Yankees make bad pitchers look like Cy Young candidates.

  670. pat April 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I would love to see some of you stand in against a high school pitcher. :smile:

  671. Eric OZ April 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Scouting report on Melky: Once two strikes down, throw fastball at the letters or above, he will swing like a carousel.

  672. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    bodhisattva
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    GreenBeret7
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    Charleston is tied 1-1 after 2 innings. The good news is no errors by Angelini. He does have 7 innings left, though. His 1 for 1 at catching the ball cleanly.
    =================================
    How’s Manny B looking?

    ————————————————————

    Not bad, but, throwing too many pitches.

    Banuelos 3.0 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 balk

  673. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    PENA!!!!!!!

  674. Rick April 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    the yankees have a few superstars, many AAAA players position and pitchers, and a handfull of old worn out players with chronic aches and pains….. right now…..you don’t win with that combination….you think you could spend 200 million a little better

  675. Chas April 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    What is this BS? If a pitcher is struggling, have him pitch against the Yankees. Struggles are almost guaranteed to be cured. *** This is a facetious remark.

  676. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    atta boy Ramiro

  677. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    2 certainties-struggling pitchers will always look like Cy Young candidates and men on base or RISP is the death wish for another 200 mill inept offensive team. Just don’t get it.

  678. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    This is a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.

  679. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    “I love when the Yankees make bad pitchers look like Cy Young candidates.”

    The Yanks make everyone look like Cy Young candidates. Justin frickin Masterson is just the latest embarrassment.

  680. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Here comes the DP

  681. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    please dont let a good start buy cc end in an L with no run support of a guy with an 0-2 record and a 9 era

  682. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    GB7

    Not bad, but, throwing too many pitches.
    Banuelos 3.0 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 balk
    ================

    Balk, huh? Thanks.

  683. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Seven strikeouts tonight…why does it seem like we make every pitcher look they should win the Cy Young award? I can’t figure out why this team makes pitcher after pitcher look so great.

  684. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    For anyone who’s interested. It seems like Wakefield’s knuckler is really knuckling tonight. However, we also know that Wakefield can be rolling along and then have the wheels drop out suddenly.

    Here’s hoping!

    No score, 5th inning.

  685. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    “I would love to see some of you stand in against a high school pitcher.”

    I played 4 years of varsity high school baseball. And I don’t get paid millions of dollars to hit major league pitching.

  686. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Yes I am a terrible fan for calling the team out on their major weakness and the reason they will likely miss the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row. However I am not a typical spoiled Yankee fan I know it isn’t a birth right to make the playoffs I can wait til 2010 when the likes of AJAX and maybe Brackman/Betances are on the horizon.

    =======================================

    Why not wait and see how the season actually plays out before declaring in April we will not make the playoffs. Things could actually get better.

  687. abernste April 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    “I love when the Yankees make bad pitchers look like Cy Young candidates.”

    There is a cottage industry of Orioles pitchers whose entire justification for being in the big leagues starts with a few gems against the Yankees.

  688. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Girardi desperatley trying to avoid Jeter GIDP’s puts the runner in motion.

  689. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    “I can’t figure out why this team makes pitcher after pitcher look so great.”

    Because they have no depth or heart.

  690. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    what was that Damon lol

  691. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I know Damon is hurting, but cmon…that is just weak. The hitting on this team is atrocious.

  692. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    What a swing by Johnny Damon. This team is disgustingly bad.

  693. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    another man left on base.

  694. YankeeRay April 27th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that 90% of the MLB shortsops keep Cabreras single from getting through the infield keeping the scoe at 0-0?

  695. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Verlander is no Justin Masterson. He’s actually a pretty good pitcher in an extended funk. Well not now, it seems.

    I do agree that the Yanks tend to make average pitchers look like first ballot HOFs. It does not apply today though.

  696. Matt April 27th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    As bad as they have been with RISP, give Verlander some credit. He is throwing 97-99 consistently when runners are on base and is dropping in some of the nastiest hooks I’ve seen in a long time.

  697. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    8 K’s in the books, 5 to go.

  698. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    “Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    vince,

    I looked at CCs numbers going back i think five seasons look at his april starts prior to last season and he was pretty dominant in every single one of them. Maybe a bad april or two completely skewed his entire career numbers because he was so horrendous in 2008 but take a look at the game by game logs for april in 2007 and before. He was pretty dominant for numerous aprils before 2008. What do you think i am making this up? I just looked it up on baseball ref no more than a few hours ago when someone told me the same thing i am telling you.”

    I came across 4 or 5 seasons where his ERA was around/above 5.00 in the month of April. 2001, 2002, 2008, and 2009. This is his 9th MLB season. So, 4 of his 9 April months have been bad.

  699. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    OK I dont know why you guys think i would just make that stat up that CC has done well prior to 2008 but here it is

    In april 2007, he finished with an era of 3.18.

    In 2006, he missed all of april except one start but finished may (which was his first month) with an era of 1.71.

    He only had three starts in april in 2005 and finished with an era of 0.92.

    In 2004, he finished April with 1.71 era.

  700. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    YankeeRay you are correct. Jeter should just cheat to his left every time.

  701. Sweet Sassy Molassey April 27th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Any chance Johnny Damon is actually right-handed?

    Something about the way he swings, and especially throws, that looks unnatural.

  702. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    There you go swish!

  703. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Verlander’s fastball and curve look great tonight.

    After he broke off that changeup to Damon though, I figure it could be a long night.

    They are going to need to get to the shoddy Detroit bullpen as soon as possible.

  704. i'm bored April 27th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Abreu wouldn’t have caught that.

  705. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Yay Pena

    In other thoughts

    Verlander is one of the top three pitchers in the Majors when he’s on. Better fastball than AJ or Joba.
    Agains’t Damon

    96 MPH FB
    86 Change
    81 Curve
    98 FB
    98 FB

    That’s a 17 mph differential to adjust to.

    So stop the kvetching and appreciate good baseball. CC is finally pitching like he can.

  706. Neil April 27th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Justin Verlander before tonight

    0-2, 9.00 ERA

    Need a win?

    Just face the Yankees.

  707. tampayank April 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    and I left on Verlander on my fantasy baseball team’s bench, having faith in the Yanks offense tatooing him, silly me

  708. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    What’s sad is I expect Swish’s catch to be the only thing worth cheering about tonight.

  709. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I don’t think that Wakefield is going to pitch a SHUT OUT. Does anyone else?

    :)

  710. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    He finished 2003 with an era of 3.79. He also did poorly in april in 2002 and 2001 and I guess if you combine those numbers with 2008, that is why he has bad career numbers in apri. But on closer inspection, it is clear he went from 2003 to 2007 dominating from the start of the season and even consistently performing better than career averageres for the most part. I think this year its more about changing teams and coming to NY and everything that goes along with it that has led to a bad april but he will turn it around soon.

  711. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    When you think about it, with Damon hurting again, the Yankees do not have a single OF on the roster at the present time capable of hitting ML pitching on a consistent basis.

    That’s pretty scary.

    Cabrera, Gardner, Swisher and a banged up Damon.

    Not exactly Murderers Row.

  712. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    The best thing to do is just take a fatalistic approach – whatever is going to happen is going to happen. That’s what I’m going to try and do – if I take this attitude, I won’t get upset. It will be much easier to move on this way – I really don’t feel like giving myself ulcers because of this team.

  713. Sweet Sassy Molassey April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Giambi would’ve put that ball in left field.

  714. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Kennedy had a 3-1 lead with two outs in the 5thinning. Not sure what the injury is, but, he’s been taken out of the game.

  715. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    The wheels are starting to come off.

  716. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Uh Oh. The object of Francesa’s desires hit by a pitch.

  717. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    “OK I dont know why you guys think i would just make that stat up that CC has done well prior to 2008 but here it is

    In april 2007, he finished with an era of 3.18.

    In 2006, he missed all of april except one start but finished may (which was his first month) with an era of 1.71.

    He only had three starts in april in 2005 and finished with an era of 0.92.

    In 2004, he finished April with 1.71 era.”

    Maybe you are just missing the point I am making. Of his 9 career years, 4 of them started off with bad April months. That comes out to 44%. So, the fact that CC has not dominated yet should not be surprising. Asking where is the Cy Young that we signed is a comment that bothered me, so I figured I’d throw some facts out there. That is all. I really don’t have much else to say… Give the man more than 4 starts before you start whining.

  718. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    CC having a good one and the offense stays at the hotel, how typical.

  719. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    The wheels are starting to come off.

    ===================================

    Doesn’t look that way to me.

    Get to work bats

  720. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Nat McClouth is playing?

  721. Bo Jackson April 27th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Trish, Like the wheels fell off our entire pitching staff this past weekend? Yes we know firsthand how that happens. First things first, We need to win then worry about other teams second! Kapish?

  722. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    So, CC actually gives us a chance tonight…but we run into Cy Young. Go figure.

  723. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Thinking the same thing. Where is the offense?

  724. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Kennedy had a 3-1 lead with two outs in the 5thinning. Not sure what the injury is, but, he’s been taken out of the game.

    ===========================

    Oh no. Thanks for the updates GB7.

  725. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Al it is always something isn’t it?

  726. bdog375 April 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Something I just realized tonight and yesterday with the three pickoffs that we have had. Last year there were a few occasions where our pitchers had a runner picked off, but by the time Giambi threw the ball to second the runner was in there safe. Not the case anymore. Tex’s defense has been so comforting to watch this season. He has always been a slow starter at the plate. The great thing about defense is it not contingent on streaks.

  727. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    GreenBeret7
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    Kennedy had a 3-1 lead with two outs in the 5thinning. Not sure what the injury is, but, he’s been taken out of the game.
    =====================
    That’s a shame. He’s been pitching so well. Just pulled it in. Have they said?

  728. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Does Tex have any power? For a big guy, all of his hits seem to be lightly tagged, except for the homer at the Yankee launching pad (I think that’s where he hit a homer) which was also likely lightly tagged, but we all know how that goes.

    :)

  729. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    S.A.–It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down.
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Kennedy had a 3-1 lead with two outs in the 5thinning. Not sure what the injury is, but, he’s been taken out of the game.

    =======================

    Oh no. Thanks for the updates GB7.

    ————————————————————

    That report was no pleasure, S.A., but, no problem on update.

  730. liz April 27th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    verlander is already at 80+ pitches.. do we have a ghost of a chance against the tigers bullpen?
    give me some hope please…

  731. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    CC is absolutely dealing. At least there is one encouraging development.

  732. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Verlander is not a bad pitcher. He is a good pitcher coming off a bad year having a slow start.

    There is a difference.

  733. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Betsy, the idiot that responded with my SN was not me.

  734. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Trisha,
    If Tex’s bat wouldn’t have broke there, that would’ve been gone. He had a good swing on it. You can see his power just by how far that ball went with a broken bat.

  735. YankeeRay April 27th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    SJ44
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm
    When you think about it, with Damon hurting again, the Yankees do not have a single OF on the roster at the present time capable of hitting ML pitching on a consistent basis.

    That’s pretty scary.

    Cabrera, Gardner, Swisher and a banged up Damon.

    Not exactly Murderers Row.

    —–

    SJ, I know the payroll would be huge but are you ready to admit when I said our offense is weak and Manny would be perfect, I wasn’t far off? Remember I said trade nady and salary dump Matsui to clear room.

  736. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Bo, kapish this. I said for anyone interested. If you’re not interested ignore it. The Red Sox are my next door neighbors. They interest me. They don’t have to interest you.

    Kapish?

  737. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    was that actually a full inning?

  738. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I think I am being fair. You can’t just sit there and be a pandering homer all the time you have to look at things objectively. This team looks like they are playing in slow motion and they are not ready to compete with the elite teams in the league namely the Sox.

  739. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Yankees out-hitting a team and big surprise they haven’t put up squat and are losing. Seems to be the same story 2 out of every 3 nights. Zero poise and concentration when runners are on base. CC is actually great tonight yet the clowns top to bottom are mailing it in. Looks like we might need a couple of solo shots if we’re gonna get back in this.

  740. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Verlander at 90 pitches

  741. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    bodhisattva
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    GreenBeret7
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    Kennedy had a 3-1 lead with two outs in the 5thinning. Not sure what the injury is, but, he’s been taken out of the game.
    =================
    That’s a shame. He’s been pitching so well. Just pulled it in. Have they said?

    ————————————————————

    Haven’t heard, Bod. I have the Charleston game on.

  742. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    First Cliff Lee now Verlander. What struggling pitcher is next to beat the Yankees?

  743. Bo Jackson April 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Just looking at team ERA’s : Yankees 6.26 Red Sox 4.18 We are in last place in the AL!

  744. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    GB7 =

    Keep us updated. Thanks. :)

  745. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 27th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Well… CC looks to have settled down.

    Can you tell I’m desperately looking for something to be positive about?

  746. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Nice hustle CC

  747. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Not too shabby a play by CC though. That’s a big dude hittin the deck.

  748. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I didn’t think so, GB, lol. That imposter doesn’t know me very well as I don’t drink…….my next drink will be a glass of water or cranberry juice, lol

  749. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Memo to Brett: what’s so hard about doing what Granderson just did. Take 2 hours every single day just to practice that and boom, you have a MLB average OBP.

  750. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Doreen
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm
    GB7 =

    Keep us updated. Thanks.

    ————————————————————

    Sure thing. still no update from C. Jennings yet.

  751. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Boy, from Pete, it sounds like Damon is in quite a bit of pain. I know he doesn’t want to, but they should send him for tests. I wouldn’t want this to develop into anything serious……

  752. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    well, fwiw, Cliff Lee is presently shutting down the Red Sox.

    these guys are just great pitchers…just like someone else I can think of: Chien-Ming Wang.

    it’s called having patience with your players.

  753. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Al I agree with your opinion all the way. I give the teams I root for praise when they actually deserve my praise and I am critical of the teams when they deserve my criticism. Right now the Yankees deserve more criticism than praise given what has gone on the past few days/weeks.

  754. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Chad just posted he is going to get in touch with someone and find out. He isn’t there.

  755. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    These games are not even fun to watch anymore. It’s like the Yankees find a new way to torture you every night.

  756. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Three horrible games at fenway, losing tonight, this team feels like it is set for a 5 game losing streak. Bats must still be at fenway

  757. cgs April 27th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    “First Cliff Lee now Verlander. What struggling pitcher is next to beat the Yankees?”

    You realize both of them are cy young caliber pitchers. Cliff Lee as also pitched 6 shut out innings against the Red Sox tonight.

  758. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Obviously that wasn’t me………..

    I’m off to watch the Golden Girls – in lieu of a stiff drink, I need something that will put me out of my misery.

  759. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Can someone tell me why Damon is going to throw the ball. Melky is right there, why is he throwing?

  760. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Is it too early to say, that with the way Verlander is pitching, that the game is…um….ov….er

  761. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Vince,

    So you are counting this year as one and i said prior to 2008. And you are counting his first two years in 2001 and 2002. I mean you look at his career and he went from 2003 to 2007 not only pitching well to start the season but absolutely domninating almost every year pitching much better than his career averages. He was horrendous last year but that is one in his last 6 years. His era right now is actually not too high at around 4.8 – if he continues this game pitching THIS well, his era may go all the way down to 4 or so making even his start this year look decent.

    There isnt much point of this convo and all i wanted to tell you was my original ppoint to make sure you knew that CC pitching poorly in april was by no means a trend in his career so we shouldnt expect this kind of thing from him each year. Actually, based on the numbers, we should look forward to some dominant aprils in the future. I think the horrendous start in 2008 was due to how many innings he pitched in 2007 which was a lot and i think the shaky start this year was just due to acclimating himself to NY and the yanks more than anything but he looks pretty sharp today.

  762. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Ballgame. This garbage lineup will not produce two runs.

  763. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Game over.

  764. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    And that is the ball game.

  765. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    polanco? really?

  766. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    The team having a 6+ ERA going into May is not an aberration. Also just saw Polanco kill us with that double, hope we aren’t 10 out by the time A-Rod gets back.

  767. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Polanco killing us yet again. 2-0 might be ballgame unless these hitters decide to wake up.

  768. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    lol

  769. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Implosion

  770. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Oh no, it is falling apart here. :-(

  771. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Gack. So much for looking for something positive. :(

  772. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    It is pretty troubling that out of Sabathia’s 5 starts he’s been awful in 4 of them.

  773. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Yikes…

  774. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    How funny is it that Polanco has more hits with RISP than the entire Yankee lineup over the last 20+ innings.

  775. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    …And that definitely is the ballgame…Bye CC, crumbled in the 6th inning again, 2 horrible pitches.

  776. YankeeRay April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Good night Irene

  777. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    $1,000,000,000.00 spent over 5 yrs, and no CF.

    Someone explain that, please.

  778. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Almost knocks the wall over? Um Cone that was a door, it opened when he hit it.

  779. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Eh just switched over to Hawks vs Heat. Go D-Wade!

  780. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Al, why do you still watch if they make you so unhappy?

    Or, if you’ve already decided they’re so terrible and are going nowhere this year, why not just pick out a player to root for or something? What did you do in the years before the Yankees were winning? Just do that again? Why can’t you look for any positive?

    It just seems you are miserable. I’m not trying to be snarky here. Just don’t understand.

    Sometimes the other pitcher is really having a good night. Sometimes it’s not the hitters.

    Damon’s going to be a real liability out there if his shoulder is that bad. The swing earlier, he coudn’t even finish the swing with both arms. He certainly is not going to be able to throw.

    How did that happen so quickly? ????????

    Why?

    See, 5th inning official game – NOW it would seem like a good time to gripe about this game. :)

  781. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    So a bunt-single can change the momentum just like that huh? Maybe our guys should take a lesson.

  782. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Cannot. Take. This. Anymore.

  783. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Uh Oh

  784. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Here is #4.on the way to another sweep. Not good

  785. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Ok, CC was pitching well………..

  786. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Getting predictable

  787. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I’m so tired of every team kicking the yankees butt. Does this team have any heart? Sheesh!

  788. Jerry April 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    officially, this team is a joke, management is embarrassment.

  789. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Okay who could see them getting swept? Hughes then Joba? On paper not good.

  790. Kevin (not that Kevin) Brown April 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I guess CC is still lame because it’s still April. So $23M a season but he’s only good for five months.

  791. abernste April 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    “Just looking at team ERA’s : Yankees 6.26 Red Sox 4.18 We are in last place in the AL!”

    Take away CMW and it’s 5.19. Doesn’t mean anything, since you have to assume that anyone who started in his place would still give up some ERs, but interesting nonetheless.

  792. Bo Jackson April 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Hardwired, I think it’s the other way around as the Indians only have 1 hit. Wakefield is shutting down Cleveland.
    Game over 4-0 with our pathetic bats.

  793. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Our pitchers seem to follow the same script. Cruise for awhile and then fall apart in one inning.

  794. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I wouldn’t say that CC has been awful tonight. He just…imploded. Unreal. No matter what, this team can do no right.

  795. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    bright side: cc is giving us innings.

  796. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Down by 4 runs. Right now it feels like 40 runs. :(

  797. IrishCarBomb April 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    well, looks like this season is about to go in a horrible direction.

    Brandon Tierney made a great point on his 1050 radio program. With a payroll of 200+ million dollars, how do they field a team with so many holes and such a hideous outfield??

  798. Andrew April 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Why does this team always have to suck in April? It is so f-ing frustrating.

  799. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    If we dont win this game. NY papers are going to eat cc for lunch.

  800. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    No worries, we’ve got Cabrera, Molina & Pena, we’re sure to rally.

    rabble

    rabble

    rabble

  801. 345abc April 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    there is no bright side, this team is losing and losing bad

  802. Donnie April 27th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I was going to go ahead and say “That’s ballgame”, but, like, 15 people beat me to it. They just got Verlander on a good night. Nothing else to really say about it. CC’s made three mistakes, and on any other night, you’d think the offense would be able to pick him up, but not against Verlander’s stuff, and not with three of the nine batters being automatic outs in ANY game, and Swisher going through a rough patch. Just a rough night all round.

    Games like this are why those first two games in Boston hurt so bad. They lose here against a dominating Verlander, and you tip your cap and say, “Man, he was good tonight”. But this is the 4th game in a losing streak, the first two losses could have, and should have, been prevented. It takes away from Verlander’s dominance, because instead of focusing on that, we focus on the fact that right now, this team sucks.

  803. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    my video feed froze, conveniently, right as Ordonez hit that HR

    should Swisher have caught it? it looked like it may have hit his glove?

  804. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Eat CC becuase the offense has scored 0 runs. Yeah I like that.

  805. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “If we dont win this game. NY papers are going to eat cc for lunch.”

    As they should. He has done nothing for this team thus far.

  806. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I think it’s about time for a sacrificial lamb. Sure it’s “early” in the season. But you know what? This is a continuation of last year’s crap. Definitely looks like the team is headed that way. Needs to be Kevin Long.

  807. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    boston- It didn’t hit his glove. It hit off top of the wall.

  808. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    CC has to take some heat now…….I completely agree that it’s unfair for pitchers to have to walk a tightrope and not give up anything – almost to the point where they have to be afraid to make a mistake. That said…….CC needed to leave it at 2-0.

  809. Mike Mineo April 27th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    carl, CC has thrown 1 quality start out of 4. not good at all for your ace, no matter what your offense does

    i know he did worse last year at this point, but the yankees can’t really deal with waiting until they’re 20-40 for him to look like an ace. by that time, the season will be over.

  810. Paul April 27th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    even the rolls don’t care anymore..
    when will the Yankees field a relevant team again?

  811. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    So do the yankee htters suck that bad, is it coaching or both. All I know is this is now the third year in a row of watching grown men paid a lot of money choke and choke badly. Maybe the yanks need TARP funds.

  812. Patrick April 27th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    The Yankees look like hell right now. 3 black holes at the end of the lineup, no starting pitching, no bullpen.

  813. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    This team is so one-dimensional. If we don’t hit homeruns we lose. Even if we are down 4-0, you have guys that think they can tie the game up with one swing, and no one on base. It simply is a repeat of last year. After all the money spent, I honestly did not expect this.

  814. Paul April 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    rolls = trolls

  815. Abe/s Odd World April 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    wow – this team is sucking right now

  816. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    We are headed in the right direction. CC almost had a decent game and the offense almost got a hit with a runner in scoring position.

  817. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Get ready for Edwin Jackson to look like Bob Gibson tomorrow.

  818. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    No, MikeKU, it’s Eiland.

    Plain and simple, 30th in team era = pink slip for pitching coach.

  819. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    “Vince,

    So you are counting this year as one and i said prior to 2008. And you are counting his first two years in 2001 and 2002. I mean you look at his career and he went from 2003 to 2007 not only pitching well to start the season but absolutely domninating almost every year pitching much better than his career averages. He was horrendous last year but that is one in his last 6 years. His era right now is actually not too high at around 4.8 – if he continues this game pitching THIS well, his era may go all the way down to 4 or so making even his start this year look decent.

    There isnt much point of this convo and all i wanted to tell you was my original ppoint to make sure you knew that CC pitching poorly in april was by no means a trend in his career so we shouldnt expect this kind of thing from him each year. Actually, based on the numbers, we should look forward to some dominant aprils in the future. I think the horrendous start in 2008 was due to how many innings he pitched in 2007 which was a lot and i think the shaky start this year was just due to acclimating himself to NY and the yanks more than anything but he looks pretty sharp today.”

    Yeah, I see what you are saying. I didn’t really mean to say it was a trend, but rather that it is not something we should be overly concerned about, because it has happened to him before.

  820. Johnny D. April 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    LOL! This game makes me feel stupid for thinking the Yankees would be an amazing team this season. This is just pathetic. Now I know how it feels to be a Pirates fan (who actually have a better record so far).

  821. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Yep there you have it, a 2 minute inning comprised of lazy swings at balls out of the zone and 1st pitch outs. Game set and match for tonight. Phil – we need your talent tomorrow night.

  822. Rob April 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Get ready for Edwin Jackson to look like Bob Gibson tomorrow.

    so true so true

  823. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Why do i feel like every hitter in our line up..pops up?

    4 5 0

    0 6 0 ( 0-1000000000000 w/risp.

  824. CENTRAL CT YANKEE April 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Sorry Girardi need to go…this team has no fire…It’s pathetic

  825. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Patrick, I agree…….

  826. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Its not the coaches. Its the players. You can’t teach someone how to hit with people in scoring position.

  827. James April 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Well 4-0 hole through 6 and half innings. verlander is just shutting this lineup down. This will wrap it up imo.

  828. Abe/s Odd World April 27th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    can’t believe I’m actually desperate for arod’s return… who’da thunk everyone would be whining for his return after all the crap that his personal life has “distracted” this team with. Looks like this team could use arod’s distractions and then some…

  829. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I don’t think anyone should expect anyone to get fired. Big George is not in charge anymore. His bluster could be useful right about now.

  830. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    wow great play by pena and tex.

  831. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    couldnt even increase verlander’s pitch count in the last 2 innings?

    at least cc looks a bit better i guess.

  832. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Someone tell Pena to bunt for a hit, maybe that will start the Yankees rally.

    Great play on both ends.

  833. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I feel bad for you, Pete. We can just tune this fiasco off, get back to our lives.

    Hell, my yard is going to look phenomenal this summer.

    You, unfortunately, can not escape this.

  834. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    he was safe though lol

  835. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Is it too much to ask for ONE RUN? &@&$*(^*^$^$896(*^^$(@

  836. Seth April 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Lacking wherewithal to put runs on the board. Where are the advance scouts ? Is video being watched or card games in the clubhouse ?
    Every hitter has a weakness and the Yankees can’t find it. The same hitters around the league do the same damage, the names too numerous to mention.
    Girardi is getting that same Torre look of no fire in his eyes.

  837. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    http://i39.tinypic.com/14y74w3.png

  838. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    What a great play by both Pena and Tex.

  839. PaulydaGoat April 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Thats what we get for having these old, decrepit players.

    Its going to take awhile to get rid of the Matsui’s, Damon’s, Posada’s, Jeter’s and get some athletes in there.

  840. DT April 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “Sorry Girardi need to go…this team has no fire…It’s pathetic”

    great idea. who do you replace him with?

    if the next manager goes 9-9 do you replace him too?
    With whom?

  841. PaulydaGoat April 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Not to mention a real CF

  842. Johnny D. April 27th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Hey, look at that. CC’s ERA is under 5 now.

    Totally worth the billion dollar contract.

  843. tampayank April 27th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    looks like this team is headed for a dive, they had Swish playing like Superman early, now that he’s back to his normal self, this offense is in trouble, unbelieavable w/ a payroll of over 200mil we have one of the weakest 7-9 hitters in baseball

  844. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    So Phil has to be the stopper? Unfortunate, really – he should be in AAA. You know what’s going to happen when he gets hit – the cries of “he’s a bust” and “no better than a #4″ will start all over again. This is the 2nd time he’s been rushed to the big leagues – his development has been in fits and starts. This is a mistake by the Yankees.

  845. 345abc April 27th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Bobby Valentine thats who

  846. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Is it possible to win a game without hitting home runs?

  847. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Pitchers without run support walk a tightrope and have to throw perfect pitches each pitch. It keeps them from being able to pitch their game. When you try to be too perfect, you can get hit.

    I have a hard time getting down on a pitcher who’s still dealing in the 7th, without any runs.

  848. pat April 27th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Pena doesn’t want to go away when Alex comes back.

  849. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Points for style on that Pena throw.

    Hughes is our stopper!

    If not, Joba!

    Maybe AJ?

    Alright Pettite’s definitely gettin it done on Fri.

  850. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    What do you think about the hitting Johnny D?

  851. CENTRAL CT YANKEE April 27th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Someone tell this team it’s July….why oh why do we stink every April…Time to Push up A-Rod’s time table…Can you Say Thursday vs. Angles

  852. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The reason why the team has so many holes with a $200 million dollar payroll. It’s because most of the payroll is wrapped into a hand-full of players.
    About 5 Yankees are making 20+. The 200 million dollars isn’t evenly spread through out the roster.

  853. YankeeRay April 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The tigers make out and I switch over to the heat game for 2 minutes. When I come back the Tigers are up again. Are we not batting tonight?

  854. aronik April 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    why not have shelley duncan up here for berroa, he could at least be a hitting threat at some point in a pinch hit for melky and then bring gard in to replace for feilding

  855. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    They should just call up Austin Jackson.

  856. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    “wow great play by pena and tex.”

    and a horrible call by the ump

  857. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Hey Seth, I think Pete had an article about the Yanks no longer utilizing advance scouts.

    They’re using video exclusively.

  858. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Of course right now we could be losing 1-0 and it would be the same thing. Credit to Verlander also, who is an awesome pitcher who was just waiting to come back and picked tonight to do it. It’s hard to get totally down on an offense that gave you a ton of runs Friday and Saturday. Makes you think that it’s a combination perhaps of getting in at 4 in the morning and Justin Verlander.

  859. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I thought that I’d missed part of the Charleston game…half way through and no errors by Angelini. He just made one. #13 this year and #35 for the team.

  860. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    You can’t expect folks to be kind to CC about his performance so far this year.

    They don’t need to spend 161 million for this kind of pitching.

    But, it is what it is.

    They can’t hit so, anything above 2 runs is a loss right now.

    For right now at least, this is one bad baseball team.

  861. M. Kay's Head April 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Weren’t we all complaining that the team had no fire under Torre also? Maybe it’s not the coaching staff, it’s the players will hundred million dollar contracts.

  862. DT April 27th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    great idea! Bobby Valentine!

    ok, so Bobby goes 9-9 and needs to be fired.
    Who do you replace him with?

    the problem with firing managers after 18 games, after the fourth manager of the year goes 9-9, the 5th guy gets a little leery of job security.

  863. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 27th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Even if we lose this game, it will be a good thing if CC goes the distance. The bullpen could use the rest.

  864. CENTRAL CT YANKEE April 27th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Bring in Larry Bowa…He has Fire!!! Joe G is worse than Joe T…Someone get this guy some Bigelow Green Tea

  865. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    This team doesn’t even seem to be mad about losing games repeatedly and in blow out fashions. Its almost as if they have a who cares its early attitude. However in this division we will fade and fade very fast.

    Doreen- I am not trying to be a negative fan but its hard with a team like this. 20 millionaires playing lazy baseball I really don’t feel like they are owed the benefit of the doubt. I am also not a front-runner I will always admit I am a Yankee fan and proud even when there is not much to be proud of. I just can’t explain my disappointment right now.

  866. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “Hughes is our stopper!

    If not, Joba!

    Maybe AJ?

    Alright Pettite’s definitely gettin it done on Fri.”

    :D

    You got a good point there!

  867. Rosa April 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    CC-slow starter
    Tex-slow starter

    Melky, Gardner 4th outfielders.

    Damon-hurting.

    Pena-good fielder.

    Swisher=strikeouts.

    Minor League position players that can help now=0

  868. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Well, at least the bullpen might get a rest

  869. Don B. April 27th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Is it too soon to think about what CC Sabathia could net for us at the trade deadline?

  870. Johnny D. April 27th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    “What do you think about the hitting Johnny D?”

    Deplorable. Same problems as last season, even with their latest multi-million dollar “secret weapon”, Texeira.

  871. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 27th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    “They don’t need to spend 161 million for this kind of pitching.”

    I think that you are being unfair to CC in regards to tonight’s game. No pitcher should have to pitch a shutout every time he goes to the mound. Because of the offense, CC had no room for error. If you look at his line, he really isn’t pitching that bad. His pitch count is reasonable. He’s striking people out. He had that one bad inning; other than that, he was fine. This was a winnable game if you had an offense that could hit.

  872. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    losing by 4 runs is a blowout to this team.

  873. Mop Up Man April 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    When is this team going to stop bringing in overpriced, underachieving superstars. You know the ones. This is such an awful business model.

  874. Dave April 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Remember when ransom went on the dl and for some reason, cash said he would have to pull a rabbit out of his hat to replace the worst hitter in baseball. Im still waiting for that rabbit cash …

  875. carl April 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Laura they don’t understand that lol

  876. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Pena might be batting leadoff tomorrow

  877. pat April 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    We’ve been duped. Pena can hit a little too.

  878. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Good night my Yankees, the season is slipping so

    Good night my Yankees, you stink up the show

    Spent $400 million and still can’t hit

    Oh, good bye 2009, good bye!

  879. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    “April 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Hey Seth, I think Pete had an article about the Yanks no longer utilizing advance scouts.

    They’re using video exclusively.”

    Exclusively from the Matsui collection!

    I don’t know anything about advance scouting but it wouldn’t surprise me to find out they were utilizing the “Topps reports”

  880. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    They should start making Cashman available to the media after every game. I would like him to answer to this unbelievably bad constructed team.

  881. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Mop Up — you’re correct . . . it’s all about the business model, which is defective.

  882. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Al – These definitely are trying times. It almost feels like the season is already 100 years old.

    Again with the injuries.

    Different year, same story line.

    I get it, I really do.

    I’m trying to think ahead 4 weeks. Because I think by then it will be different. Call me delusional. :)

  883. youk April 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    “I have a hard time getting down on a pitcher who’s still dealing in the 7th, without any runs.”

    Then you must really be impressed with 42 year old Wakefield who just completed 7 innings against Cleveland allowing one hit and no runs with no run support from his own team.

    Stop making excuses for CC.

  884. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    pena is carrying the offense

  885. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    DP!!

  886. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Laura, yes.

  887. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Vegas called, odds are set at 3:1 for the Yankees to be swept by the Tigers.

    2:1 to lose 5 in a row before winning

    and even money to be in last place by the middle of May.

  888. YankeeRay April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    ZMAN7777
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm
    Pena might be batting leadoff tomorrow

    ——

    Cmon Z, 3 hole hitter on this team

  889. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Do I detect a rally?

  890. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Nice of Zumaya to come back just in time for the series with the Yankees….

  891. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Double play then a fly out. Coming up after the break.

  892. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    my rally cap is on

  893. Pepitone April 27th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Boy, this team is bad man, real bad.

  894. DT April 27th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    A four game losing streak if they lose tonight. Can you believe it?

    That must be a Yankee record. Has this team ever lost four in a row? Nope! It would be a record. The 2009 Yanks have never lost 4 in a row.

    You’d have to go all the way back… way way way back….. to August 2008 to find such a rarity in Yankee lore.

  895. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    hopefully this time we dont leave runners on 1 and 2, no outs and not move them

  896. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    HOLD ON!! 2 straight hits?? And no inevitable DP from the Captain? Maybe, just maybe.

  897. Yankee2709 April 27th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Forget the swine flu, this is the Yankee Flu……players come to the Yankees and they perform nothing like they did elsewhere……pitchers, hitters, doesn’t matter…is it the pressure of New York, not sure…can you imagine this team without Texaira…..just looking around the sports world and you have teams like the Yankees, Cowboys, Redskins, NY Rangers, Mets that spend so much to try and win and they never seem to be a true team that has great success…does the big money, mix of stars make for a bad combination, not as hungry, etc….even the mighty New England Patriots although they went 16-0 could not win vs. a Giant team (thankfully as I hate the Patriots as much as the Red Sox) that was not as talented as the Patriots who had lots of free agents and traded for Randy Moss…they were not the same Patriots team that ran out of the tunnel and was introduced as a team in the Super Bowl vs. the Rams…..can this years Yankees team grow as a true team and battle for a championship…I hope so but the track record does not look good….

  898. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Alright here they come! Come on people lets get something going!

  899. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    The stadium is going to be a ghost town in September. No one is going to pay top dollar to watch a lineup including Melky and Molina.

  900. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Here comes our RISP offense, great.

  901. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Mop Up—you’re correct . . . it’s all about the business model, which is defective.

    EXACTLY! But just like most CEO’s and their underlings, the Yankees are blind to the fact that the model is defective and refuse to do nothing more than throw more money at the problem.

  902. pat April 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Doreen

    Not delusional, supportive. It’s not always gonna be pretty but some choose to hang in there anyhow.

  903. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “Then you must really be impressed with 42 year old Wakefield who just completed 7 innings against Cleveland allowing one hit and no runs with no run support from his own team.”

    If you are looking for someone to be impressed by Wakefield, look somewhere else. Hitters are going to struggle with a trick pitch, which is what his knuckleball is. It’s much easier for him to fool guys with a pitch they hardly ever see than with a fastball, which they see every single game.

  904. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “Do I detect a rally”

    Lets see do they get a hit with a runner in RISP first.

  905. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Youk, you ridiculous Yankee groupie –

    crawl back to your own kind and don’t ever tell me what to do pal.

  906. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    SJ44, you’re right. I like CC – I like our team, they are good guys. I take no pleasure in criticizing them. AJ got torched for his outing and that was after 3 good starts. CC had to hold the Tigers at 2 – he gave up additional runs that are just killers to this team. I don’t think he should be abused, but it’s not fair not to criticize him. He’s not been good at all this year…

  907. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Bottom line:

    When you don’t pitch, you don’t win.

    When you don’t hit, you don’t win.

    When you don’t get TIMELY hits, you don’t win.

    Its really that simple. We are doing none of the big 3 at the moment so this can’t be pinned on CC or Swisher or Melky it is everyones fault.

  908. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Juan Miranda goes opposite field for 2RHR.

    Some drunk screaming at the players right next to SWB booth:
    “Andy Pettitte wannabe!”

    AJax steals third. He must have doubled after Miranda’s HR. Two-out hit for Nunez. Inning over, 6-1 SWB Yanks.

    Let’s bring Miranda up, Cash.

  909. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    at least Cliff Lee brought his A-game against the Sox

    so far:

    8 scoreless innings on 106 pitches

  910. Mop Up Man April 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Is anyone else tired of this team buying up aging, overpriced superstars who did their best work for another team?

    Is anyone else tired of this team writing checks for players for the back of their baseball card rather than the hustle and clutchness they are currently bringing to the table?

  911. chr1zisNYY April 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    omg

  912. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Ok my order is off. Tex gdp coming up.

  913. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    POP-UP FLU.

  914. Shamik April 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    cmon DAMON!!!!!!

  915. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    here we go again…

    can we bring these runners past second please.

  916. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Bottom line:
    When you don’t pitch, you don’t win.
    When you don’t hit, you don’t win.
    When you don’t get TIMELY hits, you don’t win.

    2007, 2008 all over again. Same formula.

  917. 345abc April 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    omg story of the season….almost

  918. Shamik April 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    tex…..3 run HR…lets do it

  919. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    :(

  920. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Ok I was wrong :( Man so close.

  921. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    There is the Yankees season in a nutshell… broken bat out.. fly ball with not enough on it.

  922. Mop Up Man April 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Teix: warning track power.

  923. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Why does Teixeira look like the ball is gone but it just falls short?

  924. aronik April 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    is it just me or does Texiera hit fly outs to the warning track more than anyone else

  925. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Game over.

  926. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    It’s up to Godzilla now…

  927. Shamik April 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    another tex ball dies at the warning track. ughhhhhh

  928. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Cleveland station poll:

    What is your least favorite team?

    a) Yankees – 72%

    b) Red Sox – 18%

    c) Tigers – 5%

    d) White Sox – 5%

    I think I’d be offended if the Yankees weren’t #1 anyway.

  929. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    How gone is that ball in YS.

  930. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Who said DP and pop up? Looks like pop up and DP is the what the doctor ordered.

  931. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 27th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    This sucks

  932. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    We all knew this was coming.

  933. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    0-7 RISP.

  934. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    argh

  935. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 27th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    0-7 with RISP

  936. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Impersonator @ 9:09. Find something better to do troll.

  937. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    twice with men on 1st and 2nd and no outs and didnt even move them one base. not even one.

  938. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    The Yankees just suck!

    $200 million slow pitch soft ball team.

    Nice effort!

  939. 345abc April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    fastball right down the pipe and he pulls his head off and swings through it…13 mil a year for that

  940. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    just

    wow

  941. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    You have to be kidding me. @&$*)(^@%$)@&^!)(&#!&$&@%#@&

  942. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    This team goes into a shell with men on base. Unbelievable!

  943. Johnny D. April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    YAY! 3 pitch AB.

  944. Matt April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    How can you blame CC? Look at that joke of an offense go at it inning after inning. How is Matsui hitting 4th? His at bat was PATHETIC. 3 fastballs down the middle and he missed them all.

  945. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    More futility with RISP. It’s to the point now where the next guy who gets a hit should get a plaque in Monument Park because it will be a historical achievement.

    I don’t know how you solve this problem, but it’s reached the embarrassing stage to watch this team hit.

    They just can’t hit w/RISP and are dead last in every pitching catagory.

    Certainly not a recipe for success.

  946. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Another choke job with runners in scoring position with nobody out. P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C…PATHETIC!!!

  947. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Oh silly me…I was getting carried away with hope. Pathetic, lifeless, lazy. We haven’t had an RBI base hit since Saturday. Tex had a meatball to crush and only flew to the track…story of the last few days.

  948. Spiced Ham April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Do you think this collection of losers could beat a little league softball team? I think not

  949. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    If the team cannot play up to its potential consistently its on the manager. If the organization gives the manager enough of a roster to at least make the playoffs and the team doesnt, its on the manager. IF the team underachieves consistently, its on the manager. If the team acquires quality players who are proven talent and they play below their ability with the new team, its on the manager.
    If the team cannot make big plays, get important hits, or make plays whenthey need to, its on the manager.
    The managers job is to get the team to perform at least to its capabilities.

  950. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Yeah but thats the point in Boston or NY he wouldve never hit the ball that far.

  951. Shamik April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    this team is pathetic

  952. youk April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    “crawl back to your own kind and don’t ever tell me what to do pal.”

    I make a conscious effort not to be pals with homer drama queens.

  953. Michael April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I prefer my teams to make statements later in the year, rather than blow our load in April, and slowly fade. Tex is a notorious slow starter, as is CC, and A-Rod has not even played a single game. We have only played 6 home games, compared to 13 on the road. This is just about the worst time to evaluate the team and most likely will not give you an accurate reading on how the year is going to turn out.

  954. bob April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I want CASHMAN’S head in a platter… PLEASE!!!!!!!

  955. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    For right now at least this is one bad baseball blog too. :(

    Nothing against Pete but some of the posters here :( :( :( :( :( :(

  956. Mop Up Man April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Time to pour my second high-alcohol beer so that I can mask the pain from the ulcer this team is causing me. Wait. . something’s wrong about all of that.

  957. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Two runners on means two runners stay on. It’s like clockwork.

  958. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Man, this lineup needs such an overhaul it is not even funny. Just to imagine that we have a payroll the size that we do, and have the players we have, is mind boggling.

    I cannot wait for the day Matsui, Damon, etc. are gone. I am not diminishing what the older corps of players have done in the past, but this team feels so bloated.

    And as much as I try and remain optimistic, deep down I have a feeling this team is going to produce similar results as last year.

  959. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    CC giving the BP a break.

  960. dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    That tex hit was the story or a perfect metaphor for our season so far – everything is going just a little wrong but wrong enough to prevent whatever we need to win.

    cc the horse.

  961. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Yankees better give those rings to the Tampa employees. Karma should have seen steroid-using Mags shut down, but it didn’t happen.

    Feels like there is some huge debt we’re paying here, and I don’t mean the new Stadium.

  962. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Matsui, Damon & Nady coming off the books after this year.

    Unfortunately, Cashman isn’t.

  963. 345abc April 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    ive had a terrible 3 days…i have the flu, i get laid off, my dog dies and the yankees embarrass themselves

  964. Danny April 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    1at and 2nd no outs— no score.

    And people think this team is going anywhere this year?

    They are just too inconsistent and are inept with runners on base. But they’ll probably score 12 runs tomorrow and the runs scored numbers will look good.

  965. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I saw Scranton play Friday night. They had no issues knocking in the RISP. Maybe they should fire Girardi. Bring up the Scranton manager. Call up Shelley, Austin Jackson and Miranda.

  966. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    So tomorrow it’s Hughesie vs. Edwin Jackson and his 2.77 ERA? Oh boy

  967. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Can’t believe we haven’t scored ONE RUN.

  968. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    GB7, I just came home from physical theraphy….How did Detroit get their runs…..Is CC throwing well ??? Get me up to speed…

  969. Big Joe April 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I am not sure that Joe G will make it home employed if this keeps up. Someone is going to be called out its either him or Cash…after all that money I really think that Hank and Hal will push a panic button. Sub-500 after April is not good. His alibi is sitting in Tampa doing rehab.

  970. GJwin April 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Please – AJ’s performance was 10x worse than CC’s.

    He blew a 6-0 lead!

  971. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    SJ44
    April 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    More futility with RISP. It’s to the point now where the next guy who gets a hit should get a plaque in Monument Park because it will be a historical achievement.

    I don’t know how you solve this problem, but it’s reached the embarrassing stage to watch this team hit.

    They just can’t hit w/RISP and are dead last in every pitching catagory.

    Certainly not a recipe for success.
    ———————————————————–

    I cant wait until the yankees get their RISP avg to 055.

  972. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Edwin Jackson has a 2.77 era? We get to him early. I don’t know if we win though.

  973. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    You have pitchers who can’t find the strike zone on a consistent basis.
    You have a bullpen that has been used more than Paris Hilton
    You have hitters who look completely lost at the plate.
    You have a team who just looks confused on what they should be doing.

    While it is ultimately on the players, who is there to correct this, motivate them? I don’t see it coming from Eiland, Girardi or Long.

    Arod will help but the force is not that strong with that one. Something has to be done. I can’t accept or believe that other teams find players who can hit when they need to, pitch when they need to, and play the game the way they should, but the Yankees, like petulant children.

  974. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    They still haven’t scored a run. So even though CC gave up the HR to Ordonez it’s not the difference in the game.
    The team just blows in a big spot offensively.
    Maybe Arod will spark the offense when he comes back.

  975. LOL April 27th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Wow LoHud is a joke. The place reserved for the retard Yankee fans only. It makes me lulz.

  976. DT April 27th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    “And people think this team is going anywhere this year?”

    Did Red Sox fans sound this bad when their team was 2-6?

  977. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    At least CC saved us from watching the worst bullpen in baseball. Only saving grace of the evening.

  978. swisherrocks April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Worst team in baseball no question.

  979. swisherrocks April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Worst team in baseball no question.

  980. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Losing streak quiz:

    Match the Yankee with the appropriate post game comment.

    “Sometimes you just gotta tip your cap”

    “We just gotta start winning”

    ” Me llamo Leche!”

  981. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Joe G. is playing the hand Cashman dealt him. I’d purge myself of the dealer.

  982. Uncle Ellsworth April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    At least its a quick game

  983. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    vince, I have to say that it’s too easy an explanation.

    How do you explain the explosions on Friday and Saturday? That’s our offense too. Could it be a combination of the Yankees TYPICAL letdown after playing the Sux along with a potent Verlander?

  984. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Well, the good news is that CC gave the pen a rest. The bad news is pretty much everything else :|

  985. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Cliff Lee pulled and Kerry Wood in to blow the game for the Indians

  986. Kevin at SHU April 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    The one positive from today is CC giving the bullpen some well needed rest. I am happy with that, but would of like to have seen the offense show signs of life as well so we would have gotten the win as well. Thank you CC for giving the bullpen rest and it is too bad that your offense decided to stay in Boston.

  987. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Cone is way to upbeat for my nerves. Why is he saying CC is still pitching well. If youre the ace and gettin [aid like one you keep this game closer then 4-0.

  988. rdupuy April 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I’m not ready to Jump off the bridge yet but i’m not encouraged by the team. I realize that if we had a healthy A-rod and Nady it extends our line up. Butt his team is showing no battle in them. Every one struggling in the league seems to find their game against us. Every one we call up does nothing, giving up on Gardner seems like a panic move. I just don’t like the make up of the team. Peter if we have this bad road trip and go 4 and 4 on our home stand does Girardi get fired?

  989. Forntoso April 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Gutty performance by CC.

    His first complete game as a Yankee barring any heroics. Just wish we could have given him some runs.

  990. Lara08 April 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I want 50 push ups and a marathon hike if we lose, too many pansies here, and Jeter, tuck it in lover.

    —————————————————

    I’m game. Do I need to bring my rucksack?

  991. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Honestly, the entire outfield needs an overhaul. I’d just unload everyone if possible. Obviously do not bring back Matsui and Damon. Just cut ties with Melky. Send Gardner back down to the minors. Keep Swisher as a bench player.

    Not sure who exactly is a free agent next year (besides Holliday), but like I said, we need an entirely new outfield in my opinion.

    The bullpen is a similar situation, not to mention Mariano is getting another year older.

    I’m still sticking with Joba to the pen, but I know that people attack when I say a thing like that.

    Any ideas on OF help for next year though? I’d love to get Bay, but I’m sure Boston will lock him up long term.

  992. abcd April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    cano came ready to play this season.

  993. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Where the heck are these doubles when people are on base?

  994. vtred April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    If Cashman fires Girardi, he is doing him a favor.

  995. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    nail biter in Cleveland.

    Sox battling, as always.

  996. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Well game is over. We just put a runner in scoring position.

  997. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I wonder when they get together and have a team meeting? I think it should be soon.

  998. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Imagine how the Tampa Rays fan must feel knowing his team is 7-12. :|

  999. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    “I make a conscious effort not to be pals with homer drama queens.”

    Then spending time with yourself must be torture.

    Take a hike.

  1000. rdupuy April 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Cano is a real surprise. I have to admit i did not see him having this success this early in the year.

  1001. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Uh oh!!

  1002. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    heads up baserunning by Robi

  1003. Yanks86 April 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Again, WHY isn’t Cano batting clean-up in this game? Just inexplicable. That would have been nice to see with two men on last inning instead of Matsui flailing at a ball and missing.

  1004. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Oh my they scored a run. :shock:

  1005. Stephen April 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I can deal with this team not being in first place.

    I can deal with this team sputtering a bit.

    But after all the work done to this rotation, I cannot deal with this team being below .500 at the end of April.

  1006. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    & Bay just hit a 3-run bomb off Kerry Wood.

    It just keeps getting better.

    Not enough alcohol in the world for this.

  1007. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Friggin Cleveland.

    they pull Cliff Lee and Kerry Wood gives up 3 runs.

    Sox are on their way to another win.

  1008. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I think they should try and trade Jeter.

  1009. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    All a big tease…

  1010. Shamik April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    man let cano bat cleanup…what else does this man have to do?

  1011. Every Day Phil Coke April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    How many times are Cone and Singleton harp that CC has pitched well? You know what, CC is going to get the loss in this game and gave up 4 runs, so he didn’t pitch that well. He has been paid to win and so far he has come thru once in four tries.

  1012. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    We just witnessed a miracle

  1013. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Pat M,

    He threw better tonight, saved us from watching our horrible bullpen but, had one bad inning and that put the game out of reach.

  1014. Soul April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    What a game by Sabathia

    Pure guts. One bad inning… a shame that the offense didn’t help him. Give him a 6-0 lead and he will take us home.

  1015. Shamik April 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    this is going to be too little too late…i know it

  1016. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Oh my oh my!@!!

  1017. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    DT
    April 27th, 2009 at 9:16 pm
    “And people think this team is going anywhere this year?”
    Did Red Sox fans sound this bad when their team was 2-6?

    Yes. My room mate is a Sox fan, there was a long list of “sack em’”, leading with Varitek and Drew.

  1018. Impersonator April 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    look at me im a loser who has nothing better to do with my life than impersonate people on the internet!!!

  1019. aronik April 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Lets GO JORGE

  1020. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “….and that put the game out of reach”

    Shh you might be speaking too soon. Lets see….

  1021. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Add one more cliche to the post game comments- “too little- Too late”

  1022. rdupuy April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    come on Jorge

  1023. Big Joe April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I agree Stephen…its that they literally have the highest ERA in the game. I mean that’s not acceptable at all. Girardi or Cash…one takes the fall…not my preference just my prediction.

  1024. Motive April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I was going to buy tickets for Saturday’s game at the Stadium.

    Not anymore.

  1025. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Well now I don’t know whether to get back out on the ledge or watch ’til the end of the game. Hmmm.

  1026. Johnny D. April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Yeah. They won’t win. Exciting last inning, though.

  1027. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    hhmmm

  1028. patrick max April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    lol unbelievable.

    11th win in a row for Boston. Bay replaces Manny and they get better. Sox are just a franchise of destiny at the moment.

  1029. Shamik April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    pinch hit posada!

  1030. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    CC was ok, I suppose – and he did give us innings. That’s huge in and of itself. Only a fool would think he’s not going to get himself going……..

  1031. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “had one bad inning and that put the game out of reach.”

    maybe (put it out of reach)

  1032. RalphieD April 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    please let this not be a tease

  1033. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Trisha -

    It sure does feel like some karmic payback. Like they sold their soul for the those 3 consecutive rings…

  1034. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    great…

  1035. vb03 April 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Double play. Typical rally killer.

  1036. Luigi April 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    how do you get doubled up on that

  1037. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    …..and he hits into a double play. Big surprise.

  1038. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Damn you Jorge.

  1039. RalphieD April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    well i spoke too soon..

  1040. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    You just have to laugh. Comedy Central should pick up the rights to the Yankee games.

  1041. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    nice job Jorge

    :(

  1042. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    The only thing I like about Melky is that he has good AB’s against the opposing closers. Cant forget the AB he had against Billy Wagner a couple a years ago down 4-0.

  1043. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    :(

  1044. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    what a rally killer

  1045. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Did Jorge even run hard?

  1046. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Posada?

  1047. mrvigs013 April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Just curious when can Girardi be fired? it’s too much to ask to get him out of here??? The guy is wound to tight for this job and its carrying over to the team. they play tight everyday. Girardi changes the line-up every single day there hasn’t been one day the the line-up is the same two days in a row its terrible i cant take it

  1048. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    How do you turn a DP on that play?

    Wanna know how to stop a Yankee rally? Just put RISP. Works everytime.

  1049. Every Day Phil Coke April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen someone loaf down the line as casually as Posada did there. Is he hurt, or just sulking because he didn’t get the start tonight?

  1050. CENTRAL CT YANKEE April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    He’s no Usain Bolt…wow is he slow…and let’s just look at the play the whole time running to first

  1051. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    You had a good game Ramiro shake it off.

  1052. carl April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    man we suuuuuuuuuuck

  1053. Johnny D. April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    “Yeah. They won’t win. Exciting last inning, though.”

    I hate being right.

  1054. Luigi April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    whatever im sick of all this, ill be back when they are 5 games over 500

  1055. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    and thats the game. just wow.

  1056. brian cashman is a tool April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    lol @Jorge running.

    way to bust it.

  1057. Jerzz April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    This makes the last inning even more frustrating. They couldn’t get in 1 freakin run with 1st and 2nd no outs?

    I HATE teases like this. Just go down 1-2-3, you had your chance to show up and you never did. Now a cosmetic rally and the folks will come here and say they showed “heart”. Yeah right.

  1058. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    11 straight for the sux 4 straight the wrong way for us. Unreal how bad we look so far.

  1059. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Told ya…it’s ALWAYS just a tease. What an embarrasing performance 1 through 9 minus Robbie.

  1060. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Back to the ledge. :(

  1061. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    f-ing molina could have dont less damage than posada just did.

  1062. MikeKU April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Posada acts like a giant baby. Wouldnt surprise me if he “hustled” down the line because he didnt get the start.

  1063. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    FYI- The Yankees haven’t hit with runners in scoring position for years. This is nothing new. NOT AT ALL!

  1064. vb03 April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Red Sox are the best team in the league. Not even close.

    The more the Yankees spend to try and keep up, the more they fall behind.

  1065. Don B. April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    posada’s clearly not even trying there. If I’m Joe Girardi, I bench him for the rest of the series.

  1066. baseball April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    good hustle jorge,,yuchh

  1067. mrvigs013 April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Don’t worry the “i Believe in my guys speech” should be coming up shortly in the post game….can’t wait

  1068. tampayank April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    ugh this feels like 08 all over again, maybe it’s bad team chemistry but leaving a village on base every game is getting old, that was the story of 08

  1069. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I’m at a loss for words watching Posada run to first.

    It’s hard to say he was giving max effort.

  1070. M April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    It is time for the Steinbrenner Bros to start thinking about getting rid of CASHman. I have been a supporter but i think it is time for a change in thinking in constructing a team. This is a poorly spent $200 million – How many chances does he get? The OF is horrible, a poor bench again, and a lack of heart. I live in NH and have to deal w/ Sox fans everyday but i have to admit they are a much better organization and team.

  1071. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Honestly, I’m sickened by the way Jorge “ran” down the line. That was disgusting. He was looking at the play the entire time and didnt have his head down at all. But you know what? No one will say anything to him, because he’ll b#$*h about it.

  1072. trex April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    can posada run any slower?

  1073. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I was on and off with this game.. Was Gardner used at all? I’m wondering why Joe didn’t switch him with Melky.

  1074. Al from BK April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Teams like the Sox hit in those situations, we do not that is the main difference.

  1075. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Cashman?? well maybe he has not made the best choices or spent the money as wisely as others but lets be fair. Look at rosters and the lineups around the rest of the league. Despite what is said here the lineup is still as good or better than 90% of all major league teams. it was that way last year too, they have enough talent “on paper” they should not have missed the playoffs last year, and the roster on paper should not be below 500. Please with the slow start comments, other teams are winning games and playing well. Its the manager.

  1076. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Posada didn’t even run hard.

  1077. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    as a baserunner

  1078. 56Bomber April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I did not realize that Posada is hurt but clearly he must be after watching him run to first. God forbid if that was Cano loafing like that.

  1079. alvaro espinoza's hipster frames April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    don b. – sadly, that actually was as fast as he could go…

    $200 million sure doesn’t buy what it used to

  1080. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Brett Gardner could have circled the bases in the time it took Jorge to get to first.

    Assuming he remembers where the bases are…

  1081. Luigi April 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    once again i know its early but this team cannot continually get off to slow starts like this, i dont care what month of the season it is every game counts the same and apparently this team didnt get the memo, i see no intensity on the field, they are on cruise control

  1082. rdupuy April 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    what happens when hughes gets shelled? this is looking like a long season

  1083. Kara April 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    It’s nice to see the team didn’t give up and roll over. They showed signs of life in the ninth (although it was too late).

    We’ll get one tomorrow (I hope…I’m ready for a win). Sorry for my optimism, but it’s only 19 games into the season and I’ve not even thought of losing faith in this team yet.

  1084. Sea Net April 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Same story every year

    They look great in the Spring and score a ton of runs and play fundamental baseball. Bullpen looks great, starters look great. Chemistry is the “best ever” and the team has “unity” and its a “different team than years past”.

    and then what happens? The regular season starts and they revert back to their old selves.

    Same story every year, indeed.

  1085. panayioti April 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    yankees will get swept in Detroit. They just don’t have it.

    Man, a team is suppose to find ways to win not find ways to enhance a losing streak.

  1086. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I really hope Posada is questioned on that. He is the last person I’d expect to dog it but it did not look good.

  1087. mmx April 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Cano is hitting so well and why isn’t he hitting cleanup position? Why is Girardi so stubborn and can’t see what everyone else is seeing?

  1088. tampayank April 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    jorge has had that attitude all year, I think he hates Girardi

  1089. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Pete Abe,

    Please, for the love of everything, ask Girardi about Posada running down to first on that DP. The replay showed him loafing the entire way. It was an absolute travesty. I’ve never seen a Yankee player “run” like that in years.

  1090. Steve Balboni April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    mrvigs013
    ————————————-
    Why fire Girardi? Its Cashman that needs to go. I’m not saying Tex/CC will be busts, but why even pay a GM when your modus operandi is look at who had the best AVG/ERA/K/WHIP etc for the past year or two, then write the biggest check. Anyone of us could do that.

    Measure him by his trades, and by every metric he is terrible.

  1091. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    posada should be benched tomorrow for that.

  1092. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I have a idea. Lets put all the pressure on phil hughes to save us from a 5 game losing streak.

  1093. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Kara,

    I’m right there with you. I still expect good things from this team.

    I’d still like to see the guys running hard on every play and giving max effort.

  1094. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks SJ44, I’m pulling up the highlights…..Shame that Texeria didn’t get enough backspin on his drive to left….Lot’s riding on Pjil’s outing tomorrow night….Tough spot….

  1095. vb03 April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    How does Boston continue to pick up reclamation projects like Saito and Penny and they turn into gold, while the Yankees’ reclamation projects are the Angel Berroa sort.

    Hell Smoltz will probably go 10-0 after the All-Star break. Theo’s got the Midas touch.

  1096. Casper April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    posada never once took his eye off the ball as he ran to first. like he gave up on contact.

  1097. Stinkees April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Awful.

  1098. Sevrx April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Verlander had a 9 ERA. Faces us and throws the best game of his career next to his no hitter.

    The team is trying, they are just mental midgets in the clutch. They turn into pumpkins and forget how to play baseball.

  1099. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    “Red Sox are the best team in the league. Not even close.

    The more the Yankees spend to try and keep up, the more they fall behind.”

    YAWN!

    And the Yankees were the best team in the league. Not even close. When they marched into fenway in August of 2007 and swept them 5 straight.

    Your point?

  1100. Shred Em April 27th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I hope Cano still looks like Ted Williams when A-Rod gets back.

  1101. Will April 27th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    It’s time to admit the mistake and get rid of Girardi.

  1102. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Ok.. I took a look at gameday.. that’s inexcusable to not use Gardner in place of melky as a baserunner.

  1103. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    the excuse will be that Verlander was awesome, tip your cap, meanwhile he has been very ordinary this year, except against the Yankees. So they are 9-10 got shutdown by Masterson and Joe nobody last night, and the team looks like its playing about 60% of capacity.

  1104. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I had sad in the past that there are things that bug me about Posada. This is another example. His attitude.

  1105. Ca$hmoney April 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    The team has heart. They just don’t have the mental capacity to perform in big spots. They are fragile and mentally weak. Pressure gets to all these guys,

  1106. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    CC actually pitched a decent game.

    How do you get 10 hits and only 3 runs???

    Do you remember, and it wasn’t all that long ago, it would be 10 hits and 12 runs?

    Sad.

  1107. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Now Hughes has to try and be our stopper tomorrow. Eat your Wheaties tomorrow morning Phil

  1108. tampayank April 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    “Al from BK
    April 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm
    Teams like the Sox hit in those situations, we do not that is the main difference.

    Exhibit A: Sox get 2 man on and Bay hits a 3 run shot late in the game
    Exhibit B: Yanks get 2 men on and Tex flies out

    things have to start going our way, this is rough

  1109. 56Bomber April 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Jorge’s trot to first is inexcusable unless he’s hurt. For a guy who demands the most from himself and teammates, that has to be the only viable excuse. I just wonder if anyone (media or players) will call him out for it.

  1110. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    We need a manager who knows how to utilize the bench.

  1111. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    what exactly is girardi’s fault?

    ph’ing posada over molina is right, but that effort is unacceptable.

  1112. rconn23 April 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Too many long, looping swings from the hitters. They just can’t hit with runners on base. They just can’t. There is no tonic for it.

    A-Rod coming back will help some, but there are just too many bad swings.

    It’s a bad team right now. Terrible situational hitting, a lousy bullpen and mediocre starting pitching.

  1113. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    “Yankees 0 for their last 23 with RISP.”

    I’ve stood behind this team as much as anyone but this needs to change quickly. very quickly.

  1114. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    They continue to find new and innovative ways to lose each night. Sad.

  1115. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I have to think that Posada is acting in response to Girardi. If he wants to have an ego, after the Yanks gave him that mega-deal, then I’m done with him. After that, I’ve lost respect. He’s putting his feelings ahead of the team. Screw that.

  1116. Shred Em April 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Phil is in a really tough spot tomorrow night. He really has to put last year behind him and put up a big game for the Yanks against a pretty good lineup.

  1117. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Lol, did anyone here actually think they would complete that comeback. I figured they would score 3, I overestimated by 1, haha. Same #$%$, different game.

  1118. rdupuy April 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Cash has made major mistakes with the pen. he had to go for CC AJ and Tex but he needed to overhaul the pen and bench.

  1119. Joe April 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    CC pitched a great ball game.

    Glad hes on our team. Too bad the offense is filled with gutless chokers.

  1120. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    “How does Boston continue to pick up reclamation projects like Saito and Penny and they turn into gold, while the Yankees’ reclamation projects are the Angel Berroa sort.

    Hell Smoltz will probably go 10-0 after the All-Star break. Theo’s got the Midas touch.”

    I know a bunch of people who’d agree with you and give you the best feedback in the world on everything you just said!

    SONS OF SAM HORN ———->

  1121. SJ44 April 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    You really have to work hard to spend this much money and have a team with this many holes.

    But, nobody is going to feel sorry for the Yankees. Nor should they.

    If they are a good team, they dig themselves out of this starting tomorrow.

  1122. dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    “Gardner has had 186 at-bats in the majors and hit .226 with a .274 OBP. At some point you have to do better than bat if you expect to keep going out there.”

    i HAVE to comment on this quote from above. One, gardner was hitting absolutely everything during the spring. Dont those at bats count for anything? Two, gardner has had 186 at bats total in his career in the majors but he has only had 59 at bats this season and has hit 220 254. Thats bad but combine that and the spring and its probably well above 300. Also, gardner has shown with consistent playing time that he is capable of drastic improvement within one year and has done it and pretty much every level so far. He also has 5 stolen bases on a team that REALLY needs more speed in the lineup.

    And pete while I would agree with your sentiment in general, you are pretending like some legit prospect who hasnt gotten a chance is waiting in the wings to replace brett. Meanwhile, melky has had about 1500 chances to prove his worth in the majors hitting 249 through his final 414 at bats and that is only because he was actually hitting to start the season. All in all the yanks started him for three seasons in center while he did progressively worse each season. So why does melky deserve three years to try to show improvement but brett doesn’t deserve a half a season?

    Especially since the only player the yanks have to replace brett is melky. I know melky is doing well in his first 33 at bats this season but shouldnt brett get a little more than 60 at bats to prove himself especially after his monster spring and game-changing speed? I would think so as why does melky deserve three season and brett not get more than 60 at bats??

    It makes no sense. Brett is the one that showed all throughout the minors that he improves tremendous with time playing at each level. I hope brett gets back in here soon. Melky is just below average in everything except defense while brett has a true threat in any game with his speed and he is an ideal number nine hitter.

  1123. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    let’s hope the Indians can get to Papelbon… at least make him work

  1124. igotid88 April 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I hope Hughes does well tomorrow. I want to see him pitch on Sunday at the stadium.

  1125. Rob April 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Exhibit A: Sox get 2 man on and Bay hits a 3 run shot late in the game
    Exhibit B: Yanks get 2 men on and Tex flies out

    Yankees 0 for their last 23 with RISP

    both so true and sad…..It seem every team steps up their game against us and we let it happen…..its early i know but you have to step it up soon enough

  1126. ZMAN7777 April 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    It’s getting to be like last year: this team isn’t even enjoyable to watch. No life, no fire.

  1127. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    joeman
    April 27th, 2009 at 6:34 pm
    Verlander hasn’t pitch well in over a year…..watch out!!!!

    I called this

  1128. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I have to admit, it didn’t look like Jorge was busting it down the line. For someone who always gets in peoples faces when it doesn’t look like they are trying that was pretty awful.

  1129. Zooboy April 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    E-gawa — totally agree: Ok.. “I took a look at gameday.. that’s inexcusable to not use Gardner in place of melky as a baserunner.”

    So far the only weapon Gardner has brought is blazing speed. The perfect time to bring him in was that stop. Girardi was probably saving Gardi to pinch hit in the 14th if the Yanks tied it there. Brilliant.

  1130. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    It’s basically fatigue setting in, tough series vs the Red Sox now you have to guard vs the let down, CC was ok, he’s getting better but going CG allowing 4 ER isn’t great but he relieved our BP tonight. Our OF defense is not exactly steller. We need speed from LF to CF over the bats. Again why haven’t we tried to rob Lastings Milledge while we can.

  1131. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    pete, what do you think about that effort by posada? dowe have a manny situation on our hands?

  1132. vb03 April 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    trisha

    That’s probably the lone bright spot of the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry for New York since Aaron Boone’s homer in 2003. A 5 game sweep in the dog days of August.

    The playoffs weren’t kind to them that year either, just like every postseason since 2004.

    Right now this team isn’t very good.

    You can’t go on 0-23 streaks with RISP and expect not to go on long losing skids.

  1133. Frida K. April 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Piss-poor attitude by Jorge there.

  1134. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    first two men get hits off Papelbon… cmon cleveland

  1135. Rosa April 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Is there a Yankee “ace” that can pitch a shutout or maybe hold the opposition to 1 run.

    This offense basically has nothing except for Cano.

    Verlander was great but what was the excuse for last night when they scored 1 run even with 2 minor league pitchers in the game?

  1136. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Redsox and other teams get a lot out of reclamation projects because they have good managers who are able to get the most out of their players. Every player who has come to the Yankees over the last 170+ games has underachieved. Name one player who has come here under Girari and has either performed equal or above his potential? The only one I can think if is Swisher.

  1137. Rob April 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    with a older team you need to have a bench…we have complete trash

  1138. Jones April 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    cashman is the architect of this abortion.

  1139. Keith April 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Another clunker. No glue on this team. Dig out from under .500 now or it gets deeper.

  1140. vb03 April 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    And whats wrong with saying Boston is the best team in the league?

    Because right now, they are. On the days they don’t hit, they pitch. On the days they don’t pitch, they hit.

    Things winning teams are supposed to do. Credit where credit is due.

  1141. 56Bomber April 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I bet we don’t hear any talk about Posada’s stroll on the postgame.

  1142. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I’m getting a bad vibe from Posada. But that could just be the frustration from the 4 losses talking.

    Let’s hope they can turn things around tomorrow

  1143. Kara April 27th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Ok. The team isn’t performing that well right now, that much is obvious. However, this team has managed to survive without it’s most productive hitter (A-Rod) and the awfulness that has been much of the rotation so far without going super far below .500. Just imagine when CC shakes off the rust and gets hot (which he will – he’s notoriously a slow starter, but it’s only a matter of time until he turns into the real CC). Think about how much of a boost it will be to the offense when A-Rod comes back (which should be soon as he seems to be progressing quite well through his rehab program and is currently ahead of schedule). Wait until Wang turns back into Wang the 19-game winner. The bullpen will get sorted out over the season – people that are performing will be kept and those that aren’t will be shipped out to AAA and replaced. It’s only been 19 games. There is still a lot of the season to be played.

  1144. Doreen April 27th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    You know – the ball was hit hard by Ordonez, but that ball hit Swisher’s glove and watching the replay, that wall gave way as soon as he hit it – no leverage. I don’t think outfield walls should be opening up in a major league stadium. But Ordonez hit it hard, it ended up going out, but I don’t know why no one said anything about the wall actually opening up!

  1145. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Silver lining: we got to Game 19 before the “sometimes you just have to tip your cap” jokes arrived in force. ;)

  1146. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    “what exactly is girardi’s fault?

    ph’ing posada over molina is right, but that effort is unacceptable.”

    Ph’ing with Posada was a good move.. BUT he should have also put Gardner in place of Melky for an even faster baserunner. If you have it, why not utilize when the situation calls for it. It’s fundamentals of the game that Girardi sometimes ignores. That’s his fault. Instead of 1 out with a runner on.. there’s 2 outs with no runners on.

  1147. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Another opposite field HR by Miranda.

    CASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING HIM UP HERE NOW!!!

    He’s not a guy who needs to learn to hit breaking pitches.

  1148. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Boston Dave, did you see how Perralta got jobbed on that pitch? Even Remy said it was a ball. Then Crapelbon threw the same pitch and it was called a ball!!!

    Umpires can be a disgusting joke and change the course of the game!

  1149. Frankie D April 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Why the hell didn’t melky steal 2nd base to stay out of the double play? I saw that double play coming a mile away. Was he even being held on first?

  1150. A-Rod: Redefining Choke April 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Seriously, they suck. It’s another pathetic April.

  1151. Shred Em April 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    If you’re Alex Rodriguez, this would be the best scenario. The Yanks drop 8 of their next 10, and look anemic in each and every way. Gammons, Stark, Olney, Heyman, Verducci, and all the baseball “insiders” say the team is done. You come off the DL, Mark Teixeira remembers how to hit, and you lead the team and the Yanks play .700 baseball the rest of the way. This could be your chance to turn the tables and get the public back on your side.

  1152. DC Yanks April 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: I’m sure there are slower and less athletic teams than the Yankees out there. But I can’t think of any. The Giants?”

    Which is precisely what you’re seeing now. Problem is, all of our young talent is guys who can’t hit the ball like Gardner, Melky, Pena etc. Way behind Boston in this regard.

  1153. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “I’m getting a bad vibe from Posada. But that could just be the frustration from the 4 losses talking.

    Let’s hope they can turn things around tomorrow”

    Posada is the guy I’m worried about his attitude brings tension not alertness. When he gets down on himself, he really gets down.

    Right now the Yankees offense is basically Robinson Cano and the Robbettes.

  1154. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Jorge excuse #1: running too fast is a good way to catch the swine flu.

  1155. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    And had Gardner got doubled up.. there would be absolutely nothing you could second guess.

  1156. IrishCarBomb April 27th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    The non trade for Johan Santana will haunt this team for many years.

    How Brian Cashman is still the GM, is far beyond me.

  1157. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    “Another opposite field HR by Miranda.

    CASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING HIM UP HERE NOW!!!

    He’s not a guy who needs to learn to hit breaking pitches.”

    Who are you sending down ? and who’s spot does he take ?

  1158. Guard April 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    This is EXACTLY what Carlos Delgado did to Willie Randolph.

    Stopped playing hard to send the message. He was the team leader and he was the guy who made it clear they want Willie out.

    Posada and Girardi were known to have a rocky relationship. Even this year, he has been ticked off at him.

    This may be Jorge’s way of sending a message to Cashman to get rid of the manager.

  1159. Blackdragon905 April 27th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Cano needs to be moved up in the lineup. He should be batting cleanup or third right now. There’s no reason why Matsui or Swisher or even Tex for that matter should have more at bats than him right now.

  1160. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Jorge excuse #2: didn’t want Melky to label him a ‘track star’.

  1161. Zooboy April 27th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Joe should rest Cano tomorrow. He’s probably tired from all that hitting and running.

  1162. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    “This may be Jorge’s way of sending a message to Cashman to get rid of the manager.”

    With his health ? Posada better not be going that route, because Hank and Hal love Girardi and Georgy held them up for a ransom that hasn’t really been paying off and he’s not a great game caller.

  1163. Seaside April 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    $200 million sure doesn’t buy what it used to.

    Year after year, the team just looks disinterested and goes through the motions. This “vaunted pitching staff” has been a bust, same with this young hard throwing pen of ours.

    Same story, different year. Clean house.

  1164. pat April 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    rdupuy is posting here now? The COO of MLB critiquing Cashman and the Yankees just seems wrong.

  1165. Buck Nasty April 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Ya know I am absoultey appaled, It used to be when the team was down fans would get behind the team and try to bering an optimisitc vibe to it. Today noooooope If the team is down it is just kick kick kick here a chair smash their heads in, how bout a pistol and empty the clip into them. Cripes im so freakin sick of the whoa was me’s it sounds like a bunch of friggen sox fans good lord. We got Injuries CC and Tex take a lil longer to get going but guess wut they will be who they are you know wut becasue they are good players. We are missing our best hitt who is comming back very soon. Good god and please stop with the killing girardi, guess what none of us got offered the yankees managing job, he did, I highly doubt that we know wut is better for the team than he does.

  1166. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Jorge excuse #3: takes that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” thing literally.

  1167. Fran April 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Not putting too much pressure on Hughes tomorrow night to stop a 4 game loosing streak.

  1168. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Red Sox win. They now have their longest winning streak since 2006, and we all know they won the whole thing in 2006!

    Oh, they didn’t? Never mind then. I guess I won’t assume they are going to take this year, anymore than I am going to assume that the Yankees are washed up.

    Frustrating? Yes. Hopeless? Hardly.

  1169. pat April 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Don’t want to read through the rubble….was there any news on Kennedy being pulled?

  1170. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    No one asking about Posada of course

  1171. dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I HATE my life!!! Thank god hughes is pitching tomorrow or I would be even more pissed right now than i am.

  1172. YbRessap April 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “One, gardner was hitting absolutely everything during the spring. Dont those at bats count for anything?”

    No.

  1173. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    let me know when it isn’t early anymore,soon they will be 10 games out of 1st place…this team dosen’t hit in the clutch at all,that was a huge AB for TEX..so don’t blink because 10 games out is right around the corner

  1174. Buck Nasty April 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    JORGE IS A MID TO LATE THIRTIES CATCHER WHO HAS BEEN SQUATING OVER 100 GAMES A YEAR FOR OVER A DECADE HE HAS NEVER BEEN FAST TO BEGIN WITH HE IS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED CATCHERS IN ALL OF THE MAJOR LEAGUES. NEWSFLASH JORGE IS NOT BRETT GARDNER HE IS NOT FAST

  1175. Dr. J April 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Since 04, we all know the deal— not able to get a clutch hit to save their life. Now? The last 2 years, it has carried into the full-season too. Not just in the clutch. They go whole games looking clueless at the plate. That is a major problem. This offense is deteriorating before our eyes.

    Atleast the 04-07 teams mashed game in and game out, even if they were inept in the clutch. These past 2 teams can’t even score within the normal flow of the game consistently anymore.

  1176. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    # Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Jorge excuse #3: takes that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” thing literally.

    =============================

    :lol:

  1177. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    “This may be Jorge’s way of sending a message to Cashman to get rid of the manager”

    So you’re going to let the players run the asylum? Please this isn’t the NBA.

  1178. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Jorge excuse #4: stayed up all night reading Pete’s all-nighter blog updates, too sleepy to run full speed.

  1179. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    “Jorge excuse #3: takes that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” thing literally.”

    :lol:

  1180. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Yup, not a one question televised other than “giving Verlander a lot of credit”

  1181. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    if Hughes gives up 4 runs they will lose

  1182. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I think we’re going to have to deal Matsui or Damon for BP help somewhere around June.

  1183. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Buck Nasty,

    Did you see him running down the line? Because, if you did, slow or not, he wasn’t even trying. I don’t care how many games you’ve played and how well respected you are, you better bust it down the line when the game is on the line.

  1184. Every Day Phil Coke April 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    YES should have Kim Jones ask Jorge if he was hustling on the grounder.

  1185. D-Train April 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Hughes better step up tomorrow.

    Tall task going against Edwin Jackson, but he must step up. He cannot pitch like Burnett in Fenway. He must stay composed and give us a chance.

    Big Big spot for Hughes.

  1186. Rob April 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    “This may be Jorge’s way of sending a message to Cashman to get rid of the manager”

    in a way i can see that being true…but who bobby V?

  1187. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    The roster has equal pitching and hitting to ANY team in the AL east. Girardi is starting with the same hand as the top 6 teams in the game. Now its up to how Girardi plays those cards. Well, its 170+ games and its obvious that he cannot handle it. Admit it get rid of him, and do it before its too late and they are playing out the string with a huge payroll and certainly empty seats. Its early enough to turn it around, the question now is who do they bring in? Thats the hard part, I want Joe gone yesterday, but without a suitable replacement??

  1188. 56Bomber April 27th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    “Jorge excuse #1: running too fast is a good way to catch the swine flu.”

    Jorge ran like he had the swine flu.

  1189. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I wish Nady were healthy it’d be a better deal. Nady to the SF Giants Jonathan Sanchez + 2 high end BP arms would be sweet.

  1190. Jack April 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    MO always picks the worst time to blow his saves.

    01 ended our dynasty
    04 ended our reign as top dogs in MLB to the Red Sox

    and this latest blown save of his may end up costing the manager his job and sending the team on a tailspin.

  1191. AJW April 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    When does football season start?

  1192. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    trisha,

    I did see it. The pitch was close but when the catcher is standing up asking for a high pitch and Papelbon hits the glove, you can’t call it a strike.

    The one good thing about it as that Papelbon apparently doesn’t have the same late life on his fastball that he’s had in the past thus far this season. If he somehow doesn’t get it back, he won’t be nearly as good.

  1193. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “This is EXACTLY what Carlos Delgado did to Willie Randolph.

    Stopped playing hard to send the message. He was the team leader and he was the guy who made it clear they want Willie out.

    Posada and Girardi were known to have a rocky relationship. Even this year, he has been ticked off at him.

    This may be Jorge’s way of sending a message to Cashman to get rid of the manager.”

    Interesting thought. And if that were true, as part of it

  1194. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “This is EXACTLY what Carlos Delgado did to Willie Randolph.

    Stopped playing hard to send the message. He was the team leader and he was the guy who made it clear they want Willie out.

    Posada and Girardi were known to have a rocky relationship. Even this year, he has been ticked off at him.

    This may be Jorge’s way of sending a message to Cashman to get rid of the manager.”

    Interesting thought. And if that were true, as part of it

  1195. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Jorge excuse #5: paying silent tribute to the Detroit auto industy.

  1196. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I feel bad for Hughesie.

  1197. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    “When does football season start?”

    September

  1198. R= April 27th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    That makes a lot of sense actually – Re: Jorge sending a message to Hal like Delgado did to the Wilpons to get rid of the manager.

    When the team leader stops hustling, you know you have problems. Not good at all.

    Wahhh Wahh Cashman took the candy away so lets take it out on the manager!!!

  1199. Buck Nasty April 27th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Yea I did see jorge Run I saw an old catcher who just came off the bench prlly not very loose running thats what i saw

  1200. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    “This may be Jorge’s way of sending a message to Cashman to get rid of the manager.”

    ———-

    If that were the case, then the Yankees need to get rid of Posada for hanging the rest of the team out to dry.

    I don’t know what happened but I highly doubt it has anything to do with Girardi.

  1201. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    10 games out right around the corner

  1202. Matt H April 27th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Any plans on getting a true Major league centerfielder??

    The Gardner/Melky experiment does not seem to be working….

  1203. Wilson April 27th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    4 more months until Eli Manning is throwing TDs to Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith, and Mario Manningham and Mark Sanchez is throwing TDs to Plaxico Burress and Dustin Keller.

  1204. Every Day Phil Coke April 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    The weather is getting nicer outside and there are other things to do. Starting to realize quite quickly, this yankee team is neither good enough or play hard enough for me to waste my time with it. Lack of hustle and passion is inexcusable. Does Paul O’neil want a managerial job?

  1205. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “10 games out right around the corner”

    ——–

    I guess you shouldn’t bother watching the games or following the team.

  1206. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I’ll put this simple, Jorge Posada better check the attitude or hit the road. This is a new yr. and to be throwing games like people here are talking that’s not acceptable.

    Meanwhile damn hearing CC you can tell he wanted that change up back, that’s the one pitch he wished he hadn’t throw, but how do you fault someone who goes CG 6 H ?

  1207. Coach6423 April 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Brandon If Melancon doesn’t K the first batter he’s a bust “I LOVE ME SOME ME !” April 27th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I wish Nady were healthy it’d be a better deal. Nady to the SF Giants Jonathan Sanchez + 2 high end BP arms would be sweet.

    Even on MLB the show your trade makes no sense….Giants GM would laugh at you.

  1208. tex's former best friend April 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    if that is posada’s excuse, f him. he is making $52m and missed most of last year. there better be a better reason than him trying to run girardi out.

  1209. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Just when you thought stupidity had it’s limits, all you have to do is read some of these posts and you realize for some people, stupidity is infinate.

  1210. pat April 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    CC is no hat tipper!

    Dismisses Kim Jones giving Ordonez credit for sitting back on the HR.

    A culture change happening before our eyes on the postgame. I’m choking up.

  1211. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    “…and Mark Sanchez is throwing TDs to Plaxico Burress….”

    Will that be on Rikers Island?

  1212. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Unless you’re like me and can’t spell. It’s ***Infinite***

  1213. NongEyeJon April 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    brandon, unforunately, nothing will be said or done about jorge. but ive never actually been this upset with a yankees player in a long long long time. when it comes to not playing hard, i just can’t accept it, no matter how much he’s one for this ballclub over the years.

  1214. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    “4 more months until Eli Manning is throwing TDs to Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith, and Mario Manningham and Mark Sanchez is throwing TDs to Plaxico Burress and Dustin Keller.”

    Comparisons of Nicks has been Michael Irvin to Anquan Boldin, the freak to watch out for is Ramses Barden, just nasty athleticism.

    Plax in the Jets LOL Mark Sanchez can throw him some bullets :lol:

  1215. igotid88 April 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    IrishCarBomb April 27th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    The non trade for Johan Santana will haunt this team for many years.

    How Brian Cashman is still the GM, is far beyond me
    ——————————————————-
    He would be having the same problems CC is having now. And the Yankees still have to hit with r.i.s.p.

  1216. talltenor April 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I was at work (across the street from Comerica), but happened to have a moment to be looking out the window toward the stadium when Polanco doubled & Ordoñez homered. Even through the closed window, I heard the crowd.

    I’ll be at tomorrow night’s sitting behind one of the dugouts (not sure which, yet – my employer has bought the tix for us). Go, Phil!

  1217. joeman April 27th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    team isn’t that good,no clutch hitting,SP isn’t good enough,to many holes in the lineup,BP stinks,all adds up to to many problems to correct on the fly. They will be way out of the playoff race before that happens.

  1218. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    “brandon, unforunately, nothing will be said or done about jorge. but ive never actually been this upset with a yankees player in a long long long time. when it comes to not playing hard, i just can’t accept it, no matter how much he’s one for this ballclub over the years.”

    I haven’t been feeling well about Georgy for awhile. I don’t see a good ending out of this.

  1219. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    “I HATE my life!!! Thank god hughes is pitching tomorrow or I would be even more pissed right now than i am.”

    If it makes you feel any better I hate your life too. :)

  1220. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I’m suspending my Jorge excuses list to say that the SF Giants really like Jonathan Sanchez and probably wouldn’t give him up unless they got a lot back. I don’t think Sabean thinks helping the Yankees will save his job.

  1221. mark April 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Posada will keep using the pitchers faces and helping them lose games to get at Girardi. Wow. Then they run to Posada to ask him about how the pitcher pitched. So all he has to say is they missed their spots.

    He is feuding with Girardi.

    That’s messed up.

  1222. carl April 27th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    What could Johan do to this team that doesn’t hit with risp.

  1223. joeman(only easy day was yesterday) April 27th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Just when you thought stupidity had it’s limits, all you have to do is read some of these posts and you realize for some people, stupidity is infinate.

    lets get your take on the 2009 Yankees

  1224. talltenor April 27th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Having been at work, I missed the Posada issue… is it kosher to reset that?

  1225. Vince April 27th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    “CC is no hat tipper!

    Dismisses Kim Jones giving Ordonez credit for sitting back on the HR.

    A culture change happening before our eyes on the postgame. I’m choking up.”

    That is why I cannot stand Kim Jones. Idiotic muses such as those. The guy is pissed off at a loss, and you don’t ask him a real question baseball fans would care about. Instead, you ask him if he wants to give credit to an opposing player who hit a home run. What does that question accomplish?

  1226. Pepitone April 27th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    SJ44
    April 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm
    “You really have to work hard to spend this much money and have a team with this many holes.
    But, nobody is going to feel sorry for the Yankees. Nor should they.
    If they are a good team, they dig themselves out of this starting tomorrow.”

    Was that really you, SJ, or was it an impostor? Usually you’re posts are less pessimistic.

    I agree that this Yankee team leaves a lot to be desired right now, but you aren’t saying they can’t turn around are you? I know it may sound like a cliche, but this is still only April.

  1227. AD April 27th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Kevin Long Has to go…. I’m Sorry, if you cant get this lineup hitting with RISP…. Hes had 3 years… Show him the door and shake this team up.

  1228. Hmmm April 27th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Is the same person posting all of the Posada BS or are many of you pathetic?

  1229. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Pepitone,

    Read the blog all day. SJ44 has been in a VERY foul mood about the Yankees all day.

    He wants Joba to the pen etc. etc.

    This is how he gets when the Yankees get swept by the Red Sox.

    In March SJ44 was saying this was the best Yankees team in YEARS. Now they are the WORST thing he has ever seen in his life.

    Go figure.

  1230. murphydog April 27th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Right now, IMO, this team doesn’t have a pulse. They need to be snapped out of it; they are playing like zombies.

    Time for a team meeting. No screaming and yelling, just a gut check: “do you guys really want to do what it takes to win or not? Let’s see the answer on the field. Step it up.”

    But they also need to remember, as Joe Torre constantly reminded them, to have some fun out there. Can’t get in the zone unless you can relax and enjoy.

    The Plan: Get to .500, then one game over, then two games over…

  1231. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    “Kevin Long Has to go…. I’m Sorry, if you cant get this lineup hitting with RISP…. Hes had 3 years… Show him the door and shake this team up.”

    You see Swisher and Cano ? thank Long for thier hot start. He can only do so much w/ Melky and Brett, meanwhile Ramiro has been picking it up, so how is it his fault again ?

  1232. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    This is so surreal – it’s like last year all over again. I can’t believe how hopeful I was in ST……..The season’s not over, but it could very easily start slipping away from them. They are already 4 behind the Sox and the Jays aren’t going anywhere……plus, the Rays will get on a roll at some point.

    I don’t get how such good hitters could be soooooo atrocious with RISP – it just boggles the mind.

  1233. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    This is so surreal – it’s like last year all over again. I can’t believe how hopeful I was in ST……..The season’s not over, but it could very easily start slipping away from them. They are already 4 behind the Sox and the Jays aren’t going anywhere……plus, the Rays will get on a roll at some point.

    I don’t get how such good hitters could be soooooo atrocious with RISP – it just boggles the mind.

  1234. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network.

    Entertainment? Methinks not.

  1235. Shred Em April 27th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    The only good thing about this slide is that Hughes and A-Rod have big opportunities to turn it around in a big spot.

  1236. julia cano April 27th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    why is everyone jumping on firing girardi? sure some of the players are screwing up but what about the players that are finally turning around? swish- cano…both of which respect and love joe.
    theres nothing scarier than fair-weather fans … hopefully when the ticket prices go down all of us yankee lovers will be up in the front cheering for them no matter what goes down.
    where was gardner tonight?
    maybe this is what it will take to finally build a young, fast stronger team. things dont change overnight just cause we threw money at the problem.

  1237. joeman(only easy day was yesterday) April 27th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    the O/U for them was 97 W’s…they will be very lucky to get 87 W’s

  1238. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Until Girardi is canned this is just going to be 2008 pt 2.

  1239. Pepitone April 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    “Read the blog all day. SJ44 has been in a VERY foul mood about the Yankees all day.”

    Can’t blame him for that especially the way this team has played the last few days. But, he is usually very good looking at the situation from a more objective viewpoint, than just a few games. Kind of worries me though, he knows baseball, maybe he sees something that he hasn’t seen in a number of years, I don’t know.

  1240. DT April 27th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Following SJ’s editorial report tonight during the sorry Yank RISP offensive attack, Manager Joe ‘LBJ’ Girardi is reported to have said, “If I’ve lost SJ, I’ve lost middle Yankee America.”

    Sadly, it appears Girardi will decide not to run for another term as Yankee manager.

  1241. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Stupidity? nah, just opinions and everyone is entitled. I think the weakest posts are those who say “the team is not good” Please………. Which team has a better front three of starting pitchers? closer? hitters?
    Some of us were willing to let Alex walk remember? so many of you who believed that felt their was enough offense with Alex.
    The only weakness thats legit in my mind is CF. Melky is a 4th outfielder and Gardner is a AAA player. The corner outfielders are certainly capable of putting up top offensive numbers vs other top corner outfielders. Alex? still potentially the best hitter in baseball. Jeter? still can potentially can reach top end offensive numbers, Cano? hes doing it, Tex??? well, is it odd that since he is here he has been ordinary?
    Regardless of the CF situation, and middle relief if you feel that way, and regardless of AROD being out and Nady etc they still have more than enough to be better than 9-10 at this stage. no excuse

  1242. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    There is simply too much talent for this sputtering to continue…Everthing is out of sync right now…I never thought this team would have a 5 game losing streak because of the rotation….Now that is facing them tomorrow night…..Every good team has at least 2 skids a season where they’ll lose 10 of 15..This will turn around and a winning culture will slowly creep in…Self doubt is the factor that must be nipped right now…..Hughes vs. Jackson, two very good young pitchers,,,,,

  1243. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Are these batters ever going to stop tipping there caps?!! Don’t they realize that no matter who they face they don’t hit them. From 5th starters, to guys brought up from AAA, to good pitchers who have been absolutely dreadful so far this season. Swinging at pitches over your head is not a pitcher being good. If the Yanks were actually hitting they would of saw that Verlander was nothing special today. Throwing hard means nothing. They didn’t hit the pitches that they had to hit.

  1244. jake April 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Breaking News!!!!!!

    Joe Girardi is now the worst manager in the league!!!

    NOTE TO CASHMAN! —————-> FIRE GIRARDI and EILAND!!!
    SEND DOWN GARDNER AND BRING UP A-JAX…the production of gardner is equal to any loser on any team…I would rather have A-Jax playing every day over gardner…he can’t hit. The worst A-Jax can do is a little better than gardner HAHAHAHA…HE NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO HIT BEFORE HE CAN STEAL A BASE….which he sucks at anyways.

  1245. Blackdragon905 April 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Yanks now dead last in the AL hitting with RISP and it’s by a fairly good margin.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....8;type=reg

  1246. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    “Until Girardi is canned this is just going to be 2008 pt 2.”

    If he’s canned this becomes the Mets 2008.

  1247. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 27th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Why not put the blame squarely where it belong?

    on the players, what a novel idea. They are the ones not hitting with risp, not the manager.

  1248. Pepitone April 27th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    “They are already 4 behind the Sox and the Jays aren’t going anywhere……plus, the Rays will get on a roll at some point.”

    4 games out in April mean nothing, Betsy, you know that. My only worry is this; is this the real Yankees? I mean, is this the best we will see from them all year – 500, or below baseball.

    I don’t think so, but enough people on this blog – including many I respect for their baseball knowledge – seem to be genuinely worried about this clubs performance as the year progresses. And that does concern me.

  1249. DT April 27th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    “f the Yanks were actually hitting they would of saw that Verlander was nothing special today.”

    LMAO – Are you serious? Did you watch the game?

  1250. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    come on – to insinuate that Jorge would do anything like that to his manager and his teammates is the height of stupidity. First off, Joe and Jorge had a good relationship. Secondly, Jorge is a prideful person., Thirdly, he’s not a jerk (and I’m being kind) like Delgado. I would sooner become a Sox fan than I would believe Jorge or anyone on this team capable of turning on their manager like that.

  1251. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “NOTE TO CASHMAN!————————> FIRE GIRARDI and EILAND!!!
    SEND DOWN GARDNER AND BRING UP A-JAX…the production of gardner is equal to any loser on any team…I would rather have A-Jax playing every day over gardner…he can’t hit.”

    Austin is not ready and you should read up on why he’s not ready. Firing Girardi and Eiland kills any hope for the 2009 season.

  1252. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “If he’s canned this becomes the Mets 2008.”

    No. This team is MUCH better than the 2008 Mutts. It just lacks leadership and experience.

  1253. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    The Yankees, missed their chance in the 4th, 8th and 9th. Otherwise they were owned for the entire game.

  1254. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    If hes canned its the Mets 2008??

    well at least the 2008 Mets were in the race. This team is under performing so badly its a joke. How do you have so many “potential allstars” playing so far below their potential? There is maybe two players playin up to their ability. Who`s job is it to get the players to perform?

  1255. igotid88 April 27th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    maybe they should try wearing another teams uniform under their own. ans pretend they’re playing for them. maybe they’ll do better.

  1256. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Firing Girardi is not going to make them a great situational hitting team.
    Please stop the nonsense.

  1257. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Joe Girardi = John Gibbons

    We need to find a Cito Gaston.

  1258. youk April 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    trisha, your obsession with the red sox is downright comical. consider a nice relaxing hobby…i’m thinking woodcarving.

  1259. Joltin' Joe April 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    As of now this team has no identity. They don’t know who they are. So they are not a team. Take the Red Sox, that is a team. They pick each other up. Something needs to bring them together. Maybe it’s winning but it doesn’t seem like they have the guts to beat the tougher teams. Forget about the money they threw at CC and AJ, it’s the same team as last year with Tex playing the role of Arod for now.

  1260. Sore Hammy April 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Whoa. Was that Pete crouching behind Damon in the post-game?

  1261. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Betsy- agreed. To say he is doing things purposely to lose games is the height of stupidity.

    This was a man who went off on his teammates when he felt they weren’t playing hard. A player who felt awful last year that he couldn’t play.

    There is no way he’d throw a game.

    Maybe there was a reason he couldn’t run all out? We don’t know. You know Joe is so secretive about injuries.

  1262. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    “No. This team is MUCH better than the 2008 Mutts. It just lacks leadership and experience.”

    That was thier down fall.

  1263. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    “No. This team is MUCH better than the 2008 Mutts. It just lacks leadership and experience.”

    “That was thier down fall.”

    That’s ours WITH Girardi.

  1264. Zooboy April 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Is Hank no longer involved? (Not that I miss him, but I’d expect some rumblings if he were still involved.)

  1265. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    “That’s ours WITH Girardi.”

    I missed how he controls a batter’s swing.

  1266. Joltin' Joe April 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    hank is shackled in the basement with his father.

  1267. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    They were “owned” because they are not hitting. It figures that the 1 at bat that Cano doesn’t get a hit is with men on base. If they were comfortable at the plate I doubt they would see them swinging in the dirt and over there heads. Even Swisher I know he is not a great player but if he was swinging better I really doubt he would swing at what he did in this game and the Sox series for that matter. When does Tex show up to hit?! Any day now…

  1268. Sweet Sassy Molassey April 27th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    If nothing else, Pena looked like a major leaguer tonight. He drew a walk in a pivotal spot, but Jim Joyce was watching a different game so of course, “Ring ‘em up!”

    His hits were legit (nice, level swing).

    Steady in the field, and his throws actually reached Tex w/out bouncing.

    Baby steps.

  1269. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Pepitone, this just can’t be the best the Yankees have to offer. This team has talent -nevermind the black holes for a second. Jeter, Damon, Cano, Posada, Tex……I won’t even put Matsui here yet because his knees can’t be counted on. For the most part this year, they have fought hard – they’ve come back numerous times when their pitching has let them down. I refuse to believe this team is not giving their all – I will never believe that of the Yankees or any team I root for. They just aren’t executing – there’s a big difference. In ST, I talked about how the improved chemistry would help them get through the tough times. Well, the tough times are here. Maybe a players only meeting would help – I think they should that. They have got to support each other, bolster each other and basically pick each other up on the field. It’s their responsibility – it’s early now, but as Yogi says, it gets late early out there. They can’t afford to wait.

  1270. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Lets see what kind of team you get when you combine Mets/Yankees roster:

    SS Reyes
    LF Damon
    1B Teixeira
    3B Arod
    CF Beltran
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    RF Church
    DH Matsui

    Santana Sabathia Burnett Chamberlain Pettitte

    There are very few Mets I would take on the Yankees.
    Anyone else?

  1271. trisha April 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    last year i seem to remember lots of people here laughing at theo for trading manny for jason bay. funny but the laughter has ceased!

  1272. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    “I missed how he controls a batter’s swing.”

    He controls who runs the bases. He controls the decision to not carry a long man. He controls the decision to not use a rookie long man. He controls who plays on any given day. He controls where they hit. He controls what position they play. He controls how long they play for. A Manager controls alot of things.

  1273. Joltin' Joe April 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    This team looks like they are in a hurry to catch a plane. Melky has struck out 3 times at pitches over his head. This is a sign of immaturity. Even Tex did it vs the Sox. Where is the patience. And our “fearless leader” Swish has come back to earth. He is a role player if this team is to win. A trade for an OF is sure to come.

  1274. carl April 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    lol in april trisha.

  1275. mark April 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    youk
    April 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm
    trisha, your obsession with the red sox is downright comical. consider a nice relaxing hobby…i’m thinking woodcarving.

    Someone with the name of Youk is on the lohud Yankee blog talking about obsession? I’d look in the mirror before I pointed fingers.

  1276. anthony April 27th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    i hate to admit this but i’d take bay over manny. 95% of the performance, 50% of the money, 0% of the drama. plus he hustles down the line, jorge!

  1277. Matt April 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    frankly, i think the yanks could have been as hot as the sox and they wouldn’t have won tonight. verlander (with the help of jim joyce) was dealing. he stepped it up majorly with guys on base, so kudos to him.

    frustrating yes. 143 to play.

    anyone else think ramses barden is gonna be better than nicks?

  1278. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    CaptainsCorner
    April 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm
    Are these batters ever going to stop tipping there caps?!! Don’t they realize that no matter who they face they don’t hit them. From 5th starters, to guys brought up from AAA, to good pitchers who have been absolutely dreadful so far this season. Swinging at pitches over your head is not a pitcher being good. If the Yanks were actually hitting they would of saw that ***Verlander was nothing special today*** . Throwing hard means nothing. They didn’t hit the pitches that they had to hit.

    ————————————————————

    This isn’t a rhetorical question. Are you really this ignorant about baseball, or, does this carry over into the rest of your life as well?

  1279. KP April 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    E-gawa,

    So Girardi should have put in a different reliever for the 9th on friday? He should have sensed Burnett would give up a 6 run after crusing through three? He should have magically fixed A-rod’s hip and Nady’s elbow? You’re right, Girardi is awful.

  1280. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    If Berroa is EVER on the field again attempting to play 3rd base then Girardi should be hung. Pena did a great job today and defense is and should be the #1 priority at 3rd base. 2 hits and what should of been walk is not bad for someone who hasn’t played a full game in a long time. Give the kid a real chance.

  1281. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Maybe the Yankees are mentally worn down from constantly having to come from behind. For the most part, their SP has not done the job – it has to be deflating to be always having to fight uphill..

  1282. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Maybe the Yankees are mentally worn down from constantly having to come from behind. For the most part, their SP has not done the job – it has to be deflating to be always having to fight uphill..

  1283. no.27 April 27th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    The Yankees are going through a tough stretch right now, but they will turn it around. They’ve still got 143 games left to play.

    They have scored 5 runs or more in 11 of their 19 games and averaging almost 5 and a half runs a game. When A-Rod replaces Pena this is going to be a great lineup. Jeter, Damon, Tex, A-Rod, Cano, Posada, Matsui, Swisher, Gardner/Melky is a lineup that will score more than enough runs to win.

    People that are already complaining about Swisher and calling him a bench player need to relax. When the lineup is the way it should be, he will be one of the best hitters in the bottom of any teams’ lineup.

    Overall, the pitching has been real bad so far. At the same time, I wouldn’t trade this pitching staff with any team in baseball. The starters are all very good and it’s the same bullpen it was last year that was so good.

    If Mo closes that game out on Friday and/or Burnett doesn’t fall apart on Saturday, it’s a completely different story.

  1284. sar515 April 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Anyone else think “Slam” Duncan could help this team?
    Spot starter, PH…

  1285. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Krazy Kyle brought in to hold a 6 run lead. And he notches it!

  1286. carl April 27th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Come on Betsy. The Yankees SUCK with runners in scoring position. Look at the numbers. They don’t lie.

  1287. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    “Verlander was nothing special today. Throwing hard means nothing. They didn’t hit the pitches that they had to hit.”

    ———–

    too funny. I hope you’ve just let your frustration with the loss get to you this time.

  1288. derek April 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Every G.D. year this happens with the Yankees. I’m so sick and tired of this $hit.
    I’m in Connecticut and surrounded by f’ing Sox fans and I can’t even blame them for being a$$holes because their team is on fire while the Yankees look like a bunch of chumps
    .
    Just once I’d like to rub their nose in $hit, Yankees. Just once.

    Fu<k You, Yankees.

  1289. Zooboy April 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Looking forward to seeing what Hughes does tomorow. Perhaps a good night for Hughes and Melancon, a taste of things to come. Time for a spark. This team does have holes, but it also has a ton of talent.

  1290. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    “i hate to admit this but i’d take bay over manny.”

    ———

    if teams would start throwing him offspeed pitches, he wouldn’t be nearly this good.

    however, I have been secretly hoping (ok praying) that he tests the free agent market in the offseason and signs elsewhere.

    Sox fans are already in love with the guy. It needs to end.

  1291. Wangawa April 27th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I thought there was no way that the Tigers would turn that double play in the 9th inning… then I remembered that Posada is the slowest man alive.

  1292. Wilson April 27th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Swisher doing the Robot in the clubhouse or Burnett learning Chinese is not going to make these guys hit better in the clutch.

  1293. hardwired April 27th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Pete, any chance we can have one night w/out the ‘profane’ condition?

    It would be most cathartic.

    We’re all adults here.

  1294. James 3D April 27th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    That’s just the Red Sox aura and mystique shining

    Jason Bay was a nobody before. A guy who was seen as a soft player and compiler. Now he goes to Boston and becomes this clutch hero and this warrior.

    Nothing we can do but accept it. Guarantee if we release Veras, he would latch on with Boston and start to throw strikes and become Carlos Marmol.

  1295. aaarrrrggghhh!!! April 27th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    The Sox fans better enjoy it while they can. Word is he’s hot to sign with Toronto after this season.

  1296. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    derek,

    I feel your pain. I moved to San Diego for the winter and somehow I’m still living with Sox fans. I should have freakin screened them for that before I moved in.

    Almost all of my friends are Sox fans. It’s torture but the Sox are always ahead in April. It’s just a question of whether or not the Yanks have the cajones to pick up their play and go on a run of their own.

  1297. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    GreenBeret7, So your telling me that Verlander was unhittable tonight? Meaning that a team that is doing everything that the Yanks aren’t right now..Hitting, hitting with RISP, swinging at good pitches wouldn’t of scored atleast 1 or 2 runs tonight? 2 times they had 1st and 2nd no one out and did nothing. The Sox, Orioles, Rangers or any good hitting team wouldn’t of scored a run tonight? They couldn’t even hit Seay who stinks…They haven’t hit anyone. It doesn’t matter who the pitcher is.

  1298. Sea Net April 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Chemistry = overrated. When are you people going to realize this isin’t the NBA or NFL? You say you hate the football mentality of George, then stop treating it like the NFL in other aspects.

    If Burnett didn’t choke away a 6 run lead, this team is scrappy and resiliant and was able to overcome MO’s blown save. If the offense exploded against Verlander tonight, it would be seen as us responding. The players performing create chemistry.

  1299. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    If Verlander was so great tonight by the way, how can we get on the Yankees for not hitting him?

  1300. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    If Verlander was so great tonight by the way, how can we get on the Yankees for not hitting him?

  1301. Sean Serritella April 27th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    By the way, Ian Kennedy left the game in the 5th inning because he had a blister on his finger.

  1302. X-Mann April 27th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    We got 10 hits and 2 runs.

    1st and 2nd no outs in the 8th and didn’t score.

    Unless the pitcher is throwing them mistake pitches they can hit over the fence, they don’t know how to score. It’s like we have a team full of Giambi’s.

  1303. jennifer April 27th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    sean- Where did you find that? I guess that is pretty good news, although that can become an issue.

  1304. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Dexter Fowler has 5 stolen bases already in the 6th inning for Colorado…

  1305. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 27th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    “Looking forward to seeing what Hughes does tomorow.”

    Personally, I don’t like it…don’t get me wrong, I’ll be rooting for him 100%, but I just don’t like the fact that he’s got the pressure of being a stopper for his first start of the year…

    And against the Tigers no less…

    Remember last year when Kennedy came back up for his second tour of duty and faced the Angels? How did that work?

    Sure Hughes is doing well in AAA, but do any of their lineups look like Detroit’s?

    Of course, if he does well it can build tremendous confidence…but it’s a big “if”…

    Let’s hope for the best…

    Let’s Go Yanks!

  1306. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    CaptainsCorner
    April 27th, 2009 at 10:46 pm
    GreenBeret7, So your telling me that Verlander was unhittable tonight? Meaning that a team that is doing everything that the Yanks aren’t right now..Hitting, hitting with RISP, swinging at good pitches wouldn’t of scored atleast 1 or 2 runs tonight? 2 times they had 1st and 2nd no one out and did nothing. The Sox, Orioles, Rangers or any good hitting team wouldn’t of scored a run tonight? They couldn’t even hit Seay who stinks…They haven’t hit anyone. It doesn’t matter who the pitcher is.

    ————————————————————

    Seay must be doing something right this year. 7.1 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. You mean that one? I’ll stand by my assessment of you.

  1307. KWAN April 27th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Wilson,

    Exactly.

    Swisher beaing this burst of energy isin’t doing much for us now, is it? Some people put that silly chemistry nonsense above winning games.

    Their not going to hit in the clutch or get big outs in big spots because they like eachother.

  1308. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Odd posts comparing Yanks and Red Sox. Red Sox are no bargain either, they are kings by default. IF this Yankee team was playing up to its potential and the manager wasn`t over his head in this job, they may not be a game below 500. Confidence plays a big role too, A lot of these guys are pressing, they know they are better than this. A managers job, other than “running the game” is to get the players in the right frame of mind. Relax those who are pressing, and jump those who need a boot in the butt. Joe does niether, he never calls guys out who need it, and he jerks guys around who need a vote of confidence. How he got the job is a mystery. He had a nice year with Florida, but seemed quite paranoid and struggled. He should have landed in KC or Pittsburgh, gotten some experience before hitting the big time. I love the Yankees and have been a fan for 60 years, but this team looks like its dead in the water right now. The RedSox are no great shakes, their competition is just soft

  1309. Jerzz April 27th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Any pitcher can pitch unbelievable on a given night. If that’s the case, why should we ever blame the offense?

    Verlander has been struggling mightily for over a year. The anemic Angels offense battered him for 7 runs. He had a 9 ERA. He suddenly ‘fount it’ against us? This seems to be the common theme. Whether it’s a rookie or a struggling ace, they seem to always break out against us.

    10 hits and 2 runs. Key stats right there.

  1310. Sean Serritella April 27th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I found out about Ian Kennedy having a blister on his finger because in the game recap at minorleaguebaseball.com it said he left the game and it looked as though he injured his finger and then I have this….

    http://www.rnews.com/Sports/To.....category=3

  1311. DT April 27th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    “GreenBeret7, So your telling me that Verlander was unhittable tonight”

    I’m not GB, but if it makes you feel better I’ll agree with you.
    Verlander threw first pitch strikes to 21 of 27 batters.
    Heck, he was laying 99 mph cookies in there.
    Yup, they should have rocked him.

  1312. KP April 27th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Sea Net,

    Yeah, if the Yankees would just never lose a game then maybe they would be decent. It is utterly ridiculous that this team is not 19-0. Just unacceptable. I say it’s A-Rod’s fault.

  1313. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    If you think that NYY has catching issues, which they don’t, consider san Diego. Nick Hundley has allowed 8 steals in 6 innings….5 to Dexter Fowler.

  1314. Sean Serritella April 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    The Yankees couldn’t hit Justin Verlander because he was on. After he throws strike one to a batter, players only bat .180 on him. He was throwing his fastball at 99 mph and had a biting curveball that dropped straight down.

  1315. carl April 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    boston dave, i agree about the offspeed stuff, but theo is toosmart to not extend him this season. wishful thinking.

  1316. DT April 27th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    “Verlander has been struggling mightily for over a year. The anemic Angels offense battered him for 7 runs. He had a 9 ERA. He suddenly ‘fount it’ against us?”

    I had the “pleasure” of listening to the Tiger TV announcers. They were treating Verlander like a long lost son.
    For whatever reason, he was dealing. (maybe he just brought his good ‘side sessions’ into a game)

  1317. igotid88 April 27th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Hughes should pretend he’s pitching against the Yankees tomorrow.

  1318. South Coast April 27th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Theo doesn’t even need to spend $$$ to extend Bay.

    He can just find some journeyman to plug into LF and he will become an all-star instantly like most Sux players post 04.

    Just like the dynasty Yanks, they can plug anybody anywhere and they will perform at a high level.

  1319. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    “The Yankees couldn’t hit Justin Verlander because he was on.”

    Agree. No one the Yankees faced over the weekend in Boston had the kind of stuff Verlander had tonight…

  1320. R-Tek April 27th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Edwin Jackson – Another hard throwing RH pitcher who has gotten off to a hot start.

    Hughes may need to pitch a shutout. Bad spot to throw him into. Nothing we can do though, he gives us the best chance to win. The offense needs to do something.

  1321. carl April 27th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    south coast, please try to give me a reason?

  1322. carl April 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    http://www.yesnetwork.com Has the CC Sabathia interview with kim jones on it right now. CC looks pretty pissed.

  1323. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    “Just like the dynasty Yanks, they can plug anybody anywhere and they will perform at a high level.”

    You mean like Nick Green hitting .302. Just pathetic…

  1324. jayb April 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Bay vs. Manny is water under the bridge. At the time I thought the Sox were crazy. Now, it makes sense. Still, last Fall, I was secretly rooting for Cash to take Manny. He would’ve woken this team up!

  1325. Edwards April 27th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    CC should be pissed. He pitched his heart out and the offense did nothing for him.

  1326. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Sean Serritella
    April 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm
    The Yankees couldn’t hit Justin Verlander because he was on. After he throws strike one to a batter, players only bat .180 on him. He was throwing his fastball at 99 mph and had a biting curveball that dropped straight down.
    ============================

    How is it even possible that people can’t reach this conclusion themselves by watching the game? Is this even being debated?

    Someone’s quoting Verlander’s ERA before tonight. Who cares? Verlander throws 100MPH. He was locating. That means tonight it didn’t matter that we stumbled into Detroit needing to reassure people here that we don’t suck.

    Baseball is pitching, and the guy pitched. What is there to debate?

  1327. AJW April 27th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Girardi is not the problem. Cashman is the problem. He is the one that gave Girardi this team.

  1328. South Coast April 27th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Yep, if we had signed Nick Green, he would hit worse than Ransom.

    Sux just have that aura around them, everything they touch turns to gold

  1329. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    DYNASTY IS DESTINY!
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm
    “The Yankees couldn’t hit Justin Verlander because he was on.”
    Agree. No one the Yankees faced over the weekend in Boston had the kind of stuff Verlander had tonight…
    ===============
    Apparently, some people on here either can’t tell the difference, or are so enraged that they can’t see properly.

  1330. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    bodhisattva
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm
    Sean Serritella
    April 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm
    The Yankees couldn’t hit Justin Verlander because he was on. After he throws strike one to a batter, players only bat .180 on him. He was throwing his fastball at 99 mph and had a biting curveball that dropped straight down.
    ========================

    How is it even possible that people can’t reach this conclusion themselves by watching the game? Is this even being debated?

    Someone’s quoting Verlander’s ERA before tonight. Who cares? Verlander throws 100MPH. He was locating. That means tonight it didn’t matter that we stumbled into Detroit needing to reassure people here that we don’t suck.

    Baseball is pitching, and the guy pitched. What is there to debate?

    ————————————————————

    You need to be the board enforcer. Give ‘em Hell.

  1331. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Edwards
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:09 pm
    CC should be pissed. He pitched his heart out and the offense did nothing for him.

    ————————————————————

    He’s got no reason to be upset. The offense has bailed him out a couple of times.

  1332. David Cone's Labrum April 27th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Edwin Jackson just might continue this trend for our sputtering team.

    He’s just the kind of pitcher who can shut us down.

    Tigers take tomorrow night and we’re 5 back of Boston going into a (surprise!) ESPN game.

    Hopefully this is our low point, right here.

    Can only go up.

  1333. E-gawa April 27th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    KP, don’t pretend to be stupid. You know that’s not what I mean. I’m not blaming him for not being a fortune teller. I’m talking about his lack of fundamental baseball. Dumb stuff like having a long man in your pen, utilizing the speed on your bench when you’re rallying.. you know the stuff that you scratch your head over.

  1334. replace the manager April 27th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    More Yankee apologists

    Every time the Yankees do not hit in the clutch, (which is most times) its because they are facing Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and of course Juan Marichal. Verlander has been quite ordinary (until he pitches against the Yankees)
    Masterson and whoever the AAA guy was? oh yeah, that was Bob Gibson. The atmosphere needs to change. To be fair we are not in the clubhouse and have no idea of what goes on. The only thing we as fans can go by is the results. They play uninspired, they play down to the competition, they play at about 60% of their capabilities. They have a roster capable of being better than 500.

  1335. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Lol. I’ll substitute enforce. These people will wear you out. God forbid we lose tomorrow.

  1336. AJW April 27th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    “The Yankees are going through a tough stretch right now, but they will turn it around. They’ve still got 143 games left to play.

    They have scored 5 runs or more in 11 of their 19 games and averaging almost 5 and a half runs a game. When A-Rod replaces Pena this is going to be a great lineup. Jeter, Damon, Tex, A-Rod, Cano, Posada, Matsui, Swisher, Gardner/Melky is a lineup that will score more than enough runs to win.

    People that are already complaining about Swisher and calling him a bench player need to relax. When the lineup is the way it should be, he will be one of the best hitters in the bottom of any teams’ lineup.

    Overall, the pitching has been real bad so far. At the same time, I wouldn’t trade this pitching staff with any team in baseball. The starters are all very good and it’s the same bullpen it was last year that was so good.

    If Mo closes that game out on Friday and/or Burnett doesn’t fall apart on Saturday, it’s a completely different story.”

    No. 27 is right.

  1337. lil bobby April 27th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Yanks always have an excuse.
    “the guy was dealing”
    “we have to tip our hat to him tonight”
    “he was locating”
    He threw a lot of first ball strikes”
    “we have never seen him before”

  1338. AJW April 27th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    “If Berroa is EVER on the field again attempting to play 3rd base then Girardi should be hung. Pena did a great job today and defense is and should be the #1 priority at 3rd base. 2 hits and what should of been walk is not bad for someone who hasn’t played a full game in a long time. Give the kid a real chance.”

    Agreed. You may not get a good bat at third but at least you will get some pretty decent defense before ARod is ready.

  1339. JWEAV April 27th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Nobody ever jogged to first for Torre. I’ve lost all respect for Posada. Joe needs to go for that very reason.

  1340. AJW April 27th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Posada is a dunce. He can’t even wear Thurman Munson’s jock strap!!!!

  1341. decisions decisions April 27th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Who decided to leave Burnett in to lose the 6 run lead?
    Who decided to allow Wang to stay in long enough in 3 other games to fall completely out of those games?

    seems to me if intelligent decisions were made on just those four games alone the yanks might have at least two more in the W column

  1342. saucY April 28th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    “UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: I’m sure there are slower and less athletic teams than the Yankees out there. But I can’t think of any. The Giants? ”

    knee-jerk reaction to a slow posada? a catcher?

    not sure i buy your arguement here…


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