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Game 53: Rangers at Yankees (updates with Wang returning to rotation and Teixeira scratched)

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YANKEES (31-21)

New lineup
Jeter SS
Swisher 1B
Damon LF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cabrera RF
Gardner CF

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (5-1, 4.10).

RANGERS (30-21)
Kinsler 2B
Young 3B
Jones DH
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Byrd CF
Davis 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Andrus SS

Pitching: RHP Scott Feldman (4-0, 3.91).

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES.

STAY HOT: The Yankees have won two straight, five of six, six of eight and 16 of 20.

HOME COOKING: The Yankees have won nine of their last 11 games at home.

RALLY CAPS: The Yankees lead the majors with 18 come-from-behind victories.

TOO TOUGH FOR TEXAS: The Yankees are 3-1 against Texas this season and have won 26 of 37 against the Rangers.

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: The Yankees were 15-17 on May 12 and had a run differential of -25. They are are 16-4 since and have outscored their opponents 99-39.

HOME RUN DERBY: The Rangers lead the majors in home runs with 84. The Yankees are second with 82.

JETERIFFIC: Derek Jeter has hit safely in 16 straight games. He is 16 of his last 30, raising his batting average to .319. Jeter has a base hit in the first inning of 10 of the last 12 games and reached safely in the first inning of 12 of the last 17 games.

A-ROD UPDATE: Since his 5 for 5 game on May 25, Alex Rodriguez is 6 of 26 with two runs scored and three RBI.

MATSUI MASHES: Hideki Matsui has three home runs in 12 at-bats against the Rangers this season.

Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Wang starts tomorrow. More to come later. Hughes to bullpen.

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Hughes is a temporary bullpen fix, Girardi said. He’ll be a starter long term.

UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Teixeira has been scratched for a bruised right ankle, the result of last night’s takeout slide of Elvis Andrus. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.

The tarp is on the field and there seems like little chance of the game starting on time.

UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Word is the Rangers released Vicente Padilla today, by the way.

UPDATE, ANALYSIS OF TODAY’S MOVE, 6:16 p.m.: The Yankees had little choice but to return Wang to the rotation. As I posted earlier today, as each day passed, his arm strength would decrease. Meanwhile he is not well-suited for the bullpen.

Before he was injured, Wang was one of the most effective and durable starters in the majors. He had shown lately that he was back to that level. The opportunity to add a pitcher of his caliber to the rotation is not one a team can pass on. Hughes has pitched well, but not as well as Wang in his prime. Not yet, anyway.

Hughes will take on the bullpen role vacated by Wang and will be available if (or when) they need another starter. It’ll happen eventually.

I would bank on Wang pitching very well tomorrow. He knows he needs to make the most of this chance.

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Looks like they’re getting ready to pull the tarp. We could have baseball this evening.

UPDATE, 6:48 p.m.: First pitch at 7:15 p.m.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: The Rangers just announced some roster moves. No move with Padilla as it turns out. The Rangers announced purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Doug Mathis from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for Mathis on the 25-man roster, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Warner Madrigal to Oklahoma City. To make room for Mathis on the 40-man roster, the team transferred right-handed pitcher Willie Eyre from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.

UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of posts. Lots of newspaper work to get to given all the news today.

I’ll check in from time to time. You have to wonder whether Andy’s back is bothering him given that rough first inning. Maybe Hughes will return to the rotation sooner than we think.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: There’s one out in the second inning and Andy has allowed five hits and two walks and committed an error. There is no chance he’s OK physically.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Big missed opportunity there. Alex has not had it with men on base lately.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Pettitte has allowed seven hits and walked six in four innings. He’s fortunate it’s only 4-1.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: You know what Jorge Posada does really well for his pitcher? Hit big home runs. That’s a good skill to have as a catcher.

4-2. Could this be another comeback win? The Yankees have 18 of them.

UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: Elvis Andrus is a good-looking rookie. He’s one of the players they received from Atlanta for Teixeira. He has a terrific arm.

4-2. Yankees will need some ninth-inning magic to stay in first place alone.

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1,770 Responses to “Game 53: Rangers at Yankees (updates with Wang returning to rotation and Teixeira scratched)”

  1. C June 3rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Lets win this

  2. C June 3rd, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Micheal Kay is making great points

  3. JGS June 3rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    any word on the weather? (real question–I’m going tonight, will they be taking outdoor BP and thus does it make sense to go early?)

  4. Jordan June 3rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    TBA LINEUP!? Torre would have had it out right now, caring more about the team than standing in the Great Hall! We’d be 11 games over .500 if Torre was managing today!

  5. Martini6196 June 3rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I’m on my way down from Saratoga Springs. Is this game gonna happen? Weather is pretty bad….

  6. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Biggest issue tonight is the rain.

    http://bit.ly/iidrI

  7. Rockks June 3rd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    From Heyman’s Twitter:

    # spies tell me kate hudson sat with 3 a-rod posse members who poured wine on field before his at-bats. odd, id say
    31 minutes ago from web

    http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman

  8. henner June 3rd, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    39 RA in the last twenty? have the yankees given up less than two runs per game in their last twenty? is that stat right pete?

  9. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    TBA leading off???

    What a travesty. FIRE GIRARDI!111!1

  10. X-Mann June 3rd, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Girardi didn’t even bother to put a lineup together

    I guess he decided to throw another game away

  11. Cal June 3rd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    “The Yankees were 15-17 on May 12 and had a run differential of -25. They are are 16-4 since and have outscored their opponents 99-39.”

    Hence the number one offense in all of baseball, remember last season when it was pretty average at best (7th in the AL in runs scored), well not anymore. Loving it. Every inning I feel this team can score and mount a rally, no dead spots. Nice to see Swisher is heating up again, terrific rebound seasons from both Cano and Melky, Arod has not even heated up yet. I wouldn’t want to pitch to this team, inning after inning. Padilla should have been knocked out much, much earlier last night.

    SS – Derek Jeter – R

    LF – Johnny Damon – L

    1B – Mark Teixeira – S

    3B – Alex Rodriguez – R

    2B – Robinson Cano – L

    C – Jorge Posada – S

    DH – Hideki Matsui – L

    RF – Nick Swisher – S

    CF – Melky Cabrera – S

  12. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    henner
    June 3rd, 2009 at 3:38 pm
    39 RA in the last twenty? have the yankees given up less than two runs per game in their last twenty? is that stat right pete?

    ————————————————————

    8 games of 2 runs or less. 3 games of 1 run.

  13. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    LOL pouring wine of the field hahaha

  14. Soul June 3rd, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Highly doubt they get the game in.

    If they, if will probably be delayed to start and after a few innings, rain shortened or suspended.

  15. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Actually, they’ve allowed 65 runs in 20 games.

  16. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 3rd, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Yanks have allowed 70 runs over their last 20 games. I’ve got 127 runs scored and 70 allowed.

    For the year, they’ve scored 300 and allowed 268.

  17. AndrewYF June 3rd, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Actually, they’ve outscored their opponents 127-70. Don’t know where Pete got his stats from.

    That actually leads to a Pythagorean winning percentage of 15-5, so the Yankees have been outplaying their production by a game.

  18. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    The last weather report I saw showed a decent window between 7 and 9. Hopefully they get an early lead and can hold it for 5 or 6 innings.

  19. Jon Ringland June 3rd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    “spies tell me kate hudson sat with 3 a-rod posse members who poured wine on field before his at-bats. odd, id say”

    wtf

  20. Jon Ringland June 3rd, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    “spies tell me kate hudson sat with 3 a-rod posse members who poured wine on field before his at-bats. odd, id say”

    yea…

  21. Frank from Chatham June 3rd, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Just read that Rangers’ pitcher Padilla has been placed on outright waivers. Teixeira could care less – same as the Yanks.

  22. Jon Ringland June 3rd, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “Just read that Rangers’ pitcher Padilla has been placed on outright waivers”

    I guess Ron Washington was tired of watching his hitters get plunked every 5th day.

  23. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Via Twitter: burnett could get suspended for throwing @Cruz’s head.

  24. Jon Ringland June 3rd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    “Via Twitter: burnett could get suspended for throwing @Cruz’s head.”

    Via whose Twitter?

  25. edzilla: Melky and a Porn Star? June 3rd, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I had to share this because I wouldn’t have believed it myself if there wasn’t video evidence. A shirtless Melky Cabrera being interviewed in a hotel room by a woman rumored to be porn star and former California gubernatorial candidate, Mary Carey. I would deem it safe for work. This is not a joke. The most random video you will see today is linked below.

    http://withleather.uproxx.com/.....a-da-woman

    The only way this could be more bizarre is if Arod had walked out of the bathroom.

  26. Bob(The Original) June 3rd, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....on-Padilla

  27. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Jon:

    @riveraveblues via @Yankeeswfan

  28. KO June 3rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    If we only gave up 39 runs in 20 games my lord that would be some good pitching

  29. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    One way of avoiding suspension is getting kicked off the team! lol.

    Well, Beckett didn’t miss a start for his “suspension”. AJ better not miss one if they decide to suspend him.

    If he does, its a joke.

  30. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 3rd, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    It was 70 runs, KO. But it’s still good.

  31. Jon Ringland June 3rd, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks Rebecca.

    I hope that doesn’t happen. He wasn’t even thrown out of the game, how could they consider a suspension?

  32. JGS June 3rd, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    agreed–shouldn’t be more than 3 games, and I would be shocked if it was even that much

  33. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 3rd, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “Well, Beckett didn’t miss a start for his “suspension”. AJ better not miss one if they decide to suspend him.”

    Won’t. It will just delay his next start by a day. Same as Beckett.

  34. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    If AJ does get suspended I am sure he will appeal just to throw on his scheduled game and drop it right after sit the games he is not scheduled to throw

  35. JGS June 3rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    if that–he shouldn’t get as big a suspension as Beckett did if he gets one at all

  36. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    if burnett gets a 5 games, then padilla should get 10. honestly, is there anyone who thinks it wasn’t intentional?

  37. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Jon: Because headhunting is a huge no no

  38. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Wang could slot in…He could then allow AJ could to move Phil back to the Minors.

  39. bodhisattva June 3rd, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    18 come-from-behind wins.

    ML-record 18 straight errorless games.

    Looks like we’re trumping the Superior Clubhouse Culture a lot these days.

    Lol.

  40. Alex k June 3rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Hi, does anybody know if the game will happen with all the rain in the forecast? Is there an official word from the Yankees?

  41. J-Boogie June 3rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    There’s no way AJ should get suspended. Had he been ejected from the game, maybe? I had the same feelings about Beckett. If he does get suspended, shouldn’t everyone who instigates the warning get suspended? That would be ridiculous.

    It’s not going to help anyone that you can see Girardi mouthing to Teixeira that they’d take care of it. If anyone should get suspended, it’s Joe, solely because the YES cameras busted him.

  42. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    “Randy – Jerry Royster is looking for you. ”

    DT-

    jerry royster was our left fielder ad the spark plug for a playoff push the year before on that team. now why would jerry be looking for me? something happened?

    ron washington was our shortstop when my humorous incident happened with the gm. washington was all business and very serious. as far as padilla ,washington is old school, but even old school doesn’t put up with throwing at people just for the sake of throwing at people.

    i kind of figured padilla was in trouble when saltamacchia threw him under the bus by saying he didn’t blame teixeira for being angry. that’s an odd thing for a catcher to say about his own pitcher.

  43. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    edzilla: Melky and a Porn Star?
    June 3rd, 2009 at 3:53 pm
    I had to share this because I wouldn’t have believed it myself if there wasn’t video evidence. A shirtless Melky Cabrera being interviewed in a hotel room by a woman rumored to be porn star and former California gubernatorial candidate, Mary Carey. I would deem it safe for work. This is not a joke. The most random video you will see today is linked below.

    http://withleather.uproxx.com/.....a-da-woman

    The only way this could be more bizarre is if Arod had walked out of the bathroom

    ————————————————————

    Perhaps you need to go find yourself a “Pron Star”.

    Way to be first with breaking news. You’re about 3 weeks late with this crap.

  44. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    * spies tell me kate hudson sat with 3 a-rod posse members who poured wine on field before his at-bats. odd, id say*

    What type of witchery is this ! 8O

    W/E she brings goodluck. :lol:

  45. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Yeah, A.J. may getted banned for a few games. Maybe Wang gets a start after all!

    Also, how many times is that Melky and the Pornstar video going to get posted?

  46. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 3rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I’m in a Mall at an Apple Store posting this.

    Just read Jesus Mon-Terror is officially playing tonight.

    I’m on my horse to Trenton :D

    Bring in a win, gang.

  47. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    just think of what this team will be like in a month. if all goes well, bruney is your 8th inning guy, melancon takes the 7th, wang is back a in full effect, arod starting hitting like he can and swisher warms up again. nady and marte would be icing on the cake.

  48. YankWatcher June 3rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Well, at least A-Rod has better taste than Jeter!

    I’d take Madonna and Kate Hudson over Mariah Carey and some of Jeter’s other bimbos anyday!

  49. Mike June 3rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Great article about the lack of autographs in the NY times today. Sorry cant link

  50. Harley June 3rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Don’t worry. Pete or Selena will get to the bottom of this wine story. I suspect HGH masking. Or maybe if they pour white wine, it means a fastball is coming, red wine, curve. That’s definitely possible.

  51. Kevin June 3rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Has anyone seen the media giving Kudos to Joe for switching Jeter and Damon in the order. It seems to have proven itself out.

  52. Jack June 3rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    We could always send AJ to the minors, and he would then avoid his suspension.

  53. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Oh give me a break. AJ better not be suspended. The ump purposely did not warn the benches after Tex was hit twice because he was allowing AJ to retaliate. He will not put in a report to suspend AJ.

  54. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    There was no intent to hit Cruz. It was two feet over his head and was closer to the plate than it was to the batter’s box. Apparently, the umpires had no problem with it. They allowed NYY to get their payback and then stopped the missle escalation.

    The only intent was to send a message to Texas to get that idiot pitcher under control. Apparently, it worked. You don’t think that the Big Four Texas hitters didn’t bring this to Washington’s attention?

  55. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    I’m in a Mall at an Apple Store posting this.

    Just read Jesus Mon-Terror is officially playing tonight.

    *I’m on my horse to Trenton*”

    Yankee fans have too much money to waste, now we’re showing up to games on horses. :(

  56. Oh man. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    School is out…posts are wretched. Have a nice evening.

  57. B.Stanley June 3rd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Well, at least A-Rod has better taste than Jeter!

    I’d take Madonna and Kate Hudson over Mariah Carey and some of Jeter’s other bimbos anyday!

    ————

    Bahahaha

  58. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    YankWatcher
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    Well, at least A-Rod has better taste than Jeter!

    I’d take Madonna and Kate Hudson over Mariah Carey and some of Jeter’s other bimbos anyday!

    ———————-

    Really? I’d take Jessica Alba, jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansen and his chick of the moment, Minka Kelly. You can have Madonna. I agree about Mariah Carey though. She’s nasty.

  59. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    GB Salty said he didn’t know what Padilla was doing, funny Vicente was placed on waivers today.

  60. ray (sox fan) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    What is the source saying AJ may be suspended for 3 to 5 games?

    I would be shocked if it was that high! Typically pitchers get 4 to 5 games so that they maybe miss one game.

    Even as a Sox fan I agree it wouldn’t be fair to suspend him for a longer time than Beckett was suspended.

  61. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    If A.J. is suspended I certainly hope Padilla is.

  62. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    The source for the AJ suspension was Sweeny Murti’s twitter account at twitter.com/YankeesWFAN

  63. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I’m looking forward to Montero. The kid is a beast.

  64. ray (sox fan) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you Kevin.

  65. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG !
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm
    GB Salty said he didn’t know what Padilla was doing, funny Vicente was placed on waivers today.

    ————————————————————

    You can bet that Cruz, Hamilton, Young and Kinsler knew what he was doing and didn’t like it. They knew one of them had a target on them.

  66. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “Really? I’d take Jessica Alba, jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansen and his chick of the moment, Minka Kelly. You can have Madonna. I agree about Mariah Carey though. She’s nasty.”

    Young Alba not old
    Biel (overrated)
    Scarlett (oh hell yeah but he did nothing w/ her)
    Minka (eh)
    Madonna (blah)
    Young Mariah (yup)

    Kate Hudson as hot as all of them except for Scarlett, god is she fine.

  67. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I would be shocked if the game was played today.

  68. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Perfect. Now we take Murti’s word on a twitter account? He has about as much credibility as Francessa does.

  69. Maroon June 3rd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    If A-Rod chose to, he could easily score better chicks than Jeter can, as hard as that is to believe.

    A-Rod is the most talented player in the world, richest, best looking.

  70. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “The source for the AJ suspension was Sweeny Murti’s twitter account at twitter.com/YankeesWFAN”

    And somewhere in a corner Wang is on his knees praying it’s true. :lol:

  71. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Maroon, I bet there are a few female fans who would disagree with the best looking comment w/A-Rod.

  72. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    If A.J. is really suspended, Wang right now has just gotten newfound faith in God.

  73. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    “If A-Rod chose to, he could easily score better chicks than Jeter can, as hard as that is to believe.”

    He banged Canseco’s wife, he did Daisy Fuentes when she was a rumored lesbian in Miami. There are others I can’t remember but nice to see he’s getting on track. Although Kate Hudson has sure brought YS some magic during her appearances.

  74. Jay NJ June 3rd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    About the only way Wang will start is if AJ is suspended

    If not, he won’t get a start until sometime in the middle of August to give Hughes/Joba/Andy a breather

  75. JR June 3rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    C’mon, Jeter is beautiful, rich, classy, the face of the yankees, and not a headcase. I think he can score better than A-Rod 9 times out of 10, and im not an alex hater…

  76. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Brandon,

    Biel is overrated now…she wasnt a couple of years ago. Too muscular now. Not so sure you’re right about Scarlett. It was reported a couple of years ago that he hooked up with what was being called the Holy Trinity (Alba, Biel & Scarlett). Again wasnt recent. Not a fan of Minka? She has a crazy body. Hudson is pretty in a girl next door kind of way.

  77. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Why does anybody care, including the media, care who’s “scoring? with who? You guys aren’t, but it fascinates you. To me, that’s troublesome and perverse.

  78. gayle June 3rd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Green Beret you cannot compare the two of them. Sweeny is a reporter and his tweet about this was that there was chatter meaning this is what he was hearing at the Stadium and in the clubhouse.

  79. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Scarlette went as far to address it in a public interview, her name was thrown around b/c she had a lunch date, remember Anna Kournikova at YS also rumored but nothing happened. People believe too much b/c pics and sightings.

  80. JohnC June 3rd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    If tonight’s game is rained out, you can watch the Boston-Detroit game on ESPN.

  81. Beltway June 3rd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Kate Hudson isin’t anywhere close to Minka, Vanessa Minillo, Young Mariah, Scarlett, Jessica Alba

  82. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Scarlett (forgive me SJ) :)

  83. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Yes, lady talk.
    Kate Hudson’s not that great. She looks goofy, just like her ma. But I’d much rather have her around than Madonna who is nasty (sorry Laura, you know it though and her music stinks). Scarlett is WAY overrated, IMO.

  84. DT June 3rd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “jerry royster was our left fielder ad the spark plug for a playoff push the year before on that team. now why would jerry be looking for me? something happened?”

    Randy – didn’t you steal Royster’s glove? Or am I getting you confused with Ruben Rivera again?

    actually – I went googling for an SPBA article and his name turned up….there were some big names in that league. Color me surprised.
    http://hanginemup.com/?p=16

  85. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Vanessa Minnillo is a hack
    Young Mariah I agree
    He did nothing w/ Scartlett (yes the captain K’s ocassionally) :lol:
    Alba (young yes, old ehh)

  86. gayle June 3rd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Gardner or Melky in CF??

    Wfan said Melky in center

  87. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    It’s a shame that the game’ll most likely be rained out.

    I’m hoping for a doubleheader tomorrow.

  88. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Line up from the Fan:

    Jeter
    Damon
    Tex
    Arod
    Canó
    Posada
    Matsui
    Swisher
    Cabrera

  89. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Swiiiiiish!

  90. 50 Cents June 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Why do the likes of Biel, Kate Hudson, Scarlet etc. get overrated yet ones like Minka and Minillo are underrated?

  91. Christina25 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    melky sits

  92. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    GreenBeret7
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    Why does anybody care, including the media, care who’s “scoring? with who? You guys aren’t, but it fascinates you. To me, that’s troublesome and perverse.

    ———————

    I honestly could care less with who scores with who. I just took the opportunity to talk about a bunch of hot women.

  93. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    gayle
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    Green Beret you cannot compare the two of them. Sweeny is a reporter and his tweet about this was that there was chatter meaning this is what he was hearing at the Stadium and in the clubhouse.

    ————————————————————

    I have no use for either one of their “styles” of reporting. Murti’s nothing more than a audio version of Cyndi Adams.

  94. vtred June 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Wang starts tomorrow. More to come later. Hughes to bullpen.

  95. gayle June 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    wow Sweeny says Wang to start tomorrow @Yankeeswfan on Twitter

  96. Christina25 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Wang starts tomorrow. More to come later. Hughes to bullpen.

    8O

    8O

    8O

  97. C June 3rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    wang is starting tmr

  98. wow June 3rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    WOW…FROM Sweeney YankeesWFAN Wang will start tomorrow

  99. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Wang starts tomorrow. More to come later. Hughes to bullpen.

    Haha!!!!

  100. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    “I honestly could care less with who scores with who. I just took the opportunity to talk about a bunch of hot women.”

    I second that.

  101. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Wang will start tomorrow CC pushed to Friday

  102. john June 3rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I thought Brandon said Hughes was going nowhere? lol… wrong again

  103. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    CMW TOMORROW!!!! WOOOOOO

  104. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wanger!

  105. CW...Behind the Moat June 3rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    As glad as I am that AJ took care of his own, I understand MLB’s POV if they give him a Beckett-esque suspension. For better or worse, they have to follow precedent.

  106. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Cheaaaaaa Wang is back!!

  107. Jordan June 3rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wow. Hughes to bullpen.

  108. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wang starting tomorrow

  109. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Mike is going to have a heart attack!!

  110. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    wang starts tomorrow with hughes going to the bullpen!

  111. Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Stupid.. if that’s true b/c Hughes earned his spot.

  112. JCPD June 3rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Wang in the rotation tomorrow, Hughes to the BP per Francessa

  113. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Wang starts tomorrow and Hughes moves to the bullpen.

  114. BBGB June 3rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Somewhere Brandon must be on his knees crying. Boohoo…Hughes to the bullpen.

  115. Al from BK June 3rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    CMW to start :)

  116. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    ROTATION UPDATE: Wang to start tomorrow, Sabathia Friday and Hughes to the bullpen.

    From WFAN

  117. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    HUGHES TO BULLPEN!!!!

    WOW!!!

    Shocking, shocking, shocking! But I like it.

    Posada should be batting behind A-Rod, not Cano.

  118. Brandon.. Hughes was robbed ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Whatever

  119. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I don’t like Hughes to the pen

  120. gayle June 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Green i guess different strokes for different folks. I have high regard for Sweeny he knows of what he talks if you only listen to him when he is on with MIke I think you get a different take based on who is asking the questions but watch him on other stations or listen to him when he is on with other anchors and you can see that he is well informed and knows his stuff and to be honest i dont see the Cindy Adams comparison at all.

  121. Yank1 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    That means Wang, CC, and Joba scheduled to go in Fenway

  122. Jordan June 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Pete,

    Are the Yankees going to take the Santana approach with Hughes or is this temporary or do they not really have a plan yet and are just reacting because they know Wang needs to throw more in order to sustain his progress from rehab?

  123. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Wang is back! Hell yeah.

  124. DMan June 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Wang against Texas?

    Wow, this is going to be a disaster.

    They should have waited until the Nationals series

  125. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Wang back in the rotation tomorrow Phil to the pen.

  126. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG !-Right, with that five ERA of his.

    Wang was injured, now he’s back and I’m glad.

  127. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Great news on Hughes. I know he told Joe G he would rather go to the BP then get sent down.

  128. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I don’t like this decision whatsoever. I don’t think Wang is ready and I think it’s a terrible move putting Phil in the pen. Once again, this kid’s development gets curtailed. The Yankees have NO clue whatsoever about how to develop young pitching – they continue to make the wrong moves with Phil. Ugh – nice going, Yankees. Poor Phil. I HATE HATE this move with him. I can’t believe he’s not being sent down.

  129. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “Stupid.. if that’s true b/c Hughes earned his spot.”

    Come on, man. Wang earned it going 54 and 23 since ’05.

  130. Baseball Fab June 3rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Hey did anyone hear bout Wang?
    :)

  131. C June 3rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    i would skip wang in boston

  132. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Pete: Francesa said Cabrera is starting…who’s right?

  133. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Very happy the Yankees did the right thing in giving Wang a chance to start.

  134. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    DMan, they’ll need to try him eventually. Might as well be vs. some good competition.

  135. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    DMAN

    Because the nationals don’t have a good offense

  136. C June 3rd, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Joba should start in every series against the Redsox

  137. Jerkface June 3rd, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Wang had better put up some good numbers.

  138. Stanley June 3rd, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    So Hughes pitches his heart out, improves in every start, the team rallies around him and we’re WINNING… and they disrupt the chemistry by tweaking the rotation?

    Dumb, dumb move. Sends a bad message to the rest of the team for them to this while we’re winning and while the kid is pitching well.

  139. Cal June 3rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Well now we will see if Wang steps up and pitches well. No he doesn’t have to pitch a shutout, but I have no issues in saying, I expect 6+ innnings of 3 run ball.

    Wang made no bones about feeling he should be back in the rotation, now he is, he’d better keep the teams in the games and not go out there nad lay eggs with flat sinkers after flat sinkers. Then they’ll be another therapy session about “What is wrong with Wang” Now is time he steps up and pitch like a front line starter.

  140. E-gawa June 3rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    “UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Wang starts tomorrow. More to come later. Hughes to bullpen. ”

    Wait a minute… I was told by some posters here that this would never happen.

  141. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    so I’m guessing Cashman was on here today monitoring the debate :)

  142. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Welcome back, Wanger

  143. DEBORAH June 3rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    OH LOOOOOOOOOORD! where do I begin?!?!?!?

    Joe Girardi was just WAITING for Melky to get injured so he could replace him with his pet!! MELKY SHOULD not be sitting! I anyone should be sitting it is Swisher!! What is this?

    And Hughes to the pen?? Are you kidding me? I NEED A DRINK!

  144. Seldom June 3rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Hughes in the 8th inning please !

  145. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Panic move by the Yankees – two stints in the pen and they think Wang is ready? They’ve dug their own grave. If Wang blows up, they have to leave him in the rotation. I can’t be more annoyed with them. Unbelievable.

  146. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I’m sure there’s some sort of reason to this. I just what to know what.

  147. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    It does allow the Yanks to control both Chamberlain’s and Hughes’ innings. If Hughes goes to Scranton, he uses up his innings in the minors and when Chamberlain’s innings are used, they have nobody else to turn to. Hughes gets to sit at the knee of the Great Rivera and learn something.

  148. Joe from Long Island June 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    With the way the team is playing and the streak they’re on, it’s hard to complain about things, including decision-making. It’s good to know that some on this blog eagerly accept the challenge.

    On another note, we’ve got tickets to tomorrow afternoon’s game (part of our anniversary celebration). I had thought it would be CC, but CMW is a worthy substitute. Looking forward to it. In the meantime, looking forward to Andy keeping things going.

  149. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Stanley, he was not improving ever start…he took a step back last start with four runs in five innings. I love the move.

  150. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Man, I hope Hughes is only going to the pen until Wang proves he can get the job done. Assuming Wang doesnt struggle, Hughes needs to go back to AAA to get his innings in.

  151. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I would rather they send Phil to AAA and let him get work from there rather than the pen. Not a happy camper right now, but I guess we just have to see how this goes.

  152. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Why is Melky sitting?

  153. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “Sends a bad message to the rest of the team for them to this while we’re winning and while the kid is pitching well.”

    What kind of message does it send when you put a two-time 19-game winner to the bullpen?!??! Geez…

  154. Brandon.. Hughes was robbed ! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “Wang had better put up some good numbers.”

    No more excuses, he better perform.

  155. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    it will work out fine – maybe not today maybe not tomorrow but soon and for the rest of our lives.

  156. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “HUGHES TO BULLPEN!!!!

    WOW!!!

    Shocking, shocking, shocking! But I like it.

    I agree. I’ve been hoping they’d put Hughes in the BP, and be creative about getting him innings AND helping the big league team. Hopefully everything goes according to plan.

  157. JNLA June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Does anyone know the record for consecutive multi games….Jeter is at 7!

  158. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Joe from Long Island, it’s gonna be Pettite pitching. Today’s game will almost certainly be rained out.

  159. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    omg the yankees season is over…they are 12 games out of first place and shelly duncan is pitching tonight!!!…what is wrong with you people

  160. Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Me thinks that Hughes will stack with Wang on this start and possibly the next, and then had back to Scranton.

  161. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    If we move everyone up a day its gonna be Wang CC Joba in Boston right?

  162. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Betsy,

    Exhale. Its the right move. They need to know if Wang is back. If he is back, he’s a front of the rotation starter.

    Phil is not at this point in his career. Simple as that.

    As far as putting him in the bullpen….I suspect that will be for as long as it takes Bruney to get back.

  163. Joe from Long Island June 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Betsy, you have to think – and I say (write?) this with respect – that Girardi and Eiland have a clue to what they’re doing. They didn’t just get their jobs by going to Monster.com or something.

  164. JNLA June 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    that would be consecutive multi hit games….Jeter is at 7….

  165. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Hughes did not take a step back in his last start. A couple of hits in the 3 run inning were off of very good pitches. That stuff happens. And the 4th run scored because of a misplay in CF. Every game is not going to be a gem.

  166. Come on. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Why don’t you twits wait and hear why the switch was made.

  167. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I agree with this move 100%

    I’ll say it again, you put your best 5 arms who can get through a lineup more than once in the rotation. The rest in the BP.

    Wang >> Hughes based on past experience. The Yanks feel Wang is ready, I hope they’re right. If not, Hughes is still here.

  168. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    WANGER!!!!!!!!!!!1 I guest the meet and greet did wonders.

    It was the Free Wanger shirts that did it, i’m sure

    Again, lets be fair and not kill wang if he gives it 4-5 runs. He earned he’s way back. I wish nothing but the best for him.

    Plus, phil hughes has said that would be open to moving ti the bullpen, so his supporters need to take a chill pill and not over-react. This is great news

  169. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Hughes in the bullpen makes absolutely no sense. Eventually one of the starters is going to miss a start or 2(Pett or AJ take your pick) then his arm won’t be built up for 100 pitches when they need him to start. This is a move that a team makes when they are desperate for a decent arm in the pen. It is not like Hughes is lights out that you know he can give you 1 or 2 shut out innings out of the pen.

  170. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    vin, Friday will be fascinating (today’s game will almost certainly be rained out).

  171. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    i realllyyyyyyy doubt hughes is stayin in the pen…they probaly just want him there incase wang falters…once wang is back in the flow hughes will be sent down

  172. JGS June 3rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    JNLA–

    I’m pretty sure damon had 8 earlier this season. Not sure what the record is, but the number 12 seems to be jumping out at me for some reason

  173. Evan June 3rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    This was the 2nd best option behind keeping Hughes in and moving Joba to the pen.

    Here’s the thing: For those that wanted Joba to remain in the rotation – the same reasons hold true for leaving Hughes in there as well. Both are potential future front line starters that should be developing and helping the club at the major league level.

    However, Joba has proven that not only could he succeed in that role – but he could dominate in it. He has the mentality to do it, and he has experience as well. To mess with Hughes makes little sense.

  174. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    “It does allow the Yanks to control both Chamberlain’s and Hughes’ innings. If Hughes goes to Scranton, he uses up his innings in the minors and when Chamberlain’s innings are used, they have nobody else to turn to. Hughes gets to sit at the knee of the Great Rivera and learn something.”

    Uh oh, this is like the 3rd day in a row that I’m agreeing with you. I may be in more trouble than I originally thought.

  175. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Rachel, he’s in the pen just in case someone can’t start on short notice so that they don’t have to phone Scranton.

  176. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Mike Ashmore has a picture of Montero at Trenton today. I have to say he is adorable..lol
    http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/

  177. Bill June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Thw CMW start makes me wonder if the NYY have any idea what they are doing with that situation. Not 24 hrs ago Joe said nothing has changed. Today a different story. I have no problem with CMW starting but make up your mind already.
    PH to the pen only works if they get him a lot of consistent work. The thing holding back his progress is the fact that he has missed a lot of time the last 2 years. He needs to pitch a lot. Maybe they are keeping him around in case CMW isn’t ready. If he collects cobwebs in the pen send him to SWB so he can pitch.

  178. BJK June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    If the Sox can go back and forth with Masterson, then why can’t Hughes handle it?

  179. Dassit June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    If a player gets send down, how many days must pass for a team to be able to call up that player again? without anyone going on the DL?

    Because if Wang implodes again in his next starts, you will have Hughes right here to take over again.

  180. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    But Mike Francesa claimed that Phil Youuuuse is a starting pitchah? :P

  181. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    And what if Wang doesn’t blow up? I don’t know why some of you think this guy can’t pitch.

    He’s a two time 19 game winner and has been one of the best starting pitchers in the AL prior to his injury.

    In each of his last 3 appearances, he has gotten better. The last time out, he looked like the old Wang.

    When that happens, you HAVE TO put him back in the rotation.

    Geez Louise people, think a little bit.

    Wang back in the rotation makes the Yankees a better team.

  182. Seldom June 3rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Ok guys, enough of the Wang/Hughes talk

    Let’s go back to discussing A-Rod and Jeter’s love life.

  183. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    It doesnt matter how creative they get with his innings in the pen. He will not hit his innings target if he’s a reliever the rest of the year. For that reason alone, I think this is temporary. I sure hope so. he needs to go down to AAA

  184. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    vin, I agree too.

    Evan, Hughes to the pen is not a permanent move. When Pettite is gone or if and when someone goes down Hughes will start.

  185. Scott June 3rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Hughes is in the pen as Wang’s caddy.

    If Wang explodes again, we have Hughes.

    Nothing more, stop freaking out.

  186. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    CountryClub, it is almost certainly temporary.

  187. right center gap in NY June 3rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    surprised by the news, but am very happy to read that Wang is healthy and returning to the starting rotation. having him placed in between Andy & C.C. is a fine it. breaks up the 2 consecutive lefties. most teams would prefer not to have 2 consecutive lefties start.

    further proof that Joba is NOT going to the pen anytime soon.

    if Andy has more back trouble tonight, safe bet that Aceves is well rested and ready to take on the long-man job tonight.

  188. Cal June 3rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    “I don’t like this decision whatsoever. I don’t think Wang is ready and I think it’s a terrible move putting Phil in the pen. Once again, this kid’s development gets curtailed. The Yankees have NO clue whatsoever about how to develop young pitching – they continue to make the wrong moves with Phil. Ugh – nice going, Yankees. Poor Phil. I HATE HATE this move with him. I can’t believe he’s not being sent down.”

    Betsy, many a major league pitchers have started in the pen, Santana comes to mind right away. That is the way it used to be where guys got called up worked in the pen and then into the rotation.

  189. gayle June 3rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Hey Pete-\

    On another note not sure it was intentional but really like the UPDATES at the top rather than at the bottom of the post. Makes it much easier to see newer news first.

  190. CW...Behind the Moat June 3rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Some people here are acting like putting Phil in the bullpen is going to cause a tear in the time/space continuum and ruin the Yanks chemistry as a whole.

    It is NOT that serious. The guy’s not even 23 and moving him to the pen for now might not be the worst thing in the world for him in the long run.

  191. Evan June 3rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Also, does this mean Hughes will be in the 7th/8th inning or will he be pitching like Wang did once or twice a week?

    If he is not pitching the 7th and 8th than that is weakness is not yet resolved.

    Again, this makes little sense. Joba should have been the one to take the bullpen plunge.

  192. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Big fan of the move, Hughes to the pen will not hurt him, pitchers used to do it all the time. I’m against Joba going to the pen THEN to the rotation because if he goes to the pen he stays there, at least Hughes will come back to the rotation without debate.

  193. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    BJK
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    If the Sox can go back and forth with Masterson, then why can’t Hughes handle it?
    =======================================================

    I totally agree.

  194. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Hughes won’t be in the pen once Bruney and Marte get back.

    He will go back to AAA and work on honing his secondary pitches, and be back even better either next year, or in the September bullpen.

  195. E-gawa June 3rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Some people are overrating Hughes performance so far.. His only really good start was against Texas.. He had another decent start where he made it to the 6th inning against Detroit.

    Every other start has been under 6 innings.

    That’s 5 of 7 starts where we needed the bullpen for at least 4 innings in his games.

    I know he’s young, that’s great… and he’ll probably get better BUT this isn’t about Phil Hughes, this is about the 2009 NY Yankees and winning a championship.

  196. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Scott, that is true too.

    It’ll be interesting to see if they give Hughes important outs.

  197. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Brandon.. Hughes was robbed !
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    “Wang had better put up some good numbers.”

    No more excuses, he better perform.

    ————————————————————

    He’d better…or, what? Firing squad? This year, you can’t run Hughes and Chamberlain out of innings at the same time. Don’t forget…they’ll need someone to take some of Wang’s innings, too, because he isn’t going 7-8 innings starting tomorrow. They can hope that he gets his 5-6 effective innings in during his first 3 starts and build it from there.

  198. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Perhaps they knew all along what they wanted to do with Wang and didn’t want to tell the media yesterday. Wouldn’t be unusual for that to take place.

    Either way, its the right move. If Wang can’t pitch, Hughes goes back in. If he is back, it makes the Yankees a better team.

    They will have 4 starters capable of going 7 a night and Joba is the 5th starter. Can’t do much better than that.

  199. Sevrx June 3rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Have you guys seen our bullpen?

    Who do you want pitching late in close games… Coke, Veras, Robertson, Tomko…… or Hughes?

    A no brainer.

  200. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Coney has been talking about Hughes to the pen for awhile now. Pitchers used to come up, go to the pen and earn there way into the rotation. Not saying that Hughes needs to “earn” his spot, but this is a good thing.

  201. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    wang better step up because 2 bad starts & he is in the pen for a long time.

    hughes will be breathing down his neck.

  202. David June 3rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I completely agree with the move. Wang needs and deserves to be in the starting rotation.

    Hughes either goes to Scranton or the BP and we need him in the bullpen and he probably still hits 150 innings this year when Joba needs a break (or he goes to Scranton when BP gets healthy).

    CC / Wang / AJ / Joba / Pettite is sick. Hughes will get his chance.

  203. Anthony Murillo June 3rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    What Phil Hughes are some of you seeing? This guy has been a Yankee starting pitcher since April of 2007 and had TONS of hype before his actual debut. In that span of time, he hasn’t shown much of anything except that he can pitch in Texas.

  204. Kyle June 3rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I think this is a smart approach by the Yankees. Hughes only has so many options. Wait until Wang proves he’s a quality starter again. At that point you can send Hughes back to AAA. Then as originally planned, Hughes pitches in AAA til either someone goes on the DL or in September when the roster expands.

    The plan makes sense. Hopefully Wang does well. I’m sure he gets a few starts. 1 start good or bad won’t tell the whole story. When there is more clarity with Wang they will be able to give Hughes a more definitive role. Then, he’ll get his innings up.

  205. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    SJ44,

    I have no problem with Wang taking his spot back. If he’s right he’s the 2nd best starter on the team.

    But Hughes doesnt belong in the pen any more than Joba does. Like I said earlier, hopefully its just until Wang makes a successful start.

  206. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Hopefully, Hughes to the BP is temporary. He belongs in the minors where he can start every fifth game.

  207. Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Um is something wrong with CC?

  208. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “Again, lets be fair and not kill wang if he gives it 4-5 runs. He earned he’s way back. I wish nothing but the best for him.”

    Agreed – CC stunk up the month of April, AJ blows 6 run leads but they get a pass? Pitchers WILL have bad games. With tomorrow’s start THIS is the beginning of the season for Wang.

    Not too sad about Hughes, he’s still in the majors ain’t he? pitching out of the pen won’t curtail anything. Didn’t hurt Santana.

  209. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    vin
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    “It does allow the Yanks to control both Chamberlain’s and Hughes’ innings. If Hughes goes to Scranton, he uses up his innings in the minors and when Chamberlain’s innings are used, they have nobody else to turn to. Hughes gets to sit at the knee of the Great Rivera and learn something.”

    Uh oh, this is like the 3rd day in a row that I’m agreeing with you. I may be in more trouble than I originally thought.

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. No doubt you’ll be banned before gametime.

  210. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Hguhes is not in the pen to fix the pen’s problems, he’s there while they wait and see if Wang really is all right. If he is, Hughes will go down to Trenton.

  211. Ruben Sierra June 3rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: WANG TO PITCH TOMORROW, HUGHES TO THE PEN

  212. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “it will work out fine – maybe not today maybe not tomorrow but soon and for the rest of our lives.”

    Someday I’ll understand that.

  213. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Sweet?

  214. Evan June 3rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “Have you guys seen our bullpen?

    Who do you want pitching late in close games… Coke, Veras, Robertson, Tomko…… or Hughes?

    A no brainer.”

    Answer: JOBA

  215. E-gawa June 3rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “They will have 4 starters capable of going 7 a night and Joba is the 5th starter. Can’t do much better than that.”

    Exactly.

  216. Bill June 3rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Watch, this will start a Hughes to the pen debate to go along with the Joba to the pen debate. Sure hope not. They are both good young starters. Many good things ahead for the both of them and the team.

  217. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Scorpio, Wang needs to prove he can pitch sucessfully again.

    If he’s bad tomorrow, we’re back to square one.

  218. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Reyes has had a setback and is going to NY to get more examinations. Mets are in trouble.

  219. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Nothing wrong with CC. They want to separate the leftys.

  220. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    reyes had a setback.

    pulled himself out of minor league rehab game

  221. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    So who’s playing center? Gardner or Cabrera?

  222. Bob(The Original) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    My question is, why is CC getting pushed back?

    Please God tell me there’s not an inury here.

  223. Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Im confused wasnt CC starting tomorrow?

  224. Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Im confused wasnt CC starting tomorrow?

  225. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    PHIL YOUGHES IS A STARTIN PITCHA!

  226. JohnC June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    No matter what move the Yanks make there is always somebody not happy or crticizing it.

  227. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    francessa saying the mets have to go shopping.

  228. Ruben Sierra June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    HUGHES AND JOBA SHOULD BOTH BE IN THE PEN

  229. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Joba isn’t going to the Pen. He’s a starter. In the playoffs he will be in the Pen.

  230. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    So does this mean we will have 2 long men? Or is Aceves going to be a 7th inning guy? Maybe trade bait. Whos on first?

  231. Patrick June 3rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I’m happy that Wang is back in the rotation, he deserves it.

    I’m a bit annoyed that Hughes is in the bullpen, he needs to be starting every 5 days. Needs at least 150 IP this year. Right now he’s at 54 IP (AAA + MLB). He can hit that 150 IP mark but he can’t stay in the bullpen for too long…

  232. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Hughes is a temporary bullpen fix, Cashman said. He’ll be a starter long term.”

  233. Stuckey June 3rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I think the Yanks made the Wang/Hughes move to make their fanbase happy. They’re winning too much and you folks NEED to have something to whine about.

    btw – Mekly grabbed his shoulder when he got to fist base after his single last night.

    I’m calling it right now. He’s sitting because of his shoulder.

  234. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Hughes is a temporary bullpen fix, Cashman said. He’ll be a starter long term.

  235. I Love Wang June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    WANG TO START!!! Finally Girardi and Cashman realize what idiots they’ve been. Although i still don’t agree with putting Hughes in the pen. Send him back down to the minors and maintain his arm strength!! They don’t want hughes pitch against boston and need WANG to get at least one full start before facing boston!

  236. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I guess the good thing about keeping Hughes in the majors is he can work on his pitches with Eiland and then see how he improves against major leaguers. Instead of facing the AAAA players in AAA and not getting anywhere because they swing at anything in sight. I would assume once Wang is settled in and pitching like Wang, Hughes will go back to AAA to build up his arm again for when they need him.

  237. JohnC June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Maybe they don’t want Hughes lined up to have to pitch in Boston next week.

  238. john June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    There’s no way this game is getting played tonight anyway… so Wang will start Friday vs. Tampa and Price, CC on Saturday

    So CC is getting 1 weeks rest… UGH

  239. Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I think 2 long men who can pitch in any situation is much more effective than 2 guys who only pitch the 7th and the 8th

  240. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    “actually – I went googling for an SPBA article and his name turned up….there were some big names in that league. Color me surprised.”

    DT-

    just on the team i was on managed by clete boyer:
    graig nettles
    al oliver
    hal mcrae
    cesar cedeno
    jose cruz
    rn washington
    jerry royster
    joachim andujar
    tippy martinez
    willie mays aikens
    al cowens
    ross grimsley
    omar moreno
    ron leflore

    on that link you provided, it mentioned danny boone . danny stayed at my place in sarasota when he was in big league camp with the orioles in 1991. no one wanted to catch him because of the knuckleball so he asked if i could catch him and the next thing i knew my locker was next to ripken’s. now that was a fun few weeks. frank robinson did not like the knuckle ball though and sent danny to triple a. he quit rather than go to triple a. that was disappointing.

  241. Yankeeswin June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Wang deserves the chance to start but he has to prove that he is reliable!

  242. BBFan June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    “Would players who cheat by using PEDs also be willing to cheat by telling each other what was coming?”

    These are the kind of stupid statemnets and inferences make me beleive what GB7 wrote a couple of days back about the mediots which upset Pete.

  243. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    You guys are head cases. You act like you just heard that MLB passed a new rule that says that the team that’s currently in 1st place has to switch places with the last place team. This is not a big deal. Hughes will be in the pen for the short term. Calm down.

  244. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Hughes is a temporary bullpen fix, Cashman said. He’ll be a starter long term.

    ————

    This doesnt really answer the question. Temporary as in the rest of this season? Or temporary as in a couple of weeks?

  245. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    what happens if tonights game gets rained out?

    cc gets pushed to saturday?

  246. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    This move makes a lot of sense to me. Give Wang a chance to start, let Hughes keep pitching against major league opposition.

    I like Hughes, but I’m not his mom. Here’s hoping Wang pitches great tomorrow!

  247. JT June 3rd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    They won’t NEED to move Joba to the pen because of innings. They want him to throw 150+ this year. Through two months, he was at 40-something. He’s not even on pace to reach 150. So the idea that Phil will be in the pen until Joba has reached his innings doesn’t make much sense.

  248. 86w183 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    If oyu back away and look at the “stuff” of the six guys I think you would conclude Hughes is the guy who should be in the pen if anyone had to be. I don’t know how quickly he warms up or how resilient his arm is, but potentially he could help there.

    Personally, I would prefer he go to Scranton and work on that changeup. But once again they didn’t ask me.

  249. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I think Hughes is in the bullpen until Bruney gets back. Or, if Wang has a short outing, Hughes could give them innings.

    Phil Hughes saved the Yankees season two years ago out of the bullpen in the ALDS against the Indians.

    Its not some out of the universe move.

    I’d guess Phil would rather work out of the bullpen than go back to Scranton.

    Either way, I like the move. They need Wang in this rotation.

    Its gives them more length and quality and I’m not a big fan of having two young guys in the rotation at the same time.

    Didn’t work last year when they had a better bullpen than they have this year.

  250. Patrick June 3rd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “Wang deserves the chance to start but he has to prove that he is reliable!”

    Haha I think he proved that when he won 19 games 2 years in a row. He has to prove he’s healthy, because if he is he’s an ace.

  251. ... June 3rd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I’ll take it. Gotta know if Wang’s back and best way to do it is a start. Phil will long-man it for a bit, then go back down to AAA for steady work in the best case scenario.

  252. James 3D June 3rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    What does “temporary bullpen fix” mean?

    Is that the same as “in the bullpen until Wang proves he is 100%”? Or he is in the pen until Bruney comes back?

  253. Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Can we hear that CC is ok please!

  254. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Hughes is probably shadowing Wang in the pen so if things don’t work out they don’t burn a pen.

    Wang has a few good starts and Hughes goes back to AAA.

  255. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Like I said, Hughes is in the pen until Bruney and Marte get settled back in.

    Then he’s off to AAA to get his innings and be back in September.

    This is a good plan overall.

  256. Bob(The Original) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    The thing I don’t like is that a game against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium is probably the least ideal time to put him back in the rotation. It has the potential to be VERY ugly and then what do you do?

  257. David June 3rd, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    You guys are head cases. You act like you just heard that MLB passed a new rule that says that the team that’s currently in 1st place has to switch places with the last place team. This is not a big deal. Hughes will be in the pen for the short term. Calm down.

    Finally a rational post.

  258. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    According to Weather.com there’s only a 25% chance of rain between 7 & 9. So tonight isnt a lost cause.

  259. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    So if Hughes pitches lights out in the pen, dialing it up to 95 and getting some key K’s and outs…what do people complain about then? That he is retarding his growth and should be demoted?

    Plenty of pitchers that Hughes could only hope of being started out in the pen.

  260. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Joba in the bullpen is not the answer. He’s a better starting pitcher than Hughes. Why does he need to to go the bullpen.

    Go back and spend time with Diet Coke. That would be a dumb move by the Yankees.

  261. G. Love June 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    If Wang goes out and spits the bit tomorrow night Hughes is staying up on the roster to take his spot back from him. That’s why they don’t send Hughes down.

    If they sent him down they would need an injury to bring him back up sooner if Wang proves he’s still struggling as a starter.

    All I’ve got to say about this is Wang better be right again. We cannot afford a 1-2 inning debacle that will scorch the pen with games coming up against some of the better teams in the league.

    I agree he deserves a chance to show he’s back, but he still has to show he can go deep into a game and pitch effectively this season.

    I think if the team were sure Wang was back they would send Hughes down to start in AAA.

  262. Bob(The Original) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I have no problem with Hughes in the pen for now. He just dominates AAA hitters anyway, so give him a chance to learn how to pitch to major league hitters.

    I’d rather him in the rotation, but it’s better than AAA for his development I think.

  263. Bob(The Original) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I have no problem with Hughes in the pen for now. He just dominates AAA hitters anyway, so give him a chance to learn how to pitch to major league hitters.

    I’d rather him in the rotation, but it’s better than AAA for his development I think.

  264. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I like Phil volunteering to go to the bullpen as it is a sign that he is willing to help the Yankees out anyway he can. I actually respect that in a player to be honest with you.

  265. DT June 3rd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    If Phil learned anything from Joba – he’ll try not to be lights out in the bullpen. Don’t give those WFAN media heads any more ideas.

  266. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Bob(The Original)-Start Hughes.

  267. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    CC is fine. If he wasnt Hughes wouldnt be going to the pen.

  268. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “Can we hear that CC is ok please!”

    he is fine this has been established

  269. vtred June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    If the game gets rained out tonight… then what?

    Do they push everyone back? That means CC on 1 weeks rest if he goes Saturday

  270. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    SJ44, you’re 100% right about the Joba to the pen talk.

  271. Evan June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    This solves Wang to the rotation.

    What are we doing with the 7th and 8th inning for the next month? Do these games not count?

    Who really thinks Bruney and Marte are coming back and solving our problems?

    Who really thinks a trade (a la Marte last year) is the answer.

    It isn’t. Our bullpen remains a major weakness and must be addressed. Maybe Cashman should get to work and stop greeting fans outside the Great Hall.

  272. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    “If Phil learned anything from Joba – he’ll try not to be lights out in the bullpen. Don’t give those WFAN media heads any more ideas.”

    Francessa might have to change his tone to “YUSE IN THE 8TH!!1!”

  273. AC June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Wang is BACCCCCCCK!

  274. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    BBFan
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    “Would players who cheat by using PEDs also be willing to cheat by telling each other what was coming?”

    These are the kind of stupid statemnets and inferences make me beleive what GB7 wrote a couple of days back about the mediots which upset Pete.

    ————————————————————

    Shame!!! Shame!!! You’re going to the “timeout corner” for mentioning that. No ban, since it’s your first offense.

  275. Patrick June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Ok thanks for the explanations, I understand the Hughes to the bullpen move better now. I’m fine with him in there until Bruney gets back. At the very least we have another reliable pitcher in the pen for a few weeks.

    I feel bad for Phil (he’s probably my favorite pitcher on the team) because he really has pitched very well. Outside of that one game he’s been very solid. He’s showing a lot of improvement this year and it’s exciting to watch. He didn’t deserve to lose his job but Wang is the better pitcher at this point in time.

  276. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    CC is fine. They are just breaking up the lefties. Relax.

  277. Al from BK June 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Montero at AA? Maybe we see him in ST next year. I’m excited about the kid.

  278. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Suppose Hughes in short relief turns in Joba-like relief appearances?

    Then it’s Hughes to the pen – he’s too valuable to start!

  279. The Monk June 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    So they’re putting Wang in the rotation against the flyball hitting masher-team, not the speedy hit-and-run team (Rays)? This means it’s Wang-CC-Joba in Bahstin and AJ-Andy-Wang for the series against the Mess. Thinking I’d prefer CC to start over Wang tomorrow, get CC to start against the Mess and the Sawx.

  280. saucy June 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “Why do the likes of Biel, Kate Hudson, Scarlet etc. get overrated yet ones like Minka and Minillo are underrated?”

    easy, without Jeter, i’ve heard of the overrated ones. without Jeter, i don’t know if i’ve ever heard of Minka or Minillo.

  281. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Giradi said that he pushed cc back so that he could split of the lefties.

  282. Patrick June 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Weather looks awful for tonight, I doubt the Yankees get this game in.

  283. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Wow -

    Just skimming, quick in and out of the house right now. People need to relax.

    All will work out.

    Ideally, many of us thought when Wang went back into the rotation Hughes would go to SWB. Well, two things. One, there is no guarantee to the outcome of Wang’s game tomorrow. Two, I remember that Phil himself wanted to stay in the majors and go to the pen. If that’s the end up, that’s the end up.

    The third thing is, this rotation is out of whack anyway. Slipping Wang in before CC isn’t a bad thing and it doesn’t necessarily mean anything about CC; if it did, the news would have been Wang to start, but not Hughes to pen.

    Oh, and fourth thing – you can never believe everything the Yankees say about their plans. Don’t you all know that already?? :) :lol:

    Catch ya later.

  284. Voodoo Chile June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Should be interesting to see if Phil gains a few extra mph on his fastball working out of the pen.

    With his improved curve and burgeoning cutter, he will be no treat to hit if his gas has a little extra boost.

  285. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    For what it’s worth I think CC’s being pushed back simply because they don’t want Wang starting against the Rays or the Sox just yet.

  286. Gates June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    How many starts does Wang get?

    If he gets lit up against the Rays, does he get his next start in Boston? Does Hughes get it?

  287. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    francessa ” big news for the yankees,wang goes tomorrow.big news for the mets,reyes reinjurs himself,out for a while”

  288. Bob(The Original) June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Evan
    June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Our bullpen remains a major weakness and must be addressed. Maybe Cashman should get to work and stop greeting fans outside the Great Hall.

    —————————–

    You’re so right. I’m sure Cashman is just sitting around playing computer solitare all day and has no clue that there is a bullpen issue.

    Shut up fool.

  289. Dave21 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Rebecca,

    Well, if it rains tonight, then Wang will be slated to start against both the Rays and Sox LOL

    So it may not work out for the best.

  290. Javitt June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I can agree with this as long as Hughes in the ‘pen is not a season long move. Wang needs to get a start or his conditioning will start to regress to where it was at the start of the season. 2-3 innings once a week is doing nothing for him. Even as it stands now, he probably won’t be able to go more than 85 pitches or so (if that) tomorrow since he hasn’t started for so long.

    I am fine with Hughes as a reliever for the next couple of weeks in case Wang still doesn’t have it or someone gets hurt, but ultimately he should go back to AAA if the other 5 in the rotation can hold their own. Phil needs a full year as a starter, finishing this season as a long reliever will not benefit anyone in the long run.

  291. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “If Phil learned anything from Joba – he’ll try not to be lights out in the bullpen. Don’t give those WFAN media heads any more ideas.”

    I hope he does to prove how stupid it is.

  292. gayle June 3rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Correct me if I am wrong they must have known about this move last night why else would they have Wang throw in the bullpen so maybe they just had him do his regular bullpen work last night once they saw AJ was in the clear

  293. 7 UP June 3rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Evan
    June 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Our bullpen remains a major weakness and must be addressed. Maybe Cashman should get to work and stop greeting fans outside the Great Hall.
    ——————————————-

    LOL!

  294. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    CC will now start the 1st game against Boston and against the Mets. If he pitched tomorrow he would miss the Sox series. So maybe that had something to do with it and it also breaks up the lefties.

  295. BJK June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    5 STAGES OF JOBA/BULLPEN GRIEF

    Step 1: DENIAL – “Joba won’t be a starter for long! He can’t pitch longer than 5 innings! This is not a first place team without Joba in the pen!”

    Step 2: ANGER – “So what if Joba proved he can throw 8 frickin innings and be dominant? That doesn’t solve our bullpen issues! This front office is the dumbest on the planet!”

    Step 3: BARGAINING – “OK, Joba obviously has proven he can be a dominant starter, but why does he have to be one NOW? Why can’t we put him in the bullpen, just for this season, and THEN try him out next year as a starter?”

    Step 4: DEPRESSION – “This sucks. Our season is over because I can’t trust anyone in the 8th inning not named Joba.”

    Step 5: ACCEPTANCE – “Hmm. Joba just struck out another 12 Red Sox at Fenway. And our bullpen is looking a bit better now that they’ve found their groove and our starters are consistently pitching deeper into games. Fine. I’ll drop it. For now…”

  296. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Bob (The Original),

    Hughes pitching to MLBers is better for his development. I agree with that. But pitching 2 – 4 innings a week is not going to get him to where he needs to be. And then we’ll be talking about him having a 150 inning limit in 2010 too.

    Anyway, I’ll wait to see what happens from here. I just cant imagine they’ll leave him in the pen all year. So I’m going to stop commenting on it until they prove me wrong.

  297. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    It’s way too soon to speculate on what happens to Hughes.

    When Bruney gets back, I suspect it will be Veras or Tomko who gets the disappointing interview with Girardi.

    Hughes could pitch great in relief, and shore up our pen like Joba did in 2007.

    Or Wang could pitch poorly, and Hughes could be back in the rotation.

    It is just too soon to say.

  298. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    And, if Hughes is lights out deadly from the pen, the talk shows and boards will be flooded with “Make Hughes the permanent 8th inning man and successor to Rivera.”

  299. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “Perhaps they knew all along what they wanted to do with Wang and didn’t want to tell the media yesterday. Wouldn’t be unusual for that to take place.”

    sj44-

    maybe they saw the blog today after pete’s post about wang and did not want to face the wrath of the blog.

    well, it could have happened.

    all kidding aside, the only way to get 6 starters is to start wang and have hughes at some point go back to scranton. hughes will get plenty of opportunity to come back up when he goes down. if he doesn’t it’ll mean the yankee starters are all healthy which means the yankees will be in very good shape and likely running away with things.

    it’s smart to have hughes for a few starts backing up wang just in case. there’s really no way to tell how wang will pitch at first. hopefully well, but it’s nice knowing hughes is there is needed.

  300. frankiedue June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    The thing I don’t like about this move is that Hughes really looked like he was getting into a groove. He was challenging hitters with his fastball (which was hitting 95) and becoming more efficient because of it. He was striking guys out with his nasty curve in the dirt and he only walked 3 guys total in his last 3 starts.

    Being that Girardi only trusts Aceves and Rivera in the BP, be prepared to see Hughes in the 7th/8th. What a strange turn of events.

  301. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    the yankees do not wan’t hughes to face boston.

  302. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “How many starts does Wang get?

    If he gets lit up against the Rays, does he get his next start in Boston?”

    Ofcourse he does, he’s won 19 games like everyone saids, he better bring it. It’s that simple, earn your spot.

  303. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Another bad thing – now if a pitcher goes down, Phil will not be able to step in as he’s going to need to stretch out. One more -if the pitchers continue to pitch well, Phil will not get enough consistent work. I have no clue as to what the Yankees were thinking. I’ve rarely, if ever, been this angry at the organization.

    No kidding, Brian – ya think Phil is a starter long term? This completely messes the kid up – he can’t develop his pitches and he won’t pitch enough. Of course, I don’t thing Wang is ready (based on two little stints in relief), so I guess he can relieve Wang.

  304. Bronx Weatherman June 3rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    From Intellicast.com:

    Bronx, NY

    Wednesday night: Showers with a possible thunderstorm early, then variable clouds overnight with still a chance of showers. Low 56F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

  305. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Gammons was watching last nights game with showalter, and he said that showalter predicted that padilla would hit tex.

  306. Stuckey June 3rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    What are we doing with the 7th and 8th inning for the next month? Do these games not count?

    Who really thinks Bruney and Marte are coming back and solving our problems?

    Who really thinks a trade (a la Marte last year) is the answer.

    It isn’t. Our bullpen remains a major weakness and must be addressed. Maybe Cashman should get to work and stop greeting fans outside the Great Hall.

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

    So the Guys on the DL aren’t the answer, and a trade isn’t the answer.

    So what do you want Cashman do do exactly??

    Are you suggesting HE start working out of the pen?

  307. Brian from PA June 3rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve been excited for weeks because I’m going to tomorrow’s game and I looked at how the numbers shake out and knew CC would be starting that game. I’ve been telling people that I’m gonna get to see CC pitch unless they mess with the rotation in anyway….and we get within a day, and there ya go. Why didn’t they just keep CC on his regular turn and have Wang start friday in place of Hughes…? Doesn’t that make more sense? Don’t the Yankees care at all about what I want!!?!?!?!?!!? Oh well seeing Wang is good too….assuming he’s really gotten it together.

  308. stuart June 3rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    egawa hughes has been more then ok for a 22 year old starter…..

    this was the right move. if wang is back to being wang then hughes will either stay in the pen or go to swb and continue to pitch…

  309. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    So when does Hughes make his 8th inning debut ?

  310. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    “Montero at AA? Maybe we see him in ST next year. I’m excited about the kid.”

    He was at spring training this year…

  311. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    SJ, I think Wang belongs in the rotation – in no way was he auditioning for his job. I don’t think he’s ready after two bullpen stints – and what do you do if he blows up? The Yankees will have to leave him in there. I don’t know what concerns me more, Wang not being ready just yet or the fact that Phil is now going to be a reliever for the rest of the year. Well, more innings limitations for him next year…..oh well, right?

  312. jpb1973 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    When Joba was in the bullpen the Yankees created the Joba Rules…are they now going to create Phil Rules???

  313. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    “Another bad thing – now if a pitcher goes down, Phil will not be able to step in as he’s going to need to stretch out. One more -if the pitchers continue to pitch well, Phil will not get enough consistent work. I have no clue as to what the Yankees were thinking. I’ve rarely, if ever, been this angry at the organization.

    No kidding, Brian – ya think Phil is a starter long term? This completely messes the kid up – he can’t develop his pitches and he won’t pitch enough. Of course, I don’t thing Wang is ready (based on two little stints in relief), so I guess he can relieve Wang.”

    If they think the pen is fine, and Wang returns to form, he goes back to AAA to hone his starter stuff.

    No need to be angry. There is a plan in place.

  314. Nick June 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Hughes is in the pen until Cashman can find someone else who can get outs late in games

  315. Cal June 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    “All I’ve got to say about this is Wang better be right again. We cannot afford a 1-2 inning debacle that will scorch the pen with games coming up against some of the better teams in the league”

    This was what had me concerned about Wang, he didn’t just lose and pitched poorly say 5 innings, 4 or 5 runs. He pitched 1,2 innings gave up 7,8 runs and then left an entire game for the team to pitch through.

    Like I said I don’t want to hear any excuse he made it clear that he is a starter and wants to start, now he is back in the rotation and I am not willing to sell him short with excuses. This is about performance, step up and pitch like a top of the rotation pitcher Wang, to demand any less of him would be pretty weak on our part. Wang isn’t Hughes we expect much more from him, so mediocre starts are not going to cut it He has to pitch like an ace.

  316. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    For the love of _ _ _ can people stop complaining about the move. The yankees simply cannot win with some of you. PHIL HUGHES said that he would not mind going to the Pen. if he doesn’t care, why should we???

  317. Jordan June 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    This is ridiculous!1!11!! If Joe Torre was here we’d have Jobber in the pen, Hughes sent down to learn how to throw with both arms like Venditte and Wang would throw literal bowling balls!

    Cashman should trade Ryan Pope, Justin Snyder, and Kanekoa Teixeira to the Dodgers for Bronxton! Then Jobber can take the 8th inning and Bronxton can pitch the 7th!

    Fire Girardi!

  318. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Gates June 3rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    How many starts does Wang get?
    ——————————————————–
    Hopefully 35 a year for the next 10-15

  319. Homer June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    They could probably get 6 innings of this game in between 7-9 PM

    So get an early lead and protect it. Easier said than done with Andy on the mound against this righty power Texas lineup.

  320. Pat M June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    If the Padilla release is true, then you know it came from toough guy Nolan Ryan himself….Padilla was there when The Express took over baseball operations…….Randy I ( The Original Tin Cup ) that’s an impressive cast of charcters on that club……Phillip to the pen is the right move, besides he asked for that and the club acknowledged that request…..The Wang-Man’s return will help the team, providing he’s the Wanger once again…..

  321. Patrick June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Wave, I have to disagree with you. Even if Hughes is lights out in the bullpen and Wang is amazing as a starter, Hughes should still be sent down. Phil NEEDS to hit 150 innings this year and stay on a regular schedule of starting every 5 days. His development was screwed by injuries in recent years, keeping him in the pen for the rest of 2009 would be a TERRIBLE idea.

  322. Al from BK June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    “Wednesday night: Showers with a possible thunderstorm early, then variable clouds overnight with still a chance of showers. Low 56F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.”

    I think they’re gonna try to get the game in but it will be tricky.

  323. rover June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Top 10 things I have learned from this blog in the last 6 mnths

    1.Derek Jeter is regressing quickly. He can’t drive a pitch anymore.
    2.We would be a better team without the Arod distraction.
    3.Cant win without Manny.
    4.This lineup cannot get it done.
    5.Matsui is done.
    6.Melky will never be anything other than a 4th OF.
    7.Its to bad we didn’t trade Cano when he had value.
    8.JD should go with Cano for a bag of balls and rosin bag.
    9.Swish would have been adequate at 1 base. Money should have been used for a big time OF.
    10.Jeter must be turned into a left fielder immediately if we expect to win.

  324. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Suppose Hughes in short relief turns in Joba-like relief appearances?

    Then it’s Hughes to the pen – he’s too valuable to start!

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

    LOL :lol:

    Lord help us

  325. DEBORAH June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Where is Melky Cabrera? Can some one PLEASE tell me? Just WHAT did he do to warrant being BENCHED?? I would LOVE to KNOW!

  326. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    francessa ” big news for the yankees,wang goes tomorrow.big news for the mets,reyes reinjurs himself,out for a while”

    ———-

    By reading some of the posts you would think that it was one of our players that got put on the shelf.

  327. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Jordan, you’re an ass.

  328. IRememberCelerinoSanchez June 3rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I don’t think Hughes is really in the pen. I think he is insurance in case Wang gets lit up and has to come out early. But the Yanks can’t say that. They have to talk positively. So they say, Hughes will be in the pen for a while, but he’s a starter. Translation: As soon as we know Wang is okay, Hughes goes to SWB to start.

  329. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Our bullpen is a major weakness. Veras needs to leave, Melancon needs to be gone, we need to make some sort of trade (Street anybody?) and we have to hope Bruney is healthy.

  330. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0sZ0Tg7koE

    Jorge and Montero spring training.

  331. Paul CT June 3rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Simple… if Wang gets lit up against the Rays, there is no way they let him start vs. Boston.

    Hughes will start that game, then Wang will get a 2nd/3rd shot against the Nationals and Marlins.

  332. Come on. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    That wasn’t Betsy – that’s an imposter, right?

  333. ... June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I don’t remember exactly when, but recently someone posted the average runs scored against Yankees inning by inning, and it turned out that the 8th was actually one of the better innings, like 3rd best or so? The three problematic innings were 2nd, 4th, and 7th.

    To which I propose that LeBron James should be signed as the shutdown 7th inning option. After he recovers from that benign growth removal he just had, of course.

  334. TIME FOR #27 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Isnt tomorrow cc’s turn?

  335. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Al from BK. I’d be shocked.

  336. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “So when does Hughes make his 8th inning debut ?”

    Hopefully right after he finishes pitching the 6th and 7th. Need to be creative if this is going to work.

  337. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Betsy,

    If he blows up, Hughes is back in the rotation. Simple enough.

    What if he doesn’t though? What if he is Wang again? Doesn’t that make the Yankees a better team to have a 19 game winner who pitches 7 innings a start? Of course it does.

  338. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Why does Gammon’s sound like he’s prepping a funeral :?

  339. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    SJ44
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm
    And what if Wang doesn’t blow up? I don’t know why some of you think this guy can’t pitch.

    He’s a two time 19 game winner and has been one of the best starting pitchers in the AL prior to his injury.

    In each of his last 3 appearances, he has gotten better. The last time out, he looked like the old Wang.

    When that happens, you HAVE TO put him back in the rotation.

    Geez Louise people, think a little bit.

    Wang back in the rotation makes the Yankees a better team.

    – - – - -
    Best post. So good it needs to be reposted.

  340. DT June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Sending Hughes to the pen instead of Scranton says a lot about the lack of faith in Coke, Tomko, Veras, Robertson, Ramriez and Alba.

    Aceves and Mo are really the only trustworthy guys lately. The others are hit and miss.

  341. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “Jordan, you’re an ass.”

    For his sake, I hope that was sarcasm…

  342. Patrick June 3rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Brian from PA,

    I have an 11 game season ticket package and for the first three games of the package A.J. Burnett has been the starter. A.J. is fun to watch and all but really? Three times in a row? Give me someone else!

  343. YankWatcher June 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    rover, it sounds like you are talking about a team that’s in last place!

    Woof — roll over, rover!

  344. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    “It’s way too soon to speculate on what happens to Hughes.”

    what’s the chance of the rotation staying healthy for the rest of the year? he’ll likely get many more starts this year.

    plus there is no reason why wang won’t get back to the wang he was. if he does think of the quality depth of the rotation on this team. this team has the potential to be a powerhouse if wang comes back to his old form.

    my only problem with that is proving what a doofus cashman is if the yankees win a world series. that won’t help my argument :)

  345. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Benny Blanco,

    He doesnt care about going to the pen because he doesnt want to leave the team. Would you? But it’s the Yanks job to do what’s right for both his development and their long term investment. And I think eventually they will do that.

  346. Jeff NJ - Everyday Aceves June 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Someone is out to get me, I have tickets for tomorrow’s game and was really looking forward to seeing CC. I have low expectations for Wang, but I remain an OPP.

  347. Mark in Tampa June 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    So, now they have, in order, 1-CC, 2-Joba, 3-Burnett, 4-Pettitte, and 5-Wang; and it is only the beginning of June. Makes all the debate of who is the no 2,3,4,and 5 starter to start the season inconsequential.

    Also, with Wang now being the no. 5 starter, shows the Yankees think the same as many posters on this blog-that Wang is not an Ace! :D

  348. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    well, the beat writers’ darling got his job back. good for him.

    don’t blow it, big fella, or you won’t have a leg to stand on at your next arbitration hearing.

  349. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I guess I shouldn’t be but I’m shocked Phil is going to the pen.

    A bit risky, IMO, given his inability to gain consistency at the MLB level.

    He finally seems to be starting to settle in, and they throw a 180 at him.

    I hope it works out… if it doesn’t – there will be hell to pay.

  350. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Showalter was saying HPB was Padilla’s MO on both BBT’s last night too – he completely agreed with Tex

  351. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Cashman on with Kay at 5:20

  352. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    The perfect oppurtunity to tweak the rotation was after the Mets series. We had an off-day Monday before we played the Nationals and start interleague play.

    Now, they are exposing their rehabbing starter against their 2 division rivals.

  353. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Brian Cashman will be on The Mkay show 5:20

  354. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Breaking news: Cashman on with Kay at 5.20pm today

  355. Cal June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    “Where is Melky Cabrera? Can some one PLEASE tell me? Just WHAT did he do to warrant being BENCHED?? I would LOVE to KNOW!”

    I would love to know as well, I don’t understand why Gardner is starting over Cabrera. Well at least we are beginning to know Joe’s favorites on this roster.

  356. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    cashman will be on with michael kay at 5:20…sounds like must hear radio

  357. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    “Gammons was watching last nights game with showalter, and he said that showalter predicted that padilla would hit tex.”

    Buck managed them when they were in Texas together. Makes you wonder if it’s more a personal dynamic than baseball related.

  358. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Question for those of you who think Joba should be a starter and not a reliever just out of curiosity. What did you want the organization to do with Mariano Rivera when he was brought up years ago? He was originally a starter in the minor leagues. Did you think he have been a starter or a reliever? Just a question out of curiosity to see the different answers.

  359. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t like what they are doing to Phil, any of you that did not want Joba in the bullpen, should not want Phil in the Bullpen he should be in the minors and growing as a starter 3 of his last 4 starts have been okay and even when he was getting hit he looked good. When he really develops that 3rd pith he will be a very good SP. And say Hughes goes into the bullpen and 2/3 weeks from now someone goes down you would have to transition him into the rotation and that would take time. Hughes in the minors developing as a starter, being a backup in case someone goes down is what is best for the yankees. If Joba shouldn’t be in the bullpen neither should Hughes.

  360. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    hughes will get his innings some way.

    he will be in the rotation when joba goes to the pen & will end up with 140 innings minimum.

  361. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    “Jordan, you’re an ass.”

    For his sake, I hope that was sarcasm…

    —–

    Yeah, I guess. Sounds like a troll more than anything though.

  362. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    ““Where is Melky Cabrera? Can some one PLEASE tell me? Just WHAT did he do to warrant being BENCHED?? I would LOVE to KNOW!”

    I would love to know as well, I don’t understand why Gardner is starting over Cabrera. Well at least we are beginning to know Joe’s favorites on this roster.”

    are you guys that oblivious…melky was just hurt!!! he probaly needs the day!

  363. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    “Where is Melky Cabrera? Can some one PLEASE tell me? Just WHAT did he do to warrant being BENCHED?? I would LOVE to KNOW!”

    He injured his shoulder recently… remember? MAYBE they are SLOWLY trying to GET him back INTO the LINEUP. GIVING him some REST might be a GOOD thing. SEE how ANNOYING the randomly CAPITALIZED words can BE?

  364. 7*7 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    “Sending Hughes to the pen instead of Scranton says a lot about the lack of faith in Coke, Tomko, Veras, Robertson, Ramriez and Alba.”

    Yep. Hughes in relief is better than all of those clowns.

  365. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    “I don’t think Hughes is really in the pen. I think he is insurance in case Wang gets lit up and has to come out early. But the Yanks can’t say that. They have to talk positively. So they say, Hughes will be in the pen for a while, but he’s a starter. Translation: As soon as we know Wang is okay, Hughes goes to SWB to start.”

    ——–

    I could see that. Either way, the Yanks just gave Francessa plenty to yap about for the next few days.

  366. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I may or may not be new here
    June 3rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm
    Our bullpen is a major weakness. Veras needs to leave, Melancon needs to be gone, we need to make some sort of trade (Street anybody?) and we have to hope Bruney is healthy.

    ——

    Melancon needs to be gone? I hope that was a typo and you meant he needs to be here.

  367. Doug June 3rd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Hughes is their Guinea Pig, which I have no problem with.

    Someone has to be it…

  368. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    ““Sending Hughes to the pen instead of Scranton says a lot about the lack of faith in Coke, Tomko, Veras, Robertson, Ramriez and Alba.”

    Yep. Hughes in relief is better than all of those clowns.”

    ——-

    Clay Buchholz would be good in the pen too. But it would have hurt his development as a starter.

  369. Francis June 3rd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Masterson can go back and forth between starting and relieving and excels in both, and he isin’t 1\2 the prospect Hughes is (though he was a good prospect)

    So why can’t Hughes?

  370. Ninja Burglar June 3rd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Wang and Hughes in the rotation, and Jobber in CF. How about that athletic defense???

  371. rover June 3rd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    A shot of Melky on 1st after his late innings single showed him manipulating his shoulder, maybe he just tweaked it a bit. He was hitting left handed and that makes the injured shoulder the lead. jag

  372. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Hughes will be fine.

  373. West side June 3rd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Sabathia was scheduled to go against Beckett on Tuesday and Santana on Sunday

    This probably changes that, but those would have been awesome games.

  374. 86w183 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Melky’s shoulder hurts more when he swings LH, so he’s not starting against a RHP. Should last more than one or two more games.

  375. CountryClub June 3rd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Kevin in the 908
    June 3rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    Question for those of you who think Joba should be a starter and not a reliever just out of curiosity. What did you want the organization to do with Mariano Rivera when he was brought up years ago? He was originally a starter in the minor leagues. Did you think he have been a starter or a reliever? Just a question out of curiosity to see the different answers.

    ————-

    Dont forget that we didnt have forums like this back then. So there was no outrage one way or the other. However, we did see him dominate lineups his first time through the order and then get hit around. So when they moved him to the pen it seemed like a logical move to me and my friends at the time.

    Mo was a failed starter. Failed starters (either by performance or durability concerns) go to the pen.

  376. Mike June 3rd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I’m waiting for the update on Ransom… where is it Pete?

  377. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Ninja Burglar,
    I like your handle. Were you victimized in NYC by the burglar? Or are you in fact THE ninja burglar???

  378. Rose June 3rd, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Hopefully when Marte comes back he will help. He hasn’t been that good since coming to the Yanks.

  379. westchester dave June 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Sending Hughes to the pen is another way of saying that the Yankses don’t have 100% confidence that Wang will be the old Wang. If he blows up again, the Yankees don’t have to wait 10 days to bring Hughes up again. If Wang pitches well, Hughes can return to Scranton until the next emergency (or September) and prepare for next season.

  380. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    “Dont forget that we didnt have forums like this back then. So there was no outrage one way or the other.”

    There was the silent outrage.

  381. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Who is Bryce Harper and why is he on the cover of S.I.?

  382. River Ave. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Must have the good defensive lineup out there with Wang tomorrow

    Jeter SS
    Damon CF
    Teix 1B
    A-Rod DH
    Cano 2B
    Melky RF
    Gardner CF
    Cervelli C
    Pena 3B

  383. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I just got the *biggest laugh* .A friend of mine,
    (not a YANKEES fan,) said the Yankees are show casing Hughes to trade with a bundle of prospects,for Jake Pevy.

    I still can’t stop laughing,he hung up.

  384. Cal June 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    “Melky’s shoulder hurts more when he swings LH, so he’s not starting against a RHP. Should last more than one or two more games.”

    Ah, okay, for some reason I though Feldman was a lefty, turns out he bats left but throws right. That’s why I was wondering about Melky not in there, makes some sense now.

  385. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “I have an 11 game season ticket package and for the first three games of the package A.J. Burnett has been the starter. A.J. is fun to watch and all but really? Three times in a row? Give me someone else!”

    That stinks… A couple years ago (over the course of two seasons), I went to 3 Dodger games, and 1 Padres (vs. LAD)game – each one was started by Dereke Lowe. ENOUGH ALREADY!

    Also, I’ve been to only 2 concerts in my life… and the opening act both times was Collective Soul. :roll:

  386. Cal June 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “I just got the biggest laugh .A friend of mine,
    (not a YANKEES fan,) said the Yankees are show casing Hughes to trade with a bundle of prospects,for Jake Pevy.

    I still can’t stop laughing,he hung up.”

    That wouldn’t be Heyman, Gammons or Olney by any chance or is it loudmouth Rosenthal.

  387. lil' m June 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Cashman will be on the Michael Kay show in a few minutes to talk about the recent moves.

  388. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “Masterson can go back and forth between starting and relieving and excels in both, and he isin’t 1\2 the prospect Hughes is (though he was a good prospect)

    So why can’t Hughes?”

    ————

    One of them didn’t have the injury and consistency problems that the other had. One of them is also 2 years older.

    The fact that Masterson isn’t the prospect that Hughes is isn’t support for Hughes in the pen. It enforces the idea that your top starter prospects (Joba, Hughes, Buchholz) aren’t worth messing with in their early development. You can take chances with lesser prospects.

    just a thought… I will pull for Hughes wherever he is.

  389. Jordan June 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Stultus,

    Yes I’m a troll, that’s it.

    Actually, I just hate the pathetic arguments some people continue to have based on little to no fact or evidence that belittles this blog. 60% of the posts are just kneejerk reactions to something poeple think they know as fact without actually considering why something might happen, why each move is being made the way it is.

    So my last post was a mocking of all the people here screaming about Phil Hughes being put into the bullpen. He throws mid-90s with plus secondary pitches. He has had success in the pen during high pressure situations before for us, although the evidence is limited in scope. Would people rather Hughes in the pen for a little while or a not-ready Mark Melancon who won’t get the opportunities in meaningful situations he needs to develop?

    It’s disheartening to see some people here post meaningful, well thought out arguments and others just flood the threads with nonsense.

  390. Joe from Long Island June 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Melky was rubbing his right shoulder last night; I noticed it after he singled. Must still be bothering him, hence another day to rest it. Makes sense.

  391. DT June 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “Clay Buchholz would be good in the pen too. But it would have hurt his development as a starter.”

    yeah, but Boston doesn’t have a leaky bullpen. If they did – he might be.

  392. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    No, I think sending Hughes to the bullpen says, they have no confidence in the bullpen until Bruney and Marte get back.

    I doubt it has anything to do with Wang.

    There is this blog urban legend on here recently that Wang is some hack who should have to “win” his job back.

    We are talking about a guy who has been one of the 5 best starting pitchers in the AL the last 4 years.

    Those guys DON’T have to win their jobs back. They have to be healthy enough to be put back in the rotation. Big difference.

    The Yankees feel that after tomorrow, when he will be on a 75-80 pitch count, he will be back to full speed.

    If that’s the case’ he’s back in the rotation. Simple as that.

    Hughes? Spending time in the pen won’t hurt Hughes at all. He will eventually be back to starting. Just not right now.

  393. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    “Who is Bryce Harper and why is he on the cover of S.I.?”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQQ5cZD8PgU

  394. Voodoo Chile June 3rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I wouldn’t trade Hughes for Peavy straight up.

    Phil Hughes is a better person than he is a pitcher. You don’t trade away high character guys – you stockpile them.

  395. benfica356 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    ESPN Radio update: 75-85 pitch count for Wang.

  396. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Wang will be on a pitch-count of 75-80 pitches as per ESPN radio.

  397. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “Hopefully when Marte comes back he will help. He hasn’t been that good since coming to the Yanks.”

    ——-

    because he hasn’t been healthy. when he was, he did fine.

    anybody have any updates on him?

  398. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “That’s playing the game hard right there,” starter A.J. Burnett said of Teixeira’s slide, which ignited the Yankees’ dugout. “Any runner would have done the same thing, but I think he had a little [extra intensity] built up in him. It was perfect hustle like that, *or as Alex [Rodriguez] likes to say, ‘passion.’* That’s just playing with passion right there.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    I don’t know – I kind of like AJ referencing Alex…

  399. 4 x 4 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Bingo, SJ

    I don’t know why everyone is panicking. Hughes will be in the pen until Bruney gets back, then go back to starting.

  400. jpb1973 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Last year, the Yankees used Dan Giese to relieve Joba while they were stretching him out from a 2-3 inning pitcher to a 7 inning pitcher. Right now, Chin Ming Wang is probably only a 3 inning pitcher and someone will have to relieve him until he is stretched out. I suspect that someone will be Phil Hughes and I suspect that the process will take about a month.

  401. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I wonder if they are showcasing Wang.

    It’s just wierd :?

  402. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Uhhh…Bruce from Flushing thinks they are showcasing Wang for a trade. Idiot.

  403. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “I wouldn’t trade Hughes for Peavy straight up.

    Phil Hughes is a better person than he is a pitcher. You don’t trade away high character guys – you stockpile them.”

    ———

    That has nothing to do with it. Peavy is fine. He’s not Carlos Zambrano.

    The reason you don’t make that trade is $$$. Peavy would cost a boatload while Hughes is cheap.

  404. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    boston does not wan’t buchholz up until he is ready.

    they had to totally rebuild his confidence wich was shattered.

    he is very close now.

    pitching lights out.

    bostons prospects also come up at an older age than most teams.

  405. Yankee Trader June 3rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Thoughts:
    Yankees are 7-3 in last ten games, all losses coming at the hands of our bullpen-Aceves, Tomko, and Coke, with lots of help from Veras and Robertson, and Ramirez and Albaladejo before they were sent down.

    Jeter is playing much better defense, especially to his left, and of course Teixeira, now our new everyday favorite player, is picking all the errant throws.

    Damon looks like he’s worth another year in left field. Will be a much better and cheaper option than Bay or Holliday. Let’s see how it all plays out and if Damon stays healthy.

    Nady will not be brought back, and will have to show he can play the field if he wants a contract next year with some team.

    Glad they are keeping Hughes up on the roster, and giving Wang a chance to start again. Yes Wang is a two time 19 game winner, but patient teams who wait on his pitches, in order to get him to throw up in the zone, have hurt him.

    If this starting staff stays healthy, and Bruney/Marte or a trade option are added to the bullpen, things look good for a WS this year.

    If Swisher would stop trying to pull the ball everytime, maybe he could be a .270 hitter again.

    Thoughts?

  406. Swisher For President June 3rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    So Wang is taking CC’s spot. For the day hopefully.

  407. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    “Right now, Chin Ming Wang is probably only a 3 inning pitcher and someone will have to relieve him until he is stretched out. I suspect that someone will be Phil Hughes and I suspect that the process will take about a month.”

    ———-

    I am suspicious of your suspect suspicions.

  408. m June 3rd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    What a surprise. I don’t want to see Aceves stand up in the bullpen at all tonight. Wang’s not stretched out, and I’d rather have Aceves there to pick up any slack.

    That said, prove that you’re back, CMW.

  409. Bryan June 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Wanger against the Sux get the bullpen ready at the beginning of the 1st

  410. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Patrick-

    First, let’s see how Wang pitches. All this could be moot if he doesn’t have a good start. Don’t get me wrong, I want Wang to be his old self, but he needs to show it. I sure hope he does, because if our rotation includes the 2007 Wang we will be pretty tough to beat.

    Second, we (that’s the blog “we”) had this debate on Hughes last week, and I think you and I are on different sides of this fence. Or rather, you’re on one side of the fence, and I’m sitting on it.

    I certainly see an argument for sending Phil back to AAA to work on his third pitch and to keep him strong. But I also see the argument that he might pick up some bad habits down in AAA facing batters he can easily get out. If he’s up in the majors, he will be facing top quality opposition and he will learn from that. Many top starters started out in the pen – see Santana for example. And Cone and O’Neill were speculating that it might be better for Hughes to stay in the majors rather than go down to AAA, and you have to take their views seriously.

    But I think Randy is right – there will be plenty of opportunities for Hughes to start with the Yanks this year regardless of what happens with Wang.

  411. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    the yankees don’t wan’t peavey.

    he will command big bucks,an extention,ntc & if he gets bombed day in & day out in the al east the yankees are stuck with a very bad contract.

  412. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    *CAL* your closer than you think!

  413. jpb1973 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    So Wang is taking CC’s spot. For the day hopefully.

    ——————————————

    No, the whole rotation is being moved back one day. CC to pitch on Friday against the Rays.

  414. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Also, tonight former Yankee Randy Johnson tries to become the 24th big league pitcher to reach 300 victories. Every time I think of the Big Unit, I can’t help but chuckle at Jason Giambi’s parting words concerning his former teammate after the 2007 season:

    “He was a good pitcher. He was an older pitcher. We won him a lot of games.”

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/

  415. Stuckey June 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Who is Bryce Harper and why is he on the cover of S.I.?
    +++++++++++++++++++++

    He is a high schook sophomore who throws 94 when he’s pitching and can hit a ball 500 feet when he’s swinging.

    Think Lebron James coming out of high school, Strasburg now and Tiger when he was an amateur.

    He’s the next big thing and already a Boras client.

  416. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    They aren’t showcasing Wang. He’s their second best starting pitcher and he’s close to being all the way back from an injury.

    Why is that so hard for people to understand?

    Hughes in the pen until Bruney is back and then he either goes back to AAA to start or goes back into the rotation if there is an injury or something else occurs.

    This ain’t rocket science folks.

  417. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    not to mention he will cost a boatload of prospects.

  418. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    are u guys listening??? Brian is 100 percent right.

  419. benfica356 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I think Cash just said that this is gonna stay for the rest of the year.

  420. Ramus June 3rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    This could derail the run we are

    The team was playing well. The starters were rallying around eachother. They had great chemistry. Hughes was pitching well. The team liked seeing a young guy growing up like that and the team rooted for him.

    Now all that is ruined and we send the wrong message to Hughes. Rule #1 is NEVER mess up the mojo when it is going good. We had won 16 of 20, playing well, getting good pitching. Now we’re forcing a rehab project in the rotation.

  421. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    .”Randy I ( The Original Tin Cup ) that’s an impressive cast of charcters on that club”

    pat m-

    i forgot to mention a lowly left handed pitcher named rick peterson was my roommate part of the time. gene clines who was griffey’s and bond’s hitting coach was also there. the cliburn brothers who are now the rochester red wings manager and pitching coach were keys to that team. there were three players who would be mlb managers on the team. royster, mcrae, and washington. lots of players ( and coaches) went on to be mlb pitching coaches- rick petersen, tony cloninger, bruce kison,etc. there were so many who went on to minor league coaching and managing that i can’t keep track of. that group loved the game and that’s why so many stayed in it after their playing careers were over.

    we played at jackie robinson stadium in daytona the second year and that was fitting because the team was a model for diversity.

  422. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    ah – what else is cashman saying?

  423. Bern June 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Anyone know if this game looks like it going to start on time? I gotta decide to head to the stadium or not.

  424. Yankee Trader June 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    The only way I’d want Peavy, is if the Padres paid most of his salary. His mechanics=bad elbow/shoulder surgery down the pike.

    Now if we could take a chance on Sheets, and let him recover in the bullpen, he’d be worth a reclamation project. My guess is the Rangers will sign him in mid June after the draft.

  425. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “Hughes? Spending time in the pen won’t hurt Hughes at all. He will eventually be back to starting. Just not right now.”

    ——-

    I hope not.

    But for a pitcher who is still going through growing pains and has had issues with both injuries and consistency, it just doesn’t make much sense to me to throw Phil another curveball (of the 12 to 6 (or is it 9IP to 3IP?) variety :) )

  426. lil' m June 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Cashman is on Michael Kay’s show on 1050 ESPN radio right now answering questions re Wang, Hughes, etc.

  427. Jordan June 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    SJ44,

    Apparently, it is rocket science, or something similar.

  428. New Brandon June 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Wang deserves a chance. He’s been the Yankees workhorse before last season’s injury.

    It’s a hard choice, but Hughes will get more chances.

  429. m June 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Duh. Forgot about Hughes. I guess he’ll piggy-back CMW.

  430. Swisher For President June 3rd, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Yanks don’t want Peavy and Peavy don’t want the Yanks. He wants to STAY IN THE NL. The furthest thing from that would be coming to the AL East with the Orioles in last and with an offense of Roberts, Jones, Markakis, Huff

  431. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    “They aren’t showcasing Wang. He’s their second best starting pitcher and he’s close to being all the way back from an injury.

    Why is that so hard for people to understand?”

    ——-

    do you really have to ask that? :)

    this blog rides a daily wave. if it didnt happen yesterday, it didnt happen.

  432. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Brian C. just basically said Hughes in the Bullpen is a two week thing until Bruney comes back that he wont be in the bullpen for long that makes me fell so much better.

  433. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    “Glad they are keeping Hughes up on the roster, and giving Wang a chance to start again. Yes Wang is a two time 19 game winner, but patient teams who wait on his pitches, in order to get him to throw up in the zone, have hurt him.”

    Not sure I agree with that. As long as CMW can throw the hard sinker down in the strikezone, he’s fine. It’s when he pitches from the stretch and his sinker flattens out is when he gets hurt. His issues always seem to be 99% mechanical – whether it be pitching from the stretch, or trusting his foot again.

  434. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Brian makes some great points.

  435. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    And the stupid tarp is on the field right now at Yankee Stadium.

  436. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Rishi

    Last week Alex referred to Tex as a combo of Tino amd O’Neill. I understood the Tino comparison but the O’Neill comparison didn’t hit home until last night when you saw a little of the “passion”.

  437. TIME FOR #27 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    PETE: Do you like this move? does it make sence?

  438. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    “They aren’t showcasing Wang. He’s their second best starting pitcher and he’s close to being all the way back from an injury.

    Why is that so hard for people to understand?”

    sj44-

    exactly.

    i think some people just have short memories.

  439. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Nothing is ruined, please.

    Cashman just said the goal is to keep Hughes stretched out.

    Meaning……He will either go back to AAA soon and pitch or be back in the rotation if something else happens.

    Cashman is making it clear that his future is as a starter. Where and when is to be determined.

  440. Clint June 3rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    According to Cashman — Hughes will be used in the same role as Aceves, however Joe wants to use him. Some days short innings, some days long man.

  441. Bryan June 3rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    hahaha Ramus you are funny

    These are grown men you are talking about not 3 year olds

    I am sure Tex, A-Rod, and everyone else is going to stop hitting cuz they took their good friend Hughes out of the starting rotation

  442. Swisher For President June 3rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    While I don’t like seeing this move, it is necessary. Hughes was starting to come around and now he his role flipped on him. Hopefully he can man up and continue to pitch the way he has but now out of the bp

  443. benfica356 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Cash,2 weeks they will decide what there gonna do with Hughes, as Bruney rehabs. for now he’ll be in the Pen. They gonna stretch him out. So he might go back to AAA. Hughes can be either long man or short man, depending on how Girardi uses him. But wants to put him as long man, not put too much pressure on Hughes. They can also go to a 6 man rotation. No thought ever of Joba to the pen. Always would be starting.

  444. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    http://community.thetimes-trib.....zquez.aspx

    More news down under, Russo is returning soon, Betances soon will return from sore forearm, Ivan Nova will be promoted to AAA soon, Z-Mac is staying in AA until further notice, Mitre is back.

  445. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    “They aren’t showcasing Wang. He’s their second best starting pitcher”

    Agreed. Shame on those who want Wang traded or in the bullpen after what he’s proven. And for those who wanted him traded for a reliever, that’s pure insanity…

  446. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    When Tex retires, barring something crazy happening, he will be one of the most beloved Yankees ever.

    Calling it.

  447. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Listening to Brian, I’ve calmed down a bit. I think he made good points about Wang……and about Phil, Bruney may be coming back in a couple of weeks and after that, Phil could still be sent down. It sounds like Brian (he’s on with Kay) understands that they need to keep Phil stretched out. Ok, I’m officially off the ledge, lol

  448. Y26 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    So if the game gets rained out, do they still keep the rotation intact with Pettitte the next game and Wang the game after?

  449. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    If the primary reason Phil isn’t going back to AAA (assuming a successful Wang return) is that the bullpen is so bad, then Cashman needs to trade for another bullpen arm within the next 4-6 weeks.

    If much of the logic for keeping Joba a starter applies, then it applies to Phil as well. It’s about development. It’s about the future as well.

    I don’t doubt Phil will help up quite a bit in the pen. Like the Joba argument, it’s not about that.

  450. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    this doesn’t mess anything up.

    wang will be on a short leash with hughes & acevez ready to come in at the slightest sign of trouble with wang.

    if wang struggles for 2 or 3 starts hughes is back in the rotation.

    the yankees know what they are doing.

    hughes will get the amount of innings that the yankees wan’t him to get.

    girardi on the wfan now.

    did not wan’t to wait with wang because he would need to be stretched out.

  451. RafaelR June 3rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I know it may sound crazy but why not go with a 6 man rotation? I mean CC, AJ, Joba, Andy, Phil and CMW opening, I know our bullpen it’s a mess but I think it can work, what do you think?

  452. Swisher For President June 3rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Did you just “call” something that won’t happen for another 8 years? Ok, write it down big guy

  453. DT June 3rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I’m bummed. I want to hear Cashman say “Wake up and smell the coffee, Kay”

  454. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Boston Dave, Hughes is not in the pen to fix the bullpen. He’s there in case Wang blows up or Pettite hurts his back.

  455. Doris from Rego Park June 3rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    My new favorite site on the web: http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/

  456. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    “Last week Alex referred to Tex as a combo of Tino amd O’Neill. I understood the Tino comparison but the O’Neill comparison didn’t hit home until last night when you saw a little of the “passion”.”

    Srsly Alex can be a future scout or GM one day, he’s that smart in player evaluating. Cashman saids since Texas inj. Joba can’t get warmed up quick so that’s why he won’t go in the BP it takes him 30 -40 pitches to get it up to the mid 90′s.

  457. Forntoso June 3rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Aceves can go tonight… Hughes will probably be Wang’s caddy, not Aceves.

  458. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    SJ44,

    that is good news.

  459. DEBORAH June 3rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    OH GREAT! A low pitch count? How HELPFUL! Phil Hughes would have allowed us to go deep in a game, whats the sense in tiring them BOTH? What a smack in the face for POOR Hughes!

  460. Stuckey June 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Now all that is ruined and we send the wrong message to Hughes. Rule #1 is NEVER mess up the mojo when it is going good. We had won 16 of 20, playing well, getting good pitching. Now we’re forcing a rehab project in the rotation.

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

    No pitcher wants to lose his job to an injury … make that no professional athlete.

    Wang is the senior Yankee in the rotation considering Pettitte left and came back.

    If you think players don’t appreciate loyalty from the organization they play for, you’re as clueless as you sound from that post.

    Pitchers want to know if they’re not 100% and have 3 (count them 3) rough outings, they won’t be put out to pasture.

    And using your logic, they won 9 in a row with Posada on the DL, they should have brought him back as Cervelli’s back-up so as not to upset their ‘mojo.’

    Ths is really one of the great knuckleheaded posts of all time.

  461. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    SJ, absolutely – Wang makes the Yankees a FAR superior team and I’ve never argued against it. Brian made some very good points about Wang – that his sinker appears back, so why wait? He’s also earned the trust of the organization. I can’t argue with any of that.

    Come On, lol – that was me. I was really more angry about the Phil situation than Wang because I’m worried about his innings. How is he going to get consistent work? Joe is not going to take his starters out just to get Phil into a game…

  462. Doris from Rego Park June 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Ramus
    June 3rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm
    This could derail the run we are

    The team was playing well. The starters were rallying around eachother. They had great chemistry. Hughes was pitching well. The team liked seeing a young guy growing up like that and the team rooted for him.

    Now all that is ruined and we send the wrong message to Hughes. Rule #1 is NEVER mess up the mojo when it is going good. We had won 16 of 20, playing well, getting good pitching. Now we’re forcing a rehab project in the rotation.
    ______________________________________
    Mazel Tov on the most assanine post I have ever read on this site

  463. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Hughes could really help this pen. In a limited inning role he has the potential to be spectacular. In the best of all possible worlds for me, Wang is his old self starting and Hughes becomes the 8th inning “bridge to Mo”. Then next year, Hughes moves to a full time starting role.

    Hughes is burning up his controlled time with the Yanks, they ought to get as much value from him as they can before he becomes a free agent.

    Probably just a dream, but one I’d like to see come true.

  464. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    “Boston Dave, Hughes is not in the pen to fix the bullpen. He’s there in case Wang blows up or Pettite hurts his back.”

    ———

    that’s fine – if it’s short term. It sounds like that is the case, fortunately. I hadn’t heard what Cashman said when I posted.

  465. Clare June 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Benny,

    Can you elaborate, for Rishi and me and others still at work?

    Thanks.

  466. H-Town June 3rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I have a feeling that Hughes is going to become Girardi’s trusted reliever until Bruney comes back.

  467. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    “Hughes becomes the 8th inning “bridge to Mo”. Then next year, Hughes moves to a full time starting role.”

    ——–

    so you want Hughes on an innings limit of 100 next season?

  468. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Since the Texas Injury it takes Joba 35-40 pitches to get it up there. So he can’t be in the bullpen. I hope that shuts up Joba to the bullpen question.

  469. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Cash is talking about how Joba doesn’t get warmed up easily velocity wise until 30 pitches into the game. Could that be an injury waiting to happen? Are they concerned, or why would that happen all of a sudden?!

  470. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Gammons was on earlier with Kay.

    He FINALLY said what many of us have written about the Tex-Red Sox-Yankees negotations. The Red Sox ownership blew the deal.

    Tex loved both Theo and Cashman. Both GM’s wanted him at any cost, knowing the importance of him to their respective teams.

    Cashman, smartly according to Gammons, kept ownership away from the negotiations. The Red Sox though, brought Henry and Lucchino to the final meeting and they blew the deal.

    What Gammons DIDN’T say, and what actually happened in the meeting was, Lucchino got into it in front of Boras in front of Tex. He told him he was “full of #@#$” when Scott told him he had an offer higher than Boston’s offer for his services.

    That turned Tex off, Cashman stayed on the case, and he got his man.

    To that end, the way he went about this outmanuvered the Sox and, at least for now, is the difference between the two teams right now, IMO.

  471. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    i hope wang is back and pitches great. he’s one of the best starters in the game when he’s on.

    but if he’s off, i want everyone here who was so sure this is the right word to remember what they said.

    personally, i think he’s going to get crushed and cost the yankees a couple games and, in the process, completely deflate his trade value, confidence, and standing with the organization. i don’t think he’s right yet and i think he and the team are both going to pay for this.

    i hope i’m wrong. i often am, so it wouldn’t be a surprise, but chien-ming wang better be worth giving up phil hughes every fifth day for now.

  472. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I think Cashman said Hughes wouldn’t be available until Friday. If I heard that right, he won’t be piggy backing Wang tomorrow.

  473. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    girardi told hughes that he can be called upon during any inning for multiple innings.

    francessa being an idiot again.

    the bottom line is that the yankees were in a tough spot.a very nice problem but still a tough spot & it was the right thing to do because wang is a starter & hughes is more flexible.

    francessa saying hughes is not going to be good in the pen.

    clueless.

  474. hardwired June 3rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    CAUTION: Do not listen to Brian Cashman while driving or operating heavy machinery as unexpected episodes of narcolepsy have been shown to occur.

  475. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Wave Your Hat, you think he can be Papelbon for us for awhile ?

  476. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Girardi’s switcheroo explanation (before the recording started he moved wang in because he wanted to keep the length in his arm as opposed to wang turning into a 45 pitch reliever):

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/60902447852d1a6b/

  477. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    SJ, absolutely – Wang makes the Yankees a FAR superior team and I’ve never argued against it. Brian made some very good points about Wang – that his sinker appears back, so why wait? He’s also earned the trust of the organization. I can’t argue with any of that.

    Come On, lol – that was me. I was really more angry about the Phil situation than Wang because I’m worried about his innings. How is he going to get consistent work? Joe is not going to take his starters out just to get Phil into a game
    ___________

    Hughes in the bullpen is a two week thing.

  478. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    thanks, Clare :)

    I was hoping for some more details – I’m not only at work, but hundreds of miles away from home so I can’t even get on a NY area radio station

  479. benfica356 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Cash,2 weeks they will decide what there gonna do with Hughes, as Bruney rehabs. for now he’ll be in the Pen. They gonna stretch him out. So he might go back to AAA. Hughes can be either long man or short man, depending on how Girardi uses him. But wants to put him as long man, not put too much pressure on Hughes. They can also go to a 6 man rotation. No thought ever of Joba to the pen. Always would be starting. It is irritating for Cashman, always hearing about Joba to the pen, as he is a Legit starter. Joba has outpitched AJ at this point. Marte Bullpen session on Friday. The team really communicates with each other, yesterday was another example of how real the chemistry is. Padilla had nasty stuff yesterday.

  480. benfica356 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Cash,2 weeks they will decide what there gonna do with Hughes, as Bruney rehabs. for now he’ll be in the Pen. They gonna stretch him out. So he might go back to AAA. Hughes can be either long man or short man, depending on how Girardi uses him. But wants to put him as long man, not put too much pressure on Hughes. They can also go to a 6 man rotation. No thought ever of Joba to the pen. Always would be starting. It is irritating for Cashman, always hearing about Joba to the pen, as he is a Legit starter. Joba has outpitched AJ at this point. Marte Bullpen session on Friday. The team really communicates with each other, yesterday was another example of how real the chemistry is. Padilla had nasty stuff yesterday.

  481. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Braves have released Tom Glavine. Odds for Boston jumping on that, like a dog on a bone? Even money, until Gammons finds out about it.

  482. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    “so you want Hughes on an innings limit of 100 next season?”

    No. I don’t see any reason he’d be on such a short leash.

  483. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Good interview with Cashman. Met game rained out in Pitt.

  484. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Why is Hughes in the pen? Why not just send him down to Scranton so he can pitch on a schedule?

  485. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    SJ44, Tex is a huge advantage for us, but the Sox have a really great bullpen. We have an awful bullpen. Right now we’re close in everything but the pen, and that’s a big problem.

  486. Doug June 3rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I agree with Francessa- Hughes’ stuff does not translate well in the 8th inning… he is a starting pitcher. He has never relieved before. He was a long man in the playoffs.

  487. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    “Wave Your Hat, you think he can be Papelbon for us for awhile ?”

    Bingo!

  488. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Hughes to the 8th inning is not the plan according to Cashman.

    They intend on keeping him stretched out. It sounds like he is in the bullpen until Bruney gets back (perhaps in two weeks) or if a starter goes down, he will rejoin the rotation.

  489. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    right word = right move. sorry.

  490. DT June 3rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Cashman just said Padilla had “nasty” stuff last night…
    Padilla gets released today….

    hmmmm…. I hope Cash doesn’t get any ideas.

  491. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for that recap, SJ – facinating to hear esp from Gammons…

  492. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I read another good point on another board – that Wang isn’t going to be ready to go 7 or 8 innings yet, so Phil can pitch in his starts. I really do hope he gets sent down as soon as Wang is really back because although I think Phil can help in the pen, he won’t be able to work on his pitches.

    Did I read here that Padilla was released? LOL if true, I love it. I love Ryan – he was a tough guy (ask Robin Ventura) – but Padilla is bush league and anything BUT tough

  493. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Don’t worry guys. Burnett will go down right on schedule and then Hughes will take his spot.

  494. lil' m June 3rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Welcome back, CMW!

  495. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    “Now all that is ruined and we send the wrong message to Hughes.”

    Who wrote this crap? How about sending the wrong message to Wang? Wang has earned it! Earned it! Get it through your skull, man!

    To quote another fool: “ATROCIOUS!”

  496. Swisher For President June 3rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Stop listening to Francesa. The less feathers he ruffles hopefully eventually he’ll be off the air.

  497. stuart June 3rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    the yanks absolutely have to see who wang is now…

    if he is the real wang great they have a 19 game winner if he is not, they will see in a few starts and they have a 22 yr old stud who will be a good starter one day.

    why is this real complicated and hard to comprehend?

    hughes will be in SWB or back in the rotation within 2 weeks, sherlocks………

  498. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “Padilla had nasty stuff yesterday.”

    nasty as in “mean”, right?

  499. Clare June 3rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks benfica and SJ.

    And no problem Rishi :)

  500. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Wave Your Hat, well we’ll see, but if he turns into Papelbon…WFAN

  501. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    “Braves have released Tom Glavine.”

    Has he pitched yet this year? I thought he was on the DL.

  502. MCohen June 3rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Pete – I hope Wang buys you dinner for getting his rotation spot back with all of your posts :-)

  503. stuart June 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    i like cashman but he rambles on endlessly when answering a question..

    he is painful to listen to….

  504. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Question for everyone: If Hughes want to work out of the bullpen for the rest of this year why can’t the team just let him? It is clear that he wants to help out this team at the big league level this year and if that is the way he can help them out this year I think he should. He has clearly earned it in my book.

  505. DT June 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    ““Padilla had nasty stuff yesterday.”
    nasty as in “mean”, right?

    No, I think he meant nasty as in filthy – or in other words, Padilla was dealing. Not sure what game Cashman was watching.

  506. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Yankees should sign Glavine and move him to the pen!

    I kid, I kid. :-)

  507. K-Zone June 3rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Cashman didn’t really clarify much in that interview

    He said in the beginning of the interview that that he would be used kind of like Aceves in a short or a long role… whatever Joe decides, then said they want to keep him stretched out.

  508. stuart June 3rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    sterling was not saying anything niceabout padillas stuff last night. who do I believe about Padilla. sterling said he was throwing in the low 90′s…

  509. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I missed Gammons, and will catch him later on the podcast….wow, SJ -that’s really something. What the heck was Lucchino thinking of? That’s like me insulting my friends mother to her face. My friend may have issues with mommy dearest (or not), but you don’t do that. Tacky…..and classless what Larry L. did.

    Francesca is an idiot. Phil is a talented pitcher and talented pitchers can pitch most anywhere. He did do it in 2007….

  510. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    wang most likely friday, actually, as the game is probably going to be rained out. mets game was postponed.

  511. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t think this move will be detrimental to Hughes’ career, by any means. Justin Masterson of the Red Sox has bounced back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation. Same with JA Happ of the Phillies. And Chad Billingsley (now the Dodgers’ ace) made half of his appearences out of the bullpen in 2007. Plenty of young starters work as relievers before they become full-time starters.

    And this will probably just be a temporary move, as others have alluded to.

  512. steve June 3rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    is this gonna be postponed????

  513. Doris from Rego Park June 3rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Sweeni now on FAN

  514. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I’m depressed that this game is gonna be rained out.

  515. Matt June 3rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    How about getting this game in tonight? any updates?

  516. Matt June 3rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    How do you keep Hughes stretched out if the starters all go deep and we don’t need a long man for a while?

    You can’t guarantee he will be stretched out. That is the same problem Wang had and why the window to move him to the rotation was shrinking because he wouldnt’t be stretched out.

  517. Wave Your Hat June 3rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    “Hughes to the 8th inning is not the plan according to Cashman.”

    Well, that could be today’s plan, all right. But what if he comes in, pitches an inning and is lights out? Plans often change as circumstances change.

    Gotta go.

  518. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    ““so you want Hughes on an innings limit of 100 next season?”

    No. I don’t see any reason he’d be on such a short leash.”

    ——–

    well, he’d be on a short leash next season if he stayed in the pen the rest of this season.

    good thing cashman isn’t going that route.

  519. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Matt, Wang had opportunities to be used. They just didn’t trust him with big outs.

    If all our starters go deep, we’ll be a fantastic ballclub.

  520. C June 3rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    this game is not getting rain out

  521. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “Well, that could be today’s plan, all right. But what if he comes in, pitches an inning and is lights out?”

    ———–

    like Joba might do if he went to the pen?

    or Wade Davis? Tampa could use the pen help.

    it’s a bad idea.

  522. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “personally, i think he’s going to get crushed and cost the yankees a couple games and, in the process, completely deflate his trade value, confidence, and standing with the organization.”

    kasey-

    …and he may get crushed once or twice as he comes back. it happens.

    but if that’s what it takes to get him going and back to being the pitcher who won 38 games in two years, then what’s a couple of games to gain a lot more games later.

    can you play your music well if you haven’t performed in a long while ?
    wang needs to pitch.

  523. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “but if he’s off, i want everyone here who was so sure this is the right word to remember what they said. ”

    LMAO.

    Why? Did you give me a kidney that I don’t know about & now I must defer to you? Hilarious!

  524. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    C, can you show me where you’re getting this info?

  525. Joe Mama June 3rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Why are some people upset with a 2 time 19 game winner going back into the rotation? I didn’t know that after being injured and having 3 bad outings you’re automatically banned from the rotation.

    Wang has been one of the most consistent performers on the team, if he comes back and pitches like the Wang of old this team will be very hard to beat.

    In addition his ability to go deep into the game will further hide the weakness of the Yankee bulpen until they get their bulpen in order

  526. Oddessy June 3rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    No way this game is getting played

    This is going to screw up the rotation. You will have to pitch CC on Friday and then push AJ back a day and slot Wang on Saturday

  527. Redding June 3rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Ouch… Wang is slated to go against the Sox and Mets.

  528. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    randy l., I agree he’ll have some bad starts.

    But if his start is bad today, we still have a problem.

  529. Someone Else June 3rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    http://thunderbaseball.files.w.....ontero.jpg

  530. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    DT
    June 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    ““Padilla had nasty stuff yesterday.”
    nasty as in “mean”, right?

    No, I think he meant nasty as in filthy – or in other words, Padilla was dealing. Not sure what game Cashman was watching.

    *~*~*~*~*~*~

    I was just kidding :)

  531. Gold Mine June 3rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Wow, they must be confident in Wang they they slotted the rotation so that he opens the series in Boston and pitches Sunday vs. Santana against the Mets.

  532. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Nephew braggin’ time again…..

    Tony was just named one of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the best college catcher in America. Buster Posey won it last year.

    The winner will be announced on June 26.

  533. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Wang CC Joba vs Boston :)

  534. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    “well, he’d be on a short leash next season if he stayed in the pen the rest of this season.

    good thing cashman isn’t going that route.

    Mendoza averaged 129 IP from 1997-1999. He also averaged 11 starts per year over that stretch while he served as the spot starter.

    Phil has already thrown 55 IP in 1/3 of a season this year (counting SWB). If you take 2/3 of Mendoza’s average IP and add it to Phil’s , then you get 141 IP. It can be done, if everything breaks correctly. Of course, any one of a dozen things could nullify my rationale.

    http://www.baseball-reference......ing_simple

  535. Swisher For President June 3rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    weather.com says periods of rain. there’s a chance they try to get it in.

  536. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    No doubleheader for the Mutts tomorrow.

  537. nathan June 3rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Pete, dont hurt yourself doing backflips.. i know u root for Wang a lot..

    on a serious note, this is unfair to Phil… totally jerks him… he was gaining a good rhythm and he had a great start just a week back… puzzled at the timing of this move

  538. Pat M June 3rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Randy I, All those ballplayers are from my era as well…..Bruce Kison, faced him in a B game in Brandeton…..Willei Mayes Aikens, what a great talent, and what a great 1980 World Series……That was a former All-Star team you hung with and played with…..Who had the best stuff ????

  539. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Carl, I like our chances.

  540. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    congrats, SJ…

    lots of great news these days!!

  541. Someone Else June 3rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    “Cashman just said Padilla had “nasty” stuff last night…
    Padilla gets released today….

    hmmmm…. I hope Cash doesn’t get any ideas.”

    He wasn’t released. He was placed on revocable waivers.

  542. Tank June 3rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    There really isin’t much of a window for tonight’s game

    It’s going to rain throughout, sometimes light, other times moderate. Nothing heavy, probably the same kind of rain we saw against Boston. Going to get worse as the night goes.

  543. C June 3rd, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    “C, can you show me where you’re getting this info?”

    Via Weather.com 7pm 35% chance of rain, 8 and 9 Pm no rain 10pm 45% chance of rain

  544. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    C, then we might have a shot at getting it in.

  545. Clare June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    SJ44,

    Congrats! That’s awesome.

  546. AJ June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Would this game start on time or be delayed? Bah I hate rainy weather.

  547. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Congrats SJ.

  548. saucy June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    i can’t keep up with these comments, apparently :?

    i like the move and am anxious to see Wang pitch tomorrow :)

    unfortunately, i think Hughes will be starting soon as I see a suspension coming for Burnett due to last night. i hope i’m wrong. but i’ve learned to hope for the best and expect the worst with suspensions/league discipline lately… and Joba has suspended for not hitting someone.

  549. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Brqaves released Glavine

  550. Boston Dave (in Bismarck, ND) - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    “Ouch… Wang is slated to go against the Sox and Mets.”

    ——-

    ouch?

    I say “bring it on”

    The Sox are aggressively looking to add offense to their lineup that can’t score more than 3 runs.

    the Mets are struggling themselves (mostly with injuries but still).

    Wang is a big boy and has done well in the past. He’ll be fine…

    and maybe hungrier than ever.

  551. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Braves release Tom Glavine

  552. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Congrats to your family SJ!

    Must be great for him to see all his hard work pay off.

  553. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    This stadium should have a dome.

  554. EvoLuTioN June 3rd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    anyone know why Gardner is getting the start over Melky?

  555. m June 3rd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Pete,

    Did you hear? Rodney Harrison is retiring. Going to NBC. I wonder if Cheech and Chong will be joining him for a segment on MNF.

  556. 27 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Hey Pete, what happens to the rotation if tonight’s game is rained out? Will everybody be pushed back? Will Wang skip his start?

  557. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Boston Dave, Boston’s lineup scares me. Even Papi. What’s crazy aren’t big Papi’s numbers this year. What’s crazy is his 314 avg. vs. the Yanks and two doubles, I believe.

  558. StrawthatStirs June 3rd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Wang deserved his spot back, and not because he pitched effective relief the last week, but based on the fact he’s been one of the top 5 starters in the game the few years. However, not sure it’s wise to have him face the Rangers lineup in his first start back. He’ll be spending Thursday on my fantasy bench just in case..

  559. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Francesa is crying since Wang will pitch against the Sox and the Mets. He makes it seem like the Mets lineup is so scary to face these days. Give me a break there lineup stinks, who cares.

  560. saucy June 3rd, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    good news SJ44! congrats to Tony and your family :)

  561. C June 3rd, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    “C, then we might have a shot at getting it in.”
    Yup this game is definitely gonna get played but probably not on time cause it is suppose to stop around 7

  562. m June 3rd, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Too bad they made this announcement before the game. It may complicate things a bit if there’s a postponement.

  563. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    pat
    June 3rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm
    “Braves have released Tom Glavine.”

    Has he pitched yet this year? I thought he was on the DL.

    ————————————————————

    He’s been in extended spring training, and, apparently, that didn’t turn out well. It really comes as no surprise to most down here in Georgia. He was cooked two years ago. Randy Johnson is about finished, too. He’s getting strikeouts, bit, that 6.00+ ERA is ugly. Hopefully, he gets #300 tonight and calls it a day.

  564. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    There looks like a nice window moving in over west jersey on its way up here…maybe they do get this game in but it’s going to be soggy

  565. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Is anyone else concerned with the closeness of Cashman and Epstein?

    Why is it necessary for the complex workings of negotiations be revealed to a journalist?

    *What is Cashman thinking* ?

  566. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Can Glavine pitch out of the bullpen? How about that change up in the late innings? lol

  567. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I’m not gonna make comments insulting the lineups of teams I don’t like just because I don’t like them, just like I didn’t assume that just because we dislike Pavano we’d light him up.

    The Mets and Sox have good teams. They do. Wang will not have an easy time against them.

  568. EricNS June 3rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    See Pete – you got your wish!!

  569. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    brent
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm
    Is anyone else concerned with the closeness of Cashman and Epstein?

    Why is it necessary for the complex workings of negotiations be revealed to a journalist?

    What is Cashman thinking ?
    *~*~*~*~

    I don’t think Cashman leaked info on the negotiations to Gammons…more than likely Theo and crew

  570. Lance June 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    The real question is what they do if there is a rainout

    Do they just push everyone a day back? That means CC on 1 weeks rest if he goes Saturday.

    It also means Pettitte-Wang-CC against the Sux and Joba-Burnett-Pettitte vs. the Mets

  571. Chris V. June 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Hughes threw 146 innings in 2006, so that means his innings limit is 176 according to the Verducci rule right? I think you guys are misunderstanding the rule.

  572. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    sj 44 – congrats to your nephew.

    i just want to be sure we’re clear: it’s NOT okay to jerk chien-ming wang around, but it IS okay to jerk around a kid you’re trying to develop as one of the future cornerstones of your rotation? the kid who was so valuable to the rotation you opted out of the santana sweepstakes to hold on to? awesome.

    this is absolutely unfair to hughes. you can’t have it both ways. it’s not “fine” for hughes but “awful” to do to wang.

  573. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Weather Update by Weatherbug app on iphone:

    8pm 61% chance of rain
    9pm 20% chance of rain

    game on brothas

  574. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    DB-NICE.

  575. V Torch June 3rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    They’ll probably squeeze 6 innings or so of this game in between 7:30-9:30.

    So get a lead, and win a rain shortened game.

  576. Fran (the original) and OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I thought Cashman’s most interesting line to Michael Kay was that Joba would not be an effective 8th inning pitcher right now. He said that since Joba’s injury last year he is not the same pitcher. He also said that Joba takes until about 35 pitches to stretch out (the reason for his 1st inning problems)and that would not work in the 8th inning.

    SJ – Congratulations to your nephew.

  577. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Teixeira has been scratched for a bruised right ankle, the result of last night’s takeout slide of Elvis Andrus. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.

    The tarp is on the field and there seems like little chance of the game starting on time.

  578. m June 3rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Tex scratched. How did Andrus go unscathed? That was a pretty nasty tumble.

  579. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Tex scratched from the lineup. Right ankle bruise. Probably from going into 2nd base the way he did.

  580. Clare June 3rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    SJ44,

    KLaw posted his updated mock draft today:

    4. Pittsburgh Pirates

    Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College: GM Neal Huntington and scouting director Greg Smith flew to meet with Sanchez last week. They don’t have a deal in place, but this is the most likely choice from their mix of players, which also includes Bobby Borchering and Wil Myers.

    29. New York Yankees

    Slade Heathcott, CF, Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas: Heathcott is one of the best tools players in this draft, but his uncertain family life (his father is in jail on drug charges and his mother is out of the picture for similar reasons) and expected price tag had him looking like a second- or third-rounder. Arizona, the Phillies and the Yankees have all scouted him heavily the last three weeks. The Yanks, meanwhile, have shown a lot of interest in Arnett, but I doubt he gets here.

    Callis mentioned character issues for Slade in his chat today, but didn’t elaborate. I don’t think teams should hold his family against him, but does he have any issues himself?

  581. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Pete you might want to check that line-up…you have two rightfielders.

  582. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I’m going to assume Swish to 1b and Melky to RF…a rain out might not be a bad thing :)

  583. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    BP TV on YES has a report/interview coming up with Austin Jackson, for those interested.

  584. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Mike just said Tex was not in the lineup!!!

  585. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    *Rishi loose lips sink ships*!

    *Epstein* isn’t hanging around for nothing.

  586. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Darn Tex is out.

    That’s a shame.

  587. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Mike just said he did not believe Padilla was put on waivers lol.

  588. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Kasey, yeah I don’t have a problem with that. Hughes got to pay his dues like everyone else. When he wins 38 games in 2 years then he can have a gripe about it. He’s lucky he’s not on the next flight to Scranton.

  589. C June 3rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    http://www.weather.com/weather.....undeclared

    Check out the radar map u can see a chuck of time in between the two storms

  590. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    DB I’m with you on Hughes.

  591. StrawthatStirs June 3rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    So now Melk is playing???

  592. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Kasey,

    Hughes is the 6th starter on the team. Those guys get bounced back and forth. The two situations are not similar.

    Cashman didn’t tell Gammons what went on. He got that from the Red Sox. It was common knowledge in the industry what went on in that Dallas meeting. Gammons just decided to go public with it today.

  593. Bad Scooter June 3rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Congrats to your nephew SJ.

    Melky looked like he was in some discomfort when he had that single hitting lefthanded with his last AB last night. That could be why he’s not starting tonight. Or it’s because the GGBG is Da Man.

  594. C June 3rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    “UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: The Rangers released Vicente Padilla today, by the way.”

    Wow do u think his teammates went to front office to request a release of him?

  595. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: The Rangers released Vicente Padilla today, by the way.

    Mike needs proof?

  596. Al from BK June 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Definitely looks like a window to get the game in, but without Tex I’m not sure if it should be played.

  597. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Brent,

    You really have no clue on how the baseball business works. Guys can have cordial business relationships, even friendships, without sharing trade secrets.

    Its baseball. Its not war.

  598. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Brent,

    You really have no clue on how the baseball business works. Guys can have cordial business relationships, even friendships, without sharing trade secrets.

    Its baseball. Its not war.

  599. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    6 starting pitchers

    Both Melky and Gardner a playing well

    Jeter is an above average fielder

    Things are good.

  600. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    great.

    now we have a gaping hole at first base because girardi want’s to use 2 rf.

    fire him now.

  601. Doug June 3rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Lineup is still ok… but still 3 automatic outs with Swisher, Cabrera, and Gardner

  602. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    bru
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    great.

    now we have a gaping hole at first base because girardi want’s to use 2 rf.

    fire him now.

    ****
    Hahahahaha.

  603. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    That stinks about Tex not paying..Feldman has been really good recently they needed his bat in the lineup.

  604. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    The world has become so ridiculous that players can’t play with bruises.

  605. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Swish, Melky, and Gardner are not Auto outs.

  606. Don June 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I’m worried about Tex! Any more news on this?

  607. Fran (the original) and OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Erica, how are you feeling?

  608. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    “UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: The Rangers released Vicente Padilla today, by the way.”

    How long before the Mets pick him up?

  609. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Sj44 You have no idea ,what I know,you can only give an opinion too.

  610. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Its not a serious injury. They probably don’t want him playing on a wet field tonight. Makes sense when you think about it.

  611. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Hey bru, sorry I didn’t follow up with your earlier post..You are pretty stacked in SP on your team. Must be a small league, how’s your hitting? Anyway, with that knowledge it sounded like an acceptable deal

  612. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    My favorite part of the night…lineup complaints and criticisms.

  613. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Doug
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm
    Lineup is still ok… but still 3 automatic outs with Swisher, Cabrera, and Gardner

    ————————————————————

    Let’s see, now. a center fielder that’s hitting .270+ with 10 steals, a right fielder hitting .320 and a first baseman with 40 walks, 10 homers and 35 RBIs. Looks like automatic outs to me.

  614. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Doug, since when has a guy with a 312 avg. been an automatic out.

  615. BoogieDown June 3rd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Guys, lay off Girardi’s decision to use two right fielders tonight, it’s been done in Japan to good effect.

  616. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Swisher is playing first, guys.

    Duh.

  617. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    GreenBeret7, exactly.

    I was wrong. 320, not 312.

  618. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    SJ,

    hughes had pitched well enough to keep his spot, IMO.

    we’ll see. if wang pitches well, it’s a great problem to have. he better hope he does because two bad outings against the sox and mets should cost him his job, IMO. he better step up.

  619. m June 3rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    vin,

    In time for the subway series.

  620. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Hummph, I’d rather it be a war :>

  621. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Brandon.. Hughes took your spot WANG !

    ******************

    Jay NJ June 3rd, 2009 at 4:24 pm
    About the only way Wang will start is if AJ is suspended

    If not, he won’t get a start until sometime in the middle of August to give Hughes/Joba/Andy a breather

    ******************

    Those amused me.

    Kasey: “personally, i think he’s going to get crushed and cost the yankees a couple games and, in the process, completely deflate his trade value, confidence, and standing with the organization.”

    kasey, aren’t you honor-bound to be positive for the next week?? Either way, I find fault with your premise. If Wang is not starting, his trade value, confidence, and standing are already diminished.

    m: Just a theory, but the timing of this move might have been partly influenced by the fact that Aceves wasn’t needed last night and is thus available tonight, which means Wang won’t be needed tonight which means he can start tomorrow and Hughes will be standing by. It’s the Domino Effect, which you of course are familiar with, having adopted the Jamaican National Domino Team as your own. ;)

    I’m happy about this move. I think if one were to take away the names of the players involved and just look at their performance histories, this wouldn’t be controversial at all.

    Hughes is not being jerked around in any way. As has been said already, he is the 6th starter. This goes with the territory.

  622. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Fran (the original) and OPPC member
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    Erica, how are you feeling?

    ***
    In all honesty Fran, I haven’t been able to stay awake long enough today to tell. But thanks for asking. I am excited about going to the doctor again tomorrow because it means I get to leave my apartment.

  623. Outlawz June 3rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Teix was 3-10 with a HR and double off Feldman too

    Not going to be easy to win tonight at all. Feldman is 4-0 this year, doesn’t walk many guys or give up many HRs.

    It would be nice to win tonight and not depend on Wang to win us the series.

  624. C June 3rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Good luck to Randy Johnson on his 300th win

  625. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    “Guys, lay off Girardi’s decision to use two right fielders tonight, it’s been done in Japan to good effect.”

    Well, we wanted an innovative manager… and now we got one. Stupid Torre would probably have Swisher play 1B, and Melky in RF. What an idiot!!!1!!!

    :lol:

  626. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Hahahaha, Padilla released.

  627. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    A guy with a .314 ba and a .830 ops is an automatic out?

    Every team in baseball would love a lineup full of .830 ops. hitters

  628. Stuckey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    btw – if tonight is rained out don’t expect a doubleheader tomorrow. Both teams have Monday 8/24 off the day before Texas’ 2nd 3-game series here.

    Yanks will be coming home from Boston and Texas will has a road trip day-off after being in Tampa.

  629. Matthew Cohen June 3rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Let’s hope Hughes doesn’t do TOO well in the bullpen.

    Then we’ll have to listen to people saying that both he and Joba should be in the pen.

  630. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    DB

    inge
    howard
    utley
    huff
    drew
    hunter
    bay
    dye
    hawpe
    justin upton

    bench is

    lopez
    jerry hairston
    varitek
    luke scott

  631. Stewart June 3rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    About time A-Rod starts stepping up and earning his money

    It’s been almost 2 weeks since he has hit a HR. All we have been seeing is a bunch of 1-4s and 2 strikeouts a game. Even yesterday he should have hit into a DP

    He had a hot streak on the homestand, and has cooled off again. He has to turn it back up and he has to turn it up now.

  632. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Outlawz, he could pinch hit if we need him.

    I’m callling a Tex walk off HR, elevnth inning, game tied five-five.

  633. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    “kasey, aren’t you honor-bound to be positive for the next week??”

    during the games, yes.

    and i am positive. i’m positive three innings out of relief isn’t enough to convince me that wang should have his job back.

    but the yankees botched this from jump street. there was no “right” way to fix what they did. it is what it is. i hope wang’s right because he’s one of the best in the game when he is.

  634. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    UPDATE, ANALYSIS OF TODAY’S MOVE, 6:16 p.m.: The Yankees had little choice but to return Wang to the rotation. As I posted earlier today, as every day passed his arm strength would decrease. Meanwhile he is not well-suited for the bullpen.

    Before he was injured, Wang was one of the more effective and durable starters in the majors. He had shown lately that he was back to that level. The opportunity to add a pitcher of his caliber to the rotation is not one a team can pass on. Hughes has pitched well but not as well as Wang in his prime. Not yet, anyway.

    Hughes will take on the bullpen role vacated by Wang and will be available if (or when) they need another starter. It’ll happen eventually.

    I would bank on Wang pitching very well tomorrow. He knows he needs to make the most of this chance.

  635. Zach in Port Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Add another congrats to the Tony Sanchez/SJ44 pile.

    It just goes to show you that there is no substitute for hard work.

    SJ, I think I heard during the Cleveland broadcast the other night that Kelly Shoppach won that award when he was at Baylor. Great company for your nephew as Kelly is having a fine career for himself as a major leaguer.

  636. Fran (the original) and OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Erica, kind of sad that you are looking forward to a doctor’s visit! Hope that you feel better soon.

  637. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    f Randy Johnson and his 300 win.

    Randy first, team second can kmwa

  638. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I’m with Pete on the Wang analysis.

  639. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    2nd place.

    the commissioner of the league is in 1st but he has been doing it for years.

    his pitchers are soria,becket,halladay,josh johnson.

    i struggled at draft time because it was my first time.

    i would of done it totally different.

    i got a catcher before good pitching wich is a no no.

  640. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I may or may not be new here
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm
    GreenBeret7, exactly.

    I was wrong. 320, not 312.

    ————————————————————

    I lied. Cabrera’s only hitting .314, Swisher only has 31 RBI and 35 walks.

  641. Tom NJ June 3rd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    We’re giving away all of our off-days… we already had two taken away for the Angels and A’s games

    Now we’re going to give away another one? In the late summer when we are getting tired and are heading down the stretch in the race, we’re going to need those off-days to stay fresh. Yankees need to just play a doubleheader next time Texas comes in, not give away another off-day.

  642. Mark June 3rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Finally some sanity.

  643. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    GreenBeret7, I was wrong anyway, wasn’t I? 314.

  644. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    “He had a hot streak on the homestand, and has cooled off again. He has to turn it back up and he has to turn it up now.”

    New to the game, are ya?

  645. Drive 4-5 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Excellent move by the Yanks. I’m confident Wang will once again be a very effective starter. His sinker looked nasty his last time out of the bullpen. The bullpen just picked up a much needed arm. I think this is terric news.

  646. benfica356 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    guys dont freak out about tex. Andrew Marchand from ESPN radio says that it’s not serious and he’s day-to-day. I think he’ll be in the lineup tommorow. CC rather wants a WS ring then a Cy Young award.

  647. benfica356 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    guys dont freak out about tex. Andrew Marchand from ESPN radio says that it’s not serious and he’s day-to-day. I think he’ll be in the lineup tommorow. CC rather wants a WS ring then a Cy Young award.

  648. benfica356 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    guys dont freak out about tex. Andrew Marchand from ESPN radio says that it’s not serious and he’s day-to-day. I think he’ll be in the lineup tommorow. CC rather wants a WS ring then a Cy Young award.

  649. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Fran (the original) and OPPC member
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:28 pm
    Erica, kind of sad that you are looking forward to a doctor’s visit! Hope that you feel better soon.

    ****
    Actually, the fact I just watched a Golden Girls episode with a young George Clooney, and that was the highlight of my day- is even sadder :-)

  650. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    DB – (officially panicked 5/13/09)
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm
    Hummph, I’d rather it be a war :>

    ————————————————————

    “I didn’t hear a HURRUMPF” from that guy (pointing at Betsy).

  651. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    What has the world come to that when you bruise your ankle you don’t play the game?

  652. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    “I would bank on Wang pitching very well tomorrow. He knows he needs to make the most of this chance.”

    i believe you said something very similar before wang’s second and third starts.

    and wang had shown “lately” that he was back to that level? really?! he’s had one good outing all year and it lasted three innings. or are you counting the time he gave up two runs in three innings of relief there as well, because i’m pretty sure that would not qualify as a good outing for anyone else in that situation.

    look, i hope wang is right. i really do. but this is getting absurd. he has thrown three good innings this year. three.

  653. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    “Is anyone else concerned with the closeness of Cashman and Epstein?”

    what consenting adults do is none of our business :)

  654. Peter Abraham June 3rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Some of the comments are just inane.

    Teixiera has a bruised ankle. He was in the original lineup. He’ll be fine.

    Wang was 46-15, 3.74 before he got hurt. Very, very few starters were better than that. He was their No. 2 starter when the season started. You can’t leave him out of the rotation.

    Hughes is 22. He’ll be fine. He just said he was cool with the move and would rather be in the bullpen than Scranton. He’ll be able to get his innings, which were controlled this year anyway. Eventually he’ll go back to Scranton when Bruney comes back or back in the rotation when they need a starter.

    The team is playing great and they’re making good moves. Stop complaining for the sake of making complaints.

  655. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Well I did say this would happen in the next few weeks.

    AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!

    GO YANKEES!!!!!

    :) :) :) = wreathed in smiles for CM

  656. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Ugh….not Tex – crossing my fingers that he’ll be ok. I certainly wouldn’t want him playing on what looks to be a slippery field….

  657. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you very much Pete.

  658. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    kasey-

    so what would you do with wang?

  659. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Erica – newly OPPC

    Hope you feel better and good luck tomorrow with the doctor.

    One of my favorite Golden Girls episodes is on now. The one where Sophia befriends a boardwalk patron and Blanche gives away Fernando(Rose’s stuffed bear) to that little snotty girl :P

  660. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Before he was injured, Wang was one of the more effective and durable starters in the majors. He had shown lately that he was back to that level.

    i’m sorry, this is still killing me. three solid innings and wang has returned to being one of the most durable and effective starters in the majors. that’s rich, dude. seriously.

    we get it. you like the kid. i like the kid. the yankees just gave him plenty of rope. here’s hoping he doesn’t hang himself.

  661. ZA App June 3rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    “What has the world come to that when you bruise your ankle you don’t play the game?”

    Baseball has gone soft. Back in my day, we would play with torn labrums and broken legs.

    Now baseball is babying everybody. A guy gets a paper cut and he goes on the DL.

  662. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    “i’m positive three innings out of relief isn’t enough to convince me that wang should have his job back.”

    But you’re also positive that more has gone on behind the scenes than just the relief innings that we have seen from Wang, right?

    And no, I’m not playing the tired “the Yankees know more than we do” card, but Wang has obviously been throwing side sessions and working with Eiland and, as Pete pointed out in the other thread, needs to log some real innings before too long. I think this makes perfect sense.

  663. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    kasey, he’d thrown a couple other scoreless before that. What are you waiting for?

  664. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    ZA App, I know it. I know it.

  665. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    thats because texis making 23 million & it would be stupid to lose him for a long time because players 50 years ago were just earning a living playing ball.

  666. Yogi June 3rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Wang has only throwed 3 good innings. If you don’t allow him to start, then it will be 3 good innings for the whole season. Baseball has a long season, one start (hopefully much more) does not a season made (or spoiled). Let’s go, Wanger(though I am not a big fan of his)!

  667. Fran (the original) and OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Erica, but that was a good episode ;)

  668. Blackaccord June 3rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    mike francessa thinks that the news is true only if he sees it or wfan knows about it.. a caller called in and informed that padilla was released according to peter gammons and Mike called the news as bs and he didnt see it anywhere.. Pete ofcourse has the same news.

  669. Peter Abraham June 3rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Kasey:

    No offense, you’re being pig-headed about this. He was 46-15, 3.74. Please name all the starters who were better over that 2.5 year period. Go ahead.

    Santana, Halladay … Go ahead, name the rest. There are none.

    He was throwing 96 the other day and burying the slider. He’s healthy and he’s pitching well. He lost his job because of injury healed. So now he gets his job back. That’s how it works.

    Wang is very, very good. The players all wanted this, Cashman, Girardi, Eiland, etc. So they’re all wrong and you’re right?

  670. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Clare,

    Keith is right, no deal is in place.

    I don’t know. Unless there are some real changes in the next 5 days, I think Keith is being optimistic.

    I think he is basing too much of his feeling on that meeting.

    The Pirates have met with other guys besides Tony.

  671. Frank June 3rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    The guy mentioning Peter Gammons who broke the news about Padilla is what set Mike off

    Mike hates everything ESPN, he will do anything to discredit them and their analysts (competing station, don’t let their talent on WFAN)

  672. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Pete with a rare foray into the posters’ world.

  673. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    And furthermore, kasey, perhaps it is absurd for most of us to draw conclusions from Wang’s recent appearances (though no one can deny that the sinker had real bite), but it would be similarly absurd to draw negative conclusions from those three April starts that you keep referencing when we know that the Yanks botched Wang’s rehab and he wasn’t ready for those starts.

    Yes, his “everything is fine” comments were silly, but so what? The fact is, he wasn’t ready and the can-do-no-wrong Yankees did wrong in getting him onto the field. Plenty of blame to go around, but there’s no reason to say that we saw the “real” Wang in early April.

  674. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Let’s just see how Wang does tomorrow and go from there. He was gonna have to make a start eventually. I’m hoping for the best and that we see the Wang of old and not his evil twin from earlier this season.
    I wasn’t thrilled with the Hughes to the pen move, but if it’s just a temporary thing, fine by me.

    Hopefully they can get this game in.

  675. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I haven’t gotten to read any opinions on this other than Pete’s but I will give my take on the entire matter. Putting this into perspective I don’t know how we can view this as anything but a win-win! Heck people have been upset about our bullpen. Hughes will be tremendous for us; he’s also the 6th starter that we always talk about needing in the bullpen (well I’ve always talked about it.)

    The Yankees’ intent is still for Phil to be an eventual starter. I still see him as possibly our number one pitcher in the future. In the meantime we will continue to get experience in the Bronx as opposed to getting sent back.

    I just continue to have more and more respect for Girardi’s managing. I think it was obvious to quite a few people that he was brilliantly getting Wang ready to come back into the rotation. He did it at the most prudent times and dealt with Wang’s psyche in all of his decisions. I don’t think you could have drawn it up better. I am really impressed with the intelligence of the way Girardi handled this entire thing with Wang. I also think it was obvious that Wang was headed back to the rotation and that it was going to happen as soon as Girardi had the confidence that Wang was ready.

    I am totally elated at this entire outcome.

  676. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I read in the last thread that AJ may be suspended for last night’s pitch? Ugh….seriously. I hate Bud.

  677. teddy June 3rd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    i agree pete hughes in the bullpen makes the mostsense . he not a better starter than joba and he a 2 pitch pitcher. throw his fastball, then his curvebll, he do great in the pen for the short term

  678. BJK June 3rd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Can Padilla pitch the eighth?

    Relax, I kid.

  679. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    nick,

    the yankees actually do know more than i do, i’m sure. but wang had been working with eiland after his first start. then he got destroyed. then he did some more work with eiland. then he got massacred. then he claimed there was nothing wrong with his mechanics while his coaching staff said otherwise. if the guy can’t even be objective enough to identify a flaw in his delivery, of course he’s going to think he’s ready to pitch.

    but, you’re right. they had to get him some innings at some point and see if he’s back to his old self. if he is, they just upgraded their rotation immensely at no cost. if not, well, he had plenty of chances to prove he was right.

    i don’t think this hurts hughes’ development terribly. as cashman said, they’ll find him innings. but i do think having wang pitch against the sox and mets puts him in a position where he needs to display immediate results or a lot of people are going to have to answer for yanking phil hughes out of the rotation when he was throwing the ball well.

    in short, wang better not just be “better” than his putrid starts. he better be back at 100% or he shouldn’t be back at all.

  680. Someone Else June 3rd, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    “About time A-Rod starts stepping up and earning his money

    It’s been almost 2 weeks since he has hit a HR. All we have been seeing is a bunch of 1-4s and 2 strikeouts a game. Even yesterday he should have hit into a DP

    He had a hot streak on the homestand, and has cooled off again. He has to turn it back up and he has to turn it up now.”

    Because winning 16 out of 20 isn’t good enough.

  681. BBGB June 3rd, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    here’s hoping he doesn’t hang himself.

    kasey – you are dispicable.

  682. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Hughes is only in the pen in case our starters blow up.

  683. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks Frank and SA!

    I love this show. I could watch reruns of it for hours. When i lived at home my dad always made fun of me cause I would watch it every night even though I have seen every episode over and over.

  684. Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    # randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    kasey-

    so what would you do with wang?

    Gigity

  685. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Wow about Padilla.

    SJ in case nobody mentioned it yet, your stalker was here last night posing as you. I know, at this point, YAWN!

  686. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    kasey-

    i’ll tell you what. for the rest of wang’s career i’ll buy one of your songs on itunes every time wang loses , but you need to send me .99 cents every time he wins.

  687. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    BBGB, that’s a saying.

  688. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    “Wang is very, very good. The players all wanted this, Cashman, Girardi, Eiland, etc. So they’re all wrong and you’re right?”

    absolutely not. i didn’t see him hit 96 the other night. if i missed that, then my bad. his sinker looked a lot better and he was getting swings and misses on it which is a good sign.

    but if three bad outings doesn’t mean wang’s finished, how does one good outing mean he’s all the way back?

  689. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Yay Pete. Finally some sense in the crazy posting world.

    Let’s just hope it won’t be “OMFG, YUSE to the 7th and JoBBER to the 8th, shorten WINNABLE games to 6 INNINGS HELL YEAH” kinda posts if Hughes does well out of the pen.

  690. Zach in Port Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I wonder if any of Padilla’s teammates got in his face last night after his antics?

  691. Clare June 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks SJ44.

    Do you know anything about Heathcott? All I know is what I’ve posted, and that his role model is Mickey Mantle. :)

  692. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    “The team is playing great and they’re making good moves. Stop complaining for the sake of making complaints.”

    Thank you pete!

    If philly is happy, then I’m happy.

  693. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    “but if three bad outings doesn’t mean wang’s finished, how does one good outing mean he’s all the way back?”

    I get that people are skeptical about him right now, but the guy wasn’t healthy, and he sure didn’t forget how to pitch.

    Sometimes you just gotta have faith in the man.

  694. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    BJK: I don’t know if I ever noticed you posting before the past week or so, but your posts on Joba have been fantastic. Intelligence and humor are a great combo, thank you.

  695. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 3rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Whoo baseball!

  696. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I wonder if Glavine is going to wind up back on the Mets

  697. vb03 - Free Wang!!! June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Sign Padilla and stick him in as an intimidating bullpen guy. He’s nasty!

    Even if he doesn’t work out as a pitcher, his mug would scare opposing hitters to the point they would be petrified at the plate. Kinda like Medusa.

  698. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Really Rebecca?

  699. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    randy,

    what would i do with wang?

    wait until after the red sox series and then get him in the rotation. boston owns him even when he’s healthy.

    where did i say i think wang will lose more than he wins the rest of his career? please point that out to me? where did i say the guy wasn’t a good pitcher? i said three solid innings doesn’t convince me he’s back to his old self and that hughes had been pitching well enough to keep his spot.

    why is that a crime? i understand that wang is not only a VERY, VERY good pitcher, he’s also beloved by many here. that’s great. but three innings doesn’t show me he’s ready. did his three putrid starts mean he was washed up?

  700. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    “how does one good outing mean he’s all the way back?”

    I missed the part where someone guaranteed that Wang is ‘all the way back’, or that there was any way to prove that before he got a start, or that being ‘all the way back’ was a requisite for getting a start.

    Link?

  701. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    “I read in the last thread that AJ may be suspended for last night’s pitch? Ugh….seriously. I hate Bud.”

    If that is the case, then I too hate Bud (I don’t think he’s in charge of suspending guys). Not to sound like GB or Randy, but back in the day things like this were handled on the field (for the most part) and everyone moved on from it. By suspending guys, MLB is just bringing attention to the issue and making it harder for guys to *simply* get it over with.

    Kind of reminds me of the steroid issue. If they didn’t have such a sanctimonious, holier-than- thou attitude, than maybe it wouldn’t be such a major issue.

  702. Zach in Port Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Rebecca, whats the rain situation on Fordham Rd.?

  703. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Anbody else worried about swisher playing 1st base tonight??

  704. HughesFAn June 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I haven’t been following much. A lot going on right now. But if Hughes isn’t the starter anymore then when & who is Cervelli going to catch? Or is Posada catching everyday?

  705. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I love this show. I could watch reruns of it for hours. When i lived at home my dad always made fun of me cause I would watch it every night even though I have seen every episode over and over.

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

    Erica-I’m the same way. I think I’ve seen every episode of GG numerous times and if it’s on, I’m still watching. I really need to get the DVDs of that series

  706. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) June 3rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    another win tonight

  707. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Benny Blanco, I heard he’s not a bad first baseman.

  708. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    nick,

    you don’t need a link. just scroll up to pete’s 6:11 update. or, even easier, i’ll repost it here.

    “Wang was one of the more effective and durable starters in the majors. He had shown lately that he was back to that level.”

    good enough?

  709. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Clare,

    I heard some stuff about him this past weekend in Austin.

    Great talent, horrible home life.

    I think teams are trying to figure out how his home life affects him. It’s obviously a very sensitive subject.

    He has Top 10 talent though.

  710. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    S.A.–The sun will come out tomorrow; I’m down with the OPPC
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Erica-I’m the same way. I think I’ve seen every episode of GG numerous times and if it’s on, I’m still watching. I really need to get the DVDs of that series
    ***
    My office manager lent me season one a while ago- I kept it for a year and a half and didn’t even feel bad about it.

  711. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    kasey, he probably showed it in BP sessions as well.

  712. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    but if three bad outings doesn’t mean wang’s finished, how does one good outing mean he’s all the way back?

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

    I don’t think anyone is saying definitively he is all the way back. I know I personally am hopeful that he is close to what he once was, but who knows.

    Let’s just see how he does tomorrow and take it from there

  713. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Looks like they’re getting ready to pull the tarp. We could have baseball this evening.

    UPDATE, 6:48 p.m.: First pitch at 7:15 p.m.

  714. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I’m really excited about Montero.

  715. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    kasey: what you take Pete’s word now? ;)

  716. Zach in Port Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Wow. Now Asdrubal Cabrera on the DL?

    The Pavano Curse lives on!

  717. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I hope that Pettitte’s back is healed and he isn’t going out there trying to be a hero and then throwing batting practice.

  718. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I expect a perfect game from Wang tomorrow. tHat is the only thing that can convince me.

  719. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    “Even if he doesn’t work out as a pitcher, his mug would scare opposing hitters to the point they would be petrified at the plate.”

    He really does look like a Neanderthal… and an ugly one, at that.

  720. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    wang coming back will be a process. if he’s consistently good right away that’ll be a plus.
    it’s more likely he’ll be up and down with results, but as long as he gets back to being the wang we know after 5-6 starts then it’ll be worth it.

  721. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I’m excited about Montero too. I think what I’m most excited about is that in 3 years we’ll be able to say “he’s only 22 years old!”

  722. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Clare
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm
    Thanks SJ44.

    Do you know anything about Heathcott? All I know is what I’ve posted, and that his role model is Mickey Mantle.

    ————————————————————

    Mantle was also my role model. Always wanted to play baseball like him. I got half way there. I learned to like Chivas Regal…..a lot.

  723. Zach in Port Jeff June 3rd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I think Padilla was an extra on Mel Gibson’s Apocolypto.

  724. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    “wang coming back will be a process.”

    The Cashman influence rears its ugly head. :)

  725. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    From what I hear, when Montero comes he won’t just be good. He’ll be unbelievable. Fantastic. Off the charts.

    I’m looking forward to it.

  726. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    The Cards released Tyler Herron – is he worth a shake?

  727. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Wang himself said, recently, that he could throw 80 or so pitches and then be ready for 100 his next start. Let’s see what he can do.

    Wang wins and throws a lot of innings. For a team that has ‘pen issues Wang should be welcomed back. He’s a great pitcher.

  728. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    “I think Padilla was an extra on Mel Gibson’s Apocolypto.”

    :lol:

  729. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    SJ44
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm
    Clare,

    I heard some stuff about him this past weekend in Austin.

    Great talent, horrible home life.

    I think teams are trying to figure out how his home life affects him. It’s obviously a very sensitive subject.

    He has Top 10 talent though.

    ————————————————————

    Growing up with a family background like that sounds nearly identical to that of Rick Ankiel.

  730. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    If Andy’s back isn’t well tonight,guess who’s coming in?

    *_ _ _ _*

  731. Dassit June 3rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpre.....sus-walks/

    :D

  732. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    im listening to the thunder game..this should be fun

    wilkins de la rosa pitching to jesus montero!! exciting!

  733. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    But I don’t understand something here. Any time any other starter gets back into the rotation after being DLd, I don’t remember anywhere in major league baseball people saying that if the pitcher was not 100% effective it was a problem or a mistake. Quite the opposite. In fact more often than not what you see is a pitcher on a pitch count working his way back in. I guess I don’t remember the last time I saw someone come off the DL and throw a no hitter.

    As always, the one thing I DO know is that the Yankees made it to first place in the AL East, despite a spate of injuries that continue, and they did it based on decisions made not here but in the Yankee organization. No matter what Wang does his first start back, there won’t be any part of me thinking that the Yankees got it wrong and skeptical posters got it right. Everything is a process.

  734. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    here’s my point:

    after the first start it was, “that’s an aberration, he’ll be fine.”

    then he got killed.

    then it was, “it’s a mechanical thing, he’ll be fine.”

    then he got killed.

    then it was, “it’s an injury, he’ll rehab it.”

    then he was lights out in the minors but was still quite hittable out of the pen.

    then he threw a few very good innings.

    now all of a sudden we’re supposed to believe he’ll have a great outing tomorrow? sorry. i’m not buying it.

    the red sox had been tough on him in his career, even when he was healthy. that’s just not a situation i want to see wang in coming back from an injury unless we know for sure he’s right. if he gets beat up tomorrow by texas, i hope cashman and co have the good sense to keep him out of that boston start because if wang strings together a couple more bad starts, his confidence is shot and the team’s confidence in him is damaged further. that helps no one.

  735. Tom B June 3rd, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    starting this game is a waste of time.

  736. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    SJ can you please repeat the update on your nephew, only because I’ve seen congratulations but don’t know the particulars. Thanks!

  737. BJK June 3rd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Nick in SF
    June 3rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm
    BJK: I don’t know if I ever noticed you posting before the past week or so, but your posts on Joba have been fantastic. Intelligence and humor are a great combo, thank you.

    —————————————————————

    Thanks, Nick. I’d been content as a silent observer for a couple of years. But after reading some of the Joba silliness chatter, I couldn’t help myself.

    Then it gets kind of addictive. : )

  738. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Just curious does anyone know if Montero speaks english?

  739. Montero June 3rd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    No habla

  740. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    What joy it is to see smiling Yankee players.

    Also, I want to add that the person who probably understands this better than anyone else is Phil Hughes. I am sure he gets it. He’s a professional and he knows he is part of their future as a member of the rotation. You know that he knew he was there as a replacement for Wang. My guess is that he’d much rather be with the team than not – though I can’t be sure of course.

  741. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    trisha – sj’s nephew is one of three finalists for the johnny bench award, which goes to college baseball’s best catcher.

  742. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    1 base stolen off montero…announcers say it was a clean transfer and a good throw but the baserunner got a really good jump

  743. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    What do people think of Swisher in the #2 spot and Damon as #3??? I think Swisher in #3 might have been a better move- he could probably get some great pitches to hit with A-Rod behind him

  744. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Trisha, he’s one of 3 finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the best catcher in College Baseball.

    He’s the first BC player to ever be a finalist for a major college baseball award.

  745. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Wow kase, thanks for that! I just got goosebumps. SJ, for whatever it’s worth, I teared up when I read that. It’s like he’s a member of our family too.

    :)

  746. Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    ANDY PETTITE IS A STARTING PITCHAH!!!!

  747. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!

    Go Andy :lol:

  748. I may or may not be new here June 3rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    It’s so much that Andy is a stahtin pitcha’ than that Joba is ATROCIOUS!

  749. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    kasey
    June 3rd, 2009 at 7:13 pm
    trisha – sj’s nephew is one of three finalists for the johnny bench award, which goes to college baseball’s best catcher.

    ***
    I would give him the award just for catching all 25 innings this week

  750. kimmiebruce June 3rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Is it me, or are the seats behind the plate even more EMPTY than usual?!

  751. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    GJ ANDY!!!

  752. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Detroit off to a good start. Down 0-2 already…

  753. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 3rd, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!

  754. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    kimmiebruce
    June 3rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm
    Is it me, or are the seats behind the plate even more EMPTY than usual?!

    ***
    its wet outside- the people are probably in the rich people’s restaurant or something

  755. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    “why is that a crime? i understand that wang is not only a VERY, VERY good pitcher, he’s also beloved by many here. that’s great. but three innings doesn’t show me he’s ready. did his three putrid starts mean he was washed up?”==============

    First of all, wang has pitched 5 scoreless innings since returning to the yankeess. The yankees were not going to start him unless they felt extremely confident about where his stuff is at this point.

    I’m not worried about Wang’s start against boston or the mets because we could still win the series despite losing the first game. If Phil gets smacked around in those series, you will all (including myself) rent a van and personally drive him back to scranton.

    A couple things to remember:

    1) Andy Pettite is 5-1. Some of you were killing andy about not accepting the yankees first inital offer and didnt want him back. Judging by the way he’s perfroming now, he will earn every incentive in his contract this year.

    2)Dice -k Started 0-3 this year and got his first victory after a stint from the DL.

    3)I too jumped on the GGBG Bandwagon in ST, even though melky was still close to my heart. Last year melky ate humble pie and had to prove to the yankees that he was their everyday starter. He earned his spot back.

    4) Phil Hughes Vs Wang, Melky Vs Brett, swisher versus nady. This is a good thing because it will keep players on there toes. When Nady returns, he will have to earn his spot back, its as simple as that.

  756. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Great arm Johnny lol

  757. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    man, jim leyland must be rolling in his grave at this tigers team.

  758. lt June 3rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    ha ha remember what pete said damon was a decent left fielder . . .

  759. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    that’s embarrasing. damon has to make that throw.

  760. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I’m just concerned about the way Joe may use Phil. An inning or two here, 3 or 4 there? This could kill his arm – Phil isn’t used to this and he hasn’t been prepared for this.

  761. LakeMichigan June 3rd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    So weak…come on JD. Petitte looks bad so far.

  762. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    WANG 6-5 4.82 era against boston. Thats not terrible.. 6.50era is.

    1-1 4.96 era against the mets.

  763. bru June 3rd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    kasey
    June 3rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm
    man, jim leyland must be rolling in his grave at this tigers team.

    ———————————————————–

    when did he die?

  764. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    jesus montero first ab in AA= infield pop up

  765. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Oh Andy..

  766. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    He did not die bru…I am not sure what Kasey was thinking at the time he posted that.

  767. Pat M June 3rd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Leadoff walk……This Texas lineup is going to work Pettite over…..Tough assignment for the veteran lefty

  768. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    bru,

    it was a joke. leyland’s alive and well.

  769. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Phil Hughes is 0-1 6.75 era against boston, and has not faced the mets yet.

  770. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    lets bring in wang :roll:

  771. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    i really need to explain that joke? leyland’s 100 years old and he smokes a pack a day.

  772. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    kasey: fair enough. Hopefully Wang will convince you on the field. I’m already there.

  773. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    c’mon Andy. This is not good

  774. EY June 3rd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Oh boy base loaded already.

    (If Andy blows up today, who comes in to pitch in long relief? Maybe Hughes will get his chance after all)

  775. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I never understood why managers announce starting pitchers pitch count limits prior to the game. It doesn’t feel like very good strategy to tell the opposing team they only need to see CMW for 80 pitches.

  776. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    boy a double play here would be nice.

  777. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Sigh…..just the kind of start I was hoping for. I hope Andy’s ok……

  778. EY June 3rd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Can’t believe Andruw Jones actually scored a run lol

  779. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Nice melk man!

  780. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Melky throws like damon

  781. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    well that was ugly…hopefully the bats are awake

  782. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Melky :lol:

  783. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I wish Pettitte could be the 1 taken out of the rotation. He is the pitcher who has average stuff and always has 2 guys on base every inning. Am I wrong or does this happen every start you just don’t know if he will get out of the inning or not?

  784. EY June 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Oh boy…

    Paging Phil Hughes

  785. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    boy, that’s a bit of a hole to put your team in. hopefully they can bail andy out and he’ll settle down.

  786. EY June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Oh nicely done Melky!

  787. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    26 pitches for Andy

  788. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I’m waiting for someone to say send andy to swb…lol

    After, I show love to AP in a previous post, he gives up 3runs on 3hits in the first inning.

  789. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Bad back

  790. Vince June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Honestly, these days, Pettitte is basically a 5 or 6 inning guy, giving up about 4 runs. It seems like it is the same deal every start. Except unlike tonight, he usually gives up the runs later in the game.

  791. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    paging mr. hughes, paging mr. hughes! mr. hughes, please report to the mound!

  792. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Hopefully Andy calms down

  793. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Betsy,

    Why would you think Joe Girardi would abuse Phil?

    That’s not even remotely possible.

    That’s not going to happen.

    There are other things worth worrying about with the Yankees. Like Andy Pettitte being too spooked by the new stadium to throw strikes.

  794. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    great throw by melky.

    arod made another high tag.

    i wonder why he does that.

    it seems like sometimes the ump is going to see the runner get their foot in there as arod puts on the high tag.

  795. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    nick,

    if you haven’t been, go to pirate cat radio cafe on 21st in sf. try the maple bacon latte.

  796. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Are you kidding me Rachel? Seriously, Pettitte out of the rotation? In the words of Mike Francese, “ANDY IS A STARTAH!!!!”

  797. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Can we give Andy the benefit of the doubt that he will settle down?

  798. Kevin in the 908 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I meant Francesa

  799. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Let’s just call that Andy’s ‘AJ Inning’ and tee off on Feldman. :)

  800. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    The only way yanks dont score at least 3 runs is if this kid is hallady.

  801. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Can someone tell me why John Sterling called Feldman the scooter. I got sick hearing that.

  802. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Nick Swishaaaaaaaaaa

  803. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    chea!

  804. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Is there anyone slower than Swisher. LOL Looks like he was running in quick sand.

  805. Yankee Trader June 3rd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Pettitte not getting the outside corner calls. Could be a long night, or maybe a rainout before the 5th.

    Feldman shut us down last year, I believe.

  806. M June 3rd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Pettitte ought to be the starter in jeopardy of being taken out of the rotation. I am tired of watching him pitch 5/6 innings and giving up 8 hits and 4 walks.

    It is time for Andy to pitch well or be removed from the rotation and not keep being given the right to be a starter b/c he is Andy.

    Treat him like Wang if need be.

  807. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Lets hope the weather holds up because this will be a 9-8 sort of game.

  808. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    OMG..Swisher hitting…in yankee stadium of all places.

  809. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    It seems like Pettitte’s stuff is garbage every start. He has guys on base every inning and against a decent to good hitting team those runs will come around to score. Or he just barely gets out of it.

  810. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    “Can we give Andy the benefit of the doubt that he will settle down?”

    ;)

    Meanwhile, Galarraga hasn’t been having a good year. Detroit is really going to have to get to Beckett if Detroit is to be successful tonight.

  811. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    21st and… Valencia? Sounds familiar.

    Andy Pettitte Truthers? Already?

  812. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I really want to make a quart of wonton soup appear at my door. Delivery minimums are the bane of my existance

  813. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    A-Rod!!!

  814. NYYanksFan June 3rd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Quick, somebody whine about Jeter tapping the ball back to the mound and that should cover everyone to ever wear a Yankee uniform being complained about on this thread.

    Some people really can’t handle the Yankees being on a good run because they have to find something to whine about.

  815. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    RBI for Alex!

    3-1

  816. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    SJ (if that’s you?) I didn’t mean to imply that Joe would abuse Phil – no way. I just meant that if Phil is used in different ways, it could hurt him because his arm is not used to that.

    Is Andy ok or are people just panicking? If he’s struggling, that’s one thing…….but if his back looks like it was acting up, that’s another.

  817. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Hey pete!!!, Arod is now 7-27. haha

  818. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    It’s an A-single… from A-Rod!!!

    I hope no Japanese cities were named in any broadcast. :(

  819. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Good thing there were 2 outs otherwise Swish never would of scored with his Molina speed…lol

  820. EY June 3rd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Man that arod’s so unclutch! He should’ve willed Johnny on base, and then hit a homerun to tie the game himself!

  821. Neil June 3rd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Robbie Cano not getting a hit, don’t ya know

  822. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Andy is too spooked at the new stadium. Leads to him pitching too tentatively. 2 walks in the first isn’t good.

    Just has to pitch his game and not get caught up in the ballpark.

  823. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    It is official: Cano is allergic to the 2nd pitch in an at bat…

  824. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Brave traded for Nate Mclouth:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....louth.html

  825. JohnBlacksox (24 + 1) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the rotation should be CC, AJ, Joba, Wang, Hughes?

    I’m sorry, but Pettitte is the weak link in this rotation, he’s giving up hits and walks like crazy all year.

    The only reason he isn’t being yanked is because of his name, nothing to do with his pitching.

  826. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Obviously that’s not SJ, lol…..whoever the imposter is needs to do a better job as SJ would never say something as stupid as Andy being spooked in YS, lol

  827. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Am I the only person who wants to call Scott Feldman “Corey?”

  828. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Bizzaro SJ is back!

    I wonder if he too is Goateed

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KA5p....._spock.jpg

  829. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    If pettie gives up no more that 5 runs, the yankees win the game.

  830. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Wow, Braves just acquired Nate McLouth

  831. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “Brave traded for Nate Mclouth:”

    Oh no…Francesa is gonna cry

  832. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Makes you think that maybe Alex had that hip thing going on for quite a while…

  833. Ace June 3rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Mclouth to the braves for 3 top prospects.

  834. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Is this the real SJ? Blink once for yes twice for no.

    At this pace (everyone needing to get out of the rotation), Igawa will be called up shortly.

  835. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    wow mclouth traded

  836. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 3rd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Hey guys, I just got home so im sorry if I am behind. But if this Phil Hughes move something for a few weeks or is this til the end of the season? (that is barring, there isnt an injury to the starting rotation).

  837. Montero June 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    is tonight the masquerade ball? we should all just post the same name…SJ44 ok with everyone?

  838. Ace June 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    McCuthchen will be playing center field for the Pirates.

  839. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Pete — Kay just said Padilla had been put on waivers.

  840. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    2 errors in two nights….

  841. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Great job Pettitte…

  842. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I’m thinking I’m going to go out and get me a cheesburger and some sweet potato fries. I don’t know if I can stand a four-hour game without any food in my stomach…

    Be back

  843. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I hope Andy can make it through 5 at least – I really don’t relish burning the pen again. He needs to hold the fort and give his teammates a chance to come back….

  844. Ace June 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Hey guys, I just got home so im sorry if I am behind. But if this Phil Hughes move something for a few weeks or is this til the end of the season? (that is barring, there isnt an injury to the starting rotation).

    ————–
    Temporary move. At the most it will be for 2 weeks.

  845. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Brave traded for Nate Mclouth:

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmHHMNZf2zg

    A certain someone loving in Long Island is gonna start following the Braves more closely

  846. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Did you guys see Paul McCartney is playing CitiField on July 17th & 18th?? Finally, a good reason to go to Flushing

  847. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    loving=living

  848. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    kinsler has a very good plate coverage and stance. very balanced.

  849. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Andy ; /

  850. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    PASS A LUNGING SWISHER!!!

  851. Joe I June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    “Did you guys see Paul McCartney is playing CitiField on July 17th & 18th?? Finally, a good reason to go to Flushing”

    If you go to that ballpark, wear a hazmat suit.

  852. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Damn

  853. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Did Oneil just basically say he played right field in little league? And here i thought right field was for the player who just needed to be baby sat for those hours.

  854. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    You mean 5-1 with a 4.10 ERA in the AL isn’t good John?

    Way to make one bad outing cloud your thinking.

  855. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    It’s not nearly to that point yet, but we may just have to let Andy get killed this game (and give the game up) in order to save the pen.

  856. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Andy is sucking tonight :( lets go offense and Ace because he will be coming in soon.

  857. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Can’t expect to shut the Rangers offense down if the pitcher and catcher are making errors and not throwing ANY runners out.

  858. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Just want to say though that I agree with SJ about Andy’s fear of the Stadium. He has already stated that he thinks pitchers have to be really careful with what they throw.

    Please – no steal of home. It took me about a week to get over Ellsbury doing that to Andy while the rest of the world watched.

    (And the only question as far as I’m concerned is how long Joe is going to stay with Andy tonight.)

    Some nights you ust don’t have it.

    Later y’all

  859. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    andy is keeping us in the game

    what a battler!

  860. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    pettitte is on his game tonight.

  861. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “I’m thinking I’m going to go out and get me a cheesburger and some sweet potato fries.”

    I have no clue what one puts on the travesty that is sweet potato fries.

  862. M June 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    It is tough to watch Andy pitch.

    I hope he gets better soon b/c he is an embarrassment.

  863. Neil June 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Bye Andy, get out of the game.

  864. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    man. i’m going to pass on watching this game. hope y’all enjoy it.

  865. AB June 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Why did we give this bum $10 million? Stick Pettitte in the pen, don’t let him get his incentives, and put Hughes in the rotation.

  866. EY June 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Paging Mr Phil Hughes.
    Paging Mr Phil Hughes.

    You’re needed on the mound to replace a hurting Andy.

  867. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    vin – vinegar for me. They offer cinnamon if you want it.

    :)

    They’re actually quite good!

  868. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    No more runs Andy.

  869. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    If Andy Pettitte wasn’t “Andy Pettitte” I would have to think that taking him out of the rotation would definitely be addressed…If this batting practice continues for another start or 2. His stuff is pure garbage now.

  870. Johnny D. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Pettittttttttttte!!!!

  871. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Joe I
    June 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    If you go to that ballpark, wear a hazmat suit.

    ****
    Hahaha, I already have swine flu :-)

  872. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    5.5 million.

  873. mymanlivingston June 3rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Why is Andy Pettitte’s insistence on taking the ball when he’s not right considered heroic???

    When the Yankees CLEARLY have healthier and better options, intentionally sacrificing your team’s chances does not make you a hero

  874. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    See, no runs would have scored in that inning if it wasn’t for the error.

  875. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    After I give andy major kudos, he flakes on me.

    I question swisher’s glove and ball gets passed him that tex would have gotten to (you can make the argument).

  876. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I’m pro-Andy and I vote.

  877. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    kasey
    June 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    man. i’m going to pass on watching this game. hope y’all enjoy it.

    ****
    Kasey makes this post. Pettitte gets the double play. Are these two occurances related?? only time will tell.

    (Only teasing Kasey!!)

  878. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I hope Ace is ready to come in. Doesn’t look like Andy is getting his calls.

  879. Dutch Hugo June 3rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    If we want any hope of having a chance to be in this game, we need to get Pettitte out of the game now.

  880. five iron from fenway June 3rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you Andrue Jones

  881. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “And here i thought right field was for the player who just needed to be baby sat for those hours.”

    No kidding. The RF probably got 1 ball every 3 games when I was in little league… and that was usually a grounder that rolled past the second baseman.

  882. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    a 2nd guy steals against montero but the announcers are really making it sound like hes doing everything he can…they are stealing first move off WDR and he doesnt have much of a chance…he just made an apparent nice play on a nubber in front of the plate

  883. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Ugly – the Yankees get a run back and Andy proceeds to give it up……

  884. AB June 3rd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    “If Andy Pettitte wasn’t “Andy Pettitte” I would have to think that taking him out of the rotation would definitely be addressed…If this batting practice continues for another start or 2. His stuff is pure garbage now.”

    We should take a page out of the Braves playbook and treat his washed up a$$ like Tom Glavine.

  885. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Come on yanks. And Beckett is starting to get a groove.

  886. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    My head is throbbing already.

  887. abe June 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Jeter’s jump on the DP was hilarious. He and Cano are expecting a payback…

  888. Joe I June 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    “Hahaha, I already have swine flu :-)”

    So, you’ve already been to Citi Field?

  889. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    IF Andy was still hurting and he took the ball, I would be MORE than annoyed at him……I’m sort of surprised the Yankees didn’t just skip his start…….Still, I have no proof that Andy was/is still hurting, so I’m not going to kill him.

  890. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Who got the WWE belt last night? Was it Jorge?

  891. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “vin – vinegar for me. They offer cinnamon if you want it.

    They’re actually quite good!”

    I’ll have to take your word for it. Sweet Potatoes revolt me.

  892. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Is this only going to be a 5 inning game? Because some of you are already throwing in the towel in the 2nd inning when we have the 2nd most potent offense in the league. Some of you act like youv never seen a Yankee comeback. Yes Pettitte sucks today, but we’re not facing Bob Gibson.

  893. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Andy is still 5-1, right? They haven’t retroactively taken away any of his wins because of tonight yet, have they?

  894. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Joe I
    June 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm
    “Hahaha, I already have swine flu :-)”

    So, you’ve already been to Citi Field?

    ****
    No, I have absolutely no idea how I picked this up. But I was teasing one of my friends and I told her I had a fabulous night with David Wright

  895. AB June 3rd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “I’ll have to take your word for it. Sweet Potatoes revolt me.”

    You’re not human.

  896. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I actually hope Pettitte’s back is still bothering him, because that would mean he won’t pitch like this (and the way he pitched in CLE) all year.

  897. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Hi everyone. It’s taken me an hour to catch up here, while watching the game.

    So, Andy’s having a bit of a tough night, huh? Oh, well.

    Offense is going to have to pick him up. He’s gonna have to get it together and keep Texas at 4 runs, though.

    I don’t think he’s spooked by the stadium. I think he’s having a bad night.

    So, letting Glavine go now makes sense. They freed up money to pay McClouth. Poor Glavine – I heard he was surprised to say the least. I was listening to the radio. Heard a report that Glavine said he was ready to be activated, pitching well, etc. Went to dinner. Got in the car turned on the radio and Glavine was released. Baseball business is so unpredictable much of the time.

    SJ44 -

    Congratulations to your nephew. You all must be very proud of him. I hope all goes well from here on out.

    Not a great inning for the Yankees. This is not exactly doing the job. On we go.

  898. Mark D June 3rd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Two months ago I planned my trip to Yankee Stadium tomorrow. A day game in the Bronx then up to Cooperstown Friday then back home to Maryland.
    Then rain is forcasted
    Then Texiera is day to day
    Then Sabathia is pushed back by Wang
    What next? Will the Yankees decide to play at Citi and I’ll get stuck watching a Mets game?

  899. Kevin in CT June 3rd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Are you guys insane? Andy has the most Wins on the team and had a sub 4 ERA

  900. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    crap

  901. Neil June 3rd, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Great job making Feldman work. Nice seven-pitch inning. Just terrible.

  902. m June 3rd, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I don’t like the fact that my alter ego is anti-Pettitte. It’s kind of a weird feeling.

  903. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    SOS, I’m not throwing in the towel, but Andy HAS to give the team a chance to come back. If he gives up another 3 or 4 runs, that’s asking a lot even of these Yankees.

  904. Clare June 3rd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    As annoying as Michael Kay can be, the YES broadcast is so much better than any alternative.

    Unfortunately, YES is blocked out for me (since I’m in TX) and I’m stuck with the Rangers’ guys, who just spent waaaaay too long discussing a guy in orange pants.

  905. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    they should get fined for not taking the first pitch. I would say the same if he hit a home run. It’s just a bad habit.

  906. Mark D June 3rd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Who has a sub 4 ERA?

  907. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    pettitte did not have a sub 4 era.

  908. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Betsy what does it matter if cano and melky are making outs on the first pitch.

  909. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    anyone think that andy will make his next start…??

  910. Joe I June 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    “No, I have absolutely no idea how I picked this up. But I was teasing one of my friends and I told her I had a fabulous night with David Wright”

    Very funny, but I think your fabulous nights would be better spent with Beckett, Youkilis or Pedroia. Not at once though, it’s bad enough that you’re sick. In all seriousness, I hope you’re feeling better. Get well soon!

  911. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    may need hughes to pitch today.

  912. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Something has to be wrong with Pettitte physically, because the only time his command was this bad was in that last start against Cleveland.

  913. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    ““I’ll have to take your word for it. Sweet Potatoes revolt me.”

    You’re not human.

    To me, this reads like you are attempting to have a playful/normal discourse. Forgive me for being caught off-guard, I’m just confused since you’ve been posting such ridiculous nonsense up until now.

  914. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    so is anyone warming up, yet…waaaaay too many balls

  915. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    vin,
    I remember coaching 13-15 year olds and my right fielder didnt get a hit ALL YEAR. He couldnt catch a pop fly and the only way he got on base was if he didnt swing and accidently walked. The funny part was when his parents asked me why i didnt try him out at second. I responded because he would go home with a black eye and it wouldnt look pretty going to school like that.

    Oneil must be the only guy in history to play right field in little league and make it to the show. Maybe they wont ask to play 2nd base anymore.

  916. C June 3rd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Clearly the back is hurting Andy him being a tough guy is hurting the yankees now should have just let Wang started

  917. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Pitch count too high Andy!!

  918. Kevin in CT June 3rd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    4.10 ERA. close enough

  919. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    55 pitches already?

  920. Vince June 3rd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    The whole “is this just a night where Pettitte doesn’t have it” thing is getting tired. It is that way with every single one of his starts it seems like. Wow, great, he is such a battler. Only 4 runs in 3 innings so far. Let us throw him a parade for being so tough. Lol. Give me a break.

  921. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    batting practice continues.

  922. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Aceves tonight?

  923. AB June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    “Are you guys insane? Andy has the most Wins on the team and had a sub 4 ERA”

    He definitely didn’t a have a sub 4 ERA and W-L is a team stat and basically worthless for comparing individual pitchers. Quit looking at the game like you’re in 8th grade.

  924. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Joe I
    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Very funny, but I think your fabulous nights would be better spent with Beckett, Youkilis or Pedroia. Not at once though, it’s bad enough that you’re sick. In all seriousness, I hope you’re feeling better. Get well soon
    ***
    Thanks I appreciate it. I am actually feeling much better since my last nap today.
    And I would never hook up with a Red Sox. Even if its just to infect them ;-)

  925. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    so really – I don’t care nearly as much about the walks/balls than the actual pitch count…

  926. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    This is bad

  927. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    small m: I think Big M has said he’s from New Hampshire (?) and is not trying to impersonate you. I always know when it’s you. :)

  928. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    why is not someone up in the bullpen. It’s obvious that he doens’t have anything today. why give up a game?

  929. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I’m stuck at work listening to Sterling – is Pettitte pitching as poorly as it sounds, or are they hitting good pitches?

  930. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    ugh… pull the plug already.

    apparently incentive bonuses are more important to him right now.

  931. tishbi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Michael Kay- “Pettite might be having one of those days.” The problem is that Pettite lately has been “having one of those seasons.”

  932. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    why in the world are they swinging…esp at the first pitch

  933. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Floppin

  934. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    What a disaster this is becoming.

  935. mmx June 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Apparently Andy is hurt, he just won’t admit it.

    The “Wang” effect.

  936. AB June 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Pettitte has a 4.8 K/9 (lowest of his career) and a 1.48 K/BB (lowest since 1999). He’s washed up.

  937. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    They should just leave Pettitte out there and let him give up 15 runs if he does. Instead of wasting Aceves in a blow out. Let Tomko and Veras pitch in this game and just give it up.

  938. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    “I don’t like the fact that my alter ego is anti-Pettitte. It’s kind of a weird feeling.”

    Thank goodness “M” wasn’t you. I thought you developed a dislike of the lefty and an inflated ego by capitalizing yourself all at the same time. :wink:

  939. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    anything else

  940. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    :?

  941. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    if pettitte is hurt fine his ass.

    he lied to the manager and risked a loss for the team..

    he said he was fine…………………..

  942. Dutch Hugo June 3rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    What is Girardi waiting for? Us to be behind 13-1??? Pettitte has no chance out there today. He has to go. Preferably while it’s still a game.

  943. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    on field delay?

  944. Kevin in CT June 3rd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Hey AB, quit knocking a pitcher who isn’t awful and quit being a 2 inning fan. Anyone check out how good this offense is? Put up 12 runs last night.. you remember that one?

  945. Clare June 3rd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    More brilliance from the TX guys – Melky MAY have the best arm in the Yankee outfield. Gee, ya think?

  946. Dutch Hugo June 3rd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Sorry Rachel, you can’t give games up in the AL East. One game could mean the difference in the division or wild card or making the playoffs at all.

  947. nyydj2 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    JohnC
    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    Maybe they don’t want Hughes lined up to have to pitch in Boston next week.
    _________________________________________________________
    Yea, much better to have Pettite in there instead. Thrilled that it seems the old Wang is back but have to wonder how well veteran loyalty over the good of the team ends up sitting with our younger guys. The wrong current starter went to the pen.

  948. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    he missed a bat. 8O

  949. m June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Nick,

    Nah. I’m not accusing him of that. Just feels weird. I thought there’d be some kind of interweb kinship.

  950. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    need aceves asap. Pettitte is obviously not pitching well.

  951. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    If Petitte IS hurting, then I’m angry he insisted on pitching. It doesn’t show it’s tough, it just hurts the team. We do have an extra starter right now.

  952. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Am I the only one that thinks the Texas manager looks like he has a bottle of jack daniels next to him.

  953. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    if these guys are so stupid they do not inform management when the yare hurting they need to be fined a ton…….

  954. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I’m stuck at work listening to Sterling

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

    You have my sympathies.
    Andy not doing too great today.

  955. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Rishi,

    Jorge got hit in the back with a swing of the bat by Byrd. He went reeling a bit, but he’s back behind the plate.

  956. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Are they stealing on Posada or the pitchers these past 2 games? Im starting to think Posada might need more time DHing.
    Isnt the batter out on interferance play?

  957. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    This is the game right here.

  958. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Looks like Pettitte’s offspeed stuff is much better than his fastball. Kind of like Burnett’s start against Philly where they smacked his fastball for homeruns but he got a lot of K’s on his curveball.

  959. Bryan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    nice job Macho Man Pettitte throwing a game because you refused to be skipped

  960. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    There ya go Andy. 1 more

  961. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    “I don’t like the fact that my alter ego is anti-Pettitte. It’s kind of a weird feeling.”

    Don’t feel bad, my alter ego sports the capital “V” and he has a habit of coming here once the game starts and making 11 year-old comments.

  962. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    not that I’m not thankful – but SWINGING STRIKES…are they crazy?

  963. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Wow Andy 65 pitches in the 3rd already

  964. Clare June 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Rishi,

    attempted double steal, batter hit Posada on the backswing. Trainer came out, as did TX manager to argue the call. One good thing by the TX announcers was they got out the rulebook, and read the rule about inadvertent contact on the batter’s backswing when a runner is stealing means the runner goes back, but it’s just a strike, not an out on the batter. If it’s intentional it’s an out.
    I just learned something new.

  965. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Of course Andy wants to pitch, this year his contract is incentive driven. Andy’s a gamer but if he’s not 100% he should just admit it.

  966. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Agree with you, Stuart. It’s one thing for Jete to play hurt — but our pitcher??!

  967. AB June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    “Hey AB, quit knocking a pitcher who isn’t awful and quit being a 2 inning fan. Anyone check out how good this offense is? Put up 12 runs last night.. you remember that one?”

    Andy Pettitte is mediocre and has been for years. The only reason he’s on this team is because guys like you like to root for the past and watch you’re favorite dudes even if they suck. I just want to win.

  968. terpbomber June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Nice work this inning. Gotta keep it up and get those runs in!

  969. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Nice Andy! That was the turnaround inning. I can sense these things

  970. m June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Pat,

    Haha. My head has gotten so capital!

  971. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Okay. That’s more like it. Maybe he can get on track now, and 3 runs down isn’t too bad.

  972. Andrew June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    If my memory serves me, Pettitte always starts slow, so I think it’s too early to say “he’s done.”

    With that said, I think someone should be up in the pen. They still have a chance to win this game–no sense giving it away.

  973. Andrew June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    If my memory serves me, Pettitte always starts slow, so I think it’s too early to say “he’s done.”

    With that said, I think someone should be up in the pen. They still have a chance to win this game–no sense giving it away.

  974. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    that posada play was called “unintentional” interference that’s why the runner was not called out. Kay just said it.

  975. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Finally — but look at his freakin’ pitch count (67).

  976. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Andy battled back that inning

  977. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Nice bounceback for Pettitte. We need to plate some runs now, hope Pettitte can give us 5 innings, then roll with Aceves.

  978. buddy lembeck June 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Um… the Pirates just traded Nate McLouth to the braves. i guess we know what Mike’d Up will be about tomorrow.

  979. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Maybe that on-field delay was a nice shot of cortisone to his back.

  980. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    The LoHud tide has vociferously turned against Andy Pettitte, our gritty veteran #4 starter who has not given up more then 5 earned runs in a single one of his 10 starts, something that cannot be said for CC, AJ, or Hughes.

    The Yankees are 8-2 in those starts.

    The Yankees are down 3 runs in this start thus far. Not a prime position, but not out of reach either.

    Maybe, just maybe, the 5-1 Pettitte is not absolutely, completely, totally washed up yet. Even in this game.

  981. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    More brilliance from the TX guys – Melky MAY have the best arm in the Yankee outfield. Gee, ya think?

    ———-

    Thats almost as funny as Oniel(i believe)saying that it was heads up running by Posada not to take a step to second on the shattered bat. Like he meant to be stone footed on that play.

  982. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Sometimes Pettitte doesn’t hold runs well but they are running on Posada not the pitcher. It happened yesterday also they stole any chance they had on Posada. He is going to have to start throwing out runners or they can’t play him behind the plate and he will have to DH. If he can’t get average runners out how is he going to get the speedsters?

  983. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Beckett 4innings 0 hits

  984. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    HEY EVERYONE BECKETT IS THROWING A PERFECT GAME> I HOPE I DIDN’T JINX IT.

  985. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I apologize for that post…all wonky

  986. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Let’s hope you’re right, Nick in SF. I love Petitte, but you have to be honest about your health. He IS pitching against Texas today. Those guys can bash the ball.

  987. EnterSandman June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    “Or Wang could pitch poorly, and Hughes could be back in the rotation.”

    Or Pettitte could pitch poorly, and Hughes could be back in the rotation?? While watching Pettitte struggle tonight I’ve been looking back at his performance this year and it’s obvious he has struggled after turning in three stellar starts to begin the season. Since April 21st (excluding tonight) here are his numbers:

    ERA – 4.89
    WIP – 1.72
    BB/9 – 4.46
    IP/GS – 6

    I’m not sure how much his health is influencing his performance, but hopefully this is just a short-term slump.

  988. Kevin in CT June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    AB,

    Last year he was our #2. This year he is our #4. Name me a #4 who is better / more consistent then Pettitte statistically & historically. I’m sure you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who gives you that kind of IP, League Average ERA, and who happens to be a lefty that can pitch with the benefit of a cavernous left field in Yankee Stadium.

    Oh, by the way. Pettitte has made 10 Starts this year. How many of those games have the Yankees won? 8 of them.

    If you want to win, shut your mouth, and get behind your team.

  989. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    and now we are back to all bold?

  990. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Are we Bold and Beautiful again?

  991. mymanlivingston June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I sure hope I don’t have to read about what a “warrior” Andy Pettitte is tomorrow…

    Intentionally crapping all over your own team when you;re not healthy does’t make you a warrior. It makes you a self-involved idiot!

  992. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    braves gave up Jeff Locke and Charlie Morton and center fielder Gorkys Hernandez for Nate McLouth. Too much?

  993. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    m: I think the New Hampshire state motto is “Pitch to below a 3.75 ERA or die.”

    Harsh!

  994. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Leadoff walk to Gardner… top of the order has to make Feldman pay. Could be an important inning.

  995. StrawthatStirs June 3rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Pete – What’s up with that?

  996. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Mehdi also in SF
    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:15 pm
    HEY EVERYONE BECKETT IS THROWING A PERFECT GAME> I HOPE I DIDN’T JINX IT.

    ****
    I hope you did :-)

  997. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    The bold has sthg to do with Rishi’s earlier “wonky” post — the code changed somehow for the site. UGH.

  998. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Girardi must of kicked Gardner in the butt from what happened the other day. Like young man you have legs use them right away in the count or you are going back to AAA.

  999. AB June 3rd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    “Oh, by the way. Pettitte has made 10 Starts this year. How many of those games have the Yankees won? 8 of them.
    If you want to win, shut your mouth, and get behind your team.”

    Wins and Losses are a team stat. Pettitte is not a good pitcher. He’s at best league average.

  1000. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Rishi’s fault. *

  1001. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I think standing by Andy Pettitte is the bold thing to do and LoHud is endorsing that. :)

  1002. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    *!

  1003. The Voice of Reason June 3rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    That is why you play Gardner and bat in front of Jeter. A six pitch walk and then a steal. All of you Gardner haters keep doubting the small ball. Even when the kid goes 0-? he can still be producting as he did the other night going 0-2 and accounting for 2 o the 5 runs.

  1004. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Swish can you just put the ball in play please…

  1005. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Feldman will not win today ND..we will win.

  1006. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    * *go away bold*

  1007. nyydj2 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm
    Mehdi also in SF
    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:15 pm
    HEY EVERYONE BECKETT IS THROWING A PERFECT GAME> I HOPE I DIDN’T JINX IT.

    ****
    I hope you did
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    he walked polanco in the first inning

  1008. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    This is funky.

  1009. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    man – I think I did it last time, too!

    SORRY!

  1010. RunSupport June 3rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    AB,

    In Pettitte’s last six starts the Yankee’s have scored an average of 6.5 runs per game.

  1011. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    !*

  1012. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    What’s the league average for the team’s 4th/5th starter?

    How many of those starters have not given up more than 5 ER in any start (and Pettitte has done it twice out of ten starts)?

  1013. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    The blog encouraging the Yankees to be bold?

  1014. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    “Intentionally crapping all over your own team when you;re not healthy does’t make you a warrior”

    Who is to say that he is still hurt? When you have average stuff and you are missing your spots and leaving the ball right over the plate you are going to get smacked around.

  1015. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    # bold off!

  1016. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    m: I think the New Hampshire state motto is “Pitch to below a 3.75 ERA or die.”

    Harsh!

    —–

    I thought it was or your the 8th inning guy?

  1017. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Well, now I know how to make the box thing.

  1018. Montero June 3rd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    IF I MAY BE SO BOLD, I DARE SAY THE YANKEES WIN THIS GAME

  1019. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Beckett no hitter thru 5

  1020. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    BOLD!

  1021. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    AROD…….I smell a granny

  1022. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Yet another bases loaded situation for Arod. Come on Arod do it for Kate!!! lol

  1023. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Andy: Bold as Love

  1024. Paul June 3rd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    put this ball boldly where no ball has gone before

  1025. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    let’s get something from this

  1026. Paul June 3rd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    that was a bold swing

  1027. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Pour out some wine

  1028. grafxkid June 3rd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    cmon arod!!! 3-1…

  1029. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Fail

  1030. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    :(

  1031. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    A-ROD why :(

  1032. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    wow………

  1033. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Can’t wait until Alex finishes ST. Stupid torn labrum…

  1034. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Are you kidding me, Alex? Really??

  1035. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    wow what luck

  1036. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    A-rod…rally killer.

  1037. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    swing at ball 4

    kill the rally

  1038. Vince June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    That seems about right. Double play off a guy who is just begging to walk a run in. Thanks A-Rod.

  1039. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Oh, no. No, no, no.

    He’s not up to speed yet or he would have beat that throw, but Alex, Alex, Alex.

  1040. EricNS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Well as oldie but goodie

  1041. Paul June 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    rats

  1042. vince June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    ughughugh

  1043. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    wow – unbelievable…but there is still time if Andy can just chill here

  1044. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    is it me or is a rod incapable of hitting with the bases loaded?

  1045. C June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    WTh is wrong with arod?

  1046. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Why would anyone expect anything else. Was that even a strike? Ofcourse instead of a small swing trying to do too much. Girardi should give him a day off tomorrow he is useless right now.

  1047. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    what was that? the 3rd or 4th bases loaded situation for A-Rod over the past few games and zilch! ugh!

  1048. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    that was ball four

  1049. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Damn, I hate bases-loaded DPs.

  1050. Matt June 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    No team other than the Yankees. NO TEAM IN BASEBALL BLOWS THIS MANY CHANCES WITH RUNNERS AT 3RD, LESS THAN 2 OUTS.

    Just terrible, and he swung at ball 4 too in a 3-1 count. He didnt even bust it down the line. Disgraceful.

    If they lose the game tonight, it will be because of that terrible at bat. Pettitte is shutting them down now, but if you refuse to chip away, the other team will tack on and put you away.

    YOU HAD TO SCORE AT LEAST ONE THERE, and they scored ZERO. This team beats itself, plain and simple. If they did the LITTLE THINGS right they would be 20 games over .500.

    Every game they lose is because of situations like that where they don’t score when the other pitcher is BEGGING to be lit up.

  1051. tishbi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    The Rally Killer strikes again. This time no one was able to aid him with a takeout slide.

  1052. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    If I may be so bold as to suggest that this is the inning that Beckett will lose his no hitter…

  1053. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    does Alex realize he didn’t get one strike.

  1054. C June 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    WOW ALEX WOW 3-1 COUNT!!!!!!

  1055. Mick the Quick June 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    You knew that was going to happen.

    And when it starts happening, it gets into his head.

    Why do you think Tex was hit twice yesterday? Because Alex fails when the pressure is on.

    I would want anyone but him up in those situations.

    Game off.

  1056. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    27 MILLION ,don’t buy what it use to Alex!

  1057. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Alex has failed several times the past couple of games with bases loaded. Please — anybody BUT him needs to come up with bases loaded.

  1058. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    And what is your crying gonna do help us win the game?

  1059. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    wow…arod is responsible for the yanks 1 run today…he failed there but come on…

  1060. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Not even a strike, it was ball 4…Pathetic..

  1061. Bryan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    the Anti-Clutch is back!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1062. ZMAN7777 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Just what we’ve come to expect from the Great One.

  1063. Paul June 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    It’s not over yet… a seven run inning only one day ago… how soon we forget

  1064. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Does this team know what a sac fly is? Sometimes it feels like they all just want to jack a HR.

  1065. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    lead-off walk?

    surprising.

  1066. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Of course, I’m used to his ineptness in pressure at this point. Too bad the bases weren’t empty when he came up to bat. Maybe he’d at least hit a home run and scored one run…

  1067. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    !* *! !* *! !! turn off

  1068. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Arod has stranded about 200 million runners in the past two games, but dont fret, he will be ok. Let him get this out his system now.

  1069. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    bold, stop. bold. bold.

  1070. Matt June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    If A-Rod KEEPS THE BAT ON HIS SHOULDER, a run scores and the Yankees have Cano up with the tying run in scoring position.

    Does he not get it? Every time he’s up there with the bases loaded he tries to hit a grand slam and hits into a double play or strikes out.

    The pitcher just walked 2 in a row. He is behind you 3-1. Bases are loaded. TAKE A PITCH. Jesus christ.

  1071. Marcus June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Sure, Matt whatever you say.

  1072. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    tampa and boston are winning

  1073. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    *! off
    !* off

  1074. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Has Arod hit one ball hard with the bases loaded all year? He’s been up about 5 times in that situation in just the last week, and all I remember is one bleeding hit.

    I can’t imagine Morneau, Pujols, or any other great hitter getting 4-5 opportunities with the bases loaded in one week and not ever getting the ball out of the infield.

  1075. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Yankees will win this game!

  1076. C June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    3 times in 2 games just disgrace ….

  1077. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Andy put too much pressure on Arod. :(

    Matt: do you ever post after the Yankees score? Did you post in last night’s game? I only notice you posting when they’ve failed to get a run in from 3rd with less than 2 outs. Nothing wrong with being a comment specialist, of course.

  1078. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    ** off

  1079. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Bryan
    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    the Anti-Clutch is back!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He never left…well, except to confess to steriod use and to have surgery.

  1080. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    yankees are going to win but it will come late, and we will still leave 15 on.

  1081. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    !! off?

  1082. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    We need TEX!!!

  1083. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    wow you know what is “pathetic”…all these “fans” that hate on arod

  1084. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Alex should not have swung, but he busted about as much as he can right now. ARod makes lots of mistakes, but not running hard is not one of them.

  1085. C June 3rd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Arod stop trying to HIT HR GET IT INTO UR HEAD!

  1086. Mick the Quick June 3rd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    It’s not a coincidence.

    His first game back from ST he tells Jeter: “I’m nervous Jete – help me out”

    Are you kidding me?

    The guy is an eggshell.

  1087. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    The Bold font gives the crazies some gravitas.

  1088. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    “is it me or is a rod incapable of hitting with the bases loaded?”

    Since you are too lazy/ignorant to research it, here you go:
    .341 BA, .397 OBP, .699 SLG, 1.096 OPS, 17 HR (grandslams)

  1089. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    *! off please

  1090. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    posada showing off his noodle arm

  1091. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Posada becoming the DH is getting closer and closer…

  1092. Mick the Quick June 3rd, 2009 at 8:39 pm
  1093. *S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    go away bold

  1094. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    arod has been playing for 14 years… trying to hard does not work, can’t he figure that out?

    andy is 5 innings max……

  1095. Paul June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    1968 triple play
    Yankees P Dooley Womack catches a lined shot by Twins C Johnny Roseboro, who threw to Bobby Cox at 3B and then watched in awe as when Cox’s throw to Mickey Mantle at 1B was in time to complete the triple-play.

  1096. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    i have to agree with people earlier. it seems like there is never an easy inning when andy pitches.

  1097. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Hell, I’d run on Posada too. I hope he gets back in the groove of throwing guys out.

  1098. Matt June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Posada is throwing fine. His pitchers are giving him NO CHANCE with their slow deliveries and poor job holding runners.

  1099. *S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    *darn it Andy*

  1100. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    “ARod makes lots of mistakes, but not running hard is not one of them.”

    it didn’t help his running that he was looking backwards at third as he ran and then stumbled.

  1101. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    5 walks for pettite in 3 1/3 innings? oof.

  1102. yankeefan718 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    what’s the deal with andy’s contract, is he pitching hurt because of the incentives in his deal? the more innings he pitches the more he’ll be paid? he should have let wang pitch this one.

  1103. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    “is it me or is a rod incapable of hitting with the bases loaded?”

    Since you are too lazy/ignorant to research it, here you go:
    .341 BA, .397 OBP, .699 SLG, 1.096 OPS, 17 HR (grandslams)

    now show me current stats!

  1104. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    5 walks and 7 hits again if he is injured fine him………….

  1105. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    ***off ***
    *! off !*
    *!*! off *!*!

  1106. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    THE yankees special=dbl plays, still alive!!

  1107. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Isn’t it funny that Arod’s play was fine when he 1st came off the DL and his name wasn’t in the newspapers. All of a sudden he is busy out with Kate Hudson every night and his game on the field has been poor. Maybe he should keep his attention on the field and not in Kate Hudsons bed. I would think a different favor every 2 weeks could distract someones attention…

  1108. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Beckett is dealing.

  1109. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Beckett no hits thru 6

  1110. Mick the Quick June 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    wow…beckett…3 innings left for a no-no

  1111. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    My fever is suddenly back- I need to move to the couch as this game continues to suck the life out of me

  1112. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    VIN — check the dates on your stats. It tells us a lot more. For Yankee fans, it’s “what have you done for our team” that matters. I’d also like to know the score of the games when he hit his grand slams. The big hits for Arod tend to come when we’re ahead or — in essence — won the game already.

    But I do know these stats.

    Arod needs to think less about hitting the HR and more about getting someone home. PERIOD. Whether it’s a single or a sac fly, that’s all he needs to do.

  1113. Todd June 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    A non-economical 85 pitches thru 4…………

  1114. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    curent stats like 3 chances????

    maybe that is a little bit of a small simpl, even your small brain should comprehend that……

  1115. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    did you copy and paste a quote or something?

    ** test **
    *test*
    *!* test *!*
    !*! test !*!

  1116. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Beckett’s been getting stronger and stronger…unfortunately.

  1117. Mick the Quick June 3rd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    **

  1118. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “now show me current stats!”

    1 for 6 with 3 RBI. Minimal sample size… especially for a guy who is two months behind his competition.

  1119. Mick the Quick June 3rd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    CC vs Price is a good ticket for Friday…

  1120. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “does Alex realize he didn’t get one strike.”

    Made me go look at gameday and the 2nd pitch was a strike and the pitch he nubbed was definitely too close to take as it was on the black

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....de=gameday

  1121. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Maybe *Gammons* had some secret inside info?

    Bah.

  1122. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Yeah, he’s such an eggshell, hescavwrahing almost an RBI a game and drove in the go ahead runs with the bases loaded Monday night.

    Some of you children are real idiots.

  1123. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    you’re right, its insane to think that when you get your clean up hitter up three times in 2 games with the bases loaded, he would bring in at least one run.

  1124. Will June 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “Alex has not had it with men on base lately.”

    You mean besides the first inning when he had a two out RBI hit? Give me a break.

  1125. Will June 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “Alex has not had it with men on base lately.”

    You mean besides the first inning when he had a two out RBI hit? Give me a break.

  1126. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I think Rishi left an open code on his posting that started the bold fiasco. Can’t you just post “regular” comments and avoid the rigamaro of the bold, Rishi?

    Pete isn’t an HTML guy (I would guess) and his techie is probably not working right now.

  1127. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    “ARod makes lots of mistakes, but not running hard is not one of them.”

    it didn’t help his running that he was looking backwards at third as he ran and then stumbled.
    ——————————-

    Every player does that. That’s always been my beef with the players. Especially the Yanks. Why look? Just keep running.

  1128. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Hughes: “Why am I in the bullpen? This guy stinks. Don’t I have better stuff then him?”.

  1129. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    sunny, how did you do that? :lol:

  1130. Paul June 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    If Wang is Taiwan,the magic 8-Ball says “outlook not so good”

  1131. Observer283 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    This response actually seems a but over the top. First, he came up with a runner in scoring position and two outs in the first inning and hit an RBI single. Its hard to get on a guy for going 1-2 with RISP.

    I think here in lies a major problem with Alex: People thing the rules of baseball failure don’t apply to him. Or, more likely, that for what is he paid, the rules of baseball failure should NOT apply to him. Mike Schmidt and Ted Williams suffered through the same fan delusions.

    Because of outsized expectations, fans seem to remember more when Alex fails in big moments and look at the moments when he comes through as him just doing what he was supposed to do anyway. When you consider that hall of famers fail to get a hit 70% of the time; there are necessarily going to be a lot more moments when Alex doesn’t get the big base knock or HR than moments where he does.

    Think about it, has any other Yankee had more big homeruns in the 9th inning or later than A-Rod since he’s been here? Is it even close?

    But what do you remember more, his game tying HR of Papelbon in the 9th at Fenway, his game tying home run off Lidge a few weeks ago, his many walk-offs (there was a surprising ESPN stat about A-Rod walk-offs after his last one), or a collage of moments where he didn’t get the big hit? Judging from the comments, its obviously the latter.

  1132. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Wow, sunny. We can insert images?????

  1133. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    wow, Sunny – how did you get that image in here?

  1134. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    wow, Sunny – how did you get that image in here?

  1135. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    My bad. Count was 3-1 so Alex could have taken it but it was still not a guaranteed ball.

  1136. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    “The big hits for Arod tend to come when we’re ahead or—in essence—won the game already. ”

    There’s a thing called the “availability heuristic.” Do yourself a favor and look it up.

    “Arod needs to think less about hitting the HR and more about getting someone home. PERIOD. Whether it’s a single or a sac fly, that’s all he needs to do.

    I don’t disagree with this one bit. There are plenty of times where his approach is a little too hit-or-miss. But you know what, I’m going to give the 16 year veteran the benefit of the doubt… call me crazy, if you like.

  1137. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    *I guess I can boldly suggest whatever I want to but the baseball gods obviously want RSN to suffer tremendously and so won’t let them off the hook that easily. NO HITTER still in tact, though it is not a no no, despite what the total idiot who now calls the games with Orsillo said.

    Incidentally, Gerald Laird tried to bunt to get on and the broadcaster was ballistic because “Gerald Laird doesn’t bunt, and he shouldn’t be bunting in the 6th inning in a ‘no no’” When Laird made the out, the dope said “It’s okay, the bunt didn’t work, now sit down.”

    I didn’t know that broadcasters were allowed to decide how hitters would approach their AB when the score is 4-0 and the other team needs runs.

    Total loser.

  1138. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    swish scares me at first.

  1139. Rudy June 3rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    The ignorance to bag on A-Rod is mind-blowing. Do you guys forget that this team took off when he came back?

    Fools….

  1140. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Ummm Swish you looked like Giambi out there for a minute..

  1141. nyydj2 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Mick the Quick
    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm
    wow…beckett…3 innings left for a no-no
    – - – - – - – - – - – -
    wow, a possible no hitter, could not happen to a bigger or more obnoxious arse hole, curse his punk arse

  1142. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Pettitte must frustrate opposing teams to death. His ERA is not nearly as bad as his WHIP. Imagine the Yankees putting 13 runners on base and only scoring 4 runs. That’s how the opposition feels against Pettitte in almost every start.

  1143. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    No Zorak?

  1144. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan
    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    I think Rishi left an open code on his posting that started the bold fiasco. Can’t you just post “regular” comments and avoid the rigamaro of the bold, Rishi?

    Pete isn’t an HTML guy (I would guess) and his techie is probably not working right now.
    *~*~*~*~

    uh, i do post “regular” comments…including non-whiney, complaining posts…and I wasn’t trying to bold.

  1145. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    He won the game Monday night for God sakes.

    The starting pitcher has put on 13 baserunners in 4 innings and it’s Arods fault they are losing.

    You can’t make up such idiocy.

  1146. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    “Hughes: “Why am I in the bullpen? This guy stinks. Don’t I have better stuff then him?”.”

    Even though he didn’t go to college, I’d like to think that Phil would know when to use “thEn” and when to use “thAn.”

  1147. hateraid June 3rd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    “Made me go look at gameday and the 2nd pitch was a strike and the pitch he nubbed was definitely too close to take as it was on the black”

    I had no idea you couldnt goto a 3-2 count in baseball. Who knew!

  1148. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Andy Pettitte is definitely hurt. I would not be surprised if he goes on the DL after this game and Hughes winds up with his spot

  1149. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    >now show me current stats!

    2009: 7 AB, 1 H, 3 RBI, 2 SO, .143/.143/.143/.286

  1150. Jack the Ripper June 3rd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    No one ever accused Cano of running too hard down the line

  1151. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    *~ off?

  1152. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    ~* off please.

  1153. beedogs June 3rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    beckett’s getting a lot of gift calls…

  1154. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    SJ44 — we don’t all agree with your comments, but resorting to name-calling is indeed what real children do. Ironic that you would take that approach yourself.

    It’s a sports blog and as such, is meant for people’s opinions. It’s doubtful anyone is ever going to agree with even a quarter of what they read.

    You’re not a “hater” or negative or even a child when you don’t like the approach a player takes at the plate or on the field or even if you dislike a player’s lifestyle or personality. Sports is something people follow for FUN and relaxation. There is definitely no right or wrong to any of this nonsense we do in our freetime.

  1155. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    ~! off?
    !~ my kingdom to turn this bold off!

  1156. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    wow sunny. Can you now put a cartoon immage of Alex in a superman cape?

  1157. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    vin: Hughes would certainly know the difference between ‘then’ and ‘than’ and their proper usages because of his privilaged, upper-crust upbringing. ;)

  1158. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Did Rishi break the blog again?

    LOL

    *scrolls back*

  1159. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    This game is making me sleepy

  1160. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    “Even though he didn’t go to college, I’d like to think that Phil would know when to use “thEn” and when to use “thAn.”

    Thank you genius. I forgot this was spelling bee lohud style. Get a life, besides spell checking posts.

  1161. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    !! off? ~~ off? **off

    “ off? @@off? ## off? $$ off? %%off? ^^off? &&off?

  1162. buddy lembeck June 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    matsui looked like a lost puppy in the woods there.

  1163. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    wow i thought that inning would never end. :roll:

  1164. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    hateraid

    I corrected myself if you kept reading. Still doesn’t change the fact that he did see 2 strike which was the premise I was responding to.

    Unlike others here, I’m not afraid to do a little research rather than just knee jerk react and to admit to a mistake when I make it.

  1165. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    hey – this is totally different from last time…last time I just posted something random and it happened…and when I asked that it stop, it did – but I’m sure that was totally random :)

  1166. buddy lembeck June 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm
  1167. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I think Sunny broke the blog. Hopefully Andy is not going out there. I’m sorry but he has no business being out there especially since we have another pitcher in the pen.

  1168. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Andy didn’t look very good running over to cover first. He’s not right. And he is too stubborn. It would not have killed him to miss one start. Now he will more than likely miss his next one, I think, and hopefully he hasn’t exacerbated it too much.

  1169. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Bob doing his best to jinx the no no.

    Why is Andy back out there. Joe don’t agree with this. Andy is awful tonight.

  1170. hateraid June 3rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    sorry pat your response was in between refreshes for me so i didn’t see it.

  1171. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I’m trying to fix it… :P

  1172. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    No hitter gone

  1173. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    sunny 615-
    it looks very cool seeing images ,but between that and rishi breaking the blog i think pete’s not going to be happy :)

  1174. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    no no-no

  1175. Observer283 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Pel, you are kidding right? I mean, this is some form of stand-up? I understand that previous poster asked you to note Alex’s current stats with the bases loaded. So I’ll give you that that’s why you posted these stats. But you are not in anyway implying that those numbers are meaningful? And, if you are implying these numbers are meaningful, you are doing so in jest, right?

    Seven at bats. Seven. To call that a small sample size would do an injustice to small sample sizes everywhere.

    Holy mother of life people, just stop watching the Yankees until after A-Rod is no longer with the team if you dislike him so much! Or better yet, stop sharing your opinions with the rest of us.

    This is getting F-ing ridiculous.

  1176. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    GOD BLESS BOB LORENZ!!!!

    HA HA HA HA HA!

    Curtis Granderson – great American hero!

  1177. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    WOO HOO NO NO OVAH!

  1178. tex's friend June 3rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    becketts no no gone

  1179. nyydj2 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    BYE BYE beckett no no, ua obnoxious punk

  1180. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you Curtis Granderson!

    Meanwhile, Beckett has gotten his ERA down to 4.15 pending the end of this inning.

  1181. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Bob lorenz is a giant jinx. I love it

  1182. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    beckett no hitter is finito.

  1183. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    you’re not kidding randy…

  1184. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    pettite is grinding…

  1185. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Paul is right if Pettitte can’t even run to cover 1st base then he shouldn’t be pitching. He clearly isn’t healthy.

  1186. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    _1-2-3_

  1187. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    What a different game this might be if Arod had taken a walk and Cano was up with the bases loaded, 1 out.

  1188. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    welll theres the andy we all know and love :)

  1189. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    all things considered it could of been alottt worse for andy…bats get going!

  1190. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    looks like the Rangers want to help Andy get through the inning

  1191. buddy lembeck June 3rd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    could michael kay please spare us with the jinx stuff please.

  1192. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Andy: 104 pitches, but still at 4 runs.

  1193. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    So now I know how to make a box and italics here

  1194. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Ripping on a guy who is coming off major hip surgery, despite the fact they are playing .800 ball since his return, is being a moron.

    Has he had NOTHING to do with this hot streak?

    He hit into a DP. Get over it.

    If you are going to post moronic stuff, you are going to get called out on it.

    Don’t like it? Don’t act like a moron. Simple enough.

  1195. brent June 3rd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    104 pitches in the 5th,wow,just wow. Nick at 1st is the least of the Yankees problems.

  1196. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    ^^ amen SJ, amen

  1197. nyydj2 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    why can’t we hit this garbage on the mound? time to wake up this inning or we’ll be sharing first place soon

  1198. Patrick June 3rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Hm I doubt that’s sj44. The yanks look lost at the plate hopefully they can put some runs up soon

  1199. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Pete won’t let us post pictures. I can’t blame him.

    #1 it slows down the blog, it is slowed down a lot just being bolded.

    #2 the trolls will go nuts, and ruin it. This blog is run by a newspaper and they can’t have obnoxious or inappropriate content posted.

  1200. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Maybe the Yanks are planning using Wang and Hughes (bullpen a temp move?) and skipping Andy next time? I hope so. If Andy’s back is bad, he’s got to rest it for it to recover.

  1201. Unkl12345 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    off off?

  1202. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Who diagnosed the 1-2-3 5th inning from Andy?

  1203. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    we need to put something together. Arod will have another opportunity. Dont quit on him now.

  1204. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Is there egg that gets passed around for the player who stunk up the joint in a loss. It’s between Melky and A-Rod, though A-Rod did get the RBI.

  1205. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Beckett is still pitching better than any Yankee starter can.

    None of the Yanks starters can dominate a game like that.

  1206. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    That picture is just too freaky. “Shudder.”

    Okay, bats, let’s wake up a bit here, please. Please??

  1207. BobinNJ June 3rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm
  1208. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Can we get off Rishi case. He didnt intentially try to mess the whole blog up. Just think of the bright side. Its made the blog brighter.

  1209. SJ44 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Or what a different game it would be if the starter pitched better.

    I guess it’s all in how you look at it.

  1210. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Question way off topic.

    I am looking to go to Cape Cod on vacation. Does anyone know any nice hotels? I read some reviews, they rave, and some they call the place a dump. It is so hard to tell what is a plant, or someone trying to get even.

    I know there are some people who live up there who post here, can’t recall names. If you don’t know let me know who I can ask.

  1211. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Greg- really you can’t be serious with that post. That is a joke.

  1212. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Greg
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    Beckett is still pitching better than any Yankee starter can.

    None of the Yanks starters can dominate a game like that.
    ===============================

    Tell me your kidding.

  1213. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    he swung at ball four and hit into a double play, guys. it was a bad at-bat. we’ve seen it from plenty of yankees, plenty of times.

    they’re going to lose some games, too. this may be one of them. it happens.

  1214. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    We better get something done or we are gonna be tied at the end of the night.

  1215. Help June 3rd, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Go Away Bold

  1216. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    “Beckett is still pitching better than any Yankee starter can.

    None of the Yanks starters can dominate a game like that.”

    stupidest post of the day!!!

  1217. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    S.o.S.
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    Can we get off Rishi case. He didnt intentially try to mess the whole blog up. Just think of the bright side. Its made the blog brighter.
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    thanks S.o.S – but I’m a she :)

  1218. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Oh just scrolled up. I guess Rishi did break the blog. :-)

  1219. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 3rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    This whole not being sure if the person that is posting as SJ44 is actually SJ44 is what’s ridiculous.

  1220. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    “None of the Yanks starters besides CC and AJ and Joba and Hughes and Wang can dominate a game like that.”

    Fixed!

  1221. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Sammy Sosa announced his retirement today and said:

    “I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Sosa.”

    LOL

  1222. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    “Beckett is still pitching better than any Yankee starter can.

    None of the Yanks starters can dominate a game like that.”

    stupidest post of the day!!!
    *************

    Day year ? decade? maybe century.

  1223. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 9:08 pm
  1224. Andrew June 3rd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Yeah Greg. AJ Burnett already has a no-hitter to his credit. More significantly, I believe CC, apart from winning a Cy Young (which indicates at least some level of “dominance”) has gone 8.2 innings. And I think CC’s career numbers are better to boot.

    This is without even addressing Chamberlain.

  1225. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Sammy Sosa announced his retirement today and said:

    “I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Sosa.”

    ********

    And now the stupidest quote of the month.

  1226. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    That missed opportunity with the bases loaded completely shifted the momentum over to Texas. If Arod takes the 3-1 pitch, he becomes the 4th walk for Feldman, and who knows how long he would have lasted.

    Instead, Feldman gets out of that inning with all the confidence in the world, and now he’s absolutely dealing.

  1227. Help June 3rd, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    “The following is the source from Rishi’s post that started the bold”

    *!*!<img src=”” alt=”” />

  1228. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    >Pel, you are kidding right?

    I was about to answer this and then the Yankee offense went out with a whimper.

    >I mean, this is some form of stand-up?

    I wouldn’t dare to intrude on Nick in SF’s territory. He’s good.

    >I understand that previous poster asked you to note
    >Alex’s current stats with the bases loaded.

    Nobody asked me.

    >So I’ll give you that that’s why you posted these stats.

    I posted them because somebody wanted them.

    >But you are not in anyway implying that those numbers are meaningful?

    They’re meaningful for the person that wanted them.

    >And, if you are implying these numbers are meaningful, you are doing so in jest, right?

    Are we done here?

  1229. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Eli Manning!

  1230. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Arod and his friend ground into double plays

  1231. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    So people calling Rishi a he is what broke the blog?

  1232. Andrew June 3rd, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Can we at least all agree that Brett Tomko sucks?

  1233. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 3rd, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    LOL.

    Rishi haz PWRS.

    That’s twice he’s broken the blog now.

    :D

  1234. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Does anyone on this blue rock we call earth look more like a Neanderthal than does Youkilis in his pic on the MLB gameday. I mean I suppose in other sports there are better instances like Carlos Tevez on Man United (sh*t), but do yourselves and have a look at that pic. Meathead incarnate.

  1235. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    lol sunny!! Alex looks like the Mad TV comic book kid with the big ears version of superman. Should have known youd make it happen. Would ask for Robin and Catwomen but im affraid of getting you banned.

  1236. ellen June 3rd, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Tomko gets out of trouble.

  1237. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    come on…..we have a lot of game left…. 3runs away. At least we get last licks.

  1238. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    finally unbold

  1239. ellen June 3rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah! Bold off!

  1240. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Come on offense!!!

  1241. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Beckett can win a low scoring pitchers duel by completely shutting down the opposition. I don’t think any of the Yankee starters can do that. Even CC cant…even when he pitches well, he gives up three runs.

    And Arod has that same weird facial expression thing going on when he bats in a pressure situation…nodding his head and smiling when he flails and misses a ball by a foot or nubs into a game killing DP on ball four. The Rangers WANT to pitch to Arod with the game on the line, folks.

  1242. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 3rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Oops. Sorry Rishi. I assumed you were a guy too.

    I should know better seeing as that happens to me all. the. time.

    I’m not blaming Rishi, I think its hilarious, and I’m jealous

    I want her PWRS!

  1243. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah it is gone!! :-)

  1244. nyydj2 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    jennifer
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:05 pm
    Greg- really you can’t be serious with that post. That is a joke.
    - – - – - – - – - – - – -
    No, That is a red sox fan.

    Oh, wait a minute, you are right Jennifer…..

  1245. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Damn…Feldman is only at 73 pitches..They need to get into that awful bullpen.

  1246. Peter Abraham June 3rd, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Guys:

    Please, please, please, stop coding up your posts. Adding photos, bold-faced type, etc. is only going to cause the server to crash or whatever. I just had to go through and delete a bunch of posts to fix it. I don’t have time to babysit the comments like that during games I’m trying to cover.

    We haven’t had any performance issues for months. Please leave well enough alone.

    Thanks.

  1247. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Yankees have 3hits tonight.

  1248. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    jjen, randy lives on the cape so I’m sure he can help you out.

  1249. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    back to normal :D

  1250. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    no worries, Angel – I think it’s pretty 50-50 with the “hes” and “shes” around here

  1251. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    this ump has an iffy zone…for both sides

  1252. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    :(

  1253. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    RS

    I’ve been watching baseball longer than many people here have been alive and have come to the conclusion that 1 of 27 ABs should never be what costs a team a game.

    It would have been great if Alex hadn’t hit into a DP but it would have been great if Andy hadn’t given up 4 runs and it would have been great if someone else had gotten on base and someone else knocked them in too in the last 5 innings. Team game, team win or loss.

    Also, go look at gameday before you are so sure that pitch was ball 4.

  1254. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    No disrespect to Sammy Sosa, but the Hall of Fame announcement might come in a language he doesn’t understand.

  1255. sunny615 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Sorry Pete – didn’t mean to – was trying to fix it and Rishi was just copying a post so he wasn’t doing it on purpose either. Just happened.

  1256. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    thanks S.o.S – but I’m a she

    —–

    Rishi,
    There is a simple explanation for the mistake. As most people here know, i seem to misspell words(missed the s on she). I had to stay consistant so no one would mistake me for an imposter.

  1257. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    No more bold. :( I was kinda getting used to it. :lol:

    Okay, Alex, get the team back in the game. Re-swing the momentum!

  1258. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    gotcha :)

  1259. tim boat June 3rd, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    A-rod up in the 6th for the GIDP!

  1260. nyydj2 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Rishi
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:15 pm
    no worries, Angel – I think it’s pretty 50-50 with the “hes” and “shes” around here
    - – - – - – - – - -
    and then there is Greg

  1261. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    nick, too true. sammy has about as much chance as big mac.

  1262. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    How the hell does this guy only have 86 pitches?

  1263. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    wooooooooooooooooo ground ball we score

  1264. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    LOL Nice error

  1265. Andrew June 3rd, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I am amazed at the way these situations seem to find A-Rod.

  1266. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    A-Rod can’t hit into a DP now :)

  1267. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Can they at least take advantage of this? Or will Arod strike out and Cano swing at the 1st pitch..?

  1268. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Can Arod and the Yankees possibly take advantage of this blunder, or are we going to have to rely on a wild pitch to score Damon?

  1269. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    a-rod is ATROCIOUS!

  1270. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Alex is in slump, officially.

  1271. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    ugggg that was not a strike!

  1272. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I’m dead serious. I would take Beckett over any Yankee starter to win a big game.

  1273. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    kd, seeing you hear reminds me, have you heard about the phenom QB who’s committed to Cal? Austin Hinder, arriving 2010.

  1274. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Oh my GOD I take it back. A-Rod gets the EGG! What a buffoon!

  1275. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Did Sammy Sosa even need to formally announce his retirement?

  1276. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    wow we deserve to lose this game.

  1277. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    a K? that’s not going to go over well here…

  1278. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    gosh darn it

  1279. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Lots of lost opportunities tonight so far.

    Shoot.

  1280. BLUSHMA June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    NICE AROD MVP!

  1281. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    CANO IS AN ATROCIOUS 1ST PITCHING SWINGING MORON!

  1282. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Tell me you didn’t see that coming because I saw it coming a Mile Away. Cano nice job.

  1283. lisa June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    i would rather a beckett no-no then the bosox bats waking up! 10 – 0 now.

  1284. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Damn Cano

  1285. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Ha ha, Cano you freakin’ idiot. Has he seen three pitches this game? Probably not. Nice job, ass.

  1286. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    just one of those games…yanks are a good team…relax

  1287. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    alex is certainly giving his critics some fodder tonight. that’s two very bad at-bats in big situations. just one of those games, i guess.

  1288. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I was right…lol It wasn’t that hard to guess on that one.

  1289. tim boat June 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    one way or the other this game is not ending 4-1 simply because they are at Yankee Stadium 2 and there have yet to be any home runs tonight. mark my words, one team is going to have at least 1 HR by the end of the game, since they playing a joke of a ballpark.

  1290. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    What the heck is Arod swinging at? AAA hitters don’t get fooled on that pitch.

    This team is PATHETIC at situational hitting. I don’t care how many wins they’ve had recently, they can’t hit a sac fly with a gun to their heads.

  1291. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    so why oh why has cano started swinging at the first pitch again…

  1292. BLUSHMA June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    ha arod getting booed already

  1293. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    >1ST PITCHING SWINGING MORON!

    alright there is some irony for ya

  1294. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    cano as clutch and patient as ever.. wmove him down he is not doing well in the 5th spot..

    he is a moron…..

  1295. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    A-Rod and Cano need a day off. Come back Tex, please.

  1296. Matt June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Runner at 3rd, less than 2 outs, A-Rod at the plate. TWICE, and he fails to get the runner in.

    Guess what’s the difference between a game they very easily can win and one that could very likely be a loss with Feldman on the mound?

    RUNNER AT 3RD, LESS THAN 2 OUTS, AS USUAL.

  1297. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    nick,

    that guy is supposed to be awesome. i;ve been around, just not posting as much. did you get season tickets. my young alumni ran out. had to get gold zone.

  1298. Andrew June 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Greg–that’s fine if that’s the way you feel. But when you say that no Yankee starter can dominate the way Beckett can, you come off sounding completely ignorant.

  1299. Patrick June 3rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    A-rod is blowing the game ….

  1300. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    trisha

    Thanks, I’ll be sure to ask him when he is on here. I am on info overload. Have to find someone who has been there.

  1301. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    “Or will Arod strike out and Cano swing at the 1st pitch..?”

    DAMN, you called it. That’s Cano should not be “protecting” A-Rod.

  1302. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    how many more chances do the yankees need???

    bases loaded 1 out= nothing

    Damon gets to third on a error , w 1 out and nothing. 3 hits tonight thats it.

  1303. Trevor June 3rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Arod’s in a slump. Why do you think teams have been walking/hitting Teixiera to face him? Teixiera has been hot with RISP. Even if it is Arod he’s slumping now and you wouldn’t mind facing him.

  1304. beedogs June 3rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    truly pathetic hitting tonight all around. ray charles could swing the bat better, and he’s blind and dead.

  1305. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    sole possesion of 1st place. it was nice while it lasted.

  1306. Pat M June 3rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Looks like we’re going to have to pull this game out in the 9th….Chip away next ab…..

  1307. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    “so why oh why has cano started swinging at the first pitch again…”

    That’s his career. He was never anything else.

  1308. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    cano always trying to be the hero and never succeeds.. get out fine, but have a good AB..

  1309. Joe Mama June 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Cano has seen a total of 4 pitches tonight.

  1310. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Anyone else worried about Andy?

  1311. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Okay, Arod is officially killing the team now. Berroa would have a better chance of getting a guy in from 3rd base with less than one out.

    Arod is the worst “superstar” in the game.

  1312. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    “just one of those games, i guess.”

    kasey, I like your realistic, positive outlook. That’s a healthy and wise perspective. The Yanks have been on fire, this is just one single game (which is still not out of reach, of course).

  1313. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    So we have left 2 men on third with one out, pathetic :( fundamental hitting makes this game 4-3

  1314. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Does Cano know that he cant strike out on the first pitch of and at bat!! I would seriously bench him for having 3 pitches in 3 at bats. The old Cano is back.

  1315. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    if tomko pitches well the yanks will be deluded to think he should be on the roster which he should not be…

    he sucks and is old also.

  1316. Dutch Hugo June 3rd, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    GREG:
    Beckett can win a low scoring pitchers duel by completely shutting down the opposition. I don’t think any of the Yankee starters can do that. Even CC cant…even when he pitches well, he gives up three runs.

    CC 3 starts ago: 7 ip, 3 hits, 1 earned run.
    CC 4 starts ago: 8 ip, 5 hits, 2 earned run.
    CC 5 starts ago: 9 ip, 4 hits, 0 runs.

    And he is a slow starter. And 4 of our last 7 games our pitchers have given up fewer than 3 runs.

    Get that weak sh** out of here, Greg. You’re a moron.

  1317. Todd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    ROBBIE CANNOT

  1318. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    jennifer-

    the cape is broken up into upper, middle and lower cape. i would think you’d like the lower cape better.
    “The Lower Cape traditionally included all of the rest of the Cape,or the towns of Harwich, Brewster, Chatham,Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown. This area includes the Cape Cod National Seashore, a national park comprising much of the outer Cape, including the entire east-facing coast, and is home to some of the most popular beaches in America, such as Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham” wikepedia

    there’s four cape cod league teams in the lower cape too. chatham is a nice town to base yourself from. wellfleet is more natural with the best beaches. provincetown is crazy and mobbed with tourists.

  1319. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    A-Rod making the plays in the field.

  1320. tishbi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Damon getting to third sealed the fate of that inning. he should’ve stayed at first despite the error.

  1321. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Stultus Magnus
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 pm
    “so why oh why has cano started swinging at the first pitch again…”

    That’s his career. He was never anything else.

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    This season was different until about the last 2-3 weeks

  1322. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Relax. The Yanks just want to get their walk off pie. I’s 4-1 not 41-1.

  1323. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Arod should get the day off tomorrow. He hasn’t had one since coming back from the DL. His mechanics are all messed up and he might be fatigued. A day off will be good for him..

  1324. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    9:25 isn’t me. I haven’t conceded anything yet.

  1325. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    i really hate calling people out but some of you really are clueless…how the hell can you think that this game is over…yankees are a first place team…are 16-4 in their last 20 games…lead the league in come from behind wins and have numerous walk off wins…do you really think they are out of this game down by 3 with 9 outs left…if you believe that you are not a yankee fan

  1326. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Tex will pinch hit for gardy..i’m calling it.

  1327. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    It’s funny, yet kind of sad, that our only decent relievers are all long men. Aceves, Tomko, Wang, and now Hughes.

  1328. Todd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Cy Feldman

  1329. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    and yes…tomko looks good

  1330. Scorpio June 3rd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Nice work by Tomko.

  1331. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Good job Tomko

  1332. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Arod has driven in the only run. The enitre team has 3 freaking hits.

  1333. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Benny Blanco
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:29 pm
    Tex will pinch hit for gardy..i’m calling it.
    ****
    I second this motion

  1334. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    bret tomko looks quite good. he may not be a long term answer but he’s going the job.

    that said, i probably just jinxed him

  1335. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    kd; yes, I got season tickets. I sit with a few buddies, we’ve been in section U, which is on the sunny side around the 2 yard line, for a few seasons. I can’t wait to get a little revenge vs. Maryland.

    And all of that is the truth.

  1336. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    they need to but the take sign on cano when appropriate because he is not smart enough to relax at the plate..

  1337. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Also Cano should be benched the next time he swings at the 1st pitch. He has done it in almost every recent at bat. I don’t know why they keep letting him do it.

  1338. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Robi one good game one bad game a lot lately.

  1339. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I hate to say this – but can you imagine the disparity in boos David Ortiz would be receiving from a Boston crowd vs a New York crowd today?

  1340. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    nick,

    the game’s absolutely not out of reach. three innings to get three runs. they can do that. in theory, anyway.

    tomko’s been fine, at least.

  1341. stuart a June 3rd, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    the yanks have not gotten an out to the outfield yet…..

  1342. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Randy

    Thanks, do you know of any hotels that are nice? Looking to spend $150-200 tops.

  1343. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    i’m tired of this corey feldman pitcher.

  1344. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    # Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Tex will pinch hit for gardy..i’m calling it.
    —————————–

    I’d rather him pinch hit for Swish. As silly as that may sound.

  1345. nyydj2 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Mehdi also in SF
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    Does anyone on this blue rock we call earth look more like a Neanderthal than does Youkilis in his pic on the MLB gameday. I mean I suppose in other sports there are better instances like Carlos Tevez on Man United (sh*t), but do yourselves and have a look at that pic. Meathead incarnate.
    - – - – - – - -

    speaking of fugly, anyone seen this years yahoo profile pic of Vladimir “Cornelius” Guerrero?

  1346. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Cano just cannot hit that high in the order. He’s just never going to be as good as we want him to be. You can almost predict when he’ll get a hit (nobody on base or maybe a runner on first) and when he’ll go meekly on the first pitch (runner in scoring position).

    This looks exactly like the Yankee teams of the last few years.

  1347. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Ortiz has a hit tonight…Give him the MVP.

  1348. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    HIP HIP!!!!!!!!!!!

  1349. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Lets go………

  1350. Jerkface June 3rd, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    You guys will never believe the 2009 yankees stats with a runner on 3rd less than 2 outs.

    Its not bad, it might even be good. (.934 OPS, 81 runs in 111 PA)

  1351. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    damn georgie

  1352. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Let’s get 2 more of those..

  1353. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I liked Kay’s call on that one.

    Sounded like Hulkamania!

  1354. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    “Does Cano know that he cant strike out on the first pitch of and at bat”

    The best line yet

  1355. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    GJ Posada.

  1356. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Why is Cano batting 5th? I know to slipt up the lefties but yeah.

  1357. Jack June 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    The team just has no heart. They show up when they want to and think they can rally every game. Well sometimes, the other pitcher has something to say about that.

    Feldman is 4-0 for a reason.

  1358. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Yankees will win….Down by two runs. The ghost are coming..

  1359. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    How about Jorge and his +159 OPS!

  1360. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Hip Hip!

  1361. Alexxxx June 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    HAHAHA Did anyone else hear Kay when georgie hit that out? “DOES IT HAVE THE HEIGHT?! YESSSSSSSSSSS”

  1362. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    montero got his first hit in AA…hes 1 for 3 with a walk…his 2nd out was a bomb to the wall that was caught…

  1363. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    In that first walkoff against Minnesota, the Yankees were losing 4-1 until Gardner got a solo homerun in the 7th inning. We all know how that game turned out…

    Hopefully we see more of the same. Losing 4-2 or 4-3 will make those missed opportunities hurt even more.

  1364. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    kasey: and there’s one of them! You are correct sir.

    And yes, Tomko definitely deserves his props. He’s caught a lot of grief on this page (including from me), but he’s done a very nice job thus far tonight.

  1365. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    LOL at AJ making the 1 down, 2 more to go sign…..

  1366. OZ 54 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Greg,

    That’s why Cano never has many RBIs. He does all his damage with the bases empty. Great players do their damage in ALL situations.

    Cano is a good player, but he just doesn’t have the mindset or approach to be a star. He is one of those players who we will look back on and say he never lived up to his talent.

  1367. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Matsui you are not supposed to swing 2-0. Especially after not taking the bat off his shoulder the last at bat.

  1368. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Sometimes it seems to me that people are happier being “right” that they said a player was not going to come through than they would be if the player had in fact come through. I don’t understand that kind of thinking.

    If a player doesn’t come through, you wanna vent, that makes sense at least. But sometimes you get the sense they are actually cheering for a mess-up.

    “sigh”

    Nice HR by Posada. Only 2 more to go (well, 3 :) ).

  1369. Neil June 3rd, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Pinch hit for Tex?????????

  1370. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    nick, i never said you were a liar. perhaps you have be confused with someone else?

    i will not bring the o’neil banner to california memorial stadium.

    nice at bat by matsui!

  1371. Tankus June 3rd, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Cano will be fine

    It’s A-Rod who looks old and slow. He had one hot streak on the homestand and has done nothing since.

    He is absolutely killing us now. And as he has his entire career, folds in the big spots. Tex saved him a DP yesterday too. If Tex didn’t slide, who knows how that game would have went.

  1372. hateraid June 3rd, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    pinch hit texiera here plz

  1373. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    If it were me…. I would pinch hit tex for gardy.?? no.??

  1374. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    y’know, i know 2-0 is a hitters’ count but i wish matsui would have taken that third pitch. this team has had some pretty questionable at-bats tonight.

  1375. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Why is everybody talking about Cano batting 5th NOW??? Because he’s cold? He doesn’t belong higher than 6th and when I mentioned that before, people attacked me and pointed out his BA. The point is he has lazy ABs and doesn’t belong up there in the order.

  1376. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    How many innings did Andy pitch? Did it look like his back was acting up? He did a nice job of bouncing back – so give him credit- but I wonder if the Yanks should skip his next start. Andy has been living on borrowed time in his starts for awhile now……

  1377. Neil June 3rd, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    PLEASE TEX BE UP AFTER COMMERCIAL

  1378. Role Call June 3rd, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Unlike in year’s past… Texas has a good pen this year. Their closer Francisco has been lights out.

    No rally tonight unfortunately.

  1379. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    jennifer-
    the lower cape is more bed and breakfasts and house and cottage rentals. i would check the chambers of commerce for each town to find what suits you best.

    here’s wellfleet’s :
    http://www.wellfleetchamber.com/Lodging.html

  1380. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Tankus
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:38 pm
    Cano will be fine

    It’s A-Rod who looks old and slow. He had one hot streak on the homestand and has done nothing since.

    He is absolutely killing us now. And as he has his entire career, folds in the big spots. Tex saved him a DP yesterday too. If Tex didn’t slide, who knows how that game would have went.
    ===============================

    here we go….. whats the yankees record with arod in the lineup??

  1381. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Folds in the big spots! wow! Have you watched him this year? A-Rod must be perfect and bat 1.000 with risp.

  1382. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Jeter’s due…

  1383. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    how do you guys know tex is even available to pinch hit…he does have a bruised ankle

  1384. Joe Mama June 3rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “Sometimes it seems to me that people are happier being “right” that they said a player was not going to come through than they would be if the player had in fact come through. I don’t understand that kind of thinking.”

    Those people are playing the percentages. If you say someone is going to fail at the plate you will be right about 70% of the time.

  1385. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    kd: of course not, that was for general consumption. ;)

    Under the Aaron Rodgers banner!

  1386. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 3rd, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Does anyone know if CJ is throwing his gyroball yet?

  1387. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC all day)
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm
    how do you guys know tex is even available to pinch hit…he does have a bruised ankle

    oooooooooooooooooooo

    I was wondering the same thing – 9th inning, sure, but he’d have to play the field now and I think that was part of the issue

  1388. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    BALL!

  1389. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Jeter failed in the big spot! he looks old and slow! FAIL FAIL FAIL

  1390. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    take the BAT OFF YOUR SHOULDER!!!!

  1391. Flagstaff June 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Matsui is so frustrating to watch. He has the best ABs on the team at times and the worst at others. Remember that AB against Minnesota with the bases loaded 3-0 count and he swung at ball 4 twice?

    Atleast a guy like Cano always has bad ABs, he just gets hits in a lot of them and that is his nature. And a guy like Tex always has good ABs, even if he makes outs.

  1392. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Jeter needs a hit for the hit streak, right?

  1393. Michel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    A-Rod doesn’t look old and slow, he looks like someone who came back from hip surgery earlier than he should have. It’s frustrating now, but give him time. He’s already had a few big hits for us this season. Let’s wait until he gets closer to 100% before we call him a choke artist.

  1394. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I knew it, I knew Jeter wouldn’t hit a HR and tie up the game or get a hit to extend the inning. Please tell me you see how foolish that sounds.

  1395. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    No response to that comment about Alex necessary……wow.

  1396. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    nick. only if we have a beer together

  1397. Matt June 3rd, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Well guess what the difference in this game is? Both of those runners at 3rd with less than 2 outs. Funny how that works.

  1398. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    randy thanks for the info.

  1399. Joee June 3rd, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    A-Rod cost them the game. Bases loaded dp. Man on 3rd nothing 2 runs game would be tied……….

  1400. vinny June 3rd, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    sit down jeter … oh i forgot, its impossible for you to get a called third srike.

  1401. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I missed it. Did Jeter hit into a dp?

  1402. Trevor June 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Tomko has been better then Veras.

  1403. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    youk just left he red sox game with an injury.

  1404. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Arod needs to go to the pen!! No wait.

  1405. joey June 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    beckett came out in the 8th just to drill laird!

  1406. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    “Thank you genius. I forgot this was spelling bee lohud style. Get a life, besides spell checking posts.”

    I only correct grammar and spelling for people who post comments like yours. I figured our nation’s elementary school children would benefit from it.

  1407. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    kd: are you going to any of the Yankee games in Oakland? Maybe there can be a LoHud meetup or something.

  1408. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    >A-Rod cost them the game.

    nah, i think it was creaky back pettitte. worried about incentive bonuses.

  1409. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “take the BAT OFF YOUR SHOULDER!!!!”

    Easy for us to say… Wilson was NASTY.

  1410. sar515 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    All you people who have called this game over…
    Blaming it on A-Rod, Cano, Petitte…

    Go watch something else on TV.
    “So you think you can dance”.

    You can read about the comeback tomorrow in the papers.

  1411. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    :knock on wood: the pens not so bad tonite huh….

  1412. Flagstaff June 3rd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Boston and Tampa both up big

    Looks like we’re going to lose ground tonight

    Hope Wang comes ready tomorrow…

  1413. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    jennifer-
    no problem , and make sure to wear your yankee hat to annoy the natives :)

  1414. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    hey, at least tomko’s been decent.

  1415. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    It’ll never happen but if Detroit comes back to win this it will be the comeback of the year. FACT!

  1416. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Tomko looks stanky

  1417. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    What got into Tomko?

  1418. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    tomko was FANTASTIC!

  1419. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Yeah, I’m not saying Cano is bad. Just that the approach to his ABs are pretty much crap. When he’s hot, he’ll hit .450 in a week and that’s great. But when he’s not, he’s not contributing much at the plate. If somebody makes an out, I have a lot more respect for a guy who at least will see 6 pitches in that AB.

    Cano was more patient at the beginning of the year, for about 3 weeks. But not anymore. He has not walked in two weeks and has a matching BA and OBP. That, my friends, is an impatient hitter.

  1420. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Tomko has stepped up big time this game. Good for him.

    There’s still time for the offense to remember they did not rain this game out. :)

  1421. Pat M June 3rd, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    There are some real chumps that post here….Quitters galore…Really is shameful that these humps call themselves Yankee Fans…..Texeria will ph when they get to Gardner’s last ab….

  1422. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Well done Tomko

  1423. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    “Wilkins De La Rosa 97 pitches…61 strikes…36 balls…2 hits…0 runs…1 walk…8 strikeouts. Not bad at all.”

    I can finally look at him again. :)

  1424. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    10-5 Detroit. Maybe Detroit is waking up a little. I’d be so heartbroken if Boston blew a 10-0 lead

  1425. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Anybody who’s watched Arod with the Yanks knows that when he starts having these horrid AB’s, it doesn’t go away after a game or two. This is what he’s going to be for a few weeks, at least. He’ll be stranding runners (and he always comes up with tons of men on when he can’t get them in), guess hitting, grinning,etc.

    And Arod being such a dork will only cause Tex to see fewer and fewer good pitches to hit.

  1426. S.o.S. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    lol. Swish looked more like was trying to spear the people in the stands than actually go for the ball. Thank god for them they moved out of the way.

  1427. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Carl
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm
    Folds in the big spots! wow! Have you watched him this year? A-Rod must be perfect and bat 1.000 with risp.

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

    Were you watching the game when arod hit a walk off this year in xtra innings?? You didnt happen to see the game tying homerun he hit in the bottom of the 9th against the phillies? did you?

  1428. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    P.S., just cause I’m railing on Cano (as I’m wont to do), I still think the Yanks got a shot.

    Go Yanks

  1429. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I feel a come back, they haven’t had a walk off in a while.

  1430. Trevor June 3rd, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Tomko throws strikes unlike Veras. If this continues I hope Veras gets DFA.

  1431. Kelvin Ace June 3rd, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Come on bot of the order!!

    Lets go Yanks

  1432. Kevin (not that Kevin) Brown June 3rd, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Greg- thank you! The old A-Rod is back, in spades.

  1433. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    texas reliever throwing heat.

  1434. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    “A-Rod cost them the game.”

    He had the only RBI in this game, I think they had like 4 hits all game. Pettitte sucked tonight. Can’t win them all

  1435. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Randy- My license plate holder is coming off. I’ve heard too many stories, I am scared!! :lol:

  1436. Orestas June 3rd, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Don’t we go through these complaints with A-Rod every year?

    He is just not a big game player. Never has been. He’ll luck into a few clutch hits here and there because he is so good but his ABs and his approach is very flawed.

  1437. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    nick, i’m going to one of the games. will likely get tickets for another one soon. it would be nice to get the bay area lohuder’s together

  1438. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Al has taken some horrible hacks tonight.

  1439. Dazz June 3rd, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Texas has a much revamped pen. That’s why they have been so good.

    Not going to rally tonight. Francisco, their closers has been nasty.

  1440. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    where in the world was swishy running

  1441. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    For those that missed it, Montero was 1-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored and an RBI single, plus a walk and a strikeout.

    Curtis had a solo homer in 3 at bats with 2 walks and 2 runs scored.

    De La Rosa’s line: 6.0 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, 0 HRA, 3.24 ERA, 1 balk

    Two stolen bases allowed. Keep in mind that not one of these young pitcher has learned how to keep runners anchored.

  1442. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    These spots will always find arod.

  1443. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    too funny.

    where was swisher running?

    his brain really is wired differently.

  1444. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Brandon: I like your new tag :)

  1445. Joe June 3rd, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Is Tex available to pinch hit tonight? Is there any reason he wouldn’t be?

  1446. Homer June 3rd, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    CJ Wilson didn’t give up a run in the entire month of May

    And his mustache on gameday is very disturbing.

  1447. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Damon’s Deck. I like the sound of that Mr. Kay

  1448. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I can’t believe what I’m reading…..or can I? Beckett’s the only one who can shut down a team? Ok – whatever floats that poster’s boat. These same fans calling out Alex for not getting the job done all the time are the same people who’ve booed him and cheered in in the stadium – hypocrites. It’s absolutely pathetic. Calling Andy selfish and trashing him? Assuming that he only wants to pitch because of his incentives? Unbelievably embarrassing……

  1449. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Man this is just not our game tonight.

  1450. Trevor June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Arod ties it here.

  1451. Rudy June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I’m calling a HR by A-Rod.

  1452. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Lets see if A-rod does something he hasn’t hit a ball hard in a while.

  1453. terpbomber June 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    C’mon, A-Rod. Redeem yourself and tie it up at least…

  1454. Vince June 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    DP.

  1455. Todd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Damon’s deck is safe tonight

  1456. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    He’s way off tonight.

  1457. trisha - OPPC member June 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Methinks we win this game.

  1458. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    kd: I’m going to all three games, hopefully. I’m going to the first two with my brother, the third with a LoHudder.

  1459. Rudy June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Wilson is nasty, wow.

  1460. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Lets see if A-rod does something he hasn’t hit a ball hard in a while.
    ———————

    Except for the 1st inning.

  1461. Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Lets see if A-rod does something he hasn’t hit a ball hard in a while.

    Yeah, since Sunday…..

  1462. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I’ll take a double (or whatever scores Swish) and keeps the inning going…

  1463. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I hope this game turns around. If not we’ll get them tomorrow.

  1464. Todd June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Arod looks sick

  1465. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    rough night for him

  1466. Trevor June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I stand corrected………unfortunately.

  1467. vin June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    That changeup for strike 1 just killed Alex.

  1468. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Well we all saw that coming :) not our night so far, Cano didn’t swing :)

  1469. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    the boo birds are embarassing

  1470. Kevin (not that Kevin) Brown June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I don’t think that pathetic swing had anything to do with A-Rod’s hip…

  1471. Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    People really need to stop booing…

  1472. yankeenate June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    as good as arod is…he can be so frustrating to watch hit when men are on base.

  1473. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    No DP for A-Rod. Making one out instead of two is good.

  1474. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    it really doesn’t matter how you cut it, that’s a pretty bad day at the plate for a-rod. maybe his hip’s giving him more trouble than we’re aware of.

  1475. Rudy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Kevin (not that Kevin) Brown June 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I don’t think that pathetic swing had anything to do with A-Rod’s hip…

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

    No but it had everything to do with how nasty Wilson was pitching.

  1476. Todd June 3rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    this ss is fantastic

  1477. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    cano is SLOW.

  1478. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    pathetic.

    gag worthy performances

  1479. Jack the Ripper June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Again, no one ever accused Cano of running too hard down the line

  1480. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    well, the good thing is that we have any early game tomorrow.

  1481. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    how many ss’s can make that play….not many

  1482. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Well, we’re finding out why they wanted Young to move to 3rd to make room for Young Elvis Andrus. :(

  1483. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Lets see if A-rod does something he hasn’t hit a ball hard in a while.

    Yeah, since Sunday…..
    _________

    Sunday he had a ground ball go through the infield, he didn’t smoke the ball.

  1484. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    this is just not our game tonight, It’s up to Wang tomorrow, no excuses show up.

  1485. Donnie - Will meet Elvis Andrus under the O'Neill Banner June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I’m about sick of Elvis Andrus.

  1486. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Again, this team is awful at situational hitting. Leadoff hitter reaches base in the 8th inning, and the offense can’t even advance him to 2B.

    The Rays would have 5-6 runs by now with the same amount of hits the Yankees have gotten.

  1487. Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    i would love to have arods bad days….he has one of the 5 hits, and drove in one of the two runs…it’s baseball, you know the sport where you are a god when you fail 2/3rds of the time.

  1488. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    is there a doctor in the house?

  1489. Todd June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    cano runs like he has a full diaper..

  1490. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    “Pel
    June 3rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm
    pathetic.

    gag worthy performances”

    dude…your the pathetic one…its ok though

  1491. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Mark

    At least 7 innings. Alex’s first AB tonight was a hard hit ball.

  1492. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    jennifer-
    that might be wise :)

  1493. Swisher For President June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Yankee fans are the worst. Cheer arod 2 weeks ago when he hit a walk off home run, but he has one off night tonight and he’s getting booed.

  1494. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Hmm gameday says Youkilis left the game he left the game due to a injured ankle/fat head.

  1495. Bryan June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    the Anti-Clutch!!

  1496. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Rodriguez may have struck out, but, he didn’t stand there watching three pitches down the middle of the plate.

  1497. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    He did run hard down the line. He didn’t make it. The effort was there, even if the desired result was not.

  1498. Vince June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I’m almost positive Cano broke stride, something he tends to do quite often. Although sometimes he just doesn’t bother running at all…

  1499. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    OMG, the Yankees might lose a game………..sound the alarms! Guess what? The Sox have also lost games this year and they will lose some more. I can’t believe some of these folks here are Yankee fans…..or even baseball fans. Alex sucks – he’s not clutch- he’s got a terrible approach. Andy’s selfish…….Alex sucks…..The Red Sox are perfect….The Yankees stink. Going 16-4 isn’t good enough? Should the Yankees be 20-0?

  1500. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Arod is putting too much pressure on himself to hit a home run bc some of you bloggers wont accept anything less.

  1501. Floyd June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Ok Wang… you got put in the rotation, you better step up tomorrow

    Losing 2\3 at home to Texas is not the best way to kick off a tough stretch.

  1502. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    “People really need to stop booing…”

    THANK YOU coach. David Ortiz is CHEERED WITH SCATTERED BOOS. I HATE the Red Sox, but the spoiled boo birds give them an indisputable example of being better fans. It’s disgusting and every time I hear it I cringe. We are better than this folks.

  1503. beedogs June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    cano0-for-4

  1504. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    What is going on with in the sox game?

    Kevin left with an ankle injury
    Lowell was ejected.

  1505. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Lets see if A-rod does something he hasn’t hit a ball hard in a while.

    Yeah, since Sunday…..
    _

    Sunday he had a ground ball go through the infield, he didn’t smoke the ball.
    ——————————–

    He smoked the ball his first at bat.

  1506. Doris from Rego Park June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I am no A-Rod fan but the boo’s are a joke. sometimes yankee fans are as dumb as they come. its embarassing.

  1507. trish June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    elvis is a beast!

  1508. vey June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Mark being out took the spatk out of the Yankees.
    Arod is nothing without his juice!!

  1509. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    “Again, this team is awful at situational hitting. Leadoff hitter reaches base in the 8th inning, and the offense can’t even advance him to 2B.

    The Rays would have 5-6 runs by now with the same amount of hits the Yankees have gotten.”

    oh..you mean the 28-28 rays?…gotcha

  1510. Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Lets see if A-rod does something he hasn’t hit a ball hard in a while.

    Yeah, since Sunday…..
    _

    Sunday he had a ground ball go through the infield, he didn’t smoke the ball.


    are we talking about the same one hop seed that he hit through the ss’s glove….yup, seeing eye single…

  1511. Rudy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    RS June 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Again, this team is awful at situational hitting. Leadoff hitter reaches base in the 8th inning, and the offense can’t even advance him to 2B.

    The Rays would have 5-6 runs by now with the same amount of hits the Yankees have gotten.

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

    So go be a Rays fan?

  1512. Mick the Quick June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    why should people stop booing?

    $700 per seat gives you every right to boo OR cheer.

  1513. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Mark

    At least 7 innings. Alex’s first AB tonight was a hard hit ball.
    _____________

    I’m talking about a XBH a frozen rope, singles don’t count.

  1514. LLIME June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Alex cost us the game tonight, plain and simple.

  1515. Wangawa June 3rd, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t remember CJ Wilson being that good… the guy is nasty.

  1516. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “Losing 2\3 at home to Texas is not the best way to kick off a tough stretch.”

    We lost 2/3 vs Texas at home ?

  1517. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Gameday is a mess. 5th pitch it says out. than it goes onto teh 6-7-8- pitches.

  1518. Someone Else June 3rd, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “Alex cost us the game tonight, plain and simple.”

    No, Andy cost us the game.

    Alex failed to WIN us the game, but he didn’t give up 3 runs in the 1st.

  1519. YankeesLuv June 3rd, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I would say Arod’s 3rd inning at bat was pretty bad, that last one ehhh pitcher had filthy stuff. We can’t seem to break through tonight, pitching has settled down for Texas as well unfortunately. Oh well we still have one more chance.

  1520. Kevin (not that Kevin) Brown June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Rudy – I’ll give you that one. Wilson has been filthy. But a bad game for A-Rod today at the plate. Hopefully one of few.

  1521. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    >dude…your the pathetic one…

    you’re

    >its ok though

    thanks for the affirmation, broseph

  1522. Rudy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    LLIME June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Alex cost us the game tonight, plain and simple.

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

    Absolutely!!! It had NOTHING to do with Andy’s horrible start to the game right?

  1523. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Doris I thought you were a Mets fan. Also I thought you had left this world.

  1524. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    $700 per seat gives you every right to boo OR cheer.

    …. Mick the Quick – you are just the fan the “new” Yankee stadium people are looking for

  1525. Razzle Dazzle June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    We still have 4 with Tampa, 3 against the Sox and Mets.

    We haven’t clinched anything yet. Still have way too many games where we don’t even show up.

  1526. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    “I don’t remember CJ Wilson being that good… the guy is nasty.”

    I did.

  1527. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Lets see if A-rod does something he hasn’t hit a ball hard in a while.

    Yeah, since Sunday…..
    _

    Sunday he had a ground ball go through the infield, he didn’t smoke the ball.
    —-
    are we talking about the same one hop seed that he hit through the ss’s glove….yup, seeing eye single…
    ___________

    All I’m saying is ever since his 5 hit game A-Rod has been struggling.

  1528. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Sure, RS – the Yankees have only gone 16-4 in their last 20 games. Where exactly are the Rays in the standings?

  1529. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    my brother is at the game..he’s asking if Arod will refund his ticket

  1530. carol June 3rd, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    these booing fans at the stadium make me ashamed to be a yankee fan!

  1531. Doris from Rego Park June 3rd, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    but then again, when you come in here and look at all the d-bags complaining the boo’s make perfect sense.

  1532. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    “OMG, the Yankees might lose a game………..sound the alarms! Guess what? The Sox have also lost games this year and they will lose some more. I can’t believe some of these folks here are Yankee fans…..or even baseball fans. Alex sucks – he’s not clutch- he’s got a terrible approach. Andy’s selfish…….Alex sucks…..The Red Sox are perfect….The Yankees stink. Going 16-4 isn’t good enough? Should the Yankees be 20-0?”

    Ever heard of criticism?? Give it a rest. People have the right to their opinions. Who is freakin sounding any alarms????? A couple freak posters? Let it be.

  1533. Mark June 3rd, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    “Alex has not had it with men on base lately.”

    Lately????????????

  1534. Yanks 77 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Nobody is afraid of A-Rod in a big spot. Pitchers just attack him. They know he is worthless in clutch situations. They can expand the zone and pitch comfortably like he is some rookie.

  1535. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    im hoping for a walk off hit for Jete. I’d love to see him get pied.

  1536. Coach6423 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    LLIME June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Alex cost us the game tonight, plain and simple.

    Or Andy Pettie giving up 7 hits, walking six, and giving up 4 runs lost us the game. We have scored 2 runs….Alex has driven in 1 of them. That means the other 8 have also driven in 1….Win as a team, lose as a team….TEAM game

  1537. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    LLIME June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Alex cost us the game tonight, plain and simple.

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

    Absolutely!!! It had NOTHING to do with Andy’s horrible start to the game right?
    ___________
    Giving up 4 runs to the Texas rangers not that bad, if we lose this game it is because we did not on two occasions get a runner in from third with one out.

  1538. Mehdi also in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Dave that is a lame excuse. So what does does that mean people in the bleachers shouldn’t boo cause their tickets are cheaper. It’s the fans right to boo, regardless of money, but the REALITY of it is that it’s counter productive to boo your own team. It’s idiotic and you have to be a complete tool to boo your own team at the stadium. Having said that the fans have the right to boo if they want.

  1539. Master Ace June 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Big test for Wang tomorrow… can he help us win the series?

    Or will it be a deflating series loss heading into a big series with a red hot Tampa team looking to get back into the race and has played us very well in the past?

    I would have much preferred CC tomorrow. Though with this offense, who knows. He could throw 8 IP, 2 ER and lose 2-1.

  1540. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Benny I watched every game this year. The A-Rod hate makes me sick.

  1541. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    vey
    June 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    Mark being out took the spatk out of the Yankees.
    Arod is nothing without his juice
    ================================

    Hey, instead of blogging here, why dont you do us all a favor and do something constructive , such as play in traffic?

  1542. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    is there any possibility of pinch hitting Tex? im gonna guess no, because they’d have done it by now

  1543. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules)
    June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 pm
    Mark

    At least 7 innings. Alex’s first AB tonight was a hard hit ball.
    _

    I’m talking about a XBH a frozen rope, singles don’t count.

    ————————————————————

    Fat and stupid is no way to go through life.

  1544. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    The amount of friendly-fire boos that come from fellow yankee fans is embarrassing.

  1545. kd June 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    it’s walk off time. i’m calling it

  1546. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    im hoping for a walk off hit for Jete. I’d love to see him get pied.

    —-

    Yes, I’d like to see that too.

  1547. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Mark

    Singles don’t count? You lose credibility points when you say a hard hit single that resulted in an RBI doesn’t count.

    Would a single have counted if he hit one with the bases loaded and it scored 2?

    I’ve never insulted anyone on this blog for their baseball knowledge but “singles don’t count” is pretty tempting.

  1548. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t know that it gets back to Jeter, but there is a chance that Tex pinch hits for Gardner as predicted above

  1549. Arnold June 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Betsy – Don’t underestimate the Rays. They are the most dangerous team of all. Take out their Cleveland series and they have been right there. Their pitching has turned around too, they are poised for a big run.

  1550. Yankee Trader June 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    WABA-Worst at bats award-
    Cano with close second Jeter. A-Rod doesn’t win it because he had one hit tonight, which was his limit, and for rest of game just went up to the plate to look marvelous!

    CUGA-Cost us game award-
    Pettitte trying to pitch to meet incentives instead of telling Girardi he wasn’t 100%. Hate to give this award to Tex, but his missing presence cost us big scoring opportunities.

  1551. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    >We have scored 2 runs….Alex has driven in 1 of them.
    >That means the other 8 have also driven in 1.

    well…jorge SOLO homerun

    but i get what you’re saying

  1552. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Good job David, let’s see if we can get something going in the bottom of the 9th

  1553. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Well this game is over.

  1554. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    If Tex is in the lineup tomorrow then Arod better have the day off. He looks like he can definitely use it.

  1555. 4time June 3rd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Francisco has given up only 1 run in 18 innings this year.

    He has been the best closer in baseball this year. He isin’t a struggling Brad Lidge.

  1556. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    “these booing fans at the stadium make me ashamed to be a yankee fan!”

    Same fans cheer for excellence, right? The pendulumn swings both ways. You get cheered for a good play you can reasonably expect to be booed for poor play. There has been some poor play tonight.

  1557. Rudy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Master Ace June 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I would have much preferred CC tomorrow. Though with this offense, who knows. He could throw 8 IP, 2 ER and lose 2-1.

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

    Good point man, because the Yankees just didn’t score 12 runs yesterday nor do they average 6 runs/gm.

  1558. hateraid June 3rd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    arod has a -.200 WPA for this game so dont defend him its foolish

  1559. Rose June 3rd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Why is Alex getting booed by fans at the Stadium? He has come back early from surgery, give him a break. They are not booing any other Yankee, only Alex. They don’t have a clue.

  1560. Rishi June 3rd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    a 0.48 ERA? Well…I guess you can say he’s due :)

  1561. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    well that was dumb

  1562. RC 16 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Rays and Sox both won today, both inch closer to us.

    In this division, every loss hurts. Tampa/Boston very rarely are going to lose out of division games/series (forget what TB did in Cleveland). They are better than teams from every other division.

  1563. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Before Alex came back from injury. The Yanks were struggling with bases loaded no one out. Now all of a sudden it’s A-Rod’s fault?

  1564. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Donnie – Will meet Elvis Andrus under the O’Neill Banner
    **

    Haha- nice tag. Donnie, who would you take first under the banner? Elvis or Ben Francisco?

  1565. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Taking a fastball right down the middle..Good job. Can someone swing the freakin bat already??!?!?!

  1566. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Are you kidding me, Razzle Dazzle? The Yankees have too many games where they don’t show up? They’ve gone 16-4…….yes, 16-4 in their last 20 games. Not executing is NOT the same thing as not showing up. What do people want from this team, perfection? Guess what- they’re human?

  1567. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 3rd, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    What is it a .5 ahead now, seems right going into Boston

  1568. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    booing happens. it’s part of the game. alex was bad tonight. period. he was awful at the plate. i don’t personally boo people but it’s part of the game.

    big start for wang tomorrow. hopefully pete and others were right and he’ll step up.

  1569. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Mark

    Singles don’t count? You lose credibility points when you say a hard hit single that resulted in an RBI doesn’t count.

    Would a single have counted if he hit one with the bases loaded and it scored 2?

    I’ve never insulted anyone on this blog for their baseball knowledge but “singles don’t count” is pretty tempting.
    ___________

    I didn’t mean it in that way, I meant that A-Rod is not a singles hitter, Its been a while, since Texas since A-Rod has had and A-Rod type of hit, you know those line drives the other way or down the line into the corner that is what I meant. Of course singles count.

    Texas has a real good back end of the bullpen.

  1570. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    wow too bad angel berroa didnt play today..

  1571. RBI Man June 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I really hope Wang is ready, and he didn’t just take advantage of a Texas team last week that just wanted to go home in the 8th-9th and look good.

    We need to keep clicking off series, our rivals are doing the same.

  1572. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    About to be tied for first

  1573. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Only scoring 2 runs against Texas is pathetic..I don’t care how good they have been so far.

  1574. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    The pitchers are just challenging the hitters

  1575. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    game over. they went out with less than a whimper.

  1576. Jeff NJ - Everyday Aceves June 3rd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I miss Mark Teixiera. He is clearly the team MVP.

  1577. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    If Tex is in the lineup tomorrow then Arod better have the day off. He looks like he can definitely use it.
    —————————

    Or have him bat behind Alex.

  1578. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Guys, realize this now: we are going to lose more than 20 games this season. Get over it now so we dont have to hear everyone complaining all year.

  1579. RS June 3rd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Terrible loss. All Arod needed was 2 flyballs and we probably win this game.

  1580. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    One shining bright spot for tonight. The “atrocious” bullpen did an outstanding job

  1581. Donnie - Will meet Elvis Andrus under the O'Neill Banner June 3rd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    “Haha- nice tag. Donnie, who would you take first under the banner? Elvis or Ben Francisco?”

    Francisco first, Andrus next. That said, I think I will be changing my tag depending on which team we’re playing. The upcoming Boston series will make it so very hard to choose just one.

  1582. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Betsy -

    Perfection is exactly what they want. Sadly. Because they’ll never be happy. There will never be a game where they won’t find something to complain about.

  1583. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Arnold, I’m sorry – I just don’t go in for worshipping at the feet of our rivals. I never said I don’t respect the Rays – they are a good team and will very likely make a run. That wasn’t the point of my response – my point was that the poster I responded to was whining about how the Rays would have scored 5 or 6 runs tonight to the Yankees 1. Really? Since they are currently 5 games or so (I forget) back of the Yankees, they clearly aren’t doing that often enough. If Yankee fans want to trash their own team and put the other teams on pedestals, go ahead. I think they sound stupid and spoiled.

  1584. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Well, no one can say the Yanks their fare share of chances. Plenty of culprits, but I don’t see how anyone gets more blame than Mr. Pettitte.

  1585. Tom June 3rd, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    We can’t even hit Scott Feldman and a bunch of scrub Texas relievers

    You really think we’re hitting Beckett/Lester plus the best bullpen in baseball?

    But forget them, I want to get beat the Rays first this weekend. They scare me more than the Sux.

  1586. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    When Tomko retires 9 guys in a row aren’t you supposed to win that game???

  1587. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I can’t wait until Cody Ransom come back. Hehe

  1588. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    NYY626, realize this now: you are going to read all types of comments.

  1589. GeorgeInJax June 3rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    We were outpitched by Texas, but I’m at least encouraged by the Tomko & Robertson outings.

  1590. Matt June 3rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    RUNNERS AT THIRD, LESS THAN 2 OUTS.

    The difference EVERY TIME.

    YOU HAVE TO SCORE THE FREE RUNS. The infield was back every time, and A-Rod chased balls BOTH TIMES.

    Don’t you dare blame Pettitte. They had plenty of chances to win this and the OFFENSE gave it away.

  1591. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Erica,

    Good point. They were awesome, its great to see Robertson and Tomko shine. It’s more fun to root for them over Veras or Edwar

  1592. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Donnie – Will meet Elvis Andrus under the O’Neill Banner
    June 3rd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Francisco first, Andrus next. That said, I think I will be changing my tag depending on which team we’re playing. The upcoming Boston series will make it so very hard to choose just one.
    ****
    Not sure if my vote counts or not, but definitely Youkilis. If nothing else, just because the way he shakes his a*s is really annoying.

  1593. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Yeah, terrible loss………sheesh. Doreen, it’s worse than I ever thought after a loss. Are these real Yankee fans? They sound like fair weather fans to me………

  1594. CA Vz June 3rd, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Pettitte settled down after the 2nd inning and we got 7 scoreless innings after that.

    The offense just didn’t show up today. Another mediocre righty – Brandon McCarthy on the mound tomorrow. Let’s hope they decide to show up tomorrow afternoon.

  1595. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    since most of the pessimists will sound the alarm. I will do it for them.

    Blame the whole game on arod.

    He gave up 4 runs and went 6-28 tonight.

    Arod’s record is now 31-22.

  1596. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    nick,

    if there’s the opposite of the wwe belt, andy and alex can share it tonight.

    hope the right wang (see what i did there!) shows up tomorrow.

  1597. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Kasey

    “booing happens. it’s part of the game”

    -Wrong. See: David Ortiz receptions in Boston this season (which I hate to admit) and Bobby Magic’s documentary about his managerial career in Japan (AMAZING documentary btw).

  1598. Marz June 3rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Rachel,

    Yes, most teams do. If that was Boston and they got 3 scoreless innings from Penny or someone in relief, they win the game easily.

  1599. Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    PS – yes “booing” in a broad sense does happen, obviously

  1600. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Can’t win em all.
    Big day tomorrow with the return of Wang

  1601. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Erica, i agree 100%. I cannot stand watching youkilis at the plate. His stance is so obnoxious!

  1602. Rudy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Tom June 3rd, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    We can’t even hit Scott Feldman and a bunch of scrub Texas relievers

    You really think we’re hitting Beckett/Lester plus the best bullpen in baseball?

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

    No you’re right. We completely suck and we’re going to lose every game from here on out. Forget the fact that we have the best record in the AL and have been playing the best baseball in MLB the past few weeks.

    Stupid, just stupid. Some of you people need a reality check.

  1603. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I give up…….

    On to more important matters – I’ve read that Andy did not look good covering first (forget what inning it was). His next turn needs to be skipped and also he needs to be examined…..I don’t want something relatively minor turning into something serious.

  1604. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    If it had been Jeter would he have gotten the same reaction?

  1605. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Well Lets go CMW :) win the series and we will forget about the guys left on third with one out :)

  1606. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    “When Tomko retires 9 guys in a row aren’t you supposed to win that game???”

    I’d suggest that any game in which Tomko faces 9 batters is probably not going our way.

    He did a nice job tonite though.

  1607. Seaside June 3rd, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    You really think Pettitte will go on the DL if he isin’t 100%?

    That’s the problem with the incentive clause. He isin’t going to go on the DL under any circumstances unless his arm is broken. Even last year he pitched through pain and was awful in the 2nd half, he knows how to do it.

    He probably should go on the DL, but he won’t. And I don’t blame him one bit. Cashman outsmart himself with that incentive contract. Everyone wants money.

  1608. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    When Tomko retires 9 guys in a row aren’t you supposed to win that game???
    —-

    Rachel, you are on fire!

  1609. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I admit that I have reservations about Wang tomorrow…..

  1610. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    i cant tell if youkilis has to take a dump or if he is churning butter.

    so whats up with Wang tomorrow? since his pitch count will stop at 80, is hughes gonna test out that relief role by possibly going 5-6-7? or will we look for long relief similar to what happened today?

  1611. Monnie D June 3rd, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Ah, there’s the A-rod we all know and dislike. Let’s hope this is just a one game thing for Tex, ’cause the lineup looks (and performs) completely different without him. Can you say MVP?

  1612. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    They only needed 2 fly balls and then the game would of been tied. Funny it looks like Arod needs the protection not the other way around. Which we already knew…. I know he is coming back from surgery but he doesn’t have to swing in the dirt every at bat. The only good game he has had recently was the 5-5 against Texas last time. As a lineup you really have to have a bad day at the plate for Texas to only give up 2 runs…

  1613. JoeT 28 in 10!! June 3rd, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Well there’s only one good thing out of this – maybe I can get a few comments on my new blog…. Check it out real quick and let me k ow what you think!!

  1614. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I cant wait to see the backpages tomorrow. B00-R0D

  1615. NYY626 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    “i cant tell if youkilis has to take a dump or if he is churning butter”

    oh man. Im dying over here :)

  1616. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I say CMW is brilliant tomorrow :)

  1617. Earl June 3rd, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Win tomorrow, and it is all forgotten. Won the series, still in 1st, confident, Wang is back, the whole bit.

    Lose tomorrow… out of first place, Rays cut to within 5 games and come to the stadium to play us. We have done nothing against their pitchers this year either.

    Big game for Wang tomorrow. I would have Aceves warmed up with him just incase.

  1618. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    So the Yanks are now likely to lose this series. Then they play the tough Rays, which could also be a series loss. Then Boston, who they have shown they cannot beat this season. Then the Mets.

    UGH.

    And I hate Arod, for being the choking dog that he is.

  1619. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Wow you’d think we had the worst record in bb now. This place turns into such a dump when we are losing or lose a game.

  1620. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    S.A.–The sun will come out tomorrow; I’m down with the OPPC
    June 3rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm
    Can’t win em all.
    Big day tomorrow with the return of Wang

    *****
    Absolutely! If they win tomorrow, they still win the series. And theoretically, if you keep winning two out of three you still have a team with a .666 winning percentage at the end of the season. And that would make you the best team in baseball.

  1621. teddy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    giving tex pitchers credit they pitched very well tonight. just tip your hat

  1622. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    So the Yanks are now likely to lose this series. Then they play the tough Rays, which could also be a series loss. Then Boston, who they have shown they cannot beat this season. Then the Mets.

    UGH.

    And I hate Arod, for being the choking dog that he is.
    ____________

    LMAO, too funny.

  1623. Yank1 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I think it is time to start batting A-Rod 3rd

    Teixeria is clearly the better hitter, and A-Rod needs some protection now. He scares nobody trying to pull the ball and striking out left and right.

    Teix will help A=Rod much more than Robby ’1st pitch’ Cano will.

  1624. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Betsy,

    Seriously I have no idea how to characterize those kinds of fans, because even when the Yankees win, they obsess on any negative things that happen in a game instead of celebrating the positive. So it’s not even fair weather fans. “Shrug”

  1625. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    MEET AND GREET For the second time this season, the Yankees surprised fans with guest greeters at the Great Hall entrance to Yankee Stadium. This time, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and reliever Brian Bruney shook hands, signed autographed and posed for pictures.

    “I think it’s a great idea, and they should continue doing stuff like that,” said Paul Barroca of Mineola, N.Y., who chatted with Cashman. “They’ve had a heck of a year so far. I just said, ‘Keep on doing a great job and let’s get to the World Series.’ ”

    As he left the concourse, Cashman spoke with a guest relations representative holding a sign that said, How May I Help You? Cashman noticed the sign and answered this way: “You can help me find an eighth inning guy,” he said, smiling.

    Bats Blog

  1626. Rose June 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    kasey

    People boo, I know that. But Alex was the only Yankee being booed. There were other players that did not come through tonight, but only 1 was getting booed.

  1627. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    greg take a chill pill dude its gonna be okay just take some deep breaths

  1628. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    At least Alex got an RBI single.

    Then again, at least Andy didn’t let the game get out of hand when he didn’t have good stuff.

    I’ll call it a team failure.

    Nothing from Jeter and no Tex doesn’t seem to help the offense much, but that was a small sample size. ;)

  1629. Dan June 3rd, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    This looked like the 2008 team out there tonight. That just lay down.

  1630. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    “I say CMW is brilliant tomorrow”

    Hope so. McCarthy has been pretty warm lately. Only 4 ER allowed in 22 IP (1.63 ERA) over his past three starts.

  1631. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    “big start for wang tomorrow. hopefully pete and others were right and he’ll step up.”

    kasey-

    you’ve got it all wrong with wang. it is not a big start in that he has to prove something. it’s a start that he’s going to use to get back in the swing of things. it’s a start to build his strength back up.

    if he goes 4-5 innings and gives up three runs it’ll be a huge step in the right direction. it’s a start and just part of a process. it would have been done at the minor league level , but it’s not allowed. in a way, it’s like a spring training start for him , but it counts.

    there’s no way around him pitching before he’s ready. if he get’s hammered, you’re still not going to be right that he shouldn’t start. he has to go through this like any pitcher would building their pitch count back up.

    he’s not the one who pulled himself form the minor leagues to sit in the bullpen and lose his conditioning level for starting.

    i have no idea what he’s going to do tomorrow. what i know is that he needs to throw innings. hughes is ready able and able to pick him up if needed.

    if you can figure out a better way to get wang back to full strength, i’m sure everyone would love to hear it. i don’t see how just complaining because he’s not at full strength helps anything. he’s not going to be at full strength for three to four starts.

  1632. 7*7 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    If A-Rod didn’t have that 5-5 game, he had to be hitting under .100 right about now, I’d imagine. Or just above .100

    He looks worse than Teixeira did during his slump.

  1633. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    You should have to register to use this blog.

  1634. E-gawa June 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Arod struck out on 3 balls. They weren’t even good pitches. He deserved to get booed

  1635. jennifer June 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    dan

    Yeah nothing to do with the pitchers right?

  1636. BX 44 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    They need Teix in the lineup tomorrow.

    This offense can’t score runs without him. With Wang on the mound, we need all the runs we can get.

  1637. kathy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    why is it that polyanna trisha always runs away with her tail between her legs during a yankee loss!

  1638. Erica - newly OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Okay folks. I am going to hit the couch. Enjoy the rest of your night!

    Thanks to swine flu, I get to be here again tomorrow and chat during the day game :-)

  1639. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Charleston is playing Savannah. Good game. Bullpen blew Brett Marshall’s sparkler. It was 3-1 going into the 8th inning. Tied up until the 12th inning before Charleston scored a run.

    Venditte is pitching.

    Pitching left handed – gets a ground out.
    Pitching right handed – strikeout on two curves and a high 92 MPH fastball

    Pitching left handed – infield single
    Pitching left handed – nothing but sliders (4). Struck batter out on 85 MPH fastball.

    16th save, leads the league

  1640. Nat June 3rd, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    As someone above said, win tomorrow– no harm, no foul.

    Lose tomorrow– eeek. Especially if Wang gets shelled.

  1641. m June 3rd, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    You know it’s amazing we’re 9 games over .500. Gardner’s got a higher average than the 3B, RF, & DH. ;)

    This offense really needs Tex.

    Back at ‘em tomorrow. Is it a day game? Cervelli? CC?

  1642. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    “why is it that polyanna trisha always runs away with her tail between her legs during a yankee loss!”

    Be nice.

  1643. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 3rd, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Night peeps tomorrow is a new day and it’s an afternoon game :)

  1644. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    YES Booth Report audio with Bob Lorenz, Michael Kay, Paul O’Neil:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/60909725befc9207/

  1645. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Texas’ pitching is much improved this season. Can’t compare to years past.

    Feldman was 5-0, not 0-5, and has been pitching well. Teixeira was not in the lineup. Good pitchers are going to beat you sometimes. The guys who came in in relief for Feldman were nasty. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes the other team has a better night.

    I’m nervous for Wang tomorrow. But they have a fresh Aceves and they have Hughes to cover. I don’t know who is pitching for Texas, and even if I did, I wouldn’t know what to expect.

  1646. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    They only needed 2 fly balls and then the game would of been tied. Funny it looks like Arod needs the protection not the other way around. Which we already knew…. I know he is coming back from surgery but he doesn’t have to swing in the dirt every at bat. The only good game he has had recently was the 5-5 against Texas last time. As a lineup you really have to have a bad day at the plate for Texas to only give up 2 runs…
    ——————————————
    He’s been pitched around on a lot since he came back. He’s batting .250 with an over .400 obp and over .900 slg. If he’s not here Tex’s don’t improve as well as they have. Not that Tex would’ve stunk. But not like this if it had been Cano behind him.

  1647. vey June 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Arod is stealing from the Yankees.Who ever signed off on his contract was stupid. *NO pitcher fears him,he’a a joke*.

    *Mark is the real deal,no hype*. He hits for power,avg,clutch,has good ,great first basemen,navigates the bases ,the complete package. *Get well Msrk the Yankees need*
    *you*

  1648. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I cant believe what I’m reading. Here’s the solution, put berroa in for arod tomorrow… (sarcasm)

  1649. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    You should have to register to use this blog.
    =====================================================

    carl i totally agree. and in order to register, you should have to pass an IQ test and demonstrate some sort of baseball knowledge!

  1650. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    kathy
    June 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm
    why is it that polyanna trisha always runs away with her tail between her legs during a yankee loss!

    ————————————————————

    Why do trolls and idiots only show up during games that the Yanks lose?

  1651. STX 99 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I HOPE A-Rod figures it out before we go to Fenway.

    I also hope we don’t start a mini-slide as we face the Rays-Sox-Mets. The 18 of 22 can be erased pretty quickly in this division.

  1652. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    kathy
    June 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm
    why is it that polyanna trisha always runs away with her tail between her legs during a yankee loss!
    ************************************************

    Why is it I’ve never seen anyone named “kathy” here before?

    :roll:

  1653. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    “Back at ‘em tomorrow. Is it a day game? Cervelli? CC?”

    Day game. Cervelli. Wang

  1654. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Jen and Doreen, I’ve given up trying to even reason with these people. I don’t like losing because I’m always fearful (such is life as a pessimist) that it will turn into a 2 game, then 3 game losing streak, but man- this team does nothing but bust it’s butt out there and never give up. They’ve won 16 out of 20 (now 21) – that’s incredible. What do people want? Blood from a stone? We’ll never win another game……that’s it, season over.

  1655. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 3rd, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Heh.

    GMTA GB7. :)

  1656. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    “Arod struck out on 3 balls.”

    Gameday says you’re wrong.

  1657. vtred June 3rd, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I agree- They need to have Hughes/Aceves warmed up right with Wang.

    You can tell pretty early if he will have it or not.

  1658. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Agree 100% randy. Maybe there are some big psychological ramifications for Wang tomorrow, but a June 4 start when the team is tied for first place is not big in any grander scheme.

    Getting Wang back on track is important and tomorrow is the next step in that process.

  1659. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 3rd, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    :roll: @ vey

  1660. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    “at least Andy didn’t let the game get out of hand when he didn’t have good stuff.”

    ——–

    I agree, he put the team in a hole but it could easily have been a 6 run deficit. I feel like if that had been Burnett, the loss (although still a loss) would have been something like 9-2.

    Reservations about Wang?? Never! Wang will go 7 strong tomorrow. I’m calling it.

  1661. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    “I’m nervous for Wang tomorrow”

    doreen -

    i think you should lower your expectations for wang for tomorrow. i would say innings are more important that runs given up. sometimes you have to lose a battle to win a war.

    the purpose of starting wang is to get wang going again. the yankees may have to pay the price of a few losses to do that.

  1662. NJ Dave June 3rd, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    We have had more come-from-behind wins so far than most teams have in a year.

    These things even out over time. If you think we’re going to have 75 CFB victories and 35 walkoff wins, you are fooling yourself.

  1663. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction audio:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/609098840719bcb3/

  1664. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    This is what GI Joe should do. Arod should sit tomorrow for the day game. Then on Friday I would bat him 3rd and Tex 4th. His mechanics are awful, he is pulling everything, he looks fatigued, and he is clearly pressing like usual. When he gets going then they can change the lineup back. Everyone is going to pitch around Tex, then an Arod strike out and Cano 1st pitch out. They need to change the lineup so Arod gets pitches to hit in front of Tex. Then bat Posada 5th.

  1665. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    The Yankees just laid down? What part of “not executing doesn’t mean not trying” isn’t clear? I feel sad for the Yankees in a way that their own fans turn on them at the drop of a hat…..

  1666. Joe June 3rd, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    “I feel like if that had been Burnett, the loss (although still a loss) would have been something like 9-2.”

    Yeah, I agree with you, AJ probably would have imploded. Andy battled, as he always does. This loss isin’t on him.

  1667. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    i was delighted to see Jete make a few good turns tonight. just shows that he’s not the washed up old man that many think he is. he still looks pretty limber out there to me (except for that last strikeout)

    Posada has been struggling a bit behind the plate..imagine if he went to DH? that would be odd having a DH catcher

  1668. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    E-gawa June 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Arod struck out on 3 balls. They weren’t even good pitches. He deserved to get booed
    ———————————

    Not with the was umpires have been calling close pitches against the Yanks strikes.

  1669. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Nick and Randy agree?!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  1670. Eastport June 3rd, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Andy is our #5 starter. What more do you want from him? It’s not like he is getting paid $82 million.

    This loss is because the offense didn’t show up.

  1671. m June 3rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Steve B,

    Thanks.

    :(

    Would’ve preferred Cervelli today, Posada tomorrow in that case.

    Oh, well. Let’s hope that Wang gets mesmerized by the snake charmer in the mask.

  1672. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Wang has said 80 or so pitches.

  1673. vey June 3rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Looks like Texas go a whole lot better after Arod left!

  1674. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I’m nervous for Wang tomorrow.

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

    Me too. I’m nervous for him, though I am excited for him to be back.
    Big day tomorrow!

  1675. River Ave June 3rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I have no idea what to expect from Wang tomorrow

    If I had to say, I’d guess a 5 IP, 4 ER performance and reaches his pitch limit.

    Will that be good enough? Well, if Teixeria is missing, we probably have no shot. McCarthy another mediocre righty will probably shut us down.

  1676. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    we should totally pick up Glavine and turn him into our 8th inning man!

  1677. Tom in N.J. June 3rd, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    That being said 80 or so pitches for Wang could be 6 innings of work…

  1678. Carl June 3rd, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    If this was football I could understand the complaining. But come on stop over analyzing it. We didn’t hit. We couldn’t climb out of the 4 run hole. Next game.

  1679. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Positives

    Swisher with a multi hit game in Yankee Stadium.

    Jorge’s swinging the bat great since coming back.

    Tomko 2 hits and no runs in 3 innings.

  1680. kasey June 3rd, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    randy,

    good points. i hope he pitches well tomorrow.

  1681. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Jeter’s YES post-game reaction audio:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6091005157ed7822/

    hat tippins aplenty

  1682. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    vey June 3rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Looks like Texas go a whole lot better after Arod left!
    ———————————————-

    6 years after

  1683. Phill June 3rd, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “why is it that polyanna trisha always runs away with her tail between her legs during a yankee loss!”

    Yeah, give us a break!

  1684. devin June 3rd, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “the purpose of starting wang is to get wang going again. the yankees may have to pay the price of a few losses to do that.”

    yep. im expecting a loss tomorrow. but we have to deal with it, we have to get wang back.

    even though it will be a start of a slide.

  1685. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    AJ would have imploded? The guy who gave up 3 runs in 7 innings last night? That AJ? And we know this how?

  1686. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “Andy is our #5 starter. What more do you want from him? It’s not like he is getting paid $82 million”

    Be nice if he lived a little less dangerously. Last two starts have featured 11 walks and 22 baserunners in 10 innings pitched. He’s been more lucky than good of late.

  1687. Pat M June 3rd, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    The Yankees lost tonight…..That’s it…THEY lost….

  1688. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Enough with the Posada can’t throw crap. If the pitchers hold the runners closer…not just close, he’ll have a chance to throw them out.

    the 1969 version of Johnny Bench wasn’t throwing out runners that have three steps before the pitch is released.

  1689. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    randy l -

    Maybe what I’m really nervous about is how people will react to Wang? And that’s more on me – not wanting to have to feel like Wang has to be defended – like earlier today.

    I know he’s not full strength and I know he’s going to need a couple of outings at least. I don’t expect a shutout, I don’t expect a “stellar” outing. I’m hoping his 80 pitches takes him 5 or so innings. I hope he keeps most of his pitches down. I hope some velocity is there. I hope he does well enough to help him work up his confidence.

  1690. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Yeah, Cano needs to be removed from the 5th spot. He’s having difficulty protecting himself much less A-Rod.

  1691. Gates June 3rd, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Oh yeah, no Posada tomorrow either (day game after a night game)

    So if Tex is out too, the lineup could be very weak. Even without him, it is compromised considering A-Rod is an automatic out.

  1692. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I love Tex, but come on – the lineup is totally dependent on him? They had a bad game tonight – wow, it’s one game. Maybe they’ll have a few more of those – no, of course they will – that’s the nature of the game (unless you want it played by robots). This is a terrific lineup – obviously not as good without Tex (what lineup would be, missing a main cog), but they simply lost because they had a bad night…..it was bound to happen.

    Randy, I really would have preferred that Wang have a few more pen sessions as I don’t think he’s ready. However, the Yankees do……. I don’t care if he gives up 3 runs in 4 or 5 innings, but I’m very concerned that he may just go out there and completely implode. LOL I really want to win tomorrow – I’d hate to lose 2/3 to Texas at home after winning the first.

  1693. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I love Tex, but come on – the lineup is totally dependent on him? They had a bad game tonight – wow, it’s one game. Maybe they’ll have a few more of those – no, of course they will – that’s the nature of the game (unless you want it played by robots). This is a terrific lineup – obviously not as good without Tex (what lineup would be, missing a main cog), but they simply lost because they had a bad night…..it was bound to happen.

    Randy, I really would have preferred that Wang have a few more pen sessions as I don’t think he’s ready. However, the Yankees do……. I don’t care if he gives up 3 runs in 4 or 5 innings, but I’m very concerned that he may just go out there and completely implode. LOL I really want to win tomorrow – I’d hate to lose 2/3 to Texas at home after winning the first.

  1694. Nat June 3rd, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Cano can’t hit high in the order. When will Girardi realize this?

    Tuck him away at the bottom of the lineup regardless of how hot he is.

  1695. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Funny, Tom, but I don’t know why you had to bring Canadia into it.

  1696. m June 3rd, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    You guys are joking right? AJ has had games like this. Gave up early runs and settled in after that and the offense caught fire after he left the game. Andy wasn’t as fortunate.

  1697. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Apparently Joe said on the post-game that Tex “may” be ok to go tomorrow – not the most encouraging thing.

  1698. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Andy’s YES post-game reaction audio:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6091019368c8d1ec/

  1699. Johnny B June 3rd, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    im gonna be so glad when they finally show this stupid Mike Kschevisksky centerstage crap on YES. Ive been hearing about this for two weeks. Duke BLOWS please lets get this over with!

  1700. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    They definitely should of sat Posada today so he can catch Wang tomorrow. Wang needs the veteran behind the plate not the rookie. If he gets out of sorts especially with men on base then Posada would know what to say to help him. Cervelli will not. We all know that Wang needs help on the mound sometimes…

  1701. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    m: I defended your guy for you! :)

  1702. E-gawa June 3rd, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    “Arod struck out on 3 balls.”

    Gameday says you’re wrong.”

    Then gameday is wrong. One was up and in, One was below the knees and the last one he lunged at.

  1703. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Cano really got robbed of a hit by Elvis. Shucks.

    So how do they get these guys (Swisher did it, too) not to look at the ball but to just go straight ahead to first? Randy you had pointed that hout earlier; I hadn’t noticed it at the time. He busted it, but he did rubberneck a bit, too. I guess you can’t run in one direction and look in the other without it slowing you down a bit.

  1704. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Girardi said Tex might not be able to play tomorrow. I will assume that he doesn’t have a “bruise” and he might of slightly sprained it.

  1705. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Yeah, because AJ’s been involved in a lot of implosions thus far…………..Did he pitch yesterday or not? Did he win that game? Never fails, lol

  1706. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I also don’t believe Pettitte’s back is 100%. This is the guy who swore his arm was fine the entire second half of last season. But what can ya do?

  1707. m June 3rd, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Green Beret,

    Nobody’s saying it’s Posada’s fault. But 3 of the 4 attempts looked awful with one ending up in CF.

    No free passes for Tampa. Or they’ll make us pay.

  1708. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Girardi said there was slight swelling on Tex’s ankle. Was it Tex he was talking about when he said Gino said “he” was moving better as the night wore on?

  1709. Stultus Magnus June 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Nick in SF
    June 3rd, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    m: I defended your guy for you! :)

    ——

    A match made in heaven. Get a room!!

  1710. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t care how talented a pitcher McCarthy is – wow, just handing him the game? Yankee fans have NO, zero, zilch, nadda, negative, faith in their team – it’s pathetic

  1711. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t care how talented a pitcher McCarthy is – wow, just handing him the game? Yankee fans have NO, zero, zilch, nadda, negative, faith in their team – it’s pathetic

  1712. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    “I also don’t believe Pettitte’s back is 100%.”

    Maybe. He always gives up a lot of hits. Recent propensity for allowing walks is a bit unusual though.

  1713. m June 3rd, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Nick,

    Thanks. :)

    It’s a tough crowd.

  1714. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Sheesh – I thought this was supposed to be a little bruise? It’s not so little if there is a good chance he can’t play tomorrow……..Andy’s turn needs to be skipped as it doesn’t seem like he’s healthy. As to Jorge, I only saw one of his throws and it was a bad one. It seems like he threw much better coming off the surgery than he has after coming off the DL for his hamstring.

  1715. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    A few observations…

    –When Arod starts hitting like this, he doesn’t just go into a slump or hit into bad luck. The guy literally will do the worst possible thing in an AB. Want anything but a DP…bet your life the goof will hit into that DP. Arod just kills the team for weeks at a time and it’s so easy to see it beginning, with him losing all grasp of what a strike zone is, etc.

    –Cano just cannot hit in the 5 spot. The pressure is just too much and he just can’t not swing at that first pitch, no matter where that first pitch is. Posada probably has to hit fifth with Matsui 6th and Cano 7th. I know Matsui looks older than dry dirt, but Cano just refuses to even try and learn some plate discipline (and I know Matsui has had some Godawful AB’s this season, too).

  1716. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Randy, I really would have preferred that Wang have a few more pen sessions as I don’t think he’s ready. However, the Yankees do…….

    Betsy, what more do you need to see? WAng will do his best i’m sure if you were in his shoes you would feel the same.

  1717. Pel June 3rd, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Alex’s YES post-game reaction audio:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/60910557fb06d4e1/

  1718. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Slight swelling? That’s not a bruise…………I think Tex should get an x-ray taken because it does sound like he sprained it. How on earth did the Yankees diagnosis this as a slight bruise? Sheesh, that’s terrible. Poor Tex – he gets hurt at the wrong times (like when he’s hot……same thing happened with his wrist). I would definitely not play him.

  1719. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    “good points. i hope he pitches well tomorrow.”

    kasey-

    if wang gets through this ugly duckling period and comes back after three to four games as the wang we knew we’re all going to be very happy because the yankees will be a very strong team.

    nick in sf-
    do you think we should be concerned we’ve agreed twice in a week ?
    as long as we don’t make a habit of it, i don’t think it’ s life shortening :)

    all kidding aside, i do think this team may be coming together and that also means a lot of the seeming contrary views are meshing together. there’s a balance of youth with veterans and a balance of free agents and home grown. people are finding out that it’s not gardner vs melky or hughes vs wang. it’s about getting a very strong deep team with back up plans on the back up plans.

    cashman being decisive and putting wang back in the rotation shows me he’s not asleep at the wheel and is looking at the big picture. that’s as far as i’ll go in praise of cashman for one night .

  1720. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    A few observations…
    —When Arod starts hitting like this, he doesn’t just go into a slump or hit into bad luck. The guy literally will do the worst possible thing in an AB. Want anything but a DP…bet your life the goof will hit into that DP. Arod just kills the team for weeks at a time and it’s so easy to see it beginning, with him losing all grasp of what a strike zone is, etc.
    ——————————–

    I’ve never seen A-Rod kill the Yanks for weeks at a time.

  1721. E-gawa June 3rd, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    “Arod struck out on 3 balls.”

    Gameday says you’re wrong.”

    Then gameday is wrong. One was up and in, One was below the knees and the last one he lunged at.”

    Looked it up, my bad. Gameday isn’t wrong. He struck out twice on two bad pitches and made contact on one bad pitch. Regardless, he looked horrible in those abs

  1722. Rose June 3rd, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    How was Tex doing before Alex came back and batted behind him in the line up?

    Some guys didn’t come through tonight. It happens.

  1723. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Andy just said that he hasn’t thrown his bullpen between starts because of the back issue that he had. His command has been off so he definitely has to throw between his next start. That is absolutely a joke and unexceptable. If he doesn’t feel good enough to throw between starts then he NEVER should of made the start. Wang should of with Hughes still in the rotation. It is June not September. O’Neil picked up on it when Andy didn’t run well to 1st base. He pulled this BS last year.

  1724. John June 3rd, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    McCarthy is another mediocre righty. Our lineup always falls victim to them.

    Without Tex and Jorgie… no shot. I’d like to see Wang pitch well though, even if we don’t score runs for him.

  1725. Carl79 June 3rd, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Why did Andy make this start if he didn’t throw his BP session and he knew his command would be off?

    Dumb, dumb move.

  1726. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    “How on earth did the Yankees diagnosis this as a slight bruise?”

    As long as Dr. Cashman doesn’t tell him not to work on his lower half while he’s out, Tex should be fine.

  1727. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Greg, if alex kills the yankees so much, then what doe berroa, ransom and pena do to the to help the yankees when they play?

  1728. Glover June 3rd, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Great, just as we begin our Rays-Sox-Mets stretch, our best player is banged up.

  1729. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    One thing – if the x-rays were negative, how can Tex have a sprained ankle? Do bruises usually lead to swelling? Tex can’t play tomorrow – I’d be shocked if he were in the lineup

  1730. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Hmmm , I thought it was mediocre lefties that gave this team trouble. Who knew?

    Gotta love the lack of confidence in a team that has the 2nd best record in the AL, tied for 1st place.

  1731. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    “If he doesn’t feel good enough to throw between starts then he NEVER should of made the start.”

    One of the perils of an incentive laden contract.

  1732. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    ” I guess you can’t run in one direction and look in the other without it slowing you down a bit”

    doreen -

    i learned as a kid to never watch the authority figures or police trying to chase me .

    i really wasn’t a bad kid.

    i like to call it creative :)

  1733. NITRO June 3rd, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Mark Teixeria has 2 HRs off McCarthy in his career too.

  1734. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    m
    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:00 pm
    Green Beret,

    Nobody’s saying it’s Posada’s fault. But 3 of the 4 attempts looked awful with one ending up in CF.

    No free passes for Tampa. Or they’ll make us pay.

    ————————————————————

    These runners over the last two games have had leads on the pitchers so large that you could have stolen a base.

  1735. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Betsy, He had an MRI and it was negative. Yeah a “bruise”, call me stupid. The Yanks come up with the craziest things.

  1736. NITRO June 3rd, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    You really think Andy is going to lose out on $$$?

    This is the downside of an incentive laden contract. Andy is going out there even if he is banged up. He wants his entire salary.

  1737. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 3rd, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    One thing – if the x-rays were negative, how can Tex have a sprained ankle? Do bruises usually lead to swelling? Tex can’t play tomorrow – I’d be shocked if he were in the lineup
    —————–

    Betsy- Not that I am a doctor, but my brother just had the same thing. His ankle swelled up and looked like a baseball. They thought he broke it for sure, but it was just a really bad sprain. I would guess its the same situation then with Teix. Hopefully Tex is smarter then my brother who was back out on the court less than a day later.

  1738. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Wow, that’s disgraceful that the Yankees allowed Andy to take his turn when he couldn’t even throw BP. Unbelievable…….they are playing around with his back and it could lead to even more serious back problems, nevermind arm problems

  1739. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Have there been any comments from Hughes or Wang regarding the Yankees decision. Doubt there were, but was just wondering

  1740. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Whatever, Stultus. ;)

    m has a conflict of interest when it comes to discussing AJ, someone had to step in.

  1741. Nat June 3rd, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    This is the same team that told Wang not to exercise his legs. They have no clue how to handle injuries.

  1742. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 3rd, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    —Cano just cannot hit in the 5 spot. The pressure is just too much and he just can’t not swing at that first pitch, no matter where that first pitch is. Posada probably has to hit fifth with Matsui 6th and Cano 7th. I know Matsui looks older than dry dirt, but Cano just refuses to even try and learn some plate discipline (and I know Matsui has had some Godawful AB’s this season, too).
    =====

    Cano has been icing his hand consistently. He says it’s nothing, but he is clearly not right, and his swings haven’t been good at all.

    He’s got some nagging thing going on that is affecting his batting and he is clearly frustrated.

  1743. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    “One of the perils of an incentive laden contract.”

    It is Girardi and Cash’s call not his. If they knew he wasn’t 100% they should of just said we are skipping you.

  1744. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Betsy
    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:07 pm
    Slight swelling? That’s not a bruise…………I think Tex should get an x-ray taken because it does sound like he sprained it. How on earth did the Yankees diagnosis this as a slight bruise? Sheesh, that’s terrible. Poor Tex – he gets hurt at the wrong times (like when he’s hot……same thing happened with his wrist). I would definitely not play him.

    ————————————————————

    It was x-rayed and it’s a bruise. He was kicked….he didn’t turn it. Bruises to swell. Did you ever bump your head and end up with a sprained neck, or did you get a bruise and a bump?

  1745. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Andy just said that he hasn’t thrown his bullpen between starts because of the back issue that he had. His command has been off so he definitely has to throw between his next start. That is absolutely a joke and unexceptable. If he doesn’t feel good enough to throw between starts then he NEVER should of made the start. Wang should of with Hughes still in the rotation. It is June not September. O’Neil picked up on it when Andy didn’t run well to 1st base. He pulled this BS last year.

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

    Yikes. He couldn’t even through his BP?

  1746. Sevendust June 3rd, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Probably looking at

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Damon
    Rodriguez
    Cano
    Matsui
    Melky
    Gardner
    Cervelli

    tomorrow.

  1747. randy l. June 3rd, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    “The Yankees lost tonight…..That’s it…THEY lost….”

    pat m-

    i agree. even good teams lose 40 % of the time.

    that’s baseball.

  1748. Trevor June 3rd, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Posada may just DH tomorrow. Rays coming in they like to run not feeling Posada catching those games. Would like to see Cervelli in 2 of those games.
    Otherwise expect them to run wild.

  1749. igotid88 June 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I remember Kay saying Andy felt fine after throwing his bp session. Maybe I heard wrong.

  1750. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Christina, I should have know something was up with Tex when he said that he’d have to see how it goes tomorrow……if it was just a nothing bruise, he would have been positive that he could play tomorrrow. If it’s a sprain (now I don’t believe MRIs OR x-rays, sheesh), then that is a very bad situation.

  1751. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    gah
    though=throw

    Might be time for me to go to sleep

  1752. Rachel June 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Hopefully Tex feels good enough to DH tomorrow. At this point it doesn’t matter if Matsui has to sit to keep other people in the lineup.

  1753. m June 3rd, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Andy did not pull the same BS last season. He pitched because he had to. We had no one else to go to.

    You guys have every right to jump on Andy because he chose to pitch even though we have 6 starters. But get your facts straight.

    Besides, Girardi is complicit here, too. He knew Andy had an issue when he knew that he wasn’t throwing his bullpens.

    Anyway. We had opportunities to do some damage and failed to do so.

    Nice outing for Tomko and that other kid.

  1754. Steve B June 3rd, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    “These runners over the last two games have had leads on the pitchers so large that you could have stolen a base.”

    Burnett is historically kind to would be basestealers.

  1755. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Betsy

    Ankle sprains don’t show up on X-Rays. They hurt, they bruise, they swell but it’s just a contusion that time and treatment heals. I’ve had dozens of them. Depending on how bad it is will dictate how much time and how much treatment. Tex will be fine. If not tomorrow, soon.

    Your hands are going to get chapped if you keep wringing them so much. :wink:

  1756. ellen June 3rd, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Well, if Tex has a bruise, with swelling, it’s not going to show on an x-ray. He’ll have to see how it feels tomorrow.

  1757. John June 3rd, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Jeff Nienmenn threw a complete game shutout for Tampa tonight

    We face some very good pitchers for Tampa this weekend. Without Tex, it is going to be very hard.

  1758. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    GB, good points…….and I should know, since I’ve bumped my head (and other body parts) a lot. That goes with the territory when you are a klutz. I’m just starting to get negative now with the injuries. I didn’t realize Cano was hurt, Andy is sort of ailing…….now Tex is out.

  1759. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Jesus….the quality of trolls have really hit the toilet.

  1760. m June 3rd, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Green Beret,

    And yet, they still almost made the play. Even though 2 of his attempts sailed.

    Are you refusing to acknowledge that he had 3 ugly throws last night?

  1761. Betsy June 3rd, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Pat, lol……..Oh well – I’ll try to be positive about the injuries since I’m definitely positive about the team.

  1762. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Betsy
    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:24 pm
    GB, good points…….and I should know, since I’ve bumped my head (and other body parts) a lot. That goes with the territory when you are a klutz. I’m just starting to get negative now with the injuries. I didn’t realize Cano was hurt, Andy is sort of ailing…….now Tex is out.

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    What Girardi said was that if he had to make a guess, Teixeira would be playing tomorrow, but, they’d have to see about his mobility tomorrow. I don’t blame them for not letting him run on it. One false step and you are looking at a DL stint. He did say that Teixeira was moving around much better as the night wore on, so, I assume that they got the swealing down.

  1763. Doreen June 3rd, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    m -

    My point was that you can’t trust Andy to be forthcoming about his physical condition. He is always going to want to pitch. I think he just always thinks he’s the Yankees best option and that’s not always a bad thing. I wasn’t thinking that he was only thinking about his contract.

  1764. ray (sox fan) June 3rd, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I am just getting on the computer now.

    Would someone please update me briefly on what happened to Tex tonight.

    Sounds like he had some kind of ankle/foot injury which is interesting because Youkilis had the same type of thing late in the game. It looked like a runner stepped on his ankle.

  1765. Greg June 3rd, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    “Greg, if alex kills the yankees so much, then what doe berroa, ransom and pena do to the to help the yankees when they play?”

    Are you kidding? Arod has so much natural ability, it’s incredible. But when he starts sliding, he does more damage and kills more rallies than the scrubiest scrub in the game. Bases loaded and one out? Berroa and Ransom may strike out, maybe Pena can get a sac fly or run-scoring ground out. Arod will hit into that game-killing DP, no question. He becomes a “cooler”, where his very presence destroys any hope of something good happening. I don’t know what it is about the guy, but I have a twisted curiosity in seeing just how he will screw up and what facial tics and bizarre mannerisms will accompany his failure.

  1766. m June 3rd, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Doreen,

    I wasn’t talking about you. Unless you said “BS”. Which I know you wouldn’t because ex-cheerleaders don’t talk like that!

  1767. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    ray

    He hurt it last night breaking up the double play. X-Rays negative. He had swelling but according to Girardi was moving better as the night went on after spending the night in the trainers room.

  1768. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    m
    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:25 pm
    Green Beret,

    And yet, they still almost made the play. Even though 2 of his attempts sailed.

    Are you refusing to acknowledge that he had 3 ugly throws last night?

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    I didn’t say that he didn’t make bad throws last night, but, those happen when you rush throws. Look over the last few seasons and check the stolen bases off of Burnett and Pettitte. Pettitte has a great move, but, he’s also slow to the plate. At 6’5″, that’s understandable. Mussina used to be very good, but in his last 3-4 years, he became more lazy or deliberate and the’d steal him blind. Right now, Sabathia is the only one that does a decent job. Something else….none of the pitchers in the system are good at all at holding runners, and the catchers are getting the heat for it. Next game that you watch, get a stopwatch and time the pitchers. For a catcher to get most runners, a catcher needs 2.7-3 seconds to get the ball from pitcher’s release to second base. The time isn’t far off, but, I think Randy or PAT M knows what the times would be.

  1769. pat June 3rd, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Greg

    Check in when Alex gets a big hit sometime too.

    May not be tomorrow, may not be this week but it will come.

    After he does and you’ve dissected his facial ticks, at least check in and give him an atta boy.

  1770. ray (sox fan) June 3rd, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you Pat.

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